Crochet : The Beginnings of a Cardigan…

I started making this cardigan last month and whilst I felt full of enthusiasm to complete this Summer Cardigan I seem to have halted to a stop. I have crocheted many things but not clothing with the exception of scarves/hats/gloves. I’ve never delved into actual garments so to speak. However after flicking through Simply Crochet issue 20 I came across this pattern and really liked the simplicity of the cardigan. I had some spare balls of wool and then hatched a plan. I doubt this will be completed before the Summer is over but I do plan to finish it very soon!

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The pattern has been pretty easy to understand so far, it’s made up of the v-stitch (treble, ch-, treble). It’s definitely one of those patterns that you can hook up in the evening whilst the TV is on.

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I am using 75% Polyacryl 25% Wool by Designer Yarns, I can’t remember where I bought this but I know it was on sale. The shade is 314 Pink Melange, it’s a lovely dusky pink and the quality of the wool is lovely and soft to touch.

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A cup of tea always helps…

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I seem to start one project and then start another without finishing the previous one! Please tell me you do this as well?

Empties #2

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Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner 250ml £3.55
Love, love love this product so much! I have already re-purchased this. The classic Nivea scent is very comforting, avery thick rich formulation which glides on the skin. This is not to be confused with a shower wash, whilst you can still use it as a shower wash it’s main purpose is to nourish and hydrate the skin. So it’s an extra product you apply and rinse after you’ve washed your body and just before you step out the bath or shower. By doing this impel step in the shower cuts down on your time once you step out, so no need to worry about applying a body lotion. Unless you have skin like an elephant!

L’Oreal EverRiche Shampoo & Mask £5.99/£6.99
I have repurchased this range over and over again, the smell is just amazing and probably the reason why I always come back. Even though I don’t have dry hair I have still found this fine to use, since having my hair coloured on the ends this is where I’ve been using the shampoo and mask. Where as for the scalp I found it a little rich and so I use a different shampoo. Keep a look out for this on offer, you can normally find it in the supermarkets on offer!

Alpha-H Absolute Eye Complex 15ml £34.50
A lovely cooling gel formulation which felt very soothing, I found this product to be a good product but it didn’t WOW me. Not that I’ve ver come across an eye cream that does. The quest is still on!

Elemis White Flowers Eye and Lip Make-up Remover £19.00
A bi-phase formula that needs shaking before you apply to cotton pads, instantly removes lip and eye makeup including waterproof mascara. A lovely makeup remover which feel lovely and gentle on the eyes making it perfect for contact lens wearers. If you fancy treating yourself I don’t think you would be dissapointed.

Sure Compressed Aqua Crystal 48HR £3.29
I really like the new compressed bottles, they’re smaller and don’t feel some clumpy making them great for travelling around with you. A good anti-perspirant, but I can’t say I would go out of my way to repurchase. I normally look for the offers, so unfortunately no loyalties lie here!

Liz Earle Foot Scrub 15ml £5.00
This little sample tube was actually from their advent box! I love the aromatic smell of the scrub, it’s good scrub that gets the job done! The matching foot lotion and spray is also fab and I would recommend them for sure. If you’re on your feet all day this trio is what you need to help you unwind and treat your feet.

Lush Eau Roma Water 100g £3.95
A rose based toner suitable for sensitive skins, made with both rose and lavender water. The formulation helps soothe redness and calm the skin. The handle spray bottle means you can spritz onto stressed skin on the go. I like to use a hydrating toner after using an exfoliating one, this is fantastic value for money.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum 15ml £18
I throughly enjoyed using this serum and would definitely re-purchase a full size. The fruity scent is pleasing and the gel formulation is very easy to apply. You don’t need a lot and if you pump too much you find it a little slippy on the skin but trust me you don’t make the same mistake again. The orange colour screams vitamin C, known to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles and boost the skin making it look brighter and younger. I need a bucket load of this!

BODHI Bath & Body Jasmine Falls 200ml £20
Let me tell you, BODHI know their stuff. Jasmine Falls is the business, if you need a product to help you de-stress and lift your spirits this is it. The smell is intoxicating and you seriously feel so much better after experiencing it. I like to use this as a body wash to experience the full scent. Plus it lasts really well thanks to the dark bottle.

Overall a good month for empties!
I’m hoping next month is another good one, I need to make more space.

Love Me Beauty | August Edition

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Love Me Beauty have launched their August box and I have been testing out Menu 1. Following last months review I can happily report back this is much better!

MARSK- Mineral Eye Shadow ‘You’re Toast’ £14.49
100% natural, mineral based loose powder. The colour is a gorgeous warm gold, not too shimmery. The perfect brow highlight or inner eye highlight. It can also be used wet for a deeper shade. I will most definitely be using this when I do a smokey nude look. Full Size

A LA CARTE- Smudge Proof eyebrow definer £23
Eeekk!!! I literally grinned like a kid in a sweetie shop when I saw this on the menu. I’ve used and loved this brow ink before and can ready say from past experience this is amazing! The fine skinny tip allows you to draw fine individual hairs. Even though the shade is Blonde it’s perfect for my brows which are actually quite dark. Full Size

ORIFLAME- ECOLLAGEN WRINKLE CORRECTIVE EYE CREAM £16.95
I’m always interested in eye creams, I’ve never tried anything from the brand ORIFLAME so this will be interesting. I love the rollerball applicator, great for the morning. It helps keep the eye area hydrated and wrinkles plump, therefore helping to diminish them. Sounds great right?! Full Size

MIRABELLA- LIP LUSTER ‘BASHFUL’ £10.50
Probably the one product which disappointed me. The finish has a shimmer which I don’t personally like. The shade as well wasn’t something I would normally go for. The quality is good, the colour is strong and applies all over the lips nicely but it just doesn’t float my boat if you get what I mean? Full Size.

What do you think of this months box? It’s definitely value for money, each menu is worth over £55.

You can subscribe to Love Me Beauty online, £10 + P&P each month.

www.lovemebeauty.com

The Review | Eylure

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I finally cracked it! I can officially put on lashes without throwing a tantrum. Over the years I have tried and tried but for some reason I just struggled to apply lashes and if truth be told I was scared at getting it wrong and I think that didn’t help. After a friend kindly helped me and gave me some helpful tips I can finally apply them and wear them with ease. They do feel strange when you first wear them but I can honestly say that after a few days of wearing them they feel normal. I now find that on days when I don’t wear them it feels strange, plus mascara just doesn’t cut it for me anymore.

I recently bought some lashes from the brand Eylure, they have an incredible range of false lashes ranging from natural to volume. So depending on the look you want to achieve Eylure would definitely be the brand I would say have a look at. I’m now a lash junkie, I can’t get enough of them. I bought these lashes from my local Asda, I think they were on offer for £3.75 which is amazing value. Having said that even at full price £5.25 I would and will definitely re-purchase them.

Right onto the lashes, I wanted to try some which are shorter and more natural looking. So the 101′s give a full, shorter length that opens up the eye. You can see from my photos how lashes really can make such an impact on your appearance. The glue included is actually really good and lasts well, better than any other glue I’ve ever had. I like to apply my favourite black liquid liner by VIVO cosmetics, this is a mere £2! After applying the lashes I like to go over the lash strip with another coat of liquid liner. For mascara I’ve been using the Maybelline Mega Plush.

Have you tried Eylure? Can you apply lashes confidently?

 

New Picks | Body Lotions & Potions

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The Bodyshop Moringa Beautifying Oil is a great multi-tasking product, suitable for the face, hair and body! It’s a great all rounder that has a lovely white floral scent. I’ve been using this on the body and hair, but not on my face. It’s great to use after being in the sun all day, the oil instantly hydrates the skin and hair leaving a gorgeous floral scent.

Liz Earle Botanical Aftersun Gel has been used a lot recently by ALL the family. A light-weight gel that cools and soothes sun kissed skin. A little goes a long way and this size tube is amble for the family. I don’t use it all over the body just on the arms, legs and back. The botanical scent makes it very pleasing to apply. Great if you have sun burn, it helps take the redness down.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion is aimed towards dry skin making it perfect for all year round. Great to use on the body after stepping out the shower but also if you’ve been in the sun, it’s really important to rehydrate your body after sunbathing. I have to say I love the packaging, a sleek slimline bottle with a smart pump. The citrus scent is fresh and uplifting, sea buckthorn is rich in vitamins and helps to stimulate the skin’s regenerative process.

Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Cream is rich and creamy, with pure sweet orange and cedarwood essential oils. I really like the thickness of this cream, and you can’t beat scooping your hand into a pot of rich body cream. I tend to use this on my legs because I find my legs need a little extra moisture. Even though the texture is thick the cream applies quick and easy. Skin feels nourished, protected and comfortable. Job done!

 

Do you like a cream, lotion or oil for the body? 

Monthly Favourites | July

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This month has been an exciting month, I’ve tried to keep it to a handful of products but I probably could’ve mentioned another 2 possibly three!

Mac Eyeshadow Palette L-R

Retrospeck is a lustre finish, perfect for highlighting the brow bone and the inner corner of the eyes. It has a fine gold shimmer running through it which catches the light beautifully.

Naked Lunch is a frost finish, a great day shade just applied all over the lid. A lovely subtle pink to have in the collection, it works great with other shades and it’s a great shade for crease blending.

All that Glitters is a deluxe pearl finish, a warm pink bronze with a fine gold shimmer running through. It’s my favourite shade from the quad because it’s so easy to wear,  this is definitely a one lid shade which looks amazing all over the lid and then blended into the crease.

Tempting is a lustre finish, a rich chocolate shade with fine specks of gold. I use this shade a lot, I even wear it all over the lid during the day. It’s a great shade to use in the crease to create more depth or simply over the lid and blended out.

Moving onto face I’ve been using Pixi Glow Tonic most days and I’m glad I snapped up two bottles! It helps keep my skin clear and glowing, I do find that some days if I have a blemish I will use a stronger exfoliating toner such as the Clarins Exfoliating Lotion or my latest exfoliating friend is the Clearasil Super Fruits pads. I’ve only been using them a short while but so far so good! You’ll probably see these featured next month.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush I have been using Real Techniques ever since they launched. My favourite is the buffing brush, I use it for all my liquid foundations. However I picked up the Expert Face Brush last month and have used it ever since. The bristles are tightly packed giving it a more dense feeling compared to the Buffing Brush. It has a smaller brush head but cut differently. It’s a great brush and couldn’t believe Asda stocked them!

Bourjois 123 CC Cream I first heard about this from the makeup queen Lisa Eldridge. So after searching through the shades I decided on Light Beige It is a little warm for me but for the Summer it’s perfect. Chances are for the Winter I will need to drop a shade. I’ve used both fingers and brush to apply this, it has a lovely movable consistency. It leaves skin with a healthy natural glow that looks beautiful. I have been known to powder around lunch time because my skin has a tendency of getting a little greasy especially in the t-zone.

Dr.Lipp Amazing! Yes it’s first and foremost sold as a nipple cream but hey it’s also great on chapped lips and dry areas on the body. I use a little every morning as part of my skincare routine. By the time I’ve applied a little and finished the rest of routine my lips are hydrated and ready for colour.

KIKO Cosmetics Exotic Shine Lipstick 06 I am in love with this shade, sadly I can’t see it online anymore but if you’re lucky enough to live near a store you could check int here. It’s a striking hot pink which brightens the complexion. Some days I just wear mascara and this! I’ve even applied it to the apples of my cheeks and it looks great.

 

Do you have any monthly favourites?