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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

NOTD | 22.10.14


This stunning shade is Essie's Urban Jungle.

It is a pinky/peachy/nudey kind of shade. I know, best description ever! 

It applies really well, the formula was nice thick and even. It applied completely opaque in two coats. 


I like that it has a slight pink undertone, it makes it easier to wear and avoids the not so flattering "mannequin hand" look. A more pink shade suits my skin tone more as I have a pink undertone to my skin anyway. 

Have you got this shade? If so, what do you think? 

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Save vs Splurge: Gel Cleansers






I am back with another save or splurge post, this time on gel cleansers. 

I would just like to say I use gel cleansers as a second cleanse, after I have removed my makeup with either an oil or a balm. I also would use these as a morning cleanse.

The Products 

nSpa Melting Cleansing Gel £6
Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel £20

Ingredients

nSpa
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera Seed (Grapeseed) Oil, Aqua, Sucrose Laurate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum, Citrus Aurantium Flower (Neroli) Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Alcohol, Sucrose Myristate, Isopropyl Myristate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, CI 16035, CI 19140.

Clarins 
Caprylic/Capric TriglycerideHydrogenated Polyisobutene, Stearayl Heptanoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Glycerin,AquaCyclomethicone, Sclerocarya Birrea, ParfumPhenoxyethanolEthylhexyl MethoxycinnamateTocopherol,MethylchloroisothiazolinoneButyl MethoxydibenzoylmethaneEthylhexyl SalicylateMethylisothiazolinoneBht,Hexyl CinnamalBenzyl SalicylateCi 19140, Ci 17200

Application

nSpa- This cleanser starts off as a thick gel. As you massage it into the skin, it does break into a slightly thinner, more oil like consistency but it does still stay more gel-like. 
It is easy to move and work around the skin, you do not need to pull or tug at the skin. 
You then apply water to the skin to make the gel emulsify to a light milk. This feels really light and refreshing on the skin. It is then a very milky, runny consistency

Clarins - This also starts off as a gel. Although, I find this one is slightly thinner than the nSpa. Once you massage this onto the skin, it melts into a lovely oil that moves effortlessly over the skin. Even though it is an oil, it doesn't feel greasy or heavy on the skin. 
I do not emulsify this one as I like it as an oil (although you can do so if you want). I only emulsify the nSpa one as it specifically requires you to to get the most out of the product. 

Removal

nSpa- I remove this with a warm, damp flannel. It wipes off the skin clean, leaving no residue or coating behind on the skin. The light, milky consistency means it is super quick and easy to remove with one swipe of the flannel (although I always go over the skin a few times anyway.) or if you like to splash your face with water, it would be easy to remove that way too. 

Clarins- I also remove this the same way, with a flannel. Again, this removes really easily. The oil wipes off the skin without leaving any residue behind. 

Result

nSpa- I love how fresh my skin feels after I use this. I think it is a great cleanser to use in the morning as it really wakes you up and also because it is so light on the skin! Your skin is left feeling really soft and supple. It has been given the moisture and hydrating it needs without being heavy or too much for the skin. 

Clarins- I like how nourishing this is to my skin. I would prefer to use this one more at night than in the morning as it is a little bit richer. I love the more luxurious feel this one has to it, even though it is a gel cleanser. I do not get the same fresh feeling on my skin as I do with the nSpa after using this. My face does feel nice and clean though. 

Overall opinion: Save or Splurge?

Again, I think I am going to have to say save! I am just so impressed with the results of the nSpa cleanser and for such great value! Even though I do enjoy using the Clarins cleanser, it doesn't give me the same super fresh, awake feeling the nSpa option does.
Overall, they are very similar products that both perform very well but for the price difference, I do not notice that much of a difference between the two. 

Looks like you can save yourself some more pennies and go for the cheaper version this time round too!

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.

Zoe x


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

NOTD | 08.10.14



This is The Body Shop Colour Crush nail polish in the shade Gorgeous Grey.*

It's a really pretty grey with purple undertones. This type of shade is one of my favourites to wear in Autumn. 

This is my first time wearing it as I only got it a few days ago but I've fallen in love with the colour! It's so stunning on. I have a feeling I'll be wearing this a lot over the upcoming months. 

