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Monday, 18 August 2014

6 Skincare Staples

Like many other beauty bloggers, I enjoy trying out new skincare products, but when I find something that really works, I'm very reluctant to replace it with anything else. I almost daren't say that my skin has massively improved over the last couple of weeks, in fear that I'm cursing myself, but it really has and I believe it's down to some of the products featured above!

1. Garnier Micellar Water - £3.99 (down from £4.99) - Boots
I'm not going to lie, I've been really lazy recently and have been mostly using this micellar water to take off my makeup. It removes all makeup (even pesky mascara and eyeliner) really easily and I find it to be really gentle on the skin. It's the best micellar water I've tried and it's great value for money.

2. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ - £15.50 - Boots
I've spoken about how much I like La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo+ numerous times, but once more won't hurt right? I find this product great for calming down breakouts and it's also supposed to prevent scarring too so that's a bonus! It says to apply it to the whole face, but I tend to just use it a long my chin where I get blemishes.

3. Aloe Calming Toner - £8.50 - The Body Shop
I always like to use a toner after I have cleansed my skin and the Aloe Calming Toner has long been my product of choice. This alcohol-free toner is designed for sensitive skin. It is great for removing any traces of makeup that your cleanser has missed and also primes the skin ready for your moisturiser. Aloe has calming and soothing properties, making this a very gentle toner.

4. Botanics Refreshing Eye Roll on - £4.49 (down from £8.99) - Boots
This is a gel-based eye product, designed to reduce dark circles and puffiness. It has a rolly-ball-thing which makes it easy and in my opinion fun to apply (no need to tell me - I know I'm weird). The eye roll on contains hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin and hibiscus which is great for making the skin appear brighter.

5. Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser - £24.00 (50ml) - Balance Me
When I first tried this moisturiser sample, I really didn't like it but after loving the Balance Me BB cream so much, I decided to give it another go and now I actually really like it! If you can get over the overly floral scent that all Balance Me products seem to have, you'll find this moisturiser great for smoothing and hydrating the skin. One of the things I like most about Balance Me is that the majority of their products contain 99% natural ingredients.

6. Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask - £13.00 - The Body Shop
This lovely hydrating mask is like a thick, jelly-like moisturiser. Simply pop it onto dry skin for ten minutes, wipe it away and your skin will be left feeling soft, soothed and hydrated. I like the fact that this isn't a messy-mask and that it is really cooling on the skin. If you want to try it out you can pick up a sample sachet for £2.00.

So there we have my six of my skincare staples, what are yours?

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Toni & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder - A fine haired girl's dream product!

Toni & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder - £7.49 @ Boots
It's not the first time I've mentioned my troublesome fine hair here on Seek My Scribbles and it probably won't be the last. Not only does it get terribly knotty (at least it did when it was longer) but it also lacks volume and texture. Having been on the look out for an effective volumising product for a long while, I think I've finally found it in the form of the Toni & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder!

Toni & Guy claim their Sculpting Powder 'combats grease and creates volume and shape with a matte finish.' To use it, you simply twist the lid and shake a little powder directly onto the roots of your hair. You can then work your fingers through it and back comb your hair (if you wish to) to give it volume and extra body.

Giving the hair 'umph'
As a volumising and texturising hair product, it's a real dream! Although it feels a little odd when you first work it into your hair, it definitely does the job of giving it 'umph' and offering a light, natural hold. From using this dust-like powder, I've found that a little goes a long way, which is a good job since I've caught my boyfriend using it to style his hair too!

Combatting Grease
Where I'm still a little on the fence is when it comes to combating grease. It's definitely not on par with a dry shampoo, though it does somewhat mattify the hair. I have the sort of hair that gets greasy after one day (I'm never happy with day 2 hair) and I couldn't use this product to get it to a state where I'd be happy going out without washing it, like I can with dry shampoo.

It definitely gives clean hair a more desirable 'lived in' texturised look and is great for adding volume, but for tackling grease, there are far better (and cheaper) products available. 

If you have fine hair or simply want to give your hair a more volumised look, I highly recommend giving the sculpting powder a go! Seeing as I only purchased this product for it's volumising and texturising qualities, I've been more than satisfied with the results and will definitely repurchase.

Can you recommend any other volumising hair products?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

5 bad beauty habits

1. Touching my face
Touching your own face isn't a crime, but it is often the cause of blemishes and breakouts. Every time you touch your face, you're transferring the germs and oils on your hands onto your skin. I'm so guilty of this bad beauty habit. Whenever I'm reading something on my laptop, I'll sit with my hand over my chin - the area of my face most prone to breakouts!

2. Peeling off my nail polish
I love peeling off my nail polish! It's so satisfying when it comes off in one go. It doesn't look too great when you go out leaving your nail polish half-peeled though.

