Monday, 31 October 2016

VICHY | Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Cleanser Review

Hey Everyone!

Skincare in the winter has to be one of the most important things, with the season change the harsh cold air can cause your skin to go dry. Whilst coming to the end of my loved Clinique take the day off balm, i didn't really want to fork out another £22.00 so went for a slightly cheaper drugstore option and i have to admit I'm SO happy i did! 

The Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Cleanser can be found at boots or on feel you unique for around £12.00 for 200ml. Vichy is a brand which has been perfecting skincare for over 70 years, this European brand is owned by L'oreal and uses thermal spa water from the hot springs of the town Vichy in France in their products. Their powerful formula's have been tested by dermatologists who have specifically tested on sensitive skin and eyes - the cleanser is  hypoallergenic with no parabens which makes it the perfect product for all the sensitive skinned people out there! 

The Thermale 3 in 1 cleanser claims to have cleansing milk, toner and eye make-up remover in the one product.. which did make me a little sceptical - as you can imagine! The product itself is not as thick as other cream cleansers I've used (Liz Earle & Burts Bee's) however it goes on easily and provides a very deep cleanse, leaving you feeling refreshed and squeaky clean. The eye make-up removal part of the product is by far the best I've used, it removes it with such ease and pretty much one go! It doesn't sting and doesn't leave clouding in my eyes! Once I've used it to remove eye make-up i like to go in with a second cleanse to get rid of any stubborn make-up - to do this i use a warm muslin cloth. I'm not really sure where the toner comes into play, but maybe that's why the product isn't as thick as normal cream cleansers.

All in all, this is a product i would definitely buy again! It does everything it says on the tin and is super affordable! 

Have you tried any Vichy products? What's your favourite? 
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Hey Everyone! 

I recently got an email through from Colourpop Cosmetics, offering $5 international shipping for one weekend only. And as you can see.. I obviously jumped at the chance. Colourpop a Los Angelo's based company founded in 2014 has been huge on the blogasphere and Youtube scene for a year or so now, the likes of Desi Perkins, Lustrelux, Nikkietutorials and obviously Kathleen Lights all rave about the products. The thing i like most about these products is that they are seriously budget friendly, with each product being around $5 - not only this but the products themselves are not tested on animals. 

Below are the products i picked up.
The 'Where The Light Is' eyeshadow quad was the first thing I put in my basket. These four shadows designed by the YouTube beauty Kathleen Lights are the perfect foursome to create that statement Autumnal smokey eye every blogger dreams of. 

Clockwise starting from the back; 

Glow - A beautiful vanilla base shade with a matte finish 
Kathleenlights - A gorgeous golden copper with a pearlised finish 
Blaze - The winner out of the four for me, a coco bronze sprinkled with multi dimensional glitter and a metallic finish
Cornelious - A mid tone warm brown / caramel with a matte finish 

I have to admit, these are the most insanely pigmented shadows i have ever used. The colour pay off is amazing for such a cheap product. They are very easily blended and do not crease, they are so creamy that they almost feel like a cream shadow when swatched.
Next up, after much deliberation i went for 3 Lippie Stix and matching Lippie Pencils. I went for two matte's and one gloss finish and love them all so much! They are so easy to apply and work really well as a combo.
The colours i went for are as follows; 

Another perfect shade from the Kathleenlights collection, this product is a dusty mauve shade and my favourite out of the three. It has a matte finish, but doesn't feel drying - it is really easy to apply and feels comfortable throughout the day. The pencil makes a perfect base for the lippie stix.
I wanted a new red shade for Autumn but not a dark berry shade, more of a bright red channel. Again, this is another matte finish and wears and applies well like lumiere on the lip. It is such a vibrant red shade and I love how bright it is.
This lighter nude pink has a gloss finish, this super sheer gloss looks gorgeous on it's own our paired with the matching lippie stix. I must say, this is the only one which doesn't match perfectly - the lippie pencil is so much more brown than the stix. Even though it appears browner in the swatch when paired together with the stix it's a truly gorgeous combo!
In regards to getting to the items, Colourpop now do international shipping. I managed to get a special offer of $5 but I think it's normally quite expensive - I then wasn't expecting the hefty customers charge of nearly £15.00 on top (so just bare in mind when ordering). However, it still made the items I bought around £5.00 per product, which is incredibly cheap for the quality that your getting!

