Thursday, 31 May 2012

Liz Earle vs. Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser

In one corner we have the cult product by Liz Earle, Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser and in the other is Superdrug Vitamin E hot cloth cleaner, but which one is better?

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What do they do?
To be honest, far as I'm concerned both of these seem to do the exact same job. My skin doesn't feel anymore or less cleansed and soft with either or. So they both do they same job, to the same level.

What about Price?
For 100ml of Liz Earle with two muslin cloths will set you back £14.25, whereas Superdrug will give you 200ml of product with one muslin cloth for the price of £5.99

Is the muslin cloth any good?
I have to say you can instantly feel the quality of the muslin cloths provided with Liz Earle whereas the Superdrug ones don't feel cheap but they don't feel as good. But if Caroline Hirons says you don't need a muslin cloth if you own a flannel then what does it matter?

EDIT: I've just checked the ingredients for each product and they're quite similar except for their extracts. Liz Earle has hops, chamomile, rosemary, eucalyptus and cocoa butter and Superdrug has cocoa butter, vitamin e, a, f, b5 and h and horse chesnut.

So there you have it!
Overall I'd opt for the Superdrug version, it does the exact same but costs less than half the price, for twice as much product. And you can always buy muslin cloths from Liz if you really wanted to.

Annie x

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

I don't think there's any other product so loved by beauty bloggers than the Cleanse and Polish, so when Liz Earle reduced the price back to its original £9.50 (actually cost £12.50 with P&P) for a limited time last week, I was quick to snap one up!

The package arrived very quickly, about two days later. The packaging itself was so lovely, everything was so expensive looking, always a plus. And I recieved a Skin Tint sample from Colour range, full product range book and Colour chart. Oh and a mini bottle of the cleanser and a spare muslin cloth. Phew, all that in one order!

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The bottle pumps out the cleanser and only a tiny bit is needed for your whole face, as it's so rich. I did notice it had an aroma which I wasn't expecting, but it wasn't harsh or anything. Leave it soak in for a minute while you run some hot water for the muslin cloth. The cloth is quite rigid and dries rather quickly after use, since it is quite rigid you can fold it back up easily which I quite like so I can keep it all neat!

My skin feels so clean, fresh and soft after use so no complaints from me! (Never heard any, anyway!)
But the question is how does it compare to the Superdrug version? Well I'll write a proper post on that and will add the link when it's done!

Annie x

Monday, 28 May 2012

Tresemmé Dry Shampoo

Exams are over, thank god! If anyone else is still going through them, good luck :) Luckily for you lot this means Sarah and I actually have some free time to post!

Today I just thought I'd tell you which is my favourite dry shampoo. So nothing too spectacular, sorry. But hopefully helpful considering the weather.

Does anyone else feel that during hot summer days you get dirtier quicker? What with the heat making you sweat I feel like I need a shower every few hours. Being an oily haired lass my hair just feels rank soo much quicker. Enter my lifesaver. Tresemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo.

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p.s the photo isn't wonky my dresser wasn't flat against the wall.

Yes, yes, I know the bloggers love Baptise (and I do have one of those mahoosive cans of it) but for me Tresemmé ups it for me every so slightly. When you spray it, it isn't as white and chalky looking, very simple. (Other than that it does the same job as Baptise.) I have to spend less time rubbing it in to make it invisible, I'm very low maintainence when it comes to my hair so for me those precious few seconds this shaves off is brillant!

Unfortuantely it smells like cheap hairspray, but it doesn't take long at all to get used to. You can pick yours up in the usual places, Boots, Superdrug, supermarkets...etc and it's about £4.79 for 200ml.

Annie x

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Little Secret

I have something I need to tell you, this might come as shocking considering this is a beauty blog. It happened just five months ago...that was when I first bought an eyeshadow. I know, kind of crazy. Up until then I had only ever owned some generic mascara, one foundation and a blusher (that I never wore and still don't).

It was at this point that I made my first MUA purchase and since then I've bought quite a lot of make up and skin care. I've got 5 foundations, 3 eyeshadow palettes, 5 lipsticks, however many single eye shadows, a Clarisonic, 4 cleansers aaand the list goes on!

So, on my part, this blog is sort of my journey of make up and beauty discovery. If I seem a little clueless about things then that's why. Don't leave me (us)!

Annie x

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Rebecca Charles Salon, Leeds

I should be revising for my oral exam right now, but like any student knows when revision looms, everything becomes five times more interesting!

Although there are some benefits to not revising since it was today's procastination that led to this post. Whilst wondering the shops of Leeds and after a nice Nandos, Sarah and I clocked a hairdressers across the road that looked very swish and pretty which had 50% for students Monday-Thursday, so decided to just go and get a trim.
Btw, our hair did need cutting we weren't just frivously thinking that'll be a good way to pass time. Although it is that as well.

Since this was a spur of the moment decision we don't have any of our own picture to show you, but the Rebecca Charles Facebook page did.

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Check out the chandelier!

I (Annie) had my hair cut by a level one hairdresser and Sarah had her's cut by a level two. We're both so happy with our cuts and the feel and the shine. Oh just the whole experience!

Prices: Although we went on a student discount day, the normal prices are still very reasonable for city centre hairdresser. For a level one hairdresser prices started at £22 (I think, the website is being updated so prices aren't available) and go all the way up to £61 for Creative Director.
Quality: Talked through what we wanted before anything started and as we said we love our cuts, got exactly what we wanted! Also the hairwashing was great, normally when they're washing your hair your neck is stuck in an uncomfortable position, but their sinks had padding and the angle and whatnot made it comfortable, such a rarity!
Products used: After our hair was washed using Wella SP products, they also used Morrocan Oil before cutting and drying, then some more Wella Sp heat protectant and serum. Despite what sounds like quite a lot, our hair isn't feeling weighed down or clogging with products, just soft and sleek!
Location: The salon is in such a handy location, just at the bottom of Briggate (the main shopping street for those of you not from Leeds) therefore making it is easy to reach.

This is the first time both Sarah and I have had our hair cut in Leeds and it's such a shame we found it one week before we finish our second year! But at least we'll know where to go when we get back from our year out.

Annie x

Monday, 14 May 2012

Skin Primer Matte It

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The Body Shop have two face primers, one for moisture and one for mattifying, which I bought. Priced at £11, it's not the cheapest of primers.

You only need to use a small blob of this clear gel to cover your face and it literally makes your skin feel like silk, it's so soft! Unfortunately that's where the benefits stop, this primer has done nothing to make my skin less shiny and prolong my foundation. I'm sure it lasts longer if I don't use it. So disappointing considering how lovely it makes my skin feel.

So the search for a decent primer continues...

Annie x

Saturday, 12 May 2012

New Summer Clothes

Got something a little bit different for you today! I thought I'd show you some clothes I've picked up recently, this is actually loads for me, since being a student clothes shopping has taken a bit of back seat.

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Both the tops are from Topshop and the shorts are both from Zara!

I hadn't actually shopped in Topshop for some years until I bought these tops over the last week(!) I don't know about anyone else but I got annoyed that when I was about 13/14 Topshop would have great clothes that were reasonably priced and as I've gotten older the prices have risen. Very annoying, especially when the quality of their clothing didn't seem to have improved to match the new higher prices. Mini-rant over.

So these clothes are quite summery which will be great when summer finally decides to appear! And since Sarah and I have both been accepted to be British Council Teaching Assistants(!!) they'll definately get some wear in Spain (and make me look even more obviously English). We don't know which areas of Spain we'll be living in yet but we will let you know. So excited!

So how do you feel about us having some fashion posts? Let us know what you think.

Annie x

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Skincare Review: La Roche Posay Cicaplast


Hellooooo, hope everyone's enjoying the Bank Holiday! Today's Skincare Review is a product I've been using religiously for a while now. I first heard about it when watching videos from Lisa Eldridge about how to cover up acne using make-up which you can find HERE.

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I bought La Roche Posay Cicaplast from Boots for £13 which is pretty reasonable for the quality and how long it lasts for. Cicaplast is a 'Pro recovery skincare' and is mainly used for dry skin and for use after cosmetic peels as it helps the skin to recover quicker. I started using this as a make up primer as recommended by Lisa and I can see why! It literally makes your skin feel like silk before you apply your make-up. You only need a pea sized amount for your whole face which means this product will last you ages; I've had mine for about 5 months and still have plenty left, so I think it really is worth the money!

In some reviews I read before buying it, lots of comments said they used it to help with scars from acne, which I have to say hasn't done an awful lot to mine, but the texture of the skin around my acne is normally flaky and sore, and this has sorted that out, so I am happy with the results. Also, as a base for my make-up I couldn't recommend this enough. Foundation is now so much easier to apply, doesn't get streaky because it soaks in quicker and seems to stay on my face all day. So for people looking for a primer along with the bonus of treating your skins condition at the same time, this is definitely something you should check out!

Has anyone else tried this as a Primer before? What do you think to it?

Sarah x