Friday, 31 August 2012

Update | Holiday in California

 
So by now some of you may know that i'm going on holiday tomorrow! The journey will start at 4:30am tomorrow with a drive to the train station to get the train to London. Then from their take the underground to Heathrow. Check in, enjoy duty free and then get ready for a 12 hour flight to Los Angeles. L.A is a place ive wanted to visit for a long time, the place just fascinates me. A lot of musician's I love have either come from there or ended up there, to me something just seems to bring people together there, creatively. We're spending 4 days in L.A and then taking a train up the coast to Santa Barbara. Here we just plan to relax and enjoy the area for a couple of days. From there we get back on the train and head up to San Francisco. This is another place i've always wanted to visit. Many members of my family have been there and have told me for years that it is an amazing place and definitely a place worth visiting. We will spend another 4 days here visiting the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Then we will again get ready for another 12 hour flight back to Heathrow. From there get the train back up North! 

This trip has been in the planning for over a year and the fact it is all happening now is crazy and i'm very excited. I love travelling and i'm excited to finally get to see places i've wanted for so many years.

So what does this mean for my little blog? Well, i've scheduled lots of posts so it will like I never left! I have lots of reviews, travel make-up bag and this months empties post as well as a guest post. 


Obviously whilst i'm in America I will have to take advantage of all the beauty product that we can't get over here. I also plan on picking up a few things for a giveaway when I reach 200 followers (very close now!) to say Thank You. 

So I guess that's it, I just wanted to fill everyone in where I will be, I plan on taking lots of pictures so expect some picture heavy posts of my trip when I get back. 

But for now I guess I should finish packing..


Helen 

x

Thursday, 30 August 2012

August Beauty Favourites

Today's post I have for you is my August Beauty Favourites. August has been another bust month for me but i've really enjoyed it, i'm actually off on holiday on the 1st which i'm so excited about! I'm going to L.A and then to San Francisco for 10 days and I will be picking up so beauty products that we can't get over here and I even have a giveaway planned for when I hit 200 followers! Anyway back to this months beauty favourites.
Shower - 
  • Naked Volume Body Building Shampoo - I've had this shampoo for a while and at first I didn't love it but after using it for a while i've really become to love it and I think it really does add volume to my hair. 
  • Boots Extracts Mango Body Wash - This stuff smells so sweet and fruity I love it! The product itself is more of a cream so I don't find it trying to the skin and makes me feel fresh and clean. Great summer product. 
  • Dead Sea Spa Magik* - I've just reviewed this product here. I'm so in love with this scrub, like I said in the review the coconut oil makes it so moisturising to the skin and it smells amazing. 

Skincare - 
  • Avene Eau Thermal Water Spray - This has been a handbag essential for me in the warmer weather and it is definitely coming to America with me! You just spray it on my face and it is so refresh but doesn't ruin my make-up. It comes in a few different sizes but this small one is the perfect handbag size.
  • Bioderma Sebium H20 - I have a review of this coming up but I will just say now that I love it so much and I love using it after i've got home and I just want to take my make-up off quickly. It removes everything and doesn't irritate my skin at all. 
  • Origins Out Of Trouble Mask - I've been using this mask once a week for about 3 weeks now and i've found it really does help to clear and calm the skin and helps get rid of any blemishes I have. I will be doing a full review on this soon but so far so good!

Make-Up -
  • Clinique Even Better Foundation - I've been been loving this foundation so much this month. It is so light and doesn't melt off my face in the heat but has a good amount of coverage too. I've even been mixing it with my SPF and making a tinted moisturiser which works really well. I've done a full review here.
  • Topshop Blush in Head Over Heels - I love the Topshop cream blushes and I finally got this beautiful coral shade. It makes my skin looks so healthy and glowly I can't stop wearing it! I will have a post on it very soon.
  • Essie polish in Fiji - I've had my eye on this for so long and I finally caved and bought it. It is a lovely almost white shade with a hint of pink which makes my hands look really nice especially with a bit of a tan. 
  • L'oreal Rouge Caresse in Aphrodite Scarlet - I love this shade, it is a lovely bright pink which is so wearable and has been perfect on the few sunny days we have had this month. 
So that is this months favourites and I would expect next months to be full of America goodies! 

What have your favourites been this month? 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

In Flight Essentials

I will be flying to Los Angeles on Saturday and I thought it would be useful to show you the products I will have in my hand luggage to make sure my skin is in good condition for when we land. For those who may not know I have oily skin but with the air conditioning on planes my skin still gets dried out. Also when flying all liquids need to be under 100ml and in a clear plastic bag.
Firstly I will start with the few non-beauty items I have included which are Murray Mints because my ears always pop on planes so these will be needed, plus they taste so good! I'm also taking some gum because its a 12 hour flight and I want my breath to be some what fresh. I'm also taking a book, some spare clothes, phone, ipod but decided not to inlucde those in this post.
I've decided to take the Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets because they will come in handy when were in America but also good to use on the plane. I have hair ties, bobby pins and a hair band to keep my hair out of my face especially when i'm using moisturisers etc. I have a small nail file as well as my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and another small ELF Complexion Brush to apply powder. The powder i'm taking is my favourite 17 Pressed Powder.
I'm not wearing a lot of make-up to the airport but I will use the baby wipes to remove any as well as clean my face then apply to Caudalie Beauty Elixir, I love this so much because it is so refreshing and I find it also calms my skin too. Then I plan on using the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask which I have a sample of, i'm using this because it is really moistursing. I've also included the REN Night Repair Serum which again is very hydrating to the skin. I'm taking the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream because I can use this on any dry skin I have, face and body I also plan on using it as a hand cream. I love that it isn't at all greasy either. The eye cream I have is the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream and i'm taking a Dermalogica Lip Treatment because it is tiny and a great lip balm. I'm also taking a hand sanatizer because I hate my hands feeling dirty. 

When were near to landing i've included a few make-up items, again I really don't like wearing a lot of make-up when travelling. I've depotted some of my new favourite BB Cream which is the Erborian BB Cream Light which also has SPF 25 in it. I've also got my trusty Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer if I need it and finally some mascara which is a sample of the Clinique High Impact mascara which I actually really like. 

So that's my in flgith essential, I hope this was helpful if you are going travelling soon or if you just wanted to find some great products because I really do love all of these. 


What products do you take when flying?

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing - Reviewed!

I really do love a good scrub, I use lots of different types and love how silky smooth my skin feels after using them. Today I have a review of a scrub that is a little different but one that is really lovely to use. 
 It comes in a big white and blue tub, you are definitely getting your money's worth with this one; you get 500g of product. Dead Sea Spa Magik claim that this scrub will do a lot of things such as 'reduce cellulite, detoxify the body and relax the muscles'. The scrub itself is made up of large grains of salt and coconut oil. Salt is a great natural exfoliant and the coconut oil gives it a lovely scent whilst being moisturising to the skin. 
I take a small scoop of product and rub it into my skin, especially arms and legs. The oil almost melts into the skin but is not greasy at all. I find this product is fairly mess free and easy to use when in the shower. Afterwards my skin feels so smooth but so moisturised I couldn't really believe it! I would say because of the salt this isn't a great product to use after shaving your legs but I would say it is great to use before because it removes all the dead skin cells and almost brings the hair to the surface. 

I am in love with this scrub, I think it would be a great product to use in the colder months because it isn't stripping moisture out of the skin only removing all the dirt and adding more moisture. 

Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing retails for £13.30 (it is currently on sale for £11.97!)

Have you tried this before? What is your favourite scrub to use?

*PR Sample

Friday, 24 August 2012

Clinique Even Better Makeup with SPF15 - Reviewed!

Hello again, firstly i'm not going to lie I did buy this on a bit of a whim which really isn't like me. Normally I read lots of reviews before parting with my pennies. However whilst at the York Designer Outlet I couldn't resist trying this especially when I saved over £5 off the retail price, I paid £17 for it. I really want to try some more 'high-end' foundations out and this is the first one i've picked up so far. 
 I really do love the packaging of this foundation, the bottle is small so it fits in my make-up bag so well, you still get 30ml of product like most foundations. Now this doesn't have a pump but it does have a precise dispenser which makes getting a small amount of product out very easy. I've actually come to love this type of top.
The formula of this foundation is thin, almost water like, I find I like these types of foundations best because they tend to not be heavy on the skin. I've found that heavy foundations are the ones that tend to break me out. This foundation claims to help with anti ageing which I personally don't need but it also helps with uneven skin tone which with having acne prone skin I can have a lot of redness in my skin and this really does help to even it out. It says that this foundation is suited for all skin types which I tend to agree with. My skin tends to be more on the oily side especially in Summer and this foundation lasts well on me, I also have a few dry patches and I don't find that it clings to them either. 
 The shade I have is Linen which seems to be one of the lightest shades they do, they do have a lighter shade which is more pink toned. I find this shade really does suit my skin tone. It is more on the yellow side but I find that is great for covering any redness. The wear time is really good with this foundation, it doesn't look cakey or go patchy throughout the day and I also find I don't get oily with it on especially on my chin which is my worst area. It also feels light on the skin but gives a medium to full coverage. 

All in all I think this is a great foundation and has been working with my skin really well even during Summer. If you're looking for a good high end foundation I would definitely recommend this one. It also has SPF 15 in it which I love.


Clinique Even Better Makeup retails for £23.00 for 30ml.

Have you tried any Clinique Foundations?





Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Product Rave | Natural Collection Blushes

Today's post is going to be on some amazing affordable blushes which are great if you're on a budget or are just starting out with make-up and don't want to spend a lot of money. I'm definitely not the first person to rave about these blushes they have been very popular on blogs recently.
Obviously the packaging isn't going to be the best, it is simple plastic packaging but for me this doesn't bother me. I like that you can see the product which can help with finding the shade you want.
I have two shades, Peach Melba and Rosey Glow. Both shades look a little similar in the pan but when they're swatched they look pretty different.
I don't find these blushes to be overly powdery or chalky. They're really well pigmented and last really well on the cheeks. Even after being on the go all day I can still see the colour on my cheeks which isn't the case even with some of the more expensive blushes I've tried. 
L-R 'Peach Melba' 'Rosey Glow'
Peach Melba is definitely my favourite out of the two, I love how it looks on my skin and it works really well with NARS Laguna Bronzer. I would definitely recommend these blushes because they're amazing quality for the price.

Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks retail for £1.99 or 3 for £5 and are available here.

Have you tried these? What is your favourite drugstore blush brand?

Monday, 20 August 2012

N-Spa Apple Mint Crunch Body Scrub - Reviewed!

Have I mentioned that I love a good body scrub? I have a good amount of them and use different ones for different reasons. Today I thought I would do a post on a new favourite of mine by N-Spa. 
 The packaging is nice and simple, I do love that they put cute little stories on the bottle. Comes in handy if you want some reading whilst in the shower!
 These scrubs do come in a few different scents, most of them being fruity ones with a few sweet scents too. I will say that this scrub smells so good! I love anything minty and this has a lovely mint scent but also with a bit of apple. I think this is a great, refreshing combination. 
This isn't the most intensive scrub I own but it is a great everyday one. It is a creamy texture with small black beads in which exfoliate without being too harsh, great for more sensitive skin. Even though it is creamy it still can remove old fake tan marks and leaves the skin feeling smooth and refreshed. I love this scrub and will definitely be getting some different scents in the future. 

N-Spa Apple Mint Crunch Body Scrub retails for £3.00 and are available at Asda

Have you tried this? What is your favourite scrub?

