Monday, 30 July 2012

Essence My Skin Mattifying Cream Review!

Hi Everyone!
I mentioned the Essence My Skin Mattifying Cream in my last post (July Favourites) and so I thought I would do a review on it.
I got this a few weeks ago on holiday in Majorca along with the tinted moisturiser for €2.49, if I remember correctly.
The packaging is quite cute but as you can see in the picture above, the label is a bit misplaced. On the packaging it says you get 50ml of product, it also describes the cream as "light-weight, with a long-lasting mattifying effect, specially formulated for the needs of combination skin"
On the box it comes in, it says the cream is "enriched with lychee and blue grape" and "supplies skin intensively with moisture and leaves skin naturally soft and smooth". 
Inside, the actual product is a very light pink. However, when put onto skin, it looks clear and has a gel-like consistency. 

I'm really enjoying using this product. I have combination skin and although it isn't the most hydrating moisturiser, it certainly doesn't dry out my skin. It absorbs really well, leaving no residue which is what I found with the Liz Earle moisturiser. It also leaves my skin looking more matte, like it claims to do. It is extremely light-weight, which is probably what I love most about this moisturiser. It also hasn't broken me out which is great due to it being oil free. The cream also has UVA/UVB filters which is an added bonus!
It does have a scent, which isn't unpleasant, but personally i'm not a massive fan of it. I definitely prefer the scent of the Essence tinted moisturiser.
Like I said on the review of the tinted moisturiser, you can't get Essence products in the UK unfortunately, but if you go onto the Cosnova website, it tells you where they do stock Essence (and Catrice products) in Europe.   

So that is it for my review. I really love this moisturiser, so much in fact that I got two whilst on holiday! 
For €2.49, I think this it is an excellent product, especially for those with younger skin. 

I hope you enjoyed my review let me know if you have tried out Essence products before.
Thank you very much.
Claire xx

Saturday, 28 July 2012

July Favourites!

Hi Everyone!
So I can't believe it's already the end of July. I feel like I have just done my June favourites! 
I hope you guys had a great July and are having a great summer!
So first is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I got this about 3 weeks ago and have really been enjoying it. I got it in the Try-Me Kit which I have done a review on, click HERE if you would like to see that.
Next is definitely my Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in '917 Sable Rose'. I absolutely love this as it is perfect for summer. Click HERE if you would like to see the review for this.
I have also been loving the St Ives Apricot Body Scrub. This is an amazing exfoliator for your body. It makes your skin so soft and smooth and makes it look healthier. 
I have just done a review on my Essence My Skin Tinted Moisturiser. I love this for days when I am just at home or running errands. It applies so smoothly, is easy to blend and makes your skin even and look really healthy. 
Another product from Essence is their My Skin Mattifying Cream. I got this at the same time as the tinted moisturiser on holiday. I really like this, it is for combination/oily skin and is almost a gel consistency. I will be doing a full review on this very soon.
And last but by no means least, I have this bracelet which I also got on holiday from a small gift shop in the town. I love the turquoise stone and the silver with it and it fits perfectly.

So that is it for my July favourites, I hope you enjoyed this post and please link down below if you have also done one!
Thank you and don't forget to follow as it would make my day!
Claire xxx

Friday, 27 July 2012

Essence My Skin Tinted Moisturiser Review!

Hi Everyone!
Today I am going to do a review on the Essence My Skin Tinted Moisturiser which I got recently on holiday in Spain.
I picked this up from the local pharmacy simply because it looked like a nice product and I was curious about trying it out, plus it was only about €2 - €3.
First of all, the packaging of this product I think is really cute. It's not very professional but I think it's really nice. 
On the back of the box and tube, it claims...
"The intensively caring moisturiser with a touch of make-up matches the skin tone perfectly - for a natural, flawless complexion. The formulation - enriched with peach seed oil and acai berry extract- cares, protects and supplies skin with moisture up to 24 hours. Light reflective pigments give the skin a healthy and fresh glow"
So I got the shade for 'Light Skin', unfortunately they only do two shades - light and medium/dark. When I first squeeze it out, it looks quite orange, but when I begin to blend it into my skin, it sort of disappears whilst evening out my skin at the same time.
As you can see from the picture, it is very lightweight - a little goes a long way. 
It is very moisturising and very easy to blend. I usually hate blending foundation in with my fingers as it goes patchy. However, I can easily blend this is with my fingers due to the lighter consistency. 
 So the left picture is my cheek with no makeup, the right picture is it with the tinted moisturiser on. As you can see it does even out the redness, whilst still looking really natural. It doesn't necessarily give the skin a really dewy glow, just more of a brighter, healthier look.
I have combination skin, but this works fine for me - it also hasn't broken me out. I think this would work for most skin types, except if you have very oily skin.
It lasts about 4-5 hours before beginning to wear off, which I think for a tinted moisturiser is really good. 
On the packaging it says it has peach seed oil and acai berry extract. What I love about this is that the moisturiser has a fruity, peach smell. I know not everyone will like this, but personally I think it smells lovely and summery!
The last thing I love about this is that when you apply it, it kind of has a cooling sensation. I don't know if this is just me or if anyone else also finds this?   

