The Double Cleanse

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Now this is all relatively new to me, silly really, seeing as it’s really very logical!

But the double cleanse is literally cleansing, twice! WOW!

Obviously the more you clean anything the cleaner it becomes, but I think the thing that hit me when I found out about this pretty standard beauty process, is how much cleansing once doesn’t really clean your face at all. Obviously yes it takes off your make-up, mostly. But if the cotton pad / cloth is covered in your day old make-up how can it clean your skin and pores? How have I never thought about this before?!

I suppose It’s a bit like when you go to the hairdressers, they always shampoo twice; once to clean your hair, and the second one to clean your scalp. But who actually does this at home? I mean sometimes I’m REALLY bad, usually after a night out and I simply just can’t wait to get into bed, so don’t take my make-up off at all (I know awful), let alone do the whole routine twice.

But in fact I now quite look forward to this little process, granted it’s usually in the week when I go to bed at a reasonable hour. But it feels like I’m pampering myself a little!

First I use Clarins Instant Make-up Remover, which is SO amazing for removing eye make-up – even waterproof mascara, or Bioderma Micelle Solution, which is completely refreshing – I’m actually really looking forward to using this in the summer – so one of these two products on two cotton pads and then I just gently hold them over my eyes for about 20-30 seconds, I do get a little impatient so have to do a bit of wiping, but if you can last a bit longer the make-up just melts off.

I then wipe these over my face. first cleanse done – if you can call it a cleanse now?!

Then I use a cream cleanser, at the moment I have three on rotation; Clarins Cleansing Milk, Liz Earles Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, or a Superdrug dupe of the latter product called Vitamin E Skin Care Hot Cloth Cleanser (honestly I can’t tell the difference between these last two at all). I rub this all over, and into my face and neck, and try and give a really good massage of this into the skin to get the blood flowing – again this depends on how lazy I’m feeling. Then I simply “polish” it off with the muslin cloth supplied with both the Hot Cloth Cleansers, or a flannel. Second cleanse done.

I do like to give a quick wipe over my face with the rinsed cloth/flannel once more, but as this is already in my hands and the water’s running it literally takes around 10 seconds – not sure I can count that as a third cleanse?!

Go on give it a try, you won’t believe how clean and refreshed your skin feels. To test this you can use your normal method of taking your make-up off, then with a cotton pad add some more cleanser and run it over your face – if it comes back brilliantly white then kudos to you, but chances are you’ll be doubling up every night of the week!

For loads more tips on skin care check out either Caroline Hirons or Lisa Eldridge’s blogs! Although I warn you – they’re much more strict than I am, which I suppose is why they literally sparkle!

Which are your favourite cleansers?

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Fashion Icon – 25 years in the making…

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You know the jist, she’s from Croydon, she was spotted by a modelling agency when she was young,  she joined what’s claimed to be the group of original Supermodels, which became known as the ‘Big Six’, she was part of the infamous Primrose Hill set; she’s probably one of the most famous models ever, and she loves a bit of Topshop.

What you may not know, is that today she is 40! WHAT?!? 13 years my senior and she looks better than I do, in fact she looks better than I did at 21!

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Name: As if you don’t know!

Age: 40 TODAY!

Career: Fashion ICON, spanning 25 years in the fashion and beauty industry.

Magazine Covers: 300+

Vogue Paris Covers: 20

Vogue Covers: 34, below! Just click on the picture for a better look!

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Check out Grazia Daily for their pick of Kate’s 25 most iconic covers!

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I don’t think anyone can argue that Kate doesn’t have an influence on fashion trends, she made striped tee’s, like the one she’s wearing above, a must-have wardrobe staple!

She made her Playboy cover debut on the 60th anniversary edition of the magazine, wearing the classic bunny outfit, and you’d be forgiven for thinking this was at the height of her career, this was taken in December last year, 2 MONTHS AGO!!!! I just hope I look even half as good as her at 40! Actually I’ll take that at 30!

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Happy Birthday Kate!

I’d love to know what your most favourite Kate Moss moment/outfit is??
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All photos from Vogue.co.uk

Wednesday Wishlist – Camera Stuff…

After treating myself to my ammmmaaazzziinnggg new camera before Christmas, the Nikon D5300 to be exact; and after watching Vivianna Does Make-up and Lily Pebbles Blogging and Vlogging series on YouTube, I now want everything that goes with owning a super-duper DSLR.

Here’s what’s on the list so far…

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All pictures and Prices from Amazon.

1. Velbon DF-61 Heavy Duty Aluminum Photo/Video Tripod – £22.39

2. Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control – £7.39

3. Walimex 75 Watt Macro Ring Light – £149.99

4. Nikon AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D Lens – £245.00

5. Sigma 30mm f1.4EX DC HSM Digital Lens for Nikon – £319.99

6. WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 High Capacity Hard Drive for MAC – £59.00

Think I best stop spending my money on blusher/lippies/moisturiser etc. if I want to add this lot to my collection! And talking of beauty, check out my  beauty and skincare wish lists if that’s more your thing! Like the techy stuff? Then this one’s for you!

What are your camera must-haves fro the perfect photo?

Wednesday Wishlist – Skin Care…

I Thought I would throw in a Wednesday Wishlist for y’all today as I haven’t done one in a while…

Basically I have been religiously checking Bloglovin recently, as well as watching lots of vides on You tube, which means I have come across lots and lots of ‘2013 favourites’ posts and videos.

What’s interested me most, apart from all of the make-up (obvs) is all of the skin care products that I’ve seen. I have compiled quite a list let me tell ya!

A blog, and You tube channel that really sticks out and appeals to me is Vivianna Does Make-up, it’s my new go to blog. I dare to think about much she spends on beauty products! But it saves me from doing it : )

So from some of her testimonials the following items are what I’m coveting at the moment…

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La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Rich – £13.20 – Escentual

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner – £14.39 – Escentual

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer – £32.00 – Origins Website

Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Booster – £24.99 – Boots

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution – £11.69 – Escentual

The Pro Hygiene Collection Make-up Brush Cleanser – £9.00 – Cult Beauty

There are a few more but I have in fact bought, or ordered them so will be reviewing these once I’ve decided how much I love them!

What are your most treasured skin care products? And do you have any specific blogs that you use as your beauty bible?

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“Sorting my Life out” Update…

So a few weeks ago, or so I thought, turns out this was over a month ago – oops, I started the journey of “sorting my life out“, I put this in inverted commas just in case it doesn’t in fact sort my life out!

This was my plan, in no particular order;

  1. Start exercising
  2. Organise / de-clutter
  3. Clothes – go through everything and sell what I have stacked up. I think I would like to do this via a Blog Sale on here! But I might get rid of some bits via ebay?!
  4. Make up – Sort and organise. I have just re-arranged my bedroom (again) and now have a lil’ space for a dressing table, I don’t want to store all my make-up on here, it’s currently all tucked away nicely in a drawer, but I’m itching to get some Muji acrylic stacking drawers to sit on top and showcase some of my must-haves/most-used items, as well as a pot for some of my brushes.
  5. Detox – I’m thinking about either going on a bit of a juice diet, as per the Juice Master, Jason Vale’s “7lbs in 7 days” plan or joining Hello Fresh and simply eating really well for a couple of weeks.
  6. Start eating breakfast again! I never used to be able to last very long without breakfast, but I seemed to have replaced my trusty bowl of Weetabix/Porridge/Special K with a pretty large milky coffee.
  7. Start blogging more ritualistically – I thought I may have made this word up – apparently not : ) I love putting up posts and once I’m in the flow of it I’m fine, but with my lack of energy and motivation at the moment just thinking about sitting at the computer after work feels exhausting! I need a routine!
  8. Skincare – install a beauty routine.

I thought I wasn’t doing too well, however, after reading back over the list I can see that I have actually completed point 4! I’m simply waiting on a Christmas present that hasn’t arrived yet, which will be one of the finishing touches to my new dressing table area, and then I can share all with you. To remind you of what this is, please see my ‘What I got for Christmas’ post, it’s the white make-up caddy at the back – this was my sister’s one , which I borrowed for my photos.

I have also made a bit of a start on points 5, 7 and 8 (I mentioned this was in no particular order right?!)

Number 5, ok so detoxing it is not, but I have definitely been trying to eat better, this includes making rather than buying lunch for work, and drinking even more water than I usually do. Also I did have 2 juices on Sunday, as mention here!

