January 2014 Favourites

january favourites

This month I’ve discovered a few new products but I haven’t been using them enough for them to be favourites material but I have discovered some old classics and a couple new things.

Clinique Superdefefence Moisturiser

This is without a doubt my favourite moisturiser of all time, I love it. It’s hydrating but it’s not greasy or heavy and it has SPF 20.

Clinique Nail Polish in Concrete Jungle

I’m really bored of the winter shades and I’m embracing the nudes and neutral polishes, this is beautiful grey polish and the formula of Clinique polishes are incredible. The polishes are really shiny and I’ve wore this six days and I didn’t have one chip.

Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm

I know it’s only a lip balm but I’ve been loving it this month. It’s saved my lips this month and it smells good.

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Clay Mask

This has saved my skin this month. It really cleans out my pores and stops any breakouts from developing and any blemishes disappear a lot quicker after I’ve used this.

The Body Shop White Musk Libertine

I got this for Christmas and I’ve wore it pretty much everyday. It smells gorgeous, it’s feminine and sweet but it’s still fresh and not at all heavy.

Denman Grooming Brush (D81M)

I would love a Mason Pearson hairbrush but I can’t justify spending £30+ on a hairbrush but I discovered this in Boots and it’s amazing. It’s not great on wet hair but it smoothes hair and gets rid of static and it makes my hair super shiny. I love it.

http://www.boots.com/en/Denman-Grooming-Brush-D81M-_1020260/

http://www.boots.com/en/Denman-Grooming-Brush-D81M-_1020260/

Clinique Nail Polish in Concrete Jungle

Clinique Concrete Jungle nail polish beige nude nails senstive skin

I’ve officially banished my autumnal shades in favour of more nude shades. Recently, I’ve became obsessed with beige and grey polishes, I don’t know why but I’m loving these polishes right. Concrete Jungle is a grey/beige polish with a white base I think looks really chic and understated. A little note about Clinique polishes, I struggled to find reviews about the quality about the polishes so I thought I would mention it. Theses polishes do not chip, I’ve wore this shade for five days without a chip, I think that’s pretty incredible. The finish is glossy and they paint really easily without any streaking and the formula isn’t gloopy. Perhaps the best thing about Clinique polishes is the range is designed for people who are allergic to the normal polishes so now everyone can enjoy nail polish. Even if you’re not allergic to regular polish, I really recommend trying these polishes, the quality is amazing and the shade range is great.

http://www.boots.com/en/Clinique-A-Different-Nail-Enamel-for-sensitive-skins_1324926/

Clinique Superdefence Moisturiser

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I don’t know about anyone else but I struggle to find a moisturiser I love. I feel moisturisers are too heavy, or not hydrating enough or there’s no SPF for daily use or I’m wary of the ingredients but I can safely I’ve found my favourite moisturiser.

I’ve been a fan of Clinique for years, I feel very safe with Clinique because the Three Step System changed my blemish prone. I’ve never had a reaction with Clinique and all of the products are allergy tested.

This is the reformulated Superdefence which launched just after Christmas. I had tried the original Superdefence and I really liked it and just when I was about repurchase it, the new one launched. From what I can see online, the new one has an SPF of 20, whereas, the original had 25 and this one has more antioxidants. I have the one aimed at oily combination to oily skin and I think its perfect for my skin. The texture is light and easily absorbed but its hydrating but not greasy.

I think it makes the perfect day moisturiser because it sits nicely under makeup and it has SPF 20 and UVA/UVB protection which is great for this time of year. This is part of the age prevention range and I don’t think it’s ever too early to start fighting the signs of aging. There is also a Superdefence for Eyes which I really want but I’m going to have to save up my Boots points for that purchase!

Have you tried Superdefence? What do you think?

http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1687/29309/Skin-Care/Moisturisers/NEW-Superdefense-Daily-Defense-Moisturizer-SPF-20/index.tmpl

Products Worth The Hype #3

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are some products which definitely did not disappoint and worth the hype.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

This is the only concealer I repeatedly repurchase, I try others and sometimes they’re amazing but I always return to this one. It covers everything, dark circles, blemishes and redness without looking dry or cakey or creasing. I love this concealer.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

I’ve never known anyone to dislike Cleanse and Polish. This cleanser will remove every bit of makeup in one go and it feels nice on the skin, it doesn’t feel harsh or like it’s stripping the skin of moisture and oils.

Benefit Dandelion Blush

I love this blusher, it’s a really pretty baby pink that looks gorgeous on paler skin tones.

YSL Faux Cils Mascara

I rarely splurge in High End mascaras because I have an addiction to buying mascaras and there is always a new launch on the high street so I usually have quite a large collection to work through. However, this is an amazing mascara, it looks like you’re wearing false eyelashes, the wand is a perfect size to catch every lash. If you have a special occasion or an event, I really recommend buying this.

Clinique Chubby Sticks For Eyes

I have Bountiful Beige and Lots O’ Latte, these are the only shades in the line I would wear (although I do like Fuller Fudge) but the formula is incredibly, it does not crease or wear off. I really like the eyeshadows sticks because they’re super easy and are great for on the go.

Christmas Gift Guide #3

Time for the third instalment of my Christmas gift guide.

