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My Favourite skin products


I just thought i’d make a post discussing my personal favourite skin care products. I have dry, sensitive skin and although i suffer from a few small breakouts like most people i’ve never had problems with acne or spots.

Being a tad lazy I cleanse if i have had makeup on in the evening to get it off (sometimes twice) and apply moisturiser daily but that’s pretty much it….


I have a HUGE selection of cleansers in my bathroom cabinet so it’s fair to say i’ve tried my fair share of both the good and the bad!

Oil cleanser- Shu uemera is well known for their selection of oil cleansers and iv’e the one for sensitive skin and i like it

, it leaves my skin feeling soft and obviously clean but for £28 for 150 ml (roughly a 3 month supply) and £56.50 for 450 ml it’s extremely pricey. My alternative is origins clean energy gentle cleansing oil which at £16 for 200ml isn’t the cheapest but compared to shu uemera it’s little to pay for a cleansing oil which in my opinion is almost identical.

Soap & glory- i am (self confessed) extremely obsessed with soap & glory and particuarlly their skin care, i find their makeup to be quite hit and miss but it’s one of my faviourte skin care brands for the price, two cleansers i like by them are fab pore hot cloth cleanser which warms up after you’ve rubbedit on your face a trait i like but if you don’t like that feeling i don’t reccomend it; the clesndser leaves my pores noticeably smaller but i wouldn’t say it was the best for removing makeup however i really like it. The other soap & glory cleanser i like is the face soap and clarity 3 in 1 detox viamin c facial wash…. a mouthful i know! This product is enfused with plum which apparenly brightens the skin. Being an exfoliator it can be a tad harsh on the skin and the exfoliating beads are not small but as you rub this in is foams up and leaves my skin feeling extremlly clean without a trace of makeup and a lot smoother and even brighter than before. 

So that’s my favourite cleansers a couple a don’t like are:-

l’oreals perfect clean foaming cream wash

– I had high hopes for this as l’oreals makeup is so good but was quite disappointed the product comes with a round exfoliating scrubber your supposed to add the product to and rub on to your face, even though the package says sothing i found it quite painful as well as sticky and it left my skin bright red and the scrubber was hard to get the dirt out of too.

neutrogena’s visibly clear 2 in 1 wash, mask cleanser- The idea of a wash and mask in one product sounded intruiging so i happily gave this a try the problem is i would only call it a mask if you apply it all over your face and manage to take off again in 5 seconds flat than maybe it would just about work but i find no matter how damp your skin and hands are the product sets on your face and your then supposed to leave it on for 5 minutes. Appart from this the product ok i find it quite messy and it leaves my face cleaner but thats about it, as for minimising spots i can’t really judge.

The only other thing i do to my skin is mouisturize when ever i get chance at least once a day, i have very dry skin and as with cleanser have tried a lot of moisurisers although there are not really and moisturisers that are bad (they all do the same thing) i definitely have two stand out favourites 

clinique dramatically different moisturising lotion- This is part of the famous clinique 3 step skincare plan , i did try this and ended up getting a rash because of my skin being highly sensitive the mostuiser though i was totally fine with and it’s great its not cheap costing between £15 (50ml) and £27 but boy does it work it leaves my skin glowing and nearly baby soft and it keeps my skin moisturised for a good 24 hours, if you are intersted i do reccomend getting the smaller size though because after a few months it does loose it’s concistency slightly and fails to settle in to the skin.soap & glory wish upon a jar 21 day collagen overhaul cream- This is my absolute favourite skin product i recommend it to any one of any age, the collagen helps to remove fine lines but it also leaves my skin feeling bouncy and extremely smooth

and soft as well as making it look much more radiant and reducing discolouration i especially noticed a reduction in slightly red patches on my face and also a minimisation of dark circles. I was sad when my 21 days were up and continued using it anyway, It comes in a round jar which i quite like and cost £14.30 for 50ml so a tiny bit less than clinique but not a lot but i do find that because of being in an openable jar you can get every trace of product out which can’t be said for clinique. I do though prefer using it at night because it takes a while to settle into the skin and i’m not sure how well it would fare on oily skin, however i love it!

I hope you found this helpful 🙂

Charlotte xxx


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Ms Makeup brushes :-S


It’s quite likely you’ve either seen or tried Ms Makeup and when I received a set of their brushes for my Birthday I was excited to see how they fared out. I was given the 7 piece brush set worth £7.99 at boots.

O Dear. I really do not Ms Makeup recommend these to anyone. They are far to bendy, the bristles fall out (not just when you wash them but all over your face), they somehow manage to create excessive fall out and trying to wash them causes even more bristles to fall out and the black die runs slightly during cleaning. Just don’t waste your money!

If you wan’t an alternative I suggest EcoTools. Their also sold in boots and a set is around £15 for 5 brushes. The brushes are amazing quality. They almost compare to body shop brushes and that is saying a huge deal. They are soft with dense bristles that don’t shed (unlike Ms Makeup) These brushes are also Eco friendly, cruelty free and recycled materials so you can’t really go wrong. These brushes are available at large boots.

I hope this post may help you when your deliberating on which brush set to buy!

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Revlon – Photo Ready Foundation.

Hey there,

Recently I bought myself Revlon’s ‘Photo Ready Foundation’. The packaging looked professional and it had an SPF of 20 so I was really excited to give it a go!

But…I was really disappointed with the results. I applied rather a lot and although it felt  unnecessarily thick and heavy on my skin there was basically no difference. Especially on places that needed slightly more coverage like dry patches and dark circles. Honestly, I put this foundation on half of my face and left the other “au naturel” and if any saw me they would have struggled to tell which side of my face actually had foundation on!

Another problem were the shades. There were 8 shades most of which were for white skin and they are all very different colours once blended. I choose shade 003 ‘shell’ although at boots this was the 2nd shade…Anyway I thought this would be reasonably dark for me from the bottle, suitable for summer but once blended it was paler than expected so be aware of that too!

Overall, it too thick, sunk into my pores, didn’t cover anything, lasted about half an hour AND it was the wrong shade – and i’m sure you have all gathered by now this foundation = NO!

So there you go – one foundation you don’t have waste money on 🙂

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Bourjois Liquid Liner – Bad Purchases

Hey there,

I’m considering sending hatemail to the creator of Boujois Volume Clubbing Eye Liner. It is a disaster. Here are 5 reasons why i hate it:

  1. It has one of those metal balls inside, which usually, when you shake something similar, it mixes the formula inside. But NO, in the case of this liner. Instead of the ball being in the bottle of the liner, it’s in the lid. Only God knows why.
  2. The brush inside is far too bendy for accurate application, meaning that you’re prone to making mistakes.
  3. There’s no glue bonding the end of the handle to the application brush, it’s glued only further up the handle, leaving the brush rattling around at the bottom, so you have extremely poor control over it.
  4. The actual formula is awful. It’s sticky and clumpy, which isn’t helped by the terrible brush. It also takes longer than most liquid liners to dry.
  5. It’s £5.99. A better option is Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner which is £2.99. Or, an even better choice would be MAC’s Gel Liner in Blacktrack which is £12.50.

There you have it – 5 reasons why it’s one of the worst liquid liners EVER. Please take my advice on this one – you won’t regret it!

It pains me to be so harsh because i usually like bourjois products, but this is definitely one of the worst products i’ve used.

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Rimmel Eyeshadow – Bad Purchases

Hey there,

Me and Charlotte have made a new category ‘Bad Purchases’  in which we’ll post reviews when we are full of our anger directed at products that have really let us (and themselves) down.

Pictured here is Rimmel’s Colour Rush Eyeshadow in Glitzed. I was in boots, looking for a soft sparkly silver eyeshadow when I came across this, and was very impressed with the velvety texture and superb colour. Charlotte encouraged me to buy it because we were amazed. Well, it was definitely too good to be true. As soon as i’d used the top layer, lurking underneath was this murky, clumpy matt grey eyeshadow. The top layer barely lasted one application. It is now of no use to me whatsoever, and i thouroughly regret wasting £5.49 on it.

Just thought I’d let you know.

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