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23 Jul 2014

Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream

Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream

The brand Simple and I have often had a bit of a up and down relationship in the past as I've struggled with their light hydrating moisturiser which I found to make my skin feel quite oily after a short period of time. Due to this I found myself looking at other brands to try which of course made me a little bit oblivious to many new releases from the brand over time. One of these new releases was the Kind To Skin Illuminating Radiance Cream* which is a product I have being testing out over the last few months. 

Initially I was a bit concerned that I would have the same problem with this moisturiser as I'd with the former however I can happily report back that this didn't exacerbate my combination to oily skin type. First and foremost this was the primary thing I was looking for and it passed with flying colours. With an UVA/UVB SPF 15 this is a nice moisturiser to have on hand although I must admit I'd prefer a higher SPF, particularly during the summer. Having said that I think that during the winter where most people would possibly neglect an SPF this would be handy as there will always be some protection there for your skin. 

Speaking of winter I do think that this will be a moisturiser I turn to more during the colder months as although it didn't make my skin feel greasy I can't help wonder if it is a little too heavy for me with all the warm weather we are having at the moment, especially when I compare it to some lighter textures that I'm now using. Overall as moisturisers go I really like this and have most certainly changed my opinion on Simple. I now know that since using this that I definitely want to explore the range again to see what else has been released since I last checked it out. Since writing this post I have indeed done that and now firmly have my eye on the cleansing face mask which sounds rather good!

My only real issue with this moisturiser is the fact that it is marketed as an illuminating radiance cream as in all honesty for me I haven't seen any real difference. On my face I cannot see this coming through my foundation although there are hints of illuminating light reflecting minerals to be seen if you look closely with no foundation on. Sadly for me it does fall down a little bit there but I personally wouldn't let that one factor put you off a rather nice every day moisturiser.

Priced at £7.99 and quite often found on offer I think it's well worth the money, a little goes a long way, there's an added factor of SPF and it works well on my relatively sensitive skin too.

Have you tried Simple?

21 Jul 2014

Recently Recycled #1

Recently Recycled #1

Remember those monthly empties I used to do for the last two years? Those posts have been gone for a while now as to be honest with you all I just lost a little bit of interest in writing them. I also found that I quite simply couldn't manage to use up enough products within a month which would justify dedicating an entire post to them therefore for a while I decided to put those types of posts to the back of my mind. Fast forward a few months I now have a few skincare items which I have worked my way through therefore I thought it would be nice to do a quick summary of each of them before they finally make it into the recycling bin.

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water has been one of my favourite products over the last few months or so with it being quite simply a cheaper alternative to the rather popular Bioderma Micellar Water. I can't really say that much about this other than I use it to remove my eye make up of an evening whereby it works pretty darn well. Water based make up removers such as these are perfect for me when it comes to removing my eye make up as creams and balms around the eye area make me feel a little funny.

It has been a while since I mentioned the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm* which was kindly sent to me roughly one year ago. This was my first experience in using a balm type cleanser and at first I was unsure just how well it would work for me considering my skin type can be prone to oiliness however my concerns were easily put to bed as this cleanser worked perfectly. I found this to be a perfect pre-cleanse whereby it would lift the bulk of my make up from my face as well as providing mild ex-foliation. If you're looking for a nice gentle cleansing balm then I really couldn't recommend the Balance Me offering enough, it is lovely!

I've finished off a Soap and Glory Girligo Body Moisturising Mist before but seemed to have another one floating around. Again my general view of this particular product hasn't really changed from my original thoughts back in December a few years ago therefore I'm quite glad that this has finally been finished off despite it being an OK product. I just hope that there isn't another one lurking around somewhere.

Hydraluron is a rather odd product in that I know plenty of people have seen no results after using this at all however for myself I have to say that I do notice a difference when I use this, despite that difference not being on a whole dramatic. It is a product that I have since repurchased although I'm probably going to be saving this for later on in the year when my skin becomes a lot more dehydrated.

The final product that I have finished up is the Ali Mac Camellia Cleansing Melt* which I reviewed back in July last year. First and foremost I'm actually a little sad to have used this cleansing balm up as it turned out to be a product that I really enjoyed using. My reason for this is that it was so incredibly soft to use on my skin as it melted so quickly and smelt incredible all whilst removing my make up perfectly! If you're not a fan of citrus scents then you should probably skip this however I personally love them which is just one factor that made this product so incredibly enjoyable to use.

What have you used up recently? Don't forget to recycle!

*PR Samples.

20 Jul 2014

Music Covers

Pink Guitar
 My rather neglected guitar.

Music is so very personal to each and every single one of us. What band one person may adore another will easily dismiss therefore for me I've always found it to be somewhat of a 'taboo' subject. Will people quickly click off my little blog here if they see a band they can't stand or if they think my taste is a little bit odd? I've come to the realisation however that this is a little bit daft as after all my first sentence of this post says it all. 

Up until now I've only ever posted a few music posts which in all honesty have never really gone down that well. Surely you guys are music fans too? There is more to life than our lipsticks and skincare I'm rather certain which is a feeling that is striking me far too often these days. I'm feeling a little disengaged with the whole 'beauty blogging' thing at the moment, I want to tweet my feelings about it but fear I may be taken the wrong way. If I'm honest with you I feel I've become a bit too materialistic and it is a feeling that I do not like, not one bit. I'm trying to find myself again as I'm a girl that loves the countryside, animals, painting and singing albeit not that well, where has Amy disappeared to? This is becoming far too deep for this rather light hearted music covers post today, maybe I'll save it for another time.

