Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Ordinary Skincare from Deciem | How to Use It

 The Ordinary Skincare from Deciem | How to Use It



Hiya Darlins
I wanted to bring you this quick post as I have had a lot of questions regarding Deciem and especially The Ordinary. As you already know Deciem is one of my very favourite skincare brands and over the course of the blog it has been featured quite a few times, when The Ordinary was first launched I did a little post on my first purchases from the range, but as always with this innovative company you are often left wondering, when, and how to use the products, as with today's skincare we now understand the art of layering and with that said, I wanted to bring you this guide to using the products in The Ordinary range with confidence.

With prices averaging at under £10.00 you are giving your skin serious love without breaking the bank.  Hopefully this guide will help you when making your skincare choices, please don't be too impressed, I stole it from the Deciem website.

 The Ordinary Skincare from Deciem | How to Use It

I have just placed a little order for a few bits as I wanted to try out the two primers in The Ordinary range also the Gylcolic Acid 7% toning solution, of course these will feature on the blog at a later date.

The Guide 

Example regimen for general signs of age: 
AM: Buffet, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5; PM: Buffet, Advanced Retinoid 2%, 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Example regimen for pigmentation issues:
AM: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%; PM: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% or Advanced Retinoid 2%
Example regimen for dehydration: 
AM: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA; PM: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
Note: If using CAIS from our NIOD brand, it is important that CAIS is applied at least 30 seconds before the application of the following products from The Ordinary: Lactic Acid 5%/10% + HA 2%, Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%.


ProductFormatRegimen StepConflictsTime of Use
100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula OilOilAfter Water Solutions-Any Time
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan OilOilAfter Water Solutions-Any Time
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed OilOilAfter Water Solutions-Any Time
100% Plant-Derived SqualaneOilAfter Water Solutions-Any Time
Advanced Retinoid 2%EmulsionBefore Oils/Creams-PM Only
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling SolutionWater SolutionUse as a masque and rinse off-Ideally PM
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HAWater SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Alpha Lipoic Acid Solution 5%Anhydrous SolutionAfter Water Solutions-2-3 times a week, PM
Argireline Solution 10%Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin FOil SolutionAfter Water Solutions-AM and/or PM
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%SuspensionAfter Water Solutions-Ideally PM
BuffetWater SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Caffeine Gel 5% + EGCGWater SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning SolutionWater SolutionAfter cleansing, before serums-Ideally PM
High-Adherence Silicone PrimerEmulsionLast step of skincare as a makeup primer-Any Time
High-Spreadability Fluid PrimerAnhydrous SolutionLast step of skincare as a makeup primer-Any Time
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-Ideally PM
Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-Ideally PM
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%EmulsionAfter Water Solutions-AM and PM
Matrixyl 10% + HAWater SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HAEmulsionLast step of skincare as a moisturizer (before makeup primer)-AM and PM
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%Water SolutionBefore Oils/CreamsVitamin CAM and/or PM
Retinol 1%EmulsionBefore Oils/Creams-PM Only
Salicylic Acid 2% SolutionWater SolutionAfter cleansing, before creams-AM and PM
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%SuspensionAfter Water SolutionsNiacinamideIdeally PM

I hope this helps a bit, but do take a look at what Deciem have to offer The Ordinary also the next bit of exciting news that I am desperately waiting to be released in April are the gorgeous looking new Ordinary  Colours foundations, the range of shades is fantastic.


The Ordinary Colours Foundation by Deciem
The Ordinary Colours Foundation by Deciem

The Ordinary Colours Foundation by Deciem
The Ordinary Colours Foundation by Deciem


Lyn 💋












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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Grey Hair Colour from Colour Freedom Metallic Glory

Hiya Darlins,

Grey hair, at one time we did everything humanly possible to cover it up, nowadays us oldies are bang on trend, unfortunately unlike some of the gorgeous older models we are not completely grey, just that horrible peppered look that shows through roots, if like me,  you would be happy to be all over grey our luck is in.



Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom

Currently there are a huge array of products promising the all over grey look, trust me I have tried most of them over the last 9 months when I decided to ditch the blonde in favour of grey.  My Twitter and YouTube followers will have heard about and seen my attempts, I have certainly given Marge Simpson a run for her money, 90% of current on the market products have given me every permutation of Blue or Purple, even some of the shampoos that claim to remove the brass tones out of blonde in favour of Ash have given me lilac locks !!!!



Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom


Well no more !

I am here to tell you I have just discovered the VERY BEST home colour for grey, Once again I picked this up thinking "here we go"  The box looked so promising I thought it was just another gimmick on the grey trend train.


Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom

Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom


This product is the absolute bees knees, it gave me the perfect shade of silver grey all over and turned out identical to the shade shown on the box.......that never happens, and not a single hint of blue or lilac, I must admit to getting pretty excited as it was developing, it was GREY while it was doing it's magic, no purple in sight.

It washed out like a dream, and I was literally left with the colour I would have wished for had I have gone to the Salon.



Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom


 Colour Freedom comes in 5 shades of grey, so whether you want light grey, graphite grey through to black, you will find the perfect shade of grey for you.

Get Colour Freedom Here 


Love n Hugz
Lyn x

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Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara

Kevin Aucoin The Expert Mascara
Kevin Aucoin The Expert Mascara


How many mascara's do we buy in the hope of finding the holy grail of lashes ?  I can't even count how many I have tried this year and to be honest most don't event make the pages of this blog, if I don't like something I am sure as heck not going to write about it.


Kevin Aucoin The Expert Mascara
Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara



Kevyn Aucoin is a brand that I don't have a huge amount of experience with but being a top Hollywood make up artist to the likes of Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford for Vogue he clearly knows a thing or twelve about make up, there is however one product from the brand that I wouldn't live without and that is the Sensual Skin Enhancer I was convinced I had written about this but having done a search I realise I haven't so will remedy that soon, back to the Expert Mascara;


Kevin Aucoin The Expert Mascara
Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara


It comes in the shades Black and Bloodroses I tried Black and found it to be the deepest shade of black ever, it has a curved double sided brush which applies the thick creamy formula in one coat, two coats and you really are looking at a night time wow effect, it thickens, lengthens and curls the lashes in a pretty impressive one coat, I personally love a curved brush as long as it isn't over thick and bushy and I found this one perfect in that it didn't place the formula anywhere other than my lashes, it latest exceptionally well through a full day with no Panda eye or flaking and when it came to the evening I literally added another coat and was good to go.
Fragrance and Paraben free I would imagine it would be suitable for even the most sensitive eyes.

Find Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara Here 

Lyn 💋


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette


 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette

Hi Loves,

I wanted to do a giveaway as a thank you to the fabulous readers of the blog, this time there are more than one way to enter so you can get multiple chances.


 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette


This Giorgio Armani  " Eyes to Kill " Eye Palette is simply gorgeous, the perfect amount of shimmer in the top three pastels combined with the chocolate brown matte, flip the lid to reveal the shades, flip the shades to reveal 2 double ended applicators, all complete with a compact mirror.



 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette


At the closing date the raffle copter picks the winner at random, so the more you enter the more chances you have. UK Only


 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette



 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette


Good Luck, have a bit of fun with it, and thank you for reading the blog.

Lyn 💋






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DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish | DHC Olive Body Butter


DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter
DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter 

Hiya Gorgeous 

What is it about a bit of sunshine that suddenly sends us into body panic ?  all those area's that you know you should have look after over Winter are suddenly looking a bit dry and grim, if you are anything like me I know you meant to do it everyday, but somehow just didn't, way warmer to jump out of the shower and straight into something cosy, I know that feeling !


DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter


DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter



But now we have those neglected bits to deal with before we face exposing them to daylight, as regular readers know I am addicted to exfoliation of every kind be it face or body, and my favourites from Japan DHC skincare have just launched the most beautiful body scrub/polish.  As we have come to love from them it is based on Olive Oil, contains both Vitamin E and Lavender Oil and the scrubby part is made up of both large and small grains of corn cob powder, I am in love with this it exfoliates without being harsh it has the fragrance of Lavender although not heavy in a granny Lavender bag way, but gentle and soothing, once you have exfoliated and rinsed you could at this stage leave your skin with nothing on as you will be left soft and smooth and the product does leave a moisture layer on the skin: 
DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter



DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter


 However if like me you need a little more care and attention to counteract the naughty neglect you can then follow with with Olive Body Butter either all over or on specific areas that need extra help, I found this perfect for knees, heels, elbows and shins, while it is called butter I would describe it more as a balm and a tiny bit really does go a long way, I can imagine this tub lasting me ages, it literally melts into the skin leaving it soft to the touch.

Check out my other posts on  the DHC brand here 

www.dhcuk.co.uk

Have you tried anything from DHC  ? let me know your thoughts.

Lyn 💋


Post contains Brand / PR samples unless otherwise stated.
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Monday, 20 March 2017

Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette

Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette


Hi Loves 
Continuing my thoughts on the New Gosh Copenhagen SS17 range it was time to discover the new Eye Expressions Palettes, here I have 2 out of the 3 to show you,
although I will add a picture from Gosh at the end of this post showing you the missing one.

This is 001 Back to Nature all palettes come in three matte shades and one highlight.

Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette
Gosh 001 Back to Nature 

They are butter soft and really well pigmented, there was hardly any fall out at all when using these, in fact it is almost like applying a cream. As you can see 
each palette has been designed in complimenting shades in line with the Urban Nature theme of the 2017 Spring/Summer collection.

Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette
Gosh 003 Urban Nature 

One of my favourite things about the quad palettes is that they are all product and don't contain either a useless little brush or those horrible sponge applicators that no one ever uses,  take note Dior you could learn from this ☺


Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette
Gosh 002 Thunderstorm ( pic credit Superdrug )



Gosh eyeshadow brush
Gosh eyeshadow brush





The Gosh eyeshadow sweep 017 brush is the perfect match for this or any other shadow in your collection, the soft synthetic bristles pick up perfectly and are soft and gentle on the lid, the handle is perfectly weighted with an easy non slip grip.




At £8.99 these represent great value. Find the Gosh SS17 Eyeshadow here 


Lyn 💋




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Thursday, 16 March 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation 


Hiya Gorgeous

I was desperate to try the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation as I had read some amazing reviews from Bloggers and the thing that attracted me was that they were saying while it gives full coverage and has a matte look the finish is dewy rather than flat matte. I know for sure I can't wear flat matte as it highlights lines, making me look like the living dead.

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation 


At £7.99 I thought it was a bargain, I don't "need" full coverage per say, but if I am going to wear a foundation I like to see it,  the texture of this is almost a thick mousse I applied it using 3 different methods, firstly with fingers, that was a definite no from me, it was like plastering a wall, a brush again made it way too thick and heavy, a damp beauty blender seemed the way to go, it gave a nice finish, not the kind of finish that you do a double take but it was nice, it did do what it says and gave full coverage that lasted, for that I would give it a huge thumbs up, it didn't need touching up at all during the day and lasted well into the night, what it did do on me however was creep into the lines, is this the fault of the foundation ?  I don't think it is, they don't claim it to be for mature skin but it didn't work for me, I have now tried it about 5 times and nope, it's not one that would buy again.  Sorry L'Oreal this time I am not a fan.

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation 


If you are of younger years I would give this a try, all those blogs can't be wrong, it just didn't work for my skin which is Normal/Mature.

Lyn 💋

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Burt's Bees Lipstick



Burt's Bees Lipstick
Burt's Bees Lipstick



Hi Loves

Burt's Bees, what do you think of when you hear this name ?  if like me, just lip balm springs to mind, you will probably be as surprised as I was to discover this beautiful company is much much more than that. You can read their gorgeous story here 


Burt's Bees Lipstick
Burt's Bees Lipstick Shade 515 Tulip Tide


The latest addition are 18 shades of highly pigmented moisturising lipsticks that while looking fabulous will nourish your lips for up to eight hours !  I have been testing out 3 of these of late and have to say I have been incredibly impressed, they colour like the very best lipstick but feel lightweight and nourishing while you wear them, it feels as though you are wearing nothing at all.  I adore the packaging, and you will need to forgive me as I have just realised I have photographed them upside down, not that they look any less gorgeous, they remind me of little coloured Bee hives.


Burt's Bees Lipstick
Burt's Bees Lipstick Shade 524 Wine Wave 


They are 100% natural, and packed full of moisturising ingredients including Raspberry seed oils, Beeswax and Moringa, all encased in the prettiest recyclable packaging, so not only doing your lips good, the packaging won't harm the environment.


Burt's Bees Lipstick
Burt's Bees Lipstick Shade 501 Blush Basin

I am surprised just how much I love these and excited to look into this brand a whole lot more, if this is an example of Burt's Bees goodness then I'm in ! 

Check them out here with Free Delivery Burt's Bees Lipstick 

Are you a Burt's Bees Lover ? have you tried any other products from the brand ? do let me know x

Lyn 💋

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Bidvine | You Will Thank Me For This !



Bidvine  | You Will Thank Me For This  !
Bidvine  


Hi Loves

Here is a company  I wish I had found a while ago, it would have saved me so much time, grief and wasted money, on finding, chasing and hiring trades people for the jobs I can't do myself, It is a Company you need in your browser favourites as they are like the super hero's of the internet.

In a nutshell it is a site that can provide with a professional to any job your heart desires, from a simple room paint to a yoga lesson at home, and pretty much everything in between, reading through the lists of the services available actually makes for fascinating reading and I was very tempted to digress from my path of looking for a plasterer, yes, yes, I know I am boring but the boring stuff has to be done.  You enter a few details into the site, location, what service you require etc, and as if by magic the site asks you a few questions that you had probably never thought to mention, to ensure you get the exact skilled professional for the task at hand, we are talking not even 10 minutes here, next up you click request a quote, sit back, relax and wait for the quotes to appear in your inbox, you can, of course speak to the person prior to accepting any service just to make sure you are happy, and Bob is your proverbial uncle, it's that simple !!


Bidvine  | You Will Thank Me For This  !
Bidvine  

I can't imagine how often I would have used this site as a singleton in London, what a brilliant idea, such a time saver, how many times have you put off getting something done because you can't be bothered with the hassle of finding someone to do the job ?  if you are anything like me, lots.

Now with click of a button, everything is done for you.

Have a look around the site, add it to favourites, tell your family and friends ( who will thank you )  and rest assured that should you need it, help is at hand.

Find Bidvine Here 


Lyn 💋

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Gosh CCC Sticks


Gosh CCC Sticks
Gosh CCC Sticks 



Hi Beautiful

Continuing the Gosh SS17 launches this time I am delighted to introduce you to CCC Sticks, Contour Cover Conceal, yep they do all three things from one magical stick.   There are 6 sticks in the collection, so there is a shade to suit every complexion, the first 2 in the range are slightly different in the fact that they are actually highlighters,


Gosh CCC Sticks
Vanilla Highlighter & Golden Highlighter


 I love these, as a huge highlighter fan I adore the fact that these creams are easy to apply and refuse to highlight pores and any wrinkles you may have, unlike some powders, they apply easily are not greasy and have pretty good lasting power, the next 4 are the workers these are pure magic at softening imperfections, lightening darkness under the eye and covering blemishes or dark spots, they are also the perfect contour sticks, being easy to apply and easy to blend, so you don't need to be a professional make up artist to achieve a great look.


Gosh CCC Sticks
Gosh Contour. Cover. Conceal.

Gosh CCC Sticks
Gosh Copenhagen Swatchy Time 

From Wrist down
  1. 001 Vanilla Highlighter
  2. 002 Golden Highlighter
  3. 003 Light
  4. 004 Medium
  5. 005 Dark
  6. 006 Very Dark

Gosh CCC Sticks
Gosh CCC Sticks 


The information below was taken from the Gosh Copenhagen Website, and I have to agree with all of these points, but I would like to add that if, like me you have mature skin, or even dry skin, these are perfect as they moisturise without highlighting lines or dryness.

• High coverage
• Smooth & even application
• Crease-proof
• Long wearing
• Soft focus effect
• Eliminates small imperfections
• Reduces visible pores
• Protects, hydrates & soothes the skin
• Perfume & paraben free




Gosh CCC Sticks
Gosh CCC Sticks  



If you are not a contour queen, don't be put off by these handy little gems, they are perfect for cover ups, I have actually used them on non make up days, just to make things a little less scary for anyone I come into contact with.

The Lovely people at Gosh have also produced a YouTube video which is 100% worth a little watch.  you can view it here Gosh YouTube Video

Check out Gosh Copenhagen here  and enjoy buy one get on half price offers 

Lyn 💋


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