Friday, 31 May 2013

Alpha H - Liquid Gold

This review will certainly not come as a surprise to many of you. I have never seen a bad review about this and I will rave about it to anyone who will listen. So I thought it was about time I harped onto to my lovely followers about my long term love for this beauty! 

Alpha H - Liquid Gold has become a cult product and deserves every accolade it receives. It's essentially a resurfacing, exfoliating treatment which claims to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, pigmentation and aid the improvement of acne. Whilst also quoting to brighten the skin and tighten pores it boasts big claims and more than lives up to them. 

Liquid Gold is an intensive overnight treatment that should be applied after thoroughly cleansing the skin and should not be followed by a moisturiser, letting the treatment work to it's fullest. It is quite a harsh product for the skin and so should only be used once or twice a week and defer from manually exfoliating the day after use. 

I have been using this product for around a year now and have to say it is the one skincare product that I really couldn't be without. It has done incredible things for my skin and although it's pricey to me it is worth every penny. This is a treatment that shows an improvement to your complexion even after one use and after the first few weeks the noticeable difference was how smooth it made my skin. I'm sure we all suffer from time to time with bumps plus a little roughness and until I used this I didn't realise how not smooth my skin was. When cleansing and applying moisturiser my skin was completely 'bumpless' thanks to this chemical exfoliant. You know I like to make up my own words on my blog...

I can also vouch for the claim this good stuff makes to improve to breakouts. When I have suffered a pesky outbreak of spots I have found it's best to switch between my serum or oil of choice and Liquid Gold. It seems to clear it up quicker than without and lead the scarring to be lighter. 

But the biggest difference this product has made for me and why I show it so much love is the improvement it has made to my acne scarring. I have made no secret to the fact that scarring is my main skincare issue, as every single spot I have scars after it goes making it very difficult to improve my overall skin tone. Over the past year of using this my scars have been dramatically reduced, leaving them much easier to conceal with make up and making me feel a lot more confident. I still have a lot of improvement to make with my complexion but the majority of the good work well and truly goes to this wonder product! 

Although this states that people with very sensitive skin should avoid using this I have personally never had an issue but of course everyone's skin is different so be aware that it may not be suitable for everyone. Occasionally after application you can a little bit of tingling but nothing extreme of uncomfortable at all and you know it's doing its job to make you wake up looking amazing! (Or at least with smoother, clearer skin). 

My second bottle of this is already coming to an end although I have been forced to share this one with my mum! Tip, never mention a product to her with all the best intentions if you don't want your beloved skincare to run out in half the time and another £30 down! 
She has fallen in love with it this year and considering there's a good few years difference with us (sorry mum) the improvement has been just as noticeable for her. She also has quite a bad scar that she's lived with since she was little and I can't believe the difference. It was raised, deep and now is smooth and has definitely diminished a fair amount. 

All in all I can't stop singing it's praises so I'll shut up now so you can all click the link and make the purchase, and I will take all the responsibility (and credit) for your new holy grail! You can thank Alpha H a little to I guess. 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Superfacialist - Tea Flower Clay Mask

Well hello lovely ladies! It's been a few days since I blogged as I've been down with the flu thanks to an innocent looking two year old who likes to spread germs. So I'm afraid Auntie Daisy wasn't up to jotting down my beauty thoughts, and trust me, there was nothing to do with beauty going down in the LLW household this week. But after 4 days without make up, au naturale hair and permanently in my trusty Primark trackies, (am I painting a nice picture for you there), it was about time I dusted down the laptop and put my blogger head on again! 

I mentioned this mask in my haul post recently and my keen interest to see if it would match up to the big shot that is its high end equivalent! Now I've been able to test this out a few times I thought I'd let you know how it stood up. 

Una Brennan's range for Boots hit the shops recently and has already accumulated a lot of fans thanks to its trustworthy, affordable skincare. I am yet to try another product from the skincare specialist but am looking forward to trying out a couple other offerings. 

I am a firm lover of Origins Clear Improvement mask and am trying to save the very last drops of my travel size tube. I mention how I incorporate this favourite into my routine in a heavy duty skincare post here and am almost certain to make a repurchase. But of course as a beauty obsessive, when introduced to a new product that comes at less than half the price you can't help but see if it matches up. 

Superfacialist Tea Flower Clay mask is definitely the lighter version of Clear Improvement. You feel this as soon as you apply it to the skin, much easier to smooth on and  it feels like you are using far less product. On first impressions I can't stand the smell of Brennans mask. Smelling a little herbal and also a scent that I can't pinpoint but I know I hate it! I can still smell this after I wash it off which isn't very pleasant but bearable none the less. Origins isn't the most fragrant but in my humble opinion would be my preference on this front. 

Both don't take long to dry at all although I like to leave them on the skin for a around 10 minutes to make sure my pores are being thoroughly deep cleaned. When dry, Origins offering will feel like the classic clay mask, leaving you unable to utter a word, whereas with Superfacialist it's a little more comfortable. Adding to the fact it dries to be almost clear, not leaving you looking like the wicked witch..not as fun scaring unsuspecting family members though I'm afraid. 

When rinsed off my skin will feel smooth and clean but not quite as much so as after it's had an Origins at home facial. When it comes down to it the Tea Flower mask just doesn't clean right down in there although I may be so used to it's counterpart that it just doesn't even compare. Whilst my new product in my skincare stash is a good product I wouldn't say it tops my old faithful. For my acne prone skin I like to use the hardcore stuff to make sure any breakouts stay away and feel I need to use the lighter alternative a couple times a week to ensure I have the same effects. That being said if you don't have the bug bare of dealing with pesky pores then a lighter version could be perfect to cleanse your skin without being overly harsh. 

Overall I do like this product and think there's a definite place for it in my stash, but when the tube runs out and I have the pennies to spare they are going straight to Origins! 

Have you tried either of these clarifying masks? Where would your cash be going to? 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Rimmel Apocalips - Luna

When Rimmels Apocalips came on the scene they were mentioned on every blog you could think of. It was one of the first gloss/lipstick hybrids to be released into drugstores/high street and had everyone talking. I was just as intrigued as everyone else which led to a spur of the moment, killing time in Boots situation seeing me walking up to the sales assistant and saying 'just that please'. You know, because I'm English and that's what we do.. But I have to say I wasn't left too happy about my purchase. 

I trawled through images of every shade available, eyed up all the contenders and made my choice. 'Luna' appeared to be a lovely coral shade (you may end up seeing a theme with my lip colours), and on others it showed as soft peachy coral that seemed a no brainer for me. But on my lips it isn't soft at all, appearing almost neon. I did try to the best of my ability to get photos of the product on my lips but failed miserably to show the correct colour so those below will have to do I'm afraid. When dabbed onto my lips and blended it will give a hint of colour and create a nice stain to apply other colours on top of so this is how I am getting my use out of it but as for directly from the tube, no such luck. 

Unfortunately it's not just the colour I was disappointed with, the formula leaves a lot to be desired too. Not the stickiest of glosses I've tried but certainly not the least, as soon as I apply I am itching to take it off. Along with the fact I suffer from dry lips the majority of the time, even when I have whacked on a whole tube of balm 'Luna' will cling to every dry patch and make them incredibly visible. Not the Georgia Jagger pout I was hoping for!

At £5.99 it won't break the bank if you are left as disappointed as I was and I have seen a tonne of amazing reviews of the infamous Apocalips so all might not be lost of you. Although it may be worth not buying into the blogger hype as I have done many a time. 

So, my first negative review on LLW. Hopefully they will be few and far between but I will always give an honest opinion before you part your hard earned cash. 

Have you tried this offering from Rimmel? Where you as underwhelmed as me or were you raving from the rooftops like everyone else? 

Liebster Award

I have been voted for another award by yet another lovely blogger, Tori from Tori's Brownies so I want to say a massive thank you to her! These awards are brilliant as they are shared between lots of new, up and coming blogs and it's always good to find new ones to add to the reading list. 

So the rules to this one, as copied from Tori's post are: 
Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger has set for you.
Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award onto and link them.
Create 11 new questions for the bloggers chosen.
Go back to their page and tell them about the award. 
Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves 
No tag backs! 

Tori's Questions

1. Who or what were your main inspirations to start blogging? 
My whole reading list was my inspiration! I had read blogs for a long time and loved reading honest reviews and the chatty, personal style it was written. I looked in at the cool community that blogging has and wanted to be apart of it. (Could I be more cheesy?) 

