Wednesday, 23 July 2014

All-Natural Skincare for Acne

Weleda Aknedoron: Two Step Skincare for Acne and Problem Skin- available here

They say summer is a time for romance- well fire up those church bells sunshine, because I've fallen in love with skincare this year! Up until recently my obsession was with makeup; I saw skincare as a bit of a boring old necessity (and in all honesty was something I quite resented spending money on, when in my mind it could be going on makeup instead). This has well and truly changed lately, I've found a nice balance of products that work for my skin and am loving seeing it change for the better. Two new products that I've incorporated into my routine are from Weleda's 'Aknedoron' range which are aimed at acne sufferers. While I don't have particularly problematic skin (redness and dullness are my two biggest issues, ughh) they've still contributed to a huge improvement to the overall way my skin looks and feels- I'll definitely be placing a Weleda order as soon as these start running low!

Aknedoron Cleansing Lotion (bit of a mouthful!) is a daily cleanser which gently and effectively freshens the skin. I use this on freshly washed skin in the place of a toner, just a couple of drops on a cotton pad does the trick. This one smells quite nice, it contains essential oils of orange, grapefruit, lavender and rosemary as well as calendula, chamomile, sunflower and olive oil. All ingredients are natural, and are able to cleanse the skin without stripping the natural oily layer. I'd definitely agree with this, unlike most products aimed at acne it doesn't feel harsh or drying. In fact some products I've tried in the past that were aimed at acne have actually given me spots, so I'm glad that wasn't the case with this.

Weleda Aknedoron Purifying Lotion: £9.95
To follow up the cleansing lotion, you apply the Aknedoron Purifying Lotion. Not only does this calms and sooth irritation (just the job for blemishes) it actually stimulates the skin too which has the benefit of restoring blood flow to regulate problem skin. This one again contains all natural ingredients- sage, thyme, lavender, calendula and chamomile. It also contains witch hazel which is a mild astringent along with sulphur. It's slightly thicker in consistency than the cleansing lotion (and doesn't smell as nice either, must be the sulphur!) but feels just as gentle and refreshing. After using both products my skin just feels so nice and clean, but unlike most toners (which contain painful drying alcohol) it doesn't feel tight and uncomfortable. All in all I highly recommend this two step system, don't let the drab packaging put you off as what's inside works wonders!

Have you tried anything from Weleda?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Memebox Superbox: Herbal Cosmetics

Memebox 'Superbox'* prices vary: Herbal Cosmetics Box (pictured) is around £18. Available here

I was introduced to Korean beauty box Memebox (pronounced Me-Me box...yeah, I've been saying it wrong for the past month!) a few weeks ago when I reviewed their Rose Scentbox. If you're new to Memebox, they're basically a beauty box with a difference- rather than fill out a profile of your likes and dislikes you simply buy a themed box from the website, and receive a surprise selection of high quality Korean products based on that theme. This time around I was thrilled to get my hands on one of their Superboxes which contain all full sized products; this box contained six products all based on the theme 'herbal cosmetics'. I'll be doing full reviews of these once I've given them a proper go, but here's what I got and my first impressions!

Calmia Cleansing Oil Gel
This is a 'cleansing oil gel' containing argan oil and organic complex. I've given this a quick go already and I like it- while it's a bit different to any other cleanser I've used (with it being oil based it doesn't really foam up, which is a bit weird but I reckon I'll get used to it!) it left my skin feeling clean and hydrated. I'm going to be incorporating this into my routine as my evening cleanser as the oil based consistency is great for cutting through grime and makeup.

Calmia Rooibos Aqua Sprinkler Gel Cream
I'm still a little bit unsure as to what this actually is as the translation is kinda questionable- the packaging states 'a type of moisturising gel, like a pudding so that it does not slip down like water' Ok then! It has a thin gel/ water consistency which you spray onto the skin, I'm thinking it's a hydrating toner but I'll definitely be doing some more research into it to find out how to get the best benefits from it. It absorbs instantly and does leave the skin feeling nice and refreshed so I'm definitely interested to find out more about it.

Narasang Herb BB Cream (SPF 50)
I was excited to see a BB cream in the box, I've tried quite a few Asian BB creams over the last eighteen months and find they're a million times better than anything the British highstreet has to offer. With a huge SPF 50 included it's absolutely perfect for this time of year, especially as we're actually getting nice weather in the UK at the moment! While the colour isn't a perfect match (I'm yet to find a foundation that is) it's not too dark or warm toned and so I can still get away with it. Positive first impressions for this one, while it's very light on the skin you do get a bit of coverage from it.

Skinfood Bath Salts Honey Jasmine
Of the six products, it was these bath salts that excited me the least. I'm not the hugest fan of bath salts, and have found in the past that whenever I've used them they've never dissolved properly and I've been sat in an uncomfortable gritty bath! I'll still give these a go though and who knows they might be worlds apart from any bath salts I've ever tried. I'll update on my Instagram how I get on with these when I use them.

Rose Mine Arzulene Calming Gel
There were two Rose Mine products in the previous Memebox I tried, so I already knew I liked the brand. While this doesn't come in the same pretty packaging as the previous products, I can already tell it's going to be a favourite for me this year. The cooling and soothing gel is to be applied after you've been sat in the sun, and for someone that burns quite easily this is exactly the kind of product I need on hand in the summer. It's really lightweight so unlike sticky and heavy aftersun products it doesnt feel greasy or oily on the skin. 

Kskin Rose Sense Essential Oil
I'm a huge fan of essential oils and so was really happy to see this in the box. It doesn't smell too much like rose to me, it's very aromatic smelling and I'm sure I can detect some kind of lemon/citrus in there too. Either way it's lovely, you can use a few drops in your bath, dabbed on your wrists as a perfume oil or even in an oil burner as a home fragrance. It's only a teeny 5ml bottle, but as with any essential oil the scent is very concentrated and so you only need the smallest amount.

Have you heard of Memebox?
You can get $5 off your first box using the code ODA9YH

Monday, 21 July 2014

Introducing: Omorose Cosmetics

Omorose Cosmetics*: available on their website here

Omorose Cosmetics are a completely new brand to me, but it only took a quick skim through their website to have me intrigued. Cute packaging, cruelty free and their products contain no parabens or nasty chemicals- sounds good right? While the range is limited at the moment a few things definitely stood out to me, here's what I thought of the three products I tried.

Call me Captain Obvious here, but this isn't the right colour for me. It's too dark and unfortunately has a strong yellow undertone which is all wrong for my cool toned skin. However, putting the colour aside this is a really nice product- the coverage is good and yet it feels light on the skin, it doesn't look cakey and has the benefit of a really high SPF which is great for this time of year. If this would have matched my skin it would have been a summer staple for me, although I'll definitely be giving it another go after I've been fake tanning. Not the best choice for pale skin, but if you're a bit darker with warm undertones I'd say this was well worth looking into- the stick format means it takes up hardly any room so would be a nice one for taking on holiday. 

This setting powder applies like a dream, I've never come across a product that's SO soft and finely milled. It feels like silk and leaves the skin looking naturally matte while still being light at breathable. The packaging is cute and the lid screws on so it's nice and sturdy- the last thing you want with a product like this is for a lid to be pinging off and powder going everywhere! Along with Flawless (matte) they have another variety called 'Diamond' for a more glowy/dewy finish.

This was the product I was most excited to try (admittedly, purely for novelty purposes). While it was the fun 'EOS style' circular packaging that drew me in this is a really nice cream blush. It's easy to apply straight to the cheeks and buff out with a buffing brush- and while it's not a 'cream to powder' finish it does set and acts almost as a cheek stain. The only disappointing thing is that based on the colour I'd have assumed it would be more of a peachy colour when actually it's completely pink. I don't wear pink blushes (my cheeks are already rosy enough as it!) but I'll still get my use out of this as it's gorgeous used as a lip product too.

Have you heard of Omorose Cosmetics?

Friday, 18 July 2014

My All Time Favourite Lip Balms: Nivea Lip Butters

Nivea Lip Butters*: around £2 in Superdrug, Boots and supermarkets

Nivea Lip Butters have held the proud title as my favourite lip balms for over a year now. It was the cute tins and the super hydrating name 'lip butters' that initially drew me in, but as soon as I cracked open my first tin of their Caramel Creme scent it was instant love. Not only do these things literally smell good enough to eat, but I'm yet to find a balm that gets to work as quickly or effectively. Who'd have known a £2 lip balm could be SO good?

This summer Nivea are releasing a brand new scent to their lip butter lineup, the absolutely gorgeous 'Blueberry Blush'. As a huge fan of the taste and scent of blueberries this was music to my ears, and it definitely didn't disappoint. Think of the nicest tasting sweet you've ever eaten and times it by two. Oh Yes. That's really what you get with this, it's so sweet and fruity I actually look forward to reapplying it. Unlike most lip balms that just smell nice these really does work, and while I do think Vaseline lip balms are good they can definitely feel a bit greasy which isn't the case with these. If I was being really picky I'd say the little tins can be a bit difficult to open, but in all honesty they're pretty much perfect. Blueberry Blush will be in shops soon so keep an eye out!

Have you tried Nivea's lip butters? Which is your favourite scent?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Wishing for Watches

I haven't owned a watch for probably ten years now, I think it's about time (pun intended- ha) that I invested in one- I'm forever seeing pictures of gorgeous arm candy on Instagram and think I need my own little time piece in my life. I've actually avoided watches for the longest time, simply because (and unfortunately this is the honest truth) my time telling skills are not the best. Yep, it's true- embarrassing right? I've always been your typical 'straight A' kinda student as well, and so it makes me feel a bit dim to say the least. But now is a good a time as any to face my fears, and if they look pretty then that's all the more of a bonus. Here are a couple of the watches I have my eye on at the moment- but do me a favour, if you ever see me out wearing one of them don't ask me for the time as I'll more than likely just panic and get it wrong!

1. Geneva Flower Watch 2. Geneva Rose Gold Watch
By far the most inexpensive watches I've ever come across, but aren't they pretty (definite MK copycat up there!) Both of these are less than £3 from eBay, I thought it would be nice to have a couple of different ones to wear with different outfits. I'm not sure how well they'd last with them just being dress watches, but I thought both designs were really cute.

As a new fan of Juicy Couture perfume I've been looking at some of the other things they sell too, and came across this beauty of a watch. I love the pink strap and face, and the fact that it's really girly without going down the 'all rose gold' route. I found it at this jeweller who sell loads of other gorgeous designer watches too.

I'm not your typical crazy cat lady beauty blogger (I think my dogs would have something to say if I were!) but I couldn't resist this cat watch. It's reduced from £20 to just £6 too, I'm hoping it's still in stock next time I make an Asos order.

Finally, we have the ultimate. Rose gold is never a colour I'd have thought to go for until Michael Kors watches became popular but now I think it's so beautiful. More flattering against my skin tone than gold and more expensive looking than silver, it's a win win. Shame about the price tag though- definitely more than I ever thought I'd consider spending on a watch!

Do you wear a watch? What brands do you recommend?


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