14 April 2013

My Night Time Routine

I thought I'd share with you my night time skin care routine.

For cleansing I like to use Bio Derma to remove my eye make up and I sometimes use this to remove my foundation. This quickly and easily dissolves my make up whether it's just a bit of mascara or a full on face of make up with a smokey eye, it cuts down my routine quickly compared to other make up remover products I've used in the past.

To remove the rest of my make up that might be left behind and cleanse my skin I'm currently using my No7 gel cleanser from my goodies that I won ages ago - link & link. Ever since I first used Johnsons cream wash - link, I love using cleansers that you have to wash off. I have a Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser that I haven't even opened at home but I wanted to use up the products I have first, before I open up and start trying out other products. I probably will do a review on it. (so watch this space!)

Now on to moisturising my skin. I've done reviews on the below products (all but one - which I will do on the Botanics All Bright night cream

night time routine
After cleasning my skin I use Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum you can read my review here - link. I bring it down my neck and sometimes I smooth a small bit over my hands for an added treatment.

Next up is my eye cream. I'm currently loving Soap & Glory's Make Yourself Youthful eye cream. You can read my review here - link Using my ring finger I pat this on to the delicate skin around the eye area. Following this with Boots Botanics Hydrating Night Cream "All Bright". (Review coming soon!)

I finish off with my lips and hands. I apply some Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream to my lips my last post was a review on it but here's the review - link I squeeze out a smaller than pea sized amount on to my finger tip and smear it on to my lips. I have a tin of this stuff by my bed side so I've no excuse to not use it!

I give my hands some added moisture with Soap & Glory's Hand Food review - link I love this stuff. My hands have been super dry lately I'm beinging to think it's my liquid soap pump I use at home and the cheap stuff in work. I might have to start using something a little more kind to my skin at home at least!

Are any of these part of your night routine? What do you use?

Thanks for stopping by :)

Celeste x

10 April 2013

Review: Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

I remember the first time I ever seen this. It was a girl I know in a pub and she pulled a tube out squeezed a little out and started applying it to her lips. My first thoughts "Jeez, that's a big lip balm".It wasn't until a few years later that I read up on it and then more recently actually bought it. I've read up about the fragrance it has. Believe me it's true. To be honest it was the first thing to make me not want to use it. Dramatic I know. But I couldn't bare the thought of my lips smelling that fowl.

I got over the smell and started using it. I can now safely say it's a staple in my night time routine. I have a tube in the bathroom and a tin of the stuff beside my bed (in case to apply it in the bathroom and I just got cosy in bed!)

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream

I know it doesn't look great when you squirt it out at first. But when you see that it works you get over the appearance and smell ,(of course you can get the fragrance free version - link), you will realise how soft your skin will feel after a few uses. Even after the first one, I noticed my lips were softer the next morning. Although it does have a greasey formula, sometimes you need something that bit heavier for extra dry patches. Dry patches especially like elbows, this is like a mask! How wonderful!

Of course you can use this product in many ways, some use this for their cuticles, some shape their brows with it and if you follow pixiwoo on youtube, you might have noticed at least once Nic using this on her cheek bones. I've never used it on my cheek bones or to hold the shape of my brows so I can't comment on it. 

Thanks for stopping by :)

Celeste x

09 April 2013

Review: Soap & Glory Hand Food

I think I've been a wee bit obsessed with Soap & Glory lately. I'm sure you can tell with recent posts being their serum - link and eye cream - link.

I've noticed that my hands have been very dry. I've started using Hand Food as part of my night time routine to help maintain moisture in my lámha. It's smooth and absorbs easily in to my skin without a greasy feeling.

soap and glory hand food

It has shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow! I know, marshmallow is a bit of an unusual ingredient. I've had this tube of hand cream before and I loved it. I forgot about it for about a year and found the tube. When I went to go use it, it had separated. - not nice at all. Best to use it fresh.

For a bit of added moisture I sometimes put the serum on my hands and then the hand cream. My hands feel lush! The feeling doesn't last that long as I tend to use this at night and only a small amount. Through out the day because I'm not using it and it stays in my bathroom at home my hands are not feeling the benefit during the day. I'm just going to have to start carrying it around with me. I think it won't be long before I finish this 125ml tube!

What hand cream do you use?

Thanks for stopping by :)

Celeste x

05 April 2013

Review: Essence Make Up Sponge

I'm more of a foundation brush kinda girl. I love my real techniques buffering brush and my sigma F 80, sure they featured in my best of 2012 post - link. I've used some make up sponges many years ago and I never took to them. The infamous beauty blender has been noted all over the beauty blogging industry as being an amazing product. I've tried Models Own make up sponges and I didn't think they were great. They were egg shaped like the beauty blender but didn't get any bigger when under made wet.

When I was going by the Essence counter, apart from picking up my nail kit as seen in my Paddy's Day post - link I picked up a make up sponge for a couple of euro to test out with little hopes of it being any use. But I didn't mind, it was in the name of blogging.

Judging from the image below you will see it compared to a dry sponge and a wet sponge. My first impression of this little sponge was it was very soft, bouncy and felt quite small in the palm of  my hand. First test, will it increase in size when wet? Oh boy did it!

essence make up sponge

It was huge! I squeezed and squeezed the excess water out and it was still really big.

Anyway on to application. The foundation I first used it with was Rimmel Match Perfection in the shade 100 Ivory. Although it did take some time for application as I am not used to applying make up with sponges, I was quite happy with the look of the foundation. I didn't have any outstanding blemishes but the coverage compared to my application with a buffering brush and the F 80 was on par. But the only thing is, my sponge has now been stained from the foundation I used. I don't think it's the sponges fault but it's a little bothersome.

I used it for blending out my cream blush, bronzer and highlight and it faded out any harsh lines quite easily creating a more "airbrushed" effect.

The sponge itself like I said was soft but since I've used it a few times I've noticed that the sponge has begun to slightly rip on some areas. Given it cost only a few euro I wasn't expecting much, but thanks to this product it has gotten me interested in make up sponges.

Maybe the  beauty blender might be something even more amazing?

Are you a fan of make up sponges?

Thanks for stopping by :)

Celeste x
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