November Empties

This post is dedicated to all you beautiful bloggers out there who have ever done an empties post, these have to be one of my favourites to read. I love finding out what everyone has been loving (or hating) throughout the month, so I decided to keep hold of my empties to do the same.

First empty of the month is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in Grapefruit & Patchouli, I loved this cleanser have honestly been a bit lost without it! I won’t go into too much detail on this first product as I have written a post previously about it, you can find out more here.

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Next up is my hero beauty product, I adore this cleansing water. It’s a product I use religiously every day to either take my makeup off or freshen up in the morning. It’s gentle formula soothes my skin too always leaving it feeling clean and refreshed. Once again you can find out more in one of my previous posts here.

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A new addition to my daily routine the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I really enjoyed using this product as anything thats a two in one product is always a bonus! Saving a little time on preparing your skin for makeup is aways a good start to the day plus it helps if you’re anything like me and usually forget to use primer until half way through foundation application.

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This moisturiser was soft and creamy, almost a yogurt texture, but I cant help but feel a slight silicone texture too. I’m assuming this was the primer part of the double benefit product, which did put me off a little bit as all can imagine is putting plastic or jelly on my face.

Other than the slight jelly texture to the product overall I did enjoy using it, I felt it provided a great makeup base and kept my skin hydrated throughout the day.

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Next is another daily essential for me, my Urban Decay setting spray that is so old but always needed! This is another product I’ve dedicated a post already to so find out more here.

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last up is my favourite perfume ever, to be fair any perfume from Victoria Secret is amazing! This one was a gift from my boyfriend last Christmas so I’ve kept it just for using for best and nights out.

It’s a sweet fragrance which suits me perfectly as this is always the ones I go for. It has a mix of both floral and fruity scents that give it a young and vibrant feel.

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Also this bottle is so sweet with its little black bow on the side, it looks great on your dressing table too.

Have you tried any of my November empties? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

Miracle Masks

Can I just start by saying how much I love facemasks, they remind me of girly sleepovers talking about rubbish, eating pizza and painting each others nails in crazy colours… and dots 😉

So in order to put out a massive hint to my best friend that we need to do this again, and to show my love for some of the face masks out there I’ve decided to dedicate my instagram posts and my blog this week to trying them out. #facemaskweek

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First up is a mask that I’ve been wanting to try for ages! I love the idea of a sheet mask with the hope of it being less messy but still with great results. After following the Garnier UK instagram account after posting about the Micellar Water, I noticed them posting a lot about this tissue mask with everyone commenting it had left them with great results.

I applied the mask after cleansing my face from makeup first and whilst relaxing in the bath to try and get the full benefits of a chilled face mask application. With this mask you simply unfold it and lay over your face, I’d recommend a mirror handy to make sure you get the eye holes in the right place. You then peel off the protective blue layer and smooth out the edges to the curves of your face. The tissue mask is covered in a serum with Chamomile extract and hyaluronic acid that intensely hydrates and comforts your skin while you relax.

I loved the texture of this mask, it really felt as though it was ‘doing something’ and made me sit still which was an added bonus. If you do use it while in the bath as I did just be careful not to get too hot as I found having something covering my face and in a hot bath started to overheat a bit and I think I cut the 15 minute time a bit short.

Overall though I loved this sheet mask and will hopefully try some of the others out after payday 😉

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Next I decided to try the clayMask® from Medik8®, this mask has a thick almost clay like consistency which I’m guessing is where its name comes from. I wanted to give this mask a try as it will hopefully help absorb excess oil on my skin and prevent my pores from clogging.

This mask did leave my skin feeling really clean and fresh afterwards, however it was difficult and messy to apply, but that’s half the fun of a facemask right! I also liked the sound of this mask as it’s ingredients include plant extracts like Passionflower and Willow Bark together with Cranberry Fruit, which to me sounds like would be a good cocktail too!

 

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The 7th Heaven masks are the masks of teenage sleepovers all over the UK I can imagine, I know they were a firm favourite of mine, and still are to be honest! I decided to go back to them and try some new ones as well as one of my favourites, the Passion Peel off. I love these masks as not only are they all peel off ones which are so satisfying to peel off once they’ve dried, It’s like that feeling when you used to peel dried glue off your fingers!

