About Erika

A 20 something part time student, full time worker and 24/7 day dreamer. Self confessed beauty junkie, loves music and binge watching youtube videos!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hair Saviour!

Say hello to this little miracle, this is Fantasia's Inter Cellular Hair Polisher - sounds good right? Well it definitely is and lemme tell you why! 

This is an aloe enriched, alcohol free treatment for your hair. Its ideal for use on damaged and chemically treated hair and helps to moisturise, prevent breakage and help mend broken/split ends. It also contains protective sunscreen!

I've been using this product for about a year now and it really has made a difference to my hair. I use it on damp and dry hair, once it absorbs it gives a lovely shine and makes hair feel silky soft.
What I do is squeeze out a few drops, warm it up in my hands and then run it through the length of my hair, really focusing on the ends. I feel like this has transformed my hair and considering its on amazon for less than a fiver I really recommend anyone with damaged or lifeless hair to give this a try!

I've pretty much run out of it now and am going to purchase another bottle but I'm also trying out Fantasia's Carrot Growth Serum and will put up a review on how it compares to this! 

Thank you for reading, much love! <3

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Perfume Collection!

Hiya guys! This post features my ever growing perfume collection!

Beyonce - Heat Rush
Britney Spears - Fantasy
Britney Spears - Circus Fantasy
Britney Spears - Midnight Fantasy
Britney Spears - Hidden Fantasy
Burberry - London
Calvin Klein - Reveal
Calvin Klein - CK Shock
Christina Aguilera - By Night
Davidoff - Cool Water Sensual Essence
DKNY - Red Be Delicious 
Ed Hardy - Original Women
Escada - Born in Paradise

Givency - Very irresistible (mini)
Hugo Boss - XX
Hugo Boss - XX Summer Edition
Katy Perry - Purr
Katy Perry - Meow!
Katy Perry - Royal Revolution
Marc Jacobs - Daisy Dream
Nicki Minaj - Onika
Nina Ricci - Nina
Nina Ricci - L'elixir
NSPA - Vintage Candy Raspberry Sorbet
Paco Rabanne - Black XS

Sex in the City - Lust
Strawberry and Cream
Thierry Mugler - Womanity
Vera Wang - Princess Night
YSL - Cinema
YSL - Black Opium
(I also have samples of Chloe Love Story and Hugo Boss Woman!)

If you would like me to do any reviews on the perfumes mentioned or perhaps a Top 5 just let me know. These perfumes very quite a lot and I find I prefer wearing some at different times of the year. I do still have a long list of perfumes I want to try but I think I'm gunna have to use up some of these first before getting any more (though I have recently ordered a bottle of FCUK Friction to try!)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! :D x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Simple Moisture Boost Hydro Mist Review!

Hi dudes and dudettes! 

Today I'm doing a review on Simple's Moisture Boost Hydro Mist, I discovered this product early last year after hearing about it in a magazine and had to immediately go out and buy it. 
This product claims to give you naturally dewy skin, on the back it says 'Our Moisture Boost Hydro Mist is a perfect blend of Lotus Flower, multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients to give tired, dehydrated and dull skin an instant boost of hydration'. It also states that its suitable for sensitive skin and can be used under or over makeup. 

When using it, the mist is very fine and absorbs extremely quickly into my skin. This product does not aggravate my skin or cause me to break out. I think this stuff is excellent, I have really dry skin and this gives an immediate dewy effect. It does have a slight scent but its not offensive in anyway. I mostly use it over makeup and find that it really does re-awaken my skin and helps to hydrate my poor, dry and flaky skin. 

Also when I've overdone my makeup a bit and I'm looking slightly cakey; this product seems to almost absorb the extra product and leaves my skin looking healthy and vibrant. Its great for use all year round as I find myself needing it more in the winter as my skin gets drier but its so refreshing to use in the summer also. 

I think it normally retails for £5.99 but you can find it on amazon for a lot less and Savers sell it for £1.99. My local 99p store also stocks it!

I fudging love this stuff and I actually prefer it to Macs Fix+! It doesn't set your makeup but its an amazing refresher spray and I really recommend it for anyone with dry skin!!


Monday, 6 April 2015

Hauuuull Matalan|Peacocks|WHSmith|Shoezone

Hello all!

Today I decided to spend some time with my mumma, I live with my boyfriend so I don't really get to spend as much time as I'd like with her. But seeing as I didn't have to work this bank holiday I thought I'd take advantage of it and drag her out to do a bit of ye old shopping! 

Originally I only intended to go out to get a new pair of shoes for work (my previous ones have gone to the shoe graveyard) but er I 'accidentally' bought a fair bit.

First we went to Matalan and after trying on endless pairs of shoes I went for these; 

They're black patent T-bar court shoes. I wanted something with decent heel because most of the trousers I wear to work are a bit long for me but as the walk from the bus stop to work takes about 15 minutes I didn't want them to kill my feet either. 
These really fit the bill for me, they are really comfortable and at £15 they're an absolute steal! 

While in Matalan I also picked up a sports bra/crop top (I'm attempting to get fit and I did some cardio yesterday ~ I soon realised the necessity of sport bras) and some knickers because..knickers.

We then popped into Tescos quick mostly just to use the toilets there but I also grabbed some coconut oil, making sure it was virgin and cold pressed.

