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A few months ago I had the pleasure of going along to my local M&S to be introduced to the Filorga brand (where the range is stocked) and I had a few products recommended to me which I have been using for a while. 

So now I’m ready to review for you!

Filorga was founded in 1978 by Michel Tordjman, a French doctor of aesthetic medicine.  The range is luxurious and using the latest skincare technology as well as well known beneficial ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid). 

Filorga Micellar Solution (£20)

This huge bottle of micellar water is designed to cleanse the skin and remove make up.  It is enriched with soothing ingredients too. I have been using this for ages and I still have half a bottle left. 

For me, it does not take off my mascara which is very waterproof. It will remove eyeshadow and eyeliner though, and it seems to remove any last traces of gunk on my face. I still prefer to wash my face but sometimes I use this as a second cleanser as it feels nice and refreshing on the skin (no residue) or sometimes on its own in the mornings when I am in a rush. 

Filorga Oxygen Peel (£20)

This is one product I was excited to try because this Oxygen-Peel product has 6 acids (6%) which is great at giving the skin a peel. A nice alternative to the many acid toners around, such as Pixi Glow tonic etc. 

I found this one got my nose peeling! You can feel the tingle sometimes (although it is not uncomfortable) and I do prefer it to the smell of the Pixi one. 

I had two generous samples of the Skin Absolute Day Ultimate Rejuvinating Day Cream (White one) £99  and the Skin Absolute Night Cream £99 . This looks black but it’s a sheer grey gel and isn’t apparent when applied. 

Both of the creams have nice textures and are quite hydrating. 

The day cream has a smell which is quite strong and reminded me of washing up liquid – it’s a small point but I wasn’t too keen on that (strong smells give me a headache too).  The texture was fine though and my skin felt moisturised but I didn’t feel any “magic” there if I am honest. 

The night cream has more of a gel/jelly texture which I liked and it spread well.  It contains brown seaweed which is supposed to keep with regenerating feels and is supposed to regular the production of melanin, which I need because I am getting more freckles as time goes on. 

I didn’t notice any fading of dark spots, at least not yet but my skin always looked brighter in the morning. 

Filorga Nutri-Filler (£26) is a fun product, kinda, the one you get as a treat because this is a lip balm which also plumps! It’s clear and comes out of the rubbery tip thing – not sure why but I quite like it. It’s quite shiny and wet feeling so I wouldn’t use it under a lipstick but I do use it throughout the day as a regular lip balm. 

The lips look bigger and soft which is nice if that’s your kind of thing. It doesn’t tingle in a horrible or painful way so if that’s your bag, you’d probably like this. 

Finally, Filorga’s UV Bronze (£29) is a spray on sun screen which is perfect for my lazy self (also I forget to put sunscreen on if I am in a rush).  

This comes out as a thick mist – when you spray it first a white puff comes out followed by the product which you will feel when it lands on your skin. It’s not like other spray sunscreens, it won’t apply wet or need rubbing in which means it’s great as a top coat over all your make up as it won’t spoil anything. 

HOWEVER – it is a small can for £29, and the mist that first comes out every time you spray it doesn’t reassure me so I end up spraying it quite a bit more until I feel something hit my skin.  At that rate, it will be used up pretty fast.  

Overall, I really like the things I’ve tried from he range. I think my favourite is the Oxygen Peel, which is a very worthy acid toner. 

Have you tried any Filorga?

 

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Anyone who has read this blog knows that I LOVE STATIONERY.  I have a huge collection of notebooks, pens, glue sticks – so many glue sticks.  And of course I love STICKERS.  When a company called Sticker You got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to pick some products to review, I said yes – but I was not expecting what they actually offered.  

See, I’ve bought stickers from everywhere and for all needs – diary stickers, cute stickers, logo stickers, snazzy stickers.  I have kids too, so basically, we are like a sticker factory. I log in to the StickerYou.com site.  They seem to make all sorts of things. There’s a lot of choice. I don’t understand. What do I get to pick from?  

Anything.

ANYTHING?

A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

Make any image you want in to a DIE CUT sticker.  Full your sheets with any selection of designs you want.  Ordering took me two weeks because I was in sticker heaven and I couldn’t; decide.

I’ve never seen anything like it.  

Let me explain further and show you the amazing things I ordered, and also how to win $50 to spend on the site yourself! 

First off – the interface is super easy to use but I have some tips:

1. I recommend setting up an account asap because it took me so long to decide what I wanted, it gave me a chance to save things as I went along.  Creating an account means the work is saved.

2. Make sure you have decent internet connection as I tried to do some sheets when I was on holiday in Scotland with rubbish connection and man, it was slow. 

3. If you are choosing your own designs and want to get a sheet with different designs, get them ready in a folder before starting, it saves a lot of time when you are rearranging them on your sheet. 

The order took around a week to arrive:

When you arrive on the Sticker You website, you can go directly to the item you want OR go through their product page which I personally found super useful to decide what works best (for example, do you want permanent or removable? Do you want matte or glossy? Do you need it to be dishwasher safe? Mixed designs or the same one repeated?).  This way you can be sure you are getting the right product. 

They have a number of stickers which are great for businesses; packaging labels, temporary tattoos, vinyl graphic (for windows), wall and floor decals.  But they have lots of good things for every day sticker fans like me too. 

I wanted to get a mixture of fun and useful items so that is what I did! 

First, I got name labels for the kids! 

I order these at the start of the school year and they are great for everything. I stick them on books, their water bottles, lunch boxes and so on. I found some labels fade quickly in the dishwasher but these ones are waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe (yes really!).

I ordered one page of rectangular name stickers using their cute templates. As you can mix and match (when I order from other companies, they tend to make you use the same design and name per order) I did them for both kids on one sheet:

These are the white glossy vinyl. They are surprisingly thin and very sticky which means they won’t catch on things and start to come off. 

I also got some Iron on name labels.  I chose rectangular as this seems to fit well on to clothing tags but also directly on to clothing. These have a matte finish:

I also got some stick on name labels – these ones are great if you don’t want to iron on labels and need to quickly get some clothes labelled up. 

For these ones I chose the square shape. Even though these are stick on they are washing machine safe. These have the light vinyl feel of the first name stickers but they REALLY stick more so than other stick on name labels I have tried before. 

Again I did half for H1, and half for H2. 

It might seem like a lot of name labels but these will last me a few years I hope!  You can also upload your own designs if you wish for the tags but I was happy with the ones they already have. 

Then to mix things up I ordered some magnets, for our fridge and my ma’s.  I did some designs for Mr C but also some photographs too. Again, you can upload any images to make in to a magnet. 

This is something for Mr C who is a huge fan of the film, The Ninth Gate (points if you know what this is!):

For reference, the magnets are really thing and bendy. I love how light they are (some magnets are quite heavy and don’t stick properly). They are actually printed on, they won’t peel off. 

Because I wanted to try out more of what they had to offer, I also ordered a sheet of t-shirt transfers with a mixture of designs. Again these are die cut so you don’t have to figure out the shape with your scissors! You get a sheet of parchment paper to use (place over the design and iron on) and clear instructions too.  

I know, I am so hilarious:

I bought some cheap t-shirts in from Fruit of the Loom for the kids and got this ironed on with no problems at all.  The process only took a few minutes and you iron on the front and back. Again, this transfer is a white vinyl material, which feels thin – almost like it will stretch if you pull it to hard (but ti doesn’t). 

Again if you follow the instructions, it’s very easy. I gave it a good iron and pressed down firmly as instructed. Once cooled I did the inside. 

Here is one of the finished t’s which I have washed and it seems totally fine (he’s crazy for science):

I ordered 3 sheets of stickers because hey, THAT IS WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR.  Primarily what I wanted was some stickers for the kids Yumbox lunch boxes plus some spares for bits and bobs. 

Sticker You has lots of pre set stickers if you want to pick from those (if you are stuck for ideas) so I did choose several from their own designs. Having them die cut is amazing – it means every single sticker has a neat finish.

Here are some of the ways I use them:

Harrison is learning new words with Mrs Wordsmith so I thought this was a cute touch! 

And of course, my purpose for getting these stickers was so the kids and Mr C could decorate their Yumboxes, which they did with a lot of enjoyment! 

Here is her finished lunch box! Some of his favourite things:

The good thing about these stickers is that you can put it in the dishwasher and they are nice and thin so they just blend in to the box nicely.  With a Yumbox, the inside compartments need the deep clean and the outside can usually do with a wipe but at least the option to stick it in the dishwasher is there too. 

