Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Review| Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser - Normal/Combination

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser - Normal/Combination Skin*

"This perfectly balanced moisturiser softens, smoothes and conditions skin for a naturally healthy-looking glow"

We all know that in the colder months of Autumn/Winter our skin needs a little extra care, attention and protection from the harsher weather conditions we experience. Let me tell you about this fabulous product I've been using lately, the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser.

This moisturiser is Step 3 of the Liz Earle Daily Essentials range. You can see my reviews on Step 1 -Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser HERE, & my review on Step 2 - Instant Boost Skin Tonic HERE.

The moisturiser is actually very thick and creamy, which I wasn't expecting from the normal/combination option. Unfortunately my skin is a little too oily for this moisturiser so I haven't been using it every day, just a couple of times a week. But when I do use it, it instantly makes my skin feel softer and smoother and more radiant. I would advise only using a small amount at a time as it can be quite heavy on the skin, but this only means one good thing... It will last a long time!

The formula is a luxuriously thick cream which is slightly yellow(not too sure why) and is packed full of naturally active ingredients such as Avocado Oils & Vitamin E, which replaces lost moisture and protects against dryness. It does have a slightly floral scent, nothing too overpowering but actually quite relaxing & therapeutic.

As I say I've been using this a few days a week when my skin is feeling dry, I massage into my face and neck after using the Hot Cloth Cleanser and Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer. This is the final step of the Daily Essentials range and I've really been enjoying using all 3 products, I've noticed a positive difference in the feel and appearance of my skin and have totally revamped my skincare routine.

This is available from Liz Earle online at £18.75 for 50ml Jar or Tube.
There is also a Dry/Sensitive Skin option.

Monday, 29 October 2012

New Blog Button (& Design) - Button Swaps Anyone?

Hey everyone. 

I just wanted to quickly inform any of you that haven't already seen my new blog design that I have also created a new blog button. Unfortunately I did have to delete my old blog button page... So if anyone would be interested in doing a button swap, just grab my button using the code below and leave me a comment to let me know, I'll gladly return the favour :)

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& Just a quick note, what do you think of my new blog design? Is there anything that you think I should change or do to make it better/easier for you as the readers? I'd love to hear your opinions and suggestions!

Review| Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic 200ml Spritzer*

"This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol free it also adds a fine layer of moisture"

Now I'll be honest, I've never really been one for skincare products, but these past few months my skin has been in awful condition, probably down to stress and my job etc. I've had breakouts, dark circles under my eyes and my skins just generally been looking a little tired. So decided I was going to start taking more care of it. It all started when I got a sample of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, I loved it and it made such a huge difference to my skin. I was then very kindly sent all of the products from the Liz Earle Daily Essentials Range to try out! 

This Instant Boost Skin Tonic is Step 2 in this range. You can read my review on Step 1 - Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser HERE. & Step 3 - Skin Repair Moisturiser (Review coming soon).

The spritzer is great as its so quick and easy to use. I'd imagine that its probably also more refreshing as its just a sudden boost to the skin. This would be amazing to use on hot sunny days.You can literally just spray on and leave it to sink into the skin. Or, to remove any excess make up after cleansing you could spray then wipe off with a cotton wool pad, then spray another layer on afterwards.

The toner has a light floral scent to it, and contains lots of naturally soothing and refreshing ingredients such as Cucumber and Aloe Vera. This is suitable for all ages and skin types, even sensitive ones. I've been using this after the Hot Cloth Cleanser, they make the perfect combo. My skin always feels really clean, soft and healthy looking afterwards! 

You can purchase from Liz Earle Online at £13.00 for 200ml. 
Or if you'd prefer the bottle form at £12.50 for 200ml.

Have you tried this and what are your thoughts?
If you've tried both do you prefer the bottle or the spritzer?

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Weekend Wishlist #6

Hello girls! Hope you're all enjoying your weekend :) 

I haven't done one of these wishlist posts for a while, so today I thought it would be a good idea to do an autumn fashion theme. I love all the colours and fashions that come along with the A/W season, I have especially been finding myself a fan of the deeper colours, especially burgundy red. I really need to get some more clothes for the next few months as its absolutely freezing here already! I'm going to stock up on chunky knit jumpers, and definitely need to invest in some good winter boots. I've picked out a few items I'd love to get my hands on...

1. Taupe Studded Cross Jumper - £29.99 - New Look
2. Studded Boots - £35.00 - Boohoo
3. Grey Cable Knit Hooded Scarf - £14.99 - New Look
4. Essie Nail Polish Bahama Mama - £7.99 - Superdrug
5. Skinny Fit Burgandy Jeggings - £14.00 - Matalan
6. FCUK Handbag & Must Haves - £45.00 - Boots

What do you think of my wishlist & what's your favourite item?

Oh, & have you checked out all the gorgeous Christmas Gifts at Boots yet? 
I would! I've already found some which I may just treat myself to ;) haha.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Top 10 Autumn/Winter Nail Varnishes Part 2 - Winter

Hi Girls!

I was then asked to do a guest post by Georgia over on her blog GeorgiaBeee.
So I thought it would be a good idea to post the 2nd Part -Winter Nail Varnishes there!

If you'd like to read the post CLICK HERE (or on the image below) to take you to my post on Georgia's Blog :)
Hope you like it!


Monday, 15 October 2012

Review| Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 100ml Pump Starter Kit*

I've seen and read so many reviews and positive comments about the Liz Earle Hot Cloth 
Cleanse & Polish, and I wish I could have found a new way to share my thoughts with you all. 
But just know this, it's simply brilliant! 

I just have to mention how gorgeous looking and carefully packaged Liz Earle products are! 
You can really tell just how much consideration has gone into ensuring the high 
quality image of the product is maintained from dispatch to delivery.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this type of cleanser, its a two-step product, 
which cleanses and gently exfoliates. There are a fair few on the market but this is by far
the best I've tried. Its suitable for all ages & skin types & contains naturally active ingredients 
such as Eucalyptus and Cocoa Butter to leave you with clean, soft, and radiant looking skin.

The cleanser itself is of a thick and creamy formula which offers amazing cleansing power,
 it will remove the heaviest of make up and mascara without being harsh on the skin and 
eyes at all. The only thing I'm not a fan of is the strong Eucalyptus smell, and I was a little 
scared to put the cleanser around my eyes, but surprisingly it doesn't sting at all so it's all good! 
Also, I love the pump style bottle as it offers just the right amount of product for one 
wash without leaving any wasted product.

So first step is to massage the cleanser into dry skin over the face and neck. You should 
then soak the muslin cloth in hand-hot water before gently "polishing" the cream off the skin. 
I usually finish with a splash of cool water all over the face. It is then recommended 
to use the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, and then your choice of moisturiser.

I've been using this product for a couple of months now as part of my daily cleansing routine, 
and I've noticed a huge improvement in the feel and appearance of my skin. 
I started off with the 30ml travel tube which I got as a freebie with a magazine before 
I was very kindly sent this 100ml Pump Starter Kit.

In my opinion, this is a higher end product, but I can assure you, you won't be disappointed! 
 I think this Limited Edition Cleanse & Polish would make a fantastic Xmas gift for someone ;)
& Liz Earle have released this beautiful Limited Edition Rose & Lavender Cleanse & Polish 
in support of the Princes Trust. 

Any more Cleanse & Polish lovers out there? Let me know what you think...

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Review| Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss - Coral Reef 170

I picked up this Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss -Coral Reef 170 
in my local Poundland store a few weeks back now. 
I don't know how I've never tried a Revlon gloss before? Must have been hiding 
under a rock or something, because they're amazing..

The packaging is sturdy, sleek and sophisticated. 
The black lid contrasts well with the gold accents to give an expensive appearance.
& of course the transparent tube makes easy work of seeing the shade inside.

It has a doe foot applicator, which makes application easy and precise.
The formula is wonderful, it not too thick, and not at all sticky.
It can be worn alone to provide a sheer splash of glossy natural looking colour,
or can be layered over lipstick for a bolder, brighter effect.
(My favourite combo at the moment is with MUA Shade 16 Nectar)

Coral Reef, as the name suggests, is a beautiful coral orange/pink shade.
I think the thing that makes this gloss stand out for me is that
there are no shimmer/glitter effects to it. Which only further
exaggerates the richness of the true colour.

I should also mention as a bonus point, that it contains SPF 15.
So would be perfect to wear on those hot summer days.
Unfortunately the colour would have been better suited to the summer months, but I'm
not too fussed. I've been wearing it almost everyday since I bought it.
This is the first Revlon Lip Gloss I've owned, & I'm sure won't be the last!

You can purchase from Superdrug at £6.99 for 10ml.
Alternatively, pop in your local Poundland and see if you can grab a bargain :)

Have you tried any of the other shades? & What's your opinion? 


Monday, 8 October 2012

Halloween Nail Art/Designs

This post is probably a little early, but I was a bit bored yesterday, and decided to mess
around with my nail varnishes. I wanted to quickly share with you my little creation :)

Now before any one criticises. I know they aren't the best or the neatest designs,
but it's just a little bit of fun after all. Hope you liked this post! 


