Sunday, 24 February 2013

The Empties Post 001

Hello, my name is Beth and I'm a shopaholic. I've been a busy bee when it comes to buying beauty products and my recent splurge has crippled me. So here are my recent empties, which sort of justify my spending.

001. The L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil is my favourite of the empties and I'm sad to see it go. I suffer with incredibly dry skin so using this in the shower and adding it to my bath has dramatically improved the texture and appearance of my skin. I will be repurchasing this, I just wish you could buy it in a bigger bottle. The smell is divine and it's very nourishing. It makes them sunday pamper sessions all the more luxurious.

002. Being an eyeshadow amateur I had no idea about primers and potions that needed to be applied beforehand but I got the Urban Decay Primer Potion when I purchased my Naked palette. This is only the mini version but it's lasted me well over a year, a small amount applied over the lid makes eyeshadows last all day, even overnight (yes I've drunkenly slept in my make-up... Sacrilegious), it doesn't budge and doesn't crease the eyeshadow. I'd definitely repurchase this but not yet, I'd like to try the Nars one.

003. Another eye cream, another disappointment. I got the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye in a set I bought a while ago and after loving the ANR serum, I thought this would be great but to no avail, it wasn't. Dark circles and bags are still continuing to be the bane of my life.

004. Along with the eye cream, I also recieved a mini Estee Lauder Idealist Illuminator Serum and again, this was disappointing. All it is is a glorified shimmery liquid. Estee Lauder claim this is supposed to reduce pores and significantly reduce the look of uneven skintone - it did no such thing, if anything, my skin just looked a little more glowing that normal. No lasting affects with this product.

005. I wrote about the Aromatherapy Associates Mini Bath Oil Collection here, I've finished the de-stress muscle vial, the scents are beautiful, very luxurious but I find it doesn't last in the bath and then you're just sat in water. I wouldn't repurchase these, I think they're very overpriced for what they are.

006. This deluxe sample of the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins was something I recieved when I purchased the full size, this has lasted me ages and it's a very rich luxurious product. When I've applied this, I wake up with nourished glowing skin. I find that it can be too rich for my normal/dry/combination skin so depending on how dehydrated my skin is, I will use this as a treatment instead of a nightly moisturiser. All in all, an effective product which I will recommend to anyone.

007. And finally, another mini - I raided the Vichy sample drawer at one of the work shops and took a big bag of samples. The Vichy Micellar Water is a lot like Bioderma but not as harsh, removing make-up is a dream and I found that it didn't strip my skin as much as Bioderma. This is something I'd think about purchasing full size but not in the near future, Clarins is next on my list!

I hope you like this post, it's something a bit different from me but it's good to see that I'm using products and not just throwing them away - that way, I can maybe justify buying myself a new foundation or some skincare... Whoopsie ;)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

An Ode to Nars Laguna

Hands up here, I've been a bad blogger but I have to say, I just completely lost the mojo but here I am snuggled up in front of the fire with a cuppa and about to blog about my current favourite make-up product.
I'm gonna try post every so often, fit it around work and my course and also weight loss - Just a quick update on that, I'VE LOST 12.5 POUNDS! - Almost a stone, I'm so happy and working hard at losing weight but there's still more to go!

Now onto the product...

Nars Laguna Bronzer: £24

Who doesn't own this bronzer! It's been on my wishlist for as long as I can remember, raved about by every blogger and their dog and a favourite of make-up artists, I can now see why.
I'm a big bronzer girl, come rain, shine or snow. Winter or summer. I will always opt for a golden glow rather than a pink flush and I've been fully converted to the Nars Laguna. I previously had been using the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess bronzer which is very orange based so too much and you look like a oompah lumpa which was inevitable because the powder didn't transfer well and when you finally could get some on your brush, it was too much... le sigh.

But the Nars Laguna bronzer is a dream, instead of your stark orange based bronzers, this has a brown undertone so added to the cheekbones, temples and neck, you're left with a natural sunkissed glow. The powder is so pigmented - like all Nars products - and blends onto the skin effortlessly. I've even managed to get away with some contouring with this and hit the town with my makeshift cheekbones.

This bronzer has just become my favourite product at the moment and definitely something I look forward to applying in my make-up routine. I will be definitely repurchase this in the future. Nars Laguna is here, and it's here to stay!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Enrapture Totem Styler

Say hello to my new favourite toy. For as long as I can remember, I've been a curl amateur - never have I successfully curled my hair and hit the town with my new bouncy locks. It's dropped out, I've missed bits and it's been a frizzy hairsprayed mess... But I've found a tool that makes curling so easy and with 3 interchangeable settings, a 25mm titanium plated barrel and quick heat up, this is the best beauty tool I've found for quick and easy hair, making me now the master of the curl. When Enrapture offered to send me their Totem Styler, I jumped at the chance. This is the hair tool everyone recommends for curling and now I know why.

Using code 2-3-3 on my friends hair.

Enrapture Totem Styler: £74.99*

Plug in this wondrous toy and within 2 minutes, you have a hot wand and straight hair and you're ready to commence operation curl. As a novice in this department, I started with the basics, section the hair bit by bit and work from there. Hit the 3rd layer and I'm already a pro. This curler is just so easy to use, simply wrap a piece of hair round the wand, hold for around 20 seconds and release.
The biggest factor of this wand, which sets it apart from others, is the interchangeable settings. The curler has 3 sections which you can change the heat of, ranging from 1-3 you can change the intensity of the curl, a personal favourite of mine has to be 1-2-2 to create natural waves with a hint of tighter curl at the end. I have a lot of hair and it's quite long but using the Enrapture Totem Styler, styling is effortless and takes no time at all. The curls last well depending on your hair, but if not, simply clip in your curls while they cool and release at the end - this should prolong wearing time.

