Benefit Hoola Bronzer

For years I used the Body Shop shimmer waves bronzer which was very shimmery and quite a light bronzer.

I then decided I wanted a matte bronzer that was a bit darker, to make me look a little more tanned. The contour trend was very much in then, and everyone was talking about how good Hoola bronzer by Benefit is, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I currently use three different bronzers depending on my mood, but Hoola is definitely my favourite. You can tell this by how much I’ve used it! So I will definitely be looking for a new bronzer to replace it, whether I buy the Hoola one again or a different one.

The bronzer comes in a cute little box with a tiny mirror which is very handy if on the move, if a little small. It also comes with a brush, though it’s not the best quality so I tend to use different brushes.

The bronzer itself is a lovely, warm, ‘just got back from holiday’ bronze colour, and you can build the colour. And it isn’t at all muddy. It also works with my fair skin tone, and would suit a variety of skin tones.

It blends really well and feels velvety soft. The great thing about it is it lasts all day too.

I’m not really into the whole contour thing, I prefer a more natural contour, but I imagine this bronzer would be great for contouring if you’re into that.

I would definitely buy this bronzer again. It comes in at around £27 upwards in store but you can get it cheaper online. What’s not to love?

What are your favourite bronzers?

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NARS Albatross Highlighter

Following on from reviewing the YSL Touché Eclat highlighter, I thought I would review another highlighter I have. This week I am going to review the ‘NARS Albatross’ highlighter.

I’m a big fan of NARS and this is the first highlighter I have ever bought. It comes in a little sophisticated compact with a mirror, so is really handy for travelling. This I prefer to take travelling rather than my larger Illamasqua one.

It comes in a white powder form and looks subtly iridescent on your skin, giving a light golden glow and gives a natural ‘lit from within’ look, which is perfect for everyday. (I would probably use a different highlighter to amp up the glamour on an evening.)

I like to use it under my eyebrows and on the tops of my cheekbones, to give a lovely highlight which catches the light. You can even use it on your Cupid’s bow too. It really blends well too, and the powder is soft and silky and not at all dry and chalky.

I like to use a small stippling brush to apply it under my eyebrows, and a blusher brush to apply it to the tops of my cheekbones. (Though a fan brush would be better for this.)

Unfortunately this highlighter does cost a pretty penny and it comes in at around £29 but it will last you forever!

What are your favourite highlighters?

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Yves Saint Laurent Touché Eclat Radiant Touch

I wasn’t sure which make up product to review next, then an under eye highlighter appeared on my Facebook news feed so I thought why not review my Touché Eclat pen? This pen has been popular for years and a lot of versions of it have been made of it everywhere. I was once told by a No7 advisor that the No7 version was made in the same factory as the Touché Eclat! However I have always been a sucker for the labels so have always gone for the Touché Eclat. I think next time I may indeed try a cheaper version to see how it compares.

The Touché Eclat comes in a pen form with a brush, and you literally just click the bottom of the pen to release the liquid. You can use the pen either just under the eyes to camouflage dark circles etc, and under the eyebrows to highlight. You can also use it as a highlight/contour under the eyes, under the eyebrows, down the nose, on the forehead etc. I tend to use it just under the eyes to brighten the under eye area, for a naturally radiant finish. I also really like to use it under my eyebrows, to illuminate and brighten and to give a really clean and crisp finish.

It applies like a liquid and it is really buildable over the top of my foundation, however I tend to just use one or two clicks. The shade is just right for my skin tone. A beauty blender works great after you have used the brush to help further blend the highlighter.

I also love the gold packaging it is in as it oozes luxury. At around £21.60 it’s not cheap, but this product is rated highly in reviews so you definitely get what you pay for.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

After having reviewed quite a lot of skin care products I thought I would start reviewing some make up products! I will start with the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette which is the second eyeshadow palette in the series. I also have the ‘smokey’ eye shadow palette which I will review at a later date.