I’ve not had a chance to try these all out yet but the one I’m most looking forward to testing out is the Black Seaweed Peel Off, I’ve always been a lover of seaweed as a skincare ingredient mainly due to it reminding me of being by the sea, which always calms me but I know it’s also good for oily prone skin, having used the Body Shop seaweed range previously.

 

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The Passion Peel Off is one of my favourites though, partly due to its fruity smell of Pineapple and Papaya as well as how soft and refreshed it leaves your skin. Once applied you’ll look a bit red and very shiny, but once its all dried up and you peel away the pale pink mask along with all your dead skin cells, you’re left with a completely refreshed complexion, don’t forget to moisturise on top though as this one can dry your skin out a little.

 

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After the success with the Garnier tissue mask I decided to have a little delve into a few more sheet mask’s, having finally scouted out the Soap & Glory sheet masks in boots, (Found them in the third boots I tried!) I decided to try out the Pore-Refining Mask and the Radiance-Boosting Mask. Firstly can I just say how much I love their packaging, I’m not usually a fan of ‘gimic’ packaging or a lot going on design wise, but somehow Soap & Glory manage to make theirs look great I almost don’t want to use them to ruin it!

Again I haven’t had a chance to try these ones out yet, but planning on a little pamper this weekend so keep an eye on my instagram story to find out how I get on!

 

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Still yet to find a face mask that I’m absolutely in love with, so if anyone has any suggestions of their favourites please let me know!!

Come join the #facemaskweek on instagram or twitter 😀

My Hero

It takes a lot to get me to buy something more than once, as 9 times out of 10 I’ve bought something new to try, I’m such a sucker for new product marketing! Probably because I work in marketing myself but yeah…

I was trying to remember the first time I tried the Garnier Micellar cleansing water and I honestly can’t remember! It was probably when it launched a few years ago and I was tempted by the marketing. Today it’s something I cannot live without, It’s my one hero product I cannot be without. End of.

Gone are the days putting up with trying different makeup wipes trying to find ones that didn’t sting my eyes when I took my makeup off, with no luck might I add, so if anyone can recommend any would greatly appreciate! Micellar cleansing has had a big boom in the beauty industry recently and seems to be the go to for cleansing, I’m not surprised how well its doing, every brand I know is bringing out a Micellar water, Clarins, Sanctuary, Nivea, ESPA and ELIMIS.

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Garnier have also started expanding their Micellar range including Cleansing water for different skin types including oily & combination, sensitive, dry & sensitive and blemish prone, this way you can cleanse your skin without the worry of damaging your skin at all. Personally I’m not keen on the idea of having an oil in a cleanser, I mean I get the idea of get norishing oils into your skin to hydrate it, but if you’ve got an oily skin like me it’s like my worst nightmare! My skin makes enough oil of its own without me adding more.

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I have however tried the Skin Active Micellar Water for blemish prone skin, though I found this actually really dried out my skin which is hard to do trust me!  I also found it actually gave my skin more redness and it didn’t smell great either to be honest.

Ever since then I’ve not swayed from the sensitive skin cleansing water, It’s so gentle on my skin but does the job perfectly, without having to hardly rub my eyes at all, which is great for my sensitiveness. I’m quite regimented in how I use the water now too,  4 large cotton pads (like the ones featured in my pictures), add a few squirts of the water to the pads, then squish them all together to absorb the water (I use quite a lot which I probably shouldn’t but yeah, have I told you I love it!), I then use one pad for each eye using both sides to make sure I get the tough bits of mascara on my lash lines, then the last two one in each hand and sweeping across the rest of my face, I then splat the together dirty sides together and use the clean (ish) sides to sweep the cleansing water down my neck and under my ears where I usually contour with bronzer. The Cleansing Water works by containing micelles that act like ‘dirt magnets’, lifting away make-up and impurities making makeup removal pain free and easy. Even if your not removing makeup it cleanses all the everyday dirt build up leaving you all cleansed and clean.

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The Garnier Micellar Water is also available in three handy sizes, the normal 400ml for everyday use, a larger 700ml for the lovers like me and a tiny 125ml travel size. Though a small bone to pick, why make the travel size 25ml too big for plane travel? Seems a bit odd to me and my mum (who is very frustrated by this). So if you have any idea why they decided to do this please let me know!?

