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Tag Twist!

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Tag Twist!

There is a You Tube tag going around at the moment about overhyped beauty products. Now as a blogger I haven’t being tagged but I have decided to take the concept and twist it a little for today’s post.

This post is about products that initially disappointed me. The disappointment could have been caused by poor product performance, my own personal (often unrealistic) expectations and/or hype surrounding the product and brand. However, this is not a post focusing on the way these products broke my heart. Instead it is more of an upbeat post about how I found the product again and how we found a way to be (work) together harmoniously and beautifully. The only way to be when you are on Mission Beauty like me!

I have chosen five products (or brands) who I am travelling with all the way to Location Pretty. At first, the road was rocky but suddenly our destination seems a little closer.

First up is Clinique.

As you know, I had a lot of hope for the Clinique Three Step. It is the first proper skincare routine that I have ever really used. I was impressed with the science behind it and all the fab testimonials on the internet and in the wider world.

My Clinique advisor was very impressive in her white coat and magnifying glass then came the reality of getting up a few minutes earlier each morning just to do the routine. It was meant to take three minutes. For at least a month, it was taking me ten. Everybody told me that the cleanser worked as it lathered, my cleanser was not lathering. And then there was my addiction to moisturiser, how could a few measly little dabs across my face twice a day really moisturise and balance my skin?!

Mostly though, there was this. I thought at the very least Clinique would quickly banish any facial blemishes away (and I don’t tend to have too many on my face) and for a week or so, it did and then they sort of came but these didn’t really grow too much but then came the blemishes that stung, itched and felt lumpy but actually (thank goodness) didn’t look too bad.

I decided Clinique was ok. My skin didn’t look any worse but there was also no sign of ‘skin magic’ occuring either. I decided to finish one set of the full sized product and then we would part company and I would be moving on. Hopefully to something cheaper.

However, now, months later and the Clarifying Treatment has finished. I only have dregs of the cleanser and moisturiser left and maybe I’m having a bit of a U-turn. My skin has being clear for more then a month and the system now seems to take less then three minutes twice a day. On top of this, the cleanser lathers more easily.

Also I just don’t know what I would replace the system with and I’m keen to keep a skin routine going. Initially I thought Clinique was very expensive but Step 1, the cleanser cost me £13 and I’ve had it since sometime in January. If I brought a bar of soap every week then by now, it is likely I would have spent more then £13. To date, I have replaced my clarifying lotion with an organic rose toner from Botanics in Boots but to be honest, I’m very reluctant to let go of Clinique altogether and ok, nobody seems to be able to define or describe the ingredients in the system very well but when I started using Clinique, I never endured any rash unlike recently when my consumption of natural skincare ingredients seemed to be at it’s peak!

Secondly, we have Revlon ColorStay.

Despite my not so enthuastic review on this foundation earlier in the year, I really do like this product now and if it was not for Revlon PhotoReady being released recently then I suspect that I would already have repurchased a couple of back ups of Colorstay. Ok, I still do not think that it conceals every skin flaw (but then isn’t that for concealer to deal with anyway?!) but it does seem to polish what I have. It lasts a long time (unlike a certain Bourjois foundation that I have also purchased this year) and it applies well with a brush (Warning: it will stain aforementioned brush).

I now like the fact that ColorStay feels quite light on my skin and it seems to seep in to my complexion effortless and evenly with very little work. I think I once complained that I could not feel it on my face but now I realise that if everytime I wore this foundation, I felt like I was wearing a mask then it is likely I would have felt this way because in some way, this product was not suitable for me. Quite possibly an irritant and at the very least, not a natural match for my skin. For example, if my skin had been oily then maybe my normal combination foundation would have felt too heavy. I still have reservations that there is no pump with Colorstay (although there is with PhotoReady) and with the amount of water in the bottle (however, the amount of water has obviously diminished and posed less of a problem as I have used more and more of the product up).

The price is still quite high for a high street brand but I’m starting to realise that actually I’m not as concerned about price as once I would have been. Obviously I do have to consider my income but I’m certainly more willing to pay out for a product if I truly believe it delivers the quality that I am seeking.

