Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Products for Dry Lips

I suffer pretty badly with dry, cracked lips throughout Winter/Spring to the point where they start to bleed (attractive) and I've tried an abundance of products to try and solve the problem. Some have been absolutely rubbish and made the problem even worse than it was previously, others have been great so I thought I'd share them with you all. (I'm nice like that, you see).

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Just the best product for dry lips ever, it really is my saviour when I'm having a really bad time with cracked lips. It has many uses but I mainly lather this on my lips before I go to bed to let it soak in and work it's hydrating magic. My lips always look noticeably better after I've used this for a good few days.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Mint Fresh
These are perfect to carry around in your handbag to keep your lips hydrated regularly. They do claim that they hydrate for up to 8 hours but I'm not sure I agree with that statement as I find I have to apply it a fair few times throughout the day. You can't really complain for £2.99 though, they're so handy and the flavours are lovely. The mint one that I own is really refreshing and I'd love to try Pink Punch as that has a hint of colour too.

Avène Cold Cream
The consistency of this product is similar to the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream it's a thick, rich cream rather than a balm. It's more like a lipgloss - I do find it a little bit sticky for my liking but it's so good for rehydrating your lips so I can forgive that. It contains sucralfate which is a skin repairing agent apparently and it really works for me.

Neal's Yard Bee Lovely Balm
This is a new edition to my collection and it's really impressed me (you all know I'm a bit addicted to Neal's Yard products at the minute). I haven't been disappointed by anything yet. It's main ingredients are cocoa butter and beeswax, so yummy. It's got quite a matte feel to it which I like because it's not sticky and soaks in quickly. Like the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, it has multiple uses and can be used on any dry skin patches.

Dr Paw Paw Tinted Ultimate Red Balm
I'm really late to the party when it comes to Dr Paw Paw. I'd seen lots of hype surrounding it but I was a bit sceptical that people were raving so much about a lip balm. I received this in a Love Me Beauty Box which I have reviewed here. I agree with the hype - it isn't life changing but it's a really good product and is so nourishing on the lips.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite products for dry lips?
 
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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Current Favourite Lip: Charlotte Tilbury Stoned Rose & MAC Whirl

It's always a risk shopping for beauty products online because you can never really see the true colours and shades in photographs. I had a bit of a moment recently when I ordered Charlotte Tilbury's Stoned Rose Lipstick, tried it on and thought "Oh no this is way too orange for me!" £23 wasted. Distraught.

However, I thought I'd do something out of the ordinary for me and use a bit of initiative, I had a little play around with some of my lip liners and lipsticks to see if I could mix it with another colour until I achieved a shade that I was happy with. MAC Whirl Lip Liner saved the day.
As you can see from the photo above, the shade isn't what I would describe as Rose at all - it's much more of a peachy/orangey colour. Peach based lipsticks just don't suit my skin tone at all - I'm more of a berry lip or barely there girl. I outlined my lips with MAC Whirl Lip Liner and then applied it all over as a base and after, added the Stoned Rose Lipstick on top. The muted lip liner shade really toned down the orangey colour in the lipstick to create a deeper Rose colour and I was really happy with the outcome. It's my go to lipstick look at the minute for day to day wear. A bit of DIY meant I hadn't actually wasted my money on something I wouldn't wear!


Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury's Stoned Rose Lipstick? What is your favourite shade?
 
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Sunday, 13 March 2016

New Skincare Favourites

I've recently mixed up my skincare routine and discovered a couple of little gems that are working really well for me. I've been struggling with my skin lately - it's had so many blemishes and I've had a lot of dry patches so I've been trying my best to stick to a routine and look after it a little bit more than normal.

Liz Earle Sweet Orange & Mint Hot Cloth Cleanser
I feel a bit mean reviewing the Sweet Orange and Mint Cleanser because it was a Limited Edition that I received for Christmas. It's out of stock on the website but it's too good to not share it with you. This products works just as well as the original, the only difference being the gorgeous Sweet Orange & Mint scent. I personally prefer a fragrance when it comes to cleansers but if that doesn't float your boat I'd just stick to the original. Keep your eyes peeled for the Limited Edition Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleansers, they're currently stocking a Rose & Cedrat one which sounds equally as lovely.

