Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets

Sometimes, when I take my water breaks at work, I look in the mirror Wthink...

"Jeez. I am the queen of sweat and oil. Disgusting."

Obviously, working in a stock room or on a very busy sales floor in the Summer can do that to you. It can't be helped.

Then you have that, "oh crap, my make-up!" moment. The slow-mo of your powder and eye make-up, dripping down your face. Melting.

Okay. SLIGHT exaggeration maybe. But that's what it feels like. Impending make-up doom and you are aware that your 2 minute break is nearly up. *GULP.*

The other day, I took these out my bag and thought, "oh what's the worst that could happen?"

I got these shine absorbing sheets in a magazine AGES ago and never thought to use them...I've been missing out for so long! These are FAB!

So much oil and shine was taken away from my skin, without moving my foundation/powder. I instantly looked calmer and less knackered.

Put it this way...when I saw the pack of 50 of these in the 99p shop last week, I snapped them up! They are now one of my handbag essentials.

Have you tried shine sheets before?

If you had another night to give,
I'd have another night to live.
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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Ginvera Exfoliating Marvel Gel

It takes a lot for a skincare product to impress me.

My oily/combination, acne prone, sensitive skin is very selective about what can be used on my face, at certain points in the month.

Some products I can use for weeks, then I have to stop using it and find an alternative. It's a nightmare.

I am rarely able to exfoliate as it can break me out.  That and it feels pointless as I am greasy, not oily!

Well, I thought that, until I tried the Ginvera Exfoliating Marvel Gel!

Honestly, this stuff confused the hell outta me! I applied a few blobs of thee gel onto dry skin, massaged it in, then it dried up a bit, forming lumps which then exfoliated my skin! Certainly did not see that coming. I thought it would have scratchy bits in, but no. A completely smooth gel.

I noticed fab results immediately. It took away all the dead skin from my face, took away the dry bits from my acne and evened out my skin.

I used this once a day for a week and I suffered no side effects. My acne was so much better too! My chin looks normal now; all the blocked pores are sorted!

For £22 for 60ml, from Harvey Nichols, this isn't  a cheap exfoliator for daily use. Yet, I really do not care! I would love to try this again, it really did make an obvious difference to my skin.

Have you tried the Ginvera Marvel Gel?

I ain't happy,
I'm feeling glad I got sunshine.
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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

My Ultimate Summer Driving Playlist

I have been contemplating my music tastes recently and considering writing a post about it, but after seeing that Money Supermarket were interested in what music us bloggers were into, I just had to crack on with it!

Whilst I am writing this, I am currently discussing music with my friend Josh. I'm flicking through my iTunes, sending him songs and he is sending me YouTube videos of his favourites.

I LOVE the Summer. Wherever I go, I have the windows down and my music LOUD.

My Summer playlist doesn't get played on long journeys. It's played en route to work, to the yard, or taking Josh home. Either way, I like to cater for my diverse music tastes and the even more diverse tastes of my friends!

Oooft I look terrible. En route to Race For Life earlier this month.

Currently on my Memory Card, I have:

Ariana Grande ft Mac Miller - The Way (Not my normal taste but her voice...!)
Ellie Goulding  - Anything Could Happen & I Need Your Love
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Eric Clapton - Layla and Wonderful Tonight
Stevie Wonder - Superstitious, Masterblaster and Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Bon Jovi -These Days (My favourite album EVER.)
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (Words cannot describe...!)
Ultimate 90's - A HUGE mixed playlist from iTunes
Asking Alexandria - Reckless & Relentless (Josh's influence; re-sparking my metal love!)

My current CDs of choice are by Five. I am loving their Greatest Hits and Invincible. My love for them being rekindled by the Big Reunion and discovering a mutual love of them with Tiffany Talks.

Interestingly, Think! have found that 20% of accidents are sleep or tiredness related. I can understand this as I have been exhausted recently, driving late after socialising and being the designated driver for my friends, finding myself putting music on to keep awake. Even worse, the tiredness can hit in the daytime too.

If you are ever tired whilst driving, pull over somewhere safe, switch off the car and lock the door. Have a nap, get a drink, do whatever it takes to put you in a safe driving position. By driving tired you are putting yourself and other road users at risk.

