Wednesday, 3 September 2014

La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche Moisturising Cream

La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche Moisturising Cream

La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche Moisturising Cream

La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche Moisturising Cream

La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche Moisturising Cream (£12 from Escentual, currently on offer for £10.20) is one of my new holy grail products. I honestly do not know where I would be without it - it has done wonders for my dry and dehydrated, acne prone skin. I also suffer from redness around my mouth and nose which looks terrible, especially in the colder months. I have to be so careful what I use on my skin as a lot of skincare products break me out.

Hydreane Riche contains hydrolipids which enable water to penetrate through your skin and it also contains Thermal Spa Water to help moisturise and soothe sensitive skin. La Roche-Posay say that this cream is suitable for people with dry to very dry skin and that it leaves no greasy residue which I can certainly vouch for. I can easily apply my makeup straight on top of this, although if your skin is more normal or a slight bit oily, I think you would find this too much. (They do however, sell a light version for normal to combination skin). After finishing off my first tube, the first thing I did was log back onto the Escentual's website to buy another two tubes! 

The cream itself is quite thick and doesn't particularly smell of much - just the clean, fresh, La Roche-Posay smell. The 40ml tube, using day and night last around 4 - 6 weeks depending on how dry my skin is. I think this is probably about average as before this, I used a separate day and night cream which would last around 10 weeks. My only little niggle is that because the cream is so thick and rich, it is hard to get the last bits out of the tube. This results in me cutting off the end of the tube and transferring the leftovers into a clean pot - I would love it in a pump bottle!

Having tried and used expensive creams such as Clinique and Origins in the past (£30+ a tub), I can honestly say I much prefer a £12 tube of Hydreane Riche Cream. I have noticed so much more hydration and less dryness in my skin since using the product, even after applying the cream first thing in the morning, my skin still feels nourished in the evening. I also haven't noticed any additional breakouts whilst using this or skin irritation/redness.

Absolutely, 100%  recommend this to anyone with dry to very dry skin. Do not waste your money on expensive £30+ creams that claim to hydrate your skin when you just need a tube of La Roche-Posay Hydreane Riche.

Laura xx

     

Monday, 1 September 2014

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Miami Forever and LA Exclusive

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Miami Forever and LA Exclusive

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Miami Forever and LA Exclusive

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Miami Forever and LA Exclusive

I had to jump on the blogging bandwagon with the likes of the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain (£7.99 from Boots) and opted for Miami Forever and LA Exclusive. Apologies for those of you that are sick of seeing these pop up on blogs! Revlon Moisture Stains are a hydrating stain for the lips packed with vitamin E and aloe. They're designed to leave your lips hydrated and initially looking glossy, however, as the gloss wears off, you're left with a gorgeous stain.

Miami Forever is a bright orange with a little hint of coral running through. On my lips it is quite bright, but not overpowering as the glossiness makes it look more like a lipgloss than a lipstick or stain.

LA Exclusive is one I could get away with wearing on a daily basis. It's a baby pink but looks fairly natural and very glossy on my lips.

Staying wise, I was really impressed; even with the longevity of the shine. I love that they leave an initial glossy effect as a lot of stains dry straight down to a matte finish. Even though they are glossy, they still stain my lips well and stay put all day which I've found hasn't happened with other stains. I can also vouch for the moisturising properties too as I suffer from extremely dry lips and these do not make my lips dry and/or flakey. Fantastic results, Revlon!

I would definitely buy more of these Colorstay Stains, although I currently have wayyyyy too many lip products and do not need anymore! Also, with me starting uni in a few weeks, it'll probably be back to my trusty lip balm rather than experimenting with lip colours everyday!

Laura xx

     

Monday, 25 August 2014

East Bridgford Hill Wedding - 9th August

On Saturday 9th August, my lovely friend and her fiance, Philip, tied the knot and got married at East Bridgford Hill in Nottinghamshire. I have been absent for a few weeks (months!) now, but I promise I will be back. For now, I wanted to share some photo with you of the big day.

Life has really taken me away over the summer, every weekend has been filled with days out, weekends away, great food, lots of wine and good company and during the week, I've been temping Monday - Friday 9am till 5pm. Because of this, my blog has taken a back burner.

However, good news is on the horizon! I finish work and have three weeks off before I move to Leeds and start my foundation degree. So hopefully, after this, I will have more time on my hands at weekends, especially now the days appear to be getting shorter and the weather miserable.

Three of my lovely friends and me on the end in my lovely maxi dress from H&M.

Giant Jenga! 

Me playing Giant Jenga...

.... Although I wasn't too good at it!

My friend's gorgeous niece. Super cuteness!

Sweet and savory scones during the afternoon.

The welcoming black board.

The bunting that I made for the wedding. This was just a small proportion of it,

More bunting!

Me and my wine (of course!)

Favours on the table.

Yummy!!

The happy bride.

A bit of a blurry bride and new husband. At this point, I think I had had a little too much wine...

The bride and her cute niece.

And lastly, the bride up on stage with the band helping them with the singing!!

Laura xx

     

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Origins Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Pads

Origins Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Pads

Origins Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Pads

As an adult, I still suffer from the odd spot and at certain times, my cystic acne still breaks out along my jaw. I have read and heard amazing things about these Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Pads and the Origins consultant I spoke to could not recommend them enough. After trying the Origins Super Spot Remover for blemishes which I love, I thought these would also be a great addition to my regime.

Origins Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Pads (£24) help to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores and fight blemishes. They contain Salicylic Acid, alongside Clove and Oregano which are all said to reduce blemishes and unclog pores.

After using these for sometime now, I can't really say I have notice a lot of difference with my skin. They remind me a little bit of those dreaded Clearasil pads that I used to use on my face when I was a teenager, and I do worry that these strip and dry my skin out a little bit too much. To treat the odd spot alongside my cystic acne, I do not really feel that these are the best product for me. The Blemish Treatment Pads, I feel, would be better suited to people who suffer from mild spots around the whole face, as it is hard to target a specific area (i.e. my jaw) without wanting to wipe them everywhere, resulting in drying out my skin. 

For the time being, I will continue using my Super Spot Remover and Duac Gel which I get on prescription from the doctors. If my skin however gets worse in the future, or if I breakout elsewhere, I will definitely give them another shot.

Laura xx

     

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