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#FreeYourSkin with Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

Rimmel have recently released a brand new foundation and concealer and courtesy of Influenster I've been giving them a try along with a couple of existing products from Rimmel.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer
Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

Rimmel's latest foundation release falls within their Lasting Finish range and is the Lasting Finish Breathable foundation*. Rimmel claim this is their most lightweight, long-wearing formula with light to medium buildable coverage. It apparently has breathable skin technology and moisturises for up to 25 hours. It also contains up to SPF 20.

This comes in the same bottle as their Lasting Finish and Match Perfection foundations, but instead of coming with a pump this one comes with what I guess you might call a 'wand' with a sponge applicator on the end. Some might find this a little strange but my favourite foundation (YSL Fusion Ink) comes with a very similar applicator just with a plastic rather than sponge end, so I'm perfectly comfortable with this. I actually prefer an applicator like this rather than a pump as I don't have to faff around with applying the product to my hand or a brush/sponge, I can just apply it straight to my face.

The foundation has a light, almost serum-like formula, which I personally prefer over thicker formulas that can take some work to buff in. On the bottle this claims to be medium coverage but it is definitely closer to light to medium and you will need to use correctors/concealer if you have anything that needs covering such as redness, scaring and dark circles. It applies nicely, blending well and feels quite cooling when first applied with the applicator.

I'm a little confused as to whether the 25 hour claim is relating to how long the foundation lasts (what the bottle suggests) or how long it moisturises for (what the info I received suggests). Any 25 hour claim tends to annoy me a little anyway because there's only 24 hours in a day and who needs any product to last that long anyway? The only time I ever get anywhere near wearing my make-up for that long is when I'm working on set. But I wouldn't say it delivers on either; I don't find it particularly moisturising anyway (I have very dry skin) and although it lasts reasonably well I don't think it would last anywhere near that long. I sometimes find the finish this provides looks a little bit cakey (around my eyes or where I'm trying to cover some spots) and if you do need to blow your nose because of hayfever/a cold it does very visibly wipe away around your nose. When it comes to the breathable claim I'm not quite sure how to try and measure this in any way. It doesn't feel like it suffocates my skin or like my skin is caked in product that I just can't wait to remove, but I'm not sure that necessarily means it's breathable. Although in general I would prefer closer to medium coverage it's a pretty good budget foundation and one I would consider if I couldn't afford to replace my high-end favourite.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer
Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

Their newest concealer release is also within the Lasting Finish range and is the Lasting Finish Breathable concealer*. Rimmel claim this has a lightweight, breathable formula with medium coverage. This has similar packaging to the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer in terms of coming with a built-in sponge applicator. However the Rimmel one features a squeezey tube rather than a wind up mechanism like the Maybelline one. This makes it a lot easier to start dispensing the product the first time you use it; I nearly gave up with the Maybelline one I had as I didn't think I would ever actually see the product.

I do like the sponge applicator but I do have some concerns about how hygienic it is as I can't see how you can wash it without risking getting water in the product. You do also have to master remembering to keep squeezing slightly (not too much!) as you're applying to keep some product coming.

I would say this is medium coverage, but I do really need more than that. My dark circles are horrendous and I struggle to cover them with a corrector and concealer, so this isn't really heavy duty enough for them. I also regularly have to try and cover up a breakout on my chin or the marks left behind afterwards and this can struggle. My skin is usually pretty pale, almost see-through, but after spending 12 hours in a field shooting for a film in September I got quite tanned this year and so this is currently a bit too pale for me. Once we hit late November/December and I haven't seen light for a while it will probably be fine. But right now it does look a little too stark/highlighting.


The next two products I've been trying out are both existing products. The first of these is a Moisture Renew lipstick* in Vintage Pink. What I didn't realise was I already have one of these in a red shade, I have no idea where it came from, but I really should have taken more notice of it. This applies beautifully, is very comfortable to wear and provides a soft matte finish with the only shine being from reflecting the light. It's not the sort of shade I would usually pick out for myself as I tend to be drawn to reds/bright pinks, but this is a lovely neutral a couple of shades darker than my natural lip colour.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable foundation and concealer

The final product is from the Kate Moss range and is a sculpting palette* in Coral Glow. Again a coral shade isn't the sort of blush shade I would usually pick myself but this is a pretty shade that applies nicely, blends well and looks natural. I think there is a very small amount of shimmer in there but this is negligible. I'll admit I haven't used the sculpting shade because it's just not something I use but I would say it would be better as a bronzer as it doesn't look ashy enough and again does contain some shimmer. I'm also not a huge highlight user but I'm trying to remember to use it more often. This suits my skintone and can be applied subtly (what I personally prefer) or built up a little if you prefer.

