17 April 2015

Drug Store Foundation

I've finally found a drug store foundation that I can get on board with! As I mentioned in my where to save and where to spluge post, I'm a huge fan of high end foundations but the L'Oreal True Match Foundation has definitely opened my eyes to cheaper alternatives. It's a medium coverage foundation, but builds up really easily and applies beautifully. I would liken it to Nars Sheer Glow in terms of texture. I blend it in with a buffer brush, which I find is the best method and really meshes the foundation with the skin. For a drug store foundation I was rather impressed with the colour range, I would say that you should definitely swatch a few different shades though as the colour in the bottle looks darker than it applies. I have the shade Rose Vanilla, which is a pretty good match to my skin tone and didn't seem to get darker throughout the day. 


16 April 2015

The Benefits of Facial Oils

The Benefits of Facial Oils

I'm a huge fan of facial oils, I think they're the quickest way to get rid of any dry patches on my face and they're also great at preventing wrinkles. There's a big misconception about how people with oily skin can't use facial oils but that's rubbish. If you have oily skin, using an oil on your face won't give you even oily skin, it will likely balance out your skin. Using an oil on your face has huge benefits against aging and wrinkles as many of them are potent antioxidants and will slow down the aging process. Plus the majority of wrinkles are caused by dehydration so by adding an extra level of hydration onto your skin before your moisturiser you'll be preventing any wrinkles from developing.

A little trick is to apply an oil before any treatment products as it allows other products to penetrate deeper into your skin maximizing the effectiveness of the treatment. My all time favourite oil has to be the Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil. It smells divine and always leaves my skin feeling so hydrated and smooth. Others I like are the Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil, Pai Rosehip Oil and Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil  but using any kind of oil on your face will significantly help your hydration levels.

15 April 2015

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Range

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Range

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Range

It officially feels like we're coming to the end of winter and with that we're so close to summer and bare leg weather! Each year Clarins bring out a kick ass Summer collection and this year is no exception with the return of their much loved giant bronzer. Clarins Summer Aquatic Treasures range is all based around golden, shimmering glowing skin capturing the shades of the ocean and sand. If looking at the above pictures doesn't make you want to go on holiday then I don't know what will.

Each year Clarins bring back their Summer Bronzer (£30) and it's always everyones favourite product. It has a mix of 4 different matte shades from beige to terracotta so you can really tailor the application to your skin tone. I love the beautiful embossed detail on the bronzer and huge compact mirror on the lid is going to be so useful when travelling. 

Next are the two limited edition Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Bases (£26 each) in shades Apricot and Golden Bronze. These can be applied alone for a light golden base or mixed in with your foundation to give a beautiful bronzed highlighted look.

The limited edition Ombre Iridescente Eyeshadows (£19) come in the shades Aquatic Rose, a golden shimmer shadow that looks amazing over brown eyeshadow and Aquatic Grey, which can be worn for a beautiful smokey eye.

Another product that Clarins have brought back is the Truly Waterproof Mascara (£21.50), which last 12 hours, without smudging. I wouldn't say this is the most lengthening mascara but if you're looking for something that will stay put through sweat and swimming then this is your guy.

Lastly is the new After Sun Shimmer Oil (£32), which is the most beautiful and luxurious after sun I've ever seen.  It contains Hazelnut Oil to nourish and condition your skin whilst the fine gold flecks leave your skin looking golden and glowing. 

Now who's excited for their summer holiday? 

Clarins Aquatic Treasures Collection is available online and in store from May 2015.


14 April 2015

Bumble & bumble Shampoo & Conditioners

Bumble & bumble Shampoo & Conditioners

I usually don't think that high end shampoo's and conditioners are worth the extra money but over the past few years I've completely fallen in love with Bumble & bumble hair care. Their shampoo's just seem to make my hair feel really hydrated and with much more volume than with any other shampoo's- even those that aren't aimed at adding volume. They have a huge range of products that are all aimed at targeting different concerns and they all actually do when they say on the tin. One of my favourite ranges is the Surf collection because it actually gives your hair a tonne of texture without leaving you with crispy or dry hair.

The one I've been using at the moment is Creme de Coco because it leaves my hair feeling really hydrated and smooth and I adore the scent of it. What I love the most about the Creme de Coco range is that although it leaves my hair feeling smooth it's also left with some texture, which I always look for in a shampoo. Another product that I would recommend for those with dry hair is the Invisible Oil collection, this leaves the hair feeling seriously silky so I would recommend this to someone who has very dry hair. I think this will be really great to use during a holiday to prevent any frazzled hair from the sun, sea and sand.

Being a beauty junkie I tend to use a lot of products on my hair so once a week I like to use the Sunday shampoo to get rid of product build up and leave me with squeaky clean hair. Another range from Bumble that is good for really cleaning the scalp is the Seaweed range as this is aimed at adding shine and keeping the scalp happy. It's a very mild shampoo so is probably suitable for those with sensitive scalps.

As you can probably tell from this post I'm a big fan of Bumble & bumble so do let me know if you have a favourite range that I haven't mentioned.

11 April 2015

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Range

When I first saw the new Fuji Green Tea range from The Body Shop I was so intrigued by the Bath Tea and Infuser, mainly because it feels like you treat your bath like a huge mug of tea. I love the concept of using an infuser in the bath, I think it's a really clever idea and means that you get all the benefits of lose herbs without any of the mess. 

The range is inspired by the Japanese Green Tea ceremony and is meant to leave your skin feeling detoxed and pampered. The green tea leaves found in the bath salts are actually hand picked from the Mount Fuji region of Japan.

Along with the bath salts I've also been trying out one of their body butters in the Green Tea scent. I've mentioned before that The Body Shop body butters are my favourite moisturisers because they're so thick and creamy and leave your skin feeling so nourished. I would say the scent is more on the masculine side and almost smells of men's aftershave, so if you prefer more manly scented products then you will love this range . It's definitely an interesting scent and well worth checking out when you next pass a Body Shop. The range also contains Shower Gel, Exfoliating Soap, Body Scrub, Body Lotion, Perfume and a Body Sorbet. 

The Fuji Green Tea Range is available at The Body Shop now- products ranging from £5- £19.


10 April 2015

Beauty Loyalty Cards

Being rewarded for spending money is one of my favourite things about shopping and there are so many beauty loyalty cards out there with amazing benefits that if you're not already using you should!

Boots Advantage Card- This is probably the one I use the most and I think I'd cry if I worked out how much I've spent in Boots over the years. For every £1 you spend you earn 4 points and 1000 points equates to £1, which very quickly builds up let me tell you. Another perk of having a Boots card is they often do triple points offers and the points never expire unlike other loyalty cards.

Space NK Ndulge also offer a great loyalty card scheme as you get 1 point per every £1 you spend. Once you get to 50 points you get a £5 voucher and as the average price of an item in Space NK is around £30 you can quickly build up your vouchers.  

Superdrug Beautycard is similar to Space NK in that for every £1 you spend you earn a point and for every 100 points you earn you get £1 to spend. Unlike Boots points you can pay with both points and cash but then Superdrug points expire so it's swings and round abouts.

Liberty Loyalty Card for every £1 you spend you earn 1 beauty loyalty point and if you earn 150 beauty points you earn you receive a £5 voucher. 

Debenhams Beauty Club is my least favourite beauty card as the points expire after 6 months and they have quite a confusing points scheme. You receive 1 point for every £1 you spend up to £25, 3 points for every £1 when you spend £25 or more. 500 points equates to £5 and 1000 points gives you a £10 voucher. 


9 April 2015

Thierry Mugler Angel Refillable Star

If you're a fan on the Thierry Mugler Angel perfume then you will absolutely adore the new refillable Star Eau de Parfum bottle. It is unlike any other perfume bottle in the it looks like a beautiful 3D ornament that you would want to proudly display in your bedroom. This would be the perfect gift for someone that loves Angel as not only is the bottle stunning you can also get the base engraved to make it a truly personal gift that they can keep forever.

If you're not familiar with Angel I would best describe it as a sweet summer perfume. It has a blend of soft caramel, sweet red fruits, honey and praline combined with patchoulie and vanilla. I know that these ingredients sound like they would result in a sickly sweet scent but there is actually an element of muskyness to it as well, which I think gives the perfume a more mature scent. I don't normally go for really sweet perfumes but because of the musky scent I think there is a level of masculinity to it and makes it really wearable.

Thierry Mugley Angel Eau de Parfum Refillable Star is available in 25ml (£51.50) and 75ml (£86.00) sizes.

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