Some Quick and Easy Halloween Makeup Looks

After a browse through my phone, I’ve discovered a few snaps of costume makeup I’ve done in the past. Two of them are simple enough to do with whatever makeup you have lying around, one not so much.

Black Swan

This is ridiculously easy to do. Just apply some white face paint to your face, perhaps mixed with a little foundation so it doesn’t look so harsh, mix some black and white to create grey for the contouring, and then use an eyeliner for the eyes. Add some silver or glittery pale blue in the in-betweeny bits of the eye makeup for a bit of sparkle. I found the easiest way to do this was to draw the outline, following the shape of the eye over the eyebrow, then to kind of spider-web the inside. I also used red lipstick, then added some black eyeshadow to create a gradient  for the lips. There was no real technique and it still looked okay. Red contacts optional.

Werewolf

This was also really simple. I used a cheap face paint kit with black, brown and white, then mixed the colours for some more shades. The mouth was quite hard to get right, but as long as you layer loads of white facepaint, the teeth look vibrant. You could easily use eyeshadow and eyeliner to create this. Again, there was no real method to the makeup – just random, light-handed strokes to create the fur.

American Horror Story – Moira the Maid

This was easy and quick enough to do, you just need liquid latex for the texture. I first covered drew a line around my eye area with the latex, then added some toilet paper for texture, and added a cotton pad over the eye. I painted the cotton pad black, then added red for blood, and foundation to blend it all. This could easily be done with black and red facepaint, you don’t necesarily need the textured effect. Just add a maid costume and you’re good to go!

Deer

I accidentally deleted this picture, but if you cover the top half of your face with light brown face paint or bronzer, then paint around the eye area white, add a nose and some white dots on your cheeks, you’ve got a deer! Easy, and you don’t really need face paint – you could use white eyeshadow. 

 

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette| Review

I was so shocked when the sales assistant at Urban Decay told me this was just £22, I probably peed a little. Not really of course, because that’s disgusting and it’s a figure of speech, but you understand.

Generally, I’d grimace a little at paying £22 for one makeup product (though there are some I’d willingly pay that price for), but when it comes to high-end brands, that’s what you’re looking at paying for one blush, or one highlighter, one tube of concealer or whatever. But this handy little palette is 3 products in one, all for that price. Take a look at Benefit: their Brozner “Hoola“, and their “Sugarbomb” blush both cost £23.50. That’s £47 for just two of the three products you’d get in Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palette. Say what you will, but this is excellent value for money.

I broke it :(
I broke it 🙁

I love that they’re all on one handy palette, making it easier to transport and carry with you from A to B. In theory, this is handy for travel, minimising the space 3 products should take up, but I’m not sure that this is all that practical. I’m sure the increased surface area you get from combining the three products in one palette makes it much easier for it to shatter because science and stuff – BUT I may be wrong. This actually survived a few trips in my makeup bag; it only shattered because I’m cack-handed and managed to drop it. I’d still be careful, but as long as you don’t throw it at your nan or something it should be fine.

I’m going to review the three products individually, then give my verdict on the palette as a whole.

The Bronzer

This is hands down the best bronzer I’ve ever used – although I’ve only used about 2 bronzers in my life, so I’m probably not the best judge. I love that it’s not sparkly, making it great for contouring (which is what I use it for), but you can always add a little highlighter over the top to give it some shimmer, if you’re that way inclined. The pigmentation is good, but what makes it great is that It’s so finely milled it makes it hard to use too much product, which can be a nightmare when using bronzer – you want to go for the sun-kissed look, not the “just rolled in dirt” look. Pigmented, finely milled, and buildable. A winner in my books!

The Highlighter

This one feels slightly less finely milled, so unless you want to look like Edward Cullen, I’d use a light hand when applying it. I guess this is a good thing – there’s so much of this product, but you need just a little, and it’s probably best used in the night, so this will definitely last me ages. It’s a lovely pink-toned highlighter, so it won’t make you look like a lightbulb.

The Blusher

This one is the most pigmented of the lot, and not that easily blended, so again, it’s best to use your gentlest touch. Like the bronzer, there’s no sparkle here, which makes it great for that “no makeup” makeup look. Wearing this alone will look beautifully natural, but you can always vamp it up with a little of the highlighter layered over the top. As it’s so pigmented, this one should also last a long time.

