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Love Me Beauty – June

Hello I am back, very tired, jet lagged and a little tanned I think the only way I can keep myself awake is to write this blog post! So todays post is going to be the June Love Me Beauty June bag/box, for those of you that are not familiar Love Me Beauty is a monthly subscription box where you pick what you want!

If you want to read more about the box then click here.

Any way I will get started this month I had extra credits to use so I got a little more than usually, but yet again I am so happy with the product quality. I got 5 products this month and a make up bag.

First Product I picked was the Eco Tools six piece day to night set, if you read my reviews each month then you will know how much I love the Eco Tools brushes that are available on love me beauty. This set comes with an angled face brush, pointed concealer brush, highlighting fan brush, eye shadow brush and a lip liner brush and also comes in a make up bag!19224874_1382753128470941_841660180065177837_n.jpg

Next thing I picked up was a Pop Band  I have heard really good things about these, if you don’t know what they are its a hair bobble. They are supposed to be gentle on your hair, going to start using them to sleep in.

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Next thing I picked was a detox mask by caudalie, never heard of this brand before but I love a good detox mask. The packaging is great very sturdy and its 15ml which I think is a good size for a sample product.

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The 4th product I chose this month was more brushes, I much rather receive tools as I grudge paying for them otherwise. This set is a little travel set and consists of a Powder and a foundation brush, I love travel size brushed as they don’t take up much room in your bag! Again these as Eco Tools so I know I will love them.

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The Last product I picked up was mainly to test the brand itself they are Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips (press on lip stick), I have seen nothing but good things about CT and would love a good nude lipstick from there but want to see if they stay on all day! (any recommendations let me know!)

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Thank you so much for reading, taken me so long to focus on writing this due to jet lag. Let me know in the comments if you want some Florida/Disney related posts!

Melissa

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Whats In My Evening Bag?

Happy Sunday, I am so excited writing this post as I go on holiday in two days! Jetting off to sunny Florida, I have not scheduled anything to go up while I am away as I want to escape from everything and just relax. I will be posting on my Instagram so follow me over there to follow me around Florida!

However, that aside todays blog post is going to be a whats in my evening bag post. There is nothing worse than taking a huge bag out with you at night, say on a date night or if you are catching a movie with friends. I am using the Molly Boutiques Marseille bag, this bag is only £30 and is available here, use the code ‘melissajones20’ for 20% off EVERYTHING!

A Bit About My Bag

The bag its self has three compartments which is great as I carry way too much stuff, the 3 pockets are very roomy and have a lot of space. It is bigger than a lot of shoulder bags which I have had in the past, which is a good thing and the reason I tend to get bigger bags! The bag as a flap which fastens with a magnet, which is good as everything is secure.

This bag is black and perfect as it goes with any outfit, it has gold hardware which is a lovely touch to the bag makes it look so much more expensive than what it is!

Whats In It?

I try and keep the bare necessity, I try not to overload it with stuff I don’t need, So I like to keep it simple!

  • Card Holder/Wallet – If I am using this bag then I will change my wallet from a big one to just a card holder. This usually just contains my Debit card, some change and any loyalty cards I may need that night (aka nandos).
  • Phone- Although its nice to be social I cannot leave the house without my phone.
  • Lipstick- If I am wearing lipstick then I will carry that lipstick with me just to top up as the night goes on.
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream- I honestly cannot live without this stuff, I carry it with me incase I get a cut or my lips chap!
  • Keys

    Thats all I really carry about with me at night, I keep it nice and simple as I hate carrying a heavy bag around with me.

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    The Best And Worst Skin Care For Oily Skin!

    Hello! At the moment I am so obsessed with skin care and trying to make it look the best it has! This post is in collaboration with Julia I am going to tell you my best and worst for Oily skin and if you go visit Julia’s blog if you suffer with dry skin!

