Jenna’s Blog | Part Two

Hello again, yep it’s me, Taylas mum.

I’m writing another set of reviews today, this time about some Clinique products I have.  I put the brands I have together just for ease.  I think my next instalment is a mixture of products and brands, hopefully it won’t be too messy 😉
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I have been using the Clinique 3 step system for a few years and have got on with it brilliantly.  It’s only my curiousness and the price of Clinique that has made me venture into trying other products.  I got my Clinique bits and bobs when we went on holiday to Florida so with the exchange rate I paid quite a bit less than the prices I’ve listed.  The prices listed are from the Boots website and these are MY OPINIONS.

Liquid facial soap.  Combination oily to oily skin, 200ml, allergy tested.  Step 1. £16
Non scented.
Great soap, has a gentle lather and doesn’t leave my face feeling dry and tight.
My fall back facial soap, great stuff.

Clarifying lotion 3.  Combination oily, 487ml, allergy tested.  Step 2. £26 (for 400ml)
Says fragrance free but you can smell alcohol in it. Can also feel it tingle when swept over your skin, which I like.
I’ve not found it very good as an exfoliator like described on the bottle, good as a toner though.
I have the bottle with the pump in the top because I bought it in America, I don’t know if you can get the pump in the UK.

Dramatically different moisturising gel. Combination oily to oily skin,125ml, allergy tested. Step 3. £30.
Says fragrance free but I think it has a very light clean smell.
A little goes a long way, so you can use sparingly. Absorbs quickly and easily.  Doesn’t leave skin matte but not shiny either.
My fall back moisturiser, I have a new bottle in the cupboard ready to go.

Take the day off make up remover for lids, lashes and lips.  50ml, allergy tested. £17 (for 125ml)
This is Such a small bottle as i got this in a sample pack with another purchase.
Non scented.
This is the best waterproof eye makeup remover I have ever used!!! I love it so have been using it sparingly, making it last rather than buying a new bottle.  I’m so tight lol.  Would recommend it to anyone.  Never tried it on my lips though as I never have lips left on by the end of the day.

Repairwear intensive eye cream.  15ml, allergy tested, ophthalmologist tested.

(I don’t think they make this anymore so I can’t find a price)

A nice eye cream that isn’t at all greasy and is easily absorbed.  Feels lovely but not seen any difference on my lines and wrinkles.

Acne solutions cleansing foam.  125ml, salicylic acid acne medication. Allergy tested. £17.
Says fragrance free but has a slight medicated and sweet smell.
This product is also part of the 3 step system buy I only have this step. Cleanses your skin really well but be very careful near your eyes.  At the moment it’s too much for my skin so will probably end up giving it away.

Self sun body daily moisturiser.  Light/medium, 75ml, allergy tested. £19 (for 125 ml).
Says fragrance free but I think it has a rather strong scent, a funky buttery type smell.  It’s pretty much the same deal as the dove self tanning moisturiser, put a bit on each day and build it up each day until you get the desired colour.  Works great and created a beautiful light tan (great for us pale people). Doesn’t last that long but non of them do, shame it is stinky! I got this free in my sample pack with another purchase.

There you go, another set of reviews from my perspective.  Remember I am in my early 40’s so if you’re a young whippersnapper it will probably not apply to you. Anyway I hope someone finds this helpful 🙂

Until next time…..

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Jenna’s Blog

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Howdo!  Taylas mum here, back to do as requested by Tayla and write a few bits about beauty stuff I like.

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As you can see from the photo, I have acquired a few things from No7 recently.  I haven’t been using these products for very long, so far I am liking them a lot.  The things I have purchased have been on the recommendation from a couple of different sales ladies in Boots.  I always go to great lengths to explain that I have very very oily skin and would do anything short of involving needles/scalpels to get rid of my old lady eyes!

Trying to keep this post from turning into an essay, I thought I’d write short and sweet descriptions of each product I own.  Again, these are MY OPINIONS, I am not trained in anything to do with skin care, just a regular schmo 🙂

Beautiful skin night cream.  Normal/oily hypo-allergenic, 50ml, £13.50.
Lightly perfumed scent.
Light and quickly absorbed and non greasy.
I do wake up shiny, but so far it’s not blocked my pores or broken me out.

