Friday, 22 November 2013

Superdrug Three Piece Haul...

 As you can see from the picture this post is going to be a naughty little haul i did during the week. I am not supposed to be spending right now as I need to save money from Christmas, but I am a massive sucker for 3 for 2 offers:(

Popped into Superdrug for some shampoo and this is what happened...


 Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer, £6.99 in shade 52: While this isn't the most pigmented of bronzers' I quite enjoy the fact that unlike other products you can apply as much as you like and you will never look dirty, cakey or 'orange'. In this sense it is a good bronzer to use for contouring and it is one of the only high street bronzers without shimmer. It also smells like chocolate, but don't worry the scent only lasts until you apply the product to your face and then it fades.


 Bourjois Happy Light Primer in Luminous, £10.99: When I first tried this primer I wasn't sure what it was supposed to do. I thought it would give my face a nice glow but it sadly didn't and it didn't really help my make up last any longer either. That said I have found that this is great mixed with foundation and adds a little healthy glow if used with the likes of MAC Studio Fix or Estee Lauder's Double Wear. The price tag is a little hefty for something with no major effect so I will probably not purchase this again, but I have noticed that they do a matte version of this product so it could be that this one just doesn't suit my skin type. (normal-combination.)


Revlon Lip Butter in Macaroon, £7.99: This is my very first lip butter!! I have to say the hybrid of lip balm and lip stick confused me, which is probably the reason I didn't buy one for so long, but it is a fairly good product. It is long lasting and feels nourishing on the lips, and the shade Macaroon is extremely wearable. The only thing I was worried about was the fact it contained a bit of shimmer in it which I don't like but you can't notice this on the lips.


What has everyone else been hauling these days? What do you think of my choice of products? Have any of you used them before?
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

MUA Pro-Brow Kit | Review!

Hey everyone! Sorry about the ridiculous lack of updates on the blog lately it has been one thing after another with uni and then my laptop going mental! But I am finally back on the diaries to give my thoughts on a little product by MUA.




I bought this little eyebrow kit in Superdrug about a month ago after trying so hard to find it as it seems to be sold out all the time. So a huge thank you to Superdrug Silverburn for having this little baby in stock!

As you can see from the pictures the kit comes with two colours for eyebrows, which is a good idea as it saves you trying to guess the right colour for you and also you can mix the two shades together if neither of them are a perfect match. It also comes with a highlighter, a gel to keep your brows in place, a tiny little double ended brush, and finally a teeny weeny pair of tweezers. (So cute!) The packaging also has a big mirror making it perfect for on the go applications.

I have now been using this for around a month and I would say that while it isn't the best eyebrow kit I have used it is very good value for money. It seems to last most of the day, and i usually only need to tidy my brows up with the gel and not the powder.  What I would say is that the tweezers and the brush are not the best quality, so I would advise using your own and only having these handy for on the go applications. I found the tweezers were a little stiff and the brush tends to get clogged up with product fairly quickly. I also don't really like the highlighter as I prefer a white one, but some of you might!

If you are looking for something that will give your brows definition that lasts all day and don't want to pay a fortune then this little kit is a good'un!

I have seen this product going on eBay for almost a tenner and that's probably due to the fact it is constantly sold out, but to save you some pennies (it is nearly Christmas after all) why don't you order it from the Superdrug online store for £3.50 by clicking here!

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Saturday, 2 November 2013

L'oreal Ever Sleek | Review

Firstly, I want to apologize for the poor quality of the photograph. I wanted to get this post up quickly so I had to make do with my iPhone camera.

I purchased from the Ever Sleek range the shampoo and hair mask and I have to admit I am really disappointed.They both claim to smooth overworked and frizzy hair, but actually I thought the shampoo just made my hair fluffier and frizzier.


I do like the fact that the products are all sulfate free, which means that they are gentle on the hair and will not strip your hair of natural oils the way some shampoos do.Because of this they are also hard to lather so if you are used to using something like Herbal Essences then this will take a while to get used to. In all honesty the shampoo is okay. It smells nice and my hair feels clean, but I did not in any way notice that it reduced frizz nor that it made my hair any shinier. I also have a feeling that this shampoo is a little expensive for a drugstore brand and I will not be splashing out on it again.

Now onto the real disappointment; the hair mask. I really disliked this product. I feel as though all it did was make my hair greasy even when I only used it on my lengths and ends. I didn't notice that it protected my ends the way I noticed with the L'oreal Elvive and this mask was twice the price! It made my hair smell nice and helped to de-tangle. That is literally all.For this reason I will definitely not be repurchasing this product.

