My Top 4 Hand Creams

 

With this cold weather that doesn’t seem to be leaving us alone, my hands are constantly screaming out for some TLC. I always try to take really good care of my hands because they can show the first signs of aging (thanks to sun exposure), and I’m desperately trying to nurse my nails back to health after shellac has ruined them (completely my fault as I peeled the varnish off instead of getting them properly removed….oops). So, it’s fair to say I’ve road tested a few hand creams along the years, and after whittling down my favourite few, I wanted to share them all with you!

These all range in price, so if you’re looking to try a new hand cream then hopefully this will help you to find a product to suit your budget!

 

L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream, £19.00

 I can’t remember the first time I tried this, but it’s been a staple in my make up drawer for years. It’s so nourishing, smells amazing and leaves a great smooth finish. The cream is enriched with 20% shea butter and honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with aromas of jasmine and ylang-ylang essences to not only leaving your hands smelling delicious, but also to ensure that this caring cream is extremely effective. It has a really rich texture to it which helps to leave your hands super smooth, and really penetrates the skin to leave hands nourished. It weirdly reminds me of the texture of Philadelphia spreadable cheese, but obviously smells a lot nicer! Also, because of the rich texture you’re not left with any oily traces, which I absolutely love about this product! Whenever I apply this product I can’t help but touch my hands, which I think says it all!

Rating: 5/5

 

 

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, £15.00

 This is another staple product in my household thanks to its instantly nourishing properties. It’s an emollient-rich (seeks to really moisturise) cream that contains soothing sesame oil and fortifying Japense mulberry, which gives it a luxuriously rich texture, and lovely smell! This cream absorbs in so nicely and doesn’t leave any oiliness, which is great! It also really helps to condition cuticles to cuticles to make your nails healthier and stronger. If you’re looking for something to really treat your hands, and help maintain healthy cuticles, this is the perfect product!

Rating: 4.5/5 (The only reason I didn’t give this is 5 is because I love the L’OCCITANE one so much!)

 

 

Soap & Glory Hand Food, I’ve pictured the smaller size, but the larger is £5.50

 I love Soap & Glory products so I knew I would fall in love with their hand cream. First, the texture is quite similar to the L’OCCITANE cream as it’s quick thick so it does give a really intense moisturising effect. As you can imagine this smells gorgeous because of the shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow (mmmm) it contains. It absorbs really well into the skin and you only need to apply a small amount to cover both hands.

Rating: 4/5

 

Vaseline Healthy Hands & Healthy Nails, £3.99

I picked this up when I was out and about in the freezing cold and my hands were in desperate need of some moisture. This has a lovely smell to it, and definitely did succeed in moisturising my hands. It has keratin and has a three-layer level of moisture so it really acts to delve deep and give intense nourishment. It does also help to soften your cuticles and make the area appear healthier. The texture is lighter and almost runny compared to the other hand creams, which I don’t like as much; as well as this it does leave a slight oily residue. My only other issue with is the product is that is stung my skin when it was super dry and I applied it. I do have very sensitive skin and I know that it’s quite common for really dry hands to react to certain products, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for really sensitive skin!

 Rating: 3/5

Depending on your skin type, all of these creams have great properties that all act to nourish and soothe your hard working hands. However, if I had to select my favourite products based on a budget buy and a splurge buy,  they are…

Best Budget Buy: Soap & Glory

Best Splurge Buy: L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream

 

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

Red Carpet Lip Look

 

With it being the Oscars tonight, I thought it was only right to create a red carpet worthy lip! I recently received the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in ‘red carpet red’, so it was the perfect colour to create my show stopping look with.

 

  

To see how I created the look, follow this link here to my YouTube channel where you can watch a tutorial I created.

The products I used for this look are:

– Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturise

-Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer

-Clinique Airbrush Concealer

-Mac Pressed Powder

-Benefit High Beam

-Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brink in Bronze

-Makeup Revolution Focus  & Fix Brow Kit

-Benefit Speed Brow Gel

-Benefit Cream Shadow in Champagne Sparkle

-Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Sepia

-Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black

-Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm

-N07 Precision Lip Liner in Red

-Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red

 

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for visiting 🙂

Everyday Make Up in 10 Minutes 

 

 I go through phases with my make up, and currently I’d say I’m fairly happy with my routine which for me is pretty impressive, so I thought I’d share it with you all! I like my sleep so I’ve tried to cut down the amount of time I spend on my make up in the morning as much as possible. So, please find below a quick ‘how to’ for everyday make up in 10 minutes. As you can see from the picture it’s a really natural look, meaning it’s pretty easy to recreate!

