Sunday, 28 August 2016

Supermarket finds - cruelty free beauty


I am constantly in pursuit of cheap but good quality cruelty free beauty products. I think there are loads of good high end finds out there that those of us that believe in buying cruelty free will pay for. However until cruelty free becomes the norm and I can walk into a shop a buy something without reading the label then it will still be a problem.

So when I visited my local supermarket Morrisons I picked up there own brand products to try out. It's a bit of a double edged sword as there is always the argument that if the supermarkets start to really sell EVERYTHING then we will stop buying local or being forced to look further afield, however for the moment the fact that they are selling these products that are cruelty free I'm going to be happy about.

So let's dive in....

The first products I picked up where the shower gels and I got Oriental Fusion, Nourish and Moisture Bliss. I love the names first of all, they contour up different senarios for each one. 

They are all very different smells so the Oriental Fusion is very fruity, the Nourish smells a bit like a pudding with the honey and the Moisture Bliss smells like fresh washing. 

So far I would say that I do like them, they are a little runnier than some more expensive brands do I will end up using them faster however they are very creamy and still good enough to use got shaving my legs. Given the cost I would reccomend these, they were very inexpensive at 75p each.

Next I've got face wipes which if you have read any of my blogs before you will know I'm still not sure how good wipes are for my skin but I do like to try different ones and they are very convenient. These stand up well to the more expensive brands and even some of the Miceller water wipes. I did get the sensitive ones to be sure. All in all I would buy these again.

It is a bit of a debate - to supermarket or not to supermarket and I have to be honest and say that on the surface I am a fan of supermarkets to shop in but I am trying to make an effort (butchers for my boyfriend, local grocers) but there's still a long way to go.

I hope you enjoyed reading.


Saturday, 13 August 2016

You Tubers I'm loving right now

Hi everyone

I love watching You Tube, I spend most evening doing this before getting in bed. My main taste is make up and beauty videos and I thought I would share my favourites. Get some snacks and some tea  and settle in.

1. Juliaxbabee - I really like her videos, she does loads of make up tips and styles. She is a make up artist by trade as well I believe and her looks are very wearable.

2. Lauralee - she is so funny, I love her videos. She does great make up looks but I think my favourite are the life hacks she does. She has been using more drugstore stuff as well so this is really good.

3. Fashion Mumblr - I love her cruelty free videos, I love anyone doing cruelty free videos. She has a good way of describing products and styles and I also really like the name.

 4. Karrisa Mukas - I like that she is or was sort if a Tomboy but she has do many different styles. I also like her Creeping On Karrisa Vlog channel

5. Carli Bybel - she us just so pretty. I like the hints and tips she does and I love her clothing hauls. She did a video about following her dreams I really like that.

Who do you watch on You Tube, any reccomendations?

Thanks for reading.


Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation

Hi everyone

I've been in the look out for a new foundation for a little while. I normally use the Barry M matte finish which I do like but I have found recently that it cakes around my chin often leaving my make up a bit patchy so I decided to change brands. I saw this one on offer in Superdrug so thought I would give it a go, it's the Illuminating Touch Foundation.

I would say it's a very light coverage, lighter than I would normally use but does go on the skin very smoothly. I would say that it is a good base for powder as it does go on very smoothly and when my skin is clear I am happy with the coverage however when I get blemishes I need a higher coverage. I've found myself using concealor as well which I don't normally do for work.

I do like the feel of this foundation it goes on really smooth, almost like a moisturiser and so it doesn't drag the skin. Also because it is lighter coverage it doesn't cake anywhere.

If you are looking for a light summer make up then this is a good one for you.

Thanks for reading.


Review of the Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray

Hi everyone

One thing I have more recently added to my make up bag is a fixing spray. I often find that my make can slip or smudge particularly when I'm at work because I'm running around so much and don't really have time to reapply. I've tried a couple of sprays before but this one particularly stood out to me due to the Oil Control element.

Basically I use it to set my foundation, powder and blusher, I spray it accross my face paying attention to my chin and head as that is where my make up slips the most and then let it dry. So far I have been very pleased with this product, I do believe it has made a difference to the length of time my make up looks fresh. It is not greasy, non sticky, drys quickly and doesn't smell chemically. 

It is a really inexpensive brand and I have brought a few things from this brand as well as the fixing spray. I've been using it about 2 weeks now and I think it will last me about another month even using it every day so I would reccomend this product.

Do you use a cruelty free fixing spray, any reccomendations?

Thanks for reading


Essential oils and rescue remedies

Hi everyone

Over the last year or so I have found work quite stressful it's been a mixture of good and bad stress but stress is stress and has a negative effect on me.

Stress can affect your sleep pattern, your appearance and all in all your health. So I started to look for things that may help, it had to be quite quick fixes, something that I could carry in my bag or keep in my bedside table. So here is what I found...

The first thing is the Tisserand Lavender Essential oil.

