Thursday, 29 December 2016

Introduction to Klorane

Klorane oat milk range shampoo conditioner dry shampoo review

Recently I was sent a few products from Klorane to try and after using them for the last month I’m ready to give my thoughts! Having never tried the brand before, I was excited to see a shampoo, conditioner and dry shampoo included as these three are my most used hair products!

I was sent the oat milk range which is suitable for frequent use on all hair types – for reference I have long hair with greasy roots and dry ends! First up, the Klorane shampoo with oat milk* and my first impression of this was that it was a lot more liquidy (is that a word?) than I am used to! I always do two washes and I found that this didn’t lather up much with the first wash but did a little more with the second. It contains sodium laureth sulphate (not to be confused with sodium lauryl suphate), a milder cleansing agent so this could be why! It cleans my hair beautifully and leaves it with a gorgeous shine! I love how gentle this feels and how it doesn’t overload my hair with product!

I maybe should have talked about the conditioner first because as a reverse washer, I rinse my hair and use this before shampooing! Like the shampoo, the Klorane conditioner with oat milk* is super gentle and the star of the show for me! It promises to protect and detangle and I have never found a detangling product that works for me until this! As the original Tatty Bogle (top marks if you get that reference!), every time I use this I can’t get over how much more manageable my hair is and I can now actually get a brush through it without ripping hair out! Like the shampoo, it doesn’t overload or weigh my hair down, it just makes it lovely and clean and easy to manage! Both products are also suitable for children so great all-rounder’s if there are a lot of people in your household and they have a really gentle light scent!

Lastly, I was sent the Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk* and we all know dry shampoo is a staple in my routine (and most peoples I think!). This has a really familiar scent to me though I’m not sure where I know if from but it smells really fresh. It’s recommended to spray 10 inches from your hair then leave for two minutes before brushing the powder out. I usually rub it in a little before brushing and the powder disappears quickly leaving my hair refreshed and clean looking so I can get an extra day without washing! The dry shampoo contains silica and starch as well as beta cyclodextrine which all work together to absorb oils from the hair and they do a great job! If it’s good enough for Margot Robbie it’s good enough for me!

Overall, a lovely range of hair products and I have a new obsession in the conditioner so if you have tatty hair that you find hard to detangle you need to try this! Have you tried anything from Klorane before?

Klorane is available at BootsJohn LewisEscentual.com and lookfantastic.com!


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own.

Danielle xx





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Monday, 26 December 2016

Christmas Day Makeup 2016

Christmas Day 2016 makeup motd estee lauder charlotte tilbury makeup geek NARS

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday! I usually do MOTD posts over on my Instagram but I thought I’d put up a quick post today showing the makeup I wore – I am a creature of habit and go for my favourites a lot of the time but even more so on Christmas Day so you might have heard me talk about a lot of these already!

To start with, I’ve really been enjoying the Tony Moly Brightening Eye Base – it feels cooling and refreshing and does what it says in brightening my under-eye area, leaving it smooth for me to then pop a little Soap and Glory Kick Ass concealer on top of it. I’ll then dampen my Beauty Blender and start bouncing Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation all over my face – this is hands down my favourite foundation, the stuff doesn’t budge! I don’t feel the need to put a primer on before this either, I trust it to stay in place like the bottle says and if anything, it looks better the longer I wear it!

I mattified my face using the SEVENTEEN Miracle Matte loose powder which I am really enjoying at the minute even though it’s so much messier than pressed power! It does a great job at keeping my oils at bay though so I’ll forgive it! For bronzer, I used the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze shade from the Instant Look in a palette which was Limited Edition but is now back! I don’t rate the eyeshadows or blush from this palette but the bronzer and highlight are beautiful! Blusher was my old favourite The Balm Down Boy and I then used the highlight from the CT palette for a subtle glow! 

I got my eyebrows tinted on Friday for the first time so they aren’t needing much done to them which is a nice change but I ran a little Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil through them anyway and set them with Benefit Ready, Set, BROW clear brow gel! This does feel a little harder than other brow gels I’ve used but doesn’t make them look crispy and sets them so well! I popped on some NARS Smudgeproof eyeshadow base then eyeshadow was Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma in my inner corner, Hipster all over the lid and Mocha in the crease and mascara was Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Holidays in waterproof, I absolutely love this! So affordable too!

