Thursday, 27 February 2014

Benefit b.right Radiant Skincare Set


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Benefit b.right radiant skincare set, Benefit Cosmetics
Benefit b.right Radiant Skincare Set - £12.50

Benefit have always been one of my favourite beauty brands, from their amazing products to gorgeous packaging - I'm always drawn in. However their skincare range was something that I had never really took the time to look into, I always knew that they sold skincare items, but for some reason had never tried it. This was until I saw the b.right skincare set being sold over Christmas, and I knew I had to have it.

The b.right Radiance Skincare set contains 6 deluxe minis from their b.right skincare collection, all designed to help give skin bright, radiant, hydrated and youthful looking skin. The assorted mix contains travel sizes on their foamingly clean facial wash, refined finish facial polish, moisture prep toning lotion, triple performing facial emulsion, total moisture facial ream and it's potent! eye cream. If you're a little unsure on how to use each product correctly there is a helpful guide in the plastic bag which was a bit help at first. 

Don't be fooled by the size of these minis, as it does look like you could use them up in one go. But honestly items such as the It's Potent! Eye cream have lasted me several weeks of daily use, as the smallest amount goes a long way. 

I love the idea of this skincare set, as it makes a fab way of trying out Benefit's skincare range before splurging on the full sized products. It also gives you the opportunity of trying everything to see how it works together as opposed to trying the odd item here and there. This collection is perfect whilst travelling, as the products come in a clear plastic zip lock bag, which is great for carrying toiletries and skincare bottles.  

I was actually surprised that the smaller jars were still made from glass just like their bigger sized counterparts. This means that the glass jars can easily be reused when travelling as you can depot the bigger products into these for weekends or nights away. 

Benefit have always been known for their gorgeous packaging of makeup, and their skincare range does not disappoint. Whilst they may not look as fun and bold as their makeup range, the simplistic look for their skincare works and looks quite sleek. All of the jars and bottles in this set not only look gorgeous but have a vintage feel to them and would look lovely stacked together when empty on my vanity. 

Overall I have found these items work really well on my skin, it has begun to look a lot healthier and fresher. I've found that my breakouts have become less often and my eyes don't look as dark as they did in a morning. Everything in the b.right set smells divine, which always makes applying my skincare a dream. I can honestly say there is nothing that I disliked in the set also, which is a rarity for me as you know how it gets with gift sets - there will always be one or two bits you dislike. However that is not the case with this set. 

The b.right Radiant Skincare Set retails for £12.50 which I think is amazing value for money, and a brilliant way of introducing yourself to Benefit's skincare range before splurging double the amount on one product. 

Have you tried the b.right Radiant Skincare Set? Or any of Benefit's skincare range?

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy

Marc Jacobs Daisy 50ml £48

I have been wanting to try a Marc Jacobs fragrance out for what seems like the longest time, and what better excuse to get my hands on one of the perfumes, than Valentines Day? So I asked hinted to the boy that I liked Marc Jacobs Daisy and that Debenhams had 10% off fragrances, so essentially I was helping to save his pennies. Anyways fast forward to Valentines and he handed over my bagged perfume, and I couldn't be happier.

Marc Jacobs Daisy is described as the essence of a youthful spirit, with a sparkling floral bouquet scent that is wrapped in both comfort and warmth. The scent has base notes of vanilla, white woods and musk, with top notes of strawberry, violet leaves and grapefruit and heart notes of violet petals, Jasmine and gardenia. For me this is a scent that works for both day and night, I find that when sprayed on to the skin it can appear a bit strong but this does settle down after around 10 minutes, leaving a gorgeous floral scent. If you have read my other fragrance reviews you may know that I am a big fan of floral scents, and this is again a perfect example of a delicate floral scent that doesn't verge on being sickly at all, instead the floral scent remains fresh and crisp on the skin. 

I find that this will last on my skin the majority of the day and can spray this on for work in a morning, and when I get home there is still a subtle scent on my skin. If you were to take this from day to night you would have to reapply for a stronger smell, but that something to be expected. 

