Sunday, 29 April 2012

La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion

If you saw my haul video then you would have heard me mention this little gem! (For a little introduction to the Effaclar range then click here.)

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As I said in the video, I've been using this morning and night everyday for just over two weeks now and I bloody love it!

The tiniest little bit of my cotton pad is plenty to swipe all over my face and voila done and dusted! It says on the bottle that it tightens and unblocks pores and to be honest when a product says it can make pores smaller and things I always think of it as marketing lies, but this has reduced the size of my pores. So impressed.

Even though my Clarisonic makes my skin feel soft, this makes it just the tiniest bit softer.

I picked mine up from Boots for £11. Be sure to keep an eye out for 3 for 2 offers on La Roche Posay so you can pick up a few other treats!

Annie x

Friday, 27 April 2012

Video: Skin care and Makeup Haul



Just a little haul video! Sorry if I ramble it's quite hard to judge whether you've said too much or not enough whilst you're actually filming. Also very flattering freeze frame YouTube has chosen!

Annie x

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Budget Beauty: Superdrug Vitamin E Range

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I only discovered the Superdrug Vitamin E Range after reading a post about it on Charlotte's blog. It was the hot cloth cleanser that originally intrigued me, I'd always wanted to try Liz Earle, but never wanted to spend £12 and then not like it. The Superdrug version costs a mere £6.

The bottle is 200ml, so its massive and will last a long time. You only need a pea sized amount each time because it’s so rich and creamy that it covers the whole face easily. I like to leave mine to soak into my skin a little bit then using the muslin cloth provided to rub it off. Splash my face with cold water et voila! I know I haven't tried the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser to be able to compare but it still leaves me skin feeling really clean and soft. It does claim to be for Normal to Dry skin, but my oily face copes fine with it and I haven't had any adverse reactions.

The other product from this range I used is Intense Moisture Cream, again this is aimed to target normal to dry skin, but I find it doesn't make my skin anymore oily than it makes itself. Before I switched to this moisturiser I was using Simple Rich Moisturiser to help tackle the dry patches I can get on my forehead, but no matter how often I applied it, my dry patches just didn't go. One use of this and my dry forehead was no more! Although it hasn't combated the dry patch I get under one eye, so might try an eye cream for this.

I really want to try out more from the Vitamin E Range, the Radiance Eye Cream and Body Scrub. The products I have have worked seem to do as good a job as their more expensive counterparts. You should definitely all check it out!

Annie x

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

First of all, let us apologise for completely disappearing this past week, we've just been busy with uni this week. Should get back to normal posts soon!

We've been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by Pretty Little Obsessions, thank you!!



The Rules:

1. Nominate 5 Bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
2. Let them know you have nominated them.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the bloggers that have nominated you.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.

Seven random facts about us...

1. We've both been blonde at one point or another
2. We're both going to live in Spain next year
3. Sarah is proud owner of a Pashley Princess bike, called Polly
4. Annie has a dog called Barclay (not named after the bank)
5. You can never have too many shots! Words we like to live by
6. We both love a bit of traffic cops, Silent Witness... or any crime show going
7. We're both struggling coming up with seven random facts!

So there we have it! And we're going to nominate the following;
S.W.P Never Overdressed
Life, Love & Pretty Little Parcels
You Look Dashing
Call Of Beauty
A Pretty Wardrobe

Friday, 13 April 2012

Dove Summer Glow


"A moisturiser with a subtle self-tanner to gradually build a beautiful tan"

I have always tended to lean towards moisturiser tanners just because I hate not moisturising and had always been bought up on the belief that if you're applying a tanning mousse moisturisng beforehand is a no-no, so I daren't do it. I've been using this for ages, could well be over a year! I just apply it with my hands, like you would any moisturiser, then wash my hands after. Very important cause in the past I've forgotten and been left with horrendous tide lines around my fingers, oops!

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It does take a few hours for the true colour to come through, so you do need to apply it beforehand, but the shade that comes through is very natural and streak free, as long as you rub it in well. It does have a bit of a fake tan smell, but mixed with the moisturiser smell isn't too biscuity.

The colour lasts aaages! but you can easily deepen it by applying more and then this'll make it last even longer. Depending how tan I want to be I'll apply it once or three times. After three coats it does give you a real holiday tan colour. I've been asked if I've been on holiday a few times when I've had this on, sure sign of a brillant tanner!

A 250ml bottle costs around £5.69, but it can vary depending which shop you're in. I'd also advise if you're going to buy this to get normal to dark skin, not fair to normal skin version because a friend of mine has the fair skin one and it is so much paler, you can't tell she's got any on!

Annie x

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Budget Beauty: BuyaPowa

This week I decided to venture away from a single product or brand and show you a good way to save money on lots of beauty products!

