Thursday, 29 March 2012
My top 3 high-end creams for dry skin
£17.50 for 50ml
This smells really grown up - definite hints of rose and bergamot. It feels like a light lotion but is as nourishing and moisturising as those heavy, sticky night creams that work well but feel horrible on the skin. If my skin is playing up and I can't quite tell how it's gonna behave overnight I'll use this before bed... whether I'm dry, oily, starting to breakout or just, well, normal, this always works well and wont aggravate any unpleasantness I have going on
Clinique Moisture Surge
£30 for 50ml
This is an odd product because it's an extremely light gel that's easily absorbed so you wouldn't think it'd do a great job when it comes to adding moisture to the skin but it works a treat! The texture is like nothing else I've ever tried; it's ridiculously light and leaves the skin looking matte and feeling smooth. Which makes it great as a day or night cream as makeup can be applied pretty much straight away but it's still hydrating and comforting enough to use as a night cream. Almost good enough to make me say I like Clinique. Almost
L'Occitane Ultra Moisturizing fluid
£22.50 for 50ml
The perfect moisturiser for summer, this has SPF 20, smells heavenly thanks to the shea butter and doesn't take an age to sink into the skin. This is my third or forth bottle so you can imagine how disappointed I was when I called into my local L'Occitane shop the other day and found out that they no longer stock it. Thankfully it's still available online so I'll have to stock up. This is one of the first moisturising face creams I tried that didn't make my skin breakout so I've loved it ever since
Monday, 26 March 2012
Non-pore-emphasising cream blush
Which got me thinking that if I'm going for a very (pretend) natural look then a cream blush seems more apt than a powder as it tends to look more, well, natural...
The only problem I have with cream and liquid blushes is that they have a propensity to make my pores look massive! I'd say on a scale of 1-10 (1 being pin-prick-sized and 10 being crater-sized) my pores are a perfectly acceptable 3. Unless I'm wearing certain blushes in which case they're a definite 17. Hey it's my scale, they can so be a 17!
This is precisely why it took months of wondering about the Dream Touch blushes before I actually splurged my hard-earned cash on one. It turned out to be a great buy because these are creamy, smooth, pigmented and a breeze to blend. And, you guessed it! The cream seems to float in a nice layer right over my skin so my pores don't look all gross and obvious
There are only 4 shades available which kinda sucks but I've found that the apricot and berry ones suit me just fine, they are buildable if you happen to want a more intense colour but a teensy dab blended with a simple makeup look is so natural you'd swear you weren't wearing blush at all
Saturday, 24 March 2012
The best foundation I've ever tried
But if we put that to the side for a minute the list of positive things I have to say about this is very long indeed
♥ Range of shades is awesome and I even managed to find out for my incredibly pale skin
♥ Bottle is nice and comes with a pump applicator
♥ Texture is smooth, thin and blends easily
♥ Gives good coverage and doesn't cake
♥ Manages to look like glowing skin without being shiny, greasy or sparkly
♥ Extremely light so I don’t end up feeling like I'm wearing a mask
♥ Sets nicely and it’s gives the perfect finish; matte but not so much that it's powdery or make-upy
♥ A little goes a long way so it'll last ages
♥ Hides my pores. There are way to many foundations out there that do a great job of emphasising them
♥ Lasts ages. Not 24 hours of course, but still an impressively long 10 hours or so
♥ Can be applied using a brush, sponge or fingers and always looks great
The only other downside is the price. At £27 is an indulgence but I don't mind cos it actually works. So money well spent I say!
Right, it's heading towards the wee hours on a Saturday night so I have to head out to some awesome party and then... oh no, I'm thinking of someone elses life. I'm going to watch QVC and will be asleep by 1am. But I might have a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit first so don't go saying I don't know how to live it up on the weekend :)
Friday, 23 March 2012
Concealer palette - under eyes, blemishes and dark circles
I've just started watching season 7 of 24 and it's awesome! I watched The Lost Boys the other day it was really odd seeing Kiefer Sutherland not shoot anyone for a whole 90 minutes.
But yes, back to makeup...
I have to mention a brand that I discovered a few months ago. It's called Catrice and although I hadn't heard of it til recently I've now stumbled across it dozens of times online. Always the way, eh?
The first 3 squares are all variations shades of beige which will come in handy when I get a little colour on my face over the summer and need slightly darker toned concealers! These are designed to cover blemishes so work well around my chin and jaw line, which hasn't been blemish free for what seems like decades :( Honestly I don't envy men at all - I hate the thought of not being able to use a little dab of something or other to hide all manner of imperfections!
The next square is pink and has been created to conceal dark circles. I absolutely love pink/salmon tones for my under eye area cos I don't get dark circles often but when I do they are a proper bluish purple colour and the pink really helps hide them
Finally we have the green square which is for concealing redness. As I general rule I hate these concealers. I've always found that they end up all green and weird looking and have no colour corrective ability whatsoever. This one, however, works an absolute treat. The trick is not to apply to much; a nice thin sheer application is enough to hide my red cheeks and any angry looking red spots
What has impressed me most about these concealers is the texture, they are incredibly creamy and manage to cover well without looking all dry and cakey.
