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Sunday, 17 April 2016

The empties #3

There comes a time once in a while when it's time for me to put all the empty bottles Ive been saving in a bag underneath my bed in the recycle bin. So before I take that trip downstairs I thought I would show and comment about what I've used up. This will therefore also be a post about a girl who used to work at Liz Earle and has now used up most of her stash - sad times.

People sometimes forget that Liz Earle does more than skincare. The Liz Earle Botanical Shine conditioner for dry or damaged hair was an absolute treat; my hair felt more nourished and looked healthy and shiny. I loved how creamy the formula was. This is definitely going on my repurchase list.

I had a wonderful time using the Sarah Chapman Intense Hydrating Booster . I would put it up there with some of the best skincare I have ever used. It is a very light-weight serum which gave my skin so much hydration making it looked nourished and plumper. I would love to purchase this again but the price tag brings a tear to my eye...

You must know by now that the Oskia Renaissance Gel Cleanser is one of my all time favourite cleansers. I will soon be re-purchasing my fourth bottles.

The Herbal Essences Clearly naked Shampoo is the cheapest thing in this post at a whopping price of £2.50. My hairdresser recommended that I only buy clear shampoos as my hair was getting very greasy and 'flat.' This has been a little gem and Im now on my second bottle.

Do I need to say anything else about the Colab sheer and invisible dry shampoo (empties are the London and New York scents). If you're a brunette gal then you need to try these.

I have recently written a post about my favourite moisturisers, in which the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser has a big feature. Click here to read in detail about my love.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Limited Edition pink pepper and mint (no longer available)

I find the Lush The Comfortor shower gel so 'comforting' and uplifting. I really relied on this when i wasn't very well before Christmas. The smell is like a warming Riben/Vimto and it's pink and shimmery - amazing.

Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara is probably my favourite drug-store mascara. I love it, love it love. Again, I am now on my third tube of this.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof eye makeup remover - how many times have I raved about this? The best eye makeup remover ever.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Limited Edition Jasmine and osmanthus  (no longer available). I think this was my favourite of the limited edition scents. I really think Liz Earle should continue with some of their limited edition scents of the famous cleanser.

From now on I will always recommend the Liz Earle Orange Flower botanical body wash to anyone who suffers with dry/eczma prone skin. A lovely refreshing shower gel that contains no nasties and lots of vitamin E and essential oils to help nourish and moisturise the skin.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

March favourites

We all know I'm a loyal Liz Earle fan so when the new limited edition cleanse and polish came out I had to make a purchase. The new Cleanse and Polish Rose and Cedrat is a really relaxing scent that makes it the perfect Spring time cleanser. Still the same old wonderful cleanser with the refreshing new smell.

I have not stopped wearing the Nars Velvet Matte skin tint since I bought it at the beginning of the month. I have always wanted to try the original Nars Skin tint but after reading so many praises for this newbie I thought it was worth a try. Whilst I wouldn't describe my skin as oily I do suffer with a troubled t-zone, meaning a lot of powder throughout the day. This product however has completely solved these skin-issues. Whilst it's matte it still gives a very natural all over finish. I'm not sure if I would describe this as a 'skin tint' however, as it packs a lot of coverage.

Admittedly I bought the Clinique Pop Laquer lip colour in the shade Wink pop because I'll buy anything that Vivianna Does Makeup reviews and it was just so pretty. This is an odd one in the sense that it's a lipgloss with the colour of the lipstick and the power of a primer…?!

Now when the Rosie for Autograph makeup launched with that Lisa Eldridge video I was pen to paper writing our my wish list. I opted for the Rosie for Autogtaph Starstruck highlighter  - a creamy, stick highlighter which is perfect to contour on and blend into the skin. It's not too shimmery and lovely and creamy making it easy to apply.

The second purchase was the Rosie for Autograph makeup Lip glossy in the shade Super Model Smile. For me this is a 'my lips but better shade.' Again, weird in that it looks like a lipstick but comes out as a gloss. I really love this and have been wearing it most days.  The only bad thing is that it doesn't have too much staying power.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

My moisturiser journey


When it comes to the topic of skincare, moisturisers, in my opinion, is a boring chapter that people just want to skim read. It's that final stage in the routine that we just have to slap on. Then again, there are so many questions that go into consideration before purchase - Does it need to have SPF? Should I have one for am and pm? How much money should I spend? It's just a faffy topic that doesn't excite me as much as cleansers.
My skincare journey so far has encountered a variety of brands and I thought it was finally time to share my thoughts on the moisturisers.

1. Origins Make a Difference + was one of the first moisturisers on my journey. SPF, hydrating, and amti-angling. However, when I bought this moisturiser I was only 17 so I'm not sure if the sales adviser advised me correctly... Nevertheless, I found this a great skin protector at the time and I don't remember suffering from dryness, spots or redness. 

2. Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream is a great, simple moisturiser. It's light, moisturising and is a great base for makeup. Whilst some people may complain that it doesn't have an SPF this really is a moisturiser that ticks lots of skin care boxes. Moreover, as advised by Caroline Hirons, SPF shouldn't really come from skincare...

3. Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins stands out as one of my favourite skincare products of all time. If you want to see impressive results quickly then I would definitely recommend this one! Big statement - I know.  If I remember correctly then my skin was absolutely blooming blemish free, hydrated and plump. I definitely can't wait to buy this again.

4. Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream. This is my current moisturiser and so far I'm pretty pleased. It's definitely one for the winter months/dry skin gals due its thick consistency which makes it very hydrating. If you're Vegan then this is also one for you - Antipodes is a very earth friendly brand with 'natural' ingredients. I have been using this as both day and night moisturiser as it just gives so much hydration - it's also the best smelling of the bunch. 

4. Super Facialist by Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Peaceful Skin Night Cream this is a moisturiser that generated a 'meh' response from me. Perhaps I was not a target customer as I don't actually like the overwhelming smell of roses. However, it was very calming and very moisturising. But if budget was no option then the Origins night cream will always be my true night time love. 

5. Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser is an absolute favourite and classic. No nasties, just simple, great skincare. This moisturiser comes in three variations for different skin types and I have always used the normal/combination formula. I find it super hydrating, it helps against redness and absorbs well into the skin. I would definitely  recommend this for younger skin types. Again this does not contain SPFs as Liz Earle similarly believes that sun protection should be a separate step in the routine. Overall I think if I was going to recommend someone a great, value for money moisturiser then I would put forward this one. 

What are your favourite moisturisers? 

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