Monday, 29 September 2014

Bedside Beauty ♥

Snuggling up in fresh sheets with pampered skin is the most comforting feeling. If only I could have fresh sheets every time I got into bed! Pampered skin is more achievable! On my bedside table I have an old Glossybox that I collect all my evening skincare in. There is some bits in there that I forget about... I can't be the only one that has skincare kicking around that doesn't work for me? I'm slowing passing it onto friends and family though! 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Micro-Exfoliant Astringent Lotion
(£12, Escentual)
Basically a fancy name for a toner! I've been using this for ages, originally along with the famous Effaclar Duo. As well as being a toner it is a microexfoliant - not a physical one, a chemical one. Sounds scary, but it really does work and isn't harsh at all. I sweep this over my skin (not around my eyes!) with a cotton pad after cleansing. Expensive(ish), but lasts for ages!

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment*
(£11.70*, Look Fantastic)
Another product I've been using for a long time and sadly coming to the end of. This contains Salicylic Acid, Cucumber and Tea Tree among other ingredients to help calm down the skin. For me its one of those products that you don't quite realise what it does until you stop using it. I stopped using it for a few weeks over the summer and my skin got gradually worse, I started using it again and my skin improved to where it is at the moment. I wouldn't recommend this if you have sensitive skin - my husband does and he didn't get on with this!

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream*
(£25.50* for 15ml, ASOS)
I've never really been one to use eyecream, I never really saw the need. But I've decided to add one into my routine, they always say prevention is better than a cure! I'll be honest with you I haven't really noticed this one doing much, however I've only been using it for a couple of weeks so I'll hold off on making too much of a judgement! This is aimed at being brightening and fading dark circles - perhaps I should be using this in the morning not the evening!

Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Day Cream*
(£9.49*, Holland & Barrett)
I've not kept it a secret how much I love Dr Organics Coconut Night Cream - it's super hydrating and of course natural and organic. Since finishing it up recently (sad face!) I've moved onto the Moroccan Argan Oil Day Cream - it's super heavy for the daytime though so I'm using it at night! It's very rich and nourishing with a beautiful earthy scent to it. It does make my sin feel a little weird, perhaps a little too fragranced for me - I'll be going back to the Coconut one when this is done!

Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast Lipbalm
(£1.75, Superdrug)
The best smelling lipbalm in the whole world! It smells just like the Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (mouthful) which is a lot more expensive and much harder to get hold of! The texture's not waxy or too greasy so the perfect thing to top up my lips moisture overnight. It's nothing super hydrating so I'll probably move onto something different come Winter! 

Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream
(£5.50, Boots)
Maybe a weird inclusion, but you gotta look after your feet! Soap & Glory do body products so well they (generally) smell good, work well and come in at a reasonable place. Although with my recent pact with myself to transfer to natural body/skin products I may have to say goodbye! This foot cream kinda reminds me of toothpaste, it's mint green! The scent is subtle and fresh with a menthol hint and beautifully hydrating and softening. 

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Review + Swatches: ELF HD Mattifying Cream Foundation

HD? Mattifying? Sounds good doesn't it! But you can't judge a book by its cover! That's what us bloggers are here for, to try the products and report back on whether they're actually worth buying. Saving you the hassle, money and potential embarrassment - I can't be the only one whos had a mascara that's smudged all under my eyes or a foundation that has turned orange by lunchtime! 

As always I've included a summary at the end :)

The Basics
If there's one thing you need to know about this foundation, it's that it claims a lot! Lightweight, cream-to-powder, natural looking and longlasting, phew! Being a cream foundation it comes in a compact. This one is black, with a reasonably sized mirror and a hidey hole underneath for a sponge (I've never used it, not gonna lie!). I have this in 'Porcelain', but there's 6 shades available. 'Almond' looks like it could be great for contouring. Each one contains 9.5g of product and is available from ELF's Website for £7.95 each. 

What Did I Think?
I'm going to say it first, no beating around the bush. I don't really agree with any of the claims this makes! Well it is kinda cream-to-powder, but it still sweats a ridiculous amount in the pan. My husband actually commented on how disgusting it was in the pan and why I would want to put it on my face! Once first applied it isn't too bad - you'll want to set with powder though as it's rather dewy! I don't find that it lasts long on my (not super oily) skin though. It breaks down to look cakey and oily after a few hours. Although the colour says Porcelain, it is a little more yellow toned than I'd like - I've experienced a lot worse though in all honesty!

The Good - Looks nice & dewy when first applied.

The Not so Good - Cakey, not matte, looks really oily after a few hours.

Price & Availability - £7.95, ELF's Website

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

TwistedSista Giveaway! 3 Sets to Win!

What better way to share my love for all you beautiful people that read my blog than with a Giveaway! Today we're talking haircare and there will be not 1... not 2... but 3 winners! Each winning 3 products - 30 Second Curl Spray, Hot Curls Perfector & Leave-In Conditioner (Detangler). If I do say so myself they smell delicious. All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter Widget below - good luck everyone!

The Giveaway is open to the UK only and you need to be 18 or over as the winner will have to supply me with an address for postage! The winners will be notified through the email address given, announced on Twitter and published on the Rafflecopter widget. As always the winners will be picked randomly - full T&C's in the widget below :) 

Good luck everyone!
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Friday, 26 September 2014

Photograph Diary - Escaping in Nature.

Spending time in nature is the ultimate relaxing treatment. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of 'real life' can feel serene. Living in a city it's easy to get caught up in the rush, but I like to take the time to enjoy the natural world as much as I can. Last weekend I was visiting family down in Devon and this was the perfect opportunity to take some snaps with my new camera! Yes I got a new camera! After lusting after a 'proper camera' for about 7 years (no word of a lie!) I finally indulged and bought myself the much talked about Canon 600D - I am not disappointed! 

I'm no expert on garden flowers, but this white and purple number is a real spectacle.

Life on the forest floor.

Just chilling!

No birds to be seen!

A beautiful late summers day in the garden

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