Moisturizers -Garnier - Garnier Moisture Match- Wake Me Up
Mellymoomar 5/1/2013 9:07:00 AM
This is truly a fantastic product. I normally do not opt to use such words for products made by Garnier but this has quickly become a HG product for me, I have actually repurchased this three times since I first originally tried it. I was drawn to these when they were on special offer and first used the one for dry skin, or 'Goody Bye Dry', the little pink bottle. I was not at all impressed with that one, I didn't like the consistency, it was watery, and when I got to the end of the tube I didn't feel that it had improved my skin in any way. On the off chance that I might have better luck trying another one, I decided to give the Wake me Up a go and I'm very glad I did. I don't think my skin in necessarily dull but I like to look fresh and glowy and this moisturiser definitely helps to achieve that. It is a gel like consistency and is literally the perfect base for make up, it very quickly absorbs, I put a little bit of Soap & Glory's Hocus Focus on top and it helps my foundation to stay in place all day, whilst giving you a dewy fresh glow. I love how it is very light and yet at the same time feels very hydrating, it is my ultimate day time moisturiser and I have stopped using face primer because I simply don't need any when using this. I have used moisturisers in varying price ranges before and have never found one that I have been more pleased with than this. I think if I had to find anything negative to say about it is that the tube is a bit small, you don't get a lot for your money. Whilst it is not an expensive product, I would expect more for the £6.99 they charge, as you only get 50ml which lasts me about a month. Also, I wouldn't really use this at night time, I prefer something a bit thicker and anti aging at night. Overall though, definitely the best product Garnier have brought out in a long time, I would recommend and have repurchased!
Lotions/ Creams -Soap and Glory - The Daily Smooth body butter
Mellymoomar 5/1/2013 6:42:00 AM
I have a general love of all S&G body butters because pretty much all of them are made for dry skin, which suits me perfectly, and I love the smell of this one. Yes it is strong, but I find when you rub it in it isn't as powerful and lingers quite nicely without being too overwhelming. What I love about S&G products is that nine times out of ten they are always heavily scented, which makes me a bit nervous because often it makes my skin flare up when using overly perfumed stuff. However everytime I use a S&G butter I have never once had a problem. It is so nice to use something scented when usually I have to buy boring unscented things. The product is also fabulous on my dry areas, making them completely clear up and appear smooth when used twice a day. I think the only downside to this is the packaging, it's such a thick cream that it is really hard to squeeze out of the tube, it would be so much better if it was in a tub like the other butters. I would definitely recommend and buy again.
I was a little late on discovering Cetaphil, although it has been talked and talked about everywhere online and comes hugely recommended, I spent a long time not buying it before I eventually got round to getting it. Having been a sensitive/dry skin sufferer all my life I like my facial products to be caring for the dryness plus not heavily scented because I get terrible irritation to heavily perfumed things on my face. This is a nice product, it lives up to most of its claims, it is not scented, made my skin feel fairly smooth and soft, and definitely does not irritate or dry out my skin. I love the consistency too, it isn't too thick, its almost gel like and feels nice when applied to the skin. I wouldn't recommend this as a make up remover, I tried using it to take off my make up a few times and it didn't work very well at all. However if you are looking for a simple, gentle way to wake up your face every morning this works very well. Especially wonderful for those who suffer with easily irritated skin and I would most definitely recommend and buy again.
Oilatum products have literally improved my skins condition dramatically in the two years which I have been using them. My three favourites are the cream, the oilatum bath and the natural repair face cream. My skin has always been very dry and sensitive, so I needed to find myself unscented products that were also going to have a moisturising benefit to them. I wouldn't say oilatum cream is my favourite, if I was doing my review based on the cream alone I'd probably only give it 3/5 because I find it is excellent for stopping my dry patches of skin from itching, but it doesn't seem to clear it up completely, I have to mix it with a body moisturiser in order for it to disappear. However the bath oil is fabulous, I add 2-3 capfuls in a bath and a small dash of baby oil and it has kept my skin beautifully soft, free from irritation and less dry. When using the cream and the bath oil together it has completely trasnformed my skin which is just what it needed. Fabulous stuff, would definitely recommend for those with sensitive and dry skin.
The Sugar Crush Scrub and the Breakfast Scrub are by far my two all time favourite, best ever HG scrubs for my skin. The reason why I love this one is due to the fact it doesn't irritate my overly dry, sensitive skin, and its so gritty and grainy that you can feel it really working. I only exfoliate once a week because any more than that and my skin becomes very dry and irritated, but it literally leaves my skin in superb condition. Super soft and absolutely no dry patches. I also love the smell, it is very fragrant with lime, which is one of my favourite scents for bathroom products. Would definitely recommend this and buy again.
