Clinique High Impact Lip Colour Go Fig

Hi beauties,

I have Clinique High Impact Lip Colour in shade Go Fig today, now it’s Autumn I prefer the deeper shades to wear and in my opinion Clinique make beautiful lipsticks. High Impact Lip Colour is a lovely moisturising formula with vibrant colour.

Go Fig is one of the nude colour groups, a red brown shade with a satin finish. As I said before it is a moisturising formula that feel so comfortable to wear. Clinique states it lasts 8 hours, I personally don’t agree with this for me it’s about 4 hours before I have to reapply. If you aren’t eating or drinking then you could possibly get away with longer. You also don’t have to really swipe the bullet on your lips a lot to build up colour either and you could use lipliner to make it last longer.

I really love the stylish packaging too, I’ve always thought Clinique makeup looks so smart and very nice if you want to reapply while you are out and about, this lippie would always go in my handbag with me so I can top it up when needed. I like this shade with my colouring, it’s not a wishy washy nude, it has a punch of pigment so I don’t look too pale. Definitely one for me for the cooler months.

Clinique High Impact Lip Colour is available from http://www.clinique.co.uk and is £18.50.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Bloom & Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz

Hi beauties,

I have the first skincare empty I have actually saved on the blog today Bloom & Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz. I usually don’t save empties because storage space is an issue (I don’t have enough space for full products lol) but Day 13 of the #septemberskincarechallenge on Instagram WAS an empty so this one I kept.

Bloom and Blossom was founded by two sister-in-laws who wanted to create a skincare range that were safe for Mum and Baby and also during pregnancy. I hadn’t realised this before using the product, not that it would put me off, I have used many a baby-focused skincare product before in the quest to tame my eczema and I do prefer more naturally based skincare as they tend to suit me.

I got this in my You Beauty Box August 2016 and I had been using this as a toner, I much prefer having my toners in a spray form for speed in my routines and really enjoyed using this. I have also used it on days where I have been so hot and need to cool down without dousing my skin in cold water! Bloom and Blossom’s products contain no petrochemicals, parabens, SLS, synthetic colours or fragrances.

The Rejuvenating Facial Spritz is aloe vera based so very hydrating and it smells beautiful, herby and fresh from lime oil and centella asiatica. I had a 40ml bottle that is a perfect way to try it and also to pop into your handbag if you need it throughout the day. The full size costs £15.00 but it doesn’t state how big it is so I can’t give you an idea of the value I am afraid, but if you want a change to your regular toner, this facial spritz is really gorgeous to use. It’s available from http://www.bloomandblossom.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

 

Hylamide Sub Q Eye Serum

Hi beauties,

I have another awesome Deciem product Hylamide Sub Q Eye Serum. I bought this in the Black Friday sale last November and I only started using it in March just after my birthday as I wanted to finish something else up first (I know – what is wrong with me??) I have been testing this since then and it is actually still going. I have been using this every other day in conjunction with my favourite Gatineau Melatogenine eye cream, but as this is a serum you need a very small amount so I think if you were to use it every day you would get at least 4 months out of it.

As Hylamide is from Deciem, it is a very sophisticated formula addressing all the signs of age around the eyes, puffiness, dark circles, lines & wrinkles and hooding. You could think that sounds too good to be true however, with lots of peptides with names I can’t pronounce and a form of retinol which is Nonapeptide-3 Retino-Complex that gives the great results retinol offers without irritation.

I have seen excellent results from this eye product, it plumps up lines and I have also used it above my eye lid to help with hooding, it really does help lift. Darkness and puffiness I can’t comment on as I don’t suffer with those but it’s so great on lines I would try it anyway. As I mentioned earlier I do use it with another eye product so that’s why this has lasted me so long, but it is a light serum texture that sinks in so quickly you just need a grain of rice size for both eyes. There have been days when I have been super tired (or hungover!) so have used it underneath my eye cream for an extra boost. It really is a gem.

