Sunday, 19 February 2017

Mattifying Moisturiser | La Roche Posay Review

Today I thought I would come back with a little skincare post to continue on from my previous blog post, on the Botanics skincare range
For my everyday skincare routine I have been using those products along with this La Roche Posay moisturiser, so I thought I would fill you in on my thoughts and if it will be something I will continue to use as a staple in my skincare...

I really like La Roche Posay products so I was excited to try this. I love moisturisers but I am always very reluctant on what I use with having such oily skin, so seeing this anti-shine and anti-enlarged pores matte moisturiser was like music to my ears. The consistency is really nice, a thin gel which feels lovely and cooling on the skin and won me over straight away, because one thing I know is I don't like is a thick, heavy moisturiser. I've been using this for quite a few weeks now and I love the formula, it soaks into the skin straight away and leaves your skin feeling so smooth. But one thing which hasn't seemed to work as well for me is the anti-shine, I do feel like it slightly minimises the pores but I still feel myself getting just as shiny throughout the day. This was disappointing for me as I did think it would keep my oils at bay for a little longer than usual, even though I know it is a moisturiser, I did expect a little more from it and have tried all different primers, powders and foundations to see if there is any other way too make it work, without much luck.

I will be continuing to use this product and for anyone who doesn't have very oily skin, it will probably be great for you, as the formula is lovely for an everyday skincare product.

But it looks like I'll be back to the drawing board once this product runs out! If you have any suggestions you think I will love, please let me know :) ?


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Botanics | Affordable Skincare

One thing which I love just as much and find just as important as makeup, is skincare
I am a true believer that treating your skin right gives you confidence with and without makeup, but we can't always afford an expensive skincare range, so I thought I'd try something more affordable because who says the price of the item makes it better or higher quality.
Recently I've been using Boots Botanics skincare for a daily face wash and scrub, here are my thoughts...

I have used Botanics in the past, so I thought why not try it again. The products are kind and gentle to the skin and have a full range for dry to oily skin and everything skincare you need at such an affordable price.

I chose to try the everyday 'All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash' for a morning wash, so it is not harsh for the skin, plus the thought of waking up with bright, radiant skin from brightening hibiscus flowers definitely appealed to me. It feels lovely on the skin and is a great everyday wash, but I did feel like I still needed something to deeply clean my skin every so often. So I have also been using the Shine Away Face Scrub' to not only get rid of the dead skin and deeply scrub the pores, but it also states that it mattifies and leaves the skin feeling shine free, which is a bonus I need for my skin. After you use this, your skin doesn't feel oily, I can't say it leaves the skin matte for a long period of time but it is a lovely scrub and certainly does as it says, I use it around three times a week and it leaves you feeling fresh and exfoliated.

For an affordable skincare brand, Botanics is great and I would definitely recommend it for a cheaper alternative or even if you have sensitive skin or want to start a skincare regime but unsure where to begin! I will definitely be trying more of the products especially for oily skin.

Have a great week,


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Babyliss Heated Smoothing Brush | Review

This week I thought I'd do a review on the Babyliss Heated Smoothing Brush which I've been using a lot lately and let's face it, we all love an honest beauty review before we buy it! 

The thought of a straightening brush for me was so exciting, something which is quick and easy to use instead of straightening each section of my hair most days sounded like the exact thing I needed. The thing is, I don't like to have my hair super straight but without using any heat, my hair gets really frizzy, so this Babyliss brush seemed perfect for me - something to smooth and add shine to my hair as well as straighten (is a yes from me!)

It is a paddle brush, which is great as you can use larger sections of hair, but I did still have to section, with having a lot of hair. To use, you just need to grab a section of hair and pull it tight as you run the brush from the root to the end, I have to repeat this a couple of times to get all the waves out of my hair. I was really impressed from the first time I used it, it's a lot quicker than using a straightener and it keeps so much volume, plus you can turn the hair under, letting it sit naturally. As you can see it doesn't leave the hair poker straight, it still looks full and really natural but takes a lot of the frizz out of the hair.

The brush has 3 different heat settings with a maximum of 200 degrees which is great for thicker hair, however it doesn't feel like it is as damaging for the hair as you are just brushing through!
For me this is exactly what I wanted from a straightening brush, I love it for quickness and giving me the look I want after washing my hair and taking away the frizz when I blow or air dry my hair.
However, if you hair is very curly or you love a poker straight look which stays in for days, this probably isn't right for you and your better off sticking to straighteners, as I don't think you will get the finish you want!

Overall a great product, which I would definitely recommend if you want too keep the volume and get frizz free, shiny hair!

Hope you have had a great weekend,