Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Final Empties of 2016

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my final empties post of 2016, and it features a few new products that I've used up.

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream
I decided to purchase this during the summer, as I was need of a new eye cream due to the ones I was using previously started to irritate my eyes as I have sensitive eyes. But the Pep Start eye cream started out promising at the start, but it turned towards the end. So I won't be purchasing the Pep Start eye cream again, but I am the process of trying a couple of more eye creams from Clinique.

GlamGlow YouthMud Face Mask
This is my final tub of the original GlamGlow face mask, and its all used up. I won't be repurchasing it again, as it was a little harsh on my skin.

Lancome Energie de Vie Sleeping Mask (Sample)
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. It has a gel like consistency, but it goes on like water and its extremely hydrating. It also has a very light fragrance. I would repuchase this again in the future.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
I really enjoyed using this cleanser, as it was a cream cleanser which are my personal favourite to use. I really liked how clean my face felt after using this. I might consider repurchasing it again in the future.

Vichy Normaderm Night Detox
I used this as my night time moisturiser for a good few months, but I think it may have dried out my skin just a little bit too much. I do have a back up of this, but once that has been used then I won't be repurchasing as it isn't suitable for my skin type.

Laura Mercier Creme de Pastache Hand Cream
This is the old formula of the Creme de Pastache hand cream from Laura Mercier, and its also one of my favourite scents on offer from the brand. This is the second one I've gone through, but I don't think I will repurchase it again.

Dove Maximum Protection Green Tea & Cucumber Deodorant
I really enjoy the scent of this, and I will continue to repurchase.

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Hair Mask
I really enjoyed using this, as it left my hair feeling soft and hydrated. I might purchase this again the future, but at the moment I'm currently working through a few different hair masks.

Dove Go Fresh Pomegrante & Lemon Verbena Deodorant
This is another one of my favourite scents from Dove, and I've gone through a number of these in the past. I will continue to repurchase.

Sebastian Trillant Thermal Protection Spray
I've had this for years, and I never used. When I came to used the scent had changed, which meant that I had to throw it away. I won't be repurchasing it again, as I have other heat protectors that I prefer over this.

B&BW Watermelon Lemonade Deep Cleansing Hand Soap
I've gone through countless B&BW deep cleansing hand soaps, but this is my last Watermelon Lemonade. I've got a small back stock of deep cleansing hand soaps to work through, so I'm okay for a little while.

Nivea Powerfruit Fresh Shower Gel
This is the second one these I've gone through, and I won't repurchase I'm not overly fond of the scent. I also worked my way through these fairly quickly.

Right Guard Coconut Water Shower Gel
I only purchased this because of the fragrance, as it has a fruity coconut scent. But again I won't be repurchasing as I went through it fairly quickly.

Radox Vapour Therapy with Eucalyptus
This was a gem to have in as I was recently full of a cold and this was one of the few things that helped to shift it. Worth having in if you can find it.

Molten Brown Warming Eucalptus Bath & Shower Gel
I finished this off by using alongside the Radox Vapour Therapy to help shift by cold. These two together worked like a treat, as it gone in four days. Its one of the nicest eucalptus shower gels I've come across, and its certainly a treat to use. I might repurchase again in the future if I fancy treating myself to another bottle.

Avon Senses Lagoon Hand Wash x2
I flew through these so quickly, and I wasn't even using that much at a time. The scent is a lovely fresh, but I'm unsure if I would repurchase it again.

Avon Senses Citrus Zing Hand Wash
Nice scent, but again I just flew through it. So I'm unsure if I would repurchase again.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Message 2016

Hi everyone,

I just like to wish all my lovely readers a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. 

I'm already planning posts for the upcoming year. So look forward to reading more reviews, empties, hauls, plus few more additions.

All the best for 2017

Lots of Love

Lauren xx

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Blog Update

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be taking time out from blogging until the first week of February, as I haven't had the time to work on the blog due to being super busy during the Festive season. I do work most days during the week, so the blog has had to take a back step for a little while.

