Testing Products Part Three

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This is the third, and long time coming, instalment of my Testing Products series of posts. You can read Part One and Part Two if you enjoy this or fancy seeing what else I have tried out. Anyone got any ideas for a better title for this series? I have been trying to think of something clever and witty but I can’t.

Lush It’s Raining Men Shower Gel – I got a tiny sample of this when I did a Lush order online, and it smelt so incredible I got a bigger version to take to a hotel with me. It smells so incredible – sweet and creamy like caramel or toffee. Totally delicious.

Lush American Cream Conditioner – I smelt this in a Lush store in London and convinced myself I had to try it because I needed conditioner. It’s a totally gorgeous sweet vanilla smell which reminds me of cupcake frosting – gorgeous. Unfortunately the formula just doesn’t work for me. It doesn’t seem to go very far and it doesn’t feel like it does anything to my (very) thick, long hair. It’s such a shame because it smells delicious.

Melvita Moisture Replenishing Night Nectar – This night time moisturiser was in my You Beauty Discovery box a few months’ ago. It suits my skin nicely because it isn’t too thick, it absorbs quickly, and it doesn’t give me oily skin or make me break out. Unfortunately, it has a really peculiar smell which I don’t like at all, so I won’t be re-purchasing it.

Clinique All About Eyes – I was given a sample of this in my local Boots when I purchased some Clinique products. I don’t use an eye cream yet because I feel a bit young, so I was interested to try this. I was surprised that it didn’t irritate my usually very sensitive eyes at all, and it was quite refreshing if I was tired or had sore or dry skin under my eyes. I’m not really sure I want to start regularly using an eye cream yet, but this is one I would definitely consider when I do.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer – This primer is easy to apply and works perfectly well – I think it makes my makeup last longer than it would without it – but I just don’t love it. I can’t really put my finger on why. It just didn’t wow me, so I will stick to Benefit The Porefessional for now.

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Gunmetal – This was another You Beauty Discovery box product. It’s a fabulous silvery-grey metallic colour with a lot of shimmery glitter in it. It’s easy to apply with a finger and looks very effective. It would be great for a night out. However, be warned, it’s a loose powder and it goes everywhere, and generally where you don’t want it, like on your clothes!

Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Lotion – I decided to use this out of curiosity because so many people seem to adore it. I usually stay far far away from tanning products and simply embrace my English rose complexion (i.e. permanently pale). It is scarily dark when you first apply it to your skin, but it buffs down to a nice pale brown (not orange) colour, which looked very natural even on my very pale skin. It also washed off super easily. If I was the kind of person who used tanning products, I’d definitely reach for this.

Just when you thought we were done, I remembered one sample I left out of the original photo: Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment. I was unbelievably excited to try this product because Glam Glow are a really expensive brand and their products are supposed to be amazing. Unfortunately, my experience of it was a complete disaster. The day after I used it, I broke out BIG TIME. I must have got about 12 new spots overnight. I know it was probably because the mask cleared out all the grime in my pores and brought out the spots to purge it, but who wants that? I’ve been way too terrified to use it since, so it’s going in the bin. How disappointing!

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The Beauty Countdown to Your Wedding

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Hello! This article is brought to you by Tammy at Naked Beauty Blog, don’t forget to check out Rebecca’s guest post over there too.

I got married just over 7 months ago now and in the midst of planning our wedding my skin was showing the tell-tale signs of stress, of course then I felt worse so I took action. Here’s my plan to get your beauty regime in check in time to face the cameras feeling wonderful.

Right away

Don’t hold out any longer, get your skin care sorted now. If you leave it too late you could end up with breakout’s, dry patches or oily skin on your big day. Never start a new regime 2 weeks or less before an event, this is the adjustment period for your skin. It’ll even out after this time and start to glow. Go to your nearest Dermalogica specialist and have your skin mapped, this will help you to know what care your skin needs and you’ll receive the best results.

Start getting regular trims and lay off the hair dye for a while, maybe have it done less often for now. You’ll want your hair in top condition for that top knot style you have your eye on.

Make sure you are eating healthily and getting your five-a-day, not only is this good for your skin and hair, it’ll also fight colds and illness in the busy run-up to the biggest day of your life.

2 Months to go

It’s getting exciting now, the dress is on order, the cake is booked and now it’s time for hair and makeup trials. Do your research and book a good stylist and makeup artist, many do both. Don’t be led by price alone, ask for a portfolio of previous work and ask friends and family for suggestions.

Book your trial for around 2 months before the big day then you have time to find someone else if you really aren’t happy. Go in with ideas of what you’d like but if it doesn’t suit you don’t be afraid to ask to try something different. Ask questions and let them advise you on colours and styles for you.

3 weeks to go

Treat you and your bridesmaids to a spa day, get pampered, relax and unwind. It’ll do you good to chill in the whirlwind that is wedding planning and see loved ones you may have neglected recently, maybe join it up with your hen do!

The day before

Anything that isn’t done now isn’t going to be done and you probably won’t even notice on the day so make sure you’re organised, wash your hair and relax, you’re getting married in the morning!

Getting into routine

Daily

Make sure you Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise twice daily, this will leave your skin healthy and in turn your makeup on the day will look smoother and more polished and will last to the first dance and beyond.

Every other day

Use a facial scrub and a lip scrub to rid you of any dead skin. That pout is going to be getting a lot of love on your big day and the last thing you want is sore, cracked lips. Wash your hair every other day to avoid disarming it of all it’s nutrients and natural oils.

Weekly

Each week give your skin and hair a treat with intensive conditioning masks. You’ll notice a huge difference to your skin and hair within a few weeks of regular pampering