29 Jun 2012

Great Summer Lip Product

This is a quick post to say i really like the new Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm Peach Sheer Tint SPF15 (wow thats a mouth full). Love this has SPF in.

I have been an avid user of carmex and have many a little yellow tin in every handbag, so when i saw these Carmex Stick lip balms with a tint to them i had to try it out. They are moisturising and the tint is a nice colour just be mindful that its not a lipstick and it doesn’t have the staying power of one. You will get a nice peace sheen to your lips which will stay about 30mins or so.

They are really moisturising and make your lips feel fresh. They also smell nice and sweet. I like my lip balms to have a scent to them esp ones for the summer.  The fact it has SPF 15 in is a big plus for me as i am really keen on using products with protection in them. It also has Aloe Vera and Vitamin E in both of which are very soothing and great for summer, when you lips tend to get dry with the heat.

You can buy this at Boots for £4.49 and you get 2g of product. All in all its a great inexpensive summer lip tint and I have been enjoying using it. I like that its in a stick with a twist up. Just dont twist it up to far as it can get stuck.

27 Jun 2012

Eucerin Skin Care

For the past month I’ve been using a new night time moisturiser, i picked it up in Boots Liverpool on 3 for 2 – its the Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Face Cream. With all the dry crappy weather my skin wasn’t feeling or looking great and this product was specificly for dry dehydrated skin. So I thought i’d pick it up and give it a go.

Its a really non greasy product thats easily absorbed into the skin and by morning my skin felt really soft and fresh. I also used the excess as a hand cream each night and it worked really well.

You only need a small amount of this and take your time to gently massage it in to your face and neck. I’ve been using it in the evening after my Aesop Serum and have found the combination of the 2 work great. My skin is feeling brighter and alot less dry. Not flakey patches in-between my eyebrows anymore. Result!

This is a great product for sensitive skin and works wonders on dry skin. If you suffer from either i would recommend you try their range and see how you get on. You get 50ml for £10.79 and i purchased mine from Boots. I now have my eye on more items from their skincare range – the Eucerin Anti Redness Neutralising Day Fluid & the Eucerin AQUAporin ACTIVE Moisturising Eye Cream

 

25 Jun 2012

A Little Mac Shopping

I’ve been trying to add some staple colours to my eyeshadow collection and being a lover of all things neutral I headed to Mac to pick up some firm favourites in the blogger world. I got Satin Taupe and Naked Lunch – after watching Tanya Burr’s Top Mac Eyeshadows video on Youtube   I am always in two minds wether to de-pot them or not. Do you? Would you recommend it?

So yes I purchased those two shades and love them so far so rich and warm in colour both are a frost finish and the Satin Taupe especially looks so pretty. They will be well used in my everyday makeup routine i am sure. I know so many of you will have them or have read about them but I wanted to do a small post on them just because I LOVE them. Any trip to Mac is always worth a post, right!? I go to the Mac Store in Liverpool as  its always friendly and they are very helpful soI try to go there when im in town. Which Mac store do you go in?

I thought as there have been so many reviews on these eyeshadows I would just post photos of how awesome they are.

Satin Taupe (Frost) 1.5g £12

Naked Lunch (Frost) 1.5g £12

Satin Taupe on the left and Naked Lunch on the right

Stunning colours and I’m pleased as punch with them. Now what do you recommend I get next? I have Woodwinked and Bisque (my fave all over lid base shade). As well as a couple other limited edition shades.

23 Jun 2012

No7 Free Gift

Whilst i was in Boots i noticed that No7 were running a promotion. Spend £25 and get a free gift. I have had a few of these in the past. They are always in a good sized makeup bag and have sample sized products. Perfect for travel. So i picked up a couple of items as a beauty junkie i NEEDED the free gift. Right?!

Always nice when they package it up all lovely. Easily pleased.

I repurchased their Cleanse and Care Eye Makeup Remover. I think this will be the last time I repurchase this as they say they haven’t change the formula but I’ve found it really greasy since they repackaged it, I also seem to go through a bottle very quickly. I will use this bottle up then look for something new. Any recommendations. This was £7.75 for 100ml.

The next item was their Protect and Perfect Eye Cream. I’ve used and loved quite a few things from their Protect and Perfect line and eye cream is always something I like to try. I’ve not started using this yet as im currently using up my Germaine de Capuccini eye cream which has been great. I’m excited to use this eye cream, you get 15ml for £15 which is a great price compared to alot of my other eye creams.

