Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Burts Bees Banana and Beeswax Hand Cream




Burts Bees
Beeswax and Banana Hand Cream

My hands are as dry as the Sahara desert and need some moisturising, scratch that some SERIOUS moisturising 
I've been using the Soap and Glory Hand Food but it wasn't quite intensive enough so I went on the search for something more powerful, something to fulfill my needs
Burts Bees has never failed me before and I've been relying on their products for years now
So when I saw this little glass pot of goodness I instantly snapped it off, the 3 for 2 helped too...
I love the packaging, glass pots just feel so much more luxurious than any plastic tubs and the Burts Bees branding is really cute
Now the scent of this hand cream is just amaze-balls
A bit like banana milkshake but not an artificially sweet smell but quite natural
It contains aloe vera and vitamin E to moisturise skin and beeswax to help seal and protect your hands from the elements...perfect for this freakishly cold weather at the moment (it's May for goodness sake!)
I have this on my desk at work and apply it when I have the chance
mainly on my cuticles as they're the worst bits on my hands, and I always get comments on the smell
It's almost like it's that sugar hit you need mid afternoon...calorie free!

Any other intensive hand creams I'm missing out on?


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Meet Dermalogica Kit







I recently took out a subscription to Marie Claire magazine and received the Dermalogica set as a free gift, just as well really as I don't seem to receive the free gifts with the magazine!
I wait to subscribe to a magazine until the free gift draws me in and I'd been wanting to try out some more Dermalogica products for so long so this was the perfect opportunity
 In the trial set I received mini versions of four cult classics; Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant, Skin Smoothing Cream, Multivitamin Power Firm
The Daily Microfoliant has been on my lust list for so long so I really wanted to try it out.
It's the perfect daily exfoliant as it's not too harsh on the skin, it is just the right amount of scrubby to be used everyday. In combination with the rest of the products my skin is feeling softer and smoother, al though it's no where near perfect! 
The Special Cleansing Gel has become my go to cleanser for everyday use 
It foams slightly and cleanses deeply thoroughly removing any trace of makeup left on my skin, I feel like my skin is so clean after I've used this
The Skin Smoothing Cream is a daily medium weight moisturiser
It's been working fantastically as a barrier against the really harsh winter weather at the moment and combating all my dryness 
The Multivitamin Power Firm is for mature and prematurely aging skin so I haven't really been using this much. I tried it around my eye area and the skin felt really smooth, I may keep it up as a preventive measure to aging...

Looking at the Dermalogica website there are so many other products I'd love to try
Are there any you recommend?


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Dove Spa Effective Blemish Fighter

Dove Blemish Stuff

Effective Blemish Fighter
Dove Spas

For my 21st Birthday, many many moons ago, I got a spa experience gift card from some friends. I've only just gotten round to doing it, it's been a pretty crap year for me in all honesty. 
It was such a lovely gift, I had a facial and had my skin mapped so I finally know what kind of skin I have..actually pretty normal despite all the breakouts
The girl who did my facial also suffered from breakouts like myself and she showed me a few of her favourite products
I came out with a Bare Minerals starter set which was £42 (£7 cheaper than in Boots or Debenhams) and the above product...another target blemish fighter
I'm becoming quite acquainted to these

According to the website this blemish fighter has soothing lime-tree and calendula extracts along with willow bark which is a natural source of salicyclic acid.
It is supposed to eliminate excess oil and prevent blemishes
I apply this every night after I've cleansed and toned, I let it soak in and then apply my moisturiser
I have to say it definitely soothes existing blemishes but I'm still getting the pesky things
They are driving me insane!
Some of the targeted spot treatments I've tried can sting a bit on the broken skin areas whereas this product is comfortable on my skin

Do you have any recommendations for blemish prone skin? 
(It never used to be this bad...)

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

L'oreal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash in 'Juliet'

loreal lip stain

300 juliet

loreal lip

L'Oreal Paris GlamShine Stain Splash

These new lip products have been popping up on various blogs and instagram for a few weeks now and I just had to give in and buy one
They've been likened to the YSL lip stains and are apparently really good dupes
I've not tried the YSL stains as they're £22 I think and I'm not indulging in so much high end make up now as we're saving for the wedding
There are only around 8 shades available in the UK and there isn't a brilliant choice of colours, hopefully they'll bring more out soon
The stand in my local Boots was such a mess I couldn't tell which tubes hadn't been opened 
The Juliet shades looked safe so I popped one in my basket
And I'm quite glad I did
The formula is a lovely, smooth gloss which settles to a nice stain
And the colour is a pretty red which flatters my skin tone
It's not quite as bright as in the photos as I used flash
I'm definitely going to purchase a few more

Have you tried any of these lip stains?
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