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Sunday, 22 November 2009

New Moon - The Wait Is Almost Over

I cannot tell everyone how much I've been looking forward to New Moon, I've literally been counting down the days and driving everyone nuts about it,
it came out this Friday but I haven't had the chance to watch it yet becuse of work so I'll be going with my sister on Tuesday evening and I cannot contain my excitment.
I've already seen the reviews and they all pretty much say it's better than Twilight, I absolutely loved Twilight in both book and movie form but the New Moon book still remains my least favourite in the series so I'm intrigued to see how the film as turned out.
The trailers look amazing especially the scenes with the wolves, Taylor Lautner looks amazing and the special effects look a lot better than last time, anyone remember glittering Edward?
I hate the way they have one the Cullens make-up, I know they are vampires and they are supposed to be pale but they are literally whiter than white, they actually look like they are dead which kinda defeats the purpose since they are supposed to blend in with the real world.
As opposed to looking amazingly beautiful they kinda look a little scary and the too red lips don't help either, it just makes them look like they have windburn.
Bad make-up aside I'm still very much looking forward to Tuesday.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

New Skincare Routine!

For the past couple of months my skin as been breaking out like crazy. I usually get the odd pimple here and there but they generally go away pretty quickly, but I've been getting almost constant breakouts and to make the matter worse they are the cystic kind which are painful and take ages to heal, not helped by the fact that I tend to squeeze and pick at them making it worse.

I think I've finally (fingers crossed) found a routine that works for me and the best part is they are all inexpensive products. I seem to have had the best results with natural and organic brands as opposed to the ones that are full of chemicals I can't even pronounce.

I first decided to try Mario Badescu's Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, Drying Cream and Drying Mask as I've heard such good things, unfurtunatly they made my skin worse.

Mario Badescu

The Drying Mask is awful, it dried my skin out to the point of flaking and give me a huge cystic pimple, I can still slightly feel it under my skin and it happened 4 weeks ago. Add the repulsive gag worthy smell and you have one complete waste of £17.50, honestly how can anyone love this stuff?
Drying Cream is okay, it doesn't make my skin any worse but it doesn't particularly help it either, it does reduce redness a little but I haven't figured out if that's down to the ingredients or the fact that it has a slight tint.
The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is okay and I'm still using it occasionally but I've used other glycolic cleansers in the past that have worked miles better than this one.
All in all it's leason learned, this is the second time I've tried Mario Badescu and it's clear to me the whole range doesn't suit my skin type.

With Mario Badescu being a total failure I decided to take the less is more aproach and limit my routine to these 3 products.


The Clearasil Skin Perfecting Wash is actually quite good but it's a cream wash and not a foam which I prefer, it does it's job of cleansing but I find I end up with a slight residue which I have to remove with toner.
It hasn't broken me out yet and I actually like to mix this with a little sugar to make a quick but very effective exfoliant.
Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner is the best toner in the whole wide world, I absolutely adore it and works wonders on my skin to calm it down and leave it soft and smooth. I find it really helps calm my skin.
The Clean & Clear Oil Free Dual Action Moisturiser is another product I wish I hadn't bothered with, doesn't moisturise and does nothing in terms of spot fighting. I think it's possibly the most useless product I've ever come across so I'm glad it was cheap and not to much of a waste of money.

Then the other week I was in Holland & Barrets and came across a range called, they had a buy one get one half price offer on so I decided to pick up a few items.


I got the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream, Vitamin E Pure Oil, Pomegranate Anti-Aging Cream and Pomegranate Advance Recovery Eye Cream.
I'm gonna be doing a full review soon when I've had a chance to test the product for longer but while I absolutely adore the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream and use it every day as a day cream I had to exchange the Pomegranate items as they made my skin red and itchy, I got a backup of the honey cream and I decided to try the Vitamin E Super Hydrating Cream.
I really do like the concept of the whole range, 100% Organic natural ingredients, free of harsh chemicals, no mineral oil to clog your pores and most importantly not tested on animals, I'm hoping my skin won't break out with repeted use.

Another thing I picked up while at Holland and Barrets is Glycolic Acid Skin Renewal Cream, and I think this is what as really been helping my skin.

Glicolic Acid Cream

I've used glycolic based products for the past five years, the two brands I've used are Glytone which worked initially but then broke me out and Alpha H which I still love but I have trouble finding the larger size bottles and refuse to buy the smaller ones as they work out expensive.
This cream was £4.99 so if it doesn't work for me then at least I haven't wasted too much money, but so far so good. I use it only at night and in the morning my skin is so soft and glowy and perfectly even, I don't need to use so much foundation and my skin doesn't get as oily during the day.

In addition to the above I will occasionally still use the classic Nivea Creme if my skin is extra dry and as soon as I'm out of all my cleansers I'll be switching to the Boots Botanics Organic Cleansing Balm, I really hope the search for perfect skin is over.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Blog Sale #1

My collection as gotten way out of hand so I'm selling a few things.

Postage for the UK and EU is £2.50 for the first item and 50p for each additional item.
Shipping for the US is £3.50 for the first item and 50p for each additional item.
This does not cover insurance, please let me know if you need it, I will not be held responsible for items lost in the post.
Items will be posted out twice a week, on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.

Sanitizing the item will be your reponsability.

I will only accept payment by paypal and I will hold the item for 24 hours after sending you an invoice.
Please leave a comment including your paypal email adress so I can send you an invoice.
Any questions feel free to ask, if you think I’m charging too much make me an offer.
All sales are final, serious buyers only.

Christian Dior Set containing 2x Eye and Lip Palettes, Lipstick in Fig, Eye Pencil in Black and Lip Pencil in Mahogany - These are labeled as "not for sale" and are not full size (unless indicated) so please bear that in mind, the packaging is a little scrached but they have only been tested once £5 for the whole lot.

Elizabeth Arden Set contaning 2x Blushers in Almond & Tea Rose, Eye Palette in Mingle/Smoke, a full size Smokey Eyes Powder Pencil in Smokey Black, sample of Flawless Finish Radiant Moisture Makeup SPF8 in Cameo and sample of Ceramide Plump Perfect Moisture Cream - These are labeled "not for sale" and are not full size 9unless indicated so please bear that in mind, all items in set have been tested once, maybe twice for the blushers £6 for the set.

Estee Lauder Set containing a full size Pure Color Eye Shadow (old packaging) in Berry Ice, Pure Color Eye Shadow Duo in Ivory Box/Mocha Cup, Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Bois de Rose and Electric Intense Lip Creme in Electrified - These are labeled as "not for sale" and are not full size (unless indicated) so please bear that in mind, tested once £5.

Gurlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder in #2 and Retractible Powder Brush - As been used a few times but looks practically new £10. SOLD

Stila 6 Pan Compact with Kitten and what I believe to be Jezabel or Twig (I might be wrong) includes brush - Kitten as been used a few times but as no dip the other shadow as been used twice but as a small dent on the side £10
Stila Lip Gloss Duo Palette - haven't a clue what colors they are it was given to me at an event. The coral side as been tested once while the nude side hasn't even been touched £4.

Biotherm Source Therapie 30ml - A third used, still plenty left £10
Biotherm Hydra Detox Moisturising Fluid - Amost halfway gone £8
Clinique City Block Sheer Tint in Medium/Dark - Been tested once, way to dark for my skintone £5.
MAC Day SPF 15 Light Moisture - Now discontinued, this was my backup, I started using it and then found something else I liked better and haven't finished this one.
I've maybe used a third, nice basic moisturiser £5. SOLD

Pout Flush Stick in Rampant Rose - Used twice max, twists up but does nt twist back down, you need to push on the stick £8
Pout Flush Stick in Flushed Pink - Used twice max £10
Pout Eyeslick in Indrani - Used once £5
Pout Lipstick in No Knickers - Used once, color too dark £5

Clarins Lip Sparkle Palette - Three of the shades have been tested once the rest are untouched £5.
Stila Illuminating Foundation in 20Watts - A third used £8
Stila Lip Pot in Baie - 80% of the product remains £5

Elizabeth Arden Sun Goddes Bronzing Powder - As been used a total of 4 times, shade is to muddy for my skintone. Comes with the matching Kabuki brush £9.
Chanel Aqualumieres Multi-Effect Palette Eyes-Cheeks-Lips in Exaltation - Bought in Duty Free, never reach for it, all shades have been tested once £12. SOLD
Diorskin Sculpt Faundation in shade 010 - Half full, got bored of it £5. SOLD
Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturiser in Light - Used twice, coverage is too sheer for me £10.

Lancome GWP Set of Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser - Brand New but GWP sizes, enough to probably last you a month. Great way of trying out the products £6.
Clinique GWP sized Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion 30ml - Brand New £5.

Benefit PocketPal Benetint+Gloss - Used once £6.
Benefit Silky Lipbalm - Used a couple of times £5
Tarte Mini Cheek Stains in Dollface, Tipsy and Flush - All tested once £2 each or all 3 for £5.

Maybelline Mineral Foundation in 04 Vanilla Rose with brush - Used once, too pink £4
Lancome Color Dose Cream Shadow in Tupai - Limited Edition used twice £5
L'Oreal Glam Shine Lipstick in 301 Casual Rose - Used twice £3
L'Oreal Glam Shine 6 Hour Wear Gloss in 102 Always Pink - Used twice £3

October: The Good and The Bad

I'm sorry everyone but I haven't had much of a chance of updating my blog this month, I've been busy with work and haven't felt like doing much of anything when I get home.
At the start of October I'd put myself on a no-buy and that didn't really go to plan, I still bought new things but not as many, I am trying really hard to buy less and I've decided that I'm gonna put a lot of the stuff I don't use very often up for sale.

The Good

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask - I've been using these quite a lot this month and I love how soft they make my skin feel, I love the warming effect that the mask gives.
Bare Escentuals Foundation - the only foundation I like using when my skin as broken out and since my skin as been awful the past month I've been using this every day.
Korres Monoi Bronzer - I like this bronzer more than NARS Laguna, I got the darker shade of the two and it doesn't look orange or muddy with a very subtle shimmer.
Benefit Coralista - I got this a while ago, used it a couple of times, loved it but then forgot about it. Then I was looking for a coral/gold blusher and remembered I had this and fell in love with it all over again, I've literally used it every day for the past 2 weeks.
L'Oreal Lash Serum - I'm still loving this but I only feel it adds volume and not lenght.
MAC Lipstick in Angel, Creme D'Nude and Creme Cup - I love these shades anyways but I've been wearing them non stop this month.
Lush Big Shampoo - Love the volume it gives and the fact that the shine I get from it isn't down to silicones.

The Bad

My Skin - I've broken out really badly lately and I don't know what to do to get it to calm down.
I'm now trying a Clearasil cleanser, Clean and Clear moisturiser and Sudocreme as a spot treatment, fingers crossed it will work.
Mario Badescu Drying Mask and Drying Cream - Bought these as I'd read they were good for broken out skin but they did nothing more than make it dry and give me two huge new cystic spots on my cheeks.