Sunday, 14 September 2014

LE ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO


Six months ago, my skin was nothing short of a hormonal horror story, with aggravated acne, painful under-the-skin spots and bumpy blemishes. I suspect this was due to a combination of third-year stress, a house move and contraceptives pills. Feeling spotty and miserable, I soon found myself looking at Le Roche-Posay, I'd never tried the brand before but I'd heard wonderful things about the Effaclar Duo + 

Three months after I began using this, my skin was practically back to its old self again. The product boasts corrective, unclogging, anti-imperfection and anti-mark properties, all of which I found to be quite true. The formula has a gel-like consistency that sinks into the skin with ease, although it does
have a slightly tacky feel to it. (I tend to apply this at night pre-snooze, so this isn't really a problem for me)

Even after the first application I noticed my skin felt calmer and soothed. Although it took a few months, this product really helped to smooth out the bumpy surface of my skin, reduce redness and clear up my acne. On the whole, my complexion is looking a whole lot' better nowadays, but whenever I feel a breakout coming on, I whack this out and slather it on to stop spots in their tracks. 

I've recently finished my first duo and snapped up another in Paris (stay tuned for a City Pharma haul). This is definitely a game changer for me and I think everybody should own a tube! 

Have you tried the Effaclar Duo? What's your favourite LRP product?

E x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

HIP HOP


There's been a whole lotta' lacquer love up in here lately and I'm all about this perfect polish from Rimmel. The Kate Moss Salon Pro in Hip Hop is an orangey-pink toned red and makes for glorious sunshine nails and toes! The wide-angled brush makes it a breeze to apply and one coat gives an opaque and glossy finish plus the formula is surprisingly chip-resistent (just make sure you use a top coat) Oh and did I mention it's under a fiver? Bargainlicious. x

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

THE BUDGET EYE PALETTE: MUA UNDRESS ME TOO


I often find myself coveting the Urban Decay Naked palettes for their dreamy pigments, stunning glitters and beautiful shades, but sadly, I'm currently not the richest of ladies (sob), so I set my sights on a bargain replica. Cue MUA's Undress Me Too palette, I snapped this shadow set up for just £4 at Superdrug. It's a cheap, do-it-all neutral eye palette, packed with a selection of matte and shimmer shadows. I'm really enjoying it so far, the shadows are well pigmented, pick up well and the day to night shades are lovely - think everyday mattes, nudes, taupes, glittery golds, bronze, browns and charcoal. As for the lasting power, it's nothing amazing, but seeing as it's under a fiver I'm not about to complain. You do have to be a little careful with fall out too, but as long as you're not too heavy on the application it doesn't tend to happen too much. 

Have you tried this palette? What's your favourite MUA product? x

Sunday, 20 April 2014

ORIGINS MAKE A DIFFERENCE REJUVENATING HAND TREATMENT


Say hello to my new favourite hand cream. This little offering comes courtesy of Origins and is part of their Make a Difference + range.

Packed with natural ingredients and plant-extracts, this stuff smells delicious and works a treat on tired and dry worked hands. It melts into the skin in double-time and feels super nourishing. The consistency is thick without being too sticky or greasy, so there's no sliding around the keyboard post-application. A quick rub leaves my palms and digits silky soft and smooth. If you're already a fan of the Make a Difference + range, I highly recommend you give this a go, the scent is so fresh and natural and it does a lovely job. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

BUDGET BEAUTY

Sometimes, it's all about the little things and a bit of beauty indulgence never goes amiss!

I recently picked up these golden-packaged products in an effort to cheer myself up (and for under a tenner no less) I'm currently in the depths of completing my final project at university, cue lots of stress, terrible skin and misery. And so, I decided to snap up some treats, here's what I picked up:

First up is a bottle of the L'Oreal Color Riche in Opera Ballerina. I'd been lusting over the Chanel Ballerina shade for the longest time, and I thought this looked suitably similar, and for £4.99 I couldn't well say no could I? It makes for a perfect pink, neutral nude and it's so easy to apply and wear. The formula has proven to be fairy long-lasting and chip-proof to boot (YAY!). Plus I love the gold, miniature packaging.

To the right is the H&M Mini Kabuki Brush, which was around £2.99. It's an ideal size for travelling or to pop in your bag for touch-ups on the go, it's relatively tiny but the bristles are super soft and it works surprisingly well with powders for the price. An added bonus is the sleek design, which looks super pretty on display with my makeup.

If you've got any beauty budget suggestions, throw them my way! I suspect I'll be in need of another treat before this project is over x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

NAILS: ESSIE COCKTAIL BLING


Essie's Cocktail Bling is a chic, easy-to-wear, lilac grey lacquer that I've been lusting after for ages. I finally got around to snapping up a bottle and it hasn't left my talons since. The quality is tip-top as expected, and two coats make for an opaque nail. As with all Essie polishes, the fool-proof formula is chip-resistent and delivers a gorgeous glossy finish. I think this shade will look lovely for all-seasons, but I can't wait to sample it with sun-kissed skin in the summertime.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

LUSH LOVES

Confession: I only discovered my love for the glory of Lush a few months ago. The strong scent had always turned me away for years, out of fear of catching a head ache. Strong smells aside, when I finally stepped inside on a cold December day and got chatting to the lovely ladies inside, I fully embraced the glittery, fragrant world around me. I filled my basket with sparkled, bright soapy treats for some much-needed bubble baths at home over Christmas (FYI: my student house's bath is grey, stained and less than suitable for such an event).

After a multitude of magical baths, I returned to peruse the super-natural skincare offerings everybody goggles about. I made two practical purchases, which I've since re-snapped up for Spring.

The Tea Tree Water is my toner of the moment, at £3.95 for 100g it's seriously purse-friendly and contains just six ingredients. I love the spray pump action as it makes toning an easy, speedy step, plus you can keep spritzing throughout the day if need be. The anti-bacterial properties in the tea tree help to keep blemishes at bay and it feels really clean and refreshing on the skin. As with all Lush products, this product is best used fresh - it lasts around 3 months after its make date. Because of this, I tend to opt for the smaller bottle as I don't think I could use the larger 250g before its best-before date, but that all comes down to preference.

I also re-purchased the Popcorn Lip Scrub to exfoliate my pout and fight the flakes. It's an edible, salted caramel scrub I use as a pre-balm buff. It smells so buttery and delicious and really does the job well. You simply dab a little on your finger and rub along your lips, you can even lick off the excess. It's £5.50 for a little pot but it's worth noting that a little does go a long way with this.

While I was in store, I also picked up a Trial-Sized Charity Pot for a £1. It's a rich, all-round body lotion that doubles up as a good deed - all proceeds go to the grassroots charities Lush work with.