Now the design of the bottle is where I truly fall in love with this perfume, with the delicately shaped daisy lid. This is one of those designs that I find caters to the adult market but at the same time wants to stand proudly and pretty amongst your other perfumes. It's one of those that I wouldn't want to throw away when empty due to how cute the floral decorations are, I love also how the daisies seem to bloom around the gap, growing in size. 

The 50ml bottle retails for £48 which I think whilst being on the slightly pricier side of perfumes, is worth every penny. I find that I only need a couple of sprays when applying to the wrists due to the strong fragrance and know despite being worn frequently will last a long while.

Daisy has quickly become a signature scent of mine, I find this to be a very feminine smell and it's one of those that I seem to love the scent more once it sinks into the skin. I always think the way a perfume sinks into the skin is a major thing, because sometimes a perfume can change completely and you can go from loving the scent to disliking it. However this isn't the case with Daisy, it's a gorgeous scent that is made more loveable by the feminine floral design. 

Have you tried Daisy? What is your favourite Marc Jacobs perfume?

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna

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MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick £15.00

MAC have become quite renown for their Viva Glam campaigns, and this year saw MAC appoint Rihanna as their new official Viva Glam spokesperson for 2014. These campaigns serve as part of their MAC Aids Fund, which donates all of its profits to women, men and children who are affected by Aids and HIV. The latest additions to the Viva Glam range come in the form of a limited edition red frost lipstick and lipglass. 

Now red is normally a colour I stay far far away from, but I've started to feel adventurous and want to delve into shades that I wouldn't normally feel comfortable wearing. For me red is always something I have never felt suited my skintone but since going darker with my hair it seems to have warmed my complexion allowing me to wear darker shades. 

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna is a gorgeous blue toned red lipstick, which I find really flatters my skintone.  For me this is a strange red lipstick, because I find it so versatile, when lightly dabbing this on to the skin it gives the appearance of a wearable deep pink. But when properly applied I find the shade to be a slightly muted red with more neutral undertones, which I find makes this so different to your standard assortment of red lipsticks. I think this is the main reason that I have fallen in love with this shade, due to its wearability and suitability on my skintone. The formula is a frost finish which means that the finish should be quite shimmery, however whilst I think that the shade looks quite glossy I wouldn't necessarily say the finish was very shimmery.

The lipstick itself is packaged in a striking limited edition matte red bullet - completely different to previous Viva Glam lipsticks - with Rihanna's signature adorning the inside of the bullet. I have to say this is my favourite packaging ever for a MAC lipstick. 

I find that the lipstick glides across the lips quite easily, and doesn't tug at all. I popped this on whilst my lips were a little dry and found that it didn't cling to any dry patches either which was a big bonus for me. Frost lipsticks are known for not having great staying power in comparison to other MAC formula's however found that this lasts on my lips for anywhere between 3-5 hours without fading. 

The lipstick retails for £15 which is a standard price for MAC lipsticks, and honestly how can you resist when you know it's going to a good cause? I picked mine up last weekend and the girl on the MAC counter told me that it hadn't been advertised in stores properly which means that you may still be able to get your hands on it, without it being sold out. Honestly I was shocked to get mine on Sunday thinking they would have all sold out on the Friday. 

Have you tried Viva Glam Rihanna? I'd love to know your thoughts!

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Favourite Makeup Brushes

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Favourite Makeup Brushes
LtoR: Real Techniques Powder Brush, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Real Techniques Blush Brush, MAC 130
Sigma E55, Sigma E25, Tweezerman for Benefit Retractable Brow Brush

Brushes are a staple of my makeup routine, each one fulfils a different purpose. I have always been told that the trick for flawless makeup is having the right tools to work with. Over the past couple of years my collection has extensively grown, and I now like to think that I have a great range of brushes which help when applying makeup. I thought I would do something a little different and share with you my favourite makeup brushes, and will apologise for the lack of clean brushes - I haven't got round to washing them yet. 

Real Techniques Powder Brush

First up we have the Real Techniques Powder Brush, this brush is perfect for applying powder. I find the shape and size of the brush really easy to work with, and is a breeze for applying powder to my t-zone. The bristles are really soft which means not only is it soft to the touch, but this brush picks up the perfect amount of product giving a light finish to the skin. 