    I have suffered with oily/spot prone skin since I was about 12/13, so I have tried out my fair share of face washes, scrubs and masks from drug store and high end products! Obviously everyones skin is different these may or may not work on my skin and might not on yours! So lets get started..

    BEST

    • The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash- I have done a full review on this so click here to read more, but this is by far my favourite product for my oily/spot prone skin. I feel as if this products calms my skin helping ease my spots and clean my face! I suffer with hormonal break outs and I use this everyday and it certainly helps reduce the pain/size of the spots. It is only £6 from the body shop, they have a range of products if the face wash is not for you.img_0524
    • L’oreal Charcoal mask- Now I have tried majority of the charcoal masks available in boots, and this one if by far the best! You can see results straight after the first use, I find this mask helps to purify my skin and really helps unclog my pores! Depending on where you buy this from it ranges from £5-£7, I have hardly used any of mine a little goes a long way.18556320_1348311915248396_2227007549030620367_n
    • Benefit Boo Boo Zap- If you suffer from “teenage spots” then this one is for you, you know the big red spots that take up your whole cheek for about a week! I used to swear by this product, it helps reduce the redness and swelling of your blemishes. Its such an easy product to use, you just dab a bit on your finger and apply to the blemish! Its £14 from boots so a little pricer but you only need a little bit so lasts a while.Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

     

    WORST

    • Sanctuary Spa warming Detox Charcoal Mask- I was so excited to try this product day after I instantly regretted it, I broke out with so many spots after using this mask! I only bought a sample size which was about £2/3. I really don’t recommend using this if you suffer from blemishes! Didn’t do anything to my face and also burnt my face.
    • Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel- I bought this in a trio where I had a toner and face wash too and was so disappointed it just did nothing for my skin. I have always found Clean and Clear to sting my face when using it especially on blemishes! This product didn’t break me out but its supposed to ease your spots and it didn’t do anything to mine.img_0746
    • Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads- People always rave about Clearasil being a good brand. However I think it does nothing for my face like clean and clear it always tends to sting my skin on application, then leaves my skin feeling really oily! These are ok if you want something to freshen your skin up mid day but not as a spot/ oily skin treatment.

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    Oily Skin DO’s

    • Try and have no make up days, this really helps your skin, so be confident and have a few no make up days.
    • Take your make up off to work out!
    • Don’t avoid moisturising, your skin will become dry with too many spot products.

    Oily Skin DONTs

    • Avoid the tooth paste myth, some believe it helps whereas it really doesn’t all it does is irritate your skin and causes peeling
    • Wash your face with water instead of using face wipes as more pure!
    • Don’t overload on products, don’t be using 10 spot products on your skin at once as the more products the more chemicals are on your face!

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    That is all for my Best and Worst products for Oily Skin, If you suffer from dry skin the jump over to Julia’s blog to view her post! Let me know what you love skincare wise!

    Thanks for reading.

    Melissa

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    The Body Shop Haul

    Now I hope this is going to be my last haul until after my holidays now 🙈. As I need to stop spending money on everything and anything! Recently I have been obsessed with skincare, I have been using a product from The Body Shop for my spots and loved it (read about it here) so I decided to experiment with some more of there products. 

    I have oily skin which is very dull and tired,  I also find too many anti oil products make it dry! I know I can’t win, so at the moment I am experimenting new products. 

    So I’ll get started on what I have recently bought from the body shop. Bought all of this online except 2! 


    First thing I picked up was the Seaweed oil balancing Toner. I haven’t used a toner since I was about 15 and used to use it religiously, found a lot of toners on the high street very harsh on my skin. However this one leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh and doesn’t sting or tingle when your apply it! I do think it has helped to balance the oil out in my skin, if you’re looking for a gentle toner then this is one for you! I just apply a little bit on a cotton pad and apply to my face gently! 


    Every summer I forget how important Vitamin C is for my skin! I always end up burning my face or getting dry patches on my skin so I thought this might help! I’ve only used this once so far and so far so good I couldn’t believe how AMAZING this smelt if you do not like the smell of oranges then maybe avoid this one but I think it smells amazing. As for the product it’s self, I really like it it’s very silking on the skin! Leaves your skin feeling hydrated and healthy, definitely pop into your local store to test this one out!! 


    Again with the vitamin C. As stated above my skin is quite dull, especially when I wear no make up which makes me feel very insecure about my bare face. Only used this once so haven’t got a lot to say about it apart from it did make my skin look and feel a little less dull! 


    I am someone who loves a good face mask so couldn’t not pick up some of their face masks to try! 

    Vitamin E sleeping mask- I have never tried a sleeping mask before I know a lot of high end skin care brands sell them and they intrigue me! If moisturising before bed is good then a mask must be even better! I tried this out last night for the first time and I am so impressed. It is quite thick on your face at first and sticky (so try not to touch your face!), however I woke up this morning and my skin didn’t look as tired and dull and it usually does at 7am! 

    Seaweed Clay Mask- I am so excited to try this after how nice the seaweed toner felt on my face! I love a good clay mask and they tend to really help my skin, if any of you have tried this then let me know! 


    The last thing I bought was their mango shower gel, I have been using the body shop shower gel for years!! I know I love this scent too so just bought it to take on holiday with me!

    There we go so that is all I bought from the body shop! Let me know your favourite body shop products. Thank you for reading. 

    Melissa 

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    Big Clothing Haul!!

    Hello! I have come to the end of my time off from work from my birthday week off :(. Todays post is going to be a clothing haul as I have just been shopping to find some bits for my holidays, and to have a mooch around! I was going to do a “What I got for my birthday” but I had mostly money so I will leave that for this year I think, anyway I will get started.

    Starting off with Zara, with me I find it hard to shop in store at zara. It is always messy which drives my OCD mad and nothing looks like it goes together. However I did manage to find a lovely pair of shorts which are high waisted with a tie waist, love the tie waist trend as bottoms are usually too big on me or hard to get over my bum so I get away with a bigger size and tying the wait tight!18581792_1356561444423443_6180109228209767922_n

    Jack Wills was next, usually I never buy anything from here as I feel like it’s a tad pricey but they did however have a sale section. I managed to find to lovely t-shirts the first being the white one (£14) which is a slouchy over sized T, and the pink( £19) just being a normal t-shirt.18557234_1356561454423442_6072400593232236006_n

    Next was Primark, it always amazes me how you fill a basket and it comes to less than say £30 MINDBLOWN.

    I decided to pick up two pairs of there cotton shorts as I live in these on holiday they are just so comfy and easy to where anywhere, they are also great for bed too!

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    I have a habit of not being able to walk out of Primark without Pjs, and my dad goes absolutely mental as I drift towards the pj section. However I could not leave these there, I have seen the Marie ones all over Instagram but they didn’t have them, so picked up these for my trip to Florida in two weeks!18557287_1356561487756772_6957208216303490837_n

    Flip Flops, every summer I buy these they are stupidly priced at 90p and I take them on holiday and just leave them there, chose pink this year!!

    Now for the random bits and bobs they put along the queues at the tills, yano them things you totally need. Mini empty containers, I wanted something to put suncream in for when we are at the disney parks save carrying a huge bottle of suncream with us, so these will come in handy! Next was a hair towel, I dry my hair far too often and I want to start looking after it a big more, so I am currently looking at hair masks (Let me know if you have faves) so got this so I keep my hair out the way while masking!18581692_1356561511090103_2649804178127122713_n

    Lush!! I have been seeing everyone on instagram trying out this new “think pink” bath bomb and just had to give it a go. Haven’t used it yet but heard great reviews. Keep an eye on my Instagram for updates!18622574_1356561551090099_5029228829383460590_n.jpg

    Last but not least was Pandora, I know pandora is a love or hate thing but I love it so, had a gift card off my dad and decided to get a new ring and I am so obsessed with it. I don’t think it looks like your typical pandora ring either.18619947_1356561554423432_2793318624387475954_n

    Anyway thats it for my haul I really hope you enjoyed it.

