Monday, 26 May 2014

No Hype Required

Hi ya'll. It is a fact that the majority of the makeup I buy has been bought on the back of the HYPE that surrounds them on YouTube and in and around the Blogs. But there is the odd occasion where I buy purely because I like the look of something and I just blindly buy and see where it takes me. Read on... xoxox

I think every product I have ever bought of Soap and Glory (period.) has been because I like the look of it and never on the back of blogger hype. In fact I want to start some hype now. In terms of the makeup line, believe me the Archery eyebrow Brow tint and Precision shaping pencil is awesome, so is the smoulder kohl waterproof eyelinereyeliner and the Kick Ass Concealer, well it might be being hyped up now, but I bought this way back when, before anyone mentioned this. All products are great and I'm sure you've heard all about the lip glosses and bronzers and highlighters. I haven't tried them personally, but Soap and Glory's makeup line is definitely worth investigating.

I picked up the No7 Blush pop and highlighter without any hype at all. They were new in and I liked the look of them. Boom. The highlighter is the standout product in my opinion, but the blushes are pretty awesome too, just a little harder to work with. The highlighter is fool proof. I'm currently obsessed with the No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define "eyeshadow crayon" in Cool Mink. I love the colour and it stays on for ages. Love.

A few lip products. Funnily enough I have read nothing on the Revlon shine lipstick in Pink Cognito. But guess what guys this exists and it is amazing. The Revlon lip glosses should also get some press too because they are stunning. Gorgeous, glossy, no stickiness. and the Chanel-esque packaging is pretty chic. But where was this when I needed to take pictures.. No effing clue...!

For eyes. I've picked up a few dew pots which I think are fantastic and have gorgeous whimsical names. I have Woodland Truffle and Autumn Smoulder. These are super creamy and glide on the lid really well and once they set they stay on for ages. I really love them and completely endorse them.

When the gamble of buying products blind pays off one is very happy indeed. If your at a loss and want to trial some new products I'd definitely recommend you try these out.

Thanks for reading. Take care xoxoxo

Friday, 23 May 2014

Beauty Spring Cleaning

There comes a time in everyone's life when they need to sort themselves out and clear some room and save some cash. I am currently going through a mass "project ten pan" scenario. Lots of my hair and skin care products are coming to their end and I threw away all my mascaras last week and gave away lots of lipsticks I don't wear. I hate clutter and the empty space is therapeutic, not to mention a sign that I should really go shopping again. I am hoping to visit Selfridges and check out the Charlotte Tilbury range soon too. Click on the links to see the original posts and more info on some of the products that have met their end or are very close to getting there. Do you enjoy spring cleaning your stash? xoxo

CHARLOTTE'S MAGIC CREAM - As it retails for £70 I think I will refrain from repurchasing until my wedding day or something, if money wasn't an issue then there would already be a back up.

No7 Instant Radiance Beauty Balm - nah I don't think I would repurchase. There's more out there to try out. It does smell divine though.

I got spots - I wouldn't repurchase the Vichy toner but perhaps the Alpha H liquid gold one day.

PRO:VOKE Touch of SILVER - I'm hoping to go honey blonde in the coming weeks so perhaps I'll hold off for now, but if and when I decided to platinumise my lose again this will be on the shopping list.

Rave Review: L'oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24hr - Amazing mascara. I would repurchase in a heart beat however they appear to have discontinued it in my local Boots. Sad Face....

January Favourites - Basically everything featured has finished: NEOM hand cream, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing balm, Aromatherapy bath oil, Therapy Himalayan bath salts, oh and Charlotte Tilbury's Magic cream. Yes I would rebuy all of these products. They are Amazing. Everything in my Jan Favourites are luxe and expensive and fabulous.

MARCH FAVOURITES // REN CLEANSING MILK - I will definitely repurchase this cleanser. It's gorgeous.

Skyn Iceland "Saving Face" Recovery kit for Life's Big Moments // ICELANDIC RELIEF EYE PEN - I don't think I will repurchase this. There is just not enough product for your wonga. It is a lovely eye cream though.

The 'EMMA HARDIE MORINGA CLEANSING BALM' Diary - Gorgeous product - best for the colder months I would say. It's very nourishing on the skin. It's definitely a contender next time I buy a cleanser.

Product Review: Soap and Glory: Kick Ass Concealer - Ok so this fell on the floor, shattered, the powder and lid element thrown away leaving the concealer section exposed, 'squidged' in my bag. Game Over. I think this is an excellent concealer and is amazingly priced at £9.99. If you haven't tried it I recommend you do. Will I repurchase? Not yet. I'm finding these cream concealers a little drying of late so I'm going to look elsewhere for my concealing needs, but it is definitely one of the best I have tried.

