Monday, 27 October 2014

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

FAB Cleanser, First Aid Beauty, Red Clay
Cleanser - £14.40

As sad as it sounds, I love cleansing my skin. When your tired and feeling a bit blah the feeling of super clean skin really peps my mood up. For the last year I've been bordering on obsessed with skincare and have tried to learn as much as I can about different types of products and ingredients. By now I think I'm pretty clued up on what I like and what suits my skin, and First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay is the best one I have found so far. I've not seen this cleanser mentioned on many blogs so I thought it was about right it got it's moment in the spotlight.

The actual product is a red glittery gel which is incredibly cooling on the skin. Suitable for oily, combination and problem prone skin types, it's perfect to unclog pores and purify sensitive skin. Containing a concoction of minerals, antioxidants and botanical extracts, it draws out the skin's toxins, helps to reduce outbreaks and reduce sebum production. With no noticeable fragrance, the gel lathers up well so only a small amount is necessary to remove traces of make-up and dirt from your skin. After just a couple of days my pores were noticeably smaller and my skin was magically blemish free and radiant. The best bit? That effect wasn't short term. It was long-lasting and just got better and better the longer the product was used. Gentle enough to use as your only cleanser but providing noticeable effects, this is one product you should make space for.

Have you found a perfect cleanser?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Things I'm Trying to Save For

Timeless Classic Fashion Iconic

I'm not aloud to shop. I've said it countless times before but I honestly can't. I need a car. I need to save up for Greece in May. I need to save up for London in August. I need to save up for America in September. The list of next year's expenses is endless. No more silly spending. Obviously I'm going to shop between now and September, but I don't want to impulse buy things I will wear twice and then let them collect dust in my wardrobe. And because I've told myself I can't shop, all I can think about is shopping.

Ever since I was really little I and I first went to a big department store I decided I wanted to get some investment pieces in my wardrobe. Flash forward to now and I have the makings of a nice little collection. Quite a few vintage pieces, a Mulberry bag, a few Radley pieces and some lovely jewelry. But there are some pieces I really want to save for. Apart from my Chanel 2.55 Flap bag which I have sworn I will get when I finally qualify as a solicitor, I am desperate to get my hands on a Chanel Tweed Jacket.  As I spend every week day in smart clothes at work, I think I'd get a lot of wear from it too! A Burberry Trench Coat is also on my list. On my first trip to London we walked past Burberry and I was absolutely transfixed by the window displayed. Living in Manchester, not only is a Trench Coat practical, it's never going to go out of fashion! A Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress and an Alexander McQueen Scarf are modern classics and would be wardrobe essentials throughout my life. Lastly, I'd love a pair of red soles, and by that I mean some Louboutins. Although super glamorous, I don't want a pair of ridiculously high heels. Instead I'd choose a more sensible heel or some ankle boots so they have slightly less of a chance of ending up in the air. With a wishlist like that, I think I better start saving now!

What are fashion items are you trying to save for?

Monday, 20 October 2014

St. Grape Aqua Bliss Bath Scrub

St. Grape Aqua Bliss Bath Scrub - £12

If there's one product I am very specific about, it's body scrub. I've tried a lot and I know what I like. I like quite an abrasive scrub that you can visibly see the difference after you've used it. Of course it needs to smell nice too and it wasn't too expense. Not really much to ask for?! 

I mentioned this scrub in my last empties post but wanted to do a full review on it to truly do it justice. Enriched with 4 kinds of pure Essential Oil extracts the natural high quality mineral sea salt scrub has been created to rejuvenate, refresh and heal the body whilst at the same time provided a calming and relaxing sensation. On top of that, it hasn't got any nastiness in it as it's Sulfate Free, Petrochemical Free, Silicone Free, Paraben free, with no artificial colours and it hasn't been tested on animals. On paper, this ticks all the boxes, for everyone. However, in reality I was left a little disappointed. The fragrance is a somewhat powdery floral scent which, whilst pleasant enough, doesn't specially appeal to me. The product itself is very smooth and I did think it wouldn't exfoliate as much I'd like. This was completely wrong and it really does work very well without being too abrasive or harsh. My skin also felt conditioned after using this, more hydrated and pores looked reduced. Using three time a week, the jar surpassed a month's use too.

Despite the positives out weighting the negatives, I was still left a little flat. Apart from the scent, I couldn't find a single flaw yet I just didn't enjoy using this scrub as much as others. The expectation for this scrub to do everything it promised was so high I think I was bound to feel a bit underwhelmed. Without a scent which appealed to me I don't think I could ever experience the calming and relaxing sensation. Clearly fragrances are down to personal preference, but setting such high standards has made this product good instead of great. Ultimately I think this is a case of a good product trying to achieve too much. If it was advertised purely as a rejuvenating and healing body scrub it would get top marks. Sadly it's not and for me it just didn't deliver. 

What good products have you been underwhelmed by?