Saturday, 30 November 2013

Lierac Magnificence day & night cream

Today I wanted to share a recent favourite of mine and a somewhat recent addition to my skincare routine! I've always been quite slapdash/lazy when it comes to skincare, but I'm making more of an effort to get into a good routine and find the right products for me. I've been enjoying using this Lierac magnificence day and night cream for the past month or two and I wanted to share my thoughts on it! 

First of all - I want to mention the price. It is a heart wrenching £50(ish) and can be purchased online from various online pharmacies that stock a variety of french skincare brands. £50, wow. I can tell you now, that I would never have purchased this myself as I would be too afraid that I wouldn't like it and had wasted £50 but having used this product, I can say that IF (a big IF) I had the budget available, I would be happy to invest in this product. So if you are happy to splash the cash on skincare, this is a good contender for an all around day/night cream. 

The consistency is gel like, and it sinks into the skin beautifully without leaving a sticky residue on your skin. The scent is beautiful and lingers on the skin, which I personally like. The packaging is very luxurious and a little of the product goes a fair way, so it will last a long time - I probably use a coin sized amount for the whole face. I love the way this makes my skin feel, smooth and velvet like - and I also love the way it adds a bit of brightness and luminosity to my skin which is a welcomed feature in this winter weather when skin can often look dull and dry! 

Overall - if it wasn't for the price, I would repurchase this in a heartbeat. Currently, I have no plans to repurchase when this runs out as for someone with a less than average income, £50 on one item of skincare is rediculous but if I had the luxury of being able to afford high end skincare I would most certainly repurchase! 

Could you justify £50 on skincare? 


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Friday, 29 November 2013

Gifts for him under £10

Here is the second installment of a series of gift guides on Lovely Jubbly Blog, you can see the first one here! My favourite part of Christmas, besides the family time and food has to be shopping and buying gifts for loved ones! This gift guide is for any of the men in your life including items for superhero fans, travellers, comedy lovers and the man who has everything!  These would be great stand alone gifts if you have a smaller budget or perhaps stocking fillers if you have a bigger budget! I personally find men very difficult to buy for, especially dads and brothers - so I'll be getting a few of these bits and bobs to go alongside their main gift! 



Here is the first installment of a series of gift guides on Lovely Jubbly Blog! My favourite part of Christmas, besides the family time and food has to be shopping and buying gifts for loved ones! This gift guide is perfect for any girls ranging from teenagers to adults and all for under £10 (some as low as £2!). These would be great stand alone gifts if you have a smaller budget or perhaps stocking fillers if you have a bigger budget! I love every single one of these items *Hint for Santa if he's reading* 


Sunday, 24 November 2013

October Empties - Products I've used up

I know you're probably thinking that October has been and gone, however I didn't get around to posting my empties during the end of the month so I wanted to share them now - better late than never, right?! Monthly empties, or products I've used up has become a regular feature on my blog and I've really got the hang of using up my products before I buy even more. So here's everything I used up during the month of October & a short summary of each: 

John Freida Frizz Ease serum - Great product, lasts ages and definitely helped with frizz control. Repurchase? YES 

The Ultimate Fix drying spray/top coat mini  - interesting product, helps reduce drying time but doesn't necessarily live up to the chip resistant name. Repurchase? MAYBE

Bourjois healthy mix concealer - excellent if you have dry skin, a moisturising creamy concealer that covers well. Repurchase? YES 

Batiste dry shampoo in lace - my favourite brand of dry shampoo by far, but this wasn't the scent for me - I much prefer the tropical one. Repurchase? NO 

Revlon nearly naked foundation in 'vanilla' - Very affordable, good amount of coverage and I love the formula. A decent variety of shades, vanilla is perfect for me! Repurchase? YES 

Garnier simply essentials makeup remover - Very gentle so great for sensitive skin, works well at removing most makeup and doesn't leave an oily residue on the skin. Repurchase? YES 

Soap and glory hand food - a beauty bloggers favourites, lovely scent and brilliant formula that sinks in quickly and soothes dry hands. Repurchase? YES 

Cien nail polish remover - I love this purely for the pump bottle and the slight almond/marzipan scent it has. Repurchase? YES 

Elf daily brush cleaner - My usual brush cleaner, does the job well and lasts a long time however I have noticed that elf have now replaced this with a 60ml bottle for the same price! Repurchase? NO

