Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil:




I know I'm a little bit late to this party (you can tell by my battered, much used bottle!) but I'm not the kinda girl that can review a product (especially for my temperamental, sensitive skin) after a couple of uses; I like to give it a couple of weeks and in this case, a few months of using the product to see how it fits into my skincare routine. You might have seen this oil pop up in a few posts so I thought it was time I talked about it in detail. 

As any readers of WGDN will know, I absolutely adore The Body Shop and pretty much anything they release as this over night oil is no exception. I originally bought this oil for my mum but she found it a little too heavy on her oily skin so it was passed back to me and for my dry skin it's heaven in a bottle. I apply the oil after removing my make-up and apply it to my face (one drop to each cheek, my nose, my forehead and my neck) before vigorously rubbing it in. I wake up with gorgeous hydrated skin that's the perfect base for my makeup and I think it's also working wonders against any spots that I get. This product is definitely ideal for us folk with dry skin because it's so hydrating but if you lower the amount you use I can see it working just as well for oily skinned girls and guys. 


I absolutely love this oil - it's definitely become a skin care must have!




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Thursday, 26 November 2015

IKEA Haul:









I do have to start this post with a question... is it possible to go into IKEA and not pick up any unnecessary pieces? I promised my boyfriend when we made our trip to IKEA that I wouldn't go mad and I think I succeeded! For me, I picked up basics' (lets be honest, the stuff we all go to IKEA for) including candles, cacti and frames. I did have to link the Haverdal frame above which is coming up at £4.50 online however we only paid £1.50 for ours so not sure if it's different frame or an inconsistency in frame but our £1.50 frame seems pretty similar! We also picked up a few of the Sinnlig candles for a bargain 85p each and I even went a bit wild and threw in a tangerine scented one; I normally despise the smell of oranges but this one didn't have that awful orange smell, it's more zesty and fruity and since it was Sam's favourite we added it in. Luckily the candles only have a really soft smell so it shouldn't be too offensive. I normally burn these in lesser used rooms like the bedroom, or at the same time as another candle for a more intense, varied smell. I also picked up a candle holder and a plant pot (more IKEA essentials!) for storage; as you can see i've already put the plant pot holder to use as a make-up storer and the candle holder currently holds one of my favourite, green Febreze candles that don't quite match our grey / cream colour scheme! Using IKEA plant pots as storage is something i've always done - I store my everyday make-up in an assortment of mugs and plant pots in a plastic IKEA tub as I find it so much more organised; I simply put all my foundations in one pot, eyeliners in another and, well, you get the gist. For me it's a much prettier and tidier way of organising make-up and it works for me! 
Finally we picked up a set of three cacti because surely even I can't kill cacti?! Well, we'll have to see but for £4.50 for a three set, including the pot, I was happy with the price and they make such a cute addition to our kitchen. As much as I like bright flowers, I love that cacti don't die or change throughout the year and are so different; I spent a while trying to pick my favourite pack of three since they come in so many shapes and sizes!


Have you picked up any IKEA pieces recently? Any tips on keeping my cacti alive? 



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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Real Techniques Core Collection:











Real Techniques CORE Collection

I've got to be honest, until the last couple of years I wasn't great with make-up brushes; I used my hands to put on my foundation and smudged eyeliner with my fingers. It was only when I saw the Real Techniques foundation brush doing the rounds in the blogging world that I began improving my brush collection and purchased one. After a year of using my beloved brush, I noticed bristles were falling out of it and thought it was probably high time I replaced it (begrudgingly!) so I trailed the internet and came across the CORE collection. In the CORE collection, as you can see, you get a detailer brush, a pointed foundation brush, buffing brush and a contour brush - for less than £20! I actually picked mine up for about £10 on eBay so it's worth checking on there and Amazon before you commit - take it from me as hardened eBay bargain hunter. 

I absolutely love this set - the brushes are all of the quality i've come to except from Real Techniques and there's a fantastic range, it's definitely the core pieces you need... hence the name I guess! The box also comes with a handy guide to the brushes but you can do whatever you want with them really; I originally started using the Detailer brush for lipstick but after a quick wash, I decided it was put to better use as a concealer brush although, i'm tempted to wash it out again and practise my red lipstick look now the festive period is approaching. The foundation brush has been a happy replacement for my beloved old brush although it is smaller than my original so it takes longer to work the foundation. I have noticed it's worth the extra work for a much more flawless look though so, swings and roundabouts I guess. The contour brush has also been a life changer for me; I use it to contour my favourite High Beam into my non existent cheekbones before using the buffing brush to add some colour in the form of Rimmel's bronzer - again to add some contour and some colour, especially at this time of year when I resemble Caspar the Friendly Ghost without it! 

I've been happily surprised with this collection; for the money there's a great range of brushes and it has really created the base that I needed. 
Have you got the Core Collection? Any other brushes I need to add to my collection?




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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

MooGoo Full Cream Moisturiser:









I actually got this moisturiser in my 'The City Girls' goodie bag way back in June (that now feels like forever ago!) and if i'm being totally honest, I sort of threw it in my skincare box and didn't think much of it. However, while I was moving and packing up said box, I resolved that i'd use up as much of my various moisturisers, toners and other skincare bits as possible because quite frankly, I could open a shop! So I pulled out MooGoo and have been using it daily for the last couple of weeks. I've spoken before how I like to use skincare for a couple of weeks before blogging about them to see how my skin manages with them in the long run - I find it pointless to say 'Wow this stuff's great!' after a day, or a week when the shock of a new product might have had an effect, rather than the product. My skin is ridiculously dry and sensitive so I like to give it time to get used to a product and give a fairer, more accurate review. 

In this case, i'm glad I did. At first, I really, really liked this product - it smells like milk to me (a lot of the reviews online said milkshake but I just smell milk!) and I love that it's organic, not tested on humans and actually edible it's so natural. This are all major selling points to me and i'll definitely be buying from them again to support this. In terms of the actual product, at first I loved it. Because this moisturisers 'Full Cream' it's basically the creamier, thicker version of the original MooGoo moisturiser. For someone with dry skin, this sounds like heaven and it really is. You can actually feel the cream sinking in and it's so thick and moisturising. If you've got oily skin however, don't be put off because this rich, creamy feeling won't last so you don't have to worry! I was using just the MooGoo cream, as a nightcream and then a couple of dots in the morning under my makeup when I noticed the dreaded sign of dry skin - peeling skin on my nose, and above my eyebrows. It wasn't massively noticeable, and it could of been because of the change in water, the weather, etc. But for such a rich product I was a little disappointed and even when I started applying the cream on an evening and on a morning (I told you my skin was bad!) the peeling persisted and I eventually gave in and reintroduced The Body Shop's Vitamin E overnight serum-in-oil which is the only thing that stops my skin feeling flaking and itchy. Don't get me wrong, I still love Full Cream and use it as a day cream and my hands have never felt softer, but for me and my nightmare skin, it doesn't quite offer the richness I was expecting. However, if you've got less dry / normal skin i'm sure this will be perfect in richness and for anyone with sensitive skin, the obvious all natural ingredients are a huge bonus.


Overall, I really like this product as a day cream but for me, it just didn't quite offer the creaminess and richness I was expecting to fully moisturise me so while I will be definitely repurchasing from MooGoo, I don't know if it'll be this moisturiser - i'll keep it in my skin care routine though and let you all know!

Have you tried any MooGoo products? What do you think of the Full Cream moisturiser? 




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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Home Bargains Haul:








Febreze Candles - £1.99
Sequin Reindeer - £4.99
Gold Photo Frame - £1.99 (?)
Rose Gold Skull -£2.99


I feel like my tastes have changed slightly since my last homewear haul post way back in March! I'm still one for a bargain though so when I realised we have a home bargains literally 10 minutes from our flat I knew where we'd be heading for some ornaments. I did actually only pop in (famous last words!) on Sunday for some toiletries and to see if they had any cushions - unfortunately my local Home Bargains don't stock cushions but they do stock an amazing range of home wear goodies. 

