Sunday, 27 October 2013


Hello lovely people

I hope everyone is enjoying a new season of Autumn, beauty and fashion; Halloween, pumpkins, gingerbread latte, etc....

I just want to share with all you a quick update as I might be idled for a week here on my blog but I promise as soon as things have sorted out, normal postings will be resumed.

Mr. H has unfortunately gone into hospital since late night on Friday. A lot of time has gone into taking care of him. He's doing fine but a few check ups are now inevitable. Guess it's due to some bachelor's lifestyle, high fat food intake and overindulgence in alcoholic drinks. 

Health is money, without help; no matter how beautiful we make ourselves, it isn't going to last.

Meanwhile, here's a few pic of the last haul I did before Mr. H admitted to the hospital 

I'm sure reviews of the above products will be read by you at some points in the next month or so.

Stay healthy, pretty and be good to yourself 


Friday, 25 October 2013

Disappointing Product #7 Lancome Lifting Firming Anti-Wrinkle Cream

I haven't used many of Lancome products but because of its popularity and excellent reputations, I have a lot of trusts on its products.  When the lines on my face started to become more visible, I started to try out different products which claim to target those annoying lines.

When I saw this product I thought this seems like a dream product - Lifting, Firming and Anti-wrinkle. However I'm left rather disappointed with it.

After using it for one week, I started to develop more breakouts than I would normally do.  It started in my forehead area then my chin and around my cheekbone areas.  I couldn't put my fingers on which one single product that would have caused this.  I used method of elimination and reflected on which new product I have started introducing to my evening skincare routine.  It wasn't until I stopped using the Lancome Lifting Firming Anti-Wrinkle Cream, my breakouts have calmed down.

I didn't want to waste the remainder of the cream so I thought I would use the cream on my neck and chest area.  However it was again a week into applying them, I have two spots developed.  I am quite certain that it was caused by the cream.  I feel it is a shame that this product has not worked for me.  I am sure for others it might be their holy grail product.  It is perhaps I have sensitive skin so I'm much more likely than others to develop a reaction from trying out new product.

This cream has a nice scent, it is creamy in texture but not greasy.  It is very easily absorbed by the skin.  All in all it should be a good product but it just didn't work on me.  Perhaps others who have used this and have had good results?  I want to hear from you!

Disclaimer: The post contains purely a collection of opinions of my own and they are not representative of others.  The skin reactions described in this post is entirely my own personal experience.  This post is for sharing experiences purpose. It is in no way of affecting consumers' choice of purchase.  The views expressed are entirely my own and once again is not representative of others.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

La Roche-Posay Skincare

La Roche-Posay is without a doubt my favourite skincare brand.  Within a short space of time, I have used and repurchased 5 La Roche's products.

La Roche-Posay is affordable and at the same time, effective.  I feel that their products are very gentle, too.  La Roche's products work on skin types, Dry/ Dehydrated/ Sensitive skin , Oily Skin, skin prone to redness.

The Effclar Duo Cream (£13) was the first product I tried.  I heard good things about this to clear up clogged pores or any imperfections on skin.

Effclar is a range of products of La Roche-Posay, targeting at people who have blemishes prone skin/ oily skin.  Even though I don't have oily skin (I have dry/ sensitive skin), my skin can be prone to the agony blemishes on a monthly basis. I applied this cream on areas which may be affected by blemishes or slightly congested.  I found this useful in keeping my skin free from blemishes.  However I don't apply this cream everyday but only use it when a particular area of my skin is not in good condition.  I also found that if I continue to use it everyday, it somehow overwhelmed my skin.  So I only use it on areas which are a little congested until it goes back to normal, I'll stop using it.

Whilst on the hunt for a new facial cleansing product, I turned my decision to invest into another La Roche-Posay's product.  I have been using a cleansing foam for years as I was told it suited my skin more.  I guess as time went by, my skin has also changed a little bit.  I was lucky enough to meet a La Roche-Posay skincare expert and she suggested that I should consider using the Physiological Cleansing Milk (£11.50) instead of a foam as it doesn't dry my skin out like a foam or gel does.

