Friday, 14 March 2014

Loreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

I know I've arrived ridiculously late to this party but better late than never right?


Micellar waters have been hot property in beauty circles for a while now with lots of bloggers swearing by them. For whatever the reason it has taken me until now for me to find out what all the fuss is about. 

I spotted the Loreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution on offer in my local supermarket and thought I'd give it a go. Micellar waters offer a gentle alternative to make up removal and with a sweep of a cotton wool pad promise to dissolve make up, unblock pores and remove impurities from the skin. 

I have to be honest I didn't expect to love this product as much as I do but I am really impressed with it. This clever little water removes my thick liquid liner and lashings of mascara without any problems whatsoever. After 2 weeks of using this each night to remove my eye make up I can safely say I am well and truly on the band wagon. I havn't used this on my skin as I'm too devoted to my Avene Gentle Cleanser but I'm pretty sure you can use this to remove all make up you may be wearing, not just eye make up.

If you've been thinking about dipping your toe into the world of Micellar waters I think the Loreal Solution is a good place to start. Unlike some of the more popular waters that can be a little pricey this is an affordable water that works a treat. 

I am intrigued by the likes of Bioderma H20, Avene and La Roche Posay Micellar Waters and would be interested to see how they compare to Loreal's offering. 

What do you think about Micellar Waters? Do you have a favourite?

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

26

This week saw the arrival of my 26th birthday. I've had such a wonderful week filled with lots of food, laughs and fabulous presents. 


I'm feeling excited for 26th year - I have lots of plans and aspirations I want to work towards. My birthday started with a rather wonderful gift from Craig on Thursday morning - an iPad Mini! I've wanted one for ages buts its always been one of those things I struggled to justify because I didn't really need one. Needless to say I love it and would love any app recommendations? I've been toying with the idea of getting a couple of magazine subscriptions on there too - again any recommendations would be fab.


I then headed off to work and was surprised by my lovely team with bunting and banners decorating my desk. We also had what can only be described as a feast for the entire team to gorge graze on throughout the day. I provided a Malteser cake which looked rather delightful and went down a storm. It certainly made working on my birthday more bearable and to round the day off I was given some really sweet gifts from my co workers along with some beautiful flowers.


After work I headed home only to be surprised by a few more little gifts from Craig - a complete yoga kit and a pretty iPad case. As if I wasn't feeling spoilt enough we then headed out for a curry with friends. I opted for Lamb Dopiaza with Rice and an obscene amount of poppadoms to start with.


Karen provided dessert with one of my favourite treats - bannoffee pie! I must confess after all of the food I consumed throughout the day I only managed a couple of mouthfuls but it was absolutely divine!

Feeling happy and content and absolutely stuffed we arrived home and fell straight into a deep and peaceful sleep. I feel truly lucky and blessed to have such amazing people in my life and look forward to becoming the best version of me in my 26th year. 

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

01.01.2014.

First things first Happy New Year! Heres to a happy, healthy and prosperous new year for us all. 

I feel like is only right to welcome in the New Year on my blog. I do love all of the hope and endless possibility a New Year brings. A fresh start, the feeling that you can embark on new goals and challenges. Wipe the slate clean of the worries of the past year and go forward into the new year with a positive outlook and the idea that anything is possible.

I've seen a lot of people reflecting on 2013 and what it meant to them but I want to look forward to 2014 and share some of my goals with you. I'm not one for resolutions anymore but do like to think about the goals I'd like to achieve in the coming year. 



This year I would most certainly like to travel more and explore new places. I'd love to finally get to visit Paris for my birthday in March, and hopefully get a little sun in the summer. I've wanted to visit Greece for a while now and really hope that this is the year I finally get to see the real thing instead of  looking longingly at photos on tumblr. In an ideal world I would also love to go on a short winter break somewhere magical in December but lets keep this realistic ;)


Naturally this year I want to start taking better care of myself. Over the last few months other than yoga I have been doing very little in terms of activity. I want to make sure I'm looking after myself properly by eating well, stressing less, getting enough sleep, water and exercise. I also want to carry on with my yoga (something which I've found a real passion for) and continue to better myself and practice daily. Dancer pose I will own you! I've already made a start on all of these things after the excess of Christmas but want to make a real effort to commit to a few lifestyle changes. 


