Go Team GB! Show your support with these Union Jack goodies!

INTRO

Here are a few fabulous beauty buys to get you all in the mood for the Olympics, obviously I’m a Brit and therefore these are all British themed beauty buys!

 

A staple fave for those bad hair days, Batiste have a released this Brit version available at larger supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug.

 

 

This adorable version of one of my fave basic lip treats is available at chaptick.co.uk and has SPF10 yay!

 

 

If you’re looking for a real treat then grab these luxurious goodies from high end brand Elemis at timetospa.co.uk

 

 

The Tangle Teezer is well loved by many bloggers and I will certainly be snapping up this cute Union Jack print one!

 

 

Beautify your fingers and toes with these super easy nail wraps from one of my favourite nail polish brands Nails Inc, these gorgeous wraps are available from debenhams.

 

Look of the Week

 

Eyes:

I started by using Maybelline’s 24hr Colour Tattoo eyeshadow in 40 – ‘Permanent Taupe’ as my base all over the lid and up to the crease. I also used my finger to lightly place some along the lower lashes.

Using the Naked palette by Urban Decay I used a flat stiff brush to pat ‘Sidecar’ on top of this on the lid.

Next I used a fluffly dome brush to blend ‘Toasted’ into my crease and on the outer part of my lower lashes.

I then took a smaller stiff dome brush to darken the outer corners with ‘Hustle’.

I then used Stila’s Convertable Eye Colour in ‘Berry’ as a liner along my top and bottom lashes and finished with a coat of Lancome’s Hynose Drama mascara.

 

Cheeks:

I blended MAC’s ‘Tenderling blusher along my cheekbones and up towards my temples.

 

Lips:

The eyes are the focus here so I kept the lips fairly neutral with just a swipe of Barry M’s lipgloss in number 2.

Moroccan Oil

 

What is it?

‘A unique ultra-light formula rich in antioxidant argan oil that instantly absorbs into hair to immediately enhance manageability, shine and deliver long term conditioning without leaving residue.’

 

The Review

I cannot fault this product on anything but the packaging – which is glass and therefore impractical for travelling. It does however come with a screw top lid AND a pump which is great.

The product itself does exactly what the bottle says, its absorbs immediately and leaves my hair moisturised, shiny and soft.

I wash and condition my hair as normal then towel dry it gently before squirting 3 pumps in my palm. I then rub my palms together and run them through the mid section to ends of my hair. I then use my Tangle Teaser to brush through my hair and leave to dry naturally.

If the ends look a little dry after it’s dry I will use another half pump just on the ends.

This product has honestly been a complete miracle worker. My hair has been bleached, highlighted and dyed very dark then lifted to my natural colour again. It is also consistantly abused by straighteners, curling tongs, heated rollers and the dreaded backcombing brush which unfortunately cannot really be avoided in my line of work.

Moroccan Oil is something I just can’t live without and is perfect if your hair is dry or damaged and needs some extra love.

Worth the Money?

I bought mine for £30.45 from my local salon and bearing in mind I use it every day, it lasted me just over 2 months and for the results I get it’s worth every penny!

This product is available from most good salons and a host of websites including the official Moroccan Oil site :

http://moroccanoil.com/

 

Clarisonic Mia – FULL REVIEW

 

 

What is it?

A deep cleansing skin brush that cleans deep into pores. I have the lavender one, however, other colours are available.

Initial thoughts?

I use this as instructed by the booklet that comes with it, it does come with the clarisonic cleanser but I prefer to stick to my lovely Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as i know that this works for my skin.

I first remove my make up with a combination of a wipe and eye make up remover, or Bioderma and some cotton pads. This is IMPORTANT – the clarisonic mia (and the other clarisonics) are for CLEANSING the skin and are not designed for removing make up. Other than that, I’m sure no one wants a discoloured brush head if they can help it!

After removing my make up I then apply my cleanser to my face evenly, wet the brush head, turn it on and move the clarison mia over my skin gently in circular motions. It will turn itself off after 1 minute.

You are advised to use the brush for 20 seconds on your nose and chin area, 20 seconds on your forehead and 10 seconds on each cheek.

The Clarisonic  Mia is hassle free and easy to use and I love the fact it’s travel friendly because its small and the charger is small too – no big cradle like its bigger counterparts!

The Results?