My Verdict

All three products in the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette are absolutely great – much better than all the drugstore brands I’ve tried (granted, I haven’t tried a lot of bronzers or highlighters), making it exceptionally good value for money. If you’re investing in some new makeup and need all three of these products, it makes a great all-rounder. The blush is my least favourite of the three because I’m a NARS Orgasm devotee, but I’d probably buy this again even if just for the bronzer and highlighter. 

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette?


Consistency: The bronzer is very finely milled but buildable; the highlighter feels a little more creamy; the blush is finely milled. All 3 are well pigmented.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5

Price: £22 from Debenhams.

Overall Rating: 9/10. You can’t argue with the value for money, but be careful with it as the design could leave it prone to breakage. I barely use the blush as I prefer a different brand, but I’d definitely buy the Naked Flushed Palette again and would absolutely recommend it!

Vaseline Vs. Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm

Ah, Vaseline. Sluggy saviour of parched skin; constant companion, present in every bag I own, where would I be without you? My dry cheeks cry for your soothing touch, and my cracked lips crave your moisture sealing greasiness. Who could ever replace you? Why, no one…

…oh wait, hang on. There’s a new kid on the block and his name is Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm – he’s enriched with Manuka honey, bee’s wax and papaya extract, and he’s in a hygienic tube. Kid’s got swag, I’ll tell you that. OH, HEY Vaseline, didn’t realise you were still here. Well, this is awkward…

So how do they compare?

I bought this Paw Paw ointment on a whim whilst browsing the aisles of my local Boots. I’ve not seen this type of product in stores before, only online after reading many a fascinating article about Miranda Kerr or whatever sleb is fashionable at the moment fawning over its super duper awesome natural healing properties n’ stuff, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. What’t the harm, eh?

Papaya Gold Paw Paw 

IngredientsPharmaceutical Grade Petrolatum, Carica Papaya (paw paw) fruit extract, Bees Wax, Bio Active Manuka Honey 20+, Potassium Sorbate.

This paw paw ointment is a petroleum jelly base with added Manuka honey, known for its antibacterial properties; bee’s wax, which is great for locking in moisture; and papaya extract, abundant in vitamin’s A, C and E, all of which are great for the skin.

Vaseline

IngredientsPetroleum. Or, in the case of the tin above (the Aloe Vera version): Petrolatum, aroma, isopropyl myristate, aloe barbadensis, citral, citronellol, eugenol, limonene, linalool.

Okay, so regular old Vaseline is literally just petroleum jelly, and that’s totally okay. Sometimes you don’t need to mess with the classics. After all, it’s just there to provide a barrier to seal in moisture. The Aloe Vera version has added aloe extract and a few stabilisers thrown in.

In terms of ingredients, the Paw Paw ointment is the winner, with added vitamins and antibacterials which will be sealed in by the petroleum. Nevertheless, Vaseline is still a great all-round occlusive moisture sealing barrier….cream…thing. 


Performance

After applying both and leaving them for 3 hours each, here’s my verdict on how the two products performed:

I found that Vaseline stayed on longer, so I could feel it on my lips without the need to reapply, however my lips felt drier afterwards. When I applied the Paw Paw ointment, I couldn’t feel it on my lips for as long (it felt like it has rubbed off), but my lips felt softer and more hydrated.

And the winner is…

In terms of performance, the winner is Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm, but Vaseline is still a great do-it-all product, and if you can’t be bothered to pay the extra few quid for the Paw Paw balm, I don’t blame you. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t buy it again, and would just stick to Vaseline, but it would fun to try out, and I can see why people like it so much.

Have you tried Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm? What did you think of it?


Vaseline is currently £2.18 for a 20g tin at Boots.

Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm is currently £5.99 for a 25g tube at Boots.

A-Derma Skin Care Cream | Review

Ever had a skin care product you love so much it becomes your Holy Grail? Your staple, your desert island product – something you genuinely believe you couldn’t live without? Well, I recently discovered mine was breaking me out. I can barely contain my grief. I recently found the cause of my disgusting chin whiteheads was my by beloved Aveeno Skin Relief moisturiser, which I’ve been using for about 3 years. I’ve always struggled with one or two (or 8) whiteheads** on my chin, but they always seemed worse when I used this, and I recently tried the lighter version of Aveeno (one with a green label instead of blue) and that made my chin erupt in whiteheads. After checking the ingredients, I found this one was slightly more abundant in Isopropyl Palmitate – an emollient notorious for being extremely comodogenic. It’s no surprise really – it is a body cream. Anyway, I lamented, cleared it up with Benzoyl Peroxide and went on the hunt for a replacement. 

There was a set of criteria that had to be met by my new moisturiser. It had to a) hydrate, b) not irritate my delicate skin, c) perform well under makeup, and d) not break the bank. Not exactly a demanding list, but surprisingly hard to meet all of these at once. I found that some moisturisers hydrated well, but stung my skin, or mattified my skin beautifully for makeup, but didn’t hydrate enough, or ticked all the boxes but cost £830. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!

After searching high and low (I tried Olay, Boots no7, Boots Simply Sensitive, Nivea and so many more) I discovered this diamond in the rough – A-Derma Skin Care Cream. If you don’t know much about the brand, they’re owned by the same French pharmacy company than owns Avene. The lines are similar, but where Avene’s angle is some kind of fancy-schmancy jumped-up French water that thinks it owns the place, A-Derma’s star ingredient is the humble oat. I find this line much gentler than Avene, and I’m a big fan of their cleansers as they don’t irritate my skin. (Psst – it’s also cheaper, just sayin’.) 

It retails for £6.50 for 50ml, or £12.50 for 150ml – which is great value – so I decided to try the smaller size incase I didn’t like it. I checked the ingredients (there’s very few of them, so less chance of irritating) and ran them through CosDNA to find that only two raised flags for comodogenecy (is that even a word?) and irritation. Both of these ingredients rated 2 out of 5, so I didn’t worry – Isopropyl Palmitate rates 5/5, and that didn’t break me out terribly, so I took my chances.

It’s mostly water, glycerin and mineral oil based, so I knew it would be pretty hydrating – but would it go well under makeup? I supposed if it didn’t I could always use it up as a night cream. Turns out I don’t need to – it’s beautifully hydrating AND dries down to an almost matte feel, much like Aveeno does. It hydrates amazingly, but doesn’t feel greasy. Makeup glides on smoothly. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

It’s very thick when it comes out of the tube, then goes sort of watery when applied to the face, then dries matte, and doesn’t irritate at all. It’s so perfect, I could marry it, have its babies, then rub them all over my face (…)

**can we find a different name for “whiteheads”? They sound fucking gross. I propose we call them “magic facial beauty bubbles” or something instead. Just a thought.

What’s your Holy Grail moisturiser? Have you tried A-Derma Skin Care Cream? What is the colour of happiness? Tell me!


Consistency: Perfect – sluggy, wattery and matte at the same time. Buttery, is probably how I would describe it – wait no, WHIPPED. Like whipped cream. That’s the badger. 

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5. Like a snuggle for the face.

Price: £6.50 for 50ml or £12.50 for 150ml

Overall Rating: 10/10, my knight in shinning mineral oil.

Clinique Different Lipstick | Review

This lipstick has recently had a makeover, with new packaging that’s very pretty and metallic. I have the old version, which is a very clinical looking (and very Clinique) mint-green. I think it’s rather pretty, even if it does evoke mental images of NHS nurses in their scrubs…

Clinique’s Different Lipstick normally retails for about £17.50, but I bought this on eBay for, like, £5. Probably the reason for the old mint-green packaging – getting rid of old stock perhaps? 

I must say, Clinique’s lip products are by far the best I’ve tried and this is no exception. It goes on so smoothly, doesn’t bleed, feels hydrating, and the colour – Raspberry Glace – is so pretty: dark pink and a little sparkly, but still manages to look natural. It also stays put too. Most lipsticks don’t last more than an hour on me, but this easily lasts til lunch time. I love it. 

As you can see, it’s a lovely deep raspberry shade with a hint of sparkle. It’s just the right amount of sheer – I find too pigmented lipsticks can bleed and look really unnatural. 

All in all, a lovely everyday lipstick that lasts, hydrated and can easily make the transition from day to night.


Consistency: Smooth and silky, not too matte, not too sheer.

Staying Power: about 4 hours.

Price: £17.50

Overall Rating: 10/10. New holy grail product, can’t fault it.

NUXE Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute 24 hr Soothing and Rehydrating Fresh Mask | Review

Oh my gosh, what an absolute mouthful! I received this full size bottle of NUXE Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute 24hr Soothing Rehydrating Fresh Mask as part of October’s Glossybox subscription. Turns out I unsubscribed at the start of the month, but not in time to avoid being charged and sent this month’s wares. It’s okay though – I’ve been wanting to try this brand for a long time, so I’m actually quite pleased to have received a full size bottle for only £10 (plus the various other bits and bobs you get from Glossybox).

I find this product a little confusing. It’s a “24 hour rehydrating mask”; the instructions on the back say you can either apply it to the face, leave it 10 minutes and wash off, or massage it in and leave it on. Okay. What, exactly, is the point in washing it off? I’d understand if it contained ingredients that could irritate the skin or if it left a residue like clay masks, but I don’t see the point in going to the trouble of removing it if you can just as easily rub it in and gain more benefits. It sounds like a glorified moisturiser to me. 

Anyway, it’s performance: it’s a very light lotiony type consistency, and doesn’t irritate when applied, even around the eye area. It smells lovely – fresh and delicate, but not overwhelming. It feels like it hasn’t absorbed properly, leaving a sort of sheen. I guess this is why it says you can wash it off? I still think it would probably be okay under makeup. I left it on overnight, woke up and my skin was still sort of sheeny. After washing my face, my skin look beautifully plump and hydrated.

Great results, but honestly? I get the same kind of effect applying a layer of Vaseline or Nivea Creme when I go to bed. Perhaps it delivers a surge of moisture in a shorter space of time, hence why it says you can wash it off after 10 minutes? I don’t know. Either way, as nice as it is, I wouldn’t buy the full size version of NUXE Creme Fraiche de Beaute 24hr Soothing and Rehydrating Fresh Mask *inhales deeply*.

Have you tried NUXE Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute 24 hr Soothing and Rehydrating Fresh Mask? Does your jaw ache after saying that 5 times? Because mine does.


Consistency: Light and fresh feeling.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 4/5. No irritation and suitable for the eye area. Watch out for that fragrance though.

Price: Usually £19.50 but currently on offer a FeelUnique.

Overall Rating: 7/10. Taking NUXE Creme Fraiche de Beaute 24hr Soothing and Rehydrating Fresh Mask as it is, it works great, smells nice, doesn’t irritate. Lovely product, but I definitely think there are better (and less expensive) products out there that deliver the same or better results.

5 Autumn/Winter Fragrances

I have a bit of a penchant for buying too much perfume. It’s getting to be quite a problem, really. I won’t spend excessively on that dress I’ve been eying up, but I’ll smell something a little bit beautiful and go “I must have it now!“, my reasoning behind actually buying it being that “it’s an investment – it’ll last me a long time and I’ll smell like a fucking meadow – who can put a price on smelling like a meadow?“. BOOM. £70 pissed away on some funky smelling liquid. 

Nevertheless, here’s 5 of my favourite Autumn/Winter scents, some I’ve bought recently, some are quite old, but all of them are delightful to wear on an evening spent curled up by the fire (or partying the night away).

Lancome La Vie Est Belle EDP – from £44

I bought this in summer, but haven’t worn it much because I definitely feel it’s more of an A/W scent. Deep, sweet and gourmand, it reminds me a lot of Thierry Mugler’s Angel, which my mum used to wear. Definitely a night time scent – but let’s face it, Winter is basically perpetual darkness anyway, so I could comfortably wear it to the office. The bottle oozes understated sophistication, and the scent has notes of blackcurrent, jasmine and vanilla.

Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao Eau du Cologne from £40

This is a beautiful, warm, chocolatey perfume, perfect for day or night. It’s not too sickly sweet and gourmand, so it’s a little less cloying than some perfumes with accents of chocolate or vanilla. It manages to stay quite fresh, probably because of the lime and agava flower notes. This is my current favourite.

Guerlain La Petit Robe Noir EDT from £35

Definitely a night time scent, I can imagine wearing this at a festive cocktail party, and the bottle is ridiculously pretty while remaining elegant and classy. The La Petit Robe Noir collection packs such a olfactory punch, I went for the eau de toilette as the eau de parfum was a little overwhelming. Cherry, apple and musk feature in this sweet and delicately sexy scent.

Valentina by Valentino EDP from £41.50

This is such a feminine, sophisticated perfume, featuring bergamot, orange blossom and wild strawberry, with amber base notes. Perfect for day or night, this was my go-to scent last winter. It’s delicate and powdery, and there’s something about this perfume that makes you feel like a real lady.

Vera Wang Princess EDT from £40

I have a real soft spot for this perfume. I got it for Christmas 2 years ago, and I still adore it. Vanilla, apples and water lily make this sweet and girly, but not in a sickening way; this is definitely one for the younger lady, but it smells so comforting, I still have a little spritz now and again. Perfect for an evening out with the girls, and the heat-shaped bottle is ridiculously cute too – great for travelling.