This year I want to continue pursuing creative hobbies that make me happy. I learnt to crochet at the tail end of last year and want to start a couple of little projects in the coming months. I also want to learn to knit eventually - theres just something very therapeutic and rewarding about the whole thing. I also want to make more time for other things I love such as playing the piano, reading, photography and blogging itself. I decided a while ago to stop putting myself under so much pressure to blog. I live an extremely busy life and often felt like my blog was getting left behind as I just didn't have enough time to post regularly. Gone are my student days where I could post multiple times a week. I often felt really guilty about this and put myself under unnecessary pressure. Trying to juggle everything is hard and I decided to let all of that go and just focus on blogging whenever I can about whatever takes my fancy. 

I have several other goals but these are the main things I want to work towards this year. The end of this month will mark Kelanjo's fifth blog anniversary - something which I'm incredibly proud of. Thanks for sticking with me and here's to the next five years. 

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Monday, 2 December 2013

November Favourites


Can you believe we're in December? Where on earth has this year gone? I cant deny that I'm ridiculously excited that Christmas is almost here. It is without a doubt my favourite time of year. Sadly though it isn't my skin's favourite time of year and thats why this months favourites features a lot of moisturising products.


This Rose and Pistachio Body Butter from Sanctuary is beyond gorgeous. It smells absolutely incredible. I was looking for something a little bit different to my normal offerings from Soap and Glory and when I spotted this in Boots I was first drawn to the lovely packaging. This is a delightfully thick moisturising butter that sinks into the skin and feels incredibly decadent. This is genuinely one of the nicest fragranced products I've ever used and I will definitely be repurchasing.


This body scrub is from the same range as the body butter. This Black Pepper and Ginger body scrub has the same scent as the body butter and is perfect to use in the shower before lathering on the body butter.


I picked up this Garnier Beauty Oil in Asda on a bit of a whim. Oh my goodness this smells amazing. I don't have too much experience with body oils but this one seems really nice. I like that it has a pump to avoid too much mess and I just love the scent. I think this would be really nice to use on freshly tanned skin in the summer.


I've wanted to get my hands on this perfume for a while now. Next London is an exact dupe for the Chloe perfume (it honestly smells EXACTLY the same) I love the packaging and the price tag. This is only £8 a bottle which I think is fantastic. I think that this would make a really nice stocking filler for someone for Christmas.


Next up is this cute make up bag from Primark. I've needed a new one for a while but finding one the right size has proved difficult. This one is the perfect size to fit all of my most used products in place. Who doesn't love a tacky make up bag? 


Apologies in advance for the quite frankly appalling state of my nails. The acryllics are well and truly off after 10 months on having them. The worst thing imaginable happened. I caught one of the acryllics in the car door and it took half of my own nail with it. I had them taken off straight away and I fear that love affair will be over forever. I now have to make do with my own ruined nails and console myself with copious amounts of nail polish. This one is my current favourite. Mary Mary Quite Contrary is a wonderful shade - akin to Models Own Utopia this is a really flattering grey shade with lilac undertones. It lasts nicely and is easy to apply. 


Last but not least this isn't technically a favourite as I only bought it this weekend. I'm not usually a fan of products that have a really strong rose scent but this heavy duty hand cream called to me this weekend whilst I was buying Christmas presents in the Body Shop. The packaging is really pretty and I can just tell that this is going to be a lovely hand cream.

What are your current favourites? 


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Sunday, 24 November 2013

My lovely new ToyWatch


Theres just something I love about skeleton watches. I think it has a lot to do with the exposed mechanisms and the old fashioned vibe they kick off.




