Saturday, 29 June 2013

Simple Kind To Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask

Keeping skin clear and pores unclogged can be a challenge, which products are right for us? Those that are good for others may not be right for all of us, because all skin is different in some way. Sensitive skin can be both a blessing and a curse; finding products that are good for sensitive skin can be difficult and can sometimes be quite expensive.

The Simple mask is £3.99 at Boots and is resealable so it can be used multiple times, which, compared to masks that come in individual use sachets yet contain enough for two uses, is so helpful. Face masks often say on the back 'best results when used twice a week' and yet they are in individual sachets so we often don't use them as advised. I am not against getting fancy face masks that smell gorgeous for pampering every so often, in fact I love that! But getting a face mask that works well during the week is what I wanted. I wanted a quick pick me up for my face, to unclog pores and leave my skin feeling fresher. This is exactly what you get: a face mask that is advised to leave on for around 3 minutes and use up to twice a week. You can apply it one evening whilst organising for the next day etc and then remove it three minutes later with amazing results, what more could you want?

The only problem I have is knowing how much to use; I have said the disadvantages of single use sachets, but you do know how much (roughly half in my case) to use, but with this it doesn't say how much to apply, so I tend to use a smaller amount so it covers my face evenly, but a rough guide to how many applications in one tube would be great. But, I have used this three times already and I still have a lot left to use. My face feels happier and my skin feels fresher, ready for the rest of the week!

What are your favourite face masks?

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Weekly Fabulous Blog... Lets Drive Far Away

I have to be honest and say I am writing a few too many of these posts and scheduling them, because once you try to decide which blog to write about you can get too carried away and want to choose so many!

So this week I have chosen Lets Drive Far Away by Poppy. This blog is a mix of high street and high end beauty products. I love that you can scroll through her posts and find a variety of different price ranges and products with amazing full reviews.

I personally don't want to buy a product unless I know roughly what it will look like once I open it, (yet I will not open one of the products in store as I would hate it if someone did that to something I would eventually buy). With the reviews on Poppy's blog there are so many swatches showing you what the colour is, the consistency or how it applies that you know what you will be getting should you get the product! Look at the amazing Clarins Lip Perfecter swatches... I am going to have to save up and have a big spree!

The reviews are of lots of different products, ranging from nail polishes to face powder to magazine freebies! You can tell she really takes time to select which products she wants to review and tell you about.

Go have to look at her blog and there will no doubt be so many things you will be adding to your wish list! Oh, and I have to say ... How cute is her puppy!?!? So adorable!

Monday, 24 June 2013

June Wish List

This month I have been wanting so many things, but I have tried to reduce it to just 6!

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.00)has had such good reviews I really want to see if it can stop my eyeshadow creasing, as it is so annoying when you take the time to apply eyeshadow just as you want it, then a few hours later you look in the mirror and end up wiping the creases away and realising you have been walking around like that! Rant over, I think this may have to be purchased this month, as it looks so promising! 

I was looking though the MAC lipsticks when I found MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in New Temptation (£14.50). It seems like such a great colour and as much as I love lipsticks, having something with an extra shine to it sounds so perfect! I really want to have this in my makeup bag, it is a daytime and evening out type of lipstick, so I can justify the price tag right?

With the Sun occasionally coming out now I really am worried about my pores, as they aren't always the best and with getting shiny in the Sun too, I really need a product that can combat this. I found Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed (£11.00) when I was doing a spot of online window shopping (if thats even possible) and thought it sounded perfect. It can be used as a face scrub or as a face mask to clear pores. The reviews are so positive as well, I think this seems like the perfect solution for all seasons!

You will probably have read about how much I love my foundation and I only really added this to my wish list because I want to say again how much I adore my foundation and it is running out and so I really need to repurchase Clinique Superbalanced Foundation (£21.50) soon! Also compared to many foundations that I have read reviews for the price seems very reasonable and I think it lasts quite a while, but, enough of me trying to convince you how great it is (if you want you can read that in my review - HERE).

I am a big fan of Clinique products and I love the chubby sticks that I have and thought that maybe adding to my collection of 5 before trying another of their products wasn't the best (just yet) so when I saw Clinique Jumbo Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Guava Good I really wanted to try it. The review online wasn't the best, yet the only problem seemed to be the amount of product in the tube, which I think they have updated to include more since the review. Yet, I still want to try it, as the colour ranges are fab and its a lipgloss yet not a lip stain, but is applied like one, I just think it sounds like such a great product.

Finally, I have read so many reviews about Bioderma products and they are all so positive that I really wanted to try them! This product is for sensitive skin too, so I really want to give it a try and see how good it really is!

What have you found this month that you really love?

Friday, 21 June 2013

Clinique 3 Step routine

I have been wanting to write about the Clinique 3 Step routine for a while now, as it is such a great range and I am positive most of you will have either used it or considered it at some stage or another. So I wanted to write about how fabulous it actually is!

We all have our own way of keeping our skin free of blemishes and I don't know about you but its not that often that I find something that actually works better than I had hoped. I will be totally honest with you and say I was suffering from sporadic blemishes on my skin that were getting so annoying to cover up I wanted a product I could really trust to get rid of this problem. This was years ago and since then I have never looked back!

I bought this product initially using the Clarifying Lotion 2 but changed up to the 3 when I bought my second bottle, but mainly because when I bought it the first time the Clinique sales woman said she didn't know if someone my age should start on the 3 first! I think the fact that she was taking such an interest in ensuring my skin would adapt well and not react is such a good example of the whole range: it genuinely cares about your personal skin! You can mix and match the three steps to ensure your skin is best catered for; you can buy different types of soap: bar or liquid depending on your preference!

As I said, when I bought this I spoke to the sales woman who I have to say wasn't pushy at all and was merely trying to help, she didn't try and sell me anything else, just suggested should I decide to buy anything in the future, which out of the Clinique range were best for my skin type. I was told however that my skin has an 8 week cycle and that I shouldn't expect immediate results, that if my skin may take up to 8 weeks to correct itself and let the Clinique work is magic (well, its actually clever science)! I started using the product twice a day as recommended and I have to say my skin started to improve noticeably, as normally I would get a few noticeable blemishes a few times a month (my skin was annoying that way), but they didn't appear! I still got the odd "hmm, that may need a bit of concealer" days, but infrequently and not as bad as they used to be! Now I am still using the 3 Steps and I hardly have to use concealer at all, my skin is (if I say so myself and not to jinx it) practically blemish free most days! I would definitely recommend this routine to anyone who wants to improve their skin.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Weekly Fabulous Blog... Beauty Banter

I have decided to come up with a (hopefully) weekly post where I will share with you one of my favourite blogs. There are so many out there and I keep finding new ones, so I thought a weekly post would be one of the best ways to share with you some of the amazing blogs on the internet! I know I will most likely hate myself each week for forcing myself to choose just one blog a week, but I will try! 

I have to admit it is difficult to know where to start with this, as how do you choose just one blog a week? And which blog should go first? 

There is one blog I have been loving so much recently... Beauty Banter Blog. I love beauty products and I have so many I can't count them all, but ask me how to create looks from magazines, looks from celebs or just a look I really want to try out and I will tell you how terribly wrong it went and how worried I am about trying a new look right before I go out. However, after finding Maddy's blog I have read through lots of her step-by-step tutorials on how to re-create her look, and  I feel so much more confident! She makes it seem so simple, yet the outcome looks perfect! Just have a look at her most recent tutorial Easy Grunge Makeup and I am sure you will find yourself reading through so many more! It isn't just makeup advice you will find on her blog; want to know how to inject volume into your hair? Want style tips? Look no further! I have to say, regarding the style tips, I read 10 Ways To Wear a Denim Vest and lets just say I now have a pair of cut off polka dot trousers on their way to me due to one of her pictures (and that wasn't even the main focus of the post!)!

I also think that replying to comments on a blog is such a great way to let readers know that you take the time to read their comments and Maddy responds to as many as she can, which I have to say is a great touch to a blog!

If you check out her blog (which I would definitely recommend) you will find the tutorials along with reviews of products, nail product reviews, style tips and hair advice! 

Monday, 17 June 2013

OPI - Need Sunglasses?

I know the Sun has decided to leave us at the moment and the rain is once again gracing our summer, but I don't think that is any reason not to at least pretend its warm and sunny outside by wearing such a bright nail polish. Thats why, at the moment, I have one of my brightest nail polishes on and it is cheering me up during these 'meh' type days!

In the picture I have two coats of the polish on, as this how I normally apply my nail varnish, however, as you can see it is not totally opaque, which I don't always like, so from time to time I will apply three (possibly four) coats. However, I think you will agree with my when I say it is clearly bright and glossy with just two coats. The first layer of polish is no way near enough, so if you're in a hurry to run out of the front door, grab OPI The Thrill of Brazil (Red, but always has been, always will be my favourite), as with yellow I think it is difficult to get an even application and a decent coverage with just one coat without it being all gloopy for hours after.

