Monday, 15 December 2014

Empties #27

I've found myself falling into beauty routines more readily and it shows by the abundance of empties on display. I'll start by saying that there's nothing in this basket that I wouldn't class as a decent buy. Of course, some are out right loves, but that statement still stands and it doesn't happen often.

With the number of cleansers in here you'd think I'd have the cleanest face in town. The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Oil surprised me by being completely worth the hype. Effortless makeup removal, easy on the eyes, cheap and all round gentle and effective. Therapi's Lemon Mrytle Honey Cleanser** and OLO Chia Whip Cleanser were lovely for morning face washes. For angry skin days Therapi was a brilliant pick to help soothe and treat. The other is the first foaming cleanser I've actually liked. It feels like massaging clouds into your skin. Both do not strip the skin or leave it feeling dry and parched.

The Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist turned out to be the kind of product I'd like at my desk to refresh and have a moment of calm. As a morning toner, yes it's refreshing but this little bottle finished too quickly! I'm not going to bore you all by doing my "Oskia rave" again but their Micro Exfoliating balm is amazing. You want to try it. I had already repurchased this and so moved straight onto a new pot. Efficient beauty cabinet replen - nice. Not so much the case with the Nourish Kale Biomimetric Eye Cream which left me doing a cartoonish shock horror face when I pumped out the last little bit. Hands down my favourite eye cream to date! It's hydrating, light, sits well under makeup and worth every penny...when I can afford it.

After two paragraphs on skincare empties I have to whizz through the rest so as not to subject you to one of my essays. Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter** was my mum's favourite. It's nice but I'm not a fan of the scent. Melvita Apicosma Body Balm is the bee's knees. This stuff is so rich and nourishing. A winter must-have. Fresh Fig body souffle was actually a favourite of mine. The least overpowering scent in the range (I think) and the texture is like massaging silk into your skin! 

Relax Deep was clearing my favourite Aromatherapy Associates oil. You'd think "how can a tiny capful of this do anything?!" and I'd tell you that this and some Radox had me knocked out one Thursday night. And then there's Clean Girls. Nuff said.

Le Soft Perfume in Zazou is such a gorgeous scent. I love the idea of these not only for how pretty they look but the convenience. Emballe Moi is next on my list. Finally, EX1 Pure Crushed Mineral Foundation - my new favourite base! This completely changed my mind on the idea that mineral foundations would be cakey and drying. Not in the slightest.

TL;DR
Repurchased...Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm, EX1 Pure Crushed Mineral Foundation M300, TBS Camomile Cleansing Oil
Highly recommend... Melvita Apicosma Balm, Nourish Eye Cream and everything I repurchased.


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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A Gift from Nourish Skincare

You know I absolutely rate Nourish and not just for great skincare but their natural and organic ingredients too. They've created some beautifully packaged little sets and the Argan Beauty Collection* is one of my favourites. It comes with travel sizes of the Argan Skin Rescue, Skin Renew and Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer.

The seasonal change to crisp cold winds has made this the perfect trio to reach for. I do enjoy slathering on a layer of Skin Rescue before my daily moisturiser. I find it incredibly nourishing and plumping for my skin. It helps to give it that healthy happy glow.  

Just before I get started on the makeup end of things I like to add a little of the Face Shimmer on my cheek bones, bridge of the nose and cupids bow. Basically, anywhere that I'll highlight later on. It's not glittery and has this gorgeous subtle shimmer that you get a glimpse of still even after layering on the makeup bases. You could also add this to your foundation for an added sense of luminosity. 

In the evenings its all about the Skin Renew. This is a thick but surprisingly light moisturiser that is incredibly hydrating and makes my skin feel light and bouncy. Is that even a thing? A little goes a long way so I'm quite looking forward to alternating this with my Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost to keep me covered for a long cold Winter.

This set gives you more than enough to discover and is a great way to introduce someone to the Nourish Range as all of these products can be bought in full sizes separately. If this isn't to your taste they have a range of others from bodycare to skin sets based on your needs. My personal favorite is the Kale Trio which includes the Kale Eye cream (my absolutely favourite eye cream ever). If only I was interested in putting that stuff in my mouth as opposed to just on my face. 


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