A few weeks ago I got my hands on the perfect specimen from ToyWatch*. I've wanted a skeleton watch for a really long time and when I saw this I knew it was the one. This is the Toy 2 Fly White and Gold Skeleton Watch and its an absolute beauty.



I absolutely love it and I've received so many compliments about it. Its a stunning timepiece and I love to watch each tiny little mechanism working away. Its so beautifully made and I love that its so unique and different.

I'd love to get Craig the black and silver version for Christmas as he's always had a bit of a penchant for skeleton watches too! I'd better speak to Santa nicely ;)

Do you love skeleton watches as much as I do?


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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Cosy

Autumn is always a welcome arrival for me. The leaves change colour, the light turns golden and there's a crispness in the air that I simply adore. It is hands down my favourite season, and along with the winter wardrobe and black boots comes out the autumnal candles, fleecy throws and hot chocolates.

I love making the little changes in my home to reflect the seasons and wanted to share a few of my favourite touches from around the house.


Sweet berries and patchouli candle from Primark

I also like to change up my cushions with the different seasons. Its one of the easiest ways to switch up the vibe in your front room/bedroom. Spring and Summer are all about pretty pastels and florals - Autumn and Winter are all about the deep reds and greys. I love anything with deer/stags on (I have an amazing Stag's head in the front room I bought last year in Matalan) and the cushion below is no exception.




Squirrel Cushion - Next (old)
Shakespeare Cushion - Next
Stag Cushion - Matalan (old)

I finally cleared off my dressing table and added some really old star fairy lights from Ikea around the mirror which look super pretty. I also finally found the perfect stool from Out There Interiors* It goes perfectly with my dressing table, was really easy to assemble and feels really sturdy. Out There interiors have some really beautiful and unique pieces and are worth checking out if you're looking for something different for your home.



One of my absolute favourite little changes is autumnal bedding. I love Primark's winter bedding and have my eye on a set similar to the christmas bedding I got from there last year. 
When I saw this bedding in Next though I knew I had to have it. I'm loving tartan at the moment, so much so I even bought the matching snuggly throw to go with it. The bedding is so gorgeous and has a cute stipe pattern on the opposite side. I didn't realise when I bought it that you actually get 2 duvet sets with slightly different patterns which was a bonus!




Duvet - Next
Throw - Next


Last but not least I've whipped out my old favourite hot water bottle. Perfect for ensuring maximum toastiness on cold and windy nights.

Do you change your home according to the seasons? As you can see my favourite places for homewares are Primark, Next and Matalan. Where are yours?

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Monday, 7 October 2013

Jay Z Magna Carter World Tour


This weekend I was given the most amazing opportunity to go and see Jay Z on his Magna Carter World Tour in Manchester. The MEN Arena has been taken over and is now the Phones4U Arena and myself along with some other fabulous bloggers were invited along as part of the Project Upgrade Campaign. I didn't take my big camera with me but I did manage to take a few snaps on my phone that I wanted to share with you.

Myself, Nicola, Victoria and Gemma decided to make a night of it and booked an apartment so we could stay over for the night. It was amazing to be reunited with two of my oldest blogging friends and I was so happy to finally meet Victoria who before this weekend I have never met. She is the loveliest girl and I have lots of love for her! 

Photo Credit: Gemma

The apartment was gorgeous - Nicola took care of the booking and she picked a good 'un. We went with Blue Rainbow Apartments and the apartment was nicely furnished and really big (although the heating was on full whack all the time)


Photo Credit: Victoria

After having a vanilla vodka or two at the apartment we headed over to the arena, we were so lucky and were seated only 3 rows from the stage. It was incredible. Jay Z put on an amazing show and I had a really really amazing time! We went out with some other lovely bloggers afterwards for a few drinks, and headed back to the apartment after a few vodkas tired but happy.


Photo Credit: Gemma

Huge thanks to Phones4U for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I will remember it forever! 


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