Manicure of the Day 04/10/15

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Hey lovelies,

This is my most favourite time of year for me to do my nails, I always enjoy doing them but I really favour the darker more vampy colours we can wear during Autumn/Winter.

So the colours I chose for this mani were Nails Inc Gel Effect Old Bond Street and China Glaze De-Light. In real life the Old Bond Street can look a bit more blue/purple, in the photo it looks like its leaning a bit more toward teal. China Glaze De-Light is just that, a fab glitter topper with predominantly gold flakes, but there are holographic bar pieces that really catch the light. I like glitter toppers as I think you get that bit of bling without being too in your face even if you use it over all nails. Sometimes I want to be able to see the base colour as well.

As this is a Nails Inc Gel effect, the formula is fab and with the amazing brush that I never get tired of using. It makes polishing so easy and quick! Big fan of Nails Inc anyway but when they released the new brush I was over the moon. Virtually no clean up, that is such a joy!

Be prepared to see much more blues and purples over the next few months, I don’t ever bored of them so I hope you won’t either!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Argan + Synergy Precious Oil Elixir

 Hello beauty lovers,

I have written a post on  Argan + Synergy before about their gorgeous body butter (click here to read) and I picked up another bottle of the Argan + Synergy Argan Oil Precious Oil Elixir again recently as it is a brilliant multi use product.

The oil is 100% natural oil blend of Argan, Baobab, Kukui, Moringa and Sacha Inci oils with the gorgeous essential oils of ginger, black pepper, lavender, thyme, vetiver and bitter orange. It smells heavenly! It is more of a spicy scent, it makes a change to have a more woody, spicy fragrance instead of the usual florals.

I use this in a multitude of ways, as a facial oil I tip up the bottle 3 times on my first three fingers and then smooth the oil between my hands and press onto my skin. I do the same to use as a body oil after I have had a shower, I leave my skin damp so it spreads a little further. I use this in my hair, one drop before blow-drying, I use a few more as a treatment and sleep in it shampooing out in the morning. The oil is fabulous on cuticles and hands too as a treatment in the evening before bed.

This oil is a fine texture that sinks in very easily with no greasy after feel. I am well used to using oils but I don’t like to necessarily feel them on my skin and do hate anything greasy. I find it very pleasurable to use and you really don’t need to use a lot so a 50ml bottle will last a good while. The value I think is brilliant for such a beautiful blend, Argan + Synergy Precious Oil Elixir is available at Waitrose at £12.99.

Till next time,

 

Lucy xxx

Revitalift Filler Renew Serum

 Hello lovelies,

I had been wanting to try L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Renew Serum for a while after reading several positive reviews so when it was on a special offer in Boots a couple of months ago I snapped it up.

My first thing that I noticed is the packaging, very funky but also a very small 15ml so I did wonder how long it would last. I was most interested to see what the results would be around my eyes and also my neck as they are main areas of concern.

The serum is extremely light and sinks in well, it really does plump up your skin making it feel softer, smoother and firmer. I noticed the firm feeling immediately and this product is great for underneath your moisturiser, make up goes on well afterwards. I felt my skin looked rested and revived.

However I wouldn’t recommend this for sensitive skins. I am not sensitive in any way, but this did have a burning feeling when I applied it. It did dissipate after a while but I was concerned as I wanted to use it around my eyes, I tested this for a few days and it happened every time so unfortunately I stopped using it. I have used a few hyaluronic acid serums before and not had any problems so I am not sure what ingredient in here that didn’t agree with me.

I was disappointed with this but only because it didn’t suit me. I think it definitely works to remoisturise and plump out your skin so does what it says it will do. L’Oreal Revitalift Filler Renew Serum is currently available at Boots at the reduced price of £9.99.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Manicure of the Day 25/09/15

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Hello lovelies,

I do like me a bit of pink! Years ago there was no way I would entertain pink on my nails at all, I was all about the red and the dark shades but I remember looking at this in my local Superdrug and thought I could wear that. It was I think the polish I used in my first Instagram manicure which got a lot of attention.

This combination is Max Factor Glossfinity Candy Rose and Nails Inc Devonshire Close, both polishes are so pretty and I think go well together. Candy Rose is a very elegant but understated pink that can definitely be worn by all ages. I think it’s also a bit more neutral so easy to use with your wardrobe, good for work or going out.

Devonshire Close is a great glitter, goes on easily and LASTS! So it does take a bit of removal, but it is worth it. I don’t think this picture really does it justice unfortunately as you can’t quite see the rose coloured particles.

I kept this one on for quite a while (longer than 3 days!) and I got a lot of compliments on it when I was out and about. Definitely one I would recreate.

Till next time,

 

Lucy xxx

 

Amie Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask

  
Hello beauties,

Another mask review, but for this one a budget clay mask that I found while I was browsing in my local Waitrose. I had run out of my previous one and as I have used products from Amie beforehand I thought I would give this one a try.

It is a traditional clay mask but what is unusual is that instead of the camphor/menthol type of fragrance and fresh feeling you get on your skin, Amie have used Lime butter and organic peppermint. It cools and refreshes your skin while drawing out the imnpurities, helping to reduce excess oil and breakouts.

This is a great quality mask for the price and I have used it a few times now when I feel that my skin needs a little extra help. It smells gorgeous and my skin is left feeling clean and smooth. I usually use in the first stages of mask treatment and do moisturising masks afterwards.

I think Amie is a really good brand, I don’t like to use the word basic as I feel that is a bit unfair as their products are good quality for an excellent price. If you have a teenager looking to start with some skincare and had a limited budget I don’t think you could go wrong here. Amie have won various industry and magazine awards for their products and I feel rightly so. It’s is not a brand I had ever heard of until last year when I had first tried one of the moisturisers (click here to read) and I certainly haven’t seen it in any of the blogs I have read. Perhaps because Amie target customers are younger, but in my obsession to reduce the dreaded shine I get from my oily skin, I am very glad I came across it!

Amie Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask is £5.99 for 100ml and available at Waitrose, John Lewis and Victoria Health.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Hand Chemistry Retin-Oil

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Hello beauties,

I have got a remarkable product to talk about today, Hand Chemistry Retin-Oil. Hand Chemistry is one of Deciem’s brands and if you haven’t heard of them you are in for a treat. Deciem have many brands with problem solving products at crazy affordable prices. I reviewed their Hylamide Hyaluronic Acid booster serum (click here to read) which blew me away. So when I discovered Retin-Oil I wanted to try it immediately!

Retin-Oil is a retinol based body oil to treat strechmarks, scars, irregular skin texture, ageing dehydrated skin and discolouration. It is a multi-vitamin dry oil with high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, the most effective retinoid compound wihtout the need for a prescription. The formula also includes Vitamin C to target collagen production, Deep Sea Algae targets stretchmarks and the Amazonian oils leave a protective barrier to the skin.

Deciem had tweeted that this could be used on your face as well so I put in an order with my local Boots store and got it delivered. I tested this both on my face and body as I have an old surgery scar on my thigh where I have had nerve decompression surgery. I had not used anything on the scar while it was healing and I had forgotten about it but I thought this would be a great area to test the product. I have used retinol before but not liked it, it had made my skin very flaky and red so I gave up. I know that dermatologists and skin experts say that retinol is an extremely effective ingredient against ageing skin.

The results have been fantastic, my scar is much improved, the redness has gone and it is much less noticeable. My other half was very impressed when I had showed him the difference after using Retin-oil for 3 weeks. The texture of the skin on my face I felt a difference in days! It was much smoother and less bumpy and felt well hydrated and plumped. It also looks brighter and skintone more even. I am hoping it will help get rid of the stubborn pigmentation that I have.

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As you can see the scar is red and the skin is very dry. The oil hydrated my skin making it so much more comfortable and has evened out the colour of my skin. I honestly think with regular continued use the scar will diminish.

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I can safely say that this product will be a staple in my regime from now on. It comes in an 100ml bottle and after using it on my face and scar after 4 weeks there is only about an inch missing from the top, making this amazing value.

My only criticism is the smell, it is very fruity and tropical which are not my favourite scents but saying that I have got used to it and when layered with other products does not linger. The results I have found have been so good it is well worth carrying on with.

Deciem Hand Chemistry Retin-Oil is available from Boots at £20.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm

 Hello lovelies,

I am a big fan of Elemis and hadn’t tried the Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm before, so I got a sample size and was excited to try it. It can be used as a moisturiser and a primer for makeup and smells absolutely divine. Elemis say that it is a great introduction to their anti ageing moisturiser.

Key ingredients in this product are, Moringa Seed peptides, Noni (Indian Mulberry), Acai, Purple Orchid, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Neroli, Bitter orange and Lemon essential oils. I tried to use this in two ways, as a moisturiser and a primer.

Firstly I used it on clean, dry skin as a moisturiser and secondly as a primer over my usual sunscreen. I could not get this product on my skin without it rolling off in pieces. It was so disappointing so I could not see any glow or radiance from this at all as it wouldn’t even go onto my skin. Such a shame, but I have read reviews and I am not the only one this has happened to.

I can’t say if this was good for moisturising or not as I had to remove it as soon as I put it on, I am very glad that I didn’t buy a full size as I had to chuck this in the bin. Very poor quality from Elemis, which to be honest is something you don’t expect as they have such a great reputation for premium products.

So I can’t recommend this one I am afraid which does make me sad, I hate getting a bum product! I had such high hopes and they were dashed! Oh well at least I’ve tried it and know it is not for me.

Have you tried this? If so what did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx