Product Review: Olay Essentials Refreshing Face Wash

I was running low on face wash last time I did our bi-weekly grocery shop and was in the mood for something new.  I decided on the Olay Essentials Refreshing Face Wash, it seemed pretty fuss free and was on offer to boot.  I know Olay is a decent brand so I was hopeful it wouldn’t break me out or do anything crazy to my skin.

2014-10-19 14.15.32For some reason I was expecting this face wash to be a cream wash, but it’s not.  It’s a clear gel, it does lather, but not excessively so.  I’ve been using it for a few weeks now.  I have fairly normal skin and it does make your skin feel squeaky clean and a tad tight, but that goes away after you apply your moisturiser.  So probably not good for dry skin.

I can’t really comment much on it, it’s a good basic face wash with the typical Olay scent, nothing over powering.  No frills and does what it says on the tin.

What your current face wash?  Do you prefer cream, gel, balm, or something else?

xx

 

Shredtober Diary: Level One

At the beginning of October it seemed like everyone was giving up smoking or drinking for Stoptober.  I don’t smoke and didn’t fancy giving up alcohol so I decided to do the 30 Day Shred as my October thing.  I have been meaning to exercise more so this seemed like the perfect way to kickstart that!  My goal is to do the Shred 5 times a week, giving myself two “off” days.  You’re not actually meant to do this everyday according to Jillian Michaels which seems to be a common misconception.

I am really picky about exercising, mostly to be honest, because I’m lazy and like doing other things better.  So my requirements are that is must be around 20 minutes, no longer, preferably a video to follow along with (I need some entertainment!), and not require a gym, I hate the gym.  The 30 Day Shred seemingly fulfills all these.

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The Equipment:  You need a mat and some weights.  I have this mat from Amazon which is awesome, it’s thick and squishy and perfect on my wood floor.  For weights, I used two tins of beans the first night.  Then we ate them.  So I have two filled up water bottles so you can improvise if you don’t actually have hand weights.

Level 1

What I found easy: Crunches, ab workout.  I have a fairly strong core from doing Pilates so I can crunch like nobody’s business.

What I found difficult-Push ups for a minute, I have zero arm muscle, this was killer.

Day 1-It was hard, I got sweaty, I moaned and groaned, but I made it through,

Day 2-More difficult than Day 1 because my entire body ached!

Rest Day-Friend coming round to hang out after work so took the night off to stuff my face with pizza!

At this point, I was having trouble sleeping at night because I’m sore and achey and can’t get comfortable.  Hopefully, as I continue, the soreness will go and I will sleep better.

Day 3-Tackled with a bit less enthusiasm than the first 2 days.  I noticed that my right knee has started clicking, reading up and quite a few people experience knee problems with this work out.  Going to try to take it a bit easier on “hard on the knees” moves as I really don’t want to give up already!

Day 4-After doing some research, jumping jacks are not good for bad knees so I jogged in place, pumping my arms instead at those parts.  I was also very careful not to bring my knees forward during the lunges and lateral lunges.  I wore shoes as well as I had been doing it barefoot.  My knee was a bit sore afterward, had a soak in the tub with some muscle relaxing bath oil.  It is starting to feel a bit easier, I didn’t feel like I was dying by the end of it and definitely not as sore and achey.

Rest Day-Working a late at work and I am not a morning exercise person!

Day 5-Was really good today and squeezed in a workout after I got home and before we met friends for dinner!

Day 6-Bit hard to get into it tonight, but still felt really good afterwards!

Day 7-The cardio at the beginning kind of left me out of breath, but once I got to the second circuit started getting some more energy.

Rest Day-Wine and movie night with the mister!

Day 8-I’m getting a little afraid to tackle Level 2 because Level 1 is still leaving me out of breath and sweaty, no more knee problems though!  I read that your knees can hurt doing strenuous exercise if your leg muscles aren’t strong enough (obviously this doesn’t apply if you have actual knee injuries/chronic knee problems) so hopefully my leg muscles have strengthened up now!

Day 9-Much of the same, out of breath during the beginning cardio, but starts to get easier towards the last half!

Rest Day

Day 10-My last day on Level 1!  I was too lazy to put my tennis shoes on so I will see if my knees hurt again tomorrow or not.  I still have been running in place instead of doing the jumping jacks though.

Recap of Level 1

Overall, this was relatively easy after the first few times and the soreness had gone.  I did need to do a few modifications because of the knee pain, but it’s gone now so those have worked!  I actually looked forward to doing the Shred once I got into the swing of it, I think the 2 rest days a week really worked well for me.  The 20 minutes really do fly by!  I am a little apprehensive to attempt Level 2, but looking forward to some new moves!  I have taken a before picture, and I will take one after each level, not sure if I will post them yet, it just seems a bit unnecessary as everyone will have different results, but I know it is interesting to see how others have done!

Have you tried the 30 Day Shred?  Giving up anything for October?

xx

NOTD: Spicy Autumn Nails with Barry M

When I first laid eyes upon the autumn Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine collection, I wanted to take them all home with me.  But that would have been irresponsible, so I ummed and ahhed and finally settled on two favorite and left to lust after the rest of them (especially Chai and the ugly, but intriguing Mustard).  Paprika (a dusky orangey red, kind of like paprika…) and Chilli (a deep red) were the two that won out.

