Lush Skincare Haul

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I had one of those days where you just want to walk around Lush and buy everything. Do you get those days?

I started at the fresh face masks. I had a chat with the assistant about which would be best for calming the redness of spots and she recommended Catastrophe Cosmetic, which is a blueberry based mask which I’ve used once before and enjoyed. I forgot about it and didn’t get more than one use out of it, so I thought I’d give it another go.

Next I spotted a product I hadn’t seen before which is the Lemon Flutter Cuticle Butter. You can rub this on any areas of dry skin, particularly cuticles, to soften them. Unsurprisingly, it smells very strongly of lemons, which is nice and refreshing.

I debated buying more of the Tea Tree Toner Tabs, as I liked it when I used it, but in the end I went for the Tea Tree Water which is a toner water you can spray straight on your face or onto a cotton pad to wipe over your skin. It’s supposed to be good for spot prone skin, so I hope it will help me with the hormonal breakouts I seem to get.

Finally, I went over to the body section to look at the one product I always look at and never buy: Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. However, I finally gave in and bought it. This is a moisturiser you apply to wet skin in the shower or bath and then wash off. It smells really beautiful and I loved the sample I had once. I’ve always resisted because it’s around £15 for a tub, but I decided to treat myself this time.

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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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No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

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I am about to tell you something shocking and appalling. Recently I ran out of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and I haven’t repurchased it. This is not because I have turned my back on it (you know how much I love it), it’s because I no longer live near a convenient stockist like I used to in Manchester. I could have ordered it online but I thought it would just get caught up in the Christmas rush, so instead I decided to have a look for a suitable alternative. I wanted something that would take my make-up off with ease, as well as cleansing my skin. I can’t be bothered with two different products late at night, and anyway, eye make-up removers often sting my sensitive eyes.

That’s when I happened upon the No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser.  Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows that I adore No 7 and think it is one of the most underrated make-up brands. I haven’t tried an awful lot of their skincare yet though so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.

The No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser is much like Cleanse & Polish to use. You take a pump or two in your hands and rub it all over your face, including around the eye area. It dissolves all of your make-up, including waterproof mascara. You can then take the handy cloth that comes with it and use hot water to wipe the cleanser away. Finish by splashing your face with cold water to close your pores.

I have to say the cleanser works just as well as Cleanse & Polish. Honestly! It differs in the sense it is a slightly less dense cream and it doesn’t have the Eucalyptus scent of Cleanse & Polish (in fact it doesn’t have much of a scent at all other than standard face cream). Those trivial things aside, it is very difficult to tell the two apart. I haven’t been using the No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser anywhere near as long as I have used Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish so I can’t comment on the long term skin effects yet, but I highly recommend this to anyone who wants the magic of Cleanse & Polish but is on a tighter budget.

Veet Easywax Face Precision Wax & Care

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I picked up this Veet Face Precision Wax & Care whilst in Boots recently. It is designed for facial hair removal, like eyebrows, upper lip and chin. I am keen to spend less time plucking eyebrows (it’s one of my least favourite beauty chores) so I thought I’d try it.

The pack includes a wand with wax on one side and after care cream on the other side, strips to apply to the wax to aid removal and a spatula to help with application. To use the product, you take the wax end (pink) and dip it in a cup or bowl of just-boiled water for 1 minute. You can then apply it directly to the skin in the direction of hair growth, place a strip over the top and smooth it down, and finally pull the strip swiftly against the direction of hair growth. Finally, clean off any excess wax and apply the after care cream.

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I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this product. It promised a lot but didn’t deliver. The wax itself was very easy to apply, however, it was very wet and sticky and just didn’t seem to dry at all, even when I left the strip a good few minutes before removing. It also didn’t take a lot of the hair away, and I don’t have crazy hairy eyebrows! Quite often each application would only remove say 3 hairs. I ended up giving up and finishing off with tweezers. In theory, it’s a great idea, but in practice this is just not worth the time, effort or money.

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