Friday, 31 October 2014

Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Range

A photo of the Rodial Stemcell Super-Food skincare products
 
I don't share much of my personal life on my blog, but I've certainly mentioned a fair few times that I was getting married. I'm delighted to say that on Saturday, after seven and a half years together I finally married Leon and I really couldn't be happier! As sods law would have it, a few weeks back my skin went into meltdown; it was all sore spots and dry skin like I've never known. Not what you want in the run up to a wedding!
 
I flew into a massive panic (which I'm sure didn't help things), but I was also very kindly sent the Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food range* to try out and just in the nick of time!
 
Rodial is adored by many a celebrity, and for good reason too. The range was founded with the aim of offering an alternative to surgery by targeting specific skin concerns with affective skincare that combines natural ingredients and scientific expertise; no mean feat! Every single Rodial product contains an anti-ageing and firming ingredient so you know that these guys mean business!
 
The Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food range is designed to nourish even the most driest skin *raises both hands* thanks to Omegas 3, 6 and 9, along with Marula Oil, and Vitamins A, B5, C and E. If that wasn't enough, the range also features PhytoCelTec Alp Rose stem cells which protect the skin, and boost skin regeneration. Pretty fancy sounding but does it work?
 
I've only previously tried the Rodial Glam Sticks, which are my all time favourite lip balms, so I was interested to see how the Rodial STEMCELL Glam Balm Lip (£19) measured up. It's rose scented which I absolutely adore, and a fairly soft texture, so you need to be a little careful that you don't scoop out too much. I've been using this every day since I got it and it's kept my lips really soft and moisturised. I tend to use a lip scrub at least once or twice a week, but I haven't felt the need to since I started using this. I'm not the biggest fan of lip balms in pots as they aren't that hygienic, but other than that I am really impressed with this balm.
 
I've often declared my love for facial oils, so was really excited to try out the Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Facial Oil (£60 for 30ml). It is pricey, but it does go a long way. This is a lightweight oil which surprised me, but I found that it was the perfect consistency for using in the day, as most oils are a bit heavy and don't sink in that easily. Although it is quite lightweight, it really does pack a punch and made my skin feel super soft and more radiant. It also provides the perfect base for moisturiser and makeup. As this is so lightweight I would personally only use it in the morning as I like my evening oil to be more of a treatment and not need to be followed with a moisturiser.
 
Next up is the Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Day Cream SPF15 (£49). This comes with a handy little pump which I think is such a good idea as you always get the right amount and there's no waste. I use two pumps of this and apply it a couple of minutes after the oil. Again, this is a lightweight formula but really nourishing and it sinks straight in, leaving my skin soft and supple. After a few weeks of using this, my skin looks so much healthier and radiant, with almost a glow to it. I also like that it contains SPF15 to further protect the skin.
 
I do love a good multi-tasking product so I was excited to try the Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Glam Balm Multi (£35). I had to travel with work a couple of times this month so took this with me instead of a bursting toiletry bag. It comes with a little booklet detailing 100 uses which is really handy. It's a bit more liquid in texture than the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream which I usually use, but that's what I think makes it so versatile. While I was travelling I used it on my lips, cuticles, hair, as a moisturiser and over spots as a night time treatment. It really came in handy and its one of those products that you can just throw in your bag for any sort of beauty emergency.
 
I'm really impressed with the range and will definitely be checking out more from Rodial. They've just announced a new makeup line which looks really exciting and has Daisy Lowe as brand ambassador, so I think we'll be seeing a lot more of this brand!
 
Have you tried anything from Rodial?
 
Laura
 
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Haulin': Lush

A photo of Lush bath bombs and Lush bubble bars

Who loves a haul? I know I do! Now that the Halloween and Christmas ranges are in store I couldn't help but treat myself to a few bath bombs. I had only intended to get a couple, but restraint isn't my strong point!

Here's what I came home with:

A photo of Lush Butter Bear Bath Bomb

Lush Butterbear Bath Bomb (£1.95). I couldn't resist this little guy, look how cute he is! Butterbear is super creamy and luxurious thanks to cocoa butter; perfect for dry skin like mine. He also smells of vanilla and will be perfect for softening and nourishing my skin during a pamper evening. Sunday - I am looking at you!

A photo of Lush Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb

Lush Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb (£3.35). A firm favourite of mine and one that I always pick up during a trip to Lush, Dragon's Egg is a fun bath bomb that fizzies around to reveal different colours under it's shell, a bit like a giant gobstopper. It has quite a citrusy scent to it, so it's quite uplifting. It also lasts for a couple of baths if you can bear to scoop it out!

A photo of Lush Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

Lush Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb (£3.50). I'm really exciting to try this one, I love anything to do with stars, so I made a beeline straight for this one. Apparently it turns your bath water the colour of a pretty night sky before revealing some glitter at the end. Sounds very dreamy indeed.

A photo of Lush Wizard Bubble Bar

Lush Wizard Bubble Bar (£3.25). I had to get this cute little wizard before he disappears after Halloween. Wizard is a bubble bar, which I've never tried before so I'm keen to see what it's like. I think I'll be able to get  couple of bubble baths out of this one which is always a bonus. It's one for relaxing and de-stressing which is always a good thing in my books!

Have you tried any of these before?

Laura

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Facacia Skincare System

A photo of the Facacia Skincare System

I've talked many a time about my skin and its tendency to try and resemble the texture of the moon, so anything anti-blemish focused is right on my radar.

I've been using the Facacia Skincare System* (£29.99) for a few weeks now so I thought it was time to share my thoughts with you. The range is Gary Cockerill, makeup artist to the stars' "unsung beauty hero", and he preps his clients' skin with the two step system before applying makeup. If you've never heard of Gary before, his clients include Kelly Brook, Amanda Holden and Myleene Klass to name a few. Skin can be put under a lot of stress on shoots and Facacia is designed to deep clean the skin, bringing out its natural radiance and injecting a cocktail of vitamins.

The Facacia skincare range consists of a 2-in-1 anti-bacterial face wash/toner, which comes in a dual pumping bottle along with a soothing serum. The face wash is a foaming formulation which is not at all drying. I am always surprised (and happy) when a foaming face wash doesn't leaving me clawing at my thirsty dry face and this one does not disappoint. It leaves my skin incredibly clean but comfortable feeling.

The serum is beautiful, very soothing and leaves my skin nourished and soft. My skin has been a nightmare recently and although I have continued to break out, the spots have healed more quickly than usual, including one so large it deserved its one post code. The redness has significantly reduced and it doesn't look like my skin is scarring which it tends to do.

All in all I'm one happy camper with much happier skin to boot. What I will say is this is incredibly similar to FaceB4 which I reviewed here. In fact, I couldn't find any difference between the two which are incidentally both made by the same company.

The Facacia skincare system  is exclusive to QVC and QVCUK.com but at present they only have the serum in stock. If you suffer with blemish prone, irritated skin this range is definitely worth giving a go.

Have you tried this or similar anti-bacterial skincare ranges?

Laura

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Lush Snow Fairy

A photo of Lush Snow Fairy

I've been wanting to try Lush Snow Fairy (£3.75) for years now. Available only in the winter, Snow Fairy is their Christmas best seller. I've had to travel recently with work so rather than take a mashoosive bottle of shower gel with me, I bought a little bottle of Snow Fairy to take instead.

It looks so pretty in the bottle, it's very pink and girly indeed! It's also very glittery but it doesn't leave you coated like a disco ball! This year it's been reformulated and now has seaweed in it which is supposed to soften your skin. I have super dry skin but I didn't find that my skin felt any different unfortunately. I really wanted to love this but it's just too sickly sweet for me. Lush Snow Fairy smells exactly like candy floss, which I do like the smell (and taste of!), but on my skin...hmm not so sure! I'll definitely use it all up but I won't be buying this for myself again. But at least I can say that I've finally tried it!
 
Snow Fairy would make a perfect Christmas present for a teenage sister/niece/cousin, so if you're stuck for gift ideas it's worth checking out. Lush sell this as part of a couple of sets too, so if you love sweet and girly scents (or know someone who does) you might want to stock up before Christmas! 

Laura

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

September favourites

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It really says everything when every version of this photo I have tried to save has been named October favourites...I am mega late putting this post together, so apologies. I blame a very hectic few weeks at work and the final stages of wedding planning, but hopefully things will get back to normal around these parts soon; I might go crazy if not!
 
An old love of mine which I've been eyeing up in Space NK for a while recently is the Nude Miracle Mask Exfoliating Mask (£38). My skin has been horrendous of late, with lots of bumps under the skin so I've gone back to this mask to try and fix the damage. It has fine rice particles that leave my skin so soft and smooth, almost like glass. It also contains AHA's and hyaluronic acid that between them exfoliate away dead skin and reveal a much more brighter and hydrated complexion. Me love, again.
 
With two week's to go to my wedding (I know, where is the time going?!), I want to keep my hair in the best condition as I can. I had a trim lately and it feels much better but to be safe I've been using the GHD Heat Protectant Spray  (£9.99). I love the smell of this, it's nice and light and doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky. I've always used pretty cheap heat sprays before (or none at all), but I'm really impressed with this so far.
 
I've waxed lyrical about this little beaut to anyone that will listen, but I have absolutely been loving the new Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne (£40) since I got it last month. It's a completely unisex, fresh and uplifting scent and I'm totally addicted to it. I gushed more about it here if you want to read more. I've also since plumped for the candle as it's gorgeous and I have no restraint. Oops.
 
Makeup wise I've been keeping things fairly simple lately. I did go a bit crazy last week so I'll have some new bits to share with you soon. I had to pop to Boots to buy an emergency eyebrow pencil as I was travelling with work and somehow left mine at home. I bought the Soap & Glory Brow Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filing Pencil and Brush (£8) and I'm really impressed with it so far. It has a small and precise nib and a spoolie on the end which is super handy when you're on the go.
 
I'm really digging liquid eyeliner at the moment, and while I still need to nail the cat flick, the Lord & Berry Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Forever Black* (£15) has been making my life quite easy. It's super black and really easy to use thanks to a fine silicone nib. I've even been applying this one when sat on the train to work. Crazy I know, but that 10 minutes extra in bed is worth risking panda eyes for!
 
Have you tried any of these and what have you been obsessed with lately?
 
Laura
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Saturday, 4 October 2014

What's your face worth?

 
The thought of losing my makeup bag fills me with sheer terror, but I still cart enough to scare a clown around with me as I tend to apply my makeup while on my commute to work. Silly I know, but that extra 20 minutes in bed is vital! It's easy to forget that our makeup bags and their contents can be worth a lot of our hard earned pennies, and not to mention maybe limited edition goodies that could be impossible to replace.
 
To put things into perspective a little, I went through my makeup bag and the products I've been using over the last week and this is what my face is worth:
 
Eyes
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly - £15.50
NARS And God Created The Woman palette - £35
Lord & Berry Back in Black High Definition Mascara* - £13
Clarins Double Fix Mascara - £20
MAC 217 Blending Brush - £19
 
Eyebrows
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow - £16.75
Benefit Gimme Brow - £17.50
MAC 266 Small Angle Brush - £16.50
Crown Brushes S221 Spoolie - £2.09
 
Face
Stila One Step Correct Primer - £24
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser - £29
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer - £22.95
Stila Convertible Color in Lillium - £16
Chanel Pinceau Blush No 4 Brush - £33 (no idea why I have this on me as its rubbish with a cream blush!)
Real Techniques Buffing Brush (sold as part of the Core Collection only) £21.99
 
Lips
NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Moisturising Stick - £5.50
Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick in 107 - £5.49
 
Makeup bag
Whistles Small Clutch Bag - £35
 
Total - £348.27!!
 
I had to add that up a couple of times but jeezus that's a lot... might have to rethink carrying so much stuff around with me as even though I do have a lot more makeup, the thought of losing almost £350 is not a nice one. I do have quite a few high end things in my bag at the moment, which isn't always the case.
 
Do you carry a lot of makeup around with you too? Let me know what your face is worth in the comments!
 
Laura
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