Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Product Rave: Garnier Facial Scrub

At some point over the past couple of months, I'm sure you've heard me moan about the condition of my skin. It's not so much spots, but the blemishes they leave behind. I guess I'm partly to blame because I've been slacking on maintaining a proper skin care routine. However, about 2 weeks ago, I re-discovered the Garnier Pure facial exfoliator which I used to love, but just fell out of the habit of using. After a week, I could really notice a different in my skin. It looks alot clearer, with alot of blemishes being less visible and my skintone was more evened out.

I like the fact that it contains exfoliating beads. It's important to remove dead skin off the face, and this helps to do just that without being too harsh or causing irritation.

I think sometimes it's best to stick with products that you know work for you. I'm always up for trying new things, but then always find myself coming back to certain products like this one. Definitely a favourite!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Back to Mineral Make-up

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I am a big fan of Bare Escentuals Mineral foundation.

But I'll let you into a little secret... over the past two months or so, i had completely fallen out with it! My skin was going through a really bad phase due to stress etc. and i kept on breaking out. I became convinced that mineral makeup was not what I needed as i didn't feel like it was giving my skin the coverage it needed.

I started looking for alternatives and found the dream satin liquid foundation by Maybelline in my makeup stash. Yes I do love that foundation, the finish and the coverage is beautiful, but the only problems was that I could feel it on my skin. Having got used to wearing minerals... I found liquid foundation to be really heavy and I always felt the need to re-apply during the day.

So after weeks of being moody and failing to find a foundation that I was happy with, I decided to sit down and apply my bare minerals foundation the same way that SJ on QVC was telling me too (Bare Escentuals is sold at QVC) and that's when I realised what was going wrong! It wasn't the foundation that was letting me down, it was the technique. I had fallen into a pattern of not following the specific SWIRL, TAP, BUFF method that your supposed to follow when applying bare escentuals mineral foundation, but that was all I had needed!

I also realised that when using mineral foundation, less is definitely more. I now apply three fine layers using the swirl, tap, buff technique with my bare escentuals full coverage kabuki brush. I find that this is enough to give me the coverage my skin needs. before, I had got into the habit of putting a lot of minerals on at once and not taking a little extra time to properly buff it into my skin.

I can officially say that I am loving using mineral foundation again! and another added bonus is that it has a natural SPF 15 in it, which is great for summer months!

What's your opinion on mineral foundation?

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Mavala Double Lash Challenge

I've been wanting to try a lash growth product for a while now. The idea of trading in my short, straight, boring lashes for long, luscious, curly lashes really excites me, but i could never justify spending a ridiculous amount of money on one small tube.
Whilst browsing the other week, i came across the Mavala Double Lash serum for only £8.50. I had heard of it before, but after doing some more research it seemed to be quite a highly rated product, with alot of reviewer claimer to have seen some lash growth.
So having nothing to lose (except perhaps £8.50) i added to to my basket! On the packaging it claims to 'strengthen, lengthen and thicken lashes'. It's meant to be applied just like a mascara, as it comes with a mascara applicator, once before you go to bed. Sounds pretty simple really. I hope it has some sort of affect... but I'll just have to wait and see!

Has you tried Mavala Double Lash before?


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