Saturday, 28 May 2016

Product Empties #1

I've made a mental note on numerous occasions to sit down and write a post about the empty bottles that have been accumulating in the corner of my room since 2014, yet somehow over a year on, I still haven't quite got round to pressing publish. Until now. I'm the sort of person who has to thoroughly test a product over a long period of time to ensure that it doesn't negatively affect my skin and also just to assure myself (and the readers of my blog) that I have full knowledge and experience of the product before I publish a post about it. Therefore, I figured that writing about products that I've trialled until the very end would mean that I have had both the time and experience to form a rounded and honest opinion towards them. So yeah, without any further ado (sorry to bore you as per!), let's get on with the reviews. I've wittled them down to a few of my faves to keep it short and sweet (though, let's face it, I don't do short and sweet when it comes to blogging!)

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99


I reckon just the sheer fact that I've repurchased this more times than both my fingers and toes combined could count pretty much speaks for itself. Lets's be real, this product is basically any beauty-lover's staple, and quite honestly, it's a miracle worker. Ever since trialing this several years back, I've been a micellar water convert and there's no going back. Micellar waters seemed somewhat revolutionary when they stormed the blogging scene back in 2014 (crazy how time flies!), and it still amazes me how such a gentle product can remove even the most waterproof of mascara. If you're new to the whole concept of micellar water and are a bit baffled as to what on earth I'm on about, it is essentially a water based remover which gently dissolves makeup and removes any remaining impurities from the skin to leave it feeling cleansed and refreshed. The product itself is incredibly easy to use; simply take a cotton pad (or two) and soak it with micellar water before sweeping the pad across your face to remove all traces of makeup. Contrary to what some may think, micellar water is not in any way corrosive and has been dermatologically tested to ensure safe usage. I've tried several micellar waters in my time, but I've got to say that Garnier's version has worked wonders for my skin. So, will I be buying this again? I already have!

Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Body Spray, £4.00 for 100ml


Anyone who knows me (and even those who don't) can rest assured that I'm a self-confessed Soap & Glory fanatic. Seriously, is there anything better than pearlescent pink packaging and opulent scents? I think not. For me, Soap & Glory epitomises my skin and body care needs, and bundles them up neatly in an opalescent bottle. But anywayyy, to avoid going off topic here (though that does seem to be my talent in life), I should probably get back to focusing on the product in hand instead of rambling on. To put it as bluntly as possible, this is hands-down one of my favourite scents to date. I'm not one for describing scents, but the warm vanilla undertones to this floral fragrance is absolute bliss. For such a subtle scent that does overpower the senses, this has surprisingly lengthy lasting power, What I love about this particular product is its handbag-friendly size - it's blissfully easy to just drop this into your bag before heading out for an instant uplift whilst you're on the go. Plus, it's airplane friendly too, so great for travel. So, will I be repurchasing this product again? You've guessed it - I already have!

L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Mist, £9.99
 

I'm a massive fan of the L'Oreal Elvive range, and have been an avid user of their Extraordinary Oil for quite some time, and so was rather curious to give their Extraordinary Oil Mist a quick test-run to see if it was up to scratch. Spoiler alert: it is. Although I do adore the oil alternative to this, I do find that it can occasionally feel somewhat heavy on my hair, and it can be a struggle to work it into dry hair. However, with this mist, those dilemmas are virtually eradicated. A couple of spritzes of this wonder-worker leaves your hair feeling sumptuously smooth while remaining effortlessly weightless. Additionally, a spritz here and there allows your locks to obtain a lightweight luminescence without appearing the slightest bit greasy. I'd say this is a win-win all round. Something tells me Boots have discontinued this product as I haven't been able to find it in store for months, but I'm pretty sure you can pick it up on Amazon if you want to give it a whirl! In terms of repurchasing, I would be happy to chuck this in my basket once again!

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, £4.99




Any old-school follower of mine is likely to remember the days where all I ever did was rave about this product. Wow, throwback. But seriously, it was genuinely featured in almost every post I ever published. Admittedly, this product hasn't featured in my skincare routine for quite some time now, though reminiscing on it now (perhaps through rose-tinted spectacles), I'm not 100% sure why that is. I suppose I've become a little lazy on the makeup front and haven't been priming my skin quite as I should be doing. Anyway, back in the day, this primer was an absolute staple in my daily routine. And as far as I can remember, it did a pretty good job in prepping my skin for makeup application, as well as maintaining hydration throughout the day. The only slight downfall of this product is its lack of SPF. I don't know about you, but SPF content is an absolute must-have for me when it comes to moisturisers, and the lack of its presence in this primer does somewhat limit the likelihood of me repurchasing it. Despite this, I definitely do need to get my primer game back on, so if there's any you'd recommend, feel free to leave them in the comments below! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment, £14.95 



Haircare is an aspect of beauty that I often neglect when it comes to blogging, but when it comes to hair products as good as this, it's hard to resist shouting from the rooftops. Although I've never bleached my hair, the lengths and ends of it can often wind up appearing limp and lifeless as a result of daily straightening and overwashing. However, just a splodge of this deep conditioner and all of those problems float away, leaving your hair revived and regenerated. Though this is described as a 'daily treatment', I tend to use it more on a weekly basis as a deep-conditioning treatment which really allows the product time to get to work detangling and de-frizzing my mane. I must have bought this a while back now as the packaging has changed somewhat to the one shown in this picture, but the contents are identical and I will undoubtedly be stocking up on this to keep my hair looking luminous throughout the summer.