HOLY GRAIL #1 Clinique Dramatically Different moisturising gel - Wow circa 2007 to 2012 I loved this moisturiser passionately, however with time and age I have fallen out of love. It just doesn't give me that nourishment I long for in a moisturiser now. I stand by the fact that it is a fabulous foundation for the oily skinned but for my needs, it just doesn't deliver. Fallen from grace, I don't see a repurchase on the cards.  

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara

I threw all my mascaras away and needed a new one. As my beloved L'Oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24hr was no where to be seen I settled for the new Clinique offering, which promises to remain smudge free for 12 hours. ooooh.

This is known in the trade as a "tubing mascara". AKA rather than your lashes being painted on a swipe of mascara will actually tube your lashes creating a more define and wide eyed look with no smudging.

My first thought was "wow that's smaller than I expected". It comes in the lovely floral Clinique box they package all their makeup products in, revealing a very basic silver grey matte tube and glossy shiny lid, with the C embossed on the top of the lid. The wand is very similar to the Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express mascara, the bristles are very fine and feathery and is the size of my thumb pad. The product gloops up on the end so remember to wipe that away before use.

I find that it coats each lash well and doesn't clump together at all. You can build up intensity if you want but if I do I find I get little mascara flakes under my eyes after an hour or so. I create pretty lashes with this mascara but not va va voom lashes by any stretch of the imagination, even with four coats!?. So if you want super volume look else where. This is a daytime mascara which creates pretty feathery lashes. You get a little umph but nothing spectacular. I also found I got a tiny bit of smudging one day too. Sad. But a tiny bit. You won't get mega panda eyes with this one. I also found it removed really easily too.

The lash Power mascara retails for £18.00 and comes in two shades 01 Black Onyx and 02 Dark Chocolate. Would I repurchase? No. I prefer the va va voom darling. But it does do what it says on the tin. It creates beautiful feathery lashes. If that's all what you want BUY IT NOW. xoxox

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

SUNCARE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT & Riemann P20 Once a Day 10 Hour Sun Protection SPF30 REVIEW

As I finally sit down to write this review there is big news in the press that sunscreens are not giving you as much protection as they claim. My thoughts? Well any reader of the big blogs (Caroline Hirons, Model Reccomends, Lisa Eldridge etc, etc) will know there's more to sun protection that the SPF level. And It is urged that you look for a 5 star UVA rating and broad spectrum protection over the Sun protection Factor alone. Regardless of wearing a high or low factor the bottle itself says reapply every 2 hours. Then on top of that it has been stated that anything under SPF15 is pointless and anything over 50 can't be verified. Also the way in which different countries and brands even test SPF differs so you don't really know what your actually getting,.. really. The guide is to buy SPF15 to 20 if your dark/medium skinned, 25 to 30 if your medium to light, and 35 to 50 if your pale and that's it. Really it doesn't matter what your SPF is, if you don't reapply long term it's pointless anyway and even exposing your skin, full stop, to the sun is damaging it and AGING it. The minute your skin even dares to darken by a smidgen it has been damaged. Even if you are not burnt or your wearing tonnes of sunscreen your skin has still been damaged just by being exposed to the sun at all. The debate therefore appears to be vanity versus skin care. It is true sun exposure causes melanoma but you could contract that anyway as much as you could contract lung cancer without smoking a cigarette in your life; so if you want to just live your life and look fabulous then buy a BROAD SPECTRUM, FIVE STAR UVA (UVA protection protects against skin cancer, SPF relates to UVB protection which protects against sun burn) sunscreen but with the relevant SPF that is appropriate for your skin type. What I'm saying is to look beyond the SPF because it isn't the only factor to consider when buying sunscreen, also be mindful that it protects you to some extend but not 100%.

Ok Public Service Announcement over. What do you do when your confronted with a product which promises to be waterproof and gives 10 hours sun protection? DO you believe it or not? Well I am inclined to give it a whirl and see. First of all I found it took quite a while to dry and felt really greasy and sticky, but on an everyday application it does it's job at keeping the sun burn at bay. It's definitely waterproof too but on a day at the beach in and out of the water and on a boat ride in the middle of the pacific ocean my friends and family burned really badly, ergo it isn't good enough for such intense heat and the intense winds of a boat ride. So always err on the side of caution when it comes to application on a particularly hot day. P20 is very good but like all sunscreens I fear it isn't flawless. It is really expensive too with a 200ml bottle retailing for approximately £25.00 (at the minute Boots is selling it for £19.99). I much prefer the alternative Calypso, for a more wallet friendly price of £5.99 (At Wilkinson's)

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

That Bare Minerals Thing

I have known about Bare Minerals for years. I vaguely recall being transfixed to one of their infomercials in my teens, but I never gave in to them.

