5 Aug 2014

Barry M Summer Nails

BarryM Polish

I love Barry M nail polishes, they are affordable & quite often on offer, the colour selection is huge and they are always bringing out limited edition collections. I have a few shades and finishes in my collection and thought I would share with you my top 5 BarryM Polishes for Summer. Like most people I reach for bright shades in the Summer & love wearing bright colours on my toes, Summer is the perfect excuse to wear NEON polish and also rock the brightest oranges.

Let me know what your favourite colour to wear in the Summer is.

Summer Barry M Polishes

Pink Iridescent 264 – This is a glitter top coat with pink, silver and gold flecks in a light pink polish. So pretty on top of almost any shade. The glitter flecks catch the light & look so pretty. I like it because the glitter isn’t chunky and its easy to remove.

Block Orange 301 – This is a bold bright orange, it looks gorgeous on your toes especially if you have a tan. This is opaque & vibrant in two coats.

Pomegranate 235 This is a Gelly Hi Shine Formula and these leave your nails looking glossy. The colour is a gorgeous vibrant deep berry pink. I love this on my nails and it lasts a really long time. I have to admit even thought this is a Hi Shine finish I like to use a glossy top coat just to prolong my manicure but you can skip this step and your nails will have a good shine to them. I do find this Hi Shine formula only needs 2 coats and you could get away with one coat if you were in a rush.

Guava 334 – I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this shade when it came out. Its my most worn BarryM nail polish & it just reminds me of swimming pools & being on holiday. The colour is a pretty turquoise blue (more than green). Its bright and looks so nice on fingers & toes. This is another Hi Shine formula & I find these dry pretty quickly on my nails & I’m terrible at messing up my manicure because I’m always in a hurry but this formula only takes a couple of minutes to dry.

Passion Fruit 350 – This is just the perfect holiday coral red colour. It looks bright and fresh on your nails. This is another Hi Shine finish and again the formula is quite thick but easy to apply and you could get away with one coat but I like to apply two just for that pop of vibrant colour. I love this shade & think it makes your nails look so pretty and summery.

Barry M Nail Polish is available from Superdrug and www.barrym.com

Let me know what your favourite Barry M Summer nail polishes are.

4 Aug 2014

July 2014 Empties

What I used up in July 2014

REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser* – I really like to use this in the evening as my first cleanse because Its great at removing every trace of makeup, decongesting your skin and it was gentle enough to take around my eyes. Its creamy and hydrating and left my skin very soft. Full review of this here

dr Organic Vitamin E Deodorant - This has been my go to deodorant for about a year now. It does a good job, its gentle and leaves my underarms soft. Its also free of any harsh chemicals which I like. I have many backups – a girl can’t be without deodorant.

No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser – This is my favourite budget friendly hot cloth cleanser. I always stock up on this when Boots do their No7 vouchers. Its a bargain but it is also gentle and you get a lot of product for your money 200ml last me a good couple of months. If you haven’t tried this yet give it a go, I highly recommend it.

Organix Teatree Mint Shampoo* – I finished the conditioner in this range last month. My husband really liked this shampoo & conditioner duo. I thought it was hydrating and left my hair manageable but not flyaway & it smells so minty & invigorating. Perfect for the mornings. When I can get to a Waitrose I will be replacing them & they last for ages as you get 385ml of product.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir – I have a love hate relationship with this face mist. I really dislike the scent but I like how refreshing it feels on my skin. I like using this when I fly (which isn’t that often) as it a really nice way of keeping hydrated on a flight. Im always torn about buying it & tend to purchase it when its on sale.

No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner – This was my morning toner & it felt like it took forever to use up – this 200ml bottle lasted for about a year. It is a gentle toner that helps hydrate and sooth the skin. I did really like it & would repurchase it again.

REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel  - I loved using this eye gel and really liked it for my overnight eye treatment. It helped tighten (but not dry out) the skin around my eye and left the area looking bright and well rested. It was so gentle and felt cooling too. It lasted me about 3 months so thats a big plus.

Bioderma – This was my first bottle of Bioderma & I always wondered what the fuss was all about. Now I know. This Micellar Water is SO good at removing makeup and leaving my skin very soft. It was gentle and you didn’t need to tug or rub to remove eye makeup, it didn’t sting my eyes at all. This bottle lasted me for 2 months & that was using it almost daily. I will 100% repurchase this.

Bee Good 2in1 Cream Cleanser* – This was so lovely and really good for my skin. Its creamy texture was soothing and left my skin feeling clean and fresh. Its kind on the skin, good to bees & a British skincare brand so it ticks all the boxes. This has been a lovely brand discovery & I have a few more products from them in my skincare routine. I’m really enjoying them all.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Face Masks – If you’re skin needs a boost of moisture then these are the masks for you. They’re sheet masks and look funny & a little scary when on but they work like little miracles. These leave my skin feeling plump, radiant and my makeup sits so much better after using them. After using the mask make sure you pat the excess product in to your skin. Shame to waste all that Hyluronic Acid goodness as they’re are quite expensive but if your have dehydrated skin they will be worth every penny.

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets – These have sadly been discontinued but Home Bargains were selling them for 29p a pack (50 sheets in a pack) so you better believe I bought a butt load of them. I will never run out. These have been a staple in my handbag, on my desk & in my car during this crazy heat wave. They keep me looking shine free & don’t interfere with my makeup.

MUA Undress Your Skin Radiant Under Eye Concealer – This was a little meh & didn’t really do a lot of concealing. This would be better used as a highlighter in my opinion. Oh and this has a shimmer to it, not what I want in a concealer.

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.

2 Aug 2014

July 2014 Favourites

July Favourites

So July wizzed by so fast, it was gloriously sunny for 99% of the month which is almost unheard of. My husband celebrated his birthday & we booked a holiday to Amsterdam so its been a quick but eventful month. Im normally really late in sharing my favourites but I have a few things that I was excited to share with you.

Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF25* – This has been my go to day time moisturiser as it has broad spectrum SPF25 its very lightweight, non greasy and can be easily worn under makeup. Its been a must during the sunny month of July and has been keeping my skin protected from UVA & UVB rays.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows - I blogged about these a couple of weeks ago and these shadows are just so very pretty. You can build them up to be intense or just sweep a light amount over your lids for more of a daytime look. They’re beautiful, I have 2 shades and I will be buying more at some point.

NYX Powder Blush in Angel – This is a pretty soft dusky pink and just gives you that fresh flushed look & its perfect for summer. It has a pretty sheen to it almost like a Mac MSF and it looks pretty when the light bounces off  your cheeks. Its not powdery and quite long wearing. Its so good that we can now get our hands on NYX products in NEXT stores. I bought a few things last year when they first launched and I have used this beautiful blush the most.

Goodbye July Hello August

Essence Kabuki Brush* – I use this pretty black & pink brush to apply my blush, bronzer and even my face powder. Its a soft dense kabuki brush & it washes up so well. I love how small it is & I will be bringing it with me when I go on holiday in August. Its so handy as I use it to apply so many products.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist* – The lovely Carrie sent this to me after I won her brush giveaway. I have used it before & I love TBS Vitamin E range, Its gentle and hydrating so this face mist is perfect for the heat wave that took over July. I have been keeping it on my desk & liberally spritzing it when I get hot. Its cooling and refreshing as well as having all the lovely skincare benefits too, so thats a win win situation

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Protection SPF50 – This has been one of my go to suncreams this Summer. It gives good protection and it is hydrating too oh & I like how it smells. Not a lot else to say except it does a good job of keeping my skin protected & doesn’t feel greasy.

Let me know what you loved during July & if you use any of the products I’ve mentioned.

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

31 Jul 2014

The Rediscovered SIX

I think we are all guilty of having too many things such as makeup, clothes or even books that often we forget what we have. Sometimes things that we once loved get overlooked or even worse things we bought get lost amongst the clutter and never used. Well my habit is makeup & skincare, I was having a well overdue clear out & I discovered quite a few products that I’d forgot I had. Some well loved products and a couple that I’ve only used a few times and that needed to be re discovered & shown some love, so I have put them in to my everyday makeup drawer and I have promised to reach for them as often as I can.

Forgotten Makeup Items

Shopping my stash

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Starlet Mosaic – This is the most gorgeous baked highlighter if you swirl your brush through all the colours it gives you a pretty peachy glow. I have even used it a couple of times as eyeshadow and the colours are pigmented and brighten the eyes. All 4 shades are really pretty & have a frosted finish. I’ve only used this a handful of times and can’t wait to use a lot more.

Physicians Formula Happy Boost Blush in Rose – How pretty is this blush in the pan, all those hearts just make me smile each time I use it. I reached for this blush so much when I first received it in a USA beauty swap but after I moved I totally forgot about it. This blush is a pretty soft pink and is very flattering on my pale skin tone. Some of the hearts are slightly different in colour but when swirled all together they make a soft almost baby pink shade.

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in Hot 401* – I have a few of these lipsticks which I wear all the time and I LOVE them. This one however was lost amongst my nail polish for some reason and I’d totally forgotten about it. This was my favourite colour out of the 4 shades I have and it is a very pretty deep berry shade, it is so long wearing and applies very smoothly on the lips. It is marketed as a CC Lipstick as it has the moisturising qualities of a lip balm and the pigmentation of a lipstick, this formula looks quite glossy on the lips. Can I just say how luxurious the packaging is too, it has a magnetic close and I love the deep red bullet too.

NARS Eyeliner in Parrot Cay – I’m not going to admit how long I have had this eyeliner but I love it too much to throw away & the colour is too nice. This was the first NARS product I ever bought, this and another eyeliner in a bright blue shade. Parrot is a soft almost mint green shade. Its really brightens the eyes & looks really pretty in the summer. I’m so happy to rediscover it.

Avon Magix Cashmere Finish Foundation in Creamy Natural – I am so happy to have this back in my everyday stash as it is the perfect shade for me right now, as I have am ever so slight tan and this matches me perfectly. This Avon foundation gives my skin the most velvet finish or as the name states – cashmere. It looks soft and flawless but not at all heavy . Its easy to blend and I like that it isn’t a runny consistency I would say its quite light and has a mousse / whipped texture. It wears well on me but I do have to powder it down so it lasts all day.

Mac Wonder Woman Mineralize Skinfinish in Golden Lariat – This product wasn’t lost in my collection as such, It was just too pretty to use but I’ve decided that it needs to see some love & a lot more use. Its far too nice to be pushed to the side. Its MASSIVE you get 20g of product so I’m not going to use it up anytime and that means I can use it without worrying that its going to run out. This MSF has 3 colours a golden highlight, a bronzer and a peachy blush. And it gives you the prettiest glow. I’m going to have a lot of fun trying this out & finding ways of incorporating into my makeup routine.

Let me know what makeup you have rediscovered recently. Its crazy what gems we have hiding in our stash.

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 Jul 2014

M Asam Perfect Teint II Review

I have been testing a few skincare items over the past couple of weeks from Ideal World, which is a TV shopping channel and they also have an online shop. I have been putting 5 products to the test & I thought I would share with you one of my favourites so far. It is by the brand M. Asam, which is a German cosmetic company founded in 1963, I had never heard of this brand before and being a skincare addict I like testing out new products but I’m always slightly worried that I will upset my routine or that something will break me out. Thankfully this product  has been no trouble for my skin so thats a massive plus.

M Asam Skincare

This M. Asam Perfect Teint IIis a product for reducing the appearance of fine lines, controlling oil  and giving your a skin a smooth base for applying your makeup. The first thing that struck me about this product is its constancy, it feels so light and fluffy almost like a mousse. It takes a little getting used to how much to apply but I learnt that less is more, it is easy to smooth over the skin and dries down to quite a matte finish. It feels very light on my skin and once it had been on my skin for a couple of minutes It felt very soft and hydrating.

You apply this after your moisturiser but I would say that if you use quite a hydrating serum you could get away with using this instead of a moisturiser, especially if you don’t like to layer your products that much. This leaves my skin velvety smooth and my foundation glides on over the top and helps give me a flawless finish. I have been reaching for this most days during this crazy heat wave we have been having as it helps keep my foundation from slipping off my face and also controls my oily T Zone. I would say this is essentially a smoothing primer & a damn good one at that.

M. Asam Skincare

Face Cream

I have to say I was a little sceptical at first as I had never heard of this brand but after using this Perfect Teint II I’m intrigued to try more. This product is an oily girls best friend & it does a pretty good job of smoothing the fine lines, some of my wrinkles are just too big for this to smooth but I think thats to be expected, it still makes my skin look even, natural and my foundation looked so good over the top. This cream doesn’t really have a scent, my husband thinks it slightly floral but I can’t make a scent out, either way its not overpowering.

The packaging feels luxurious and the product is in a nice frosted glass jar with a bright green lid.

M Asam Perfect Teint II – £24.99 for 50ml.

Let me know if you have tried anything from this brand before & if you have any product recomendations. Also let me know if you have any experience shopping with Ideal World.

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

28 Jul 2014

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser

Nivea Skincare

I was lucky enough to win these Nivea In Shower Body Moisturisers back in June on the lovely Sarah’s Blog – Temporary : Secretary, I had seen them in store & wondered if they were any good. Well let me tell you I’m converted to the in shower moisturise. It has been a god send during this heatwave, I’ve found it far too hot & sticky to apply regular body butter or lotion but at the same time I hate skipping this step as my legs & arms get so dry.

I like to use this Nivea In Shower Moisturiser in two ways , this first is the standard way &  I follow their instructions & use it after I have used my usual shower gel and massage it all over my body then I rinse it off. I find that after I get out the shower my skin feels so very soft & hydrated, and this really keeps the dry skin at bay. Also unlike regular lotion the heat doesn’t make this feel sticky on my skin.

The second way I like to use this is to use it as a shaving cream as it leaves my legs & under arms feeling SO smooth they feel amazing. It doesn’t lather up but it acts as a really creamy shield and your razor glides over it & you’re left with the closet smooth shave. It is also very gentle and you don’t get any red bumps or angry shaving rash. If you use this & haven’t tried it this way I highly recommend it.

I have been going on & on about these to my Mum & she has stocked up on them & is also a big fan. Like I said its a great way of moisturising in this warm weather without feeling like you have an extra layer of product on. These get a big thumbs up from me. I like both scents equally and really hope Nivea release a few more, maybe a more Autumnal scent.

Let me know if you have tried these & if you have found them to be a hit or miss.

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser – 250ml £3.56

26 Jul 2014

The Mio Big Beach Countdown Box

Latest in Beauty Box

If you didn’t know, You Beauty Discovery offer Limited Edition Boxes throughout the year & they tend to have a theme. I have tried a few now & loved everyone of them. The one I am reviewing today is aimed at getting your body Summer Ready, so ideal if you’re heading off somewhere beachy on your summer holiday. These boxes are always jam packed full to the brim with products, food, and lifestyle extras such as vouchers. Its a great mix of new things to discover and inspire you. With this box You Beauty Discovery have teamed up with Mio Beauty  for the Big Beach Countdown & In this box you get,

-          Mio QuickStart (200ml)

-          Mio The A Cream (150ml)

-          Mio Fitness Band

-          Mio Exfoliating Glove (1 per box)

-          Mio Gym Bag

-          Mio voucher £10 off your first online Mio purchase

-          Bodyism Clean & Lean – 1 Day Body Brilliance Supplement Sachet (10g sachet)

-          The Chia Co. – Black Chia Pouch (150g)

-          Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing – Exclusive 3-Day Gym Pass for you and a friend

-          Champneys Health Spa – Exclusive Mio Treatment voucher entitling the holder to a 55 minute treatment for just £39 (RRP £65)

Mio The A Cream

Mio is a new brand to me but once I did a little research about it I quickly discovered its a very popular and highly recommend brand. You get two Mio products in this box & they’re both really good, I have been using them in the morning & they make the perfect duo.

Mio – The A Cream 150ml – this is a firming body cream that you apply it to damp skin so I use it after I shower in the morning. I have been focusing this on my legs & bust (yes that needs firming too). Its in a very handy pump bottle & I use a few pumps for each leg & one pump everywhere else. The cream itself is quite light and absorbs quickly in to my skin leaving it feeling cool, smooth and very hydrated. Thats one thing I really noticed is that this is very moisturising and my legs have never felt as soft & smooth.

This cream has lots of skin benefits ‘The A Cream is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, organic Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, organic Avocado, Sweet Almond, Coconut and Blueberry Seed Oils. Your skin will be soft, balanced, deeply moisturised and strong.’