I found that since using a cleansing milk, my skin feels softer and less dry (even though I still have dry patches round my nose).  I like this cleansing milk quite a lot and I have used up 2 bottles of it, I'm not sure if it is solely because of this product or is it down to a combination of products I am currently using; I definitely felt a difference on my skin.

Next up is probably a cult product as I would call it or people know about it.  A can of Thermal Spring Water (£7.50).  This is not just a can of thermal water inside, this water is full of antioxidant Selenium which claims to fight sign of ageing, helps to soothe skin irritated by external factors such as the sun or dermalogical treatments, etc.

I team this thermal water together with my cleansing milk as part of my morning and evening skincare routine.  I spray this on before and after I have cleansed my face, then use my face towel to pat dry ( no rubbing of face anymore, just gently pat dry with my floral towel).  I am yet to see a big difference of adding this thermal water to my skincare routine (I am currently on my 4th bottle) but it hasn't upset my skin in anyway and I do feel a lot more refreshed having used this product.  I must have fallen into the 'cult' again as I have stocked up on another 2 cans whilst Boots was on offer for 3 for 2 across all skincare products.

You will have read about my skin mayhem in the past months, if you haven't you can click here and here to see what happened.  I just wanted to say that this Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector (£9.19) has become my saviour to sort those blemishes out in an effective but gentle way.  Anything too strong or potent doesn't do my skin any good but the opposite.  This corrector can 'kill' a blemish in 2 days for me and within a week's time, it can significantly reduced the scars left behind.  I'd strongly recommend this blemish product for people who have dry and sensitive like me.

Last but not least in my La Roche-Posay's collection is this Nutritic Lips balm (£6).  I have to say I tried this because the packaging looks very much like my favourite Lip Conditioner by Caudalie.  Basically I was confused and thought that these two products would be the same purely by the similarities in their packaging.  However they are actually different.  The Nutritic Lips is slightly less moisturising to my lips whereas the Lip Conditioner is much more creamier in texture and very hydrating and moisturising to the lips, great to use as an overnight lip treatment.  I would say the Nutritic Lips is much more of a daily wear, good as a base before applying lipsticks if your lips are a bit on the dry side.

What about you?  Have you used any of these products before?  Have I tempted you to give these a try?

Monday, 21 October 2013

Disappointing Product #6: Watson's Olive Hair Mask

God help me, I am forever struggling with how dry my hair has been since the very day I discovered the excitement that dying my hair can give me.  

A bit of background to my hair, I started dying my hair at home at the age of 17, 18.  I bleached it, dyed it into all sorts of colour: purple, red, blonde, brown; dark blue; you name it I had it dyed.  As if that hasn't killed my hair enough, a good few years ago I ventured into hair perm which looks amazingly good on me (I think) but as times went by, the conditions of my hair has certainly gone from worse to un resolveable.  

Look how curly my hair used to be!

So I stopped doing anything artificial to it or tried to keep it to a minimum.  I even had it chopped off at least a few inches half a year after my wedding.  I love having shorter hair and felt that it has improved the condition of my hair, especially those horrible split ends.

However, I haven't stopped taking care of my hair.  Now that I have a healthy habit of going to the gym I made the most of the steam room/ sauna facilities that I have access to - slap on some hair treatment mask on my hair before stepping into either of these rooms.

One of the first things I had to get when I moved to Hong Kong which I didn't bring with me all the way from London was hair mask treatment.  I went into Watson's (the equivalent of Boots or Superdrugs for those of you who are in the UK) and thought I would try something of its own brand (perhaps a bit of a mistake!) instead of trying out some Japanese brand products.

So I picked this one by Watson's called Natural's Olive Hair Mask.  I used to use olive oil (yeah you heard me right, olive oil; those that you drizzle over salad!) to nourish my hair, it worked amazingly well and at the same time it saves up loads of money, so when I saw the word Olive I was led to assume that this might be a good product.