Lavender is really good at calming you down and relieving the thoughts that can run through your head when stressed. Lavender can also reduce anxiety and emotional stress, it can improve sleep which in itself relieves stress or at least gives you a fighting chance at facing the day, it can also help with stress headaches. 

I use this in my wrists when I get in bed and it's not overwhelming but I can smell Lavender and I do think this helps me sleep better.

Lavender also works really well on pimples (not as an essential oil itself but in creams) and Lush do some amazing moisturisers contains Lavender.

Next I gave the Tisserand De stress Aromatherpy roller ball. As you can see it says it is perfect for hectic moments.

It contains jojoba oil and smells lovely, slightly stronger than the Lavender but lovely still. I use this one in the day such as before interviews or big meetings or even just on busy days. It is very slightly greasy and takes a little longer to soak in that the Lavender so I think if I got it again I would chose a dropper mabye.

Last but not least is Bach Rescue Remedy. This is a massive life saver for times when you really need to calm down and be at your best. The ingredients are thing I hadn't really heard of before so here is a bit of an explanation off the website:

Impatiens: For those who act and think quickly, and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone. Teaches empathy and understanding of and patience with others. Very fast-acting in alleviating an impatient attitude and lowering stress.

Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. Teaches the ability to recover from traumas and to integrate them into the present life.

Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one’s spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one’s path.

Rock Rose: For situations in which one experiences panic or terror.

Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas; may foster great creativity. Is also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.

I have used this a number of times for interviews or even funerals. I would highly reccomend this.

If you google stress it advises you to do this like exercise, eat well, get plenty of sleep and avoid caffeine. These above product certain don't replace any of those good tips but can work alongside as an aid.

Thanks for reading.


Monday, 8 August 2016

Review of the Superdrug Refreshing Hydrogel Eye Patches

Hi everyone

I'm a massive fan of face masks and I've tried a lot of face masks from Superdrug so when I saw this I thought I would give it a go. I've never tried an eye mask before but I see a lot of them on Instagram and blogs. So this is the Superdrug Refreshing Hydrogel Eye Patches.

As you can see from the picture they come in 2 curved patches that sit under your eyes. They come in a plastic package and the eye patches have a film over them to ensure they are clean.

The patches cool the surface of your under eye and the idea is that they will tighten and refresh the surface under the eye. I've used these twice now and I really do feel that they made my eyes look smoother. I think it's a short lived effect but if you need a boost (or you are hungover) they work really well. 

I tend to use them with another mask at the same time as I do try and leave these on for about 10 minutes. I would recommend these as a short term fix if you need a boost but I would prefer a eye mask that had a cream or gel on also mabye with anti ageing affects.

However I will be using eye masks again as I really like the idea of them.

Have you every tried eye masks, what do you think and fo you have any reccomendations?

Thanks for reading


ELF Haul

Hi everyone

I have huge amount of ELF goods to talk about, I love ELF it's become a bit of an addiction. I haven't found a product I didn't like so far and it's seems the only way to test is to buy then all!!!

The first thing I got was the ELF HD powder. I've heard that this is the same as the Charlotte Tilbury powder. I really like this powder I normally go for a beige powder so this is the first white powder in have used. It's very fine and blends in really well. I would recommend this powder if you have oily skin but potentially drying if you already have dry skin.

Next I got the stipple brush, it's the travel size which is perfect as I have a holiday coming up in October. It's really good for foundation and gives me a really even coverage. I think I might purchase the normal size version also.

Next I have eyelashes, it's been a long time since I wore eyelashes as they can irritate my eyes sometimes, If you have read some of my posts you will know I have sensitive eyes. However I thought I would give this a go as I do love anything ELF.

I love this next product it was actually a free gift that came with my purchases it's the Baked Trio eyeshadows. Its in my perfect colours in gold, light brown and dark brown and they work really well alone or all at once. I've only worn it a few times but it last really well and there is very little fall out.

Next it's my new eyelash curlers, they are quite firm compared to my original ones which were Rimmel. They do the job though, no complaints.

Love, love, love this product. I'm always up for trying a new primer and always in the search of a good one. This one is really good, it is really smooth and goes on the skin really well. It keeps my make up on for much longer and I only need a really small pump each day. It also doesn't have a chemical smell which I great!

Next I have the Shadow lock eyelid primer, I've not had a primer for my eyelids quite a while but this one is really good so far. I really like glittery eyeshadows but they can come off quite quick so this is really good to keep a hold of that glitter.

Mascara is one of my favourite ELF products, this is the Lash Extending Mascara. This mascar is very fine, it does make my eyelashes longer but if you like thick lashes this proberley isn't the one for you. 

I literally absolutely love this product it's just so glittery and I literally want to wear it every day. Is there anything more to say?!?!

So that is my ELF haul, I'm sure it won't be a lone haul I'm sure it will be joined by many other soon. What is your favourite ELF product?

Thanks for reading