My Favourites | Bathtime

Good evening you Beauties!

Hope you are all well and your week is off to a fabulous start!

As I write this, I have X-Men: The Last Stand on E4 (I am a little Marvel Comic Films geek and especially love all the Avengers) on in the background, my PJs on and candles lit. At the mo, this is my little bit of heaven, without getting in the tub. I am still healing from my surgery and I am only allowed to shower, so you can imagine my frustration knowing I can’t have a full on pamper sesh with a bath, a book, and face mask and all the other wonderful things it includes! (nails, a cheeky beverage etc)

But during my time only being able to shower, it has genuinely made me appreciate it and the little bit more variety of products that are available to you to stay fresh and pasty-stink free!

Anyway, here is a sneak peek into just a few of my fave products when I do have a pamper, or just feel like a good scrub!

I think by now you can all appreciate that I am a cheap and cheerful kinda gal, but just because a product isn’t expensive doesn’t mean it has to be completely rubbish. We have all come across the no-so-great products in our hope for saving a few pennies but we have to remember that one product maybe ones saviour, but another’s idea of hell.

I have had my fair share of bad reactions to shower gels, bubble baths and other skin related products; dry skin, itching, eczema but they haven’t just been the lower end products so the price tag doesn’t really mean a thing to me, so the best thing about my blog today is that EACH product comes under the £5 mark. Doesn’t that sound delightful?

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So to start with I have a product that is new to me, but having been eyeing up for a while. Surprise, surprise it is by Nivea (so I am bound to love it). It is the In-Shower Body Moisturiser in Pampering Honey. It promised to hydrate for 24+ hours and to leave just as nourished as slapping on that bog standard moisturiser. Boy oh boy, it lives up to that expectation and then some. I feel so amazing after showering with this product. It is to be used after cleansing but can be applied all over. It is designed to take that greasy feeling left when moisturising, especially when you have to stand star shaped half naked in your bedroom freezing your panties off (and then you realise you left the curtains open!).  It smells absolutely divine and I am left feeling silky smooth. It even does the job after shaving. For me this is a 10/10 product and I will be stocking up! The great thing is if you are sensitive to smells and like more of a fresher fragrance, then there is a standard option, available in a blue bottle for extra dry skin, or a white bottle for everyday skin.

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Because the In-Shower Moisturiser by Nivea has to be applied after cleansing, it would be silly of me to miss out on letting you know what I am loving at the moment in the form of Shower Gel. I have two favourite brands when it comes to lathering up, and that is between Radox and Original Source. Radox for me have brought out a few disappointing smelling products so for me right now it is all about the OS. They haven’t let me down yet when it comes to scents and products. My current Can’t-Live-Withouts are the Vanilla and Raspberry and the Mint and Tea Tree. The V&R smells is more of a yoghurty smell and is perfect if want something sweeter. It is all Natural Fragrance and gives you that little extra moisturise. The Mint bottle claims to have 7,927 real mint leaves packed into one bottle and it definitely smells that way. It gives you that extra wake up for a morning shower and makes you feel cool and fresh. Perfection!

And finally, can’t mention any bathroom products without sharing my favourites by Radox. Their Bath Soaks.

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The Muscle Soak is for long days where I have done a tough workout or been on my feet a lot. I suffer with irritated knees, especially in the winter, so this is ideal. The blue and greens ones have more of a manly smells, but I love a good man smell every now and again 🙂 This one includes some Sea Minerals and Clary Sage to ease the aches and pains.

The Stress Relief soak has ‘a calming blend of rosemary and eucalyptus’. I use this for “I am going to kill my boyfriend so pour me some bubbles” days. (Take that in either bathing or in an alcoholic beverage form 😉 ) I find the scents so soothing and really allows me to relax and take some me time!

You can’t forget the little girly and more moisturising bubbles. Doing what it says on the tin, It nourishes with a blend of Ginger and Shea Butter. This one leaves my bathroom smelling so good and is another great product when you are suffering with a bit of that pesky dry skin. Especially with the winter coming up, I will stocking up on this one ready for when I can once again enjoy a good soak!

What are your must have products in for when you are having a good scrub?

Share yours and I will check them out for myself!

Goodbye for now My Loves xo

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My Empties!

Good Evening My Lovelies!

Hope you are all doing well! I thought it was about time that I wrote you another blog so I have been brainstorming to see what I can share with you and then it hit me.

A while back, I was shopping in one of our local budget department stores (I think that is what you could class it as), Trago Mills. Basically they sell anything you can imagine from furniture to plants to stationary, even all the little weird and wonderful things that you didn’t actually realise you need! I found this cute little pink bin, that at the time thought would be perfect for my car as my boyfriend is literally the worst at keeping it clean and tidy! But it wasn’t ideal and believe it or not, not big enough for the big mess he makes!

So it just sat in my bedroom to add a little character, gathering dust. For a while now I have been toying with the idea to share with you some of the empty products I use but I always just naturally throw them away without even thinking! So you can imagine my delight when that little light bulb in my head was flashing!!

Here is the little guy.. !

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I have now decided to use it for my empty products and when I have enough of a collection, I can share with you all my thoughts and whether or not I am in a hurry to run down to the shops and purchase it all once again!

Shall we get started before I start to bore you all with my ramble already? Right then, here goes…

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To start with, I have the Nivea Invisible Black & White Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray. The promise is that it is deigned to be a clear spray to protect white marks on black clothes and yellow stains on white clothes, 48hour protection, it’s gentle on the skin and is alcohol and colorant free. These are all great but do they work? Meh. I wasn’t impressed and extremely disappointed because Nivea have to be my all time favourite brand. It smells fresh which I love, but I wouldn’t say it lasts 48hours (Nor would I particularly expect it to as I shower everyday!!) It is a clear spray and never had a problem with that horrible white fall out when you move your arm after spraying. Its not as protecting as I would like, but I probably would purchase in the winter for that lighter fresher feel.

My Lacoste Touch of Pink Perfume has to be one of my all time favourites! It smells so nice and I am completely gutted that it has finally run out! I’m not going to spend too much time on this one because there is only so much you can say about a spray, but it is rare I find sprays that I love simply because smells can be a major trigger for my migraines. Because it is a light and fresh smell it really doesn’t cause any headaches at all 🙂 Perfection! (Plus I love that it’s Pink!)

The Moroccan Argan Hair Oil by Organic World is designed for moisture repair and damage control. I apply it on damp hair and then again when I have finished styling it. Just a small pea sized amount each time. I found that it smells lovely and isn’t too heavy of an oil. It helps deduct time from my blow drying time and leaves a nice healthy shine to my hair. I am not 100% sure where it was bought as I do believe it was a stocking filler bought for me last Christmas (I have so many oils, it takes me a while to get through them all!)

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The Rimmel 60 Second Nail Varnish in Caramel Cupcake is literally my all time favourite go-to colour. It is natural for all those that aren’t allowed a strong nail colour to school or work and it does genuinely dry super quick. I actually bought two of these when I last stocked up and is a regular purchase for me! I love love love it!! My only down fall with any quick drying nail varnish is that they do dry out in the bottle a lot quicker, however that doesn’t bother me because I am just a fidget when I have painted my nails and Rimmel especially have the best colours!

The Avon Lipstick in “Pink Pop” was gifted to me actually a couple of christmases ago by my dear friend Chelsea. It was my go to daytime colour for when I worked or just looked for that ‘perfect subtle pink’. It had a hint of shine and glitter making it pop, but it was the perfect colour for me! I would buy it again but it appears to be discontinued! 😦

And finally!The two concealers I have I have relatively recently written about.(Click here) My E.L.F Cosmetics cover stick in Ivory is genuinely one of my favourite concealers because the coverage is just incredible for the price. The colour is ideal for my complexion. It is of a thick heavy coverage but doesn’t feel greasy or heavy once blended! The Essence is perfect consistency and coverage especially for the under eye coverage. However the colour was a little too dark for my skin. I will have to double check that I did buy the palest colour. If it is the palest then I probably won’t buy it again or will buy for when I next go on holiday as it was ideal last time!

And there you have it! Have you tried any of the above products? Let me know!

Goodbye for now my loves xo

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Recent Favourites | Face

Hey Dolls,

I have once again been MIA but I have recently been in hospital and made some MAJOR changed to my life in general. I won’t go into details but I just wanted to apologise.

It is my first blog post since my name change as “Those Perfect Imperfections” and I am even in the process of making it my own domain! Yeehaar! The reason for my name changes and why I chose the name I did, is in the “My name is Tayla” section above, so don’t hesitate to take a look and share your thoughts. Don’t forget to share your URLs so I can have a nosy at your blogs too!!

 

Moving on then my beauties, today I am sharing with you a few of my recent favourites for your face! Skin care and Makeup included! Woohoo!

 

So , first I have this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.  I found this one on offer in Boots, so I couldn’t resist. I was intrigued as I have read about it and thought I had to try it. It promises to cleanse, remove makeup and soothe the skin. I can tell you now it does all of those things. I have relatively sensitive skin due to eczema and acne flare ups and I genuinely believe at the moment, my skin hasn’t felt so smooth and soft! It is hypoallergenic and isn’t perfumed. It is gentle enough to use on the eyes and the lips!