So there we have it! Not exactly short and sweet, but it was close enough. Hope you enjoyed today's post - I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things so bear with me, but hopefully everything will be up and running swimmingly in the not-too-distant future!

Thanks again,
Lucy x 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A New Foundation Favourite? // Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Oh hey there! Long time no see and all that jazz. I won't bore you with another post of me wittering on about how much I missed blogging during my (almost year-long...oops!) hiatus, and I also won't overload you with empty promises of posting on a weekly basis, as it could take some time for me to readjust to the blogging life.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanille Clair (please excuse my current photo setup - hopefully I'll get things looking more presentable again soon!)

But anyway, what did I say about not wittering on?! I guess I should just cut to the chase and get on with what you actually came here for - my review of the much-loved Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. Now, I realise that I'm a little (aka extremely) late to be jumping on this bandwagon, but I'm so glad that I gave into the hype and decided to give it a whirl. I've been loyal to Rimmel foundations for as long as I can remember, but in the last month or so the winter weather began to take its toll on my skin to the point where I could no longer wear foundation without it clinging to any dry patches in unsightly orange clumps. But this is where the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum swooped in and saved the day (and my complexion). 

For anyone who hasn't already read countless reviews of this product, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is retailed as a radiance-boosting gel-based foundation which provides the skin with a light coverage semi-matte finish. It's essentially a healthy glow in a bottle, which is enough to make any beauty lover weak at the knees. Generally speaking, I tend to opt for foundations that provide a slightly denser coverage as I suffer slightly from pigmentation and redness, especially on my cheeks, so choosing a less concealing product meant I was branching out of my comfort zone a little. However, I must say that I'm pleasantly surprised by the coverage that such a lightweight product provides. Of course, it isn't completely forgiving of every imperfection on the skin, but let's face it, is anything?! I find that just a few pumps of this works a complete miracle in evening out my complexion to give the appearance of smooth and toned skin. Because of the semi-matte finish of this foundation, it also works wonders in reviving the skin and banishing any indication of dullness or fatigue. I have quite dry skin, especially around this time of the year, yet this foundation doesn't cling to any parched patches of skin. I reckon it probably has something to do with the gel formulation of the product, something which I was admittedly a little sceptical about upon purchase. As foundations go, I would say that this one is pretty moisturising - it supposedly lasts for 16 hours, which is an impressively long period of time (if it's actually true!), and I almost feel like you could get away with skipping the pre-application moisturising sesh, which is normally a pretty good indication of the hydrating quality of a product.

So there we go! I'm still pretty new to this product, but I'm bowled over by my first impressions of it, and hopefully it will continue to amaze me! Thank you for reading this post, I'm still easing back into this whole blogging malarkey so sorry that it's not top notch (though I don't think anyone even reads this blog anymore phahaha) Hopefully see you soon with another post!

Lucy x 

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Just a Quick Update (and an apology)

Wow, long time no speak. Somehow almost two months have flown past without me having pressed publish on a post and I'll admit that I feel pretty miserable about it. I absolutely adore blogging, and for someone with very few other hobbies, I feel as though it's such a wonderful outlet with infinite opportunities  and has really given me something to focus my energy on. Two months ago, I published a post expressing my desire to post more frequently during my time off over the summer, yet somehow we're moving steadily on into September and my blog has been left completely untouched. Truth is, I've continued to suffer with bloggers block (pretty sure I'm cursed with it!!) and my motivation has proceeded to dwindle as a result of this. 
Now it's September already and I'm back to school in less than a week so will be left with even smaller time slots to try and fit in blogging, but I'm hoping that I can try and pick up the pace a little and get back to publishing posts on a weekly basis. 
Once again, I apologise greatly for my absence these last few months. I truly have missed blogging and am really eager to get back to posting in the (hopefully) very near future! Until then, I hope you're all well and, with some luck (and lots of motivation), I will speak to you in my next post!

Lucy x 

Monday, 13 July 2015

My Five Product Face

A tag that seems to have been orbiting the blogosphere recently is the 'Five Product Face Tag'. I often find myself in a bit of a rush in the mornings and so thought I would try to whittle my face down to just five products (which, I admit, does sound rather tricky!) in order to create a minimalistic look (and allow an extra five minutes for breakfast because priorities and all that!) So without further unnecessary ramble, let's get cracking! 


My first product of choice is undoubtedly the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream (£20) Although this is a BB cream, the coverage is phenomenal and the product blends seamlessly into the skin. It is also incredibly hydrating, essentially acting as a moisturiser, and provides an astonishing SPF30 to protect your skin over the course of the day. One thing I must point out is that this is definitely more of a summer product to me as the shades run a little darker than average, and the fairest shade which is creatively called Shade 01, is definitely slightly on the orangey side and so, for me, looks a lot more natural with a bit of a tan! Despite this little mishap, I do find that this instantly awakens my skin and induces a ravishing radiance to give you the perfect 'my-skin-but-better' effect! 


To keep in theme with the dewy skin (and so as not to needlessly waste the mere four slots I have remaining), I'll be skipping the powder on this occasion and opting for a blusher instead. I'm a huge fan of cream blush as of late, and have been absolutely adoring the Topshop Cream Blush in 'Head Over Heels' (£7) I find that this blends effortlessly to produce a gorgeously subtle pigmentation to the skin which immediately awakens my complexion.


For my eyeshadow, I'm taking my trusty Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics (£23) palette and sweep the shade 'Frisk' across my lid before defining my crease with the shade 'Primal'. I would then take a much finer brush, such as the Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush, and use the shade 'Undone' close to my upper lash line to give the illusion of fuller and more voluminous lashes. 


Then, to enhance my eyelashes, I'm predictably turning to the one and only Benefit Roller Lash (£19.50) The curved shape of the mascara wand hooks onto each individual lash and teases them into a fixed curl which stays put all day. Since trying this mascara out, no other quite compares when it comes to lifting and lengthening my lashes. 


Finally, for my lips I'm using the Wet n Wild Matte Lipstick in 'Bare It All' (around £4.50). The shade of this lipstick is actually very much comparable to Mac's Velvet Teddy, and I find that it is such an easy shade to wear on an everyday basis. Despite its matte finish, it is not at all drying on the lips and has a lasting time of around 4 hours before reapplication is required. 

So there we have it- my five product face! I hope that you enjoyed this post! Which products would your five product face consist of?

Lucy x 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow | Review



Charlotte Tilbury's Bronze & Glow is a firm favourite amongst 99% of the blogging community, but its luxurious (and ridiculously hefty) pricetag of almost £50 can be a bit of a stretch for most. So, when I was casually browsing Amazon and stumbled across the W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow which was priced at just £4.89 and with both packaging and product mimicking the iconic CT original, I was quick to brand this the perfect dupe. That being said, I don't actually own the CT palette, and so can't say for definite whether the W7 product is comparable to the original, however I am assured that from an initial perspective they are very similar. 

I must be honest and say that I'm really not the biggest fan of W7's choice of packaging when it comes to this product. Whilst the CT comes encased in an elegant rose gold tin which channels inspiration from 1920s cigarette packets, the W7 version is sheathed in plastic, immediately giving the product a much cheaper aura. 

However, packaging aside, W7 may be  on to a bit of a winner when it comes to the powders themselves. Whilst I'm not really one for orange-toned or shimmery highlighters, especially for contouring, this powder is surprisingly pigmented for the price, and the finely milled shimmer would compliment tanned skin perfectly. However, it doesn't do my pale complexion many favours at all, so I think I'll be sticking to matter and cooler-toned bronzers in the future. 

The highlight, on the other hand, is a pearlescent champagne-pink which gives a dazzling luminescence when swept along the cheekbone. It isn't as finely milled as the contour side of the palette, so a little goes an awful long way and a light hand is most definitely needed to ensure that you don't appear to have bathed your cheeks in glitter! 

To conclude (wow, this feels waaaaay too much like a formal essay), I would say that this palette is a brilliant budget buy and a great alternative to the pricier version of the product. However, after having watched numerous YouTube videos in which people have applied CT's Bronze & Glow, I have noticed a considerable difference in the way that the two products perform, and would probably not go as far as claiming this as the perfect dupe. That being said, I do still think that it is a decent product when taking into consideration its much more budget-friendly pricetag. Whether I'll be buying it again is an entirely different matter, but I have been impressed with the longevity of subtleness of the highlight side on the occasions where I have applied it. 

Thank you for reading this post! Have you tried the W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow? 

Lucy x 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Take II: Hola


Back in mid-June I pressed publish on a reintroductory 'welcome back'-style post with the intention of starting to blog again after two months of tedious exams. Yet, fast forward almost a month and I still haven't managed to get another post published. Truth is, in recent weeks I haven't been overly inspired, and have subsequently self-diagnosed myself with yet another case of blogger's block. I'm trying my best to get my mojo back as I can wholeheartedly say that I really miss blogging and am yearning to get my mojo back asap. I have several exciting posts planned for the summer which I am desperate to share, and am hoping to get them published in the next few weeks so make sure to stay tuned for those! Thank you for reading- I really appreciate it! Speak next time,

Lucy x 

Photo source: Google Images

Saturday, 13 June 2015

¡Hola!


Well hello there! Talk about long time no see (or write...but never mind that!) My exams have finally come to a much anticipated conclusion *jumps up and down in ecstasy*, and i can now get back to doing what I love most: blogging. I've got a painstaking few months ahead awaiting my results, but this does me that I now have a lot of time on my hands, and so I'll be sure to post whenever I can!
I'm off on holiday on Monday and am looking forward to a week of relaxation and respite but will be raring to post as soon as I'm back!
I hope you're all well- I can't wait to start sharing more posts in the next few months! 

Lucy x 

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