Years later and I met my friend who looked radiant. Her skin had never looked better. So I asked the question. What are you wearing? Well she was ever so glad I did and quickly told me all about tap-tap swirl. She had the set up kit, concealers, eye shadows, brushes. the works. She was obsessed. And that's how you apply it she said "tap tap swirl" (aka: tap the tub twice on the counter to release the minerals and swirl in your brush). This powder looked amazing on her, not cakey or powdery, but barely there and natural and glowing. But I still didn't give in to them.

Fast forward two years and another friend has been bought Bare Minerals for Christmas and is asking for my help in applying it. We had a mess around. I gave her some tips and tricks and finally I was seduced. In the dead of night I bought a 8g pot of the Bare Minerals Original, off EBay. I got fairly light, the second lightest shade they do. It's actually quite a good match. I'm NC20 FYI.

Using the Full Flawless brush I went in. tapped and swirled and buffed the minerals into my face. It was good. A very natural base. With hardly any coverage at all. I went in again. It is definitely buildable. I think I got a good medium coverage. Then to cover the darker areas I went in with the concealer brush. It gave a much higher coverage. But alas it wasn't enough to cover everything I needed, so I went in with another trusty concealer.

After a few hours I noticed that my skin looked rather shiny and I was kicking myself for not setting my face with a powder, or even bringing my powder along with me so I could blot. I love the glow but not on my chin. About 8 hours later and the Bare Minerals had started to separate and cake up. Gross!!! Also my lack of setting my undereye makeup had resulted in the smudged panda eye look. Not so important to the review, but I want to give you an idea of the state I was in. I didn't look hot.

I have found that it layers beautifully on top of my Illamasqua skin base, however I find the overall look of the Bare Minerals powder (dare I say it) too shiny?? Maybe I need the matt one?

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Dr T's SUPERGOOP SPF 50 Sunscreen Mist.

Welcome to another Sunscreen review and this time we're going back to what I used on my holiday over Christmas: SUPERGOOP. I hope you find it useful. xoxo

Ah SUPERGOOP. I remember reading somewhere that this was the shit and an excellent facial sunscreen, I have to differ. Well ok let us start negative and work our way up to the positive shall we? Ok. First of all I found that when I sprayed this, it went everywhere!!! This was fine pre-beach fun but after two or three hours and I wanted to reapply, disaster struck time and time again. Everything, cases, other products went super sticky and some products are still bearing the signs of being "supergooped" eugh. Think hairspray but stickier. Aside from the stickiness. Lesson learned: spray away from everything. The worse thing was that it was terrible for the face. My skin became so oily and yes I broke out. This was really irritating because I bought this purely for the face. No. Just No!!

Ok so on to the positives. The bottles pretty epic right? I really like the twist lock cap and the bright and fun lettering. I don't know it just sings to me. It was fabulous at protecting my skin, I did not tan with this much at all. It gave a luscious sheen to the limbs and didn't feel sticky on the skin or create a white cast at all. It melted in so quickly there was no time to rub so this is basically a spray and go product, great if your on the go or have kids and can't spend ages on yourself.

All in all I thought this sunscreen was really good on my body (not on the face!!!) but it's widely dispersed sprays which get "GOOP" everywhere is just too much to bare and having to reapply every ten seconds? pah I'm over that. I much prefer my Calypso (REVIEW HERE). SuperGoop SPF 50 sunscreen mist retails for £18.50 from SPACE NK.

Ooh and just on another note the SuperGoop Save Face sunscreen Serum looks niiiice.. Might add it to the wish list haha. xoxo

Wednesday, 14 May 2014


Dear Diary

I have run out of No7's hot cloth cleanser and decided to treat myself to the PRODUCT OF THE MOMENT... DRUM ROLL PLEASE... EMMA HARDIE'S MORINGA CLEANING BALM - woop woop!! First thoughts are thus: they have updated the packaging and is much better in my opinion and matches the golden tub inside. The tub is thicker and shorter now. For some reason in a week 3 cracks  have mysteriously appeared underneath the plastic and I am waiting for the product to leak (lots of reviewers say it leaks). It smells super sweet and is akin to a facial oil. It leaves my skin so smooth, silky, soft, supple, lush, touchable, gorgeous... I almost don't want to tone and moisturise afterwards. My skin appears to love this LOTS!!!

