Nair Hair Removal.


Hair removal isn't really the most glamorous of topics, and not spoken about very much in the world of beauty blogging. Whilst it might seem a bit awkward to talk about, and whatever your personal preferences in hair removal (totally up to you and don't let anyone else dictate), it can be really helpful to hear other people's tips instead of brushing these topics under the rug. So today, let's get personal and talk about the hairy business. 

I thought I'd break it down today into a couple of sections, starting with leg hair. I started, as with most girls with shaving, before progressing onto epilators over the past couple of years. After the release of the new Nair Argan oil range, I thought it was time to branch out again. New and improved kinder to skin formulas with the promise of better results had me sold instantly - what can I say, I'm a marketer’s dream - but I was interested to see how they actually delivered. 

Whilst I can't exactly call the experience pain less, it's not bad. The new 'bye-bye pain' formula peels off taking the hair with it and leaving behind silky soft skin which apparently can last for up to four weeks, whilst the depilatory creams work chemically to literally disintegrate the hair and leave a soft, smooth and moisturised finish. Gone are the days of fishy smells, these are fresh and floral, with the added addition of being so much softer on the skin. 

Luckily, the new range also caters for more precise applications too. Whilst there are strips of wax for your legs, there are also smaller ones for your brows and upper lip, and creams too. Much more sensitive, you can apply these with no fear of burning skin or an embarrassing red rash appearing afterwards. For those that want a quicker fix than tweezers, these ones are for you. The range also caters for the bikini line and armpits too, offering precise brush on formulas which can remove hair in a matter of minutes, perfect for applying when time is tight and there are several no touch applicators that mean clearing up is minimal too. 

Win-win formulas all-round and I can't really fault them for long-lasting (perfect for festivals and holidays), kind to skin, smooth and moisturising results. I could hardly do the whole range justice in just one post but be sure to check out all of the products, and since they are sold at such amazing prices, stock up for the Summer. 

What are your views on these types of products? Will you be trying the range?

Glamour Beauty Box.



If you're aware of the beauty box concept, there's a new one on the scene that you should think about checking out. The Beauty Director of Glamour Magazine, Alessandra Steinherr has come up with The Glamour Summer Edit box, compiling a selection of seasonal picks to create an on trend box that has a range of products for everyone, and is a great deal too. 

What's in the box? 
Aromachology Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner - Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals + Luxury Kabuki brush - Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon - Pixi Glow Tonic - Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish - Seekers of the Sun Temporary Tattoos - L'Occitane Caudalie Divine Oil - Eucerin Sun Protection - Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish

Packaged in a cute melon box, you're definitely getting a lot of bang for your buck with this purchase. Starting with the tattoos; I love the metallic finish of them and think that they'll look perfect for festivals and summer events. Of course I'll also be bringing the all important sun cream with me, Eucerin SPF 50 for face, which will be perfect for adding some protection if we're lucky enough to get some nice hot days. I'll also be treating my skin with the Pixi Glow Tonic, which I am so excited to try after hearing rave reviews of its brightening properties over tons of blogs and the shampoo, conditioner, body polish and oil will all be welcome additions to my stash. 

In terms of makeup, the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon is a really nice addition, and although in a bright colour the shade is actually pretty wearable once patted in and will work well with minimal summer looks. I'm also in love with the Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals powder, which is a lovely build able mineral bronzer, perfect for faking a summer glow. The Nails Inc Gel effect nail polish is a gorgeous tan enhancing colour and I can't wait to whip it out when the weather gets a bit hotter. 

Overall, an amazing little box and one of the ones that is definitely worth the price considering it costs just £17.99 and the products inside are worth over £90! As always, it's going to be a bit hit and miss as to weather you like everything inside, but in this case I really do think it's worth it. 

What do you think of this box? 

Chocolate.


By this stage of building up my makeup collection I definitely have far too many neutral makeup palettes for my own good, but I just can't help myself from adding more. Those of you who can, teach me your will-powered ways. After being impressed with the amazing quality and price of Zoeva's brushes, I've started to add more of their makeup to the mix, and they've really been impressing me. Their original palette is one of my favourites, but the newest option - the Cocoa Blend Palette - is where it's at for me.

Inspired by a rich box of chocolates, the package looks so luxurious and really reflects this theme. I'm usually not overly wowed by cardboard packaging, but in this case it does seem to work, and for only £15.50 for all ten shades you can't really complain. Plus there's a generous amount of shadow in each pot. The palette contains a mixture of finishes including; matte, satin, metallic, duo chrome, pearl and matte with glitter and a lovely rich warm toned feel to the majority of the shadows.

In terms of the shades, I don't think there's even one in there that won't be getting a lot of use from me. Here's a quick run-down of them all: 

Bitter Start: bone cream white matte

Sweeter End: lilac-y/peach duochrome with a shimmer finish

Warm Notes: warm metallic cranberry which will be stunning for the winter months

Subtle Blend: taupe chocolate brown with shimmer finish

Beans Are White: darker matte chocolate brown

Pure Ganache: golden orange brown with shimmer finish

Substitute For Love: warm, orangey brown with a matte finish

Freshly Toasted: brick red brown matte

Infusion: dark brown black matte with shimmer 

Delicate Acidity: lilac toned brown with a satin shimmer finish

They all have a lovely pigmented finish, buttery feel to them, and stay put really well even without the use of a primer. If neutral palettes are your thang, and you fancy adding to the line-up with a few out of the ordinary shades, then this one's for you. For anyone else, the 'need' factor isn't perhaps quite there but it's definitely one to think about adding to the wishlist. Just looking at it makes my mouth water ...

What do you think of this palette? 

Rodial Look.