I feel that the L'oreal Sleek range is definitely not suited to my hair type. I have fairly long, and extremely thick hair which can be fluffy after washing and is coarse in texture. I also suffer from split ends which is why I like the idea of hair masks as they protect my ends. I think these products would maybe work well for people with dry fine hair so if that is you then by all means try these products. If you are like me however AVOID. I am so disappointed as I really thought these would work well on my hair.

Have any of you tried these products? What were your results?
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Thursday, 31 October 2013

October empties..

Lee Stafford Heat Protection Professional Straightening Mist, £7.49 - I bought this ages ago on a 3 for 2 offer as I would never pay that much for a protection spray. I don't really like it if I am honest. It doesn't distribute a fine mist over the hair but comes out in horrible clumps, smells ridiculously strong and makes my hair feel greasy if I use a lot. I will not purchase this again.

Avon Advanced Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil, £5.50 (currently on sale for £3.50) - This is an amazing little product that lasts for ages as you only need to use the tiniest amount. I found it protects my ends from becoming dry and brittle and smooths down frizz. I will most likely repurchase this again.

Neils Yard remedies Power Berry Daily Moisture, £23.75 for 100ml - I got this handy little moisturizer in a gift set and while it is hydrating and light and uses natural ingredients I don't think I will purchase this again. I find it extremely runny and too much always comes out of the tube which is messy and wasteful, it also takes ages to sink into skin, which can be a little time consuming. It is a lovely product I'm just pretty certain I could get something as good (and less wasteful) for half the price.

St Ives Apricot Scrub (Gentle), £4.29 - I always repurchase this as I find it is a nice gentle exfoliator which can be used daily to keep my skin fresh and soft in between more intensive treatments.

Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Primer, £12.99 for 30ml - This is a great little primer which smooths the skin and minimizes the look of pores and can be worn over or under your make-up. I love this personally, although I don't think it is the best primer in the world. I will most likely buy this again.

17 Backlash Mascara, £6.49 - This is an amazing mascara with a decent sized brush that makes my lashes look both thicker and longer. I don't usually experiment with mascaras and buy anything other than Maybelline or Lancome but I saw this on offer and now I am hooked. I need another one now :(

L'oreal Nude Magique BB Cream, £9.99 - I love this little BB cream and will definitely repurchase. It gives me a natural glow and matches my skin tone perfectly, and I use this on days when I want to let my skin breathe as its so light and feels like I am wearing no make up at all. If you have bad skin you will likely need to use a concealer with this, but it still looks so pretty.

What products have you used up this month?
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Dupe alert | Benefit Boi-ing vs Seventeen Phwoarr Paint

Thanks to my dad I have always been rather blessed with a certain physical feature in the form of under eye circles. Those pesky little dark shadows that make me look like I've had little sleep really frustrate me, which is why I am a complete sucker for under eye concealers. Anything that promises to make my under eye area brighter or more awake gets my attention, so for today's post I am going to compare one of my favourite high end under eye concealers with a newly launched budget friendly version.


In both concealers I am best matched to the medium shade, and they both do a great job of covering up my under eye circles, though I would say Phwoarr Paint has slightly less coverage. Despite less coverage it has an amazing brightening effect which is absent in Boiing. They are both marketed as 'heavy duty under eye' concealers and very similar in formula.

In terms of comparison I like them both equally, but I think seventeens version is better value for money. It also has a softer formula than Boiing which can be quite drying on the skin. To top it all off Phwoarr Paint also has better packaging and comes with a handy little mirror for on the go applications.

The lasting power of both concealers is great although I would say Boiing lasts slightly longer.

Overall, SEVENTEEN have nailed under eye concealer with this product and it gets a massive thumbs up from me. if you really want a good under eye concealer but don't want to pay a fortune I think this product is perfect. 


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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Boots and Superdrug Haul!

I understand that I haven't posted in a long time (just over a week) and I would therefore like to take the opportunity to apologize as I have had a hell of a lot of work to do for uni. 

Today I have a mini Boots and Superdrug haul for you all, and I do believe I have purchased a couple of amazing things, a few of which I will most likely be doing a review of during the week. 


As you can see from the picture a few of these things were just general essential items (where the hell do all my kirbies go?! lol) but I thought I would throw them in anyways.

