Tuesday, 24 November 2015

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water

I used to use face wipes religiously - even through the micellar water hype I was't tempted to change. Eventually, I broke my routine and tried my friend's L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water; and the next day I went to my local Boots and bought a bottle for myself.

What impressed me most about this product is that a couple of cotton wool pads soaked in this removes my makeup completely, whereas when I used to use face wipes my face would still have some makeup residue on it. This micellar water leaves my face clean enough that I don't have to wash it with water afterwards (it even removes waterproof mascara with ease!). No scrubbing is required - just gently wipe the cotton wool pad across your face - so this product isn't too harsh for sensitive skin. Furthermore, my skin feels soft after using this and it doesn't dry out my skin like other deep cleaning products can do.

The L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water is now a staple product in my skincare routine; I'm currently on my fourth bottle and I will continue to repurchase this! What micellar water have you tried?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Ted Baker Mini Trio Gift

Ted Baker have a lovely selection of Christmas gifts in Boots this year. For my birthday a friend bought me this Ted Baker Mini Trio Gift set and I thought I would share it with you guys as I think it would make a great Christmas gift for friends, sisters, or mums.

The packaging - as with all Ted Baker products - looks elegant and classy; making the gift set look more expensive than it actually is! This gift set is described as a "collection of minis [that] blends fruity top notes with violet, whilst the base combines sweet yet soft vanilla, patchouli and amber". I personally love the smell of these products, however, I find that the scent of the body spray fades quicker than I would like it to (I prefer something that lasts all day!). Although, the plus side is that the body spray is small enough to fit into your handbag so you can reapply it whenever you feel it's necessary. Additionally, the body lotion is great if you want a scented moisturiser but if you're looking for something to battle dry skin, such as on the elbows, then this isn't the one for you. The body wash makes me feel refreshed and fills the bathroom with its beautiful aroma - and the scent lasts!

Let me know if you're planning on buying any of the Ted Baker gift sets for someone this Christmas.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

MAC Soar Lip Pencil

After buying the MAC Twig lipstick I convinced myself that I needed to invest in a lip pencil too to complete the look! Whirl and Spice seem to be a popular choice to pair with Twig, however, I loved the look of Soar and I also think it goes well with some of my other MAC lipsticks too.

Soar is described by MAC as a "mid-tone pinkish brown". The lip pencil has a creamy texture and applies easily to the lips. Also, Soar remained on my lips for the whole time that I was wearing lipstick - rather than rubbing off half way through the day. Outlining my lips with Soar before applying Twig made my lips look plumper and more defined (yes I did feel like Kylie Jenner!), but if you want to create even bigger looking lips then overlining the lips slightly should do the trick.

I have also paired Soar with my MAC Peach Blossom lipstick because Peach Blossom is a barely there nude so blending it in with Soar creates a slightly darker nude but still has the glossiness of Peach Blossom. Which lipstick and lip pencil is your favourite combination? 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Essie Bahama Mama

I've found my new favourite nail polish brand; Essie. After years of looking at the stand, admiring the vast array of nail polishes, and then walking on, I finally decided to try an Essie nail polish. What shade did I go for? Of course, I picked up Bahama Mama as it's the perfect shade for autumn and winter - a "warm, rich, creamy deep plum" is how this nail polish is described on the Essie website.

Essie nail polishes are slightly more expensive than the nail polishes I usually buy, but they're totally worth it! Before applying Bahama Mama I coat my nails with the Essie All in One Base (and I also put this on top of Bahama Mama) because I believe this helps to prolong the wear of the nail polish and prevent it from chipping. This nail polish has lasted longer than any other nail polishes that I've tried; I wore this for about eight days and it didn't chip at all - impressive stuff!

To make this nail polish more festive, you could add one of Essie's glitter nail polishes - such as Rock at the Top or Summit of Style - to one finger on each hand or layer the glitter nail polish over Bahama Mama. This is something I will be doing nearer to Christmas. What is your favourite Essie nail polish?