Warning! If you're a fan of really high coverage products like Bobbi Brown cream concealer or Estee Lauders Maximum coverage concealer then this is definitely not for you! (sometimes I need the high coverage options) The coverage is translucent and not for fans of opaque products ♥
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Crap Glossy Box stuff thats just crap :(
I wanted to do a little post of this months Glossy Box cos I wasn't particularly impressed by any of the products I received. It's not that I'm really fussy or anything (except that I am) but I seem to have received a lot of duds over the last few months. I'm 26. Why do they keep sending my anti-ageing stuff?!
Of course I enjoy the surprise element of the whole Glossy Box thing but sometimes I wish I could select the products before they send them. You know, like from a website or something where they keep a list of the available items. Hmmm, that sounds suspiciously like regular old internet shopping. Just ignore me. You can wait til after you've read this of course...
Clarins Extra-Firming Body Cream 30ml
This is my least favourite product, mostly because I really dislike the brand. I can't think of a single Clarins product that's impressed me and this is as meh as the rest of their stuff. It looks, smells and feels ok but I have enough totally average products in my collection so wouldn't dream of paying full price for this
YSL Forever Youth Liberator
I feel I can't really give an accurate opinion on this because I don't have wrinkles yet. I'm happy to use nice hydrating lotions and potions in the hope that they keeps wrinkles at bay but these kinda serums can be waay to stimulating on my spot-prone skin so I find it best to avoid them. Cute packaging, loving the teensy pipette applicator cos it makes me feel all sciency
Burberry Lip Mist in Copper
If I saw this at a beauty counter I wouldn't even bother swatching it as it looks like a horrible, unflattering brick-orange shade. Now that I've tried it I'd still avoid it. The shade isn't nearly as offensive as it looks in the tube but it's still too brown toned for my skin. The texture feels nice but I'd never wear this
Narciso Rodriguez For Her
This smells like old woman to me. I know scent is really individual but this is one of those heavy, cloying, floral smells that reminds me of sitting next to old ladies on public transport. I don't have anything against old ladies you understand, I'd just prefer not to wear the same perfume as them
Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture bath and shower gel
The second ingredient listed is sodium laureth sulfate. I think we're all doing our best to try to avoid these kind of cheap foaming agents because it means we aren't left feeling all dry and tight after a shower. With a price tag of £18 for 300ml I'll definitely be sticking to The Body Shop or L'Occitane for my shower gels. Oh and this doesn't even smell very nice, which is one of my non-negotiable requirements for washy scrubby shower goodies
Did you fare any better with your Glossy Box? Or are any of the products things you already love? ♥
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
My top 3 drugstore creams for dry skin
Hello all :) Hope you're having a nice week so far and have been able to make the most of this awesome Spring weather. I left the house the other day without an umbrella or a coat. It seems Winter is finally behind us. Hurrah!!
Unfortunately it's still cold enough to keep my skin feeling all crinkly and dry so I've been sticking to ridiculously rich lotions and potions to keep it as moist and soft as possible
Every year I end up buying and trying loads of new products but I have a few firm favourites that I always resort to when I just need something quick and reliable and these are my top 3 from the drugstore. My skin is prone to breakouts so I'm always after something rich and moisturising that wont block my pores or over-stimulate my skin and these little beauties never fail... Nivea Soft moisturising cream for face, body and hands
£6.02 for 300ml
Leaves my skin feeling like silk from the minute this is applied
If you could smell softness it would smell like this
Eucerin replenishing face cream 5% UREA
£10.79 for 50ml
Until I discovered this cream a few years back I always assumed that moisturing meant thick and sticky. This is feather light and never fails to get rid of even the most stubborn dry patches within a day or two
Vitamin E moisturising day cream from Superdrug
£2.99 for 100ml
Lovely texture that is easily absorbed so I don't have to spend ages waiting for this to soak in before applying makeup
Smells like summer in a jar
Sunday, 4 March 2012
My favourite February goodies
I’ve been pretty lazy with my makeup over the last month or so and I think I wore everything pictured below about 90% of the time. They’re fantastically reliable goodies that require little effort and are subtle enough to be worn with pretty much every outfit. And when I’ve only had 3 hours sleep I generally want makeup that I can essentially throw at my face, rub around a bit and bam!… that’s me set for the day! :)
Products pcitured :
Estee Lauder Idealist even skin illuminator
Bourjois Noir & Blanc eye pencil
Accessorize lip gloss in Magical
Accessorize lip gloss in Starlet
Mally Face Defender blush in Pink Perfection
Lancome Color Fever lipstick shade 308
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation in Intensity 2.0
Best magazine freebies in March
With Glamour - Percy & Reed Totally TLC Hydrating Hair Mask
I love how they've both given hydrating products; I think most of us are feeling the effects of the central heating and freezing cold weather on our hair and skin so these are perfect for this time of year! ♥