I have used up the whole tube, sadly it has done absolutely nothing to my hair.  Seriously, I have wasted money (I can't recall how much I paid for this and couldn't find the information on Watson's website, it wasn't a lot but still), and wasted opportunities to treat my hair well.  Sorry my short hair.

The texture of this hair mask is very creamy and smells of florally fragranced.  It didn't leave my hair greasy but it didn't leave my hair feeling hydrated or moisturised at all either.

I think you can guess what I'm about to say, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  My first attempt to try something of a drugstore brand in Hong Kong was a bit of a failure!  However, since finished using this hair mask, I purchased something else and it's working rather well so far.  I'll test it out for a bit longer and may feature it on here!

What's your secret to quench the thirst of your hair?

Saturday, 19 October 2013

What's been emptied?

A good thing about going on a shopping ban or should I say launching a restricted shopping habit means that more products are getting used up.  Recently, I saw 7 of my skincare/ beauty products had been truly well loved.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - I did a review in my August Favourites so I'm not going to talk about this again in too much details.  I first bought the taster kit, fell in love with it then purchased the full size version, and later finished this.  I loved using this so much, the creamy formula managed to dissolve the very last bit of any makeup that I couldn't remove totally.  The muslin cloth helps to exfoliate any dead skin on my face.  I used this as part of my evening skincare routine, I found my skin looking clearer, and more supple.

Eucerin AQUAporin Active moisturising cream (Rich) - A tried and tested product which I gave a full review on my blog previously.  This little tube of cream contains 40ml of product but has lasted me a good 4 months of usage.  I used it day and evening, a tiny amount was enough to inject the moisture that I needed.  A word of advice though, when I used this in London where the weather was much cooler and less humid (even though in the hotter months that we had this summer), I found that the formula not greasy at all even it is the rich moisturising cream I used.  However when I used this after I relocated to Hong Kong, I found it a little too rich especially on the 2 weeks when it was really humid here.  I would, may be give the 'light' version a go later.

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover - I must have loved it so much because you can read yet another full review here

Sanoflore Micellar cleansing droplets - I bought this on my trip to Paris in the summer.  I was so excited to shop in French Pharmacies and was determined to pick out something like a makeup remover there.  I have to say I wasn't too impressed by this.  I chose this based on its packaging (silly mistake!), price range (under £10 mark), it claims it's for face and eyes (handy!), it's tested on sensitive skin (my skin type) and contains no paraben.  It seems to have ticked all the boxes.  I wouldn't recommend using this to remove eye makeup as you would end up feeling quite frustrated.  I tend to wear quite light makeup, or even if I would wear smokey eye looks, it would be quite a soft one but this wasn't enough to remove that.  So I used the rest to remove makeup that I had on my face which worked fine.  It has a nice and mild floral fragrance, it doesn't irritate my eyes.  See... I wasn't excited by this, I wouldn't repurchase this.

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil (Brownie Points) - I'm already using my second pencil of this.   I love love loved using this eyebrow pencil.  It has two ends - shaping pencil and a brow tint brush; but I only use the shaping pencil.  I loved the shade of brown (light but not too light that it wouldn't look awkward with my darker hair colour but matches with my fair complexion).  I love how soft the pencil is but at the same time it is very easy to control when I filled in my eyebrow.  The colour stays put really well and doesn't fade away.  If your eyebrows are easy to manage, this eyebrow pencil fits in the category of  'fill 'em in and you are go to go'.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector - I did a comparison of blemish treatment products on here.  This is by far, the best spot treatment cream I have used and suited almost perfectly for my sensitive and dry skin.  I learnt that with treating spots, you really have to be patient.  I found that my spots heal much better, and leaving less prominent scars, aftermath.  Slapping on a thick layer of this cream on the area you needed, you go to sleep then the next day you notice that the spot is a little bit calmer.  It takes about a week (5-7 days) for the whole cycle from start to finish.  It sounds a little slow but when you have sensitive skin like me, you don't want anything too strong, too potent to damage your skin, e.g. salicylic acid which can be too much for sensitive skin to take.

Laura Mercier creme de pistache hand creme  - each year before Christmas, Laura Mercier has some exciting xmas giftset launch.  I got this hand cream last christmas which came in a set of 4 handcream (£20 for a set, as opposed to £13 a tube) (pistachio, fresh fig, almond coconut cream and creme brulee).  The creamy texture moisturises your hands like no tomorrow, it leaves your hands feeling soft and hydrated rather than greasy!  Laura Mercier body and hand cream products feel so luxury, perhaps this can be a treat for yourself?

What have products have you finished up recently?

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Kissable lips, my evening lip routine

Who doesn't know I have the driest lips all year round by now? I've said it like every time on my blog now I must have bored you guys to heaven!

I am enjoying a rather effective lip hydrating combo for nearly a month now and I thought it's about time I should share with you.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Baume Levres Lip Balm (£9 or HK$165 available from Sasa).  It is a lemoney scented lip balm which gives a matte finish; so unlike your average lip balm which makes your lips shiny and glossy.   You definitely don't need much of these, but I tend to slap quite a bit on my lips and used it as a lip mask (I might well just go for it!). As I usually use this as part of my overnight lip treatment so it's brilliant in that sense.  After using this lip balm, I realised that actually, lip balm doesn't have to be greasy nor sticky to do its job right. 

Before I moisturize my lips, they need to be prepped. When I discovered Being Content, a hidden gem in Marylebone High Street; I learnt about ILIA Beauty and her fabulous lip product range. 

I picked up this Balmy Nights Lip Exfoliator (£20) because ILIA started her range specialising in lip products, I reckon ILIA must know how to keep her lips sexy and juicy!  One other lip scrub product I had tried in the past was by Lush. It worked really well but it often ended up in a messy act. Whereas this one by ILIA, as it is in a stick form, all you need to do is twist, turn and slap on your lips. Then I would use a couple sticks of cotton bud to rub on the surface of my lips to get rid of any dead skins. Any remaining exfoliate bits can then be swiped off by a dampened cotton pad or with a flannel. 

Then apply some of these lip balm by Nuxe, dependent on how dry my lips are; I would adjust how much I put these on.

I think I've found a lip treatment routine that worked for me. Do you imply a similar routine? What lip products do you use?

Monday, 14 October 2013

You can totally take the eyes off with.....

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover (£8) or you can get it at a slightly more expensive price at HK$139 if you live in Hong Kong.  'I wanna scream and shout and let it all out', this is an amazing product.

I like products which are effective, efficient and trouble free, most important of all; reasonably priced.  This makeup remover has ticked all these boxes.

This makeup remover is designed for removing eye makeup, and is something you would expect to see, a bi-layer oil and water mixed product.

Something I have tried which is similar in the past which also amazed me was Clinique's Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips.  It is one of the best ones in the market in my opinion.  If comparing the prices, the Body Shop's one is definitely the winner, for £8 you get 150ml but with the Clinique's one it will set you back for £17 but only for 125ml; double the price but less product you are getting.

However much makeup I have on the day, this makeup remover can easily take all the most waterproof eye makeup you have got on.  Soak a small amount of these onto cotton pads, cover your eyelids and gently massage it into your eyes for just a few seconds, voila - all the yuckiness and gunk are transferred onto the cotton pads.  Make sure you use a proper cleanser to clean your face, too.  This good stuff doesn't sting my eyes at all, it is very gentle in formula.  It also has a very mild floral scent (must be camomile!) which is always a bonus!  I have sensitive skin and have been using this for over a month now, it didn't cause any irritation to my skin.