I went with my favourite Charlotte Tilbury lip combo of lip cheat in Pillow Talk with K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Bitch Perfect over the top as this gives the most beautiful colour and is so long lasting too! Definitely worth the money in my opinion!

So, there we have my Christmas Day makeup! Pretty much the same as my everyday makeup up! Did you do anything special with yours?

Danielle xx




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Monday, 19 December 2016

Last Minute Beauty Lovers Christmas Gift Guide

christmas gift guide 2016 ft smashbox charlotte tilbury pixi ouai emma hardie bee good

It’s nearly Christmas, woohoo! I for one am counting down the days to getting off work and relaxing for a couple of weeks! I thought I’d put together a quick gift guide today for anyone who still has some last minute shopping or ordering to do! Heads up though – I’m a little last minute too so some of these sets are out of stock but there are a lot similar available!

Smashbox Light it Up LA Lights Blush Mega palette lipstick and mattifier set review

Makeup
I've got a whole review on these two limited edition sets here but in short, I absolutely love them and they are perfect for anyone looking to start or expand their makeup collection! Both sets are beautiful quality and contain enough shades for everyone to do their makeup for the next year! I have to say I particularly love the blush palette and have been neglecting my other blushes since I got it and while I love the lipstick set too there are other longer lasting lipsticks on the market but for such a wide range of shades (doubled with the mattifier!) it’s a great price! Both sets are temporarily out of stock on the Smashbox website but the lipstick set is still available at Boots here!

Smashbox Light it Up LA Lights Blush Mega palette lipstick and mattifier set review christmas 2016

I think a luxe lipstick is a perfect Christmas gift – it’s not something you buy yourself every day and it’s that bit more special when you use it! This is my second CT lipstick and I absolutely love the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. formula! There are so many shades to choose from and I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t be happy to see one of these under the tree! Unlike the Smashbox lipsticks, these are super long lasting!

emma hardie amazing face starter kit moringa cleansing balm

Skincare
I picked this up for my mum for Christmas from Cult Beauty but Emma Hardie is available in loads of stores now! My mum loves this cleanser but uses it sparingly as it’s expensive so I thought I’d get her this set so she can try the face cream too! I've also noticed they have changed the lid to a sturdier one now – I always used to split the old plastic one so I’m glad to see this! Still in stock at Emma Hardie or Marks and Spencer!

pixi gift of glow tonic mud cleanser rose oil blend

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this set on Marks & Spencer a few weeks ago and still can’t believe it was only £30! It is ridiculously good value for some cult Pixi favourites! I absolutely love the Glow Tonic and Glow Mud Cleanser already so I am glad to have backups. I have also been meaning to try the Rose Oil Blend for ages and so far so good, it’s a lot lighter than something like the Trilogy Rosehip oil but is lovely all the same! I haven’t tried the wipes yet and I don’t use wipes that often anyway but do like to have some to hand so they will come in useful!

This would make an amazing starter set for someone looking to get into skincare but because I am so unorganised it’s out of stock L Pixi have a few other sets on Cult Beauty and Marks and Spencer but I also think any of their single items would be a gorgeous present as the products are such high quality and so effective!

the ouai holiday volume kit

Haircare
I fell in love with the OUAI haircare range earlier this year when I was sent the repair range as well as some styling products and as I’m nearly out of the shampoo I though I would treat myself to one of these holiday kits. Never did I think I would be so “into” a haircare range but I am completely in love with OUAI and its scent! They do these sets in a few different styles so as well as Volume there is Repair and Curl but be quick as most are out of stock (sorry)! OUAI is available from Cult Beauty, Space NK, Beauty Bay, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges as well as others!

bee good hand and lip treat christmas 2016

Stocking Fillers
I've never tried this brand myself before but I've read good reviews and picked up a couple of these sets in the Black Friday sales from Look Fantastic for a few of my aunts. It contains a good size hand cream and lip balm and I think it’s a lovely little treat for someone and I know I always like to have both of these types of products in my handbag so think they make a nice little gift or stocking filler!

So there we have the world’s worst gift guide where almost everything is out of stock! None the less, if you do still have some gifts to get I hope you got some inspiration! I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and I'll be back with another post on Boxing Day! 

What have you got on your Christmas list this year?

Danielle xx




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Monday, 12 December 2016

Managing Winter Skin with Eucerin


eucerin urea range review dry skin lotion foot cream body wash face cream aquaphor balm

Although it may not be the most luxurious of skin and bodycare products, Eucerin has a special place in my routine for when my skin is feeling dry and sensitive or I've taken a reaction to another product! It’s a brand I trust completely and I’m excited to share the dry skin range today!

Generally, I wouldn’t describe my skin as dry but in winter that all changes and my usually normal skin can become irritated and dehydrated as well as itchy and uncomfortable. That’s where Eucerin’s Urea Range comes in. Put simply, Urea is a waste product (see what I mean when I say it’s not luxurious!) that is produced naturally and it works very well to rehydrate the skin including skin that’s prone to eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions. See more about the range here!

I usually go for more scented body wash products in the shower but this has been lovely to use on days my skin is feeling dry or itchy. I thought it was going to be a thick cream but it’s a clear gel like consistency that doesn’t lather up too much but leaves my skin feeling soft and calm. Fragrance and soap free, its mild enough for daily use  

eucerin urea range review dry skin lotion foot cream body wash face cream aquaphor balm

This is one of my favourite body care products ever and I’ve featured the older version here!
This is a product I always have a backup of because it’s so effective so I was excited to try the newest version which is just as good! A couple of times a year (usually extreme Winter and Summer) I randomly get itchy legs – I have no idea what causes it and it will last for a few weeks and then go away for months again. When it happens though it is the most annoying feeling and I have scratched myself raw in the past because nothing will work on it. That was until I started using the Eucerin lotion! It works straight away to calm my legs down as well as moisturising them and it is such a feeling of relief not to want to scratch them constantly! It's long lasting too, so if I apply in the morning I generally won't feel the need to reapply until I go to bed! The new version is just as great; it maybe feels a tiny bit thicker which I don’t mind as the original was very runny. Overall, if you can’t already tell, I love this product and it’s definitely my secret weapon against winter skin!

eucerin dry skin intensive lotion urea review

This has been a bit of a revelation to me as though I’ve tried Eucerin moisturisers (the pots) in the past; I generally find them too rich for my skin for use in the morning. This face cream feels a lot more lightweight meaning its perfect for me in the morning and for use under my makeup. It absorbs quickly but leaves a very slight tack to the skin so I don’t feel the need to put primer over the top. This keeps my face feeling hydrated all day long and I can see myself still turning to it even when my skin goes back to its full on oiliness (its more normal at the minute)!

eucerin replenishing face cream review

This cream is very easy to rub in and sinks in quickly though I do still like to put it on at night and leave bed socks on to keep moisture in! It’s nicely hydrating and has left my heels feeling lovely and soft. It will probably get more of a test in the summer though as that’s when my feet tend to get a lot drier and cracked but I have no doubts about its ability on very dry feet!

This is probably my least favourite of the products I was sent only for the reason it’s one that doesn’t completely sink in! It feels a bit like Vaseline in a tube and comes out as a thick balm. This is recommended for very dry or cracked skin and I have been using it mainly on my elbows where it does a great job of softening them. I don’t like the fact it transfers though and can get on my bed clothes so it’s definitely one I’m a little more careful with! I feel like this tube will last ages as a little goes a long way and if you have particularly dry skin and want something that creates a protective barrier I think you will love this!

So those are my thoughts on the Dry Skin range from Eucerin! It gets a big thumbs up from me and I think the price point is just right – although you will always get Eucerin cheaper because it falls under the French pharmacy offers as well as 3 for 2’s at most of the major retailers it’s sold at like Boots, Superdrug, Feel Unique, Escentual and Look Fantastic as well as independent chemists!
  
What do you think of Eucerin? Have you tried anything from the brand before?

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own.

I also posted a blog sale last weekend so do have a nosy and see if there is anything you’d like from it!

Danielle xx



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Monday, 5 December 2016

Forever Repurchased #3

forever repurchased nivea eye makeup remover vichy aqualia thermal serum estee lauder double wear blistex relief cream niod copper amino isolate serum review

Do you ever start a series on your blog only to completely forget about it and leave a year between post numbers #2 and #3?  Yep, well today I’d like to welcome back Forever Repurchased to the blog! Much like my empties (which I’m very good at keeping up with even if I do say so myself) there will probably be a few products here you’ve heard me rave about before and at least one I have mentioned in previous posts in this series (see 1 here and 2 here)!

If I could only keep one item of makeup, this would be it. It is the only foundation I fully trust to last on my skin all day and not only that, this actually looks as good if not better at the end of the day as it does at the start! Usually a steep £31, I managed to get this in the Black Friday sales on Lookfantastic.com for around £24. My favourite way to apply is with a Beauty Blender as I find it easiest to blend like this and be aware that this foundation does set fast. It’s the fullest coverage foundation I own and although I went on somewhat of a foundation finding spree this year, I have no idea why I bothered when I already had the perfect foundation all along. If you have oily skin and want full coverage, get a tester of this, it’s amazing!

Another old favourite that I treated myself to a backup of during the Black Friday sales! This is my favourite serum – its lightweight, hydrating, soothing and just a dream to apply. My skin drinks this up and a bottle lasts me a good length of time. It does seem to keep creeping up in price though but thankfully it’s continually on offer through French pharmacy promotions on websites like Escentual.com and Boots! One thing I have noticed with this is they have changed the pump to a white one instead of the nice silver one they used to have which I thought looked a little more luxe! Oh well, as long as the product inside is the same we’ll be OK!

nivea daily essentials eye makeup remover reveiw

As a waterproof mascara wearer, oil based/two-phase eye makeup removers are my go to. I last featured the Garnier 2 in 1 Express eye makeup remover in a forever repurchased post and while I still love that one, when the Nivea is only £1.75 in Superdrug you pick up a couple to keep you going! This does a great job of removing my eye makeup quickly and gently, it just seems to melt it off and I don’t have to rub too hard or tug on my lashes. If you haven’t tired this before and struggle getting your eye makeup off you need to give this a go!

I featured this quite recently in my last empties post and I looked out for it during Black Friday but it seemed to be excluded from promotions unfortunately. I gave up getting it until a Deciem email popped into my inbox with some offers on the NIOD and Hylamide bundles, so yours truly saw this as a sign and snapped them up! The product comes with two little bottles and you pour one into the other then shake to make the serum which is a watery blue liquid that sinks in quickly. I haven’t got round to opening this just yet as it only came on Friday but my skin lapped my last bottle up. The serum is meant to work positively on the skins overall health so it’s in a constant state of repair and concentrates on texture, pigmentation, enlarged pores and more. I used this once a day (to make it last for as long as possible – it’s only a 15ml bottle!) and my skin always felt so smooth after use. All the time I was using it my skin was clearer and breakouts were much less frequent! I’m so glad to have it back and get it into my routine again and I would kill to get my hands on the 5% version of this stuff but at £130 it’s a little way off!

As a lip balm addict I probably exacerbate my dry lips but last month they were on another level!  My lips have never felt like how they did even when I was on Roaccutane. They were chapped, constantly flaking and I felt like I had 5 layers of skin on top of them – not a good look. None of my usual lip balms were doing anything for them so I took to Twitter for some suggestions! Caroline recommended Blistex to me and it was then that I remembered the Relief Cream that I used years ago. The next day I went to Boots and got myself a new tube and like it says on the tin, all I felt was relief. I cannot explain to you how amazing this stuff is if you suffer with dry/cracked lips, it is literally a miracle worker! My lips were back to normal within minutes!

blistex relief cream review

It comes in a little metal tube which you have to be a little careful with as once you squeeze it more will keep coming out! It's a small price to pay for such a hero product though and I won't be without this little tube ever again!

So those are my most recent repurchases! Let me know if any of these are favourites of yours!

I also posted a blog sale at the weekend so do have a nosy and see if there is anything you’d like!

Danielle xx




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