Review - REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk

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One of the things I decided to change at the beginning of the year was my skincare routine. I had a pretty good routine going in 2013, but after having a good read of Caroline Hirons blog I decided there was a lot of room for improvement and I wanted a routine that would really help improve my skin. Part of my change was to use three clensers; one for the morning, one to remove makeup and one as my second evening cleanse, so I set about finding some cleansers I was happy with. REN is a brand I'd never really been drawn to. I'm not entirely sure why but I think the price and the fact it wasn't something I could nip to Boots for put me off a little. However, REN is constantly raved about in the blogging world and I decided to see what all the fuss was about. For those of you who have never tried REN, they pride themselves on being 'clean skincare' and being free from ingridients such as parabens, sulphates and mineral oils. I was immediately drawn to REN's Evercalm range which is designed for sensitive skin and helps protect it from environmental damage. It seemed perfect for my dry, sensitive skin so I set about purchasing the milk cleanser from the range and I'm so glad I did. 

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk

REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk


When it comes to skincare I don't normally form an opinion on it until I've tested it out a good few times but with this cleanser I fell in love as soon as it touched my skin! I've been using it as a second cleanse in the evening, after removing my makeup, and it's just perfect. It has a really nice, natural kind of scent which is hard to describe but isn't at all off putting. I suppose it's kind of a planty scent which is expected as it contains ingredients such as Shea butter, fennel seed extra and calendula. At first I wasn't sure how much to use but I found one pump to be the perfect amount for my face. Some milk cleansers can be quite thick and heavy but this isn't like that at all. It feels silky and luxurious on the skin, as well as incredibly soothing. Honestly, I could of massage this in to my face for hours! It's so lovely! After washing it off my skin feel really smooth and hydrated, but also really clear. Another little bonus to this lovely product is that it didn't irritate my redness. My skin is pretty annoying and the tiniest thing can irritate it but not this lovely cleanser! For £16 I cannot fault this cleanser at all. It's amazing. It does the job and more, if you have sensitive skin or are looking for a really gentle cleanser that works give it a go!

Kelsey xx

Skincare Haulin'

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So I've been skincare shopping again, I do have good reasons though! Is it just me that finds that skincare products all run out at the same time!? First my eye cream completely ran out one night, then my toner got very low, my cleanser only has a few uses left and the list goes on! I decided to pick up all new products as I wasn't head over heels for any that I'd been using and there was a few things I really wanted to try! The Body Shop was my main point of call, as I'd been eying up a couple of things in there for a while, but I also nipped to Boots (who am I kidding, when do I ever 'nip' to Boots?!) and also a cheeky stop at The Cosmetics Company Store!




So my first stop was The Body Shop. As a beauty blogger I'm a little ashamed to say that this is the first time I've ever bought or used skincare from The Body Shop. I have no idea why, but I'm definately going to be trying more things from there in the future! The Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil £10 was a product I've been eying up for a while and is well raved about by other bloggers. I couldn't decide weather to try this or the butter version but this seemed a little easier to use, maybe I'll try the butter next time! I've only used it once but it hasn't irritated my skin, I've even used it on my eyes without problems, and it does the job. I decided to buy two toners as I wanted one to exfoliate and one that was a little more gentle for bad skin times. After taking what seemed like forever to decide I got the Seaweed Clarifying Toner £8 as an exfoliating toner and the Aloe Calming Toner £3 as something as little more gentle. So far I really like the Seaweed Toner. It does a perfect job and leaves my skin feeling really smooth after using it. Finally from The Body Shop I bought a product I've been lusting over ever since I first saw it. It was raved about from the moment of release, it even got Caroline Hiron's seal of approval (so it must be good), and it's the Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil £12. My other oil actually hasn't ran out yet but I couldn't resist trying it out. So far my skin seems to love it and just drinks it up. In the morning my skin feels moisturised but not at all oily which is lovely!

