Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover

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Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover £2.49

I purchased the Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup remover on a whim. I was browsing in Boots with some points (unfortunately not much cash) to burn when I came across it. I was on the look out for a new product to try and wanted something powerful enough to remove pesky liquid eye liner and lashings of mascara, while being gentle on my eyes. When the pretty hibiscus flower logo caught my eye, I thought "heck why not!"

The thing that intrigued me most about this product was the formula. It's a mixture of oil and water so it naturally separates. In the famous words of L'Oreal "here comes the science bit"..... The heavier substance, the oil, sinks to the bottom of the bottle while the water rises to the top. You need to give the bottle a good shake to activate. Then add a few drops to a cotton pad and gently sweep across the eye area.

I quite liked Botanics eye makeup remover as it did the job. My eyes can be very sensitive when it comes to eye makeup removers. I've found in the past that some are to gentle but don't get rid of eye makeup well enough while others are too harsh and leave my eyes sore. This seems to have struck the right balance of cleansing and caring. The packaging states that it removes waterproof eye makeup which I can't comment on as I don't really wear any. My only gripe is that I found the opening of the bottle too wide, this made it a little tricky to control the amount of product that came out the bottle. I ended up with too much product and a greasy eye area. To be fair it's a minor complaint and wouldn't stop me from re purchasing.

I bought a few other items from the Botanics range that I'm currently road testing, hope to review them soon.

Are you a Botanics fan? Can you recommend other items from the range I could try?

Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo Conditioner & Hair Mask Review

 Morrocan Oil Moisture repair, shampoo, conditioner, hair mask
Morrocan Oil Moisture repair, shampoo, conditioner, hair mask
Morrocan Oil Moisture repair, shampoo, conditioner, hair mask
Moroccan Oil Moisture Repar Shampoo & Conditioner Gift Set £35.50 | Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask £23.50 from Look Fantastic

Beauty experts have been raving about Argan Oil, the Moroccan Oil version in particular for ages. Personally I've been using Moroccan Argan Oil in my hair for months now and can say hand on heart that I love it. It leaves my hair silky and smooth without being overly greasy. I have written a review on it which can read here. I loved it so much I wanted to give a few other items from the range a try.

In recent months I've become interested in introducing products that are more natural into my hair care regime. I'm slightly ashamed to admit it, but I was (and kind of still am) the type of person to buy products without actually reading the labels and checking the ingredient. However having watched several YouTube videos and read multiple blog posts on the ingredients in hair products I began to think again. I'm only beginning to take baby steps on this journey, which lead me to the Moroccan Oil range.

I decided to invest (and I say invest as this stuff really isn't cheap) in the shampoo conditioner and hair mask as I was looking for something that was Sulfate and Paraben free. I've been wearing my hair in extensions and wanted a product that would not strip my hair and the extensions leaving them dry and brittle. I had also experienced some minor breakage, with my own hair, so thought a good nourishing hair mask would be a worth while investment.

As their part of the same range these products all have that warm slightly nutty Argan fragrance that I love. They all have a nice thick texture which I like, as I feel my hair is getting lots of moisture and nourishment. I noticed the difference straight away with the shampoo, usual drug store or high street shampoos leave my hair feeling very squeaky clean, which in my case can lead to breakage. However with the Moroccan Moisture Repair shampoo my hair felt clean minus the squeaky dryness, I believe this was down to the lack of Sulfates and Paraben's. The conditioner I enjoyed using, as it did everything you would expect - moisture and condition. I found it was particularly good at helping to de-tangle any pesky knots. I tend to go for leave in conditioners as they give my hair that added kick of moisture it desperately needs after shampooing. I was a little dubious that the Conditioner would not work as well, I'm pleased to say my concerns were unfounded. It's a great wash out conditioner and my hair felt as moisturised, as when I use my regular leave in conditioner. So I've saved the best until last lets talk about the Hair Mask, it was this baby that I was most excited to try out. I adore a good hair mask, for me they should leave my hair feeling and looking nourished, healthy, moisturised but not overly greasy. This one ticked all the boxes. It was so simple to use, just apply to wet hair, leave in for 7-10 min (I used a wide tooth comb to comb it through my hair, this helped to evenly distribute the product). Then wash out. Easy peasy 1,2,3!

