Cleansers -St. Ives - 4 in 1 gentle facial cleansing wipes
princessmaria 6/15/2013 12:21:00 PM
the most awful wipes i have ever used. they were very dry and i found myself using 2 or 3 wipes at a time, when i really do not wear a lot of make up. made me skin red and sore as i was having to rub. will not be buying again! what a sham.
Blush -Unlisted Brand - Shimmer Kisses Blusher In Pink
princessmaria 6/15/2013 8:42:00 AM
I've seen a few posts about MUA make up so i thought i'd go for it. i needed a new blusher and decided to go for MUA's shimmer kisses blusher. I was expecting more colour from the blush, but i actually prefer not having a rich colour on my cheeks. especially as i am pale. the shimmer looks lovely, but not too 'glittery'. in fact, i would say it makes the skin look dewy and fresh. i'd deffo buy again, it was incredibly cheap. the only downside is that the blush is beginning to come out of its setting. Tres annoying!
toners do not work for me. lush toners most certainly do not work for me. I've tried eau roma water and some of the other toners from lush, including breath of fresh air. PROS: comes in a handy spray bottle CONS: extremely pricey does not remove excess make up makes skin feel dry/ tight I do love lush products, but the toners are not great.
Every time i use a toner i ALWAYS regret it. during my teens i thought toning was essential, but i always hated the tightness afterwards. despite this being a natural-ish product, i found it so drying!! probably because alcohol is one of the main ingredients. this may work for someone else, but for my skin (oily tzone, chin, spotty and sensitive) this did not work for me. in fact, no toner really works for me. i find that garnier simply essentials cleansing lotion and a hot flannel cloth really gets the last traces of make up off. then i moistorise, and my skin is the clearest it ever has been. no spots.. not even during my time of the month! toners are a waste of time in my opinion.
i very rarely wear lipsticks, but this is not a regular lipstick! :) i like how it is glossy. some lipsticks are horribly matte (just my opinion), i like lipsticks to make my lips look healthy. i have dry lips that tend to flake, so this lipstick is right up my street. i have mine in a pink/coral shade and i love it. it's great for formal occasions (i wore it to my graduation ball at uni) or just nipping to the shops! it comes in many shades too. the price is good..at boots i get points too so every little helps these days! my only issue - a very slight issue - is that the lid on my stick is loose. i may have picked up a dodgy one (knowing my luck!) apart from this, the colour lasts a long time, it leaves a healthy and sheer shine, and its not matte or sparkly! i would buy this again - although i don't have to as it lasts aaages :P
Blush -New York Color - Color Wheel Mosaic Powder Pink Cheek Glow
princessmaria 6/8/2013 12:59:00 PM
i'm a bit fussy when it comes to blush. i am very pale and so some pinks can look clown like and harsh for my complexion. i got this for a very good price at Superdrug (UK) for around Â£3. you get a lot of product too, and lasts a long time. there is a range of colours ranging from a very pale pink, a bronze-ish colour, a pretty pink to a darker shade of pink. this blush leaves a nice and healthy colour to cheeks, not too overpowering at all - very natural. it also leaves a very slight 'sparkle', almost like a shimmer. but it is very slight! however, the other day it fell out of my make up bag. it wasn't from a big height, just on the table and i was shocked that it all fell apart and can't really be used now! grr. must be delicate. but i would buy it again and be more careful!
Eye Makeup Remover -Nivea - Gentle Eye Make-up Remover
princessmaria 6/2/2013 12:45:00 PM
i used to use this religiously for months on end but found it was costing me too much (i now use an all-in-one gentle make up remover). firstly, it takes a few applications to work. i use them on cotton pads and i found i needed to use 2 or 3 pads for one eye - which is far too excessive. i do not wear waterproof mascara, nor do i wear a lot of make up, but it wasn't strong enough to take it all off. however, i will say that this is good for sensitive eyes. my eyes can get red and sore, but this was fine (apart from the rubbing i did on my eyes to remove my make up!) i would go through bottles ans bottles of this stuff, and buy bags and bags of cotton pads. it was costing a fortune.. i now have found something better so i will not be repurchasing.
my review is about how it works for me.. but for my make up brushes! i'm very lazy when it comes to washing my brushes and i can't be bothered to wash my brushes in expensive oils and potions. i use baby shampoo and it does the job just fine. i use it on all make up brushes for eyes, blusher, foundation etc. I let the brushes soak in warm/hot water with a touch of baby shampoo ans give them a rinse and VOILA! Squeaky clean brushes. I was also told by my optician to use this as a solution on a cotton bud to help the redness on my water line of my eyes as i was told it can help with the oils in that area. I have only had to do it a few times, and i have to say my eyes do not look as red and do not water as much. definately a must have for every make up lover out there.