Pressed Powders -Rimmel - Stay Matte Pressed Powder (ALL)
Mellymoomar 3/20/2013 7:11:00 PM
This is a nice product, especially if you want a cheap, effective matte powder to set your make up. I hate spending a fortune on something I don't use a great deal of and this is perfect for just sweeping over the t-zone to give you a matte look where you need it most. I have this in 001 Transparent, and you can't seem to use to much of this, it doesn't get cakey and I also like that you can still get a quite natural, dewy finish despite it being a mattifying powder. I would recommend and buy again.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Oilatum Natural Face Repair Cream
Mellymoomar 3/20/2013 7:04:00 PM
Love this cream so SO much! It has literally become a saviour for my horrible dry, sensitive skin. I used to get small patches of eczema on my eyelids but since using this at night when finishing up my skin for the day it has completely gone. Its a really thick cream, free from fragrances and containing only natural ingredients so it is perfect if you are a sensitive/dry skin sufferer. My skin feels softer, looks healthier and I have literally not had a single blemish since using this at night. I know you can apply it under your make up, it does say on the tube that you can, but I feel its slightly too heavy for me for day use. My rule of thumb is to use something light yet hydrating during the day, then something thick, protecting and anti aging during the night. I usually put and anti age serum on then put the oilatum on top. Overall, this stuff is brilliant for people with problematic skin, definitely recommended and I do purchase this regularly.
I recently picked this foundation up having heard and read so many positive things about it and can safely say overall I'm really impressed! For a drugstore foundation that is fairly inexpensive and readily available it really works. I was a little apprehensive at first because when tested on the back of my hand the lightest shade (51 Light Vanilla) seemed a little too dark for my pale complexion, but its a totally different story once its applied to my face. I have quite cool toned skin (normally NC15) and the yellow tones in the foundation seem to 'warm' my face up a little bit if that makes sense. It goes on very light but is very buildable at the same time, I'd say its a medium to full coverage. I like it because it doesn't feel too heavy on the face whilst giving me the coverage I want. Its also perfect for that dewy, luminous finish that I love, because I hate to be completely matte but at the same time I don't want to look too shiny or oily. It gives a really gorgeous soft finish. It doesn't break me out, doesn't dry my already dry skin out and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin either! Normally when buying a drug store foundation I have always stuck with L'Oreals True Match but Healthy Mix is quickly becoming a new favourite. Would definitely recommend and buy again.
Toners -Liz Earle - Liz Earle Instant Boost skin tonic
Mellymoomar 3/14/2013 6:43:00 PM
I got this as a sample size and am now looking into getting a full size one because it is such a nice product! I have the spray version, which for me its really handy, just a light spritz before make up and after taking off gives my skin a refreshed, soothed and comfortable feel. I don't know exactly if its toning my skin but it seems to have helped keep my complexion soft and clear, and you can't really ask for more than that. Would definitely recommend and buy again.
Conditioner -Aussie - Miracle Moist conditioner for dry/damaged hair
Mellymoomar 3/14/2013 6:37:00 PM
I don't always use the same brand of shampoo & conditioner because I like to mix things up a bit from time to time, but I generally find myself every few months or so coming back to using Aussie. I love the smell, and the Miracle Moist line is fantasic for my dry, thick, coarse heat damaged mess that is my hair! It makes it ultra soft and smooth, easy to brush/style/straighten, and I love the fact the smell lasts on my hair for ages. I wouldn't say it is the best conditioner I have ever used, but it does the job. I think it is slightly overpriced for what it is also. Other than that though, its a nice product, and one that I do repurchase from time to time.
