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Liz Earle Summer Beauty

August 30, 2012

Even when the sun isn't shining you can still achieve a summer glow with some help from Liz Earle. Their Healthy Glow Powder Blush and Natural Glow Bronzer are gorgeous products that provide a sun kissed radiance.

I have been trying the Healthy Glow Powder Blush* in Nectar which is described as a Fresh rose-pink. This colour is beautiful and absolutely perfect for tanned, summer skin. It's very pigmented so you have to be careful not to apply too much but this great pigmentation means that it lasts all day. Priced at £16.50 it is a more expensive blush but worth the price. I am really keen to try other shades in their collection - particularly the Nude and Coral colours.

The Natural Glow Bronzer* currently comes in one shade (Bronze) and is priced at £19.50. It's a very sheer powder bronzer which contains minimal shimmer (plus points for me). As it is so sheer you apply lightly and build up the colour - the swatch in the photo above is quite a few layers of colours, which shows how subtle it is. If you are after a strongly pigmented bronzer I would stay away from this however, if you are cautious of an overly bronzed look this is perfect as it allows you to build up your look gradually.

Beauty wishlist 001

August 27, 2012
Beauty wishlist 001

♥ Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme ♥ Essie Mint Candy Apple ♥ Ojon Colour Sustain Shampoo & Conditioner ♥ Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters ♥ Emma Hardie Amazing Face Professional Cleansing System Set    Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

These are the beauty products that I am currently lusting after with my most wanted being the Emma Hardie Cleaning and Exfoliating System. I keep seeing blogposts raving about the cleanser and it is currently on for £33.60 which is 20% off the usual price. I think I may actually be purchasing this tonight as I really can't resist a lovely cleansing system (and a great deal). The Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow is also on discount at FeelUnique for £13.60 but I am going to try and resist for now (this totally looks like a FeelUnique sponsored post but I assure you it's not, they just have a great summer sale at the moment). 

I am also going to wait until the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is on an offer in Boots or Superdrug. I keep trying this on when I go in to the store and marvel at how lovely it makes my skin look! 

Do you have any of these products? Are any on your beauty wishlists?

NATorigin Pencil Eye Liners

August 25, 2012
 l-r: NATorigin pencil eye liners in black; lilac and grey

NATorigin is a brand I was only introduced to this month as they have added two new colours (Lilac and Grey) to their range of 100% natural pencil eye liners. 

NATorigin Pencil Eye Liners are rich in beeswax, oily extract of organic arctic raspberry seeds and organic shea butter, for a smooth and seamless application. They have a naturally soothing formula that boasts healing and anti-inflammatory properties and are created to reduce the risk of intolerance for even sensitive eyes. NATorigin is also currently the only cosmetics or skincare range approved by Allergy UK.

The formulation is very creamy and so easy to apply. I tend to stick to liquid eyeliners but was impressed with these and loved how pigmented they were- my only criticism would be that they are quite smudgy and so I'm not sure how they would wear on a hot day. Also important to write that as expected there was no irritation around my eyes. I don't think I would wear the lilac eyeliner very much but the black and grey are perfect for everyday looks.

I think that it's really important that there are eyeliners available for sensitive eyes. I've only had a reaction once to a pencil eyeliner but have a number of friends who can't wear many of the usual eyeliners because it causes them problems. The NATorigin eyeliners are priced at a very reasonable £7.05 and are available on their website and at pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

Dr Jart+ Beauty Balm Creams

August 23, 2012
I am a big fan of the BB Creams that have invaded the cosmetic counters this year although the ones I have tried (17 & Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector) are definitely more of a tinted moisturiser formulation.  I'm not sure how much you know about BB creams (probably a lot if you are a regular beauty blog reader!) but the Blemish Balm was originally formulated in Germany by Dr. Christine Schrammek in the 1950s. It was initially created to protect skin after laser procedures and surgery. Since then BB creams have mainly been sold in East and Southeast Asia and have been developed to be a moisturiser, primer, foundation and suncream all in one handy bottle.

The BB creams by Dr Jart have been the ones I have been most looking forward to trying as they hail from Asia and are one of Asia's leading skincare brands. I was eager to try one of the Dr Jart BB Creams to get a taste of the original formula.

I have been wearing the Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm Cream* for the past week and the first difference I noticed was that it only comes in one shade. The second thing I noticed was that it had a really unusual consistency which is hard to describe. I have been using my fingers to apply it and it has an almost water-y consistency (probably why it's called Water Fuse!). It takes a bit of time to properly blend in as you really have to work it into the skin but it feels gorgeous as you apply- it's almost cooling and feels moisturising. 

I have been impressed with this BB cream. I wouldn't say it amazed me but it has been perfect for me in the warm weather we've had lately- especially as it has SPF25. I've also noticed I've had to use less of my other face products like concealer and my YSL Touche Eclat. I haven't been wearing a setting powder with it either. For £18 it is on the pricier side but I'd definitely recommend if you want to try a really good quality BB Cream.

There are a number of the Dr Jart BB Creams available from Boots (information taken from the Boots website):

Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF40 - Provides high SPF40 protection with anti-oxidents. A slightly glossy, low coverage cream which helps fight ageing. Particularly suitable for those over 30.

Dr Jart+ Platinum Beauty Balm SPF30 - Provides high coverage in a light application. The moisturising lotion is particularly suitable for those in their 30s.

Dr Jart+ Regenerating Beauty Balm SPF30 - Provides strong coverage for redness and spots which won't rub off as easily as traditional cosmetics. Skin will look brighter, whilst still suitable for problem and sensitive skin. Particularly suitable for those between 20 and 35.

Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF25 - ideal for those aged 20-35s with a soft application which gives natural, fresh looking skin and controls sebum production.

Review: Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk

August 21, 2012


Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean 4-in-1 Wash-Off Deep Cleansing Milk



What does it claim to do?

"Our special clogged T-zone formula Includes peach extract (with skin smoothing fruit acids), quillaja bark (a gentle natural ‘soap’), jojoba oil (an emollient skin softener), Detoxyboost™ technology (to help purify and deep clean) and Poreshrink R2™ (for a clearer, fresher, brighter complexion). In our opinion it’s the best cleansing milk on the market!" - Soap & Glory

What do I think?

I absolutely adore Soap & Glory- it is one of my favourite choice for body products. I just love the scents of their products and they always do the job so well. I needed a new cleanser and had heard good things about the Peaches and Clean- it took me a while to find a Boots which stocked it (which always makes me want it so much more!) so was very happy to finally get my hands on it.

I use this cleanser as the second part of removing my make-up. I use Bioderma Crealine to remove most of it and then this as a second face wash. I want to say that I love this cleanser but sadly, I don't. I have been using two pumps of this and massage into dry skin before rinsing off with warm water. I like the texture of it and it makes my skin feel clean and fresh after- it is just the scent which I'm really not a fan of.

My favourite skincare products are (currently) the Bioderma Crealine, Embroylisse moisturiser and Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish- all of these products are unscented, or with a very light scent. The Peaches and Clean has a very fruity, peachy scent so if you like that kinda thing you will love it. It's just too much for me and I really don't get on with it!

Would I re-purchase?
I am going to carry on using the cleanser as it does the job but won't be repurchasing

New Organic Surge Helping Handwash

August 19, 2012
It is very rare for a product to donate 100% of the proceeds to a charity so I was really excited to read about the Organic Surge Helping Handwash. As part of its on-going commitment to supporting vulnerable children, Organic Surge has launched the limited edition Organic Surge The Archie Foundation Helping Hand Wash. All proceeds will be donated to The Archie Foundation, to help support sick children and their families in the north of Scotland.

The founder of Alan MacKenzie, founder of Organic Surge explains "When I launched Organic Surge over five years ago, I wanted to ensure the brand was built on a company ethos of helping others. Since the beginning our donations have helped support vulnerable children around the world, and so I am so very pleased to announce our partnership with The Archie Foundation.

The handwash is packed with essential oils of lavender and patchouli and is described as a luxurious, lightly foaming hand wash which contains no harsh chemicals. It is also priced at a really reasonable £3.99.

You can purchase the handwash from the Organic Surge website and you can find out more about The Archie Foundation here.