2. If you could guest post on anyone else's blog, who would it be? 
I'm not sure on this one. They're are so many blogs I love and since I have started blogging myself I have found so many new ones that I now religiously read. I will always love Annas, Michelle's looks like a magazine and if Olivia could make me look as cool and glamorous as her I'd be straight there! 

3. What's your favourite make-up look to wear?
My daily make up routine is definitely not the most exciting, (I will have it up on the blog soon so you can see the dullness). I am a neutral girl so when it comes to eyes I like a brown & bronze look, keeping it strictly warm toned and my lips are never complete without a coral lippy. 

4. Who are your make-up, hair and style inspirations and why?
As far as make up goes I tend to just experiment on myself and use blogs to find out about any shadows or specific looks that I want to try. I have to admit I'm not hugely daring when it comes to what I slap on my face so just use the everyday lovely ladies I follow for inspiration. Again, hair I tend to go with what ever my hair wants to do that day and anything google images has to offer haha. 
Style however, I delve into the style pages in magazines and am also looking for new fashion blogs to follow. I love seeing how people piece things together and convince myself I could pull it off to...  

5. If you could only shop at one make-up brand for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I think for budget brand it would have to be L'oreal. They are always releasing new, exciting products and the quality is always fantastic. As for higher end it's hard as my bank balance never permits many pricier purchases but on appearances alone I would say Laura Mercier. Every time I see images and swatches I swoon and my purse strings tighten. 

6. What are your favourite things to read on someone else's blog? 
The main thing I like to read are reviews. I search for reviews before I buy anything now and I feel I can trust a bloggers opinions much more than a magazine. Also love outfit of the days and everyday make up routines to see what they wear on a daily basis and makes the cut. 

7. What has been your biggest beauty/hair crime?
The beauty crime every one has tide lines! I am incredibly pale so when I knew next to nothing about make up I would use the pick up the lightest one assuming it would do and slap it on. I'm sure I looked amazing! And we aren't allowed to talk about the time before straighteners were created.. 

8. If you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would you be? 
Any place where they sun is! I, like the rest of the UK, am definitely suffering from a bit of S.A.D right now. Also can I mention that I haven't been on holiday for 8 YEARS!! I know, please join me whilst I weep. 

9. What's your favourite feature about yourself?
Unfortunately such a hard question for most of us. If we're talking about physical features I would say my blue eyes or my auburn hair. It's something I have always had compliments for ever since I could remember, shop assistants can be very complimentary, and I am lucky enough to love the colour of my hair. 
Personality, I have no idea haha! I guess I can be very sarcastic, which some might not like but I can always take the mick out of myself (and others) and like to think I have a good sense of humour. 

10. Describe your perfect day out. 
A morning of pampering, and then of course would have to involve some shopping. A long lunch with friends putting the world to rights, maybe a visit from my niece (when she's in a good mood :)) and another big dinner and a few cocktails. 

11. Is there anything you dislike about blogging?
I suppose I haven't been blogging long enough to have found any real dislikes but it can be frustrating when people take the community for granted. By that I mean, when someone isn't very appreciative when someone follows them or isn't willing to have a look at a new blog they have been shown. I know we can't all follow everyone unfortunately but lately I have seen a few people who seem very single minded when the community is one of the best things about blogging. 

Random Facts About Me
*I had to think of 7 facts for my previous award and that was hard enough so forgive me for these lacklustre facts!* 

1. When a new song comes out I like I listen to it over and over. Right now it's Passenger - Let Her Go and then after a while I forget it ever existed. 
2. I never went to University and never wanted to go. 
3. I had never seen a Disney film until a about a year ago and have only seen 2 now. 
4. Am dying to go to the Big Reunion tour in December and am a new fan of 911 (not ashamed) although by then, I'll probably be over it. 
5. I've sleepwalked ever since I was a kid. 
6. I have 2 older brothers and no sisters. 
7. I have the biggest sweet tooth you could ever imagine. It's a serious problem :) 
8. Would love to go back in time and see the 20's to the 50's. It fascinates me how people lived, dressed and to go back for a day would be incredible. 
9. I passed my driving test 3rd time thanks to nerves. 
10. I started wearing glasses when I was 7 and contact lenses when I was 14. 
11. I haven't told anyone, family or friends, about my blog.  

My Nominations 

Elizabeth - Beauty Super Girl
Betty - Betty Vintage
Chrissy - Chrissy Lilly
Gillian - Gillian Lee Rose 

My Questions 

1. Do you have any goals for your blog and what are they?
2. What were your main worries about starting your blog?
3. What is on your beauty wishlist right now?
4. Do you plan your posts in advance or blog in the moment? 
5. If you had £100 to spend in any clothing store, which store would you choose? 
6. What is the best thing you have learnt since you started blogging? 
7. What is the best thing you have learnt from reading others blogs? 
8. What are your top 5 make up products? 
9. Your dream job would be...? 
10. How did you choose your blog name? 
11. If you could give a new blogger a piece of advice, what would you say? 

Please go check out the 11 bloggers I mentioned above if you're not following them already and I'm looking forward to reading your answers! 

Thursday, 16 May 2013

2013 - The Year of Healthy Hair - Shampoos & Conditioners

My hair has been the bane of my life for a long time now. Trying to manage my frizzy, thick, course, dry hair has never been easy and it's fair to say that any photos of me through the 'dark years' should be burned. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the existence of straighteners saved my life and G.H.D's will always have a beloved place in my heart (Too dramatic? I don't think so).

But apparently using heat on your hair every day for around 8 years can be really damaging...who knew? My hair had got in such bad condition I was having to have it cut every 6 weeks *£££*, it had become the 'hair that doesn't grow past a certain length' and was incredibly dry. I had enough of my high maintenance mane and declared 2013 the year of healthy hair! The aim was to use far less heat on my hair, be able to get it cut less often, grow it longer and generally become a low maintenance girl, although that one may be an impossible task. 
Have I achieved this? Yep, I think I have. There's still some improvement that needs to be made but my hair is definitely thanking me this year.

So in light of this I thought I would share with you a few products that have been keeping my locks as luscious as possible in the last few months. I'll split it into a few posts as I've got a lot of the good stuff helping my tresses out and we all know what happens when I start talking...

So, lets start at the beginning with my choice ('s) of shampoo and conditioner. When it comes to this stuff I always pick products for dry hair as that's definitely become my biggest issue. Shampoos that aim to moisturise my locks make the biggest impact and I find ones that claim to help damaged hair tend to dry it out even more. 

I have had a bottle of James Brown - Photo Fabulous Moisturising shampoo hanging around in my shower for well over a year and a half now after first receiving it in a gift set along with the matching conditioner and treatment..which I was not a fan of. Before this I was using a L'oreal number (again, aimed at damaged hair) which I didn't realise how dry it was making my hair until I switched to this. It cleans my hair fully of product but doesn't leave it feeling stripped and adds the moisture my locks crave. Exactly what I look for in a shampoo! At £6.99 it's pretty affordable and tends to be on a 3 for a tenner deal in Boots which I always grab with both hands. 

Then I introduce you to a range I absolutely love. The Nourishing Oil Care range from Dove can do no wrong in my eyes and with all products priced well under a fiver I really can't fault it. The shampoo cleans, hydrates, and smooths and is a product that I would repurchase again and again as a fail safe budget shampoo should always be in the bathroom. But the real stand out product under this line is the Express Treatment conditioner. The making of this formula is dual action, a white stripe which is the conditioner to smooth and hydrate and a gold stripe which is where the nutri-oil treatment comes in to nourish and replenish the hair of nutrients. At a grand total of £3.39 this is by far the best conditioner I've ever used! It makes my mane so soft, moisturised and me and my hair would never be without this. With my hair being so course it can handle the high levels of conditioner I throw at it without being weighed down so if you have quite fine hair it might be better to opt for the standard conditioner from the same family. 

