Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September Favourites: My Top Three


♥  La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser* - say hello to my favourite cleanser at the moment. I have written a post on La Roche Posay's three step anti-blemish system and I am still loving it, especially this gel cleanser. It feels so refreshing to use and feels ever so gentle on my skin whilst also feeling like it's working its anti-blemish magic. My skin seems to be loving it.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara - I have tried so many mascaras and I always end up coming back this one. Unfortunately you can't buy it in the UK which is why I bought 5 back-ups when I was in Florida earlier this year! This has to be my HG mascara- it lengthens, volumises and makes my lashes look super black. Funnily enough my Mum also has this mascara and it doesn't do anything for her which just shows how personal make-up is!

Maybelline FitMe Concealer - I bought this after my trusty Collection concealer came to an end and have been really impressed. I think I might even like it more than the Collection version as it is slightly less heavy. I have been using this under my eyes, around my nose and on any spots and find it blends really easily.

What have you been loving this month?



Daisy x

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A long weeked in Center Parcs


Center Parcs holds such a special place in my heart. I have been visiting since I was 11 and must have been around ten times now. It's one of those holiday places that always feels like a second home to me- Center Parcs and Florida are the only places in that category so it must be special! Do you have places that feel like that? I'd love to know!

A couple of weekends ago, my family and I (plus Chris and my brother's girlfriend Georgina) spent a long weekend in their Sherwood Forest village. We had the best time. We did all of the usual activities that we do like swimming (aka- going round the rapids repeatedly), badminton, cycling and table tennis but also ventured into new territory by playing some adventure golf (we went from not playing it in years to doing 18 holes, needless to say our attention had waned by the end!), taking part in the family quiz and my parents, brother and Georgina also took part in aerial adventure, high up in the trees.

A trip to Center Parcs is never complete without a trip to the Pancake House- mmmm, just look at that stack of chocolate covered pancakes. They were so delicious! We also had a couple of meals at Cafe Rouge which were very good. 

We're already hoping to go again next year and I have been checking out Woburn Village as it looks shiny and new and amazing! Are you a Center Parcs fan?


Daisy x


Thursday, 25 September 2014

My Little Parisienne Box

Over summer I have received a couple of boxes from My Little Box- a lifestyle, fashion and beauty box which has been hugely popular in France (they have over 80,000 subscribers to the service). They have now launched in the UK with a box very aptly called 'My Little Parisienne Box'.

So what's inside? The September box includes a notepad with some information on the company and how they began along with lots of plain pages to be filled, some cute little stickers and a lovely illustration which would make a nice print. 

Also included is a technology sleeve- I think it's meant for a laptop but it would fit my ipad and could be used to carry other bits and bobs.
Finally, you receive three beauty items in a pretty drawstring bag (which I am keeping every month as they are so useful for travelling!) - the Laura Mercier Foundation primer, NUXE Dry Oil and My Little Beauty's Stylo Lumiere. Such great products that I will definitely be using up!

I have loved the two previous boxes and I love this one just as much. Out of all of the monthly boxes this is the one I am most excited about as it's unique with a great variety of quality products. Love!

You can subscribe at www.mylittlebox.co.uk for £11 a month plus £3.95 P&P.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Love Me Beauty: An Exciting Transformation

So the box from Love Me Beauty* looks a little different this month (see some of their previous boxes here and here). This is because they have been going through a very exciting transformation and this month have launched their spangly website platform which introduces a new concept of beauty boxes. 

Love Me Beauty has always been different to the usual beauty box where you have no idea what you will be receive each month- you have been able to pick between three different menus. However now it is up to you to decide completely on what products you will be getting.

Every month, members will have six credits allowing them to choose from a range of tailored products (based on your preferences in a survey when you sign up)- however if you just want to choose from everything that is on offer you can do that too. You can also add more products beyond these subscription credits if you fancy paying for an extra treat.

Love Me Beauty are providing members with a really unique and individual beauty box experience where you are a receiving a box of treats curated for you, and by you. It's pretty good.

I signed up on the website and found each step very straighforward. I filled out a survey with my preferences (eg. favourite types of products, skin type etc.) and then went on to choose my products with my 6 credits. I chose the following three products which were 2 credits each- I presume that the 2 credit products are full size and/or a more premium product- the products below are all full size.

Percy & Reed Lovingly Light Foaming Mask Treatment (RRP £20) - this is a rich, lightweight mousse rather than a cream so it won't weight your hair down. You simply work into your hair after shampooing, rinse it out and it repairs, nourishes, moisturises and adds volume. It's a full size product and I chose it because I love a hair mask and this sounds intriguing!

Oriflame Skin Dream BB Cream (RRP  £10.95) - this is a standard BB cream, an all-in-one solution which fuses make-up, skincare and SPF. It works to conceal, reduce appearance of pores and hydrate whilst giving you a dewy, flawless look. I haven't used any products from Oriflame before but I always enjoy a BB cream- especially when the word 'dewy' is in the description!

Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (RRP £10) - I couldn't not pick a lip balm with a Mojito scent- it's amazing! It's a hydrating lip balm which aims to help dry and irritated lips. The scent is lovely and it feels really moisturising too which is exactly what you want from a lip balm!

I really really like this new concept from Love Me Beauty- even though I have received a smaller number products than usual, they are all products that I know I will use which makes the box way more worthwhile. 

You can sign up and explore the new platform for yourself at www.lovemebeauty.com. Subscriptions cost £10 a month plus £3.95 P&P and get cheaper based on how long you take out a subscription for.



Daisy x





Saturday, 20 September 2014

New additions: Claudia Louch and Organic Surge

Today I wanted to share three products that have recently come into my collection. They are from Organic Surge and Claudia Louch - both natural skincare companies which focus on gentle products free of nasties. 

 ♥ Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash* - this is a great cleanser that is suitable for all skin types and is extremely gentle. I've used it before and found that it worked a treat on my skin by producing a natural lather and not drying it out at all- the gel consistency is nice and refreshing too. It has a very 'organic' scent as is enriched with rose geranium leaf essential oil to help improve circulation. Other key ingredients also include aloe vera, vitamin E and natural glycerine which helps provide moisture. This cleanser is priced at a very reasonable £5.95 for 200ml and is available from www.organicsurge.com.

 ♥ Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Cream* - this body cream is a really indulgent and lovely product from Organic Surge. It's a body cream which sinks quickly into the skin and provides a big dose of moisture. The best thing about it is the scent- it's a blend of sweet orange and cedarwood which strangely reminds me of orange jelly and mandarin segments (I used to love that for dessert!). It also contains aloe vera and shea and cocoa butters so you are well and truly moisturised! The Sweet Blossom Body Cream is £7.50 for 150ml and you can find it at www.organicsurge.com.

 ♥ Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask* - I think a face mask has to be the beauty product that I am always most excited to try. I love a pampering session and feel that you can never have enough! This mud mask from Claudia Louch is a toning mask that detoxifies the skin by drawing out impurities and helps to reduce the appearance of pores. The hero ingredient is pure arctic mineral mud which is renowed for its healing properties and is particularly good at toning the skin, boosting circulation and relieving inflammation. It is suitable for all skin types and contains lots of lovely ingredients (grape seed oil, avocado oil and vitamin E to name a few). This is a really great mud mask- it doesn't make your skin feel tight and after removing your skin feels so super soft and clean. My skin looked so much clearer after using it so is definitely becoming a regular part of my pampering sessions! The mask is not cheap and is £52.50 but if you fancy a splurge it's worth it. You can purchase from www.claudialouch.com.


Daisy x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

La Roche-Posay Anti-Blemish System

If you are a regular reader of blogs then it's pretty likely you would have heard about La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo - it has been hugely popular and described as a miracle worker. I had a bad experience with the original Effaclar Duo (post here) but strangely the Effaclar Duo+ hasn't caused me any issues (post here).

The success of the product has led La Roche-Posay to introduce the Effaclar 3-step Anti-Blemish system which is a simple and effective at home routine, designed for oily blemish-prone skin. It combines three quick steps which when combined produce unrivalled results - according to the brand. The products aim to target and help with; blemishes, clogged and enlarged pores, excess sebum, uneven and rough skin texture and red and brown marks.

So what are the three steps...

1) Cleanse - Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser
This targets excess sebum and impurities and is a gel cleanser which you massage into the skin with a tiny bit of water and then rinse off. It can be used morning and night and is free from soap, colourants, parabens and oil.

2) Tone - New Effaclar Clarifying Toner
This step focuses on large pores and oily skin. It aims to smooth and mattify the skin whilst helping to tighten pores and crucially the toner contains no alcohol so is gentle enough to be used daily and on sensitive skin. As with any toner, you just dab the product onto a cotton pad and sweep onto your face.

3) Correct and Hydrate - Effaclar Duo+ Anti Blemish Cream
The final step targets blemishes, pores and marks and is their best selling product. The formula is described as the ultimate multi-tasker and addresses blemishes, oiliness, blackheads, clogged pores and also treats those pesky red marks that are often left behind. It also provides 24 hour hydration and is a great make-up base.

So how have I got on with the anti-blemish system? My skin has been relatively trouble free for the past few years (after lots of acne fun and games when I was a teenager) as I have been on a pill which helps with my skin, however I've recently taken a break from it as have been on the pill since I was 18 and felt it would be good to take some time off from using it. Anyway, since being off it I've noticed a few spots appearing and so this arrived at a perfect time.

The products are lovely to use- they feel light, refreshing and feel good for your skin. When treating troubled skin you just don't want fussy, fragranced products and these are the complete opposite. It cleared up most of the spots that had appeared overnight which I was really impressed with. I am going to be religiously using this trio!

The set launches this month and can be found exclusively in larger Boots stores and online at boots.com. RRP is £32.50.

Daisy x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Jenny Packham & Neom Candle Collaboration


The 1st September marked the launch of the Jenny Packham & Neom Organics candle collaboration which is such a lovely partnership. Jenny and Neom founder, Nicola wanted to create a candle which would capture the beauty of a Jenny Packham gown and the excellence of a Neom fragrance. 

The result of this collaboration is two candles...
 
Happiness – This candle is a beautiful ivory and 18 carat gold design inspired by Jenny’s iconic bridal wear. The scent is described as elegant and sparkling and is blended from the purest essential oils of white neroli, mimosa flowers and lemon.

Real Luxury – Real Luxury is a noir and 18 carat gold creation which represents Jenny’s ‘Film Noir’ 1940’s inspired collection and is a rich and heady scent blended with spicy notes of ultra-relaxing lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood essential oils.

The candles have been created in two sizes: Ultimate (a huge 2000g candle with 150 hour burn time) which costs £295 and Luxury (390g with 50 hour burn time) which costs £80.

Jenny Packham for Neom candles will be available to buy at neomorganics.com, jennypackham.com and leading International retailers from this month.

Daisy x


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