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Friday, 24 February 2017

EMPTIES LATELY: SKINCARE HITS & MISSES

Happy Friday your gorgeous beauty queens! I'm in an excellent mood this week. My blog has finally gone under the knife and got a little nip & tuck! I'm very pleased with how it turned out, it's still not perfect but so much more in the direction I want to take it! I got some amazing feedback but as always, please do let me know, what you think, what you like and what things you want to see here! 




New blog, new me and all, so I decided it will be fitting to do a little clear out of my empties pile! I'm coming to you with part 1 - skincare or what Drama Queen's love most :) I had to cut It in half as even I wouldn't read a post that long. If I included Makeup, we'd be here for a while! Without further blabbing, let's have a look at what products I've used up recently and if there's any I'd repurchase!

Let's start with masks and I have quite a bit here to talk to you about so please bear with me. Firstly the very quick mention to Lush Oatifix. It's not really a big secret that I'm obsessed with Oatifix and use it pracically non stop! For all you dry and sensitive types, it's one of the best I've used if you're looking for a Moisturising effect and a bit of gentle exfoliation. It's gentle so can be used daily, I normally use it couple of times a week. It's not something that will miraculously make you 10 years younger but it'll give you a moisture fix + it's the best scent ever, so feels really good when applied! At £8.00 it won't break the bank either! Repurchased? Obviously! 

Few Sheet Masks I've used recently and really enjoyed. I normally do Sheet Mask on a Monday or Wednesday depending on my schedule, so once a week. I look for hydration, radiance, plumped skin full of life. I've used few masks recently and one definitely deserves a huge shoutout. Skinfood Broccoli Sheet Mask which I loved for the light scent and the pleasure of wearing it! It made my skin plumped and really radiant and if I wasn't a skincare freak, I'd probably could go without following with anything afterwards! Really enjoyed using and already added Skinfood to my ever growing 'wish list'.

The second best would be a Masque Bar Brightening Sheet Mask which doesn't come with a whole great list of ingredients but it didn't hurt my sensitive skin plus it has a really nice brightening effect! My skin needed a moisturiser afterwards yes, but it felt very smooth and I had an instant glow! Highly recommend using before an event, like a little facial at home! It's widely available in Boots and costs £10 per 3! 

Lastly I really nice Mask from Missha. Missha Green Tea Sheet Mask was a nice and refreshing one. It felt a bit like a Toner masks I like to do. For that reason, I don't see a point in repurchasing as it's cheaper and probably more natural to do with your fave toner and condensed Sheet masks from eBay :) It's not bad tho, I found my skin nourished and hydrated with a little glow but the consistency was very watery, which I found a little strange. Never the less, it's a nice and refreshing mask and maybe it'll be better suited to combination skin. 

Cleansing wise I finished a few products, two of which didn't wow me at all and took ages to finish up as they were my last point of call if that makes sense? Let's start with them maybe? 

I like Garnier duo phase eye remover, just don't love it! It's very gentle on my sensitive eyes, it removes makeup well enough, but the film it leaves is super oily and I'm just not a fan. I rarely use waterproof mascaras anymore and plain old Micellar water or coconut oil is more than enough to remove makeup for me, so I don't find myself reaching for the duo phase cleansers. If you like to remove makeup quickly and don't follow a 5 step cleansing routine (like some people, ahem... me?lol) it's a really great eye makeup remover and I would highly recommend it, it's just not for me right now. 

L'Oreal Micellar Gel gets a most resounding no from me, one product can get. It's useless at removing eye makeup and considering it's marketed as such, it's just not good enough. It takes ages to break down the product and I end up having to rub it all of, which is not something I recommend doing at any age. Given I'm not in my 20s anymore, I don't want to risk it. I tried using it as a face makeup remover and it blocked my pores badly. It's crazy as I really enjoyed the Micellar Water from the same series! No from me, never again! 




I hate being negative about the products, so I'm happy to announce my next Cleanser which I was super sad to let go. Merumaya Melting Cleanser is a definite favourite of mine. It smells lovely, has a great formula that removed makeup (eyes too) easily! It's a pleasure to use both as first or second cleanse and I can't recommend it enough. I wrote about it HERE if you'd like to know more and I already have couple of more deluxe samples to keep me going! It's reasonably priced for what it is and a huge tube at just over £18 is a steal! Highly recommend you give it a try! 

I also managed to finish the Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream. I really enjoyed using it for the morning. It sinks in quickly, moisturises the under eyes well and the applicator makes for a lovely massage in the morning. It brightened the eye area and was great at reducing puffiness which I suffer with due to the medication I take at night. It's really reasonably priced and lasted forever, given I only really used it in the morning as I prefer richer formulas for the evening. Would I repurchase? I would, however I have quite a few of eye creams waiting their turn, so it's a not right know kinda repurchase. 

I only recently ran a giveaway on my blog together with Silidyn! I know the winners already received their products and I hope you'll enjoy using this Silicon Supplement as much as I did. The bottle lasted 10 weeks for me and in the time it improved the appearance of my skin and hair. It worked briefly for my nails but sadly I'm a bitter so I didn't enjoy the effects for too long. There's no scent to it and comes together with so much information about the product, importance of Silicon in our diet and general information! I already re-purchased this as I really enjoy the effects it's having on me! 

