Friday, 18 January 2013

Ramblings: I don't think I'll be leaving the house

In case your living under a rock, it's snowing almost every where in England. Luckily, I had nowhere to be today so I am most definitely staying in rather that stepping out into this cold wetness. It looks beautiful from both sides of the window but one is much warmer. All these pictures were taken from the warmer side of the window so there are no 'artsy fartsy' pictures.
The front of my house
The houses in the distance
Mr Robin, I hope your keeping warm!
You too, Mr Blue Tit!
My poor little car!
I hope you've enjoyed these photos and where ever you are, I hope your keeping warm and if you can't keep warm, be safe!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Product I regret buying #3

Late last year I found myself struggling with lots of dry skin on my face. I don't like using heavy moisturisers during the day as I find my make up doesn't sit properly and it can make me extra shiny, so I decided I would buy a night cream instead. I hadn't done any research into the best night creams so sought out my favourite skincare brand, Simple. I found this Vital Vitamin Night Cream for £5.59 and thought, why not?
Simple say that this night creams helps restore and replenish the skin whilst your sleeping. It contains 3 vital vitamins which are Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E and F. It also contains 3 skin loving nutrients which are Glycerin, Allantoin and Bisabolol. All these ingredients help keep you skin moisturised and replenished.
The cream comes in a plastic pot with a screw top lid. The cream is very thin and light but isn't liquidy. For a night cream, the pot is quite big and there is a lot of product inside. When I first applied the cream, it felt really nice on my skin but it took quite a while to soak in. This was the first time I had ever used a night cream so just assumed it took a little longer. When I woke up the cream was still sitting on my skin and hadn't be absorbed. My skin was free from any dryness but was left with a rather greasy residue which I definitely didn't like. I put it down to using too much so used a much smaller amount the next night but found that I woke up with the same problem.
I used it a couple more times but the breaking point for me was when I started to find myself breaking out a little. I don't like to be one of them people that solely blame a product for a their breakout because there can be so many different reasons for it but I'm sure that the greasy residue left on my skin over night isn't helping. I don't think I'll find myself using the rest of the pot let alone repurchasing it. I would recommend this to people that don't have acne-prone skin. It is great at banishing dry skin but for me it does more bad than good.


Monday, 14 January 2013

Rambles: I feel like talking ...

Hello to the lovely person reading this post!

This post is an urge post, which means that I've really just had the urge to just start typing and talking to you all. This passed week I went back to college after the Christmas break and worked some overtime at my part-time job, so it's been a bit of a boring week. Over the weekend, I spent most of my time with my lovely boyfriend. We managed to go to the cinema twice to see 'Gangsta Squad' and 'Les Miserables' which are both really good films, especially 'Les Mes' which I would really recommend everyone seeing! The acting was amazing and the musical side of things was even better.

I haven't had the best day today, I woke up feeling a little sick with a migraine so decided to stay in bed rather than go to college. Once I finally rose from my bed I caught up on all the telly I've been missing over a 2 rather busy weeks of work and college. I watched some of my favourite shows like, Pretty Little Liars, Ripper Street, Celebrity Big Brother, American Horror Story Asylum and Glee. Once I satisfied my craving for TV, I decided I should write a new blog post which I did, and you can see here. Sadly, I haven't had a lot of time to blog recently as the Christmas period is a rather hectic and busy one but I hope to get back in to it soon.

Earlier today I received a package in the post that I was so excited to open. During last week I had ordered a new handbag from one of my favourite online shops! Expect a post on the new bag I have fallen in love with. I'm thinking of doing a 'What's in my bag?' post as they are really fun to read. What can I say? I'm nosey.

I would really appreciate that if you read this post that you would let me know what you think of these kind of posts? Do you like them? Do you even read them? I've actually quite enjoyed writing this and I get the urge to do these posts a lot when I've got a spare 10 minutes. Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely week and enjoy the snow if your expecting any.

