Spot Zappers!

Hi all,

Today I will look at these awful things that can ruin your complexion and spoil that special day out. Spots! I occasionally suffer from those horrible things which I call ‘little bastards’!

Hormones, pollution, stress, diet are all causes of spots and not just cleansing your face will get rid of them. You have to use other forms of treatment to love your skin. I will talk through some of the treatments I have been using, spot zappers as I call them!

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First up is the Simple spotless skin rapid action spot zapper. £5.49 It is for sensitive skin and uses a rollerball to put the liquid directly on the spot or you can use your finger. It’s odourless and has zinc and chamomile goodness in it. It works really well, I tend it use before I go to bed and the spot is smaller when I get up the next day. A good budget choice.

The next one is Tisserand tea tree + anti-blemish stick. £4.50 Same idea but this uses a brush instead. This does smell and is quite strong. It is a gel base and it can sting  a little but it does really well in killing the spots.

Lavera 2in1 anti-blemish treatment. Approx £10.00. It has organic mint and zinc. This has 2 ends, the first one is a rollerball to apply on the spot and the second end has a concealer to apply to hide it before you put on your foundation. It is very good and it has worked but I think I would buy Simple or the Tisserand again rather than this one as I found the concealer option was a bit yellow for me. I did also find it felt a bit tight on the skin.

The last one is Neal’s Yard clarifying mahonia skin gel. £16.50 This is the most expensive of the four products. This is best applied in the evenings as it has a yellow colour to it rather than the colourless products of the other three. It is a sticky consistency but it works so well in killing the spots. It is expensive but you only need to use a very tiny amount of product so you don’t need to throw the whole bottle on your face!

Any high street shop will sell Simple but the others you have to look in organic shops or online.All of the above use natural ingredients( parabone free and any synthetic products) which is important as you do not want to harm your skin with too man made products.

There are so many treatments out there that can help if you suffer from spots/acne so do not feel unhappy if you are suffering from this. There is something out there to beat those ‘little bastards’ and have beautiful skin which we deserve!

Rxx

 

Rae Morris

Hi all,

I have been an admirer of Rae Morris for so long, her book Makeup: The Ultimate Guide was one of her first make up books I bought and it has been much read for her easy to follow steps to great make up. It really is a great book and I  like how she fall into the business and talks about how she did make up for Naomi Campbell. It has to be read to be believed how luck(and of course talent!) played it’s part on that meeting and changed her life forever. Since then I have added Timeless Makeup to it and enjoyed that as well.

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My husband bought me a few brushes from her website last year and I have enjoyed them as they are so different. The first is the Number 1 Deluxe Kabuki. It is a beautifully smooth brush which Rae created for her range from other Kabuki brushes she had bought. This is her favourite and you can see why, it can do anything. Powder, cream blush, bronzer, contouring, highlighting and for blending eye shadow. This is a fantastic rush, so versatile and you probably need two! I love the shape of the brush and the detail has an angled cut at the bottom with her initials on it. Nice touch. The second brush is the number 26 Fan Brush,this is a very soft brush which I use for highlighting on the cheekbones. Also good for removing messy eye lash fallout. The last brush is the number 12 Chiselled Smudger. This is perfect for blending or smudging eye shadows or gels close to the lash line. As it’s compact to helps to keep your eye shadows in place. All three are great to use and are of such nice quality.

Rae has a new book coming out soon (she is shooting images for it) so I cannot wait to buy that. She has also launched the world’s first magnetic brush range which look fantastic and a make up range, which is something to look forward to. Of course her life is about to change forever with the  wonderful news that she is expecting a  baby, so many congratulations to Rae.

One day I hope to meet Rae and so thank you to her for being an inspiration to me.

This is her link to her website: http://raemorris.com

I will leave with this quote about her:

“Rae is not just a makeup artist, Rae is a brilliant person with a heart made from love — she just happens to be one of the most talented people I’ve ever met!!! 

Her art is a performance, your face her stage. Whether it’s a colourfully enchanting opera or a mesmerising ballet – Rae will always play selflessly to her audience.” 

Gok Wan, UK Fashion Expert

January Favourites.

Hi,

I’m going to share with you my favourites for January.

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Body Products

Body Shop Vineyard Peach Cream Body Scrub – It smells so delicious you could eat it with a spoon. It has a grainy consistency which exfoliates your skin and leaves your body soft and smooth. A wonderful product. I love the Body Shop!

Avon Skin so Soft Satin Sheer Body Oil – You have to shake it and spray it onto your body. If you are lazy or don’t have the time to use creams this product is for you. An OK product but nothing special.

Jergens Ultra Healing Body Moisturizer – A sample from a magazine. It has Vitamin C, E and B5 and really is a superb product as it moisturizers the skin.  Some Moisturizers leave you sticky and itchy but this one didn’t. I will be buying a full size bottle as replacement.

Hair Product

Bumble and Bumble Bb Straight – This was a sample from Space Nk, It’s a paste which you apply on your wet hair and then blow dry for a straight effect. My hair curls at the ends and this did help. I liked this and I will probably buy a full size version.

Face Products

L’Oreal Foaming Gentle Scrub – It has quite a runny consistency for a scrub. It comes with a sponge and you apply the scrub with it. I didn’t feel it helped all that much compared to the Michael Tood scrub I have tried. Nothing special but it didn’t cost that much anyway.

Dr Organic Manuka Honey Face Mask –   I love the hand cream and I love this as my skin really glowed when I use it. It can be a bit difficult to take off as it is Kaolin ( china clay) in it. You can use your hands or mask brush to apply it. A wonderful product.

REN Gentle Cleansing Milk – I felt this irritated me as my cheeks became a little red when I used it.

Hand Creams

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream – I love my hand creams, all are different and I never tire in using a lot of them. This one is one of my favourites and I can’t squeeze anymore out of the tube! A super product that leaves my hands soft and protected from everyday life.

Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream  – It has SPF 15 in it so protects your hands from sunlight and dark spots. It really smells of roses and is of a watery consistency which absorbs so well into the skin. A lovely hand cream.

Make-Up

Kiko Soft Touch Blush 110  – I really like Kiko products at the moment as they are such good value. A lovely Barbie Pink blush which is quite pigmented so you don’t need too much and it lasts all day.

Lip Products

The weather has been wet and windy so you need to have the lips protected, here all the few I have used:

Max Factor Vibrant Curved Lip Gloss ‘Bubbly’ No 5 – A non-sticky product which I have used  everyday and is nearly empty. A nice feel when applied to your lips.

Clinque Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss No 9 ‘Currant’.  A sample size, it a plum colour and it is a wonderful little gloss which works so well, A typical quality Clinque product.

UNE Fund Raising Lip Balm – Not sure on this one, it moisturizes just fine but because it is white it does leave white residue on your lips so it leaves your lips pale in colour!

Body Shop Born Lippy Pomegranate Lip Balm – It has a red tint with a pomegranate so it leaves a lovely reddish tint on your lips. Wonderful lip balm. I love the pop art inspired packaging as well!

 

Diptyque Do Son EDT Review.

Hi everybody,

I posted a few weeks ago my Space NK sale items I bought. Today, I will give you my thoughts on the Diptyque Do Son.

Diptyque was founded in 1961 by 3 artists: Desmond Knox-Lett, Christine Gautrot and Yves Coueslant. All three had designed fabrics and wallpaper for Liberty. They opened a shop at 34, Boulevard Saint-Germain and to this day the shop stands at the same place. Diptyque is world famous for it’s candles and as they gained popularity the trio decided to enter the perfume market. Diptyque’s simple look of black on white and the lettering (inspired by an ancient Irish alphabet), designed by Knox-Lett is known throughout the world.

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Do Son was launched in 2005 and I could not resist it when I saw it in the sale after Christmas. I normally do not buy perfumes without first smelling it but I saw a description on the Space NK and decided to go for it. I ‘m glad I did!

The first smell is of a bouquet of white flowers and iris with a freshness of orange. The middle has a feeling of pink pepper and tuberose but still have the floral element to it. I don’t feel sweetness but it is a gorgeous floral scent, perfect  for the summer or the winter when you need something to lift up your mood!

This is a soft, light gentle perfume and is not your typical perfume ,but a sophisticated fragrance for beautiful women everywhere! It is not sexy but I would say it is a loving perfume!

Rxx