I am slightly addicted to the Urban Decay Naked line so I was so so keen to get hold of this, and have now been using it for long enough to warrant a review. Firstly, I have NC15 skin, the colours in this palette definitely work with my skin tone, not exactly sure how they will fair on other skin tones. I think its a bit of a risk that UD have made this palette with a 'one colour suits all' style, because I'm not sure how these colours would look on a darker skin tone. Anyway, onto why I love the palette, one of the main things is I love the convenience of the product, its everything you need for contouring and cheeks all in one place, without having to think what colour blush and bronzer you are going to need for a particular look. It definitely brilliant for creating a soft everyday look and you can build on it if you want it to be more dramatic. Also if you aren't a fan of contouring you can buff all the colours together and apply them and it all works together very well. The bronzer is matte, which is what I like in a bronzer, although I'd be lying if I said it was completely matte because when held up to the light, you can see the tiniest hint of a shimmer, which I think just comes from the fallout of the highlight. I can safely say when its on the face it doesn't look shimmery at all. It can come up slightly orange on my skin so I have to be a bit careful, but when applied lightly its a soft brown. The blush is quite a deeply pigmented iridescent pink, which again means I can't really use too much otherwise I end up with clown cheeks. I think out of the three in the palette I'd say the highlight is my favourite, its like a really pale champagne pink, with gold tones mixed in there. It is the perfect powdered highlight, looks fabulous on the high point of my cheek bones as well as a brown bone highlight. I also like to run it lightly down the centre of my nose and my cupids bow. Pretty much anywhere the sun would naturally hit. I was actually complimented by someone saying I looked like I had a really healthy glow when using this palette, which I definitely don't get when not using it! Its a very good quality product, each shade stands out and can be beautifully blended. I think if I had to say anything negative about it, and the reason why I wouldn't give it full marks, is because of the design. I think its strange they've made the bronzer the biggest part of the trio. Personally, I do not apply bronzer every day (mainly because its too much effort and I'm lazy) and would much rather a bigger blush section because I do that every day. It would make more sense to do each of the colours in equal size and separated off rather than in one block if that makes any sense. It is also a fairly expensive product, but I guess, as with most UD products, you do get excellent quality for what you pay for. Overall, I love this, would definitely buy it again and recommend.
I don't think I will ever get enough of Thierry Mugler perfumes, they are just the best. I love Angel and I love Alien, they are my go to, all occasions perfumes. The main thing I love about Alien is that is super duper strong, like literally one light spritz is more than enough. Its a lot sweeter than Angel, Angel is a deep, musky, poweful scent but this one is a lot lighter yet still fairly intense. I love how different this perfume is too, it is unlike any other perfume I have ever owned, there is nothing to compare it to. The bottle is also pretty too, its like a precious stone or something of that nature, looks nice on the vanity. Very expensive and also I find fairly hard to get hold of, but worth every penny. Fabulous perfume.
LOVE this perfume, it comes of quite sweet on my skin with a bitter edge to it. Slightly musky but not overwhelmingly so. I like the design of the bottle too, it looks like a huge diamond and sits prettily on my vanity table. My boyfriend also has the male version of this spray, so we've got a bit of a his n' hers thing going on with this perfume! I wouldn't say it was an all time favourite, because its not strong enough for me. I like strong scents and I find that this one smells pretty strong for the first few hours but tends to wear off after a while, so I deduct a point for that. Overall though, if you are a fan of quite sweet, feminine scents then this is definitely one for you. Would buy again and recommend.
Skincare - Face -Liz Earle - Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Mellymoomar 3/5/2013 11:10:00 AM
This is, quite undoubtably, my all time HG cleanser. I have tried many cleansers and this one just knocks every single one of them out of the way! I came to discover it from several recommendations from friends, because I have never really used Liz Earle before. I quite like the cleanser and cloth technique, it makes me feel as though its getting a thorough, deep clean at the beginning and end of every day. It has a thick, creamy texture and literally takes away every scrap of make up, even the most stubborn of waterproof mascara. I used to spend forever scrubbing away at my lashes because I had been unable to find a cleanser that managed to get it completely off, but with cleanse and polish it is a complete breeze. I have quite dry skin, so also noticed that this product is quite moisturising, doesn't break me out and makes my skin look altogether healthier. It is a little more expensive than your average cleanser, but I think the pice is more than justified when you get results as good as what you do. Would definitely recommend and buy again.
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm sphere -medicated tangerine
Mellymoomar 3/5/2013 11:02:00 AM
I really love eos balms and this was one of the first ones I ever tried. It comes in the cutest packaging for starters, I haven't really found any other sphere shaped lip balms, and it glides on smoothly with a creamy texture, keeping the lips ultra smooth and moisturised. I also like that its medicated because I tend to get horrific dry lips during the winter or if I put on drying lip products so I needed something that really works and this fits the bill. I think the only thing I don't like about it is the smell! I know they do some really nicely scented ones but this one for me isn't the best. I love citrus smells but the tangerine doesn't really smell like I would expect, in fact it reminds me of a disinfectant of some kind! However, overall I would definitely recommend this and buy again.