Nspa Youthful Eye Cream

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Despite having a ridiculously oily t-zone and eyelids i’ve always struggled with my under eyes being dry and discoloured. I’ve spent a fortune on different eye creams claiming to solve these problems whilst still being light enough to be worn underneath makeup but just haven’t found one that delivers.

I recently ran out of my Liz Earle ‘eye bright’ and was looking in Asda to see if I could get a cheap alternative to tide me over until I could repurchase it, I ended up buying the NSpa youthful eye cream as it was the cheapest one I could see at only £5. I wasn’t expecting much from it really but I was suprised at how nice it actually is, it has quite a thick texture which leaves the area feeling extremely moisturised however it sinks in within a few minutes meaning its the perfect base for my concealer. After a few weeks of use i’ve also noticed quite a significant reduction in my dark circles which is a huge bonus! I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

It is described as having anti-aging collagen boosting peptide (tetrapeptide-21) to firm, fruit acids to brighten, highly moisturising hyaluronic acid, cross linked hyaluronic acid to fill wrinkles and fine lines, radiance improving grapeseed oil, nourishing avocado oil and anti-oxidant natural vitamin E.

Have any of you tried it? What’s your favourite eye cream?

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My Top 3 Face Masks

I absolutely love doing face masks as a little treat to brighten up my skin and have tried out a lot over the past few years! They’re also a lovely thing to buy someone as they come in a variety of prices so you can get one to suit your budget. Here are my top five favourites in no particular order!

Montagne Jeunesse (7th Heaven) Sachets

These are the perfect masks to buy for a little pick me up as they only cost £1 and there are a variety of different types so there’s guaranteed to be one you’ll love! My personal favourite is the dead sea mud pack as I have oily, spot prone skin.

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

This mask is amazing for oily/combination skin types as it leaves the skin feeling refreshed and deeply cleansed. The tube costs around £10.50 however if that’s a little too expensive you can get a sachet which will last for two goes for £2.99.

Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask

Every now and then my skin looks dull, lacklustre and needs a boost! This mask is perfect for that as it sinks in within a few minutes and leaves your skin feeling soft and looking bright and healthy. It’s also a great gift idea for someone who is into skincare, however it is slightly more pricey at £16 for a 50ml starter kit including a muslin cloth.

What’s your favourite mask?

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My Top 3 Body Moisturisers

With the winter months fast approaching my skin has been desperate for some extra hydration. These three moisturisers are my absolute favourite and leave my skin feeling soft and supple all year round!

#1

Palmers Cocoa Butter

This moisturiser not only smells amazing but leaves skin feeling irresistibly smooth. It also comes in a handy pump bottle and is perfect for everyday use as its thick without being too heavy.

Depending on the size, this retails at around £5

#2

Soap and Glory ‘The righteous butter’

This body butter is amazing! Its so thick and creamy and is absolutely perfect if your skin needs a little boost.

Depending on the size, this retails at around £10

#3

Aveeno ‘Daily moisturising lotion’

As it states in the title, this lotion is perfect for everyday use as it doesn’t have an overwhelming scent and sinks in within a few minutes. It also comes in a pump bottle which is extremely convenient.

Retails at around £7.50

What’s your favourite moisturiser?

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My Top 3 Hand Creams

My hands get extremely dry, especially in the winter months. I’ve tried dozens of different hand creams from different brands and thought I’d share with you my top three favourites so far.

1. L’occitane Almond Delicious Hands

This is definitely my favourite hand cream of the three. It sinks in immediately leaving your hands feeling silky soft, perfect for applying on the go! It also comes in a few different scents such as rose and shea butter so there should be one to suit you.

It retails at £8 for the travel size, which is great for carrying around in your handbag.

2.  Soap and Glory ‘Hand Food’ 

This cult favourite hand cream smells fantastic and keeps hands feeling soft and healthy.

It retails at £2.50 for a travel size going up to £7 for a large size with a pump dispenser.

3.  Aveeno Hand Cream

This hand cream leaves my hands feel soft even after washing and doesn’t leave any sort of sticky feeling. Great for using in the morning as it will last all day long.

It retails at around £5.50

Whats your favourite hand cream?

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Makeup/Skincare Wish List

I absolutely love trying out new makeup and skincare products and have my eye on a few that I’m hoping to try out this spring so I thought I’d share them with you.

Benefit Roller Lash

Benefit claim that this mascara ‘grabs, separates, lifts and curls’ lashes, meaning there is no need for a eyelash curler. As a girl with thin, straight lashes this sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to give it a go!

£19.50

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’ve tried a little sample of this product before and absolutely love it! I’m definitely going to purchase a full sized bottle this spring! It leaves my skin both feeling and looking 100% better.

£36

Benefit Gimme Brow

This ‘brow-volumising fibre gel’ is definitely on my wish list. I have quite dark eyebrows but they can go a bit crazy and there are a few sparse areas, hopefully this brow gel can help to sort these issues out whilst still leaving my brows looking natural.

£17.50

Milani Baked Blush

I’ve used the same two blushers for years and am looking for a new one to try out! Milani seem to have a nice variety of shades with a nice subtle shimmer.

Costs around £9

Urban Decay ‘De slick’ Makeup Setting Spray

I’ve been wanting this setting spray for a long time and think it would be perfect for the summer months to stop my makeup sliding off (if it works that is).

£21

What’s on your wishlist?

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Updated Morning Skincare Routine

After testing out a multitude of skincare products over the years from Garnier to Liz Earle I’ve always struggled to find products that help to keep my extremely sensitive skin balanced whilst taking care of spots and oiliness. Around a year ago I found the perfect skin care routine to suit my skin and have never strayed from it since!  My skin has never been so clear, moisturised and healthy.