I really want to like TRESemme products.. but i dont! Well, they are OK. The ingredients really put me off. personally, i found the conditioner average. it has a lovely scent, not too overpowering. and it does help with tangles etc. but in terms of moisture.. my hair felt quite dry and straw-like.. almost like i hadn't used a conditioner. And I always leave any conditioner on for at least 5 mins to let it really sink in. It may be that for my hair (fine, quite dry, highlighted) it may not be the right conditioner for me, so it is probably more beneficial for someone with more healthier hair than mine. I continue my search for my HG conditioner (I have only just found out what HG means!) :P
Aloe vera gel is good for sensitive skin. I usually bring it on holiday - as i often get heat rash and occasional sun burn due to my very fair skin! It is good value (if you buy it from the 99p shop) but to get the best results always go for a gel that has a high content of aloe vera. I've used some with over 99% and you can tell the difference, however, you can also tell the difference in price! a 250ml gel in a health shop may cost around Â£7 (which to me is ridic) for a very small amount, especially as it is used over the entire body. I like how aloe vera feels on hot rashy skin. it is really cool and soothing, a great holiday product. It is also great in an eye serum mixed with grapeseed oil - feels so good on tire d eyes! Of course, aloe vera can be used for ezcema, sore, flaky and dry skin, even sensitive skin. TIP: Go for a gel rather than a lotion. there tends to be less unnecessary ingredients in a gel and more natural.
I <3 Jojoba. I use for it mainly for my hair. I have extremly fine hair, which can be easily damaged and looks like I have thinning hair/ balding. I use this all over my scalp and ends of my hair. the longer you leave it on the better. When it is washed out it feels so smooth and my scalp is no longer flaky. my hair dresser has also commented on how my hair feels thicker (YAY!) It can also be used as a make up remover or serum (when mixed with other oils e.g. grapeseed, almond oil and other essential oils e.g. lavender, tea tree). Advantages: - extremely moisturising - organic - lasts a long time - a little goes a long way! - anti-ageing - helps stimulate hair growth/ moisturising the scalp Disadvantages: - can be quite expensive! - this is a personal view, but i do not like the smell
EVERYONE should have this in their lives. I don't know how i would manage without it! This product is great for so many ailments, such as acne, rashes, eczema, cuts etc. I always use this when i notice any redness, spots and rashes. It works wonders! in particular, i use this on my face, back, neck and even bikini line/ legs (e.g. for redness after shaving or ingrown hairs). The only reason this is 4/5 is because it can leave white streaks (although i find it works best when not rubbed into the skin, but left to sit on the affected area and left over night). TIP: Apply this to the affected area, e.g. spots on face/ back or a rash on baby's bum. I certainly wouldn't recommend applying this all over your face (as i have read in some of the previous comments). It can be very drying, so only put on skin when necessary. It is safe to use daily and with young children and babies.
I always end up buying more of this lip balm. it's one of the few out there that gives a really delicate, soft pink tone to the lips that isn't really glossy, metallic or glittery. it looks so natural and looks lovely against pale skin tones. I also like the scent! I also tend to put an SPF lip balm on first, and then add the nivea rose balm, as i find it glides on more smoothly this way (and there is added protection against sun damage).
Moisturizers -Simple - Replenishing Rich Moisturiser
princessmaria 5/20/2013 1:47:00 PM
i can honestly say im really shocked at the bad reviews this product has. for me, i think its wonderful! it has great info on the back of the product - which i love reading - about the ingredients, such as glycerin, pro vit B5 and allantoin to name a few. despite my skin being oily and spotty, particularly my chin and forehead, i chose to use the rich moisturiser and im so glad i chose this one over the 'normal' moisturiser. my skin is smooth, soft and feels bouncy! it leaves no 'slime' or residue and sinks into my skin. i can also say i havent experienced a plastic smell. actually, i would say it is scentless. i got this product on offer for Â£2 an absolute bargain. it is 125ml and has lasted me ages. a little goes a long way. apply this in upward circular motions on the neck and face. avoid eye area. use the simple eye balm. works a treat.
really pleased palmers have a facial range. the ingredients in this are really good, compared to other popular brands! it's great for sensitive skin, due to its formula, and its incredibly moisturising - without leaving a thick and oily residue. it leaves skin soft, protected and smooth. i always try and out on an SPF -at least 15 - everyday. i do my usual routine, cleanse, eye cream and moisturise. it is important to leave a few moments to let any moisturisor soak into the skin before applying make up. do not use this product at night, it is a day cream and the SPF is wasted. it is quite a high priced product, however, i'm happy to buy again!