Five Products I’m Currently Loving

2017, March

Once I find a beauty product I like I tend to stick to it so I don’t normally have that many new favourites. Doing a round-up of my top 5 every few months works much better. So here are my current favourites:

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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (£55.00/30ml) – I’ve had this in my collection for about a year now and for some reason I’ve never really been that impressed. I started using it again a month or so ago and I just can’t get enough of this primer. It is by far the best primer I have ever used – it smoothes the skin beautifully, it brightens the face and makes is slightly more matte without feeling siliconey or dry. A definite repurchase.

Clarin Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil #01 Honey (£18.00/7ml) – it’s not the most nourishing lip balm, it’s more of a maintenance product for lips that already are in a fairly good nick. Not to say that it’s a bad product, it’s absolutely beautiful! I really like the packaging, the massive doe foot applicator and the honey-like fragrance. It’s not too sticky and leaves a nice shine on the lips so works well as an easy everyday option. There are also tinted versions available.

Ole Henriksen Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths (£12.00/30 wipes) – this is a product I never expected to see in my favourites. I actually wanted to include face wipes in my “Unnecessary beauty products” list HERE. Every single packet of face wipes I’ve bought so far has been left pretty much untouched and gone dry. But then I tried these – I only use them once or twice a week after gym if I don’t have time for a full skincare routine straight away. They’re great at wiping of the sweat and refreshing the face. The smell is divine – it’s citrusy and fruity and they somehow seem less harsh than other face wipes I’ve tried. Another definite repurchase.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (£34.00/50ml) – this has been my go to base product for the last couple of months. The coverage is quite light but it’s enough to even out my skin-tone and make me look a bit more put together. Just a very basic product that works really well!

Tanya Burr Lipstick in Pink Cocoa (£6.99) – a great budget friendly everyday lipstick. It applies creamy and feels very moisturising on the lips. The pigmentation is decent enough and the shade works well with all make-up looks. A very comfortable product that I’ve been reaching for a lot lately.

What are some of your current beauty favourites?

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Top 3 Nail Polishes for Spring

2017, March

I’m not someone who adheres to strict rules when it comes to makeup but I definitely agree that some colours suit particular seasons better than others. When it comes to nails I always play it fairly safe so my top picks this spring are all very classic and versatile.

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Essie Limo-scene (£7.99/13.5ml) – I’ve never been able to get the white nail trend right, on me it looks like straight up corrector nails. This, however, has some beige pink in it and it’s quite sheer even with multiple coats so it’s much more wearable.

Mavala Smokey Blue (£4.75/5ml) – as soon as I saw this I wanted to wear it. It’s the most beautiful greyish blue nail polish I’ve ever seen. It has some teeny-weeny blue shimmer particles running through which makes it even more special (I really tried to get the shimmer to show up in the picture but it just wouldn’t work, sorry for that guys).

Chanel Rose Confidentiel (£18.00/13ml) – a beautiful muted fleshy rose that looks just so chic. It’s one of those can’t-go-wrong shades that will suit any outfit.

What nail polish colours will you be rocking this season?

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Top 3 Lip Products for Spring

2017, March

These are my favourite lip products for spring. There’s one for every mood and occasion.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour #34 La Raffinée (£26.00) – If you’re not quite ready to part with your winter berries this is a great alternative for spring. It has some pink mixed in so it’s less edgy. It definitely wins in terms of packaging – the Chanel click mechanism just feels so luxe! It’s very comfortable on the lips and you only need to apply a thin layer for a full colour saturation. It’s not as long lasting as you might expect, but if you’re careful you’ll get good 2-3 hours of wear.

L’Oreal Infallible Sexy Balm #103 As If (£4.99) – A shinny, juicy balm with a lovely fruity fragrance. It’s a pinky nude shade that will suit most complexions. Great one to pop in your handbag and apply on the go. It’s such a happy product! The only thing I’m not too keen on is the name. Sexy Balm? Really?

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in #228 VIP (£6.99) – This one just screams spring! I’m genuinely excited thinking it’s almost time to wear this lipstick again. It’s such a beautiful bright red pink with a hint of orange that looks neon bright on the lips. It’s perfect for those sunny spring days. Pigmentation is excellent and it’s more of a satin mate so it feels very comfortable on the lips.

What are your favourite lip products for spring?

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Clarisonic Mia 2 v. Foreo Luna Play

2017, March

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I’ve been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System (£120.00) on and off for about two years now and I’ve always been a massive fan. When the Foreo Luna Face Scrub Brush & Anti-ageing Device (£129.00) came out I was a bit sceptical since I like the Clarisonic so much. I wasn’t sure whether the Foreo would top the Clarisonic and I didn’t want to invest in a full size device just to compare the two. The Foreo Luna Play (£29.00), however, is much more afordable so I decided to test the travel version first. I’ve used it for about six weeks now so I’ve got a pretty good idea on which one I prefer.

I do realise that this comparison is not completely fair since I’m not comparing full size devices but I’m trying to be as objective as possible. If I hadn’t already had the Clarisonic I’m pretty sure I would have bought the Foreo because it just makes much more sense – the price is pretty much the same, Foreo is easier to clean and you don’t have to repurchase a new brush head every few months like you do with the Clarisonic. The Foreo also needs to be charged less frequently. However, I’m so glad I went for the Clarisonic because my skin responds to it so much better than it does with Foreo. I use the Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head  (£25.00) – the Sensitive Brush Head (£21.00) that was originally included with my device was a bit too harsh. I like how easy it is to alternate between different cleansing needs when you use Clarisonic – you just pop on a new brush head. If you want the Foreo to suit different skincare needs you need to buy a whole new device so Clarisonic is definitely more flexible.

Something I noticed straight away with the Foreo was that it dried my skin and I’m not really sure why, it just doesn’t make much sense for a device to be doing that. I initially used it with the Foreo Celestial Melting gel (Night Cleanser) (£35.00 for a set) and I was convinced it was the cleanser that was drying my skin. But the same thing happened when I used it with the Lancome Gel Eclat Clarifying Cleanser (£23.00/125ml) which has never made my skin dry in the past. It might be that I need a different Foreo device and I don’t think the travel versions differ in terms of the skin type suitability but at the moment given my experience I wouldn’t go for a full size Foreo device.

The travel version also doesn’t have a set cycle to tell you it’s time to move on to the next area of your face but from what I understand you do get that setting with a full version device. A full version Foreo also has two speed options instead of just one so both full version devices are identical when it comes to set speeds and cleansing cycles.

Yes, the Clarisonic requires a continuous investment because you will need to buy new brush heads but for me it’s worth it. I also understand how it can be inconvenient because you have to charge the Clarisonis much more frequently and it takes 24 hours to complete a full charge but it doesn’t really bother me that much. You just plug it in and leave it, it’s not like you’re required to do anything else while it’s charging.

There is no argument that the Foreo Play wins in terms of the size – it is much more travel friendly and that’s what I will use it for from now one. I will go back to the Clarisonic for an everyday use at home.

I hope this was helpful if you’re thinking about buying one of these.

Have you tried any cleansing devices? Which one is your favourite?

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Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask and Hydrating Mist

2017, March

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The Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (£1.49) is not a new product per se – these have been on the market since last year, but I’ve never tried a sheet mask before so it was all new and exciting for me. The Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Multi-Protecting Hydrating Mist (£9.99/75ml), however, I haven’t seen in the shops before so I assume this is actually a brand new launch. Both products are quite gimmicky so I went in not really knowing what to expect.

First off the mask – I’ve heard many good things about the Hydra Bomb sheet mask so it seemed like good one to try. The application was mess free (a great bonus) and the mask felt nice and cooling on my skin. After removing the sheet my face was still quite wet with the product. I patted it in and initially it felt a bit sticky but after about 10-15 mins this dried to smooth matte finish. Foundation applied on top very nicely so  it’s definitely not a night-time-only mask. As far as the skincare benefits go Garnier’s claims are quite bold. I can’t tell you whether this actually delivers enough hydration so that you can skip serum for a whole week but it certainly works as a very decent one-off treatment. The sheet masks are sold in single use sachets making these perfect for travel. I’ll definitely be picking up a few more next time I’m at the Boots.

The hydrating mist, however, is a completely different story. On a paper it sounds great – a product that provides hydration, high SPF and anti-pollution benefits all packed in a convenient lightweight spray! I’ve got a few trips planned in the coming months and I was hoping this would be a great travel size product to carry with me and to spritz throughout the day.  The mist clings to the tiniest of hairs making you look like you’re covered in dust. And you need to pat the dusty layer in as this does not absorb and when you do you’re left with this greasy feeling film on your face. If you spray it on top of your makeup you have to be very careful when you pat it in because it your makeup will just roll off. It literarily feels like spraying dry shampoo on you face – it’s just wrong! I wanted to wash it off as soon as I applied it. A total fail! I’ll stick to my regular Avene Thermal Water Spray (£3.00/50ml) for reliable hydration on the go.

How you tried any products from the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb range? How did you get on?

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La Mer x Glossybox UK

2017, March

Ok, so the box itself is no longer available – apparently it sold out in under an hour so well done if you managed to get your hands on one of these limited edition glossies! Nevertheless, I thought it still might be interesting to give you my thoughts on the individual products.

This is more of a first impressions post (since the products are so tiny) and I do appreciate that with skincare you sometimes need a bit more time to see whether it’s working or not. I have, however, used other skincare products in the past and seen instant results so it’s not a completely unrealistic ask, especially when it comes to products with such hefty price tags as these!

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Something that I noticed with all La Mer products was the almost non-existent fragrance. It seems like such a simple thing yet it’s actually pretty hard to come by a non-fragranced product these days. Another thing that I noticed – and I’m not sure whether it’s a La Mer thing or it’s more about how my skin reacted to their skincare but I had a slight warming sensation every time I applied one of the products. Nothing too uncomfortable and there were no other side effects, just something that I thought was a bit peculiar.

So now on to the individual products:

The Cleansing Micellar Water (full size £70.00/200ml) – this for me is one of those brains-says-no-but-heart-says-yes products. I only really use micellar waters to remove eye and lip makeup before going in with a more heavy duty cleanser so it seems such a waste to invest in an expensive product. La Mer’s offering is so nice, though! It so gentle and calming and it really feels more like an actual skincare product. If you use micellar waters as your main cleansing step I’d say definitely go for it! Even with how little I use micellar waters in my routine I might buy the full size product and if I do I would use every last drop of it and enjoy every second of it.

The Treatment Lotion (full size £100.00/150ml) / The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum (full size £145.00/30ml) – I have grouped these two together because as far as I understand they both have almost identical function – to hydrate and to help any skincare that you put on top to absorb better and deeper. Both products have very light, liquid textures that soak in very quickly and they don’t interfere with products that you apply on top. I definitely wouldn’t buy or use both and if I had to choose one I would probably go for the serum mainly because it’s a format that I am more familiar with. But even then  – I can’t say that I noticed that much of a difference in my skin to justify the £145.00 price tag. Sure, my skin was in a great condition for the whole week I used the La Mer products, but then it’s been pretty good anyway and I’m not expecting a sudden decline now that I’m back to my usual skincare routine (you can read more about my current routine HERE).

The Eye Concentrate (full size £150.00/15ml) – it’s very nice and hydrating. Is it £150.00 nice? Probably not. Eye creams are very tricky in that it’s difficult to tell whether their working or not until you stop using them. Once I reach the point in my life when it’s time to bring in the big guns I might revisit this eye cream. For the time being, though, I’ll be trying a few cheaper alternatives and I reckon there is a fair chance I’ll find something that works just as well as this product does.

The Intensive Revitalizing Mask (full size £115.00/75ml) – this did not work for me at all. I did no see any hydration whatsoever even when I used it as an overnight treatment. There are much better and much cheaper face masks on the market – try Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£24.00/100ml) or Lancome Hydra Intense Mask (£33.00/100ml).

Moisturising Cream (from £115.00/30ml) – now, the cult classic. This is the one product that comes to mind when you hear words “La Mer”. It has fairly thick texture but once on your face it melts in and absorbs beautifully. It keeps skin nice and hydrated all day long. I really can’t fault this product – everything about it is great: the application, the fragrance (no-fragrance), the packaging. And it does work! It’s so basic yet so brilliant at the same time! Don’t be surprised if you see a full size product pop up in one of my skincare update post at some point later in the year. One thing to note, however, – if your skin is oily the original formula might feel a bit too rich. Not to worry, though, – the cream is available in four other formulas so you can pick one that best suits your skincare needs.

Have you tried any La Mer products? How do you justify high price tags when you buy beauty products?

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