30 June 2014

June Overview

June Overview

June is almost over therefore what better way to say goodbye than to take a quick peek back into time to see what I was waffling on about for the last four weeks. 

Last month saw me take a big blogger step and attend my first ever blogging event in Birmingham. I'm not going to lie I was quite nervous however it was such a pleasure to meet a bunch of ladies who all have similar interests to me and appreciate that talking about skincare and make up can actually be fun! Of course whilst at the event shopping was inevitable which led to one or two purchases which I shared with you in my recent purchases post a few days ago. 

A couple of new releases were hyped up a bit last month of which I completely fell for the Bourjouis Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in the shade Peach Club; I'm happy to report that it was hype most certainly worth falling for. Secretly I'm hoping that Bourjois do release a few new shades for the autumn time as I reckon a nice mauve pink shade would go down an absolute treat.

Skincare will always be my weakness therefore I also decided to share with you a few of my favourite products when it comes to tackling blemish prone skin which at times I do suffer with. I'm hoping that this was a useful post for some of you as I know from previous feedback that a lot of you have a similar skin type to my. One of my favourite posts this month happens to be the last one I'm going to mention today which was my wardrobe essentials post which featured a simple pair of black converse; in my eyes you simply cannot beat them.


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29 June 2014

June Favourites

June Favourites

Despite us having a few days of glorious sunshine throughout June the end of the month has resulted in being a bit of a wash out for most concerned; will the British summer time ever break tradition? Not to break the habit of a blog lifetime however I'm going to step in today with my favourite items from June; enjoy.

Throughout June I found myself using some old favourites along with two new additions which have really impressed me. The LUSH Tea Tree Water if you hadn't already guessed is my favourite product of the month of which this has already been featured within a few posts so far this month. This refreshing toner is perfect for those that suffer with blemishes, it's cooling and provides antibacterial and antiseptic properties helping to keep bacteria at bay and skin clear; all in all a fantastic product that I know I will repurchase in the future.

Keeping along the theme of skincare for the moment I wanted to mention the Superfacialist Tea Flower Deep Clean Purifying Cleansing Wash which was a product I actually did forget to mention within my tackling blemishes post a few days ago, doh! I have being using this gel cleanser now for about three weeks without fail both morning and night and I have to say I think it is brilliant. Again I do think that this is most certainly worth trying if you have combination/oily skin with problematic blemishes, I also think that sometimes a bit of consistency is key.

Two of my favourite make up items I have being using are old favourites which have made somewhat of a comeback throughout June. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer has left my under eyes looking a lot brighter and hasn't creased much at all. Combined with the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Stylo Touche De Lumiere highlighting pen I have noticed a much brighter and overall even looking finish to my eye area; to put it quite simply I look like I have slept for ten hours instead of my usual six. 

Reaching over to blusher I have re-discovered my love for the Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels which I have to admit I did put to the way side over the last six months to make room for other things. This is a light blush that has a cream to powder formulation which I find to be rather pigmented that can be easily over worked if you're not careful. Having said that I find that with a little amount upon the finger tips I find that it blends out lovely creating a really soft flush to the cheeks. Ever since I have being trying to use up a few things I have found myself re-discovering quite a few items therefore I think it is time I shared these with you in an upcoming post.

My fashion favourite of this month arrives in the form of a tan satchel which I picked up from Matalan about two years ago for £5! This was an absolute steal and has been a blessing to use because I was quite fed up of the black bag I had being using for the last six months; I'm still not entirely sure why I didn't reach for it sooner.

What have been your favourite items from June?


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27 June 2014

Recent Purchases #2

Recent Purchases

At the very beginning of June I attended my first ever blogger meet up in Birmingham which was a fantastic experience that put to bed a lot of nerves and worries that I had in regards to meeting a bunch of brand new faces. Whilst I had a great day eating more than I care to admit at a Chinese buffet as well as a brilliant tour of LUSH we also had a good hour browsing the Selfridge's beauty haul which, if you haven't been already is pretty incredible since it had a re-vamp last year. 

Whilst I was out and about with the girls of course a little damage was done however I had been looking forward to the event for such a long time and had ensured that I had put a few pennies aside so I could buy a few things whilst I was there. I had initially only gone with two things firmly set in my mind that I knew I wanted to purchase on the day with those being the MAC 217 and the Big Sea Salt Shampoo from LUSH. 