Bright Eyes for Winter

In my eyes, there are 2 different types of concealer. The first is the kind of concealer that you use to cover up spots and other imperfections, I use Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer to achieve my blemish free complexion. The second kind of concealer is the kind I used to brighten dark circles under my eyes and for this job, I always head towards my YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer.
I first used Touche Eclat after receiving it as a Christmas present over 2 years ago. Honestly, I didn't know a lot about this concealer other than it was quite expensive and I was slightly underwhelmed when I first opened it. When I first used it, I was unsure of what to do with it. I tried using it to cover up my spots but found that it didn't work very well, so I started using it under my eyes to banish my dark circles and I haven't looked back since. It makes my eyes looks really bright which changes the look of my whole face. The pen lasted me around 3-4 months which is quite a long time for a 2.5ml tube. Sadly, I find myself having to go without it for 8 months until I received it again this Christmas.
I use the shade 1.5 (fair complexion with golden undertones) with 7 shades to choose from. The liquid is quite thin which I like especially for under my eyes. I click the button at the end and dab the concealer on via the brush. I then blend it in with more dabbing motions but this time with my fingers. I usually apply it before my foundation but sometimes apply more afterwards. I love the packaging, it makes me feel glamorous when I take it out of my make up bag. Hopefully when this tube runs out I'll have the money to splurge to repurchase it. I would definitely recommend anyone to try out this highlighting concealer. If it's too expensive, stick it on your birthday list and cross your fingers.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Review: LUSH American Cream Conditioner

For Christmas I managed to bag myself a 500g bottle of the LUSH American Cream conditioner. I tried out this hair product early last year and loved it but found that the more realistic sizes were well out of my price range for a hair conditioner. American Cream is described as being a vanilla strawberry milkshake as its thick and creamy and it smells so delicious! The vanilla smell of the conditioner really lingers in my hair for a while which I much prefer compared to coconut scented conditioners. It's also described as a double strength conditioner which I don't quite believe as I have to used quite a lot to get to my desired hair softness, and even then it still isn't getting rid of my tangles. I do love that it's really thick and when I first apply it to my hair it feel luxurious. Thankfully, even though it's a thick conditioner it doesn't leave my hair feeling flat or weighed down so I keep my volume. For me, there seems to be an even number of pros and cons for this product, but overall I do love this conditioner but as it's quite pricey I probably won't find myself buying it again.


Sunday, 6 January 2013

Review: The Body Shop Vitamin E Range

For Christmas, I got the Vitamin E gift set from The Body Shop which is great because like me, I'm sure most of you are suffering with a little dry skin in the latter part of these winter months. I don't actually own a lot of The Body Shop's products, so when I received this gift set I immediately set out to find out the most I could about the range. I found out about Vitamin E is that it is full of antioxidants which help protect the skin from damage caused by environmental factors and other cell damaging factors like ultraviolet light which can help prevent against sun burn. It also contains anti-ageing benefits by minimising the signs of fine lines and wrinkles (It's always good to start early!). In my gift set I got the Cream Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, Moisture Cream and the Nourishing Night Cream.
Vitamin E Cream Cleanser 

I have to say, I'm not totally into cleansers. I love trying them out but I tend to stick to my Simple Cleansing wipes. When I first used this cleanser I noticed that it has quite a thin, silky texture. It didn't have a strong perfumed smell which is a massive bonus for me as I hate putting too many "unnatural" things on my face. Before using the cleanser I removed the bulk of the make up on my face with  my facial wipes and to remove my eye make up. when using the cleanser I found that even a small amount of this cleanser spreads around my face really well with still enough to have a scrub for a slightly deeper cleanse. I found that it removed any left over bits of make up, dirt and oils from my face really well and it left my skin feeling clean, refreshed and silky smooth! I found that since using this cleanser on and off for 2 weeks it has helped prevent my skin for getting too dry or flaky and it leaves it looking dewy rather than oily. I really like this cream cleanser but I'm not sure if it's converted me from cleansing wipes. You can pick this Vitamin E Cream Cleanser up from The Body Shop for £8.
Vitamin E Hydrating Toner
I have a real problem with toners. I hate how most of them make my skin feel tight and dry. And it's quite difficult to find a toner with a small amount of alcohol when most of them have as much alcohol in them as a bottle of vodka! Let's be honest here, alcohol isn't good for your body so why put it on you face?! But luckily, although this toner does contain alcohol, it's a lot less than other toners I've used and thrown away. This means it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry! The toner is a clear liquid that seems to be slightly thicker than water. It lays on my skin for a while but I always blot it with a tissue. This is the best toner I've used and even though I don't often use toners, it may have converted me. You can get this Vitamin E Hydrating Toner from The Body Shop for £8.
Vitamin E Moisture Cream and Nourishing Night Cream
Both these creams are advertised as being for all skin types. The Moisture Cream soaks into my skin really well keeping it hydrated all day with adding excess oils to my already oily t-zone. The Nourishing Night Cream is a little thicker that the moisture cream and sits on the skin for quite a while, which isn't a feeling I like but I wake up in the morning with super soft and smooth skin. You can buy the Vitamin E Moisture Cream and Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream from The Body Shop for £4 each.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Mini Haul | JennaDoesBeauty

I've decided to join the infamous world of YouTube! I hope you enjoy this video :)