Wednesday 20 April 2016

TK MAXX homeware haul: Spring 2016

This may be one of my smallest hauls ever! But the pieces are so pretty and such good value for money that I just had to share!
I decided to revamp my space and give it a bit of a lift for spring.

I always find good stuff in Tk Maxx and this time was no different.

What is a trip to Tk maxx without coming out with a candle?

I picked up:

which smells so light yet fragrant.
 It has amber and woody notes which I love but is also fresh. I picked this up for £5.99.

As the name suggests this is a very rich and deep candle.
I love what are traditionally winter candles all year round.
I find them really soothing and this candle just smells amazing.
 It is a massive 2 wick candle for less than £6!

These have over 35 hours burning time each and the jars are just as gorgeous as the scents.

I also grabbed this stunning burnished copper terrarium/ display box. (similar)
A blogger staple I know but I bagged this in the sale area and received a further discount bringing the total down to £6.99!
These sell out so fast online but I know for a fact the stock these in several branches. Some even with a better discount than I got.

I am sooo happy with my new spring homeware buts and bobs and can't wait to go back and get some more goodies.

Stephanie aka Wednesdays Girl

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Wednesday 6 April 2016

Skincare: Brightening products to get the glow

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So I am all about the glow. 
Whether it is highlighters- Check out my Makeup Revolution favs or doing a d.i.y face mask
I love it. There is nothing better than having a healthy glow.
For me sorting out my skin is the most important beauty step. 
If your skin isn't as good as you can make it. 
There is absolutely no use applying make up to skin that hasn't been cared for properly and wondering why your make up doesn't t look right.

I have been really happy with the products I've been using lately and wanted to share.
Luckily my skin doesn't get too dull/ have that greyish cast some get with the English weather but as a person with combination skin (usually: normal/combination. Now: normal/combination/ a few dry patches). 
Walking that fine line between hydrated, non textured, glowing skin has been helped by these skincare products below!

I snagged this on sale for £2.90 but really disliked this product to begin with.
It is actually an Anti-aging product but as I have said before if I see brightening I am on it.
It isn't a peeling mask as the name would suggest, I just think the name is misleading and not a good description for it.
However once I started massaging my face and then leaving it on for about 5 minutes I saw a massive difference and loved it.
It has an oleogel formulation which means that there isn't a physical feeling of exfoliation and the texture is a mix between an oil and serum. Once I had worked out how to make it work for me I saw immediate results.
As you can see I need to pick up a new one. I suggest going in store as It is always sold out online. 

Essence is very big business in Korean beauty and is another layer in helping the face become balanced /moisturised and in turn brighter.
I feel like when my skin is fully hydrated it glows, so I had to include this.
Time revolution is one of Missha's top selling products and receives rave reviews.
I found that my first week of use was out of this world and then I saw no difference. I continued using it for  2 more weeks and was really impressed with the results from week 3.
It contains a very high percentage of fermented yeast concentrate (saccharomyces ferment filtrate), which nourishes the skin immediately as in absorbs almost instantaneously. The yeast as well as niacinamide and Vitamin B3  help repair the skin cells barrier and begins improving skin elasticity.
As well as eventing tone. 
This is very pricey but does go a long way.  

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What can I say about the glow tonic, that hasn't been said?
This is iconic for a reason. 
This gentle AHA acid toner works really, really well for me. 
I tend to alternate between using it daily and every other day on a monthly basis.
This is great for brightening, texture, marks and radiance.
Although effective it is a little pricey at times for what I would consider mid ranged quality skincare.
The packaging for a long time put me off buying regularly as I am not a fan.

I have been using this polish on and off for a few years and really like it!
I do't use this everyday, which is why I think it last so long.
It is very invigorating yet gentle and I see results straight away.
It smells great too, which is an incentive to use it.

This is an great exfoliating mask.
Those have come across TonyMoly within the Korean Skincare arena know this a really affordable performer.
This again contains AHA's and once you start massaging, it balls up and you can actually see that the little balls are a greyish colour.
I did think it was just the product reacting to itself but my skin feels soft and I see more balls in dryer areas.
What I like to do is apply this gently all over my cleansed face as once you rub this, it starts balling up.
Once it is all over my face I leave it as a mask for 5-10mins then I start massaging.
It is very easy to wash off and my skin feels soooo soft and just glows.
One thing I will say is the scent is very bold.
I am not a fan but it isn't offensive just very pungent. 
So if you can't deal with strong floral scents beware!

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As you can probably tell.
Facetheory is a company I am really enjoying at the moment.
This is one of the 2 cleansers I picked up earlier this year.
Althought the formula isnt my favourite. There is no denying the healthy glow it brings to my skin.
With glycerin, 2% glycolic and 1% salicylic acid, it is an all round moisturising and brightening exfoliating cleanser.
As I have said before my skin feels soft, fresh and looks bright.
Facetheory always have a discount code floating about , so definitely try them out.

A 2015 stand out brand for me was Alba Botanica. 
Their Hawaiian facial range in particular.
I took to the Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Mask 85g really well and love how smooth my skin feels.
Pores are less visible and my skin always looks less textured. The best thing is the instant brightness. My skin just glows.
It contains Papaya, which is a well known fruit acid exfoliant. 
It also has healing and skin barrier boosting properties. It does sting occasionally but now I use it after a cream clenser or balm. The stinging has diminished greatly.
I try to use this mask weekly for about 10 minutes as I do chores and the results are excellent.

