Thursday, 31 October 2013

Haul | IKEA

I have just had my bedroom painted and wanted to get some cheap extras/decorations to perk the room up a bit.  I hadn't been to IKEA in over a years so I was due for a trip.  And who doesn't like a shop around IKEA?...probably quite a few people!  Anyway, I saw a video on Lily Pebbles Youtube channel that mentioned some throws etc from IKEA and liked what I saw so I thought they may have some suitable things for my bedroom too. 

As you do when wandering around IKEA and their strange traditions (big yellow/blue bags, meatballs and duvets that aren't the conventional size) pick up a few things that you don't need!  I had to be very strict with myself and not get carried away.  It's such a big place (I went to Croydon)!  I saw lots of cheap throws and cushions in a huge variety of colours and was pleased to see the perfect colours for my now (Pale Amethyst and Grape...Laura Ashley paints) 'grown-up pink' room.  I bought a Cream Throw and a Purple Bedspread that go brilliantly together and in my room. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the bedspread.  I could see that the throw might fray slightly but it's not got much of a purpose apart from making my bed look nice so I don't mind.  I really do think that it's not worth
spending £££ on something that's not being used all the time so IKEA is perfect for things just for decoration purposes.  

I also picked up some cushion covers and the inner cushions (Purple Velvet Cushions) which are great for my bed.  The floral cushion in the middle is also from IKEA but I couldn't find it on the website.  It's a lovely cushion..the perfect centrepiece that pulls everything together!
In the huge lamp section of IKEA, I bought this Purple Lamp which goes brilliantly with the lighter walls and darker cushions and throws.

The other floral bedspread in the photo is from Monsoon.  Unfortunately they don't sell it anymore.

A lot of the bloggers that I read seem to have this Pot.  I saw it in the plant section of IKEA at the very end and picked it up.  I think this one itself is bigger than the ones normally used for things like make-up brushes but I'm sure i'll find a use for it!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Blog soon!

SH x

*Whilst writing this post, I'm listening to this amazing concert from John Mayer on youtube.  Have a's great and his dog is so cute!*

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Purple Nail Varnish + Midi Ring

During the Summer, on a shopping trip to London, I went into my favourite shop ever, & Other Stories on Regents Street.  I absolutely love the beauty section in this shop.  It's very well laid out in a bathroom style.  I just love being in the shop!  I saw this nail varnish, 'Cambric Purple' and was immediately drawn to it, since my favourite colour is purple.  It's an amazing bright colour that really stands out in an outfit.  & Other Stories have a great nail colour selection and now that they've put the nail varnishes online, I may be making another order ('Armure Plum' looks like a fantastic shade for Autumn).  I also bought some body lotion in Fig Fiction which has now been repurchased smells amazing!  The names for all their products, I think, are so creative.

I bought a set of midi rings from Topshop a couple of weeks ago and think this gold one goes really well with the purple nail varnish.   

Thanks for reading.

Blog soon!

SH x

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Hair | Sachajuan Leave-in Conditioner

Whilst wandering the pages of Cult Beauty, I was particularly interested in buying some hair products.  More specifically, the Sachajuan Leave-In Conditioner.  It is quite expensive at £21, but well worth forking out the extra pennies. 

I use it on damp hair after i've washed my hair and before I apply my heat protectant (currently a Tresemme one).  I then blow dry my hair.  This leave-in conditioner seems to be very effective at decreasing the drying time of my hair, which is an added benefit.  It is also a great detangler!

Once dry, my hair looks so healthy.  My hair has a lovely shine and feels very soft.  The conditioner has a light floral scent that doesn't linger on the hair for very long.  I use it everyday and you can spray and spray and it will not weigh the hair down or make it greasy which is fantastic.  

Yesterday, i tried using this when I didn't have time to use my normal conditioner in the shower.  I was really pleased with the results.  I could really tell that it was helping the quality of my hair. It was so soft and was generally looking better and healthier.  

The packaging is really simple.  It has a dark bottle to stop the liquid inside from changing (oxidising is the sciencey word!) when in contact with the Sun.  The simple white labels are very effective.

I have never tried a Sachajuan product before but I have to say I am very tempted to try something else from the brand (Ocean Mist or Hair Repair I'm coming for you!).

I am very happy with my Cult Beauty product.  This Sachajuan Leave In conditioner is definitely a cult product in my book.

Thanks for reading.

