13 Nov 2014

Delving In To My Sample Stash #3

Makeup Samples

ESPA ProSerum – I have been spending quite a few weeks in Scotland since Summer & I always like to have my favourite serum with me, this ESPA one ticks all the boxes. Its hydrating, calming and helps even skin tone. I love the scent too, it smells like a high end spa. This is ideal for this time of year when my skin gets dry & looks a little dull. Its a staple in my travel makeup bag.

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream* This is a popular Asian skincare brand & I’ve read so many great reviews of this BB Cream. I’ve always wanted to try it. I’ve been using this over the past couple of weeks & really like it. I like my base to give a light coverage and provide a touch of colour so my complexion looks bright & even. This BB Cream gives me exactly that, its a lovely creamy consistency which I found very easy to blend, I did lightly powder it but I don’t think thats 100% necessary. This BB Cream covers all bases it provides a SPF30, protects against free radicals, conceals imperfections & contains hyluronic acid for all day hydration. So you’re getting a lovely BB Cream with the added skincare benefits which Asian brands are renowned for.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray – This is a dual action eye primer so not only will it keep your eyeshadow in place but you can use it under the eye to keep your concealer put all day long and it works a treat! I love it that much I will be purchasing the full size & can’t believe I have never heard of this until now. It gives my eyelids an even colour & is the perfect base on which to apply eyeshadow. Its love.

Burt’s Bees Hand Salve – Not a massive fan of this I have to say, I did initially like it but the more I use it the less I like it & that pains me to write because Burt’s Bees is normally very reliable. I much prefer a hand cream & find the easier to use when I’m on the go. I will use it up & have been using it on my cuticles at night to stop them drying out in the cold weather. Let me know if you like this hand salve & how you make it work for you.

Makeup & Skincare Samples

Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer – I’ve not used this an awful lot & struggle to find a primer which doesn’t make my skin greasy after a couple hours of use. I like the cute spotty packaging, I will use this a few more times & then let you know if it worked well for me. 15 hours is a bold claim & I doubt very much that my makeup would stay looking flawless for 15 hours. Have you tried this? let me know if your makeup looked fresh & flawless for 15 hours.

REN BB Cream – This featured in my last Sample Stash post, I’m still using it & loving it. It gives me a healthy dewy finish and it wears well without oxidising. Its not my favourite BB Cream but I do like the finish and although I wouldn’t purchase the full size I have enjoyed trying it out.

Origins Super Spot Remover – This isn’t a sample size but it fits so well on my dish & its so dinky. I really rate this as a spot treatment, it starts working right away. Its so quick and easy to apply to your blemishes. It’s instantly cooling, and can sting a little but that only lasts a few seconds, this is a targeted treatment so you only need to put it on the area where you feel a blemish coming or if you have a blemish thats already erupted. It stops blemishes from becoming too sore & angry and helps them clear up much faster too. Its a wonder gel in a tiny bottle. If you haven’t already you need to add this to your skincare arsenal.

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream – OMG this is the BB Cream of my dreams, It gives my skin an even coverage and It gives you Broad Spectrum SPF50 protection which makes me very happy. If you like a light to medium coverage that looks natural and radiant with excellent sun protection then you will love this BB Cream. Its simple but its all I need in a base and I am a massive fan.

Lancome Rouge In Love Lipstick – This is a gorgeous mini lipstick, I haven’t tried many Lancome products but this lipstick feels comfortable and hydrating on the lips & its the softest peachy pink. Not the most Autumnal colour but I have been enjoying wearing it.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser – This is another product that was in a previous Sample Stash post, I’ve used it a couple of times & I’m not 100% in love, I’m not exactly sure what I don’t like about it. It might be that its quite thick compared to other tinted moisturisers & BB Creams. It looks really nice just after I apply it but I don’t think it wears well on my oily skin. I much prefer the Ginvera & the Kiehl’s BB Creams.

Sample 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.

26 May 2014

British Beauty Blogger : The Dream Box

So for her third (and best yet) beauty box The British Beauty Blogger teamed up with Latest in Beauty to give us The Dream Box. I was so determined to get my hands on this box as the 2 previous boxes sold so quickly that I missed out and was very disappointed. The Dream Box is packed to the gills (no space for tissue paper) full of beauty must haves & Jane’s personal favourite products. I think thats what I like about these boxes is that they’re tried & tested products & products Jayne can’t live without.

Beauty Box

British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

So I managed to bag myself a box and I’m excited because although I have tried a few of the brands before I have not tried any of these specific products and for a beauty addict thats exactly what you want from a Beauty Box, to discover new products & brands. This has no dud products in fact the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is worth more that I paid for the entire box. So in my box there were no less than 15 products,

British Beauty Bloggers The Dream Box

The Dream Box

Benefit it’s potent! eye cream (3g)
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Full Size, 8ml)
Elemis Treat Your Feet FOOT CREAM (20ml)
L’Occitane Divine Lotion (50ml)
Essie Spring Shades (Full Size, 13.5ml) – shade Fashion Playground
REN Satin Perfection BB Cream (3ml)
Charlote Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick sachets (1 sachet)
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water (50ml)
ROGER & GALLET Gingembre Rouge (1.5ml vial)
Janjira Hand Wash (50ml)
LOLA Make Up Kabuki Brush (Full Size)
Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette (Full Size) – Disappear till tomorrow
Bourjois Cream Blush (Full size, 2.5g) – 01 Nude Velvet
Kneipp® Herbal Baths (Full Size, 100ml) – May Chang – Lemon
Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water (Full Size, 100ml)

I love my BB creams & I’m excited to try the REN one & also I don’t own any Essie polishes so I can finally see what all the fuss is about – plus I got a very pretty shade. The box was only £19.95 & the contents are worth over £100! What a great deal. If you missed out on this box, I hear on the grape vine that there is another box in the works for later in the year. The best way to hear when, where & how is by following @BritBeautyBlog on Twitter (if you’re not already).

If you did manage to get your hands on this box what products are you most excited to try? Let me know in the comments.

Right I am off for a serious pamper session & test all these beauties out.

4 Jan 2014

Grid of Skincare & Makeup #4

If you want to see my previous Grid Posts which I try to do every couple of months, they’re here & here

Skincare

This Bodhi Neroli Luce Face Oil is the first product I’ve tried from this brand, it came very highly recommended and so far after 2 weeks use I can say I really like it. It is very hydrating and keeps my skin balanced and it smells of summer. I want to try a few more things from them now!

ESPA Essential Cleansing Mask This is the mask I use on a Sunday night after a busy week, as it helps calm my skin and keeps excess oil at bay. It is a lovely mask and I’m glad I took the plunge and treated myself. I now look forward to relaxing on a Sunday night with it on.

If you’re looking for Organic skincare then U little Beauty* have you covered. Their enriching night cream* has helped brighten my complexion and keep my skin hydrated during these cold months.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover – This is one of my stand out products of 2013, it removes my eye makeup without needing to rub back and forth and so it is very gentle. It is alcohol free and doesn’t sting at all. I have heard lots of positive things about the rest of this Camomlile range & will be buying a few more things to try.

Grid of Skincare

The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is my slice of luxury, I love applying this at night when I need to wake up looking 100% and glowing. It’s my skin saviour. I never want this bottle to end and enjoy every single drop I use.

You know I love the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm* & recommend it to almost everyone I meet. If you want to know more I have a full review of it here.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitiser in Pink Peony – I wish they’d open a shop in the UK so I could buy every single variety of these. I always have one in my handbag. they smell delicious and are small and so handy to have. Love them.

Grid of Makeup

No7 BB Lip – this is in a soft pink shade, it looks pretty and fresh on my lips. They don’t give much colour but are perfect for those day’s where you don’t want to apply much makeup but want to still look put together.

Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter – this is just utterly gorgeous. It is a pretty deep red / berry colour and the pigmentation is really good. It gives your lips colour & hydration. The perfect combination. I adore this colour.

Miss Sporty Cat Eyes Palette – I’m so pleased with this and have worn it so often over the past month. The colours are rich and apply evenly and pigmented. For the price this is well worth buying. I took this with me for a week in Scotland and used it everyday. This is my makeup find of 2014.

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 Dec 2013

REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel

REN Eye Cream

Eye Creams are a product I am obsessed with, I seem to be in a never ending hunt for that perfect one. I am now 35 and have found that my under eye area has become alot more dehydrated these past few years and my fine lines are not so fine anymore. I need my eye creams to work a little harder. This REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel* has been effective in hydrating and keeping my under eye area looking brighter.

I have been using it for about 4 weeks now and I like to use it in the morning because it is formulated to sooth and de puff your tired eyes & I really need all the help I can get in that department. The clear gel formula I found nice and easy to pat in under my eye, very cooling on the skin. It makes my under eye feel fresh, cool and hydrated. The pump means that you only dispense just enough product, I use one pump for each eye and that gives me the perfect amount. I am hoping this lasts me quite a while as I’m seeing some good results.

REN SkincareREN

REN have jam packed this eye gel with so many beneficial ingredients,

This is suitable for all skin types and is perfect for this time of year, when our skin needs a boost of hydration and we aren’t getting enough sleep due to all those festive parties! Say goodbye to puffy tired looking eyes with this gel. There are also a few other products in this Vita Mineral Range from REN and they include a Day Cream, Rescue Cream, Skin Serum Oil and a Lip Balm. I have my eye on the serum next!

REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel 15ml £20.00

Have you tried anything from this new range? Or do you have any favourite REN products that you’d recommend?

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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