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Botanicals Cleansing Melt

Botanicals Cleansing Melt Review

Taking off your make up after a long day is a trauma in itself, add in some horrible makeup wipes that dry up your skin and it’s a pretty bad experience. I’ve tried pretty much every makeup remover out there, from cleansing milks to face scrubs but the majority of them have left my skin in a rash or have really dried it out – especially in the winter.

When I was offered the chance to try out Botanicals Cleansing Melt, I was intrigued. Renowned for its natural and organic products, I thought this would be a step in right direction. Botanicals natural deep-cleansing melts are designed to penetrate the skin’s lower layers; remove impurities and restore natural balance.

Unlike anything I have tried before, the balm blends into your face and dissolves your makeup. I’ve been using it for a little over two weeks now and I love it! You only need to apply a pea sized amount of the balm to your face and then simply wipe it away with a damp cleansing cloth (these can be bought for £3 in most drugstores). I was completely blown away with how well it removed all my makeup, even the usually stubborn waterproof mascara.

Flavoured with Rose and Camellia, it also smells amazing and has a really calming scent which is perfect right before you go to sleep. Following its use my skin feels silky smooth and really hydrated which is something most makeup removers don’t give you.

At only £19.95 a pot, I really recommend purchasing this if you’re looking for a new makeup remover – I will definitely be purchasing more from the Botanicals range.

Can you recommend any other Botanicals products?

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Zoeva Makeup Brushes Review

Zoeva Makeup Brushes Review

Zoeva Makeup Brushes Review

Zoeva Makeup Brushes Review

First of all, hello again!

I know this is really late to jump on the Zoeva brush bandwagon but after reading plenty of reviews about them I decided to add them to my Christmas list and I absolutely love them!

I ordered this set from Love Makeup and this is the Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set which includes:

– 106 Powder Brush
– 102 Silk Finish Brush
– 110 Face Shape Brush
– 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush
– 142 Concealer Buffer
– 227 Soft Definer
– 231 Petite Crease Brush
– 317 Wing Liner Brush

Not only are these brushes really affordable at £56.95, averaging at around £8 per brush, they are really good for blending and you aren’t left with excess hairs on your face. The kit also comes with both, natural hair and synthetic taklon bristles, so it can be used with cream and powder based products. My favourite brush from the set is the Silk Finish Brush, I use it for blending both my foundation and concealer and it gives a really nice, even finish. I also love the Face Shape Brush which is perfect for contouring and the angled Sheer Cheek Brush works really well with applying blusher and bronzer.

Plus- they look so pretty on your dressing table, how can you say no!?

Have you tried the Zoeva brushes yet?

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer

First of all I’d like to apologise for my lack of blog posts recently, this has been due to the sheer amount of uni assignments I’ve had in recent weeks which has (sadly) left me little time to work on my blog. But to make up for this, I have a number of new fashion and beauty purchases that I will be sharing and reviewing in the next few weeks so keep an eye out. 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer

When I realised I’d saved up enough Boots points to buy something nice, I decided to try out Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer. Having always used Boi-ing and more recently, Rimmel’s Wake Me Up concealer, I wanted to try out the much raved about Double Wear range to see what all the fuss was about. Since the weather has become colder, my skin doesn’t get as much Vitamin D as it did in the summer and this has definitely had an effect on my skin so a longer lasting concealer was in need anyway.

Before trying this concealer I was worried that it might be slightly drying on my skin or make it feel quite cloggy, but I haven’t found either of these to be a problem. I apply Double Wear over my foundation and blend it in using a concealer brush and for me this really works. I find that it does last all day and is fairly lightweight on my skin so I don’t feel like I have a face full of makeup. That said, I don’t think you could wear this concealer on it’s own without any foundation underneath because it is quite a thick consistency and may not blend into the skin very well on its own. For those of you who are looking for a concealer to wear without a foundation, I would recommend the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer which I have reviewed here.

I bought Estee Lauder’s concealer in a shade 02 (light/medium) but it is also available in eight other shades, so there is a match for all types of skin tones. It also has an SPF of 10 and is oil-free as well as being water, perspiration and humidity-resistant. If you are interested in buying this concealer then pop to your closest Estee Lauder counter for someone to match the perfect colour to your skin tone.

Have you tried any of the Double Wear range?

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Rimmel Match Perfect Foundation

I’ve always been sceptical to try out the cheaper makeup brands for foundation, mainly because I worry that they won’t give as good coverage or last as long but Rimmel Match Perfect Foundation has completely changed my mind. A few weeks ago I wrote about Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer which I am still loving and using, since then I decided to buy some Rimmel foundation to wear in the day time rather than wasting my (rather expensive) Diorskin Forever foundation. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (more…)

The Lecture Makeup Look

Quite a few of you have probably started back at university so I’ve decided to talk you through a makeup look perfect for a lecture. If you’re anything like me a 9 o’clock start is such a killer, especially if you’ve been out late the night before, so the longer you can stay in bed, the better. I tend to wear minimal makeup in the day, mainly because I don’t have the time to spend in the morning, but I do try to make it look like I have made some effort with this quick and simple makeup routine.

