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31 January 2016

Origins Must Haves


I've always thought that I've been quite faithful and loyal to my skincare routine and over the last year, I've been very reluctant to introduce new products. However saying that and also continuously using "I've" in the last sentence, there's been two stand out products from Origins which have become firm favourites in my skincare routine. First up is their iconic GinZing energy boosting moisturiser which doesn't plump my skin as it claims, but is more of a lightweight day moisturiser which hydrates my skin. Personally I don't use this as my night cream, more so either on a morning or after I've cleansed my face post work out. I've got a more in-depth review of this here, however lately all what I have been doing is reaching for this, which speaks volumes.

The older I've gotten I'm finding that my "normal" skin is leaning more to being drier - I don't know if its the fact that I now work in a building which has air con (oh yes moving into moderner times) and where I work the wind constantly blows a gale which will play havoc on my skin. One thing which I asked for Christmas was their Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask which every beauty blogger seems to rave about. Personally I don't wear this overnight as I don't want my pillow getting attached to my face nor transferring product into my hair - no, just no. Normally I'll apply this on an afternoon and leave it on my face for a few hours and then rinse off. What I have found with this is that my skin does drink this up and I'm left with very little residue on my skin. After using this my skin looks hydrated and not as dull, which is a winner with me. 

Both of these products have been game changers - more so the mask, however both products do live up to the hype. However as much as I enjoy using it, I really don't know whether I would repurchase GinZing, purely on the basis that I like to change my day moisturiser up. What products would you recommend from Origins? Let me know.

24 January 2016

The Not So Exclusive Lush Products

The Comforter // Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Gels - both £4.95

Remember back in the Summer when everyone went absolutely mental for the Oxford Street exclusive Lush products. Believe it or not, I didn't cave into the hype on mine and Tor's annual London trip when we visited their flagship store. Tor on the other hand managed to spend a small fortune. Eventually though I caved in to her constant raving about two of the products she picked up and picked them up when they were released into my local Lush store.

Yuzu and Cocoa was the shower gel by far I was excited to try as I love their bubble bar - if you remember the post about this, I actually refer to it as Homer's Arse Crack. Here's the link to the post if you don't believe me. This lives up to they hype and my skin always feels so soft after using it - the scent isn't as strong as the bubble bar, however it's just amazing. I think this actually beats Snow Fairy as to being my favourite shower gel from there.

The Comforter was the one exclusive product which every man and his dog was raving about and as much as I love the bubble bar (review here), I am going to utter some words which will make many a beauty blogger turn their heads in disgust. I don't like this shower gel at all. I don't know what it is - does it smell like the bubble bar - yes, does it look like the bubble bar - yes. I think what my problem is the fact that I'm assuming it to be like the bubble bar when lathered on the skin (i.e. lots of bubbles) it doesn't happen and I think this is why I'll be sticking to the bubble bar in future.

What other Lush (not so) exclusive products should I try next? Or even what products from the normal ranges would you recommend? Let me know.

20 January 2016

The Jo Malone Dupe

Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir has fast become one of my all time favourite perfumes and as much as I would like to spend £58 for a diffuser and £42 for the candle, I can't justify it (unless someone wants to buy me it hint hint). However whilst looking for bathroom storage in my local Dunelm Mill I spied that the Dorma range was on offer. As soon as I picked up their Black Lily and Pomegranate candle, and smelt it the resemblance between that and Pomegranate Noir is uncanny. You can't tell the difference between the two. Obviously this wasn't an offer I couldn't pass on, and as I sit and type this in my living room, all what I can smell is that.

Both the diffuser and candle are really heavily scented and are excellent value for money, when put into the context of Jo Malone prices. Definitely a winner from me. What type of scents do you like in your house? Let me know, cause I want to invest in something new for my bathroom and bedrooms.

19 January 2016

New In: Make Up #3

Believe it or not I haven't actually been out to buy more beauty products (shock horror), however these photos were taken at the beginning of December. However instead of me saying this is what I've got, I can actually share with yo some first impressions of the products as I've used them which is more beneficial than a brief description and a price. First up is a product which initially I didn't see the purpose of nor think that I would actually use it, but since the Christmas break, this has been a staple in my make up routine and that is MAC Prep and Prime Fix+. I've been using this if I'm having a no make up, make up day to prime and hydrate my skin, however where the magic comes in with this is applying after powder products to remove the cake like appearance. I also think I may invest in the smaller size for travel.

If you are a regular reader of the blog you will know how much I love Cocoa Brown's 1 Hour Tan (review here), however a random detour around the beauty aisle in my local Tesco I couldn't believe that their were selling their Dark formula off for £3 a bottle. I've been wanting to try the dark version for a while and stocked up on a few bottles. Like the medium version, you can leave this on for up to 3 hours before rinsing off, however I prefer to keep this on for as long as possible. I am impressed by the colour pay off, however it's not as dark on the skin as St Tropez or Lauren's Way. But for work this is a brilliant tan and it's a massive thumbs up from me. I need to try doing two coats of this to see what the pay off is, however Cocoa Brown never fails to deliver.

With the hype around of the Anastasia Beverley Hill's Contour Palettes, I personally couldn't part with the £40 for this, so instead I picked up Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette for £8. Now I have swatched these, however I haven't properly used the kit. What I can say though is that the colour pay off is excellent, so expect to see a full review on this once I've tried it out properly. On a whim in Boots I picked up Seventeen Eyeeye Crayon in Bronze, again bad beauty hoarder, I'd totally forgotten that I'd bought this until I'd seen this photo. 

Finally on a random trip to my local Beauty Outlet (I wrote about the W7 products I bought from there here), I also picked up a Maybelline Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe for £2.49. Initially I'd been wearing this before Christmas as a wash of colour on my eyelids for work and then also as an eyeshadow primer. If you own MAC Satin Taupe eye shadow, put the color tattoo across the eyelid and then go in the crease with Satin Taupe and it's the easiest smokey eye ever. What products have you been buying lately? 
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