Have you given Rimmel's newest foundation and concealer a try?

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CaseApp iPad & phone cases + Discount code

Just over a year ago I worked with Swedish phone case brand CaseApp, who sent me a gorgeous case for my iPad. Last time CaseApp contacted me I had a phone that wasn't very common and they didn't actually do cases for my phone. Despite having just recently got a new phone, again I have one that isn't very common and CaseApp don't offer cases for it. CaseApp kindly offered to send me a new iPad case as well as a phone case for a friend or family member.

CaseApp iPad & phone skins

CaseApp offer two types of products; cases and skins, and you can also choose from one of their existing designs or design your own. A case is a hard product that clips on to your phone or iPad and a skin is like a sticker that you apply to the back of your phone or iPad or the top of your laptop. I've only just realised that in my last post I incorrectly called my case a skin through the whole post.

I never really know what to do when it comes to designing my own case, I don't really have anything in mind and wouldn't know where to start, so I tend to go for picking an existing design. I narrowed it down to a few designs I liked and was going to make the final decision when it came to ordering, but then I discovered they'd added some new designs and I loved some of those too. 

As it's currently autumn and I'm loving collecting up conkers and kicking through crispy fallen leaves I went for a falling leaves design called I Leaf Spring (which I personally find a little strange when it has just launched in autumn). This design comes in three colours; blue, pink and green, and I went for green. I would have loved if it had come in a bronze/orange/red falling autumn leaves kind of colour. 

CaseApp iPad skin
CaseApp iPad skin

Just like my previous iPad case this one is such good quality. The inside of the case is a little marked with some of the design showing through, but that doesn't matter because that can't be seen once the case is in place. When it comes to the side with the design and all the little cut-outs for various ports, lenses and buttons, everything is perfect. There's plenty of room to access anything you need to and all edges are finished perfectly. I'm no expert on the cost of cases like this but at £35 I would say this is mid to higher end in terms of cost and the quality definitely reflects this.

CaseApp phone skin

When it comes to dropping his mobile phone my boyfriend is a nightmare. We went for a bike ride in the summer; he took his phone out of his pocket and dropped it. He picked it up and while checking for damage (there was none) he dropped it again and cracked the screen and smashed the camera lens. He checked when he was due for an upgrade and discovered he could upgrade the following day, the jammy bugger!

He currently has a full clear case over his whole phone, but as I had the offer of a reduced price case (I did actually pay something towards this case) I offered him a new one. He had a look at the existing designs, but to be honest most of them are probably a bit too feminine for him, so he decided to design one. 

You may be aware that I'm a Parapsychologist (someone who knows a bit about ghosts) and my boyfriend is too and so he decided he wanted to design his own Ghostbusters case. Designing your own case is pretty easy; we uploaded a Ghostbusters logo and the design tool warned us that the first image we uploaded wasn't very good quality so we changed it. It also tells you how best to position your image and how big you should make it so it fits on the case nicely. He also added his initials to make it more personal. I really like that they have a tool to centre your image or anything you type in so you know it's smack bang in the middle. You can also choose to have a glossy or matte finish. 

CaseApp phone skin
CaseApp phone skin

Just like my iPad case my boyfriends Samsung S7 case is amazing quality with perfectly finished cut-outs for ports/buttons/lenses and the design doesn't look like we created it ourselves. By this I mean there's no tell-tale lines or anything slightly off centre. The only issue I had with the phone case was when it arrived there was some residue on it, like if you'd sprayed something near the case and it had settled and dried on the case. I assume this might have been something to do with making the case, but all it took was a good wipe down with a damp cloth and it polished up to the shiny surface you can see in the photos. My boyfriend is very pleased and I think £19 is a good price; it reflects the quality but isn't too expensive.

CaseApp have kindly given me a 20% discount code so you can treat yourself to a new case. Just head over to the CaseApp website and pop in code THELITTLEBLOG20 at the checkout.

Will you be treating yourself to a new case? Let me know if you do!

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Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush

Today (October 4th - correction, it's actually 6th this year!) is National Smile Day and to celebrate I was sent the Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush* to try out.

Using an electric toothbrush is something I appear to go through stages of. I get one (a cheap-ish one I'm talking here!), I use it until the head needs replacing, I never get round to replacing the head and end up back using a standard manual toothbrush again. I'm really pleased with how straight my teeth are after years of orthodontic work (I still have a permanent retainer on the back of my top teeth) but recently I've been worrying about how yellow my teeth are starting to look. I'm concerned about using any kind of whitening treatment because I suffer with sensitive teeth and I don't think the two mix well. So I've been trying to use whitening toothpaste/mouthwashes and have been thinking about trying an electric toothbrush again. 

Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush

The Sonic Chic Urban toothbrush is a travel friendly toothbrush that comes in it's own case; the lid pulls off to reveal the brush head. The toothbrush features 22,000 strokes per minute and comes with one replacement head and a battery (it takes one AAA battery). The Sonic Chic Urban comes in 12 different designs (mine is Floral Peacock) and there is also a deluxe version available which comes in silver or rose gold. 

Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush
Sonic Chic Urban Sonic powered toothbrush

As is usually the case with electric toothbrushes the head is quite compact but it is shaped like a manual toothbrush head rather than round. I'm aware that I usually press far too hard when using a manual toothbrush, I just can't help it, and recently I've been suffering from quite a lot of bleeding from my gums. I haven't experienced that at all with this, especially as the whole toothbrush really does feel quite dainty, so I tend to go lightly with this because it does feel a little like it might snap if I press too hard (which I'm finding is a good thing). 

I love that it comes in it's own case because it's perfect for travel (I never quite know what to do with my toothbrush when I'm going away) and also at home I haven't really got anywhere to store a toothbrush at the moment that is particularly hygienic. You don't have to worry about the head being able to dry properly once the lid is on because their are three small holes in the lid so air can get in. 

The on/off switch is a little on the stiff side; at first I did actually think mine might be broken because I didn't realise how hard you need to press to turn it on. I do struggle with this sometimes but I do have problems with strength in my hands. I also like that it takes a battery rather than having to be charged via the mains. You just need to remember to have a replacement battery ready for when the battery does run out. The battery can last for 120 days assuming it's used for two minutes twice a day, I don't think that's bad at all. 

For £20 the Sonic Chic Urban is a pretty good basic level brush. If you do want to go for something slightly more advanced as I mentioned there is also a deluxe model for £30. That one vibrates every two minutes to tell you to move to a new section of your mouth, powers off after two minutes and also charges via USB. You can find both models and replacement heads in Boots stores.

Do you use an electric toothbrush?

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Secret Scent Box + Discount code

I might have mentioned before that I've been a bit of a perfume addict in the past; at one point I owned over 30 different perfumes. I put myself on a spending ban and tried to use them up, but in the end I ended up throwing away a lot of them as I know they deteriorate over time.

Now I try to be much more selective when I buy perfume, or ask for it as a gift, but there are so many out there it can be really confusing. I occasionally go and try some new ones in Boots, but often by the time I get home I forget which ones I tried let alone which ones were my favourite.  If you're a big fan of perfume but can feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a new one then there's a subscription box that might be perfect for you. 

Secret Scent Box

Secret Scent Box* is a designer fragrance discovery box; a monthly subscription where you'll receive three mystery perfume samples each month. You'll receive a 30 day supply, which is enough to take you through until you receive your next box. The box is letter box friendly, so you don't have to worry about being in to receive your box, and you can choose from a perfume or aftershave subscription. 

If you're somebody who likes to mix things up a bit and don't tend to stay loyal to one or two fragrances you can use the subscription to provide you with a few different scents each month. Or if like me you want to find a few new fragrances that you love you can use the subscription to help you discover them.

Secret Scent Box
Secret Scent Box

I was sent the September edition to try out. When you open the box you'll find three little sample sized bottles, the same size as the ones you might be given in department stores. They might be a small size but what I like about the bottles is they do come with a pump spray; I find the ones you have to tip on to your finger really annoying. Each one also comes with a little lid on so you can chuck them in your bag and not have to worry about them getting knocked and accidentally spraying. You'll also find a little card telling you about each scent, including the top, middle and base notes. I think this is a great idea as you can identify notes that are common across fragrances you like and this can then help you identify other fragrances you might like based on the notes they contain.

Secret Scent Box
Secret Scent Box

In my September box I found scents from Armani, Vera Wang and Calvin Klein. I've always wanted to try a Vera Wang fragrance but unfortunately for me one of the top notes in Sheer Veil is lavender; a scent I hate and a plant I'm allergic to. So far I've tried Armani Because It's You, a new scent this year that I'm currently enjoying, and next I'll be trying out Calvin Klein Contradiction. 

If you fancy signing up for your own monthly Secret Scent Box it's £15 a month with free UK & European delivery. The guys over at Secret Scent Box have also kindly given me a discount code so you can get 15% off your first box. just enter code BECKYBLOG15 at the checkout. You can sign up for Secret Scent Box here.

