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.

27 Mar 2014

Apivita Shampoo Review

Apivita Shampoo

Apivita are a Greek brand known for their skincare but I never knew their range incorporated haircare. I have been testing out a Almond and Honey Shampoo from their Propoline range since Christmas.

Propoline Shampoo For Dry – Dehydrated Hair 250ml £13.00* – This shampoo is 90% natural and this formula is aimed at nourishing and hydrating  dry – dehydrated hair. It contains honey, aloe vera, almond & olive oil and wheat protein it also contains Rosemary infusion to offer antioxidant, toning, antiseptic and anti-irritant action. These ingredients also give hydration, prevent split ends and shield against environmental damage. Since using this I have noticed my hair has a lovely glossy sheen to it and it feels soft to the touch. It is easy to wash out but does contain SLS so foams up to a lather, It has a sweet smell  (which is very nice) and the formula is quite thin in consistency.

Apivita Shampoo

The only gripe I have is the packaging it looks pretty but when you get down to the last few uses it is so hard to get out when you’re in the shower, hands are wet and you have to turn it upside down and hit it like a ketchup bottle. Its a bit of a pain. If they added a pump the packaging would be perfect. The shampoo itself is good quality and I think it actually works, I haven’t noticed if it helps with split ends but it certainly hydrates and quite often I don’t use a conditioner when I use this as I feel like it gives my hair enough moisture that I can miss that step out (and that makes me quicker in the shower = more time in bed). This 250ml has only just ran out & it lasted me over 3 months using it at least twice a week. So that is pretty good in my book

Free of: silicones, mineral oil, propylene glycol, ethanolamines, colorants, phthalates, polycyclic musks and nitromusks

Let me know if you have tried any Apivita shampoos, I have liked using this one & would recommend it to anyone that has dry, dehydrated or even dull hair.

Apivita is available from selected Marks and Spencer stores and online from www.marksandspencer.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.

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

22 Mar 2014

A Lovely Duo

Perfect Duo

I’m still in the middle of moving house & everything is still packed away in many many boxes that I just can’t face unpacking yet. So I’m working my way through some posts that I hadn’t hit publish on yet.

Working from home & doing a lot of crafting I wash my hands so often and I like to treat myself to a nice handwash & lotion. These are my current duo.

ESPA Zesty Lemon Ylang Ylang & Crushed Tonka Beans Hand Wash 250ml £15.00 – I’ve used a few of these ESPA hand washes now & find them to be a little slice of affordable luxury. They’re hydrating and moisturising. A bottle lasts a very long time and it smells incredible. This scent has been my favourite to date, what I like is that it contains 100% natural Essential Oils and smells zesty but a little masculine. This doesn’t dry your hands out at all and leaves them feeling soft and clean.

ESPA Handwash

Molton Brown Thai Vert Soothing Hand Lotion (now called Lime & Patchouli) 300ml £20.00  - This also has a Zesty scent but also has Patchouli and that makes it smell very comforting & fresh. It feels luxurious and and pampering, the lotion keeps my hands hydrated and feeling silky smooth. I can’t stand when a handcream is greasy so this one is perfect as it is light, easily absorbed and provides hydration that lasts.

These two make a great duo and I have been enjoying using them & their Zesty scent is a reminder that Spring isn’t far away.

What is your favourite handwash / handcream?

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.

16 Mar 2014

Relaxing Wishlist

Relaxing Wishlist

 

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I’m currently in the middle of moving house and its taking its toll on me. I’m very tired and have aching muscles and in need of a huge pamper session but sadly all my products are in boxes so I thought I’d do a wish list full of relaxing products.

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray £16.00 – I have heard so many wonderful reviews of this and I have so many things on my mind at the moment that I am not sleeping very well so a few sprays of this would be very welcome.

Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk £12.95 – My new house has a really nice big bath and I’m very much looking forward to long soaks in the bath and this bath milk sounds very relaxing and the perfect thing to sooth my aches.

Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Room Candle £30.00 – I adore burning candles and this one sums me up so well. I am such a knackered cow at the moment. I will be treating myself to one of these once I’ve moved & unpacked everything.

LUSH Bunch of Carrots  £5.95 – How cute are these! I have to try them before they’re gone. I always miss the ltd edition collections at LUSH. They’re also a great calorie free Easter Treat! Ideal if you’re trying to be healthy.

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts £37.00 – I have used these before and love them. They smell so good and make you feel all warm and relaxed. After you bath in these you will asleep within the hour. They completely knocked me out and I slept like a baby. I need to treat myself to a new tub. I have never tried anything like these before, they’re so calming.

Green & Spring Relaxing Body Lotion £22.00 – Packing and lifting boxes takes it out of you and isn’t great for your skin either so this body lotion sounds not only relaxing but it will keep me all hydrated and my skin very soft.

Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist £21.50 – I really like using face mists, they’re a great way to cool down, freshen up or just keep your skin hydrated and this Lavender one sounds relaxing and the perfect way to keep my skin looking fresh during the move.

Have you tried any of the products on my wish list? Or have any skincare / relaxing tips for moving house?

13 Mar 2014

Radical Skincare

Radical Skincare

Radical Skincare is an anti ageing skincare line started by Liz and Rachel, the daughter of Dr. Richard F. Edlich MD.PHD, world renowned Professor of Plastic Surgery. They dedicated years of research to formulating advanced skincare products that protect and rejuvenate skin.

The key to the Radical Skincare line is their Patented Trylacel Technology which maintains the potency of active ingredients by up to 300% by combining Multiple Antioxidants, Anti Ageing Active Ingredients and soothing Ingredients which enables maximum benefits and quick results.

Radical Skincare

I have been trying out three samples of their products,

Youth Infusion Serum* £110 – This has a nice sweet scent and makes my skin feel so smooth seconds after applying it. Formulated with plant based stem cells and hyaluronic acid to repair the skin, the Radical Youth Infusion Serum is a dual-purpose serum that works to radically boost hydration levels in the skin. Also helping to firm sagging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles

I have noticed the skin especially round my eyes and mouth is looking brighter and plumper. I suffer with terrible lines around my eyes and these appear reduced and thats after 4 weeks of use. I’m impressed with this serum. It is lightweight and cooling on the skin, it sinks in very quickly and leaves it feeling silky smooth. If you’re looking for a product which will help combat your fine lines then this is for you.

Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum* £125 – This is targeted at being the first line of defence in protecting your skin from free radicals which are known to prematurely age your skin. This serum is seriously the bees knees, it is light brown in colour although that doesn’t show up on your skin. I used this in the morning and the Youth Infusion Serum in the evening, as a duo they seem to be keeping my otherwise dull skin looking very healthy and dare I say glowing.

From the first time you use this serum your skin feels tighter, not in the dry feeling way but in a less saggy kind of way. It is fabulous and being almost 36 gravity is starting to work against me and I think this serum really works to help combat the signs of ageing. I have noticed a marked improvement with not only how my skin feels but how it looks.

Anti Ageing Restorative Moisture* £100 – This is a seriously lightweight silky moisturiser. If you suffer from oily skin then this is perfect for you. It feels like it melts away on your skin whilst leaving it very smooth and soft. It feels instantly hydrating and smooth to the touch. My foundation sat so well on top of this cream. I have been using this in the day time because it is so lightweight and multi functional, it helps increase hydration, fight free radicals, decrease wrinkle depth and combat dark spots. I have to say it has done all of those things and I don’t think I have ever had a moisturiser perform as well as this one.

This has helped even my skin tone in 4 weeks and helped my skin look radiant, hydrated and this means my wrinkles appear less visible. This makes me very happy.

Radical Skincare

I knew nothing about Radical Skincare before trying this sample set and wasn’t shocked to see it was a high end skincare brand. I do like to spend money on products that work. Like the Estee Lauder ANR Serum which was £70 and I enjoy using Aesop skincare too. So I do think Radical Skincare is worth every penny.

I might not be able to afford them all at once and would have to say the Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum would be the one I’d buy if I could only pick one product. It has been the one product that I think gave my skin the biggest change. Although I do think they work well together.

Being someone who has a dull complexion and is edging towards 40 at what feels like a great rate of knots, these three products were a pleasure to use and I saw visible results so I’m currently convincing my husband that I need to keep using them. I will be repurchasing at least two of them.

Do you spend a lot on your skincare? Have you tried anything from Radical Skincare, let me know if you have and which products you recommend from their range.

Radical Skincare is available from selected Fenwick Stores, Harrods, Space NK and www.radicalskincare.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.

11 Mar 2014

Mac Beluga Dupe

I have never done a dupe post before but when I spotted how similar these were I was quite excited. The price difference is crazy. In my collection I have quite a few cute Maybelline Mono Eyeshadows which I bought from the Poundshop a couple of years ago. I noticed shade 742 was almost identical to Mac’s Beluga shadow.

Mac Beluga Dupe

Beluga Dupe

The Maybelline Mono Shadow is almost identical to Mac’s Beluga. I’d say the Maybelline shadow is  slightly more pigmented but you do get a little fallout. They’re both a dark charcoal brown shade with shimmer running through them. I have to say I like the Maybelline one slightly more as I think it is easier to blend and you get better colour payoff, but as suspected the Mac Beluga lasts longer which you would expect from the price tag.

Mac describe Beluga as a dark charcoal with multi-dimensional pearl (with a Veluxe finish), I think in some lights both shadows look like they have a green undertone and a gold shimmer. Its very pretty.

Mac Eyeshadow Dupe

Dupe

Left – Maybelline 742 / Right – Mac Beluga

Dupe

Top – Maybelline 742 / Bottom – Mac Beluga

Mac Beluga is a Veluxe finish and I find it to be quite dry, not smooth on the eye, but the colour is pretty. With a primer it applies much easier and  the same goes for the Maybelline Mono shadow.

Beluga was part of the Indulge Collection so is no longer available but the Maybelline 742 is often available on eBay & Amazon. I have seen it a few times in the Poundshop as well. If you see it I urge you to buy it, you won’t have a shade like it in your collection.

Do you have either of these shadows in your collection? Or something similar?

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