Simple 'Deep Cleansing' Face Mask

Sundays are made for pampering, and I like to put a couple of hours aside in the afternoon to spend some quality time on myself. It usually involves; a hot bubble bath, body scrub, hair oil, shellac ‘at home’ manicure and face mask (standard).

I regularly use a ‘deep cleansing’ mask to draw out the dirt, grime and impurities from the previous working week, and to prepare my skin for the dreaded Monday blues. Clay masks are traditionally very drying and often irritate those with sensitive skins when trying to (scrub off and) remove.  The Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask cleverly balances natural clay, seaweed extract and Bisabolol (an oil that contains anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties) to ensure skin is detoxified and purified without using any unnecessary perfume, colour, or harsh chemicals. Skin is left feeling soft, smooth and calm after just 3 minutes, and it is even gentle enough to be used twice a week on normal/oily skin types.

What I enjoy the most about using this mask, is the fact that it doesn’t set (you aren’t left with that awkward tight feeling that tends to crack if you smile/laugh or eat). It is such a light creamy consistency that it is a delight to apply - I like to use an old foundation brush to evenly spread it on my face and neck, and then remove with a luke warm flannel (heavenly).  Priced at £3.99, this is a minimalistic, fuss free and low-cost beauty product with high-end results. 

Autumn Nail Favourites

Clockwise: Barry M '13', Rimmel '23', Essie Bahama Mama, Barry M 'Bright Red', Rimmel 'Blue My Mind'

I've mentioned before that I am a big lover of shellac polish, but I do tend to give my nails a bit of a 'breather' every now and again and opt for a regular varnish with a nourishing base coat. Since we hit autumn, my wardrobe (and makeup) has darkened in colour, so it is only natural that my nails would follow too. I love deep tones that still contain a slight hint of colour - teal, oranges, reds and purples.

Barry M and Rimmel polishes are my ultimate 'highstreet' picks due to their large variety of colours, easy to work with consistency and extremely affordable price tag. Essie polishes (the brand with the cutest bottle names) are a little more luxurious, and teamed with a strong top coat (I highly recommend seche vite) you can guarantee long lasting durability.

I am excited for the upcoming winter months as it becomes socially acceptable to sport an excessive amount of glitter on your fingers and your toes (woohoo). 

What are your autumn nail polish favourites?

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara

A couple of weeks ago, I hesitantly popped the Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious into my basket alongside the new Garnier Micellar water. I didn’t have a waterproof mascara in my makeup collection (waterproof devotee) and was worried that the simple formula (armed with a handful of gentle ingredients) wouldn’t be heavy-duty enough to remove it.  

My eyes were instantly drawn to the vibrant packing and the intriguing title of ‘lash potion’. The formula is buildable and long lasting - however the wand does tend to hold an excessive amount of product (niggle). The wand itself is fairly large (something I generally go for), but I found it a little difficult to apply to my lower lashes without them looking too clumpy and transferring on to my skin (pet hate). Even though it is marketed as a waterproof mascara, it is extremely hard to remove. I ended up reaching for my holy grail Garnier Eye Simple Essentials Makeup remover for an extra helping hand (mixture of oil and water solution), yet it still had its work cut out!

I am not blown away by Revlon’s Lash Potion, but it is certainly a long lasting mascara that gives ample volume at a bargain price.

Side Note: the Garnier Micellar Water is incredible and removes every last bit of my Bourjois Volume Max Waterproof mascara! I featured it in my September Favourites post here.

Bedside Beauty

After spending an excessive (and unjustifiable) amount of time at my dressing table removing my daily make up and making the life-changing decision of which jim jams to put on, I clamber into bed. My beauty routine doesn’t stop there, as I reach for my ‘bedside beauty box’ and prep myself before catching some much needed ZZZ’s.

I am most often sporting shellac on both my fingernails and toes, but on a regular basis I like to give them a bit of a breather. The Leighton Denny Glass Nail File is undeniably the best nail file I have ever used. It is a perfect width to file away those tight, hard to get to, edges, and never becomes ‘blunt’ as it self sharpens. One tip: keep away from tiled or wooden flooring!

