Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid

Hi everyone :)

It feels like I haven't posted in forever...well it has been a while!
I've been dying to get back into blogging, but I had to put my uni exams first and then my laptop completely died, so yeah, bad times! 
But here I am, no more exams (until may at least) and a shiny brand new MacBook, who still needs naming, so if you have any suggestions let me know! (Yes I am one of those losers who names their laptops :P)


On to the main reason why most of you will be here, I'm sure you don't want to listen to me rambling on about my problems! 
For about a year I have been following a skin care routine from skin care for men for treatment of acne. I have always suffered with far from perfect skin and tried most of the lotions and potions on the market as well as prescribed medication from the doctor. However since following this simple yet very effective routine, my skin has been miles better, I was actually surprised at the extend of the improvement considering what I had tried in the past with little results. Yes it may be the fact that my skin and hormones should be calming down as I turn 20 this year (AHH), but I'm definitely hooked!

One of the main products raved about on skin care for men is, Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid. I have forever lusted after this to complete my acne fighting skin care regimen and was very grateful when Paula's Choice offered to send my a sample. This is quite a pricey product at £21.50, which is why I was so hesitant to try it as my skin is so temperamental toward new products, however I can quite honestly say I will be purchasing this for many years to come. It is available to buy from their website - here -, the exfoliants have been repackaged since I received mine. 


What they say - 'Exfoliate deep within the pore and fight stubborn blemishes and blackheads with this clear liquid with 2% salicylic acid (BHA). Also contains soothing anti-irritants'  


As the description says it is a clear liquid, much like a toner, and as it contains salicylic acid it works wonders on both calming down and soothing breakouts and preventing them. I use this instead of a toner, i.e. after cleansing (currently still using C&P) applying on a cotton pad and wiping over face and neck. I do find it lifts even more dirt out of the skin even after cleanse and polish as well as soothing the skin at the same time. 


Pros 
- Exfoliates and cleans out pores,
- Didn't experience a 'purging' phase which was a major plus :),
- Does not dry skin out, something I find with most acne fighting products, 
- Reduced breakouts, 
- Improved texture of skin.


Cons
- Does have leave a slightly greasy feeling residue on the skin, but nothing unpleasant. 




Hope you all have a lovely week,
Thanks for reading,


Sunday, 18 September 2011

Nail Polish Storage - GlossyBox Recycling!

Hi :)

Nail Polish is one of those things I find most hard to store and organise. I used to have them all arranged out neatly on top of my chest of drawers, which was ok until my cat started to jump on top of it and knock them all over constantly. So in my annoyance I came up with a cute new storage idea which is aesthetically pleasing, takes up far less space and is recycling! I'm sure you've all heard of GlossyBox and one of the compliments I hear in every post I read is how nice the packaging is, so it would be a shame to waste it :)




These now sit behind my mirror on my dressing table. Admittedly the top box is not as pretty and neat as the bottom but that is because they are all the odd ones that would cause it to sit uneven :(

Let me know how you re-use your GlossyBoxes :)
Thanks for reading,

Friday, 16 September 2011

Models Own Pink Fizz: NOTD

Hey everyone :)

Just thought I would share my new nail polish obsession with you! I recently picked up a few nail polishes from the Models Own 50% off sale, and this was one I knew I just had to have. I had been lusting after OPI's Teenage Dream for ages, and this was the next best alternative however I think I love this more!! Pink Fizz is so much more sparkly and blingy, some might find it a bit tacky and garish but I personally love it! I probably would just wear it as an accent polish in future for a less full on look.
Models Own Pink Fizz, £5
Available at Boots and Models Own Online

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Rimmel Extra Wow Lash: First Impressions Review

Hey everyone :)

Today is a slightly odd post for me. I usually am only compelled to do reviews on things that I am absolutely in love with, however this I picked up literally 20 mins ago from the Boots at the station in work. I forgot to take mascara to my boyfriend's with me so I desperately needed to pick some up as soon as I got to work, and this was what I was drawn to, partly because it was a cheapy and it was in the new Kate Moss lipstick range display. I hadn't really heard anything of this mascara yet, so I thought I would share my first impressions of my necessity mascara buy.
What Rimmel Say:
'Extra WOW Lash mascara, the new volume and lash building mascara with a 50% larger brush for WOW volume.The supersized brush makes it easy to build soft to dramatic look with visible progressive volume up to 12X.Lash building formula for highly defined lashes. No clumping.'


Firstly, I'm not in love with the packaging. It feels and looks really cheap, which it is but it's still not great, if it wasn't on offer the packaging probably wouldn't have drawn me in to want to buy it. They claim the brush is 'oversized' and 'volume building' however to me it's not a massive brush mearly average, especially in comparison to the likes of the Collection 2000 big fake lash mascara brush which is HUGE. That being said, I quite like it.
The formula is not thick so didn't clump, no matter how many coats I applied, this is a must for me, I much prefer long defined lashes to thick clumpy ones any day. This provided just the right finish, length without looking spidery, definition without the 4 eyelashes look, volume without clumping and even added a slight curl which I was lacking due to not having any lash curlers either.

