29 July 2014

Bioré charcoal deep cleansing skincare

Back in the day spots and blackheads were two of my biggest concerns and like most teenagers I found myself using Bioré pore strips religiously every week in a bid to deep cleanse and draw out any impurities. Fast forward 10 years and Bioré have now revamped and extended the entire range. There's a new charcoal cleanser and face mask as well as the much loved cleansing pore strips, which has now been reformulated to be twice as effective:

Bioré charcoal deep cleansing skincare

Bioré Self heating one minute mask & Ultra deep cleansing pore strips

These days although my skin is less oily I'm still prone to the odd spot or two so I'm always on the lookout for a gentle but effective range to deep cleanse and treat any blemishes. Bioré uses natural charcoal which gently draws out impurities and traps them within the product, ensuring skin is left feeling clean and refreshed.

One of my favourite things about the Deep pore charcoal cleanser is that it has the most amazing fruity fresh scent. The menthol gives it a nice tingling sensation and although it contains SLS there's not much of a lather and I don't find it to be drying on the skin. In the evenings I would always use a balm cleanser, but because this is so refreshing and easy to rinse away, it's the perfect morning pick me up. 

Whenever I'm having a bad skin day I like to use a more intensive treatment and for days when I'm really stretched for time, the Self heating one minute mask is a must have. To use you simply apply the mask onto a damp face and on contact with water it automatically activates and heats up. You can rinse this away after just 60 seconds and afterwards my skin always feels deep cleansed and less oily. I like the fact that it comes in individual sachets too, as the mask will never dry out and it's handy to pack for any trips away.

Finally there's the newly reformulated Ultra deep cleansing pore strips which definitely takes me back to my teenage years. I'm not sure why I ever stopped using them but it's safe to say the obsession is back and after seeing the effect they had on my blackheads, I shall now be making time for the pore strips on a weekly basis again.

Were you a fan of the original Bioré pore strips? Will you be giving the new range a try?

26 July 2014

Sponsored video - Slim fast moments

In 2013 I made an effort to eat healthier and exercise more, but a stressful new job and long commutes in 2014 meant all that went out of the window. Recently though I've been trying to get back on the bandwagon, after all we all want to look our best and without thick jumpers and jeans there's nowhere to hide under in the summer:

Whether it's health, appearance or a special occasion we all have our reasons for wanting to lose weight and this summer Slim.Fast are encouraging us to share these reasons using the hashtag #SlimFastMoments. Whether it's clothes not fitting or an unflattering photo I'm sure many of us have been there and the idea is to have a laugh and help motivate each other along the way.

Personally I'm lucky enough never to have been caught in an embarrassing situation, although there have been more than my fair share of unflattering photos and with several big events happening next summer I want to make sure I'm looking my very best. With the Slim.Fast 3.2.1 plan you can adapt it to your lifestyle and I like the idea of their meal bars as I'm always running late in the mornings and they're quick and easy to grab on my way to work.

Weight loss aside I'm also keen to improve my overall health, so as well as cutting down on the unhealthy snacks and takeaways I'll be re-joining the gym and exercising more. Slow and steady wins the race and I'm hoping that with some small changes to my diet and fitness routine I'm be looking my best and feeling most confident next summer!

Have you had any #SlimFastMoments? Any top tips to help me along the way?

*Post sponsored by Slim.Fast

24 July 2014

Bourjois summer 2014 new launches

When it comes to on trend fun seasonal make up Bourjois have always got it spot on and their new Summer 2014 collection is no exception. All the products will be launching in store over the new few weeks but for now here's a sneak preview:

Bourjois sun cream blush, summer 14

Alongside their famous foundations and bronzers, Bourjois are probably best known for their little blush pots. Last year they launched a cream version and for summer 14 there are 2 new Sun cream blushes. Both warm toned with one leaning more towards the bronze side and one with a touch of coral (shown above is shade 05, the more bronze of the two). Of all the new launches these are probably my favourite. The cream formula is quick and easy to apply, leaves a dewy finish on the skin and I love that the little pots are study enough to throw into my handbag, perfect for touching up during the day.

Bourjois delice de poudre bronzing powders, summer 14

Bourjois are also expanding their much loved bronzing range with 2 new powders. There's a Delice de poudre bronzing duo which combines their best selling bronzer with a shimmery highligher, as well as a new Delice de poudre bronzing powder which has a touch of shimmer and doubles up nicely as a golden eyeshadow. Both come in the famous chocolate bar compact and will no doubt be best sellers when they launch later this month.

Bourjois contour clubbing waterproof eyeliner, summer 14

Finally not one to shy away from colour there are some beautiful new Contour clubbing waterproof eyeliners. The formulas are creamy and long lasting with a choice of either a matte or shimmery finish. Luckily for every day wear there are some gorgeous browns too which helps to define and thicken the eyelashes without looking too heavy or made up.

Are you a fan of Bourjois make up? Have any of the new launches caught your eye?

22 July 2014

Clarins lotus face treatment oil review

Thanks to the recent warm weather I seem to be changing my entire skincare routine at the moment. Like most people my skin tends to get oilier in the summer, however not wanting to stop using oils completely I've switched to the lighter Clarins lotus face treatment oil instead:

Clarins lotus face treatment oil

With oily skin the temptation is to go for something less nourishing, but one of the best advice I've been given is that you should always counteract oil with oil. The great thing about Clarins lotus face treatment oil is that unlike most other skincare oils this is specifically designed for oily/combination skin and is made up of 100% pure plant extracts. There's rosemary, geranium and lotus to purify and tighten pores as well as hazelnut oil to soften, soothe and prevent fine lines.

A little bit goes a long way with this oil and I find 3-4 drops the perfect amount for my face. The pipette makes application nice and easy and I like to take the time to really massage this into the skin. Although it's an oil I don't find it to be heavy or greasy on the skin and come morning it's always fully absorbed, leaving my skin looking plump and radiant.

What really impresses me though is that it's helped my skin to feel more balanced. The dry areas are no longer as tight and my T zone less oily during the day. Any breakouts seem to heal faster and there's less scaring too. Overall a big thumbs up from me.

Have you tried Clarins lotus face treatment oil? What are your top tips for dealing with oily/combination skin?

18 July 2014

Glossybox and Love me beauty - July 2014

Despite being a beauty addict with far more products than I could ever need I still find myself looking forward to beauty boxes every month. There's just something so exciting about a beautifully packaged box of goodies landing on your doorstep and I love trying out new brands whilst at the same time rediscovering old favourites. This month Glossybox have gone for an American inspired Stars and Stripes theme whereas Love me beauty have surprised with a generous 7 products in their box:

The limited edition Glossyboxes have always been my favourite and I like that this month the American theme has been carried through to the products inside. Carmex has always been a favourite of mine, so although it's not particularly high end it's a welcome addition none the less. After hearing so many good things about Tarte cosmetics I'm excited to try the new lights camera lashes mascara, especially as it claims to lengthen, volumise, curl and condition. There's also an oil free perfecting eyeshadow primer, Bellapierre lipstick and Color club nail varnish which has been especially formulated for this box. Unfortunately neither the lipstick or nail varnish are shades that suit me, but as they're both so beautiful I'm sure I won't have much trouble passing them onto a more appreciative home.

Love me beauty July 2014

As always with Love me beauty there are 3 boxes to choose from and this month I opted for menu 1 which contains a mini Lashem sample, Ofra pressed eyeshadow and brow liner, So susan brow powder and mascara, Teashed tea bags and a surprise full sized Weleda body lotion. Love me beauty have always been generous with their samples and this month with so many full sized products inside the box adds up to a total of over £60! Looking at some other blog posts part of me wishes I'd gone for menu 2 instead with it's beautiful rose lipgloss and taupe eyeshadow. None the less, the beauty of being able to pick your own box means that all the products inside will suit me and I'm particularly looking farward to trying out the brow products whilst sipping on my Northern brew tea.

Are you a Glossybox/Love me beauty subscriber? Do you ever get box envy too?
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