Asian Skincare Haul & First Impressions |Tony Moly Sheet Masks & Hell Pore!

Everyone has been going on about how good Asian skincare is and having only ever dipped my toe into that market, I decided to take the plunge and pick up a few goodies to try out. Two brands really stood out to me and they were Tonymoly and Elizavecca so when I found some items on Amazon at reasonable prices I wanted to give them a go!

  • Tonymoly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Masks (I paid £13.20 but they are now £12.60) – What better way to try these masks out than to try the entire collection?! The set comes with 11 masks inside so they are priced at just over £1 each which is amazing considering the lemon mask was once being sold along on Cult Beauty for £6!! There are some really weird sounding flavours though, Red Wine, Broccoli and Tomato just make me feel a bit weird when it comes to putting them on my face! So far i’ve tried 4 of them, the Tea Tree, the Aloe, the Rice and yes, the Red Wine! My favourites have been the tea tree and aloe by far as they felt the most soothing on the skin. I hated the red wine one as it smelt weird and wouldn’t stick to my face! The rice mask was okay but nothing particularly special. I’m intrigued to try the rest of the masks out but so far they’ve not been particularly special, however for the price, I would definitely buy them again!
  • Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell Pore Clean Up Mask (I paid £13.10 but it’s now just £13) – I love those videos where you see people rip their blackheads out and i’d heard that this one is particularly good at doing that! It’s a liquid mask that sets to an almost plastic like texture that you can peel off. I’ve tried this out once and so have my brother and Tom. I tried it all over and found that I had applied it a bit too thinly, even though that is what’s recommended! It did remove dead skin, small black heads and all my baby hairs but it wasn’t WOW. I didn’t find it uncomfortable to remove though so thats a plus and if bits did stick or start to hurt, it removes very easily with a little bit of warm water. Tom has some stubborn blackheads and this pretty much did nothing for those annoyingly. It seems that the only ones it can remove are near to the surface small ones! My brother effectively had a facial wax with this as nearly his entire mask was covered in his baby hairs. Not quite what he was looking for but it did take some black heads too so he was happy. I have to say that this does leave your skin feeling incredibly soft though which was something I was not expecting!

So overall I’m still a little on the fence with Asian skincare from what i’ve tried. I have seen tonnes of items in my local TK Maxx though so I’m going to try and pick some more up soon to give it another try. I will definitely keep using these items but sadly I’ve not found anything worthy of a holy grail title just yet. Have you tried any Asian skincare? What are your favourites, I need recommendations!

Much Love

xoxo

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December Pawsome Box Review!

So JJ and I were lucky enough to get the chance to try out the Pawsome December 2016 Box* towards the end of last year and I thought I’d let all you dog owners what we thought of it! The box retails for £19.90 if you pay monthly but there are 3 month, 6 month and 12 month options too! You can even give the subscription as a gift!

So firstly, what was in our box?!

Toys

JJ loves getting toys but he can be quite picky with them so I was intrigued to see that this box came with three different toys in! Typically the one I said to Tom he wouldn’t touch was the one he went to first! That boy loves showing his mama up! So we got a teddy bear reindeer toy, which is soft and floppy and JJ can execute the perfect ‘shake and kill’ with him; a squeaky rubber cracker which is probably his least favourite unless you are playing tug of war and finally a squeaky penguin which weirdly he really likes! Usually he hates hard toys like the penguin but he took to this one well and throws it around the house all the time! On the toy front, we did pretty well and they got a good seal of approval from the pooch! DSCF9721.JPG

Treats

JJ was straight into sniffing out the treats in this box! Thankfully there were a few different types to keep him interested! We got some Trixie rice chicken balls which look like really nice treats actually but unfortunately JJ can’t have these as his stomach doesn’t take too kindly to chicken! These will either go to one of our friends dogs or the local RSPC but they look like a good quality treat that would be soft and easy to digest by other fur babies! Next up was some IAMS beef and apple minis which JJ loves! They’re soft so he can eat them quickly during training and they smell strong enough to get his attention but nose strong that I pass out. Finally we got a cracker of assorted biscuits which we have yet to open as we have other treats on the go but I have no doubt JJ will happily crunch his way through these! Again 3 nice inclusions in the box and a good mix of products and brands!DSCF9726.JPG

Miscellaneous

We got some festive poo bags! This made me so weirdly happy! There was a roll of red candy striped bags and a roll of green candy striped. The child in me loved these and the fact they were on a roll made them so much easier to use! The only thing I didn’t like is that there were no handles so you had to try and conjure up some weird knot in the bag. However, they were a good size and robust enough for us so I was happy they were in there! This pooch poo’s way more than I thought he would so extra bags never go amiss! The final item was some Plouf dog shampoo. I’ve always just used baby shampoo on JJ but he’s recently started rolling in other animals poo (Joy!) so this will come in handy when we need something a bit tougher! DSCF9724.JPG

