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The Weekly Top 5 #16

Posted on August 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Is it me or do the weeks just seem to be flying by really quickly at the moment? I saw someone tweet that X Factor is starting next weekend, which pretty much means it’s Christmas really doesn’t it? Crazy! Anyway, we’ve had a great couple of weeks with my brother in law and his family, they came over from Japan and for the last two weeks we’ve been having some lovely days out. Freddy’s really going to miss his cousin now they’ve gone, so I’m trying not to talk too much about them as I don’t want him to get upset.

Hopefully blogging will return to normal this week. Just from having a few days out and evening meals, I’ve found it so much harder to plan my time and fit everything in. I should have a whole load of posts coming up this week with some gorgeous new beauty products and stationery to show you.

Here’s this weeks top five –

 from Flamingo Candles. This scent takes me right back to my childhood when I had a phase of having lemon curd sandwiches for breakfast! I just love the sweet smell of this candle, it’s lemony-sweet and yummy and just makes my house smell amazing. Flamingo Candles offer a massive range of scents that are really affordable, so definitely check their site out if you’re a candle fan!

 from Ban.do. My amazing stationery order from Ban.do finally arrived (after some rather hefty import fees) and I think I’m in love! I’ll have the full details in a post hopefully later this week, but until then, just marvel at the beauty of my new agenda! Isn’t it pretty!

 from ASOS. I had a little ASOS splurge last week and bought myself some much needed new clothes. Half the items didn’t fit – thank God for free returns hey! But out of the few that did, my favourite was easily this really simple but pretty skater dress. It hugs me in the right areas, and skims over those I’d rather cover up. The colour is also much nicer than the picture, it’s more of a muted terracotta-red shade. I’m very happy with this purchase!

 from Boots. Considering Nivea is a massively popular brand, I haven’t actually tried many of their products at all. So I was really excited when this brand new eye makeup remove arrived on my doorstep last week. The Daily essentials Double Effective Eye Make-up Remover has a two-phase extra strength formula, including an oil phase to effectively remove even waterproof mascara and eye-make-up, and an aqueous phase to protect and care for the eye lashes, without leaving an oily residue. And it really does work! It takes my eyeliner and waterproof mascara off with minimal rubbing, and leaves my eyes feeling clean, refreshed and happy!

And lastly  – I have some gorgeous pieces from Pia that I’ve been wearing this week, including this beautiful Mystic Topaz ring. Keep an eye on the blog later this week for my full post 🙂

In case you missed it –

#Bloggerbalckmail has been the talk of the week on social media, and when I say this week, it was trending on Twitter on Monday, being mentioned on Tuesday, and pretty much forgotten about by Wednesday. In case you somehow missed this and want to catch up with the drama, take a look here for my thoughts.

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Other things worth mentioning –

As a blogger, you know when you get a really exciting email and your heart skips a beat? Well I had one of those last week. A very exciting project is on the cards, it’s only in the very beginning stages right now, so watch this space!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

The Under £10 Lip Balm Guide

Posted on February 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

My lips are officially a complete pain in the butt. If you’re a regular reader you may have picked up on this! I’ve always suffered with dry, cracked and flaky lips which seem to get worse in the colder months, so I’m forever on the hunt for the perfect lip treatment. Because of this I’ve basically become a bit of a lip balm hoarder, I’ve tried most high street brands that are decently priced and readily available, and there really are masses of balms, creams and treatments available now. I thought it would be handy to put a post together to let you know my thoughts on some of the reasonably priced lip balms I’ve tried – basically those I have that are under £10.

Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm is a new addition to my collection. This moisturising balm is enriched with Bio Active Manuka Honey, a topical balm that soothes, relieves and moisturises dry, sensitive, chaffed and irritated skin and dry chapped lips. It’s a fab all round product that can also be used on eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. I love that this is a multi-use dry skin product in a handy portable tube. This works fantastically well on the lips with a subtle, pleasant scent. This comes in a massive tube and it’s a real bargain at £5.99 from .

Hurraw! Balm – Another new product in my stash, Hurraw! balms are made of premium organic, vegan and raw ingredients and contains certified organic, cold pressed and centrifuged extracted, nut and seed oils and butters. No petroleum, parabens, preservatives, artifical flavours or colours, these balms are gluten free, soy free, and shea free. If you want products as natural as possible, Hurraw! is where it’s at. In terms of performance, Hurraw! is great for mildly dry lips. This is £3.99 from mypure.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula – This Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm, enriched with Vitamin E and with the added benefit of SPF 15, helps prevent and protect chapped, cracked or wind-burned lips. This is a great balm for mildly dry lips and a complete bargain for only £1.99 from Boots.

Nivea Lip Care Pearly Shine – £2.29 from . I love the idea of a lip balm that also makes your lips look pretty, and this really does give a pearly shine! It’s not the best balm in the world though and I found it didn’t really sink into the lips unfortunately.

Lush Mint Julips – £5.50 from LUSH. Ok I know it’s not actually a balm, but I think this product is worth mentioning anyway. Mint Julips is a gentle lip scrub with warming peppermint and sweet vanilla combined with real sugar crystals to buff away any flaky skin. I find this scrub works really well, followed by a dose of balm it leaves my lips super soft!

Nuxe Reve de Miel – £9.50 from . This is an intensely hydrating lip balm to protect and repair dry, sore and chapped lips. Their winning formula comprises of honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence to instantly protect, repair and restore comfort to chapped lips. This balm really is fantastic, it really sunk in to my lips and was intensely moisturising. I currently take this everywhere with me!

Anatomicals Never Lose Your Cherry – I love Anatomicals fun packaging! This balm is designed to soften-up your lips and maintain a perfectly gorgeous pout. This is a lovely moisturising balm that worked really well when my lips were slightly dry. This is £2.55 from .

Skin Shop’s Liquorice Balm – This is a product specifically for cold sore sufferers to use between outbreaks. A trial by the Herpes Virus Association found that Liquorice Balm helped reduce the frequency and intensity of cold sore outbreaks if used regularly. Liquorice Balm can be rubbed into lips as often as necessary and not only could it help reduce cold sore outbreaks, it is also a nourishing balm that helps keep lips well-conditioned and smelling candy-shop sweet. £7.95 from .

Liquorice and Melissa Rescue Lip Gel – And this is for use when you already have coldsores. This is an intensive gel containing 8% liquorice extract and an extract of Melissa. It designed for quick and easy application to maintain the good condition of lips. £7.95 from .

Carmex Lip Balm Tube – Carmex has been one of my go-to lip balms for years upon years since my school days! Whether it’s in a tube or pot I’ve always used Carmex without problem. I find they work well on mild to moderately dry lips. £2.69 from .

EOS Lip Balm – £6.50 from . Ok so this is a bit of a funny one. I was originally a fan of EOS lip balms, and apart from the Blueberry and Acai one featured here, I would always have a few others dotted around the house. But since the cold weather hit and my lips have become even more troublesome, I find this balm just kind of sits on the lips and doesn’t really moisturise that well. Sad face.

Lansinoh Nipple Cream – £7.49 from John Lewis. This stuff is 100% natural, paraben free, has no additives, preservatives or chemicals, and no taste, colour or smell. Of course it’s technically a nipple cream, but it also works amazingly well on the lips, and is just the same, but cheaper than Dr Lipp products. I highly recommend this for extra dry lips, and I’ve got the full details in a post here.

Bee Good Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm – This deeply rich and nourishing balm includes British beeswax, natural source vitamin E, British borage oil; a rich source of skin strengthening essential fatty acids and British echium oil to replenish dry skin. This is a lovely balm that did the trick and was super moisturising. £4.75 from bee good.

Ok so overall there really are some fab lip balms out there that won’t break the bank, by my personal stand out ones definitely have to be Nuxe Reve de Meil, Lansinoh and Papaya Gold Paw Paw to sooth my super dry lips.

I hope you’ve found this post useful and I’d love to hear if you have any recommendations that I haven’t tried yet? xxx

This post contains some samples provided for review