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Saturday, 31 May 2014

May Favourites 2014



Time to have a little ramble about all the products I've been particularly enjoying throughout the last month. I've only got a few but I feel like they're of really good quality and I've really enjoyed them, a couple you will recognise from previous posts! I'll just jump right in..

1. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil


I've really been enjoying using this again. Since I mentioned it in my post on Afforable Skincare (which went down really well, thank you to everyone who read it.) I've been reaching for it every night, even over my Clinique balm, oooh.
I just love how quick and easy it is to use, one pump just melts away all makeup, yet your skin is left plump and hydrated. I fall in love with it more every time I use it! 

2. EOS lip balms


 I finally got round to buying one of these after thinking about it for months and I like them a lot! I purchased blueberry and sweet mint in a little pack for £10 of a website called Naturisimo. 
There are really moisturising and leave your lips super soft and smooth. They also last a good amount of time so you don't feel the need to constantly reapply them. They're also full of good quality ingredients that actually help your lips instead of just coating them.

3. KORRES Peony Pink nail polish


This was an INSTANT favourite. I painted my nails and fell in love with this perfect sheer, glossy baby pink. I fell in love SO much that I instantly went online and purchased a second bottle (crazy nail polish lady alert!)
It's really similar to my Essie Muchi Muchi. And you're probably thinking "If it's so similar, then why do you love it so much?" Wellll.... Here's a little story for you. I purchased my Muchi Muchi from a discount shop (kind of like TKMaxx.) I absolutely love the colour, it's by far my favourite polish, so you can imagine my face when I picked up the bottle labelled "Muchi Muchi" in Boots and it looked nothing like it. Okay, it does look like it except the Boots one is far more pink and looks more of a "candy" pink than a baby pink. So, I think MY bottle is actually mislabeled, hence why it was discounted. I'm not sure. 
So, I've been on a mission to find a dupe for it and this is pretty perfect! It's pretty, clean and elegant and would go with any outfit. I just love it and I'm so glad I've got a backup bottle because I can see this constantly being on my nails!

4. Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris


I'm so happy to have this toner back in my routine. I ran out and took the opportunity to try some new toners but honestly, nothing compares to this. I even went all out and bought the 400ml bottle, so that should last me a while!
It doesn't strip my skin at all or leave my skin feeling dehydrated, in fact it does the opposite. My skin feel so comfortable and fresh after. You can tell it's really hydrating and nourishing to the skin. It sinks in immediately without leaving a greasy or sticky residue. 

So that's it! A really small post but featuring some really lovely products that I recommend for anyone.

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

Friday, 23 May 2014

Beauty HAUL (Clarins, Clinique, The Body Shop, Tanya Burr + more)


So I've been a bit naughty and purchased quite a few bits and bobs over the last few weeks. So I thought I'd throw them all into a big post and do a haul! Hopefully this will give you an idea on a few new things that have popped up recently or just inspires you to try something new. (I'm just trying to justify my spending..) 

Let's jump right in.


I got the Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25. I wanted to try an SPF that was super light and non-greasy, so I went for this one after reading some reviews. Also, good thing I already knew about this as the lady that "helped" me just stood there and said nothing with a dirty look on her face. Thanks a bunch. Don't you just hate rude consultants that look down their nose at you? 

I picked up a new cleanser from Pai after trying it in a cute little sample set I bought from their website. It's their Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. It made my skin feel super soft and nourished after using it. I've been using it in the morning as it's light and refreshing. Really enjoying this so far!


I also repruchased my beloved Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris but this time I went and got the huge 400ml size! I managed to find this for only £21 online, a total bargain considering in Debenhams etc, a 200ml is £18. Would have been rude not to! 


I picked up the Aloe Soothing Gel from The Body Shop.I wanted something soothing and cooling for after I do my eyebrows as last time they were a bit stingy and sore, so thought this would so the trick! I've used it before after getting them threaded and it worked well so I picked it up for at home too.


Now some makeup bits! 
I unintentionally have a little theme going on when it comes to my eye products. Purple. Metallic shimmery purple. 


I picked up:

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate. 
After seeing a photo of it on Instagram and I just had to have it! I've used it a couple times already and LOVE it. The perfect base for shadow! 

Rimmel Colour Quad in 022 Brixton Brown.
Again, more purpley/browny shades. I haven't tried this one yet but I'm excited to because its so pretty!

