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Friday, 31 October 2014

October Empties

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Shampoo & Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Conditioner - I picked these up as they clearly state on the front no parabens, however the shampoo still contains SLS so who knows what other nasty ingredients they contain. The scent of these are gorgeous; coconut oil and cocoa butter and I suppose for a high street shampoo and conditioner, they're not as bad as they could be. I have actually got another pair to use up as I stocked up when they were on offer so I will finish those but I'm on the lookout for more brands that don't contain nasty chemicals.

Impulse Body Spray in Tease - I actually stocked up this week and although I still bought Tease, I picked up a new scent to try! I hope it's nice if not I'll be sticking to my faithful Tease!

Nourish Protect Smoothing Hand Lotion - This was actually such a nourishing hand lotion and it smelt delicious; orange and mandarin. It wasn't too rich and absorbed quickly so I could continue with everyday tasks.

Simple Eye Make Up Remover - As I said in my September Empties, I tried it with waterproof mascara and I was not impressed. However, for regular mascara, I cannot fault this eye make up remover. It removes every last trace and doesn't sting or irritate my eyes.

Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash - I really don't know how I feel about this cleanser. I think it's gentle on my skin and it doesn't break me out; I know it's certain foods that break me out. I just feel the grass could be greener on the other side. I still have a couple of these in my bathroom drawers but I am on the lookout for a better cream wash.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner - I've lost count of how many I've repurchased now and I will continue to do so. This toner is gentle yet effective on my skin. It helps to keep my skin clear (apart from when I binge on chocolate and cheese!) and soothes any blemishes that I have.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat - I bought this from Escentual to try as a moisturiser. As the name suggests, this product is anti-shine and anti-enlarged pores, which makes it a great make up base. It works by regulating the sebum production, tighten pores and improve skin luminosity. I found that it kept any oil at bay for the majority of the day but my skin is only a little bit oily. It didn't dry my skin out at all and made it feel really smooth. My only negative is that it became hard to squeeze product out towards the end.

Collection Colour Lash Clear Mascara - I haven't repurchased since this ran out and I'm trying a few different products to tame my brows. This is great but as it contains proteins, my eyebrows were growing at a ridiculous rate! I have big brows to start with! It would be a perfect product for anyone wanted to grow their eyebrows.

Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer - I love Collection for their concealers. They're so cheap and do such a fab job. This one doesn't get as much love as Lasting Perfection but it's a great under eye concealer. If my under eye circles are particularly bad, I do need to apply a little Lasting Perfection on top but usually it does a great job all by itself.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cotton Candy - This is the second Lip Butter I have finished. I think it's because they are so wearable and so easy to apply without a mirror. I have only tried two different shades but I have repurchased both. Maybe it's time I experimented with a few different shades. Perhaps I'll pick up a few autumn/winter shades.

Benefit They're Real Mascara (mini) - There is a lot of hype around this mascara so I was looking forward to giving it a try. At first I didn't like it at all but once it had dried out a little, it was easier to work with. I wasn't blown away though. Don't get me wrong it was alright and did a good job but with all that hype, I thought miracles were going to happen!

Rachel x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

In The Spotlight - Eye Creams

I'm 27 and I am not getting any younger. I believe that looking after your eyes at a younger age is much better than trying to undo the results of years of neglect. Even though I'm still young(ish), I have begun to notice a few signs of ageing; fine lines and dark circles. My body craves sleep more than it used to and the signs of a poor nights sleep is more obvious around my eyes, in particular, along with discolouration and dullness in my skin.

We all need to look after our eyes and an eye cream should be the first step you take; a simple addition to anyone's skincare routine. The skin around our eyes is very delicate and sensitive and should be looked after very carefully. My mum always taught me not to rub when I was removing make up and to simple wipe gently. This has been a great piece of advice which I have followed for years. Another great tip is to use your ring finger when applying eye cream as you apply less pressure with this finger.

Using an eye cream will look after your eyes in many ways and not only will it moisturise the area, your eyes will look brighter, more awake and any puffiness or dark circles will be reduced. I have been using eye creams for years now and here are three that I currently have in my skincare stash. I'll report back in ten years or so and let you know if using eye cream for all these years have made a difference but I'm not taking the chance!

Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair £14.75

As with all Liz Earle products, this contains naturally active ingredients. It contains beta-carotene, borage oil, Echinacea extract, D-panthenol (also know as pro-vitamin B5) and Titanium Dioxide. All these ingredients mean the eye cream has antioxidant properties, locks in moisture, helps stimulate cellular renewal and helps to reflect UV light. The directions recommend gently patting on fine lines around eye area, mouth and forehead every morning. It contains light-reflecting particles which conceal and brighten dark under-eye shadows and a premium quality mineral sunscreen which provides SPF10.

My opinions - This eye cream has a lovely texture; it's not too thin and it's not too thick which means it absorbs quickly so make up can be applied straight away. It has a slight scent but it is inoffensive.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream £11

Obviously, this contains Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and protects the cells from damage. This moisturising eye cream hydrates, smoothes and protects the delicate skin around the eye. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. Leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. The directions state it's suitable for all skin types and to use morning and evening. Dot around the eye area and blend with your ring finger; gentle massage helps reduce puffiness.

My opinions - This cream has a light texture. In my opinion it's a little bit watery but it doesn't take too long to absorb into the skin. I'm not too keen on the smell but that's just me and my nose is far enough away from my eyes!

No7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream £15

No7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream protects young skin to delay the first signs of ageing. It boosts radiance & visibly improves fine lines. It reduces dark shadows and puffiness and gives the skin a brightening boost. Created specially for the delicate area around the eyes. The unique blend of protecting and renewing ingredients leaves skin soothed, smoothed and revitalised. No7 have a patent pending next-generation anti-oxidant complex to help shield against free radical damage, plus their skin firming pro-retinol peptides complex containing Lipopeptides and Matrixyl.

My opinions - This eye cream is again on the lighter side but absorbs very quickly leaving a smooth texture behind. It doesn't have a scent; not one I can smell anyway.

My favourite of these has to be the Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair and I will definitely be repurchasing in the future.

Do you use eye cream in your skincare routine? Which is your favourite eye cream?

Rachel x

Monday, 27 October 2014

Izabelle Hammon Beauty Launch

Last Sunday, I was invited to an exciting beauty launch party which was held at the beautiful Midland Hotel in Manchester. I have to admit that I hadn't heard of Izabelle Hammon, Calgel, Iz Beauty or Christian Beauty before but now I have and I have to say I'm very impressed. Iz Beauty consists of nail art products including a LED/UV gel, embellishments, nail wraps and nail art pens. Calgel is a one phase gel nail system which is designed to maintain the condition of the natural nail. Finally, Christian Beauty specialise in eye products and on the day we were introduced to their eyebrow products. 

The purpose of the event was to preview the upcoming collections, master class workshops and seminars led by Izabelle Hammon herself. We had the opportunity to look at all the amazing nail art products and we were very kindly given a box to fill with amazing products like nail wraps, stickers, nail art pens and studs to try at home. I cannot wait to start experimenting and getting creative with my nails!

Calgel were on hand to give us a demonstration. I was lucky enough to have the full experience and opted for the gorgeous shade Model Behaviour which is a vibrant, blue toned purple. A week on and it's still looking as vibrant and glossy as it was the day I had it done. I've actually done housework and built some IKEA furniture with no chips or scratches. Calgel isn't available to buy to use at home as it's only available to people who have had the official training. There are plenty of salons which offer Calgel nails and a quick Google search will allow to find one near to you. 

Also, I was colour matched to find out which shade I was from the Christian eyebrow range. There are eight shades in total and they are available to buy as a kit which include one shade, three stencils and an application brush. They're revolutionary water resistant eyebrow powder that can be used to create defined, yet natural, brows in seconds. Lasting up to 24 hours this clay based powder adheres to the skin, filling in and transforming sparse, thin and pale eyebrows.

Any blogger event wouldn't be complete without a photobooth, cupcakes, a sweet table and prosecco! We were well and truly spoilt. Thank you so much for such a fantastic day and for introducing me to some fabulous new products. I have lots of nail art products to try so look out for those in future blog posts. You can find out more about Izabelle Hammon here and if you fancy trying any products for yourself, you can via the online shop found here.

Rachel x

Sunday, 26 October 2014

NEW from The Body Shop - Glazed Apple

Glazed Apple

The Body Shop have been on the ball this year with their releases and almost all of them have excited me so much. I want to go out and buy this entire collection right now! Just in time for Bonfire Night, TBS has released 13 new products with a special edition scent - Glazed Apple. With notes of fresh apple, lemon sugar, raspberry blossom, freesia, musk and vanilla, the scent sounds perfect and I can imagine the smell as I'm writing this. I don't think the range hits store until 4th November but they're online to purchase now. My favourites of the range are the bath sprinkles, lip balm and bath jelly. They've just been added to my wishlist! 

Rachel x

Please note - this post isn't sponsored. I just love TBS!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Faith In Nature Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner - Review

Recently, I was contacted by the lovely ladies at Faith In Nature and they asked me if I would like to try one of their shampoo and conditioner ranges. Faith In Nature do exactly that; they put their faith into nature. They use natural ingredients to make a range of products including body care and skin care. I much prefer using 'green' haircare and I definitely notice a massive difference after repeated use. 

Born in Edinburgh 40 years ago, Faith In Nature believe in doing good for their customers, doing good in the way they run their business and doing good for the planet. Also, they are passionate about keeping their prices affordable so everyone can benefit from what the Earth provides. Not only do Faith In Nature use natural ingredients, their products are organic, cruetly free and vegan which is fantastic news! Currently based in Lancashire, Faith In Nature try to keep everything British; they manufacture in Britain and where possible, try to source products from the UK. If this is not possible, they aim to use ethically sourced, fairly traded produce. 

As my hair is dry and damaged, I decided to give the coconut range a try which is designed for normal to dry hair. Faith In Nature doesn't just use plants in their products because they smell nice; they believe that each plant has powers and healing qualities. For example, coconut oil inhibits the loss of skin moisture making skin smoother (this would work in exactly the same way with your hair). As the products are natural with no added nasties, they don't have a long shelf life; six months in fact. In my opinion, that's plenty of time for a shampoo and conditioner. I'm not sure mine would last that long anyway! 

From the very first wash, I was impressed! The shampoo lathers up perfectly (I've tried other natural shampoos which don't) and after washing my hair twice (it was greasy) my hair was very clean. My hair didn't feel squeaky clean, it never should, but my hands did a little bit. The coconut scent is delicious! I can close my eyes and pretend I'm on a Caribbean beach washing my hair under a waterfall! The conditioner seems quite runny but I don't know if that's because I'm used to ones which are full of chemicals. You just have to be careful that you don't loose any! The directions suggest leaving it on for 5 minutes, which I do. Afterwards, my hair feels super soft and is a lot easier to comb than usual. 

The result is that I recommend Faith In Nature Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner. Who doesn't want a shampoo which cleans and conditioner which conditions while being environmentally friendly and hair friendly? 

Do you prefer using 'greener' haircare? Have you tried Faith In Nature? 

Rachel x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Beauty Christmas Crackers

Not only has the beauty industry cashed in on advent calendars; they also rake it in when it comes to Christmas crackers. As beauty obsessives, we love it! I know it's still only October and this is my second Christmas post but it'll be November before you know it. Shops have started stocking Christmas items already so you've got to be quick before everything is gone! Here are just a few of the crackers available this year. I have separated them into individual crackers and cracker collections. 

Individual Crackers

Christmas Cracker Collection

Do you have your eye on any beauty Christmas crackers? Are they great or just another novelty fad?

Rachel x

Monday, 20 October 2014

NARS Orgasm Blush - Review

What they say; "The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry's most iconic shades for cheeks. Natural, healthy-looking colour that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush."

This is actually my first ever NARS purchase and I bought it from Cohorted at a discounted price (I think I got it for about £18). I used the excuse 'I need this for my wedding' to justify buying a blush for almost £20 when I already have a draw full of them! Orgasm is such a highly raved about product in the beauty world with many people claiming it's their holy grail blusher. I just had to see what all the fuss is about!

NARS Orgasm Blush is a peachy-pink blush with a golden shimmer running through it. It apparently suits most skin tones and it definitely suits mine. Orgasm can be worn lightly for a natural blush or it can be built up for a more intense look. As it contains a golden shimmer, it can act as a 2-in-1 product, allowing you to save time in the morning and skip the highlight. At first, I wasn't sure about the shimmer for everyday but once it's blended, it's very subtle and looks beautiful. I imagine it looks stunning glistening in the low Autumn sunlight.

Is Orgasm a holy grail product for you? Which NARS products do you own?

Rachel x
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