Saturday, 14 September 2013

Clarins HydraQuench Cream Review

Clarins HydraQuench Cream Normal to Dry Skin £34
I've been using this moisturiser from Clarins for just over a month now. I wanted to make good use of it before I gave my opinion. I chose to purchase the product for normal to dry skin, although my skin is normal/combination it can get quite dry and dehyrdrated in the colder months and I wanted a moisturiser which was a little heavier than the ones I already own. Clarins also sell Hydraquench with added SPF15 and another variant which is a gel/cream version. I chose the basic HydraQuench cream as I wanted to use it at night so didn't feel like I needed added SPF, and I find gel/cream formulas can sometimes be more drying.

I've been using a 10p sized amount of the product every night after cleansing and toning. I like the moisturiser as it is quite basic and non offensive, it does what it says on the tin. I do feel like the cream hydrates and moisturises my skin but I'm not amazed by it. I don't think it's made a difference to my skin so I won't be running out to buy it again, I think there are many cheaper products available which do the same thing. I would recommend the product if you have sensitive/blemish prone skin and you are looking for a basic moisturiser that wont irritate your skin. Have you tried HydraQuench, what do you think?
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Things I bought today #1

Floral Top £22.99 Zara
Flats (black and nude) £6 each Primark
Jacket £22 Primark 
I finally have five whole days booked off work to do as I please, first chance I got I headed to Birmingham to do some much needed retail therapy. I've been trying to de-clutter my wardrobe to make room for some key autumn/winter pieces and have a wishlist as long as my arm, so I headed out ready to shop! I had a realisation when I was out that I do have rent and bills to pay so I only bought a couple of things to satisfy my shopping habit, until payday at least. I'm really happy with my purchases and I know I'll get a lot of wear out of them all. First stop was Zara where I saw this pretty floral tshirt, the top is made of quite thick material and I've seen similar floral pattern pieces in other stores, but nothing compares to the quality and finish of Zara items. I can't wait to wear it with my skinny leigh jeans and a leather jacket. I then went to Primark in a quest to buy new flat shoes as all of mine have gone really tatty, these two pairs of pointy flats were only £6 each so I had to snap them up. They are a suede finish which initially put me off, as I know any hint of rain will just ruin them, but for the price I just had to. Lastly I bought this jacket with the PU faux leather sleeves which will be perfect for the autumn weather.
I may have to make another trip into Birmingham as I tried on a beaut of a coat in Primark (an oversized boyfriend coat) I didn't purchase it as I couldn't decide if it drowned me making me look 2 foot tall. Now I'm home I regret not buying it. I was also eyeing up a chunky gold necklace in River Island, and Nars Chelsea Girl lip gloss which is so lovely. Me and my sister fell in love with this Zara coat, which she is modelling below, LOVE, it is £110. So expect to see another 'Things I bought today' post very soon!
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Monday, 9 September 2013

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Paint 005 Golden Bronze

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Paint 005 Golden Bronze £4.99
I don't wear eye shadow on a daily basis mainly due to my hooded eyelids and the fact I have to make a real effort for it to even show up. When I wear eye shadow I ALWAYS have to prime my eye lid otherwise it will disappear within a few hours (current primers of choice, ELF & Mac Soft Ochre) so I was intrigued to try the new Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Paint from Rimmel as it promises to be a 'long wear liquid eye shadow' which 'lasts all day'.
I have worn this eye shadow a couple of times now, it's a liquid to powder finish which once dry really does not budge. I apply to my eyelids using the applicator and then rub and blend the eye shadow in with my finger. The range hosts a few colours which in my opinion are best used on the eye alone without mixing or blending with other shades. I love the shimmery bronze colour of the product, I don't own many bronze shades even though they help to accentuate my green/hazel eyes. I've worn Golden Bronze on my eyes to work and even after a long day and after rubbing my eyes the product stays put. I'm very impressed.
Have you tried any of these Eye Shadow Paints? What are your thoughts?
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