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Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eye & Cheek Palette Review

I need another new eyeshadow palette as much as I would need a hole in the head but oh my goodness, what a beauty this one is. I currently have about three eyeshadow palettes in rotation, some of which are suitable for travel, one of which most definitely is not. Not that I need a new palette but if I were to buy a new one, I would want it to be travel friendly as, between you and me, I may have a new job to start soon which may include a lot of air miles.. So to prepare for this I am trying to make sure everything I buy is as travel friendly as possible in order to ensure I use it and get the most out of it. Which is why one of my (many) new make-up additions is perfect. Six eyeshadows, one blusher and a mirror compacted into a sturdy little palette is perfectly ideal and it comes from Tarte. Another one of the items included in my recent Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Collection which I bought from QVC for a wonderful price of £35, the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eye & Cheek Palette is perhaps my favourite product out of the bunch.

This Limited Edition Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eye & Cheek Palette is a beauty. Featuring 4 matte eyeshadows, 2 shimmery eyeshadows and one matte blusher, I am surprised this palette which is mostly made up of neutral tones, is Limited Edition. It is lovely. Each shade compliments the rest perfectly and I am utterly in love with Mystified, the pretty, light warm pink matte blusher.

The eyeshadows within this palette definitely do not disappoint either. Whilst I do notice slight fallout when I apply the two darker shades, Driftwood and Sandcastle, when applied with a MAC Paint Pot underneath I find that everything stays in place all day long without creasing or fading away. Each of the eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented and they all blend like a dream using Morphe Eyeshadow Brushes. At the moment I like to apply Tide as a base, Sunset and Horizon in the crease as transition shades then Driftwood and Sandcastle blended out from the outercorners to give a really smokey eye. I also love Reflection which is a really beautiful pale pink champagne shade which has a silver shimmer running throughout. This looks lovely on the inner corners of the eye so for once, I can honestly say that I use every single shade within a palette! There is no dud shade here, no shade which has been plonked in to make up the numbers. Each shade holds their own and I haven't reached for anything else since I started to use it.

It is a real shame that this Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eye & Cheek Palette is Limited Edition. I had never tried any eyeshadows from Tarte before and I definitely was not left disappointed. I love everything about this palette, from the outer packaging to the mirror within. Mystified, the matte pink blusher has instantly become my favourite cheek product out of all of the others that I own and the eyeshadows.. wow. So pigmented, so soft and easy to blend. There is a little bit of fallout but hey, it is worth it. I wish it wasn't Limited Edition as it is just so good.. but then again, maybe that is why it is Limited Edition!


Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer Review

I have been wanting to try this product for so long. When I first started using Liz Earle products, besides the famous Hot Cloth Cleanser I was dying to try out the Skin Tonic, purely because I didn't really know what it was for. Do you drink it? Do you splash it on your face? I had only ever seen it in the full sized version and I kept telling myself to buy it to try it out but I never got round to doing so, that was until I managed to buy the Liz Earle Daily Rituals Set at Christmas which included a full-sized bottle of the Hot Cloth Cleanser, the Superskin Concentrate for Night (which is amazing) and a mini bottle of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer.

About the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic:
"This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture. Spritz onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck after using Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Alternatively spritz over face and body to revitalise at any time. Naturally active ingredients include organic aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin."

The Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic comes in two variations bottle wise, either a pour bottle or a spray version. Strangely, the spray version is ever so slightly more expensive than that of the regular bottle but either way, they both do the same job and you still get the same results, regardless of how it comes out of the bottle. The idea of the Instant Boost Skin Tonic is to refresh and revitalize the skin after cleansing and because the tonic is packed full of naturally active ingredients, it also really helps to soothe and refresh the skin without drying it out or irritating it.

I apply the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic simply by spritzing across a clean, cleansed face, either before I go to bed as a little refresher or before I put my makeup on to give my skin a bit of moisture before I apply a heavy layer of make-up. I thought the spritzer would produce a really fine layer of the tonic, almost like a mist just to delicately coat the face but no, this spritzer means business! Rather than a really light, gentle release of product it comes out so quickly it is almost as if it is blasting you in the face. That said, it feels really refreshing and soothing on the skin and oh the smell is wonderful. It is a quite perfumed, florally scent and it is quite strong but it smells so lovely. I love the smell of it although I am sure it won't be to everyone's tastes.