I can't take my eyes off this product and will most certainly repurchase, and recommend this to the world!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Shopping ban update

The rules, simple;

  • No purchase of handbags and mascaras from 7 October to 25 December 
  • Limited/ restricted shopping/ purchase of skincare and beauty products unless absolutely necessary, i.e. complete run out of either category
  • since the relocation to Hong Kong, realised living spaces are a whole lot less and scarce 
  • to avoid my handbag drawers becoming overflown (yet again)
  • learn to appreciate my own collection of fashion and beauty items
  • learn to give time to use up beauty items, hence can show better reviews with you guys
  • learn to rediscover existing fashion and beauty items
  • my weakness is in the handbag department, I have so many there is no more reason to buy more
  • my overflowing mascaras collection - waiting to be used
  • failed on day 1 after announcing the ban - bought one more handbag
  • felt guilty but more determined
  • previously completed a 2 weeks shopping ban on beauty products - successfully accomplished, started using up more products and learnt to appreciate what I have in my collection
  • a 'what have been emptied' blog will be uploading soon
What handbag made me failed on day 1?

This, another yet again 'Chanel' look alike handbag.  I love the size of this, the heart shape pattern and the fabric materials, and with a very reasonable price tag of HK$139 (£11).  You see why I couldn't resist, and so to break my rule!  Please forgive me, I learnt another big lesson.

My dream bag is a Chanel quilted handbag, but as you fashion lover, trendy people know how expensive it is.  If I stopped buying anything, and I do mean anything - beauty, skincare, clothing, shoes, etc. I might be able to own one myself..........

One day, this will be achieved and I'll post a picture.

Are you with me on a shopping ban?  Have you tried banning yourself from shopping?

Friday, 11 October 2013

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint Review

Liz Earle is most famous for its Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleasner because it is a product which has received all the hype all these years.  It seems like people of all ages who have used it found it equally good and suitable for their skins.  I have recently become a new fan (I was wowed by her signature hot cloth cleanser!) and have decided that this is one of the best facial cleansing products I have tried.  But today, I want to share with you a less talked about product in Liz' makeup line: Sheer Skin Tint.

I got my hands on this Sheer Skin Tint as a complimentary gift (worth £21) when I bought its Essential Cleansing Set (Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Moisturiser).  I wasn't expecting anything but I thought of it as a brilliant complimentary gift.  When I tried it on the first time, I was totally amazed by it!

 This Sheer Skin Tint is available in 4 shades and I chose the lightest shade in #01 Bare which matches my skin perfectly.  It contains SPF 15 which is always handy to provide extra sun protection to your skin.  The packaging is nothing fancy but a dark blue plastic squeezy tube which is handy to get the product out.  You have to shake the bottle before squeezing out the product as it is quite a watery texture (it reminds me of Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere Foundation) despite the description of the product on the website says it's a rich and creamy texture; it is definitely a very lightweight formula.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint Only
 Blending this Sheer Skin Tint on the skin is extremely foolproof.  Fingers is your best tool when it comes to applying this product. It provides a light coverage and a transparent and dewy finish to the skin.  I think this formula is especially suitable for dry skin type because of the radiant and moisturising finish and texture.  I have worn this for quite a number of times and each wear lasted for at least 6 hours and the performance of the Sheer Skin Tint has been impressive as it doesn't make my skin greasy.  It has definitely lived up to the standard of a good tinted moisturiser as opposed to a bb cream.  It sits on your skin like you have never put anything on but transformed your skin at the tip of your fingers.

It does give such a healthy glow and natural finish to my skin and a great product to provide a (near) perfect and flawless base.  I wore a bit of the Maybelline Eraser Foundation Concealer (in light) for my under eye areas, round the nose and on any areas I wanted a little bit more cover up to even out skin tone.

It's also worth mentioning that when I wore this in London, I felt that the formula was moisturising enough to keep my face hydrated, especially round my nose area.  I have been reluctant to wear this in Hong Kong since I came back 3 weeks ago because the weather in here is so humid and hot.  Until this week I have finally given this another whirl to test out how it reacted to the humid weather.  I found it slightly greasy on the face but this is not because of the product itself, it's mostly because of the weather.  I'd suggest that this is to be worn in cooler months in drier climate, that way you can benefit from what this product would suppose to do.

Have you tried this before?  What do you think of it?

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Makeup Storage Solution

Helmer, and on top of Helmer is my makeup which I reach for on a daily basis

Hong Kong isn't an easy place to live in (or even surviving in) I'm telling you, it is definitely not for the faint-hearted.  I don't have the luxury of living in a spacious flat anymore, spaces in Hong Kong are limited, everywhere.

