Thursday, 18 September 2014

Autumn Tag 2014

I saw this tag floating around on the blogosphere, so thought I'd jump on the bandwagon! 

Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I'm a sucker for anything gingerbread flavoured so Starbucks Gingerbread Latte's are right up my street. And last year I think it was Costa that did a white chocolate hot chocolate, which was amazing, so probably that too.

Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
Definitely boots, big chunky scarves, and occasionally a bobble hat!

Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I wouldn't say my music tastes change during autumn but there are definitely some artists or songs that I listen to less because they just feel more summery to me, and around October I always redownload Christmas songs so I can get in the spirit (I'm not even ashamed) in the build up to Christmas!  

Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
My favourite perfume for this time of year is definitely Chanel Madamoiselle. I've been given a bottle of it for Christmas pretty much every year for the last 8 or 9 years because I just seem to go through so much of it, so it's one that always reminds me of the colder months!

Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
Anything cinnamon or spiced apple scented goes down well in our house, so most likely something along those lines!  

What do you love most about Autumn?
Autumn fashion, wrapping up warm, the build up to my birthday (december) and christmas, the weather getting a bit colder.. 

Favourite make up look?
Anything with vampy lips. I'm drawn to dark reds/ purples and berry colours all year round but they never seem appropriate to wear! So Autumn is my favourite because I get to use my extensive collection of almost-identical vampy colours... hahaha.

What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
SO MUCH. Halloween, obvs. And my boyfriend and I are going to New York in the middle of December, so the next couple of months are all going to be preparing/ saving/ gazing longingly on the Sephora website for that! There are also loads of birthdays coming up for close family and friends, so lots of parties to look forward to, and there are a couple of gigs I'm planning on going to also, which should be good! 

I tag anyone that hasn't done it yet! xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Emma Hardie 'Amazing Face' Moringa Cleansing Balm

If you read a lot of blogs, this cleanser will need no introduction and this post is probably well overdue, but I thought I'd add my 2 cents on the marvel that is Emma Hardie's 'Amazing Face' Moringa Cleansing Balm. All hail the wonder product.

This product was one that popped up numerous times in various magazines and blog posts over the last couple of years, but I never took much notice of. I was happy (or so I thought) with my skincare routine, so the idea of changing it wasn't particularly appealing after taking a long time to find things that worked for me in the first place.
However about a year ago, after a well timed tax rebate, a discount code on and a few very persuasive blog posts... I finally caved. And I'm so glad I did.

Firstly, the smell of this stuff is amazing. Its fresh, citrusy, refreshing and earthy. At risk of sounding a bit weird, it smells like its going to do good things for your skin... if thats even possible. The morning cleanse with this is always my favourite because its so revitalising & does wonders at waking me up a bit when I'm feeling groggy in the early hours.
It works best for me when applied to dampened skin, so I run a flannel under hot water for a bit, ring it out so its barely holding any water, and lay it onto my face for a bit to open up pores. I then massage the balm into the skin for a minute or so and soak off with a warm, damp flannel.

After first use I was pleasantly surprised that my skin was left soft and smooth, without feeling tight or dried out. After another couple of weeks of using it morning and night, blackheads were significantly reduced, my skin tone seemed to have evened out a bit and my complexion was brighter overall.

I do take off my eye makeup beforehand with Garnier Micellar Solution (identical to Bioderma Sensibio H2O but for a fraction of the price), just to make sure that I'm not having to scrub at my eyes with a flannel.
In the evenings, I generally follow the EH cleansing balm with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, just to make sure every trace of dirt/ makeup/ whatever else is well and truly gone. Although it sounds like a lot of effort, double cleansing really has done miracles for my skin and I'd highly recommend you try it.

At £36 for 100ml it is on the expensive side, but a little goes a long way & the tub lasts a long time, so you end up with quite a good deal for the price tag. FeelUnique also regularly give out discount codes, so sign up to their website and email alerts to make sure you're first in line for any offers they have on. I managed to get this for about £25 including postage.

Do you have a favourite cleanser?

Alice x

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is one of my favourite purchases from the past few months and something I have been using religiously.
I had debated for a long time whether buying a concealer that was nearly £20 more expensive than the one I had been using would be worth it or just plain ridiculous, but ended up giving in to temptation and placing a cheeky Space NK order online, with this included.

I will start by saying that the colour samples online are not accurate. I bought the shade Vanilla (Light 2) thinking it would match my skin when I had a bit of a tan during the summer, but when it turned up it was so much lighter than I had expected. Luckily, I didn't get as much sun as I'd hoped this summer due to working near enough the whole bloody time, and so the colour just about matches me. It'll be fine for me during the winter months, but wasn't what I originally wanted.

Apart from that slight disappointment, the rest of it really does live up to the hype.
Its a beautiful creamy texture with a slightly satiny finish, but not enough to make you look shiny or to draw attention to the areas you've tried to cover up! Its relatively high coverage too, but is still easily blendable and doesn't take a lot of working in to the skin like some heavier concealers do.
I have also found that this is great if you want to keep your skin looking fresh and dewy, as there is minimal creasing when covering dark under eye circles, so you don't have to worry about setting it all with a powder that will mattify your skin.

Although it is on the higher end price wise at £22, it's a brilliant all round product and you won't find yourself buying lots of different products to cover every different kind of blemish (under eye circles, spots, redness, etc..). I also find that this can be blended out and worn on its own if you aren't feeling a full face of makeup that day, which is great if you're not a morning person like me!

You can pick it up from Space NK here.

Whats your favourite concealer?


Friday, 8 August 2014

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins

High Potency Night-A-Mins is a product I hadn't really even considered using until it landed on my doorstep. Origins are known for their generous sample sizes, but getting a full size product that is actually £10 more expensive than what you originally ordered, completely for free, is pretty amazing.
I'm one of those people that's really reluctant to commit to a buy unless I know I'm going to love it, so getting to test things I wouldn't normally pick up is something that has really made me love Origins as a brand (on top of their insanely good products!), and continue to buy from them. I have discovered a few of my skincare staples just due to samples they throw in, and this is one of them!

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins is a thick night moisturising cream, containing Vitamins C, E & H, minerals and slow-release resurfacers, to get rid of dead skin cells, brighten and deeply nourish the skin. I generally use this over Indeed Labs Hydroluron or La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo + if I'm having a breakout, both of which I find compliment it perfectly. It does tend to sit on the skin a bit as its so thick, so its a good idea to put it on a while before you get into bed, so it has a bit of time to sink in and you aren't getting it all over your pillows!
I wake up every morning feeling pampered, with my skin glowing and noticeably more hydrated. Its done wonders for my dry skin and I've recommended it to all my friends with the same skin hang-ups.
If you don't have particularly dry skin, it would also be great as a once a week treatment. They do a version of Night-A-Mins for combination to oily skin too, which I imagine would be a bit lighter, for those of you that don't like heavier products.

The fact that its such an incredibly dense cream consistency means a little bit goes a really long way, so although its not cheap at £34.50, you do get your moneys worth. I've been using it every day for a good couple of months and am probably about half of the way through a 30ml pot.

You can get it here (and probably some great freebies, too) on the Origins website.

Alice x