Thirdly, we have Vera Wang Princess.

 

This perfume seemed to be earmarked as staple in so many perfume collections that I thought considering my so-called perfume passion and my rather extensive collection, it was kind of bad form that Princess was not in my collection. So one Christmas request was made and Princess was mine.

I think I have maybe three or four applications left in my ever so pretty bottle yet I’ve only smelt the scent on me maybe once and this is my major critcism with this perfume. It is not as cheap as some of the celebrity lower end ones and yet whenever I spray this perfume, I can not smell it on my skin afterwards and you all know how much I like my scents . . !

I have kept using it because I can not afford to have a perfume that I’m not using and I’m hoping that it is just me, that I’m the only one who can not smell it on my own skin. I’m hoping at the very least that others, even if they too do not get the full sense of the perfume, get something of a clean, pretty, fresh waft as I go by.

The thing is this perfume smells lovely whenever I actually spray it in to the air or on to my skin but as soon as I put the bottle down and the lid back on, the scent seems to disappear. Sometimes I have even forgotten that I’ve applied perfume and gone to apply again. Surely that is not right. I have been really miffed with this perfume and have been eyeing up possible replacements and actually looking forward to finishing the bottle until this morning . . !

It was a morning the same as ever. I sprayed and sniffed, ‘lovely’ and then I put the lid on and the bottle away and the perfume was forgotten. Now most mornings that is where the story would end but today, it didn’t. There I was going about life as normal -obviously read as working very hard at work- when suddenly this most beautiful light but pretty fresh vanilla scent came over me. I looked up, on high alert, ready to chase whoever had just walked in to the room and demand they reveal the beautiful scent they were adorning and then I realised that nobody had walked in to the room. It was just me and my Princess perfume. I smelt beautiful and in that moment of realisation, I really did feel like a princess.

And well now I’m not sure what to do. What if everybody else has smelt this beautiful scent all along and my nose has just been blocked or something? Maybe it is a beautiful perfume that other people smell but the wearer doesn’t? Can I give up my own desire for beautiful scents if it means I keep wearing the prettiest scent of them all? In other words, should I keep wearing this pretty, pretty fragrance if I can not smell it because maybe everybody else can smell it?!

I’m not sure.

I think tomorrow, I will try the Lollipop26 trick of vaseline and then the perfume (Princess) and if this helps me to float around in my own cloud of pretty, pretty scent then who knows? Maybe I will be labelling Princess as a staple in my collection, after all.

Fourthly, we have All That Glitters.

This is hyped. It is in virtually every single MAC collection (starter or otherwise) post or video. I brought it on my second MAC haul. I knew the name from all the collection reviews and it looked pretty in the shop. Shimmery and a lovely light neutral colour similar to my earlier purchase (and much adored) Modellette.

I also purchased All That Glitters with the irresistable Satin Taupe and as I had Modellette, All That Glitters seemed a bit samey. So eye-wise, all my new looks were Satin Taupe based and All That Glitters was a bit forgotten. When I did wear it, I thought it looked just a bit like Modellette with a bit too much shimmer. However lately I have been wearing All That Glitters so, soo much.

Now I’m more used to and more practised at wearing make up, I find this shade incredibly pretty and it works so well with my pinker lipsticks for a day look and then for work, it works brilliantly with Ambre Rose or Hue to make me look just a little more presentable. All That Glitters lasts and does not leave me with old, tacky glitter all over my lids at the end of the day. This is one of the few shadows that I will wear without mascara. I just love it. It is pretty and understated which is kind of the look I like to go for. I think I would prefer for people to say ‘Look at her pretty eyes’ rather then ‘Look at her amazing eye make up’ (My make-up technique is not there yet anyway). Therefore, it is official, All That Glitters will regularly be appearing on my eyelids.

 

And finally we have L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tube Mascara

In one of my very first posts, I said that this mascara can give brilliant results if you apply it carefully but I also said, that I found application tricky. This is still true although with practise, you do get a better idea of how much primer and actual mascara to apply for what look. However as regular followers will know, I do tend to grab Max Factor Lash Extension Effect now when I want a mascara EXCEPT if I’m applying mascara to eyes adorned in the gorgeous Barry M dazzle/glitter dusts. I have yet to find a mascara that does not make my natural lashes look weak, stumpy, inadequate and insignificant when wearing the gorgeous Barry M dusts EXCEPT for this one. This one holds it’s weight and lends a beautiful balance to the eye make up. For this reason, this mascara will hold a place in my make up collection as without it I would have to result to false lashes and there lies another tragic tale . . !

Have any of you used any of these products? What do you think of them? How do they work (or maybe how do you make them work) for you?

So I tag . . . 

Laura (Emerald Green 88)

Jemma (Bamboozle Beauty)

Amy (Make Up and Beauty.Ie/Dazzledust25)

Laura (Lollipop26)

Stephanie (TopShopPrincess)

Sophie (Sophie Is Made Up/BeautyMarked19)

Gemma (Gems Maquillage)

Tanya (Pixi2Woo)

Muhsine (Bubblegarm)

Claire (The Fashionteller)

Milly (PearlsandPoodles). 

Links to these amazing beauty bloggers and You Tubers can be found in my sidebar!

And of course, I tag any of you pretty people who want to do this? What products have pulled and twisted your heartstrings in a similar way? Feel free to write a blog post or make a video (don’t forget to leave a link here so we can all have a peek) or open your heart in a comment below.

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Happy Valentines Day!!!

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Happy Valentines Day!!!

I thought that to stay in the spirit of this beautiful day, I would share with you a few things that I have fallen in love with since my mission, to make more of myself, began.

* My head is spinning with love for skincare routines.

As most of you know, I have been Cliniquing twice a day and you know what, I am loving the fact that I have a skincare routine in place. The morning and night applications kind of mark the start and end of my day. What better way to start and end my day on my skin, something that is only mine. My skin, something that only I can (and do) wear. My skin may not always be one hundred percent perfect but I would say that it is a lot closer then it was six months ago and now as I’m looking at it so much more closely at least twice a day and I’m appreciating it and what it goes through each day so much more. I think, ‘Ooh, I was out in that snow for a couple of hours today and my nose itched.’ Then I have a look to see if there is any signs of the earlier distress and if necessary, take the steps to remedy it. Yep, it is official that I’m just a little too obsessed with my skin at the moment.

* I’m blindly in love with soaps from Lush.

I have never been a big fan of solid soap. It has never really homed a strong enough scent for fragrance-mad me and then it has always been quite hard work, to lather and then my skin rarely feels softer or any benefit. That was . . . until Lush! I will probably elaborate on this in my ‘Lush and I’ series but I have only used a small number of soaps from Lush but two of them, I absolutely adore.

 Honey I Washed The Kids

Sultana of Soap

I’m sure you’ve heard it all before but these are divine. They make bathtime fun and then to top it off, apparently they are good for me. After trying these, I know that it doesn’t matter what I hear about all the other Lush soaps (and products), I still will not be satisfied until I have tried each and every one for myself even the dissed ones.

* I’m hopelessly in love with Barry M.

Okay, I admit I have been flirting with MAC a bit lately and there is no denying that MAC is one hottie of a brand but I also know that one day, the novelty of this mission is going to start wearing off and my money is going to start running out but guess what? This doesn’t scare me that much because there is always Barry M and all of their beautiful colours and gorgeous products at damn right yummy prices. Barry M means I never need to go make up hungry and for that, it remains a true love.

Here is a sneak peek at the Fabulous/Barry M free gift that I got last week.

Red Nail Paint (Very excited, there is so much hype about the Barry M nail paints and this colour is perfect for Valentines).

Fabulously Nude Super Shiny Gloss (how will this look with Hue?)

A black eye liner

A shimmery grey eyeshadow (my first Barry M eyeshadow)

And finally a very hot pink make up bag to keep it all in. All of this Barry M for free, there is not much I can say to that. In fact, I’m lost for words!

* I’m loving all the way to the moon and back, the Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Extreme Lengthening mascara.

