Sunday, 30 March 2014

Mini Reviews

Sometimes I think that samples can hang around forever and I never seem to be able to find a good place to keep them, so when I use a few up it always feels really good, plus you get to test out some new products.

Modern Friction - Origins
I've been wanting to try this for a long time, so when I got a few samples free with an order I made I was really glad Modern Friction was included. Origins claims that Modern Friction is a gentle exfoliator which contains a multitude of beneficial ingredients to exfoliate, smooth and illuminate the skin. I have to say I absolutely loved using this, unfortunately the sachet only contained one use so I cannot give an in depth review, however first impressions were positive. The product was extremely creamy and felt lovely on the skin, as opposed to some exfoliators which can feel rough. Afterwards my skin felt baby smooth and really fresh. At £33.00 it isn't cheap, however it's definitely going on my wishlist.

Origins - GinZing Eye Cream
I've always heard great things about the GinZing range, and the eye cream proposes to reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness. The actual cream has thick texture and a slight shimmery look in order to promote a radiant look. It says on the packet to use in the morning, however unfortunately I found it a little too thick to wear in the day time, and if you have oil prone skin you may find the same. I really wanted to like this but at £23.00 it won't be something I will be purchasing soon, however I am curious to try out some more of the range.

Avene - Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream
Avene are one of my favourite brands, I have never been disappointed with any of the products I have tried of theirs and the brand is so readily available in Boots. Another one of the reasons I love Avene is that if you go on their website and get a skin consultation, they will send you a sample of some of the products they recommend in the post! This is how I discovered the Cleanance K moisturiser which I did a review of here, and it is where I got this sample from too. As you can see it's a reasonable sized sample and has actually lasted me quite a while! The moisturiser itself is designed for normal to combination skin, and has a mattifying effect. I like to wear this in the day as it doesn't feel too heavy on your skin and is absorbed instantly. It hydrates your skin and the added SPF gives it some extra protection. Escentual have 30% off some french brands and so this is only £10.87 for the full size, bargain!

 Bioderma Sebium Hydra - Moisturising Replenishing Care
When I went to Croatia over the summer I was thrilled to discover they're Pharmacies stock a lot of the french brands at low prices. So when I went in to pick up some of the micelle water the lady could see how excited I was, and couldn't believe that we couldn't get half the stuff in England. Anyway I think she liked my enthusiasm and gave me a load of free samples with my purchase. This moisturiser is part of their range designed for oily skin and claims to regulate oil production and unclog pores. I can't really say anything about those properties as the few times I used it it left my skin feeling really greasy. I used this a couple of times, but it just wasn't nice to use, my skin looked and felt more shiny throughout the day, which is not what you want. Obviously this may work for someone else, maybe with more combination skin, however I wouldn't buy this although it is only £10.00 for those who might wish to give it a try.

Have you tried any of these products?

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Repurchase #2

Clinique High Impact Mascara is something that I will repurchase again and again, it is by far my favourite mascara and I think I am probably on my fifth tube now! I first came across this mascara because of my Nan, she always shops at Clinique and whenever she gets a free gift with her purchases she gives it to me, a little tube of High Impact mascara is usually included in the gift and from the first use it was love.

I think the mascara gives a really fresh wide eye look with minimal effort, leaving you with natural looking long thick eyelashes. The brush is a traditional mascara brush which is nice and simple with small bristles. The mascara applies easily and I have never had any trouble with clumping like a lot of other products I've tried before. It comes in sleek no gimmick packaging, just a black tube with silver writing on it which I really appreciate, as I feel some of the drugstore mascaras are nothing but gimmicks. I buy the mascara in black however it does come in brown too, it is also worth noting that it is not waterproof, however I'm not a big fan of waterproof mascara.

Clinique High Impact Mascara costs £16.50 so is a little on the pricey side, however for me mascara is the one thing I wear everyday, and knowing that I have found one which I trust and am happy with is worth the price tag. I usually ask for this for my birthday or Christmas as it's so simple but I always appreciate receiving it. 

If you're looking for a mascara which easily give long looking eyelashes then this is for you. 

Have you tried this mascara before?

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Amazon Wishlist #2

Hey guys,

one of my favourtie sites to browse is Amazon, one of the main reasons is because I love to buy books, however after a few novels have found their way into my shopping basket I always end up browsing the home section. I think the majority of the packages that arrive at my house are from amazon, I seem to use it for buying everything but toilet paper. I thought I'd put together a little wishlist of the things I've been looking at recently.

