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Clinique All About Eyes Serum

One area that I have a problem with is the dark areas under my eyes.  I know these are not related to a lack of sleep because apart from when I’m going through a bit of an insomnia stage, I get plenty of sleep.  So my guess is that this must be related to something like my diet or that I don’t drink enough water (you may find this strange but I don’t like the taste of water).  At some point in the future I may try and address this by forcing myself to drink nothing but water and eating only good healthy stuff but in the mean time I have turned to eye products.

I was aware that Clinique did an All About Eyes cream and an Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (which comes in a tube with a metal looking tip) but I didn’t know that they did an All About Eyes Serum, until I received this for Christmas.
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This comes in a tube with a rollerball applicator which should be rolled twice under each eye from inner corner to outer corner using gentle pressure.  The website advises that this should be used morning and night and as needed throughout the day.  However I only tend to use these products at night as I personally find that they leave a slight stickiness on the skin that I’m not sure about trying to apply makeup over.

The serum itself is reasonably thick with a shimmery appearance and contains caffine, antioxidants and soothing botanicals (all good stuff for trying to combat those pesky under eye problems).  This is also oil free.

This hasn’t been a miracle product which has magically made the darkness under my eyes disappear overnight (I would be very surprised if any product could do this though) but I have been quite pleased to see an improvement.  My dark areas have become smaller and are possibly not quite as dark as they were before.

I have only been using this continuously for a week or two so I will keep up with this and hopefully will see even more of an improvement over time.  If this can make any kind of difference to the dark areas under my eyes then I believe this may work well for people who don’t suffer as badly with those under eye baddies.

As with all of Clinique’s products this is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free and is also ophthalmologist tested (which is pretty good as it’s a product you’re using so close to your eyes).

At £21 this is one of the cheapest of Clinique’s under eye products and being an eye product this will last for ages so I think this is quite good value.  You can buy All About Eyes Serum from the Clinique website, Boots and department stores.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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My long-term battle with acne

While this post is not going to be easy to write (I don’t think anybody likes to admit that they are spotty do they?) I have been inspired to share my experiences of acne after seeing on Twitter how upset a fellow blogger was by her skin problems.

I can’t remember exactly when I started suffering from acne but it was at some point in my teenage years, as is the case for so many people.  I would suffer on my face, mostly on my chin but sometimes on other areas like around my nose and my forehead, but I also got this across the back of my shoulders and down my back, mostly down around my spine.  I also can’t remember how bad it was back then but I hated it and remember trying several long-term courses of antibiotics and various different prescription gels and creams which did not seem to do very much.

When the doctor thought I was old enough for it to be acceptable I was put on the contraceptive pill.  I don’t know if people are aware of this but well as being a contraceptive some pills are used to regulate hormones to help with acne.  Going on the pill actually worked really well and cleared up most of my acne apart from the occasional breakout.  To this day I have remained on the pill (I am now 30) partly because I’m scared of what will happen if I come off it.

Something which people often said to me was ‘you will grow out of it’ which in the past most people appeared to believe.  However more recently it has been reported that women in particular are not ‘growing out’ of acne and some who have never suffered with acne before are now starting to suffer in their 20’s and 30’s. 

As I said since going on the pill my skin has remained mostly clear apart from occasional breakouts which I know are related to many factors such as stress and hormones.  However more recently I started to suffer again on my chin.  I would get really quite bad breakouts which would take weeks for me to try and get under control.  Once I had got it under control my hormones would cause a new breakout and I was stuck in a cycle where around 75% of the time I was suffering.  I tried various medicated products such as Freederm but always tend to find that despite being quite expensive these type of products do very little (although these products are aimed at mild to moderate acne and may well work for milder cases).

Then one weekend my boyfriend and I went back to his parent’s for a few days for a birthday or anniversary which included a party for some of the family at his sister’s house.  At the time I was suffering from a really bad breakout and over the time we were away it got worse and worse.  I tried to cover it with make up but it was so bad it was really hard to cover.  I felt awful and really did not want to go out in public but I had no choice so most of the time I sat with my head tilted down or with my hand half over my face to try and cover it.  After a few days I actually had to start taking painkillers because it was starting to ache so I decided when I got home I needed to get to the doctors.

When I got to the doctors I was devastated to be told that I had got impetigo, which is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection.  I was given antibiotics and told I needed to be careful not to pass it on by using separate towels etc to anyone I lived with.  Finding out I had impetigo hit me really hard and I really did feel disgusting and to be honest, ashamed.