I'm sure many of you have heard about or tried for yourself a few products from Macadamia.  There's been a bit of a buzz about them on the blogosphere and so I had to pick up a set from buyapower for a good deal. This featured the Rejuvenating shampoo and the Moisturising Rinse. The conditioner, or rinse as they like to call it, is lovely. It doesn't feel as thick or nourishing as top contender Dove, but it will hydrate and fine haired ladies do not need to be afraid of this one. There's no worry it'll weigh your hair down but when used in conjunction with its shampoo sister will leave you swishing your soft locks around like your trying to flog the stuff! The shampoo stands up to the best. None other leaves such a soft, silky feeling and seen as I only have a small bottle of the stuff I like to save this for when I want to treat myself to a advert worthy moment. 
*Note: Cheap Smells sells the miniature bottles so you can try for a small price before you buy*

Last but not least in my shower routine is Charles Worthington - Hair Healer Leave In conditioner. I finish every wash with this main man to ensure a silky, glossy, good hair day. Only a little is needed swiped all over mid lengths and ends and you will never look back. 

A mix and match of these goods leaves me able to manage my mane instead of reaching for the G.H.D's. Of course my haircare doesn't end there by no means and a couple of these brands may crop up again in the near future so keep the notepad at the ready! 

Do you have any moisturising hairy products to recommend? 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Versatile Blogger Award

I would like to say thank you to the lovely Natasha from Shot of Beauty for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I have seen a few of these blogger award posts lately and as I am a new blogger myself (LLW is now a month old) I think it's a great way to show lots of bloggers some love! 

The rules are:
Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
Select 15 new bloggers you follow regularly. 
Nominate these bloggers for a Versatile Blogger Award, leave a link to their page and comment on their latest post to let them know they have been nominated. 
Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself. 

So, here's 7 things about me...surprisingly hard to think of actually

1. I am probably sarcastic around 80% of the time. 
2. I have a phobia of dogs and spiders. 
3. Last year I completed an Open Uni course in Retail Management and Marketing.
4. My birthday is the 24th of July and this year I will turn 21! 
5. If I see you clicking your fingers or any other bone, I will have to slap you! Eurgh!! 
6.  I am 5''2 and have probably heard every short joke going. 
7. Dark purple and gold are my favourite colours, especially combined so you may see that familiar theme running through my blog very soon...

Here are the 15 beautiful bloggers I would like to nominate for this award. 

Michelle - Luxe Life Aspirations 
Chloe - Chloe's Way
Lauren - Oh Little Red
Emily - Emily Grace 
Amelia - xAmeliax
Hayley - Hayley Loves
Stefanie - ISPYSJ
Jordan - Leopard in Leather  
Shope & Shore - London's Closet 
Lisa & Leah - LW Official 

There was lots of lovely girls to choose from so just a few of my favourites. If you aren't already following then please go and check out their blogs! 

Wishing on...Stila!

I know I have been a terrible blogger this week. I have all these ideas in my head for posts I want to do but can't seem to get going the last few days but I promise lots of new ramblings from me will be coming your way soon. Lucky you! 

This is a new series of posts I thought I would bring into LLW to tell you all what I am currently lusting over! My mental wishlist has new additions to it daily but unfortunately that and my bank balance don't always see eye to eye. So to exercise my seemingly need to be penniless forever I thought I would share my products wants with you to get it out of my system a little...or let you enable me into a purchase, you know, whatever works best! 

This week I am wishing on the infamous Convertible Colours from Stila. I have eyed these up for a while and after watching them in action in Anna's Spring Edit video I am dying to get my hands on one or two.  Gerbera appears to be the perfect natural, coral shade that I am always hunting for and Gladiola caught my eye as the brightest of the bunch, a no question that, when blended, looks like a lovely summer shade to brighten up every complexion. 

(Image from Stila website)
Stila Convertible Colour - Gladiola

Stila cosmetics are available from and Feel Unique and are £16.00. 
Have you tried a shade of these beautiful cream blushes? Will you be an enabler or keep my purse shut tight? 

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Indeed Labs - Hydraluron & Pepta-Bright

Indeed Labs was a brand that was virtually unknown a few months ago. Had it not been for a certain skin care expert's blog and its opinionated editior Mrs Hirons we would all probably be none the wiser. The brand claim to only produce products that use next generation peptides, factual science and get the results to back it up. Big claims for a skincare brand to make but are they justified? 

