Sunday, 8 November 2015

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water ♡REVIEW♡

Ever since I first started reading beauty blogs about 3 years ago, one product that everyone has seemed to rave about is Micellar water, and in particular Bioderma - and to be honest it was never really something that excited me - I'd previously used liquid make-up removes with cotton pads before and had always found them to be a bit naff and I wasn't prepared to pay £15 odd pounds (and alot of time tracking down Bioderma  as it was tricky to get your hands on in the UK) for a beauty product when I was not sold on the concept.

So fast forward 3 years when nearly every drugstore brand has their own micellar water and I finally caved into the hype. Now I'm not going lie one of the main reasons for giving Micellar waters a go was my sheer laziness - I'm usually pretty good when it comes to removing my make-up and do a deep cleanse with a hot cloth cleanser, but occasionally, and I'm going to be honest here - if it's late and I'm tired, I really can't be bothered do do a deep cleanse I will most likely just reach for the makeup wipes (which if you read Caroline Hirons blog you will know that, that it is a skincare sin - Sorry Caroline!) But  I was noticing that doing this was not doing any favours for my skin and the alcohol in the wipes was drying my skin out badly and the wipes weren't really doing the job of the removing the make-up completely either and my skin was just more problematic in general. After reading lots of reviews online I decided to give one of the beauty communities favorites a go - Garnier Micellar.

To use the product, I just put some on 3 cotton pads; I use 1 to remove my Lipstick, 1 to remove my eye makeup and another to remove the rest of my face makeup (I do this as I quite often wear heavy eye makeup and bright lipsticks, so I find that by doing this it doesn't smudge it all over my face!) and just wipe them across my face - If my eye makeup is being particularly stubborn ("They're Real" I'm looking at you!) I just place the cotton pad over the eye and gently hold it there for a few seconds and then wipe away outwards and it removes it easily!

I also really like it to correct any mistakes I might make whilst applying my makeup (fellow winged eyeliner lovers will know where I'm coming from!) To do this, I just place a small amount of the Micellar water onto a cotton bud and then remove the area that has gone wrong - It just removes what you want and doesn't smudge everywhere so the rest of your makeup isn't ruined! I also really like it to remove any fallout that I might get from eye shadows before I apply my base makeup!

I find that it also last a really long time as you get quite a large bottle of 400ml for £4.99 (It's currrently on offer in Boots for £3.33!), so for me it works out as much better value that wipes as I get through those bad boys at the rate of knots (Very quickly!) It's now available too in a small 125ml bottle for £1.99 which is perfect for travelling or for in your handbag for touch-up's on the go!

I now have to say that I'm a complete Micellar water convert and I can't live without it in my beauty stash! Garnier now do two other types of Micellar water as well - Pure Micellar cleansing water and Skin naturals Micellar cleansing water for Combination and sensitive skin.

What do you think of Micellar waters? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

Jilly xx

*Products mention in this post*
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 125ml
Garnier Pure Micellar Cleansing Water 400ml
Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water Combination & Sensitive Skin 400ml

Saturday, 7 November 2015

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in "Lightscapade" Review - The Perfect Pale Highlighter

When I first discovered MAC the very first product I lusted over was their Mineralize Skinfinsh in "Soft and Gentle" which was THEE holy grail highlighter to have back in the summer of 2012. So fast forward to November 2014 on my 18th birthday it was at the top of my wish list, but, unfortunately for me having a birthday soo close to Christmas means it was sold out everywhere! So I started looking at what other MSF MAC had to offer and discovered it in the shade in "Lightscapade"; which I had previously been launched as part of the Hayley Williams (from Paramore) but is now part of their permanent collection!

Firstly the package, like all MAC, is lovely - I really love how sleek and almost basic MAC packaging is with the black compact and the MAC logo in white - I also love that the compact has a clear section on the top so the product can be seen through the lid (this is especially helpful when you have an extensive amount of beauty products! The lid of the compact is magnetized, so it is easy to open, especially if your a false nails wearer!

The overall base colour of the highlighter is a beautiful very pale creamy yellow with peach and baby blue veining throughout, which in the pan look gorgeous; however when swatched or applied to the skin the peach and blue veining can not obviously be seen, but blends in to the pale cream base which gives it a really nice depth and dimension when applied to the skin so it doesn't look like a flat finish on the skin, which I personally think makes it look more natural and allows it to blend into the skin better.

The texture of the powder itself, has a lovely creamy texture that blends on the skin really well and has a shimmer running throughout it as opposed to a chunky glitter, which personally I'm not a fan of, so I absolutely love the finish of this! The product can both be used to create natural and more dramatic looks as it can be applied lightly using it looser packed brush (like the Real Techniques Setting Brush) or be built up and be applied to more concentrated areas of the face using a fan brush.
 When highlighting I like to apply this product to the top of my cheeks, bridge of the nose, cupids bow (the top pick of the upper lip) and the inner corner of the eyes; I also think it would make such a beautiful brow bone highlight, but I have yet to use it for that as I already have a quite prominent brow bone and so I tend to use a matte light light coloured powder which lifts the brows without enhancing them as I don't really want to look like Herman Munster (Google it!) so I never use shimmer here, but if you do I think you who LOVE this product for it!

Overall I would absolutely recommend this highlighter as I love everything about the product itself with the only downside being that it costs £24.00, so it is on the pricier side, however it has been my go to highlighter for nearly the past year and as you can see I have barely made a dent! So it's definitely not going to be running out anytime soon!

Whats your thoughts on  the Mineralize Skinfinshes from MAC? Do you have any favourite  Highlighters? -let me know in the comments below, a girl can never have too many hightlighters! ;)

Jilly xx 
*Links to products Mentioned*
MAC Mineralize Skinfinsh - £24.00