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11 Jan 2015

A new cleansing love - Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream

It's no secret that I love a bit of Clarins - especially their Skincare. It's one brand whose products never fail to please me. I've repurchased quite a few of their products, numerous of times, with some becoming firm staples in my routine. One of these staples being Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream.

This is a thick and creamy cleanser which I use as my second cleanse product. I like to go in first with a Micellar Water to get rid of all my make up, then I go in with this to get rid of any traces of left over make up and to give my skin a really good cleanse.

This ensures my skin is left totally clean and rid of all the impurities and pollutants (basically all the shit) that may have accumulated throughout the day. The Moringa Seed extract is the ingredient that tackles the pollution, dirt, and grime, while the Mango butter, Shea butter and Jojoba Oil are the ingredients that leave my skin feeling soft, nourished and moisturised.

Its a pleasure to use, as it smells amazing, plus it works well with my skin and leaves it feeling clean and fresh, while still soft and not taunt. Exactly what I want from a Cleanser.

If you're looking for a new Cleanser to try, then this is well worth a look.

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10 Jan 2015

Project Nail Growth - My quest for healthy nails

After years of wearing false nails, I've finally decided that enough is enough, the false nails need to go and Its time to start growing my own nails.

Although this sounds fairly straight forward, Its not going to be an easy task as I'm a nail biter. Gross - I know, but as soon as my nails are bare and free of false nails, I bite.  I have no idea why I bite my nails, comfort thing maybe? Or nervous anxiety? Who knows. What I do know though, is that it's not a habit I'm proud of. I want nice feminine nails, not bitten down chewed to the bone nails.

Although I've stated that its not going to be easy resisting the urge to bite and letting my nails grow, I know its something I'm capable of doing, as I've done it in the past. Way back when I first started my blog, which is over 5 years ago now, I was in the same frame of mind as I am now and I stopped the biting and grew my nails. They all got chewed off eventually, but that's not the point, I know I can do it. I just need to kick the biting for good this time.

To help me along the way, I'm going to be using a couple of products from the new Nail Care and Treatments range from No.7. The range consists on 4 products; Nail Strength & Grow Treatment, Ridge Filling Base, Cuticle Oil and Nail Cleanse and Prime.

To start things off, I'll only be using the Nail Strength and Grow Treatment along with the Cuticle Oil. Once my nails are at a suitable painting stage, I'll start to use the Ridge Filling Base and the Cleanse and Prime.

I'll be documenting my journey to healthy, happy and non chewed nails every week here on the blog and on my Instagram, so feel free to come along for the ride! Week one will start on this coming Monday, and my starting nail picture will be posted then.

In the meantime, please leave any tips for growing healthy nails below, as I would really appreciate any help and advise you can offer.

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3 Jan 2015

Back and all geared up for 2015!

Long time no see! It's been a while eh? In fact, it's been near enough a year since I last blogged. Time really does fly.

So where have I been? Well a hell of a lot happened in my life last year and my blog had to take a back seat. I don't want to go into too much detail on here, as frankly it's hard to talk about, but if you follow my Instagram, you'll be aware of what I'm referring too.

I miss my little space on the World Wide Web though, so I'm bringing myself and my beauty ramblings back for 2015. It may take a little time for me to get back into the swing of things, but I hope you'll stick around for the ride.

Much love,

Jo x

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17 Mar 2014

Keeping the skin hydrated - Part 2 The Toners

If you read my previous post on keeping my skin hydrated you’ll know how my lifestyle isn't particularly good for my skin. I smoke, I eat a lot of shitty food and I don’t drink enough water – all of which are not good for my skin and can cause it to become dehydrated. To try and keep my skin hydrated there’s a number of products I use. My previous post featured the hydrating face masks I use, this post will focus on my toners of choice.

It’s only recently that I've started to double tone. All thanks to Caroline Hirons. If you’re a little unsure what double toning is, then this post on Caroline blog explains it way better than I ever could. The basics are to use two toners – one exfoliating and one hydrating. The exfoliating toner obviously exfoliates the skin, while the hydrating toner puts moisture back into the skin. I used to just use an exfoliating one, but now I've started to double tone I'm definitely seeing a difference in my skin. Although both the products I'm using as the moment are not actually labeled as toners, they both work amazingly well at keeping my skin hydrated and I use each one at the toner stage in my routine.

Hydrating toners

I've been using the much raved about Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist for around 3 months now and I absolutely love it. I use it after toning with an exfoliating toner and instantly my skin feel soft, refreshed and super hydrated. It contains some fantastic ingredients such as Orange Blossom, Rose, and Sage Waters which purify and tone the skin, Apple Pectin which provides long-lasting hydration and restores suppleness and  Hydro Mineral Transference, Omorovicza's own patented mineral delivery system which is the core of all Omorovicza products. This leaves skin firmer, more supple, and younger-looking. 

I've really noticed how much it keeps my skin hydrated and healthy looking, while using it during these past winter months. I've always struggled with my skin in winter. The loss of humidity and frequently switching between the warmth of central heating in the home, to the cold bitter wind outside, leaves my skin feeling tight, red, and blotchy. A problem which I face every winter. Dry, dehydrated skin is not a pretty sight. Since introducing the Queen Of Hungary Mist (QOHM) into my routine though, there's been no sign of red blotchy dry skin, no dehydration issues, its almost as it my skin hasn't even realised that winters been and gone. It's stayed on an even keel and I've had no issues with horrid winter skin this year. 

Although it is an expensive product, its no more expensive than some of the moisturisers that I've forked out for over the years - in an attempt to sooth my winter skin. Moisturisers that have not had an effect on my skin like the QOHM has. 

I have no doubt that this will be a staple product for me for as long as I can afford it it's around.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray is my current morning toner. I tend to skip the double tone in the morning and just opt for a hydrating toner instead. The moisture Surge Face Spray is ideal for morning use as it preps my skin with a first layer of moisture, before I apply my daily moisturiser. This ensures that my skin is kept hydrated all day long. If I do feel my skin becoming tight and dry during the day though, a little spritz of this and its back to being plumped and hydrated within minutes. It doesn't affect my make up either. It leaves no sticky or oily residue,it just refreshes and moisturises. I can imagine this being a god send during the summer months too.

Coming soon: Part 3 - The Serums

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14 Mar 2014

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

I’ve been reading a lot of mixed reviews lately about the new Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, so I thought it was only fair that I throw my 2 cents into the mix.

“Just like you dress to flatter your body shape, eye makeup should be applied based on your eye shape. After nine years of research looking at more than 5,000 eyes, the Smashbox R&D team narrowed it down to six main shapes. Their artists then created how-to’s based on the shapes to get the most gorgeous eyes possible with this palette”.

The Palette itself is a perfect mixture of matte and shimmer shadows. The top row being the shimmer shadows and the bottom row the matte shadows. The packaging is nice and sturdy and contains a large mirrow and also a double ended brush – one end for the application of the matte shadows and the other end for the shimmer shadows. A sample size Full Explosion Mascara is also included along with an eye shape chart with tutorials on how to create looks based on your eye shape.

Like I touched on earlier, there have been many mixed reviews on the Full Exposure Palette. Some have been quite disappointed while others have fallen in love. I guess that’s how it is with most makeup though – what one loves, another hates. One size doesn’t fit all.

So what’s my opinion?

One thing that’s missing from most of my other palettes is a good range of matte shades. Adding this palette to my collection has just filled that gap. 7 shades of gorgeous neutral matte shadows, that are soft and creamy, apply beautifully and blend with complete ease, all in one handy palette - is my dreams come true. The shimmer shadows are equally as beautiful, although it’s definitely the matte shades which I favor and which are the star of the show for me.

I have read a few reviews where people have had a little trouble with the shimmer shadows, applying very sheer and with fallout. I personally haven’t experienced this. With a primer and using the right brush and the right pressing down method to apply the shimmer shadows, I find them to work really well.

Swatched outside in natural daylight.

Available from Boots priced at £36.00

Have you purchased the Full Exposure Palette? Or are you thinking of purchasing it? I'd love to know your thoughts.

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