Love: Bee Good

Love: Bee Good

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As a massive lover of Bees, I thought I would give the Bee Good range a go! Their products are the only British premium skincare brand to exclusively use British beeswax, Honey, and propolis, and so with my very sensitive skin at the moment, I was very excited to see how they would work.

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I am a big big fan of cream cleansers and this one is wonderful! At £11.50 you get exactly what you pay for- a gentle cleanser that smells delicious removing makeup and impurities leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. The cleanser contains British wild flower honey, nourishing British crambe oil, and British Propolis. The Propolis has healing and antimicrobial meaning that it is perfect for problematic skin as it stops bacteria from spreading. Rich in vitamins B, C, and E it also makes it a natural skin healer. The cleanser comes with a muslin cloth which you rinse with warm water to remove the cleanser from your skin. I would highly recommend this cleanser!

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In addition to the cleanser, I also decided to pick up the cleansing water (£10). After cleansing, I use the water to refresh my skin and get rid of any remaining makeup. It is gentle enough  to use around the eyes, and if kept in the fridge, is really refreshing and hydrating. I currently have some bad eczema around my eyes and this has helped to calm it down.

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The last thing I picked up was the intensive hand repair. The thick formula instantly relieves dry, chapped hands and leaves them feeling soft and smooth. I have also been using this as a foot cream and on dry eczema. It has a gorgeous fragrance that isn’t too overpowering and has a great pump making it easy to use. It contains beeswax, shea, and cocoa butter to combat dryness and is £12. It is well worth the little extra expense and like all of their products supports British Bees.

I would highly recommend trying out the bee good range and supporting British Bees!

https://beegood.co.uk

Love,
Lou x

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Review: Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation

Review: Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation

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Can a foundation really be magic? The hype around Charlotte Tilbury’s foundation has been overwhelming! Every blogger, vlogger, and YouTuber seemed to get it and LOVE it expressing it all over their platforms making everyone who saw it want it! But what is it that makes it so magic? And is it really worth the hype? Not owning any other products from her range I wanted to start with base products and branch out from there.

I decided to purchase the Magic Foundation in 3 fair after using the foundation finder on the website. That really is amazing and makes an online purchase so much easier! I managed to get a shade that matches my skin perfectly, as well as The Retoucher to match.

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First off the packaging of course. That really is magic and sends you into makeup heaven. The bottle is clever in the way you can remove the top and uncover a pump, or you can screw off the lid and tip it out onto the back of your hand for a larger amount.

I tend to use the pump when using it. It pumps out quite a lot and is quite thick but this quickly and easily blends out when you apply it on your skin. The coverage is great leaving you with fresh, radiant, dewy skin that isn’t too glowy.

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It definitely lasts all day which is a massive bonus. I have danced in it and it stays put and feels comfortable. I would also say that it does give you perfect looking skin. But, a couple of claims that I wouldn’t agree with is that you can definitely feel it on the skin when you apply it and have to wait a while before that feeling of it goes away. If not applied with a moisturiser or primer before hand I don’t feel like it blends out as well or looks right? Maybe that’s why it goes with the range of the magic creams. Despite this, I have been really enjoying wearing the foundation and applying it in the morning. If anything, it reminds me to do a cleanse, tone, and moisturise before applying my makeup. It 100% covers up redness and blemishes and gives you that perfect skin feeling. So maybe it is magic after all! It is the perfect foundation to get rid of that dull winter skin and get you feeling great for spring and summer.

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The retoucher is also amazing. It is referred to as a conceal and treat stick that really does banish blemishes and uneven skin tone. It is highly pigmented with colour correction and works well with the foundation for an all over perfect finish. When applying the product I swipe it onto the skin using the pen and blend it with a brush. It very easily blends in and creates a natural yet flawless finish. I also enjoy using the concealer by itself for days where I want my makeup to be lighter and more natural.

So the ultimate answer to whether a foundation can be magic is yes. It covers all the bases that you want a foundation to do and works perfectly for day to day uses as well as special occasions. All I can say is that now I have tried some of Charlotte Tilbury’s products I want to try more!