Joanna Bowden

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Barry M Nail Polishes

Barry M Nail PolishWith Autumn on it’s way I’ve decided to ditch the pastel nail colours and move onto slightly darker shades. I invested in two Barry M nail polishes as they were on offer in Boots and having always used Nails Inc I wanted to try out a different brand.

I love having gels on my nails and as I have my own kit at home I like to do them on myself but this takes up quite a bit of time . When I saw Barry M do their own Gelly High Shine range I got really excited and picked one up in the shade Blue Grape. I was pleasantly surprised, it definitely has the ‘gelly’ effect as promised and the colour is just as bright as it looks in the bottle and only takes a few coats to build up. I did find that it chipped quite quickly compared to Nails Inc but it only took me a few minutes to tidy my nails up so they looked freshly painted.

I’ve heard lots of people talk about Barry M’s Matte range and to be honest, I never really saw the attraction to having matte nails. But after giving this a go, I really like it. It gives off an edgy vibe and looks great with lots of rings and bracelets. Again, it only takes a few coats to build up and this has lasted slightly longer than the Gelly High Shine nail paint.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with Barry M. Have you tried out these nail polishes?

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Wake Me Up Rimmel Concealer

Having always used and loved Benefit Boi-ing concealer as part of my everyday makeup look, I was sceptical to try out a new one, but with little funds I needed to find a cheaper alternative without compromising on quality. As brilliant as the coverage is with Boi-ing, it is quite thick and can sometimes dry out your skin, especially when it starts to get cold, so I also wanted a slightly runnier concealer.

Whilst browsing the makeup in Boots I came across the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer and decided to give it go. According to Rimmel it is the ‘first full coverage concealer that visibly reawakens and illuminates under the eyes’ and it does just that!

I bought this in Ivory and it is a perfect match to my (pale) skin, but it is available to buy in True Ivory, Classic Beige and Soft Beige aswell. It sits nicely on top of foundation but I would say that you don’t need to apply too much of it as it can make your skin quite dewy. The applicator makes this really easy to apply and I found it best to blend using my fingers rather than a concealer brush as it makes it longer lasting. The only downfall is that it doesn’t have a great coverage on blemishes so if you do have spot prone skin I would maybe suggest getting a slightly thicker concealer.

That said, for £5.49 I think it’s a great, well priced concealer to add to your makeup collection. What do you think of Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer?

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The Pore Fessional Primer

The PoreFessional Primer Benefit

I had never used a primer as part of my make-up routine until I was given this tester at the Benefit counter in Boots, so I decided to give it a go and I absolutely love it.

The primer minimises the appearance of pores and leaves your skin looking smooth and radiant. Having always just applied moisturiser under my foundation, I often found it didn’t last for very long and would rub off by the end of the day, but when I used this it gave me a lasting finish. Pore Fessional is like a balm, so you apply a small amount either on its own or under foundation. It’s also great because it contains vitamins and uses an oil free formula to compliment all skin types. Although it is quite pricey at £24.40, I would definitely recommend it and I will purchasing it on my next trip into town.

Have you tried Pore Fessional yet?

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Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer is definitely my favourite time of year, I love the sunshine, going on holiday and stocking up on lots of new beauty products. Here are a few products that I cannot live without this summer and some of them I have been coming back to year after year because they are simply so wonderful.

Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials

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Bringing It Back With S Club

All my childhood dreams came true last night when S Club reunited to perform at Halo, a nightclub near my uni. I’ll admit, there was only three of them (Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh and Paul Cattermole) but that was enough for me. I could barely contain my excitement as I danced around to the likes of ‘Don’t Stop Moving’ and ‘Bring It All Back‘.

S Club 3 performing

S Club 3 on stage performing

S Club 3 so the former pop stars call themselves now, reformed when they realised their classic songs are still stuck in everyones head and sure enough, they are right! They embarked on a tour around universities and nightclubs to bring students back to their childhood for a night and I’m bloody glad they did.

The trio opened with their classic hit ‘Reach’ and were thankfully still pretty good at singing. Unsurprisingly they have aged and their appearance has changed, with Jo opting for bright red hair and both Bradley and Paul have gained weight so they didn’t look like the fresh, young stars that we remember. I’ll hand it to them though, they danced around the stage with as much enthusiasm as they used to and I honestly had one of the best nights I’ve had so far at uni. I sang (or was shrieking if you will) along to every song like a 10 year old girl at a Bieber concert.

Their set list included:

  • Reach
  • Bring It All Back
  • Never Had a Dream Come True
  • Don’t Stop Movin’
  • Natural
  • S Club Party

My friends and I even managed to blag our way up to VIP to meet them – the best part being that I got a selfie with Bradley and he even asked for my friends number but she politely declined – mainly because he is 32 now *gasps*. The young me would have been so proud.

This is a horrible picture but my selfie with Bradley!!!

This is a horrible picture but my selfie with Bradley!!!

So all in all, the night was as good (if not better) as I expected it to be and brought me right back to my 7 year old self.

Can S Club still throw an S Club party? They certainly can.