Friday, 26 August 2016

August Empties

This month I had a bit of a beauty clear out, especially with my skincare collection. A few of those products that I threw out or finished have made their way into this months empties as well as the other products i've managed to use up this month. 
August Empties
August Empties
SHOWER:
Original Source Lime/Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn Shower Gel - I really like the Original Source shower gels since they smell lovely and leave you feeling clean. I loved both the scents and would pick them up again. Repurchase? Yes. 
Dove Caring Bath Shea Butter Bubble Bath - I've mentioned this a few times and it is one of my favourite bubble bath. I find the scent so relaxing and the creamy texture feels so soft on the skin. It's a great affordable find that actually helps to moisturise the skin. Repurchase? Yes.
August Empties
BODYCARE:
Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion in Light - I've been using this for a good few years now and it's something I tend to always have around. The smells is a pleasant, fruity scent that isn't overpowering. The cream feels nice on the skin and gives a nice amount of colour whilst still looking natural. Repurchase? Yes. 
The Body Shop Shea Body Butter - I really love all the body butter from The Body Shop but this is definitely one of my favourites. It has a lovely shea scent and feels so moisturising without being greasy. Repurchase? Yes. 
August Empties
HAIRCARE:
Vo5 Cherish My Colour Full Bodied Spray - I try not to use heat on my hair all the time but I do straighten it. I really liked this heat defence spray since it felt like it was protecting the hair without feeling heavy or sticky in the hair. Repurchase? Yes. 
August Empties
SKINCARE:
Nivea Regenerating Night Cream - I picked this up when I needed a new night cream on a bit of a whim. It was a thick cream which didn't feel heavy on the skin but still managed to be moisturising. Since you only need a small amount so this pot lasted me a long time. Repurchase? Yes.
Indeed labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly - When I was having my skincare clear out this is one of the products I decided to get rid of since it was past it's best. I used to love the original Hydraluron serum so was excited to try this. It's a nice gel based day cream but I never found it to be as hydrating as the original serum. Repurchase? No. 
Caudalie Beauty Elixir - I always tend to go back to using this in the Summer months as it is so refreshing. The scent is also very relaxing so great to have on you when you're travelling. It's not an essential product to have in your routine but it is nice to use every now and then. Repurchase? Yes. 
August Empties
TREATMENTS:
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask - I discovered these masks in Copenhagen and have become a bit obsessed with them. I have dehydrated skin and this mask gives a nice hit of hydration without feeling greasy as well as being comfortable to wear. I love sheet mask and these are nice and affordable as well as being very effective. Repurchase? Yes. 
Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask - This is something else I picked up on my trip to Copenhagen. I have allergies so my eyes can look very tired and dry easily. This eye mask was easy to apply, wear and really helped to wake up eyes up. It's a quick fix and I could really feel a difference when I used it. Repurchase? Yes. 
August Empties
MAKEUP:
Seventeen Stay Time 18 Hour Concealer - This has been my favourite concealer for coverage redness and blemishes for a long time. The coverage is very good, it's easy to apply and doesn't cling to any dryness. I really like how well this wears and i'm yet to find anything as good, especially for the price. Repurchase? Yes. 


So those are this months empties. I didn't include everything I cleared out since the post would have been way too long so i'll include those in next months empties. Have you used up any of your favourite products this month?


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Edit | Mauve It Up

I've been kind of obsessed with nudey pink shades for most of the year. I definitely still am but as Autumn is getting closer i've been wanting to lean more towards a mauve toned nude. Today i've put together three of my favourites that I will be reaching for. 
The Edit | Mauve It Up
The Edit | Mauve It Up
Starting with my favourite; and the most expensive, MAC Craving. There's not that many MAC lipsticks that I would recommend over a more affordable option but this is definitely one. It's a deep pink shade that has a mauve tone to it which still manages to look somewhat nude on the lips. It's a really pretty shade that is great if you want a bolder everyday option. 
The Edit | Mauve It Up
The Edit | Mauve It Up
The next on is the most purple and definitely a shade i'll be reaching for more as it gets colder. It's Barry M Mauve It Up. The formula of this lipsticks is creamy and feels so comfortable on the lips whilst staying put. It's definitely more purple toned but still is a fairly easy shade to wear during the day. Finishing with the safest option and the most pink, Essence Natural Beauty. This again as a really comfortable formula that for such a pale shade lasts a good few ours on the lips. It's the perfect nude pink that has a slight purple/mauve tone which makes it a bit more interesting on the lips. Both these options are very affordable whilst still being a great quality lipstick. 
The Edit | Mauve It Up
L-R MAC Craving, Barry Mauve It Up, Essence Natural Beauty
This year i've really loved finding these wearable daytime lip colours that are a bit more interesting that your standard nude lip. I'm already wearing these shades but I can see myself reaching for them even more as it starts to get colder. 