The gold stag / reindeer was actually on the Christmas aisle, but as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it as a year round decoration to go on our bookshelves - I love the sequin effect as it's girly without being tacky and even better, I saw an identical one in Next the day before for £16! Like I said, he'll be a year round decoration for me so maybe i'll hang some tinsel round his neck when Christmas rolls around! Next are my favourite candles in the world. Like, seriously, I am obsessed with these candles. They're from Febreze's Spring Collection in the scent 'Lotus Verbena' but of course, because they're from Spring they're ridiculously hard to get hold of. So, when I saw Home Bargains selling them for £1.29 I bought 4 (plus a plug in!) and one in the scent 'Delicate Sandalwood' for a slight change. I absolutely love these candles and if you can pick them up, you won;t be disappointed - until they're discontinued! Next we headed to the wall art / frame aisle as we're looking for some wall art for our living area that's not ridiculously over priced.. we couldn't agree on any but I did pick up this gold frame while we were looking around - a lot of our pictures were in silver /white frames that don't really match our grey / cream theme so for 99p / £1.99 (guess who threw away their receipt!) it's a nice, instant update. Again, it looks really expensive and is the standard picture size... I did buy a couple of frames from IKEA (post coming soon!) but when I got home realised one was too big for standard sized pictures - what a nightmare! However, like I said for a couple of pounds Home Bargains do an amazing range of photo frames for really great quality. 

Finally, my favourite piece - the copper / rose gold skull! This is actually a money box but since the slot's right at the back and I absolutely loved it,I bought it as an ornament. I've actually seen this in store a couple of times but not been entirely sure on where it would do, what it would match etc but after me commenting on it again on Sunday my boyfriend told me to buy it and we'd find a place for it- what a gent! I think this will probably live in our bedroom and we'll go for rose gold accessories in there to match, we've purposely gone for white furniture and plain bedding so we can update the room with a few ornaments cheaply and it looks like the first look will be copper! What totally sold this skull to me was a) the colour: I love the bronze-y, coppery tone and b) the fact I was perusing the Urban Outfitters website that night for inspiration and saw an identical one for £15! I got that really smug, happy feeling only getting a bargain can give you and knew i'd got a deal with mine. 


And that's all for my Home Bargains haul - for now! We tend to go every couple of weeks for toiletries so i'm sure i'll be picking up plenty of homewear pieces (and dupes for Next / UO pieces!) along the way so keep your eyes peeled! I purposely haven't linked anything under the pictures as the Home Bargains website isn't the greatest and I know there's a huge variety in their stores.. so let me know what bargains you get if you head to your local store!








Tuesday, 10 November 2015

#28:




Playsuit - Topshop (similar & cheaper!)
Shoes - Zara (similar)



Aka the first night out in our new home town!


I'm sure everyone's sick of hearing me talk about my move now, so I won't witter on too much and instead, i'll just talk about this outfit that I wore for our first night out in Reading last week after picking it up the day of the night out... i'm nothing if not last minute!
I'd eyed up the Topshop sale in store a couple of times but to be honest, i'd had my boyfriend with me both times and that means I really couldn't rummage to my hearts content. So, when I called to pick up a Miss Selfridge order last week, I decided to see what they had. The first time I saw was actually this playsuit - I saw the triangle neck with the silver detailing and pulled it out straight away - I love how simple yet elegant it is, perfect if you're like me and prefer to keep your look simple, but still want to look put together. I was a little bit apprehensive that it had a low back (luckily it's high enough to cover my bra strap - my biggest fear) and that it was a playsuit which normally don't fit me because i'm so petite. I was so lucky with the fit though - I think because it's short and fitted, it works and doesn't drown me. Overall, for £15 i'm so happy with this playsuit! The material is such good quality and like I said, the fit is great. My only problem with it is that the neck detailing is a little loose on me but again, this is just because i'm so petite - tops never fit me properly so this is nothing new. I sized down in this playsuit and went for the 8 which was perfect for me; it's nicely tight on my waist without being too tight - I enjoyed my post night out McDonald's milkshake without feeling too bloated! 

I was seriously disappointed with the service I received in my now local Topshop though.. there were at least 4 members of staff at the fitting rooms just stood around talking - I actually had to say excuse me for one to break off their conversation to talk me! And when I asked for the 8 that i'd seen on the rail she came back after a suspiciously short amount of time and said it wasn't there... I walked out of the changing room, went to the rail, picked up the 8 and bought it without trying it on because I was so annoyed - I don't mind getting things for myself, especially after working in retail, but if you can't be bothered to do your job properly because it's interrupting your chat, what are you being paid for? Anyway, that's my rant over the day and hopefully it was just a one off - i'm sure i'll be back to give them the benefit of the doubt!


