The following articles were authored by Helena

Yes to Cucumber Cleanser

I’ve tried a few Yes to Cucumber products before and they have always been pretty good and reasonably priced. I got this cleanser from MyPure (they have updated the website recently and it’s so much better now!) for £8.99. It doesn’t actually say on the website but it’s a gel cleanser which I don’t normally buy. I don’t think I would have gone for it if I had known! Yes to Cucumber CleanserYes to Cucumber Cleanser I don’t really know what to say about the cleanser, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either. It feels soothing on my skin when I’m using it but afterwards my skin doesn’t feel any different to usual. I don’t think I will buy this cleanser again but am glad I tried it.

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NOTW: Summer Gradient

I wanted to try a more summery theme this week so went with a yellow/orange gradient. After trying gradients a few times, I’ve realised that I’m not very good at them, so I used my Nubar Polka Dot to draw attention away from how rubbish the actual gradient was! The colours I used were Mellow Yellow from 17 as the base, Showgirl by Ciaté for the middle bit and then Models Own Fluro Orange (which I picked up recently from Littlewoods) on the tips.Summer gradient nail art Summer gradient nail art

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Gamila Secret Beauty Bars

Gamila Secret Beauty Bars are a range of 100% natural soaps made in Galilee, Israel. They are made from cold pressed olive oil and a selection of herbs by Gamila, who was taught to read nature with her hands and senses by her blind father. There are a range of 10 different soaps which are suitable for different skin types.Gamila Secret Beauty Bar Gamila Secret Beauty Bar Gamila Secret Beauty Bar Gamila Secret Beauty BarGamila Secret Beauty BarI have the Soothing Geranium version which is for combination skin. The second I opened the box I fell in love with the bar – the smell is just gorgeous! Having the bar open in my shower makes the whole room smell lovely! The soap itself is also really good – I’ve used it on my face as a cleanser, as a body wash and as a shaving cream. At £21 per bar I don’t think it’s the sort of soap I would buy often, but I think it would make a great gift for someone or a nice treat for yourself! You can buy the bars from selected House of Fraser stores on their website.

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Cupcake Swirls

I wanted to show you some photos of a recent batch of cupcakes I made. These were just plain vanilla cakes but I experimented a bit with the icing and was really happy with the result.CupcakesCupcakesCupcakesTo get the pink and blue swirls, I just put alternate spoonfuls of pink and blue icing into the piping bag and then piped as usual onto the cakes. You can see that some worked better than others but this is definitely a technique I am going to try again!

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NOTW: Snowflakes

Here I am wearing Nails Inc Snowflakes over Rimmel’s Green With Envy.  I only bought Snowflakes a few months ago from Boots but it seems as though it’s been discontinued which is a shame as it’s such a lovely polish.  I really love this combination and the effect of Snowflakes is really pretty as it shimmers slightly different colours depending on the light.  What do you think?Nails Inc Snowflakes

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Instagram Round Up #16

Instagram1. Pula Colosseum.
2. View from a little hilltop village.
3. Cute street.
4. Porec.
5. Amazing clear sea!
6. Rovinj.
7. Cupcakes!
8. Had a go at axe throwing…
9. Spent the weekend at Edinburgh Fringe.
10, 11 & 12. Out for a countryside walk.

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The Summer We All Ran Away

The Summer We All Ran Away by Cassandra Parkin is one of the best books I’ve read this summer!  Recently I seem to have been reading a lot of quite samey books which has got a little boring. I think it’s because I now have a Kindle so every time I go on Amazon, I get recommended the same sort of books as ones I’ve bought previously.  This one though is quite unique.  The Summer We All Ran Away by Cassandra Parkin The Summer We All Ran Away by Cassandra ParkinThe story centers around a teenage boy who has run away from home but also jumps back thirty years to tell the story of a rock star.  It keeps you guessing what the connection is between all the characters and it moves at a good pace.  I look forward to reading more books by Cassandra Parkin!

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Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner

Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner is without a doubt the best conditioner I have ever tried.  I’ve been using it for a few years now and even though I have tried loads of others, I haven’t managed to find a conditioner that even comes close!  It is an intense hair mask which is actually designed for afro hair.  I find that most conditioners designed for frizzy hair are nowhere near strong enough for my hair but this one is amazing.  Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner Olive Oil Replenishing ConditionerI try to use it every two or three weeks, leaving it on for an hour or so with my head wrapped in cling film.  It has a gorgeous orange smell!  I usually buy the Replenishing Paks from Boots (92p)and use the entire application in one go.  You can also get the conditioner in a bottle which does around 6 applications.

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NOTW: Disco Mix

I love this nail polish (Disco Mix by Models Own)!  It is completely opaque in just two coats and as it’s a glitter polish it stays put for ages.  The only downside is that it is pretty hard to remove but I definitely think it’s worth the effort!Models Own Disco Mix

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L’Occitane Brightening Cleansing Foam

L’Occitane Brightening Cleansing Foam is the latest cleanser I’ve tried. I had it free at Christmas time when I ordered a load of presents from L’Occitane but it would usually cost £18.50 for 150ml.L'Occitane Brightening Cleansing FoamI was told once when I had a facial that I shouldn’t use foaming cleansers as they can make skin feel dry and tight if you already have dry skin. I’ve noticed with other foaming cleansers that my skin does feel tight after using them but I haven’t had that with this one. It smells nice and fresh and really feels as though it cleans my skin thoroughly. The bottle says that the cleansing foam is suitable for all skin types and for every day use.

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