Monday, July 30, 2012

Mini Haul

Bit of a delay on this post as I was having problems uploading photos!
On Tuesday I went shopping for shoes but as always came back with a few other things too! I've loved Pixiwoo for a while now and have had my eye on Samantha Chapman's Real Techniques brushes. My L'oreal  Nude Magique BB cream is due to run out soon and I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to try the foundation brush along side a new foundation. The brush is so soft and blends my foundation really nicely into the skin without it looking caked on. I tend to use my fingers to apply my BB cream at the moment but using the brush in circular motions really help to minimize my pores. Although you can buy the brushes in collections I decided to only purchase the powder brush on its own from Boots (advantage points!) for £12.99.

Having seen lots of positive reviews on the Bourjouis Healthy Mix foundation I decided to give it a go. As my skin can be prone to breakouts I like to have a reasonable amount of coverage but like it to look quite natural. As mentioned above I have been using L'oreal's BB cream which is designed to blend into my skintone and is why I purchased it. I have religiously used it for the last few months and have almost forgotten what it's like to wear foundation! The first thing I will say about the healthy mix foundation is that it smells so good! Quite fruity which comes from the ingredients. The bottle states that it contains apricot for radiance, melon for hydration, apple for an anti-oxidant and ginger for energy. Yum! I purchased No. 52 which blends in nicely with my skintone providing good coverage but still looking slightly dewy which I love. The real techniques brush worked a treat with this foundation!

My final Boots purchase of the day was the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Blam Stain in Crush. I'm not really into lipsticks but I do have the Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint from Maxfactor which I often use on nights out because I find it lasts a long time. Recently it has started to run out and feel scratchy on my lips when I apply it so I decided to give Revlon's balm stain a whirl. So far I love it! It goes on glossy and bright then the gloss eventually wears off and your left with the stain which even make up wipes didn't fully remove so top marks for long lasting qualities! The stain initially has a slight mint smell which I liked but it is nothing too overpowering.

So thats my three beauty purchases for the time being! I turend 21 yesterday and had a party for it on Thursday so may blog about that soon!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Origins Super Spot Remover

Hello again blogging world! Been a wee while since my last post but knew if this product lived up to my expectations then I would need to blog about it! I've never used any Origins products before but have walked by the concession in John Lewis with interest many times. I never really like being pounced on by any brands sales assistants trying to ram facts and make up down my throat and so often avoid these kind of stands. However, after reading Zoella's review of the Origins Super Spot Remover I decided I had to give it a try.

Since high school I have always had break outs around my chin and although its alot better thanks to a better skin care routine, I still at times feel very self concious about it. I decided to visit Origins within John Lewis in Glasgow. After spotting (no pun intended!) the spot remover I walked up to the till I was approached by a lovely Origins assistant who was the total opposite to what I expected. She not only listened to me but also gave me great advice and a few samples to try with no pressure. Made all the difference to the whole experience!

Anyway, onto the product! Its a blemish treatment gel and comes in 10ml jars. Although small, I can tell already this will last a long time and it comes in at a reasonable £13. I usually apply at night after cleansing my face with the famous Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and moisturise before applying a small amount of the gel to problem areas. I've had the product for about a month now and can definitely say my skin is much clearer. When the skin starts to become slightly red I pop some of the gel on straight away and the redness fades. It can be applied 3 times a day and under or on top of make up making it ideal if your on the move and a handy size to keep in your bag!

One of the samples the assistant kindly gave me was the Modern Friction exfoliator which works well and leaves my skin feeling smooth and refreshed before applying the gel and the other was BB cream which I haven't tried yet but it blended into my skintone nicely in store.

Overall it doesn't dry the skin out too much and is definitely the most successful blemish product I've tried so far! Would recommend to anyone! Another brand I'll be revisiting soon!
Have you tried any of the Origin products?