The finish after two coats however, is even and although you may wish to apply three coats, it is not compulsory and the colour on your nails will be the colour in the bottle. You know how I love my OPI polishes and this one is just the same! I love it and would recommend it as a fabulous summer colour (British sunshine optional).

Have you any tips on other bright nail polishes I should be adding to my ever growing wish list?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

My make-up bag at the moment

I should start by saying this is a sort of minimalist makeup bag, as some of my normal makeup is yet to be brought home from uni, which is terrible I know. But I  did manage to bring home what I class as the essentials, so I thought I would share them with you, as how many times has travel etc caused us to downsize our normal makeup?

Since we have finally seen a little bit of sunshine I am starting to wear a bit less make-up, as I don't think the fully made up face looks the same when the sun is causing it to go all oily and shiny. 

Clinique Superbalanced foundation has been in my makeup bag for years. That isn't to say I haven't bought other foundations, tried other brands, I just think this is the best foundation I have ever tried. It never feels heavy on my skin and is just so easy to apply! I know at the moment I am being terrible and applying with sponges which I am not a big fan of; I just don't like the finish it leaves and for some reason they seem to take me more time and use more foundation. So I am in desperate need of a new foundation brush, but I am still looking, as there are so many good reviews on so many blogs, I haven't settled on one yet; but I will ben buying one very soon.

I currently use Seventeen products to hide blemishes I can get on my skin that aren't totally hidden by foundation. I use the Even Tone and Hide Away Concealer Cream. I think they work so well together, first applying the even tone sparingly and then concealer or foundation ever so slightly on top. Alternatively I will blend even tone with either the concealer before applying to the blemish. I know this sounds obvious, but the mix of the two and using only a small amount is so much better than shovelling it on.

I would say the most important thing to me has to be the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, as my skin is combination skin and I can get the occasional shiny patch when I use other products, but this is such a good product I can get home in the evening and my skin won't look shiny at all!

I apply the powder with a Barbra Daly powder brush, which although bought from a supermarket I think is actually a really great brush which gives an even finish all over the face.

The mirror is normally for when I'm out and about, I got it as a Christmas present and I really love it. It's a cute little Cath Kidston mirror that is so easy to have in your handbag or makeup bag.

I said I don't apply as much make-up in the summer, which to me mainly means I stick to just mascara during the day. I normally use Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara, as apart from the occasional clump it has always created greta long lashes that don't look too made up. As I have a thing about mascara; I prefer it when it looks very natural; I don't like it when more than one of two coats are applied, I think it just looks too tacky and I would rather go without mascara than look like I have three clumped together lashes! Any way, mini rant over and moving on.

If I am going anywhere in the evening, or out for a meal and not your normal daytime runs, then I use Rimmel Soft Khol black eyeliner. The liner is so soft it doesn't drag on the eyelid, making it so easy to apply and if you make any mistakes it is so easy to remove (bonus for me when I'm in a rush).

When it comes to my eyebrows I am again not into the bold look; I love it on other people, but I just don't think it looks very sophisticated on myself. So, I use Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil, which is easy to apply and if blended, which I use the little brush for, can give a very natural finish, just adding to and filling in your natural eyebrows, without looking drawn on.

Finally I use two products on my lips, The Body Shop Coconut Lip Butter and Lush It Started With A Kiss Lip Tint. I use the lip butter first, as it makes sure that when I apply the lip tint it isn't too dark (I tend to omit the lip butter when I want a more dramatic look) and also gives moisture to my lips throughout the day. The lip tint lasts for quite a while, even more so without the lip butter, but I love the coconut smell too much not to apply it! Although the apple smell of the Lush is equally amazing!

I hope you liked reading this post, as I love these posts on other blogs and would love to keep writing things like this! I would love to know what you have in your makeup bags, so I can take inspiration and go on a shopping spree to add to and improve my daily makeup routine!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint - Satsuma and Maybelline Colour Show Polka Dot - Chalk Dust

Third picture: Top images in daylight, bottom images in artificial light. 

I have read so many different reviews on the Barry M gelly nail paint range that I just had to go out and buy a few for myself, I bought three in total and plan to review them all, but I thought I would go with Satsuma first, as with all the sun we are seeming to have at the moment, it seemed fitting.

Firstly I have to say how easy it is to apply, it takes two coats (I would say base coat optional and skip the top coat, as the glossy finish is the main reason to buy the gelly range) to get a full coverage and a very vibrant orange - I have to apologise for the poor quality of the picture at the top, as the orange doesn't seem as vibrant as it is in real life; but I just couldn't seem to get a better shot. The colour is such a bright orange; not neon, but definitely brighter than many I have tried before! The glossy finish is great; not exactly as gel like as I was originally expecting, but it was definitely a great finish which doesn't fade as I sort of expected it to go a bit dull.

