Friday, 12 July 2013

Holiday beauty: Almeria 2013 - Murad, Aussie, L'Oreal, Rituals, Soltan, Bioderma, Rituals

Hey loves!
I hope you're well and enjoying the heat wave here in the UK :-)
So following on from my holiday fashion and make-up posts, I'll be talking about my holiday beauty routine - from skincare to sun protection and haircare! Exciting stuff...
So here are all the beauty products I took on holiday with me, except for the make-up. No surprise that my suitcase was about 10kg over the limit then, whoops! Sorry Dad...

Skincare:
Murad Essential-C Cleanser*
I started the every day by washing my face with this Murad cleanser. I love the citrus scent of this particular range and the cleanser has tiny beads in it that give your skin a proper good cleanse! I'd definitely recommend it for your hols.

Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner for Normal & Combination Skin
I picked this up last minute in Superdrug because I needed a toner! I mean it's OK but I'm not particularly loyal to one specific toner - is anyone? - so I might try something different next time.

Murad Essential-C Cleanser*
This is one of my favourite holiday beauty products hands down! My friend at work offered this to me to try and it's seriously amazing. It has SPF30 which is the level of sun protection recommended by dermatologists and it smells of oranges! I also have really oily skin and usually when I apply sun cream on my face it breaks me out, but this didn't at all and I was re-applying it all day.

Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-up Remover
I have to say, I ALWAYS come back to this product! I don't often have access to department stores whereas this is available from Boots or Superdrug for like 4 quid. Bargain!

Bioderma Crealine Micellar Water
I picked up this cute travel sized bottle of Bioderma on a press trip to the South of France recently and I'm really impressed with it so far! It works to remove every trace of make-up and leaves my skin feeling really soft and clean. I wouldn't say I've noticed a massive difference in my skin on a long-term scale though - it's still pretty blemished.

Sun Protection:
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF30*
I started the day by applying this to my face and neck as it has a high level of sun protection. As I mentioned, it didn't break me out at all so I carried it in my beach bag and applied it more of it throughout the day. I was REALLY impressed with this!

Soltan Protect & Tan Ultra-Light Texture Suncare Lotion SPF30*
I love to come back off holiday with a golden glow so I did everything in my power to enhance my body's natural tan safely! I spotted this Protect & Tan range at the Boots No7 press day recently and it instantly caught my eye because it enhances your tan. It doesn't have fake tan in it as far as I know but it just brings out the tan you've developed naturally. Also I hardly burnt, except on my chest because it sticks out and burns easily there! But honestly this is great for people like me who like to tan!

Soltan Protect & Tan Ultra-Light Texture Suncare Spray SPF15*

After a couple of days, I switched to a lower factor SPF on my legs and arms but stuck to SPF30 on my face, chest and stomach as those areas burn easily. I didnt find my arms or legs burnt at all with a lower factor as I had a nice, healthy base tan already from the lower factor. However I would say, having tried the lotion and the spray, I would recommend the lotion more as not much product comes out of the spray.


L'Oreal Paris Solar Expertise Tan Prolonging Aftersun Care

This is one of my favourite holiday products OF ALL TIME! I've used it religiously for about five years now when I go on holiday and I wouldn't use anything else. It's an aftersun with gradual tan in it and let me tell you, it really works to make you look amazingly tanned! It also helped to soothe my sunburn and it's an actual dream to apply. I don't think they sell this anymore in Boots but I spotted it in TK Maxx and hauled about five of them - make sure you do the same! But not in my local branch or I may have to kill you! ;-)


Hair and shower:
Rituals T'ai Chi White Lotus & Green Tea Foaming Shower Gel*
I found the foaming aspect of this really fun to apply - loser! - and it took up less space in my suitcase!

John Freida Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Shampoo and Conditioner
I recently had my hair highlighted and I wanted my holiday to bring out the blonde. These products coupled with the sun helped to lighten it a couple of shades by the time I came home. However, I've used the Creightons blonde range from Poundland in the past and I really can't see much difference...

