Friday, 22 March 2013

Review | No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush

Hey Lovelies,
For ages now I have longed to try a clarisonic, (maybe just to try it!) but I don't see myself forking out the £100+ price tag any time soon! So when I spotted the Skin Cleansing Brush in boots on offer for just £15 I couldn't turn it down! 
 I'm quite lucky in the fact that I don't have awful skin, I get spots but I wouldn't call myself acne prone. However I felt a few months ago my skin got pretty bad and my cheeks especially suddenly hit a new level. Since then i've been quite obsessed with skincare and trying new things to try and help settle my skin down. 

'This clever cleansing brush gently exfoliates and deeply cleanses the skin, removing more dirt, oil and make-up than manual cleansing alone. Easy and quick to use, discover super clean, soft, radiant and healthier looking skin in less than 60 seconds.'





My first impressions
 The first time I used this I paired it with No7 foaming facial wash, big mistake. I put this on my skin first and then for some reason decided to use the cleansing brush, I ended up with facial foam everywhere! Second time round I paired it with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, which was much better, although can be a bit messy at time! I found it quite an odd sensation as it swirls your skin with the brush ( The only technical way I can think to put it!) it also pulls in your hair around your hairline so I recommend a hair band. It can feel quite abrasive, so I can easily understand why this wouldn't be recommended for sensitive or very dry skin, I think its just to harsh. The brush comes with two speed settings and I even find it to harsh on the second setting on the majority of my face. However when I had finished my face felt so clean! All traces of make up and dirt gone. 

A month down the line
 I've taken to using the Cleansing Brush twice to three times a week, just because I don't want to over exfoliate my skin. Since keeping to this schedule my skin has changed dramatically, whether this is down to good timing or not only time will tell. The spots I felt on my skin have cleared up almost completely, and I haven't had any real spots since then. Normally I get the odd monthly batch of spots but even now they seem more controlled and they clear up a lot quicker.

Overall
Firstly, I have only been using this a month so (although I hope not!) a lot my results could just bee good timing and I haven't been using it long enough to call it a 'wonder product', however I really feel the brush really helps work my cleanse and polish into my skin and that it has a bigger impact with the brush, along with leaving my skin feeling so much cleaner and fresher with no hassle and so quick. The only thing I wish was that it came with something to cover the brush head as to me it feels a bit unhygienic leaving it sat open, but still I love it! I think the Cleansing Brush is a brilliant cost effective alternative to the Clarisonic and I'd recommend anyone thinking of getting the Clarisonic to give this a try first!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Paris

Hey Lovelies, 

 I spent the last few days of last week in the amazing city of Paris and I thought I would share some photos my trip with you! I went to Paris with my university and i've made some brilliant friends with people on my course. It was 5 days filled with early starts, walking, alcohol and 2 hours sleep, but I loved all of it and I'm so sad to be home! We visited all the main attractions and even fitted some time in for shopping! I fell in love with Sephora, and while we were there the staff went crazy to gangnam style! Dancing at the front of the store! I had such an amazing time and I can't wait for our next uni trip! (Sorry for the picture heavy post!)

The Eiffel Tower at night and Disney Land! 

Beautiful locks bridge, write yours and your lovers initials on the lock and throw the key in the river <3 




View from the top of the Eiffel Tower!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Lush 'VIP' Re Opening Night!

Being a huge lover of Lush I was so happy when I was invited to a V.I.P Night at Lush's first ever store! (which happens to be right on my doorstep, in Poole Quay!) I made the journey back from Southampton and picked up the lovely brogan from brogantatexo along the way! After 20 minutes of getting lost and trying to track down Lush we arrived to a slightly unexpected arrival. 

 On the Email we were informed that the night was a special preview evening the day before the shop opened to the general public. Brilliant! I thought. A 'special night' for us to get to know a bit more about the Lush brand, try some new products and have a sneaky peek at the Lush SPA.

(Excuse the picture quality! I left my Camera in the car didn't I?!) 




However we got to the shop only to find it crammed pack with the general public and even some children running around! Nobody could move, nobody could see anything and having a chat with a worker was nearly impossible! It took us 10 minutes to try and get ourselves a glass of champaign and a cake to find them all gone. Eventually after 15 minutes of shuffling around and a lot of 'Excuse me's' and 'Sorry's!' We gave up and headed across the road to Pizza Express. 

BUT, (and there is a but) in those 15 minutes, and from what I could see of the shop it seems like a brilliant little gem! The spa was amazing, and I'd love to go there for a birthday or special event. We got a sneak peek at some of the treatments and one caught my eye, which involved tailoring the massage around a word like 'mind cleanser' and using different scents and techniques which are meant to achieve that state of mind. I thought this was a really nice added touch to a normal massage and defiantly adds a more personal level.


Beautiful Lush SPA 

We also got a quick look at the perfumes and scents that are available and Lush's own scent available only at the original store! aptly named after the address '29 High Street' They also now feature a 'Retro' stand which features all the favourite discontinued products which again I really liked because I know how annoying it is when a products discontinued.



Overall I will happily go back to this shop, I loved the layout and the SPA is something I would definitely like to look into. I still love Lush and I now love knowing that I live on the doorstep of where lush all began. However the event it self was a bit of a let down and I think we could have got a lot more out the evening if we weren't crammed in like sardines! 

I will be heading down again soon and will hopefully get the chance to find out a bit more about the history of the shop and its unique qualities!  

Hope this wasn't to much of a rant! 

Have you been to the original Lush? What did you think?

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