May Product Empties No.3

It is very rare that I finish a make up product. I wore Chanel Les Beiges foundation pretty much every day. The healthy glow foundation gives a light to medium coverage and is very easy to build. Then I use the classic Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in translucent  to control shine across my forehead and nose.

I love micellar waters. I’m always up for trying new ones to see how they compare to my current favourites, Bioderma Sensibio H20 and Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. The past couple of months I’ve been testing out the Lancome version.  I like the pump bottle for ease of use, however I still prefer Bioderma. It leaves a tacky sort of feeling behind on the skin which is a little uncomfortable if I don’t follow the product up with a second cleanse or a toner. I’ve also got through several hundred cotton pads. My favourite are the Boots Double Faced Round Pads.

Skincare empties includes some of my favourite products. Another La Roche-Posay Serozinc Mist, a must in preventing those pesky blemishes, Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist, a great mist that provides an added layer of moisture before using my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo to improve the appearance of any imperfections. Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub has been essential to combat my dry flaky lips.

It has honestly taken me years to finish my big bottle of Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash. I’ve also found a great combination of products for my bath. A Lush bath bomb and a scoop of Zoella Scooper Dooper to create beautiful bubbles.

List of Products

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Make-up Removing Micelle Solution
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Mask
Hycosan Extra Eye Drops
Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur
Lancome Energie De Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care
Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil
Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Mitchum Pure Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
OGX Tea Tree and Mint Shampoo
Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash
The Body Shop Pear & Lemongrass Shower Gel
The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner
Zoella Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak

 

Feeling Spendy in January

It was a cold and frosty Monday morning, and I made  my way into town to run some errands. I had planned to have my annual eye test and contact lens check  up, and then a physiotherapy appointment afterwards. Then I spent the rest of my time doing a spot of shopping.

I have been using my Nectarine Blossom & Honey cologne from Jo Malone for a while now and it has almost run out, but I really wanted to try a new fragrance, so I picked up Blackberry and Bay. It’s a little more subtle but it still contains those fruity notes.

I also picked up two new foundations to try. The first was Chanel’s new foundation, Le Teint Ultra Tenue in 30 Beige and Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Light 1. I have been wearing my Chanel Le Beige foundation almost every day for months. I love it, however, I needed more of a medium coverage foundation that would last a whole working day without disappearing off my face.

I’ve been really into face mists recently and wanted to see if the Caudalie Beauty Elixir was worth the hype and also try the Pixi and Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Solid Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Cream.

I topped off the day with a quick lunch stop at GBK and went home to chill and watch Ugly Betty.

November Product Empties #2

It’s time to share some of the products I have used up over the past few months.

I managed to go through several bottles of micellar water. I use the Garnier products on a daily basis to remove my makeup before doing my second cleanse. I prefer the original formulation of the Garnier micellar water compared to the combination skin version. I just feel that it takes off product easier. My absolute favourite is the Bioderma Sensibio H20, however I like to use this on special treat days because it is slightly more expensive than the rest.

Over the summer, the fragrance I wore on a daily basis was Chanel Chance eau Tendre. I finished up one of the 20ml refills. I decided to buy the twist and spray travel bottle so that I could carry it around all the time and it was better value for money compared to the 50ml or 100ml bottles.

My all time favourite products from La Roche-Posay are Serozinc and Effaclar Duo, the combination of the two products have really helped with reducing the redness and blemishes on my skin.

My go to loose powder foundation is from No7. It comes in the one shade, New Ivory and it suits my skin quite well. On days where I don’t have enough time or my skin is just not behaving, I like to dust a light layer of this powder foundation on for a very natural look.

I have always struggled to keep my eyeshadows in place and the only product I have found to do that is Clinique’s Touch Base for Eyes. It has quite a creamy consistency and helps my eyeshadow last all day long without melting away.

 

Full List:

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion
Boots Clean Off Nail Polish Remover
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution
Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Mineral Hair Rescue Masque
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
Clinique Touch Base for Eyes in 26 Canvas Light
Chanel Chance eau Tendre Eau de Toilette Refill
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Sensitive Skin
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Combination & Sensitive Skin
Garnier Moisture Match Mattifying Fresh Cream
Janjira Thai Lime & Ginger Shower Scrub
Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel
La Roche-Posay Serozinc
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water
Mitchum Pure Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
No7 Mineral Perfection Loose Powder Foundation in New Ivory
Toni&Guy Nourish Conditioner for Normal Hair
The Body Shop Aloe Lip Care
The Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Butter

Gabrielle Aplin on Tour

Here is just a little throw back to three weeks ago when I went to see Gabrielle Aplin live at 02 Forum Kentish Town.