Point 7 = I feel like the last few weeks I’ve really made an effort to put up posts, and I like the fact that I have a few ideas floating around in my head at the moment. I really want to start a schedule and do mass post-photos all at once and really get into a groove on this, but I have tried and failed to make schedules and plans when it comes too blogging and they have failed miserably, so I want to get into a bit of a flow before I try again.

Now number 8 only really started in the last few days, and again I want to share this with you when I hopefully have some results – so for now I will just leave it at that I think : )

Exercising lasted all of two days after this initial post, and when I say exercising I mean 100 sit-ups. I know, I know I’m rubbish! MUST TRY HARDER!!!

So for my satisfaction let’s look at the list again…

  1. Start exercising
  2. Organise / de-clutter
  3. Clothes – go through everything and sell what I have stacked up. I think I would like to do this via a Blog Sale on here! But I might get rid of some bits via ebay?!
  4. Make up – Sort and organise. I have just re-arranged my bedroom (again) and now have a lil’ space for a dressing table, I don’t want to store all my make-up on here, it’s currently all tucked away nicely in a drawer, but I’m itching to get some Muji acrylic stacking drawers to sit on top and showcase some of my must-haves/most-used items, as well as a pot for some of my brushes.
  5. Detox – I’m thinking about either going on a bit of a juice diet, as per the Juice Master, Jason Vale’s “7lbs in 7 days” plan or joining Hello Fresh and simply eating really well for a couple of weeks.
  6. Start eating breakfast again! I never used to be able to last very long without breakfast, but I seemed to have replaced my trusty bowl of Weetabix/Porridge/Special K with a pretty large milky coffee.
  7. Start blogging more ritualistically – I thought I may have made this word up – apparently not : ) I love putting up posts and once I’m in the flow of it I’m fine, but with my lack of energy and motivation at the moment just thinking about sitting at the computer after work feels exhausting! I need a routine!
  8. Skincare – install a beauty routine… I have started this, I’ll keep y’all posted!

Strike through = Ticked off – Oh YEH!!

Grey = Started

Ok, so maybe my initial “I’m doing awful” thoughts were pretty accurate?!

Because I have been “working” on these since the end of November, I haven’t really thought about, or installed any New Year’s resolutions. So instead I’m going to think of these as my “new year, new me” goals.

What are your resolutions? And how are you going with them? Please tell me you’re as bad as I am…

Also I would love to know how you feel about this short update post? And the fact that I haven’t included any photos? To blah for you?

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Kitchen Chaos…

This weekend saw me whipping up a flour storm in the kitchen…

I’m a bit ahead of my self in terms of what I made, but who cares?! It was all yummy, or at least I thought so!

First up I went to bed Friday night in the mood for pancakes : o naughty! So obviously I woke up and just had to make some…

Pancakes are soooo easy to make, and with only 3 simple ingredients any one can do it!

All you need is 300ml Milk, 2 x Eggs, and 100g Flour.

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Then it’s simply a matter of pouring in some mixture, this will depend on how thick you like em’, then cook your pancakes for a minute or two on each side – just DON’T forget to grease the pan : o (with either unsalted butter or vegetable oil).

Easy Peasy, Lemon (; p) Squeezy…

Then just choose your toppings, I love golden syrup on pancakes so couldn’t help drizzling it all over, but to add a little bit of goodness I also added half a chopped banana. I had two, which I don’t think is too piggy?

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Then Sunday found me making ice lollies : ) Seriously roll on Summer!

These were actually for my step dad – I’m too much of a wimp to be eating something that cold with the horrendous weather we’re having at the moment!

Basically my step-dad has a penchant for lollies, he eats them all year round. However, this is his only treat as he has diabetes. So for Christmas I thought I’d be clever and get him some lolly moulds so he could make some fruity, healthy ones. Which obviously meant that I would make them for him.

I used my Philips Juicer to make the first batch, which were made up of orange, carrots, and apples – he wasn’t too keen, and my Mama’s opinion – “they taste like cardboard”, ok then! But I had the leftover as a juice and thought it was delish!

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Next, after he specifically asked for mixed berries, I blitz up some frozen blueberries, raspberries… which came out of the juicer looking like a gorgeously coloured ice cream. But once it was all frozen and lolly-shaped he said that it didn’t taste of much. GAH this is one tricky customer…

The last batch consisted of some more mixed berries and a blitzed up banana, I used my hand blender for this as you can’t juice bananas. Now he hasn’t yet tried this one, but again there was a lot leftover, so I also had this as a juice and it was soooo good! I also think it will have a better texture as a lolly as it has a creamy consistency. I’ll keep you updated with his reaction.

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Do you know of any juicing or healthy lolly recipes? I’d love to hear them. I really want to get into juicing as stated in my “Sorting my Life out” post.

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Beauty Shop Wish List…

As per my post earlier here are the items I am coveting from the Debenhams 10% off beauty range…

Beauty Shop Wish list

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1 Prime Focus Prep and Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 in Adjust – WAS £23 NOW £20.70

2 Prep and Prime Highlighter in Light Boost – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

The above two items I feel would help me on my way to the dewy glow I lust after, as mentioned here!

3 Eye Kohl in Minted – WAS £14 NOW £12.60

4 Brush Cleanser – WAS £10 NOW £9

I noticed a foundation brush this morning before leaving for work that is in dire need of a clean! Usually I just use shampoo, but maybe I should use a specific cleanser? What are your thoughts on this? Luckily I have some time on this one as I don’t often use a brush for foundation, I prefer to use my beauty blender, or my fingers!

5 Divine Night Mineralize Eye Shadow in Exquisite Ego – WAS £19  NOW £17.10

6 Powder Blush in Format OR Raizin – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

You can never have enough MAC blushers!

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7 Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof Long Wear in Trinidad Black – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

I spotted this in a You Tube video buy Charlotte Tilbury, who was demonstrating a copper smoky eye tutorial on THE Laura Bailey (she’s so prwwweeetttyyy!) She uses some great products, I did have a look for some on Debenhams, but alas no such luck! But check out the video here

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8 Meteorites Pearls Light Diffusing Primer – WAS£43 NOW£37.80

This was another You Tube video spot, but this time by the gorge Millie Mackintosh for feelunique.com. This tutorial showed how to achieve glowing skin, which is also where I discovered the AMAZING Decleor Hydra Floral Multi Protection Expert Mask, mentioned here, watch the video below, and you can even shop the look to get everything you need!

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9 Rose Shimmer Brick Compact – WAS £32 NOW£28

10 Shimmer Blush in Flame – WAS £32 NOW £28

11 Sparkle Eye Shadow in Silver Moon – WAS £20 NOW£18

12 Navy and Nude Eye Palette – WAS £48 NOW £43.20

Ridiculously I don’t actually have ANY  Bobbi Brown make up. I remember growing up and knowing that this was the brand that you used to get a “natural – no make-up” look, then I got a bit older and it seemed that this was the go-to brand for wedding make-up. But looking at these items I think they’re gorgeous for any occasion! I WANT!

So far I’ve been really good and haven’t actually bought anything, but it is only just lunch time! I know I can’t get all of this, we’re talking nearly £300 worth of make-up and I simply can’t justify that all in one day, especially so close to Christmas, can I?

Maybe I’ll wait and see what Santa brings me and then hit up the January sales?? BUT I NEED IT NOW?!

Let me know (please – I can shop vicariously through you) if you’ve given in and bought something, ANYTHING!

Thanks

Beauty Shop…

A bit of an impromptu post this morning. I was planning on giving you an update on my “Sorting my Life Out” journey, however, whilst in bed and trying to get up (a point that I will be adding to the aforementioned journey), I received an email update from Debenhams.

The title was in capitals, and rightly so, “Up to 30% OFF EVERY DEPARTMENT”. Now I have a very small Debenhams just round the corner from where I work, and they have had constant offers, discounts and sales on for the past three weeks or so. However, the beauty department was exempt from all of these offers, typical!

But not today my friends, it’s not the full 30%, but 10%, but hey it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick (as my dad would say, ohhhh yes I did just quote my dad).

Now I’ve only scrolled to half way through page three, of which there are twelve, with 200 products on each – OH MY GOODNESS! And the reason I stopped was because I knew I had to share this with you asap!

I’m going to put together a wish list, and when I say wish list I mean it’s probably going to accidentally end up in my shopping basket and eventually to my eager hands!

But come back later to see if I had any type of restraint whatsoever and if not what I bought!