Here is H2’s:

I recommend ordering a FREE catalogue here which comes with sticker samples to have a look at if you want to see the quality for yourself.

COMPETITION TIME! 

The lovely people at StickerYou.com have offered the chance for one of my readers to win $50 to spend on the site on any products of your choice.  With $50 you could get a couple of sticker sheets, magnets, and even a t-shirt transfer! 

The competition is open internationally as StickerYou.com ship all over the world. 

TO ENTER:

Leave me a comment below and make sure you put your email address in the comments box telling me what your favourite stationery item is.  

OR you can head over to my Instagram page which is @cosmeticcandy (no gaps!) and give me a comment there. 

The competition will close on Friday 06th July 2018 and I’ll announce the winner in a few days.  

Good Luck everyone!

*Sponsored post 

Competition T&Cs: 

The promoter of this competition is Cosmetic Candy blog. 

The promotion is open internationally to anyone aged 18 or over. 

To take part leave a comment in the competition post or on the CosmeticCandy Instagram page. 

Entry is free and no purchase is necessary. A comment on the blog and a comment on Instagram count as 2 entries. 

The competition closes at 12pm GMT on the 6th of July 2018. 

One winner will be chosen at random and will be informed within 5 days of the draw. 

The prize is a $50 gift card to use at StickerYou.com.  The gift card can be used towards shipping fees. 

Your personal details will not be used for anything else other than for this competition. 

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I am quite a fan of electrical beauty devices, I have certainly tried quite a few, but the ones that get the most use are usually cleansers.  I currently have a Clarisonic (I don’t tend to use much), a Foreo (I use quite a lot as it’s gentle) and now, I have this nifty device from BeGlow.

This device is the Tia Sonic Skin Care System which has both a cleanser on one side and a vibrating cleansing and lifting side. 

It comes in a selection of colours, mine is white. It also comes with a storage pouch and charger. 

The device uses dual pulse technology which is supposed to increase in intensity as it touches the skin.  You can adjust the pulse to suit yourself so that it is more energising or relaxing too. One charge lasts 6 months, and it is totally waterproof to use in the shower etc.  

The cleansing side has a silicone head which is replaceable too. 

So I do really like that fact that this is dual purpose rather than having two separate devices to remember.  It’s a substantial size, and easy to hold because of the shape. 

The cleansing side is great and reminds me of the Foreo, although the bristles are a little shorter.  It works nicely with all cleansers but in particular foaming ones – it just has an edge over using your hands.  I like it especially around the nose area where I get congestion. 

I really like the silver side too, which you can use around your jawline and cheeks to give a lifting effect. 

There’s a good guide on their site on the best way to use it. 

I love this side because it feels so cooling not he skin and relaxing, After my skin does feel lifted and generally bright (not saying it’s like a face lift but you can see the increased glow).  I would definitely use this with a serum, something that doesn’t sink in too fast to give it some glide, (ie. perfect after a sheet mask). 

Battery life is great too, I haven’t had to recharge it. 

* After our break I couldn’t find it anywhere so I thought it was gone for good! But I managed to find it stuck in a random pocket of the suitcase eventually – PHEW! 

It is a pricey device although the Clarisonic, Foreo aren’t exactly cheap either.

If your budget does stretch, I can say that I genuinely have enjoyed using this and will continue to do so.

The device is £199 from Look Fantastic 

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I must admit, I haven’t tried lots from the Fenty Beauty range although I am rather taken by what I have tried – at least it tries to be fun and colourful, you know? 

Fun was the first thought I had when I saw Rihanna’s 10 minute guide to make up over on Vogue, (I love her), I loved how she used the bright orange and pink on her eyes. So when the Fenty Summer Daze collection was launched, I knew I had to get something (and I don’t really splash out on expensive make up any more).  

BEHOLD! 

I was modest and bought 2 things which I really wanted from the collection. 

FENTY BEAUTY Summer Nights Iridescent Lip Luminizer Trio (£24) is a set of three lip glosses which look pretty full size to me (there is also the Summer Days version which has brighter, fresher tones).  I had no idea these were trios and had my name down for 2 of the shades, so 3 for £24?! YES PLEASE. (£8 each!). 

I am totally feeling lip glosses in general and these are great.  Not sticky, very shiny, smooth almost balmy texture. Not too heavy, not too light. 