My room is small, which I shared with Mr Holiday.  Before I moved back here, I was worried about storage available for all my beauty stash.  Honestly, my makeup collection has grown so much, the quantity has reached to an 'abormal' level.  

Luckily, I have a petite but well functioned dressing table.  However, what's lacking is a storage for all my makeup.  I went to Ikea, of course that's where you would go when looking for furnitures.  Tell you a little secret, I've made at least 6 trips to Ikea in the first 2 weeks after I arrived in Hong Kong, crazy eh?

My dressing table and makeup storage stack in my very humble room
I kept looking and looking; then rediscovered this white, office looking stack of drawers-on-wheels.  Hang on a minute, I have one (but in red) in London already - I didn't use it for any beauty-related things, it was merely a stack of drawers to hold 'equipments and bits and bobs' like spare light bulbs, screwdrivers, hammer, etc.  How boring is that!

But, ladies and gentlemen, can I introduce to you Helmer?
Helmer is available in red and white, the size is 28x69 cm with 6 generous sized drawers and cost a reasonable £25.  

I know that in the beauty blogger world, Alex is a much more popular choice, a bigger (36 x 115cm) and with more drawers, 9 instead of 6; but costs a lot more at £90.

I also love Helmer the fact that the shape is sleek and fits with smaller flat environment.  Helmer is on wheels so you can swirl it around easier if you need to.  Also it's provided with small pieces of paper you can label the content of each drawer as you can see in the pictures above.

I have filled up all 6 compartments and found the spaces very easy to work with.

I put my daily makeup brushes, mascaras, eyeliner and eyebrow products, blushers and some eye products that I reach for on a daily basis; on top of Helmer for easier access (as you can see in pictures above).  I would then switch up these products with what I have in my drawer.

On the first drawer, I put in all my base products - foundations, tinted moisturisers, primers, sponges and eyeliner pencil sharpeners.  I am also a fan of Muji so I put my products in desk storage organisers from Muji so that the content looks more organised.

On the second drawer, I have all my lip products in the front for easier and more visible presentation when I open the drawer, and at the back I have some bigger palettes and some miscellaneous eye products.  All of which I put them into my empty birch boxes!

Then comes up my favourite drawer, my crazy amount of blushers, and a small collection of eye shadows and palettes. I stole the idea from my sister who has also recently organised her makeup collection.  She used one of those empty iphone boxes to hold some of her makeup.

Like so, it holds like a dream!  Not only does it fit perfectly with my blusher drawer, it also saves me a bit of money on buying more trays whilst recycling these very sturdy and high quality iphone empty boxes!

Then comes on my nail products drawer.  Although not highly organised/ colour coordinated, it is big enough to hold all my nail products and I can find my favourite colours to wear quite easily.  At the back of the drawer, I put all of the stick-on fake nails as well.

In here, I put some other bits and bobs, like fake eyelashes, my hair dryer, my tangle teezer and my Ciate Caviar nail box set.

Then in my bottom drawer, I have my set of hair styling tool and a large collection of makeup brushes which I don't reach for on a daily basis.

As you can see, when you open the each drawer, you can slide open quite generously to find things which you put at the back of each drawer.

I hope that I have given you an alternative idea for storing your large/ small makeup collection.

Helmer or Alex?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Shopping ban and ban

Ok, it's official; I think I must have got some kind of obsessions with handbags. I just cannot resist the temptation, a lot of the times.

Apart from banning myself from buying more mascaras, I've decided I'm not going to buy ANY handbags until Christmas Day.

Yes, you heard me right and this is OFFICIAL! My tiny room cannot hold anymore new handbag additions, it's getting serious. A person, a normal person simply doesn't need THAT many handbags, I'm so freaking ill!

To mark the end of my unusual handbag shopping behaviour and the start of a new handbag free life, I couldn't help but have bought yet another handbag. I waited for 2 days and couldn't sleep on it and went into Zara to buy it. Total failure and guilt but am loving my new addition! Look how sad I am!

