Thursday, 26 December 2013

The Skin Saviour - Superfacialist By Una Brennan

First of all, I hope you had a lovely Christmas :-)

Apologies for my lack of blogging! However, I'm sure that you will be pleased to hear that in my absence I have found the 'skin saviour', well its seriously worked wonders for me anyway. Since I first purchased the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser - what a mouthful! (you can find my review here), I have been obsessed with this range! In my opinion they perform incredibly for their price - which is quite reasonable even without the frequent discount that Boots seems to do on the Super Facialist range. I have since purchased quite a few more products...opps! but I have been extremely impressed with them all, particularly the Tea Flower Deep Clean Purifying Cleansing Wash. If you have read my earlier posts then you will be aware of my crazy skin problems. To fill you in quickly - I developed mild acne, which I've never suffered from before. It wasn't just the spots that were frustrating me, it was also how terrible my skin looked when I tired to apply makeup to cover them. My face looked very 'bumpy' and the more products I used to try shift it, the worse my skin seemed to get.

The Tea Flower Cleanser changed all this, after starting to use it I could see a dramatic difference in about 1/2 weeks, if that. I decided to purchase this cleanser as although I really like the creamy cleanser, it isn't targeted at blemish prone skin and it also contains shea butter (which apparently isn't great for blemishes, especially when trying to clear up acne). I would recommend it as a potential morning cleanser, but at night I personally prefer something that is hopefully helping to eliminate the chances of any further breakouts. The tea flower cleanser is perfect for this job as it contains salicylic acid however, it is not too over powering and after at least a month of use, I can honestly say that it hasn't dried out my skin at all. I'm really impressed as not only do I have sensitive skin, but in addition to using this cleanser I also use the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo and the Duac Once Daily Gel (Review here) which aren't the most moisturising partners in crime! This cleanser has really cleared up my spots and minimised the 'bumpy' look of my skin. I've even been reaching for a tinted moisturiser rather than foundation which I haven't been able to do in months. Yes its worked that well. If your having your own skin nightmare then I really recommend trying this cleanser out (FYI: I also make sure that I double cleanse on the days when I'm wearing makeup).

Do you have a 'skin saviour' product?

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Navy Coat - Zara Dupe

If your a regular reader of my blog then you'll already be aware that I am in love obsessed with Zara. Every time I click on that website, which is very frequently might I add - I have to restraint myself from adding everything to my basket. However, its not exactly the most affordable website as most of you will probably agree. Since the beginning of autumn I have been on the search for the perfect winter coat. I'm not sure the 'perfect' coat exists, well on the high street anyway, but I'll have to admit that this Navy Zara coat comes pretty close. However, at £129 its not exactly a bargain buy. This is where my quest to find a dupe began and from what I've found, I think I've done a pretty good job if I do say so myself! H&M never fails, their Trend collection always has me weak at the knees - I'd even say that it sometimes actually exceeds Zara, both in design and quality - ...yes I did just say that.

Their coat selection did not disappoint and when I first spotted the coat on the left, I immediately recognised the similarities to the Zara coat. It's definitely one of the best dupes that I came across in my search. However, it's actually really oversized and being petite, I just knew that it would swamp me. It would be perfect though for anybody of average height and its actually just gone into the sale today at the bargain price of £20. Although I was initially really disappointed, I soon spotted the coat on the right. Although this has a slightly different design, it still has all the characteristics of the Zara coat but with a slight twist. It's much more fitted, its slightly longer so therefore its a more suitable length for winter and most importantly it definitely suits my body shape much better. I was sold, at £24.99 - I couldn't actually believe how cheap it was - it doesn't exactly break the bank and it definitely looks more expensive!

Have you found your 'perfect' winter coat yet?

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Perfect Christmas Red - MAC Ruby Woo

So...its been a while since I last blogged, my bad! I'm currently working on another project *which I'm very excited about - more info will be revealed in the new year* and I guess I just haven't worked out how to manage my time effectively just yet. On another note I should also be getting a new camera for Christmas, its definitely about time and I'm really looking forward to improving my blog's photo quality!

Now life updates aside, let me get on to the real gem of the post. Mac Ruby Woo lipstick - also known as the 'perfect Christmas red' during the festive season. I was actually gifted this lipstick from my younger brother for my Christmas present two years ago. So, I suppose you could say that I've had plenty of time to test it out and it certainly hasn't disappointed me. First  of all, Mac's Ruby Woo is a matte lipstick. Some time ago I would have avoided this finish like the plague, as I was once a glossy lip lover and that's all I had time for *clicks fingers*. However, I decided to gamble and 'take a walk on the wild side' ha and well...this is the lipstick that converted me. I now love matte lipsticks, shockingly even more so than my previously well loved glossy finish offerings. I like the fact that they don't seem to smudge as easily, they help avoid the dreaded 'caked in makeup' look due to being slightly more subtle and when your wearing a more daring shade -  like Ruby Woo - I personally feel as if I look less 'baby faced' and more my actual age, due to the more mature finish that this lipstick creates.

Another aspect of this lipstick that I love is that although it is slight darker than your average 'pillar box red' it still works throughout the year. Yes I know I've called this my 'perfect Christmas red', but that's more so because I associate everything Christmassy with this shade - yes I'm also rocking red nails right now - it still works throughout the year. I have worn this during every season and you just cant beat pairing it with cat eyed black liner for a classic chic look. Effortlessly fabulous.

Tips for wearing this lipstick:

* A lipliner really does help with the smudging side of things, yes many a drunken night has ended with this bad boy wandering around my face...I usually pair it with a cheap and cheerful offering from Rimmel.
*Moisturise your lips before you even attempt to apply this. This lipstick will hide no sins, it will literally stick to any dry patch. Not.a.good.look!
*Lipcote is your best friend. Yes it feels like your nail varnishing your lips at first, a very strange sensation I must say - but it does successfully prolong the wear time. Trust me.
*Have fun with this colour and work it! However, I wouldn't advise wearing it when planning to eat a large meal. Christmas day - No no/Christmas nights out - Hell yeah!!