Summer 17 skincare essentials – L’Oréal fine flowers review 

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I really do love a good skincare product. Even though I’ve got tonnes of skincare stuff coming out of my ears, I still shamelessly end up buying more. When I saw L’Oréal’s new fine flowers range on special offer in Boots, I really had no choice but to buy the milk and gel cream wash. 

L’Oréal is such a unique brand in that their product design is always so effortlessly classy – but yet their prices are fair in comparison to what else is on the market. Despite their good pricing, the quality is never compromised. 

Fine Flowers Milk 400ml – The cleansing milk advices you to sweep it across your face morning and night, in order to cleanse and remove make up. However, I found the milk is so soft, that I often find myself using it as a moisturiser. It smells lush, and 400ml? You’d be mad not to invest – 400ml will probably last me the entire year! 

Fine Flowers Gel-cream Wash 150ml – Both products are marketed towards dry and sensitive skin, and they both are very delicate to the skin. The face wash is free from soap and alcohol, and promised to cleanse your face without drying it. And it does just that. 

Overall review: 

I’ll be totally honest, initially I bought these products because they were so pretty. I was thinking gosh, they will look great in some Instagram flat-lays 💅🏻 

However I’m so happy I did invest, they are both great value products that deliver excellent results. I’m particularly impressed with the milk; I have very temperamental skin which is often dry, sensitive AND greasy (my skin seems to be fighting itself from within, even though I’m 24 it has not calmed down). But this milk really soothes my skin, it’s an absolute essential for Summer ’17. 

I mean, who doesn’t want softer skin!? 

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Winter survival kit pt.2: back to basics

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IMG_5342I’m aware I already wrote up a winter survival kit, but now actually living through the dreaded season – I have some new additional items to help you survive the harsh elements.

The last few weeks have been crazy hectic, I am in my final year of uni (BA Journalism), plus working around 40 hours a week. So, consequently my beauty routine has to be versatile, fast and durable.

1). L’oreal triple action moisturiser £4.33

You can never get too much of a good ole’ moisturiser – especially during the winter months. I’ve recently started a new medication for acne which is especially drying to the skin, so this has helped me bundles. (Even before I started this meds I would cake on moisturiser, don’t wannabe a dry bitch). Honestly, for the little money it is, this cream is impressive. Presented in a glass pot, within a pretty box – you would think it is alot more expensive than it is. It doesn’t skimp on performance quality either. I use every morning and evening – it leaves skin soft and dewy, without being excessively greasy.

2). Vaseline sugar-coated limited edition £2.99

Cold weather makes me go through Vaseline like water. And what better excuse to purchase this tin, it’s pink and smells gorgeous. The great thing about Vaseline is that it’s so very versatile – handy in your make up bag; it can tame stray eyebrows, moisten lips & cheeks, create a glow on the cheeks, even helps eyelashes grow. Invest in your lips this winter!

3). L’oreal revitalift magic blur finishing cream £8.66

Another great value, low budget product. If, like me, you’ve searched low and high for a decent primer which doesn’t cost £789, I think I’ve finally cracked it. This primer smooths out any visible creases, and gives a lovely matte finish underneath your daily make-up.

4). The vintage cosmetic company tweezers £8.00

I’ve decided to embrace my caveman eyebrows, as I’ve had no time recently to go and get them threaded. So these slanted tweezers which I got from a glossy-box have been an absolute godsend (will discuss beauty subscription boxes and whether they are worth it, at a later date). Well worth investing in some decent slanted (better to pick up the hair) tweezers, for those messy in -between- salon visit periods.

5). Elizabeth Arden 3-in-1 cleanser exfoliator primer £7.90

For some unknown reason it’s also increasingly difficult to find a good face wash. It sounds like something so basic, but it can make all the difference to your skins health and appearance. This 3-in-1 cleanser is perfect. No need to cleanse, tone and prime – you got it all in one product. It’s not harsh like other facial washes, it leaves skin rejuvenated and fresh-feeling.

Now, after all this reading why don’t you treat yourself to some staple winter basics?

 

How to look good naked 

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I could not resist buying this ‘la palette nude’. It’s so aesthetically pleasing; to the point that I almost considered never using it. Just putting it (open) on my dressing table and staring lovingly at it. 

But, looks can be deceiving. I’ll be honest with you, I have high standards when it comes to Loreal. They are one of the high street cosmetic brands which I rate amongst the best. Now £14.99 for a high street eyeshadow palette is slightly steep if you ask me – but it’s so pretty I couldn’t resist. I had high hopes for the palette. 

Upon using it I quickly realised the brush provided is as helpful as a chocolate teapot; one end is so thick that it’s like applying blusher rather then eyeshadow. No precision at all. Then again this could come down to preference in application? The colours are – on the other hand, stunning and perfect shades for everyday use. 

They are not, however as pigmented as I originally hoped for. But for a natural, everyday look this palette is perfect. And a perfect dupe for the naked palette. 

Final rating – 7/10 

  I am wearing one of the nude shades pictured above