So this cream is perfect if you need to give your body a boost of hydration whilst leaving it looking radiant and restoring skins elasticity and firmness. I’m seeing improvements and hope by the time I go on my holidays my legs are looking their best. I also noticed that Mio suggests using this as an aftersun lotion as it is naturally cooling & in this heat I have been taking full advantage of that.

mio-quick-start

Mio Quick Start Exhilarating Shower Gel 200ml – The first thing you notice about this shower gel is its spearmint scent, its minty, zingy and exhilarating and the perfect way to kick start your day. ‘This multitasking motivator cleanses, stimulates, brightens and nourishes in one healthy hit. It’s the surefire way to kickstart your day – with fresh Spearmint and Caffeine’. This is a very nice shower gel & does leave my skin feeling clean, soft and there are no nasties such a sulphates, or harsh chemicals. 

If you have been wanting to try Mio Skincare for a while then this box is a good excuse as the Mio products alone are worth more than double what you pay for the entire box & you will get all the extras too.

Healthy Chia Seeds

The Chia Co Black Chia 150g – I am no stranger to Chia Seeds & have them in my juices & often on my porridge. They’re are a rich source of Omega 3, fibre and proteins. They’re also a good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidents. Its suggested that you eat a table spoon of Chia everyday – adding it to salads, yoghurt, porridge or whatever you desire. They have virtually no taste & are a great supplement to a healthy diet. Chia is a complete plant based protein containing all eight essential amino acids & if like me you are Vegan then this can be hard to find & Chia Seeds are an easy efficient way of getting your amino acids.

You also get a Mio Exfoliating Glove which is great to use with the Mio Shower Gel & a very good way of getting the circulation going in the morning and exfoliate away all the dead skin to keep your skin looking bright, smooth and Summer ready. They suggest that you use this on dry skin, but that just feels a little weird to me & I much prefer to use it in the shower.

Mio Fit Band – I must admit, I haven’t used this much yet, but as I said I am on the 4 week countdown to my holiday so I do plan on using it & getting a little more toned. Mio have printed suggested exercises on the band so thats very helpful. This is bright orange & would be ideal to take away with you if you wanted to exercise whilst away from home but you were limited on space. So I look forward to tightening my stomach & lifting my butt ready for my holiday.

Mio Gym Bag – This is bright orange & pink & would be great for the gym but my niece pinched it from me & is using it for her swimming kit. So she is one happy 6 year old.

Body Brilliance – The Clean & Lean 10g sachetWith high-quality, well-being and a happy life in mind, this burst of protein, fibre, minerals, greens, herbs, fruits and vegetables comes in a deceivingly delicious chocolate flavour to curb any sweet cravings, whilst injecting the body with pure goodness. Im yet to try this yet but it says it has a chocolate taste so I am sure I will enjoy it. 

Nuffield Health, Fitness & Wellbeing 3 Day Pass for you & a friend – So if you live near a Nuffield Centre then this is a great way of testing out their facilities & seeing if its somewhere you’d like to join. Nuffield offer a huge variety of classes in every one of the 65 Fitness & Wellbeing Centres across the UK. 

You also get a £10 voucher to redeem at mioskincare.co.uk

Worth over £100, the YOU Beauty Discovery Mio “Big Beach Countdown” Limited Edition Box is available to members and non-members alike for just £16.95* So be quick if you want to get your hands on one.

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

24 Jul 2014

MONU Brightening Boost Serum

MONU Skincare

MONU Skincare

This MONU Brightening Boost Serum* has been a staple in my summer skincare routine, I have been road testing it for about 3 months now and my skin loves it. It is a lightweight serum designed for more Mature Skin or those that have Sun Damage but I think it can be used by people of all ages and It’s an ideal product for people with dull complexion as it leaves your skin instantly smooth and looking radiant.

I find it to be very hydrating and lightweight, I massage two pumps worth into my face and neck and that is quickly absorbed leaving my skin looking smooth, bright and feeling soft. I have been using it on the backs of my hands too as I do have a couple of age spots appearing & it seems to be helping them look lighter. I will keep applying it until I’ve ran out & let you know if there are significant changes to them.

MONU Brightening Serum

So this serum promises to,

Thats a lot of promises but I will say that you see almost instantly a brightening and smoothing of the skin which helps your complexion look radiant and healthy. I don’t have hyper pigmentation so can’t comment on that but my skin tone is looking even and a few dark spots around my eyes are looking less visible. I’m not too sure I have a huge amount of visible sun damage but I guess it can do no harm in keeping the effects of sun damage at bay.

This serum contains Vitamin C which helps combat free radicals and helps even skin tone. Also Hyluronic Microspehers which hydrate and plump the skin helping to reduce the visibility of wrinkles. Which is something I really need help with, I have quite a few wrinkles around my eyes & a few appearing on my forehead, so anything I can do to keep them as small and not notable. The packaging is also sleek and in a frosted bottle, it looks and feels expensive. It takes up no room as all in my skincare box & is a great size if you travel often, the bottle is so slim and has a very handy pump.

MONU Vitamin C Skin Brightening Serum

MONU Brightening Serum

I like the hydrating feel to this serum and how easily it absorbs into the skin. Its gives me radiant healthy looking complexion but its always hard to say definitively if a product is helping you look younger & diminish signs of sun damage. I’m naturally freckly and have quite fair skin so this serum can be doing no harm in helping fight the signs of ageing & sun damage. As I’ve said  in many posts I’m very much in to SPF and wearing it all year round but there are times when we are exposed to the sun & this serum seems like an effective way of giving your skin a boost to keep some of the first signs of ageing at bay and help you improve skin tone.

Its been a welcomed addition to my skincare routine & if asked I would recommend it to people that are concerned with dull skin & that want to give their skin a boost of Vitamin C to give them radiance and even out their skin tone. I also think this wears well under my makeup and helps my skin look radiant all day long. I think my mum would really like this serum.

Let me know what skincare products you are using to help give your skin radiance & let me know if you have tried anything from MONU and have any other recomendations of product that I should try from them.

MONU Brightening Boost Serum £22.50 

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 Jul 2014

Moisturising Facial SPF from Balance Me

Balance Me

Balance Me SPF25 Moisturiser

Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF25* £26.00 

When it comes to SPF and protecting my skin from the sun I haven’t always been very good at it, although I have been a lot better in my 30′s than I was in my 20′s. I know most damage is done before we are 20 but we still need to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of sun damage no matter what age we are. We are all becoming a little more sun aware & with products like this Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser its getting easier to protect ourselves. I have been vigilant at applying a facial SPF this year & without fail I have worn at least SPF25. I have made applying a broad spectrum SPF part of my skincare regime & it’s a step I will not miss out.

Balance Me have this Natural Protection Moisturiser with SPF25 and it is for all skin types, It is quite a creamy white consistency (fairly lightweight) takes a little massaging in but once you have left it to absorb for a few minutes there is absolutely no white cast on your skin, you can apply your foundation over the top if you wish without it feeling greasy or like you have too many layers of product on. I think it makes a good base, hydrating and slightly dewy too.

Balance Me say ‘Our rich yet easily absorbed SPF 25 face cream is specially designed to care and protect skin in everyday life. To support your skin’s own defence system, our SPF 25 moisturiser contains an innovative natural titanium dioxide-based sun filter to block out both UVA and UVB rays. A blend of super hydrating hyaluronic acid and powerful anti-oxidant blackberry leaf extract with essential fatty acid-rich rosehip, camellia, kukui nut and jojoba oils work gently yet effectively to soothe, firm and shield your precious skin as well as enhancing the activity of the sun filter.

So this SPF is packed full of skin benefits which whilst protecting your skin from sun damage that will in turn help reduce the signs of premature ageing, shield it from environmental aggressors and keep it hydrated this is definitely a product to have in your skincare routine. The fact that it’s not only a very good SPF but also a very effective moisturiser mean that you don’t have to apply as many products whilst still giving your skin maximum protection from both UVA rays which penetrate deeper & are responsible for premature ageing & are always present even during the winter and UVB rays which cause your skin to burn & are stronger during the summer months.

Balance Me Skincare

The top photo is me starting to massage the moisturiser into my hand and the bottom photo shows you that after a few minutes the cream has been absorbed and there is no residue and no white cast.

This contain Hyluronic Acid which is a bit of a beauty buzz word at the moment & we are all looking for products that contain it – its good because it provides your skin with deep hydration & it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This is good for delivering water to your skin and also hold it there to provide hydration, plump skin which helps reduce the size of your fine lines & wrinkles. 

Balance Me Skincare

The thing that I like most is that it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a heavy sun screen, its not tacky on the skin or greasy. This innovative formula has taken Balance Me over 2 years of research & it has been developed so it’s even suitable for people with sensitive skin. Its lightweight formula is soothing, nourishing and doesn’t block pores making it a great moisturiser to wear all year round. So you can benefit from not only its skincare benefits but its sun protecting qualities too. Thats a win win situation in my book. I want to keep the wrinkles and age spots at bay for as long as I can.

Let me know what facial SPF’s you have been enjoying and let me know if you wear one on a daily basis?

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

17 Jul 2014

Top Essence Makeup Picks

I have been working my way through the very generous goodie bag I received at the Essence Makeup Launch last month. There have been so many gems & a couple of misses too but I thought I would share with you 8 of my top picks. If you didn’t already know Essence is a very affordable German makeup brand that’s very popular not only in Europe but also worldwide and they have launched in all branches of Wilkinsons in the UK & also online. So we are all able to get our hands on them, very exciting.

Essence Makeup

German Brand Essence

Quick & Easy Sponge Nail Polish Remover £3.00

A lazy girls best friend, quite a few brands are doing these now just a big sponge soaked in nail polish but they’re so handy for quick nail polish removal & this Essence one is budget friendly & works a treat. It is also acetone free

Essence Kabuki Brush £4.00

Black & Pink …. how cute right! This is comparable to my elf Kabuki Brush which I have used almost daily since buying it 2 years ago. This Essence one has been taking its place, I apply my bronzer or face powder with this & its does a very good job. No shedding and the bristles are soft. I have washed it a couple of times and it comes up clean & goes back into shape.

Essence Colour To Go  Nail Polish in 128 Lets Get Lost £1.60 

I love this colour & this is the shade I picked at the event (as they had lovely ladies doing nails). Its a stunning vibrant summery blue, this lasted so well on my nails I wore it for a full week with minimal chipping. I now have this colour on my toes and my love for it is only growing. I have to say that if there was one thing Essence does very very well its all things nail related. They have a huge selection of polishes, decals and everything you could want for nail art. I have used a few polishes and I haven’t found a dud yet.

Essence Studio Nails Better Than Gel Nails Top Coat £2.50

OMG! This is my new favourite top coat, it has replaced my Orly and I can’t see me picking up anything else. This applies very glossy and dries in a couple of minutes to a very hard but ever so shiny finish. I have applied this over every manicure since I came home with it & its helping my manicure stay in place and looking fresh for a week at a time. It really is living up to its name.

Eyeshadow Quad

Essence Makeup

Essence Neutral Quad

Essence Quad in 05 To Die For £3.00

This is a good neutral quad, the two darker colours are a lot more pigmented but if you wear a primer and take a little more time over applying the lighter 2 shades you can get them to work. This a great quad for achieving a brown smoky eye. The two light shades have a slight shimmer to them & so to does the more copper toned brown, then you also get a fantastic dark brown matte colour. The lighter colours give a little fallout but nothing that can’t be cleaned up when you have finished, all the colours are easy to apply and to blend. I’ve really been enjoying using this quad & want to try a few more colour options.

Blush My Lips

Blush My Lips 12

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Blush My Lips 12 £2.30

This has to be my favourite product from the whole goodie bag. Its a bright pink creamy lipstick. It goes on the lips so smoothly and the colour is vibrant and beautiful. This is long wearing & thats on me (I’m terrible for lippies wearing off so fast & going patchy) but this one is great. The packaging feels more expensive than it is & the lipstick doesn’t have that cheap scent that many budget friendly ones have. Its a big hit with me & I have a few other shades that are also just as good but this pink stood out for me, it pretty & the perfect Summer shade.

Essence Big Bright Eyes in highlight it ….. pearly £2.00 

This is a cream coloured pencil which is fantastic under the brow bone or in the inner corner of your eye to brighten & highlight that area. This has a lovely creamy texture and a pretty iridescent finish so it catches the light. A staple in your makeup bag, especially if you like your eyes to look fresh & bright.

Essence Eyebrow Tweezers £2.00

Not as exciting as the pink lip stick but never the less still a vital part of my beauty regime. A good pair of tweezers is a must & these look cute and get the job done. Enough said ….. tweezers that work & look cute

If you have tried any products from Essence let me know what you loved & also what not to buy.

I received these Essence products at a recent event. 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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