The first thing I purchased was the L'oreal Micellar Purifying Solution as I have heard a lot of good things about it in the beauty world and it was on offer in Superdrug for £3.33. So far it is a lovely make up remover and really is an easy way to clean your face after a long day.

I then spotted my favorite Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel, and at 89p, how could I not purchase? I should let you all know that these Superdrug branded shower gels come in lots of different scents and are ph balanced, as well as being a complete bargain!

After this I headed over to the make up section where I picked up a lovely MUA Blusher (for 1 pound!) in the colour 'lolly'. I also grabbed one of the Cream Puff  Lip Creams fom Collection, which I don't want to say too much about as I am no doubt going to be doing a review on it at some point this week. 

I then headed to Boots and decided that I wanted a new night cream with anti aging properties. I picked up the Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Anti-wrinkle Night Cream, which contains burdock fruit extract, argan oil and has 95% natural ingredients. It smells absolutely amazing btw.

Lastly, I got the Phwoar Paint Heavy Duty Under Eye Concealer from Seventeen, which I had been lusting over for absolutely ages! I won't say too much about this as I am going to do a comparison post on this product since I can see it as being a serious dupe for Benefits Boing! 

Have any of you purchased anything lately? What products are you currently lusting after?

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

L'oreal Elvive Smooth and Polish Hair Masque | Review

If there is anything in the beauty world that I have not yet found my holy grail products for it is hair. I have been trying to get my hair back into good condition recently and I can say I have finally noticed an improvement. That is not to say that it has been slightly tedious at times. I have made use of pony tails since I now limit my heat usage to once or twice a month and I will try to get the split ends taken off every 6 weeks.

To be honest my hair is a lot thicker, however, the ends are still very dry not to mention my hair is not yet the waist length I want it to be. I know that in the long run I will get back my healthy, shiny, long hair, but it is a very long and monotonous process.

I have now incorporated hair masks into my routine in order to nourish and strengthen my hair, and that is where L'oreal's Smooth and Polish comes in.


 This mask contains keratin polish and camellia extract, which smooth the hair down making it extra shiny and silky soft. It is as straight forward as hair masks come as directions tell us to leave the mask on for only 2-3 minutes after shampooing. 

I noticed an improvement in the texture of my hair as being more smooth and silky, and this product definitely protected my split ends. It is by no means a wonder product and it will not transform your hair, but if you are looking to give your hair an extra shine boost, and protect your lengths and ends then this is a very purse friendly option, which delivers good results.


You can purchase this product for £3.47 from boots by clicking here.


What are your favorite hair products and why? Do you use hair masks as part of your routine?

Much Love, L :)

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Lasting Perfection Concealer

Today it gives me great pleasure to introduce to those of you who don't know about it, to the Lasting Perfection Concealer from Collection. I do not doubt that this is one of the most talked about products in the beauty world or that the majority of you will have read umpteen reviews about this product, but I just love it so much I could not resist a post dedicated to my most favorite concealer.


There are a number of reasons why I always repurchase this concealer. Firstly, it does what it is supposed to do and actually hides a blemish rather than drawing attention to it. It comes with a standard doe applicator and is so thick yet beautifully creamy in consistency that when using a brush I find that this concealer will blend seamlessly with any foundation.

Secondly, I find that this concealer is a multi purpose product in that unlike many other concealers this can be used on both blemishes and dark circlcles, and does a magnificent job of covering up both.

It also has amazing staying power and I find that this will last me the best part of 10 hours, which is important to me as I tend to be busy during the week. And after all that it only costs £4.19!

The 2nd and 3rd pictures show a swatch, which is then blended in.




I must add that I actually purchased this concealer after years of using the Estee Lauder double wear and found that this does the same job if not exceeds it at a quarter of the price.

I should also probably mention that if you have very dry skin under your eyes then a little bit of moisturizer or good primer will stop this concealer from creasing as it can crease under the eyes when they are very dry.

Overall though, this product is an absolute dream!

Have you ever tried the lasting perfection concealer? If so what are your thoughts? I'm keen to know if anything you have ever used matches up to this?

Much Love, L :)

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Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Body Shop free gift | Update

Hey everyone! 
This is a post I have meaning to get round to for a couple of days now, and now I am finally familiar enough with the products to do a full review of a product with purchase.

It probably goes without saying that here in Britain everyone loves a freebie. No matter who you are it is still a very exciting part of the experience when going shopping. Especially when shopping for beauty items. Now if you read my last post, which is linked here, you will know that I recently received a gift from the Body Shop, which I have been ridiculously excited to try out.


Lets start with my favorites.

Peppermint reviving foot soak (50g), £7 instore for 200g.

I have recently went back to university and as a result my feet have been tired and sore everynight so for me this product really is a godsend! It is simple to use, and makes your feet feel really soft. It has a lovely cooling effect due to the peppermint and I will definitely think about purchasing this in full size!

Mango Shower Gel (60ml), £2 for 250ml instore.

I don't have much to say about this as I simply love it because of the smell. Mango is so refreshing and really wakes you up in the morning. Also £2 for 250ml is a bargain!
 
Rainforest Shine Shampoo (60ml), £4.50 for 250ml instore.

Having used this range before I really knew what to expect so I haven't touched this small sample size preferring to stow it away for when I next go on my travels. This shampoo contains no sillicones or sulphates which is good for hair that is coarse and thick like mine as it doesn't strip your hair of its natural oils. It is rather hard to lather but that is due to absence of sulphates and it really makes your hair silky smooth.


The rest of the products I wasn't quite as excited about, but I have enjoyed them none the less.

'Soft Hands Kind Heart' Hand cream (50ml)

First things first I have to point out that I could not find this hand cream anywhere on the website nor in store, so whether this is actually sold or has been sold in the Body Shop stores I have no idea. Hand Cream is one of the products I actually own far too much of and never use so I wasn't too excited about this, but I suppose it is at least a handy size for travelling.

Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder, (full size, 10ml), £14.

I have to say I am very puzzled by this product. Tbh I don't really know what it is for. I haven't noticed that my skin has become any more radiant while using this product and the packaging states that you have to discard it after 10 days which seems like a bit of a waste of £14. I did like the smell of this but that is really the only thing I liked about this product.

Love Gloss, (full size product), £10.

I must say I would not pay £10 for a clear lipgloss, which is essentially what this is. It is pretty and long lasting and has an unusual applicator, but that is really all I can say. However, it does make a lovely free gift so I'm not complaining about the product, I just don't think I would buy it at its RRP.  


I really enjoyed trying out all these products and think free gifts are a great way for you to try new things without breaking the bank.

Have you recently done a gift with purchase review? Who do you think give the best free gifts?

Much Love, L :)
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Friday, 27 September 2013

21 QUESTIONS GET TO KNOW ME TAG



Hello everyone!

I thought that today I would do a simple 'get to know me tag'. Remember if any of you want to do this tag on your own blog leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out!

1.Are you named after anyone?

Yes, haha I won't go into it.

2. When was the last time you cried?

I think I cried quite recently watching a film called The Help. I've also read the book and its amazing in so many ways.

3. Do you have any children?

Nope!

4. If you were another person would you be a friend to yourself?

Haha! I'd like to think so, yes.

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Me sarcastic? Never!

6. Will you ever bungee jump?

If the opportunity ever presented itself to me then I would probably (nervously) accept it.  (YOLO!!!)

7. What is your favorite cereal?

I want to be really boring and write special K because I LOVE Special K but I also love Cookie Crisp cereal...oh and Coco Pops!!!

8. What's the first thing you notice about people?

Always eyes.

9. What color are your eyes?

Blue/grey.

10. Scary movie or happy endings?

Scary movies!!! I also love watching really terrible ones and laughing at how awful they are.

11. Favorite smells?

I love the smell of coconut, the smell of vanilla and the smell of honey. Tbh just anything that smells nice. I also love the smell of (certain) foods cooking, because I'm a massive fatty.

12. Summer or winter?

Its too hard to choose! I love the summer for obvious reasons like holidays and sunshine and no university, but the winter is so romantic and frosty and pretty and its Christmas and...I'm going to say winter.

13. Computer or television?

Computer of course! Its more productive ;)

14. What is the furthest you have ever been from home?

I'm not entirely sure I haven't traveled that far probably somewhere like Greece.

15. Do you have any special talents?

Apparently not.  (humph!)

16. Where were you born?

Glasgow.

17. Do you have any hobbies?

Yes writing, and reading blogs and going to the cinema and going to the gym, and...I know this sounds really cool and not pathetic at all but I actually spend a large amount of time looking at pictures and watching videos of cute animals. (Cute babies singing Adele on YouTube is also a major favorite atm.)

18. Do you have any pets?

No. FML

19. Favorite film?

'Trainspotting' of course:)

20. Do you have any siblings?

Yes one little annoying brother!

21. What would you like to be when you grow up?

A teacher or a journalist, maybe both:)

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did and be sure to leave me a link to any of your own similiar blog posts so I can have a nosey!

Much love,  L :)

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Getting Lippy.

Hey everyone!
I am having something of an obsession with lip products at the moment and as a result I marched straight into boots after uni on Friday and purchased about 6. I am going to do a small post to let you know my thoughts on my favorite three. Most of you will probably have heard of all three by now or perhaps read other blog reviews, but I still thought it was worth giving you guys an insight into how, I personally, got along with them.


Rimmel Apocalips in 'Apocaliptic, £6.49

This is is the colour 'Apocaliptic' both on my lips and a light swatch on my hand.



This product is marketed as a 'lip laquer' and comes in a lip gloss like tube with a doe foot applicator. I think the packaging for this product is beautiful and looks really expensive. Overall, it is a hybrid between a lip gloss, a lipstick, and a lipstain. What I mean by that is that it goes on glossy but drys quite matte. It doesn't have the sticky sensation associated with lip gloss nor does it make your lips dry or flaky a la lipstick.


The product is a beautiful and bold dark pink, which is really eye catching. I have to say that this will not suit all complexions so make sure you swatch the colour before you purchase. To be honest this is not a colour I would wear on a daily basis but a rather gorgeous colour for a night out. It also has lasting power of around three to four hours, and currently comes in 13 different shades.


I have to admit this product can be hard to apply as I found the concave doe applicator often carries too much product, so you might want to use a lip liner. 


Rimmel Colour Rush Lip Crayon in '700 Not An Illusion', £5.99


This was another Rimmel product which I got really excited to try out, but I have to admit I think I was expecting far too much. It may be because lip crayons have been all over bloggersphere recently or because the seem to be popping up on every beauty counter ever since Clinique's Chubby Stick was born.


I'm not sure why, but for some reason I thought this would be more like a lip butter, and also that it would moisturize my lips. I have to say it feels a bit sticky and dry, but I have found that I can put a lip balm on first to eliminate this problem.


Overall, I do like this product as I cannot fault the colour, which looks very natural and pretty, and it doesn't dry out as quickly as the Apocalips does. I also think its worth mentioning that it just smells amazing, and I'm pretty sure its not a known feature of the product, but it smells like cupcakes!! (Yummo!) Its also a lot cheaper than some of the other lip crayons on the market and I definitely think its worth the £5.99.


Maybelline Baby Lips in 'Cherry Me', £2.99


I'm just going to throw it out there that I wasn't really expecting much from this. I thought it was just a really over hyped tinted lip balm, and I suppose some people will say that it is, but I think for £2.99 you can't really expect it do anything more than what it does.


Truthfully, I was not a fan of the cute packaging at first and thought it cheap and unnecessary, but it seems to have won me over. You see, every time I take this out of my bag the bright colours make me smile, not to mention it smells absolutely delicious. It is also a really hydrating formula and seems to really sink into my lips leaving behind just a subtle hint of cherry red. 


So yes, I will definitely repurchase this as I'm a huge fan of tinted lip balms in the winter, not to mention this cheap and cheerful lip balm smells amazing. I'm now really looking forward to trying the whole collection, I wonder if they all smell this divine.


Let me know what you think of any of these products in the comments below? Have any of you written a review yourself? Leave me a link to your page and I'll be sure to check it out!

Much Love, L :)

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Mini Body Shop Haul


Hey everyone!

Last Thursday my local Body Shop (Glasgow Argyll St) had 30% off for students, which of course being a student, and massive fan of The Body Shop I just could not resist.









From left to right:

Coconut, Eau De Toilette, £8.50*

Atlas Mountain Rose, Fragrance Mist, £7.50*

Honeymania Lip Balm, £4.00*

Honeymania Cream Body Scrub, £12.50*


*Price before discount.




Since I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop, it turns out I'd had my eye on the new Honeymania range ever since it launched at the end of July. The scent is super sweet without being sickly, and also strangely uplifting.
I have yet to try the scrub out, but since it has been marketed as a 'Cream Scrub' I can only imagine this means it will be just like the normal exfoliators except with added moisturizing benefits. (maybe)

 I also bought a lip balm of the same scent as you can never go wrong with a body shop lip balm they are so creamy and melt into the lips leaving them hydrated and moisturized without feeling at all sticky.

