A couple of weeks ago I popped into Boots on my lunch break to pick up a new oil-based eye makeup remover to remove my NYX Pin-Up Tease Mascara that I bought at Olympia Beauty more efficiently. Being a little bit strapped for cash right now I wanted something low end but still a decent brand so I ended up browsing the Nivea shelves. When I saw that Boots are currently doing a 3 for 2 deal on their skincare ranges I decided to try out a few other products too! I ended up buying the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover and Express Hydration Primer.
I have always found that oil-based make-up removers are great for dealing with tough and pigmented cosmetics such as mascara and liquid/gel eye liners. Unlike other products that I have tried, just a few swipes will remove heavy duty makeup and leave your skin refreshed and nourished. I do really get on with the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, it removes all traces of my eye make-up with just a couple of cotton pads whereas before it took about 4 cotton pads per eye!! I love the actual composition of the product as the densities of the liquid and the oil are different they separate which is pretty cool looking (inner geek alert!). The formula is suitable for all skin types, and I found that even with my skin verging on the oily side, the use of oil on my face didn’t break me out or leave my skin feeling greasy. My only complaint is that it does sting if you get it in your eye so it isn’t as gentle as I’d like it to be, but seeing as it isn’t a fancy high-end skincare product, I can get over this! I liked this product as it does the job well and for just £3.59 it is a bargain, and I recommend it to beauty lovers on a budget.
When the weather gets cooler and the seasons turn I often find that my skin gets a lot drier due to the cold air outside and the use of central heating. To combat my dry areas of skin I switch my normal moisturiser with a night cream as I find that the intense moisturisation banishes my dry skin and makes my makeup look much nicer and not at all flaky! I had never tried out the Nivea Daily Essentials Night Cream before, but as it was in the 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go.
The cream is very thick and heavy and so it does take a while to sink in. I’m impatient when I have to get ready for work at 5.30am and don’t like to wait around for my moisturiser to absorb so unfortunately I found that my foundation slicked across my face and looked horrible the first time I used this! Not good. However if you have the patience to let it sink in, it is wonderfully hydrating and a good base for your make-up. I wouldn’t recommend this for those with oily skin though. I have combination skin, so I only use this cream on days when my skin is starting to look or feel dry, and I never apply it on oil prone areas such as my forehead. I also do use this cream for its intended purpose as a night cream, and I think that it is very nourishing and hydrating. Given the whole night to soak into the skin, I found that I woke up with refreshed looking skin that did feel softer and it has helped to banish dry areas.
Now I am going to admit something … I have never used a primer before. Its not that I couldn’t be bothered, I just didn’t know what to pick. I have read countless reviews, but I have been reluctant to buy one in case it doesn’t work for me and it is a waste of money. So as the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer was in the Boots 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go and dip my toes into the world of primers. I was surprised at how thin this product is. Usually the primers that I have swatched at various beauty counters have had a thicker consistency. I have to admit that I don’t think this primer is all that. It is okay, but I didn’t really notice much of a difference in the appearance of my make up. If anything I would say that this is essentially a thin mosturising lotion. While it is good for those with oily skin, I don’t think that this helped the dry areas of my skin.
It is hard because I don’t have any other experience of primers that I can compare this product to, but I’m sure that Beauty Bloggers would not rave about them if all primers were similar to this product. Personally out of the three products from the Daily Essentials range, this would be the one that I would drop.
I do really like the Eye Make-Up Remover and the Night Cream though and I am sure that I will repurchase them in the future. You can get hold of all of these Nivea products from Boots, where the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream is £4.35, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover is £3.59 and Express Hydration Primer is £4.99.
Beauty Bloggers have gone mad for the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo eyeshadows since their release and I have been dying to get my hands on some! This weekend I finally took the plunge and indulged myself in a couple of the gorgeous shades on offer as Boots are currently running a 3 for 2 offer on Maybeline products. I had my heart set on purchasing ‘Metallic Pomegranate’, ‘Everlasting Navy’ and ‘Pink Gold’. However, ‘Pink Gold’ was completely out of stock…so I settled on a different well hyped product in the beauty blogging world… Babylips, and that is a review for another day!!
These lovely little eyeshadows really remind me of the MAC Paintpots, and considering they only cost £4.99 each (or cheaper if they are on offer!) it is a great cheaper alternative for anyone who is strapped for cash.
I love that the shadows are very buildable, allowing just a gentle swipe of colour, or something really dramatic. I like to use mine as a base and then blend other shades into it. I think that ‘Everlasting Navy’ is the perfect foundation for a blue smokey eye and it has become a go to product.
I have also used them as eyeliners, and I have to say that they are wonderful as they add a gorgeous splash of colour and they last all day without smudging or creasing. Perfect for girls who are always on the go.
I apply the cream shadow with my fingers, and gently swipe it onto my eyelids using a small amount at a time. I did find that it sets quite quickly so I wouldn’t hang around too much before blending the cream outwards.
As you can see, these colours are both very pigmented, and it really doesn’t take a lot of product to get a strong colour. They are both quite shimmery as well which I love for a night out to create a dramatic look with a girly edge.
For just £4.99 I think that the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo is a steal and I will definitely be investing in more colours. You can get yours now from Boots, who are offering 3 for 2 of Maybelline Products or Superdrug who are offering buy one get one half price.
Recently I have been having a bit of trouble with my skin. My skin has by no means ever been perfect, but normally I might suffer just one or two spots once in a while. However for the last couple of months my skin has been pretty bad, and I think the culprit was wearing sun cream on my face. It completely blocks up my pores and makes me breakout.
I have also been a little bit lazy with my skincare routine, and I have often skipped cleansing and toning and made do with a face wipe – terrible I know! So because of this my skin has got worse. I feel like I have about 2319478274 spots right now.
So I popped to town this afternoon to make a few purchases to help improve my skin, and I will definitely be letting you all know how I get on with them.
I haven’t tried this either, and I have heard some very mixed reviews. I’m not expecting this to be a miracle cure, but I’m hoping that it will reduce the redness and swelling if I do have a large spot that appears. The cream claims to reduce size and redness within 4 hours which sounds very promising, but I will let you know how this goes for my skin! Again I purchased this cream from Boots for £4.26.
I will review these spot busting products in a couple of weeks and let you know if they are working for my skin. In the meantime if anyone can recommend some wonder products please do!
I am a huge fan of all things nail art, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to dedicate to creating an intricate pattern, so for busy times I think it is great to have textured nail polish on hand to create interesting, yet quick eye-catching nails. I bought the Seventeen Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Effects polish a couple of months ago because I absolutely love the way it looks in the bottle, but I have only just got around to trying it out.
I bought the polish in Monochrome, but my sister bought it in Bluetone, a glittery blue version, and it looks amazing for a night out. Personally I would use a coat or two of black nail polish underneath to make the white flecks really pop, but it is personal choice. The polish goes on really evenly and one coat is enough (as long as you shake it up) because there are lots of bits in there!, I did have a couple of sparse patches, on one or two nails so I touched those up with another coat to make sure the flecks were dispersed fairly evenly.