Denouncing Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish has brought about two small, but irritating problems.
1. C&P was one of my staple skincare items, without it I was left in the dermal wilderness, just me, a packet of simple wipes and a cry of despair.
2. I'd gotten into a lazy, loveless relationship with C&P. I hadn't bothered to see what was on the market, and quite frankly didn't care. So, when it came to committing myself to a new skincare routine, I was less than enthusiastic about getting back out on the market.
Enter Dermalogica Skin Kit.
It came from the most unlikely of sources. My Stepdad. Like a skincare cupid he threw this kit my way after being given it somewhat inexplicably at work.
But, when one is handed Dermalogica, one accepts with no questions...
The kit itself comes with 4 generous samples and a full size lip treatment. Not bad for the £18.00 price tag I've found it here for.
Special Cleansing Gel 50ml.
Multi-Active Toner 50ml.
Skin Prep Scrub 22ml.
Active Moist 22ml.
Climate Control Lip Treatment (Full Size).
Hidden behind the cardboard is also a sachet of pre-cleanse and a face mask, which is a nice bonus, and a sneaky surprise as I only found them today...
As far as performance goes, I'm getting on well with most of it. The Cleanse/Tone part of the kit have filled a gaping hole and are doing a sterling job without sending my skin around the bend. I have however, refused to take a gamble on the moisturiser, I'm sticking with Oilatum for now.
I was most excited about the Skin Prep Scrub as the absense of a daily polish with a muslin cloth had left my skin as dull as a tramps pants.
The 'Climate Control Lip Treatment' isn't anything to write home about, but it's a good one to chuck in the handbag.
Overall, if you're sticking a tentative toe back into the skincare pool after breaking up with a beloved, or just fancy a change. Dermalogica have got it all wrapped up.
A bath that helps you get out of it feeling better than when you got in. With lemon to bring clarity and alertness and rose to lift the spirits. The geranium oil in here will balance the skin, whilst the coconut oil and shea butter will leave you feeling smooth and soft.
This smells of roses, with the sweetness of jam – it shares the same fragrance as Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.
The fragrance in Rose Jam was invented by Simon. Every year he visits Turkey during the rose harvest to see our rose absolute being produced. He talks about the smell of roses in the fields in the hot Turkish sun and the lunchtimes sat out eating rose jam with Hassan, our rose grower. The rest of us here at Lush think he’s jammy to have this aspect of the job - and we notice that it is always tales he brings back to us, not pots of the actual jam!
Lush have really hit the nail on the head with this little sweet treat.
We may have just reached a new low in title related puns...
If you haven't guessed already, I'm dedicated this outfit post to my new love. A pair of Topshop High Waisted Black Cords.
I went in with the full intention of buying some black 'Leigh' jeans, but on a whim took these into the changing rooms as well, I obviously left with these instead. They just felt more 'sturdy' and according to the Topshop lady in the changing rooms, were less likely to go baggy like most of the Topshop jeans I've had.
I can't appear to find the exact pair I bought online, but these appear similar! The ones I bought weren't 'Jamie' cords but how different can they be?
In an ideal world, I'd create some sort of inventive and interesting look to wear everyday. Yet as we all know too well, life just gets in the way! Recently, I've fell into a very lazy, yet pleasant routine.
It's just one paint pot, and one eyeshadow. You can't get any easier, and this my friends is why it's a fail-safe...
The two products in question are MAC's Paint Pot in Bare Study & MAC Jest Eyeshadow.
Both greatly loved, and never let you down.
It really is a case of slapping Bare Study over the lid, then pressing Jest over the top. It pretty much doesn't even warrant an explanation, you could probably do it in the dark.
What's your fail-safe eye combination, I'd love to know!
As previously mentioned in the last post, I'm slightly obsessed with Models Own Pink Fizz at the moment.
If you add Deborah Lipmann's Polish in Before He Cheats, the result is surprisingly wearable Princess Nails! Apologies for the awful winter cuticles...I've misplaced my Wonderbalm and it's killing me.
It's a match made in sugar sweet heaven and makes a welcome change from my usual dark winter nail, the only downfall? You will find yourself staring at aforementioned glitter nail and making it sparkle in the light, possibly not one for those with attention issues...(myself included).
You may recall me mourning the loss of a Sephora jumbo eyeliner pencil that appeared to disappear in transit, turns out I'd put it away 'for safekeeping' in the box of my MUFE HD foundation, and may have actually done a little dance when I found it. The reason? It's bloody lovely!
I picked this Jumbo Eyeliner in the shade 06 Copper on a whim, I was lured by it's silky smooth texture and the promise of 12 hr wear.
It reminded me a lot of the Urban Decay Glide On 24/7 Shadow Pencils, that retail for about £14 in the UK, so I was hoping for a similar product for €9.
To put it briefly, It's definitely in the same league.
It applies smoothly and it a beautiful, rich copper colour. It doesn't crease on me, but that doesn't mean to say it won't on you! I can however, report that these things are waterproof. Only an oil based make up remover will budge this from my eyelids. I can actually imagine this being great for the summer.
What makes this stand out is the fact that it can be applied in seconds, and make me look like I've been packing on colour like nobodies business. I'm all about instant gratification...
I almost feel bad for spilling the beans about this product as I know it's almost impossible to get hold of in the UK. Yet another reason Sephora needs to come back!
I've been trying desperately to mix it up in the make up department this month, I'd got into a bit of a rut with my products and needed to start actually using the stuff I own. MAC Rebel & Barry M Touch of Magic lipsticks have come out on top this month, both applied as lip stains. They leave a sheer just bitten colour to my lips and add just the right amount of winter berry for daytime.
Despite trying to branch out, I've been faithful to two cheek products this month, NARS Penny Lane Cream Blush is nearly done so I've been devoting myself to it the name of project 10 pan. ELF Mineral Blush in Coral has also made a comeback this month, I'm definitely favouring the subtle flush of colour on the cheeks this month and letting my lips do the talking...
To continue with the theme of trying something new, I've broken my never-ending affair with OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark and I'm really enjoying wearing Barry M Navy Nail Paint. It's a variation of theme but it's a beaut.
I've previously mentioned the virtues of Connock Nourishing Hand Cream so go and read all about it here!
Similarly, I won't bore you with another rave about my latest foundation love, so go and read about my MUFE HD/Estee Lauder DWL potion here...
Finally, I'm still obsessed with my multi band gold ring from France...it had to be included!
I can't quite believe I'm about to do this...but Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is a loser this month!
I think we need to go on a break, as I just don't feel like I'm getting the benefits I used to get from it.