Much Love | Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

The weather in England is behaving very oddly at the moment. It’s hot, muggy and a little bit uncomfortable, with added copious amounts of thunder, lightening and rain. Anytime I’ve thought about putting make up on, my enthusiasm has waned.

There has been various occasions where I have had to present myself to the world, and look part human and in those cases, my saviour has been the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation.

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I picked this up on a whim, just before I went on holiday last month and put it into my foundation draw, and promptly forgot about it. And because by the time I came back I was too tan to wear it, it’s sat there waiting for me to crack it open once I’d paled a bit.

I’m sure most people have heard of Bourjois’ famous healthy mix range, one which claims to give your skin a boost of radiance and an instant anti-fatigue appearance. I’ve already tired the ordinal Healthy Mix foundation, and I really enjoyed it, however I did find that the finish could appear a bit too dewy for my liking, so knowing the serum version was a gel based, and knowing I’d never tried a gel based foundation before, I decided to give it a go.

The Healthy Mix serum contains a vitamin rich fruit therapy of litchi, goji berries and pomegranates, to help add radiance. The formula also aids to erase imperfections and give lasting results for up to 16 hours.

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When I first tested this out, I really wasn’t impressed at all. It was quite thick and the gel texture of it made me worry about how it would sit, and last on the skin. I also found that applying it with a brush just didn’t do anything for the appearance of it, so I grabbed my beauty blender, and decided that sheering it out slightly might be e way to go. Well to say I was pleasantly surprised would be a huge understatement…

I have fallen head over heels in love with this foundation. It’s goes on beautifully using a bouncing motion with the blender, and it blends in and sheers out to leave a really wonderful finish to the skin. The lasting time is a decent 5 hours in the heat we’ve been having recently, and even then it just taken a quick retouch up with the blender to keep it looking fresh.

If you need a fuller coverage for your skin, then I’d recommend using a brush to apply to the areas that you need to hide, but ultimately if you can sheer it out, then that’s your best bet. The formula is creamy and has that second skin look about it; with a beautiful velvet finish to it.

Overall it’s a cracking foundation.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation – £10.99 – Feel Unique Link Here

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Regener8 Day Cream | Chemist Direct

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Skin care has become my dirty little secret of late. There used to be a time when I just slapped some moisturiser on my face (sometimes I didn’t even bother with it…shocking!) and I was done. Now my pile of remedies has grown, and I can not seem to hide this addiction any longer.

When I was asked by Chemist a Direct to choose a few products to review, I of course went for a snoop around the skincare section. I saw the Regener8 Day Cream*, and it sounded exactly my cup of tea. It’s an advanced day cream that’s designed to improve the elasticity of skin, so pretty much helping to snap it back into place after laughing, and keep it there. It also helps to nourish, soften and condition skin, and claims to rejuvenate the eye area by up to 6 years in just 4 weeks.

The formula is something that I thought I would struggle with as it’s quite thick for a day cream, so I was pleasantly surprised to find you really only need a small amount and that it sinks in straight away.

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The cream contains camellia oil, pomegranate oil, almond oil and Protolea to help put back moisture and essential fatty acids back into the skin. You might be sitting there thinking, “ok that’s a lot of oil right there”, but the formula really isn’t oily at all – it’s rich, but not greasy.

I’ve been using is for a few weeks now, and I’ve really found it so effectively with the dry skin I’ve been suffering with on my face. It defiantly helps to soften and treat the skin, rather than just temporarily smooth it. Using a thin layer of it also acts as a surprisingly good base for foundation.

The claim I was most interested in testing out was the eye rejuvenation one. Decreasing the look of eye ageing in 4 weeks? Who doesn’t want that! I have hereditary dark circles, it comes from my maternal grandad’s side of the family and along with that I also suffer with a dry, tired under eye area.

As I’ve mentioned, the cream is thick but light weight enough that it moisturises my under eye area, but still keeps the sensitive skin cared for. The formula has definitely helped to soften the skin there, so much so that I’ve been using it over the top of my night cream as an under eye cream before bed.