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Defined in 220 Perfect Plum.
AGAIN a super pretty metallic purple! I've used this already and is so pretty and subtle. I like a lot along the bottom lash line, smudged out slightly.

When I was in Edinburgh I picked up 3 of the Tanya Burr lipglosses. 


The shades I got: (L-R in photo) Picnic in the Park, Let's Travel The World and Just Peachy. I've only tried Picnic in the Park so far and I really like it. I'm considering doing a review of all three, so keep an eye out for that in a couple weeks (Although they've already been reviewed a million times but oh well.) 

I got an OPI nail polish in Lets do Anything We Want! Which I believe is from the new Muppets collection but I picked it up in TKMaxx for £7 (yay) it's a super pretty pink glitter with white square chunky-ish glitter throughout. 


I then picked up a few bits from Korres. I got one of their lip butters in Jasmine, which is just a really sheer pretty pink.


And their nail polish which is also a really sheer pretty pink called Peony Pink. I'm excited to try it as I'm always on the hunt for the perfect baby pink polish! (I have just painted my nails with this whilst waiting for this post to upload and I LOVE IT *adds to May faves list*) 


A couple hair things are up next..
I never bother with hair stuff as my hair is so thin and flat and no matter what you do to it, it just looks rubbish. So I tend not to do anything at all! But it was 3 for 2 in Boots and I had to pick up some "essentials"

I repurchased the NAKED Blonder lightening shampoo. This is the only shampoo that claims to make your hair lighter that has actually worked for me. I also love that it's natural and doesn't have any harsh ingredients. I then bought  the volume shampoo from the same brand. I need all the volume I can get! 


And then since it was three for 2...


But I bought this product for my Sister for her birthday and then stole a little squirt of it a couple weeks ago and it actually worked! It's the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray.
I just spray this through my hair, then give it a scrunch and flip about and it gives some definition and texture to my hair. It also gives it a bit of "grip" which is handy for any back combing or further styling. Since I was getting it for free, I thought I might as well pick it up! 

Okay so they were my recent beauty purchases! I hope you enjoyed reading this and saw something you'd like to pick up for yourself! 

Thanks for reading 

Zoe x

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Affordable Skincare




I know not everyone wants to or has the money to spend on skincare. Which is why I've put together a little routine featuring affordable, effective skincare with no nasties that will damage your skin. 

The most important thing about skincare is the INGREDIENTS. Not the price. Know your ingredients, what to look for and what to avoid. Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it isn't full of nasty, cheap ingredients that will actually make your skin worse. 

Below is a small list of the MAIN things I like to avoid in skincare and why: 

Mineral oil/petrolatum/parraffinum liquidum/petroleum jelly: Nasty, cheap, pore clogging, skin dehydrating yuckiness. AVOID.

•Alcohol: Will dry out  and dehydrate the skin. Can also make skin very red and sensitive. 

•ANYTHING foaming: Your skin has a protective layer, called the acid mantle. This is made up of oil (sebum) and sweat. It protects your skin, keeps it anti fungal and waterproof. If you use harsh, foaming products on your skin, it breaks down the acid mantle. This will put your skin in a condition called alkaline. Basically, a breadinrg ground for bacteria which will cause spots. Also, because you have stripped your skin of all it's natural oil, your skin will over compensate and produce more, also leading to more spots. So, yeah.. Don't use foaming products. 

•Sulphates (SLS): This is the ingredient that make the foam, avoid for the same reasons.

•Makeup wipes (Don't get me started.) Full of alcohol, doesn't actually clean your face, dehydrating, drying, just.. yuck.

•Fragrance/Parfum: Can be irritating to the skin, especially more sensitive skin.

Okay, so first of all..

Cleansing.

For a start, DITCH THE WIPES. I don't care if they were on 3 for 2 or buy one get on free in Boots, they are nasty and bad for your skin.

Cleansing is one of the most important parts of your skincare routine, it's what CLEANS your face. You want a nice, nourishing cleanser that's going to effectively remove all traces of makeup without stripping your skin.

 My personal recommendation is the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop. This will cost you £10 for 200ml and will last you MONTHS. 



