Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Currently Coveting #2

Currently Coveting #2

In good old traditional blogger style I find myself reverting back to one of the more classic types of post; the good old fashioned wish list. These have always been of an interest to me when it comes to reading other blogs, therefore I thought it may be nice to share with you some of the current products that I have being reading about lately.

The first product is the odd one out, that being the Cambridge Satchel Medium Push Lock bag in this beautiful deep wine colour. For the longest time I have wanted to own my own Cambridge Satchel as they are so well crafted and are of a classic design. This one actually popped into their sale and left it rather quickly, too quickly in fact for me to take advantage of that so perhaps I will wait a little bit longer before I finally pick one up. 

From Kiehl's there is a new product which has just launched, I spotted this on their Instagram feed the other day and it immediately caught my attention. The Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask defends against impurities and also replenishes the skin with vital nutrients. Whilst I will admit to not trying much from Kiehl's thus far, this product certainly intrigues me due to the fact that I commute a lot during the week; I dread to think of the pollution from the cars and trains that I am exposed to each day. 

Chanel Boy from the Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick range has been on my lipstick radar for a little while now. However for some reason whenever I go to see it for myself in store it never seems to be in stock; it must be quite a popular shade given that I have popped along three times and each time have not been able to swatch it for myself.

From Space NK I have picked out two products, both of which have received their fair share of hype over the last six months or so. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette looks beautiful in store and from all the reviews online it certainly lives up to the hype. There's no denying that these products are more on the expensive side of things, however I do plan on picking this up in the next couple of months, although I may be tempted to buy one full size one as opposed to this set of three. The majority of products on Space NK lean towards the high end bracket, therefore it comes as no surprise that the Sunday Riley Luna Oil is expensive. I will admit to being very close to purchasing this just after Christmas, however I did think better of it at the time. I am extremely reluctant to pay out for this without having tried a sample before, something of which my local Space NK store never quite seem to be able to provide me with as they never have a tester bottle on display. 

The Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist has been mentioned within a wish list before and it currently still remains on it as I haven't yet got around to picking it up. I know a couple of people who really enjoy using this and their recommendations have to date always seen me well, therefore it is about time I finally purchased it. 

It is quite unusual for me to feature a base product as I rarely start to fall for the hype surrounding them. Whilst I would not say that there is a great deal of hype surrounding the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light I would say that what I have read from a number of trusty sources is that this is a great base. Unlike most beauty enthusiasts I have never tried the cult Double Wear foundation, as to me it seems as though it would be just too thick for my personal preference and skin type. Having said that I am extremely interested in trying this lighter version as it sounds like it would be much more suitable for me.

Have you tried any of the above products? 


Monday, 1 February 2016

Detox With Debenhams

Detox With Debenhams
Over the last few weeks I have been making a conscious effort to eat better and to cut back on the old sugary treats. In fact, I have to say that I have being doing pretty well so far as I have being eating good during the week and then allowing myself something extra special of a weekend. I will admit to being the sort of person that will give in and eat all the rubbish if I deny myself that piece of chocolate for too long. Today my post ties in nicely with my attempt at looking after myself better as whilst sat planning a couple of blog posts on Saturday afternoon I received a surprised package from the team at Debenhams as part of their #DetoxwithDebs campaign. 

Inside was the Breville Blend-Active Blender*, which having never used one of these before I was super excited to give it a whirl. If you have any recipes of your favourite smoothies or healthy drinks then please do let me know. Seeing as though I had a few things knocking about in the fridge I did have a go at making my own shake, I used milk, strawberries and bananas and it wasn't too bad at all. This product did a fantastic job of blending the fruit and it was lovely and smooth, for the price of just £30 I actually think it is a fantastic buy.

Detox With Debenhams There were of course some delightful beauty treats sent out too which were focused upon the detox theme. The Nails Inc Overnight Detox Mask* and the Nails Inc Nail Growth Treatment* are both welcome additions as you all know the issues I face when it comes to growing my nails. These are actually pretty unusual compared to most Nails Inc polishes as they have a doe foot applicator, where you are promoted to rub the product into the nail bed as opposed to brushing it on. Over the next few weeks I will be giving these a road test because if anybody needs help with their nails then it is me.

The last product comes from Trilogy which is brand that I have very little experience of. The Trilogy Age-Proof CoQ10 Booster Oil* is one of the new products from the newly reformulated Age-Proof range. The combination of four plant oils known as Glycablend, which consists of pomegranate oil, chia seed oil, strawberry seed oil and blueberry seed oil helps to slow down the naturally occurring process of glycation. This is one of the key causes of ageing as it causes collagen and fibres to lose their elasticity. At the moment I am currently trying out a different product which this would replace in my routine if I were to start using it now, therefore I will come back to this in a couple of months. Nevertheless, reading up on this has me very intrigued about this product.

How did your new start go in January? 

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Paper Chic Co Blog Planners

Paper Chic Co Blog Planners

Anything which helps to make me somewhat more organised in life immediately gets the thumbs up from me. Believe it or not I have always been pretty organised, although as time has gone by and my life has got busier some things have not got as much attention as perhaps they have deserved. One such thing is this blog here. Looking back over the last two years I have posted relatively regularly, in fact it has only been in the last six months where I have really struggled to produce three to four posts a week, although it certainly does not help that we are still stuck in winter which has made taking photographs of an evening pretty much non-existent. 

Nevertheless in a bid to become more organised of an evening (even though I cannot take my photos until the weekend) I have started using the Paper Chic Co Blog Post Planner* which has been pretty useful so far. Paper Chic Co is a brand run by the lovely Claudia from Beauty and the Chic, I have been a long time reader of her blog so I am delighted to hear that she has expanded her horizons. She has created some fantastic blogger friendly planners alongside options for everyday life too, they are well worth looking into if, like me you could do with a bit of help planning your blog content.

From using this during the week I can sum up the post I want to write whilst relaxing elsewhere instead of being in front of my PC. Due to the fact that I work in front of a computer at work for the majority of the day, it is very rare that I will find myself at mine come the evening. Whilst I don't write my whole post down on here I do tend to bullet point ideas, perhaps maybe even planning out how I will take my photographs on the weekend. Timing is somewhat of the essence at the moment as the short days only really give you few good hours of daylight in order to get a nice clear picture, therefore having an idea already planned out is so incredibly useful.

Claudia is working super hard on Paper Chic Co so it is only natural that I wanted to share this with you today in order to show my support. She runs a pretty fantastic beauty blog too alongside creating pretty planners so make sure you head on over to say hello.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Skincare Favourites of 2015


As we hit the end of last year I hinted within my Beauty Favourites of 2015 that I would feature some of my favourite skincare products from the last twelve months. Seeing as February is almost upon us I thought that I would sneak this one in quickly, as I am not quite sure I could get away with this post any later. Long term followers here will recognise products that I have written about before, although that is in my opinion always a good thing as it just goes to show how much you can like a specific product.

Starting off with moisturiser I was delighted to discover the brand Yves Rocher last year in which I was able to try their Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal Wrinkles and Radiance* duo which I really enjoyed using. Out of the two it was the night cream which I thought stood out the most, although that being said I thought the day cream was perfectly adequate for my skin type. Having since used these up I am extremely tempted to purchase them, although I am desperately trying to work my way through the skincare I currently have. If you wish to read more on these then head on over to my review of the Yves Rocher Day and Night Cream.

The Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner has been a long term product within my routine over the last twelve months. It is something which I have grown fond of, although don't expect to see immediate results as this is something which in my experience requires a bit of patience. I do have very little to compare this to when it comes to chemical based exfoliators and hope to this year pick up a few things in order to see if I do have better results. That being said this is extremely pleasant to use, it is kind to my skin and it does not cause any irritation. Over the time in which I have being using this my skin has looked clearer and brighter, therefore it is something which I always find myself going back to. 

Two further favourites of mine come in the form of the Liz Earle Instant Skin Boost Tonic which I have repurchased a couple of times and the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado which again I have picked up on more than one occasion. These are both delightful products and work extremely well on my skin, I cannot imagine not using these as I have yet to find anything which works better. The tonic is something which I like to use after I have cleansed, particularly if I have used a clay mask as it helps to hydrate my skin really nicely. Similarly the Kiehl's Eye Cream is a staple and helps to hydrate under my eye area much better than any other eye cream I have used. It is generally quite a thick product which is what I need as I am prone to dehydration in this area. 

Dehydration was something which I suffered from quite a lot last year, particularly as we headed into autumn. The Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum* luckily came to my rescue and really did help to alleviate some of that, in fact, having had such a good experience with this it has definitely made me want to look at Jurlique more in order to see what other products they have which may suit my skin type. The texture of this truly is beautiful as it glides onto the skin and feels quite cool to the touch. It sinks in very well and does not leave my skin feeling tight or tacky which is a relief as I had being using this of a morning before I put on my moisturiser and make up. 

What are your current skincare favourites? 

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Testing Testing #2 Makeup and Skincare

Over the last few weeks I have being making a conscious effort to go through the makeup and skincare products that I have accumulated. Whilst I do not entertain quite the amount as some beauty bloggers I have seen, I was starting to feel more than a little overwhelmed. In a bid to be more minimalist, not just in the wardrobe department but in my daily life too, I made the decision to get rid of a few things which were either too old or which I simply didn't like. 

This has allowed me to get started on a few new beauty items which is quite exciting, as after all, being a beauty blogger one of the main things I enjoy is trying out new products as you just never know when you will discover something amazing.

New Stuff 3

The Maybelline Master Sculpt* was a product which I saw featured across a variety of blogs last year when it first launched. To be honest with you I have always been a tad sceptical about high street contour and highlight products, although I am becoming more open minded as time goes by as the high street really is starting to expand in this area more lately. Whilst I have yet to try this I am looking forward to giving it a go very soon.

From Eyeko both the Fat Liquid Liner* and Me and My Shadow Cream Eye Shadow* have made their way into my life. As someone who is never one to pass up the opportunity of trying a new liner I have to say that I do quite like the Fat Liquid Liner as it is incredibly pigmented and durable, meaning it lasts really well throughout the day. Whilst I do think I prefer their Skinny Liquid Liner on a whole, I did find this to be a nice alternative for days when I want to create a more dramatic finish. That being said, whilst my experience with the liner has been great I wasn't too keen on the cream eye shadow which I found to be quite dry to apply. Perhaps in hindsight I may be being a bit too critical as I am comparing it to the likes of By Terry, although the Kiko versions are fantastic for a fraction of the price. The shade I received was Quartz which despite being the Pantone colour of the year I can't agree that it is mine, at least not where my eye shadow is concerned. Quartz in itself is very pretty however because it is quite a salmon toned pink I find that it just doesn't suit my skin tone. 

New Stuff 2

The next brand is a completely new one to me as up until a couple of months ago I had never heard of ReCover Cosmetics. The ReCover Correct and Conceal Concealer* is a product which requires further testing from me as I have only recently started to use it, therefore look out for this being featured again in a month or so. What I can tell you though is that the shade I have is the light option which in all honesty isn't that light, although I do note that they are releasing a shade lighter early on in 2016 which I think is a good idea. 

As I make my way through my skincare the latest brand which I will be trying out is Medik 8. They were kind enough to send out to me quite a few of their products so I am really looking forward to seeing what they do have on offer. Generally speaking whilst trying out new skincare products I do like to only incorporate one or two new ones, this is so my routine isn't interrupted too much. The first product I decided to try was the Medik 8 Clay Mask* which so far I really quite like. The mask first and foremost is extremely gentle and does not dry my skin out, it has quite a medicinal scent to it which I like and it is light in texture and colour. 

The Medik 8 Glow Oil* is the latest release from the brand, it aims to help with dehydration, visible signs of ageing and to add more radiance to your skin. Due to its lightweight texture I can use this of a morning time before I put on my moisturiser which is really nice as typically with these types of products I can find that they can be a bit on the greasy side. This however is not greasy in the slightest, in fact it hardly feels like an oil based product at all. Currently I am in the very early stages of trying this out so I do not want to commit to anything as of yet, although if you have tried this yourself then I would be really interested to hear how you have got on with it. 

To round things up I have Pro Blending Fluff Brush* from Crown Brush which has arrived at just the right time as my eye shadow brushes in particular are a bit on the sparse side as I only have two that I use regularly. This doesn't exactly stipulate what it is specifically for on the website, although it does mention contouring and highlighting. To be honest I think I'll use it as an alternative to my MAC 217 which tends to be a bit a bit grim looking come the end of the week. As I pop on my eye shadow for work tomorrow morning I will be reaching for this, I am really curious to see how it works for me as I haven't had any new brushes for a little while now.

Have you tried any of the above products?
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