Monday, 22 January 2018

Top 3: High End Cleansers

When it comes to cleansers I don't have a preference, I'll happily use both high end and budget friendly. If they work with my skin, don't break me out and cleanse my skin well, I'm not really bothered about the price. Back in September I talked you through my Top 3 Budget Cleansers but lately I've found myself reaching for more high end cleansers. So today I thought I'd talk you through my Top 3 High End Cleansers.

Now this first one you could all probably guess was going to be featured. The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is one of my favourite cleansing balms of all time. It's thick, nourishing and works wonders on my skin everytime I use this. I'm not going to babble too much about this but this balm is perfect for both make up removal and second cleansing. I much prefer this as a second cleanse as it means the ingredients get to work deeper into the skin and it gives skin a better dose of hydration and nourishment than if I use it as a initial cleanse. After every use I find my skin feels clean, nourished, hydrated and soft to the touch. Sure it's pricey at £39 a pot but when the results are as amazing as they are every use then it's well worth it.

High end cleansing balms really seem to float my boat as my second most reached for high end cleanser is the iconic Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. This is a balm to oil cleanser that breaks down even the most long wearing make up, including waterproof mascara. And even though it's an oily formula, this is lightweight and gentle on the skin. Never has my skin felt stripped or irritated after I've used this and a little goes a long way. This is my go to cleanser when I'm wearing a full coverage foundation or a particularly hard to remove mascara. I've been using this for nearly a year now and I haven't even come near to touching the bottom yet. You definitely get a good amount of product for the price.

And the last high end cleanser that I use religiously comes from Pixi. Their Glow Mud Cleanser has changed how my skin both looks and feels with each use. With 5% Glycolic Acid, this cleanser not only eradicates make up but it also gives skin an gentle exfoliation and deep cleanse so it appears clearer and brighter after each use. It's thick in formula but doesn't weigh skin down or clog pores when you use it. I've been using it since about March last year and I still have a fair amount of product left in the tube even though I've used it countless times to both remove make up and cleanse skin.

If you asked me to choose between the three of these I don't think I could. I love them all equally and they all work wonderfully with my skin but I think if you insisted I choose, it would probably be the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser. It's a dual focus product that removes make up but also exfoliates skin in an easy and efficient manner. It's the most budget friendly of the three but that doesn't make it my favourite. I don't mind paying out for any of these cleansers as I love how they make my skin feel, so a few extra pound isn't an issue.

Friday, 19 January 2018

5 Products I Always Have A Back Up Of

As a blogger I try a lot of products which means I have a lot of products in my collection but there are only a few that I have duplicates of because I never want to run out of them. Some of you may call them my Holy Grail Products but for me these are just that good that I can't go without them.

If there is one mask I always have a back up or three of, it's the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. It doesn't matter what variation it is, I have to have a steady supply of them. These are my go to sheet mask when my skin needs some TLC. Not only are they inexpensive but they fit my face perfectly and allow me to still work or move about whilst I wear it. And the results never fail to amaze me. My skin can look irritate as hell, in need of hydration as well as some soothing and these masks do all the and more. After fifteen to twenty minutes of wearing these masks, my skin looks less sore/red, hydrated and looks soothed and smooth to the touch. If you haven't already tried these, I suggest you pick one up the next time in Boots or Superdrug. You won't regret it.

If there is one make up staple I have to have back ups of back ups of, it's the Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer. It's the only concealer that successfully tackles my dark circles as well as blending out beautifully on any blemishes or uneven areas that need covering. Now I know it's an under eye concealer but I find it doesn't oxidise on my skin which makes it perfect for placing around the face as well. I go through this and the Lasting Perfection Concealer from Collection more than any other make up item I use on the daily.

If there is one cleanser I have to have a back up of, it's Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing Balm. Not only do I have a back up because I adore it but because it's a slightly pricier product I like to pick up a back up when I've got some extra cash that I can spend on it. This cleansing balm works wonders both as a make up remover or a second cleanse skin nourisher. I use this as my second cleanse and everytime I marvel at how nourished, softened and restored my skin feels. If I don't have a full size, I always make sure I have two or even three travel sized pots in my stash so that I can give my skin that bit of TLC it occasionally needs, especially after a day of being covered in make up.

Now this cream may not be of interest to you but I swear by the Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream. It does exactly as it says on the tin. It's a miracle cream that works as you sleep. This makes my skin look like it's had a good solid eight hours of sleep when I usually am lucky if I get four to six hours. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil and Lavender Essential Oil that all work to hydrate, soothe and remove signs of fatigue, all whilst your sleeping soundly. I used to only use this nights before I had a big event or a day I wanted look nice for but now I can't go a night without using it as I can guarantee that whilst the rest of me looks like Shrek in the morning, my skin will be clear and awake looking.

I can't believe I almost forgot to include this product as I have back ups of back ups of it in my lip liner collection. Now a lot of people don't believe me when I say that Primark do amazing lip liners but they do. Their lip liner in 03 Red is the perfect red. It is creamy, highly pigmented and matches a multitude of red lip products I have in my collection. I reach for this everytime I do a red lip and I fall in love with it again each time. And for a £1 a pop, I don't mind buying back up upon back up so I never run out.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Product Empties: January

Welcome to my first empties of the year. And unsurprisingly there is a ton of empties, a lot of them you've seen before and a few you've not seen before.

Let's start with cleansers. There are only a couple of in this empties as I have tons on the go at once. The first is the The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm. This is a very gentle cleansing balm that melts make up off easily and doesn't irritate skin. It too me a while to finish this so I'd probably repurchase it for longevity but based off the product alone, I think I've got other balms that work just as well.

The other cleanser I have finished is the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. Since my last empties I've gone through two of travel sized pots and am working my way through my first of three 50ml tubs. I love this cleanser so much. It's thick, nourishing and works so well with my skin. I occasionally use this to take my make up off and it melts it off effortlessly but most of the time I use it on my bare skin. It's so nourishing and hydrating, especially after a long day of wearing make up. A little goes a long way so these pots lasted me a pretty long time and I'd happily repurchase any size tub when I no longer have any.

I went through another bottle of my holy grail Clean And Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion. I use this every morning to cleanse my skin and give it a refresh. I've gone through countless bottles of this in the last twelve years and whilst I've been told to stop using it, I haven't because I'm such a huge fan of it. I'm already half way through another bottle and have a back up in place as well.

I went through another bottle of the Simple Dual Effect Eye Make Up Remover. This is one of my favourite eye make up removers, it's bio phase formula the only thing that truly removes all of my mascara at the end of the day. I'm currently using the Nivea Duel Effect Eye Make Up Remover and it's not living up to the standard of this one. I think I'm going to have to stock up so I never run out of it.

I went through another travel sized bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic. I find that these smaller bottles last forever which is why until recently I'd never paid out for a full sized bottle. With 5% Glycolic Acid, Aloe Vera and Ginseng, this is my go to toner after make up removal as it exfoliates, rejuvenates and soothes all at the same time. I'm sure you'll be seeing more varying sized bottles of the Glow Tonic in future empties.

Whilst we're on the subject of Glycolic Acid, I finished another tub of the Nip And Fab Glycolic 5% Fix Night Pads. These give an effective yet somewhat gentle exfoliation and helps retexturise skin. I've gone through countless tubs of these and will probably go through countless tubs more. They're great for an every day exfoliation as they don't strip, irritate or sting the skin.

Another bottle of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Sprizter has bitten the dust. This is my morning facial spritz that soothes, awakens and hydrates skin ready for the ahead. It's lightweight and great for layering under and over make up. I love this and need to buy another as my current bottle is well over halfway used.

I had to give up with this next product. Not because it's terrible but because I just couldn't get the last dregs out. The Botanics All Bright Serum Concentrate is one of several serums I like to apply after I've removed my make up. It has naturally occurring AHA's that lightly exfoliate the skin which reveals skin's natural glow. It's lasted me ages but I had to give up before I finished it completely because it's badly designed packaging. The dropper applicator doesn't reach the bottom of the bottle and once you hit the very last of the serum, not even tilting the bottle gets it out. I have another already in use and will repurchase it again when I've run out even though it's a case of when bad packaging happens to good products.

