Like last few months March
seems to have flown by. I loved the change of season this month even if the
weather seems to be forgetting how to complete the whole change element this
month. Spring/Summer 2013 trends are full of corals, nudes and light delicate
shades combined with natural beauty. I just love browsing all new products and
trying one or two. So this month my favourites have been some oldies and some
newbie’s which I am now going to share with you.
1.Rituals Shower Foam in Rice Milk and Cherry
£ 7.00 or €10 200ml
This shower foam is from the sensations collection. I was
first introduced to the whole Rituals brand of products after receiving a trial
size body lotion in a recent Glossy Box and now I am addicted. I have gone on
to purchase a number of different products (all which I will review and share
my experiences as I use them). This shower foam is really great value for money
as it the foam pump allocates just enough of the luxurious foam and contact
with water turns it in soft relaxing foam. The rice milk is said to leave the
skin really soft while the cherry blossom acts as a cleanser. My skin is definitely enjoying the experience
and I will be repurchasing this product.
have always been a massive fan of nude nail polish so you can imagine my
excitement when the turn of the seasons brought with it an influx of nude
polishes. I have a few favourites but the forerunner in my favourite’s league
is definitely Lychee by Barry M. The Hi Shine Gel range is very impressive. It
aims to give a gel like finish and is long wearing and both of these are true.
It dries really fast and has a really great shine. This shade is perfect for my
skin tone. It is a nude shade that is light and fresh and compliments tanned
skin or tan free skin (I have tried both). This polish is also a perfect base
for nail art or a simple nail jewel or two. I have a few different shades from
this collection and I like them all. My
must have nail polish for the coming months.
am certainly not the first to love Revlon’s Lip Butter and am sure the fan base
for this product will continue to grow.
I have tried a few of shades but at the moment I love Peach Parfait. Lip
butter’s are exactly as described they are soft buttery colour burst for the
lips. They condition and colour and leave a hint of shine and glamour all at
the same time. This shade, peach parfait, is a natural almost nude colour with
peach tones and gold flecks. This shade adds a glow to your lips and for me is
the perfect summer shade. The only problem I have like so many others is that
it does not last a very long time and needs reapplying.
absolutely love mascara and I absolutely love this mascara. It is dark, long
lasting and gives what only can be described as amazing eyelashes. The wand is
plastic which I know some people do not like but I have to say it works
wonders. It has a tiny application spikes on the top which allows you to apply
the mascara to even the shortest of eyelashes. It is a little expensive as
mascara’s go but in my opinion it is defiantly worth the spends. I have tried a
lot of mascara’s and I am sure I will continue to try new products but I feel
at the moment this product will be hard beaten.
£109.95 or €120 (with discount for
bringing in an old electrical appliance)
I have had to purchase a new hair iron. I originally had a GHD which had lasted
me well over 5 years and I was really happy with it. Due to use, age and wear
and tear my iron needed replacing. As I was really happy with my GHD I simply
just repurchased. However my experience was less then satisfying. I found the
new hair iron simply did not straighten my hair. I would straighten it and
within a couple of hours my hair was mess. Long story short I returned my item.
On research I decided on a Cloud Nine Wide Irons. End result I absolutely love
it. This iron works perfectly. It straightens my hair, ads shine, can be used
to add a kink or wave to my hair. The wide iron plates mean you only have to
run the iron once or twice through the hair to achieve the desired look (I have
long bouncy hair). It has a number of different tempeture settings, comes with
a heat mat and has a protective cap. I am extremely happy with my purchase and
would recommend highly. I am now saving to treat myself to another Cloud Nice
Product – The Wand.
TIGI S-Factor True Lasting Colour Shampoo
£20 or €25 for Shampoo and Conditioner
I was recommended to use these products and
had to try them out. Unfortunately I was disappointed! The products are rich
and this may have been part of the problem for me as the products were a little
too rich. The result was my hair was left a little weighed down. This meant
that my hair had to be washed more often. I also found that the shape of the
bottles meant that it was so difficult to squeeze the product out and either
too much came out too fast or it took an age to get it out. Over all I did not
like these products.
