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1 Aug 2015

Current Favourite Lip Combo

After having a rummage through my lip stash last week and trying out different lip products together, I found myself a perfect new combo, so perfect that I've been sporting the combo pretty much daily since discovering how well the two products go together.

The products in question are NARS Velvet Lip Liner in El Agua and ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose.

NARS Velvet Lip Liner in El Agua and Elf Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose

NARS Velvet Lip Liner in El Agua and Elf Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose swatch
Top: El Agua Bottom: Tea Rose
NARS Velvet Lip Liner in El Agua and Elf Studio Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose lip swatch

El Agua is described as a Lavender Rose shade, which I think describes it pretty well. It has a smooth and creamy formula which glides on the lips without tugging and has a matte finish. I have in the past wore it alone on my lips, and although its matte, when used to fill in my whole lips, it feels comfortable to wear and doesn't look dry.

Tea Rose is slightly lighter in colour than El Agua and is more of a dusty rose shade. Again its a matte finish, but the quality and staying power is not as good as the NARS liner. I guess this could be expected though considering the price difference between them both. The shade is absolutely beautiful though and every time I dig it out of my stash I fall in love with it all over again and just want to wear it constantly. I really should check out some other shades in the studio matte liners.

Next week, Ill probably have a whole new lipstick love, but for now... these two are rocking my boat.

What lip combo are you loving at the moment?

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27 Jul 2015

Budget Cleansing | Good Things Argan Oil Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Of an evening, the first step of my skincare routine is removing my make up. To do this, I generally reach for either a cleansing water or a cleansing oil. I can't say I prefer one over the other, as they both do the job I want them to do, although I do find that if its been a long day and I've been wearing quite heavy make up since daft o'clock in the morning, I do tend to reach for a cleansing oil rather than a water, as I feel this seems to break up my make up  and the dirt and oil accumulated during the day more easily, making my second cleanse more of a breeze too.

Good Things Argan Oil Nourishing Cleansing Oil is a new addition to my bathroom shelf and one that I cannot fault in any way, especially when it comes to the price tag (£5.99). Its Jam packed with skin loving ingredients, with the main one being Argan Oil - as the name suggests. Argan Oil is high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids making it ideal to hydrate and soften the skin.

To use, I simply apply a small amount to my hands and massage onto the skin and eyes. I then wet my hands a little and massage the skin again to emulsify the oil, then I simply remove with a warm face cloth and rinse my face afterwards. There's no need for a separate eye make up remover as It causes no irritation at all to my eye area and lifts away heavy eye make up with ease. After use my skin is left feeling completely free of make up, soft and hydrated.

If you're thinking of giving an oil cleanser a try for the first time, or are on the lookout for a new one to try then I'd definitely recommend picking this up and giving it a whirl. I doubt you'll be disappointed. This products has really impressed me, so much so that I now have a list of other Good Things products that I'm itching to give a try.

Available from Boots priced at £5.99

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28 Jun 2015

Giving it another try - Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Micelle Solution

As part of my double cleansing routine, Micellar waters are something I use often as a first cleanse. I also use them in the morning, when I'm feeling lazy or in a rush. I first tried the legendary Bioderma Micellar Water a few years ago. It was new on the scene and everyone who wrote a beauty blog was raving about it - so it was only natural (as a beauty junkie) that I had to give it a try.

Unfortunately though, we didn't get on. I used it the once, found it stung my eyes and left it unloved on the bathroom shelf, only to bin it a few months later while having a clear out.

As time went on, more and more brands started to release Micellar Waters, so I found myself trying new ones constantly and I never gave Bioderma a second thought - until recently.

Whenever Im reading a feature on the web about Micallar waters, Bioderma is nearly always mentioned and is definitely rated as one of the best on the market. With that being said, I decided I was a bit harsh to judge it last time - especially after just one use - so I decided to give it another try and I'm so glad I did.

I genuinely now believe that I must have just been having a bad eye day the last time I used it (my eyes can be quite sensitive at times and I am a contact lens wearer too, so bad eye days are not uncommon) because this time around I have felt no irritation at all. The last time I used it, I also remember thinking that it wasn't good at tackling heavy eye makeup, I was a cleansing water novice then though and have since learnt that the secret is to hold the cotton pad on my eyes for a good few seconds, before attempting to wipe away eye makeup. Some cleansing waters I've tried can still struggle with heavy eye makeup though, where as Bioderma removes it instantly. I don't even need to go over my eyes again, when doing my second cleanse. It really does remove everything, not only on my eyes but on my face too. I would still never cleanse in the evenings with just Micellar Water alone, but if for some reason I had to, I could go to bed confident enough that all my make up had been removed.

I can now fully understand why Bioderma is raved about so much, and I doubt I'll ever be without a bottle in the future. There's still quite a few Micellar Waters that I haven't tried yet, but right now, Bioderma is definitely in first place.

I'd love to know what Micellar Waters you rate or hate, so feel free to leave me a comment below.

