Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Review: Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

Hi everyone,

I have using the Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash as part of my day time skincare routine for the past couple of months.

- Gently lifts away impurities, dirt and oil without stripping the skin
- Creamy gel formula activates with water to create a rich foam
- Skin looks instantly refreshed and revitalised
- Safe for sensitive skin

This is a lovely cleanser to use during the day as its very refreshing to use. A little bit goes a long way, as I only use a pump and that is enough to do my entire face. I can also tell a difference once I have used this cleanser as my face feels a lot cleaner than it actually did before I cleansed my skin.

The Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash also has a lovely mild orange/ citrus scent, which I personally enjoy as I love the smell of anything citrus or orange.

I would recommend this cleanser to anyone who has oily/ combination skin and is looking for a much more gentler cleanser that does the job effectively, but also doesn't strip the skin of any of its natural oils.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A Little Beauty Haul

Hi everyone,

I thought I would share with you my recent purchases, even though theres only a small amount. These purchases however are products that I have been on my wish list for quite a bit of time.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in 'Vanilla Quartz'
This is a lovely champagne-gold highlight from Becca, and the tone of this may actually suit me a little better than their shade 'Moonstone'. I do know that you can purchase this shade in a travel size, so if you fancied trying it out and didn't want to pay for the full size then there is that option for the travel size.

Kat Von D Alchemist Palette
I've been wanting this highlighter palette from Kat Von D for years, as it looked like a lot of fun to play around with different shades of highlighter.

Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in 'Sell Out'
I really like the formula of the Too Faced Melted Matte lipsticks, and the scent of these are also lovely as they have a sweet smell too them. The shade 'Sell Out' is a dusty rose shade, but on my lips it does tend to pull slightly brown.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in 'Double Dare'
The shade 'Double Dare' from Kat Von D is what I thought the shade 'Sell Out' would be from Too Faced. This is a true dusty rose shade on my lips, and its along the same lines as 'Brave' from MAC. 

Too Faced Hangover RX Primer (Travel Size)
I have been hearing amazing things about the Hangover RX primer from Too Faced for years, and I have never tried it. I decided to get the travel size, as I don't go through primers all that often. I'm looking forward to seeing how this handles with my combination skin.

Herbal Essences Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner
I decided to pick these up on a whim, as I'm running low on my shampoo and conditioners. I've never tried a hydrating shampoo and conditioner from Herbal Essences before, so its going to be interesting to see how well my hair copes with them as my hair is only fine, but I have loads of it. These do smell gorgeous though.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Product Empties - September 2018

Hi everyone,

Welcome to another post of 'Product Empties'. I know its the second one in a two month period, but I went through a lot and I didn't want to put it all in one blog post.

Dr Botanicals Japanese Orange Fast Acting Overnight Restoring Mask (Discontinued)
This is a lovely overnight face mask, and it was the overnight mask that I used which got me into using overnight masks. This smells of oranges, and it also left my skin feeling super nourished and hydrated. Sadly, this product got discontinued even before I had finished using this up; which is a shame as I would have loved to have picked up another one.

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
This is the best scented rose oil I have ever used, and it also has a lovely lightweight formula that sinks into the skin straight away. It was a pleasure to use, and I would recommend this product to anyone who is in the market for a rose facial oil.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camillia Cleansing Oil
I loved using this as a pre-cleanse, as I found it just a tad more effective than my usual cleansing balm. This is also a lovely cleansing oil to use in the evening. Sadly, Tatcha products are not that easy to get a hold of here in the UK.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Quenching Serum
This is a gorgeous hydrating serum from Caudalie, and I think I'm currently on my fourth bottle. Its a lightweight serum, and it sinks into the skin straight away. It also has a lovely refreshing fragrance. If your skin is in need of a boost of hydration I would recommend that you give this a try.

Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser
This cleanser from Elemis is suitable for people who have combination/ oily skin, and its also a cleansing cream so it won't strip your skin of any natural oils unlike a foaming cleanser. This is the second one of this cleanser that I have gone through, but sadly this one turned before I could even use it up.

REN Clarimatte Toner
I used the REN Clarimatte Toner as part of my Sunday skincare routine. It took me a while to use up, and this is the second one that I have up completely. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has oily/ combination skin, and is looking for something a little more gentle and might like to try something more natural.

Orchard & Bloom Madagascan Vanilla Shower Gel (Travel Size)
I enjoyed using this shower gel, even though I'm not a fan of vanilla scents. The vanilla fragrance in this shower gel wasn't that overpowering, and the shower gel did what it was supposed to do.

Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Body Lotion (Travel Size)
This took me quite a while to get through even though it was only a travel size body lotion. The sweet mandarin and grapefruit fragrance was lovely, and refreshing.

Lancome Hydra Zen & Hydra Zen Nuit Moisturisers (Deluxe Size)
I have used the Lancome Hydra Zen Nuit moisturiser in the past and it is a gorgeous night time moisturiser. The Hydra Zen with the SPF I didn't enjoy using as much, as it was a little bit thick for a daytime moisturiser, even though it hydrate the skin well; it just took a while for it to sink in. The Hydra Zen line also smells of rose, which is a lovely touch.

Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream (Deluxe Size)
This is a gorgeous moisturiser from Kiehl's, and its also a very effective moisturiser. I loved using this little sample jar, and I do own it in the full size. I used this as part of daytime skincare routine, and it made a little bit glowy and hydrated throughout the day. Also, due to it being a lightweight moisturiser I sank into the skin straight away.

L'Occitane Ultra Thirst Quenching Gel (Deluxe Size)
This is a latest moisturiser from L'Occitane, and its a lovely lightweight gel moisturiser which sinks into the straight away as well as giving a massive boost of hydration. I would recommend this to anyone who has normal/ combination skin and is looking to give it an extra boost of hydration. It would be great to use through the colder months.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Serum
See Above

Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil (Deluxe Size)
This is a more natural balancing facial oil, but its one you can feel working as soon as you apply it to the skin. Now despite the small size I managed to get around six months of alternate nightly use, which I think is excellent. This is one of the more effective balancing oils I have tried, and its also extremely lightweight so it sinks in straight away and gets to work on balancing out any oils. Lovely product, and I would love to try some more Herbivore products.

M&S Island Sunset Body Lotion
This is a lovely body lotion from M&S in the Island Sunset fragrance. I actually purchased this as part of a fragrance gift set, so I'm a little unsure if you can buy this body lotion individually. But the fragrance on this body lotion actually held on to the skin very well, as I could still smell it the following day. The Island Sunset scent is Sea Salt and Amber.

Lancome Genifique Serum (Sample Size)
Don't be fooled by the size of these sample sizes, as I got around six weeks worth of use out of both of these. I use this as part of daytime skincare routine, and it sinks into the skin after a short while. My skin has also reacted well to Lancome's Genifique serum ever since I have been getting the samples.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Cult Beauty Products That I Love

Hi everyone,

I thought I would do a post on cult beauty products which I love, as I've never done anything like this on my blog before.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
This is my go-to neutral eyeshadow palette, as I prefer this over the Urban Decay Naked Palette just because it suits me that little bit more due to more cooler hues of the natural colours. I've managed to get a complete look out of this palette more than once, and thats one thing I struggled with; with the Naked palette. Its also a more versatile neutral palette as you do have a few 'pops' of colour alongside the natural shade selection.

Too Faced Melted Matte Lipsticks
I love how matte these lipsticks go without them actually drying out your lips. At the moment I do only own one shade, which is 'Queen B' but I do intend on getting a couple of more. These are also lightweight feeling liquid lipsticks, and they smell heavenly.

Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm
I love to use this in the evening as my pre-cleanse, as it does an effective job as a first cleanse before I go in with a second cleanse. I know its only a basic cleansing balm, but its also the most cost effective as a pot of this will last me months as you only need to use a small amount to get the job. All you need to do to remove it is to use a warm flannel and ta-da the first layer of build is removed. I then follow up my second cleanse using a different cleanser.

Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil
This is a lovely lightweight volumising oil from Percy & Reed, and it does the job effectively; especially if you fine hair like myself. It also smells delicious. I put this in after I have washed my hair, and then I just my hair to dry naturally. Then in the morning my hair has a lot more volume than what it did in the previous evening.

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
The MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is great for anyone who is looking for an efficient exfoliator for oily/ combination skin. This exfoliator helps to get rid of any loose skin cells on top of the skin, and it also balances out the skins natural oils.

I really hope that you enjoy reading about my favourite cult beauty products, and the reasons on why I like them.

NB) Just a quick note to say that this post has nothing to do with the website Cult Beauty. Its purely just the name of the title that I thought up for this blog post. I didn't want any confusion between the two