    Melissa

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    The Body Shop: Tea Tree Facial wash.

    Happy Saturday! Sorry if you haven’t got oily/combo skin and the last two posts have been for spot prone skin (ops). Anyway this review is on a product I have fallen in love with, I have been using this now for nearly two weeks once in the morning and once at night and can honestly say I have noticed a difference in my skin!

    I don’t think I will ever be spot free, but this facial wash has really helped to clean the spots I have. Every month during the lead up to my period I have a HUGE under the skin spot on my chin and nothing clears it up. Last night I could feel it starting so applied this and it has reduced in size without a doubt!

    The Product

    This product is available in The

    How To Use

    There is no “instructions” on how to use this facial wash so the way I have been using it is the following. Washing my face with warm water to get rid of any dirt, then applying a small amount in my hand and gently massaging into my face. The wash does laver up so you know where it has been and where you’ve missed. Then I just simply wash it off my face with warm water!

    How Does My Face Feel?

    GREAT! After using this for 2 weeks now my face still feels cleaner 4 hours after using it.

    A great example is I went on a night out and usually my skin the next day feels oily dry you name it my skin feels it, so I used this in the morning and couldn’t believe how FRESH my face felt!

    Even after one wash you can feel the freshness in you skin.

    Only thing I will say is I have been using this twice a day and notice my face getting a little dry so I’m only using once at night now! 

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    So thats it all in all I totally recommend this wash if you have oily skin! I have tried all the face washes and non of them seem to work for me.

    Thank you for reading this post, I recently had a little splurge on skin care let me know if you want a haul!

    Melissa

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    L’oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask

    Hello and happy Tuesday! Todays post is going to be on a product that has been circulating the blogsphere for months now. After reading numerous blog post I caved and bought the L’oreal Pure Clay mask myself. I have used it for the first time about 2 hours ago and what to give you a review on how I have found the mask. Lets get started..

    The mask is currently £5.99 in boots, down from £7.99, comes in a box with the product in a glass container with a plastic lid. Feels very high end rather than drug store if I am honest great quality packaging.

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    What it claims? 

    • Immediately: skin is pure and clearer
    • One week: skin feels fresher and more luminous
    • On going use: skin can breathe and is visibly transformed

    On the box it claims that it can be used 10 times, I beg to differ as I hardly used any on my first application. The product is in date for 12 months after being opened!

    How To Use

    On clean skin, apply a thin layer all over the face 2-3 times a week. avoid the eyes and lips then leave to dry for 10-15 minutes, then remove with a wash cloth and warm water.

    My Application

    I used a flat foundation brush to apply the product, hardly took any product used the excess off the lid! A little bit went a long way which I was very impressed. The product was very smooth when I was applying wasn’t rough like some masks are.

    This is the first time I have used a brush to apply a face mask and I can say what a bloody good idea. It feels nicer, cleaner and less messier! I cleaned my brush first of course and washed the brush after it!

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    Whats the mask like when set

    One thing I like in a mask is when it hardens on your skin, then I feel like its doing something. Once it is dry then it goes all dotty when the product gets into your pores, looks funny but its cleaning out them pores!

    (Warning face mask face)

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    Wash off

    To wash it off I used a warm wash cloth and it came off so easily no scrubbing was required! A lot of people said it was “messy” I however did not find the washing off stage to be messy at all.

    Overall Opinion 

    Obviously my opinion might be different to others but I loved this product. My skin looks clearer after a few hours and feels smoother, I think the texture of the mask is very rich considering its a drug store mask! This opinion is based on me having oily and spot prone skin! Cannot wait to see the results after a few uses, feel free to comment and let me know your experiences with this mask or if you have tried the other two Loreal masks!

    Melissa