Tuesday, 30 April 2013

April Favourites

Time for monthly favourites and I have a few products that I have been reaching for without fail this month.

First up Cetaphil Gentle skin Cleanser. If like me your skin is prone to dryness and eczema this will be fantastic for you, it's not drying in the slightest and leaves my skin feeling really clean afterwards. It also does a pretty good job of removing eye makeup as well. It's lasting me absolutely ages so far and I've been using it twice daily through April. The consistency is very light and it lathers up nicely.

Wonder Oil. This was a bit of an influenced purchase as I'd read so many good reviews about it. But I'm so happy I purchased it! Firstly it smells so nice! I pop it on my skin before bed and go off into a happy dream land smelling like a lovely citrusy cocktail. I've used it as a bath oil also and it really is fantastic. I haven't tried it as a body oil yet as I'm still on a finishing up craze but I can imagine its really lovely. But on the face its amazing ...

Now I'm not sure which oil has been helping with this as this month I've been loving Superdrug's own blended tea tree oil which is what I normally use on my blemishes. I hadn't used it in a while and dug it out of my stash as I've been prone to break outs recently. Now the one major issue that I have is scarring. My blemishes scar for months on end and its so frustrating! But using these oils in conjunction with each other has really seemed to help those pesky scars to fade :)

The Body Shop Honey and Oat 3 in 1 scrub mask. I love this face mask so much :D it feels so luxurious on my skin. Applying a think layer of this before hopping in a nice hot bath and just letting it work it's magic has been one of my favourite things through out the month of April. It's brightens and keeps my skin looking lovely and smooth and super soft.

Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation in the colour 130 She'll. I love the formula, the shade is an amazing match for my skin and it last so so well through out the day. I have really enjoyed using this so far!

And finally Maybelline's Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Colour in 130 Rose Poudre. This has become an all time favourite nail colour of mine the coverage is remarkable even after one coat and I've found it to last really well on my nails. It's just a prefect dusky pink for spring time :)

What have you loved through April? I'd love to know xxx

Friday, 26 April 2013

Benefit - ultra plush lip gloss

Benefit have launched their new colour range, today I'm reviewing two of the ultra plush lip glosses. Retailing for £15 the glosses smell amazing :) and feel super soft on the lips. They're highly pigmented but apply to a more sheer consistency. They are not sticky at all, I hate sticky lip gloss!!!!

So the two glosses I have are A-lister a natural nude pink and Poutrageous! A coral pink tone!
Both apply easily, yet be careful not to over squeeze when applying as you'll get lipgloss overload.

As always the packaging is beautiful, very fun and girly perfect for spring. As well as the range of colours which will all be fantastic for the spring and summer time! :)

They have also relaunched their eye shadows and Creaseless creams their new line of lipsticks will hit stores in August :) I can't wait to see the different colours available.

Have you tried any of the new Benefit colour line? Would you like to? x x

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

First Pastels of the Month! :)

When it starts getting to this time of year I begin to re add colour back into my wardrobe which is normally made up of black, berry and cream colours through out the winter months.

Whilst browsing the shops the other day on my only trip of late I spotted the pastel mint jumper in Vera Moda £30, I don't actually own anything this colour which is odd as I find it so pretty. It's nice and slouchy, really soft and when turned over it has a rose gold zip up the centre of the back. I was sold immediately :)

Secondly this scarf ohmygod I am in love! It's quite bold for my usual taste but I just couldn't take my eyes off it! I love the detail and think its so girly and pretty :) costing £16.99 I'm vowing to wear it all through Spring!!

I can't wait for the sun to start shining properly, and wearing fun colours definitely lifts my mood!

Have you seen any pretty pastels recently?

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Lauren Conrad - Beauty

I haven't been shopping very much at all throughout April but on Sunday I popped out for a little mooch, although the shops were that busy I didn't last much longer than an hour.

One thing that I actually went with the intention of purchasing was Lauren Conrad's book Beauty. I think she always looks lovely! Her make up looks stunning and her liquid liner is perfect! :)

I spent the majority of Sunday afternoon reading through the book and I was literally fully engaged! I love the fact it's made up of tips and tricks about beauty related topics and then advice on dealing with general day to day struggles such as stress, diet and anxiety!

I think it's a fantastic book if anyone just wants to refresh their make up, skin care or hair care technique's or if you're just starting out in the big world of beauty it would be the perfect starter guide!

Has any one else read the book? :) any others to recommend for me? X

Friday, 12 April 2013

Empty products #1

I find it quite difficult to actually finish products! I'm terrible for just going out and buying more stuff when I have a ton back home sitting on my shelf. Through March and April I've been trying my hardest to fight temptation and actually use what I have instead of breaking my bank balance!

So here's some products I've finally managed to get to the bottom of ...

The Body Shop Moringa Shower Gel 750ml
This is one of the nicest shower gels I've ever used! It's soap free and with Moringa leaf extract and honey it leaves the skin silky soft! It has lasted me absolutely ages but I'm excited to try my Soap and Glory Sugar Crush shower gel which is next from my stash.

Ojon Restorative Pre-cleansing Treatment! 60ml
I picked the travel size bottle of this up to try when I visited Bicester Village as there is a CCO there and I'm so happy i did. You apply this treatment before you wash your hair, let it sink in for five minutes then wash your hair as normal. When you're finished you are left with hair that feels like you've just come out of the hair dressers!

Macadamia Deep Repair Mask 250ml
I can't say enough good things about this mask, I'm so sad it's all used up! I'd definitely repurchase it again. Although it's quite pricey I think it's around the £24 mark it last ages!! And does absolute wonders for my dry ends! Plus it smells friggin amazing!!!

Vaseline essential moisture lotion 400ml
This is cheap and cheerful and basically does the job! It's nice and lightweight, brilliant if you need a quick moisturiser in the morning that sinks in nice and fast! A little bit goes a long way and it smells nice too.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Toner 200ml and Optimizing Skin Serum 30ml
Ok! These are two products I get through on a very regular basis. They are staples in my skin care routine. It's killing me not to repurchase these but I'm being good and using up other products I have before buying these again. They are both fantastic and work brilliantly together. The only flaw is the prices. The toner costing £17 isn't too bad, however the serum costs £38 and as its only 30ml it doesn't last as long as I'd like it to. I'm so addicted to using these that I can't imagine not having them to reach for on a day to day basis. Having very dry skin and prone to eczema these beauties help to control my skin and keep it hydrated and looking bright all at the same time!! True holy grail!!

Let me know if you've done an empties post I'd love to take a look :) x x

Friday, 5 April 2013

March Favourites

I haven't ever really sat down and done a monthly favourites before so I thought March would be as good a month as any to start. So here we go ...

Dior Nude BB Cream - 02 I'm a sucker when it comes to BB creams but this one literally breaks the mould! I have tried so many and haven't found one that gives just the right amount of coverage without feeling sticky on the skin or too little coverage that I end up applying loads of products on top. Until now :) this stuff is blooming amazing! I'm so happy with it! It does have a high price tag being £30 but I swear its so worth it! A little bit goes such a long way and it evens the skin tone perfectly! It was actually the only thing that I found covered my blemishes whilst having a bad skin week previously, as it didn't make them look too dry or as if I'd used loads of product! New holy grail product for me!

E45 Moisturising Lotion - in the pump version! Ok I have really dry skin, and I do swear by the Body Shop Body Butters, but when I'm eczema flakes up I tend to go for fragrance free products. This moisturiser is pretty standard :) it feels nice on the skin. The scent disappears when applied and it really does a good job of keeping my skin feeling hydrated through out the day! I think it was about £4.99 But I have really loved using this through March.

Dainty Doll - Money Talks Blusher in Bronze I did a post featuring this blusher in my Dainty Doll haul but since then I have used this bronzing powder every day for contouring and I love it! It's the perfect shade on my pale skin and I got it for something ridiculous like £2.99 off Amazon! I really hope they're not discontinuing the range but I'd definitely advice everyone to check it out!

Benefit Fake Up - 02 Medium! I love Fake Up using it on myself and showing to all the lovely ladies that come to the counter! It gives great coverage under the eyes, keeping them hydrated for up to 6 hours with Vitamin E and Apple Seed it really does feel silky soft on application. It costs £18.50 so I'd recommended popping along to your local Benefit Counter if you fancy being matched up a colour to find the best one for you! I picked no.2 for myself as I found the lightest shade no.1 a bit to white toned.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream - Sample Size I know everyone and there mother has spoken about this product but it is fantastic. I'm speaking about it from a blemish perspective though. Recently I've had a few pesky spots that just haven't vanished leaving red marks behind and very uneven skin. The amazing 8 hour balm has done wonders in helping put moisture back into the skin and helping reduce this. It's just awesome for everything!

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Peel and Reveal Revitalizing Mask! I think this retails at £25 'This radiance - revealing facial mask combines vitamin rich Cabernet grapeseed extract with the refining powers of alpha and beta hydroxy acids. It's multi-benefit formula retexturizes and exfoliates as it minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines'
I'd pretty much agree with all of the above! I love this mask, not only does it smell fab it leaves my skin feeling so soft and even! Plus, as long s you let it dry completely! Peeling off the mask is the most satisfying thing ever!

Well I hope you enjoyed my first monthly favourites! :) I enjoyed rambling about some of my favourite things of the month! I'd love to read about some of yours so if you've done a favourites please leave me a link :)