Thursday, 30 January 2014

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and Instant Boost Skin Tonic





































































Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser *
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic *

You might have seen that the cult product, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, was included in my 2014 wishlist. Liz Earle were kind enough to send me both the Hot Cloth Cleanser and the Instant Boost Skin Tonic, another product I've wanted to try for ages! I've been using these both for almost a month, and I can now see why they have the cult product status! My skin feels less tight, more supple and is much more hydrated. The redness in my skin has also been reduced. The products themselves are so luxurious to use. The Hot Cloth Cleanser is a cream that is rubbed gently all over a full face of makeup (a very weird experience at first!) before using a damp hot cloth to 'polish' it all off. This takes off makeup like a dream, without any harsh chemicals, and is a really relaxing part of my evening routine. If you want to see this in action to see how it works before buying it I'd recommend watching one of Lousie's videos from Sprinkle of Glitter - here. After a second cleanse with my regular cleanser, I then apply the Instant Boost Skin Tonic on a cotton pad, and wipe it over my face to take off any last remnants of dirt, and saturate my skin with all the toner goodness! This stuff smells absolutely beautiful with rose-scented geranium, sweet orange, lavender, chamomile and cucumber, and is so nourishing for your skin (unlike toners which are pretty much all alcohol). My skin is so much happier for its introduction to Liz Earle, and I plan on keeping these two products in my skincare routine for a long long time.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Candle Lovin'


Renently I've really got into burning candles, particularly when I'm working and reading in the evenings. I know a lot of bloggers burn their candles in the day, but I like them much more in the evenings. The flickering light and the scent makes for a much more relaxing atmosphere and therefore a more relaxed and productive mind. (That's what I find anyway!) I thought I'd share with you my three current favourites:

JOIK Sesuelle * \\ Although JOIK say this is made with coconut milk, the fragrance reminds me more of freshly washed sheets, in an aired room by the sea.

Luminary Soy * \\ A fresh and floral 'relaxation scent, this would make a lovely present for someone who really needs to unwind and recharge.

Lou Candeloun Lavande Citron * \\ My favourite of the three, this candle burns beautifully and has the most wonderful aroma of citrus, which I just love. It also comes in the cutest jar with a little lid - so cute.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Soap and Glory Trick and Treatment Concealer




































































I am someone who is constantly searching for new products that can cover up my dark under-eye circles. I don't have the worse ones in the world, but I do feel that covering them makes me instantly look much more healthy. So when Soap and Glory (one of my most loved brands) sent me their Trick and Treatment concealer to try, I was a pretty happy bunny. And, let me tell you, it did not disappoint. This stuff has a yellow pigment to neutralize darkness under the eyes, and you only need a teeny bit to do the job. It covers so well, but is so creamy that the finish is not at all cakey. It's glowy, it's brightening and it last all day, when set with a little powder. It's even got skincare ingredient in it to actually treat your dark circles as well as hide them! I can't believe that the price is so cheap for a product that feels so high end to use. Soap and Glory, you did it again.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Nourish Balance // Skincare my Skin Loves




































































Nourish are a new brand to me, but my little introduction through these two products has been a very nice experience! Nourish offer ethically sourced vegan skincare products using the highest quality natural extracts. I've been using two products from the Nourish's Balance range, formulated for oily and combination skin, and my skin is very happy for it. The Refining Tonal Mist is a sprayable liquid which I have been using as my toner step in my routine. It restores the natural pH level of oily and dry skin (mine is a horrible mixture of both) after cleansing. My dry patches of skin are no longer dry, and my oily patches are less oily - result! The Nutritious Peptide Serum is a refreshing hydrating product which again helps to restore balance in the skin. I have been patting this product over the skin after the toning step, and see visible results in the appearance of my skin the morning after. All in all these products have made my skin feel healthier and happier. Have you tried any products from Nourish?

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Natural FOTD



























This is my first ever FOTD (Face of The Day) post, so go easy on me! I haven't really got the hang of posing for the camera yet (I have one of those remote controls to set it off), sorry! This is a makeup look I wear a lot on normal days. I know this says 'Natural FOTD' so you may be wondering why I used so many products! I find that I use a lot of products, but only a tiny bit of each of them. Thin layers of product used sparingly give the illusion that you haven't done very much to your face at all. It also helps the makeup to last all day. I'm loving the Naked3 Palette for light pretty daytime eye looks. Today I used 'dust' over the lid, and 'limit' and 'nooner' through the crease.

