The hot cloth cleanser: high end VS low end


Its no undisclosed fact within the beauty community that the secret behind glowing and squeaky clean skin is an effective hot cloth cleanser, and these two that I have picked out are especially amazing, and my ultimate faves in the cleanser department.

Now most of you will have heard countless reviews of the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser previously, even I have reviewed it (link here) however I thought I would write about it in comparison to a more affordable hot cloth cleanser, this is where I introduce super drugs ‘naturally radiant’ brightening hot cloth cleanser, which is priced at a very measly £2.99. Both cleansers are amazing at cleaning off makeup, grime and dead skin cells ready for a fresh and glowing complexion, The Liz Earle cleanser is priced at £13.25 which isn’t going to break the bank, however there is quite a price gap in-between both similar products so I thought I would share my thoughts on them.

The Superdrug cleanser differs to Liz Earle, as the consistency is much finer and runnier, because of this it is a little harder to control and rub into the skin, however it does completely melt off makeup in exactly the same way the Liz Earle does, and so this was a winning point for me. The muslin cloth, however could be a little, harsher? I’m not sure if its just me, but compared to the Liz Earle cloth this it just doesn’t seem to have the same feeling on the skin, it does take off makeup easily, however I don’t get that invigorating polish that Liz Earles cloth does for me.

 The smell of the Superdrug cleanser is very comparable to that of Liz Earle, with an herbal, fresh scent they are similar ingredients wise, however i’m pretty sure the Liz Earle uses all natural ingredients where as the Superdrug is a litter, soapier. However what I love about the Superdrug hot cloth cleanser is the after effect, my skin feels so subtle and looks radiant, which is a winning bonus for me.

Overall, I would say that both cleansers have there good points and there bad, if I was to be honest, I would go for the Liz Earle over the Superdrug cleanser only because It has always been my number one, go-to cleanser. However, for the price, the Superdrug is such a great product, and If you are on a budget its definitely worth going for the cheaper option as there aren’t many distinct differences between the two.  


BEAUTY REVIEW: Origins drink up intensive overnight mask


This mask has literally been a god send for me over the past few weeks, I picked it up on a whim, I’d already heard so much buzz around this product from bloggers and brands, and so I thought id finally hit up the origins stall. At £20.00 I really don’t think its that pricey, especially as it’s such a great product to bring back some life and moisture to your skin.

The concept of the mask is to quench the skins thirst, so it’s basically like giving your skin a big glass of water in the evening, in cream form. This product is a mask, however I wouldn’t say it resembles a mask consistency, as it doesn’t dry, it’s just like slathering a really creamy moisturiser on your skin. It absorbs instantly and leaves your skin super soft the next day, I use this after I cleanse and tone, you only really need a small amount as it is really thick and so less is more, especially if you want it to last.
The mask smells divine and so healthy, including ingredients such as avocado oil, mango butters and apricot kernel oil, it’s the perfect little product to help create a beautiful glow on the skin. Personally I wouldn’t say this mask caters to specific skin types, it doesn’t primarily tackle acne, spots, redness or oiliness, its just a hard hitting moisture mask, for girls with dry skin, or girls who just want a brightening face lift in a bottle. This product is probably one of my favourites of 2013 so far, it’s just been that one product, which has made a visible and significant difference to my skin, it has also created such a great complexion and base when applying foundation and highlighter.

Face of the evening: smokey eye and a nude lip

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So the other night myself and my housemates put down our Uni books, closed our laptops and decided to hit the town for a booze-fuelled night. I went out of my comfort zone and opted for a new, slightly interesting hair-do, looking back, it probably wasn’t the brightest idea as my forehead looks the size of Russia, but you live and you learn, and in this case I definitely learnt. Anyway, below I have listed the products I used with their previous blog posts on my other blog, so you can get a more in depth review on them. As you can see I went for my signature Smokey eye using my trusty MUA eye palette, with a dewy base courtesy of healthy mix and a subtle nude lip. I find this to be a look I go for most often as its simple and effortless yet sultry with the deep Smokey eye, I usually go for a heavier eye but this night I decided to just do the lower lid and focus more on the highlight and base.

           products used( from left to right)

1. bourjois healthy mix- (to be reviewed)

2. Rimmel lipstick in ‘nude delight

3.Topshop ‘glow’

