Dr Organic Snail Gel Facial Serum

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Hello beauties,

I’ve got a serum to tell you about today, Dr Organic Organic Snail Gel Facial Serum. I first tried this about 2 years ago and got another bottle recently in part of the Holland and Barrett promotion.

I am a huge fan of the Dr Organic range, they have some fabulous products at extremely reasonable prices. The Snail Gel serum contains the aspersa muller that is extracted by the snails moving over glass. The mucus is then collected and filtered and concentrated. It sounds disgusting, but I have been really impressed with the results I have seen. The story goes that the snail farmers were noticing that after they had handled the snails, any cuts or irritations they had on their skin was healing faster than usual.

This serum is very hydrating and very light making it quick at sinking into the skin. After I have applied it, my skin is so soft and very smooth looking. In the summer time it is fine for me to use just on it’s own without a moisturiser but I do layer it in the winter months. I have tried it under my eyes too, that is usually my litmus test if a product can make the lines under my eyes look better then I know I have a winner! I also saw an improvement with the lines around my neck too, softening the lines and making them look smoother and hydrated. I find one pump is enough for my face and neck with just a wee bit extra for my eyes, it is quite a thin texture that your skin absorbs easily.

The fragrance is light and fresh and I do find using this enjoyable. It’s versatile and gives great results, so if you are struggling to find an affordable serum on the high street give this a try. There are some really good reviews on the Holland & Barrett website too, I will have to leave one myself. The Dr Organic range is available from Holland & Barrett and this serum is £17.99 for a 30ml bottle, though it is often part of various promotions. A very impressive product and great value.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Caudalie Divine Oil*

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This is another product that really lives up to its name Caudalie Divine Oil. It’s a gorgeous hydrating dry oil that you can use for hair, face and body. I do love things that are multitasking.

I tried it first as a facial oil, it is a rich dry oil (I know that sounds like an oxymoron) but what I mean is it gives excellent hydration without a nasty greasy residue. 3 drops is all that is needed for face and neck and it dries very quickly. It has the most gorgeous woody and floral fragrance that isn’t overpowering.

I have also used it on my cuticles and underneath my hand cream at night for a more intense hand treatment, again ideal as it’s dry texture sinks in and I’m able to pop a lotion over the top. You can put a few drops in the bath as well so I will try it when I next go for a soak.

I have a 15ml bottle that I was given in my QVCUK beauty bash goody bag* and I will definitely be buying a full size bottle which is £22.50 and available at http://www.qvcuk.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser with Neroli

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Hi beauties,

This moisturiser is so beautiful that I was thrilled when a friend bought me this with some Cleanse & Polish for Christmas. Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser with Natural Neroli is heavenly to use.

As you probably know, I am a huge fan of the brand and so many products. Superskin is designed for anti ageing although Liz Earle do not use that term, they say that we can’t stop the clock but we can “Slow the Ticking”! It is for a drier or mature skin type so you may wonder why I with an oily skin choose to use this? The answer: it is truly divine that’s why.

Superskin is richer than my usual skin repair light, it has cranberry, borage and rosehip seed oils and collagen boosting pomegranate flower extract. It’s a beautiful silky cream that despite being richer it does sink in well. The fragrance is divine, I adore the scent of Neroli with Chamomile and Lavandin it helps me wind down in the evening. If it is extremely cold then I have used it during the day too and it has helped protect my skin from the elements. I have used it with Superskin Concentrate too, a combination that my skin loves when it needs a treat. This moisturiser does remind me of Decleor’s Hydra Floral which is another cream I love. If I had an unlimited budget I think I would use the combination of both of these, I and my skin would be very happy!

I would definitely recommend this if you have dry or mature skin, it is very effective and actually you don’t need to use that much of it. I can get a month out of this small jar using it at night. Superskin Moisturiser is £39.00 for 50ml and is available from http://uk.lizearle.com/

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Hylamide Photography Foundation

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Hello lovelies,

Another excellent product from Deciem’s Hylamide is Photography Foundation. I got this in their Black Friday sale along with two other products that my Mum kindly bought me for Christmas.

When I first heard of this product I didn’t really know what it is for as when you squeeze out a little bit from the bottle it is a golden type colour which I thought this in no way is a foundation that gives you coverage. Really it is a primer and a brilliant one at that. It covers redness and gives you the most beautiful glow, diffusing any imperfections that you may have. Ok so it doesn’t help with shine, but for once I don’t care about that as it makes your skin look fantastic.

I was really surprised in how much redness it covers, I have a few broken capillaries  and it takes the majority of the colour away so I need less concealer and less foundation. I use it under my Bare Minerals Ready Foundation and my skin has never looked so good. It isn’t glittery, the best way to describe it is a glow and radiance.

You don’t have to just layer the Photography Foundation as a primer, you can mix it in with your liquid foundation too if that’s what you prefer. You don’t need much either to perfect your skin. I use it all over my face and under my eyes too which helps with the redness/blueness I have. You can just use it on it’s own as well for a no makeup day. I love this so much as I cannot believe how my skin looks when I wear it.

