Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Oxford Street Haul (H&M, TOPSHOP and PULL&BEAR)

So last Thursday I went out with my bestie from Summer’s Beauty on a Budget as she was leaving to back to UNI on the weekend L
So of course we met up to go for a spot of shopping and catching up!
First stop was TOPSHOP.!.!.!. Now I wasn’t really intending on buying anything but when I saw this Tartan Print Bag I just had to buy it. I know what you’re thinking… but I’m serious I needed a new bag and this is just the perfect length, size and colour. I love the Green and Dark Blue Tartan print amongst the Black and quite frankly it was a bargain.!. Down from £30 to just a mere £10.!.!. Plus it was the last one left….
You guys also know I’m obsessed with Nail Art and so nothing could stop me from buying the TOPSHOP Halloween Character Nail Wraps for just £1 especially as they were £3 before.!.!.!. I don’t care if Halloween is 10 months away! I can always put them away and attempt to remember to use them…..heheheheh.
Next stop was H&M a store I practically live in. I managed to get myself two Black Skirts. One a thick Black Wrap Detail Skirt down from £7.99 to £5 and a simple Black Jersey Skirt for £3.99.

I also got these two gorgeous pieces of jewellery for £2 as it was buy one get one free.!.!.!.!. So the Arrow Bangles were for £2 and an Arrow Head Ear Cuff Earning for £1. I’ve dying to get myself an Ear Cuff and so this was a perfect opportunity to get one without breaking the bank ;)

And last but not least we visited Pull & Bear where bought myself a Black T-Shirt down from £7.99 to £3.99. I couldn’t say no as it was so cheap and Summer’s bad influence ;) but to be honest I like the print on it so meh.

Out of everything the thing I love the most is the bag as I know I will absolutely wear it to the max.!.!.
What have you guys gotten from these stores or in the sales?
L.F.A. Xx

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Rituals - Ginko's Secret - Ginseng & Ginko Biloba - Handbalm

During the winter, much like many other people I am always in search for the perfect hand cream, and here is one I am thoroughly enjoying.

First and foremost the state of my hands. Naturally during the winter my hand becomes dry, however the state of my hands are unbelievable. I get dry flaky patches on my hands and if its really bad my hands will crack, get cuts all up on its own and then it looks as if its aged 10 years or so which for me is just terrifying.!.!.!
So particularly in winter I can immediately tell if a hand cream is good and if it will work for me.

I have tried many different hand-creams ranging from different price ranges and brands but amongst those, believe it or not I have yet to try any of Rituals' products.!. I know.!. The shame. But alas thanks to the Company Beauty Week Goodie Bag I can now try one.

So here I present Ginko's Secret - Ginseng and Ginko Biloba - Handbalm. It says on their website:
"This luxurious hand balsam was specially developed to soothe and calm dry hands
Leaves your hands feeling soft, Enriched with Ginseng, the symbol
of immortality, and Ginkgo Biloba, which in Japan represents life and strength"
Not sure about it's symbolism but I must absolutely agree with this as my hands feel very soft and having had several flaky patches on my hands before using it, after a couple of days it had disappeared and my hands have yet to crack.

At first glance it appears to be like any normal hand cream I'm used to so I was expecting my hands to have absorbed it quickly and to be dry in an instant. But Nope. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was quite thick in consistency, and that my hands felt as if they had a protective layer over them so perfect for this chilly weather. It does take a couple of minutes to soak in but it's not as if I was left with super greasy hands.

Another brilliant thing about this is the smell.!.  My gosh. As soon as I apply it this beautiful refreshing scent of cucumber and a hint of flowers (though I'm not exactly the best at giving descriptions). It isn't an overpowering scent but for those that may not like scented or perfumed creams, this porbably isn't the best cream for you.
I'm not sure if this an inteded side effect but I also feel that my nails have been strengthened so I guess its beneficial for my hands overall?!
You can get 75ml for £10 from:
John Lewis , Rituals or any other places with a Rituals Counter.

L.F.A. Xx