Whilst I was in LUSH I also decided to buy the Tea Tree Water which I had heard so much about, I knew that it was highly recommended for my skin type so thought it would be worth a try. I have since mentioned it in my post about tackling blemish prone skin as I'm finding it to be working so well for me at the moment. Across the road from LUSH my favourite store Waterstones harbours an array of books of which if I'd had the time I would have stayed in there for hours. Whilst I was in there I picked up another Rifle Paper & Co Journal because I quite simply think they are beautiful, they also seem quite hard to come by I have found after trying to find them online so that is where I go to pick them up.

The main damage was done in Selfridge's whereby I spent far too much at the Kiehl's counter; I'm hoping that in time to come my skin will thank me for this. The items I chose were both items that I have read numerous reviews on and researched over time and overall they sounded pretty darn good! The Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado was an eye cream that I had decided on a good month or two back to invest in next however I just happened to invest in it sooner than I had originally anticipated. The same also applies to the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is a serum for use at night time which appealed to me far more than the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

I also picked up a Starbucks card however I have yet to get around to registering it.

Have you tried any of the above products? If so I would be keen to hear your thoughts on them and if indeed you have found better ones.

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25 June 2014

Wardrobe Essentials #2

Converse

My first Wardrobe Essentials post a few weeks ago was something a little different for my blog however I received some really nice feedback which left me feeling rather encouraged to continue; thank you all for your positive feedback. This evening I'm back with another essential post which features my all-time favourite item of footwear. From that initial discovery way back in year 10 I have never since looked back, numerous pairs later along with quite a few blisters from the early stages I have to say that I've most certainly fallen hook line and sinker for a simple pair of Converse.

Converse come in a wide range of styles, colours and patterns these days however I do tend to gravitate towards the traditional black style as they go with pretty much anything and help to make any outfit more casual. This year I plan on breaking tradition as I'm pretty keen to buy a white pair for the warmer weather, they will of course be strictly dry weather only because I cannot stand white shoes getting dirty; I'm forever trying to keep the simple white rubber out sole on those above clean; alas eventually even I have to admit defeat.

For me a pair of Converse is most certainly a staple item within my wardrobe. I simply would not live without mine as I wear them every single day and they have without doubt been the only shoe that I have purchased more than once; how many times can you say that when it comes to footwear? I've always been such a fuss pot with shoes therefore knowing I can order a new pair without having to try them on will always be a blessing for me.
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23 June 2014

Tackling Blemish Prone Skin

Tackling Blemish Prone Skin
Over the last week or two I had noticed that my skin had being looking a little worse for ware, worse than I would care to admit. I'm not entirely sure what had caused the congested look I was so unceremoniously sporting however I'm going to put it down to not drinking enough water, not enough sleep and the warm weather we're experiencing at the moment. In order to tackle the situation I have being using some of my fail safe products that I knew would help me to get my skin back under control.

Being a blogger I often get chance to try new skincare which is makes me extremely lucky however whilst doing this I often fall out of a routine which may at the time be suiting my skin. For the moment I'm delving back into my old skincare routine because it was doing just the job for my combination to oily skin type; there are however two new products which I'm using which have being working really well for me so far so they will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. 

Whenever I can see those ugly blackheads my clay mask comes out. I hate discussing black heads as just the word makes me cringe however they are a fact of life which one day I hope to diminish but for now I will have to keep fighting the fight. The Superfacialist  Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask by Una Brennan has been a fail-safe product for me now for the best part of a year. This is a brilliant mask that really helps to clean out those pores leaving a much cleaner complexion; it's also quite budget friendly as the whole range is on offer quite frequently in Boots. Sticking with the clay theme I also find myself using the REN ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser* which is one of my all-time favourite cleansers that works really well on my skin type leaving it soft and clean without any tight feelings that can so often be associated with clay based products.

Chemical based toners have been really popular over the last six months or so therefore I finally decided to join that band wagon to see what they were all about. I have to say that since I have being using the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner that I have seen pretty nice results in my overall complexion, it's a slow process and in my opinion it takes a few weeks of using it to really see any results however I do think that it is worth it.

