Sunday, 14 July 2013

June Favourites...

Garnier Summerbody 

The majority of June was pretty rubbish weather wise so I felt like my skin needed a bit of boost, as ghostly white is not a great look in the summer!

I'm not a massive fan of fake tan myself as I find it needs a lot of maintenance to say looking nice and natural, plus it goes patchy after a few days and it stains your bed... I just find it a bit of a faff to be honest, unless I'm going somewhere special!
Anyway, gradual tanners are more my kinda thing, it's a moisturiser that contains a bit of fake tan, so that you can gradually build up and maintain a natural looking tan.
I have the 'Deep Sun Kissed Look' but you can also buy the 'Light Sun Kissed Look' version if you are super pale, I have been applying it once or twice a week just to add a little bit of a glow to my skin.
I like this one in particular because it gives a nice even result and smells nice! I have tried a few others, such as Johnsons and Dove but they either don't smell very nice, feel sticky or leave streaks!

£7.15 for the large 400ml size (Currently half price at Superdrug)

Moroccan Oil

My hair has been so dry lately (probably because I really need to get it cut) so this stuff has been a lifesaver for stopping my hair from looking scraggly!

I put one or two pumps onto damp hair, after i've washed it, just through the mid lengths and ends.
I am almost running out of it now (Nooooo), which i'm really sad about as it's really expensive (around £30) and I can't bring myself to buy another bottle!
I recently tried the Tresemme Liquid Gold to see if it was a good replacement, but it is just no where near as good unfortunately!
Maybe it really is one of those things that you get what you pay for, as the Macademia Oil is similar in price and I love that one too!
I am still going to look for a cheaper alternative though... Next on my list is L'Oreal Mythic Oil! 

La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Moisturiser

I bought this moisturiser a few months ago but I didn't realise how much I liked it until I started to run out!
It doesn't really do anything particularly magical but it smells pleasant, keeps my skin moisturised, it's not too thick or greasy, it doesn't aggravate my skin when my eczema flares up, it sits well under makeup and the price isn't too bad either! So it ticks all the boxes for me!
The brand also do a 'Riche' version of this moisturiser for excessively dry problematic skin, so I may think about purchasing that when winter comes around, as my skin tends to need a bit more needy when it's cold.

£15.50 for 50ml (Currently 20% off at

I've also been loving Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (see review here) and Clarins Exfoliating Toner (see review here) but I only bought them half way through June so I haven't been using them for the whole month, plus I've already mentioned them anyway!

So, I will leave you with a pretty picture of these gorgeous flowers in my garden! I've been loving all of this sun in July! Lets hope it stays all summer, fingers crossed!!

A x

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Friday, 5 July 2013

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner...

I bought this from the Escentual website a few weeks ago (£20) as I had heard a lot of good things about it, and I'm a sucker for a good exfoliator!

I've been using it for less than two weeks and I've seen a difference in my skin already, my scars from past breakouts have started to fade and my skin seems so much smoother! Hurray! 

For those that don't know there are two types of exfoliation, mechanical/physical and chemical.

Mechanical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing the skin with something abrasive, such as a cloth, sponge or a product that contains tiny beads/particles. This is the type of exfoliation I generally prefer as I like the feeling of scrubbing away the dead skin cells! 

Chemical exfoliators contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) which reduce the adhesion of the cells in the top layer of skin revealing a brighter clearer looking skin. These type of products are basically a very mild version of a chemical peel. I know you're probably thinking "WHAT?! acid on the face?! Is she insane?!" but over the counter products only contain acids in very low concentrations and so it only penetrates the very top layer of skin. This type of exfoliation is best suited to acne skin types as sometimes physical exfoliation can aggravate the acne more, making it worse, whereas a chemical exfoliator can just be wiped across the skin, without disturbing the breakouts.

This particular product is a chemical exfoliator, which contains Tamarin fruit acids (AHAs) to remove dead skin cells and boost cell renewal and White Nettle extract to tighten pores.
On the box it states that you should only use twice a week, but I think that is probably just a precaution for people with very sensitive skin, as I've been using it almost everyday and my face hasn't melted off yet...

I don't see why using it daily would be a problem anyway as it is only very mild, maybe if your skin is supersensitive you should use it as recommended, but otherwise I don't really see the issue!
I tend to apply it after cleansing/removing my makeup in the evening then wait 10 mins or so before applying my moisturiser just to let it soak into the skin properly. It does have a slightly syrupy texture so I'm not sure how well it would sit under makeup if applied in the morning, so I'm sticking to applying in the evenings.

As I said before, it seems to have worked great for me, my skin feels lovely and smooth and my pigmentation is reduced, so I'm very happy with it! I'm not sure it will completely replace my physical exfoliating scrubs and I do like the feeling of a good scrub, but it has definitely found itself a place in my skincare routine!

A x

(Here's a picture I took on my phone of myself first thing in the morning, I know I don't have a before photo but trust me this is the best my skin has looked in a longtime without makeup on! Just need to find something for those dark circles now....)

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

London Haul...

It's been a few weeks now since I went down to London, but I only realised the other day that I didn't show you guys all the makeup that I purchased while I was down there... So here's a quick peek for those that were interested :)

Guru Makeup Emporium, London
(This is where my prosthetics workshop was held, it is a professional makeup supplies shop, so while I was there I picked up a few things for my kit)

Ben Nye Neutral Set Powder & Banana Powder
Prosaide Adhesive
Ben Nye Charcoal Powder
Bloody Marvellous Thick Liquid Blood
Lion 9 hair nets
Makeup International Super Matte Anti-Shine
Kryolan Supracolour Palette

M.A.C. Pro Store, London
(I have a pro card which entitles me to 35% off, so I couldn't really not buy anything, could I?!)

Pro Lip Palette - Preferred Pinks
Pro Pan Eyeshadows - Smut, Sumptuous Olive, Charcoal Brown, Sketch
Single Eyeshadow - Concrete (for eyebrows)
Mac Blot Powder - Medium Dark

Selfridges, Oxford Street

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Figi (Light 5)
(See my review here)

Inglot, Westfield Centre
(I signed up for a pro card while I was there so that I could get 20% off)

Freedom System Eyeshadow Palette - This works like the MAC pro palettes in that you can choose any eyeshadow combinations you want to put in the palette. It's £25 (full price) for 5 eyeshadows and the palette, which I didn't think was too bad considering MAC pro eyeshadows are £10 each and you pay extra for the palette!

Boots, Westfield Centre
(I needed to buy a new mascara and all the makeup was on buy one get one half price)

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
Maxfactor Miracle Touch Cream Blush

Harrods, London
(I nipped in to buy a Father's day gift and ended up in the perfume section, as you do)

Emporio Armani Diamonds 50ml

So, it was a successful trip, wouldn't you say?!

A x

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