 Another product I never completely finish is the Loreal Hydra Genius. This is my go to serum, it's just literally Aloe Water and Hyaluronic Acid, two ingredients that agree amazingly with my skin. Yet again that tube from the pump doesn't reach the bottom and the last of the product and no amount of tilting or shaking the bottle helps. Sure it's a waste but it's only minor when the product works this well. Definitely going to repurchase this when necessary, it's completely changed my skin.

I finished a pot of my go to day moisturiser from Garnier. The Moisture Bomb Glow Enhancer Moisturiser is lightweight, hydrating and easy to layer under make up. I layer this over the Loreal Hydra Genius to give my skin a massive, long lasting boost of hydration. And because it's a gel like formula it doesn't affect any make up I apply over top. I've already got another pot on the go and will definitely be buying a back up before that one runs out.

I finished yet another pot of my favourite Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream.There is just something about this night cream that I can't get enough of. It makes me look fresh, revitalised, hydrated and like I've eight hours sleep when I've most likely only had about four. I have gone through quite a few tubs of this in the last couple of years and will continue to do so but right now I'm also trying out two very similar formula products. I'm sure if I like them, they'll be appearing in either a empties or a favourites post in the future.

Now a few of you may be wondering why I have an empty SPF bottle in my January empties but I make sure to wear SPF 30 everyday to protect my skin. The Hawaiian Tropic SPF30 is the only one that hasn't broken me out and actually works with my skin instead of against it. I've got another bottle of this open already and I'll be repurchasing many bottles of this through the year to keep my skin protected no matter the season.

I actually finished an eye cream. That is unheard of for me. I never manage to finish eye creams as they usually stop working for me before I can or I've moved onto the next one that's caught my eye. The Olay Total Effects Eye Cream has not let me down since I started reusing it in September. It moisturises, depuffs, firms and reduces the appearance of dark circles without weighing the gentle skin under the eye down. I've just opened a new one and whilst I'd like to say you'll see it in a future empties, I'm not sure if it'll be this year as a little goes a long way which makes the small pot last a long time.

 It wouldn't be an empties post if I didn't have at least one of the Maybelline SuperStay Primers featured. This time I've gone through two since my last empties in October. It seems like a lot but I do wear it everytime I wear make up so it does make sense since that's six days out of seven a week. I love how this sink into my skin but leaves a tackiness to my skin that just adheres to whatever base product I apply over top. And it's lightweight so it doesn't clog my pores and cause any irritation or breakouts. It's not going to be the last time this will be featured in an empties this year.

 Surprisingly there is only one Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in my empties bin. Usually there are two sometimes even three but for some reason I haven't gone through them as much as I thought I would. This is a great concealer for covering redness, blemishes and dark circles without looking cakey or heavy on the skin. I'm already nearly done with another tube and have a back up in my collection as well.

Something I did go through two of and found a little surprising was pressed powder. Normally it takes me months to go through a single pan of pressed powder and that's wearing it everytime I wear make up. However between my last empties and today's post, I've gone through two of the MUA Transparent Pressed Setting Powder and nearly finished a third. I love this powder, it doesn't cake skin, settle into any creases or fine lines and sets make up in place all day long. I'm not sure if it's because it's so finely milled that I've gone through two but I have and I'm a little shocked that this was a product I had duplicate empties for.

I finished a bottle of my Barry M Hydro Fix Primer Water. This combined with the Maybelline SuperStay Primer is a winning combination and I've found I can't use another product in place of this or the Maybelline as the remaining product doesn't work as well. I always make sure to have a back up of this in my collection and right now is no exception.

A setting spray that I finished comes from Collection. Their Primed And Ready Fixing Spray is a fine mist that generously sprays the face with it's lightweight formula, setting make up in place with a semi matte finish. It's perfect for everyday use if you've got a little too much glow going on but it's also a brilliant product for holding everything in place when you've got a big event or night out. I've already got one on the go and a back up in my collection.

As always I've gone through a couple of packets of face wipes. I don't use these to take my make up off, I use them to mainly take off any swatches I've done or my lipstick at the end of the day. I usually go for ones aimed at sensitive skin like the Johnsons but I find that the Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Wipes are brilliant at removing liquid lipsticks. Both did what I wanted them to, both didn't cause any irritation like some wipes can and both will probably be repurchased at some point in the future.

I went through a few packs of under eye patches in the last three months. The Rodial, Superdrug and Soap and Glory were all one use packets but the Skin Republic had three pairs in them. Out of all of them the Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Masks are probably my favourite. They sit on the skin like a second skin and the results when you take them off, last a good few days where the others only last a few hours. I've already repurchased them all except the Superdrug Own Brand ones. It's not because they're bad, I just haven't been able to find them in stores.

Sheet masks are the kind of mask I go through a lot of. And every empties I have a ton to show you. So let's start with three new ones I tried. The first was the Origins Flower Fusion Rose Sheet Mask. It was nice, left my skin feeling hydrated and soothed but didn't do much more to wow me. And at £5 a pop I don't think I'll be repurchasing it. The same can be said for the Nip and Fab Dragon's Blood Sheet Mask. Pricey as hell and it didn't do a lot for my skin, probably because it kept peeling off when I was wearing it. The one I would repurchase is the Nip and Fab Glycolic Extreme Fix Bubble Sheet Mask. It worked wonders on my skin, was hilarious to wear and didn't fall off my face when I moved. It's still a bit pricey but in my opinion worth every penny.
I used and reviewed the Simple Sheet Mask Range. Two were complete duds whilst one was amazing. If you ask me, Simple still has a way to go with their sheet masks as in the quality of the mask itself as well as how much product they add to it. I like my sheet masks well saturated but I don't like them dripping over my carpet. Not sure if I'd repurchase these.

 I used up a couple of the Soap and Glory Sheet Masks. These two are in fact my favourites of the range. The Miracle Moisture Mask whilst dubious in appearance works wonders on hydrating and soothing skin whilst the Pore Refining Mask is perfect for hormonal skin in need of some TLC. It's Witch Hazel based formula is perfecting for combating any excess oil as well as tightening pores and purifying skin. Two masks that I will definitely be repurchasing.

And of course it wouldn't be a empties without a Garnier Moisture Bomb or four. I love these masks, they fit my face perfectly, work well with my skin and show long lasting results with for their £2.99 price tag is pretty astounding. I make sure I always have two or three of each mask in my collection so that when I'm having a shit day I can pop one one and forget about all my worries for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Monday, 15 January 2018

New In Beauty

It's January which means for us in the beauty world, it's new release season. And as always there are tons of new releases from make up to skincare, budget to high end. To say there were a lot that caught my eye would be an understatement. However I spent a lot of time looking at them all both and in store and managed to whittle it down to the five that I thought were the best for me and today I'm giving you a look at what's new this month.

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara £8.99
This is probably my favourite of the five. I didn't think Maybelline could top their Lash Sensational that sent the beauty world a flutter in 2015 but it seems they have. Their Total Temptation Mascara as blown the Lash Sensational right out the window. A tapered bristle brush, this mascara claims to give all the length and volume they'll ever need. It's also a unique formula infused with coconut oil and with a whipped, mousse like texture that is still quite wet formula wise but it doesn't transfer when you're applying or throughout the day. Out of five stars, I'd give it five. It's a brilliant mascara and I can't wait to share my full review with you all.

Loreal Smooth Sugar Scrubs £9.99
This next release was one I didn't even know was coming out so soon. I'd seen them on Instagram but it said they were currently only available in the US. But when they appeared in my work, I knew I just had to buy them. The Loreal Smooth Sugar Scrubs are a trio of face scrubs that combine white and brown sugar granules together with other ingredients such as Grapeseed Oil, Kiwi and Cocoa Butter to create a range of scrubs for all skin types. There are three to choose from the Smooth Sugar Clear Scrub with Kiwi Extracts to exfoliate, unclog blackheads as well as reducing and fighting imperfections, the Smooth Sugar Glow Scrub with Grapeseed Oil to exfoliate and improve skin's radiance and then finally there is the Smooth Sugar Nourish Scrub with Cocoa Butter to soothe, exfoliate and nourish dry skin. The full review of these will be going up at the beginning of February and I'm looking forward to sharing my full thoughts on these with you all.

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Inks £9.99
Late last year, Maybelline released a new lip product called SuperStay Matte Ink. I brought one out of curiousity and whilst I liked it, I didn't reach for it much. But they've just released a whole range of nude shades, all of which are gorgeous and I'm obsessed. I only one of the new so far and it's the shade Ruler but it's amazing. The formula is that of a liquid lipstick but instead of being a powdery matte when it dries down, this is ultra comfortable to wear and still has a slight sheen to. It's completely transfer proof and stays comfortably in place for a good six to eight hours. The new nude range is definitely one worth checking out if you like nude lipsticks or just a good long lasting liquid lipstick.

Barry M Candy Culture Scented Nail Paints £3.99
I'm a big fan of Barry M Nail Paints and when they release new shades or new collections, I have to have them. And it was no different with this new range. I was intially attracted to the shades in their Candy Culture range but when I found out they were scented as well I knew I just had to try them out. There are four shades in the range but I only have the three that appealed to me the most. They are Coconut Cream, Blueberry BonBon and Strawberry Laces. Now you may be thinking that they've just cleverly advertised these as scented nail paints but they really do smell. One coat dries down to a semi matte finish gives a hint of the scent but add a second coat and you get a strong, delicious scent that lasts for a while after you've initally painted your nails. Of course it doesn't last forever but it lasts long enough without becoming distracting or offputting as you wear it.

Pixi Rose Tonic £10
And the last new release comes from Pixi. This month they have a whole of host of skincare products coming out from cream cleansers to new oil blends. The one that caught my eye almost immediately was their new toner. Pixi are famous for their Glow Tonic but it's obvious that not everyone will be able to use it, so they've come out with a new Tonic. The Rose Tonic is a rose and elderflower based toner aimed at dry/sensitive/reactive skin to alleviate any dryness or tightness that can occur after cleansing or throughout the day. It's lightweight, not overly fragranced but nourishing and works wonders on the skin. I've tried this a couple of times and so far I'm impressed. It's perfect for using to give skin a nourishing, hydrating boost after a long day or after a face mask to prep skin for serum and moisturiser.  

Friday, 12 January 2018

2018 Goals
2018 is already in full swing and everyone is/has been making New Years Resolutions. For me, I haven't made any resolutions as I never remember them and always end up breaking them. So instead I'm making a list of goals that I want to achieve this year as I feel having a goal instead of a resolution will make me more likely to want to fufill them. There are only a few but they are all things I've been meaning to do for a while now.

1- Change Jobs
As I write this, I've already achieved this goal. The company I currently work for, I've been with for six years and in that time I've learnt a lot but it hasn't allowed me to grow. And this year I wanted a change. I wanted to grow and improve on skills that I've learnt from them and on as myself as a person. So I've gone and gotten myself another job. I've handed my notice in with my current employer and whilst it's going to be sad to say goodbye to a wonderful bunch of women who I consider my friends, I need to do this for myself not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well. I'm looking forward to starting my new job and all the oppotunities I'm going to have as well.

2- Read More
This is something I say I'm going to do every year and never get round to it. However this year I'm determined to read more. When I was younger I could read two or three books a week but as I've gotten older it's dwindled down to one a month if I'm lucky. So 2018 is going to be the year I read more. I've already gotten a list of books I want to read and have set myself a target of five books a month which I'll be featuring in a new series that'll be appearing on here at the end of this month. It's already off to a good start, I've already finished one book and am halfway through a second.

3- Bake More
Baking is something I've always enjoyed but only really gotten into in the last six months. Yet with my current employer I didn't really get much time to bake, whereas with my new job I'll have more time to bake and work on improving my skills such as icing and pastry. There are going to be a lot more baking posts appearing as it's the next biggest passion of mine after beauty. The first one actually goes up next week.

4- Take Better Care Of Myself
This one has a wide range of things within it. Towards the end of last year I stopped really looking after myself. A lot of it was stress related but I found I didn't have the motivation to do the everyday things that I usually wouldn't hesistate to do. You may have noticed I dropped off the radar post wise in December but now I'm back and don't plan on going anywhere. But this year I want to keep myself as stress free as possible and keep up the various routines I have that I do like clockwork and that look after me as a whole. It's things like taking my vitamins, washing my face twice a day, taking time to do a face mask. Things that'll look after me both inside and out that also relax me and make me forget about the stresses of the day.

5- Improve On The Blog
Now as I said I took a bit of time off from posting at the end of December. A combination of working a lot, not feeling motivated and a bit of disappoinment at the lack of engagement over social media sort of put me off. However it's a new year and I'm vowing to not miss a post in the next fifty-two weeks. And alongside that, I want to improve on both my photography and my writing. A lot of the time due to work and a serious case of procrastination I always end up rushing my posts and they never turn out they way they do in my head as I plan them. So this year I'm going to try and pre write as much as I can without stressing myself out. I don't want to post half effort posts this year, I want them to improve and to reach new readers and to give my exsisting readers better content.

6- Do More That Makes My Soul Happy 
This one is pretty much self explanatory. And goals one to five pretty much sum up a few of the things I'm doing to make myself and my soul happy. But apart from those I also want to spend more time with the people that matter the most to me, that care about me and my wellbeing. And it's the simplest things that do it, things like coffee with Jasmin or a night spent lounging on her sofa in my pjs, smothered by her animals as we eat pizza and watch bad film adaptations then so be it. But I want to do things this year that will make me smile when I look back at them or that give me that boost when I'm feeling a bit crap and not worthwhile. I said it to Jasmin and I meant it, 2018 is going to be my year and I'm not going to let anything stop that from happening. 

7- Get A Tattoo
This is something I've been thinking about since I was eighteen but I've never known what I wanted or where I wanted it. And getting a tattoo is a big thing, once it's there, it's not going anywhere. Well not easily at least. But this year I'd like to get my first tattoo. I've seen so many stunning ones on Pinterest and Instagram and it's given me an idea of what I'd like and where I'd like it. So keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram or on here for it when I finally pluck up the courage to get it.

8- Get A Piercing
Now this is more my area and I know that I can go and get this done with any trepidation at all. I have a lot of piercings (five lobe, forward helix, tragus, double cartilage,rook and conch FYI)  already but have wanted another for a while and think it's time I stopped thinking about it and just got it done. The next piercing I plan on getting is my daith, it's between the rook and tragus area of the ear and when done with a small hoop that's not too outlandish it's extremely pretty. I just hope it looks the same on me. And again keep your eyes on my Instagram and on here for when I get it done. I'm pretty sure it's going to be in the near future.

9- Change My Hair
Again this is something I say I'm going to do every six months or so and never get round to it. But this is the year where I finally do something. My hair is extremely long and has the remnants of red ombre at the ends. Now I know I want/need to get it cut but I haven't quite decided on how much I want taken off. And the same stands for the ombre. I know it's well out of fashion now but I loved how it looked on me and how it gave my dark hair a little something extra without being an all over dye that I couldn't change on a whim if I grew bored of it. The cut is definitely happening but I'm still not sure on the ombre. Let me know if you think I should do it again even if it's just because it's something that makes me happy or if you think it'll look good.

10- Drink More Water
And this last one is one I've pretty much failed at already. I don't drink enough water and I know I should. However I always find myself getting to that point where water becomes dull and tasteless to me and then I find I can't drink it. But this year I'm going to try and I mean really try to drink more water. Not only is it going to do wonders for my skin, it's also going to do wonders for me in general. I'll sleep better without so much caffeine running through my system, my skin will be clearer and my teeth won't be battered by the acid found in fizzy drinks on a daily basis. I think I'm going to start this again on Monday because I always find it good to start things on Mondays and also so that I can drink fizzy over the weekend and curb my hormonal cravings for it.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

2018 Beauty Wishlist

Last year I started a beauty wishlist where I shared five beauty items that I'd like to or planned on buying through the year. It went down really well last year so I thought I'd bring it back for 2018 with five new products that I would like to/plan on buying this year.