I must have told you about hundred of times that I'm super lazy in terms of body care. Skincare wise,  I can spend 20 minutes cleansing my face in the evening (including facial massage) but I'm too impatient to wait few minutes for a body butter to sink in. Therefore I always choose lotion sprays. Easy to use and sink in super quickly! My favourite so far is Vaseline Spray & Go Cocoa Radiant. It moisturises really well and literally takes seconds. I use it at least once daily and I don't suffer with dry skin on my body, so it works well enough on me. No you want get that body butter effect with it, but it's really brilliant for a busy (and body lazy) girl like me! I'm currently testing a new body moisturiser spray from E45 but will probably repurchase at some point as I really like the scent of it. 

I don't know how many bottles of this I went through already but it's the best! I have waist long hair and tend to get a lot of tangles so Schwartzkopf Gliss Liuid Silk works brilliantly for me! It's a leave-in conditioner that works not only at giving my dry ombré ends a little life but also hydrates, reduces split ends, detangles and doesn't weigh it down. At £2 per pop you really can't go wrong! Already got a new bottle on the go! 

I wasn't sure which part of empties to include Freedom Pro Studio Priming Water because I use it both as skincare and makeup... So I decided to talk about it twice :) It's a really nice face mist and reminds me a lot of MAC Fix+. It's supposed to be a dupe for Smashbox, however I didn't try the Smashbox one, so I can't really comment. It provides an extra level of hydration, can be used under and over makeup and works great as both. It won't extend the wear of makeup but it will give your skin a little glow. I really enjoyed using it and if I didn't have at least 4 other mists going at the time, I'd give it a go again! 

Lastly Sure Invisible Body Spray. I thought I'll mention it as it's a great travel friendly deodorant. The bottle is compressed so you get a full size product in a mini form which I find works great if you rather be protected throughout the day and keep it in your purse. It's not the longest lasting one and will need a top up after 7-8 hours though. It doesn't stain your clothes but you still have to be careful with black clothes, as it does leave a bit of residue. I won't be repurchasing at present as I went back to using my fave Mitchum one but it's certainly a great purse friendly option.  


Comment below if you survived all the blabbing & didn't fall asleep whilst reading this rather long empties post! I wish you all a great weekend! 

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I'VE TRIED ALDI'S LACURA CAVIAR ILLUMINATION RANGE FOR A WEEK



The Story starts with a girl and a prince.... Nah, thanks I enjoy having a bed to myself too much. What's important to me is a good healthy glow and I think I found us all a real miracle for under £10! I've been using Lacura Caviar Illumination Day & Night Creams and their 3-Minute Peel Mask for just over two weeks now and here's what happened to my skin.

I had no real hopes for a skincare range from Aldi, but seeing all the glowing reviews I just had to try it! I thought I'll use it for a week, it'll break me out and I'll trash it in the most polite way. Colour me shocked, because it did not break me out and after a week long wear people at work started to compliment my skin! Firstly I thought it must be my foundation but let's face it dry skin & foundation do not go together that well, so I dogged deeper. Only after few days I realised what changed in my routine! I thought of it last because I never in million years excepted any kind of results from a couple of creams at £7 each! 

Lacura Caviar Illumination range has been called a dupe for La Prairie Caviar range and I wish I had the money to try the original but even I'm not crazy enough to spend £300 on a moisturiser! I can't really comment on the above, but what I can tell you is that my skin has never looked better , at least according to my co-workers (cheers guys, no one could ever tell me I looked like shit before???). When I finally realised these two creams were making such difference, I started to observe my skin a little better. 




I think the main difference is the radiance my skin seems to go for these days. I don't get overly oily & the formula sinks in almost instantly, which makes me think Lacura Caviar Illumination would also work on combination skin, maybe even oily? I look in the mirror and see this gorgeous glow, which is a finish line of many, many products that I use but for the sake of testing, I put them all away and the glow continued! I also find that Day Cream is a great makeup Primer and works for me brilliantly as such. I've been using L'Oreal Pro-Glow foundation over the day cream and it lasted well and didn't cake up after few hours. 

Now that we have my preliminary facts together, let's have a look at both moisturisers separately and talk those pesky ingredients shall we? 
Aldi's moisturisers come packed with active ingredients like Caviar, Snow Algae, Hyaluronic Acid, AHAs, peptides, Globularia flowers extract and papaya enzymes. These are usually found in super expensive skincare and I was truly shocked to find them in a moisturiser priced like a Friday night cocktail! I talked about importance of AHAs in daily skincare many times. I find that using acids helped my dry skin regain its forgotten radiance and I can't imagine a skincare routine without them. Here, they are supported by the use of anti-aging peptides and papaya enzymes, which again work great at gently exfoliating the skin layers and uncovering a more youthful complexion. Globularia Flower extract works like a spring cleaning for your skin. It detoxifies by eliminating damaged proteins and other accumulated environmental wastes. It provides further protection from environmental factors and slows down the process of ageing. Caviar extract is another miracle active ingredient known for it's regenerating, brightening, lifting and moisturising properties. Caviar is a mixture of proteins, amino acids, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids (lipids) known for their regenerating and anti-wrinkle properties. Finally the Snow Algae has been proven to stimulate collagen production, provides protection from environmental factors such as UV rays and improves skin elasticity whilst being a strong antioxidant. Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream has been formulated with SPF15 which is also a plus for daytime moisturiser. It's not the protection you can wear on it's own, unless you're in for truly gloomy days but a welcome addition to this already incredible formula.

Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream SPF15 ৷ £6.99

I found the cream to work great as a daytime moisturiser with the formula sinking in almost instantly and prepping the skin for makeup. Actually I find there's no need for a primer when using this, as it worked great in conjunction with my current foundation fave, L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow. The formula hasn't got any scent in particular other than your usual moisturiser scent. It feels light when applied, sinks in quickly and does't leave any residue. I find that I'm using a little more than my usual moisturisers though I barely made a dent in the two weeks of use. It's gentle on my sensitive skin and didn't make me break out or caused any redness. I think it's a great moisturiser and you should really give it a go, if you can.

Lacura Caviar Illumination Rich Night Cream ৷ £6.99

I really enjoyed using the night moisturiser. The formula is only slightly richer than that of the daytime moisturiser and sinks in quickly. I find that it works great over my usual serums (one water based and second oil based). I also add a little oil on top of my moisturiser and it didn't counter react to any of my other skincare picks. Again the formula didn't break me out or caused any reaction. I enjoy using it at night and find that I wake up to a nice glow in the morning. As with the daytime version, I tend to use a little more of it than my standard moisturisers but only because I'm used to richer formulas. The formula here is creamy but also quite light and makes me think it would suit most skin types. I honestly can't praise these two individually more than by the effects they give, as the usual application and the feel of them is pretty standard, but the effects are extraordinary.


I actually really enjoyed using this mask packed with AHAs and Papaya Enzymes to really exfoliate and reveal brighter complexion. It works similarly to my fave Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask but does not have any mechanical peeling agents. I actually find this one's gentler on my sensitive skin as it skips the mechanical exfoliants. Try and do not exceed the given time (3 minutes) for the first 5-10 uses as the burning sensation is something you just have to get used to. I now keep it for 5 minutes tops. I find that it works beautifully and after the use my skin is so much smoother and ready for another treatment or just evening skincare. The redness does not linger and after washing it off I don't find my complexion reddened at all. It does go red during the use and must be treated with caution. I use it once a week and find it to be a great alternative to the PTR Pumpkin Enzyme Mask which is over 4 times the price. If you're on a look out for an affordable enzyme exfoliator, give this one a go.


In overview I really enjoy using my Lacura Caviar Illumination range. It changed my skin in matter of days as the results are almost instant. It's quite miraculous to find it in the skincare full stop, especially one that costs so little. I think you should really give it a go when you're next in Aldi's. Skincare is a very personal choice and what works for me, may not work for you, but given the price point this is a safe bet. 

Have you tried any of the Lacura Caviar Illumination skincare? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

NEW IN MAKEUP: ZOEVA MATTE PALETTE REVIEW WITH SWATCHES



The moment I laid eyes on new palette launch Zoeva Matte palette , I knew it'll be mine. Sadly Zoeva Matte launch is not available on the usual UK selling outlets and it's exclusive to Zoeva website. The good news are, the delivery is dead cheap and comes at £2.50 whatever your order. Palette is priced at £17.50, so slightly cheaper than our usual pricing here and all came at £20.00. Delivery took 5 days and I missed a day due to being at work first time, they've tried to deliver. That's pretty decent considering it's coming all the way from Germany. You can buy it here.
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

BATTLING DARK CIRCLES: PEACH CORRECTOR TIPS & TRICKS FOR BRIGHTER EYES



Whatever you're a busy #girlboss, new mom, recovering from a night out or insomniac, dark circles are probably one problem we all battle at some point in our lives. There's many reasons for it and sadly some of us are just genetically unlucky, but there are plenty of ways to diminish dark circles quickly at home. 
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Monday, 13 February 2017

VALENTINES DAY SINGLES EDIT: CINEMA GIRL DATE, PAMPER EVENING & ICONIC BEAUTY.


Single and not ready to mingle on Valentines Day? I hear you! I'll be spending the day with one of my girlfriends, we're off to the cinema to watch 50 Shades Darker and do some 'couple watching'. Couple watching is a term I invented during my trip to the cinema when 50 Shades of Grey originally premiered. Seeing all these couples, especially watching guys reactions, made me really want to see that again:) It's just a movie you probably better see with your friends than a date, I mean pretty awks right? To each their own, of course and I'm not judging! In the evening, I plan to just pamper the hell out of Valentines Day. Why? Because that's what I love the most, relaxing evening at home and a great pamper session.
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