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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Urban Purple

Rimmel Salon Pro in Urban Purple £4.49


Firstly I'd like to apologise for how badly my nails are painted in the above snap, I need to learn to be a little less messy. 
Now moving on to the good stuff, recently I've really been getting excited about nail varnish which isn't like me at all, because of my new found love of having my talons painted theres been a lot of polishes being added to my collection, this being my favourite by far.
The color is very opaque even after one coat it's also very shiny and gives that gel like finish that eveyones after at the moment. It lasts without chipping for a good 3 days when I don't have acrylic nails, as my claws are prone to chipping this is amazing - normally they chip within minutes of them being dry so that's probably why I love this varnish so much.
Chipped polish just looks gross I think.
The colour is a pretty dark pinkish/purple that looks a little lighter in real life than in the photo above, sorry for my terrible photography and bad lighting at home. I'd give this product a 10/10, so know complaints about it from me.
I've got my eye on the Rock and roll shade by Kate it looks like the perfect shade to do the retro 40s/50s inspired half moon nails that Dita Von Teese often sports.
Have you tried any of these polishes? If so what colours would you recommend? 
Hope you all have an amazing New Year. 
Sam xxx




Monday, 30 December 2013

December Favourites




Sleek Vintage Romance eyeshadow palette - This palette has the best gold shade (Meet in Madrid) in it that I've ever had the pleasure of coming across. Its been my favourite for the past couple of months and I've definitely been wearing eyeshadow more often since buying this palette. The berry colour shadows are also amazing and very wearable even if you don't like to go to crazy with your eye make up. A little goes a long way with this too!

Collection Deluxe lipstick in Prohibition 01 & Tallulah 02 - I was drawn to this lipstick and actually this particular collection due to the names that have been given to them, they all have a 20's themed name and I love the 1920s! Tallulah being my favourite name out of the bunch, I think I may name my first born daughter after it. Prohibition being my favourite colour. I'm desperate to buy the rest but they're always sold out. 1920's aside, this is a beautiful creamy texture that feels hydrating and is full of lip conditioners, antioxidents and hydration ingredience such as shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E - sounds fancy doesn't it! I only wish the product lasted a little longer on the lips.

MAC Blusher in Well Dressed - As I've been sporting a dark lip and eyes for the colder weather this has been my blush of choice as its a perfect subtle pink blush that just adds very little colour back into my face but doesn't leave me looking like a clown.

Alien by Thierry Mugler EDP - This is my favourite scent and although I like to mix up my perfume, I find myself reaching for this a lot more than any of my other scents. I've gone through bottles and bottle of this heavenly smell and still can't get enough. If you haven't smelt this before I suggest you go to your nearest fragrances shop and check it out, you don't know what you're missing.

Barry M Matte collection in Crush - Ahhhh, now this is a beauty, a deep dark vampy matte shade that I personally thing everyone needs in there life at this time of year. loving the matte nail trend at the moment. If I ever want this as a normal polish I just add a topcoat a voila you have shiny polish!

Original Source Peppermint shower gel - This smells heavenly and you're left with a fresh cool tingling feeling for a while after that I know some people may not like but I personally love.

Have you tried any of these products? 
Sam xxx





Saturday, 28 December 2013

Pucker up TAG

 
The lovely Saranne over at Blueeyedwithstyle tagged me a while back to do the Pucker up tag. I'm quite excited to share my love of lipsticks being the complete lipstick fiend that I am.

How many lipsticks do you own?
Actual lipsticks about 45 give or take 1 or 2, clearly have a lipstick buying addiiction!

What was your first lipstick?
A red Bourjois one I can't tell you the name of because it's all rubbed off but it is a lovely blue tone red that doesn't get the love it used to but my need to be dug out because it was/is such a beautiful lipstick.

What is your most worn lipstick?
 Hmmm, this is a hard one probably Rimmel Kate Moss 101 as it so easy to wear with anything. If you wanna see a swatch for this check it out here

What is your favourite brand of lipstick?
Rimmel, especially the Kate Moss range. 111 Kiss of life is my current fave from Rimmel at the moment. Swatch here

What is your favourite finish?
Matte finish although most mattes drying, they jusy look nicer in my opinion. I wouldn't wear a matte if I had chapped lips though because it just accentuates it and makes it look 10 times worst.

What is the last lip product you brought?
Collection's Deluxe lipstick in Prohibition, it's a beautiful dark vampy colour. A must have for this time of years.

How many lip products (everything) do you have in your bag?
3 Lipsticks - GOSH 134 Darling, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate 107, Collection Deluxe Prohibition 01
1 Lip Cream - Collection Cream Puff in Cotton Candy 
Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose
This is the least amount of lip products I've had in my bag for months normally I can't find things in my bag due to the amount of lipsticks in my bag

What product do you use to rock a red lip?
Many different products, I'm the owner of many red lipsticks. Most used is probably Collection's Cherry Pop. I've done a full review of this lipstick here. It's the perfect true red and last ages. I done a full review of it here. Riri Woo from MAC is another fave of mine if you're someone that doesn't like drugstore/high street products.

How do you store your lipsticks?
In a set of 3 acrylic drawers (see above pic) I got from Rymans for around £10 and a acrylic lipstick holder from ebay for a few quid.

What lip products are you currently lusting after?
The MUA Luxe velvet lip lacquers in all the shades, such good things are being said about them in comparison to some of the other 'Velvet lip' products on the market

I Tag 
Byootee Blog
Glambeautys 
 The Powdered Nose

 and anybody else that wants to do it, I'd love to read your posts so link them below.

Sam xxx


  The questions are - 

How many lipsticks do you own?
What was your first lipstick?
What is your most worn lipstick?
What is your favourite brand of lipstick?
What is your favourite finish?
What is the last lip product you brought?
What is the last lip product you brought?
How many lip products (everything) do you have in your bag?
What product do you use to rock a red lip? 
How do you store your lipsticks? 
What lip products are you currently lusting after?




 


 

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

NOTD ~ Festive Claws

 First of all I'd like to wish you all a Happy Christmas!
I haven't posted on here for quite a while but that's about to change as I'm starting a new job/career in January so I'll have a bit more time on my hands.

For my returning to blogging post I thought a NOTD was in order - these are particularly easy to do yourself although mine are acrylic so thats not so easy to do yourself but the design is pretty straight forward. The only downfall about these nails is how much of a pain in the backside the glitter on my ring finger is going to be to get off.Anyone else avoid glitter for that reason?


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Product of the month - Vichy Idealia BB Cream in Light

Vichy Idealia BB cream
Hey Girls and maybe Boys?!, 
Hope you're all having a lovely day. This is a little late or early depending on how you want to look at it because I've been loving this since I bought it in mid-August but I couldn't not write about it any longer.

I had wanted to try this BB cream after reading about it on Emtalks, but wasn't in a rush to go in search of it because to be honest I have enough base products to last me a decade (if there life span was that long of course). I've never used anything from Vichy before but have heard nothing but good things and I tend to love french skincare/makeup as they seem to know there stuff. Any french brands I have used have done nothing but what they say they will, which is what we all want from a product right?

Vichy Say this is "For women concerned with a grey and dull looking skin tone, uneven complexion and signs of ageing that can be accentuated by daily exposure to the sun. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin."


