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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil Free Moisturiser


Hey all!

I'm back with another skincare review today - I'm totally obsessed and it seems to have taken over from make up recently. Though I'm sure this will be temporary!

I went to a Kiehls event when the new Cardiff store opened around Christmas time last year, you can find the post here. I picked up the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free lotion at the time and have been using it a lot since then, especially recently now the weather has got warmer again!


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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Smashbox Photo Finish Blemish Control Primer


Hey there!

It has been a little while since I've written a beauty post so it's been lovely and self indulgent to get back to my make up stash.

Today's review is of the Smashbox Photo Finish Blemish Control Primer.

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I bought this months ago, me and M both went to a Smashbox event which was really good fun - we made a few purchases and I've been slowly using them over the last couple of months.

The Blemish Control primer was surprisingly lovely - I've tried a sample size of the original primer previously and it felt like it had a lot of silicone in it which my skin doesn't really like.

However this primer was totally different, it was a white thin product almost like a lotion in texture. It applied really easily and created an even base to put make up on which is perfect.

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The primer soaked up the oil on my face and kept my oily t-zone at bay during the day. I can't comment on whether the primer helps to control blemishes - I luckily don't get many spots nowadays (apart from the ones that only medication would help!) but my skin definitely felt pretty good whilst i was using this primer.

I'd say that it barely felt like i had anything on my skin but my make up stayed for a working day whenever i wore it which was great, I think i just needed to re-powder once or twice but that's to be expected.

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I think that i would probably repurchase this in future, the primer comes to £28 which is on the expensive side but there are often deals in Boots to get a free gift or extra points which make it worthwhile. I would definitely recommend it if you are struggling to keep your make up on during the day over troublesome skin.

Have you tried the primers from Smashbox? Which one was your fave?

I really want to try the illuminating and hydrating ones!


L xxx



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Friday, 31 August 2012

Review: Origins Zero Oil Moisturise Lotion

On one of my recent Origins splurges I picked up the Zero Oil moisture lotion as my skin is generally quite oily and I'm always trying to beat the shine.

However my skin being the fickle thing that it is decided to dry out so although I have started using it on my whole face, I now only use it on my T-zone as everywhere else needs a little more hydration.


First off as its oil free its a great moisturiser for those who want to beat the shine and it moisturises without leaving any excess on the skin and quite frankly it disappears!

It also leaves quite a nice base as it mattifies the skin too.


As you can see on the packaging it has Saw Palmetto and Mint which gives it a really nice clean smell and makes you believe that it won't be breaking you out, which it doesn't. 

I also love that its non pore blocking (non-comedogenic) and non-acnegenic so you're almost guaranteed to see great results if you purchase and use this moisturiser on your oily skin.


My skin on my t-zone definitely feel hydrated enough when I use this and I love that in the morning it gives you a matt effect which helps with oiliness for a good few hours for sure.


Unfortunately for me my skin has done a complete 360 on me at the moment and is currently in need of extra moisturisation which is totally unlike it so I've got myself a sample of the Make a Difference treatment (oil free though!) to see if it helps.


The ladies are always lovely on the Origins counters I've been to and are so helpful and always give out a sample of the product you are lusting after if you're not sure about buying it.

I always find it a pleasure to go back which is obviously what they want, but it never feels like they're trying to take your money which other counters should take note of!

I will be continuing to use this as I have for the past few weeks as it works perfectly on my T-zone and I have to admit that maybe my pores are even shrinking which would be an epic bonus!

Look out for tomorrows post with another of my Origins purchases which is a HG product for some people, including me!

Do you have a favourite Origins product? Have you bought any recently or are lusting after anything in particular?
I'm an Origins junkie for sure!



L xxx


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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Review: 17 Miracle Matte Foundation

I am always looking for the 'one' when I go shopping...... 

That one foundation that answers all of my prayers!

When I saw the new 17 Miracle Matte Foundation, I thought my life's search was complete!

Ticking them off my check list: it's oil free, has SPF 15 and claims to create a Matte Satin flawless finish with ALL DAY SHINE CONTROL!

This in my book sounded like I was onto a real winner, particularly as it had money off and was part of the 3 for 2 deal on at the time.

After swatching some to find the best colour, I eventually chose 'Fair', picked up the matte effect bottle with a super bright pink lid that looks like this:



I managed to contain myself and waited until I got home to test it out properly....and I was GUTTED!!!

Every combination of moisturiser, no moisturiser, different moisturiser, primer, no primer etc resulted in this horrendous cakey mess that lumped together on my face and when it dried, peeled off like kids PVA glue!

I was, as you can imagine, heart broken and completely depressed that my possible knight in shining armour had done the dirty on me and been completely rubbish.


The worst part for me was the amount of reviews I've read that give it such a high rating, why does it work for them and not for me?!

I'm going to persevere and try and find out why this has such a bad reaction on my face because the benefits of having this foundation work for me are too great!

Having oily skin I'm a lover of oil free products, particularly those that contain SPF 15 and claim to last the day.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think of it? Any tips for being able to wear it?

L xxx


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