So what do I think overall? I think for £19.90 you get quite a lot for your money. If you take into account dog toys are at least £4 each if not more; treats are say £2 per bag; the shampoo is £7 and the poo bags maybe £2, you’ve already racked up £27 so you are getting what you pay for! Pawsome box say the value is at least £40 though but I was pricing things sceptically and you still are getting more than you paid for. Would I buy it every month? No I wouldn’t, I think its a nice treat once in a while for you and your dog to open together or would make a lovely gift for a new dog owner. However, I don’t spend £20 on treats and toys a month for him anyway so it would be a bit of an unnecessary expense for me. I do think I may buy him one for christmas or his birthday though as there was a nice variety of items inside and the quality was lovely! Even the packaging was like a beauty subscription box! DSCF9717.JPGDSCF9720.JPG

If you’d like to try the box out yourself for your own little fur baby then they have kindly given me a code to share with you all so you can get £5 off your first box! It’s UKBZL5JC. But I have a cat I hear you say! Well don’t worry they do a box specifically for cats too! Let me know how you get on if you do decide to give it a try!

Much Love & a woof from JJ

XOXO

*This box was kindly gifted to me, but all opinions are my own and I don’t benefit from your use of the discount code.

Author Review |Nick Spalding

I’m back! Long time no see and the dreaded exams are finally over! I’ve got to be honest and say that this exam season felt like it wen very badly, hence why you’ve not heard from me for a while but today I finally made it to the end so it’s back to blogging! A did a little poll over on twitter asking what you guys wanted to see and being the bad student/blogger I am, I forgot the outcome. Oops. However, I do remember that there was a significant number of you interested in some more books reviews so today I’m not just going to be reviewing one book, I’m going to be reviewing a whole author who I discovered during my revision time out!

I’m not gonna lie, romance novels are usually my way forward as I find that they’re easy to read and the pages kind of turn themselves. However, I wanted something different and something that might cheer me up and by chance I stumbled across the author Nick Spalding on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited which I am currently trialling. The book was called Bricking It and I decided I might as well just give it a go. The story is based around a brother and sister who inherit a house and decide to renovate it in order to earn as much money as they can. Imagine Grand Designs in book form and you are probably spot on! Whilst being unlike anything I’ve read before, the plot didn’t initially wow me but, being on the hunt of new genres I decided to give it a chance. Boy am I glad I did! I can honestly say that this is the funniest book I think I have ever ever read. Now I definitely don’t normally find ‘humorous’ books funny but this book induced side splitting, laugh out loud, can’t get your breath hysterics from me! It was so bad that Tom banned me from reading or listening to it at night as my laughter kept him awake! It takes a lot for me to leave a 5/5 rating on Goodreads but this truly deserved it for lifting my spirits!

With Bricking It going down a storm, I decided to see if Spalding’s other books affected be just as much. So next on the hit list was Mad Love a rather ingeniously thought out novel about a couple getting married at first sight through an online dating agency. Having never used one of these sites myself I do find the concept a bit odd but I love numbers so for some reason, an algorithm working out your perfect match does intrigue me in a nerdy way. The couple in this book couldn’t be further apart though, she’s an American with a healthy outlook on life and is studying for a nutritional degree and he’s a typical Brit who both works as a computer games journalist and naturally has an unhealthy addiction to video games. What could possibly go wrong? Everything of course! This again induced quite a bit of snorting and loud laughter from me, particularly as I love hearing about dating disasters! I’m gonna say that this didn’t quite top Bricking It but it was still hilarious!

So 2/2 for Nick Spalding, it was definitely looking like a new reading addiction had formed! I decided that third’s the charm so I picked up Fat Chance and got stuck into reading it straight away.  Each of the books seem to be based on a British TV show with this one definitely synonymous to The Biggest Loser. The idea is that there is a radio competition challenging couples to lose the most weight each month with the winning couple earning £50,000. I love the way this mocks peoples attitudes to dieting, going through all the fads, exercise tools and weird restrictions that we convince ourselves are going to work! We follow one couple in particular who have been childhood sweethearts but have grown complacent and hence have piled the weight on. It was 3/3 for Spalding as this too had me in stitches! Every time I see a new fad diet advertised now, I can’t help but think of some of the hilarious outcomes Spalding penned into this book. I would imagine that this could be quite a good one to read if you are dieting too and feel like a bit of a pick me up as it definitely takes a lighter look on things and makes you realise what is important!

