Yves Rocher with Mother BBB

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Yves Rocher approached me asking if I'd like to try their new Serum Vegetal range targeted for wrinkles and skin firming, I accepted but I thought being 22, how much can someone write about when it comes to wrinkles and firming of the skin? I understand with prevention comes cure but I passed the opportunity to my mother, Sue, who is in her 50's and wanting to reduce visible wrinkles and add some firmness back into the skin.

Sue received the Wrinkles and Firmness Set which included the Plumping Day Care* and Plumping Night Care Serums*. She has been using this every morning and evening after cleansing for around 2 weeks and here's what she thought...

"After using the day and night cream for around 2 weeks, I can say that my skin is definitely well moisturised and my skin feels a lot softer than it did previously. As for any wrinkles, I've not noticed any difference in appearance or reducing the look of wrinkles but personally, I do not feel like I've been using the creams long enough to see an immediate difference. The cream isn't greasy and sinks into the skin quickly, the night cream takes a little longer to sink into the skin but that's because it's a richer consistency. The day cream is a great base for everyday under foundation and makes application of foundation a lot easier. The creams smell lovely but don't have any nasty chemicals in that irritate my skin. I will continue to use the day and night cream to see if there is any difference after continuous use but at the moment I can't see any visible difference."

Bit of a different style post but I really hope you enjoyed reading it from someone else's point of view. Let me know if you've tried any skincare from Yves Rocher and if you have any recommendations for myself or mum.
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By Terry Lovin'

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By Terry are a brand I've heard so much about and always wanted to try, so when it came to the Very Exclusive launch, the brand was available on there and me being me, I couldn't just pass them by could I?

I picked up two of the Ombre Blackstars, one in the shade Bronze Moon and the other in Misty Rock. These have been all over Youtube and the bloggersphere and like the magpie I am, I was immediately drawn to the luxury gold packaging and the promise of long wearing eyeshadow. I am not blessed in my eyeshadow abilities, to be honest I'm a bit of a novice and that added to oily eyelids (about the only area of me that is oily), eyeshadow can usually look like one big mess.

Bronze Moon really is a unique shade (pictured below), in certain lights it looks quite brown but in the sunlight it can also look quite metallic giving off a slightly copper toned shadow, I've found this as a great base to build up a darker bronze smokey eye or worn all over the lid and blended out for a wash of colour.

Misty Rock is a pinky purple shade which is unlike anything I've ever owned, the silver shimmer running through it gives the colour an extra dimension almost giving your eyes that wet look and again depending on how you want the look, you can really build up the colour or just apply a light layer for a subtle hint of colour. I've found having blue eyes this shade really compliments my eye colour and it's great to wear a different colour.

Lets just take a moment to appreciate the packaging, it's totally luxury as well as being so handy to drop into your handbag or make up bag if you're wanting to travel. It's highly unlikely you'll need to touch these up as when they've dried they do not budge and stay in place all day. The formula is creamy and pigmented so you'll never have to carry around multiple eyeshadows again.

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Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo

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Washing my hair is my least favourite task, it takes so long and lets not even talk about drying. I've had some problems with my scalp and hair at the moment, as well as being blessed with the typically oily hair that I can make last around 2 days, I'm also fighting the battle of having an itchy scalp, do oiliness and an itchy scalp go hand in hand? Probably. I recently picked up the Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo in hope it would cure my hair woes.

Does this work? Well yes it does. I love traditional shampoos that lather up and make me feel like I'm really cleaning my hair and as well as doing this, it cleanses the scalp, removes any dirt and leaves my head feeling soothed which is a big bonus as having an itchy flaky scalp can cause it to be quite irritated. The only downside to this shampoo is that it does leave your hair squeaky clean, I'm not really one to use conditioner because my hair is oily enough but when I use this shampoo I find my ends really need a boost of moisture.

At £22, this is pricey but if you're like me and have exhausted all your options like Head and Shoulders and even some other high end shampoos, then I can't recommend this enough.
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Monthly Favourites: February

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February was the month I raided my stash and dug out some neglected items and rediscovered my love for them, as well as having a splurge or two on some new beauty items...

Topshop Lipstick in Naturist
A lippy with a hint of brown, hint of nude and a hint of purple... When I saw this on the internet I immediately put it in the Kylie Jenner category and it was in my basket before I knew it, but when I received it I was surprised how much purple was in this lipstick. After continuous wear I have to say I'm really loving it and it's a very unusual shade. I find that I wear this with minimal make up, a light bronze smokey eye and the lipstick finishes the look. With all Topshop lipsticks the quality is brilliant, the range is affordable and they come in a range of finishes.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base
Good skin in a tube, what more can you ask for? As the weather is starting to improve and my skin is looking a little dull, I add this to my foundation and instantly I have a more radiant and glowing complexion. For good skin days I even add this to some tinted moisturiser and prepare my skin for those summer bases that'll be hopefully heading our way soon, fingers crossed!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
The Hourglass palette is a love I've rediscovered and if you read my previous post you'll know how much I love it. Glowing skin that looks airbrushed and foundation that's set without any cakey powder in sight. With 3 powders pretty much covering every aspect from powder, highlight and bronzer, this has been one I've been reaching for daily.

Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus
I found my eyelashes to be quite thin lately so to build them back up and add more volume when applying mascara, I've been using this and it doubles the length and volume of my lashes. I can also say it's helped strengthen them as well as helping them grow, this works wonders under the Estee Lauder Double Wear mascara too.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique
I don't know how many times I've written about this, good under eyes in a bottle. A dupe for the YSL touché éclat and my favourite under eye product. If you're on a budget and looking to banish those dark circles, I can't recommend this enough.

What have you been loving during February? Ps sorry it's late, but better late than never :)
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