What’s your favourite festive fragrance?

How to Treat Spots and Blemishes

I’ve never been one to struggle with spots. During my teens I was fortunate enough not to suffer from acne; my skin teetered on the fence, sometimes swaying towards normal, sometimes dry, but always sensitive. Which is why, as a 22 year old, it confused the shit out of my when my chin suddenly erupted in whiteheads, blackheads and who-knows-what-else. I feel that teens today have a much better advantage over people my age and over when we were teens, as we didn’t have quite as much information available to us at the touch of a button – I’m talking of course about the internet. Ten years ago or so, if I’d been plagued with the same issues, my first instinct would be to hit the GP surgery to see a doctor, and perhaps get referred to a dermatologist if the issues were particularly complicated  – but in today’s technologically advanced world, my first port of call was my good friend Mr. Internet. Or rather, the depths of Reddit: the Skincare Addiction sub-page. Normally I wouldn’t recommend self-diagnosiis by using the internet, but when it comes to skincare, it could be a while to get a GP appointment, so I think it’s an exception.

So anyway, I asked a few questions, read a few older posts, and got a few ideas on how to treat the issue. Here’s what I’ve learned are the most effective ways to treat problem skin:

First things first…

Identify the cause. Is your acne caused by hormones? Are you using a harsh cleanser, stripping your skin and causing your skin to overcompensate by producing too much oil? Is it something you are eating? In my case, it was a moisturiser I’d recently switched to with highly comodogenic ingredients. You can check the ingredients of your products using CosDNA, which is infiniitely useful in pin-pointing if something you are using is causing breakouts or irritation.

While you’re figuring out what’s causing your skin concerns, here are some treatments:

Chemical Exfoliants

These are much gentler than physical exfoliation, which can cause micro-tears and long-lasting damage to the skin. They come in two forms: AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHA’s (beta hydroxy acids). Alpha hydroxy acids work by dissolving the bonds between cells in the upper surface of the skin, allowing it to regenerate quicker and easier, promoting new cell growth and revealing a healthier looking complexion. BHA’s work differently in that they unclog pores and provide a mild inflammatory effect, making it great in the treatment of acne. Common AHA’s include glycolic acids, and common BHA’s include salicylic acid. You’ll find that these work great as part of an every day routine in order to prevent breakouts – just make sure you patch test first, and introduce them slowly, starting with a low strength, and don’t use AHA before sun-exposure as it makes skin more susceptible to damage. (Well, okay you can, but follow it with a high-SPF, you rebel without a cause!)

My experience: I’ve been using these together about 4 times a week with great results. My skin looks more glorious and radiant. Great for preventing spots and treating mild breakouts.

Recommended products:

AHA:

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliation Pads. I use these and love them; they’re quite a low strength at 2.5%, which I find effective yet gentle enough for nearly every day use.

St. Ives Exfoliating Pads. These have a stronger percentage of glycolic acid, although I’m not quite sure what it is exactly – I think it’s about 8%.

Pixi Glow Tonic. This is a raved about cult-product in the blogging community, and with good reason – it’s got a sold 5% glycolic acid in it.

BHA:

Stridex Daily Care Acne Pads. These contain salicylic acid, and are favoured among the SCA community.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Rapid Clear Treatment. I found this very effective at clearing up a large spot overnight.

Benzoyl Peroxide

This is a really popular acne treatment which used to be commonly prescribed by GP’s here in the UK, also being available over the counter, however it’s recently disappeared from pharmacies due to EU laws. You can still get it online though. It’s an antibacterial product, so it works by killing the bacteria on the surface of the skin that cause acne. It’s sold in a number of strengths starting at around 2.5% going up to 10%, but it’s recommended that you don’t go higher than 2.5% as this works just as effectively as the higher concentration, but with less adverse reactions (redness, irritation, burning etc). As it contains peroxide, it’s best not to use this near dark clothes, as it will bleach things!

My experience: I ordered some of this online because I couldn’t find it in any UK pharmacies. I ordered the 2.5% one, and applied it all over my chin. When I woke up the next day, all my spots had decreased in size and some of my whiteheads and sebaceous filaments had cleared up. After about 3 days, it was basically all gone.

Product Recommended: Benzac 2.5% gel seems to be the most popular. I bought mine on eBay.