The curler is luxuriously packed in a deep purple box and includes your information guides and a heat proof mat - great for clumsy people like me who plonk their heat tools down on a white dressing table. And if you forget your heat proof mat, Enrapture have it covered, they've added a stand to the curler so either way, you're dressing table is safe.

Valentines is on the way and if you ladies are looking for ideas for what your man can get you or if you're a single lady wanting to treat yourself, you can grab the Enrapture Totem Styler for £59.99 at Argos here.

Have you tried any of the Enrapture products? What do you think?

*PR sample


Sunday, 3 February 2013

25 Facts About Me

I've seen this tag floating round blogs and YouTube and I thought I'd join in, it's varied from 20-50 but I couldn't think of that many so decided to write 25. So here goes, here's some random information about me...

1. I am ambidextrous, I write with my right hand but use my left hand for everything else, I could write left handed at a push.

2. I've had pretty much every colour hair - black, brown, blonde, orange, yellow, red, purple.

3. I'm the palest of all my family and I am often referred to as Caspar.

4. Ever since I was young I've wanted to live abroad so chances are I'll eventually move one day.

5. I was originally going to be called Megan. And if I was a boy, I would have been called Lewis.

6. I've been to school, completed my GCSE's, A Levels and been to college for a year. I have no interest in going to Uni.

7. I like to write lists and be organised, my mum seems to think I have some form of OCD. I don't.

8. I'm so bad at saving, I used to really save my money when I was younger but when teens hit, saving went down the drain.

9. I can watch scary films but I am absolutely terrified of Men in Black.

10. When I was young, I used to want to work for NASA.

11. I really respect those who work in medicine, my dream job would be to be a doctor or pharmacist.

12. I'd love to go to France to work in French pharmacy.

13. I've been friends with my best friends since I was 11, I'm now 20.

14. I believe in horoscopes and mine is always right.

15. My favourite soft drink is Fanta Orange but I have an addiction to Diet Coke.

16. I have recently developed an obsession for David Attenborough programmes, they're so interesting. Africa is one of the best things on tv at the moment.

17. I used to think I was around 5'11, turns out I'm only 5'9.

18. My favourite film is Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.

19. I've been working since the age of 15.

20. My top places to visit are New York, the Maldives, Australia and Thailand.

21. I've broken my right foot twice, in the same place, same bone each time.

22. I still have a Cabbage Patch Baby from when I was a baby, it's called Mavis.

23. I've never been to London.

24. Up until the age of 17, I wore glasses, I now wear contacts and will never wear glasses again.

25. I absolutely hate peanuts and peanut butter, the smell, texture and taste is horrible.

Tell me some random facts about yourself!


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Emma Hardie Professional Cleansing System

Hello ladies, long time no speak, I hope you're all well, I'm enjoying my break and really happy at the moment but there's just one thing I had to share with you because it's my new love, the crème de la crème of cleansers and the best thing in my skincare routine.

Now, I love a good old bandwagon especially when it comes to cult beauty and of course, I'm talking about no other than the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. This stuff is a dream, at first I couldn't understand the rave reviews from every blogger but religiously using it has left my skin baby soft and no room for any other cleanser. I opted for the Emma Hardie Professional Cleansing System, I spotted this on BeautyBay and before I could say no, the money had been deducted from my bank and the parcel was dropped onto my door step.

Emma Hardie Professional Cleansing System: £28.98 BeautyBay sale

The Balm. This stuff is deceiving, I opened the pot and was presented with a thick mustard coloured balm which has the consistency of butter but run between the fingers and onto the face, you're left with an oil which then turns milky when water is added. This particular formula is something I like, I really feel as if the balm is nourishing my skin and removing my make-up. The only downside I'd have to say with this is removing eye make-up is hard and it's something I've opted to do first with a micellar water. But in conjunction with the cloth, my make-up is removed and my skin is left feeling so smooth.
The scent of the balm in my opinion is citrusy, along the same lines as the Origins Night-A-Mins. The balm contains lots of natural oils which are good for the skin and for this reason, the cleansing balm gets another big thumbs up from me.

The Exfoliator. Also included in the system were rosehip seeds which added to the balm form a natural exfoliator for the skin. I tend to take 2 pinches of the seeds, rub between my hands and then over my face. The seeds are abrasive, when I am exfoliating my face, I prefer an abrasive scrub so I feel like I am really removing the dead skin. A little pot of these will really go a long way, it's also an added benefit that they're natural so you're not putting any nasty's on your skin.

The Cloth. Out of the set, this has to be the one thing I'm undecided about. Each side of the cloth is different, one side is a traditional muslin cloth and the other is microfibre. Now, if you're anything like me, and partial to a bit of a spring clean now and again, you'll know microfibre cloths are used for cleaning TVs or mirrors so using it on my skin is a very bazaar and weird sensation. Half of me does quite like it for removing make-up but then my other half is undecided. And the muslin cloth? Well, muslins have a firm place in my heart and I think they're the best thing since sliced bread. Emma Hardies mantra for her cloths is "use the gently abrasive muslin side of the cloth to exfoliate dry, lined, thickened and congested areas and the smoother micro fibre side for more delicate and sensitive areas." I need more use out of this if I'm honest, but if not, my Liz Earle muslins never fail.

Overall I am so impressed with this cleanser and will definitely repurchase when I run out (that won't be for a while), I really can't recommend this enough. Emma Hardie's Balm is now a firm favourite of mine and here to stay!
Have you tried this cleanser before?
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