Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Step away from the makeup wipes... It's all about Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water!

Admission one: I'm a little slow on the upkeep. Some of you will be reading this blog post and perhaps questioning why I didn't say 'au revoir' to those little makeup removing squares a long time ago. And you'd be right to. As a beauty blogger, realistically, I should be taking care of what I use on my skin. Instead, I've simply opted for the quick, simple option, that allows me to jump into bed that bit earlier.

Secondly, I probably should have tried Micellar Water before now.

Well, I got there in the end!

Micellar water is something the beauty world has gone a little mad for, and I've been meaning to see what the fuss was about and was taken in by the positive reviews. In particular, I had seen quite a few bloggers pick up the Garnier version - so I thought this was the best place to start.

Garnier brand their Micellar Cleansing Water as a perfume free formula, which contains cleansing agents which 'capture and lift away dirt from the skin'. It's kind to skin, even sensitive, and takes away makeup easily without the need for excessive scrubbing. It doesn't have a strong overpowering scent and all the while you are using it, it is cleansing skin.

I wanted to give this a fair trial before I blogged this, so I'm now almost half way through. My method involves soaking a cotton pad with the water, and sweeping it over my face. I tend to pay attention to removing all traces of my eye makeup first. It's so important to remove all traces of mascara, and this makes it so easy. I've never liked creamy eye makeup remover lotions, as I find them really irritating - so this provides the perfect alternative.

My skin feels glowing after use, and I have definitely been converted to life without wipes. When I used some wipes after I'd been using the micellar water, I felt like I still had half a face full of makeup. Not cool!

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is just £4.99 for 400ml - which should equate to about 200 uses. When you consider that some of the more expensive pack of 20 or so makeup wipes can be as much as this - it's a real bargain.

I will definitely be using this again, as I loved this product so much. That said, in the future, I would like to try some micellar waters from other brands too.

General verdict? A must buy for the micellar novice or micellar lover. All round star product. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Weddings, Wildlife and Family Weekends: My Easter Break!

This Easter I took a well deserved break and headed back home for a week. In that time, I have been on a bit of a self imposed blog hiatus, so I thought I'd update you guys with what I'd been up to. While I may be a Hampshire habitant these days, I'll forever be a Cornish girl at heart and it's great to get back there when I can. 

Since my last trip back was a brief jaunt in order to attend a leaving do for my travelling pals (I've heard Aussie life is amazing by the way!), this time I had a lot to catch up on. 

I managed to squeeze in some lovely evenings with old friends; one of which told me that she'd just booked her wedding! Though she's jetting off abroad for the big event, the big UK celebration is just a day before my 23rd birthday. I'd already booked the beginning of September off for a belated bday break, a wedding do provided the perfect excuse to grab The Boy and head back just before as well.

Bring on the dress shopping!

I also made a trip to Dartmoor Zoo, which isn't too far from home. Sadly, my friend and I appeared to pick a particularly grey and rainy day to venture over there, but it was still a good trip out. If you've seen the film 'We Bought a Zoo', this is the place that it's based on. All of the animal enclosures are in the grounds of the house, so it's a lot more of a relaxed atmosphere than with big commercial wildlife parks.

I managed to grab a couple of pictures on my iPhone, as I wasn't willing to drag out my new SLR in the wet weather! The little bear looked fluffy enough to cuddle...

I also spent a lot of quality time with the family, which was really nice - especially as I have younger sisters. While I was at home, I actually managed to finish making the baby of the family a new summer dress. Thankfully, she loved it!

On Easter Sunday, we headed to the beach. When I lived in Cornwall, I completely took for granted how lucky I was to live so close to the coast. These days, when I get back I really make the most of it.

Again, while it was a little on the grey side, we had a fantastic time with the dogs. As you can see from the pics, they were more than happy to jump around in the water! 

When I wasn't running around seeing family and friends, I of course, was over indulging. I actually received 6 Easter eggs for Christmas (some of which you can see below). Wish me luck as I attempt to conquer them, while also trying to slim down for my sunshine summer break! 

Wish me luck!