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

This next brush will come to no surprise for many Real Techniques fans - the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This would probably top my list of favourite makeup brushes, as it has made applying foundation a breeze. I actually own two of these now, I find that no matter what foundation I'm using it helps to quickly blend into my skin leaving a flawless base. 

The only annoying thing about this brush is that it's not available separately, only as part of the Core Collection or Sam's Picks. 

Real Techniques Blush Brush

You might discover a bit of trend happening here, with yet another Real Techniques brush. Another favourite of mine is the Real Techniques Blush Brush, I think this is such a versatile brush for powdered products. I love using this to apply blusher, the tapered brush means that it fits well against my cheeks and picks up just enough product for a rosy glow. This works well also for powdering around the t-zone as the tapered end means you can easily apply powder around your nose. 

MAC 130

The MAC 130 is a shorter duo fibre brush, which again I find has multiple uses. I love using this for both cream blush and concealer. This is perfect for apply concealer around the nose area as the brush is able to fit easily round the area to blend concealer in. Because the brush is firmer than most duo fibre, this makes a perfect brush for cream blusher, as it gives more control when blending the colour out in comparison to lighter brushes. 

Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush

The Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush, is one of my go to eyeshadow brushes, I find this the perfect brush to apply base shadow colours to the lid. Because the bristles are shorter and more dense it picks a lot of product up and blends really well. As the bristles are tapered it makes applying eyeshadow round the crease of the lid really easy with little fallout. 

Sigma E25 Blending Brush

The Sigma E25 Blending Brush, is another of my favourite eyeshadow brushes. When glancing at this brush it looks like a fluffy brush which would be perfect for blending, however is quite dense when you go to use it. I find it has a perfect balance for applying and blending eyeshadow, it means that I can pick darker shades up with this and then blend them outward with this brush also. Again the tapered end of this means that if fits perfectly into the crease of my lid and with any effort blends the lid to create perfect looks. 

Tweezerman for Benefit Retractable Brow Brush

Brows are something I used to not spend a lot of time fussing about, however over the past few months I have become obsessed with grooming my brows. I find that Tweezerman's Retractable Brow Brush for Benefit is perfect for taming my brows before and after filling them. The spoolie helps keep my brows shaped and under control, it may be expensive for what it is but I like how it sets the shape of my brows for the day ahead. 

So these are my favourite brushes, but I'd love to know what your favourite makeup brushes are!

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Batiste Dry Conditioner

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Batiste Dry Conditioner - £3.99

Admittedly I love Batiste, it is a brand that I was introduced to as a teenager, and their dry shampoo has been saving my hair from having a greasy meltdown for years. The little miracle that is dry shampoo meant that I could not only wash my hair every other day but most importantly have an extra 10 minutes in bed. So with already dominating (in my opinion) the dry shampoo market they have introduced their dry conditioner, a concept that I had not heard of before buying this. 

Batiste's Dry Conditioner is described as a smoothing conditioning mist that helps to nourish hair whilst giving it a non-greasy shine. This spray in enriched with Argan Oil which means that it will not only help tame frizzy hair but will hydrate hair follicles also. This is perfect for my hair, and I say that from someone who suffers from ridiculously greasy hair on top and dry ends. I like to spray this on the mid to ends of my hair to help tame frizz and flyaways but to also smooth my hair. This conditioning mist adds hydration to the ends of my hair and honestly if I have gone a couple of days without washing it feels as soft as freshly washed hair. I was a little worried that it may leave my hair looking greasy, but it doesn't at all. 

Batiste are known for their range of products which vary from spray style to scent, and this does not disappoint on the smell side. This is probably one of my most favourite scented products from them, it just smells divine which makes me want to reach for it on a daily basis. I find that it doesn't leave a white residue like dry shampoo, so you don't have to worry about spending a few minutes rubbing your hair to remove the white marks. 

To use this I like to apply my dry shampoo firstly, through the top of hair and sides to remove any grease and oil from my hair. I then like to go over my hair with the conditioning spray with focus on the ends, just to help give my hair shine. This honestly works a treat and you can tell a difference straight away as it leaves my locks looking really glossy and feeling so soft and smooth. The spray itself is really lightweight so it won't weigh your hair down. 