Results wise it really does boost and perk the skin up and it feels really refreshing on the skin before applying make-up but I am really unsure if I would buy a full-sized version after trying this 30 ML bottle. I love the smell of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and it is so refreshing and uplifting on the skin without drying it out but if I had to describe the product as a whole in one word then it would be 'nice'. It is nice. It smells nice, it gives a nice refreshing feel to the skin but if I were to run out of it I wouldn't be scrambling online to order a new bottle. It is a nice, refreshing product which makes the skin feel and look nice but do I need another product which does that? Probably not, no. It is nice, though.


Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk Review

You can never really have too many skincare products, can you? I have a whole cupboard full of moisturisers, face and body creams, toners, eye creams and cleansers all waiting patiently to be used but I just can't stop buying them. It is always best to have some back-up, or in my case, about 36 back-up products! My current favourite skincare product to buy is cleansers. I am a bit of a hoarder and own quite a lot already but I love trying out new products to see if I can find a new favourite. At the moment, nothing can really beat the legendary Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser or the Bee Good Honey & Propolis Cleanser which is so thick and creamy, it feels so luxurious on the skin but I really want to find a much cheaper alternative to those two to see if I can find something jut as good but half the price. I recently saw that some of Soap and Glory's skincare products were on offer in Boots so I decided to try out the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk to see how that fared in comparison to my other two faves.

About the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk:
"PEACHES AND CLEAN™ Deep Cleansing Milk features a special clogged-pore formula with PEACH & GOJUICE™ extracts and an OXYGINSENG™ daily skin detox which will help to purify and clarify, invigorate, soften skin, and melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities for a smooth, luminous complexion."

The Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk smells just as incredible as you would expect. I absolutely love Soap and Glory products, not only because they aren't the gimmick they appear to be but because all of their products just smell good enough to eat. The Soap and Glory Smoothie Breakfast Star Scrub in particular smells so incredible that every time I go into Boots I can't help but smell it. Is that strange? I hope not. Fortunately this Cleansing Milk is no exception although it doesn't smell how I thought it would do. I expected it to smell of peaches and cream but instead it smells like peaches and mint. It is a really strange combination but it smells really refreshing - just like peaches and toothpaste. 

I have never used a Cleansing Milk before so I expected this product to have the consistency of actual milk but no, it is just like an ever-so-slightly looser version of a creamy cleanser. It is very light in consistency and it practically melts into the skin when rubbed in. The Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk is designed to melt away make-up although I don't use this product for that purpose. I take my make-up off first with a make-up removing wipe then apply the Cleansing Milk afterwards to help remove any final bits that I previously missed and everything just gets melted away. It is so gentle on the skin and once wiped away with a warm muslin cloth the skin is left feeling really soft, cleansed and fresher than before.

I really wasn't expecting much from this product considering I usually go for really thick and creamy cleansers but I love the light texture of this Cleansing Milk. You can practically feel it melting away your make-up and it feels so gentle and lightweight on the skin. A little goes a really long way with just two little pumps plenty for the entire face so this 350 ML bottle is guaranteed to last you a while. I also love the packaging to this product as you can lock and unlock the pump, making it perfect for travel. I absolutely love this product and I am really glad I have found a deep cleansing product from the drugstore which costs less than £10!


HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife Review

I have had a lot of experience when it comes to matte liquid lipsticks. I have lost count as to how many I own although I haven't bought any new ones in the recent months. I have tried an awful lot of matte liquid lipsticks ranging from the cheap and cheerful from NYX and Colourpop, right up to the incredibly expensive Kylie Lip Kits. Wow, what an expensive lesson they were. Don't get me wrong, they are probably my favourite out of all of the various brands I have tried but the cost of them is extortionate when you take all of the extra fees into consideration. I would hate to think how much money I have given to Kylie and I am sure if I added everything up then I would probably feel a bit sick so what I don't know can't hurt me, I guess! Anyway, when I was in Dubai in September I couldn't resist a little trip to Sephora and I ended up walking away with a new matte liquid lipstick..or four. Two of which were from a brand I was unfamilar with, Huda Beauty.