You may have read my review of the Maybelline Colour Show Polka Dot Chalk Dust polish and know just how much I love it and I did say I would be pairing it with other colours to see how well it works out; so here is colour number one; orange! I have to say I was very happy with the outcome of this, as it did feel like a quality manicure and for such a cheap price; with Barry M paint at £3.99 and Maybelline Colour Show Polka Dot at £2.99, much cheaper than any mani I have ever had and it was so simple! Two coats of Barry M, one to two coats of Chalk Dust and a top coat to stop from chipping and you're finished with a different style of manicure than the normal one colour or having to spend any time or concentration on nail art.

I am impressed with both products and would definitely recommend Satsuma as a summery colour to add to your collection.

Friday, 7 June 2013

OPI- The Thrill of Brazil

We all have our favourite nail polishes that we just can't live without (maybe a slight over exaggeration, but you all know what I mean); for me this is OPI The Thrill of Brazil. I have had this for about two years and I am in desperate need of another bottle, so I am currently trying to ration it until I re-purchase.

I was originally searching for a great red nail polish, as I wanted one that stood out, yet wasn't too bright and summery, but wasn't too deep so that it was edging towards the maroon/mahogany look, but wasn't an orange/coral colour. So, obviously I wasn't being too narrow minded what-so-ever! I also wanted a colour that would last, as if I found the perfect colour I would want to wear it for a few days before reapplying. So I think you will all understand that when I found the polish that satisfied all these, that I was so chuffed with myself I wore it all the time, so the fact that it has lasted so long just goes to show how great The Thrill of Brazil is!

The colour stands out and goes with more or less everything! It goes well with my fair skin tone and suits my nails whether they are long or short, square or round! It is just fabulous! It is so easy to apply, as one coat is a bit thin, but two coats is all you need, no applying three coats to get the maximum effect, as two is plenty.

I know this isn't a very long review, but I think you understand by now how much I love this product. Also, the fact that I bought it two years ago and it is still available to buy now is amazing, as there are many times you fall in love with a seasonal, special edition, certain range product that you just can't buy easily again and are heart broken, well this isn't the case here, you can still buy this OPI The Thrill of Brazil polish!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Maybelline Colour Show - Polka Dot, Chalk Dust

Product: Maybelline Colour Show Polka Dot nail polish in Chalk Dust
Price: £2.99 (Superdrug and Boots)

I have seen so many great reviews for the new Maybelline Colour Show range and I knew I had to try them, so when I saw this polish I thought it was so fabulous I couldn't just walk past. I love a new nail polish as much as the next girl, but I do try and buy a shade that I haven't already got similar to, I'm not a big fan of buying 'dupes' just for the sake of it; by budget isn't that vast since I am a student. However, this polish is quite different to anything I have ever had; I've had glitters to apply on top of other colours or on their own; multiple shades of glitters if I'm being honest with you (I'm blaming you OPI for bring out your Muppets range). 

Polka Dot Chalk Dust consists of a clear polish with a mixture of small and large black and white confetti pieces. When applying the polish you may want to ensure that it is evenly distributed, as on occasion I ended up with more clumps at the end of my nail than anywhere else, but this is to be expected and can be easily resolved. I was also impressed with the drying time, as normally I can sit there for ages waiting for glitter products to dry, as I have had to apply so much! But this seemed to dry reasonably well; I wouldn't go gardening within an hour of applying; but then again if I've freshly painted my nails, chances are I wouldn't anyway!

I have to say how versatile this polish is, as not only can you apply it on its own (in the picture above), but with, in my opinion, any colour; with dark colours the white stands out and with pale colours the black stands out! You can't lose! (Posts with Polka Dot Chalk Dust and other polishes soon).

I did wonder how many layers to apply with this polish, as in the picture above the left shows less polish and the right clearly shows more (in the main picture at the top they are the two centre nails (wrong way around)). I am thinking maybe a reasonable coverage, such as somewhere between the two; but maybe on top of another colour less maybe the best way to go; what do you think? And have you got any polishes which go with absolutely everything?

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Still studying...

I thought I would post a quick update because I feel really bad having started a blog and then I never seem to post! It is all my own fault, I should have waited until after my last exam, but I kept reading other blogs and getting really jealous that I didn't have a blog to share my views on!

I have my last exam on Monday, so I will be posting way more frequently after Monday! I have some great nail polishes I have used and some great products I have been trying out in revision breaks that I want to share with you. So watch this space...

Emily xx
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