Stila Colour Me Pretty Convertible Colour Palette £19.50
I don’t think anyone dislikes the Stila Convertible Colours, they are one of the best lip and cheek products and one of best cream blushes on the market. This Christmas, Stila had created a palette of five Convertible Colours, I don’t know what shades are in it but from the picture on the website, all the shades look really pretty. This is one of my favourite make-up gifts this and I like it so much, I’ve put it on my Christmas List.
http://stila.co.uk/products/colour-me-pretty-convertible-colour-lip-cheek-palette

Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary £42

It’s no secret I love Nails Inc, this sets really lovely, it has twelve nail polishes – one for each month. I really love this gift and I hope I get it this Christmas.

http://www.nailsinc.com/nailpolish/nail-polish-diary-worth-138/1356/

Clinique Party Tips £20

Clinique nail polish is fantastic, the quality is really good and they have a nice range of colours and it especially great if you have problems with the chemicals in normal nail polish. This set has three mini nail polishes in Black Honey, Strappy Sandals and Polished Amethyst and they come in cute little bag.

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123072022599_-1

Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment

I love lip balm, I have too many lip balms to count but I have dry lips pretty much all the time so I always have lip balms close by but when it comes to winter everyone needs to heavy duty lip balm.

Lots are lip balms are good if you just want a bit of moisturise and there other lip balms for pretty badly chapped lips and then there are other lip balms which for seriously dry, chapped lips. Superbalm is for lips which chapped and sore from the cold weather.

It does seem pricey for a lip balm at £13 but if have really dry, chapped lips this will save them and get them back to normal and then you can another cheaper lip balm to for hydration and moisture maintenance. It is quite glossy but I quite like the glossiness because it gives lips a nice sheen because usually really chapped lips can’t wear lip products because it highlights the dryness.

I really love this and this will help my lips survive the cold weather.

http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1683/6076/Skin-Care/Eye-Lip-Care/Superbalm-Lip-Treatment/index.tmpl

Clinique CC Cream

CC Creams are fast becoming the biggest thing in the beauty industry like their predecessor, I’m not a huge fan but Clinique’s offering has had a huge buzz around it so I couldn’t avoid trying it.

I’m going to predict this will be the best CC Cream to hit the UK market, I think the cheap ones are nothing and the creams going down the “one colour suits all” route, are my nemesis.

This CC cream is part of the Moisture Surge range of which I am a fan. It’s designed to hydrate the skin, correct colour changes in the skin tone and provide sun protection.

I think this lives up to claims on the tube, it cancels out redness completely and neutralises yellowness and general dullness. The website says this has sheer to moderate coverage, I would put it firmly in the medium coverage category, I found I needed no concealer for blemishes and other imperfections. It does feel lightweight, it doesn’t feel like a thick layer of make-up. It does last pretty well on the skin, I did get a little shiny on my T-zone after about five hours, which is pretty good for me (I had no primer and I didn’t powder in the morning). It’s very hydrating, I have oily but dehydrated skin and I could use this without a moisturiser and my skin didn’t feel thirsty.

In terms of colour choice, it comes in six shades which is better than most CC cream, the lightest shade is Very Light. It’s not a perfect match for me, it is slightly too yellow and a tiny bit too dark, but if I use a small amount and blend it, I can just about make it work. I found the best way to apply it was a tiny bit at time because a little really does go a long way (I know people say this about nearly everything, but its true when it comes to this), its very pigmented and you will use less than you think.

In terms of finish, it leaves the skin with a very healthy appearance and it’s quite dewy but with a tiny bit of powder the glow is gone.

I doubt I’ll ever buy this because there isn’t a shade that matches me perfectly but it’s a really good product and I would recommend it.

Available from all Clinique stockists and the website. http://www.clinique.co.uk/cms/whats_new/cc_cream/wn_index.tmpl?cm_re=Home-_-Splash2-_-NewCCCream

Beauty Round Up #1

Beauty Favourite – Garnier’s Perfect Blur is unbelievable, it works like a primer triple the price, it hides pores and just makes skin look great and provides a perfect base for foundation/tinted moisturiser.

Beauty Disappointment – Ojon’s Restorative Mask, the smell is just too overpowering and the results don’t meet my expectations or the price.

Nails – I think Barry M makes the great quality nail polishes for a tiny price, I’ve been sporting Gelly Grapefruit on my toes and Gelly Lychee on my fingers.

Beauty Want – I know this available from John Lewis and the website but I need to be skin matched, I don’t know if the lightest shade will be pale enough. As much as I’m bored of BB Creams and now CC Creams, I really want to try this one, from the reviews which are available, it sounds amazing and I’m imagining it will probably be one of the best, if not the best CC Cream on the UK market. I’m counting the days until April 26th

Clinique High Impact Mascara Waterproof

Everyone knows how amazing High Impact is, but it just got better, its now available in waterproof. I love High Impact, it never clumps, smudges or flakes but I have a preference for waterproof, simply because it holds a curl in better. This holds a curl like no other mascara, my eyelashes stayed curled for an amazing nine hours without the slightest difference, my lashes for voluminous and glossy. I really recommend this mascara, its just brilliant.

Clinique will soon be launching some more amazing products, the CC cream will be launching nationwide on the 29th of April (it’s currently available on the website and at John Lewis), I can’t wait to get skin matched and Clinique’s nail polishes will soon be available, I’m counting the days (May 12th).

Available from Clinique counters and the website.