Tuesday 30 April 2013

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm* - Not Just A Cleanser

Hello Lovelies,

If you watch my You Tube Channel you will know I absolutely adore the Emma Hardie cleansing balm, and have repurchased it many times, admittedly it has the longest name of most of the cleansers in the beauty world, but it is an amazing product. I have struggled with my skin for too many years and since using this product my skin is so much better, I have very dry, dehydrated and also sensitive and eczema prone skin and this is great for my skin and doesn't contain any nasty ingredients either, it contains Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E to balance and purify the skin, Orange, Neroli and Mandarin extracts to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin and Jasmine, Cedarwood and Rose to help condition dull, dehydrated and mature skins although this is not a product just for mature skins, both my daughters use it daily and they are 21 and 16 and I know many of my You tube subscribers of all ages have purchased it after seeing me talk about it so much and because of all those lovely ingredients, the product smells amazing.

How do I use the cleansing balm? 

I use it to remove my make up usually by doing a double cleanse, I put the cleansing balm all over my face and then I use a face cloth to remove it by putting the face cloth under a hot running tap, squeezing it out and then wiping away the cleansing balm. There is an instruction booklet that comes with the product which shows you a different method of use and also how to do your own facial massage which is really helpful, but I find the face cloth method works for me. 

Other uses 

It can be used as a face mask by leaving on for 10 minutes and wiping off

An overnight treatment by rubbing the balm all over the face avoiding the eye area and leaving on overnight

As a lip balm

As a cracked heel treatment for feet or just as a foot treatment for dry skin on the feet

A Cuticle balm

Can be used on dry elbows or knees

200ml Cleansing Balm* RRP £49 Only available at QVC

The packaging out of the box

Some of the cleanser on my hand

I have the 200ml* pot which as I mentioned under the photograph is only available from QVC but the 100ml retails at £34 so for an extra £15 you are getting double the product so this is a much more economical buy and a little goes a long way with this product. I would highly recommend the cleansing balm to anyone, it removes all traces of make up and has so many other uses it really is a wonder product and I know I will be using it for a very long time.

You can buy the Emma Hardie Morninga Cleansing Balm here - 

Have you tried the Emma Hardie cleansing balm? Do you love it as much as I do?

Thank you for reading, much love as always

Zoe x

*pr sample

Thursday 25 April 2013

DIY French Manicure

I love going to my local Beauty Salon and having a manicure and more often than not I choose a French Manicure as my polish as it goes with anything and I feel it's a classic look, but as I can't afford to go to the salon weekly I started to do my own French Manicure and found a handy and easy way of doing it, if you'd like to see how, keep reading.

The products I use

Top - Nailene White French Tip Pen 
Underneath - Rimmel Pro French Manicure in French Rose, Orly Polished Top Coat, Orly Bonder Base Coat

The easy part of this is the Nailene pen, it is so easy and dries quickly, I get mine from Asda, but they do sell them in Boots for £5.25. The one I get comes with a little bottle of clear top coat but to be honest I prefer the Orly one. And after trying many base colours for the nude look I have found the Rimmel one to be the best and it doesn't discolour the white tips like so many do. Orly are my favourite for base and top coats, they are fantastic, and keep my nails chip free for at least 7 days. I buy mine from here

How I do my DIY French Manicure and the order I use the products - 

1. I paint my nails with my Orly Bonder base coat and let it dry
2. I paint the tips of my nails with the Nailene pen, I find 2 coats gives a better finish 
3. I use the Rimmel French Rose polish, again I like to use 2 coats of this
4. I finish with my Orly Polished top coat

My nails with 2 coats of the Nailene French Tip Pen 
I find that if you make a mistake with the french tip pen, it is so easy to clean up using a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover, I like to use the Muji ones as they are fine tipped. 

After 2 coats of the French Rose by Rimmel

The finished result 

I hope you found this post helpful, I am often asked how I do my own French Manicure so I thought I would share it with you, it is quick and easy, and any base and top coat can be used and nude colour for the base, it is much cheaper than going to a salon and I think it looks just as nice, maybe not as professional but still nice and goes with everything too. 

Friday 19 April 2013

My Favourite Pastel Handbags For Spring/Summer

I need (would like) a new bag for the spring/summer and have recently been doing my favourite thing, a spot of online window shopping and found some lovely bags, so I thought I'd share my finds with you all and see what you think of them too.

I love pastel coloured bags at the moment, they really brighten up an outfit and look so spring and summery and fresh, last spring/summer I had a nude bag with coral detail and although I do still like that bag I would like a change for this year, something a bit more summery and colourful than my nude bag.

