Clean & Clear | Budget Skincare.

Friday, November 27, 2015

If you read my haircare post here, you will know that I am a complete slut when it comes to shampoo/conditioner, well it gets even worse. I'm also a skincare slut. Yes, that's right. I'm a double whammy slut. Hey, we can't win em' all. 

I've been suffering with my skin for a while now, I don't get blackheads, just those red, angry giant suckers that won't f*** off, I also have an oily chin, which aint' pretty. I ran out of my precious Liz Earle Cleanser which is never a good day, and I needed to pick something asap, so I "nipped" to Boots, who ever nips to Boots? No girl ever, that's who. That's when I noticed these bargain-ess gems!

Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Wash 150ml // Link // £3.15
Honestly, the best budget face wash i've ever used! I use this every morning and on the evenings when I have a shower. It has a really nice smell and the consistency is lovely, not too thick but still creamy. I use it mainly on my chin, around my nose and forehead and it leaves my skin feeling SO soft. It doesn't dry it out at all and my skin always has a nice, clean & fresh feel. 
The packaging is pretty basic, and cheap but what do people want for £3.15, seriously? It does the job!

Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion For Sensitive Skin 200ml // Link // £3.15
I spotted this next to the cleanser and thought it was worth giving a go! This is used to gently cleanse the skin but effectively remove everyday build-up of oil, grease and dirt. As sick as it sounds, I really enjoy after i've taken my makeup off, and I go over my face with this toner and I can see all the crap come off on the cotton pad, it's sickly satisfying. Just me?? 
One word of warning with this, do NOT put it too close to your eyes, it makes them water like a bitch! However, it makes your face feel funky fresh and so clean. It can also (on my skin anyway) be quite drying. So be sure to follow it up with a moisturiser! 
The packaging on this is again, you get what you pay for, it's cheap and does the job. I will tell ya though', the lid can sometimes be a right bugger to open! You need to get your nail right under the lid and pull. I always have a fear of my nail flinging off with the lid..worst case scenario obviously!

I would honestly recommend these products to anyone! They are such good value for money, I can't believe how cheap they are!

What is your current go-to skincare? Have you tried Clean & Clear? 

20 Festive Blog Posts Ideas.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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I don't know about you, but I can find it really hard to come up with blog post ideas, especially around Christmas. There are so many posts I WANT to do, but actually sitting down and doing them is a complete different story. I also tend to do the same posts every year, lacking creativity and I get slightly bored of writing them. This year I decided to plan ahead when it came to Christmas posts and I wrote them all down in my notebook, so I thought i'd share the list & hopefully share some inspiration. 

1. Christmas markets (what you liked, ate and your favourite local market).
2. Christmas favourites (Film, song..).
3. Favourite Christmas decorations.
4. Christmas Baking.
5. D.I.Y or craft posts.
6. Christmas traditions.
7. How you decorate your home at Christmas.
8. Gift guides.
9. Stocking fillers.
10. Christmas wishlist.
11. Favourite Christmas jumpers.
12. Go-to festive makeup.
13. Your Christmas morning routine.
14. Christmas party outfit ideas.
15. Best of the Christmas pre-sales.
16. Top 5 lipsticks for the festive season.
17. Top beauty advent calendars.
18. D.I.Y hot chocolate recipe.
19. Christmas hamper ideas.
20. Secret Santa gifts for under £10.

I hope this list has helped give you some ideas or inspiration for Christmas blog posts! I'd love to know what you'll be blogging about in December. What are your favourite festive posts? 

Gift Guide | For The Book Lover.

Monday, November 23, 2015
Gift Guide | Book Lover

Gift Guide | Book Lover by rachael-b92 featuring scented candles

My name is Rachael, and I am a book lover. I mean..the extreme. I have always read and it is honestly my favourite hobby. I love nothing more than get cosy with a good book and losing myself for hours, in someone else's story. I thought I would put together a list of the perfect gifts for book lovers.

Doodling For Bookworms// Link // £9.99

50 inspiring doodle prompts and creative exercises for literature buffs. Embrace your obsession and show your literary love to paper.  Packed with loads of fun and quirky bookish ideas, this book will help spark your imagination. Providing help to brainstorm and experiment, this notebook is perfect for creative bibliophiles. 

