Nivea Express Hydration Primer

First off, I would like to apologise for the sporadic posts.  Mister and I are in the process of buying our first home (which actually seems to be happening with a lot of the bloggers I read right now!) so that has been taking up a lot of my time.  It’s very exciting and stressful and I might write a bit more on the topic once everything is finalised (don’t want to jinx anything, haha!).  Now onto this primer/moisturiser, which I found to be crap at both of those titles.

I had run out of my normal Boots Botanics Ultra Calming Cream (which I vow to never stray from again) and decided to pick up something at Asda while we were doing our grocery shop instead of making a separate trip to Boots.  I had heard good things about the Nivea Primer and even tried a sample so I picked a pot up.

2014-04-14 17.42.03I guess the one good thing I can say about it is that the packaging is nice.  It comes in a heavy glass jar with a cute pink lid.

The product itself is lightly scented, it does have the slightly silicone smooth feel to it when you apply it.  As a moisturiser, I found it was just not moisturising enough for my skin.  It also broke me out all over my chin, which was lovely.

As a primer, I found that it actually made my foundation kind of pill up on my skin.  This was after letting it absorb for some time too.  I didn’t notice any difference to the longevity of my makeup.

2014-04-14 17.42.28So all around, a disappointment.  I have now purchased a tub of my beloved Boots Botanics Ultra Calming Cream and have pawned this off on my mister (waste not, want not).  He’s not fussy and I just didn’t mention the primer bit to him.

Have you tried the Nivea Express Hydration Primer?  Do you use a primer or just stick to a moisturiser?


Botanics Balm Cleanser

I am terrible when it comes to cleansing my face in the evenings.  My makeup removal routine used to consist of  face wipes, I’ve now upgraded to the L’Oreal Micellar Solution with a sweep of toner afterwards, sometimes.  Pretty dismal right?  I always would wake up in the morning with remnants of my mascara under my eyes so this obviously is not an effective routine.

Recently, I started having some problems with my normally well-behaved, takes a beating skin.  I had a spot on my chin and near my noise along with dry patchy skin in those areas that just wouldn’t go away.  I decided that my night-time “cleansing” habits were probably contributing to this so decided it was time to move on to “big girl” cleansers.  I decided on the Boots Botanics Cleansing Balm, mainly as it is affordable at £8.99, I can’t/won’t pay much more than that on anything in my beauty routine.  I also liked the idea you get some exfoliation in when removing it with a face flannel/wash cloth.

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With this cleanser, I use it straight after dinner if I’m not planning on going anywhere for the evening  This is so much easier than trying to take off my makeup and wash my face while all I want to do is find the quickest way to get into bed.

Onto the actual cleanser itself, it’s a thick gritty yellowish balm, it melts on contact with your skin.  I take a small blob and massage it into my skin, including my eye area (think it says to avoid the eyes on the package, but I’ve had no problems removing my eye makeup with it).  I take some time with this and really work it into my skin and eyelashes to get all the mascara off, then I run a wash cloth under hot water and use it to remove everything.  This is such a nice and luxurious feeling compared to sweeping on micellar water with cotton pads!  It makes my skin feel clean, but not tight.  I sometimes go over my eyes with micellar solution to make sure I’ve gotten everything off, but if you do a thorough job, it’s not really necessary.

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I’ve been using the cleanser for about 3 weeks now and I’m really liking it, think it will definitely become a staple in my skin care routine.

Have you tried balm cleansers?  What’s your favorite way to remove your makeup?


L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Shampoo and Conditioner

As soon as I heard about this new hair thickening shampoo and conditioner by L’Oreal Elvive, I knew I had to try it.  I really like the L’Oreal Elvive range anyway, I did a review of their triple resist shampoo here.  Having the world’s thinnest hair, I am always on the lookout for something that will add volume and texture.  I was a little skeptical, but decided I would give it a go.

And I was not disappointed, I don’t know what this stuff does to your hair exactly, but even on the first day, I noticed my strands felt thicker and it took longer to dry my hair.  I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and it is supposed to have an accumulative effect so the more you keep using it, the thicker your hair gets.