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It is normally £4.99 but at the moment is £3.99 so make sure you don’t miss out!

My other skin care products that I love, love, love are the Simple Rich Moisturiser, Nivea Q10 Night Cream and the Witch Primer.

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Simple Rich Moisturiser – £3.99 (currently 3for2 on Simple at Boots)

Nivea Q10 Night Cream – £9.99 (currently £4.99 at Boots)

Witch Anti Blemish Primer – £6.99 at Superdrug

I need a rich moisturiser as my skin is very damaged due to scarring and get very dry very quickly. I love the feeling of a nice thick moisturiser and face cream but this is definitely not too thick. It works fast and as it is from the simple range it is designed to be “Kind to Skin”.

The Nivea Q10 was given to me by my Mum because she wasn’t a fan. She has the opposite skin to me so she can be quite oily which makes some products to her difficult to use. Why she didn’t like it I’m not 100% sure but I think it was just a general dislike. I personally love it again because it has a nice thick texture. I like to know my products are working and this is one those that I can instantly feel working. It is always good to start on the anti wrinkle creams early to help prevent the buggers!

The Witch Primer was recommended to me by my sister, Shannan. I find that it genuinely has helped my acne especially after all the drugs from being in hospital. It helps fill in my pores to create a smooth base ready for my foundation and it does this without clogging them. Exactly what I look for in a primer. It is oil and fragrance free so again, perfect for the sensitive skin!

I think I have made it clear I like a thick face cream, I also like a heavy coverage on my face with my foundations. I know it sounds a lot, but I am self conscious of my skin because of the damage teenage acne caused me :(. I find that Max Factor foundations give me the great coverage I want without the cake face that everyone dreads. I use the cover stick on it’s when I am having a great skin day, but I will use the cover stick underneath the foundation as a good base when my skin isn’t so great. I always try to the palest shades to compliment my skin. The coverage makes me feel like for once I have flawless skin so at the moment it is all I wear! I have previously wrote about the Colour Adapt, and you can find that HERE. The Lasting Performance, once again Max Factor has kept their promise, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. I am SO impressed with Max Factor, the have a devoted customer in me! ALL MAX FACTOR CURRENTLY 3 for 2 IN BOOTS

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Colour Adapt Foundation – £9.99 in Boots

Lasting Performance Foundation – £9.99 in Boots

Pan Stick – £6.99 in Boots

I am one of those crazy people who CANNOT live without a powder. I hate the dewy finish because it makes me feel like I am greasy and slipping around the place. It is very rare I stick to the same powder and it is very rare I have more than one at a time. I don’t know why but it is the only product that I don’t have loads of! At the moment I am wearing Essence. Oh my god ladies, get to Wilko NOW! I found out about Essence through tonnes of bloggers around Europe and how my mother nagged me to buy her some when I went to Spain. I came back from Spain to this beauty in Wilko and I can’t believe the quality of all their products for the price! The Powder is amaze balls for the price and I must say I will repurchase! I get a little oily at certain times of the month and I find that it isn’t strong enough to hold through the oil all day, but it takes seconds for a quick top up and so I don’t even care! It is from the Mattifying Range so gives me the lovely matte look that I love.

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The Rimmel Wake Me Up is a little gem found in Poundland of all places. I use it when I looking for an all day coverage and it helps my powder hold that little bit better. If I am looking for a light coverage for a more natural look, again this is amazing! It doesn’t leave me feeling greasy and holds in place.

The ELF blusher is a beauty. It is perfect for a night out simply because it has a little bit more glitter that you would wear for a day time blush, but the pigmentation is great for the price. I have had this blush for over a year now and it’s still going so you don’t even need to use much at one time! Perfection!

The MUA highlighter is so inexpensive that I had to buy it. MUA is only sold in Superdrug at all their products are super pigmented. I have nearly all their eyeshadow palettes so I knew this would be great little product. Although its great it can take the smallest amount to be too much. If you apply too much it can leave you looking too shiny, so just be careful when applying!

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Essence Mattifying Powder – £2.80 Wilko

Rimmel Wake Me Up Liquid Blush – £1 Poundland 

ELF Blush – £3.95 

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter – £3.00 Superdrug (Currently 3 for 2)

I did have loads of eye makeup to show you as well but I will save that for part 2 tomorrow so make sure you check it out.

Goodbye for now my loves! xo

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Today’s Look | Nice and Simple

Hey Beauties!

 

How are we all today? I have an a day off work today so what an opportunity for me to document a few stages of my make process, I even had the courage to take a completely naked face selfie – sorry if it cracks all your screens 😉

On all the days off that I have, I will try my best to create a new look and document the process, and even eventually if you guys like it and encourage me enough, I will set up a youtube channel! eeeek! (currently saving for a new camera for this so I will keep you posted!!)

I am thinking of posting a few nice valentines day looks for all you lucky ladies with dates and plans, and my looks will range from the ‘no makeup, makeup’ look for those who want to look effortlessly amazing to those who lip the eyes and lips to stand out. What do you all think of that? I think I will do it anyway! haha!

Anyways, so back to business. today I chose to play around with my new makeup palette that I received as a gift, but I wasn’t in the mood for heavy makeup as I had no plans to even leave the house! Not because I am lazy, but going out means spending money I don’t have and I am too close to pay day to risk that! 

 

So here goes.. 

 

No makeup what so ever…Warning…it is not a pretty sight! (excuse the hair and major rootage).

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I look thrilled to be taking that picture! Anyway, I covered my mug with my good old trusty Max Factor Colour adapt (after priming with my refreshing Nivea Express Hydrating Primer) and my new Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. To finish my base off, I added some ELF blush and even a slight contour with one of the colours in my super duper ELF palettes. (all these products I have spoken about in previous posts).

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Looking slightly happier now as you can tell!! – Yes still in my pj’s here too. No judgements please! (I did get dressed though, i just have a particular routine and makeup before getting dressed is just WRONG in the mornings. Simply because I have a habit of spilling things. Though I brush my teeth after I get dressed and well, thats never a good idea.)

I didn’t worry too much about my eyebrows as I wasn’t leaving the house and I am in dire need of a tint and shape!!!!!!!!! ahhh It is so embarrassing! The over grown slug look is NOT attractive.

 

Here is the palette I recieved as a gift from my beautiful Mumma!

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Mum, having done her research has told me that this is a replica of the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I have always wanted to invest in these palettes but having been the higher end makeup brand, it has never been ideal for me to spend over £30 on just one palette. I think I will eventually invest in them but for now, just my lovely drugstore, lower end makeup does me just fine. I love shopping on a budget because I always find a lot of people out there are willing to spend a hell of a lot of money on particular items where I can find similar products cheaper, so I can get more for my money. My blog is about finding good value products that do their job, not reviewing products that everyday people like myself can’t really afford! Maybe one day!

Anyway, It is beautiful isn’t it? I was so chuffed when My Mum gave me this, lots of looks and experimenting is to be done!!

I only used 3 colours today. Sand, Wave and Silk. 

 

I applied sand as my base colour, all over the eyelid and under the brow line. Adding a pale colour here will open your eyes more and help define your brow that little bit extra. I used the Wave over the crease, with the ELF crease brush, and then the Silk over the eyelid under the crease. Here is the look…ImageImage

 

Excusing the gigantic forehead, I must apologise for the quality of the picture. I didn’t quite realise how bad it was, but I think you get the idea. 🙂

I added the ELF cream eyeliner in black along the lash line (applying this with the brush it came with), and then a black crayon along the waterline of my top lid – again the ELF mineral crayon.

I felt that I could add me some lashes on today as I wasn’t in rush for work, and I wanted to keep them natural to keep the look nice, simple and everyday. So, I chose some lashes I received for Christmas from my little sister, Lowen. She purchased them from Wilkinson for the bargain price of 50p!!!!!! I wasn’t expecting them to be any good at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. I have a thing about using my own glue (Elyure bottle of glue can be bought from Boots for around £3.99 and has lasted me forever!!) as sometimes with the cheaper lashes the quality of glue isn’t great.

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Just add a small amount of mascara to blend in your natural lash to the falsies and you’re good to go. I think I used an NYC mascara, as the brush was small and doesn’t clump.

 

At this point, I curled my hair, got dressed and then brushed my teeth ready to apply some lippy!! For christmas, I received a couple of lip stains, to help keep my lipstick looking freshly applied all day. They were purchased at Primark at £1.50 per one, and OMG I order you all to stock up!! I was so impressed with it that I will be buying all the colours. I applied this in a pinky tone and then added some lip gloss by ELF. 

 

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Look at the colour pay off just from a stain! This stain lasted even longer than the gloss, so I am more and more impressed every time I use it.

 

 

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The only down all the gloss is that the glitter in it can be felt when wearing it. It sometimes feels like I am have sugar on my lips which can feel uncomfortable, but this isn’t annoying enough for me to not wear or like it.

One thing I didn’t do was take a full photo of the finished result 😦 (i know – slap my wrists) but I did receive a compliment from my boyfriend so I must have looked alright!!

My jumper for the day..

 

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And my nails 🙂

 

 

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Let me know what you think 

 

xo

 

Completely Obsessed | Nivea

Two posts in one evening?! You lucky devils!

 

It’s a friday night, my social life is dire with no money and my flat is clean…What is a girl to do!? Blog of course!!

 

I love that the more I post, the more followers I am attracting and I am so so so grateful for every single one of you! MY aim for 2014 is to reach out to more and more of you and to make sure that you all know that I am inspired and motivated by every single one of you to keep going and writing on my blog. My blog is for myself and to hopefully inspire you all the way I have been inspired but because of this, the fact that I have followers is so amazing!!!

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Anyway, back to business. If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may have seen this photo pop up… (If you don’t follow me, then why not?! No excuses 😉 @writtenbytayla )

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In my little collection, that was added to at christmas includes:

Nivea Deodorant: Roll on and spray – Stress protect

Nivea Face Wipes: For normal and combination skin

Nivea Moisturiser: Soft – for Face/Body/Hands (75ml and the gigantic tub)

                             Firming – Body lotion

Nivea Primer: Express Hydrating (amazing)

Nivea Lip Balm: Essential Care

                          Soothe and Protect

                          Pearly Shine (not in the picture but tends to be in pink packaging to leave a pink tint to the lips)

 

As you can tell I am absolutely crazy about Nivea, and it all started with the Face/hand/body moisturiser. It was when I went to a trip to Home Bargains when it first opened locally, and it was just one of those things you pick up mindlessly because you need it and it was cheap. It was such a good price and have never turned back! The tubes I use to moisturise my hands and face first thing in the morning and the larger tub I use on my body. It has a non-greasy and thick texture which is why I love it. I just cannot stand super runny and oily moisturisers. They make me feel I need to wash my hands. Because it is quite thick, I do love using it after the face wipes in the morning to freshen my face up, because of the feeling it leaves. I feel that it helping me hide and fill all the scarring on my skin from the years of neglect. The face wipes are available in Savers (twin pack for £1.99) Literally the best deal out there without a doubt, otherwise you will find stores charging £3 for 1 packet – not cool.

I then use the Primer in the morning after the moisturiser. It does seem a bit much using a moisturiser and then an express hydrating primer right after, but my skin is seriously in need of some TLC and since starting this routine first thing in the morning, I am noticing a dramatic difference in how my face looks and feels – To start with I am not hiding behind my bangs anymore and that forehead has made its debut! haha! I have written about the Primer before but it genuinely so amazing! Some primers can leave a slidey texture to your face and make it even feel oily, but this does the complete opposite. It leaves a nice healthy, fresh skin feeling and I can’t stop touching my face when I have applied it. It is about £4.99 in most shops but you only need a small amount, and as it is a large pot it does last me a couple months at a time! Buy it, go go go, I promise – it will not disappoint.

 

The Soothe and Protect lip balm has been yet another life saver for me and is the first EVER lip balm I have used to the very end. The majority of the time I lose them or find a better one and end up leaving it on the side for months that I will just chuck it away. One thing I love about it is that it glides on smoothly and fills the lips in nicely. It fixes my chapped lips within hours and is even SPF15 so I use it constantly during the summer. The Essential Care one was bought in Poundland so was a bargain and have been using that since I ran out of my little light blue one 😦 sob sob. It isn’t as good, it feels a little bit more greasy – which I don’t like, but that is personal preference. It does the healing and protecting the gob just as well! The pearly shine is exactly the same as the Soothe and Protect but which a pinky hint to the stick. Perfect if you can’t be bothered to apply a lippy but still want a tint of colour.

 

My stress Protect is another amazing product. Walking up what seems like the Alps on my way home from work, it do get a little hot and sweaty and there is nothing worse than having that unpleasant smell being detected by your boyfriend when you take your coat off (most embarrassing thing ever, even if you do live together) I knew right then it was time for a new deodorant. By this time I was already falling in love with Nivea and I just had to buy it, to find out if Nivea would ever let me down. And once again – they didn’t. I do feel sweaty sometimes but honestly find that I am not smelly (always a bonus). Woohoo!!! I am more of a spray kinda gal but I received the roll on for Christmas, and I was completely shocked that I liked using it. Walking around like a monkey to let it dry before getting dressed though, not the most attractive thing ever, but the things you do to smell and feel good!

 

Have you ever tried Nivea? Whats your favourite product?

 

xo