Is Secret Scent Box a subscription box you would try?

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The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin hand cream

If you've followed my blog for any length of time then you're probably aware that I'm a big fan of The Body Shop's hand creams. There are loads of scents to choose from and each year in the run up to Christmas The Body Shop usually release three limited edition Christmas scents. More on this shortly. I recently spotted on social media that there was a new scent on the block, so I headed down to pick up Vanilla Pumpkin. 

The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin hand cream

I am a little confused as to what the new scent is for. As I said each year The Body Shop release some limited edition Christmas scents and this does appear to have a little Christmas design on the pumpkin on the packaging. But pumpkin really isn't a Christmas scent, it's way too early to release a Christmas scent yet, and there's only one of them. So maybe The Body Shop thought they'd just jump on the everything pumpkin trend in the run up to Halloween.

These used to be a bargain at £3.50 but then they crept up to a still quite reasonable £4. They've now jumped up to £5, which I'm just about comfortable with, that's not too bad, but I'll be disappointed if they go up any more. 

To be honest, when I'm carving out a pumpkin I really don't like the smell. But when it comes to pumpkin scents I don't personally think they smell anything like raw yucky pumpkin. Actually I am quite new to pumpkin as a scent, but I do have a couple of DW Home candles in pumpkins scents which I love, and this does smell similar. Pumpkin with a creamy vanilla edge. 

As always with these hand creams it sinks in quickly leaving no residue behind and keeps my hands nicely moisturised. You really can't go wrong with these. You can find them in The Body Shop stores and online.

Have you tried any hand creams from The Body Shop?

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Afterspa Exfoliating cleansing tools

When it comes to cleansing both my face and body I do prefer to use some kind of 'tool' over just using my hands. For my face I usually use either my Foreo (which will run out soon as it's only a Luna Play) or Magnitone and for my body I use what I recently discovered is called a bath lily; one of those plastic pom pom like kind of things. I've recently been trying some face and body products from a brand called Afterspa. For my face I've been using the Afterspa Cleaning Puffs* and for my body I've been using the Afterspa Round Dual Texture Scrubber*.

Afterspa Cleansing Puffs & Round Dual Texture Scrubber
Afterspa Cleansing Puffs & Round Dual Texture Scrubber

Both of the products I'm featuring here are from the Exfoliating collection. One of the things that really attracted me to trying out these products is that each one comes in it's own little pouch complete with a suction pad. Once you open the packaging you can remove the lid/flap, attach the suction pad to the hook, pop this on the wall of your shower and this can then be used to store and dry the product. One of the problems I do have with products like this is finding somewhere to let them dry; space and hygiene wise. This will also make it easy to travel with the products.

Afterspa Cleansing Puffs
Afterspa Cleansing Puffs

The first product I tried out was the Cleansing Puffs. For £6 you get two puffs and these are like flat egg shaped pink sponges. Each one should be replaced every 60 days, so with two in the pack that is 120 days worth of use. You can use them just with water or you can use a cleanser. 

I think I've mentioned recently that when it comes to my face I tend to prefer chemical exfoliation because my skin is pretty sensitive and I find it very uncomfortable to use anything that feels at all rough against it. I bought one of the little manual facial brushes The Body Shop does once but it was far too harsh for me to actually use. Unfortunately the Afterspa Cleansing Puffs are also too harsh for me to use as they don't really get any softer when wet and feel a little 'wiry' for me. My skin does appear to be particularly sensitive though so if you don't have any problem with products like this then it might be perfect for you.

Afterspa Round Dual Texture Scrubber
Afterspa Round Dual Texture Scrubber
Afterspa Round Dual Texture Scrubber

The Round Dual Texture Scrubber is double sided with a soft side and a rougher side for deeper exfoliation. This one is £6.50 for one pad in the pack. Although I do like a bit of a rough scrub (although not too rough) on my body I found the 'rough' side of the scrubber a bit too rough for me. The softer side was much better, possibly still slightly too rough, but the issue with this side is this is the side with the handle you can slip your hand in to hold the scrubber. So when using this side you need to try and keep hold of the scrubber in some other way. 

I really like the idea behind both products but unfortunately they're both just too rough for my sensitive, easily aggravated skin. If you have tougher skin than me I would say give them a try, but go gently to begin with. You can find the Afterspa range in your local Boots store.


