Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Beauty Chit Chat

So, basically.... This is just a post about a bunch of different things I wanted to talk about on here that weren't important enough or big enough to have a whole post dedicated to them. So I figured throwing them all into one, rambly chatty post would be the best thing to do.

The first thing I want to mention MAC. I was sent a freebie from them this week as an apology for their awful service I received in one of their stores a few months ago. Despite taking a good month and a half to reply I was sent a free 30ml Prep and Prime Primer as an apology. Yay!

I tried it out the other morning and the consistency was nice. It almost felt like a moisturiser, quite liquidly but creamy. It melted away to nothing on the skin (which is.. meh for me.) I didn't notice a massive difference in the length of time my makeup lasted throughout the day or anything, however it did allow it to blend beautifully onto the skin, making it really smooth and effortless. I shall continue to use it. Who knows, I could fall in love with it!

Speaking of primers... I think I am dying without my InstaBlur. I added it to my empties pile a few days ago and miss it oh so much already. I never noticed how much of a difference it made to controlling oil but since not using it, I've gone from "healthy, dewy skin" to "have you dipped your face in a chip pan?" skin. Errr.. Not great. I can not wait to repurchase! 
Being without it has made me love it even more.

Something I am not loving any more (How well is this all flowing together?!) will probably come as a shock.. But it is the Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm. 

There's just something about it that just isn't making me want to reach for it any more. I think its the texture, how its slightly more waxy. I'm finding that I have to go over it several times to get every last scrap off, something I don't have to do with my balm or oil cleansers. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't leave any residue and I am probably just being fussy but I have just been craving a more oily, melty cleanser than the waxy balm. *sigh* 
After this pot is finished I will have to seriously debate whether I want to repurchase or not. 

SPEAKING of melty.. (Seriously, I am so smooth..)
I popped over to the Clarins counter and picked up a couple new bits. I am not going to go into too much detail as I kind of want to write a whole post about them.
But, anyway. I picked up the Pure Melt Cleansing Gel.. Mmmm. Sounds exactly what I am looking for!

I am yet to try it so I can't give any opinions yet but I am very excited and hopefully this ticks all the boxes.
I may have also found yet another Clarins toner that I am in love with... Seriously, how many can there be?! But as I said, a full post is coming up on that! 

I stayed at a friends house last week and stupidly forgot my eye brow pencil (Queue mad panic!) So popped to Boots and picked up the Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde.

I had read a blog post on it (by who, I am not sure) and they had said it was really good and natural, with ashy undertones instead of orangey/ginger and it was a really good texture. So for £2.99 I didn't mind picking it up. 

And it is pants. 

The colour is really nice and natural, it didn't look orange at all but it almost wasn't pigmented enough? I found myself going over the same areas again and again and not getting anywhere and I think that is due to the texture. Its really waxy... So instead of building up, it kind of just slid around and did nothing. It was weird. 
So I ended up with really faint, greasy looking brows. Hot.

On the plus side though, it's got a really good spooly on the end! 

I don't think I will be posting a July Favourites this month, as honestly, I haven't been particularly loving anything, apart from a couple things but that isn't enough to write a whole Monthly Favourties on (They will be mentioned at some point though!) The month has flown by so quickly that I didn't have time to even think about trying out new bits and nothing has really stood out to me anyway. I'll have to make up for it in the next Favourites post!

The Body Shop are coming out with a whole load of awesome new stuff next month that I am beyond excited for! Here's a sneak peak.... 

YES that is fruity scented hand creams! I am too excited. All these beauties are released in store and online on August 13th, so keep an eye out! 

I think that's all I wanted to talk about in this post! Just a chatty one. I'll end it there.

Thanks very much for reading and I'll be back with a "proper" post in a few days.

Zoe x 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

REVIEW: The Body Shop Vitamin E Aquaboost Sorbet

always get super excited when we extend the Vitamin E line because it always ends up being a product that I end up loving and this is no exception.

This is the Aqua Boost Sorbet. *
A super light, hydrating mousturiser that claims to give 24 hour hydration and a matte finish to the skin. 

As you can imagine, what I love about this is it is hydrating. It sinks into the skin immediately, plumping it up and moisturising it from deeper down.

The consistency is super light. Sorbet is the perfect way to describe it. Like I said, it's so easily absorbed on the skin. You only need a small amount for your skin to feel comfortable and moisturised. 

It's also really cooling on the skin. A combination of that and the super light, easily absorbed formulation makes this perfect for Summer days! 

It claims to leave a "matte" finish to the skin, however, I found I still looked dewy and glowy when using this. Which I was glad off- plenty of time to be matte when your dead. 
Don't get me wrong, it didn't leave me shiny or greasy looking, just healthy. There's a difference.

I have oily but dehydrated skin and this works great for me as it plumps up my skin from within, solving the dehydration issue, yet leaves no residue on the surface of my skin, so I don't look/feel oily.

Overall, I really enjoy this product. I love the consistency and how light it is on the skin. It sinks in immediately not leaving any residue yet still manages to hydrate the skin, keeping it plump and supple for the whole day. A winner in my books. 

The Vitamin E AquaBoost is now available online and in store.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

 Disclaimer: I work for The Body Shop. However, all opinions about products from The Body Shop are 100% my own and do not reflect the opinions of those at The Body Shop. Any product given to me for staff sampling has been marked with an *. Any product from The Body Shop not marked, will have been purchased by myself, with my own money at a staff discounted price. All my opinions are completely true and honest. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Skincare for Dry Skin

I have oily skin, which means I am no use when it comes to trying out/recommending products for dry skin. I know what types of products someone with dry skin should be using but I wouldn't actually know myself if they worked. 
So I had to bring in a guinea pig- my sister, Megan.
I thought it would be helpful to show you her routine and what she uses and be able to talk about products that she has thoroughly tried, tested and love. So here is what she uses in her routine..


Megan starts off my using the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean cream cleanser.
She likes this as it doesn't make her skin feel tight or even drier. It's a nice light consistency yet still manages to give her the moisture her skin needs.

She then moves on to her moisturiser which is the Bioderma Ultra Soothing Cream from the Atoderm line (for dry skins). When I asked her what she liked about this all she said was "I loooove that stuff!" And labeled it "Holy grail" material.
She said it makes her skin look glowy and dewy and is easily abosrbed into the skin. It's also really nourishing without feeling heavy. 
She also said she doesn't feel the need to reapply it throughout the day as her skin feels nourished and comfortable all day long. This is a problem she has had in the past with other products, her skin still ended up feeling dry.

She also uses the Soap and Glory Puffy Eye Attack eye cream. She says this is just a basic, easy eye cream that hydrates and makes her eye makeup go on smoother.


At night she removes her makeup with the same Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean cleanser, she uses a muslin cloth with this as she finds it gives a gentle but effective exfoliation. 
"It removes makeup really well and you only need one pump to do your whole face." She also said it works better than some oil cleansers too, as it removes all traces of mascara and eyeliner, something she likes as she wears a lot of eye makeup. 

Megan then uses the REN No.1 Purity Balm to go in for a second cleanse. I passed this on to her after it didn't work so well for me.

She said she saw a noticeable difference when she started using this. It reduced redness, irritation and got rid of bumps and blemishes. She also said it's super nourishing without being heavy or greasy on her skin. 

Megan has also started using the Pixi Glow Tonic. She said she loves this and saw a huge difference in only a few uses. She saw a noticeable reduction in the bumps she gets around the centre of her face. Her skin felt so much smoother and looked more even. She is now regularly stealing this from my beauty stash! 

For her moisturiser, she uses a couple different things.
She will either use her beloved Bioderma or the Body Shop's Vitamin E Serum in Oil.
She uses the oil when she is having a "bad skin day" as she finds it just helps to clear everything up. She said it really calms and soothes her skin, as well as reducing redness and irritation. 
She loves the light consistency and said that she likes how in the morning there isn't any oil left over and her skin looks fresh and healthy.

Megan also uses self tanner on her face. Her favourite is the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner. Again all she could say at first was "Amazing!" 
She loves using this with the Bioderma moisturiser, she says it gives the most amazing glowy, bronze look to the skin. It's a super thin, liquid consitency that sinks in to the skin immediately. 
Once gives a gorgeous sun kissed glow and anything after that just builds up a natural looking colour to the skin. She also said it doesn't have a smell to it, so you don't end up smelling of biscuits. 

So there you have it! A basic, tried and tested skin care routine for dry skin types. I hope this was helpful and gave some of you some ideas on what products to use that could work for you.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

Monday, 7 July 2014

How I Deal With Breakouts (Skincare + Makeup Tips)

I am currently dealing with a rather angry (stress related) breakout along the right side of my face and up onto my forehead. The joys. So I thought it would be helpful to talk about what I do when my skin decides to break out. 

Skincare is obviously the most important thing to think about when dealing with a breakout, not makeup. 
Yeah, you want to hide it but you want to focus on actually getting rid of it first. 

The first thing I like to do it really strip my skincare down to the basics that I know work for me. Nothing fancy, nothing new, just good no fuss reliable products that I know work. 

I'll start by (as always) double cleansing with my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
This is the definition of a fuss free, no fancy claims just gets the job done product.

I'll then move on to toning. For this Ill use two (again, as always)
Out of my exfoliating toners I'll go for my Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner.  It contains a total of 5 ingredients and really works on getting rid of bacteria on the skin.
You can feel it stinging over the blemishes, which is GOOD. That is it killing the bacteria. 
It also isn't drying as it only contains glycerin, aloe, pink grapefruit extract and the Glycolic acid. Oh and water. So it's not damaging or harsh on the skin. 

Next up I'll do a "typical" toning stage. This is to balance out the skin and give it back some moisture. For this Ill switch between my Body Shop Aloe Toner or my Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris
The Body Shop option is super soothing and gentle to the skin. Again, it has a very small ingredients list, the main two being water and aloe juice.

The Clarins lotion is a staple in my routine and it's suitable to use no matter how my skin is. It's gentle, hydrating and smells good. What more could I want?

Next up is a treatment and for this I go for the La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo. This is what is really going to work on getting rid of these pesky spots. Salyclic acid penetrates down into the pores flushing away dirt, bacteria and congestion from within the skin. It also helps surface blemishes on their way too.

Then I'll move on to the final step which is a facial oil. I prefer oil to cream, especially when I'm broken out, as I feel they are much easier for my skin to absorb. Creams quite often just sit ontop of my skin and block everything up, where as an oil is easier to absorb and is more beneficial to the skin (for me anyway) 

The Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate is my go to for helping get rid of pesky breakouts.
It's so healing and soothing on the skin. It's so gentle yet effective at reducing blemishes and redness. 

This method takes longer for spots and breakouts to go away but it's so much better for your skin than slathering your face in alcohol loaded spot treatments every night. Yuck. 

My morning routine pretty much stays the same. I take the time at night to really work on repairing my skin and focus on treating the breakout. 


I like to keep it simple. I don't change to a super heavy full coverage foundation, there's no point. Usually, with me, my breakouts are only in certain areas. As I said earlier my right cheek and forehead are affected. 

So I'll use a nice light coverage foundation all over the skin, preferable my Gosh CC cream. I love this one as it's light and illuminating on the skin. It's also buildable without being cakey. 

Once my base is done I'll then go in with a high coverage concealer and pay attention to the blemished areas, working on pin-point concealing them. Right now I'm using the Kick Ass concealer by Soap and Glory. 
It's nice and creamy and has good coverage. It moves easily over the skin but once set in place, if doesn't move around. Another favourite of mine is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. It's super full coverage and only costs £4. Yay! 

Something that really helps is colour correcting. I use the Max Factor Colour Correction Stick in the green shade. 
Green cancels out red, so it makes the blemishes much less noticeable and easy to cover, meaning you don't have to add later after layer of concealer. (This would be the first step of your base.) 

Wash your brushes more regularly when suffering from a breakout. They carry bacteria. Applying foundation with the same dirty brush every day will do you no favours. Whip out the soap and clean them. Properly. 

Okay, so that's how I deal with breakouts! Keep in mind that everyone's skin is different and what works for some might not work for others. This is just how I personally deal with my skin. 

Thanks so much for reading! 

Zoe x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

June Favourites 2014

My first favourite of the month is so good I have a whole post dedicated to it. 
"It" being the nSpa skincare range. In particular, the Melting Gel Cleanser and the Deep Hydrating Facial Oil. 
You can go and read the post if you want for full details but basically they're amazing, they work and they're cheap! Win win.

Next up is a makeup item (I need to start doing more makeup posts) 
The Max Factor CC Redness corrector has really impressed me.
It's not the creamiest texture or the easiest to blend (maybe a no no for dry skins) but once you apply your foundation on top of it, it's completely undetectable and it works. It really does help colour correct redness. I notice a massive difference when I use this! Love. 

I've been really enjoying a new brush I've picked up recently. It is the Stila No. 33. 

It's small, dence and tapered, making it easy for precise blending. I use it for adding coverage onto certain areas that need it more, such as my cheeks or over any blemishes. It's also great for getting underneath the eyes and around the nose. 
It is actually a dual ended brush, featuring a mini version on the other side, which I've not got much use out of yet but I think it'll be great for spot concealing blemishes. 
(P.s Did you notice I forgot to include it in the main photo? Oops.)

I've been using a new cleansing balm recently, the REN No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm. I've also done a post on this. 

I've really fallen in love with the consistency of this one. Like I said in the post, it's a perfect mix of an oily balm and a waxy balm. Bang in the middle. 
It makes my skin super soft and supple after use, which I love and I removed makeup really well (except eye makeup. It burns...)

Another skincare favourite has been the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I love this for healing spots and blemishes as it does so really well without being harsh on the skin. I've had a few pesky bumps pop up along my right cheek and jaw line and this has taken care of it (along with my Effaclar Duo, ahh lifesaver.) 

My next favourite is my little cat ring I got from River Island for a whole £3. 

I just love this! I think it's so quirky and cute and I've been wearing it all month long. Love! It fits well on my finger (I got a size S) and hasn't fallen off or anything, which is a fear I always have when wearing midi-rings. 

Sooo, that is it! All the beauty bits I have been particularly enjoying for the last month. 
Thanks for reading!

Zoe x