I’ve been looking for a new foundation/tinted moisturiser ever since I could see the little glass corners of my Estée Lauder Double Wear bottle.
It took me a good few trips to my nearest Debenhams (where they NEVER have any staff on the flipping make up counters) and many times of me hounding them for samples to get to this point! Cue the picture of the mini sample pots below…
I was roaming round Debenhams as you do and when I saw the Too Faced counter it reminded me that I had never actually tried anything from their range. There are lots of products that have introduced me to a range – Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams, Clinique Moisture Surge Gel Cream, Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation – THE LIST GOES ON.
The Too Faced(I keep going to write Toof Faced but that’s something else) ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara was a great entry product for me to try. I have seen it a lot in Youtuber’s haul and review videos and it’s probably been following me around on Instagram too. In this post I have included MY own Youtube video review for this mascara, go give it a watch!
I was pleased to say when I bought it from Debenhams I had a £5 Beauty Card loyalty bonus thingymajiggle so that made me happy!
Don’t worry though, I tell you ALL about the mascara in my latest video! BUT even more importantly, if you want a clear before and after watch the video to see me apply it there and then :). Please give it a like if you enjoyed my ramblings!
I am really happy with my skin care routine at the moment – it’s been the best routine for making sure spots stay away, keeping my skin glowing and making my foundation apply better. I try to stick to it as much as possible, consistency is a great way of making sure your skin doesn’t break out – knowing your skin well is the best way to tailor a skincare routine to it.
My skin care routine is split into Daytime and Night time 😀
Firstly, I have to have moisturised lips using the Nivea moisturising cream – it’s a firm favourite and habit that I have inherited from my mum, we’ve always had a pot in our house since I was little!
Then I apply my eye cream which is the Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream. This comes in a little pump dispenser, I love applying this to wake me up in the morning as it is feels cold when you smooth it on! I use my in finger to gently dab this in, then just let it sink in. After this I use the Body Shop Vitamin E Face mist and I spritz my face around 3 -4 times. This is just an extra layer of moisture as my skin is quite dry – it really needs as much moisture as it can get! I use the Benefit Total Moisture cream just incase I have any dry patches like around my nose or cheeks.
My main facial moisturiser of choice is the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief gel cream which is ALL THE MOISTURE. It’s so good, I am on my third (?) pot of this now – seriously it lasts for like 6 months at a time and I use it erryday. At this point, my skin has had enough time to let all the moisturiser sink before applying make up!
After an evening shower I use the Nivea Cream, apply the Nutriganics Eye Cream and then I usually mix a blob of the Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask and the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate together to kind of make a power night cream which is full of all the good stuff – this I do every few days rather than every day as I don’t want to use up my Kiehl’sall in one go! (is expense, yo).
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my newest (and best) skincare routine, have you used any of these products?
I have tried a few different cleansers over the years and have a set of firm favourites that I can share with you all. There is no better feeling than taking your make up off at the end of the day and letting your skin breathe 🙂 (better still if you know you aren’t going to go anywhere where people might see your unmakeupped face).
There have been a lot of beauty bloggers saying that make up wipes are the devil and they are terrible for your skin! I think that using wipes is fine as long as you don’t move the dirt and make up around your face – use two wipes (1 to clean up the make up and 2 to fully cleanse the skin!)
I have 4 make up removers/cleansers to show you today that are definitely tried and tested 🙂 – number 4 evaded this picture, I have lost it, which is really annoying lol.
This eye make up remover is something that has been on my dressing table for as long as I can remember. A true favourite from when I was a teen (wow, makes me sound well old), this is perfect for sensitive skin and eyes and really does a great job of dissolving eye make up.
The way I use this is to use 1 make up wipe to remove my foundation, concealer etc and then I use the second to fold up, and I soak some of this eye make up remover onto it. Then I hold this over closed eyes, making sure that it covers my eyelashes. After about 10 seconds of holding this in place, the make up remover dissolves the make up so it wipes straight off. I use a corner to gently get the make up out of my eyelash roots but on the whole the remover does the best job to get most of the mascara, eyeliner or eyeshadow off! It’s also a steal at around £2.99 – bargain!
Now, feel free to try Bioderma if you want, but if I were you and you had never tried a micellar solution before, go for something cheaper. You can get Bioderma for around £10, but there are so many cheaper versions nowadays like Nivea, Simpleand Garner Micellarand I’d say these options cost on average £3!!!!
Bioderma is still really good, I’m not massively keen on the slightly chemically smell and it is VERY drying. It does a good job of removing make up but it is way too expensive for what it is.
Again, this product is around £10-11 BUT the big difference between this and Bioderma is that this product is completely and whole heartedly worth the money. This cleanser lives in my bathroom, patiently waiting throughout the day and rejoicing when I come home with a filthy face that needs cleaning. I use this in the shower – this cleanser is really such a joy to use. The oil is the silkiest thing ever and it makes my skin feel so clean after I’ve used it. It’s not the best as removing stubborn eye make up but what I tend to do is do my make up wipe stage and then shower and use this oil. You can still gently use this to remove whatever left from your eye make up and it will make your face SQUEAKY clean :).
4. Clinique Take The Day Off Balm – SO, this is the cleanser I have lost. If you can hear me, balm, please come back to me. You are perfect for travelling with.
This is a slightly pricier cleanser at £22, but Clinique are brilliant for skin care. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their Moisture Surge gel moisturiser, it’s my favourite moisturiser ever. The Take The Day off balm is a solid cleansing balm that turns milky once you rub it between your hands with some water, which you can then smooth over your face and it’s also good for removing your eye make up. This isn’t as drying as Bioderma, but if you are looking for a more moisturising cleanser you use with water the Body Shop Camomile Oil cleanser is better I think. This is the best for travelling as you can always snaffle a blob of this cleanser and be good to go! (Take a flannel so you can use this to take it off rather than just washing it off).
What are your favourite make up removers/cleansers?
I’d love to hear them, leave them in the comments below!
If you haven’t caught up on my vlog from my jaunt to London take a look below 🙂
I have a haul to bring to you today, so kick back with a cup of tea (my breakfast of choice was an OH so healthy croissant) while I tell you about the clothing and make up bits I’ve bought in the January sales!
It’s my first ever haul video like this so if you have any *nice* feedback feel free to leave a comment either here or on the video itself
I was very excited when I saw that the lovely Tanya Burr was going to be gracing the Glamour front cover for December! I was even more excited when I saw that you would get a little Clinique Sample with each magazine…it’s like two Christmases coming at the same time :).
I was so ready for a relaxed weekend after the mania of my sister’s wedding last week, so a WILD cup of tea and a magazine seemed to be the best remedy to cure my minor exhaustion. Reading Tanya’s interview just made it clear to me how influential and powerful the internet is. Having started a Youtube channel earlier this year (there’s a link in the menu above if you fancy a gander) it is crazy to think people can become THIS big from just filming some videos on make up.
Anyway, onto the Clinique lipstick mini that I got with my Glamour magazine!
I had wanted to try a lipstick from the Clinique Pop range and I have heard a lot of bloggers saying how nicely moisturising and pigmented the formula was :). It was certainly moisturising, I got the shade ‘Cherry Pop’ (which just reminded me of Cherryade) and it’s really beautiful. A true, blue toned red, it is a lovely shade.
The lipstick itself is teeny tiny, imagine the bullet being half the width of a normal sized lipstick. The formula is very pigmented – it doesn’t need a lot of going over to develop a nice colour. It is most definitely moisturising and because of this it is only slightly sheeny. If you blot it with a tissue and then apply another layer you know you are good to go for the day/evening :).
I really liked this lipstick – not entirely sure if I would end up finishing this one and would have to get a full size but I am definitely glad I picked this as my free product!
Have you tried any of the Clinique Pop lip colours?
I had never really used a lot of Clinique products before this range, I only discovered the ‘Take The Day Off’ cleansing balm in the last couple of years (it’s still not finished yet, that product lasts forever!)
About 3-4 months ago I decided to try a more high end moisturiser because I have always had very dry skin throughout most of my life. I heard about the Clinique ‘Moisture Surge’ skincare range, so these words moisture (and surge) made me very excited. I tried the ‘Extended Thirst Relief’ moisturiser, which is essentially a gel cream formula that feels SO luxurious to use I would end up putting on a little more than I actually need just to enjoy it sinking in.
I ended up repurchasing the moisturiser recently, but my order qualified for a free sample set, that made me very happy indeed!
The set came in a great mini silvery mesh make up bag, which is no where near big enough to fit my make up in but will be great for travelling. I got sample sizes of the same moisturiser, the eye cream, a mask and a tinted moisturiser.
Starting with the Moisture Surge extended thirst relief gel cream (woah that is a mouthful), I have obviously already tried it and LOVE this stuff. It keeps even MY desert dry skin hydrated all day, and was a real saviour in the winter. Although you’d assume you might want something lighter in spring I actually think this moisturiser would be fine to carry on using as it is a gel based formula, so will still be really light. I’m going to use this for when I’m travelling so I don’t have to take my large pot with me :).
This eye cream is oddly a different colour and consistency to the rest of the range, but still has a beautiful cooling effect. I pat this round my eye area with the paddy bit of my ring finger, and although it is slightly more tacky feeling than the gel facial cream, it still feels lovely and hydrates the eye area.
NOW, this stuff is bloody brilliant. It is an overnight mask version of the cream, and what I have found is my favourite way to use this, is if I ever have a dry patch of skin, or a particularly problem area this works best as an overnight treatment. I find that targeting areas with this is much better than applying it all over (plus it is only a teeny tiny sample tube so this works nicely). As you would assume, this is much thicker than the gel cream but still feels gorgeous when applying to the skin.
This brings me to the final product in the sample set, which is this tinted moisturiser. I haven’t actually used this yet, and feel a bit apprehensive as most of the tinted moisturiser samples. or foundation samples I have used usually do not suit my darker skin tone and are suited mostly to very fair skin tones. Now, this one says it is for ‘All skin types’ but we will have to see as I am very sceptical…I will keep you updated! Very curious to see what the formula is like as well.
I hope you enjoyed reading this…what is your favourite moisturiser?
(I can keep my options open for when my massive pot of moisture surge runs out!)
January has ZOOMED by, I can’t believe it’s February already! We are no longer in that weird limbo time after Christmas, it is actually getting light when I drive to work in the mornings and there are glimmers of Spring in the near distance.
There are a few beauty products that I have been loving so far (I know we are a good few days into February, but oh well) so I have decided to show you my January favourites today!
My lovely friend Lizzie bought me this make up bag for my birthday, and from pure coincidence I have been looking at a lot of Oliver Bonas items and really liking the look of them (also now I got this link but have spent way too long on the site).
This make up bag is great, it’s a compact size but you can fit a surprising amount of things in here. The zip is pretty sturdy, and a gorgeous mint green colour which goes perfectly with the muted grey canvass-y material. The bag is very structured as you open in, as you can see on the left hand bottom image, so this means it doesn’t get too squashed and holds its shape really well.
This might be the most expensive lip balm I have ever used. I didn’t actually buy this, it was a birthday gift from Space NK! I have to say, I am really impressed with this. If you don’t like minty smelling balms, stay well clear of this as it is very tingly and minty when you first put it on. It is a tad sticky but the consistency isn’t too off putting. The best thing about this little 7ml pot is that it makes your lips look REALLY plump and healthy. It is very hydrating and the packaging is so chic.
I have been using this eyeliner every day, it lasts really well and works wonders to make you look awake. I get up for work around 6.20am, so looking awake is a very important part of my beauty regime. The texture of this pencil is really soft, and unlike most eyeliners this doesn’t sting my eyes or make my eyes water a lot. Think this is going to be a staple from now on! Also, this looks great if you are doing a sixties eye but less extreme, a nude liner would look a lot more natural than a bright white one.
I’m still in two minds about this matte balm. Generally, I’m not a massive fan of matte things unless it is eyeshadows, but sometimes I put this on and really like it and other times I’m not keen.
The product itself is great, the colour comes off way more pink and less nudey than I thought it would. The texture is great, it isn’t drying and it is so soft and velvety to apply. It stays on really well, but not as good as some other lip products such as Tanya Burr’s lip gloss. I think I will keep trying with this, as I might end up learning to love it!
I am on my second pot of this, the previous one had lasted me a good 3-4 months. This little pot is sent from heaven…it really saved my skin in winter time and I think it will be light enough to carry on using through Spring and Summer too.
This formula is pretty much a gel cream, so it sinks into the skin perfectly, leaving your face moisturised and not greasy in the slightest. A little goes a REALLY long way, and I just love this stuff so much. Even though this is well embedded into my daily routine, it still feels so luxurious to use and I can’t imagine using anything else!
What have been your favourite products to use in January?
I have been eyeing up Clinique’s ‘Take the Day Off’ cleansing balm for a good few months now. It is a bit of a pricey cleanser, but I had heard so many rave reviews about it and thought it would be brilliant as more of a weekly deep cleanser, for those days when you have more time to really pamper yourself.
Now, I had no idea that it would be so difficult to find somewhere other than Boots. I even tried at Clinique duty free in Birmingham Airport and they didn’t have it, grumbly face. So in the end I bought it online at Boots. I thought the balm would be really solid, but it makes sense that it is more like a putty.
What I really like about this balm is that you only need a small amount for one cleanse, and it really feels like it does good as you massage it over your face. I did this at my bathroom sink, first I filled up the basin with some warm water ready for rinsing. I took a small blob of the balm/putty, and massaged it between my fingers. Then I just swept this over my face in circular motions and watched as the grime disintegrated (gross). Then once my face had been massaged and made to look like a clown face, I took my flannel and soaked it in the warm water, and wrung it out. I have to say, it felt SO good to have a hot flannel sweeping the balm off my face. It really is a more luxurious cleanser than your bog standard micellar water on a cotton pad, or baby wipe.
It did feel a bit unnatural, rubbing the product over my eyes but hey ho, it still managed to take off my mascara (think I was wearing Benefit Bad Gal Lash which is my ultimate favourite). I also think I was a tad overexcited and may have rubbed the products INTO my eyeballs, hence I had slightly watery eyes once I had rinsed.
All in all, I really like this product and will most definitely re-purchase. I get the feeling it is going to last a long time, so it will be a while before I have to dip back into my purse for it. As I said, I will probably use this more as a ‘take off the week’ rather than a ‘take off the day’ cleanser, so it is more of a treat than everyday routine :).