Sunday, 14 September 2014

OPI Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover

You know when you're sat there trying to think of a good spin to put on a pretty boring product to talk about. Well that's what I've been trying to think of for the last 15 minutes about the OPI Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover, but I think I'll just get straight to the point and the facts.
For ages I never understood why people complained about cheap nail polish removers however once you do try a higher end brand it is so easy to get what they mean.
- No more powdery looking nails that are left looking like they have chalk on them .
- Less time per nail, just sit the soaked cotton wool on the nail for a few seconds then pat a few times, pull away and the nail is left clean (even with my treatment, base coat, 2 lacquer coats and top coat).
- Less product being needed to do all my nails, I was used to using quite a few cotton wool pads. Maybe 5/6 per hand and not I need just 3 to do both hands.
- Similar as above but the bottles last a lot longer because of the quality so I don't feel quite as bad spending £16.50 on a single bottle of polish remover.
- General health of nails, no dryness left to my nails or my cuticles, I don't feel the need to apply cuticle oil and hand creams afterwards. Although I always do to keep my hands and nails in tip top condition!
So there it is if you have ever wondered what the fuss is about I suggest maybe buying one of OPI's mini bottles and give it a try. I'm sure you'll be like me and seeking out the 480ml bottle after.    

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15

I'm going to start this post off with my first memories of trying a Liz Earle fragrance, as it is a sweet one. I was sent the Botanical Essence No.1 perfume to try along with a selection of other Liz Earle products a few years ago. I fell in love quickly with it. I wore it everyday and would go through bottles very quickly, but what really made it special was the fact that their PR at the time was always kind enough to send me little get well soon parcels with some of my favourites in there and of course she always included a bottle of  Botanical Essence No.1. Whenever I wear it now it makes me smile but when I first got sick and was going through many hospital visits a spritz of Botanical Essence No.1 would always perk me (and always had the nurses asking what perfume I was wearing) and now when I look back at that time it makes me smile that one fragrance and one person managed to make my life a little brighter. 

Onto Botanical Essence No.15 I had wanted to try this for a while so treated myself during a bout of online shopping a while back. Since I loved their first fragrance I had high hopes for No.15. Now I know perfume is a tricky one to review as it will always smell different on each of us, so I'll just ramble on why I like it. In the typically sleek and simple packing was the second of Liz Earle's fragrances. Unlike it's sister scent No.1 which is a fresh, light, citrus-y summertime fragrance. No.15 is a rich inviting deep fragrance, something that I love, over the past year I have been using richer scent and this fits into that slightly masculine yet still feminine genre for me. For most people I'm sure it would be perfect as a winter fragrance, however if you are like me, I've been wearing it through the summer. The rich, warming ingredients of tonka bean and vanilla, are mixed beautifully with the spice of pink pepper and cinnamon and a touch of rose. The blend of 15 world’s most precious botanicals really envelopes you in it, wrapping around you and warming you. I picture myself sitting in front a wood burning fire with a hot drink on a cold winter day. It's a comforting fragrance. I also like the fact it is derived from over 90% sustainably sourced natural ingredients, carefully picked and created by award winning French perfumer Alienor Massenet. 

If you want to try it for yourself then pop over to Liz Earle here - Link!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Revamping my makeup bag - Bases

Laura Geller Balance 'n' Brighten, Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer and Clinique Stay Matte Foundation

A few months ago I totally revamped my makeup bag, looking to try new products that would give me my desired medium-full coverage finish but without the dreaded caked on and heavy feel/look to it. It all started one day when I wasn't feel well and resigned myself to a day in bed and happened to switch onto QVC and it was a Laura Geller show. I was immediately drawn to the Balance 'n' Brighten after seeing it demonstrated on a girl who had quite bad pigmentation and scarring problems. Similar to my skin type and concerns, so I kept watching and the end result really impressed me. I swiftly placed an order for two shades - medium & light - not sure seeing them on tv how true to life the colours would be. A few days later opening my parcel I had plenty of doubts in the fore front of my head doubting how well it would cover and conceal. I did a half face so I could compare and wow was all I could say looking at my skin and seeing it perfectly evened out, no hint that there were any discolouration or acne scars hidden underneath. It looked natural, glow-y and it felt light weight. The colour correcting swirls allows it to adapt to your skin tone, so no matter your concern it will help to brighten your overall complexion, thanks to the silky swirls of 7 different shades of pigments. It is packed with skin loving ingredients and anti-oxidant protection from the  Centella Asiatica and White Tea Having being used to a very definite feeling of "yup I'm wearing foundation today" it was nice to not feel like I was wearing anything at all. It does come with a retractable brush that you can adjust to help apply your desired coverage. It comes 5 in the UK, from the very fair to deep which is great. You can purchase it here - Link!

The Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer was another buy that I wanted to try as I was getting a little tired with the work needed to make my MAC concealer stay put. This little tube has been my favourite in covering some horrible breakouts recently, it literally blanks out the skin with a semi matte finish. I wear the shade light and it works perfectly, even when I have a slight tan it manages to adapt well. From covering my dark circles to my breakouts and acne scarring this little gem hides them all. It is a silicone based formula which I usually stay away from however it doesn't feel like your typical silicone based product. It glides on smoothly and is incredibly long lasting on me. It's oil free and apparently packed full of "healthy vitamins" which I'm not sure on as I can't seem to find any information about what exactly these vitamins are. Laura Geller claims it is water-resistant and while I certainly haven't tested that claim out, I can say on the incredibly hot weather we have had recently in the UK it stayed well on my skin, no need for any touch ups all day! I was impressed to say the least, usually even with my other favourite concealers I have to at least sort of creasing especially under the eyes -  not here. You can pick one up here - Link!

Check out the rest of the Laura Geller line up on QVC UK here -  Link!

Last but not least is Cliniques Stay Matte Oil-Free Foundation has actually been sat in my 'products to test box' for quite some time, I couldn't even tell you when it was sent to me. However it was left unused simply because the weather didn't warrant a matte foundation. Recently though I definitely needed to break it out and I adore it. It leaves me skin looking even and fresh, however although it does say 'matte' on me it appears more of a semi-matte texture. I love it, I really can't say that enough. For day to day use I just apply a little bit of this with my Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer and I'm set all day - no blotting required. When the weather is particularly hot and humid (which has been quite a few days down south this summer!) I set it with either a little bit of the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder or my Laura Geller Balance 'n' Brighten if I'm looking for slightly more coverage. The lightweight gel-cream texture is lovely on my skin, it does feel very light on me, another reason I'm really enjoying it for it's comfortable feel. It keeps my skin shine free and even throughout the day, the shine absorbers control any trouble areas that get especially oily and keeps enlarged pores refined. The coverage is buildable you can easily build up thin layers if you want a more moderate-full coverage or just a single layer for a sheer look. I use a very small amount (probably about the look of 2-3 grains of rice) and that is more than enough to even out my skin. For me the best application method is my fingers, or if I am going for a fuller coverage I use a flat top kabuki brush. It comes in a brilliant 17 shades from the very fair to the very deep. You can purchase it from Clinique here - Link! 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Vichy Idealia Moisturiser Review

Vichy Idealia Moisturiser £29.99 available from Boots 

Vichy is a brand that I am slowly that I am getting to know and there are a couple of products that have really stood out so far for me. The Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating cream has been my go to day time moisturiser for a few weeks now, in a bid to help inject a little bit of radiance back into my skin. They enlisted the help of hundreds of women across four countries, of various ages and ethnicities, to which they identified that there was a loss of 'ideal skin'. This 'ideal skin' doesn't just include wrinkles and loss of firmness but also the challenge we face to maintain an even, smooth complexion whilst also keeping a youthful glow. So using this information Vichy created their Idealia skincare products aiming to restore  healthy looking skin that is more even, refined, youthful and radiant. I have certainly noticed a difference in my own skin after 8 weeks of using it, my skin is slowly becoming smoother, more radiant and even. It has a lovely refreshing feel to it, the cream itself is quite thick but somehow has the lightness of a gel, melting into my skin leaving no residue behind but still injecting moisture. Enriched with Vichy thermal spa water helping the skin to fortify and regenerate itself  whilst soothing even sensitive skin. The immediate effect is a soft radiance that creates a natural glow, there is something about this moisturiser that feels like it is bringing my skin back to life. I have been wearing more BB and CC creams recently and pairing them with Vichy Idealia, they seem to be a perfect partner both working to create a dewy even finish. 

Vichy Idealia has new DRM Bright and LHA technology which is the first formula to act on each layers to help reduce blemishes and visible redness. Having been tried and tested under dermatological conditions, the range is Hypoallergenic, Noncomedogenic and Paraben free so no matter what type of skin you have, dry, sensitive or slightly oily you will see results. it has been proven safe for even the most sensitive of skin. 

Obviously I can't comment on the claims of youthful, plumped skin and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles as I don't have any of those problems yet. However as I said above my skin is certainly more refined with my pores appearing reduced, my uneven skin tone is slowly becoming more even and the biggest improvement I have noticed is the overall look of my skin being healthy and radiant. 

I definitely recommend anyone looking for a new moisturiser, serum or BB cream to check out the Vichy Idealia range as it has become a permanent fixture in my morning routine. Let me know if you have tried anything from the Idealia range? 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Decleor Aroma Cleanse Eye Make-up Remover Review

Decleor Aroma Cleanse Eye Make-up Remover £21.00 available from Decleor

Decleor for me is one of those brands that just feels like I'm adding a touch of luxury to my routine when I use one of their products. Decleor has years of experience in creating great products that give you a luxurious spa experience in the comfort of your own home.  The newest addition to the Decleor make-up removal family is a biphased formula, the  Cornflower water mixed with the Carnellia oil easily melts through even the best waterproof mascara. Eye make-up remover is something I run out of very quickly, I'm always looking for that perfect formula that isn't greasy (I hate the feeling of my eyes being coated after using an oily cleanser), that also feels refreshing but that can remove all my makeup with ease. This is so quick to use just shake up the bottle and soak a cotton wool pad, gently press it onto your eye for a few seconds (longer if you have on eyeliner, false lashes etc) and then wipe away. If you are having trouble removing your makeup with ease just let the cotton wool soak in a little longer, so you aren't tugging at your eye over and over. Overall I am loving the results from this and haven't used another product for months, although I do wince at spending £21.00 each time I buy a bottle I am quickly reassured that I know it will quickly remove my makeup whilst keeping my eyes refreshed.

Are you a Decleor fan? Have you tried the new Aroma Cleanse Eye Make-up Remover yet?

Thursday, 4 April 2013

March Favourites 2013

Origins Drink It Up Intensive overnight mask does a brilliant job at quenching skins thirst if you are suffering from dry or dehydrated skin. Simply pop on just before you go to bed and when you wake up your skin will be plumped, soft and nourished. This has been a staple in my skincare routine for over a year now, it is a really simple way to keep my skin moistured. 
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Recently my my legs have been very dry and I have been slapping on this soothing repairing balm a new launch from La Roche-Posy and it is fab. The multipurpose balm is suitable for even the dryest of skins, it can be used pretty much every where from cracked lips, as a face cream, your body or on minor grazes and burns. It provides relief to dry itchy skin and will leave your skin feeling thoroughly moistured all day.
Indeed labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster seems to be well loved in the beauty community and now I'm a fan too. You need a small amount of the thick clear gel for your face, it is absorbed very fast and gives a nice plump nourished feel to my skin, very very soft in fact. I love the way my skin looks and feels after applying this and has made it a must have everyday for me now. 

Liz Earle Powder Blush in 05 Coral has been my everyday blusher for ages now and it is one of those products you use so much that you forget to actually blog about it. The coral shade is perfect for brightening up my skin and stays in place all day. I am a massive fan of the Liz Earle makeup range, everything I have tried I have loved. 
Liz Earle Perfect Fix Concealer in 04 Medium another great product from Liz Earle, this conceals nicely and doesn't feel cakey, creamy texture that blends in well. Set with a little loose powder and this won't budge. I highly recommend you have a look at the Liz Earle makeup range as there are lots of lovely products to check out.

Topshop Glow in Polished this was my first dabble into Topshops makeup range and I have to say for a fashion brand it is actually really nice. This does give a gorgeous glow, I like to dap a little on my cheek bones, brow and cupids bow to grab the light. I can't say a bad word and has definitely made me want to go back to check out some more from the range. Let me know if you have any suggestions?
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar another staple in my makeup bag. This works beautifully alone as a sheer wash of colour, or on top as a highlighter or over a matte blush to give it some more dimension. 

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butters in 090 Sweet Tart (left) and 095 Crème Brulee (right) I am very late in trying these out, they did sit in my makeup drawer waiting to be tested and I have finally got around to it. I love the creamy testure but still with plenty of colour, with a great selection of shades as well. I have now managed to buy quite a few colours and these two are my top picks, I love Sweet Tart a little more as I am having a bit of a colour moment right now. 
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 020 Lovesick Passionnee another product that I have just gotten around to trying this month and another product I have loved using. so easy to apply and pop in my handbag for touch ups. Very moisturising and the colour line up is good. I love this medium-bright pink and on days when I have just wanted some easy to wear I have found myself reaching for this.
Sleek MakeUP Truly Mattely Deeply in Jazz I posted a picture of myself wearing this on Instagram last week as I love the texture and finish to this. The colour is super bright and the matte texture makes it really pop, no need to worry about any transfer here and this staying power is amazing. Make sure you apply some lipbalm before you use this, because it is a matte formula any dry or cracked lips will be noricable.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 17 I'm sure you have seen plenty about these but I have to mention it as I have again been reaching for this medium pink shade quite a few times. It's such an easy product (can you see a theme here for easy to wear lip products? Having a lazy makeup month) lipstick, stain and gloss all in one. There are plenty of shades to go for, from nudes to impacting reds, I have amassed quite the collection as I love them for the comfortable glossy finish. Do go have a play at your nearest counter, I highly recommend the Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains

What have been your faves this month?