I thought being on the antibiotics for this would possibly help clear up my skin again however I then again fell back into the cycle of pretty much constantly having breakouts which took so long to clear up.  I was so upset about it I decided to head back to the doctors and ask if there was anything I could try and do to clear it up. He gave me another course of antibiotics but also a prescription cream called Duac.

Now I know some people would be very vary of trying a cream such as this but I wanted to describe my experience of using Duac so if other people are suffering as badly or as constantly as I did they can make an informed decision as to whether to try this or not.  Before I continue I will just say that I do have sensitive skin.

Duac contains Benzoyl Peroxide (you can find out more about Benzoyl Peroxide on the Wikipedia page here) which as the name suggests is a type of peroxide.  You do have to be careful with this product as it can obviously burn skin and can also bleach hair and coloured fabrics (as one of my mum’s towel’s found out!).
On the tube it says it may take 4-6 weeks for the product to be fully effective and I am aware from previous acne products that these things take persistence and long-term use before you see any improvement.  So the first night I applied this while as usual suffering from a reasonably bad outbreak and was pretty much astounded to wake up in the morning and find that the outbreak had significantly improved overnight.  A couple more uses and my skin was virtually clear.  Some people may think I am slightly exaggerating when I say this but this product is pretty much a miracle worker!

I continued to use this every night as directed by my doctor but then did notice one morning that my skin had got slightly burnt.  The doctor did say that if I did have a reaction to only use this every other day but as my skin was now completely clear I stopped using this completely.

I am pleased to report that now the majority of the time my skin is clear and I just occasionally get breakouts if I’m particularly stressed or because of hormones.  If a breakout doesn’t respond to more natural or less harsh treatments then I go back to Duac and just use a small amount every other night and within a few days it has cleared again. 

I hope that this post may have helped other sufferers in some way and that I may have been able to reassure other people with sensitive skin that you can turn to a treatment like this and use it successfully without necessarily having to suffer any harsh effects.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Max Factor Facefinity Compact Foundation

Today I thought I would write about something that I have been using for as long as I can remember.  Occasionally I have had a brief affair with a liquid or other type of foundation but eventually I always end up returning to my faithful Facefinity Compact Foundation.
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There are several reasons why I use this compact foundation.  One of the main reasons is the coverage it provides which I believe is medium to high.  I wish I had perfect skin but unfortunately I don’t by a long way.  What with dark circles, redness and scaring I need something that will give me good coverage to try and help hide all these annoying little problems.
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Another reason is that this is so quick and simple to apply using the little application pad that is provided.  If I’m getting up at 4 or 5 am to travel to London for filming and haven’t got time to apply full makeup but don’t want to turn up with none on looking like I’ve got up at 4 or 5 am, I can apply this in a few seconds to at least make me look presentable.
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As this is powder based this also does not require a separate application of powder over the top, although it’s fine to use powder later in the day if some shine starts to break through.  It’s also a good size, being slim and compact, to keep in your bag for touch-up’s if required.        

There are only a few of shades of this available but porcelain is light enough to be a good match for my snow white skin.
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(My camera really did not like the gold packaging and this is the best picture I could get of the top of the compact)

I expect in the future (especially now that I have taken up blogging) I will indulge in brief liaison’s with other types of foundation but I think I will always return to Facefinity.

Max Factor Facefinity Compact Foundation is priced £10.99 and is available from Boots, Superdrug and many other chemists, supermarkets and department stores.

The Little Blog of Beauty x   
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New additions to my makeup brushes

A couple of weeks ago I made a start to replacing my existing makeup brushes by purchasing the Real Techniques Core collection and brow and lash comb.  Today I ventured down to Boots to add some new additions to my collection with my brushes of choice being the Stippling brush, Blush brush and Shading brush.
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I had been using the Buffing brush for applying my liquid foundation but after reading a post by Milly on Pearls and poodles I decided to try using the Stippling brush for applying my foundation and use my Buffing brush for powder.
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This is a slightly strange looking brush that is described as ‘the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high definition results with all types of makeup’.  I believe this brush has shorter all dark bristles mixed with longer white bristles (my eyes just won’t focus properly on the brush close up).  This brush is not quite as soft as other Real Techniques brushes but is still super soft and a lot softer than other brushes I have had.
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I had planned to get a new blusher brush anyway but when I was using my existing one the other day I realised just how rough this brush felt and decided it had to go sooner rather than later.  The Real Techniques Blusher brush is so unbelievably soft and has a really good sized head that should provide a good sweep of colour.
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To be honest there wasn’t really anything wrong with my existing eye shadow brush but I wanted all my brushes to match and as purple is one of my favourite colours I decided to get the Shading brush.  These brushes are so attractive to look at and the pink and purple colours are really pretty.

