10 Apr 2014

Avene Skincare

Avene

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum

I like using a serum and enjoy this step in my skincare routine, I use one morning and night after cleansing but before moisturising, I think being in my mid thirties it is a step my skin really benefits from. I’ve used quite a few over the years and have a few favourites I call upon when needed. This Avene one came at the right time for me as I was told about 6 weeks ago that my skin was quite dehydrated, so I have been using products this past month or so to try and hydrate my skin. It has worked a treat. I was excited to try this Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum* as I have heard lots of positive reviews of this brand and also of French Skincare in general.

Avene use their Thermal Spring Water in each product which is clinically proven to be naturally soothing and have a calming effect on the skin so with this added benefit this serum is perfect for sensitive skin as it is gentle, calming and protects the skin. I used it in the morning before applying the rest of my skincare, The serum is very lightweight and it felt cooling on my skin. I would apply it before my moisturiser and let is absorb in to the skin for a good few minutes, then apply the rest of my lotions & potions.

‘The thermal water is carried by lipsomes in a patented system to ensure an optimum long lasting diffusion of moisture  in the upper layer of the skin. The glycerine improves the skin hydration, suppleness and comfort. Thanks to the delicate formula of the Soothing Hydrating Serum the skin is silky smooth and rebalanced.’

I found after a few weeks my skin looked brighter, smoother and generally healthier. I do suffer from quite noticeable redness, from some broken capillaries so this wouldn’t stop that but I will say that it helped calm redness around a few angry blemishes I had and helped my skin heal a little quicker after the blemish had gone.

Avene Serum

I like to layer up my skincare but I don’t like to feel that I have applied anything to heavy or greasy, and this Avene Serum slotted into my routine well, as I said its lightweight, almost gel like in texture and non greasy so once absorbed it left my skin feeling instantly smooth and ready for my moisturiser. I have dehydrated skin but suffer from a terribly oily t zone and this serum worked well for me. I had no problems with excess oil and it really helped give my skin a boost of hydration and helped make it look plump and less dull.

This serum comes in a nice glass bottle with a good sturdy pump dispenser, this is so handy and hygienic. It dispenses just the right amount of product in two pumps for my face and neck. Only using 2 small pumps a day this bottle will last a fair amount of time. Which is always great, I hate it when skincare lasts all of a month. It never feels like good value for money.

If you’re looking for a serum to hydrate, calm and protect your skin then this Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum would be a good fit for you. Have you tried any French Skincare? Let me know what your must haves are.

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum 30ml £17.00 available from www.escentual.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.

8 Apr 2014

Unknown Territory

Urban Decay

I love to wear eyeliner, especially black eyeliner I feel a little odd without it on. My go to weapon of choice is liquid liner, I like the ease of a pen like nib and have mastered my flicks using this method but that was before I discovered this Urban Decay Supersaturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner*.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeliner

Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

What I like about this Cream Liner is that you can really smudge it out to create a sultry smokey eye look. I thought I’d struggle to get used to applying this, as I’m used to the pen nib and this is applied with an angled brush, but after a few shaky and heavy handed mishaps I got used to the ease at which this applies. It only takes a light hand as the formula is creamy and glides on with no dragging. Perversion is a deep intense black shade, the deep rich colour lasts all day and my gosh does it stay put once it has dried. This is heavy duty. It does take me a little longer to apply than my liquid liner but I think this has more staying power and it can be built up to a more dramatic look so if I have time I do like to use this.

I used the Urban Decay Perversion Angled Brush, the brush is light and easy yo use, it is nicely angled to give ease of application and doesn’t pick up too much product at once which is good for achieving a more subtle look but you can use the brush to build up the product to make the line thicker and more dramatic. The brush is soft to the touch but the bristles are stiff enough to make sure the liner goes exactly where you want it. It’s easy to control how thick/thin the line is and they make a great team. The brush is made of synthetic bristles.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeliner

Urban Decay Super Saturated Ultra Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

This swatch is just one stroke of the brush, no rubbing or going over & over. It is very intense.

This eyeliner comes in a nice glass pot with a screw lid, its slim and travel friendly but you get a good amount of product in there & boy does a little bit go a long way! This is going to last me a very long time.

