Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Body Shop | Rediscovery

I often find myself wandering in to The Body Shop - I think it's the smell that draws me in. I remember it from when I was quite small, and a little bit obsessed with all things pretty, even back then. But that smell, always pulls me in. However, I don't often find myself buying anything - just a browse, a couple of spritzes of scent, and I flounce out. Until a few weeks ago, where I found myself wanting to buy everything! The Body Shop really has had quite the upgrade in terms of their products, their relevance within the world of beauty, and the ingredients and actives they now put into their products. So, what did I walk out with you ask? Three cleansers of course!
I have had a few weeks to test all of these, and I have to say, I love them. I purchased both the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter and Silky Cleansing Oil - I have a penchant for a balm or oil as my first cleanse (I really don't think anything cleanses/ removes make up as well as a balm or oil), and thought the Balm in it's little tin would be brilliant for my Dubai holiday. The oil is beautifully silky, as the name suggests, and has a good amount of slip to it, perfect for rubbing into lashes to remove my beloved Urban Decay Perversion mascara. It is suggested that you add water and emulsify to remove, but I am unashamedly loyal to my hot-water, rung-out flannels! The balm on the other hand, is now one for when I fancy a long, relaxed, facial massage - all knuckles and fingers! If using in this way, it is my second cleanser, to really plump up and relax the skin. The same gorgeous scent as the oil, it just does it's job brilliantly. On holiday, this was actually my first cleanser - the metal tin just travels so well! As a first cleanse, it does all I want it to - it removes the majority of my make up, leaving my skin clean enough for the second cleanse. Both of the Camomile cleansers are definitely new loves for my skin. I have already talked about the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy wash in my last post, but the long and short of it is that I love it!
With all the offers The Body Shop has these days, I am definitely looking forward to trying out more of the range.
Much love,
Ani x

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Morning Time | Cleansing

Everyday, when I wake up, the first thing I feel the need to do is wash my face. Before bed I will have at least double cleansed, massaged and put a whooole load of lotions and potions on, and of course, upon waking, toxins and residue have seeped out of the skin. Enter morning time cleansers! 
Every morning I choose between one of the above - the Kiehl's Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash for Men, and The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash. Both are relatively new purchases - The Body Shop was one I purchased for when I was off to Dubai - I thought it would be a lovely, deep cleansing but nourishing choice for a world of extremes - immense heat, humidity and then freezing-cold air conditioning.  Lo and behold, I was right! Just like it's name, it is super creamy, a thick, but fluid texture that calms and cools the skin immediately.  The Kiehl's however, is a much newer addition, that was actually purchased at Dubai Duty Free. I have been wanting to try Kiehl's for the longest time, but tend to like to try a small kit, or some samples first. This kit consisted of the Exfoliating Wash. a toner, and a moisturiser, and like I often do, I picked the kit for men! This particular face wash is a lovely, thick, gel consistency with beads suspended in the formula. Generally my preference is a chemical exfoliant, but the exfoliating action within this is super-soft, but effective. Both of these are perfect for refreshing and waking-up the skin of a morning!
What are your current morning face washes?
Much love,
Ani x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Repurchase | Max Factor Facefinity Primer

You may or may not know, but I tend not to finish products, and I tend not to repurchase. However, shock horror, I have gone and done both. Max Factor have struck gold with their primer - so much so that I ran out, went without it for 3 days and after wearing a primer-less face of make up, ran out to get it. That is how good it is. The effect it has on bare skin is wonderful, the effect is has under a freshly-made-up face is beautiful, and the longevity it has during a working day is the icing on the cake!
I wholeheartedly recommend this for all skin types, and can vouch for how good it works on my very oily skin (currently on offer at Superdrug, wink wink!).
Much love,
Ani

Saturday, 4 October 2014

New In | Make Up Revolution

Now this is a complete and utter new in. Wanted these forever, finally bought this afternoon, and not even touched yet. A first impressions post will be coming soon :).
I am hugely looking forward to using the more berry-toned shades in the eye shadow palette, and seeing how well the highlighters work in the Blush and Contour palette.
Much love,
Ani x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Vacancies | 1 | AKA the Empty Ones

