This Week: A Birthday Trip to London

I've had quite the busy time this week (makes a change from my usual pyjama's on at 4pm schedule) and got whisked away to London for a long weekend which involved a good trawl of the shops - a haul could possibly be making it's way to you very soon, an amazing opportunity to go to Wimbledon to watch Andy Murray play on Centre Court and uh, not to mention probably the highest levels of giddy excitement I've experienced since I was thirteen after Darren surprised me with tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Undoubtedly one of the best experiences my inner child and I have ever had.

May Favourites

After a unintentional three week stint away from YouTube (not sure how that one happened, sorry!) I'm back with a round up of the best of the best in beauty from May - and let me tell you right now, it's a big one. From a new skincare combo I've been trialling with great results to a lipstick I can't confess enough love for and a retraction that needs to be issued after a not so friendly product diss, here are last month's favourites!

This Week: Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

After making the decision to eliminate gluten and dairy from the majority of my diet two months ago it's been quite the struggle to stay strict with my eating habits, especially when it came to cutting out all the sweet treats I was used to gorging on daily, packed full of things I really didn't need to be putting into my body.

New In from MAC: Studio Fix Powder

I went through a phase when I first got into make up that was all about MAC, MAC, MAC. I think any girl would look longingly at a brand that carries a million eyeshadow colours and want to have it all, but over the last year my interest has mostly died down.

The Summer Red

Although red lipstick will always be my one true love it's not a colour that I tend to gravitate towards during the warmer months as it's not hard for it to overpower the face when there's a lot of bright light around - and who wants to think about avoiding red smudges all over your face whilst chowing down on a giant ice cream cone?

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June 11, 2013

The Emma Hardie Family

Alright, you've got me! I've finally caved and decided to talk about the most hyped beauty product since the Naked palette came to town, the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm (and breathe). I've always loved a good rich balm to massage into my skin and melt away everything that shouldn't be there. My first love came in the form of the Botanics Organic Cleansing Balm, then they changed the formula and it just wasn't that great anymore. After that I thought the EVE LOM Cleansing Balm was the one for me until on a recent Caroline Hirons inspired crusade to rid Mineral Oil from my skincare routine, I found out that it did in fact contain it and the search continued.

I received my first little tub of this beauty via a Feel Unique Beauty Box a long time ago, thought it was pretty darn good, then completely forgot about it. Meanwhile the entire beauty world couldn't get enough of the stuff and it wasn't until I was alerted to an amazing offer from QVC (basically offering buy one get half free) that I jumped at the chance to fall back in love with the cleanser everyone's gone dotty over.

It contains Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E to balance, purify and help minimise open pores, Orange, Neroli and Mandarin extracts to rejuvenate and revitalise and Jasmine, Cedarwood and Rose to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated skin. The great thing about this cleansing balm is that it balances the right amount of richness with a product that doesn't feel overly heavy when applied. The smell is also something that wows me and I find this very relaxing to use in the evening as I scrub the day away. Not only does it remove every trace of makeup from my skin, it also plumps it up and leaves me with what I can only describe as a fresh 'glow'.

A few qualms would certainly be the temperamental packaging, lid leakage (which as you can see has already happened to my larger pot) being the most annoying aspect of this and of course at a steep £34.00, the price! I'm definitely a believer in investing when it comes to skincare though, and for what it does I certainly wouldn't hesitate in paying out for it again and again.

Have you tried the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm? What are your thoughts?

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December 09, 2011

Cleansers: Best and Worst

Cleansers! I can't seem to get enough of them. I think they're up there with foundations as my most purchased items. I've bought some that I love, and some that have just been a complete waste of money, so I thought I'd share the best and worst with you.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: I don't think I need to go into too much detail with this one. I've mentioned it in a post before and everyone and their mum seems to have raved about it. I've tried a lot of other hot cloth cleansers thinking they'd be just as good, but nothing really compares to this one. It smells beautiful and although it's a thick, creamy cleanser, it leaves skin unbelievably refreshed and takes away every scrap of make up!

Botanics Soothing Cleansing Balm: This is similar to the Liz Earle as you wipe it off with a cloth soaked in warm water, but as the name would suggest,it has the consistency of a really thick balm, something I've never come across in another cleanser. You massage it on and it melts away any make up and impurities on the face and leaves skin super soft and radiant after its polished off.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap: In the mornings I prefer to use more of a lathering cleanser to really wake up my skin and the Liquid facial soap is one of the few I've found that doesn't dry out my skin. It takes away everything without leaving that horrible tight feeling. Really need to buy a new one of these as I'm down to squeezing out the last of a sample tube!

And on to the worst...

Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Cleansing Lotion: I bought this thinking it would be a really quick and easy cleanser to pop on a cotton wool pad and take everything off. However, when I tried it it basically did nothing. It was heavy, smelt horrible and didn't take off any of my make up leaving my skin feeling anything but refreshed. I never really understood cleansers that aren't used with water and after trying this I'll be staying away from them in the future.

Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser: I had such high hopes for this as I love Burt's Bees as a brand and had heard a lot of good reviews. But when I used it, it didn't lather up as I expected it too and just felt sticky and oily on my skin. It was hard to wash off as well and left my skin with a really greasy residue that wouldn't come off until I exfoliated it away. I was so gutted because it smells heavenly, but it just didn't do anything for me.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam: I'm really on the fence about this cleanser as I do still use it occasionally. A few months ago my skin got really awful and I invested in the whole Anti-Blemish range from Clinique. After about a week of using them though, it was even worse. I have quite oily skin most of the time, but it was becoming dry and flakey, and the blemishes weren't even much better. I stopped using it right away and my skin went back to normal and actually cleared up on its own. Also, because it comes out as a foam, there was nothing substantial to it and it pretty much just dissolved away. Because of this, I really don't believe spots and blemishes should be treated with really strong and abrasive skincare that's designed to strip every last drop of oil away. In fact, I've found that adding oil to my routine helps even out the tone and imperfections better than something acne-targeted. I do use this every now and then for a few days after my Cleanse & Polish if my skin is becoming overly oily but I wouldn't reccomend this as a main cleanser.