Monday, 29 October 2012

Review: N-Spa Melting Cleansing Gel

 Hello! :)

So this review is on a product which can be found in our local supermarket! The N-Spa range found in Asda has really stepped up lately. I have always been aware of the brand and tried out a few of their products. Nothing bad to say about them, but for a couple of pounds, you can't complain. I first tried their Sweet Treat bubble bath set a couple of years ago and would HIGHLY recommend anyone who likes yummy, sweet smelling treats! I got a set of 4- chocolate waffle, cranberry chocolate, hot butter fudge and gingerbread latte. Mmm, these smell divine! They were just small travel sized bottles, but you can buy them full sized too. 

N-spa bath syrup gift 4x100ml bottles £5.00- Asda

However, back on topic- I was shopping in Asda a couple of months ago and came across their new skin care line. It's far from your basic, get what you pay for, skin care. The products look SO much more expensive than what they are, and you can pick up everything from cleansers, toners, scrubs and moisturisers.

The melting cleansing gel really stood out for me. It is unlike any other cleansing product I have used in the past. It looks like an orange gel, and when you start to massage it into the face you can feel it melt and gets slightly warm! Nothing too drastic though, it just feels like a facial! I thought it would be quite greasy, but it isn't at all. It works amazingly on my skin, and I have combination skin, so I was quite concerned it would make me quite oily but when it washes off, it leaves your skin leaving so soft and really clean and fresh. To say I am impressed with this product would be a MASSIVE understatement. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to buy themselves a new cleanser and it's an absolute bargain at only £6! 

Next, I'm looking to try out their hot cloth cleanser, and see how it compares to the famous Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish! Has anyone tried it? If so, i'd love to hear your experiences with it! xx 

My Current Skin Care Routine

Okay, so I used to switch up my skin care routine A LOT during my teens. I would constantly buy new facial washes, cleansers and moisturisers as they came onto the market. I think this was mainly due to the fact that they all claimed to magically give you perfectly clear, flawless skin overnight- and with a statement like that, how is a young, impressionable teen supposed to refuse!? Anyway, I quickly realised that most of the time, these claims were nothing more than a marketing gimmick. I do have sensitive skin, so really wasn't doing myself any favors by slapping a different product onto my face every other week, not to mention a BIG waste of my money.

After a while, I realised that I was going to need to see what actually works for MY skin and stick with it. I have combination skin so I had to spend a lot of time to properly see what works and what doesn't. 

I prefer to use a facial wash to take off my make-up, and then cleanse clean skin. I know some people love using cleansers as a make-up remover, but it's just personal preference. For my facial wash, I have been using Neutrogena's 'Visibly Clear' gel in pink grapefruit. I really enjoy using this product! It smells deliciously fruity (hence the grapefruit) and works great for my skin. It's really gentle on the skin and takes off all my make-up perfectly. I do find that while I am using this face wash, I VERY rarely get any spots, which is definitely a plus! 

Neutrogena Visibly Clear pink grapefruit facial wash £4.94 - Boots

 As far as cleansers go, I am loving N-Spa's Melting Cleansing Gel (Available at Asda) I have used the classic Liz Earle- Cleanse and Polish, and although I only have good things to say about the product, it is pricey. The N-Spa Melting Cleanser is at the very affordable price of £6! Brilliant price for a product that feels so luxurious. I don't want to say too much about this product at the moment as I am planning to do a much more in depth review on this product in the very near future, so keep your eyes peeled if you would like to find out more information on this!

N-spa melting cleansing gel £6.00- Asda

I tend to use a facial scrub only a couple of times a week. I do tend to still change it up from time to time. I have been going between my Clinique '7 day scrub cream' and Soap and Glory's 'Fab Pore Facial Peel'. Both products work really well, although the Soap and Glory one is my favourite. It comes in a small 50ml tub, which actually lasts months! You only need a tiny amount. The mask itself has tiny green beads in the cream, which burst as you're massaging the product onto your face, releasing all the 'do-good' properties. Again, this is another product I will be reviewing in an upcoming blog post so look out for that.

Soap & Glory 'Fab Pore' facial peel £8.00- Boots

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Nails Nails Nails!

So I'm here to talk about everything nails! Lately I have been obsessed with having nice nails and there is SO many different products available to us on the high street now than just a plain standard one colour polish.

I want to give my opinion and experience I have had with various nail polishes and my personal favourites. Not just the ones which are on trend for this season, but the ones which you can't help but wear all year round!

So my favourite nail polish of all time (well, i'm cheating here, because it's a group of 8!) is Sally Hansen's HD polish. WOW, these are incredible! Definitely not just a simple, one colour. These have amazing dimension to them, and if you are a fan of sparkly nails, then these will be right up your street! I got these from WallMart when I was across in America last year, but if you live in the UK, you can buy them online at Amazon, for £4.99. The picture doesn't do it justice! If you can get your hands on one then i'd definitely recommend it, my favourite is in the colour 'DVD'.

Next up, is a couple of polishes from Nails Inc. I think this is a great brand, and you really do get the quality you pay for. They have a mixture of normal polishes as well as special effects one so there is plenty of choice for everyone. They do a really beautiful red shade called 'Villiers Street'. It's a very wearable metallic red and perfect for the up coming festive season. I always get loads of compliments when i'm wearing it!

Nails Inc in Villiers Street

Barry M have some great colours out there as well. My favourite colour from them is Raspberry. It's a gorgeous deep pink colour that just draws attention to the nails. Layered with a shiny top coat for a beautiful manicured look.

Barry M in Raspberry

Essie is now available to us in Boots stores and they have the greatest range of colours I have seen! With a mixture of light pastel shades, right through to darks. I have many favourites from them. My summer polish was the popular 'Fiji'. It is the palest pink colour and looks amazing on the nails. I prefer to wear this colour on my toes. With a tan it looks incredible!

Essie in Fiji

So that's my top nail polish colours and brands. I could go on forever about nail polish's that I love. So what are you loving to wear on your nails right now? Let me know! xx

Thursday, 25 October 2012

My Current Make Up Routine

Okay, so I wanted to do a blog post on my current make-up routine. I do tend to switch my make-up around a lot and this is due to a few different factors. One of them being the weather- during the summer months I like to keep it light and simple. Using tinted moisturizers or light foundations and basically just creating as much of an effortless make-up look as I can. I don't want to have to spend my summer slapping on a whole load of make-up and cakeing myself in layers of foundation and powder.

However, that being said, now that we are vastly approaching into those cold, winter months, I am looking to get a little extra coverage out of my foundation and experiment more with bolder lips and eye shadow. 

So, I am going to show you what products I am using from my make-up right now for this Autumn/Winter season. :)

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light £27.50- Debenhams
I am thoroughly enjoying this foundation so far. I purchased it from my local Boots store at the end of September and so far, so good. :) The normal Double Wear foundation is a little too thick for me so I much prefer this one- it gives a medium coverage as opposed to the full coverage of the original foundation. It is a little bit pricey but I don't mind paying that bit extra for a decent foundation. My skin is really sensitive and can be prone to breakouts if I'm not careful, but I haven't had any concerns at all with this product. It's very easy to apply and long lasting.

Concealer: Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection £4.99- Superdrug/Boots
This is, without a doubt, the best concealer I have ever tried! It's really similar to MAC's studio finish concealer but for a fraction of the price. It hide's EVERYTHING- definitely a full coverage concealer without being too thick and really does give you the 16 hour wear it claims to. I have used this religiously for the last few years and would never consider changing. If you haven't tried it, please do- you won't be disappointed! 

Blusher: Mac Creme Blend Blush in Lady Blush £17.50-
So this is my first and only MAC blush I have tried. There was so much hype over this blush on the YouTube and blogging world (2 summers ago?!) So I decided I'd pick one up to try while I was across in America. I really do like this blusher, very nice, natural colour and the fact it's a cream blush gives it a beautiful dewy finish on the skin. Do I think it's worth the price honestly? No. I'm sure there is plenty of dupes out there just as good as this, however, I will continue to use this product until I'm finished as it would be a shame to waste it and I do like it- but I just wouldn't re-purchase the MAC one if I could find a cheaper alternative. 

Bronzer: H&M Bronzing Powder £5.99- H&M
I first saw this bronzer on one of CosmeticsCharlotte72's YouTube videos. She really seemed to love this product, so I decided to try it out. H&M isn't somewhere I have ever bought cosmetics from before, not for any particular reason, I'm just so used to nipping into Superdrug or Boots. 2 years on and I am still using and re-purchasing this bronzer. It's not orange toned at all and has no shimmer through it- which means no disco ball face! It's so natural looking and great for contouring cheekbones. Love this product and such a firm favourite with me!

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked Palette £36.00- Debenhams
Okay, the first time I ever tried this palette was (believe it or not!) only 3 weeks ago. I was so hesitant to buying it as it is fairly pricey for an eyeshadow palette. However, this was coming from someone who had never tried an Urban Decay product before. I had contemplated buying it numerous times but just couldn't seem to justify it- so I kept holding off. Although, when I was on a recent family holiday- we were flying back home and I was flicking through the in-flight duty free magazine and saw they had the Naked Palette for £28- plus there was an extra 20% for the end of summer sale, so this gave me the perfect opportunity to try it out. I am now hooked on it and use it absolutely every single day! All the colours are so wearable and can take a day time look right into night time. My favourite colour from the palette has to be 'Half-baked'. It's a grogeous gold colour that applies like liquid metal to the eye lid. It really makes my blue eyes stand out too! 

Mascara: L'Oreal Telescopic Clean Definition in Black £9.35-
Everything you need to know is in the name! Love this mascara! Been my holy grail mascara since I was about 16, it's just amazing! No clumps, dramatic black, volume, length, basically just everything you could ask for in a perfect mascara!