Blended out.
Before blended

BB creams worry me a little as some I've tried have sent my skin into meltdown and most are to dark for my transparent skin or offer no coverage what so ever and just end up making me look greasy. This BB cream is absolutely amazing though and I wish I had gone in search of it sooner as it would have served me well in the summer months when it was to hot to wear normal foundation. It doesn't have amazing coverage so if thats what you look for in a base this definitely isn't for you but what it does do is blur an imperfections and illuminate your face. It leaves you with such a beautiful glow! Any major blemishes or dark circles you have won't be covered but that is easily fixed with a little concealer. the formula is smooth and easy to blend and you don't need a massive amount, it has SPF25 which is a decent amount for some seasons but I'd prefer higher in the summer months. It smells amazing to me, quite sweet and sophisticated but we're not talking about a perfume here so I know that may be a problem for some people that are sensitive to smells.
There are only 2 shades available in this BB cream, light and medium. Light is brilliant for us very pale girls as it genuinely is quite pale but doesn't leave you with an ashy appearance like some other BB creams. Medium I don't own so can't say what the colour is like but the colour range isn't that great for darker skinned beauties which is a shame! Hopefully they bring out more shades.

This BB cream claims that it -
Illuminates
Hydrates
Smoothes wrinkles
Refines skin texture 
Reduces the appearance of dark spots 
Protects for the sun with SPF25 
Suits all skin types
It's also paraben-free and hypoallergenic.

I'd say this is the best BB cream that I've tried to date and theres been a few. I would definitely recommend it! They packagings cute too which is always a bonus and you get 40mls which is a decent amount of product. It would even be good as a primer with SPF if the coverage isn't enough for you! 
Definitely going to start looking into some of the other Vichy products now especially the Idealia range. This cost £21 from Boots (you get 84p back in boots points).

Can you recommend any Vichy Products? Whats your favourite BB cream? 

Sam xxx

Monday, 9 September 2013

New Shoes - Channelling my inner 5 year old........


ASOS - £35

Hello Lovelies,

If you're a shoe lover like myself then you'll know that there is nothing more exciting than getting a new pair, So I wanted to share the little beauties with you - I absolutely love these, they remind me of my primary school days. Even my Mum told me she'd wear these when I got them out the box and now thats a first cause my Mum thinks most of my shoes are disgusting. I do have a thing for what others would call an ugly shoe I can't lie. I'm definitely channeling my inner 5 year old, they are just too cute not too. I've been on the hunt for a pair this style for a while and yes there are a lot around but these were exactly what I had in mind. I'm even considering buying another pair just in case these fall apart before I'm ready to part with them.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

August Empties


Collections brow pencil in Blonde
This pencil didn't last very long but it did the trick of filling in my brow without making them to dark or to red. I'm still looking for something better though in pen form for them days when I'm in a rush.
Would I repurchase? Yes I already have.

L'oreal Micelle Water
This is my go to eye make up remover you can use it for the whole face but as it doesn't last very long as you have to soak a cotton pad in the stuff I tend to just use it on my eyes because it doesn't sting or leave me with cloudy vision.  It can be quite expensive but you can get it on offer in some place or another. It's very similar to Bioderma so if you are looking for an alternative as this is I highly recommend this as its much easier to get your hands on.
Would I repurchase? I already have.

Avene skin recovery cream
By far the best moisturiser I've ever used and it doesn't break me out. I've spoke more about this in my skincare post.
Would I repurchase? I already have.

St Moriz Tanning Spray 
This leaves you with such a gorgeous colour, its probably my favourite fake tan. It's a little messy but definitely worth it. I've had it since last year and only used it for the first time recently. Such a bargain too!
Would I  repurchase? As you've probably figured, I don't like to run out of things. So yes I already have!

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo 
I didn't really rate this shampoo, my hair needed to be washed sooner than normal and it never really felt clean. It smells nice but that's about all I can say I like about the stuff.
Would I repurchase? Nope!

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment
Although I didn't like the shampoo I do like this, it leaves your hair feeling silky soft and it smells amazing. Would I repurchase? Again I already have. Only because it was on a 3 for £12 deal at Boots though.

Rimmel Match Perfection foundation in Light Porcelain 010
This is a very pale neutral/pink undertone foundation perfect for us pasty but it just doesn't have very much coverage. If my skins looking good, I could wear this but that just doesn't happen often so I tend to mix it with foundations that are to dark for me but have better coverage to lighten them up a bit. It's a good foundation for people with amazing skin.
Would I repurchase? Yeah probably but I'm not in any rush.

Have you tried any of these products?

Sam xxx

Friday, 30 August 2013

The Pushy Salesperson


This week whiles putting my bin out I was approached by a young man asking me if he could have a minute of my time so he could speak to me about something very important. I needed to get back up to my flat because I was cooking and I told him this but he practically begged me to stay, so I felt to say no would be rude. He worked for a charity and told me a few things about what they support before handing me a form but not actually telling me what it was for or asking whether I was interested in giving money to this charity so I started to fill out said form (by now its close to 10 mins) when I got to the bottom it had boxes to tick of how much I would like to donate a month and then it had a section where they asked for my bank details. I kindly told the boy that 'I don't have my card on me' because you don't really wanna give your bank details to a stranger in the street now do you? I told him I'd go to the website and check it out he said 'well 'I'll come up to your flat it's only there!' I told him I didn't have a card with me at home and that I was sorry. So he gave me a smug look and said 'well how about your online banking then?' I handed him back his form and said 'I'm sorry I've been here a while my boyfriends probably wondering where I am!' and walked away towards the intercom door. He said well 'I'm coming in does your boyfriend have a bank card?' So I replied 'yes he does but he's won't be interested sorry.' He knocked 2 minutes later anyway, as soon as he saw my boyfriend he said sorry wrong door which I thought was odd. Maybe I have a sign above my head saying 'I'll speak to you' only visible to people like this.

This is not the first time where I've felt backed into a corner by someone wanting me to hand over cash, I once was on my way to work and ended spending £50 on Dead Sea salt products that I didn't want or need purely so a sales lady would let me walk past. She didn't care that she made me late to work, she didn't care that I handed over money that I didn't actually have to give. She just wanted to up her commission. I know it's my own fought I should have just said no right? Well I did say no and these people just don't accept that as an answer. I feel that in order to make someone like this understand you have to be firm with them which is something not many of us are good at because we feel it is rude! Now I've thought about this, If I was at work and I told a client she should buy a shampoo and she said that she didn't want it, I would accept that. Thinking about it, it's actually quite rude to expect someone to buy something they have no interest in. Now don't get me wrong I'm not bashing all sales people, if I go to a make up stand and the person serving me tries to sale me something extra thats fine they have a job to do but pushing things on people they don't want or need is unfair and in actual fact I try to avoid that brand of product after this happens.

So to any body that has a problem with pushy sales people I think the solution is to politely but firmly tell them No I am not interested and if they don't listen well then just carry on walking away. You spoke to them politely and they rudely didn't respect your response. You are not the one being rude - the way I see it now is that you don't have to stand and listen to them and you don't have to make excuses. Maybe next I get a pushy salesperson I might try to sell them something laying at the bottom of my bag and see how they like being pushed into buying crap. 

Has this ever happened to you? or are you not as chicken as I have previously been?

Sam xxx

Ps I know the start of this post was about a 'charity worker' and that isn't normally seen as a salesperson but I looked up the job and the wages for a fundraiser is performance based, ranging from £9-14. So technically a sales person. 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips


Hey Dolls,
Today's post is about most bloggers favourite Maybelline Baby Lips.


(Left to Right)  Cherry Me, Pink Punch, Hydrate

 (Left to Right)  Cherry Me, Pink Punch, Hydrate

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Make up in the 1920s - Photo Heavy Post.



Hi Lovely Readers,
Hope you're all having a lovely day. So as I mentioned before I am obsessed with make up so I thought why not write a post about where I believe it all began. Make up existed before the twenties yes but not in the same way. 

Some 1920's stars you should look up, if you're looking for inspiration -

Clara Bow
Taken from - andreaelissa.blogspot.com 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

NOTD - Red Heart and Cream



So I had some acrylic falsies put on earlier this week, it's not something that happens often for no other reason than I'm too lazy to walk to the nail shop, plus it hurts a little - yes I know I'm a wimp! 
Anyone else think it hurts?
They painted my nails a lovely shade of red using an OPI nail polish I wish I got the name of. 
I didn't really like having long red nails for some reason, maybe it's the shape. 
I decided to paint them this nude colour instead that is in fact called Almost Nude, it's a Collection Lasting Gel Colour currently selling for £2.50 in Boots, to mix it up a little though I decided to add a heart to my ring finger so they didn't look boring, because nobody really likes boring now do they?. To do the hearts I used BarryM Gelly Hi Shine in Blood Orange, £3.99. I definitely would of had all the tips like this with the hearts but I just don't have that sort of skill when it comes to my own nails.



Hope you're all having a lovely day! 
Sam xxx


Sunday, 18 August 2013

ASOS Outfit - BBQ.

Dress - Lipstick - Rings - Necklace - Bag - Shoes - Kimono
All from ASOS.


ASOS is my favourite place to shop online, whenever I fancy a little browse of what the internet has to offer my wardrobe, ASOS is the first place I think to look. What I love about this site is it caters to so many of your needs, you can find an entire outfit for almost any occasion even down what shade of lipstick you want to wear. They have free delivery and returns so you don't have to worry if something doesn't suit/fit you and if you ever have a problem they get back relatively quickly.
So this is going to be the start of my ASOS outfit post - everything in these post will come from the site.

So I thought I'd start out with an outfit for a BBQ seeing as the weather has been pretty decent here in England for a while (a rarity).
I thought I'd go with the monochrome look with a splash of orange/red. 
This outfit totals at £183.50. 

A cheaper alternative

Beautysets - BBQ outfit 2

Totalling at £62.39

Let me know what outfit you prefer? I still haven't mastered photoshop so I'm using Beautysets for now with these sorts of post.

Hope you're all enjoying your Sunday!
Sam xxx

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Mid-August Fashion Wishlist

Beautysets - August wishlist

  1. Missguided Floral Dresses (left £19.99 - right £22.99) - Love a floral dress and Missguided seem to be delivering at the moment. So many to choose from!
  2. Topshop I Hate Everyone Tee (£18) - This top is probably for a teenagers but I adore it  - I'll rock it with a leather jacket, leggings and some DM's, unleashing my inner Emo self that I'm sure we all have inside us.
  3. Converse in Burgundy Schuh (£50) - Who doesn't need a pair of burgundy converse?
  4. Minkpink Playsuit ASOS (£38) This print is to die for, loving the colours too! Can't beat a playsuit. 
  5. Office Paintbox T-bar Shoes (£48) - To wear with frilly socks and floral dresses. Unleashing my inner 4 year old now. 
  6. ASOS Tube Pants (£30) - I have these in light blue and they are so comfortable and also flattering, if you don't feel comfortable in jeans like myself you might feel differently about these.
Just a quick one today, hope you're all having a good weekend! 

Sam xxx

Friday, 16 August 2013

Lipcote Lipstick Sealer




Lipcotes one of those products I've known about for ages even as a small child I knew 'it kept your lipstick on' its been going since the 1950s and although I'm a lover of most things beauty related and very intrigued about products that our Granny's used to use in their day I never really felt like I needed this product in my life but I picked it up on one of my trips to Superdrug because I've been buying a lot of lipsticks recently and just thought why not?
You apply your lipstick bloat with tissue, repeat. 
Evenly brush on Lipcote over and slightly beyond lipstick. 
Keep lips parted and allow to set. 

After applying and allowing to set.

Considering this has been around for such a long time, I thought that it would do the thing it claims to do and do it well - Wrong! It made my lipstick go sticky and cakey within the first hour of me putting it on. After about 2 hours of applying it I had to get it off, it felt disgusting and looked even worst. Below you'll see what I mean and that was only taken after an hour. Now maybe I did something wrong, I don't know, in a way it would be nice if I had so I could make it work another way, if you've used this and it worked for you, let me know how maybe?. 
The idea of this product is amazing - who doesn't want there lipstick to last all day? But sadly it just doesn't work for me! I've read reviews about an ArtDeco one called Magicfix that's supposed to be brilliant but its quite pricey so I don't know whether I'm willing to take the risk of buying it and it doesn't work. Anyway this didn't break the bank at  £3.69 but it's still disappointing.

