Wednesday, 27 July 2016

July Empties

I went away at the end of June so didn't expect to use up that many products this month but somehow still got through a few things. There's a bit of everything this month and some favourites that I always like to have in stock. 
July Empties
July Empties
SKINCARE:
Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser - I really like the Superdrug hot cloth cleanser as they're budget friendly and do the job. This cleansing the skin well and removes any excess makeup. Afterwards the skin feels smooth and soft. I really like this Naturally Radiant range and this cleanser is definitely a stand out. Repurchase? Yes. 
Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm - I've been using this as my evening lip balm for a good few years now and have repurchased it a few times. It's a thick balm that feels matte on the lip and really moisturises the lips. I really love using this in the Winter as my lips can get so dry. Repurchase? Yes. 
Simple Revitalising Eye Roll On - I've mentioned before that I like eye gels in the morning as they don't feel heavy and help to wake up my eyes. I liked this one as it has a metal ball on the end which feels nice and cooling as well as helping with any puffiness. Repurchase? Yes. 
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray - Facial sprays are a staple in my skincare routine in the Summer as I love how refreshing they feel. This one gives a fine spray of water that is so cooling. This is also great to use on the body and not just on the face, especially when it's hot or after a workout. Repurchase? Yes. 
July Empties
HAIRCARE:
Urban Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hairspray - I don't use hairspray that often but I would actually look forward to using this as it smelt so good. It smells like raspberry ice cream and works really well at keeping those fine hairs in place. I liked that this didn't feel crunchy in the hair as well as brushing out easily. Repurchase? Yes. 
Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo - With there being a bit of a heatwave at the end of this month i've been loving this more than usual to keep my hair looking clean and fresh. This scent will always be my favourite and be a product I always have around. Repurchase? Yes. 
July Empties
BODYCARE:
Vaseline Spray & Go Aloe Body Moisturiser - This is something i've had in my drawer for a while and is a great Summer product. When it's hot I don't like to use a heavy moisturiser and this is a fine mist that dries quickly whilst still leaving the skin soft. This wasn't my favourite scent so if I picked this up again I think i'd get another scent. Repurchase? Yes. 
Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Gradual Tanner - I featured this in my favourite gradual tanners post and I really love the natural tan it gives. It never looks too dark and you can build it up to give a deeper colour. The smell isn't too strong and it actually moisturisers the skin really well. Repurchase? Yes.
July Empties
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Spray - I got some of the Soap & Glory body sprays at Christmas and i've been making my way through them. This has a lime and sugar scent which has been nice to use in the Summer. The scent lasts a few hours and is good to spray on when you need a freshen up. Repurchase? Yes. 
Nivea Happy Time Shower Cream - This was my favourite shower cream a few years ago and I decided to try it again. It has a really nice clean scent and the cream doesn't feel drying on the skin. I like to try a different shower gel each time; normally whatever is on offer, but this is one I would go back too. Repurchase? Yes. 

So those are this months beauty empties. All of which are products i've really enjoyed and would get again. Have you used up any of your favourite beauty products this month?

Monday, 25 July 2016

Top 3 | Gradual Tanners

I use gradual tanners on my arms all the time to make my skin look a little less pale and have a healthy glow. Sometimes I don't bother if i'm wearing jumpers all the time but in Summer I up my game and I go between these three. I thought i'd share them since they're all easy to use and perfect if you don't want a heavy fake tan look. 
Top 3 | Gradual Tanners
Top 3 | Gradual Tanners
St Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Lotion in Light/Medium - £14.50 - This is the most expensive but it has the best smell and works well all over the body. The smell is the best thing as it is floral and fresh whilst having the least fake tan smell. It looks very natural on and wears really well. I have repurchased this a few times when it is on offer since I love the finish it gives. 
Top 3 | Gradual Tanners
Dove Derma Spa Summer Revival in Fair to Medium £6.99 - This is very similar to the St Tropez in the finish it gives however it has more of a fake tan smell. It isn't very strong and I don't really notice it that much. It has a pleasant scent when you apply it as well as feeling very moisturising. I really like the look of this one and the fact I can quickly apply it and the next day the finish is very natural. 
Top 3 | Gradual Tanners
Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion - £5.49 - This was my favourite for a long time however the scent is the strongest the next day and the colour isn't as natural as the other two. My favourite way to use this is on my legs as they're paler than my arms. When I use it on my legs it gives an instant, more tanned colour to the skin. The light shade looks more natural than the deep which can lean a little yellow. 

