Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Autumn TAG 2014

The Autumn TAG 2014

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As you know, I like starting my seasonal tags and with Autumn being my favourite season of the year, I thought I'd write a new one for 2014.  If you're reading this, you're tagged!  If you tag me in the tweet when you share it, I'll RT it too :D

1.  Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
For me that has to be an all-year-round drink - a vanilla chai latte - mmmmmmmmmm, and after extensively sampling them from all 3 coffee houses, I can confirm that the Cafe Nero one is the best - it's not overpowering in flavour and the mix in the chai powder really well so you don't get a cinnamon challenge at the end up of the cup (I totally had this with my Costa chai latte)

2.  Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
I'm a big fan of wearing my Joe Browns' denim jacket (with a fish-tail back) teamed up with a big scarf - sometimes just a scarf for a bit of added warmth (depends how cold it is)

3.  Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
Typically here I'd say Led Zepplin, but I'm also in a very singer-songwriter mood, like Bic Runga (beautiful voice)

4.  Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
I have to say, I don't change it up - my go-to perfume is Lacoste Touch of Pink - but I can also be known to wear more spicy scents, one of my favourites being Sun Moon Stars by Karl Lagerfeld

5.  Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
I'm more of a wax tart fan - I still have some 'sparkling apple' yankee tarts left over from Christmas, I'll be burning them, and spiced apple scents and cinnamon, mmmmmm :)

6.  What do you love most about Autumn?
For me it's everything, the earth winding down and preparing for winter, the beautiful colours the trees and leaves go, wrapping up warm and cozy, the scents and smells, the hot food (homemade soups with crusty bread) and especially this year, the impending birth of our first baby, our son :)

7.  Favourite makeup look?
As much as I don't wear it enough - I do love berry lips, strong brows, liquid eyeliner and mascara, however, what I tend to wear most is strong eyes and extra blusher for that 'been outside in the cold' look

8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
Apart from chai lattes, scarves and generally being cozy?  My hubby and I started a new life together with our baby :)  Sorry, it's cheesy but it's true :)

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Claudia Louch face wash & toner

Claudia Louch wash and tone

It's been a while since I featured any skincare on the blog, so I thought it was about time I rectified that!  I wanted to feature a couple of products I've been using recently, in conjunction with my Origins Gin-zing moisturiser and face scrub.

If you've not heard of Claudia Louch before then you're in for a treat.  The Claudia Louch brand was started up by... you guessed it, Claudia Louch.  She's an internationally-renowned natural holistic skin specialist, nutritionist, pharmacologist and health scientist and has a clinic based in Harley St, London.  They focus on Phytomedicine (plant-based medicine) and botanical skin care, it's this approach which means you won't find any parabens in their products.

So, that's a bit about them - lets see how I got on with their products.

Chamomile face wash
It's a light foaming gel face wash with chamomile - apparently chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen that is ideal for nourishing the skin, who knew? :)  Well, I might not be able to comment in that level of detail, but I will say this:  it smells absolutely gorgeous, it's a soft gentle slightly sweet scent.  You only need a small amount of it (about pea-sized), lather it up in your hands with some water and massage it into the skin.  It leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished.  I tend to use it on days when I'm not using my Gin-zing face scrub to give my skin a rest and re-hydrate.

It'll set you back £37.40* which might seem a tad expensive, but you do get a lot of product for your money (240ml) making it my biggest face wash by far, much bigger than my Clarins one which cost just over £20 (125ml) making this one on par price-wise.

Botanical firming toner
This little beauty "is an alcohol-free toner containing natural active ingredients of aloe vera, chamomile and Japanese green tea to refresh, rejuvenate and firm the skin after cleansing".  It has a similar scent to the chamomile face wash but more delicate.  I use this after the face wash or my face scrub, and before my moisturiser.  It helps to take off any residues and prep my skin for the moisturiser.  It also contains cucumber extract which help to tighten pores (something I desperately need!).  I apply it by pumping out some product onto a cotton pad and swiping over my skin.  You can also apply it with your finger tips, but personally I much prefer using a cotton pad.

Much like the face wash, this also costs £37.40* and for that you get 40ml of product (in very nice packaging) :)  I think with these products, the money is really going towards decent ingredients to make a high quality product.  I'm not saying there aren't other more purse-friendly products out there which might well suit your skin better, but for me these have certainly worked their way into my daily/weekly routine.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Love me Beauty - August 2014

Love me beauty box August - Menu 2
Love me beauty box August

Love me beauty box August - eye shadow pot

Love me beauty box August - eye shadow
Love me beauty box August - liquid eye liner

Love me beauty box August - lip liner

Love me beauty box August - eye brow pen

Swatches of the August Love Me Beauty box menu 2
L-R - Marsk mineral eye shadow, Oriflame liquid eyeliner, Mirabelle lip liner, A la carte eyebrow definer

Yep this is a little late in the month - until today, I've literally had nowhere to take blog pics as we've had stuff everywhere with trying to get the nursery sorted. So, lets see what was inside :)

MARSK - Mineral eye shadow in 'Foiled Again' £14.49
What's nice about this brand, they're strictly cruelty free.  You can use this product dry or wet.  It's not super glittery (certainly big glitter) but small shimmery particles - I'm looking forward to creating a silver and black smokey eye with this :)

A LA CARTE - Eyebrow definer in Blonde £23
This has a long thing felt brush tip with a fine point on the end to help you emulate their hairs on your brows to keep it looking natural.  Use lots of small strokes to define your brows, to soften the look, dab with cotton wool.

ORIFLAME - The one eye liner stylo in black £8.45
Admittedly I've only swatched this, but I was at least impressed with the swatch, it was jet black from the get-go - looking forward to giving this a road test :D

MIRABELLA - Lip lustre liner in 'tart' £10.50
The first time I heard of Mirabella was in one of my monthly Wantable boxes.  This liner includes aloe vera to help keep the lips and application soft.

What do you think of this box?  I really liked it - they're all products I'd use, especially the liquid eyeliner, probably the one product I couldn't live without :)

If you're interested in checking it out for yourself, you can try it for just over £10 a month +P&P - have a look over on their website.

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