Hair washing for me can be a bit of a chore and can take hours, yes your heard me I said hours. That's including the drying stage as I'm desperately trying to add moisture back into my hair. But with these three products I didn't have that problem I was done and dusted in around 45 min, which in my book is an accomplishment.

Sorry this post was so long, I genuinely enjoyed using Moroccan Moisture Repair shampoo, conditioner and mask, and felt like I had to share it with you. I hope I haven't rambled on too much and you've managed to find my review useful.

I'm looking for other natural hair care products to try, have you guys got any recommendations? Let me know in the comment section.

Music Monday ~ Vanessa Elisha Blur

Vanessa Elisha, blur

Vanessa contacted me a few weeks ago to share her new track Blur. Vanessa, a singer song writing from Australia, describes herself as less Hollywood and more girl next door. That ratable sentiment really comes through on her new song Blur. Blur is written and performed by Vanessa and produced by Jrdn Gxnius.

I heard this track and it reminded me of a slow jam but with a twist. It's got all the silky ooh's and aaah's and the slow Jam Tempo. Vanessa's easy listening voice gives the track a mellow vibe that I really liked.

I played blur over and over while writing this post, and came away feeling like I wanted to hear more from Vanessa Elisha.

I can't wait to see what this talented young lady has to offer next!

Keep in touch with Vanessa Elisha here and on twitter

January Instalife

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Sparkly nails | I "heart" this ring | OOTD | Hubby showing his ninja socks
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Blogging | Serious multitasking sewing, watching Youtube & blogging simultaneously | Yummy treat | Parking ticket - not such a great day
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Really like this nail combo - nude & sparkles | Smoothie for breakfast | check me out with my fur hat | Solange live at XOYO
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The man in the chip shop drew a heart with ketchup-he was trying to chat me up | lazy day makeup | all wrapped up | snow & cosy feet 
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My road looks so pretty | date night drinks | It was a Ruby Woo kinda day | Best meal of the year (so far) at Mango Tree

I'm always looking for new people to follow on Instagram leave your Instagram name in the comment section, so I can check it out. I'm over on Instagram as renee_made, stop by and say hello!  

DIY Inspiration ~ Turban Hats

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I've been  feeling this look for a while now. Turban hats are such a cool way of staying warm while injecting a bit of style into an outfit. I've been browsing Pinterest and watching YouTube videos to get ideas on how I can make my own. I think I'm almost there so watch this space, as a turban outfit post is coming soon!


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Topshop deep lipstick | 2 New Look peace cuff | 3 Zara leather clutch | 4 Monki top | 5 H&M trousers | 6 Warehouse jacket | 7 Topshop fedora hat | 8 Boohoo flats

I've been wanting to put together a little mood board of a minimal look for a while now. When I came across the jacket I knew the time was now. I love the way everything is so simplistic and basic yet has a quirky edge. In this case it's true what they say, less is more!

Music Monday ~ Justin Timberlake Suit & Tie

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This week's music Monday is a double bill. There were so many developments in the world of music last week that it was hard to choose what to write about this week, Last seemed to be the week of the come back. The news of the Destiny's child reunion pretty much sent my head into a spin. Then when I thought it couldn't possibly get any better I heard the news that Sexy was back! I've been wanting to say that for ages! Unless you've been living under a rock then you would have heard that Mr JT, Timberlake is releasing new material. He kicked things off with the release of Suit and Tie. Justin has worked with the biggest and best in modern music. His recent offering is no exception with Pharrell Williams producing and Jay Z featuring. My honest opinion on Suit and Tie is that I like it, but don't love it. Now that's not me being mean just nostalgic. I loved Justified and comparing Suit and Tie to some of the tracks off that album, for me it slightly misses the mark. That said it's still a great song and one that I know I'll be singing along to. You can hear the growth and evolution Justin has made as an artist and I respect that.