Overall it’s really nice cream, it may be a tad thick for day wear for some skin types, however it would make an ideal night cream if you prefer to use something a bit lighter at night.

The Regener8 Day Cream* is available exclusively from ChemistDirect.

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Regener8 Day Cream – £16.99 – link here.

*Post contains PR Sample.

NSpa – Spa Treatment in a Box

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In a bid to carry on spreading the word about my love of NSpa, I bring you today….*drum roll*….the Spa Treatment in a Box*!

I’ve seen a few brands offering these up, specifically the likes of The Sanctuary, who have a very similar box available from Boots. Before you go rushing off over there though, especially if your budget is looking for something a bit more purse friendly, then take a look at the NSpa box at nearly half the price.

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The box contains a 30ml pot of the Glycolic Peel with a brush to apply, and a 50ml Brightening Day Cream. Now I’m a huge fan of Glycolic acid, I find it really helps to keep my skin looking bright and smooth, with little to no blemishes, so of course I slathered this onto my face as soon as I opened the box. You get a brush to apply the peel, which is helpful because I tried to apply it with my fingers (the brush does make my face feel a bit scratchy) and it just did not work out well. Glycolic acid can sound a bit scary if you’ve never really researched it before, but in short it removes a layer of dead skin, much like exfoliating would do.

You apply a thin layer, and I mean thin as you really don’t need a lot of it, all over the face – avoiding the eye area, then leave to dry for 10-15 minutes before peeling off. Now this was probably my favourite part – if you’re one of those people who can’t help by peel off dry skin then you’re going to have a field day here. The peel comes away from the skin really easily, and it nice big pieces, so there’s really no mess at all. What I would recommend is to start peeling from the corners of the nose, as that’s where is seems to lift up the easiest. The mask is brilliant for tackling blemishes, and I’ve found it’s really helped to reduce redness and the surface look of any spots I’ve had.

Once it’s off, give your face a quick wash and pat dry, to remove any last traces of the peel, and then you apply the brightening day cream all over the face. The cream helps to add moisture and protection back into the skin, and is designed for daily use, whereas the peel is only designed to use up to twice a week. The cream is nice and light, and sinks into the skin quickly with no greasiness or residue.

I love the concept of these boxes, as it’s pretty much giving you everything you need, ready made, to give your skin a nice treat. The quality of the products really are great too, I know I’ve really harped on about NSpa in the past but their price point versus quality is really unbelievable.

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NSpa Spa Treatment in a Box – £9.99 – link here

*PR sample sent for my review.

You Beauty Discovery Box | July 2014

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This months YouBeauty box really didn’t tickle my fancy in anyway, in terms of product choice. The few bits that I may have been interested in were out of stock, so I just ended up picking the most practical of the remainder of the bunch.

Julys box is inspired by travel, with the majority of the products being sun cream or fake tan based, neither of which rocked my world, so I opted for the Maybelline Miss Manga Mascara and the Balm Balm rose lip (and more) balm. Both products are a good size, the mascara is of course a full size, and I think the balm is too, if it’s not though then I’m pretty pleased with how big the sample is.

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Then for the extra goodies, I was sent a sample sachet of the Egyptian Magic cream, which I’ve tried before and really enjoyed, it’s great for sensitive and dry skin. Also tucked in there was a sample vial of the Agent Provocator perfume Fatal, which I had a little spitz of – it’s nice enough but didn’t seem to last on me too long, and it sort of reminded me of something else.

And then lastly, and most strangely, there was quite a good sized tube of the Dove men’s care shave cream, now when I first saw this is though da faq am I supposed to do with this? I thought about giving it to the boy to try out, but he doesn’t really wet shave much anyway, so I’ve just decided to keep it and use it to shave my legs with instead. It’s all the same anyway! It did get me thinking though that it would be nice to see some of these brands like Dove, who concoct specialist shave cream for me, to maybe create similar for women, as I have quite sensitive skin on my legs, and most convention shaving gels irritate me.

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The YouBeauty subscription box is available to order from the 1st of each month. You pay the subscription charge of £6.95 inc P&P, then you just go on and choose you’re two products, and they do all the rest. You can find out more by clicking this link – here.

Chanel – the language of love

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There’s really nothing better than getting a new lipstick; from opening the box, slipping out the pretty packaging, popping off the lid and watching the beautiful colour just emerge from the tube. It’s beauty porn.

This is exactly what I had waited for all day when I heard that my Chemist Direct package had arrived. I was very kindly sent a couple of things to review from them. If you’re unsure who they are, then Chemist Direct is a handy little website that sells everything from healthcare and medication, through to high end beauty brands, like Chanel – at a slightly better price than you’d find on the high street.

Chanel is my first ever high end lipstick.

Yes you heard right.

I have the odd MAC classic, or an Urban Decay offering , but to me high end is reserved for the likes of Chanel and Tom Ford.

There’s something about Chanel that just screams chic and sophisticated to me. The packaging is just spot on, it’s really a thing of wonderment. The Rouge Allure Velvet range comes packaged in a sleek black tube, with a gold push up bottom, that dispenses the small gold bullet of lipstick.

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The shade I went for is the gorgeous warm, pink – La Raffinèe. It’s very natural and just gives the lips a nice ‘bitten’ colour, and appearance as the formula is a gorgeous velvety matte. It really perks up my skin, and I’ve had so many compliments about how healthy I look when wearing it.

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Obviously it goes without saying that the quality of it is outstanding, it’s pretty much everything I imagined it to be, and has really ignited my need to just have more of these sitting pretty on my dressing table. The longevity is also surprisingly wearing, which I think is helped by the matte formula of it.

Overall if you’re looking for a little treat and feel the need to splurge then this is a brilliant, wearable pink shade, that’s perfect for everyday use.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lisptick – La Raffinèe – link here – £25.99

TIGI Bedhead – Elasticate

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Ladies (and gents) who aren’t shy to bleach and colouring, really ought to read on here because I’ve stumble across a genius formula from TIGi Bedhead.

I religiously dye my hair every 8-10 weeks or so, I alternate between a full head, and half a head of bleach and colour foils, so that added to heat styling, and just general day to day brushing can mean my hair is prone to breaking and splitting.

Usually I use products aimed at dry/damaged hair in order to put a bit of much needed moisture back into my locks. However this time I decided to try something more for adding strength and protein into the hair to see if I could get a better overall lasting result. I did a bit of research and found that TIGI Bedhead had a range called Elasticate which was aimed at weak, breakable hair and was supposed to help strengthen hair with the added help of elastin and protein. It also aims to improve texture, manageability and adds shine….check, check and check!

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I ordered mine from a website called AllBeauty.com, which if you haven’t already popped over there then I highly recommend as it’s a great place to grab a bargain, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The shampoo is 250ml, while the conditioner is 200ml, however surprisingly It’s the shampoo which I seem to be running out of quicker this time. The duo work really well together, with the shampoo thoroughly cleansing and the conditioner adding a bit of much needed shine.

For the first few washes I found that my hair didn’t feel as soft as it might have done, had I used one of my normal brands for adding moisture. It was still really manageable and nice and shiny, though but there was something missing. So I tried to mix and match and use just the shampoo from this range, and a bit of a heavier conditioner, but thats when I definitely noticed a decline in the strength and manageability of my hair.

So I switched back to using both the shampoo and conditioner from this range – a few washes in and my hair was back on track, and feeling a bit more healthy again. The ‘softness’ you might get from other brands is replaced with a texturising element, which isn’t a bad thing, as it does give a good amount of volume, and the hair is still soft to the touch but just in a different way, which may take a bit of getting used to.

I really love this range from TIGI, and if you suffer with breakage and weak hair then I couldn’t recommend it more. I’ve noticed much less fall out from brushing and washing, and even my hairdresser has commented on how healthy my hair has been looking so thumbs up all round from me.

Also, just a small disclaimer, beware when travelling with these products as the shape of them can often be misconstrued as other items…just sayin’!!

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TIGI Bedhead Elasticate Shampoo – link here – £6.95
TIGI Bedhead Elasticate Conditioner – link here – £7.50