I have been using this for about 10 weeks now and I have to say I have seen a huge improvement in how my skin looks and feels. I first used the ‘sensitive’ brush head that comes with the Clarisonic Mia when you purchase it and this seemed to work for my skin, however, I did some research and others have found that switching to the ‘normal’ brush head have resulted in even bigger improvements to the skin.

After discovering this, as my skin isn’t super sensitive I bought the ‘normal’ brush head about 3 weeks in and boy did it make a difference!

Having said this, I thoroughly recommend that if you do purchase this item as I did, you use the ‘sensitive’ brush head for a couple of weeks first as your skin may well respond very well to it. Other than this, the ‘sensitive’ brush head is gentler and is ideal for getting your skin adapted to being cleansed in this way.

My skin is clearer, brighter and softer and just generally looks far more healthy. I think this product is perfect for anyone  who loves a deep cleanse and wants to look after their skin or for those of us with more problematic skin as this product really does cleanse beautifully without irritation or redness.

 

Worth the Money?

I’m not going to lie to you, this is not cheap – it costs £120 … BUT … If your skin is something that makes you feel insecure because you have problems with it then I firmly believe it’s worth every penny.

Even if your skin is ok but you constantly wear a lot of make up and need a thorough clean or you like to really take care of your skin this is ideal.

If you can’t afford it why not chuck it on your birthday/christmas list? That’s what I did 😉

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

 

 

 

 

What are they?

Moisturising ‘balms’ with buildable colour.

 

Thoughts?

I only have one shade (as pictured) in ‘Honey’ which is a natural pink but I am already in love with these and desperate to get my hands on some of the other colours – there’s definitely something for everyone.

The staying power – as to be expected – is about 3/4 hours but then these bad boys don’t claim to be long lasting and are pretty moisturising so perfect if you like some colour but find normal lipsticks too drying or uncomfortable to wear.

These have a slight peppermint smell but I feel like it wears off pretty quickly and isn’t overpowering, just very pleasant.

I’ve also found that although the colour goes on initially fairly sheer, you can easily build the colour up and I am one of those people that likes to have that option.

These balm stains aren’t super shiny or glittery, they just give your lips a plump, healthy sheen and I love the fact that you don’t sharpen them. You twist the bottom and more product comes up, just like a regular lipstick.

I tried the Clinique Chubby Sticks and I feel like this is Revlon’s version and frankly, although I adore the Chubby Sticks, these are equally as good, if not better AND a fraction of the price.

 

Where can I buy?

They retail for £7.99 normally HOWEVER, I got mine in Boots and right now they are only £5.99!

You can get your hands on these lovelies at larger supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and as always, the Revlon website:

http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Products/Lips/Lipstain/Just-Bitten-Kissable-Balm-Stain.aspx

 

 

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

What is it?

A light moisturiser infused with tea oil to hydrate the skin whilst helping to control and prevent blemishes.

Worth the Money?

I got on with this moisturiser very well and am actually on my second tube.

Now, this has in no way replaced my Liz Earle oily/combination skin moisturiser as I use this at night time as its richer. This moisturiser has become my favourite to use under make up, or even just as my morning moisturiser if I’m not wearing any.

Everyone knows a good base makes a difference to how make up will sit on your face and for me, although I don’t suffer with full on acne and generally have pretty good skin, I am prone to small breakouts in my T-zone where I get oily.

I expect that this is also due to the line of work I’m in as if I’m shooting you can guarantee I will have heavy make up on and we all know that constantly wearing a lot of make up can have a negative effect on the skin.

This moisturiser isn’t particularly thick or particularly runny, although a little goes surprisingly far. The smell is somewhere inbetween tea tree and fresh grass but I don’t feel it’s overpowering and it certainly didn’t put me off. Let’s face it, if you’ve purchased a product with tea tree in it then it’s going to smell like it!

This moisturiser is ideally suited to normal, combination or oily skin as it has mattifying properties and is therefore not suitable for dry skin.

It applies smoothly and evenly and feels lovely and fresh on the skin leaving me sufficiently moisturised but not greasy or shiny – ideal for going under make up, especially if you’re prone to getting oily throughout the day.

As for the ‘clearing’ bit, this is by no means a miracle product but I have seen a noticeable improvement in my skin and in the number of breakouts I suffer so for me this is something I will continue to repurchase.

