Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette


Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Forest*
John Lewis, £27.20 (price match offer)

After my introduction to the Clarins Autumn/Winter Ladylike Collection back in August, I've found myself wanting to add more and more items from it into my own makeup collection. The packaging is always pretty, luxurious and everything is so wearable, it's hard not to fall in love with it all. 

Next on my hit list though was the Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette, which comes in a variety of different shades. Normally I'd be very safe and go with the Nudes or Skin Tones shades, but this time I decided to go a little bit out of my comfort zone and opt for Forest, which has two neutral shades and two green shades. So here's what I thought of it...


The Packaging

The one thing you can always count on with Clarins, is that the packaging will always be beautiful and look lovely sat amongst your other makeup. From the bright red statement box to the velvety sleeve and right down to the luxurious shiny gold compact, the packaging on this palette is perfection. Definitely a 'wow' pressie to gift to your mum, mother-in-law, glam granny or older sister this Christmas!


The Verdict

Overall I was really impressed with the quality of this eyeshadow palette. I used the shades dry for a more subtle look but they can also be used wet to give more intensity when you need it. I'd recommend using some good eyeshadow blending brushes, such as the Real Techniques Starter Kit, but if you're travelling light then the palette does come with two mini brushes that are perfectly fine to use.

With its easy to follow eyeshadow look instruction cards, this would really make the perfect gift for a mum, granny, aunty, best friend or sister that doesn't usually wear much makeup but wants a glam look for the party season. The shades are completely wearable for most skin tones and can be intensified when used wet.


Do you like the look of the Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette?

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Gift Guide: For The Mums


Christmas Gift Guide
For The Mums

We're on to the third edition of my Christmas gift guides (you check out the rest here) and this time it's especially for the most important person in most peoples' lives: Mum! 

They get you from squawking baby to 18 year old university student leaving home for the first time but then still have to lend you a tenner here and there when you're 23 (me) or teach you how to wash your clothes properly at 25 (my idiot brother). No, but seriously, they're definitely one person that you should spoil at Christmas if you're lucky enough to have a great one!

Here are a selection of my favourite gifts for mums this Christmas. Obviously this is quite generic, as you'll all no doubt have a mum would love something random like a marble rolling pin with wooden handles (hi Mum, it's your lucky Christmas!).

Image from top Left to Right: Ted Baker Large Bow Washbag // By Terry Baume de Rose Lipgloss Collection // Joules Jersey Slipper Socks // Accessorize Statement Earrings // Moet et Chandon Golden Goblet Gift Set // Cath Kidston Foldaway Overnight Bag // Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Christmas Edition Mini Drum // Next Multi Heart Collage Frame // Twiggy for M&S Embellished Jumper // Monica Vinader Rose Gold-Plated Bracelet // Anthropologie Molly Hatch Crowned Leaf Pie Dish // Real Techniques Nic's Picks Brush Set


I hope you're enjoying these gift guides so far, let me know if 
you want to see any in particular next!

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Dr Organic Snail Gel Skincare


Dr Organic Snail Gel Range

If, like me, you sometimes enjoy a rather extensive read of the Mail Online, you might have seen that Louise Redknapp was recently unveiled as the new face of the Dr Organic Snail Gel range. Yep, you heard right, snails and an ex-All Saints star. You might be starting to think the world has gone a little mad, but bear with me!

The range contains Helix Aspersia Muller, a substance that the snails produce in order to rebuild and repair their damaged shells or skin. This is harvested from the snails without causing any harm whatsoever, then filtered and added to the products.

Due to its ability to help soften wrinkles, smooth skin and reduce any scars, the range is best suited to ageing and dry skin. I have dry/combination skin, so thought I'd give the range a whirl and see what the hype is all about. 


Dr Organic Snail Gel Eye Serum*
Holland & Barrett, £12.99

First up in the range is the eye serum, which makes bold claims of making you look 6 years younger in 4 weeks. I mean, I'm not trying to look 17 again but I was very interested in seeing the results of its hydrating and smoothing properties.

The consistency is quite runny, as you expect with a serum, which means it absorbs in no time at all. That being said, it does work well to give the eye area some added moisture without feeling heavy on the skin. It does the job well but I'm not a huge fan of the scent, or lack thereof. Although this is probably great if your moisturiser has quite a strong scent, so you don't  run the risk of your face smelling like a perfume counter!


Dr Organic Snail Gel Cream*

Holland & Barrett, £19.99

This was the one I was most looking forward to trying yet also the most apprehensive about. When you get past the fact you're smothering snail secretion all over your face, it really is quite an impressive moisturiser.

My first impressions were 'wow, that smells delicious!'. I'm not sure what I expected it to smell like (do snails have a particular smell?!) but it was the complete opposite, with the lemongrass oil lingering on my skin and making it smell fresh. The cream is also enriched with shea butter, cocoa butter and vitamin E, which are all great for dry and older skin. A little rich for my skin in the day, but perfect as a night time moisturiser to perk skin up and leave it feeling smooth and silky.


Dr Organic Snail Gel Moisture Mask*
Holland & Barrett, £1.99

I used this sachet of Snail Gel Moisture Mask over the weekend in a bid to cure my dehydrated skin from an evening of pre-Christmas excess (think steak, lobster & lots of red wine). You simply smother this all over your face, leave for around 10 minutes, then wipe off with a damp cloth. Afterwards my skin felt soft and much fresher. For £1.99 you can't really go wrong, great for combating a bad skin day!

Have you ever tried any of the Dr Organic Snail Gel range?

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