Archive for the Face Category

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

Lush has so many lovely products but this Popcorn Lip Scrub is one of my favourites. It is made from sugar and salt, and flavoured with popping candy which smells and tastes delicious. The scrub also contains coconut and jojoba oil for moisture.

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It is brilliant at smoothing lips before applying a lip balm and I always use it before putting on lipstick as it makes sure that the colour looks even.  At £5.50 for a 25g tub, I think it is great value. I have been using mine a few times a week since November and have barely made a dent!

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Queen Cleanser & Toner

Every Queen product I have ever tried has been brilliant. My most recent discoveries are the Medicated Cleansing Lotion and Skin Freshener. Queen CosmeticsQueen CosmeticsQueen Cosmetics specialise in products for sensitive skin so like the rest of the range, both products are extremely gentle on your skin. The cleanser is thick and nourishing and can remove even stubborn waterproof mascara. The skin freshener is perfect for removing any last traces of make up which might be left after cleansing.

Sometimes I get allergic reactions to products I try (like the Radical Exfoliating Pads I tried out recently). These Queen products are the only things I can use on my skin in the few days following an allergic reaction and I can always rely on Queen to get my skin back to normal.

The cleanser and toner cost £16.25 for 250ml and they are definitely worth the money. Even though I know I will keep trying other cleansers and toners in my search for the best skin care products, I will always make sure I keep a bottle of each of these in the cupboard!

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Radical Skincare Exfoliating Pads

I am usually a bit rubbish at remembering to exfoliate. I always have a face scrub/exfoliator in the house but rarely seem to get around to using it! Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads are single use pads so they are really easy to use. You don’t need to spend ages rinsing your face after applying as they don’t have the little particles you get with most exfoliators. This is the first time ever that I have actually stuck to using an exfoliator!Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsOn first glance, the pads seem really gentle – they are soft with none of the face scrub particles you usually get. The pads leave a bit of a residue but that sinks in pretty quickly and seems quite moisturising. It is recommended that you use one pad every night after cleansing. The first few times I used them, my face felt lovely and smooth in the morning and I definitely noticed that the pores on my cheeks looked smaller. However, after using the pads for around 5 days, they started to sting when I applied them. I kept going for a couple of days as it wasn’t painful and I thought that maybe it was just the pads doing their job properly. But the stinging got worse and I noticed that I was getting red patches and itchiness. I decided to stop and the itchiness took a few days to go away. I have started using the pads just once a week instead which seems to work much better for me. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin so I am not sure why I have this reaction to the pads. I do like them now that I am not using them as regularly but I am not sure if I would buy them again as every time I use them I am a little worried that the stinging and itchiness might come back. The pads cost £45 for a pack of 60 and you can buy them online or in one of the stores.

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Front Cover Mini Lipstick

Front Cover Mini Lipsticks are the perfect size for me as I have never finished a whole tube of lipstick. I’m not good at remembering to apply it throughout the day and only put it on a couple of mornings a week. Seeing as the tube was pretty small and the price is low (just £4), I thought I would try a colour I would never usually go for if I was buying a full sized tube. Front Cover Mini LipstickFront Cover Mini Lipstick Strawberry Glaze is a really bright pink which I do like but am not convinced it really suits me! I’ve been wearing it on top of lip balm to tone down the colour a bit! I’ve noticed that because there is no shimmer to the lipstick, it shows up any flaws like dry skin on my lips. I’m glad I’ve tried the colour and think the range is a great way to try out new colours without committing to a full sized tube.

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Lovea Yellow Clay Mask

Last year I bought the Lovea Pink Clay mask from MyPure which was fantastic. My skin has been feeling a bit dry recently so I decided to give the yellow clay mask a go instead as it’s suitable for dry skin. Lovea Pink Clay Mask Lovea Pink Clay MaskI had really high hopes for it, so was very disappointed when the first time I used it I came out in an allergic reaction! I had to throw the whole tube in the bin! I’ve had allergic reactions to a few products over the last couple of years but can’t figure out what is causing them. I will definitely be sticking with the pink clay from now on!

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HD Brows Palette

The HD Brows palette has been around for a while now and I’d heard great things about it so thought it would be worth trying. I’ve got very blonde eyebrows that you basically can’t see unless I use something on them. I rarely do that as most eyebrow products are too dark and just look wrong on my eyebrows! I really like this palette as the two brown shades seem to acutally suit my colouring and don’t make it look as though I’ve drawn my eyebrows on. HD Brow Palette HD Brow Palette HD Brow Palette HD Brow PaletteThe lightest shade is only slightly darker than my natural eyebrow colour so I use that the most often to give some definition, with the white shade which is the perfect highlighter to make my eyebrows pop a little. I do occasionally use the darker brown on my eyebrows but I tend to use it more as an eyeshadow. Personally, I am really bad at doing the whole smokey eye thing but I can see the black being good for that. The palette is available in three shades: ‘Bombshell’ for fair hair and skin (I have this one), ‘Vamp’ for medium hair and skin and ‘Foxy’ for dark hair and skin. It costs £19.96 and is available online.

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Yes to Cucumber Cleanser

I’ve tried a few Yes to Cucumber products before and they have always been pretty good and reasonably priced. I got this cleanser from MyPure (they have updated the website recently and it’s so much better now!) for £8.99. It doesn’t actually say on the website but it’s a gel cleanser which I don’t normally buy. I don’t think I would have gone for it if I had known! Yes to Cucumber CleanserYes to Cucumber Cleanser I don’t really know what to say about the cleanser, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either. It feels soothing on my skin when I’m using it but afterwards my skin doesn’t feel any different to usual. I don’t think I will buy this cleanser again but am glad I tried it.

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Gamila Secret Beauty Bars

Gamila Secret Beauty Bars are a range of 100% natural soaps made in Galilee, Israel. They are made from cold pressed olive oil and a selection of herbs by Gamila, who was taught to read nature with her hands and senses by her blind father. There are a range of 10 different soaps which are suitable for different skin types.Gamila Secret Beauty Bar Gamila Secret Beauty Bar Gamila Secret Beauty Bar Gamila Secret Beauty BarGamila Secret Beauty BarI have the Soothing Geranium version which is for combination skin. The second I opened the box I fell in love with the bar – the smell is just gorgeous! Having the bar open in my shower makes the whole room smell lovely! The soap itself is also really good – I’ve used it on my face as a cleanser, as a body wash and as a shaving cream. At £21 per bar I don’t think it’s the sort of soap I would buy often, but I think it would make a great gift for someone or a nice treat for yourself! You can buy the bars from selected House of Fraser stores on their website.

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L’Occitane Brightening Cleansing Foam

L’Occitane Brightening Cleansing Foam is the latest cleanser I’ve tried. I had it free at Christmas time when I ordered a load of presents from L’Occitane but it would usually cost £18.50 for 150ml.L'Occitane Brightening Cleansing FoamI was told once when I had a facial that I shouldn’t use foaming cleansers as they can make skin feel dry and tight if you already have dry skin. I’ve noticed with other foaming cleansers that my skin does feel tight after using them but I haven’t had that with this one. It smells nice and fresh and really feels as though it cleans my skin thoroughly. The bottle says that the cleansing foam is suitable for all skin types and for every day use.

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Holiday Essentials

Holiday essentialsSun cream – This year I’m trying the Piz Buin sun cream which can be applied to wet skin so will be good for using after a swim.  I’ve also got the Oriflame Sun Zone Lotion for Face and Body which I plan to use on my face as it’s not quite as oily as the Piz Buin!

Insect repellent – I usually get horribly bitten on holiday (unless I am with my blonde sister – all the bugs love her!) so always smother myself with insect repellent.  I used Ultrathon last year when I was in Kos and barely got any bites so have decided to use the same brand this year.  I hope it works as well!

Deodorant – Everyone needs a good deodorant, especially when it’s hot and sunny.  I am taking the Sure Maximum Protection with me which is twice as strong as most deodorants and doesn’t smell too strong.

UV protection for hair – My hair does not like hot weather!  The sun dries it out completely and makes it even more frizzy than usual.  I am really excited to use the Tints of Nature’s Seal and Shine Leave-In Conditioner which smells amazing and as well as being a conditioner also has UV and chlorine protection.

Foot file – To keep my feet looking smooth I am taking an S-Ped foot file.  It’s a much better shape than other foot files so is easier to use.

Nail varnish – As you know I am addicted to nail polish.  I tend to use a pale colour on holiday so that it’s not too obvious when it chips.  This year I’m taking Models Own Indian Ocean which I got from Littlewoods.  It’s a gorgeous colour and perfect for summer!

Shower gel – I love the new range of Radox shower gels!  Coconut Kiss is my favourite scent but Berry Burst and Cherry Blast are lovely too.

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