Do you have any of these shades? What are some of your favourite mauve toned lip products?


Monday, 22 August 2016

Barry M Gelly Nail Polishes - Revisited

I used to be a big nail polish junkie. I had so many it was getting kind of crazy so I had a big clear out and then just stopped buying any. After a while there were just not that many new shades that seemed different to what I already had. On a recent shopping trip I did spot these two shades from Barry M that seemed very unique so I thought I would share them today. 
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polishes
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polishes
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polishes
I remember really enjoying the Gelly Hi Shine formula from Barry M because as the name suggest they give a glossy finish to the nails and seem to last that bit longer. The first shade I picked up was Acai Smoothie. This is such a pretty pastel purple shade. It has some pink tones to it which stops it from looking too dark on the nails. 
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polishes
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polishes
L-R Acai Smoothie, Pink Lemonade
The other shade I picked up was Pink Lemonade. I mentioned recently on the blog that I had been into nude nails and this shade would definitely fit that category. It's a very pale pink which has a dusky tone to it which looks so lovely against pale skin. Both the shade apply easily and take around two coats to be opaque. 

I've worn both shades for a good few days without chipping even whilst i've been at work. Picking up these two has reminded me how good this formula is and that for the price they're such a good quality polish. If you're looking for something a bit different and unique I would definitely recommend both these shades. I've had a few people compliment me on both shades. 


Have you picked up any unique nail polish shades recently?

Friday, 19 August 2016

Origins Maskimizer - Reviewed!

When Origins first released this I was so intrigued. As someone who uses makeup primers all the time I had never thought of their being a skincare version, especially to use with face masks. I'm a big face mask lover so was definitely excited to give it a go and see if it did make a difference. 
Origins Maskimizer
Origins Maskimizer
The product comes in a blue spray bottle which makes for easy application of the product. The spray is designed to be used after you cleanse the skin and before you apply your chosen face mask to prep your skin. I've been trying this was a good mix of masks and have found it works well with them all. The spray does have a light rose scent which I find very pleasant and relaxing; the scent doesn't linger either. 
Origins Maskimizer
It can feel a little damp on the skin so I tend to do about five sprays and then pat any excess into the skin. I then leave it for a few seconds before applying my face mask whilst the skin still feels slightly damp. I honestly didn't have high hopes for this doing anything but I found it actually helps the mask apply a lot smoother, especially clay based mask. With clay masks I find it stops them feeling as tight on the skin too which I like. 

As well as helping with application I find that it makes removing masks easier too. With a damp flannel a heavy clay mask removes so quickly. Afterwards my skin felt a lot smoother and clear when I used this. As I mentioned i've used this with a lot of different mask and found that improves all of them when I use this. You could probably get similar results if you really spent time prepping the skin but the best thing about this is that it is so quick and easy so perfect if you don't have a lot of time. 

Origins Maskimizer retails for £18.50. 

If you're a face mask lover I would recommend picking this up and giving it a try. It's a fun product to use which actually makes your face masks work better. Have you tried the Origins Maskimizer?


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant - Reviewed!