In my previous post I expressed some concerns over the panoramic case that came with my Core collection.  I am still concerned that some of my smaller brushes may fall out because of the open sides but I am now also concerned that some of the larger brushes may get squashed out of shape when the case is folded up.  I think the panoramic case is a great idea as a display stand for your brushes but for travelling I think I will be purchasing another makeup bag or brush roll.

Another problem I have is that I sometimes use an angled eye liner brush to line with eye shadow.  I am aware that Real Techniques do a fine liner brush but I would prefer a wider brush than this. Does anybody know if they do one that I just haven’t found yet?

Real Techniques brushes can be purchased in Boots stores and from the Boots website.

The Little Blog of Beauty x  
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Balance Me Radiance Face Oil

This is a product that I really wanted to try after using another Balance Me product which I really liked.  When I saw an unused mini version of this on a blog sale (http://lottieslittlelife.blogspot.co.uk/) I jumped at a chance to try it.

As I have mentioned in a previous post I was previously reluctant to try any oil products but I have been converted to trying them after discovering that oil products can be ‘dry’.  I was still slightly apprehensive about using an oil product on my face though as when my face is not really dry it flips the other way completely and becomes oily.  However the Balance Me website states

‘Don’t be afraid to use if your skin is prone to congestion as oil on oil is extremely balancing, hydrating and comfortable to wear’. 

So I decided as with other oil products I would give this the benefit of the doubt.
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The rollerball makes this very easy to apply.  I roll this once round my face and down my nose and then use my fingers to massage this into my face in circular motions.  Sometimes I use this on it’s own or if my face is particularly dry then I apply a moisturiser over the top.

After I have left this to settle in for a couple of minutes my skin feels smooth and soft with no oily residue.
What really surprised me when I first used this though was when I wore makeup the following day.  I have always suffered with breakouts on my chin (and it’s apparent I’m not going to grow out of this) and within a few hours of applying makeup my chin tends to produce oil and start to lift my makeup off (sorry for the gross details!).  However, after around 7 hours I noticed that my chin was pretty much clear of oil.  So apparently oil on oil is indeed balancing.

Due to years and years of breakouts on my chin I inevitably have some scaring and I’ve been pleased to note that there has been an improvement in the overall appearance of the scars, which is amazing!
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One thing I have noticed is that there is a slightly strange smell to this oil that I can’t quite place.  This is most likely because the product is 100% natural and contains several different types of oils.  The smell is not unpleasant as such or overpowering it’s just unusual and once the oil has absorbed you can no longer smell it.    

I’m pleased to be able to add this to my list of star products (you can find my star products on my Pinterest board http://pinterest.com/lilblogofbeauty/my-star-products/) and would recommend this to anyone, even if you have oily skin.

You can purchase Balance Me’s Radiance Face Oil from their website https://www.balanceme.co.uk/ priced at £30 for 30ml or £15 for the mini size of 10ml.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Clinique Limited Edition Taste of Honey Gift Set

Before Christmas Clinique bought out some lovely little limited edition gift sets.  The Chubby Stick gift set in particular was extremely popular and I have been informed by Clinique counter staff that this sold out really quickly, long before Christmas!  I would have loved to have received any of these gift sets for Christmas and I was indeed lucky enough to receive the Taste of honey set.

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This set features a gorgeous pink box which has a wide purple looped ribbon on the side.  You pull the ribbon and a tray slides out from inside the box.

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This set contains four smaller versions of Clinique’s Almost lipstick in Luscious honey, Shy honey, Flirty honey and Black honey.

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I do think that calling these Almost lipstick is a little bit misleading as I would expect a bit more colour intensity from something which is ‘almost’ a lipstick whereas these are very sheer and maybe better described as tinted balms.

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The first picture shows one swipe of each shade which gives a very subtle colour, the lightest shade you can barely see.  The second picture shows five swipes of each shade.

As tinted balms these are great for a subtle glossy colour and moisturisation, very similar to the Chubby Sticks.

