Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Review || Indeed Labs Hydraluron Serum

I've mentioned quite a few times now on here that my skin is dry and dehydrated so I won't go on about that for too long and bore you however I will tell you about one of my current favourite skincare products. I really needed something to inject some hydration into my skin (not literally though!) so I looked around for some thing that would really pack a punch. Enter Hydraluron.

This serum from Indeed Labs contains hyaluronic acid which can hold up to 1000 times it's weight in water, pretty impressive really, increasing the hydration levels of you skin. This seems like the perfect product for dehydrated skin or for someone who wants to make their skin look more plump, healthy and glowing.

Each time I use it I use about a pea-sized amount for my whole face and neck and generally this is enough. However since it absorbs really quickly into my skin there isn't a lot of blending time so you have to act fast. I don't really like the texture on my skin after it has been absorbed, its not something I can describe, it's just a little weird, but once I have applied my moisturiser it goes away, so it is really a very minor part I dislike.

In terms of the actual hydrating factor of it I really think it has helped my skin. The first time I used it I woke up in the morning with really glowing skin, which I haven't had before and my skin felt really smooth and full of hydration. After using it every night for a week I realized that I could probably just use it every other night, which has been working really well for me.

The only major downside for it is the price. It is relatively cheap compared to a lot of serums but at £24.99 it isn't cheap.  I think if you don't mind spending that much money on a serum it is definitely worth picking up.

Have you tried this product before?

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Monday, 8 September 2014

NOTD: Essie Stylenomics

Essie Stylenomics
Essie Stylenomics
I have wanted a dark green nail polish for about two years now and every one I have found has had a bit of a metallic look to them, which I didn't want. I had almost given up my search until I came across this one from Essie, Stylenomics. This is exactly what I was looking for, a solid, non-metallic dark green, it basically ticked all of the boxes.

This is a really good Autumn/Winter shade and is also a great time saver in terms of nail painting goes as it is a one coat job, only two is you apply the first coat very lightly. Even with one coat it is very dark, almost a black green and in some lights it is definitely green, others it is more black.

Have you tried this colour before?

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Eye Makeup Remover Round-up

In terms of finding a decent eye makeup remover, it isn't exactly easy. They all claim to remove even waterproof mascara when in reality you will be left with pretty much the same amount of makeup on your eye as you started with. So I thought I would put together a little round-up of some of the eye makeup removers that I have been using recently.

If you don't wear heavy or waterproof makeup...this one from the Waitrose Pure range will be perfect for you. I have never come across this range before so I got it on a bit of a whim and I was pleasantly surprised. It is very gentle on the eye and doesn't sting and removes light or non waterproof makeup really well. Since it is fragrance free and natural it is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin and it is only £1.99 for 200ml of product, bargain!

If you want one that can remove your whole face of makeup...The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is the on to go for. This is probably the most luxurious one of the lot since you have to gently massage it into your skin so it can break down your makeup and it feels very nourishing on the skin and not drying at all. Since it is oil based it can remove waterproof makeup but it doesn't leave an oily film on the skin once rinsed off with water.

If you need something to remove waterproof makeup...The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover is the way to go. I first heard of this one through a review on Lily Pebbles' Blog. She compared it to the Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover, which is one I had my eye on getting but the £18 price tag put me off whereas The Body Shop one is only £8 which is much more reasonable. It is one of those products that is a bi-phase formula which are typically really good for waterproof mascara removal because of the oil in it and this one if no different. 

Have you got any other recommendations for eye makeup removers? 

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Topshop Wishlist || Autumn/Winter Edition

Topshop is up there with one of my favourite shops and the vast majority of my wardrobe is Topshop. There is no reason other than the fact that their clothes are amazing and relatively affordable, oh and they are pretty good quality. So in celebration of the fact that I no longer have to wear school uniform and that the weather is becoming more wintery I thought it would only be right to do a Topshop Wishlist, Autumn/Winter Edition.

Starting from the top left-hand corner going clockwise.

Topshop are well known for their amazing selection of different colours and styles of jeans. I have a few pairs of the Leigh jeans and I want to add a few Jamie ones to my collection. I chose a black pair, a dark green pair and a blue pair because I think they are quite easy to wear colours. I like the rips in the knees, it adds a bit of an edge to any outfit and they are high waisted, which is something I am missing form my wardrobe.

Believe it or not I have never tried a Topshop lipstick. They are much loved in the beauty community so I feel like I need to jump on the bandwagon here. The one pictured is Ohh La La but I would have to swatch it in store to see which one I would pick. If you have any suggestions then please leave them in the comments below.

I have chosen a watch to feature in this wishlist because I am in desperate need of one. I have a few but they are more casual and I would like one that is a little more smart and one that would go with everything. This Olivia Burton Big Dial Watch caught my eye because it is quite big but elegant looking and it is black and gold, perfect. Might have to add this to my Christmas List.

In an attempt to inject a bit of colour into my winter wardrobe I added this dark green Sleeveless Seam Detail Flippy Dress. Okay it isn't exactly a bright colour but it is better than navy blue, black, white and grey right?

I love basic t-shirts worn with jeans. It is easy to wear and comfy and is pretty much my everyday uniform. This Frill Sleeve Tee looks super comfy and a little different to the typical basic tee. Although there is only a size 16 available on the website I might be lucky in store and find it and I feel it would fit right in with all of my monochrome clothes!

OK this Mono Patterned Cardigan might be a little out of my comfort zone but it looked good on the model and I think this could make my normal boring monochrome wardrobe more of an interesting monochrome wardrobe.

This next item I blame on Amelia Liana because of this Instagram picture and oh my gosh it was love at first sight. I love heeled ankle boots but the gold detailing on these makes them even more dreamy. These MINE Leather Buckled Ankle Boots might have to make their way into my shoe collection pretty soon!

I feel this Big Felt Floppy Hat is very Made In Chelsea, the cast always seem to wear these type of hats in the colder months. I don't really wear hats because I'm not a major hat person but maybe if I had one like this I could be converted, who knows *shrugs shoulders*.

Oh how I love a good Topshop jumper. The majority of my jumpers are from Topshop with a few River Island ones thrown in for good measure. This Rib Grunge Jumper looks so warm and cosy, perfect for the colder months and although, again, the website doesn't have my size, they might have it in-store.

So after a very wordy post (sorry about that) I'm done! What high-street store have you been loving recently?

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Review || Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser
Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser
If you'd asked me 2 years ago about Origins I would have probably looked at you a bit blankly, because if I'm being totally honest I hadn't heard of the brand until I started reading blogs more regularly. Since I found out about it and read some reviews of their products I knew I had to try something from them. For some reason I decided that the first product I would try would be the GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser and I am so glad that I did.  

I have had this since April and have used it pretty much everyday, especially over the past month or so and I really love it. It feels really luxurious on the skin, a feeling that many cheaper moisturisers I have tried have never given me, and it does not leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy, in fact it is very light weight.

The only thing that could put you off is the smell. If you hate the smell of oranges and can't even put up with the scent you probably won't get on too well with this, but if you love the smell of oranges this will be right up your street. Personally I am not a huge fan of the smell but I think the longer you have it and the more you use, the less intense the scent becomes and you become slightly more used to it.

Although I would say this product might be better suited for those with normal, combination or oily skin, I really like using this, especially recently with Hydraluron applied first and then this on top. It isn't too intense with its hydration that my skin breaks out but isn't too light that it feels super dry. Overall this product is a winner and I have even recently repurchased it, that is how much I love it!

 Are there any other Origins product I should try?

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

August Favourites 2014

August Favourites 2014
I know everyone always says this every month but I can't believe August is over and we are now in September! I personally love September, even though it is back to school time, because it is my birthday month so I am definitely pleased that it has turned up so fast. This month hasn't been a  major makeup month but these are some of the things I have really enjoyed recently.

First up is the Sephora Classic Multitasker Brush which has now become my go-to face makeup brush. I have been using this to blend in foundation, concealer and tinted moisturiser and it leaves a flawless, streak free finish and is so easy to use. I have done a full review of this here if you want to know more about it.

The next product is the Maybelline Eye Studio Master Shape Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde. I have been using this everyday for the past month and I feel like I have finally mastered the art of filling in my brows. It has a waxy consistency with really good pigmentation making my brows defined whilst still looking natural. The added bonus with this is that it has a spoolie on the end to brush through your brows to ensure all of the hairs are going in the right direction. This product is so good that I have actually repurchased it because I used my first one up which is the sign of a really good product.

My most loved lip products this month have been the balance me rose otto intensive lip salve and then Topshop Lip Liner in Fearless, which unfortunately is not for sale anymore. I am not a massive fan of wearing bright, bold colours on my lips due to the fact I never think they suit me, so instead I opt for tinted balm like products or more nude shades for my lips. So in an attempt to wear this Topshop lip liner I decided to layer it up with a lip balm product to soften the colour slightly and I am totally sold. It allows me to alter how intense I want the colour to be at the same time as infusing a bit of a summer vibe into my everyday makeup routine. 

Now onto my last beauty product of the month, the Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub. At the beginning of the month my skin was going through a very dry spell and was not looking its best. So I decided to try and find a new scrub. Of course the first brand I looked at was Soap and Glory because they do some of the best bath and body products out there for a really good price. After smelling quite a few different scrubs I settled on this one and I have not been disappointed. The smell is delicious, sweet but not overpowering and the product itself works really well, leaving my skin feeling really smooth and not dry at all.

Probably my most favourite favourite this month has to be the magazine Allure. It is an American beauty magazine that is very difficult to track down here in the UK. I managed to find one in a local WH Smiths and I cannot describe how happy I was to finally have one to read. I was certainly not disappointed and have reread it a few times over the last couple of weeks. With articles all about makeup, hair and skincare it is the perfect magazine for every beauty blogger and I might sign up for a years subscription of it just to save me the hassle of trying to find one again!

There we have it, favourites done for another month. What have been your favourite things recently? 

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

All About Skincare: Part 2

Skincare Products

Skincare Products

Yesterdays post was all about my morning skincare routine and you've guessed it, today I am going to discuss my evening skincare routine, so lets get into this.

If I've been wearing makeup the first thing I do is remove my eye makeup using The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil to remove the majority of my eye makeup. I do end up looking a bit panda before washing this product off, but this is seriously the best thing for breaking down and removing eye makeup, especially on heavier makeup days.

To make sure all of my eye makeup is completely gone I then go in with The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover. A full review of these two products and one other eye makeup remover is going up next Sunday so keep your eyes peeled for that.

If it has been a particularly heavy face makeup day I use some face wipes (not pictured) such as the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes before going in with the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash. This is exactly the same as in the mornings, I apply it to damp skin, apply in circular motions and then wash off. I also use the Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser as another way to ensure all of makeup is completely removed. I have a full review of this product here.

As I said in Part 1, I don't use a toner in the morning due to laziness but in the evenings I do and I use The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner. This is one of those steps I never feel like I can notice the benefits from but it hasn't broken my skin out yet like most toners do so, so far so good.

Since my skin is dehydrated I have started to use the Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum since this helps to increase skin hydration and help you get the most out of your moisturiser. I will be doing a full review of this product soon too so I won't go into any more detail about this product other than to say that I think it is an amazing and has completely helped my skin become a lot more soft and smooth.

After letting the serum soak in for a few minutes I go in with my eye cream, the Yes To Carrots Moisturising Eye Cream for Normal to Dry Skin and apply this with my ring finger under my eyes and on my eyelids and I follow up with the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser. I have a full review coming of this product on Wednesday so stay tuned for that.

Like in the morning, my last step is to apply the balance me rose otto intensive lip salve to help nourish my lips and keep them moisturised.

And there we are, after two rather wordy posts my skincare routine is done. The only things I am missing from my routine, both am and pm, is a day moisturiser with an SPF of 15 or higher, as mentioned in Part 1 and a face scrub. Any suggestions would be really appreciated.

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