This stuff is amazing! It has so many uses ~ I'll make sure to do a post on the various uses of coconut oil :) 

I picked up some bits in Home Bargains too
some snacks for work - I'm doing 10 hour shifts this week and reaaally not looking forward to it

 A couple of small cups
The Identity Thief, I've heard good things about this film and as it was only £3 I thought why not?

 AND THESE! OMG, does anyone else remember these?! I used to love these drinks when I was little and haven't seen any in donkeys. Me and my boyfriend couldn't wait to try them again! If you've never tried or heard of a SqueezeIt they're basically juice drinks in squeezy plastic bottles. I'm pretty sure they're full of sugar but they do taste good (aside from the slight hint of plastic xD) I got the apple and raspberry flavour because it used to be my favourite but they also do apple and blackcurrant and I think theres an orange/citrus flavour too.

We went into Peacocks and I found this hat.
I never thought I'd own a sun hat because I've never really liked the style but I tried it on and just fell in love. I'm sorry I haven't taken a picture of it on (I've just washed my hair and have no makeup on, aka not a pretty sight) but I will definitely post some outfit looks incorporating this!

And these gorgeous sunglasses 

 These babies were only £4 and I think they look a lot more expensive

I bought these sandals from ShoeZone just to go with some maxidresses of mine; again I'll make sure to post outfit shots!

My mum actually dragged me into WHSmiths to get a book, she's really into the Mo Hayder books at the mo and needed the next one in the series. I decided to get it for her because I don't really get the chance to spoil her and while I don't class buying one book for her as 'spoiling' but I know she appreciated it :) I got The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes for myself and the first Game of Thrones book for my boyfriend.

I've just finished reading Elizabeth is Missing which I loved and will post a review of it at some point! 

Today has been really lovely and I thought I'd just share what I bought with you guys. I spent more than I normally would today (and everyone was surprised that not a penny of it was on perfume; I have a serious perfume problem which I will tell you guys all about haha) 

Shoes http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/footwear/heels/s2588765/brogue-t-bar-court-shoes
Sports bra http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/shop-by-category/sportswear/s2597980/sports-crop-top
Underwear http://www.matalan.co.uk/product/detail/s2569453/5-pack-mini-knickers
Coconut oil http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=280363406
Home Bargains:
Identity Thief http://www.homebargains.co.uk/products/8697-identity-thief-dvd.aspx
Hat http://www.peacocks.co.uk/lds-floppy-chain-scarf-104494.html?___store=default
Sandals http://www.shoezone.com/Womens/Sandals/All/Womens-Soflites-Silver-Wedge-Sandal-19403
The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes http://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/the-last-days-of-rabbit-hayes/9780552773744
A Game of Thrones http://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/a-game-of-thrones-book-1-of-a-song-of-ice-and-fire-a-song-of-ice-and-fire-1/9780007448036

I couldn't find everything online but here are the links for everything I did find. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to read this! I hope you all have had a great Easter :D xx

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Going from Brunette to Blonde -- the non recommended way!

Hey guys!
I was blonde for about 4 years and recently went back to my natural brunette, I know going blonde can be a pretty arduous process (and it certainly was for me) so I thought I'd tell you about my blondey experience :)

So get comfy and grab yourself a drink.

I had been thinking about going blonde for years, being extreeemely pale I always thought blonde hair would suit me so much more than my dark hair. And eventually, having failed to pluck up the courage so many times I just did it on impulse. And I really do not recommend going about it the way I did!

First I used the Garnier Nutrisse pre lightener which turned my brunette hair into a dark copper, then used an ash blonde dye over the top. I was left looking pretty damn orange, It seemed apparent that my natural colour had quite the red undertone -_-

I dyed my hair 2 more times that same day and managed to get to an orangey yellow colour.
From then it was a slow, drawn out process of gallons of Touch of Silver shampoo, white toners and many, many ash blonde dyes. And yes finaaally my hair lost all of the brassiness!

I began using Live XXL Absolute Platinum to cover my roots every 6 weeks or so, to be honest I didn't really use any special nourishing hair treatments - the only thing I used was Aloe Vera oil.
And, annoyingly, my hair seemed in much better condition when it was blonde! xD

I made the decision to go back brunette for many reasons but mostly my blonde hair was beginning to get too white for me and I did fancy a change. I will do another post on how I got my hair back to brunette as well as how I care for my hair now.

If you're thinking about going blonde then I recommend to do so slowly, please do not rush the process and make sure to use plenty of nourishing treatments.

I definitely miss my blonde hair and will go back to blonde some day (when I do, I think I'll just go to a salon!). Right now I'm just trying to give my hair a much needed break and take care of it as best I can! :)


Hi there! My names Erika, I'm just an average 20 something from the UK, wanting to share my passion for all things beauty related and letting you have a peep at my journey through life at the same time. 

I've been thinking about starting a blog for a long while but have always managed to talk myself out of it; what if no one reads it? what if no one actually likes it? etc etc. But I've come to realise that if I want to blog, I should be doing it for myself! 

So here it is; my very first blog post. And I do apologise for it being a bit craptacular but fingers crossed I'll be able to deliver some semi decent posts!

I'll mostly be posting about beauty products/trends, hair products and general life tid-bits. Feel free to post your views on my posts as well as any requests/things you'd like me to review.

Thank you for coming and having a look see :) hope you're having a splendid Easter weekend <3 
(I know, aren't I beautiful? xD )