Best Wishes

Lauren xx

Final Haul of 2016

Hi everyone,

This is my final haul of 2016, and its a mixture of skincare with just a touch of beauty.

Smashbox 'Light it Up' Primer Set (Christmas 2016 Gift Set)
I already use the original Smashbox primer as my make up base, as I got a small travel size to try a few years ago and I'm nearly out and I did want to repurchase it. But I also wanted to try the Smashbox primer water, so this was the ideal purchase for myself as I have a back up of the original primer which I love, and I also get to try the primer water to see if its myself and make up routine. As I want to use the primer water to set my make up base once its completed.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser
This is going to form part of new night time skincare routine, once I have figured it out. This is a mud cleaner that contains 5% glycolic acid and aloe vera, which means it has some chemical exfoliation and aloe vera to soothe the skin. I think you could also use this as a face mask, but I'm not sure on that. 

Pixi Silky Eye Pencil in Opal Overcoat
I decided to get this as I think that it may open up my eyes a little bit, and its an opal shade so it could also brighten them up at the same time. 

Pixi Correction Concentrate
I don't own any correctors, but this is fairly concentrated so a little does go a long way. I decided to purchase this just to see if it would brighten up my under eyes a little bit.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Hi-Lustre Lipstick in 210 Bold Innocent
This is definitely a 'YouTube Made Me Buy It' moment, as I came across this why watching one of Tarababyz make up hauls, and I wanted it ever since. This is a lovely natural pink shade, thats ideal to wear everyday. I've also got my eye on a few other shades in this range.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
I decided to get this to include as part of my acne routine, and it works for me, which I was surprised about as I know not everyone gets along with Niacinamide. But this leaves my skin feeling hydrated and more supple than before I started using it, as skin felt just a stripped of moisture.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
This I use every other night in my evening routine, and I'm not too sure on this one. Even though hyaluronic acid is supposed to attract moisture to the skin I'm just sure if this doing anything. But it is still early days, so in time I might notice a difference.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Review: The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Face Mask

Hi everyone,

I have been using the Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice face mask for a couple of months, so I thought I would share my thoughts about it.

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice face mask is a clarifying polishing mask, which has been inspired by Chinese traditions. Its also made with 100% vegetarian ingredients.

I like to use this face mask once a week, and its a lovely, gentle exfoliating face mask. It also smells divine and this is due to the ginseng. I leave this face mask on for the recommended time of 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes is then I remove the face using a warm flannel. After the mask has been removed I notice that my skin feels smooth, as well as looking more plumped and healthy. It also leaves the face feeling refreshed.

The face mask itself is made with 100% vegetarian ingredients, as well as being formulated without paragons, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Its also blended with rice and ginseng extracts from China, and organic community trade sesame seed oil from Nicaragua.

This is a lovely from the Body Shop, and its also a gentle face mask. You can use this face mask up to three times a week, if you want too. But I only need this face once a week.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Review: Vichy Normaderm Night Detox Moisturiser

Hi everyone,

I have been using the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox Moisturiser for the past few months, as part of my evening skincare routine and I'm really liking it. This moisturiser is ideal if you have oily/ combination skin or if you are prone to mild acne breakouts, as it actually helps to improve your skin for both of these concerns. It also has a light, fresh fragrance.

- Helps to control the production of sebum and purify the skin
- Blemishes appear reduced, pores look less visible, complexion looks radiant & feels clean and purified
- Contains Vichy thermal spa water
- Suitable for sensitive skin
- Oil free
- No parabens
- Hypoallergenic
- Non comedogenic

I love how this makes my skin feel when I wake up in the morning, as it doesn't feel stripped or dry. But it does leave it feeling mattified, moisturised and clean.

Overall, I'm thoughly impressed with this night time moisturiser, and I'm even more surprised that it does what it claims and that it also works.