15 October 2017

Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Campaign Beauty Box - Breast Cancer Awareness

Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Campaign Beauty Box - Breast Cancer Awareness
As many of you may already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the campaign originally founded by Evelyn H Lauder in 1993, in which the signature pink ribbon has become a worldwide recognised symbol for breast cancer awareness. 
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11 October 2017

New Beauty Products You Can Find In Superdrug

New Beauty Products Superdrug

If you haven't been into your local Superdrug recently then I would most certainly look towards making a pit stop next time you pass by, they have some fantastic new products which have recently hit the shelves, some of which I have to share with you today.

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2 October 2017

PÜR Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick

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Earlier on this year I invited you to take a look at the brand PÜR. Upon trying out my very first product from them, that being the PÜR Vanity Palette Eyes and Cheek Palette* I was rather impressed and found myself excited to discover more from the brand. Fast forward on a few months and I am back with another feature on perhaps some of the more better liquid lipsticks that I have tried to date; however, I do have my reservations.
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18 September 2017

Recent Beauty Purchases #9

Recent Beauty Purchases #9  
It has been a little while since I shared with you some of my most recent beauty purchases. In truth, I have cut back majorly over the last year and rarely do buy make up unless it is a repurchase of a product in which I do not have an alternative. However, after waiting for a good couple of months before venturing back out to re-stock I decided it was time I treated myself to a few new bits to add to my collection. 
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14 September 2017

A Little Dupe If I Ever Did See One

Chloe Drew Dupe

Once upon a time there was a bag. An utterly beautiful bag that one could only ever hope to afford. To this day the Chloe Drew bag has to be one of the most gorgeous and instantly recognisable designs that I have personally known about. By no means am I a fountain of knowledge when it comes to designer clothing and handbags, I am a high street girl through and through. However, every now and then there comes along one piece which you instantly take a shine to.
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6 September 2017

Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara

Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara
Some of my favourite beauty launches have to be mascaras. Originally, they never used to really excite me that much, however, over the years I have tried my fair share of good and bad mascaras, therefore these days I really do appreciate a launch which ticks all of the boxes.  
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2 September 2017

The PMD Personal Microderm

The PMD Personal MicrodermThe at home beauty treatment market has really blossomed over the years in which I have being writing about beauty. I remember back in the day when to have a manicure and acrylic nails you needed to go to a salon, however, these days this can all be done at home. The same goes for waxing and tanning, there are so many options that it is sometimes hard to keep track of them.
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27 August 2017

Urban Decay Heat Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Heat Eyeshadow Palette
If there is one brand, which for me has stood the test of time during the age of beauty blogging, then it is for me Urban Decay. Back when I first started writing about beauty in 2012 it was the likes of the Naked 1 and 2 palettes which everybody and their mother raved about. The hype was warranted and to this day I still adore both palettes.

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22 August 2017

Recently Recycled #12

Recently Recycled #12
Despite what you may think, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, there is actually a blog post this morning which surprises me more than you; trust me. Oh where to begin? Let's just say that being within the legal property sector is busy, very, very busy. However, despite being somewhat overwhelmed with work once again, my love for beauty has not wavered, in which time, I have managed to work my way through a number of different products. I will cut to the chase, this is a lengthy empties post. If you are old school like me and like to know what other people have being using and actually managed to finish then stick around for more.
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6 August 2017

Rimmel Summer Fun | Ready for Radiance

Rimmel Ready for Radiance Collection

Rimmel has to be one of my favourite high street brands, they are consistent in launching new lines on a regular basis and the products are widely available in a number of stores and supermarkets. With summer in full flow, they have recently launched their Ready For Radiance Collection which features a variety of products all aimed to help to achieve that sun kissed glow.

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31 July 2017

Too Faced Love Light Highlighter

Too Faced Love Light Highlighter

Six years ago I would never have considered wearing a highlighter. In fact, if I am completely honest with you, six years ago I didn't even know what a highlighter was in a make-up context, aside from the obvious fluorescent pink and yellow pens I used at university. 
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17 July 2017

Rimmel London Insta Collection #Instaselfie

Rimmel London Insta Collection

The Rimmel London Insta Collection* landed on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago, however I have waited until the initial rush of blog posts have dropped off in order to share with you my thoughts on the collection. In my opinion it is a rather large collection for a high-street brand with quite a few different products to offer; some of the products are hits whilst others I have found are somewhat misses. 
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10 July 2017

Tropic Skincare | An Introduction

Tropic Skincare
It is rather exciting to have the opportunity to try a new brand, although perhaps that is just the skincare junkie in me. Most people I know would look at me with a somewhat sceptical raised brow if I were to voice that out loud. However, we are all here because we have one thing in common, we all love beauty.

