Tuesday, 30 June 2015

#junefaves


Coming at you, with love, is a run down of my favourite products that I have enjoyed more than usual, or have recently acquired and am obsessed with... 

I have been all over the no foundation, bronzing and fake freckle look this month and paramount to this look is my new fave beauty bit the Deliliah brow pencil. Whoop! Like literally this is my favourite brow product I have ever used. The colour is spot on, the pencil is just the right consistency, it's lovely packaging and I like it lotsly... And it was a freebie with a Space NK order. Win, win, win... Happy.

I have come to the conclusion that high street/drugstore mascara is the way forward, but at 6-12 pounds a go anyway they're not super cheap in themselves though are they?? But anyway, my friend bought me a random mascara on a whim and it ended up being really good... And it's a comb no less. The Rimmel Scandeleyes Extreme mascara. My secret is that I wipe the excess off the comb first. What I like is that it extends as well as volumising and is a good black black. Also it doesn't smudge on me, well it probably would under extreme conditions but I haven't noticed anything and some mascara's SMUDGE, so this one is a good one... Relative to the smuDgE bastards out there.

The Mororrcon Oil for thin/light hair. This is everything at keeping frizz at bay. I'm coming to the end of this and in my opinion: if it ain't broke don't fix it. I'm gonna ignore the rest on the heaving high street and pick another one of these up. Oh and the small one lasts me FOREVER so I never feel the need to spend extra coin on the big bottle.

It's dull and it's, like, medical... But the cetraben lotion is life. As a sufferer of psoriasis on my legs I need to slap this on regularly and it's so much nicer than the thick cream... I throw this in my bag daily. Not just for legs and elbows but I also use this as a hand cream and even face cream when things are drying out... 

Listen guys pink (rose) clay masks are definitely the way forward. I love the pure and radiant pink clay mask from Clarins. It's so soft and gentle, yet clarifying. It's really, really nice and is great at keeping your skin balanced during those hormonal imbalances we deal with sometimes. 

Probably my favourite tanning products of the moment, the Clarins Bronze Self Tanning Liquid. This is really effective, yet subtle, doesn't streak and doesn't smell like a fake tanner. Dollap a bit on your cotton pad and wipe away. Honestly this is really good and quick and effective. If you need a face tanner head to the Clarins counter pronto.

June faves DONE. Thank you for reading xoxo

Monday, 29 June 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW: Olay Regenerist Brightening and Protecting Cream SPF20Moisturiser


I haven't written a review blog post in the longest time due to the sad fact that I just couldn't find the words... I like to write review posts with a little bit more substance than I really like it. It's pretty. You need it. End. That's what favourite posts are all about. No a review needs more and I think I have found the words to share about the Olay Regenerist moisturiser that was released earlier this year.

This range intrigued me from day one because I feel like Olay is a really good drug store skincare brand  and actually make my oldest favourite moisturiser xxx which I have been using for ten years. I thought it looked like a gorgeous range, but what struck me was its price. The price point of Olay, depending on the range ranges from £7 to £18 so to release a moisturiser at £30 really is a jump and has blurred the boundaries between drugstore and highend, this is also happening with other drug store brands such as LOreal and No7 too. Plus the French pharmacies brands raising the price point on the shelves of Boots too. It begs the question - is it worth he money slash is it good period?

I've been using the moisturiser for 3 months now and can say that it definitely feels like facial suncare. It's very white and rather thick and you need to massage it in quite vigorously to allow the white cast to dissipate. It also clings to the lips and many a day I have found a white line along my bottom lip. I have also found that if I apply makeup over this and try and buff it, my face starts peeling. Another facial suncare issue which I have encounted in the past. This moisturiser is definitely targeted at a more mature skin than mine. I just like the nutriens it gives. It is a thicker cream than lots of newer facial sunscreens so if your buying it on he back of the SPF20 alone, I definitely think you could get lighter or greater UVB and UVA protection from other products. 

But it also promises to brighten and reduce dark spots. I think the thick cream, Embryollise/magic cream-esque substance definitely gives life to your face and again if you have a mature skin it will definitely plump and nourish you. If you have younger skin you might not get as much out of the benefits. Does it reduce dark spots? Now I think it helps brighten darker areas at the time you wear the moisturiser but I couldn't definitely say dark spots overall have been lightened. I haven't seen any evidence of this. 

So I like this moisturiser. I think it makes my skin feel radiant definitely and it does 3 jobs in one, moisturisers, gives sun protection and gives radiance. So I like to take this when I go away to save space in my bag as I take one product rather than 3.. It's also a chic light bottle. I don't reccomend this as a makeup base though. I think you could do better for £30 in all honesty but it is very nice and feels lovely on the skin. So if you have the money to spend definitely trial this out because you might love it, but as it's merely a " I really really really really really really like you" situation I won't repurchase it. The peels face issue is a deal breaker for me. 

Sunday, 28 June 2015

New and Exciting Things...


Here's the beauty headlines over the past few weeks... Hashtag I've been spending money.

Falling in Love. 
Walking past the Chanel stand in Bristol I fell in love with the Lumiere D'ete Illuminating Powder. It's such a soft powder, it feels almost like a cream and is a stunning design. I don't need an illuminating bronzer powder. I didn't need to spend top dollar on a product that I had never heard of until I saw it but I got the feeling and ran with it. I had to have it and I have it. It's beautiful and chic and is what makeup is all about, feeling pampered and special. I've convinced myself... Let's move on

Investing in my hair.
I splurged again. This time on spacenk.com and picked up two Oribe travel sized texturising spray and volumising mouse and the maximista. First impression is that this amazing smelling range which I had heard so much about makes me feel nauseous. I don't like it - sigh but if I hold my breath it dissipates somewhat and is manageable. I also find all the products quite drying actually and I defintely need to go over my lengths with a little oil to balance it out. Their effects are really good though but they don't last very long . They all last probably an hour or so. I don't know, but using the maximista on its own isn't giving you that much umph so pairing it with the texturising spray is a must. Will I repurchase? At this point probably not but it's definitely opened the door on paying premium prices for hair care from now on.

Summer means Fake Tanning.
The innovative St Tropez shower tanner was too much to ignore. At this point I've used it once. I didn't really see much of a difference in my skin tone to be honest, but I have an everlasting orange birth mark type mark on the side of my knee now. I think I need to get my arse into gear and use this daily to  get top results. Watch this space.

Drugstore blush???
Say what? Drug store? Yep I've decided that the quality of high street blushes are on point and despite hating on the packaging. The pan fell out (needed to crack open the PVC) and despite breaking my nails on a daily to open this b#??£&* I'm loving this Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft colour blush in Santa Rose. It's a peachy nude blush which comes up quite rosey on my cheeks and works well with my bronzed goddess look I'm going for at the moment. It's pigmented and long lasting and pretty great. Oh and the Union Jack embossing is cute too. I reccomend this definitely. 

Freebie shoutout.
With my Oribe order I got a free Delilah brow pencil in the lightest shade Ash and I tell you this is my favourite brow product to date. The colour is excellent, it applies seamlessly and the spooly is firm and perfect for grooming the brows. I'm very impressed and happy with this new edition to my makeup bag. 

Finding the right clay mask.
Ooh the struggle of congested AND sensitive skin is real. Cue pink clay to make everything better. green clay is too harsh but pink clay is perfect for decongesting reactive skin. I picked up the Clarins offering and I'm really enjoying it. My skin feels supple and nourished and deep cleaned when I'm done. I like it much. 

I think I'll leave the headlines there. I have a few beauty wants on the wish list and with a trip to London around the corner I think I might come away with a few more goods... Maby. Take care xoxo