Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's on my nails Wednesday : L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish in Nouvelle Vague 851


How long has it been since I last posted a #WOMNW post? In all honesty, my nails are still pretty damaged and disgusting, and I haven’t been doing an awful lot to sort them out, so it serves me right to be totally honest with you! Back to making this a regular spot on the blog I think! 

So, because my nails are so horrendous, there’s no close ups here, but still, I think you can see how gorgeous the colour is. I bought this when I was browsing Superdrug last week, just to kill some time, so to be honest, I didn’t need another polish, but I don’t have a colour quite like this in my stash. 

I absolutely love the pastel trend at the moment, but I really don’t think it compliments my zombie like pale skin. Pastels makes my skin look a bit yellow – is that just in my head? Anyway, this pastel lilac is bang on trend, a great summer staple and one I think I’ll be using in some nail art!  The pastels in L’Oreal’s Colour Riche range at the moment aren’t like any I’ve seen from other brands.  I was looking at their pastel yellow, which was stunning, but I knew it wouldn’t suit me at all. 

The polish itself applies really smoothly and you only really need one coat, but without a top coat, it doesn’t last too long. I wouldn’t rely on this for a full weeks wear like I normally would with any other polish, but still, a stunning colour I will no doubt be reaching for throughout summer. My only other gripe with this is the tiny bottle – These are £4.99 and are half the size if not more of say a Models Own polish that you’d get for the same price. So quite expensive when you compare it to other brands! 

While I’m sat here staring at my nails to think of what else I can tell you about the polish, I realised it reminds me a lot of one of my favourite polishes – Models Own Utopia! I think I’ll do a side by side comparison on Instagram and let you know if I’m right! You can follow me on insta by clicking the link in the side bar! 

Thank you so much for reading! 

I have loads more posts in the pipeline, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Soap and Glory Feel Good Factor SPF 25

Soap and Glory Feel Good Factor  £12

So the sun's out! Time for the sun protection to come out too!

In the last couple of years, I've really tried to take proper care of my skin. Not only is perfect skin and ideal base for makeup application, looking after your skin will drastically impact on how you look in your later years. 

I completely intend to grow old gracefully and don't intend to have anything pumped into my face to make me look younger, so my old age preparations are slowly beginning to creep into my routine.

I'm not cracking out the anti wrinkle cream just yet, but I consciously choose products that contain SPF and make sure I have some coverage on my face every day. Sun damage is a nasty thing and can lead to the most obvious of illnesses - skin cancer - but it also rapidly accelerates aging, so I'll do what I can to prevent this. 

I've been getting my recent SPF fix from Soap and Glory's Feel Good Factor Translucent BB Cream everyday for the past few months. It has SPF 25 and works really well as a daily moisturiser.

There's pretty much no scent to this, and its lightweight, non greasy formula sinks into the skin really quickly, giving a soft, smooth base for makeup application. This is just the right amount of moisture for this time of year - I think I'll be using this for the rest of summer! 

Have you tried any of the Soap and Glory skincare range?

What should I try next?

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Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover Review

Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover  

Since trying the No7 eye makeup remover, I've been on the search for a cheaper alternative. I'm still looking for something that matches up to my expectations. 

I picked this up just after the Garnier micellar water was launched in the UK and thought I'd test the duo out together. 

First off, this didn't last very long. My bottle of micellar water is still 1/3 full, but I finished this off about 1 month ago. Bummer. 

The 2 in 1 formula consists of a purple oil layer over a water based solution, which you shake to mix together then squeeze onto a cotton pad. 

I found that compared to other eye makeup removers, I had to use alot more of this on each eye to get the job done, which is probably why it ran out so fast. It did dissolve my eye makeup, but me being as impatient as I am, it just didn't do the job quick enough. I found that I had to get rubbing too, which on the bottle it says there was no need for. 

I found it really quite greasy and sometimes would lead to a film over my eyes, rendering me blind for 5 minutes after taking my makeup off.

To be completely honest, I found that even just micellar water worked better for me that this. Another disappointment for me on they eye makeup remover from. 

Looks like I'll have to get the Boots one after all!

Do you have any eye makeup removers you'd recommend? 

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Spray & Go... Lazy girls moisturising dream!

Vaseline Spray and Go - £3.99
So the sun is out, summer is pretty much here, and I jet off to Lanzarote with the fam in just over 3 weeks time! Jealous much?

It's at this time of year where moisursing is probably the most important - your skin is on show more, and you obviously want it to look good. Most people hate to moisturise their body of the best of days and find it a chore. I actually love doing it, but it's not always something I get round to doing after each and ever shower. Especially as the hot weather gets nearer, I feel less motivated to moisturise, as I'll feel hot and sticky for 10 minutes while it sinks in, when really I just want to get up and go! 

This is the perfect solution to this lazy girl problem.

Vaseline spray and go launched some time last year I think and I tried really hard not to get drawn into the hype. I have stacks and stacks of body lotion, so I didn't need anything new. In all honesty, I thought the concept was good but I didn't see it working well.

I've resisted for nearly 12 months, the the holiday shopping bug too over! I know I'll need to stay moisturised on holiday to keep my skin looking good and to avoid any peeling, but I really didn't fancy slapping on thick moisturiser in the hot and sticky Lanzarote weather. 

Enter Vaseline Spray and Go.

I picked this up from a local supermarket on an offer. The reviews I'd read were good, and I thought this would be the perfect solution for moisturising on holiday. Of course I've been giving it a whirl before I go to see if its worth taking, and the verdict is, I love it!

Unfortunately I picked up one with a cracked lid which sometimes causes the nozzle not to work, but nonetheless I am really impressed with the application. 

It basically works like an aerosol, spraying a fine mist of a light moisturiser in a steady stream. I've not noticed any clogging of the nozzle as I had expected I would, and you pretty much coat your entire body in a matter of seconds. 

The formula is really lightweight and not at all greasy. my skin drinks this stuff up! One quick rub after I've finished spraying and I am ready to get dressed! 

That's the thing I love so much about this - the fact that it absorbs so quickly! No waiting around in my bedroom starkers waiting for my lotion to sink in. Nice image, right? 

I picked up the aloe vera version of this which smells gorgeous, and will be perfect for soothing my skin on holiday! 

Have you tried this? What did you think?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May 2014 Birchbox Review : Harpers Bazaar Collab

Birchbox have done it again! This box seriously blew me away! 

Now I'm not a massive Harpers Bazaar fan to be completely honest with you - I don't really buy magazines unless there's a freebie going. But nonetheless, I was still excited and expecting alot form this months box and it certainly didn't disappoint. 

First off, the box design! Wow! Ill definitely be keeping hold of this for storage, it's a beaut!

This months selections were a really nice mix of hair care, skincare and makeup. 

So, here's what I got!

  • Benefit's They're Real Mascara - Value £6.80
  • Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - Value £4.42
  • Beauty Protector Shampoo & Conditioner Value (Guesstimate) - Value £2.50
  • Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil - Value £1.32
  • Soigne Nail Polish - Value £11 

Overall Value - £26.04 !! Wow! Just Wow! 

First off, I got a mini Benefit's They're Real Mascara which is already my holy grail mascara. I'm about to run out actually, so getting this in my box is perfect timing. This lengthens and adds volume, and works really well to open up your eyes. I love it! You can read my full review of the mascara here

Next up, I received the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish with a muslin cloth. This is a must have for lots of people, I know, but I have NEVER tried this! I love my No7 cleanser, but it will be nice to see how this matches up! I've heard nothing but good things. I might take this on holiday with me? 

I also got the Beauty Protector Shampoo and Conditioner - I don't know too much about these to be honest, but they smell lovely, and I love their oil, so I'm excited to try these!

I also got a tiny sample of the Aromatherapy Associates Review Morning Bath & Shower Oil, which is OK I guess, but this is the second sample of this I've had from Birchbox. I haven't used up my last one yet, because I don't have a working bath, and I use other things in the shower. I have however used it as a hand and foot soak mixed with water during a pamper session which worked really well. I love the scent, although it makes me sleepy rather than revives me! 

I also got a full size polish from Soigne, in a gorgeous beige shade. The consistency is really good, and one coat is almost enough, but you know me, I will always whack another one on for ultimate colour pay off. 

I was super impressed with this months box! Every month now as soon as I get my box, I'm soo excited to see what I'll get next time around! 

I'll be on holiday for my June box arrival, and probably wont be looking at Box Spoilers, so that's even more exciting! 

AND I've finally got £20 worth of Birchbox points - What do you recommend I buy from their store? 

If you haven't signed up yet, you need to! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Face Rollers : An essential or a faff?

These types of face massagers have been floating around the beauty world for a while now, with the likes of Kate Moss, Vitoria Beckham and Jennifer Anniston apparently being regular users.

I'd been keeping an eye on the hype as it did interest me, but I wasn't completely sold. I just couldn't fathom how rubbing something across your face could make a massive difference to your skin, and with the general retail price at £28, I wasn't going to take the risk.

Then at the start of the year, the Body Shop released their version of a face roller, and every man and their dog had one. (Well apart from me, that is!)

The reviews I read were all really positive, and people were raving about how much of an improvement they had seen in their skin. I still wasn't sold, but I thought I needed to try it for myself, and headed on over to good ol' eBay. I picked this one up for around £2.49 from China, and was eager to give it a go, but I certainly wasn't expecting miracles.

I've seen this exact same one online for £45! Eeek!

This one is a dual ended roller, with a smaller roller at one end, making it much easier to tackle your under eye area!

The first night it came, I thought I'd give it a go, and paired it with my Balance Me Face Oil for the ultimate pamper. I oiled up my face and rolled away! During my mini facial, I felt a little silly because I still wasn't convinced that much would happen. It was relaxing enough though, and it definitely felt like a lovely treat! I had a great nights sleep that night too! 

I used this by sweeping in one direction from the center of my face outwards.

The science behind it is that the motion of rolling it over your face is like a mini workout for your facial muscles, with deep massage properties. It helps to encourage blood flow to the skins surface, creating plump, healthy looking skin, but also encouraging lymphatic drainage. Your lymphatic system is responsible for removing the waste and toxins from your face, but it can only do this when your facial muscles are helping out. When this isn't working properly, you might have puffy spots on your face or puffy eyes. Working your muscles in this way helps to get the lymphatic system going and gets rid of all the nasties lying underneath your skin.

So, did it work for me?
Surprisingly, yes! It only took about 9 months to convince me to buy one, but I finally get it!
It was only the following morning that I realised just how amazing this little gadget is. I woke up to plump, healthy looking skin and was almost glowing. My redness was completely gone, and a hormonal breakout I'd had the day before had significantly reduced, the redness was almost non existent! Even my eye bags were no where to be seen!

I'd say this is more of an essential for me than a faff, because if I look after it, I'll have it for life, and the results are amazing. 5 minutes of rolling and I wake up with a new face! Far less faffing (and costly!)  than going for facial once a week!

I love this product, although I don't get to use it as much as I'd like.

Have you used anything like this before?

What did you think?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Benefit B-Right Skincare Minis

Ive pretty much fallen for Benefit in recent months, with their mascara, highlighters and skincare being part of my daily routine. The thing I love about Benefit's skin care is the fact that it comes in Minis. 

This is perfect for someone (like me) who doesn't want to spend a lot on one item. These retail anywhere from £15 to £25 full size, but you can get the 6 piece mini collection here for £12.50! That way, you can give all the products a go without breaking the bank! Out of the kit, which comprises of Triple performance facial emulsion Moisture prep toning lotion, Foamingly clean facial wash, Refined finish facial polish, Total moisture facial cream, It’s potent eye cream, its these four beauties I use the most. 

I did a full review of the Refined Finish Facial Polish, you can see that here. Both the cleanser and the facial polish (not pictures) are both nice, I used them both up in 3-4 washes, but the skincare offerings have lasted much longer.

These pretty much form my night time skincare routine, depending on how my skin is doing. My go to combo is the It's potent eye cream and the Total Moisture Facial Cream. these two together give just the right amount of moisture over night to make me wake up with plump, healthy looking skin. The eye cream is really good for reducing puffiness and dark circles, although I do use this sparingly as this is quickly running out!

The Moisture Prep Toning Lotion is an unusual one, and something I'm probably not using completely right. I use this mostly after a mid-day shower, when I get home from the gym. It works as a moisturiser for me, and reminds me of the Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, my skin drinks it up, whilst it tightens everything up nicely. Your supposed to use this before you moisturise to help your moisturiser sink in better, but I find I don't need to follow with a moisturiser. 

Last, but not least, is the Triple Performing Facial Emulsion. I whip out this bad boy when I'm having a particularly dry skin day. This is a really intense mosituriser which if i use too often can make me produce more oil, but works amazingly well to tackle any extra dry spots I might have overnight! 

Have you tried these?

What do you think? 

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Poorly Girl Face

It seems that as soon as spring has sprung, nearly everyone comes down with a cold.Ive been suffering with the sniffles, coughs and headaches mildly for a while now, I just can't seem to shake it off. But last weekend, it came on pretty strong, and it left me in bed for a couple of days, not that I'm complaining. I really needed the extra sleep, and managed to watch Sherlock over and over and over... Obsessed much?

Anyway, I had to pull myself out of bed to go and run some errands. Normally I'd have no problem leaving the house with a bare face, but when I'm poorly, I really am a sight for sore eyes. 

It took me about 3 minutes to throw something together to make me look half decent,  but with the total minimum effort required! 

I absolutely love this! It's much runnier than your typical foundation, but it does the job perfectly. I tend to wear this on good skin days, when I've got no spots or blemishes. It works well to even out my pinky red patches I have on my face, as well as doing a good deal to tackle my under eye bags. I just whacked this on using my fingers, blended a bit, and that was my base sorted! I definitely wasn't having a good skin day when I wore this, but I wanted to wear something light to let my skin breathe, rather than a full coverage foundation.

I got this in a Birchbox a while ago, and my first impressions of it were not all that good. I was expecting a higher pigmentation with a good colour payoff and it just didn't have that. It looks so bright in the tube, but this isn't transferred as dramatically onto the skin as you'd think. But on second thoughts, it does take rather a lot to perk up my ghostly complexion. I wanted to use something that gave a quick and subtle glow to the face, and this did just that. It gave more of a dewy finish than a flushed finish, which was fine, because I was already naturally pretty flushed that day anyway! Used on days where I want the bare minimum, this is now my go-to. 

Maybelline Brow Drama £4.99

I sort of have mixed feelings for this product. I think there's so many bad reviews of it out there in the blogosphere that I feel like I shouldn't like it. But I do. It's not the best brow product I have used, but it certainly isn't the worst. I think after Benefits Gimme Brow was launched, people had higher expectations for this to be a dupe, and it just isn't. I use this to brush my brows into shape, keep them in place and add a bit of colour to my brows. If your someone like me who has relatively healthy, bushy brows then this will probably work well for you, but if you need a lot of filling it, I'd give it a miss. It gave me a polished-yet-not look, like I'd made a bit of an effort.

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara £10

This brush is like WOAH! It is seriously the biggest mascara wand I've ever used and because of this, I find it a bit fiddly to use. The formula doesn't blow me away, but it's an OK mascara and I use it on days when I'm not going for a full face look. It coats the lashes nicely, not as thickly as the name suggests, and gives a wide awake look to the eyes. Doesn't come close to my favourite, Benefits They're Real though!

What are your poorly girl makeup tricks?

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