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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Farm Feast at Claremont Farm

On Sunday, I visited Claremont Farm for their annual food festival. I ate, I drank and I was pretty merry. Hope you enjoy my photos 

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend xxx

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Cleanser Battle Royale

I love a good hot cloth cleanser. I was devoted to Liz Earle's cleanse and Polish but I have a suspicion that due to the Avon takeover the formula has been changed. Cue biblical plague upon my face and weeping over the sink. Anyhoo, I began my search for an alternative.

My first short lived affair was with a product I have reviewed favourably before, Shu Uemura's Cleansing Oil. Now, I don't want to entirely bash this product as i know so many people who love it and it makes your skin silky smooth. However, the long and short of it is it contains mineral oil and my skin threw an almighty wobbler a couple of days after I started using it.  I have since come to realise that using anything with the aforementioned oil will break me out terribly. So the search continued.

I was then foolishly seduced by a Kiehl's sales assistant. Shame on me. I was a sales assistant at a major cosmetics brand and i know the drill. I said i was after something gentle so she recommended a foaming cleanser. Alarm bells should have been ringing but the next thing I knew I was handing over my debit card.... I don't know what got into me. I tried it and afterwards my skin felt so tight and hot (Not the good type of hot either). BIN! (or given to the boyfriend)

My next purchase was a sensible one. I plumped for Clinique's Take the Day Off Balm after reading rave reviews. Yes, it has the consistency of lard but it removes every scrap of makeup and this includes water proof mascara. You massage it into a dry face and afterwards your skin feels clean and hydrated. The only downside is the lack of any fragrance but sensitive skinned gals will like this. 

Whilst I enjoy using the Clinique balm of an evening, I needed something a bit lighter on my face (and purse) for every day use. Still pining for a Cleanse and Polish replacement, I decided to try Superdrug's Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser after seeing it on offer for £2.99. Yes you read that right. £2.99 for 150mls of product is pretty splendid in my book. Anyhoo, I tried it and I wasn't expecting much. This stuff is awesome. It has a pretty identical feel to Cleanse and Polish but it smells just like suncream. After removing the product with a muslin cloth my skin feels much smoother and plump. I am so happy with this product and will be trying more from the Vitamin E range. 

Do you have a favourite cleanser? 


Monday, 5 May 2014

Apologies and Current Favourites

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. I've just started a new job and the past few months have been pretty hectic. As I settle into a routine, I should have more time for myself and hopefully more time to try some new things.

Anyhoo, I thought you might like to know what products have been getting the most love recently. I've also just placed a sneaky order on Kringle Candle so expect a review soon. 

I've been keeping my makeup fairly minimal as I'm often in a rush in the morning and I've gravitated to products with a more natural finish. If working with kids has taught me anything it's that they don't mince their words so less is more. Bobbi Brown's BB Cream has absolutely won me over. It is hands down the most natural base I have ever tried. This stuff seriously looks like skin without the overly dewy finish of BB creams I've tried in the past. I usually set it with something like the original Bare Minerals foundation in my T Zone to contain any shiny patches.

For eyes it's all about the browns. No change there. One wash of colour across the lids usually sees me through. I've been loving one colour in particular lately and that's Mac's Antiqued. It's a rich medium brown with a reddish hue that looks lovely worn alone or in the crease.

For lashes I've sneakily deviated from L'oreal's Telescopic to their Million Lashes Waterproof counterpart. I don't think I'll stray from L'oreal from now on as their mascaras are so good for the price. However, the biggest change for my eyes has to be my new eyelash curler. I bought the Shu Uemura S Curler in the January sales and it is fantastic. The curler itself allows you to curl your lashes in sections and is great for those days when you just want some lift on the outer corners. I was a bit sceptical at first but now I doubt i'll go back to a regular curler. Try one now!

What products have you been enjoying lately? 

xx Holly