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Hello Lovelies, 

I feel like an apology is becoming my trade mark start to a post. I’ve had the biggest bout of writer’s block and a hectic personal life meaning I’ve neglected my blog baby for over 2 months now. 
I wanted to come back with a new direction and a slightly more structured posting promise. My posts from here on out (I’m hoping) will include a lot more videos, will be a LOT more regular and will feed even the hungriest make-up maven inside you. As I’m making my comeback on a Tuesday, this is when I will posting from now on. I feel like once a week is a manageable amount for me at the moment and also gives me enough time to put together exciting posts for your perusal – I’ll have more time to research and test out products and hopefully it will make reading my blog a lot more exciting for you!

Seeing as it’s January (just) I think it would be rather fitting to see how I’m doing with my resolutions so far! 

My first was to get up earlier and so far I have failed so miserably with this! Hands up if you’re a serial snoozer! It’s so easier to set your alarm for 15 minutes later and have a little doze, so easy to think “well, my hair can go in a top knot today”, so easy to skip breakfast… Do you see where I’m going with this? If I get up earlier I can spend more time doing things, alleviating stress and panic and meaning I’ll be in a better position to get to places on time!

My second was to start blogging again and, like my first, this has also gone absolutely dreadfully. 

However, the good thing about resolutions is that you have a whole year to perfect them! So hopefully February will be a better month for me! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing from me again, I’d love to know any of your resolutions if you fancy sharing them with me? I also wish you all good luck with accomplishing them! 
Love, Bonnie xx

Winter Series #2 – Body Care

Hello Lovelies!

I’m back today with my body care recommendations to keep the cold from making your skin dull and lack-lustre. The most important to thing to do is exfoliate and moisturise of a regular basis, but I have a couple of hero products to give your skin an immediate lift if you haven’t much time on your hands.

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First off – my number one choice in exfoliator. This is the Pecksniff’s Sandalwood and Vanilla Body Scrub and it smells oh-so-good. This is a pretty pricey product; bought from a store this will set you back £25 but I found mine in Homesense for the bargain price of £4.99! The great thing about this scrub, aside from the heavenly scent is that it leaves a film of oil on the skin (which I know some people detest, but hear me out). It sinks in in a matter of minutes and leaves your skin feeling silky soft for days. I would recommend using a body scrub up to 3 times a week in Winter, especially if you have party coming up. 

A great choice if you hate body lotions or anything sticky is a dry oil. My choice is Champney’s Citrus Glow. This smells like oranges and lemons but also has a real warmth to it, making it a perfect Winter scent. This can be used in place of a perfume as the scent really lingers. It’s super moisturising and nourishing but opposed to a thin body lotion it sinks into the skin in seconds and you can get dressed right after applying this!

If you have a little more time on your hands I would recommend a thick, luxurious body butter. The Body Shop brings it when it comes to body butters and they do a wide variety of scents however my favourites are the Vitamin E and Papaya body butters. The Olive Oil one is also lovely. The Vitamin E one is perfect for before bed as you can really slather it on and by morning any dry patches will be moisturised and lovely – this is a great body butter to choose if you want a quick overnight fix for an event the next day. The Papaya body butter has a great summer scent to it – great if you’re making a Winter getaway to warmer climes! The scent isn’t so over-powering that everyone within a 5 mile radius gets knocked out by the smell, but lingers enough to encourage people to say “What IS it that smells so nice round here?!”.

My budget buy for body moisturisers is good ol’ E45 cream. For winter eczema patches, dry skin, blemishes, razor rash… Basically anything involving under-nourished, irritated, angry skin. I use this on my elbows, knees, shins and even on my face to lock in moisture after a face mask! This is a great product if you have really sensitive skin as it has no scent. It’s also great to use over the top of other body butters/lotions/oils to seal them and obtain maximum moisture.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post! Please be sure to give it a like or hit the follow button if you want to keep reading my Winter Series of posts!
Love, Bonnie

My Top 5 Beauty Tips

Hello Ladies!
If it’s Monday where you are I have a few tips to cheer you up and if it’s still Sunday for you… grab a glass of something cold and enjoy!