Batiste have done it again and have released yet another holy grail hair product!

Have you tried Batiste's Dry Conditioner yet? I'd love to know your thoughts!

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water

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Lush Tea Tree Water - £3.95

Admittedly I do not own enough Lush products, with my local being small I usually pop to the face masks or the lip scrubs and then I'm gone, but during my last visit their Tea Tree Water caught my eye. Being a big fan of their face masks I thought I couldn't go wrong by branching out and trying another of their skincare items.

The Lush Tea Tree Toner Water is described as an antibacterial spray that will help keep away the bacteria that causes spots. This can be used anytime of the day, whether it be to keep skin refreshed, or as part of your nightly skincare regime. I find that my skin has the tendency to break out easily, from it being that time of the month, stress or simply not a lot of sleep and feeling run down. So with that I'm always after products that can help combat my skin and keep it looking fresh. 

I've been using this toner during my nightly skincare regime, after taking off my makeup and cleansing my face. How I apply this does change night to night, some nights I will spritz a couple of sprays on a cotton wool pad and dab around my face which brings off any makeup or dirt left on skin, and overall leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean before applying moisturiser. Other times I will spray this directly on to the skin as a mist, if my skin doesn't feel or look as bad as it quickly evaporates into the skin and you can feel it working into your pores. Preferably I like to pop this onto cotton and then apply to my skin, I just feel like it's doing more then with removing any last traces of makeup or dirt and then cleaning the skin. 

After using this I have noticed that my skin looks refreshed and even, the oil from my t-zone disappears and redness is significantly reduced. The toner is great to apply under makeup also, as it helps balance the appearance of skin and on acts as a great skin pick me up for the day ahead. 

Lush's Tea Tree Toner comes in two sizes, 100g which retails for £3.95 or the larger 250g bottle for £7.50, which are both really affordable. I know the 100g bottle will last absolutely ages, even when using it daily. 

Overall I have noticed a major difference in the appearance of my skin when using this, my skin feels cleaner and my breakouts are less often and not as worse. I find that when I do have breakouts the addition of this helps to calm them quickly. This is another miracle skincare product from Lush which does exactly what it says on the bottle.

I'd love to know what you're thoughts are on the Lush Tea Tree Toner, or your recommendations for other toner waters?

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Vera Wang Princess

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Vera Wang Princess Perfume - £24.90

A little while ago I did a post on beauty club card points, and after saving a fair bob on my Boots Advantage Card, I decided to treat myself to the Vera Wang Princess Perfume Gift Set as it was reduced in the January sale. I had always been intrigued by the fragrance, and have to admit was pretty much sold on the gorgeously shaped bottle. 

Princess is described as an enchanting celebration of modern femininity with sheer, fruity and floral notes. The scent itself is the perfect mix of fruity and floral notes, which personally describes the perfect fragrance for myself. The top notes contain waterlily, with heart notes of pink guava which give the perfume a fresh yet delicate scent. The base notes contain chiffon vanilla which I find help give the perfume a stronger scent when sprayed onto the skin. 

When first sprayed onto the skin it does come across as a strong scent, however I find that this does die down after about an hour leaving a subtle floral fragrance. Scent wise I find this to be the perfect girly smell, with a young playful vibe if that makes sense. I think this would be the perfect fragrance for both the spring and summer months. 

The packaging of Princess is simply divine, and really does represent everything that the fragrance is about. The bottle gives a Disney Princess feel, with everything that is cute, girly and loveable, and being a big fan of Disney this is perfect. I adore the heart bottle shape, and to begin with I did wonder how this would stand up but the shape does flatten at the bottom of the bottle to allow it to stand proudly amongst your other perfumes. The crown lid is absolutely gorgeous, and pulls off to reveal a little golden ring - unfortunately this is a little to young looking for me, but thought wise is genius as I always fall for these gimmicks. 