This is a very new love. I only purchased it last weekend but it is gorgeous. As most of you know, one of my biggest sins is product overload and product overload can equal clumps but not with this mascara. I can heap the layers on and there is not a gloop in site. I have quite long lashes but what I love about this mascara is how seperating and defining it is. It is like a polish for my lashes, it simply creates a beautiful frame for my eyes.

It lets the rest of my make up speak for itself. It is very easy to apply and although it took a couple of goes to get used to the extra long wand, it is easy to get in and catch the small inner lashes. It is unusual for me to apply much mascara to my lower lash line as I think this can look too much and, with gloopy mascaras, quite messy but I think this one does just enough to only compliment the lower lashes. I’m not sure that this mascara will be loved by everyone, I don’t think you can build it up to shout out to the world but for me, it does more then enough and is my one of my newest loves.

* And finally, I’m head over heels in love with you, my readers, followers and inspiration.

If it wasn’t for you, I expect that my mission would have come to a sudden halt weeks ago. Your encouragment and support has been amazing and I can only thank you all, for the big gorgeous part you have played in my life, so far, this year.  I know this sounds OTT but this mission and blog is changing not only my look but also my life and at the end of the day, it all comes back to you. My readers, followers and all of you who also inspire me too. There are so many of you Darlings out there in Blogland, You Tube and at BeautyJudge.com who have helped me so much. The cyber beauty community is amazing and very much alive. I don’t know how I can thank you all for your support. I know that my little competition gives back only the smallest fraction of what all this has given me but I guess it is a start so if you want a chance to reap a reward for your good deeds in supporting my mission then check out my competition post very soon. The competition closes tonight.

Anyway as you can see I’m brimming over with love this year and I don’t want to really end this Valentines post but I must (before I bore you with Snob again), I hope you all have had a fantastic Valentine’s weekend. I know that Jemma (Bamboozle Beauty) and Laura (Emeraldgreen88) have both done the ‘Lipstick Valentine’ so check out their blogs (links in my sidebar) to find the hot lipsticks they are rocking. They have some beauties!

Once again, I would just like to thank you for your support! It really does mean the world.

X

All about eyes!

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All about eyes!

Look what has happened to my All About Eyes which I brought on New Years Eve.
 
 
All gone, all ready :-(
 
Oh, I am going to miss it. This product has been a big part of my life for the last month. I apply it twice a day and it has made a real difference to how my eyes look and in fact, just makes me look healthier and a lot more rested. Here is the just of a review that I have submitted to the BeautyJudge website ( http://www.beautyjudge.com ).
I have been applying this product  in a triangle under my eyes and then more sparingly on the lids and at the skin meeting my lash lines in the outer corner. I have also used it very lightly and occasionally on sensitive skin around my nose. The cream feels very soft and velevty to touch and it is just ever so slightly cooling when it makes contact with the skin.
I have been using it twice a day and apparently as well as short term benefits, it has an accumulative effect. I’m not sure about the long term results yet. I don’t think that I have been using it long enough but I can say short term, that my eyes do look a lot better every day. It has reduced puffiness and I’m less dependent on my Erase Paste to get rid of dark circles. I would say that when I do conceal under the eyes, the concealer seems to go on more smoothly and needs less working in. The skin on the outer edges of my eyes is very dry and there had been a dramatic improvement here. I use the cream very sparingly on my lids as they can actually become oily with this product.
It is also worth noting that I was not directed to use this product on my nose but I have when I felt my skin wanted me to  and the sensitive areas there have healed. This product is a great compliment to the Clinique Three Step system.

The cream comes in a pinky, orange little pot. The colour reminds me of fruit and just gives me the general impression that I am nourishing my skin which is a feel-good factor. As the cream is in the pot, I can see exactly how much is left and get it all out so there should be no wastage and you can use all that you’ve paid for.

The only problem is that I have used mine very quickly. I have been using this product for just over four weeks and have just finished my first 15ml pot. I am sure I remember the Clinique lady giving me the impression that it would last a lot longer then this so I am a bit surprised that I have used about twenty two pounds worth already. I would certainly use this cream again but I think it is going to have to be on an alternate basis with a slightly cheaper one if I am going to go through the pot this quickly. It may be me putting too much on but this is honestly the amount that my skin seems to need and if I used any less with each application then I do not think that I would be happy with the product results. I know I have also used it (lightly and ocassionally) on an area not directed by Clinque but I still would not have expected the pot to finish quite as quickly as this!

As with all Clinique products that I have encountered, this has been allergy tested and is fragrance free. It is a shame that I have finished the pot so soon, I’m going to miss this little eye cream.

So that is my review for All About Eyes and clearly, it is a bittersweet farewell for now but I have to move on so what have I chosen to stand in?

Well, I had to think about this one. There was several choices.

Firstly, the infamous Kiehls Avocado one which Lollipop26 raves about. I saw this in SpaceNk recently and had a play around with the sample. It looked gorgeous and very nourishing. It was a very fruity colour and even to touch, it seemed as if it would be very refreshing and soothing. However, this is an even more expensive product then Clinique All About Eyes and it is hard enough been sensible and wrenching myself away from that (because it does not make moneysense). If Kiehls really works as well as Lollipop26 and others claim then I could see myself even poorer every month. On the other hand, what if it doesn’t work for me? It could be quite an expensive experiment. I am prepared to invest in my beauty but thanks to Clinique, I think my eyes are doing ok at the moment and I think it would be wiser to purchase this cream maybe after a cheaper, quite possibly less effective one. I guess I’m saving this product that I suspect is magic in case of an eye emergency. My plan at the moment is to use a more expensive eye cream then a cheaper one then expensive and so on. As I count Clinique as an expensive one, it is the turn of cheap and sorry but I don’t think that Kiehls qualifies here.

Secondly the tinted Garnier Eye roll on. Mushine has blogged about this ( http://bubblegarm.blogspot.com/2010/01/garnier-2-in-1-tinted-eye-roll-on.html ) as has others and then of course, every time that I walk in to Boots or open a magazine there is Garnier. This roll on has had a lot of exposure and to be honest, it was the front runner to replace Clinique. I liked the price (about £10) and many of the reviews. It is great that it is a skincare product and conceals at the same time. If I had no Erase Paste left then I probably would have brought this product. However, I already have a concealer that I’m perfectly happy with and I have heard that the original eye roll on was not raved about as much and this makes me wonder. This new version may be a wonder product but is a lot of that down to the new tint factor, the part of the product which least interests me? I was already dubious to how well this product will work at night. As you readers know, I like heavy coverage from creams and skincare products (even if in reality, there is little added benefit). I like to be able to feel there is something there protecting my eyes. I wasn’t sure that a roll on could deliver this and also the fact that the product was tinted suggested to me it was been sold as a 2 in 1 product. I like the idea of this for many beauty products but I already have a concealer and I would like to use my eye cream as a treatment at night and who wears concealer to bed (well. . ,ok but none of us should do)? Therefore, this suggests it was designed for daytime eye care and then would I have to buy something else and spend maybe another £10 to look after my eyes at night. Well then I would land in the expensive bracket again and we know right now, we can’t be there.

Also note the tint only comes in two shades. Normally when there is such a small shade range even the light shade is too dark for me.

Thirdly, I considered Soap and Glory. FoundOnFilm (http://foundonfilm.blogspot.com ) felt when she first tried Soap and Glory’s eye gel that it worked just as good as All About Eyes. Like I need any encouragment, I scoured the Soap and Glory shelves but couldn’t find the eye gel so it was with another wrench that I pulled myself away from the Soap and Glory lip products (that Imogen from Foxy Locks has raved about) and continued my quest for eye creams.

Fourthly, there was No 7’s new eye cream (Protect and Perfect). Hmmm, Is £16.50 cheap? Yes girls, this is the one.

Now I looked at some reviews before buying because I do get some puffy eyes (I really have to start this drinking water thing) and Clinque made a real difference. Most of the reviews I looked at were on the BeautyJudge website. It did not get a perfect rating of five stars but scored about 4 point something and when I actually read the reviews, I realised that disapppointment mostly laid with the packaging. I think somebody thought the pot looked cheap. I do not have a problem with this but since purchasing, have seen a review on the Boots website saying you can not empty the pot because of the design and looking at my pot, I wonder if wastage is inevitable. When you take the lid off, there is still a rim stopping you getting your fingers in to the pot properly. We’ll see . . !

