March 2018 Empties

Well, it seems that Spring has finally arrived! I am very much enjoying actually seeing day light, and seeing the spring flowers coming into bloom.

March 2018 Empties

Today, I’ve got a slightly late March empties, not too many products, but let’s get into them.

Vichy Pureté Thermale Micellar Cleansing Oil

Vichy Pureté Thermale micellar Cleansing Oil

I’ve got count of how many times I’ve bought this. It’s my favourite cleansing oil by far, and I’ve been buying it for years, it’s the best product I’ve found for removing makeup.

Repurchase? Yes

DHC Quick Film Smoother

Dhc quick film smoother

I bought this as an eye cream. It does the job, lasts a long time as the tube is 25ml, but I’m not really one that is loyal to eye creams as I have never found one that makes much difference.

Repurchase? Maybe.

Rodial Stem Cell Magic Gel

Rodial stem cell magic gel

I liked using this as an overnight mask, as when I woke up the following morning, my skin looked clearer, with redness and dark spots reduced.

Repurchase? Maybe.

Beauty Pie Superbrow Precision Pencil

Beauty pie superbrow precision pencil

Love this brow pencil! It’s precise, easy to use, and works just as well as it’s expensive counter parts.

Repurchase? Yes.

Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel

Rituals yogi flow foaming shower gel

I think that this is probably my favourite shower gel. It has now been rebranded as The Ritual of Ayurveda and the packaging is slightly different, but the product inside is still the same. It smells divine, and is super pampering.

Repurchase? Yes.

Red Clay Naturals Miracle Balm

Red clay naturals miracle balm

Lastly we have a hair mask. This was ok, made my hair feel lovely bd soft after use, really wasn’t too keen on the scent though.

Repurchase? No.

That’s everything I’ve used up in March. What products have you guys used up? Thanks for reading, take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination Review

Never did I think I would be someone who would buy an illuminating / dewy foundation. My skin has changed over the past year, going from being extremely oily, to a more combination / oily t zone. I think the change comes in part from following a decent skincare routine, and part from just getting a little older.

It Cosmetics cc plus illumination full coverage cream

I bought this product in a set from QVC, I paid around £45 for 4 products which was a bargain and I couldn’t miss it. This product has now launched properly and is available from Selfridges for £30.00.

The outer box is a cute millennial pink with black type, with a section of holographic dots at the top. This style runs through to the tube of the product, but the millennial pink is metallic. You get 32ml of product, and the tube has a pump. Big fan of this packaging. Downside of the product is that it’s only available in 6 shades, making it very difficult to get a good match. I bought the shade Light, but it’s a little dark for me.

Here are the claims of the product “Full coverage illuminating foundation, SPF 50+ physical sunscreen, brightening colour corrector, hydrating anti-ageing serum, pore minimising primer, dark spot corrector, moisturising day cream”

IT Cosmetics claim that this is a 7 in 1 product, and can be used as a moisturiser, serum, SPF, and foundation. I personally still use a moisturiser underneath this, but I skip primer completely.

It Cosmetics cc plus illumination full coverage cream

The consistency of the product is very much like a tinted moisturiser, it feels thick for a foundation, yet very light. Once you apply it to the skin it’s a little cooling, and the thickness dissipates, leaving a veil of colour that feels like you’re wearing nothing. You get a dewy look, it’s not matte at all so stay away if you’re very oily. I powder down my t zone as I do still have an oily t zone. One thing to note is that if you look very closely at the skin, you can see very, very fine shimmer, I thought it may be worth mentioning as I know some people don’t like shimmer in their base products.

The wear time is quite impressive for a dewy product, I do have to blot and sometimes powder after around 5/6 hours, but I don’t think that this would be necessary if you have more ‘normal’ or dry skin. After it’s been blotted, it still wears well throughout the day.

It Cosmetics cc plus illumination full coverage cream

I love how this product makes my skin look, I stupidly bought the colour Light instead of Fair so the colour is a little dark for me, but putting that aside, it makes my skin look more radiant and youthful, something that I had noticed matte foundations aren’t doing for me. I also love that this has such a high SPF, making it great for everyday use but especially in the summer.

This product has really surprised me, I had tried the original but never got round to buying the full size so I knew it had great, comfortable coverage, but this is so comfortable to wear and I have definitely been convinced to repurchase when this one runs out.

Have you tried this product, let me know your thoughts. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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March 2018 Favourites

Hello all, hope you’ve had a lovely Easter! I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking this, but how is it April already, this year is flying by.

March 2018 Favourites

Today I have for you a couple of things that I have been loving through March.

Elemis Superfood Day Cream

Elemis superfood day cream

I got this product for free from Glamour Beauty Club and at first I wasn’t overly keen. It has quite a heavy earthy scent to it which I found off putting at first but I actually came to really enjoy it. It absorbs into the skin effortlessly, and makes a great base for makeup. It is a little thicker than I normally use in a moisturiser, but it’s not greasy whatsoever.

It Cosmetics CC+ Illumination

It Cosmetics CC+ illumination

This has very recently launched in the U.K. yet but I managed to grab it early on a TSV on QVC and I am so glad I did! I’m planning on doing a full review of this so I’m not going to go on too much, however this gives great coverage and leaves the skin looking amazing. Stay tuned – full review will be up in the next week or two.

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush

It Cosmetics heavenly luxe complexion perfection brush

Another product I got in the TSV from QVC is this beautiful brush. I didn’t think I’d like it at first at the bristles aren’t very dense, however it is the softest face brush I have ever used. It makes blending foundation effortless, and is the only brush I’ve used since I got it.

Beauty Pie Wondergel Lip Liner – Rummy Pink

Beauty pie wondergel lip liner rummy pink

Since having my Invisalign fitted, lipstick has been a huge no no. Lip products that used to be long lasting are not with Invisalign and they transfer onto the trays within seconds. So I’ve not been able to wear lip products at all, which is really annoying considering the amount I have. I do like to add some definition to my lips and this lip liner is very close to my natural lip shade, so this has been used daily in my routine.

Rituals The Ritual of Dao Hand Balm

Rituals The Ritual of dao Hand Balm

Ah Rituals, you do make some beautiful products. This hand balm is so light, yet nourishing. Moisturising, but not sticky. It’s amazing, and the scent is wonderfully soothing. I keep this on my bedside table and use every night before bed.

That’s everything for my March favourites, what products have you been enjoying over the last month? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial Review

Hello everyone and welcome to another review – two in a row, check me out!

Today I am sharing my thoughts of the Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial which I have been trying out over the past couple of weeks.

Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial

Starting off with packaging, the outer box is a lovely monochrome with a textured finish to the box, love this material. The product itself comes in a squeeze tube and follows the same branding as the outer box. I personally really like Beauty Pie packaging, it gives a nod to Chanel, but without the additional weight. The bottle contains 75ml and is currently available at £7.62 if you are a Beauty Pie member.

Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial

This product is formulated with AHAs, BHAs, pomegranate enzyme and quartz power to resurface the skin, using a mixture of chemical and manual exfoliants.

When you dispense the product, it’s a thick gel that gives a good tingle, and it doesn’t fully dry down on the face.

Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial

I like to apply a decent layer and leave it on for around 10 minutes before removing. I don’t notice anything different with my skin immediately after using, but the morning after using, the skin looks much more refreshed, and acne scarring reduced. I find that it works in a similar way to the Oskia Renaissance Mask, but it has a manual exfoliating side to it.

I personally prefer the Oskia mask, as I find the texture and scent more appealing, however the Beauty Pie offering, is so much more budget friendly!

Have you tried this mask, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel Review

Just when you think Spring is on it’s way, it snows again! I cannot remember such a long winter, here’s hoping it’s on it’s way out!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a full product review, I may be a little rusty but I need to get back into the swing.

REN Evercalm gentle cleansing gel

Cleansers for me have always been a budget buy, I’m on the school of thought that it’s not on your skin long enough to make a huge difference, so have mainly opted for cheaper options, paying no more than £10, but with the odd ‘splurge’ and that’s where this product comes in.

For my birthday, my team at work kindly bought me a Feelunique voucher and I was running out of cleanser, and was slightly enabled by watching Caroline Hirons‘ brand overview of REN so the Evercalm Cleansing Gel was added to my basket.

My skin is temperamental at the best of times, but it’s been awful lately and pretty reactive to products so the Evercalm range seemed to be the best option for me.

The packaging is typical of REN, the outer box is clean white with black type and sage green accents which is the brand colour for the range. The bottle itself is plastic with an airless pump, making it easy and clean to dispense. It comes in a 150ml bottle and retails for £19.00.

Here are REN’s claims of the product – “A gentle facial wash formulated to leave sensitive skin thoroughly cleansed, refreshed and soothes without irritation, tightness or discomfort. Results: Gently removes dirt and pollution without harshness. Skin feels purified, calm and soothed.”

When I used this, the first thing I noticed was the scent, it smells slightly citrusy with hints of neroli. It’s quite a nice scent but it’s something worth noting if you are reactive to fragrance.

REN Evercalm gentle cleansing gel

Even though this is a gel, it doesn’t foam – which is great! I use this in the morning and as my second cleanse in the evening and have found that it is very gentle. It cleanses without stripping the skin at all, and it does leave the skin feeling refreshed.

I do like this product and enjoy using it but I’m slightly on the fence of whether I would repurchase. It has minimal ingredients which is great but it’s not lasting very long, I think I’ve used over a third of the bottle in a month and as I’ve mentioned, I like to save on cleansers.

If you want a gentle, non-foaming cleanser that just does the job, this one is worth giving a go.

Have you tried this product? Let me know your thoughts. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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February 2018 Empties

Empties time again! My project of getting through as much of my stash as possible is going well and I’ve finally got through some body butters!

Let’s make a start with skincare –

Simple Moisturising Facial Wash

Simple moisturising Facial wash

I’ve never really been one for spending a lot on a cleanser, as they aren’t on the skin for very long so I don’t see how the ingredients can really penetrate. This is a nice one, it’s cheap and cheerful and does the job.

Repurchase? Probably

Caudalie Vinosource Serum

Caudalie Vinosource serum

I had a bottle of this last month too. After getting through 20ml (almost a full bottle) I can’t see any improvement in my skin at all, it just felt like a moisturising serum.

Repurchase? No

L’Oréal Hydra Genius

L’Oréal Hydra genius

I really liked this to use as a moisturiser. It’s really light, absorbs very quickly and is cooling on the skin. The bottle is huge too so it lasted a really long time. What I didn’t like was the scent, it’s very heavily fragranced, and it’s quite masculine. If fragrance irritates your skin stay away from this, but if it doesn’t bother you, this a lovely light moisturiser. I think it’ll be great to use in summer too.

Repurchase? Yes

Beauty Pie Superbrow Pencil

Beauty pie superbrow pencil

Love these! I use a brow pencil everyday and these are so cheap, and work just as well as high end brands.

Repurchase? Yes

Beauty Pie Liquid Liner Pen

Beauty pie liquid liner pen

Wasn’t too keen on this one, I think I’ve been spoilt by Kat Von D for too long! I prefer pen style liquid liners but I find that felt tips dry out quickly and lose their saturation of colour quickly, leaving the liner looking more grey than black. This one also dried out quite quickly too.

Repurchase? No

The Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Sorbet

The Body Shop pinita colada Body Sorbet

I love using these body sorbets in the summer, they are cooling on the skin and smell divine! I had a bit of this left and it was wasting space in my drawer so used it up over winter.

Repurchase? Yes

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

The Body Shop shea Body butter

Who doesn’t love a good body butter in the winter? This has saved my skin the last few months, because of the cold and central heating, my skin has got drier and drier. The Body Shop probably make my favourite body butters and this scent is one of my favourites.

Repurchase? Yes

Moroccanoil Treatment

Moroccanoil Treatment

Gutted that this is all used up! I have really seen an improvement in my hair since I’ve been using oils instead of serums, and this has been my favourite that I’ve tried so far. Just a small amount really helps to keep the hair in better condition.

Repurchase? Yes

That’s all for February empties, what products have you used up in the last month? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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February 2018 Favourites

So it’s favourites time again! February has completely flown by – much in contrast to how much January dragged. The weather and central heating has been wrecking my skin, I’ve never had so much dry skin, even on my face! Hopefully in the next few weeks the weather will start to become more Spring like, although, has anyone seen the UK forecast for this week… -4 at 18:00?? My fur coat is coming out of hibernation! Anyhoo, let’s get into my favourites for this month.

February 2018 Favourites

Pixi Glow Boost – White Pearl

Pixi Glow Boost white pearl

As my skin has become combination / dry instead of super oily, I’ve found myself reaching for more nourishing and glowy products. I have been using this under my foundation as a primer and it’s a great alternative to Becca Backlight Priming Filter. That being said, it’s a lot more shimmery than the Becca one which won’t be for everyone and it’s not really something you can wear alone. I like it as it subtly shines through foundation and it helps make the skin look more like skin when wearing long wearing foundation.

Beauty Pie Cream Shadow Stick – Vanilla Whirl

Beauty pie cream shadow stick vanilla whirl

I adore the Beauty Pie shadow sticks! They are so easy to use, blend out effortlessly and have great pigmentation. This one I have been loving to use as a base for metallic shadows and it really makes the colours pop, and reduces the colour fade.

Lanolips 101 Ointment – Green Apple

Lanolips 101 Ointment green apple

I’m back on Lanolips again as my lips are awfully dry at the moment because of the weather and I think that having to put my hands in my mouth to take my Invisalign out numerous times a day isn’t helping. Green Apple isn’t a flavour I’ve tried before from Lanolips but it’s divine. It’s really fresh and I’ve always found Lanolips to be the most nourishing lip balm I’ve used.

Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Himalayan Salt Scrub

Rituals of Ayurveda Himalayan Salt Scrub

When it comes to body scrubs, I prefer salt over sugar. I find it more abrasive and they’re generally bound with oil to soothe the skin afterwards. This one contains sweet almond oil and when you use it, it scrubs away all the dry skin effortlessly but leaves a fine layer of oil on the skin, leaving it moisturised. The scent as always, is incredible.

YSL Mon Paris

YSL mon Paris

Lastly I have my favourite perfume at the moment. Whilst I love deep musky scents, I also love sweet scents – it all depends on my mood! This is sweet, a little musky and lasts on the skin for a really long time. It’s similar to Lancôme La Vie Est Belle so if you’ve tried that, I think you’d like this one too!

Thanks for reading guys, what were your favourites this month? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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