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Remember when empties posts were all the rage back in the day? The old blogging day's really were the beast weren't they!? Well I'm taking it back to 2013 with today's post as I'm talking all about the products I finished this month and what I thought of them. There's a good mix of higher end and budget beauty products as I like to try review bits from all prices ranges.



So here are the products I finished this month and what I thought about them...


TRESemme Care & Protect Heat Defence - I would be very surprised if I hadn't featured this on the blog before, but just incase I haven't here it is. This TRESemme heat protection has been a staple hair care product of mine since I first started using heat on my hair maybe 14/15 years ago (jesus am I that old??) and I've continued to buy it ever since. It's a non greasy formula that doesn't feel heavy in my hair and does exactly what it says on the tin. Plus it's usually pretty cheap, retailing between £3-£5 in most stores.

Victoria's Secret  Fragrance Mist in 'Secret Escape' - Everyone loves a good Vicky's Secret scent don't they? Although I'm not really on board with other aspects of the brand, I do like their smelly stuff. Yes it can be quite pricey for a body mist but they really are some of the best on the market. Would I repurchase? Yes I would, but I won't be squeezing my wobbly bits into any of their cheaply made, over priced underwear anytime soon. 


Clinique Take The day Off Makeup Remover (GIFTED) - This little beauty is without a doubt the best makeup remover I have ever used and I'm gutted I only had a travel sized version to try out. The solution is split (I assume half is water based and half oil based?) so you have to shake it to activate. It's very gentle on the skin and removes even waterproof makeup with ease. I'm not usually a fan of watery makeup removers however this one really can't be beat. The only downside? The price. As with all the Clinique products I've tried in the past, it's a little on the steep side of things coming in at £19 for 125ml of product. It's not something I could justify repurchasing at the moment unfortunately. 

Nivea Daily Essentials Moisture Boost - So I have two versions of this travel sized moisturizer because 1. it was on sale and 2. I thought it was trying both out to see which suited my skin type best. As it turns out I didn't pay enough attention to give myself a definitive answer of which one I should be using but I was pretty damn happy with both of them to be honest. The cream is a little thicker and heavier than I'm used to, but I'll assume that's down to the SPF within it which is the main reason I bought it in the first place. Although it is thicker, I do think it sinks into my skin pretty quickly and doesn't feel greasy once it's been absorbed. I have repurchased already and I will likely continue to do so in the future. 


Phil Smith Coco Licious Texture Spray - I have been searching for the perfect texture spray for what seems like an eternity, but I think I finally found it. Not only does this dream product give my locks lots of volume but it also smells unreal AND it's super affordable at just £4 (or less) in most stores. I actually siphoned off about 50ml of this to take on my holibobs with me instead of hairspray as I just love it that much!

Bioderma Makeup Removing Micelle solution - I can kind of see why everyone raves about this now that I've tried it out for myself. It's a great little makeup remover with a subtle scent that does exactly what it's supposed to, however it's not the best remover I've ever used (see above) and I wouldn't be in any great rush to repurchase. It was good, but it wasn't that good.


So those were the beauty products I've finished off this month and a pretty honest review of them! Let me know which beauty products you've been loving, or hating this month down in the comments! :)


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6 BEAUTY PRODUCTS I FINISHED THIS MONTH & WHAT I THOUGHT OF THEM

As a teenager I could not get enough of Avon products. I fondly remember the days of scanning through the new catalogues and filling up the little form with makeup and other beauty goodies only to have to wait a month or so for them to arrive. Well those days are long gone, hell I don't even know any Avon ladies now and it's not really somewhere I head to for my beauty treats anymore.

Although I don't tend to wear Avon makeup anymore, there is one product I have always loved purchasing from that little book - Perfume. I've been wearing Avon perfume ever since I can remember and even now that I have my higher end favourites, I still head back to Avon for the budget scents I love.


Last week I decided to have a little splurge on Avon perfumes. So here is what I got...

Rare Pearls - This has been my go to since I was a babby. It smells incredible and I always get compliments whenever I wear it. I took a bottle of this good stuff to Greece with me on my first ever proper abroad holiday when I was 15 and now whenever a spray it across my skin memories of long days by the beach and cocktails at the bar come flooding back to me. Cheap perfume doesn't get much better than this.

Little Black Dress (1 Full Sized & 3 Minis) - I love this little beauty so much I bought it 4 times. Well one full sized version and 3 minis for my handbag. This is another scent that reminds me of good times as I took a bottle to Amsterdam with me the first time I went. I picked up the minis as I thought they would be the perfect size to pop in my hand luggage and we all know how much I like to travel light these days!


