Sunday, 13 July 2014

Estée Lauder Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Film Noir

Estée Lauder Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette, Film Noir


Estée Lauder Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Film Noir


Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara


Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara

The Estée Lauder Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette, Film Noir (£36) and their Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara (£23), were both purchases I picked up without really doing a lot of research into. The colours in the film noir eyeshadow palette are very me and I was in need of a new mascara which would stay put and not smudge.

The Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Film Noir is extremely pigmented and has very little fall out when using, unlike cheaper, drug store brands which I have used in the past. The quality of the eyeshadows are exceptional, but at £36, I wouldn't expect anything less! The five colours work and blend seamlessly with each other and don't require a lot of skill.

The Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara did not live up to it's expectations: the formula was not waterproof on my eyes; it smudged; left dark rings; and transferred onto my top lid! The tube also dried out within approximately six weeks of opening - not what you expect from Estée Lauder when paying a premium price. I am now on the hunt for an amazing waterproof mascara that stays put - please fire away with your recommendations! I have two weddings to attend over the summer, so need something that will last all day.

Laura xx

     

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask (£8.99) is designed to clean and clear your skin of dirt, oils and toxins, all of which can lead to breakouts. It contains Salicylic Acid which can help to reduce breakouts, alongside avocado oil and Acacia Honey. 

After reading so many fantastic reviews regarding the Super Facialist range and Una Brennan, I couldn't resist purchasing a few of her products to try out. Over the last year, I have been a huge fan of the Origins Clear Improvement mask, but at £23 a tube, it was time to try investing in a few cheaper products to put to the test. Skin type wise, I have normal/dry/dehydrated skin which is prone to breakouts and acne. I use these sorts of mask sparingly, once a week to help reduce any blemishes and to almost detoxify my skin.

The formulation of the clay mask from the Super Facialist range is different in comparison to the Origins mask, but it dries to a similar finish and I find I need to use around the same amount of product to cover my face and jaw. The smell of this is one thing I really can't get used to; it is very overpowering (I think it is the tea flower) and lingers for a while until the mask starts to dry. It doesn't bother me as such, but I prefer products that don't contain as much scent as this. 

After removing the mask, my skin feels fresh and purified, without it lacking any moisture (although a good dollop of face cream is always needed after a hot shower). Using once a week, especially concentrating on my jaw which is where most of my acne crops up, I do find it helps to reduce the redness of any blemishes and gives my skin a real deep down clean, as does the Origins Clear Improvement Mask. 

Comparing the two, they are very similar and for £14.01 cheaper, I think in the future, I will definitely opt for the Super Facialist option. I still have around 2 -3 tubes of the Origins mask left (opps, nothing like Boots Advantage Card events to draw me in!), but this will soon become a firm favourite which will always be at hand in my beauty cabinet! 

Laura xx

     

Thursday, 10 July 2014

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Nude and Smoky

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Nude and Smoky

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Nude and Smoky


L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in Nude and Smoky

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow (£5.49) come in so many gorgeous shades, and after reading so many positive reviews, I really couldn't wait to get my hands on them! 

The texture of these shadows from L'Oreal is just extraordinary. They are not a powder nor a cream, they feel like a combination of the two really, they have fantastic staying power and the colours are highly pigmented. I still need a primer when wearing these, as nothing ever seems to stay on my lids, but when swatching them on my hand, the colours stayed put in the shower and needed a good rub to remove.

Nude is just that, a nude cream with a golden shimmer running through. Smoky is a green, taupe type colour with a khaki, golden shimmer which subtly catches the light. Both of them work really well together and suit my pale skin and blue/grey eyes.

For the price of these Color Riche eyeshadows, I would definitely put them up there with high end products from the likes of Urban Decay and MAC. I will be picking up some more colours soon.


Laura xx

     

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer

Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer

Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer

Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer (£34.50) is designed to add moisture to combination, dry and dehydrated skin. It contains active ingredients such as Rose of Jericho plus a Lychee and Watermelon to help add hydration all day long.

Texture wise, Make A Difference is more of a gel moisturiser than a cream. It sinks into my skin very easily and doesn't leave a greasy residue which I find a lot of creams do which are aimed at dry and dehydrated skin. Makeup goes onto the top of it easily and doesn't cause it to slide, not even on my forehead which is more 'normal' than the rest of my face. 

In the winter, I use this cream day and night, but now the weather is getting warmer, I just use it in the evening as I find it too much combined with my serum and SPF. In winter, it really helps when my skin gets very dry and flakey and on another positive note, it doesn't break me out.

For £34.50, Make A Difference Plus + is a very expensive treat, but a little goes a long way and I have been using this cream on and off since around October last year. I possibly may purchase again, but currently, I am loving La Roche Posay which is doing wonders for my dehydrated skin and is easier on the pocket!

Laura xx

     

Sunday, 6 July 2014

June's Empties

June's Empties

Thoughts
The price of this is really high, but I absolutely love it. I spray it through wet hair and can instantly comb it. It detangles, nourishes my dry ends and doesn't make my hair heavy or greasy.

Would I repurchase?
Yes, I already have.

Thoughts
The scent of this is amazing and not too sickly or overpowering like other Batiste scents I've bought.

