Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Xmas Gifts #1 Champneys Beautiful Butters Duo

I've decided to start a Christmas gift idea series where I will post about beauty related items which will make wonderful gifts for loved ones this Christmas. I'll do a review on the products so that you can be sure the gifts will be adored and appreciated! 

This product was bought for me by my work colleagues for my birthday. It was such a lovely surprise to have received a gift from everyone, especially considering I had only started the job no more than 2 months prior. And this gift is just so luxurious! The packaging is sophisticated and the body butters are gorgeous. I scoop out a generous amount of the butter, rub it in my hand and then smooth it all over my body. It's very rich and thick but it sinks in within a couple of minutes leaving the skin nourished and soft and smelling amazing. The body butters come in two scents.

Citrus Blush Enlivening Body Butter

 This smells HEAVENLY. For anyone that loves citrusy scents then this is certainly for you. It's more of a sweet citrus scent than a bitter one, smells more of lemon than anything else. It's not overpowering though. Quite mild and subtle but scrumptious.

Cloud Nine Indulgent Body Butter

 This scent is a bit more difficult to describe....but it is equally as sumptuous. It's a sweet light fragrance.

I would definitely recommend this product as a gift, having received it as a gift myself and LOVING it.  

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Max Factor Miracle Match Foundation – First Impression

Recently, I purchased a new foundation... shock horror. I have ventured away from the safe haven that is L'Oreal True Match. I never buy new foundations because I always find I am disappointed. Usually with the shade. As I am so pale it is difficult finding a shade which suits my skin without making me look like a tangerine, even if it is the lightest option. So I was hesitant as no matter whether its cheap or expensive they don't seem to do their job properly. However, I took the plunge and found myself pleasantly surprised. I bought the shade Light Ivory which I believe is the lightest shade available. I did test the foundation on the back of my hand in the shop and found that for once it actually matched rather than making a horrid orange blob on my hand. 

Swatch on hand after rubbing the foundation in lightly.

I've used the foundation a couple of times and I really like it! It blends really well without caking the face or leaving any brush lines. It lasts all day giving the skin an even coverage. Love it! It's a little bit more pricey than the L'Oreal True Match but for a high street/drugstore brand it certainly is worth the extra few quid. 

Any one else love this foundation?!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Natural and Organic Face Masks

I like to use a face mask once a week, usually on a Sunday when my face is having a break from make-up, just to draw out any impurities and give my face a bit of a pampering. Here are two natural face masks I've been loving, especially now that the weather is getting colder and my face need a bit of extra help keeping soft.

This product is certified 70% organic. The mask applies quite wet to the face but dries slowly to a firm clay mask. The Moroccan clay feels quite tight by the time the 20 minutes is up. One of the main noticeable scents in this mask is rosemary which is mild and pleasant. After I've washed off the mask my skin just feel cleansed and clean. I always follow up with a rich moisturiser to give my skin the care it needs. At the minute I'm loving Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Night Renewal Cream. This cream is just rich and thick, smells gorgeous, sinks in well and makes my skin really soft. Basically, it does absolutely everything someone wants in a moisturiser for a decent price.

This mask is a little different as it is one of those which should be applied to the face and then left to sink in for a bit before removing any excess product. With these I like to apply the product at night, about 20 minutes before bed to give it time to sink in. Instead of washing off any excess product I just sleep with it on so that in the morning I have super soft skin ready for the day ahead. The main scent in this mask is wild rose, which I adore. I think rose has such a subtle but lovely feminine scent. Another beneficial ingredient within this mask is Rosa Mosqueta oil which helps to stop fine lines and prevents wrinkles.

What masks do you like to use? Any natural/organic products you love?