Monday, 25 July 2011

Liz Earle Skin Tonic

I have been using the cleanse and polish for about 4 weeks now and only recently have I been using the Skin Tonic which accompanies the cleanser to help erase any residue or help to refresh the skin. My skin is very clean and clear when I use the cleanser anyway so I didnt think the toner/tonic would do much more.

However, it really is a big help! It makes your skin feel so refreshed and I definitely think it helps to calm and eliminate spots. I don't really know why its helped get rid of acne but it has and Im so thankful for it doing so as my skin is looking pretty amazing if I do say so myself.


The tonic comes in a number of sizes from 30ml spritz to 200ml bottle. It can be spritzed over makeup or after cleansing, which is what I use. It has a refreshing scent and is a cool liquid, so a definite necessity over the summer when your skin feels hot and you just want to cool off before bed.

It smells gorgeous, very light and fresh and works in harmony with the smell of cleanse and polish. It definately makes you feel like your treating your skin well.

Like most Liz Earle products there are naturally active ingredients which I think are important in making it part of your routine. I definately find that if I dont stick with my routine then my skin crashes and I have to start over to get it back to clear.
The bottle is very unique and is a twist cap. It also says generous amount can be applied, but I use a small amount and it covers my face. I wouldnt recommend this on its own or for heavy eye makeup but you can use it over to get rid of any makeup traces left. This definitely hasn't hurt my eyes when wiping over.

Its a very basic product but I really do think its worth investing in as it adds to enhancing the performance of the cleanser. You can buy Liz Earle products from their website or from selected John Lewis stores. I really love this product and if you own the cleanser and want to step it up I really reccomend buying this!!



Friday, 22 July 2011

ELF HD Powder

This is probably the hardest review ever. This product is such a good product but you could say its invisible.  If I tell you what ELF claims it does and I'll go from there as its so hard to review!

ELF's store description:


The high definition loose powder creates a "soft focus" effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion. The incredibly soft and invisible powder is great for on-screen and everyday wear.


Directions
The microfine particles are designed to be used with high-definition camera technology or for everyday wear. Apply powder all over the face for a professional and youthful look of perfection.





I definately agree with the claims it describes, It makes the skin look calm and soft, no area looks more prominately better or worse than another area and although I don't have any fine lines.
I have one area on my nose that is a crease I got when I whacked my nose on a windowsill when I was younger and sometimes foundation can show this up but if I blend a big of the HD powder on it, it is masked and looks more soft.
I use a small tapered highlighter brush to apply this as I can make it more precise where I want to apply.



The powder itself is pure white yet goes completely transparent when applied to the face. It feels velvet to the touch and when applied to the face it makes your skin look and feel soft and silky.  It works well at making my makeup last and helps redness and blending out harsh lines. It lasts quite a long time and doesnt sink it too much but I wouldn't recommend using a makeup set after this, use it before as it would make the powder go weird if you did. This does hide shine, however it makes it more of a dewy look rather than matte.

Overall this is a strange product, I love it loads but I cant tell you why. It just sets my makeup perfectly with a lovely finish, it prolongs how lasting my makeup is aswell as making my face look perfect in pictures. I love it but am unsure if I would repurchase just because I could see there complexion perfection doing the same job. This product holds 8g, which is quite a lot but for £6 you expect to receive this amount anyway.

Hope you liked this review, sorry its not brilliant but it is a hard product to review as it isn't an obvious enhancement like a foundation or pressed powder. 

Let me know if you need any more answers to this product,

Sunday, 17 July 2011

He Shi Liquid Tan

As some of you may know I've become quite a tan-a-holic recently. I have started to make tanning a weekly or fortnightly routine. Even to have a glow is making my confidence peak just a little bit. I feel with my skintone a little colour makes me look a bit healthier so I was more than happy to try this tan!