Whilst waiting for the gig to begin, I was refreshing my Twitter feed and saw that Lewis Watson would be playing. I was so chuffed. I’ve been listening to his work for a couple of years but didn’t manage to get tickets when he toured his album.

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Hannah Grace was also one of Gabrielle’s support acts for the tour. I must say, I had heard the name before but have never listened to any of her work. My favourite track she played was ‘Keep Your Love’. I will definitely be listening to more of her work.

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When Gabrielle’s album was first released last year, it was literally the only album I listened to for about a month. I love it. It is so different to English Rain, yet after listening to both albums back to back, the progression feels so natural. She has definitely stepped up a gear. My favourite track she played would have to be after her encore, where she stepped onto the piano and played Salvation.

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Brownies!

Not much to report this week, although I have started baking again. I think the last time I baked was back on new years eve. I made Izy Hossack’s (Top with Cinnamon) coconut macaroon brownies which are featured in her recipe book. I made them for colleagues at work. Instead of adding shredded coconut, I substituted it for dried cranberries to give them more texture.

I’ve Finished College!

It’s official! I’ve now finished college. I was lucky enough to spend two years with some great musicians and some amazing friends. If it wasn’t for the school, I would have never of had the opportunity to do things like play at The Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, go on tour to Liverpool, be onstage with Sam Smith at Wembley Arena and perform original compositions at The National Portrait Gallery.

It was the Easter Saturday back in 2013 when I found out that I had been offered a place to study music at the school. I was away for the weekend at a conference and I saw a tweet from a person that I had met on the audition/ interview day. She had got in. I immediately sent a text to my Dad saying that I would call him as soon as I had some free time. I could not concentrate for the next couple of hours. I could feel the nerves building up and I was feeling a little shaky. After the group discussion time had finished, I rushed out of the room and made the call. Typical. Nobody picked up. It took a few more dials before he answered.

I asked if there had been any post and he said yes. He was actually a little confused as to how I knew that there could be something addressed to me. Anyway, quickly explained the story and instructed him to open the letter. I couldn’t wait any longer. I almost dropped my phone when he said that I had been offered a place at The BRIT School. I asked him to read out the whole letter to me and tears started streaming down my face. I got some pretty strange looks from people passing by, but I didn’t care. I was just so happy.

The first person I told about the good news was one of my friends. We had spent the previous evening having a pretty deep conversation about particular events that have happened over the years and the topic of this being my second application to the school had also cropped up. The night ended with us both laughing and crying uncontrollably.

After the call, I was in the foyer and saw that she was there. I called her name and said “I got in!!!!” In a matter of moments we were both having a good old hug and jumping for joy at the same time.

So many wonderful memories have been created at this place. My time there has now come to an end. Bring on the rest of my life!

 

*Photo taken by Phoebe Fox

Spray-On Moisturisers

The sun is finally making an appearance over the streets of London. It makes all the difference when there are clear blue skies and it is still light in the evenings.

I’ve been pretty lazy over the winter months and throughout spring when it comes to using body butters and moisturising lotions. I noticed that I was not getting enough sleep and generally sleeping much later than usual, which made it difficult to stick to a routine. I noticed that my skin was getting very very dry. I never have the time to use them in the mornings or give them enough time to dry and not feel too greasy afterwards, so I usually only ever apply butters or lotions in the evening.

After a big tidy up of my cupboards, I found a couple of spray on moisturisers that I have never really tried before. They are all very quick and easy to apply. My favourite is the Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser in Aloe Fresh. It has a thin gel-like consistency, dries quickly and isn’t greasy at all. The Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray is an oil and to me this is more like a Sunday product, where I’m more likely to spend a little more time giving my skin that extra boost ready for the coming week. The Soap & Glory Girligo Spray-On Body Moisturising Mist is probably my least favourite and sits in between the other two. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling as soft and hydrated as the other products.

I’m loving the convenience of spray-on moisturisers at the moment. Do you have a favourite?

Spring Beauty Haul

I have far too many products that have remained untouched in my cupboard, but I did find myself picking up a few more items over the past month.

My skin is prone to redness, especially on the cheeks, and the Rosaliac range from La Roche-Posay seemed to be a solution to the problem. First impressions of the Rosaliac UV Light Anti-Redness Moisturiser are pretty good. The redness has reduced ever so slightly, so I will be continuing to use this every morning to see if it makes a big difference to my skin. The Rosaliac Make-Up Remover Gel is absolutely brilliant! This was my first gel cleanser that I’ve tried, and I think that it removes make-up much quicker and easier than any micellar water I use. It’s very soothing on the skin and a few pumps of the product on a cotton pad goes a long way. The product is safe to use on the eyes, however I still prefer to use a micellar solution on them simply because I find that it is a bit too thick.

I decided to get a Birchbox this month. I don’t normally keep this monthly subscription going because I just don’t have the space or the cash for more products. The one thing that promoted me to get the box again was that in an email I had read, it had said that if I signed up again, I would receive three complimentary Benefit samples, so I thought, why not?! (They definitely know how to draw you back in). I have tried the It’s Potent! Eye Cream before and it did well at brightening my eyes, but I have never tried the Total Moisture Facial Cream or the Instant Comeback Facial Serum before.

The box came with a Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl-Liner, Janjira Thai Lime & Ginger Shower Scrub, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, Catherine Malandrino EDP, Habitat Here’s the Plan Notebook and a chapter sampler of A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi. The one sample that stands out from all the rest is the Catherine Malandrino fragrance. It is definitely one of the more fruity fragrances that I own and I love it. It’s not like I need another perfume, but I am actually considering buying the full-sized version, but Birchbox seems to be the only retailer that is stocking it in the UK at the moment and the product is out of stock.

In March, Clinique had a promotion on in Boots where you would get the free Bonus Time gift with a purchase of any 2 products, one of which being skincare. I bought the Super City Block SPF40 oil-free daily face protector and Superbalanced Makeup foundation in the shade 05 Vanilla after completing the online foundation match service on the Clinique website and getting recommendations from friends. The only item I have tried so far from the gift set is the Chubby Stick shadow tint for eyes in 09 lavish lilac and I have to say that it is a very convenient way to apply eyeshadow. I’ve never really bought into the whole eyeshadow stick hype but this one is long-lasting and doesn’t crease.

The Avene Thermal Spring Water is a mist is designed to soothe the skin. I generally use the product in my daily morning and evening skincare routine just to refresh my skin.

There was also a quick stop off at Lush to pick up a few bath ballistics, bubble bars and bath bombs. I’m particularly intrigued to find out how reusable the bunch of carrots actually are.

A Little Walk

On Friday morning I woke up, turned to my right side to check the time and breathed a sigh of relief. It was 9am. I could get to my appointment on time, traffic permitting of course. After watching a couple of episodes of New Girl the previous night, I fell asleep and forgot to set an alarm for the morning. After a short battle with my contact lenses, I grabbed my bag and was ready to leave. The check-up was absolutely fine. They were already running late, so it didn’t matter that I was a few minutes late, well 15 to be exact.

I had given up all hope of seeing the eclipse. It was so cloudy outside and there was no way you could see anything through it. I didn’t have a pair of eclipse glasses anyway.

After finishing my errands, I remembered that I had my camera with me and decided to go for a walk instead of heading straight back home.

Sometimes I forget how beautiful London is. We’re always rushing from one place to another, sometimes I feel like I need to press pause on the busy schedule and take a moment to appreciate the wonders of the city I’m in.

I put on some quiet thought-provoking music, take out my camera and walk down the cobbled streets towards the river. I found myself thinking about the past couple of weeks, months, even years. I realised that certain situations kept cropping up. They were pretty difficult to relive. Then I remembered some pretty amazing things that happened too, which made it all worthwhile.

 

“Trust the person behind the promise; not the promise itself”

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection

I am such a big fan of Real Techniques brushes. My brush collection is mostly made up of RT brushes. I have far too many for the amount of make up I actually wear.

I saw the brushes featured in some beauty blogs I follow and really wanted to try one. The collection is currently exclusive to Boots in the UK and there are 7 brushes in the collection. I bought the arched powder brush – 100.

The bristles are incredibly soft and I really like the feel of the weighted brush when applying make up. It gives you more control over what you are doing and the white bristles are a useful indication as to how much product is on the brush, although it means that you definitely know when it is time to give your brushes a clean. I do prefer this brush compared with the 1401 powder brush because it is even softer. I normally use this brush for loose powders.

The brushes in the collection are currently priced between £10-£25, so they are at the higher end in terms of price on the high street. I would love to try out the other brushes in the collection, but I think for the time being I have far too many to work with at the moment.