Lastly I got their Beautiful Skin Purifying Mask. I have used this twice since i purchased it and its really weird. It heats up upon touching your skin and you rub it in and it acts like an exfoliator. Not too abrasive but you rub it in for about a minute then you leave it on your face for a further 2 minutes before washing it off. It’s not a mask that hardens or goes tight on the skin, it justs sits on top of the skin sinking in then leaves your skin really soft after washing off. I like it so far. So you get 75ml for £12.50 quite a fair price. A little goes a long way with this product s should last you a while.

OK so those 3 products added up to £35.25 then i used my lovely £5 No7 Voucher which took it down to £30.75 (I B Well Good at Maths). So i qualified for the free gift. Am I the only one that gets a little excited by a free gift?!

This free gift is in a blue coloured see through bag, i quite like it and its waterproof so perfect for travelling and for things like suntan lotion. No7 say the free gift is worth £23. So thats fab

The Free Gift is Blissfull Body Wash, Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser, Protect and Perfect Serum, Exquisite Curl Mascara and Liplicious Moisturising Balm. I’m excited to try the tinted moisturiser & the mascara. Have you got your hands on a free gift & of so what did you purchase to get to the £25?

 

22 Jun 2012

Instagram Roundup Week #5

This week has been a quick one, not alot to report just the usual lack of summer weather. I have been browsing holidays on the internet trying to cheer myself up. Looking for the illusive good deal. We have also started to pack up a few boxes before our big move in a month back down to Manchester. Getting excited now.

Makeup for the day, Lady Grey Tea, Hubby Amp shopping, Stir Fry tea, Muppet Pillows, Origins Face Wash 

Smashbox Primer, Shandy and Blogging, Rimmel Nail Polish, Sally Hansen Top Coat, Flowers from a friend, Makeup for the day, 

19 Jun 2012

Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal

The Pixi store just off Carnaby Street in London is a really lovely shop. Their staff are always friendly and eager to help with matching you up to foundations & explaining their products. Many of which have dual purpouse. I just love products that double up. Saves space and money.

I have had a few Pixi products over the years. Their eyeshadows are pigmented and have great staying power. So i wanted to pick up something that would act as a skin illuminator and help make my skin look more glowing and fresh for summer (if it ever turns up.) I was directed to this Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal it has a tinted moisturiser as well as a concealer which i thought was fab. I was matched to the shade No1 Light Glow (no tan here.)

The Illuminating tint part of it i have used in two ways. First i have used it as a light almost sheer coverage tinted moisturiser. It doesn’t provide much coverage but is so good for summery warm days when you do not want to wear alot of makeup but it gives your skin a really fresh healthy glow. I have also used it as more of a illuminating base under a foundation for a underlying glow whist getting better coverage with your foundation. So it works well for both uses.

The other part of this product is a concealor. Its a creamy consistency thats quite dry initially but if you warm it up on the back of your hand or with your fingers it applies alot better. I have this in a light shade as i like to use it under my eyes and i like to lighten that area rather than cover up with a dark concealor.  It a good quality concealor and if you powder it it will last all day.

This Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal costs £21.50 and you get 28.4g of the tinted moisturiser and 2.6g of concealor.  It contains lots of great ingredients for your skin like Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Vitamin C and one of the best parts is it contains SPF 20.

The concealor is the round swatch and the illuminating moisturiser is the line swatch.

I will be using this alot if the weather ever sorts its self out and gives us a summer!! What Pixi products have you enjoyed using and would recommend?

17 Jun 2012

I have fallen in love

Oh yes i have. I’ve wanted to write this post for a few weeks but thought i should really give it a good 6 weeks before reviewing the Aesop Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum, it just incase after my initial love for it my skin broke out. I am glad to say this hasn’t happened.

So i was in SpaceNK in Manchester looking for a bronzer, how is it when you go looking for a specific item you always come out with something completely different. It’s safe to say this happened to me. So i was in there looking for a bronzer and saw a couple but nothing that bowled me over. So i was mooching about – a dangerous thing to do in SpaceNK when i spotted tucked around a corner the Aesop products and i remembered from Vivianne Does MakeUp’s YouTube video that this stuff is AMAzing. So i asked the lady what she would recommend for my tired dull looking skin and she said Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum.

