Wednesday, 19 March 2014

So long, farewell..

This post has been a long time coming. I haven't posted in almost a month, and even then my posting wasn't exactly regular. Bee's Knees has always been a hobby for me - nothing more, nothing less. Something I've enjoyed doing for 3 years but if you've been following the blog that long, you'll know that at times I have had trouble keeping up with it. I've had a big knee surgery, no internet (for 6 months!), illnesses and all sorts of things that made me put Bee's Knees on the back burner. It wasn't ever meant to be forever... but now the time has come to say goodbye!
If you're reading this you'll probably know a few things about me - I am a lawyer, I have four cats, and I recently moved house into my own house! All of these things make juggling a hobby like blogging with 'real life' quite tricky. And this has been made all the more difficult in the past year or so because I haven't been quite well.
I now know that I have been suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and whilst this is all still pretty new to me I realise I have to make some changes to my life if I want to continue with my job... CFS means I have very little energy to do the essential things in my day, like cooking, getting dressed, driving to work, being at work, and I have found these things particularly hard in the last 6 months. I am now re-evaluating what I choose to spend my energy on, so that I can plan my days and live some sort of normal life. But unfortunately that life does not include Bee's Knees.
I can't say I'll never post again, but I am taking a big long break that might turn into the end of the blog. My focus needs to be on me, my health and sorting my life out so I can fulfil my duties at work and have some semblance of a social life outside of work.
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I have absolutely loved having Bee's Knees and every one of you to ramble at about whatever nail varnish, blush or lipstick has caught my fancy. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be back! But for now it's so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

January 2014 Favourites

Hi guys! Today I'm sharing a selection of products I've been loving this month. It was quite hard to narrow these down but here we go...

First up is the Pure Anti Ageing Super Active Overnight Oil which I have been loving since the beginning of winter and reviewed in full HERE. This is a must have product for girls who have dry skin in the winter that needs a little extra TLC before bed. I've also been loving plain old Nivea Creme for combating dry patches on my face. This has been in my monthly favourites before and for a good reason, it's a brilliant product for almost any skin complaint but I can't beat it for getting rid of dryness. This tiny tub is lasting forever and was only £1.49 (HERE).

My favourite hair care item of the month has to be this amazing leave in conditioner from Naked - not only does it smell absolutely delicious but it works wonders on my dry ends and makes my hair feel healthy but light and bouncy too. I still need to review this properly but it's £4.99 for 150ml and you can get hold of it in your local Boots or online HERE.

No surprises here if you're a follower of Bee's Knees, because I recently posted a review of this Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Primer (HERE) and since then I've been loving it more and more! Although I'm no expert on primers I really rate this one and recommend it for more healthy, glowing skin.

Last but by no means least are these two miracle workers. The Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub has been raved about by almost every beauty blogger I follow, and for good reason! This is a complete saviour for dry, chapped lips and I can't imagine a winter's day without it. You can read my review HERE. And the Sally Hansen Insta Grip was one of the things I picked up from Fragrance Direct last year and I've been using it ever since. It's a super fast drying base coat which is a staple in my manicure routine. If you've ever been tempted to skip a base coat because you have no time, you must try this! It's £1.50 from Fragrance Direct  HERE  but you can also pick it up in Boots or Superdrug full price.

So there you have my first monthly favourites of 2014 - this year is off to a flying start and I'm pretty excited about what the rest of the year will bring! What products have you been loving this month?

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Empties #7

Hi guys! So since I've been using up products like a crazy woman, I thought it was high time to share some of my empties with you! 

As you might know, I'm moving house in a month or so and have been trying to use up as many of my 'almost empty but not quite there yet' products that I'm sure every girl has lurking around her bathroom. Moving house is stressful enough without having to worry about taking 6 almost-empty bottles of shampoo with me!

First up is the B. Micellar Water which was the first ever micellar water I used. Since then I've moved on and tried different ones which I prefer but I would consider repurchasing this again. My full review is HERE. Next is the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash which I've actually already repurchased but somehow never gotten around to reviewing properly. I really recommend this face wash for use on a morning to get rid of any nighttime impurities and freshen up in the shower before a new day. At £3.99, it's already quite affordable but always on offer in Boots (link HERE).

Next is some more skincare - this Moisture Rich Face Cream from Balance Me is a small travel size I received free with a magazine. I was seriously impressed with how long this small tube lasted, although it didn't bowl me over with any incredible results. It's a nice, thick and creamy in consistency but because it didn't wow me I wouldn't repurchase because it's £24 for a full sized product. I first tried Philosophy Purity cleanser a really long time ago after hankering after it for ages, and you can read my partially disappointed review of it HERE.

As I'm writing this blog post I realise I haven't ever done a review of the Palmers Moisturising Body Oil, which is insane given how much I love this product! This is definitely on my to-do list as I've repurchased this and use it often. It's a great post-shower product for lazy girls/girls who don't have time to moisturise on a morning. £5.10 and it lasts AGES! Link HERE. No surprises that I've gone through another of my Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion given that it's my HG for curly hair. I've raved about this already HERE.

Finally a couple of odd balls - the Sally Hansen Insta Dri top coat rocked my world when I first started using it over 18 months ago. It helps my nails dry so quickly that I actually have time to do them even on those busy evenings when there are a million and one things to do, and none include sitting for 10 minutes waiting for my nails to dry! This is the second or third one of these I've gotten through and I can't recommend this enough (link HERE). And the almost unidentifiable Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - my all time favourite concealer (along with every other beauty blogger that has ever lived). Read my review HERE.

Phew - that's quite a few empties! Even as I write this post I have a lot of other products in the almost-empty category that I'm determined to use up before we move house! So watch this space for another empties post soon...

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Meet Marzipan

Hi guys! I am so excited to be writing today's post, which is a little introduction to a new member of my family... if you follow Bee's Knees you'll know that I already have 3 cats - Marcel and O'Malley who are 9 month old kittens (post HERE) and Clementine who is my gorgeous 4 year old rescue kitty (post HERE).

But any crazy cat lady worth her salt knows that 3 is not enough cats! (I jest...) In fact we now have four kitties in our family because we accidentally acquired this gorgeous baby cat a couple of weeks ago - ladies and gents, meet Marzipan.

We definitely never intended to have 4 cats, I mean come on that's 20 legs to run around after without even counting Neil! But sometimes these things happen and honestly, would you be able to resist this beautiful little face?!

Marzipan was 7/8 weeks old when she came home with us - after I found her online where her previous owners had claimed she was 14 weeks old and they needed rid of her due to an allergy. I could tell she was nowhere near that age as soon as I laid eyes on her because she is tiny! She fit into the palm of my hand on her first night. Her previous owners were so unprepared for a kitty they were feeding her adult food, cow's milk (a big no-no as most cats are lactose intolerant) and didn't even have a carry case for us to bring her home in!

I'm happy to say she's now settled into our family and we can't imagine being without her! It was originally our plan to give her a temporary home until we could find new owners for her, but once we realised how young she is we didn't have the heart to be the source of any more instability in her short life. She's since been to the vets and is a pretty healthy kitten, full of energy and a joy to be around. Although I'm sure whenever I mention my four cats to any non-cat people in the future it may be met with rolled eyes, but I honestly can't picture our lives without this little madam in it!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished

Hi guys! Today I'm sharing with you a highlighter that I have been using a lot lately. I picked this up at the end of last year after searching high and low for a creamy subtle highlighter.

I definitely think 2013 was the year of highlighter for me - I just started using it in my everyday routine and have built up quite a collection. But this has to be my current favourite..

The product comes in a little glass jar which I love - my absurd obsession with glass containers aside, I do think this packaging is sweet. I don't have that many products from the Topshop make up range but I am a fan of their unique and quirky branding.

As for the consistency, it's a perfect mix of cream and mousse which is delightful to use. It's not very thick once you apply it which is good because it's easy to avoid looking like a glitter ball. 

The colour of this product is perfect for my pale skin tone - it's a silvery gold with just a beautiful sheen and no glitter particles at all. My favourite way to use this is applied on the brow bone and cheek bones underneath powder foundation to make sure it's a subtle glow that accentuates my bone structure.

My favourite aspect of this product is the longevity - it lasts much longer than other similarly priced highlighters I've tried. Priced at only £9 it's a real bargain. I recommend this if you're looking for a product that will give a subtle glow that lasts all day long. You can pick up the Topshop Glow highlighter from Topshop stores or online HERE.

Have you tried this product before? Which is your favourite highlighter?

Saturday, 18 January 2014

A Little Life Update...

Hi guys! Today's post is a bit of a rambly, chatty one that I've been meaning to post for a few weeks. It's been a few months since I sat down and had a chat with you guys about what's going on with me, and so much has happened in that time.

Okay, here goes, I can't hold it in any longer...

(*we, technically)

Yep, at last after spending almost my entire life obsessing about houses, perusing RightMove for hours on end, nosying in other people's houses on the street, I am finally taking the steps to become a home owner!

You might remember that I only moved here in August (2013), which was when I moved up to Leeds from London. We're renting out current house but after much uhmm-ing and ahh-ing decided to take the plunge when we found our perfect house for sale. It's not a done deal yet - those of you in the know will understand that there are lots of things that can go wrong with house buying in England, and until you've got the keys in your hand you can't be sure of anything! But we're currently speeding towards exchange with completion due to take place in mid to late February. Because we're renting we're going to keep this house for a couple of weeks after completion so we have some flexibility about moving and a bit of time to paint a couple of rooms and get everything ready.

So fingers crossed (touch wood, etc) in a couple of months' time I will be writing to you from my very own little house! I am so so excited about this big step, whilst still being a bit scared and nervous. This is probably the most serious commitment I have ever made with Neil.. but we're both really looking forward to owning the roof over our heads. If you'd like to hear more about this or see more home-related posts, let me know!

To keep up to date with my moving story follow me on Twitter @ElspethDaisy!

ps. I hope you enjoyed the Fabulous Nails series that finished last Saturday - I absolutely loved sharing my favourite polishes with you and I'm currently planning what will replace these posts on a Saturday morning... watch this space!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

NEW Dove Express Treatment Conditioner Range*

Hi guys! Today I'm sharing some more Dove hair care goodies with you. I already posted about some products I was sent by the lovely people at Dove HERE, and I was really happy to receive some more items to try out and share with you guys! 

For me, keeping my hair moisturised is a big priority. I didn't share too much of my hair journey over the past 6 months or so but in short - I started out strawberry blonde, went blonde (really blonde) and then after a few months wanted to go back to being brunette and had a bit of an ordeal where I home dyed my hair pink and then had to use Color B4 to strip it down to white and re-dye it brown! My hair was pretty damaged to start with because of going blonde but after all that trauma it was horrendous. So lately I've been trying to find time to use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. Which made the arrival of these Dove Express Treatment Conditioners into my life incredibly timely.

I received three from the range - the Intensive Repair conditioner, the Colour Radiance conditioner and the Nourishing Oil Care conditioner. I was originally going to review these in three posts but I think it would be a little repetitive. So prepare yourself for three reviews in one post! In essence all of these products are a quick and easy way to incorporate a deeper conditioning treatment into your shower routine because you only need to leave them on for a minute or two. I tend to use these in the shower after shampooing and then turn off the water while I use shower gel, shave my legs etc and then turn the water back on and wash off! Simple, easy and so quick you don't have to get up early on a morning to give your hair some extra TLC.

First up, the Dove Intensive Repair Express Treatment Conditioner. The consistency of all these conditioners is slightly thicker than a regular conditioner and it almost melts into your hair on application. The smell is such a fresh cotton-y scent I adore using this because when I blow dry my hair afterwards it lingers on. In terms of how this helps my hair, it makes it feel a lot softer and it's not so frizzy but it does weigh it down a little. Sometimes that can be bad but because I have quite fine hair I sometimes prefer heavy duty products to help prevent fly aways. I wouldn't recommend using this more than once a week. 

Next, the Dove Colour Radiance Express Treatment Conditioner. This is aimed at damaged coloured hair, which is exactly what I have! The colour of the creme is pink-toned which for some reason I just love! It's a random little thing that makes me smile in the shower when I use it. In caring for my colour treated hair I try and use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week, but since I started using this product I haven't really needed to. I'm seriously impressed with how strong and healthy my hair feels after using this. This product also claims to extend the life of your coloured hair which I definitely agree with - although that said I am a firm believer that any good conditioning treatment will help prolong your colour.

Finally - the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Express Treatment Conditioner. This creme has a golden yellow tone to it which I love even more than the pink one! I was super keen to try this one because, along with the rest of the world, I've gone crazy for oils in the past couple of years and find oils can work wonders on my damaged hair. That said, I was concerned that using this in conjunction with my usual Macadamia Oil healing oil spray would be too much and result in heavy, greasy hair. Thank goodness I was wrong! There's no greasy feeling after using this (provided you wash it out properly) and compared to the other two I've tried this conditioner makes my hair feel bouncier and more resilient.

Phew! We made it. I have been using these products for a while now - in order to test them thoroughly I used one at a time for a couple of weeks so I could report back to you on my experience with each one and their specific benefits. I hope this is helpful if you're looking for a simple product that's easy to incorporate into your busy morning routine.

Price-wise these are very affordable at just £3.99 each - one 180ml tube will last you a long long time (which is why I'm giving one of mine away to my Mum to use because otherwise I'd be using these for years!) You can pick these up from Superdrug or Boots in store or online HERE.

Have you tried any of the Dove hair care range yet? What do you think?

*PR sample