My most recent skincare addition is the LUSH Tea Tree Water which I like to use on my skin after I have used a chemical based toner. Please note that I don't use the Clarins toner that often (roughly twice a week) because in all honesty I'm still a little wary of any damage being caused to my skin over long term use. The LUSH toner is a product that I have read about numerous times so when I was last in LUSH I finally decided to pick it up. Whilst I haven't being using this for a long period of time I have to say first impressions are quite good, since I put this back into action over the last few days I've noticed that my skin has started to calm down considerably.

Once I have cleansed and toned I then like to use the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + on problematic areas. This can be ever so slightly drying therefore I only focus on the areas that need attention such as my jawline and forehead. To me this is such a fantastic product and is one that I will be re-purchasing as soon as it comes on offer again because it really helps to calm those down those pesky blemishes. In order to pop a bit of moisture back into my skin I have being using the BeeGood  Honey and Wild Flax Daily Moisturiser* which is primarily targeted at normal to combination skin; whilst my skin type isn't exactly normal it is most certainly combination. So far I'm really enjoying this moisturiser as it smells beautiful and makes my skin feel quite lovely; it's also a pretty good base for make up!

So there we have it, the products that I turn to in a skin crisis. What do you turn to?

*PR Samples.




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22 June 2014

The Goodreads Tag

Goodreads Tag
Aside from beauty products and clothes I have a huge passion for the world of literature. Books for me came long before any lipstick therefore they play a big part of my life. I still remember the day I first read Harry Potter and where I was at the time, it was within minutes I was was whipped into a world full of the dark arts, butter beer and dragons! I'm quite keen to take part in this Goodreads tag in which I was kindly tagged by Hayley from Water Painted Dreams, thank you Hayley!

What was the last book you marked as read?
The last book I finished was Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge which is a crime thriller released earlier on this year. The story revolves around the killer who takes two hostages on a number of occasions and instructs them that the only way they will be freed is if one kills the other with an oh so conveniently placed gun in the room containing one bullet; cheerful.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I'm currently reading two books which is pretty unheard of for me. I will never have two books on the go as I always like to finish one before I start another so I'm not entirely sure what has happened here. To answer the question I'm reading A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin and More Than This by Patrick Ness.

What was the last book you marked as to read?
The last book I marked as to read over on Goodreads was I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. This is actually a Richard and Judy title from their summer book club which they run each year, Eeny Meeny is also one of them.

What do you plan to read next?
I'm torn between I Am Pilgrim and The Goldfinch by Donna Tart as I have heard so much about this author that I'm just dying to start something by her. My book shelf is rather full of books I haven't yet read so I have plenty to keep me going before I have to buy any new ones. Upon reflection I don't own many books that I've read in the past as most of these now do go to the charity shops, I just don't have the room for them which is a shame however it is nice to know that somebody else will enjoy them as much as I have.

Do you use the star rating system?
I do try to when I remember, I often update on my phone and find it harder to navigate compared to the desktop version.

Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge?
Last year I took part in a reading challenge and managed to complete it however I had to go and have a look at this as I couldn't remember if I was or not. As it happens it would appear that I am indeed taking part in a 2014 reading challenge, however this is a little optimistic at 20 books which once upon a time would have been a breeze for me but these days I never seem to have as much time. So far I have read five books of my twenty, I'm going to blame Game of Thrones on this as it is taking me a really long time to read for some reason.

Do you have a wishlist?
No not at all, the only list I have is a 'to read' list which I guess can be interpreted as the same type of thing.

What book do you want to buy next?
As I have already mentioned I shouldn't be buying any more books because I'm buying them quicker than I can read them at the moment however I have to say The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker has caught my eye on more than one occasion at work.

Do you have any favourite quotes?
I have so many quotes that I like for a variety of reasons, here are just a few of them.

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light - Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals - Sirius Black - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

So many books, so little time - Frank Zappa

Who are your favourite authors?
For me J K Rowling will always be my favourite author, it somehow feels a cliche to say that but I was 11 years old when I first read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone of which for the next seven years or so I continued to grow up with Harry, Ron and Hermoine. Those books took up a huge part of my childhood, they stole my heart and captivated me in a way no book ever has since. Aside from J K Rowling I don't feel as though I can claim any loyalty to any other author really, I've read so many books from so many authors it is hard for me to pinpoint a definite favourite.

Have you joined any groups?
I'm part of the Bloggers Bookshelf Group however to be honest I don't really use it. I'm not one to share with others my thoughts on books that much as I find it hard to express my thoughts and opinions on them in all honesty. Quite simply I know what I enjoy and I know what I don't, it goes as far as that really.

I'm of course on Goodreads so if you want to follow me then you can find me here.

What have you read lately? You're all tagged to take part in this, let me know if you take part.

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20 June 2014

Garnier vs Bioderma

Garnier Micellar Water and Bioderma
Micellar waters have had their fair share of the limelight when it comes to make up removal over the past year or so with one in particular stealing the show. A Micellar Water is quite simply a water based cleanser containing micelle molecules which have proven to be pretty good at removing make up, dirt and pollution from the skin. Having said that I wouldn't skip that second cleanse just yet as personally I use these for the initial eye make up removal process and nothing else. I personally think that this type of product is perfect for using on the eye area as they are often very gentle and fragrance free.

I'm sure you have all heard of Bioderma* but for those that haven't this has been a super popular micellar water from the French skincare brand which towards the end of last year finally made it to the UK enabling beauty fanatics everywhere to get their hands on it. Over the last six months or so there have been many attempts by a number of brands to create their own micellar water but have any of them managed to knock Bioderma off the top spot?

For me Bioderma is a fantastic product because it removes my make up wonderfully and it does not irritate my eyes in anyway. It is extremely gentle and refreshing on the eyes and also works very well on the rest of my face too, it's quite clear to see just how much make up and general grime from the day it removes. Due to the fact that it is alcohol free this means that it won't be as drying or stripping on the skin which has been true for me as I've experienced no tight feelings on my skin after using it. I think overall it is a fantastic product and can most certainly see why it has been so highly recommend however my only issue with it is the price as for 500ml you will pay just under £15 if it isn't on offer which is rather expensive in my opinion; it's also not that easy to get hold of.

Out of all the current micellar waters on the market I think the closest rival to Bioderma has to be the new release from Garnier which if I do say so myself is on par with the French offering. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is already a product that I have repurchased and will most likely feature in my favourite's post of 2014, yes it is that good. The Garnier micellar water in my experience works just as well as Bioderma but for a fraction of the cost as at just £4.99 for 400ml you'll be saving quite a few pennies. For me there really isn't much of a comparison to be made outside of that one factor as they both are as effective as one another on my skin; I think it will generally boil down to how much you want to pay.

Whilst I really like micellar waters for that initial eye make up removal and perhaps a quick sweep across my face I'd just like to stress that the cleansing process does not end there. I'll always use a balm and gel/cream cleanser afterwards as that is what I prefer to do, using a cleansing water alone would not sit right with me. Having said that using a balm or cream cleanser on my eyes has never been something I particularly enjoy so these micellar waters really do come in handy for that.

Overall I'm going to favour Garnier on this occasion as it is quite a bit cheaper in comparison to Bioderma, it's also much easier to obtain as it is sold in my local ASDA as well as Boots, Superdrug and Tesco.

Have you tried a micellar water? What's your favourite?

*PR Sample.
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18 June 2014

Escentual Wish List

Escentual Wish List It has been a while since I last featured a wish list over here so I thought I would compile one and show you a few things that I have being eyeing up over the last few months. Escentual is one of my favourite online beauty sites to browse because so many brands are on there which makes shopping quite fun and rather deadly!

The Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh fragrance is one that has graced similar wish lists in the past. I've yet to finally purchase this but I'd like to add it to my little collection soon. I was never a huge fan of the original Daisy however this much lighter scent has appealed to me since I first ever tried it; I'm also quite drawn to Daisy Delight which was released last month. Sticking with fragrance for the moment whilst I was in Birmingham about a month ago I tried Thierry Mugler Alien which smelt incredible. For some reason I had never been drawn to the brand before however I'm so glad I decided to try this that day, it will be a lovely scent for later on in the year.

It's no secret that I'm quite keen to try Bumble and Bumble however the price of the products is what is so far putting me off as they are super expensive! Today I managed to pick up a little bottle of the thickening shampoo and conditioner so I'm looking forward to trying those out. The Sunday Shampoo is the one product that I've heard the most about along with the Texture Hair (un)dressing Crème which sounds perfect for maintaining a little bit of volume and texture to your hair throughout the day. From browsing the conditioners on offer I have to say that the Seaweed Mild Marine Conditioner appeals to me the most as it sounds quite light so it won't drag your hair down.

Make up of course had to be featured within my wish list with the Dior Addict Lip Glow being the one product that I have to try at some point. I'm always so curious as to what these types of products will be like as it is one of those that changes to enhance your natural lip colour. The other make up items are ones that I have heard about most recently within the blogging community so at the moment I'm holding fire on them as we all know what a little bit of hype can easily lead to; that's not to say that I won't try them in the future though. The Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushers simply look beautiful as well as sounding rather lovely too, the same goes for the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette which again is gorgeous however just how many neutral palettes does one girl really need? Having said that from the same brand I have to say that the Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo really does tickle my fancy, it looks perfect for my pale skin tone.

Finally my wish list would not be complete without a little bit of skincare therefore the Caudalie Divine Oil and the Clarins Facial Cleansing Essentials Gift Set round up my selection quite nicely. The Clarins set in particular is one I'd like to test out as I have heard so many good things about Clarins skincare that I would very much like to test it out for myself.

What have you had your eye on lately?
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17 June 2014

In The Spotlight

Louis Cole Blogosphere Blogosphere Magazine A Little Boat Sailing
At the moment there are not many things that I can honestly say I'm proud or excited about because in all honesty I'm in a little bit of a rut and find myself really struggling at the moment with one thing and another therefore when little opportunities arise I can't help but want to share them with you guys; it's nice to have good news for a change.

Back in May I received a really exciting email from Rosie who writes over at Cider With Rosie of which I'm sure you have all heard of. It was a little surreal as she is a blogger who I really look up to and most certainly admire therefore to hear the kind words she had to say about my little space on the internet made me incredibly happy. An invitation from her to be featured within the 'In The Spotlight' section of Blogopshere Magazine was more than I could have ever imagined so of course I jumped at the chance; thank you so much Rosie!

Within the fourth issue there is a little interview with myself carried out by Rosie along with Jessica from Gingerly Pale and Rocio from Let It Be Cosy which can all be read within the print version or of course the e book version of the magazine. The magazine of course features so many other amazing bloggers which fall into a number of different categories which you just have to check out if this is your thing. Blogosphere is a great magazine that I have being purchasing since issue one therefore to be featured within it myself was a little bit surreal as well as pretty exciting too.

I feel incredibly honoured to have my blog mentioned within the magazine therefore I owe a huge thank you to Rosie and the rest of the Blogosphere team. Of course I cannot forget the most important people which are of course my readers as you're an utterly wonderful bunch who make blogging extremely enjoyable for me; thank you very much.


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16 June 2014

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme

La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Creme La Roche Posay CC Creme When it comes down to skincare nine times out of ten the brand La Roche-Posay is one that I know I can trust. Hence when it came down to trying a CC Creme from the brand I have to admit I found this to make me quite curious, just how good would it be?

The La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme* has been formulated for those with sensitive skin, in particular for those who suffer from redness. Adapted to suit skin tones ranging from fair to medium this CC Creme is only available in one universal shade which ultimately is what I believe to be the fundamental downfall of this product.

In terms of texture and coverage this is quite a nice product and is most certainly something I would wear on a daily basis for a nice light natural coverage if it wasn't for the fact that it does look slightly orange on my skin. In the above picture I've blended it out quite a bit on the back of my hand however there is still a contrast to be seen there where my wrist meets my hand. It's not horrendous and is something I could get away with however my neck is pretty pale so I'm sure you can appreciate it would look a little odd; plus who wants to stand blending like crazy at 7am? The texture works quite beautifully on the skin and it blends really nicely with either your fingers or bush therefore overall I find it really is quite hard to fault the product in any way other than for the shade range, which I argue is flawed because in my opinion how can one shade suit so many skin tones within the range of fair to medium? You only have to look in Boots to find quite a variety of foundations of different shades from regular high street brands; this of course widens the more higher end you go.

