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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Pamper Night Essentials/Routine

After a long week at work I love to unwind and having an evening to myself to do a face pack and pamper myself is the perfect way to do it!

I start off by removing any makeup i have on with my Olay wipes and then i clean my skin with my Garnier PureActive 3in1 wash, scrub and mask as it targets any blemishes.

I then usually light a candle, at the moment i’m using Glade’s spiced apple and cinnamon which smells amazing!

After this I run my bath and wash my hair, at the moment i’m using Tresseme Keratin Smooth shampoo. Then I apply my deep treatment mask which i leave on my ends for around 10 minutes to soak in. These products leave my hair feeling extremely soft and healthy.

After this I use my Soap&Glory Sugar crush body scrub to leave me feeling smooth and get rid of any dead skin. I then wash my body with my passion fruit shower gel from The Body Shop.

After I’ve shaved my legs using my Gillete venus embrace razor I rinse my hair. Once I’m dry I apply my passion fruit body butter from the Body Shop to keep my skin soft and supple and put on my pyjamas.

My l’occitane shea butter foot cream is fantastic at smoothing any dry patches I have on my feet, so I normally apply it after my bath and put on my cosy socks to help it sink in.

The face mask I use (and love!) at the moment is the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask. It’s great for dealing with oily, spot prone skin without being over drying.

When 10 minutes is up I rinse off the mask and apply my Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser in light and my Boots vitamin e eye cream.

I would then paint and file my nails and once they dry put on my Soap&Glory hand food hand cream.

And that’s all of my pamper night essential products.

What are your pamper night essentials?

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Top 10 Items For Autumn

Autumn is fast approaching so I thought I would share with you my top 10 products and clothing items to get me through the cooler months.

#1 – My purple crushed velvet Dr Marten boots

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I got these gorgeous shoes for my birthday in February and absolutely love them. They’re extremely comfortable and required no breaking in what so ever.

#2 – My Leather Jacket

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I absolutely love this coat for the autumn/winter months as it is extremely warm yet still flattering.

#3 – My Mac

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This coat looks amazing on those rainy fall days with leather boots and a scarf.

#4 – Jumper Dresses

I love wearing jumper dresses in Autumn with tights and boots for a cozy, comfortable outfit.

#5 – Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant Vitalizing Body Gel Oil

Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant Vitalizing Body Gel Oil with Pure Cocoa Butter

I love slathering this all over my body at night and waking up with smooth, soft skin.

#6 –  Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Light

This moisturiser is extremely light and doesn’t make my skin feel greasy at all which can be a problem for people with oily skin.

#7 – Boots

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I love wearing boots with everything in the autumn, my favourite are these black biker boots from next.

#8 – Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter

This product is extremely hydrating and lasts for a long time on my lips, which is great for the colder months. It also is very buildable and can leave either an extremely sheer hint of colour or can be layered up for a more bold look.

#9 – Keratin Smooth Hair Mask

I try to do my Tresemme Keratin Smooth hair mask once or twice a week in the colder months to give my hair a deep condition. This treatment leaves your hair feeling gorgeously soft and healthy and is extremely convenient as it can be left on for a few minutes in the shower after shampooing then rinsed out.

#10 – Hand Cream

I ensure that I carry around a good hand cream in the cooler months as my hands get extremely dry. My favourite is the L’occitane Shea butter hand cream.

What are your Autumn essentials?

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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 Boots Simply Sensitive Gently Refreshing Toner

I recently ran out of my Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and decided to try out a cheaper brand as I just couldn’t face paying for a new one. I got this one for £2.69 and have used it every day since. It works absolutely brilliantly at removing any leftover makeup and dirt on my skin and doesn’t irritate it in the slightest. I think it’s a brilliant product for people with sensitive yet oily skin as it is extremely cleansing and leaves no residue.

What are you favourite toners?
Have you ever tried the Boots Simply Sensitive Gently Refreshing Toner?

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Skincare Routine

I’m always a little bit sceptical about trying out new skincare products as my skin is extremely sensitive, but after using the Liz Earle cleanse and polish for a long time i decided to give some more of her products a try. Since doing this I have noticed a HUGE difference in both the texture and appearance of my skin, so i’m going to share with you my skincare routine and explain the products I’ve been using so you can try them out and see the results for yourself!

Step 1: Cleanse

To cleanse my skin I’ve been using the Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser. I massage the product into dry skin and then wipe it away with a muslin cloth soaked in hand hot water. This removes all of my makeup (including most of my eye makeup) whilst still being extremely gentle my skin.

Step 2: Tone

I’ve been using the Liz Earle instant boost skin tonic as a toner, i put a small amount on a cotton pad and gently sweep it across my face and neck. This instantly refreshes my skin and leaves it feeling soft and extremely clean yet not at all dry, it also removes dirt that you wouldn’t even imagine was still on your skin after cleansing.

Step 3: Moisturise

I then use the Liz Earle skin repair moisturiser in Light for combination/oily skin to keep my skin feeling soft and hydrated; I apply a pea sized amount of this to my face and neck and allow it to sink in before applying any makeup. It is extremely light and doesn’t make my skin feel greasy at all which can be a problem for people with oily skin, however it also comes in slightly different formulas to suit different skin types.

Step 4: Eye Cream

Lastly I use the Liz Earle eyebright soothing eye lotion. I apply it to a cotton pad and sweep it over my eyelashes to remove any excess makeup (if there is any) and then soak my under eyes with it. This lotion is also fantastic at soothing dry, tired and puffy eyes and brightening the entire eye area.

I bought all of these products myself on the Liz Earle website (http://uk.lizearle.com/skin-essentials-regime) and am extremely impressed with how well they work both with my skin and with each other to give me fantastic results.

What are your skincare routines?

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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 the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I absolutely adore this cleanser, it wipes of every trace of my makeup (including the most stubborn mascara) with minimal effort. All you do is massage it into dry skin, then wipe away grime and stubborn mascara using the muslin cloth supplied.

It is a bit on the pricey side at £24 for 200ml however only a small amount is required and honestly, it’s worth paying for a product that really works.

Do any of you have a favourite cleanser? Or have you tried the Cleanse & Polish before?

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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. My favourite this week is Soap and Glory’s ‘Heel Genius’.

This foot cream is absolutely amazing! I apply it nightly after i shower and pop some cotton socks on and voila! Soft, smooth feet without making any sort of effort. It retails at around £5.50 which isn’t too bad as I’ve been using it for weeks now and still have around 90% of it left.

Why not give it a try?

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Makeup Routine For Oily Skin

It’s awful attempting to find a makeup routine to work on oily skin, but after years of searching I’ve finally found one that works for me.

Step 1: Primer

Firstly, after moisturizing my skin i apply Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in ‘Light’ (£25) as it is oil-free and helps keep my makeup in place.

Step 2: BB Cream

Then i apply my Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Cream (£9.99) all over my face to  even out my skin tone yet still keep me looking natural.

Step 3: Concealer

Then i apply my Collection 2000 ‘Lasting Perfection’ concealer (£4.19) under my eyes and to any other imperfections on my face.

Step 4: Powder

I then apply a small amount of Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation (£25) all over my face with a big fluffy brush to keep my concealer and BB cream in place and prevent my skin from getting oily throughout the day.

Step 5: Blusher

My Body Shop blusher in ’01 Petal’ (£12) is then applied to the apples of my cheeks in downward strokes for a natural looking glow.

Step 6: Eye Shadow

I then apply my Clinique Colour Surge Stay Matte eye shadow in ‘French Vanilla’ all over my eyelids to make me look brighter and more awake. It also stops my eyelids from becoming greasy so my mascara won’t smudge everywhere.

Step 7: Mascara

I prefer to use mascaras with quite a dry formula so they last longer, my favourite at the moment is 17 Blow Out Mascara (£6.29). I apply a few coats of this after I’ve curled my eyelashes and it stays perfect all day.

Step 8: Eyeliner

I like to apply a creamy white eyeliner to my water line to make my eyes look wider. My favourite is Barry M Kohl Eye Pencil as it glides on easily and stays put.

Do you have any tips for making your makeup last?

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Winter Skin Essentials

As much as I love the festive season, it brings about some awful skin issues. So I’m going to share with you products that have worked for me for my hands, feet, body and lips in case any of you endure similar issues.

Hands

My hands always get extremely dry, but the winter makes them 100x worse so it’s vital that i have a good quality hand cream. I’ve tried dozens of creams from brands such as The Body Shop and Nivea but nothing works quite as well as Soap and Glory’s ‘Hand food’. It smells divine, sinks in extremely well and makes my hands feel soft and healthy.

Another quick fix is slathering coconut oil all over your hands and popping on some cotton gloves, then go to bed and voila gorgeous hands in the morning! However, if you don’t own any coconut oil you could follow this as an alternative; http://youniquechic.com/2012/06/home-made-mask-for-soft-hands-and-feet/

Body

My elbows and knees are the bane of my life at this time of year, so i make sure that i use an extremely hydrating moisturizer. My all time favourite is The Body Shop’s ‘coconut body butter’ but I’ve recently been using the ‘daily moisturizing lotion’ by Aveeno and it works amazing! It leaves my skin soft and supple and sinks in quickly so i don’t have to wait to get dressed.

I also love to exfoliate once a week with Soap and Glory’s ‘pulp friction’ to get rid of any dead skin. It smells deliciously fruity and isn’t too harsh on my sensitive skin.

Feet

I haven’t really found a foot cream i swear by yet, but i always use either coconut oil or olive oil once a week before bed and then sleep with cotton socks on. This banishes any hard skin i have, leaving my feet feeling soft and looking great.

Lips

I use this lip scrub once a week to keep my lips in tip top condition; http://youniquechic.com/2011/12/diy-lip-scrub-stop-chapped-lips/

Then i follow up with Vaseline or my mango lip butter from The Body Shop as i find these to be the most hydrating (and affordable) lip balms on the market.

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