Anyway back to the product. Like others, I have wondered if the phenonmenal success that No7 skincare appears to have achieved (especially the Beauty serum) is down to good marketing but on the other hand when I’ve previously sampled miniatures, I have never been disappointed but nor have I rushed out to get the full-size. I have decided to give No 7 a shot because I think you need to use skincare products for more then three or four applications to get a true idea of how they will work for you. If it is disappointing then I will be wary of No7 in the future and I will think even more carefully about the expensive replacement when the pot is finished (Is that Kiehls I hear?!).

Apparently No 7 is going to chase away my dark shadows and puffiness. It will smooth,brighten and revitalise my skin. Mainly the same promise in the short term as Clinique. It also says that it will protect against free-radical damage. I’m not sure what this means but am reassured by the fact that the cream was voted the best eye cream by the Now Beauty Awards in 2008 (2008, just how new can this cream be?!). I’ll keep you informed with what I think . . !

Just to note Boots say that the cream is hypo-allergenic and dermalogically tested.

Finally before I go since we are all about the eyes today. Just to let you know that I picked up a Max Factor Lash Extension effect mascara in Boots for £7.99. I think at full price, it will retail for £10.99. I thought I saw in Superdrug that they had a similar offer but I can’t see anything on their website. I will try to get some mascara pictures and a review up soon.

Ooh and I was in Superdrug to pick up my free Barry M courtesy of Fabulous (again, review and pics soon), happy day. However, I had to ask a lady where the giveaway was and she wasn’t even sure if they had already ran out. This was at about 13.30 this afternoon. Luckily one was found for me but it did make me wonder exactly how many are going to be available so I’d claim soon if you are entitled to one.

Anyway I hope you are all having a happy Sunday.

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Ps Don’t forget, you have a chance to win a No 7 product, the beautiful Crystal Lilac nail varnish, in my competition. I might be a bit cautious with No7 skincare but I have several No7 nail varnishes and love them. See the Competition post for more.

In addition . . .

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In addition . . .

This is just a little post (more of a post-note really) to tell you of a resolution for February that I forgot all about on Monday.

I don’t why because when I was thinking of resoutions for the new month, this was maybe the first one that jumped out and said hello to me.

I want to keep to it and I want to tell you about it and the resolution is . . .(drumroll please) to bring my face care routine down to my neck and decolletage (chest) area. So maybe I will take two extra seconds when I ‘Clinique’ just to bring it down that little bit further because at the moment, this region is forgotten land.

I moisturise, moisturise and moisturise my skin above and below the neck but the neck is getting lost and neglected which means I could be undoing all my hard work because what is the point of having a face ten years younger if my dry wrinkled neck gives me away? Hmmm, apparently neglected necks are bitter and have a tendency to do this so I have decided that my neck and I are going to become good friends, this month.

As for my decolletage area, that is an area I already moisturise but I wonder if the body products that I currently use here could be too harsh? So for one month, I would like to give my facial products slightly wider breadth and see what happens.

It is interesting to note that since my back acne disappeared, one or two more spots occasionally pop up in my chest area. It is a shame as this was an area that was once blemish-free. On the other hand, it is nothing compared to how blemished my back used to be. Also I have noticed since using Clinique that the skin on my face is clearer and any spots that I do have, do not tend to grow in to the big blemishes they otherwise may have BUT I have noticed that I have had a couple of angry spots on my neck. Again on an area that is usually blemish-free.

So now I’m hoping to discover that using other products and routines on these areas could once again make them clearer (maybe they are just shouting out ‘Me, me, I want expensive product too) but if so, will spots suddenly appear in other areas? Are we destined to always have a minimum number of blemishes?

What do you think? What is your routine like? Are there any areas in your skincare or beauty routine that you forget? Come on, fess up and share my guilt with me ;-) I love getting all your comments and subscriptions and don’t forget that they can make prizes (see COMPETITION POST)

Hmmm, it seems that I have a little work to do this month so until next time. . !