So, anybody share any of my music taste?!
Tiffany and myself can't be the only Five/90's nuts?!

I woke up today with this feeling,
That better things are coming my way...
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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Etat Pur Salicylic Acid 300

My main skin concern is my oily, acne prone skin.

Let's face it, I am 21. I should be over it by now. Yet, it is still lurking around. Whether it is stress, time of the month, illness or whatever, I will always have it.

Due to my shame of it, I wear make-up to work every day. On the occasions that I have popped in and not worn any, I get;

"You look weird. Are you tanned? Something is up with your face."

"No, I am not wearing my make-up today. This is my normal face."

"Oh dear."

Cheers a bundle Missus Manager lady...

Put it this way, I am sitting on the floor of my bathroom currently, just got out the bath, Hollyoaks on the laptop and a facemask hopefully working its magic.

My spots quite bad at the moment; on my face and on my back.

Yes I said it. I get spots on my back.

The stockroom has been so hot this week that I gave up and did the delivery in my vest top. (Sod uniform in a humid, 32 degree, non-ventilated room.) I did my normal shift after that. 12 hrs after getting to work, I got home...only then did I realise that my back was COVERED in spots.

When I do get my spots, I have taken to using this Etat Pur Salicylic Acid. It's basically the main ingredient that is in all acne products.

It is also the most effective thing that I have ever tried for my acne. Just a few drops is enough to cover my face or back. I apply this once or twice a day and it honestly does the trick.

My spots are less angry. All the little red dots are cleared up quickly and if any of them are big and painful, then they are reduced in size pretty quickly.

This is like cutting out the middle man; take away the moisturisers and cleansers containing salicylic acid, just put on the main product. Now I can use my normal products as well as having the real muscle to shift the little devils!

Looking at the bottle, it says that it should only be open for 3 months, so that would explain why it doesn't seem to be as effective anymore, as I have had it open for 6 months. But I can deal with that.

I got this as part of my Best of 2012 Joliebox, but I will be purchasing this again. You can purchase this product HERE. I have the stronger version, but there is a version for blackheads. Etat Pur also offer 3 free samples with every order...I may have to look a bit further into this company! 

Have you tried this product?

I'm in too deep,
and I'm trying to keep,  
Up above in my head,
Instead of going under.
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Friday, 12 July 2013

£10 free at The Fragrance Shop

Buying perfume is something I have never done. It was always a gift.

When I was little, my Mum got it for me. When I hit 18....from there, it was gifted to me from my now ex-boyfriend. *sigh*

(I sigh because it was nice how he did that, he just managed to find the right scents for me and it made him so happy. Oh well. C'est la vie.)

Seeing as my perfumes have nearly run out, I figured that it was time to be a big girl and look for a new perfume. Moving on and all that.

Well. I went to The Perfume Shop opposite my work and the woman who served me was SO RUDE and clearly couldn't be arsed to serve me. As someone who works in serving customers, I know that it is important to be polite as ANYONE could be a mystery shopper. Or a blogger. Just sayin'.

Feeling disheartened (and a little p****d off) I forgot about getting perfume, until I checked Priority Moments. They are currently offering £10 off ANYTHING in store. Even their sale stuff.

As soon as I went in, I explained my need for a completely new perfume, what I had and how I liked it but I didn't want the same one. She showed me one perfume, but I remembered reviewing this scent and once I tried it properly, I had to have it!

I reviewed Hugo Boss Nuit Pour Femme last year and LOVED it. It was one of those scents that you just keep smelling.

The great thing about my purchase was that the gift set was the same price as the fragrance on its own! It was originally £35, but with my £10 off code, I got it for a bargainous £25! Love it!

The offer is on for another week so get yourself O2 Priority Moments and down to The Fragrance shop! The sale stuff is pretty good too, you might get a freebie from it!

So baby don't worry.
You know you've got me.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Avon Naturals Superfruit Souffle

(Yep, this really does sound good enough to eat!)

I was given this by a friend; she had so many products, that she threw some in my direction.

At first, I really liked it. It smells like a fruity conditioner which is always good.

It leaves my hair soft which is good.

There's something about it though. It just doesn't meet my standards for a hair masque...I just don't LOVE it.  Not good.

