Thursday, 20 November 2014

Another Go At Liz Earle...


I love my skincare. I am always up for trying new cleansers, lotions and potions to make my dehydrated skin glow a little bit more and make it look more plump. When Liz Earle got in touch and sent me some of their products to try, I couldn't wait. I had previously tried the cleanse and polish but didn't really find that I was overly wowed by it so I was eager to give it another go.

The Cleanse and Polish* is the best selling hot cloth cleanser which is a cult product in the beauty world. I love a hot cloth cleanser, there's no nicer feeling that washing your make up off after a long day. I really liked the scent of this, it's definitely got a hint of eucalyptus in it and smells slightly menthol which is really cooling on the skin, especially after a long day. The cream is thick and worked into the skin it removes all the grime and even the most stubborn of mascara. The cleanse and polish came in a handy travel case with two muslin clothes which you use with the cleanser to remove make up. These were my favourite clothes before I went onto using flannels but the thin material means it's easy to get into nooks and crannies such as around the nose and corners of your eyes. I've found that with prolonged use the cleanser has really made my skin feel soft and im breaking out less (my skin is having a meltdown at the minute), I think the natural products used in the cleanse and polish are contributing to this dramatically!

Now onto the Skin Repair Moisturiser*, I was sent the normal/combination one which isn't really suitable for my skin on an evening. I really like to pack in some hydration on a night, but this works well on a morning under my make up. It sinks into the skin quickly without leaving a sticky or tacky residue. The cream really hydrates my skin as it sinks in but doesn't leave me with that sweaty shiny glow (we all know that girls). The cream is practically scent less and gentle, it would be suitable for those with sensitive skin as it doesn't appear to have anything in it that could irritate.

Can I say I was wrong about Liz Earle before? Well yeah, I really have discovered a brilliant cleanser which I would pick up when this runs out, but when it comes to the moisturiser, it's not one I'd purchase myself. I need something that packs a punch to help my dehydrated skin.
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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A New Beauty from Nars...



When a limited edition product hits the shops, I am like a kid in a sweet shop. I don't know if it's the possible thought that the item could go out of stock, or because limited edition packaging is usually eye wateringly good, but something clicks in my head and I just have to have it. The Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette was no exception to this. I am a sucker for Nars, I'm a sucker for their blushers and I'm a sucker for packaging, obviously it was meant to be.

This five piece cheek palette houses a blusher for everyone, for every occasion and it even contains a highlighter. Each product in the palette is finely milled and pigmented which I always love about Nars' products.

Miss Liberty is a light golden peach highlighter with a white sparkle running through it that reflects beautifully when light hits the face, which of course this means it's not a very subtle highlighter and one I'll be choosing to wear during the winter months.

Deep Throat is a sheer coral blush which has an undertone of gold. The colour pay off of this isn't a strong as the other blushes in the palette but it creates a soft, peach sheen on the cheeks.

Sex Fantasy is described as a "pale lavender pink", a pink blush that is very cool toned and offers a matte finish. This shade is one I've not really figured out if it suits me yet, I'm a creature of habit and I like my peach and orange blushes so this has yet to win me over.

Final Cut is a matte blush in a peach coral which looks almost neon in the pan but the colour payoff but really compliments my skin tone.

Of course, the palette does contain the bronzer Laguna which is my holy grail bronzing powder, I was actually running out of this so when I saw this palette included it, it sealed the deal.

The palette's packaging is spot on, it's in an easy wipe-clean casing which is different from the dirt attracting black of the standard Nars products. It's the perfect size to fit in a medium make up bag and it's sturdy meaning it's travel friendly, I love a palette I can take in my make up bag when I'm running late for work (which is often). This retails for £45.00 on Space NK but hurry ladies, I have a feeling it's this years answer to the One Night Stand Palette.
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