Tuesday, 16 April 2013

empties #7 [at home edition]

i left most of my products up at uni so when i got back to kent i had to make do with what i had lying around. so i thought i would take up the opportunity to use up all the half used stuff that i clearly didn't think was completely necessary for uni life. on that note lets see how this month's batch faired.

the good
| no7 body polish | purify for men imperial leather hair & body wash | mua pressed powder | 3x handmade bath bombs | ghd thermal protector | sure clear diamond deodorant | pure deep cleanse face wipes | nice'n'easy colourseal conditioning gloss | lady gaga fame perfume sample | thierry mugler womanity perfume sample | lolita lempika perfume sample | lolita lempika l'eau en blanc perfume sample |

the bad
| colourworks blusher | next so red sparkle dust | m&s magnolia hand cream | fhim solutions shower gel | lynx excite | lemon by mary greenwell perfume sample |


the (possibly) re-purchased
| no7 body polish ghd thermal protector | sure clear diamond deodorant | mua pressed powder | pure deep cleanse face wipes | nice'n'easy colourseal conditioning gloss | 

what products have you been trying to use up recently?

big ♥,


Thursday, 11 April 2013

samping samples #3

samples are possibly the best things to have lying around when you are a student. when you get down to that last little bit of shampoo and you only have enough in your bank account for a pack of   11p super noodles, its great to be able just grab a few sachets to last you until the next student loan instalment. so last term as i was running low on my skincare i had a good old rummage through my collection and found these gems to see me through.

benefit moisturising triple performing facial emulsion
this something i've had in my make-up bag for when i have to fix my face on the go. its the perfect size and the glass bottle makes it hard-wearing so it won't break in the bottom of my bag! the bottle does have some faults as it does make it super hard to get the product out but luckily you don't need much each time. the smell of the moisturiser is just amazing, in fact the whole range skincare smells glorious! (i've had a bit of an obsessive stalk of the benefit counter...) i have to say, although i can't afford to purchase this right now i'd definitely be inclined to do so in the future. it does what it says on the tin and left my skin feel moisturised and make-up ready!

skin etica*
i got this in a glossy box, and to be honest i hadn't given it a second thought but my skin really played up this past term and i was willing to try anything! i have to say i think this would be easier to use if it was just that little bit thicker, i find the product to be very watery and it sort of drips onto the face... saying that, it is very soothing and helps eliminate redness in blemishes after a few days. i also noticed spots disappeared faster. luckily this sample is still alive and strong as you get so much in a bottle, so i'll continue to see the benefits for a while to come!

benefit foamingly clean facial wash
as with the moisturiser this smells like heaven in a tube, it was a pleasure to put it on my face! it left my skin feeling super clean and smooth, without being drying like so many face washes can. overall this is just a great product which cleaned my skin just like it was supposed to.

what are your essential skincare products? anything i should pick up on my next shopping trip?

big ♥,


Monday, 8 April 2013

avon ideal flawless foundation

| avon ideal flawless foundation* £12- online |

as i blogged about my favourite powder a while ago now, i thought you might want to see one of my current favourite foundations too. i picked this up at an event before xmas and when i read the words 'invisable coverage' quite frankly i was terrified.  i'm used to very high coverage foundations, that's just where i feel safest but from the first moment i put this on i knew it was a match made in heaven.

the foundation feels really light on the skin, in fact i can't even feel it when i apply it. it gives a medium coverage and blends into the skin perfectly, so much so that you forget that you're wearing it. the finish is fairly matte and withstands the day. personally i set my foundation with powder as well, just to make it stay that little bit longer, but really you don't really need to with this product; i just get overly nervous! as well as a lovely finish, the shade range is massive so you're bound to find one to suit your skin tone.

for me this is the perfect summery foundation. light and mattifying, not too expensive and with a decent coverage. it has really impressed me and convinced me  move out of my comfort zone more when it comes to foundations now, otherwise i would never have discovered this gem!

what's your favourite foundation right now?

big ♥,

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