Sudocrem Skincare Cream
Sudocrem has been helping me hugely when it comes to controlling my angry blemishes. I pop this on my spots over night to allow it to work it's magic and by morning, my spots are visibly reduced. I made a bit of a mistake the other day though and applied a Sudocrem mask all over my face then woke up with the driest skin ever. From now on, I'll just be applying it directly to the affected areas to avoid stripping my skin of all it's natural oils!

Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser
I love this product so much - it's a cream cleanser and face mask in one. What more could you ask for?! I've been using it as a daily cleanser to remove my makeup. You only need a tiny bit for this, you massage in a thin layer and then remove with a muslin cloth and warm water. I've found that it has left my skin looking radiant and haven't experienced any breakouts. I've also been using it as a face mask once a week to target the dry areas on my face - you need to apply a thicker layer for this to allow it to rehydrate your skin.

Caudalie Radiance Serum
I'm usually a bit wary of serums because sometimes they can upset my oily skin and leave me looking like a sweaty mess (attractive). This one, however, is quite a matte formula which feels lovely and soft on my face and leaves me glowing! I've been applying this under my makeup which has really helped the appearance of my foundation while I've been suffering with these dry patches. I'd highly recommend this as part of your daily skincare routine.

Have you tried any of these products? What skincare products are you loving at the minute?
 
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Friday, 11 March 2016

Neal's Yard Remedies Skincare

Neal's Yard Remedies Review
Back in October, I featured on Emma's blog Glossy Boutique reviewing Neal's Yard Remedies Skincare. I love Neal's Yard so much that I've rapidly expanded the number of products I own so wanted to share my updated collection with you all. If you want to see my reviews of the White Tea Facial Mask, Vitamin E & Avocado Night Cream and the Honey & Orange Facial Scrub, hop over to Glossy Boutique to take a look here.

If you haven't tried Neal's Yard before, they're a cruelty free brand that use as many natural ingredients in their products as possible. Their gorgeous blue bottles are made from recycled materials and are also easily recyclable when you've used up all of your product. Everything about the brand is made in the UK too. Love a bit of environmental friendliness and supporting local businesses, don't you?!

White Tea Enriching Facial Mask £26.50
The face mask of dreams! Maybe slightly dramatic but it's my favourite product that I've tried so far. If you follow me on Twitter you know I'm a huge fan of Face Mask Sunday so it's a regular step in my pamper routine and I use it a lot. It's packed full of antioxidants and I find it so nourishing. My skin is definitely better off after using it regularly.

Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil £6.20
I pop a few drops of this in my bath to let it soak into my skin - I love the zesty scent of this and I also massage it into the really dry areas of my body likes my knees and elbows. My beautician was telling me you're supposed to add a carrier oil to it but I just use it on it's own (little rebel, me).

Rehydrating Rose Toner £16.00
I've been suffering a lot with bad skin recently and this toner has really helped to settle it. It's cooling, refreshing and the rose scent is just divine. I've been alternating between my Liz Earle and this and I really can't tell much of a difference between them. It doesn't give that usual tightening that you get with most toners, it's not harsh on the skin at all. The bottle lasts for ages too which is great.

Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil £20.00
This is a little bottle of luxury that brings the spa to your home. I do try to avoid facial oils as I worry that they will make my oily skin even oiler but I haven't had this problem with this product. I always apply it at night though so it has plenty of time to soak in. You don't need to apply much as the product is very rich, it leaves my skin glowing.

Organic Aromatherapy Room Spray  Calming £17.00
The actual fragrance is gorgeous - I spray it excessively in the centre of my room before I go to bed and a little bit on my pillow (they do advise not to spray it on fabric though!). I find it so relaxing and it lives up to it's 'calming' name. A little bit on the pricey side for a room spray and I'm not overly sure that I would repurchase purely on price.

I've recently had a facial with the Wild Rose Beauty Balm which is incredible so that's next on my Neal's Yard wish list.

