Saturday, 27 June 2015

The Body Shop Beautifying Oil

Normally speaking oil makes me feel, what can only be described as, yuk, but it's summer and my legs need all the help they can get; winter was not kind to them. I figured using an oil at least while I shave my legs has to help a little, and turns out this is a little bottle of awesome that is surprisingly non greasy for an oil. 

I purchased this in the Sweet Lemon scent, there are 9 scents available in total if you want to have a look here, annoyingly I can't find this on the website so I hope they are not discontinuing it, it has such a lovely fresh and zesty smell. 
My only pet peeve about this is the packaging, it is impossible to pour any out without some dribbling on to the bottle and I can't stand sticky packaging, it means you have to leave it by your bath or deal with grease marks all over the show. I have just been pouring it in to a bottle with a pump but it would be nice if it was like that already. 

Like I said I just use this to shave really, it prevents my legs from getting dry and irritated and helps the blade to glide more easily giving a cleaner shave. I have also used this a little on my arms, I find it feels nicer than applying a cream, this stuff soaks in to the skin instantly, and provided you don't use too much it feels like no product is on there faster than cream. 

This is the only dry body oil I have found that actually doesn't grease stuff up too much, so at £9 a bottle you may want to head over to The Body Shop this summer. Buy Here


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Spring Favourites

Spring is my favourite time of year, so it was actually really difficult to narrow down my top products, but some of the products I have been enjoying the past month I know will be in my summer faves so I will not mention them just yet. 

I think the most exciting thing about a new season is mixing up your scent and Dior's J'adore just epitomises spring time for me. I normally suit a more musky scent but this is not too floral or sweet so is perfect for everyday. It is not overpowering either, but a few sprays can last all day if you forget to put it in your bag. 
With the warmer weather I wanted a lighter foundation that was still matte but would look a tiny bit more dewy than my beloved Estée Lauder Double Wear. Chanel Perfection Lumier Velvet fits bill perfectly as it is so natural looking but still keeps my shine at bay. 

As soon as the sun comes out I start to wear less make up and lipstick is the first thing to go. I still want to keep my lips properly hydrated though. I know most people hate pots and messy fingers, but the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair is seriously the best lip balm around. 

I spoke about the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Anti-Aging Creme in my last post here (why such long names!) so you know I have been loving this, my skin just looks so much healthier when I have used this. 
The Lancome Blush Subtil Palettes have been a firm favourite of mine for ages, it was one of the first high end products I bought and this 01 Rose Flush palette just has the most perfect spring shades. I don't usually love highlighters, but this one looks beautiful as an eyeshadow with a delicate flick of eyeliner. Read my full review here

My favourite moisturiser this spring has been the Aveeno Moisturising Cream. This has oatmeal in so it hasn't got the beautiful scent of the creams you will probably see pop up in other bloggers favourites, but if like me you have very dry but also very sensitive skin, this is great at locking in moisture. 

Of course I read lots of monthly favourites posts, but I'd love to hear what your top picks have been this whole season so please comment bellow! 


Monday, 8 June 2015

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Anti-Aging Creme

If you follow me on instagram you probably will have noticed I like to go shopping..a lot, but I do like to get samples when I purchase my products. As the vast majority of my stash is from Estee Lauder as are most of my samples and this is the cream I am currently trying out, and loving. 
This looks really thick before you apply it, but it actually has a sort of milky feel to it and melts instantly into your skin. It smells amazing and it leaves your skin feeling so nourished and smooth. I have combination skin, with some very dry and some very oily areas and this seams to work just fine on both. Unlike other Lauder skincare I have tried, this has more of a rich soothing scent than the usual fresh wake me up scent, but I think out of all the creams this has to be my favourite; it just makes my skin feel lovely.
This retails for £44 for 30ml and £60 for 50ml and can be purchased here, I would always look out for offers and free gifts though as Lauder normally have some promotion on. I'm trying to give you a money saving tip, but honestly if you are anything like me you will probably be buying everything as soon as your samples run out.


Monday, 1 June 2015

Bobbi Brown: Beige Gold Long-Wear Eye Kit

Bobbi Brown is a brand I have wanted to try for a very long time but have never really known what bits to choose, I recently bought the Full Coverage Face Brush (review) and just thought this little set would be a great way of trying out a few of their make up bits.
This Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick was the product I wanted to try most from the set and it is by far the best product in it. Whether its an inner corner highlight you are after or an all over wash of shimmer that can be applied mirror-less in 2 minuets, this Beige Gold shade is perfect. Every brand has one of these shadow sticks, and there are cheaper ones you can buy with similar intensity, but what I like most about this Bobbi Brown one is that it sets nicely and does not crease as much as others I have tried. These retail for £20 individually, click here to view all the shades available. 
You also get a little sample of the Hydrating Eye Cream, I have used this and thought it was nice, but I think a cream is something you need to use for a least a week before you can say if you like it. Perhaps I will try this properly in the future, so let me know if this is something you love. Although, at £32 for 15ml I am not too sure this is something I would splurge on, but click here if you would like product details. 

The Instant Long-Wear Eye Makeup Remover I have currently only used on these products but it appears to work rather well. It removed every trace and broke down the product enough to not pull on my lashes whilst removing the mascara. A full size bottle of this is 100ml and retails for £18; buy here
I'm thinking of doing a collective review, or best of post on eye mekeup removers, so let me know if this is something you'd be interested in and I will write it sooner rather than later. 
I read a lot of great reviews of the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, and while I love Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner (review) this Espresso Ink shade is beautiful. I had been looking for a really deep brown, that was almost black, but looked a little more natural looking and this is the perfect colour. It lasts all day without smudging, and isn't  a pain to get off. This retails at £18, £10 more than Maybelline so if it black you're after I'd say it isn't worth it, but if you fancy a browse of the other shades click here

The Ultra Fine Liner Brush retails for £22.50 and although I like it to apply this liner that I smoke out a little, I would find it hard to apply a very fine, neat line with this. I suppose it depends how skilled you are at application, I think its a great addition to the set, and so handy for traveling, but I do prefer the Lancome Double Ended Liner & Smudge Brush for precision.
Mascara is something I am so fussy about, it is a personal preference product, and totally dependent on your natural lashes as to whether you like a particular one. This is what I call a bog standard mascara, it is not targeted at one thing, it aims to lengthen, curl and volumise all in one no matter what your lashes are like, and to be honest, it does a pretty good job. I don't think this could top your fave mascara but it's a very good everyday one for your makeup bag. The full size costs £22.50 and can be bought here

At £42.50 this is far from cheap, but it is Bobbi Brown on a budget. If you were interested in trying a couple of these products then there is a big saving from purchasing the set.  buy here