Saturday, 28 February 2015

My Morning Skincare Routine

I am really trying to up my game skincare wise. In the past I have really been only focusing on the make up side of things, but I have that many different skincare creams that it is such a shame to let them sit there being unused.It is time with me getting older that I use more creams to make sure my skin looks smooth and soft well into my older years. So, now of a morning I have really tried to come up with a little routine that won't take too long, but will get the job done,with being in a rush to get my little boy to school and will give me a nice base to apply my make up on top of.

First thing I do is run the hot water tap and fill the sink with warm/hot water (I prefer it really hot) and squeeze a little of the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser into the palm of my hand and then gently sweep all over my face and neck.

This is a gorgeous cleanser, very thick in texture but you only need a tiny amount because when you apply it with a little warm water it smooths out and really lathers up well. While I am rubbing the cleanser into my face, I soak a white muslin cloth in the hot water and then get the cloth and press and wipe off the cleanser off my skin. Once I think my skin is clean, I drain off that water and then splash my face with a little cold water to help shrink my pores that I have around my nose and chin. I dry off my face with a towel and then apply an eye cream, I have lots of different sachets of eye creams, so I just tend to grab the first one that comes to hand, and today it was the dark circle eraser.

I have not tended to "do" eye creams, in the past, but it was part of my skincare resolutions in the New Year and so I am really trying to keep using them all up. Once my eye cream has sunk into the skin I then apply my face moisturiser. This Clean and Clear moisturiser has lasted me for months and months. It is quite a greasy cream and so I do have to allow quite a bit of time for it to sink in before I apply my primer or foundation.
Another part of my routine that I have really been trying to keep up is using a hand cream. I am not good at trying to keep my hands soft and smooth, but this years harsh cold temperatures have caused my hands and knuckles to crack and dry up, so this Bee Good hand cream has really been helping my skin to heal quickly.

Well, as I said before it is a very quick routine, but it is helping me hopefully to improve the look and feel of my skin both on my face and hands. I hope you have enjoyed this post, and let me know if you have a routine and what products you are using.

Till next time,

My February 2015 Favourites.

This month has truly been a start of a new journey for me, which is solely focusing on my collection and not buying ANYTHING beauty or toiletry wise, and it has been a total success. I have not bought anything for the past month and for anyone that truly knows me they will appreciate how hard that has been, as I am a total shopaholic. To be honest, I have found it quite a release not having to worry about making sure I got the newest and latest products,I also have found it really nice to truly use products that have been not used in months. So this months favourites is all about true products which I have totally enjoyed using over the past 4 weeks.

For years my favourite perfume was Alien by Thierry Mugler, and it still is, but I, last month found Marc Jacob's Daisy in the back of my perfume drawer and decided to try and use it up before the end of the Cinco De Mayo challenge that I am doing and I have totally fallen in love with the scent of it.
It is so light and floral, and smells gorgeous. If you haven't tried it, you really need to, it's beautiful. My next favourite has been the shower gel I have been using which is the Soap and Glory Orangeasm, it smells divine all citrussy and fruity and really wakes you up in the mornings. This shower gel really lathers and foams up well, and you only need a tiny bit on your sponge and flannel. I love that the bottle is so huge too, this has lasted me so long and my little boy loves using it in his showers too.
I always in the past have had showers every day as I had found that I could not take baths as I could not sit in the bath or lie back as the pressure on my bones was just too painful, and then when I went to get out I could not pull myself out and so had to ask somebody to help lift me out. But since being on some new pain medication, I tried having a bath and I so enjoyed it, and so purchased some Radox bath salts to use when I did occasionally have a bath.
Now don't get me wrong I am not lying in the bath for 30 minutes at a time, it is more like 5 -10 minutes as the pain still gets too bad but I have enjoyed the silky feeling of the water when I have used these bath salts. They don't lather up at all, but the water feels like silk and to me feels very soothing and has really helped to relax me in the evenings. It is a product that was really inexpensive too which is helpful on my bank balance. I have really struggled finding a cheek product that I liked this month, I tried using the Tarte blush in Fearless for a couple of weeks, and it was nice but it was so very pigmented that it was almost impossible to get the colour right without looking like a clown. I literally used to gently dip the bristles of the brush into the colour, and almost immediately got too much colour. So this week, I gave up and have put it up for sale on my Ebay account. The next product I tried that I have loved in the past, was my Nars Laguna bronzer and I am enjoying that a lot more than the Tarte blush, so think I will be using this over the next few months.

It truly is a great bronzer and never looks orange just really gives a nice definition to the cheekbones. Last but not least is my powder that I am so enjoying to set my undereye concealer, is the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder.

It is fantastic. It really mattifies your skin, although I will say it can get everywhere as it sometimes can flick off your brush onto your clothes and you have to make sure you blend it in otherewise people can tell you have powder on. It is gorgeous, and will last forever I think. If you have not tried it I really highly recommend it. I hope you have njoyed my February favourites post, let me know in the comments what you have been loving this past month.

Love and hugs.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Project Polish Challenge 2015

Yep, you have guessed it. This is the year for challenging myself and seeing just how well I can do at not buying anything and shopping my stash, and using up all those nail polishes that have been lingering in my set of Ikea Alex 9 drawers and never being used. So after watching others on YouTube and the blogging community do so well at #ProjectPolishChallenge I wanted to attempt this challenge too.

The aim is that you have to limit yourself to a certain amount of nail polishes to use throughout this year. I chose 7, so that I had a little bit of variety, and the aim is just to use those colours continuously and try and finish the whole of each and every bottle shownbefore the end of 2015. I don't think I have ever finished up a whole bottle of nail polish, and so this will be so exciting if I manage to do it. Normally, I only end up throwing old nail polishes out because they have gone off and separated and they were unusable, and that is such a waste of polish and of money.

I decided to choose a mixture of pastels, brights and duochromes, so that I always seem to have a new look as otherwise there might be the risk of me getting bored and giving up. I am not including any glitter polishes as I just find them really hard to remove, and to be honest they always chip off easier, and so I am thinking of selling all my glitter polishes on Ebay. Now onto the colours and brands of polish that I have chosen for this challenge. First up is the Essie polish in Go Ginza.

I thought this colour, such a pretty lilac/pink, would be perfect for the Spring and Summer months, and it is a cream finish, which I tend to prefer in my nail polish finishes. Next is Essie's Penny Talk.

I love this shade, its a metallic rose gold, and can turn a brown shade in some lights and then a beautiful pink shimmers through when the sunlight hits it. It truly is a specatacular shade, and everyone needs it in their collection. I am wearing this next colour at the moment, and I love it, it is Essie's Mint Candy Apple.

I think this is the shade that I will go through the fastest, as I love wearing this colour and have worn it lots over the past couple of years. As I give you updates every month I will be marking on the sides of the bottles, with black marker pen, where the level of polish has gone down to, so you can monitor my progress with me. Most of the bottles are nearly full and so there seemed no pint at the moment marking the bottles until next month. The next shade I chose was a bright neon orange polish from Models Own.

This is in the shade Beach Bag and is in the range that was meant to help show off any suntan you manage to get during the summer months.. All the colours in this particular range were made to make your hands look suntanned and glowy, and this particular colour looks beautiful on the toes. I wanted to include a bright pink/red for any times when I wanted to make my nails look smart and really manicured, for example if I was off out to a party or a special occasion and so this shade Pomegranate from Barry M looked perfect for this.

Isn't it just the prettiest shade? I love it and totally recommend Barry M polishes for their fantastic shade range and different finishes to their polishes, they are truly a fantastic nail polish brand and definitely rank high up there with the higher end brands on the market. I love pale blue nail polish and so this next one definitely had to be included and it is the high shine finish gelly nail polish from Barry M in Blueberry.

This is such a pretty periwinkle shade of blue, and I love the formula of these polishes as they are not too goopy, and thick, they just apply so beautifully and not streaky. With all of the polishes that I have talked about I always apply two coats as sometimes the colour; especially in the lighter colours can be a little streaky, and I like my nail polish  to look totally opaque. Onto the very last polish that I have chosen for the challenge and it is a Nails Inc polish in the shade Heddon Street.

This is a beautiful burgundy shimmery polish that has just a tiny shimmer of gold running through it. I love this polish and have worn it twice over the last couple of weeks. Right then, that is it for this post. How about you? Could you manage just staying on a certain number of polishes until the end of the year. I am at a certain disadvantage as others in the challenge started at the beginning of January and it is now nearly the beginning of March, so as you can see I am already 2 months behind but hopefully, I can do well in this and cannot wait to bring you my first update on the 25th of next month.

Till next time,

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

February 2015 Glossybox

Now, when this box arrived on my doorstep about a week ago, it totally caught me off guard, as I had cancelled my membership to the Glossybox monthly subscription box a week before, so it was a surprise. Don't get me wrong, I have loved Glossybox for many years, but now that I am trying to save money and reduce my beauty product collection down, I thought that by cancelling the boxes would help me save £10+ every month. I know it is only a small amount but it is something towards saving for a rainy day.

Don't you think that this month's box is so pretty? I do, and just perfect for February being the month of love and all that jazz. Now onto what was inside.

You got the obligatory product cards informing you of the types of products in your box and what has inspired this months collection which is all about "Love". This box came with 4!!! full size products, which is fantastic value for money right there, as a lot of subscription boxes tend to come with only sample or travel sized products. One of the products really made me giggle due to it being linked to "that film" lol Fifty Shades Of Grey, which no, I have not seen and won't be going as it isn't really my cup of tea. I have read the books, but the film just does not appeal to me. The product which is named "Fifty Shades" is a mineral eyeshadow, in, yep, you have guessed it, the colour Grey.

This eyeshadow is 100% natural and really pigmented, so a little goes a really long way. This shadow is great for if you want to deepen the colour of the outer V with out using a black shade which can sometimes look too harsh. If you wanted a more intense colour from the shadow, just wet your brush and then apply onto the eyelid, and instantly the look will be made much more dramatic. This is one of the full size products I was talking about before and you get 1.2g of product and it is valued at £14.49, so just in that one product alone, you have paid for your box. Glossybox is fantastic value for money.
I was really pleased when I saw this in the box, as you can never have too many hair removal products and I have never tried this razor before and so will be interested to try it and see whether it is any good. It has a water activated bar of serum that has marine extracts and shea butter that is so super moisturising for your skin, and is supposed to be hydrating for up to 2 hours after using the razor. This razor also has 5 blades which is great as it will be better at catching all those pesky hairs that never seem to go if the razor only has the one or two blades. This is priced at £9.99 so not cheap compared to some razors on the market, but we will see if it is actually good at what it says and I will do a review on it in the future for you all.
As you may know I am quite fussy when it comes to mascaras and if it doesnt work in the first few days, then it goes in the bin. I will admit, I have not really liked the products that I have tried from the B.Cosmetics range in the past, but I have never tried one of their mascaras before and so hopefully, this will be different and I will like it. This has a lot of claims to live up to, they say it lengthens, defines, volumises and conditions. Well, we will have to see as I can't see it living up to all of those promises, 1 or 2 yes, maybe but not the 4. But you never know, I might be pleasantly surprised. On the Superdrug website, it is priced at £9.99.

Royal Apothic are a brand that I had never even heard of before seeing their lip balm in this months box. The brand are from Los Angeles, and apparently Victoria Beckham is thought to be a fan of theirs. If it is good enough for Victoria Beckham, then it is already a hit in my books. And with this awful cold weather we are having at the moment, I need all the help I can get to keep my lips moisturised and chapped free. The lip butter contains shea butter, and argan, grape seed, and almond oil to help nourish the lips, and sounds super natural, so if you like products that are not chemically overloaded, then I am sure you will like this, and the little pot is so cute.

I have quite a few products from So Susan, from previous Glossyboxes and they have always been good quality, and so it was nice to see this lip and cheek palette included in the box. I love the variety of colours, the bright red, and the coral, and the baby pink. I love cream products as you can really  sheer the look out and just have a slight tint of colour on your lips and cheeks, or you can go full on and go bright and vivid with the look you are going for. It is a really versatile product and is great for travel as it is so compact. I would not recommend it if you are going somewhere hot as the products will definitely melt, and make a huge mess of your make up bag, but if you are staying in a cooler climate, then it is perfect.

