Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm First Impression

 

Today I thought I’d write about what I thought about using the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleaning Balm for the first time.

Instead of going out and splurging a pretty £40 for the full size tub, I decided to order myself a 20g ‘travel’ sized pot (£9 from ASOS), to see if it worked well with me. The small size didn’t come with a flannel cloth that the full size includes, so I thought I would just use one of my own.

I’ve read lots of reviews on the balm, and one thing that is a bit of a love/hate is the scent of the product. I find it a bit difficult to describe, but I really like it!

The texture of the balm is very thick and creamy. It melts onto your skin and feels so luxurious.

I would use this product as a second cleanser after removing all my makeup (especially eye makeup- this balm doesn’t do the best job at removing that).

After using the balm my skin felt plumped, clean, pampered and very smooth.

I may or may not change my mind on this cleanser, but at the moment I think I’ll enjoy using it as part of my everyday routine!

Have you tried this cleansing balm? Please let me know what you think of it!

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Sephora Haul 

While I was in Prague I managed to squeeze in a trip to the beauty haven that is Sephora 🙌

As most of you know we don’t have Sephora in the UK, so whenever I’m in Canada or on a city break somewhere in Europe I need to scout one out.

I mainly go to pick up the makeup brands that you can’t buy directly in the UK (without the huge shipping fees) as well as Sephora’s own makeup and skincare line. I’m a huge lover of their fibre masks and blushes! ✨

For those of you who have been to Prague, I went to the Sephora store in the Palladium Shopping Centre in the City Centre. I was pretty lucky as they were having a 3 for 2 deal event at the time! (Who doesn’t want to save money?)

 

Here is what I picked up:

Makeup

Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20

Sephora Brilliant Jumbo Cheeks + Lips in Vintage Pink 

Sephora Smoothing and brightening powder in Colourless 

Sephora Collection Colourful 5 Eyeshadow Palette in Nude to Neutral 

Sephora Colourful Face Powders – Blush in 02 So Shy

Sephora Sharpener (very handy to have!)

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Skin Care 

Sephora Collection Vitamin C Luminising Booster

Sephora Ginseng Eye Mask

Sephora Avocado Hand Mask

Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask

Sephora Lotus Face Mask

Sephora Avocado Sleeping Mask

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Special Delivery: Frank Body 

The other week I decided to place another order for some Frank Body products. As you can tell by my previous post, I’m loving coffee scrubs! What’s there not to love? Not only does it buff away dry, flaky skin, but the caffeine content from the coffee stimulates blood flow which helps to clear up cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema, acne and scarring!

The scrubs also contain various oils, salts, and vitamin E, which all have anti-inflammatory properties.

First of all, I definitely need to applaud Frank on their packaging! It came in a cute cardboard box with the best slogans printed on the inside of it. I think this definitely adds to the appeal of the products. 

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Frank was one of the first companies I had heard of that produced coffee scrubs so I thought I would order a some different things from them.

I decided to go for my old favourite, the ‘Original Body Scrub’. It has a basic coffee flavour, but it also smells like jaffas, which makes you feel so fresh! The scrub is very coarse, but as you can imagine this adds to it’s exfoliating properties. They recommend that you use this 3-5 times per week.

I then went for something a little bit smoother to use on my face, as I felt that the original scrub could be quite harsh sometimes. They have a gentle product range for specific use on the delicate skin on your face. I picked up the ‘Creamy Face Scrub’. I tried out this product as soon as it was delivered. It comes in a small tube as it is a lot creamier than the body scrubs. I wet my face and worked it into my skin by rubbing my fingers in small circles for about 30 seconds, then I waited  about 3 minutes for it to dry as the ingredients worked their magic on my skin. I then washed it off to reveal gorgeous smooth skin! I feel more comfortable in using this scrub a little more often than the other products as it definitely is more gentle on your face.

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If you’re thinking of giving coffee scrubs a go, I’d 100% recommend that you give Frank Body a try! Go and show them some love back!

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GROUNDED Coffee Scrub Review

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I think I may have mentioned FRANK body scrub before in a previous post. I really loved it, but the only draw back was having to wait for it to be delivered when you ordered a packet online. However, I came across another coffee scrub that it available to purchase in store in Boots. Apparently this company was on Dragon’s Den promoting their product, and they were successful! Now they have launched a range of their products in Boots.

They had 3 different ‘flavours’ in store, Chocolate Orange, Coconut, and Grapefruit. I decided to go for grapefruit, as it seemed a bit different. I have also used the FRANK Original Scrub previously (similar to the Chocolate Orange Grounded one).

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I think when I used the FRANK scrub, I don’t think I really knew how to use it properly, I would just use it quickly in the shower, but I when I was looking up reviews for it, I found out that you’re supposed to wet your skin, apply the product, then get scrubbing. Wait for it to dry for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off. Probably the worst part is the thought sitting around in a cold bathroom in Winter for that long, haha! This ensures that the ingredients in the scrub works into the skin, and then you see the benefits! When I did this, I really noticed the difference straight away, and now I always look forward to using it.

The product is very gritty and rough, but that’s what you’d expect from something made from coffee grounds and sugar I guess! The scrub seems quite dry but once you rub it into your skin you feel the essential oils and it softens up a little bit. I’d also prepare yourself for the mess your shower will be afterwards! But you can easily wash it away.

The ingredients in the scrub that I have are: Coffee Robusta Seed Powder, Coffee, Sucrose, Brown Sugar, Sea Salt, Sodium Chloride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitamin E, Citrus Paradisi, Grapefruit Extract Oil, and Limonene. – Yep I can’t pronounce most of those either!

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My skin felt so soft afterwards! After a week of using it I’ve noticed a bit of a difference in my stretch marks on my thighs and the little scars I have from getting my appendix removed in 2009.

The place where I’ve noticed the biggest difference is my face. I’ve been going through a big eczema flare up around my cheeks and chin recently and this is the only thing that really seems to be working. I’ll give you all an update in a couple of week time if it cures it!

I think I’m definitely going to try the different flavours that they have in the rest of their range. What one’s would you recommend?

Let me know if you’ve tried the Grounded Coffee Scrub and what you think of it!

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February Favourites 

Hello everyone! Welcome to the post where I write about all the best bits I’ve been loving the past month. It definitely has been a quick month (well.. it is February!) it honestly seems like yesterday I was sitting writing out my January favourites! 

Let me know what you’ve been loving this month! X

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Garnier Toner – I’ve been doing a lot of research on skin care recently, and one thing that became apparent to me was that you need to have a good skin care routine. I’ve already been cleansing and moisturising my skin, but one step I’ve never really thought about was using a toner. Apparently toners have a huge range of benefits such as tightening pores. I picked this one up from Super Drug (it was on offer!) and I didn’t want to spend loads on something I’d be trying out. So far I’m really enjoying using this morning and night and I’ve noticed a difference in the texture of my skin.

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Nivea Dry Skin Face Wipes – I know face wipes aren’t the No. 1 skin care product to use, but after a long day all I want is a quick fix to remove my makeup and make my face feel a bit fresher. I feel like it’s actually worth investing a wee bit more in a good face wipe, and these Nivea ones don’t disappoint. I feel that my face looks brighter and heathier after using these.

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Boots Soltan Instant Tan – I still use the old and trusty St Moriz Fake Tan but I’ve been loving trying something different, yet still very affordable. This tan smells lovely, and my skin feels very soft afterwards and I find that it’s very build able to get the colour you want.

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Soap and Glory ‘Endless Glove’ Moisture Mask & Hand Cream – I don’t know about you guys but I looove Soap & Glory products. I was a huge fan of the ‘Hand Food’ cream yet this month I’ve been using the ‘Endless Glove’ a lot more. It has a very fresh scent to it, so it isn’t as sweet like their other products, which is quite nice for a hand cream. I find it sinks into the skin very quickly and works wonders on my nails as well! 😀 I’m yet to use it as a mask overnight, so I will let you guys know how it works!

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Witch Stick – An old favourite that I rediscovered. I used this all the time in my teen years, and I swore by it! Luckily I my skin isn’t very spot prone, but when the odd one pops up on my face I dap it on and it disappears within a day or two. I picked this one up as they donate proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care- a cause close to my heart.

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Once Upon a Time – I’ve mentioned this in my previous post ‘ Netflix Top 5 ‘ and it is definitely one of my favourite series’. This month I had a serious binge watching marathon of the show and unfortunately that’s me finished the last season until the next one is released.

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CHANEL CC Cream Review

About a month ago my best friend recomended the Chanel CC Cream to me. I gave it a go for a night out and I loved it! I found it gave a medium coverage, matched my skin tone so well, and it also really did colour correct!

The product is a thick, creamy consistency, and is quite heavily fragranced like most Chanel products. So if your skin is sensitive to scented products then this may be one to avoid. When purchasing the product the Chanel Sales Rep colour matched me, she recomended the shade 20 beige. I found this shade to be perfect for my skin tone, even when I am ‘au natural’, or tanned! It also has an SPF of 50. 

I have redness prone skin that tends to be quite sensitive and dry, and I found that foundations didn’t cover up the redness and with the odd one that did it the redness began to show through after a few hours of wear. The CC cream works wonders for this. After using the cream for a few days, I began to notice that it dried my skin out a bit, which is probably the only negative that I found with it. 

The price is another factor you may need to take into consideration. I bought the standard 30ml tube for £44. I’ll admit this will last you a long time as a little definitely goes a long way, however I would consider this a luxury purchase.

Over all I feel that the Chanel CC Cream is a brilliant product that colour correct, conceals and can be used as a brilliant base to makeup or for a fresh faced natural look.