Soft Musk - I vaguely remember buying this once and I'm sure I liked it? It was only a fiver so I was willing to risk it. It's probably one of the uglier bottles Avon do if I'm totally honest but as long as the spray smells decent I'm happy!

Eau De Bouquet - Yes this is the shitest perfume name I have ever heard but have you seen that gorgeous bottle? I'll be completely honest with you, I've never smelt this perfume before in my life but I thought the bottle would look cute on my dressing table. Is that a stupid reason to purchase a perfume? Oh 100% but I like to live life on the edge.


My Everything Mini - This was a complete impulse buy if I'm honest. It was £1.50 and I thought if it smells like crap I can just bin it off for that kind of price. As it turns out it smells really quite nice, it has an almost chocolatey scent to it which I really like. It's probably the best £1.50 I've spent in a very long time!

So that was my cheap and cheerful Avon perfume haul which cost me a grand total of £40!!! Do you still wear Avon perfume or is Marc Jacobs more your thing now? Let me know your favourite perfumes!


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Quite a while back I posted about the holy grail beauty products that bloggers just can't live without. Well now I'm talking hair care and jesus christ have I got a list for you! I asked the blogging experts about the hair care products they love and they delivered. I'm not sure you're ready for this list of goodies because I definitely wasn't!




But first here are the hair care products I personally think are fab...

TRESeme Heat Defence Spray - I would be very surprised if I hadn't already spoke about this on the blog before but I don't care because its great. I've been using this spray to protect my hair from daily styling since I was a babby and I haven't found anything that beats it yet! It has slowly been going up in price but I don't think I've ever paid more than a fiver for it!

Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo - "But Grace you're not blonde anymore!" I can hear you shouting at the screen, and whilst that is partially true I do still have a head full of highlights that don't show up that well on camera. I use this every few weeks to give them the treatment they deserve. Although I'm not the blonde I once was, after using this bad boy my highlights are much lighter and brighter. 

Batiste Plumping Powder - How I managed to get to the ripe old age of 24 before I tried this little beauty out I will never know! It gives my hair an unreal amount of volume and its ideal for travelling too it's not a liquid like most of my other styling products. I don't care how thick you think your hair is, you need this product in your life! Just be aware that brushing your hair can be a bit of a struggle the day after using this, but you can't have it all!
               
Now here are the hair care products that bloggers swear by...

Holly from littlepicklesmom.com - I've got a bit of a thing for Tigi Foxy Curls cream at the moment - I can run a little bit through my hair when it's wet, and can get away with letting it air dry. Without it, my hair looks like a frizzy, wavy nest unless it's blow dried. 

Sarah from boxnip.co.uk - Ingenious Beauty Ultimate Collagen+ Capsules. They make my hair thicker, shinier, stronger and it grows so much quicker too! They are these clever capsules that you take at night & they go to where they are most needed. They're brilliant for your hair - I know because I lost all of my hair Dec 2017 & these have helped it come back, thicker than ever! As an added bonus they are fab for skin & nails too! Honestly, if I had to go to a deserted island this is the one product I'd not want to be without!



Abi from whatabigailsays.co.uk - My absolute must have is the Living Proof restore hair mask - it leaves my hair so smooth, reduces frizz and sorts out my split ends!

Amy from www.writingintotheether.com - I always use MUK hair products to dye my hair - the colours are just so so vibrant! And Aussie for my curls (Gets rid of the frizz).

Emily from www.emilyaagaard.com - As someone with a lot of hair (and I mean A LOT), I’ve found the Tangle Teezer to be an absolute miracle. I have the type of hair that will manage to entangle itself within 3 minutes (my mum calls it velcro hair!), so imagine how it gets after a single night of sleeping on it. Painful, that’s how. Which would always lead me to putting off brushing it even longer to try and avoid the pain. Which leads to more pain! With the Tangle Teezer, I literally just grab hold of a portion of my hair and have at it. Hey presto. And no pain or damage at all. I’m now 1000x more likely to brush my hair every day as I’m no longer subject to that pain!


Annemieke from beautyonreview.com - I love my Fudge Urban Sea Salt spray and could not live without it! It's the only thing that really works for my fine hair. It protects my hair from the heat of my hairdryer, it adds texture and volume and it smells divine!


Naomi from tralisty.com - I’ve got naturally curly hair so I have to find products with no sulphates or nasties and need to try loads of different products to see which ones suit my hair best. So far, I’ve found Shea Moisture Manuka Honey conditioner and Curls Unleashed leave-in conditioner to be the best ones I’ve found!

