Friday, 1 August 2014

Summer Empties: Beauty Trash - Part 1

It doesn't seem two minutes since I posted my last beauty empties but I've soon managed to rack up a substantial bag of beauty trash to share with you!

Avon Senses Lemon Lime and Ginger Shower Gel 

I was a little underwhelmed by Avon shower gels. You could hardly distinguish the scent and despite producing a rich and foamy lather, I didn't feel clean after using this and couldn't wait to finish a bottle that seemed to last forever. Because of this, I won't be repurchasing.

Dove Summer Glow Fair to Medium

I only had a few last uses in this from where I had frequently used and loved this last year. If you can tolerate the typical biscuity smell of a gradual tanner then this tanner is great for adding a hint of colour to your skin that isn't streaky if your application is careful.
 This particular shade Fair to Medium was perhaps too fair for my incredibly fair skin and I would normally opt for a shade darker so keep that in mind when buying this as otherwise it doesn't make much of a difference to your 'glow'. Full Review Here

Blanx White Shock Toothpaste

This worked to an extent as my teeth did seem whiter after using this, however,  I do think that the light-activated element of this is very gimmicky and unless on offer, this is overpriced for a toothpaste and one that I wouldn't repurchase.


Garnier Micellar Water 

After the disappointment that was the Loreal Micellar Water, I had high hopes for this. Fortunately this outperformed loreals offering and didn't require cotton wool pad after cotton wool pad in order to take off your face and eye makeup. This didn't sting my skin, break me out ( as far as I was aware anyway!) and wasn't scented. A definite repurchase and a product that I will be repurchasing in the near future once I finish out my current alternative.

ReGen Cream 

A £3 Aldi purchase that I unfortunately didn't agree with. I found that it did nothing but sting my skin when using it and the runny cream in a tub very impractical. I much prefer Rosehip oil for scarring and therefore  wouldn't repurchase this.

Aveeno Cream

My sister has always sworn by this for her Eczema however this works equally as well for dry and sensitive skin on your face or body. I would definitely use this again and I would repurchase if I ever ran out of moisturizer.

Ginvera Exfoliating Marvel Gel // Clarins Hydraquench Cream Mask // Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer 

 I always find it difficult to work out whether I like a skincare product based on a sample size however the Anatomicals I am intrigued to try again as despite being a strange concept, the gel patches were refreshing and great at cooling and soothing heavy eyes and dark circles. The marvel gel, however, I didn't have much luck with as it didn't seem to make a difference to the surface of my skin  despite the exfoliating beads. In addition, the Clarins mask, due to the hotter weather more recently, felt far too heavy for my skin and therefore is hard to gauge how 'quenching' the mask really is.

Klorane Mango Butter Shampoo // Garnier Ultimate Blends - The Sleek Restorer // Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Shampoo // John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate and Rescue Shampoo // MilkShake Colour Shampoo // 
Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo

If I was to repurchase a single shampoo from those photographed in this months empties then the John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate and Rescue Shampoo would be a clear winner. This did a great job at cleansing my hair without stripping my scalp nor weighing it down and making it greasy. Unfortunately the other shampoos, despite smelling great, were too rich for my hair and left it feeling weighed down and for that reason shall not be purchased in their full sized glory.
Pure BB Cream (Light) // Rimmel Stay Matte  // MAC Face and Body 

From these three foundations there is a clear winner which is my trusty Face and Body. Unfortunately the BB cream was far too dark for me and the Stay Matte far too cakey whereas at risk of sounding like i'm reading a fairy tale, the MAC was just right. It was the right shade for my skin in the summer and lightweight on the skin while providing buildable coverage. I haven't yet gone out to repurchase this foundation as the shade N1 was bordering on too dark at times however I wouldn't rule out a repurchase because of this.


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I love this concealer and no matter how hard I try to buy another concealer, I always cave in at the last minute and repurchase this. This particular shade was Fair 1 however upon trialing this in Medium 3, the results have been equally impressive, either way I don't seem to be straying from this £4 bargain and highly recommend.


MUA Pro Base Fixing Mist // Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro Primer

For long lasting makeup this is my dream combination. The primer, despite perhaps being the culprit behind my pesky breakouts, provides a smooth base for my makeup and keeps it from caking throughout the day. This combined with the fixing mist ensures maximum lasting power and stops it from sweating off in the heat. Both of these I would repurchase.


