Monday, 1 June 2015

ICONEMESIS Cat Sims Feathers iPhone Case Review*

When the lovely Sammy got in touch on behalf of Iconemesis, I jumped at the chance to replace my grubby, cheap and falling to pieces iPhone case with a much more aesthetically pleasing alternative from their website. Iconemesis have a great range of iPhone cases in creative and unique designs, their Fifi Lapin design has certainly been one frequenting on my Instagram feed, however after browsing through their cases for iPhone’s 5C, 5S and 6, I opted for their Feathers case by Cat Sims for my white iPhone 5S.

I wouldn't normally opt for hard glossy plastic cases as I worry about them scratching the side of my phone and not fitting exactly to the phone itself however having had the Cat Sims Feathers case on my iPhone for a couple of weeks now, the case looks in the same condition as when it arrived in the post with no chips, scratches or fading in the design. The price of the cases vary dependent on phone type, though the design I opted for is currently on sale at a reasonably priced £10, reduced from £15, so it’s definitely worth checking out their designs on sale before they sell out!

My phone is no longer homed in a case that’s falling apart but in a high quality case so if you are looking for a brilliant quality case with a design that’s unique from the high street, I’d urge to you to check out the Iconemesis website and their new designs.

What do you think of the Cat Sims Feathers design? 

Beth x x

*pr sample received by for review

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Spring-Summer 2015 Empties: Best and Worst - Skincare Edition feat. Kiehls, Hydraluron, Trilogy, Superdrug, UNA Brennan

So I don't know how many of you are the same when it comes to using up their beauty products and accumulating empties but i'll go for months without fully using up skincare or makeup products and the next thing I know I have an overflowing basket of empty bottles that until I have blogged about, I guard or hide as if my life depended on it --- what has life come to?! For me, the wicker basket above soon filled with empty bath and shower products, various shampoos and conditioners and many empty skincare products.  Since being discharged from hospital, I have become a bath-person who hardly wears makeup and therefore am finally getting through the dusty bubble bath products that have been neglected at the back of my bathroom cupboards.

I feel I may have already strayed from my initial point here somewhat, however more recently I have found myself almost completely out of bubble bath, body wash and in fact, my own 'shampoos conditioners , moisturiser and cleanser has also resulted in an impulsive Body Shop sale purchase online as I haven't had the chance to do a Boots or Superdrug splurge in a very long time. 

After having a proper look through, from a basket full of various empty bottles, tubes of both budget and more expensive products - I have only perhaps 10 that are worth a mention, if they've not previously been featured. I have also come to realize that I'm yet to be fully faithful to particular brand of shower gel , except perhaps the Lush Snow Fairy shower gel ( which is Limited Edition anyway) or LUSH FUN which is a fab multi-tasking product that is great for a bubble bath and so I shan't be wasting my time ranting about the others that I've used up since the last empties post when I shan't be repurchasing those anyway.
Likewise, and on a more cheery note, I have found a couple of gems in the basket that had been hidden away among the 'rubbish' in the back of my wardrobe that I hadn't got round to raving about either; enter first  the Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil by UNA Brennan. This I bought ages and ages ago ( before the festive party season indefinitely) and so got lots of use and intense testing when I went out wearing thick foundation, red lipstick, festive eye makeup and lots of mascara - of which this removed with ease. If you don't mind the mess of a cleansing oil and take the extra 5 minutes to double cleanse with this, this  is amazing and when I get round to having that Boots splurge I was rambling on and on about earlier, this will be straight into my shopping basket.
Superdrug Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil 150ml
On a more negative note, I also used up the Superdrug Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil ((StockPhoto: Superdrug:LINK)) which no matter how I used this, I just couldn't get along with it, especially for eye makeup which was a big no no with this. I had hoped that the dual phase cleansing oil may have been along a similar lines to UNA Brennans oil, and would work well at cleansing my dry skin, especially as so many have raved about Superdrug's other vitamin E cleansers before. I was, however, very wrong and regrettably bought this on a whim, without reading up on blog reviews. Firstly, to use this you have to shake the bottle in order to mix the oils, then use a cotton pad to remove your makeup however I felt that this method was only useful if the oil didn't run off the cotton pad or separate before it had chance to remove your makeup. For that reason, and the fact that this irritated my skin, in particular my eyes, and was more hassle than it was worth, I shall not be buying this again and have since ordered the Body Shop's Chamomile Cleansing Oil to try.
Moving swiftly away from cleansing oils and onto facial oils...Since being sent the Trilogy* Rosehip Oil a while ago, I have become partial to facial oils and serums as with blemish prone ( but dry) skin I'd always steered away from oils expecting them to break me out more, which certainly wasn't the case with the Rosehip Oil ( above), that my younger sister Rach, aswell, took a particular liking to's . Instead, the Rosehip Oil leaves your face soft and smooth and gave my skin a great moisture boost.

Despite liking the Trilogy offering for its hydration, I have seen a more impressive improvement in my skin ( and breakouts) since I was given the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate for Christmas and I keep telling myself that one day I shall part my cash for a new bottle when in John Lewis next. It's hard to describe how or what this does unless you try it for yourself, but where I used to attack my skin with spot treatments or harsh lotions and potions when I broke out, I drop a pea sized amount of this miracle worker at night, go to sleep and by morning the angry redness has almost certainly improved.It's really great as you hardly have to do anything and you see amazing results by morning and that in itself is worth a lot. 

A final mention to the empty tub of Hydraulon Moisture jelly* that is also shown above and that I raved about in October (HERE) which remained as a fabulous product however for me, as it is on the pricier side for a moisturiser ( £25), the couple of months it took to use up isn't justified when for £10 more I can get another bottle of Kiehl's magic. Nevertheless, it still did a great job and was hydrating on the skin without feeling greasy.

I think that's enough rambling for today and with that in mind, I want to know your thoughts on my more 'concise' different approach to my EMPTIES posts from now on; chatting only about the best and worst of the bunch instead of wasting words on mediocre deodorants or sample pots of £100 serums that ill never buy, let alone afford. I'm pleased to say that I'm finally going to go and pop my empty bottles in the recycling and start drafting up my Boots shopping list.           

What have you used up recently that's worth ranting or raving over?

Beth xx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

USA HAUL & First Impressions | Sephora & Bath and Body Works

Despite endless daydreaming and hoping that one day I'll be able to take a trip stateside, take out a loan big enough for a rather large splurge in the California shopping malls; in reality I'm yet to leave Europe in my lifetime and my part time job and life as a student hardly makes for a worthy cause to fund my lavish ideas. That said, my very kind and generous Auntie offered to buy me a peace offering while over in the US recently so naturally I thought it rude not to send a mini shopping list after trawling the depths of YouTube for Sephora haul after Sephora haul. As ever my Auntie did not disappoint and returned bearing a Sephora bag with the Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette ( Soul), the LOreal Infallible Eyeshadow in 892 Amber Rush and two travel sized hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works inside, along with an armful of American 'candy'.  

Naturally I couldn't wait to try out the eye shadows and swatch to my hearts content and so far I have not been disappointed with the pay off.  Both the Stila Palette and the L’Oreal pressed pigment have equally impressive longevity and lasting power too - score! 

I have saved more photos and pretty swatches of both eyeshadows for reviews of their own, so once I've had chance to properly test them out, there shall be a review to follow. The BABW hand gels do also smell amazing, as always, and as you can see, the sweets were gone before I had chance to photo them - oops. 

What would be on your stateside shopping list?

