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?

17 July 2014

Sponsored video: L'oreal elvive fibrology haircare

As someone with long fine hair, the dream has always been to have thicker more volumised locks. Of course there are endless styling products and heated tools to help achieve that look, but on a day to day basis I've always been on the look out for a shampoo and conditioner to volumise and give the appearance of thicker more bouncy hair. Over the years I've lost count of the number of products I've tried, but the one that's really stood out is L'oreal elvive fibrology and judging by their most recent video it seems I'm not alone in that opinion: 
L'oreal fibrology haircare
L'oreal elvive fibrology haircare


Formulated with Filloxane, a patented ingredient which has been proven to penetrate the hair fibre and expand hair from within. Over time it expands, increases the diameter of each hair and remains in the hair follicule for a long lasting cumulative effect. As always with these claims, the real question is does it actually work? Well having recently tried a full sized bottle of both the shampoo and conditioner I'm pleased to report that over time it did make a difference to the overall appearance of my hair (you can read my review here). The results weren't instant, but after each wash my hair felt that little bit thicker and after a few weeks it definitely looked more voluminous and had more bounce. Like most high street shampoos it contains SLS but despite having a sensitive scalp, I didn't find to to irritate or cause any problems. 

Overall, a big thumbs up from me and a definitely a range that I would recommend if you're on the lookout for something to give your hair more volume and bounce.

L'oreal elvive fibrology, RRP from £2.99. For more information you can check out their website here.

Have you tried the L'oreal fibrology haircare range? What are your favourite products for adding volume?

*Post sponsored by L'oreal Paris

15 July 2014

New skincare additions - Antipodes, Origins and Avon

It's been a while since my last skincare review, but in recent weeks I've been testing out some new products and today I wanted to talk about Antipodes Grace gentle cream cleanser, Origins GinZing refreshing scrub cleanser and Avon Anew clinical e-defence deep recovery cream, all 3 of which have now become part of my daily routine:

Antipodes grace gentle cream cleanser, Origins ginzing refreshing scrub cleanser, Avonn anew clinical e-defence deep recovery cream
Avon Anew clinical e-defence deep recovery cream

For me make up removal is one of the most important parts of my daily routine. For the last year or so I've stuck with balm cleansers but recently curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give Antipodes grace gentle cream cleanser a go. As far as names go, this couldn't be more accurately described. The lightly scented cream is gentle but effective, and manages to remove all traces of make up without irritating or drying out my skin. Compared to a balm cleanser it's more easily rinsed off although as you'd expect not as nourishing on the skin. Personally just because of what I'm used to I'd choose to repurchase a balm cleanser over this, however if you have oily to combination skin or prefer a cream formula then this would be well worth a try.

I've always got on well with Origins skincare and their new GinZing refreshing scrub cleanser doesn't disappoint. First thing to mention is that is has orange extracts which gives it the most fruity citrus fresh scent, perfect for waking me up in the morning. It's also got ginseng and coffee to stimulate the skin as well as fine grains to gently exfoliate. It's a foaming cleanser but there's no SLS and I don't find it to be at all drying on the skin. Unlike a lot of exfoliating cleansers this is gentle enough to be used on a daily basis and I love how refreshed and smooth it makes my skin feel.

Finally there's Avon Anew clinical e-defence deep recovery cream. A new moisturiser designed to protect against and repair the effects of sun and environmental damage. Despite being quite a thick cream it feels light and quick absorbing on the skin, and even with the recent heat wave my skin's not been any oilier than usual. Without fast forwarding a few years it's hard to tell the long term effects, however it does leave my skin feeling soft, hydrated and beautifully nourished. Also at a recent skincare analysis I was told that I had almost no sun damage so the cream is obviously doing something right!

Have you tried any of the skincare products above? What are your current favourites?

14 July 2014

Daily make up essentials

As much as I like to experiment with make up, I like my beauty sleep more - after all early in the morning those extra few minutes in bed make all the difference. Because of this for my everyday make up I like to use products which are quick and easy to apply, long lasting and make a real difference in terms of the overall look. Here are my current favourites:

Daily make up essentials, Maxfactor facefinity primer, Bourjois cc cream, Maybelline brow drama, Maybelline baby lips in cherry me
 Daily make up essentials

Maybelline brow drama, Maybelline baby lips in cherry me, Review, Swatches
Maybelline brow drama and baby lips swatch 

Starting with Maxfactor facefinity primer and Bourjois CC cream which work together to make the perfect base. Unlike most other primers, Maxfactor facefinity is so light and fluid in texture that it can be applied in a matter of seconds. I then blend in Bourjois CC cream with my fingers, which helps to even out the skin tone and give a naturally matte but still radiant finish to the skin. Used together I find my base lasts well throughout the day and I only need to touch up with a light dusting of powder in the afternoon.

Another favourite has to be the newly launched Maybelline brow drama in dark brown. Prior to this I would never bother with my eyebrows on a daily basis. However the mascara style wand makes it so easy to use and dark gel just helps to add that extra touch of definition and colour. To use I simply comb through to shape my eyebrows, then add more product where it's needed before brushing through once more to ensure an even natural finish throughout. There's no flaking or smudging and I find that once set my brows stay in place all day.

Finally there's Maybelline baby lips in cherry me which has now become a handbag staple. As the name suggests it's a gorgeous berry pink shade which adds a pop of colour and doubles up nicely as a hydrating lip balm. Plus it's got the most beautiful fruity sweet scent. I wouldn't bother with a lipstick for work, but I regularly touch up with a balm during the day and this adds just the right amount of colour without being too obvious and gives a nice polished feel to the overall look.

Have you tried any of the products above? What are your daily make up essentials?
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