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Anyway, the Micellar family also still growing with the new Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash and most recently the Micellar Cleansing Wipes, both of which I’m quite anxious to try and see if they irritate my eyes at all, especially the wipes as I’ve had so much trouble with cleansing wipes before.

For now though I’m sticking with my beauty hero, would love to hear your beauty hero’s, the one product you can’t be without.

Bare Essentials Haul

Bare Essentials has always been a high-end cosmetic brand on the High street, however to be honest I’ve never given it a second look. Part of the reason being a few years back I was approached to test the mineral foundation in the middle of a shopping centre, which I don’t know about you, but it immediately put me off as it makes me feel under pressure to buy something. (I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that, just not my cup of tea)

Another reason the brand has passed me by could be I’m a devoted Urban Decay fan, so with Bare Essentials being a key competitor of theirs, I’ve never ventured off the path, so to speak!

So why this time?

To be honest I was on the search for a new liquid eyeliner in a pen form, as was under the impression this would be the easiest way to create the perfect eyeliner flick. Having tried the Collection Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner as a start I was getting on really well with it but It was starting to dry up and the tip was quite big. So on my search I was looking for a new one with a smaller tip in order to hopefully have more control over the ‘flick’ and create a more dramatic look.

 

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After going online and heading straight to my beloved Urban Decay, I looked at the Perversion fine point eye pen all seemed simple until reading a few reviews people were finding it a bit ‘flakey’, which yes they might have been being a bit picky but even so it made me think twice. Just below in the similar products was the Bare Minerals Lash Domination Ink Liner, so I decided to have a look and see what people were saying with this one. All the reviews seemed really positive saying that it left a sharp very black line that lasted all day. Perfect? I also liked the indication of the 0.6 with of the tip knowing I could be quite precise with that.

I must say after using it a few times now I’m really impressed, its so pigmented and glides on so smoothly, I mean sometimes too smoothly, I ended up with eyeliner up to my eyebrow the first time! So yeah still doesn’t make you an eyeliner pro but it certainly helps! If you’re one of my Instagram followers you may have seen my post recently about trying to keep practising as much as I can, and I think its paying off!

While I was on the Bare Essentials page I decided to order a few bits and bobs at the same time to have a good try out of the brand. One being the Lash Domination Mascara, I was low on mascara so I thought was worth a go. I haven’t tried the mascara as much as everything else, and to be honest the few times I have tried it out I’ve found the wand to be quite big for my eyes, not sure if that’s the wand being big or my eyes being small but either way was a bit awkward to use especially for my lower lashes. The wand was also more of a plastic comb which to be honest I’m not usually a fan of as I don’t feel it applies as much product as opposed to a ‘fluffy’ wand. Has anyone else found this?

 

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Another product in the haul was the Complexion Rescue, a tinted hydrating gel cream. It works in the same way as a tinted moisturiser or bb cream, evening out your skin tone ready for your makeup application. It also contains an SPF 30 which makes it an added winner in my book, honestly the best anti-ageing tip ever is to protect your skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

The only thing I don’t like as much about this product is due to having oily skin I’m finding I need to have a blot and top up of finishing powder throughout the day.

 

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The next product is the Gen Nude™ Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Swag, firstly there is the name I mean I had to pick the colour simply for the name right? The packaging is nice with these too, a matt touch finish on the tube reflects the texture of the lip colour itself. One of the stand out features to this lip colour is the staying power, it really does last all day, that’s if you can resist licking your lips when they smell so good of coco/vanilla! Being a liquid lipstick it does come out quite a lot so be careful, a little does go a long way, I’d also recommend a lip liner to go with it to keep your edges nice and neat.

 

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Lastly in the haul is the MATTE Foundation SPF 15, mine is in the colour medium (C25) which to be honest I’m not sure if its 100% but not bad for a guess!  I’m new to a powder foundation as I’ve always gone for a liquid foundation thinking the coverage would be better however I’m pleasantly surprised with this powder foundation, especially topped on the Complexion Rescue it creates a flawless base. I’s also quite fun to put on! Tap tap tap into the lid then swirl it round with a powder brush, makeup should be fun so this is a winner to me.