Sunday, 7 October 2012

Review| MUA The Artiste Collection Palette

As soon as I laid eyes on this beautiful new palette by MUA I just knew I needed it in my life!
It's their first combination palette, containing eyeshadows, blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter.
Unfortunately my local Superdrug sucks with regards to their range of MUA products,
so I just went a little crazy and bought a load of new items online instead.
I want to share with you my thoughts and some swatches :)

The sleek black packaging with transparent lid is typical of most MUA products.
The packaging isn't always the best with regards to sturdiness, but it does the job.
And as with all the other palettes from the MUA Pro range, it comes with it's 
own double-ended sponge applicator, which I've surprisingly started to like using.

 I have noticed that each shade has been assigned its own name.
This is a first from MUA, as normally they are just Shade 1,2,3 etc.
I personally prefer the names, it gives them a little personality, and
of course makes them easier to refer to for reviewing purposes ;)

Eye shadows
There are 6 eye shadows in total, they have a pretty marbled effect in the palette.
Pistaschio - Pale green shimmer with darker blue/green marbling.
Mocca - A light cream shimmer with grey marbling.
Ice - Vibrant sky blue shade with baby blue marbling. 
Grape - A deep purple shimmer with light blue marbling.
Chocolate - Metallic bronze with cream marbling.
Cookie - An orange-toned brown shade with pale pink marbling.

(Shades Shown Above, From L to R - Pistaschio, Mocca, Ice, Grape, Chocolate & Cookie)
As with most of the other eye shadow palettes I own from MUA, each shade is highly pigmented.
But unexpectedly it's the matte shades in this palette that have the best colour pay off. 
ie - Ice and Cookie. They applied so well, and look really dense.
I think this is a great selection of shades and is versatile and could create so many looks!

Pink Sparkle - A coral toned pink with a slight shimmer effect.
Primrose - A matte, medium shade of pink.

Each of the blushes have great colour pay off, but don't apply as well as the shadows.
They are powdery with a bit of fall out when applying, so would take 
quite a bit of colour building to get your desired shade.

 Bronzed (Bronzer) - A deep olive-brown matte powder.
This would be great to use for contouring, as its quite dark, and matte.
Once again, this is quite a loose powder and would take some layering.

Shimmer Kiss (Highlighter) - A pearlescent pink shimmer.
This is honestly the perfect highlighting shade for me, considering my rather pale skin tone.
It's not very well pigmented, but would be ideal for creating a natural looking glow.

(Shades Shown Above From L to R - Pink Sparkle, Primrose, Bronzed & Shimmer Kiss)

Overall this is a fabulous all-rounder palette to have. 
Especially because it contains face powders as well as eye colours.
You get a fair amount of product for your money, with each pan being quite large.

This is available to buy online at MUA Store, or at Superdrug stores.
It's a bargain at just £6.00. 
(Currently if you spend £10+ you get 3 free Love Hearts Products when using code 'mua30' at checkout)

Have you got this palette or will you be buying? What do you think?

Monday, 1 October 2012

Review| MUA Intense Glitter Eyeliner - Malt Chocolate

Today I have a review on one of Make Up Academy's products from their original £1 range.
This is the MUA Intense Glitter Eyeliner in Malt Chocolate.
Overall there are 7 shades in the Intense Glitter range from MUA. 

Each of the pencils outer casing matches the actual eyeliner shade to give you a clearer 
ideaof the colour you are purchasing. 
As with most MUA products, there isn't really anything special about the packaging.
It's very simple and basic and just does the job its made for, to protect the product.
What more can you ask for, from a product so cheap?! 
The pencil even comes with it's own sharpener built into the lid.
Now I know MUA aren't the first company to do this, but it's a great idea. 
This is perfect for travelling so you don't have to carry extra items around with you. 

I normally only wear black eyeliners, and it does get a little boring. 
I wanted something to give a bit of extra colour but not too bright or OTT.
I have greeny-blue eyes & have been told go for golds/browns to contrast my eye colour. 
So this deep chocolate brown shade in Malt Chocolate seemed the perfect alternative.
The formula is smooth and creamy and doesn't tug at your skin like some eye liners do.
The eye liner itself gives good colour pay off and is very well pigmented. 
The colour intensity is very easily build-able on the eyelids and underneath the eye.
However I did struggle a little to get the colour to show up onto my waterline.
The little specs of silver glitter do show up well and just gives that extra bit of oomph! 

Overall this is once again a great quality affordable product from MUA.
It's available to buy in selected Superdrug stores.
& Also at the MUA store.
It costs just £1!