Love,
Lou x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling Fresh Faced with Amie

Feeling Fresh Faced with Amie

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Finding skincare that is affordable, in price range, and actually works on your skin can be somewhat of a challenge. I picked up a cleanser from Amie back when I was at University and couldn’t afford to re-stock on Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish and wanted something creamy to remove make-up. I have been buying the Morning Clear Purifying face wash ever since because it works very similarly to cleanse and polish as well as being organic and natural for a fraction of the price. Moreover, if you happen to run out of your favourite cleanser and can’t get ahold of it very easily then Amie can be found in your local Waitrose or online. The price range is great for all of the products in the range and there are great kits if you are new to the world of skincare or are on a budget.
I have recently tried out another 3 of the products in the range and thought I would review them on here for you.

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Amie Moring Clear Purifying Facial Wash -£4.95

I use this cleanser morning and evening to remove make-up and to freshen up my skin. It leaves my skin feeling moisturised and clean and is really gentle. The super-effective natural solution helps to control and re-balance your skin with the use of Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, and Malva Syvestris extract. These active ingredients are beneficial to the skin and contain high levels of fatty acids helping to moisturise. They also soothe and soften and help control breakouts, oiliness, and dryness. At £4.95 for 150ml, it’s not going to break the bank and is going to last you a really long time.

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Amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash– £4.95

It is vital to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and help new ones to grow. I wouldn’t use this one on a daily basis like the name suggests as I use the morning wash, however, when it comes to exfoliating on those couple of days it really gets to work. The face wash Contains green apple, lemon extract, blueberry seed, and vitamin E which all smell incredible! Again, the wash is 150ml so will last you a good amount of time.

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Amie Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturiser– £4.95

After cleansing, I think it is equally as important to moisturise. This one from Amie is light weight and absorbs into the skin well. It does what it says- controls oiliness and shine, hydrates, and softens. What more could you ask for when it only costs £4.95! This moisturiser can be used morning and evening and also works really well as a primer for makeup. Lemon fruit extract is used as a natural and effective antiseptic so if you are prone to spots and breakouts this will stop them from spreading and act as a soothing treatment. Orange blossom is also used to clarify the skin and helps to remove excess sebum and oils. The vitamin E protects against sun damage and pollution. I’ve been loving this product and think it will become an essential in the summer months.

 

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Amie spring clean deep cleansing mask -£5.95

Perfect for detoxifying, purifying pores and combating blemishes this face mask is the perfect pick me up when your skin is being troublesome. Using peppermint, white clay and lime butter, it draws out any dirt and impurities while soaking up excess oil. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed and would work amazingly on teenage skin.

 

What amazes me about all these products is that they all work really well and are so affordable! They contain natural and organic active ingredients so will work together with your skin to leave it feeling refreshed and brand new. If you are looking for new items to try out as part of your skincare regime then I would definitely recommend picking them up and giving them ago. At this very moment in time, I know that the range is buy one get one free in Waitrose and you can also add some of them to your ‘Pick your own offers’ to get 20% off every time you buy them.

Please let me know if you give them ago and how they might compare to the skincare you are currently using!

Love,
Lou x

 

 

 

 

My Little Home Box

My Little Home Box

IMG_0817For the month of February My Little Box is all about your home. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to find when opening it up and was still unsure when I had opened it.

Although this month’s box did have lots to offer, for me, it was just a bit ‘meh’.
When opening it up this month’s quote was framed in a very pretty blue frame, and the quote was double sided. When trying to inspect the other quote the frame was quite difficult to open up and in doing so it broke. I know that for the price your not going to get a good quality frame so to speak. However, I did expect it to be a little better than flimsy cardboard.

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You also received a pillow case which is double sided. The print is geometric on one side and blue with white polka dots on the other. The cushion is nice but again I don’t think the quality is that great. I would perhaps use it as a dust bag or try and find another use for it.

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One thing I did really like about this month’s box was the magazine all about home improvements and interior design. I have just started an interior design course and so this has lots of cool ideas that are quite easy to achieve.

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The beauty products I received were an English Leaf body cream from Mitchell and Peach, the Noxidoxi mask and peel face mask, and a morning moisturiser from My Little Beauty. If you read my post from last month’s box then you will know that I actually received the face mask in the last box so to get the same product twice in a row was a real disappointment. The body cream smells quite nice so I am looking forward to using that in the spring/summer months as it doesn’t suit this time of year, and the easy morning face cream is light and felt smooth on the back of my hand.

When looking at other people’s Instagram’s from this month’s box, I noticed that there were other products put in people’s boxes that I had already received.
Considering the amount of brands that My Little Box are associated with you would imagine that the boxes would be changed up every month but I feel like this month was a recycling process of lots of left over products from previous boxes.

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And that was everything! Overall definitely not the best box in the world and I feel a bit disappointed. I decided to unsubscribe until I find out what is in next month’s box because at the moment I have received so many body creams from them I don’t know what to do with all of them!

If you are subscribed to My Little Box what do you think!

Love,
Lou x

Love: Clarins Instant Radiance Collection

Love: Clarins Instant Radiance Collection

Review of the new additions to the Clarins Instant Radiance Collection:

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Whilst walking past the Clarins stand I noticed the new Instant Radiance Collection. These products are the new additions to the Instant light range that Clarins already have.

I am already a big fan of the instant light natural lip perfectors so wanted to try some of the new items added to the collection. This is part of the spring/summer 2016 range, and it all looks very pretty!

It includes four shimmery eye shadows that are a cream to powder formulation, new colours of the Joli Rouge lipsticks, a five eye shadow neutral palette, ‘Be long’ mascara, an instant light under eye concealer, and two new shades of the instant lip perfectors.

I decided to pick up one of the eyeshadows in the shade silver pink, a Joli Rouge lipstick in Raspberry, and the concealer.

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Shimmery Eye Shadow: Silver Pink. -£19

The pigmentation of the eyeshadow is great and lasts really well. You can create a natural daytime look with a light sweep across the eye lid or enhance it by blending all over with a dark chocolate brown in the crease. There are definitely cheaper alternatives on the market, however, the eyeshadows come in pretty dainty pots with different metallic lids, and the staying power is great.

Joli Rouge Lipstick: Raspberry. -£19.50

I am a big big fan of the Joli Rouge lipsticks and if you are a Clarins fan you probably know why. Their lipsticks glide on really well and stay on throughout the day. The light gold packaging adds a really elegant touch as well as there being a good range of colours to choose from. They are very moisturising which is great for this time of year, and are nice and creamy in formula. The only thing I will say is that when you flick through the colour range online, it is very inaccurate to the colour when you swatch it. If buying, I would recommend going in store so you can see the colours properly.

Instant Concealer -£21.50

I’m not really a foundation fan as I don’t like wearing heavy products on my skin. When looking at this foundation, it says how the coverage is medium/full but is lightweight on the skin. Its primary purpose is to be an undereye concealer, but it can also be used on blemishes and uneven skin tones. On first use, I didn’t like it as the coverage was pretty full on! But, I then realised you needed the smallest pea-sized amount to get the coverage you want without the ‘cakey’ feeling. It has now become part of my everyday makeup routine and I use it with two other concealers to get a lightweight but full coverage all over my skin.

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All of the products definitely give the glow factor that you want your skin to have at this time of year and I feel like they can be transition pieces throughout the spring and summer. Above are some of the other products that I use every day to complete the look.

Clarins have a whole page on the new products which you can check out here:

Instant Radiance, Spring Makeup Collection

Love,
Lou x

Love: My Little Wish Box

Love: My Little Wish Box

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The new My Little Box is in! YAY! And this month it’s all about what you are hoping to happen during the year ahead. This month’s box is gorgeous and I am very excited to try everything inside and show you what is in it!

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As usual, when you open the box it has a quote inside. I love this one as it sets up your motivation for the year and will look beautiful on your dressing table or desk. I am looking into redecorating my room this year and want to hang up several of the quotes delivered by my little box and put them in cute frames. The way that they package up the boxes as well can’t help but make you smile 🙂

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Inside there are lots of great items! There is a lovely diary, filled again, with motivational quotes for each month, a REN micellar water which I am very excited to try, a Noxidoxi face mask which you apply and peel off, a My Little Beauty lip balm, and a bracelet for you and your friends!

