Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Nourishing Moisturiser – £13.00.
I know that I am a little bit slow on the bandwagon with this cult wonder from Embryolisse but I’m finally here, on board the wagon with everyone else. It’s better to be late to the party than to not show up at all, right? This product is a favourite amongst make up artists, skincare experts, and beauty bloggers alike. It is essentially a moisturiser but it has a whole multitude of uses that it is a must have for any skincare stash. Lait-Crème Concentré can be used for just about anything – a primer, make up remover, a moisturiser, a repairing face mask, you name it – you can probably use this for it. It is a natural moisturiser that is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, created with a rich infusion of shea butter, beeswax, soy and aloe vera. I use this moisturising hybrid mostly as a make up primer and on dry patches of eczema – it works wonders for both. As a primer, Embryolisse’s Lait-Crème Concentré is fantastic – it absorbs quickly without being remotely sticky or tacky, and it leaves my oily yet dehydrated skin feeling nicely moisturised, supple, and soft – the perfect base for my make up to be applied on top of. I’ve actually noticed a vast improvement on my make up’s staying power as well. Now that is impressive, especially for my oil slick face. The texture of this moisturiser is more of an emollient and it is quite thick so you only need the smallest amount to go over your entire face, it leaves my skin feeling so soothed and my make up just feels so comfortable on my skin when I’ve used this underneath it. I was quite worried that it may feel too thick and heavy on my face, or that it may cause a breakout, but luckily I’ve had zero issues in that department. In terms of it’s other uses, it has provided some much needed relief on a reoccurring dry and very itchy eczema patch that I have on my thumb so I tend to have a 30ml tube in my bag just in case. This product is one that I had been meaning to buy for so long but it just kept slipping my mind. It wasn’t until I was perusing the Escentual 1/3 off French pharamacy brands offer that I remembered that I still wanted it and voila, here it is. It is a much welcomed addition to my make up and skincare stash.
I will be restarting my Roaccutane treatment in March and I’ve got a feeling that I will be relying on Embryolisse’s Lait-Crème Concentré more than ever to help provide comfort for some seriously dry skin.
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Have you tried Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré? What do you prefer to use it for?
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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – Pink Pepper & Mint – £20.75.
If there is one thing that I know I am sure to love without any shadow of a doubt, it is the limited edition versions of Liz Earle’s cult Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I absolutely adore the original cleanser but there is something special about the limited edition versions – the packaging, the scents, they’re wonderful. I don’t think I have come across one that I haven’t liked. When I spotted the Pink Pepper & Mint cleanser just before Christmas, I had to snap it up. I absolutely adore the bright pink and gold detailing in the packaging and the art on the front of the cylindrical tube is adorable – little green mint leaves and bright hot pink pepper kernels. So bloomin’ pretty. You couldn’t walk past it, spot it, and not want to purchase it, could you?
I really love Liz Earle cleansers as they are kind to my sensitive and unruly skin whilst being completely natural and nourishing. They are just ever so slightly fragranced but not so much so that it is overpowering. The Pink Pepper & Mint version of the cleanser is miles apart from the original cleanser’s scent but in a very good way, you get a nice refreshing, crisp aroma from the mint but a kind of warm, spicy aroma from the pink pepper. It’s a nice contract and the scents work really well together. I have to admit that this cleanser is absolutely divine and out of all the limited edition releases that have gone before, this is probably my favourite. Move over Orange Flower & Chamomile. I wish it was part of the permanent line in all honesty but I think that will take away from that special factor. The limited edition variations of the cleanser contain the same award winning ingredients that have given Liz Earle the cult status that it so much deserves over the years, such as cocoa butter to soften, smooth and moisturise as well as rosemary and chamomile to tone and soothe. It also has some added extras to give it a bit more oomph, making it that bit more special. Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has a luxurious, rich and creamy texture that is incredibly moisturising and it leaves your skin feeling unbelievably clean and soft. I have very temperamental skin, it’s sensitive, oily, congested, and prone to break outs and blemishes which means that picking cleansers can normally be quite the task but Liz Earle can never do wrong in the skincare department. When usually this cleanser, I have no problems with irritation, tightness or breakouts thankfully which is what makes me keep coming back for more. The Pink Pepper & Mint Hot Cloth Cleanser comes with two beautiful muslin cloths with gold piping all around the edges but sadly, I find muslin cloths a little too harsh for my skin. I much prefer to use a flannel as they are kinder to my skin but still gently remove dead skin sells and gently exfoliate. Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is ideal for any any and all skin types and I can’t recommend it enough, especially the limited edition ones. I can’t get enough of them.
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Sadly this cleanser is no longer available BUT Liz Earle have released another limited edition cleanser today – Rose & Cedrat. Check it out! *heads over to website to buy immediately*
What has been your favourite limited edition release from Liz Earle?
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NYX Matte Liquid Liner – £5.50.
I’m not one for donning a cat eye or winged liner everyday, I tend to reserve that for evenings and nights out but when I do opt for a more dramatic eye make up look, I rely on a heavy duty black liquid liner with a decent amount of staying power. I normally reach for my much loved Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner but I have been on the hunt for a cheaper, more budget friendly alternative – enter NYX Matte Liquid Liner. I was perusing Instagram a few weeks back, as you do, and I came across a gorgeous eye make up look from the extremely talented Depeche Gurl and when I was looking at the product information, she had tagged this particular eye liner and from then on, I knew that I had to have it. I went straight to the Boots website and at the click of a button, it made its way to me.
I love how liquid eyeliner can create the neatest, cleanest, and most crisp lines. I definitely prefer liquid eyeliner over gel and pencil for sure. NYX Matte Liquid Liner is part of the NYX Collection Noir eye liner range and it comes with a very thin and elongated brush that you dip in to the eyeliner ink (is it even ink? I’m going to call it ink anyway) and away you go – my favourite type for easy, precise and tidy application. None of this felt tip pen malarkey. The formula of this eye liner is incredible – it is super pigmented, intensely black, incredibly fast drying and it settles in to the most gorgeous bold matte finish that just does not budge. When I say it doesn’t budge, I mean that it doesn’t budge – not one inch. What I love most is that I don’t get any of that annoying transfer on the top of your eye lids that makes you look like you’ve gone a few rounds with Mike Tyson. That is without a doubt my eyeliner peeve. It is ideal for nights out as it definitely withstands just about any condition you can throw at it and it remains absolutely perfect. Prepare to have some heavy duty eye make up remover in your Arsenal for this stuff. It performs just as well as my beloved Guerlain, creating bold, classic looks but for a fraction of the price. This little baby only costs £5.50 and it is pretty damn awesome.
SHOP NYX at Boots.
What is your favourite eye liner of choice?
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Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation – £36.00.
So in true Erin style, I purchased this brand spanking new foundation from Chanel the day that it was released. I had read countless rave reviews leading up to the release and there was no way that I wasn’t going to purchase it. The lack of having any kind of patience just got the better of me, as it always seems to. I mean the foundation boasts giving the skin a natural healthy glow, who doesn’t want that for their skin? Seriously. I know I do. I was expecting to fall head over heels in love with the latest offering from Chanel at first application like most other bloggers seem to have done over recent weeks but sadly, I just didn’t. I will admit that I much prefer the pretty frosted glass bottle of the Healthy Glow foundation to the rectangular plastic packaging of Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua and Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundations. More of this please, Chanel. Me likey.
I have been wearing Chanel’s Healthy Glow Foundation every single day since I purchased it, and I’ve stuck with it despite wanting to change, in order to really try and make up my mind once and for all. The foundation has a very creamy texture that is nicely moisturising and it does feel so lightweight and hydrating on the skin but I found the overall finish (albeit natural looking) to be a little on the flat side. It did make my skin look pretty damn flawless, it covered all of my skins redness and any pesky imperfections with ease but I wasn’t seeing this ‘healthy glow’ that everyone else seems to be getting and raving about. I did read somewhere that this foundation caters more for the normal to drier skin types and whilst my skin is naturally quite oily, I didn’t really have any issues with staying power or excess shine. I work in a large heavily air conditioned office and it seemed to hold up quite well which is seriously impressive but again, I found that wearing this foundation made my skin looked pretty dull, lacklustre, and almost too matte. That may be down to the soft focus powders that combine with mineral pigments and hyaluronic acid to make up the formula of this foundation but I am not sure. It did set quite powdery on my skin. I am definitely left feeling a little (okay a lot) confused by this base. Yes, my skin looked healthy but no, it definitely didn’t ‘glow’. No sheen to be seen. I added the glow afterwards with a hefty amount of highlighter. All in all, a nice foundation but not a great foundation in my opinion – it offers great coverage, wears comfortably and has some decent staying power, but it just wasn’t for me. One of the major downsides with a lot of Chanel foundations is the shade range, and this was no different. I believe that the UK currently offer only 9 shades (with a maximum of 14 shades elsewhere) which you have to admit is pretty poor. I opted for shade No. 20 which was a pretty good match to my skintone but I imagine a lot of people will struggle to find a good match which is a shame. I definitely feel that Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation is a base for those who prefer quite a sheer coverage as I found the more I tried to build on the coverage, the flatter my skin looked. Overall, I’m a little underwhelmed. What a shame?!
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Have you tried Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation yet?
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Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Palette – £11.39 / Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette – £17.50.
Okay, shall we just take a moment to appreciate how freakin’ cute these two palettes are? They are so tiny, I couldn’t resist how adorable and small they were. I am a sucker for novelty items and despite owning both of these Smashbox palettes in their full size, I couldn’t resist adding the mini ones to my collection. They just had to be mine. I often find myself in a bit of a pickle when it comes to picking palettes for travel and this just removes that issue altogether. They’re small, compact and have a decent sized mirror inside – they’ll fit inside the smallest of spaces, and the smallest of make up bags with ease. I adore both the Smashbox Double Exposure and Smashbox Full Exposure palettes so why would I not want their smaller counterparts? It seemed like a no brainier. Initially I saw that the Double Exposure Mini Palette was on sale for £11.39 and I thought that was just too good a deal to pass up, and then whilst I was there I decided it would be rude not to get the Full Exposure Mini Palette too. The colours selected in both of the mini palettes are exactly the same as the ones inside the full sized palettes so I’m not getting anything new in the smaller palettes BUT I happen to love the shades in both – they’re right up my street – a mix of nice neutral shades for everyday wear, and a few darker shades thrown in for evening wear. Each palette contains eight shades with a nice mixture of shimmer and matte colours that can be used wet or dry. Each eyeshadow is highly pigmented, soft with an almost creamy consistency and with great staying power. The shades all blend together well and really compliment eachother nicely. Now the question is… Did I NEED these palettes? No but I just couldn’t resist, especially for that price. They are super lightweight and perfect for travelling so why the hell not?
*I have included links to the full sized palette reviews so that you can see swatches of the shades included. I’m nice like that you see…*
What do you think of these mini palettes?
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