I have used all of these for a long time and love them all. The Dove is probably my favourite for the price and the finish it gives on the skin. The St Tropez smells lovely whilst still looking very natural. The Garnier gives the most colour but has the strongest smell. If you have fair skin but want to look a little more tanned this Summer I would definitely recommend giving any of these a try. What are your favourite gradual tanners?

Friday, 22 July 2016

Wear and Compare | Benefit vs Essence Brow Mascara

Benefit have recently changed all the packaging of their brow products as well as having lots of minis as freebies in magazines in the recent months. The one product that i've been curious to try is the Gimme Brow so I was definitely excited to try it without splashing out on the full size. I had heard Essence had brought out their own version so I thought it would be fitting to do a comparison of the two. 
Wear and Compare | Benefit vs Essence Brow Mascara
Wear and Compare | Benefit vs Essence Brow Mascara
The packaging of the Essence version is very similar to the original Benefit packaging, now they've changed it the two look pretty different. Both come in three shades and have good options for blondes which I like. Essence have even brought out a new shade that is Taupe and cool toned which is a good match for the Benefit blonde shade. Since my hair isn't super blonde at the moment I got the 01 Blonde shade in the Essence which is a little warmer. 
Wear and Compare | Benefit vs Essence Brow Mascara
Wear and Compare | Benefit vs Essence Brow Mascara
The brushes are very similar. The Benefit one is a little smaller and is more tapered to the end which definitely helps with application. Both contain little fibres which are meant to give a more natural look since it is adding the appearance of more hair. The Essence version does have some fibres but a lot less than the Benefit one. Both are easy to apply. I like to get the shape I want my brows to be with a pencil then add the main colour and definition with the brow mascaras. 
Wear and Compare | Benefit vs Essence Brow Mascara
L-R Benefit, Essence








As you can see the shades I have are different but when swatched they look pretty similar in the brows. The Benefit one gives a very natural finish and you can the hairs in the brows still. It evens them out whilst adding colour and texture to the brows. I was most impressed with how it looked like I had naturally perfect brows and made them stay in place all day. It has been very hot this week and this has really helped my brows to not fade. The Essence version feels more like a tinted brow mascara and is a little wetter which makes it harder to get a completely natural look. The brows still look defined, neat and kept in place.

My favourite thing about both of these is how well they keep my brows in place all day. Both make my brows look natural whilst being quick to apply. They are very similar and if price wasn't a factor I would say the Benefit one works the best. However, the Essence one is so much cheaper and works very well I personally wouldn't purchase the Gimme Brow in the full size even though I have been really enjoying it. 

Benefit Gimme Brow retails for £18.50.
Essence Make Me Brow retails for £2.50.

I've really been impressed by some of the Essence products i've tried and this is definitely one of the best one. It is a great dupe for the Benefit and I lot more affordable. Have you tried either of these? What do you use for a natural brow look?

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Evening Skincare Routine

The other day shared my morning skincare routine so I thought i'd follow that up with posting my evening routine. In the evening I spend a lot more time on my skincare and focus on deeply cleansing and packing in the moisture. 
Evening Skincare Routine
Evening Skincare Routine
CLEANSE:
Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water - £5.99 - I love the original Garnier Micelar Water and picked this one up on a bit of a whim and I really love it. The oil really helps to break down makeup without feeling greasy. This is a great first cleanse to remove the bulk of makeup before properly cleansing the skin. 
Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser - £4.99 - I always follow that up with some sort of cream or balm to deeply cleanse the face. This is an old favourite that is so budge friendly. It's a cream cleanser that removes any makeup or dirt really well whilst making the skin feel soft and clean. 
Evening Skincare Routine
EXFOLIATE:
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads - £12.99 - I love chemical exfoliates and these pads are one of my favourite because they're easy to use and very effective. I don't find them to be too harsh and I use them most nights as they also cleanse the skin whilst making the skin so smooth and soft the next day. 
Evening Skincare Routine
MOISTURISE:
Boots Simply Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream - £1.99 - I've been using this eye cream for a couple of years now as it is a great budget option and does what it says. It's a light cream that leaves the skin soft and hydrated. 
Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum - £2.69 - A serum is something I change it a lot and rarely repurchase the same one. At the moment I am liking this one as it feels very light and fresh on the skin. It hydrates nicely so would be a good option for dehydrated skin as it isn't heavy. 
Avene Skin Recovery Cream* - £16.50 - The newest discovery to my routine is this and i've really been loving it. I like to use a hydrating cream in the evening that doesn't feel heavy and this definitely does that. It feels so nice on the skin and hydrates really well. It's perfect if your skin is sensitive or you suffer with redness as it really helps with both of those. 

So that is my evening skincare routine. I do love trying out new skincare products but I try not to introduce too many products in at once to keep my skin in check. I also use two treatments or masks a week to help to deep cleanse or exfoliate the skin even more. 

What are some standout products in your evening skincare routine?

Monday, 18 July 2016

Morning Skincare Routine

It feels like such a long time since I shared my skincare routine which is odd as I haven't really changed things up that much recently. I'm still always trying a bunch of new products but I try to swap only one product at a time so I can really tell if it's working. 
Morning Skincare Routine
Morning Skincare Routine
CLEANSE:
Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk - £8.00 - This is an old favourite that I go back to when my skin is feeling a bit rubbish. It's a cream cleanser that has fruit acids in which helps to leave the skin smooth and refreshed. The bottle is a good sign and I only use two pumps each time so it lasts a good few months. 
La Roche Posay Serozinc - £8.50 - In my routine in the morning I want things to wake my skin up and this definitely does that. It's a fine mist that feels very refreshing but also helps with oil control and any redness in the skin. This is a product I really enjoy using morning and night, especially in the Summer. 
Morning Skincare Routine
MOISTURISE:
Boots Cucumber Eye Gel - £1.50 - I like to use eye gels in the morning as my allergies make my eyes very dry so this helps to get rid of the tightness and wake my eyes up. I don't think this would help with fine line but I do find it refreshing and helps with any puffiness. 
Olay Complete Radiance Illuminator - £9.99 - I picked this up when I saw it reduced in Asda and i've actually really been enjoying it. It's a light cream that feels really nice and smooth on the skin. It has some illuminator in it which gives a really nice glow to the skin without looking glittery. I was surprised how much this made the skin look healthier and brighter. 
Morning Skincare Routine
SPF:
Avene Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector Light* - £16.50 - This has been my go to SPF at the moment as it has a SPF30 and feels very light on the skin. It's great if you have oily skin as it feels very light and gives a matte finish. It also has a tint to it which gives some colour to the skin which looks very natural and gives a healthy glow. 


So that's my morning skincare routine. In the morning I like to spend as little time doing my skincare and I like it to feel light on my skin. I've been using all these products for a few months and they've definitely helped keep my skin in check. 

What are some of your favourite products in your morning skincare routine?

Friday, 15 July 2016

Avene Eau Thermal Sensitive Skin Kit - Reviewed!

Avene has become one of my favourite brands for when my skin is feeling irritated and I don't want to use anything too harsh. Avene now have these sets which used together create a nice skincare routine that is also a good way to try a few products from the brand at once. 
Avene Eau Thermal Sensitive Skin Kit


Avene Eau Thermal Sensitive Skin Kit
Avene Eau Thermal Sensitive Skin Kit
Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion* 2x50ml - This is a cleanser that you can apply and remove with a cotton pad or tissue without rinsing. This is not the type of cleanser I would normally reach for but I think it's a great product for when you're travelling or at a festival where you want cleanse your skin and don't have easy access to fully washing your face. It removes makeup and dirt surprisingly well and leaves the skin feel smooth and refreshed. It doesn't leave a sticky residue and feels very gentle. 
Avene Eau Thermal Sensitive Skin Kit
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray* 50ml - Out of the set this is the only product i've tried before and one I love having around in the Summer. It's basically a fine mist of water that feels so refresh without leaving a wet feeling on the skin. This is great to have when it's hot or post workout to cool you down quickly. 
Avene Eau Thermal Sensitive Skin Kit
Avene Skin Recovery Cream* 50ml - This is the product I was most excited to try and one i've really been loving. This is a cream you can use if you're skin is feeling irritated or you can just use it as a daily moisturiser. I've been using this in the evening and I love the texture of it as it feels very smooth and light. It contains 70% of the Eau Thermal Spray Water and you can definitely feel that on the skin as it feels refreshing and very comfortable. It hydrates the skin nicely and has definitely help with any redness or irritation I had on my skin. 

I've been really impressed with the set and the products are of a decent sized and all the products work very well, especially when used as part of a routine. They also have a set for blemished skin which includes some products i've tried before which are also very good. If your skin is feeling a bit irritated I would definitely recommend picking this kit up. 



 What is your favourite Avene product?


*PR Sample

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Shopping The Stash | Skincare

I've done a few shopping the stash posts focusing on rediscovering some old makeup favourites. Whilst doing my evening skincare I thought I should do a skincare version as there are a few things that I want to use up that I haven't used in a while. 
Shopping The Stash | Skincare
Shopping The Stash | Skincare
REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate - £30.00 - I used to be obsessed with this range of skincare products by REN. I remember I stopped using this to 'save' it and ended up forgetting about it. It's a thick liquid which you apply onto cleansed skin and the next day my skin feels so smooth, brighter and soft. It's great at helping with pigmentation and improving the appearance of the skin. It's expensive but very effective. 
Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum - £6.99 - I picked this up since it seemed very similar to the REN one. It is definitely the same type of product but not as effective. It still makes the skin feel smooth and brighter but I don't find it gives as quick of a fix as the REN. A great option if you're on a budget thought. 
Shopping The Stash | Skincare
Garnier Ambre Solaire Tinted Self Tan Cream for Face - £9.99 - I loved this last Summer so i've decided to dig it out again. I gradual tan a lot more in the Summer and this works well at giving a natural looking tan to the face. It never looks streaky or too dark so perfect if you have fair skin. I haven't found it to break me out and as you wash your face it doesn't go patchy. 
Shopping The Stash | Skincare
Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care - £14.00 - This is another great Summer product as it is a very light gel cream that doesn't feel heavy on the skin. It really works well in the t-zone at controlling oil throughout the day as well as being a good base underneath makeup. As an added bonus it also helps with any breakouts. 
Shopping The Stash | Skincare
Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Sheet Masks - £ - I bought these for my trip to America last year and still have a couple left. They're basically sheet masks soaked in hydraluron which is a really good hydrating serum. They're comfortable to wear and perfect for dehydrated skin as they hydrate the skin without feeling heavy. They're great to use after a long flight or if you're skin is feeling very dry after being in the sun or the cold. 

I've always been a bit obsessed with skincare and therefore have collected a lot of products. I'm definitely looking forward to adding these back into rotation and using them up. Are you a skincare junkie? Are there any products that you've rediscovered or are trying to use up?