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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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Mascaras – The Verdict

Hey there,

We thought we’d make it easy for you and give you what we think are the best and the worst (high street) mascaras around for under £12.

THE BEST (in no particular order…)

  • Telescopic by Loreal £9.99

This mascara gives almost a combing effect to the lashes, coating them evenly without clumping. The shape of the brush slightly curls the lashes, making them look irresistible. Great for length, but we’d recommend applying a volumizing mascara before, as this intensifies the lashes and make them ‘pop’. We wouldn’t mind having lashes like the spokeswoman penelope cruz, would we??

  • False Lash Effect – Maxfactor £10.99

This mascara is perfect for big, full on lashes. It adds thickness and, with a length mascara, gives you the satisfaction of FAT lashes. The formula doesn’t dry out like the average chemists mascara, and doesn’t clump either. No wonder it won ‘best mascara 2009′ by Style magazine…

  • Lash Architect – Loreal £9.99

Despite not being well known, we must admit that lash architect is fabulous. It has a traditional ‘bristle brush’, but definitely delivers thick luscious lashes! It has a smooth feeling as it’s applied, and lasts all day (and night if you buy the waterproof one – don’t) and is easily taken off. It’s a practical, modern take on a traditional mascara, and you can build layers to create a look to match your mood.

  • Liner Effect – Bourjois £8.99

This one is a dark horse, being unknown and FABULOUS. It does require an eyelash curler, as the lashes can fall flat, unlike our reviews :) . It has different angles to the brush, and is pleasant to apply. The substance doesn’t dry quickly, and isn’t clumpy. It’s a great all rounder, and ticks most of our many boxes!! The angled brush makes it easy and quick to coat your bottom lashes also, as some mascara brushes aren’t.

  • N07 36o £11.50

Someone once said, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it”. Sadly, in the lash department both of us haven’t been so fortunate. That’s why 360 is the perfect mascara for natural-looking lash enhancement. This mascara coats your lashes without smothering them in a thick, lumpy paste (ewww), and is perfect for faking those perfect long lashes we all lust for. It takes average lashes to above and beyond,  but without a hint of tell-tale mascara signs. Yes we know it’s priciest of the bunch, but one coat is enough to last the day.

So that concludes our mascara adventure, and remember :

  • Curling Tip: Coat your lashes in a very thin layer of mascara, curl, then apply mascara properly. This gives a hairspray effect on your lashes so it lasts for even longer.
  • Apply mascara before foundation. with your new mascara (hint, hint) your lashes will be so long that they may just leave marks before they have time to dry… so removing marks that are on top of foundation is a bummer. So, mascara, THEN foundation :D
  • To avoid even the slightest clumping, wiggle your wand through your lashes (from root to tip) to stop clumping and achieve maximum length.


  • Any loreal collegen mascaras – They are sticky and extremely icky.
  • Maybelline’s vibrating mascara- not only does it not make the slightest difference to any other mascara, it costs more and dies extremely quickly from use or just from falling on it’s side!
  • Rimmels sexy curves – there’s no need for an explanation. Other that your lashes will not look sexy. Or curvy. Don’t waste £8. Please.
  • Cheap waterproof mascaras – Unless your planning on swimming (panda eyes) or crying buckets of tears (even more pandary eyes), i suggest not.

If you think we’ve missed one out, or you want us to test one for you, please leave a comment!

Stay tuned for more reviews, tips and tricks of the trade…

Charlotte & Tamara


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