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It lathers up beautifully like the Triple Resist formula and the scent is really nice and lingers.  The scent I can only describe as that salon shampoo scent.  The conditioner is nice as well, it definitely hasn’t dried my hair out, just has made it feel more textured, not slippery and fine.  I try to leave the shampoo and conditioner sit on my hair for a while before rinsing out to get the full benefits.

I would definitely recommend this to any of you fine haired ladies out there, it definitely does something and you will notice a difference!

Have you tried any thickening shampoos/conditioners?  What’s your favorite shampoo brand?


Seventeen Gel Colour Nail Polish

I love nail polish, it’s the one makeup item I can treat myself to without feeling too guilty.  You can get cheap and cheerful nail polish and as long as you don’t already have the exact same colour, what’s the problem?  I feel like you can have one too many mascaras or maybe too many eyeshadows, but nail polish?  Nah.  You can’t have enough!

2014-03-05 15.05.30So when I stopped into Boots looking for something spring-like with which to adorn my nails, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by the Seventeen Gel Colour.  I’m a big fan of Seventeen nail polishes, but haven’t tried their gel line before.  As they were 3 for 2, it would have been rude not to.  Here we have Mocha-Tini (a nice pinky brown nude), Mint Bon Bon (a darker minty green) and Azure Amore (a bright sky blue).

These nail polishes have a lovely wide brush (same brush as the Sally Hansen Complete Manicure) , 2 swipes will cover the nail.  Two coats to make the colour opaque.  I have been wearing Azure Amore for 5 days now with just some minimal tip wear and this is with a base coat and no top coat.  You will also notice that these polishes are much easier to open then the Seventeen Fast Finish polishes (no teeth marks on the caps, haha!).

2014-03-06 07.07.18I would definitely recommend these polishes and at £3.99 a pop, you’re definitely getting a bargain with the quality.  Just as nice as the Barry M Gelly polishes I would dare to say.  And a great colour selection as well!

What colours are you rocking for spring?  Have you tried any of the Seventeen nail polishes?


The Goodreads Tag

Taken from Rachael of Dear Ms. Leigh, I decided to do this tag because if you saw my last post on Goodreads, I’ve become quite addicted to that site after receiving my Kindle for Christmas.

1. What was the last book you marked as “read”?

I just finished The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea).  This was a long read, but very interesting survival tale based on a true story.  Also if you are a fan of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Captain Nemo also makes an appearance!  I got this book for free for the Kindle off of Amazon, I have been trying to read more classics and you can find many of them in the Free Kindle Books section.

2.   What are you currently reading?

Dust by Patricia Cornwell, this is part of her Kay Scarpetta series, on which CSI and those types of crime shows were originally based.  It follows a medical examiner who happens to be married to an FBI agent.  I’m a sucker for a good crime novel and the science of forensics this book goes into is so interesting.  I’ve read most of the series and this is the 21st book in the series.

3.  What was the last book you marked as “to read”?

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, a gothic horror novel, combining history and horror and Victorian times, sounds right up my alley!

4.  What book do you plan on reading next?

Perfect Meringues by Laurie Graham.  I love Laurie Graham, a lot of her books are set in 1920-1940 eras and while set in England, there’s usually some kind of connection to the US which being an US expat in England really appeals to me.  I’ve loved every book of her’s I’ve read so far and I’m sure this one won’t disappoint either.

5.  Do you use the star rating system?

I do, but I find it a bit difficult, I find it hard to score harshly unless it was a book I truly truly hated (As I Lay Dying anyone?).  So I have a lot of 4-5 star reviews, my 3 stars are the ones that probably weren’t all that great.

6.  Are you doing a 2014 Reading Challenge?

Yes, I started out at 50 books, but changed it to 40 when I realized that wasn’t really feasible.  I’m on track at the moment.

7.  Do you have a wish list?

No, but my to read list is pretty much my wish list (unless purchased already).

