Review | L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water & Visibly Clear Scrub

My skin has taken a turn for the worst this summer, there are dry patches and blemishes and red marks galore all over my face, and considering I don't like to wear much makeup in the summer heat, it made me feel terrible. I've always been a 'face-wipe-and-eyemakeup-remover-pad' girl, which I know is super naughty, and I've been forever on the search for a good makeup remover which is as quick and easy as a face wipe but better for my skin. 

The first thing I've been loving this summer is the much-raved about L'Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. I've been on the hunt for a decent micellar water that does the same job as Bioderma but on a budget price (a big ask, I know!), and I think I've come very close to finding the perfect solution. I picked this up in my local supermarket for £4.99, so it's cheap and cheerful, but does the trick. As you can see in the photo above, it claims to dissolve makeup, unclog pores, remove impurities, and tone and soothe skin. 

I really do like this product a lot, I only need a couple of drops on one cotton pad to remove my whole face of makeup, it sweeps away my foundation, concealer, powders and lipsticks instantly, and I only need to hold it over my eyelid for a couple of seconds and then wipe to sweep away all of my eye makeup. It feels like water on my skin and is really refreshing after a long summer day of makeup wearing. It's down to you whether you then go and wash your face properly after using this, but I find it really nice to use of a night time when I'm tired after work and can't be bothered to give my face a proper wash, as it removes all of my makeup just as well. 

I feel like after using this, my skin looks and feels very refreshed, clean, and clear. It almost feels like it evens out my skin tone as well, as redness seems to have faded after a couple of uses. I've yet to try this out on a waterproof mascara, and I've heard mixed reviews on how well it performs in that department, but so far, so good! 

The second thing I've been loving on my skin is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Scrub. I've been looking for a new face scrub since my Witch one ran out, to tackle the dry patches of skin and blackheads that my chin has annoyingly developed, and decided to give this a go. I picked this up for £4 and so far I am very, VERY impressed. First of all, it smells very fresh and fruity, with scents of tangerine and lime, and claims to unclog and tighten pores, immediately remove excess sebum and mattify the skin, without overdrying it - sounds like a miracle worker to me. 

The scrub itself is quite thick, the white part of the product isn't really creamy, but quite 'scrubby' itself, with added little green exfoliating micro-beads to deep cleanse. I can definitely say that it got rid of all my dry patches immediately, and at least half of my blackheads were gone after around 2 day's use, morning and night. As for the 'visibly mattifying the skin and tightening pores' claim, I don't really think I've used it enough to really see a difference, but I do have a lot of faith in this product! It's made the quality of my skin a lot nicer already, and definitely hasn't overdryed it, which is all good!

I can definitely see both of these products becoming staples in my skincare routine, they've improved my skin so much already and I'm so pleased with the results that they've given. Have you tried either of these products yet? What's your whole opinion on the micellar water trend? Let me know and I will see you very soon!

Zelda x



Review | Happy Hair Days Shampoos & Conditioners

I'd like to start this post by apologising for my lack of activity recently, work has really been getting on top of me and all I wanted to do on my few days off was sleep. But alas, I am here to talk to you about a few hair products which have become a staple in my haircare routine. 

These little beauties are all shampoos and conditioners from 'Happy Hair Days', who I believe are a relatively new brand, as I've not seen them around before. I picked these up in Sainsburys of all places (a British supermarket chain), where they had a 2 for £5 deal going on, I was in need of a new shampoo and conditioner anyway, so I thought I might as well give these a try. They claim to have a gentle, natural formulation and are free from parabens, sodium laureth sulphate and mineral oils, so I decided that if nothing else, these might do a bit of good for my hair.

First up, the Intense Repair Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner. These. Are. Amazing. My hair was so limp and flat and dry at the ends, and these babies worked miracles. I'll start off by saying that they both have the same scent and smell really nice, they have that 'holiday' type smell which is hard to describe, but if you smell it, you'll understand! You only need a tiny amount of shampoo to lather up your whole head really nicely, and once I washed the bubbles away my hair felt so soft I even debated not conditioning it! The conditioner is also lovely, and just makes your hair feel super super soft. Once my hair was dry, it felt so light and soft, almost like that 'just been to the hairdressers' feeling, and even after using heat protection spray and a hairdryer, I could still smell the scent of these in my hair. I noticed a considerable difference in the ends of my hair, they were nowhere near as dry, and my hair was nowhere near as limp as it was. 