What did I use?
Revlon Colourstay Foundation in shade 'buff'
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (on blemishes)
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
NARS Blush in Deep Throat
MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
MAC Jubilee Lipstick
Urban Decay Chill Make Up Setting Spray
I also used MAC's Omega eye shadow through my brows, but forgot include that in the photo.

Hope you're having a lovely week :)

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Advertise with The Little Koala Blog

I just wanted to let you know that as of February 2014, I'm offering Advertising spots on this blog! Yay! If you're a small shop owner or have an etsy store or personal blog I would love to help you gain more exposure here. All advertisments will run for one month, beginning on the first of the month and payment is through paypal. If you're interested, please drop me an email at thelittlekoalacontact@gmail.com to book your slot! The Little Koala Blog averages 6,000+ page views per month, and is rapidly growing in readership with the current total across all platforms exceeding 2000. There's three package options available (although one is already full for February!):

Baby Koala Package (£2): - A 300x150 slimline advertisement in the sidebar for one month
- A feature in my 'Koala Advertisers' post, which includes an image of your website header, your site link, a social media link of your choice and a description of your blog written by you
- For an extra £3, I will create a custom advertisement for you! 5 available each month, 4 still available for February.

Mummy Koala Package (£4):- A 300x250 advertisement in the sidebar for one month
- A #FF tweet every Friday during the month
- A feature in my 'Koala Advertisers' post, which includes an image of your website header, your site link, a social media link of your choice and a description of your blog written by you
- For an extra £3, I will create a custom advertisement for you! 3 available each month, 3 still available for February.

Daddy Exclusive Koala Package (£7):- A 300x300 jumbo size advertisement in the sidebar for one month
- A #FF tweet every Friday during the month
- A linked mention of your site on my blog's facebook page
- A link to your site at the end of EVERY post I write that month.
- A feature in my 'Koala Advertisers' post, which includes an image of your website header, your site link, a social media link of your choice and a description of your blog written by you
- For an extra £3, I will create a custom advertisement for you. 1 available each month, none left for February, book for March!



Saturday, 18 January 2014

Winter Glow // The Body Shop Honey Bronze






































































































































I know I'm very late to the game on these lovely products from The Body Shop, but who cares! I'm really enjoying using these to create a warm glow throughout this long British Winter. The Shimmering Dry Oil (I have the darker shade 'Honey Kiss') can be rubbed onto your legs, arms and decolletage to give a lovely glowing effect. I like to use it over a fake tan to give a more intense effect. The Bronzing Powder (I picked up shade 03, medium matte) comes in a gorgeous little compact, and is the perfect powder to get that 'I just spent a day on the beach' look. I apply this with a large fluffy powder brush to the areas the sun would naturally hit my face, and it gives such a natural glow. I think the Body Shop has created some lovely products in their Honey Bronze Collection, which do you have?

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Nanshy Eye Brush Set








































































Nanshy Eye Brush Set * \\ 29.95

I do love a good makeup brush. This brush set from Nanshy comes with seven synthetic brushes which I think look so pretty with their white and silver handles. The range of brushes in this set is wonderful - you can create pretty much any eye look with this selection. The quality of these brushes far exceeded my expectations: the bristles are oh so soft, they apply make-up and blend like a dream and they generally feel very luxurious. I particularly love two brushes in particular, firstly the Large Shader, which I'm loving for placing a base colour all over the lid, and secondly the Tapered Crease, smaller than most crease brushes so you can really get the product right where you want it. All in all this is a lovely set for eye-makeup beginners and experts alike.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Budget False Lashes

I just wanted to share with you this absolute steal from Amazon. It's a box full of different false lashes (70 pairs!) for £12.99. I really wanted to start trying false lashes more, so I thought I'd give this incredibly cheap  Monster bundle box a go, and I can't believe the quality. They're as easy to use and as durable as some Eylure ones I've tried. Be warned, the box doesn't come with glue, so make sure to pick up some as well - I use duo lash glue. You get a selection of lashes, some of which I would only use for fancy dress (!) but half of them are lovely for an evening out, and the lightest set are perfect for a day look. Let me know if you order this bargain!

