(Ignore the little cut on my middle finger. Oops..)

The formula is great. The colour is opaque in 2 coats. It is also really shiny and fast drying. I'm really impressed with it so far.


Have you tried any of The Body Shops new nail range? If so, what do you think?

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. 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The product I wish I hated..


Do you ever try a product you know you can't get hold of easily and you just know you're going to fall in love with, to the point where you wish you didn't like it so you didn't have the face the fact you can't get it again? Yeah. That's happening right now..

With La Roche Posay Serozinc. *sigh* 

I was lucky enough to get one brought back from France by a friend. I'm sure anyone reading this will know, this product is not available to buy in the UK. I was beyond excited to finally get my hands on it. 

This is a light, refreshing toning spray. I use it as my "traditional" toning stage (after acid tone, before serum.) and I just love it.

It is in a spray can, which means you can either spray it onto a cotton pad or directly over the skin. I choose to apply it directly onto the skin.
It comes out in a really light mist yet it covers the skin effectively and evenly in one spray. There's nothing more annoying than a spray that either completely soaks your face in product or you're standing there spraying it for days to actually get any on your skin! This applies the perfect amount. 

What I love the most about this is how soothing and cooling it is on the skin. As soon as you spray it, my skin feels instantly preped and refreshed. 

It sinks in well, leaving my skin feeling really soft and hydrated and also, well prepped for the rest of my skincare to follow. 

It is the nicest spray toner I have tried. I love how evenly it applies and how it makes my skin feel.
If you can get your hands on this, snatch it up! And don't just buy one, stock up. Trust me on this one! 

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. 

Friday, 3 October 2014

nSpa Skin Renewal Gel Review




I didn't think it was possible for me to be even more impressed with nSpa's skincare range than I already was the first time I went- but oh no. I managed to find a total gem, an even bigger gem than all the other amazing bits I found first time round.

The nSpa Skin Renewal Gel. This is an exfoliating mask- but not a harsh, scrubby, beady mask- no no. An acid exfoliating mask.

(If you do not know what an acid exfoliator is, I have done a post all about them that you can read here.)

This mask is loaded with loads of naturally exfoliating fruit acids. Including orange, bilberry, sugar cane extract (where glycolic acids comes from), grape seed and lemon.
It also contains Vitamin E and Neroli oil. Lovely.

Now, this mask is far more gentle than other exfoliating masks, as fruit acids are far less abrasive than the likes of a chemical acid such as glycolic. However, this mask is still very effective.

It comes out as a thick gel. As you massage it over the skin it breaks into an oil (it takes a while before this happens).
I like to massage it around my skin (sometimes using my facial massager) for 1-2 minutes. I then let it sit on my skin for maybe 10-15 minutes, so I get the most out of the exfoliating acids.
I then go back in and start to work it round the skin more, until it finally breaks into the oil.
Once it has done that, I remove it using a wash cloth and warm water.

With acid exfoliants, you feel a tingle on the skin when the acid is nibbling away the dead skin cells, with this mask you feel a more... fuzzy feeling? It is strange. It isn't tingly as such but I can feel it doing something!

When I remove the mask, my skin feels so soft. It is lovely! You can really feel that the fruit acids have nibbled away all the dead skin and revealed a new healthy layer of skin cells.
My skin never feels tight or stripped after using this, something I love about the whole nSpa range, all the products always leave my skin feeling so comfortable and supple after use. I love that it is so gentle yet effective.

I prefer this £7 mask over my £30 REN mask. *gulp* I am both happy and sad about that!
I find that this gives the same- actually, better- results and for a fraction of the price and is the only exfoliating mask that I regularly use! (I have explained before how I have never really been impressed with acid masks and prefer to just use an acid toner every day instead.)

If you are in ASDA any time soon, definitely check out this lovely range! You can read my post reviewing some of their other skincare bits here, too.

I hope you found this helpful and pick up some nSpa skincare to try!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September Favourites 2014


I am making up for my lack of favourites over the last 2 months (Oops) as I seem to have found a whole bunch of new discoveries that I have been completely obsessed with over the last while.
Lets jump right in with my first favourite.