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1 July 2017

I remember When...The Blogging Edition

Blogging

Back in 2012 A Little Boat Sailing was born. One evening after work I sat down and opened up Blogger,  five years later I am still here, writing and taking pictures. In that time the whole concept has changed. What was once a side line hobby to just put up a new post sharing my random thoughts on beauty products at that time has now become something which I really have to sit down and think about. This involves planning what I want to say, social media promotion, declarations (if needed) and responding to emails. That's long before I even start the editing process in an attempt to keep my photos looking picture perfect; I have yet to achieve this. 
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28 June 2017

My Current Beauty Top Picks #1

My Current Beauty Top Picks #1

So, it has been a bit of a funny week so far within the beauty community, at least that is if my twitter feed is anything to go by. Therefore, I thought it would be nice to get back to basics and share with you my current beauty top picks! Back in the good old days I used to do beauty favourites each month, yet if I am completely honest, it started to feel somewhat forced. It was a struggle to find new things to share each month as so often I would be using the same old thing and that same brand of dry shampoo.
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19 June 2017

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Style Bohemian Style

Let's just say that this weekend in terms of weather has been utterly gorgeous in the UK. In fact, I cannot remember when we last had nice weather like this. Summer often feels pretty much none existent, therefore when it strikes in full force one must make the most of it. It would be rude not to right? 

This weekend I have mostly spent my time being back and forth between the outdoors and the refuge of shade; it has been of course Father's day and I have most certainly picked up my father's trait of not being able to handle the heat for too long. Luckily for me I have had a huge fan placed strategically next to my desk whilst I have being preparing a few blog posts here and there, however my car journey to meet my partner for food was somewhat of a struggle due to the fact that I do not have the luxury of air con. *Note to self that when I get a new car (in about five year's time), I will be looking for that feature first. 

Bohemian Style Bohemian Style Bohemian Style

              Dress c/o She In,   Shoes - ASOS (old)

The nice weather tied in beautifully with my attempt to show off this dress from She In as it really is a beautiful item of clothing. The Lantern Sleeve Floral Print Shift Dress* (also currently on sale) has been pretty popular from what I can see. At first I was not aware of this, however it instantly appealed to me due to the boho style which, if I am honest I adore and would love to integrate more into my every day wardrobe. 

Dark floral patterns are my favourite, which again is another reason why I like this particular piece so much. The only gripe I do have with this item is that it is ridiculously oversized. Now, I know that is the general gist, however this really is very, very big. For reference, I am a size 10/12 depending on where I shop and the type of item I am buying. That being said, I opted for the size small in this which as you can see, there is still plenty of room to be had. 

To make this a bit more flattering you can easily wear a little belt to show your waist line if you prefer. I would also make a point of saying that if you do add a little belt then be prepared for the dress to become incredibly short...

Despite the above, I actually do adore this piece and find myself itching to wear it out in public. It is most definitely out of my comfort zone, however my Nan loved it this morning so that's a start, right?!

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

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10 June 2017

Rimmel Super Gel Nail Polishes

Rimmel Super Gel Nail PolishesNail polishes are often one of the first things you experiment with as a young girl growing up, they're often one of the first makeup type products you ever own. Within a few months (mum and dad permitting) you have amassed a collection that is full of insanely bright colours and more glitter than you can shake a stick at. Fast forward twenty odd years later, I still have a box full of nail polishes with a variety of shades and glitter; clearly not much has changed.
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5 June 2017

Kiko Summer 2.0 Collection

Kiko Summer 2.0 Collection

There are some fantastic mid range brands available these days, one such is Kiko. I remember first stumbling across Kiko back in 2015 with the launch of their Modern Tribes Collection which, if I am honest, completely blew me away in terms of the packaging and how it was presented. After that initial experience, it has been a brand which has remained in my mind and it is a store which I always pop into when I am in Birmingham.