Well enough of my ramblings, over to you what do you think of Suit and Tie?

Music Monday ~ Solange

I promise my blog will not turn into a Solange Knowles fan page, but I went to her gig last week at XOYO and had to share a few clips with you. It was an intimate gig really stripped back. She just let her vocals take centre stage. There were a few....erm shall we say interesting dance moves thrown in there let me know what you think.  

The quality is not the best but I hope it gives you a good feel for her performing live.
If you haven't listened to her new EP true, well you should, have a listen to it here. Its got a great soulful vibe with touches of 80's/90's elector pop. My stand out tracks are losing you and Lovers In The Parking Lot.

Faux Fur, Stripes & a Snood

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faux fur hat, stripes, snood, asos, ebay, dorothy, perkins
faux fur hat, stripes, snood, asos, ebay, dorothy, perkins
Faux fur hat eBay | Snood made by myself | Striped Jumper ASOS (old) | Jeans Primark | Boots Dorothy Perkins 

I wanted a neutral scarf/snood but after the Christmas spending I really couldn't justify non essential purchases. Luckily I had some grey jersey fabric left over from when I made the batwing top. Before heading out to work I roped my mum into being my photographer. Mid way through the snow decided to fall. Cue a mad dash back into the warm. At least I have my new snood to keep me warm - talk about good timing!   

Music Monday ~ The Return Of Destiny's Child

I quite literally leaped for joy when I saw the newspaper article that Destiny's Child are releasing an album and new material.

I'm a huge DC fan and have been from the moment I heard the first few infectious bars of "no no no" the Wyclef remix.

The new album is going to be compilation of Destiny's Child best love songs, featuring their new track "Nuclear". The album is due for release at the end of January, just a few weeks before Beyonce's highly anticipated Super Bowl half time show. Where it's expected that Kelly and Michelle will be joining her on stage. In other DC related news the trailer for Beyonce's much talked about HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream was also revealed this week. If your as nosey as me you're probably looking forward to this in-depth look at the other side of Beyonce, behind all the smoke and lights.    

In celebration of their coming material here are a selection of my favourite Destiny's Child songs, as well as the trailer for Life Is But a Dream and DC's new song Nuclear.

On a slightly Destiny's Child related note, I'm off to see Solange (Beyonce's little sister) gig at the XOYO on Wednesday. I can not explain how excited I am about this. Expect to see a review of the gig on next weeks Music Monday.

Oh one last thing before I go, what do you guys think of that GQ cover? Wow talk about killer curves B!

Casual Batwing

Batwing top made by myself | Velvet treggings TopShop | Blazer (christmas gift) | creepers eBay | Bag New Look (old) | Necklace (old bought it on holiday in the Dominican) 

Ok so confession time I'm rubbish in heels, really clumsy and spill things on myself all the time. I'm the kind of girl that needs to be comfortable especially when I've got a busy day of running errands and stuff to do. I made this top a little while ago and forgot about it, well technically it got lost in the black whole that is my wardrobe (but that's a tale for another time). As I'm going to be out the house doing boring mundane bits all day I wanted something comfy warm but still a bit stylish. Finding this top was super lucky. I decided to team it with my new blazer my friend got me for Christmas (thank you Camise) and my trusty creepers. 

January Hit List

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Until recently I wasn't much of an eBay shopper. I could be tempted on the rare occasion to scoop a bargain, but it really wasn't my thing. However all that changed when I came across the blog VIPXO by Victoria. She has the most amazing eye for eBay finds and regularly features the best fashion and beauty items. Coming across Victoria's blog awoke the eBay beast in me, I can now say I'm addicted. I find myself browsing the shops and thinking "hmm I bet I can get it cheaper on eBay". Is it just me or does anyone else do that? 

With all that in mind I thought I would share with you some of my favourite eBay items currently on my watch list.    

