Sunday, 29 December 2013

Dabbling in Youtube!


A month or two ago I filmed and uploaded a couple of Youtube beauty videos, just to see how it felt to be on film like that (I've never filmed anything before), and to 'test the waters' of Youtube, so to speak.

In these first videos, I felt quite unnatural and not entirely myself, which seems silly because when I filmed them, I was on my own with no one watching. I think it's the thought that you know you're going to then upload the video to the internet, where potentially hundreds of people might see it. I have an endless amount of insecurities about myself, and I suppose knowing that I was opening myself up to being watched and perhaps judged by many strangers was very daunting.


Anyway, those videos didn't seem to attract much attention at all (although I still left them uploaded on my channel) so I left Youtube alone after that, until yesterday!


On a bit of a whim, I decided to give it another go. I felt much more comfortable in front of the camera this time, as I knew what to expect, and I thought through what I wanted to say more thoroughly beforehand. I know it isn't perfect, but I'm quite proud of myself for having the confidence to do it, so thought I would share it with you all on here (:


So here it is... my Lush Haul!




I plan to do more videos in the future, but I think finding the time to do them might prove tricky as I'm currently in my final year of University. Hope you enjoyed watching this (: 

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Lush 'Celebrate' Body Lotion Review!




Lush's Celebrate body lotion is part of their limited edition collection for Christmas time, and boy is it festive! Complete with a dash of cognac added to the zingy orange scent, the smell alone is perfect to get you in the party mood. 

The lotion is scented with Brazilian Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, and Orange Flower Absolute. These combine for a zesty, fruity scent with just the right amount of liqueur hint. The fragrance leans more toward the orange than the lime, and smells good enough to eat (but don't eat it, obviously, ha). 

Celebrate's moisterising ingredients are Almond Oil and Cocoa Butter - typical of Lush's lotions, and why they're one of my favourite brands. I love the use of natural ingredients in their products, they are so, so good for the skin. 




Although described as a lotion, the consistency of the product is much closer to a cream which makes it more nourishing than the average lotion for dryer skin types. It does, however, spread as easily as a lotion over the skin, and sinks in just as well and quickly - the best of both worlds (: 

I don't normally pick up zesty, citrus-y scented products such as this one, but it's different from your usual orange and lime combo. It's more fruity and the cognac note gives it a wonderful festive feel. I'll definitely be picking up another one next year if it's around.

I believe Celebrate is now all sold out online, but you may still be able to pick up a pot in your local Lush shop.

Have you tried Celebrate, or any of Lush's other Christmas Limited Editions? What did you think of them?

Friday, 27 December 2013

Essie 'Chubby Cheeks' Nail Polish Review!



I've heard to many good things about Essie Nail polishes, so when there were on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots a few weeks ago, I took the opportunity to pick up a few shades. 

So far I've only got round to trying one of the polishes I bought, 'Chubby Cheeks'. It was a beautiful orange-toned corally pink colour in the pot, and when applied it to the nails it does not disappoint!


Essie nail polishes have a fairly wide, curve-ended brush, which makes applying the polish super easy, and helps to keep getting polish on the skin around the nails to a minimum (I've never had a very steady hand when it comes to doing my nails). 


Two coats of this polish applied on top of a base coat gives a wonderfully smooth, glossy finish, and looks really professional. In my opinion, it appears a little brighter on the nails than it does in the pot (although the photos don't really show this), but I was happy with that as I think it really goes with my skintone. 




I actually decided to paint my nails this colour for Christmas day in order to pick up the colours in this necklace, and I think it worked very nicely. 


This nail polish is a complete winner with me (: have you tried any Essie polishes? 

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Review!



The Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm seems to be a cult product with many a beauty blogger, and as it's highly recommended for tackling sore, chapped lips, when I saw it on offer I decided to try it out. It contains a host of nourishing ingredients, including Shea Butter and Honey. 

This lip balm isn't really what I was expecting, mainly because it has a matte finish on the lips, and leaves them with a slightly 'tacky' texture. It has a super thick consistency (which I was expecting!) and is ideal as an overnight treatment of the lips - you can still slightly feel the product on your lips the following morning, so you know it hasn't rubbed off at all and has just slowly sunk in to them throughout the night. 


During the day, it's a great option to go for to help make lipstick last a long time, due to it's tacky texture. I do, however, like a low-maintenance lip, so for when wearing the balm alone I like to put a small amount of a more 'glossy' balm over the top, such as Lush's Ultrabalm, to counteract the tackiness as it can feel a little strange. 


One last thing I must mention about this balm, is the scent - it's gorgeous. It's a sweet orange smell, and I think it smells exactly like a Fry's Orange Cream chocolate bar. Every time I use it, it makes me want one!


Overall I have to agree with the other beauty bloggers - it has done wonders for my lips, which have been suffering during this winter weather and have been recovering from a reaction from a different lip balm.


Have you tried this balm, or any other products from Nuxe's Rêve de Miel range? What did you think?

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 'Warm Ivory' Review!



A few weeks ago I went to House Fraser on a mission to purchase a new foundation. After many, many weeks of umming and ahhing, I'd decided to go for Bobbi Brown's Extra Repair Foundation . I wanted a hydrating and nourishing base with a decent amount of coverage (but that wasn't heavy) to suit my very dry skin, and this Bobbi Brown offering seemed to tick all the boxes. 

The high SPF 25 also attracted me, as I have quite fair skin. In my opinion, Bobbi Brown is one of the best brands to go for if you're also one of the fairer folk, as they have a great range of base shades - I was matched to 'Warm Ivory', the second-to-lightest shade out of the 14 shades this foundation is available in. 


This little number also contains natural moistursing ingredients that are fantastic for your skin, namely Shea Butter and Evening Primrose oil. Shea Butter is super moisturising and nourishing, and Evening Primrose oil is not only great for dry skin, but also helps to reduce irritation and inflammation - a must for sensitive skin. This, in combination with the foundation's yellow base (all of Bobbi Brown's foundations are yellow-based, her philosophy is that it is the most flattering, as we all have some yellow undertones to our skin), helps to counteract redness and hide blemishes. 




The foundation is really thick and creamy in the pot, but once on the skin it melts in and is easy to blend. I personally prefer a light-to-medium coverage, and this base can be built up from sheer-to-light, up to medium, and feels weightless on the skin. I've found the best way to build coverage with this foundation is to apply and buff in light layers until the desired finish is achieved, as opposed to applying one heavier layer of foundation. Applying this way does take a bit longer, but ensuring each layer is properly buffed in to the skin gives a lovely, glowing finish and helps the foundation to last a much longer time on the skin. I've found it lasts around 6 or 7 hours on my skin without needing any touch ups, after this amount of time only a minimal amount of correcting is needed.


 In order to transfer the product out of the pot and on to the back of my hand, a usually use a small spatula that came with my Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer. I like to apply the product to my face with my fingers, then blend out a bit more and buff in with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I found that trying to go in straight away with the brush didn't give me the finish I wanted, and also created a lot of streaky brush marks. 





In the above photo, the left side of my face is bare, and the right side is with the Extra Repair Foundation. As you can see, the natural redness  of my eyelids has been completely counteracted, as has the skin discolouration between my nose and mouth corners. Overall, my skintone has been evened out but still looks completely natural. 




And here's a completed makeup look using the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation. I love the natural glow the foundation gives the skin, without looking overly dewy. I'm smitten! 


Have you tried any of Bobbi Brown's bases? How have you got on? 

Monday, 25 November 2013

L'Oreal Hair Expert Ever Riche Review!


A couple of weeks ago, I was in Boots on the hunt for some new shampoo and conditioner. I knew what I was after - something ultra nourishing as my hair has been repeatedly colour treated, and sulphate free so it would be gentle on my hair. I had previously used a sample of a L'Oreal Hair Expert Ever Riche shampoo and really liked it, so when I saw the range on offer I had to pick up a few of their products! 

I purchased the Nourishing & Flowing shampoo and conditioner combo for dry and fine hair - my hair's really fine and, although it's not particularly dry, I colour my hair so it's important to try to keep it good condition with hydrating products. They also have formulas to suit many different types of hair.


First thing I noticed - the smell! It's gorgeous! Both the shampoo and conditioner contain apricot kernel oil, which is super nourishing for your hair as it's easily absorbed into it, and gives the products a sumptuous, nutty aroma - it smells like you're really treating your hair! The shampoo lathers up really well and rinses out easily, and you can really feel how gentle it's being on your hair. The conditioner is silky smooth and really easy to distribute through your hair - all in all, this combo was a dream to use (:


After washing a blow-drying my hair, it tends to be pretty 'fluffy' haha - not frizzy as such, but big, soft, sometimes a bit static and well, fluffy. The L'Oreal Hair Expert Ever Riche Oil Precieux seemed like the kind of thing I wanted to try to tame my locks, and I'm glad I did! It can be sprayed onto wet, damp or dry hair, and I sprayed it onto my hair after blow-drying. 




The oil isn't too heavy or too light either, and smoothed down my crazy hair in no time (: it also smells lovely - like some kind of fancy salon product! When not bought on offer, it is a little pricey from Boots, but I found it to be cheaper and therefore way more affordable on Feelunique, so I'll put links to the site at the end of this post (:


Overall, I loved all three of these products -inexpensive and give amazing results, 10/10 :D




Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post (: byeee xxx



Wednesday, 6 November 2013

LUSH REVIEW: The Comforter, Twilight, Ultrabalm, Dream Cream & Vanilla Dee-Lite!


Hello Everyone! 

Last month I popped in to Lush (one of my absolute favourite places to shop) to purchase a couple of my fave bath treats, The Comforter bubble bar and Twilight bath bomb. I also ended up purchasing a tin of Ultrabalm for my chapped lips and was given two free samples of lotions Dream Cream and Vanilla Dee-Lite, as I mentioned to the sales assistant that I wanted to find more body products for my sensitive skin and so was given those to try out. I already know that I love The Comforter and Twilight, so I just wanted to share my love for them with you all haha. The other three products were completely new to me, so let's get on with these reviews!





The Comforter: The Comforter is a bubble bar, which means that it does exactly what your usual bubble bath liquid does - it just comes in a solid form. Apart from the fact that it's a nice bright pink colour, it's not the most attractive looking product but trust me, it's awesome. It's described as 'blackberry scented', and the oils featured in it are bergamot, cassis and cyprus. I'm not sure if it smells like any of those things haha, but to me it smells exactly like love hearts sweets and I absolutely love it! To use, you crumble either all of it (for extreme bubbles) or part of it under your running bath water - watch the bubbles form and your bath water turn a beautiful cerise pink (: 





Twilight: Twilight is a bath bomb -  you drop the entire thing in your bath and it fizzes away releasing gorgeous smelling oils, however it doesn't form any bubbles so if you want that too just add some of your fave bubble bath to the water (: I love the look of this bomb - how it's decorated with a moon and stars which fit perfectly in to the twilight/bed time theme of the product.  I was initially bought this by a friend and when I read the description of it I didn't think it would really be my bag, as I saw it contained lavender oil and (at the time) I didn't find lavender to be that nice a smell - WRONG! As soon as I got in to my bath I was converted! The oils in this bomb are lavender, ylang ylang and tonka, and this combination creates a heavenly scent that I can only describe as smelling exactly like bed time should; soothing, relaxing, comforting and warming. For a night time treat when you need to relax and unwind before bed, perfect. 







Ultrabalm: Described as 'perfect for bits that chap and chafe', Ultrabalm was sold to me as Lush's alternative to Vaseline, 100% natural, preservative free and free from petroleum jelly. It's made of only 3 ingredients (jojoba oil, candelilla wax & rose wax), and has a very, very faint smell so I'm sure it would be suitable for sensitive skin. Another thing to note is that it doesn't contain limonene - limonene is a substance that occurs naturally in some essential oils, but some people have a severe allergy to it, like my mum, which causes them to feel an acidic burning sensation when limonene comes in to contact with their skin. As my mum has this allergy, I'm always on the lookout for limonene-free products for her because it seems to be in nearly everything! It doesn't seem to be a very well known about allergy, so I thought I'd give it a mention in case it was of any interest or help to any of you out there. Anyway, moving on, I've only used this on my lips as they are the only area I feel I need to. It does soften them and you only need to use a small amount for your lips to feel hydrated - a big plus for me as I'm a big fan of 'a little goes a long way' products (: However, I found that this didn't last much longer than an hour or two, and this may be down to the fact that I have very dry skin in general anyway, so I probably need to find a creamier, more intensive product to achieve the results I would like. It's still a nice product, but I'd recommend it to people whose skin just needs a little TLC, and not intensive moisturising.  



Dream Cream: Dream Cream is a hand and body lotion for 'easily upset skin', i.e. sensitive skin. As it is a lotion it has a more 'liquidy' consistency than a cream and is not as rich as a body butter. It contains various soothing ingredients such as oat milk and cocoa butter, and the oils featured in it are rose, olive, chamomile, tea tree and lavender. All of these together result in a very 'herby' smelling product, which I quite like (: the scent is soothing in an aromatherapy sort of way. I've found that Dream Cream is great as a body lotion and hasn't irritated areas that are usually extra sensitive, such as my legs. However I have found that, for me, it doesn't work that well for my hands as they tend to get quite dry and are prone to eczema, and I find that I need a much richer cream than this lotion. Dream Cream glides over the skin with ease, but I've found that I need to wait about a minute for it to sink in to my skin as I found it felt a little sticky when initially applied. The scent lingers on your skin for a while after which is nice (: 


Vanilla Dee-Lite: Like Dream Cream, Vanilla Dee-Lite is another hand and body lotion, and is designed to be smoothing and softening for those of us with dry skin. I personally found that I liked this a lot more than Dream Cream (although I like both hehehe) as I found it more moisterising and again it didn't irritate my skin. It has quite a sweet vanilla scent as opposed to a musky one, and features vanilla, jasmine and tonka absolutes - 3 of my favourites! Vanilla Dee-Lite also contains a whole host hydrating ingredients including coconut water and oil and cocoa butter, in addition to fresh kiwi illipe butter. In addition, this is another limonene-free product. I liked this lotion for both body and hands and I felt it did make my hands feel more supple, unlike Dream Cream - I'm not sure I'd swap my hand creams for this one just yet though, but I will definitely be purchasing a full size tub for use on the rest of my bod! 


Price List as of November 2013:



  • The Comforter, 200g, £4.50
  • Twilight, £3.25
  • Ultrabalm, 45g, £8.50
  • Dream Cream, 240g, £11.25
  • Vanilla Dee-Lite, 250g, £12.50
Visit Lush's website to see more of their fab products here!

Aaaand that's everything! I hope some of you have enjoyed reading this, and that you've found it interesting/helpful, and that these products have given you a little insight into the wonderful world of Lush if you haven't come across them before (: 




Tuesday, 10 September 2013

L'Occitane en Provence Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner Review!

Hi Everyone!

I was lucky enough to get my hands on sample sizes of L'Occitane en Provence's new Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner as part of a sign-up promotion (which I think has now ended) to their VIP Programme. The VIP Programme is basically a loyalty programme that is completely free to sign up for, and you'll be sent info about introductory offers, get first dibs on the sales etc - that sort of thing!



Now, on to the products! I think a fairly generous amount was given in this mini bottles - 35ml for a high-end product. As you can probably see from the photo, I have already used both the shampoo and the conditioner for two washes. I have just below shoulder length hair so I expect these samples to last me a week and a half, maybe slightly less or more depending on how often I was my hair, which I think is pretty good. 

APPEARANCE: I'm a sucker for pretty packaging, so these small sample bottles with little capped lids get a bit thumbs up from me! The full-size bottles also have this feature, and big clear simple labels are always a plus.

SMELL: Both Shampoo and Conditioner have a blend of 5 Essential Oils - Angelica, Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, and Sweet Orange  The conditioner also has the addition of Sweet Almond oil. Not only are these all great for your hair, but they blend together to create a fresh, clean-smelling scent that is lightly floral and also has a very slight spicy note - that all sounds a bit odd but I really liked it! 

DID THEY WORK?: Upon application, the texture of the shampoo feels really soft and forms a gentle lather. In addition to the essential oils, both the shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free, which is great news for your hair (the products won't strip your hair of its naturally occurring oils and therefore won't dry it out, and also won't fade coloured hair as quickly as sulfate-containing shampoos and conditioners), and it really feels like you're doing something good for your hair - like a mini luxury treatment! 


Above is a photo of my hair after washing with the products, left to dry naturally and with no styling. It's a little on the fluffy side but always is, I usually use John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Orignal Serum after rinsing out conditioner but thought I'd review the shampoo and conditioner results without it. My hair very, very soft and smelt lovely! However, I found that the smell didn't linger in the hair for long, jut a couple of hours, which in my opinion was a shame. The flash on my camera has picked up quite a shine from my hair, which is good - who wants dull hair? Haha.

PRICE: As I said, I obtained these samples for free, but full-size bottles of the products cost £15 each - the shampoo contains 300ml and the conditioner contains 250ml. Sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners are always a bit pricier than regular ones, but these two are a quite a bit more. I do really like these products, but I think I'd need a bit more convincing to persuade me that they were worth much more than £10.

Overall, I have really enjoyed using these L'Occitane products - I loved the smell and how they made my hair feel. However, as hair 'repairing' products, I expected them to make my hair feel nourished and restored, and I felt that my hair felt very soft but in the kind of way leaving a conditioner on for ages feels, and that nothing else had really been added to it. Maybe with continued use I'll change my opinion! Also, at the price of £15 a bottle, it's a little out of my price range, and if I were to purchase the products they would be as an occasional treat rather than to replace my regular shampoo and conditioner. So, it's not that I didn't like the products - I really, really did! It's just that, in my opinion, they weren't all they were cracked up to be.

Other products available in L'Occitane's Repairing Range:



  • Repairing Mask, 200ml, £20
  • Repairing Oil, 100ml, £15
  • Repairing Soothing Gloss, 125ml, £14

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found this review helpful! Byeee xxx

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Skincare for Dry and Sensitive Skin!

Hello Everyone!

Now, having very dry and sensitive skin can be a real pain in the a*!?e, am I right? There are soooo many products out there that are just too drying and irritating for our skin, and leave us red, sore, and flaky! Ew! In addition to this, I'm very prone to eczema, and I'm sure many of you out there also are! I find soap in particular makes mine flare up. 


It's important to me to keep my face in good condition, as I'm very interested in beauty and makeup products so want my skin to look good - soft, smooth and clear not dry, irritated and sore! I am always looking for appropriate skin care products, so with that in mind, I've decided to do a post about some that have worked for me, and hopefully some of you will find it helpful! Let's get crackinnnn'!



MOUSTERISERS:

1.) Diprobase Cream now, as far as I know this is a prescription-only moisteriser, and I'm prescribed it as I am prone to very dry skin and eczema, and so also my skin is very sensitive. It's honestly the best moisteriser I've ever tried - nothing else has beaten it! It doesn't leave your skin shiny or greasy, and is completely fragrance free which is a good thing as perfumes can irritate sensitive skin! So, if you suffer from eczema and have not heard of this, make appointment with your doc and if it's appropriate for you I'm sure they will recommend it. (Disclamer- I am no doctor and in no way qualified to recommend prescription products, talk to your doctor about them and they will know best!)


2.) Aqueous Cream - this cream is incredibly similar to Diprobase (white, non-greasy, fragrance free etc.), but with no need for a prescription you can pick up a tub in your local pharmacy/drugstore. It's basically made from white paraffin and water, with some emulsifiers - it's also an emollient so it can be used as a hand wash instead of soap!  Another plus is that's veryyyy cheap (at least in the UK!) - a 500g tub from Boots is only £4.09!



3.) Cetaphil Restoraderm - not as rich as Diprobase or Aqueous cream, but still great for hydrating the skin, very gentle as it has been specially formulated for eczema, and glides on smoothly (: they also do a great range of body washes, face and hand specific mousterisers, and even a lip balm I believe. The only downside is that it's a little pricey - the body moisteriser is £19.99 from Boots. However, you do get 295 ml of the stuff, so if you've got the cash it is worth it! 


CLEANSERS:

1.) Johnson's Daily Essentials Facial Wipes for Dry Skin - These facial wipes have been specially formulated to not dry out the skin, I've found that (at least for me) they do what they say on the tin! Also, as with all Johnson's products, they're super gentle (: 


2.) Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub - I love this as it doesn't dry out my skin that much - it does a little, I've yet to find a facial scrub that doesn't fry out my skin at all, but using a moisteriser afterwards solves this! I've found other scrubs make my skin instantly dry and flaky once I've used them. As this is a 'daily' scrub, the micro beads on it are very small and therefore the product is very gentle on the skin, and not harsh or 'scratchy' at all (:


So that's it! I hope this has been helpful for some of you! What are some of your favourite skin care products for dry and/or sensitive skin?
xxx