Saturday, 29 July 2017
Friday, 28 July 2017
My only bug bear with this product is the smell. It smells quite chemical like and whilst it's not offence it does sort of linger even once I've rubbed the product in and it's one of the reasons I don't reach for it as much as I'd like to. Other than that I'm actually a big fan of this product. It's lightweight and doesn't feel like it's clogging my pores or weighing skin down. A little goes a long way and once it's absorbed into the skin, skin is left feeling hydrated, plump and soft to the touch. And instead of working for a few hours before disappearing and leaving skin feeling drier than it did originally. No a good five or six hours can pass and skin will not only feel hydrated and soft still but will look plump, hydrated and glowing still.
There is another Hydro Boost moisturiser in the range called the Gel Cream. It's more of a cream than a gel so is richer in texture and feeling on the skin. If you prefer a cream over gel based moisturiser then I'd highly recommend checking that one out instead but if you're skin prefers more lightweight products then the water gel will be right up your street.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
The Loreal Nude Magique Cushion is even lighter in finish. It's more along the lines of a BB Cream but in cushion form. It has a glowy finish which works wonderfully to deflect attention away from any areas that don't look as good as the rest. This is perfect for those days when you want some coverage but you still want your skin to look like skin. It essentially just perfects over the areas you're not happy with and adds a healthy glow which most of us love in the Summer. The only problem that I find with cushion foundations is that sometimes you can't control how much product you're getting and end up using more than planned, that however is only a minor product and is undoubtedly outweighed by all the pros of these products.
Sunday, 23 July 2017
If you don't have time to a thorough cleanse or you're having a late night, micellar water is a better option for cleansing over other options such as face wipes. Simple have recently released a new version of their original micellar water. Their Water Boost Micellar Water cleanses skin as well as the original but also has the added bonus of giving skin a burst of hydration at the same time. I don't find myself reaching for a micellar as often as I do a proper cleanser but if my skin needs a refresh or it's a particularly late night, they definitely do what I need them to do.
Another brilliant spray comes from Pixi. It's not my favourite spray but the citrus extracts that are woven throughout the formula are very reviving and renergising. It's bit more hit and miss spray wise and too much can leave skin feeling more sweaty than soothed but it's not the worst spray on the market. I enjoy mixing the two together, especially in the morning so that my skin feels refreshed and awakened, ready for the day ahead.
A new product that I've been thoroughly enjoying not only because it's hydrating and lightweight but also because it can be mixed with other products to create a blend that meets all your skin's needs. The new Simple Hydrating Booster is a serum based product that can be added to other serums and moisturisers to add a boost of hydration. This has been a saviour on the days where I haven't been using the Loreal as it's so easy to add to any other product I use. It's not as effective on it's own but paired with a lightweight moisturiser or a brightening serum it works wonders. I've found myself reaching for this more in the evening to rejuvenate my skin whereas the Loreal works better for me in the morning.
And for days when I haven't been wearing make up (most days), there has been another water cream that I've been thoroughly enjoying. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cream is a lot like the Garnier Moisture Bomb range wherein it contains Hyaluronic Acid and not a lot else and claims to slowly release hydration throughout the day. It's ever so slightly thicker than the Garnier which is perfect for those non make up days as it's a lot more nourishing and there is no worry about make up peeling or balling over top. A full review of this is coming Friday but I will say this has come in very handy with the hot, humid days we had at the beginning of the month.
Having slightly reactive skin means that the wrong product can cause an instant reaction that could take a good week or two to soothe and clear. The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face SPF30 is one of the products that didn't cause that. It's lightweight, oil free, has UVA/UVB protection and is suitable for sensitive skins. It does have a slight white cast to it but it doesn't cause any flashback or is obvious on it's own or through make up. I actually quite like it as it seems to even my skin out ever so slightly and makes applying product over top easier. There are two versions of this product and I'd advise going for the one that looks more brown in tone over the yellow toned one. The yellow toned one is heavier and leaves a film like feeling on the skin which essentially leaves skin feeling absolutely gross after a full day in humidity.
And the other product I've been loving because it's quick and easy is the Garnier Moisture Bomb Ultra-Protecting SPF30 Face Mist. Containing the same ingredients as the rest of the Moisture Bomb Range (Pomegranate Extract and Hyaluronic Acid), this ultra fine aerosol mist offers hydration as well as protection from UVA/UVB as well as pollution. Sure such a fine mist doesn't seem like it would do a lot but it actually works and works well. Skin feel protected and hydrated but not drenched or clogged. It's perfect for taking on the go and using as a top up throughout the day and it's ability to be used over make up is just another tick in my box. I use this on days when I'm just nipping to the shops and feeling a bit lazy because I know I'm not losing any of the protection for my skin and am just really taking a shortcut to look after it instead.