If you have similar skin to mine and just need something for oil control and a bit of preventative action then this is great and will help, if you have more problematic skin then The Body Shop do a whole Tea Tree range of products that I have heard great things about. Tea tree has always been known for its positive effects on problematic skin and I have personally always found that things that work on spots for me always contain it in some form.

Where can I get it?

This product is available from The Body Shop and online stores and retails for £7 for 50ml or £3 for 15ml:

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/shop-by-range/tea-tree/tea-tree-skin-clearing-lotion.aspx

The Body Shop – Earth Lovers Shower Gel

What are they?

Deliciously fresh and fruity shower gels that are completely soap, sulphate, paraben and colourant free. The bottle is also 100% recycled!

 

Worth the Money?

These retail for £5 each for 250ml and come in 7 variations, including an unscented one – ideal for sensitive skin.

Their bestseller is ‘watermelon and eucalyptus’ and I can see why, it smells divine!

All of these lather very well for something with no sulphates (if you use sulphate free shampoo you will know what I mean) or soap and last me about 5 weeks which for me is very good indeed!

They don’t smell overpowering but do enough to fill the room a little and leave the scent lingering on the skin for a couple of hours afterwards.

I had never been a huge ‘shower gel person’ until I discovered these and now they’re my favourite, they’re earth friendly, reasonably priced, last ages and smell gorgeous while leaving me feeling delightfully clean and fresh. Even the unscented one lathers nicely, cleans well and feels lovely on my skin.

I’m very impressed with these and it is especially impressive that an unscented variation is available.

All in all? Worth every penny!

These are available from The Body Shop stores or online : 

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/search/search.aspx?Search=earth%20lovers%20shower%20gel&orderdesc=true&catcode=*

 

 

When in PARIS – Bioderma H2O

QUICK INTRO

As you may have guessed if you look at my recent tweets I am in Paris for work. I do apologise for not blogging sooner, I am no good at french and have only just managed to get the wifi to work! Anyway ….

Many of you will already know that Bioderma is a french brand known for its kindness to skin, however it still maintains its effectiveness when removing make up. As its widely available here, I have picked some up and thought I would give you an overview of this product.

 

 

What does it do?

Bioderma H20 is formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin, the clear solution cleanses the face and eyes, gently but effectively removing make up, it even removes water-resistant make-up. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance as it is pH neutral and contains no soap. It also contains soothing and decongesting active ingredients that prevent that raw, irritable feeling that can sometimes be associated with removing make up and cleansing the skin thoroughly.

Worth the Money?

This has to be one of the best all in one cleansers I have tried.

Now, you all know I am besotted with Liz Earle products and continue to use them religiously along with my Clarisonic (on which there will be a full review shortly) however, this is my first choice to initially take my make up off at the end of the day.

I soak a couple of cotton pads with the solution and press the pads into my skin and then swipe away the make up.

Some people have said it takes them ages to get their eye make up off or they use a load of cotton pads etc etc. This should not really be the case, I use on average, three cotton pads for my entire face including eye make up.

As you all know, I wear a reasonably natural look but it is still a full face of make up and generally two coats of mascara. The trick is to do the eye make up bit properly – wiping away at your eye with this stuff will do it but it will cost you a pile off cotton pads as some have said.

The easiest, fastest way to do it in a couple of wipes is to hold the pad over your eye for a few seconds FIRST, this enables the solution to start to dissolve the make up, thus removing it when you wipe away – simples!

I have never had any issues with this product, its effective, it doesn’t dry out my skin, my skin doesn’t feel irritated afterwards, it doesn’t smell weird and best off all – it saves me buying seperate eye make up remover yay!

Without a doubt it is a must have, especially if you have sensitive skin and I can tell you from experience that most make up artists will have it in their kit – it’s that good!

The prices vary and are generally in euros as it is a french brand but a 500ml bottle lasts me nearly 3 months.

 

The only downside to this product is that outside of France, it can be less simple to get hold of, however, the internet is great, just avoid Ebay where possible as often you will pay more than normal. I have listed some alteratives below.

 

Where to buy in the UK:

As I mentioned above, here are some handy websites that those of you in the UK can access this wonderful product from, I promise it’s worth every penny! For those of you outside the UK, the internet is a wonderful thing and many sites stock this product, just search it and you will find something 🙂

http://www.cocooncenter.co.uk/Bioderma-Crealine-H2O-Micelle-Solution-500ml!7564579.html

http://www.leguidesante.co.uk/279/purchase/crealine-cleansing-solution-perfume-free/