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For today’s Valentine’s Gift Ideas post I have put together a gift guide of ten Valentine’s gifts, all of which cost under £10 each. Around this time of year, the prices of romantic gifts, such as chocolate and lingerie, are often hiked up. However, as this guide shows, if you shop savvy you don’t have to spend a fortune to treat that special someone (or yourself!) to something nice. The guide features some traditional gifts, but also fashion and beauty themed items.
Hotel Chocolat Lovely Hearts Classic £6.50 / Thorntons Because I Love You Premium Collection £6.00 / ASOS Heart Friendship Bracelet £2.00 / Yankee Red Raspberry Candle £7.99 / George Entice Lingerie Set £7.00 / Floozie Red Heart Fairisle Scarf £6.60 / Tesco Rose Petals in a Jar £5.00 / LUSH Heart Throb Bubble Bar £3.65 / Models Own Colour Chrome £4.99 / LUSH The Kiss Lip Gloss £5.95
What will you be gifting to your loved one this Valentine’s Day?
The festive season is just around the corner, and I’ve already been invited to a few Christmas parties and meals out. As such, I’ve started to do some online window shopping for the perfect party outfits for this season, and I’ve found that George at Asda have some really gorgeous women’s dresses in their Autumn/Winter collection. I’m a sucker for a classic LBD, and George have two in particular that I’ve been eyeing up. It’s been a while since I put together a wishlist type post, so I thought I’d do one to show you how I’d style these two dresses.
George Sequin V-Back Dress / New Look Pony Hair Structured Clutch / Jeffrey Campbell Lita Ankle Boots / Zara Interwoven Chain Necklace
George Peplum Bodycon Dress / Irregular Choice Stitch In Time Clutch / ASOS POETIC Platforms / George Bobble Bead Necklace
Outfit One features George’s Sequin V-Back Dress, which retails for an incredibly affordable £28. Sequins and a V-Back would both make a huge statement at a glitzy Christmas party, so this dress doesn’t need a huge amount of accessories. A simple structured clutch would be ideal to offset the sparkle, and a chunky chain necklace would add a bit more texture and depth. It’s not always easy to find a pair of shoes to go with sequins, but I quite like the look of a chunky heel with this kind of dress, hence why I chose a classic pair of Litas to go with it.
Outfit Two features George’s Peplum Bodycon Dress, which costs just £30. I absolutely adore this dress as it’s classic and feminine, but has a bit of an edge with its faux leather waist detail. To enhance the waist, I chose a pretty floral clutch by Irregular Choice which has a similar black on black look. An elegant pair of stilettos and a beaded necklace finish off this look, but I think it’d look just as stunning without the necklace.
Which of these two looks do you like best?
*This post is a collaboration.*
Whilst getting something for dinner from Asda yesterday, I stopped by the cosmetics stands for a quick browse, and was pleased to find that the George nail varnishes were on offer for £1 each, down from £1.75. I can never resist a nail varnish bargain, so having read many positive reviews about the range I decided to pick up a shade to see whether they live up to the hype. The colour I settled for is called ‘Boom’, a brilliant blue with a glossy creme finish.
I’m happy to announce that George’s varnish completely lives up to the rave reviews. The brush is narrow, but it’s fairly long and the decently-sized lid makes it easy to control the application. The varnish applies smoothly, and gives amazing coverage even in one coat, but as always I applied two coats for a flawless finish. As you’d expect of a quick dry varnish, it dries incredibly quickly, and a day later it is still free of any smudges, dents, chips or scratches. It looks like it’s going to last a lot longer, too!
Here’s how it looks on the nails…
‘Boom’ is a gorgeous, bold shade that really catches the eye. The pigmentation of the varnish is incredible, and the colour has a real depth to it. I’ve always liked blues, but seem to be lacking in blue varnishes, so this is a great addition to my collection.
