28 November 2016

Bee Good | Award Winners

Bee Good Skincare
As we head towards the festive season, that's two days and counting folks! I thought it would be nice to share with you a fantastic little stocking filler which will be suitable for so many people this Christmas. Now I am not one for producing Christmas gift guides, mainly because I just do not have the time, however the Bee Good Award Winners* gift set really is a great little introduction to the brand which features two of their best selling products.

In the past I have featured the Bee Good 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser* which I have absolutely loved. It worked a pure treat on my skin and it also smelt incredible. I would happily repurchase this product for myself and gift it to friends for Christmas. To read my full review of this then head on over to the Bee Good Cleanser review from back in 2014. Also included within the Bee Good Award Winners gift set is the Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm* which is incredibly nourishing on the lips and super handy for this time of year.


Bee Good have a variety of little gift sets on offer this Christmas, all of which are packaged beautifully I might add. Furthermore, if you are after a new brand to introduce a friend to or fancy treating yourself to something new then be sure to head on over to see what they have this festive season. My personal favourites would have to be the award winners set featured today and the Essential Skin Saviours Gift. 

Have you tried anything from Bee Good?

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 

22 November 2016

Autumn Beauty Favourites

Autumn Beauty Favourites

It has been a while since I featured a roundup of some of my current beauty favourites. Due to one thing and another over the last few months I have even managed to fall behind on my typical monthly favourites posts; therefore, I thought it was about time that I rounded up some of my beauty favourites in one big post for autumn. 

Generally speaking, this year has been a quiet one for me in terms of new beauty purchases. I find myself using the same staple products each month day in and day out as I have made a conscious effort to cut back on my beauty spending. As we head towards the end of the year I have to say that I have done pretty well on this and have managed to use up a lot of products this year, both skincare and make up based. 

Autumn Beauty Favourites

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eye Shadow Palette

Since hitting September I am pretty sure that I have reached for nothing else in terms of eye shadow, as I am still very much in love with the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette. This is a fantastic palette for this time of year due to the beautiful bronze, plums and crimson tones. For the price of £18 I think you really do get a great product for your money. For the moment I will refrain from harping on about this too much here as I do have a full review of the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette on my blog.

Bioderma Soothing Repairing Cream* 

For a little while this product has sat within my draw unopened. Where skincare is concerned I try to not have too many things open at once as I can find it really overwhelming. However, about five weeks ago my skin erupted into a rash all around my mouth, it was extremely bizarre and it would not go away. I had not used anything new, I had not eaten anything to my knowledge which would have caused such a reaction, in fact I was utterly perplexed as to what had caused it. Five weeks later I now know it is stress related and it is somewhat under control. Whilst wondering what I could use on this I remembered that I had been sent this to review back in August and of course rapidly proceeded to open this and give it a try. It goes without saying that this really has helped to improve my rash as it is a lot calmer and not as raw looking, although I have had to obtain a steroid prescription to try and help get rid of it completely. 

Essentially this cream is for damaged or irritated skin, it is well worth considering if you do have patches that flare up, although if it continues for a prolonged time then it's probably worth seeking professional advice. 

MAC Painterly Pro Longwear Paint Pot

One would argue that I am incredibly late to the party where the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots are concerned, however it wasn't until September where I finally decided to pick up Painterly in order to see if it would improve the longevity of my eye shadow. In a nut shell yes it does, although I can sometimes be a bit lazy and skip this step out. It is in its own right a great product to use to simply even up the skin tone on your eye lids as mine can look darker compared to the rest of my complexion, especially if I am tired which these days is nearly all of the time. 

 Autumn Beauty Favourites

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy

This product has been a firm favourite of mine for a long time now, it is part of my daily routine as I really do think it makes a visible difference to improving my under eyes as they do look quite dark at times. It for me is not a replacement for my trusty Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream which I use religiously, however I always ensure that I use this on top of that. The combination together works really well so I am currently very happy with this skincare/make up step that I have going on. Whilst it isn't the friendliest in terms of price, it does last a long time as you only need a small amount. Retailing at £26 I often find myself waiting for a little discount to pop up online before I make a repurchase. 

