Estée Lauder PowerFoil Mask

I’m a skincare enthusiast, as most of you may already know. And I (usually) have no problem splashing out on new skincare products, which is why I thought I’d try out the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask. That’s a mouthful. I bought this a while back, but at £16 for only one face mask I couldn’t bring myself to use it… I wanted to wait until the ‘right moment’. Silly, I know.

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So when it eventually came to that ‘right moment’ (you know, super cosy and relaxed on a Sunday night) I decided to make a note of my thoughts to share with you guys.

I did kind of expect it to feel like putting tinfoil on my face, and in some ways I wasn’t wrong. It is actually foil, I’m still not sure what it is supposed to do for your skin, so if anyone knows please do let me know. The mask is basically a double dose of Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum, which I have used and love, I mentioned that here.

My skin beforehand was the same as usual (normal-dry), but I did have quite a few breakouts. I had high hopes that these would magically disappear after using this (spoiler, they didn’t!). The mask sticks on well, and feels oh so cooling. But after five minutes I was completely done with it on my face, it feels very uncomfortable. Still, I stuck on in there and kept it on for the recommended ten minutes.

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After peeling it off there was A LOT of excess product which I massaged in, and when I picked up the sachet to bin it, that still had quite a bit of the serum left in it too. So instead of binning it, I rolled the sachet up and saved it to use over the next couple of days. It was £16 after all! My skin felt super super super hydrated afterwards, so much so that I skipped out on my night cream, however I expected to see better results by the morning. Unfortunately, I didn’t. My skin was the same as ever! I feel as if the whole mask idea is a bit pointless, as it is basically just an intensive serum. The thought of people actually forking out on one of theseéé to use once a week (thats what they recommend) is just crazy! Is it worth it? No, not really. Will I repurchase, even as a treat? Hmmm, still no.

Have you tried this mask before? Do you feel the same as me? Let me know of any cheaper but similar alternatives!

Georgia x

 

10 Reasons I Love Autumn

I love autumn. I’m an autumn enthusiast. And this year is no different.

I have seen sooo many of these kind of posts, and to be honest, I bloody love them! So I thought to myself, why not do your own Georgia? SO HERE IT IS. Ten reasons autumn is my favourite season.

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1) A berry lip. A pretty typical one, but seriously who doesn’t love a berry lippie? A dark autumnal lip makes me feel sassy as hell. Hello Charlotte Tilbury Glastonbury, my old friend.

2) All of the khaki, burgundy and mustard clothing. This colour palette is what dreams are made of, it all looks so great together.

3) Reflection on the year. For me, autumn is a great time to look back on the year and see what I have achieved. I think about all the things I said i’d do this year, and it gives me a kick up the bum.

4) Lush Snow Fairy. Okay okay, I know this is technically part of the christmas range, but it will be out SO soon. I’m going to buy 24 bottles. I only really discovered it last year, and if you haven’t yet either then get on it!

5) Buying people gifts. Yes, by this I mean christmas presents! I like to get ahead and start buying stuff pretty early on, and I love it. I love putting lots of thought into christmas gifts, even down to the gift wrapping theme. Life.

6) Being cosy. Getting home from work, running a bubble bath, getting into your pjs and then lighting your 17 spiced something-or-other candles, whilst grabbing yourself a hot chocolate and sticking your favourite show on Netflix.

7) Dark nights. I love when it’s dark outside (0r maybe it’s just that I hate the sun), but when It’s dark outside it just adds to that cosy feeling. (Although I do hate dark mornings, mainly because I can’t get my ass out of bed).

8) Baggy jumpers, jeans and ankle boots. Every single day.

9) Buying THAT coat. Does anyone else have a thing about finding THAT coat? That dream coat, the one that goes with everything and you can wear everyday? I usually spend months searching for it, and then find it in the January sales. Brill.

10) Leaves. Need I say anymore. That crunch.

 

What makes you excited for autumn?! Hopefully I’m not alone with some of these!

Georgia x

 

 

Battle of the Tubing Mascara

 

“What is tubing mascara?” I hear you say. Honestly, if you don’t know, don’t worry. Even the girl on the Estée Lauder counter had no idea what I was talking about. I’m not going to get too technical, but basically the mascara wraps around each individual eyelash and
creates a ‘tube’. You can actually see these little tubes slide off when removing the mascara. Pretty cool! The whole tube thing means that it doesn’t budge, which means no panda eyes. HURRAY.