Rodial seems to be the brand of the summer, and since I love hopping on the end of a bandwagon, it was only a matter of time before I began to try some more of their products. They're on the pricey side for makeup, so a bit of saving may be needed but for a treat and some seriously luxurious packaging, I rank them really highly. Over the last couple of days I've been creating one particular look with the items and here's what it looks like...

I only wore this look to school, so wanted it to be pretty minimal and natural. Something you can throw on in about 5 minutes without having to think about, still look presentable and it to last all day. Especially in the summer, with the heat beginning, the last factor can be a bit of a tall order but I'm happy to report that the look filled all three quotas very nicely. After applying moisturiser, I corrected my underage circles and any blemishes and redness with the instaglam magic pen. A creamy and high coverage pencil concealer, this is so easy to use and then blend with the heat of your finger - it's become a new staple of mine. 

To add a bit of a healthy glow, I followed up with the bronzer, which is nice and red based (as opposed to orange) to mimic a really lovely natural tan and give a tiny bit of a contour. And finally to set it all in, the Translucent Finishing powder, which is so fine you can't even tell it's there, still allowing a bit of glow to poke through, and really sets everything all down for the day ahead. 

For the eyes, I wanted something light, bright and minimal, so I opted for my normal mascara (Benefit Roller Lash), a tiny bit of eyeliner (Yves Rocher Kohl Liner in Black) in the waterline, and a tiny bit of the bronzer on a fluffy brush to give the crease a tiny bit of depth. Finally, to tie everything together I used the lip butter in Psycho, which is a stunning peachy red, and dabbed a tiny bit of it on my cheeks as well, blending with a stippling brush to give a dewy flush. 

Given the rave reviews of the brand I expected nothing less, but have to say that I'm really impressed and will definitely be investing in more of the collection soon. If you're looking to dip your toes into Rodial, you really can't go wrong with the lip butters, and for someone looking to get into natural makeup, there really isn't a better option out there. 

What do you think of Rodial, have you tried it before?

The Melt Crowd.



Beauty boxes are everywhere on the blogosphere, with very little defining one from another, so when I heard Flamnigo's idea for a candle box I was definitely intrigued. I've been a massive fan of their candles for a while (heads-up, their mojito one is my absolute favourite) and so loved the idea of being able to test out more of their scents. Following the same principals as a beauty box, after signing up to Flamingo Candles Melt Crowd you receive 8 of their scent melts per month, including a free wax burner on your first month. For anyone wanting to test out scents before committing to the big size, these are perfect for you - and there are even some Melt Crowd exclusives thrown in there. 

Handmade in the UK, 100% natural soy wax and the lovely design, Flamingo candles are a brand that you can tell are dedicated to quality. And this box is no exception. The actual wax burner is a really pretty clay design, and the melts all have the most incredible scents. Whilst I'm not a fan of all of them - Pina Colada I'm looking at you - this is the real beauty of the box as it saves you wasting money on a full size that you don't want. For only £10 a month, this is really an amazing deal and with 30 hours+ of burn time per candle I really can't see there being a problem of running out too early. 

Scents Included this Month: 

Pina Colada, Mango & Dragonfruit, Tropical Coconut Milk & Honey, Freshly Mown Grass, Daisy, Sweet Lime & Cedar, Juice Clementine and Thai Lime & Mango

All of them are so fresh and fruity and perfect for the summer weather we are having. I've got one burning as I type! To sign up, visit their website here. It's super simple to do, and easy to cancel at any time unlike some other places. Plus, it enables you up to 20% off any of the full sizes. 

Have you tried any Flamingo Candles scents? Are you as much of a fan as me? 

Summer Festival Essentials, Glamping Competion and Massive £180+ Giveaway.


We all know that any kind of festivals or summer camping trips require careful packing, but if you're stuck with ideas for the essentials to bring, here's a little list that may help. For anyone heading to the world of mud, portaloos and thumping music this summer, this one's for you. And if you have got a summer getaway planned yet, read to the end of the post where there will be a chance to win one. 

Firstly, wipes. Wipes, wipes, wipes. Got that? They're a non-negotiable on the list so make sure you don't forget them. Three days without a clean isn't a great look on anyone but at least these will help alleviate the situation and clean up any food or drink spills as well. My favourites are SuperWipes, which will literally remove any stain and Femfresh. Talking of the washing situation, dry shampoo definitely has it's uses, and who doesn't like the classic Batiste. The new minis are perfect for popping in your bag and sorting out ever so slightly greasy locks in no time. 

Onto the tech-y things now. It's lovely to have photos to remember these kinds of events and even nicer to have printed copies of them. I'll definitely be bringing my Polaroid along with me this year to get some snaps that I can treasure forever. And for those of you that are a bit more modern, a selfie stick will probably be a must-have. I always find that my phone runs out of battery so quickly, especially if I'm using it during the day, so a portable charger is also a brilliant idea. Just plug it in and charge on the go - no need for mains sockets. 

Provisions are also an essential, you never know what the situation is going to be like when you get there so it's essential to come prepared. A water bottle with a filter is a really good idea (I really like the Brita ones), especially when it's really hot, and dehydration tablets can also be a lifesaver. It's so important to stay hydrated and safe in the sun. Energy levels can also drop rapidly, especially with late nights, constant activity  and loud music so it's always best to bring a couple of snacks and energy drinks with you just in case. Try Clif Bars and Epic Energy for a quick fix. Finally, two added little extras that I'm packing this year will be flipflops (Haviana's) for wandering around camp and some bluetooth speakers for playing some choons

Now, onto the fun part. One lucky person has the chance to win a fabulous 2 night stay at one of 35 Wigwam Holidays Glamping sites across the UK for up to 4 people. Simply follow this link and fill out the form to be in with a chance of winning. And to win everything that I've mentioned above, worth over £180, enter using the rafflecopter widget down below. Good luck!