Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask Review 

 

 

As part of the goody bag I received from the Future Of Beauty event at Harvey Nichols I received this Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask which I have been lusting after for a while now!

It’s pretty straightforward to use… You simply peel the individual mask off its protective covering and apply under your eye. There’s a lot of product actually in the packaging so it’s important to make sure you get as much of that out as possible! You then leave on for around 20 minutes, peel off and then rub any remaining residue into your skin. Easy!

Pros:

– It’s so quick and easy to use. You could use this in the morning and then apply your make up over the top to give your eye area even more of a refreshing boost!

– It really does help improve the appearance and feel of the eye area. My skin felt tighter and more hydrated as well as being significantly brighter, where the appearance was that of looking refreshed and glowing

– It essentially acts as a second skin, where the hit of intense ingredients on the mask are there to soothe and repair the under eye area

– The hyaluronic acid helps to plump the area making eyes look younger and more hydrated

– It instantly reduces puffiness because of the arnica extract


Cons
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– It’s expensive. For £39 you receive 8 sets of under eye masks which does seem a lot; however that works out at nearly £5 per mask if you use one per week. So in that sense for the initial effect it had I would definitely pay that per week. Also I imagine after continued use the eye area would begin to look generally brighten overall.

As you can see my pros list is a lot longer than the cons, and even my point about them being expensive, I’ve managed to turn that into a positive. In short I think these are amazing! If you’re looking to invest in your eye care routine then I would completely recommend these as a starting point. There’s no strict regime to follow and they really are so so simple to use – what’s not to love!

Rodial have some amazing products so I an definitely looking to test some more out! Have you tried any of their other products? Would love to know!

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Balance Me Samples 

  
If you’ve read my last post you’ll have seen that I went to my absolute heaven over the weekend – The Glamour Beauty Festival. Whilst there, I had a skin consultation with Balance Me after which I was recommended a few products to try. There was a pick and mix set up (which was amazing), where I chose these three smaller sized products for £10.

The first I was immediately drawn to was this Wonder Eye Cream (as it did sound wonderful…!). I absolutely love my Kiehls eye cream (review here) but I was really interested to see the difference between the two products. What I love about this is that it absorbs straight into the eye area without leaving any kind of greasy residue. It’s also really light when applying which is lovely and refreshing on the eye area. I went a few days without using my Kiehls under eye cream to try and make sure that the area wasn’t affected by it when testing a new product. The first morning after using my eye area did seem a lot brighter, and it was definitely less puffy! After continued use the area does feel and look healthier, so I would be happy to buy this again.


The second product I went for was the Restore and Replenish Face Cream. Again, I’m really quite happy with my current moisturiser, but I was really intrigued to see how my skin would react to a different product. Compared to my usual everyday this is a lot thicker which I didn’t think my skin would take to, but it actually has! It takes more effort to work into my skin, but because of this it definitely feels more luxurious when it’s on. My skin feels so protected and nourished, which probably is a result of the ingredients, but the consistency also definitely helps this! It promotes natural collagen production where the hyaluronic acid helps to provide instant skin plumping and soothing benefits. The aloe vera and rosehip oil helps to soothe irritated skin, and there’s even blackberry leaf extract which protects skin again environmental damage and premature ageing. I’ve only been using this at night time as I think my skin suits a lighter moisturiser in the day to let it breathe, but for an evening treatment, this is amazing! I make sure to thoroughly cleanse my skin, and then use this as a sumptuous, nourishing product to really give my skin the TLC it needs after a long day at work. The best way to describe my skin in the morning after using this is plump! It’s so smooth and feels really hydrated. A massive thumbs up for me on this one!


The final product I decided to test is the Radiance face mask. This is so different to how I expected it would be. For some reason I imagined this to be similar to my clay-based mask I use (read review here), however it reminded me of a cleanser in its texture, where the exfoliating beads also add to the feeling. You only leave this on for around 5 minutes and then gently wash off. The exfoliating beads in this are so lovely to massage into the skin as you feel like you’re getting a really good deep clean. The lady at the counter said this was perfect to use in the morning whilst brushing your teeth, however my skin was quite red after using so I think I’ll only use at night time. I also only used on my t-zone as I didn’t want to upset my more sensitive areas. I had a couple of small blemishes appearing on my nose the evening I used this, but the morning after they were gone! Another great product by Balance Me!
I would definitely buy all of these products again, and would recommend to anyone with sensitive skin as the natural-based ingredients really act to soothe and protect.
If you’ve tried any other products from this range I’d love to hear! 
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Clinique Pep-Start Launch Event 

 

Hello you lovely lot!

So tonight I headed down to Clinique in Covent Garden where an event was being held for the launch of the pep-start eye cream. To celebrate, the store was filled with prosecco and cupcakes galore (which was amazing). I was walked through by a lovely team who all donned a gorgeous colour of lipstick, to a Clinique make up artist who miraculously managed to refresh my face after a very long day at work!