In regards to coverage I would say that this is fairly light and can be built up a little however with the shade being slightly off  on me I wouldn't fancy piling more of this on at all. The CC Creme claims to cover blemishes and whilst it does to that to an extent if you're looking for a little more coverage or you do suffer from these extensively then personally I would avoid this.

This is a lovely CC Creme and would work particularly well for those with sensitive skin as previously discussed, it also contains a fairly good SPF30 which is always welcome and boasts a paraben free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (oil free) formula so it really does take into consideration those with more of a sensitive skin type.

Overall this is a bit hit and miss to me as I would enjoy wearing it at this time of year as it provides nice light coverage which is what I like and also contains SPF, it's just a shame about the shade.

*PR Sample.

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14 June 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick

Bourjois Velvet Lipstick Peach Club Bourjois Peach Club
Bourjois happens to be one of my all-time favourite brands on the high street. Having been quite the fan of their Healthy Mix Serum Foundation for a long time along with their Rouge Edition Lipsticks it seemed  only natural that I would want to try out the Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks that were released back in May.

The Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks arrive in six beautiful shades which all appeal to me in their own way. The first shade that I have purchased is Peach Club which verges on a rather deep peach slash orange; it most certainly is not a nude shade by any means and is actually quite bright once applied. In my image above this does fail to come across a little in terms of just how bright it is therefore I do think it is worth checking this one out in store; particularly if you're a little unsure of a bright bold lip. The same applies for all of them really as they all are rather bright shades which is the only thing I do find a little disappointing about the whole range; the fact that there are no nude shades is disheartening as those would be my usual choice however I can but hope that Bourjois will release some more shades to the line in the coming months.

The formula of these lipsticks is really easy to work with which makes applying them an absolute dream. They are incredibly soft and creamy and set quickly however there is plenty of time to work with the application before this happens. I have noticed that even after an hour of wearing Peach Club that the texture of the product on my lips still felt quite creamy and moisturising which was a new experience for me as most matte lip products I have tried do tend to feel very matte on the lips.

Whilst the product can easily transfer onto cups which takes wear time down quite quickly I do find that these lipsticks hold up pretty well. Without eating or drinking I think you're set for a quite a few hours before any minor touch ups are needed and even then the wear is spread pretty evenly so the appearance still looks very nice. In terms of how moisturising these are I would say that they are one of the better matte lip products that I have tried, however they can sink into dry lines if you're not careful so I do recommend using a bit of lip balm beforehand like I do with pretty much every lip product these days. 

Personally if you've being looking to invest in a nice matte lipstick and have being considering higher end brands I would most definitely try these first; they're pretty awesome. Overall I'm extremely impressed with this range and cannot wait to pick up another shade to test out next pay day; if you have a particular recommendation for me then I would love to hear it.

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13 June 2014

LA PRAIRIE Cellular Mineral Face Exfoliator

La Prairie
Despite so many exfoliators these days being chemical based I can't help miss the physical interaction between a scrub and my face. Recently I have being trying out the La Prairie Cellular Mineral Face Exfoliator* which is a yet to be released product hitting the market in a few days' time.

This facial exfoliator is rather unique in respect to any other that I have tried in the past in that it has diamonds, quartz crystals and meteorite dust within the ingredient list which are used to exfoliate the skin lifting and removing dead skin cells leaving a brighter and softer complexion. This all sounds rather fancy and of course this is reflected in the price as it will retail at £86 for 100ml, expensive I know.

Whilst I was aware of the hefty price tag I've never allowed this to influence my judgement because in the past I've tried very good products that are as cheap as chips, I've also tried expensive ones which are fantastic. This product most certainly falls into the fantastic category for sure as after I had used it for the first time I physically went downstairs and made my mum feel just how soft my face was; I was rather shocked at just how good it was and needed clarification that I wasn't imagining it. Having said that on initial use I did find it to be quite rough on my skin which was a cause for concern at first as I wasn't too sure how I felt about it; it was most certainly a bit too harsh for my liking although I'm now more used to it. In all honesty if you have quite sensitive skin I wouldn't encourage you to try this because I can't help feel like it would just be too rough. My skin can be sensitive and did turn a little red afterwards however if truth be told this did calm down quite quickly 

The guidance that comes with this exfoliator suggests that for combination to oily skin such as mine that this should be used two to three times a week which is something I'm a little bit reluctant to do, therefore at the moment I will be sticking to once a week. Asides from the initial experience I have to say my skin has looked a lot brighter since using this, it's almost rejuvenated in appearance which may be hard to believe but it can surely only be down to this. Overall I'm super impressed with this and look forward to using it next time because I know my skin really does benefit from it with these benefits lasting over a good few days; it most certainly makes a notable difference in the appearance of my skin.

Deep down I know that for me this is too expensive to justify purchasing for myself in the future any time soon despite how much I like it therefore I'm going to very frugal with it. For those of you who are interested in the La Prairie Cellular Mineral Face Exfoliator it will be available to purchase from the 15th June from The Urban Retreat with the rest of the range being available here.

*PR Sample.

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12 June 2014

Wardrobe Essentials #1

Floral Kimono
When I gaze into my wardrobe these days I feel rather dissatisfied, I've so many clothes in there that never see the light of day which is why come this weekend I will be having a huge clear out. This has been warranted for such a long time and despite having had clear outs before in the past this time I need to be a little more ruthless. I've come to realise that I pretty much wear the same types of clothes all of the time which isn't a bad thing as after all fashion is a personal choice. My key choices on a daily basis will always be a pair of black skinny jeans, converse and a striped t-shirt or some form or another; there will inevitably be a chunky knit in there somewhere or a good old fashioned hoodie.

Despite my somewhat tom boy appearance I do like to have a few nice statement pieces in my wardrobe which will be timeless (or so I hope). Last year I purchased the brightest item of clothing I own which is the above Kimono from In Love With Fashion. This kimono is such good quality and is absolutely stunning to look at, I simply adore it. There is no denying that it is very bright but I do think that is part of the charm with this item as it is rather unlike me and allows me to overstep a boundary within my ordinary style. 

A pure black one of the same quality would please me to no end so I'm hoping to be able to hunt one down in the near future. You may forgive me for giving the impression that a kimono is a wardrobe essential as it most certainly is not however I do think it is quite essential to have that one item that is a little bit different to anything else; something a little extravagant yet quite simply beautiful.

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10 June 2014

Big Beauty Swap

Holland and Barrett

A couple of days ago I posted about the Big Beauty Swap which is currently being run by Holland and Barrett. In order to promote this campaign I was kindly allowed to select a few items to try out which was extremely kind of them. The Big Beauty Swap ends on the 11th of June (tomorrow) so you don't have much time left to snap yourself some bargains! Whether you shop online or in store there are some really lovely products available, it's certainly worth considering if you're interested in delving into more natural skincare and make up.

Over the next few months I plan on reviewing these products that I have been sent so if you have tried them yourself already I would be really interested to hear what you think of them. This was quite a quick post this evening because I've had very little opportunity to try these as they only arrived a short while ago; I did however wanted to share with you just a few of the products that can be picked up whilst the Big Beauty Swap is still running.

*This post contains PR samples.
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9 June 2014

Episode 1: Disappointing Products

Disappointing Products

Whilst putting this post together I came to realise that I have actually been quite lucky where products are concerned as despite having purchased a lot since I started blogging there have rarely been any products which have truly left me disappointed; having said that there are three here which left me feeling rather flat.

The first product I have chosen is probably the most controversial within the blogging community because I know a lot of you are huge fans of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. For a rather long time I put off buying this little bottle because in all honesty I wasn't too sure what it was supposed to do.  One day however whilst I was in SpaceNk curiosity finally got the better of me which of course resulted in picking one up. The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is according to the Caudalie website '...a powerful plant based anti-dull complexion treatment...' which sounds all well and good but in my case I have to say that I've seen no benefits at all from using it. I've read a lot of reviews on this product over the last two years where people have stated that they don't like the smell which is a shame as I do but for £9.50 I think I'll be using it as a make up setting spray for the remainder of its life even though I can't see any improvement in this area either and then we will be departing our separate ways.