I'd only heard of He Shi on a couple of blogs and some salons I think stock it, I cant remember but it wasnt a large name I'd heard of but then again St Moriz was a small little brand and now look at it, so I though this was worth a shot! It is a mildly expensive tanner for me, some may think this is reasonable but I think i'd probably buy this for special occasions or when I really felt like treating myself. This tan costs £20 from http://www.thebeautybooth.com which has free p&p which for any online spender is a plus! As I said, it is a little more than most tanners but it is definitely more unique than others.

The tan is as the name suggests a liquid, it comes in a to easy to use bottle with a topper that stops it completely gushing out at once.
 You drip a small amount on your mit and quickly buff into your skin, it shows up as a dark liquid on the mitt but on skin its a light brown. I put this on before bed then when I wake up Im a dark tan.
 The dark tan is nice but for pasty skin like mine, you probably would prefer to not be as dark, so I have a shower and it takes off a small amount, you're left with a lovely glowing colour and its definitely buildable i.e put it on tonight, shower tomorrow morning, more on tomorrow night ,wash off day after and you'd be left with a lovely colour!

 

 


I think these pictures are pretty much self explanatory! I had to use flash so unfortunately changed some of the colour at the top but as you can see my arms are glowy! You can also see in the first pic of my arm where I washed my hands immediately after and am left with a line however this was patched up easily! If you want to get this for yourself check out beautybooth.com. Hope you are tanspired!

xx

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Products I Regret Buying #1

To some of my longer followers you are probably aware I am not really a negative reviewer, I tend to like most things that I buy as I do a hell of a lot of review searching before I buy things on practically everything, even PR samples, I tend to check out reviews before I accept them to just find out a little more about some of the product so I know how to use it and a little more behind it.

So I thought to get my blogging mojo back  I thought I'd finally crack on with the negative post. Yes, I dislike these products but it doesnt mean I hate the rest of the products the brand do. I hate hatin' but this is more of a constructive criticism post as I explain how it could be better. Let me know what your hates are or if you have these products let me know your experiences!

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion-
I HATE this, when my skin was really teenage spot ridden I was left with quite a lot of scaring and redness and bumps. So I thought this would be a good product as I like anything that you put on before bed and I thought it would do as it says. But it doesnt, It smells nothing like tea tree more like a dodgy bush in a ditch and it just did nothing. Im pretty sure at one point it broke me out. I did try it again and tried it on my back for the spots and bumps on my back but alas it did nothing but created more. I really think if your going to fade blemishes you do it with more calmer products as I just think this isnt any good for spots or scars.

hatin' ratin'
8/10
(1 being its alright and 10 being the worst product ever invented and should never be purchased)

The Body Shop Deo Dry ,Dry Effect Deodorant-
I was so disappointed again by the body shop here. When I did work exp at the body shop these sounded brill and weren't to expensive. The idea was great that you could  buy the refills and they do smell really nice. The use of DRY in the title really was a plus for someone like me who lets put it this way, needs a good long lasting deodorant. I was throughly saddened when this couldnt even last 3 hours. It made my clothes really patched (yes gross but has to be said) and I physically had to take 2 showers to feel somewhat fresh again. I also HAD to use this for a few days too as I wasnt going shopping anytime soon as I had school and that I had no money either. I did email them to complain about how false the claims were and they were going to refund me but the receipt had been ruined. I want to 'hope' this could of been a bad batch but I doubt it.
I dont reccomend this if you need a strong deodorant, I'd much rather use dove or sure and since keeping fresh and smelling nice is such a big deal to us girls this isnt something you really want to be concious of.

hatin' ratin'
9/10


Nivea Creme
I don't particularly hate this but I just find it so pointless. I love their showergels and body lotions but I find their cult product useless. For me I dont find it a good moisturiser as its way to thick and leaves you a sticky white mess. It isnt a lip product, you cant use it on the face and its too thick to even help with spots as it would clog them up.I think its suppose to be a moisturiser but I dont like the way it feels on my skin.
Personally I find this pointless, I can see how Vaseline is a multipurpose but this has no use to me so sits firmly in the back of my draw just incase I one day find a use.