Date Night Midi

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red mindi skirt, pencil skirt, red, skirt, midi
red mindi skirt, pencil skirt, red, skirt, midi
Midi skirt made by myself | Tshirt ASOS | Jacket Zara (old) | Boots eBay | Necklace H&M (old)

When I first thought about making this skirt the idea of date night was in my mind. I wanted something eye catching that could be dressed up or down if you were going on a date. So when I spotted the red fabric I new I had found the one! I'm really into this length of skirt at the moment. I'm not quite ready to retire my mini skirts just yet, but the midi has got this sophisticated thing going on.

All I need now is somewhere to wear said skirt/outfit - hmm feeling a bit all dressed up with no where to go. Hubby get your glad rags on we're off out this weekend.

Music Monday ~ Cleo Sol

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cleo sol, never the right time, singer london

West London gal Cleo Sol made serious waves on the music scene last year. Her breakout track "Never The Right Time" was a radio banger last summer.

I recently went to see Cleo perform at the Jazz Cafe and she was amazing. She totally left me wanting MORE! I love her down to earth girl next door vibe, big hair and bigger earrings. To top it off she can really sing. Her music takes influences from old school Motown, reggae and jazz, as the daughter of musicians it's no surprise.

Take a little look at the behind the scenes footage of her filming her first music video "Never The Right Time"

for more info on Cleo check out her website here.

NIP + Fab Chill Out Bathing Set

I've been a very lucky girl this Christmas, my wonderful friends and family blessed me with some lovely gifs this year. One of them being this Nip + Fab bathing set and the lip balm trio (from my lovely brother in law and his wife Amy).

For those of you who don't know Nip + Fab are the sister brand to Rodial. Founder Maria Hatzistefanis wanted to create a mass market brand for men and women with products that could target key skin care and beauty needs.

The chill out bathing set includes; a bath foam, body wash, body lotion, ambiance candle and a shower puff (not pictured). Based on the packaging I thought they would smell quite fruity, so was pleasantly surprised with the warming nutty vanilla fragrance. As is the case with most sets they work best used together, after showering or bathing with either the bath foam or body wash I used the body lotion, the sent from the products lasted all day and wasn't over powering. For maximum indulgence team the bath foam with the ambiance candle for a long relaxing soak, and finish of with the body lotion. All I can say to that is aahhhh bliss! I'm more of a shower girl so have used the body wash more, I quite liked using it in the evening as the warm fragrance was relaxing. I'm a bit stuck in my ways when it comes to moisturisers and tend to stick very much to a few well trusted brands. That said I gave the body lotion a try, the texture is of a light moisturiser but it did leave my skin feeling moisturised and nourished. Personally I like more of a thicker formula but I really can't complain about the body lotion it worked a treat.

The lip butter trio is made up of Mango Smoothie, Coconut Late and Cherry Tarte. I judge lip balms and butters on 3 key points, longevity, flavour and functionality. In other words how long will it stay on my lips with out having to re-apply, does it taste good and does it actually work. As the bath set was so good I had high expectations for the lip butters. I'm pleased to say that my expectations and key points were met. I only had to re-apply once during the day. this was a day full of consuming Christmas food and drink and lots of kisses for family members. The balance in the flavours are spot on you can definitely taste them but they don't leave an after taste in your mouth. Because these are lip butters rather than balms only a small amount is needed as they can be quite oily.

You know what they say about first impressions - well Nip + Fab have made a very good one on me, I'm really looking forward to trying more from their collections.

Pinterest Jewellery Inspiration

Pinterest is such a great way to find new inspirations, there seems to be a pin for everything; whether it be cooking, wedding planning, fashion or accessories. I wanted to share with you some of my recent Pinterest jewellery finds.

Marilyn Monroe said diamonds are a girls best friend, well I think she may have been slightly off the the mark with that one. Personally I think it should be jewellery is a girls best friend, as that way it covers all bases.

When it comes to bling I'm personally a bit of hotchpotch, I tend to play it pretty straight with earrings not to much colour or texture. Where as necklaces and bracelets anything seems to go, give me bold, bright, delicate, dainty chances are I'll wear it. These are just a few of my current favourites.

If your on Pinterest why not pop over and say hello I'm over there at reneemade

Five Favourites

I've been wearing these studded boots all week their so comfy 

I've been enjoying doing a spot of fashion DIY with these press studs 

A beautiful necklace my mum got me for Christmas

Listening to The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Christmas food has got the better of me I'm now in need of some fresh fruit, especially loving Mangos 

The festive season is well and truly behind us, has anyone else got the festive blues? It's been a while since I did a five favourites post, so thought it was about time  another one. Thought I would share with you a few things that I've been loving this week.

Winter Skin Care Series ~ Lips

With winter well and truly upon us I wanted to do a short series sharing my winter skin care tips. The older I get the more important skin care has become. Gone are the days of falling asleep without removing my makeup properly (lets not even talk about the carnage it wreaks on my pillow case), or using any old moisturiser. I've really had to start taking skin care seriously.

To kick things off I thought I would start with lips. Like many people I tend to get really sore chapped lips as soon as the weather start to get a little chilly. I love wearing lipstick but it doesn't go with crusty lips. 

I like to start my lip care routine by gently exfoliating with the LUSH Lip Scrub. The instructions say to lick off the excess product, but I'm not to keen on that one so I wash it of with warm water. Lush recently brought out the popcorn flavour for the festive season, I loved the sweet and salt sensation from the sugar and sea salt. Yum!

If my lips are feeling particularly sore or chapped I use Blistex Intensive Moisture this little product packs quite a punch to those unruly sore lips. It contains Shea Butter which is great for conditioning and moisturising. It comes out the tube as a white cream but once applied to the lips it's clear. I don't use this every day but like to keep it in my handbag for emergencies.

My every day lip balm is definitely Carmex Classic I like to apply this right before my lipstick or lip balm. I feel it acts as a protective layer for my lips as sometimes lipsticks and glosses can dry out my lips in the winter. Carmex have lots of flavours but I prefer the original classic flavour. When applied to the lips Carmex does have a little tingle and can feel a little strange, but I quite like that. 

I got this Nip + Fab lip butter as a Christmas present. At first I used it during the day as a replacement to Carmex but found that my lipstick's didn't sit well on top of it. So I switched to using it in the evening before I go to sleep. It' been great as I wake up in the morning with super soft lips.

Morning After Skin Remedies

Over indulgence is all part of the Christmas and new year festivities but it can wreak havoc with your skin. A sweaty night in a bar/club or drinking far to much can often leave your skin dry and dull.

If I've had a bit of a heavy night and need to show my skin some tlc these are my go to products.

I do wash my makeup off the night before but find that I'm usually so tired that I don't do a very good job of it, so I tend to do a double cleanse the following morning. I like to start by using Origins Checks and Balances face wash it's great for cleansing and refreshing your skin. It gives my skin a slight tingly sensation that I quite like as it wakes me up. A small amount of this stuff goes a long way as it foams up nicely.

I follow this up with Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser from Superdrug. I love the that the cleanser is super moisturising. The hot cloth element is a really gentle way to scrub away the remaining impurities of the night before. It is also good for adding moisture back into my skin as the Origins face wash can leave skin feeling a bit dry.

Next I use the Origins Modern Friction face scrub to get rid of the dead cells, I like to use this product on my neck also. I like to follow this up with Superdrug Vitamin E makeup remover around my eyes. It's very gentle and good  at getting rid of any stubborn remaining eye makeup.

The next step for me is the Body Shop tea tree face mask this face mask really does pack a punch, you can feel your skiing tingling as the mask tightens on your face. I also love the fresh menthol fragrance of the tea tree. I only leave this on for around 8-10 min and wash it off with warm water.

Finally I apply a generous amount of Superdrug moisturising day cream this little tub of goodness leaves my skin soft and supple. It also contains spf which is always a bonus.

So that's it, my morning after skin remedy. I know it's a bit long winded but it really does work and I always feel refreshed after.

Do you have any morning after skin care tips? I'd love to hear them.

Hello 2013


Just wanted to do a super quick post to wish you all a happy new year. Wishing you all the very best for 2013. I hope the year is filled with lots of love and laughter for you and your family.