22 Oct 2014

MeMeMe Long Wear Satin Lip Cream

 

Trio of Lipsticks

MeMeMe are a brand I’m familiar with & have a number of their products in my collection, their Shimmer Stack in Bronze is a particular favourite of mine and so too is their Flawless Cream Foundation. MeMeMe offers quality products at affordable drugstore prices. Their products look and feel luxurious & they have been adding lots of new products to their range but perhaps more excitingly, they now sell internationally. So if you’re outside the UK you can get your hands on their range.

Me Me Me Lipsticks

Me Me Me Lipsticks

More recently I’ve enjoying using these beautiful Long Wear Satin Lip Creams* and thought it was about time I let you know all about them.  All three shades I have come in chic black packaging & the bullets themselves feel luxurious & sturdy. These Satin Lip Creams all apply so easily on the lips, no tugging or clinging to dry patches. They apply like a lip balm and feel very comfortable, smooth and hydrating.

These lipsticks are enriched with Shea Butter & Vitamin E so they will keep your lips moisturised and feeling smooth. I will say that they’re very buttery and so bear that in mind when applying, you don’t need to press too hard otherwise you’ll apply too much product & I have heard a few people say their lipstick snapped. Just be gentle.

Another thing that may put some people off is the vanilla scent, I don’t mind it & think it smells quite nice but I know vanilla / sweet scents aren’t for everyone.

These have a nice glossy sheen to them & look beautiful on. With them being lip creams they don’t have massive staying power, they do last about 2-3 hours but if you eat / drink you may want to touch up. I found the Hot Magenta needed re applying a little more than the more neutral colours but that might just be because it’s brighter & more noticeable when it starts wearing off.

Hot Magenta is a beautiful bright colour but I did find it a little more tricky to wear, but it is a cute party colour & it might just be my Festive Party Lipstick of choice, I think It will look cute. Its not a colour I would wear during the day (but I’m a wimp when it comes to bright shades). Persian Pink & China Rose are both everyday colours I would say China Rose works better with my pale complexion and it made me look put together but still a nice natural subtle colour & its the shade I have had in my handbag. It definitely my favourite of the 3.

In terms of being long wear, I wouldn’t say these are a particularly great example of that but they are very wearable, pretty lipsticks that may need reapplying every 3 hours or so.

The Long Wear Satin Lip Cream comes in 10 shades & cost £8.50 each

Three Me Me Me Lipsticks

Me Me Me Lipstick Swatches

MeMeMe is available online at www.mememecosmetics.com

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

20 Oct 2014

Elizabeth Grant Skincare

Elizabeth Grant Skincare

I have been trying out a few products from the brand Elizabeth Grant. This is a brand that is sold on Ideal World & I call myself a skincare addict but I had never heard of them before. I quickly learnt that Elizabeth Grant was founded in London England in 1958 and has a rich history, its a brand focused on quality and customer satisfaction and is now sold worldwide.

I’ve been trying a selection of products from the Elizabeth Grant Collagen Collection over the past two months and there are one or two products that have really stood out to me that I wanted to tell you about. I do have to say the packaging for the products in this collection is gorgeous, they feel luxurious and are very good quality. They look pretty out on my vanity and all the pots of creams come with little spatulas, which is so good for hygiene and just a great extra touch.

The 7 piece Collagen Collection included the following products,

Elizabeth Grant Eye Pads

I really enjoy using Eye Pads / Masks & think they really help revive tired eyes & give your skin a boost of hydration especially when you’ve been burning the candle at both ends. I’ve been enjoying these Elizabeth Grant* ones &  found they’re great for puffy tired eyes, they hydrate and nourish your skin and help temporarily smooth the fine lines. They fit perfectly under my eyes & are very comfortable to wear, I leave them on as long as I can & once I take them off I pat the remaining products in around my orbital bone. I like to travel with these as they’re a great way of combating tired dark under eyes. They are great to incorporate into your pamper routine too. I get quite dehydrated under my eyes & for me its showing the first signs of ageing & those pesky fine lines are appearing so eye pads are a nice way of giving that area a little TLC.