As we have hit autumn and the temperature has significantly dropped, I have upped my ‘coldsore defence’ and made an effort to apply my Blistex Relief Cream morning and night. I suffer mainly due to seasonal changes and salty foods (weird), but find that this mini tube of goodness is great at keeping them at bay (and quickening the healing process!). I use to suffer quite badly with monstrosities (my friends can confirm) when I was younger and ended up begging (slight exaggeration) my Doctor for some miracle solution. Blistex contains similar ingredients such as ammonia, and in my opinion is just as, if not even more, effective than the prescriptive formula.

Hands up who doesn’t keep a tube of hand cream at the side of their bed?! Soap and Glory Hand Food is my ultimate favourite when it comes to hand hydration, but I like to mix it up and buy little miniature tubes to try and test on a regular basis. This month’s goodie is Laura Ashley Imperial Bloom, which contains shea butter and liquorice root extract - dreamy.

What's in your bedside beauty box?

10 Things I'd Tell My Younger Self

1. Don’t compare yourself to others; you’re your own person
2. Wear your braces; you’ll definitely regret it if you don’t (sigh!)
3. Don’t try to grow up too fast; being an adult isn’t all its cracked up to be
4. Listen to your parents; they know what they’re talking about
5. Embrace you’re freedom, but don’t go too wild
6. Friends will come & go; it’s the most important ones that will stick around
7. Keep working hard, you’ll soon see results
8. Don’t take everything to heart; it’s more often than not a sign of jealousy
9. Don’t cut your hair; you’re lovely round face will not suit a bob
10. Invest your money wisely, it will be the smartest decision you will ever make 

What would you tell your younger self?

September Favourites

1. I am a bit of a dabbler when it comes to facial moisturisers as I often find my skin becomes accustomed to a product after prolonged use. Once I had scraped the remnants of my Simple Daily Moisturiser, I was on the hunt for another tub of goodness, cue Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream. Whilst sorting (procrastinating) through a collection of beauty bits ‘n’ bobs that were still boxed from the big move, I spotted this sorely forgotten moisturiser and popped it on my dressing table, ready to use. It has the typical Nivea smell (which I love), isn’t too greasy, extremely hydrating, and leaves my skin super baby soft. I must admit, I can be a little heavy handed with this cream at times, and I tend to scoop a generous dollop into my hand and methodically massage every last bit onto my face and neck - but who doesn’t love a good facial massage?   

2. I am the kinda girl who can be found sporting a bold lip day or night. Blonde hair and a naturally pale complexion, means that my colouring is often washed out and I find bright, vibrant colours are a great way of bringing that flush back. I especially adore shades of red and pink and have typically opted for a lip stain as I find these extremely easy to apply and maintain. I purchased MAC Girl About Town last December to wear at a Christmas Party, but hadn’t reached for it since. This month, this little black bullet hasn’t left my Handbag, and I have been wearing it on a daily basis.

3. All aboard the blogging hype wagon! Who hasn’t heard about the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water? After scrolling through the rave reviews within the blogosphere, I had to pop out and purchase this generously sized pink bottle of magic. I tend to use this cleansing water to remove as much of my makeup as possible, before doing a full cleanse with my Simple Cleansing Cream. It is gentle formula, so perfect for those with sensitive eyes and skin (actually does feel like water), yet extremely effective - even removes waterproof make-up!

4. I bought a Ted Baker Bath set from Boots as a Birthday present back in August, and I couldn’t resist picking up a bottle of bubbly myself -Ted Baker Bath Foam. This tall, girly, pink bottle is filled with a gorgeous pink, sparkly gel which bubbles up generously when ran under a hot tap. It is scented with Rose, Sandalwood, Raspberry and Vanilla (swoon) and is surprisingly nourishing for a foam product. I have been using this religiously each Sunday when I like to put time aside for a nice long pamper session - a little really does go a long way.

5. A random favourite this month which accidently falls into the bracket of beauty/ health goodies are IRON tablets from Aldi. Whilst scouring the shelves during a weekly shop, I noticed that they sold a variety of supplements at bargain prices. I had practically self-diagnosed myself (via Google) as having an iron deficiency after I noticed that I was constantly left feeling tired and lethargic on a daily basis. I started taking one each night and after approximately a 4-week period; I noticed that my mood was (subconsciously?) lifting, my energy levels had significantly increased and even my fingernails had become surprisingly strong and healthy - winner!

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