Monday, 27 October 2014

Elemis QVC UK TSV // 16th November 2014

Hi peeps!!  Long time no speak I know but I thought I best update you on the upcoming Christmas TSV from Elemis!

It has the following items:

Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 300ml
Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser 200ml
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 30ml
Jasmine and Rose Hand and Nail Cream 20ml
Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath 125ml
Skin Nourishing Body Cream 50ml

If you're a PCMC user then it is a no brainer to be honest as it'll be the £40 ish mark and on full 4 easy pays.  The Christmas TSVs are always good but I don't know... I think they've done better.  Some small sizes are creeping in and usually the do more full sized items.  Last year and the year's before were definitely better value for money in my opinion.  But it's still Elemis, it's still good value, I'll probably still buy 4!

Happy shopping!

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Skin Care // Night Time Must Haves

It's taken me a long while to narrow down a skin care wardrobe that I'm happy with... a LONG old while indeed!  However, I've managed to narrow down a top three night time products so here we are...

All three of these items are repeat purchases for me.  Gawd knows how many Pro Collagen Oxygenating Night Creams I've had... I'm onto my third Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream and thanks to Amelia from Liana Beauty this Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil is now up there in my favourite, can't stand the thought of ever being without pile!!
I switch between all three depending on what I feel I need.  I always 'liquid gold' (love how I use liquid gold as a verb!) a couple of nights a week.  Post ovulation (sorry about the TMI) I'll use liquid gold more frequently along with the liquid gold rejuvenating night cream for example.  Whereas other weeks of the month I'm happier using more hydrating products.  I don't have a 'set' routine at all so the following is a summary of each of my favs:

Elemis PCNC is just... ahhh... LUSH.  Well I think it is anyway... it nourishes my skin without being tacky or gloopy.  The consistencey is just RIGHT.  I can use this when I don't know what to use... it's also a go to for me when travelling as I know I can use this and be fine whatever the weather so to speak.

Alpha H liquid gold rejuvenating NC is a bit stingy if you're not an acid user but honestly, on the nights I know I can't use liquid gold again (I get mildly addicted to LG) I'm happy to use this and tbh I get very very similar results to the holy grail which is LG so it's a good alternative.  If there is anyone out there who doesn't get along with LG but needs that oomph I'd seriously say to give this a try.

Clarins Blue Orchid face treatment oil is aimed at dehydrated skin... this I bring out not just at times of dehydration but those nights where I need a bit of skin care lovin'.  Those nights when you want to lightly stroke your cheek and go 'come on skin... be good'.  Just me?  Nevs mind... anyway my point is this is the comforting skin care go too for times when you've had too much wine or you know you should have taken that makeup off which was irritating you before midnight kinda times... it smells divine and is a pleasure to use.

So there we have my night time picks for the final stage in a skin care routine... I am usually (if I've makeup or SPF on) a double cleanse, double tone, eye cream then night time treatment kinda girl... just for reference.

What do you love to use on an evening?  Do you mix it up like me or are you a faithful skin care user?

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Hormones Gone Wilder...

So as promised here is my post Yasmin update...

It's pretty apt I'm sitting down to write this right now as I feel as miserable as sin!  No jokes.  I've found over the last couple of weeks I've been like Kerry Katona surfing the bipolar waves (no disrespect to sufferers of bipolar... just making light of an awks situ!)

In all honesty I've had a pants couple of weeks and consequently the thought of popping any fish oil or herbal supplements which STINK has knocked me sick.  Because I've felt sooo Debbie downer I've also had zero motivation for exercise or healthy food.  I've even partook in 'chip butty friday' at work which I usually resist... I've EVEN and this is not me at all... had cravings for coke (as in coca cola) and any thing starchy and heavy like bacon mac 'n' cheese.  :O  All of these things have resulted in me and my skin resembling a pinky grey blahness...

I've got loads of tiny bumps under my skin and although my skincare hasn't slipped at all, my skin is just looked clogged to me, even though it's not.  Sorry I'm not the best at descriptions!

Soooo going forward from now I'm cleaning my diet right up... and the supplements are going to continue.  For reference I've been taking:

Fish Oil
Agnus Castus
Pro Biotic
Burdock Root

I'm also giving myself a kick up the bum with water intake and exercise... I know I feel better when all of these things are in place in my life so it just makes sense!

The other update to mention is since coming off the pill I've been charting my temperature. Every morning, before I get up, I've took it with a digi thermometer which I keep by my bed and my temperature seems to be 'leveling out'.  The couple of months I noticed, although there was a pattern, it was on the high side whereas now it seems to have dropped a little bit.  I have read that this is normal but it's worth noting that after just a couple of months it seems to be lowering.

Until next month...

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Five Things // Hitting Pan

When you have lashings of makeup, it’s hard to ‘hit pan’ on products because I switch my products so regularly.  I hardly wear the same blusher twice within a week so for me to be on the last legs of something means it must be love!

MAC bronzer in Golden – classic bronzer shade that I think works on all different kinds of skin tones, this isn’t my favourite bronzer ever but it’s reliable enough for me to use regularly as in it doesn’t go patchy nor does it appear orange when you’re in direct sunlight AND I use this the most on other people when I do their makeup as it’s safe bet it’ll work.

Nars blush in Orgasm is the one and only Nars blush I own; I’m a bit of a smashbox blush girl in truth but this is a classic.  It tends to sit quite pink on me because I am fairly pale; it leans more peachy pink if I have a tan.  Again, this is a ‘go to’ because I know it’ll work with various makeup looks and it’s got real good longevity.

Smashbox eyeshadow quad – given the fact I hardly wear eye shadow, to reach the bottom on one part of the quad and almost there on two other parts is saying something.  The formula of these shadows are fab – there is minimal fall down, they last without any creases and they don’t look overly shimmery so they’re subtle enough to wear day to day.

Smashbox blusher in Captivate – this little blusher is my ‘holiday’ blusher; it is fab for when you have no foundation days but need that something on your cheek area.  I can’t be without it when I’m abroad.

MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NC20 – I have three different shades in this foundation cos I never want to be without it.  It’s my ‘going out, out’ foundation of choice because it’s SPF free so no flashback and it gives such a flawless finish.  It’s full coverage without being cakey, especially if you set it with a spray… this is my normal minus fake tan shade but I go up to a NC45 when I’ve been on holiday.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

NOTD // Nails Inc St Catherine's Dock & Victoria Road

Today I have a NOTD to share with y'all.  It's fairly demure but the ring finger adds a tadge of bling which livens it up a bit.  Both polishes are from Nails Inc, the pale lilac is called St Catherine's Dock and the lilac/black glitter is called Victoria Road.

As pale polishes go St Catherine's Dock is certainly one of my favourites, so much so that I find myself limiting how often I wear it so I 'save it for best'.  I know.  I'm weird!

What do you think of this mani?  I'm hanging onto pale colours before we're in the depths of winter and darks make their appearance!

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