Sunday, 29 March 2015

USING // A Purse Friendly Cleansing Oil...

Cleansing oils are my favourite way to remove my make up in the evenings, and to wake my face up in the mornings.  It’s no surprise that I’m always on the hunt for drug store offerings to put to the test (despite trying to use up products in my collection, but shhh). 

L’Oreal’s skincare offerings on a whole work really well with my skin and I adore their Skin Perfection range, so it’ll come as no surprise that I love this oil.

15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil comes in a generous size orange bottle – one you definitely won’t miss in your bathroom.  I love that you can see how much product you have left too – nothing worse than being caught without any cleanser (who am I kidding, us beauty bloggers have a massive stash…!).

The pump top is perfect as with just three to four pumps (make up dependent) I can get my face clean in seconds.

It has a pleasant smell – I can’t really describe what it is, a little floral I think, but nothing offensive. 

Removing my make up is a breeze with this oil  - it works into my skin really quickly and well, unlike some others I’ve tried, and even gets rid of stubborn mascara/eyeliner.  I do have to go in after with some eye make up remove to just clean it all up, but that may be because I’m impatient…

When you wash it off with warm water it turns into a milky consistency, which I like as I know it’s actually coming off my face and not lurking about.  If you’re a little paranoid or want a bit more of a deeper clean like me, then I go in with a muslin cloth/flannel after I’ve washed the majority off.

I already have two of these – one at home and one at my boyfriend's – so you can tell it is a true favourite and I will be repurchasing once I’ve run out!  There’s usually a deal on somewhere so you can snap it up for close to or even under £5, bargain! I’d definitely recommend this oil if you’ve never tried one before or if you want a change to your usual.

Have you tried this cleansing oil before?  What’s you favourite one to use?


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

USING // A Little Superfacialist Review...

Superfacialist is one of my favourite skin care brands and I would recommend for everyone to try it out.

For those of you that don’t know, Superfacialist by Una Brennan is a raved about drug store skin care offering.  Found in Boots, Superfacialist has 4 different skincare ranges – Firming (Neroli), Hydrating (Rose), Brightening (Vitamin C), and Anti Blemish (Salicylic Acid).  Granted, it’s not the cheapest on the shelves, but I think it’s one of the best.

I’ve tried quite a few of their offerings and can find no wrong, and today I wanted to let you lot know two of my favourites…

I never really thought fondly of masks, as I’m pretty sure through my youth (lol... as if I’ve just said that) I was using ones that were incorrect for my skin type, leaving me question what all the hype was about.   Many years later, I get it.  Ohhh I get it. 

The Rose Intense Moisture mask is perfect for my skin.  It goes on like a thick cleanser, which I like to blend out in a massage motion. Give it 10 – 15 minutes to do its thang (it advises 5 but I like to leave it on a little longer) and wash it off with warm water and a flannel.  Ta daa, my skin is hydrated and super soft.  I’d really recommend this if you have dry or dehydrated skin and need that extra moisture hit as it’s inexpesive for a mask (£8.99) and will last you a while.  I’ve read that many of their other masks are great too!

Everyone loves a cleansing oil!  During the winter I use a cleansing oil both morning and evening as my skin is pretty dry.  Regardless of when you use yours, I’d really recommend picking this one up.  At £10.99 for a large bottle, it takes off my make up in one easy swipe and smells of oranges… absolutely delicious!!  This bottle will last me a really long time. 

It is also filled with anti-aging care, so for an anti-aging obsessive like me that’s a nice little brucey bonus.

Again, like with the mask I rinse it off with warm water.  It turns into a milky consistency to its easy to wash off, but I like to go in with a flannel after just to make sure any oil residue is gone.

I like to snap up old favourites and try new bits when it’s on offer (which for Boots is pretty often... HINT - there's a 3 for 2 now!) as it makes it all super affordable.

Have you ever tried anything from Superfacialist?  What are your favourite bits?


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

USING // Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation...

Bourjois can do not wrong in my eyes, and in many other bloggers eyes too.

I picked up their 10 Hour Sleep EffectFoundation back in December.  I hadn’t read any reviews on it, so I didn’t (and still don’t) know how old/new it is to their collection and I didn’t know whether I’d even like it.  Riskayy. 

Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect is an anti-fatigue liquid foundation (think the texture of true match… pretty runny!) with a light coverage; perfect for my skin as I don’t need anything heavy.   It does claim that dark circles and imperfections are “replaced” or covered, though I do have to concealer up my dark circles, which is pretty standard for most foundations, even the ones with a higher coverage.

(Excuse the fake tan hand...)

Initally I was a bit “meh” when I tried it.  Take it or leave it kind of thing.  However the more I use it the more I love it.  Grower not a shower.  It really does just wake my skin up, even my skin tone and generally make me look perkier.   It contains high concentrations of vitamins and minerals (E, F and B5 to be exact), which I’m assuming are its magic secrets!

Praise the lord for the pump bottle; Bourjois are so good for that!  You don’t end up with it loads all over your hand and nowhere to put it.  I like to buff mine in with my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish face brush or my trusty Real Techniques Expert Face brush for a flawless, even finish.  I thought the foundation was a tad too orange looking for my skin but once applied this isn’t a problem at all.

If you’re in the market for a brightening light foundation then I’d definitely recommend this one.  I don’t know if it’s a dupe for Rimmel Wake Me Up, but I will always stay loyal to Bourjois.  I know the shade range with Bourjois isn’t amazing, but if you can find one to match and it sounds like what you’re after then I’d definitely recommend picking one up. 

Have you tried this foundation?  Will it be going on your drug store wish list?


Sunday, 1 March 2015

SHOPPING // Bicester Haul...

A few weekends ago I FINALLY got the chance to go to Bicester Village on the way to Milton Keynes.  Naturally I made my way straight to The Cosmetics Company Store (sorry Nick et al) solo to fill my boots.

Going for quality rather than quantity, I chose three things which I am super happy with (although one doesn’t really count as one…).

Very similar to my favourite Bobbi Brown bronzer (blush) that I wrote about here, I picked up the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Tawny Brown 1.  The colour really caught my eye as it’s quite unusual.  A fluffy brush is definitely needed as a little goes a long way, but it’s a super colour for a two-in-one blush/contour in a sweep!  Super happy with this!  £19.95 from £28 you can’t go wrong. 

I’ve lusted over this for ages, so I was happy to grab this little beauty!  The packaging is beautiful – tortoiseshell might not be to everyone’s taste but I really like it.  It comes with a little brush, which is great to pop into my bag for touch ups.  I got the colour 04 Deep, which I have to admit was a mistake, but with a light hand it works perfectly for my skin and will be a definite winner in the summer.  I can't remember how much this was exactly (thrown both the outer packaging with the price and the receipt.. foolish) but I think it was around £20-22. 

MAC Stroke of Midnight Lip and Cheek Bag

I picked up this set from the MAC 2013 holidays collection.  This one was a bit of a gamble, as I couldn’t open the box to see colours and there weren’t any testers around for the kit, but it definitely paid off.  Inside this black, white and gold clutch there was a lipstick, blush, lipglass, brush and mirror.  When you add up the prices of these products individually, £35 is not a bad price at all.

The lipstick is Night To Remember in a cremesheen formula. It’s a nice deep red, which suits my skin tone perfectly.  It’s crème sheen too which is great as I don’t really like my coloured lipsticks to be matte.  I’ve never heard of this colour before so I don’t know if it’s set specific?

The blush is a frost blush in Margin.  As frost suggests, it has a nice gold shimmer to it.  It’s a nice natural colour and applies really well with the MAC 129SE powder/blush brush that comes in the set.  I’ve never tried any MAC blushes before but I am impressed with this.

The lipglass was the product I was the least excited for.  I haven’t really read much about them and they don’t seem to appear in peoples favourites all that often.  I have long hair, so the combination of this plus gloss isn’t great.  I wasn’t particularly won over by the gold colour either (Pure Sophistication), thinking it could be unflattering and put me straight back in the 90s. 

Never judge a book by it’s cover, this lipglass isn’t overly sticky (though it will only be worn on hair up days) and actually applies totally different on the lips that on the swatch.  It’s a brown nude (favourite) and would be nice to glam up a lipstick. 

The mirror that comes with the set is super small and thin so ideal to pop in your handbag.

What do you think of my haul? Have you been to The Cosmetics Company before? Did you find any gems?