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/

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask

Liz earle clay mask

I’m really fussy when it comes to skincare, I don’t just use anything on my face because my skin has a tendency to take a severe dislike to some products. However, Liz Earle is one brand I know I can trust. I’ve tried pretty much every product from Liz Earle, partly because I can’t stop buying from website and partly because of the free mini samples which come with orders.

I used the clay mask last year when it came as s free sample with my Cleanse and Polish and I loved it. It cleared out my pores and it helped blemishes disappear a lot quicker than usual but I never got round to buying until last month. I’ve a lot of clay masks and most of them are really drying on the skin but this is the complete opposite, it feels like it is hydrating the skin at the same time as deep cleaning. The ingredients of this mask was partly why I was drawn to buying it. Firstly, the second highest ingredient is clay and I think this is pretty important, a lot of clay masks have relatively little clay in them considering it’s meant to be a clay mask. Secondly, it contains honey and aloe vera to soothe  the skin and glycerin for hydration.

I’ve been using this twice a week and I’ve noticed my skin is less congested than usual. If I have any breakouts, I’ve been applying the mask just to the affected area, a couple of extra times and it helps calm the redness and blemishes go away quicker than usual.

I really recommend this mask and for £14.50, I think it’s pretty good value for money.

Have you tried this mask? What do you think?

http://uk.lizearle.com/exfoliators-and-masks/deep-cleansing-mask.html

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.

Liz Earle Superskin Hand Serum

It’s no secret I love Liz Earle and it’s no secret I love hand cream so when Liz Earle launched a hand serum, I rushed to buy it. Liz Earle Hand Repair is a really nice hand cream, it’s very moisturising and nourishing without leaving hands feeling greasy and sticky but the Hand Serum is like a more intense version.

I’m not the target market for this product because my hands are only slightly dry and my hands are mature but I think it’s important to take care of your hands early on because they start to age too. Firstly, it smells just like the rest of the Superskin range, it’s very herbal and spa like. Secondly, it shares the same light texture to the Hand Repair but it’s still as moisturising and it does make my hands look plump and super nourished. It contains omega-6 and 3 fatty acids, rosehip oil and borage oil.

I really love this hand product, I know it’s expensive but its worth it and I think it would make a lovely Christmas gift.

http://uk.lizearle.com/superskin-hand-serum

Liz Earle Lash Care Intensifying Mascara Base

LIZ EARLE LASH BASE

I think Liz Earle makeup doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, I tried all of the range now and I’m really, really, impressed I like it all. The range is made up of good core products, the products aren’t created to suit trends but to be permanent products in any makeup bag.

LIZ EARLE LASH BASE WAND

The lash base is designed to worn under mascara to make the lashes look longer and thicker and therefore more voluminous. It’s white when applied (like the Clinique Mascara Primer) but it soon turns clear and you put mascara on afterwards anyway. It bulks up the lashes to make them thicker and fuller and works perfectly with all mascaras. The ingrediants include Vitamin E and other oils like joboba seed oil to condition lashes.

There is also a second use for this product, I’ve been watching QVC and the demonstrations show this can be used to set brows but don’t worry it won’t turn brows white, I’ve checked the white turns clear.

It’s £10.50 and is available from Liz Earle and John Lewis. http://uk.lizearle.com/eyes/lash-care-intensifying-mascara-base.html

My Favourite Powders

I’m not really a powder girl but I always keep one in my collection because it’s really handy to have. After I do my makeup in the morning I tend to set my foundation or concealer with powder but only on the t-zone to get rid of any shine and on any concealer. I prefer small brushes to apply powder because I only want it on specific places, my favourite brush is the Real Techniques Setting Brush.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Powder

I really like this powder but I feel it’s a lot of money for a powder so I usually just use the powder that comes with the concealer. There’s a really wide shade range and with all Bobbi Brown products the tones lean to warmer side of things. It’s very finely milled so it never looks cakey and it’s great for blotting shine throughout the day.

http://www.johnlewis.com/bobbi-brown-sheer-finish-pressed-powder/p37402?colour=Basic Brown

Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot

This is my absolute favourite powder and I doubt I’ll ever buy another powder again. I prefer a translucent powders because I don’t want my powder to add any coverage, that’s what my foundation is for. This is really finely milled and doesn’t show on the skin and keeps shine a bay. I really love the retro packaging and there’s a large mirror inside it, which is great for make-up on the go. It’s my favourite and I can’t recommend it enough.

http://www.boots.com/en/SOAP-GLORY-ONE-HECK-OF-A-BLOT-9g_1313642/

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier powder is just gorgeous, it’s a real luxury buy but it’s worth every penny. It’s translucent which I actually prefer because I don’t want a powder to give me coverage, I get that from my foundation. This powder is completely indictable on the skin and it feels lovely.

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No. 100

Liz Earle is one of my favourite brands but I’ll bore you anymore with my love of the brand anymore. The Liz Earle fragrances often get overlooked and they shouldn’t, they smell gorgeous.

The first fragrance, Botanical Essence No. 1 was fruity and zesty, No. 15 was more musky and suited to evening wear and the latest one is a beautiful floral.

Floral fragrances are my favourite, I’m not a fan of heavy scents, I like light, feminine floral perfumes.

No. 100 was formulated by Alienor Massnet and was developed in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society for the 100 year anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show. I think the partnership has produced a fragrance which smells just like the Chelsea Flower Show, it’s like a flower garden in a bottle. It’s divine.