Laura from missljbeauty.com - As I have very blonde hair. I use bleach London silver shampoo every other wash to keep my hair from any brassy yellowing. It’s by far the best silver shampoo in the market. After I always use a deep conditioner as any sliver or blue shampoo can be very drying. I love Aussie 3 minute miracle. 


Emma from beemoneysavvy.com - I absolutely love Herbal Essences bio-renew Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo! I’ve been using it for a month now and and it has completely repaired my dry and damaged hair! I’ve never had a shampoo like it! I got it on offer at Superdrug for £2.50!


Suzi from raisingbadgers.com - I love OGX shampoos and conditioners. My hair walks on the wild side and these are the best, non-super-pricey products I’ve used for keeping it in line! I'm using Coconut Milk at the moment, which keeps the frizz under control, but I haven’t tried one I didn’t like!


Katie from studentskint.com - For hair care I would say a microfibre towel! It reduces frizz and is a lot better for your hair. I use a cheap Claus Ohlson sports towel that cost about £3. 

Poppy from poppymayy.co.uk - My favourite hair product is the Phillip Kingsley elasticiser hair treatment. After dying my hair for so many years it had become weak and brittle. After just 3 months of using this my hair had become thicker and stronger with less breakages. It also smells wonderful too and is super easy to use! 




Naomi from www.ohsixeleven.co.uk - My favourite is the OUAI Leave in Conditioner, as it is a quick and easy alternative to conditioning in the shower, perfect for anyone with a busy lifestyle! It tames flyaways, helps combat frizz and also protects your hair from the heat of dryers and styling tools. I've noticed a huge difference in my hair since I started using this before blowdrying, my hair looks so much more shiny and so healthy.

Jenni from www.misstillyandme.co.uk - At the moment my hair is struggling with me being pre menopausal and I have discovered L'OrĂ©al Elvive clay shampoo. It is perfect for my greasy roots and dry, bleached ends. It's the only shampoo that was affordable that I could find. 


Jenny from mamafoodie.co.uk - Mark hill shampoo, conditioner and argan oil. My hair never looked so good. 


Sam from gridcoregraphics.co.uk - The Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner is great to grow out your hair (it actually works and you can expect to see results in a month!) It also smells nice and can be found on offer in most places so pretty affordable too! 


Sarah from sarahjennajayne.com - I mess with my hair pretty much constantly! Forever dying and bleaching! Because of this I need protein treatments! I love the aphogee 2 minute protein treatment and the bleach London reincarnation mask. Both are miracle workers! I think my hair would of all snapped off by now if it wasn't for these products!


Helen from www.naturalbeautywithbaby.com - Tabitha James Kraan haircare has transformed the way I care for my hair. No more stripping natural oils from my hair by washing every day! This system respects my hair and scalp and my hair gets better over time. 


Claire from www.dailydealsblog.co.uk - As a money saving blogger I always research everything to ensure I'm getting the best buy and for my hair masks I swear by Aussie Deep Treatment 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor - It has the exact same ingredients and results of the similar masks that are being charged £30+ except you can get it for less than £5. I use it once a month and my hair feels amazing.




Frankie from thoroughlymoderngrandma.com - I’m trying to reduce our plastic waste so have switched to a solid shampoo bar. My favourite is Wild & Sage’s Rosemary and Lavender. It’s 100% natural with Rosemary infused Extra Virgin Oil so leaves your hair really soft. It lasts for ages and there’s no plastic as it’s wrapped in recycled paper.


Amy from shessowilsy.com - Argon oil is my favourite hair product right now. I got compliments about how shiny, smooth and healthy my hair was after using it just the once. And guys... my hair is naturally course, frizzy and wavy! You can buy pure argon oil for around £5 a bottle and it lasts me for several months. I massage it in to my scalp and run it through to the ends of my hair and leave it on for as long as I can. I often put it on before I go to bed and wash it off in the morning with ordinary shampoo and conditioner. It's such an easy addition to add some healthy goodness in to your hair. Even if you only have it on your hair for an hour when you get home from work to the time you wash it, every little bit helps! Weirdly, I'm also able to wash my hair even less after adding argon oil in to my hair routine. It's a bargain really and you know it won't have any nasty chemicals in it - I've been using it ever since!


Lucy from www.lucyearnshaw.co.uk - I love the Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam - I suffer with seborrheic dermatitis (also known as adult cradle cap) so this is much better than an aerosol dry shampoo which irritates my scalp. It’s easy to use and smells amazing! 

