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I’ve not taken such a long break as this for quite some time and I wanted to give you an explanation as to why just so nobody thinks I’ve fallen off the face of the earth.

Hello firstly to my new followers! I promise I’m not always this bad and I really appreciate you reading my posts.

I’ve been seriously busy this last few weeks combined with a lack of writing motivation. I’ve got lists of posts ready to go they’re just not written up. I was a bit poorly with a viral infection a couple of weeks ago which completely wiped me out for the best part of a week.

Also the reason I’ve been really busy is Harry and I have bought our very first house! We completed today and got the keys which is super exciting but I’ve been packing constantly and just had no time to devote to blogging. Also we have no internet until next Tuesday plus work has been crazy busy…. Phew!

Anyway I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things shortly.

Toodle pip for now x

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Review

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads – £22

Looking for an AHA containing exfoliant that won’t burn your face off? Can’t be bothered with faffing about with cotton pads and spilling liquid everywhere? You might want to check out these travel friendly, budget friendly, little rounds of presoaked goodness…

I’m a big fan of chemical exfoliants, I’ve made no bones about that, and I’ve heard lots of murmurings in the beauty world about the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, so during one of BeautyBay’s sales earlier in the month I decided to take the plunge and pick them up.

First Aid Beauty claim that contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make them safe and effective for daily use. I do like that they’re pre-soaked and come in a tub as it makes it very travel friendly, I’m not trying to count out how many cotton pads I’ll need while I’m away and a big bottle of Alpha H Liquid Gold to boot. I also like that these are gentle enough to be used at night and morning, although I find that it does leave a slight sticky film on my skin so I tend to leave them to just night time use.

Ok so I might have misled you with the budget friendly aspect, as to many of you £22 is definitely not budget. But let’s put things into perspective – Chemical exfoliants are not cheap! Liquid Gold is £33.50 for 100ml, so in fact these are probably some of the cheapest you will find on the market. Plus you get 60 rounds in a pot so it’s a fair amount for the price – 36p a pad.

The only thing I’m a little disappointed with, and perhaps I should have read the description before jumping in and purchasing them, is that there is no tingle whatsoever. I do love the feeling of my skin tingling, I feel like it’s really getting to work. However if you have very sensitive skin that can’t really deal with AHA’s or you’re looking to try chemical exfoliants then these would be a good option for dipping your toe into the water, they’re very gentle so perfect to try!

They’re not quite as good as my Alpha H Liquid Gold, but I think I will repurchase as they’re so convenient especially if I’m going away. They’re also pretty good if you’re new to the exfoliant world and have sensitive skin.

Rimmel – Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 30 Review

Rimmel - Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 30
Rimmel - Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 30 swatch
Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 30

Rimmel – Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 30 – £5.49

I can’t believe how many times I’ve spoken about my love for the Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick number 30 but I’ve not actually put pen to paper so to speak and write a proper review about it.

It’s a dark berry colour and so very similar to 107, but has much more of a pinky purple undertone to it, in fact it reminds me of Mac Rebel but slightly darker. It’s very pigmented so only a couple of swipes are needed – but you can layer it on for a deeper colour if desired – meaning you can really amp it up for a night out, or have a lighter more stained look for the day time. This makes all the difference as it can definitely be worn all year round as opposed to being just confined to the winter months.

It’s quite a creamy lipstick so it’s comfortable to wear and doesn’t dry out your lips, however the drawback to that is it does tend to slip and end up going everywhere. There have been quite a few times where my friends have had to tell me I’ve got lipstick on my chin CRINGE! so that does let it down a little and cements my decision when I can’t decide whether to wear it to dinner!

Despite its tendency to slip I really do love this lipstick and I’ve been wearing it a lot this last six months. It’s comfortable, a beautiful colour and a purse friendly price. Just don’t forget a mirror with this one!

Recent Purchases #1

recent beauty purchases

There’s something about picking up products you’ve been wanting to try for what seems like forever. It’s a bit like “YES! I finally have *insert product name* I’m finally going to look like Kendall Jenner/aspirationalgirlcrush”. Here are a few things I’ve picked up this past month. Most of them are things I’ve been wanting to try out for quite some time so I’m really excited about them.

I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve wanted to try the much coveted Anastasia Brow Wiz. I finally took the plunge and purchased this from BeautyBay. I picked up the shade Medium Brown and was a little worried as I was only going off internet swatches, so I wasn’t sure if it would suit me. However it could not be more perfect. It’s taking a little getting used to as I’ve used a powder for the last couple of years, but I’m getting the hang of it now.

Eye pencils seem to be my new obsession of late, so when I saw these Bourjois Colorband Eye Pencils I immediately needed to try them out. Luckily Boots were having a 3 for 2 on Bourjois so I picked up the shades Rose Fauviste, Beige Minimaliste and Mauve Baroque. Unfortunately the first time I came to try out the Rose one it completely snapped on me! so I had to go back to Boots and get another one. I’m really loving these pencils, they’re pretty much all I’m wearing to work as they’re quick and fuss free. Despite not wearing purple eyeshadow for a good number of years now the Mauve one has become my favourite.

I love my Alpha H Liquid Gold, I love the light stinging sensation it gives to alert me to the fact it’s dissolving my skin cells (err…gross!) and the glowiness I get the morning after. But I’ve had a yearning to try something new- these First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. I’ve heard great things about them and they’d be perfect for travelling. I’ve tried these once so far and they’re slightly different to the Alpha H in that instead of an immediate tingliness it sort of builds up after a few minutes. Nonetheless I did enjoy and will give these a bit more testing before I properly review them.

