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19 April 2014

Spring Cheeks

If there's one time of year I love more than Christmas - yes I'm dropping that bomb in April - it's spring. It's the season of my birthday and the time of the year everything starts to come to life again. It also seems to be the time of year that I experiment and change up my makeup the most. Though it usually means one thing - trying out a lot of random stuff on my cheeks.

I'm not the palest person in the world, but I come pretty damn close. I definitely need a bit of a (ok a lot) of blusher or bronzer on occasion to perk my face up. In the Spring I tend to go for more cream formulas, although I wouldn't say no to a bit of bronzer, or the lovely Soap & Glory Glow All Out powder. The latter gives such a subtle pinky glow to the cheeks, and is generally an illuminating wonder.

My newest cream blusher purchase is that of the No7 Pop & Glow in Mango Sorbet, which is from first impressions the loveliest peachy colour I've ever tried. It applies quite pigmented, but once it's blended out it gives a natural glow to the cheeks. It's like a more pigmented-less-shimmery version of the Revlon Photoready Cream Blusher in Pinched. I do like the Revlon offering, but I'll by bypassing it for the No7 beauty.

Clarins are still one of my favourite brands to swoon over. I'm still very much in love with their Multi Blush Cream Blush in Candy - which seems to be the pinkest cream blusher I like at the moment. I have a coral/orange thing, try and stop me! It's cream to powder formula is dreamy, and it also means it lasts quite a while on the cheeks too.

The blusher that sits in the middle of pink and coral is the Bourjous Cream Blush in 01 - do we remember when these came out last year? I've been hoarding it all winter just for Spring. It's a brilliant nude shade, it's not too pink, not too orangey, so I'd say it's generally an all around winner. (Though I'm currently having an affair with the No7 Pop & Glow, but don't tell it that....)

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18 April 2014

Easter Giveaway - Win No7 Spring Bundle

As it's Easter, and because it's almost my birthday, I've decided to do a little giveaway. This time around you can win a lovely little bundle from No7. It's got everything you need to pull off a lovely spring look - a lovely neutral Stay Perfect Eyeshadow, a High Shine Lip Crayon in Delicate Pink, some of their Skin Illuminator Beauty Fluid, and the Exceptional Definition Mascara - all mini sized.

To enter. please us the Rafflecopter form below, and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Please enter using the Rafflecopter form.
2. This is for UK entrants only (apologies).
3. The giveaway will run until the 30th April 2014.
4. The winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter. They will be contacted via the email they provide/twitter if applicable.
5. The winner has 72 hours to respond to my tweet/email, after then a new winner will be drawn.

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16 April 2014

Notes On... Toners

Notes on Toners
If you've been here before you'll know that sometimes I like to hark on about skincare. In the past 8 months or so I've been trying to really get to grips with a good skincare routine, and one of my favourite steps is the second one - toning. It's become an important thing for me to do, and it's probably the one area of skincare that I've yet to find my perfect product in.

Now, there are generally two categories that toners fall in to - hydrating and exfoliating. Occasionally I'll come across a 'hybrid', or so it claims to be, such as the Origins United State Balancing Tonic. The offering from Origins is really good - by the way - and definitely helps to shift rubbish while also putting a little bit back into your skin. The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mirco Exfoliant Lotion kind of does the same thing. It has both exfoliating and hydrating ingredients, and it creates a middle ground. 

My favourite types of toner have to be the ones with exfoliating properties. A little bit of AHA acids seems to do my skin so good. I was sucked into to hyped toners - the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brigthening Toner, and the Pixi Glow Tonic. Both are pretty good, butI find that I can use the Pixi Glow Tonic everyday, whereas the Clarin's offering can be a tad harsh sometimes. I can definitely tell when I've used something with some AHAs in it, especially when I'm spotty - it helps get rid of them, and keep random clumps of skin from forming around them from spot treatments.

After I've used an exfoliating toner, I'll use a hydrating one. I did have one from Avene, which was good, but I've recently been using one from No7 - their Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner. It's not got the most friendly looking of ingredients lists - but then what product does? - however it does have a good whack of glyercin in it (which can hydrate your skin, not fancy, but it seems to work).

Do you think toning is an important skincare step? Do you double-tone?

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14 April 2014

Body Shop Haul

Body Shop Haul

With The Body Shop having a very decent sale with 50%, and 40% off non sale items, it was hard to resist picking up a few bits. One thing that's been on my list for ages from The Body Shop is their Facial Massager. I'm always using some sort of oil or serum before I go to bed, so this should be a nice accompaniment. It should help the oil 'go further' and also help with circulation and generally make my face happy - fingers crossed.

I was also curious to try out some of the Body Shops skincare, as I really haven't shopped their much since I was a teenager. I use to buy out their Tea Tree Range - which I now frown at myself for - but I picked up their Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. As a lover of the double cleanse, I thought it was about time I tried something other than the Vitamin C Oil from Una Brennan. I've seen a few good write ups for this, so hopefully it does the job.

Something I also wanted to pick up, and to stop me from using my Mum's tube (sorry Mum) was the Almond Hand and Nail Cream. I only got the 30ml of it, rather than the massive 100ml, as I just won't go through it that quickly. As an addict of nutty smells I'm pretty sure that I'll love this.

Another product that caught my eye was something Emma posted on her instagram. It was the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - which was a bargain with the discount at £7.00! I opted for the shade 01 Light, as I'm quite a pale sole and I didn't want the powder to be too orange or dark. It looks like a lovely matte bronzing powder, and I've also seen good reviews of this too. Fingers crossed it's a good'un.

I also seem to have been sent a random Lip Liner pencil - which isn't something I'd ordered or even looked at before - but thanks for the bonus prize Body Shop, hah!

Have you taken advantage of The Body Shop's sale?

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12 April 2014

The Empty Cleansers

The Empty Cleansers

It seems like it's a rare occurrence for me to finish a product that's anything but skincare - I have so many bits of makeup without a dent in them - and far too many half empty tubes of face masks. As of this time last year, there have only been three cleansers that have ticked the boxes for me, and I've gone through a tube of all of them. In fact, I even had spare bottles of them on standby for when I did run out.

The most recent addition, and probably my favourite of the three, is the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm (£14.50). If you're wondering why there's no label on the bottle, it's because I ripped it off so I could squeeze the last of it out into a pot. It's honestly been a bit of a wonder product for me. It removes makeup with ease, has the nicest balm-pulp texture, and keeps my skin clear. It's also not badly priced at £14.50, so it's definitely a winner - even Caroline Hirons gave it a nod of approval. If you were to go on and buy one of these, I'd say get this one, it has all bases covered.

The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (£13.25 - £24.75) is a cult favourite of just about everybody and their aunt - and me too. It was one of my first little steps into 'higher end' skincare and it still has a special spot in my skincare drawer. I tend to use this less now, because I prefer the Merumaya and Trilogy offerings, but it's still good. It definitely does the job, and I can always rely on it's thick cream formula to calm down stressed skin.

My last empty tube is of the Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream (£19.60). Compare to the other two, this one has a thinner formula, but it's still pretty damn amazing. Compare to the Trilogy Cream Cleanser, it's minus a lot of crap (like fragrance and alcohol) and is great for times when my skin has had enough. It's super gentle, but it also packs a makeup slaying punch. This is definitely one for anybody with sensitive skin, it works wonders without ever being harsh or irritating - amazing stuff.

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