Emma from themoneywhisperer.co.uk - As a naturally curly girl, my hair is quite dry. Water based lube (yes you heard me right!) is great for my hair.

Ruth from ruthmakesmoney.com - I've got very thick hair that's prone to being dry and quite wild, and it needs a ton of conditioning. The best solution that I've found is using a little coconut oil. The supermarkets' own brands are great. I use it sparingly on the ends, and a little goes a very long way. It's also great to have in the bathroom for removing makeup or tackling dry skin, and it smells amazing! 

Jane from www.shoestringcottage.com - This may be a tad unusual, but I love Lush's solid shampoo bars, particularly the Godiva bar. It leaves my hair lovely and soft, smells lovely and - bonus - no plastic waste! 

Dorota from www.beautydramaqueen.com - For me it’s all about Philip Kinsley Elasticizer! I can’t imagine my routine without it! It’s just pure magic. Especially now that my hair has been highlighted so much, it’s a miracle worker. I currently add toner to it, stick it in my hair for 30-60 mins then wash it off. Hair’s super soft and manageable afterwards. Coconut scent is the best too! 

If you made it to the end well done, I know that was a hell of a lot to get through! I hope you managed to take away some hair care recommendations from this post, there were certainly enough of them!

What are your favourite hair care products?


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BLOGGER FAVOURITES - HAIR CARE

A year or so ago I stopped exfoliating my face. I didn't stop completely but I reduced the amount I exfoliated my face massively. I used to give my chops a good scrub once a day, sometimes even twice if I felt a little bit meh. Initially my face felt amazing, it was just so smooth, but I soon realised that this hard treatment was actually drying my skin out and making my breakouts worse too. So I said 'no more!' and cut down my exfoliating to just once a week.

Now don't get me wrong, I do still get dry skin occasionally, and I don't think I will ever be blemish free but for me limiting the amount I exfoliate works a hell of a lot more than scrubbing away ever did! There's a thousand and one opinions on exfoliating so feel free to do your own research but today I'm going to spill the beans on what I love using on my mush.


So what do I use now?

Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel - Me and Simple skincare go back as far as I can remember. Their products saved me through my teen years and even now in my 20s (cry) they're still a firm favourite with myself and all my other lady friends. This facial wash in particular is a prized product of mine as it contains good vitamins, is soap free, and it's super gentle too. It leaves my face feeling squeeky clean and is pretty purse friendly coming in at just under £4 for a 150ml bottle. It is also fragrance fee which doesn't bother me as I love a good scent, but I know for a lot of people with sensitive skin this is a must!


Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash - Another budget friendly product is this little Neutrogena beauty. It was a complete impulse buy to be honest but the cute colour caught my eye and the amazing scent sealed the deal. I love anything grapefruit scented and whilst I can see this being a bit too overpowering for some, I'm smitten. It promises to cleanse, purify, and invigorate which I would generally agree it does, all whilst sitting pretty in my bathroom. You can pick this up in most stores for between £4 - £5 although I swear I paid about £3 for my 200ml bottle in Savers!

So those little gems are my current favourite facial washes. As always I am open to any face wash recommendations you guys might have as I am forever trying out new products. What's your go to facial wash? Let me know in the comments or over on twitter!

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WHY I NO LONGER EXFOLIATE MY FACE & WHAT I USE INSTEAD


A few weeks back I popped down to Resorts World to check out their brand spanking new Beauty Outlet. As a lover of all things beauty I was excited to smother my hands in swatches and bring home some new bargain products to try out. 

So what did I pick?

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Mist in 'Secret Charm' - I've had scents from Victoria's Secret before and I've always loved them. They're not as long lasting as perfumes but they're still pretty good. That being said I do think they are pricey so when I saw this little bottle for just £8 I knew it was destined to live on my dressing table.

Exposed Cosmetics Sahara Sunset Palette - Heard of Exposed Cosmetics before? No? Neither had I. This palette was a complete impulse buy but I just fell in love with the shades! I've used it a few times now and although the shades aren't as vivid as the likes of Mac or Urban Decay, they aren't bad for a palette under £10.



W7 Makeup Remover Cloth - I've had makeup remover cloths in the past and I will more than likely buy them again in the future. They are so much softer than wipes or flannels and they actually do take your makeup off without any product. I paid a tenner for my first cloth but this one was only £1.99 and works just the same.

Blistex Happy Lips - I have about 400 Lip Balms dotted around the house and in various handbags but I thought one more wouldn't hurt. I actually picked this up to keep in my desk at work (I have an actual adult job now you know) and at less than £2 it didn't break the bank.

Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser & Balm - I haven't tried this out yet but I am very excited to. I have the worst cuticles known to man but I'm too lazy to do anything about them. If a simple cream can handle that mess I will be very very happy.



Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in shade 02 'Flaming Rose' - Now this beauty I have tried and loved. It's a little darker than my usual lip colours but I do think it suits me well and its super long lasting too. I did find that it dries almost like a chalky liquid lipstick so I just apply a thin layer of lip balm before wearing it.

Bag full of W7 goodies - This is the only product I didn't pick out myself and if it wasn't gifted to me I'm don't think I would have chosen it in all honesty. Its a bag filled with W7 products and at only £10 it's not a bad price. It holds practically every product you could want if you were just getting into makeup but as someone with a pretty solid collection it didn't offer me anything special.



Cover FX Highlighting Powder in 'Moonlight' - Like a lot of the brands in the Beauty Outlet, I'd not tried anything from Cover FX before. It's one of the higher end brands in store and had a good selection of quality products. I fell in love with this highlighter as soon as I set eyes on it and I wasn't disappointed. It's a little darker than my usual highlight but it gives me a great little glow.

Rimmel Lipstick in shade 650 'Pretty Penny' - I'm a sucker for a lippy so obviously I went home with two. Both shades I chose were similar but this one is a lot more sheer and shiny than the Bourjois one which is probably why I haven't reached for it too much yet.



L'oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in shade 500 'Lumiere' - Now this little beauty I haven't tried out yet but I cannot wait to. It's a gorgeous bold gold shade that is going to be perfect for the festive season. I've been trying to build my eyeshadow singles collection this year and I'm very glad I picked this one up. If I remember right it was only about £3 aswell!

TRESemme Perfectly Undone Sea Salt Spray - I'm slowly but surely trying out every sea salt spray I can get my hands on. I haven't tested this one yet but I usually get on well with TRESemme products so I do have high hopes. 

So those are the goodies I took home with me from the Beauty Outlet. I honestly could have picked up so much more as there are loads of products from various brands at decent discounted prices.


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THE BIG BEAUTY OUTLET HAUL

If you haven't guessed I'm a beauty fan by now you obviously haven't been paying attention. I love makeup, and skincare, and haircare etc. But I especially love it when all those good things don't cost a bomb! Let's be honest, good products can sometimes be a bit pricey, but do they have to be?


I buy beauty products from budget, mid range, and high end brands. I like to mix it up a bit and if I'm truthful, I can't always see a massive quality difference between cheaper things and the much more expensive. There are some products I have to spend a bit of money on; eyeliner, lipstick, and usually eyeshadow, but the rest I'm pretty flexible with. 

So when I was given the heads up about a brand spanking new Beauty Outlet in Resorts World Birmingham I had to get myself down there. The store only opened a few weeks back but I've already seen so many of my fellow bloggers and beauty addicts spend a small fortune in there.


The shop stocks everything from well known brands such as; Real Techniques, Rimmel, and Barry M, to lesser known brands that I had not come across before. It also sells a mix of high, mid range, and budget beauty. Although cheap and cheerful is what it does best, you can find a decent range of more expensive Stila and Clarins goodies which start at about the £5 mark.

I was also quite surprised to find a good selection of vegan products for sale. Now call me ignorant (and I probably am) but I didn't even know makeup could be non vegan, I mean what is in regular makeup that vegans can't have? Who knows, but it's good to see companies trying to cater for everyone's needs for once!


Now I'm not massively into nails (as I'm sure you can tell by the photos) so the huge polish section didn't impress me as much as it probably should have. Don't get me wrong, I do like to have pretty nails but once they start to look a bit sorry for themselves I'm usually too lazy to clear it up. Someone who is big on nails however is my sister. Every week or so she's wearing a gorgeous new colour, so imagine her surprise when she found her favourite gel varnishes in store for just £5! That girl dropped about £30 on the spot!


I think I swatched pretty much every lipstick, sniffed every perfume, and stuck my fingers in every eyeshadow before finally deciding on some treats. I was in there well over an hour playing with various products - it really is just so easy to lose track of time (and money) in these kind of places. Think of it as a casino for beauty addicts! 

It's a great place for beauty fans looking for a bargain and also anyone just starting to get into beauty as you can pick up your whole makeup bag for less than £20 in there. I was lucky enough to be treated to some goodies to take away with me so keep a look out for a haul and various product reviews coming soon!

What is your all time favourite budget beauty product? 

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