You can find Neal's Yard Remedies here if you want to check them out!

Have you tried Neal's Yard Remedies before? What products are your favourite?
 
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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Chloé Love Story Eau De Parfum Review

Chloe Love Story Perfume
I've been really lazy with perfumes lately (I know you're all shocked to hear that I could possibly be lazy!). I usually have a rather large collection on my dressing table as I like to alternate my scents. However, I seemed to have let my collection dwindle and I've been sticking to my Jimmy Choo regularly. Debenhams have come to my rescue though and very kindly gifted me the Chloé Love Story Eau De Parfum*.

Firstly, the packaging. I feel like I really don't need to elaborate any more on that sentence but as it's a review, I probably should. I'm a bit in love with the cute padlock design, it looks so beautifully classy sat on my dressing table. The glass and gold combination is especially pleasing for us bloggers too!

When I first sprayed this I wasn't sure that it would be my kind of scent - my usual perfumes are really sweet and fruity and this is fresh, floral and sophisticated. However, when it settled I was really impressed and I've learnt that in future I need to give perfumes more of a chance before I decide they're not for me! It's the perfect perfume for Spring - subtle, mature and fresh.

The only minor negative I have about this perfume is that I found that the scent lost it's intensity pretty quickly. I did have to top it up a couple of times throughout the day but I do understand this could just be my skin and 'own scent'.

Overall, I love my first ever Chloé perfume - if it takes your fancy, you can purchase the Chloé Love Story from Debenhams here.

Have you tried the Chloé Love Story Perfume? Do you prefer fruity or floral scents?
 
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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Best Brow Products

Best Brow Products
Brows....where do I start with brows? They've always been the bane of my life - any dark haired person will know the struggle in maintaining thick, fast growing eyebrows. Up until the age of about 13, I was lucky enough to sport a beautiful, dark monobrow and I very much owned the au natural look. In the latter half of 2004 my brows were getting the life plucked out of them until I had approximately 3 strands of hair left above each eye. Got to love the noughties, eh?!

Fast forward swiftly to 2016 - needless to say, I am over the moon that thicker brows are now in fashion and that eyebrow grooming is very much a thing. Filling in eyebrows is an absolute life saver for me, especially for those days when you're in desperate need of a wax but you just haven't had time!

These are my favourite products to keep my unruly brows in check:

Sleek Makeup Brow Kit
I'm on my 2nd one of these brow kits so it's a testament to the product - I can be pretty fickle so if I buy something twice I really like it. It's such a handy little kit with a wax to keep your brows in place, a powder, 2 brushes, tweezers and a mirror. I love the wax/powder combinations as I find they work best for my brows. I get quite a few stray hairs that won't stay in place so the wax fixes that problem. The pigment is great too - even though I have dark hair I use the light shade.

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade
I was so excited to own this product but after trying it out (as you can see from the photo I've dipped the brush right in there) it's WAY too dark for my brows. I was impressed with the formula though, so easy to apply and really stayed put. I need to purchase one in the right colour but it's pretty expensive so might have to wait until pay day.

Benefit Gimme Brow
I'm a bit on the fence with Gimme Brow - while I like the whole combing the product through the eyebrow and it's a great colour match, you can't really get the same precision that you get with brow pencils or products you apply with a brush. I do use it often but I also find that it leaves my eyebrows a little crispy when it dries. It's nothing major and it wouldn't put me off buying it again but definitely worth noting.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz
My ultimate favourite brow product. This is hands down my most used brow pencil - I'll need to repurchase soon as I'm running low. The colour match is perfect for me and I love how thin the pencil is so you can really get that definition. It has a brush at one end too so you can give them a tidy up before you apply the product. I never need to top up with this either, it stays put all day. Total dream.

Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil
This is pretty much a dupe for the ABH Brow Wiz - it is the same concept with the brush/thin brow pencil combination. I much prefer the Brow Wiz brush though as this one is so small it didn't neaten my eyebrows up as well. You also need to build this a lot more to achieve the same intensity but there really is very little between them.

What are your favourite brow products? Do you struggle to maintain your brows too?
 
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