Blog soon!

SH x

Monday, 28 October 2013

Quick-fire Review | Soap & Glory 'Heel Genius'

I am on my second tube of this cream from Soap & Glory, so I think you can already tell how much I like this product.  I inherited rough heels from my Mum (thanks Mum!) and this is the only thing I’ve tried that actually helps. 

It’s a blue cream with a thick consistency.  It has a very pleasant smell which you would expect from Soap & Glory.  I use it most nights, focusing on applying on the heel but use all over the foot.  I then put some fluffy socks on and let the cream do it’s magic overnight.  Thick cream + thick socks = smooth soles! Yippee!

In addition to ‘Heel Genius’ I exfoliate my feet once a week using the same exfoliator I use for my body. (Note to self: buy a foot scrub!).  The body exfoliator does the job to remove dead skin cells though!

Wonder how long it will be before I’m onto my third tube?

Thanks for reading.

Blog soon!

SH x

Sunday, 27 October 2013

FOTD | 27/10/13

I haven't done one of these posts since I relaunched my blog so I thought one was in order!

What I'm wearing on my FACE:

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation in 51.
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 01
MAC Mineralise Blush in Gentle
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
(Note: I decided not to use a bronzer today as I think I may be allergic to my NARS Laguna (nooo!))

What I'm wearing on my EYES:

Bourjois Color Edition 24H in Prune Nocturne
MAC Cranberry
MAC Beauty Marked
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Rimmel Scandal Eyes eyeliner in Nude

What I'm wearing on my LIPS:

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Cotton Candy 045


Au Naturale (!)

Hope you like these kind of posts as I really like writing them.

Blog soon!

SH x

Review | Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks

These are a new 'relaunch' from Rimmel and a good one I might add.  I was in Boots a few days ago and headed straight for the Rimmel stand.  There was a great colour selection available.  I bought two shades: Let’s Get Naked and Glam Plum Fulham. 

Let’s Get Naked is a peachy nude, which is great for everyday, whereas Glam Plum Fulham is a bright plum, perfect for Autumn. 

The pigmentation is great but I find dabbing on the lips and staining them and then building the colour up works the best for me and for the lipstick to last.  The texture is relatively moisturizing and can be built up to be very glossy. 

They have the usual Rimmel cheap lipstick smell, which I don’t particularly like, but it doesn’t last long. 

The packaging is a huge improvement and looks quite expensive.  It is simple with a sturdy shape and the purple and silver looks great on my dressing table. 

Overall, these lipstick launches are a great improvement for Rimmel who are the ‘drugstores’ best when it comes to lip products.  First apocalips, now a great quality lipstick. 

Thanks for reading.

Blog soon!

SH x

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Blogs I follow | Bloglovin'

I love to read blogs, especially beauty based ones.  I thought I would compile a list of all the bloggers I read on a daily basis on my favourite/most used app bloglovin' ( ).

Not in any particular order:















I hope that you find this list useful and may even find a new blog to follow!

Thanks for reading.

Blog soon! 

SH x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

New Twitter

I've just set up a new twitter account (search for whatsarahsays13) for this blog. Follow for updates on blogposts and daily beauty buzz.

Blog soon!

SH x

My Face Mask Collection

I love a good pampering session and have them at least twice a week. I'm talking bubble bath, candles, relaxing music and a good old face mask...bliss!  Since I tend to use a face mask at least once a week, I like to have a variety that I can use depending on what my skin is doing on that day.  It might be dry, oily, or in need of a deep clean.  I have accumulated 5 face masks and thought I would give a little review/summary of each.

1. Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask
I use this when my skin needs a good moisture boost and with Winter approaching I'm sure this will be most of the time!  I bought this mask in preparation for a long-haul flight to Washington in the Summer and wanted to use it on the plane so my face didn't die over the 7 hours (..slight exaggeration).  I was concerned that it would be too thick and kind of sticky on my face but I think if you're sensible with the amount you apply you won't have any problems.  It is a great mask and after sleeping or flying, makes your face look plumper, smoother and more awake!

2. Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask (wow longest name in history)
I use this mask for a quick deep clean to make sure all the nasties are gone from my skin.  It's really easy to apply and dries to be non-tight on the face.  It has a pleasant smell, is quite cheap and does the job!

