Friday, 26 April 2013

Mini Selfridges Haul

Some of you may know I had two horrendous experiences with Selfridges just before Christmas. Firstly, I purchased their infamous 'unlucky bag' and secondly the Origins Christmas presents I ordered 5 weeks late AFTER Christmas!

By way of apology I received a £25 voucher which I was very pleased with :) However, it's actually quite hard to pick something in this price range from Selfridges! Especially with their hefty £4.95 delivery charge.

Eventually I settled for a 30ml MAC Strobe Cream and an Archpelago Paramour travel candle.

I've been wanting a liquid highlighter for a while and is heard good things about the MAC Strobe Cream. The 30ml size is perfect as I can never imagine using this all up. There is a full size available but apparently the packaging is harder so you waste some of the product. MAC Strobe Cream has a lovely pearly finish with purple undertones. I like to use it to highlight brow bones, cheek bones and my Cupid's bow. I know lots of other people like to mix it with full coverage foundations too to lighten them.

I chose the Archipelago candle as I'm a sucker for scented candles and the Paramour fragrance sounded yummy to me - pomegranate, papaya and mango. It also appealed as it apparently has 55 hours of burn time for only £8.50! Archipelago candles are soy wax candles which are supposed to burn more cleanly and efficiently. This is where I was disappointed. My candle smokes like mad! I've tried trimming the wick but this hasn't solved it. Maybe I got a duff one? Anyway, it's a shame as it throws a beautiful scent.

Overall I'm pleased with my little freebies and delivery from Selfridges was good this time. However, I'm still not sure i will continue to shop online there!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

DIY L'Oreal Wild Ombré

I've been considering the ombré look for a while now and being on maternity leave seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a go!

I chose the kit suitable for dark brown hair. They suggest applying the lightener from between your ears and chin. However, I started at my chin as I wasn't sure a lighter shade would look great next to my skin tone. I left it on for 30 minutes - half way between the min and max times as I was terrified of turning platinum blonde!

As you can see the resulting colour is definitely not blonde. More of a light coppery brown. This actually probably suits me better than blonde but is bordering on ginger!

The other problem is its difficult to achieve a graduated effect. In places the line is quite harsh.

What do you think? Have you tried the ombré trend? Do you think I should go back to my natural colour?

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

FOTD

After a while away from blogging due to the birth of my little princess, I thought I'd make a return with my first ever 'face of the day' post.

Safiya is currently taking long morning naps so I am back to my old beauty routine whilst it lasts!

Here are the products I used for this look:

Base: bare minerals prime time, bare minerals original foundation in fairly light

Cheeks: no 7 mineral blush in soft damson layered with 17 shimmer brick in pink bronze

Eyes: collection liquid eyeliner in ebony and collection skyscraper mascara

Brows: MUA clear mascara, Rimmel brow pencil in dark brown

Lips: bare minerals natural lipgloss in peach cobbler

I hope you enjoyed my first FOTD post :)


Thursday, 28 February 2013

Hello to Safiya Amelie!

 
Now if you're wondering why I haven't posted in a while... here she is!!! My gorgeous daughter Safiya Amelie.  :D

I had a pretty traumatic birth due to the incompetence at my local hospital but luckily she arrived perfectly healthy and happy.

She is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and feel so proud to be her mummy.

Unfortunately we are struggling with colic and reflux at the moment so she needs a lot of attention hence the lack of posts.  I hope to be back to blogging some time soon but Saffy comes first right now :)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Steam Cream Review

Steam Cream was the product that swayed my decision to buy the Latest in Beauty Advent Calendar (at half price admittedly)  The cute collectable tins caught my eye as well as the fact that they are all natural.  Here is the limited edidion tin I received:

 
The texture of this cream looks very thick - its appearance reminded me of tubs of Nivea that I used to use for moisturisation as a teen.  However, when I applied the Steam Cream I noticed that it almost had a watery texture to it, quickly disappearing into the skin.  I am guessing this is due to the steam 'injection' they give the cream?
The scent of this moisturiser is heavily lavendar based.  Fine for me as I like the relaxing scent of lavendar and it really does smell like the plant rather than an old fashioned synthetic scent.  However, for those who don't I should imagine this would be far too overpowering - like sticking your head in a lavendar bush!
 
Steam Cream seems to be working great for me whilst my skin is behaving.  However, I can imagine that if you were having any form of breakout or sensitivity this probably wouldn't be of much help.  Also, if you are looking for a miracle wrinkle removing product this won't produce any miracles.

At £12.95 for 75ml I thought this was pretty reasonable for a facial moisturiser.  However, it is supposed to be multi-use and if I was to use it solely as a body moisturiser I wouldn't be as impressed with the price.