hatin'ratin'
4/10


Elf Studio Concealer-
I love elf products but this studio concealer was a let down. It is a stick so is a bit dryer than most, the colour is fine but when i opened it the stick of concealer fell out. I quickly applied it back in and tried to use it under my eyes and then on a few blemishes. It was really cakey on the eye and made me look 50 years older. As for blemishes, its okay but it doesnt last more than an hour so I guess it would be okay for a quick pop to the shop but nothing longer.

hatin'ratin'
5.6/10

MeMeMe Beat the Blues Highlighter-
The drugstore benefit high beam dupe was an utter fail. This is no good, it makes me look too glitter ball-esque or of a distant cousin of Edward Cullen. The applicator is not as firm as the benefit ones and more resembling to a nail polish applicator which I guess is a different approach but it makes it more fiddly to put on and therefore not as good results. I know MEMEME have upped their game and I haven't tried anything from it as so far I cant verify paying the price for some of their things. But you may like this but personally I much prefer Benefit high beam and not because its more expensive but I'd much rather pay more for the quality then £6 for something naff.
 hatin'ratin'
8.9/10

So I feel super bad now. I'd like to point out that I have some real fav products from The Body Shop so I dont want to hate upon them. I also dont mind Nivea, its only MEMEME that really needs to prove it for me.

So what do you hate? Are there any products from the brands above that just make you squirm!
Let me know! I may do another one of these if I get over the guilt haha!

xx



Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Fashion By Julia

Hi everyone! I’m Julia from ‘We could cause catastrophes’ and I’m guest blogging for Lisa of this lovely blog. I’ve been asked to do a fashion related post as Lisa said her readers enjoyed a variety of posts! I’ve put together 3 outfits ’ that would be lovely to wear to the beach firstly, then on a first date and also just a normal day at school/sixth form.
Firstly this outfit is for the beach. Everything in this outfit is from Topshop unintentionally which may put some people off purely of how expensive it has become recently but if you are in sixth form you can purchase a NUS card which enables you to get 10% off everything including sale items which is a massive help!

Straw corsage trilby - £30
Sandals - £43
High waisted shorts - £22
Floral bracelet - £12



This outfit would be perfect for a day on the beach as the hat would be perfect to keep the harmful sun rays off your face, the bralet and shorts combo would keep you cool as you would be showing quite a bit of skin but not too much that it looks ‘slutty’. The contrast of the pretty floral pattern and the denim goes well together as it creates a pretty combination. Sandals are obviously an essential item for walking on the hot sand and the colour of these would look perfect against tanned skin, and the orange/coral colour is very in at the moment.



Next is the outfit for a first date. This scenario requires a middle amount of effort if that makes sense because on a first date you always want to be yourself and not look like you’ve tried too hard. Obviously it depends on where you going but I’ve put together this outfit with a restaurant date in mind.

Top – £25 from Asos
Flats - £25 from Asos
Over the body bag - £20 from Topshop
Maxi skirt - £40 from Topshop


Contrary to what people think, maxi skirts look wonderful on everyone, no matter what height, they elongate shorter legs and make long legs look even longer, which may or may not be a good thing to some people, to me it’s good. This maxi dress is such a lovely colour and it would be a good investment piece as it would match and coordinate with lots of things already in your wardrobe. It goes very well with this top as the block colour compliments the pattern on the top, and the simple accessories finish the look. Flats are good option on a first date as heels can look too dressy, unless it’s a posh restaurant of course. Also you don’t want to be taller than your date!

My final outfit is for a normal day at school/sixth form if you’re lucky enough not too have a uniform like me!



Vest top - £10 from New Look
Chinos - £10 from H&M
Sandals - £24.99 from H&M
Satchel - £24.99 from New Look

This outfit is just a comfy outfit to wear day to day when you’re at school and studying. Chino’s are a great choice of trousers if you don’t like wearing jeans or leggings as they are somewhere in between, however they are extremely comfortable and easy to move around in. The top I liked as it has a collar which is appearing on many items of clothing at the moment, it makes the top look very delicate as well as the pale floral pattern on it. The sandals may clash with the pattern on the top but they go very well with chinos to carry on the casual look, also sandals are ideal to keep your feet cool when walking around. Finally a satchel is a must have for school, size is deceiving as they can fit quite a lot of things in which is ideal when you have A4 folders and notebooks every day.

There you go!

I hope you enjoyed reading this and liked what I put together J

x


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I hope you enjoyed Julia's post, her blog is a more personal blog but she often posts fashion and outfit posts which I know is what some people like to see as I find you guys like my OOTDs so please follow Julia to read of her life and fashion outfits which I am always jealous of!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish



As many of you bloggers know, Liz Earle is all the rage and I knew it was time I had to find what the fuss was about. I am happy to say I am very impressed!

I have previously tried the No7 Hot Cloth Cleanse and I thought the whole idea was a little odd and dint improve that much of the skin, however the Liz Earle is a lot better interms of  quality,effectiveness and smell too! 

The concept of how to apply is to take one pump (2 if you have a full on face of makeup) and massage in circular motions across the face, remember to get the nooks and crannies like the nose and eyebrows. Then rub the cream on the eyes too. The cleanser does not irritate the eyes however I dont reccomend putting it in the eye, but take care. Then under hot water (probably as hot as you can take it) rinse it out and make sure it is only damp and not driopping. Again in circular motions massage around the face and take the cleanser off. The cloth is very large and you only need to use a small section to do your whole face aswell so the cloth will last you a good few uses.

The results!  I was at first a bit skeptical, the first use showed me the same results as any other cleanser or moisturising face wash that was soft and clean skin. However it wasn't until maybe a week later that I noticed a difference. I was becoming very dependent on this and on one day I forgot to wash my face as I was very tired my skin hated me for it, I wasn't wearing makeup but my face looked dull and sullen. 

So when I used it the next morning my dull grey skin with heavy bags and spotty skin had been transformed into soft, hydrated and brighter skin. The exfoliating muslin cloth really does make a difference and if you were to use this cleanser with cotton wool or a sponge you really would not get the same results.

As for taking makeup off, I am only worried about doing full face because one it requires a fair bit of cleanser and two I don't like completely dirtying up the muslin cloth but if I really wanted to save it up a bit I could just take eye makeup off with a baby wipe or eye makeup remover then use the cleanser after and it would still soothe the eye.



My mum brought me the Duo from Liz Earle at QVC and she kept one cloth for herself so we are sharing the bottles to double up. She likes it so far too which is good because she is hard to impress with beauty when I always throw things at her.

I am most interested in the moisturiser and skin tonic too but I wanted to make sure the cleanser suited me first!

I know this will be a firm favourite of mine and it really has cleared up and kept my skin balanced and soft for makeup application or taking makeup off.

Hope you liked the review, sorry if it sounded very similar to so many others but I promise you if you get it you WONT regret it!

Disclaimer:Purchased by my mother! ;)

Friday, 1 July 2011

Prom 2011!


It was my prom on wednesday so i thought I'd post some pictures of my look! Unforchantly I didnt take many photos of my hair or makeup, infact i didnt take TONS of pictures because it was all quite a bit of a buzz but here's a few of my dress and makeup/hair.

Dress- Kaliko 
Earrings-Hot Diamonds
Necklace-Accesorize
Bag-M&S

Makeup:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
ELF HD powder
Bourjois Bronzer
Sleek Avoir La Peche Eyeshadow
Sleek Avoir La Peche Blush -Tao Pan
Benefit High Beam
MUA Lipstick
Maybelline Colossal Mascara

all applied with Sigma brushes.

I was just going to get my hair cut, however my hair dresser said she was going to do something big and prom like instead and I love it! She just sorta made it up on the spot but it was amazing. It had like 30 hair pins and and guess what! NO extensions, everyone thought so, I never knew I had so much hair to use with.


Hope you like this small post! It was so much fun and I got drunk for the first time, luckily I didnt get a hangover, however I was the one who had to help a friend when she threw up about 5 times. No one else would do it and I dont even know how I did it to be honest.

xx

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