Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Project Use It Up - 6 Month Update

Hi everyone,

As you all you know I'm doing a 'Project Use It Up', and this will be the six months update for this project. What going to do is to tell you what I have used and when, what products I've still got to use up, and the products that I may have difficulty in finishing. But, I won't be giving any product reviews in this update, because I'm going to save that an empties post dedicated to this project at the end of February.

Products I Have Used Up
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair 15/6/16
Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet 25/3/16
Origins 'A Perfect World' Moisturiser 8/4/16
Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne 30ml 30/5/16
Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment 8/8/16
One B&BW Travel Size Fragrance Mist 29/6/16
Vichy Pure Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel 28/6/16
Alpha H Liquid Gold 7/5/16
Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner 2/8/16
Two Body Shop Shower Gels 2/5/16 & 29/6/16
REN Clarimatte Toner 10/7/16
Ole Henrikson 3 in 1 Cleansing Gelee 2/8/16
Elemis Hydra Boost Moisturiser 2/6/16

Products Still to Use Up
YSL Touche Eclat Foundation
Pai Rosehip Oil
Jo Malone Orange Blossom Shower Gel
Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser
Elemis Lavender Toner
Lee Stafford Shine Head Shine Spray 50ml
One Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm
Jack Black Lip Balm
One Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Two Body Shop Shower Gels
One B&BW Travel Size Fragrance Mist
Clarins Instant Light Brush On Perfector in 00
Neal's Yard Witch Hazel Toner

Products That I Might Have Difficulty in Finishing
YSL Touche Eclat Foundation
Pai Rosehip Oil
Elemis Lavender Toner
Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm
Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
Clarins Instant Light Brush On Perfector in 00

So, there is my six month update and progress. The finale and empties for this project will be happening early March 2017, because this project will be ending on the 28th February 2017.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Fragrance Review: Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana EDP

Hi everyone,

I would like to review for you one of new my newest fragrances in my collection, which is Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana.

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana is a lovely, light floral fragrance which is ideal to wear during the Spring & Summer months.

Also, the Dolce fragrance has a little bit of freshness too it, as well as some depth. Too me this is a grown up floral scent, with a touch of sweetness.

I would recommend this fragrance to anyone who likes floral fragrances, but ones that aren't too floral.

Fragrance Notes

Top: Neorli leaves, papaya flower
Middle: White Amaryllis, white daffodil, white water lily
Base: Cashmeran, musky notes, sandalwood

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Review: Neurogena Visibly Clear Spot Clearing Facial Wash

Hi everyone,

I thought I would review for you the cleanser that I'm currently using as part of my acne skincare routine.

I use the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Clearing facial wash for around a week every month or so, or whenever my skin needs it. I can't use this as my everyday cleanser, as it would dry out my skin due to the salicylic acid.

The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Clearing facial wash is a lovely refreshing cleanser with a mild citrus fragrance. It also has a thick gel consistency, which foams up really well once water has been added too it. It is also a concentrated, oil free and gentle formula with the additional benefit of 2% salicylic acid; which is the main ance/ spot treatment in this cleanser. Once it has been rinsed off it leaves the skin feeling tighter and slightly more hydrated.

The aim of this cleanser is to effectively clear and prevent spots returning again in the future; and I think it does this really well. With myself personally it does take around five to seven days for this to happen, but when this does happen I don't need to use this cleanser until it flairs up again, and that can be anything up to two or three months.

This is an effective budget-friendly acne fighting cleanser that does work. So if your having a mild acne breakout then it might be worth trying this one out.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Products I've Used Up - August 2016

Hi everyone,

I've finished off quite a few products this month, some of which are new to me and a few repurchased items.

Dove Go Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant in Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena, & Graprefruit & Lemongrass

I love the Go Fresh deodorants from Dove, especially the fragrances. I do find that these do a really good at me dry throughout the day. I've recently stocked up on these, and I will continue to repurchase.

The Body Shop Body Sprays in Satsuma & Coconut

These I'm just decluttering as I've had them a good few years, but I hardly reached for them. The scents were nice, especially the satsuma fragrance. But I don't think I will be buying these again.

Bath & Body Works Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps in Eucalyptus Mint & Tahitian Holiday
I love the deep cleansing hand soaps that Bath & Body Works has to offer. But I wasn't overly fond of the Eucalyptus Mint scent, and the formula on the Tahitian Holiday hand wash was a little too thin and didn't quite scrub my hands as well as I would like. I have quite a few of these to get through, including a back up of Tahitian Holiday. But I don't think I would purchase either of these scents again.

Mandara Spa Tropical Bloom Hand Wash
This was a lovely inexpensive hand wash, with a delightful spa scent. The scent was jasmine and ylang ylang, and I would consider picking this up again if I was ever in a pinch.

Along Came Betty 'All in Good Hands' Peachy Keen Hand Wash
This was gifted to me last Christmas from a friend, and I loved the fresh peach scent. It also did a very good job at cleaning my hands.

Alberto Balsam Blends Clean & Fresh Shampoo & Conditioner in Green Tea & Citrus
These are a lovely shampoo and conditioner to use, epsecially if your loooking for a little bit more clarifying. Also the scent of these are more citrus than green tea. I would repurchase these again.

La Roche-Posey Serozinc
This is a zinc sulphate based toner which is ideal to use if you have a mild acne breakout. I noticed a slight difference in my skin while I was using this, but I'm unsure whether or not I would buy it again.

Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo
This is a lovely shampoo to use if your hair is in need of a little TLC, and its quite hydrating. I've brought this quite a few times over the years, and I will buy it again if I need something nourishing for my hair.

The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter
I love the scent of the Honeymania range from the Body Shop, as its not just a straight up honey fragrance because it has a sweet floral note in it. This is a lovely thick, and hydrating body butter that sinks into the skin straight away. I would buy this again, but I have quite a few body butters and body lotions to get through.

Dove Maximum Protection 48 Hour Deodorant in Green Tea & Cucumber
This has become my new favourite maximum protection deodorant, mainly because of the green tea and cucumber scent. The Dove green tea and cucumber scent has a lovely sweetness too it that I actually prefer. If got a couple of backups of this waiting to be used, and I will continue to repurchase.

OSMO Deep Intensive Repair Mask
I got this to try from Sally's as I needed a new hair mask, and I'm happy that I only picked up the travel size to try. On some days it would work just fine, and on others it would be a bit too much for my hair. I won't be repurchasing this again in the future.

Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator
This had a lovely natural rose scent, but the exfolitor itself was a bit too gentle for my liking. But I did manage to get about two weeks worth of product out of this little sample size.

By Terry Huile de Rose Serum
I'm not too sure which serum this was, but I think its been discontinued anyway. I found that this did nothing for my skin over the three to four months that I was using this product.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Mini Skincare Haul

Hi everyone,

I've just got a little skincare haul for you, and a few of these items are repurchases because I actually notice a difference to my skin when I use them.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion
I've been interested in trying the clarifying lotion from Clinique as I've heard nothing but good reviews about it. Its a salicylic acid based toner, which is good thing as my skin seems to respond well to salicylic acid to help clear my mild acne. It also has a powder at the bottom, which you need to shake to activate the product and this will help to mattify the skin.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel
I've heard nothing but good things about the clearing gel from Clinique. This comes in two sizes, but I decided to get the small size, which is 15ml. The clearing gel is also salicylic acid based. I've only used this once, but a little bit does go a long way. I'm looking forward to adding this addition into my acne routine to give it an extra boost.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free Toner
I thought this would be a nice toner to have as part of my daytime skincare routine mainly because its an oil free formula. The oil free formula is ideal for me as I have combination skin, so it should control the oils in my T-zone a bit more. 

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
This seems like a lovely moisturiser to use during the day, as it has a thick consistency but its also has a lightweight formula, which means that it sinks into the skin straight away. This also comes in two sizes, and I've got the standard 50ml tub; but this also comes in a 125ml tub. Also, this moisturiser you can use during the day or at night.

M&S Formula Radiant Cleanse Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Milk
I don't usually buy M&S skincare, but I stumbled across this while browsing the beauty section and I fancied giving this a try. I went for the cleansing milk, as my skin seems to respond well to cleansing milk rather than foaming cleansers. Its also formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is great if your skin is in need of hydration. I'm looking forward to using this, and this used as part of my daytime skincare routine in due course, but I have a few cleansers to get through first.

M&S Formula Radiant Cleanse Hyaluronic Acid Thermal Exfoliating Polish
I originally picked this up to use a facial exfoliator, but I've found another use for it, and thats to exfoliate my hands when they get chapped during the colder months. But this did work wonders for my hands when I tried it.

REN Clarimatte Toner
This is a repurchase, and I wanted a back up ready for when I've used my witch hazel toner. I've nearly finished my first bottle of this, and I really enjoy having it as part of my Sunday facial routine. This does make my skin feel cleaner when I use it.

Avene Cleanance Expert Emulsion
I originally got this to add as part of my acne routine, and I think this product does actually work in getting rid of mild acne and keeping my skin clear. Also, a little bit goes a long way, but it is mildly fragranced, which I don't personally mind as its a pleasant scent.