One pump will remove all makeup, (including stubborn mascara) and leave your skin feeling super hydrated and plump. It's suitable for all skin types, YES, even oily skin! (Oil is fantastic for oily skin as it helps to balance everything out and give the skin the nourishment it needs which will make it produce less oil. Makes sense?) 
So even though you got your wipes on a deal, you'll go through them much quicker than this which means you'd actually end up spending MORE money than if you were to buy this at £10. Plus this is actually cleaning and helping your skin.

I also use Bioderma which is a Micellar water.



 This is a makeup remover, however I only use it in the morning as a refresh. I like it round my eyes especially because it's cooling and refreshing. You can buy a 500ml for £15, which I know to some may not be adorable, so I found the Garnier alternative which is £5 for 200ml. 
This is very similar, I just found that it stung my eyes which isn't very helpful. But overall, it's a good alternative.



If you're going to use a Micellar water to remove your makeup, I recommend following up with something more nourishing as Micellar waters do not contain any ingredients that are going to give your skin the moisture it needs. You could remove the bulk of your makeup with a Micellar water and then go in for a second cleanse with something like the silky camomile cleanser. Then your skin is clean, makeup free and nourished. 


Next up is TONER.



A lot of people dismiss toner but for me it's one of my favourite steps. I've picked another Body Shop item for this one. The Aloe Calming Toner. I like this as it contains only SIX ingredients, three of them being aloe juice, water and glycerin. Ingredients that are going to keep your skin hydrated and fresh. Yay! It's also alcohol free (A MUST). £8 for 200ml.

Okay as for day moisturiser, as Caroline Hirons would say: 
"Your moisturiser is your coat/protection.
People tend to spend far too long choosing their moisturiser and far too little taking care of what goes on beforehand. For example, using a quick swipe of a wipe, slapping on a £150 face cream and then wondering why their skin isn't great."  Yes, that is a direct quote from her blog. 

So in all honesty, don't worry too much about your moisturiser. As long as it is 
1. Suitable for your skin type
2. Free from nasty ingredients (refer to list earlier)
It would also be good to have an SPF in as well. An SPF of at least 15 would be fine. I get mine from my foundation with has an SPF 30 (Dr Jart BB cream) so I don't need to worry about having it in my skincare. Just make sure your wearing one, whether it's through your makeup or skincare. 

Masks.

I've got a couple here that serve difference purposes. I've chosen the Una Brennan Deep Clean Tea Flower mask. This is your typical clay based mask. 


It's a detox mask, so it's great for drawing out impurities, removing excess oil, cleaning out blocked pores and blackheads (that's what I use it for the most, I've got blackheads on my nose and after using this, it's completely clear.) 
It's clay based and balanced with lots of oils such as orange extract, honey, avocado and elderflower so your skin is still getting nourishment and moisture. It also contains salicylic acid. This is an ingredient that goes into the pores and flushes out dirt and congestion from within the skin. Una Brennan masks come in at about £7-9.

I then have a mask for moisture and hydration. The Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask from The Body Shop. 


love this one as it's really cooling and refreshing on the skin. Vitamin E is great for helping protect your skin from damage cause by free radicals and environmental pollution. It repairs and replenishes the skin cells. I like to use this by applying a thin layer over the skin and leaving it for an hour or so, it's just like giving your skin a drink. It's so nourishing and after your skin feels really fresh and plumped up. £12 for 100ml.

I also like the Vitamin E Serum In Oil. 


This is great to use after the mask to continue to replenishing and protect the skin whilst you sleep. Just massage a couple drops of the oil into the skin and in the morning your skin will look and feel so fresh and hydrated! It leaves no oily residue on the skin at all as it's light consistency makes it really easy for the skin to absorb. £12 for 28ml.

As for treatments I've got one that I love so much I just couldn't leave it out, even though a lot of people won't find this "affordable"
It's La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo. This stuff is amazing. 


It's an unclogging and correcting serum. 
This contains salicylic acid (like in the mask I mentioned before this), this ingredient goes deep down into the pore and flushes everything out from beneath the skin, which will stop spots from forming in the first place! It's obviously important to clean the surface layer of the skin but if you think about it, if there's bacteria and congestion underneath the surface layer spots will form regardless. If you run your hand over your skin and feel an uneven, bumpy texture THAT is congestion. Your pores are blocked from underneath the skin. Effleclar Duo will completely get rid of that, revealing a smooth surface. It's not instant, it does take a couple weeks and remember, it works on UNDERNEATH the skin, so don't be annoyed if it doesn't clear up spots that have already surfaced because it's stopping ones forming in the first place! Amazing, amazing product. It costs £15, worth every penny. I use this about 2-3 times a week at night. 