I have really enjoyed this month's box and I really do recommend Glossybox and their monthly subscription. You get a great variety of products and you get amazing value for  your money.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post, and let me know in the comments if you get Glossybox and what you think of their service.

Love and Hugs.

Book Review: Girl Online by Zoella (Zoe Sugg)

This book has been out for a while, and yes, I know I am slow getting to read and review it. I recently purchased this book, last week in fact, and I enjoyed it that much, I had read it in 2 days! Which is unheard of for me, as because I am so busy with working, and running a house and looking after my little boy, that books normally take about a week to 10 days to get through.

Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella) is a young lady who has risen to the lofty ranks of celebritydom through making videos on YouTube. I watched her about 2 years ago when she was making beauty videos and really enjoyed her bubbly personality, and knew that this girl would go far, as she is just so likeable and enjoyable to watch. I had heard that although Zoe is shown as the author, that it was in fact written by a ghost author, but Zoe came up with the original idea for the book and to be pretty honest I was not sure whether it was going to be my cup of tea, as I am so much older than Zoella, and it was more than likely aimed at teenagers and twenty somethings.

In fact, this book surprised me at how right from the get go, I was immediately drawn to like the main character (Penny), who was an online blogger who felt quite lonely and "not cool" at school but online she could be her true self as no one knew who she was. I loved how she was not perfect and the way she was described to have her quirks, and be really clumsy at school. I could really relate to the feelings that she felt,having felt the same way when I was at school and I found myself really rooting for her to win through all of her escapades in the UK and eventually her adventure in New York. I think a lot of young girls whether at school or college, would really enjoy this book and I found that I just could not put it down, I needed to see what happened to her and her family.

I also liked the way anxiety and panic attacks were described in the book, and some great tips and images to help guide you through an attack were really well written and feel a lot of girls and youngsters would relate to this.

The only drawback I felt was the ending, it seemed to be "too perfect" and rushed as if the author was running out of space, where the rest of the book, was kind of laid back and full of fun and quirkyness in the way it was written. I felt that the character's traits changed substantially from the rest of the book, as if she did not stand for any nonsense originally, at the end she sort of back tracked and just did what the boy she had met in New York wanted her to do.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a light hearted quick read, but if you want depth and a really dramatic book, then this is not the one for you. For me I would give it a high 8.5/10.

If you have read this book, let me know in the comments what you thought of it.

Till next time,

Sunday, 22 February 2015

My Foundation Collection

By doing my make up inventory last week, I found out that I had LOTS of foundations, and I mean lots. In the past, when new foundations have come onto the market I have been right on it, adding to my stash, and not really looking if they were right for my skin type, or whether they had the finish I liked, I just bought it. Stupid and reckless, I know. Even just typing this now, I am shaking my head at myself in disbelief, that I would be that silly and waste my money on foundations that were just useless and I just left them there to gather dust. So today, I decided to get them all out of their little hiding places, and thought I would show  them and discuss whether I like them and whether I will be keeping them or selling them, or giving them to family and friends.
This Mememe Flawless Cream foundation is a really nice foundation and does give a smooth silky finish to the skin, and as the name suggests makes your foundation look flawless and blends out easily.
The Estee Lauder Double Wear is one of my top 3 foundations and I love it. It is also the very first foundation that I am trying to use up in my Finish 5 by Cinco de Mayo. It blends out beautifully on the skin and really keeps my skin looking matte which is what I need with my oily/combination skin.
This Make Up Forever foundation is relatively new to my collection and the formulation is beautiful and I love applying it, BUT with this one, I think the colour is slightly too pink for me and I think that is part of the reason why I am not tending to wear it as much as some of my other foundations.

I do not know why I have been continuing to purchase BB Creams, as for me they just do not give me enough coverage. I know they are just a basic tinted moisturiser and that I could just wear them when I am not going anywhere, but with both the Garnier and the L'Oreal they are just too light in texture and hardly give any coverage to my redness around my nose and chin, so these I think will be sold or just go in the rubbish. I have recently come to the conclusion that is better to get rid of things that you are simply never going to get any use out of them, than let them just go bad by sitting in a drawer for months on end.
The Nars Sheer Glow is another foundation which is new to my collection, and I had put off purchasing it for so long due to the fact of it's name "Sheer Glow" and I just felt, that it would be another glorified BB cream, but I was so wrong!! It is beautiful, glides onto the skin, whether using a brush or beauty blender and applies like a dream and really does give great coverage, and lasts really well throughout the day, with just the minimal application of powder perhaps at lunch. I really like this foundation and will definitely be keeping it.
This Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage foundation is amazing. If you want a full coverage foundation then this is one I highly recommend. I like my foundation to be thick and almost cakey like, like you are wearing a full foundation mask almost. I know people will probably be shaking their heads in disapproval, but that is what I like and I cannot help that. I found this foundation to be best applied either with your beauty sponge or your fingers as I have found a with a brush, I cannot get it to blend and buff into the skin well. It is a great foundation though.

As you can see, I have a lot of L'Oreal foundations. I used to have the L'Oreal True Match too (which is fantastic too by the way) but I used that one up. I do love L'Oreal foundations and they are a really nice coverage, especially the Lumi Magique, which is a beautiful finish on the skin. These are all great used with a foundation brush, I am loving the Sigma F80 at the moment, and have been using this brush with my Estee Lauder Double Wear.

I am torally ashamed to say and admit, that I have never even used the Bourjois Happy Light foundation, I have not even swatched it. It is embarrassing to admit that, although I have used the 1,2,3 Perfect foundation and it was nice but nothing special and may give this one away as I am just not drawn to using it at all.
This Kat Von D foundation is basically perfection in a bottle. I totally love it, from the actual full coverage that this foundation gives, to the stunning packaging that it is in. This has to be my no 1 all time favourite and I know tthat when I have used all my other foundations up, this will be one of the ones that I will repurchase. If you have never tried this, you need to as it is amazing.You only need to use a tiny amount as it blends out like a dream but never looks too much.

Max Factor are a cosmetic brand, that you can truly rely on. Their products just never let you down, and are really good for their relatively inexpensive price point. The ageless elixir is gorgeous and is a great staple in anyone's foundation collection. Yet again, I have to hang my head in shame as I have not used the skin luminiser foundation. It does look lovely with the serim swirled into it, so you just know it is going to be great for your skin. The Facefinity is fantastic and this is my second bottle of it, as it just gives great coverage and lasts all day.
This Dior foundation is FANTASTIC. I thought with it being a spray that it was going to be barely there coverage, but it is medium to full coverage, and this bottle has lasted me ages, as you just don't use very much as it blends out so finely. You just spray it onto the brush you are using and then buff away, and it gives such a satin look to your finished look, it truly is beautiful.
*Hangs head in shame again. I purchased this Clinique stay matte foundation a good while ago, at least 18 months and I have not even tried it. Although looking at the colour of the packaging, if that is the colour of the foundation inside, it is going to be way too dark for me, and so that will probably be another foundation I will be selling.

Revlon Colourstay is a brilliant foundation, it gives great full coverage and lasts on the skin for ages without the need for touchups. Which is fantastic if you have very busy days and you do not have time, to redo your makeup halfway through the day. The Age Defying foundation I have only used 3 or 4 times, and I cannot say I was that enthralled with it, so that might be given away too.

If you are struggling to find a foundation that is good and at an affordable price point, Rimmel is the brand to look at. I love the finishes that the foundations give. The Stay Matte is my most used due to the mattifying look it gices to my skin but i also love the Wake Me Up as it really brightens the face and almost goves a lit from within glow, as if you are feeling wide awake, when really you have had a bad night's sleep. Last but not least is the Maybelline's Fit Me.
I love this foundation, but I think the colour is slightly too orange for me, although it was one of the lightest that were available at the shop where I purchased it. It blends out beautifully, when I use it wih my beauty blender, and pretty much lasts all day with just the odd touch up of powder occasionally.

I hope you have enjoyed my foundation collection post, and let me know how many foundations you have in your collection too?

Love and Hugs

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