Sunday, 12 January 2014

B-qubed Table

I was recently contacted by Room to Grow, a company with a really sleek website who sell some really awesome bits of furniture. Websites like this make me so excited for when I get my own place and make it mine! For the moment I'm flitting between my tiny home bedroom, and my uni room, which I why the photos in this blog post were taken outside (the only place I had room, sorry!) Room to Grow asked me to review their B-qubed with table top* table, which is basically a cute little beanbag table with a plastic molded table top. It comes in a range of colours so it can suit any colour scheme, and you've got to admit, it looks pretty cool!






















































































































The holes in the beanbag are for storing things - you could use this as a tv footrest and keep all you remotes pushed inside - a neat little design! The table top comes off, so you can also use it as a seat. The thing I like the most about this table is how multifunctional this little thing is. The uses for this are endless - a make-up table with your brushes stored in the middle, a coffee table, a kid's toy table, an outside table for bbq food and drinks, a little seat at a crowded party... the list goes on. I've given my table to my boyfriend who is using it in his home music studio!

The size is perfect for a smaller table, or perch - I actually like the idea of having a few of them dotted around a room. It's also really light to move around. The only negative I can find with this table is the stability. When the lid is on, it can be easily unbalanced by placing a coffee cup too close to the edge, which makes me wary of using this for drinks. However, I think it's a nifty piece of furniture and would recommend it for someone looking for something a bit quirky!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Winter Skin Saviours



























































































During the Winter my skin really suffers. I thought it would be useful for a lot of you to share the products which really help my skin during the cold harsh months!

Neal's Yark Geranium and Orange Body Scrub: This is the most gorgeous scrub I own for the body - it combines mineral rich dead sea salt with Shea nut butter which makes the skin feel so incredibly smoothed and nourished. You feel like you've already moisturised when you get out the bath. Not to mention it smells so lovely.

JOIK Orange and Cinnamon Winter Holiday Body Lotion*: Can we just take a moment to appreciate the gorgeousness of this packaging? This body lotion moisturises the skin beautifully and has a relaxing orange and cinnamon scent.

Weleda Skin Food*: This little product is a new favourite of mine - it's a deeply intensive hydrating treatment for use on any really dry areas on the body. It has a pretty strong scent, but pop this on before bed and in the morning it's like you've been given new skin!

Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream: Throughout the winter I literally depend on this moisturiser for my face. It's great if you've got combination skin, as it doesn't feel oily, and doesn't irritate my sensitive either.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream: This is the only product I trust to keep my lips flake free and smooth during the winter. It's pricey but the huge tube lasts an age.

Do you have any products you can't live without during the winter?

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Lauren's Way Tan

One thing that I can always count on to pick me up in the dark Winter months here in England is a lovely glowing tan. Even though I might not be showing much skin when it's this cold, glowing skin makes me feel pampered and beautiful, and reminds me of the summer! I'm an avid user of St Moriz Self Tanning Mousse, but as my bottle had gone walkabouts, I was very happy when Lauren's Way sent me a bottle of their Medium Self Tan Bronzing Mousse* (£17.95) to try. Started by Lauren Goodger (from TOWIE), Lauren's Way have a large range of self tanning products as well as hair and lash products too. I must admit I do prefer a more natural look than the TOWIE girls, so I picked their lightest shade 'Medium', which is recommended for pale pasty fair skins.

The packaging is normal for a Mousse Tan with a pump on top and a pop off lid that covers it. As with most tans, you're advised to exfoliate and remove hair 24 hours before use, and moisturise if needed just before application. The usual biscuity smell isn't very strong and it actually smells quite pleasant!


































































Application: You apply the Mousse with a normal tanning mitt and buff it into the skin. When you first put the product onto the skin, it's scarily orange, but it soon blends out to a very natural glow. It's much darker than the St Moriz equivalent in Medium, but I like the effect on my skin. It's also a lot harder than my St Moritz to get an even application but it's still relatively easy to get a no-streaks finish. I struggled with getting no darker patches on my hands and fingers, but I think this is just because it was a darker shade of tan than I'm used to. You can build up the deepness of the tan by adding another layer the next day, but one was enough for me. The tan takes 8 hours to develop but the colour doesn't visibly change during that time. When you then have a shower, the intensity of the colour decreases a bit, but it makes the tan look more natural and smooths out any mistakes.