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BuyaPowa is a website that has lots of co-buys (four at a time). A co-buy when a product is sold in bulk in order to recieve a discount, a bit like Costco. Although unlike Costco, this website has lots of beauty goodies, recent co-buys include Clarisonic Mia, Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, Mac, Estee Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent...you name it they've done it and if they haven't you can always request it!

How does it work?
So if you see a product you want you can sign up to recieve an email for when it starts (although these emails do lag behind the actual start time). Click on the website and 'Join Co-buy' and you enter your payment details but don't actually pay until the co-buy closes. Either when the time runs out or the product is sold out. As more people join the co-buy the price drops gradually, once around 75% of products have been 'sold' the price reaches it 'best price'. This can be as low as 50% off or 10%.

If you don't want to actually enter the co-buy then you can use 'Share to Win' (under the leaderboard), this means that you share the co-buy with as many people as possible and hope that they actually enter the co-buy. [Note: Share to Win isn't available on every co-buy] The person who refers the most people (or is quickest to buy if no one refers anybody) is top of the leaderboard and at the end of the co-buy they recieve the product for free, or the cash equivlant.

What about delivery?
It usually takes about a week for products to get shipped by Royal Mail,then it can take about 3-4 days. It can take longer, afterall Royal Mail are hardly reliable. The more expensive products are sent by Recorded Mail, which is a nice safety precaution!

I love this website, I've bought three things from this website so far and enjoyed the discounts. So it's definitely worth stalking!

Annie x

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Clarisonic Mia: Week 2 Review



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Helloooo. First things first Happy Easter! I hope that everyone is having a lovley day and not eaten too much already (can't really say I've held back on the food marathon!)
Today is my week 2 review of my Clarisonic, and I have to say I haven't got too much to report back on, but that's not a bad thing! My skins condition is better than it has been in months, if I think back to the end of last summer when all my skin problems began. I've really started to notice a change in the texture of my skin this week. Normally my skin is desperate for extra moisture but recently when I wake up in a morning it feels silky smooth without needing anything extra on it, which is always a bonus for me as I want to spend as little time as possible and have extra time in bed!

Also, the scars on my cheeks they have definatley improved and it seems as though the scars are in their first stages of disappearing, thank the Loooord!! This has been my main problem, as no matter what I've used in the past, the type of acne I have been getting across my cheeks has left really dark looking patches as if the spots are still there, so hopefully I'm on the way to better looking skin!

Apart from that not a lot has happened, but seen as I expected a big purge with the problematic skin that I have, it still hasn't happened, which I'm beyond thankful about, because that is the last thing I'd want now the scars are clearing. Just to let you know I don't have pics up of my skin this week as the laptop is playing up so can't upload any, sorry about that!

Does anyone else know of a product that gets heals scars quicker or helps acne scars inparticular? Enjoy the rest of your easter!

Sarah x

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Happy Easter!


Helloooo, hope you're all enjoying the Easter weekend, to me it just means food,food and more food! This weekend I have literally been obsessing over nail art! To some of you, this is probably not too new and exciting, but I've never been that bothered about it until now. Especially when to me some of the ideas seem really hard to do, so I've been too scared to try.

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But last night I was doing a bit of blog browsing when I came across a blog created by Lauren Conrad (I'm sure most of you will know of her, but she starred in The Hills and Laguna Beach a few years ago) along with her makeup artist and hair stylists Kirstie Ess and Amy Nadine. She has created 'The Beauty Department' which has beauty features and tutorials, in particular 'Mani Mondays', which is where I've found my inspiration! There are son many good ideas, so check them out and see whether you fancy it!

My polka dot nails above were done using Barry M polish in various colours (currently 3 for 2 on beauty in Boots), using a dressmaking pin dipped in to create the dots, so easy! Hope you like them. Have any of you got any tips and ideas for sprucing up your nails? Let me know!

Sarah x

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse

St Tropez is a bit of a cult self tanner, but up until recently I'd never tried it, so when it was on BuyaPowa I snapped one up for the tidy price of £14 (instead of Boots price of £20.49).

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Once it arrived I couldn't wait to try it out, but before I did I went and bought a tanning mitt. I opted for Soltan's simply because it was cheap and cheerful. I'd never used a mitt before, but god does it make a world of difference to application. Streak-free and easy. I typically apply about 2-3 pumps per leg (depending on how tan I want to be), 1 pump per arm, 2 pumps for my back and shoulders (I get my mum to do that for me, if I need it). Another thing I noticed is that I didn't smell like a biscuit with it on, it does have an aroma but it's rather subtle.

I recently wore St Tropez to my cousin's wedding, heres how a look at my colour.

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Yes, the yellow circle covering my face is there on purpose. Eye-closed, double chin disaster lurking underneath! And I cropped my brother because he won't want his face on the internet.