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1 June 2017

Too Faced X Kat Von D Better Together Collection and Giveaway

Too Faced X Kat Von D Better Together Collection

Too Faced are by now well known for their soft feminine designs filled with light pinks and pastels, therefore, when I first saw the press images for the new Too Faced X Kat Von D collaboration I was immediately interested. As a brand on its own I love Too Faced, to see them do something a bit more edgy but also keep in touch with their authenticity was exciting.

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30 May 2017

Recently Recycled #11

Beauty Empties

My last beauty empties post seems a long time ago, it also feels like I have been collecting this stash of beauty products in my bedroom for far too long therefore it feels good to finally share them with you and finally recycle them this week. 
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26 May 2017

My Evening Skincare Routine

My Evening Skincare Routine

Back in March I shared with you my Morning Skincare routine in which at the same time I also photographed all of my evening skincare products too! Typical of me however, I only got around to editing them this week whilst taking a break in between revision. There really is only so much one can do when it comes to reading about the validity of a will...

My evening skincare routine generally consists of a makeup remover, cleanser, toner, serum/oil and an eye cream. Sometimes I will opt for a moisturiser on top, however that all depends on which facial oil I have used; more on that in a minute. 

I often like to mix things up in my routine, although at the same time I tend to stick to what I know and only really incorporate one new product in at a time. That way, I will know what the culprit is if I have an adverse reaction. 

My Evening Skincare Routine

Makeup Remover


The Garnier Micellar Water is my go to for removing my eye makeup, in fact I am so incredibly biased towards this that I never ever look at alternatives now. That may sound a little bit odd considering I am a beauty blogger who loves nothing more than trying new products, yet honestly, this just works and is insanely affordable (when on offer, although at full price it isn't bad at all). You can find this in Boots, Superdrug and even your local supermarket which is just one thing I love about this little gem. To date I haven't yet found any form of eye makeup which it struggles to remove and it also works very nicely along my rather sensitive eyes. It will continue to be a long-term purchase.

Cleanser


A double cleanse is what I tend to do every single day of the week, that is because I wear make up every single day of the week. It isn't necessary if you don't have a face full of makeup as there isn't that extra layer which you need to break down. Balm cleansers are one of the best for breaking down makeup on the skin, therefore I tend to use a balm cleanser after using a micellar water on my eyes. The Pixi Cleansing Balm* is simple yet effective and is one that I would recommend if you are looking for a cleanser such as this. Worthy mentions also go out to the Elemis Cleansing Balm* which I do prefer in comparison to the offering from Pixi as it is so incredibly smooth. 

Once I have used a balm cleanser I then opt to use something which is more cream or gel based. At the moment, I am coming towards the end of yet another Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, this time in the form of their limited edition scent Rose and Lavender. In all honesty, I do like the odd change to the classic hot cloth cleanser yet in my opinion you cannot beat the original. This was nice but I am happy to be coming to the end of the bottle now. 

Toner


The Pixi Glow Tonic* is incredibly popular within the beauty community and rightly so. This is an exfoliating toner which is gentle on the skin and can be used both morning and evening, however I only tend to use this about three times a week as part of my evening routine. I also like the Liz Earle Skin Boost Tonic, this is light and refreshing which is just what I need after the warm weather we have had this week. 

Serum/oil


Over the last few years I have been extremely loyal to the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This is a light weight oil which hydrates the skin beautifully without leaving it feel too greasy, however, as we hit the warmer weather I do only tend to use this a few times a week and I also avoid putting a moisturiser on top as I feel as though that can be a bit too much for my skin. 

Furthermore, what I have incorporated into my routine within the last four months is the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil which has received a lot of hype in the last year. Unfortunately, this is not an affordable product by any stretch of the imagination, you're looking at £80 for the full size. It pains me somewhat to say that at the moment I am on the fence with this one, although I may not be using it regularly enough to reap the benefits. Essentially it is a blue (yes blue) retinoid oil which reduces pore size, improves the skins appearance and helps to fight against wrinkles; I personally can't see much of an improvement but I am consciously trying to use it more regularly. 


