Wednesday, 29 January 2014

GlossyBox: Back to Basics

YU-BE Moisturising Skin Cream
This is a multi-use cream for dry skin and has fast become a cult product in Japan. Developed with Glycerin and Vitamins B2, C and E this cream promises to give intense hydration. This can be applied on to the face and body, however as the consistency is rather thick I much prefer using this as a hand cream especially with the bitterly cold days we've been having. The product has quite a menthol scent too it which I'm not too keen on but I have noticed an improvement to the drier areas of my skin. 

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Dermalogica Skincare at Beauty900

Dermalogica AGE smart Daytime Radiance kit (*PR sample)
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (*PR sample)

I was recently contacted by a lovely representative of a new website - - which has been created by the owners of Shumailas Hair & Beauty, a salon with five branches based within the areas of East London and Essex. Beauty900 is a unique online store where you can purchase a wide selection of Dermalogica skin care products, from toners and cleansers to moisturisers and eye creams. As a brand, Dermalogica is growing increasingly popular and so the idea behind this website launch was to ensure salon clients could purchase products for themselves to use at home.

I was kindly sent a couple of samples from the site to try, Dermalogica is such an innovative brand so I was really excited to see what I'd receive. I was given the AGE smart Daytime Radiance kit and the Daily Microfoliant. I have been using them over the past fortnight or so and here are my thoughts.

I have actually already used the Daily Microfoliant in the past so I already knew what to expect, nevertheless I was more than pleased to own it once again. This is an exfoliator developed with rice extracts and Salicylic acid that can be used everyday to polish the skin leaving a softer and brighter appearance. The product has a dry texture, much like baking powder, and with water becomes a smooth paste. Once blended over the face it immediately works to unclog the pores and rid off excess dead skin cells. This is an incredibly gentle product which can be used upon any skin type without causing any irritation.

This kit consists of three products that work together to combat signs of ageing and to protect the skin from UV damage. The MultiVitamin Power Firm is a light, firming cream which aims to reduce the appearance of fine lines with Vitamin A, C and E acting as the key ingredients. Although wrinkles aren't yet something I've been burdened with, I have been using this around my eyes as this is the area I'm concerned is most prone to ageing. The cream itself has a smooth consistency and has a sweet fragrance of Grape seed oil. The Dynamic Skin Recovery moisturiser is a daily wear product with added SPF 30 to fight against harm caused by the Sun. It's hydrating on the skin and acts as a great base before applying make up without leaving the skin looking pastey. Natural oils including Clove, Evening Primrose and Rosewood have been used to develop this formula. Finally the SkinPerfect Primer was probably my favourite of the three. This is a tinted primer that helps give the skin a subtle glow that lasts all day and I've also noticed the product has a delightful scent of Lavender. I choose to apply this after I have moisturised to give a smooth, matte base for my foundation. 

If you're devoted to Dermalogica or simply want to explore the brand more, you should definitely visit where you can browse a huge selection of products and better yet UK delivery is free you will receive free samples with every order.

Tamara x

Monday, 20 January 2014

Empties of the Month

(Left to Right)

MARC JACOBS Daisy Eau de Toilette
Simply lovely, this fragrance smells as pretty as the the bottle looks. I really like Marc Jacobs perfumes and Daisy has been a delight to wear, it's a perfect everyday Spring/Summer scent. It has a fresh infusion of Jasmine and sweet Vanilla. Honestly I didn't find that it lingered on the skin as much as I'd hoped but it has lasted me a good while and I'd definitely recommend anyone to try it.

Friday, 17 January 2014

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara - £5.99*

I always seem to fall into the trap when it comes to a new mascara launch. I can't help but feel the need to have it and I always find the excuse to justify why I have to try it. The latest culprit was the new Miss Manga mascara from L'Oreal Paris, which is currently on a promotional offer at Boots and Superdrug for £3 less than the regular retail price. This product claims to give lashes mega, long-lasting volume and is available in three colours - 'Black', 'Pop Turquoise' and 'Tropical Violet'. First things first, don't be fooled by the volumising statements this is definitely a lengthening mascara more than anything, which although is just as is misleading nevertheless. My lashes appear much more defined and the added length is certainly noticeable, especially on my lower lashes. Unfortunately this mascara does clump easily and before using I find I need to wipe off excess product to avoid it bulking up upon my lashes. I honestly don't see the necessity of a flexible brush but I do like the cone shape of the bristles as the smaller ones reach the smallest inner corner and bottom lashes. It is buildable, although clumping is still an issue and it is easy to remove with any regular cleanser or eye make up remover. 

Tamara x

Monday, 6 January 2014

Beauty Sale Finds

This year I have pretty much ignored the January sales and as much as I'd like to think I could hunt down a hoard of bargains it never ends up happening. I have, however, managed to pick up a small selection of discounted beauty items which I have picked up here and there over the past couple of weeks...

BURT'S BEES Honeybee Favourites, Pomegrantate - £5.99 £1.80 (Sainsburys)

Contains: Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil | Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion

With these cold, windy days both my skin and lips become rather dry and  need some extra TLC which is why I thought this mini product duo from Burt's Bees would make the perfect combination. I have been using the balm everyday to care for my chapped lips and the lotion is really soothing on my skin - not bad for under £2!

REN Clean Skincare - £40.00 £15.00 (M&S)

Contains: Vita-Mineral Day Cream | Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel | Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream | Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash | Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask | Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream

This was a deal I just couldn't miss out on, with over 50% off I got my hands on this REN Clean Skincare Discovery Kit. I have not yet owned anything of this brand and if it wasn't for it's high end pricing, I'd have considered REN along time ago. I have not yet had a chance to use each product included within the kit but I have thoroughly enjoyed applying the day cream every morning and the mask really gives an awakening glow to my face.

JAMES BROWN LONDON Colour Enhance Mini Kit - £10.00 £5.00 (Boots)

Contains: Colour Enhance Shampoo | Effortless Hold Hairspray | Hair Revive Dry Shampoo | Colour Enhance Conditioner

Currently Boots are promoting 50% off gift sets which of course I couldn't ignore. You can get some amazing sets for as little as £5, including this Colour Enhance mini kit from James Brown London. Just before Christmas I got my locks dip dyed so it was ideal to choose this collection as it targets coloured hair. I'm a big fan of the Hair Revive dry shampoo already and so I am excited to try the other three products.

SOAP & GLORY Bright and Bubbly - £10.00 £5.00 (Boots)

Contains: Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel | The Righteous Butter Body Cream | The Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer | Hand Food Hand Cream

How could I refuse a little bit of Soap & Glory? I picked up this Bright and Bubble gift set for just a fiver and is filled with a handful of S&G favourites, including the all famous Hand Food...which till this day I had not yet tried! All of the products have the signature S&G scent and are a real treat for a good old self pamper session.

Tamara x