First, prepping your skin is so important to ensure you get a good base for your make up to sit. I don’t use a primer, but I do make sure to thoroughly moisture my face with my everyday moisturiser. Then, comes the most important part for me, the concealing. I cover any blemishes/red areas using a concealer, my favourite at the moment is Hide The Blemish by Rimmel. I then also use this as a base for my under eye area.

Following this, I apply Oil Free Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser using my fingers as I prefer to blend that way. I take Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Medium and apply under my eyes. To set this all using the real techniques powder brush I apply Mac Select Sheer/Pressed Powder in NC5 over all of my face. I’ll then gently define my cheekbones using the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Palette in Bronze.

To highlight, I dab 3 dots of Benefit High Beam under my eye area and then blend in. Moving onto my cheeks, I take The Multiple by Nars in Orgasm and apply to the apples of my cheeks. I then blend this out with a touch of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Quartz using the Bobbi Brown Face Blending Brush.

Moving onto my eyes, I first focus on my brows. I fill in using the dark colour in the Focus & Fix Kit in Medium by Make Up Revolution. I then brush over to really tidy up using the Benefit Speed Brow Gel.

Using my finger I then sweep a layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Sparkling Champagne over my eye lids and up to the brows. For my eyeliner I turn to my trusty Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Sepia Ink and create a simple flick at the outer corner of my eye. I follow with a coat of mascara in Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black, and then another coat of Ultra Tech Curve Mascara by Kiko Cosmetics in Black.

Finally for my lips, I moisturise first using the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm and then follow with the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish. I then apply a coat of Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour Lipstick in Neutral Rose for the final touch!

Writing it down it seems like a long process but I promise it really isn’t! I’ve done it half asleep before so it is almost like a foolproof guide to applying makeup.

Thanks for reading 🙂

MAC Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish

Hello hello!

This will only be a short post this evening, but I had to share with you my new favourite lip liner that I recently discovered. I picked it up last week at the MAC counter when I was travelling through Milan airport. I was pretty overwhelmed with the products available, but after trying more than 10 different colours in various lipsticks and lip liners on my hand (getting to the airport early meant it got a little out of control…),  this lip liner in Staunchly Stylish kept catching my eye because of it’s deep and pretty nude colour.

 

It’s quite a neutral colour on and the finish is so moisturising and yet buildable that it looks really natural on. This particular colour is part of the pro longwear lip pencil range which is really obvious when wearing! It’s durable and gives a great finish, but then that’s no surprise from MAC!

 

 

I wear mine alone under lip balm to give a slightly more dewy effect on my lips, but it definitely gives enough nourishing coverage to be worn alone.

I’m starting to really invest in my lip liner collection so I’d love any suggestions you have!

Have a great Friday!

XXX

Clinique Pep-Start Launch Event 

 

Hello you lovely lot!

So tonight I headed down to Clinique in Covent Garden where an event was being held for the launch of the pep-start eye cream. To celebrate, the store was filled with prosecco and cupcakes galore (which was amazing). I was walked through by a lovely team who all donned a gorgeous colour of lipstick, to a Clinique make up artist who miraculously managed to refresh my face after a very long day at work!

 

She used a dark lip liner first (which I can’t remember the name of!) and then the colour ‘Berry Pop’ in the Pop Lip Colour which is slightly lighter, to create an ombré effect on my lips, which I love! She then followed with the pep-start eye cream to brighten the area and then the airbrush concealer to really conceal any dark spots. I have to say I really was impressed by the pep-start! It has a ball-style applicator, where you squeeze a small amount out and then apply to your under eye area using the applicator. It was so soothing as soon as she began applying it, as the cool lotion alongside the smooth circular shape really helped to massage the area. On appearance my eye area really did look instantly refreshed and brighter, which for me is fantastic news!

 

What I also love about this product is that you can use it both on top and under make up. So you can pop it in your bag and top up throughout the day! Unfortunately I’m currently living on a diet of beans until payday, so I didn’t buy then; however, I can safely say I will be going back to invest!

Alex Steinherr, beauty editor of Glamour magazine was there on hand after the mini-makeovers to take a Kardashian-worthy selfie! I’ll let you decide if I’m red carpet ready (St. Tropez is definitely needed!)…

 

Everyone then received a goody bag with some goodies! Mine included a sample of the pep-start eye cream, the chubby stick in Super Strawberry, a sample of the superprimer universal face primer and a packet of jelly beans (which I’m currently sat in bed eating).