I like the idea of the acai berry and shea oil, but surely that would make it all the more nourishing? When I wash it out, it feels like I have washed it all out, like I haven't even conditioned.

Obviously when my hair is dry, it is shinier, detangled and smells good. It's just not all there, you know?

Maybe it is because I know that I can get better results from leaving my daily conditioner on for a few minutes longer? I don't know.

For me, this product felt alright. Just...alright.

You can probably guess that I won't be getting this again!

It's not old,
Just older
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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Barry M Limited Edition Pink

Well hello there Summer and do I have an ideal nail polish for you!

During the last of my recent splurges (all of which will be stopping now!) I picked up this lovely little gem from Superdrug. It was free if you spent £6 on Barry M and this purchase was also fuelled by my desire to have a box of pretty colours on my dressing table.

This colour is a stunning *slightly* neon pink which is quite sheer, but is buildable to a solid colour. I have used three coats here.

I wore this colour on Sunday when I did Race For Life and it was the ideal shade to go with our neon t-shirts!

After experiencing this, I will definitely be buying more Barry M polishes; I can't believe I have never owned any before! Especially starting from £2.99, they are such great value!

I don't think that the offer to get this for free is still on, but Barry M are included in the 3 for 2 deals at Boots and Superdrug anyway.

Has anyone else got this colour? Are you loving it like me?!

I want to thank you,
for giving me the best days of my life.
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Friday, 5 July 2013

June Empties

Is it me, or does this time of month come round fast?

Seeing as I am going back to uni in a few months, I will be trying to use up as many products as possible and throwing away stuff! This month I will be throwing away some more old make up, as I always think, "just in case..." but just in case can cause eye infections, of which I cannot be arsed with.

Hair Products

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine
Would I repurchase? Review HERE

Facial Skincare

B Pure Micellar Water
Why do I buy this?! It's a waste!
Would I repurchase? No

Nivea Pore Refining Day Cream
Smells good. Hydrating.
Would I repurchase? Nope

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery masque
Not for younger people, but I just needed SOMETHING.
Would I repurchase? No, think Mum has this anyway

Avon Clinical Eye Lift Pro sample
I like this now
Would I repurchase? Tempting!

Make Up

Avon In a Blink Eyeliners in espresso, violet smoke, steel smoke
I LOVE these. A good quality liner, shadow on a sponge thing, cheap...fab! Shame they are too old now.
Would I repurchase? Possibly, if they are available.

Miss Sporty Mini-Me eyeliner
This colour is fab, but the 30 month open date for this liner is tripled to get how long I have owned it for.
Shame, because it is a great product.
Would I repurchase? Probably not.

No 7 Lipglosses in Dream and Whisper

Have had these for a while. That and I look silly when I wear them!
Would I repurchase? A different colour maybe


Garnier Body 7 Days  with Mango Oil
This smells AMAZING. Sinks in fast, ideal!
Would I repurchase? Yes, yes, 1000 times yes.


Dove Invisible Dry Compressed Deodorant
Yet another one. Not sure if it's as good to me anymore?
Would I repurchase? Maybe. Review HERE

Tesco Nail Polish Remover
Not much to be said really
Would I repurchase? Bought one in Boots

Asda Little Angels Cotton Pads
These took AGES to get through! Great quality and quanitity.
Would I repurchase? Oh yes.

Boots Cotton Pads
I used these in two weeks? Not as good as I thought
Would I repurchase? No

Wilko Baby Cotton Buds
Not much to say really
Would I repurchase? Yes...

Have you used any of these products this month?

You were standing,
I was there.
Two worlds colliding.
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Aussie Three Minute Miracle Shine

Aussie products...I never understood what the craic was with them.

It felt like every blogger out there had their products and raved about them all the time...enough to make me NOT want to use their products.

Then in typical Ashleigh fashion...converted.

Seriously, what is in this treatment?!

Two days later, my hair STILL smells like the conditioner! Still soft and shiney! AMAZING.

I don't care how much this costs, I need this as my weekly hair masque.

I dare anybody to find me a masque/treatment that is better than this...

What'll you do when you get lonely
And nobody's waiting by your side?
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