Sunday, 17 August 2014

My Evening Skincare Routine

Hey guys! Something that I have never done before is a post on my skincare routine, so I thought that it would be quite a fun post to do today. I have never really had a "set" skincare routine, as I'm the sort of person that would mix and match my products! I thought a few months ago that I was getting into more of a routine, since I had been absolutely loving the Loreal Micellar Water, that was until it started reacting with my skin (you don't know how devastated I was about this!) 

I then went on to try and find another cleanser that cleaned my skin as well as the micellar water did, which made me decide to have a complete overhaul of my skincare routine, baring the toner. Normally my skin type is normal to dry, although it can go more on the combination side when the seasons change, so this routine is the one that I use when it is normal to dry! 

I think that I now have got a fairly iron-clad evening skincare routine (I'm still working on the morning routine), which removes every single bit of makeup and dirt from my skin at the end of the day, keeping it feeling really fresh and clean!

To start off I apply some of the Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleanser Water onto large cotton pad, pop it onto my eye and hold it on for a few seconds, then wipe away my eye makeup! I have had this cleanser shoved away in my bedroom for ages, but never showed it much attention until recently, however it is really good so I'll definitely have to repurchase this one.

Once all of my eye makeup has gone I move onto the rest of my face! For this I like to use the Magnitone Pulsar Face & Body Brush* with the Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Wash, because these two together remove every single bit of makeup from my skin. As both of the products are very deep cleaning, they do leave your skin feeling quite dry and tight, so a good toner and moisturiser is essential! I like to spray some of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic since this alone is really moisturising and smells lovely. For moisturiser I use the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer* which is my favourite at the moment due to it being really moisturising!

I hope that you enjoyed this post! I will have to do a morning skincare routine once I have figured it out a little more, which should hopefully be soon. I have also thought of doing a "spot routine", about what products I use when my skin is more on the oily/spotty side, so if you'd like me to do that post then please let me know!

What products do you use in your evening skincare routine?

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Chanel Summer 2014 Collection (Reflects D'Ete De Chanel)

Hey guys! First off, I am sorry for the complete lack of posts recently - blogging began to feel like a chore and I wasn't really enjoying it much but I've now had some time off and hopefully I can get back into the swing of things! 

Today I am back with another Chanel seasonal makeup review, this time for the Summer 2014 collection! This collection is orientated around bold, bright colours, which would look amazing with a Summer tan. As I have stated many times before (and you are all probably sick of hearing), Chanel is such a huge favourite of mine meaning that I was really eager to test these four products out!

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer - Hello (184) - £22* Lipglosses are one of those things that can be very awkward to wear, one slight gust of wind and you end up with very unattractive hair-covered lips, however the Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer lipglosses are different! Rather than just being sticky, they have more of a jelly-like texture which reduces the amount of stickiness by quite a lot.

The shade Hello is a very glossy and pretty sheer pink shade, but I prefer to wear this over a lipstick or lipstain as it doesn't have much colour payoff by itself! The formulation is extremely light, and I find that I only need to reapply roughly every three hours which isn't too bad.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour - Sweet Lilac (615) - £17.50* Sweet Lilac is a gorgeous lilac shade (which is a colour of nail polish that I didn't actually own), with the most amazing glossy finish to it! To get the sort of strength of colour that I like I apply three coats, but you could easily get away with only wearing two if you'd like a lighter shade. 

I get around four days wear out of this, with a top coat, without it showing any signs of damage which I'm quite satisfied with. I can't wait to wear this more throughout Summer and next Spring and Summer (wow, thinking ahead a bit there Millie)!

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara - Violet Touch (67) - £25* I'm just going to state what everybody is thinking, this is a ridiculously odd shade of mascara! With this being an extreme purple blue shade of mascara, I will have to be brutally honest and say that this is just not something I would wear. 

Colour aside, the application is really nice since it makes my lashes appear longer, voluminous and clump free! You also get the added bonus of it being waterproof, which is definitely the formulation which I tend to favour. This lasts quite happily on my lashes all day with very minor fallout, so I would have to say that this is a lovely product, but sorry Chanel I just can't make the colour work for me! 

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - New Moon (97) - £25* Who else just instantly fell in love with this product after seeing what it looks like?! New Moon is a beautiful aubergine shade with a slight bronze tinge to it, as well as having a tiny little specks of silver glitter. The Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows aren't just another cream eyeshadow, instead they have a luxurious creamy and smooth texture, despite the level of glitter - which make them ridiculously easy to apply and blend! 

I've found that there isn't even need for a primer with this product, as it already has that creamy texture that primers have! I get a full day of wear and with very little fallout. I really can't talk more highly of this eyeshadow, it's definitely a makeup must! 

I hope that you all enjoyed this post! My favourite product out of this collection would have to be the Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadow (but I'm sure that you already guessed that). I'm really looking forward to the Autumn collection as it seems to have some gorgeous purple shades! 

What's your favourite product out of the Chanel Summer 2014 Collection?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Summer Essentials

Hey guys! As it has been quite hot recently, and everybody seems to be going on holiday, I thought that it would be quite a fun post to do a post on some of my Summer/holiday essentials. I've gathered together a few of my favourites to hopefully give you some ideas of what to take on holiday with you, or just to generally buy for the Summer!

I always seem to get dry skin in the Summer, more so than in Winter, so I always cling to moisturising body washes! My personal favourite has to be the Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream, since it's a really thick formula and moisturising, to the point where I don't even feel like I need a moisturiser after. Obviously you also want to keep your skin smooth too, whether it's because you want to apply a fake tan or to remove any stubborn patches of dry skin, and lately I've loved The Body Shop Raspberry Body Scrub since it smells amazing and works very well!

As I have mentioned before, I get oily hair but I don't like to wash it everyday as that can make it oilier, so a dry shampoo is a must for when I need to go out and haven't washed my hair that day! My absolute favourite one is the Batiste Dry Shampoo, and the scent that I am currently using is oriental, which smells great for Summer. 

Of course you want to keep your face region hydrated too, so a couple of my favourites are the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer (review here) and the raspberry Balmi! These two are great as make a perfect moisturising base, plus the Balmi has SPF 15 in it to help keep your lips protected. 

Now onto makeup! To make your makeup last longer, especially during Summer, you need a good base, which is why I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. My possible holy grail foundation has got to be the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, it's so lightweight and quite a light coverage, however makes my skin look healthier and smoother, plus it contains SPF 15!

Waterproof mascara is quite a big must in the Summer, even more so if you are going swimming or to the beach! A couple of my favourites are the Natural Collection Waterproof Mascara, and the Anastasia Lash Genius. The Anastasia Lash Genius isn't a mascara as such - it's a top coat that you add to any normal mascara and it makes it waterproof, which I think is a really good idea!

For lipsticks my favourites have got to be the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks! These are my all time favourite line of lipsticks, and you all know that I'm a big Chanel fan, but these are so moisturising and not at all drying. I would say that Idylle is my favourite shade (the one in the photos above) as it's a gorgeous coral peach shade! 

Bronzer, blush and highlighter is essential for the sunny weather to make you look less dead from the Winter and cold weather, and my favourite for these three is the Sleek Face Form Palette! This is packaged into a small black palette, making it perfect for travelling as it's easy to pop in a carry on or beach bag.

You've got to have polish on your nails during the Summer, and my favourite, which actually works for all year round, is OPI's Glints Of Glinda! It's a pretty nude shade, with an incredible shade and it goes with everything. I personally don't pay a huge amount of attention to my hair, but one of the things that I had to include in this post is the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray! If you don't know what a surf/salt spray is, it's a spray that contains salt and gives light beachy waves and lots of texture, as if you had just been swimming in the sea. 

One of my non-beauty summer essentials would also have to be a big beach bag, like this gorgeous Crew Clothing Ombre Beach Bag* (which is currently on sale for only £25)! This is such a huge bag, so you could easily carry everything that you need in it, especially as it feels really well made and durable.

I hope that you enjoyed this post! I actually had a lot of fun writing it, so maybe I could do a Winter essentials nearer the time? Also I'm sorry for the lack of posts recently, I have completely fallen off the blogging band wagon, but I'm on Summer holidays now meaning that I can hopefully get back into it more!

What are some of your Summer essentials? 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer ~ Review

Hey guys! Today I am here with another review, this time for quite a hyped up product - the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer. I've heard lots of people saying how great at moisturising your skin it is, and moisture is definitely something my skin seems to lack, especially when the seasons change! This meant that when I received it in the post, I was beyond excited to try it.

All of the GinZing products in the line are infused with coffee beans and panax ginseng, which help to provide moisture, whilst also making your skin look more awake! It has a really nice orange scent too, which is lovely and fresh, especially during the Summer.

Rather than being a generic creamy moisturiser, the GinZing one is more of a lightweight gel, which reminds me of a primer! The formulation also means that I only need to use a very small amount to cover my whole face, so this pot should hopefully last me a long time. Since this is oil free, it hydrates the skin without making it greasy or shiny, which is perfect for anybody with oily skin! 

When I first tried this I was really impressed - I tested it out on one half of my face (a little thing that I like to do with new moisturisers), and after 5 hours I could still feel how soft it had left my skin! I have seen a big difference in my skin since I started using this, it has become more hydrated and much more smoother. 

Overall I am seriously impressed with this moisturiser! It has left my skin feeling really soft and much nicer. For £23 I honestly think that it is worth the money, especially since each pot should last a long time! There is also an eye cream and scrub in the GinZing line, so I'll have to look into them some more.

Have you ever tried the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer?

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Recent Summer Purchases

Hey guys! It seems like I haven't done a haul in ages, because truth is I haven't really bought much this year. There haven't been many makeup/beauty products that have really caught my eye (except the Hourglass compacts, but they are so expensive), and I know a lot of other people have thought this too - clothes just seem to be so much more interesting this year! I have bought a few bits over the last couple of months, meaning I thought that it would be a great opportunity to do a haul post, especially since I have found myself really short on blog post ideas.

I'll start off with clothes first! All of the clothes are actually from the ASOS sale, because it seemed really good this time so I couldn't resist getting a few things. The first thing to go into my basket was a really pretty Tan Scallop Edge Satchel that I have had my eye on for ages, plus it was a bargain at only £10! It's actually very spacious, even though it may not look it, and it's a lovely quality. 

Next is the gorgeous Bird And Heart Print Skater Dress (this is sadly sold out now, but I have left the link in if you'd like to see some better pictures)! I have been trying to wear more dresses this year, and it's going really well, so I've been gradually increasing my collection of dresses and thought that this would make a nice edition, especially at just £8.50. I got the dress in the size 8 as it was the only size left, however it's a little looser than I'd like so it would have been good to get a size 6 if they had it - oh well! 

The last thing from ASOS is a New Look Twist Bikini Top, which cost £6! I had been on the look out for just a basic black bikini top for quite a while (I had some bikini bottoms that had nothing to match with), and when I saw this it looked perfect. It's a very pretty twist/ruffle top, that isn't too small, I just wish that I was going on holiday somewhere this year to wear it! 

Onto beauty orientated bits! I bought three things when Boots had their 3 for 2 beauty offer on back in April, which I had kept my eye on since they were released and had eagerly waited for the offer to come back on. The first thing I went for was the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure (which I reviewed in my last post), because I had heard so much hype surrounding them and wanted to put one to the test myself! Demure is a lovely nude pink shade, with a slight silver glimmer in it, so if you'd like to hear more make sure you read my review. I also got another lip product - the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Bashful! I had troubles trying to decide between Bashful and Nudist, but decided on Bashful as it was that little bit more pink toned. The third thing I bought was the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Studio Gel Eyeliner in Intense Black! This has had hype surrounding it probably since I started blogging, but for some reason I had just never bought it. I've only used it a couple of times since I got it, however from what I have tried it seems really good, albeit quite hard to remove! For the three products it cost me £15.98 which I think is pretty great value for money. 

I noticed that Bank had all of their Barry M products reduced online to only £1, so I was definitely obliged to pick out a few products! I ended up getting three of their nail polishes, all of which are blue or green for Summer! The first one that I knew I was definitely getting was the Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Sugar Apple. This shade was from their Spring Gelly collection and is a gorgeous shade of mint green, which reminds me of Essie's Mint Candy Apple polish! When I tried Rose Hip, which is also from the Spring range, it did disappoint me quite a bit as I didn't find the colour that great and it looked quite streaky, so I hope that this one is better. The other two are both from the Barry M Aquarium Collection, which came out in March this year! The two shades that I got were Pacific, a metallic ocean blue shade, and Arabian, a metallic emerald green with gold shimmer. I thought that £3 for all three of these polishes was an amazing bargain, especially since they are £3.99 each in Boots!

Finally is the Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter from Debenhams! I know that a lot of people love the Korres Lip Butters, and I had a £5 voucher to use at Debenhams, so I decided to treat myself to the pomegranate version. I've only used it once so far, but I must really soon!

That is what I have bought recently! It doesn't actually look like a lot however I've come away with quite a few things that I have wanted for a while. I wish that I was going on holiday this Summer though, because I have seen so many pretty things that would be no use in England, but perfect for somewhere hot! I'd love to know what you've got your eye on at the moment, as it may give me some ideas on what I should buy.

What have you bought recently for Summer?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm - Demure ~ Review

Hey guys! One of the products that I had my eye on, after seeing all of the hype surrounding them, was the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms! I had done some research (also know as looking at swatches on various blogs) and decided that the shade Demure was for me! I spotted that Boots that they had their 3 for 2 offer on a few weeks ago, so I decided to stop messing about and just buy one. 

Demure is a really pretty nude pink shade which, as some of you may know, is my favourite sort of shade to go for in lip products. It also contains the tiniest little bits of silver glitter, which gives more of a shimmery effect rather than glittery! This is quite a sheer shade, however it is definitely easily buildable, as you can see from the swatch, so I definitely wouldn't rule it out as only suiting somebody with my complexion. 

These really do have a lovely balmy texture, which helps give a really moisturising and glossy finish, without being at all sticky! It works fairy well on dry lips, although I wouldn't say it would work the best on any flaky bits as it does tend to stick a little. It has a slight minty scent and taste, which is quite nice, especially during Spring/Summer! 

I find that Demure tends to last around three or four hours before it fades, which honestly isn't the best and I wish was better, but I don't have much problem reapplying it really! 

Thankfully the Revlon Colorburst Balms (available in both matte and glossy formulations) can be twisted up at the bottom, so you can easily get more product out when it's worn down, without having to sharpen anything! 

I really must buy another Lacquer Balms soon as I loved Demure, possibly in Ingenue! I hope that Revlon bring some more neutral shades out in this range though, because so many of the shades are too bold for my liking.

Have you ever tried the Revlon Colorburst Balms?

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Raspberry Routine

Hey guys! Some of you may be wondering from the title of this post, what is this raspberry routine you talk of Millie? Well, I was very fortunate to be sent a few bits from The Body Shop the other week, and contained in that parcel of amazingness (I realise that "amazingness" is not a word, but I'm it does apply here) there was three of their products from the new raspberry line! The products were the body scrub, body butter and eau de toilette, which I had high hopes for.

I don't believe that I had ever tried any of The Body Shop body scrubs before, although I may have done a long time ago, so I was really excited to try it! I'm a big fan of the body butters though as they feel really luxurious, which made me kind of realise that I would hopefully like the raspberry version. My eagerness to try them was also helped by the great things that I had heard various Youtubers say! Also before I go on, I'd like to note that this isn't a sponsored post - whilst, yes, I was sent these three products from The Body Shop, I do honestly love them all and really wanted to share my thoughts!

The routine that I have been doing is using the Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream (which is extremely moisturising), then following up with the Raspberry Body Scrub* in the shower! It may seem like a bit of a weird way to use them, i.e using the scrub afterwards, but I find that it really helps to keep the raspberry scent on my skin for that bit longer. Once I am dry I begin to apply the Raspberry Body Butter*! For some reason I actually find that I need a lot less of this to cover my body than I do of the Shea Body Butter, so this pot should hopefully last me a long time. Depending on whether I am using the raspberry products in the morning or evening, I will apply the Raspberry Eau De Toilette* on my neck, wrists and basically anywhere really! I don't tend to use this in the evening because it would be a bit of a waste, however I do occasionally sneak some on.

I tried this for the first time around two weeks ago in the evening, and my mind was seriously blown! I already knew that they smelt lovely and the scent should last for quite a while on my skin, but by the next evening the raspberry scent was still there, which I think is pretty good if you ask me. The scent is a gorgeous raspberry scent, without being too sweet, and it is also true about people saying that the scrub looks like raspberry jam!

Used together, all three left my skin feeling soft, smelling lovely and feeling great! I'm definitely impressed with the new line, so I'd highly recommend it, plus I know that The Body Shop also have a 40% off offer currently going on, online and instore, meaning it's a great excuse to make a couple of little purchases. I will most likely be buying them all again once I run out, especially the body scrub, so hopefully they don't stop making the products too soon!

Have you tried any of The Body Shop's raspberry products?