But, now onto the bad news...
I guess there being only two shades is annoying, but the one major down fall is availability. 
Unfortunately, you can not purchase Essence products in the UK. Essence is part of Catrice Cosmetics which are both part of the Cosnova company. You can pretty much get them in most countries in Europe and in North America, just not the UK!!! I am really sad about this because I love this tinted moisturiser and another product from Essence which I will be doing a review on very soon.

To find out if Essence is stocked in your country, click on the link below...

So thats it for my review guys - let me know if you have ever tried out an Essence product! 
I hope you enjoyed it and don't forget to follow me.
Thank you so much,
Claire xxx

Thursday, 26 July 2012

How To Clean Make-Up Brushes!

Hi Everyone!
Today I want to show you how I clean my make-up brushes.
I like to deep clean my brushes 1-2 times a week - depending on how often I use them. It's really important to clean your brushes regularly to get rid off excess bacteria, oil and (old) make-up, especially if, like me, you suffer from spots.
I love using the Johnson's Baby Shampoo as it cleans them very well, makes them all really soft and is really inexpensive!

So lets crack on!
L to R: Real Techniques Powder brush, Buffing brush, Stippling brush and Contour brush, Sigma Large Angled Contour brush F40 and Mac 217.
As you can see, my brushes are pretty dirty from the use of everyday make-up.
To show you how I like to wash my brushes, I'll be using my Sigma Large Angled Contour brush F40, which I use for my blush, as an example due to the fact you can see the pink colour from my different blushes very well.
First, with warm water I wet my brush. I wet it facing downwards, so the water doesn't wet the glue and cause the brush to shed. This also prevents the bristles from becoming splayed.
Then I like to squirt out a 2p sized amount of the Johnson's shampoo into my palm. I then take my brush and dap it into the shampoo, keeping it faced down.
I then circle the brush around my palm to work in the shampoo. You should notice your brush getting clean at this point.
Once I have done that, I rinse my brush in warm water to get all of the shampoo out.

I repeat this method on all my brushes. 
They will look a bit odd when they're all wet. But don't worry! Whilst they're still wet, get them back into the shape you want them to be in and let them dry naturally.
A word of warning, it's best to dry your make-up brushes on a towel which you have rolled at one end so that your brushes dry at an angle, pointing down. This is so the water doesn't get down to the root of the bristles where it will wet the glue and make your brushes shed.

Once they're dry, they should look like this...
My brushes take about 5 hours to all completely dry. Yours may vary, depending on the size and density of your brushes.
As you can see, they're all much cleaner and ready to be used!

To show you my 'before' Sigma brush....
And now 'after' it has been cleaned and dried.....

So it is easy to see just how important it is to clean your make-up brushes. I recommend a mild shampoo like the Johnson's one which will not damage the bristles. 
You can also use a mild conditioner if you want your brushes to be extra soft!

Thank you for reading and I hope you found this post helpful!
Claire xxx

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder Review!

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well. Today I am going to do a review on the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder 
(what a mouthful!), which came out in their recent limited edition summer collection. 
I got this a few weeks ago for £34 in the shade '917 Sable Rose' which was designed for fair complexions. I was really impressed with this as I tend to stay away from bronzers as they are usually too dark or too orange for me. I'm NC15 in Mac and 10 beige in Chanel Perfection Lumiere.
The packaging is gorgeous - Classic Chanel. It comes in a lovely cardboard box and then inside of that, a velvet pouch which I personally adds to the high quality feel.
The product itself is actually quite big, about the size of a compact digital camera. You get 15g of product which is a lot considering a NARS blush is 4.8g and a NYC Colour Wheel is 9g. So really it works out cheaper by the gram than other high end blush/bronzers.
Inside is a large mirror and a brush which I think is really handy if you are on the go and want to top up your bronzer.
The product itself looks gorgeous with a mosaic of lovely warm, summer colours.
A light swatch of the product shows it gives a pretty coral/peach colour which is so nice for summer.
I use my Sigma Large Angled Contour brush to apply this to the hollows of my cheeks, my temples and then whatever is leftover down my nose and along my jawline. 
To get a more contoured look you can use a smaller brush, but for an all over glow to the face I like to use the Sigma brush, or any other large powder brush.
As you can see from the swatch it is not too orange for my fair skin. It gives a beautiful sun kissed look and is not over the top.

