Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Deep Cream

Some brands I avoid like the plague, not because I've tried them and they don't work for me (Zelens) but because they're expensive and I'm worried they will work. This careful plan came crashing when a friend bought me a ticket for a Caroline Hirons event at Space NK in Kensington where she would be talking about the brand. The talk was great as was the goody bag and in it was a little pot of the C + Collagen Deep Cream. I tried it and now I'm hooked.
Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Deep Cream
Moisturisers. They're a tricky beast. How much actually goes in? Do they make any difference at all. A lot of the time they are a soothing barrier to the outside world, all well and good but not something you should spunk your skincare budget on (that would be the serum). This has weedled it's way into my affections not only for what it does but for what it doesn't do.

For me a morning moisturiser is far harder to get right than a night time one. If I turn tomato red in my bathroom at 10pm I don't mind. If I have a burning face at 8.45am, precisely the time I'm supposed to be leaving to take Ned to school, that is a bad start to the day. So I'm careful. I used to use my Medic8 C Tetra in the mornings to help post-nightime retinol usage but that's on it's last drops so I vary between the Superdrug Naturally Radiant moisturiser (yet to be reviewed on here) and my trusty Origins Make Difference + Cream which is especially lovely in this cold weather. No I sparingly put this on and love it and it was my most missed product during my week away in Birmingham (doing my Level 2 Award in Facial Skincare).
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing ButterThis was supposed to be a review of something else but I thought I wouldn't start 2018 on a bad review so instead I'm going to tell you about the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop. Ideally I wouldn't review any product with the word 'Sumptuous' in the title but needs must.

I received this as part of a goodie bag from a Body Shop event with Alessandra Steinherr about 7 months ago. I wouldn't have chosen it for myself, Camomile in any form (especially tea) does nothing for me and though I do love a balm cleanser, this sat unlooked at in my skincare stash for quite a while. In fact it was only when I had a post-baby sensitivity flair-up (again!) that I thought I would give this a go. And I'm glad I did.

I really like that it comes in a tin, slightly annoying to put the lid on if you've got the cleanser on your hands but yay for no plastic and doesn't take up a lot of room in your washbag if you are travelling. Not sure how well this would do if it got really hot though - could leak.
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Friday, 22 December 2017

2017 Favourites

Some of these were new this year, some were just new to me this year and some are old favourites that just haven't been beaten yet. I've marked the products that were released this year with a *

It's quite a long video but there was a lot to cram in. All products are listed below and any blog reviews are listed at the bottom.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year - see you in 2018!



Products:
Cowshed Grumpy Cow Shampoo
*Mane 'n Tail Conditioner
Amelia Moss Argan Oil
*Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
*Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Pads
Origins Make a Difference + Cream
Origins GinZing Eye Cream
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10%
Skin Owl Beauty Drops PM
*NARS Sun Wash Diffused Bronzer
Bourjois Smokey Stories in Over Rose
Hourglass Ambient Light Powder
*Rosie for Autograph Eye Shadow Sticks
*Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Younique Precision Lip Pencil in Popular
*Origins GinZing Tinted Moisturiser
Jao Brand LipJao
Eco Tools Brushes
Louise Young Eye Trio in Studio 54
Ilia Multistick
Ilia Illuminator
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner
*Pixi Correction Concentrate
Maybelline Great Lash Big
*Daniel Sandler Customisable Colour for Cheeks
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Rose Glow
Lord & Berry Kajal
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Bitch Perfect
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Dangerous

Reviews:
Cowshed Grumpy Cow Shampoo
*Mane 'n Tail Conditioner
Amelia Moss Argan Oil
*Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
*Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Pads
Origins Make a Difference + Cream
Origins GinZing Eye Cream
*The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10%
Skin Owl Beauty Drops PM
*NARS Sun Wash Diffused Bronzer
Bourjois Smokey Stories in Over Rose
Hourglass Ambient Light Powder
*Rosie for Autograph Eye Shadow Sticks
*Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Origins GinZing Tinted Moisturiser
Jao Brand LipJao
Eco Tools Brushes
Ilia Multistick
Ilia Illuminator
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner
*Pixi Correction Concentrate
*Daniel Sandler Customisable Colour for Cheeks
Lord & Berry Kajal


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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Blue Bowl leopard and zebra tree decorationsDue to life getting in the way I never did my intended teen post - there are some ideas for teens in the post below but also some ideas that you can either get online while there's time or on the high street. For women (and some men) if in doubt you can make up a goodie bag, for men you don't know well food and drink always goes down well.

Blue Bowl - last orders from this amazing present website are by 2pm on Thursday 21st. Need some stocking fillers? I simply love my leopard and though the zebra's are sadly sold out you can get these cool wild animal dispensers for the washi obsessive in your life (everyone has one of those). Tricky to buy for teens can have these pom pom hair ties or a pyramid pouch.
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Friday, 15 December 2017

How to use Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

This is one of the questions I'm asked most and I hope this video helps. I've put a link to my previous reviews of this powder below and you can see it in action in probably 90% of my videos. I'm using Diffused Light as it not only suits my skin colour but helps with redness which I have. There are five other colours all which do different things so you can find the perfect one for you. This is a very light powder which is why I love it and refines and flatters the appearance of the skin.

I hope this helps you understand how to use it - think of it as an incredibly light, flattering finisher to your make-up. It just pulls everything together. I've also listed the other make-up I'm wearing below in case you want to know!



Rimmel Eye Shadow in Bluffing
Lord & Berry Kajal
Maybelline Great Lash Big
Origins GinZing Tinted Moisturiser
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Chelsea
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops Explosif

You can see my full review of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder here

My review of the Lord & Berry Kajal is here



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