Now, I will say that most tubing mascara aren’t actually called that (apart from the L’Oreal one), how to make our lives difficult eh? So you kinda have to trust the internet with this one. Looking at the directions of how to remove the mascara can be an indicator, as it will say something along the lines of “remove with warm water only, and wipe away with a cotton pad”.

Obviously I don’t own every tubing mascara ever made, but I thought I’d share with you the four that I have tried. And hopefully crown a winner.

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The L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tubes mascara was the first tubing mascara that I tried, and obviously it’s great as it got the ball rolling and made me want to try more! For the price, £11.29, it’s not the cheapest drugstore mascara but it’s totally worth it. I must admit it doesn’t add lots of volume, but it definitely lengthens my lashes, so it just depends on what you look for in a mascara. The biggest flaw in this product, and the thing that stops me from reaching for it on a daily basis, is that you have to apply two steps. It’s a total pain in the bum, especially when I’m in a rush.

 

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The King of mascara’s aka Clinique Lash Power. This mascara gives me everything. I do have to apply a few coats to get the volume I want, but this I don’t mind; It makes me lashes look fab-u-lous and seriously does not budge! At £19 it is pretty spendy, but that’s not going to stop me repurchasing. I wrote a whole post waffling on about it, so be sure to have a look.

 

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Another drugstore pick, the NYX Doll Eye Mascara. This one comes in three different options (according to the Boots website anyway), volume, waterproof and long lash. I went for the volume one, and to be honest it is clumpy AF. I just couldn’t get on with it, and I’ve heard similar things from other people that have tried NYX mascaras. Definitely a miss for me, although it was only £9, so not too heartbreaking.

 

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Estée Lauder have let me down with their Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara. SOB. They are probably my favourite makeup brand, and I love 99% of their products that I have tried, this just happens to fall in that 1% that I hate. I know, I know, hate is a strong word. It would probably be alright if I could actually get past the applying stage. Let me explain. It made my eyes stream, like tears all down my face. I tried so hard to use it because I really wanted to review it, but nope! I’m guessing that maybe I’m allergic to it? Who knows, but I’m highly tempted to return it and exchange it for something else. Oh, and it cost £21, which makes it a whole lot worse.

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My winner would be the Clinique Lash Power, but I will be rekindling my love for the L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tubes tomorrow morning!

 

Have you tried any of these mascaras? Or any other tubing mascaras that I should try?

Georgia x

L’Oreal Pure Clay Review

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I’m sure everyone has seen these face masks by now, they have created a bit of a buzz, and I can absolutely see why. There are three masks in the ‘Pure Clay’ range which all contain a blend of three clays, along with a unique ingredient. The range includes a Detox Mask which claims to detoxify and clarify your skin, a Purity Mask which claims to purify and mattify your skin and a Glow Mask which claims to brighten and exfoliate your skin.

I personally only picked up the Detox and Glow Mask. As the Purity Mask is made to mattify your face, and as someone with dry skin, it didn’t sound like it was for me. I have been using the two that I picked up for quite a while now, so I can give all of my honest thoughts, and I will admit that I have used the Detox Mask a whole lot more. Does this mean it’s my favourite out of the two? hmm…

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This mask is a game changer for me. Honestly, the first time I used it I felt like i’d just been given a face lift (obviously I’m not actually aware of what that feels like haha). Whilst it is drying it makes your face very tight, very fast. So just be aware of that! The actual results of the mask are amazing, I noticed the most difference in the pores around my nose, it completely cleared them, and made my whole face feel so smooth. I won’t lie to you I was dubious of this product, I don’t tend to reach for drugstore skincare as my skin is extremely sensitive, and I assumed I would wake up the next day after using this with a face full of break outs. I was wrong, hurray! It did’t upset my skin at all, and my skin only seems to get better after every use.

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My thoughts of the Glow Mask differ a little from the Detox Mask. The mask does make my skin feel soft, but I much prefer the results of the Detox Mask. I also didn’t notice much difference in my skin being any more “glowy”. The consistency of the mask is like those of a scrub, which means when applying it my natural instincts kicked in and I wanted to start scrubbing away. This does mean that when rinsing away the mask, you can move the product around in circular motions to get the most out of the exfoliation. For me this is the only bonus. I’m not necessarily saying that this is a bad face mask, but I definitely favour the Detox Mask more in that the Detox Mask does what it claims to do, and more! The Glow Mask for me just didn’t give me the wow factor and I doubt I will be repurchasing.