Beautysets - Spring & Summer Bags

1. Lipsy Coral Cut Out Flower Bag - £48.00 now down to £38.40 at Debenhams

2. ASOS Lemon Scallop Double Buckle Cross Body Bag - £28.00

3. Topshop Mini Twist Lock Holdall In Pink (also available in blue) £28.00

4. Ted Baker Agar Bag In Nude Pink (also available in orange) £129.00

5. ASOS Scallop Detail Satchel Bag In Mint £28.00

6. Red Herring At Debenhams Lilac Bow Charm Bag £25.00

I love them all but my favourite is definitely number 4, the Ted Baker bag, it is typical isn't it? The most expensive of them all, I can promise you that that bag will not be the one I end up buying as I can neither justify or afford to spend such an amount of money on a handbag, not when I need so many home improvements doing, damn you broken back door! 

I also really like the cut out flower detail of the Lipsy bag, number 1 but the only thing I'm not sure of is the gold coloured badge on the front of the bag, but I don't think it would put me off buying the bag, and at the moment with almost £10.00 off the bag it's a great deal. Number 3 from Topshop is a little bit small but still lovely, I really like the brighter pink piping on this one. Yellow and Green aren't colours I would normally go for when looking for a bag but the scalloped detailing on numbers 2 and 5 from ASOS really caught my eye. I really am spoilt for choice!

Do you like any of the bags I like? Do you have any other idea's I might like for my spring/summer bag? What do you think of the pastel colours? 

You can find the bags pictured at - 

Lipsy - www.lipsy.com
ASOS - www.asos.com
Topshop - www.topshop.com
Ted Baker - www.tedbaker.com
Debenhams - www.debenhams.com

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoƫ x


Sunday 14 April 2013

Eysilix ~ Review

I first discovered Indeed Labs products last year with the release of Hydraluron, I love that product and use it twice a day every day. Indeed Labs do have a few products but I had only ever purchased the Hydraluron up until recently, I saw on Caroline Hirons blog that she liked the Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue Cream. Last May Caroline helped me tremendously after I had sent an email explaining my skin had become so awful it was getting me down, after lots of emails she advised me on products etc and since then she has become my skin care goddess and basically if Caroline says it's good, it's good!

I needed some Hydraluron as mine was running very low and Boots had skin care on 3 for 2 including Indeed Labs, so I picked up the Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue, Hydraluron and Pepta Bright.

Eysilix claims it is "A breakthrough eye contour treatment that delivers visibly instant and long term results, it is a complete formula that combines 10 of the most active peptides and the finest botanical extracts that specifically target major concerns surrounding the eye area"

"The first ever 10 peptide eye cream that instantly lifts, reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles while targeting fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet and tired eyes"

But do these claims actually work?

Eysilix with the box it comes in RRP £24.99 

The tube out of the box, against my hand it shows the size of the 15ml tube

I have never found an eye cream that has really shown any sort of results, I've used quite a few but never re purchased any of them, the only one I liked more than others was the Origins Plantscriptions, I found it really hydrating but wouldn't re purchase it as I didn't see any results at all with my dark circles or fine lines and crows feet. After seeing Carolines review of the Eysilix cream I decided I would take some photographs of my eyes before I used the cream and then a week later to see if I noticed any difference.

Before I used the Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue 

I have very bad dark circles because of my lack of sleep,
I cannot get comfortable due to my pain so only manage to snatch 15-20 minutes
of sleep here and there most nights, some nights I don't sleep at all. 

 One week later after using Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue. 
I used it morning and night under my eyes and on the area's where I
have developed those pesky fine lines and crows feet.

The amount of Eysilix I use morning and night
I use the same amount for each eye and use my ring finger to dab it on

I think the photographs speak volumes, I have never before seen results like this, and was so thrilled when I looked back at the first photograph, I honestly didn't think the difference was so obvious until I looked back at the photograph, my dark circles are much better and my fine lines and crows feet have improved also, I was so pleased and really glad I took the photographs as I don't think I would have realised just how much of an improvement there was without referring back to them.

The only bad point I have about Eysilix is that I find it a little drying but I do suffer from very dry skin and eczema so it doesn't take much for something to be drying on me, but to solve that I just pop some of my moisturiser over the top of where I have applied it and it's totally fine. 

The price tag of £24.99 I didn't think was too bad, I have paid more for eye creams in the past and I have paid less but none have had results like this, I am so impressed with it and happy with the difference it has made a difference to my fine lines and crows feet as well as my dark circles. I would highly recommend Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue especially if you suffer from dark circles like I do or have those pesky fine lines or crows feet. I also liked how I only needed to use a tiny amount, a little goes a long way, the cream isn't runny but it does spread nicely, it doesn't have a scent as such, there is a slight smell of something but I couldn't put my finger on it and it disappears as soon as the cream is rubbed in. 

Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue is the first eye cream to do exactly what it says on the box and I am very impressed, 10 out of 10 Indeed Labs. 

Have you tried the Eyslilix? Do you have a HG eye cream you can recommend? If so please share in the comments below, I'd love to hear your recommendations.

Thank you for reading, much love as always,

Zoe x

Sunday 7 April 2013

My MAC Lipstick Collection

Hello Lovelies,

Last week on my You tube channel I filmed my MAC lipstick collection and showed swatches of each lipstick, but when I watched it back to make sure it was ok I noticed that some of the lipsticks looked a little bit different due to the lighting, so I thought I would take some photographs of the lipsticks in daylight and write a blog post on them.

I have 13 MAC lipsticks in total, which for some will be a ridiculous amount and for some it will be nothing at all, but it is my little collection of MAC lipsticks and I love all the shades I own, some more than others but I suppose that's inevitable. I am sure my collection will grow over time and when it does I shall update you but for now I have 13, mostly pink shades, I noticed this whilst filming the video, a couple of reds a couple of corals and some other colours so as I always say on my video's, I shall crack on with the post.

The first MAC lipstick I bought was Angel a soft pinky nude toned Frost finish lipstick, I loved how easily it applied and although it was a frost finish I was happy with the staying power, and I liked how it looked nice with almost any eye look, I was sold, and there my love for MAC lipsticks was born. Out of all the brands of lipsticks I own, I have the most MAC, I like the way they apply, the colour range is fantastic and there is definitely something for everyone. One thing to be careful of though when choosing a MAC lipstick is that some of the colours look very similar to others for example Angel and Creme Cup are practically identical and I would say you don't need both.

My Pink MAC Lipsticks

From L - R
Angel, Chatterbox, Girl About Town, Going Dutch, Hot Gossip, Speed Dial, Trouble Maker (LE)

Swatched In Daylight (Please excuse the freckles)

From L - R 
Angel, Chatterbox, Girl About Town, Going Dutch, Hot Gossip, Speed Dial, Trouble Maker (LE)

Angel                          Frost finish a pale pinky nude
Chatterbox                  Amplified finish quite a bright almost Barbie pink
Girl About Town        Amplified finish, a bright fuchsia colour
Going Dutch               Frost finish soft pink
Hot Gossip                  Cremesheen finish muted pink colour
Speed Dial                   Cremesheen paler Barbie pink colour
Trouble Maker (LE)    Dazzle Finish bright pink with glitter shot through it

Coral shades, Red shades and a Nude 

From L - R
Betty Bright (LE), Costa Chic, Impassioned, Dark Side, Russian Red, Modesty 

Swatched in Daylight 

From L - R 
Betty Bright (LE), Costa Chic, Impassioned, Dark Side, Russian Red, Modesty

Betty Bright (LE)  Satin finish, a bright Coral colour 
Costa Chic             Frost finish Coral colour 
Impassioned          Amplified finish in a pink/coral neon, very bright 
Dark Side              Amplified finish in a deep red, blackcurrant colour
Russian Red          Matte finish, a blue toned true red colour
Modesty                Cremesheen, a nude colour quite browny toned

Out of all the different finishes I own, Frost definitely has the least staying power on me (approx 2 hours) and Amplified, Satin and Matte have the best (approx 6-7 hours) and Cremesheen are in the middle (approx 3-4 hours) If I apply either of the Amplified, Satin or Matte finishes to film a video I know they will still be visible and wearable by the evening, I find Amplified the nicest finish to wear of the best staying power lipsticks, I don't have dry lips but I could imagine if you did the Matte and Satin may be a little uncomfortable to wear.  Although the Frost finish colours don't have the best staying power they do last a couple of hours and can be popped into your bag to re apply if needed so it isn't a huge problem and wearing a lip liner underneath keeps the colour longer also. MAC lip liners are also amazing, I only have 3 but I love them, they apply nicely, and look amazing and are very long so will last a while too. If you would like me to write a post about the MAC lip liners please let me know. 

I hope this has given you a little insight into my MAC Lipstick collection and you like the colours I have, my favourites of the moment are Impassioned, Girl About Town and Betty Bright but that could have changed by this time next week! 

Do you own any MAC Lipsticks? What are your favourites?

If you would like to watch my MAC Lipstick collection video the link is here

You can buy MAC Lipsticks here

LE - Limited Edition

Thank you for reading, much love as always, 

Zoe x

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