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Love for the Olsen twins

August 28, 2011
I adore the Olsen twins and I don't think I will ever get bored of looking at them. Here are some of my favourite images of the pair which came out of a much enjoyable Sunday night browse through We Heart It. Ashley or Mary-Kate? That is the question.

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August 27, 2011
I've decided to jump on the Instagram bandwagon and share some of the pictures I have been taking using the fantastic iPhone app (here). I think it's a nice post to share on a regular basis and I love looking at everyone's lovely pictures. Credit goes to other blogs but namely Sailboat as Jennie has been doing regular Instagram posts which are fabulous and I like how she's been writing a piece about each photo!

Mum and Dad were away for the week so Chris and I went food shopping. This is what happened- a trolley full of pizza, chocolates and ice cream. There were some healthy goods under there somewhere!

I used a voucher from Groupon to treat myself to some Gossard underwear. The deal was £15 for £40 worth of underwear so was a brilliant offer and I am so in love with the set.

♥ Mmmmm- Krispy Kreme Glamour Glaze doughnuts that were delivered on Thursday night and a treat for all the family. In awe of how much the glaze looks like glittery lipgloss!

A new duvet set for the bedroom

♥ Little Charlie pup sleeping on his paw (and cuddly toy). He's just over 7 months now and such a character. He's just been castrated so has had a couple of days of being very quiet (extremely unusual for him) and dopey. He was back to his usual self this morning and bounding around.

♥ My desk at work although only for 2 weeks more as I have a new job at Comic Relief! Very excited to start and to finally look at moving up to a more central area- we have been looking at flats in the Greenwich area which look lovely.

Review: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

August 26, 2011
Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint


£21.00 from Liz Earle. The product is available from the the 8th September and can be pre-ordered. I was sent this for review purposes.

What does it claim to do?

'We've spent three years carefully creating our high performance make up must-have, which leaves skin looking dewy, even and radiant. Suitable for all skin types, it contains mineral UV protection SPF15 and gives you the perfect level of coverage to achieve natural-looking, beautiful skin.

Sheer Skin Tint is available in three shades: Bare 01 for fair skin tones, Beige 02 for medium skin tones and Beach 03 for medium to dark skin tones. A sample of all three shades will be sent with your order to help ensure you have chosen your perfect colour match.' - Liz Earle

What do I think?

I was extremely excited to try the new Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint- as you can see from my post when I found out about the launch. You all know I'm a huge fan of the brand and most products from the range have impressed me- so I had high hopes for the skin tint.

It arrived a week or so ago and I have been wearing it every day so I could give a really honest verdict on this. The tint comes in three shades and I went for shade 2- beige, however this feels a tad light for me at the moment as my skin has more colour at the moment. I don't know how dark shade 3 would be but I'm not sure how well this would work with much darker skin types.

In terms of packaging I quite like it. It's nothing spectacular- very simple and looks quite classic. I like how they have gone for a different colour palette to the skincare range.

The product describes itself as 'rich and creamy like a foundation, yet so lightweight it glides effortlessly onto the skin'. I would agree with this- it does have a rich texture and feels quite thick (yet not like a heavy coverage foundation) but it is easy to blend into the skin- I don't find it as easy to blend as the Garnier BB Cream however (a product I've been using a lot and so naturally have compared the two).

The coverage and finish is light but very flattering. It leaves skin looking natural but with a lovely dewy look- it also lasts all day which I was impressed with as find that a lot of tinted moisturiser type products just disappear throughout the day.

There are lots of good things about this product but I feel that something was missing- it definitely does the job and does it well, but there wasn't a 'wow' factor for me with this. I think I was expecting to be super impressed (as I was when the haircare launched) but I've not felt really excited about using the sheer tint. Saying that, this is only the beginning for Liz Earle's foray into make-up and I'm really looking forward to seeing what else they bring out.

Would I re-purchase?

Honestly- I don't think I would. Yes, it is a good product and really does the job but I think £21 is quite pricy for the product and it didn't wow me enough to keep me buying.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this if you've tried it as I've been reading mixed reviews. Will you be looking to buy it when it launches?

Garnier BB Cream- my thoughts

August 13, 2011

A few weeks ago I started noticing the term 'BB Cream' popping up everywhere. I was intrigued and after some investigation learnt that this stood for 'Blemish Balm' (or 'Blemish Base') and it was a product sold mainly in Asia. The idea of these creams are that they have a number of different uses (which vary from balm to balm) but are generally marketed as both a skincare and cosmetic item.

I am very keen to try some of the BB Creams from Asia with this being where they've originated from, but was excited to see that Garnier were launching one in the UK- the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One B.B. Cream. As you can see from the packaging it has a number of different claims and promises to immediately perfect skin.

On Monday I went straight out on my lunch hour to buy this for £9.99 from Superdrug. There were two shades to choose from- fair and medium. As I've got post-holiday skin I went for medium however I think this would be too dark in autumn/winter so will consider buying fair too. I have been wearing it every day since buying and using it as my foundation.

As you can see it's a really creamy formula and a little goes a long way. I apply it with my fingers and it just feels like applying a moisturiser, very easy to blend- I would definitely compare this product to a tinted moisturiser.

As for the results, the photo above (with rather messy hair after a day at work) shows what the B.B. Cream looks like applied- this is all I'm wearing on my skin. I would agree with all of the claims- my skin feels moisturised all day when wearing it and it definitey adds a glow to my skin without making it look oily or greasy. My boyfriend commented on how good my skin was looking yesterday. I'd also agree that it does blur imperfections rather than cover them completely. I've been using concealer on blemishes on top of this cream, and also my touche eclat under the eyes.

Overall, I am pretty excited about B.B. Creams. I do love tinted moisturisers for the summer and would say this does a really similar job so am bound to enjoy this product- I also like how it's multi-purpose and is doing your skin good by having SPF15 and hydrating the skin. I will be repurchasing this in the fair so I have it ready for autumn/winter too!

Has anyone tried this yet or any of the other B.B. Creams? Would love to hear your thoughts.