April Favourites

The clue to this post is in the title! The products I’ve been reaching for all month!


A dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow cream, this feel amazing on the skin and a pea size amount really goes such a long way! Skin feels hydrated, smoothed and prepped for foundation, but can also be mixed with foundation to give a more dewy look. I’ve even thought it would work beautifully on its own in the summer for a really beautiful natural glow, without any coverage. Great for dry skins who are finding their foundation is drying their skin more. 


The lip pencil that changed my perspective on lip pencils! I’ve be totally converted to lip pencils since I bought this. The ‘perfect nude’ for pretty much everyone, long lasting, and non drying. Looks great on its own as well as under lippy! Adding more of these to my wishlist right now!!


I did a post a couple of weeks ago about my ‘nude’ lipstick collection, this is an absolute staple for me now! A great nude that isn’t too brown. Looks fab with a super smokey eye and equally chic with neutral look too! And the packaging is so luxurious, I love taking it out of my bag on a night out! 


An unusual shade choice for me, but I totally fell in love with the ‘look’ on the CT counter in Birmingham. When I had my makeover done I knew I couldn’t leave without this in my possession, and I’ve not regretted it at all! I reach for it days and evenings alike and am loving the versatility of the shades! The quality of the shadows and especially the glitter are a dream to blend and never budge while worn! 


This has made me love the ritual of cleansing. I use this as my second cleanse and massage and breathe in the beautiful aromatic scent as I’m doing it. It’s extremely gentle, even around the eyes, and I always feel squeaky clean when using the muslin cloth to remove the last traces of markup and dirt from the day. 


This has been part of my routine since Christmas and I love it. I confess I never used to tone – I was too lazy – even though I knew exactly how important it was to my skincare and how it worked, but since adding this to my routine I am religious with it!  I put it down to this that my skin feels so soft and smooth every day. The odd blemish that appears is still a bit stubborn to remove, but this is doing a great maintenance job on my skin, and with it containing glycolic acid, it’s boosting cell renewal to keep my skin younger and fresher looking for longer! A great addition to any routine at any age!


Cleansers: The current line-up

Following my previous post – The Importance of a Good Cleansing Routine – I thought I’d review the current crop of cleansers that are frequenting my bathroom cabinet!

Since starting to double cleanse at night, I’ve found that when I tone I often don’t have anything left on the cotton pad! My skin feels like it absorbs my next products better and I do feel my skin is in a much better and balanced state since being more religious with my cleansing.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed

OMG, my Holy Grail cleanser. It’s as simple as that. Ive used this cleanser pretty much non-stop for about 6 percent years. It’s soft on my skin, but so effective at melting my makeup. I’m a recent convert to Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation, and y’all know that doesn’t budge! This, though gently breaks down my full cover and my layers of mascara. I’m sold for life!

Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

I have used other cleansing balms before but had never got round to repurchasing. When in Boots one day it was 3 for 2 on skincare so I decided to pick this up and give it a go! I’m a sucker for a spa-like scent and this has got just that! I use this as my second cleanse, or when I’ve had a makeup free day. It melts to a rich oil texture as massaged into the skin, and instantly relaxes me as I use it. I don’t use the muslin cloth included, as I prefer a flannel mitt but I always feel completely clean after using. I find I need the flannel texture to get the oily residue off my skin post cleanse, so this probably isn’t best for an oily skin, but for my dry and dehydrated skin it’s amazing! 

Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil   I caved a few months ago and ordered this to see what the fuss was about with cleansing oils. Again, I use this as my second cleanse onto dry skin to make sure the last bits of makeup have been removed. It’s gentle, but I’m not a huge fan of the smell. I imagined it to be more herbal from the description but it’s quite plain. I like that this can be removed just with water, it emulsifies and changes to a milky texture so comes off the skin very easily. I’ve enjoyed using it, but wouldn’t repurchase. 

Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Face Wash and Refiner  I often keep this one in the shower to use in a morning if I’ve used the Cleansing Balm first. It really removes all the last traces of the cleansing balm, and makes my skin squeaky clean and with its really gentle small beads, it softens and brightens the skin for that perfect prep for my next products. It’s a gel so is fab at purifying an oily skin, but is gentle enough for other skin types to use as a gentle scrub a couple of times a week. 

Urban Decay Makeup Meltdown  This is a pre-cleanse product that melts your foundation and makeup away from the skin by gently breaking down all traces of makeup before you follow with your cleanser. You can also use it as a quick mask before you’re due to go out! All its goodness plumps and brightens the skin so you’ve got a great base to put your makeup onto! 

I still have a bit of a wish list of cleansers to try so watch this space for some updates! 


Review: Loreal Paris Micellar Solution and Eye Makeup Remover



Sorry about the extended title, I usually keep them pretty short, but I can’t really shorten that!

If you have been around these parts for a while you may have seen me briefly talk about the Loreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Solution in an empties post. In that post I did say that I wouldn’t repurchase and here I am with a brand new bottle (I’m so weak!).  Since then I’ve tried another two micellar waters and in general, they both did the job, but one smelt too strong and the other was too expensive for what I wanted to pay and for the size of the bottle. So I’m back to the trusty Loreal.

It really is a great product for lazy night time removal (don’t kill me!) or a pre cleanse to a face wash or cleansing balm.  I don’t ever use this to remove my eye makeup as it really doesn’t do much to budge it.  It doesn’t really have a smell per se, which sometimes bothers me as I like things to smell nice, but, I suppose the fact that they haven’t added ‘parfum’ means they’ve drastically cut down on the potential ingredients, meaning its better for the skin.

I love the ease of this cleanser.  Easy to pick up in store and I know it will be effective and not give me any sort of irritation.  It’s also great to know it can be grabbed for a night or weekend away, or put in your beach bag for daytime refreshing of skin on the beach! For the price you really can’t go wrong! I can’t compare it to Bioderma as I have never used it, but if you go on what every other blogger says about this, then it’s a total dupe!

The Eye Makeup Remover was a bit of a chance purchase. I had seen Lily Melrose claim that this was a dupe for the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, I thought ‘How could it be?!’, but decided to give it a whirl for myself. Previously I had been enjoying a Garnier one which I really love and do feel that is very similar to Clarins.

Anyway, I digress! I like the packaging of this remover, it’s small and compact, but I do find the lid gives me the same problem as the Micellar Solution. I get some wastage every time I pour the product on a cotton pad. I also find that it separates almost too quickly to use it. I hate to have a bi-phase product where you end up using the top layer more just because it doesn’t mix properly. And for me, this is where it differs to Clarins, because that mixes really well.

In terms of result, the Eye Makeup Remover is effective and gentle on the area. I do have to let it soak on the ye for a little loner or go over a few times to remove that pesky Benefit They’re Real, but that mascara is a good test for eye makeup removers. I find all bi-phase removers will leave some sort of residue on the eye area, but I am usually removing my eyes (!) first so I wall always go over with a cleanser or micellar anyway which would remove any left over product.

All in all, I like both of these products.  I think next time I’m in the market for these products I’ll give the Garnier micellar water a try – the lid looks better than this one and I think the bottle is larger for a similar price. And I’ll probably go back to the Garnier eye makeup remover that I’ve had before – again mainly due to size of bottle vs this one and price point.

What do you think of these products? How do they compare to things you have tried before?