Result: A very nice glowing look, a lot darker than I'm used to, but still natural-looking. It really does give that 'glowing from within' look to the skin which I love. I look ready for the beach! I prefer the end result of this tan to the my regular one, but it is a little trickier to apply. Do you have a favourite self tanner?

Friday, 3 January 2014

2014 Wishlist

A few weeks before the New Year I was thinking about 2014 and what I want to achieve. I realised that with the completion of my degree, hopefully getting a job, and aiming to start a Youtube channel, it's going to be a pretty huge year for me! During 2013, blogging has become a lovely hobby for me, and I want to continue that through 2014. I've found myself wanting a lot of things which will help me with blogging and starting Youtube, so here they are:



1. A Macbook Pro. My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to receive the 'Youtuber' camera, the Cannon EOS 600D for Christmas, and my poor old laptop is simply not up to editing the amazing photos and HD videos you can get from it! I've wanted to convert to the world of Apple for years, and I feel like this is the year to invest (especially since I will get the student discount!)
2. Soft-Boxes. Since getting the gorgeous 600D, I've been teaching myself about 3 point lighting, and want to get two soft-boxes to help achieve this for photos and videos.
3. Ikea Malm Dressing Table. My makeup storage situation is getting way out of hand, and I've been wanting a nice dressing table that also includes storage for a long time. It will also provide a nice surface for taking blog photos, and potentially a Youtube backdrop as well! This 'wish' also kind of includes entirely redoing the spare room in my house since the plan is to move in there when I return home after completing my degree! My little bedroom at the moment is teeny and would not fit the desk or soft-boxes!
4. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I can't believe I haven't tried this cult blogger product yet! 2014 will be the year I include this in my skincare routine!

I'm going to be saving really hard this year to afford these things! What's on your wishlist for this year?

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Florascent Perfumes




Over the past year I've become quite intrigued by perfumes. I love how a scent can be matched to an outfit or occasion, and can be evocative of many different emotions. Florascent offer luxurious and organic perfumes, which means your scent isn't going to be the 'celebrity fragrance' everyone and their mum is wearing! These gorgeous perfumes are certainly at the top end of most people's budgets (£60-70), but the range of beautiful scents is amazing. I was scent three tiny vials of perfume to try and each of them are stunning. Florascent uses only the purest flower essences and specially produced aromatic plant extracts, which creates unique and long lasting fragrances. As you can see, the packaging for the perfumes is absolutely lovely and would look amazing on a dressing table; making one of these a lovely gift idea.

















[second image from Florascent Perfumes]

Pivoine* is a floral peony scent with a fresh a fruity top of Sicilian lemon and tangerine. A lovely light spingtime perfume.

Violetta* offers an unadulterated parma violet scent, which can be difficult to find in perfumes.

Medina* is an oriental inspired perfume with a mix of precious spices including patchouli and saffron. This concoxion creates a really alluring scent which is my favourite of the three I tried.

Florascent are a lovely option for your next signature scent. I think Florascent have got some lovely products and I would be so happy to receive a bottle of one of these beautiful perfumes!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Ginvera Nude Cover BB Cream



















Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a lovely time wherever you were celebrating! I was in Copenhagen for a couple of wonderful days with my boyfriends family. Recently I've been testing a BB Cream from Ginvera, a skincare company set up in Asia. Their Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream* is meant to conceal blemishes, protect from the sun with SPF 30 and moisturise and nourish the skin. At £18 for 25ml or £26 for 40ml it's certainly up in the high end of the market. It's amazing the range of coverages different BB Creams can offer, all under the same name 'BB Cream'. This one offers a very high coverage for what is not technically a foundation. It applies beautifully, with a velvety matte finish, and covers redness easily. My skin looks healthier, but not caked in make up, just the effect you want from a BB Cream. The colour looked dark on my hand, but when blended out suited my pale skin perfectly! Throughout the day, my skin became very oily, and I needed to blot my face, but this wouldn't be a problem for those with drier skins than mine (mine is particularly oily). Other than that it lasts well though a full day and generally feels lovely on the skin - very light and healthy. My sensitive skin didn't suffer any negative affects after wearing this BB Cream, and I put that down to the lovely skin loving ingredients Ginvera have included. This BB Cream can't replace my beloved Clinique CC Cream, but it's a pretty close contender.