Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

There aren’t a lot of newbies added to the beauty bag recently which is a good sign as I’m loving the products I’m currently using. Nevertheless I do have two to show you.

These products are stand outs. One I was a bit skeptical about buying and the other was a gift from a friend. Both have turned out to be super impressive and I’m so glad they have been added to my current skin care routine. With these newbies  I continue to use Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask and am scraping every last drop out of it. Now there has been the odd night of not washing my face at all but even with that I feel like I’ve struck gold with the current combination of products. Continue reading

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Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

Moisturisers

I’ve been experimenting with moisturisers the past little while and I tell you, I fear I’ve been missing out! I thought I had worked out my skin care routine and was happy with how my skin was looking but it seems I’ve been doing things all wrong.

I tend not to pay too much attention to moisturisers mostly because I feel the skin care products I use provide me with enough moisture. I’ve been mistaken. Recently a friend gave me a sample of the new Vichy Slow Âge rangeActually she gave me two products to try; the cream moisturiser and the fluid moisturiser. I used both products and couldn’t tell the difference between them. But either way, I did notice a huge difference in my skin. Using the moisturisers day and night I felt my skin was much softer, my make-up seemed to apply better and overall my skin looked fresh and plump. All clichéd terms when it comes to skin care but I can’t think of a better way to describe it. Continue reading

June’s Beauty buys

June’s Beauty Bag

Skincare update

June's Beauty Bag

I’m going to get straight into it as this month the beauty bag is overflowing. Not too many makeup products to show you but loads of skincare and for one very good reason: My skin has been misbehaving of late so it was time to rethink things. I’ll warn you – this is a long one!

One of the problems over the past month or so is that I haven’t been washing my face properly (or at all) so I ditched the micealler water and decided if I’m going to wash my face I was going to do it properly, every step of the way. It will come as no surprise that I am a huge La Roche-Posay fan, especially the Effaclar range which works extremely well with my skin so I thought I would try La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel. After only two weeks of using it, I’m singing its praises. I can feel its benefits instantly when I wash my face with it and when I wake up in the morning I am no longer scared to look in the mirror as my skin is smooth, calm and not like a grease ball at all! I also repurchased the Effaclar Duo + in the same range and I’m kicking myself as to why I didn’t repurchase it sooner. Actually I know why: I had bought the Toleriane Fluid instead and thought I should use it before buying even more products. I use this now in the morning as my moisturiser as it doesn’t do enough for me overnight when I want my skin to reap the rewards of everything I layer on my face!

June's Beauty Bag

The other product I have tried now for I’d say two months solid is Indeed Lab Vitamin C24. I was going to repurchase The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Booster which I really like but after reading the ingredients I thought it was time to hit the real stuff. When I read reviews on the Indeed Lab Vitamin C24 there were a few off-putting things. The main one was the smell! Some people said they could smell meat or a metallic smell and they weren’t wrong! For me it smells very metallic and it’s not nice at all! It is too much for me to use morning and night so I use it in the evening and I’ve gotten used to the smell. Also it is so important to wear a high SPF with this which I do every day. There are so many claims to this, but one has stuck out for me. I can visibly notice my skin is smoother, plumper (even though I hate that term) and it has really made a difference on fine lines, I’m guessing due to the plumpness! This is going to stay in the beauty bag and with not even half the tube gone, I’d say I won’t have to think about repurchasing for a while yet.

June's Beauty Bag

The other trusted favourite that is back in the beauty bag is Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Serum. I’ve spoken about this loads of times so won’t bore you again because I still think it’s fantastic! I did try a few other Vichy products from the Idealia range that came with the purchase of the serum and unfortunately they were all too rich for my skin. I’d imagine if you had drier, less sensitive skin you would love them.

June's Beauty Bag

June's Beauty Bag

I know some people think this is probably all unnecessary but I don’t. I know how I feel when my skin is not at it’s best so the investment in these products and the time I take to look after my skin is important to me.

I’m going to leave you there and come back to show you some makeup goodies that made it to this month’s beauty bag. Until then, stay beautiful!

xo

 

 

April Beauty Buys

April’s Beauty Bag

(and skincare update)

 You’ve probably guessed by now that my interest in makeup and skincare is at an all time high. It  means my wardrobe is feeling a bit neglected and my beauty bag is getting bigger. Keeping with what some might call an obsession,  I’ve some new goodies to show you and also I wanted to give you an update on my skincare routine.

Skincare April 2015

Let’s start with skincare. I’ve been sticking to the same routine; cleansing water, cleanser, serum and moisturiser morning and night, and then twice a week, replace the serum and moisturiser with an exfoliant and mask. Before I go on, I have to say I have noticed even more of a difference in my skin since the last time I wrote about these products. I’m delighted to say I have really noticed that my skin tone has evened out. Even small scars I had from spots are noticeably less visible. I’m still unsure if they are less visible because they have faded or my skin tone is more even. Either way I don’t care. The products and routine I’m using are clearly working which means not only do I feel good about my skin but my makeup application is much better and I use far less foundation these days, so I am one happy gal.

One new product I added to my routine is the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. I’ve been using it for about a month and I have to say, I am in love with this product! This, paired with The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask (see here for my previous thoughts on this) and my skin is heavenly. Soft, smooth and hydrated. This is definitely a keeper.