September, thus far, has been a roller coaster of skin stress. As the clock struck midnight deadly lumps of poison erupted on my chin and mouth area. It was a mess and prompted a swift trip to Boots for the Effacularduo spot treatment. My skin finally dried up, leaving in its wake darkened pigmentation and scars...(Grrr) my skin went super sensitive and irritated for a few days but seemed to calm quite rapidly when I reintroduced the AMAZING Emma Hardie Moringa Balm. Straight away my skin is more supple and pores noticeably smaller.

It suddenly got cold!! So be prepared to keep your skin moisturised and hydrated. Starting with the basics: There's nothing nicer than soothing sore, wind swept, skin with a lush Emma Hardie Cleansing balm, which also doubles up as a face mask.

Through cold January I have been loving using the lush thick balm to pamper, preen and cleanse my lack luster skin. It's a joy to use and my skin feels better for it.

This product is no stranger to the monthly favourites and was an essential player in creating my HAPPY SKIN back in September. But this Balm cleanser just melts into the skin. I like to take time out to really massage it in my skin and do the "tilbury tap". I like to keep it on for a while as a little mask and then massage it off with a warm damp flannel. It feels divine. I have found however, as the older it gets the grittier it feels. It used to be buttery soft. This doesn't take anything away from the product itself but is worth noting.

I finished the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing balm tonight. It's a sad day. It never leaked and I didn't find anymore cracks in the lid. It was a beautiful product which I will miss a lot. I am torn now between trialling what else is out there or 'stick to the devil you know' so to speak. We'll see how things go. I can always find you at SPACE NK retailing for £36.00.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Radiant Skin... 3 Steps Away??

I'm using up lots of products at the minute and have rediscovered the power of the Alpha H Liquid Gold exfoliating toner. It tingles slightly, but dries matt and in the morning my skin is super soft. I heave been using it of late as my "exfoliating toner" step every now and then (not every night) after a good Apivita Face Mask with Pomegranate used to radiate and revitalize. It smells delicious and has little red beads in with the cream which melt into the skin. It feels soothing and light on the skin and when washed off my skin feels, well..., radiant and revitalized. I really enjoy this and the Apivita line in general. Everything I've used of theirs I like. They're a Greek brand I believe and are sold at Marks and Spencer. And then after all the cleansers, toners and face masks and toning spritzes (you can't miss out the spritz!) I apply my ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Serum. This is magic in a bottle. When everything else fails this keeps on working. I love this so, so much... Product reviews on the Alpha H Liquid Gold HERE and the Pro Serum HERE. If you want radiant skin you might want to give these a look see. Hash Tag beautiful. xoxo

Monday, 12 May 2014

The One Where The Makeup Stayed On All Night.

Ok so I was going to a party and I didn't have much time, I literally slapped the products on with the least amount of brushes possible. Et voila, smokey eye, contoured skin, my lips but better and I'm away. Just an aside. I would have uploaded a picture of me wearing the makeup but no selfies were taken unfortunately and all the pics taken at the party don't really show off the makeup that well or has lots of other people in the frame and so on and so forth. All the excuses, but at least I've swatches the lip products for your information, at least..!!

So face. Illamasqua Skin Base is the best foundation I have ever used. EVER. It is stunning and I have never loved another foundation more. I set it with another foundation, because, why not? I set it with the bare minerals foundation and I got the glow on. Probably too much so I set it again with translucent powder. End result? My makeup stayed on all night. No caking or separating or anything, just great photo ready skin. Love. I only applied the foundation down the centre of my face as it was a tad light. Cue all the bronzers and contouring products. They stayed on well but I was left pining for the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder. Sleek contour kit you too orange.

And a quick nod to the eyebrow product that is awesome. The brow and lash gel. It is grrrrreat.

The eye was speedily created. Finger in the colour tattoo on and on bronze. smeared in around the place. Created a glistening, or glittery lid, or an accent lid? with the Mememe dew pot in woodland truffle. blend blend blend. Then I thought "what would Charlotte Tilbury do?" Do a sexy feline eye. And the Soap and Glory Smoulder Khol in Cocoa Bean (dark brown) is amazing. It is basically the same thing as the Avon liners or the Urban Decay 247 liners. It glides on like a dream, you smudge like a pro, with cotton buds and everything, and then it sets. For lashes I built up the Clinique Power lash to a respectable volume and done. This eye stayed on all night. My sexy bedroom eye which got tones of compliments.