I had a weird moment tonight, about 10 minutes ago, where I decided to slightly have a quick clean-up of the bathroom, leading to this post - the empties. I then decided to choose a synonym for the word empty, because why not? And that is how we now have a "Vacancies" series.
Bouffe Dry Spray:
I noticed this at the checkout of Boots one day and thought WOWZA that looks like something the wonderful Marie-Antoinette would use, and lo and behold, it was bought. I love the packaging, so different from any other dry shampoo on the market. But to be honest, that's where the good ends. This is one of the few that come in an actual black shade - but that is part of the problem: it is a flat, fully matte black that looks horrendously unnatural. On reflection, choosing the "transparent" option probably would have been the way to go with this product. It has all the grit and dryness of my fave Superdrug Dry Shampoo, but the colour rubs off onto anything like nobody's business, and makes hair feel like it immediately needs washing. Probably a good one for structured up-dos, but not so much when you just want a refresher for the hair.
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark and Deep Brown:
This happens to be a bog-standard dry shampoo that I seem to have hoarded a while ago and decided to use. I don't have any particular feelings on it - it refreshes the hair, but tends to leave a slightly too-warm brown cast on the hair, but is not too unnatural.
Ginvera Green Tea Whitening Marvel Gel:
Now, let's address the elephant in the room: this has nothing to do with whitening - I am hugely against anything that lightens the skin for cosmetic reasons, as I feel everyone has a slightly different colour that should be celebrated. This product however is the absolute bomb. I'm sure many of you have tried this, but for those who have not, it is essentially a thick, cooling, green gel that you smooth over the skin. After waiting a minute or two you rub, rub, rub off the skin. The magical formula literally exfoliates and brings away dead skin with it as you rub. A quick swipe of the flannel, and you have the smoothest, healthiest looking skin. Definitely one for repurchasing.
Alpha H Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask:
This is one that I used sparingly as I loved it so much. A definite brightening mask, that really feels like is does something. Clearer, smoother skin in around 10 minutes.
Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser:
I know a lot of oily-skinned girls swear by this range, but after trying the entirety of it, I can say it just does nothing for my skin. This cleanser I actually found to be stripping, but at the same time, to not take care of my oil issues. Puzzling. I used up this mini - it has quite a nice, cooling feeling for the morning cleanse, but I wouldn't repurchase.
Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser:
This is a brand that I 100% love the premise of, but in terms of reality, I have disliked more products that I have liked. One of my fave ever products - their 5 minute face mask - is from Good Things, but I have had less luck with their cleansers, until now. This was definitely an impulse "oh-its-on-offer" buy, but turns out, its a pretty lovely product. Soft, creamy and thick, this takes off make up like a dream, and is a thick enough texture to use as a massage product. The smell is beautiful, and all in all it acts like a much higher-end product. Another for the repurchase list.
I hope you liked the mini reviews.
Much love,
Ani x


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The One I Should Have Liked | Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

On paper, I thought I'd love it.. Even on first sniff. I loved it. First touch - the same. But on the face? Not so much. I love a bit of rose - the sweet, soft, fresh smell of real roses, which this one hundred per cent delivers on. Again, hot cloth cleaner - something I love. 
But then it all goes a little pear-shaped. Something about the texture when on my face feels like it is suffocating me - there is no obvious reason why, it isn't sticky or super thick, in fact for a hot cloth cleanser it's pretty loose in texture. I don't dispute it's cleansing prowess, the gentleness of the formula, but I can't stand the cloying feel on my face. I'm a little bit of a lover of Ren, of roses, of hot cloth cleansers, so I tried again, but with no luck. Unfortunately, this is a no for me, but I know pleeeeeeeeeenty of people who love it.
Much love,
Ani x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Life | Stoke Place | Tea in the Afternoon

I love a little afternoon tea - I love the fanciness of it, the yummy food, and the stunning views. This week I took my buddy for her birthday, and Stoke Place did not disappoint. My faves were the scones and the sandwiches, the tea, and of course the champagne :)
I hope you liked a little insight into my life.
Much love,
Ani x

Monday, 11 August 2014

The Acessories | Gogo Philip & Walt Disney Logo Bracelet

I have a thing about Disney. I adore it. I wrote my first Dissertation on Disney and Literature, and my Masters on on Children's Literature. Now, I'm not really one for expensive handbags and shoes - in fact I try solely to buy in the sales - but I am one for Mickey things. I love a Mickey jumper - I have quite the collection, and I just could not resist when it came to this beauty.
I'm a little bit of a magpie crossed with a gypsy when it comes to bracelets - I love adding them onto my wrist, but I also love to make sure they are simple bracelets, and this one really fit the bill. It adds a touch of silver to my otherwise gold arm: a contrast that I really appreciate, and adds a little mix of both classicism and modernity.
Much love,
Ani x

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday's Stories | Five

And so we're here, on another Sunday, with a sneak peek into my life. I quite like these posts - what a lovely way to document my life!
Much love,
Ani x

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Singular Review | La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+

It's been a little bit of a little while since I've done any singular reviews - I don't know if it's because trends seem to be leading away from this, or because nothing' has really wow'ed me lately, but dagnammit I've been wow'ed!
La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo+ is the bomb. As in the bomb diggy. It does everything. It has bells and whistles, and if I had one of those high-up Parisian rooftops, I would be on top of it, screaming about the prowess of Duo+. Judging from that, it's fair to say that I kinda love it a little - some may say a lot - anddddd this time round, I have tangible, justifiable reasons for the love-in, not just my usual wishy-washy "I like it for some reason that I can't really put my finger on."
Reasons:
Lightweight gel-serum texture that both hydrates and mattifies in the short-term, but also in the long-term.
Long-term reduction of visible oil production on the skin - this leads to make up looking better, staying on the face all day.
Visible reduction of blemishes and scars, which is amazing. The last time I saw results like this was thanks to the Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector (which is muchos more dinero than the Duo+).
Less frequent breakouts, lets angry spots, and generally fasting healing time.
That is Effaclar Duo+ in a nutshell, but between us, you need to try it - it kind of does everything for the skin, leaving it in brilliant condition.
Much love,
Ani.