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Body Shop - Shea & Cocoa butter range

The Body Shop products are well known for their excellent quality, and some of my favourite bath and body products come from their shops! Although my all time favourite is their satsuma range, I also really enjoy the sweeter, nuttier scents like the Shea range and Cocoa Butter range, which are both famous for their skin nourishing properties and nutty fragrance. Today's post includes a few of my favourite products from the Body Shop that I have been loving recently. I've had this photograph for so long just waiting to be reviewed despite almost using the products up fully - it's just been forgotten about, so you may notice that the Body Shop have recently changed their packaging which you can see on their website

Cocoa butter body scrub £12.50 || Shea shower cream £4 || Cocoa Butter body butter £13 

The Cocoa butter body scrub is great for those of you who love a good exfoliating product that helps to remove dead skin cells and leave skin feeling smooth and soft at the same time. As you can see the product has visible grains which help to exfoliate the skin but it is in no way harsh. Once washed off, the product leaves behind smooth, clean skin which lingers with a sweet cocoa butter scent. For £12.50 you get 200ml of product and it lasts ages! 

The cocoa butter body butter has the same sweet smell as the body scrub, and lingers on the skin for a while after use. It has quite a thick consistency but doesn't feel greasy when applied as it sinks into the skin nicely. It's great for use on extra dry skin, I sometimes use this on my elbows, knees etc - or areas where I am prone to dry skin! Again, you receive 200ml of product and this retails at £13 - a little goes a long way. 

The last product I wanted to include was this shower cream from the shea range. It is sold as a soap free cleansing product and is ideal for use on dry skin as it is again, very moisturising. I love that this lathers up really well, and feels quite luxurious compared to standard shower gels. The main reason I enjoy this product, is because it smells lovely - quite subtle but a scent that stays on your skin for a long time! 

The body shop frequently have massive discount codes floating around for 30% or even 40% off orders, so it's worth keeping an eye out online for some bargains! Glamour magazine (£2) also have a free gift card in this months mag that is either worth £3, £15 or £100 - I've got mine but I haven't checked what it's worth yet - fingers crossed for £100 (I wish!!) 



Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Applying false eyelashes for the first time: Eldora Lashes 'H151'

Considering the fact that I write a 'beauty' themed blog, it may come as a surprise to you that I am a complete newbie when it comes to the world of false lashes. In fact, I've never ever worn them in my life! When I was asked if I would like to try some lashes from Eldora, curiosity more than anything made me say yes. I always admire people who can apply false lashes and make them look just as natural as their own lashes, so I was keen to have a dabble in subtle false lashes!

The pair I received was the H151 lashes which are real hair lashes and short, natural lashes with an invisible band. They retail at £4.50 a pair and there are so many pairs to choose from whether you are looking for natural lashes, full lashes or really dramatic costume like lashes! 

The lashes come in a small box and you are provided with an eyelash glue too - which is great, as I am a falsies newbie I have no glue hanging around! I found application to be pretty straightforward  considering I'd never applied lashes before. The glue provided with the lashes applies white (almost blue-ish) to the lashes so that made it easier to see where I had actually put the glue. After watching a few too many make-up based youtube videos I already knew that it would probably be easier to use tweezers to apply the lashes rather than trying to place them on by hand, so that's exactly what I did. I found that the lashes were the right shape for my eye and they sat pretty well on the lashline. It did take a little bit of maneuvering to get them as close as possible but in general I think they worked out quite well! I did go over them with a bit of black shadow just to cover up any tiny gaps between the lash and the lashline just in case I'd gone a bit wrong but overall I think they looked great. 

Two things surprised me about the lashes and application (both positive of course): 
1 - I didn't glue my eyelids shut 
2 - The lashes weren't heavy and I couldn't really feel I was wearing them! 

So all in all, a positive 'first time' experience at wearing false lashes! I loved how they looked on and I felt really glam, these will definitely be used for a night out or perhaps a special occasion when being a bit more glam is necessary! Thanks to Eldora and I am no longer a false lash newbie! 

What do you think? 