3. Origins Out of Trouble 
This is a 10-minute mask to help the skin if a spot starts to appear using a quadruple threat mix of Zinc Oxide, Sulphur, Camphor and Salicylic Acid. I tend to get under the skin spots that I can usually feel before they appear (gross) so this mask is great for it's short-term spot attacking abilities. It doesn't have the most pleasant smell and I find if I apply all over the face and not on a localised area it can sting slightly. You do not need to use a lot so the tube will last you a long time.  Spots look less red and less inflamed.  

4.  REN F10 Smooth & Renew
Another 10 minute mask and the first face mask I ever bought.  It's part of REN's sensitive skin range so thought it would be the perfect mask to start off with.  I had heard a lot about the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask and was a bit scared to try it so I bought the supposedly sensitive version!  It has a orange, fruity scent and a gloopy consistency which did take me a long time to get used to but it's fine now.  After using, my skin appears to have a whole new layer that is much brighter and smoother.

5.  AESOP Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque
My favourite of the bunch.  It is ridiculously expensive and accidentally ended up in my Cult Beauty basket ( and found it's way into my skincare collection!  It is such a lovely mask.  It has a gorgeous scent that feels very spa-like which is good when you're trying to recreate your own bathroom spa!  I apply all over the face and leave for about 10-15 minutes.  It does dry quite tight but only when I leave on for the full 15 minutes, but once removed my skin is not dry at all. You can almost feel it deeply cleansing your skin and can see once it's dry the amount of nasties it's pulling out of all the pores.  The mask is also great for stopping spots from appearing. After removing, my skin feels much clearer and smoother.  I use this once or twice a week.  I love the brand, AESOP, because of how they fuse natural ingredients with skincare, creating the perfect blend and quality.  A great (albeit expensive) all-round face mask.

All 5 of my growing face mask collection!  I think I enjoy doing the mini-reviews the most so I hope you enjoy reading them too.

Thanks for reading.

Blog soon!

SH x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Autumn/Winter Coat | First fashion post


I would like to introduce fashion into my blog. As the weather is changing, I decided that I needed a smart casual coat that would fit into my everyday wear.  I was browsing ASOS (as I do daily) and came across this coat from Oasis.  I have never bought anything from Oasis before as I always thought they didn't quite hit the mark in terms of fashion and can get it slightly wrong sometimes.  However, I really liked this 'Two Tone Biker Coat'.  It's made out of a beautiful soft material and the colour is, on the website, called neutral.  It can look Taupe in some lights and a grey, mauve colour in others.  The inner lining is a silk-like material which gives it a more high-end feel.  There is gold zip detailing, which is the only thing I would change to perhaps silver but it's not a major issue as the coat itself stands out.  It's the perfect length and provides the right amount of warmth (saying this in mid-October and not in mid-January!). The coat is high quality and am sure it will see me through the winter (which is supposed the be the 'coldest for 100 years' (aaah)!)

Back of the coat with added wind (weather)

Coat (Oasis)
Top (Reiss)
Jeans (New Look)
Belt (Topshop)
Boots (Topshop)

Thanks for reading.

Blog soon!

SH x

Summer Sephora Haul

OK, so I know it's not Summer anymore but since I went to America in the Summer I undoubtedly headed straight for Sephora and ended up with a mini haul of products that I wanted to share with you.  I've now had a long time (July-October) to try these products for an individual mini-review.  I tried to stick to buying items that weren't available in the UK and think I stuck to my brief quite well.  I ended up only buying make-up items which was quite surprising but I think I got a bit overwhelmed and should have done some more research before I went so I could head in with a list of things I new I wanted to try.  However, I new I wanted to try some items from Tarte and Josie Maran.

1. Urban Decay All-Nighter Make Up Setting Spray
Oh Sephora and your tempting till minis!  This was my favourite section in Sephora.  (Space NK take note!!) This spray was really attractive to me because I always have trouble with makeup staying on ma face!  I've tried it out and I'm really pleased with it.  It actually helps to make my skin look more dewy once you've sprayed it on..this does settle once it's sunk in though.

2. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface
This was one of my products on my wish list.  I love this blush.  It's so wearable for a daily basis. It's a light pink with a blue undertone.  The lasting power is brilliant as well.  I really want another one now in a different shade!

3.  Urban Decay Eye Shadow pencil in Rehab
A brown long-lasting creamy eyeshadow thats blend able! What more do you want from an eyeshadow! Urban Decay really know how eyeshadows are done!