L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick 

A couple of weeks ago Coca Cola had a running promotion in Boots stores with L'Oreal whereby you could have a bottle of coke and a lipstick for about £5. Naturally I took advantage of this deal and opted for the shade Bois De Rose. Since purchasing this I have worn it nearly every single day as it is a really great every day shade which is easy to wear and requires very little maintenance. Having never really used many lip products from L'Oreal before I am now quite keen to explore the range a bit further as I have been pleasantly surprised by how hydrating I found this. For me this is probably the most important factor and indeed practical factor in a lip product as I do suffer with dry lips quite a lot. The shade can be incredible but if I can't wear it because it is too dry then what is the point?

What are your Autumn Beauty Favourites?

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 

15 November 2016

Beauty on Trial: bareMinerals

Beauty on Trial bareMinerals Ever since I purchased the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel Cream (let's call it a foundation for all intents and purposes) earlier this year, I have been extremely keen to try out a few more products from the brand. In the past I will admit that bareMinerals had always been a counter that I would look at but never really stop at properly to find out more about what they had to offer; this is something I really regret having now used and loved several of their products. 

bareMinerals is a brand which is widely known for mineral make up, again this is something that I am not well accustomed with although I really do intend to experiment more with it in 2017. More recently however the brand has expanded and has launched a brand new skincare line and of course liquid based foundations. Whilst in the past I have used two of their liquid bases and adored them I was somewhat apprehensive about using the Bare Pro Foundation* as it was a compact and completely took me out of my comfort zone.

Beauty on Trial bareMinerals

bareMinerals Bare Pro Foundation*

This lightweight foundation is said to provide 12 hours of 'glam' coverage whilst being formulated with 90% vitamins and minerals. In my experience I found the coverage to not last twelve hours (this is my typical working day), in fact by around midday I noticed that coverage was looking pretty light indeed which wasn't ideal, particularly when I had another six hours to go. For me the coverage of this is extremely light, in fact it is too light for my every day needs; in fact, I have used it as somewhat of a setting powder on top of another base.

Despite this I would say that it is to date one of the lightest foundations to actually use, you cannot feel this on your skin at all which is good for those who have sensitive skin and who can easily feel irritated by heavy base products. Overall I would personally look towards this if you have good skin, if you wish to hide blemishes or pigmentation then really you do want to be looking elsewhere. In a nut shell I will be putting this away until the warmer weather, my skin is generally better in the summer and due to the warmer climate a light base will be warranted.

Stroke of Light Eye Brightener* 

Moving onto much more positive things, the Stroke of Light Eye Brightener is pretty darn good. First and foremost, like all bareMineral products I have tried it is extremely light in terms of formula. It blends beautifully and does a really great job at brightening my under eye area. I would point out that I do not use this alone, this is the last step in my effort to hide my dark circles each morning. Generally speaking, I use my foundation of choice, a bit of concealer and then this on top as I find that works best for me. It is salmon toned which helps to counteract against the blue tone that you get with dark circles. Quite simply I have failed to find anything to fault about this product, although the shade range could be much better. Despite this I can see why it is one of the brands best sellers; I would happily purchase this for myself come the time.

Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser* 

It isn't very often that I try something out and instantly bring it in to my skincare routine as a permanent fixture, yet here I am announcing that this is an example of just that. The Clay Chameleon Transforming Purifying Cleanser is an utterly beautiful product which really does leave my skin feeling super soft and clean without a tight stripping feeling that so often many cleansers can leave you with.

