Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Review: Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream

Hi everyone,

I've finally found an eye cream that doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes.

I originally started out using the Rich formula of the 'All About Eyes' eye cream, and I loved it, but once I had finished it up I decided to purchase the original formula. But overall this is just a fantastic eye cream, and it caused any issues for my sensitive eyes.

- Clinique's best selling eye cream
- Minimises the appearance of dark circles and puffiness
- Helps to minimise and soften lines and wrinkles
- Helps to make the fragile eye area skin stronger and better protected 
- Comforts and soothes the eye area
- Calms and soothes
- Protects against environmental damage
- Extends eye make up wear
- Safe to use around the immediate eye area
- Absorbs quickly and effortlessly
- Ophthalmologist tested

Overall this is an excellent eye cream, especially if you have sensitive eyes that can get irritated easily. I have already got a back up ready to go once I have finished up my current one.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Products I Have Repurchased #1

Hi everyone,

I thought I would share with you some products that I have repurchased over years, and some of which was even before I started my blog. The products that I'm sharing with you are all honest repurchases.

Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk

This was the first cleansing milk I used when I started getting into skincare, and it was also one of the Caudalie products that I tried. I really loved this cleansing milk as it has a light and hydrating formula, and it is also fragranced with the signature Caudalie scent. When I first started using this cleanser I went through one standard size bottle, and also one large bottle. If I felt that my skin needed a little extra hydration or just something to calm things then I would definatly repurchase this cleanser again in the future.

Simple Soothing Toner

I've gone through countless bottles of this toner over the years, and now it's more of a 'failsafe' toner. Because if I'm ever in need of toner, but in a pinch then this is the one I would choose, as it does a good job while still being on a budget.

Bath & Body Works Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps

I love the deep cleansing hand soaps from Bath & Body Works, mainly because they exfoliate and hydrate my hands while I'm washing them. I also really like the variety of scents that they have on offer. The only downside is that they are not easy to get hold of in the UK.

FAB Ultra Repair Cream

This works wonders as a hand cream, and it also sorts my hands out if they ever get chapped due to over washing them. Also the active ingrediant in the Ultra Repair Cream is Colloidal Oatmeal, and its that which gives it a load of benefits as well as being a multi use product.

Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel

I adore the satsuma shower gel from the Body Shop, as it has a lovely citrus scent. This is also the shower gel which got me into buying Body Shop products in general. The Satsuma shower gel is great for the warmer months, and a bottle od shower gel from the Body Shop lasts me around six weeks.

Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter

I've gone through a number of tubs of this over the years, and I really like the body butters from the Body Shop as they are really hydrating. The Satsuma body butter is also great during the warmer months.

Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub

One of my favourite body scrubs on offer from the Body Shop, as it quite a scrubby texture and it does the job of removing dead skin extremely well. The scent is also lovely. I've gone though a number of these throughout the years, and I also have one sitting in my back stock waiting to be used.

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo

I really like the fragrance of the Tropical dry shampoo from Batiste, which is one of the main reasons why I have repurchased it. I currently have one on the go, and I also have a back up. It takes me around a year to use up a 200ml bottle, as I don't use it that often.

Aveda Scalp Benefits Shampoo

This worked wonders on my scalp, and I loved the fragrance of this shampoo. I have repurchased it in the past, but I haven't done in a while. It's an excellent scalp shampoo, and it cleans my extremely well.

Lacoste Touch of Pink Fragrance

I discovered the Lacoste Touch of Pink fragrance during my time at college, and I loved it. It was also my signature fragrance during college years. I have repurchased it in the past, and I will buy it again once I have gone through more fragrances.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser

Hi everyone,

I have recently been using the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser, as part of evening skincare routine; and I would like to share my thoughts with you.

This has got to be one of the most hydrating moisturisers I've ever used.

The Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser is a lovely gel/ cream moisturiser that sinks into the skin straight away, and it gives the skin a drink for a full 24 hours.

- Has micro-molecules to allow quicker and more efficient moisturisation
- Gives an immediate moisture boost and plumps up the skins resistance to fine, dry lines
- Light, comfortable cream/ gel plumps the skin with hydration for a full 24 hours
- Instantly refreshes skin
- Leaves it feeling smoother and softer
- Calms skin
- Comfortable and versatile 
- Lightweight
- Absorbs quickly
- Helps to protect against environmental irritants

I have fallen in love with this moisturiser, because since I have been using it I have received a number of compliments on how my skin looks. As it looks brighter, plumped and a lot more hydrated.

This has definatly become my moisturiser of choice to form part of my evening skincare routine, and I have already brought a back up.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

'Project Use it Up' 2016 Empties

Hi everyone, 

The empties for my 'Project Use it Up' 2016 are here as promised. I'm going to do this one slightly different, which is put the put the prices that I actually paid for the product.

Body Shop Shower Gels (combined price £16)

I love the shower gels from the Body Shop, and when doing this project I found three new favourite scents, which are Vineyard Peach, Honeymania and Wild Argan Oil. Sadly both Vineyard Peach and Honeymania have been discontinued, but you can still get them when the Body Shop has a sale on, which I think happens around twice a year. Wild Argan Oil is avaiable all year round.

Jo Malone Orange Blossom Shower Gel £36 & Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne 30ml £42

I have been a fan of Jo Malone products for many years, but I decided that the time had come to get these used up and out of my collection. The Orange Blossom shower gel is just your everyday shower gel with a lovely scent. It took me nine months to get through this shower gel, and I think that was mainly due to pump being tempermental. The Wild Bluebell cologne I loved this when it was originally released, but in the end I had enough mainly because it a sweet floral scent. For the moment I don't want back in my collection, but I may buy it again the future.

B&BW Travel Size Fragrance Mists £5 each

I really enjoyed using these fragrance mists from Bath & Body Works. My favourite of the two scents was the 'Sweet Pea' fragrance as its a lovely light floral fragrance. 'Beautiful Day' I think in honesty I'm actually over the scent. But I will definatly invest in some more Bath & Body Works travel size fragrance mists in the future.

Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner £7 & REN Clarimatte Toner £13

I wasn't overally keen on the Vitamin E Hydrating Toner from the Body Shop. I used it up, but I won't be buying it again as I did nothing for my skin. The REN Clarimatte Toner I absolutely love, and I'm already on my second bottle. I use this as my toning step on a Sunday, and it works wonders. The scent is also nice on the Clarimatte Toner.

Elemis Hydra Boost Moisturiser £7, Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair £50 & Ole Henrikson £15

The Elemis Hydra Boost moisturiser is a lovely lightweight and hydrating moisturiser. I used this in the evening and my skin felt lovely the following morning. I know this is only a deluxe sample, but it lasted me a good few months. The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair was the first serum that I ever introduced into my skincare routine, and it is good stuff. I just don't my skin needs it at the moment, as I have found other serums and oils which work better for my skin. The Ole Henrikson 3 in 1 Cleansing Gelee is a weird little cleanser, but it was one that I enjoyed using as part of my daytime skincare routine. It also had a lovely orange scent that I really enjoyed.

Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet £14, Origins 'A Perfect World' Moisturiser £35 & Glamglow Thirtymud Hydrating Treatment £45

I really didn't enjoy the Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, as it was a little hard to use plus it also didn't hydrate my skin at all. What I had to do to get this to somewhat work was I had to take a small amount from the tub and then warm it up in my hands before applying it to my face. The Origins 'A Perfect World' moisturiser on the other hand I loved. Its a lightweight moisturiser thats very hydrating, and the scent is amazing. The Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment is lovely hydrating moisturiser thats ideal to use over night. Also, it has a gorgeous coconut scent. It was lovely to use for the most part, but just as I was due to finish the tub my skin had a bit of a reaction. So I'm a little unsure if I would buy it again.

Neal's Yard Witch Hazel Toner £11 & Alpha H Liquid Gold £33.50

I loved using the Alpha H Liquid Gold as a weekly glycolic treatment. It is intense, but it does work. It just takes a short while for your skin to adapt to the product. I would highly recommend this to anyone whose looking for a weekly chemical exfoliator, and I would repurchase it again. The Neal's Yard Witch Hazel Toner is just a very expensive bottle of witch hazel, so I won't be buying it again.

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo £4, Body Shop Peppermint Foot Spray £5 & Jack Black Lip Balm £7.50

I really like using the Batiste Tropical dry shampoo, even though I don't need to use it that often. The scent of the Tropical dry is shampoo is along the lines of a fruity coconut. I've gone through many bottles of the Peppermint foot spray from the Body Shop over the years and I will continue to repurchase. The Jack Black Lip Balm is my very lip balm that I have ever used up, and I may purchase it again in the future.

Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser £22.50 & Vichy Pure Thermale Cleansing Gel £12

The Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser is extremely good value for money, as this bottle lasted me around ten months. Its also a lovely cream cleanser to use, as it isn't harsh on the skin even though it is a purifying cleanser. I have already repurchased a back up. I also loved using the Vichy Pure Thermale Cleansing Gel, as this is a very refreshing cleanser to use and I used this as part of my daytime skincare routine. I will be purchasing this again, as I miss it in my routine.

I also decluttered the Clarins Instant Light Brush On Perfector in 00, as I had it a very long time and it was just time to get it out of my collection.

Thoughts on my 2016 'Project Use it Up'

Hi everyone,

I would like to share my thoughts on my 2016 'Project Use it Up'.

Overall I think I've done fairly well regarding my 2016 'Project Use it Up', as I've managed to use up nearly everything, apart from four products and I've also decluttered one as it was getting old. Also, this time around I did also keep myself accountable by keeping a track of dates that I finished the product up completely.

Products I Have Used Up

- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

- Jo Malone Orange Blossom Shower Gel
- Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser
- Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet
- Origins 'A Perfect World' Moisturiser
- Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne 30ml
- Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment
- Jack Black Lip Balm
- Two B&BW Travel Size Fragrance Mists
- One Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
- Vichy Pure Thermal Fresh Cleansing Gel
- Alpha H Liquid Gold
- Body Shop Peppermint Foot Spray
- Body Shop Vitamin E Toner
- 5 Body Shop Shower Gels
- REN Clarimatte Toner
- Ole Henrikson 3 in 1 Cleansing Gelee
- Elemis Hydra Boost Moisturiser
- Neal's Yard Witch Hazel Toner

Products I Didn't Use Up

- YSL Touche Eclat Foundation

- Pai Rosehip Oil
- Elemis Lavender Toner
- Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm

Decluttered Product

- Clarins Instant Light Brush On Perfector in 00

I originally wanted to use up 29 products, but in the end I could use up 24 products. So in all I've used around 95% of the products that I wanted to use up. I have used up a total of £391.50 of products, which I think is good going for my first proper attempt at 'Project Use it Up'. They will be a 'Project Use it Up' 2016 Empties post to follow soon, and I will be starting another 'Project Use it Up' in April.

NB) The Empties post for my 2016 'Project Use it Up' will be going up at 2pm GMT today