4.  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Demolition
I needed a brown eyeshadow pencil for my waterline that I could be confident would stay put!  I headed straight for Urban Decay and I can say I'm very happy with it.  I use this most days and it's great for my green eyes and I don't experience any sensitivity.

5. Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Obsession and Streak
I bought these two because they hadn't been released in the UK yet so wanted to feel special and try them before all my fellow Brits could!  I bought Obsession,a pink (obviously) and Streak, a bright peach. The quality of these is great.  They are really moisturising and long-lasting..a difficult combination to find.  They glide on beautifully and can both be built up to really bright colours.

6. Make Up Forever HD Foundation
Make Up Forever isn't that easy to find in the UK and I had heard such good things about this foundation so had to pick it up!  It's a beautiful foundation that gives the right amount of dewy and matte.  I use this and it lasts most of the day with a powder.  The colour range is great and everyone seemed to be so helpful in Sephora (probably because they could see me coming to spend lots of dollars!)

7.  Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Colour in Poppy Paradise
The surprise star product!  Another product I want to repurchase in another shade. It's a sort of lip balm consistency but of the cream blush sisterhood.  The colour in the pot (gorgeous, simple packaging) is quite scary; this particular one, a bright red but once blended gives a beautiful sheen and is a very natural pinky colour.  I apply with my fingers and blend slightly and finish blending with a Real Techniques Stippling brush.  I also use it on my lips as a stain and looks lovely.  Got to love a multi-use product!

And that's it!  Reading this back it seems I went a bit mad for Urban Decay but what can I say it's great quality, reliable makeup! I'm sure I will return to the US at some point (even if it is just for Sephora!).

Thanks for reading.

Blog soon!

SH x

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Autumn Make-Up | MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow

Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year because it means the festive season is just around the corner! I also love autumnal colours.  The burgundies, dark purples and reds.  These colours all appear in various make-up collections and individual pieces.  One particular favourite of mine is a new addition to my already extensive eyeshadow collection, MAC Cranberry.  It fits perfectly into my new MAC Pro Palette and is a great colour for this time of year. It works well all over the lid and as a crease colour with a shadow such as Satin Taupe.  In the pictures, I've used it all over the lid to show off the amazing red, burgundy colour.  I used a MAC 217 brush to apply.  

Little bunny ear fingers :)
Thanks for reading!

Blog soon!
SH x

Skincare Routine | Morning

Since my last post was an evening skincare routine, I thought it apt to do a morning routine!  It's quite similar to my evening routine, but I use less products (to mostly save time..otherwise i'd be late for everything!).


I tend to use Emma Hardie C.B again but always have a cleanser in the shower for a quick cleanse.  I have just starting using this Avene extremely gentle cleanser which seems to do the job nicely.  

Step 2: TONE

I again use La Roche-Posay Serozinc toner. 

Step 3: SERUM

A repurchased Caroline Hirons recommended item: Indeed Labs Hydraluron.  My skin loves this stuff and before using it, I didn't quite realise how dehydrated my skin was. My skin is plumper and looks fresher after using this.  The science behind it is hyarulonic acid which is present in the skin anyway but the amount produced is less as you get older.  I'm only 19 but thought, why not start now?!  It really is brilliant. To be applied before moisturiser.


Same as in evening routine, Simple Soothing Eye Balm.


Again, I use the Simple Replenishing moisturiser.  Very basic moisturiser but seems to do the job with the help of hydraluron.  


I have very fair, freckly skin which I now realise needs sun protection all year round and not just when it's sunny or I'm on holiday.  I looked into several, trying a La Roche-Posay factor 30 and 50 one but I found they were slightly to thick for an everyday basis.  So, thanks to Anna ( I discovered Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defence Suncream for face which is SPF 50.  You only need a small amount for the whole face which is good considering the price tag (£31..I think).  It works great under make-up, not giving you a greasy face (always good!).  Will continue to repurchase this forever.

Step 6: LIP CARE

I don't use this on an everyday basis, but as winter is approaching and my lips always suffer, I'm reintroducing this into my routine.  It's a lip scrub which is made up of sugar granules.  You apply as much as required on the lips and scrub until smooth. Then comes the best can lick it off! Lush do a couple of other flavours (popcorn, mint..) but the bubblegum one appealed to me the most.  It definitely helps the condition of my lips.  I then apply vaseline after.

That's my current morning skincare routine. Thanks for reading!

