Friday, 17 August 2012

Mark Hill anti-humidity hair spray

So who loves it when you spend time curling and straightening your hair to preened perfection and then you step outside for a moment and you end up looking like Hermione Granger: The early years?

Not me!

I have really fine hair and find it gets really static and fluffy in the warmer months - especially when I have been curling it and using styling products. I received a trial sized tin of this at an event last year and it ended up rolling about the back of my makeup drawers unloved, until one particular frizzy day (we are talking Albert Einstein hair here) I gave this a whirl and it was magic!

I sprayed this over my hair and the static frizz disappeared instantly! it doesn't leave any noticeable product in your hair and it has a lovely fresh sent too. I have been keeping this in my handbag to use on the go and tame the mane when ever I need it. I have noticed that Mark Hill have re designed the packaging for this and it is now called Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Bedazzeled Anti Humidity Spray (cracking name) and is currently 5.99 in boots for a 200ml can. I hope the formula is still the same though.

I'll be picking this up again the next time I see it in store. Its been a god send in this warm humid weather and I imagine it would be great on holiday too.

Have you tried any Mark hill products?

A Little Love
Emma xo

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Boots essentials cucumber eye gel

I was in boots the other day picking up a few bits and bobs and grabbed a tube of the Boots essentials cucumber eye gel. I have been trying various eye creams out lately and not finding one I like. This was only £1.42 and I thought that if it didn't do anything, at least I hadn't broke the bank paying for it

I was actually really surprised by how much I like it. I have really dry tired eyes and just need something to give it a bit of a perk and a touch of moisture and this does just that. The product is a clear gel and is really cooling and soothing on they eye. I apply it in the evening before bed and in the morning before I apply my makeup. I keep mine in the fridge to make it extra cooling for my eyes.

This would be perfect for someone in their 20s who isn't worrying about wrinkles just yet but just needs something refreshing and lightly hydrating for their eyes.

What eye creams have you been loving?
A little love
Emma xo

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Foundation Reviews - Garnier BB cream for oily/combo skin


So I have been testing out this BB cream for the last week and am ready to report my findings. I have been nervous all week about this post as my skin is not in tip top condition at the moment and I'm not at my most photogenic. At least this way you will get a good idea on its coverage!

So BB creams have been doing the rounds haven't they? I had my first dealings with a BB cream a couple of years back with the skin 79 gold version and I wasn't all that impressed (despite the hype) I just felt it didn't do anything at all really.

I have been on the look for one with a bit more coverage and that would work for my skin type and after testing soooo many I discovered the new garnier BB cream oily/combo.
I tried the tester out in the shop and once I blended this into my wrist I just loved the effect it gave my skin - so in my basket it went.

Here is me before its applied (I know yikes!) and you can see I'm dealing with an angry red breakout on my chin. I look a bit ghostly in the photos but in real life there is a bit more colour to me I swear.

I have it in medium as I'm a bit of a fake tan fanatic and it gives me a lovely sun kissed warm colour to my face. The coverage is light - medium and it dries to a matt finish. The consistency is very runny so I find the best way to apply it is with my fingers. It evens out my skin tone but does not hide my blemishes and acne scars so I go back over with my trusty Vichy concealer to hide these.

Here is it just applied without any other makeup

As you can see at lot more even but there is still a bit of redness (smile Emma!).

I really like the way this product wears on my skin throughout the day. I find that it doesn't go patchy and it manages to keep oil at bay. Usually I would be powdering 4 hours after I had applied my makeup but I can easily going about 8 hours before I get a bit of shine. It doesn't feel heavy on the skin and looks very natural - great for daytime use. Below is me after adding the rest of my makeup.

One thing that I don't like is that It stinks of alcohol which I thought was odd? Alcohol is well known for drying out and being generally not to great for your skin. I know that us oily girls need a bit of that but I don't like the thought of rubbing alcohol on my face to do this. Saying that, I haven't had any irritation with it.

Conclusion? alcohol aside, I do really like this BB cream and and love how it feels and looks on my skin. I'm looking forward to wearing it when my skin is in better condition and I'm not needing a fuller coverage. If like me, you have been searching for a BB to fall in love with and that's suitable for your oily skin then I would give this a whirl. Its costs between £7.99 and £9.99 which is not a bad price at all.

Hope that's been help full and the pictures didn't scare you too much. I have just got a few samples of the Clinique even better foundation so ill be testing that out this week. Stay tuned for a review on that...

A little love

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Just finished - Jergens Naturals Ultra Hydrating hand cream

I have just used up my tube of the Jergens Naturals ultra hydrating hand cream to the very last drop. They have a few different versions but I picked up this one as I have very dry hands - probably a lot to do with the hand sanitisers I use all the time

This stuff its lovely to apply and had a light watery/creamy consistency. It absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves no horrible greasy residue and leaves a very delicate fresh scent. I for one cant stand when a hand cream leaves you feeling like you have dunked your hand into a tub of butter and smelling like you have doused your hands in perfume.

I will defiantly pick up another tube of this and would really recommend it for anyone with very dry hands like me

A little Love
Emma xo