 

She used a dark lip liner first (which I can’t remember the name of!) and then the colour ‘Berry Pop’ in the Pop Lip Colour which is slightly lighter, to create an ombré effect on my lips, which I love! She then followed with the pep-start eye cream to brighten the area and then the airbrush concealer to really conceal any dark spots. I have to say I really was impressed by the pep-start! It has a ball-style applicator, where you squeeze a small amount out and then apply to your under eye area using the applicator. It was so soothing as soon as she began applying it, as the cool lotion alongside the smooth circular shape really helped to massage the area. On appearance my eye area really did look instantly refreshed and brighter, which for me is fantastic news!

 

What I also love about this product is that you can use it both on top and under make up. So you can pop it in your bag and top up throughout the day! Unfortunately I’m currently living on a diet of beans until payday, so I didn’t buy then; however, I can safely say I will be going back to invest!

Alex Steinherr, beauty editor of Glamour magazine was there on hand after the mini-makeovers to take a Kardashian-worthy selfie! I’ll let you decide if I’m red carpet ready (St. Tropez is definitely needed!)…

 

Everyone then received a goody bag with some goodies! Mine included a sample of the pep-start eye cream, the chubby stick in Super Strawberry, a sample of the superprimer universal face primer and a packet of jelly beans (which I’m currently sat in bed eating).

 

It was a great event put on by the team at Clinique, and I’m so pleased I went down not only to meet Alex, but also to try this wonder product that I genuinely believe will become my best friend!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

If like me you’ve been plagued by the biggest, darkest, scariest under eye circles then you’ll be desperate to try anything that brightens up the area. I’ve always suffered with this having paler skin and thin skin if that’s such a thing; but because of early mornings, late nights, an illness that seemed never ending, and the odd cocktail… I was also waking up with a really puffy eye area that didn’t leave my side.

A dermatologist once told me that a lot of my problem was dehydration, or how she so sensitively put it ‘those big bags, yeah that’s dehydration’. So make sure to drink up (Water not wine)!

An under eye cream that I’ve found to be amazing at helping to soothe and moisturise the area is the creamy avocado eye cream by Kiehls. I’d read so many rave reviews about this product, so although dubious, felt I had to try it. Also my obsession with avocados made me feel it morally wrong to not try this product.

First, it’s cool, light texture is so lovely to apply to the delicate area. My skin can be quite reactive to new products, but this took to my skin instantly, absorbing in and working its magic. I dip my finger tip into the pot which is enough to cover both eyes. I apply under my eye area and up and around to the arch of my eyebrow. I have no idea if this is the correct place to apply, but it seems to be having results for me!

I’ve definitely noticed a reduction in the darkness around my eyes, and the area just seems a lot brighter and smoother. Kiehls are great for having samples, so if you want to try before buying then pop in and ask for a sample. They’ll probably load you up with lots of other goodies to try to!

Would love to hear of anything else you do to brighten up your eye area.

Thanks for reading!

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AW15 Beauty Wishlist

AW15 Beauty Wishlist

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eye Palette

I’ve been lusting after this eye palette for some time now! As a religious user of the Naked and Naked 2 palette, I was ecstatic when I heard of a new set of darker colours being released. The smoky eyes set is perfect for winter with the darker shades perfectly complimenting the colours that define the colder months. Equally, I also love that Urban Decay has stayed true to its beautifully soft colours that are so perfect for day to day wear to achieve a minimalist look. With a price tag of £38 it’s not the cheapest, but from personal experience I can definitely say that this is a brand worth investing in (especially if you love to experiment with eye colours)!

Burberry Beauty Burberry Kisses – Bright Plum No. 101

Burberry is always my favourite show at London Fashion Week, and when I saw the make up look this year my obsession was once again confirmed. I am besotted by this lip colour as not only it is gorgeous in itself, but it was so flattering against the different skin tones strutting down the catwalk. Of course, alongside these facts, it’s the perfect berry winter colour, so is definitely top of my wish list!

Eve Lom Moisturiser SPF 15

As the cold begins to creep in it’s so important to ensure that the skin on your face is kept as well looked after as your toes in your warm and cosy boots. So, to keep my skin moisturised and hydrated as the cold weather begins to take its toll, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect daily moisturiser. This one by Eve Lom not only enriches and nourishes the skin through deep hydration, but also acts as a great base for make up. Although I never regularly use any products from this brand because of their hefty price tag (this product is £40), I certainly think this would be a special product to invest in. I don’t think it will become a regular in my beauty cupboard, but definitely would be a perfect treat to myself and my skin!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Nail Polish

If you regularly follow my blog you’ll realise I have a slight obsession with nail varnish, and making sure my nails are in tip top shape. I saw this polish recently and was hooked; this is such a great colour for Christmas time, and will be perfect for any nights out/Christmas parties when I want to add a bit of extra sparkle to my look. I’ve never owned a nail polish from Bobbi Brown, but going on past experience from their other products, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed!

Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer Brush

This is the most luxury product on my wish list at £60 (I can dream!). I’ve never really spent a lot on my make up brushes, and actually consider them to be the least important part of my make up bag. I know that the key to flawless make up is a great set of brushes to apply with, however I would always much rather buy a new lipstick/eye liner than invest in a good set of brushes. But after seeing the Charlotte Tilbury collection of brushes I am starting to change my mind. I’ve chosen to feature the bronzer brush as after all this is a winter wish list, so I need as much help as possible to get some colour in my face! Whilst I can’t see myself buying this any time soon, it’s definitely a great product to daydream over.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first wish list! Would love to hear if anyone else is dying to get their hands on these products!

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Bobbi wins my heart again!

Hello lovely bloggers,

If you regularly follow my posts, you’ll have realised it’s been a while since I last posted! I’m sorry for falling off the blogosphere for a while, but I’ve been so busy I just haven’t had the time! I’ve managed to get myself a job which is so exciting, but also extremely terrifying as I have to grow up and join adulthood (well, kind of)! Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I haven’t been sat there twiddling my thumbs, but rather have been tirelessly searching for a job! So, now that I am settled back into the swing of things I will once again start writing about my love of all things beauty, as well as some other bits along the way!

 

For my first post back I wanted to write about one of my all-time beauty heros; the Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown. It’s stuck by me through the hardship of job applications and interviews, so I can’t say a bad word about it! It’s one of the longest living products in my make up bag for a reason…

First, it’s a great all-rounder, being ideal for highlighting, using as blush and as an eyeshadow. I use this everyday without doubt as a highlighter on my cheeks as it gives such a gorgeous radiance to your skin. I also use it on the arches of my brows, as well as the inner corners of my eyes to really give an uplifting look to my tired eye area! I’ve also found it good to highlight areas such as my temples, and my décolletage.

The price may seem steep at around £30, but this palette is so long lasting that it’s definitely worth investing. My last shimmer brick lasted well over two years. I managed to convince a friend to purchase one, and she is so happy she did!

The colour I use daily is the Rose palette, as I think it’s great for giving a pretty colour to my pale skin. I also have the palette in Bronze (which sadly I have left at home so can’t photograph for this post), which is great if you prefer a more bronzed – the clue is in the title!


As you can see, it’s well-loved!

Once again Bobbi Brown has triumphed, as this is such a great high quality, all-rounder! I really would recommend this product a hundred times over!

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June Favourites!

 

I realise that this is a very common post amongst bloggers now, but I thought why not jump on the bandwagon and show you all a few of my favourite discoveries from June!

Firstly, I just had to include these silk cami pyjamas as my background for this post, as they are my new favourite things!! They are the perfect summer pyjamas, as they are so light and cooling on hot summer nights, as well as being super comfortable and so soft against your skin! I also love that they have a gorgeously delicate pastel floral print. I am the biggest fan of the Rosie for Autograph range as not only are they beautiful pieces, but they are without doubt the most comfortable things around! Marks and Spencer triumphs again! There are so many amazing patterns that reflect seasonal changes; from silky underwear sets to cotton pyjamas to the most amazingly fluffy dressing gowns. If you haven’t tried anything from this range, I seriously recommend you do!

 

This Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water is the perfect cooling remedy for all of this hot weather we’ve been experiencing recently in the UK! I definitely am not complaining, but it would be a lot nicer to have a swimming pool, or the sea nearby to cool down. (Being slap bang in the middle has its disadvantages when it’s so hot). So, in my quest to cool down I found this amazing cooling spray by Avène. It gives the most amazingly light water spray, which not only acts to cool you down, but also helps to hydrate and refresh your hot and bothered skin. I lay in bed spraying mine over me last night, and it was heavenly! As it’s essentially composed of water, this is amazing for all skin types as it basically acts to soothe the skin, so is a must have for anyone!

 

I’m not really sure why I stopped using this Benefit eye brightening product, but it really is amazing at doing what it says on the tin. I’ve been really run down recently, which always is reflected in my eyes; so, I needed a product that would help to lift and freshen my eye area, even when I’ve not been feeling so fresh myself! I use this on the inner corner of my eyes, and then cover with a reflecting shadow (I love using Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick). I also apply on the arch of my brows to give them extra lift, and sometimes on the water line of my lower lashes to really help open my eyes up. This product is called Eye Bright for a reason – it really does leave your eyes looking brighter and more awake!

 

I have always been the biggest fan of Aussie hair care, so when I realised they had released a ‘Shower Smoothie’ shower gel I HAD to have it! There are so many things I love about this product from the amazing macadamia nut oil scent, to the luxurious consistency; to the product actually being a subtle purple colour- amazing! For a few minutes every morning, I feel almost like I am back in Australia…. If only!

 

I’d been eyeing up this Lancome Hypnôse Eye Artistry Collection Hypnôse Palette in Star Eyes for a while because of the beautiful colours, so I decided to treat myself! I was looking for a small set to take away with me that had similar colours to my Naked 2 palette, and stumbled across this. There are four gorgeous metallic colours, with a pinky undertone, which I find works really well to take you from daytime through to the evening. There are two handy mini applicator brushes and mirror inside the compact, which makes it even more ideal for carrying around. I can’t really find anything I don’t like about this product!

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