Yves Rocher – HYDRA VÉGÉTAL Instant Anti-Wrinkle Moisturiser Review

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Now clearly at 24 I don’t have much in the way of wrinkles but I received this a while ago so thought I’d try it anyway, maybe it’ll prevent them appearing so soon who knows! Targeted skin care isn’t usually my thing, I generally don’t have the time to use a different product for each area of my skin. This is aimed at wrinkle-prone areas. I use it round my eye area as although I don’t have wrinkles it works really well at waking my eyes up. It perks up dark circles and fills my eyes out to a more healthy look when I look more like a zombie than a human!

My 40-something year old mother has also given it a go and reported back that it did reduce the appearance of the couple of wrinkles she has. It also provides a lovely long-lasting moisture, it feels silky and smooth all day.

It has a very natural, barely-detectable scent which I quite like, it also works well combined with the use of my ordinary moisturiser. I’d love to hear from someone older who’s tried it, did it work for you?

Try it: £18.50 (Currently £9.50 in their sale), www.yves-rocher.co.uk

Garnier Simply Essentials – Soothing Vitamin-enriched Toner Review

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I’ve been using this toner for about 3 weeks now so figured it’d be a good time to let you know how I got on.

First up is the thing that drew me to try it in the first place, it has no perfume, alcohol or colourants. When it comes to skin care I like to keep it as natural as possible, my skin gets enough toxins from pollution without anything extra. The formula contains water-lily and is perfect for sensitive skin.

Sometimes, I can find that natural products don’t really work that well, however, that is not the case when it comes to this toner. It feels refreshing on the skin and doesn’t burn. According to the age-old myth – if it stings it’s working this is completely untrue. Your skin needs a little TLC and in this case no pain is a huge gain. It softly tones the skin and evens out the skin tone. It closes up the pores after you’ve cleansed, preparing the skin for moisturising.

My skin has definitely improved since I started using this, I’ve had less spots too. My skin feels nourished and wonderful. It’s also an absolute bargain at £2.99 in Superdrug.

Bourjois Paris – Healthy Mix Foundation Review


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This is one of my golden-oldie favourites. I’ve been using it ever since it came out. It’s my go-to foundation for days when I look tired and pale. I have it in shades 51 and 52 as I use a darker shade when I’ve caught the sun a little. Today is one of those where my skin looked ill, until I applied this foundation.

It blends effortlessly into the skin and creates a gorgeous glowing, healthy complexion. It also last up to 16 hours. This foundation also made it into my Top 5 Affordable Foundations recently. It made it in for a reason. It covers the big black bags that form under my eyes when I’m stressed and overtired.

It also feels really silky and soft of my skin when I apply it but feels like I’m not wearing anything for the rest of the day. It doesn’t transfer onto my phone either. It hasn’t got the heaviest coverage so it’s best use when blemishes aren’t at the peak of their existence. It also contains apricot for radiance, melon for hydration, apple as an antioxidant and ginger for energy. With all that in there your skin can’t fail to come alive.

Try it: www.bourjois.co.uk

Anatomicals – Spray Misty for Me Facial Spritz Review

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My UK heatwave 2013 life-saver! 

This is the best thing to have landed on my doorstep this month, it arrived on Monday and that couldn’t have been better timing.

This facial spritz carries the normal Anatomicals quirky name which is one of the things I love most about this brand. It contains peppermint, rose, lavender, aloe and witch hazel, all of which combined give your face a welcome refresh, calm and moisture. This current heat is creating havoc with my skin and melting my make up off. I love that this product not only sets my makeup but cools me down at intervals during the day too.

My skin instantly feels refreshed with a couple of spritz of this wonderful product, when my skin is starting to give up on me this brings it back from the brink. It’s also been amazing at holding my makeup in place for longer.

This is my must-have summer item for holidays, flights, festivals and in hot offices. If anything makes this heat more bearable it’s Spray Misty for Me.

Try it: £6, www.anatomicals.net

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Signed, Concealed, Delivered

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MUA Hide & Conceal Review

Last week I had an emergency situation whilst in town, yup you got it I had a volcano appear on my face and it looked horrendous!

I dashed into the chemist and picked up a 4-hour spot zapping gel but that wasn’t quick enough, I needed something that would hide it and cheap. There was no way I was doing the school run with this on my face… yes I can be a little dramatic when it comes to these things, but seriously it was bad!

2I let out a huge sigh of relief when I spotted MUA’s latest offering.. Hide & Conceal concealer and it was only £1 too.. cheaper than chocolate! After making my purchase I nipped to the ladies room in costa to cover the volcano which had attached itself to my forehead. I was pleasantly surprised that it covered and blended easily and I walked out much more confidently than I went in.

This concealer also lasted really well, even through my repeated application of the spot gel, which by the way was amazing and I’ll review that tomorrow.  This product has been in my handbag ever since, never again will I have an SOS like that!

Try it: £1, www.muastore.co.uk

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B.Flawless Foundation Review

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After seeing this foundation had won awards in a couple of magazines I had to try it for myself. I had never heard of B. before so had no idea what to expect.

After trying a few shades I selected Rose Ivory 020 as it seemed to be my best match. I was impressed with the range of shades available and they also had different foundations for every purpose, it was hard to think of a single person who wouldn’t find their perfect match among these lovelies!

2It says to apply using fingers on the bottle but I always use a foundation brush so I just continued use as I normally would. It matched my skin perfectly and blended in for a flawless finish. It felt really light on my skin but had amazing coverage. It covered all my blemishes and dry spots without a problem.

This foundation also left me with a healthy glow without being shiny. It claims to last 16hours but I have never actually come across a foundation that lasts that long in this heat on me. It has managed a good 10 hours the last couple of days and on cooler days I’m sure it would reach 16 hours easily.

Even though it has a really good coverage my skin still looks like my skin which I love. This has easily become my new favourite foundation, I don’t even need to use a primer under it. It is also really reasonably priced at £9.99 from Superdrug.

This foundation would suit all skin-types and I highly recommend it. In fact at Naked Beauty we are now giving the Naked Beauty Seal of Approval to outstanding products, there are loads of our favourites that we have already reviewed but this will start from today.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation Review

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I was so eager to try this foundation after hearing so many people rave about it. I now also own the powder too but that is another review for later in the week.

First impressions

Everything about this products sounds amazing, it’s going to match my skin colour and texture and it’s going to be awesome, I hoped. It felt really lovely and silky when it came out of the bottle however it is also very runny and I feared it wouldn’t be up to the coverage I was after. My hands are currently way more tanned than my face so ignore the colour match in this photo.


It did blend really well, I got the Golden Ivory (D1 W1) shade and it matches my skin perfectly. It looked really lovely on at first and I just did 2 coats to build it up to my desired level of coverage. I shared this photo on Friday for my eye makeup but I was also using the True Match Foundation in this, it photographed really well and I felt confident going out in it. It has a really lovely healthy glow that rivals Bourjois’s Healthy Mix foundation.


2 hours later

I got a shock when I saw myself in a mirror 2 hours later to see that the foundation had now clung to every dry spot on my face making me look ridiculous, I had a bit of a break out recently and so was left with a few dry spots as always. I’m sure this foundation will be great when my skin is in top condition but those days I don’t really need it anyway. I’ll keep hold of it and try it again when my skin is back to normal but for now it didn’t do as desired, sure it matched my skin colour but it hated my skin texture.

What I loved: The healthy glow it gave my skin.

What I liked least: It accentuated by dry patches.

Try it: £9.99, www.superdrug.com