Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash and Body Oil

Balance Me are a brand that I am hearing more and more good things about. I always know that a beauty brand has become well known when people at work (rather than just in the blogging community!) start talking about their products. I love their Wonder Eye Cream.

The Balance Me sulphate free body washes have been multi-award winning products since their launch in 2005 and new advances in natural skincare technology mean they have been able to reformulate and improve their three sulphate free washes: rose otto, super moisturising and super toning. Their packaging has also been jazzed up and the price has been reduced to £9 for 200ml. I have been giving the Super Toning Body Wash* a whirl which is one their best-selling body washes. It features a spa-inspired blend of ingredients which include juniper, lavender, geranium and bergamot essential oils. The body wash feels fantastic to use (as well as smelling divine)- it's a really thick formulation which makes it feel very luxe and moisturising.

Alongside the Super Toning Body Wash* is their best-selling Super Toning Body Oil. This was the very first Balance Me oil and is fused with the same ingredients as the body wash. It also includes lots of super moisturising oils such as jojoba, macadamia and wheat germ. You can use this product daily to improve skin tone, soften and smooth skin and Balance Me recommend drizzling oil into your hands and then massaging into your skin, concentrating on thighs, hips and bum. The oil is a bit more pricy at £20.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

ALDI Lacura BB Cream

My Mum is a big ALDI fan and is always showing me her latest purchase from there - whether it be some quiches or a beauty buy! 

The last time I was visiting she showed me the Lacura BB Cream and I gave it a try over the weekend - and subsequently ended up taking it home with me! I really love this stuff. It is described as a BB Cream with a touch of foundation and aims to conceal, smooth fine lines, moisturise, provide SPF15 protection - all whilst blending in with your skin tone. 

It provides a really light coverage which is why it's perfect for the warmer months, however the main draw for me is that it gives you a really lovely glow and blends perfectly with your skin colour. I don't know exactly how much this cost but from looking online it seems to be around the £5 mark. 

ALDI beauty products seem to only be on sale for a limited time, or only in certain stores but if you see this then I'd definitely recommend giving it a try!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Tangle Teezer - My Latest Love

If I could recommend one thing for you to buy this year, it would be this little beauty. The Tangle Teezer. 

It has been around, and hyped about for a while but I decided to pick one up recently (The Original) and was amazed. This is just magic! It's quite tricky to explain how it works (I don't really know) but this brush detangles quickly and easily- unlike with a normal brush where you have to brush it slowly and carefully to get out all of the knots. 

I find it best to use after my hair is wet after washing it. I get quite a few tangles and this brush just glides through my hair with no pulling or yanking- it's just amazing. I actually look forward to using it which is a little bit sad but hey ho, the Tangle Teezer is my new love!

You can buy the Tangle Teezer for £10.99 from Boots and it is worth every penny - promise.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stains

From L-R: Matte Balm in Mischievous, Matte Balm in Standout, Lacquer Balm in Coquette, Lacquer Balm in Demure, Balm Stain in Honey, Balm Stain in Crush

I had to write a post about my favourite lip products of the moment as I've added a few more to my collection. The Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stains have been out for a while and are sold as a lightweight lipstain and moisturising balm, however more recently they have introduced their Matte Balm Stains and Lacquer Balm Stains. The Matte Balms have a velvety matte finish (shocker) and so you need to make sure your lips are nice and smooth otherwise it doesn't apply evenly. The Lacquer Balms have a glossy finish and so the colour isn't as pigmented.

I was really excited to try the new balm stains and so purchased four when I was in Florida- Mischievous, Standour, Coquette and Demure. They are so easy to apply and I love the creamy formulation. I don't wear lipstick a lot so these are very appealing to me!

I thought I would prefer the Matte Balm Stains but actually ended up liking the Lacquer finish more- the Demure shade is my absolute favourite as is a 'your lips but better type gloss'. I also enjoy how you can apply it without a mirror.

Do you have any of the Revlon Balm Stains?

You can buy the Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stains from Boots for £7.99.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Body Shop Skin Diagnostic Tool

Today I wanted to share with you a nifty little feature that The Body Shop have on their site- it's their Skin Diagnostic Tool and is just a bit fun - and useful. I am a bit of a geek and used to do every quiz in the magazines I bought when I was younger (where have they gone? they used to have them in most issues!) so this was totally my cup of tea.

All you do is answer lots of different questions about your skin and how you'd like it to look. The Body Shop then give you a recommended range and nine products that should work for you, divided into three areas of cleanse, moisturise and targeted care. You can see my results page below which was mostly products from the Vitamin C range.

I have been trying one products from each area- most noticeable about this range is the orange scent which is quite strong. I like orange so was fine with it but if you don't then you might not get on with the products. The Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz was part of 'Cleanse' and is a spritz to instantly hydrate and refresh skin. I love these kind of products for summer as after a long, hot day they are so nice to use! I also like to use this after applying my make-up as it helps it all to 'settle'.

The Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser was in the 'Moisturise' section (shocker, ey!) and has SPF 30 which was a big plus for me. It's a good quality, thick moisturiser and a little goes a long way. I really like the 50ml size as it's really great for travelling with. 

The final product was from 'Targeted Care' and is the Vitamin C Microdermabrasion. This is an exfoliating product that should only be used twice a week. It contains micro particles and crushed garnet stones which help to remove dead skin cells and help keep skin radiant. You only need a tiny amount and just massage it into clean skin before rinsing away. It's a really gentle exfoliator and doesn't leave skin feeling harsh or stripped. 

I love The Body Shop and I love how their website has so many user reviews- I find these really helpful. Would also recommend giving the Skin Diagnostic Tool a try to see which of their products could work for you.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Glamour Magazine Clinique Freebie

I love the freebies that come with the summer issues of magazines. Last month Glamour were giving away Eyeko products and in the August issue you can choose from four different mini Clinique freebies:

♥ Chubby Stick in Whoppin' Watermelon (pictured)

♥ Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry

♥ High Impact Mascara

♥ Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion

The Chubby Sticks are proving the most popular and seem to be very hard to get hold of. I had to go into a few shops to find one and there was only one copy left when I did find it! Well done Glamour - another freebie success story.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps

Today I thought I'd share the iPhone and iPad apps that I have been loving at the moment. Please let me know your favourite apps as I am always looking for more to download!

1. Citymapper (free) - this app is amazing. It's currently only available in a number of cities across the world but includes London. In short it tells you the quickest way to get from A to B and includes train, tube and bus travel - you can choose from lots of different options including tube travel only, and there is even a rain safe option. It tells you exactly how many minutes it will take including walking time. I think I use it most days- it's just so good. If you live in London - download it now!

2. Stylist Magazine (free) - I pick up Stylist magazine every Tuesday from the station. It's a free magazine and it such a good read. They've recently launched an app so you can download the magazine to read digitally each week- again it's free and is great if you don't manage to pick up the hard copy, or if you don't go past a station each Tuesday.

3. My Weekly Budget (69p) -  this is a bit of a geeky one but I do like to budget each month and find this is a really great, simple app to help with it. I have tried a few of these kind of apps and this wins for me. You simply set your budget for the week and track what you are spending. It's really useful for seeing where your money is going and helps you be more aware of where those pound coins are going!

4. Bloglovin' (free) - I was so happy when Bloglovin' announced the iPad app. I love sitting on the sofa and going through all of the new posts. I follow all of my blogs through Bloglovin' and find it such an easy interface - you can follow Cupcakes and Cherries here.

5. IncrediBooth (free) - this is a really fun app which was created by Hipstamatic (another great app- they have some lovely filters) and is described as a photo booth in your pocket! You choose a filter and then your camera takes four photos and makes it look like a photo booth strip.

What apps do you recommend?


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