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I love how dainty this little bracelet is as well as the ribbon being my favourite colour! There are four other bracelets that come in the box each with little quotes on. You simply rip the cardboard apart so they section up and give them out!

I think this month’s box might just be the best one yet, but, I am known to say that about everyone that comes along!

Love,
Lou x

Love: Dr. Weil Mega-Mushroom

Love: Dr. Weil Mega-Mushroom

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I don’t know why but whenever I used to go over to the Origins stand to have a look around the mega-mushroom skincare never took my fancy. I think it was the name? The sound of putting mushroom on my face just didn’t seem appealing. However, it wasn’t until I spoke to the lady at the counter that I realised how stupid I was being.

Yes, it does contain mushrooms (surprise surprise), but, this soothing cream hydrates, calms down the skin, reduces redness and relieves sensitivity. It contains the Reishi mushroom that Dr Weil discovered when he travelled to China where it is known as the spirit plant.

So after speaking to the lady on the counter, I was given a sample to try of the soothing face cream. Origins are great at giving out samples and so I had a weeks supply to try it out.

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The first thing I noticed was the smell that is gorgeous! It isn’t overpowering and once you have applied it to the skin it sinks in immediately and you can no longer smell it.
Within the week, I had already noticed that my skin had reduced in redness, calmed down any spots, and helped with hydration which is a common problem at this time of year. Moreover, I love the fact that this cream doesn’t leave a film over the skin which is one thing that I always look for in face creams.
The ‘ouch’ point, however, is the price point at £50! So, after finishing the sample, I didn’t return to buy it as it was rather expensive.

A couple of days later I could already tell from not using the cream a difference in my skin. It just didn’t feel the same and so I went to buy it leaving quite a big dent in my bank account! The only fortunate thing was that because it was the Christmas period I managed to pick it up in a set with the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief which is an advanced serum, the face cleanser, the soothing treatment lotion, and three samples of the face mask. When I run out of all of it, I am quite scared for my bank account… and here is why.

Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief- Soothing treatment lotion

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After cleansing my face with Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish, I apply a small amount of this onto a cotton pad and apply all over. It effectively removes any makeup that is left on the skin and leaves it feeling refreshed and clean. It works very well when you use it with the rest of the range I feel like it works really efficiently and has helped improve my skin.

Mega-Mushroom Advanced Skin Relief Face Serum

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I like to apply this after the soothing lotion and it feels great on the skin. You can use this morning and night and it sinks in beautifully. On the origins website it says: ‘used faithfully, skin is transformed from reactive to resilient and from stressed to soothed to reveal healthier, more radiant appearance’ which I completely agree with. If my skin feels sore from a new breakout after applying this, it really calms it down and leaves it feeling nourished. The price point is £62 but if skin care is your thing, then I would definitely recommend trying this out. Again, Origins are amazing at letting you try before you buy so even if you wanted to see what the fuss is about it is a great opportunity.

Mega-Mushroom Face Cleanser and Masks

I am yet to try these two products as I love the Liz Earle ones and they work really well with my skin, but from using the other products am definitely excited to try them. The face cleanser claims to gently but effectively remove makeup, dirt, debris and impurities without upsetting the skin; while the mask reduces redness, blotchiness and reactivity. It also claims to restore luminosity which is everything you want from skincare.

A micellar water has also been added to the range which would be great for those lazy make-up days where you can’t be bothered to do a full cleanse, tone, and moisturise but will still be able to get the benefits from the advanced ingredients.

If you were to buy the soothing lotion, serum and cream (I would highly recommend these three) it would set you back £126.50! But, if you are suffering from redness, sensitivity, acne, or dryness I think that this range will seriously help, especially if you can’t find anything else that is working. The price point, I think, is because of the high amounts of natural ingredients, but they really do work! If brought online at Origins they always have a gift with purchase on and wrap up all your purchases. Alternatively, you can visit one of their counters and ask to trial the products before you buy.

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Let me know if you give any of the mega-mushroom range a go!

Love, Lou