*Pr Sample

Sunday, 3 November 2013

October Favourites

The past month has absolutely flown by for me! I've been waiting to start my new job which I've now been in for a whole week (more on that soon!) and I've discovered so many new and exciting products that I've really enjoyed using! So for my October favourites every single item is 'new' in terms of favourites status! So here's what I've been loving lately: 

october favourites uk beauty blog

Witch skincare blemish gel 
After running out of my usual spot treatment I decided to try something new and I've found something that works for me! This spot gel from Witch is a clear gel formula which you apply to blemishes and leave over night and it helps to reduce spots. I find that blemishes are less red in the morning and clear up quicker than if they were left to their own devices! It does have a strong scent and can sting a little if it's a 'fresh' blemish but nothing too bad that would stop me using it as the outcome is brilliant! 

Lierac paris Magnificence day and night gel moisturiser* 
This might just be the most expensive skincare product I've ever owned, but my gosh do I love it! It's amazing. The scent is unlike anything I've smelled before, it smells so luxurious and lovely and the formula is gel like which is different too. I've found that my skin has generally looked brighter, more awake and felt smoother to the touch and I think it's because of this! It's available to buy from online pharmacies and if this is in your budget then I'd definitely recommend trying it! 

Real Techniques expert face brush
Previously I'd gone back to basics with applying foundation by using my hands - a lot of the time I find this the best way to make sure it is truly blended in. However, lately I've been reaching for the expert face brush and it's changed my routine completely. I find this makes application quicker, I use less product and it applies evenly providing excellent coverage! This has been a lifesaver in the early mornings before work and its just the perfect shape for all areas of the face including under eyes and the nose!  

Alison Claire coconut lipbalm - reviewed here*
The cold, harsh winter weather has well and truly kicked in here in Wales. This combined with a freezing cold office and a heater that's constantly on means my lips have been super dry - my favourite lip balm this month has been this natural lip balm in coconut by Alison Claire! It's a thoroughly moisturising product and has helped stop my lips from becoming chapped and sore! 

Lierac paris cleansing water - reviewed here*
I've recently been trying out a few different skincare products and this has been one of favourites. It's made removing makeup a lot quicker and easier and has been my go to product especially on days when I've worn a waterproof mascara or heavy eye makeup as this removes it all! 

MUA matte lipstick in wild berry - swatched here 
I literally haven't stopped wearing this shade! It's so unlike any other shade I own but I love it, it's perfect for this time of year and I really like the formula of these matte shades by MUA! All for £1!! You can read more about the range in my post linked above, but this is a firm fave! 

Catrice Absolute nude palette - reviewed here
Another product I have recently discovered, but again something I haven't stopped using! This is my current everyday eyeshadow, it's great for an everyday look for work and it's pretty too! My favourite is definitely the lightest shade which reminds me of rice paper from mac, it's very light, shimmery and brightening - so perfect for a wake me up on early mornings at work! 

So, there you have it ... a collection of my current favourites and I can sense a few of these staying around for a good while! What have you been loving lately? 


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Review

Having previously used the shampoo and conditioner from Avon's moroccan argan oil range (see here) I was excited to try out their leave in treatment oil. Moroccan oils and argan oils are massive at the moment and there are so many differnt brands and types available to suit any budget, this particular oil is around the £5 mark - currently on offer for just £3.50. Here's what I thought: 

avon argan cheap moroccan oil

For the price, you get 30ml of product. Suggested usage is a 'small size amount' so although this is smaller than some of hair oils available, you don't need a great deal for each use - I usually stick to about a coin sized measure! The packaging is a clear glass bottle, with a plastic pump and cap which is very compact and it's great to see how much of the product you have left. 

The oil itself is a light gold colour and smells incredible! If you've used avon's hair products before, this smells very similar to their advance techniques dry end serum! The product is designed to be used on wet or dry hair and aimed at giving added shine and a smooth finish to your hair! 

To use on wet hair, simply towel dry your hair and apply a small amount througout, focusing on the ends. For dry hair, I use this as a finishing product - so after styling and brushing, I just smooth this over the ends of my hair, where damage is most visible. Here are my results from applying this to dry, styled hair as a finishing oil: 

before and after moroccan oil argan avon blonde dry bleached hair

As you can see, before hand my hair has a few fly away bits and looks quite dry! After applying a small amount of the oil the difference is amazing! In the bottom picture, you can hopefully see that my hair generally looks a lot smoother, with less fly aways and dryness and a lot more shine and glossy! 

What do you think?