Another stand out product from this range was the Elizabeth Grant Collagen Re-Inforce Silk Edition Extreme Wrinkle Serum*, Serum is a step I never miss out from my morning & evening routine but often it can be hard to see or feel the actual effects. From about the 3rd day of using this Elizabeth Grant Serum my skin felt so smooth and looked plumper. It feels lovely and silky and once applied its absorbed quickly in to my skin, I like to massage two pumps into my skin in the evening and I then apply my night cream on top. I don’t use this during the day as I find it a little too rich and think it works better for me at a night serum.

Elizabeth Grant Eye Cream

The Elizabeth Grant Collagen Re-Inforce Platinum 24hr Firming Eye Cream* is working wonders for me too, it looks like a cream in the jar but once you apply it to your skin it feels like a gel. It absorbs very quickly and is instantly smoothing, which is why I like to use it in the morning as I find it wears very well under makeup & provides a smooth base for concealer. The gel like consistency means its not greasy on your skin. You get a whopping 30ml of product & thats quite a lot for an eye cream this is going to keep me going for a while. I wouldn’t say is diminishes fine lines or firms the skin but it does feel hydrating it makes a nice primer for my concealer.

The other 3 products I am still trying out so expect reviews on those in the coming months. Let me know if you have tried this brand & if any of the range works for you. If you want to see more of the range you can here. Also Ideal world do lots of great offers (make sure you keep your eyes peeled for those) as this 7 piece collection was £39.99 instead of £183.94.

These products have been sent to me for my consideration. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

 

 

19 Oct 2014

Whats In My Makeup Bag #Scotland

I thought I would show you what I took with me on my recent trip to Scotland. I went to visit my family & stayed almost 3 weeks. I tried not to limit what I took but really thought about what I was using daily & tried not to take products I knew I wouldn’t use. So here’s the contents of my makeup bag. Oh & I won this cute makeup bag last year in a blog giveaway but I have since seen it in John Lewis, its so cute don’t you think? It fits a lot in & as you can see I barley filled it (very proud of myself for not over packing).

Whats in my Makeup Bag

Whats In My Makeup Bag

Makeup I Took To Scotland

For eyes I took my MUA Palette & Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Kit & one Mac single shadow in Naked Lunch. I rarely do anything other than a neutral eye & the MUA Undress Me Too Palette is ideal for travel as it is slim & you get 12 wearable shadows to pick from. I like that it’s affordable too so I’m not worried about it getting damaged and I have taken it away with me quite a few times this year & I’m still loving it. The Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Kit has a small Boiing Concealer & 3 gorgeous quite neutral shadows. I love this for a night time look & the shadows are so creamy and long wearing its a Kit I have had for years & I love rediscovering it.

I took 2 Mascaras both are firm favourites of mine one is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which is a jet black long wearing mascara which gives my lashes volume. They look so long & fluttery after a few coats of this. The brush is quite thick but I like that you can coat each individual lash & get right to the root to get that extra volume. Love this Mascara. The other one in my makeup bag is the Seventeen Back Lash, I love this mascara for making my lashes look thick and long without being OTT for daytime and it also holds a curl really well. This is one of if not the best budget mascara I have tried.

I took two concealers with me (well three if you count boiing in the Benefit Kit). The Garnier Caffeine Anti Dark Circles Roll On this has lasted me so long, every time I use it I think it must be due to run out soon but still the product keeps coming out. I like to use this under my eyes as the rollerball is cooling, the product it quite liquid in consistency and I find it is easy to blend and it gives a nice amount of coverage. I like it as a base on which to apply my second concealer. That being the Rimmel Wake Me Up I like to apply this over the Garnier one as it gives a little more coverage which in some places I really need and it also makes my under eye area look a little more radiant.

