Friday, 23 January 2015

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review Natural Organic Skincare

Remember the Trilogy event that I went to a couple of months ago?  Well another product that I was given to try out was the Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+.  I have tried the original oil, Trilogy's signature product and an ingredient in many of their skincare products, before but this a new and improved version that provides daily antioxidant protection.



Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review Natural Skincare Proven Results

The Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ is a facial oil that truly is 100% natural and organic.


Trilogy have created Rosapene, which combines powerful skin restoring and protecting ingredients to enhance and improve the appearance of the skin, making it look younger and healthier.  It is a blend of red berry seed oil which provides antioxidant protection everyday that you use it as well as intensive nourishment to the skin.

Antioxidants such as Lycopene (from tomatoes) and Phytosterol (from Acai) are included within the formula because of their potent ability to help to protect the skin from environmental free radicals that can cause premature skin ageing.  Omegas 3 and 6 from Cranberry and Rosehip were chosen to be included as they're essential fatty acids that can help to nourish and renew the skin while Oat extract rich in vitamins and minerals helps to provide a soothing and luxurious feel as the oil smooths onto the skin.


Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review Natural Skincare Proven Results

To use the oil, I massage a few drops over my face, then down onto my neck and décolletage, adding extra drops if needed.  A little bit of this oil goes a long way, even though it isn't a particularly liquidy oil, and the pipette enables you to dispense just the right amount of product that you need which reduces wastage.

I apply it after I have cleansed and before my moisturising cream.  For my skin, I tend to use it at night only or during the day if I do not intend to wear make up that day, or until later on that day.  My skin is super oily so I find that layering too many products onto my skin on a morning can affect the longevity of my make up so instead, I like to layer up with super hydrating products like this oil at night time.

The oil smooths onto the skin with ease and leaves my skin feeling instantly nourished and soft.  It does absorb into the skin quickly but some of it does sit on the skin too on my T zone.  This just gives my skin a healthy glow and when I wake up in the morning, I find that the oil has sank into my skin completely with a natural healthy glow remaining.  This oil is particularly soothing if I have any redness on my skin and I find that it particularly helped to reduce the redness and dry skin around my red nose after blowing it a lot this winter when I had a cold!  I have also noticed that it helps my skin to heal quicker after blemishes that have appeared on my skin (and I have squeezed... naughty I know).

While it may be a little heavy to use daily during the summer months, I think that the Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant+ Oil is an absolute saviour for the colder months.


Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ Review

I do have a few friends who I have given samples of this oil to to try out and they have used it morning and night with no problems whatsoever.  They have all raved about it which I was so happy to hear as they're all completely different ages and have drier skin than I do.

One of my besties tried this recently after her skin was very dry, particularly on her forehead between her eyes and she noticed a massive difference in her skin after a good exfoliation and using this oil for only one week!

So I guess you could say that it gets a big thumbs up from all of us!

The Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ is available from Feel Unique (this is currently the cheapest price that I've found online here and if you use the Feel Unique discount code SHOPFORTY you will save £5 when you spend £40 this weekend), Look Fantastic, John LewisBoots and from the Trilogy website.

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Have you tried this product and if so, what did you think of it?  What is your favourite facial oil?

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review and Swatches

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow

The NYX Wicked Dreams Palette is one of the most diverse and versatile palettes I own.  Whilst I do have some palettes that include an even more diverse selection of colours, the majority aren't wearable shades (Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Box, I'm looking at you).  Where as in this palette, there are 24 eye shadows and they're all pretty wearable, aside from the couple of brighter blues that wouldn't be better placed on my eyelids fifteen years ago.7

The shadows are encased in a sleek black palette that opens to reveal a huge mirror that is perfect for make up application on the go and for travelling and two eyeshadow sponge applications that admittedly, I'll never use.

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow

The shades range from pale through to deep and dark and thanks to the mixture of finishes (matte, shimmer and satin), the amount of looks that you can create with this palette is endless.

I found that when swatching the shades, they don't all appear to be equally as pigmented as each other, particularly some of the lighter shades which appear to be really pale.  There is also a difference in how evenly they swatch as well.  However when applied to the eyes, they appear to be really nicely pigmented and even, especially when I apply an eye primer underneath like the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

Here I have swatched each shadow in order of the rows that they appear in in the palette.

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

As you can see there is a good mix of wearable shades and finishes and the pigmentation of some of the shadows, such as the matte black on the second row really rival the pigmentation of some of the shades from my higher end palettes.

The great thing about the colour choices in this palette is that there are some brighter shades mixed with a wide range of neutrals.  This makes it much easier to incorporate those brighter colours into an eye make up look than if the palette were to have only bright shades in it.  While I'm not necessarily a fan of blue shades, for example, having them mixed alongside neutrals will increase the chance of me using them for a pop of colour on my eyes as I can blend a little bit of it into an eye make up look that has used the other neutral shades in the palette.

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

My favourite eye look to create with this palette is using the cream colour on my brow bone followed by the gold/bronze and brown shades on my eyelid.  I also like making smokier looks using the darker brown and green shadows as they look really nice with hazel eyes.

I think that these eyeshadows are pretty long lasting, especially if I use my Nars primer, and I haven't found them to crease on my eyelids at all.  They're very easy to blend, even the darker shades, and I have found that the shadows are buildable, especially the lighter shades that don't appear to be very pigmented in the swatches above.

NYX Wicked Dreams Palette Review Eyeshadow Swatches

While I am a lover of my higher end palettes, I think that this NYX one really gives them a run for their money and I would certainly recommend it for those who are wanting to experiment with eyeshadow and try out different looks.

NYX as a brand are ideal for those who are starting out with make up as their products are very affordable and theres so much to choose from.  I've tried a few different products from NYX and I am yet to be disappointed.

The NYX Wicked Dreams Palette is available here in the UK, where they're also offering free delivery on orders over £35 and here in the USA.

What is your favourite eye shadow palette?

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Accentuate your Fashion Statement with Winter Warmers

Forever Unique New Look Misselfridge Winter Fashion Trends
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We’ve seen in the New Year; popped the corks, sang Auld Lang Syne, and made a dozen New Year’s Resolutions. So to shake off the January blues- what is next to look forward to?

Winter fashion may sometimes seem unexciting, but it’s actually one of the best times of the year to become more experimental with fashion and try a number of new looks. Winter brings in a new dimension of playing with layers, re-working dark palettes, and stylishly trying to cover up any pasty skin in some form of ‘trendy’ way. Learn to wrap up, and you’ll see how much of a fun season it can really be.

The first Winter essential is the Jumpsuit. Yes, forget ‘the dress’ for now; that can arrive at any time of the year. The jumpsuit hides a multitude of sins – they can feature wide legs, batwing sleeves, high necks or strappy, more evening styles. Jumpsuits can hide what you want to hide, whilst having the ease of throwing on the one outfit and being good to go.

Keep arms and legs covered up on your evenings out with a black jersey jumpsuit, like this Harlow style from Forever Unique.

If you’re looking for something a bit more glamorous, this LEXI style features a halter neck and metal detailing, providing an effortless outfit for any January parties.

Another stylish way of wrapping up is by incorporating a touch of faux fur in the form of a gilet. A more practical way of dressing up an outfit without having the hassle of a full-on coat, gilets can layer up a sheer blouse or shift dress to try and keep in a bit of heat whilst still looking smart. New Look retail this black waterfall style, which is great for evening meals or those casual Friday night drinks.

Another smart way of incorporating layering and ‘warming up’ your Winter evening attire is to embrace the new trend of the brushed checked Duster jacket. Not as formal as a blazer, but much more smarter than a biker jacket,  the petites mono duster jacket loosely sits over any types of outfits, but especially looks great over tunic style dresses, skinny jeans or fitted playsuits.


What is your favourite item to wear this season?



*in collaboration with Forever Unique

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel Review


I'm sure you've all heard of the famous cleansing water from Bioderma but did you know that they also have a great range of other targeted skincare too?

I have been trying out the Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel* over the last couple of months and today I wanted to share my thoughts with you.  While I do not generally have sensitive skin on my face, I do find that my eye area can be particularly sensitive.  Many people experience the same thing as the skin around the eyes is very delicate.  Since this eye product is from Bioderma's range for sensitive skin, I was very interested to see how it would compare to the other eye cream I use, Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, which isn't designed specifically for sensitive skin.

The Sensibio Eye Contour Gel uses selected active ingredients to target and treat all signs of ageing, dryness and sensitivity.  These ingredients include caffeine which works as a decongestant to reduce puffiness and hyaluronic acid which helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles by attracting and binding moisture to the skin.  It also contains reticulated powder to reflect light which should be ideal for those with dark under eye circles, as well as moisturising active ingredients that help to soothe the skin around the eyes and alleviate discomfort and irritation.


I have used quite a number of different eye products in the past but none with the same texture as this product.  The ones I have tried have either been thick or light creams whereas this one has a gel like texture.  It has a smooth, slippy texture, not sticky or tacky at all which enables it to be easily applied to the eye area.  It doesn't have much of a scent either which makes it perfect for those with sensitive eyes and skin.  This is my favourite part of this product as I find that if I put something too strongly scented around my eyes then it can really irritate them.  I also find that with some eye creams, if I apply them before going to the gym, if I work up a sweat the residue left from the cream can sort of sweat and drip into my eyes which can really sting whereas I don't get that with this eye gel.

Only a small amount of product is needed to be applied to each eye thanks to the light, slippy texture and the squeezy tube that it comes in enables you to squeeze out just the right amount of product.  I hate wasting skin care and make up products so good packaging is essential for me.

I found that I could comfortably apply the Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel using my ring fingers as they apply the least amount of pressure and I like the way that it feels when I am putting it onto my skin as it doesn't drag or pull the skin around my eyes.  The gel feels quite cooling on the skin which makes it a great product to use as part of my morning skincare routine because I find that it helps to soothe my eyes if they're tired and puffy.

The gel is incredibly light weight which I found to be great for morning use as it absorbs quite quickly however this also meant that it was too lightweight for evening use, for my liking.  I prefer to use something much more hydrating and moisturising around my eyes at night and while this wasn't nourishing enough for me to use then, I would certainly use it each morning.  I didn't find that it made a big difference to the fine lines or darkness under my eyes but it did create a smooth and lightly moisturised surface on which to apply my make up.  I found that this helped to stop my concealer from creasing under my eyes which gives this eye cream a definite thumbs up from me!

You can buy the Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel from Escentual, Zest Essentials and John Bell and Croyden.

What is your favourite eye cream?

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Batiste Rescue Monday!

Batiste SOS

Today, 19th January, has been named as the most depressing day of the year.

To bounce back from the most depressing day of the year, the lovely people over at Batiste have put together the ultimate SOS survival kit for lucky Batiste lovers to WIN.  They sent one over to me and I have been really enjoying it this weekend.

Here's what was in my box:

Batiste SOS

VLM Mascara
VLM Mascara
Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo, Dry Conditioner, XXL Plumping Powder, Tote Bag and Voucher
Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo, Dry Conditioner, XXL Plumping Powder, Tote Bag and Voucher
 Little Miracles Organic Energy Drink and Kallo Fruity Museli and Yogurt Breakfast Thins
Little Miracles Organic Energy Drink and Kallo Fruity Museli and Yogurt Breakfast Thins
Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste
Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste
 St Moriz Self Tanning Mousse in Medium and Batiste Mirror
St Moriz Self Tanning Mousse in Medium and Batiste Mirror
Denman Styling Brush
Denman Styling Brush
Motel Rocks Gift Voucher
Motel Rocks Gift Voucher
Looks great doesn't it?

All you have to do to enter to win your own survival kit is to TWEET @Batistehair with the reason why you need a boost this Monday, using the hashtag #BatisteSOS.

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