Urban Decay say ‘this features triple black pigments for the purest, deepest, most intense black colour’ and I have to say this is the most intense black eyeliner I have used to date. Its as black as night. (Now I am singing Rolling Stones). This eyeliner also contains nourishing Jojoba Oil which is moisturising and makes the liner creamy and easy to apply.

Do you use any of the Urban Decay Eyeliners? If so let me know which ones you would recommend.

Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner £16 and can be found in Debenhams, House of Fraser. Online at beautybay.com, lookfantastic.com and hqhair.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.

6 Apr 2014

Big Sister

This is a different post for me today, but I thought I would share this with you all.

I’m one very proud big sister, my brother Gary is one of the kindest, most selfless and humble people I know. Our dad had a massive stroke 2 years ago which changed him in so many ways, not only physically but mentally and its a daily struggle to keep life on track. I now live 300 miles away from them so I’m not able to help as much as I’d like to although I do travel up every four weeks to support my brother and see my dad. My dad now lives alone in sheltered accommodation (he used to work full time in a Private Hospital). As a result of this Stroke he will never work again and at 56 that is hard to deal with. Just functioning day to day is a struggle.

Dad and Me

Gary along with my Aunt are my dads main care givers & they are incredible in the way they look after him and improve his quality of life. I burst with pride when I think about what they have done to insure my dad’s day to day life is as stress free and safe as possible. It has been a long road and incredibly difficult, sad and at times frustrating. You would never know Gary has this stress in his life or that he has dealt with some very difficult situations, he never lets my dad feel like a burden or that he takes up most of his time. My dad’s Stroke was so severe he needs assistance to do the most basic of tasks, he struggles mentally to plan, listen to instructions and complete the most basic of tasks. It is an ongoing recovery and he has made improvements and we all hold out hope that we will get to be a little more of the man we used to know. My dad Eric Bruce used to be so active, healthy and served 28 years in the Royal Medical Corps so it is hard for me to see him in this position.

Gary

Marathon Medals

Gary

My brother Gary is running the London Marathon for the 5th time and he raises money for The Stroke Association which as you can imagine is a charity that is very close to our hearts. He trains so hard and is going for a personel best time of 3 hours this year. I wanted to write a post just to highlight how proud I am that not only does he look after our dad but that he also finds time to raise money for other families that are affected by Stroke. He makes me so very very proud.

I will be cheering him along from Scotland with my dad & keeping my fingers crossed that he achieves the time he needs. If you’re able to spare even £1 I would be thrilled if you could sponsor him & send him some positive vibes on Sunday when he is running x

3 Apr 2014

Luscious Locks

I don’t have a strict haircare routine, but these are a few of the products I’m currently using to style my hair. Some hits & a few misses.

Current Haircare

TRESemme Argan Oil Salon Sleek Straightening Spray 250ml for £4.99

This spray is meant to tame those stubborn fly away hairs and also to keep your hair straight and looking glossy. I have just got to the end of this and I have to say I really didn’t rate it. I still had so many fly away hairs & frizz. So I wouldn’t recommend it. It didn’t live up to the claims.

TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray

I bought this mini bottle in America as it was quite humid and my hair was BIG. A few sprays of this and it kept the majority of the frizz at bay. I kept it in my handbag incase I needed to tame my mane throughout the day. It gave my hair a good amount of hold too without it feeling crispy or giving me flakey bits. So it gave the perfect combination of hairspray & fighting the humidity. I need to get a full size bottle.

Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Leave in Treatment 30ml

This is a wonderful budget friendly hair oil. I apply it to wet hair but I’ve also used it on dry hair to add a little more shine and keep my hair looking healthy and nourished. It just adds enough glossiness without looking greasy or weighed down. I like that it has a pump, so you can dispense just enough product without wasting any. I’ve repurchased this 3 times now, so it is safe to say I am a fan. In fact I like this whole range from Avon and think it is well worth trying.

MoroccanOil Treatment*  25ml for £13.45

I do really like this and think it makes my hair look glossy and feel healthy and generally keeps it in great condition. I like to use this on day 2 hair as it makes it look clean and healthy and gives it a little bounce. This oil smells lovely too, always a bonus. It is pricey and after discovering the Avon one not too sure if I would buy this one, as the results on my hair feel the same.

