Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream

Sunday, 19 October 2014

I love a good eye cream, it's a staple in my morning and evening skincare routine and as soon as I stop using one, I can immediately see the difference. I've tried a fair few eye creams in the past, ones claiming to banish all signs of fine lines and others purely dedicated to plumping out the eye area. Previously, the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream has been my holy grail eye cream and one I've not strayed from, until I tried the Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream. I picked this up in duty free in Skiathos, having not heard much about the product itself and only it's lighter counterpart, it was the word 'rich' that really drew me in and it's been a purchase I haven't regretted.

Now the product itself is a thick pink cream, very firm in the tub but as soon as it's worked between the fingers and applied on the skin, the product thins and blends in effortlessly. I find that all I need is a pea sized amount to moisturise both eyes, using my ring fingers to apply the cream round my eyes and orbital bone. Once applied onto the skin it sinks in really quickly which is something I love, it's perfect for those half 6 mornings when I'm rushing to apply my skincare and make up. It's not often I find a Clinique product that really agrees with my skin, I've tried their 3 step system and their cleansing balm and each time I've broken out so to say this works is a miracle.

This little pot of cream really packs a punch in the hydration department, after it's applied my eye area is soft, smooth and prepared for any concealer. I find this is a perfect base to use for under eye concealer, the concealer doesn't cake or crease after I've used this, which again gets a big thumbs up from me. My biggest make up pet peeve is when concealer creases under the eyes. In terms of how I'll look when I'm 50 with continuous use, only time will tell. It's a great step for us young ladies who are wanting to combat the first signs of ageing and add some moisture. The eye cream doesn't have any bold statements about anti ageing or correcting the eye area, it does what it says on the tin and delivers intense hydration.

Introduction to Reds

Sunday, 12 October 2014

I wish I was a natural red lip wearer, some girls I watch on Youtube or follow on Instagram can pull off a red lip and I have serious lipstick envy. I'm a girl that will always stick to my nudes and peachy toned pinks but now Autumn is officially here and the dark lipstick is coming out, I'm slowing introducing a more varied colour range into my lipstick collection so by christmas, I'll have on my christmas jumper and a bright red lip.

To start of my future as a red lip wearer, I've eased myself in gently, starting with darker shades of pinks, orange toned reds and one dark red. My most worn out of the bunch is the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, this is a beautiful formula, very different to the other pencil offerings from Nars, this glides on the lips like a dream and gives a slightly glossy finish. The colour is very similar to MAC Please Me lipstick but I much prefer this for it's glossy finish, it's a soft muted rose shade with a slight hint of brown and red.

Like I said, I'm not the most confident when it comes to wearing dark lips but last Autumn when the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella came out and it was all over the bloggersphere, I knew I had to buy it. I wore it once and it's returned unloved to my make up collection but this year I plan to be wearing it all throughout winter. This is a beautiful blood red, and the formula is just incredible. I find that I apply this once and as it wears off it creates a stain on the lips, the colour can be built up depending on how deep you want the colour but I find a quick swipe straight from the bullet creates the perfect finish.

The next two are gems I've picked up from the high street, the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 110 is my most loved but most neglected lipstick, I never really find an occasion to wear this but it's a truly beautiful colour. The matte formula lasts all day (or evening) and only really needs reapplying once. I always use a lip pencil with this and it's quite a bright colour, the formula stains the skin so to avoid the lipstick bleeding I definitely recommend a lip pencil. The colour is a orange based red which really suits all those pale girls like myself. The Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Bewitching Coral is still very much classed within the pink shades but it's hint of red and orange means for me it's very much in the red category, this has been my transitional lipstick from my nudes.

I'm still very much a red lip newbie so if you have any recommendations of reds I should pick up, leave them below and lets see if by December I'm a convert... Well, we can hope can't we.

September Favourites

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

At the beginning of September I came back from a wonderful holiday with my mum to Skiathos and we really enjoyed it, it was so refreshing to have a break from work, technology and just go back to basics. I think the pattern of my holiday was wake up, read, eat, read, swim, eat, read, sleep and repeat. I did have serious holiday blues when I came back but I soon got back into the swing of things, and we're actually talking about going back to the same place next year *counts down days*. Last weekend was my birthday and I turned 22, I was well and truly spoilt and had a wonderful day. I spent the time with my family, having a nice meal and wine and basically just being a bit civilised. Anyone else feel like they can't really face a club anymore? 22 going on 82. Anyway, lets get onto the good stuff...

Nars NARSissist Palette
This was probably the most lusted after palette of this year for me, I was desperate to get my hands on it but of course, anything thats limited edition sells out super fast and I never got my hands on it. I saw it floating around in various blog sales but never had the funds so when it came up again in Amy's blog sale, I snapped it up and it's been love ever since. The colours are neutral, the consistency is creamy and the lasting power... Well, lets just say it was still there at 10am.

MAC Hue Lipstick
An oldie but a goodie, this is my go-to nude, a lipstick I'll chose for any make up look or occasion. It's a my-lips-but-better-and-nuder shade without looking like you've coated your lips in concealer. The formula is moisturising and the vanilla scent makes so lovely putting it on your lips. This lippy is now a year old and it's still going strong.

MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow
This is another gem I picked up from a blog sale. It was an eyeshadow that's been at the top of my to-buy list and I can't believe I haven't purchased it sooner. This eyeshadow gives the perfect amount of golden and pinky goodness, swept over the eye it works beautifully on it's own as a subtle hint of pink or layered with bronzes and golds. My favourite combo is to add Urban Decay's Half Baked and Nars' Fez for a golden smokey eye.

Rimmel Lasting Perfection Foundation
A foundation that really had been neglected up until September, I've been reaching for this on days where I've fancied more coverage than a tinted moisturiser but this isn't too heavy. What I really like about this foundation is the finish it gives, I really hate looking shiny and overly glowy at the moment but this gives the right amount of matte finish with a subtle hint of shimmer giving a natural sheen to the skin. The colour is a bit off because I'm tanned but mixed with a darker foundation the formula is just as good. It's amazing what you find at the back of a beauty addicts stash.

What products have you been loving during September?

Faith In Nature Shampoo and Conditioner

Sunday, 28 September 2014

I'm in a real rut with my hair, it's a complete nightmare and I have some unintentional ombre going on. Ever since I got back from my holiday my hair has been frizzy, dry and generally looking a little bit rubbish. When Faith In Nature got in touch asking if I'd like to try their natural shampoo and conditioner, I thought yes in hope it would sort out the dryness as this is my main concern.

I chose the Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner* mainly for the scent, I thought a bit of coconut goodness would remind me of my holiday. Firstly, lets touch on the packaging... In my opinion it is very simple, standard shampoo and conditioner bottles, it might not be right but I do tend to lean towards buying a shampoo and conditioner if they have good packaging. I wasn't wowed by this at all.

Now lets get onto the product itself, I'll start with shampoo. When I wash my hair I love a shampoo that lathers up, I love feeling like my hair is getting a really good clean but when I wash it off, I love my hair feeling soft and like it's being nourished. When I used the Faith In Nature shampoo I found it actually stripped the moisture from my hair and when I rinsed, my hair had that dry squeaky feeling which I hate. I find when my hair is like that I really need to apply lots of conditioner. I did think it was my hair just being dry to begin with but after other members of my family mentioning this, I'm not sure it's suitable for those with really dry hair.

After how the shampoo left my hair feeling I went straight onto conditioner with a big handful coated over my ends and even some through the lengths avoiding my roots, I left this on for around 5-8 minutes and then rinsed. My hair wasn't exceptionally conditioned, I found that it was soft but some of that dry squeaky feeling still remained and my hair generally still looked a little rubbish, having dry hair I really like my hair to be soft and feel really conditioned but because my hair was still rather dry when I had finished and then started drying, my hair was a frizzy mess afterwards.

I really wasn't impressed with these products, I love the idea that they're natural and don't contain any nasties but in terms of promoting these products for those with dry hair, I really don't find they pack in enough hydration. I would recommend these to anyone with normal hair who is wanting a basic and natural shampoo and conditioner set.