Would I repurchase?
Yes.

Thoughts
This was rubbish. I used it once and then the gas all evaporated. What a waste of money! I didn't like the scent either, it was very heavy and lingered in my hair too long.

Pro:voke Touch of Silver Dry Shampoo from £2.09
Thoughts
I think I prefer this to the Batiste dry shampoo as it doesn't feel as powdery in my scalp and brushes through my hair easier. I can't find it on the Boot website at the moment though which is strange.

Would I repurchase?
Yes, I already have around six spare bottles!

L'Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing & Flowing Shampoo for Dry Fine Hair £5.99
Thoughts
I've been using this for quite some time now and I really like it. During winter though, it's not nourishing enough for my dry hair, but now the warmer weather has arrived, I'll be using this more often again.

Would I repurchase?
I already have around another 3 bottles of this stashed away which I picked up on offer.


June's Empties

Thoughts
I love this stuff; it really helps to clear my pores and skin when I have a breakout.

Would I repurchase?
Already have three more tubes for when I run out!

Thoughts
Another firm favourite of mine which I adore. It works wonders for my skin and I've not noticed as many breakouts along my jaw whilst I've been using this.

Would I repurchase?
Yes, yes, yes. I already have!

Thoughts
With my £5 off No 7 voucher, this wasn't a bad little purchase. But it doesn't come close to my Clinique Take the Day Off for Lids & Lips.

Would I repurchase?
If I was on a strict budget and couldn't afford the lovely Clinique option, yes.

June's Empties

Thoughts
I use this as my morning cleanser as I hate getting my face and baby hairs around my face wet, especially as I have my showers in the evening. Since using it, I am pretty sure my skin and acne is so much better.

Would I repurchase?
Yes. I picked up another one when Escentuals had their 1/3rd off French Pharmacy.

Thoughts
This was a nice gel/cream type moisturiser. It added the much needed hydration to my skin and didn't break me out.

Would I repurchase?
Not sure. I think there are better, cheaper alternatives out there. Currently, I am love the La Roche Posay moisturisers for my dry, dehydrated skin.

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream
You can read my full review here.

June's Empties

Thoughts
This sits beautifully under my daytime moisturisers and adds some nice moisture to my skin. It contains the famous Hyaluronic Acid and personally, I feel it works better than other higher end serums.

Would I repurchase?
Yes, I already have and keep a few in my stash.

Botanics Facial Oil
Thoughts
This is the second bottle of this that I have used, but I am just not sure whether it really does anything for my skin. I much prefer to splash out and buy the gorgeous Clarin's Facial Oils.

Would I repurchase?
Probably not. I would say it's better suited to normal skin types.

Thoughts
I quite enjoy using this and it definitely feels like a luxury product! But whether it's actually done anything to my skin is beyond me. I haven't noticed any great difference in my skin or skin texture. I would say that possibly my acne scars have faded a little quicker when using the Advanced Night Repair, but this could be down to other factors too.

Would I repurchase?
I already have two bottles of the original, first version in my stash which I am using up. For the price, I can't say I would repurchase though and think I would prefer to buy something a little easier on the pocket, or something that showed visible results.


Laura xx

     

Saturday, 5 July 2014

My Current Life in Photos

My four weeks (or five that I ended up working) notice is now finished on my part time job, so I now just work five days a week, phew! Hopefully, there will be many more blog posts to come now, as the weekend is all mine.

Here are my last few weeks in photos. Sorry about the number of photos! I couldn't help but share all these snaps with you.

Nuxe Sun SPF 30 Delicious Cream for Face
Testing out a new Nuxe Sun SPF 30 Delicious Cream for Face

Escentual Haul

A naughty Escentual order with their French Pharmacy discounts

Face of the day
Face of the day for Instagram

Dessert

Amazing dessert at my friend's house

Makeover time
Grace and I after her mini make-over

Korean skin care Mizon Snail Recovery Cream
A Korean beauty buy from eBay and three samples

Little girl baby friend
A day out with my friend and her gorgeous daughter, Ezmae

Face of the day tom ford estee lauder smashbox
Another face of the day for Instagram

Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup
Testing out the new Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup

Milani Baked Blush Smashbox Nuxe
Some goodies arrived in the post and one of my most liked photos on Instagram!

Jo Malone candle and perfume cologne
Another delivery... Oppps!! The money from my new job is not staying in my pocket long.

charity bake sale
Bake sale at work for Charity.

charity bake sale

charity bake sale

Graduation Joules Adana Dress, Blue Stripe
Graduation from my Level 3 Extended Diploma and my gorgeous trophy that I won!!

Graduation Nottingham Trent University Student Award

Blogging photos blogging mess
Blogging time & taking photos - a sneaky peak at what is up and coming

interior design, design ideas, desk, pin board, ikea shelves
My little blogging corner!

Bioderma
Some more goodies - I won these this time ;-)

Makeup storage lipstick storage
Makeup storage - Lipsticks

Makeup storage
Makeup storage - Things I use on a daily/weekly basis

L'Oreal Lipgloss and eyeshadow
Another new purchase, oppps!!

Laura xx