Snakeskin is fabulous, and the one I would have bought if they were sold as singles.  This unusual green gloss is more golden with a greenish edge to it so yes, if you don’t like browns (there is a brown-ness to this) you may not like this. Also, will you wear it alone or on top of something?  It looks really cool on a brownish nude, BUT on a pale day it makes me look a bit…queasy. It works if I have liquid liner on, have everything in place, know what I mean? I still love it. 

Mermaid Thighs is a blue/lilac tinges gloss, perhaps more accessible because of the lilac in it for most. It looks like a silvery sheen which is quite cool but probably the one I would wear the least because it’s quite frosty and makes me look a bit…robotic? These also work really well dabbed on actually, if you don’t want the full effect, because you get this pretty, subtle shimmer on your lips. 

Vaycay is another one I would have paid for separately, it’s pink with a ton of gold.  It reminds me of MAC Nymphette (I think?!) which I love. It’s peachy, it’s pretty, it can be quite full on if you put a thick layer on so I am careful not to wear it at the same times as a really glittery eye (personal taste, that’s all). 

FENTY BEAUTY Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duo (£28) – this is my first duo. I love this packaging, it’s simply but I like it! The shades are very tropical and bright, a orange and hot pink.  It can be worn on the cheeks or eyes which is how I have chosen to use it. 

As a blush it works with a super light touch, it blends nicely anyway. 

I LOVE it as an eyeshadow though! The mixture of pink and orange sounds like a nightmare but it’s really vibrant and fun, on my skin tone anyway.  I would say it’s a little powdery (pigmented, sure) because if I swipe by finger over it a lot of powder tends to fly up. It’s not a problem, but it is something to mention about the formula. 

Swatches – more vibrant in real life:

I don’t think I want or need anything else from this collection but Fenty managed to tempt me from my under £10 Korean make up only state, so well done Fenty. 

Is there anything you love from Fenty Beauty?

*Purchased by me

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Aloha ladies!

I just wanted to share with you all that I will be blogging for Aduro Skincare, with fresh articles every month. Please pop over to their blog to take a look! 

As well as writing articles for Aduro (who have given me the freedom to write about all sorts of interests!) I will be using the mask regularly and letting you know about my experiences with it. Here is my first review of the mask. 

Hope to see you guys over on their blog soon! 

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I can’t seem quit Glossier, like I can’t seem to quit bacon.  I know it’s no good for me, I am trying to stop eating meat in general but then my ma, who is the worse at constantly trying to entice me and over feed me comes along with a perfectly fried piece of bacon sleeping in a Ciabatta and I’m like, feed me, munch much. (Update: I did turn down one of her legendary Bacon butties this weekend). 

But back to Glossier, which by the way, is cruelty free. I say I can’t seem to quit them because I have acquired quite a lot of products from the brand since they launched their UK website, and I have to say, I’ve found everything somewhat luke warm.

One product I do love and use every day is Boy Brow, but everything else I seem to like for a few weeks then…nothing. Even Lidstar I have sort of fallen out of love with.  That’s what I mean…I should probably quit them for a while but when something new comes out I’m like LET ME TRY. Their marketing is very convincing. Also some kind people keep using my code to purchase THANK YOU. 

Anyway…this was about Mascara. 

But it isn’t mascara, you uncultured swine (talking to myself). It is LASH SLICK (£14).  

They say:

248 formulations later: the perfect everyday mascara. Lash Slick curls and sculpts as it lengthens, enhancing the look of your natural lashes instead of clumping them together or spackling them in product. Teeny-tiny fibers coat lashes from root to tip to create a lengthened baby-extension, while flexible film-forming polymers lift and lock each fiber into place.

Now, I am pretty boring when it comes to mascara, as my lashes are very straight and there aren’t many mascaras that will hold curl and aren’t a total nightmare to take off. There’s nothing I can go to Boots to buy that will do it.  

My favourite is Paul and Joe Waterproof Mascara.

However, like most mascaras that can hold curl, it is hard to get off, and it can feel heavy.

Glossier’s marketing on Instagram showed a Chinese woman with lashes similar to mine wearing the mascara which is why I ended up buying it and hoping for the best. 

It comes in a plastic pink tube, the brush is sort of spiky and a little hard. I poked myself in the eye a few times and it doesn’t hurt (I forget that many brushes are quite soft and bendy to minimise the eye poking pain). 

It’s a little large for my short lashes but it does comb through them very well. This mascara is not clumpy in the slightest and leaves a really natural, fresh, look. No matter how much I layer it doesn’t clump. However…it doesn’t seem to make my lashes look any bigger either. 

It’s easy to remove and it holds curl…well no it doesn’t hold curl. It doesn’t bring them down entirely, because it’s so light, but it doesn’t enhance them either which is a little disappointing. 

Let me show you what I mean in this example:

You can see that Lash Slick retains a small amount of curl but unlike P&J, it doesn’t really hold it or enhance it. 

But of course that’s specific to my lashes.

If I already had quite long, full and curly lashes, Lash Slick would add really natural, smooth, slick lashes. It didn’t flake on me or smudge, I’d say there was some transference though on to my lid by the end of the day. If it’s going to be water resistant (which surely all mascaras are), then why not Waterproof?

Overall….yeah I will use it sometimes until it starts to smell, then I’ll throw it in the bin and wonder why I didn’t add another £5 and buy my beloved Paul & Joe again. 

Whilst I’m here, a few words on my other purchase, Glossier’s Lip Gloss (£11) which I only got to get free shipping:

They say:

We took everything you love about lip gloss, got rid of everything you don’t, and formulated the perfect Lip Gloss. Our formula gives lips one thing: cushiony, crystal clear shine—no gluey feeling, no stickiness, no grittiness, no glitter. The fuzzy doe-foot applicator glides on a delightfully lightweight layer for a comfortable, glassy finish that won’t disappear after an hour (oooh yeeeah). And because it’s Glossier, your lips stay soft and hydrated thanks to moisturizing Vitamin E. Shine on, friend.

They know how to sell stuff don’t they?

Well, you know this stuff isn’t bad. It’s a clear gloss with the tiniest hint of pink. It’s a clear gloss. It doesn’t smell, it’s not too sticky, it’s fine. It’s a clear gloss. If that’s your thing, sure why not.  

One of the reasons I got this is because I get very dry lips during the day and sometimes I want something unscented and unglittery so I can just slap it on willy nilly. It’s fine. It’s just a CLEAR GLOSS essentially. 

Buy it if you…want a clear gloss.  It also looks trendy. 

If you would like to buy anything from Glosser, get 10% off using my link and I get $10 off.

 

Let me know if there’s anything from Glossier you love (or hate?!)

 

 

 

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Having kids really made me look at the sheer amount of waste we produce as a family. It’s not just nappies, it’s the other things like the endless containers of snacks and drinks and all the plastic rubbish you accumulate over time.

So I began to look at fairly straight forward ways that we could cut down. One easy way is using reusuabel straws.  I actually bought a few years ago when someone recommend ‘hot straws’ to me for drinking tea and coffee, as it minimises teeth staining – great but I soon forgot to use them. 

Now with the straws, I actually used to buy the bags of 100 from Ikea so it seemed like a perfect thing to substitute. Glugglug make resusuable straws and glasses and contacted me on Instagram to see if I wanted to try some straws, so I figured – why not? If we were going to drop this properly then we’d need a decent supply so I wouldn’t be tempted to pick up a disposable one. 

They rather aptly come in these paper envelopes which I love. Let me talk you through the different types of straws they have:

1. Aluminium (comes in blue and purple) in a set of 4. 

These metal ones keep your drinks cooler for a longer time.  It has rounded edges so that you shouldn’t cut yourself on them – I quite like to use the metal ones with my hot drinks (obviously taking care that the drink isn’t too hot). 

2. Silicone Straw – Standard Width (orange) 

Standard, good for most drinks. They can also be cut to size for small kids for example. 

3. Silicone Straw – Wide (green)

These are good for thicker drinks like smoothies for example, or soup (good for people who may need to have soup through a straw). 

ALL of the straws are BPA free, food grade, good for the dishwasher etc. Also each sets come with a brush which is essential for cleaning out any heavier drinks (for example, my kids love chocolate milk). 

Width comparison:

I even bought a posh BEAST reusable cup so that I could use it with these straws thats how much I like them. 

These straws have been incorporated well in to our routine, because they are so easy to wash it’s not much effort at all to use these instead of using plastic one use straws. I highly recommend buying some (there are other brands out there of course but I have found the Glugglug ones to wash well (no fading or tarnishing). 