4. sleek contour kit

5.maybelline rocket mascara

6. eco tools brush

7.topshop blush and bronzer

8. MUA smokey palette

My top 4 affordable SPF moisturisers

Its no secret within the beauty world that using an SPF throughout summer, and sometimes all year round is paramount to keeping the skin looking and feeling its best. It’s the secret ingredient for keeping your skin out of harms way and looking youthful for longer, no one wants those pesky wrinkles in their 20’s. For me, using an SPF is such an important factor within my skincare routine, and one that I’ve abided by throughout most of my teens.
I tend not to use one over the winter months, I mainly just focus on using an SPF over spring and summer. I’ve rounded up my top 4 SPF moisturisers for you, for this spring/summer, all of which are under the price of £15.00 so are highly affordable. They are varied in SPF, from 15 to 30 depending on the weather, and skin type.
I’m going to go through the 4 in order of how good they are, so 1 being the ultimate favourite.
4. Rosaliac UV legere SPF15–  This moistursier has served me well over these cold winter months, it has a very thick consistency and keeps the skin feeling moistursied all day long. It claims it soothe and calm redness on the skin, however I find this to be a little untrue, as to be honest I cant see any change, however in terms of moisture and a base for makeup, this is a great buy.
 3. Super drug naturally radiant, SPF 15 moisturiser– this cheap and cheerful product is such a great SPF cream, it claims to leave a radiant and brightening glow, and boy does it prevail. My skin looks so dewy and fresh after using this, and it is such a great base for makeup, however it hasn’t made my top 2 because sometimes it can seem a little too oily, Maybe I just picked up the wrong type, but it can leave me with a bit of a shine later in the day.
2. Avene Hydrance SPF 20– this avene moisturiser is divine, with a rich and creamy consistency is slicks over the face and leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft to touch. A little goes a long way with this as its so thick, however the only downside is that the cream is a little white, being an SPF sometimes the ‘white face’ sun cream look can take effect, so this needs to be rubbed in the skin well to ensure no white patch’s on the skin, other than this, its a great moisturiser for spring/summer.
1. Body shop, vitamin C moisturiser SPF 30- This is a moisturiser I predominantly and prematurely bought for the summer months, however I have tried and tested it, and it already has become my favourite moisturiser of all time, with an SPF of 30, its perfect for protecting the skin and feeling amazing as well. The scent is so fresh and citrusy, the lotion smooth’s into the skin so nicely, and leaves a soft and dewy finish. This is priced at £12.00, which I consider a bit of a bargain for such a great product. Also if you go on voucher codes you can get a 25% off voucher for every purchase 🙂

My Top 8 Independant Cafes’ in Headingley

When in the city of Leeds, its easy to stop off for a coffee and a bite to eat at the likes of Starbucks, Costas and Greggs, yet the city also boasts a great deal of independent coffee shops. Aside from the more generic chain stores, these cafes ooze authenticity, a sense of community, relaxation and diverse culture. The student area of Headingley is brimming with these distinct and quirky cafes, from the ‘grab a coffee and go’, to the ‘sit down and relax’ types, the town offers new and interesting places to experience away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city.

These independent, eccentric cafes are often cheaper, set up by passionate owners and more efficiently run by using local produce and fair trade. It’s clear from the booming independent scene in Headingley that these far from standard cafes are standing strong against the global coffee companies. So step out of the city centre, hang up your generic coffee gloves, and take a trip to the more cultural and varied part of Leeds. Divulge into the sweet surroundings of Headingley town, eat fresh, local produce and take a moment to relax away from the constant rush of daily life.

Here are the reviews of what I believe to be the best independent cafes in Headingley…

1. Love Rouge Bakery
51 Otley Road, Headingley,
0113 345 8441
With its pastel blue walls, patriotic bunting and shabby chic inspired decor, Love Rouge Bakery is the perfect place to sink your teeth into a mouthwatering cupcake whilst enjoying a fresh cup of coffee. Lydia and Becky, two ambitious women who left their previous rather mundane jobs to start up this independent café/bakery, are undeniably passionate about their business. “We always loved baking and knew that we wanted to open our own, Headingley was the perfect place for the cafe as it is notorious for its independent community.” This quaint and tranquil café oozes indulgence, with its rustic but also playful furniture and colourful selection of cupcakes; it really does give a sense of individuality against other cafes. The bakery not only serves baked goods on the go but also has a quiet and cosy seating area for customers to come out of the cold and take a moment to indulge in the peaceful atmosphere.

21a North Lane
 West Yorkshire

07988 660 768

Far from your normal in and out coffee shop, Café Lento is all about taking your time and enjoying your experience in this exquisite and relaxing environment. The café was opened five years ago by owner Richard Lindley and daughter Kate and has now carved itself a popular space in Headingley for anyone to enjoy a fair trade coffee and a locally produced meal. The name ‘Lento’ in Italian means ‘slow’ which is ironic as this café is all about relaxation and getting away from modern day life. “Myself and Kate wanted to create a place which had the atmosphere similar to cafes abroad, I loved travelling and found that coffee shops had a much more relaxed and chilled feeling in Europe, and I wanted to reignite that feeling in Headingley.” With its impressive lunch menu and delicious coffee selection, this café is somewhere to chill and eat good food. While it mostly attracts students, this café also welcomes many older local residents as well as many university lecturers looking for a quick coffee and some peace.

3. Dare Cafe
49 Otley Road
Leeds, LS6 3AB(0)113 230 2828

Dare Café is a seemingly popular, busy and lively café, with it’s sleek and modern interior, friendly staff and fabulous lighting, it is a great place for anyone to come in and chill out over a delicious meal. Set up in 1993 by a man named Dan Dare, it has been enjoyed by many over the years, and has recently been booming against most other chain cafes’ in the area. Dare café offers a wide range of food including Mexican, Italian, and of course, British. The portion sizes are very generous and every dish appears delectable and presentable. This place can be enjoyed by the passers by wanting a quick coffee and a slice of cake, or the restaurant goers, who fancy a top notch 3 course meal, with its spacious and sleek seating area, Dare Café is quickly becoming one of the more popular cafe’s in the Headingley area.
4. Costello’s
61 Otley Road
Leeds LS6 2
Area: Headingley

0113 278 7847

Costello’s Bakery is a highly authentic and classic looking bakery which sells just about everything including fresh bread, pies, cakes, curds and sauces. This café exudes a sense of nostalgia and patriotism, with the open oven section at the back which lets customers watch their bread being made, it instantly takes you back to the 1960’s. With a cute little seating area in the corner, it’s the perfect place to stop for a coffee, however there’s a sense that this place is used more as grab and go bakery. Owner James and his wife Louise set up Costello’s in November 2011, after inheriting the company from his grandfather. The bakery gives a great sense of family and community, they mostly attract older residences as a few of the baked goods are slightly old fashioned, such as the ‘rabbit pie’, however Students are sometimes spotted on the odd occasion picking up a cake or two.

5. Mint Cafe33 North Lane

tel: 0113 226 48

This Mediterranean and Lebanese style café is something a little different if you want to get away from the ‘coffee and cake’ side of Headingley cafes, with a diverse and cultural menu of exotic wraps, sandwiches, crepes and breakfast dishes, it sets itself aside from the usual cheese and ham Panini’s seen in various mundane cafes. The nutritional dishes as well as the slightly more ‘guilty pleasure’ meals will definitely wet anyone’s appetite. Set up by owner Marcus as a place for the locals to try something new and interesting, It has grown over the years and is enjoyed by the locals as well as people from further parts of Leeds “I wanted to create a space where people could enjoy new and interesting dishes, as well coming in for a coffee and a friendly chat.”

6. The Bowery
54 otley road
ls6 2al
t – 0113 2242284e –
The Bowery café, is a modern, innovative and creative place to visit. On entry you are instantly met by the sumptuous smell of coffee, all smiles from staff and a slightly odd amount of paintings. This café is hardly your bog standard coffee house, it has a very creative vibe, with paintings, ornaments and other interesting pieces on show, it seems not only be a coffee house, but also a gallery where art can be shown and bought. The bowery is also special as it uses all press coffee, which is considered a leading specialty coffee roaster in the UK, and if that’s not enough reason to visit, the food menu is highly desirable, with bagels, pies, soups, pastas and wraps and for reasonable prices, it really has got it all. The café also offer WIFI, so if you’re a die-hard student, you can take a couple of hours to work whilst enjoying their coffee.
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7. The Agora restaurant
55 otley road
Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Agora restaurant is a Greek/Turkish inspired café situated within the centre of Headingley town, which offers a wide selection of authentic Greek food, as well as giving the option of trying other oriental selection. Opened two years ago by Greek born owner, Alex, it gives off a very interesting and cultural vibe. From the sleek and sophisticated furnishing’s to the Greek inspired ornaments, this place gives the vibe of the relaxed and family orientated Greek way of life. “A lot of restaurants in Leeds use frozen food, the food from Agora is all locally produced and fresh.” Alex understandably prides himself in the fact that every item on the menu is fresh and nutritious. The Agora also and unlike other independent cafes in the area gives you the sense that you are abroad, with its Greek inspired atmosphere and decor, which is a great mini vacation.
8. Jinos Tai café
46a Otley Road
Leeds LS6 2AL
Tel: 0113 2788088
If your love for Tai food is through the roof, then this is the place for you. With its Tai inspired interior greeting you as soon as you walk through the door, this is the place to come for a great and authentic Tai curry. The menu has everything you could possibly want from tai food, however if you’ve come for a great coffee and an Italian inspired meal then disappointment will prevail, as this is solely tai, and doesn’t really step anywhere out of that bracket. None the less, this restaurant will have you begging for more, from the classics like the green Tai curry, to the more interesting dishes such as the ‘Kaho soi’ this is the Number one place to visit if you are a Tai fanatic.

Hyperlocal Blogging in Leeds

Woodhouse Lane, Famous for its historic culture, student happenings and Hyper local news.

Woodhouse Lane, famous for its historic culture, student happenings and Hyperlocal News.

Online blogging has created a vast impact regarding the way we now gather, read and digest news. It has carved itself a large sector within the Internet, and is nowadays regarded as a respected and almost reliable form of citizen journalism. With the most generic genres of blogging being fashion, culture and news, and with thousands of these blogs competing for traffic and followers this  phenomenon has become somewhat of an online rat race.

With the City of Leeds famous for its vibrant and cultural scene its no wonder handfuls of bloggers are evaluating, discussing and reviewing various factors and features of the city, and its clear that there is a high demand for these rather more specific blogs, also known as hyperlocal. Hyperlocal blogging is something that is becoming increasingly in demand and is a diverse and more precise type of online writing which I believe, is effective and relevant.

Hyperlocal blogging, put simply, is news written for a specific area. Hyperlocal blogs are helpful and current as they allow residents to read news on their specific area, which is written from another locals perspective. Rather than traipsing through a more broad unbiased news website, you can get your local news instantly, with more character, opinion and almost word of mouth. This type of blogging is rather under crafted and is somewhat lacking in hits and numbers over the Internet compared to other more generic blogs. However, it has progressed significantly over the years and is now slowly making a name for itself online.

There are a handful of more established and impressive hyper local blogs in the leeds area, which cater to wider audience of the city. One being South Leeds life, a blog set up by a group of local residents whom contribute news and features specifically on the south area of the city. With its sharp and witty contributors to the blog regarding various goings on in the area, it has become a some what of an information hub for those living in that area. Another Blog, which I found quite impressive, was the Leeds citizen , which is again, a blog specifically catering to news around the Leeds area. This is a relevant and interesting blog which promotes and pushes citizen journalism as The writer (whom is a hard hitting journalist himself) has engaged with his audiences by asking if others would like to contribute to the site, which also acts as a stairway for aspiring writers in Leeds.

There are also a handful of more specific up and coming more specific hyperlocal blogs. These are blogs which are currently under development but could potentially follow the footsteps of that of the larger and more diverse Leeds blogs. I have ruled out a few, which I found engaging, with great content and relevance to the area. Firstly, the blog for the woodhouse area of Leeds named ‘Woodhouse moor online’ this blog has a lovely aesthetic, and great content. With its concise written work and great imagery it really does set the tone for the area and deliver fast and interesting news to the residents.

Another some what professional blog is the Kirkstall online, a highly worked on and impressive looking blog, which again features musings from various writers regarding that area. One story I partially liked was its latest piece on volunteering, it not only pushes the progression of participation with the residents, but it also highlights the importance of volunteering and the ethics regarding community life and getting involved.

Probably the most impressive and outstanding looking blog would have to be the Hyde park and woodhouse online blog as it generally comes across very artistic and well presented, it has some great news worthy stories for the area, keeps the local up to date with important council decisions, and uses fabulous imagery. Another blog is Holt Park today, again in keeping with that professional feel and pushes the locals to contribute.

One blog which is in the process of development and in my opinion is heading in the right direction is Leeds wellbeing blog  not only does the writer promote their own blog in the ‘about’  section and reach out to other writers, but they are obviously new and up and coming and so its important that these blogs are promoted and read as much as the more developed hyperlocal ones.

It is evident that hyper local blogging is becoming much more popular with the locals, and especially starting to appeal to and target a younger resident audience. With relevant, interesting and generally well written news stories and features, these blogs will no doubt set the tone for hyperlocal blogs for the future. They have already created and carved a respected and evidently popular space for themselves, and no doubt will progress as the digital world develops.