Top Tip No.1: If you use an eye cream or lip balm that comes out of a tub – use a q-tip (cotton bud) to collect the right amount of product. Not only is it more sanitary (as there are 2 ends on a cotton bud, no double dipping!) it also makes application of specific-treatment products such as eye cream more accurate. Just think of the size of your finger compared to the cotton bud – the cotton bud places the product right where it needs to be and you can then go in with a ring finger to warm the product into the skin.

Top Tip No.2: Wash your make-up brushes with a clarifying shampoo once a week. Even if you spot-clean them when you use them you’re not removing every last bit of gunk so they still need a good wash! I use “I love Juicy” from Lush because the acid from the fruit in the shampoo eat away product build up and leave my brushes soft and squeaky clean.

Top Tip No.3: This seems like an obvious one – spray your perfume on as the very last step of getting ready in the morning, literally just before you walk out the door. Your hairspray, deodorant and setting spray will have settled and particles no longer floating around in the air to mess up the scent of your chosen perfume.

Top Tip No.4: Count to 60 whilst cleansing your face. I found this tip on youtube a really long time ago and the way it was explained was as follows – as a child you a told to wash your hands with soap for 60 seconds to make sure all the germs and bacteria are gotten rid of. It’s exactly the same with your face. Also, counting to 60 will make you realise parts of your face that you neglect such as – temples, chin crease, along the very top of the forehead, bridge of the nose, under the jaw. Think back to this morning; did you honestly clean all of those areas of the face? 

Top Tip No.5: Go out and buy miniature perfume dispensers, mini deodorant, lip balm and hand sanitizer and place them in every hand bag you own. This way you’ll have all the essentials at every possible moment and you will never have to think about it. Makes for effortless organisation and will make it quicker and easier to get out of the door!

So there you have it – my tried and tested top 5 tips for keeping you looking beautiful. Very simple, but very effective. If you try any of them/already do them/have another tip to share please do leave me a comment; I always love hearing back from you!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Love, Bonnie xx

Why Face Wipes Are Bad For You

Ok, let me just start this post by saying that I’m not writing this to come across all high and mighty and that everything you’re doing to your face is wrong, wrong, wrong. A couple of years ago I was still well seated on the make-up wipe band wagon and I thought I was enjoying a comfortable ride. Little did I know what the wipes were doing to my poor skin!
I suffered really badly with spots when I was a little younger, and I can honestly pin point the moment my skin started to heal – surprise, surprise it was when I stopped using make-up wipes. 
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Now, all this information is well and good and you might be sat there thinking “That’s all very well but my wipes work perfectly for me”. Sweetheart, they don’t.
Make-up wipes, however “natural” they claim to be, are nothing of the sort. To sit on supermarket or drugstore shelves/stockrooms for a year or more, they have to be packed full of preservatives and chemicals, which then obviously get transferred to your face. 
Once they eventually enter a home and are opened.. well that’s the seal broken! They are now a moist habitat in a warm room and become a breading ground for bacteria. Not so bad for the first wipe but if there are 30 wipes on average in a packet, once you get to the end of the month to use the final wipe who knows what’s living on it?

Still not convinced? Well, now I’m going to throw some premature ageing thesis at you, and if that doesn’t work, oh boy, I don’t know what will.
Many wipes claim to “exfoliate” the face. How do they do this? Glycolic acid? Woah no, way too expensive and sophisticated. The make-up wipe companies just make the wipes in a more abrasive material to literally shred your skin as you rub the wipe over your face. You may be thinking that this is the same as using a manual exfoliator. No siree. With a manual exfoliator water is required to remove it whereas with a face-wipe the dead skin has no where to go, leaving it sat on the surface of the face. If you do not follow your face wipe with a cleanser and go straight to moisturiser, your face is then a breading ground for bacteria as the oils in the moisturiser and the dead skin will bread from each other and provide horrible long term reactions such as: blocked pores, premature ageing in the form of – dilapidated skin renewal strength, fine lines and broken capillaries. 
Are you sitting up and listening now? Goodo. 

