Tuesday, 31 March 2015

A Calmer Night Time

My night time routine isn't anything spectacular, I find that from evening to evening I follow the same simple steps that prepare me for bed but also help get the most out of my skincare. Time4Sleep kindly sent me a sleeping package to help with my night time routine and since using them, I've found my nightly routine to be so much more relaxing...

Step 1: Cleanse
I wash my make up off my face and then either shower or have a bath, I love going to bed feeling super clean, while I'm in the bath I will light a candle and the BeeFayre Candle in Lavender and Geranium* is so relaxing and smells absolutely beautiful.

Step 2: Skincare
I like to load up my skin with oils and serums as well as a rich night time moisturiser, my skin is very dry and dehydrated at the moment but I've found that as well as using my trusty Clarins Double Serum, I've been slathering on this Six Rever Redensifying Night Cream*, a brand I've never heard of but the packaging instantly had me sold - an egg shape just in time for easter, how fitting - but this helps regenerate and repair the skin and in the morning my skin is soft and plump.

Step 3: Relax
This is one step I really struggle with, typically I'm busy at work all day then I come home to sit down and my mind is still whizzing around a 100 miles an hour so learning to relax is quite difficult for me. With the help of the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Talk* duo I've found that a spritz of the spray on my pillow before sleeping and the roller ball applied to my pressure points, the beautiful scent of Lavender just totally relaxes me and makes me calm. I've recently downloaded a Calm app to help clear my head and do some mediation before to relax, then I turn off my phone and read a book, this Dream Dictionary* is so interesting and it's great to find out why I'm dreaming about certain things.

Step 4: Sleep
I slip on the eye mask (isn't it beautiful?) and turn off all lights, settling down to sleep. Since doing these steps on an evening my skin is looking more radiant and calm as well as having a clearer head, suffering throughout the day with tension headaches can leave my head feeling clogged so it's great to wake up on a morning with a relaxed, calm head and ready to face the day.

Hope you enjoyed this post, what are your pre bedtime steps?

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Yves Rocher with Mother BBB

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.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

By Terry Lovin'

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.


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo

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.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Monthly Favourites: February

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 :)

Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Best and Worst of Hourglass

The Best
Ambient Lighting Palette
These took the beauty world by storm, creating a flawless complexion with a swipe of some powder and you have glowing skin with a photo perfect finish. My Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette was the first base product I bought from the brand and it quickly cemented my love for them. The palette contains 3 shades, 1 being limited edition and each shade gives a different finish depending on what you're after, I use Radiant Light in summer to give my skin some colour and Dim Light is mostly used for as a finishing powder to fix my foundation in place, and Incandescent Light for a subtle highlight. For £56, it's not cheap but it's certainly worth the money, and seeing as it's no longer limited edition only, you've got time to save those pennies.

Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
After having so much love for the powder palette, I couldn't resist the blusher offering. I already have a single blusher in my collection which is well loved and when I saw this set with 3 shades I haven't tried, this was ordered quicker than you can say Space NK. The blushers are a blush and powder hybrid so they have some of the finishing powders mixed in with the colour, so not only do they give a pop of colour but they add a shimmer to the cheeks. Lightweight, long lasting and a gorgeous range of colours, what more do you want?!

Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil
A spoolie on one end, a waxy pencil on the other... That's all I ask for in an eyebrow pencil. This is the perfect colour match for my eyebrows, it's long lasting and the angled nib means filling them in is just effortless. I'm super lazy with my eyebrows but I love them filled in so this really kills two birds with one stone. It's a bit hard to work with at first, the nib is much bigger in comparison to the Anastasia Brow Whiz but if you're like me and have big brows, you'll prefer this one.

The Worst
Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Whatever shade you pick this up in, it's a nightmare to apply. The colour is so opaque which means once you've applied it, when you go over certain areas that have worn over time, it just crumbles and looks cakey. The matte finish is very drying as well as the result being a thick crumbly lipstick. Thankfully they have their lipstick version of this meaning I can pick up this gorgeous shade Muse as a traditional lippy.

Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
In my opinion, the most overhyped beauty product I've ever come across without the formula to back it up. In the pan it looks beautiful, the colours and the way it transitions into each other is gorgeous but the formula? It's well pigmented but thats as far as it goes, when I swiped this over my eyelid the fall out was unreal, I found most of it went around my eye instead of on my eyelid. When you use the brush to pick up the product, most ends up falling out of the brush or palette meaning it's very rare you get your desired finish without looking like a panda. Let's also just take a moment to cover the amount of product you get, I've bought a Make Up Revolution eyeshadow palette with more product than that for £6! I really didn't research enough into this and just dived straight in after falling in love with the palette but now £56 lighter, I really wish I had.
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