Sunday, 30 April 2017
Botanics is a brand I hadn't tried a lot from previously but has really good, effective products This rosewater toning spritz cost less than a fiver and contains the same amount if not more product than some of the higher end spritzes. Plus it claims to be a hundred percent organic and eco friendly.
When it comes to the product itself, it's very simplistic. Containing only five ingredients which sadly includes alcohol denat this spritz is surprisingly gentle on the skin, working to soothe skin after cleansing and prep for any serum or moisturiser you apply afterwards. It helps alleviate that tight feeling that sometimes occurs after cleansing whilst simultaneously tightening pores and revitalising skin.
This product has been a skin saviour for me, especially in the evenings once I've removed my make up. Sometimes if my skin is having a rough time, double cleansing no matter what products I use leaves it feeling slightly tight and dry to touch. A few generous spritzes of this however help alleviate that horrid feeling straight away. It also seems to help any serum or moisturiser I apply over top sink in better and leave my skin feeling revitalised, moisturised and softer to the touch.
If you're looking for a budget friendly skin spritz that won't aggravate sensitive skin but will work effectively to meet your skin's needs then this is definitely the one for you. A brilliant budget dupe for the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer, the Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz is one I'd definitely check out when you're next in the skincare aisles of your local Boots.
Thursday, 27 April 2017
There are 60 pads per pot and each is soaked in a glycolic acid, witch hazel and aloe solution. The glycolic acid isn't a ridiculously high percentage; probably somewhere along 2%, so these are perfect for people with sensitive or reactive skin. And because the solution is so gentle yet so effective it makes these pads perfect for daily use. One pad a day, swept across the skin in circular motions is enough to loosen and remove any dead skin cells whilst brighten and revitalising skin.
I really love these pads for after I've taken my make up. They really leave my skin feeling revitalised and refreshed without feeling dry or tight. They can easily play the same role as a toner and serum/moisturiser can be applied over the top and still be as effective as if placed over the top of a toner.
Overall I love these pads, they're just as effective as the Nip N Fab pads but only cost a fraction of the price. They exfoliate, revitalise and brighten skin with every use but don't leave them feeling parched or tight and they don't contain a whole host of nasty chemicals. You get the same amount as you would with them and these can last you either two months with daily use or longer if you don't use them every day. If you're a fan of budget beauty then I'd definitely check them out, they're always on some sort of offer in Superdrug which makes them even more of a bargain.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
This is a bio phase make up remover that claims to remove stubborn make up, including waterproof mascara. Containing Vitamin B5 and Cucumber Juice this soothes and calms whilst simultaneously cleansing skin. There's no need to add water to this, just combine the bio-phase formula together and pour onto a cotton pad. This is suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin and people who wear contact lenses.
Now this isn't as fuss free as a face wipe but it is a lot better for your skin. This contains no alcohol so won't cause any tightness or irritation when you use this. And even though it contains an oil it doesn't leave skin feeling greasy or oily looking which makes it fine for people with combination/oily skin to use.
I don't use this all the time, much preferring to cleanse over a sink with my favourite Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. However if I'm having an extremely late night and don't fancy waking everyone in my house up with our somewhat noisy pipes, this is perfect. It removes all traces of my make up including mascara and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy or irritated. However it doesn't leave my skin feeling completely clean and means that I take extra care with my skincare the morning after to try and counteract any skin mishaps that could occur from using this to remove my make up. Overall though I think this is a good product, perfect for somone without a lot of time and who doesn't like the idea of using face wipes to remove their make up. Definitely a product to check out when you're next at a B Skincare stand.
Monday, 24 April 2017
One of my most used products this month has to be the Rosie For Autograph Sheer Finish Complexion Enhancer. It's BB Cream/Moisturiser hybrid formula is breathable but covering and adds a healthy glow to the skin whilst letting look and feel like skin. Applied with fingertips, this has been my go to base for the month and came in handy a lot when I was ill.