Neom Organic Treatment Candle

August 17, 2012
Neom Harmonise Organic Treatment Candle is the new scent from Neom Luxury Organics. It is made with a trio of deep-yet fresh essential oils of Pine, Cedarwood and Eucalyptus which transport you straightaway to the woods. It is a gorgeous scent although to me it feels like more of an Autumn/ Christmas-y candle with the pine essential oils being in there.

I have heard lots about Neom's candles. They are hand-poured in the UK and made from a special blend of 100% natural waxes and essential oils- nothing else. I do love a good candle. The Harmonise Candle costs £39.50 and you can also buy it as a Travel Candle for £15 from

July Favourites: My Top Three

August 15, 2012

 ♥ 17 Blemish Balm in Medium - this has been my favourite product to use on my skin this summer. As with most of the BB creams I've tried, this feels more like a tinted moisturiser but nevertheless it is amazing. I usually apply with my fingers and it leaves such a lovely finish without feeling heavy- it feels so moisturising too. I have this in medium which would probably bit slightly too dark for my skin in the winter but suits me perfectly when I have a bit of colour. Even better this only costs about £6.99 which is a great price for what it does. I'll definitely be repurchasing this!

♥ Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic - after reading this post by Caroline Hirons on toners, I dug out my bottle of Liz Earle's Instant Boost Skin Tonic (I lie- I stole it back from my Mum) and started using it again. I love this toner. It doesn't feel harsh as many toners do, and just leaves your skin feeling clean, fresh and lovely.

♥ MAC eyeshadow in Mulch - although I love this eyeshadow as an eyeshadow, recently I have been using it as an eyeliner. I have been using an angled brush from Elf to apply on my lash line and underneath my eye too. I love the effect- it's so much more natural than wearing black eyeliner and at the moment I am favouring a more natural, summery look. I was even complimented on how nice my eyes looked which is always a winner!


August 13, 2012
♥ Chris and I looking like we have co-ordinated outfits  ♥ Canoeing around Mother Ivey's Bay- yes that's me!  ♥ Padstow  ♥ My sister, Jess and I  ♥ Charlie in the sea- he swam for the first time and absolutely loved it 

Last week was spent in the lovely part of the world that is Cornwall; Padstow more specifically. My family and I went down there for a week of camping- I have not been camping for years so was a bit apprehensive at first. Luckily I got into the swing of things quickly and we only had a couple of days of bad weather- the rest was gorgeous sunshine. It was so hot at the end of the week that I found myself in the sea! 

Chris joined us the day after we arrived as he had just cycled with some friends from John O'Groats to Lands End. He was a very tired boy and wanted a week of doing nothing after the bike ride! 

It was a brilliant week. Charlie came along with us and loved it- he had tonnes of walks and enjoyed the sea so much, maybe a bit too much as he was sick after drinking too much salty sea water! We went on my Dad's inflatable canoe, messed around with body boards in the sea and did a lot of lounging and reading by the tent. The campsite, Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park was fantastic and it was my parent's 4th visit- it is near 3 beaches, one of which is the campsites privately owned beach- I really recommend it and you can view their website here.

Dove Maximum Protection Deodorant

August 02, 2012

The latest addition to the Dove family is their Dove Maximum Protection deodorant*. The main selling point is that it offers twice the protection of a normal deodorant and lasts for 48 hours- it is also crammed with Dove's 1/4 moisturising cream to keep underarms fragrant, soft and smooth.

The deodorant is available in three variants; Original Clean, Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena and Cucumber and Green Tea. I have been trying the latter and absolutely love the scent- really fresh and not overpowering.

This deodarant is the first new deodorant I've tried in years which is quite crazy. I have been a devoted Mitchum roll-on user since my teens as I find it works so well. However I have been really impressed with this one. It is a cream formula which dries within seconds (I hate it when it takes ages to dry and then goes all over your top!) and makes your underarms feel instantly dry- exactly what you want! It's a totally different formula to the Mitchum and I really love the 'drying' effect.

It is more expensive than your normal deodorant with an RRP of £5.10 but I feel it's worth the extra cost. It is available now from all leading supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug.