Beauty

Save, Spend, Splurge: Three Spring Fragrance Favourites. 

As the seasons change, it’s not just my wardrobe choices (hello, bare leg weather – I’ve missed ya!) and make-up routine that get a bit of a shake up. I also find myself reaching for different fragrances.

Spring scents that are fresh, fruity and floral are my absolute jam right now, and I’ve got three that I’m reaching for each day. And, there’s one perfect for every budget. You can thank me later.

Save: Summer Sun by NEXT

I know, a perfume from a high-street brand but hear me out. This baby is a holiday in a bottle. There are notes of coconut and exotic flowers which leaves your skin smelling well, like you’re sunning yourself somewhere fancy. It’s perfect for sunny days or a lil pick-me-up when it’s gloomy. I can’t wait to wear this when I go away next month.

Spend: Olympea by Paco Rabanne

So I’m cheating a bit with this one as it’s what you might call my signature scent. I pretty much wear it all year ’round, but find myself reaching for it pretty much every day in the spring as it’s so light and fresh. Olympea has – according to the ‘web – notes of Green Mandarin, Ginger Lily, Jasmine, and Salted Vanilla with base notes of Sandalwood. Basically, it’s mythical and smells amaze. My perfect spring perfume.

Splurge: Mimosa and Cardamom by Jo Malone

Oh boy oh boy. If I had to pick a favourite scene EVER, it’d be Jo Malone’s Mimosa and Cardamom. The smoothness of the mimosa, the spice of the cardamom, the hint of rose…what’s not to love? This baby lasts all day and just smells heavenly. If you’re after a special occasion fragrance this spring – or just fancy treating ‘yo self  – I’d recommend this one!

What spring fragrances are you loving? Are there any you think I should try?

Beauty

3 Skincare Bits You Should Treat Yourself To This Week.

When I was first old enough to get “into” skincare, I remember picking up a moisturiser from Simple and slathering it on my face every now and again.

Up until recently, my skincare regime still consisted of only Simple products albeit there was a Day and Night Cream and an Eye Cream thrown in there as well as a Cleanser and Toner.

But with my 27th birthday rapidly approaching, I decided that it was time I started investing more in my skincare. After all, it’s my face. It’s just there for everyone to see and, well, I figured I should probably start taking it a bit more seriously.

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I mean, it’s only a matter of time before those dreaded fine lines and wrinkles start appearing right!? Please no!

And while I’m by no means a skincare expert, I have found some products that I freakin’ love and am so glad to have added to my routine. So if you’re looking to step up your skincare game or just fancy treating yourself to some new things (it is Friday after all!), here are three skincare bits you should treat yourself to this week:

1. L’Oreal Pure Clay Face Masks

My skin has been looking a little dull and meh recently and I’d been looking at something that would help pep it back up. I saw these L’Oreal masks ages ago and finally snapped up the Detox and Glow masks and I am in sweet L-O-V-E.

They’re made of a combination of pure clays and I have a brightening and exfoliating mask and one for sucking out the impurities from my face. They both work like a dream and I’ve been combining them or using them on their own.

My skin feels smooth, more glowing, and I’ve noticed a real reduction in redness from spot scars. They’re now a staple in my pamper night routine!

2. L’Oreal Fine Flowers Cleansing Milk

This is, I think, a newbie from L’Oreal and when I spotted it on offer whilst doing the big shop I snapped it up. And boy oh boy am I glad I did!

Designed for normal to sensitive skin, this cleansing milk combines extracts of Rose and Jasmine Flowers, in a make-up removing milk. It smells divine and is silky smooth when applied to the skin.

It removes all traces of make-up and feels really nourishing – kind of like a big, soft blanket on this skin. I’ve been using this morning and evening and am loving it. Not bad for an impulse buy!

3. Pixi Glow Tonic

Yup, I’m still singing this bad boy’s praises. I was nervous to use something with glycolic acid in on my face but there’s a reason every man and his dog calls this a ‘holy grail’ product. I shared my thoughts on this in this post in case you fancy a read!

If you’re feeling a weekend pamper, head on down to Boots and pick up one of these babies – I promise you won’t regret it!

 

Beauty

REVIEW: Pixi Best of Bright Kit

After vowing 2017 would be the year I’d get serious about skincare, I knew a Pixi Beauty purchase would be in order. 

The Pixi Glow Tonic is such a cult product and everyone raves about it, so I thought that would be a good place to start. 

I’ve always been picky about what I use on my skin though, and was unsure about taking the plunge. 

That was ’till I saw this on Cult Beauty:


The Pixi Best of Bright Kit contains three minis: the Glow Tonic toner, Glow Mud cleanser and the Glow Mid mask. Boom. Ordered. Here are my thoughts:

The Glow Mud Cleanser: If you’re looking for a clay based cleanser that will shift your makeup and leave your face silky smooth this is the one. I have sensitive skin, and this works a dream. Just wet your face, massage the cleanser into the skin for 30 seconds and wash off. 

The Glow Tonic Toner: What can I say about this that hasn’t already been said?! It’s a great acid-based toner that leaves skin glowing. I’m not the biggest fan of the smell, but I can get over it. I’ve been using the Pixi cleanser & toner combo morning & night for a few weeks and it’s fab. 

The Glow Mud Mask: Shock horror – I’ve never been a face mask kinda gal. Any I’ve used before have given me horrible rashes and irritated my skin. I was desperate – but apprehensive – to try this. I shouldn’t have been. 15 mins and I had THE best skin I’ve ever had. It was glowing. I’m off to get me the full size mask!

What Pixi products have you tried? Are there any you’d recommend?

Clare x