I believe this was limited edition with their summer collection. However, you may be able to find one at a beauty outlet or a duty free at an airport. 
I'm sorry this review is late but I only really got it towards the end of their collection.

So I hope you enjoyed this review today. Let me know if you were able to pick up anything from their summer collection.
Thank you for reading.
Claire xxx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Liz Earle Try-Me Kit Review!

Hi Everyone!
This is a review on the Liz Earle Try-Me Kit for 'Normal/Combination skin', which I got about 2 weeks ago.
The lady at the counter thought I would be best with this one as she thought 'I definitely didn't look oily', even though I told her I do get an oily t-zone and have regular breakouts.

So the kit costs £23.25 and contains a 30ml Cleanse and polish, 2 muslin clothes, a 50ml Instant Boost Skin Tonic, a 15ml Skin Repair Moisturiser and a 15ml Brightening Treatment Mask. I think the sizes are great for trying out the products before you buy the full sized ones, or for travelling at it is a pretty small bag they come in.

First I will talk about the 'multi-award winning' Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.
Many of you may have heard about the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish as it is so popular. I had heard amazing things about this item so had high expectations. 
The booklet you get with the kit says;
"This rich cream deeply cleanses, removing all traces of daily grime and make up. The pure muslin cloth gently dislodges dead skin cells to leave skin clear and smooth"
As you can see from the picture above, the cream is rich and quite thick, which I wasn't expecting at first. The 2 muslin clothes you get have a slight grainy texture which helps remove dead skin cells. 
I use this morning and night on dry skin, which I had to get used to as I have always used a cleanser on wet skin. It almost feels like you are rubbing in a moisturiser, however it doesn't quite sink into your skin. I then take one of my muslin clothes, rinse it in warm water, and gently, in circular motion, take off the cleanser. 
After, my skin does look much cleaner and refreshed. At night, the cleanser does do a good job at removing my make up, however it may leave a bit of mascara around my eyes. 
Out of the kit, this product is by far my favourite. It doesn't dry out the skin, yet does a really good job of cleansing it.

Next is the Instant Boost Skin Tonic.
The booklet says that this product is;
"A heavenly floral-scented toner with conditioning natural source vitamin E to revitalise, soothe and brighten"
The Skin Tonic looks like water and does have a nice floral and fresh scent. However, I can't really say that this product made much difference to my skin. Yes it was nice and refreshing after the Cleanse and Polish, but other than that I didn't notice anything else it did. 
I was using it morning and night on a cotton wool pad and sweeping it over my face, like the kit suggests. But now I just take a bit on a cotton wool pad and swipe it over my eyes to remove any mascara that the Cleanse and Polish didn't get.

Now the Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination skin. 
This is what the booklet says about this product;
"Rich in naturally active ingredients, this moisturiser helps hydrate and condition skin for a healthy-looking skin"
At first, this moisturiser was really nice to use. It was very hydrating and did give my skin a glow. However, after using it for about a week, I felt that my skin was breaking out more than usual. I don't know for sure it was this moisturiser, but since I stopped using it and swapped to a different moisturiser, my skin has cleared up a lot.
I think that the moisturiser is really nice for more mature skin, but on mine, I just think it was a little to rich and heavy.

And last but by no means least, the Brightening Treatment Mask.
The booklet says that...
"This fast-acting 'minute' mask for dull skin instantly revitalises skin and gives it a natural radiance"
I'm honestly not 100% sure the claims for this products are correct.Yes it is a 'minute' mask, but I can't really see a whole load of difference to my skin.
I use this 2-3 times a week, leave it for about 2 minutes, and then wipe it off using a wet muslin cloth. The texture is quite thin for a mask and has very small grains which you can hardly feel on your face.
This may bake a bit of difference to my skin, but even if I stop using it, I don't think my skin will look or feel any different. Yes it is nice to use but I won't be repurchasing this one.

On the whole, I am really pleased I tried this kit out. Although not all the products worked for me, I would still urge people, who have normal skin, to try the kit. If I were to repurchase a kit again, I would definitely go for the combination/oily skin version as I think it would work better with my skin.
I may repurchase the Cleanse and Polish in the future as I do really like it, but for now, after I have used the Cleanse and Polish up, I will go back to my previous cleanser which is cheaper and did work well for me.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Let me know if you have ever tried these kits out or if you use a Liz Earle products!
Have a great week.
Claire xxx

Sunday, 22 July 2012

My Top 5 Summer Essentials!