Beautiful skin day cream. Normal/oily, spf15, 5*uva, hypo-allergenic, 50ml, £12.50.
Again even lightlier (is that even a word?!) scented.
Feels thicker so takes a bit longer to absorb, but it’s non greasy.
Dries semi matte but I’ve found it doesn’t stay that way.  It’s not helped slow down the production of my oil.

Protect & perfect intense advanced serum.  Hypo allergenic, 30ml, £24.95.
Fragrance free.
Absorbs easily and non greasy.
Can’t say I see it doing anything extra for my skin though and I’ve been using this about a month longer than the other products. Says it should supercharge my skincare regime……wish it would hurry up and kick into action 😉

Lift & luminate eye cream. 5*uva, hypo allergenic, 15ml, £16
Lightly scented
Absorbs easily and non greasy
Not had it long enough to see if it works, I do have my fingers crossed though!

Beautiful skin eye make up remover. All skin types, hypo allergenic, 100ml, Phthalmologist tested, £8.50.
Fragrance free.
Works ace on waterproof mascara, great stuff and I will definitely be repurchasing.

Beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser.  All skin types, hypo allergenic, 200ml, £9.95.
The scent reminds me of my nan but not in an old lady way.
Comes with muslin cloth
Easy to use, leaves skin feelin soft and if you go over your lips it feels like butter.
Won this in a competition from Chelsea, wasn’t something I have ever been temped to by myself before but will now 🙂

Beautiful skin cleansing Brush. £24.95.
I got this beauty as a gift from my girls and I love, love, love it. It doesn’t use the batteries too quick, would be even more fab if it was rechargeable (why have I not put some rechargeable batteries in it then, such a div!). Just be careful of your hairline, I can assure you that you don’t want it catching – OUCHIE!

Completely quenched moisturising body lotion.  Hypo allergenic, 200ml, £10.50.
Smells lovely.
Doesn’t soak into my skin, not sure if my skin is just weird as I’ve read good reviews on it.  Maybe my skin just isn’t that dry. I shall probably use this on my dry feet, that’s always a good use for a rich moisturiser.

There you go, my review.  Well done if you’ve reached the end lol.  No7 is a great brand and like I’ve said I’m liking what I have.  There is always a promotion on with vouchers at the till or 3 for 2 offers which make most of these products very reasonably priced too!  Hope you’ve found something I’ve waffled on about helpful.

Until next time…..

Recent Favourites | Face

Hey Dolls,

I have once again been MIA but I have recently been in hospital and made some MAJOR changed to my life in general. I won’t go into details but I just wanted to apologise.

It is my first blog post since my name change as “Those Perfect Imperfections” and I am even in the process of making it my own domain! Yeehaar! The reason for my name changes and why I chose the name I did, is in the “My name is Tayla” section above, so don’t hesitate to take a look and share your thoughts. Don’t forget to share your URLs so I can have a nosy at your blogs too!!

 

Moving on then my beauties, today I am sharing with you a few of my recent favourites for your face! Skin care and Makeup included! Woohoo!

 

So , first I have this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.  I found this one on offer in Boots, so I couldn’t resist. I was intrigued as I have read about it and thought I had to try it. It promises to cleanse, remove makeup and soothe the skin. I can tell you now it does all of those things. I have relatively sensitive skin due to eczema and acne flare ups and I genuinely believe at the moment, my skin hasn’t felt so smooth and soft! It is hypoallergenic and isn’t perfumed. It is gentle enough to use on the eyes and the lips!

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It is normally £4.99 but at the moment is £3.99 so make sure you don’t miss out!

My other skin care products that I love, love, love are the Simple Rich Moisturiser, Nivea Q10 Night Cream and the Witch Primer.

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Simple Rich Moisturiser – £3.99 (currently 3for2 on Simple at Boots)

Nivea Q10 Night Cream – £9.99 (currently £4.99 at Boots)

Witch Anti Blemish Primer – £6.99 at Superdrug

I need a rich moisturiser as my skin is very damaged due to scarring and get very dry very quickly. I love the feeling of a nice thick moisturiser and face cream but this is definitely not too thick. It works fast and as it is from the simple range it is designed to be “Kind to Skin”.

