Thursday, 30 August 2012

At the bottom of the bag

Through work I spend lots of time away from home and as such I constantly have bits and bobs hanging about at the bottom of my overnight bag. Every so often I have a nice wash bag, and everything is tidy and in-order, but inevitably it will be a mess again. After finding lots of random bits today I thought it would be fun to write a post on what I found.

First up we have Duo Adhesive (random). I used it ages ago  to stick a fake moustache on an aquaintance. True story. It didn't dry very well and they got fed up. All in all a waste of time. Am I the only one who hates the smell of this? Second Dove invisible dry deodrant. For obvious reasons. Third my Collection 2000 concealer, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (best thing since sliced bread), 2 Clarins lip perfectors in peach and nude (perhaps the best thing since the Iphone), my much beloved Dr Jart Waterfuse Beauty Balm, My favourite drug store moisturiser: Olay Multiradiance moisturiser  (best thing since air travel) and the not so much loved Clinique face protector. It's running out Hooray. And that is it. :-). xoxo

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Rave Review: Dr. Jart+ Waterfuse Beauty Balm

"Is this love, is this love, is this love that I'm feeling??"

This is the first BB cream I have ever used and I must say I am impressed. A beauty balm is described as a dense, creamy product which acts in place of your serum, moisturiser, foundation and concealer. It has SPF included and lightening agents. Originating from Asia, BB creams were first produced to be used on people who had just had laser surgery. I have read alot of blogs that rant on about how the BB creams on the American and European markets are glorified tinted moisturisers. I couldn't comment on this, not having used a BB cream from Asia, instead, I'm going to review merely on how I find the product. That's it. I hope this is helpful. Enjoy xoxo

I found this on a stand-alone shelf in Boots and it has intrigued me a while. Whilst researching BB creams this, again, stood out, as the product to buy. There are four Dr. Jart Beauty Balms available, which cater for different skin types. The waterfuse Beauty Balm was the best for my skin type and, as luck would have it, is the cheapest at £18 (for 50ml). A quick note on prices. On average you expect to spend £8 to £13 on BB creams on the highstreet, so for £5 more your getting a nicer feeling product that is better for your skin. on the other side of the spectrum you can pay £30 and beyond, well beyond I'm sure. I have spent many an hour dabbing cream on different sections on my face and have to say, from maybelline to Estee Lauder, I have been unimpressed with all the other BB creams in Boots.

The product sounded so great, all except the one 'universal' shade it comes in. Many people had described it as warm toned and unfortunately warm toned (or pinky based) foundations look horrific on me. Also, to add insult to injury, there are no testers and £18 is alot of money for something that might not look right. But I took the proverbial bullet and bought it. Thankfully I have found it a good colour match for my fair and yellow based skin tone (MAC NC20).

Ooh it has pretty packaging. A cool teal green metallic box and small, fat squeezy tube. Tres chic. That's all I can say about it really. I like alot. On to the added benefits, this is filled with... (cue technical expert..)... tons of antitoxins and really greats things for your skin, including an SPF of 25. The product, comes out the tube, a dense and creamy consistency, but when you blend into the skin, it feels to be 'liquifying'. As funny as that sounds - you feel like your blending water into your skin. It's a nice cooling and hydrating sensation. The only bad thing I can say about this is that it streaks if your not careful. In fact blending this in can be quite tricky (and reminds me of sauce which has split or hasn't been mixed properly if you know what I mean).  I smooth out any streak marks by pressing and patting my face after blending thoroughly.

Once applied this makes your skin look so radiant and fresh. I find that it evens my skin tone and gives a light-medium coverage. I go in with extra concealer under my eyes and on any prominent marks, redness and blemishes I may have. Ooh and I have quite deep pores either side of my nose so I need extra coverage there too. So if you want great coverage this isn't for you. Overall it makes your skin feel awesome. So hydrated and beautiful. Plus its so quick and easy and saves tonnes of time in the mornings. I find that this doesn't make my skin oily, in fact when I use this I find that my skin actually look fresh and lovely all day. For my skin type and what I want out of my foundation slash skincare, I think this is the Bees Knees - official holy Grail material over here. Genuinely very happy that I got this. That is all. xoxo 

Product Review: Clarins Hydroquench cooling cream-gel

Finally we are finished. this moisturiser has been the good, the bad and the ugly... I wrote a comparison post with my beloved Clinique dramatically different moisturising gel in the style of a boxing match (see HERE). But the big question is: After using this for a year, how has it stood up on its own merit? Let's see...

The good?
The packaging is gorgeous. It oozes premium quality - it is a weighty sophisticated blue glass jar with a sophisticated white twist off lid, with gold rim. It Had its moments as impressing me but not as a day cream, but as a night cream. It does feel cooling on the skin and mine felt very soft and subtle in the morning.

The bad?
It made my face sticky and on some days would make my skin really greasy. It just didn't melt into my skin as well I wanted it too. I was actually quite miffed that I had spent so much money on this (a hefty £35) on a product to my mind didn't deliver as well as I wanted it too. Sorry Clarins I will not be repurchasing.

The ugly?
The cream was too thick for my liking and left a bit of a film on my skin. Plus I hated the floral smell; AND I swear the product was evaporating at an astounding rate too. Booo...

And here we are - at the end of the review and the end of Clarins Hydroquench cooling cream-gel. The lesson of the day is 'don't judge a book by its cover' because this moisturiser is more style than substance...out. xoxo

Essie: Fiji

Essie polishes have literally just come into my local Superdrug and Boots in the past few weeks and as such I've gone a little Essie mad. I brought Lapiz of Luxury last week (see my post on this HERE) and promptly got Fiji (FREE with my Boots advantage card thankyou!). Like Lapiz of Luxury, Fiji is part of the diffusion line and has a thicker brush than the main range apparently. However I haven't tried the polishes from the main range so I couldn't comment on how they compare. Although the product is very liquidy, which causes streakage and little bubbles on the nail surface, I found this opaque in 3 coats and quite long lasting. It's the palest pinky-white ever. xx

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Skin Care Hauling

Ooh I've picked a few skin care bits here and there with my up and coming holiday in mind. I'll be sure to do more in-depth reviews, and already have, on the products mentioned. I hope this is helpful for anyone needing some skin care or are going on holiday too. Enjoy xoxo

  • Dermatologica Skin Hydrating Masque. I bought this 100% because Lisa Eldridge told me too :-). I'm planning on using this on the plane to stop my skin from becoming dehydrated. I Have used it once and I really like it. It is invisible and feels weightless on the skin. I'm very impressed.
  • Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot cloth cleanser. I thought I would take my favourite cleanse and polish product with me on holiday. It is really soothing and fresh on the skin so will be lovely to use after a long day in the sun. REVIEW HERE.
  • DeclĂ©or Aroma Sun Expert, Soothing after-sun cream. This seemed to be the nicest product that I found whilst researching online. Again I think this will be a beautiful hydrating and nourishing product to use after a day in the sun. I reckon a review may be up after my holiday to see how it fared.
  • Dr Jart+ waterfuse Beauty Balm. Holy Grail product over here. I brought this to condense my beauty routine and even my skin tone on the beach. Seriously I love it lots. REVIEW HERE.
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. I got this off EBay a while ago. It's a great lip balm but I also use it on any dry skin I may have, such as cuticles and my elbows etc. I like. It has a strong scent which some may find offensive but I don't mind it.
  • Finally we have my most repurchased beauty item and favourite high street product of all time: the almighty Olay Complete Care Multi Radiance Fluid. I got a little bit scared when I found that Superdrug did not stock this, so when I saw it in Boots I had to take one home. :-P REVIEW HERE.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Product Review: Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser

Here is a post on the cheap and cheerful alternative to the mighty Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleaner, which I LOVE (see my review HERE). The Vitamin E range is a Superdrug owned brand for normal to dry skin types. This concerns me slightly as The Liz Earle caters for everyone. As I have combination skin I'm hoping this won't prove incompatible. I decided to bite the bullet regardless as it retails for £5.99 (or right now at superdrug it's going for £3.99 for the purchase of two items from the Vitamin E range - bargainous) and as your getting a wopping 200ml for your buck this is substantially cheaper than a 200ml tube of Liz Earle, which retails at £23!

The text on the front is a sticker, which isn't the best. I imagine as time goes by it'll peel and look nasty. thumbs down. I guess it keeps costs down, so it's not really a problem but theres no lux, premium quality to this.

Just reading the box, it says to avoid the delicate eye area. Rubbish. The Liz Earle and the No7 counterparts both allow you to do this and is a big part of the appeal. Liz Earle takes off eye makeup like a champ. The smell of this however is lovely. It smells like coconut. It is a thick white cream, which feels lovely on the skin. The muslin cloth which comes with it is substantial and take the cleanser off no problem. I couldn't say my face feels refreshed after using this but definitely moisturised. I felt like there was a film over my face when I finished. So I think this will better suited for me when my skin is in need of greater hydration and moisturisation in the winter.

Overall this cleanse and polish is my least favourite that I have tried and in my humble opinion has nothing on Liz Earle or No7 (see previous posts on this HERE and HERE). However if you suffer from very dry skin this might be better for you as it is catered for your skin type especially. But if not Liz Earle all the way. xoxo

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Product Review: Clinique Super City Block SPF40

This facial SPF is an oil free, 100% fragrance free, beige cream which you can massage onto your face, neck and decetellage. Clinique  Although it's oil free I find my face looking very shiny after using this. Plus if you put too much on it starts to flake. However it does help your skin to glow should you decide to put a foundation over the top. I wouldn't recommend you use this if you have particularly oily skin or prefer the matt look. Another negative is that I hate the smell.. I can't put my finger on it  unfortunately, but it's nasty.

Overall this product is ok.It protects you from harmful UV rays but I don't have anything else to say; i'm using it up but I will not repurchase. I wished it smelled nicer and wasn't so oily... the search continues...

Essie: Lapiz of luxury

Oooh finally got my bear claws on one of the almighty Essie polishes and the lucky chap to get snapped up was a lovely periwinkle blue: 'lapiz of luxury'. The polish is rather runny so application can be quite tricky. On the plus side the brush is big and the polish is opaque so all you need is two coats and your good to go. It has lovely glossy finish too. So the question remains...which should I buy next?? I'm thinking a nude like Sand Tropez or topless and barefoot, or both, whatever. xx

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Product Review: Benefit Porefessional Primer

I felt it was finally time to review my Glamour Mag freebie, and wow the world at large, by my wondrous insight.

apply this silky, lightweight balm for translucent pore coverage and smoother-than-smooth skin. you see 'em, now you don't! Complements all skin tones.This can be used under or over makeup.
I think their claims are true, so far as they say that it's silky and lightweight and gives you smoother than smooth skin. I couldn't say whether it compliments all skin tones but it is definitely translucent on me.  A little goes a long way too. If you put on too much it flakes and as such your foundation flakes and cakes too.

In regards to it's pore minimising abilities, it definitely makes them much less pronounced but not invisible unfortunately. It's a good product but I'm just not wowed!!
A big negative for this product is that I hate the smell. It smells like the Chanel Foundations; A sickly sweet perfumery smell which makes one feel nauseous. For this reason and the fact it doesn't wow me I won't be purchasing this full size, especially as it's retailed at a hefty £23.50, for a measley 22ml. I just don't think it's worth the price tag.