What would you recommend from Colourpop, are there any products you love?
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Thursday, 6 October 2016

TRAVEL | Disneyland Paris Tips & Tricks

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If you follow me on any of my social medias, then you will know I'm a pretty huge Disney fan. I've been going since i was little, but most recently have visited during Halloween, Christmas, Spring and Summer! I wanted to share with you my top tips & tricks for Disneyland Paris - please bare in mind, that this is just the way i like to do Disney and it might not be everyone's way! 
Pre Disneyland Paris 
I know that most people stay in the Disneyland hotels and get some great perks, including extra magic hours and food options. However, as Emma and I normally book these trips on a spur of the moment thing and on a budget we book a hotel which is based around a 15 minute walk from the park. I have stayed in the Hiperk Serris three times and each time my stay has been enjoyable. It's cheap, clean and close to Disney (they even have a free shuttle that takes you too and from the parks if you can't be bothered to walk!) - this makes it the perfect base for your trip.. to be honest, you barely spend any time at the hotel!

Train Tickets
If your coming from Charles Du Gaulle Airport, pre book your train tickets online. The TGV high speed train runs about every hour and takes you directly into Disney. I once didn't pre-book and it cost me about £30.00 for a 9 minute one way train journey - which i didn't even have a seat for! The last time i went however, i pre-booked and got a return journey for £25.00. The train from CDG Airport will take you to Marne La Valee-Chessy train station which is located inside the Disney grounds. 

Park Tickets
Disneyland Paris is split into two parks, the Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park. I would say the Disneyland Park is more traditional where as the Walt Disney Studios has more fast paced roller coasters and action shows. I ALWAYS go to Disney for the weekend so buy a 2 day park hopper (which i would recommend) However if travelling on a day trip from Paris i have also down the 1 day ticket. 1 day can be slightly rushed, but me and my boyfriend still managed to fit in everything we wanted to do. I always buy online through a company called Attraction Tix, they send you an e-code and you literally go up to the fancy touch machines and print your tickets!

What to take in to the park?
Firstly, take a water bottle with you! They are expensive to buy but free to fill up at water fountains. Obviously, check the weather and make sure you're packed for all situations, it might start off sunny but your In the park until 11pm so will need a jacket. Comfortable shoes are a must as your walking miles each day (i would suggest trainers). And last but not least, if your a huge Disney fan like myself and love a theme.. then always co-ordinate with your bestie!

Disneyland Paris Park Tips
Disneyland Paris App
Download the Disneyland Paris App.. and use it! It's free on the App Store and is an absolute life saver, you can check parade, firework and show times in advance making planning your day incredibly easy! It also gives you real time line queueing updates - when we sat down for lunch or breakfast we roughly planned out what we where going to do based on the line times.

Pre-book meals
So instead of paying more for a hotel, which your barely in - i like to spend a little more on dining out once inside the park! If your not sure on what you would like, or never been before you can check out the DLP guide in advance - this is a super handy guide with example menus for each restaurant inside the park and in the Disney village. I like to pre-book for around 8 o'clock, have a long leisurely lunch drinking vino and then make my way to watch the fireworks. My favourites include the blue lagoon inside the pirates of the Caribbean ride (you watch the boats go round..) Walt's Dinner directly outside the castle and Annettes American Dinner, because it makes you feel like your in grease! 

Fast Passes
These are great, but I've only used them a handful of times (I'm really not sure why, should of use them on my latest trip!) You can go up to your favourite rides and they will release fast pass hours (example between 13.00pm - 13.45pm) you scan your ticket and it prints you out a ticket to use between these hours. The only downside is you can only use one at a time, and you basically have to be in the right place at the right time in order to gain one! They are useful for the rides with longer lines. 

They are by far my favourite bit of the whole weekend! Paris have a light, laser, water and firework show which projects all the Disney classics on to the castle. You do not need to sit and wait in front of the castle for 3 hours in order to gain a good spot, to be honest each time i have walked down about 15 minutes before the firework show started and slot in either side of the castle and always have a fantastic view!

If your staying for more than 2 days (which is recommended) I suggest you see the parades on one of the days only. This gives you a wide window of time during the parade when the best rides quieten down - I always head for the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean and find the queueing time considerably less.

Disney Village
Make sure you check out the Disney Village, it's awesome. They have restaurants, sports bars, western bars and numerous shops! Me and Emma had an absolutely fantastic night in Billy Bob's western bar and they played some classics hits! 
Last but not least, how many hidden Mickey's around the park can you see?!

So that's all my tips & tricks for Disneyland Paris, do you have any good tips - i always love hearing new advice for my favourite place!? 

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Monday, 3 October 2016

FAVOURITES | September

Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying Autumn as much as i am! I haven't done a favourites post in what feels like forever and have accumulated quite a few goodies since my last one! I hope you enjoy my September Favourites. 

Vitamin E Superdrug Day Cream 
This absolute bargain of a moisturiser comes in at a mere £2.99 and is by far the best moisturiser I have used. This day cream has SPF 15 which is a huge added bonus as my current foundation doesn't contain any SPF and i am super pale! The product itself is quite a heavy one, however it doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or sticky and my make-up doesn't slide around. I actually prefer this to the Liz Earle intense moisturiser. My skin gets quite dry in the winter, so this is going to be a life saver! 

Ebay Fan Brush 
99p for a fan brush? That's actually good quality?? Yep, you heard me! This fan brush was bought on a wim, for the simple fact i didn't own one and wanted to try one! This brush is super soft and picks and holds the pigment well, i love this for highlighting! 

Burberry Skin Illuminator in Nude 001 
I was lucky enough to be given this burberry skin illuminator as present and have been loving it ever since. The finely milled powder looks matte in the pan, but once used is really build-able and gives off a gorgeous frosty pearl highlight. It gives the subtle highlight glow i love and as i am so pale it's the perfect colour to match my skin tone. I'm not sure it would work for darker skin tones as it is pretty frosted, however for us pale girls it works an absolute treat! 

Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer 
I've heard a few people rave about this product and I'm a huge fan of Soap & Glory so decided to give it a purchase. The product instantly caught my eye as it's aimed for people who suffer from oily skin. I was very pleasantly surprised when i first applied the product, i was expecting the typical silicon texture of most primers but this has a lovely silky lotion type texture making it easy to apply. The vitamin E gives you hydration whilst the pore shrink technology helps combats large pores, my make-up went on smoothly and I've found myself reaching for this everyday.. I LOVE it! 

L'oreal Infalliable Matte Foundation
This drugstore foundation is certainly giving my much loved Estee Lauder double wear a run for it's money. This product is described as full coverage, giving a matte finish and i would agree - i found it very easy to work and blend into the skin with my beauty blender. Now obviously i didn't try leaving it on for 24 hours, because lets face it.. that is slightly wrong! I did however try it from about 8am - 10pm and was impressed with it's staying powder, it hadn't gone patchy and my nose was the only place that really needed a touch up! I would however say make sure you prime moisturise before use as it can cling to dry skin. 

Bath & Body Works Pocketbac
I mean, if you haven't had a Bath & Bodyworks poketbac can you even call yourself a blogger? These are my absolute favourite and i always have one on my desk and in my bag! My bestie Emma brought this back from Vegas and i absolutely LOVE It, it's such a fresh autumnal smell, which is a lovely change as i normally go for the sweet scents! If your ever in America or have a friend going make sure you stock up.. or maybe if everyone tweets them they will open a store over here.. pleaaaaase bath & body works we need you! 

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Oil - Infused Water
This was a little bit of an impulsive buy, I've tried the normal version of this and found it dried my skin out around my eyes. When i stumbled across this beauty i was intrigued, obviously oil is nourishing so i popped it in my basket. It removes make-up with no hassle, doesn't sting my eyes and leaves my eyelashes feeling conditioned and well loved! It doesn't leave an oily residue on my skin and i love to use this before i cleanse my skin. 

Well, that's everything I've been enjoying this month. Have you tried any of these products? What's your favourite? 

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