It’s all about the CLEANSE!!!

Cleansing is one of my favourite elements of skincare, I love how clean and fresh it makes me feel both in the morning in preparation for applying my makeup and at night for removing it and allowing my skin to breathe over night. My cleansing routine usually consists of a water based cleanser in the morning and at night I tend to use a heavier oil based or cream cleanser.

My morning routine currently consists of the infamous Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, a huge product within the beauty world and one that has been a staple in my routine for many years. I love this product it constantly keeps blemishes at bay, consists of natural ingredients, removes makeup easily and is gentle on the skin leaving it feeling soft and refreshed. I always grab the limited edition versions that are launched every now and then, they always smell amazing!!! I will cleanse once with this in the morning with a muslin cloth and if I feel my skin needs it will also take the Clarins water comfort one-step cleanser, the one with mint extract on a cotton pad and run that all over my face. The green based is suited for oily combination skin so is great to use to prepare your skin for the day if you tend to suffer with oily skin. The cleanser states it is rich in plant extracts , removes makeup, purifies and softens the skin. 

At night my cleansing routine does become a little more intense, recently I have been using the Eve Lom cleanser again with a muslin cloth. This is a little heavier than the Liz Earle cream, it’s more oil based and feels like a soft scrub when first applied but as its massaged into the skin it turns into an oil consistency. It does feel beautiful on the skin and removes makeup easily. On first application I remove my makeup and then I apply it again just to make sure that all traces of makeup are removed and to allow the cleanser to nourish my skin. I then apply another of the Clarins water comfort one-step cleansers, usually the peach one, which is for normal to dry skin. I feel that it just provides my skin with a little more comfort for overnight. The Clarins water cleansers are beautiful, they leave my skin feeling refreshed and clean.

Next on my wish list of cleansers to try out is the well known Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm, Pai Cameillia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser and Algenist gentle rejuvenating cleanser.

What are your favourite cleansers?

Lots of Love 

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Hairstyling with Hot Rollers- For Long Hair

As my hair is really long, the only time I tend to style it is for nights out and even then I’m lazy so I like 

something quick and easy!! Step up heated rollers!! I love them- so easy to use and great effect.

The ones I use are by Revlon and I have had them for years! I have tried some more modern babyliss ones

however I don’t like the ones that are material covered-anyone who uses rollers will know what I’m talking 

about 😉

Anyway I thought I would show you the finished results that the rollers create- if you would like a more 

in-depth tutorial let me know. From the piccies I hope you can see the volume created not only at the 

roots but throughout the length of the hair and the beautiful curls it creates. I also have just purchased a 

new curling wand by Babyliss which I am loving and is able to actually curl the length of my ridiculously 

long hair.  Will post a review and pictures soon!!

What hair styling products do you love?

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Review Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation which I have been wearing daily now for the last couple of months. I know this product has been reviewed to death and talked about constantly in the beauty community and since purchasing, I can see why.

I was hesitant at first to purchase this foundation as I have oily skin, however after reading several reviews boasting of it’s misleading name and somewhat matte appearance, I thought I would bite the bullet and give it a go. 

I found the foundation very easy to work with and apply it using a real techniques buffing brush. Despite its thick creamy texture, it feels light on the skin and provides a beautiful appearance. The coverage of the foundation is good and definitely buildable, I only wear concealer underneath the eyes to conceal dark circles, the foundation is all I need to cover the rest of the skin. I went for the shade Punjab which matched my skin tone pretty perfectly. I think the ‘glow’ name is definitely misleading as I think the finish is more of satin look and I feel that normal to combination skin tones should definitely give it a try. However I did need to powder this foundation with a light translucent powder and have to retouch the powder throughout the day as the oiliness began to show through after a couple of hours. 

It contains no spf so is perfect for a night out to guarantee no flashback in photographs.

As for the products packaging, it would be much easier and hygienic to apply if it came with a pump, although this can be purchased separately.

Despite the beautiful finish of the foundation and flawless appearance it provides to the skin, I think my oily skin would benefit from a more matte foundation.  Even so it’s a beautiful foundation and one that I would definitely recommend giving a try if you haven’t yet. As you can see from the pictures below it photographs quite nicely. These pictures were taken on different days to show how the foundation sits on the skin when prepped slightly differently. 

Left: Wearing Nars Sheer Glow foundation without primer or powder.  


Right: Wearing Nars Sheer Glow, matte primer underneath and very lightly powdered though the t-zone





















Left: Nars sheer glow powdered through the t-zone only.

