Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm | Review


When you have such dry skin like me, it's hard to not get obsessed with the latest product that promises to help. I've heard so many things about oil cleansers and balms and so on but after a bad experience with the MAC Cleanse Off Oil - made me have serious break outs every time I used it, I ditched it and just stuck to the normal products. I then started hearing whispers amongst the beauty bloggers that the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm was supposed to be pretty good in terms of removing makeup but without drying the skin out, so I of course caved and totally followed the hype, as usual.


Aimed at all skin types, it's said to be a lightweight cleansing balm that melts away makeup, even the stubborn types without causing the skin to dry out. It's also said to be non-greasy which for a balm must be pretty tough to achieve. I have to say though, this product does all the above and more.

I scoop some onto both of my hands, rub them together and then apply it to my face in circular motions. Although it doesn't get rid of every trace of makeup or waterproof mascara - black panda eyes always occur afterwards , it gets off the majority which is good enough for me as I always like to do a double cleanse (usually with a micellar water) just to get every last trace. It is indeed non-drying and not greasy feeling in the slightest, there also isn't any kind of awful residue left on the skin either, just soft smooth skin that for me feels really hydrated. I swear when I use this, it helps my dry patches tonnes. I went through a stage of having really dry skin on my nose, I know so gross but the struggles real, and the only thing I had changed in my routine was this and within a couple of days the dryness had cleared up.

For just £22.00 I think it's actually a really good deal as I've been using this for nearly 6 months and still have about half a tub left. Although I don't use it everyday, I can see that it would still last well if I did. I will most definitely be repurchasing this when I run out, I love how it makes my skin feel afterwards and taking makeup off is so so easy with this product.

Have you tried this product? What's your favourite cleansing balm?

Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites 2015


I usually flit between different products all month and just end up using some more than others and some impress me more than others. February however was a month of using just these products over and over again. If I don't use these products, I don't feel complete and there's one in here that I was too hard on when I first used it. 

YSL Black Opium - One of the best smelling scents I have ever whiffed. A mixture of vanilla and black coffee....yes you read that correctly, it's a deep sultry scent that's perfect for evening wear, although I wear it in the day time too. Seriously, this scent is just gorgeous I can't even describe it. The bottle is really unique too and looks so pretty in my collection. The reason I love this though? On me the longevity is nothing I have ever had before. I spritz a bit of this in the morning, and it lasts all day long. It wears off slightly as in it's not as strong as when you first spray it but by the evening I still have a lovely lingering scent of it and never need to top up throughout the day, it's incredible. 

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush | Seductive Pink - A full review will be coming very soon but this blush has been on my cheeks everyday since I bought it. It's such a beautiful soft pink that blends really well and super pigmented that you only need a tiny bit. The formula reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers, but more on that another day....

YSL Touch Eclat - This is the product I was way too harsh on. I used it a fair few times, wasn't sure about it and stopped using it for about 6 months. Last month I decided to just give it a break and try again and oh my I love it! After I apply my concealer, I apply this on my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose, cupids bow and a little on my under eyes and it just brightens everything up nicely. It has a pink tone to it which makes my skin have such a pretty sheen, it's just lovely and I take back any bad feelings I felt previously. 

Zoeva Face Shape Brush - At first I didn't really know what to do with this brush, it was great for applying cream contour to the face but not for blending it out. I randomly used it on my concealer one day and it's perfect for this. I dab the products into the skin rather than circular motions and it blends it all in perfectly and gives me an almost airbrushed look, it's great. 

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer | Tiki - I received this in a beauty swap and knew that it would be perfect as a highlighter not a bronzer and it really is, it's far too light even for the palest of skin tones. As a highlighter however, it's the perfect mixture of golden tones and sheen and doesn't make you look oily or over-dewy, it's just enough to illuminate the face. 

Milani Baked Bronzer | Glow - I'm usually not a shimmery bronzer type of gal but this one is very subtle in the shimmer department. It's the perfect toned bronzer for my pale skin and warms up my complexion nicely. I also love how the gold veining is throughout the product and not just an overspray like most products. 
What have been your favourite products from February?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Hey Little Magpie Haul | Project Life


Since starting my Project Life scrapbook I have become obsessed with all the pretty stationary items and journaling cards that you can get. I recently discovered yet another site that stock Project Life bits and made a rather large order. Hey Little Magpie stocks so many different scrapbooking brands and has quite a bit to choose from, it's by far the best site I have found so far. I will link everything below to make shopping more tempting easier for you.


Journaling cards are probably the most addictive part of Project Life, I just can't resist all the pretty cards and quotes but after picking up these three sets, I will be set for a long time. 



I didn't have a lot of decorative things and for me that's the main attraction. I didn't want this to just be a photo album, I wanted to make it as pretty as possible and be as creative as I could. Most sites don't have a great range of stickers but Hey Little Magpie is brilliant, so much choice and they are all so pretty. The chipboard shapes are also brilliant as they are really sturdy and add some dimension to the scrapbook, they're not just the usual flimsy stickers.





I needed some more wallets as I have nearly run out, I also wanted some different shaped ones so picked up some more. There's so many to choose from, it's hard to figure out which ones you will actually get lots of use out of but I'm very happy with these.






I can't wait to get cracking and finally start being creative with my scrapbook. It's so fun and actually relaxes me, I love doing my album whilst there's a film in the background. If you've been thinking about starting your own Project Life or you want to add some more bits to your collection, I highly recommend Hey Little Magpie, such a great website. 

Do you want to start Project Life? 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The Makeover | Bedroom


Brent and I have wanted to do our room up for a while now. The chest of drawers were completely broken, we didn't have enough room to display things nicely, things were just crammed in wherever we could get it to fit. My sister moved out so we took it as our opportunity to take advantage of her old wardrobe and my mum had my old one, the tall boy and my old vanity. After two rounds of IKEA in the same night, a whole Saturday spent putting furniture together and then the couple of days for me to add finishing touches, this is the end result. Everything that I can find online is linked below.

Picture frame from IKEA 

Thought it was only fair to share Brent's manly corner. He recently bought a PS4 which in all fairness I will be stuck to once the new Silent Hill game comes out. 


The above items I have bought recently but I can't find them online unfortunately. The heart pot holder is from Waitrose/John Lewis and has been in store for a while. The pretty tray is from IKEA whilst the heart candle was from the Valentine's Day sale in Sainsburys. And finally the heart dish I spotted on a random shelf in my local Waitrose and was £2.99 down from £9.00. 

We couldn't be happier with the end result, we love how simple it looks. I love the pop of colours here and there and how tidy it finally is, we actually have space to store stuff and display things nicely. The MALM line from IKEA is seriously amazing as they are so spacious and can store so much inside. They are also fab quality and to keep them in tip-top condition, we bought the white glass tops for the chest of drawers and bedside table (the dressing table comes with the glass top).

If you are looking to re-do your room for less but want quality furniture, IKEA is definitely the place to go. My last trip was only the second time I have been, the last time was about 8 years ago and couldn't remember it at all but I have to say, I hated it but it's so worth it. It's so big and stressful, stuff everywhere, we were both overwhelmed so we did two rounds and had a hotdog at the end, well deserved! 

So what do you think of the makeover?

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Repurchases


I love it when I come across products that I love and keep repurchasing over and over again, it seems to make all this crazy beauty product hoarding and testing worth it. I have written posts about these selected products before but wanted to share my repurchases with you all in one place. These are items that I have bought more than once, some of them multiple times and I truly swear by these.


Soap & Glory Archery - I adore this product and will continue to buy it over and over. The tiny nib makes application really easy as you can apply light feathery strokes and your brows never appear too over the top, always soft and natural looking. It comes with a spooly on the other end to blend everything out with and it's just the most perfect eyebrow product I've come across. I've tried a fair few but this is definitely at the top. I've heard whispers that it's a dupe for Anastasia Brow Wiz but for the fraction of the price, I'll stick with this one!

Other posts featuring this product - October Favourites 2014 | 2014 Favourites | Eyebrow Products


Charles Worthington Texturising Spray - Just about everyone knows about this product. Some say it's a dupe for Oribe's Texturising Spray, I have and never will splash £40 on one hair product and therefore will never be able to compare, however I'm more than happy to spend £6.99 for this one. It smells incredible and not only does it add some serious volume and texture, it holds my curls better than any hairspray I've tried. I will continue to use this until they discontinue it....I seriously hope they never do that, I can already hear my hair follicles starting to weep just at the thought.

Others posts featuring this product - 2014 Favourites | Splurge VS Save Part 2 | Charles Worthington Texturising spray


Gariner Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover - A pretty boring product to add to the bunch but it's a necessity in my eyes....get it? After testing lots of different eye makeup removers, I've finally settled on this Garnier one and this must be my sixth or seventh bottle. It removes every last bit of eye makeup and removes waterproof mascara perfectly. It doesn't feel greasy in the slightest and doesn't irritate my sensitive eye area either. For just £3.50 this bottle is a bargain and easily the best eye makeup remover I've tried.

Other posts featuring this product - Empties #7 | Empties #8


Yes to...Blueberries Age Refresh Wipes - This product was first sent to me by a PR and since I finished that packet, I have bought three more. It's safe to say I am obsessed with these. I know some people say that you shouldn't use them everyday however I always use a face wipe to remove the bulk of my makeup and then continue with the rest of my routine afterwards. These are soft and gentle on the skin and remove makeup really well. I've tried all the Yes To wipes from all the ranges available in the UK and these didn't irritate my skin at all. The smell is just amazing and like I've said a lot before, the smell and formula really remind me of the Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes except these are only £3.99. Amazing wipes that I will continue to repurchase over and over again.

Other posts featuring this product - 2014 Favourites | Yes To...Makeup Wipes

Which products do you always repurchase? 

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