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24 Jun 2015

The mask that gives a glow - Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque

Considering the fact that I'm currently 6 months pregnant, My skin doesn't seem to be seeing this so called "pregnancy glow" that I hear so much about. You know the one - that radiant flawless glow that supposedly comes with pregnancy. I did infact Google it, as I needed to know if it was infact a real thing - and to my surprise it is.

Apparently, while pregnant the amount of blood in the body will increase by 50%, this extra blood ends up showing through the skin, particularly around the cheeks. Also, hormones cause the oil glands to become more active, which then results in a softer shinier appearance.

Interesting. So let me just ask - where's my friggin glow then?! because I'm definitely not seeing one. Not a natural one anyway. The only way I'm managing to get a glow, is with some of the skincare products I'm currently using. One being Aveda's Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque (£30.00 for 125ml)

I initially purchased it expecting it to help my dull skin look more alive and radiant - anything with radiance in the name and I'm all over it - but it does so much more. The Finely powdered Tourmaline boosts skin radiance and naturally exfoliates away dull skin cells. The Avocado Oil and Muru Butter soothe and hydrate, while anti-oxidant lycopene, which is from tomatoes helps to protect the skin.

I use it generally about twice a week and each time my skin is left feeling so soft and smooth as well as looking and feeling completely hydrated. Its the next morning that I really notice the difference though and my skin really does glow. Trying to explain the phrase "glowing skin" isn't easy if I'm honest, basically I wake up to colour in my cheeks and soft, dewy, fresh, rivatalised and healthy looking skin. Instead of dull greyish, worn out looking skin.

Although it isn't the cheapest mask on the market, for me personally its worth every penny.

What products do you use to achieve glowing skin?

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20 Jun 2015

What's in my bath - Current Bath Products

With a house to run, two kids, two cats, a man and a dog - plus being pregnant and exhausted, its not that easy finding the time to have a long hot soak in the bath. More often than not, I'm a "grab a quick shower" kinda girl, not out of choice, just out of ease.

I used to try and have a hot soak at least 3 times a week, but once I hit the tub the kids seemed to start arguing, the dog chased the cat, the cat then kicked the shit out of the other cat because he can't beat the dog and my other half just sat on his Xbox - oblivious to it all, so I came up with a plan. I stopped bathing a few times a week (I still shower, don't worry!) and I set a bath day. Its the one day I relax, enjoy the hot bubbles and load Bloglovin' on my ipad. Heaven.

Seen as this is the only "me" time i get, I like to have my own selection of products which I save especially for my bath. These are the products I keep out of sight and away from the other shower gels, bubble baths etc. When you live with a teenage boy who likes to use half a bottle of shower gel every time he has a shower and a 6 year old who just pours bubble bath in like its handed out for free - Its a good idea for me to have my little bath treats tucked away.

Here's a few of my current favourites and new additions -

Radox Bath Soak - For as long as I can remember, Radox has always been one of those staple products in my bathroom. When I was pregnant with Harvey, I developed a HUGE obsession with it and my bathroom shelf was literally lined up with every single one. The same has happened with this pregnancy, although I've not quite got every single one... YET. One of my favourites is definitely the Muscle Therapy. Its the one I purchase most as I find it warming, soothing and relaxing. The child in me also loves how it turns the bath red.

I love... Peachy Passionfruit Bath & Shower Cream - I know this sounds like a cliche, but this product really does smell good enough to eat. Like seriously tempting. It contains natural fruit extracts and Shea Butter, which makes it perfect for this time as year as it leaves the skin baby soft, hydrated and smelling luscious. As you can see, I've not used it that much yet, but a little goes a long way and it generates a mound of soft fluffy bubbles that last the duration of my bath (normally 45 minutes to an hour) perfect for me to bury my body underneath while my mind relaxes. Priced at £2.99 Its also a great budget buy and its made me want to try more products from the brand.

Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel and Shanti Shower Oil - I have a soft spot for Rituals products. They are a little bit more pricey that the standard highstreet offerings but you get what you pay for, as the quality in the products show. Their shower foams are one of my favourite products. Although they are classed as a shower foam, I use them in the bath just like I do any other shower gel. I love how a tiny amount of gel quickly expands into a luxurious and voluptuous foam that feels gorgeous on the skin. I love how its multipurpose too, so no need for a seperate shaving foam.

The Shanti Shower Oil is a new addition and is probably more suited to use in the shower, but like I said, what I use in the shower I use in the bath too. If you're anything like me and are a bit lazy when it comes to body moisturising, then a shower oil could be the perfect addition. Although the Shanti Shower Oil doesn't moisturise the body like a good moisturiser would, It does provide a shot of hydration and leave the skin feeling moisturised and soft without feeling slippery and greasy.

Ingredients in both products include Sweet Almond Oil and Indian Rose, a combination which work perfectly together. The scent is gorgeous. Very feminine, sweet and sensual while also being relaxing at the same time.

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