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February 3, 2010 at 9:00 am

A bit of this, a bit of that . . .

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A bit of this, a bit of that . . .

Hey, happy first of the month to you all. Today’s post is going to be a little bit of a ramble looking at how the first month of my mission went and what I’ve got to do this month.

Well, we can tick off Clinique and Ardell. I more or less kept to these resolutions with the exception of the Clinique moisturiser which for about a week, I sometimes replaced with a moisturiser from Nelsons which I was reviewing for Beauty Judge http://www.beautyjudge.com

Now comes the big crosses. I really did not drink any more water then usual. I kept thinking about it but kept getting distracted before I got to the tap. I’m really cross with myself because when I look at all the beauty problems I have mentioned here and on forums. All of them could be caused by not drinking enough. I’m spending all this money on skincare regimes etc and I can’t even get a glass of water. As you can tell, I’m in the middle of giving myself a good talking to and this resolution will be carried over this month.

My final resolution was to save and use what I’ve got. Hmmm, I have still got a lot of new beauty type things this month  but can I just say a lot of them were brought in place of Christmas and birthday presents and the rest were investments. Ha, do you believe me? Also I did keep the second part of the resolution, I have been using more of what I’ve got both new and old.

So we’ve looked back (oops). I guess now that it is time to look forward. The resolutions for February are to carry on with water (well,start), Ardell (or the nominated replacement, lash product. Watch this space:-)) and Clinique and I’m going to add in a new one which is to keep my surroundings ie. storage and living area as beautiful as possible too. This might seem boring but as I discover new things and dig out old ones. Well, I’m in danger of getting trapped under it all! It also means  that I won’t be buying things to replace things that I thought had gone but actually, are found two days after the replacement has been purchased. Ooh and two mini resolutions. One is one which I will keep this week, is to share some of the pretty things that I got for my birthday with you! Here is a sneak peek of one, a gorgeous ring that my sister gave me.

 

Liking that! Anyway back to resolutions. New mini resolution two is to get enough of the Barry M tokens from Fabulous magazine and to claim my gorgeous goodies. I actually have only one token to go but I’m usually good at collecting tokens but then forget to claim until it is too late and there is nothing left. By this time next week, I hope the goodies are mine!!!

So what was your start to the New Year like? Any tips or discoveries that might keep my mission on track?

X

 

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February 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Oops

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Oops. . .

 Did I tell you about my second resolution this year? It was to save money. . .

Oops, let me introduce you to my purchases today.

Firstly, we have the most expensive. It is almost two weeks and my Clinque Clarifying lotion has almost ran out as the Sales Assistant said, it would. The more I use this system, the less it stings. And yes alright, I had to be convinced but with practise, it seems to take less time too. For now, I’m sticking with it. So today I splashed out and brought the three standard bottles. I was also given a couple of samples. Skin goodness and extras, I think this purchase can be excused.

Purchase number 2 was the Clearasil Scrub and Deep Cleansing toner. For over five years, I had very bad acne on my upper back and despite having acne nowhere else, it would not be shifted. However about a year ago, I read that  you should use on your acne only what you would use on your face and this brought me back to Clearasil which I used when I had breakouts as a teenager.  So I used two Clearasil products religiously, three times a day each, for a month or so and my back cleared. Now I use it more as and when. I try to make sure that I use at least two Clearasil products on my back each day. Sometimes it is two scrubs. Sometimes a lotion and a scrub. Today was the first time that I have brought the Deep Cleansing Toner. Normally I get the Deep Pore Treatment but this toner was reduced in Superdrug and looked more or less like it did the same thing. We’ll see. . ! Obviously for spotty reasons, this purchase will be excused!

Thirdly, we have Cotton Wool. For the Clinique and Clearasil. Obviously, this will be excused by association!

Fourth, we have a Gosh lipstick. Amethyst, purple. I loved Gosh Darling and I also have been enjoying Barry M hot pinks such as 100 which seems to have a bluish tinge. I am very excited about wearing Amethyst. . ! This purchase will be excused as I had the willpower to put Gosh Nougat back and buy just the one lipstick. Well done Me!

Fifth is a Shimmy Shimmers palette from ME ME ME. I think this is the first item that I have brought from this brand. Each palette has five shades in and you are meant to swirl your brush in to the palette so you pick up all the different shades and then you can use the multi-toned mix of powder to highlight. There are some beautiful colours in here. I brought the pink version but I think there was also a gold one and a bronze one. I’m trying to stop myself from picking these up. They might be good for contouring my pale face and if not then surely they would make beautiful eyeshadows. This purchase can be excused because obviously, I need a treat and I haven’t brought anything that is not necessary today ;-)

 And finally, we have gloves. What can I say, it is so cold and my hands are starting to dry up and that stings. . ! Plus it was two pairs for £1 in Primark so probably the most sensible purchase of the day.

Hmm, lets tot up my Sensible Shopping Challenge. . , PASS, yay!!! ;-)

So, what do you think? Have you tried any of these products? Have you been shopping lately, what have you been buying? There is nothing better then a nose in somebodyelses shopping bag, hee hee!

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January 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Clinique Three Step

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Clinique Three Step

As you may know, I started using the Clinque Three Step System last week. The Three Step consists of a cleanser, a clarifying lotion (which is allegedly the key) and a moisturising lotion. There are different versions of these products and instead of trying to randomly choose the product choice for yourself. Clinique do have counters where there are trained assistants who can do this for you. My assistant asked me a few simple questions about my body such as my natural hair colour and my reactions to sun exposure. She also touched my skin and said that she was testing my skin for resistance. She then concluded that I was a Type 2 and had dry/combination skin. It was advised that I buy the Type 2 Sample pack for £20 which I did.

The samples do seem very small. However, I was advised to use very little product and for somebody who lathers the moisturiser on like me, this has took some getting used to. Trying to control myself, I use one squeeze of the cleanser for each wash and then I follow with two tips of the clarifying lotion. Then depending on how my skin feels, I use a five pence to a ten pence size dollop of moisturiser. With other moisturisers; body butters, I’m pretty sure that I have used five times as much as this. Yet my skin has not felt any drier over the last week and indeed, does feel softer. Please note, I have also added a Clinque Eye Cream to my routine which I will review soon. I was advised that the samples would last about two weeks. Tomorrow, I will hit a week and I believe, I will have over half of the cleanser and clarifying lotion left. Unfortunately I can not assess how much moisturiser I have used, due to the bottle design. I just can not see what is in there.
As the week has progressed, I feel the system has started to work in different ways.

At first, I could not get the cleanser to foam but then suddenly after about three days, lather would appear more or less as soon as the product touched my face and suddenly I didn’t even feel the need to apply much product (and I always want more!). I wonder if this is due to the shampoo effect. In dirty hair, sometimes it seems to take two or three washes to get a lather and so, I’m wondering does the foam suggest that I have now got rid of all the scum that was on my skin. Conversly, it could mean that practise makes perfect and I have just got used to the products and can now work them as intended. Though Clinque claims that three steps should only take three minutes. No! It does not matter how much I focus, I can never ever imagine this system correctly applied taking less then five minutes xtwo out of my day.
I also noticed when applying the cleanser and the clarifying lotion that any slightest nic or flaw in my skin would twang. In fact, this twanging actually drew my attention to flaws that I never knew I had. Uh oh, my skin is in a worse condition then I thought. The twanging has since subsided a little and I can not find the little scratches that were stinging plus I have spotted no new blemishes since starting this system. As of yet, I can not say cateforically that I have seen any other difference in my skin other then the fact that it is very clean!
 

I have little doubt that there are some very strong ingredients in this system. Firstly, the assistant was adamanent that the cleanser and lotion should go nowhere near my eyes and lips. Secondly, the twanging. However, Clinque are renowned as the Dermatogists’ brand and they claim that in testing if there is even one reaction in 7200 applications then they reformulate. For many people, Clinque is an indispensable part of their daily routine and I’m keen to finish my samples and find out what the hype is all about.

Thanks for reading, any thoughts on Clinique or other skincare regimes?

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January 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm