Friday, 1 August 2014

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil

With some products as soon as I see them start popping up on blogs I know straight away that I want to give them a try.  This actually wasn't one of those products, to be honest I wasn't really that interested in it.  Although I've been using facial oils for a while now, as I said in my recent empties post, I'm actually quite new to serums, so maybe that's why this one didn't instantly make it to my wish list.

Browsing round The Body Shop one day I knew I wanted to try the Camomile Silky cleansing oil (review here) and as they had an offer on skincare for buy one get one half price I thought I'd give this a try as I found myself drawn to it in store.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight serum-in-oil

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight serum-in-oil
The serum-in-oil comes in a simple little bottle that has a screw off lid with an attached dropper and this contains 28ml of product.  At first I thought the packaging was plastic but after having just given it a little tap with my nail I think it may be covered glass.  

I believe this is the first two in one serum and oil product and I wasn't sure what this would be like.  I would describe it as a slightly oily water type consistency, it's thinner than a serum and also thinner than other facial oils I've tried.  It's a little on the slippery slide if you drop this on your finger so you need to keep your fingers together or maybe drop it into the palm of your hand instead.  I find this to have a quite light but very luxurious smell to it and looking at the ingredients there are several fragrance ones in there including parfum.

The Body Shop describe this as 8 hours beauty sleep for your skin that recharges, replenishes and softens leaving skin looking fresher, more rested and radiant.  Vitamin E is supposed to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the environment such as pollution, cigarette smoke and UVA/UVB rays and also from premature ageing.  The premature ageing part sounds great for an overnight product but I don't think you have to worry too much about pollution, smoke and the suns rays while your sleeping.    

When I first started using this I used two drops for my whole face but since this warm humid weather has been around for a while now my skin has switched from dry more towards normal, so recently I've only been using one drop.  This massages into the skin nicely and absorbs within a couple of minutes leaving behind lovely soft skin.  If my skin was currently still very dry I would definitely use a moisturiser over the top but at the moment most nights this is enough for me, so I'm only applying a moisturiser over the top every few days for a little boost.  

For some reason my skin never seems to look naturally radiant no matter what skincare products I use but using this I do wake up to soft, refreshed skin that looks about as radiant as my skin gets.  I'm really enjoying using this product, you use the tiniest amount so the bottle will last forever (maybe a slight exaggeration!) and obviously as it's two products in one it's a lazy girls skincare dream (not that I'm saying I'm lazy, but we all have our moments don't we!), especially if you can skip using a moisturiser afterwards.  

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil is £12 and is available from The Body Shop website and in store.  Until 9am on the 5th August The Body Shop have 35% off online using code 35OFF, so you can grab this for just £7.80.

Would you use a two in one product like this?

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Drinking water

A rather unusual post from me today but I wanted to talk about something that I'm doing at the moment that I think might be of interest to others.  I thought the problem that I have made me a bit strange but recently I've spoken to a few other people on Twitter who have the same problem so now I know I'm not the only one.  That makes it sound a bit dramatic doesn't it?  It isn't really!  My problem is that I hate the taste of water.

 Image source: We Heart It

This has always been a problem for me.  I do drink water but can usually only drink it with some kind of cordial in.  If it's hot enough and I'm thirsty enough then I can just about manage to drink water but I think this is only because my body really is desperate for it so I can manage to stomach the taste.  Another problem I have is that I appear to have been born without whatever it is that makes you realise that you need to drink, if you know what I mean?  Typically I'll only drink if I'm thirsty, so in the summer it's not too much of a problem as it's warmer and naturally you want to drink, but in the winter I can quite easily get through a whole day before I'll realise that I haven't had a single thing to drink all day.  I don't like tea or coffee either so I'm not a natural drinker of those through the day.

I've wanted to try and start drinking more water in the past as I'm sure my body is probably suffering because of it.  I'm aware that the majority of the time I'm dehydrated and I'm sure my skin and all sorts of other parts of my body would benefit from an increase in my water intake.  So what has recently pushed me over the edge?  Over the last month or so I've started suffering from fainting.

Fortunately I haven't actually fainted yet as I've been a fainter since my early teens, so I know the signs, and since the very first time I did I've had a 100% success rate with managing to stop it before it's happened.  Unfortunately though all three of the times that I've come very close to fainting recently I've been on set and on two occasions I've actually been filming at the time.  Both times I managed to get through the scene, although with only about 50% vision, which in one scene resulted in me walking into a wall!  I'm just hoping that was a rehearsal shot or if they were actually shooting, that it won't make it into the show.  As soon as the director shouted cut I sat on the floor, the medic was called and I was given a bottle of water with Dioralyte in which makes you feel great after about half an hour.  On both occasions we were shooting outside in the heat we've been having recently and I had more clothing on than I should have had for the heat.  Just to give you an idea of what I was wearing on one shoot, which was a period role, I had on hip pads, three skirts (one reasonably thin but two made of that thick old fashioned curtain type material), an apron, a corset, a blouse, another corset, a jacket, a shawl, a rag tied round my waist, a cap and a bonnet.  It's hardly surprising I nearly fainted is it!  It's hard to try and explain how difficult it is to wear something like that and how heavy it is and my body was well and truly battered after having it on for 24 hours over two days.  

So anyway I decided that it was time to start trying to train myself to just drink water without really thinking about it and I'm quite proud of how well I've done so far.  My boyfriend bought me a big pack of bottles of water that lives in the back of my car (so I have them to hand on set or can at least grab one to take with me if I can't actually park on location) and over the last few weeks I've bought two more big packs of water myself and have had at least one bottle every day.  If I don't actually drink a bottle of water I do make sure that I drink glasses of water, usually with cordial in still as I find it easier to drink just water from a bottle than a glass.  I'm not sure if I've noticed any differences in my body yet but I'm aware this might take a while after years of drinking nowhere near enough.  It has actually got a lot easier now and I often find myself actually wanting to go and grab a bottle from my car, sometimes because I'm really thirsty (unsurprising in this heat) but other times just because I think my training is working.  I still don't like the taste of water, but I always ensure I drink a good few gulps rather than sipping it as then I only actually taste it at the beginning and end.  In the winter I'm sure it'll become more difficult as I won't be thirsty most of the time but by then hopefully I'll have got to the point where it really is just second nature and I don't think about it too much. 

Are you a water drinker?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My recent empties #3

Another empties post from the girl that doesn't usually use up enough stuff to do them?  Yes indeedy.

One of the reason's I wanted to try The Body Shops new Body sorbets so much was that I thought they might be similar to Garnier's Intensive 7 days Soothing gel-cream.  Despite having dry skin it always seems to like gel-creams and I love how quickly they absorb and that they don't leave anything behind on the skin.  In the humid weather we've been having recently they're very cooling and are also very soothing if you suffer with problems such as shaving rash.

Would I repurchase? I already have several times and yes I will buy it again in the future.

If you've read my blog for a while you may know I'm a bit of a reformed perfume addict and as I still have something like 20 plus to use up I don't buy them any more (The Body Shop perfumes don't count right?).  I love Escada's perfumes and I've had Pacific paradise for several years now, in fact I'm not sure you can get this one any more. 

Would I repurchase? As I said I don't actually buy perfume any more and I don't think this is available any more but if I was to buy a new perfume I would buy one of Escada's newer releases.

I'm quite new to serums and Eau Thermale Avene's Soothing hydrating serum* was one of the first I tried.  I love this serum as it helps to reduce the appearance of redness and is lightly hydrating and even though my skin can be dry I often found that this provided enough moisturisation for me in the morning so I didn't have to apply a moisturiser over the top.

Would I repurchase? Yes definitely, but I have others to use up first.

I think everybody probably suffers with dry skin on their feet and I'm a big fan of Soap & Glory's Heel genius. This has a mentol/minty smell to it and I love slapping a load on and popping on some socks over the top before I go to bed.  I cut the packaging in half so I could get the lasts bits out (there was actually loads left inside so it's well worth doing) but if you then slot one half back over the other like I do to try and stop it drying out this does get a bit messy on the packaging.

