Face Oils: my new love

Hi lovelies,

We all like our skin to be nice and soft, don’t we? The older you get though, the harder it is. The T word starts to be part of your vocabulary when you go to Boots (T word aka Texture). Today I will focus on a skincare product I started using and fell in looooooooove with.
Facial Oils

During Christmas I bought the M&S advent calendar. In it there was a small facial oil. It is called.

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil, 30ml

I chucked it in my skincare stash and just forgot all about it. A couple of weeks ago I had a look at that stash and saw the facial oil again.

I first asked myself,
Do I need a face oil?
The answer is,
Yes!

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Why?

  • Face oils are very beneficial for you skin.
  • They hydrate and nourish your skin, even if you have oily skin. They actually boost your moisturiser.
  • Oils help you have a healthy glow
  • They help make the application of your foundation smoother. If you have dry patches, your foundation may stick to them. When you apply an oil, those dry patches become softer, making your skin softer and smoother.
  • Oils also act as a barrier against harmful pollutants. An oil is one more layer of protection!

Application

Put it between your palms, warm it up, and then apply all over your face. It is better to use it under your other products. It should be your first layer. You should do this morning and night.

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How does it feel?

It does not feel greasy. It leaves your skin nice and soft. It does not sting. It makes dry patches vanish and it smells nice (light rose scent which is not really noticeable).
I have the mini and I will definitely buy the full size.
If you are interested in other minies that I ended up getting in full size, please read this post. Do you have any facial oil recommendations? If yes, what are they? Please let me know in the comments below.

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Joanna

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil, 30ml

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Double cleansing: my fave cleansers

I am 42 years old and I may not be very persistent on my skincare routine, I mean I do wear creams and stuff, but I do forget, but I never , eva sleep with my makeup on!

I am 42 years old and have never slept with makeup on!! Neva, eva! I may forget to moisturise, but never to cleanse.

Today, I am going to talk about double cleansing and some of the products I love to use. Double cleansing is part of the Asian beauty regimen.

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What is Double Cleansing ?

Using two products to clean your face, to take your makeup off. Usually the first product is oil based, so the makeup melts, and the second product will have water in it, it will be milder.

My favourite cleansers

I love using my L’real extraordinary oil to break down the makeup and then I go in with my simple foaming cleanser or some facial wipes. I know, I know, the beauty gurus are probably rolling  their eyes.

L'oreal cleansing oil

I then go in with my Garnier Micellar Gel to take the residue of the oil off my skin. I prefer the Micellar gel to the water because, first, I do not waste any product and second, it feels like I am actually cleaning/ washing my face.It does not sting or hurt. It does not leave my skin dry (although I do need to boost it a bit afterwards, so I do lather up with oils or creams).

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I also use facial wipes when I am in a hurry and then use the Micellar gel. In fact, the micellar gel is the product I use the most.

I made a video a while back where I talked in depth about double cleansing and went through loads of products. If you are intersted, do check out my YouTube video.

What cleansers do you use? Are you a fan of double cleansing? Let me know in the comments below.

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Joanna

One beauty product forever & my favourites

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What would be the one beauty product you could not live without? I mean category. If you had to save one thing, what would it be? What do you neva, eva leave the house without? Is it mascara? Eyeliner? Foundation? Blush? What is it?
Mine is lipstick. I love lipstick, I always wear it and often reapply it throughout the day.

I ❤ lipstick

My favourite lippes of all times

I have two faves. One is a beautiful pink and it is more for autumn  (plum pop) and the coral for the summer (poppy pop). The Pop line feels very nourishing and although it is not marketed as long lasting it is quite long lasting. It comes with a primer (in it).
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This is a liquid lippie that I love and have repurchased once already. It is summer coral. Very comfortable on the lips and very long lasting. It does not go cakey on ya. I ❤ it.
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Kat Von Di Lolita
Yes, worth the hype. Another liquid lippie which is a nude hot pink. It feels comfy on the lips and very long lasting. I do want to get the lip liner though and make it even more long lasting.
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Lip oil
Have you tried any lip oils? If you haven’t and you want to make your lips look juicy, this is what you need in your life. I have the YSL lip oil in…… It is very hydrating. It does look like a lip gloss. Does not last long but does feel nice on the lips and makes your lips…. kissable.
Mac Retro liquid Lippie Back in vogue
This is a long lasting liquid lippie in a nude pink. I love it!
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This is my fave drugstore lippie. Again, hydrating, quite long lasting and a nude pink. Your lips but better as they say. I have repurchased this one as well.
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This is my YouTube video with swatches and a bit more info. I’d ❤ it if you checked it out (and subscribed maybe)

So, lovelies, any lippies you think I should check out? Do you have any favourite formulas? if yes, which ones? I’d love to know in the comments below.

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Joanna

 

Minies that made me buy Full Size products

Hi everyone!!

Today I am going to talk to you about products that made me buy… products. Minies made me do it!!

I mean, I bought the mini size of something OR was given a sample of something and ended up purchasing it. It gets better though….. Biggies (full size products) that made me buy the minies. Yup. That’s today’s post and I’d love to hear your minies/biggies purchases.

Autograph Hydrating Confidence Boost Primer (30 ml)

I got this primer because I tried the mini and loved it. It is hydrating and feels like water on the skin. If you are looking for something moisturising and hate sticky primers, you should check this out. I cannot really attest to its longevity because I am not that super duper at makeup applying, but it does feel very comfy on the skin.

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It has cucumber and aloe extracts and it does make the foundation apply smoothly. The finish it gives is more matte than dewy.  Also, it is cruelty free. Then again, I always buy matte foundations. You can check this product out here.