Eye Cream 


The trusty Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is once again being featured; I simply cannot get enough of this stuff. For those who haven't read my blog before, this is probably my all-time favourite beauty product. It is hydrating, affordable in terms of how much you get and how long it lasts you and it works perfectly underneath make up. This does not target dark circles, especially not the 10p size bags I have under my eyes however what it does do is to really help with dehydration which I tend to suffer from around my eyes quite a bit. 

Moisturiser


The Origins Night-A-Mins was once upon a time all over the beauty community, yet these days I rarely hear about it anymore. To this day this is still one of my go to products, it is a really hydrating night cream which also has a lovely scent to boot. During the warm nights I do avoid using this as it can just be a bit too heavy, yet on a normal ordinary night I have no problems with this at all and wake up with hydrated and refreshed looking skin. You can't go too wrong with this one. 

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

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22 May 2017

PÜR Vanity Palette Eyes and Cheek Palette

PÜR Vanity Palette Eyes and Cheek Palette

Despite having now being writing about beauty for the last five years, I still find it exciting to discover a new brand and to have the opportunity to try some of their products. Let me introduce to you PÜR The Complexion Authority, a new brand consisting of mineral make up and their own skincare line. 
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15 May 2017

Life is awesome, I confess

Chloe Drew Dupe

Is it just me that thinks the weekend is over in the blink of an eye? Before you know it Monday has rolled around again, the alarm clock is sat beeping away and all you want to do is snooze for another half an hour. That'll no doubt be me tomorrow morning once I have finally written this blog post...

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13 May 2017

It's the little things

It's the little things
Lately I have been really struggling with balancing my time. My life is so incredibly busy, hence why my blog posts have been so irregular these days. It is something which frustrates me because I still love this space so much and I have so much that I want to write about. Gone are the days when you can just publish a blog post in five minutes, the quality is SO good out there now that I feel under pressure to create beautiful photographs that often take a lot of time and preparation (at least for me); it requires time which I rarely have these days. 

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5 May 2017

You Can Do It Put Your Back Into It | Trespass

You Can Do It Put Your Back Into It

Last summer was the first time in a rather long time in which I was actively including a fitness regime into my schedule. I found myself getting into running, which although I will admit to finding it super difficult at first I soon found myself looking forward to putting in my headphones and heading off out on an evening run after work. In October, I even managed to complete a 5k charity run, which may not sound like a great deal but to me it was a huge achievement. 
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29 April 2017

Recent Beauty Purchases #8

Recent Beauty Purchases #8

It has felt like a very long time since I made a couple of beauty purchases. In all honesty some of the products featured today are repurchases that I have made over the last few years, simply because the products are that good. There are however a couple of new introductions which I am currently road testing, it's nice to try something new as I have been on a bit of a beauty budget for what feels like a super long time. 
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22 April 2017

Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip

Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip

Last year I felt really out of the blogging loop as there were so many brands arriving in the UK that had been unreachable unless you spent a small fortune on the online Sephora shop.

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17 April 2017

Givenchy Live Irrésistible

Givenchy Live Irrésistible 
Back in 2003 I first tried what would become one of my all-time favourite fragrances, Givenchy Very Irresistible. At the time, I would have been around 15 as I received it as a birthday present that year after having tried it for myself in store. Ever since then, I have purchased more than one bottle and still even now look upon it with fond memories.  
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15 April 2017

Back in Black

Black Large Across Body Bag

Ten points for those who get the song reference. 

For the last few months I have been on a hunt for a new black bag for everyday use. Mixed together with the fact that my budget was quite small and that I am the most indecisive and picky person ever when it comes to accessories meant that it was a recipe for disaster; it was always going to take a while to find something I liked. 

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13 April 2017

Wanderlust | Places I Want To Visit

Wanderlust  Places I Want To Visit

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Travelling has for me always seemed a little bit daunting. I think this often stems from the fact that whilst growing up I had very little opportunity to travel, therefore, when the occasion arises these days I am often left feeling a little apprehensive, however also rather excited. Back in December I visited Budapest in Hungary, in February I ventured into the Cotswolds which only highlighted to me just how beautiful the UK is and more recently I spent four days in Marrakesh which was fantastic!
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11 April 2017

Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection

Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection

My first experience with Too Faced in July last year was incredibly positive, therefore, it goes without saying that I was incredibly excited when I arrived home from work one evening to find several products from the Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection* on my doorstep.

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5 April 2017

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Jewellery Collection
The last time I sat down and shared with you some of my favourite items of jewellery was back in  my Jewellery Collection post in April 2014, therefore almost three years to the day I am sitting down and letting you delve into my jewellery box once again. 
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3 April 2017

Wanderlust | Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

In December last year I hopped on a plane for what must have been the first time in over eight years (maybe more). To say that I was a little nervous would be somewhat of an understatement. I had forgotten what it had felt like to sit back in your chair, strapped in and bags safety tucked away in the compartments above your head. I had forgotten what it felt like to feel the plane slowly come to a halt at the head of the runway and to then suddenly burst into a force of energy which pushes you back into your seat. I had forgotten that rather strange sinking feeling in your belly as you take off and then leave the ground; that is something which I feel I will never quite get used to.

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23 March 2017

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

When I hit my early twenties my taste in fashion, jewellery and of course make up changed drastically. Gone were the days of heavy liner, slogan t-shirts that made no sense and a million and one multi-coloured bracelets up one arm. Generally speaking I now opt for more minimal pieces and for some reason find myself steering away from bright colours. My wardrobe consists of pretty much black white and grey these days with the odd splash of colour where I see fit.

In terms of jewellery I have very little upon reflection. I cut back a while ago and donated all the 'dress' jewellery I owned because I simply stopped wearing it. One off unique pieces fit in more with my style, which brings me nicely to the Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Watch*.

Since the watch arrived on my doorstep I have being keeping it under wraps on my social media until the official watch launch; I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to now share it with you.

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

Daniel Wellington create beautiful sophisticated elegant time pieces which are, in my opinion perfect for any occasion. Whether you are out and about casually or are dressed to impress, their watches will always live up to expectation. Having being such a huge fan of the original classic design from Daniel Wellington I was super excited to hear and indeed feature their latest launch.

The Daniel Wellington Classic Petite* is without a doubt utterly beautiful. This is the first time piece from Daniel Wellington to feature a stainless steel mesh strap and to have a 32mm face. There are currently four designs within this range, all of which are gorgeous; in fact, it is hard for me to pick out my stand out favourite.  There are two designs in gold, both which offer a white and black face. The same also applies for the silver version of which I thought it would make a nice change to opt for a watch with a dark face as all of my current ones are very light in that respect.

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

As you can see from the image above, the Daniel Wellington Classic Petite watch is incredibly thin. It is also extremely light in terms of weight, so much so that I very easily forget that I am wearing it. Of course, due to this being a mesh strap you may find that you have to adjust this manually in order to fit your wrist. The watch itself does come with a handy little guide on how to do this yourself, although it is pretty self-explanatory.

Daniel Wellington Classic Petite

It goes without saying that once again Daniel Wellington have created a beautiful piece of jewellery here. This design is timeless and will easily go with so many other items of jewellery due to its simplistic but elegant presentation.

The Daniel Wellington team have kindly offered me a discount code to offer out to you which will give you 15% off everything on the Daniel Wellington website; this discount includes the new Classic Petite Design. Simply use the code 'ALITTLEBOAT' to obtain your discount at the checkout, be sure to let me know if you decide to treat yourself to something. The code is valid until the 15th April so make sure you make a note of that date; just in case.

In fact, I absolutely love how this has been paired up with the Daniel Wellington cuff in their promotional images for this launch, so much so that I may have to make an order myself.

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


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21 March 2017

My Morning Skincare Routine

My Morning Skincare Routine

In an ideal world, I would love to say that I stick to a strict skincare routine every single morning. However, I must face the fact that more often than not I am rushing around trying to get out of the house on time for work; often not making a cup of tea before I leave or even having any breakfast, let alone following every single step of a skincare routine (I confess to sometimes skipping out the toner). 

That being said, I do try and in doing so I have found a really nice little routine that is so far working rather well for me. Naturally of course the success of this has spurred on this blog post. What has pleased me even more is that all the featured products today are all old favourites of mine, which has somewhat curbed my curiosity in terms of buying new skincare...for now.

Generally speaking and of course depending on the time of year I like to ensure that my morning routine consists of light products which are hydrating, protective in terms of SPF and which work well under make up. 

