23/04/2015

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm.

I love wearing makeup but one of the things I hated was taking it off. It always seemed like such a chore. Once it's done though, nothing feels better than letting your skin breath.

Quite some time ago Caroline Hirons posted about this and since then everyone seems to have picked up and raved about it. It can often be hard to hold of because it seems to be constantly out of stock. So when I saw it in Boots I just had to pick it up.


Cliniques Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a lightweight balm. I've never used anything like this to take my makeup off so I have nothing to compare it to. I use it as my first cleanse, starting with a small amount and warming it in my palms before massaging it into my face, whilst dry. If needed I add a little more, generally depending on how much eyeliner I've been wearing, yano? I then rinse with warm water and follow up with my second cleanse.

It melts away even the most stubborn, waterproof of makeup including any that contain SPF. It feels soft, smooth and silky on the skin, not at all oily and greasy like I imagined. It also doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable like it does after using micellar waters. The balm itself isn't scented which is kind of boring but it means there's no added fragrance oils which could irritate sensitive skin.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's one of those products that does exactly what it says. It's easy to use and makes removing makeup so much more enjoyable. If that's even a thing?
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Price:
£22 / 125ml

Where to buy:
Clinique
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20/04/2015

M.A.C Saint Germain Lipstick.

For as long as I can remember I've been coveting M.A.C's Saint Germain lippie. It's one of those cult classics and one of their best sellers that everyone seems to have in their stash.

I realised just recently that I had quite a few M.A.C empties and as I'm sure most bloggers are aware, M.A.C do a recycling programme. Take back 6 empty products and you get a free lipstick. Some exclusions apply such as you cannot return secondary packaging, no samples (includes holiday kits), no accesories and no tools.


M.A.C describe Saint Germain as a clean pastel pink. I would agree, though on my fairer skin tone it looks a little less pastel. I've seen it on those with deeper skin tones and it tends to look a little paler. It's definitely got an edge to it and it reminds me of a pink you'd see Barbie wearing.

Saint Germain is an amplified finish meaning it's super creamy, pigmented and it gives a glossy finish on the lips. You get full coverage and really good colour payoff with barely any effort. Because it's an amplified it does tend to err on the more slippy side when first applied. It does mean that it's not at all drying on the lips though. Since the formula is a little more creamy, wear time lasts between 4-6 hours depending on whether you're eating or drinking. But a quick re application and you're good to go.

If you've been looking for that perfect blue based, Barbie pink lipstick this is the one for you. It goes perfectly with a winged liner look or smokey, neutral metallics.
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Price:
£15.50 / 3g

Where to buy:
www.maccosmetics.co.uk
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18/04/2015

My Little Dream Box.

Ever since I posted about my very first My Little Box, I've been super excited for the next one. Now I have this one, I'm excited for the next. I sense a pattern forming here?

The theme for the April box is dreams.


Delphine Pariente - 'Bonne Étoile' Necklace
£20
This necklace, which translates to 'lucky star' is super dainty. I don't wear gold which is a shame. I wish it came in silver! As it's on a long chord, you can wear it as a necklace or a wrap around bracelet. Whichever you'd prefer.

Stamped With Love - Rotating Stamp & Ink
£8
This is the cutest thing! I've never had a stamp like this, I don't know why but I can't wait to use it. I love the positivity the messages bring. Perfect for journaling or if you have a planner.

Lou Lesage - Lip Balm
£8 / 4g
This actually reminds me of one of the very first M.A.C products I purchased way back when, which is the Tendertone lip balm. It has the same bouncy texture with just a hint of colour. The formula is not too thick and it isn't at all sticky.

My Little Beauty - Repairing Mask For Dry Ends
£7 / 100ml
This little mask seems like a really great conditioner to use when your hair is feeling a little worse for wear. It contains walnut oil and shea butter to soften ends, whilst giving damaged ends a boost. It only has a subtle smell but it's really nice.
I've recently gone back to back to black hair and I'm betting this is going to make it super shiny.

Nominoë - Gentle Foam Face Cleanser
£21.15 / 150ml
I'm going to get it out of the way and say it. The magazine has Caroline Hirons in it, hello skin God! And they included a foaming cleanser. *screams*
I think I found my first product that I won't be using from the My Little Boxes so far.
It smells weird, it reminds me of when I go to the doctors. Hmmm. Apparently it's filled with botanical goodness such as evergreen extract, buckwheat and artichoke.
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As I mentioned last month, I really love how the theme carries on throughout the box. Not just on the outside. Everything is thought about, down to the tiniest of details like the way things are packaged.

I've read countless reviews of many different monthly subscription boxes and honestly, this is the one I would reccommend. I really do adore it. I like that it's not just beauty, you do get lifestyle things in there too.

Already looking forward to finding out what next months theme is and how it all ties together.
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Price:
£11 (plus p&p) per month

Where to buy:
www.mylittlebox.co.uk
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09/04/2015

Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab.

Do you ever come across a product and wonder how you'd lived without it. I found this recently after picking up some toner tabs. I picked them up recently as I was passing through Victoria, mostly out of curiosity.


The way these are used a little bit of a novelty compared to your standard toners. Which was one of the things that piqued my curiosity. You want to get yourself a bowl of freshly boiled water and a nice big fluffy towel. Pop the towel over your head (to keep all the good stuff in), drop the tab into the water and let the steam open your pores and allow the essential oils to be absorbed.

It contains tea tree oil, which is antibacterial and antiseptic. It helps to combat bacteria that causes spots.
It also has fair trade aloe vera powder. It's gentle on the skin and helps to rehydrate.
The last ingredient in these tabs is chlorophyll. It soothes and protects the skin.

I use these tabs after cleansing. I tend to keep my head under the towel for as long as possible to achieve best results. Usually about 5-10 minutes, or when I start to get neck ache. Then I'll use some of the water to get rid of any traces of dirt, pat dry and then pop on some Hydraluron and then my moisturiser.

I've been using them 2 or 3 times a week and I've noticed a difference in my skin. My pores seem a lot smaller and I don't have lots of little pimples. Not usually noticeable to most but I can see them when I use a magnified mirror. These toner tabs teamed with the fresh face mask - Cosmetic Warrior, which I reviewed earlier in April are a match made in heaven. If you have acne prone skin, these are definitely worth checking out. There's not much you can buy for a quid nowadays but these are worth every penny.
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Price:
£1

Where to buy:
Lush
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