Sunday, 30 September 2012

September Empties

This month I've used up quite a few of my trusted favourites - both the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Conditioner and Skin Boost Tonic I've mentioned many times before!  Here is a quick summary of the others I have used this month:

Elemis Tranquil Touch Bath Elixir So sad this is now gone :(  However it has lasted me an amazing 9 months!  And that's using it 2 or 3 times per week.  You only need half a cap full and the bathroom is filled with the most soothing and relaxing scent.  It doesn't create a mass of lasting bubbles but this a favourite way of relaxing after a long week at work!

Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash I like the creaminess of this body wash.  However, although it claims to be triple moisturising I found it to be a bit drying!  I think that could be to do with the overpowering scent though.  This smells very 'soapy' to me.  Which is good if you want to smell squeaky clean!  However, I prefer body washes to smell closer to the kind of perfumes I would wear - not a bar of old fashioned soap.

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Hair Mask  This is one amazing pot of hair goodness that smells divine and is cheap to boot!  Scented with exotic orchid and coconut this hair mask does what it says - leaves hair moisturised, conditioned and not at all weighed down.  I am sure it is filled with lots of chemicals that some people disapprove of but it produces results time after time for me!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Liz Earle Signature Foundation Review

This week Liz Earle launched their full colour cosmetics range following on from their initial few releases including the much talked about Skin Tint, which unfortunately disappointed me.  The new extended range includes a Signature Foundation.

With the months Liz Earle newsletter I received a sample of the Signature Foundation.  Super excited about the possibility that this might impress me more than the Skin Tint I tried it straight away.  Luckily my pregnancy has given me very happy skin which means I'm more likely to experiment at the moment.

Unfortunately, I hated this from the moment it touched my skin :(  The shade I received was Nude - apparently suitable for fair to medium skin tones.  I am quite fair though not exactly porcelain skinned so I assumed this shade would work for me.  Instead, I was left streaky and orange faced!  No amount of blending was going to solve that one.  This didn't stay on my face long enough for me to judge its staying power but it does seem to be a full coverage foundation.

The texture of the foundation is pleasant enough.  Not too thick and not too runny making it easy to apply.  Overall, I think it is the pigment in this foundation that really doesn't work for me.  There are 8 other shades available so maybe I just needed to try the lightest (Porcelain).

I hate to slate my favourite skincare brand but I am really not getting along with their cosmetics range so far!

Has anyone else tried this foundation yet?  What are your opinions?

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream Review

Ok I admit I've been VERY slow getting on the BB wagon.  When I first heard about BB creams I was very interested as I like fresh faced make-up rather than a mask.  However, being a loyal Bare Minerals foundation user I thought why would I need a new product?  Mineral make-up allows me to create a natural look but at the same time build coverage.

However, last month I received some samples of Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream and gave it a quick go.  Personally I was pretty impressed!  The shade I received was Light but this BB cream seems to adapt easily to other skin tones.  This worked really well for me, giving me a warm glow without looking orange.

What impressed me most was the coverage and finish of Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream.  Typically, old style tinted moisturisers leave me with patchy colour and an oily finish.  This instead lives up to it claims of evening out imperfections, even covering broken capillaries around my nose. 

Furthermore, my skin looked glowing and fresh without being greasy.  In fact, even though one of the claims of a BB cream is that it moisturises you can also get away with your usual moisturiser underneath too without looking like an oil slick!  The texture of the cream is quite thick which gives me the confidence that a full foundation does.

For me this is a great summer/weekend face product as it is light, easy to use and has the added bonus of factor 30. 

What do you think of BB creams?  What is your favourite brand?

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Palmers Cocoa Tummy Butter

Palmers Coco Butter Samples

As with all mums to be I have been paranoid about developing stretch marks from day one!  After scouring online reviews the most popular anti-stretch mark products appeared to be Bio-Oil and Palmers Cocoa Butter.  I originally setttled for the pricier but very popular Bio-Oil.  I am sure this is very good at removing scars and stretch marks but seeming as I hadn't already developed any I decided to switch to a product which I find more pleasant to use.

Enter Palmers Cocoa Tummy Butter.  This tub of yumminess ranges in price from £3 - £5 - what a bargain!  I was half expecting this to be a thick moisturiser like most body butters.  However, it feels and looks like pure cocoa butter.  You scoop a finger or two out of this butter and melt it in your hands before massaging it all over your tummy and other expanding bits!

Best of all Palmers Cocoa Tummy Butter smells just like CHOCOLATE!  Yum, yum, yum.  Aside from cocoa butter it contains vitamin e, elastin, lavendar, collagen and even argan oil making this a lovely luxurious bedtime treat.

I prefer this pampering way of holding back the stretch marks but will definitely be holding onto my Bio Oil incase they do start to appear!  Currently I am very pleased that at 23 weeks with an every expanding bump my tummy does not resemble a road map yet! :D

I also quite like the packaging of this tummy butter with its tin lid.  The large tub makes it easy to scoop out every last little bit of buttery goodness.

I'd definitely recommend Palmers Cocoa Tummy Butter to both mummies to be and anyone who has stretch marks from weight gain and loss.  And even if it doesn't work for you at least you are left smelling yummy and feeling soft and smooth!