Cetaphil is a brand which caters for sensitive skin. It’s main selling point is how gentle the products are. I got these samples from my parents who had picked them up somewhere. As I have sensitive and eczema prone skin I was excited to try these out.

The first product is the Gentle Skin Cleanser. This is another foaming in water cleanser but a lot more affordable than the Clinique one I tried. It comes as a thick gel substance which doesn’t lather up too much when washing. When I used the cleanser I didn’t really feel anything which is good for my sensitive skin. My skin also did feel clean without feeling oily or dry which can sometimes happen with cleansers.

Next we have the Moisturising Cream. This is meant for your body rather than face according to the website. I tried it on both, because it’s a handy sample size for me to pop in my bag. It works well to moisturise without making my skin feel greasy or oily. It’s formula is similar to most handcreams and it soaks into the skin quite fast. I also tried it on a patch of eczema on my elbow, which has completely gone down now.

Then we have the Moisturising Lotion. This is for your face and comes as a very thick substance, similar to the cleanser but white. Similar to the cream it worked really well to moisturise without making my skin too oily. It also soaked in fast, but I did find it sat on my skin for longer than the cream. So I accidentally put my foundation on over it a bit early a couple of times.

Overall Cetaphil is a wonderful brand for my sensitive skin. The one thing of note is that there’s no ingredient which is solely to target acne, which is something I need a lot. Therefore I probably wouldn’t use the cleanser but I would definitely buy the Moisturing Cream for my face and body.

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After a recommendation from one of my friends, I picked up the Sleek Solstice highlighter palette. Even though I usually use Revolution’s highlighter, I wanted to try out a cream highlighter. The gold metallic case is quite sturdy. Both the product and mirror were intact after moving day! It comes with 4 highlighters and a small brush.

From the top right clockwise the colours are: Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Equinox and Subsolar. Ecliptic is a rose-nude colour and is a cream highlighter. It creates a very subtle highlight, as it’s not quite as shimmery as the others. The cream texture feels quite oily, which I dislike when I have oily skin. When I first tried it, it was a lot better because I had dry skin at the time. So I expect it would work well for those with normal to dry skin.

Hemsiphere and Equinox are baked powders. Hemisphere is really strange as it’s lilac. It’s not as strong a colour when on your skin though. When applied, it looks  very vibrant, and is the strongest highlight of the four. It also applies quite heavy, you don’t need to put a lot on to see the effect. Equinox is not quite as bright as Hemisphere, but it’s still very visible as a highlighter. It’s more peach when applied, so don’t worry about your face looking orange like it looks it the palette.

Subsolar is a silky shimmer powder and has a yellow colouring within the palette. It is a lot less vibrant than the other two powders, but because it’s a more neutral colour, it works better on day to day basis. I prefer using Subsolar with my everyday makeup just to bring out my cheekbones a bit. Hemisphere and Equinox on the other hand work a lot better for night time looks. This is a personal preference as I prefer to keep my make-up ‘natural’ looking for my everyday.

I will probably still use my Revolution highlighter, as once Subsolar runs out, I won’t the Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette for everyday. But, when they all run out, I would be happy to purchase again as they are good value for money.

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So in my previous post, I talked about Clinique Skincare. In order to receive those samples, I signed up to go to the beauty counter in my (then) local Boots.  Clinique offer multiple free services to help you pick out the best products they have for you. I chose to get foundation matched because I’m so pale everything makes me look orange. Okay not everything, but I struggle with finding foundation.

I tried a couple of foundations, but this one was the only one that really went pale enough for me. It’s the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer. It’s got a good coverage because it’s also classed as a concealer. It manages to cover all my imperfections. Such as spots, discolouration, bags under my eyes etc. But it’s not too heavy and doesn’t make my face feel ‘cakey’.

I find it works wonders over dry skin. Because it’s liquid formula, it doesn’t highlight my dry patches. It’s also a moisturising foundation so it helps in the long run. I find it works less well with oily skin. Recently in particular, I’ve been struggling with oilier skin, and my foundation seems to rub away more easily throughout the day. I use the Hello Flawless Powder on top, but it still doesn’t help that much. I would recommend for anyone who has dryer skin.

It comes with this magic wand applicator. You use the wand to put product across your cheeks, chin, forehead and nose and then blend it out with fingers or a brush. I’ve tried using a beauty blender, but I just didn’t like it. It didn’t seem to cover as much as it did with the brush or my fingers. The applicator picks up quite a lot of product. There’s no need to dip it back into the foundation.

Overall, this is one of the better foundations I’ve tried. I’ll definitely be re-purchasing in the future. For me, it will probably be better for my skin during the winter months when my skins dryer. Hopefully, I’ll find a product that’s good for the summer months soon.

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So I haven’t done a beauty based post in such a long time. With exams and moving down to Guildford I’ve just been so busy that I haven’t really tried any new products. But during my exams I had to go to one of the stall-like events on campus because of my society commitments. This is when I picked up these cute Clinique sample’s.

They came within a small makeup bag and also a box. Both have been misplaced with the move so I didn’t get photos. I got these samples in exchange for booking an appointment with the beauty counter in Boots.

This is the Dry Combination 3 Step Kit from Clinique. They do different ‘clarifying lotions’ for different skin types within the 3 step programme.

First is the Liquid Facial Soap. This was strange for me because I don’t usually use a water and soap product on my face twice a day. I normally use it every other day, because I find products that soap/foam up can often feel harsh on my sensitive skin. Luckily, this facial wash was really good on my skin. My skin felt clean but not too dry which is sometimes a problem.

Next is the Clarifying Lotion, which is a toner. The smell is so strong, it shocked me when I first opened it. It smells like an alcoholic drink but I just can’t put my finger on what exactly it is. I again was really worried it would be too harsh. The lotion works like any other toner and makes your skin feel really smooth and clean. It is slightly drying, but nothing major. My eczema didn’t flare up which it sometimes does with a drying product.

Finally there’s the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. This works exactly like any other moisturiser. My skin didn’t feel much different from this moisturiser. But I was using Clarin’s Hydraquench lotion previously.

Using all three products definitely made my skin feel cleaner and clearer. It was during exams so hormonal breakouts were occurring. But my spots visibly reduced a lot faster than usual. I would probably re-purchase the toner when I finish the sample. But because of the high price I cant justify purchasing all three products.

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A very typical blogger kind of post today. I decided to show you guys my MAC Lipstick Collection. It’s only small though, as I rarely stray away from my favourite nude shades.


Velvet Teddy

I got Velvet Teddy because everyone was saying it was the perfect nude shade. Unfortunately, those people are more tan than me and it actually looks strangely dark on me.

Shanghai Spice

Shanghai Spice is my all time favourite lipstick for my everyday looks. This is my perfect nude shade, I finally managed after years of looking to find something right for my skintone.

Viva Glam

Because I loved Miley Cyrus so much, I bought her Viva Glam MAC Lipstick. This so bright I rubbed it off within seconds the first time I tried it. But now I use it lightly just to add a bit of colour.

Myth

On the opposite hand to Velvet Teddy we have Myth. This one makes my lips look too pale compared to my face. Although it is good to mix with brighter colours to tone them down a bit.

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