Everyone has surely heard of Philip Kingsley in the beauty world, he’s some kind of hair god! I was in Fenwicks in Canterbury around my birthday and I noticed they had a Philip Kingsley section so I went over to have a browse. I’ve had my eye on the Philip Kingsley Scalp Exfoliator for some time, but knowing what little success I have with hair products in general I opted for the smaller version. Having given it a trial, I’m impressed. The other PK item I got was the Body and Volume Cracker, which was leftover stock from Christmas marked down to £5 – Bargain! so I grabbed that and inside it had a tube of the Elasticizer- another product I’ve been wanting to try for some time now. It didn’t wow me as much as the scalp exfoliator, but then again I did apply it incorrectly and end up with limp hair so it’s not a true reflection. Note to self – do not put on roots!

What have you been buying this month? Have you tried any of these products?

Babyliss Boutique Salon Ceramic Rollers Review

Babyliss Boutique Salon Ceramic Rollers – £49.95* available at John Lewis

A few weeks ago I was sent these gorgeous Babyliss Boutique Salon Ceramic Rollers and I’ve been testing them out. I have to admit I don’t crack out the rollers very often as I have so little time for the waiting around part, but I do love the end result they give and I’ll always use them for special occasions and evenings out. I was excited when these finally arrived on my desk and couldn’t wait to give them a go. So what did I think?

The rollers come in a nice little case which holds both the rollers and the clips and has two lids to access each one. It’s quite compact (although not as compact as my travel ones) but not so bulky that you couldn’t take these with you if you were getting ready somewhere.

Inside there are 12 rollers which have a lovely velvety coating around the barrel of the roller and 12 plastic clips. I’m no pro with rollers in all honesty as seen by the pictures, and it’s probably because I don’t practice enough. However the velvety part of the barrel does make them quite easy to use as the hair doesn’t immediately fall off when you’re attempting to wrap it around.

They heat up fairly quickly so you’re not waiting around, but don’t be fooled into thinking the light on the front will come on when they’re ready else you’ll be waiting forever like I did! In actual fact one of the rollers has a little red dot that turns white when the rollers are ready.

What I loved most about these rollers and what made me choose them in the first place was the heated clips. With my other rollers they use pins and they can be quite fiddly to make stay in your hair and also hurt, plus they aren’t heated. With the clips the heat helps to hold the curl longer and the rollers actually feel more secure in your hair so you can bob your head a little more freely when dancing along to your favourite tracks.

My only gripe with these, like many other sets of rollers I’ve found is there’s not enough to do the sheer amount of hair that I have (it’s a lot!) and it’s really annoying as I usually end up having to curl the bottom part of my hair rather than wait till some rollers can be taken out and replaced.

As I mentioned before I love using rollers as my go to evening party hair style. Although you have the initial faff of putting the rollers in, once you take them out you just need to give your hair a little shake, add some hairspray and voila! Instant glam!

I certainly cannot be bothered with the hassle of rollers during the day but what I found as a great daytime hair style is the morning after you’ve used the rollers you can flip your hair upside down and fluff up the roots a little bit then pop it up in a voluminous pony tail – unless your hair is covered in drink/vomit/delete as appropriate – which makes it looks like you’ve made far more effort than you actually have. Perfect for if you’ve got to somewhere to be and you’re hungover.

Overall I am really impressed with these rollers. They aren’t too fiddly and pretty quick to put in and give really good results (when I can do it right!). I’d definitely recommend investing in some rollers with clips it makes them so much easier to use.

French Pharmacy Favourites

French Pharmacy Products

I feel that I’m always banging on about French skincare products and I suppose I am, as I’m obsessed with and do make up a large part of my skincare routine, but they are worthy of the praise lavished on them. These are my top French Pharmacy skincare products that I definitely couldn’t bear to run out and not have a back up they are that good!

Manual exfoliators were definitely in exile territory until the Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream came into my life. I found that they would often cause my skin to break out days later probably due to micro tearing of skin, but when I tried Caudalie I was converted. It smells divine, is oh so gentle and does a bang up job of leaving my skin smooth and soft without causing breakouts.

I first picked up La Roche-Posay Serozinc back in September and I absolutely cannot get enough of this incredible toner, so it’s handy I picked up 4 bottles over there! It’s so light, gentle and soothing. I use it for all sorts of things as well as part of my daily cleansing routine and despite using it daily, I’m still on my first bottle!

I’m pretty faithful to my Origins masks but recently another face mask integrated itself in to my routine, and I have to say it’s pretty darn good. Unfortunately you can’t get Cattier in the UK at the moment as far as I’m aware but this Green Clay Face Mask is well worth picking up if you happen to be on the other side of the channel. It’s not meant to completely dry on your face so it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight but still extracts all those horrible impurities.

It wouldn’t be a French skincare post without the much hyped Bioderma Micellar Solution. I usually use the Sebium version, but I picked up a Crealine version as the Sebium one has been irritating my eyes of late. It’s still one of the best makeup removers out there despite fierce competition from the Garnier Micellar Water and I absolutely wouldn’t be without one of these bottles on my dressing table.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ is one of the most raved about over the counter blemish treatments and I’ll tell you now, if you’ve not tried this yet you absolutely must! It’s a light texture, helps to either get rid of blemishes or bring them to a head but best of all, it fades red marks in quicksticks (or at least faster than they would without any treatment).

Finally to top off my skincare stash is the Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum. I still haven’t found any serum quite as good as this and that’s ok because it proves how bloody fantastic this is. It injects a healthy dose of hydration in to my skin so that I wake up with glowy skin without it being greasy, what more could you want?

What are your favourite French skincare products?

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