Ladies, I am offering you an amnesty – give up your face-wipes now and I promise not to give you time-out on the naughty chair. 
Swap your chemical ridden wipes for Bioderma and cotton pads, and always (always always always) follow up with either a creamy cleanser or a cleansing balm.
Some of my favourites are:
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Emma Hardie Amazing Face
Good Things Cleanser

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There is no use spending money on a superior moisturiser if you are adding it on top of a poorly prepared face. If you are looking for a mid-range moisturiser, check out the Bioderma link above, the brand do some amazing moisturisers for all skin types. 

So, ladies, ditch the wipes and cleanse twice a day, I absolutely promise you *places hand on heart* if you try your new cleansing routine for 6 weeks you will definitely see a difference in the way your skin behaves and how much healthier, hydrated and manageable it is.
I hope you enjoyed reading this rather long post! 
Love, Bonnie xx

Skincare Bolt-Ons.. The Rescue Edition

I’ve worked 10 days straight without a day off so apologies for the lack of posts! Because I’ve been so much overtime I’ve been wearing a full face of make-up from 7 in the morning to 6 at night which hasn’t been the best for my skin as sometimes after drinks/dinner/seeing friends I just haven’t had the energy to slope through my normal skincare routine. Bad Bonnie.
Anyway, I’m taking full advantage of my day off today by going a little bit crazy for topical skincare. I’m going to chuck every mask I’ve got at it and hope for the best.

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A friend clued me into using the Liz Earle cleanser as a mask – pop a thicker layer on than usual, two to three pumps should do, and leave it until it has soaked into the skin, leaving a sheen on the face. Takes approximately 15 minutes. Remove as normal.

Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask goes on next to withdraw any impurities from the skin. Whack on for 5 minutes, and you’re done.
Next on goes the Michael Todd Pumpkin Facial Mask. This bad boy contains glycolic acid so it will eat away all the impurities the clay mask has just drawn out.
So, we’re now done with the “treatment” face masks, we can start to resurface the skin and feed it some good stuff to aid recovery.
For this I’m using the Elemis Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask. This mask, like the Michael Todd, also uses enzymes to brighten, lighten and tighten the skin. This is perfect followed by the Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask to promote cell renewal. Of course this is supposed to be an anti-aging mask but I find it to work well at clearing up breakouts because it stimulates the skin to heal itself and make new cells, clever, huh? 

I top all that bumbf off with a healthy swab of the Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner, a large dollop of Liz Earle’s Skin Repair Moisturiser and a layer of Clinique’s All About Eyes Rich, just to give my peepers a bit of lovin’ too.
I wouldn’t recommend doing this very often, not even once a month otherwise your skin will get used to it and the results won’t be so good. I reserve this routine for when my skin has gotten just about as bad as I can bear it, which really doesn’t happen very often. I would say use this routine roughly once every 2/3 months. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Love, Bonnie xx

My Top 5 Lipbalms

Just a quick one ladies – I wanted to show you a small collection of my lipbalms and quickly run through why each one is good and what I would recommend it for.

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  1. Carmex Classic Lipbalm – Main ingredient is petroleum so it’s not the best thing for your lips if you really want to get them into better condition, however this is ideal for wearing under matte lipsticks as it will act as a barrier between the drying effects of the lipstick and your lips.
  2. Body Shop Sweet Lemon Lipbutter – Great to carry in your handbag, softens slightly in warm temperatures so applies as a lovely mixture between a balm and an oil. Super moisturising, great for applying on bare lips and layering with a lipgloss as it will add to the super shiny effect. Also tastes and smells like lemon cheesecake – always a winner in my book
  3. Crabtree & Evelyn Cocoa Butter and Cardamon Protective Lipbalm SPF 8 – Great for days at the beach because of the SPF. Also super moisturising and can transfer to a evening look as it provides colour and gloss. The ideal dual product for a holiday if you’re packing light
  4. Cath Kidston Rose Lipbalm – Super waxy texture makes applying lipstick smooth and fuss free. I tend to use this more as a lip primer over another lightweight lipbalm if I’m using an extremely pigmented lipstick like an orange/red/pink as it prevents the lips becoming stained and makes removing it all a lot easier
  5. Crabtree & Evelyn Creme de Menthe Lip Butter – Super nourishing and moisturising, this is perfect for applying before bed. The texture is gorgeous and creamy and if you apply a thick layer, you’ll still be able to feel it on your lips in the morning which I always find when lipbalms are doing their job

So there you have it – 5 lipbalms for 5 different jobs. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post!
Love, Bonnie xx

Good Things Skincare Range

It’s very rare that I ever find a skincare range that I love enough to spend money trying other products from it. I find it very difficult to buy products unless I’ve had samples of them, read/watched reviews, researched the company and the ingredients… all crazy things that make a beauty blogger who she is!
The only company I have ever trusted to be good without a recommendation or researching session is Good Things. They are a company who make affordable skincare for teenage skin. I’d say it’s a more sophisticated brand for teenagers and older girls (and boys!) who know a bit about what they should be doing with their skin and want to look after it. The pricing is very reasonable and they always have 3 for 2 offers going on in Boots – I got a third off of my purchases.
I bought the Five Minute Facial Face Mask and the Bright Eyes Eye Cream on a whim and was seriously impressed with what they did to my skin. The idea is that every product has two “superfruit extracts” that have different properties and tackle different problems that your skin might have. For examples the face mask contains Avocado and Goji Berry to moisturise and soothe, but also has Green Clay and Kaolin to draw out impurities and Willow Bark extract for radiance. Now, whether these “superfruit extracts” actually have a major role in how the products work, they certainly make them smell nice and feel very luxurious on the skin. The whole range is free from Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Animal Ingredients and Mineral Oils – ideal for teenage skin because the main worrisome ingredients are outta there. Don’t take this to mean that they are in any way organic or 100% natural, there’s still preservatives, alcohol and perfumes in there so if your skin is super sensitive or that’s against you skincare ethos, Good Things is not for you my dear. 
However, I’ve had nothing but good results from this range, I recently added the Fresh Start Creamy Cleanser (which is pretty good replacement for my Liz Earle Cleanser and a third of the price!) and the Deep Pore Anti Blemish Cleanser which I’ve been using to remove make-up and as the first cleanse in my skincare routine. The only thing I would say is that the Anti Blemish Cleanser smells extremely strongly of strawberries and also doesn’t remove every trace of make-up so you will need to go in with a second lot if that is the cleanser of your choice. I wouldn’t recommend it as your only cleanser either – use this to remove the first bit of make-up and then go in with a second cleanse of something that needs massaging in and flanneling off, otherwise Caroline Hirons (skincare matriarch) will be out get you!

Another plus for this skincare range is that it is exceptional value for money! The two cleansers were roughly £3.50 each (including 30% off) and the Fresh Start one is 150ml and the Anti Blemish one is 200ml. Bargain!

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All in all I’d say this is the perfect skincare range if you coming out the other end from the more aggressive stages of teenage skin. I’d also say this is a good range for up to mid-twenties if you’re on a budget and I would recommend the eye-cream to anyone for the morning! Even if you’re more mature you could use this one in the morning and have a more expensive/high end night repair one for evening. Good for the purse!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and I must apologise for the absolute awful quality of my camera, I hope you get the jist of how pretty the packaging is, even if the photos are back to front. I will be investing in a new camera soon I can assure you!

Love, Bonnie xx