They retail at £7.99, however you can currently get them from Boots for £5. The glass jars are a nice touch, and give a luxury feel. And the smell of the masks is pretty pleasant. One thing I will mention is that they can get quite messy when washing them off, black sink alert!

 

Have you tried any of the masks from the range? Do we have similar thoughts?

Georgia x

Jewellery haul

I love the little details in an outfit, I feel like accessories make an outfit complete. Especially jewellery, I love jewellery. I recently picked up a few bits myself which I am totally adoring. So obviously a mini haul post was due!

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I picked up this cute, silver dream catcher necklace from Primark. It is the cutest and was only £1.50! I love Primark jewellery for the prices, it means I can feel less guilty if I only wear a piece a couple of times, although I’m sure this won’t be leaving my neck! I was pretty disappointed in the selection at Primark this time, as this was the only thing that caught my eye.

From New Look I bought a few things, including this pink gem stone ring (top right in the photo below) which has two gold bands which meet at the back. It is pretty chunky, so will be good to pair with other smaller rings. This was £2.99.

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Also from New Look I picked up some earrings. The first (far left) are shell heart studs, they are massive for my tiny earlobes, but the inner girly side of me told me to get them, and at £2.99 I thought why not! The circle bar studs (far right) were also from New Look, I thought these were pretty and unique, so again for £2.99 I popped them in my basket.

From H & M I got these cute little button earrings (middle). Four pairs for £3.99. The pale pink pair are adorbs!

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And last but not least, my favourite purchase! I am loving this watch from New Look. It is giving me all of the Olivia Burton vibes, and is a total dupe! I already own two Olivia Burton watches which I wear to death, and I have been lusting over one with a floral face, however I just can’t justify spending £80+ on a watch at the moment. So for now this gorgeous £12.99 one will have to do!

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Where are your favourite places to buy jewellery? Especially affordable pieces? Let me know in the comments below!

Georgia x

 

 

 

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

I don’t necessarily have issues with falling asleep, it’s more the state in which I am falling asleep in. I think i’ve mentioned before that I have a hectic life trying to balance everything, which means by the time I get into bed my mind is buzzing, and I often feel stressed. Especially when I start to think about allll of the things I need to do the next day!

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I stumbled across This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray somewhere on the internet, and decided to give it a try. At £16 I was pretty dubious, but purchased it anyway.

Does it do what I want it to do? Yes. I few spritz of this over my pillow, and i’m completely calm. It is infused with lavender, vetivert and camomile which all work together to soothe the body and mind. Magic in a bottle.

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As you can see in the photo above it has some big claims, which I wouldn’t totally agree with. Yes, my sleep is better, but I haven’t noticed a difference in falling asleep faster. I do feel more refreshed in the morning, but that is obviously linked back to having a better nights sleep! And would I recommend? Absolutely! Something about this product is different to other typical lavender sprays, and although it is pricey I reckon it is going to last me a while.

Remember guys and gals sleep is very important. It basically means you can function as a human being! And it definitely makes you more happy and healthy, so squeeze in those extra winks.

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Speaking of sleep…

Georgia x

 

 

NYX haul

Oops I tripped and fell head first into the NYX counter. Sorry bank account.

I have been using NYX products for quite a while now, even before they were available in the UK I was ordering them from the States. They’re a great brand, both affordable and brilliant quality. So it couldn’t harm trying out a few more of their products, could it?

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This is everything I purchased and I’m pretty impressed that all of this only came to £67.50. I actually get Boots employee discount (which is where you can buy NYX over here in the UK) so you should all appreciate that I have to work out or look up all of the prices without that discount. Hard life, eh.

Lets split this up into face, eyes and lips shall we…

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For the face I picked up a High Definition Blush in the shade Pink the Town. I don’t own any coral blushes, so i’m hoping I will like this one, and won’t end up looking like a satsuma. I also picked up the Illuminating Bronzer in Narcissistic, it looks very orange in the photo above (I will end up looking like a satsuma at this rate) but when swatched it gives a gorgeous golden shimmer. Continue reading