Saturday, 31 May 2014

currently loving #1

Most people associate the colder weather with dry, chapped lips and go out all out on ensuring they're nourished and moisturised but it's equally important to give your lips some TLC throughout the warmer months too. So I've gathered a few of my favourite balms and decided to post about why I love them so.

There is definitely a theme when it comes to my favourite lip balms, I love anything honey, mint, shea butter, vanillery based (as you could have probably guessed). These four are the ones I am always using because I am guaranteed good results. I tend to use these as soon as I wake up before applying my makeup or just before I go to sleep as I don't mind dipping in, however when I'm on the go I turn to a balm in stick form purely for hygiene purposes.

First up is the cult balm by Nuxe, their RĂ©ve de Miel lip balm is talked about by everyone online and has mustered up quite the reputation. At around ten pounds this is the most expensive of the bunch but if you're looking for a sweet smelling (and I mean sweet smelling) this balm leaves the lips feeling plump and smooth after use and is the most luxurious of the lot.
The Honeymania lip balm by The Body Shop is a cheep and cheerful lip balm which does the job. It keeps the lips moisturised and for £4 it doesn't break the bank. However, I would say this wears off more quickly than the others as it feels more like a sheen on the lips instead of an intense treatment so perhaps one for before/after lipsticks to keep the excess skin at bay.

A drugstore classic is up next, Carmex is a popular brand as it is easy to access in Boots or Superdrug and their Moisturising Lip Balm does exactly that. I adore the scent of this one as it really feels like it's doing the lips some good and I find myself using this all the time - I believe this is my third pot of the stuff!
The final product is not so much a lip balm but a lip scrub - Mint Julips by LUSH is a gorgeous lip exfoliant to ensure dead skin is scrubbed away effectively. They do a range of flavours but this one is my personal favourite... this lip scrub does also come with one other perk... yes, it is edible so you can lick it off, winner...

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

the favourites post - may 2014

It's coming to the end of May which can only mean one thing surely? Time to rally up the best of the bunch for a monthly favourites post. There's some old and some new in this post so a bit of a mixed bag but I have enjoyed using them all over the last month or so.

Makeup wise the first product I've been using almost everyday is the Bourjois Paris Bronzing Primer. I think this was launched last summer and I used it a few times then but as the sun was shining quite frequently throughout May it was time to venture out into the bronzing world once more - I'm fairly pale and with this blended out on the skin I feel it's not too orange or too much of a 'muddy' brown shade.
I treated myself to my first Illamasqua product this month for my birthday - I opted for one of their lipsticks in the shade **** I'm very, very impressed with the formula and the staying power of this lippy and the colour? Well the vibrant pink speaks for itself really.

I've been like a few brushes and things also this month, when using the Bronzing Primer I always find the best way to apply it is with the Real Techniques Stippling brush - these just go together so well and the brush makes it so easy to really work the product into the skin. A brush I recently bought is the & Other Stories eyebrow brush and I feel like this is what I've been needing my whole life - it makes filling in the brows with powder easy and precise and is just a really handy brush which I use all the time for my brows. These cotton buds are slightly random but I prefer the flat ends and pointed ends to regular cotton buds for make up as they are so multi purpose. I use the flat end to sometimes blend out shadows and the pointed end to correct eyeliner, smudge or neaten up smudged lipstick.

Finally I've jumped on that Hydraluron bandwagon and let me tell you - I'm not about to get off anytime soon. This is really good at restoring moisture back into dry skin and really hydrates and prevents dry patches. You definitely get what you pay for and this tube will definitely last a while.

So there you have it, May favourites = done... now bring on June and (hopefully) some more sunshine here in the UK!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

the review: origins drink up intensive overnight mask

Now the hype for the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask over the last few years has been absolutely insane. This product has been one on my 'to buy' list for a long time alongside the Emma Hardie cleansing balm and of course Bioderma. At £22.00 this may strike you as being a bit on the pricey side for just an evening moisturiser but believe me when I say it's much, much more.

What finally pushed me to get this product was my skin becoming more and more dry. I've never experienced dry skin before, my skin has always been oily-combination but for some reason my forehead and nose have started playing up and I decided I needed to nip it in the bud. I ordered it from Debenhams and it came within a couple of days and I'm so glad I bought the full size as I know it's going to last me a while. 

You need to teeniest amount because a little does go a long way and I use it around three times a week. The scent of this is absolutely divine, like a very subtle apricot/peachy fragrance which feels clean and nourishing. The consistency is quite moist so you can really feel the product working it's way into the skin from the very moment it touches it. I usually put this on right before I'm about to go to sleep and I wake up in the morning and I can see and feel that my skin has been well moisturised and nourished. 

This definitely will be a regular member of my skincare stash and I can only say I regret not buying it sooner. So if you're like me and have been ummming and ahhing over whether or not it will actually make a huge difference then don't hold back as it definitely does…