I have read two more books by Nick Spalding and they have been equally as good but these are my favourite! To read 5 books, one after another, by the same author in the same month must show you just how much I loved his writing! I would definitely recommend you give one of these a go as they are by far the funniest books I have read. Let me know what you do think if you manage to read one!

Much Love

xoxo

P.S Like Book Reviews? Have you read these?

A Rush of Blood

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

Me Before You

Girl Number One

 

December 2016 Empties!

I’m here today with another monthly empties post and in fact it’s my last of 2016! I’ve gone through a lot of skincare in December so i’ve got some new things to talk about and also things i’ve had in there for ages needing to be used up! I just wanted to say that i’m not sure how much i’ll be posting this month due to the dreaded exams but i’ll get posts up as and when I can!

  • Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream – This was a huge 100ml tub I bought a while ago and i’ve been trying to use it up for a while now. It’s a nice moisturiser but does have a tendency to make you feel a bit greasy when you wake up. If you’re on a budget though and your skin is on the drier side then this is worth trying!
  • Garnier Micellar Water – I’ve got to be honest and say I don’t really know what all the fuss is about! This is a nice product but definitely not a knock it out of the park skin care item. I only used this when I was feeling lazy or wanted a refresh and therefore don’t think it really has much of a place in my skincare routine.
  • Coach Perfume Sample – This described itself as raspberry and vanilla and I immediately assumed I would hate it but I was very wrong! It’s a lovely girly fragrance without being sickly sweet and I really enjoyed using it. I have quite a few perfumes at the moment but I really want this in full size too!
  • Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb Sample – I’ve had a few of these before and decided I really liked it! I have now got the full size so no more samples needed!
  • Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette Sample – This wasn’t really for me. It was quite heavy and just wasn’t as light and fresh as I would like. I’d like to try some of their other fragrances out though as they sound lovely!
  • Ole Henriksen Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths – The smell of these was absolutely divine, I can’t put my finger on what it was but it was gorgeous. The cloths themselves however, weren’t wet enough for my liking and I felt like I was rubbing at my face more than normal. They did however, leave my skin feeling beautifully soft so I really am on the fence with these, particularly as they are so expensive for face wipes!
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – I’ve had this in my makeup drawer for way too long as I think I stopped using it for anything other than nights out as it had no SPF in. Towards the end of the year though I decided I need to use up some of my foundations before they went off and I came across this again. I’m now so sad that it’s over as it’s a great foundation! It matched my skin beautifully and lasted all day. I can see another bottle being bought once a few more are done! In case I forget, I wear the shade 52 Vanilla!
  • Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant Sample – Is it weird to say I loved a deodorant?! It smelt like rosemary and eucalyptus which I loved and it smelt like that ALL DAY! It was amazing! At £18 a tub it is crazily expensive so I think I’m going to hang on until summer before I buy the full size so it can unleash its full potential against the summer heat! If you are prone to getting a bit hot and sweaty though, this is brilliant!
  • Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Creme – I really liked this moisturiser! You can tell it’s more high end as it soaked in nicely and didn’t feel at all greasy. It was a nice mix of hydrating yet not overpowering my skin and it worked well. I have just bought an old favourite in terms of moisturiser though so I’m going to be using that up before I think of shedding more pennies on creams!
  • Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Serum – I LOVED this! It made my skin feel so soft and the cooling gel like consistency was a dream to apply either morning or night. I did mainly use it at night though as I wanted it to have time to work. I will definitely consider picking this up again in the future! I just need to check my skincare box in case I have other serums to use up!
  • Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant – An old favourite that I still love and will be purchasing once my ridiculous stash of sprays has run out.
  • MAC Prep & Prime Sample – I always like this as a base as it feels so hydrating but I do wish it has slightly less glittery particles in although you can’t really see them through your foundation! I think I have another sample to go through so we’ll see how I get on!
  • Sisley Day & Night Cream Sample – I did expect high things from this seeing as it’s such an expensive brand, however it wasn’t really moisturising enough for me and I found my dry patches started to come back slightly. A lovely product to use but just not right for me personally.
  • Bare Vitamins Skin Rever -Upper – This is a primer and skincare item in one and to be totally honest with you, it did nothing for my skin. It smelt weird and I didn’t particularly enjoy using it and I think its reasonably expensive too! Not really sure what it’s purpose is and I won’t be using it again.

What did you finish up in December? Have you tried any of these before? If so what did you think?

Much Love

xoxo