Step 1: Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

This cleanser contains clay to help control oiliness and gentle exfoliants to leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. I’ve also noticed a huge reduction in blackheads and acne in general whilst using this face wash.

Step 2: Kiehls Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic

This is a brilliant toner for people who suffer from oily skin. It leaves my skin looking matte whilst still feeling moisturised and balanced.

Step 3: Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil Free Lotion

This facial lotion has honestly changed my whole outlook on moisturising your face. All of the other ones I’ve tried have left my skin both feeling and looking greasy. This lotion sinks in within seconds and leaves my skin looking matte yet healthy all day. It’s also a great base for makeup.

Step 4: Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye cream

This is an amazing eye cream! It sinks in quickly and leaves my eye area feeling soft and soothed.

Step 5:  EOS Lip Balm

I always apply a lip balm before I put my makeup on to keep my lips soft.

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My Top 5 Favourite Products For Summer

1. Kiehl’s rare earth deep pore daily cleanser.

This is honestly the best cleanser I have ever used. It gently exfoliates my skin without being irritating and helps to keep oiliness and blemishes at bay. It is a little pricey at around £18 a bottle, but it lasts a few months and works brilliantly – so its worth it!

2.  Soap and Glory ‘girligo’ body moisturising mist.

This moisturizing mist not only smells fantastic, but it absorbs really quickly too, perfect for when you’re in a hurry or don’t feel like using a heavy moisturizer on a hot summer day.

3. Dove summer glow

This gradual tanner gives my skin a natural, glowing tan without the awful smell. It also goes on smoothly, does not go streaky and can be applied just like a normal moisturizer with your hands (as long as you give them a wash afterwards!)

I find that the shade ‘light to medium’ works best on my skin tone.

4. Aussie aussome volume dry shampoo

This is honestly one of the best dry shampoo’s that I have ever used. It doesn’t leave any sort of white cast even on dark hair and gives my hair fantastic volume which lasts all day.

It also smells fantastic, which is a bonus.

5. Kiehl’s ultra facial oil free lotion

This cream keeps my skin feeling soft whilst looking matte and doesn’t cause me to break out. It also sinks into the skin really quickly so you don’t have to wait around before putting on your makeup

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April Favourites

These are a selection of my most used/favourite products in April!

 Maybelline Baby Lips in ‘Cherry Me’

I had been desperate to try out the baby lips line for months after reading fantastic reviews, I finally got round to it in April and was not dissapointed. The formula is extremely smooth and moisturising and the colour I got leaves a subtle red tint on the lips. Perfect!

Max Factor ‘Masterpiece’ Mascara

This mascara is fantastic at giving volume, length and separating lashes without clumping. It also lasts all day without flaking or smudging.

Bare Minerals ‘READY’ Foundation

I’ve been using (and loving) the loose powder version for years and when I ran out at the start of the month I decided to give this one a try. It works identically to the original, but seems more convenient and less product is wasted (by me spilling it everywhere!) as it is compact.

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

I found this when looking for a more affordable dupe of Benefit’s porefessional primer. It works brilliantly at smoothing pores and helping makeup last all day long, and it costs less than half the price of the benefit one, bargain!

Aussie Three Minute Miracle ‘Take The Heat’

I’ve tried this deep conditioner before but rediscovered it this month. It smells divine and leaves my knotty hair smooth and manageable. It also helps to protect against heat styling which is a huge bonus.

What were your favourite products in April?

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

This weeks favourite is Montagne Jeunesse blemish mud face mask.

This mask is amazing at clearing up blemishes and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. It retails at only £1 a sachet too, which is great as each sachet does around 2-3 treatments.

Blemish Mud Face Masque

Have any of you tried this mask?

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Top 3 Perfumes

I’ve tried out a lot of perfumes and have found three that I absolutely love and would repurchase again and again so I thought I would share them with you.

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15

This is honestly one of the most amazing perfumes I’ve ever owned, it smells absolutely divine and lasts for days on both your skin and clothes.

‘Fresh, spicy notes of pink pepper, cinnamon and bergamot are complemented by captivating Damask rose, cypriol and Indian sandalwood, while the cocooning qualities of tonka bean and Bourbon vanilla create a feminine sensuality with a clean, fresh undertone’

It costs around £47 for 50ml which isn’t too bad considering how little you need to use to smell fantastic!

Giorgio Armani Si

Sì is my tribute to modern femininity, an irresistible combination of grace, strength and independence of spirit. – Giorgio Armani

This is an extremely feminine, sophisticated perfume without being too sweet and has amazing staying power. The bottle is also very sleek and stylish, meaning it will look great on your dressing table!

‘The fragrance opens with notes of Sicilian Bergamot, Mandarin oil and Liquer de Cassis which is supported by a heart which bursts with Rose de Mai absolute, Neroli absolute and Egyptian Jasmine absolute. Warm undertones caress the unique chypre base notes of Patchouli oil intertwined with Blond Woods, amber and musky undertones known as Orcanox™. Finished with a sweet animalic accord of Vanille absolute which, gives this fragrance, longevity and an unforgettable sillage.’

It costs around £44 for a 30ml bottle.

DKNY – Be Delicious Fresh Blossom

This is a fresh, floral scent perfect for everyday wear as it isn’t too overwhelming. Again, this perfume lasts all day long.

Inspired by the beauty of the Apple Blossom. A flower both delicate and feminine with a hint of freshness. Introducing DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Eau de Parfum Spray the perfect relationship of New York in springtime.’

It costs around £36 for a 30ml bottle.

What’s your favourite perfume?

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