The silicone straws are £9.95 on Amazon (comes in 2 shades) and the Aluminium straws are currently just £6.35. 

 

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It’s the place in your home where you spend the most amount of time in one sitting. Why shouldn’t it be as clean and peaceful as the rest of your house?

The bedroom should be a sacred place of peace, rest and relaxation. After all, it’s where you go to reset your energy levels and mind for the next day; where you go to let go of your thoughts and have some comfort.

The issue is that you see it, every morning and every night. And whether you want to admit it or not, a messy bedroom has a negative effect on your energy and thoughts each and every day. It’s time to start treating yourself better by treating your bedroom as a respected extension of your daily wellness and health. There is a process, though, that makes this easier on you and therefore less likely to be resisted by your inner-child who doesn’t want to be told what to do, even by yourself.

I’m going to walk you through some steps to making your bedroom a cleaner, more peaceful place, and those steps start with the number one offender: clutter.

From Closets to Clutter and Old Peanut Butter

This room is not the catch-all for everything you can’t find a place for in the rest of your home. Dig in and move out the things you don’t need or that have been simply collecting dust and serving no purpose. Free up some space in which you can begin to move, and clean this scared area of your home. It’s fairly easy and doesn’t have to be made into a big chore. You have to be honest, though, and as you pick up each item, decide which ones belong in there and which ones don’t. the ones that don’t need to be relocated or discarded.

 

And yes, that includes that jar of peanut butter you’ve been meaning to throw out for weeks.

Reflect Your Truest Self By Seeing Your Reflection – In Every Surface Space You Can Make Free

This step follows suit with the de-cluttering and discarding of surplus items in your bedroom. The difference here is that you will start to actually see space you didn’t remember you had. We’ve all used chairs to “store” our clothing and left bottles or cans on our nightstands far longer than we were drinking from them. Your dresser and nightstand have drawers, and the things that don’t fit in them need to have a purpose aligned with your best state of mind and health. Clear off the tops of as many things as you can in your bedroom and let the surfaces shine again.

The Top-Down Method

The next step is to look up both literally and figuratively. When cleaning your bedroom (or any room for that matter) you need to start at the top and work your way down to the floor.

Go after the ceiling fans first, if you have any. Then the light fixtures on the ceilings and walls. Next tackle the windows and mirrors using glass cleaner (your choice of solution) and a soft, microfiber cloth. To avoid leaving streaks use an “S” motion when cleaning these surfaces because the circular one you’re used to actually puts some dirt and dust back onto whatever you’re cleaning.

Head to the dressers and nightstands that are no longer full of excess items and clutter and wipe them down with an appropriately designed solution. Your TV is also safe to wipe down using a soft, microfiber cloth. Alternately you can use a coffee filter or clean sock as well.

For difficult areas with more dust buildup try using a piece of tape to lift the dirt/debris from the surface or a hairdryer to blow down dust from light fixtures and lampshades.

To cross the finish line you need to vacuum your rug or mop your bedroom floor, whichever applies.

To get the best deal on vacuum, check this link: Vacuumjudge.com.

Dust on the Bottle and Dust on Your Bed

Don’t think your bed and bedframe are free of this room-renewal process. You can use a soft, microfiber cloth the clean the frame of your bed and should do so at least twice a month to reduce buildup. Also, as tempting as it is to still shove something – or many things – under your bed, it simply makes it harder to clean under there if you have to make your way through an obstacle course of “secret” clutter to do it. That leads us to our next step: Storage

Bins, Totes and Hang-Bars, Oh My

Sometimes you can’t just simply move everything out or find it a new home. While I strongly suggest following these steps and ridding your bedroom of anything unnecessary, there will be things you just don’t want to let go of.  And, things that are spread out that could be better-kept.

Small trays, mini-racks and hanging storage options are out there. Put them to use to help clean up the most precious space in your home. Earrings, watches, rings, hair-ties and countless other little things can all be put stowed away into more concise containers while still be accessible.

You can add a corner clothing rack to your room to temporarily store the clothing you go through while trying on various outfits as opposed to leaving it fall to the floor or be tossed on a chair. There are countless types of dividers and hang-bars out there that can help turn your closet into a majorly organized space with more room than you knew was there.

Final Checklist

Walls get scuffed. Hands get dirty. Trash can pile up. When it comes to keeping your bedroom as a peaceful sanctuary, these things can be your enemy. The magic eraser pad is your friend, however, and you should use it to keep your walls free of unsightly marks. Also on your VIP list is the convenient, anti-bacterial wipe which you can use to clean germs off of doorknobs and light switches. Finally, you can be your own best friend by making sure the trash is removed from your bedroom on a daily basis.

 

*Collab Post written for Cosmetic Candy. 

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A’Pieu is one of those Korean brands that is always around but doesn’t usually catch my interest at all.  It’s there in the background, certainly affordable but not very interesting – I suppose it is my Korean version of say, Bourjois. 

Anyhow I spotted an eyeshadow range from A’Pieu and it didn’t look very interesting until I saw they had a couple of holo shades that reminded me of my early days of make up-ing. 

These shades are: Retro Punk and Miss Match (left and right). 

Retro Punk – a dirty gold with green glitter. Reminds me of a MAC shade but I can’t remember the name! Old gold? If someone knows tell me!

Miss Match – a cool taupe brown with blue glow. 

The packaging is fine, sturdy and the print which is like squares laid over to look like a flower is also nice. 

Let’s take a look at Retro Punk!

The pigmentation is ok. The texture again, is fine but it is rather gritty – there’s pigment there but its best to pack the colour on to the lid.  The glitter stands out more than the pigment and in the sun I couldn’t see it – however at a party a mum complemented me and said it looked amazing. In the evening when I was taking it all off I could see the green glitters really stood out and looked 3D on my lids. 

What I am saying is, as a glittery holo top coat it does look great but don’t expect it to floor you on the pigmentation of buttery scale. 

Miss Match is not a glitter but a metallic holo shade. I tried to capture the colour here but its quite hard to do!

It’s a medium taupe with a pretty blue shot through it. 

The texture of this is pretty terrible. I rubbed the colour as hard as I could and patted it on to my lid. Even with layering it struggled if I am honest to show up. When I tiled my head around yes it was slightly there but not that noticeable. Very disappointing as the colour is beautiful. 

Here are the swatches, You NEED primer and maybe some water too to apply these! It’s a shame, the colours are gorgeous in the pan. 

I do really like Retro Punk though! It would look great if you were going out.  I do want to try more shades but I don’t want to be let down! I shall let you know if I do!

Have you tried any nice Holo shades on the eyes lately?

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Boy am I cutting down on the amount of spontaneous make up purchases I make lately. And yet, what can be nicer than a fresh new lipstick?  

I am frequently disappointed with my Korean lip choice, I am not going to lie, because I’ve realised that:

A. They have gorgeous swatches by the colours are almost always off.  Every beige tone or neutral tone is always horribly orange in real life. 

B. The shades are quite repetitive – brights, reds, oranges, hot pink.  Give me something new!

C. I find their lip products, or at least the more liquid formulas go off quite fast. Not always, mind, but my MAC lipsticks seem to stay good for ages. 

Anyway. Despite all of the above, I get another one – Clio’s Rouge Heel Velvet is a matte finish, plush lipstick. They have some offerings of neutral colours, so I decide to buy Good Mauve (Shade 10) as it looks like a good MLBB. 

Clio is somewhere in the middle in terms of quality and prices.  This lipstick cost me £9 so it’s not so cheap really (well it isn’t to me – what is with these drugstore mascara’s costing £11 and that’s supposed to be cheap?!).  The packaging is quite decent, it’s solid and you press the bottom and it clicks out. 

The lipstick has a stiletto shape, hence the name. I twisted all the lipstick up and WOW there is very little product. If you take in account that some of it looks like its been shaved off, then…well it’s like barely any lipstick. 

Ok I’ll forget all of that. This Mauve is more a warm rosy brown than my idea of mauve, which is usually cooler. However I can’t complain – the shade is a MLBB and it’s quite wearable. 

Strengths of this lipstick are quite clear to me:

1. It is super pigmented. 

2. It is very velvety and soft. Nice to apply, doesn’t drag at all. 

3. The colour is nice. 

4. It is long lasting too. 

Weaknesses: 

1. Still not the same as the swatch but almost. 

2. Not much product. 

Do I have a similar product.  Probably…somewhere. Nothing exactly I can think of, so that makes it quite a good purchase.  I would get another but I can’t trust the online swatches.  There is also a rouge version of this which is a glossy finish if you are interested! 

Have you bought a new lipstick lately? 

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