3. Picking & squeezing my skin
I pick at my skin and it's not at all nice, but it's one of those habits that I'm still trying to break after years and years of doing it. I'm not just talking about spots on my face, but any little bumps on my arms too. Sometimes I find myself searching for something to squeeze, it's gross. As much as I tell myself I shouldn't do it because of scarring, trying to break this habit is easier said than done!

4. Not heat protecting my hair
Thanks to the hundreds of products out there, protecting your hair from heat damage is easy, however this is something that I forget to do all too often. All I need to do is go out and pick up a heat protection spray, but every time I go in to Boots I find myself coming out with everything but the thing I actually need!

5. Leaving my brushes unwashed
I don't have many makeup brushes, but washing them is still a chore. I only have one set so it's a pain having to wait for them to dry. Excuse to buy more makeup brushes? I think so!

Now I've fessed up, it's your turn! 
What are your bad beauty habits?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Dimples | Outfit Post

Black crop top - // Floral print skirt - New Look // Nude heels - F&F
Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters // Necklace - F&F // Ring - Made by your's truly

I am a sucker for a pretty floral print, so when I saw this beautiful skirt in the New Look sale for just £9.00 (yes you read that right) I knew it had to be mine! It's one of those skirts that makes you want to twirl and curtsey. I simply adore it and can't wait to wear it on holiday later this month.

Speaking of the New Look sale, there are so many amazing bargains to pick up, so I highly recommend having a peek if you have a few pennies (well pounds if we're being realistic) to spend. I've pretty much bought my whole holiday wardrobe from the sale and I'll be sharing a few more outfit posts over the next coming weeks.

It's safe to say I'm feeling a lot better this week! The vertigo has all but disappeared and I'm feeling so much more positive. Thanks to those who left a kind comment on my Sunday Scribbles post!


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Scribbles #1

Do you ever feel like you have so many ideas in your head, but when it comes to executing them, you don't know where to start? I've felt like that all week. To start with I thought it was blogger's block, but I've come to realise the ideas are there, it's just that they are all buzzing around my head and I'm at a loss of where to begin.

Vertigo - My current bout of vertigo is definitely partly to blame for this confused state I've found myself in. I've had it a full week now and let me tell you it's not pleasant! I can only describe it as when you're really drunk and you sit on the loo in whatever bar you're in and the whole world is spinning. It's a lot like that but without the drunken giggles. 

Scrapping the schedule - Something else I've come to realise this week is that I over-plan my life and I feel like it's stopping the 'creative juices' from flowing. Rather than planning every half hour of my working week, I'm going to try and go with the flow and take more breaks. I'm sure I'm not alone and that other freelancers are as rubbish at taking breaks away from the computer as I am, but breaks and fresh air are both so important!

Scandal -After initially trying to battle through the vertigo and dizziness, I ended up cutting down my work load this week and giving myself time to rest. It's definitely done me the world of good, but it has also given me time to get addicted to yet another TV programme - this time it's Scandal. There's a reason everyone's talking about it boys and girls. It's epic.

Whilst this week has certainly been a funny one, I'm going into Monday feeling positive, refreshed and ready to write.


Friday, 8 August 2014

Happy World Cat Day!

Today is World Cat Day, providing me with the perfect opportunity to share yet another one of my little friends with you. Born 'Tommy' - at the grand old age of fifteen (almost sixteen he adds) he now goes by Thomas - it's much more sophisticated. He enjoys jumping in cardboard boxes, inconvenient laptop cuddles, lying on whatever washing you've left on the floor and eating whatever you're eating - yep he'll have some of that please and thank you.

From looking at the photo above, you'd assume Thomas has an easy life, but he's actually quite busy...

He's always asking to use the laptop...
We regularly find him in secret talks with Jazz.
Recently he's taken up the role of a stuffed toy impersonator.

Joking aside, he's an adorable little thing and even his round-the-clock meowing doesn't stop me from loving him. He's the boss of my dogs and the boss of us all, but I wouldn't have him any other way.

Happy World Cat Day!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Daisy Print Gingham | Outfit Post

Daisy Print Gingham Dress - Urban Outfitters // Black wedges - New Look* // Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters

I've always been a fan of floral print, so it was no surprise that this dress ended up in my shopping basket. Although it's a little on the short side (cheeky) I'm planning on wearing it on my holiday with these lovely wedges from New Look and my new favourite pair of sunnies that one of the Urban Outfitters sales assistants managed to talk me into buying! I also think this dress will look cute with a pair of tights and boots making it A/W wear too. 

It was a real steal at just £20.00 in the Urban Outfitters sale! I also picked up this Floral Lace dress for £20.00. Whilst UO is quite pricey, their sales are fantastic, so I definitely recommend heading over to the site for a nosey. You can currently get an extra 30% off sale items using the code 'Extra30'. 


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