The La Roche Posay Effaclar range has been one of my favourite skincare discoveries, especially when it comes to Effaclar Duo. So much so i've tried every version and get excited when a new formula is released. (Here's my review of the original and the Duo [+]). The newest version combines the properties of the Duo [+] but has an added tint which provides coverage to the skin. 
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant


La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant

The packaging is very similar to the other version of Duo [+] but has a tan coloured band so you can tell the difference if you have more than one version. The product has the same claims to help with clogged pores, imperfections and marks on the skin. I would definitely say that I think even with the added tint the product still performs well to all those claims. It even has the same, clean scent which isn't overpowering. 
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant
The texture feels more of a cream instead of a gel like consistency however I still find it applies in a similar way onto the skin. I use it after moisturising to even out the skin before applying makeup. For at home or no makeup days the coverage is nice enough on it's own if you just want to add some light coverage to the skin whilst still treating any marks or blemishes at the same time. 
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant
The Unifiant comes in two shades; Light and Medium. I have the shades light and it definitely is a good match for a fair skintone. It blends really easily with the fingers giving an even finish. I was surprised how well this covered redness and blemishes. I find I need to use less foundation when I wear this which therefore feels better on the skin. It wears nicely and doesn't look oily so is perfect for oily, blemish prone skin. 

I love using this before makeup as I find it protects the skin and you're still helping to treat your blemish whilst still having some coverage. I've been really impressed by this product and have used it everyday since I got it since it's because I step I love to do in my routine. I think this is perfect if you have blemished skin I don't want to use anything that will irritate the skin but still want some coverage. 


Have you tried this new addition to the Effaclar Duo range?

*PR Sample


Monday, 15 August 2016

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask - Reviewed!

I picked up a bunch of these masks whilst I was in Copenhagen as I fell in love with them and they weren't yet available in the UK. About a month later and I finally spotted them on a recent trip to Boots so I thought I should but together a post all about these moisture masks. 
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
The masks are another addition to the Moisture Bomb range which is designed to hydrate, dehydrated skin without feeling too heavy. I loved the day cream so much I had a feeling I would love everything else in the range. The mask itself actually feels like a tissue mask soak in a serum version of the moisturiser from the same range which definitely means it feels very comfortable on dehydrated skin. 
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask


Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
The mask comes in two parts; the actual sheet mask and a protective film which I like since it makes it easier to get the mask out of the packaging. You leave the mask on for 15 minutes which can be uncomfortable but this mask actually fits really well. I only found the eye holes to be slightly too small but that is only a minor thing. The mask is soaked in a serum that feels really nice and cooling on the skin. When you remove the mask you can still feel some of the serum on the skin. I tend to blend that in and then leave it. The next day my skin feels so refreshed and hydrated. It really doesn't feel heavy on the skin but manages to make everything feel soft and smooth. 

If you have dehydrated skin and love moisture masks or sheet mask I think you will love this. It's comfortable to wear and really helps to give the skin a refresh and a moisture boost. For the price I think it a great product to have around for when your skin needs a pick me up. 


Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask retails for £1.49. 


Have you tried this tissue mask or any products from the moisture bomb range?

Friday, 12 August 2016

The Edit | Nude Nails

It took me a while to get into nude nails since against my pale skin a lot of shades just didn't look right. I have found a couple that lean a little more pink and work a lot better for me. I've also found that a more peach coloured nude looks a lot better on me, so today I thought I would share four of my favourites. 
The Edit | Nude Nails
The Edit | Nude Nails
Essie have a great range of shades in general, especially when it comes to pale nudes. I have a few but the perfect sheer, bare nails colour is Ballet Slippers. It is so sheer that I tend to do three coats but it's the perfect polish if you just want a little bit of colour on the nails. A similar shade that is a lot more opaque is Fiji. Fiji is the perfect white with a hint of pink that again needs around three coats but is a more solid colour and makes the nails look so neat. 
The Edit | Nude Nails
The Edit | Nude Nails
L-R Ballet Slippers, Fiji, Peach Melba, Pink Lemonade
These next two may not seem as nude but I find they give a similar look to the nails. The first peachy colour is Barry M Peach Melba which is a long time favourite of mine. It is a pastel that is still opaque as it only takes around two coats. It gives the same polished look as a nude does but is more flattering on my pale skintone. The last one is a newer purchase and is Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour in Pink Lemonade. This is a sheer peachy pink that looks so pretty on the nails. The only downside is a did find it to chip fairly easy but i'll be giving it another go soon since it's such a pretty shade. 

I haven't done a nail polish themed post in a while since it's not something that I purchase that often since I have so many shades. I do love rediscovering different shades in my collection that I may have forgotten about. I've really been loving how polished these paler shades make my nails look. Do you have any favourite nude nail polishes?