Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Perricone No Concealer Concealer

I was looking for a high quality concealer that also boasted some sort of treatment too, as well as an SPF. The price of this did make a little sceptical along with the skincare/makeup hybrid, as so many products that mix skincare and makeup often come out as a washy tint. So I was actually pleasantly surprised when I finally got this and it wasn't like my previous thoughts. It's quite a thick texture but still very creamy and hydrating. It gives a medium to full coverage depending on how much you apply, the lasting abilities are pretty impressive too I didn't notice it slide off my face till late on in the evening, it beat some products that I thought were great but this put them to shame. The coverage easily covers my dark circles from sleepless nights as well as being enough to cover any spots or blemishes I have too. 

The only downside for me would be the one shade suits all colour, fair to medium skin tones would be alright but I'm not sure how anyone darker than a deep medium would suit it. The colour has a slight peachy tone to it as well, hence it's ability to cover dark circles well. 

At £37.00 for 9ml it is a higher priced concealer to purchase but for me the anti-ageing eye treatment benefits mixed with the coverage it gives have made a recurrent purchase for me lately. So if you are looking for a better concealer that possess anti-ageing treatments, SPF and generally makes you look fresh then Dr Perricone No Concealer Concealer is one to pop on your Christmas List to Santa. You can purchase yours here!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Gatineau Floracil Gentle Eye Make-up Remover

For years I have searched for an eye make-up remover, that would get all my mascara etc off without feeling drying or too greasy, It was always the same one either was brilliant at removing the make-up but I was left with a horrible film coating my eye, that seemed like it wanted to stay forever. Or on the other hand my eyes felt lovely after but I would always notice that it didn't quite get it all off and I would have to use double, triple the amount of product to do the job right.

So after biting the bullet I went for Gatineau's Floracil Gentle Eye Make-up Remover, I'm slowly being introduced to Gatineau and so far I'm in love with the brand and this is no exception.

Gatineau Floracil Gentle Eye Make-up Remover  is my new hero product. The formula is refreshing and cooling, it is no longer a chore to remover my mascara it is refreshingly pleasant. Just place a cotton wool pad soaked in the Floracil and place it over your eye to soak for a couple of seconds and then you can gently remove all traces of your eye make-up. This non oily extremely effective in removing even the most stubborn of waterproof mascara's, without the need to rub. If you have sensitive eyes not to worry with Floracil is is formulated to the same pH as tears, which means no stinging, no irritation or puffiness. 

As an extra I like to give my eyes a boost using it as a treatment, I apply my night eye cream/serum then placing a cotton wool pad soaked in Floracil on each of my eyes, I let them sink in and tap in any excess afterwards. Leaving my eyes refreshed and brightened. 

At £17.50 for 200ml from FeelUnique it's a great product for the price and in fact I have 4 bottles stocked up so I won't run out any time soon.  

Friday, 24 October 2014

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polishes

I know I’m a little late in talking about the Nails Inc Gel Effect colours but I think it’s safe to say I am pretty much now fully in love Gel Effect right now, especially the darker shades now that we are coming into winter. It all started out with one lonely colour (Downtown) and the next thing I know I had a total of 11 (although two of those are Uptown as I absolutely love that colour). They makes some big claims on their formula, high shine, plumping and has a long hard wearing finish. The brush in the Gel Effect polishes is brilliant the curved shape really allows you to get close to the cuticle, really hugging it so you get the perfect edge. It is also quite a wide brush compared to the original line up, which is great at getting my nails done in 2-3 strokes, no need to keep going back and retouching the edges. Compared to the core line range of Nails Inc the gel effect certainly has more of a shine to it, it really has a glossy wet look. Although I always wear a top coat to help the colour stay on longer. I was impressed with how well it wore on my nails I got a good 5 days before finally on the 6th day I had to remove it but then again I am fairly fussy with my nails and always like them to be perfect. The formula is also brilliant at self levelling itself out, giving a plump smooth look to the nail, thanks to their 'Placticiser Technology'. 

I’m certainly getting a lot of my friends asking to borrow them so I think all round this range gets a big ol’ thumbs up from me.

Colours in order from top to bottom, left to right: Colville Mews, Porchester Square, Hyde Park Place / New Oxford Street, Old Bond Street, West End / Uptown, Uptown, Downtown / Victoria, Grosvenor Crescent.

I will upload photos later showing each colour on the nail. I'm currently wearing New Oxford Street which I had had on for 5 days when I took this picture. 

Prices start from £14.00 And can be purchased here

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Product of the Month featuring Laura Geller

This is something new that I've never done before but wanted to start a monthly ‘Product of the Month’ post. It will just be quick post telling you why I’ve been loving the product that month and about the product so you know what it does. So let me know what you think and if you like it.

We all search for that elusive foundation that ticks every box in what we ideally want it to do for us and our skin. Laura Geller Balance n Brighten is one of the best foundations I have ever come across (big claim but I fully stand by it), now I have tried many other mineral and powder foundations over the years however I have never really gotten along with any of them. Either my skin felt ‘heavy’ or ‘dry’ or I just generally didn't like how my skin looked when I had applied them. So it took me a few weeks to try this foundation out but once I opened the box I was hooked. Laura Geller’s baked products start out their lives as a cream mousse like texture and are then baked for 24 hours, infused with several colour correcting pigments and the end result is a creamy fine powder that smooth’s over the skin and has wonderful buildable coverage. Depending on how far you push up the brush, means I can switch from light coverage to a fuller coverage within a few sweeps of the brush. You can really get a custom fit for you with this foundation and the brush, from colour to coverage, you have choices. For me it evens my skin out quickly and gives me a flawless matte finish, but somehow it still manages to leave my skin with a luminosity to it, almost dewy across my cheekbones. It doesn't feel heavy and stays in place all day (perfect partner for extra staying power is the Laura Geller Spackle's - I prefer the hydrating and tinted). It gives me everything I'm looking for in a base. I honestly can't say anything bad about this, it has cut my make up application time down and makes me comfortable in my 'skin' as I go about my day.
Balance n Brighten comes in 5 shades, porcelain to deep, so most skin tones are covered. Just a a guide I generally use the shade Medium, though if I'm a little paler or haven't got any fake tan on then I use the Fair shade.

It is £28.00 for the Balance n Brighten & brush from QVC, it isn’t a cheap product but I think it is worth every penny for the amazing flawless coverage and how just a few sweeps go such a long way. If you are going to give this a go, do keep a look out as it does often pop up in what they call ‘Today’s Special Value’ where you can get amazing kits at a bargain price. 

Let me know if you are a Laura Geller Beauty too and what you love in the range in the comments!

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!