Entries from May 27th, 2012

Video: May Favourites.

posted on: 30 May, 2012

My May favourites video is here, with some products I’ve been banging on about recently.
If you open the video in YouTube, you will see full list of products etc. and you can also SUBSCRIBE woohoo.

Thank you. xo.

Review: Liz Earle Makeup.

posted on: 29 May, 2012

I heard whisperings of a makeup collection from Liz Earle some time ago and I couldn’t wait until it launched. I was so keen to try this range out and give you a review on it.
In all honesty, I’ve not stopped using these products since I received them a few weeks ago. At first glance, I wasn’t overly keen on the shade of the blush as it’s a little bit darker than what I usually go for but OH MY GOD it’s amazing. It’s the most amazing rich, rose shade that applies beautifully with my Real Techniques Stippling brush. Until recently, I’ve been more of a powder blush kinda girl, but this blusher has completely converted me.
As you can see, it really is a gorgeous shade!

As for bronzer, well I don’t think I have ever really used bronzer before this. I just didn’t think it was necessary but I’ve found a special place in my heart (yes, really) for this. It goes on so flawlessly and gives the illusion of cheekbones, I mention it in my latest video also.
I now use this most days and I really love how it turns out on me, it applies flawless and gives a gorgeous glow.

Overall, I only have positive thoughts on the products. They really live up to everything you expect from Liz Earle, which is a great brand and I have so much love for all of their skincare. I can’t wait to try other bits from the range, especially the powders!

What do you think of the Liz Earle makeup?

How To: Clear Up Blemishes.

posted on: 28 May, 2012

Origins Zero Oil Cleanser - £16
REN Glycolactic Mask – £30*
REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask – £18
Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Masque - £33
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair - £41
 Malin+Goetz Acne Treatment - £16.50*

I’ve suffered from blemishes for as long as I can remember, it comes and goes as it pleases but mostly I struggle with my bad skin! Overall, my complexion isn’t too bad, but around my cheeks and chin, I’m prone to under the skin nasties which are painful and leave marks.
This is a more specific version of my Evening Skincare Routine with a few products added in, and the products I’ve been reaching for recently as my skin hasn’t been the best. Note: I’m really unsure what causes the blemishes, perhaps I’ll never know!

I’ve been using the Origins Zero Oil cleanser for about a month now and my skin seems to like this. It’s natural and refreshing and doesn’t leave my skin tight and try after use (always a good sign) and I feel it’s quite gentle yet effective. I occasionally use this with my Clarisonic as it creates a lovely lather and leaves my skin looking clear and healthy.

After cleansing, I usually apply a REN mask, of which I have two. The Invisible Pores Detox mask (full review here) is one I reach for when my skin is breaking out, the clay brings everything to the skin whilst also removing dead skin cells and helping to control oil. I find that this mask usually helps to clear blemishes pretty quickly, and prevents more breakouts. It’s a great mask and I use it once a week and notice a big difference in my skin.

When my blemishes are starting to clear, but the red marks and scarring are still there, I reach for my all time favourite mask – the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (full review here), this contains fruit acids to give a gentle exfoliation, it helps blemishes, blemish scarring and clogged pores. I find this helps my skin so much. It gives a slight tingling sensation (which I always think means it’s working) and my skin looks healthier and more radiant after use. Over time, this does help my blemishes but of course it takes a while to help the scarring – hopefully it won’t be long until this really helps!
The Caudalie Beauty Elixir (full review here) is something that everyone is raving about. It’s a serum and toner in one and helps to soothe and calm skin. It’s great for helping clear skin and it gives so much to the skin, it’s really one of those miracle products. I spray this over my face day and night to help clear blemishes and take away redness.

After this, I apply my favourite serum – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. This is such a glorious product and my skin looks so much clearer upon waking up, after applying this at night. I use this to feed my skin and also help to keep blemishes at bay. I’m also hoping over time it will help to clear scarring on my cheeks and chin. I can’t recommend this product enough, my skin seems to love it.

Finally, for spot treatments I have two absolute favourites. Firstly, Aesop Anti Blemish Masque is a lovely product to soothe blemishes and calm redness. I usually dot this on blemishes overnight and they are significantly reduced in the morning, as well as a lot less noticeable as the redness is gone.
It’s a rather expensive little product but one I know works and I would highly recommend.

My all time favourite spot treatment is Malin+Goetz Acne Treatment (full review here), a sulphur based product which draws out impurities and clears up blemishes overnight. I absolutely adore this product and out of all the products I’ve tried to help my skin, this is the one I see the most results from. I’m on my second bottle, and I’ve been using it for well over a year now. It’s incredible. I apply it on my blemishes one by one at night and leave it to do its magic. By morning, the spots are barely noticeable. It works wonders on whiteheads but also helps the painful under the skin blemishes too.

I absolutely recommend this spot treatment, I’ve tried many in my time but nothing beats this.
What are your favourite blemish fighting treatments?

Video: Favourite ‘Summer Ready’ Products.

posted on: 27 May, 2012

This weeks Sunday post is coming at you in video form, I’ve been all about the videos recently!
I’ve put together the products that I’ve been using to get me in check for summer, now it’s bare legs season.
Click to open in YouTube for the full description and I would love it if you subscribed to my channel.

Happy Sunday xo.