Sunday, 23 November 2014

Boots Botanic All Bright Range

I’ve been using Botanics Cleansing Toner (review here) for quite a while now so I thought I’d give some more products from the Botanics All Bright range a go. I bought Botanics Micellar 3-1 Cleansing Solution, Botanics Cleansing Foaming wash (both were half price), and Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. I’ll start with the best working through to the worst. Here we go pop-pickers:

The best for me was the Botanics Cleansing Foaming wash. I was looking for a cheaper alternative to Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Wash. I use this for my morning cleanse as it provides a gentle exfoliation but oh it’s expensive. Botanics Cleansing Foaming wash has a similar action (it contains AHAs) and is much cheaper. The only real difference I’ve noticed between the two is that the Botanics version leaves my skin a tiny bit tight after use but nothing that’d stop me from using it. I actually prefer the smell of the Botanics wash, it’s a much gentler fragrance. I think Elemis smells a bit like shampoo. So, yeah this is a good purchase if you like face washes.

Botanics Micellar 3-1 Cleansing Solution does a decent enough job but I can’t see the point of it. If you have super-sensitive skin this might be a good option especially if you just want to freshen your skin up. But it’s not brilliant at makeup removal and I do feel my skin a bit tight afterwards. I wouldn’t repurchase this.

And finally, it’s Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. I read quite good reviews for this and I was looking for a cheaper alternative to Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm (which is brilliant btw). Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm smells gorgeous and feels luxurious. I got quite excited about it initially. It feels beautiful on the skin and removes makeup easily. This sounds all excellent, you say. Yes, but then I had to remove it. I always use a muslin of face cloth to remove balms, it gives a nice bit of gentle exfoliation. When I went to remove this I was left with a really greasy film over my face and hands, water was repelled by it. I’m guessing it’s the bees wax. It took me ages to remove the film. I did give it another go, this time with a smaller amount but unfortunately the same thing happened again. And it clogged my pores up so I got a couple of spots afterwards, something I very rarely get since I started using Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm.

A bit hit and miss for me but I will repurchase the face wash, I think it’s a great and cheap alternative to the Elemis face wash.

Have you tried any of the Botanics All Bright range?


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Current Favourites: Bourjois Rouge Velvets

Grand-Cru / Nude-ist / Frambourjoise 

I’ve had Bourjois Rouge Velvets for quite a while now but I’ve never blogged about them. They were covered pretty well by most blogs on their launch and have gone on to become a firm beauty favourite. I really get why. They’re easy to apply and last for absolutely ages. Nude-ist is the perfect nude for my lips, it’s just a shade darker than my natural lip colour, and it’s perfect. It’s definitely one of my favourite lip products that I’ll definitely repurchase. Frambourjoise is a beautiful red-pink and again I absolutely love this. It really helps brightens up my complexion. And finally is Grand-Cru, unfortunately it doesn’t swatch brilliantly but it looks amazing on the lips, it’s a stunning cool toned burgundy, the perfect winter shade. 

The only problem some might have with these is that they’re a bit drying on the lips as they set to a matte finish when dry. But if you can handle this type of product on your lips I HIGHLY recommend them. These are great lip products for a very reasonable price. Bourjois Rouge Velvets are very similar to Guerlain Rouge L'Extrait but MUCH cheaper.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Slowly but surely I'm starting to find my way back into the world. Giving birth almost 10 months ago really had knocked me for six. I've only recently started to feel like myself. It's taken longer than normal because I have a disability and we went through a traumatic labour. I have blogged about Edinburgh Farmers' Market before, but not framed by these circumstances.

The farmers' market is located in the shadow of the castle ( did you know Edinburgh castle is built on an extinct volcano?). It's at an ideal location for someone with walking difficulties as there's a car park right next to it. This is a God send in Edinburgh with all its winding, cobbled streets and surprise inclines. It really is a difficult city to navigate if you're disabled and the parking is extortionate. So the market is perfect for a little day out. It has an array of food and drink stalls, and other assorted goods such as handmade soaps. I bought ginormous meringues, brownies ( double chocolate, they defeated me) and feta cheese tarts. It's not the cheapest but it is always good.

The last photo is of what I wore. The jumper is from fashion union, available from here or here Under it is a mock shirt from Cos, available here 

Oh and it isn't long until the Christmas markets start, woo!

Have you got a favourite market to go to?


Edinburgh Farmers' Market

Edinburgh at Christmas