Sunday, 7 September 2014

August Favourites

Boy does favourites time roll round quickly. With last months post scheduled so late (not that this one is particularly timely either), it's no wonder that it only seems like yesterday that I was typing out the deats of July's favourites. Not to worry though, as my 'spendy' ways have quickly led to another accumulation of much loved products to rave about in August's instalment of favourites.

It's a wonder this polish hasn't appeared somewhere on the blog sooner as I've had this bottle for almost a year now. Porchester square has the whole nude nails thing perfected - it translates on the nails as a grey/nude hue with a hint of lilac that is one of the most easy to wear shades that I own. It's been one of my favourites for a while but after dusting it off in august after a few months apart, i've fallen head over heels all over again. Formula wise, it's not bad either, easily applied and an average wear time, however, I am very interested to try the gel version some time soon.

I'm a bit of a germ-a-thobe, so it's no surprise that hand sanitiser is a daily must. The only problem is that my hands have a tendency to dry out ridiculously easily (thanks Dad for the dry skin gene), so the alcohol in most antibacterial gels can be a bit harsh on my skin with frequent use. The Lanolips cream is my newly discovered solution as not only does it kill 99.9% of germs, it also moisturises your hands pretty darn well. A skin and time saver in one. 

I raved about this here so of course it was going to end up in my favourites too. This is without a doubt my favourite cleanser and one I can see myself using for a long time to come. It's improved everything from the texture to the appearance of my skin and made daily cleansing just a little bit more luxurious.

On days when things are looking a little bit dark under the eyes (something that could probably be avoided by not staying up to the early hours binging on episode of One Tree Hill), this is what i've been using to made myself look more awake. Patted on under concealer it neutralises dark circles and discolouration for that extra bit of coverage. I've also found that on days where things a looking a little less 'zombie like', this works well alone for brightening up the eye area.

A shower oil that smells A-mazing and leaves skin feeling A-mazing, what's not to love? (perhaps the price but let's just ignore that for now!). Every time I treat myself to a blob of this, my skin always feels silky smooth and smells pretty good too. I've found that it also doubles up pretty well as a bath oil. I can't deny that it's pricey, but it's definitely a lovely treat that adds a bit of luxury to everyday bathing. 


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

I've been using (and loving) this cleanser for around the past three months so I have no idea how it hasn't made an appearance on the blog until now. From the very first wash, I knew this stuff was a winner. The (rather visually pleasing) peachy-pink coloured gel when massaged into skin and either rinsed or muslined off, leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. It's a lot lighter on the skin than a cleansing balm but it doesn't leave you face feeling tight and dried out either. I've been using this both morning and evening and my skin has never felt smoother. I've also noticed a huge difference to how my make-up applies - it's really helped to minimise any dry patches and leaves my skin with a healthy glow.

The ingredients list is pretty impressive - with vitamins A, C and E and Omega 6 to help replenish dry or ageing skin and Pumpkin Enzymes to deep clean pores and dissolve dead skin cells, it's no wonder this cleanser works so well. Oh, and I really can't forget to mention the chamomile and rose scent - subtle, yet extremely pleasant, it just adds to the whole experience. As much as I love make-up, I still prefer the feeling of freshly washed skin, there's something just so therapeutic about it!

At £28, the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel isn't the cheapest out there, but it's definitely not the priciest either. I've been using mine AM and PM for almost three months and there's still quite a bit left in there. For me, the skin benefits defiantly out-way the loss of pennies and as soon as I've squeezed out the last blob of pretty coloured gel, i'll be undoubtably picking another one up.

Monday, 25 August 2014

A Few Additions

After spending an awfully long time swooning over the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow's , I finally decided it was time to become and owner of one myself. I chose the shade Misty Rock, a shimmery pink toned taupe that looks gorgeous blended over the entire lid. The creamy texture and pigmentation is spot on and it doesn't fall short on longevity either - this stuffy pretty much lasts all day without fading or creasing. I've already started eyeing up the other shades...

I was in desperate need of a new shower gel (I was still squeezing out the dregs of my Lush Snow Fairy from Christmas), and though I didn't intend to buy something quite so luxurious, after giving the L'Occitane Hule de Douche Almond shower oil a sniff, the (worryingly) small amount of self restraint that I usually hold disappeared completely. This stuff smells delicious, like almost good enough to eat delicious. I have to admit though, it is a painfully large amount of money for a shower gel, but as a treat, it's perfect. I've been using it quite sparingly and have found it best to keep it hidden as I'm sure Richard has been stealing an occasional blob...

Obviously I don't need more nail polish but who can say no?! For just £3.99 each, the Barry M Gelly Nail Paints are amazing value for money, especially since there's usually some sort of offer floating around too. I picked up the shades Huckleberry (pastel blue) and Coconut (off-white/cream).