Makeup Bases

I knew I wouldn’t need a full coverage foundation whilst in Scotland and so I opted for two lighter bases, the Seventeen CC Cream and the Mavalia Moisturising Tinted Cream. I like that the Seventeen CC Cream has SPF 25 and it gives me a light but even coverage, this lasts quite well on my skin but I do like to wear the Clarins Instant Light Complexion Base under it just as a brightening primer and they make a great duo for healthy looking skin. Not heavy but very good for fresh glowing skin. The Mavalia Moisturising Tinted Cream* gives better coverage but the shade I have is a little dark for me however I blend it out & make it work. This tinted moisturiser gives you a lovely even finish and wears well throughout the day, I do have to apply powder to my t zone with this but that means I get an extra few hours wear. Who knew Mavalia did makeup as well as fab nail polish?

The L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream is a product I’m on the fence about. It does smooth out imperfections and reduces the appearance of pores but after a few hours it makes my skin look a little greasy. I wish it didn’t do this because if not this would be such a brilliant product, my makeup applies so well on top of it & the initial results are great. So if you don’t have an oily complexion this might just work very well for you. I’m going to continue to use it & see if I can find a way to make it work. Let me know if you use it & how you find it works best for you.

Blushers

Lets talk cheek products. As you can see I bought a few options. I will start with my favourite which is the Soap & Glory Solar Powder which is a two toned bronzer. I like to swirl my brush around both shades, sweep it across my forehead & down on to my cheeks which adds a little colour & glow to my very pale skin. The lighter shade has a little sheen to it & the slightly darker brown is matte. Very handy having 2 shades. I think this bronzer gives me a sun kissed glow & a touch of natural colour. I think I have used it everyday since I bought it back in May.

My Mac MSF in Natural is what I use as a powder most days. It leaves my skin looking smooth and keeps my makeup in place. It’s hit pan & I know any day now its going to crumble into nothing so I need to repurchase it ASAP. Mac MSF in Soft & Gentle Its adds so much radiance to my face & when I do wear it I fall in love with it all over again. I find this also wears a really long time on my skin no touch ups necessary. So glad I have this in my collection.

The two smaller baked cheek products are from e.l.f and I had totally forgotten about these, rediscovering them just before I went to Scotland, so I thought I would take them with me to show them a little love. These are both finely milled and give your cheeks a pretty highlight. Maui is the bronzer and this looks gorgeous in the winter to give the skin a little colour & a warm glow. Pinctastic is a highlighting blush with pink and beige marbling, mixed together it brightens up your cheeks and leaves them looking flushed and glowing. The shimmer isn’t too OTT but looks fresh and is a beautiful highlight. These elf baked blushers are great value for money.

Wet n Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink this reminds me of NARS Orgasm its beautiful on & the subtle shimmer gives your cheek a lovely healthy glow. The pigmentation & quality of this wet n wild blush is incredible considering the purse friendly price tag. The last cheek product I took with me to Scotland was the Sleek blush in Sunrise this is the most perfect colour for Autumn / Winter as its a pink toned brown with gold shimmer. It really warms up your complexion and gives you a little colour. I love the quality of Sleek Blushes & need to get a couple more.

So thats what I took with me. I did take my Clinique Chubby Stick in Roundest Raspberry & a couple of lip balms. Oh & I thought I took my DHC liquid Eyeliner but when I got to Scotland I realised I’d packed the Eyeko Skinny Liner. I hate that liner so was gutted & spent the whole time with no eyeliner.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

16 Oct 2014

I’ve Made a Friend For Life

LUSH Butter bear Bath Bomb

I have to admit that I haven’t tried a whole lot of LUSH products. They have such a huge range & many ltd edition products that its hard to try everything & I get so overwhelmed by it all. I tend to stick to bath bombs & I also like their face toners / spritz. I do get excited about the Christmas range & when I heard it was in stores despite it being October I had to pop in and I treated myself to two things, one being my old faithful & much loved The Melting Snowman & also  a new product called Butter Bear.

Lush Bath Bombs

I think like the ‘Ickle Robot this is a product aimed at children but who isn’s a big kid at heart? LUSH describe Butter Bear as

‘Cocoa butter creates a creamy soft bath that is great for nourishing and protecting your skin, with the same vanilla-like fragrance as Butterball bath bomb. Moulded into a friendly and sweet-smelling bear, this is sure to be a winner with little and big kids alike!’

This is a low key bath bomb it leaves your bath water a milky white colour with a few bubbles but nothing too OTT. It smells relaxing and soothing. I like citrus scents so love this, its perfect for a relaxing evening. The cocoa butter leaves your skin so very soft. I have fallen in love with this little white Butter Bear & have been back to buy a couple more. I think he is going to be my go to bath bomb for the festive season.

Let me know what your picks are from the LUSH Christmas Range.

14 Oct 2014

A Few Empties Sept / Oct 2014

October Empties 2014

Dove Refresh & Care Dry Shampoo 200ml for £4.59 – I bought this after my trusty Batiste ran out & wanted to try something new. I wasn’t completely won over by this Dove offering. I have dark hair & this left residue and my hair felt chalky and squeaky after using it. I wouldn’t say it was great at absorbing the oil either, I did find this gave my hair volume and yes it smells nice but thats not a massive selling point if the product is less that effective as a dry shampoo. I now have a Herbal Essences one that I’m trying so I will let you know how that works out for me. I really struggle to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave a white cast on my hair. If you have found one you love let me know

MONU Brightening Boost Serum* 15ml for £22.50 – I really liked this serum and found it lightweight and hydrating. It was good at keeping my complexion looking bright and healthy. I also used it on the backs of my hands as it contains Vitamin C which helps combat free radicals and helps even skin tone and also Hyluronic Microspehers which hydrate and plump the skin helping to reduce the visibility of wrinkles & those are concerns I have with my face but also my hands & I thought it worked well for both. Do you do this & use products on more than area?

NUXE  Melting Cleansing Gel 125ml for £12.00 – If you’re looking for a gentle but effective cleanser then this NUXE one is for you. The rose scent it quite strong but don’t let that put you off, the gel I would say felt more like a cream but either way you massage it on to dry skin & I like to spend a good few minutes massaging it in then rinse off with warm water. You will be left with smooth, hydrated and beautifully cleansed skin. Its so gentle and if like me your skin can react and go a little red after cleansing you will love using this NUXE offering as it was so calming and gentle that it didn’t flair up my redness or irritate my eyes. Another amazing product from NUXE!

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Liner £12.00 – Utterly disappointed with this eyeliner. It wasn’t very black & applied patchy and it transferred on to my upper eye area which was so annoying. I also found this dried out very quickly. I am a liquid liner addict & wear it daily so I have worked my way through quite a few different liners over the years & this was one of the most disappointing ones. I hate to be so negative but Eyeko are now quite an expensive brand & this fell short of the quality I’d expect from them.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O 100ml for £4.50 – As I have said a few times, before I’d tried Bioderma I just couldn’t understand how it could be that much better than other Micellar Waters but it really is. I think the stand out thing for me is the fact it leaves my skin so very soft & it never stings my eyes. I always cleanse after using this but I do like to remove my eye makeup with a Micellar Water & this one Bioderma is the best I have tried, the Garnier one comes a very close second.

Bath & Body works Hand Sanitizer – Another one bites the dust. I only have one more of these left from the 10 I bought whilst in San Fransisco last year & thats a Pear one. This Vanilla Berry Sorbet one smells lovely & good enough to eat (although I wouldn’t recommend it). I always have one of these in my handbag & on my desk just to keep bacteria at bay (germaphobe). My brother is heading to NYC in November & he has promised to get me a few Christmas ones. I’m so excited.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

12 Oct 2014

Benefit Birthday Treats

On the 8th of October I celebrated my 36th Birthday, I was away from home in Scotland and received some lovely gifts, cards & birthday wishes. Thank you to everyone who sent me a message, tweet, text it was very sweet of you & I had a lovely day.  I wanted to show you two presents that my brother Gary bought me and I’m so excited as I have had my eye on these since Benefit released them.

