Thursday, 23 October 2014

Eye Massage??

Eye massage you hear me say, please don't run away just yet! 

Now I am being straight with you and admitting I nicked this post idea (or rather seriously thought this needed sharing & took it upon myself to do so) from the fabulous Caroline aka Mrs Hirons!

Firstly I love her! I adore her blog and I am obsessed with her YouTube Channel! and most of all, I trust her advice and I would love to have a consultation with her one day! Enough gushing for you?

Photo Credit

Well this post is based on her Luxe Eye Creams video, here (Go Watch! If you haven't already, of course) and her words of wisdom about massaging the eye cream in, instead of patting the cream in! ''It's OK, if you're a fairy!'' This is in her own words!

I am and have been guilty of maybe being a bit too gentle with the eye area, but that's what we're all told isn't it? Be careful, the skin is so thin you don't want to damage it, you'll get wrinkles if you pull on that area, etc, etc...

Well since watching said video I have plucked up the courage to apply my eye cream in the way Caroline advised and OH MY! Amazed is not the word!

Seriously I have seen a real reduction in my fine lines and in the puffiness of my eyelids!!! I have quite hooded lids and although this is just my eye shape this technique has also reduced the appearance of them. I so wish I had taken before pictures!

Essentially what you're doing is draining excess fluid from that area by massaging the cream in around the orbital bone in upwards and outwards movements. Again Go Watch the video! That way I don't have to worry about describing it and you get to see her in action!

I am honestly staggered by the results and although I'm no expert, Caroline is, so I would urge you to watch her videos and give the technique a go. Her blog is here if you fancy a read!

Please, please let me know if you watched the video, if you've tried this technique and most importantly if it worked for you!

Also share this if you did like it I mean it would be rather mean for us to keep it ourselves now, wouldn't it?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

My Little Box (October 2014)

Sorry I didn't post last week! I've been poorly (as my nieces say) and not had the energy to pick the laptop up :-(

Anyway, I received my 2nd subscription box from My Little Box and wanted to share it with you.

For those of you who don't know, My Little Box is a monthly beauty subscription box from France who started shipping to the UK last month. Beauty boxes tend to contain beauty product samples, but My Little Box differs as it includes lifestyle bits too.

Each month the box is called something different and based around the boxes theme. This month the box is called the Diane Von Furstenberg and as you would expect from that, a collaboration with her.

First up out of the box is a lip pin for your coat or jacket, cute right? And then comes a beautiful Diane Von Furstenberg scarf and a handy little guide with how many ways you can use it. I love this scarf it's beautifully made and the pattern is really versatile!

It also comes with a magazine which, although small, is a really good read! This month is more or less dedicated to Diane Von Furstenberg but it taught me something I didn't know (Diane is the creator of the Wrap Dress), so that's always good!

Next up is a Kérastase Laque Noir (anti-humidity super shield fixing hairspray) aside from the hairspray part, this is something I look for in a product as my hair is very fine, frizzy & fly away so if this works I will be making a purchase!

Something new from My Little Beauty next (my little boxes own brand) is their 'Eau Micellar', sounds so much better than Micellar Water, don't you think? Now I'm no stranger to micellar waters but I don't really use them unless I'm removing makeup from swatching products for blog pictures. However I will give this a go and see if it can convert me...

Finally a L'Occitane Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream i've used these before and enjoyed it so pleased to see i've got another one, even if it is only in miniature form.

This is only my 2nd box from My Little Box and already it's blown all the other beauty boxes out of the water! I will continue to keep my subscription going and look forward to it as a treat each month.

If you fancy getting your hands on one you can get it here and it will cost you £14.95 per month (£11.00 plus £3.95 p+p) but you can stop the service at any time!

So what do you think? Will any of you be signing up?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex

When I started my blog back in January, I had no thoughts about getting freebies or sponsored posts so when I was recently contacted by a brand who asked me if I would like to be sent a sample to review I was literally gob smacked! When I realized it wasn't a joke I agreed for them to send me one of their products.

Hand Chemistry has a number of products dedicated to the hands and I was lucky enough to be sent the Intense Youth Complex hand cream!

This cream has 19.5% active ingredients which claim to visibly improve firmness, elasticity, density, evenness, brightness, texture, smoothness and hydration. Pretty amazing claims you might say, but I would recommend checking out their website (click on science) as they have done so much research into their product and have it there for you to see.

First things first, I suffer with eczema/dermatitis on and off and always have fairly dry hands, especially coming into autumn and winter as my skin tends to change with the seasons!

This cream hydrates my skin really well and it sinks in really quickly! I have always had issues with hand cream never sinking in properly and I always end up with greasy hands and fingertips so I would only use one before bed (have you tried using a pen or tapping away on a keyboard with greasy fingertips? Yuck).