The top notes Damask Rose, Orange Flower, Indian Jasmine, the heart notes are Cypress, Sandalwood and Bourbon Vanilla and the base notes are Mandarin and Bergamot. On me it smells like roses but a grown up, feminine smell not like the cheap perfume. I’m not a fan of vanilla in perfume because I think it makes the smell too sweet and sickly but I can’t smell the vanilla, its more woody. The sillage is very good, it lasts well on my skin and fades away to nothing after about five hours, which on me is brilliant. I like it fades to nothing, some floral fragrances can leave behind a stale smell when they have evaporated.

A tiny note on the packaging, the bottle is similar to the other two fragrances, very simple and classic in design. I really love the box it comes in, I like the bands of flowers with the white stripes, it looks lovely on my dressing table.

Overall, I really love the perfume and I’m delighted Liz Earle has branched into floral fragrances. Also if you buy any of the fragrances this month, you will get free delivery on the Liz Earle website.

http://uk.lizearle.com/fragrance/liz-earle-botanical-essence-no100.html

Liz Earle Botanical Hair Oil

I have medium length hair which is medium in texture but lots of it and it’s wavy and unruly. A lot of hair products are simply too heavy and weigh my hair down and I tend to dislike hair oils because you can feel them and it leaves a greasy coating but being a fan of Liz Earle, I had to try their oil offering.

This oil contains coconut oil, radish seed oil and yangu oil. Its designed to tame frizz, protect against styling and cut drying time, all of which is does. It has a very light, runny texture and not as oily as other oils (sometimes they can be thick and gloopy). I’ve been appling two pumps to towel dried hair and I’ve noticed my hair has dried much quicker than usual and its smoother and not so difficult to style. My hair has been a lot shinier and healthier looking and I’ve noticed my hair isn’t static any more, which was a real problem for me. I’ve been using this as almost an all in one product, its replaced my heat protection and the serum I was using. I usually straighten my hair and I’ve noticed I get my hair done in about ten minutes, which is much quicker than usual and my hair is shiny and most importantly, not greasy. It smells quite fragranced, a bit like lemons, but not overpowering and I like it has a pump so you get just the right amount of product. I can see this bottle lasting quite a while because a little goes a long and you get 50ml of £15. I predict this will be another award winning for Liz Earle.

Have you tried the Oil, do you like it or do you want to try it ?

http://uk.lizearle.com/haircare/botanical-shine-nourishing-hair-oil.html

Top Skincare Tips for Oily Skin

Being a sufferer of oily skin, I have picked up some tricks and methods to minimise breakouts and keep shine at a minimum. I hope some of the tips can help you too. These tips have worked for me but everyone’s skin is different and can react differently, so please try to test products before buying them. Its worth saying I am a huge Liz Earle, it was the first skincare range that really worked for me and improved my skin.

  1. Cleanse. Its really boring and everyone says it but cleansing is crucial to improving skin. Before I started using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and the hot cloth cleansing technique, my skin was dull but shiny and prone to breakouts and blocked pores but now my skin is completely different. I think the best cleanser is the Liz Earle one but the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean, the Simple Cleansing Lotion and the Purity Cleansing Lotion (available from Superdrug) is also very good. I think the best way to properly clean oily skin is hot cloth cleansing because its wiping away everything lying on the skin, muslins and face cloths are best method.
  2. Moisturise. I completely understand why people with oily skin skip moisturiser, it can feel like more grease and oil and some moisturiser for oily skin are still too rich and causes make-up to fall off. My favourites are the Liz Earle Skin Repair Light (very light but doesn’t really have a mattifying effect) and the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Moisturiser and I’ve just tried the new Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone moisturiser and it looks promising (I’ll do a post when I’ve came to my conclusion).
  3. Exfoliate/Masks. It removes the dead skin and helps to clean out blogged pores. I don’t like scrubs but the Liz Earle Gentle Cream exfoliator is very good, its super gentle because it has the same texture as the cleanser but the joboba beads buff away dead skins without hurting my skin. Masks are great for cleaning out pores, my favs are the Liz Earle Clay Mask, Soap and Glory Fab Pore and Origins Clay Mask.

Stockists

Liz Earle – John Lewis and uk.lizearle.com

Soap and Glory – Boots and soapandglory.com

Origins – Boots and John Lewis

Garnier, Simple and Neutrogena available in chemists, Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets

Purity – Superdrug

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask Review

le intenstive

I don’t have a problem with dehydrated skin but during the winter, like many people, my skin needs more moisture and hydration.

I’ve tried hydration masks but I’ve never been a huge convert and made a point of using it. This was came as part of a gift set hence the smaller size but you can buy the mini one to try or for travel (£5.25) and it comes with a muslin cloth for removal.

You put a thick layer all over your face or just on the areas which are dehydrated e.g. cheeks and leave it for fifteen minutes and rinse off with the muslin (rinsed in hot water, just like the cleanser). If you have very dehydrated skin, the white cream (similar to the texture of the cleanser) will disappear because your skin will have absorbed it, I would still recommend using rinsing it off with the cloth even if there is no visible residue.

This is particularly good if you have rosecea with dry, flaky patches because it provides instant hydration and the St John’s Wort is a soothing agent, (although because rosecea is very sensitive, it may not be suitable for everyone, so testing on a small patch is advisable).

Overall, it’s a nice product and worth having a look if you have dehydrated skin.