The Nivea Q10 was given to me by my Mum because she wasn’t a fan. She has the opposite skin to me so she can be quite oily which makes some products to her difficult to use. Why she didn’t like it I’m not 100% sure but I think it was just a general dislike. I personally love it again because it has a nice thick texture. I like to know my products are working and this is one those that I can instantly feel working. It is always good to start on the anti wrinkle creams early to help prevent the buggers!

The Witch Primer was recommended to me by my sister, Shannan. I find that it genuinely has helped my acne especially after all the drugs from being in hospital. It helps fill in my pores to create a smooth base ready for my foundation and it does this without clogging them. Exactly what I look for in a primer. It is oil and fragrance free so again, perfect for the sensitive skin!

I think I have made it clear I like a thick face cream, I also like a heavy coverage on my face with my foundations. I know it sounds a lot, but I am self conscious of my skin because of the damage teenage acne caused me :(. I find that Max Factor foundations give me the great coverage I want without the cake face that everyone dreads. I use the cover stick on it’s when I am having a great skin day, but I will use the cover stick underneath the foundation as a good base when my skin isn’t so great. I always try to the palest shades to compliment my skin. The coverage makes me feel like for once I have flawless skin so at the moment it is all I wear! I have previously wrote about the Colour Adapt, and you can find that HERE. The Lasting Performance, once again Max Factor has kept their promise, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. I am SO impressed with Max Factor, the have a devoted customer in me! ALL MAX FACTOR CURRENTLY 3 for 2 IN BOOTS

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Colour Adapt Foundation – £9.99 in Boots

Lasting Performance Foundation – £9.99 in Boots

Pan Stick – £6.99 in Boots

I am one of those crazy people who CANNOT live without a powder. I hate the dewy finish because it makes me feel like I am greasy and slipping around the place. It is very rare I stick to the same powder and it is very rare I have more than one at a time. I don’t know why but it is the only product that I don’t have loads of! At the moment I am wearing Essence. Oh my god ladies, get to Wilko NOW! I found out about Essence through tonnes of bloggers around Europe and how my mother nagged me to buy her some when I went to Spain. I came back from Spain to this beauty in Wilko and I can’t believe the quality of all their products for the price! The Powder is amaze balls for the price and I must say I will repurchase! I get a little oily at certain times of the month and I find that it isn’t strong enough to hold through the oil all day, but it takes seconds for a quick top up and so I don’t even care! It is from the Mattifying Range so gives me the lovely matte look that I love.

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The Rimmel Wake Me Up is a little gem found in Poundland of all places. I use it when I looking for an all day coverage and it helps my powder hold that little bit better. If I am looking for a light coverage for a more natural look, again this is amazing! It doesn’t leave me feeling greasy and holds in place.

The ELF blusher is a beauty. It is perfect for a night out simply because it has a little bit more glitter that you would wear for a day time blush, but the pigmentation is great for the price. I have had this blush for over a year now and it’s still going so you don’t even need to use much at one time! Perfection!

The MUA highlighter is so inexpensive that I had to buy it. MUA is only sold in Superdrug at all their products are super pigmented. I have nearly all their eyeshadow palettes so I knew this would be great little product. Although its great it can take the smallest amount to be too much. If you apply too much it can leave you looking too shiny, so just be careful when applying!

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Essence Mattifying Powder – £2.80 Wilko

Rimmel Wake Me Up Liquid Blush – £1 Poundland 

ELF Blush – £3.95 

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter – £3.00 Superdrug (Currently 3 for 2)

I did have loads of eye makeup to show you as well but I will save that for part 2 tomorrow so make sure you check it out.

Goodbye for now my loves! xo

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Face | New Holy Grails

Hey there my pretty, little readers!

Hope you have all been well! I am back to work tomorrow (sob sob) but I have had a lovely week off with my other half and a few of my other favourites. I had the BEST Saturday night out in a long long long time and felt fresh and mighty fine on the Sunday (Bonus!). 

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See, I was feeling and looking fresh!

Also, I am now on FACEBOOK! I have always had my personal account but I know that a lot of my followers use Facebook more than Twitter and I want to make sure I have everything I can for all my new, existing and future followers. Take a look and like like like! 

facebook.com/writtenbytayla 

Anyway, during my time off, I did a few drug store hauls (I am so naughty) but the last few months have been tough and I felt that I deserved a few little treats. 