There you have it my fav's for March.
What have been your favourites this month? Leave a comment and share some of your fav products......
As a lover of all things
cosmetics and beauty related I have been glued to many a magazine, article and
media sources that have been reporting on all the up and coming looks for
Spring/Summer 2013. As a result of my studious efforts I have put together a little
go-to guide for my makeup, hair and nails look for the coming seasons. Once
again let me tell you I am by no means an expert but I just love to watch the
trends and have the greatest of fun attempting to recreate what I see while
adding my own little twist to things. In this post I would love to share with
you make up guide comprising of the products I am using at the moment.
Fresh, flawless and
effortlessly natural! This is look I am aiming to achieve this season. The
words “effortless” and “natural” would lead one to believe that not a whole lot
of products are involved. Well unfortunately I find this to be to less than
true – or maybe that is just for me.
The aim is to achieve a glow
– a healthy looking face with perfect skin that is illuminated. Essentially I
want to create a makeup look that does not look like I am wearing makeup!
Cheeks are to display a
delicate hint of rose for pink tones or peachy fresh for coral tones, all the
time staying true to the objective of captivating the fresh faced look.
Products I am trying to
achieve these looks with.
·NARS Sheer Glow
pot by Laura Mercier
This little pot seems to have everything
you need to blend away the imperfections. I am new to this product so will
follow up with a more comprehensive review in a few weeks.
·Rimmel Wake Me UP
Instant Radiant Touch in Radiant Rose or Shimmer Sand
Blush in Dainty
·NARS blush in
·DIORSKIN NUDE SHIMMER Instant Illuminating Powder – love this
highlighter it is light and really natural looking.
·NARS Laguna – a classic and a favourite
The look to achieve with the brows at the
moment is a look that is strong and full but also natural. The best way to
achieve this (for me anyway) is through the use of an angled brush and an eye
shadow or a brow powder.
I am brunette so it is not too difficult to
find my shade
·MAC Omega and Espresso shadow
·Brow Sculptor by Tom Ford.
Soft pastels, light
metallic’s and blue aqua’s are the shades being advised. Eyes are to be bright
and alive yet delicate all at the same time. I am not a big fan of the blues or
aqua’s but I do love the natural nudes.
·MAC pallet ( I
choose these shades myself) omega, expresso, wedge, embark, - love these for my
·Naked Pallet by
·Rose Pigment by
by MAC – works also as a fabulous highlighter for under the brow bone or
anywhere your heart desires.
Eyelashes are also a favourite and well a must for me
to add that bit of extra to any look. Eyelashes that create an extra flutter
and fullness are my ambition. Mascara a must!
·Elyure will to
continue to be my go to brand for all things eyelash related
·They’re Real by
Benefit or Flash Lash Flutter Mascara by L’Oreal
The inner eye highlighter is
also a must have. I like to use the above mentioned Vanilla Pigment by MAC
Light shades with a delicate
hint of shimmer are really nice to accompany any natural look. Peach, coral,
pink or nude are all really nice lip colours and all a blast of colour.
·Revlon Lip Butter
I am yet to find my perfect
Spring/Summer 2013 must have shade but watch this space!
Well there you have it, my
tips on the products I am using at the moment to achieve the natural beauty
look of the season. I am always on the lookout for tips, tricks and fabulous
products so if you have any of the above please leave me a comment and share!!
I love would love to hear them.
Hope you found this post
helpful or at least a little interesting.
I am looking forward to
following this post up with a similar seasons trends and my attempts for Hair
and Nails ........so excited !!
****Just to let you know all the products I have mentioned in this post I have bought my self and I am using myself therefore my opinions and/or recommendations are based on my own experience ****
Every body who knows me or even thinks they know me are aware of my slight obsession with all things mascara,eyelashes and eyes in general. Keeping this in mind you can imagine how excited I was to try out Model Co Fibre Lash Brush On Mascara.............
Ok this product claims to provide the user with brush on false lashes in the form of mascara. You are given a black mascara which you apply first. Then you brush on the white fibres which for me resembled a consistency similar to cotton candy. This is followed up by another layer of the black mascara. You repeat this process until you reach the volume and desired looked you want. I followed each step for two cycles.
The results were, in my opinion, mixed. First off this product does build volume and it was noticeable. However I did not like the feel of this product in my eyelashes. It did feel heavy and clumpy on my eye lashes and my eye lashes tended to slightly stick together when I blinked! Big eyelashes yes please, stuck together eyes no thanks .
Over all I was disappointed with this product it is relatively expensive for the results. I think I shall stick to my favourite mascara of the moment ( Benefits they're real)
Have you tried a product with excitement but the experience did not love up to expectations ?? Please leave a comment sharing your experience
Every week there seems to be a different skin care product
launched with offers so many benefits that I don’t know where to even begin.
Traditionally I have been lucky enough to have a minimal amount of skin
problems. This was the case until recently that is. Over the last few months my
skin has been changing and unfortunately not for the better. I have been
getting oily patches (which I never had before) and I have having a few angry
My general skin care routine has always involved cleansing by
means of a good facial wash and moisturise. The occasional exfoliate and mask
and I have always been a lover of professional facial when I could afford it.
....thankfully my boyfriend has found my favourite beauticians and is partial
to gifting me a voucher now and again. Anyway, as a result of my recent skin
issues I decided to up my game and get serious about skin care. I chose two
skin care routines to try, one being regarded commonly as a gentle yet
effective range of products and the second a little more proactive on the
whole, dare I say it, anti aging front!
I would like to use this blog post to share my experience of these two
¬VICHY Normaderm AND
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Range
I had been advised that VICHY
offered an effect range of skin care that was gentle on the skin and cleansing.
With this in mind I chose a few products from both the above mentioned range. I
choose the normaderm as it offers a solution for people with oilier skin and
all the nastier little side effects of such skin like spots and uneven skin
tone etc. It is said to be suitable for all skin types but especially the afore
mentioned oily prone skin and it aimed at the 10 to 35 age range. Gentle yet
effective I was delighted to try it out and was hopeful for a good result! The
products I chose where as follows:
1.Normaderm Micellar Solution
is a clear cleansing solution suitable for all skin types and age ranges. It is
said to remove make up and impurities and leave the skin feeling fresh and
Removal of impurities which lead to break outs and eliminates excess oil
yes please! I use this lotion after I
wash my face to remove any thing that may be left over after a good wash and to
act as a light toner. I like it. It is refreshing and does leave skin feeling
extra clean. I don’t know how effective it would be if used on its own as I do
like a really good cleanses but for my purpose I really like it.
this handy pump bottle in the shower to wash my face. It is really gentle and
does cleanse really well. It is fragrance free and clear in colour. This gel is for men and women with shine-prone skin.
Eliminates impurities and sebum excess and unclogs pores. I do like it.
3.Normaderm Triple Action 3 in 1 Cleanser
have named this little gem as one of my favourites in a monthly favourites post
recently. It is a deep cleaning product that can be used in 3 ways, as a deep
cleaning exfoliant, a mask or a general cleansing wash. The combination of Salicylic acid,
Glycolic acid and Clay with a soothing agent. Salicylic acid works to remove
impurities and excess sebum, Glycolic acid smoothes and evens the skin, while
the Clay mortifies the skin for a clear complexion. I have used mine all up now
so I do think I will be repurchasing it very soon.
This product is used as a spot treatment. It is said to reduce sudden local breakouts and
soothe discomforts. Of all the products I purchased this is my least favourite
and if I am being really honest I do not find it very effective. You apply a
small amount on to the affected area. I found the consistency of the product
made it hard to use. It sits on the skin and does not seem to melt or soak in
at all. It is also blue in colour so as you can imagine its messy when it falls
off your face and onto your clothes! So not one for me!
5.AQUALIA THERMAL LIGHT
Feeling that my
skin was dehydrated and probably a little clogged I decided on this
moisturising cream. It is suited to any
one with sensitive, dehydrated, normal to combination skin who wants
long-lasting soothing and fortifying hydration for their skin. I like this
product it is light and soaks in to your skin so quickly leaving your skin so
soft and smooth. I am about half way through this pot and I use every morning
and maybe every 3rd night at the moment. If you like light and
gentle this is the one for you.
The second skin
care range I have been using is by Elemis. Tri Enzyme Resurfacing by Elemis has
been raved about on so many fronts so I was eager to give it a go. As much as I
genuinely hate to admit it time it is a ticking and as I have always been told
prevention is better than cure so this range of products really interested me.
I bought the starter kit to give it a try. In addition to the products below a
really handy face flannel mitt comes with this set great for removing the wash
or the mask.
ELEMIS TRI-ENZYME RESURFACING FACIAL WASH
This is the first
product in the pack, a facial wash. I am loving this wash. I stopped using the
above mentioned Vichy products to try this out. In one week my skin genuinely
improved. This wash gives your face a really great cleanse and as the name
suggests the enzymes present in the wash clears
the skin and my skin did appear brighter, fresher and over all improved.
As I only got a small bottle of cleanser I will defiantly repurchase it. You do
only need a small amount so a little goes a long way.
ELEMIS TRI-ENZYME RESURFACING gEL mask
This mask is in a
gel form and is really lightweight. Again you only need a little and a little
amount has great coverage. You are advised to put this mask on 2 to 3 times a
week for the first week. I used it 3 times. It is very potent and you can feel
it reacting with your skin the minute you put it on due to the slight tingle
you feel on your skin. The result of use was simple – my skin was soft, clear
and revitalised. I claim to be no science buff but those little enzymes do
their job well. I love this mask and will continue to use it.
ELEMIS TRI-ENZYME RESURFACING
This night cream
is seriously expensive in full size so it was no surprise that in my starter
pack I received only a small version. Like the rest of the range a little goes
a long way. This cream is thick in consistency and has an extremely luxurious
feel to it on the skin. This
nightly treatment stimulates the skin's natural cell renewal cycle, actively
smoothing and leaving your skin feeling so lovely in the morning. I use this cream
at night and the Vichy light moisturiser in the morning as I do not want to
overload my skin. I would love to repurchase this cream but it is extremely
expensive so maybe I will repurchase the whole set instead.
Overall I am
really impressed by this range of products from Elemis. I feel the products
have genuinely improved my skin and is continuing to do so. It is rich and
potent meaning you only need a small amount of each product. The only negative
aspect of this range is the price of the products. The range is expensive for
full size individual items but if you really want to try the range I would
highly recommend the starter kit I have used.
So these are my
skin care products in use at the moment. With a little luck my skin will
continue improve. As I hope I have shown the Vichy range is gentle and great
for everyday use but I have to admit the little “chemical” or “enzyme” element
of the Elemis range really does it for me.
I am always on the
luck out for new cleansing or skin care products that are effective and helpful
for my skin. Do you have any recommendations? I would love to hear them so
please leave a comment below.
While listening to my ITunes library this morning this song
Luhrmann Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen
I took the time to actually listen to it as I have to admit I
cannot believe how accurate the advice really is – well from my experience so
far. So here are the lyrics to have a read. See what you think!
If I could offer
you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits
of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has
no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice
Enjoy the power and
beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and
beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll
look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how
much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not
as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about
the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve
an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are
apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind
sides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every
day that scares you.
Don't be reckless
with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with
Don't waste your
time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is
long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.
compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell
Keep your old love
letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty
if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting
people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some
of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of
calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry,
maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll
divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding
anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate
yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body.
Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think
of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance, even if you
have nowhere to do it but your living room.
directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do not read beauty
magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your
parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your
siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to
stick with you in the future.
friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to
bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more
you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York
City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California
once, but leave before it makes you soft.
inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too,
will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young,
prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their
Don't expect anyone
else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy
spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much
with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose
advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of
nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping
it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.