1 October 2014

Battle Of The Face Wipes

best face wipes
I know using face wipes to clean your skin with is breaking beauty blogger rule #19. Face wipes are ok, sometimes. I wouldn't use them everyday and they aren't an alternative for cleansing your skin. Face wipes are good for festivals, taking off stubborn makeup before cleansing and at 3am in the morning. Plus, I find it secretly satisfying to see all my makeup come off onto the white wipes.

Best Natural Option: Burts Bees Cleansing Towlettes £5.99
Infused with White Tea Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice and Cucumber Extract these wipes are made to cleanse and calm your skin naturally. These are nice to use even if you haven't been wearing makeup as they are designed to get rid of oil & dirt too. The plastic lid helps stop the wipes from drying out. It's worth noting these have a White Tea scent to them, I don't particularly mind the smell but Burt's Bees also have a sensitive version if you do.

Best Budget Buy: Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Cleansing Wipes £2.99
These gentle, alcohol free wipes are great for those with sensitive skin. Although not the best for removing waterproof makeup, my skin is left feeling clean and refreshed after use. I like to take these away with me if I'm camping as they help to wake me up in the morning. There is no dryness and I love how affordable the Nivea wipes are.

Best At Removing Waterproof Makeup: No7 Facial Wipes £7.00
These are my go-to wipes for removing stubborn eye makeup, I couldn't tell you how many times I've re-purchased these. Sometimes, if I've worn heavy makeup i'll use one of these to take it off before properly cleansing. They are hypo-allergenic so great for sensitive skin gals. The only downside to these wipes is that they aren't cheap. I do try to stock up on them when the £5 off vouchers are out. 

Best Cleansing Wipes: Manuka Doctor ApiClear 3in1 Purifying Facial wipes £3.49
A cleanser, toner and moisturiser all in one simple swipe! These contain anti-bacterial Manuka Oil which helps to soothe and balance skin. Great if you're in a rush or feel bad about using face wipes on your skin. The wipes do feel a little astringent in a non-drying, pleasant way. Maybe too harsh if you suffer from sensitive skin though. 

Don't hate me, I sometimes use face wipes. #sorrynotsorry

30 September 2014

Become a Nivea Lip Model!

What's the secret to the perfect selfie smile? For me it's an hydrating lip balm to keep my lips looking soft and smooth. For your chance to be a Nivea lip model and win a photoshoot in Heat magazine simply take a photo of yourself or you and a friend and post it to the Nivea Facebook/Twitter/Instagram page using the hashtag #ModelLipsUK! Once posted you can share you unique link to get as many votes as possible. I've come up with some makeup tips to help you achieve the perfect selfie. Get ready, set, pout...

1.The most important thing when it comes to doing make up is to apply it in natural light. This way you can avoid wearing foundation that's too dark or light and see clearly if everything blends in naturally. 
2. Our under eye concealer is usually lighter than our foundation so pay extra attention when blending in. Flash photography really accentuates harsh lines creating a reverse raccoon effect.
3.. Make sure to use black liner and mascara as it gives more of a contrast and will help to make your eye colour 'pop'.
4. Applying blusher is a must otherwise skin can look washed out.
5. Chapped lips are never a good look so apply a lip balm to keep lips hydrated.  I opt for the Nivea Essential Lip Care to get my pout camera ready. If you wanted a bit of colour try something like the Nivea Pearly Shine Balm which offers a subtle pink shimmer. 

Good luck and let me know if you're going to enter! T&C's here
*collaboration post 

29 September 2014

5 Beauty Products You Need For Autumn

autumn beauty products
Dove Caring Protection Body Wash £1.99
A new body wash from Dove which contains sunflower seed oil. I love it's fresh fragrance and rich, creamy formula. My skin is left feeling silky smooth and beautifully hydrated after every use. It is developed with Dove's NutriumMoisture technology which helps to keep skin protect, whilst also enriching it's natural moisture. This is great for those post-summer months.
Cocoa Brown Whip It £7.99
Is an oil-free body moisturiser which contains Vitamin E and Panthenol. The Vitamin E helps to lock in moisture whilst Panthenol creates a barrier against environmental damage and prevents the skin from becoming dehydrated - perfect for the colder months! The product is a soft chocolate brown colour which dissolves clear on the skin. I found it does take a little longer than usual to rub in but the floral/chocolate scent makes it worth it.
Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil £25.50
You probably know by now just how much I love a good body oil. This new oil from Roger & Gallet is suitable to use on your hair and body. It has a irresistible fruity, floral fragrance which isn't too over powering. The oil absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving it feeling greasy or sticky. The velvety texture leaves a subtle sheen on skin and is the perfect finishing touch to a tan! The oil is enriched with 10 plant oils for maximum skin nourishment. Ingredients include grape seed oil, olive oil and avocado oil.
Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial oil £19.99
Yep another oil, I just can't get enough of them! If the summer sun has left your skintone uneven and dry this is your new best friend. It's full of anti-oxident rich oils to help protect the skin from drying whilst deeply nourishing essential oils promote skin's flexibility. 
Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm £1.69
I have dry lips all year round but they get a lot worse in the winter. I like to keep lip balm on hand at all times and currently have three of these floating around my house. What I like about this Nivea lip balm is that it simply works. It's my reliable go-to lip balm as it guarantees to leave my lips soft and smooth. 

What are your Autumn beauty must-haves? 
Check out my other Autumn themed beauty posts here

27 September 2014

Ted Baker Mia EDT Review

Ted Baker's packaging is always spot on. Just look at the gorgeous rose gold and light pink design of their newest sweet treat - Mia.

"Sassy, stylish and sophisticated, Mia lights up the room efforlessly wherever she goes. With an irresistible blend of warmth, charm and allure, she is every girl's best friend. A soft floral fragrance of rose blooms and freesias are combined with sparkling top notes of fresh lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant with a seductive base of warm patchouli and golden amber."

Rose lovers will seriously want to give this a sniff. The rose scent is very delicate and modern, no old lady fragrance here. It slightly reminds me of Chloe Eau De Parfum but more uplifting and sexier. Once the scent has settled it becomes slightly fruity and sweeter. As it's an Eau De Toilette the scent doesn't last longer than a couple of hours but the small size makes it perfect for keeping in your handbag. A pretty fragrance perfect for everyday wear.

Ted Baker Mia EDT* 10ml £15.00 available from Boots this month.

26 September 2014

Vichy Idealia Eyes Cream Review

vichy idealia eyes review
This is the newest product from the Vichy Idealia range. I'm already and fan of the Life Serum and BB Cream so couldn't wait to give this a go! It's a perfecting cream designed for those who want to live their life to the full but don't want their eyes to show it.

The formula of Idealia Eyes is very light but still hydrating. It has a bright pinky-beige colour with a hint of shimmer which helps to instantly brighten the under eye area. It contains Vitamin B3 and DRM-Bright Complex to reduce dark circles, Caffeine to energise and Vitamin CG to smooth fine lines. After my first use I can notice straight away my dark circles look brighter. They haven't completely gone but I don't need to use as much concealer. The unusual silicone applicator helps to massage the cream into the eye area and aids to reduce puffiness. I love the idea of this and it does feel relaxing to use the applicator.

After using this for three weeks I've noticed my under eye area isn't as puffy but my hereditary dark circles are still there. I think this is a nice eye cream, if you liked any other products from the Idealia range you'll love this. 

Vichy Idealia Eye Contour Cream* £23.00 currently on offer for £17.25 at Boots
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