Saturday, 27 August 2016

Great Ways to Earn Some Spending Money/Vouchers - Surveys

I find survey sites are a good way of earning cash or gift vouchers, so you can treat yourself throughout the year. As well as cash or vouchers you sometimes receive free products to test and review as well.  I have been paid on all the survey sites below, so if you have any spare time and want to collect points for cash or vouchers its worth joining these sites:
Ways to Earn Money - Surveys
Valued Opinions - This is a really good site and you can build up your points fairly quickly.  You need to have at least £10.50 saved up to get a £10 voucher (there is a 50p admin fee) and you can get Boots, Topshop & Sainburys vouchers to name a few. Amazon is also included but you need £15.50 saved for a £15 voucher.  
If you would like me to refer you, please leave a comment with your email address (I get a credit for the 1st 5 referrals who sign up and complete a survey).

MySurvey - You can earn points to receive vouchers from the likes of Amazon, M&S, iTunes or have money paid into Paypal.  This is a good site if you go on regularly and it's easy to build up points on.  Different offers on the site mean that depending on the brand you choose you may need to use more points for the same value voucher so please check the different options before claiming your voucher.

Opinionbar - This site pays cash and you need to earn at least £10 and it pays direct into your bank account.  Generally each survey is worth £1 although you only earn about 10p if you are not eligible.  

GlobalTestMarket - This is an American site but I've had no problems with them paying out.  This used to pay out cash but now has a variety of options available such as Amazon, Debenhams and Paypal. You do need to earn 1000 points to earn vouchers but can get approx £25 in vouchers subject to which brands you choose.  
Leave me a comment with your email address if you would like me to refer you. I get 20 points per referral.

justtheanswer - This survey site needs 500 points to earn a £5 Amazon voucher. Again I've found that the points add up easily on this site.

I-Say (previously Ipsos Access Panels) - You need to collect 1380 points for a £10 voucher from Amazon, iTunes or a couple of vouchers that can be used in a number of high street shops. Leave me a comment with your email address if you would like me to refer you (I receive 100 points when you complete your first survey and you are entered into a prize draw).

newvista - You need to get 5000 points and will be sent a £50 cheque.  There are quite a few surveys sent but I don't always have time to complete them.

OnePoll - These surveys are really short and pay out anything from 10p onwards. You do get a fair few surveys every week, but they only pay out once you have earned £40 so it can take ages.  Payment is via BACs or Paypal.  If you want to be referred, then please leave your email address in the comments section (I earn 50p per referral once the first survey has been completed).

If you know of any other survey sites worth joining, please let me know. 

I have included a link to each site in the name or if you prefer I can refer you for some of the sites (I have mentioned if I get any incentive).  I wont post your email in the comments section. The links that I have included are not referral links.

If you are looking for ways to earn a little bit extra then this is one way of doing it.  If you have the time and patience you should be able to get payouts on a regular basis.

 I am not being paid for this post

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir

I have used various lavender sleep aids in the form of roll-on oils and pillow sprays, but I have never come across a hair spray that helps aid sleep.  I came across This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir as I received a sample in a beauty box that I purchased and I was happy to give it a go. 

This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir

It’s a motion activated 2-in-1 overnight hair treatment that can help to encourage healthy sleep patterns and also help with unruly hair.  It uses 100% natural essential oils which help to give you a good nights sleep with the added plus of softer, shinier hair.

I don’t suffer from insomnia, but I do find it hard to relax on a night, so it does take me a while to fall asleep and I also have curly hair, so often wake up looking like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards, so this product seemed well suited to my needs.

You spray it directly onto hair just before going to bed (it can be applied to wet or dry hair).  What I like most about this product, is that you spray it around your head, so it has the effect of a cloud of lavender around you, which means it’s easy to breathe in to aid relaxation.   With pillow sprays and roll-on oils, I sometimes find that I cannot even smell the product, so it’s nice to get a big whiff of lavender as you spray the product in your hair and the fragrance sticks around for a while.

I did find that it helps me relax on a night and when I wake up my hair looks less like a birds nest, but seeing as how thick and curly my hair is I would not expect miracles in that department.  This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir costs £25 for 80ml.


I bought this product with my own money

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sundari Omega 3 and Mandarin Lip Treatment and Healing Neem Hand Oil

I first came across Sundari on one of my visits to Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall.  Sundari means a beautiful woman in Sanskrit and the company has created a collection of anti-aging skincare products formulated with organic ingredients wherever possible.  They do not use synthetic fragrances or dyes and Sundari does not test on animals.