I continued with the "WWCTD" hat on and decided to line my lips, because you can't apply lipstick without a lipliner, then applied the luscious YSL rouge velupte which glides on like a dream and then finished the lip off with a Charlotte Tilbury 'promotion image' worthy glossy pout. I'm obsessed with the Revlon colour burst lip gloss in 004 pink ice. The best thing about it is that it is not sticky at all. the colour glides on the lips creating a beautiful sheen. It's a stunning product. I think the packaging is gorgeous and it wears beautifully well. Recommend!!!

Obviously more was put on the face but these are the stand out products which I would full heartedly recommend you try out. Ps. Illamasqua skin base is everything. that's it. bye xoxox

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection

Agh got these of EBay yesterday and was so excited I just had to photograph them furiously. How dainty and gorgeous are these. I was obsessed with my Aromatherapy Associates "Inner Strength" Oil I got in my You Beauty advent calendar  and have been aching to try out more of them ever since. But as a full sized jobby retails for £39 it's too much of a commitment to go into lightly. So I've picked up a collection of mini's to test out. I'm really excited and will report back on whether the different oils actually differentiate from each other in regards to affecting my mood or energy levels etc. As I'm wondering whether one would actually do. Happy sunday. Take care xoxoxo

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Skyn Iceland "Saving Face" Recovery kit for Life's Big Moments

Ah the skyn Iceland "Saving Face" Recovery Kit. Seriously I was so excited to try these products out. The Skyn Iceland stand in Marks and Spencer's has long enticed me and I finally bit the bullet and picked up this kit with my friends 20% discount. RRP £38.

First of all I think the packaging is excellent. It's very clean and clearly explains what the product is. Lots of skincare has fancy pantsy names which freak me out somewhat but these are great. I particularly love the little blurb on the front of the packaging.. "doughnut for breakfast, Popcorn for dinner". The blurb slightly differs for each of their products and I think It's a really enticing and fun way to sell products. Is this your life? Then you need it. I very much thought I needed a recovery kit to balance, replenish and restore my skins natural glow.

Ok the Icelandic Relief Eye Pen. I think this is my favourite product of the lot and was very disappointed the day I clicked the pen and nothing came out. I was caught off guard and left without an eye product for a while. I think this is a fabulous, cooling silky smooth cream which melts into your skin beautifully. My only problem with it is that it costs £17.50 and you only get 3.95g in it. Ordinarily you get approximately 15ml so this just isn't value for money. I like it but it just seems a little expensive for the amount of product you get. I love the packaging.

Glacial Face wash. Ugh. This spearmint smelling gloopy white, foamy face wash is not pleasant to use at all. I hate a face wash anyway, much preferring balms or cleansing milks, but this has done nothing to change my mind. My biggest beef with it is that it leaves my skin feeling tight and stripped. Not a fan. Do not recommend. Will not repurchase.

The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion has a super intense minty fresh scent which is too over powering for me and makes me feel a little nauseous. oops. It is really strong and your skin zings with cooling freshness for ages after application. On an ordinary day this is not nice at all and felt like it was burning my super sensitive holiday face LINK. But I have used it on a day when my skin was I was really hot and flustered and this really soothed it. I think I'll throw this in my gym bag or save it for an intense hot and bothersome day. As it stands I will not repurchase.

Nordic Skin Peel. Wow these smell of pure alcohol and are really strong. Apart from the Alpha H liquid gold I am a 'newby' to the exfoliating toner and I wouldn't recommend these for a first timer. As time goes on I can stand them now but I have an awful feeling that they broke me out. I stopped using them a week or so ago to use up other toners and things and my skin started to clear up after having really bad skin for weeks on end.

At the time of writing this I have only used one set of the eye gels, saving the other for a particularly puffy eye, hung over, "need to lighten my eyes now" sort of morning and as that time is coming round anytime soon I thought I would hit Publish on this review now and if I find them super amazing when I use them again I'll report back. When I used my first lot I found that they stuck on very well, felt soothing if not a little sticky but where great (I think). My error was that I went and had a hot shower afterwards and I had red rings around my eyes for ages afterwards. Whoop Whoop. PSA time. Don't have a shower or hot bath after using these eye pads. haha.

So in conclusion I am really disappointed. I expected great things from these because, well, they're quite expensive products. It just goes to show that the price of something doesn't always equate to quality. I think the Nordic skin peel may been excellent but my skins just too sensitive for it and the eye pen is great, just too expensive for what it is and the daily lotion really soothes red flustered skin but I can't stand the smell. I do think the packaging is great and it's just a shame that I won't be purchasing any more of their products. I need time to get over my disappointment. But watch this space on the Eye Gels. They might be revolutionary. We'll see. xoxo