Moving swiftly on to the topic today I found that whilst browsing through my iPod the other day I stumbled across a couple of songs which are covers. These are original songs that have a different artist performing them to the original which gives them a unique and individual twist. Personally I love things like this which is why I adore the BBC Live Lounge on Radio 1. Seeing as music is a big part of my life I decided I'd do a little post today on some of my favourite music covers. I've added in the links below to the various YouTube pages so you can have a listen to them yourselves. Please do let me know what you think and of course please leave me further recommendations in the comments below.

P.S I still adore the original Kate Bush version!

Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (The Knife Cover)


19 Jul 2014

Olivia Burton

Olivia Burton Bee Watch Olivia Burton Moulded Bee Watch

A few weeks ago I turned the grand old age of 25 and was kindly given some money to treat myself to something nice from a few of my family members. Instead of spending it on bits of make up (which I do not need) I decided to buy something a little bit special, something that would last me a long time and something that I well and truly would love.

Olivia Burton watches for a long time now have intrigued me and have held me captivated with a variety of the most beautiful vintage designs filled with femininity, elegance and beauty. I'm quite the fan of bumble bees so naturally when I saw the Moulded Bee Watch in Navy and Rose Gold from Olivia Burton I knew that this would be the one I would purchase for my birthday. Priced at £125 on the Olivia Burton website it was always going to be an expensive purchase, one that I was more than willing to make, however I managed to find it priced up on The Dressing Room for £75 so immediately rushed online to order it. Ordering from The Dressing Room was a pleasure and their customer service was incredibly helpful after I ended up accidentally ordering two of these watches by mistake; they swiftly sorted my order out for me which was a relief. 

After a couple of days my order was soon at my doorstep where I couldn't have been any happier with my very own Olivia Burton watch. The watch is even more beautiful than the pictures could ever depict making me incredibly happy with my first choice. The watch face is quite large on my rather thin wrists whereby if you're inclined to you can see an image of this on my instagram however for some reason this is always what I have preferred when it comes down to watches; I've never been a fan of small watch faces which is the complete opposite to my mum.

I've never had a leather watch before so I think it will take a little getting used to. I find that it isn't as flexible as say my previous watches which have either been stainless steel or the rubber type texture that comes with a Swatch watch however overtime the leather will soften up. Overall I'm so happy with my first purchase from Olivia Burton and already find myself looking at the other truly stunning designs that are available.

Do you like Olivia Burton watches?

17 Jul 2014

An Ode To Una

Una Brennan Skincare

I've a little thing for the Una Brennan Super Facialist skincare brand as you may or may not have noticed from reading my blog over the last year or so. Every now and then this brand will pop up and you'll hear me tell you just how good I think it is therefore I decided to do a post dedicated to the products and indeed the brand entirely. 

Una Brennan is a skincare specialist and facialist based in London whereby she has created a range of skincare products that are accessible and more importantly affordable. There are a number of different products which are suitable for various skin types of all ages which tackle various skin concerns that range from dehydration, sensitivity, oily and dry as well as anti-ageing and brightening therefore ultimately there is something for everyone. Exclusive to Boots the brand can be obtained in most cities as well as it also being available online so it's obtainable for most people. In my opinion it's also pretty well priced especially considering 3 for 2's often crop up in store as well as specific brand promotions so I more often than not always wait for those to grab an even better bargain.

For a while now I have being using the Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask which I think is pretty fantastic for a high street mask. Quite simply I tend to use this once or twice a week depending on how congested my skin looks, paying particular attention to the dreaded t-zone. I find that this mask leaves my skin feeling and looking a lot clearer and brighter than before, it is for me most certainly one of those masks where I can see a visible difference in my skin after use. More frequently I find myself using the Tea Flower Deep Clean Purifying Cleansing Wash on both morning and evening as I find this to be rather refreshing for the morning use but nice and light for the evening after I have used a cream or balm cleanser.

My first re-purchase from the line has been the Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil which first of all smells incredible and second of all feels wonderful on the skin, not to mention it also takes off my make up wonderfully. I was actually very lucky with this re-purchase as it was reduced in my local Boots to just £4, yes you read that correctly. On a sad note though this is because the whole range has been removed from my local store to make way for a different brand therefore I have to go slightly further afield or order online now to shop the brand.

Sticking with the hydrate range I have also found myself picking up the Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask which again smells really nice and proceeds to do a fairly good job of hydrating my skin. Due to my oily/combination skin type I try not to overload my skin with lots of different hydrating products, I know hydration is key but too much can send it a little bit crazy. My general use for this mask tends to crop up once I have used my clay mask because clay masks can tend to be a little drying therefore I like to pop some moisture back into my skin afterwards.  This is a mask which can be washed off after just ten minutes so it isn't an overnight fix, personally I do like it though and have enjoyed using it once again as it had been a little forgotten until recently.

Overall this has to be one of my favourite skincare brands to date; everything so far simply works for me. If you had to get one thing from the brand I would go for the clay mask, it's superb for the price!

Have you tried Superfacialist?