After an hour of wearing, I drank coffee and this happened.

Have you tried this product?  If so how did you feel about it?
Sam xxx

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Monday, 12 August 2013

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick Swatches



The Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipstick collection have been around for a while now and have a wide range of colours so there is something for everybody's skin tone. All of these lipsticks have pretty much the same formula, they are very pigmented and have excellent staying power, the lipsticks don't bleed and you can also wear the darker shades (01, 107, 111) as a stain by applying the lipstick and blotting it off with tissue to give that bee stung look rather than a bold lip. They can be quite drying so I recommend using a lip balm before applying to prime the lips, if you have chapped lips and exfoliating them doesn't help then you should probably stay away from these while you lips are suffering as they will probably make your lips look 10 times worst.

My favourite have to be 01 as it's the first one I purchased and 107 because it's such a vampy colour, it's only been worn twice though as it really washes me out, when winter comes I'll be trying to make it work for me again as I love it.

These lipsticks retail at £5.49 but you can sometimes find them cheaper on sites like Fragrance Direct.

Have you tried any of these? What's you Favourite one?

Sam xxx


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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Face of the day - Classic Red Lip.


Hello Lovely Blog Readers, 

It's been a while - hope you've been well. Just a quick post today and my first face of the day post, the good ol' red lips and winged liner. This is definitely one of my favourite and most worn make up looks as I find it very easy to wear. It's an all round classic and can be suitable for day or night time in my opinion.


 Products used -
Maybelline Color Tattoo in 65-Pink Gold and 35-On and on Bronze
Sleek Eye Brow Palette in Light
MUA Waterproof Eyeliner in Black
L'oreal Lumi Magique Foudation in Rose Pearl 
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Light porcelain 
(Foudations mixed together)
Bourjois Je T'aime Little Round Pot Blush in Rose d'Or
Collection No Clump Definition Mascara in Black
Collection Lasting perfection Concealer in Light 
Maybelline Superstay 14hrs Lipstick in Ravishing Rouge

Do you own any of these products? Any questions please leave a comment? 

Sam xxx

Friday, 12 July 2013

June favourites

Helloooo Lovely Blog Readers,

Todays post in my June favourites -






ELF Kabuki Face Brush - This little beauty is so soft and such a bargain at £6, I got mine for £3 though as ELF had one of there many 50% off deals going on. They actually have one this weekend. I use this to set my foundation with powder and find it a dream to use and clean.

Sleek Blush in Pixie Pink - This is such a pretty bright pink blush, so pigmented too so be careful and light handed when applying. I love that sleek blushes packaging and the fact they have a mirror. I'm super pale and this works really well for my skintone.

Sarah Jessica Parker NYC Perfume - Amazing summer scent, so sweet and fruity! The packaging is probably what made me want to by this though, so eye catching. This is my second bottle of many to come. Fairly cheap too

Garnier Body Intensive 7 days Moisturiser - I've had this version (dry skin) and one for very dry skin and I like them both equally, they smell delicious and really feel lovely on the skin. They don't sink in straight away but you don't really feel sticky like some moisturisers, if that makes sense?! Normally these are on offer somewhere - both of mine cost around £3. Good for people that are lazy with moisturisers cause you could probably do it every other day. I know thats naughty though!

Maybelline BB cream in Light - Now I really like this product even though you don't get much coverage from it at all, sometimes it's to hot for a full face or maybe you're just not going anywhere special so I use this and concealer under my eyes it has SPF30 which is good and it does sort of blur imperfections so I feel confident enough to wear it out in public.