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Another product I bought which I’m glad to say is staying in my beauty bag is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Custard. I was really struggling with concealer and almost dreading hitting the beauty counters but I’m glad I tried this one. Not one to hand over my cash willy-nilly,  I got the staff to put it on me so I could test it out for the day. The woman who put it on me said ‘you will never go back’ and she was right (to be honest I was thinking ‘yeah right’).  I find with other concealers I’ve used, they sit in my fine lines and highlight my dark circles instead of concealing them. Not an issue with this beauty and it does what it says on the tube.  Radiant and creamy is exactly how I  would describe it and the staying power is just incredible! I went for a shade that was close to my skin tone, not a shade lighter as I have done in the past as the  ‘radiance’ in the concealer is enough to brighten my eye area and the lighter shade just looked a bit odd. It’s a tad expensive but I use so little of it that it is going to last a good while and the fact that it works makes it worth every penny.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Another little treat I got was Maybelline’s Colour Drama Lipstick in shade Minimalist. The shade is a bit out there for me but I’m glad I bought it. The product itself is great, easy to apply and it lasts. Like I said, the shade for me is very pink but for summer it is a nice change from the peachy corals I would normally wear. I will probably go back for more shades in this range as I’m really impressed.

Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick

Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick

I feel like I’ve overloaded you with makeup and skincare goodies lately (some of you may not complain about that) but fret not as there is an #OOTW coming your way.

xo

The reviews are in

The good, the bad and the just ok

A few weeks ago you may have seen this picture 

Goodies

‘Something old, something new, nothing borrowed but something blue’

The title says it all really. A few of you have asked for a review of these products so here goes. 

Let’s start off with my something old, MAC Prolong Wear Foundation. This is a staple for me and has been for years. While I was using up every single drop of my last bottle, I thought I’d trial some new foundations, just for the fun of it. There were some nice ones but it’s hard not to come back to MAC. At the moment I have oily skin (T-zone) and feel a bit pasty with the lack of sunshine and this foundation works a treat. I like to match my foundation as close as possible to my skin and NC25 is as good as I can get. For me, this foundation is easy to blend, has good staying power and a little goes a long way. You can see why I always go back to it. 

Prolong Wear Foundation

Next up Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara (by the time this goes out it will have hit the shelves). I’m a huge fan of Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara so I was intrigued with their latest product. I’ve never really had an issue with curls when it comes to my lashes so I was more interested in the wand. I should say that I always curl my lashes, regardless of what mascara I use. Overall, it was a good product and I did like the wand, especially for my bottom lashes but when it comes to mascara, I’m looking for more thickness and volume so for the price this product isn’t for me. As with They’re Real mascara, you are going to either love or hate this product. 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

On to my new products. I’ll start with the samples given to me by the lovely staff at The Body Shop. First is the Vitamin C Microdermabrasion. I  actually had another exfoliant in mind but with a free sample how could I not give this a go first? When I think of exfoliants the first thing that comes to mind is harsh beads scraping against my skin but this product is far from that. It has a texture like fine sand and feels lovely on the skin. The citrus smell is nice and not overpowering and the product really does all the work for you, so a gentle massage is key here. There are a few claims to this product but the only one that I can honestly say works for me is that it leaves my skin smooth and soft. I think if you are into hardcore exfoliants this may not be for you. I’m still undecided if I will purchase this product but for now, I am enjoying using it.

The Body Shop samples

The Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Mask was the other sample I got. This mask is jelly-like in texture and you apply it like a moisturiser, perfect for me. I use this after I exfoliate and I have to say it is a winner! I’m really no good at trialing products properly as I want to use them all at once, but I feel this product does wonders for my skin. I don’t really know if my skin is ‘hydrated’ or not, or if it is the combination of the right skincare routine, but when I use this in the evening, my skin in the morning is so smooth and feels really fresh. 

Another new product, The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleasning Facial Wash. This is by far (besides the foundation) my favourite of the bunch. It has a gel-like texture but nothing too thick or sticky. I’m not one for perfumes but this has a pleasant scent and is subtle enough that I don’t really notice it. I usually take my makeup off with a cleansing water first and then go in for a cleanse with this facial wash. The product is so refreshing on the skin and once I’ve massaged it all over my face and neck I remove it with a wash cloth. This is aimed for oily skin and I have really noticed the difference. Definitely a keeper! 

The last of my skincare goodies is my something blue, Vichy Aqua Thermal Serum.  I had read some good reviews of this product and to be honest it was the cheaper of the two serums I wanted to try so I thought I would give it a go first. This is really a great product and I definitely feel its effects. My skin is noticeably smoother and it feels great! Unfortunately there is one downside. This product (to me) is so heavily perfumed I find it almost unbearable. For anyone who doesn’t mind a fragrance, I would highly recommend it but if you’re anything like me, a fragrance can be a deal breaker. I only get the scent on application so I am persisting with it because of how great it feels on my skin. At this stage I’m going to suck it up and stick with it for as long as my nose can bear. 

Something old something new, nothing borrowed but something blue

Because I’ve tried a few new products all at once it’s hard to tell if one product is working better than another. Since I’ve started using these products and refined my skincare routine (cleansing water,  cleanse, serum and moisturiser morning and night, and then once or twice a week, replace the serum and moisturiser with the exfoliant and mask), I have really noticed my skin has improved. It’s less oily, is smoother and clogged pores and fine lines have reduced. Lots of words get thrown around when talking of skincare; plumper, tighter, hydrating, younger looking skin, but for me, whether it has improved because it’s tighter, plumper or because it’s younger looking (really?), all I know is that my skin feels better which means I feel better.

After all, isn’t that the point?

So I think I have rambled on enough. You know I’m always happy to chat about makeup and skincare so if you want to see more of these posts let me know and if you want to see less of these, let me know too!

xo