HURRRRYYYYYYY…

http://www.debenhams.com/sale/beauty

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“Sorting My Life Out” – Beauty Routine…

As part of my new found motivation to “Sort my Life Out” I decided that I really should instil a ‘proper’ beauty routine!

Obviously I always take my make-up off before bed, sometimes : s and to be honest I never really have trouble with spots, BUT I do have ridiculously dry skin, and dark circles, no matter how much sleep  get!!

I always, always moisturise after having a shower, because I know that if I don’t I will literally have scales, especially on my legs, sexy huh! So I’m really good at this bit.

But when it comes to my face, not so much!!

I use Clarins Cleansing Milk and Toning Lotion for Dry to Normal skin which I love, I don’t feel like there is anything completely amazing about it, I just get on with it well and it seems to work for me, although I would love it if they brought out a dry skin-specific range! Another reason why I like it is because I feel like when I use a separate cleanser and toner it makes me feel like I’m really cleaning my face and doing something good for it!? Just me?

Moisturisers have come and gone throughout my beauty-product-loving-life, and to be honest nothing has really made me think, or feel WOW! I’ve used Lancôme and Clinique, to Nivea and Boots own, with no major changes to my skin.

Which makes me think that my skin is craving more than just a moisturising cream!!

I’ve obviously heard about Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish product, and then saw that Superdrug do there own Hot Cloth Cleanser, so before splashing out I headed into Superdrug and picked up their version from their Vitamin E Skin Care range. It was 3 for 2 throughout the store so I also bought some Brightening Radiance Balm, from the Naturally Radiant Range, I think the third item was simply some cotton pads!

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I’m trying to use both of these products every day, the Brightening Radiance Balm in the morning before I apply my make-up, and the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser in the evening, usually in the shower so I don’t have to use up too much energy by introducing a completely separate step into my day.

As of yet I’m not too sure on the Brightening Balm, I’ve been using for about two weeks and it feels lovely applying this in the morning, but I can’t say it’s necessarily “brightening” my face. Whilst the Hot Cloth Cleanser I think is a great step to introduce into anyone’s beauty routine. It simply just takes off the dead and dull skin that’s built up by gently exfoliating with the muslin cloth that’s provided. And because it is so gentle it’s the perfect product/process to use every day if, like me, you suffer from dry skin. AND with my new Birchbox subscription I have in fact received Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish as part of their Christmas gift box, so watch this space for a comparison!

I’ve also decided to introduce a face mask once a week, ok I still need to get into the habit of doing this (and I’m thinking a hair mask at the same time would work) but I’m working on it and hoping that this will give an extra boost of hydration to my skin. Now face masks are not my speciality, and the main one I’ve used is Skinfood’s Mud Masque, which has always seemed good to me and just gave my skin a little oomph. I also received  couple of Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Masks in my Love Me Beauty box (I’m planning on doing a Love Me Beauty vs Birchbox post soon), and these are pretty good as well, it really is cooling and I can imagine would feel lovely in the Summer. I’ve also just received (another Love Me Beauty box product) the Le Soin Purifiant Absolution mask which I’m excited to try so I’ll keep y’all posted on that one!

Talking of masks, I watched a Millie Mackintosh YouTube video, which she filmed for Feel Unique, and she mentioned that she uses Decleor Hydra Floral Mask before doing her make-up, which is why she always has that gorgeous dewy glow! I knew I had to get this and I think it’s my new “Holy Grail” product. It comes out in a creamy texture, but as you warm it in your hands and on your face it turns oily and gives a fabulous sheen, whilst really moisturising your skin, which you can feel for hours, which for me is absolutely amazing! Watch the video here!

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A couple of other bits I’ve bought to make sure I’m giving my skin as much love as possible are Superdrug’s own Tea Tree Pore Strips, now as I mentioned I don’t really suffer from spots or blackheads but using these even once a month is going to prevent build up and hopefully allow my skin to glooowww.

I also bought Nivea Tinted Moisturising Cream, and Nivea Regenerating Night Cream. I know they’re probably not as good as some of the top brands, but as I mentioned earlier my skin needs more than just a top notch moisturiser, so I’m going to see how my skin reacts to introducing this beauty routine and if it works then I’ll invest in something a little more luxurious!

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