Sunday, 20 May 2012

Nail of the Day - Leighton Denny The Heiress

Today I've gone for a simple look - no nail art.  I really love Leighton Denny The Heiress.  It is a gorgeous cornflower blue/lilac.  This shade seems to really suit my skin colour too, toning down any redness in my hands.  Though quite bright it also looks really polished and classy for work when wearing a more subtle outfit.

Leighton Denny The Heiress came as part of the Art Deco Collection with two other shades including Notorious which I previously reviewed here

Saturday, 19 May 2012

MUA Professional Eye Palette Review

I am a big eye make-up fan. I rarely leave the house without a defined line of liquid eyeliner and a coat of mascara. I also love matching my eyeshadow to an outfit and this means I like to have a wide selection of colours.
MUA do an excellent range of bargain make-up in Superdrug especially as they have now extended this to a 'professional' range. What caught my eye the most were their eyeshadow palettes. I had heard lots of rave reviews likening their Heaven and Earth palette to the infamous Urban Decay Naked palette and at £4 a go who could resist! I was also lucky enough to be bought the Dusk till Dawn palette.
All of the shadows are shimmery but this doesn't bother me as I prefer them to matte. Heaven and Earth ranges from an ivory shade through bronzes to dark browns. Dusk till Dawn has one row of more neutral shades (browns and greys) and another with night time shades (vivid green, purple, black)
Dusk Till Dawn
Make Up Academy Professional Eye Palette Dusk Til Dawn
Heaven and Earth
Make Up Academy Professional Eye Palette Heaven & Earth
The sheer variety in these MUA palettes is what makes them great value. Not only that but the quality of these eyeshadows is very surprising. I have bought high end brands that don't have as much colour pay off as these! I used to always use my Bare Minerals Eyelid Primer under shadows but these actually work fine without it.
Now I've just got to improve my eyeshadow blending skills.... not so easy when you're a glasses wearer!
Do you own any of the MUA Palettes? Which ones do you have?

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Bare Minerals Warmth All Over Face Colour Review

Having reasonably pale skin, I am always a bit cautious when it comes to bronzers.  However, Bare Minerals Warmth All Over Face Colour is not like other bronzers.  It is described as an all over face colour and is perfect for contouring and shading.  Although the pot doesn't contain much product it lasts for ages due to the small amount you need.  Mine came with my first ever Bare Minerals Starter Collection and is still going strong a year later!
What I love most about Bare Minerals Warmth is it's lack of shimmer.  Once it's applied you don't look as if you're trying too hard for that faked bake look!  It's also quite low on colour - in the pot it looks very intense but a tiny sprinkle of this in the lid gives a lovely subtle shade only slightly darker than your natural skin tone.  As a multi use product you can also use it as a neutral eyeshadow. 
My first thoughts on Bare Minerals Warmth All Over Face Colour was that it was another unnecessary step in my make-up routine.  However, having got the hang of applying it just below my cheek bones I can really see the difference a bit of contouring makes! 

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Liz Earle Skin Tint Review

Like most beauty bloggers I am a HUGE Liz Earle fan.  Having tried many other skincare brands this is the one brand that leaves my skin balanced, soft and smooth. 

So far I have stuck with Liz Earle's cleanse, tone and moisturise routine.  However, as I was looking to add a tinted moisturiser to my make-up collection Liz Earle Skin Tint looked to be the perfect solution.

Luckily, Latest in Beauty were offering samples in all three shades of Liz Earle Skin Tint in their Little Beauty Box.  I promptly ordered this along with the Erno Lazslo Hollywood Collection (gorgeous samples I have tried before) and SUPER by Perricone Eye Cream (given to the boyf!)  All 3 samples are only £1.50 including p&p.

I was so excited about trying this tinted moisturiser having seen great reviews.  However, I was sorely disappointed.  Firstly, the smell of the Skin Tint was a let down.  Liz Earle is well known for her heavenly scented products including scents such as rosemary and rose scented geranium.  This however, smelt floury or oatey.  Natural but off putting!

Blending liquid foundations has always been a problem for me.  I expected this to be light and creamy in consistency.  Instead it was very thick and incredibly hard to blend.  I spent longer applying this tinted moisturiser than I do my usual liquid foundation!  Because of its difficulty in blending I found I had to use a rather large amount of product defeating the object of a light base.

Finally, none of the colours matched my skin very well.  Bare was too light and Beige too orange.  With the samples you can mix but I can't imagine wanting to buy two full sized tubes just to blend them.  It took an awful lot of blending to avoid the dreaded tide mark!

Liz Earle Skin Tint was a huge disappointment for a huge Liz Earle fan!  I am glad I only bought the samples.  I am falling back in love with my Bare Minerals Foundation and have now realised that a light buffing of this is a great alternative to tinted moisturiser.

Have you been disappointed by the new Liz Earle make-up?  Or are you a fan of the Skin Tint?

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Body Shop Haul!

Recently The Body Shop had a fab offer online with 40% everything including sale items!  I used this opportunity to do a bit of pressie shopping (with a few treats for myself!)  Here is what I purchased:

Thirsty Hands Moisture Gloves
Thirsty Hands Moisture Gloves

I knew my mum used moisture socks to keep her feet soft and smooth so I purchased her a pair of these gloves!  A bit pricey at £7 full price but a great price with the discount.

Passionfruit Body Butter

My mum also loves all of The Body Shops Body Butters.  I previously bought her the Papaya scent and this time the Passionfruit.  It is DELISH!  So fruity and very moisturising.  Using body butters has really put me off body lotions - they just feel too watery now.

Morrocan Argan and Orange Body Souffle
Moroccan Argan & Orange Body Souffle

This was for my friend's birthday.  She'd spotted it on a recent trip to Westfield and adored the smell.  I just had to buy it for her!  The scent is very different and exotic.  It is quite powerful though so you'd want to sniff before you buy!

Mango Lip Butter
 Mango Lip Butter - Lip Care
 A little treat for me :D  I just love mango - the smell and the taste and this lip butter is just edible!  It is a really good lip conditioner too.  It doesn't 'coat' the lips like petroleum products it just moisturises naturally.  It is very hard if you keep it somewhere cool but softens up quickly making it easy to use.

Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo - Shampoo

I have a very sensitive scalp with mild psoriasis and I had heard good things about this shampoo.  The scent is lovely - a true ginger smell, not artificial at all.  It foams up really well (probably due to the fact that is does contain SLSs...) but it leaves you hair feeling lovely and clean and moisturised without feeling lank or greasy.  I think I'll be sticking to this one for a while!

Have you taken advantage of any of The Body Shop's recent online sales?  What are your favourite Body Shop purchases?

Monday, 7 May 2012

Avene Skincare Samples

Currently I am experiencing pretty hormonal skin :(  Whereas my skin used to be bordering on the dry side at the moment it has gone crazy!  Though I'm only getting one or two blemishes it's enough to bother me.  Researching online I saw lots of recommendations for Avene skincare.  Though I am currently very happy with my Liz Earle regime I wanted to try Avene as an alternative.

If you visit their website and create an account and answer a short questionnaire regarding your skin type they send you a tailor made sample selection!  All in this neat little package:

The two products recommended for me were the Extremely Gentle Cleanser and the Antirougeurs Jour Cream.  The samples are only 5mls but nicely packaged in boxes and tubes - I prefer this to sachets as I feel I can get more than one use out of them.

I'm planning on using the cleanser in the morning and will follow up with a proper review depending on how I get on with it.

I have already tried the Antirougeurs Jour Cream and I can already tell this a really gentle but effective moisturiser.  I did feel like I needed to use more than my usual moisturiser as it seemed to disappear immediately into my skin.  However, I quite liked this as there was no greasy residue at all which can be a cause of blemishes.  The moisturiser also has a very slight green tinge to it to reduce any redness from blemishes or broken capillaries.  I was surprised at how well this worked.

I expected Avene to be quite expensive but at £8 for a 200ml cleanser and £14.50 for 40ml of the moisturiser this actually works out cheaper than my Liz Earle.  I am definitely thinking of using this as my emergency skincare for when my skin is misbehaving.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Royal Cosmetic Connections Retractable Kabuki Brush

Out of all of my make-up brushes this has to be my favourite to use.  I'm a big Bare Minerals user but I find their brushes to be slightly scratchy, possibly because of their natural fibres. However, The Royal Cosmetic Connections Retractable Kabuki Brush is made of the softest synthetic bristles. 

As it is retractable in neatly fits into my make-up bag so I can touch up on the move.  Another useful feature of this retractable brush is the more you 'retract' it, the more dense the brush becomes.  Most mineral make-up users know the denser the brush the heavier the coverage so this is a very handy way of getting differing coverage from just one brush.

Finally, how pretty is the casing!  The gorgeous bronzed swirl design makes a nice change from the usual black/silver styling of many brushes.  It also seals well meaning the lid is unlikely to fall off and damage the bristles.

Royal Cosmetic Connections Retractable Kabuki Brush is a fantastic travel brush that I love so much I think it might be moving from my handbag into my main brush collection!  

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Liz Earle May Skincare Essentials Review

I received my Liz Earle Skincare Essentials on Saturday after only ordering on Thursday - and the delivery was free!  I just love the way Liz Earle wrap all of their individual products.  They even sticker their moisturiser with the skin type you have chosen - I went for normal as I haven't used Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser before and wanted to play it safe.  Here are the contents:

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Normal/Combination 50ml
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic 200ml
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 100ml
Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion 150ml
2 x Muslin Cloths
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser 30ml (my surprise bonus gift!)

All of this for only £41!

The Cleanse and Polish and Instant Boost Skin Tonic are regular products of mine but the moisturiser and Eyebright are new to me.  I am still to use the moisturiser (review to follow when I do!) but I have now tried the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion. 

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion is more of a tonic than a lotion and has a very subtle natural fragrance - not floral like the Skin Tonic but not nasty and synthetic smelling either.  This is a multi-use product and can be used as an eye mask by soaking two cotton pads and chilling them before placing them on the eyes.  On a day to day basis this can be used as a very gentle eye make up remover and eye refresher.  So far I love this!  Maybe not an essential stage in my routine but one I've been looking forward to trying and am enjoying using.

What is your favourite Liz Earle product?  Do you regularly restock with their monthly offers?