I wouldn't say it was an amazing life altering mascara (*ahem* YSL Faux Cils), but for the price it was a winner!



So if you are ever heading to work without a mascara and need to pick one up to save you looking even more tired than you feel, have a look for this bad boy :)


                       Pros                                                                Cons
                       - Price (£5.49)                                     - Packaging
                       - Length                                             - Not bad but not amazing
                       - Definition
                       - Volume
                       - Brush and formula easy to use
                       - Leaves lashes flexible not stiff
                                    


I hope you enjoyed my little first impressions type review.
Also I was thinking of doing a weight-loss type post as since february I have been on a slight health kick/diet and have lost 2 stone so far, so if anyone would be interested in that please let me know :)
Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Hi all :)
Hope you are all doing fabulously, it's been a while since I posted on here *slaps wrists* but I suddenly got a surge of blogging motivation this morning and to start with I need to divulge my new found love for Liz Earle.

More specifically, Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Now I know I am very late on this bandwagon and had never been fully convinced to try it out, mainly because of my awkward skin and thinking that anything other than Cetaphil would cause it to freak out and fall out with me again. However I received the 100ml Starter Kit as a gift from my Boyfriend for my birthday about two months ago, he had apparently seen it on one of my many 'to buy' lists (who knew men where so observant?)..and well Liz Earle has well and truly kicked my feeble little Cetaphils butt!

Sorry about the stock picture. I planned to take photo's when I bought my new set a few days ago, however I was too impatient to wait and I didn't think anyone would appreciate seeing my grubby muslin cloths :)
In the 100ml Starter Kit, you get a 100ml bottle of Cleanse and Polish as well as 2 muslin cloths. Firstly the bottle I love, it has a convenient pump so you can simply pump out as much as you need, I tend to use just one pump for my entire face, with no mess or faffing around squeezing a tube. The application is also genius. You simply massage the cleanser straight onto dry skin or a face full of makeup, and in a matter of moments it loosens and breaks up all of your slap ready for the 'Polishing' stage. You then take the muslin cloth and rinse it with hot water, I like to let mine soak in hot water while I am cleansing, ring it out and then gently wipe away all of the cream. Not only does the muslin cloth remove all of your makeup, the slightly (and I mean slightly) rough texture gently exfoliates leaving my skin feeling squeaky clean and super soft. The first time I used it I was amazed at how well it actually cleansed my skin, I do tend to double cleanse by using another half of a pump but this is just for reassurance not necessity as my skin is usually spotless after the first go.
Now...the results. As I have acne-prone skin, I was convinced that a 'one cleanser fits all' type of system would not work for me. How wrong I was. According to the assistant at the counter I visited, (don't quote me on this!) the cleanser has ingredients to tend to all possible skin ailments, for example Cocoa Butter for dryness, Eucalyptus for oiliness etc and the combination of these will lead to clearer and smoother skin for any skin type. This is exactly what I experienced. After just a few uses my skin felt and looked so much healthier, much more even and in combination with the other items in my skin care routine, my skin has cleared up quite significantly! My skin is obviously not perfect, it probably never will be, but with this cleanser I have noticed such a huge difference and I absolutely wholeheartedly love this stuff!!


Have you tried any of Liz Earle's other products? I would love to know what you all think of the rest of her range :)

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, 14 July 2011

LLYMLRS JWLRY Rings.

Hi there Lovelies :)

A good few weeks ago I ordered some rings from LLYMLRS's jewellery shop JWLRY. I have never been a big ring wearer but I have always admired Lily's style and especially her jewellery so I thought I would just go for it and order some of the beauties she sells on there. I plumped for the random five stone ring mix and I was definitely not dissappointed!


I think I got quite a nice selection. There is something that will go with pretty much every outfit and even be able to layer together. They are all one size with adjustable backs and really good quality. Best of all I got all of these for just £10!

Thanks for reading,

Monday, 11 July 2011

Costco Borghese Brush Set

Hey there lovelies,
Hope you all had a great weekend!

I am super excited to be posting about this brush set! I have been on the hunt for one of the costco brush sets ever since the first one was in stores a few christmases back. My friend recieved the old one as a gift and I was so envious, they were so soft and I just had to have them. Alas they sold out and apparently would only be around in the holidays, so I could only find them on eBay at quite a hefty sum considering the main factor attracting me to them was the affordable price... Untill I found this....


A few months back I saw a few videos floating around YouTube of the new brush set Borghese had released at Costco. I rang around a few Costco's near me with no luck, so I gave up hope. Needless to say I was so excited when I was mooching around the health and beauty section last weekend and came across these beauties at the bargainous price of £19.19 (inc VAT).




First impressions - I am in love! All of them are great quality, very well made, super soft with minimal shedding, far less than my Sigma brushes! My favourites have to be the Powder Kabuki Brush, the Round Foundation Brush and Eye Powder Flush Brush! There are some great brushes in this set, both essentials and some more obscure yet brilliant brushes that you don't see often. The brush roll is also a great addition, as I don't own one and traveling with my brushes is an absolute pain as they will get misshapen however this will definitely help! I will be doing a full review post of them in the future once I've had a proper play around with them.


What are your favourite brushes?
Thanks for reading.