YSL Babydoll Mascara - FULL REVIEW HERE

This worked great during the first 3 months of its life but soon after this it started to dry out which for an almost £25 mascara was disappointing. That being said, for the 3 months prior to this, this did a great job at lengthening my lashes and adding curl in the process. It worked well but unfortunately is a little out of my price range to promptly repurchase. 

MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow 

 I loved this eyeshadow - the champagne peachy pink was pigmented and great for everyday and evening wear alike. Paired with Mac Bare Study Paint pot, this provided a long lasting light base for my eyeshadow and one that I reached for on a daily basis. I would highly recommend this eyeshadow and if I wasn't to have a drawer full of champagne eyeshadows already, then I'd be straight back to the MAC counter to repurchase.

So that's all of my empties for now! I already have a Part 2 in my drafts so do keep an eye out for that!

What have you finished recently?

Beth xx

P.S I am planning on writing an AS Level Advice Blogpost/Q&A so feel free to leave any questions below or tweet me @CosmticLover! 


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Bourjois 1 Second Volume Mascara* Review - (Before and After Pics)

 
£9.99 / Boots
I'm never really one to get excited over new Mascaras as it takes months for me to get through a tube however  I was intrigued to try Bourjois new addition that claims to give you '1 second' volume after the recent hype in the blog-o-sphere.

For me, the summer allows me to fully test a mascara as I suffer from severe hayfever, runny eyes and persistent sneezing. Because of this, I jumped at the chance to try out Bourjois latest number and share the outcome with you guys as I knew I'd really be able to put it through its paces!
 
BEFORE - Bare Lashes
AFTER - 2 Coats of Mascara
 
The mascara is packaged in a silver tube with coral accents of which a very large plastic barrel brush is contained. If you look carefully at the brush there are small plastic balls among the bristles said to 'wrap every lash' and the straight bristles to create clump-free definition.
 
Where I do feel that 1 second volume is a little optimistic for me without ending up with mascara all over my face, it is very easy and quick to create my desired result (photographed), only requiring 2 coats to fully coat and volumise my lashes and when doing so, doesn't clog or clump my lashes!
 
 This also looks good after 1 coat however produces a much more natural finish this way so it is totally dependent on the look that you go for. It is also worth mentioning that the results photographed are without eyelash curlers.
 
My only downfall with this is that the does smudge on the edges of lower lash line, even when only wearing mascara on my top lashes day-to-day, so hasn't passed my hayfever test. That being said, I haven't yet found a mascara to withstand my hayfever symptoms this season so I don't blame the mascara for this. In saying this, I am sure that the waterproof version would be much longer lasting so if you want to prevent this happening, then perhaps try the latter.
 
This mascara is priced at £9.99 which seems to be the average for high street mascaras nowadays but hasn't yet started to dry out despite trialling for a month or so already. It also is very convenient to remove with my normal removal method, micellar water and coconut oil, and you won't wake up with Panda eyes the next day.
 
Have you tried Bourjois latest Mascara addition?
 
Beth x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Summer Beauty: Take Care of Your Feet - CCS Foot Care Cream*



£7.99/175ml/Boots

Like many I’m sure ( well I hope anyway!) my feet are a part of my beauty routine that are neglected during the winter months yet when the sun decides to show for what is the British summer, I make a mindful  effort to get them into tip top condition for wearing flip flops and sandals - enter CCS Foot Care Cream.

I have tried a handful of foot creams in the past and various other foot care products in my bid for softer and supple feet and this is definitely a product I shall continue to use this season and one that shall be making the cut for my summer holiday.

Although nothing, in my opinion, will ever replace theFootner Exfoliating Socks for leaving your feet soft, supple and banishing extremely dry and cracked skin (tmi- sorry!), this definitely does a great job at improving the condition of your feet.

As a result of using this for a couple of weeks, my feet are still not in their ‘perfect’ state; I still have dry patches and rough skin. In saying this, however, the majority is considerably softer, perhaps due to the 10% Urea in the cream .

I tend to use this overnight, smothering my feet in the cream, putting a pair of fluffy socks on and leaving this to work its magic. You can also apply this twice daily, however I do find that this can be greasy on your feet in doing so, and so tend to avoid this method of application.