The ladies in Dubai were literally crowded around the Huda Beauty stand, swatching like crazy and shoving people out of the way to get their most coveted shade. I had never seen anything like it. It was what I imagine a wedding dress sample sale to be like, or Black Friday in Dixons with everyone pushing and shoving over 20 quid off a telly. After a little while of watching in amusement I thought "hey, they must be good if they are reacting this way" so I joined the crowd and grabbed two lip products. Today I want to show you the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife.

About the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks:
"Non-drying, featherweight, densely-pigmented and with a stunning, suedette finish, there’s nothing about Huda Beauty’s Liquid Mattes we’re not obsessed with. Already causing a furore, the silky formula applies like a lipgloss then dries in moments – cloaking your pout with a smooth, kiss-resistant veil of vibrant colour that won’t smudge, flake or transfer. Enriched with nourishing ingredients, there’s a shade to match each of the bestselling Lip Contour pencils, alongside seven stunning new hues ranging from deep plum (Material Girl) to on-trend ‘90s beige-brown (Spice Girl) – but be warned! These won’t stick around so snap yours up before your best friend beats you to it. "

The HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks are available in 16 different shades with 16 identical Lip Contours (that's lip liners to you and I) to ensure precise application. I love that each shade has its own liner as sometimes it can be really hard to find a liner which matches the lipstick and whilst it may look good on Little Mix, I am really not a fan of nude lipstick and dark brown lip liner. No, just no. When I bought my lipsticks, the matching liners had sold out so I have had to make do without but I do really think the matching lip liner would help create a much neater and precise application.

Trophy Wife is a pretty deep rosy pink, although I do think the photo on the front of the packaging makes it appear a little more purple than it actually is. Trophy Wife is a very wearable lipstick which, when applied, is actually a lot more muted than I thought it would be as I expected it to be a lot deeper with more purple tones than it actually has. It is still a really lovely shade and actually it is more wearable than I thought it was going to be. When it comes down to application I do find it to be slightly messy but name me a liquid lipstick which doesn't require 5 minutes of complete silence and a very steady hand? I really think the matching lip liner would make application a dream but the lipstick still looks good regardless, and that's the main thing after all.

Once applied, Trophy Wife appears to have more of a shine finish but after a few moments it dries down completely matte. I always seem to have dry lips, regardless of how many times I 'seductively' lick my lips throughout the day but surprisingly I didn't find that the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick showed up any dry areas at all. I found that once it had dried it did feel quite heavy on the lips - not in an uncomfortable way but you can definitely feel that something is on there so it definitely isn't the most lightweight liquid lipstick that I have tried. Longevity wise it stays put all day long without budging or transferring which is pretty damn good. I didn't find that it cracked or peeled off whatsoever so I literally cannot fault the longevity at all. If you want a long-lasting lipstick then this is definitely one to consider!

I have to just mention the smell of these HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks as, Christ, they smell bad. So bad. The worst smelling lipstick I have ever owned. I hate synthetic, vanilla smells and blimey, this is the strongest synthetic vanilla scent I have smelt. The first time I went to apply Trophy Wife I was so shocked at the smell, it was horrendous and unfortunately it lingers on the lips for quite a long time. It is like walking around with a Vanilla Yankee Candle attached to your lips which is alright if you like that sort of thing but I really don't have the stomach for it.

If I were just to review this product on the lipstick alone then I would say it is probably the best matte liquid lipsticks I have tried. They remind me of the Kylie Lip Kits in consistency and texture but ever so slightly cheaper and I absolutely love the shade range. I would happily own every single shade as they are all so beautiful and I love that you can buy the matching lip liner to make for an easier and precise application. They stay put all day long without budging, transferring or creasing and I really could not ask more from a lipstick. The only thing that really lets this product down is the smell. Why every single liquid lipstick must have an overwhelmingly sickly sweet scent to it I will never know but boy, this is probably the worst I have smelt out of all I have tried. I will still continue to wear Trophy Wife, of course I will, it is too good to waste away in a drawer but if I look a little bit green in the face then it is because I am trying not to be ill over inhaling the smell but hey, at least my lips will look gooood!


My First Thoughts On Acrylic Nails

The Lord did not bless me with much but he did bless me with good nails. For years and years I have always painted them myself and had people ask me if they were my own or if they were fake. I have never been a nail biter or had a problem with growing my nails so they have always remained in a healthy condition, minus the nail varnish! I personally don't like short nails on me so if one of my long nails were to break then oh my goodness, the world would be coming to an end. You can't have one short nail and 9 so long that they appeared fake so they all get cut short and I start again. 

For the last few months my nails have been really long and strong which is just how I like them but because I work in a jewellery shop, I am constantly pulling crowns out of watches, taking links out of watches, messing around with the clasps on necklaces and bracelets... after a while I started to notice that my thumb nails were starting to constantly break and split almost halfway down my nail making it so sore that in the end I decided to just leave my nails short for a while. I was also constantly fed up with my nail varnish chipping as soon as it was applied so I couldn't be bother with that, either. A couple of weeks ago my friend suggested we go and get our nails done together and as I had never even stepped foot inside a nail salon before I immediately said yes. It would be fun! We would be like those girls in films going for lunch and getting our nails done together!

I was originally thinking of just getting a gel polish on top of my own nails but after a scroll through Instagram I decided to get a set of acrylic nails instead. I was actually really worried they would ruin my own nails underneath and whilst I am sure they will harm them slightly what with all of the drilling, filing and chemicals within the acrylic, I decided to try it just this once. Don't get me wrong, I am not looking forward to seeing what my own nails will look like when they get taken off but a little treat once a year won't be too bad, will it?

After I decided I wanted acrylics done, I then had to decide what sort of shape I was after and which colours on which designs I wanted painted on the top. I scrolled through Instagram and came across an account called Nails_by_annabel_m and oh my goodness, I have never seen such beautiful nails before. They seem to specialise in the stiletto and coffin shapes and they pack Swarovski nail crystals on top of all of their designs - they are SO beautiful and I am literally obsessed but as I don't live anywhere near their salon I decided to steer clear away from the nail gems and crystals as I didn't want to be disappointed in comparison to what another nail technician could do. In the end I decided to go for a coffin-shaped French Ombre and I am obsessed!!!

Because I had never had it done before I had no idea what would happen or what the stages were and I will be honest - I wasn't expecting that. When I went in I was armed with a photo in hope they could recreate it and after we got past the language barrier, they set to work, cutting my own nails, taking my nail varnish off, filing them, buffing them, drilling them... Then came the tips and the acrylic which I watched in awe. After they had moulded the acrylic onto the nails and it had set, they then filed the nails down to the coffin shape and oh god, I will not lie to you. It hurt. At one point I thought the nail technician was trying to file down to the bone. They do it so viciously, so much so I looked at my friend opposite and mouthed 'is it supposed to hurt??' The tears in her eyes told me yes, yes it is. Once I had managed to move myself off from the edge of my chair and relax slightly after the technician had stopped, then came more buffing, the wash of my hands and then the fun bit! They then airbrushed the white tips onto my nails and as soon as that white had hit the acrylic, I was in love. 

What do you think? I am so obsessed with them, I can't stop admiring them. In hindsight I would have liked them a little bit shorter but I couldn't bare to have them file my bones away again! For the rest of the day my nails were ever so sore but I put that down to the vicious filing but apart from that, the whole process was really enjoyable and I really do love the end result!


Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar Review

Every now and again when I feel like a little pick-me-up, I go into Lush and behave as if I am a contestant on Supermarket Sweep. If it catches my eye and smells nice then chances are it will be in my basket ready to come home with me. It is so easy to spend a hell of a lot of money in there, especially when it comes to different holiday periods throughout the year. Who can resist a cute little heart-shaped bath bomb at Valentine's Day?? During my most recent little spending spree I bought this little beauty, the Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar.

About the Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar:
"If you'd normally reach for a sweet treat to lift your mood, this bubble bar does just the job. Its sweet candy floss smell raises your energy levels and perks you up. It also offers extra moisturisation than the average bubble bar as it has a blend of almond and cocoa butter. Creamy Candy contains almond oil and butter chunks that melt onto the surface of the water, giving skin a velvety texture."

I was originally drawn to the Lush Creamy Candy Bubble Bar because of its look but I bought it because of its smell. It smells very similar to the Snow Fairy Shower Gel and that in itself makes it an immediate purchase for me! I tend not to buy too many Bubble Bars from Lush as I seem to always veer towards the Bath Bombs as I love the performance and the surprise of what will happen when the product hits hot water whereas there isn't too much anticipation with Bubble Bars, although they do still smell gorgeous - especially this one.

Bubble Bars are great because you can get about two or three uses out of one little bar, making them more value for money in comparison to the Bath Bombs. When the Creamy Candy Bubble Bar meets hot water, it immediately dissolves leaving the water a hot pink shade with lots of relaxing bubbles floating on the surface. What's even better is that the bathroom is then filled with the sweet smell of heavenly candy floss. It leaves the skin feeling really soft after use due to the cocoa butter formula and best of all you don't need to clean the bath out afterwards!


Review | Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Candle

Oh, hello.
The most gorgeous, luxurious, candle I have ever owned. How I will ever pluck up the courage to burn this I will never know. At £42, this candle does not come cheap. Every time I burn it I would think "well, that is £5 just burnt away" but no, that is not the correct mindset to have. Jo Malone is pure luxury. I first fell in love with her products when I walked past a counter and I thought "hey, that is from Instagram!" which is where I had only ever seen the products before but wow, seeing it in the flesh and actually being able to smell the scents, the colognes, the luxurious body creams... I first thought Wood Sage and Sea Salt was my favourite but then I smelt Pomegranate Noir.. Wow. Dark and Enigmatic, Pomegranate Noir is nothing like I have smelt before. It is completely unique and a scent so strong I could smell it as soon as I lifted it out of the box. Imagine my surprise when I woke up on Christmas Day and found this sat underneath my Christmas Tree. The Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Candle.

About the Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Candle:
"The sensuality of a daring red dress. Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. Dark and enigmatic. To uplift, to wind down, or simply to add an air of luxury. Transform the atmosphere with luxury and opulence. Candle burn time is 45 hours and includes lid."

The Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Candle is the smell I imagine which will greet me when I arrive in Heaven. It is a very deep, peppery scent with a very subtle hint of sweetness. With top notes of pomegranate, heart notes of casablanca lily and base notes of guaiacwood, Pomegranate Noir is a woody and peppery unisex scent which smells even more luxurious than it costs. If you like light scents then this may not be for you as it is a big and powerful fragrance, a fragrance of pure luxury. I cannot really write enough about a fragrance for you to understand what it smells like without actually smelling it but I do know that it is the best thing I have probably ever smelt and whilst it may be expensive, it sure is worth it.

After owning one product from Jo Malone, I am now itching to buy more. I am very tempted by the Pomegranate Noir Cologne and the Pomegranate Noir Body Creme, or even layering up two different scents together. I have heard that Pomegranate Noir and English Pear & Freesia go really well together. Jo Malone actually have a fragrance combination chart on their website so you can create a bespoke scent by layering up the colognes to create either a warmer or fresher scent, depending on which your initial favourite scent is.

It may take me a while to pluck up the courage to actually burn it, but the Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Candle is pure luxury and the ultimate gift to receive. From the box it comes in tied with a symbolic bow, down to the complimentary black matches within the box to light the candle with, can you beat the gift of a Jo Malone Candle? I will never look at a Yankee Candle with such fondness ever again. Jo Malone has truly stolen my heart and replaced it with a beautiful smelling, albeit expensive one.


Review | Tarte Coconut Oil Infused Lipstick in Rosy Mauve

Since liquid lipsticks came about, I can't remember the last time I applied a normal, bullet-style lipstick. I literally cannot remember the last time I boldly swiped a lipstick onto my lips rather than sat in front of a mirror with a liquid lippie and a shaky hand. I own so many liquid lipsticks now which I use nearly everyday so my other, standard lipsticks have been gathering dust on a shelf in my bedroom. That was until recently when I managed to grab a bargain on QVC and buy the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Collection for just £35. Included in the collection was a foundation, a foundation brush, an eyeliner, an eye & cheek palette, mascara, a make-up bag and, you guessed it, a lipstick. The lipstick included was the Tarte Coconut Oil Infused Lipstick in Rosy Mauve.

The Tarte Coconut Oil Infused Lipstick in Rosy Mauve is a really pretty warm nude pink which is perhaps a little more sedated in comparison to the shades I am now fond of in the liquid formula. That said, I could not have chosen a more hydrating lipstick to go back to. Don't get me wrong, liquid lipsticks are my faves but wow, are they drying. It makes a nice little change to use a lipstick which doesn't make my lips feel like sandpaper!

The Tarte Coconut Oil Infused Lipsticks come housed in gorgeous little gold bullets which make the lipsticks appear more expensive than they actually are. I am unsure of how many shades there are in the range, or where you can buy them from in the UK as I can't find any information on them which is a shame as actually? They are a really great product. Never have I met a more pigmented and creamy lipstick which delivers a high shine finish. Literally one swipe is all you need to cover the lips and best of all you don't need a steady hand to apply it with, either. Longevity wise I found it lasts a couple of hours before wearing away and unfortunately it does transfer onto everything it touches but I find that always happens when I wear lipsticks which have a glossy, shiny finish to them.

Aside from the transferring, the only other small downside to the Tarte Coconut Oil Infused Lipsticks is, in my opinion, the smell. I expected the lipstick to smell like coconut but instead it smells very strongly of synthetic vanilla which I cannot abide. I really thought the Coconut Oil Infused Lipsticks would smell like Bounty Chocolate Bars but instead the smell like a Vanilla Yankee Candle. The smell lingers for quite a while which is great if you love the Vanilla Yankee Candle but not so much if you are more of a Fluffy Towels kinda gal! Other than that I do really love this lipstick. Rosy Mauve is such a pretty and wearable lipstick which has reminded me to switch up my everyday make-up products and to use a normal lipstick every once in a while. I have a whole collection of them, after all.


Review | Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash

I won't go as far to say that the Garnier Micellar Water has changed my life but it really has improved it. Ever since it first came out I have never been without a bottle and whenever it is on offer I make sure I stock up as I can't bear to be without it. I don't use it to take my make-up off with solely, I use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes to do that and yes, I know make-up removing wipes are awful, I am a terrible person etc etc but I really don't care. I love the ease of make-up wipes, I always have done and I probably always will do. Some make-up wipes are terribly dry and don't take any make-up off at all, instead they just seem to push the make-up around the face but if you wanted a recommendation in make-up wipes then the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes are most definitely my favourite out of all the various different ones I have tried. They are full of moisture and take make-up off effortlessly and don't make the skin feel really sore or rough from scrubbing away at the face. They also leave the skin feeling really fresh and clean afterwards unlike most other wipes which make you feel as if you should wash your face ASAP. Anyway, what I am trying to say is.. I love anything Garnier Micellar Water so when they recently bought out the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash, I bought it straight away.

About the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash:
"Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash, with grape extract, lovingly captures make up and dirt like a magnet, to remove make up without leaving the skin feeling dry or tight. Removes make up from the face, eyes and lips. Micellar technology acts like a magnet to remove dirt and make up. Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested. Suitable for sensitive skin."

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash comes in two variations, the original pink version or the green version which is suitable for combination & sensitive skin. Both gel washes come in clear bottles with a pump dispenser and for your money you are getting 200 ML of product which is great. The gel wash itself is clear in colour and it has a very clean, soapy smell to it. It is rather inoffensive, although it does slightly remind me of the hand sanitizer you get in hospitals, looks and smell wise. Not in a bad way, though.

When it comes to application, you have to apply the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash to a wet face and rub the product in gently which should cause it to foam and lather when met with water. When I first applied it I did exactly what they said but I didn't find it to lather up very much at all. I still don't, actually and let's face it, it is hardly a product you can apply incorrectly but nevertheless, it still does exactly what it suggests. It is very lightweight on the skin and leaves it feeling thoroughly clean and fresh whilst making sure all of your make-up has been melted away. I can't say how it works on a full face of make-up as that isn't what I use it for but it does help to remove any last little bits that a make-up wipe forgot. It doesn't leave the face feeling really dry or tight like some face washes do either which is great. I would say it was a very gentle face wash which would be best used in between taking your make-up off and cleansing.

Overall, I quite like this little Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash, although I wouldn't say it was my favourite product out of the Micellar range. It does exactly what it claims to do, it helps to remove any lasting bits of make-up and it gives the skin a thoroughly good clean but I find that my regular cleansers do that anyway. All of my cleansers are really thick, creamy and luxurious and leave the skin feeling so beautifully soft but I find this Gel Wash to be rather clinical in comparison. I do like it and I will still use it, but I don't think I would repurchase it, only because after I take my make-up off I can go straight in with my cleanser and get the same results this gives, just a little kinder and a little more nourishing.


Other | A Valentine's Day Collection

Whilst I don't have a loved one for Valentine's Day, I do know that if I had one then I sure as hell would dress up for the big day. I know Valentine's Day is not to everyone's tastes but I don't personally see a massive problem with it myself. If you want to buy a heart shaped balloon with 'I love you' scrawled across it and a giant cuddly toy for a loved one then you go ahead my friend. Here is a little bit of outfit inspo for you if you have something great planned for Feb the 14th. As for me? I will be hellishly jet-lagged after flying to America the day before but I will still see my loved one - I will get my Mum to put my dog on Facetime for me.

Review | Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate for Night

This is perhaps my favourite Liz Earle product and that in itself is a rather bold statement. Move over Hot Cloth Cleanser, the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate for Night is coming through! Before recently, I had never even heard of this product, let alone had any clue as to what its benefits were. When I bought the Liz Earle Daily Rituals Set on Boxing Day, this little beauty was inside and I have loved it ever since. In the short time I have been using it I have noticed a real change in my skin so what more can I ask for?

About the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate For Night:
"Apply this luxurious facial oil before bedtime to visibly plump and smooth mature or very dry skin, or balance combination skin by morning. Soothing pure essential oils of neroli, lavender and chamomile also help aid a peaceful night’s sleep. Use Superskin Concentrate at night-time either before, or instead of applying your moisturiser."

The Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate for Night comes in 4 different sizes, 3 of which come in pump form and one that comes in rollerball form, which I have. I much prefer having it in rollerball form as it means you can be really precise with application rather than spraying it at your face and hoping for the best. The concentrate itself smells absolutely beautiful. Because it is the night-time version, it smells incredibly calming and very much of lavender, making it an aid to help get a good nights sleep. I apply this just before I get into bed and the smell lingers on the skin for a little while, making it the last thing I smell before I drift off into a land of my own.

.When it comes to application, I apply it after I have cleansed and toned, then I run the rollerball underneath my eyes, across my forehead and on my cheeks. I apply it underneath the eyes to smooth and soften the delicate skin there and I apply it across my forehead and onto my cheeks as this is where my skin is the driest. The consistency and texture of the Superskin Concentrate is that of oil but it does not make the skin feel oily or greasy, something which I was worried about as I am prone to oily skin. After I have applied the concentrate, I then gently rub it in and hop into bed, ready to let it do its magic. The next morning my skin is softer and plumper than before and I have already noticed a big difference in my skin. I have really dry and stubborn skin on my cheeks and nothing has really helped it but this Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate has really helped ease the dryness and I think the more I continue to use it, the better my skin will become.

I am utterly in love with this little Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate for Night, and I much prefer it to the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Oil which I found didn't really help to ease my skincare troubles. This concentrate smells amazing, it completely relaxes me before bedtime and it really smoothes and plumps up the skin whilst helping to soften the dry patches on my cheeks. I absolutely love this product and it is definitely worth a look at the next time you pass a Liz Earle counter!