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Deep Treatment
Aussie is one of my fave haircare ranges ever! The scents really lift your spirits and the products really work. I love to give my locks an intensive treatment a couple of times a week and this is definitely one of the top hair masks I've tried. As it says on the bottle, you just leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it out and your hair is silky soft! I like to comb it through before I wash it out to make sure all the strands are covered. I'd recommend this in a flash!

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-in Conditioner
Another one of my fave Aussie products - I'd say these two were on a par at the moment! I like to spritz this through towel-dried hair, comb it through and blow dry. They're a great duo if you're new to Aussie products - and I think this may be one of my favourite scents ever. It's the same as the Mega shampoo and conditioner range if you've tried that.

L'Oreal Elnett Satin Very Volume Extra Strength Hairspray
This is hands down, my favourite ever hairspray. Of all time. Ever. I like my hair to look big and voluminous and this just adds so much lift texture, without weighing it down. It also leaves it looking really healthy and glossy. You have to buy this and let me know what you think! I've actually been to a couple of my local Boots and Superdrugs and couldn't find it so I hope it's not discontinued! I would actually die!

Moroccanoil Oil Treatment
I've been using this on and off with the Kerastase Elixir Ultime for a while now but I thought I'd take this on holiday with me as it was more compact. I like to apply it to the ends of my hair when it's about 80 per cent dry. It does make my hair really soft and glossy, but I use so many products I'm never sure which is the one that has worked!

What's your holiday beauty routine?

Let me know in the comments!
Love,
Sophia
xo
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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

June 2013 beauty empties: L'Oreal, Simple Skincare, The Body Shop, Johnson's, Imperial Leather

Hey loves!
Hope you're well and enjoying your summer :-) Here are the beauty products I used up in June - I'm doing well but I still have a squillion un-opened bottles in my room *sigh*

Skincare:

Johnson's Fragrance Free Face Wipes
I went through a phase of using face wipes to remove my make up when really I should have been sensible and used Micellar water or a hot cloth cleanser. When I am lazy and use face wipes, these are one of my favourites as they're nice and moist and remove every trace.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion
I get quite problem skin and I found the tea tree in this helped to soothe it and calm any redness/irritation. Id definitely recommend The Body Shop tea tree range if you have blemish-prone skin like me.
Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover
This is one of my all-time favourite eye make-up removers and it's such a bargain. I would say it's on a par with the Clarins Gentle one which is another one of my faves. Definitely pick one up if you get a chance!
L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim
I used to be obsessed with the Rimmel Exaggerate liquid liner, then I loved the Soap & Glory Supercat one, but now I think I've found my holy grail! If you're like me and bloody useless at applying liquid eyeliner then this is for you, it's fool-proof.

Body:

Soltan Protect & Tan SPF30 Lotion*
As you may remember from my holiday beauty blog, I used this up when I travelled to Almeria in Spain with my family. I honestly cannot rave about this enough, it protected my fair skin from the sun but allowed it to develop a natural tan at the same time.
Imperial Leather Japanese Spa Shower Gel*
This lathered up nicely and smelt sweet and creamy - there's not much else to say about a shower gel really, is there?

Hair:

Healthy Sexy Hair Conditioning Treatment*
This was OK but I probably wouldn't re-purchase. Not a lot came out of the tube and I prefer hair masques to be in a pot so I can scoop them out, like the L'Oreal ones.
L'Oreal Elnett Supreme Hold Very Volume Hairspray
As I'm sure you probably know, this is my holy grail hairspray and I go back to it time after time. I also re-purchase these mini bottles whenever I see them because they're not always available! I recommend you do the same...
The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Detangling Spray
I first started using this a couple of years ago and recently received it as a gift for my birthday and started using it again. I have to say I think it's one of my favourite ever products - it smells great (like blueberry muffins!), leaves hair soft and silky and perhaps most importantly, lasts bloody ages! I'd recommend this in an instant.
What did you use up this month?
Let me know in the comments or send me your links!
Love,
Sophia
xo

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