March & April Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

I decided to combine March and April favourites so here we go!

 

SKINCARE

L’Oreal Smooth Sugars Nourish Scrub  is a new range of skincare from L’Oreal. I decided to try this but they have 2 more different scrubs in the range. It is a fine brown sugar scrub made from cocoa butter, coconut oil and cocoa grains. It felt gentle on the skin and exfolitated well and didn’t irritate or leave me with any breakouts. The skin felt very soft, smooth and velvety. You can also use this on your lips and the smell is delicious.

Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris is a alcohol free toner. It is for combination/oily skin and I love to use it in the evenings as an extra cleanse on my skin. It doesn’t dry or irritate my skin. I do love toners and I will always use them.

Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz is a 100% organic product and is reasonably priced! I use this in the mornings to refresh and hydrate the skin. It just the start my skin needs before I do my make up or if I want to be make-up free. The smell is pleasant with the damask rose scent and my skin loves it.

I have been using Clinque’s All About Eyes for a couple of months in the mornings. It is a gel cream constituency and you only need to use a tiny amount underneath the eyes. The makeup didn’t crease underneath and it really helped to hydrate the eyes and didn’t irritate me. It really helped to keep fine lines at bay!

I have been using Juliette Armand Elements 05 DNA Repair Serum for 4 months now and I have seen an improvement to my skin. The spots scars have diminished and the skin looks more even and less redness. It contains BIFIDUS bacterium and milk proteins and this stimulates the enzymatic system of the skin to identify and repair damages to the DNA of the skin cells. The skin feels less dehydrated and no irritation either. It absorbs easily into the skin and unlike other serums, my make up and foundation never slipped from my face. I still have another month left of product so I may have to buy another bottle!

MAKEUP

I found the Clarins Summer Eye Palette on sale in Debenhams. It is a beautiful designed 4 colour palette with a nice size mirror included. The colours are a nude-golden, brown-orange combination. You can do a natural look or even a smoky look for the evenings. Nicely pigmented and easy to blend shades. Perfect for the summer glow for the eyes!

I have never tried any products from this brand but the CYO Kohl Gel Eyeliner ‘Highflier’ has been excellent. The dark turquoise eyeliner was what I was looking for the summer. It was easy to draw the flick on the eyes and it didn’t smudge, crumble or fade and stayed on for a number of hours. The other great thing is that you don’t need to sharpen it as it is an retractable eyeliner!

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils is a little sample I have been trying. The bristle brush is small but easy to apply with. It gave the lashes lift and volume. No smudge or crumbs under the eyes either, so a really great everyday mascara. I now have to buy the full size version!

Lancome Shine Lover ‘O My Rouge 120’ is a vibrant shiny lipstick. The colour is a raspberry red with hydrating glossy qualities. The staying power of the lipstick is excellent. It gives the lips a juicy fruity effect. It feels like a balm but with the staying powering look of a lipstick.

Barry M Holographic Lip Topper ‘Mermaid’ is right up my street. It smells fruity but not sickly. On the lips the colour is stunning. You can use it on its own or on top of lipstick, either look is amazing.g  The staying power on the lips is excellent and I wear it in the daytime too! A bit of bling-bling for the lips and the price is excellent too!

Rxx

 

 

 

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February Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

I know we are in the middle of March so I’m a bit late for February favourites but I had to share my likes!

SKINCARE,BODYCARE & MAKE-UP

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed is a really nice cream cleanser. I use this as my second cleanser and it leaves my skin refreshed and clean. It’s for normal/combination skin and it doesn’t dry the skin out. It  also has a nice subtle scent and you only need a pea-sized amount. You mix it with water and its enough to cleanses the face and neck. Its great for everyday use and I like it a lot.

OM Skincare Cleanse & Glow Konjac Sponge is a 100% natural made from Kinjac Vegetable fibre. Its perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin. You can use your favourite cleanser on it or you can use it without any cleanser. Its great to detoxify the skin as it unclogs pores or if you have acne problems. You always soak it with warm water to soften it. Using circular movements I apply it the most needed areas to my face where I have problematic areas and to cleanse my face. It is very gentle to use and my skin loves it! I really need to try the sponges in the collection as you need to replace every 2 months.

Dermalogica Age Smart Daily Superfoliant is a powder exfolitant. You mix a little with water and turn it into a paste with your hands and work it into your face. I really like non-abrasive exfolitators like this as it resurfaces the skin and fights the pollution which accelerates skin aging. My skin felt brighter, glowing and smoother. I experienced no breakouts or dryness using this advanced facial exfolitator.

I like Beauty Pie products and the Plantastic Youth Guard Eye Cream has been my eye cream for a few months. It found that it hydrated under my eyes as I experienced some slight dryness. It didn’t irritate me and I think it has helped the early signs of aging. Make sure you read the instructions and you have to pat it around the eye area and not to rub it in!Bargaintastic!!

I was too lazy to make my own lip scrub as I saw the new Barry M Lip Scrubs. They have two flavours in Mint and Mango. I choose the mango flavour and it is a sugary scrub which makes your skin non-drying and smooth. Perfect to prepare before putting on your favourite lipstick.

This is my first try with IT Cosmetic Brow Power in ‘Universal Taupe’. Its a nice, handy brow pencil. It has a pencil at one end and the other end has a brush. The pencil hand is flat so it is easy to fill in the gaps. The shade matches nicely to your brows and I have found that it stayed on throughout the day. It shouldn’t disappoint considering the price!

I purchased NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in ‘Light Vanilla’ as I heard so many good things about it from others reviewers so as my Laura Mercier concealer had finished, I bite the bullet and bought it. It comes in a pot rather than a palette and I only used it to cover imperfections or spots. I have found that this concealer doesn’t dry out the areas you had applied on unlike others I have tried. I was a bit worried about it being a matte finish but I was pleasantly surprised and it looked good and covered the areas well. It held for approximately six hours but you will need to re-apply it if worn all day.

The Body Shop Hawiian Kukui Rich Nurturing Body Cream is from the Spa of the World range.First of all the scent is very sweet and nutty. This is a very rich cream so perfect for those with dry skin. Its a fabulous, luxurious  moisturizing cream to restore your skin’s suppleness and hydration. My skin felt great after using it.

The Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt smells delicious with the apricot and honey scent. Its a lightweight cream which nourishes and moisturises for up to 48 hours. It absorbs easily into the skin quickly and it didn’t leaves any stickiness, much to my husband’s approval! A great body care choice and reasonably priced!

Rxx

 

 

 

 

September Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

Evenings are getting shorter and the nights are drawing in..

Here are some new things I have been enjoying using.

MAKEUP

I’m not into the crazy face sculpting fashion but I have been liking the Beauty Pie Pro-Glow Sculpting Face Palette. It is in a handy product which you have everything in one palette. You have a setting powder to set your make up, I usually use this on my forehead and nose. A bronzer/contour which is a light matte finish. This can be used on paler skin for a sun-kissed link or to build up for a full bronze look.  The cream highlighter is a champagne colour but with a hint of glitter. I have found that it stayed all day on me. The rosy coloured blush gives you a little flushed to your cheeks. I have been really enjoying this and the mirror is a large practical size too.

The Body Shop Eye Colour stick in ‘Siberian Quartz‘  is a purple-aubergine cream eyeshadow. I love wearing this for a dramatic eye look as it blends easily and sets quickly so it doesn’t move all day along. It doesn’t feel that it dries out and I love the practical stick  as it so easily to work with . Also good for people who are in a rush!

Barry M Dazzle Dust ‘Rose Gold’ is a beautiful colour. I do have a few pots of the dazzle dust by Barry M in my dressing table.  It’s easy to work with, blends easily and nicely pigmented. It looks great on the eyes and the great thing is that its not expensive. What’s not to like?

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ‘Pink Ruby’ is a dazzler of a colour. Its rich, pigmented and stands out on the lips. Its a bit of bling-bling for the lips! It has a little stickiness but I don’t mind that. The only minor downside is that I wish it had a doe applicator rather than a brush but you can’t have everything!

SKINCARE, BODYCARE & HAIR

I have been using Avene Hydrance Intense Serum for two and a half months. This serum is for very dehydrated/sensitive skin. I found that my skin was helped by using this serum. My skin felt hydrated, less redness. The blemishes appeared less often, the skin looked even, radiant and luminous. The serum has a light consistency and has a pleasant and not overbearing scent.  It doesn’t feel tacky on the skin. I applied the serum before I applied a moisturizer and no matter what moisturizer I used, it sat perfectly.

I applied Lancome Energie De Vie Nuit sleeping mask in the evenings instead of my night moisturizer. It is a jelly like cream and my skin felt moisturized, hydrated and plump when I used it. The skin feels amazing and awake and you only need a little of this little gem of a product to see the benefits.

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules is a lightweight, silky smooth serum . They are the first help against the first the signs of aging by strengthening and restoring the skin’s moisture barrier. My skin in the morning looked different after the first use. It looked smoother and radiant. No breakouts afterwards so I’m happy about that and I really must treat myself to more!

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is a multi purpose dry oil for face, body and hair. I am not a fan of multi purpose oils. I didn’t like using this oil on my face and hair but on the body it is simply amazing!It didn’t feel greasy at all compared to other oils when applied with them you feel like a slippery eel! It absorbed so easily and the scent is subtle and pleasant and not overpowering. The skin felt different, not at all sticky but so soft and smooth.

I love mangoes, especially when you cut a fresh and ripe mango and the scent comes from the fruit, so Klorane Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner with Mango Butter reminds me of that.  My hair likes mango too as it looked and felt nourished. It also felt moisturized and no feeling of weighing the hair down like some shampoos I have tried in the past. The hair felt so soft and light like a little chicken’s hair! It looked supple the hair looked healthy with a lovely shine to it. Its a little pricey maybe but its worth it although I did buy this on offer in Boots so you do need to shop around. I hope to see more variety as the stock is quite limited compared to France.

Rxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

A wet day here in on the south coast of England, I want summer back!

Here my July favourites, not very much as I am using the same products.

SKINCARE/BODYCARE

Pixi+ Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse has been used, enjoyed and my skin has been cleansed very well by it. It removed my makeup very well and I had no breakouts from it. My skin didn’t dry out and my only gripe is that I wish it was in a bigger container, 50ml per product is simply not enough!

Time Bomb ‘Take-off Time Cleansing Cream’ has been my second cleanse choice. It has very fine grittiness to it so it is an excellent exfolitator and to slough off the dead cells without damaging the skin.  A really good product and great value when you can buy 125ml for £16.00. Recommended.

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm has been my daytime eye cream recently. It hydrates and moisturizers the eye area without irritating them. It reduces the appearance of the signs of aging ( I hope in time it works for me!). I had a small pot of it and it has lasted a long time as you only need the tiniest of amounts. Lovely stuff!

Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Cream has been a wonderful day cream to use ( for normal/combination skin)It’s been perfect for me. No breakouts and it has really hydrated my skin. I applied make up on top and it didn’t slip. It has SPF and is also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores. It feels great on the skin.

I had to try Sanctuary Wet Skin Moisture Miracle when I saw it in Boots. You apply it onto wet skin after showering and rub in the lightweight creamy texture on to the body and then dry as normal. The skin feels so smooth, soft and hydrated and the scent is beautiful as well. No stickiness either which is even better. I am very impressed and great for people who are busy and don’t have time to have a beauty routine.

Being by Sanctuary Spa Chilli Mango  & Tonka Bean Body Scrub feels edible as the smell is so amazing! You must seek it out and just smell it. It is a sugar scrub so great for exfolitating the body and it gives a nice kick of warm spicy feel to the skin when you rub it in. The skin feels so soft and there is a subtle fragrance to it. I really like it!

ACCESSORIES

I do love a tote bag and I have been using my & Other Stories ‘Lip’ Bag a lot. It is a colourful summer bag for fans for lipsticks! You have two options, either the handles or the shoulder strap which I like.

Anya Hindmarch Leather/Nylon Jewellery Travel Case has been a useful companion when travelling.  It has two compartments and  three separate zip-fastening pockets for necklaces, bracelets and rings and a small panel for earrings. I also use it as my daily storage for my jewellery. A really nice, compact well-made accessory.

Rxx

June Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

Hope you are enjoying the lovely summer weather and also looking after your skin so you don’t look like a lobster!

June favourites and half way through the year..

MAKE-UP

NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel is a new product for me. I finished the Benefit version of eyebrow gel and really enjoyed it using it as I thought it made a real difference to my eyebrows. I decided the NYX version was worth a try as it is cheaper than Benefit’s. The wand is nice to use, picks up the perfect amount of product and holds the eyebrow throughout the day. It doesn’t leave a white residue and wet streaks on them either.  Its also affordable compared to Benefit.

Body Shop Brilliance Powder in ‘Shimmer Bronze’ can be used for either the face or the body for a shimmer glow. I love using this for the summer as it gives a nice shimmer to the skin. It’s my summer thing! I also use it on my legs. Love it!

SKINCARE

I love the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm when I was on holiday. The hard balm, which turns into an oily consistency when used, was perfect for removing the make-up at the end of the day. I had the small travel size and it lasted the whole 2 weeks I was away. I still have quite a bit left as you only need a very tiny amount. My skin was so soft, smooth and cleansed after using it. I also love the herb scent as well!

ESPA Optimal Skin ProCleanser is a three-in-one product. A cleanser, exfoliator and mask.  I use it as a cleanser and exfoliator as the Jojoba spheres melt into the skin when you rub it gently into the skin. It brightens the skin and soothes it as well.  I did test it on my mum and it instantly you could see the difference with her skin too.

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum is a lightweight serum. It is so nice on the skin as it absorbs easily into the skin and no stickiness either. I have used it under all moisturizers and it was perfect. The skin felt hydrated and radiant and no breakouts either.

I have never used Oil serum before so I was keen to try ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Serum. This serum nourishes and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier and helps to even the skin tone. It’s also good to use if you have early signs of aging. I use a very tiny amount in the evenings and it absorbs easily into the skin. My skin feels hydrated and nourished after using it and no breakouts. It is a lovely product and great value.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet is a lightweight moisturizer for the face. It gives really good hydration and is good as a base for makeup. It kept my skin moisturized and calmed the skin, especially during the hot period we have had.

Madara Time Miracle Total Renewal Night Cream is a birch based cream with 0% added water. I immediately felt my skin, after just one night,  was  more hydrated, more radiant and smoother than before. No breakouts and the scent is so clean and fresh. This could be the best night cream I have ever used. I can’t believe I have never tried this little miracle from Latvia!

BODYCARE/HAIRCARE

My heels have been dry because of wearing sandals in the summer heat and I have been impressed by Sanctuary Spa Heel Balm. This balm has hydrated my heels and I apply only in the evenings as I feel the benefits are better then. Look after your heels in the summer!

Ladival Sun Protection SPF30 is a very good sun protector as it protects from UV A , UV B and infrared -A rays. We have been glad to be using this at the moment during the warm period and the hot sun.  Another advantage is that it comes in a spray-able form so easy to use!

Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Cream is yet another excellent product from Elemis. This soft cream hydrates and nourishes the body. No stickiness or greasiness when applied. The body feels so smooth and nourished afterwards and it’s particular nice after showering.  Love it!

I apply Carita Haute Beaute Corps Sérum Expert Réducteur Contours  on my thighs and I have found it hydrates and has a cooling effect on my legs after applied. It has a nice sticky, oily texture which absorbs easily into the skin. It is also good for targeting the dreaded cellulite. It feels nice on the skin but to see real results and benefits, you will need to use it for the long-term.

I do love leave-in conditioners for the hair and I saw the Palmers Manuka Flower Honey Leave-in Conditioner in Superdrug and bought it without hesitating. Its good for detangling the hair, fighting frizz, moisturizing and repairing the hair if damaged. It perfect for all natural hair textures and is colour safe. Smells divine too and I really love it. Must try the shampoo range..

Rxx

 

 

May Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

I’m a bit late on May favourites as I visited my family in Latvia. So here it is and there will be more coming in the June one!

MAKEUP

I finished my Urban Decay eye primer so I found the Bourjois Eye Primer 24 Hour in Boots and decided to try it.  Its good but it didn’t last 24 hours as claimed but lasted about 8 hours on me. Any eyeshadow product I used went well on top of it. It is a universal colour with a rather good wand applicator. It would be unfair to compare to the Urban Decay but as a budget option it’s rather good.

 The Body Shop Blending Brush is a really good 100% cruelty free brush. it’so soft and easy to use. The slightly domed top is the perfect size that makes it easy to blend into the eye socket. The wooden handle gives it a more luxurious feel and I will buy more of these brushes from Body Shop.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine ‘Red-Y Set, Go!’ is a beautiful sheer red-orange shade. It’s so nice on the lips and it lasts a long time and it looks so juicy on the lips! I can’t stop wearing it.

Max Factor ‘Star Dust Pink’ 615 is the opposite to the Rimmel. It’s a pinky-nude shade. I have been wearing this shade when I have gone for a darker eyeshadow look. I think this type of shade is perfect with a more dramatic eye look and it always looks great. It lasts well as it is a creamy texture.

SKINCARE/HAIRCARE

L’Oreal Micellar Water is good at removing eye makeup.  I don’t use micellar water as a face cleanser, I only use them for the eyes and most importantly it doesn’t sting them It does the job and it’s also reasonably priced.

Balance Me Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser is a  proper creamy cleanser rather than a watery cleanser. It removes makeup well and doesn’t dry the skin out.The skin feels refreshed and smooth afterwards. It didn’t cause any breakouts and therefore quite gentle to the skin. The scent is pleasant too and I really love this.

Super Facialist By Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Brighten & Refine Facial Scrub does not have a great scent! This is a thick creamy consistency  but with a gritty feel to it as well. I wonder if it will be too strong for those who have sensitive skin. Saying all that, it does leave the skin smooth and bright. It’s an excellent choice if you need something instantly to brighten or freshen the skin.

I bought the ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil with a discount code back in March and I have been using every evening before I go to bed. It’s a purifying oil that boosts hydration and to balance excess oils. This oil is good for oily/combination and congested skin types. It has a nice herby scent and I think my skin looks better for using it. It absorbs easily into the skin and hasn’t caused any breakouts. I do love using facial oils, it gives time to work into the skin and there is nothing wrong with using oils in the skin.

I love my hand creams and I have throughly enjoyed Caudalie The Des Vignes Hand Cream. The scent is beautiful and you instantly feel the difference as you rub it into the hands and nails. I love it this hand cream a lot and its my bedtime routine favourite at the moment.

I have tried so many of the OGX range and I have never been disappointed with any of them. OGX Bamboo Fiber-Full Shampoo, Conditioner & Root Booster is another great additions to the range. It gives a lovely squeaky clean feel to the hair but at the same time it boosts volume and bounce to the hair. I attend  to try all the OGX ranges they do..

Rxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

Time flies so quickly by doesn’t it? Here are my April favourites.

SKiNCARE & BODYCARE

The Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream is a beautifully scented, milky cream. It is a gentle cleansing cream with camellia, macadamia and jojoba oils combined with extracts of oat kernels and wheatgerm. It is so nourishing and soft on the skin. I wish I had bought it before!

The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover is a perfect product to try if you have sensitive skin as it doesn’t irritate or sting the eye area. It  doesn’t have much of a scent and it is a gentle make up remover and I do like to remove my make up separately from cleansing the face.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub is made up of three types of clay: Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Ghassoul. The red algae is for brightening the skin. It is a very unusually scrub as your face turns a brick red colour when massaged into the skin. It is not a strong abrasive texture, more creamier but you do feel some grittiness. After rinsing you do feel and see the difference straight away. The skin looks brighter. I do like this.

Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm is a multi purpose cream so you can use this as a daily moisturizer or as a make up primer. I have used this as a primer and I did notice the difference when I didn’t apply it. My skin looked matte when I didn’t use it but when I applied it the skin glowed and looked juicy! The texture is unusual as it feels like a thick sticky texture but once rubbed into the skin it melts in to it. A lovely product to use.

MAKE-UP

Max Factor Velvet Matte Lipstick in the colour ‘Nude 05’ is a nude light brown colour. I’m not a great fan of matte lipsticks that much as I do prefer glossy, juicy lipsticks. Occasionally it is nice to have a matte texture lipstick and this one is a good one. It applies easily and it didn’t dry my lips. Stayed on my lips for a good time.

Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara has one problem. The stupid round ball at the end is too big and ruins the application of the mascara ny smudging the mascara onto the eyelids. Saying that when applied to the lashes it does elongate and separate them nicely. A good budget mascara.

I have used 3  new make up brushes.  The Barry M eyeshadow brush is a rounded ended brush which applies very nicely the eye shadows over the lids and socket. It is a soft easy to use brush for the eyes. I can’t find anymore of the brushes from Barry M, where have they gone? When I visited the Professional Beauty show, I bought 2 brushes from Crown to try. The C138 Round Crease Brush which fits perfectly into the crease of the eye socket and is a perfect brush for shadowing.  The C511 Blending Brush is a perfect copy of the MAC 217 brush. The difference is that the Mac has slightly softer bristles. Both do a great job for blending eyeshadows. The Crown is a much more reasonable price compared to the MAC and who will notice the difference when the make up is applied!

Rxx