I have to say I expected the colour to be darker, but it was very natural looking and makes my legs feel a lot smoother than other self tanners have. I'm glad I got mine for £14 because over £20 just to look a little browner just feels like a waste of money.

Annie x

Friday, 6 April 2012

Review: Maybelline Eye Colour Tattoo

An eyeshadow cream that comes in great shades and can last 24 hours? Sounds good right, well I've been really putting it to the test.

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The day I wore mine I spent the day lounging, carpet shopping and then walking the dog. So it's been a proper test I'd say. After lounging the colour was stil in tact with no creasing and after carpet shopping it was starting to fade, every so slightly, but with my eyes open you couldn't tell. [Bare in mind I have oily skin, so its going to fade faster]. The dog walk was real test, as soon as we stepped out it started chucking it down (sods law) so after a 5 mile walk, the result was pretty impressive...it hadn't faded anymore than it had earlier in the day.

I'd say if you're looking for something to just whack on in the morning and not have to worry about for the rest of the day, this is your thing!

These colour tattoos are available in 7 shades at the moment and retail for £4.99 each.

Annie x

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Budget Beauty: Amazing Spot Remover

The product I'm covering this week isn't actually called Amazing Spot Remover, it's just a nice little nickname I've created for it! The product is actually Superdrug's Tea Tree Essential Oil.

Just to explain the difference between this and any other tea tree product, an essential oil is basically the pure liquid form of a plant. So the essential oil is like using a super concentrated form of those tea tree oil products.

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I read about this over on someone else blog but can't remember who (if its your's let me know and I'll link you!) and promptly nipped to Superdrug to buy it. When a big red spot reared its ugly head, I just put one drop onto a cotton ball and dabbed it onto the area. Cotton balls work better then cotton pads or buds because they absorb too much of the product.

I also have to stress at this point that you really shouldn't use more than one drop (can be tricky though) because it is so strong it can make your skin worse.

So after I'd applied the one drop, had a nice sleep, wake up and voila, the redness and size is reduced! Use it again the next night and it more or less gets rid of it completely.

Compared to Origins Super Spot Remover which is £12 per 10ml, this is definately the cheaper option! If you dont want to use the stronger essential oil then a diluted version is available.

Got anymore spot busting tricks or tips, let me know!

Annie x

Monday, 2 April 2012

Review: Garnier Tinted Eye Roll-on

Just a quick one! I thought I'd show you this new concealer I picked up today, Garnier Tinted Eye Roll-on.

This product claims to provide 'anti-dark circle hydrating care' it says it tackles dark circles because it immediately covers dark circles, although I'm pretty sure thats just due to the fact it contains concealer and not the caffefine and lemon extract.

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I got mine in the shade Fair. I had tried it before at Sarahs once so knew I'd love it. Compared to the concealer I currently use (YSL Touché Eclat) this one is quite watery and goes on easily. A little dab is easily enough product. I also realised that it doesn't fall into the lines under my eyes (which are hereditary so will never go!) the same way which is always great.

I really like this product, it covers my dark circles without drawing attention to my lines.

Annie x

P.S Garnier skin care is on offer in Boots for 2 for £12, considering it costs £10.20 for one,in my opinion its worth the extra £1.80 for two!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Skin Care Review: Effaclar AI Spot Treatment

As some of you might already know ( I'm sure you're seeing the trend of products I use!) I am always looking for a miracle it seems for my acne like patches and problematic, annoying skin I have the pleasure of owning. So, this weeks skincare review is a spot treatment cream I have been using for around 8 weeks now: La Roche Posay Effaclar AI .

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I bought this from Boots for £9.19 which for such a small amount of product is definitely an expensive option! But seen as I've liked some of their products before I did have high hopes for this spot treatment, and I had seen so many good reviews online!

However, I have to say my own verdict is a little mixed to be honest. As far as the application goes, you hardly need any for each area and it seems to soak in really quickly. Also, the one thing I prefer about this in comparison to other 'on the spot' treatments is the fact I never got that dry feeling that you get a lot! Normally around the spots I get flaky, dry areas but this didn't do that at all, and sits under my makeup perfectly, I don't need to worry about patchy foundation.

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But the end result that I actually wanted, for my spots to disappear, hasn't really happened. I would say that if you apply it straight away when you can feel a spot coming, it does stop it being as red and angry looking, but as for the spots themselves, they still seem to come and go at the usual rate and haven't noticed a lot of improvement. I am still holding out for it to kick in and suddenly start working, but at this rate it seems doubtful. And because of the price, I can't recommend this product when I know for a fact other budget type treatments have worked much better in the past, for a fraction of the cost!

So, still on my quest for a spot fighting miracle treatment for my skin. Could anyone recommend something they've tried? Or did this product work for you? Let me know :)

Sarah x