For such a budget range the quality of George’s quick dry nail varnish is very high, and if you’re a fan of nail products I recommend you try them if you can, especially as they’re currently only £1. I’ll definitely be going back to Asda to buy more! I spotted a lovely pink shade that I’ll be picking up next time.
Have you ever tried any varnishes from this range? What do you think of them?
You may remember that last month I introduced you all to Montagne Jeunesse’s new range of Clay Spa fabric masks. I wrote an in-depth review of the wonderful Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask, and today I will share my thoughts on the Glacial Clay Spa mask! I’d been saving this one to use on a day when I felt I really deserved a treat, so after a feeling stressed and poorly earlier this week I decided to indulge.
Like the Dead Sea Mud mask, the Glacial Clay Spa is a fabric mask, but this one is infused with ‘Real Clay, Arctic Cloudberry & Red Grape’. The active ingredients are specially chosen for their cleansing and anti-oxidant properties and are all vegetarian and animal friendly (Montagne Jeunesse are approved by PETA, BUAV and the Vegetarian Society).
Out of all the masks I have used, this is the quickest and easiest to use, and probably the most effective. It comes in one fabric piece, with eye, nose and mouth holes already cut out, so all you have to do is place it on your face, press it down and relax for 15 minutes. Who knew effective skincare could be so effortless?!
Now, I know you all want to know what it looks like, so I have put my reputation on the line to show you just how silly it makes you look!
Gorgeous, right? To be honest I find it pretty hilarious (not that it gives you much freedom of movement to laugh haha). Anyway, onto the important stuff…
The glacial clay that forms the basis of the mask is fantastically cooling and makes your face feel instantly refreshed. The coolness also tightens your skin and soothes any soreness or redness, which does wonders for your complexion. My face didn’t feel irritated at all whilst wearing the mask, so I was able to completely relax and enjoy the beautiful scent of the mask (my mum says it smells like summer). After 15 minutes, I removed the fabric and washed any excess clay from my skin with warm water, massaging in a circular motion as I did so. I didn’t even need to use any moisturiser after wearing the mask as it didn’t cause any dryness. Rather, it made my face look visibly rejuvenated.
I can’t recommend these fabric masks highly enough and I’ll definitely be purchasing some more. If you want to try anything from Montagne Jeunesse’s Clay Spa skin care range, you can purchase individual masks for £1.49 each (BARGAIN) from the Montagne Jeunesse website, or they are now available in Boots. They’ll also be in ASDA as of September.
Have you tried these masks yet?
*I was sent this Glacial Clay Spa Mask by Montagne Jeunesse for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Some affiliate links have been used.
I thought it was about time for another Montagne Jeunesse review, so tonight I’ll be telling you all about my experience with the NEW Skin Heroes T-Zone Peel Off Mask! I used this last night before I went to bed, and I was rather excited about trying it as I’d never used a Montagne Jeunesse peel off before. Like most of the Skin Heroes range, the mask is applied in two stages. The first stage is obviously the mask, which contains Tea Tree, Willowherb and Witch Hazel to calm the skin and clean away any impurities, and the second stage is a soothing moisturiser.
For once, I thought the sachet contained the perfect amount of mask. I found it to be a bit messy at first as it was quite runny, so kept dripping between my fingers, but I got it all on my face eventually! It wasn’t too sticky either so the bits I got in my hair came out easily. The mask had a very powerful cooling effect on my face. At first I was a bit dubious because it was so tingly and I thought I was having an allergic reaction, but once it settled down I found the cold tingle to be quite pleasant and refreshing – it definitely wakes you up! The sachet recommends that you leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, but it wasn’t quite dry after 20 minutes, so I left it on for an extra 10 before peeling it off. I always enjoy peeling masks off for some strange reason, and I challenge myself to see whether I can get it all off in one piece, and I pretty much succeeded with this one! (Tip: The ghost face you’re left with can be quite amusing to scare people with haha). There was a lot of dead skin left on the mask when I peeled it off so it obviously does its job, which is all you can ask really! Definitely top marks for this stage.