(Sorry for the awful photo)

Hydraluron was the first to get my attention, hailed as the answer to dehydrated skin. It uses the purest form of hyaluronic acid as it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water which hydrates the skin. Applied underneath your regular moisturiser it will penetrate deeper into your skin and put into simpler terms, will make your moisturiser work better at hydrating the most dehydrated of complexions. Although if you want a much detailed description from someone who actually knows what they're talking about then have a read of this

I use this product daily, every morning and sometimes evenings depending on my routine and I am nearly through my first tube and have a back up on stand by (On my 7 month of usage by the way). I guess that pretty much sums up my thoughts on it! Yep, it has a permanent place in my skincare stash and I don't see that changing any time soon. 
This wasn't a product that I used once then woke up seeing the incredible effects and confessing my undying love. Nope, for me it needed continuous use before I realised that it was benefiting my dehydrated skin. After applying moisturiser over the top it won't sink it and disappear straight away, it will almost feel a little plumper and softened. Over Christmas my skin started to get very dry and I feel this helped sort out any dry patches and overall improve the appearance of my skin. As far as acne goes I do think that with constant use of this, especially in the initial few months after purchase it reduced the breakouts I was having and I'll use all the help I can get with that one. 

Peptabright is a more recent addition to my life and I have been using it daily underneath Hydraluron. Cited as an 'intense brightening treatment' it claims to even out skintone, reduce pigmentation and promote radiance amongst over things. Although yet again, a far better post from someone in the know here

I have probably been using this for about 6 weeks now and although I am a fan it's not yet proved itself to have a permanent place in my stash just yet. It is a cream/serum hybrid and it definitely has helped to hydrate my skin that means needing to slap on less hydraluron which is a bonus. My main reason for purchasing was to help my acne scarring which there is a lot of and although it's improved a lot in the past couple of years there's still so much more improvement to be made. I feel this has made a small amount of difference in lightening up the scars a little and brightening up my complexion a tad but not to any extremes. I'm hesitant to say now that I definitely won't repurchase as I will happily finish of this tube and make my judgement then but for now I'm wondering if their are other products that could make much more of an impact. 
That being said, I feel that if you do not have extensive scarring like me and would like a product just to brighten the odd mark or your overall complexion this could be perfect. 

So, if you've got dehydrated skin that needs a little extra nourishment then I completely recommend you pick up a tube of the good stuff that is Hydraluron as I'm sure you will see a big difference in the long run. As for Pepta-bright, it is worth a try and I will keep you updated on my thoughts as I get further down the tube but there are better products for scarring out there so keep your eyes peeled for those on LLW. 

Have any one you lovely ladies used either of these products? Worth the price tag or not worth the hype?  

[Edit - Eysilix is their eye cream edition that gives high claims to reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, and crows feet. My mum has been using this for just over a week and we can both already see the difference on her, so I'll keep you updated on our future findings] 

Monday, 6 May 2013

Feel Unique Wishlist

Beautysets - Feel Unique Wishlist

1. I have lusted after the NUDE Miracle mask for a while now. A 5 minute mask that claims to leave you with radiant, glowing, smooth skin? Take my purse away before I do some serious damage! You rub this into your skin to exfoliate then leave for 5 mins and a miracle has occured...or at least you hope for that price! 

2. This product has popped up in blogs, mags and youtube channels for a while now and has been hailed as a favourite by Lisa Eldridge herself which means it must be pretty good. This silicone based liquid blush is famed for giving a natural glow to the cheeks that won't budge until you crack out the cleanser. I love the concept of this and 'Cherub', 'Angel' and 'Passion' are all catching my eye. 

3. It may not be clear to the followers of my blog just how pale I am. Casper ain't got nothing on me! So come Summer I need all the help I can get to look remotely human like and healthy. My legs however, the part of my body I want tanned the most, seems to be immune to fake tan. It literally makes no difference to them what so ever so I am always on the hunt for a new one to try. Could this solve all my problems? 

4. You know me, I love a face mask! I speak about my favourites here but there's always a few more asking to be added to my routine. This is described as a mask that moisturises whilst deep cleaning. Cut your routine in half and double the results. Perfect! 

5./6. Ever since Estee spoke about this straightening balm I have longed to try it out on my frizz ball of a mane. 2013 has been the year of obtaining healthy hair for me and Phyto 9 sounds like an amazing product for my extremely dry locks. Basically a hair moisturiser infused with plant extracts and oils to nourish dehydrated hair...gimme. 

7. I couldn't even tell you how old my tweezers are even if I wanted to. Time for a new pair and what else would  I purchase other than the King of all tweezers. These mini ones are cute and affordable especially considering how long they will be in your make up bag. 

8. These Glycolic pads were nearly added into my basket in Boots the other day but I showed enormous self control, although that may waver soon. These are 60 pads that are soaked in Glycolic acid to exfoliate your skin, leaving it resurfaced for a smoother and and brighter appearance. Radiance in a quick swipe! 

My wishlist is never empty and a quick browse of the Feel Unique site always ends up with a few more extras added to the list. Plus free delivery never hurt anybody! 

Have you tried any of the products I'm lusting after? 

Thursday, 2 May 2013

I went shopping...

On Tuesday I went to Boots armed with a wishlist, my debit card and a lack of self control. Here's what ended up winging its way home to me... 

First up on the hit list was a new foundation. Searching the aisles for a new base is always a hard and trying task for me, as I am the palest of pale and what most brands call 'ivory' is laughable so not wanting to look like an oompa lumpa isn't the easiest. I had my eye on a few foundations to try with mixed results, No7, L'oreal and Rimmel receive true tango status whilst I was pleasantly surprised that Revlon's Nearly Naked offering in Ivory was actually pretty light so this may be revisited. But instead I wanted a little more coverage and went for Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation in Light Vanilla (51). A little dark for me but when blended out it's lovely, provides good coverage, doesn't feel mask like at all and is pretty long lasting. So for first impressions it's looking good.

Of course a repurchase of Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair (01) was in order as I am always in fear of running out. Whilst a new colour from Essie's spring collection leapt into my basket in the form of greyish, blue toned 'Maximillian Strasse Her'. In need of a new mascara I opted for the much raved about new edition from Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless. I usually go for volumised lashes but have still never found my holy grail mascara. Is this it? No, but it's a great choice none the less, not too wet (my bug bare), not clumpy and layers very well. Last up in the make up category is L'oreal's version of the YSL Glossy Stain, Glam Shine Stain Splash and I picked up Princess (200). A pinky coral, much brighter than I usually go for but I fell in love with the colour and the formula doesn't let it down. Not sticky in the slightest (unlike Rimmel Apocalips) and pretty packaging.

Now an area I always stumble into, skincare. My top aim for the day was to get my hands on Trilogy's Rosehip oil, which I managed to find tucked away on the bottom shelf. I have heard a fair few things about this lately and what amazing things it can do for scarring and so it was a no brainer I had to try it out as acne scarring is my main problem. At £16.50 for 20ml it is very pricey but having only used it twice my skin feels amazing and will keep you updated on my future findings. La Roche Posay's Effaclar Lotion is an exfoliating toner that I have had my eye on for a while. The Clarins version is more than double the price so this was my next best bet and already it has made my skin smooth and soft. Onto to a winner here I feel.

It will be a sad day when I finish my Origins Clear Improvement mask which I am almost out of but at £20 for a new tube I am after a cheaper alternative. In comes Superfacialist by Una Brennan's Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay mask. I haven't had a chance to road test this yet but am hoping for good things at less than half the price of its Origins equivalent. Needing to upgrade my night moisturiser I popped in Botanics All Bright Hydrating night cream because at £3.49 you can't go wrong and as I follow the Caroline Hirons school of skincare I have ditched the spf in my day moisturiser and amped for Soap and Glorys Feel Good Factor SPF25 to ensure I look 25 when I'm 50!

Plus, honourable mention goes to Garnier's new primer that's rocking the blogging world as of late, 5 sec Perfect Blur. My mum snagged this but it's become a shared item, only right considering we now share my Liquid Gold. (I wholeheartedly regret the day I introduced her to this). I don't know about the blurring effect but on only a few tries I can tell it is keeping my make up place all day without budging. After the frustration of explaining to my mother what order her products go on...I was impressed.

I ticked a good few things of my wishlist, emptied my account and found a few new loves. Adding to that the new shoes I was treated too. Matalan can you believe? Nude, gold detail and £14, they will be on my feet everyday.

I have you tried any of my new purchases? What's on your wishlist right now? But I would avoid shopping with me or you'll end up leaving with a few more things than you bargained for!