Friday, 25 March 2016

Estée Lauder Perfectly Clear Makeup Remover

Hey guys it's nearly easter and the sun is shining which always makes you feel better. Hope you are all well.  Today I'm writing about a cleanser I had a try in Glasgow in February.  When I was shopping up there in one of their lovely shopping centres I decided to buy Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, and whilst I was trying out the different shades the consultant tried the Estée Lauder Makeup Remover on me.  She said it was excellent to use in conjunction with the Double Wear, but I couldn't buy it at that time as I was travelling by plane and it was too big for my hand luggage.
So once I got home I ordered it.  Now description wise this is to Shiz here we go:)

Triple play for your skin combining 3 in 1.  Cleanser, Toner and Makeup Remover.
A refreshing airy foam cleanser which works immediately.  Melts away makeup (even long wear formulas) as it removes impurities with out drying.
Leaves skin toned, balanced, and comforted with no oily residue. Skin looks healthy fresh and luminous.

Who is this for? Well described as for all skin types
Multi benefits in one
Works gently
Ultra convenience


Use AM and PM. shake well. Gently Massage onto dry skin and rinse off, Avoid eye area,

So how did I find it.  I will say if you wear Double Wear foundation this cleanser will literally tear through it and break it down.  If you want to see before you buy, go to an Estée Lauder counter, ask to put some foundation on your hand and then stick the cleanser on and you can watch it go to work.  I've put some on my hand as above to show you the texture.  Now as I'm honest as much as I like it, as it cuts through makeup super quick, this cleanser is also great for travel as it cuts down on having to pack a separate toner also.  The negative side for me, is the cleanser does dry my skin out and leaves it feeling a little bit tight.  My skin is oily and a little bit sensitive and normally most products are fine,  it's not a massive issue but I think I prefer balm cleansers.
Although as mentioned it is a really great cleanser for when your in a rush, just don't use it around your eyes..... It does tell you not to, but I forgot and did, it did sting my eyes ouch.

Have you tried it what are your thoughts?? 


Monday, 21 March 2016

Redken all soft cream spray

If your hair is suffering from either too much bleach, heat styling, or general wear and tear and it's over processed then you might think what do I do now.  If you are a reader of my blog you will know I'm forever on the quest for products, and I've found another one which I'm loving.  This one is from Redken and as mentioned in the title it's a spray, so great for thin hair which cannot be weighed down.
Redken is one of those brands generally you can spot in a nice salon if you are popping in for a posh haircut and I like a lot of their products as they generally are spot on in what they say on the tin.

So back to the product this is a unique cream in spray form without weighing the hair down, Redken All Soft Cream contains Argan Oil for intense shine and moisture retention, also the spray enriched with keratin infuses hair with amino acids and protein to repair damaged hair and prevent further damage.

How to use, spray on clean towel dried hair especially where your hair is prone to damage.

I can honestly say this is a lovely product, I don't make any secret in my blogs that my hair is over processed, and my hair literally soaks this up when I spray it on, I normally don't blow dry after this, and let my hair dry naturally to try and minimise damage, when I stumble out of bed the next morning my hair looks in a much better state, and feels much better,  not only that everyone asks me if I have recoloured my hair,,,

So if your hair deserves a treat grab one I bought mine from Look Fantastic.

See you soon

Laura xx

Monday, 7 March 2016

Ten tips to grow out a pixie cut

Hey guys hope you are all well, you may remember me having an impulsive short hair cut back in October and as much as the haircut was amazing I felt it was too short for me and have been frantically trying to grow it back out.   So if you are in the same boat then hopefully you may find these tips helpful.

1. Once you have had it cut don't keep looking at it hoping you will wake up and it will all be a dream and you have had a dream and you will have long hair again.  It didn't work for me.

2. Try a different colour on it, if you are hating it short then updating the colour might be good to
keep your look fresh.

3. Don't over wash your hair now it's short you won't have to mess with it too much,  use dry shampoo and cut down on washing it, you need the oils in your scalp to help with the growing process.

4. Condition really well deep conditioning with good products such as coconut oil, and oils are essential.

5. Make the best of what you have using hair scarves. Clips and headbands are a good distraction from growing out hair especially when bits of hair are sticking out everywhere.  This is me with it clipped back.

6.  When you are growing out your pixie cut you still need to have it cut, especially the back, otherwise you will look like you have a mullet which is not a good look at all.

7. Don't give up or you will go back to square one, you decide to cut it off you will go back to the beginning and you don't want to have to go through it all again. 

8. Don't cry and cry and cry trust me I did it, it just makes you feel worse and if is hair it will grow back.

9.  Embrace every stage as a new challenge and think ok this isint frumpy whst can I do with it today, bobby pins are literally my best friend at the moment.

10.  Buy a wig I'm not joking I searched high and low but couldn't find one I liked 

Laura x

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Phenotype city protection Cream Review*

I make no secret of the fact I love skincare, my worst fear is to wake up looking like a shrivelled up prune so I really try and look after my skin.  And if your a younger reader and your mum nags you to wash your face every day then do it, and make sure you moisturise and use sun screen to, because your skin will love you for it.
I love getting emails through especially if they are about makeup and skincare so when one popped in my in box for me to try a new product I was well up for that.  The product is called City Protection by an Italian brand who derive everything from the packaging to the product from Italy.
The ingredients offer plant extracts and olive oil for hydration and aloe Vera for softness also Chamomile for it's calming and smoothness. I suffer on times from sensitive skin so this is why I was drawn to this product.  Also the fact that this product helps for mature skin and yes I am now in this category.

I have been testing out this product for just over two weeks and I really like it. I normally wash my face in the morning pump some product and massage into my skin before makeup and go from there. I normally massage in circular motions and job done.  Sometimes I get too heavy handed by moisturisers and creams and think if I put more on I will glow more or a line will disappear if I put more on, but I'm trying to not do that anymore, and you literally need to do as it says on the tin one pump or two and your done.

So if your like me you like to look after your skin and like natural products and a brand who are against animal testing then check out Phenotype


*this post contains press samples

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Lily flame candles fairy wishes

I really love candles so when I popped into my local candle shop I found these new ones I hadn't seen or heard of before from Lily Flame.  I bought two Fairy Wishes and Fairy Dust.  From what I've read this brand is handmade in Somerset.  You can chose the scented tin candles, I didn't realise they had so many scents until I looked online I really want Bluebell Forest and Coconut Grove next.  Not only can you get the scented tins you can pick up Reed diffusers, room mist sprays and candle jars.

After a bit of research into who Lily flame are I read that the brains behind the brand are Jo Nicholls and she started making candles in her kitchen in 1994,  she started driving to markets in their ex-Royal Mail van selling the candles. After a long time at markets a converted cowshed became the home of lily flame.   And that is how they grew.  A british made beautiful brand.  I'm glad that I looked into the history of the brand as before I started blogging, I would just buy something use it and that was it. Now I like finding out background of the brand and where they come from.

Look how gorgeous the inside of the tin is, so pretty.  And the smell is so gorgeous to anyone who is a candle addict like me this will be a welcome addition to your home.  I picked my candles up at about £8 each so not a bad price at all.