Right picture shows inside of the scrub product.

Next, I purchased two scents. The coconut perfume is one of my favourites, and what I love about the body shop fragrances is that they are exactly what they say on the bottle. I find the smell of fresh coconut uplifting and luxurious, and it is also free from that horrible alcohol smell that is often associated with perfume.

The next fragrance I purchased was slightly more new to me although I had sniffed it a few weeks back and completely fallen in love with it. Its a very floral scent full of roses yet it is surprisingly fresh. I also love how this comes in a huge 100ml bottle, which means I will not be shying away from spraying this any time soon. (Ha!)



As i spent over £15 pounds I also got the above free gift as well as a free 'love your Body' card. The gift contains a few miniatures, serum and a lip gloss. I am going to be doing a review of the free gift once I have tested all of the products so stay posted for the update.

Thank you The Body Shop for a few great discounts and my free gift!

Have any of you tried the new Honeymania range? Thoughts?

Much Love, L :)

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

No7 Total Renewal exfoliator: Review.

Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to be doing a short review on one of my newest discoveries, which is, No7's Total renewal Exfoliator.

Total Renewal Exfoliator £11 @ Boots
I would like to start by saying that I came across this product when I googled a treatment called Micro-dermabrasion, which is available in beauty salons all around the UK. It is a treatment which aims to target fine lines, and imperfections by removing a layer of the skin (sounds pretty harsh!), allowing fresh new skin cells to come to the surface and correct any sort of imperfections, dullness, or redness. 

I've never had a Micro-dermabrasion treatment at a salon so I do not know how this exfoliator compares to it, but I will say that many of the reviews for the treatment were extremely disappointing hence why I chose not to go ahead with it and instead opt for this purse friendly exfoliator instead.

At £11, it is probably slightly more than you would expect to pay for a facial exfoliator, but Boots often give  £5 off No7 vouchers when you purchase, and I tend to get my No7 skincare with one of those. Failing that, No7 also do promotions such as 'buy one get one half price' and '3 for 2'.

The box states that the aim of this exfoliator is to give 'smoother, more radiant skin in an instant'. To be honest I don't think this is far away from the truth. After exfoliating with this I noticed my skin was a little red, but definitely a lot smoother and it seemed to have a sort of healthy glow. I have been using this product for around 4 weeks now and I am starting to see a significant difference in my skin; it is less oily, and I am yet to have any breakouts, which is normally a fortnightly occurrence for me.

I have also noticed that my skin has no dry patches even around the nose, and my skin seems to look more hydrated. Then again this could be due to my current moisturizer, which is new also. That said, the moisturizer does seem to glide on and really sink into my skin if I apply it straight after I use this exfoliator, so I definitely think this product is somewhat helping my skin become more hydrated.

Overall I think this exfoliator is one of the best around, and while it may be a little pricey it definitely gives results. I think this would be really suited to oily and spot prone skin types, and if you have dry skin it could also be of use to you for sorting out those flakes. I would say however, that if you have sensitive skin you may want to use something more gentle such as St Ives Apricot Scrub £4.99 as this is quite harsh on the skin and did leave mine looking a little red.

I definitely love this product and will continue to use it twice a week, and if you wish to purchase this online you can click here!!

If anyone else has had a similar experience with this product or maybe doesn't like this product feel free to share your stories in the box below.

Much love, L :)

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Tried and tested: Foundation for any budget!




Hey everyone!

This being my first post I thought I'd do a review of my favorite beauty product, which is of course, foundation. I have wanted to do this post for a while as foundation is one of those things that can be so hard to get right and even after years you can still have a few disasters.

A few years ago I completely broke out in horrible cystic acne making my quest for the perfect foundation  more horrifying than usual and even now that my skin has been cleared of the horrible condition I have been left with a few red, angry looking, scars. I often find these extremely hard to cover up, which is why I seem to have something of an obsession with foundation and concealer products. So please bear in mind these aren't my only favorite foundations, but instead I have picked one of my favorites at each price range to talk about.


Rimmel, Wake me up Foundation, £7.99, Medium coverage.

