Sunday, 7 June 2015

Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash Eye Cream

Despite knowing the importance of using an eye cream regularly, it’s always the one product that’s usually missing from my skincare routine. I’ve never found one that I’ve fell in love with enough to repurchase or seen outstanding results from, and up until recently I’ve been without one for months. Whilst browsing the Clarins counter I was advised by a specialist that the Eye Revive Beauty Flash eye cream is a great choice for someone of my age. I’ve always suffered with dark circles and some puffiness around the eyes so a brightening, tightening and refreshing treatment sounded perfect.

I use this product in the morning as it’s aimed at minimizing signs of fatigue, puffiness and dark circles whilst also illuminating and hydrating the eye area. While I do agree that it offers some hydration, I haven’t been super impressed with the results of this eye cream. It hasn't helped reduce the look of dark circles and isn't particularly brightening. The most noticeable effect of using this eye cream has been how tight the skin around my eyes feels, which isn’t a major priority for me.

I do like that it’s a creamy, gel consistency as it feels fairly nourishing as well as refreshing, however I’m not convinced that this product is anything ground-breaking. It comes with a pretty hefty price tag at £29 for a 20ml tube and although you only need a tiny amount, I just don’t think it’s worth it. I’ll continue to use this up and hopefully I’ll see some long-term results, which I’ll be sure to update you on.  

Do you have any eye cream recommendations?
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Monday, 1 June 2015

May in Pictures

First attempt at healthy banana pancakes // bargain Primark purchase // lunch in Cambridge with friends // new Clarins treats // exciting delivery of House of Fraser make-up goodies // celebratory new job drinks // Sunday country pub drinks with family // Saturday stroll with my man // day out lunch-stop 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

My Daily Skincare Routine

Evening skincare routine
Morning skincare routine
I’ve finally found a skincare routine that my skin and I are pretty happy with. Although it’s tailored more to oily/combination skin, there are certainly products which are suited to all skin types. To avoid making this post too long, I’m not going to review each product in too much depth. I’m writing full reviews on each of them over the next few weeks so if you’re interested in finding out more, then be sure to keep checking back.

Morning routine

I keep my Origins Zero Oil Cleanser in the shower so I have no excuse not to use it every morning. It’s perfect as a wake-me-up cleanser as it’s super refreshing on the skin, leaves it feeling squeaky clean and removes traces of dirt and oil so your skin is ready for the day ahead. If you’re interested in the results I’ve seen since using this cleanser, check out my full review here. The Lush Tea Tree Water is a product I’ve repurchased many times…I love it! I’ve never been into using toners but, because this one is a spray, it’s just so convenient to use and I really love how it leaves my skin feeling instantly fresh. It contains lovely ingredients to help keep oil at bay and skin clear from blemishes; the tea tree is antibacterial whilst juniperberry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear.

The next step is eye cream and I’ve recently been using the Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash. I use just the smallest amount of this in the morning to hydrate and brighten the eye area. This product claims to refresh, tighten and brighten, and I agree it does all three. I also find my concealer applies more smoothly over this. The final stage of my morning skincare routine is to use the L’Oreal Triple Active Anti-Shine moisturiser. Although I only use a very small amount of this, it does the job of hydrating my skin yet doesn't leave it feeling greasy. I love that it contains salicylic acid and has a mattifying effect, perfect for oily skin types. 

Evening routine

It can be difficult to stick to the exact same routine in the evenings as a few nights a week are spent at my boyfriend's. These nights, I usually just end up removing my makeup with the Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes as they’re convenient to keep at his. When I am at mine, I’ll then go on to use the Clarins Eye-Makeup Remover to gently remove my mascara and I’ll then use the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. This product is a recent discovery and one that I’m really excited about. It’s a velvety gel formula which turns into an oil when massaged in and then a milky consistency as it’s rinsed off. It feels like a treat to use every evening and it works amazingly for reducing pores.

I’ll finish off with a spritz of the Lush Tea Tree Water and if I have any blemishes I’ll pop a tiny amount of the Origins Super Spot Remover on them. I have quite a quick and simple routine, but it works well for me. I could never be someone who bothers to use a million lotions and potions every day (who has the time?!) and I just don’t think it’s necessary either. Hopefully this has helped some of you with oily skin or given you a few ideas. Let me know if you have any skincare suggestions!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Summer Make-up Routine

As the sunshine gradually starts to makes an appearance, it's important to consider the use of SPF in your daily makeup routine. With this in mind, I've recently started to switch up a few products to ensure I'm doing the most to protect my skin during the summer months. I'm often very wary of what I use on my skin, particularly when it comes to sun screens, as I always associate them with those greasy lotions used on summer holidays. Luckily, I've recently discovered another, much more appealing, alternative which I’ve effortlessly incorporated into my everyday makeup routine.

I’ve never liked the feel of foundation on my skin, and I’ve usually got a bit of colour thanks to the Clarins facial tanner (review here), so during the day I just stick to my trusty Collection concealer to cover any blemishes and dark circles under my eyes.

I’ll then apply a light dusting of the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF15* all over my face to even everything out, hold the concealer in place and keep the shine at bay. Powder is a must-have product for me so I was super pleased to find out that they do an SPF15 version; it’s perfect for anyone looking to incorporate sun protector into their everyday summer make-up without the use of an oily lotion or tinted moisturiser. It contains Zinc Oxide which works as a sunscreen agent to block the sun's harmful rays and, for me, it’s the best solution to protecting my skin not only through the summer months, but all year round. It buffs into the skin really smoothly and can be used as a buildable foundation for more coverage or a pigmented powder for a more natural finish. I’ll be doing a full review soon so be sure to check back for that.

For a bit of definition and warmth I’ll apply some of the Benefit Hoola bronzer to my cheeks. I’ve used this product for years and it’s an absolute favourite. I’ve been reaching for the Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm* in Robust Rhubarb pretty much every day. It’s a lovely creamy texture and adds a nice tint of colour and glow to the cheeks. It’s easy to use and convenient to pop in your bag for touch-ups on-the-go. If I’m feeling lazy I’ll also use this on my lips; it’s a gorgeous coral shade and perfect for the summer months.

I keep my eye makeup pretty simple during the day, usually just sticking to winged eyeliner and mascara. I’ve finally been getting some use out of my Benefit They’re Real Mascara as it’s dried up a little and I find it so much easier to use (anyone else prefer dried out mascaras?). I finish off with a touch of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector and I’m ready to go.

What are your favourite summer products?

Saturday, 16 May 2015

The Lust List: Homeware

Homeware wish list

I’m completely having a homeware moment. There seems to be so many beautiful items around lately and I want all of them. I love the Thomas Kent clocks, especially this one in grey as I think it would be the perfect addition to a room of any colour or style. This Roberts Revival radio would look so nice on my bedroom dresser…it’s a shame about the price tag. They have a huge range of colours and patterned designs available and, as well as being pretty, it’s nice to have a radio in the house.

I haven’t actually smelt this Diptyque candle but I searched for woody scents on the John Lewis website and this one popped up. It sounds like it would smell delicious, but really I just want one for the pretty jar. On the topic of candles, I spotted these two holders on the H&M website and was tempted to pop them in my basket. They’re really reasonably priced and I adore both of them. The final thing on my wish list is this industrial style Laura Ashley light. I think it would look great in a kitchen, along with the clip-top bottle. Just need a kitchen of my own first.

What’s on your homeware wish list?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Origins Zero Oil Cleanser

Origins Zero Oil Cleanser
I’ve been using the Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser for about 4 months now and thought it was about time I share my thoughts. Prior to owning this product I’d been pretty lazy with my skincare, using only the Simple Oily Skin makeup wipes to remove my makeup in the evenings and nothing at all in the mornings (oops). For ease I keep this product in the shower which means I use it without fail every morning and mostly every evening (still partial to a makeup wipe here and there).

As an oily skin sufferer, I’ve tried and tested my fair share of targeted products with nothing really doing the trick. Although the Zero Oil Cleanser isn't a miracle worker and hasn’t completely zapped away every trace of oil (not that I’d want it to) it has certainly helped to keep the shine at bay for longer and helps control breakouts.

It has a fairly thin, gel-like consistency which gently foams when massaged in. The scent is quite strong, presumably due to the mint and other essential oils, but isn’t at all unpleasant. Above all, my favourite thing about this cleanser is that it contains Salicylic Acid- my fave blemish-banishing ingredient. It helps to keep skin clear, deeply exfoliates pores and resurfaces uneven texture. 

It doesn’t come cheap at £18.50 but the tiniest amount goes a long way (I’ve been using this AM & PM for around 4 months & only used just over half the tube) so it's actually great value for money. My skin feels fresher and cleaner since using this product and, when paired with a few other products (updated skincare routine coming soon), I’m really pleased with the results. 

Do you have any oily skin recommendations? 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Clarins Liquid Bronze Facial Tanner

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning Lotion
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to dedicate a post to one of my all-time favourite tanning products- the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanning LotionI've repurchased this twice now which, considering you need the tiniest amount, proves how much I love the stuff. As a girl who likes a bit of colour all year round, I can’t imagine reaching for anything else; it works wonders for warming up my complexion and even-ing out my skin tone enough that I dare to go foundation-free most days (admittedly with the help of my trusty Collection Concealer).

Although your desired colour is buildable with this product, it’s more suited to achieving a gorgeous, subtle healthy glow. In terms of application I would definitely recommend applying it in the evening and, depending on how much colour you want, either apply it with your fingers (just remember to wash afterwards!) or a cotton pad for a more subtle tint. It has a lovely milky consistency and there’s no need to worry about any of that unpleasant biscuity odour, yay! With the summer months approaching, this little bottle of liquid bronze is a must-have addition to your skincare collection.

What's your favourite facial tanner?

K x