Dior Forever Foundation
The first and only make up item in this beauty wishlist comes from Dior. I'm already a fan of their Star Foundation but really want to try their Forever Foundation after hearing really good reviews. Unlike the Star foundation, it has a matte finish with a exceptional coverage that feels comfortable on the skin. And it sounds right up my street, except it's £35 a bottle and that's a lot of money to pay out and it not work, plus I already have a few foundations that I like on the go. However I think I will be asking for a sample when I'm at a Dior counter next.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray
The first skincare product I'll be wishing for this year comes from Clinique. Their Moisture Surge Face Spray has been on my radar for a while and I've never gotten around to trying it. But this year I want to change that and add this to my ever growing collection of skincare. I've tried a sample of their Moisture Surge Concentrate and loved it so I know that this product will not only suit my skin but fit in with my skincare routine. This may be one I actually purchase instead of keeping looking at, at the Clinique counter.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Facial Oil
The next product is one that may take a bit of saving up for. Sunday Riley's Luna Facial Oil has been on my radar for a while but until recently I hadn't been interested in oils. Now that I am a big lover of facial oils this has popped back up. I've heard some brilliant reviews on this and think it would work well with my skin but at £85 a bottle, I think this is one I need to save up for.

Liz Earle Superskin Overnight Mask
Liz Earle is one of my favourite brands on the market so it's no surprise that there is a product in my wish list this year. I'm a big fan of their Superskin Moisturiser with Natural Neroli so when I saw they did an overnight mask I knew I'd have to try it. Yet it's something I've never gotten round to trying so I'm adding it to my wishlist in hopes that it'll encourage me to actually buy it instead of staring at it wistfully everytime I'm at a Liz Earle counter.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
And the last product in my wishlist this year is another product that I've been putting off buying and am hoping that by putting in this post, I will actually buy it. I had a sample of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair last year and loved it. I only used it when my skin was in dire need of help and after every use my skin looked plumper, clear and refreshed. I definitely need to buy a full sized bottle but with Christmas and that expensive time of year I just never got round to it. This year however I'm going to buy this as I haven't found a more budget friendly option that works just as well.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Review: Marks And Spencer Beauty Advent Calender

Every year without fail I rush out to buy the Marks And Spencer Beauty Advent Calender when it's released. This year was no different and whilst I unboxed each day and shared with you a first impression or mini review, I thought I'd do a review of the calender and it's contents as a whole.

This year the calender was shaped like a house or shop front and had twenty four individual house shaped boxes, each with a different design or scent on the front. And inside each box was a deluxe miniature or full sized product from each of the brands that the Marks And Spencer Beauty Hall has to offer. I liked how it was laid out but it was quite hard and cumbersome to get a few of the days out because you had to move the front row to reach the back row.

When it comes to the contents of the calender, I think they expanded their range of brands and product types well but there were a couple of products included that I found no use for and thought unnecessary or a let down in terms of the calender as a whole. The beauty blender and the make up bag that was gifted as a finale product were to me a bit of a cop out. There were so many amazing products that built up to Day Twenty-Five and it just seemed like a lacklustre finish from what had been an amazing calender.

Product/brand wise there was a good variety of both including new additions such as Korres, Balance Me and Ameliorate. There were still products from brands that they'd featured in their calender before such as Emma Hardie, Leighton Denny and REN but it was a different product to their previous calenders. This year there seemed to be a lot more skin focused products which for a skincare junkie like me was heaven and I've tried and loved the majority of them. There are certainly a few that I'll be buying in full size when the samples run out, the Alpha H Rose Gold being just one of them.

Overall I loved this calender for the third year in a row. Sure there were days when the boxes held a product I wasn't interested in or happy to receive but when it comes to something like an advent calender there is no way you're going to please everybody. That being said though, there is a good majority of products that I keep by my bedside and use on a regular basis. All in all this has again opened my eyes to brands I'd never tried or heard of before whilst simultaneously allowing me to try products from brands I do love without paying out their higher price tag and losing out if it doesn't work for me. Marks and Spencers is becoming one of the beauty highlights in the high street, going from strength to strength each year and I for one can not wait for the release of their advent calender this year.