For eye cream I decided to try out the Eucerin Aquaporin Active Moisturising Eye Cream £13.50. I've never tried anything from this brand but they seem perfect for my eczema ridden skin, I think I might try a cleanser from them in the future. I've only been using the eye cream for about a week but it cleared up the eczema around my eyes over night! I've also seen that they do SPF so might have to look in to trying that too!

Lastly I got the forever hyped about Origins Ginzing Moisturiser £23. My current moisturiser hasn't quite ran out yet but with it getting warmer I wanted something that was equally moistursing yet light on the skin so it didn't feel so weighed down by products. I've used this before about a year ago when I had a sample but never ended up buying the full size product and I'm really glad I finally have! The formula is somewhere between a gel and cream so feels really light. It makes my skin look easily brighter and makes a good makeup base too.

Kelsey xx

In My Travel Makeup Bag

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I love reading these types of posts on other blogs but realised I've never done one on my own blog! I think it's a great way to have a noisy into other bloggers makeup and their favourite products, I'm sure we're all guilty at loving a good snoop at other peoples makeup! I'm really bad at packing and tend to over pack, take stuff I know I won't even need and spend a lot of time saying "I'll pack this just in case2". Is it just me that does that, please say I'm not alone! Anyway, looking at these posts on other blogs always helps me to realise that I can travel without taking my entire makeup collection (although I do still over pack!), and this is what I packed for a weekend back at home!



 I started off by packing my Dior AirFlash CC Primer (obviously not in to my makeup bag, it's took big!) as it's my current favourite primer and really helps to prep the skin. When it comes to packing foundation I always take at least two as I find I prefer different ones for different occasions and I had no idea what the weather was going to be like. I first packed the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream as it's a perfect light base for sunny days or days when I'm going for more of a natural look. It covers all my redness by still looks barely there. The other foundation I packed was my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation which I adore for a perfect flawless based. It's quite thick in consistency but still feels light on the skin and gives the most amazing coverage and real skin look. The packed this just in case I picked up a tan as I was actually colour matched slightly too dark for my skin but once I'm a little tanned it will look perfect! At the last minute I threw in my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation as it's absolutely amazing on warm summer days. I personally don't find it too heavy and as it has a lovely semi-matte finish it doesn't budge, slide or melt at all. Perfect for a warm day! I only own one powder, Bourjois Java Powder, and I'm pretty loyal too it. It's great for setting the under eyes as it contains ultra fine shimmer which really helps to brighten the eye area. It's just really great for setting foundation without making you look mate and ensuring you still have that healthy glow about you!

For eyes and brow I threw in all my Soap and Glory favourites. I reviewed the Soap and Glory mascara here and find it great for any occasion. I also really love the Soap and Glory Kohl Eyeliner and Supercat Eyeliner as they're super easy to apply and don't budge at all. I find that in warm weather makeup has a tendency to slip and slide more than normal so it's really important to pack products that are going to stay in place. For brows I packed my trusty Soap and Glory Archery pencil which has a felt pen on one end and a pencil on the other, making it really easy to do different brow shapes and looks. I also threw in the Maybelline Brow Drama as it makes a great brow gel to top off the pencil or for a natural look on its own. I also packed my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette last minute, I nearly forgot it! It has great range of colours for different looks and I sometimes find by Naked 3 can look a little too pink.

For cheeks I just couldn't decide on what to take so I started off with my trusty Nars Laguna Bronzer as it's great for general bronzing and contouring. I took the Benefit Rockateur Blush, which I reviewed here, as it's a great blush for all looks. I threw in two Bourjois blushes, one of which is a really pretty matte pink which is a lovely summer colour and the other is a shimmery peach which I love as a highlight.

Lipsticks are something I can never decide on so I took a range of bright and more toned down colours so I had a nice choice. Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Hot Pepper, Revlons Matte Balm in Audacious and Mac Chatterbox are all lovely, bright summery colours that have great pigmentation and don't budge. As a toned down colour I took Mac Please Me as it still adds a splash of colour to the lips but is quite simple as doesn't take all the attention.

