Today I wanted to do a post for my Australian readers! There are quite a few of you so when I got this little box in the mail, I thought I would blog about it!
I love this duck egg blue packaging!
I am a huge fan of beauty boxes as you get to try lots of different products without having to purchase them all full size. Also, I travel a lot so I find the sample sizes of things very handy. Bellabox is the number 1 beauty box in Australia and they choose a few deluxe sized beauty products and ship them to your door every month for $15. Each box contains a mixture of beauty, body and hair products and sometimes you even get a full sized item. I love the idea of trying products within the comfort of your own home, but then if you like something you can just jump online and get the full size. It's a great way to try new products you may never have thought about before and also when you sign up you fill in a beauty profile so they can target items to suit your preferences!
Let's take a look inside!
One of the products that really stood out to me was the hand cream, it really moisturised my hands beautifully without leaving any tackiness and it smells so fresh - I am so happy I got a full size of this one!
I also fell in love with the lip colours...they are soooo rich and pigmented and amazing colours!
Other than that I am really enjoying using the tinted lip balm which smells of cherries, the face mask which I used during a girly sleepover and the lashes that I used with a smoky eye for a night out!
Today I felt like sharing with you guys some of my favourite products for Summertime!
These aren't really my "Summer essentials" or anything very specific, just a few things I have been loving so far this Summer :)
Let's make a list shall we?
1. White Company Candle - Seychelles. This isn't your typical Summer floral scent, it's very warming. I love burning it whilst relaxing in my bedroom on a Summer evening with the windows wide open.
2. Sunglasses - Prada
3. L'Oreal Professional Playball Beach Fizz - This is an amazing salt spray which gives your hair that gorgeous tousled beachy look.
4. Philosophy Take Shelter - It's so important to protect your face from the sun and this is my sunscreen of choice! I love it because it doesn't feel greasy, I never burn when I have it on and it doesn't break me out.
5. Jo Malone - Blackberry & Bay. I have been wearing this fragrance non-stop, it's very green and fresh smelling. Perfect for Summer.
6. Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer in Island Margarita - this stuff smells so goooooooood!
7. Revlon Lip Gloss in Kiss Me Coral - this colour screams Summer to me, it looks amazing with a tan.
8. Chanel Nail Polish in 571 Fracas - I love this because it feels like a sophisticated Summer pink, not too neon or garish! Although I do love my neon nail polishes when I'm in the mood for them.
9. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliners in Deep End & Freak - I love keeping a couple of bright eyeliners in my makeup bag for Summer, it's a great way to add a fun pop of colour to your makeup look.
10. Chanel Illuminating Powder - I haven't used this yet because I wanted to photograph it first! It's so beautiful. I love products like this for Summertime to brush along the tops of my cheekbones and highlight my tan.
Here are a few more photos and swatches of the eyeliners...
I hope this post gives you guys some inspiration for new products to try this Summer. Please leave me a comment telling me your favourite products for Summertime as I love trying out your recommendations!
I hope you're all having a fantastic day/evening/week and I will speak to you soon,
So I've been excited to write this post for weeks! For the last 2 months I have been so strict with my skincare routine by only using products from the fantastic Creme De La Mer range, I've been wanting to try the range for a while and wanted to use them for a long period of time before reporting back to you guys with my thoughts and to really see how it changed my skin. Especially as the products are so expensive, I wouldn't want to go recommending something of this price range to you guys unless I was absolutely sure I loved it.
I've been using a combination of three products - the cleansing fluid, the moisturising gel cream and the eye balm intense and I can honestly say this combination has really improved my skin, it's soft and hydrated and noticeably more radiant but most important it has kept any blemishes and outbreaks away! If you watch my YouTube videos you'll know that before Christmas I was really suffering from breakouts, I used La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo to get my skin back to normal - it's an amazing product to clear up your skin. However, I don't think it's a product designed to be used 365 days a year, so once I was sure my skin was totally back to normal, I moved onto the Creme De La Mer range I'd been dying to try out!
