Eye Products & Skincare Edit

Favourite Eye Products

I’m sharing a few of my favourite eye products (makeup & skincare) in this post & one of my all time favourite facial cleansers too.

Lancome Grandiose Mascara 

As most of you know I love Lancome Mascara’s (all of them) they’re fantastic quality, extremely black and they never dry out. I don’t rate many high-end mascara’s but Lancome just never disappoint, they never irritate my eyes, flake or smudge. I have repurchased them over & over again and when people ask me to recommend a high-end mascara I always point them in the direction of Lancome, simply because they won’t let you down. The Grandiose comes with this innovative wand which allows you to get right down to the lash line & also right in to the corner so every eyelash is coated. It also gives that fluttery lash effect by pushing up your lashes and fanning them out, giving them length and volume.

Zoeva Cat Eye Pen*

If you like a your eyeliner to be the blackest of black then this Zoeva Cat Eye Pen is a must, its so pigmented and applies smoothly without dragging. The tapered nib gives you fantastic precision, so you can achieve a very neat cat eye flick. I have to say I always opt for liquid liners and in particular the felt tip style as they’re so effortless to use. Let me know if you have any liquid liner recommendations.

A few of my favourite eye products

Merumaya Luxury Face Wash

I have loved this face wash for 3 years now, its one of Merumaya’s cult products and one of mine too! I find this face wash calming on my skin and it leaves it feeling very clean but not stripped or dry. It is a very good cleanser for blemish prone skin and helps reduce, calm any active breakouts. Although I wouldn’t recommend using this on your eyes, its one of my favourite face washes to use after removing my eye makeup with a separate micellar water.

  • Pomegranate Enzymes help exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells
  • Mangosteen and Baobab extractprovide antioxidant protection
  • Great for blemish prone skin & Anti Ageing
  • Helps keep oily skin balanced
  • Unclogs pores and helps keep skin radiant

Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water

This micellar water is a quick and easy way of removing the bulk of your makeup, especially if you’re wearing a lot. You soak your cotton wool pad and gently sweep it across your face to remove your makeup (pressing it gently on your eye for a minute or so to help loosen your eye makeup), I only use this as a pre cleanse, but it is a quick, easy step to help remove stubborn eye makeup without rubbing your eyes & loosing all your eyelashes. This Elemis one is lovely and gentle and it removes my makeup, particularly my eye makeup with ease. It contains quite a few skin loving ingredients too,

‘Cleansing micelles, attracting both water and oil-based grime are enhanced with a complex of natural surfactants derived from Apple amino acids, Rosehip Seed oil and Indian Soapnut to lift impurities from the skin. Infused with organic English Rose water and soothing anti-oxidant rich Chamomile, skin is gently cleansed, whilst the natural moisture barrier is maintained’

I am saving this 30ml bottle to take with me on my city break to Amsterdam later this month, I have already packed my skincare. I know I am premature but I like to be organised.

Eye Makeup & Skincare Favourites

JustBe Eye Makeup Remover

If you like to use a product that is specifically for removing eye makeup then the JustBe Eye Makeup Remover is one of the best I have tried. It even stands up to stubborn waterproof mascara. This has a fluid, gel like texture and it smells beautifully botanical. You simply apply the product to a damp cotton pad & press down gently on your eyes, holding in place for about 1 minute. Then sweep across your eye, removing eye makeup & any dirt and grime from the day. This is very effective and leaves my eye area feeling clean, smooth and hydrated. JustBe are a lovely natural, handmade brand based in Scotland & their products all sound incredible. Let me know if you have tried anything from them and what you’d recommend.

Liz Earle Eye Bright Soothing Eye Lotion 

This is such a wonderful product if like me you struggle with early mornings. I keep my bottle in my fridge so its much cooler, I soak two cotton pads and hold them over my eyes whilst I wait for my kettle to boil. This helps sooth and de puff my sleepy eyes and helps me wake up (a little). As with all Liz Earle skincare is contains some lovely naturally active ingredients, including the herb eyebright, witch hazel, aloe vera and cornflower to cool and soothe the delicate eye area. Ideal for those early mornings.

*PR sample

Viktor & Rolf BonBon Couture EDP

Viktor & Rolf BonBon Couture

I’m a long time fan of Victor & Rolf fragrances and have repurchased their iconic FlowerBomb scent too many times to count, I think their fragrances are beautifully feminine and very pretty. The original BONBON scent was extremely popular and is more on the sweet side but this new more intense addition to the BONBON family is perfect if you like your perfume to be a little more intense and whilst it’s still sweet it settles down to be more of a rich, warm, sexy scent.