Have any of you guys tried the Nars sheer glow? What were your thoughts? What are your holy grail foundations?

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Philips Lumea Precision IPL hair Removal system (model SC2002)….. A year on!!!

So I have been using the Philips Lumea Precision IPL hair
remover for a year now and wanted share my thoughts.

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and a brief
explanation of the process is the light stimulates the hair to go into a
resting state eventually making the hair shed and re-growth becomes inhibited.

As we all know ANY hair that is not located on the top of our
heads (or our eyebrows of course!) is our worst nightmare/enemy and causes us
ladies nothing but grief.

I have very fair skin and very dark hair which is also not
the greatest combination when I want to get my legs out in the summer or lounge
by the pool in my new bikini or simply fake tan.

I have tried and tested everything from shaving, waxing and
epilating. Nothing I did seemed to leave my skin smooth for longer than a day
or two and the pores on my legs were always left very red and visible. Shaving
left my legs rashy, bleeding and I would have stubbly legs the next day
guaranteed. The ingrown hairs on my legs were terrible.  Waxing left some areas of my skin smooth but
re-growth was always patchy and annoying. Epilating was just far too painful
and timely. The problem I also had with waxing and epilating is having to let
the hair actually grow in order to get it removed – not exactly ideal for
anyone unless its winter and you’re going to remain celibate!

 When I heard about
the Philips
Lumea IPL
I was very sceptical about whether it would work for me. As
the product was quite pricey (£350) I did some research and after seeing some
great reviews I decided to buy one and see what all the fuss was about.

The instructions state that you should shave the area before
you begin, chose a light intensity (which is suggested for your skin type in
the manual), place the machine at a 90 degree angle to your skin and
begin.  Philips suggests that to remove
all hair & to prevent hair follicles from becoming active again you should
repeat once every 2 weeks for the first 2 months. By then you should be
hair-free. After this they suggest to repeat every 4-6 weeks or it could be more/less
depending on the  individual hair
re-growth.

I followed these instructions to a ‘T’ and the above was a
little too good to be true but I was still pleasantly surprised to see that
after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd use my hair
re-growth was becoming slower. After 2 months I was not hair-free but had seen
a drastic change. My skin was much smoother and after shaving I would have
smooth legs for at least a week!! (This was a long time for me and a huge
deal!!).   After about 6 months I was using the machine
every 3- 4 weeks and at this point I had large areas that seemed to be hair
free. My skin was so smooth and my big red pores had gone completely. I now IPL
around every 4 weeks and may shave once in between sessions. My legs and bikini
area stay smooth and soft for the 4 weeks. My armpits are more or less hair
free and I may occasionally have to shave them in between sessions but very rarely.

I finally no longer have to worry about having my legs on
show in public which has really boosted my confidence!! I can finally buy
pretty skirts, dresses and shorts and fake tan my legs – it’s amazing!!

The great thing about this is you do not have to change and
re-purchase new bulbs like other IPL machines. This product cannot be used on
all skin types so check their website before purchasing.  This product will not be for everyone – if
you are someone who is not bothered by shaving and your legs already stay
smooth for a week or more then the con’s may outweigh the pros.

I have highlighted the pro’s above but please see below the
con’s:

  •  Very timely – can take up to 20/30 minutes to do one leg
  • Battery life – Battery covers only one leg before running out. My routine is usually one charge for armpit, bikini and as much of one leg as I can get done with the remaining battery charge. I then re-charge and finish that leg and move onto the other. I usually have to charge it for a third time to finish the other leg. This is if I am doing a full leg. You should be able to cover armpit, bikini and half legs with 2 charges.
  • Cannot use whilst on charge 
  • Although this is not supposed to be painful it can now and again catch you off guard and zap you with a little burning sensation. This usually means that you have the setting to high or you have not shaved the area properly. This only seemed to happen in the early stages and was not overly painful for me. 

All in all I think this product is a miracle – I never
thought I would see the day that I was confident with my legs.  I cannot say I am completely hair free or it
does exactly what it says on the tin but I rarely have to shave anymore. I no
longer have sore red pores and in-grown hairs and my legs are always silky
smooth!!

Please see pictures below – the smaller attachment can be used on the face or on smaller areas such as the bikini area or under arms. I have not tested this on my face but if anyone has let us know how you got on. 

Let us know if you have any further questions about our experience with this product.  

For more information visit: http://www.philips.co.uk/c-m-pe/hair-removal/

Power and the light intensity buttons
The machine, two precision attachments and pouch