Personally for me this falls under a daytime scent with its gorgeous mix of floral and fruity notes, meaning that it may be a bit too light and fluffy for evening wear. However is every bit a feminine perfume that is sweet without being too sickly.

The gift set comes with a body polish and lotion which are similar smells to the perfume, and leave skin not only feeling fresh but smelling fresh and fruity also. 

The set retailed for £24.90 which in the sale was an absolute steal, and as the packaging states get the complete gift set for the price of the perfume which makes an even better deal to be had as the set contains a 30ml bottle of Princess, and 75ml tubes of body polish and lotion. Admittedly this was purchased for the fragrance but I always find the lotions a great accessory to try when mixing up body lotions. 

Vera Wang's Princess has quickly become a staple in my perfume collection, and is a firm favourite when it comes to daytime / work scents. I am so glad to have gotten this with my Boots points, and cannot wait to repurchase. 

Have you tried Princess before? I'd love to know what you think!

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Love Hearts Candle

Love Hearts Candle
Love Hearts Candle
Love Hearts Scented Candle £1

It's safe to say that I have recently acquired an obsession for candles and these cute Love Hearts candles are perfect for a romantic Valentines setting. These cute candles are designed on the famous Love Heart sugary sweets, which not only taste good but look the part also with those little 'Be Mine', 'Kiss Me' slogans printed on each sweet. 

Now we don't always want to fork out money on pricier candles such as Yankee or Neom, so it was a little surprising to come across these candles in both my local Poundland and B&M. I'm not going to lie, I saw the packaging and the fact that they were designed on Love Hearts and I was instantly sold. These are similar to the Skittles and M&M Candles that Poundland sold last year, and these newer additions tempted my sugary desires. 

I picked these candles up in Strawberry Kiss and Luscious Lilac and was surprised at how lovely these smell once burning. Scent wise they aren't too overpowering but leave a light yet cosy smell lingering.

I will be honest, when I say I wasn't 100% on the quality of these products when I first picked them up. Because one, they came from Poundland and two I have come across a few products which aren't as nice as these shall we say. So with saying that when I had a little sniff of these candles I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh these smelt. I find that the lilac candle is slighter stronger scented that the strawberry, but both leave a light scent in my bedroom. 

The only thing I do find with these is that they burn dirtily if that makes sense, hence the reason I didn't clean the candle in the second photo to show you instead of trying to describe it. But I find that sometimes the glass jar needs a wipe or the candle wax itself as it has the tendency to build up with black smoke from the candle wick. You can see this in the photo of the burning candle, which hey it can be easily wiped. 

For a £1 you can't really grumble at both the quality and price of these, and admittedly I adore the gimmick of these sweet candles. I have since picked up a couple of Chupa Chups candles in Strawberry and Strawberries and Cream, can you tell I have a strawberry obsession? Each candle comes in a lovely little ridged glass jar, which I know will be perfect for storing other bits and bobs around my room. 

Have you tried any of the Love Hearts candles? Or Poundland candles? I'd love your recommendations!

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

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L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara - £8.99

For a while I had been debating getting the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara, I loved the idea of thicker and fuller lashes but when I saw the advert I was instantly put off by the gimmicky idea. I found that the advert gave the models very unflattering lashes, however I eventually caved after hearing some good reviews about this. When it comes to my lashes I am after a mascara that leaves my lashes volumised and lengthened lashes, so went in with the hopes that this could help replicate thicker and volumised lashes. 

L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara is described as a mega volume mascara, which creates bold volume to the lashes. Their first 360 degree cone shaped brush is designed to help amplify upper lashes and reveal lower lashes. 

So when I popped the first coat on I was surprised at how my lashes were lengthened instantly, both top and lower. However I do find that as you get to your third and fourth coat the mascara has the tendency to clump and give the appearance of spider lashes. Which I find quite unflattering, in comparison to the gorgeous lengthened lashes you get with the first couple of coats.  I think this is down to the thick formula which means that the lashes are prone to clumping after a few coats. I didn't actually include a photo of my lashes with added coats as I found it very unflattering and honestly quite thick on my lashes. When it comes to applying on my lower lashes I love to just pop a couple of coats as it gives the appearance of significantly longer lashes and makes the more prominent compared to what my lashes look like without mascara. 

