Sunday, 13 April 2014

My Current Skincare Routine


I've always put off writing this post and honestly, I don't know why, I'm skincare obsessed so surely this would be the post I would want to write? The fact that I love skincare so much is the reason for me taking so long to write this post, I don't really have a specific routine. It's always changing. I'm always trying out new products but then I thought about it and thought about the products I'm using at the moment and more often than not it's the same, so it was time, finally time, for me to write this post. For reference, my skin is normal to dry. 

For cleansing, I love the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, this has been a staple in my routine for so long. I have a secret stash of all of the smaller ones from all of my Liz Earle orders, I'm becoming quite the collector. I love using it with a muslin cloth and warm water. My skin feels hydrated after use and super clean. It's really great for sensitive skin too so it doesn't feel like you're using too much on your skin, just make sure you don't scrub too hard! Recently I've actually been changing up my cleansing routine and sometimes using The Body Shop's Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil. When I felt the texture of this in store I fell in love. It is perfect. I love a gel texture and this feels so great against my skin. Super softening and cleanses my skin really well. It comes in a really handy tube so I would usually just leave this in my shower for a quick in shower face cleanse. 

The one toner I always go back to is the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, it has a really relaxing scent and has a lovely moisturising feeling which works so well with my skin. Really lovely product! I love the Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion. I have super sensitive eyes and this works so well with them. I often have allergic reactions and generally I can feel it coming from the eyes, so a quick swipe of this and my eyes are left feeling soothes and hydrated. I'm not one for eye drops so this is the next best thing. 

My all time favourite moisturiser is the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturiser and I think you will all probably know that by now. Super hydrating and the texture works so well with my skin. I chop and change with this with The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum, a very similar texture and again works well with my skin. I will sometimes use this before a moisturiser but my skin doesn't often fair too well when using too many products on it at once. For the night, I often use the Origins High Potency Night-a-Mins, it has a thick creamy texture and is super moisturising and smells amazing! Last but not least is for those times where I might find that I have a little blemish, I will always go for the Origins Super Spot Remover as it is one of the only blemish treatments that I can use due to my Tea Tree allergy but I find that it works great.

One thing that is missing from this routine are exfoliators and masks, and I'm a bit in between having just a couple that I use. For exfoliators, I love to use The Body Shop's Vitamin C Microdermabrasion, this is one of the best I've tried, pop in store and try a little bit out on your hand and honestly you will notice a difference! For a less intensive exfoliant, I love the Origins Never A Dull Moment. This has a beautiful texture and the scent is amazing. It leaves my skin feeling super soft and hydrated. For Face Masks, I used to always use a moisture mask like the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask but at the moment I just don't feel like my skin needs it so I've been mixing it up between more purifying clay-based masks like the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque and the Elemis Fresh Skin Deep Clean Purifying Face Mask, both beautiful beautiful masks, but honestly I usually just give a go whatever I seem to have but really those two are probably my favourites. 

I'm forever trying out new products so this list is probably forever changing but a lot of the products here are firm favourites and will forever be popping up in my routine. I will always go back to a lot of them, that's how much I love them. 

What are firm favourites in your skincare routine? 


Lorna x

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Yankee Candle Salted Caramel Jar


Yet again, my love of Yankee Candles continue and this was one of the gifts from my Secret Santa at work, the lovely Chloe. She got me down to a tee. The Yankee Candle Salted Candle Small Jar is so lovely, my first jar candle actually and I couldn't be happier. For those of you that love a super sweet sugary scent then this is definitely for you. I haven't burnt it that much yet as I'm totally savoring it, it's gorgeous! I love the jar candles, there's just something luxurious about them. I'm so excited to have this in my collection and I cannot wait to expand it more!

What Yankee Candles are on your wishlist? 

Lorna x

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Monday, 7 April 2014

W7 Nail Glitter: Cosmic Nail Dust


I love glitter nails and nothing, not even the pain that it is to take it off can put me off. It's just so pretty right? I usually stick it to just an accent nail for that reason although I have been known to fall in love with the accent so much that I just put it all on the other nails anyway. 

The W7 Cosmic Nail Dust nail glitters* are just lovely. You paint your nails the desired colour, apply the glitter and then I usually apply a top coat on top just to seal it all in. Super pretty and super easy! The only downside is that it is a little messy, but we can get over that for glitter can't we?

Lorna x

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*PR sample

Friday, 4 April 2014

Zoeva 110 Face Shape Makeup Brush


The Zoeva 110 Face Shape brush* is probably my most used brush in my collection at the minute. I'm keeping clear of foundation for a while and sticking to my favourite Moisturiser and Concealer duo. Although this isn't what the brush is directed at for use with but I love to use it to blend in my concealer. It's the perfect size and the finish is beautiful. I've fallen in love with it and definitely want to pick up some more from the Zoeva range. Although I do love using it for concealer, I'm planning on putting it down for a while and using it to try out a contour. I'll keep you posted... 

Have you tried any Zoeva brushes before? What are your favourites?

Lorna x

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*Recieved in Goody bag at event

Thursday, 27 March 2014

GIVEAWAY: Häagen Dazs Ice Cream!






Who doesn't love Ice Cream right? My exact thought after being invited down to the Häagen-Dazs store on Leicester Square to try out the new Easter Creation that was released last week on Saturday! 

A frozen chocolate egg filled with an ice cream flavour of your choice, with a small circle cut out and filled with another flavour! With 3 scoops on the side and a selection of toppings and sauces you definitely won't hungry and I'm sure you can see why this is aimed as a sharing desert for two! 

I got the chance to create my own, and my creative side either did or didn't come out when putting it together. It definitely wasn't neat and my delicate side definitely didn't come out but boy did it taste good... 


A little melted, but here's my creation. A squirt of Belgian Chocolate Sauce scraped across the plate clearly was not enough so I went on to write S&D as a little homage to the blog. Onto the Ice Cream and the nut fiend in me filled the egg with Macadamia Nut Brittle with a scoop of Chocolate Midnight Crunch. Nuts and chocolate, what's more to love? I put a scoop of the Mango Sorbet on the side and as you can tell it got a little melted and moved around a little... but it adds to the design, right? Haha! I popped a selection of the toppings across the place and then I let loose on the glitter! I opted for gold glitter, and wasn't very delicate when attempting to sprinkle it across the plate and so ended up with chunks of glitter dust. But in a way, I kind of loved it. Who cares how it looks anyway when it tastes that good! 

You can go and try this creation out for yourself at Häagen Dazs on Leicester Square for £8 and it'll be available until the 25th of April! The perfect easter treat? Maybe, or maybe this is... 

I'm running a giveaway for your chance to with £50 worth of Häagen Dazs Ice Cream, that equals to 10 tubs! You'll be sure to have a happy friends and family, indulge over Easter and through into warmer weather. All the details of how to enter are below, unfortunately it is UK based only but none the less, good luck and enjoy!



Lorna x

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Battle of the Eyeliners


I'm an eyeliner wearer and I always have been. It was one of the first pieces of makeup I ever wore. I remember I used to wear it just on my waterline, with virtually no other makeup. The thought makes me cringe so badly... Why did we do these things? Eyeliner has travelled through my makeup loving history and is still as strong as it ever was, I just hope I wear it a little better than I used to! So, we get to which eyeliners do I use? First things first, I will say that liquid eyeliner and I do not mix. Bad, bad memories. I can't say I've often tried to use it on myself but it was when I tried to use it on someone else, that's where the awful memory comes from. Mental block maybe? Anyway, I don't really feel as though I'm missing out as I'm more than happy with the ones I can use. So, what eyeliner works best for what you want? 

The Gel Eyeliner

I love my No7 Limited Edition Gel Eyeliner and I love the tiny brush it comes with. For use above my top lashes and I often use it when I'm feeling a little bit of a flick. It lasts forever and if I need a makeup look to last, then I will always go for this but only for the upper lash line. 

The Pencil Eyeliner

Barry M's Intense Black Eyeliner Pen is a retractable eyeliner pencil in a super intense matte black shade. I've used this for as long as I can remember and no matter how many I try I always go back to this one. It doesn't last forever but it isn't so bad as I love the effect it gives. It lasts longer with a primer underneath too! I like using this in the upper lash line when I don't feel like spending the time on the precision of a Gel liner. For the waterline I love using the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Pervision*, it's super black and lasts well on the waterline. The best I've tried, although I don't think it works well on the upper lash line. 

The Pen Eyeliner

Possibly one of the easiest to apply eyeliners, and one I always seem to go back to. I hate having to spend too long on my makeup if I'm just not in the mood so this one is perfect for those days. I love the Cosmetics A La Carte Stay Put Intense Eyeliner Pen*, but any other eyeliner pen will work just as well. I love to use these to help create the cat eye effect that I'm usually so bad at. If I'm struggling sometimes I will use this pen as a sort of guide and then will sometimes go over the top of it with a more intense black liner. Super easy, super effective!

I love all of these kinds of eyeliners for totally different uses. What are your favourite eyeliners? 

Lorna x

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Dupe


Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief is my all time favourite moisturiser, I've been in love ever since I picked up a lot of sample sizes with a magazine. I bought a lot. Once I got though my collection of the samples, my skin just didn't thank me for not using it anymore. I had to pick up the £32 pot of moisturiser, I just couldn't be without the beautiful hydrating gel moisturiser and since I've been on the hunt for a similar texture. I never thought I'd find something close to this and although it isn't the same, The Body Shop's Vitamin E Moisture Serum comes close. I like using it in between uses of the Clinique moisturiser to make it last that bit longer. It has a similar texture and although it doesn't hydrate as much I do still like it. My skin doesn't fare too well when I use too many products so although I do sometimes use a moisturiser after this I don't usually and I find that my skin is fine with it that way. 

If you know anything that is a more affordable version of the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser then please let me know! 

What is your favourite moisturiser?

Lorna x

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