This is a really pretty little gift set which is still available to purchase through the Clinique website http://www.clinique.co.uk/ for £21.00.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Mariah Carey OPI Liquid Sand

As many of you are probably aware OPI have just launched a new collection in association with Mariah Carey.  The collection features 8 new limited edition shades, 4 of which feature a new nail effect called liquid sand.

There are now several different types of nail effects to choose from ranging from leather and concrete to velvet and fur. However apart from shatter top coats I believe this may be the first nail effect that OPI have launched (I may be wrong!).

Although I haven’t really tried any nail effects so far (apart from shatters) I am a big fan of OPI and liked the look of this effect so decided I would give it a try.  Just as these were launched Look magazine provided an offer code for 20% off at www.lenawhite.co.uk, which is the offical UK distributer for OPI.  So I was able to get the Liquid Sand Mini Nail Laquers set for £10.36 rather than £12.95.
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The mini set means you can try all 4 liquid sand’s without having to pay out a small fortune to buy each one.  The mini bottles (3.75 ml) are super cute and let’s face it, how many bottles of full size nail varnish do you actually use until they’re empty unless it’s one of your absolute favourites.
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The set includes:
Get your number (blue)
Can’t let go (purple)
The impossible (fuchsia with star confetti)
Stay the night (black with red glitter)
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To use liquid sand you should use a base coat followed by two coats of liquid sand.  A top coat should not be used, I guess because it will ruin the effect.

This then dries (pretty quickly) to a textured matt glittery finish which does look just like (very brightly coloured) sand.  This has a very similar look to glitter nail varnishes however I personally think it looks better.  At first the varnish appears quite thin and watery (like you may need to keep applying several coats to get any kind of coverage) but just two coats is all you need for perfect coverage.
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As you can’t wear a top coat with this effect I’m not sure how long this will last without chipping but I have had this on for 24 hours and it still looks perfect so far.  I am also wondering whether this will be as difficult to remove as glitter nail varnish, but I will update this post when I find this out! 

I do really like this effect and am glad I got the set as I can’t quite decide which is my favourite.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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My New Nica Makeup Bag

I decided recently that I really need to downsize my makeup bag as I carry around quite a lot of stuff that I hardly ever or never use, so what’s the point of carrying it around all the time?! I had also decided that I wanted to start storing my makeup brushes separately to protect them and try and keep them in better condition.  So I treated myself to a new smaller makeup bag in the January sales.

I chose a makeup bag from the Nica Play range (www.nica.co.uk) and am very pleased with it so wanted to share it with you all.
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The bag is dark grey with a green and red tulip pattern and dark tan leather look trims.
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This was not particularly expensive but it looks like it should be.  The fabric is good quality and feels sturdy and the stitching is tight and very neat, it doesn’t look like any of the stitching will begin to unravel over time.
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It’s not a large makeup bag (HWD: 11.5 x 15 x 6cm/4.5 x 6 x 2.2in) but would be large enough to hold your basics if this is all you want to carry.
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The inside of the bag is coated so those various spills of liquid or powder won’t stain or soak into the fabric.  It also has an inside zipped pocket which runs most of the depth of the bag so it’s big enough to actually be able to store a few things in such as tweezers and nail scissors.

Now I just need to decide what goodies to fill it with!

If you buy this direct from Nica it’s £20 but it’s currently in the Debenhams sale at £15.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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The Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil

Recently there seems to have been an explosion of oil products for your hair, face and body with some claiming they can be used for all three.  I myself have been very reluctant to try any of these products as, depending on the time of year and probably many other factors, my hair and skin do not need any help at all becoming oily.

However, many of these products are described as ‘dry’ oil, what to me sounds like a bit of a contradiction in terms as by definition shouldn’t oil be, well, oily?!

After reading another bloggers review (I’m really sorry I can’t remember who this was so I am unable to credit them, if it may have been your’s please let me know) I decided to try The Body Shop’s Beautifying Oil.
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These come in a wide range of fragrances (there’s 11 available on the website) which include strawberry, sweet lemon, chocomania and satsuma.  The review I read covered mango (which I do love the smell of) but I decided to go for coconut hoping it would remind me of holiday’s in the sun!

When I tried this I’m pleased to say that I was pleasantly surprised.  It’s smells lovely (yes I am transported to lying on a beach in the sun), is absorbed quickly and does not leave an oily residue on your skin.  So, ta-dah, I have discovered that oils can indeed be ‘dry’.