I'll report on how much of a struggle I will feel in the next 2 months or so. I'm not buying any handbags, I promised myself and you.

Wish me all the luck in the world! See you guys at the other end!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Disappointing Product #4 - Champneys Mineral Detox Body Scrub

Do you exfoliate your body using a body scrub when you shower?  My answer is never!  However, my sister (Forksandbrushes) is a MASSIVE fan of body scrub and she often tells me how great her skin feels after a good exfoliating session in the shower.  So I thought I would follow her footsteps and find out the secret about body scrub.

The Champneys Mineral Detox Body Scrub is the first body scrub product that I reached for so I didn't know what to expect.  However, I'm quite disappointed by it.  First of all, I seem to need  A LOT of these products in one go; which seems to be not very economical.

After I squeezed some of the product out of the tube, it looks like this.......

A clear to slight pale green gel with green scrubs in the mix.  The scent of it isn't particularly appealing to me.  I think it smells like a men's shower product, a bit like an aftershave scent.  The scrub isn't the roughest so I didn't feel that it scratched my skin too badly which is a good thing I suppose.  I would say it's a medium scrub with bits to scrub your skin but not hard enough to scratch your skin if you have sensitive skin.  However the scrub never manages to cling on to my body long enough for the exfoliation to take place.  It is so easily washed down by water from the shower, so consequently I have to keep squeezing out even more products to use.

Although it didn't dry my skin out afterwards, I didn't feel it's done anything to my skin.

I've heard loads of good things about this brand, Champneys but I'm rather disappointed by this particular product.

What's your favourite body scrub?

Disclaimer: The post contains purely a collection of opinions of my own and they are not representative of others.  THe use of these products are entirely my own experiences. This post is for sharing experiences purpose. It is in no way of affecting consumers' choice of purchase.  The views expressed are entirely my own and once again is not representative of others.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Wowed by Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle shop on Guildford high street

I must be the last person on this planet to jump onto the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser bandwagon. I heard of the brand for such a long time and the rave that her products have received all these years.  I visited her shop/ beauty counter on numerous occasions but it wasn't until in the summer when I visited Guildford, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Liz Earle shop on the high street (it's rare you find a Liz Earle shop as you can only normally find its counter in either a bigger Boots or John Lewis) so I went in and see if the excitement would lead me into buying anything from there.

The answer is YES!

I didn't want to commit to a full size Hot Cloth Cleanser just yet, so this Essential Try-Me kit (£23) came in just perfectly for a Liz Earle newbie - me.

In this Try-Me kit you can find

  • a 30ml Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser,
  • a 15ml Skin Repair Moisturiser, 
  • 50ml Instant Boost Skin Tonic, 
  • a 50 ml Eye Bright Soothing Eye Lotion, 
  • a muslin cloth.  
What's more impressive is that normally with these try-me products, you get a 'suitable for all skin type' range but with Liz Earle, she thought carefully about the different skin types women have, hence she made this Try-Me kit available and suitable for 3 skin types: Dry/ Sensitive (which is what I picked up), Normal/Combination, Combination/Oily.

I brought this set with me when I was away in Prague for a 4 days and 3 nights trip, perfect to carry with me. I was immediately impressed by the results of all 5 products that they provided.

After removing my makeup in the evening, I pat dried my face first then squeeze a generous amount of the Hot Cloth Cleanser and worked it into my skin in circular motion, including my eyes and lashes.  The product is so gentle that it didn't irritate my sensitive eyes.  Then I dampened my muslin cloth under warm water, then gently removed the cleanser off from my face.  This process made sure that all of the remaining dirt (makeup and from exposing my skin to the outside world all day) was removed completely.  It was somewhat reassuring to see that the muslin cloth picked up so much dirt, yuck!  I could also see that my facial skin looked cleaner, clearer and brightened up!