The brush is something I have never come across before with a mascara, the 360 degree brush allows you to make zigzag movements from root to tip. I find that because this brush has bendable movement it means that when you apply this to the lashes the brush is very light which I think helps to lengthen the lashes, and probably the lightest brush I have ever used to apply a mascara.

In terms of lasting power, I have found that this lasts all day and don't have to worry about rubbing my eyes, as the mascara will stay put. I don't believe that the formula is waterproof, but is quite water resistant and hard wearing meaning that it will stay put. With saying that I do find that it moves easily when removed with my Garnier Micellar Water. 

The mascara itself comes in 3 colours: black, purple and turquoise. I love how these colours play towards the whole manga vibe with brightly coloured eyes. However I don't think I'd be able to pull these colours off, so for now will stick to regular black.  

Miss Manga retails for £8.99 which is pretty standard when it comes to drug store mascaras, unfortunately because of the tendency this has to clump I don't think I'd repurchase and stick to my favourite Benefit mascara. 

Have you tried Miss Manga? What are your thoughts?

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - £4.99

Micellar Water has become a much talked about product since the release of Bioderma's infamous micellar water. However if you aren't able to visit Paris it becomes a costly product to buy within the UK and so, have been on the lookout for a cheaper alternative to introduce Micellar Water to my skincare regime, this is where Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water came in.

Garnier describe this as a super efficient and gentle way to cleanse and remove makeup. The cleansing water gently lifts away makeup and impurities from the skin and can be applied to the face, eyes and lips. Like I mentioned above, I'd never used micellar water before, and after hearing so many positive reviews I couldn't wait to try the cleansing water out, and since they hit the drugstores it made a lot more of an accessible product to try. 

I find that this does a fab job of removing both makeup and dirt from my face of an evening, and best of all? I can do this with just one cotton pad, including my eyes and lips. I do find that I usually have to fold the cotton pad over and then split the piece to get the most out of the water but it all does the trick. Sometime depending on what I'm wearing on my eyes I do have to rub a little extra, but this is a great quick way to remove makeup. I like to use this at the start of my skincare regime to remove makeup and dirt from my face before continuing with my Clinique cleanser just to make sure my skin is super clean. This is not only a great cleanser to clean the face, but this is a lovely way to freshen up my skin if it feels grubby or first thing in the morning before applying makeup. 

According to the bottle you get 200 uses from the 400ml bottle, which I think will be approximately right, because a little does go a long way and to begin with I found myself putting more liquid onto the cotton wool pad than what was needed. The moisture seeps through so it's possible to rip and bend the cotton to get the most out of this when cleaning the skin.

The cleansing water is fragrance free which means that the formula will be gentle enough for those with sensitive skin, and for use around the eyes. 

For £4.99 I think that this is an absolute steal, and I have heard that Savers are selling this for £2.99 - an ever bigger bargain. My only gripe is that this is a little tricky to get a hold of in stores, as my local Boots don't stock it so have to go to Superdrug.

I love that micellar waters have finally reached drugstores, but would love to know your thoughts on Bioderma or are you sticking to these cheaper alternatives?

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Soap and Glory Dr Spot

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Soap and Glory Dr Spot - £8.00

The past 3 weeks has taken a battering to my skin, with being on a range of antibiotics and generally being ill, my skin has unfortunately suffered. This has meant redness and pesky spots have made a home for themselves on my face. With going back to work this week after being off last due to illness, I was in need of something that would help clear my skin up quickly of the spotty mess it had become, and on my search found this little gem in my skincare basket. 

Dr Spot is described as a super strength breakout clearing gel that contains pore-refining salicylic and lactic acids which they like to describe as a poreshrinker. The gel also contains a blend of irritation soothers, redness reducers and oil secretion slowers which means that this gel will not only help clear spots, but also tightens pores, reduces redness and inflammation whilst smoothing the skins surface.

Being a fan of spot treatment gels I was interested in seeing how this would work, and honestly I'm surprised at how well this little beauty healed my skin. The next morning my blemishes had reduced significantly and the redness in my face had almost gone. I've been using this a few nights now to help clear up the rest of my skin and have been able to see visible changes each morning, I can feel my skin getting back to the condition it had been.