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Hempz Pomegranate Sugar body scrub

When I moved into my current house just over a year ago I received an email asking if I would like to try out a Hempz body lotion. Hempz wasn't a brand I had come across before in the likes of Boots or online, but I discovered that they are stocked in Sally's stores. As there is a Sally's store 5-10 minutes walk from my house I thought I'd give it a try as I could easily get hold of more if I took a liking to it. I really enjoyed using the body lotion, so when I received an email more recently asking if I'd like to try the Hempz Pomegranate Sugar body scrub* I quickly said yes.

Hempz Pomegranate Sugar body scrub

Hempz products are vegan and are also gluten, paraben and cruelty free and contain 100% pure natural hemp seed oil, which is a rich source of essential fatty acids. This also apparently provides the skin with protein, carbohydrates, nutrients, key minerals and fibre.  Shea butter conditions and rehydrates the skin and stimulating, anti-aging and anti-oxidant ingredients include ginseng, lemon peel, orange peel, grapefruit and ginger root extracts.  

Hempz Pomegranate Sugar body scrub

When it comes to my face I'm not a fan of manual exfoliation as the exfoliating bits can often be quite harsh and the sensitive skin on my face just can't take it. So I much prefer chemical exfoliation. However when it comes to the skin on my body I love a manual exfoliator; I like it to feel like it's doing something, but I still don't want it to be too harsh as that's not good for your skin. This is just the right level of scrubby and I love that as you rub it in to the skin the sugar particles gradually disappear, which I've not experienced before. It's got quite a rich, oily feeling base to it, so while the sugar particles tackle any dry, flaky patches this conditions and moisturises the skin leaving it feeling soft. Also, as you can probably imagine this smells pretty good too.

I'm just as impressed with this product as I was with the Hempz body lotion and I think they'd be amazing products used together. Hempz is not the easiest brand to get hold of but you can find their products online and the Pomegranate Sugar body scrub is £16.99. Although it's currently available from Fragrance Direct for £11.95.

Have you tried any Hempz products?

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Lush Just To Clarify Jelly face mask

Earlier this month I bought one of Lush's brand new jelly face masks and I loved it so much I decided I really wanted to try out another one. The first one I bought was Bunny Moon and this time I decided to go for Just To Clarify. 

Lush Just To Clarify Jelly face mask

Bunny Moon is one for calming and soothing and as the name suggests, Just To Clarify is for clarifying the skin. One of my favourite masks is the Elemis Papaya Enzyme peel, so when I spotted that this contains papaya I thought it might be a much cheaper option. Just To Clarify contains papaya juice for brightening, bamboo stem for exfoliation, grapefruit, bergamot and Sicilian lemon oils for a bit of uplifting and refreshing and some orange juice as well. As with Bunny Moon this one does also contain talc and just a touch of perfume, so that's worth bearing in mind if you are sensitive to either ingredient. 

Lush Just To Clarify Jelly face mask

This one works in exactly the same way as Bunny Moon. You pull of a small chunk (again I used my little spatula to make it a bit easier) and rub it between clean, dry hands to form a paste before applying it to your face. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off. As with Bunny Moon I'd recommend using a face cloth of some kind to remove the mask as it does 'set' again on your skin. 

When I tried a small piece in store I was very surprised to find that this is a manual as well as an acid exfoliator, there are some gritty bits in there. Because my skin is sensitive I do tend to prefer acid over manual exfoliation, but the gritty bits are just the right texture; they feel like they're doing something but aren't too harsh. You get the effect of these both when you apply the mask and then when you rinse it away.

I find both jelly masks really nice to wear. You can't smell Just To Clarify as much as you can smell Bunny Moon but they both feel slightly cooling and just feel nice against your skin. After rinsing Just To Clarify away my skin felt smooth and soft, maybe just very slightly red from the manual exfoliation, but that soon settled. Out of the two Bunny Moon is definitely my favourite, but I'm also a big fan of Just To Clarify and can definitely see me repurchasing both when I finish them.

Have you tried any of the new Jelly masks?

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Perfectil Plus Nails

Over the years I've gone through stages of taking different types of vitamins for different reasons. When I was younger I used to get back to back colds through the winter and so my mum thought it might be a good idea if I took vitamin C to see if that would help. I can't remember if it did, but I don't get that many anymore. More recently I started taking vitamin D and calcium tablets because I was concerned (and still am) about my bones and joints. I'm not sure if it helped my bones and joints in any way but one thing I did notice was my nails grew like crazy and were in really good condition. I'm not sure why I stopped taking those, I really should start up again. 