However, while this oil becomes dry on your skin, the bottle does get oily from handling it while you are applying the oil.  This is not a huge problem, you just wipe the bottle down with a tissue once you have finished, but this is a part of using this product that I am not keen on.

This also leaves a kind of shimmer on your skin (described as ‘illuminates’ on the bottle) which would look really good with a tan or on darker skin tones but does still look good on my snow white skin.

In the winter particularly my skin becomes so dry and if I don’t try and keep my skin really moisturised I get patches of eczema (sometimes I still get it anyway) so how much moisture a product can keep or put into my skin is important.  Although I’m not sure this would be as good as a lotion for my skin in particular, this did make my skin feel soft and moisturised.

At £9 for just 100ml you do not get a very big bottle for your money however as an oil you use less than you would a lotion so I think this would probably last reasonably well.  I ordered this from The Body Shop website going through Quidco (a cashback site) and got 35% off, free delivery and then also 18% cashback on the reduced price, so I paid just £4.80.

In general I was impressed with this and think I may just have been converted to trying other oil products.
Quidco currently have various offers for The Body Shop including up to 50% off and 16% cashback.  You can sign up to Quidco through the following link http://www.quidco.com/user/847891/ (this just lets Quidco know I referred you).

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream

Today I want to talk about a product that I received in my December Glossybox (http://www.glossybox.co.uk/).  This is the first hair care product I have blogged about and I think it’s a good place to start because I love using this product.
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(Please note the picture shows the sample size product, not the size you would get if you purchased this).
I was really pleased to see this in my Glossybox because my hairdresser uses these products and the first time she used one on my hair I remember thinking how amazing it smelt.

I have never used a mousse product before and have to say this is probably because I was a bit scared of them! In the past I haven’t been very adventurous with hair products, possibly because my hair gets greasy so easily and I used to wash it every day and I worried that using products like this would just make it greasy quickly.  But I am much more adventurous now and I know that I should probably try experimenting with mousse as my hair could really do with some extra volume.

So this is like any other mousse product (well as far as I’m aware, like I said I’ve never actually tried mousse before) you squirt some in your hand, apply it to your wet hair and comb through.
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One of the best things about this product is the smell which is just gorgeous.  It smells (and looks) just like Mr Whippy ice cream.  So the hardest thing about using this product is making sure you don’t slip into a daydream where you’re on a gorgeous sunny beach somewhere or having fun in the park with friends or family and find yourself licking away at this before you remember what it really is!

As soon as I apply this to my hair I can see some extra volume and strangely (I say strangely but how would I know, as I said I’m a mousse virgin) it seems to dry my hair slightly, as in it’s not quite as wet as it was before I put it on (rather than in terms of making it brittle).

This makes your hair feel soft, the smell lingers for a while after you have applied it and it has been designed to prolong your colour (which is obviously fab for non-naturals like me).  This also won best leave-in conditioner at the Hair Awards 2012.

At around £12-£14 (depending on where you purchase this from) it is quite pricey but it is probably worth this just for the amazing smell.

Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream is available from Feelunique.com http://www.feelunique.com/ for £12.15 for 200ml.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Clinique Moisture Surge

Ok, I’ve been blogging for a couple of weeks now so I thought it was time to write about one of my favourite products, which is Clinique Moisture Surge.

I was introduced to this product when I got a sample free with a magazine early in 2012.  I loved it and was really disappointed when it ran out as this is something that I can’t really afford to buy.

However, one day not long before Christmas I was wandering round town with the boyfriend when for some reason I mentioned Clinique, to which he responded ’oh I bought you some Clinique’!  Realising he’d slipped up and revealed one of my Christmas present’s he agreed I could have it early but confessed he was slightly worried he might have bought the wrong product (although obviously I’d have been happy with anything Clinique!).  It turned out he’d noticed how much I loved it and had tried to make a note of what it was so he could go and buy it for me.  When he fetched it from it’s hiding place and he had bought the right thing I have to admit I got a bit emotional (clever boyfriend!).  

Clinique Moisture Surge is a fantastic gel-creme type moisturiser which is almost jelly-like and comes in a lovely light pink colour.  This is so packed full of moisture you only have to use the tiniest bit for your whole face.  It has an instant cooling and soothing effect and sinks in immediately to leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated and I find it even has a slight plumping effect.

Particularly in the winter I struggle so much with my skin drying out and becoming tight and flaky and this is just amazing for making my skin feel so much better.

At £32 it’s obviously slightly on the pricey side but I think it’s worth it and you really do only have to use a tiny amount each time so it should last well for the money.

You can purchase Clinique Moisture Surge from http://www.clinique.co.uk/, Boots and department stores.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

In one of my recent post’s I admitted to being a recovered perfume addict, however there is another addiction I have that I don’t plan to give up and that’s competition entering!  Christmas is one of the best time’s for a compulsive competition enterer (yes I think I may have just made that word up!) and this year I won a couple of things, one of which was a Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover.
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To be honest I hadn’t really paid that much attention to this product as I didn’t realise that it was any different from a standard bottle of remover that you would use with cotton wool.  However, this product is quite different. 

Inside the bottle is a sponge with a hole in the middle which is soaked in nail varnish remover.
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To remove nail varnish you basically dip your finger into the sponge, twist and remove, simple as that!
Although this doesn’t work in a second it is very quick and removes polish cleanly, even dark polish only takes a couple of twists to be removed.  I haven’t tried this with glitter varnishes but other reviews have suggested this is not a good idea as it gets messy (I can understand this as glitter gets everywhere and I’m sure one day it will take over the world!).   

The remover is acetone and paraben free and is fragranced with red fruit and vanilla. Although the smell from the bottle is quite strong and its quite strong when you first remove your finger, once the liquid has dried the smell is actually very pleasant.

As well as glitter varnishes I’m also not sure that this would work with your toes, I haven’t tried it but I just can’t see this working out very well.

However, discounting glitter varnishes and toes this is a great product that is quick and easy and perfect for travelling with.  It’s also gentle and enriched with sweet almond oil so can be used as often as you want.

Bourjous Magic Nail Polish Remover won the Elle Beauty Award 2012 for best nail product.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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MaxFactor Lipfinity Lip Colour

Today’s blog post looks at a lip colour that claims to last up to 12 hours.  I wanted a long lasting lipstick in a vibrant colour that I wouldn’t have to worry about keep applying on set if I’m on a long shoot.  On a recent shoot for a Christmas advert I opted for red lipstick however shooting lasted nearly 13 hours and having to keep checking and reapplying my lipstick was a bit of a pain.

I didn’t really know where to turn to try and find a super long lasting lip colour but then by coincidence I received a Max Factor Lipfinity for Christmas.
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The shade I received was 040 Vivacious (a kind of plum colour), which also ticked the box for being vibrant (the colour is a bit brighter then shows up in the photos).
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Lipfinity involves two steps, what is described on the box as ‘paint for lips’ then a clear moisturising topcoat.
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So you begin by painting on the gloss and keeping lips apart for 60 seconds or until the gloss has dried (I didn’t realise how difficult it actually is to try and keep your lips apart for any length of time!).  It was strange seeing what at first looks like a normal gloss ‘dry’ and lose it’s glossiness.  When first applied this was very bright but this did settle down a bit once dry.
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Once the colour has dried you then apply the topcoat over the top to provide moisture and shine, so the dried colour becomes glossy again.  You then reapply the top coat as and when required, like a lip balm.

A plus is that because the colour dries there is no transfer of colour at all (although this may ‘flake’ slightly when the the topcoat wears off).  One minus point was that something didn’t taste very nice but I’m unsure whether this was the colour, topcoat, or both.

When the topcoat wore off my lips did get quite dry so you do need to keep reapplying this to renew the moisture and obviously to make your lips glossy again.    

After 6 hours the majority of the colour was still on my lips but there did appear to be some fading, mostly on the inside of my lips.  This may have been due to general wear from drinking etc but also I might not have applied enough to begin with because I was unsure how it would turn out.  In future I would possibly try applying a second coat of colour to ensure good coverage.

When I first received this I tried it on my hand to test the colour. When I later tried to remove this I noticed that it wouldn’t come off and that water and cleanser did not seem to be removing it. This concerned me slightly because although long lasting is good, not being able to remove it is not so good, especially if you have sensitive skin.  However, when I did decide to remove this from my lips I used an oil based eye makeup remover wipe and it came off easily.

Although I’m not sure this would last up to 12 hours I was impressed by how long it did last and would definitely consider using this for long shoots.

Max Factor Lipfinity is priced £10.99 and can be found in most chemists and supermarkets.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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