 

It was a great event put on by the team at Clinique, and I’m so pleased I went down not only to meet Alex, but also to try this wonder product that I genuinely believe will become my best friend!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Skiing – Livigno, Italy

 

If you follow my Instagram you’ll have seen that I’ve been away recently in Italy. I went skiing with my family which was amazing, however I’ve come to realise 1. how unfit I am and 2. That I’m definitely carrying holiday weight as my salopettes were extremely tight! In spite of that however I continued to eat copious amounts of pizza and pasta, and I don’t regret it for a second!

I have a fair few pictures from the trip, but I’ve selected a few to show you guys, so enjoy!

P.s. A lot of these were taken when I’d given up trying to keep up skiing with my dad and brother. When in doubt, photograph!

Thanks for looking!

x

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

If like me you’ve been plagued by the biggest, darkest, scariest under eye circles then you’ll be desperate to try anything that brightens up the area. I’ve always suffered with this having paler skin and thin skin if that’s such a thing; but because of early mornings, late nights, an illness that seemed never ending, and the odd cocktail… I was also waking up with a really puffy eye area that didn’t leave my side.

A dermatologist once told me that a lot of my problem was dehydration, or how she so sensitively put it ‘those big bags, yeah that’s dehydration’. So make sure to drink up (Water not wine)!

An under eye cream that I’ve found to be amazing at helping to soothe and moisturise the area is the creamy avocado eye cream by Kiehls. I’d read so many rave reviews about this product, so although dubious, felt I had to try it. Also my obsession with avocados made me feel it morally wrong to not try this product.

First, it’s cool, light texture is so lovely to apply to the delicate area. My skin can be quite reactive to new products, but this took to my skin instantly, absorbing in and working its magic. I dip my finger tip into the pot which is enough to cover both eyes. I apply under my eye area and up and around to the arch of my eyebrow. I have no idea if this is the correct place to apply, but it seems to be having results for me!

I’ve definitely noticed a reduction in the darkness around my eyes, and the area just seems a lot brighter and smoother. Kiehls are great for having samples, so if you want to try before buying then pop in and ask for a sample. They’ll probably load you up with lots of other goodies to try to!

Would love to hear of anything else you do to brighten up your eye area.

Thanks for reading!

X

Product Review: Bioré Charcoal Pore Strips

  

I was wondering aimlessly around my local Boots on Saturday as I had some time to kill and came across these Bioré charcoal pore strips. I’ve become slightly obsessed with trying to give my skin a really deep clean, so as soon as I saw this I felt instantly drawn to it. Also I’d never heard of this brand before, or seen it in Boots, so I was really interested to give it a go. The majority of the other products from the brand were focused on clearing pores, so I had a feeling they would be good!

   

For £8.99 there’s six strips, and it recommends not to use more than every 3 days; I personally won’t be using that regularly, probably once a week, so I’d say it’s pretty good value for money! The strips are different to anything else I’ve tried as they have a material-like texture to them, with slips already cut to allow you to easily mould to the strip of your face. I actually really liked this texture as I felt I could easily lift and apply the strip as opposed to those slippery ones that seem to always slide off your nose! The pack actually says to remove when it hardens to give a papier-maché  feel, so hopefully that gives you an idea of it! 
The charcoal which has renowned properties for during out impurities, acts like a magnet by instantly locking onto dirt and oil that’s nestling deep down and draws it out. 
  

I cleansed my face thoroughly and then applied the strip to my nose, making sure that my nose was still wet. I then waited 15 minutes before gently peeling off. There was some black residue left on my nose, but it was so easy to wash off – as easy as washing off face wash! The skin around my nose felt so soft and really tight afterwards. Although it was red straight after that had completely reduced within half an hour. I was surprised (and shocked) to see how much dirt had come off of the strip (maybe I’m not cleaning my skin as well as I think….), but it was so satisfying to see it come away!

   

  The pores around the area definitely look diminished, and the skin is still so soft! I’m really interested to see how the area looks after continued use. Even only after the one use I would definitely recommend this product for all skin types, as whilst it’s obviously working really hard to help clear the area, it’s still very gentle. Also if you’re looking to have a mini at-home pamper, this is the perfect product as it’s quick and easy to use with virtually no mess!

 

  

Would love to hear of any other similar products you like to use!

 

Thanks for reading J

Recipe: Valentine’s Heart Biscuits

Happy Valentine’s Day you lovely lot!

 

So as today marks the official day of love, I thought that it would only be right to bake some Valentine’s-themed goodies. I’ve given up chocolate for lent (sob) which is proving rather difficult; however, staying strong-willed I decided (forced myself) to make some pretty pink biscuits without the need of chocolate. I was watching Sunday brunch when I saw Will Torrent baking these lovelies with a mixture of raspberry and rose flavourings, so decided to give them a go (he also described them as reminding him of party ring biscuits, which were just the best thing ever).

 

The recipe is fairly simply, however there were a few bits I had to nip out and buy. They’re not essential for making the biscuits, but they definitely add a lovely, delicate flavour. I also changed parts of his recipe slightly depending on what I had and my taste preference.

 

Ingredients:

For the Biscuit:

25g freeze dry raspberries (I only used 10 and this was plenty for me!)

100g icing sugar

200g softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon rose water

Zest of half a lemon

2 beaten egg yolks

250g plain flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

A pinch of salt

 

For the Icing:

125g fresh raspberries

400g royal icing sugar (normal is also fine)

 

Method:

  1. To make the biscuit, beat the icing sugar and butter together until pale and light
  2. Add the lemon zest, vanilla extract and rose water. The rose water adds such a lovely taste, which you don’t often get; however use with caution as too much will easily overpower

3. Add the beaten egg yolks a little at a time, beating between each pour

4. Sift in the flour, salt and baking powder, and finally add in the freeze dried raspberries until a soft dough is formed

5. Mould this into a flat circular shape and wrap in cling film. Place in fridge for around an hour to let chill

6. Once chilled, place onto a surface dusted lightly in flour and roll out until the dough has a thickness of just less than a pound coin

7. Cut out heart shapes using a cookie cutter (or any other shape you like!) and place onto a baking tray with greaseproof paper
  
8. Set your oven to 170°C and leave your cut out shapes to chill again for around 10 minutes

9. Place the biscuits in the oven for around 12-14 minutes, or until they start to turn golden at the edges

10. Take out and leave to cool on a cool rack

 

To make the Icing:

  1. Crush and push the raspberries through a sieve into a bowl to remove all seeds, until you end up with a puree

2. Gradually add 300g of the icing sugar until the consistency is that of sticking to the back of a spoon

3. With the remaining icing, add drops of water until you achieve the same consistency as the pink icing. Place this white icing into a piping bag and cut the bottom to reveal a small hole

4. Coat each biscuit in the raspberry icing, following with horizontal lines of white icing. Then, take a tooth pick and drag up and down the lines to give a pretty, waved effect

5. Leave around half an hour before serving to make sure the icing has set

6. Enjoy!

These biscuits were delicious, and the icing really did remind me of the time old classic party ring biscuit in both appearance and taste, so top marks all around!

 

Would love to hear if you give these a go, or if you have any other recipes to share!

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

XXXX

 

Product Review: Boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask

I’ve been wanting to try one of these face masks for a while now because I’ve heard how intensively moisturising they can be. I actually bought this last year when I went to America and went slightly crazy in Sephora (recently single women and shops don’t mix well together), and had forgotten about it until I had a tidy up.

 

I chose the Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask by Boscia because first of all I love green tea, and secondly I loved the sound of it soothing and hydrating my skin. Boscia is a Japenese company who is the first 100% preservative-free skincare brand, so I was really excited to try one of their products.

 

The mask comes in two pieces, which makes it easier to apply (although it did keep slipping off my face). The top part is for the top half of your face, nose and under your eyes. It’s a fairly large size and has slits on certain edges to allow you to really mould the mask to suit your face shape. The second part is specifically for the bottom part of your face.

 

 

The mask itself was a sort of soft rubber with a layer of gel on the side that you apply to your face. The gel has a gorgeous fresh smell and was so cool when I placed on my skin – I definitely agree with the soothing quality! It recommended leaving on for between 15-20 minutes after which you remove and gently rub in any product left over. Make sure to lie down when applying this as it kept slipping down my face!

 

The next day my skin felt amazingly smooth, just like a baby’s bottom. I was so pleased with the results initially as my skin felt plump, moisturised and so much more nourished. Over the next few days however the skin around my chin started to really dry up and I developed lots of small blemishes. These were easy to cover up with make up and they did disappear after a few days, however I was disappointed with my skin’s reaction, especially as I had a party to go to!

 

 

Overall, I did enjoy using this mask, and like it said on the tin it really moisturised my skin; however I feel as if it moisturised it too much, and when I didn’t continue that level of care it really dried out my skin.

 

So, my overall rating of this product is: 3/5

 

I also purchased an under eye peel mask so keep a look out for that review!

 

Would love to hear if you’ve tried any similar masks and your experiences with them.

 

Thanks for reading!