Avene Skin Recovery Cream - I'm in LOVE this stuff, don't have any desire to even look at another moisturiser. It's just been my skins saviour in the last month. Every moisturiser (except Simple ones) I used before this just didn't agree with my skin. So happy I found this!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while, no excuses I'm a bad blogger!

Hope you all have a good weekend! The weather here in England is supposed to be beautiful sunshine - this is a very rare occurrence. It would be nice is I could catch a tan but hey we can't have everything. I'm going to a BBQ sunday so I'll be sitting it the shade in my factor 40.

What's your june favourite? Leave your blog links if you have one I'd love to read some new blogs.

Sam xxx

Sleek Blush - Pink Pixie
 




Monday, 24 June 2013

Current Skincare Routine

Hello Lovelies,

Hope your all having a lovely day - heres my current skincare rountine!







Products Used
L'Oreal Skin perfection 15 second Miracle Cleansing Oil
L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution
Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser
Garnier Soft Essential Comforting Cream Wash
Bioderma Crealine H2O Solution Micellaire Water
Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser
Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Cream
Avene Skin Recovery Cream

As bad as this may sound I have only recently started looking after my skin properly, say the last 6 months or so before that it was a quick swipe with a face wipe. In this time I have tried many skincare products some I have loved and some I wish that I'd never laid eyes on but these are the skincare products that are looking after my face at the moment. My routine is very basic but works well for me, I have dry/dehydrated skin so these products might not be suitable for those of you with oily skin.

Mornings

First thing I do in the morning is use my Avene Extremely Gentle cleanser on a cotton pad - this cleanser as it states in the name is extremely gentle so I use it because my skins dry and I don't like to use a face wash on it twice in one day. Then I use my Simple Light moisturiser and Simple Eye cream and that is all. I let it soak into the skin and then apply make up. Yes I know my morning skincare is reeeeally short and theres not much to it but it doesn't take a long time which means I can stay in bed longer and my skin prefers it that way!

Evenings

I start by soaking a cotton pad with either my Bioderma Micellaire water or my L'Oreal Micelle water, I then place it on my eye for around 20 seconds and gentle wipe then flipping the cotton pad and using the back to do the other eye, then with a dry face I massage two - three pumps of the L'Oreal 15 second Miracle Cleansing Oil all over avoiding the eye area (you can use this on your eyes but it makes them go cloudy for a little while afterwards so I pass on that) then rinse it off with luke warm water, then I use the Garnier Face Wash, occasionally I'll use a muslin cloth as well for a little exfoliation but not every day. After rinsing that off sometimes I use toner but I normally go straight to moisturiser and eye cream (Simple Kind to Eyes again) I'm currently using the Avene Skin Recovery cream, this has been my saviour in the last couple of weeks an I believe that due to this product my skin is in much better condition than it has been in a long time I actually don't mind looking at myself in the mirror with a naked face since I've been using this, I've never really suffered from acne or anything like that but my skin does have a tendency to look a little dull because I'm so pale, but not so much anymore.

Avene Extremely Gentle cleanser - This is perfect for people that are worried about drying their skin out or have sensitive skin, it's so gentle but it still leaves your skin feeling clean. It doesn't leave a greasy residue either which is a bonus. Avene products are especially good for people that suffer from skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and burns as its said to have healing properties due to the thermal spring water in it.

L'Oreal Cleansing Oil - so good at removing make up, sometimes I'll just use this to remove make up before re-applying it for a night out, on these occasions I'll use a toner to make sure all the make up i gone and the cotton pad it almost always completely clean. I've never used a cleanser that removes make up as well as this does and/or as easy as this does, it really is effortless. I can't find any faults with this products other than it can leave you with blurry vision if you use it on your eyes but it doesn't sting or anything. It does contain mineral oil and most people have a big problem with this ingredient but I'm not to worried about it at the moment to be honest.

Avene Skin Recovery cream - another little beauty from Avene, this is only the second product I have tried from Avene and I'm not disappointed, I use it as a night cream although it says to apply night and day because it can be a little thick and sometimes greasy. It's not to thick though and doesn't have a noticeable smell either

Garnier Face wash - This face wash is pretty good, it hasn't wowed me but no face wash ever has. It doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and thats a big problem for me normally so althoguh I'm not head ocer heels in love with this product I can't see myself rushing out to find something else.

Simple Light moisturiser and Simple Eye cream - these two products are quite similar both quite light but still moisturising. The eye cream soothes my tired eyes at night but yet wakes them up in the mornings, I have dark circles and this doesn't really do much to help that but it does stop them from looking puffy. The face moisturiser doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy and acts as a good primer to most of my foundations. It doesn't contain SPF but in some ways I'm glad because I feel like SPF in moisturisers break me out!

Bioderma and L'Oreal Micellar Water - These are pretty much the same thing but the Bioderma is a slightly better product but harder to get hold of, they do stock it in the UK now though but it's still not easy to get hold of. I got mine from eBay a while back! The L'Oreal one is really good too but it's just not as effortless as the Bioderma to get my eye make up off. If I was wearing heavy eye make up then Bioderma would be the one I picked up but for everyday use the L'Oreal one is still a fave of mine and brilliant at removing eye make up without causing my eyes to sting. if you compare prices too there isn't much different between the pair to be honest - it's around £12.49 on eBay for a 500ml bottle of Bioderma, £15 if you including postage and around £4.99 for a 200ml bottle of the L'Oreal but this can be found on offer in Boots and Superdrugs quite often. Both are worth it!

I'm actually looking for a separate SPF product that will go between my make up and moisturiser. I'm thinking about Cliniques City Block SPF45, Have any of you tried this? If not what do you use or recommend?

Sam xxx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

My Confession.......

Hello Beautiful Blog Readers,

So I've got a confession to make I am a 'slight' shopaholic. Now I say slight because I don't actually think I'm that bad but everybody that knows me thinks I've got problems. The reason I don't think I'm that bad is because I never spend what I don't have and never go without food or struggle to pay my bills due to my spending habits and thats not because I'm paid tonnes a month either - just careful. Some people live waiting for the next months pay so they can spend it all in one weekend and then the vicious cycles starts again. I'm very much a bargain hunter and tend to spend little amounts very often -  I can't describe the feeling of happiness when buying for example 40 pairs of lashes for £1.99 from china (that will take a month to get here) or that cute dress in the ASOS sale for £15 that I can not live without, how could I possibly forgive myself if I never find a dress as amazing as this one again. Honestly shopping is my weakness it really makes my day, when I'm feeling down shopping is my answer to all things that are bad in the world, I get an urge to just buy something, anything! Thing is shopping isn't the answer to everything, tea is apparently. I need to get over myself basically! Filling my bag up with goodies on websites and then not actually buying them works occasionally but doesn't always curb the itch. The money spent on pointless things that are not needed could easily be saved and spent on a holiday, new furniture, the pair of Christian Louboutins I've always wanted or something that I do actually need. 
So the decision has been made  I'm putting myself on a spending ban till the 26th of July (my birthday), every time I feel the urge to go to superdrugs or boots and buy make up I'll go and then add up all the contents of my basket before putting it all back on shelves. The money I would've spent will go in a pot to see how much could have actually gone to waste and hopefully teach me a lesson. 

Because of the spending ban that's officially starts tomorrow, I decided to take a trip to Superdrugs and bought these 4 little babies as a farewell present to my bad ways! 

MUA eyeshadow in Shade 30 Pearl
MUA Plumping lipgloss in Sienna  (I don't even wear lipgloss) 
MUA eyebrow pencil in Blonde 
Maybelline Mega Plush mascara in Black 
(L-R) Brow Pencil, Lipgloss, Eyeshadow

What's your weakness? Have you ever put yourself on a spending ban? 
I'll let you all know how I got on and how much I saved. Hopefully I succeed! 

Sam xxx