Retinoids

I have no used these, but I understand that they work by unplugging the cells that line hair follicles, which causes blackheads and whiteheads. Tazarotene and Adapalene are both retinoids, which are only available by prescription. Their side effects include skin irritation, redness and sun-sensitivity.

If you’re struggling with skin issues, I’d highly recommend a visit to r/SkincareAddiction, as there’s a wealth of knowledge on so many skin-related concerns. But please, if it’s really getting to you, make an appointment to see your GP and get referred to a dermatologist.

Big thanks to r/Skincareaddiction, Skincare Addiction and Hoojoo Skincare for making the information used to write this post so readily available – and for helping me fix my skin!

What are your favourite spot remedies?

 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish | Review

You know the dilemma you face when you need a new cleanser, but haven’t shaken up your routine in so long you don’t really know what the best option is? That was me about 3 months ago. After doing a whole lot of research on cleansers, I decided to try out the famous Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish hot cloth cleanser. Praised by many a beauty blogger and winner of numerous awards, I thought it sounded great. Add in the claim that it’s supposed to be gentle on sensitive skin, and I was sold. Or rather, this product was (to me).

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You probably know the drill, but for the sake of this review, I’ll go over the concept: It’s a sort of creamy, balmy substance made with lovely natural ingredients (mostly cocoa butter) which you rub all over your face (either with your makeup on to remove it, or after you’ve removed it by other means for an even better cleanse). You massage it into the skin for a few minutes, then take one of the muslin cloths (you can either buy them separately or they can be bought as part of a set with the cleanser), soak it in warm water, wring it out, then use that to remove the cleanser (and all the dirt and crud from your face). The muslin cloths provide gentle physical exfoliation, which is great for getting rid of any dry, flaky skin.

I had a a very mixed experience with this. The first week I used it, I thought it was breaking me out on my cheeks, where I don’t normally get blemishes. After persevering (partly due to it being so highly regarded, and partly because it’s so damn pricey I was determined to use it all up), my skin looked gorgeous and glowy for a few weeks. Then I started getting blackheads and whiteheads all over my chin. I put it down to this cleanser, and stopped using it. However, the issues on my chin are currently still there, which leads my to think this cleanser isn’t the culprit, so I may have to try eliminating a few other products from my regime to single out the cause. 

Anyway, when it performed well I really liked it. I was worried the eucalyptus would be a nightmare for my sensitive skin, but the SA convinced me it would be fine – and it was. I must stress that no matter how strongly this smells of eucalyptus, you really can’t detect it on your face – you know that cooling sensation you’d get with vapour rub or something? You really don’t get any of that with this.

It was also great at removing makeup. I mostly used it after removing mine with a makeup remover, but on the occasions when I just used this, it was awesome, even with waterproof mascara. 

The combination of creamy, hydrating cleanser and gentle exfoliation is a winner for me. My only issue is that it may have broken me out. I’ll keep you posted if I find out what the case of my breakout was, and it it turns out this is blameless, I’ll definitely keep using it.

Have you tried Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser? What do you think of it?


  • Consistency: Very thick, buttery, creamy. Lovely.
  • Sensitive Skin Suitability: While Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish doesn’t sting or burn, I’m worried it may have broken me out.
  • Price: £14.75 for the starter kit, which includes 100ml pump bottle and 2 muslin cloths.
  • Overall Rating: 7/10. Great cleanser, just worried about the breakout. This would go up to about an 8 if it’s not breaking me out, the reason being it’s quite expensive, especially if you have to keep buying the muslin cloths.

Asda Nail Varnish is Surprisingly Good!

I’m not a massive nail varnish person, but I love this stuff! I’ve tried a few brands, including some of the more high-end ones like Nails Inc. and Butter London, but why pay upwards of £7 for nail varnish that chips and requires more than 2 coats to look perfect? This varnish cost me £3, looks great with 1 coat, but perfect with 2, and doesn’t need a topcoat.

I’ve been wearing it for 4 days now and it hasn’t chipped yet – a far cry from my Butter London purchase which lasted 2 days before looking battered and fragmented (no, I don’t have a picture of how it looks because my cuticles are embarrassingly gross, and I don’t want to force you to look at them).

The only thing I have to complain about is the brush, which could be a bit longer and neater (a few stray hairs poked out the first time I used this), but other than that, it’s a great find for £3.

Have you tried ASDA’s nail varnishes? What did you think?