I start by using the cleansing fluid which has a really rich consistency to keep the skin moisturised whilst successfully removing make-up and makes the skin feel super clean and deeply cleansed. It feels so luxurious to use as when combined with water it turns into this gorgeously silky cream and it has natural pearl powders in it too! As you can see I have used half the bottle in 2 months so this cleanser would last approx. 4 months if you're using it everyday. Although, thinking about it, my fiancé Jim has been using this daily too so actually would probably last twice as long if it was just you using it!
Next I moisturise with the gel cream which has the silkiest texture and literally melts in to the skin. It is really light weight so it feels super hydrating and refreshing without being overpowering or greasy after applying it. It actually has quite a matte finish so is a great base for applying makeup.
I then finish my regime with the eye balm. This is the perfect eye cream for me as it's super rich and you only need the smallest amount for ample coverage around all the eye area. After using it for a while, my eye area is totally hydrated and the skin around it feels and looks really healthy. It also comes with a silver-tipped application which is cool to encourage micro-circulation.
Lots of you will know that Creme De La Mer is on the pricey end of the spectrum as far as skin care goes and it definitely would be an investment in to your skin, but I have to say I am totally hooked and am really impressed with the range. I will definitely be sticking with it for a good while! Have any of you guys tried it?
Ok so it's that time of week again for my beauty round up! Here are the products I have been loving this week...
This stuff is literally amazing! This is a simple to use and incredibly moisturising self tanner for the face by Clarins. It's great for maintaing a tan or just to get a healthy glow. I put it on before bed and in the morning I have naturally bronzed looking and soft skin. You don't have to be meticulous at all when applying this and I have never had streaks or an uneven appearance. Love love love it!
Next is the beautiful new fragrance from Jo Malone called Blackberry & Bay. As some of you guys will know I'm an avid Jo Malone fan and this fragrance is the perfect new addition to their wonderful fragrance line! It's a gorgeous and warm scent but is not too over powering or heady, a perfect one for both day and night. It's a rich scent but has a floral and fresh edge which I just love. Jo Malone has said the scent is inspired by childhood memories of blackberry picking which I just think is such a cute idea. Look out for it on counters soon!
This has been a firm favourite for a very long time but recently I find myself reaching for it more and more. It is the most heavenly of body creams... richly moisturising with the most amazingly fresh and zingy ginger scent which stays lingering on the skin all day. A 200ml tub will last me ages as well as a little product spreads a long way with this. If you are ever passing an Origins counter go and give it a smell - it's addictive!
Clinque's high impact extreme volume mascara is their latest one and another attribute to their established and diverse mascara range. This a completely fuss free and fast mascara, taking only seconds to achieve a voluminous and full lash look. I wouldn't necessarily it adds 'extreme' volume (something I am automatically drawn to!) but I like the fluttery finish for an everyday mascara.
Finally for this week is Rimmel's Stay Matte powder. I have been loving so much Rimmel recently and this powder I think is absolutely brilliant for a drug store brand. It instantly takes away unwanted shine but doesn't sit on the skin like others in a similar market do. It lasts as well which is something I think is important for a powder to deliver on. Definitely worth purchasing for any of you looking to try a new powder and definitely one of my all time favourite drug store products!
Have a great bank holiday weekend guys whatever you are up to!
So as you all know I am a HUGE fan of Origins, in particular I love the Dr.Weil Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief so I thought I would dedicate a post to it - especially as I have just got a brand new jar! (This is about my 6th or 7th!)
I have been using the face cream for years - it was the first high end moisturiser I ever invested in - and though of course I am always trialing others, this has got to be my holy grail. I love the texture, and the non-greasy aspects to it, it sinks straight into the skin and immediately hydrates and renourishes. Another important aspect to it is that I love the smell, it is really fresh and natural yet still retains a luxurious fragrance. It works perfectly for my skin because although my skin is relatively normal, it can also be combination and the moisturiser never fails to sooth my skin and restore its moisture.
Dr. Weil Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief retails at £46.00