Month: March 2016

Recent Beauty Haul

Hey lovelies!

I’ve been trying to reign in my spending recently. By the time you’re reading this post, I’ll either have lost all of my money or made my fortune at the Cheltenham Festival, but realistically most likely the former…

Even though i’ve been on a self imposed saving period, i’ve still managed to pick up some beauty bits and bobs over the course of the last month or so. Here’s what I got…

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I had mentioned to my OH that I was running low on cleanser and he very kindly picked up this Lancome Cleansing Fluid for me to try. I’ve been using this for approximately three weeks each evening as my second cleanse. The lotion is very light and is sensitive enough to be used around the eye area. It has a nice subtle scent and so far I’m really enjoying the product. I’ll report back with my more in depth thoughts once I have used it for a bit longer.

As mentioned in last week’s Sunday Skincare post, I also picked up Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Intense Hydrating Booster. This is a wonderful hydrating and plumping serum that has quickly replaced my favourite hydra quench serum. I’m a huge fan.

Another skincare product that I picked up recently was the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist which I purchased from the lovely MakeupMonster as she didn’t get on with the mist herself. I have only used this a handful of times, so I don’t really have an opinion as such yet. I do love the packaging though.

When I went along to the Jo Malone Herb Garden launch at the end of February, I had to pick up one of the scents to try. I opted for the Carrot and Fennel Blossom which is beautifully sweet yet fresh. I went back to pick one up for my Mum for Mother’s Day, and remembered how much non-buyer’s remorse I was filled with last year when I didn’t purchase one from the Rock of Ages collection, so I also picked up my other favourite, Nasturtium and Clover. These two scents work beautifully together and the fact that they are limited edition makes them so special.

The final product I picked up recently was a MAC pro eye shadow pan for my pro palette in the shade Expensive Pink. I spent some time watching the various eye shadows in store and continually kept going back to this unwittingly. This shadow is a beautiful peachy gold duo chrome shade, that wears very close to a rose gold colour on my eye lids that really makes my blue eyes stand out.

What have you all bought recently?

Until next time, thanks for reading!!

Lynsey xox

Empties #2

Hello lovelies! I’m in full spring cleaning mode and we’re moving house in the next month or so therefore I thought I needed to get rid of these empties which are lying in the spare bedroom! Here’s what I’ve used up recently.

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Skincare

I have been really concentrating on my skincare routine lately and have used up two serums from Clarins. The first is the Hydraquench Intensive Serum. This is the second bottle of this serum that I’ve used up in the past 12 months. It has been a Winter skin saviour for me as it is so hydrating. It sinks into the skin quickly without leaving any residue and it doesn’t break the bank at £43.00. I will definitely repurchase this product. The second serum from Clarins that I’ve reached the end of is the Multi Active Skin Renewal Serum. This was one of the first facial serums I introduced to my routine. It has a lightweight texture that my skin absorbs easily and a lovely fresh scent that I love. To be honest though, I don’t see a huge difference in my skin when I use this product, it feels nice, but it doesn’t wow me like other serums out there so for that reason, I won’t be repurchasing this one.

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Another skincare product that i’ve used up is the Josie Maran Cleansing Oil which I reviewed here. I wasn’t sure about this product to begin with but it has really won me over and I enjoyed using it over the past few months. It melted my make up off so easily in the evenings and the scent was beautiful. I picked this up in the States. I probably won’t pick it up in a Sephora order any time soon, but if I’m back in the States this year, I’ll certainly be checking out more products from the line.

I’m also saying goodbye to a tube of Origins Modern Friction Scrub. I had this face scrub for over a year. A little went a long way and to be honest, I didn’t love it as much as everybody else seems to, so I would use it sporadically. It did do the job in exfoliating my skin. But I wasn’t blown away with it and never felt that really great exfoliating feeling while using this product. I won’t repurchase this scrub as I’ve used so many others that I’ve much preferred.

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Bodycare

I haven’t used up that many body products recently. One thing I am very sad to see the end of is the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. This stuff is incredible. The scent is divine. The product is so moisturising. I CAN’T GET ENOUGH. My skin feels and smells amazing after i’ve used this product and this small version lasted me for months. I am definitely repurchasing this.

Another shower gel I’ve used up is the Victoria’s Secret Endless Love shower gel. A friend brought me this back as a gift from America before Christmas along with the matching moisturiser. The apple blossom scent is so fresh and the gel lathers beautifully. I’ve really enjoyed using this in the mornings and I found that the scent lasted well on my skin. If I’m at VS anytime soon, I would be inclined to pick some shower gels up after using this.

A random empty comes in the form of this Mrs Frosty bubble bath from Avon. This was a little stocking filler from my parents at Christmas and I’ve been happily using it up. The packaging is absolutely adorable and the spiced cranberry and orange scent is gorgeous. It creates a good amount of bubbles and feels moisturising on the skin.

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Make up minis

I’ve been using up some deluxe samples that I’ve had in my stash since Christmas recently to decide if I want to buy the full size of any of them. I used up two mini mascaras: the Boots No 7 Lash Impact mascara and the cult Benefit They’re Real mascara. I’ve used the Benefit one a few times over the years and really liked it. It lengthens my lashes and is very noticeable. I definitely will pick it up again at some point in the future. The No 7 mascara on the other hand I wasn’t a fan of. It was clumpier and while it gave me some length, it wasn’t noticeable enough for me to really like.

The final empty is a deluxe sample of the Cover FX Blemish Treatment Primer that I got from Sephora in my last haul. This small tube lasted me for over a month and I was pretty impressed with the results and the long list of spot fighting ingredients.

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Have you used any of these products before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time my lovelies!

Lynsey xox

Skincare Sunday: Sarah Chapman Skinesis Intense Hydrating Booster

Hello lovelies!!

It’s been a long week since I got my last post up. I’ve found it so difficult since I started the blog to maintain any kind of consistency. My job and personal commitments can be pretty demanding, but I would really love to work on getting posts out more consistently and often. Hats off to any of you wonderful bloggers out there who can maintain the balance! I’m in awe of you!

This week’s Skincare Sunday is all about hydration as I share my views with you on Sarah Chapman Skinesis Intense Hydration Booster.

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I had some SpaceNK points that were about to expire since Christmas and I got an email offering £15 off orders of £60 or more so I quickly hurried over to the site and placed this and a Talika sheet mask in my basket, coming to a grand total of £16 with the discounts, bargain eh?

I had recently used up my favourite Clarins Hydraquench serum and wanted to try something different but with similar properties which was what led me to this product.

The intense hydrating booster claims to be a multi tasking serum that can be used both morning and night, designed for stressed, dry and unbalanced skin. The blurb states it will inject non greasy hydration, helping your daily moisturiser to work more efficiently whilst also activating the skin’s natural defences.

The first thing that struck me about this product was the packaging. It looks and feels very luxurious with a heavy weighted bottle and screw top pump/pipette. A word of warning though, once the lid is off, it’s easy to knock the entire thing over and spill it everywhere, or maybe that’s just me?

The serum has a clear, thick yet lightweight, oil texture. I apply this in the morning after cleansing and toning and before my daily moisturiser. It sinks into the skin like an absolute dream! Two-three drops (borderline too much in my opinion) covers my entire face. When I’m applying it, I almost feel like i’m putting too much on, but my skin drinks it up so easily that after 1 minute, there’s not a trace of residue on the skin’s surface and my skin feels silky smooth.

My skin feels and looks more plumped after applying this serum. And my make up applies beautifully afterwards. The thing that I’m most impressed with is how weightless this product feels on my skin. However, the main drawback of this product is the obviously hefty price tag. At £58, it is pretty extortionate, but I think it will last a long time as a little goes such a long way, provided you don’t knock it over when you have the lid off…

I’m pretty sure this has quickly become my favourite hydrating serum over my trusty Clarins one. I almost wish I hadn’t been sucked in, given the price tag, but I’m a huge convert.

What are your favourite hydrating serums?

Until next time!

Lynsey xox

 

Skincare Sunday: Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask

Hello lovelies!

It’s no secret that I love a good face mask. I have an impressive little stash under my bathroom cabinet at the moment and one I’ve particularly enjoyed using is the PTR Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask.

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I picked this mask up in the States when I bought the Mask-a-holic gift set, a huge bargain at $75 dollars for 5 generous sized pots of the 5 best selling masks, which you can still get here. I have raved about the Pumpkin enzyme mask already, here, and I thought I would share my thoughts on this one also.

PTR claim that this black mask is a purifying, decongesting and hydrating mask which contains Irish moor mud that draws out impurities whilst simultaneously injecting the skin with vitamins and moisture.

The first thing I noticed is that this mask is totally scent free. This for me personally, is slightly disappointing, as I’m a scent person. But it’s certainly not an issue and if you’re sensitive to scents, it will be a bonus for you.

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The mask itself is a thick black clay like mud, and similar to the Pumpkin enzyme mask, a little goes a very long way. I am particularly fond of the fact that, unlike most other mud masks, this one doesn’t dry hard and right on the skin which makes it feel more nourishing.

Ingredient wise asides from the purifying Irish moor mud, the mask is formulated with nourishing, vitamin enriched Hijiki Seaweed as well as detoxifying and healing volcanic ash.

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I apply a thin layer of this mask to freshly cleansed skin, once a week. I leave it to work its magic for ten minutes and then wash off with a wash cloth.

Once removed, I’ve found that my skin feels smooth and nourished. It looks clear, clean and my pores look more refined.

Have you tried any PTR masks?

Lynsey xox

 

 

Jo Malone Herb Garden Launch

Hello lovelies!!

For any of you who follow me on Instagram you will know that I’m perhaps a little obsessed with Jo Malone products. So when the lovely Hollie in the Belfast Store invited me and my mum along to the official launch of the new Herb Garden collection, I couldn’t say no, could I?

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This event was one of the better events I’ve been to for Jo Malone. On arrival we were given a lovely herb infused cocktail menu in collaboration with The Ivory restaurant to choose our drink from. Once cocktail orders were in, we were given some lavender infused shortbread to nibble on – quite the strange pairing.

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Cocktails in hand, it was time for the Jo Malone girls to introduce the collection to us and explain each scent.

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First of let us take a moment to appreciate the pretty packaging. Very different for Jo Malone to have a colourful bottle and this all green one looks perfect for Spring. The green tones vary depending on the intensity of the fragrances inside and there is a pretty little illustration on the bottle of each herb included in each cologne.

This new limited edition collection is inspired by scents from the British herb garden. There are five scents in the collection including:

Wild Strawberry & Parsely

A peppery fragrance filled with unexpected parsley and vine tomato leaves, beautiful balanced with the sweetness of strawberries an blackcurrant.

Nasturtium & Clover

Peppery Rocket is blended with bright lemon and soft white florals.Carrot Blossom & Fennel.

Lavender & Corriander

Refreshing and soothing lavender is blended with spicy coriander. The Tonka Bean adds warmth to the mossy base. The most masculine of the five fragrances.

Sorrel & Lemon Thyme

A fresh, zesty citrus fragrance which is uplifting and invigorating, beautiful balanced with thyme on bed a woody, earthy moss.

Carrot Blossom & Fennel

The unexpected sweetness of carrot is blended with aniseed fennel, with delicate florals and a moss base.

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My personal favourite from the collection and the one I opted to bring home is the Carrot Blossom & Fennel. It is sweet and fresh with added depth in the form of the rose and orange flower water. Hollie gave me a wonderful arm and hand massage and layered the Carrot Blossom & Fennel with Mimosa & Cardamom which smelled incredible! My mum opted for Nasturtium & Clover which was paired with Nectarine Blossom & Honey. This was a beautiful sweet pairing, and I could smell this so much more clearly than my own.

After a wonderful massage, we had some time to chat to the very interesting, Denise Dunne who runs Theherbgarden.ie. Denise is a wealth of knowledge on all things herb and gave us a lovely little hand tied posey of various herbs to take home with us, the scents of which were amazing.

In all, I think Jo Malone have knocked it out of the park with this new collection. Of the five scents, I absolutely love four. The only one I’m not crazy about is the Lavender & Corriander. I might have to return to pick another one up before they completely sell out.

Have you smelt this new collection? What’s your favourite?

Lynsey xox