Hi Everyone!
Sorry I have not posted in over a week, my family and I were on holiday in Majorca. The weather was really hot and so put me in the mood to do this post; My Top 5 Summer Essentials!

1. Bronzer
After discovering the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder in 'Sable Rose' I think that a bronzer is really nice to have, particularly in summer. It can give you a gorgeous sun kissed look, or enhance a tan. I'm fair, so I don't usually get bronzer, however the Chanel Bronzing Powder in 'Sable Rose' was designed for fair complexions and helps add warmth to the face, without being orange!

2. Body Exfoliant 
For me, a body exfoliant is a must for spring/summer as you usually show more skin due to hot weather. It leaves your skin really smooth and healthy looking, and is really important if you are going to use fake tan. I really recommend the St Ives Apricot Body Scrub as it makes your skin so incredibly soft and smooth.

3. Body Sprays
I personally prefer using body sprays when it is warmer weather as they tend to be lighter and more subtle than perfume, which I like especially during the day. I have 2 of the Natural Collection Body Sprays in Vanilla and Strawberry which are really nice, plus they're only £2 each.

4. Bright Nail Polish
Left to Right: Essie Mint Candy Apple, 17 Fast Finish in Pink Grapefruit and Essie Fun In The Gondola.
For me, summer screams bright and fun nail polishes as I think summer is all about colour, also some nail polishes can even help enhance a tan! I don't have a particular favourite colour, however these 3 I really love!

5. Tinted Moisturiser
I think when it is hot there is nothing worse than having really heavy and full make up on. This is why I think tinted moisturiser is great as it evens out your skin tone slightly and feels very lightweight. This is the Essence My Skin Tinted Moisturiser for 'Light Skin' which I got on holiday. I will be doing an in-depth review of this soon and a review of another product I got from the range, and if you guys want I can do a holiday haul - please let me know down below! :)

Ok that is it for my Top 5 Summer Essentials, what are your summer essentials? 
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are having a fabulous summer!
Claire xxx

Friday, 13 July 2012

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Review!

Hi Everyone!
Today I want to do a review for you on the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation in '10 Beige'.

I went to the Chanel counter recently and asked if I could have a sample of one of their foundations. I love any beauty brand that do samples as I think that, that is the only way for them to draw you into their products, so when the lady said 'Sure, thats fine!', I was very excited. 
The lady at the counter thought that the Perfection Lumiere in '10 Beige' would be best for me and so she sent me away with a little sample of it. 
This is what the Chanel website say about this foundation:

"PERFECTION LUMIÈRE controls every detail of a perfect complexion to offer a tailor-made result, a model of perfection by CHANEL.

Its light, fluid texture glides on seamlessly with adjustable yet lightweight coverage for perfect results.

The skin-embracing texture becomes one with the face, following its every movement. Its Perfect Skin Affinity complex ensures a second-skin effect and perfect foundation hold for 15 hours."

The first thing I noticed was that the foundation had a nice smell to it. Not too over-powering, but it was still there. 
The foundation has a medium consistency but is light, like Chanel say and does provide a lightweight coverage.
Top: Mac Pro Longwear foundation NC15. Bottom: Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation '10 Beige'
As you can see from the picture, the Chanel foundation is much more yellow based than the Mac Pro Longwear. They are similar consistencies and coverage wise they are very similar - light/medium but buildable, which I love.
 So the top picture I have no make-up on, just moisturiser. The bottom picture shows one layer of the Chanel Perfection Lumiere, applied with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. The colour match is quite good, however I think it may be a touch too dark in winter.
The foundation gives my quite a natural finish which I like, as I initially thought the foundation was meant to be a matte finish.
It has covered quite a bit of the redness and evened out my skin quite well.
Overall, what I do like about the product is the natural finish, the fact it was incredibly easy to blend and the lightweight feel of it.

Now onto what I DON'T like about the product.
I have combination skin, and with my Mac Pro Longwear foundation I feel that my t-zone (forehead, nose and chin), don't get oily throughout the day, despite my switch in skin care to Liz Earle. However, with the Perfection Lumiere, I feel that my skin does get oily. This I hate because at the end of the day my skin feels oily and just generally yucky!
Next is the colour range. '10 Beige' is an ok match for my NC15 skin, I just wish Chanel had a better range of lighter shades for their foundations, as they all do run quite dark.
Lastly is the price. This sample was free, however to buy a 30ml bottle, it is £34! I know Chanel is expensive, but even so. 

To sum it up, I am really glad I tried this foundation. I definitely like it, I don't love it though. I probably prefer my Mac Pro Longwear foundation, especially as its £10 cheaper!
I might purchase this is the future, but for now I think I will stick with my Mac foundation.

Let me know if you've tried this foundation, and if so, what did you think of it?
Claire xx