BEAUTY | My current favourite lip products

My current favourite lip products
I don't usually go all out with monthly favourites, I'm sure you've gotten used to it by now (sorry not sorry). This month I have been favouring a handful of lip products though which are definitely worth mentioning.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi (£5.50, Boots): I've been finding myself reaching for this particular shade of lip cream a lot this month - it's just so easy to apply and reapply on the go (which is ever so rare when it comes to lip creams!) and the shade goes with absolutely everything. You can read a full review of NYX matte lip creams here
Caudalie Plyphenol Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream (£26, Look Fantastic): You can tell I love this little sample so much just by how tatty it looks! I got it in the Powder box (read here) and although I was really excited to see a lip cream as one of the products in there it took me a couple of weeks to really give it a proper try. It feels a little funny - almost like you shouldn't be putting it on your lips - but it works brilliantly. I usually apply it in the morning or before going to sleep - both on my lips and just around the outline of my lips. 
Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish (£14, HQ Hair): Yet another product that already looks worse for wear because of how much I've been using it. This one is a such an odd little thing! As you can see in the picture above - the 'nozzle' is covered in little rubbery spikes. These literally massage your lips whilst you're applying the lip polish. It's such a strange sensation but definitely good strange! Either way it must work because I haven't had flaky lips for weeks now (touch wood!) - oh and it tastes so sweet and yum!


What are your current favourite lip products?

GARDEN | Ficus plants - which one to pick?

Simple guide to Ficus plants

When we talk about fig trees, it's not just the ones bearing figs (although those are especially delicious - a fig & banana smoothie is one of my favourites, mmm). Fig trees (or shrubs, vines - they come in pretty much any shape & form you can think of) are also one of the most popular houseplants - I wouldn't be surprised if you had one sitting next to you right now without even knowing! I have personally developed a special inkling to ficus plants - their structured crowns and sturdy leaves... and also their resistance to my murderous houseplant practices are the main points of attraction for me. There's almost 1,000 varieties of ficus plants though - which one should you pick?

The answer is simple: any - or all of them! The latter is my attitude right there - also documented in all the photos below. From my experience ficus plants are incredibly grateful and fast-growing. They are very difficult to over-water or to dry out (touch wood!) but one watering a week is plenty. They are happy on sunny window sills (but strong bright sun can scorch their leaves - not that we have that much of it here in the UK) but will also be quite content in half shade. As to the varieties, these are my favourites:

FICUS LYRATA: Perhaps the most famous houseplant - somewhere I've read that Ficus Lyrata (also known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig) has been named the houseplant of the decade (a bloody decade!!). It grows really quickly and has huge leaves. I'm sure you've spotted this one on Pinterest!

FICUS BENJAMINA: Probably the most common old school ficus houseplant variety - also called the Weeping Fig. Its leaves are small and kinda sad looking - some of the varieties have really thick leaves and when you shake them they chime! 

FICUS ELASTICA: The Rubber Fig is my personal favourite - it comes in a number of different colour variations and its leaves are ridiculously thick (hence the name, Tereza, doh!). 

FICUS MICROCARPA: The first fig tree I've ever bought (the moclame variety from IKEA - they have a decent selection, just sayin'). They are also called the Curtain or the Laurel Figs. It's also the first fig I've ever grown from cuttings - such a rewarding process - you can read full post here.   

FICUS PUMILA: The most recent addition to my fig tree family - the Creeping Fig. This one looks nothing like a fig tree and because of its vines you can have it in a hanging basket! 

You can buy ficus plants in most garden centres, although some varieties are a little harder to come by. A good range is available in IKEA (click here) and for locals from the West Midlands area - the Hollybush Garden Centre (click here). If you can't find the variety you're looking for then try E-Bay!

What's your favourite houseplant?
Ficus varieties

Simple guide to Ficus plants

Simple guide to Ficus plants

Simple guide to Ficus plants

Simple guide to Ficus plants

Simple guide to Ficus plants

Simple guide to Ficus plants

Simple guide to Ficus plants

Simple guide to Ficus plants

BEAUTY | The best fake nails for £1!

Primark nails review
Despite having sworn on all the cat tails I could find that this will never be the case, with regret (and a little too much excitement!) I have to admit I've gone back to fake nails. Don't judge me, okay? My nails are pants - they are thin, they break, they split, and even at the best of the times (and we've had some decent times, that's true) they are still a bit meh. So to give myself a little confidence boost I decided to pick up a few packs of fake nails from Primarni... and oh boy! 

These gems are da bomb! They only cost a quid and come in all sorts of beautiful designs and patterns and I love them all. I'm literally obsessed (which is kinda a bold statement when it comes to what really are just tiny pieces of plastic which you glue to your fingers). One thing that I'm not keen on about these is the glue - that's shite (that's as polite as I can be to such a bad baaaad glue!), so make sure you pick up the Nailene one - that's the good stuff (and only costs £2). The stunning designs hands down beat the inadequacy in the glue department though. Just look how beautiful the marble ones are! I have picked up a couple more since getting these - there's loads of plain colours to choose from (both glossy & matte), some funky stripy ones but also more fancy golden ones with intricate designs.

I'm genuinely so pleased I've found these, they're so cheap & so cheerful!
What's the most exciting bargain you've come across lately?