Hylamide Sub Q Eye Serum is available from boots.com or at http://www.hylamide.com and is the superb price at £27.00 for a 15ml bottle.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

 

Prai 24k Gold Caviar Wrinkle Repair Serum*


Hi lovelies,

Some skincare today with Prai 24k Gold Wrinkle Repair Serum that I received from my QVC Beauty Bash goody bag in January. I have not tried any products from Prai before but seen many presentations on QVC.

Prai is a skincare brand that is famous for it’s Neck and Decollatage Cream that has sold many millions across the world. The brand was created in 1999 by Cathy Kangas who had over 20 years experience in the beauty industry and created a team who had come from the biggest skincare brands in the world. Their signature ingredient is the Prai Root which is similar to ginger and has wrinkle smoothing and restoring benefits to skin. Once revered and reserved for the Thai Royal Household, Cathy now uses this ingredient in many of the Prai products. Prai has recently become Leaping Bunny Certified, they do not test on animals or use any animal ingredients in the brand and what I really love is partial proceeds from every purchase goes back to animal welfare organizations. Cathy is a huge animal lover and has many rescue animals herself, she also sits on the board of The Humane Society of the United States and is very passionate about animal causes.

24k Gold Wrinkle Repair Serum is a gel/oil-like texture, it’s extremely unusual, I haven’t really come across anything like it before. It sinks into your skin very quickly and has a lovely scent, a kind of warm spicy floral (so right up my street!). With the 24k Gold which helps maintain healthy collagen in the skin, the serum also has Line Factor that is derived from Hibiscus Seed to help with regeneration of the skin. Prai Oil helps to smooth, add suppleness and moisture to your skin.

I love this serum! So easy to use and the glow you get from it is really beautiful. It doesn’t overload my oily skin and I found it very effective to reduce the appearance of lines on my neck, I don’t really have any on my face yet, so my neck is a good test! My skin always feels so comfortable and looks dewy afterwards, it dries down quickly so I can put my moisturiser on over the top. I don’t need to use a separate oil because of the Prai Root Oil in the serum, you get great hydration without an oily or greasy feel. I think this serum is fab for people of my age (36) that want to use anti ageing but don’t want products that are too stimulating and likely to break you out. The 24k Gold gives a luminous healthy glow to your skin. I only use it at night as I wear SPF in the day and I feel this doesn’t go that well over it (it’s Ultrasun so always goes on naked skin first) but if you wanted a lovely glowy base to your makeup this would be a great choice. It is available at http://www.praibeauty.com for $39.95 for 30ml however the best place is usually http://www.qvcuk.com as part of some fabulous collections.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*PR Sample/Gift

Dr Organic Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

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Hi beauties,

Some haircare today with Dr Organic Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. I really like the Dr Organic range, there are some fabulous products at really great prices and Holland & Barrett often have the brand on offer.

I wanted to try some different haircare so when I finished my Liz Earle, I thought I would give this a go. As I have psoriasis on my scalp I only use shampoos without sulphates and Dr Organic is a great free from range. The Organic Virgin Coconut sub range is great for moisturising and also gives volume.

This going to sound very strange, but I hate the smell of coconut. I just can’t stand it, however when I tweeted Dr Organic asking which range would be best for my hair (dry hair, very sensitive scalp) they recommended this to be so I had to give it a go. It doesn’t have an overpowering coconut scent (thankfully!) as there are some citrus essential oils in so it’s fresh without smelling like suntan lotion. The shampoo is a light formula, for my length of hair which is very short, I use a 10p sized amount on wet hair. As there are no sulphates, if you want more lather you have to add more water. Rinse well and follow with conditioner. The conditioner is also light, so it won’t weigh your hair down, the longer my hair gets the more heavy it becomes and volume is difficult. It’s also enough for my hair texture which is coarse and dry so you still get a decent amount of moisture.

I am very impressed with these two, they also lasted me for such a long time, many months and I wash my hair every day. They come in generous 265ml bottles for £6.29 each, at the moment it is currently buy one get one half price at Holland & Barrett.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

#BeautyHasNoAge

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Hi beauties,

There’s no review today but there’s been a social media campaign that I really have loved seeing. The gorgeous Maleka from Merumaya has created this calling it #beautyhasnoage and as a very proud Thirty Plus Blogger I have to echo this statement. I also wanted to share how my love of beauty started and why I began the blog.

