Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Clarins Duo That Just Works

I'm a daily uhmm-er and aahh-er when it comes to bath time. And by that I mean I never really know what to opt for when it comes to my evening soak - shower gels, bubble baths and body lotions coming out of my ears.... literally. However, recently I've been reaching for this Clarins duo on near enough a daily basis.

I'll admit, I love a good shower that leaves you all refreshed and full of zing.. but baths are definitely my fave, especially after a long day at work. A book and some bubbles and I'm all sorted.
As opposed to a bubble bath that smells like strawberries and sugar, I prefer a natural, fresh smell and Clarins have it down to a T with their Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate. Note: you can use it as a body wash when in the shower (also works a dream) but I prefer a couple of squeezes into the bath which creates hundreds.. and I mean hundreds.. of bubbles. It really is so relaxing and soothing, you can really smell the camomile which works a treat on an achy, tired body.

After my soak, I love whacking some moisture into my body, im a sucker for fake tan and it tends to leave me a bit more on the drier side, and Clarins' Satin Smooth Body Lotion works a treat. It smells good - nothing too strong but enough to linger around for a while. It doesn't have that tacky, greasy film that some body lotions tend to have either, which is always a plus. Slather on a layer of this, throw on my pjs and into bed I hop. A more pricey bath time I know, but it's definitely worth it - nothing else can compare at the moment.

After this duo, I really am a bed ready babe.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Le Blanc De Chanel

I've never been a primer girl. Ever. However, I've recently taken the Le Blanc De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base on board and it's become a firm staple in my everyday make-up routine.
It's sheer, smooth and gives your skin the perfect amount of luminosity without a speck of shimmer in sight. Sounds awesome, right?

Unlike 99.999% of primers, this does not have that thick, silicone based feeling that I loathe, nor does it make you look like a disco ball either. It is perfect. 
I'm a lover of dewy skin, but having an oily t-zone means that sometimes I have to keep things on the slightly more natural, matter side.. but Chanel just gets it right with this one. It keeps my base in place all day (with the odd touch up here and there) whilst giving me the radiance I long for aswell.

As far as texture is concerned, you don't need to worry about this feeling heavy or tacky on your skin. I apply it after my moisturiser of choice and just smooth it over my skin and it feels and appears invisible.

The perfect radiance reviver? Check!

Retailing at £31 from Boots  Debenhams and House Of Fraser 

Monday, 24 March 2014

L'oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution

The battle of the micellar waters / solutions is well and truly on. When it comes to make-up removal, these two definitely do it for me. I like to get the bulk of my make-up off before I give my skin a good, deep clean.  However, I needed to pick up some make-up remover because mine had run out so I grabbed the new L'oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution on a whim.
It claims to:

  • Dissolve make-up
  • Unclog pores and remove impurities 
  • Tone and soothe skin
In terms of removing make-up it does a brilliant job (i don't use it on my eyes) and I find it definitely does remove the bulk of mine. However, when it comes to unclogging pores and toning the skin I'm not so sure. 
Overall, this is a really good make-up remover, but I wouldn't use it as a cleanser. It's cheap, cheerful and does the job well. 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers

I'm a sucker for lashes. Big lashes. And after trying out at least twenty mascaras from drugstore to mainly high-end there isn't anything that seems to be doing it for me and my lashes. Whilst wandering around Covent Garden last week I stumbled across the Shu Uemura shop and ended up having a bit of a browse, as you do. 

I'd never tried anything from Shu Uemura before and thought why not purchase something while I was there. I probably would of opted for an eyeshadow knowing me, but it was my friend Chloe that made me pick up the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers and she has the most ah-ma-zing eyelashes I've ever seen. seriously.

I've never been one for curling my eyelashes. I think I once owned a fairly decent pair but seem to have lost them in the depths of my ever-growing make-up collection. However, these ones have had a lot of 'hype' around them for a long time, and I can now say I'm totally on the 'Shu Uemura eyelash curlers are incredible' bandwagon too.

They're quick, easy to use and make a whole lot of difference. I mean, they are quite pricey for what they are. I think I picked up mine for £20.. but I'd much rather spend that on a pair that do their job properly and wont leave me with a black eye and missing lashes.

Girls.. go get 'em!

Monday, 17 February 2014

'Beige Babe'

Although I'm definitely an Essie girl at heart, they didn't really have a shade of brown that I felt was worth the purchase. I grabbed this on a bit of a whim and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised at the results. Good colour pay off, good brush and good staying power? Rimmel are definitely onto a winner with this one! 

I know brown is a bit of a 'blah' colour but the weather is still ridiculously drab, and although I've tried - I can't seem to get into any of the spring make-up trends yet, so we're sticking with autumn and winter shades for now. 
ORANGE HAND ALERT. - That aside, I'm loving this colour, and I'll definitely be hitting up the Rimmel counter again really soon to hunt down some more colours. 
Are there any that you recommend me checking out?