I bought this eyeshadow palette a few years back as I had always wanted an Urban Decay Naked Palette and was not disappointed. These palettes are very popular! The Palette comes in kind of a tin packaging which is easy for travelling. You get 12 gorgeous colours in a variety of shades including matte shades, glittery shades and metallic shades. You also get a brush, although I don’t particularly use it as I have better eyeshadow brushes. All the colours are suitable for creating a glamorous brown smokey eye look and a slightly darker smokey eye as there is a black in the palette (and a very good smokey black at that.) The quality of the colours is very high and you get a lot of pigment in each. This is especially good with the glittery/metallic shades as they really show up on your lid, with little fall out. The colours blend beautifully too and have a smooth texture. You can create many different smokey eye looks with all the different colours as they work really well together. For example: starting with the cream ‘Foxy’ all over your lid up to the brow bone, tease on your lid and in your crease building up to ‘Busted’ in your crease blended outward. Then pop one glittery colour in the middle of your lid, for example ‘Half Baked’ and ‘Booty Call’ under your brow bone and in the corner of each eye. If you’re feeling really daring then amp up the glamour and put a small brush stroke of ‘Blackout’ very slightly in your deep crease and blend outwards. Remember to blend blend blend your eyeshadow.

My favourite colour is ‘Chopper’ as it is a really lovely glittery copper colour.

On the down side with this palette is if you’re looking for a natural day look eye palette then this one probably isn’t the palette for you as all of the colours are glittery apart from three. Plus it is probably not as suitable for mature skins as the glittery/metallic shades highlights fine lines and wrinkles.

This baby comes in at £43 which is not cheap but so worth it.

No 7 Moisturisers

Ok it’s another skin care blog! After trying mainly high end skin care products- Decleor, Elemis, Dermalogica etc I thought I would try something a bit more budget friendly, but still high quality. I needed some new moisturisers and No 7 by Boots is very popular and delivers in quality and value so thought I would try it. I’ve tried my Mum’s No 7 moisturisers before so thought I would try them for myself. I also bought a new mascara in the three for two offer, so will be reviewing that in a blog soon when I have tried it. When I went into Boots I asked the Number 7 sales advisor for a recommendation for a day cream, and a night cream, for combination sensitive skin so she directed me to this Hydra Luminous Day Lotion and Hydra Luminous Overnight Recovery Gel Cream which are suitable for all skin types. Here is my review of them:

Hydra Luminous Day Cream

On first appearance I thought the packaging of the moisturiser is a little medical, but this didn’t put me off as I knew it would be a good product. Inside the box is a pump dispenser bottle of the moisturiser. This isn’t my favourite kind of bottle as it means you can’t get every last drop of the product. However the cream itself is a lovely medium consistency and absorbs well, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and moisturised. It smells lovely, the scent does remind me a little of sun cream whether you like that kind of smell (I do) but it is a pleasant scent nonetheless. I would buy this moisturiser again as it is very reasonable at £14 a bottle. It also has an SPF of 15 and 5 star UVA which is an added bonus.

Hydra Luminous Overnight Recovery Gel Cream

You know what? I’ve wanted a night cream for aages as I’ve just been using a normal moisturiser. And this one does not disappoint. First things first, the packaging is a little disappointing but on opening the box I am glad the cream is in a pot rather than a pump dispenser,so I can get every last drop. As it says on the pot, this cream is a gel cream which you can tell straight away when you put it on, as it is really cooling on your skin. I think the cream is slightly thicker than the daily moisturiser but doesn’t feel too heavy. It takes slightly longer to absorb into your skin but once it does it leaves your skin feeling hydrated, soft and smooth. I would buy this again. It comes in at £14, which really, for a quality moisturiser is a bargain.

Dermalogica

I haven’t blogged in a while so thought I’d post a new blog. I think this will be the last blog on skin care I am going to write about for a while, as I have done quite a few skin care blogs so would like to move onto reviewing something different.

This week I am going to be writing about Dermalogica- some samples which my lovely friend Danielle gave me.

I used to use Dermalogica at beauty college, and for quite a while afterwards, so it was nice to be reintroduced to it again and to try some products which I haven’t used before.

It’s also been nice to virtually ‘meet’ and receive comments from some other beauty bloggers/bloggers and have a shared interest. So do let me know what you think of my blog post(s) and I will return the favour.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

Also- thought I’d post photos of the samples this time rather than photos from a website of the full product just to mix things up a bit 🙂

Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser

This is a new cleanser I haven’t tried before and is in the Age smart range, which is anti ageing. (Suitable for those aged 25+ as your skin starts to age from 25 upwards sadly) This is a bonus; whether or not it actually works in reducing fine lines or not, I am sceptical, but worth trying out as it is a good product regardless. This is a lovely cleanser, it is light and creamy and feels nice on your skin. Like all Dermalogica products it has that pleasant clean scent. Afterwards my skin felt clean and refreshed. It did feel a little tingly but not uncomfortable but I would probably purchase a Dermalogica cleanser in the sensitive skin range. This product comes in at around £31 upwards.

Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant

I’ve not used an exfoliator like this before and do I like it? I LOVE it. It has an oily/grainy texture so feels really lovely on your skin and not at all harsh or abrasive. People with oily skin don’t be put off as remember using oil on your skin helps your skin to stop producing more oil. It is supposed to use thermal technology but I didn’t feel any heat from it to be honest, but I think for this to work you have to use it on dry skin. Afterwards my skin felt squeaky clean and exfoliated. Please note the product is not suitable for sensitive skin though personally I didn’t appear to have any reaction from this product. This exfoliator costs around £40.

Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery

What I first noticed about this product is the scent. It has a lovely smell. The moisturiser glides onto your skin and absorbs easily. My skin felt smooth and fresh afterwards. It did feel a little tingly and took a while to subside but was not uncomfortable. This is only because my skin is sensitive. However in the future I would probably purchase a moisturiser suitable for sensitive skin. This one comes in at around £50.

Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Firm

This eye cream has a nice creamy consistency as opposed to other eye creams I’ve tried in the past where the texture has not been as nice. It has a pleasant scent too. All you do is just dot it around your eyes (not too close to your eyes) making them feel fresh and wide awake. I would purchase this in the future. It costs around £37.99

Liz Earle Products

I’ve heard so many good things about Liz Earle products (a lot of clients at the spa used them too) that when my Mum said I could try out hers I jumped at the chance. Here is my review of the products…

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Firstly I tried out the famous Hot Cloth Cleanser. I love the concept of this and that you get the cloth included. With this cleanser, you massage two pumps of it into your skin. The cleanser is a lovely thick cream which oozes luxury and feels great on your skin. Then you use the damp hot cloth to remove the product leaving your skin feeling refreshed, smooth and soft. I do have to say though that I’m not such a fan of the menthol scent so I probably wouldn’t purchase the product for myself but it is a great and quality cleanser.

I am told that Lidl/Aldi do a much cheaper copy/imitation of the product which may be something to look out for if you’re on a budget. The Liz Earle one comes in at around £13.17 upwards which is very good for a high quality product.

Liz Earle Gentle Exfoliator

I think this is a great exfoliator and much better than that of the Elemis Skin Buff that I’ve tried as it’s so much gentler on your skin. (The Skin Buff one I found pretty abrasive) As it says in the name this is a gentle exfoliator which buffs your skin, the small granules exfoliating your skin gently and removing impurities and dead skin. Again I’m not such a fan of the menthol scent. If it wasn’t for this I would be sold on this product. It comes in at around £16.50

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

I really love this toner! It has a lovely calming scent (as it has ingredients such as chamomile etc) It feels great on your skin and leaves your skin feeling refreshed, toned and soothed. I would definitely consider buying this in the future. It comes in at around £16.