It has a very thin texture so easy to apply and it dries quickly so you aren’t hanging around for ages waiting to put your makeup on. After you have finished your base you can use it as a highlighter by patting it on. Absolutely brilliant and Deciem have another cracking product on their hands. Photography Foundation is £18.00 for 30ml and available from http://hylamide.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Sali Hughes Pretty Honest

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Hello beauties,

Today is an unusual post as I am reviewing one of my favourite books, Sali Hughes Pretty Honest: The Straight Talking Beauty Companion. Sali Hughes is one of my favourite beauty writers, she has a column in The Guardian on a Saturday and on that morning it is my go to section. I also really enjoy her beauty videos on her website http://www.salihughes.com where she interviews people in the industry called “In The Bathroom With”. Check them out, but be prepared to get hooked and spend a LOT of time watching!

Pretty Honest is an amazing book whether you are 18 or 80, it has brilliant straight forward advice written in such a friendly style. I always feel that Sali is telling me some of her best secrets that I hadn’t heard from anyone else. I will do a short synopsis of each chapter. This is a bit of an epic post so grab a cuppa and get comfy.

  • What’s Your Skin Type

Until I  was about 20 and had a consultation at a counter, I didn’t really know much about skin types. I knew I was oily but didn’t know the best way to treat my skin. Sali explains how to diagnose your skin type in this chapter

  • Managing Counter Staff

If you are anything like me, you are a beauty junkie but I am slightly intimidated by Counter Staff whenever I go into a store. I know, I am an adult I shouldn’t be afraid to browse but I do find some staff pounce on me too quickly and it puts me off. Sali guides you here with the best tips that will give you confidence when you are next at your local beauty counter.

  • Your Daily Skincare Routine

In this chapter Sali demonstrates a basic routine for skin maintenance, you may have your own opinion of what your daily regime should be, but Sali goes through her reasons why she prefers particular steps and in which order products should be used.

  • How To Look Good in a Picture

As Sali has to be photographed for her job, she takes us through the common pitfalls that can happen when we take photos and what we can do to fix them. Ideal chapter for those who loves their selfies!

  • Basic Kit: The Products You Need Now (And the Stuff You Don’t)

This is one of my favourite chapters, I am extremely nosey and I love to know what people like to use in their daily routines. Sali gives you the basics here and why. What I do really enjoy about this one is Sali gives you some high end brands but also more budget friendly ones too. And also tells us those things you don’t need like cellulite treatments (you can’t get rid of it) so we can all save our hard earned cash! Again, like the daily routine chapter you may not agree totally, for example I do use a separate eye cream as I get great results from it, however there is good reasoning behind Sali’s guidance.

  • Salon Etiquette

Another chapter I read with great interest, I enjoy a salon/spa treatment but it happens very rarely so it is good to know what the salon therapist expects of you and exactly what you can expect by having certain treatments. Sali gives you sensible advice here even down to what you should wear.

  • Foundation

One of the most expensive beauty mistakes women can make is shopping for foundation. Sali states what kind of bases their are from BB creams to mineral powder and how you should choose your shade and the best way to apply.

  • Anti Ageing

A mind boggling beauty subject if ever there was one! Sali explains the basics of what happens to skin as we age and the best things we can do (or not) to get the best out of our skin. Beauty brands are forever telling us of the new miraculous ingredient that will stave off ageing, but there are some proven things for example the use of retinols and sunscreen that really are helpful.

  • How To Get Botox

I am very much of the opinion that badly done, Botox and fillers can actually make you look worse and sometimes give you a very plastic apperance. However, if this is something that you are interested in trying, this chapter gives the best tips to achieve a realistic result.

  • Brows

You can’t go anywhere in beauty land without someone telling you how key eyebrows are to the structure of your face. I am extremely lazy with mine, but I am lucky in that I have very dark and bushy brows. I must take Sali’s advice here though and get mine professionally seen to!

  • Public Displays of Grooming

Not a thing I agree with, I don’t want to see you applying your makeup on the bus, just get up earlier! However Sali disagrees here and gives you the correct etiquette on how to apply your makeup on the go and specific tasks that should be left at home.

  • To Wax or Not To Wax

An entertaining chapter here but nontheless with sensible guidance on hair removal, some advice I wish I had received as a teenager when I started shaving my legs.

  • Teen Beauty

This a great chapter, again advice I had wish I had received at the time, going through some excellent dos and don’ts you can easily pass on to any Teens in your life.

  • Perfume

I do enjoy a lovely fragrance and before I was interested in beauty I didn’t know the differences between EDT and EDP. Sali reveals each fragrance formula and how you should choose them.

  • Beauty and The Careerwoman

We all have different makeup looks for difference places, work, home or great night out. Sali gives the essentials you should have in your desk and what is appropriate for the workplace.

  • Mature Beauty

Just with the Teen chapter, Sali lets us know in a very kindly way how to make the best of ourselves as we get older and gives us troubleshooting ideas that help rather than hinder. Especially when she advises to ditch the magnifying mirror!