TommyGuns Weather Protect Dew Drops Serum 50ml for £6.50

This is so good at keeping hair looking glossy and fighting frizz. I use this when I wear my hair up, to tame those fly away hairs at the sides that won’t behave. It is also really good on the ends of my hair, to stop them looking dry, I like to apply it throughout the day to keep them looking healthy.

Charles Worthington Balancing Act Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo isn’t something I use very often as I find it makes my hair feel more unclean, if that makes sense. In the event of a day 3 hair emergency I have been using this Charles Worthington Dry Shampoo. It does give a slight white cast to my hair, but if I leave if for a couple of minutes to absorb the oil and I rub away what white powder is still left and that seems to work. This adds volume to my hair which I like as I have quite thick hair which often gets weighed down. I bought this from the Poundshop and it is lasting me a long time. I have found with other dry shampoo’s they are empty after a few uses and that bugs me.

Neal & Wolf Smoothing Blow Dry Balm* 200ml for £12.50

This is a lightweight cream which I use each time I blow dry my hair, I use it before I add my hair oil and i find it doesn’t feel greasy or like I have used too many products. This balm makes sure my hair is nourished and doesn’t dry out. I find a ten pence piece size amount is enough, I apply it from root to tip whilst my hair is damp. My hair is thick and can feel course after using heat but this keeps it glossy, smooth and hydrated. Oh and have I said it smells so good ….. SO good! All Neal & Wolf haircare has the most wonderfully sweet uplifting scent. I can smell it on my hair throughout the day.

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.

1 Apr 2014

Not Another Tag

Skincare

The very lovely Becki from Life Looks Perfect tagged me to do this ’Not Another Tag’ post & I have enjoyed doing a more light hearted tag! This tag was put together by Hayley.

The Rules 
 
You must include both Hayley & the person who tagged you (that’s me!) in your post (and the rules too). Once you’ve answered all your questions you need to tag 5 people. Also if you tweet me the link to your post (@LTBeautyBlog) and Hayley (@teapartybeauty), we will RT. 

You’ve made it BIG & bagged some VIP Fashion Week tickets. You lucky devil you. But in your rush to get there & get yourself noticed you forgot your VIP Passes. The guy on the door says he will cut you a deal, you can go in only if you sacrifice either your Front Row seat, backstage privileges or goody bag. What’s it gonna be? 

I’m not the biggest fashionista so I would prefer to be backstage to see all the goings on and especially the makeup being applied, the hair being styled and hear how the fashion designers came up with their looks. That would excite me more than seeing the show. I’ve never been to a fashion show but I can imagine Fashion Week is quite exciting but I would be more interested in the makeup & hair. So I would give up the Front Row Seat.

You’re making a new Subscription box, what 4 items & which dreaded perfume sample would you include in it? 

I feel like British Beauty Blogger making her infamous BBB boxes! I hate perfume samples, but would include Giorgio Armani Si as this was my perfume discovery of 2013. It is so pretty and the perfect Summer scent. The 4 products I would include would be

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer 

No7 Beauty Balm BB Cream

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum

Pixi Lash Line Ink

That was a tough question & I could have filled a box of 100 products. I couldn’t narrow it down to 4 products it had to be 5.

What’s your biggest blogging bug bear? The one thing guaranteed to make your blood boil & have you screaming/eye rolling at your laptop?

I think when people comment on what should or shouldn’t be blogged about, everyones blog is a personal space and if it’s something you don’t want to read just click off or don’t click through to begin with. Don’t pass judgement. Each to their own.

No more joining in Twitter chats only slightly relevant to your blog. You can only join in one blogger chat a week for the rest of your blogging days, which one’s it gonna be & why? 

I like the #bblogger chats although I always seem to miss them but if I do catch that one I do like to get involved and connect with other Beauty Bloggers. It can be quite a positive and inspirational chat.

‘Fess up, do you actually own any MAC? If so what don’t you like about the product? 

I own a few Mac products, mostly eyeshadows, MSF and Paint Pots. I only treat myself to Mac if I can get it Duty Free at the airport. So thats not too often. I love my MSF Natural and wear it at least 3 times a week. It makes me look healthy and my base a little less shiny and more glowing. Its a product I repurchase over and over. I think if I was to say what I didn’t like it would be the Price but part of me thinks it is worth it as the MSF lasts so long.

The blogging Gods ban arm swatching, which body part will you swatch on now?

