Friday, 3 July 2015

Bourgois 123 Perfect CC Cream

I am not someone that ever joined the BB/CC cream bandwagon. To be honest, I just don't get it and I never really pay much attention to them. However,a friend recommended the Bourgois 123 Perfect CC Cream (30ml, £9.99) to me and I decided to give it a go. Here is how I got on...

Firstly, I want to talk give a brief product description before I dive right in and talk about my feelings about it. This is a colour correcting cream which contains three different pigments: apricot for anti fatigue, green to combat redness and white to tackle dark spots. As well as this, it claims to give 24 hour hydration and contains SPF 15. Seems to tick every single box! There are four shades currently available: Ivory, Light Beige, Rose Beige and Bronze.

I love the packaging. I see this as very much a spring/summer product and the tube is travel friendly which I really like (as opposed to bottles of foundation). I like the fact Bourgois have clearly identified the three pigments contained and their benefits on the tube. If a friend had not mentioned this to me, I would probably have bought is eventually when it caught my eye because it sounds too good to be true! I picked up shade 31 Ivory which I thought would be a good match for me. 

I take a good few weeks to properly use any product before I write a review and the reason I do this is because first impressions aren't enough to go on. I like reading reviews by other bloggers that have used a product over weeks - or even months if needed - before giving their full opinion. Am I alone here? Anyway, on this occasion I am glad I took the time to give this cream a proper go. 

I will be honest and say that my first impression was not good. I didn't feel like it covered up my redness that well. Maybe I didn't use enough or maybe I was just having a bad day, but I wasn't won over. As a result, the Bourgois CC Cream was placed in my foundation/concealer drawer and didn't see the light of the day for quite some time. 

A few weeks ago, I was deciding which base to use and I don't know why, but this cream was calling out to me. I decided to give it a go, taking a pea sized amount on my hand and applying with my Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush and wow, this is a match made in heaven!The CC Cream blends in so well and I was really impressed with the results! I don't know what the hell was going on when I first tried this (I must have been having a serious bad day) but I couldn't believe how differently I felt second time around.

Since then, I have been reaching for my Bourgois 123 Perfect CC Cream most days (and even more so now with the warmer weather) and I'm officially in love. It has a bit of watery texture and isn't too creamy which I like because I don't like feeling like I am wearing make up. As for my redness, it does do the job really well but I still need a bit of concealer to ensure my redness is covered and my redness has died down in the past few weeks which is awesome! As well as this, it is long lasting and I can easily wear this from day to evening with excellent coverage. I am seriously impressed! 

When I go to Lanzarote in a few weeks, this is coming with me for when I get ready for evenings out! For a CC Cream, this does a wonderful job and I have yet to be enticed by any others on the market. I love Bougois and I am huge fan of the Healthy Mix Serum but their 123 Perfect CC Cream is one of my summer essentials! I learned a valuable lesson from this: don't right off a product too quickly as it may just surprise you!

If you would like more information or to purchase: Bourgois 123 Perfect CC Cream - Boots

Have you tried this? What do you think of BB/CC Creams in general? Are they any that you think I need to try? Comment below or tweet me @thingsarahloves

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Food and Tea Haul!

This post is a little different but I thought I would show you some of the food and tea purchases that I have made recently. Some are new finds, some old favourites and if there are any in particular that you would like a full review on, just let me know in the comments below!

I'm going to start with teas because I love tea and even in this glorious sunshine, I enjoy a cup of tea - it is really refreshing!On a recent visit to Holland & Barrett (which is one of my favourite shops, so if you would like dedicated Holland & Barrett hauls please let me know!) and I spotted Heath & Heather's Organic Green Tea with Coconut (20 Tea Bags, £2.49). I am pretty sure this is new and I can't wait to try it - sounds perfect for summer! I love green tea, I love coconut (Pina Colada anyone?!) and this sounds like an interesting combination, so I am keen to give it a go. Let's see if it makes any of my Teas of the Month!

Another tea that I picked up from good old Tesco, was the Clipper After Dinner Mints Tea (20 Tea Bags, £1.99). Although I immediately thought of an After Eight, I am pretty sure this tea was not inspired by yummy chocolate mints! I really love mint teas, so I am eager to try this double mint and fennel infusion. The box does smell amazing and weirdly, it smells like the kind of tea you would want to drink after a heavy meal (which I'm guessing is the whole point!). Again, I will report back!

Back to Holland & Barrett as I had to stock up on one of my old favourites: Meridan Smooth Almond Butter (170g, £2.99). I really should buy the insanely large tub but I know I would just keep eating it so I refrain from letting myself be tempted. I love peanut butter but I prefer almond butter and this is by far the best one I have found. I tend to have it with apple slices, dates or on top of chia seed pudding.. But yeah, I am known to just stand in the kitchen with a spoon and eat it straight from the jar! It really is that delicious!

I know they say you should never go food shopping when you are hungry but I recently learned that you should never go food shopping when you are thirsty! The weather has been so warm and disgustingly clammy that instead of buying food to prepare meals, I stocked up on sorbets and drinks! I couldn't resist buying Tesco's Lemon Sorbet and their Mango Sorbet (500ml, it was £2.50 each or 2 for £3.00) which are both right up my street. I will confess, I keep standing in my kitchen eating these straight from the tub! They are both delicious, really refreshing and you only need a little to feel satisfied so these should last me a long time. (hopefully the sunshine sticks around too!).

Links to all the above products:

Heath & Heather Green Tea with Coconut

Clipper Teas After Dinner Mints

Meridan Smooth Almond Butter

Tesco Mango Sorbet

Tesco Lemon Sorbet

I know this post is a little different but I hope you enjoyed it and if you want full reviews on any of these products, please let me know! I'm always taking a nosey at what other people are buying as I stand at the checkout so if you have any recommendations: tea, yoghurts, cheese (I love cheese!) or anything else then please let me know in the comments below or tweet @thingsarahloves. See you tomorrow with another post!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Tea of the Month - June

Twinings Intensely Buttermint

Yay!! It is finally time for 'My Tea of the Month'. This is one of my favourite posts to write because I love tea so, so much (you will know this if you follow me on Twitter) and I love finding new teas. I've been drinking a lot of tea this month but there is a new favourite I have become addicted to - it swooped in and took first place from another new tea blend I found!

I have been searching for this tea for such a long time! Every time I found myself in a supermarket, I hunted high and low down the tea aisle hoping to stumble across it. And when I finally did, I'm pretty sure fireworks went off in my head (seriously, don't underestimate my love of tea!). This tea evens smells amazing in the box and I knew instantly I was going to love it.  The fact that it is another Twinings Tea is merely a coincidence; this month their Intensely Buttermint tea (20 teabags, £2.00 from Tesco) has stolen my heart.

As with May's Tea of the Month, the packaging is every tea lovers dream. I love the fact that yet again, the box securely holds all the tea bags and keeps them together. Once I have opened something, I don't like having to follow a set of ridiculous folding instructions, trying to create a lid and none of that needs done here - simply a tearaway strip to open the box and job well done! It really is the simple things in life. 

One thing I don't quite understand though: if you go and look at May's Tea of the Month you will see that all the teabags are loose in the box. With Intensely Buttermint, the tea bags are individually packaged. Why is that? Some of their teas are sold simply as tea bags and others in these 'envelopes'. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the tea blend (I may be wrong!) but actually, Intensely Buttermint is the kind of tea that I would take on the go with me. Yep, I am one of those weird people that carry tea bags around with them! There is nothing worse for me than getting to a hotel and not having my favourite teas with me! 

Does anyone else like buttermint sweets? I remember my gran always kept an emergency stash in her handbag and from a fairly young age, I loved them. Even now when I travel, particularly on flights, I need to have a bag of buttermint sweets. I guess for me, they are a comforting sweet which bring back the fondest childhood memories. And this tea does exactly the same thing - tastes exactly like a buttermint sweet but in tea form. Perfection.

Mint tea is one of my favourite teas, definitely in my top three (along with chai and green tea) and this infusion of peppermint and vanilla works like a charm. I'm not the biggest vanilla fan, but Twinings have got the balance just right and I can't really taste the vanilla at all. All I can taste is creamy, buttermint goodness and that is what I love. I don't know how Twinings have done it, but this tea is so smooth, so creamy, so comforting

Remember Monica in Friends making candy and they were described as being 'like little drops of heaven?' Sorry Monica, Intensely Buttermint has just knocked your candy off its podium! If you have a sweet tooth and are looking to cut out chocolate, sweets, cake etc, I would strongly recommend trying this tea (not solely of course, everyone deserves to treat themselves in moderation but I'm not going into all that right now). Now and again when I have thought about having another slice of cake, I have made a cup of this tea instead and for me, it has been just as satisfying!

If you would like to purchase this tea you can do from Tesco here or from Twinings themselves here

Well that's my Tea of the Month! What teas have you been loving recently? And are there any teas you recommend I try that might make it to a tea of the month post? Comment below or tweet me @thingsarahloves.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Wander Through My Week #4

Hey everyone! Hope you've all had a good week. I haven't really been up to anything exciting this week, but here are some of the ups and downs I've been through in the past week...

Fire!! Fire!!

I woke up on Saturday morning and spent about an hour watching YouTube videos and then, there was the loudest knock at the front door. I went to the door, my hair in the highest, messiest bun and sporting my Lion King pjs (Primark...I love you!) and there were 5 very, very attractive firemen standing on my doorstep.(I was shocked that all 5 of them were actually really cute!). I had heard a bit of noise outside but didn't pay much attention, I just assumed the bins were getting emptied a day early!

To cut a long story short, there was a small appliance fire next door and they were just offering free fire safety tests to the surrounding homes. Aside from the fact it means a return visit by one of them (I hope it was the insanely cute one that did all the talking, haha), I really wanted to get everything checked and make sure everything is okay, especially with electrics. They are going to check the circuit and test the smoke alarms (my house is over 3 floors) which will definitely put my mind at ease. I take fire safety really seriously and think that everyone should.

Travel Bloggers Chat 

I have co-founded @tbloggerschat with the lovely @alicesdesk and @jasxcharlotte. Chats will run every Thursday 9pm BST. I'm really excited and can't wait until I host! I hoping to share my travel tips, but more looking forward to chatting with other bloggers and finding out about their travel experiences, getting inspiration and adding even more destinations to my travel wish list! For me, it's not all about travelling abroad - I think there are so many places here in Scotland (and the rest of the UK) that I love and so many that I still want to visit. So wherever you have travelled to or wherever is on your wish list - come join us!

The above picture is one of my favourite pictures that I took in Nafplio, Greece - the moon looks amazing!

Holiday Shopping & Tunisia

First of all, my thoughts go out to all the families and friends of the victims who sadly lost their lives due to recent terrorist attacks. Life can be so cruel sometimes

I did a little bit of holiday shopping at the start of the week (Topshop, Primark and Superdrug) and I will do a haul post soon. I am due to fly to Tunisia six weeks today and a few people have asked me what my plans are. All I will say is that I visited Tunisia last year and it is an amazing place, the people are hospitable and welcoming. As for my approaching trip, my friend and I still plan to travel to Sousse as planned if our tour operator gives us the go ahead (which we will worry about nearer the time, they have more important matters to deal with just now) Sadly, these tragedies could happen anywhere and in all honesty, no-one can guarantee that anywhere is completely safe from such attacks. 

Well that's my week! What have all you been up to! I'm really excited about the week ahead: I have a few dinners planned, a Kiehl's facial booked and some exciting blog stuff happening! Let me know what you've been up to in the comments below or by tweeting me @thingsarahloves

Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Versatile Blogger Award

The lovely Laura over at Laura Likes Beauty nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks so much Laura! I thought I would post about this today because my blog is one month old! Laura was one of the first bloggers I got chatting to and she has been so supportive - thanks Laura!! Loving being part of the blogging community and I am so excited about some projects that I am working on! Watch this space!

The aim of this is to tell you 7 random facts about me that you won't already know. So here goes!

1. I really don't like bananas; I can't stand them. I hate the look,smell, texture and taste. I dislike anything that is banana flavoured too. It just makes me feel really ill!

2. I used to be a goth in my teens until my mid twenties. I still love the music (can't go wrong with a bit of heavy metal!) but my music tastes are more versatile now and my fashion/make up styles have completely changed - I look back and cringe a little!

3. I'm a huge WWE fan - I love wrestling! I just think it is really entertaining and I don't watch soaps or much reality TV, that isn't my thing. My all time favourite wrestler is The Undertaker but I also really like Dean Ambrose and of course, Roman Reigns (I will admit, he couldn't get any more gorgeous if he tried!). NEVER date a professional wrestler though, that is one mistake I made!

4. I make my own soaps and bath bombs which I sometimes sell at craft fairs. I'm going to be doing tutorials on my blog and getting back out to craft fairs soon, exciting times!

5. I have a penpal who is awesome and we write ridiculously long letters to each other about once a month. I love putting pen to paper and putting technology aside for a while!

6. I'm not the best cook in the world but I love to try! I'm a huge fan of The Happy Pear Youtube channel (Click Here!!) - those guys are great, really passionate about what they do and give me lots of inspiration

7. Umm...what else? I'm an organised freak! Obsessed with post-it notes, making lists, writing in my diary and have notepads for everything. Stationary shopping is one of the best things in the world!

Haha, so that's some random stuff about me! Thanks again Laura for the nomination! Here are the bloggers that I am nominating (sorry if any of you have been nominated already!)

Kirsty - Have The Town

Lauren & Rachel - The Flower That Blooms

Angie Americana - The Stereotypical American

Michelle - Last Big Tree

Tarnya - Sweet Allure

Here's the rules:

Thank the person who gave you this award.
Include a link to their blog.
Select up to 15 blogs/bloggers that you've recently discovered or follow.
Nominate them! You might include a link back to the post on your site announcing their nomination.
Share 7 random facts about you!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer

For me, shopping for a good concealer is like shopping in TK Maxx: rummaging in desperation, holding onto the hope that something catches your eye and is the perfect fit. I love shopping for make up but I will be honest and say that shopping for concealers is my pet hate - I just don't enjoy it at all! Sadly though, I'm 30 and having spent 8 years studying at university, the dark bags have set up camp under my eyes and finding a good concealer is vital! 

I was in Boots a few weeks ago (before my blog even started) and yep, I was seduced by another 3 for 2 offer so I picked up the Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer (£5.49) in shade 10 Porcelain which is a decent match for me. I really like Rimmel foundations (another day, another blog post) and I had high hopes for this concealer. Rimmel states that it will hide dark circles, blemishes and other imperfections for up to 25 hours. The formula is also breathable which makes it not only long lasting, but comfortable to wear. Sounds pretty good to me! Does it do what it says on the tin? Here's what I think...

First of all, I'm going to do my little mini rant again and say that I really don't like these claims of lasting up to 25 hours! I would never wear my concealer that long and I just think it is a little unnecessary. Maybe it's a good selling point - I don't know - but it means nothing at all to me. Yes, I want my make up to last but be realistic! The concealer itself is available in three shades and more could easily be added to the range, particularly for darker skin tones.

Apologies for that, haha! The pot itself is fine, it's handy for travelling and fits nicely into my make up bag.The formula itself is really waxy and creamy which might not be to everyone's taste but I don't personally mind it. It warms quickly and easily between your fingers and this makes the application process a lot easier.

I really like using this concealer under my eyes: it gives good coverage, (not 100%, maybe closer to 85%)  doesn't sink into lines or wrinkles and really brightens my under eye area. Once I have warmed it between my fingers, I dab gently under my eyes and then use my Beauty Blender Micro Mini to really blend it in. This concealer blends really easily and I do like the finish. For a drugstore product, I think this is a really decent under eye concealer and during the day, I would happily use this. 

As for using on blemishes or any other imperfections, this concealer isn't really for me. With the brightness it gives, I would only use this under my eyes and applying it with my fingers, I'm drawn to pat it under my eyes as opposed to anywhere else on my face! 

Overall, I think it is good value for money but I am still on the hunt for a really good high end concealer that ticks all the boxes. However, I do think Rimmel have done a great job with this concealer and if you are looking for a drugstore under eye concealer, pop this into your basket next time you are out shopping!

If you would like more information or to make a purchase: Boots - Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer

Have you tried this concealer? What do you think? As I mentioned, I'm still looking for the perfect concealer so if you have any recommendations please comment below or tweet me @thingsarahloves. Thanks!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Range

I love cocktails and recently, they have cropped up in so many conversations I have had (if you have participated in any #ltbloggers chats you will understand). I love rum, mint and lime so naturally, mojitos take centre stage in any cocktail conversation I participate in. When I then discovered The Body Shop had released a Virgin Mojito range, my ears perked up and I couldn't get to my nearest store quick enough.

You may think that sounds like an exaggeration but that would be underestimating how much I love mint and lime. They are two of my favourite smells, tastes (yeah, I have been known to just peel and eat a lime!) and as soon as I find any body or skincare product that is mint or lime related, I make a purchase without hesitation. The end result is sometimes bad, and sometimes very, very good.

I am pleased to say that purchasing items from The Body Shop Virgin Mojito range was one of the better decisions I have made during my minty lime quest!. I picked up the Shower Gel (250ml, £4.00), Body Butter (50ml, £5.00) and Body Sorbet (200ml, £8.00). They all smell identical and are utterly amazing! I find myself just picking them up to sniff them! The combination of lime and mint is so fresh, so thirst quenching and oh so zesty! I honestly have nothing bad to say about this scent at all - I'm in love.

I keep a range of shower gels at hand in my shower because I like to jump from one to the next depending on my mood - those days are long gone now! I reach for this every single time I step into the shower and it just reminds me of being on a white sandy beach, mojito in hand.  I own a lot of The Body Shop body butters and they never disappoint me (they keep my skin so soft and smooth) but now the Virgin Mojito is definitely my favourite! Like the other body butters, this sinks effortlessly into my skin and yeah, this is by far the best body butter I have ever had the pleasure of smelling!

You may have recently seen my post on A Summer Essential from The Body Shop and I honestly cannot recommend the Body Sorbets highly enough.. Yeah, they might not be 'travel friendly' (Get that sorted Body Shop - I would buy Mini Body Sorbets!) but I honestly don't care as my skin literally drinks this stuff up! And yep, the mango is gorgeous but Virgin Mojito is my new favourite - I'm going to be smelling of this all summer long.  For me, this is my summer scent and perfect for those long, warm days that are (hopefully!) just around the corner.

If you love lime and mint as much I do then you need to pop into a Body Shop and have a look... I'm pretty sure this range if limited edition and that makes me sad, so I will seriously need to stock up! 

If you would like more information on this range or to make a purchase: The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Range

Have you tried any of these items yet? Are you as obsessed with them as I am? Leave your comments below me or tweet me @thingsarahloves.