I bought the Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish Remover. (I chose this because it was only £2.79, compared to £5 for the other brands. Pfft, no thanks. *cheapo alert*)


This is the quickest, easiest thing ever! Again, you'll all know how it works- you stick your finger in the pot, twist twist twist, ta-dah! Nail polish GONE.

It is great. I told myself I would only use it if I was in a rush or needed to take it with me somewhere to do my nails on the go (When does that ever happen? Like, really?) but I have been using this every time I do my nails. It is the ultimate lazy girl nail polish remover.

The formulation does not dry out my nails or leave a weird residue, which means I don't feel the need to have to wash my hands after, making it perfect for on the go.

YAY! Next..

The Soap and Glory Archery Eyebrow Pencil has changed my eyebrow game. It is awesome.

I have the newer version, the one that just has the pencil and is much smaller.

I picked up the shade Blonde-Shell and it matches my eyebrows perfectly. Up until now I had been using a L'oreal pencil that I was really happy with. It matched well, wore fine throughout the day and stayed in place but since switching over, I have now noticed it was a bit dark for me and I could easily make my brows look too harsh with it.

The Archery still makes my eyebrows defined but makes them look far more natural. The tiny little nib makes it so easy to fill in the brows and mock hairs by creating tiny little strokes. I am so impressed by it! I was going to purchase Brow Whiz by Anastasia but I am glad I didn't as I think this is a pretty good dupe for it.

I recently added a few more Tanya Burr lip glosses to my collection and I love the colours I picked up. I got them from Superdrug.com for only £4-something as they were on sale.
I picked up the shades Exotic Island, Aurora and Afternoon Tea.
Exotic Island is my favourite out of the bunch.

 It is a beautiful, bright purpley-pink shade that really packs a punch. For a gloss, it is so highly pigmented that just one coat and lasts all day! All the glosses have a slightly thicker, creamier formula without being goopy or sticky. I love how easy it is to apply and you don't have to worry about it smudging or bleeding.
I re-apply it maybe once or twice throughout the day but if I don't it's fine, as it leaves a beautiful tint/stain to the lips anyway once it has worn down, so it still looks as if I've got colour on. Perfect!

I also have loved wearing the more subtle colours; Afternoon Tea and Aurora. They are pretty, girly pinks that just add a tint of colour. Aurora has a slight shimmer, whereas Afternoon Tea is completely cream. They are very similar in shade, Aurora being slightly more pink. They are both lovely and I recommend all three shades.

My next favourite has been doing a world of wonders to my nails recently. It is the Almond Oil Pen from The Body Shop.


I have noticed such a difference in the condition of my nails/cuticles (particularly cuticles) since using this regularly.

The brush application makes it so quick,easy and mess free to use. I simply brush the product round my nails and over my cuticles, rub in and apply a hand cream on top.
My cuticles have been so smooth and hydrated and they've stayed that way. I find with other nail oils/butters by the next day, I need to reapply as my cuticles look a bit dry again but not with this one. The hydration really does last for so much longer! I can skip a day and still have smooth cuticles.

The NUXE Reve De Miel lip balm is next up. Oh my Goodness. What took me so long to start using this? I purchased if from Escentual a good few months ago and it has just sat in my collection unopened.


I now have this in my bed side table and apply it every night before bed.
It feels so luxurious to apply as it is a super thick balm. It is so nourishing and moisturising on the lips that I can still feel it in the morning.
Despite being thick, it isn't greasy or goopy. It just melts onto the lips.

I have really been enjoying the Caudalie Grape Water.


I love spritzing this over my skin after toning (Acid tone, 'regular' tone, spray) as it is so refreshing and smells lovely. It is also nice to spray throughout the day if you're feeling a bit dull and need a little boost and refreshment.

Last but not least is a little candle. Yankee Candle in Salted Caramel is my go to Autumn candle. I love the sweet, warm scent and have completely burned through one already and have another one waiting to go. I really love sweet smells, so this is right up my street. If you do too, go and have a smell of this one!


So there you have it. My round of of products I have been loving over the last month! 
My next post should be another Save vs Splurge so keep an eye out for that.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x