It is also worth saying that I have had better results from this than that of Soap and Glory's Heel Genius, so if you are willing to part with an extra couple of pounds and can manage with a mild non-obtrusive foot cream scent versus your typical soap and glory smell then I would definitely give this a try. 

Despite not matching up to the results of the Footner socks, I will definitely continue to use in bid for gradual improvement in my feet in time for my holiday next week.

Have you tried the CCS Foot Care Cream?

Beth x



Sunday, 29 June 2014

MUA Pro Base Eye Primer Review





I've always fancied trying the Urban Decay Primer Potion, hasn't everyone?, but always wanting to find a cheaper alternative I opted for the MUA Pro Base Eye Primer which unfortunately won't be replacing my need to try the UDPP.
 
On first swatch the primer, applied using a handy doe-foot applicator, is dispensed as a flesh coloured cream that blends into the colour of your skin. Leaving a smooth and tacky base for your eyeshadow.
 
The problem with this as it is uneffective, in my eyes, as an eyeshadow primer as my eyeshadow creases when using this, sometimes more obviously than without using this, and it does little to prolong wear of shadows. Even so, I find that once my eyeshadow has creased, that I'll want to remove it anyway.
 
Instead I like to opt for my Maybelline Colour Tattoos, MAC Bare Study Paint Pot or most recently my Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro Primer to keep my shadows in place all day.
 
Have you tried the MUA Pro Base Eye Primer?
 
Beth x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate and Rescue* Shampoo, Conditioner and Deep Conditioner Review

Today I want to talk about a relatively new line from John Frieda, their Full Repair Hydrate and Rescue Shampoo, Conditioner and Deep Conditioner which as you can see from the photograph, have already seen some using up!

This shampoo definitely helps to make your hair feel healthy and soft without weighing your hair down. That being said, unfortunately this makes my scalp feel scaly, itchy and flaky and therefore if you have a sensitive scalp perhaps steer clear of this, otherwise it works as a great lightweight nourishing shampoo that doesn't leave your hair looking greasy the next day. As you can see, I have already managed to use this up and would definitely buy this again in the future.

I love using this conditioner. As claimed, this conditions your hair without leaving a residue; weighing your hair down or leaving it looking greasy. It has a pleasant but mild scent and helps to detangle the ends of your hair. This doesn't stop split ends but definitely helps make them less frizzy. A bit pricey as an 'everyday' conditioner but nevertheless an effective one as it restores your hairs softness and shine.

I love the conditioner from this range but love the deep conditioner even more so. More intensive due to its nature, my hair loves to 'drink' this up as I like to use this 20 minutes or more prior to taking a shower to get the most nourishing results. For the price this does an excellent job at leaving your hair soft and full of moisture if you hair is feeling dry and damaged. It does have a tendency to weigh your hair down if not rinsed properly but otherwise I have no quibbles with this.

Have you tried this range?

Beth xx

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Bobbi Brown Corrector




 
When I think of correctors, Bobbi Brown always springs to mind so alas, when last in Selfridges, I picked up her corrector in the shade 'Extra Light Bisque' and have been beyond pleased with the results.
 
In it's handy mirrored compact, the light peach shade works great at correcting the darkness under your eyes without being heavy and caking under your eyes. That being said, if using in conjunction with foundation and concealer, it is inevitable that you'll get creasing but nothing careful application and a good setting powder won't help. This doesn't completely mask and correct my under eye circles but is an effective added step that helps make me look more awake.
 
Have you tried this?
 
Beth x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Loreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution


This was the first Micellar Solution I had tried and was very disappointed. Unfortunately it took far too many cotton pads to remove only part of my makeup and in doing so left a residue on my skin instead of leaving it soothed and toned. I also think that this broke me out instead of clearing up impurities.

The packaging and price I am not a fan of either. For around £5, this cleansing water lasted a few weeks at most and the rectangular bottle and plastic cap made application difficult. It also meant lots of product was wasted.That being said, this was gentle on my sensitive skin and eyes but gentle strokes alone were not enough and rubbing my skin to get my makeup off was therefore necessary. I shall not be repurchasing and instead shall continue to buy my much preferred Garnier alternative.

Beth xx
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