Having oily skin as I mentioned earlier, this foundation helps to absorb excess oil and eliminate shine for a natural looking matte finish, unlike other liquid foundations I’ve tried that have left me shiny after just a few hours, and lets face it no one likes a shiny forehead!

Have you ventured out of your comfort zone into a new brand? Did you find a new hero product?

The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Liquid Peel Gel

So you say face peel and instantly everyone is terrified that such a chemical mixture will burn your face off! I must admit I did think this at first but I promise it’s nothing like that at all.

Then you hear that The Body Shop have one?! I was a little sceptical at first as they are known for their organic ingredients and fair trade sourcing, I was confused, how could they create an exfoliating face peel?

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Apparently they can using Edelweiss, Sea Holly and Criste Marine, yes I’ve no idea either. The liquid peel is part of The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ collection, a revolutionary gel-to-peel formula that apparently 88% of 109 women agree, peels off impurities and pollutants. The Drops of Youth™ range is aimed at targeting skin at the first signs of ageing, and includes 7 other products, such as the Drops of Youth™ Wonderblur™ which I wont lie has an amazing name!

Packaging wise for the Youth Liquid Peel, It’s exactly as I would’ve expected it, The Body Shop has always been an organic and animal friendly brand which has always attracted me to it in the past. The green bottle and simple black pump making product dispensing easy whilst in the shower or bath. The simple label with black text keeps things easily readable however what catches your eye first will be the shiny silver label, an unusual square with almost indented corners, different from a simple rectangle I suppose? Either way,  the metallic silver of the label definitely catches the light with the simple Body Shop logo and Drops of Youth™ shows instantly which range the product is in, this along with the green bottle makes for easy spotting in-store.

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After using this for a week now with the recommended dosage, that’s so not the right word for skincare! I mean I’ve used it 3 times this week as recommended on the back. At first it feels like a nice cooling gel that you can feel literally soothing the day off your skin. Though the more you rub it in it begins to crumble forming little bits on your face that I can only describe as the little bits left on a page when you use a rubber! Not exactly what I was expecting.

I can’t say is a nice experience to be honest and these little bits were quite hard to actually get off my face following the peel, especially around the corners of my chin. I had to use a further cleanser to attempt at removing them, not to mention a little off putting as they say that the bits that form are the dead skin cells from your face, which is a bit grim!

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However after a bit more of a vigorous scrub to get the dead skin off, my face did feel softer, smoother and refreshed, all be it in need of some moisture. All in all I’m not sure I would recommend this liquid peel though it is quite fun to test out the gel-to-peel formula it does come with a price tag of £18, so a bit much for just testing out.

Have you tried the Youth Liquid Peel? What did you think of the little bobbles?

 

Home spa with Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

We all love an at home pamper night, chilled out and stress free and lets face it an excuse for some ‘me time’. (and candles obviously)

After having my birthday a few weeks ago I received the lovely gift of a Liz Earle Limited Edition Grapefruit and Patchouli Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Yep a bit of a mouthful of a name but such a treat for your skin.

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First though, I had to take a moment for the packaging, the cleanser itself came in an aluminium tube, with the unique cleanser design neatly wrapped around it. The design on the tube and bottle have a delicate looking and lightly sketched lemon, grapefruit and floral pattern, which instantly gives you an idea of what the product inside will be like.

To give the product that Limited Edition ‘sparkle’ the Liz Earle logo along with the word ‘LIMITED EDITION’ feature on the tube in silver foiling, an expensive finishing method but totally worth it in my eyes. That little bit of shimmer catches the light and adds a certain luxury feel to the packaging.

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The cleanser itself is a rich creamy texture with a scent that instantly bursts through. The scent to me is that literal smell you think of when you think of a spa, the fresh zesty Grapefruit fragrance mixed with the woodyness of the Patchouli. Close your eyes and you could be in a 5* spa.

After using the cleanser a few times now it really does work, my skin feels clean and baby soft all thanks to the naturally active ingredients; coca butter with it’s rich moisture, along side the toning and soothing properties of rosemary and chamomile. I’ve found this cleanser also provides a great base for my makeup, well moisturised skin holds my makeup for longer and provides a clean base for foundation.

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This Hot Cloth Cleanser has always been a favourite of mine and with the new scents introduced its going to be hard to resist starting a collection!

The Rose and Lavender scented one is 100% next on my list, have you tried it already? What did you think?