My next product is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Micro Liner which boasts a super thin nib to help you create a precise line. When I first saw this in Boots I immediately wanted it, I feel like the clumsiest person to have ever graced the planet when it comes to using liner therefore any product which sounds like it will make the job easier is one that I have to try. I have to give it to Rimmel the nib on this is one of the thinnest I have seen and if it wasn't for all the problems I had the overall design would have made a great liner. First of all within two weeks of owning the liner I found that it had dried up and was pretty much unusable. This was the icing on the somewhat dry cake as the liner within those two weeks had been pretty poor in terms of quality anyway. Patchy lines, flaking and longevity were all issues that I had with this so sadly I cannot recommend it to anybody; I hope if you have this that you had a much better experience than I did.

The Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream was probably the product that I was most looking forward to trying from this small selection today however once again it just did not live up to the hype with one reason and one reason alone being why. This bb cream is available in one shade only, a shade to suit all skin tones which for me is a claim that I just cannot agree with in my experience. This is sadly too pink for me and makes my skin look a funny colour despite blending profusely; having said that this is a lovely bb cream I just really wish that the shade range was more practical.

Have you tried any of these products before?

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8 June 2014

Offering my services...no not that kind!

Guest Post Beauty

Today there is something a little bit different here on A Little Boat Sailing because I have for the first time produced a guest post. Today I'm over on Couture Girl whilst Kayleigh is away on holiday achieving herself a nice tan; lucky devil! Head on over to her blog to read all about how I take it easy on a Sunday.


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6 June 2014

Bee Good 2-In-1 Cream Cleanser

Bee Good 2-In-1 Cream Cleanser Bee Good 2-In-1 Cream Cleanser Bee Good 2-In-1 Cream Cleanser

Being quite the environmental enthusiast and having a huge passion for wildlife I found myself extremely excited to try a new product from a skincare brand that shares the same enthusiasm as me. The brand Bee Good born back in 2008 produce a selection of natural skincare products that range from cleansers, toners and lip balms all of which contain British beeswax, propolis and honey. With ethically sourced ingredients from British Beekeepers and plant oils from British growers this truly is a British brand through and through. As one would expect with this type of brand there is no animal testing involved; as well as this there are no parabens, silicones or synthetic colours. 

Back in April I was kindly sent the Bee Good 2-in-1 Honey and Propolis Cream Cleanser* to try out. At this point I wouldn't generally go into detail about how an item is sent to me however the Bee Good team had put so much thought and effort into it that I just had to mention it. Arriving so beautifully packaged along with some rather yummy biscuits this was such a wonderful and unique parcel to open after work.

Ever since I received the cleanser I have being using it of an evening to remove my make up. With the product being in a tube this of course makes it easier to use as opposed to a tub, it's also a lot more hygienic in comparison. The scent of the cleanser is actually really nice; it's a nice clean scent with just a hint of sweetness to it which isn't too strong at all. In terms of consistency it's a little thicker than I had originally expected so I do tend to use a little more as it doesn't seem to spread as far as some other cream cleansers that I have used in the past.

Due to this thicker consistency I was worried that it could just be a little too rich for my oily/combination skin type however I've had no issues with it at all. The cleanser has worked really well on my skin type and of course removes make up with ease each time I use it. Overall it's a pretty good product if you ask me and is certainly worth trying out, especially if you are branching out into more natural skincare.

At the beginning of this post I mentioned my love for wildlife; in particular I do have quite an interest in bees. I think that this is down to the fact that they can be a bit misunderstood by the public, people tend to be a bit scared of them when in truth there is a very small chance that they would ever hurt you. They're also quite cute too so I knew that for this post in particular I'd have to try and take a few pictures of some in my garden. It's quite hard with the lens I have on my camera to get a really good shot however the one above seems ok.

A percentage of all profits from Bee Good products are donated to the British Beekeeping Association and the UK Bee Farmers Association which is a fantastic cause. These little guys do such an important job within our ecosystem, they help to keep the food on our plates and to keep our gardens and British countryside looking gorgeous.

Bee Good is a cruelty free brand.
*PR Sample.
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