Next, the Marshmallow and Coconut Colour Care shampoo, which also smells amazing! It really does smell lke marshmallows and cocunut without being too sweet or sickly, and it also did wonders for both mine and my mum's coloured hair. When I went back to get this, they didn't have the matching conditioner, so I bought the smoothing one instead (below). Again, you only need a small amount of product to really lather up your hair, and to me, it really did help bring out the colours in my hair, whilst leaving it clean and soft. The only downside to this one is that when you dry your hair the smell tends to fade away.

Last up, the Blueberry and Pear Smoothing conditioner. This conditioner is by far my favourite smell out of all three that I have mentioned, it's really fruity and refreshing and yummy, which meant I was very upset when I found out the matching shampoo was out of stock. Boo :( My hair has developed a terrible habit which means the bottom section tends to matte up a lot, and get really, really tangly. This conditioner is the only conditioner (apart from the argan oil one) that manages to detangle my hair properly and leave it with no knots or mattes. The scent seems to last in my hair all day, which is a huge good point for me, and I really do love this conditioner. 

Overall, I LOVE these products with a passion. If I'm looking for an everyday clean then I'll go for the colour shampoo and smoothing conditioner, but if I'm giving my hair a bit more love and attention I'll opt for the argan oil ones. After using these for a couple of weeks I have really noticed a difference in the condition of my hair, it seems to be looking a lot more healthy and 'alive'. I would definitely recommend these shampoos and conditioners to anyone, and I suggest that you all hunt them down and give them a try!

Have you tried these products and loved them as much as I have? Did this post inspire you to go out and try them? Let me know in the comments and I will see you all very soon!

Zelda x


Real Techniques | Core Collection, Expert Face Brush & Powder Brush

I've been plodding along through life using cheap and cheerful makeup brushes forever. Well, that is until my foundation brush split right in half and I decided it was time to man up and get some decent brushes. Now, being a student, I am in no financial position to be able to restock with MAC brushes (although I'd love to!) so I opted for Real Techniques instead. 

The first thing I purchased was the Core Collection set, in which you recieve a buffing brush, a contour brush, a pointed foundation brush and a detailing brush. 
I'll start by saying that all of the brushes are so super soft, and the bristles don't keep a hold of much makeup, meaning it all goes on your face, and isn't wasted by sinking down into the brush. 
The buffing brush is really nice for applying powder foundation, and I've even been using it for blusher as it fits perfectly onto the apples of my cheeks. 
I've been using the pointed foundation brush for my concealer, as you can be very precise with it, along with the teeny tiny detailer brush, which I have also used for blending in lipstick as well. 
Finally, the contour brush. Not much to say here, I use it for contouring. It's great. 

The second thing I bought was the Expert Face Brush for applying my foundation. I'm a liquid foundation girl, and this brush blends in liquid foundation perfectly and leaves my face looking flawless, and again, all of the product it picks up actually ends up ON your face, and not stuck in the brush. 
A common question about this brush is 'Surely it's the same as the buffing brush?' They look the same from afar, but the answer is no.

 Buffing brush on the left, Expert Face Brush on the right.

In this photo that I took for comparison, close up you can see that the bristles on the buffing brush are more sparse and longer, whereas the bristles on the expert face brush are more closely packed together, and shorter. I've used both for blending in liquid foundation and the finish you get with the buffing brush is completely different to the EFB, because the buffing brush is designed for powders. I would recommend using the EFB for any sort of liquid foundation, however, if you're a powder or mineral foundation girl then the buffing brush is the one for you. 

Finally, I bought the pretty pink powder brush. The bristles on this brush are again, so super soft and I find myself just wanting to sweep this brush all over my face all day. It does really well when picking up bronzers and blushers, which again don't sink down into the brush, and all of the product is placed onto your face. It's also really nice to use when applying a setting or finishing powder to your face, as you can cover your whole face really quickly, with a beautiful finish and without missing a spot. 

Overall, I'm really really REALLY impressed with these brushes, none of the hairs have dropped or fallen onto my face when using them, and they're all super soft and easy to use. There's been a massive hype all over the internet and blogosphere about these brushes and now I can see why. I'll be purchasing the Real Techniques Eye Collection set of brushes next week, so I'll also be writing a review of those in the near future.
Do you have any staple Real Techniques brushes in your makeup kit? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments below and I will see you all very soon!

Zelda x
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