Friday, 7 March 2014

Finish It Up Friday: Empties #6 | Skin Care I've Used Up

 Burt's Bees Sugar Scrub, £12.99, link
I liked this, but I don't think I would purchase it again. It was a nice scrub, and really did get the job done but the price just isn't worth it for me. It smelled nice, was nicely abrasive and didn't dry my skin out. 
Clarins Toning Lotion (Oily to Combo Skin), £18, link
I got this in a blog sale, and wouldn't purchase this full price. It did nothing for me skin, no matter what state it was in and it seemed totally pointless. Cheaper toners have done more for me so I think I'll stick with those. 
Lancome Tonique Comfort Toning Lotion, £22.50, link
I liked this, and think if my skin were to become seriously dry again I would repurchase this to help me get it to a "normal" state. It is a little pricy but it lasts a long time and does help. I found it to give me a little boost of hydration alongside my moisturizer and cleanser and it also helped get rid of any last little traces of makeup. 
Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask, £5.95, link
I really liked this mask, and I would repurchase this after I've tried some of the other masks from Lush. My only issue was that I didn't quite get to use this up in the time it took for the mask to go out of date. It was a nice, slightly exfoliating mask that left my skin feeling soft after. It also didn't stink like bananas like I feared, which was a total win for me because I hate that scent. 
MAC Cleanse Off Oil, £8, link
I love this stuff, and if I had the cash to treat myself I would totally buy this full price. It's an amazing makeup remover and leaves my skin feeling clean. I might have a good dupe over this one though so look out for that post coming soon. This almost dupe, unlike the l'oreal option, is free of mineral oil so is better for the skin. 

No7 Beautiful Skin Blemish Defense Serum, £16, link
I liked this but I wouldn't repurchase because the price is insane. I got the bottle for £5 almost new in a blog sale which I thought was reasonable but £16 for something the "might" have worked is something I won't be doing. It did help boost my hydration a little but I don't know if it was this or that fact that I stuck to a skin care routine while using that helped clear up my breakouts. 
Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer, £3.99, link
This is a simple, excuse the pun, lotion that I think almost anyone could get on with. It was great in the day time to offer my skin some moisture without leaving my skin oily or with a moisturizer to heavy for makeup. It's super cheap, lasts ages and doesn't irritate my skin in any way.
Superdrug Simply Pure Light Moisturizer, £2.59, link
This is the Superdrug version of the Simple lotion above. It does the same job, but I actually prefer this packaging to the Simple one. It's easy to squeeze out what you need and has all the benefits of the Simple. It's also a little cheaper too. 
Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance SPF15 Cream, £2.99, link
I really like this as a day cream when my skin is feeling dull. It gives my skin a subtle glow, that when used with foundation, helps create that "lit from within look". It also offers some sun protection which is always helpful. It didn't irritate my skin, left it feeling moistuised and helps dull looking skin. I would repurchase this, and have already done so.
Garnier Moisture Match Wake Me Up, £5.99, link
I hated this, so I wouldn't repurchase this. I think I want to try the other options like the Goodbye Dry because from the testers in store make me think they are so much better than this. I got this because of the gel formula, which has always helped with my dry skin, but this just left my skin feeling sticky and un-hydrated.

Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Oil, £2.99 , link
I don't think I will be repurchasing this because it was to oily. I've found other oils that work with my skin better and don't leave it feeling really oily like this. I did like it for sorting out those flaky dry patches I can get but all over the face this just didn't work. 
Clearasil Overnight Lotion, Discontinued
This was alright, but I can't repurchase this. I don't think it really helped with my blemishes but it was a nice, light overnight moisturizer. I used this during the day as well because it wasn't heavy. It was just okay, and there are better things out there for blemish control and overnight hydration. 
Purity Anti-Aging Moisturizer*, £7.99 , link
I liked this but it wasn't amazing. It really did leave my skin feeling moisturized but it did leave it with a slight tackiness to it for quite some time after applying it. If I put this on right before makeup it wasn't the best but if I let it sink in for a few minutes then it gave me a nice base to apply my foundation on top of. I don't think I'd purchase this because I have better things but the Overnight Moisturizer from this brand is AMAZING!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, £10 , link
 I got this from my aunt when it was about 3/4 empty so I didn't get to use all that much of it but it would be something I would purchase for myself. It was a nice light feeling moisturizer that helped my dry skin and didn't make my oilyish nose any more oily. It didn't irritate any sensitive patches either. 

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lily Pebbles' The Beauty Scenario Tag

In a recent ,Lily Peebles created the beauty scenario tag and I thought it was a really great idea. I don't make videos so I thought I would take the questions and answer them on the blog.  So, on with the questions:
1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore, which do you keep?
My drugstore favourite would have to be the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. It was a toss up between this and the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid but I've never had the Wake Me Up fail for me whereas if I have a bad skin day the Dream Liquid doesn't have as much coverage.  My high end choice would be the Estee Lauder Doublewear. I adore this foundation and NEED to get a new one. It lasts all day, gives beautiful coverage, doesn't cake up and it's drying even though it is targeted at more oily skins.

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

I ignore it. If I knew the lady or something like that I might let them know but I would be far to scared, nice lady or not, to tell them. Hopefully they'll notice sooner rather than later. 

3. You're not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?

I grab something bright pink. I would have to be something nice and blue toned, and would probably be something Fuchsia. My favourites at the moment are the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 02 or the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?

That really wasn't that long a go for me but I would tell younger me to take the hair out of the slicked back, super tight pony tail. Just because you have curly hair doesn't mean you can't do something else with it. Also, the gelled back front is NEVER cute especially when the rest if a mess. For makeup, I would say step away from the Dream Matte Mousse. You have dry skin and it doesn't suit you at all and also don't just put liner on you bottom lash line and mascara. It doesn't look good at all. I'm not sure why I ever thought it was a good idea to just put a thick black liner under my eyes and not do anything anywhere else. 

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear wrong and give you a pixi cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum hysterical b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund.

I would probably do some kind of combination of all three. Fun fact: I've NEVER been to the hair dressers. My mum used to be a hair dresser so she trims my hair for me but the thought of getting my hair cut, even by my mother, scares the crap out of me.  So, if they cut off to much to start I would probably sob and leave before they could finish but if it did happen I'd probably have some kind of nervous breakdown in the shop, sob down the phone to anyone who would listen and refuse to leave until they magically reattached all of my hair.

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which 'do it all' palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

 I don't own many palettes. I tend to go for one shadow looks so palettes are just more shadows I probably wouldn't use. If I had to choose one palette it would be one of the Look Beauty Mini Make Over palettes because there is a blush underneath or the MUA Undress Me Too palette because there are some shadows in there that work for one shadow looks.

7. Your house has been robbed, don't worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What's the product you really hope is safe?

If I had to choose one? I think I would save something more expensive because I could replace the cheaper stuff easier. I think my MAC palette might have to win this one because, while they aren't limited edition it took a lot of money to build up the stash and it also has some shadows from Soap and Glory and Natural Collection depots in there.
8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven't noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs 

I'd probably do something really passive aggressive like make some kind of snarky comment a few days later or mention how gross the product looks around them so they get the idea that it annoyed me just a little. I wouldn't repurchase it unless it was an AMAZING product and totally unusable. I wouldn't do the same to theirs because I don't really ever use something of someone else because it freaks me out a little. So if I had to choose it would be A.

You can watch Lily Peebles' video here, and be sure to link your tag if you have done it because I'm nosy and love to know how other people would answer the questions. 

Thanks for reading!
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Monday, 3 March 2014

Sharing The Blogging Love

You'll have to excuse the old picture, because Nailasaurus has had a stunning makeup. It's just a beautiful, clean looking blog with gorgeous posts. The pictures are stunning, the designs cool and tutorials helpful.   

I'm sure I've featured Sara's blog in a previous favourite but It's staying on my top blog list. I think the design is great, the posts are interesting and have a nice mix of topics and I love the colour scheme of the blog too! Who doesn't love a bit of pink? 

Good pictures, concise posts and a nice clean lay out make this blog an addictive read. I highly recommend checking this blog out and having a good ol' read. 

 Again, I need to apologize for the older picture. This blog has also had a bit of a change up in design. It still looks fabulous, and I really enjoy the pictures on here. Her post on Tanya Burrs Lipglosses is a great read. 
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