8.  What book do you plan to buy next?

I am contemplating purchasing the Divergent series for my Kindle.

9.  Do you have any favorite quotes?  Do you want to share a few?

This isn’t a quote from a book, but from one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman.

“I think the biggest difference between England and America is that England has history, and America has geography. In England, you can find whatever you need as long as you’re willing to go back far enough, or go and find out when it happened. In America you can find whatever you need just as long as you’re prepared to drive far enough.”

10.  Who are your favorite authors?

Laurie Graham, Chuck Palaniuk, Sophie Hannah, Patricia Cornwell, Neil Gaiman, Michael Crichton and my number one author has to be Stephen King.

11.  Have you joined any groups?


12.  Any questions you’d like to add?

Favorite childhood author?

Mine is definitely Roald Dahl, I loved Boy and a lot of his short story compilations.

Feel free to do this tag and let me know in the comments!  You can follow me on Goodreads here.


Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation was getting a lot of love in the blogosphere recently  As I had just run out of my Rimmel 9 in 1 BB Cream, I was in the market for a new foundation so I thought I’d give it a go!  I’ve really liked Rimmel face bases in the past (except the much raved about Wake Me Up! which I’ve managed not to try yet).  The one thing I was really glad to hear was that the shade rage goes super light, which is music to this pale gal’s ears.

2014-02-21 11.57.55I got the shade 010 Light Porcelain and I believe this is the lightest shade in the range.  Being accustomed to grabbed the lightest shade, when I got home I wondered if this was almost too light.  But here are the bare skin and with foundation pics.

rimmelmatchNot much of a difference?  It’s quite a thin, sheer and I think because it matches my skin tone so well it just evens out the skin so slightly.  So what I have been doing is mixing it with a tiny amount of my Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish foundation.  This was the lightest shade at the time I had bought this foundation, but now Rimmel have added the lighter shades to all their foundation ranges and you can buy the Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish in 010 now!  The Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish has a much thicker consistency and it just darkens the colour slightly.

2014-02-21 11.58.23On their own neither foundation really does it for me, the Lasting Finish looks too cakey and the Match Perfection is just too sheer.  Combined though, they have become my new favorite!

What your favorite Rimmel Foundation?  Have you tried Match Perfection yet?


February Empties

My bag o’ empties was in desperate need of emptying so here’s the contents of my trash for an undetermined period of time!

2014-02-21 12.14.37Got2B 2 Sexy Big Volume Hairspray-You’ve seen this before, my holy grail hairspray, smells delicious, already repurchased.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub-I really like this face wash, but am in search of something that doesn’t contain those plastic micro beads that are polluting our oceans.

Herbal Essence Smooth and Soft Shampoo-Nothing to write home about, I’m currently back to my favorite L’Oreal Elvive Triple Resist Shampoo.

Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer-After running out of this, I had a Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to start using, I much perfer the Illumintaing Concealer as it doesn’t crease and isn’t as heavy as the Lasting Perfection.

Rimmel 9 in 1 BB Cream-Love this, but it’s more of a summer product, will definitely repurchase for the warmer months, but currenlty loving my Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation.

Skin System Cotton Pads-Got these at Asda, cheap, cheerful, and they do the job!

Original Source Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel-I love the Original Source shower gels and Pink Grapefruit is a nice refreshing scent!

Soap and Glory Righteous Butter-My favorite body butter, on a new tub now!

L’Oreal Micellar Soloution-Already repurchased, might give the new Garnier version a go when I run out next as you get more in a bottle.

Vichy Idealia Serum-This was a lovely hydrating serum, tempted to purchase the full size.

Hand Maid-This is nice, but I prefer my Bath and Body Works scents!

Boots Botanics Hydrating Day Cream-This was a bit too light for my skin and I have repurchased the Skin Calming version.

Dove GoFresh Solid Deordorant-Love this deodorant, much prefer to the spray on.

Whew!  That was a long list!  All products linked if a previous review has been done!

Have you tried any of these?  What have you used up this month?