I think the phone case is perfect, I love the quote, it's from one of my favourtie books Lord of the Rings and this is something I will definitely be buying when I have the money. I received a teapot for christmas this year so I now have a lot of loose tea and I think this cute caddy would be perfect for storing it to keep it nice and fresh. I love the idea of the magnetic chalk board and this is something that would be extremely useful in my house, I will have to suggest this to my housemates.

Have you seen anything you like?

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

In my opinion primers are one of the most confusing beauty products out there, there are so many varieties it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Should you use something hydrating, mattifying, complexion enhancing… the list goes on.

For me it all depends on your skin type, for me I have combination skin so I was to use something mattifying which will also help stop my makeup from sliding down my face. The main primer I use is Benefit’s Porefessional which is great at mattifying my skin and also covering up my pores.

I recently saw that Maybelline had brought out Baby Skin and I had heard that it was comparable to The Porefessional so I decided to give it a go. Like the Porefessional it is silicon based and this means it is good at providing a smooth canvas on which to apply your base. Unlike the Porefessional it is clear and this means that it does not offer coverage of pores like the Porefessional does.

Overall I really like this primer and at the moment I am using it every day, it delivers a matte base to enable you to easily apply your foundation. Like I said it is clear so it looks invisible on your skin, the formula is actually quite thick but it easily blends onto the skin and feels incredibly lightweight. A small amount goes a long way and a pea size amount is enough to leave your skin feeling smooth and even. One of my biggest problems with The Porefessional is that is dries out your skin, however I have not found this problem with Baby Skin which for me gives it the edge.

The only thing I dislike about this product is the name and packaging, it looks and sounds childish, like something I would buy when I was thirteen which was way before I even knew what a primer was! Also it says instant pore eraser on the packaging which as I mentioned before I don’t think is the case due to the actual primer being transparent.

I think it is hard to compare this directly to The Porefessional as I think they are very different, however if you like the Porefessional but may be looking for something a bit cheaper I would definitely recommend giving Baby Skin a go.

Baby Skin (£7.99) is available at Boots, and right now they are doing 3 for 2 across all makeup!

Have you tried this primer?

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Benefit Watt's Up Vs No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter

Highlighters are something that I didn’t incorporate into my everyday routine until recently, partly because I had no idea how to use it and partly because I didn’t know which one to buy. I would always look at people’s faces and wonder how they achieved such a healthy looking glow. One day whilst browsing through some blogs I realised that highlighters were the way forward, especially in these winter months when my skin tends to look a bit dull.

I now have a few highlighters which I use most days, One is Watt’s Up by Benefit (£24.00) and the other is a new product by No 7 called Instant Radiance Highlighter (£9.95) These two highlighters are very similar in everything but price.

You can already see that the price difference is a pretty sizeable £14.05, and I wouldn’t exactly call the No7 highlighter a budget buy, however if you include the £5 off No7 vouchers floating around at the moment it quickly becomes a great price.

Both of these highlighters come in the form of a wind up stick which you can apply directly onto your face, however the Benefit highlighter also comes with a little foamy thing on the other end. The little sponge is supposed to be for blending purposes however I don’t find it very useful. Watt’s up has a flat head whereas the Instant Radiance Highlighter has a rounded head which is something I really like, it makes the application a lot easier and I’ve found it enables you to be more precise.

Another similarity of these highlighters is that they both apply as a cream, however when blended behave and look like a powder. The No7 highlighter applies like a dream and blends perfectly to give a soft glow. I have oily skin so sometimes I find creamy products to be too much for my face, however the No7 highlighter feels so light on my skin I wouldn’t even know it was there. Watt’s up is very similar but not quite up to the standards of the No7 highlighter in my opinion. I think Watt’s up harder to blend than the No7 highlighter as it is a bit thicker and I find I have to make much more of an effort to achieve a good finish, it also feels so much heavier on my skin than the No7 product.

Something which is different about these two highlighters is the shades, Watt’s up is very gold toned whereas the No7 product is slightly paler and more nude than gold. I really like the appearance of both of them however I think the No7 product is easier to wear during the day, I have found myself reaching for this each morning to give myself a bit of a glow. In contrast I will use Watt’s up if I’m going out in the evening as it gives a more obvious bolder finish.

I do really like both of these products however for me the clear winner is No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, it does exactly what it says on the tin - a radiant look in seconds. Don’t get me wrong Watt’s up is a fabulous product too, however the price difference is a huge influence on my choice.

If you’re looking for a highlighter I would recommend popping into your nearest Boots and picking one of these up. They’ve got an amazing 3 for 2 deal across all their makeup at the moment and they have £5 off No7 vouchers which makes this a really good deal.

Have any of you tried either of these?

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