Thursday, January 30, 2014

Balance Me : Radiance Face Oil

Face oils have always made me raise my eyebrows, because surely putting oil on your face is asking for a breakout?  Well, apparently not. 

I got this particular face oil in a beauty box, and I absolutely love it! 

It's a multi purpose oil, and comes in really convenient roller ball tube, meaning no spills, no over use, just easy application. 

I tend to use this as a once a week treatment, as I have combi skin, edging more to the oily side at the moment, I'll slap this OK my dry patches around my nose / fod to try and give some extra hydration, and it really does a great job. Sinks in lovely, and hydrates the skin without leaving behind oil or encouraging the skin to create any, leaving my skin lovely and soft! My face does have abit of a shine though while it's sinking in, which is why I use it as a last thing at night treatment rather than putting it on before my makeup! 

Because it's multi purpose, you can also use it on your body, I'll run it over dry patches like knees and elbows before bed. 

If you struggle with dry patches, I'd recommend investing in a face oil, the smell is so relaxing and it feels so much more luxurious than moisturizer. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The £1 Mani

A fairly quick review for you tonight - I've been busy with life these past few days so I've not had time to get any decent photos taken etc. I'll be back into a routine properly soon! 

To be fair, this is the perfect product to describe what I need grim life at the moment - quick and easy fixes that last! 

I've been running round quite hectic for a week or so, so everything else has been put on the back burner, including my nails! 

I aimed to give my nails a mani at least once a week, but I've really not had time to keep ontop of them, and they often look quite shabby by the end of the week. On a whim, I picked up a couple of packets of false nails from Primark for £1, not expecting much from them, but I have to say I'm blown away! 

Although these were the only two designs I could find, I think these nails are amazing and I wish I'd picked up more! I'll be popping back in soon to hopefully find some other designs!

These nails are simple, stick on nails. They don't have any outrageous claims like a lot of other stick on nails, and are so cheap, that I really didn't expect them to be anything more than a 1 day wear. 

I've had these nails on for 4 days now, and have no signs of anything falling off or coming loose! I've had plenty of showers and washed plenty of pots in that time too!

I've never really been a fan of false nails, as I find they give me a weird sensation when I have them on, causing me to type on my phone or keyboard strangely, but I don't have that problem with these. 

They we're really easy to apply with the glue that is provided, and I filed them down to a length that I think suited me, although the length they come in is pretty  reasonable too! They haven't irritated me, or scratched my skin like I've found others do. 

I'm well and truly in love! For £1 you really can't go wrong!

Have you tried any other stick on nail brands? Which would you recommend? 

Friday, January 24, 2014

A lip balm sent from heaven...

This was a brand I'd never really heard of, it was only when I was watching one of Michelle Phans youtube tutorials and she used the cutest lip balm I'd ever seen and I JUST HAD TO HAVE ONE. It really is quite sad how excited I get over a lip balm...

My lips don't get as much investment as the rest of my body - I have plenty of lip balms that are half used that I often have to throw out because they are like really old. Because of this, I often have dry, cracked lips and never really get  a chance to wear lipsticks. 

Packed with anti-oxidants, vitamin and shea butter, these lip balms are so ridiculously nourishing its unreal. Ive never tried anything that even comes close to these - the only reason I didn't repurchase these when i first had one last year was the price - £6 for a lip balm seemed alot when you can get a Nivea one for 99p. 

So (*insert sad face here*) my lips have been without this nourishment since last year - until my boyfriends grandad kindly got me an Amazon voucher for Christmas!! It was a pretty easy decision to treat myself to this!! 

I think I got this set for around £22 - around £4.50 each, overall I think that's a reasonable price, and they will last sooo long. 

The flavours i got were strawberry sorbet, honeysuckle honeydew, summer fruit, sweet mint and passion fruit, with summer fruits being my favourite out of the lot. 

The thing I love about these is the shape - it is perfect for getting a smooth coverage over the lips, even in the corners, as well as making it hygienic. There's no need for anything other than your lips to touch the product - no sticking your fingers in a little tub (urghh!) and the screw on lid means it wont come off in your handbag - I've had to throw away lip balms after the lid has fallen off them and collected aload of handbag dust!! 

Have you ever used EOS products before? 

They aren't particularly easy to get here in the UK - check Amazon or eBay for the best deals.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January Birchbox...Tiny Tweaks

This months Birchbox is themed Tiny Tweaks, a box which aims to help us stick to our beauty resolutions of 2014 by making tiny changes to make a big difference.

The products I received in months box were the Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer (worth - £3.52), Benefit The Porefessional (worth- £8.38 ) Vasanti Detox Nutrient - Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser (worth  £2.50 - ) Lavera Basis Sensitive Hand Cream (worth - £1.18) Premae Anatomy Nutrients Instant Renewal Body Oil (worth - £1.90 ) Itsu Miso Soup (worth - 75p). 

Overall worth of the box: £18.32 Cost of the box : £12.95

Again, I was abit disappointed in this box - other than the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and Benefit Porefessional (which i already own) I'd never heard of any of the brands and they aren't really things I'm interested in either. The thing that annoyed me the most about this box is the size of the samples - all are pretty small, especially the Elasticizer. In a previous beauty box, I got a 40ml sample of this, so to get a 20ml sample just pissed me off when I'm already unimpressed with their offerings. 

The soup - not my thing - I'll be giving it to a friend. The other items I of course I have a use for, but I have loads of alternatives which already doing a pretty good job. It's nice to have extra of the products I already love, but still, id like to see something exciting and new. 

I think I'm going to see what comes in the February box and if I'm still disappointed, I'm going to end my subscription.

Monday, January 20, 2014

No7 Eye make-up remover

No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-up Remover Boots - £8.50
I've always been quite lazy when it comes to removing my eye make-up. I usually just do my best with a cotton pad and some micellar water. I got the Benefits 'They're real' mascara for Christmas off my lovely sister who well and truly spoilt me! This mascara is soo good that it just doesn't want to come off - which is why I've started using eye make-up remover for the first time. (Luckily enough my sister got me this too!) This oil based remover cuts through mascara and eye make-up so easily it's unreal. Literally the minimum effort needed to relieve your peepers at the end of a long day! Definitely going to repurchase!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

First empties post...

One of my resolutions for this year was to use up as many products as possible before buying new. I’m going to start doing empty posts to encourage me to stick to this resolution as well as giving quick reviews and weather I would purchase them again or not.

So here goes…

Full review here.  I love this stuff, each bottle probably lasts me 1 month and I always repurchase this because it is one of my essentials and I don’t have an alternative in my collection. I normally pick it up on offer at the supermarket for around £4.

This oil was the first hair oil I used – it made my hair look really healthy and smooth, reduced the appearance of my split ends and smelt gorgeous. I have other products like this in my collection, but if I didn’t, I would definitely repurchase and recommend it!

I’m not too sure why I picked this up – I needed a really moisturising lotion for my body during the winter months and I decided from the packaging that it could do the job. Which it did. Its really thick, and took some time to soak in, but it worked. The only downsides are that if you are a moisturise and go kinda gal this will take too long for you – and it doesn’t smell of anything. People struggling with allergies to fragrances might find this a good product, but I like abit of a scent to my body lotion and with this there wasn’t any fragrance at all. For this reason, I wouldn’t repurchase.

This did the job it needed to do – no stinging after shaves, kept my armpits dry but skin smooth and moisturised and had a pleasant enough smell. I’m not really loyal to deodorants. There’s no reason why I wouldn’t repurchase this – it just depends what’s on offer!

Full review here. This is a staple product for me. A serum type lotion which improves the overall appearance of the skin, reduced redness and goes to town on tackling breakouts. I will be repurchasing this, I’ve never tried a spot treatment that’s better!

So that’s my first empties post – do you want to see more of these? 

It will help me to keep on using products until they run out!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A holy grail for spot fighting!

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo 
I'm unsure as to why I haven't blogged about this earlier - I use this product almost every day and absolutely adore it - I obviously take it for granted. 

Ive been using this for maybe 1 year now and I can honestly say within a couple of days I saw a massive difference in my skin.

La Roche Posay is a french brand - I'd love to go to France and pick up loads of french skincare. It claims to be an anti-imperfection care lotion, which corrects and un-cloggs skin.

I've got quite a patchy, uneven skin tone with the odd red nasty spot. Using this product almost everyday at nighttime has seen my redness reduced, a reduction in the number of blackheads I have and when I do have a breakout, it helps to keep things from getting too out of control and nasty. It definitely doesn't completely stop me from getting the odd zit, but they're much less frequent nowadays! 

It has been an absolute godsend for me since Christmas, with all the bad food and drink and lack of any proper sleep. My skin was crying out for help - and this was exactly what it needed! 

This is probably the most expensive skincare item I've ever bought myself on a regular basis - £13 for 40mls. But you only need a tiny bit to do the job - this probably lasts me 3 months. 

What spot stoppers do you use? I'm considering getting the Origins Spot Remover Treatment Gel when this runs out - I've recently started using some of their products and I'm really enjoying them!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cleansing revalation...

 No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser 

I’ve never used this type of cleanser before. I really didn’t understand how they would work or benefit your skin at all – rubbing a cream onto your face while you already have makeup on? No thanks...

I imagined that it would clog up my pores, I thought it would leave my skin feeling dirty, congested and not properly cleaned, so I’ve never been bothered about trying one before. 

My sister got me a No7 set for Christmas and this was one of the items in it. When I get new beauty products for Christmas, I need to mess and try them out immediately, so I’ve used this for a good couple of weeks now and have completely changed my mind about this type of cleanser.

I use a pump of this and massage it into my face – this alone is amazing, a mini facial each morning & night relaxes me and makes blood rush to my cheeks, making my skin look fresh and hydrated. I then soak the muslin cloth in hot water (as hot as I can stand) and slap this on my face. I rest like this for 20-30 seconds to let my pores open and to help the product melt away my makeup, then I lightly massage the product using the cloth. The end result – my face feels squeaky clean, smooth and moisturised and looks healthy. 

I was amazed at how good my skin looked after the first, and how easily my makeup came off while using this. I have to go back in with some eye makeup remover to get rid of some mascara afterwards (but that came in the set too!) I think this is my new favourite way of removing my make-up. I already have my eye on the body shop camomile balm cleanser as I’ve heard a lot about it, but only when this one runs out!

Have you used balm cleansers before? Which ones would you recommend?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beauty resolutions 2014

It’s that time of year where people make (and break) New Year’s Resolutions. For the majority of my life, I’ve been a breaker, but from last year’s resolution I’ve managed to lose 2 stone, had a more positive outlook on life and had some more ‘me’ time. While I still stand by the generic ‘Loose weight, save money’ resolutions, I’m looking to improve my beauty routines clear up my skin and use every last drop of my products.

Cleanse (properly) every night – this may sound like a given, but I’m not the only one who falls into bed and can’t be bothered taking my makeup off, or reaching for the makeup wipes for a quick fix. I’ve noticed a massive difference in my skin from switching from makeup wipes to micellar water, but know that that really isn’t enough. I’ve recently realised why everyone loves balm cleansers, and pledge to double cleanse with micellar and balm cleanser every night.

Clean my makeup brushes at least once a week – I used to be really organised with this, giving my brushes a through clean ever Sunday while I was giving myself a pamper, but I’ve recently gotten lazy. My brushes have gone grubby and it definitely shows on my skin. It looks congested, patchy and not as flawless as it should because of all the ‘old’ makeup and dead skin cells I’m dragging all over my face. Regular washes will hopefully help improve my application.

Moisturise after the shower – another lazy girl trait or not giving my skin the attention it deserves. I’ve recently opted for some dry oil body spray from Avon and I’m impressed with the results so far, but I vow to give myself a richer moisture boost at least once a week!

Give myself a weekly mani and pedi – just because I feel so much better with neat and tidy nails – who doesn’t?

