Monday, 29 October 2012

Super Facialist Neroli Daily brightening cleanser review


Hi ladies

Today I will be reviewing another product I received in the LiveBloggers goody bag and yet another skincare item. The Super Facialist cleanser is a fairly new product which retails for £7.99 in Boots (Currently running a huge 3 for 2 offer across the store).




What they say

Daily Brightening Cleanser (£7.99, 150ml):  An SLES free cleanser, formulated with anti oxidant rich Mango Seed Oil and Grape Seed oil along with Hibiscus extract to deliver optimum cleansing benefits.   Whilst the skin is gently cleansed, a tightening polysaccharide combined with plumping Hyaluronic Acid further boosts this gentle, effective  cleanser  to ensure the skin is left feeling renewed, smoother, and more youthful looking.  The refreshing scent of fresh citrus notes orange, neroli, petitgrain and lemon give a wonderful sensory experience to the daily cleansing ritual. 


What I say

I really enjoyed using this cleanser. The packaging is white, simple and the product stands up on the bathroom shelf. The product itself comes out as a yellowy tinted, almost clear gel consistency and it has a really nice scent which I'm guessing is mostly Neroli as per the name. The description says citrus scented but it smells more herbal/floral to me if I'm honest. When mixed with water the colour goes a bit milky looking and lathers a teeny tiny bit.

The packaging claims to 'melt away make-up' so I used it almost as a hot cloth cleanser and although it didn't work as great as my actual superdrug hot cloth cleanser (as I had to use that after to finish up) it did a decent job at melting my mascara down.

It also claims to result in younger looking firmer skin but in all honesty I have no idea what to say about that. What I can comment on is that it does leave my skin feeling very soft!

The range

You can find out more information at www.superfacialist.co.uk but the range also has a Rose based product used to hydrate and a tea flower formula which is used to deep cleanse. Although I probably wouldn't like the scent of either of those, I feel the formula would be more beneficial for my skin than one aimed at firming.

Summary

For 150ml of product, £7.99 isn't particularly expensive for a cleanser. I use this as a daily morning cleanser instead of using it to remove my make up in the evening. I'm not sure about the 'younger looking skin' claims but it leaves my dry skin feeling soft and moisturised so if you're in the market for a new gentle yet effective cleanser then I would recommend you give this a go.


Have you given this cleanser a go? Be sure to leave a comment sharing your favourite cleanser.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Love Your Skin Intensive Hydra-Gel Moisturiser review.

Hi ladies

Today I will be talking to you about the Love Your Skin moisturiser I've been trying out recently. I received it in the LiveBloggers goody bag and have been using it since then after my previous moisturiser finished (in the empties box it goes). I have really enjoyed using it so thought I would I pop on a little review for you all (that after all is the nature of a beauty blog).




What they say:

The Intensive Hydra-Gel Moisturiser (£29.99, 100ml) is an indulgent hydrating moisturiser, rich in collagen, to attract and bind moisture to the skin, and Vitamin E to maintain a smooth texture. Light and gentle, this non-greasy moisturiser is the perfect way to hydrate and nourish skin. 

What I say:

I really enjoy using this moisturiser. I have dry skin and 3 pumps of this is enough to leave my skin feeling moisturised and nourished. The gel formula feels light and is easy to blend into the skin and I absolutely love the refreshing light scent. The pump doesn't let out a lot of product which at first I found annoying but I realised it is probably a good thing as you don't need much because a 'little goes a long way'.  However, I don't spend £29.99 on my moisturisers so sadly I would not repurchase. If you have dry skin and are not limited to inexpensive moisturisers then I would fully recommend you give this a go.

Love Your Skin - London is a new British skincare company created by skincare expert Lorraine Winslade. You can find their products at www.lys-london.com.

Be sure to share your favourite moisturiser in the comments below.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Milani Baked Blush review - Coralina 08

Hi ladies

So ages ago I blogged about buying a surprise beauty box from a lady off BBS and in this I received the Milani blush. You can't find Milani in the UK so I was glad to get a chance to try this blusher out which is hyped among US blushers. I'm not particularly a blusher person and rarely wear them, preferring to limit the colour on my face to eyes or lips. Annoyingly though I seem to have gathered quite a few in my collection. I've popped 4 on my blog sale in a bid to reduce my collection (hint hint, tab at the top).


As you can see Coralina is a peachy pink with plenty of silver/white glitter particles in it. As it's a baked blusher it is really soft and due to the glitter its all very glowy. In the bottom compartment there's a little brush which I haven't used as I prefer to use my bigger one. It isn't the softest brush but it is very dense which could result in blush overload. It also has a really convenient good sized mirror in the bottom so the packaging is good, if not a little bulky. (EDIT: I have just used the little brush and I actually really liked the application. Annoyingly the mirror kept falling down though).


You can see the flecks of glitter in the swatches which definitely do transfer onto the face. It was not at all chalky or powdery to swatch.

Summary

It is a soft baked blusher, with plenty of shimmer which results in a pretty glowy look to the cheeks. The mini brush and in built mirror makes it an all in one product although it might make it a bit big for travelling. All in all, thumbs up!

Hope you liked this review. Have any of you UK readers managed to get your hands on Milani? What do you think of the brand?

Before I sign off, with this post I am participating in the #BBSHaul Hop where you can see what other BBS members are hauling this week. I wish my blog and this haul hop had been around 8 or so months ago where I could have BBS hauled every day forget every week! Addicted isn't the word I tell you. Links to BBS are below as are the other posts this week.


Till next time..Toodles! :)




Thursday, 18 October 2012

John Bell & Croyden event

Hi ladies

Before I begin, I should start by saying AAAAAHHHH I HAVE REACHED 100 FOLLOWERS. Thank you to all my kind followers who have a regular read and leave me lovely comments. I fully appreciate it all and although most people are sick of me saying this, I will say it again. I am so proud I got here with nothing but my content. No giveaways, no follow for follow & no spamming! My way.

On with the post, on Tuesday I popped down to the John Bell & Croyden event. The lovely Catherine from Perfectly Polished sent me an invite and although I didn't have much time I made a short stop. I have never been to JB & C but was really impressed by all the brands it had on offer. For those that don't know they are pharmacists to Her Majesty the Queen and are London's oldest and largest pharmacy. Very la di da. Located just behind Debenhams, a few minutes away from Bond Street, it isn't very far from the rest of the shops.

Very big.


The event celebrated the launch of 16 new brands which take a holistic approach to restoring and maintaining natural beauty. This isn't something I'm particularly versed in as I am more a make up girl but it was interesting to see the products on offer.


The 16 new brands include:

  1. BIOeffect
  2. Antonia Burrell
  3. Jan Marini
  4. Dermaviduals
  5. Skinceuticals
  6. Cellex-C
  7. This Works
  8. Kera3razil
  9. REN
  10. NeoStrata
  11. Gold Collagen
  12. Bionutri
  13. Life Mel
  14. Inner Me
  15. Neo Cell
  16. together health drinks
I couldn't stay for long so didn't get to try much but I spoke to the lovely Nikki Cooper, founder of Inner Me who developed supplements after being diagnosed with MS. I have a Vitamin D deficiency myself so it was interesting to discuss how common it is and what each of her products are aimed for.



I also had a taste of Pure Gold Collagen which aims to counteract the ageing process by reaching the deeper layer of the skin. They claim to work from the inside to reactivate the formation of collagen. It tasted nice and peachy and as you can see below I have quite a few samples of it.


This isn't to do with the launch but I was impressed by how many brands were available at JB & C. I took a photo of the OPI stand and in terms of make up there was a clarins counter. There was also Caudalie, Vichy and the Jason hair care brand I have seen a few of my friends blog about.



Lastly, here is the bag I was given to take home with me.

Hope you found this post interesting and I have introduced you to a new beauty destination. Even if you're not near London you can visit the website at http://www.johnbellcroyden.co.uk/.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

How I clean my make up brushes - very simple!

Hi ladies

Right, so I should begin my saying I didn't intend to do this post. There are so many videos/posts on this very topic sprawled across the world wide web and I just don't feel I have anything special to add. Having said that, I've had 3 requests for it and 3 is a huge number for a small blog such as mine so I thought I'd do a quick post.

I have no idea how often I clean my brushes because I don't use them regularly but once they've been used 5/6 times (this would be spanned out over quite some time) I probably give it a wash. In between I wipe it on a wet wipe. I owned the MAC spot cleanser but never used it so I sold it.



Step by step guide


1. Grab your dirty brushes - 'don't nobody want to be wiping that bacteria back on their face'. Other than bacteria, dirty brushes may be less affective and can sometimes smear product on the face instead of helping to properly blend it in.







2. Pop some Johnsons baby bath/baby shampoo in the palm of your hand. I use this as it's already in my bathroom but I know others use designated brush cleansers & an inexpensive one I've heard good things about is the ELF brush shampoo. Other people use oil based cleansers such as the lovely Hafsa who discussed cleaning her brushes easily with DHC cleansing oil over on her blog.



3. Swirl the brush around (I do the more dense brushes like the one below with quite a lot of force so it cleans all the way inside.


4. Squeeze the excess water out
5. Lay flat on the edge of the table - never dry them standing up as water may loosen the glue inside and that's not what we want.


Optional (as is everything, other than cleaning your brushes. That is never an option - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE).
  • I have brush guards so while wet I pop the brushes in the guards so it maintains its shape. I store them in the brush guards too.
  • Some people find washing their brushes leaves stiff so they use some conditioner to keep them soft. I never have an issue with this so only use baby bath/shampoo.
  • For the proper gunky brushes you can use olive oil to loosen the product before washing.

Ta daaaaahhhh!


You probably knew most of this stuff anyway but for the few that actually found it useful, thanks for reading.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

My lip liner collection - mini reviews and lip swatches.

Hi ladies

I have 10 coloured lip liners. It doesn't sound like a lot but when you consider the fact that I never use them (usually a lipstick alone as I don't have bleeding issues or small lips) it is quite a lot. Doing this post I realised how nice some of my liners look all over the lip on top of some balm so I'm hoping they'll get more use that way. So off we go...

I won't discuss the ELF lip lock pencil in this post as I still don't know if it works & I can't swatch it as it's colourless.

From top to bottom:
LA colours - P518 Auburn
INIKA - 03 Sugar Plum
Clinique - 28 Cocoa Rose (I can't use this as it doesn't twist up)
NYX - 810 Natural
Avon glimmerstick - Red Brick
Rimmel lasting finish 1000 kisses - 061 Wine
Rimmel lasting finish 1000 kisses - 050 Tiramisu
Rimmel lasting finish 1000 kisses - 011 Spice
Myface cosmetics - Medium Beige
Kiko cosmetics - 208

From left to right
LA colours - P518 Auburn
INIKA - 03 Sugar Plum
Clinique - 28 Cocoa Rose
NYX - 810 Natural
Avon glimmerstick - Red Brick
Rimmel lasting finish 1000 kisses - 061 Wine
Rimmel lasting finish 1000 kisses - 050 Tiramisu
Rimmel lasting finish 1000 kisses - 011 Spice
Myface cosmetics - Medium Beige
Kiko cosmetics - 208


As you can see I have a nice variety of colours from nudes to dark purple. Some are extremely pigmented & creamy but all in all there aren't any in the collection that are horrendously drying. I chose a few for lip swatches so you get an idea of how they look because as I always say *enter product name* aren't made for hand swatches.


This was the first time I tried this liner. I don't actually do nudes but this doesn't look concealer nude so maybe I'll use it when I do heavy eye work (I probably won't).

I was really impressed with how pigmented and creamy this liner was. I don't have a lipstick in this shade so hopefully this will get more use. I did find however that it had a sort of frosty finish.

I'm trying to decide whether I need this or I can put it up on my blog sale. Although it is visible in the picture when I looked in the mirror it matched my lips so perfectly that I couldn't barely see it so potentially a bit too natural?

The only thing I own from KIKO that I bought from Stratford Westfield at the bargain price of £1. Not sure how much it is full price but it wasn't expensive. I think the KIKO quality from what I've seen is fab for the price.

LA colours is actually fantastic from what little I've seen of it i.e. this & their polishes. I bought this from Beauty Base in Westfield for a quid! This Auburn colour is absolutely fantastic for Autumn/Winter and is creamy enough for all over the lip (ignore the state of my lips but I had been rubbing all the other colours off by this stage to be fair).
So that was my liner collection. My decluttering self is actually trying to see which ones I can shift over on BBS or pop on my blog sale as most have only been used once and I'm not likely to get enough use from them. Anyway, I'll stop rambling. Hope you enjoyed this post.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

PS please check out my Blog Sale tab at the top of my blog just under the header. I would love to get rid of as much as I can.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Project 'finishing perfume samples' pan?

Hi ladies

This is my 50th post! Hurrraaahhhh. I recently reached the 80 reader milestone too so thanks for sticking by me lovely people :)

Today I will be doing a post on the perfume samples I own and really want to finish up soon. I find myself using my full size body sprays and perfumes so these get neglected. I got this idea from the lovely Sandra and her perfume samples post. Thanks for the inspiration Sandra! I should add I rarely wear perfume so this will take a while to use up. I use my body sprays during the day and only wear perfume on nights out.


So here we have:

  • Kim Kardashian - Eau de parfum rollerball
  • Versace crystal noir - Eau de toilette
  • Lancome la vie est belle - Eau de parfum
  • Calvin Klein eternity - Eau de parfum
  • The body shop LOVE ETC - Eau de parfum
  • Versace yellow diamond - Eau de toilette
  • Yardley royal diamond - Eau de toilette

Although this is quite a big 'sample' I wanted to talk about a perfume I received in my #LiveBloggers goody bag.

Orla Kiely Eau de parfum

Now to state the obvious, how cute is the little 5ml bottle? I absolutely love the shape and the big size would make such a nice addition to any vanity. I know everyone says they are rubbish at describing scents but I genuinely am. It's why I have never done a perfume post despite having quite a few in my collection.

My best shot at it would go something like this - 'A fresh and light floral scent perfect for daytime'. Hmmm, I should probably stick to make up shouldn't I? 

What they say

Refreshing light floral fragrance with top energizing notes of uplifting Green Tea, Peach and Fig combine with natural Rose extract and delicate White Flowers. Base notes of Cedarwood, Sandalwood and classic Musk combines to balance this simple and elegant fragrance. 

That's more like it eh? At least you now know what it actually contains, instead of a vague statement. The collection also contains a shower gel and a body cream, neither of which contain parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals and artificial colourings.


Prices
Orla Kiely Eau de Parfum Purse Spray
25ml £32.00 / €40.00
Orla Kiely Eau de Parfum 60ml
£42.00 / €53.00
Orla Kiely Eau de Parfum 100ml
£55.00 / €69.00
Orla Kiely Shower Gel, 250ml, £17.95 / €23.00
Orla Kiely Body Cream, 200ml, £29.95 / €38.00

Which is your favourite perfume ladies?

Till next time...Toodles! :)