Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Best Deodorant // Mitchum Advanced Control 48 Hour Strength and Protection Deodorant

 
 
Many deodorants claim to give you 48 hour protection but only now have I found a deodorant that I could genuinely trust to work the next day without reapplication - not that I would want to!

I'll admit that deodorants aren't the most exciting to talk about but when I discovered this I just had to share! This does what an anti-perspirant should do in that if you use this in the morning you will not sweat at all throughout the day.

This is sticky when you first apply it, however after a minute or so you know you are set for the day and won't be sweaty or smelly when you come home after a long day.

I'm personally not overly keen on the scent however the scent is a small price to pay for such a great deodorant and seeing as there are plenty of other scents in the range , when this runs out I shall be trying another. 

Nevertheless, I shall now not be straying from the Mitchum brand. When people recommend Mitchum they really mean it and I for one thoroughly recommend this and for the price I can see myself buying this for years to come.

Have you tried this??

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spring Empties 2014



I was going through my old blogposts when I realised that I was 4 months overdue an empties post having not written one since December. There are more than enough products in my overfilling Lush bag to warrant a youtube video however seeing as I havent let dipped my toe into the yt water just yet,  a blogpost shall suffice for now!

Onto the empties...

Batiste Tropical and Brunette Dry Shampoo - I used to swear by Batiste so second day hair to soak up excess oil and give my hair back some life however more recently even the brunette has looked powdery and doesn't seem to be doing much for my limp hair so I shall be looking elsewhere 


T Gel - This I swear by for when my scalp is sore and flaky so as and when my scalp flares up again I shall be quick to repurchase. For now however if and when my scalp flares up again I shall be sure to pick it up.

Amie Face Wash - As bad as foam face washes are for your skin I find that if a face wash doesn't lather or do much when applied to your skin that I am just spreading makeup around your face whilst in the shower. That being said this was a lovely thick consistency that smelt great her was incredibly gentle on the skin. If I was one for cream washes I would recommend this however as I am not and this isn't great for your eyes I won't be repurchasing.

Boots Sensitive Fask Mask - For those of you who have read my review will know how much I disliked this. Considering that it is targeted at sensitive skin I have never tried a face mask that stings so much. Safe to say I shall not be repurchasing this especially as it hardly does anything to deep cleanse your skin apart from burning off the top layer of your skin.
 
Bourjois 123 Foundation - As with most of the foundations that I've tried, this is best used in conjunction with another product. In this case it is the Rimmel primer. When used in conjunction with that the leaves a non cakey matte finish with medium coverage that will last all day. I would repurchase this.
 
Naked Lipgloss - This little freebie came alongside my Naked 2 palette and I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did . Although sticky, this had a great mint flavour, provided a natural wash of colour to your lips that was perfect layered over any lipstick and lasted hours too.
 
Balmi Lip Balm - I Love Balmi lipbalms. Terrible packaging aside, you know you can count on this to hydrate your lips in the bad weather and they all taste amazing!
 
Rimmel Stay Matte - I have almost finished a second one of these since my last empties and my thoughts are the same. Fabulous powder at a fabulous price. Highly recommend it.
 
Mac All that Glitters - In the end I absolutely loved this. With my maybelline on and on bronze this lasted all day and I was often complemented on what I had on my eyes. If you are after a good MAC eyeshadow I would definitely opt for this. 

Elf Brush Cleanser - Since trying the MAC brush cleanser I would now probably opt for that over this as it is much more effective however this, beforehand, did the job perfectly and the spray bottle made it very convenient to use.
 
Lush Snow Fairy - In my eyes you can't go wrong with lush snow fairy. It smells divine is multi use, and works effectively as a shampoo for that matter, and only requires a tiny amount. I already have my back up and shall continue to put this on my Christmas list.
 
One Direction Perfume - I wasn't keen on this. To me it smelt like air freshener and If I'd have liked the scent it didn't last at all anyway. Not a fan.
 
Soap and Glory Perfume- This on the other hand I loved. Smelt luxurious of a perfume much beyond its £15 price tag and lasted fairly well too. It does require reapplication however I'm yet to find a perfume that doesn't.
 
Soap and Glory Body Spray - Cheaper again to the S&G perfume, this too smells amazing and is great for freshening up. I would definitely buy this again.
 
Garnier Cleanser - I am a big fan of garnier. For the price they seem to get the job done just right as far as skin care goes so if you are on a budget these work great. This didn't do anything spectacular but worked great at removing face and eye makeup without any fuss or frills. Garnier is a brand I shall stay loyal to.
 