Most of this month I've been wearing my Rosie For Autograph Lipsticks but when I haven't been wearing them I've only been wearing one other lipstick. And that lipstick comes from Loreal. It's one of their Color Riche Matte Lipsticks that were rereleased earlier this year. Not only have they reformulated these lipsticks but have also added more shades all of which are stunning. I have the shade Brick Vintage which is a stunning orange red shade that can be worn no matter the season and look gorgeous. Their velvet matte finish is beyond comfortable and they're non transferable coverage means I haven't had to worry about unnecessary touch ups.
April has been a good month for skincare. I've found so many amazing new skincare products and haven't been able to stop using them. The first is this Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz, a fine spray mist that soothes and revitalises skin. It's very comparable to the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer but doesn't ease or sooth redness as much as the Liz Earle. I've enjoyed using this in the evenings after I've taken my make up off to rid my skin of the tightness or dryness that cleansing sometimes leaves behind.
The second is the latest skincare release from Loreal. A part of their well reviewed Hydra Genius range, this water based serum has blown every other serum I own out of the water. Containing nothing more than Aloe Water and Hyaluronic Acid this gives skin an instantaneous moisture boost whilst helping skin retain moisture to slowly release later when skin needs it the most. It's very lightweight and watery in texture but sinks beautifully into skin and leaves skin feeling hydrated, soothed and soft to the touch. A full review of this will be coming soon.
Garnier have recently revamped their SkinActive skincare range and released a whole host of products. I have most of these new releases as they really caught my eye but by far my favourite has been their Rose Water Toner. Perfect for when my skin is feeling more sensitive than normal this really leaves my skin feeling soothed and refreshed. Perfect for after clay based masks or make up removal this has been loving my skin as much as my skin's been loving it.
A non beauty favourite I've loved this month is Fast and Furious 8. I've been a fan of the series since I was thirteen and have made it my job to go and see every new film when it's released. And this past weekend I went to see Fast 8 with my best friend Jasmin. And we thoroughly enjoyed it, there were plenty of laughs, brilliantly choreagraphed car scenes as well as fight scenes. Plus you had the added bonus of new cast members Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Scott Eastwood that brought their own little something to the film. Also saw the return of Luke Evans in this film which promptly caused me and Jasmin to lose our shit as we weren't expecting that.
Another movie series I've been enjoying this month is The Hobbit. I'm a fan of the Lord of The Rings films but never got round to watching The Hobbit films. That was until Easter Weekend when there was nothing good on the telly. And I'm so glad I dug the DVD's out. Now I know that they're not to everyone's taste but if you like more sci-fi/fantasy based films then I'd highly recommend giving them a watch.
Thursday, 20 April 2017
This is a very fine scrub that you leave on skin for 2-3 minutes to get the full effect of. It may look and smell like toothpaste but is in fact packed with fast acting skin loving ingredients including a whole range of Alpha Hydroxy Fruit Acids. These AHA's are the main appeal to me as they're the ingredient that loosen and help exfoliate away any dead skin cells that can reduce skin's radiance.
Designed for those with more oily/combination skin this is a very astringent scrub that helps refine large or open looking pores as well as controlling the creation of excess sebum. For those with more sensitive/reactive skin I'd steer well clear of this. Because of the strength of it's ingredients it can cause irritation, blemishes and other skin irritating issues. However if your skin reacts well to acid based face masks or skin treatments you could probably get away with this as a once a week scrub but no more than that.
You only need a little bit of this as it does go a long way. Plus it's strength means it works effectively from a tiny amount. It's best applied to damp skin so it's not as harsh on skin and after rubbing it into the skin for a few seconds you let it sit on the skin for 2 minutes before rinsing it off with a wet flannel. I'd highly advise doing this as a last step in your skincare routine as it's very strong and putting something equally as strong over the top will cause your skin to sting and could cause irritation.