Clinique Aromatics White

I tried this when I was in a store. I loved it and asked for a sample. After I got the sample I bought a bottle and then a second bottle. This is a sexy, sophisticated scent. As I have said previously, if Chanel No5 and Talcum baby powder had a baby, it would smell like this. Notes: pepper, violet, grey amber, roses, patchouli. Y

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Clinique Moisture Surge & Take the Day Off

No, this is not a Clinique sponsored post, but Clinique does give a lot of samples which is one of the reasons I love it. I got Moisture Surge and Take the Day Off balm as samples. I loved both of them and bought full sizes (and then repurchased). If your skin is dehydrated and needs a moisture boost, you need moisture surge in your life. It is amazing. It is cooling and feels like jelly. It gets absorbed fairly quickly and leaves your skin feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom. You can check it out here. If you are really into double, triple or multi cleansing like me, take the day off is something you should try. It is a balm that helps break down your makeup. When you wash it off, your skin feels nice and soft and not at all itchy or stripped.

 

 

Dove bath wash

I have tried lots of Dove minies and that is why I buy them now. They are very creamy and hydrating. They are affordable and leave a nice scent to the skin. Not extremely long lasting but nice enough to make you keep repurchasing (like me!!).

Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising

I suffer from dry and red hands. I have eczema and I am always using hand creams. This is one of the best creams I used as a sample and then bought a full size. It feels very cooling and lightweight. The scent is fresh and clean. It does not sting. You can use it all over your body, but I use it mostly on my hands and it does help me a lot.

N7 Airbrush Primer

I bought this primer after having tried it. You see, N& also gives lots of samples when you purchase products. It feels a bit silicon-y but not too much. It holds your makeup a fair bit but i would not say it is the best primer i have ever bought. To be pretty honest, I am not quite sure primers work for me anyhow.

 

Have you tried any of these products? What minies made you buy the full size version?

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Till next time……

My highlighters & blushes collection

Hi everyone!!

I uploaded a video about my highlighters and blushes (review and suggestions). Would love it if you checked it out :). My collection consists of Mac, TooFaced, Estee Lauder, Becca, L’oreal and loads more.

This is my video. Hope you watch it and let me know what your fave highlighters and blushes are.

 

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Joanna

Two Gems and a …..: M&S Beauty Haul

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Hi everyone!

I ❤ shopping at M&S and especially the beauty hall. This weekend I did a bit of shopping and I thought I’d write a blog post where I tell you what I got and what I think. Let me start by saying that I am really excited about two things and that the third purchase is a bit of a ..meh…

Of course, something that may not work for me, may be your dream product, so always keep an open mind when reading a review (me thinks….)

So, what did I get?

Autograph Hydrating Confidence Boost Primer (30 ml)

I got this primer because I tried the mini and loved it. It is hydrating and feels like water on the skin. If you are looking for something moisturising and hate sticky primers, you should check this out. I cannot really attest to its longevity because I am not that super duper at makeup applying, but it does feel very comfy on the skin.

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It has cucumber and aloe extracts and it does make the foundation apply smoothly. The finish it gives is more matte than dewy.Then again, I always buy matte foundations. You can check this product out here.

I also got the Stila Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eye shadow in the colour Grace.

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It is a metallic gold (see pic) and it looks lovely. Gorgeous colour!!!!! I have heard so many things about this eye shadow and was so excited when I saw it in the M&S beauty haul (no need to order it from the US anymore!!). You can get your own here.

Finally, I got the Autograph colour shine lip lacquer in Rose.

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I love the colour, I love the feeling on the lips. It is opaque (but not with one go), it is juicy looking. But…. I hate the applicator. It is not at all user friendly. It is like a stick. I would not call it very long lasting either. I’d say it is more of a lip gloss. It reminds me of the Estee Lauder lip glosses. Will I repurchase? Don’t think so. Will I use it? Yeap! You can check out the range here. It is what I have on my lips in the pics.

If you haven’t been to the M&S beauty hall, you should really check it out. You get free delivery when you spend 50 pounds (UK only). You can check out what they have by clicking here.

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Joanna

January favourites (yeap…a bit late)

Hi everyone!

I am a bit late with writing this post but I thought I’d write one anyway cause I love these posts!! So, what am I talking about? Well, monthly favourites. Today I will share my January favourites!! I have some beauty, a book and a planner.

Beauty

Elf hydrating under eye primer
I love this product. It is clear and feels very hydrating and cooling. I use it under my eye and also on my eyelid. It makes applying eyeshadow much easier and very smooth. I also think it helps minimise the chances of creasing.
Jo Malone Blush and suede perfume
If you like rose scents that smell a bit powder-y, this is for you! It is long lasting and really fresh. It is a bit pricey though.
Maxfactor Liquid Eyeshadow
I bought two liquid eye shadows from Maxfactor and I am loving them. I use the Elf primer underneath and the liquid eye shadow on top. I like the shade coffee (brown). I have also bought stardust which is a greyish shade.
Body Shop Moringa hand cream
Hand cream Body Shop Moringa hand cream
I wish we had a smell option on da web. This smells amazing. Floral. It is long lasting, nourishing and if you are a teacher who uses your hands to point a lot (:P), you need this in your life!!!
Bionsen Deoderant
If you are looking for a new deodorant and want to try a more ‘healthy’ option, do check this out. It is parabens free, no aluminium etc. It smells fresh and citrus-y. It is long lasting.

Random

Book Girlboss
So, OK, I am last on the girlboss wagon, but this book was a fun and very inspirational book. I loved it. It was a fast read. I definitely recommend it.
Planner Filofax compact
I got a new binder planner and went for a Filofax this time. This is my winter planner. I like that it is small and does not take too much space (compact).
You can check out my video here!! Would love it if you checked it out 🙂