Beth x 

Friday, 1 May 2015

MY MEDICAL BLOG | Sydenham's Chorea , St Vitus Dance

Happy Friday everybody! I wanted to share a small update with you guys as for those of you who were interested in my diagnosis with suspected Sydenham's Chorea (St Vitus dance), my medical experiences or  symptoms, I have started a separate feed for any updates, accessible by the clicking the MY DIAGNOSIS tab above (just under my blog header). As Sydenham's isn't typically seen nowadays, I thought that I would document my experience so far with the movement disorder to help others that may be going through similar symptoms or struggling to find out more about it through lack of recent case studies.I understand that my 'diagnosis' is rather trivial in the grand scheme of medical mysteries however when I was at hospital, I was deemed a rare 'case' that despite past readings, was unusual and uncommon to them. Nevertheless, if you do have any questions about the condition, don't hesitate to leave them below and I shall gradually try to update my Sydenham's diary as often as I can. 

As a final note, I just want to make clear that as I am not a doctor or medically trained, and also still awaiting further blood results, I may be talking utter garbage. I suggest, in therefore, to do take what I’m saying with a pinch of salt but of course if you do have any questions do get in touch.

Beth x

Find out more about Sydenham's Chorea HERE

Monday, 27 April 2015

BethMayBlogs | My 4 year blog-iversary

Hello everybody! Today marks an exciting day for me; marking the 4th Birthday of my little space on the internet. – my 4th year Blog-iversary if you will. Admittedly I haven’t shown my blog as much love as I have wanted since my A2s started back in September however due to my exams and A Levels being on hold while I am on ‘bed rest’, I hope that I can get much more regular content out for you all. I just want to thank you all from the heart for your support over the past 4 years and I hope I continue to love blogging in the future as much as I have since 2011.

Beth xx

Thursday, 23 April 2015

RAPID Review | THE LIBRARY OF FRAGRANCE Sex On The Beach Pick-Me-Up Cologne*

//BOOTS* // £15 
''Our Sex on the Beach scent is pure refreshment in a glass; an iced and inviting combination of Vodka, unsweetened Pineapple Juice, a touch of Raspberry liquor, a hint of Melon liquor and a splash of Cranberry.''-The Library of Fragrance  

The idea of these, extensive range of fragrances and great value - perfect for the hand bag or gift - was one that I was excited to try and hence opted for my preferred fruity style fragrance. In practice however, the sex on the beach, fruity cocktail scent is one that I have neglected in my collection. The scent itself is very strong for a -pick me up cologne - but nevertheless one that I liked and in essence, fruity. The strength of one spritz however is enough for me to feel over powered and unfortunately leaves me wheasing and with a sore throat and coughing?
As this isn't something that I have had trouble with in the past with other perfumes I have since questioned if there's an ingredient in this particular scent that I just don't get along with. Its a real shame as I found myself using this less and less as a pick-me-up cologne, and more so to freshen up my clothes as this hasn't really got the lasting power that i'd like and so to avoid coughing fits that I have never experienced with my other perfumes. Nevertheless, I shall perhaps test alternative scents in store, where testers allow, as I love the concept and perhaps have a particularly strong sample bottle or a scent that I just don't get along with.
Have you tried a scent from The Library of Fragrance?
Beth xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

RAPID Review: Bourjois Matte Finish Lip Effect*

 £8.99* // BOOTS

This really is as good as everybody says. If you want intense bright lip colour , that is what you shall get. I have this in the Frambourjois shade, a bold matte raspberry pink-red, and greatly contrasts my porcelain pale skin.The applicator makes this very easy to apply without being messy and once applied to your desired 'brightness', which needs half a coat, the colour stays matte and is extremely long lasting. It will last fairly well through eating and drinking but I would advise touching up the colour after food to avoid having that awkward line of colour around your lips. That being said, this doesn't go dry or crispy throughout the day and looks very smooth and 'velvet' on your lips and once it has 'set',it doesn't move. The colour you see in the tube really is the colour you get on the lips so pick a colour you love and it shall not disappoint! 

What are you views on the much spoken about Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick?

Beth x 
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