As a child/teenager who was always overweight, I hated clothes shopping I wasn’t into fashion like some of my friends so I looked to makeup and beauty to make me feel better about myself. After all, you don’t have to be a certain size to wear some beautiful nail polish or a pretty lipstick. It was nails that started my passion for beauty, I stopped biting my nails and grew them and noticed when I wore polish I often got compliments and that made me feel good. (Who doesn’t really like a compliment??) So I began to get interested in makeup as a whole and into skincare and always tried to make the best of myself even if I didn’t always feel that way.

I found friends and family noticed and would ask my advice on what I thought was good. (I now shudder to think I used to use wipes and tell my friends, but we all live and learn!) My Dad and I have a running joke in which anything is endorsed by Marie Claire then it’s good enough for us!!

All jokes aside, I have learned so much through my interest in beauty and I feel my knowledge has only got better as I’ve got older. I started the blog to share what I love and also for something to occupy my time since I had to stop working. I have found that beauty is inclusive and since I’ve started my Instagram page and my blog I have met so many fabulous and generous people of all ages who share my passion. I love learning about the latest products and brands that are emerging in this ever changing, exciting world. It is my dream to work for a beauty brand and I hope I am able to get to this target which at the moment seems so far away. Beauty truly has no age and every woman should feel beautiful and comfortable in her own skin no matter how many birthdays she has had.

See Maleka’s blog and her original post that has inspired this at http://www.merumaya.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Little Ondine Revisited 

Hi beauties

After my disappointing experience with Little Ondine I had the first time I tried them Christine from the brand got in touch with me and asked for further information and asked whether I would give the brand another try. So I wanted to update all you readers with how I got on this time. (See the original post HERE)

It came all boxed in a gift box and the polishes themselves were individually boxed too, with all the instructions you need to be able to apply the polishes. Christine had asked me what kind of colours I liked and sent the beautiful Fusion, a gorgeous red and Jubilee which is a very pretty metallic blue.

Christine also included Secret which is a base coat that can be used as a top coat so I was able to test the Little Ondine system properly. I didn’t noticed the cluster of small bubbles that I had previously in the QVC set, you can see some bubbles in the above picture, that is normal when you lay something flat so I wasn’t concerned by this and there were no streaks in pigment that I experienced before. I applied the base coat and there were one or two bubbles on the nail, again I experience this occassionally when I use Nail Envy so this did not concern me.

This is Jubilee with two coats and Secret as a top coat. This colour was very easy to apply and I was very surprised at how quickly the manicure dried. I am wedded to my beloved Seche Vite so was nervous about using another top coat. I was impressed, Secret dried properly in 5 minutes. I capped the tips, I wasn’t sure whether this was the right thing to do or not but it’s a habit more then anything! I was ok on the first day, had no problems with lifting, but one nail did threaten to peel on the second day. I managed to roll off the edge and save it, I must confess that it was SO hard not to peel off the colour!!

This is Fusion with two coats and Secret as a top coat.

The brush is fabulous too, most of the time I only used one swipe but you have to make sure you don’t have too much on the brush. Cleaning up traditionally is difficult too, warm water with a brush is the way to do it, it didn’t work well with my usual Leighton Denny Precision Brush & Corrector.

All in all the colours lasted 3 days on me, as I frequently state I don’t know really how normal polish lasts on me as I get to 4-5 days and get bored! Little Ondine isn’t marketed as long lasting polish so it certainly didn’t disappoint me and of course removal was a breeze with no damage. Well, I say that, I have just one nail that is very badly damaged after gouging a piece out so on the residue of the polish there was a wee piece of my nail on it, the rest were absolutely fine. I would say if you have badly damaged nails, don’t try Little Ondine until they are healthier and Little Ondine say that themselves.

I am very glad to say I didn’t experience any of the problems I had with the QVC Discovery Set, so for balance I wanted to re-review this to give a fair account of how I got on this time. Next I want to try some glitters and special effects so I would certainly try them again. Thank you to Christine and the team at Little Ondine for not only taking on my comments but they had been passed onto the management team and been discussed but also giving me another opportunity to try the brand again.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx