Wednesday, 24 August 2011

going going GONE


It's so annoying when your best loved beauty products are on their last legs - all at once!!!. This is the time for new beginnings or a frantic rush to repurchase.

SKIN CARE



First it's my Bioderma cleanser. Advocated by Lisa Eldridge amongst others, I had to go out and get this. This has a slight scent to it but essentially this is as close to water as products get. I find it's very gentle on the skin leaving it silky smooth yet refreshed. I don't believe it is the wonder product people make out it is as I find it a chore sometimes to get stubborn mascara etc away but its pretty darn close and the best makeup remover/cleanser I've used. I will definitely repurchase this.  9/10

Second It's my No7 cleanse and polish. It's a very thick creamy product which applies onto dry skin and you remove it via a wet muslin cloth. I loved this most in the winter as I found it helped with my bi-polar skin (check out my post about it and other winter wonders in my post BECAUSE WINTER HATES YOUR FACE). I like this product alot but... and it's a big buttt. I only purchased this on the back of the product hype of Liz Earle's Cleanse and polish and with a £5 discount No7 voucher so i'm sad to say this was only purchased as a cheap alternative. I've read comparison reviews and Liz Earle always comes out on top, as it was the product I originally wanted to try I've decided that that is what I'll replace it with. sorry No7 your still a great nourishing product and a pleasure to use. 8/10

Thirds is my dramatically different moisturizing gel. At the moment I am scooping the goods from around the pot as there is no longer enough to pump it out. I have already bought a Clarins gel moisturiser to replace this with as it caught my eye a while back. I don't like this as much so far as it isn't as easily blended into the skin, but we'll see how it goes. Clinique gel moisturizer never fear you'll be on my christmas list. 10/10 A******* Holy Grail stauts over here!!!


BODY
Forth is St Ives body scrub. Like it's facial scrub counter part this is awesome. it smells lush and is just a great, enjoyable product to use. It is definitely on Parr with my other fave - Body Shops coconut scrub but is less than half the price. They have changed the packaging as well so that is reason enough to go out and buy it again. 10/10


HAIR



Fifth is my John Freida Sheer Blonde shampoo and conditioner. I find myself buying this every other time I purchase shampoo so I do like it. Definitely one to try. I've been brunette and red as well and loved the Brilliant Brunette range so much and so much more than the blond counterpart but I HATED the radiant red range. It was so awful and did nothing to radiate your red rather how to coat your hair in residue. Not recommended! Back to the blonde and the product under the spotlight - will I repurchase?? eventually again yes, but not this time around, I want to shake it up a bit. 6/10

Sixth is John Freida Hair serum thermal protection in transform. There's three daily serums and one night serum available and this deals with fine and flyaway hair and protects against damage and frizz. This was great last year when I had longer hair and highlights as my hair is so fine and lifeless that this was a god send. However since I have been bleaching my whole head and cutting my hair pixi short this just isn't cutting it. I need a serum which really moisturises my damaged hair. So the search continues... verdict for bleached hair 4/10. Long fine hair 9/10

Seventh and last we have Tresemme thermal recovery intense repair and rehydration treatment. This is haauuuggee!! and has lasted me at least a year and a half. It smells great and is really cheap. Tresemme products in general are great for bargains. This is definitely a lovely deep conditioner. I use this after my silverising shampoo to inject that luster back into my hair. Will I repurchase?? Maby but there's so much choice on the shelves that I'm going to try something else first. 8/10

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

PINK SPARKLE


Presenting StarGazer polish in 169. I bought this a few months ago after seeing my friends neon nails which I fell in love with. As she did not know the name of the polish (I now know it's china glaze: POOL PARTY FYI) I had to scour the shops on instincts and the closest colour I could get was a glitter polish. It's rather opaque as along with the glitter there's a neon pink base colour. Two coats and your good to go. I got this for £2.50 at New Look. It's coming up orange toned in the pictures but it's really a bright barbie pink. Check out the sparkle... Enjoy xx





Monday, 22 August 2011

Summer 2011 beauty favourites





Hello and welcome to my top picks summer 2011. Enjoy xx




CLINIQUE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURIZING GEL
number one all the way - this melts into the skin leaving it soft and supple, not tacky or greasy. Great for oily to combination skins and for the hot weather. I love how there is no overpowering scent as is 100% fragrance free - it's oil free too and says "works to improve texture and condition!"


DIOR MATTE BRONZER
Perhaps it's the luxury of using DIOR that is making me actually enjoy putting this on. The whole process is so enjoyable I can't explain it. Results are - I'm an orange mess no doubt but I don't care.. I need More - I need More. As to the product itself, as bronzers go..? It has an SPF of 20 and lasts all day so is a great summer product. It's definately buildable and is a great colour for my pale skin. I definitely reccomend.


CLARINS LIP PERFECTOR
I've already done a product review on this (LINK) and gave it ten out of ten. This is a daily go to. It smells of caramel and feels gorgeous on the lips. Love Love Love. hold the phone though.. This is on the brink of being finished - a replacement I think is on its way.

BODYSHOP HIGHLIGHTER
I fell in love with this as soon as I got it. It has an OK coverage however had become a daily essentual. It subtley gives an illumination to the skin and gives dimension to the face. I apply this under the eyes, on my cheek bones, sides of my nose, my brow bone and the "triangle" area!! It really is a beautiful product and I was very upset when it ran out a few weeks ago. Never fear it was soon replaced.


BENEFIT INSTANT BROW PENCIL
My only issue with this, is that it's going down too quickly, because it's so soft. It acts as a filler and tamer in one as it is a wax like texture. I have it in fair and I really love it. The spoily at end is great aswell.


MAC STUDIO FINISH CONCEALER
this is the best concealer I have come across. It covers amazingly well. As it is quite thick I feel like you need to learn how to use it if you know what I mean. I find it works best once you warm the product up with your hand also a little goes a long way. Too much and it can go too cakey. Also as the product is very thick you need to have the right colour - I had NC15 and it was far too light and unusable for the most part. NC20 is much better.



OLAY COMPLETE CARE RADIANT GLOW DAY FLUID
This smells gorgeous, melts into the skin and gives you a glow. has an SPF of 15 and is just - in summary - lovely. This one is for normal to oily skin. This also comes in a cream formula for dry/normal I assume. it retails at £7.99. I must really try more Olay products because I always hear good things.

BIODERMA CLEANSER
This has to be the best cleanser/makeup remover I've ever owned. Almost scent free and is as close to water as products get. This feels lovely on the skin leaving your face feeling soft and refreshed. A favourite with makeup artists. Downside? This isn't readily available in the UK. I have to get mine off Ebay.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

grey nails - chic?

Revlon smoky canvas 


or eek!! I want to start off by saying I think they look chic in editorials, in the polish bottle, on the internet on others' fingernails... But on me?? At first I did not like at all. Especially when I added a matte top coat giving my nails an effect reminiscent of concrete. Neither did anybody else I found. Responses varied from "ugh" to "it's grey!!!" Perhaps it's because i'm still in a summer loving kinda mood or am obsessed with neon brights at the moment but grey just wasn't working for me, no matter how many times I chanted to myself that it was chic and cool and fashionable.


By the time I got round to taking a picture of my nails the matte top coat had worn off and with a sheen the grey nails don't look too bad... I wouldn't say I'm in love with grey nails yet but they look quite cool. I'll give smoky canvas another try when the weather turns but leave the matte coat off. xx




Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Haul and first impressions: Clarins skincare..

Walking through Debenhams I spied a very special Clarins promotion. buy two products (one being skincare) and get a bag and four mini products from a choice of four sets free.. Plus you ALSO get a body lotion and perfume free with the purchase of a third product. I don't normally go for these promotions as I'm not one to buy expensive products for the sake of it but I have been after the Clarins cream gel moisturiser for ages and "need" to repurchase another lip perfector so I decided to buy them today.. I decided to get the set consisting of a mini lip perfector, beauty flash balm, Vital Light Day cream and exfoliating cream.


Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 (peach), 12ml
and mini Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 (pink), 5ml
Check out my review HERE. This is my favorite lip product ever! They now have gold lids!!

HydraQuench Cooling Cream-Gel
Normal to Combination Skin or Hot Climates, 50ml
Now this feels very heavy and luxurious. I love the frosted blue glass container. The cream-gel is light peach and smells faintly of roses. This doesn't melt into my skin as definitively as my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing gel, as this is slightly thicker in consistency. It doesn't take long to sink into the skin though, leaving your face feeling soft and supple.



Gentle Refiner 
Exfoliating cream with microbeads, 15ml
This exfoliater feels substanial yet "gentle" on the skin. This gives a real deep down clean leaving my skin feeling supple and refreshed. It has that perfume-y clinical scent that puts me off slightly but overall this is a very nice exfoliant.

Vital Light Day
Illuminating anti-ageing comfort cream, 15ml
At 23 the years are starting to show so this is a handy product to try out - however it is rather thick in consistency  and is so illuminating my face and in particular my T-zone feels like an oil slick. I imagine that it will be best put to use in the colder months when certain areas of my skin require a bit more moisture. It has a cucumber-y clinically smell., which i'm not a fan of but it's not as offensive as the Gentle Refiner.

Beauty Flash Balm, 15ml
This promises to brighten and tighten... It can be used with a moisturiser but doesn't need to be and can also be used as a face mask.... It smells of nappy bags though  (bit harsh probably like talcum powder and babies lol). It is rather thick but goes on very nicely.


Friday, 5 August 2011

Sigma Brush Haul

My frivolity came to a head about six weeks ago now (this post is a long, LONG, time coming!) when I ordered £80 worth of Sigma brushes online (after a 10% discount from TiffanyD on Youtube -  check out her channel HERE). For any of you readers who have stumbled across my blog and think - what a t***!! Honestly decent brushes are really expensive OK!!! For all you beauty readers you know that Sigma brushes are good quality for a fraction of MAC prices and know that I did well for 13 brushes, a holder and a "freebie" travel size blender brush.

To the UK shipping costs $22, however they strongly suggest that you get the $44 option. In my opinion "don't bother". These brushes came to me in 7 days although the website scares you with a 2 month plus waiting time.




I bought Sigma's travel pink kit last year but I have been  wanting some normal sized ones.. Ideally I would buy more MAC brushes but I would only be able to get one or two once a month as they are substantially more expensive so instant gratification triumphed!




I opted for the "Make Me Classy" Make me up set, in which you get 12 brushes in a 'durable and multifunctional container' (see website HERE). On retrospect, although the containers look rather swanky on my vanity table, I can't help but think that I should have bought the brushes separately (for $20 cheaper) and buy my own brush holders. I think that the container is too bulky to actually be used as a travel item. But I am yet to travel anywhere so we'll see.. Or buy the roll instead for the same price?? It's done now so lets move on... :-/

I also bought the tapered face F25 brush. I have wanted the MAC equivalent for months but it was just too expensive at £35 and I could never part with the cash. $19 or (£11.36) is much easier to part with. xx