I have been using the Omega 3 and Mandarin Lip Treatment and I have to say this lip balm has really helped to improve my dry, chapped lips.  The easy-squeeze tube makes it easy to apply on the go and keeps things hygienic.  It doesn’t feel sticky on the lips and almost instantly makes them feel wonderfully moisturised.  The Sundari Omega 3 and Mandarin Lip Treatment is formulated with beeswax and has a subtle scent from the addition of natural mandarin oil. 

The Sundari Healing Neem Hand Oil is an alternative to hand creams.  This roll-on dry oil is perfect for keeping in my drawer at work, so that I can pull it out whenever my hands are feeling rough or dry.  It contains natural plant oils which gives the oil a lovely soft citrus scent.  The oil itself is not thick and greasy and disappears straight into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue that smears onto everything you touch.  The roll-on applicator makes this oil so easy to apply, so that there is no wastage or drips.

There are no GMOs, parabens, silicones, animal cruelty, synthetic fragrances or colours and no mineral oil.  Full ingredients for both products can be found on their website here.

You can buy the range at Serenity Spa and Feel Unique currently has 20 - 50% off Sundari products.

Have you ever tried any Sundari Products.


I bought these products with my own money

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

China Glaze Ever Glaze Extended Wear Nail Polish

I have recently been trying out the Ever Glaze Extended Wear Nail Polish* from China Glaze and I have to say that I have been impressed with it so far.  I am currently wearing the neon pink Will You Be Mine (which is much brighter than the photo below shows) and aside from absolutely loving the colour which is perfect for summer,  I have been very happy with it in other ways.  

First of all it only takes 2 coats for full coverage, with absolutely no streaks and it dries really quickly, which is really important to me as I often find that I can’t sit still long enough to let my nail polish dry properly and inevitably end up smearing at least 1 nail.  It also stays chip free for a good number of days.  The ends of my nails are quite weak and flake all the time, so I usually find most nail polishes chip quite badly even on the first day.  Aside from a few very minor chips, this polish has held up very well on my nails and any chips can be covered very quickly with a new coat of polish.  Considering, on the first day of wearing the polish I went to the gym, went horse riding and then showered and washed my hair, I would say that’s a challenge for any nail polish and this one more than met that challenge.
China Glaze Ever Glaze Extended Wear Nail Polish

I have also tried the lovely dark silver with glitter called My Slate which again only required 2 coats and dried quickly.  I should point out that I didn’t bother with a top coat on these polishes, as I wanted to test them out to the max.  The wine coloured I'm Not Bordeaux requires 2 coats and dried really quickly.  I usually have problems applying dark colours, but the shorter brush means that I can apply this polish easily. The dark purple is called Fig-Ure It Out, and also only requires 2 coats for full coverage and has a high shine even without a top coat.
China Glaze Ever Glaze Extended Wear Nail Polish
You can buy the Ever Glaze nail polishes from Sally Express and they are £8.99 (currently on a 3 for 2 offer).  One point to note, is that the brush is shorter than a lot of the brushes on other polishes which I thought would make it difficult to apply the polish, but I actually found the brush easy to control as it was a little stiffer than the longer brushes.

The Ever Glaze range is a cross between a lacquer and gel, that gives gel like results without the hassle of curing and removing the polish (this polish is easy to remove using acetone or non-acetone based remover).  The polish can deliver up to 10 days of gel-like shine (with the use of the Active Top Coat which I haven’t tried).  I have to say that it’s unlikely that the polish would last 10 days on my nails, due to the condition of my nails and also the level of activity that they would be put through, but I never keep polish on for more than 5 days at a time anyway, so that’s not an issue for me.  There are loads of colours and finishes to  choose from at a reasonable price, so I am very happy to add China Glaze Ever Glaze Extended Wear Nail Polish to my collection.


*I was sent these products to review but the opinions are my own

Saturday, 13 August 2016

L’Occitane Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil

I am always looking to improve the condition of my nails as they are quite soft and flake all the time.  I would love to have long, strong nails, but it takes a lot of work to achieve that.  I love L’Occitane Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil as it’s so easy to use and carry around.  I keep it in my work bag, so that I can apply it every day, no excuses.
 L’Occitane Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil

L’Occitane Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil helps to soften cuticles and strengthen nails and contains 30% shea oil.   It comes in a small tube with a brush at the end.  Simply squeeze the tube gently to get some of the product onto the brush and then apply to the nails and massage into your nails and cuticles.  The brush application ensures that you can apply the correct amount of product onto the nail with no wastage. 
 L’Occitane Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil

The ingredients include Sweet Almond Oil,  Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil and Castor Seed Oil and costs £12 for 7.5ml.