Next step was the moisturiser. There was far too much in the sachet for one application (I think I used about half of it), but it’s a great quality moisturiser – not too greasy, smells gorgeous (almost minty) and very softening. I almost wish you could buy a big bottle of it as I’d probably invest in some!
I really liked the T-Zone Peel Off mask overall. It’s definitely more fun than the clay ones, and a lot easier to remove, but it didn’t leave my skin as soft as the clay masks do. I’d still use it again though as a quick fix, or to wake me up! If you want to try any Montagne Jeunesse skin care products, you can buy them online, or in ASDA, for £1.49 per sachet (RRP).
PS. Don’t forget that Montagne Jeunesse are animal friendly too! All of their products are vegetarian and approved by BUAV, PETA and the Vegetarian Society, which is one of the reasons I absolutely love this brand
This is the third review in my series of Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes reviews, and today I’ll be featuring the Break-Out Mask!
Like most of the Skin Heroes range, the Break-Out Mask comes in a sachet containing two different products. Stage 1 is the green tinged ‘Cleansing Mud Mask’ (Left), and Stage 2 is the ‘Rapid Action Moisturiser’ (Right).
What hit me first about this mask when I tore open the sachet was the scent. The Tea Tree and Willowherb smell gorgeously refreshing, almost minty, and are both present due to their calming and soothing properties – exactly what you want from a mask which is meant to reduce break-outs!
As the instructions suggest, I washed and cleansed my face before applying the mask. Once again, I found the sachet contained too much mask for one application… I must have a freakishly tiny face! Either that or Montagne Jeunesse are very generous. The mask felt nice and creamy and smoothed on so easily, although I did get a bit messy with blobs of mask in my hair and all over my hands! I left the mask on for 15 minutes, and took the opportunity to pose for some photos with one of my cats, Moth.
She doesn’t look amused does she? haha. She approves of Montagne Jeunesse products really though, as they’re all vegetarian and animal friendly! Approved by the Vegetarian Society, BUAV and PETA
The mask had a cooling effect on my skin and felt slightly tingly, but not uncomfortably so. After 10 minutes, as it dried, it got quite stiff and started to crack. I was worried it would be difficult to get off because of that, but as soon as I wet it it went creamy again. Having said that, it did take a while to get off, but after some persistence with a wet flannel my face was left squeaky clean.
I was very pleased with the results after using this mask. I’ve experienced redness, soreness and tightness after using other mud masks in the past, but other than a fresh, tingly feeling, my face looked and felt fine. The Rapid Action Moisturiser was a lovely consistency too and settled the tingling down, leaving me with baby soft skin.
This is my favourite Skin Heroes product so far and I would definitely use it again. If you’d like to try this mask, or any other Montagne Jeunesse skin care products, you can buy them on their website or in ASDA, for just £1.49 (RRP) per sachet. Trust me – they’re well worth it for a little pampering session!
It’s a bit overdue but my second Montagne Jeunesse review is about their De-Clog Nose Strips, which are part of the new Skin Heroes range of skin care products.
Each sachet contains three individually wrapped nose strips which ‘contain natural citrus to draw out deep-rooted impurities for cleaner, less visible pores on and around the nose’, the natural citrus in question being ‘Pressed Orange Blossom’. The sachet suggests that you use one strip no more than three times a week, so for £1.49 you get a weeks worth of strips which isn’t bad.
The instructions for use are very simple and easy to follow. Basically, all you need to do is wet your nose (before you apply your make up or after you remove it, I’d say) and apply the smooth side of the strip to your nose. Then, after 10-15 minutes, peel off the strip and you’re done! The strip can get a bit stiff as it dries so I’d suggest wetting it before you peel it off so it doesn’t tug, and definitely don’t pull it hard or it’ll hurt!
I’ve used two of the three strips so far and I’ll be using the third over the weekend. The first strip I used I left on for too long which was a big mistake as it started to feel really uncomfortable and when I took it off my nose was really itchy and sore. I was a bit dubious about the strips after that but the second one I used gave much better results! I left it on for just 10 minutes so it didn’t have a chance to completely dry out. It peeled off easily and took quite a lot of dirt with it, which is brilliant because it shows they do exactly what they say on the tin! I think the lesson is take notice of the packet – the product works if you follow the instructions properly
I like these nose strips. I’ve used nose strips in the past which have made no difference whatsoever but these are already showing results – my pores are noticeably smaller already. Also, Montagne Jeunesse products are all vegetarian friendly and not tested on animals which makes me a very happy bunny indeed.
If you fancy picking some of these up, you can get them from ASDA or Montagne Jeunesse’s website! Will you be trying them?
As I mentioned here, this morning I received my package of Skin Heroes products from Montagne Jeunesse, and since I’m having a Friday night in, I thought I’d treat myself to a little pamper session using one of the masks! The first mask I’ll be reviewing is the Dry Skin Mask. According to the packaging, the mask combines Raspberries, Blueberries and Red Grapes which ‘are high in anti-oxidants that protect and replenish’. One thing I love about Montagne Jeunesse is that their skin care products are full of natural ingredients where possible, which are delicate on the skin – great for someone like me with sensitive skin! They’re also vegetarian friendly which is an added bonus.
The Dry Skin Mask comes in a sachet containing two products – 15g of Ultra Moisturising Mask (Left), and 3g of Rehydrating Skin Serum (Right).
The instructions for use are as follows…
Firstly, submerge skin in this creamy souffle and let the super fruits explode into action.
So this is what I did! After removing my make up and washing my face, I applied the mask liberally to dry skin and left it to work its magic for a good 15-20 minutes, as the packaging suggests! There was a generous amount of mask in the sachet for one application – I smothered it on and was still left with some excess. The mask smells a bit like fruit yoghurt which is lovely, but I found it also had a slight whiff of something else, I’m not sure what, but it wasn’t too nice. Luckily that subsided after a while!
As the mask dried it felt refreshingly cooling, and didn’t go tight and crumbly like a lot of masks do. When it came to removing the mask, it came off easily with warm water and a flannel. I patted my face dry with a clean towel and moved onto to step two, which helps you to…
rehydrate with this follow on serum of crushed Blueberries and pulped Raspberries, an anti-oxidant frenzy.
Initially, I didn’t think the 3g of serum would be enough to moisturise my face with, but it is so rich it was almost too much! It took a while to fully massage in but I got there eventually. The skin on my face usually gets very dry and itchy when I use face masks, so I was worried that this would do the same despite its claims, but I was proved very wrong. The combination of moisturising mask and hydrating serum left my skin feeling soft without feeling taught or greasy – just what you want from a mask! These masks cost £1.49 each in ASDA or on the Skin Heroes website and are definitely worth it – the perfect Friday night treat!
Look out for my next Montagne Jeunesse review, coming soon!
This past week I’ve treated myself to a few pretty dresses ready for late Spring/Summer, and all of them have been fantastic bargains!
The first dress I bought was a mustard and black belted skater style dress from Chiara Fashion. It cost £4.95 (plus p+p) in the sale.
I don’t usually wear yellow but this is a really lovely shade and, as an added bonus, I even have a nail varnish which is a perfect match!
This second dress was from Primark and cost just £3 in the sale! I swear Primark put some of their stock straight into the sale without trying to sell it full price first as I’d never seen this before, but hey, I’m not complaining! I think the button detail is really cute and the colours really stand out. The dress is even shaped at the breast and slightly fitted at the waist for a flattering fit.
My last purchase is my absolute favourite and the most expensive at £10 from Asda. I adore purple and bright colours and this dress was just made for me – it’s just so pretty! It is a similar cut to the Primark dress above and is made of light cotton, which is perfect for warm days. I may dress this with leggings and a shrug tomorrow though as I can’t wait to wear it.
And of course, here’s an obligatory changing room shot…
Which dress do you like best? Have you started your summer dress shopping yet?