Use all of my makeup products – I have a serious problem when it comes to hoarding beauty products – I seriously have about 50 different hair products and only use 2 – 3 a week! I am only going to buy ‘essentials’ when I run out, and I’m going to try my hardest to use up all my makeup , body, face and hair products before  I buy new ones! This will be hard!
What are your resolutions for this year?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations : Glaze Haze

Im going to do a series of reviews on the Tigi Bedhead range, as i have quite a few of their products. 

My favourite range of the lot is the Candy Fixations range, pure and simply for the smell alone. The range offers products to smooth, volumise and texturise the hair whilst leaving amazing candy smells in your hair. 

The first in the range that I am going to review is Glaze Haze, a serum which aims to enhance shine whilst reducing frizz, nourish the hair with added proteins and speed up drying times. 

I really have to say that this product is one of the few who actually does live up to its claims. My hair feels smooth and silky after using this. Split ends appear visibly reduced and the smell! Seriously, you have to try it.

This retails for around £10 (Currently on sale on FeelUnique for £8). If your ends are in need of some nourishing, id get some of this now!

Thickening spray that works!!

Tigi BedHead Queen for a day Thickening Spray

"Feel like a queen, look like a superstar! Get volume, body and lift that just won’t quit!" 

I have major trouble creating any sort of texture and fullness to my soft hair, most root boosting products, before or after drying my hair tend to fall flat after a couple of hours, but I find with this I get a definite root boost and full body texture to my hair that lasts. 

I went abit crazy on a while ago in the sale and bought loads of Tigi Bedhead stuff, but I'm soo glad I did. Its given me a real chance to try out some of their stuff, and to be honest, this one got the least used when I first got all of the products, because I had fallen in love with what the Candy Fixations range was providing for my hair (&& it's smell....Ummmm)

Anyway...I've gotten to using this on a more regular basis, and while i often just shove my hair up after my shower and do nothing with it, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to try new things, at least at weekends. 

I spray this all over my towel dried hair, focusing on the roots and blow dry my hair upside down to get the volume i want. Now, I'm no expert when it comes to blow drying, and with a little practice, i will get better, but usually after this step i will then use some styling tool to sort my hair. 

Ive found that using this with my curling wand is an absolute dream, because the curls enhance the volume I've just created, and the thickening spray keeps these in place for much, much longer.

Unlike other sprays like this, I had no crunch to the hair, no dryness, nothing bad to report at all, and the smell is lovely, it's just not as amazing as the candy fixations range! (Reviews to come)

I got mine in a gift set from FeelUnique, but you can get it for around £12.50 on its own here

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Birchbox December 2013 First Impressions

I’m sorry its taken me so long to get this review up - but to be honest, the reason it has taken me so long is because I was so underwhelmed by it.

With my previous box subscriptions, I have always expected a ‘special’ selection for Christmas / Valentines day / anniversary boxes and they always delivered. with this box, I really feel let down and that they haven’t captured the holiday spirit with its offerings.

The theme of the box was ‘Winter Wonderland’, with products aimed to help you ‘sparkle and shine’ during the festive period.

The products i received were a perfume sample (Grr) of Glam Lipsy which is ok - a bit musty for my liking, but I hate perfume samples anyway. 50ml Naobay Moisturizing Milk Cleanser which I don’t know too much about and everything on the packaging is in spanish. BeeKind body lotion (which is also another type of product i hate getting samples for) Alima Pure Eyeshadow in Paris, which is quite a nice pearlesque colour, a Twistband - (review here) and a Nail Rock Velvet Manicure in Navy.

The only products in the box which took my interest were the Twistband, which I have already reviewed, and the Nail Rock Velvet Manicure Set.

I will have a review of the Nail Rock Velvet Manicure set up soon!

The reason I subscribe to a box like this is to try new, exciting products that are different to anything I’ve ever seen before. I have a million cleanser and body lotion samples - but I’ve never had a velvet manicure or a hairband that wont kink my hair.

Hopefully next month will be a better one!
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