Guest Post Featuring Clare from SparkleBlossomBeauty

Hi All! I’m Clare from SparkleBlossomBeauty taking over today to give the lovely Kathryn a break as she is moving which I hate! but It means getting a lovely shiny new home which I love!!

I’m so pleased to be guest posting on here as its such a wonderful blog massive thanks to Kathryn for having me.

So today’s post is going to be a treat yourself pamper post.  With the soccer season having returned I have been abandoned and so decided to spend my extra alone time really relaxing and what says relaxation and pamper more than these beautiful treats!

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I started off my evening with exercise I’m doing the 30 day shred at the minute its crazy tough! So after that I really deserved my relaxation. I started off with a bath with Sanctuary spa Sleep range Calming Luxury Bath Float. This is one of my favourite ranges in existence, from the first whiff its pure relaxation bottled and Its lovely and creamy so feels great on your skin.

I also treated myself to a hair mask Kerastase Elixir Ultime. I have had this for a few months and love it I’m just at the end of this one which makes me sad as its such a treat! If you have anywhere special to go it really gives your hair a boost plus it smells amazing. 

Next for my pampering evening is a face masque I’ve used Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. This is a great masque for when your skin has been a bit stressed or like mine a little dehydrated of late after a bit too much time in the sun over the last few months!

While I have my face masque on I usually use the waiting time to paint my nails. Today I have chosen Essie Nail Polish in shade Fiji. I am a massive fan of Essie nail polishes and I don’t have nearly enough of them. Fiji is a really light pink almost white polish really that is perfect on short nails in summer.

My feet have been battered around lately and I’ve been on them a lot so they also deserve TLC. Ive used Burts Bees Coconut foot cream. I love this definitely my go to foot cream Its like an oily gel and It hydrates instantly and just takes away that tired weary feeling that you have from being on your feet too much.

Finally I have finished off my pamper evening with Holos Anti Ageing Facial Oil. I recently received this oil as a Pr sample and have been using it every night. It is the perfect way to finish off my evening. I find it really helps me to relax and fall asleep easier, It has a really lovely rose scent and as its an oil for my special treat evening I gave myself a little facial massage with it!

My whole evening was a beautiful treat for myself the only thing that was missing was chocolate but that would render my exercise pointless! What is your favourite thing to do to relax or as a treat?

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Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo

First things first (I’m the realest haha), I’m sorry for being the worlds worst blogger, but Kat’s been keeping you up to date with the latest products she’s tried! I’ve now finished my diploma through work and can get back to doing what I love in my spare time – BLOGGING!

I’m afraid I’m starting off on a negative note though. I want to throw it out there that I love love love Herbal Essences. Whenever I try other shampoos I always end up going straight back to it because nothing comes close. I’ve used it for years, my friend Sadie once said if there was a smell that reminded her of university, it would be my Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends shampoo and conditioner. She also said it would be garlic, but that’s a whole other story involving her mistaking my instructions of using two cloves, and using two BULBS. The house stank for a week.

So when I was in Boots the other day and spotted the Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo in Ignite My Colour on an introductory offer of £1.99, I balanced the 17 other products in my hands (I purposely didn’t pick up a basket to deter me from spending a fortune) and slipped it under my arm.

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I love Ignite My Colour and think it really does work on coloured hair. I currently have ombrè hair, darker at the roots and gradually fading to blonde tips, and it keeps the colours crisp and attempts (as much as my straightening addiction will allow) to keep it in good condition.

It smells just like the shampoos and conditioners which I love. I hate dry shampoos that smell chemically and I’m not a huge fan of the original Batiste, even though their newer scents are amazing.

However, the dry shampoo REALLY let me down. It didn’t make my hair feel clean or fresh in the slightest. In fact, I think it made it feel even worse. My hair felt sticky and chemically like I’d put an entire bottle of hairspray on my roots.

I’m going to give it another go, I’ve not given up all hope at the moment, purely because I love Herbal Essences as a brand and can’t quite come to terms with the let down of the product.

I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing when it goes to full price though – I’ve still yet to find a dry shampoo brand that tops Batiste!

Sorry Herbal Essences! Love, Emily x

Clarins Make Up In Five Minutes

Last week I found out that I have a new job working for the NHS in Stamford, near to where I moved to in Bourne and therefore I want a quick and easy makeup routine that will be perfect for early mornings. I had read a few posts on Clarins 5, 10 and 15 minute makeovers and wanted to give it a try.

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I started with the Be Long Mascara in Shade 01 Intense Black. The tube is a gorgeous matte gold and the brush itself is a small wand with tiny plastic spikes (surely not the correct terminology but you get the idea), which I found really good at picking out my shorter lashes as well as my longer ones. This mascara didn’t smudge or budge all day.

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Next I used the BB Skin Perfecting Cream in shade 00 Fair as I am quite pale and any sign of a suntan I once had has disappeared. The BB Cream comes in a tube with a twist-off cap which is really easy to control how much product you would like. It did a great job of covering the redness I suffer from in my cheeks and on my chin and it felt lovely and creamy upon application.

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I then added a swipe of the Multi-Blush in shade 01 Peach. This is a creamy blusher that can be applied with fingers or a brush and is great for a natural colour or for building up colour on the cheeks. You even get a little mirror inside the compact which is great for touching-up your blush on the go.

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Lastly for my natural day look I popped on a slick of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in shade 01 Rose Shimmer. I love this product especially and it comes in a squeezy tube but has a sponge applicator which makes it really easy to apply and gives a lovely smooth and glossy finish.

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I think this look is natural and pretty for an everyday look and it took no time at all to apply. I did add a slight bit of eyebrow pencil to my look simply because my eyebrows are a nightmare at the moment.

Have you tried the Clarins 5, 10 or 15 minute makeover? Check out http://www.clarins.co.uk

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

MeMeBox Global #13

A little late, but here is what is in the MeMeBox Global #13 – as you all know or should know by now, MeMeBox is my favourite beauty subscription box. You don’t have to buy every single box, you simply pick the box or boxes (often my option!) that you like the look of and order them. To say that the boxes arrive from Korea, the delivery is really quick and can often be in just a few days, which is great as then I don’t have to wait too long for it to arrive.

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So in the MeMeBox Global #13 is…

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23years old CX Detoxifying Air Therapy – $50

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Possibly the scariest looking product I have ever received in a beauty box. Made from carbonated water, this Carboxy pack creates sparkling bubbles on your face, minutely massaging the skin while you’re wearing the mask pack. It comes in a syringe and helps to brighten and firm up the skin. As weird as this looks and maybe sounds, I cannot wait to give this a go.

Donga Tempo Eco Natural Super x3 – Full-size product is 16 at $11

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Another kind of bizarre product to have in a beauty box, although very useful, are these tampons. Donga was the first ever Korean brand to produce tampons back in the 1970s and these tampons are made from 100% purely organic cotton making them comfortable and gentle.

CNP Cosmetics Derma-Scalp Shampoo Miniature – Full-size is $27

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This is a great shampoo for giving your scalp and hair a really thorough deep cleanse. It helps to unclog the pores, remove excess impurities and cools and refreshes the skin. It is suitable for sensitive and troublesome scalps. This will be fab to use after summer is over to really treat the scalp after all that sunshine.

CNP Cosmetics Tone-Up Protection Sun Miniature – Full-size is $34

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An SPF 42 sun block for protecting your skin under the scorching sun. It contains powdery components for maintaining your skin silky soft while the deep sea water included works to prevent skin dehydration. This will be great to try out whilst we have that last bit of summer sunshine.

Yufit Eon Wheat-Germ Cream – $48

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Over 75% of this cream consists of organic wheat bud extracts which work to hydrate, firm, brighten and fight signs of ageing all at once. The gentle and light texture is perfect for all skin types and also helps to tighten pores which is definitely something I am having trouble with at the moment. 

Soy Bio Plus Fermented Lumpoule x2 – Full-size is 14 lampoules at $174)

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I really hope I don’t love this product too much as at $174 it is rather pricey! This product is a facial ampoule made from real Korean fermented soy bean lump. It works to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles as well as brightening your complexion. Love being able to try out luxury products in these boxes.

Nuganic Customized Sun Base Color Control Cream – $54

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Most CC creams I have seen recently have a hint of colour to them, but this CC cream comes out white, which I thought would make my skin look as pale as a ghost’s. After smoothing out the cream on my hand (it is meant for your face but I was too eager to try it out) it hid my imperfections really well and gave my skin a glow without being shimmery.

So again I am still totally and utterly in love with MeMeBox, and love trying products I would normally NEVER EVER be able to buy and cannot wait for my next box to arrive.

Order your favourite box now at http://www.memebox.com but be quick as they sell out quicker than the latest Topshop must-have!

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

 

boomf Magical Mallows

Finding a gift for someone that they don’t already have is such a nightmare these days! boomf have come up with the genius idea of marshmallows with your photos printed on them! Everyone loves a treat to eat and I think personalised items go down so well as gifts.

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You simply go on their website http://www.boomf.com and upload 9 pictures or less if you would like multiples. I chose The Kats Paws logo, a picture of myself (I’m so vain), a picture of me and James and a gorgeous picture of my cutie Goddaughter Willow. I then awaited my delivery.

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When the marshmallows arrived they were in a square white box and inside was a copy of the photographs I had chosen, which I am going to frame as it makes a fab picture! The marshmallows are wrapped in cellophane to keep their freshness and each one is a square plain white mallow with one of your chosen pictures on. I couldn’t wait to try one out and the taste certainly didn’t disappoint. 

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I thought the photograph quality wouldn’t be that great with them being printed onto squishy squashy marshmallows but I was really impressed as the photographs I had used were taken from my iPhone and so they weren’t perfect to start with.

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You can choose your own mallows at http://www.boomf.com for just £15 including delivery – who would you put on your boomf marshmallows?

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

 

 

 

Katie Alice Afternoon Tea Set

Okay, so first things first, apologies for not blogging for a week, but the reason is that I have just moved in with my boyfriend James and that was a 90 mile move, and so along with looking for a new job and arranging the Northern Blogger Meet Up, things have been a bit hectic.

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I love love love mini, cute things and when doing my weekly food shop in Marks and Spencers recently and finding the cutest miniature bread rolls, I couldn’t wait to have a cute Afternoon Tea with my new Katie Alice Afternoon Tea Set. In my little set I got a gorgeous side plate, a beautiful ‘proper’ tea cup with matching, but not matching (you will see what I mean when you see the pictures) saucer – all in a beautiful mismatched ditsy yellow floral and polka dot pattern.

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The tea set is made from fine bone china and feels really precious and dainty but also strong so that it won’t break. I feel such a lady drinking my honey and chamomile tea from my teacup – it is kind of like playing teasets when you were a little girl.

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The Katie Alice range is sold in many different stores as well as online and comes in so many beautiful patterns and themes. The main website http://www.creative-tops.com shows the whole range but you are not able to purchase from this site. The Afternoon Tea Set is £20 which isn’t the cheapest tea set around but the quality is amazing and they look so so pretty that I don’t even like putting them away in the cupboard, I love having my teacup and saucer on display!

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Hope you are all well and enjoying your bank holiday weekend! – The last one til Christmas YIKES!

Love,

Kathryn xx

 

Dr Organic: Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil

Not so long ago I tried out another or Dr Organic’s products the Manuka Honey Face Scrub http://thekatspaws.com/2014/07/03/dr-organic-manuka-honey-face-scrub/ and couldn’t wait to try another item from the collection. I decided to go for a bath and a massage oil because I love baths and massages basically!

The Bath & Massage Body Oil is a hydrating anti-ageing, regenerating oil that restores and balances the skin and senses. The super rich hydrating Organic Argan Oil has an exotic powerhouse of bio-active components including skin regenerating essential fatty acids. This stunning oil contains a sensual and spicy blend of natural and organic essential oils and extracts.

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To use, you simply pour some of the oil into your palms and rub them both together to generate heat before applying the oil to the skin and then massaging in. I personally added a small amount to my bath water as I found this left my skin gorgeously soft and smooth after my bath. Plus the essential oils really helped me to relax whilst in the bath. It can also be used as a massage medium oil for massaging a partner or friend and really nourishes the skin and leaves it glowing with natural vitality.

The Dr Organic: Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Bath & Massage Body Oil costs £9.99 and is available from www.hollandandbarrett.com

Love,

Kathryn xx