I received an email asking if I would like to try out Perfectil, which is a daily supplement designed to help improve the condition of your skin, hair and nails. There are a few different types available including ones to specifically target either your hair, skin or nails, or a max version to cover all three. There's always room for improvement in my hair and skin but as my nails weren't in the best condition at the time I was sent Perfectil Plus Nails extra support*

Perfectil Plus Nail extra support

Perfectil contains biotin for skin, zinc for hair and selenium for nails and as mine were more targeted towards nails they contained extra selenium. In each pack you get 60 tablets and as you're directed to take two a day that's a 30 day supply. They're to be taken with meals (they should only be taken on a full stomach) and should be swallowed with water rather than chewed (I haven't chewed one but I wouldn't recommend trying it). If you're not good with swallowing tablets then I don't think these will be for you as they are huge! I'm not bad at swallowing tablets at all, in fact I can take some without needing a drink to wash them down, but I struggle with these sometimes.  

Perfectil Plus Nail extra support

One of the first things you notice when you pop one of the tablets out is the smell, which I don't find particularly pleasant. It's definitely a smell that other similar tablets have but I can't really place what it is. I guess it's a natural kind of smell. As I've already mentioned these are pretty big so they're not the easiest to take and you know when you swallow a tablet and then shortly after start burping the taste of it, that can happen with these. They also come in quite large blister packs so they're not really ideal for taking out and about with you if you're eating out and so need to take your tablet then. 

Perfectil Plus Nail extra support

As I mentioned I did struggle taking these at times and along with the smell and the taste if one didn't go down well this meant they certainly weren't the nicest tablets to take. Although I did see an improvement in the condition of my nails it wasn't as big an improvement as I saw taking calcium and vitamin D and as they are also much more pleasant to take (a bit like large citrus refreshers you can chew) I would personally prefer to take those ones over these.

Have you ever taken a beauty supplement like this?

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Carmex Lime Twist lip balm

I'm pretty sure we're all a little bit addicted to lip balm. Is there anybody that doesn't use it at all? I've tried a fair few over the years and I definitely have my favourites, but one brand I haven't tried at all is Carmex. So when I received a message on Instagram asking if they (Carmex) could send me a little something of course I said yes.

What I received was a very sunny little parcel in a bright yellow envelope containing two Carmex Lime Twist lip balms* and some little packs of sweeties. This was in the run up to best friend's day, so there was one for me, one for my best friend and some sweets for us both to share (yeah she never got a look in with the sweets, we do live 100 miles apart now!). I've been giving this a try for a couple of months now so I thought I'd let you know what I think.

Carmex Lime Twist lip balm

The Carmex Lime Twist lip balms come in pretty traditional twist up and down tubs; nice and easy to carry around and don't involve having to stick your finger in a pot. The first thumbs up! The second is that these contain an SPF of 15. I don't know about you but although I do use facial SPF most days (a must if you're using retinol or similar products) I don't apply it to my lips. But yet your lips haven't really got any where to hide; if you're out in the sun they are too, constantly. So having SPF in your lip balm means they're protected. It's not a particularly high level of protection, but if you're anything like me you probably reapply quite frequently.

The primary ingredient in this is petrolatum (what you'll find in Vaseline) which is an ingredient that works as a barrier; sealing in the moisture that is already there rather than adding any. However the next highest ingredient is lanolin, which is the complete opposite of petrolatum. Lanolin is an animal by-product (so no good for vegans I'm afraid) and is what makes sheep (or more specifically, their wool) waterproof. Lanolin is an effective moisturiser that soothes and softens rough, dry skin.

I love the Lime Twist flavour; it's a little different and when you first apply it there's a nice tingle to it, and I do mean a nice tingle, a refreshing tingle. I have a whole load of lip balms (doesn't everyone?!) but this is one of my current go to's and the one (yes just one) in my handbag. I haven't suffered with really sore lips as I don't tend to in summer but it does a good job at keeping my lips soft and hydrated. I also like that there is a best before date on the bottom of each tube. The dates on my two were quite short, but I have no way of knowing how long the samples had been hanging around before being sent out. 

Prices vary but a Google search suggests you can find the Carmex Lime Twist lip balm for around £3.

What is your favourite lip balm?

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New in from Lush - Bunny Moon Jelly face mask

If you're a Lush fan then you may have heard that a few Lush products are shortly going to be retired, or in other words, discontinued. I'm not usually bothered about the Lush products that are leaving us, they're often something I've not used or are not keen on if I have tried it. This time however it is a bit of a blow that The Comforter shower cream will soon no longer be available. Knowing just how popular The Comforter bubble bar is this feels like a strange move to me and every person I've spoken to about it online feels the same. But it is going, and so I've stocked up on a few bottles. I just wish I could afford to spend nearly £30 on 1kg of shower cream...

As is usually the case when old products are discontinued this is to make way for some shiny new products to hit the shelves. So far I'm aware of two new products, and both involve jelly. There's the new jelly bombs that turn your bath water to jelly (I haven't found these in my local store yet) and jelly face masks. 

Lush Bunny Moon Jelly face mask

Lush do like to come up with some quite unique product concepts, but they don't always quite work, like the solid in shower block of sun screen that lasted for I think three uses. Jelly products aren't new to Lush, they already have shower jellies (which are slippery little buggers but do work if you can keep hold of them!) but jelly face masks are new.

There are currently five jelly masks available and they're £6.95 for 65g, so 30p cheaper than their existing masks for 10g less. I suffer with redness across my cheeks and breakouts on my chin, so I decided to go for one called Bunny Moon. This contains antiseptic and moisturising honey, soothing and balancing rose oil, calming chamomile and marigold infusion and a little comforting vanilla absolute. There is some talc in there and a trace of fragrance, so that's worth bearing in mind if you are sensitive.

To use the mask you pinch off a bit (I used a little spatula I got with a hair dye to break some off) work it between clean, dry fingers to make a paste and then apply it to your face. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off. 

Lush Bunny Moon Jelly face mask

Before I go any further I want to talk about the scent. It's unusual, but oh it's gorgeous! I think it might be a combination of the rose and vanilla with a little hint of honey. It's difficult to describe but you have to go and have a sniff in store. I don't think it's one that everyone will like, but if you do like it I think you'll love it. It's not hugely easy to break a bit off as it is a jelly so there's that whole almost suction like effect, but it wasn't too difficult using my little spatula. I used a piece probably about the size of a small marble and there was enough, but I would like to use a little more in future. It's only a small tub but I can see it lasting a couple of months if you use it once or twice a week. I thought breaking it down into a paste wouldn't be that easy either but it melts down quite nicely. It then applies easily to the face but you might want to use a mirror to make sure your application is as even as possible. 

I don't know about the other masks but this is a joy to wear. You don't need to store these ones in the fridge as they're self-preserving, but it still had a slight cooling effect and just felt lovely against my skin. You can also smell it as well, which I found very soothing. When it comes to rinsing I would recommend using a facial cloth as it does set again and splashing water on your face is not enough to remove it all. Once rinsed off my skin felt amazing. Smooth and soft and soothed (with a reduction in redness) and I actually didn't do my second cleanse (I'd removed my make-up earlier in the day) because I didn't want to risk loosing how lovely my skin felt. I then applied my evening skincare and that absorbed really well.

One thing I've never been keen on with Lush face masks is having a shelf life of only three weeks, although in general I've always found them to last longer than that. However these ones, or Bunny Moon at least, have four months, so if I do accidentally forget about it for a week or two I'm not risking it having gone off. I can't see me forgetting about this one though as I'm dying to use it again, I love it!

Will you be trying one of Lush's new jelly masks? 

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My first products from The Ordinary

The Ordinary is one of the latest brands bought to us by Deciem, whose other brands include Niod, Hylamide and Fountain. The aim of The Ordinary is to cut out the fancy packaging and names and offer high quality skincare products that just do the job, with a budget price point. As with all Deciem brands these products are free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oil and all the other things you might want to avoid in your skincare. 

At first glance The Ordinary can appear quite a scary brand due to the very clinical names of the products. But these are designed to be straight to the point, telling you exactly what the product consists of and is for, if you know what you're looking for. Don't worry though, if you know what you want but not what the clinical name for it would be the product descriptions tell you exactly what each product should be used for. You can of course also turn to Twitter for advice from people who will have already tried the product you're looking for.

Products from The Ordinary

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - 'the Hydralauron one'

As you may be aware hyaluronic acid is a pretty amazing ingredient when it comes to dry or dehydrated skin as it attracts 1000 times its own weight in water. The key with hyaluronic acid is apparently the size of the molecule used; many products use too large a molecule, meaning this can't be absorbed by the skin and it instead sits on the surface drawing moisture out of the skin. The Hyaluronic acid from the Ordinary contains different size molecules for absorption through different layers of the skin. B5 has also been added to enhance hydration on the surface of the skin. 

You can't tell from this picture but this one is actually almost empty now. I'm not quite sure exactly how long I've had these now, but I do tend to use this one twice a day every day. I will be repurchasing this one at some point but probably not just yet as I have other serum type products I really should use up/try first. I have loved using this product though and am itching to repurchase it. Although my skin does become a little more normal in the summer I do suffer with bad dehydration and dryness the rest of the year and this product is perfect for me. 

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer  - 'the POREfessional one'

The products I really wanted to try were the Hyalauronic Acid and the Advanced Retinoid, but as just those two products meant I needed to pay for postage I decided to order another product to qualify for free postage. I'd much rather pay another few pounds on top of what I'd have paid for postage to get another product instead.

Benefits POREfessional is I believe one of their top selling products and one of the UKs favourite primers, but I've never been a fan. I always found that it didn't spread very well and just disappeared into my skin where I first applied it, so I was curious about a high-spreadability primer.

Unfortunately when I first opened this product I quickly realised there was something wrong with the lid as it doesn't screw down properly on one side. At first it wasn't too much of a problem, but I certainly wasn't confident to try and travel with it incase it leaked. At this point I contacted Beauty Bay about the lid and was offered a full refund if I returned the product or a 50% refund if I was happy to keep it. As the product was only £5.50 anyway I was happy to go for the latter, but I'm now regretting this. The lid now no longer fits at all and either pops up straight away or does it at some point between uses. The product, which was very fluid when I first received it (to the point where it tended to drip off the pipette) is rapidly thickening up because air is getting to it and it's becoming a bit unusable.

Despite the issues with the bottle I do like the product. It is a silicone based primer but unlike others I've tried it spreads really well and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and make-up glides over it meaning I tend to use a little less.

The Ordinary Advance Retinoid 2%

Advanced Retinoid 2% - 'the Luna Sleeping Night oil one'

I'm lucky that my skin is ageing well and my mum looks much younger than she actually is, so things are looking good for me. So much so I didn't even start using any skincare until I was approaching my 30s and my oily skin switched to very dry. But now I've hit my mid-30s I thought it was probably time to start introducing some anti-ageing skincare into my routine. 

I have sensitive skin and am aware that retinol can be irritating, so I was a little cautious about trying it, but I needn't have worried. I won't pretend I understand what it says about this product on the The Ordinary website but the retinol product I chose combines two types of retinol that avoid irritation and apparently work better.

I took it slowly introducing this into my routine and to begin with used it every third night to try and avoid overwhelming and irritating my skin. I haven't had any problems with it at all and did move this up to every other night up until the really hot weather arrived. Sun protection should be used every day when using retinol products so I wasn't sure if it was a bad idea to use it when it was so sunny. As I said I haven't had any problems at all with using this and it has done great things for my skin. My skin just generally looks better when I use it and most noticeably my pigmentation issues have improved.

I am so impressed with these products and think they are pretty amazing considering their price point, with prices ranging from around £4 up to about £10. The next products I have my eye on include the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning solution 'the Glow Tonic one', Salicylic Acid 2% solution 'the Effaclar Duo + one' and Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 'the one where I've run out of comparisons'. I'm also very curious to try their serum foundation to see if it's anything like my beloved YSL Fusion Ink foundation. 


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DHC Liquid Eyeliner

If you follow my Instagram then you may have seen (who knows for sure with Instagram!) that I received a very generous PR package that contained a load of DHC products. I don't know an awful lot about DHC as a brand but the two products I've always wanted to try are their cleansing oil and their liquid liner, so I was delighted to find both in my parcel. 

DHC Liquid Eyeliner
DHC Liquid Eyeliner

Since mastering the art of liquid liner my liner of choice has been in the form of a felt tip style liner with a thin pointed nib and hopefully (as I can't judge this from just looking at the product) a good flow. I'd heard good things about the DHC Liquid Eyeliner and it looked like my perfect product. 

The first time I used the product (and actually the second time as well) I loved it. It does flow well, has a thin accurate nib and is easy to use. However, I have personally hit a problem with the product that is down to me rather than the product itself. The first time I used it I had no problem at all with it until I woke up the following morning with a swollen eye lid, like a had a particularly nasty sty. At first I didn't link this to the product at all and after a few days it went down. 

DHC Liquid Eyeliner
DHC Liquid Eyeliner

I used the eyeliner again the following week and again I woke up the following morning with a swollen eye, this time the lower lid (is that part actually called a lid?). This time it was worse and it took several days for it to go down. In fact a little whitehead developed right on the edge of my eye lid, inside my lashes and against my eye ball. I know I really shouldn't have done, but I was disturbed by it, so I gave it a little squeeze and it went and my eye went down again. 

I would really like to try the liner again in case it was just a coincidence that the two issues with my eyes occurred when I had used the liner, but I don't think I should because this is my eyes, one of which is already damaged, so I don't want to risk it. I assume there is something in the product that I'm allergic to, so despite how much I enjoyed using it, I don't think I should use it again.

Have you tried the DHC Liquid Eyeliner? 

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