This is a Brazilian Red Clay cleanser with an incredibly soft texture; there are no gritty bits in this whatsoever. To use you simply apply this to dry skin and then with damp fingers gently work it into your skin; upon reaction with the water the clay transforms into a milky consistency which creates a slip in order to enable you to cleanse your skin with ease. I would say that this has helped to clear up my complexion, with regular use about three times a week I have noticed a visible difference. That being said I have read quite a few mixed opinions about this online, where of course I can only speak about my personal experience having used this for the last few months.

bareMinerals products can be found in Debenhams, Selfridges and online at Feel Unique and Look Fantastic.

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 


10 November 2016

Recently Recycled #9

Recently Recycled #9

Sometimes I find myself wondering whether to continue writing these types of posts, they are now somewhat pretty old when it comes to beauty blogging; one may even argue that they're 'old school' and perhaps no longer have a place within beauty blogging of today. That being said, the nosy beauty parker in me can't help but want to read these types of posts when I spot them on my Bloglovin feed, they for me seem to be some of the most insightful if you really want to know what somebody truly thought of a product.

Colab Dry Shampoo

Having such a busy day to day life I must admit to finding myself relying a bit more on dry shampoo than I would normally care to admit. Therefore, when a new brand makes its way onto the shelves of the high street I normally have to try it out pretty soon. To be honest I was not overly impressed with the Colab Dry Shampoo, it just didn't work for me very well at all. My go to has been Batiste for a good few years now and it continues to beat every dry shampoo I try against it. Whilst the Colab dry Shampoo worked initially I found that after a couple of hours my hair was looking rather limp again which of course led me to feeling a little bit self-conscious. This just sadly wasn't for me, therefore I will be sticking to my fail safe from now on. 

Elemis Try-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash (Now known as Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash)

This has been lying around for a little while so it was about time that I focused upon finishing it off so that I could make way for a new cleanser within my routine. Generally speaking, I rather enjoyed using this product as I felt as though it left my skin feeling clean and looking brighter without any loss of moisture. This was a really nice morning cleanse and I would happily use it again in the future. I also note that it lasted a really long time too making it rather good value for money.

One may remember back in March that I featured this foundation within my March Beauty Favourites; yes, it warranted such a claim. To date this has been one of the nicest foundations I have ever used. Whilst it doesn't necessarily have the lightest texture upon application, it does when buffed in create a beautiful finish on the skin. The only downside is that it is pricey, I'm talking £45 pricey. 

Narciso Rodriguez - For Her*

This year has been the first year in which I haven't purchased a fragrance, it is rather unusual for me as I tend to adore perfumes, however I have cut back a lot recently on beauty purchases. This of course has had an impact on my fragrance collection as I have used not one, not two but four fragrances up this year. Narciso Rodriguez For Her has to be one of my favourites of late, it is an utterly gorgeous scent which is ideal for this time of year. For a full review of this head onto my Narciso Rodriguez post from March last year. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

One of the most disappointing products I have ever used within the time in which I have being writing about beauty sadly comes in the form of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. For me I think the downfall of this product is the sheer hype that surrounded it, it was pretty big which of course led one to believe that this was a miracle in a bottle. In my experience nothing could be further from the truth as it did nothing for me whatsoever, other than leave an £11 dent within my purse. On a more positive note I know many bloggers who absolutely adore this product, therefore for me I have arrived at the conclusion that it is somewhat of a marmite product, you either love it or you hate it. 

Decléor Cleansing Gel*

This was a nice little cleanser to use and it is one that I would gladly use again because it did the job well. It wasn't harsh on my skin or overly scented, it was a nice simple product which worked. To be honest I find it hard to write much about this as I didn't use it for very long due to it being a small travel size bottle, that being said I did review a travel set from Decléor which featured a number of products from their purifying skincare range, in which I have to say I really did like their matifying lotion. 

Stella McCartney - Stella 

Stella by Stella McCartney has for a good five years now been one of my all-time favourite scents, in fact it is probably right up there with Armani Black Code which I utterly adore. I am incredibly sad to say goodbye to this as I won't be repurchasing it for a little while, especially as we head towards Christmas. As I delved through the archives I found a very old review of Stella by Stella McCartney from way back in 2013. One will have to ignore the incredibly poor photograph as it was way back when I had no concept of how to take a somewhat passable blog image, however the review is still relevant. 

Have you tried any of the above products? 

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 

4 November 2016

LUSH Snow Fairy Body Conditioner

LUSH Snow Fairy Body Conditioner

It is that time of year when the scent of candy floss makes its way back into bathrooms across the country, yes my friends, Snow Fairy is back. Each year it is the one product which I always make a point of buying from LUSH, I simply love it, there is also no denying that it makes me feel about ten years old again and do you know what, I am pretty OK with that.

Aside from the launch of the LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel for Christmas, an obligatory re-release each year of the super popular limited edition product, there has also been a new launch, that being the Snow Fairy Body Conditioner. This little pot of joy is a fun addition to the Snow Fairy range, I mean to say a pink body lotion with subtle flecks of glitter is more than anybody could want no?

LUSH Snow Fairy Body Conditioner

Whilst it is certainly not the type of product you would reach for on a daily basis (due to the glitter) it is a really nice addition to your skincare routine for this time of year, particularly if you're going to a party and have bare shoulders etc as your skin would have a really soft iridescent look to it; super pretty and girly. On that note this is why I think that perhaps this type of product is perhaps more suited to a younger audience, that being said I am a big kid at heart so I am all for it. 

Naturally of course with all of LUSH products this is cruelty free, it also has a relatively short shelf life so don't forget to use it up within a year of purchasing. That may sound like a long time but here I am, after having had the Comforter Shower Gel for exactly one year now and it is technically out of date....oops. That's what happens when you ration your favourite products, you ration them way too much and then get caught out; luckily for me there is only a smidgen left.

As a body conditioner I do find this to be quite hydrating, however I will be honest I know that I have used better products in regards to that. I find that it is an immediate improvement in hydration as well as sparkly legs, however it doesn't last as long as I would like. That being said I am still pretty happy I picked this up, although I will admit that the curiosity most certainly got the better of me when I saw this in my local LUSH store. 

The only real down side to this for me is the price as I do think it is expensive, especially for the small amount that you get. Perhaps this is the Scrooge in me coming out a bit too early, however for just 100g you are looking at £7.95. Perhaps don't take my advice and use this up quickly, be frugal, be frugal.

LUSH Snow Fairy Body Conditioner is available at LUSH online and in your local store. 


2 November 2016

Hydrated and Prepped Skin Throughout Autumn

Hydrated and Prepped Skin Throughout Autumn

We are now firmly in the middle of Autumn (well kind of) and it has got me thinking about incorporating new products into my skincare routine in order to cater for the colder weather that we are now embracing. Strictly speaking I am not using all of the above products together at any one time, my skin type is combination to oily with bouts of dehydration thrown in for good measure, therefore to suddenly bombard it with moisture inducing products would perhaps be a little too much. That being said, over recent weeks I have being trying out a few new things in order to see how they live up to the task of keeping my skin hydrated without increasing oiliness. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil*

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is a cult beauty product, yet for a self-proclaimed beauty enthusiast, I am almost ashamed to admit that I have yet to try it. Furthermore, when I was kindly sent the above to review a few months ago I found myself pretty excited to finally give something from the range a whirl. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil is infused with Tsubaki Oil which is known for its hydrating properties. This product can be used for your hair, body and face, although in all honesty I have strictly used this on my body so far. In a nut shell I absolutely love it as it sinks in quickly leaving my skin silky smooth. I notoriously suffer from dry skin, particularly on my legs therefore having incorporated this into my skincare routine I have noticed a notable difference. So far this is working wonders at keeping my legs and the rest of my body hydrated. No pesky dry knees that is for sure. 

Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream*

In the past I have purchased and used a number of products from the Super Facialist range, they have all been fantastic. One of my favourite products is the Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil, it is beautiful therefore I was very optimistic about the day moisturiser from the same range. First and foremost, you need to like the rose scent to enjoy this product, it isn't the most over powering that I have tried however the scent is still relatively prominent. Personally I really like this so it does not affect me, although I know that this could be an issue for some. This is a really nice day cream, it isn't heavy at all and sinks in very well on the skin, however I do like to leave it a few minutes before I apply my primer for my make up. It is also worth noting that it has SPF 15 which is a nice addition as it provides you with just that extra bit of protection no matter what time of the year. 

Dirty Works 8-In-1 Miracle Serum*

This product instantly reminded me of a moisturiser that I used to use religiously, long before I started A Little Boat Sailing. Sadly, that moisturiser was discontinued and ever since I have missed that product within my routine. Whilst this serum isn't a moisturiser by nature it does have the same transparent look to it and texture. It is incredibly smooth, light weight and very cool to apply. In all honesty I was not expecting to like this product as much as I do; it is somewhat a bit of a lucky find. It is the first product from Dirty Works that I have tried and it has been a positive one at that. Not least is this super affordable, it really has helped my skin in terms of keeping it hydrated as I have been suffering of late. Whilst it is no miracle worker I do think that for £8, currently on offer at the time of writing for £5 that this really is worth trying out for yourself. 

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish*

Moving slightly away from keeping your skin nice and hydrated this autumn to keeping it prepped. Now I don't know about you but the first area of my skin to start showing signs that the cold weather is getting to it is my lips. They become chapped and so sore, therefore in order to help combat that I like to gently exfoliate my lips in order to remove the dead skin cells. This then allows a nice thick lip balm to be applied to fresh skin. 

The Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish is a bit of an odd product as I initially thought that the product itself would have little sugar particles in, however from my experience in using it the only form of exfoliation comes from the applicator which has small raised bumps on it. To be honest I don't really like this method, it actually makes my lips a little sore after use which I am sure wasn't the aim. Regardless of this the actual product itself had no taste to it, I mean to say that it was very bland and somewhat verged on the side of tasting pretty awful. Not that any lip product should be eaten, I am not going to start encouraging that however considering it is this type of product one would expect this to have at least been considered. We all want a nice tasting lip balm no? 

Whilst I personally cannot recommend this myself it may of course work for you. It did the job in terms of exfoliating my lips that is for sure, it just wasn't an enjoyable product to use. 

Argan+ Overnight Treatment Cream*

Similar to my initial thoughts on the Dirty Works Serum, I was not sure what to expect of the Argan+ Overnight Treatment Cream. Up until now I had never tried the brand so of course I went in with an open mind. We all know that Argan Oil is well known for its hydration properties, it is found in so many hair care products as well as skincare therefore I knew that this would be a good product to start road testing at this time of year. 

There is no denying it that this product has one of the most incredible scents that I have ever smelt; it is utterly divine. In truth I fell in love with it long before I even applied it to my face. Speaking of which, once applied I really did think that it was going to take a long time to sink in, however I was pleasantly surprised. Having said that I have not used this on top of a particularly oily serum as I feel as though the two combined would be too heavy for my skin, that being said on top of the nice light Dirty Works serum as featured above this has worked beautifully. At first it was slightly tacky, in fact I really do emphasise the word slightly as it wasn't too much of a bother in truth, whereby after a minute or so this feeling had completely disappeared. It goes without saying that this gets the big thumbs up from me, it simply works and does the job very nicely indeed.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado 

Regular readers will know that the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is probably my most loved product of all time, yes you read that correctly, I really do mean of all time. No other eye cream has ever came close to providing the hydration that this one does. It is a constant repurchase and it is used throughout the year every single day, no matter how warm or cold it is. This little gem has a whole review dedicated to it which you can read here

So there we have it, some new and old products which are used to help keep my skin hydrated and prepped throughout not just autumn but into winter too. Whilst I did not love the Pixi Lip Scrub I do in general really like the Pixi brand, the Glow Tonic is top notch! Personally I would highly recommend the LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub if you're in the market for one, it is however slightly messier as it is in a little pot. 

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 
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