"Go Away I'm Reading" Mug // Link // £9.95

Pretty self explanatory. Who doesn't love a good mug?! The amount of time this mug would have come in useful!

A Christmas Carol Puffin Chalk Edition // Link // £6.99

The perfect Christmas present for the readers who love the classics. How gorgeous is the limited edition cover?!

Old Books Soy Candle // Link // £12.16

The first thing I do when I go into a bookshop, is sniff the books. Strange I know, but I just love the smell. Now there is such a thing as scented candles, that smell like old books!! Now who wouldn't want a present like that?!

"A Room Without Books.." Cushion // Link // £13.99

This is the perfect gift for the home.  It would look great on a comfy chair in your reading area, or on your bed. Wherever you prefer to get cosy with your books.

"Book Lovers Never Go To Bed Alone" Rustic Wood Reading Sign // Link // £5.99

This is another perfect decoration for the home, it would look great hung on wall, or the back of a door. It is handmade in the UK and made with rustic wood & traditional hanging twine. It also includes free delivery!

Do any of these gifts sound up your street? I hope these help give you inspiration for any of your book loving friends or family!

The Festive Candle Edit.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Festive Christmas Candles

Festive Christmas Candles by rachael-b92 featuring gel candles

Christmas is one of my favourite things.
Candles are also one of my favourite things.

Put those together and I can barely contain myself!!! 

I thought i'd put together a little festive post, with all the candles I am currently lusting over & maybe hopefully some candles that might get you in the festive scented room spirit. 
I've found a whole range of scents, with a range of prices. You don't have to take out a loan to have your house smelling lovely. 

Molton Brown Frankincense & AllSpice Single Wick Candle// Link // £36.00
Described as a warming and indulgent festive candle, with notes of AllSpice, Frankincense and Vetiver.

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie// Link // £18.99 
Described as a buttery rich, vanilla scented and holiday sugar cookies. Honestly, what more could a girl want?!

Emma Bridgewater Joy Candle// Link // £18.00
Described as a soft bouquet of velvety red roses, warmed with cloves and cardamom. 

Marks & Spencer Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Large Scented Candle// Link // £19.50
Described as the scent of Christmas, warm winter aromas of spice cinnamon, peppery cloves, nutmeg and zesty sweet mandarin bringing comfort and cheer to cold days and nights.

Next Golden Frankincense Fragranced Candle Jar// Link // £6
Described as a festive blend of eastern spices, opulent saffron and golden frankincense. 

John Lewis Winter Spice Gel Candle // Link // £22.00
Described as containing a festive blend of spicy cinnamon, clove and zesty orange, combined with warm exotic spices and sumptuous sandalwood.

I literally want all of these candles!! Do any sound perfect for you? 

Current Loves #1

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Favourite Thing I've Watched: Doctor Who!!! Aaron & I have started watching the show again, back from when it was revamped with Christopher Eccleston. I started watching the show back in 2005 when it first came back, but stopped after David Tennant left, for obvious reasons. (He's David Tennant! *man crush*) Then a few weeks ago, Aaron decided he wanted to give the show a go, having never watched it before & I was more than happy to oblige. We are currently on season 3 and I am preparing myself for the inevitable, in having to welcome Matt Smith as the Doctor. I'm still not sure how I feel...

Favourite Thing I Have Listened To: Dare I say it..Justin Bieber. Yes i've said it, I am 100% a Belieber! What Do You Mean & Sorry are just..SO good! I literally can't stop listening to them. 
I'm also absolutely loving Little Mix, they are definitely my girl crushes at the minute, that's right..all four of them. Their new album Get Weird is perfection, there isn't a single song I don't love. At the minute "I Won't" is my absolute favourite! 

Favourite Thing I've Done: November has been an amazing month for me so far, i've done so many incredible things. Aaron & I along with our best friends went into Manchester for Aaron's birthday. We headed to Turtle Bay, an incredible Caribbean restaurant, then to The Alchemist for cocktails. I also went to see Alan Carr live with my Mum & he was hilarious! I am huge fan of his and love everything he does. 