So that rounds off a few new additions, though watch this space because unfortunately for my bank balance, but fortunately for my ramblings, I'm sure there will be more shiny new things making an appearance soon. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

A Very Late July Favourites

I've had these photos sitting on my camera since the end of July. For some reason they haven't made it onto my computer until today. It's not that I haven't wanted to update my little corner of the internet with the beauty bumph i've been loving throughout July, and it's not even that I couldn't find the time to do it; it simply just didn't happen. The longer I left it, the harder it seemed. I realised this morning how silly (and lazy) I was being, so here we are, two weeks late, but you know what they say... better late than never...

I've already raved about this in a previous post (here) but I might as well reiterate how AH-mazing this stuff is. It removes heavy eye-makeup and waterproof mascara effortlessly. Yes, it's pricey, but so worth it on my books.

This one is pretty new on the market and I've just noticed it starting to pop up in my local Boots store. It's a cleansing conditioner that doubles up as both a shampoo and conditioner, but it's not like your usual 2-in-1. It cleanses hair from all of the nasty dirt and grease without completely stripping it from the natural oils that your hair and scalp needs to stay healthy. When I first used this I was worried that it wouldn't properly clean or moisturise my hair but it does both beautifully. When you first wash it out your hair feels quite rough at the ends but once dry it's a completely different story. It leaves my hair soft and silkily and after two months of use, my hair is looking healthier than it ever has. I do find that I occasionally need to use a proper shampoo to really get rid of any build up of oil, but for most of the week I use this. For someone who tends to wash their hair a lot more than they should, it's a life saver. 

Another product that i've already raved about (here). I've been using this to remove my make-up before properly cleansing and it does the job pretty well. I do find that it struggles with heavy eye-makeup but other than that I can't fault it.

L'Oreal's newest eyeshadow realise has impressed me in general, but this particular shade has been getting a lot of use lately. The texture is gorgeous and the colour is so versatile. During the day I like to smudge it into my lash line, and for a more smokey, night-time appropriate look its great blended all over the lid and into the crease.

Another Essie polish in my monthly favourites? What a surprise! This shade is part of their summer collection, and despite also having a lot of bright, summery colours on offer, I just couldn't resist buying the neutral pastel shade that looks like very other polish in my collection! It reminds me a lot of Essie's Fiji but a little more on the beige side. It particular looks gorgeous with sun kissed skin.

I'd been wanting to try one of these for a looong time and last month I eventually treated myself to the expensive but beautiful eye shadow. These are so easy to apply and blend effortlessly (I like to use my finger). The colour Misty Rock is a shimmery pink toned taupe shade that looks gorgeous blended over the entire lid. Despite being almost 'glittery', it is still subtle enough to wear during the day and lasts hours without fading or creasing. I've already started eyeing up more shades...

I'm a huge fan of L'Oreal mascaras and it's no secret around these parts that their Volume Million Lashes Mascara is my favourite mascara, ever. However, I think their newest release might be a rival for my old favourite. It adds a little bit more volume and length yet does so without ever looking too 'spidery'. I've also found that even in the hot weather that we've been experiencing lately that it doesn't smudge or flake at all though out the day. I'll definitely be repurchasing.  

So that's it for July - quite an eventful month in the beauty department. Hopefully my August favourites will be a little more on time...

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Bioderma Alternative - Eucerin Micellar Cleansing Fluid

Since the whole Bioderma epidemic calmed down, there has been copious amounts of brands creating their own version of a Micellar Cleansing Fluid. As much as I love the original, I'm a bit of a floozy and just can't resist the temptation of trying (and buying!) something new. I've tried a few other brands in the past, but none have left much of a lasting impression. However, after testing out Eucerin's Micellar Cleansing Fluid* over the past few weeks, I think i've finally found one that rivals Bioderma.

Just like the French offering, the Eucerin fluid* is colourless and odourless, making it perfect for dry and sensitive skin. As a multi-use product, it cleanses, tones and removes eye make-up, though I tend to use it as just the first step in my skincare routine. A few blobs of this on a cotton pad gently removes the majority of my make-up before using my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel to really get things squeaky clean (more on that later!). As the Eucerin fluid* is so gentle, it does struggle to remove eye make-up, but this hasn't really bothered me as I use the Clarins Instant Eye Make-up Remover beforehand which is pretty much guaranteed to prevent any sign of panda eyes. However, if you're looking for a quick 'one product does all', you might find this a bit of a problem. I think Bioderma does remove eye-makeup a bit better than this stuff, but I also find that it dries out my skin more than Eucerin... You win some, you loose some

I was lucky enough to be sent the Eucerin Micellar Cleansing fluid* for consideration but i'll happy buy a replacement once I've squeezed out the last drops. It's great as a quick way to remove base make-up or as the first step in a more thorough cleansing routine. 

What are your favourite micellar solutions?