Blog soon!

                                                                           SH x

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Skincare Routine | Evening

I'M BACK! I've suddenly had a creative urge and have had lots of ideas for this blog so i've decided to start a fresh!
A good restart i thought would be a skincare routine post, so here it is!

I have used this evening skincare routine for a while now and i'm quite happy with it.  The only step I'm not completely satisfied with is moisturising, so if anybody has any suggestions for a good moisturiser for combination skin..comment below!

First Step: CLEANSE

I use Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm and have done for months now.  It feels very luxurious on the skin yet it still manages to deeply cleanse my skin.  I take a small amount on the tips of my fingers on one hand and on the other I wet with water.  I then rub the two together to create a paste.  It removes all traces of makeup and is very effective on eye makeup.  I remove with a muslin cloth.  I also tend to double-cleanse just to make sure everything is removed.

Second Step: EXFOLIATE

After reading Caroline Hirons' blog (, I discovered that the best way to exfoliate was by using an acid (fruit-based) exfoliant.  I chose the Clarins' Gentle Exfoliant as it seemed to fit my skin the best.  This stuff is brilliant! I pour some onto a cotton pad and apply all over the face and leave for one minute before I continue with the rest of my skincare routine.  It is great for when my skin is having a bit of a breakout, helping them to disappear. Thanks Caroline!

Third Step: TONE

I then follow with La Roche-Posay Serozinc toner.  I spray some on a cotton pad and apply all over the face. This toner is also great for when my skin flares up and helps tone it down.

Fourth Step: SERUM

I have been using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo because recently, I have had acne-prone problem skin.    I apply all over the face and may add a bit more on any breakout areas. I really like this product and am scared to stop using it incase my skin has a fit!

Fifth Step: REPAIR

I finally caved when Estee Lauder brought out the new Advanced Night Repair and I'm blooming glad I did! I now can wake up looking refreshed and bright, because this is such a dream product!  However, I think that sometimes I go slightly overboard with the amount of product I use (SARAH, this stuff is expensive..savour it!) and can wake up with a bit of a greasy over-dewy face! Oops!

Sixth Step: EYE CREAM

I apply a small amount of Simple Eye Balm with my fourth finger under both my eyes and leave to sink in before moisturising. This is very soothing and good at reducing puffy eyes.

Seventh Step: MOISTURISE

At the moment i'm using a very basic Simple moisturiser as it's cheap and seems to do the job.  On occasions when I think my skin needs a bit of a moisture kick I use the Origins overnight face mask (which is also amazing for long-haul flights!).

So there it is, the mammoth evening skincare-fest!  Can you tell I love skincare?

Hope you are having a great weekend!
Blog soon,
SH x

Thursday, 21 March 2013

L'Oreal Paris GlamShine Stain Splash Review

Another review and this time it's lip gloss/stain! 

THE dupe for YSL's glossy stains! Now, i don't own a YSL glossy stain and in fact i don't own any YSL products which is slightly shameful i feel but it's not really in my price range! And...when the drugstore brands are bringing out dupes at 1/4 of the price, i feel it's slightly justifiable!  So... i popped down to my local Superdrug (I feel like they know and recognise me now because i go in there so often!) and browsed through the somewhat small collection of the L'Oreal Stains.  There weren't really any colours that made me go wow but i liked 103 Marilyn which is a pink...not that i needed another pink lip product but i bought it just so i could review it for this blog! :) 

In the tube (?) it looks quite a bright block pink but when applied to the lips it is quite subtle and would need a few layers for it too look like it does in the tube.  

When i first applied it, it was quite watery and cold which is something i had never experienced before when using a lip product so it was a bit strange for me.  There was barely any colour there and i think it meant to be a product that you build up depending on how much gloss and colour you want. 

One layer

I have to say my first impression wasn't great but i kept going with it.  After applying two more layers, waiting in between each application until dry, i was much happier with it! The colour was nice and very wearable for a day-to-day basis.  

Two layers

I really liked the packaging.  It comes in a sophisticated rose gold tube and looks expensive.  I like the shape because it is different from any of the other lip products i own! Thumps up to the L'Oreal brand and packaging team!  

Overall, I do like the product.  However, it has made me want to try the YSL version even more just so i can compare the two! 

L'Oreal Paris GlamShine Stain Splash £7.99

Thanks for reading!

Blog soon!

Sarah xxx