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Out of everything in this declutter there are only a few products I'd happily repurchase or even think about repurchasing. Out of the bases I'd happily repurchase the Bourjois CC Cream and the Maxfactor Facefinity, both have good coverage and give a skin like finish whilst still covering where it needs to. If they still sold the Loreal Eau De Teint I'd probably repurchase it but in a lighter shade as it's coverage and feel were amazing on the skin. Apart from that I'd probably only repurchase the three mascaras that I used to the point of drying out. All three do amazing things to my lashes and when they were usuable I found myself reaching for them constantly. Apart from those particular products I don't think I'd buy any of the others again. They didn't work for me but that doesn't mean that they won't work for you though, make up is always about personal preference.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
A few years back I was really into bright pinks lips and the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong was my go to shade. However since that Summer it's looked horrendous on me and no matter what I tried it didn't look like it did initially. So started the look for a new pink lip that I could wear not just in the Summer but all year round, that wouldn't change how it looked whatever the season. And that's when I found the Rosie For Autograph lipstick in Rosie Lips. This is more of a deeper pink that Pink Pong but it still has that wow power and never fails to lift my spirits when I wear it. It does have a sheen finish but that wears away to a semi-matte/satin finish that doesn't transfer easily or become unbearably uncomfortable the longer you wear.
When it came to choosing a red for this edit, it was extremely hard. Kat Von D does an amazing one as does Stila and Rimmel have just released a brilliant one as well. However I had to go with Barry M's latest lip offering. Paparazzi is a bright red shade that perfects skin, makes teeth look white and will garner everyone's attention. For a liquid lipstick it's very thin in formula and lightweight on the lips. Highly pigmented in one swipe, this take very little work to make it look good. It dries down to a comfortable matte finish and last long on the lips, with very little transfer when you eat or drink. And because it's so lightweight, it's easy to reapply or touch up without it balling up or cracking. Definitely a shade I'm getting a lot of wear out of.
A slightly more muted shade that still makes pop but isn't as bold as the first two comes from NYX. Exotic is more of a peach toned shade that surprisingly suits paler skintones without washing them out. It's slightly thicker in formula than the Barry M but it still sits and wears beautifully on the lips. It can be slightly drying and uncomfortable but that all comes down to not having prepped lips well enough before hand. It can last a long while on the lips but does transfer slightly when you eat or drink and touch ups can be a little haphazard to say the least. Too much product and it'll crack or ball up and too little will leave it very obvious where you haven't managed to reach.
I haven't spoken about this next lip product a lot because when they were first released they were limited edition but now are a part of Barry M's permanent line. Their lips kits contain a lip liner and co-ordinating liquid lipstick. Runway is a deep pink toned mauve shade that also has hints of raspberry running through it. The lip liner is creamy and glides easily along the lips making it a dream to not only outline lips but also fill in the entire lip. The liquid lipstick is the same formula as the shade Paparazzi. It's lightweight, highly pigmented and dries down to a matte finish that isn't cakey or powdery in feel. Sure it will dry lips out and can be uncomfortable if lips aren't prepped well but when done well it's a gorgeous shade that'll last ages on the lips and will definitely garner you a good amount of compliments.
And the last lipstick in this edit is an old favourite which you can see has been loved a lot. Kiss Of Life is a bright tomato red shade that suits all skin types and really makes a look pop. It's a matte finish lipstick but has more of a powdery feeling to it. It doesn't really make wearing it unpleasant but it is one of those lipsticks you can tell your wearing. It doesn't transfer and can easily be touched up without going cakey or balling up. It can be slightly drying on the lips but that again all depends on the state of your lips when you first apply it. But apart from that it's a stunning colour and one that I'll be getting a lot of wear out of this Summer.
Monday, 17 July 2017
There is no way to chose which mask is better out of the two. The De-Tiring Mask is perfect to relax senses whilst reviving and rejuvenating skin. If you're more of an evening pamperer then this would be the mask for you, especially if you find it hard to switch off, this will help. The lavender scent will make you feel relaxed as a whole and could lead to you having an earlier night than planned.
The Glow Revealing Mask is more of a morning/beginning of the day mask. It makes the perfect base for make up as it leave skin looking glowy and that glow can and will translate through any make up you apply over top to give skin a natural luminous glow that looks healthy and perfect for this time of the year.
I've already said it but there is no way to chose between the two. Both of them wowed me and left my skin looking better than it has in a while. I will happily repurchase both of these masks alongside the others in the range. Your skin type and skin need will be the only thing you can use to help you decide between these masks but if you're a beauty junkie like me and I know a lot of you out there are, then you'll probably end up buying both anyway so I'm not going to recommend one mask over the other. I will say though that I highly recommend checking them out when you're next in your local Superdrug, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Friday, 14 July 2017
Now this is something I'm terrible at, I never drink enough water, I try but it just never works. However when I do manage to guzzle down my allotted two litres a day, I see a major difference in my skin. It looks brighter, clearer and even feels more supple to the touch. Sure waters not the most delicious taste wise but it is the quickest way to hydrate both your body and skin. With the UK heating up, I have been managing to work through two lites a day and I'm so glad I have. If plain tap water isn't for you, there is an array of flavoured waters out there that will do exactly the same thing. If you struggle to drink 2 litres a day, try picking up a 2 litre bottle of water from the supermarket and seeing how much you can drink in a day. Trust me, when you see it like that, it'll make you want to finish the bottle.
If there is one thing I'm extra pedantic about during the Summer months, it's SPF. Facial SPF is an everyday essential for me anyway and I never go a day without it which means I'm free to focus more on making sure my body is protected. Now I'm not the best at remembering to apply SPF everytime I leave the house but for those days when I know I'm going to be out and about a lot then I make sure I'm covered, head to toe. And for my body I have to say I don't buy into all the big brands that claim to last all day long or stay strong even after being exposed to water. Superdrug's Solait Body Sun Lotions are just as good as any big brand I've tried in the past and I find that for a SPF they don't leave skin feeling like their covered in a film like other brands can. However the Solait facial SPF doesn't agree with my skin (too clogging) and not many brands do high quality facial SPFs. That's where Hawaiian Tropic and Garnier step up as brands. The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Face with SPF is lightweight, oil free and works wonderfully under make up. It's also suitable for those with sensitive skins and won't clog pores. Or if that's not your cup of tea there is the Garnier Moisture Bomb Multi-Protecting Mist with SPF 30. It's aerosol formula and lightweight feel makes it perfect for taking on the go. Plus it can be used over make up without disruption and also boost skins hydration whilst protecting it at the same time.
If there is one thing I can't live without during the warmer months, it's a facial spray. They're lightweight on the skin, a quick fix and ninety-nine percent of the time don't disrupt what little make up I have on. Refreshing, toning and hydrating all in one, a facial spray is a brilliant handbag product that you can use anytime. Brands such as La Roche Posay and Liz Earle do miniatures of their facial sprays which make them more travel friendly but if you can carry around a 100ml deodorant then I'm sure you have room for a 100ml facial spray as well. I always make sure I have a facial spray on me, especially when at work. No air con and a windowless upstairs make it very humid very quickly.
We all know how it is in the Summer. It's hot and as much as we try we can't always avoid the less than ladylike act of sweating. And that's where properly cleansing our face comes in handy. Whether you've been wearing make up or not, thoroughly cleansing skin is a big part of not only good skin in general but good skin in the Summer. Oily skintypes fair better with lighter gel based cleansers as not to clog the skin or cause it to create more oil. Dry to normal skin types can use oil based cleansers as they can replace the hydration and nourish deeper into skin whilst simultaneously removing all signs of dirt and grime. Garnier's SkinActive Botanicals line is brilliant if you're looking for a cleanser. There's a cleanser out there for everyone in the range and you can chop and change between the ranges to create your perfect skincare routine.
And my last tip is to keep everything light. Skincare and make up, it's best to keep it light in the warmer months. Not only do you look like you have a natural summer glow about you but you don't have to worry about it running and looking less than perfect a mere twenty minutes after you've applied. And it does your skin the world of good. Heavier make up will more than likely sit in any open pores the heat/humidity has created and in the long run it's going to clog them up and create blemishes which is the last thing any one wants. Lighter layers not only will leave skin feeling more like skin but will give it a natural glow and will be easier to work with if touch ups are necessary. Skincare wise I'd advise trying any of the new breed of moisturiser on the market. Brands such as Neutrogena, Loreal and Garnier all have their versions of a water cream, which isn't just a big drink for skin but also lighter and more effective as they work deeper than the skin's surface and slowly work over time. That then helps the appearance of your make up and it's not going to look powdery or dry in places and if you use a cushion foundation or BB cream type product you'll have healthy looking skin without it feeling to clogged down or blocked up. Loreal's Nude Magique Cushion Foundation and the Rosie For Autograph Sheer Finish Complexion Enhancer are light coverage that can be built up where necessary without looking or feeling like too much on the skin.
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
ttle of this in my collection no matter how many other cleansers I have on the go. One use of this and any irritation my skin may have is gone. Plus it breaks down make up and mascara brilliantly whilst nourishing skin. And as I write this, I realise I need to purchase a back up as I'm quite a way through my current bottle.