I also got my first tattoo which for people who know me, will know how massive that is! Due to my anxiety I am reluctant to try new things, especially things that may hurt or are permanent. I plan to do a post on it & give you a peek at what I got at some point soon!

I am also heading to Bruges next weekend with my Mum for the Christmas Markets and I am so excited!!!! I have lots of blog posts planned and would love any recommendations you may have for me.

Favourite Website: Hands down..Pinterest. I love this website so much! As it is coming up to Christmas I am always on the hunt for creative ideas and home decor inspiration. Pinterest is the first place I go for all of these. You can find my Pinterest here.

Favourite People: As cliche as it sounds, and trust does..the blogging community. I've honestly met/spoke to some amazing girls. They are so supportive and encouraging. I took part in a blogging chat this week & I just realised how lucky I am to be part of such an amazing thing. 

Nourishing Hair Care Duo | Herbal Essences.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My hair is the bane of my life. When it's long, I want it short. When it's short, I want it long. My hair can never win. Poor hair.

One thing I do like about my hair is the fact that it is in pretty good condition, i've never dyed it and I don't have any split ends! I very, very rarely use heat on my hair and when I do, I use a lot of heat protecting products. I also apply coconut oil & Moroccan oil on a regular basis to keep it in tip-top condition!

 The only thing that really bugs me about my hair is the fact that because it is so thick and curly, it can feel really dry and damaged so I am always on the lookout for the perfect hair products.

I'm a bit of a slut when it comes to shampoos & conditioners. I use one, bin it and then move onto the next best thing. I don't tend to stay faithful to one particular brand or type of shampoo, I usually just buy what's on offer, watching the pennies and all that!

However one hair brand that has ALWAYS stood out to me and never lets me down is Herbal Essences. I've used so many of their shampoos and conditioners and have loved ever single one. As I was perusing the hair care aisles of my local supermarket I noticed the new addition to the Herbal Essences family "Nourish Me Butter". I word NOURISH jumped out at me straight away and the bottle threw itself in my basket, along with it's nourishing conditioner. 

From the first wash my hair felt softer, smoother and healthier in general, it also helped to detangle my hair, which thanks to the thick curls, can become quite (VERY) knotty. It also smelled incredible, quite creamy with hints of Caramel *YUM*. 

I am really loving using this pairing and it doesn't break that bank (400ml is currently £1.75 at Boots.) I don't see the need to spend a fortune on shampoo & conditioner when you can get the exact same results from a brand that you can pick up at the supermarket. 

Herbal essences has done it again! I think they may have tamed the haircare slut in me..

Which shampoo/conditioner combo are you currently loving or using at the minute? 

Empties #1

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

I think this is the first Empties post I have ever done on FRC! I don't know why, because I use a lot of products! I just never seem to remember to do them, until AFTER i've thrown the packaging away. Typical..

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish | Hot Cloth Cleanser is my ULTIMATE favourite cleanser, it's so gentle and soft on the skin. I use this both morning and night and it leaves my skin feeling and looking amazingly clean and fresh. 

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub is the most delicious thing created. After Pizza..and Chocolate.. It's the most delicious thing, that you can't eat!! Well I suppose you could, but you'd seriously regret it.
I apply this about 2 times a week, all over my body, focusing mainly on the backs of my arms (I get these annoying little bumpy things) and my legs, especially the tops. This product really defines "A little goes a long way". You need hardly any product to get an amazing result. 

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter is yet another amazing smelling product from Soap & Glory! They honestly make the best shower/body/bath products ever. After using this, my whole bathroom smells of almond-y/Vanilla-ry goodness. I'd say it definitely isn't a smell for everyone, my Sister & Mum aren't really a fan, but I love it!

Have you used any of these products? If you have, which is your favourite? 

Beauty Advent Calendars | 2015

Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Beauty Advent Calendars 2015.

Beauty Advent Calendars 2015. by rachael-b92 featuring christmas holiday decor

Christmas is just around the corner (7 weeks on Friday F.Y.I) and now is the time to get planning how you're going to count down to the momentous occasion! There are some cracking advent calendars out at the minute so I thought I would compile a collection of my favourites, from the beauty variety, to suit all budgets These are great for people who aren't a lover of chocolate (these people are crazy!!) or for people who like me, who want the best of both worlds!