2014-09-28 11.58.21When I got them home, I didn’t know which polish to try out first.  So I tried them both :)

2014-09-24 07.28.27For some reason, these lasted a lot longer than other Gelly polishes I’ve tried.  Maybe just a fresher formula?  Not sure, but I’m on day 6 and my right hand just has very minimal tip wear and my left just has a chip on my index finger.  Very, very impressive.  I did use the Barry M topcoat.  As well as not chipping, they are still super shiny as well.  What more could you ask for?  I even did some gardening today!

Have you seen the autumn Gelly Hi-Shine collection?  What’s your favorite shade in the range?

xx

Rimmel Colour Rush Balm

After using up my Revlon ridiculously long name Balm in Honey, I was in need of another fairly neutral lip colour for every day wear.  So I hot footed it down to Superdrug and spent some time swatching the many offerings of lip crayon on the back of my hand.  I prefer lip crayons over traditional lipsticks as they seem to last longer and are easier to apply.

2014-09-28 12.04.53The colour I chose was Not An Illusion, which is actually very similar to Revlon’s Honey, maybe a bit deeper though.

It also smells absolutely amazing, I was wondering what on my hand smelled like vanilla cupcakes while shopping.  I was pleased to find it was this lip balm when I got home.

rimmelcolourrushLong wearing, yet not drying.  Just another good egg in the many varied offerings of lip crayons on the market.  But this one smells like cupcakes.

What brand makes your favorite lip crayon?

xx

Seventeen Mascara Showdown: Back Lash vs Falsifeye!

I seem to have an abundance of mascaras at the moment.  It feels like every time I got to Boots or Superdrug, they’re always on offer as free with purchase.  You’ve already heard me rave about the Seventeen Falsifeye HD! mascara here and now I have another one to bring to the table, Seventeen Back Lash, which claims to give 100% greater lash impact.  What that means, I don’t really know.  But I can tell you how the two measured up.

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As far as packaging, I think I prefer the Back Lash, it looks a bit sleeker and the silver packaging is lovely.  And shiny.  Back Lash retails for £6.49 (but was on offer as free with two items) and Falsifeye for £6.99.

As far as what’s in the tubes, Back Lash claims to give you volume, length and definition, while Falsifeye pretty much promises all those things as well with long lasting results.

seventeenmascaraTop is Falsifeye, with the plastic brush, it is a lot easier to get close to the roots and grab the small corner lashes.  I also found that the Falsifeye made my lashes look thicker and a bit longer than the Back Lash.

I was really surprised when I first applied the Back Lash mascara, as it is quite a thin formula.  Good for definition, but it would be really difficult to build up much volume.  The brush it also quite fat and hard to get into the corners.  I think the Back Lash would be better for a more natural look, which is a bit unexpected considering the claims on this product.

Overall, I think the Falsifeye HD! mascara wins, mainly down to the brush and also the volume.

Have you tried either of these mascaras?

xx

 

Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Collection

I lusted after these brushes for a while, I knew I shouldn’t buy them.  I have enough brushes and am quite happy that they all suit their purpose quite well.  There were no holes in my brush collection that needed filling.  So I asked for the Duo Fiber brushes for my birthday and I did receive.

And to be honest, I haven’t really found a good use for them.  I wanted to love these brushes, but like many reviews I’ve read, they’re just a bit meh.

First off, they are very, very thin.  Not at all like their Real Techniques counterparts with their densely packed brushes.  And they just feel a bit flimsy.

2014-09-06 15.48.38The Face Brush-I did find a use for this after seeing Ruth Crilly proclaim this as her favorite bronzing brush.  It is good for applying all over bronzer.  Just don’t overload the brush or the sparse bristles will literally draw lines on your face.

The Contour Brush-This brush doesn’t pick up enough product to contour with, it does however work to apply a highlighter.  I prefer my ELF small stipple brush for that though.  Emily Noel uses this brush to remove fall out from under her eyes after applying eyeshadow.  Which does work, but I wouldn’t necessarily go out and buy a brush just for that job…

The Eye Brush-This is probably the most worthless brush in the collection.  It doesn’t pick up or blend product so not really sure what your supposed to do with.  Maybe dust between your keyboard keys.

So that’s kind of 2/3 which ain’t bad, I suppose.  But seriously, if anyone has any groundbreaking uses for these brushes, please let me know!  They do look really pretty with the rest of my collection though…

What’s was the last thing you  bought/asked for that you didn’t really need?

xx

Seventeen Falsifeye HD! Mascara

I first heard about this mascara when Fleur was raving about it on her Youtube channel.  I’ve always been a fan of the 17 brand and feel that it is a bit overlooked in the makeup world.  I love their nail polishes, bb cream, blushers, and so I was well up for trying out a new mascara from this affordable brand.

PicMonkey CollageThe brush is very separating, it almost tickles when you use it because you can get so close to the roots.  It’s not like the bristle brushes that kind of clump your lashes together, this brush gets right in between each and every one!  Because of this, it is great for using on the lower lashes as well.

2014-09-07 12.39.23And take a look at that!  This is with one coat and you can easily layer this mascara up without it clumping.  Please excuse the brows, they’ve been about as neglected as this blog has been lately ;)

Over all this is a huge winner for me, I am so impressed with the formula, not too dry or too wet.  It’s perfect and gives such dramatic results.  There was an offer on at the time when I purchased this that you got the Backlash mascara for free, I will review that soon and see how it stands up to the Falsifeye HD!

Have you tried out the new Falsifeye HD! mascara?  What do you think of Seventeen, great bargain brand or better suited to teenagers?

xx