This is always in my bathroom and as it is always on some sort of price deal.
 I have a pretty good stock pile.
Often compared to he Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, the creamy consistency is very rich and moisturising.
The mix of Kiwi Fruit, Mulberry extracts and Cocoa Butter works well with my skin. 
I can use this as a quick cleanser and know that my makeup/ general grime is being dealt with efficiently.
I also use this as a mask- what don't I use as a mask? lol
Leaving this on for about 10 minutes, doing a quick massage and using a warm cloth to cleanse is bliss!

So those are my current skin brightening products!

Stephanie aka Wednesdays Girl

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Wednesday 30 March 2016

Facetheory Skincare: Cleansers and moisturiser review


I did a Facetheory skincare haul back in January. 
Having picked up a few products in the sales and have been trialling them since then.

I kept it simple and picked up 3 items. 
2 cleansers and a moisturiser.
Things that I knew I could test throughly and really see results with.

Gentle Skin Cleanser C1 (signature)
Containing avocado, coconut, silk and apricot.
This is targeted towards dry and combination skin- which fits my skin perfectly atm.
This is my favourite cleanser out of the two I bought. I really like how moisturised my face feels post cleanser.
It's very gentle yet oh so effective. It has just the right amount of creaminess and glides on over the face easily. 
You need a pump and half maximum for face and neck coverage so it lasts a long while.
I found the signature cleanser very easy to remove and it didn't leave any residue.
 I have also been leaving this on my face as a mask for about 5-10 mins whilst I potter about and it leaves my face hydrated and silky.
I really do see a subtle glow every time I use it.-Bonus!


Has natural micro pumice stones. 
As well as glycerin, glycolic and salicylic acid.
This means that the cleanser helps to keep skin moisturised as glycerin is a humectant but works 2 fold as a chemical exfoliator and a physical one.
I reach for this cleanser less than the other as the formula is a lot more runny.
I prefer a slightly thicker consistency but I have tried mixing the 2 together for a more substantial consistency.
Which works, so when I buy my next batch, I will mix the leftovers into one container.
I do however like the ingredients and how they make my skin look when I do use it.
My skin feels fresh, bright and soft.
This leaves a really even surface to work with and was a great help when testing out the Madam LA LA bronzer in my February blogger beauty box.
I have found that my skin responds particularly well to bark extract after testing out the Madara  clarifying toner and a few other products, So the willow bark in this formulation is a bonus.
The pumice stones are not abrasive and don't leave my face feeling sensitive or scarred. 
They are used sparingly which I like.
This is also a great gentle exfoliator for hands and feet!

Packed full of hyaluronic acid, vitamins E & C and passion fruit extract.
I really, really, really like this moisturiser!
I actually have combination skin but this is so nice.
It has a whipped quality, which works well with my skin.
From the moment I tested it , I liked it. 
It works well as a day and night cream and really helps to keep the cold weather from battering my skin.
I am experiencing light dryness on my cheeks and chin atm as explained in my Pampering and treatments: Facials- 7 things you need to know post,
 atm so having a moisturiser that is rich and nourishing but doesn't make my face greasy as heck is important.
It is very hydrating yet absorbs to a dewy matte finish.
This is just perfection!
One pump or even half a pump is enough to moisturise my face and neck. 
I also use this a hand moisturiser and find it to be excellent also.
This is a must have in my next order.

Overall I am soooo expressed with the quality and can't wait to stock up.
Being able to customise with natural fragrance. 
As well as having skincare questionnaire to offer you solutions specifically for your skin type really appeals to me.
I am also looking forward to seeing if they bring out any new releases to add to the range.
I think a serum and eyecream would be a great edition.

Stephanie aka Wednesdays Girl

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Wednesday 23 March 2016

The Body Shop collection: Body mists

The Body Shop and I have a long and glorious history.
My mum would always buy their kiwi collection - very old school and is obsessed with the hemp products.
You can see that my obsession with the Hemp hand cream is also very real, in my Skincare savers/ saviours post.
So they have always been around my home and part of my beauty/skincare awareness.

There are so many products, that I enjoy but I personally have always been drawn to the Body Shop mists.
When I was in secondary school .
I would walk past the one on Victoria highstreet and spritz my jumper lavishly with the vanilla Body Mist and dab an oil (my bro used to use the oil too) liberally on my wrists before sashaying out to start my day.
(the testers obvs lol)
Now I have a long tradition of doing a massive haul of my fav scents every other year.
They last so long I don't need to purchase them more regularly.

Although not the most expensive, quite a few of them are long lasting and I continually return to stock up as many of the mists hold great memories for me.

 There have been some great sales so far this year and I definitely splurged.
I usually opt for the mists as I find that some of the perfumes don't smell the same as their mist counterparts or surprisingly don't last that long on me.

These are my current all rounder favs are :

They are all really fresh and vibrant, which is always important for transitional scents.
Each one can take me from a crisp winter morning to bbqs at the height of summer.

So there you have it my current collection. Are you a Bodyshop body mist lover like me?
What are your favs?

Until next time........................

Stephanie aka Wednesdays Girl

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