Have you picked anything up in the Topshop sale? 


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LUSH Christmas Event:













Wow... well isn't this the most colourful post i've ever written up!

On Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited down to LUSH in The Oracle so their exclusive Christmas event! I was so happy to be invited because a) I love Lush and b) it was my first blogger event in Reading so it was a great start for me. We arrived at 5.30 and were ushered in under the shutters and given a glass of Shloer and a mince pie which really got us in the Christmas spirit before being given a basket and, once Jess the store manager had given us a quick talk, we were encouraged to just look around, have a sniff and demo as many goodies as we wanted. I was, I will happily admit, like a child in a sweet shop at this point; being in an empty Lush shop with all the products was amazing. I've not really checked out the Christmas range this year so I really enjoyed just wandering around and sniffing everything - my personal favourite bathbombs were Cinders, The Magic Of Christmas and Holly Golightly - i'm normally into super sweet smells but there's something about a really musky, christmassy smell when the nights draw in. Although, true to form, I couldn't resist picking up a Candy Mountain bubble bar... it's basically Snow Fairy / Vanilla in a bubble bar and smells divine. Mine is currently in our living room and the whole rooms smells so sweet. We only have a stand up shower though so I had to be restrained when it came to bathbombs and resist buying them all. 

We also got to talk to the staff in so much more detail than you would normally so they reccomended and talked us through some of the regulars too; including Frozen (which has a gorgeous, fruity scent!) and the much instagrammed The Experimenter, which I have to admit, isn't my favourite. It looks amazing but the smell for me, is not my sorta thing - I like my bath bombs to smell strong! After we'd finally exhausted the bath bombs we explored the rest of the shop - we saw Santa's Belly Shower Jelly and of course, all of the amazing skincare. After we'd slapped and prodded the giant snowman jelly a few times (seriously if you get the chance to go into Reading Lush, you have to play with the Snowman! There's something so fun about a giant, festive jelly jiggling about...) we were in the prime position for the talk about the gift sets. I was happy to learn that i'm not the only one guilty of leaving the Lush catalogue open on the gift set page to drop some Christmas hints because they're just perfect presents. This year Lush have really stepped it up and have one that explodes confetti (check out my instagram for a video of this in real life) and my favourite, Magical Zoetrope which turns into a spinning wheel! I love the attention to detail and the circus theme, it makes an already impressive gift so much more magical and special. 

After this we had another wander around before heading home - me to a shocked boyfriend who couldn't believe i'd managed to not buy everything in the shop! I had such a lovely evening meeting a whole host of lovely people and exploring my new local LUSH - I can't wait to go back already!


Have you checked out LUSH's Christmas range? What's your favourite? 



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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Nike Flex2015 Run:









No, you're not seeing things - that is a colourful item of clothing on whatgeorgiadidnext! As anyone that knows me or my blog will know, I really don't do colour, preferring a monochrome palette. However, after borrowing my mums ridiculously bright running shoes, I decided I needed to get my own pair and wanted them to be pink. This is simply because I like seeing the pop of colour when i'm running, it totally cheers me up and I think it's probably a little bit of road safety to have something on me be bright. With that in mind. I googled 'bright nike running shoes' and these babies popped up. I actually bought them from the kids section, in the sale, on sportsdirect which meant I paid a measly £28 for them, compared to the £90 i'd seen the adult versions being sold on other sites! The kids sizes go up to a 5.5 so there's plenty of range in size although I did size up to a 5, despite being a 3-4 because I was worried they'd be narrow... in hindsight I could have gone for the 4 because they're not, but the 5 still fits ok. Sportsdirect do have a slightly rubbish returns policy in that you can only exchange, so if you're rally unsure about sizing maybe go in store so you're not caught out. 

Overall i'm so happy with these shoes! For the price I love them, they're a really comfortable fit - it genuinely feels like i'm running on clouds my feet are so cushioned! - and I think they look so cute on. I really couldn't recommend these shoes more and like I said, if you're wary about sizing, maybe visit sportsdirect in store to see the full range of shoes. 


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