Overall, I think Steam Cream is a perfectly good facial moisturiser for well balanced, calm skin and I will continue to use this for the time being.  The packaging is beautiful and so are the all natural ingredients.  However, I may need to switch over if I have any skin troubles after baby is born!

Are you a Steam Cream fan?  Or were you less than impressed?

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream

So for Christmas I got to lovely huge Elemis gift sets from my partner and I'm having to resist from opening all the products at once!  A real star that I have started to use already though is the Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream.


Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream doesn't look like anything spectacular.  The colour and packaging of the product suggests that it is a basic moisturising shower cream.  I assumed it wouldn't smell that exciting as it is aimed at those with dry sensitive skin.

However, one shower with this and I am completely hooked!  It smells absolutely beautiful.  I would describe it as a comforting scent almost like baby powder but not so floral.  It has a subtle sweetness to it too.  Lush used to make a bubble bath bar called Hot Milk and it reminds me of that.

Best of all a teeny blob of Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream on a shower scrunchie or sponge makes loads of creamy foam which is incredible as it is SLS free.  I love smothering myself in it and when the suds eventually go sometimes I can't resist another helping!

I'm a bit gutted at the steep price for a shower cream - £22 for 300ml?!?  However, I really do love it so I will be on the look out for discounts or when it appears in Elemis gift sets again.  I think this is now one of my top Elemis products and would like to try the other Skin Nourishing products in the range.

Have you tried this or any of the other Elemis Skin Nourishing products?  Are you equally in love?

Friday, 11 January 2013

Christmas Gift Boxes - Hello Kitty Liberty, Ted Baker and Soap and Glory

I'm a sucker for a nice gift box stuffed with mini beauty treats.  I get to sample different ranges and then am left with a lovely box for storage (this time I'll be using them to organise my nail polish collection!)  This Christmas I was lucky enough to receive 3 of these gift sets - Soap and Glory, Hello Kitty Liberty and Ted Baker.  Aren't the boxes lovely?  I particularly love the ballet dancer design Ted Baker have created this year - very me!


Soap and Glory


I always love to have a little stash of Soap and Glory's best selling products.  My favourites in here are Hand Food and The Righteous Butter.  Both are really rich without being greasy and smell just yum!  A body puff was also included but that is currently residing in my shower...

Hello Kitty Liberty


You have probably seen my other post of this range and personally I love it's design!  Combining the cuteness of Hello Kitty with the retro styling of Liberty Art Prints.  I have yet to try these products but they look beautiful in my bathroom.  I go crazy for nice packaging!

Ted Baker


I love the ballet dancer design and purple colour of the Ted Baker packaging this year.  My favourite colour and I used to dance!  I'm not usually a body spray user but this dinky body spritz smells beautiful.  A perfect handbag size too for quick freshen ups.

Did you receive any treat boxes like these?  What do you use the empty boxes for?

Blogger Problems

Sorry for the lack of posts at the moment - I'm still here! (and so is bump...)  Unfortunately there seems to be a problem with Blogger at the moment whereby I can't upload any photos!  Anyone else have this problem?  Very frustrating whilst I have plenty of blogging time on maternity leave!

Monday, 7 January 2013

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and Microfoliant Review

This week I finished up my latest tube of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and thought I would use this opportunity to try one of my many unused cleanser samples. 

In my Latest in Beauty Advent calendar I received a little selection of Dermalogica products.  I've been waiting to try Dermalogica for a while and the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and Microfoliant seemed the perfect place to start!


First, the Special Cleansing Gel (centre)  I'm not usually a fan of facial washes like this as I prefer cream hot cloth cleansers.  Mainly because I always assume they will dry my skin out and will need a separate make up remover. 

To use you just squeeze a small amount into wet hands and rub till you get a foam.  You then can apply this all over your face including your eyes which I like.  Surprisingly, this seemed to remove all traces of make-up including mascara.  It has that typical fragrance-free scent (sounds strange I know!)  But it is as if you can smell the chemicals used in the product which to be honest isn't great but it's not too offensive.

Once rinsing off my skin felt super clean if a little tight. I should imagine this is great when you have a breakout.  My skin was left feeling oil free but at the same time not dried out.  This gave a very different result to my usual hot cloth cleansers that clean super effectively but you are left with what feels like a moisturising residue.

I followed this cleanser with the Dermalogica Microfoliant.  (bottom sachet) This is loved!  It's an interesting way to exfoliate and apparently can be used daily.  You tip a small amount of rice protein powder into damp hands rub together till it turns creamy then apply to face rubbing gently.  Depending on how much water you add the different texture you get.