Dr Spot is really easy to apply to the skin, you only need a pea sized amount to cover the face. I like to simply dab this over blemish areas that you wish to treat and leave it to sink into the skin. This does start to give a burning sensation once on the skin, but I always think that this means that it's doing something to help heal my face. Dr Spot is a clear gel so you don't have to worry about white patches, like how you would if you were sporting the Sudocrem face. Being a clear gel this makes a great product to use under makeup as it's not sticky and will help reduce blemishes throughout the day. 

The only gripe I do have with this product is that you have to be careful when opening the tube as it has the tendency to start spilling outwards, meaning you do a quick dash to scoop up the product to avoid wasting any. 

Despite this you do get fantastic value for money, for £8 you get 15ml of product which compared to Clinique's 15ml for £14 or Origins 10ml for £14 again. I think this is on offer at the moment in Boots for either £5-6 which makes an even bigger and better bargain to be had. 

Since Soap and Glory have changed their skincare packaging, I have fallen in love with the simplicity of it. It does have that clinical feel to it, but I think this works for skincare as they have really upped the anti to give the appearance of a brand that will work wonders for your skin.

This makes a great cheaper alternative to the higher end spot gels, have you tried this out? Or are you a fan of higher end blemish treatments?

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Benefit Gimme Brow

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Benefit Gimme Brow in Light / Medium - £14.00

So last weekend Benefit had a little stint on QVC to showcase their latest product, Gimme Brow; an innovative brush-on fibre gel which bonds to the skin and hair to create amazing brows. I was looking forward to seeing this product on the show, and was simply amazed watching Lisa (Benefit's head makeup artist) apply this on the models. It looked so easy and the results were incredible, so naturally I had to add this little baby to my shopping cart and get it before the store release next month.

Now I will admit when I opened this product I did think it looked quite small, and that's because you only get 3g's of product. The brush tip is small also, the easiest way to describe the size is to compare it to being the same size as my baby fingernail. However saying that, it is designed to be precise for applying to the brows, and despite the small size I do see this lasting a while (hopefully).

Unfortunately I am not blessed with thick lashes, they do have their flaws. They are a little sparse, especially towards the end where they seem to just disappear. So I am always on the lookout for the perfect brow product that will leave me with thick and darker brows that stand out. I always want something that I can quickly apply when in a rush as I don't always have the time to whip out Brow Zings. 

So I popped this on my brows and was surprised at how easy this was to apply, instead of following the little guide with the product I did it the way Lisa did on QVC - by going against the brow hairs and then going back over them the in short strokes into the hairs. I was surprised at how this quickly this tinted the brows, defined them and ultimately left them looking thicker. 

Formula wise, it's something that I've never really tried before when it comes to a brow product. I normally like to use a pencil and then a tint to set the brows. However this formula is different to most tinted brow gels, it feels more lightweight than others which feels lovely as your brows don't feel cakey. The one thing I have come to dislike is the way that tinted gels tend to leave brows hard and crunchy, however Gimme Brows doesn't do this. After coating your brows with this, you can easy shape them further with a spoolie, and then add more product where needed.  

The gel formula is waterproof also, which means it ain't budging for anything. I put this to the test whilst washing my hair as I always seem to get water everywhere, and safe to say this thing stayed on my brows. It also doesn't budge throughout the day, I popped this on at around 10 this morning as was still there at half 7 when I washed my hair. 

Gimme Brow comes in the choice of two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Deep, now I was a bit unsure which shade to go for but in the end opted for Light/Medium, which is the perfect shade for my brows. 

Overall this product really helps define your brows, and cuts down on application time as this acts as a pencil and gel all in one. I find it takes literally a couple of minutes to create darker yet natural looking brows. I believe this isn't released in Benefit stores until mid Feb and in department stores like Debenhams next month. So if you are an eager beaver you can buy this on QVC, and it is a product that won't disappoint.

Are you looking forward to the release of Gimme Brow? Or did you buy off QVC?


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