Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dr. Organic Rose Otto Facial Serum

Being in the beauty blogging world for the past year has taught me a lot of things, especially the importance of a good skincare routine. If you had said to me last year that I should try a facial serum, I would have told you to get lost and that a product of such consistency would not work for me. You need to try things though to see if they do or don't work and I'm so glad that I branched out and tried something new. Facial serum is now an integral part of my skincare routine and it's most important feature for me is locking in extra moisture in my skin. Serums can have many appealing properties, such as anti-ageing ingredients, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid, to name but a few. Some serums are also tailored specifically for certain problems too, like dull or acne-prone skin. Doing your research and choosing the right product for your skin is key for achieving the best results. The Dr. Organic Rose Otto Facial Serum (30ml / £12.29) boasts lots of lovely skincare benefits such as elasticity renewal and anti-ageing properties. It also contains bioactive, natural and organic ingredients, which I will list a bit later on.

I apply the product twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. As directed on the instructions, I apply it before my moisturiser in the morning and after moisturising at night. The applicator is a glass dropper, which is great for people who are fussy about hygiene. It also means that it's easy to control how much product comes out. The serum itself is rose-scented and is a light-medium yellow colour. It does apply to the skin clear though, incase you're worried about walking around with a yellow face! The consistency is quite slick when you drop it onto your fingers but it absorbs quickly and entirely into the skin after a few seconds of it being on your face. The serum is non-greasy which is a big bonus for me. I apply it everywhere on my face (apart from my eyes, of course), even onto my nose which is the oiliest part of my face, however I do use a teeny tiny amount on that area. Even people with oily skin all over can benefit from a facial serum, although I can understand the thought is quite frightening. Using this serum in particular will make your moisturiser sink into the skin beautifully and I personally feel as if I don't have to use as much moisturiser as I did before using a serum. The serum itself seriously hydrates the skin and your moisturiser practically glides on, as does your make-up afterwards. My skin feels soft and plumper-looking after use and usually still looks this way even at the end of the day.

As for if this product actually works in terms of anti-ageing, I can't really comment on that as I'm only 21 and don't have any signs of ageing, so there will be no visible difference for me. Taking preventative anti-ageing action is just as important though. I purchased this product 4 months ago and there is still just over half left, so it really is worth the money. I would highly recommend this product for those taking their first steps into the facial serum world, as I don't think you will be put off trying different kinds in the future. Overall, an excellent purchase for me from the Dr. Organic brand. Lovely!

Bioactive, natural and organic ingredients:
Rose Otto oil, Rosehip oil, Argan oil, Passionflower seed oil, Geranium oil, Clove flower oil, Arnica flower oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Cotton seed oil, Rice bran oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, Calendula, Sweet almond oil, Soya bean oil, Sunflower seed oil, Vitamin C

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Empties #2

Hello my lovelies!
Today I'm bringing you my second installment of Empties - an assortment of beauty and other household products that I've completely used up. It's such a good feeling to use up products that have been sitting around for a while, and I actually really enjoyed using all of the products I'm showing you. Read on to see my thoughts on each product individually...

My moisturiser for the past while now has been the Neutrogena Ultimate Moisture Day Cream, a product made specifically for those of us with dry skin. It also contains an SPF 10, which means you don't have to worry about putting on a separate SPF daily, if that is part of your routine. I really liked this moisturiser but I felt as though it wasn't combatting my dry patches completely, so I have since started using a different moisturiser. Repurchase? I bought my second tube of this not long ago, so at least I can use it as an emergency back-up. I raved about the L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss shampoo in my previous empties post and my feelings are reciprocated with the matching conditioner. This was such a gorgeous product to use. Repurchase? Most definitely! Hand washes are one of my things. You can just cannot beat clean hands and a lovely scent. Original Source Vanilla Milk & Raspberry Moisturising Handwash smells exactly like it's named and has the most amazing fragrance. It's vegan-friendly too, if that kind of thing floats your boat. Repurchase? Yes. Cotton wool pads are a definite necessity in my beauty routine. I use them along with my Bioderma Micelle Solution for removing make-up at the end of the day. Asda's Skinsystem Oval Cosmetic Cotton Pads do the trick just fine. Repurchase? Yep, I need 'em. Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner and Mandarin Shampoo are two pretty decent hair products that you don't even have to alternate with their matching counterparts. They're also generally quite cheap wherever you find them. I never, ever finish a shampoo and conditioner at the same time or even remotely around the same time. Is that just me? Repurchase? I wouldn't run out to buy them but I'd use them again. Treaclemoon are a lovely brand in general and their Iced Strawberry Dream Bath & Shower Gel is no exception. It's such a girly and yummy scent and I can't fault this product at all. Repurchase? Yes please. Last but not least, we have Dove Beauty Finish Deodorant, which done what it needed to do. It's scent was feminine and slightly floral but wasn't at all chemically-smelling like some other deodorants I've used. Repurchase? I would.

What did you think of my empties this time around?
Leave a comment and let me know!
Hope you all had a brilliant weekend.

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

I'm back! + Beauty Haul

Hello lovelies!
I have kinda just disappeared off the face of the blogging world for the past month or so, and to be perfectly honest, I don't have a particular reason why. I just simply haven't found the time. Whilst there have been a shed load of things actually happening to me (a break-up amongst other things) in this short space of time, I'm just plodding along as normal. I'm so happy and excited to be back in the fabulous world of beauty bloggers now, and I hope you'll give me a slap on the wrist and not let me neglect my poor, little blog ever again!

I can honestly say I haven't bought any make-up for around... two months or so. I'm a bit iffy about the exact time period. This thought makes me incredibly sad but I really need to get my finances in order at the moment, and unfortunately, make-up is an expense I've told myself I do not need. My inner beauty addict tells me differently. My bills and living costs come first, though. That's what happens in the big, bad world. Can the big, bad world not just produce trees that in turn produce money? Sigh. Anyway, on to the good stuff!

I bought these goodies from Boots & Home Bargains, as a teeny weeny little treat to myself. The items from Home Bargains especially were indeed, a bargain. I would never have thought to go in there for any beauty products, but my Mum was going in so I thought I'd might aswell have a look.

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Red Diva (£3.99 / 0.25g) and the Lasting Finish by Kate Matte Lipstick in 107 (£5.49 / 4g) were the only two items that I actually kind of needed. I went to a 60th last Saturday and knew that I wanted to wear winged liner and red lips - the only problem being I didn't own a red lip liner. Infact, I think I own probably one other lip liner. Red lippy can bleed something awful and get a bit messy so I wanted to make sure it would stay put as much as possible. You can't beat a bold red lip. The Home Bargains offerings were a total impulse buy and they really were cheap as chips. My hair is forever frizzy and just generally horrific-looking, even when I straighten it. It really, really bugs me and I picked up the Argan Oil Hair Treatment (£1.99 / 100ml) hoping it would make my hair silky smooth. The treatment is supposed to 'repair and rejuvenate, leaving hair shiny, smooth & healthy'. I'm not so much into haircare as I am into skincare and I couldn't resist a new lip balm. Nivea Pearly Shine lip balm (£1.99 / 4.8g) is one that I haven't tried before, but I knew from liking other Nivea lipcare products that I had to add this to my collection. I was also drawn in by the shimmery, girly packaging. I can't help myself! The BB cream revolution was not something I was overly excited about myself, as I tend to opt for medium-heavy coverage foundations. I picked up this product for the sheer hell of it, but to be honest I'm doubting already whether it was worth it or not. Pure BB Cream in Light (£1.99 / 30ml) is a fragrance-free blemish balm which also contains vitamin E and mineral pigments. As with a fair few other drugstore foundations or face products, the shade range is truly abysmal. I have only swatched this product on my hand and can already tell it is far too orange for me. I will still give it a chance and try it on properly as we all know the colour of your hands can vary from the colour of your facial area. Last but not least, I got the Gemspa Reviving Rose Quartz Body Butter (£0.99 / 200ml) to help out with moisturising in the coming Winter months. I'm not religious when it comes to using bodycare products but I do it every now and again when I can be bothered. Props for the super girly packaging aswell.

What do you think of my little haul?
Let me know in the comments!

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