Wednesday, 26 February 2014

My Current Skincare Products Feat. Clarins, Lancome & Nuxe

I never used to pay much attention to my skincare routine until the end of last summer. Before, I would use make up wipes (shudder) and I tried a couple of drugstore brand cleansers too. I thought I was getting to an age where perhaps I ought to pay a bit more attention to my skin. I know you don't necessarily have to spend huge amounts on your skincare, but I have been trying a few different brands and I think Clarins is my favourite. Some of their products are rather expensive, but in my opinion worth every penny!

Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover - In short, the best product ever. It removes all traces of eye make up within seconds. This is my third bottle of this, and at £17.00 a go it is certainly not cheap, I have found that a bottle is lasting me just over three months. I adore using this because I do not like to pull at the skin around my eyes, and before I discovered this I found it really difficult to remove eye make up, particularly certain mascaras etc. I only use a small amount on a cotton pad, give it a swipe across my eye and the job is done!

Clarins Cleansing Milk - I got a couple of samples of this before I took the plunge and bought the full size. I think it cost around £22.00. It has the nicest, creamiest consistency while still being light. It has a nice but not overpowering scent, kind of smells like Johnstons baby shampoo! I have used other cleansers before but never one as nice as this. I hate using a cleanser and it "disappears" into your skin, I like giving it a good old massage over my face and being able to wipe it all off with a cotton pad.

Lancome Tonique Douceur - I am not really into toners to be honest, I don't particularly think they are of much benefit but what do I know! I got this little one as a sample and have been using it after cleansing since Christmas. It is quite nice to use for removing any excess makeup left after cleansing, and your skin does feel energised and fresh afterwards. But I could take or leave this step to be honest.

Lancome Advanced Genefique - Another one that I could take or leave. I have been using this little sample just for the sake of using it! It is a very nice serum to use, but I don't think it's doing anything for me. Perhaps I am not quite the age for using serums like this, but I might as well give it a try!

Clarins Eye Contour Balm - I have been using this religiously every night since I got it at Christmas! I got a little freaked out about getting wrinkles around my eyes so went straight out and bought this. I figured that Clarins wouldn't let me down, since I love other skincare products of theirs. It comes in a tube with a little nozzle, and you only need a tiny dot of the product for both eyes. It does come in gel form too but I went for the balm as it is more like a moisturiser. I haven't really noticed a major difference, though my underyes do look a little brighter than before.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche Moisturiser - This I have just fallen in love with. I have tried a couple of Clarins moisturisers but none that I would really write home about. I chose this one by Nuxe and oh my goodness, it is so good! It is kind of thick and creamy but not greasy. It feels (and smells) so luxurious and it feels absolutely amazing on your skin! This would be very good if you had dry skin. My skin is kind of normal, but I love using it and without a doubt, it's the best moisturiser I've ever tried!

After a good few months of upping my skincare routine, I have to say I am happier than I have ever been with myself and I would be confident enough to go make-up free. I cannot believe the difference it has made. No more make up wipes for me!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Eye make up look using MAC Cranberry & Smut!

Recently I bought a MAC 15 pro palette, and I thought I would treat myself to a few eyeshadows. I don't want my palette to be full of neutral shades, I want something that no one else has. Striking yet wearable colours. In the end I chose Cranberry, Smut, Sumptuous Olive and Nylon to add to my collection. I think I could create several different looks with these, but I was most excited to try out Cranberry! It looks so beautiful and unusual.

I absolutely love these shadows. I used Cranberry all over, Smut in the crease and lower lid and I blended out the edges with Nylon. They are really pigmented and they blended so easily. 

I think it's safe to say I am a bit of a MAC convert! This time last year I hadn't tried any of their products and now my collection is slowly expanding. 

Are there any other unusual MAC shades I should get? 

Saturday, 15 February 2014

What I've bought this week..

So... I am trying to be good and seriously cut down on the amount of cosmetics I buy. But as you know, it's kind of difficult and I am still so eager to try out new products and different things.

Browsing online is a dangerous thing for my bank cards. Sometimes I do pick up a few bargains. This week I was especially lucky on ebay, which is unusual for me - I won 2 auctions! I got a MAC palette, Escada Cherry in the Air perfume and when I was in town, I got the Mane n'Tail Detangler!

I had this notion of buying a MAC palette and starting to fill it up gradually over time with lovely eyeshadows. I got this "old style" palette on ebay for £10.50. I don't really like the new style palettes with the clear lid, so I was delighted with this. I depotted my only two MAC eyeshadows and maybe someday, one day, it will all be filled with 15 shadows! My two shadows are Trax and Gleam. I have been looking online at all the gorgeous MAC eyeshadows available. It's quite overwhelming because there are so many! I would find it hard narrowing it down to 15! But I think I will try and buy at least one a month to try and fill up my palette.

Another ebay bargain. I managed to get this perfume for £10.00. I fell in love with this perfume last summer and I used to spray it liberally on myself every time I was in Debenhams. However I can't really justify buying perfume for myself... I just don't really do it, I would prefer receiving perfume as a present! But I spotted this bottle on ebay. It is the most fabulous, light scent for Spring time. I cannot even describe this scent, it is nice and sweet but not a teenagery scent, if you know what I mean. I just cannot get over how nice it is and I am delighted with it! I actually was in Debenhams today and noticed that they didn't have Cherry in the Air - I know it was a limited edition perfume. All the Escada perfumes are lovely actually, and they all just remind me of Spring/Summer! :)

My local chemist started stocking Mane n' Tail, and I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the brand! Because I have found a shampoo which finally works for me (Kerastase Bain Exfoliant) I am very reluctant to try new shampoos. But I picked up the Detangler, because I have serious problems with my hair being tatty all the time. I had been using a Schwartzkopf detangling spray for children but it wasn't really doing anything for me. Well, I used the Mane n' Tail for the first time lastnight and all i can say is - WOW! I sprayed it through my hair when wet and was able to literally glide my hairbrush through, no problems. Even today, my hair feels a lot smoother and sleeker than normal, and when I got a big tat in my hair from wearing a coat and scarf, I was able to brush it out so easily! I can safely say I think this product will be considered a "life changing" product for me! I'll see how I get on with it over the coming weeks, but first impressions are incredible!

I don't think I did too badly this week! I am very happy with all of these items. Let me know if you bought any nice things for yourself this week!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Remembering Shirley Temple...

I must admit I was a little sad when I found out that Shirley Temple passed away today at the age of 85, and I couldn't not leave a little tribute for her here on my blog.

Old films are something I am hugely passionate about, ever since I was 12 years of age. By old, I mean from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. I have a number of "favourite" actresses from this era, and Shirley is one of my top favourites. I have seen all the films she made as a child. There is just something about her which captivated me.

Shirley absolutely lit up the screen. Not only was she an absolutely beautiful child and a natural in front of a camera, but she was incredibly talented and I love to watch her dance numbers. I think my favourite dance number is from "The Littlest Rebel" with Bill Robinson.

Not only was Shirley incredibly successful at the box office, but there were huge sales in Shirley Temple memorabilia - especially the dolls which Shirley is pictured with here. I actually own three of these dolls, which were made by the Ideal toy company. They are made of a wood composition and have a human hair wig.

I think Shirley's concrete slab at Grauman's Chinese Theatre is one of the most adorable things I have ever seen. I absolutely love looking at the photos of Shirley signing her name in the cement. It is truly a reminder that she achieved so much at such a young age. Look how tiny her little feet were!

Shirley was truly one of a kind. There has never been a child star like her, and there never will be again. She is a true legend and an absolute icon of the 1930s.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

My favourite Urban Decay NAKED palette combinations - Part 1

I thought this might be a fun series to do. I love my Naked palette, and it is more or less the only eyeshadows I have been using since I got it in September. Although I think all three Naked palettes are beautiful, the original Naked is definitely my number one choice. I do not have the other two palettes, while I do think they are lovely, they are quite similar and I do not think there is as much variety within the palettes as there is with the original Naked palette.

I love that there are pinks, golds, bronzes, taupes, and even blues in here. It is everything you could want. Although I love every single shade in here, I have worked out about three or four combinations that I wear all the time.

I'm having kind of a lazy Sunday, and I don't really plan on going anywhere, so I thought I would keep today's make up rather simple and go for a nice purple toned look.

I hope you like how this looks. Lighting is a bit of a nightmare this weather! For some reason in the photos it is showing up a more brown/grey shade! But in real life, it looks more purplish.

Here are the shades used..

Toasted - all over the lid
Hustle - crease
Sin - inner corner/tear duct
Virgin - to blend out crease

Pink and purple shades are my absolute favourite to wear on my eyes. These shades in the Naked palette are the best I have ever tried. They are lovely and shimmery too, which I adore! Sometimes I will tap a little more Sin in the centre of my lid too, just because I love the glitteriness of it!

Hope you all have a great Sunday! :) 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Sampar Sea Scrub....wanted to love this but I don't :(

In my nearest Debenhams, there is a small stand selling this skincare brand Sampar, which i had never heard of.  A few months ago, the saleslady was talking to me about this French brand, telling me how popular it was in Europe. That day, I bought the cleansing lotion which I really liked, but the saleslady showed me this amazing scrub, which I thought looked amazing, and the scent it has is so incredible, it smells just like a luxurious spa. I asked how much it costs...and nearly passed out when she told me £50.00..

Anyway, fast forward a couple of months to Christmas and I had some money and vouchers to spend. My first stop was Debenhams, where I bought a lot of make up and goodies that I had my eye on for ages but couldn't normally afford. I never forgot the scent of the Sampar Sea Scrub though, so I took the plunge and bought it

There is no doubt that it is an incredibly luxurious product, and it is a very generous sized tub so it will last a while. But I cannot help but be disappointed. I used this in the shower when my skin was wet, as directed. I scooped out a bit of the sea scrub, and the texture of it is so strange. It is very light and almost spongy! You can't get a good scrub out of it like Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff or something. The sea salt actually melted away before I could get a good scrub out of it. It is not the most grittiest of scrubs.

Using it on dry skin is just impossible as you can feel it dragging and it is so unpleasant, and doesn't achieve anything anyway. I do use this occasionally on my face, first wetting my face using a facecloth and using a bit of this scrub. It does work quite nicely, but using it as a body scrub I thought was an epic fail for me!

This is by far the most I have ever spent on a skincare product, and it will definitely be the last! I still love the scent though, I could smell it all day but in terms of effectiveness I would have to say that this product is definitely NOT worth the money!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Face of the Day! Featuring Mac, Chanel, Lancome & more!

This is my very first "face of the day" post, please let me know if you like these sort of things and I will try and do it more often!

So on Saturdays I wear a lot more makeup, basically because I have plenty of time to apply it! On weekdays when I am at work, I am lucky if I have time for a quick flick of mascara and a bit of blush.

So here are the products that I used...

I just realised there are a lot of high end stuff here.... I used to be such a lover of budget beauty but now I tend to buy just one "luxury" thing at a time, and I got quite a lot of this stuff for Christmas.

First I applied my Chanel Bronze Universal all over my face. I love this so much, I am not much into bronzers but since I got this I have worn it very frequently. I then used some MAC Face and Body over it. I used the YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes. I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but this little product has changed my life! At last my undereye area looks fairly decent and more like a 25 year old instead of a 70 year old!

For my eyes I used my trusty ArtDeco Eyeshadow Base, my new MAC Veluxe palette (applied using damp brush) and my favourite ArtDeco liquid eyeliner. My favourite mascara of all time is Lancome Hypnose, it works brilliantly for me. And I filled in my brows with the Essence eyebrow pencil.

I used only the beautiful shimmery coral blush out of this Lancome Blush Subtil palette, and finished it off with the Lancome Rouge in Love lipstick!

I just headed into town for some lunch, and now I am in my sister's house for some dinner and a bit of craic! It has been a really awful day, pouring rain all day! Roll on Spring!

Hope everyone has a good weekend!