Do you use any of these products? Do you over pack too?

Kelsey xx

How I Organise Blogging

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When I first started blogging I did it in a completely unorganised and quite random manor. Inspiration for posts came from me putting on my makeup or carrying out my skincare routine and thinking 'I wanna share this with people'. I had no routine when it came to putting up new posts and if I ever ran out of inspiration I just didn't blog, sometimes for one day, sometimes for a week. However, as my blog started to grow I wanted to change that. I've never set a schedule of days to post but I wanted my posts to be more frequent and not so 'gappy'. I started organising posts by scribbling down notes on any pad I could find and drafting titles on Blogger when ideas came to my head. I found this really useful for days when I wanted to blog but ideas weren't buzzing around my head. It meant I could go to my lists, find a topic that interested me and then get to work on the post. I used this method for a while but as my blog became busier this method became a little messy and I decided I needed other methods of organising. Another thing I change about how I organised my blog was no longer taking product pictures one post at a time and instead spending a couple of hours doing a few products at a time. Not only did this save time but it also meant that on days where the lighting wasn't being my friend it doesn't matter, because the pictures are already done! So now I have a few different methods of organising my blog and I'm really enjoying how I do it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not completely organised. I still have days where I have zero inspiration, even after looking at lists of ideas, and I still have days where I have 10 product photos ready to go yet I decide I want to talk about something completely different!
 

 

My teeny Pukka Pad is super useful for writing post ideas and drafts where ever I am. It's small enough to throw in my bag and takes up barely any room. I use this pad for writing down all sorts of things but it's really great for when a post idea pops in to my head and I need to write it down. I also like to write lists of product photos I want to take or products from hauls because I always forget what I bought!

Next up is what I probably use most for organising my blog purely because it has literally got a space for everything! My Filofax style organiser is from Paperchase and I think it's the medium sized one. They have loads of lovely designs and the prices are pretty reasonable so take a look in there if you're looking for one. I used my organiser for everything blog wise from jotting down PR deadlines to keeping track of my stats. At the front there is a year and month planner which I use to track my stats andis a great way to see your blog grow and look for any dips. The general diary bit I use to jot down deadlines, chats, pr emails and events. My diary is absolutely full of sticky notes because I like to make it look pretty and girly, haha. At the back there is room for notes, which I also use for post ideas and bloggy to do lists. I also bought a cool little stick note insert for the back which has different sized sticky notes and bookmark type stickers. The great thing about the Filofax is that you can really personalise it and by extra inserts or remove what you don't need. If you don't think an organiser from you Pintrest has loads of free, printable organisers which are really pretty and really easy to use.

Lastly I use my Google Nexus. I understand that these can be quite expensive and not everyone has one but, if you have any sort of tablet, really make the most of it. I use this mainly for reading blogs, especially on Bloglovin, as it's a lot easier than using my phone but easy to travel with. It's also great for keeping track of all my social network sites, especially on the go (or in lectures when I'm bored!). A few times I have even drafted up posts on this whilst being sat in Starbucks or in a lecture!

I hope you found this useful! Please let me know if you did and what you use to organise your blog!

Kelsey xx

Important Changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act

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Here's a picture of my fluffy boy to cheer the post up!

I've been in two minds on whether or not to write this post. On one hand I felt that by doing this post I was doing my little bit to inform owners on something really important but, on the other hand, I wondered how many people would actually be interest in reading this. Anyway, I decided to go ahead with the post, and if people read it and leave with a little more knowledge on a very important subject for any dog owner then that is absolutely fantastic! This post is by no means meant to scare any dog owners at all, but is to inform them on upcoming changes to a piece of legislation that I feel ALL dog owners should be aware of, whether you own a teeny Chihuahua, Lab or Newfoundland. I sometimes feel like people aren't fully aware of this legislation and what it includes either because they feel like it isn't something that would ever apply to their dog or because they think it only applies to particular breeds. It is, however, something that applies to all breeds and all dog owners.

The changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act come in to place on the 13th May 2014 and applies to ALL breeds. On current legislation it is a criminal act to be in charge of a dog that is 'dangerously out of control' in a public place. Changes to the legislation will also include dogs that are 'dangerously out of control' on private property including within your house or garden. Please remember that a dog does not have to bite to be considered 'dangerously out of control' and the law can take effect if a person feels threatened by the dog or if they feel the behaviour of the dog could lead to such instances.

There are a couple of other changes too and the following links explain everything fully. Again, this post is not meant to scare anyone and I hope that any dog owners that read it find it useful!


Kelsey xx


Review - Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Peach Club

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Peach Club

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Peach Club

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Peach Club
 

As soon as I saw the first review of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks I knew I had to get my hands on them as soon as they were released. The colours looked as amazing as the formulas sounded and on the day of release I took myself to Boots and grabbed a couple. I decided on two bold colours that were perfect for spring and summer, with one of them being Peach Club. For some reason on the stand this shade was labelled as 'nude' which is definitely isn't! It is, however, a beautiful muted coral orange. It's not too bright and bold but is most definitely 'there' when on the lips. It's such a lovely shade and has quickly become a spring favourite of mine. I'm loving orange tones at the moment!

I've never tried a liquid lipstick so wasn't entirely sure what to expect but the formula of this is really lovely. The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Peach Club goes on really easily and has great pigmentation, but is easily buildable if you want a little bit more colour. It's a matte formula and dries pretty quickly but doesn't feel too drying on the lips. On a couple of occasions when I've been wearing it my lips have felt dry and I've popped a lipbalm over the top which sorts everything out whilst still keeping the lipstick in place. I love how if you're wearing it for eating or drinking it literally doesn't budge, I've actually only have to top it up a couple of times which is fab! I love how you can just put it on in the morning and it needs minimal maintenance throughout the day!

The packaging is really lovely and sleek. I really like how they've kept it very similar to the rest of the Rouge Edition line but change it slightly to give the Velvet line it's own look. They've also kept the packaging lipstick sized which makes it nice and easy to throw in your bag!

Kelsey xx

Review - Barbara Daly Longwear Eyeshadow in Shimmering Sand - A By Terry Dupe?

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Barbara Daly makeup is something I regularly see in Tesco, however I've never really bothered to stop and look at it. For some reason I've always been put off it, as it's exclusive to Tesco, and moved on to the more well known drugstore brands. Anyway, I recently saw this product on another blog and straight away new I had to snap it up! I've tried cream eyeshadows in the past, but never eyeshadow sticks, and for £3 you really can't go wrong with this product! To me this product looks like a possible dupe of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar eyeshadow sticks that were recently raved about by Zoella, only for a teeny fraction of the price! 

Barbara Daly Longwear Eyeshadow in Shimmering Sand

Barbara Daly Longwear Eyeshadow in Shimmering Sand

Barbara Daly Longwear Eyeshadow in Shimmering Sand

Barbara Daly Longwear Eyeshadow in Shimmering Sand

Barbara Daly Longwear Eyeshadow in Shimmering Sand


After a bit (or a lot) of swatching I decided to go for the shade 'Shimmering Sand' which is a beautiful pinky bronze colour and absolutely perfect for this time of year. The pigmentation of this product is absolutely amazing. It has a wonderful creamy formula that literally makes it glide on like a dream! I genuinely couldn't believe how creamy for formula was when the product is just £3. It feels really gentle on the eyes and there is no tugging with it at all, it goes on so smoothly. When using it I apply a few swipes to the eye and then blend is out with a nice fluffy brush. It does dry eventually but not so quickly that you have to rush in a blend it out with a brush in ninja speed. I wore this product for a good 10 hours, with a primer underneath, and it lasted all day which is really impressive. The Barbara Daly Longwear Eyeshadow stick is a great product for simple makeup days or days where you don't have long to get ready. It's such a  quick and simple to use but adds a lovely hint of colour to the eyes that really wakes them up. The packaging of this product is really pretty too and makes it look like it cost a lot more than just £3! I think I'm going to nip back to Tesco soon and pick up a few more shades!

Kelsey xx

The Skincare Series - The Masks

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Following on from my previous 'The Skincare Series' posts I'm today going to talk to you about the products I use outside of my normal daily skincare routine. I'm sure I'm not the only girl who loves a good pamper evening with a nice warm bubble bath and a face mask. Face masks used to be a product that I would only use every so often as a little treat to myself, but I've come to learn how important they are in my skincare routine. I now use them at least a couple of times a week and rotate between a couple of different ones depending on what my skin is calling out for. At the moment I currently have three that I regularly use but I do sometimes treat myself to Lush face masks which I really love. I have dry/sensitive skin with pretty bad redness so my face mask choices are pretty focused around this, but I also have my go to one for bad skin days!

Good Things Five Minute Facial

Origins Clear Improvement Mask

Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Mask

The mask I use most regularly is the Good Things Five Minute Facial which smells absolutely amazing! It smells super fruity and is really awakening. I normally use this at least once a week to brighten my skin and keep it looking fresh and awake. Although it's a drying, clay type mask it doesn't dry the skin out at all which is something I really love about it. The formula of the product feels really hydrating when you're applying it, and my skin always feels really hydrated after I have removed the mask. The Good Things Five Minute Facial is a really good all round mask for any skin type and if you're looking for an affordable mask this one is ideal. 

The Origins Clear Improvement Mask is a blogger favourite and widely talked about in the blogger community. I actually bought this in the 50ml rather than the 100ml as for some reason it works out cheaper! This is my go to mask for when my skin is acting up with breakouts or looking a little dull. I really find that it lifts out all the yuk from my skin and it always looks so much brighter afterwards. I really love it for calming down blemishes too and they're much more reduced after using this mask. The only down side to it is that it dries really dry and I find it feels really tight on the skin as it dries. It can suck out the moisture from my skin a little too so I've started following it up with a moisturising mask which has really made a difference.

The Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask is the newest mask in my routine. I bought it following a cold as my skin had gone super dry and wish I'd bought it sooner. I use this to follow my Origins mask and whenever my skin is looking a little dry or dehydrated to give it some moisture and plump it up. I really love the Super Facialist brand and they have a few products that are very similar to that of Origins, only for a smaller price. I'm going to talk more about this mask in a full review but it's really lovely for adding moisture to the skin and is now a staple mask in my routine!

What masks do you use reguarly?

Kelsey xx

Outside the Blog Photography #1

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You may or may not know that I've had a keen interest in photography for a long time and own more cameras that one person could ever possible need! I got my D-SLR long before I started blogging and have been a hobbyist photographer for some time now. However, you very rarely get to see my non blog related images and I've decided to start a new series on my blog 'Outside the Blog Photography' to give you all a chance to have a browse at them. I thought it would all give you a chance to get to know me a little better and although we all share one hobby, I'm sure many of us have other hobbies outside of blogging and this gives you a chance to see mine. I really love wildlife photography (mainly birds!) and capturing their natural behaviours but I will try and mix in a bit of everything. If you enjoy this series please comment below and I will make the posts as frequent as possible.

The photos I'm sharing with you today are from a trip to Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The site is split in to two sections, the first the kind of in a zoo style with wildfowl from all over the world. Some are in fenced areas but some are free roaming and incredible friendly! My favourites are the Hawaiian geese as they actually come up to you asking for feed. The second section is a widlife section full of all sorts of native wildlife. It consists of hides for photographers and birdwatchers that over look fields, ponds and a mere.












Please let me know if you enjoy these types of posts!

Kelsey xx

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