The hot cloth cleanser: high end VS low end

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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.  

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BEAUTY REVIEW: Origins drink up intensive overnight mask

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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

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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 Winter Tanning Routine

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Its no secret that when January rolls around every inch of happiness is slowly zapped from us, whether it be that depressing trek back to work after the festive season, looking worse for wear as a result of the winter sniffles, or simply feeling low as the new year resolutions don’t quite go to plan, it is purely evident we all need a little pick me up to get through the next few months.

The A-list seem to be making it even harder for us to get back into a regular routine and to remain body confident, as we sip on our lattes and slip on cosy socks, celebrity’s are jetting off to various tropical locations in a bid to get away from these harrowing winter months. Tweeting body shots while they catch some rays can make us feel even more down in the dumps (thanks guys!) and it makes us feel paler than ever which doesn’t bode well with our overly lumpy bits after the Christmas season (humph).

However much it may not in anyway be on par with lying on a sun lounger all day, I’ve found that this winter doesn’t have to be one where we stick to full body armour and cover up our legs like our life depends on it. Why cover our selves up just because we feel like it’s that time of year where no man wants to see woman’s white bits? There is something else, fake tan! Well gradual tan… I have discovered the way to make yourself feel a little more like you over the next few months, sod all other resolutions and get your tan on!

Over Christmas and at the moment I have been in a great routine of using a gradual tan to keep myself feeling relatively happy about my body, who says January isn’t a party month? With doves summer glow gradual tan it sure can be! Voted No1 gradual tanner in Britain, and a product that I have abided by for many years, it really does do the trick in creating that winter glow in minutes. The product acts as a tanner and moisturizer in one, and I love it so much that I have aborted my much loved St moritz, which I used for many years for quick touch ups before nights out, but the dreadful smell of the stuff after a night out left me wanting to try something new, something that wouldn’t get so streaky, smelly and dry on the skin, so I discovered this little beauty. I honestly feel that gradual tan is the best way to go, instant is great if your in a rush, but if you have a little time, why not pamper your self and go all the way with a scrub a rich body butter to start anew and make way for your tan.

The dove moisturizer is great as it doesn’t leave that horrid biscuit smell, don’t get me wrong, it does smell slightly more tanny than any other moisturizer, but in no way does it match up to the smell of an instant, it has a much more fresh and fruity scent to it, which is bearable and actually ok to have on. You can purchase this in two shades, light to medium, and medium to dark, I get the medium to dark as I felt the lighter one took a lot more application and effort to get a nice tanned skin tone, in the end I decided just to get the darker one and get a much faster tan, the smell does not differ with the different shades, it just depends on skin tone and what type of shade you prefer. The lotion is easy to apply as you do not need a tanning mitt as remember it is a moisturiser, just apply with finger and rub in, the lotion is easily absorbed, however be sure to rub in well as it may leave a few patchy areas, but it wont do that unless you just leave a blob lying on a patch of skin you’ve forgotten about. The product has a thin consistency, but can feel slightly sticky on the skin when first applied so I would take a couple of minutes for it to absorb properly. However after the first application you see an instant effect, your skin has a lovely healthy glow to it and you look a lot more fresh and ready to face the day.

My tanning routine goes something along the lines of this, Firstly I have a bath or shower and I use my body shop scrub in coco all over my skin, I apply this with a hand mitt which really gets rid of all those dead skin cells to make way for the tan to apply on fresh soft skin, I then rinse off and when I get out of the shower I apply my body shop body butter over dry areas of my body, so hips, chest, knees and thighs, be sure not to apply this all over as it may leave your skin feeling slightly greasy if you add the tan too. I then apply my gradual tan after the butter has absorbed thoroughly, I apply everywhere, even my face (that is why I always look so tanned) if you would prefer to buy a separate face tanner be my guest, however this lotion does work just as well on the face and doesn’t clog up pores like an instant would do, as remember it acts as a moisturizer too, and so it won’t harm or leave your skin feeling dry and patchy. I do this routine of an evening before bed, to let the tan properly absorb while I’m sleeping, then when you wake up I guarantee you will feel like a new woman!

I have used other gradual tanners such as Garnier and Johnsons summer body, however I felt this was the best for a natrual finish and long lasting colour. The Tan is available from many stores including Superdrug boots and online, it is priced at a measly £4.99 which is a great price for such a fantastic and feel good product, the body butter is usually priced at £12.00 however I got mine for £6.00 in the Jan sales! And the coco scrub came as part of a pack but I believe it is priced at £12.50 for a large tub and £6.25 for the smaller one.

Anyway ladies I hope this review helped you to get rid of those winter blues, and realize that there is life beyond this notoriously depressing month, whether your off to a party or your boyfriends feel good about yourself and be body confident with Dove!