I was initially worried about the same thing happening with this cream as it's really thick, so I was seriously impressed when I was able to carry on as normal very soon after applying it. I would say it took around 30 seconds to a minute to sink in but when you actually feel how thick the cream is that's pretty darn good!

(Now, I don’t know about you but I like to be able to use a hand cream all over, I see some people just applying it to the backs of their hands and wonder how on earth they deal with dry palms! Nope for me, it’s all over, or nothing!)

I am lucky enough not to have any real signs of ageing on my hands yet so its difficult to comment on whether there was any major improvement in that side of things! However, I can say that my hands are softer and smoother! I also have a couple of tiny scars on my left hand and the appearance of those has diminished slightly and that's only after 2 weeks so that for me covers the evenness.

Also, I do believe the fact that it hydrates really well would reduce signs of ageing, as well moisturised skin does look plumper and smoother.


The other bonus with this cream is that you only need to apply it twice a day. For the purposes of my review I did follow the guidelines and used it once in the morning and then before bed and I didn't feel the need to reapply it throughout the day.

I am also seriously impressed with the longevity of the product, what I mean by that is I feel I need to use a fair amount to get enough slip to work it into my hands properly, without dragging on my skin (if that makes sense), but after 2 weeks of testing I still have well over half the tube left.

This is how much I found I needed to use each time and still have loads left!

Now it wouldn't be a proper review from me if I didn't mention the smell would it? This smells ah-maz-ing! Initially it smells fruity but sweet at the same time. It reminds me of something but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Overall i’m extremely impressed with this hand cream and at £18.99 for 100ml I wouldn't recommend something I didn't believe was worth it. For me it ticks all the boxes and I would be happy to repurchase this, something to save my boots points up for…

Oh and I'm very pleased to say they don't test their products on animals! Always a bonus in my eyes.

You can get your ‘hands’ on this hand cream from the following places... Hand Chemistry, Boots and Look Fantastic.

Let me know what you think and if you would try this for yourself.

(Post contains a PR Sample*)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The 90s Lip Trend

So unless you've been living under a rock for the last few months then you would have seen the major hype surrounding the classic 90s look of winged liner and the lip colour the infamous Kylie Jenner is wearing.

For me this is old news! I was there the first time round! (God that makes me sound old) I used to rock the winged liner and the brown/y lip! For me Rimmel's Heather Shimmer started the trend in the 90s. It was the original browny/mauve shade and I am so pleased they still make it!

I managed to get my hands on one from Superdrug and it’s exactly as I remember it.

The other shades that I managed to dig out from my collection and are also loving are, MAC Twig (a definite mix of mauve & brown), Bite Beauty’s Cava (more lilac with a hint of brown), Bourjois Rouge Edition 02 Beige Trench (a bit darker than Cava) and Maybelline ColourSens in 740 Coffee Craze (a nude brown).

L-R Heather Shimmer, Twig, Cava, Beige Trench, Coffee Craze

The lip pencils are MAC Dervish, MAC Soar and MAC Whirl (you can find them here). I have been loving these on there own all over the lip or under one of the above lip shades.

L-R Dervish, Soar, Whirl

Aside from lip balm, these are the only colours gracing my lips at the moment and they're also perfect for autumn/winter along with some berry shades which I will do a post on soon so keep your eyes peeled!

What are your favourites? And have I sent any of you running to get your 90s lip fix? 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Anastasia Brow Wiz

Why oh why do I continue to get sucked into new brow products only to be disappointed!

After seeing countless reviews for the infamous Anastasia Brow Wiz (US readers here) I decided I would give it a go, by now my regular readers know my obsession with my brows and how I will try anything to make me look like I have some!

The packaging is great and it's easy to use. The spooly is wonderful, it's quite skinny but with the same length as an ordinary spooly brush and if I only use this I'll be happy.

Brow Wiz Spooly next to normal sized one for reference

On initial application I was really impressed and loved the finished look, it applies really easily and doesn't pull on the skin. You can recreate hair like strokes for a natural look and it does look natural unlike some other brow products. I got the shade Dark Brown as it’s not too warm.

My issue with this is the same as the DipBrow Pomade, in that it just doesn't stick around! Although this doesn't claim to be waterproof like the DipBrow does, i'm still gutted.

Maybe it is just my oily t-zone that prevents product from sticking around, I will use it because it will be a total waste of money otherwise and I do like the finish, but i'll be doing the constant mirror checks just to make sure I don't have smudged brows and I really want a product that I don't have to do that with.

The quest for the Holy Grail brows continues...

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Me & My Blog

Regular readers forgive me, as this is a rather personal piece but I think it's important to share because I'm betting I'm not the only one out there to feel like this and it will help you get to know me just a little bit better!

For those of you who aren't regular readers and are seeing this for the first time, then Hi! Welcome to my world! I write a beauty blog and until now I have felt way too shy and embarrassed to share this with my family and friends!

Recently a family member started a blog very publicly on her personal social media, something I have never had the confidence to do! Until now! (Please check her blog out here its wonderful)

I saw her post and got in touch to tell her how much I admired her confidence and snuck in about my little blog and immediately got an encouraging message back. It was the main kick up the butt I needed to tell everyone about my blog.

I am that person, the one who worries about what people think of her and am probably never really my true self around them which really is such a shame. I'm not confident at all, i'm overweight and I don't like myself so it’s that same old thing if I don't like me how can I expect anyone else to.

With that being said, I now realize that those who love me, love me for me and not how I look! (It’s taken me years to understand that) I've shut myself away for too long and have most definitely missed out on some amazing nights out because I care too much about how I'm perceived by others.

The worst thing about doing this is some people have probably thought i'm being rude or don't want to spend time with them when that's really not the case, I really am just that self conscious and don't want to inflict myself on others! (That's an awful word 'inflict' but it's always been the one I use when I feel like I'd be bad company and it's how i've felt for way too long now!)

I have a wonderful family who support me in all I do and I feel sad that I have not shared my blog with them sooner.

I started my blog because no one close to me is really that interested in beauty so I had no one to share my passion with. I have always been creative and loved the idea of writing, but nothing strict or boring so that's where the blog came in, I thought i'd enjoy it and be quite good at it too. Even then it took me well over a year to actually pluck up the courage to take the first steps and finally publish that first post!

Although it’s only been 9 months since I started, a brand has reached out to me for me to review one of their products! This really made me think I can't be that bad, if a company wants to work with me...

I know there are definitely people out there who will bitch about me behind my back or have negative things to say about my blog, especially as having a blog can be perceived as rather self indulgent anyway, even though for me it's an outlet for something I love and actually have passion for, so to them I say to my regular readers, if you don't like it don't read it! And to be honest i'll be old news by next week anyway!

On the flip side of that I have met some wonderful people through blogging and they have always been extremely encouraging and I know, some of them at least, have similar confidence issues. Their words of encouragement have helped me more than they probably realize so to them I am truly grateful! They will know who they are when they read this!

I have also discovered my favourite quote through blogging and I'm keeping it!

'Girls Compete with each other,
Women Empower each other'

Sorry for the ramble but I kinda needed to get all this off my chest and try to stop worrying about what you all think of me so I can just crack on with it!

It took a hell of a lot for me to hit the publish button on this post (and some will think i'm mad for sharing such a personal post) but I'm so damn pleased I did and I'm pleased I started my blog, for me! 

By no means are my confidence issues suddenly fixed, but this is one massive step further for me and one day I might really stop giving a shit! (Edit: I actually apologized for putting the word 'shit' in my post! See what I mean about caring too much!!!!)

To all my readers, old and new! Thank you for reading this, if it has helped you understand me even a little bit better then it was worth it!

Take care,

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Empties #2

So rather than do a September Favourites post I thought I'd do another 'Empties' one as I seem to have finished a few more products up.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ is a staple in my skincare routine! I use this before my serum, or in place of, if I have blemishes. Although I have an oily t-zone I am lucky and don't get many spots but I honestly believe this and the Serozinc are the main reason why! (Full review here)

REN ClearCalm 3 clarifying clay cleanser is a great cleanser when my skin is misbehaving. It’s antibacterial and unclogs pores to give a deep down clean but without stripping my skin. My only gripe is the shelf life is 9 months & because I don't use it all the time I still have a fair bit in the bottle which I'm throwing away. Gutted really but I don't want to use products past their date in case they react badly with my skin.

Balmology Neroli & Sweet Basil Cleansing Balm. This is beautiful and one of my favourite ever cleansing balms. I still have a few others on the go but this is on my forever repurchase list (full review here)

Grow Gorgeous 12-in-1 Cleanse Brunette Conditioner is something that was on all the blogs a few months back when it first came out. I decided to give it a go as a one step hair wash that replaces both shampoo & conditioner. It doesn't foam up at all but it does leave your hair really clean without being stripped. It's OK but for almost £20 I probably won't be repurchasing it.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are a great acid toner you can use these morning and evening after cleansing and they remove dead skin cells and leave your skin wonderfully smooth without using a physical scrub. I love these, they're affordable and do a great job and I have back ups. (full review here).

La Roche Posay Serozinc is another of my skincare staples! I wouldn't be without it and have back ups always! (full review here).

What have you finished up recently and would you repurchase them?