I know a lot of people suffer from marks left behind by blemishes. The Body Shops Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion is great for fading and evening out the skin tone.


It is in the tea tree range, which is great for blemished skin as tea tree is anti bacterial and stops any infection spreading over the skin. This lotion is designed to be applied to the skin at night and will help to fade the appearance of any marks/dark pigmentation on the skin, whilst treating any existing blemishes with the tea tree oil. £9 for 30ml.


I would not suggest using something like this every day as I think it could get slightly dehydrating.
Just like any treatment product they are designed to be used only about 2-3 times a week. The ingredients in treatment products tend to be more concentrated, making them too harsh for every day use.

Okay, so I think that is it! My little affordable skincare routine. And yes, I have thoroughly tried and tested all of these products and use them regularly in my routine, just mixed with other products too!

I hope you enjoyed this and found it helpful!
Thanks for reading :)

Zoe x

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

REVIEW: InstaBlur primer by The Body Shop




I have been waiting for weeks and weeks to finally get my hands on this product! We got sent a tube to try out in work and I practically took the whole thing home in sample pots, I just loved it that much.

It is InstaBlur. This is The Body Shops newest primer that claims to have be a "five action perfector" of the following:

  • Shine Controlling 12h
  • Reduces appearance of pores
  • Blemish Hiding
  • Complexion Unifying
  • Make-up Extending
And I'll just start by saying I LOVE THIS.

First of all, it's different from any other primers I've tried. Typically, primers come in a cream/gel form and have a very "slippery" texture to them. This is caused by an ingredient called Silicone that is found in most primers. It's great because it glides on to the skin yet the skin is able to breathe through it, therefore not causing congestion and blocked pores.

InstaBlur however, is slightly different. First of all, the texture is much thicker and it's more stiff in consistency. It's hard to describe, you'd have to go and have a play with it yourself to see what I mean. It also doesn't have a super slippery texture to it like most primers, although it does still contain silicones. This might appeal to a lot of people as I know some hate the feeling that silicone gives (I really don't mind it!) 

Texture comparison:


Left to Right: Benefits POREfessional, Smashbox Photo Finish, InstaBlur.

Hopefully you can see from the above photo how different InstaBlur is in comparison to other primers. The other two are far more creamy and liquidy, where has InstaBlur is much stiffer, and holds it's shape more when it comes out of the tube.  

When applied to the skin it blends on so nicely. It really does feel like it's doing something and the results are INSTANT. It completely mattifies the skin, without making it seem dull and lifeless. It just gives a flawless, satin finish. It completely smooths everything out, filling in any fine lines and uneven texture on the skin. It works best blended in with your finger tips as like I said earlier, the consistency is slightly thicker so it really needs to be worked in to the skin.  

Secondly, it makes makeup apply so nicely. You can really feel it helping the foundation stick in place. I do find that I have to take a bit more time to blend in my foundation when I've used this underneath but once it is blended the result is amazing. InstaBlur gives a much more flawless look to the skin. Your foundation will look so much smoother and even. I also find it's really easy to build up coverage in any areas you need it, as like I said it really helps it to stick in place.

InstaBlur helps foundation wear even better throughout the day . My foundation doesn't slip off in any areas apart from maybe right at the end of the day in my slightly more oily areas but that is so be expected. But overall, it keeps oil at bay, stopping me looking too shiny throughout the day.
Also, my skin still remains glowy looking, as the primer doesn't take away the dewy effect of my foundation which I really like  as I don't like a completely matte finish to the skin.
(There's a difference between too shiny and glowy.)

Who is it suitable for?
Everyone. It's completely clear in colour making it suitable for all skin tones. The unique texture also makes it suitable for all skin types. It mattifies oily skin yet and would glide effortlessly over dry skin, smoothing over any dry patches.

Overall, I just looove this product and highly recommend it! It's so good that when I ran out of my samples I had taken home I actually couldn't go back to using any other primers and stopped wearing one as I couldn't face using any other. That's serious (and slightly dramatic but y'knooow.) 

You can pick up InstaBlur for £14 in The Body Shop from the 20th May.

I hope you found this review helpful and go and give this little gem a try! 

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

Disclaimer: I work for The Body Shop. This product was given to me for staff sampling. All opinions are 100% honest and my own and do not reflect the opinions of those at The Body Shop. 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Disappointing Products






I try out a lot of beauty products and as you can imagine, not all of them are a success. This blog post is going to be about some of the products I have purchased that just haven't worked out for me. Sorry to be a negative Nancy. 

Okay, Ill start with..

Benefits Hello Flawless Powder Foundation in "Ivory"


I got a sample of this in a mini kit from Benefit and loved it! It gave a really smooth, flawless finish to the skin, the only problem was the shade in the kit was a shade or so too dark for me, so I went to the Benefit counter to be matched and buy the full size. I don't know why but this one just does.. Nothing. I feel like it gives NO coverage and just does nothing for my skin.




 I can build it up but still get no pay off. I also find that any product that does actually show on my skin is when its sticking into my pores and making them look 10x bigger. Greeeeat. 

Next up is also a foundation. Revlon Nearly Naked.




I bought this because it was very hyped up in blogs and on YouTube and everyone seemed to love it and had something good to say. Me, however.. No. No matter HOW I use this its just a streaky mess! I've tried brushes, my fingers, sponges.. Everything! And nothing can make this blend nicely. I've also used it with and without a primer underneath but again, no difference. Really disappointed with this one! 

Next is the Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo.



Now this isnt exactly a BAD product, in fact, its very effective at giving your hair a refresh and taking away excess oil. However, its just SO MESSY! 

As it is in a pure powder form and in a bottle, you've got to try and tip the product out into your hair and it just gets everywhere. It's also AWFUL if your wearing dark clothing because you will leave the house looking like you've had a bag of flour tipped over you. I went out for dinner once in a dark teal blouse and was mortified when I got out of the car and discovered that all along the collar/shoulders of my blouse was COVERED in white powder. Not a good look. If this was in better packaging it would be great, however its just not worth the hassle. 

This Works Deep Sleep Balm is next.


This is a product I had wanted to try for ages, as I love anything that is meant to help you sleep. Again, I had heard about this quite a lot on the blogger world and finally decided to pick it up. My main problem with this is IT STINKS. Im sure it is meant to smell like lavender and all those lovely things that help you sleep but to me, it smells like our Hemp hand cream from The Body Shop, which is an amazing product but it smells horrible! Not something I want to be rubbing onto myself as I am about to go to bed. Yuck. 

Next is Essie's Apricot Cuticle Oil. 


This does nothing. Like, literally nothing. It's meant to soften and moisturise the cuticles and nails to keep them in good condition but for me, I would apply this and a couple hours later my cuticles would be dry again. I even made sure to get into a routine of using this every night before bed (Along with my gross sleep balm, that didnt last long though.) and even then, it made no difference. I've had much better cuticle products for a fraction of the price that work so much better than this one. 

L'occitane Hand Cream is next. 



This is such a popular product. Its contains 20% shea butter in it as well as lots of other skin nourishing goodies. However, for me, this is just far too greasy. I can only use this at night when Im going to bed and know I don't have to be picking up things or using my hands because I cant stand the greasy feeling of this. It is nice and nourishing but again, I feel like I've used other, cheaper hand creams that have given me the same, if not better results without making my hands feel like a grease ball. 

NEXT.

Soap and Glory "Glow All Out" hightlighter.




Highlighter? You cant even see it on the skin! In the pan its a really pretty pinky peach with a golden shimmer running through it and when you swatch it, the colour shows up well. 



Its when you actually apply it, you get no colour pay off. Maybe it's just because I like a more intense highlight but this isn't even subtle, its undetectable. Wah.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints.



Im so upset because the two colours I have in these I LOVE. A super fun cobalt blue and the most gorgeous baby pink. However, the formulation on both of these is pretty dreadful.

Ill start with the blue (which is called Blue Grape, if you're interested.) 



I found this was really thick and not in the "nice, opaque one coat and go" kind of thick but the gloopy "Has this gone bad??" kind of thick. It was hard to work with. Too much on the brush was a disaster and too little was impossible to spread and apply. I eventually got it to work and the end result was so nice, I love the colour! Its just the application was so difficult and time consuming. I havent worn it again, just for that reason. 

Now, as for the pink..



It was so thin! This is by far the most awful, streaky nail polish Ive ever worked with. It was impossible to get an even application as it was so runny and streaky. I actually painted my nails and took it off as the end result was still such a mess that it was driving me mad. But again, the colour is sooo nice that it annoys me so much how awful the formulation is. 

Origins Make A Difference Plus +



This broke me out. Very annoying for a £30 moisturiser. Wah. I am assuming it was just too rich for my skin. I wore it as a night cream anyway, as I do have oily skin and didn't want anything that heavy for throughout the day. When I'd wake up in the morning after I'd applied this, I was greasy and had a few spots. I felt like instead of being absorbed into my skin, it just sat ontop of it and blocked everything up. No, thank you. I've passed this onto my Sister who has dry skin so hopefully this will work for her and not be a complete waste of money. 

LUSH Santa's Lip Scrub.


Is it just me or does this make your lips more dry and flakey AFTER using it?! I feel like this just loosens all the dead skin on your lips without actually scrubbing it away, so after my lips are MORE flakey. Looking at the ingredients as well it doesn't actually have any moisturising or nourishing ingredients in it, so you are just drying out your lips. Its just sugar with some food colouring and flavouring in it, in a cute little jar. Tastes nice though!

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade.



WHY did I buy this shade? I love all the rest of the lip butters, I have quite a few and think they're great, its just this one shade that looks pretty awful.
For a start, its a milky blue toned baby pink, a colour that tends to look good on, hmm.. No one. 



And second of all, unless you have perfectly smooth and I mean PERFECTLY smooth lips, this will pick up every single dry patch and the colour will cling onto those patches and really exaggerate them. It looks bad. Really, really bad. Avoid this shade, as for the others, go wild! They're lovely. 

Phew..Okay. I think I've ranted on for long enough now. I hope this was helpful and gives you a warning of some bad products not to spend your cash on. 
And always keep in mind that something that doesnt work for me, might work great for you! This is just my personal opinion that Im sharing. 
Again, sorry to be negative but I always like reading these posts and find them really helpful as it's great to know what products are amazing but equally as helpful to know what ones aren't. I've got a couple of reviews coming up that will balance out all this negativity and give you a heads up on some amazing new products that have just come out! I'm excited.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Go Grab It: May Magazine Freebies






I only ever buy magazines if they come with a good freebie and this month, there are A LOT of good freebies! This is just a quick post giving you a heads up on what goodies you can buy this month with your magazines.

The first one I heard about through Instagram. In Style were giving away 3 different exclusive Nails Inc nail polishes with their May issue. I picked up 2/3.



The first one is a gorgeous coral/red, named Copacabana Coral. Perfect for summer.


The next one is called Sao Paulo Streets. This one is a grey/beigey nude. 



Its very similar to the famous Porchester Square polish also by Nails Inc, except in the bottle Porchester Square is slightly darker. 



There was also a medium bubblegum pink that I got all the way to the till with then decided that I had enough pinks and had to leave it behind. 

With Marie Claire you got a free Aromatherapy Associates skincare pouch. It comes with 3 mini items:
-The Renewing Rose Cleanser 10ml
- Rose Face Mask 10ml
-Triple Rose Renewing Moisturiser 5ml


I have never tried anything from Aromatherapy Associates before but have heard a lot of good things about them through Blogs, so I am really excited to try these! I'm also really pleased this was a skincare gift as usually something like this would be body care, in which case I probably wouldn't have picked it up! 

Inside the magazine there is also a voucher for 20% off Aromatherapy Associates. 



Then with ELLE you get a mini Benefit POREfessional. 




I love this product! It's something I always want to pick up in the full size, yet I always end up getting travel size ones eithe from free a gift with purchase or in magazines, so I've always had one on the go. 

This is great for filling in pores and giving a smooth, flawless look to the skin. Its one of Benefits best selling products and I can see why. I have used a few "pore perfecting" products but none of them have worked anywhere near as good as the POREfessional! It actually fills in the pores and makes them completely undetectable on the skin, yet doesn't block them or cause any breakouts. If you haven't tried it before this is a great opportunity to pick one up! 

So that's all the goodies you can pick up with this months beauty magazines. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you found this little heads up helpful. 

Now, go snatch up these bargains before everyone else does! 

Zoe x