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Week In Pictures #3

This week has been a busy one for me and I know the next few will be too! For those of you who don't know i'm going on holiday in 2 weeks to L.A and San Francisco, i'm so excited but getting things together and meeting up with people before I go is hard. Anyway here's some pictures of what i've been up too.

  1.  Like last week i've been eating a lot of healthy lunches including lots of salad!
  2. Still loving pastel nails, 17 polish in Mint Choc Chip and Essie Nice Is Nice.
  3. This week I discovered applying face masks with an old foundation brush, saves so much mess and a lot easier to do! Definitely worth trying out.
  4. Some bath time treats.
  5. Lusting over Emma Roberts' hair whilst watching The Art Of Getting By, pretty good film.
  6. Terrible roots and dry hair, trip to the hairdresser definitely was needed.
  7. New hair! It looks so much more healthy and I love being blonder again. 
  8. Went to see The Bourne Legacy, really good film, great cast (especially Edward Norton, yum!) and better that expected. Definitely worth seeing.
  9. Finally got some new face masks from Superdrug to try and review.
Like last weeks post (link to that here) You can follow me on Instagram @helenrambleson if you like. I also thought I would include some songs that i've been loving this week.


So that's what i've been up to this week as well as blogging a lot so you guys have posts to read whilst i'm away, I will be doing some packing post too which i'm excited for you guys to see.  
How has your week been?

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Evening Essentials

I've seen a few of these popping up here and there and I think they're a really good idea. I do plan on doing some skincare routine post soon but for now these are just a few things I have on my bedside table I use just before bed. 
 I really don't use that many products on an evening when i'm in bed because I really can't be bothered! The first few things I do use are hand and body care. 
Firstly is my favourite Roger & Gallet hand cream, this stuff smells amazing and leaves my hands so moisturised without being greasy. There will be a full review on this very soon. Next is a foot cream that I got in a Glossybox ages ago. It's the Arbonne FC5 Cooling Foot Cream, it is pleasant to use but the full size is so expensive I wouldn't buy it. Then I have my holy grail Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (review here), this stuff has saved my hands and it smells so good. 
Next I have my current spot treatments. The first one being the Origins Super Spot Remover, this is very powerful and is great on any big red spots. I also use Lush' Grease Lightning which is a little bit gentler but still very effective. Reviews on both of these coming soon. 
The last few bits are lips and eyes. I have my trusty Carmex Cherry which I love and this tub has lasted me so long. I also have the Lush Bubblegum lip scrub, I do love this, it smells and taste lovely and really does work I just forget to use it sometimes! Finally is my current eye cream which is the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, I love this stuff and definitely would consider buying the full size even though it is a little pricey. 

I've included links to all these products so if you're interested you can try them youself! 

So that's my go to products I use before bed. What are the things you reach for at night?

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Burts Bees Radiance Body Lotion - Reviewed!

I got this body lotion in that goodie bag Burts Bees did a few months back, basically for £20 you got a load of different products. For some reason I used it once then forgot about it. When the body lotion I was using ran out I decided to dig it out again. 
 I really don't have a preference when it comes to body lotions as long as it is moisturising and doesn't take an age to dry i'm happy. Burts Bees say 'This natural, lightweight lotion is formulated with Royal Jelly and a hint of mica to leave skin beautifully soft and tone enhanced with a touch of shimmer.' I normally hate anything to have shimmer in it but I have to make an exception for this product. 
As you can see it is a thin cream that sinks into to the skin nicely, it isn't the fastest drying but nothing too long. The smell is pleasant, I can't really describe it nothing overpowering though.
The shimmer is very subtle but gives a really nice finish without making you look like a disco ball! I love using it on my legs especially if i'm wearing shorts or a dress becuase it really does make my skin look healthy. It looks even better when you have a bit of a tan or just over gradual tanner. As I said it really isn't too shimmery and I think I will definitely be taking some with me on holiday. 
It isn't the cheapest of lotions but I personally just use it on my legs every now and then so it isn't too bad and it is still moisturising to the skin.


Burts Bees Radiance Body Lotion retails for £9.99 and is available here.

Have you tried this? What products do you love to use when getting your legs out in Summer?

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

MAC BlushCreme in Posey - Reviewed!

At the weekend I had a random trip to the York Designer Outlet and whilst I was there I couldn't resist having a look in the Cosmetic Company Store which is basically an outlet store for brands under the Estee Lauder group. This include MAC, they had even more things than last time I went and lots of things caught my eye especially this blush. 
 I have tried (and love) a few powder blushes from MAC but never one of their blushcremes. The packaging is simple and the same as most MAC product, black with black writing. 
MAC say that this cream blush is 'creamy and east to blend to a medium coverage'. I would agree with this the product is very creamy and almost balm like making it easy to apply on the cheeks.
The shade Posey is described as a warm peach, I would say that it is more on the pink side but it is definitely warm toned which I think will make it great to wear in all seasons. As I said before it is very easy to blend, I tend to dot a small amount on to the apples of the cheeks and blend it out with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush and I find it gives a lovely finish. 
It is definitely not a cream to powder finish but I still find it lasts most of the day and gives a healthy glow to the skin. 

All in all I really love this blush, the colour is beautiful and the finish is lovely. I definitely have my eye on the shade Something Special next which is a beautiful coral shade. 

I did get mine for the bargain price of £11 at the outlet but MAC BlushCreme's retail for £17.50 and are avaialble here. 

Have you tried this blush? Are you a fan of cream blushes? I'm really getting into them lately!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Week In Pictures #2

I thought I would try and start doing this posts for often, I did one the other month and I really enjoyed it so here's my second week in pictures post with more to come in the future!
  1.  The healthy eating kick is under way with a yummy lunch of stir-fry veggies!
  2. Clearly Rufus was having a hard day and needed an afternoon nap whilst I did some cooking.
  3. Some of my current bath time treats, love all of these.
  4. Trying out yet another face mask, this one is the Origins Spot Of Trouble 10 Minute mask to rescue trouble skin, so far so good! Review to come of course. 
  5. Did a bit of pre-holiday shopping, forgot a lot of things I needed as normal!
  6. Watching This Means War and enjoying the dreamy Tom Hardy looking very nice!
  7. My current face I have been enjoying, simple, quick make-up is needed in Summer.
  8. Another healthy lunch, this one chicken salad also very yummy!
  9. Finally my classic Starbucks drink of a Skinny Caramel Macchiato making my day that little bit better.
So that has pretty much been my week! I have been on a huge skincare kick recently and i've been trying out a lot of product (and have my eye on a few more) so expect lots of reviews to follow soon. I thought I would finish on a few songs I have been loving this week. 

Friday, 10 August 2012

Soap and Glory The FAB Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser - Reviewed!

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may know that I am a big hot cloth cleanser fan, I have tried a few now and I couldn't see my evening skincare routine without one. As I said I have tried a few inlcuded the No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser reviewed here and the famous Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish reviewed here. Today I have Soap and Glory's offering for you. 
 As always the packaging is lovely, the cleanser itself comes in a tube which means it is great for squeezing ever bit of product out. It also comes with a muslin cloth which you can never have enough of.
 This hot cloth cleanser has some lovely ingredients such as sweet almond, orange and lavender oils which gives it a lovely scent. It claims to clean, smooth and melt away make-up and for me it definitely does that.
I take around two pea sized amounts of product and massage it into my face. For a more intense treat I use twice as much product and leave it on a little longer which is really nice to do. I then soak the muslin cloth in warm water and remove the cleanser with it. 
 This cleanser is so creamy and and removes all my make-up from heavy foundation to mascara. It definitely feels like it removes every bit it make-up on my face whilst still feeling moisturising and without stripping my face. 

For me this is on a par with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish niether of them are better than each other and both work really well for me. 

Soap and Glory The FAB Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser retails for £10.00 and is available here. 

Have you tried this Hot Cloth Cleanser? Which is your favourite?

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains - Reviewed!

I have mentioned these in a few posts already and everyone and their mother seems to be reviewing them but someone commented saying they would like a full review of them so hear it is. I'm going to start off by saying that these are my favourite lip products at the moment and I practically wear them everyday. 
 Now these of course are a copy of the Clinque Chubby Sticks which i personally haven't tried because the price always puts me off and these seem like a great dupe. I do love the packaging, it's simple and each shade is a different colour which makes finding the colour you want in your handbag very easy.
I really love the fact these look like big crayons. It makes applying them really easily, I use the point as a lip liner and do an outline of my lips and them fill in with the side. It also makes applying them on the go without a mirror possible without having lipstick all over your face!
L-R 'Cherish' 'Darling' and 'Honey'
As you can see all the shades are nicely pigmented and start off as a balm which for me last 1-2 hours and then they leave a lovely stain which can last all day and is still there when I come to take my make-up off. Throughout the day I do top them up with more product or just a plain lip balm. They do have a minty scent to them which doesn't bother me, I know some people really aren't a fan of it. 

All in all I think these are a great product, the shade Honey is a great everyday shade and I have gotten so much wear out of it. Cherish and Darling are great brighter shade which look lovely in Summer. I'm sure many of you have already checked these out but if you haven't you definitely should because I don't think you will be disappointed.


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains retail for £7.99 (currently £5.99 as an introductory offer) and are available here.

Have you tried these? I am definitely loving Revlon lip products at the moment!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetics Fresh Face Mask - Reviewed!

Some of you may know that i've been on a big skincare kick recently and in that I have become a bit obsessed with face masks. Since Lush is one of my favourite brands I thought I would try another one of their fresh face mask, i've already tried and reviewed Cupcake here. I will say when I got this my face was going through some serious hormonal breakouts so perfect time to give it a go testing! 
 As with all Lush products the packaging is lovely and simple. The fresh face masks are to be stored in the fridge and because they're fresh they only last 3-4 weeks which means you have use it around 2-3 times a week. This is the only thing that annoys me because I like to change up which masks I use depending on how my skin is. 
The mask itself is meant to calm and clear the skin and one of the main ingredients is blueberries which are an anti-oxident and are great for the skin. The mask is creamy but dries quickly in around 5 minutes after this is can start to crack and get a little messy so I would say this is a great mask to use in the bath. 

As will most mask you leave in on my around 15 minutes and then wash it off. It removes easily and leaves the skin feeling clear and soft. 
 I really enjoy applying more mask on my worst areas, such as t-zone and chin. The mask really did help clear my skin and generally get on the rubbish out of my pores. I liked that it felt very gentle too so didn't irritate any sensistive areas or blemishes. 

I definitely would recommend this masks if you want to give your skin a treat or are suffering from some troublesome blemishes because i think it really does help and I found that my skin cleared up quicker with using it. 

Lush Catastrophe Cosmetics retails for £5.95 and is available in Lush stores. 

Have you tried this? What is your favourite Lush face mask?

Monday, 6 August 2012

Bourjous Healthy Mix Foundation - Reviewed!

For some reason I have never done a review of this foundation, I have reviewed the Healthy Mix Serum but this is the original and still my favourite out of the two. This is actually my second bottle so definitely time to do a review! 
 The packaging is a simple plastic bottle with a black lid. One of my favourite things about the packaging is that it has a suction pump which as you can see in the picture, means you can see how much product you have left! It also means you don't waste any, I definitely think more foundations should come like this. 
I love foundations that come with pumps becuase you don't get too much product coming out. The foundation itself is scented and smells fruity. This doesn't personally bother me but I know it will for some people. It is a thin consistency, I find I need around 2-3 pumps to cover my face. The coverage is medium but definitely buildable, you can also apply a very thin layer for a light finish. This foundation feels lovely on the skin, very light and no matter how much you apply it never feels cakey or looks too much. 
The shade I have is 51 which is the lightest shade, this is great for me in Winter but a little bit light in Summer. When this one has run out I will be getting shade 52. All the shades seem to be yellow toned which is perfect for me because it really helps even out the redness in my skin as well as covering my acne scars whilst still looking very natural. There are only 8 shades to chose from which isn't amazing but definitely not the worst range of shades I have seen in the drugstore.

The wear time of the foundation is great too, even on my oily skin I can get around 8 hours before it feels oily. No matter how long I have it on it never seems to go patchy even on my chin which is where most foundations fail on me. 

All in all this is my all time favourite foundation, I love it so much and definitely would recommend it to anyone especially someone with oily skin. If you have normal/dry skin the Healthy Mix Serum would be great for you.

Bourjous Healthy Mix retails for £9.99 and is available here. 

Have you tried this foundation?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Shopping The Stash #1

These post/videos seem to be very common at the moment and since i'm trying not to spend (easy said than done!) I thought I would start doing them. For those that don't know each week or so you choose some products to use that I have been neglecting recently. 
 The foundations i've choosen is the Bourjous Healthy Mix and Serum, I love these foundations but recently i've been wearing BB Creams more. The primer I chose was Bare Mineral Prime Time, this isn't my favourite primer but it does keep my make-up in place it just isn't great for oil control. The bronzer is Rimmel Natural Bronze in Sun Glow, this is a bit on the orange side so I can only use it in Summer. The highlighter is the ELF Golden Bronzer, I love this product especially in Summer. For eyes i've chosen the MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque, this is a lovely golden shade with a slight pink undertow. The palette is the Sleek Oh So Special palette, which has some great brown and purple shade plus to matte pinks which could even be used as a blush. The eyeliner is an Eyeko Skinny Liner in Plum, I love the shade of this but hate the packaging, what is the need of the metal point at the end!? Finally for lips I have a Barry Lip Gloss in a baby pink shade with pink and blue shimmers which looks great over lipsticks. As well as an ELF Lip Liner with Blending Brush in Nude Pink which works really well with MAC Creme Cup. 

So that's the products I will be trying to use this week, if you've done a shopping the stash post leave a link in the comments because I would love to read it! 

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Alpha H Liquid Gold - Reviewed!

This seems to be the cult product everyone is talking about at the moment, and with claims that it will soften and improve the appearance of the skin whilst helping to get rid of scarring and redness I can see why. I will say that i've already briefly mentioned this in my Treating Acne Scars post along with some other great products.
Liquid Gold is a Glycolic Acid treatment which helps to removes dead skin cells and speed up the change over process. This works like on exfoliant so probably will not be suitable for very sensitve skin.They have recently changed the packaging which I do prefer so I won't talk too much about that. The product itself is a clear liquid which you apply to a cotton pad and then wipe over the face. I do a good few wipes to make sure I have covered all of my face. The strange thing about this is that you don't apply a moisturiser afterwards, I found this a little strange at first but I don't find it to be drying to my skin at all. When applying it does have a slight tingle to it but that goes away after a few seconds.
 I apply this a night and by the time I wake up my skin feels smooth and even appears to be brightened. After using this for a few weeks now I have noticed a big reduction in the redness of my skin and a lot of the harsh redness from acne scarring has reduced. I can definitely say that this is my holy grail skincare product, I have never noticed such a difference in my skin from just using one product. I use it about 3 times a week and I would say make sure you wear sunscreen after using it becuase your skin will be more sensitive to burning, as someone who always wears SPF on my face this doesn't bother me.

I will definitely be repurchasing this in the future even though it isn't the cheapest of products but it definitely makes a huge difference to the skin.  

You can buy the 100ml Alpha H Liquid Gold for £31.50 here or the 200ml for £36.76 here. 

Have you tried Liquid Gold or are you planning on trying it?