I like that you can customise your exfoliation to you.  I like to mix the powder to a paste with just a tiny amount of grain left.  The scent of this product is traditionally 'soapy' which to be honest isn't my favourite smell.  However, it does leave you feeling super clean!

After exfoliating you simply rinse away.  My skin was even smoother after using this but didn't look red or irritated at all as with some exfoliators.  What I would recommend is using a moisturiser quickly after rinsing to avoid any tight feeling on drier more sensitive skins.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked these products - especially the Microfoliant.  I really am considering buying the full sized version!

Are you a fan of Dermalogica?  What is your favourite product of theirs?

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Boots Hello Kitty Liberty Range

This year I received some of the most adorable Christmas gifts yet from the Boots Hello Kitty Liberty RangeLiberty and Hello Kitty joined forces to create a cute and stylish selection of bath and beauty products and I was lucky enough to receive the compact mirror, lip tints and Box of Treats from my mum and youngest sister.

Firstly, here are the lip tints:

 
The box itself is gorgeous enough -  I can't bring myself to throw it away and want to keep the lip tints in it permanently though I'm sure I'll get fed up of that after a while!
 
 
Here are the individual tins of lip tint.  I love the Liberty print which is paisley in style.  They have cleverly combined Hello Kitty's cute little face into all of this ranges prints.
 
 

And here are the lip tints themselves!  I was pleasantly surprised by these as I thought they were more balms than lip colours.  However, they are more of a lipstick texture yet still moisturising.  The colours and subtle but very flattering in pale pink, peach shimmer and coral.
 
This is the compact mirror I received from my youngest sister:

 
I can't get enough of compact mirrors - I have one in every handbag (and that's a lot of compacts!)  The Liberty cherry/floral print on the mirror and holder is more retro than that of the lip tints but I still love it!  The bright pink also makes it easy for me to find at the bottom of my bag!
 
 
What I love most about this compact however is the bronze etched back giving this mirror a really heavy, expensive look. 

 
I'll be reviewing the Hello Kitty Liberty Box of Treats in another post alongide a Soap and Glory and Ted Baker review...
 
 
Did you receive any of the Hello Kitty Liberty range for Christmas?  Or have you snapped any up in the sale?  I think it's nearly all gone!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year! Elemis Anniversary Collection

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great New Years Eve and Christmas. I have been trying to rest for the majority of mine what with baby due anytime now! 

I received some amazing pampering presents as always and am enjoying using them whilst I still have the chance to spend hours in the bathroom. 

Now my partner is back to work tomorrow I'll be posting lots about my lovely gifts starting with this gorgeous Elemis Revitalising Skincare Anniversary Collection.


 
This was released for Elemis 10th Anniversary (I couldn't believe they haven't been around longer!)  It includes full sized Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel, Soothing Apricot Toner, Papaya Enzyme Peel and Maximum Moisture Day Cream.
 
What makes this set extra special is that the washbag and Papaya Enzyme Peel packaging has been designed by Laura Oakes for SOCO - a charity raising funds for childrens vaccinations in Africa.  A donation goes to the charity for every set purchased.  How beautiful is the tropical print?  This makes the washbag perfect for taking on exotic holidays or just to cheer myself up in the mornings!
 
 
Here is a quick summary of the four products included.  I'll def be reviewing them more fully when I've been using them for a few weeks!
 
Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner
This is a beautiful classic fresh and fruity smelling toner and completely alcohol free which is what I always look for in a toner.  The spray bottle is also super handy as you can spritz your face before wiping over with cotton pads, minimising product wastage.
 
Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel
A nice change from my usual choice of cleansers.  I am a big fan of creamy hot cloth cleansers especially as they remove makeup as well.  However, whilst on maternity leave I am going to try to have some 'no make-up' days to give my skin a break and this will be a lovely refreshing way to cleanse in the mornings.
 
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel
The word 'peel' always sounds scary to me but this is a lovely creamy exfoliating mask.  It works by invisible fruit enzymes eating away at the dead skin cells leaving you soft and glowing.  I love that there are no harsh gritty particles and after 10 minutes on your skin you simply wash away.  The papaya scent is yummy too!
 
Elemis Maximum Moisture Cream
I have previously used Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream but not their everyday moisturiser.  I'm hoping this is just as effective as it is a lot more affordable!  I have several moisturisers to use at the moment so am trying to decide which to use next right now.
 
 
This is a fantastic present for skincare lovers like myself - you have the full cleanse, tone, moisturise and treatment in this package.  Plus these sets are always amazing value - I never buy Elemis products separately.  Unfortunately, I don't think it is available in many places now as it was released a while ago.
 
Did you receive any Elemis this Christmas?  Or have you tried these products?