I guess it would be the back of my hand, but my hands get so dry products look like I have swatched them on Crocodile skin. I need to take better care of my hands.

You can no longer have Yankee Candles & Perfume Bottles in the background of your shots, what other inanimate object will you choose?

This made me laugh! I would put photo’s and pretty fresh flowers in the background. No one wants to see a messy background.

Your blogs Instagram is it for cats or meal shots?

Meals, I could eat all day long and really like to see what people eat. I know it annoys some people too but I like food instagrams.

I tag these lovely ladies Jennie May, Sandra, Katie, Catherine and Amy.

28 Mar 2014

March Empties 2014 Pt2

Empties

Soap & Glory Foam Call Body Wash 500ml for £6.50 – these big bottles last for ages! I really liked using this and will be getting another one. I used it in the bath as I found it great for shaving my legs, very moisturising and is lathers up well too. We all know how sweet and lovely S&G products smell so I won’t go on about that but this was really nice to use & lasted me months.

balance Me Super Toning Body Wash 100ml for £9.00 – I really like this for in the shower as its more luxurious and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. I have been through a couple of these and would repurchase it over and over again. Its a perfect uplifting morning shower gel

Merumaya Luxury Face Wash* 100ml for £14.50 – Another wonderful product from Merumaya, this introduced me to the double cleanse and I haven’t looked back. I used this before their Melting Cleansing Balm and it keeps my skin blemish free, clean and looking bright. I have fallen for this brand in a big way as most of you already know.

Pixi Glow Tonic 250ml for £16.00 - I was sad when this ran out as I noticed they have since changed the packaging and I really like the pump on this as you don’t waste any product. The product itself I found to be a very good brightening toner, it worked well for me to clear old blemish scars and keep my skin looking its best. For the price I can’t fault it. I went down to using it a few times a week in the evening and that worked best for me

TRESemme Argan Oil Straightening Spray 250ml for £4.99 – I don’t often use heat on my hair but over the past few months I’ve used this spray when I needed to straighten my hair. I used it on damp hair after applying my hair oil. I’m not 100% sure this was all that effective as I still had quite a few flyaway hairs and this is also meant to control frizz also after a couple of months it didn’t spray very well. Not overly impressed. I wouldn’t buy this again

March Empties

Nivea Express Hydration Primer 50ml for  £3.33 – I was quite surprised at how good this was as both a primer and a moisturiser. I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis so this tub lasted me almost a year, as I only used it when I wore makeup. It’s very hydrating but not greasy, I’ve enjoyed using it and would repurchase it. It is very budget friendly.

Dove Shape Up Firming Body Cream 250ml for £3.99- It took me ages to use this up as I really didn’t like it. It was very sticky and I could feel it on my skin hours after applying it. I don’t think it helped firm my skin in any way. Not a nice body lotion at all.

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream 40ml for £13.50 – By accident I got the Normal / Dry skin formula & I have quite an oily t zone but I have to say this still worked well on me. I love the coverage and the finish of this. It isn’t too sheer and it gives a very nice glow to the skin. Its one of my favourite bases, especially on those day’s when I only want a touch of coverage. This makes me look alive & evens out my complexion. I really like it. Whenever I have a No7 voucher I stock up on these.

Moroccan Oil Extra Volume Shampoo (travel size)* 70ml for £6.85-  I used up the conditioner from this set too but seem to have thrown it away. I preferred the shampoo on its own as when I used the conditioner too my hair felt weighed down. The shampoo did give me volume from the roots and my curls looked bouncy and healthy. This was a lovely shampoo but not sure I would repurchase. I think almost £7 is expensive for such a small bottle.

Clarins Lotus Facial Oil Treatment 30ml for £32.00 – I have to say I shed a tear when I used the last drop of this, it has been one of my favourite skin care discoveries for a long time. It really helped with my combination skin, my t zone was less oily and my stubborn blemishes cleared up much faster when I used this at night. It is such a hydrating and balancing oil. When I get the money I will be repurchasing it & hope I can do so before my skin misses it. So if you suffer from oily skin I highly recommend adding this to your skincare regime

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 Mar 2014

Classic White Musk

I used to wear this Body Shop White Musk fragrance all the time and when I was in store just before Christmas I sprayed it for old time sake & fell in love with it all over again so just had to treat myself to this gift set. The scent just took me right back & I’d forgot how clean and fresh it smells. So I have been using everything these past few months and really enjoying it.

White Musk Gift Set

White Musk Eau De Parfum 30ml £13.00 – This little bottle will last you a while as once sprayed you can smell it all day. I have the 30ml size and its perfect to pop in your handbag. This has a mix of musk, lily, iris, rose and vanilla and smells quite sweet at first but settles down on the skin to be more musky. It is an uplifting scent and I think it’s very good value for money, I like the lilac packaging too.

White Musk Fragrance Mist 100ml £7.50- I love these mists from The Body shop and I have quite a few scents. They don’t last particularly long on the skin but if I spray it on to a scarf then I can smell it a little longer. These are light but still fragrant and these bottles last me a good few months. This scent is a best seller & I can see why. Its great to spray liberally in the morning and it smells so clean and fresh on me. Just perfect.

White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion 250ml £10.00 – This is my least favourite product from the range, I don’t think the White Musk scent is as nice and I find the lotion to be a little greasy on my skin. I will use it up but wouldn’t repurchase. I prefer their Body Butters.

This fragrance is perfect for daytime as it’s light and fresh but not at all overpowering. I am glad I treated myself to a little nostalgia &  have really enjoyed wearing it. I know it’s not to everyones taste but thats the beauty of fragrance it is so personal & I think smells different on everyone. If you haven’t tried this you have to test it next time your in store.

What are your favourite fragrances from The Body Shop?

24 Mar 2014

Mineral Earth Palette

Miss Sporty Quad

Miss Sporty Quad

You can buy this Miss Sporty Cat’s Eyes Palette Mineral Earth for £3.99 which is just a complete bargain, you get 4 good quality shadows. These are perfect for a gorgeous warm neutral smoky eye, or worn alone all over the lid which I have mostly been doing. All 4 colours have a slight frosting to them, nothing sparkly or overly shimmery but they do have a pretty light reflecting quality to them.

The lightest frosty white shade in the middle works as a wonderful inner corner highlight and can be built up to be quite intense and bright if you wish. Or I like to apply it quite subtle to the inner corner & also under my brow bone. The bottom peachy brown is beautiful and I often wear this on it’s own if I want a quick wash of colour.

The rusty brown shade is very similar to Mac Amber lights and thats one of my all time favourite eyeshadows. It’s quite a good dupe.  The dark brown is quite metallic finish but its a pretty brown with a burgundy undertone. This looks pretty in the crease to give a little definition.

These shadows do have a little fall out so I would say don’t pack too much colour on at once, slowly build it up. These have fantastic pigmentation and they apply nice and smooth for a budget brand also worn over a primer they will last all day/night.

Miss Sporty Swatches

I have been using this quad a lot since purchasing it last November and it is the only palette I have been taking away with me. It is so compact, the packaging is a little cheap but it is the exact same packaging as the Rimmel shadows and in my opinion the Miss Sporty shadows are much better quality. I know this is seen as a brand aimed at teenagers but I recommend having a look at their stand as I have also been using the Liquid Concealer and their So MattePerfect Stay Powder and I like them too. Budget friendly but great quality.

If you have any Miss Sporty recommendations them I’d love to hear them

20 Mar 2014

Sephora Wishlist

Sephora USA Wishlist

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Sephora Collection Event Entry Palette $5 – This little palette is currently on sale at Sephora for only $5, that’s an utter bargain. The eyeshadows are neutral and perfect for me as I only seem to wear neutral colours (boring). This is a compact, slim palette which would be perfect to slip into your makeup bag & ideal for on the go or travelling.

Tarte Cheek Stain $30 – I could have put the whole Tarte range on my wishlist, I know QVC are getting a selection of Tarte Products from April and I am excited for that but Sephora just have so many lovely goodies to pick from. These Cheek Stains look pretty & come in 8 shades.

Julep Moisture Mask Trio $20 – This has a mask for Nails, Hands and Feet – intriguing. I have never used a mask for any of those things. I have seen foot masks but never hand ones. I have heard of Julep Nail Polish and seen some good reviews and would love to try these masks. This trio would be great if you had a special occasion to attend and wanted a little pamper before hand.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power Cx30 Anti Wrinkle Brightening Kit $88 – It is said to brighten, smooth, firm, revitalise, and improve skin tone.This says all the right things & sounds like everything I want / need from my skincare & I love how it comes in a little kit. I really want to try some Peter Thomas Roth Skincare & think think kit would be a great place to start.

Sephora & Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep $26 – This limited edition trio looks so pretty in its pink & white packaging. You get a blush in Radiant Orchid and two highlight colours in Rose Gold and Iridescent Pink. How cute. I’m trying to get a little more adventurous with my cheek colours and this pink looks bold, but pretty.

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Complexion Kit $68 – In this kit you get a mixture of skincare and makeup, featuring Josie Marans best sellers. This kit is targeted at helping increase hydration, smoothness and reduce wrinkles. Again this sounds like a lovely set and I have never tried any products from this brand.

Sephora Collection Hamptons Travel Clutch Brush Set $60 – I love how bright the brush handles are, they look very fun. You get seven brushes, including Angled Blush Brush,  Flat Powder Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Large Shadow Brush, Small Shadow Brush, Crease Brush and a Angled Liner Brush everything you need for a weekend away. I have heard good things about Sephoras own brushes and would love to try these ones.

Dr Jart The Originals BB Cream Set $34 – I know they sell Dr Jart in the UK & I love the Water Fuse Beauty Balm, but I just thought this set was so cute and a very good way of trying 4 Dr Jart BB Creams without breaking the bank.

Kat Von D Ladybird True Romance Palette $36 – I like Kat Von D and have wanted to try her makeup range since it launched. This palette is just one from her range but they all look very pretty and wearable. I have also heard some good reviews of her foundation, concealer and eyeliner.

Now that Sephora are shipping to the UK, albeit with quite a few restrictions (no perfume, nail polish or aerosols) I’m still excited to save up to purchase a few products from my wishlist. Have you taken advantage of our new access to Sephora or are you slowly filling your basket like me?

18 Mar 2014

My Current Serums

Favourite Serums

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum – This came is a sample set from TK Maxx and it’s a serum designed to protect your skin against environmental aggressors which can lead to premature ageing. This is also very good at giving you a glowing complexion so I like to use this in the morning as it’s lightweight and sinks in leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. This is also meant to make your skin feel firmer but I wouldn’t say I noticed an improvement with that. I do also like that this protects against UV damage and I have seen a reduction in two dark age spots on my cheek since using this.

U Little Beauty Vitamin C Serum* I have really liked using this over the winter, this serum is very soothing and extremely hydrating. The camomile, aloe vera and liquorice help calm and sooth the skin whilst the high content of Vitamin C from the Kakadu Plum help hydrate and combat signs of ageing. Its nice and lightweight and sinks into your skin  quickly, its the perfect serum if you have dehydrated skin. All U Little Beauty products are Vegan & Cruelty Free.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – This is a serum I couldn’t live without. It makes my skin look well rested, bright and my skin tone looks healthy and plump. If I’m staying out overnight I don’t travel without this. It is well worth the money & this has lasted me since October and I still have 1/3 left.

Current Favourite Serums

Aesop Parsley Seed  Anti Oxidant Serum – I am almost at the end of this serum and I have enjoyed using this so much. It is another serum that is aimed at helping protect the skin against free radicals. This is a little more tacky than any of the other serums but that only lasts a minute or two before it sinks in and leaves my skin feeling nourished and smooth. This serum is very hydrating and bursting with antioxidants, some people are able to use this not only as a serum but as their moisturiser too as it is quite thick and provides a lot of moisture. I find this serum really balances my skin and helps keep my excess oils at bay. The packaging of the Aesop products is always so nice too. I am a big fan of their skincare. This is my second bottle of this and I know when this runs out I will be repurchasing a third.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum* I am all about products that help promote a healthy glow and keep my skin hydrated, looking smooth and at its best and this Jurlique Serum is all of those things. This has a slight floral scent to it and the serum is light and easily absorbed. Out of all the serums I have this is the best at making my skin look radiant and it feels very gentle and soothing. If My skin feels a little tight or slightly red/angry this is the serum I reach for.

There seems to be a common theme with the five serums not only are three of them from Australian brands but I like to use those offer a  defence against environmental aggressors, restore skins radiance and boost hydration. I am on a quest for bright, healthy looking skin.

Have you tried any of the serums I’ve been enjoying, or if you have any recommendations for ones you use let me know.

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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