Then I rinsed my face with cold water, pat dried then used a cotton pad to sweep some of the Instant Boost Skin Tonic all over my face.  With the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion, I used this two ways as suggested.  I used it as an eye mask by pouring the lotion onto two cotton pads then leave it on my eye areas for about 5-10 mins, it is a very soothing process, plus the fact that this lotion is so gentle you can hardly feel that it's doing anything to the skin but when the 10 mins is up, you can see that your eye areas are instantly brightened and looking less tired.  I have also used this eye lotion in the morning just sweeping them across my eye areas to give my eyes a bit of a 'lift'.  Both methods prove effective.

I also really liked the skin repair moisturiser which I used morning and evening.  The texture is a light cream and absorbed so quickly that I felt my skin was instantly hydrated without feeling greasy.

After the first night of using these products, I was sold and wanted to invest in the full size version which I did and am enjoying using the full sized version for over a month now!

Liz Earle, thank you for inventing such wonderful range of products!

What do you think of these products?

P.S. If anyone knows where I can buy Liz Earle's products in Hong Kong, please let me know!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Autumnal makeup platter

It's still pretty warm in Hong Kong (well at least to me it is!) but I can't help but wanting to create a autumnal evening look for myself last week when I met up with a girlfriend.  Do excuse the condition of my skin - thanks to the stress caused by relocation and the weather my body is adjusting to.

Autumnal Makeup Look 2013

To create this look, I needed a few products to prep for a flawless base.  Since moving to Hong Kong, Clinique's Super City Block SPF 40 has become my everyday staple product.  Not only does it create a shield for my skin to protect against the strong sunlight, it also specifically provides a block from all the air pollution I might be exposed to - I definitely needed this living in Hong Kong.  As this was an evening look I wanted something that provides a bit more coverage whilst giving a natural finish, of course my trusted base has to be the Veil Fluid Makeup by hourglass.  Every time when I wear this I'm wowed by how good a coverage this gives but offers such a transparent and dewy finish to my skin - a complete 'wake me up' product!  

Other base products used (concealing):

For my eyes, I experimented a little bit more with my Charlotte Tilbury's colour coded eyeshadow palette in Dolci Vita.  This quad has some perfect darker nude colours which is great for an autumnal smokey eye look.  I love also the shimmery goldie brown shade which makes my eyes 'pop', great for an evening sparkle for those tired eyes.

The quad serves duo purpose for a warm colour tone makeup look, which is great for both a natural look but if you want to intensify the effect, you can also do so to create a heavy smokey eye look.  I went for a more natural toned look.

There isn't a day I wouldn't use my Kiko Precision Eye Pencil.  I simply cannot rave this eye pencil enough, it's soft but not too soft that you can hardly draw a perfect eyeline.

Moving onto lashes!  My goodness, I wish I discovered the Diorshow Heat Curler for lashes earlier - although I wouldn't say it changed my life, it certainly has made a difference to my lashes.  This product is very safe and easy to use.  A few sweep/ comb through my lashes when it's heated up, then curling my lashes like usual - I could see my lashes looking a lot more curler and much easier to curl.  I'm rather addicted to my L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Infinite Length Effect Mascara (Waterproof) which says what it says on the tin - lengthen my lashes!  Since I did my eye makeup using the Charlotte Tilbury's eyeshadow quad, I thought it makes sense to also apply her Full Fat Lashes mascara.

For my cheeks, instead of going for a blusher product; I opted for a cult product by hourglass, the Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light.  I found it a little too pink for me if I used this either all over my face or as a highlighter, so one day I applied this on the apple of my cheeks and found it worked amazingly well.  It highlights my cheeks by giving it a contour to my face whilst lifting the colour of my face because of its soft champagney pink colour.  I also contoured my face using Body Shop's honey bronze bronzing powder and giving my face a little warmth to complement with my eye makeup.

It wouldn't be a completed autumnal nude look if I didn't paint my lips with hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo. I loved how my face turned out to be quite pale but remained sharp and uplifted!

I hope you like this look!  What autumnal makeup have you been rocking these days?  Will you add any of the above products I used to your beauty stash?