Benefit Candy Land Releases

Benefit Beauty Gift Sets 2014

These are both part of Benefits Limited Edition Christmas releases & the whole range is so cute & based on a Candy Land theme. I really wanted the blush palette and it’s even more pretty in real life.

Cheeky Sweet Spot £29.50

For the FIRST-TIME EVER, Benefit’s famous box o’ powders are all together in one cheeky sweet spot’

This cheek palette comes in a cute festive tin, not very practical for travel but still very cute and robust. It comes with 6 of their popular box o’ powders inside and also the highlighter Watt’s Up. I’m so excited because I’ve only tried two of the Benefit Boxed Powders & they’re Dallas & 10 both of which I use all the time and was pleased that neither are in this palette so I get to try 5 more blushes, a bronzer and a gorgeous highlighter. You get,

Dandilion 4g – Ballerina pink brightening face powder with a hint of shimmer

Bella Bamba 5g - Watermelon pink laced with shimmering gold undertones

Sugarbomb 6g – 4 beautiful shimmering shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose that swirl together to create a gorgeous blush

Hoola 5g – Matte bronzer perfect for a natural sun kissed look

Coralista 5g - Warm coral blush

Rockateur 5g – Rose gold highlighting blush

Watt’s Up! 1.5g – A delicate champagne glow that will give your cheeks a luminous glow

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot

Benefit Christmas Gift

Benefit Blush Palette

Its just so pretty & I think these will sell out quickly, I’m going to get a lot of use from this palette and especially from Rockateur and Sugarbomb they’re just beautiful. Oh & if you like Bella Bamba it has been discontinued in full size so this is a great way of having it in your collection. Even the mini brush is soft and very good quality & I will save this for when I travel as its the perfect size for my makeup bag. Let me know if you have used any of the products in this palette.

Goodies a Go Go – £19.50 

This complete eye kit in a collectible tin includes our world-famous lengthening mascara, 4 long wear powder shadows and a stay-put eye primer’

Benefit Goodies a Go Go

Christmas Benefit Releases

This again is in Sweet Shop themed tin although not as festive looking as the Cheeky Sweet Spot but still so cute. This is a kit for your eyes and has four very wearable neutral eyeshadows, They’re Real Mascara and Stay Don’t Stray Eye Primer. I’m not the biggest fan of the mascara but I know someone who will love it & so I will pass it on to them. I have heard great things about the primer and look forward to testing that out. I tend to wear a primer most days as my eyeshadow always creases if I don’t use one. The long wear eyeshadows are,

Call My Buff 1.2g – Pale shell with shimmer

Thanks A Latte 1.2g – Golden brown with a metallic sheen

Gilt-y Pleasure 1.2g – A golden sand with a metallic finish

Kiss Me I’m Tipsy 1.2g – Spiced brown with a metallic finish

They all feel soft, creamy and are the perfect Autumnal shades. The They’re Real is a deluxe sample 3g & so too is the Stay Don’t Stray 2.5ml. This is a lovely set but Im still slightly more excited about the cheek kit than this one.

The whole of the Benefit Christmas range is so nice and there is something for everyone. I highly recommend the Cheek Kit & I have fallen in love with it already!

Let me know if you have either of these & how you’re finding them so far.

 

5 Oct 2014

Current Favourite Cleansers

Cleansers

nspa Melting Cleaning Gel £6 for 125ml *

This is the first product I’ve tried from nspa & let me tell you it did not disappoint, in fact its fast becoming one of my favourite cleansers. I am a big fan of gel cleansers and I love how smooth, hydrated and clean they leave my skin. This one from nspa is available in ASDA so it is very affordable and readily available. Its packed full of skincare benefits and its suitable for all skin types.

It is a two phase cleanser which means it starts off as a gel which you apply to dry skin and massage in to breakdown your makeup / dirt and pollutants from the day. You will need such a small amount of this as once you begin massaging it in it turns in to an oil and a little goes a very long way. Once you have massaged it in, I like to do this for about a minute or two, you then rinse it off with warm water & I like to use a face cloth. The gel turns in to a cleansing milk when you apply the water and you will find this leaves your skin very soft, not stripped or tight but smooth and nourished. It has:-

I really like this cleanser and can’t believe how fresh and glowing my skin has been since I started using it. It is also very hydrating and my skin feels very plump and smooth after using it. If you have an ASDA near you, go & buy yourself a tube! You will thank me for it, I promise you that!

A trio of my favourite cleansers

Nip & Fab Deep Cleansing Fix £7.95 for 300ml

Both my mum & I have been using this cleanser and calling each other the next day to declare how much we both love it! This is a big old pot of product & it will last you for months! I do have to admit its not the most hygienic way to package a face cleanser as you have to scoop the product out but because I love it so much I am willing to over look that!

This product is a multi use 6 in 1 product and can be used in the following ways,

I have used it in 5 out of the 6 ways, I tend not to suffer from blemishes so I’ve had no reason to test that out but all the other ways to use this Deep Cleansing Fix have worked a treat. I would say that I prefer to leave it on as more of a face mask for about 10 – 20 minutes than sleeping in it overnight. Just because I love my night time skincare routine & that works well for me so I enjoy this more as a relaxing mask.

This is quite a thick cream but it is easy to massage in to the skin as a cleanser or smooth over the skin as a mask. It contains Sweet almond oil which nourishes and smoothes whilst the Tea tree oil cleanses pores. So your skin will feel clean and look bright. I just love it and the fact that its a multi use product is even better. For the price this is a cleanser you should have in your arsenal for those days when you’re skin feels decongested, dull or you need some thing that packs a punch to help those blemishes heal quicker. Did I mention how huge this tub is?! 300ml is bigger than most body products so this tub will be with you for a very long time. Which is good news for the bank balance.

ESPA Optimal Skin ProCleanser £30.00 for 100ml

This is the latest release from luxury brand ESPA and is also a multi use cleanser. This is a Tri-Phase Cleanser which means it is a gel cleaner, exfoliator and a mask all in one. This is aimed at all ages and all skin types so if you love luxurious skincare then this is the product for you. I have raved about the ESPA Optimal ProSerum many times on this blog and this is like the sister product.

This is a very gentle cleanser and is also packed full of skincare benefits,

It comes out as a white gel with tiny exfoliating spheres which when massaged into your skin melt away, they are so gentle and not in the least bit abrasive. I smooth this on to dry skin & leave it for at least 10 minutes then rinse with warm water and a face cloth. This leaves my skin incredibly soft and so hydrated, its feels like it has a moisturiser in there too. It is very luxurious and my skin always looks bright and healthy the next day. I use this as my second cleanse and not to remove my makeup as it is quite a high end cleanser and I prefer to use it as a treat. I leave it on my skin for a about 10 minutes to let the ingredients work their magic. It always feels like such a waste to wash it off straight away.

If you do like to use high end skincare, then you will adore using this new Optimal ProCleanser from ESPA and your skin will love you for it. I also know that a lot of people are on a budget & prefer to spend a more affordable amount on a cleanser & either of the other two I have mentioned in this post will give you nourished, cleansed and fresh looking skin. So you can take your pick, they’re all great at cleansing and I have enjoyed using them all.

Let me know what your current favourite cleansers are & if you have tried any of the three mentioned in todays post.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

30 Sep 2014

Jurlique Rose Duo

Jurlique is an Australian brand which was started in 1985 by a husband & wife dedicated to harnessing the power of nature to create incredibly effective products. Their ethos was Nature + Science = Beauty and to this day Jurlique develop high performance skincare, using potent, biodynamic (Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition), organic and natural ingredients sourced the world over.

Jurlique have an Organic Farm in the Adelaide Hills of Australia where the magic happens and this was the brain child of the founders Dr Jurgen Klien and his wife Ulrike, a Horticulturist and a Botanist with passion for combining nature with science to deliver natural skincare with long lasting effects. To this day the farm is thriving and its where many of the herbs, flowers and plants are grown for Jurliques products.

Jurlique Rose Scented Products

Jurlique is also a brand with an emphasis on the environment, they are committed to sourcing their ingredients from sustainable fair trade suppliers and use biodegradable & recyclable materials in their packaging. As a brand Jurlique is always helping to support the empowerment of women all over the world with their Ideas Of Beauty Fund which is not for profit, it focuses on supporting ideas that empower and educate women & children globally.

The more I learn about Jurlique the more I’m proud to use their products & support the brand and the work they do in Science, Botany, Horticulture and all aspects of their environmental goals. I have been using Jurlique products for a good 10 years & I love seeing my family & friends discover this brand too. I know its cheesy but this is a brand that isn’t just putting product on our shelves, they are involved in so many worthwhile projects throughout the world. Its so nice to see a brand giving back.

Jurlique Rose Box Set

Jurlique Blooming Roses Gift Set

If you’ve read my blog for a while you will know how much I like using face mists & in particular this Rosewater Balancing Mist so I was very excited to receive it as part of this Blooming Roses Indulgent Collection* alongside the Rose Body Oil, which is a product I have never tried. They come packaged in a beautiful rose illustrated box and is just perfect for a pampering treat.

The Rosewater Balancing Mist comes in a frosted white glass bottle, it feels weighty and luxurious. It’s always within reach on my desk as I like to spray it throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated, soothed and feeling fresh. I know that for many people rose products make them think of old fashioned products aimed at more mature women but that is so not the case with the Jurlique Rose range. It does smell floral but in a fresh and relaxing way not in an overpowering stuffy way. So don’t let yourself overlook this range just because it is Rose based, because it is a very light and perfect for skin that needs soothing.

The 100ml bottle lasts me a couple of months & I use it all the time, so its well worth investing in. The product comes out in a light mist that gently covers your skin & doesn’t spray out like a jet soaking you & giving you the fright of your life (that has happened to me before with quite a few facial toners). I love how it stops my skin from drying out and the rose scent is very uplifting and calming. A few spritz of this throughout the day leaves my skin feeling soft, soothed and hydrated.

Jurlique Rose Duo

Rose Body Oil, as I said this is a product from Jurlique that I had never tried before. I do like using body oils and the way they hydrate and keep my skin soft especially in the colder months. I have been using this body oil as a treatment for my very dry legs and it has been working wonders. Its light non greasy texture is easy to massage in to the skin, easily absorbed and you need very little product. Its an effective way of really targeting very dry and sensitive skin.

So not only is this hydrating and calming but it is soothing and ideal for using in the evening before bed as the sent is so very relaxing. This has been a real treat for me these past few weeks and as the weather gets colder I know my skin is going to feel the benefits.

Let me know what your favourite Jurlique products are & if you have tried either of these products.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

26 Sep 2014

Ted Baker Mia Eau de Toilette

Ted Baker Perfume

Ted Baker Perfume

Mia* is the latest fragrance release from Ted Baker, I have been wearing if for the past couple of weeks and absolutely enjoying its fresh mix of fruity and floral notes. This perfume is in the perfect 10ml sized bottle which is just so handy for carrying in your handbag & being on the go. It doesn’t compromise on quality or packaging as this bottle is just stunning.

It comes in an eye catching triangular pink and gold box, and inside sits the most beautiful slim light pink frosted glass bottle with a gold jewelled lid engraved with Ted Bakers initials. It’s perfectly purse size and utterly feminine. It looks luxurious and expensive and when it’s not in my handbag it looks right at home on my vanity.

Ted Baker Mia Perfume

Goodness Gracious Mia

Mia has top notes of fresh lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant with base notes of patchouli and golden amber and all of those scents together with rose and freesia make this a fresh fragrance that is so easy to wear day or night. I love fruity scents and find the floral notes don’t over power the overall fragrance and that it can smell different on me each time I wear it.

I do find that it doesn’t last too well on my skin but I do find that with a lot of other high end fragrances too. Having this in my purse means its convenient and easy to reapply on the go. I thought this was going to be more of a Summer scent but the more I wear it as the seasons change the more I love how well it wears as the weather gets colder. I think thats due to the patchouli and amber base notes, I adore patchouli and its one of my favourite scents to wear.

Don’t be put off if you sit on either the floral or the sweet side of the fence when it comes to perfume as Mia has both and they work very well together. If you’re in Boots make sure you test this fragrance out, I think it will appeal to so many of you.

Let me know if you have tried any of these purse sprays from Ted Baker. Also I’d love to hear what your favourite ever perfume is and if you wear it all year round.

Ted Baker Mia EDT – 10ml for £15 at Boots & Superdrug

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

21 Sep 2014

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Haircare

Palmers Haircare

I love coconut scented products, they smell like Summer in a bottle and who doesn’t want to be reminded of sunny days & beach holidays? I never knew Palmer’s had a haircare range (where have I been living?), for me they’re best known for their Cocoa Butter products & I’m a huge fan of this range and in particular their gradual tanner which is just the perfect tan in a bottle.

So after experiencing great results and quality with their body products I had high expectations for this Coconut Oil Haircare range and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint. I have been trying 3 products from the range.

Palmers Haircare Range

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo* 400ml

This shampoo is great at giving your hair a deep clean without leaving you with that dry stripped feeling, its very hydrating and nourishing and of course smelling amazing. This range contains Pure Polynesian Coconut Oil (gives you healthy, strong, glossy hair), Vitamin E (to help protect dry ends) and Keratin (smooths hair and tames frizz) so all these wonderful ingredients are going to strength your hair & eliminate frizz whilst keeping it glossy and healthy.

It is also gentle enough to be used on colour treated, relaxed, pressed or over styled hair. So if you have damaged locks this might be a good range for you. My hair is coloured and I found this didn’t fade my colour at all but instead left it looking very glossy and manageable.

You also get 400ml of product which will last months! Also the coconut scent in all 3 of the products I tried smells natural and not at all synthetic.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Repairing Conditioner* 250ml

Together with the shampoo this conditioner from the same range is so good at giving your hair that smooth, frizz free look. I have quite unruly curly hair and this gives my hair body without the frizz which is exactly what I want. Like the shampoo this contains Pure Polynesian Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Keratin but this also has Panthenol to help smooth your hair and fight frizz, its works like a dream. It also strengthens and seals hair cuticles.

Palmers recommend leaving this on your hair for 5 minutes to give your hair an intensive treatment and I like to do that once a week. It leaves my hair feeling silky and soft. Its a great addition to your Sunday evening pamper session.

Palmers Haircare

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Curl Condition Hair Pudding* 396g

This is a leave in conditioner / treatment for curly hair, it’s quite an odd texture and feels a little like putting whipped cream in your hair. You apply this product to damp hair from root to end and comb it through. If you have curly hair and want your curls to look bouncy, healthy and eliminate frizz then this might be the ideal product to add to your hair care routine. I have to say this product works best for me not applied directly to my roots but more to the lengths of my hair. Otherwise my hair gets greasy too quickly (I only like to wash my hair every 2 – 3 days).

Like the shampoo and conditioner this contains Coconut Oil & Keratin but it also has some other great ingredients such as Avocado Oil, Aloe, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil to help tame frizz and keep your curls looking and feeling their best.

What I like about all the products I’ve been trying from this range is that my hair feels stronger and much more manageable. They all work well together although I don’t use the hair pudding as often as the shampoo and conditioner. So if you have naturally curly, wavy or frizz-prone hair, then you should check out this range and let me know what you think.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula is Alcohol, Sulphate and Paraben Free & smells AMAZING!

Let me know what haircare you have been loving.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Haircare Range is available to buy from Superdrug, FeelUnique and at select Sainsbury’s.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

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