Viktor & Rolf BONBON Couture*

Fragrance Notes:

  • Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Neroli, Peach
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine Sambac, Caramel
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, White Tobacco

This perfume has great staying power and I could still smell it on myself after a full day. I would also say that it works well as both as a day and an evening scent.

New Viktor & Rolf BonBon Couture

The outer cardboard packaging (which I can’t bare to throw away) is a bright fuchsia pink with the classic black V&R faux wax seal at the centre of a pretty ribbon effect. The bottle itself is just gorgeous, it comes in a pretty purple / pink ombre effect bottle which feels very luxurious and heavy. It is shaped like a wrapped sweet (candy), its very feminine and looks pretty sat on your dressing table.

I think If you like Flowerbomb I think you’re going to fall in love with BONBON Couture too.

Viktor & Rolf BONBON Couture

Beautiful New BonBon Couture Fragrance

Its always so hard to describe a fragrance and recommending scents is difficult because perfumes are a very personal product. So don’t just take my word that this is a really pretty perfume, you need to pop along to your nearest perfume counter and test it out for yourself. Let me know if you like it and also which is your favourite Viktor & Rolf fragrance.

Viktor & Rolf BONBON Couture*

30ml EDP – £57

50ml EDP – £79

90ml EDP £109

*PR Sample

NIOD Flavanone Mud QVC Exclusive

NIOD Flavanone Mud 100ml

NIOD Flavanone Mud 100ml

I have always had my eye on so many NIOD products because they get such incredible reviews and the packaging is right up my street. Simple, clean and modern its so cool. I have been testing out their very popular Flavanone Mud (FM) Mask which for the month of September is available in a SUPERSIZED 100ml edition exclusively to QVC. So if you are a fan of this mask and prefer a tube instead of the original 50ml jar packaging then what are you waiting for, you need to stock up.

This is also an incredible deal as 100ml is only £38 whereas 50ml will set you back £24.50. So you’re getting fab new packaging and a deluxe supersized version for a bargain price.

NIOD QVC Exclusive Flananone Mud

How to use:

  • Use once a week
  • Apply a thin layer of Flavanone Mud to your entire cleansed dry face, avoiding the lower and upper eyelids
  • Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with warm water
  • There will be a stinging sensation which increases for a few minutes after the product is rinsed off

This comes out a very unusual orangey, brown shade and does tighten on the skin over the 10 minutes but it is not uncomfortable and the stinging sensation isn’t as dramatic as I was prepared for. So don’t panic. I smoothed a very thin layer over my face using a brush & just left it to work its magic.

So the magic is that this is one of the best mud masks I have tried and I have tried quite a lot. This mask works in three phases

  • Purifying Phase

This phase is the simplest one in the formulation and the one that is most closely aligned with masques as they are known today. In this phase, surface impurities—which include oil- and water-soluble pollution, cosmetic product build-up and excess sebum activity build-up—are physically solubilized and removed.

  • Protective Phase

This phase of FM’s formulation offers the most innovative approach to decongestion by introducing technologies that offer a physical shield against external build-up.

  • Responsive Phase

This phase of the formulation introduces mechanisms that fight against environmental congestion factors. This phase is the most important phase of FM as it respects health and longevity. The presence of “Flavanone” in the name of the product emphasizes the importance of this phase.
The result of this combined approach is a topical purification process that allows for a form of sustained visible radiance that is not “fabricated” through short-term inflammation or peeling.

Super Sized NIOD Flavanone Mud

There are so many wonderful ingredients included in this mask and NIOD are very cutting edge with the designing and formulation of their products, they like to go about things a little differently. Which is very intriguing and exciting.

With a commitment to be at the very forefront of science, NIOD (Non Invasive Options in Dermal Science) brings new innovations out ahead of the curve, adapting to the needs of modern-day skincare and pioneering next-generation beauty.

Face Mask

Quite a few white heads came to the surface after using this but after using it over the past 2 weeks. My skin is now looking healthy and feels smooth and soft.

‘FM is designed to be used once per week. Its action may lead to a stinging sensation which actually increases for a few minutes after the product is rinsed-off. The product should be applied on clean, dry skin as a very thin even layer and left on for 10 minutes. Some benefit will be seen immediately after the first use, but the benefits will be more evident 24-48 hours after application and will continue to be maintained with continued use. Note: An accelerated method of use would be to use FM once per day for the first five days followed by weekly maintenance applications.’

So as you can see the mask is a dark burnt orange and its formula is thinner and feels almost like a serum when applying it, it is very easy and smooth to apply and surprisingly easy to remove with warm water and a flannel. Even after one use you will notice a difference in the texture of your skin.

NIOD Flavanone Mud Face Mask

If you often see very little results from your regular Mud Mask then I think its time you tried this Flavanone Mud Mask. Its a fantastic decongestant and I usually have quite a few small spot like bumps around my jaw and chin, after 6 or so uses they have all but disappeared. Also mud masks can be drying and leave your skin feeling stripped but this NIOD release does the opposite. Your skin feels hydrated and nourished after using it despite it drawing out all the dirt, sebum and grime from your skin. It really is a multi purpose mask and I can see why it always sells out so fast, they struggle to make it quick enough to keep up with demand.

If you like this kind of exfoliating, resurfacing mask then I guarantee you are going to love this NIOD one.

NIOD Flavanone Mud 100ml £38 – Exclusive to QVC during September 

*PR sample

 

Estée Lauder Gift With Purchase

Estee Lauder Free Gift

Estee Lauder Free Gift

Estée Lauder Gift With Purchase, Exclusively at House of Fraser*

During September at House of Fraser you can pick up this fantastic Estée Lauder Gift With Purchase when you buy 2 products from their counter (1 is to be either skincare or foundation).

Estée Lauder Free Gift

Inside this lovely blue and white printed bag you get a fantastic selection of 7 Estée Lauder beauty essentials, including some of their best sellers and a lovely mix of skincare and makeup. All the products are deluxe samples which are a really great way of getting to know a brand and also testing out if you’d like to buy the full sized version. I think a lot of you will be heading back to the counter to do just that after trying out a few of these products.

Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion 30ml

This is a gentle makeup remover which promises to remove even stubborn waterproof mascara. This will leave your skin soft, clean and smooth leaving behind no greasy, oily residue. Also this is a very decent 30ml sample, which will last for quite a few face washes!

DayWear Advanced Creme SPF15 15ml

This lovely lightweight day cream is rich in antioxidants and also has broad spectrum SPF15 so not only does it fight the early signs of aging it will help protect your skin from further damage which causes premature aging. It smells fresh and feels cooling on the skin. You get a 15ml deluxe sample which comes in a luxurious glass jar. I was so excited to try this out and will be taking it with me on an upcoming City Break.

New Dimension Shape & Fill Expert Serum 7ml

Serums are always a step I really enjoy in my skincare routine & Estée Lauder do some of my favourites although this is a fairly new release so its new to me & I’m very excited to try it out. This serum is all about plumping, lifting and improving facial contours with Estée Lauder’s Shaping Technology and pro-collagen complex which are designed to help improve both visible volume and structure. So this sounds like a power house of a serum and I am excited to have a 2 week sample.

Free Estee Lauder Gift

Advanced Night Repair 7ml

I am already a massive fan of this and have raved about it on my blog before, but it’s just a fantastic serum for making your skin look even, radiant and well rested. It 100% works and I am excited to have this mini sized version to take away with me. This is a great product to see included in this Free Gift and one I know a lot of people will fall in love with.

Advanced Night Repair Eye 5ml 

So this is a fantastic eye cream, well its more like a gel formula which is so fluid and lightweight. It is designed to tackle a whole list of skin concerns including, every key visible sign of eye ageing: fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skin tone. Its pretty wonderful and a pot lasts for a very very long time as you only need to apply a very small amount.

Estee Lauder GWP at House of Fraser

Pure Colour Intense Kajal Eyeliner in Blackened Black

A kajal pencil eyeliner is a staple in every makeup bag, they can be applied lightly for a little definition, smoked out for a more intense look or just smudged along the upper & lower lash lines for that sultry effortless look. This is smooth, easy to apply and jet black. This is the perfect travel sized liner & is going straight into makeup bag.

Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Gloss 4.6ml

I am not a huge lipgloss wearer but I think I am in the minority there. This gloss is in the shade Reckless Bloom and is a shimmery pink. These glosses are formulated to make your lips look more plump and give you that perfect pout.  They’re a hydrating gloss for smooth, lasting shine that starts with a subtle hint of colour and builds to the intensity you desire. Immediately, lips are moisturised with no stickiness.

This Free Gift With Purchase from Estée Lauder is jam packed with everything you need to keep your skin looking and feeling amazing. It includes 7 Deluxe Samples and amongst them are new releases, international best sellers and some of Estée Lauder most iconic products.

So head to the Estée Lauder counter at House of Fraser and take advantage of this offer during September (whilst stock lasts).