  • Acne

Some excellent advice here for anyone that suffers with acne not just for the appearance of your skin but the health of it too. Sali advises not just going to a GP but also recommends a dermatologist if you have a severe case of acne. There is lots of advice here for parents that is useful too.

  • What Men Want

An interesting chapter on whether us ladies wear makeup for us or to be more attractive to men. There is some advice on Date Night makeup and also what you may need for the “Walk of Shame”.

  • Showing Some Skin

In this chapter, Sali discusses specific skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and how you can get advice and treatments. I gleaned more about the conditions I have and what I can do to manage them.

  • Beauty Gifts

This is a great chapter on giving you ideas of the best beauty gifts you can buy and for whom. A lot of us wouldn’t spend £30 on one lipstick for ourselves, however that would make a fantastic gift for your best friend for her birthday or at Christmas.

  • Red Lipstick

As Sali so rightly says, a red lipstick is the little black dress of beauty. Here is how to find your best shade and the best way to apply.

  • Hair Problem Solving

Sali gives you fixes for the most common hair problems and products that actually work. Dry Shampoo being a favourite as well as mousse, curl cream and heated rollers.

  • Beauty Icons

Sali’s 12 Beauty Icons.

  • Beauty and Motherhood

In this part of the book Sali imparts how skin and hair can change through pregnancy and also those pesky things that can turn up after birth. As well, there are some beauty treatments to consider before B Day.

  • Getting the perfect Manicure and Pedicure

The best tips and tricks that will get you great results for your mani/pedi at home.

  • How to Pay and Receive Compliments

Something that we British are rubbish at doing, Sali says they are like medicine. You might not want to take them, but they are good for you! Sali then tells us of the sisterly feedback we should give to stop others looking crap.

  • Beauty in Illness

How we can not just make ourselves look better but feel better when we are faced with illness. I particularly related to this chapter as I have tons of makeup yet rarely use it. I feel better when I do so I really should make the effort.

  • Colour Rules: Who can Wear What

Straight forward rules on colour combining and what suits your skin tone.

  • Some Things You Think That are Hard But Aren’t

Sali tells us the things we think are tricky really aren’t (for example winged eyeliner) and how to do them. In this chapter Sali discusses good quality makeup brushes and the ones you should own in your kit.

  • Bridal

Excellent guidance on makeup, hair styles, treatments and the emergency kits you may need on your wedding day and those things that are best left alone! I can honestly say I will NOT be wearing a French manicure to my wedding.

  • Specialist Shops

Places that you may never having considered going before and where you may find a gem of a product.

  • Saving The Best for Now

Don’t save that red lippy for special occasions, use it today! Never keep things for best. Sali tells us how long products last  and when we really ought to bin something.

  • Beauty Resources: Where To Get Real Advice

Sali shares her contact book here and points us towards some remarkable beauty gurus, Caroline Hirons and Ruth Crilly are two of my go to’s.

So if you have got to the end of this post thank you! I hope it wasn’t boring, I wanted to give a good run down of what happens in this brilliant guide. Go and buy it!

Till next time,

 

Lucy xxx

The Lilibeth of New York Brow Shaper

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Hi beauties,

I thought I would let you know of one of my favourite beauty tools: Lilibeth of New York Brow Shaper.

I have been shaping my own eyebrows for a long time, but I was looking for something new as tweezing hurts and makes me sneeze (don’t laugh!!) so when I saw a nifty tool called the Brow Shaper on QVCUK I tapped the app and bought a set. It looks like a little razor and it can be sharp so you do have to use this VERY lightly, saying that once you get the hang of it, it is an invaluable little thing.

The Brow Shaper is very good at getting rid of the dreaded mono-brow and shaping your eyebrows neatly. I also use it for getting rid of hair from my top lip (no one said this post would be glamorous!!) and for getting rid of the extremely fine peach fuzz at the side of my cheeks. It doesn’t hurt and it is extremely effective. My other half also uses it for his neck line when he cuts his hair and also any straggly hairs after a shave so it is very versatile. You get two in a pack and each one lasts around 3 months, so much cheaper than going to the salon for a wax and you can use it easily at home.

It also folds very neatly so you can keep it with you in a makeup bag or handbag so if you do notice you need to remove some hair you can do it quickly and easily. Such a nifty little tool I wouldn’t be without. You can get The Brow Shaper from QVCUK.com and are £11.50 for the pair.

Till next time,

 

Lucy xxx

 

Manicure of the Day

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Hi lovelies,

I love vampy dark shimmers so for this manicure I used Leighton Denny Backstage Pass and I Am Diva.

Backstage Pass is from Leighton Denny’s Front Row Collection (click here to read) it is a beautiful burgundy purple that has real depth to it. The above pic is with topcoat but the shine you get without it is gorgeous.

I teamed this up with the silver glitter I am Diva. 2 coats of this polish gives complete eye catching coverage. Just a simple silver glitter that it easy to paint, you don’t have to dab and make it too thick. It isn’t one of glitters that needs extra topcoat either so it is not rough or scratchy. I love the look and the fact it will go with any other colour you want to pair it up with.

Two staple polishes in my collection, especially Backstage Pass at this time of year!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx