Review - No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter

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Is this not one of the prettiest drugstore highlighters you've seen in a while?! When I first heard about the release of the new No. 7 Blush, Highlighter and Bronzer sticks I knew I had to check them out and was immediately drawn to the Instant Radiance Highlighter. The pearlescent finish, micro-shimmer and natural nude/pink tone had me sucked in. Highlighters were a product that my makeup collection was really lacking and having never really tried cream highlighters or blushes I went on a Boots mission to go and purchase it. I actually had to go to Boots a few times before I found one that had it in stock and I used a cheeky little No. 7 voucher so it only cost me a few pounds. 

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter Swatches

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter Swatches

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter Swatches

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter Swatches
The highlight comes in a chunky little stick and can be drawn up by twisting the silver area on the end of the stick. The packaging is really lovely and I think it gives it a much more expensive feel. From the chrome coloured lid to the delicate chrome font on the side of the product, it all looks very luxurious. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's a sucker for pretty packaging! Another thing I love about the packaging is how much the pinky colour of it matches the actual product. I know it's a funny thing to point out but it very rarely happens!

The formula of the product is really lovely and creamy. I used it both by drawing it straight on to the skin and my applying it with my finger, but it works well both ways! It blends in so beautifully and all harsh lines just disappear away, leaving a lovely natural looking glow to the skin. I've been using it combined with powder blushes and bronzers, as that's all I have, and it's worked really well with them. I really like how the product leaves a really natural looking glow that's definitely there but still subtle. If you're worried about highlighters leaving you looking like a disco ball then I would recommend trying this one out! You have full control over how much you apply and it's the perfect shade for pale and dark skintones alike!

If this product isn't sold out you can find it in Boots for just £9.95 which I think is pretty reasonable!

Kelsey xx

Outside the Blog Photography #3

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I was recently looking through my memory card for product photos and came across a few photos from Chester that I took whilst having a bit of a play around on my camera. I'd completely forgot I'd even taken these! I haven't shared any of my 'outside the blog' photos for a while so I thought why not share these and see what you think of having a bit of a different subject behind my 'outside the blog' photos. With them not being my usual wildlife photos it definitely shows that I'm lacking skill when it comes to scenery/landscape photography but I won't improve if I don't try. Can you believe I actually feel much more comfortable and find it easier when I'm taking photos of a bird that won't keep still?!

The photos were taken from the big park in Chester right next to the river Dee. I'd never really spent much time in the park before so it was nice to have a look around, it's actually a really pretty place. I particularly like the area that over looks the river and the ruins that are in a nearby area of the park. If you're visiting Chester the river Dee and this area of the park are really lovely places to walk around. It's a bit of a touristy area with boat rides and ice cream shops so perfect for a nice day out (if the weather picks up, that is!).






Kelsey xx

Review - Lush Creamy Candy Bubblebar

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I've been wanting to write about this lovely little Lush product for a while now but as the weather has been lovely and warm I thought writing about a bath product was a little inappropriate. I much prefer a nice refreshing shower when the weather is warm. Anyway, England's summer seems to have been and gone. We're back to the good old days of grey skies and drizzle, I'm even writing this post wrapped up in a blanket because it's so cold! When it is cold I love nothing more than have a hot, relaxing bubble bath and the product I'm about to talk about is a perfect match for that! 

Lush Creamy Candy Bubblebar

Lush Creamy Candy Bubblebar

Lush Creamy Candy Bubblebar

Lush Creamy Candy Bubblebar

Creamy Candy is a lovely little bubble bar that smells just like sweets! There is a particular sweet that the scent reminds me off but I can't for the life of me remember what it is but, if you know which one I'm thinking of, please let me know! At £2.60 it's pretty cheap compared to some Lush bubble bars so it's perfect for those on a budget or trying out the shop for the first time. As with all Lush bubble bars you crumble your desired amount under the running tape and watch your bubbles appear. The formula of this bar is a little wetter than others I tried so didn't 'crumble' as well as normal however, I still had a bath full of bubbles, so it didn't cause a problem. What I love about Lush bubbles bars is how much use you can get from them! I used about a 6th of this bar each time and got a huge amount of bubbles that lasted throughout my bath (Different water qualities can effect the amount of bubbles produced so if you don't get many bubbles, this could be why). Creamy Candy contains Almond Oil and Cocoa Butter which leaves your skin with a lovely silky feel, as well as an amazing scent! It also leaves your bath water with a velvety feel and definitely lives up to its name. I'll be reaching for this sweet smelling gem next time I'm in Lush, it's the perfect bath time treat for a chilly evening.

Kelsey xx

Ps. You can take a peak at my Etsy shop here.

Review - Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Pads

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Clearasil has always been a brand I've bypassed in Boots or the supermarket. I find they focus themselves very much towards skin prone to breakouts and, as I am lucky enough to rarely get a blemish, I didn't see them as a brand that would suit my skin. Not only that, but I've also been very put off by the packaging. It's just a brand that has never appealed to me. However, the Superfruits Refreshing Pads were recently mentioned by Caroline Hirons as a great budget acid toner and this was enough to send me to Boots to pick up a tub!

Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Pads

Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Pads

Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Pads

The tub actually says they're to cleanse and exfoliate but I use them purely as an acid/exfoliating toner after I've done my morning and evening cleanse. The tub contains 65 pads, saturated in a liquid (I doubt they would dry up in a hurry!), and should last a good month if you use them twice a day. The liquid product that coats the pads contains salicylic acid and citric acid for a gentle acid tone that also helps to fight blemishes. I'm always a bit wary of trying new toners as I never know if they're going to be a bit harsh on my sensitive skin but I've been using them twice a day with no issues on that front! Before I forget, I must mention the lovely berry scent you get with this product, yum! The little pads work really well at exfoliating my skin and I must admit I much prefer using acid toners to a facial scrub, I find they're much more gentle on my skin and they don't irritate my redness. I haven't noticed a visible change in my skin but it does keep it lovely and smooth. The only issue I've found with the Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Pads is that they surface of the pads can be a bit abrasive and rough. If the liquid came in a little bottle and I could use it with my own cotton pads it would be an absolutely amazing budget toner! 

Although I probably won't repurchase this product do to the abrasive nature of the pads trying them out has really opened by eyes to a new brand and I'll definitely be trying out some more products from Clearasil!

Kelsey xx

Ps. You can take a peak at my Etsy shop here.

I have a little Etsy shop (and a teeny weeny update)!

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At the beginning of June I finished uni...forever. During my exams I was really excited to finish, be a proper grownup and get a job. A month later I found out that all my hard work had payed off and I'd received a 2:1 BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree! I was so delighted! I'd been looking for a job since finishing uni and none of my applications had payed off, but to be honest I was kind of enjoying having a bit of a break. However, after a month of 'having a break' I was getting bored, everyone around me was getting jobs and I decided I needed something to keep me busy soooo I cracked out my vintage Singer sewing machine and decided to try my hand at making some cushions for my room. After a few days I'd made cushions for my room...and the rest! After some umming I decided to try and sell a few and that's when my little Etsy shop was born...


The Vintage Stitch Etc. The planning and name decision took a good few weeks as I was a little apprehensive about doing it, plus I wanted a name that stood out and didn't tie me to only one item. My beloved Singer 99K sewing machine was the making of the name. You can find my little Etsy shop, The Vintage Stitch Etc, here. I currently only have cushion covers in stock but I'm soon going to be adding bunting, makeup bags and tissue holders! It's been up and running about a week now and, although I haven't made a sale, I'm delighted that people have just stopped and looked at my little creations!

I would love it if you could pop by my little shop, take a peek and let me know what you think! If there's anything else you'd like to see in there or colours/patterns you'd like to see please let me know! At the moment I'm using my current Twitter account for shop updates so if you aren't already following you can do here.

I hope you like it!

Kelsey xx
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