Wednesday, 23 July 2014

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Hydraluron Moisture Jelly*

Hydraluron Moisture Jelly
Hydraluron Moisture Jelly

Hmm yeah, another photo in the garden, I just can't help myself when the weather is so lovely, and I think it looks creative, well that's what I'm telling myself any way haha!

If I'm honest when I first tried the 'original' Hydraluron Serum, you know the one, I got on really well with it and then slowly but surely it started to really break me out, I don't even know why! So when I got the opportunity to trial the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly*, I was definitely sceptical but somehow this one is different.

Now this is a first impressions post, I have only been using it around a week or so but so far so good, and I think I have found the perfect daily moisturiser for us oily skin gals. 

It has pretty cool packaging, you just push the top and it dispenses the right amount, around a pea sized amount, of product. I have been applying this by itself in the mornings and added a heavier cream over the top in the evening.

It dries super quick on the skin and it almost feels slightly tightening on the skin and most importantly it doesn't effect my make up or make me any more oilier. 

Downside to the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly*? The packaging. In a one way I love it because of the pump lid thing but 1/3 of it is taken up by the mechanism at the bottom! To me it doesn't look like 30ml of product and the box it comes in is a little deceiving, as you expect the pot to be bigger. 

I will continue to use this for a few more weeks and report back on how things are going and let you know of any breakouts. So far though, the Hydraluron big sister has got the thumbs up...for now.

What is your skin type? What is your favourite daily moisturiser?

Monday, 21 July 2014

Beauty | Shop Your Stash #2

Rejeunir Beauty

I may have missed the last few Shop Your Stash posts, whooopsie and this one may be a day late, double whooopsie, but it's here...a day late. 

I don't know about other bloggers, but I always keep a list of things that need reviewing, and I keep packaging in a bag to remind myself, that a review needs to be done, but sometimes, a lot, things get over looked and even forgotten about, so the intended post arrives months & months later, my bad. That is certainly the case with these Rajeunir products I picked up at the Anti-ageing Health & Beauty Show I attended a while back.

I love the ethos of the Rejeunir brand, they are all about, 'age is just a number' and nothing should be slapped with the term anti-ageing, because ageing isn't a bad thing you know, its almost a privilege, not everybody gets to enjoy their life and 'age', just remember that the next time you're moaning about the lines that are appearing. 

Rejeunir are however still a very small brand, consisting of serum, a lip serum and a shampoo & conditioner. 

I have been using for the last few months now the Moisture Serum*, as a step in my evening skincare routine, I did find it to be a little to heavy for a day time serum, but this pushed into the skin with an oil for an extra helping hand is sha-mazing! My skin soaks it up. It does come with a hefty price tag of £42 but you pay good money for good skincare I'm afraid. The moisture serum helps protect the skin from harmful rays whilst being totally free of parabens. It is even suitable for the most sensitive of skin types.

The other product from Rejeunir I have been trying, and the one I prefer the most is the Lip Serum* is has a silky soft texture and really nourishes the lips. It helps to product the delicate skin from harmful UVA rays as well as help rejuvenate the skin, for me that's perfect as I suffer with really dry lips. It's definitely time for it to be placed back on my bed side table. 

Rajeunir Twitter: Make sure you go give them a follow, they are always looking for new bloggers to work with :) 

If you are interested in taking part in the Shop Your Stash along side me and a ton of other bloggers (listed below) please contact Hollie.

What is your favourite skincare product at the moment?? 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Glamour Beauty Edit Box

Yes, that's right I'm back to blogging and what better way to start then with The Glamour Beauty Edit Box! Glamour teamed up with to bring a pretty incredible beauty box jammed pack with awesomeness. I saw these popping up on instagram and on blogs and thought, I bet all that costs a lot, especially because it includes one of the new Illamasqua Lipsticks, well to say I was surprised that it cost a mer £16.95 (including postage) was an understatement! 

The box has a totally value of £86, so thats a whooping saving of £69.05! And everybody loves a saving right?! So whats in the box?

1. Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick (shade will vary) I got the shade Cherub, which actually looks horrid in the bullet but isn't to bad on the lips!

2. Magnifibres Brush on False Lashes, it's a tube of fibres that you use with your own mascara, to be honest, I did find that these irritated my eyes slightly, but maybe it was the mascara I used.

3. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, this is the only sample size product in the box, I haven't used this yet but it's apparently packed with some pretty good ingredients! 

4. Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, a brand I didn't know did nail polish?! I definitely need to up my game, you will receive a red or pink.

5. Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector, worlds longest tanning product name! Unless you have been living under a rock, you would of heard Anna (VDM) talk about this a lot over the last few weeks, well I'm pretty damn chuffed that I got the lighter shade, which is Light Matte, but you could end up with Medium Matte so just be aware. 

6. To go with that you also receive a Velvotan The Original Tanning Mitt which is an added bonus, because I need a new one!

7. Bourjois Cream Blush is one launch from Bourjois I never got around to trying, I think because blusher isn't really my thing I stayed clear but recently I have gotten into using them, they don't make me look 'so dead' and the texture of this is really nice. (Shade will vary)

8. I really don't need another hair product, but doesn't mean that the Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip won't get used, I'm sold as soon as I read 'volume'.

9. Lastly but certainly not least is the amazing smelling Hawaiian Tropic Satin Sun Lotion SPF30, it smells like coconuts, and that's all that needs to be said on the matter. Smells edible! 

I am so glad I purchased one whilst they still have them in stock as they won't be around forever, so make sure you don't regret not getting one, because I know I would. 

You can purchase one from here:

So I'm back WEHEY! Let's hope the break is what I needed, and again thank you for all of your lovely comments on that Pressure of Blogging post! 

Have you already got your Glamour Beauty Edit Box? What item would you like most to try from the box?

Friday, 11 July 2014

The Pressure of Blogging

I haven't blogged in quite a few days now. Most of you probably don't even care, or haven't even noticed and some of you may have noticed, I don't know. Three-ish weeks ago now, I started working for Clinique, temping, so therefore I kept my current job on, this means working 6 days a week. Now I have tried my up most best this year to blog between 3-5 times a week, as blogging is something I love...or loved.

Yeah, I said it, loved, I have gotten so stressed out about it, that I would say the last month to 2 months I haven't been happy with my content, I feel like I'm just lost in the crowd of the same old bloggers and I didn't want that. I wanted my blog to be a place I loved to write and let my creativity and love for things flow, and its become a stressful chore, that if I'm honest I have begun to loath. 

If you follow my Instagram you would have seen a few 'ill' related photos. I have put so much pressure on myself, to work 2 jobs and blog, which failed, has caused me to get so stressed out that I'm now covered in Eczema, its all over my head, in my ears, up my nose and all over my legs, which is now followed by a horrific cold. When did this happen? Why have I put so much pressure on myself? Why as bloggers do we do it? The pressure to get good content up all of the time. I know everybody says, "but its your blog, blog when you want to" That's the problem though, I want to blog 3 times a week, and love it but right now I'm not. 

I'm not looking for sympathy, oh poor Nicole can't cope, not at all! I just want to know if others feel the same? Are we all putting far to much pressure on ourselves?

I feel like I'm failing at something I once loved, and it breaks my heart, I feel like a disappointed parent and there is nothing worse than a disappointed parent. All I ask from my readers, is please give me time. I will be back, I just want to take a few more days for myself, go back to the drawing board and come up with some new, fresh ideas for TLOABA and I hope you will all continue to support me.

Thank you.