Estée Lauder Products 2

This week I’m reviewing the second lot of Estée Lauder freebies! Hope you enjoy reading 🙂

Estée Lauder Micro Essence Infusion Mask

This sheet mask is pretty similar to ones I’ve used on clients at the spa. I found it quite claustrophobic so couldn’t keep it on very long. It also made my skin a little tingly at first. On the plus side you can tell the mask is packed with product to nourish your skin and once you’ve taken the mask off your skin feels really moisturised and it gives your skin a nice healthy glow. The sheet masks cost around £47.99

Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate

This product is an over night treatment which soothes the look of irritation and gives the skin 24 hour hydration. This product is like a serum. It glided onto my skin, leaving my skin feeling smooth. It quickly absorbed into my skin leaving it feeling hydrated and looking glowy. It has a pleasant smell too. What did I think of the result? I have quite a rough/dry/red chin at the moment so hoped it would clear that up. It does look less red than it has been (whether this is the product or not !) but my chin still feels dry. This product comes in at £47 upwards.

Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti Ageing Cell Power Creme

This moisturiser is really light weight and quickly absorbed leaving skin feeling moisturised and soft with no irritation. It has a lovely scent too. It is also said to have anti ageing benefits. It costs £40 upwards.

Body Shop Body Products

Here is yet (another!) blog post about Body Shop products. I just love them and am always buying them. This week I am reviewing body exfoliators.

Strawberry Softening Body Polish

I bought this Body Polish for the first time years ago and absolutely loved it so thought I would purchase it again!

Firstly, when you open up the lid it smells just like strawberries and in fact it contains cold pressed strawberry seed oil, as well as honey from Ethiopia.

There is a slight grainy texture to it which is great for exfoliating your skin, making your skin feel soft, smooth and exfoliated. It also uses seeds to exfoliate. The only downside to this is that they collect at the bottom of your shower, so have to be cleared away as they may block your plug hole! Aside from this, it is a great product. I love it. And it’s only £10!

Shea Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub

I love this product as it leaves your skin feeling silky soft and smooth. It has a sugary grainy texture, smoothing out your skin, but also leaves a moisturising oily (but non greasy) film on your skin afterwards, making your skin feel moisturised and so soft afterwards. It has a pleasant nutty scent too. Ideally this product should be followed by Shea Body Butter, to lock in the moisture leaving your skin even more moisturised and hydrated. It costs £16.

Body Shop Facial Products

I’ve been given some more free samples from The Body Shop to try so thought I’d do a blog on them!

Drops of Light- Pure Healthy Brightening Serum

What I first noticed about this product is that it feels like a watery liquid, rather than a serum. It glides onto your skin easily, but takes a while to absorb completely into your skin. Afterwards your skin feels refreshed and hydrated, and does look brighter. The serum smells lovely too. Would I buy it? This is the third serum I have tried, and to be honest, I’d rather stick with the Drops of Youth serum (which by the way according to Glamour magazine, one sells every 23 seconds!) as it feels much more like a serum. This is a great product though. Drops of Light serum costs £26.

Drops of Youth- Youth Cream

I’ve tried the Drops of Youth Serum before and now I have also tried the Drops of Youth moisturiser! It has a similar thickness as the Vitamin E and Vitamin C moisturiser and also smells nice. My skin felt smooth and soft afterwards, and dry patches were cleared up. This would be a good daily moisturiser, and pairs well with the serum. However, for now I think I will stick to the Vitamin E and Vitamin C moisturisers as I love them, but may try this one in the future. This moisturiser comes in at £23

Oils of Life- Intensely Revitalising Cream

I’m pretty sure I’ve tried a tester of this moisturiser before, and it didn’t suit my sensitive skin but I decided to give it another whirl.

Number one this moisturiser smells gorgeous! Just like aromatherapy oils! In fact this moisturiser contains a blend of three precious seed oils from around the world. It’s quite thick too, which I like about it, as you feel you’re really adding moisture to your skin. The moisturiser left my skin feeling hydrated, smooth and soft and thankfully there was no sensitivity. I would consider buying this moisturiser in the future as it smells so nice! It comes in at £26.