I will write a full haul in the next couple days and share all that I purchased at the end of Feb but today’s post will literally just be the 3 amazing products that I bought and have found myself loving and now cannot live without in my life. 

I am just going to say that my photography is not at it’s best at the moment, but I am trying to find my proper set up and will hopefully be finding some really good lighting for my vanity.  (Considering I have an ALevel in Photography it isn’t really an excuse, but I want to do things properly 🙂 so please bare with me)

Moving on!!! All you have been waiting for… my new cannot live without products. 

And there they are… 

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. – By Samantha Chapman.

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Superdrug £8.99

Literally THE best face brush I have EVER used. I am in love love love. The hairs do not fall out, they are super soft and the brush is full and thick, exactly what you would expect with the price. I have been back and forwards with deciding whether to invest in some Real Techniques brushes and the price was always holding me back. Do not get me wrong now I have tried the brushes it is completely worth the price, but for me trying something I have never used before at only getting one brush for almost £10 I was slightly sceptical. I am not cheap, but I do love getting value for money and Real Techniques have mastered that. 

When I first used the brush to apply my foundation, I used my favourite, Max Factor Colour Adapt, and had really bad skin at the time. 

I am going to be completely honest with you all right now….OH MY DEAR LORD….I had as close to flawless skin as you can get with the amount of blemishes I had. I genuinely walked around feeling photoshopped. I was so impressed and have used anything else since. If you have also been debating with yourself to invest in a new face brush…I order you to do it right this very second. go go go!!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser

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Bought in Sainsbury’s for £7.99 but it wasn’t on the website, so link to Boots.

I have never heard of Nip + Fab as a brand before, and I am shooting myself for having never finding it before. They offer skin care for both men and women, and products that cater for the whole body. For a while I have been looking for some product for my face that contains Glycolic Acid, and the reason being; It helps fight wrinkles, helps sooth and repair acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation.

Why have I not heard of this before? Well my mum being the amazing lady she is, advised me that for my skin, this would be perfect and for weeks I have been looking for an affordable effective product that does the job. We were in Sainsbury’s just having a look out of pure boredom one day and this just jumped out at us. It was an introductory offer and at half price, I could not give it a miss. It had Glycolic acid written all over the packaging and contains 2%. Which I believe for over the counter, is pretty good. Glycolic acid can be found in chemical peels and plastic surgeons use it in face procedures, so I just had to give it a go. 

It has a very Grapefruity smell which is quite strong, but not off putting, infact is pleasant. Some face products are just awful smelling and just not worth it. It is a foaming facial cleanser so just use this in your usual twice a day cleansing routine. I do remove my makup first with my Nivea Cleanser so my skin gets all the acidy goodness. No stinging, no irritation – just perfect. It does dry my skin out slightly, but hey, thats what moisturiser is for and thats in my routine anyway. I now could not live without it, and will be stocking up!!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum

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Sainsburys for £7.99 in half price introductory offer. 

Part of the same brand and range, I bought this as the price was just too good. This contains 4% glycolic acid and is a serum to be applied at night. I think the higher percentage is better to be applied at night because there is no makeup on the skin allowing it breath. After I have cleansed my face I apply this serum and it has the same smell, so there are not clashing smells – yay. It promised to minimise pore and brighten the skin. Both problems that I have. I am aware that product like these will take a few weeks to start noticing any difference, but my skin has cleared right up and using all the above products and moisturising twice daily but skin feels smoother and the best condition it has been in a long long long time. 

I will continue to invest in this range and will be seeing what else is about. Here is the link to website, and I do advise having a look if you have any type of skin problem. http://www.nipandfab.com/default.aspx

Use this Real Techniques or Nip+Fab?? Let me know, would love to know your thoughts on them!

xo

p.s Here are a few pictures from the weekend, my makeup and I also did the makeup for my sister, Shannan.

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This is a before applying the eyelashes. As she has never used eyelashes, I wanted her to be able to see the difference and make sure she liked them. She is a beautiful little lady 🙂

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I has such sparkly eyes and the lighting in my house is terrible, but like I said I will fixing that!! It was especially bad when I had finished doing my sister’s makeup!

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