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My January Favourites

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a brilliant start to 2016, and if not, you can always count January as a false start and try again in February! 😉 How time flies! 1 month down and only 11 months to go in 2016! January has been a pretty busy month for me. I was lucky enough to have been offered a new job, and I accepted it of course! I started a couple of weeks ago now, and I absolutely love it. This was one of my new years resolutions (the only one I have managed to fulfil so far…).  This month there has been a few new beauty purchases that I have been in to, and also some old products that have made a re-appearance back into my life. I’ve also thrown in some other non-beauty related products for good measure!

Here are a few beauty products and other bits and bobs I have been loving in the last 31 days…

Hair Care:

Aussie Take The Heat Leave-In Cream Cream – After a recent trip to the hair dressers, I learned that my usual heat defence spray wasn’t really stepping up to the plate. Apparently if you’re using a spray, pretty much half of the product doesn’t even make it onto your hair. My hair dresser suggested a heat defence cream or serum, as this will coat the hair and ensure it’s protected. I love Aussie products, not only is the smell just amazing, but I find that they actually do work for my hair. After I wash and condition my hair, I use my tangle teezer to gently work out any knots, I then towel dry my hair until it’s still slightly damp. I then take one pump of the product and rub it between my palms and evenly distribute it throughout my hair.

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Aussie Take The Heat Cream

Skin Care:

My beauty routine had to be put on hold for a while this month as I suffer from eczema flare ups on my body and face. I still haven’t managed to pin point the exact cause of this, but I tend to put it down to Winter weather and stress. Normally it doesn’t bother me too much if it’s on my body, however my face is a different story. I always feel so self conscious and it’s the first thing people look at when they meet you, and so I like to try and get under control of my eczema ASAP!

I decided to go back to basics with my skin care and I bought Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, I had this recommended to me by my dermatologist a few years ago but never gave it a go, and I’m so so happy that I did. It is so gentle and fragrance free, it takes off all makeup and it also feel like it’s properly cleaning your skin without being harsh on it.

I also began using Epaderm cream as a moisturiser on my face and body again. I was prescribed this by my GP and I should learn to never use a different moisturiser as this stuff works for me!

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Cetaphil Cleanser and Epaderm Cream

As a treat from time to time I have been loving using ‘The Comforter Shower Cream’ from LUSH. The comforter was my favourite bubble bar, and when I saw they brought out a shower cream I had to try it. I was lucky enough to get a gift set with this in it for Christmas. The smell is super sweet almost like bubble gum and I can’t get enough of it.

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LUSH The Comforter Shower Cream

Makeup:

There are three new products I have been using almost every day this month, they have become almost a staple in my makeup routine and although they might seem pretty basic they work really well for me.

Barry M Mani Mask in ‘Birthday Suit’ – You might recognise this being mentioned in one of my other posts ‘Mini Boots Makeup Haul’. I can’t have my nails done for work but I also like to have a nude pink coat on to make my nails looks a bit brighter. This covers any imperfections in my nails and gives in a french pink look to it.

Rimmel Brow This Way in ‘Dark Brown’ – I have naturally dark thick brows and so apart from grooming them I tend not to do much. However I thought I’d try out a brow gel and see if I liked it. This is a good colour match and blends in really well. I like it as I holds my brows in place all day!

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Rimmel Brow This Way

Ted Baker Lipstick – My Boyfriend got me a gorgeous Ted Baker makeup gift set for Christmas, and I love all the products it came with. My favourite product was the Nude Pink lipstick. I’m unsure on the product name unfortunately. It is super creamy and glides onto the lips. The colour lasts and keeps my lips moisturised. I think it’s the perfect everyday nude shade!

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Ted Baker Lipstick in Nude Pink

Fragrance: 

Michael Kors Sexy Amber – This was another Christmas present I absolutely loved this month! I wanted to get this perfume for all of last year but never got the chance to purchase it. I did a fair amount of travelling in 2015 and every time I was in duty free I sprayed this, so it always reminds me of my holidays when I wear it! It has a deep, sweet scent with fragrance notes of Sandalwood, Mandarin, White Florals.

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Michael Kors ‘Sexy Amber’

Books: 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And other concerns) By Mindy Kaling – I bought this book at Toronto Pearson Airport on my way back to Scotland. I read a good chunk of it on the plane, however when I got back home I didn’t have the time to finish it off. This month I made the effort to read more before bed and I finally finished it!! I love Mindy Kaling, and her personality definitely comes across in this book. It’s funny, witty and makes you feel like you’ve known her all her life!

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Food & Drink: 

Davids Tea ‘Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait’ – My sister brought a box of these tea bags over from Canada when she visited for Christmas. They are so yummy! I wish you could buy Davids Tea over here in the UK.. I’m going to need to ask her to send me some over!

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Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a brilliant February! I’d love to hear what you all think, so please feel free to leave in the comments what you’ve been loving this January!

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