Would I repurchase? I already have another one ready to use, which I actually won as part of a blog giveaway prize, but once that's used up I will be buying another one.

Are you a fan of any of these products?


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur & Brighten concealer crayon

A few weeks ago (ok actually make that a month ago, I've been a bit busy recently!) I popped up a quick post about a new product I'd spotted on the Soap & Glory stand in Boots.  I hadn't read about this particular product on any blogs or seen it advertised anywhere, seeing it sitting on the display was the first I'd seen or heard of it.  Not even knowing exactly what the product was called I guessed at the Soap & Glory Kick Ass concealer stick.  I've since discovered this is actually called the Kick Ass Blur & Brighten concealer crayon.

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur & Brighten concealer crayon

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur & Brighten concealer crayon

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur & Brighten concealer crayon
Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur & Brighten concealer crayon
I have several different concealers at the moment, so I really didn't need another one, but obviously I was curious and had to have a little swatch (there was actually a tester there - highly unusual!) and I was very impressed by just how soft this is.  Checking the price I discovered this is just £6, so I had to give it a try.  

There are only two shades available, Light and Medium, and it doesn't look like they'll be adding a darker shade at least any time soon as there wasn't a space for it on the display.  This look like a typical chunky lipstick crayon of the wind up variety but instead there's a buttery soft concealer inside.  I just apply a couple (or several if needs must) of swipes to the area I want to conceal, lightly blend with my finger and I'm done.  

Soap & Glory claim that this blurs, brightens, visually fills, highlights and re-energises tired under eyes and I have to say I agree with them for both under eye darkness and redness/blemishes/scaring.  It really does blur/blend the area you want to conceal into the surrounding skin and it doesn't take very much blending at all, it almost seems to just do it itself.  It also brightens the area and appears to reduce the appearance of pores.  The darkness under my eyes really is pretty bad and it takes a minor miracle to cover it but this does a pretty good job and another bonus is that it's just so soft it doesn't drag or pull on the delicate skin around your eye.  I apply my concealer under my makeup and I do find that some does 'wipe away' a little when I apply my foundation over the top but I then just add a little more over the top of my foundation to top it up. 

Unfortunately I can't confirm exactly how long this lasts as I've been a little all over the place recently and just haven't really thought to consciously check.  I haven't worn makeup an awful lot over the last few weeks and when I have it has mostly been while I'm on set, but I can confirm that it does last well. 

For just £6 (and even for a much higher price) I don't think you can ask for anything more.  I'll definitely be using this regularly and will be repurchasing when I've got through this one.

Will you be trying the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur & Brighten concealer crayon? 


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Happy Birthday The Little Blog of Beauty

I'm not doing very well with posting in July (I've taken another unplanned blogging break after getting a role that has involved several days filming and not having any posts prepared) but I thought I'd pop a quick post up to let you know that The Little Blog of Beauty turns one today!

  Image source: We Heart It

Help yourself to a gorgeous birthday cupcake!

I've actually been blogging for just over a year and a half now but I started off on Tumblr and I really didn't like it or feel comfortable over there.  My design was awful because I felt so restricted with what I could do with the templates and I don't think people are keen on following blogs based on Tumblr.  I made the decision to move my blog over to Blogger and treat it to it's own domain and the transition was completed on 22nd July 2013.  So this is the birthday of my new blog.  I lost all my previous comments (there wasn't that many!) and a few followers (there wasn't a huge amount of those either!) and some of my older posts aren't formatted very well because of the transition (I don't want to change them as when you hit update it effectively republishes them) but I'm much much happier on blogger.  

I hope to have a new post up as soon as possible but I may still have a few more days filming left to do yet and although I have a day off today I think I'll take it easy after several days filming and accidentally electrocuting myself when I got back last night!  Don't worry, I'm fine, we called the out of hours doctor who sent an ambulance round and the paramedic checked me over and confirmed all was ok.