Overall this is a good facial scrub, it really leaves skin feeling soft and truly exfoliated unlike some other facial scrubs on the market. People with sensitive skin I'd advise staying away from this and trying something more along the lines of the Loreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub. It gives brilliant results but isn't as abrasive as this one and isn't likely to cause any kind of irritation. However if you're skin handles acid based products well I'd highly recommend giving this product a go.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
There are a few products that you can get as a part of her range but I don't have them so am replacing them with my everyday products.
These include the:
- Barry M Hydro Fix Primer Water - Maybelline SuperStay Primer
- Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair - Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory
- Maybelline SuperStay Setting Spray
Sheer Finish Complexion Enhancer. This has very light coverage and adds a healthy glow to the skin making it perfect for good skin days. I tried applying this with a brush as well as a sponge but they seem to take away more product than they apply so I use my fingers to apply and blend this in. I really like the healthy looking finish it leaves my skin with and allows my skin to breathe as well.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
There were so many different shades to choose from and whilst I was automatically drawn to the darker red shades I forced myself to choose a lighter more spring like shade that could bring me out of my comfort zone some more. In the end I chose the shade Precious which is a stunning pink shade with peach undertones throughout it. It's not the usual colour I would go for but due to a surprising love of nude lips this year I decided to purchase it to add it to my ever growing collection of nude lip products.
This isn't one of those liquid lip products that has outrageous claims such as lasting 24 hours or having the most moisturising formula a liquid lip has ever had. This doesn't even call itself a liquid lipstick, it calls itself a cream which instantly changed my expectations when I first wore it. I expected it to be very much like the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams both in texture and wear on the lips. Initially upon application it didn't seem to have a similar formula of the SMLC but when you compare the two side by side they are very similar.
Overall this a nice lip product. It didn't blow my socks off or wow me like other lip products have done in the past but this is a nice product. It applied evenly, easily and wasn't streaky or too thick in formula. To begin with it sat comfortable on the lips but then deteriorated as hours passed and left lips dry and in dire need of lip balm. Sure a bit of lip balm underneath would probably help with that but often liquid lipsticks don't apply as well over top of lip balm and it's just more faff than it should be. If you don't mind putting a bit more effort in then these are definitely up your street. However if you're more of a one and done kind lip product lover these might not work for you. If you ever see them in a shop though definitely give them a swatch, the shade selection is stunning.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
The Rosie For Autograph Sheer Finish Complexion Enhancer is a lightweight, sheer finish tinted moisturiser to brighten the skin and give it a lit from within look. It perfects the look of skin and evens out skintone but still allows you to see your skin underneath as well as letting it breath. Skin is left looking glowy but not greasy and unlike other foundation/bb cream formulas this leaves skin feeling moisturised and soft to the touch.
I have the shade Nude which is the lightest shade in the range. The shade range is the only thing that let's this down. There are only six shades in the range but because they are so sheer you can get away with having a shade that doesn't exactly match your skintone.
It's suggested you apply this with your fingertips something I'm not that a big a fan off. However I find you get the best pay off with this when you use your fingers. I tried it initally with my a damp beauty blender and found my sponge soaked up most of the product. Whereas when I used my fingers I found it blended out smoothly, gave me a light coverage but still allowed my skin to show through and breathe. It made my skin look healthy, radiant and subtle unlike other base products I've tried.
I really like this product. It's lightweight yet gives coverage and allows skin to look and feel like skin, something that my skin will be grateful for when the warmer months roll round. It's quite understated as a product but still carries that elegant, classic look and feel that all Rosie For Autograph products have. It's already become my go to base product but I have a feeling that I'm going to finish this tube and possibly another tube throughout the Summer months. Slightly pricier for a base product but the results it gives make it well worth. I'd definitely recommend swatching it when your in your local Marks and Spencers next.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
The YesTo mask on the other hand was brilliant. It didn't exactly stay in place but I could still get on with stuff as it worked. And boy did it work. It gave me spots which isn't usually a good thing but it meant it had deep cleansed and pulled all the crap from skin. Definitely one I'd happily repurchase.