I use this at night after i have cleansed and toned I put about 3 drops on my hands rub it in to my palms first then massage in all over my face and under eye area. It’s a thick consistency and smells very fresh and clean. I like how the scent is very subtle. My skin drinks this stuff up in seconds it’s mad. After applying it my face feels a little tacky, i leave it to absorbe for about 10 mins then my face feels beyond soft.

This serum is so nourishing my skin is for sure brighter and my redness has died down too. As i said i like to use it at night as i have more time to let it soak in before applying moisturiser.

The packaging is also so nice. I am a sucker for packaging and typeface. This glass bottle feels like an old apocrathy bottle with its pipett dispenser too. The glass bottle is so luxurious as is the product itself. I feel all grown up and like i am putting something really healthy and beneficial on to my face.

I can’t say enough good things about it. I have used a few serums and this Aesop one has achieved the best results on my skin. You get a very big 100ml bottle  and i only use 3 drops each night so its going to last along time. Which makes me happy as i get anxiety about it running out as it’s £43 a bottle and i will have to repurchase it and live on super noodles for a month :o)

I am a huge fan and will be trying out a few more things from their range. If you can give me any suggestions that would be great.

Just one thing. I know this carries quite a high price tag but i have been using it for 6 weeks and have barley used any. It really is good value for money and i couldn’t imagine my skincare routine without it.

 

15 Jun 2012

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush

I was all out of body scrub and so asked on people on Twitter for recommendations for a new one, a couple of people said the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush was a good price and worked well. So with Boots skin care being on 3 for 2 I picked up a pot along with a 2 other face creams.

My  first impression of the scrub was: its a big pot and you get a fair amount of product – 300ml for £8.00. I have been using it for 2 weeks – 3 times a week. The scent is very sweet, I do like the way most S&G products smell but this scrub isn’t my favourite smelling product. I think it’s just too sweet. That aside I do like the scrub and think it works well.

It has the right amount of exfoliating beads in for me and the consistency is nourishing and not too abrasive. I use it all ove my body (not face, of course) 3 times a week and have found it leaves my skin really smooth an clears all my dead skin away. I am getting summer body ready – even if the summer seems to have all but disappeared.

Not too much to say on this other than I would recommend this product, it works for me and my skin is softer after using it. This scrub is really good quality and a great price point. What more could you ask for?!

14 Jun 2012

Instagram Roundup Week #4

This week i’ve been trying to catch up with everything after spending a week in Manchester then all the Jubilee celebrations. So this past week i have defiantly been back to the grind stone. The weather has also been crappy, esp after teasing us with that lovely week of sun. Its horrid having to get up in the morning when you can hear the rain tapping at your window. I hate getting wet. I am in the throws of deciding where to take my hubby for his birthday in a month. I need some suggestions for European weekend break destinations. We have been to Berlin and Amsterdam (loved both), so your ideas would be really helpful.Glamour Magazine with Benefit Freebie, Lemon Drink, Aesop Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum, MUA Palette, Starbucks Hot Chocolate, Date night. 

Hubby working hard, Card from my friend, New Avene Face Cream, Mac Shopping, My cute niece, Out for Dinner

 

12 Jun 2012

My First Cream Blush

I am a huge fan of Topshop Makeup, its price point, the quality and most defiantly the packaging are all bang on trend all the time. I really like it. I’m building my collection slowly but I am excited to try alot more of what they have to offer. So I purchased my first ever cream blush, I know i’m slow on the uptake. I’ve read and heard lots of great things about the Topshop cream blush range so i decided to take a look and fell in love with the colour Flush,its a great true rose pink colour and i think a pink is a good place to start my cream blush collection.

Topshop say this is a cream to powder blush and i really like the finish of it, it doesn’t make your skin look powdery and  the colour pay off is great & is so build-able so you can achieve a really vivid colour if thats the look your going for. I purchased this in store for £6 and you get 4g of product, now that is a great price for a blush that has great pigmentation and good staying power. I am a fan and will get more colours for sure. I’m also such a sucker for cute packaging. I get totally sucked in by it & Topshop Makeup is in cute dotty packaging so thats a plus in my book.

I have to say that the colour of Flushon the Topshop website does not look like the real think it looks very orange on screen and in real life it is a very rose pink. So be aware of that.

Do you have any Topshop makeup recommendations for me? I’d love to hear them.

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