Sunday, 16 November 2014

Claudia Louch Day and Night Moisturisers | Reivew

Claudia Louch is one of my favourite brands for high end skincare. Every product I've tried is luxurious and performs the job just like it's supposed to, with no bad side effects. In short, they are utterly reliable. This is the case with these two gorgeously packaged moisturisers. Both are suitable for sensitive skin, containing no harsh chemicals, and a host of soothing and natural active ingredients. Personally, I only apply skincare at night, so I've been using the 'Day Moisturiser' as a night cream, but I actually prefer it over the 'Night Cream' for this task. Jojoba oil is an anti-inflammatory and helps to dissolve excess sebum that clogs pores, so it's great for my oily/combination skin. The Botanical Night Cream contains a little of this great ingredient, but with a higher percentage of shea butter, and other rich ingredients, making it great for when my skin is dryer, and in need of deep hydration. Both creams are free from fragrances, sink into the skin easily, and quite simply, do their job very well indeed.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Clarins The Essentials Mineral Eye Make-Up Palette | Review

The Limited Christmas Palette this year is a scrumptious collection of ten pressed mineral powder eyeshadows, presented in a way not dissimilar to one of the Naked Palettes. The shadows are housed in a cardboard box, held together by an elastic. I'm not hugely happy with the lack ok a click or magnetic closure, and the plastic tray inside makes the packaging somewhat disappointing. However, the brush is of good enough quality, and the first swatch of the shadows showed them to be silky and blendable. A couple of the lightest colours are less pigmented than I would wish, but the mid-tones are beautiful. The real winner in this palette is the bright gold shade near the centre of the palette - it's a little chunky, but with a good primer and careful application, it makes for the most amazing Christmas-party look. The shadows are long-lasting with my usual primer, and not prone to creasing. The range of shades is great for a neutral lover like me, and I think this would make a lovely Christmas gift for any eye-shadow lover.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Degustabox October | Review

October Degustabox * | £12.99 including delivery

I am fully aware that my last post was almost a full month ago, about last month's Degustabox no less, and for that I am very sorry. I have been utterly lazy with my blog for a few weeks, but I have photos for about ten posts, and I'm really hoping to get back into the swing of blogging again - I've really missed it. Anyway, this month's Degustabox was a pretty interesting one. If you haven't seen me post about them before, Degustabox is a food hamper subscription service by which you can receive a box a tasty treats each month, and try all kinds of different foody products. I was excited to see another packet of Pain au Laits when I opened the box (they are scrumptious for mid-morning snacking), but there were also lots of products I've never tried before - Drinks Enhancers which are meant to transform boring water into a fruity drink with just 1 calorie, Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Sauce, and a crazy thing called Marshmallow Creme! There was also a Degustabox Fridge item (you take the voucher to any supermarket to redeem) of Benecol yoghurts, which was a nice inclusion.I don't think I've mentioned this before, but the Degustabox boxes themselves are very sturdy, and are great for storage (we've got a whole tower of them which are likely to come in very handy when moving house!) There weren't any drink items in this month's box, but I can't really complain, it's still an incredible value box.

You can get £3 off your first Degustabox by using the code 7PBFG