Garnier Moisturiser - I've only had the chance to try a couple of samples of these moisturizers but none of them have disappointed. They leave your skin feeling soft and smooth without leaving you skin feeling tight. Once I finish my other moisturizers I shall look to purchase one from this range.
 
Adidas Women's Shower Gel - To me this was just another shower gel. No frills but nothing special. I wouldn't rush to buy this again. 
 
Seventeen On the Spot Foundation - This with the Seventeen Liquid Highlighter worked great as a flawless base but did have the tendency to turn oily and need powdering through the day. Still skeptical as to whether this helps your spots but as an average foundation this worked fine.
Olay Cleansing Milk - This did the job however took multiple uses on a cotton pad to remove your makeup and then left a residue. I wouldn't repurchase.

Superdrug Coconut Oil - This on the other hand worked great at removing your makeup so would definitely repurchase.

Superdrug Dry Shampoo/ Away with the Fairies - This was hideous. Didn't even smell nice as an air freshener . Made hair look greasier and left powdery residue. I shall not be repurchasing this

Boots Maximum Hold Hairspray - This is a great affordable no frills hairspray. The can lasts for ages, brushes out easily and is good with hold. Can look crunchy but nothing a brush wont get rid of.

So thats all, phew. I've been meaning to type this up for ages and can now breathe a sigh of relief as I chuck this into my recycling!

Beth xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

REVIEW // Garnier Ultimate Blends The Marvellous Transformer Shampoo and Conditioner*


Garnier Ultimate Blends The Marvellous Transformer Shampoo and Conditioner
Having tried both the shampoo and conditioner from the range, it has been easy to pick a clear winner from the two. The latter, in my eyes, is much more effective and gives much nicer results than that of the Shampoo.

SHAMPOO
 
Considering it is called 'marvellous transformer' I haven't seen anything marvellous happen to my hair since using this. To me, it is just like any other average shampoo apart from the fact it makes my thin hair more fluffy and frizzy in the mid lengths to ends of my hair having used this as opposed to any other shampoo. When this is specifically aimed at dry, lifeless hair, and contained numerous oils, surely it is supposed to tame frizzy dry hair?

This is also supposed to help dull hair and give it dazzling shine. I would agree with this to the extent that my hair does look healthy, in the parts where its not a fluffy-frizzy mess, and that this somehow seems to change the natural shades of my hair but I find that after a few hours this 'shine' resembles more of a greasy mop than suppleness.


I do love the scent and rich foamy lather that you get when using this however this is swiftly forgotten when you are left with the no more than average results that you are left when using this.This may work for thick coarse hair but for my thin hair I am not a fan.

CONDITIONER

The conditioner on the other hand smells great and really helps to smooth the ends of dry hair without being greasy. It is also relatively light weight and doesn't weigh your hair down. It also works great at detangling your hair and leaving it soft and supple.  For the price I think that this is a great performing conditioner and one I would definitely repurchase to use alongside one of my preferred shampoos seeing as the great results are still noticeable until the next wash.

Beth xx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

My Essentials for a Cold # 2


As I write this I am sat sniffling, feeling sorry for myself. -touch wood- I am not one to get ill very often but typical Beth catches her cold in her 2 week easter break. To make the best out of having a bad throat, sinuses and runny nose I thought that I would share with you the products that I have been reaching for in order to relieve the symptoms and also a couple of tips if you,too, are suffering from the common cold.

Kleenex Balsam Fresh - I swear by Kleenex Balsam to prevent the dreaded rudolf-red nose and with the Fresh element, these help to unblock your nose and help you to breath normally again

Boots Cold& Flu Relief/Paracetamol - Im not a big believer in taking tablets in order to shift a cold however these work great to shift a cold in a matter of days.

Vaseline - I swear by vaseline when I have an unhappy nose. I use this as a barrier around my nose an also use on my lips when they get sore and dry when I am feeling run-down.

Balmi - If I need even more moisture on my lips I reach for my Balmi!

Sudocrem - Where Vaseline can no longer help my clown like symptoms, I like to use this at night to help relieve my red nose and get my skin back to normal.

Aveeno Cream - I swear by this on a day-to-day basis however when i'm ill I love to use this all over my face and also on my hands to give them their life back.

Vicks Vaporub - I smother my chest and neck in this and this really helps me to breate normally again.

Strepsyls - I always have these in my bag as a precaution as these help relieve the pain of a bad throat.

Extras:

HOT RIBENA + HONEY - Recenntly I have been loving boiling the kettle and adding a tablespoon of honey into hot ribena. This has definitely helped to soothe my bad throat.

STEAM - When my sinuses were congested my best friend recommended hot steam so as not to ignore great advice, I filled a bowl with boiled water, allowed it to cool slightly then sat with a towel over the bowl which really helped to clear my nose.

WATER - As always, drinking plenty of water is important to flush out the toxins and keep you hydrated

What are your essentials for a cold?

Beth xx

See my last Cold Essentials post: HERE


Monday, 7 April 2014

Skincare Review // Clinique Anti-blemish solutions clinical clearing gel*


Clinique Spot Gel

With this spot gel you only need less than a pea sized amount on the the end of a cotton bud in order to feel it doing something. Unfortunately the side effect of this is that it does sting quite severely on first applying it which when applied all over the face can be rather painful and can leave your face feeling tight, almost like a clay face mask.

Pain aside, the gel dries quickly and and the stinging soon goes. With this the  results are not instant but happen over the course of 4 to 7 days before you see a visible difference in the redness and size of the spot which for the price is rather disappointing.

For the best results I'd advise using this at night before bed, and just directly on the spot, as opposed to under makeup as this will leave your face feeling tight and can be crusty, leaving flakiness on your face. This will also cause the skin surrounding the spot to go dry and flaky if not applied precisely.

 On the whole I have been on the fence with this. Pain aside, this can be an effective spot treatment that, if you allow time, leaves a visible improvement in the skin. I shall continue to reach for should a spot appear however  I don't yet know if I'd shed out the cost of this when it eventually runs out.

£20 - Boots

Beth xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

No7 Under Eye Corrector*/ Best Concealer Primer



£13.50 - Link

With the word corrector in its name I was expecting a purple or peach coloured product however to my surprise this was a medium-tan colour that initially scared me as I have such porcelain skin. The consistency also surprised me as by squeezing the tube, you are presented with a thick cream- gel liquid. The silver balls and flexible tube makes this convenient to apply under the eyes and cooling on the skin however I found that this cannot be applied with the applicator alone and requires a brush or finger to blend it.

I was rather underwhelmed by how much this actually corrects your dark circles but nevertheless I have loved using this as an under eye primer as it provides a light smooth base that for me has prevented my concealer for creasing and helps prolong the wear.

For me this is marketed incorrectly as for me I dislike it's lack of correcting properties but love it as a primer for my concealer. If it's a corrector you are after I'd look elsewhere however for a primer I shall continue to reach for this.

Beth x

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Makeup Favourites: February 2014




Mac Eyeshadow Palettes - All That Glitters

When I first got my Mac Eyeshadows a couple of Christmas's ago I pushed them to the side after having bad experiences with creasing and lasting power. Used with a Maybelline Colour Tattoo however, (namely On and On bronze), the shadows last all day without creasing and have been my shadows of choice over the past few months. All that glitters in particular ( bottom right ) has been my favourite. 

Nars Zen Blusher

This blusher was another item of which my feelings have sharply turned and that I now couldn't go without. It would seem that I was using the wrong brush with this and that combined with my Mac 109, as opposed to one of my RT brushes, that this is much easier to apply the amount I want to and then blend out with my multi task brush by Samantha Chapman. Because of the suede/ brown colour I can either use this as a blusher, bronzer or contour so for the price is very versatile.

Sleek Contour Kit

As always, a little late on the bandwagon with this one but well worth the wait. Both the contour and highlight have great pigmentation and are soft to apply onto the cheeks. Being a pale girl I was relieved that the contour shade doesn't look muddy on the cheeks and blends easily to add natural depth to your face.

MAC 109 Brush

This brush perfectly compliments the Sleek Contour Kit. With synthetic brushes I found that I didn't get the pigmentation of the Sleek highlighter that I wanted however because of the hair and size of this brush, it doesn't harbour the product but ensures that the colour in the pan is the colour on your cheeks.

Seventeen Primer

For those that read my review of the Seventeen On the Spot Foundation may recall my initial dislike for it and the fact that it is a couple shades too dark and cakey meant that it got pushed to the back of my foundation drawer. Alas, Seventeen launched this wonder multitasking primer which means I can finally use my foundation up instead of it gathering dust. I mix this on the back of my hand and it instantly makes it lighter, gives a lighter coverage and looks glowy. I also love this on its own following foundation and before any powder products to add a glow to your cheeks. A great multi-tasker and really affordable!

What are your current favourites? Beth xx


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