I bought this product with my own money

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Kiehl's Skincare Products

I recently participated in a #Kiehlsblogs twitter chat. It was great discussing my skin issues with Kiehl's providing recommendations about which products would be suitable for my skin.  At the end of the chat I was given the chance to have some Kiehl's products sent to me to try out which had been picked based on my answers to questions about my skin that had been asked throughout the chat.  I thought this was really great as they asked relevant questions throughout the chat and gave recommendations, but I certainly wasn't expecting them to give me a chance to try out some of the products.

I've always been a fan of Kiehl's and I do love their product range so getting the chance to try these products was great.

These are the products I received.
Kiehl's Skincare Products
Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate* - This is a night treatment which visibly reduces puffiness and diminishes the appearance of fine lines. You just dispense 2 drops of the eye treatment onto your fingertips and gently pat under your eyes and along the orbital bone.  I really like Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate, it's easy to apply and sinks in really quickly. It's a very light cream and it's easy to get the right amount of product dispensed so that you don't waste any of it.  It also has a nice light fragrance. I have quite puffy skin under my eyes so this is a great product that works overnight and helps minimise the puffiness.  It costs £25.50 for 15ml and is paraben free, fragrance free & mineral oil free. 
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate
Ultra Facial Moisturizer* - This is a facial moisturiser that can be used daily to moisturise and hydrate your skin. It doesn't have an SPF (although there is a version of this moisturiser with SPF included).  It's a lightweight cream which sinks into my skin quickly and doesn't leave it greasy.  I don't have any dry areas when I use this moisturiser and it keeps my skin moisturised all day.  I really like this moisturiser, it's a great addition to my skincare routine.  It comes in 3 different sizes costing between £15.50 - £34.

Lip Balm #1* - I love this lip balm, it's one of my favourites as it helps protect and soothe dry lips.  You apply it liberally to lips and let it work its magic.  It really makes my lips soft and smooth which is great as especially in cold weather my lips do get really dry, so this is a great product to pop into my handbag to apply regularly.  This product costs £9.50 for 15mls.

Daily Reviving Concentrate* - This was an interesting product as it needs to be used after serum and before moisturiser, so I was interested to find out if this extra step to my regime was worthwhile.  It's a lightweight facial oil and you only need 2 - 3 drops to massage onto your face to perk up your skin.   It literally takes 15 seconds to apply this to your face and massage it into your skin, so it's well worth adding into your morning routine.  It smells absolutely gorgeous as well.  This product costs £37 for 30ml.  It's paraben free, 100% natural origin & mineral oil free. 
Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate
I have really enjoyed using these Kiehl's skincare products and will definitely keep using them in my daily skincare routine.

I love that Kiehl's has a Recycle and Be Rewarded Programme where you can return your empty products and receive free products.  You collect stamps for each empty bottle you return and receive a free lip balm with 3 stamps, a free 250ml product with 5 more stamps and another 250ml product with 5 more stamps.

What Kiehl's products do you love?


*I was sent these product to review but the opinions are my own

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Topshop Jewellery Haul

I must admit that I rarely shop in Topshop. It's not that I don't like it, I just don't often get the chance to pop into one of their stores.  When I visited London a couple of weeks ago I couldn't resist having a look around the Oxford Circus branch as it's massive. There were loads of great items that I was tempted to buy, but I didn't want to carry loads of stuff around London with me as I was only there for the day.  I did buy a few things though as I couldn't resist these rings when I saw them.
Topshop Jewellery Haul
I really liked these faux gold rings.  I just liked the look of them and I don't have anything like them.  They were only £7 which I thought was a good price. 
Topshop Jewellery Haul
I loved this ring.  Again I don't have anything like it and I thought it looked way more expensive then £6.  
Topshop Jewellery Haul
Finally, I bought these 3 silver rings.  I really only wanted the top ring as it reminded me of a ring I had seen in Michael Kors.  These rings cost £10.

I was really pleased with my purchases at Topshop. I could have bought much more.  I think these were all a great prices and I could wear them for any occasion.

What do you look out for in Topshop?


I bought these products with my own money