My Morning Skincare Routine

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel


This is a product which I have used several times and each time I open a new one I wonder why I ever used anything else. It is incredibly light and so refreshing on my skin, so much so that I really do look forward to using this (I need to get out more). However, unfortunately this has been discontinued which has really annoyed me as I think it is such a great product. It has since been replaced with the Micellear Water Gel which I do own and whilst I like it, it just is not the same as this. Why La Roche Posay? Why?

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic 


When I first used this product many moons ago it was quite simply love at first sight, or something to that effect. Originally reviewed back in August 2013, this has remained firmly within my routine ever since. Once again it is light and refreshing and it smells beautiful. It is a pure pleasure to use after cleansing in order to prep my skin for my moisturiser. For a full read up on this then head over here

Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream* 


First and foremost, I love the fact that this has SPF 15 within it as more often than not most of my foundations do not. It means that I can pop it on in the morning and not have to think about adding anything extra within my routine. The majority of rose scented products out there can smell extremely traditional which I personally have nothing against, however they can be quite over powering which is never good when it comes to skincare for your face. Despite this being rose scented it is a very light floral which is hardly noticeable once applied. This moisturiser leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated without any greasy feeling in the slightest. 


Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
 


If ever there was a product that I harped on and on about then this would most certainly be it. I do often feel like a broken record when it comes to this because I mention it at nearly every given opportunity. It sure is a sign of a darn good product though and to this day I would recommend it to anybody. It is a thick eye cream in my opinion but it instantly hydrates my under-eye area like no other, it really is perfect and it without a doubt helps to keep my concealer looking good once applied. For a full review please head on over here

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy 


Without fail, if there is one product I will not skip using each morning then it is the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy. For me this is a must as it helps to hide my lack of sleep on a daily basis. Personally, I would not opt to use this as an eye cream in itself, this is mainly due to the fact that it is not hydrating enough for me, that being said as a tinted eye cream on top of my normal choice it works perfectly. It is of course salmon toned in colour which helps to counteract against the blue tones of under eye dark circles. The formula sits well on my skin and it does, without a doubt make a visual improvement for me. It goes without saying that I will be repurchasing this or at least something similar very soon as mine is almost empty. 

What is in your current skincare routine? 

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

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11 March 2017

Tony Moly | Korean Cosmetics

Tony Moly Korean Cosmetics

Korean cosmetics have always fascinated me, however due to availability in the past never being that good, I have up until now never tried anything for myself. Therefore, when the opportunity arrived to sample a few products from Korean brand Tony Moly, I immediately said yes.

Tony Moly originates from South Korea; however the brand is slowly becoming much more widely available with its distinguishable cute packaging and products popping up in your local Selfridges store. The range isn't particularly huge, however there are several interesting looking products such as the Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream and the Magic Food Banana Milk...I mean, the latter almost sounds good enough to eat.

Having tried three products over the last few weeks I thought it was about time that this brand was highlighted on here because I absolutely love it. In terms of the beauty products I own I can honestly say that I have nothing quite like this. It feels fun to have something cute like this and to not feel like a seven year old, because unlike children's make up, the product inside, hidden away in the cute exterior is actually pretty darn good.  

Tony Moly Korean Cosmetics

Tony Moly Panda's Dream Hand Cream*


To kick things off I am introducing my favourite product out of the three being featured today. The Panda's Dream Hand Cream is infused with manuka honey and bamboo sprout extract, which I must say is an ingredient that I have never heard of before. Contained within the panda packaging, which of course is incredibly cute is a rich hand cream that instantly hydrates and soothes hands. In the past I have never really reached for a hand cream very often, which is a shame as I do suffer from dry skin on my hands which I believe is caused by the fact that I am quite prone to washing my hands excessively. 

When I have finally reached for hand cream I have always opted for light weight creams so that I do not feel restricted for too long as nobody likes greasy hands. That being said, this cream isn't particularly light, in fact it is quite thick in comparison to so many that I have used. Despite this, I can honestly say that it sinks into my skin so quickly, leaving no trace of the product. My hands feel so soft and hydrated and really do look so much better since I have started using it. For such a typical, every day beauty product that we may take for granted, I truly do think that this is awesome and despite it being a little more expensive than I would like for a hand cream, retailing at £10.50 I know that I would definitely purchase this in the future. 

Tony Moly Korean Cosmetics


Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm* 

Encased within the golden egg (never fear, you won't have to open this one under water...queue the Harry Potter reference) is a silky-smooth primer to help create a flawless canvas for your foundation. Whilst I don't think any primer will ever give you a flawless base, I do believe that this is right up there with some of the best that I have tried. 

In terms of texture this is a solid primer which requires little manipulation to work around the skin. It is clear in colour once applied to the skin and it has a light, fresh lemon scent which I really like. It has a similar texture to Benefit Porefessional in my opinion, however it does feel smoother than that overall. Once applied I found that my make up sat upon this beautifully and it firmly stayed in place throughout my working day. I have to say that I was impressed, although it is worth mentioning that despite the young and chic packaging these products are not entirely budget friendly. For the price of £20.00 one would expect them to be decent. Overall I really did like this primer and I would happily consider purchasing this for myself in the future. 


Tony Moly Mini Berry Lip Balm* 


Seeing as I embark upon a little trip to Morocco at the end of March I will be wanting to ensure that I have plenty of SPF. Despite covering our face and body in the stuff come the sunny weather I know that I often forget about my lips, luckily for me this little cherry lip balm has SPF15 which is super handy. Whilst it is not the most hydrating lip balm that I have tried, it is fun and quirky and that I guess is the main attraction here. It has a soft cherry stain to the balm which is a nice little feature, especially if your lips are dry as that can make wearing lipstick quite difficult. In all honesty for the price of £9.50 I did expect more from this, however two out of three isn't bad and at least it will look quirky on my desk at work once I am back from holiday. 

Have you tried Tony Moly?

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 
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6 March 2017

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder

Out of all the beauty areas that exist, brows to this day still continue to baffle me. There are so many products available which promise us perfect natural brows yet in all honesty I haven't found many brands that live up to this claim. In my experience, it isn't really the actual product itself in terms of the powder or gel which fail to work for me, it generally falls down to the packaging and how you physically can use it. 

This brings me to the most recent line from one of my high street favourites, Rimmel. As a consumer and beauty blogger I am a huge fan of Rimmel, they produce great products which are accessible and affordable, with some even rivaling higher end products. To date the Salon Pro nail polish range is one of my favourites. 

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder
The Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powders* are the latest release from Rimmel. They currently consists of four shades and are essentially light weight brow powders which are used for shaping and filling in brows. The product is contained within the slim tube which you shake before use, you can then use the applicator attached to the lid to apply the product.

From first instance, I really quite liked the idea of these powders, as I am always rooting for high street beauty to produce something truly awesome. Whilst this product could be quite good, I fear that it falls down majorly on the applicator itself. It just simply does not work well enough unless you want to create really intense brows which are not precise. Let's face it, that just doesn't appeal at all and that is long before I even mention the fallout from this. 

In terms of applying my own make up I always opt for an angled brush to apply my brow product, unless it is of course a pencil (however I rarely use those these days). Of course, I used the applicator from this in order to form a fair opinion of the product on a whole and sadly I just found it to be a bit of a faff if I am honest. In fact, I still ended up picking up my brow brush and going over everything in order to neaten things up, this just simply isn't ideal and it made the process twice as long.

Rimmel Brow Shake Filling Powder
The shade range is of course very minimal, as is often the case with high street launches so whilst this is a bit of a criticism I can overlook it to an extent as it is somewhat expected from the high street. The shades available in my opinion are very warm toned, even the lightest shade of all still leans firmly towards the warmer spectrum. Brows generally as a rule are cooler in terms of shade, this is what looks more natural so I would highly recommend checking these out against your skin tone and of course brows. What doesn't work for one may work for you so it is always worth forming an opinion of your own by simply popping to your local store and trying the tester for yourself. 

On a plus side, they do retail at £5.99 which is a bargain, especially when offers are running all the time in the likes of Boots and Superdrug.

Overall I do like the product itself as I like the packaging and the idea behind it. Unfortunately the shades don't work very well for me, therefore I probably won't be reaching for these very often, although perhaps I should try them as a mineral eye shadow? Waste not want not as the saying goes. In the meantime let's hope Rimmel launch new shades with cooler undertones to them.

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