I first purchased this foundation back in 2010 when my acne was just starting to appear, until then I'd been used to wearing mineral foundations or nothing at all. Despite the fact this foundation is still so cheap at just 8 pounds a bottle it is loved by beauty gurus and make up geeks everywhere.
   
pros
  •  Packaging is eye catching, funky and comes equipped with a pump to minimize product waste.
  • Covers extremely well despite the low price tag.
  • Has a gel like formula which is easy to apply with any foundation brush, but I would recommend the Real Techniques stippling brush for any foundation.
  • It has a real radiant effect on the skin, and definitely makes you look more fresh.
cons   
  • Seems to settle into fine lines and pores a little even when a primer is used. 
  • Can get quite blotchy if left on for a long time.
  • You can definitely tell you are wearing make up with this foundation as it 'looks like make up'. 
Overall I thought this was a decent foundation with medium coverage, good staying power of around 7 hours and it definitely made my skin look more hydrated. My only problems with this foundation was the fact it is not as natural a finish as I like my foundations to be. I tried this foundation using my Real Techniques stippling brush, a damp sponge application and then just my hands. I found that the application of this foundation is fairly easy, but it didn't last as long on my face when I used my fingers to apply it. It also contains an SPF of 15 which is good for a drugstore foundation

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation, £12.95, Medium Coverage.

When I first tried this foundation I didn't really know what to expect as I hadn't heard much about it but I guess I was pleasantly surprised as its now one of my favorite foundations.

pros
  • Has a wonderful creamy texture which makes it easy to apply, and gives amazing coverage with just one pump.
  • Coverage is also very build able as the texture of this foundation makes it easy to blend.
  • Has a matte finish, which is similar to that of Estee Lauder Double wear but looks and feels much lighter on the skin.
  • Comes with a pump, SPF 15, and is relatively inexpensive.
cons
  • There aren't many colors and most of them are cool toned. 
  • Packaging also looks a bit cheap and I don't really like a plastic bottle for my foundation.
I love this foundation! Despite the low price it gives me as much coverage as a higher end foundation would and still manages to look so flawless, if only the color range was better :(

MAC, Studio Fix Fluid, £21.50, Medium to high coverage.

This was the one foundation I actually bought after hearing good things from friends, , relatives and beauty blogs, but I guess having high expectations sometimes leads to disappointment.

Pros
  • Combats oil like no other foundation I have ever tried. I rarely need to blot or powder with this foundation, which I think would make it suited to oily skins.
  • Looks undeniably flawless in photographs.
  • Gives good medium coverage, which is verging on high.
  • Contains SPF of 15.
Cons
  • Colours all seem a bit yellow toned, although there are many to choose from.
  • Consistency is rather hard to work with and drys up quickly. (I have come to the conclusion that a damp sponge application would be the best in order to combat this, although I haven't tried it.)
  • If you put too much product on IT WILL stick to dry patches of skin and look really cakey.
Not a bad foundation overall and I always keep a bottle of this for nights out but unfortunately this foundation is just not easy to apply. It takes time and effort which I don't always have. I strongly recommend using a good moisturizer before applying this foundation, or if you have really oily skin this could be your holy grail. Unfortunately it just doesn't work that well for me, I do like the way it looks on my skin though.

NARS, Sheer Glow Foundation, £30.50, Medium coverage.

This is my HG foundation!! It isn't cheap, but it just makes my skin look fantastic and I don't know how I ever lived without it.
Pros
  • It has a gorgeous natural finish unlike any other foundation I have tried, it blends seamlessly with concealer.
  • It has good lasting power of about 10 hours despite the fact it does not claim to be a long wear foundation.(I do find my T zone can get oily about halfway through the day, but I just carry some powder with me in my make up bag.)
  • It is so easy to apply and to work with. (I find I can apply a lot when I have any breakouts or imperfections and it never gives me 'cakeface'.)
  • It is said to improve the skins texture and appearance with regular wear and although I cannot notice it personally I have had a few comments on how good my skin looks.
  • Amazing range of colors for any skin tone.
Cons
  • Oily T zones will need to blot at least once during the day with this foundation.
  • For a pretty expensive foundation the fact it doesn't come with a pump is a little heartbreaking as its liquid consistency can be messy.  
Like I just said this is my absolute favourite foundation and if like me you have normal skin or normal with an oily T zone and can afford to spend this kind of money on foundation then I definitely recommend this product. However, if your skin is a little on the dry side i would tend to stay away from this unless you can find a way to make it work for you as it can cling to patches of dry skin.

Hope you have all enjoyed my first post and maybe some of you are looking forward to trying out some of these foundations! (Haha!)

Much love, L :)

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