June’s Beauty Wish List

ElemisIt’s coming up to pay day which is around the time each month where I start making my wish list of beauty goodies! Here’s what’s on my list this month:

Elemis Fresh Skin Clear Overnight Serum

My current Medik8 serum is good but I’m always on the lookout for something new. I like the sound of Elemis’ Fresh Skin Clear Overnight Serum that describes itself as a decongesting serum that improves skin clarity by gently smoothing and exfoliating. It’s £18 on HQHairwhich seems like a good price for a serum. Let me know if you have any serum recommendations! Continue reading

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Dove Spa Treatments and my Thermal Therapy Night Cream

Mineral InfusionA friend and I recently went to the Dove Spa in Egham for a ‘Two of a Kind’ treatment and enjoyed a back and shoulder massage, a facial, foot massage and head massage! It cost £95 and for the range of treatments, the price was definitely worth it and perfect for a bit of pampering. My favourite part was the back and shoulder massage – but who doesn’t love a good massage?!  Continue reading

Magazine Freebies & Duty Free Buys

There’s something about airports that I love (mainly shopping, restaurants, the pub and the fact that I’m going on holiday!). For my flight to Mauritius I picked up a few ‘freebies’ from magazines including Ciate nail polish, Benefit’s that girl and Body Shop eyeliners:

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Treating my Toes to Daisy Gel Polish

I’ve just come back from a fab holiday in Mauritius, it was quite windy but we did end up with some much needed sunshine. The sea was also magnificently crystal clear as well!

So back on topic, before I went on holiday I headed to the nail salon to get my toenails done with Shellac polish as I heard they last around 14 days and are low maintenance as they keep their brightness and do not scratch – which sounds perfect for a holiday.

I noticed they used a ‘Daisy’ gel brand which I assume is a cheaper version of Shellac/Gelish? I chose a hot pink colour as I love bright colours on my toes, especially in the summer.

First they added a base gel on my toes before putting them under the UV lamp. Next they applied a layer of Daisy nail polish and put them under the UV lamp again, after repeating the 2nd step the top coat was applied before placing them under the UV lamp again.

The nail polish definitely made me smile and I couldn’t stop admiring my toes afterwards!

Daisy gel toenails

It has been two weeks since I got them done and they haven’t chipped or lost their shininess at all. I’m just wondering how I get it off now…

I decided not to get my fingernails done at the time as I’m not sure how much they damage your nails and if one chipped while I was away it would have driven me mad!

Let me know if you have tried this and if you have any tips or suggestions.

Tackling Spots

I’ve been taking lots of pictures of everything, with good intentions to blog, but how time flies – it has already been three months since my last post!

It seems that trying to buy a house is very stressful, which I blame for the amount of break outs and spots that I have. Being 25 years old, I hoped that it wouldn’t be something that I would have to deal with anymore! Here’s what I’ve been using to help keep them down:

Bliss no ‘zit’ sherlock breakout-busting rubberizing mask x 6 packets

BlissI was looking for a facemask that specifically targeted spots. According to their website, facemask is the same one used in bliss spas, so I thought it would be a good choice. It says, “The unique rubber texture is designed to envelop skin’s surface to absorb impurities and allow the mask’s key ingredients to be optimally absorbed by the skin. Plus, bliss no ‘zit’ sherlock breakout-busting rubberizing masks are packed with pore-de-clogging, oil-absorbing, super-soothing extracts and nourishing, detoxifying seaweed.”

When I ordered it, I thought it was a mask that you just apply straight from the pack, but it takes a bit of effort as you need to mix the contents with water and mix into a paste before applying it onto your face and neck quickly (it’s messy to clean up!).

It smells like menthol tea tree and feels nice and cooling on my face which peels off after 20 minutes, which afterwards definitely made my spots look less red. Be careful about getting it in your hair though as it’s a pain to get out!

At £35 it is quite pricey (£5.83 per mask), but at desperate times I didn’t care. At the salon it costs £135 for 75 minutes, I’m not sure what it entails though.

Bliss no ‘zit’ sherlock clarifying system spot treatment 15ml

I also got myself a spot treatment to help with the break outs (and I also wanted to get the ‘free’ bliss goodie bag!). It’s made with 2% salicylic acid which I heard is good for tackling spots, although I didn’t end up using this much so I can’t really give an opinion on it! It cost £15 which is definitely pricey, especially for the amount of times I’ve used it! Has anyone else used this?

Salcura Antiac Acne Clearing Spray

SalcuraI came across this product after browsing spot treatments online and according to Feel Unique was voted as “Voted best acne product on Channel 4 TV documentary, ‘Embarrassing Bodies: Live From The Clinic”

The main ingredient is Sea Buckthorn Oil which contains omega 3,6,7 & 9 which is supposed to help rejuvenate the skin, reduce inflammation, be calm and soothing.

It smells like eucalyptus and is also quite clinical. To apply, you spray it onto the skin and massage it with your hands, then soak a cotton pad with the spray and wipe away and then repeat the first step. You’re supposed to do this twice a day! It cost £30 for 250ml but there are smaller bottles you can buy.

When I get spots I tend to eat more healthily, drink lots of water and have my lemon and warm water each morning, so I’m not too sure how much of an extent these products have helped. Let me know if you have come across any miracle spot treatments!

OPI Rainbow Connection Revisited

I’ve previously blogged about OPI Rainbow Connection and wasn’t very impressed with the amount of glitter or the look without a coloured base behind it. So this time I tried a dark coloured nail polish underneath the glitter and this is how it turned out:

OPI Rainbow Connection

It looks much better although it’s a pain to get off my nails. I really need to invest in a good nail polish remover! Any recommendations?

Getting Electric Blue with Nars Outremer Eyeshadow

I’ve previously blogged about Nars Outremer Eyeshadow and mentioned how it wasn’t as bright as I thought it would be. However, I’ve now tried it with a dampened brush and it certainly is electric! Here’s how it looked:

 Nars Outremer Eyeshadow

I do love the colour and it’s definitely less chalky with a damp brush, but I still find it hard to apply and think I need some more practice! Sometimes I worry that I look like a 5 year old let loose on the makeup counter!