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23 August 2016

Lip Essentials from Blistex

It's pretty safe to say that the humble lip balm is probably one of the understated beauty products which we will own multiples versions of. I'll be the first to admit it, I can't be without lip balm - they're beside my bed, in my handbags, in the car, on my two desks at work, you get the picture. Whenever I'm run down, feeling ill or stress, the first thing which suffers is my lips and the only product which will ever sort them out is a thick layer of their Relief Cream. Over the last few weeks I've been trying some of their newer releases and I've managed to find some new firm favourites.

Out of the products I've been trying two are old faithfuls - their Lip Brilliance in Blushing (£2.59) which adds a sheen of colour to the lips. This is ideal for work, as I can never be bothered to wear lipstick, however if I want some colour adding to my lips I have the option. Personally out of all the range, I do find this to be slightly drying on the lips. However in order to overcome dry chapped lips, I'd recommend reaching for their Intensive Moisturiser Hydrating Lip Cream (£2.65) - this does leave white residue while it soaks in, so bare that in mind when you use it. Normally I prefer to use this on a night in bed. They've recently released a cherry scented version of this, which actually smells of cherries. Personally I prefer the original version, however both contain bees wax and shea butter to moisturise. Also it contains SPF - win win.

The newest releases are their Happy Lips range (£2.49) which comes in Strawberry and Mango. Anything mango scented is a winner with me and I always find that with fruit scented products it can be hit and miss as to whether it actually smells like the product itself. Personally I love this, the strawberry not so much, purely because I don't like strawberry scented items. These are similar in formula to the Lip Brilliance but are very hydrating on the lips - a winner with me. Are you a fan of the Blistex range? What's your favourite?

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17 August 2016

New In #6: When All The Skincare Runs Out...

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Sod's law isn't it? Everything has to run out at the same time, then instead of replacing items you then go through all your travel sizes. However on the positive for once I've actually used up products without casting products to one side when new items have been bought. If you've been a regular reader of the blog, you will know how much I like to rave about Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, even going as far as saying it's my holy grail cleanser. However since repurchasing this - I'm actually not that fussed on it anymore. It does an amazing job of removing every little bit of make up off my face, but I'm actually wishing I'd repurchased No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser instead or a Clarins one. Luckily I've got two No7 vouchers so I'll be stocking up.

I've managed to get through my stash of Bioderma with the exception of one small bottle which will be kept for those occasions when my face is well and truly caked with make up. However for everyday make up (and a carpet cleaner - don't ask but it works a treat) I'll be reaching for my Garnier Micellar Water. Hands down this has to be the best drugstore micellar water which is out there, and unlike other waters one sweep of this gets rid of any stubborn eye makeup and mascara. It doesn't dry my skin out or sting my eyes - win win.

For my eye cream, it has to be Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (review), no other eye cream has worked as well for me. If you are looking for an intensive hydrating cream, look no further than this. It's a shame Kiehls don't do this as a facial moisturiser (hint hint). Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum is my morning serum and my skin has been screaming out for this to be added back into my skincare routine. By far this has to be one of the best serums and one which I have seen a visible difference in my skin with. I find that after using this my skin looks hydrated and healthier which after a long day at work is a massive win win. Also you can normally get this on offer for less than half price in Superdrug or Boots.

Finally one product which I have literally been desperate to get my hands on for literally months and months, however swore that I would not buy it until I used up all of my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. That day has finally came and I could try Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. At first I hated the scent and texture of this, as it's more of a dry oil, however after using this for a few days, I could instantly see a difference in my skin texture and appearance. For some reason I do miss the Estee Lauder serum, however I'm really enjoying using this. I have decided though I want to try their Powerful Line Reducing Concentrate next as you do.

What skincare items are you loving at the moment?
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14 August 2016

Co Lab Sheer + Invisible Dry Shampoo

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Since moving into my own home, one thing which I can never ever deal with is being ill. I think by the end of it I start to do my own head in. I couldn't tell you what's been wrong with me over the last week. Now I have been going to work over the last week, which I know I shouldn't have, but hey ho. There is a purpose to this lengthy introduction - one thing which when I'm ill I can never be bothered with and that is washing my hair. Disgusting I know.

Over the last week I've been reaching for my trusty Co Lab Sheer Invisible dry shampoos, in an attempt to make me feel half human. Normally I reach for these as an alternative to my Paul Mitchell Dry Wash Waterless Shampoo (review here), as they give more volume in my fine hair rather than clean it. Normally when I was my hair, I prefer to dry and style it, otherwise I look like a scarecrow. However over the last week I've been going to bed with wet hair and literally attempting to tame it the next day. This is where Co Lab have been working wonders - I'm finding that it's giving my hair some volume and grit to style my hair.

If you're not a fan of dry shampoo and are looking for an alternative product to help with back combing etc, I would recommend Co Lab. The only downside of this, is that some of the scents are far too overpowering and just make me want to avoid them. Personally my favourites are Tokyo and London - not too over powering and the scent doesn't last long on your hair. Another thing about the range, is the fact that this won't break the bank (it's near enough always on offer in Superdrug) and you can buy miniatures of all the fragrances. I know to some this is a given, however trying to find a mini Bastiste in a fragrance which you like is a task within itself. Are you a fan of the Co Lab range?
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10 August 2016

Lorac Pro Palette...

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Now and again a product comes along which causes so much hype and gives it (quite rightly) coveted status within the blogging community and that has to be the infamous Lorac Pro Palette. As soon as Michelle said she'd bring me some bits back from Miami last year, this was top of the list, Initially I wanted to order this from the Ulta website with some other items and have it delivered to her hotel, however Ulta won't allow international orders. Luckily for me a quick Google search revealed that this was available to order on the Nordstrom website and I got it delivered to her hotel. Luckily for UK people they also ship internationally - so you can order this yourself.

There's something about the formula of the Lorac shadows which makes these a cut above the rest - it's something to do with the pigmentation, the blendability, the colour pigment - honestly the list goes on and on. The palette itself contains 16 shadows - the top row all mattes and the bottom shimmer/satin. Unlike other brands and their eye shadow names, in the Lorac palette the shadows are literally named after the colour - there's no confusion here. 

I do know there have been some comments online about the fallout of these - however I've never had any problems or issues with fall out or the texture being chalky. Personally I find myself reaching more for the matte shades over the shimmer/satin ones. My favourite shadow by far has to be Taupe - honestly if they did this by itself I'd buy it. Sometimes palettes can be hit and miss with the colours, however I think Lorac has hit the nail on the head with this and if you go travelling or wanted to downsize your collection I could easily get away with this (well with the addition of Mac Typographic shadow). 

You do receive an eye shadow primer with this, however as I'm still on using my Nars primer, this has remained unopened. I know the price of this may put some people off, however think of how much the Nars or Urban Decay Naked Palettes are - makes it seem more justifiable. Luckily for me Angela is off to Florida in a few weeks and she's going to be going to an Ulta store, so Lorac is on the list. I'm thinking maybe their Matte Pro Palette or their Contour Palette - what would you recommend from the range?
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