Monday, 23 April 2012

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes #5

Welcome to the final part of my Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes series. This review will feature the De-Clog Pores nose strips. 


See the rest of the series here:

I never really use nose strips so I was looking forward to trying these. This product costs £1.49 and you get 3 strips. As with all Montagne Jeunesse products this is suitable for vegetarians and natural ingredients are used wherever possible.


What the packet says:
These ultra-deep cleansing nose pore strips contain natural citrus to draw out deep-rooted impurities for cleaner, less visible pores on and around the nose.

The nose strips are like a little cloth strip that peel off the plastic backing and place on to your wet nose. I didn't notice a scent when I put the strip on and you start to feel the strip stiffen up after 15 to 20 minutes.


I had a bit of trouble trying to remove the strip but I think that's because I'm one of those people who are nervous about removing plasters - it feels a bit like that! It's nothing a bit of water won't solve though. Once you wet the strip it becomes easier to remove. My nose was left feeling super soft and clean. I was wishing the rest of my face felt like that! 

If you want to try the Skin Heroes range it is available from the Montagne Jeunesse website and Asda stores.

Hope you have enjoyed this series :)

Are you going to buy any of the Skin Heroes products? Which Montagne Jeunesse products do you already use? Any recommendations?

Suzy


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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes #4

This is the final mask and the penultimate post from my Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes series. This review will be about the Dry Skin Mask.



If you haven't read the rest of my reviews, please check them out here:

The Dry Skin Mask is the one I was most looking forward to trying as I prefer a more moisturising mask. Having said that though, when trying the ones more targeted at oily skin/breakouts I've found they were really good for my skin. I had often assumed those kind of masks would be drying but they totally aren't.

As with the other masks, this one has two stages, with stage two being a serum rather than a moisturiser this time.

The packaging states that the Dry Skin Mask "holds in moisture to banish dry skin areas".

Stage 1 (as stated on the packet)
Firstly, submerge skin in this creamy soufflé & let the super fruits explode into action. Raspberries, Blueberries & Red Grapes are high in anti-oxidants that protect & replenish.
 
Stage 1
 
The mask is a pale pink, pearlescent cream. The consistency is like a thick facial moisturiser. I expected it to smell quite fruity with it containing raspberries, blueberries and red grapes but it's actually more on the floral side. It's definitely a pleasant scent and my fiancĂ© kept sniffing my face! After 15 to 20 minutes on the face, the mask slightly dries on the face but it's not like the masks that make the skin feel really tight. My skin was left clean and moisturised on removal of the mask. 

Stage 2 (as stated on the packet)
Secondly, rehydrate with this follow on serum of crushed Blueberries & pulped Raspberries, an anti-oxidant frenzy. Natural KiOsmetine® is clinically proven to make skin smoother.
 
Stage 2

The serum is a white lotion, not dissimilar to the moisturisers from the other masks in consistency. The scent was a lighter version of the mask's fragrance. The serum sank into my skin quickly and left it feeling so soft, like velvet!
 
 
Hand swatches (L to R): Stage 1 and Stage 2
I've really enjoyed using the masks from the Skin Heroes series and I would recommend them all. Montagne Jeunesse use natural ingredients wherever possible so if you read the back of the packet you will be able to understand what's in the product!
 
If you fancy trying this range it's available from Asda and the Montagne Jeunesse website .
 
I'm now looking forward to trying the nose strips as they aren't a product I would normally use. Look out for that post coming soon :)

Do you use Montagne Jeunesse products? Let me know your favourites...

Suzy


 
 
 
 






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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Weekend Purchases

Good afternoon beauties :)

I thought I'd show you what I've bought over the last two days, mainly from Boots. I'm loving the Boots 3 for 2 deals and I could have bought a lot more but I managed to restrain myself!

I bought 3 Models Own nail polishes as I've been after some of the Beetlejuice and Hed Kandi shades.

Models Own Nail Polishes in Disco Heaven, Purple Blue and Indian Ocean

Ideally I would have bought Ibiza Mix but it was the only Hed Kandi shade that was out of stock in my local Boots so I went for Disco Heaven instead. I do really like this one too as it's a lovely gold glitter with blue flecks. The main Beetlejuice shade I'd been wanting was Indian Ocean from the new Spring/Summer collection. It's a gorgeous shimmery baby blue with a pink shimmer when the light catches it. I also went for the shade Purple Blue which is predominantly dark purple with blue shimmery particles in it.

After seeing MaxFactor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in Fantasy Fire on lots of beauty blogs I felt like I had to see what the fuss was about. This colour is amazing! It's a lovely royal purple shade with differing shades of shimmer depending on how the light hits it.

Clockwise from top left: MaxFactor Max Effect Mini Nail Polishes in Meteorite and Fantasy Fire, L'oreal Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen in Light

I picked up the shade Meteorite too as it's a pretty denim shade with plenty of shimmer in it. So..shimmer tends to be the theme of my nail polishes today! I decided to pick up a new concealer as well since I'm getting a bit bored of my Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection one. I went for the L'oreal Lumi Magique Highlighter Pen. I love the rose gold packing, I just hope the product is great too!

I hadn't bought any shower gel for ages as at Christmas I got loads, either as gifts or during sale shopping. I've started getting sick of the Christmas scents I've got left and fancied something a bit fruity so when I spotted this it was exactly what I wanted - Original Source British Strawberry Shower.

Boots Body Polisher and Original Source shower gel in British Strawberry

I love strawberries so I'm looking forward to using this. I also bought another shower scrunchie as it's always good to have a new one!

I've seen these Lily Flame candles for ages now but I wasn't sure whether to pay £8.50 for a candle or not. I tend to buy the Yankee Candles in the sampler sizes as they are less than £2 so it doesn't matter if you don't like the fragrance. 

Lily Flame - Smile candle

I decided to smell all of the Lily Flame candles in Fenwick and this one really stood out for me. It smells like sweets! I love it! According to the website it smells of "sophisticated raspberry". I can't really pick that particular scent out when I smell the candle, I just know it smells amazing and I had to have it! I haven't tried burning this candle yet but apparently you get 35 hours from it so I guess £8.50 isn't too expensive for all that burning time.

I love the food hall in Fenwick, it's pretty expensive but you can get lots of interesting goodies from there. I bought some Jelly Belly lollipops today, they were so tasty! I also like the American section where you can buy Hersheys, Pop Tarts, etc. Anyway, I spotted this chocolate bar which sounds super delicious so I had to buy it as a treat to ease the Sunday night blues tonight! 


It's by Godiva and it's called Milk Chocolate Dipped Strawberry. Yummy!

What have you been buying lately?

Suzy
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Saturday, 14 April 2012

#17cosmetics Twitter Party Goodie Bag

Last month 17 Cosmetics held a Twitter party where they were giving out goodie bags and I was lucky enough to win one :D

My prize was delivered yesterday and I'm so happy with all my goodies!



I'll probably be posting about some of these products on my blog soon so if there's anything in particular you want to see on my blog let me know :)

Also, it's definitely worth following @Official17 on Twitter for news on their products and they may even hold more giveaways in the future.

So have you used any of these products? What you do think of them?

Suzy
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Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes #3

Here we have Part 3 of my Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes Series. This post features the Shine Control mask. Please also check out Part 1 - Break-Out Mask and Part 2 - T-Zone Peel Off.


  
I've really been enjoying these masks so far and have found my skin is in much better condition. They are helping to even out my skin tone, especially on my chin where I often have scars left from spots!

Another great point about these masks and the rest of the Montagne Jeunesse range is that they are suitable for vegetarians and the brand always look to use natural ingredients.

The Shine Control mask is for "greasy skin that likes to shine". 

This mask, like the first two shown on my blog, has two stages - a mask and a moisturiser.

Stage 1 (as stated on the packet)
Firstly, deep cleanse with this special mud mask. We’ve added Argan Oil to help balance oily areas & crushed Acai Berries - a powerful anti-oxidant that helps protect.

Stage 1
This is a smooth creamy mask that looks a bit like foundation! I couldn't quite put my finger on the scent of the mask so maybe that's the Argan Oil as I'm not sure what that smells like! The mask dries and tightens the skin over 15 to 20 minutes until it's ready to wash off. Upon washing the mask off my skin was left feeling clean and soft.


Stage 2 (as stated on the packet)
Secondly, balance your skin with this moisturiser of crushed Acai Berries & light reflecting particles to help control shine. KiOsmetine® & Argan Oil help restore skins balance.

Stage 2
The moisturiser is a thick white lotion with a lighter version of the scent in the mask. It soaks into the skin very quickly leaving the skin moisturised but shine-free. I liked the light reflecting particles element of the moisturiser as it wasn't massively visible all over the face but I did notice a bit of a glow to my cheekbones when the light hit them. Basically this mask and moisturiser in combination provides shine-free, healthy looking skin. Definitely a thumbs up from me :)

Swatches of Stage 1 (left) and Stage 2 (right)

This mask along with the rest of the Skin Heroes range is available now from Asda and the Montagne Jeunesse website.

Thanks for reading,
Suzy








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Monday, 9 April 2012

The Naked Cook

Good evening all :)

I thought I'd post a FOTD featuring the original Urban Decay Naked palette and MAC Watch Me Simmer from the MAC Cook collection - hence the name of this post ;) I guess if you came here from a Google search this may not be what you were after... hehe.

So here's my look:






The products used to create this look:



  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • MAC Watch Me Simmer lipstick
  • Too Faced Absolutely Flawless concealer in Vanilla
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
  • Benefit The Porefessional
  • MUA Clear Mascara (for the brows)
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara
  • Urban Decay Naked palette (the first one) in shades Sin, Half Baked and Smog
  • Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in shade Guipure

What makeup products are you loving at the moment? Post links to your favourites or any FOTDs you have created :)

Suzy
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NOTD Models Own Pink Punch

I've just painted my nails in Models Own Pink Punch so I thought I'd pop a photo of it on my blog.



It's a lovely bright colour that is perfect for the summer. My camera has dulled down the colour slightly but it's a neon pink, like the colour of a highlighter pen!

I used two coats but I'd recommend 3 coats for a completely opaque finish. I love Models Own nail polish as it glides on so smoothly and dries pretty fast.

What colours have you been wearing on your nails at the moment? I'm loving the look of the Essie Resort Collection but I don't think I should be splashing out on more nail polishes!

Suzy
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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes #2

I know it's a bit late in the day but... Happy Easter my lovely followers :)

Here's Part 2 of 5 in my Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes series. Today I'm reviewing the T-Zone Peel Off mask. To read Part 1 featuring the Break-Out Mask click here.


The T-Zone Peel Off mask "helps calm & soothe bothersome bits". I thought this would be a nice little detox for my skin after all of the junk food I seem to have consumed lately!

Again, like the other masks in the Skin Heroes range, this has two stages - a mask and a moisturiser. Let's see what goodies are packed in this skin saviour:

Stage 1 (as stated on the packet)
Firstly, get into the zone with this peel-off. Calming Tea Tree & soothing Canadian Willowherb™ will grab dirt & help clear impurities. Witch Hazel helps target problem areas.



The mask is a thick green gel that smells mostly of tea tree but has a hint of mint in there too. The mask feels cooling and tingly on the skin. I bet this would be a real treat to use when the weather gets warmer again. This mask dries on the skin leaving your skin feeling tight and looking shiny. To remove the mask you simply peel it off. I do find it slightly weird watching myself in the mirror while I'm peeling the mask off but it doesn't bother me too much. I know some people love peeling these masks off! I have to say, I was blown away by the softness of my skin after removing the mask, it was actually baby soft! The texture of my skin looked really smooth as well so I was definitely pleased about that.


Stage 2 (as stated on the packet)
Secondly, soothe skin with this follow on moisturiser & help ease those bothersome bits with the natural healing of Canadian Willowherb™ & Tea Tree to help calm skin to the core.



I think this is the same moisturiser from the Break-Out Mask. It certainly has the same consistency and minty scent anyway. After applying the moisturiser my skin felt perfectly hydrated and clean. 

Swatches of Stage 1 (left) and Stage 2 (right)


I enjoyed using this mask and I'm really happy with the results. At £1.49 it's the perfect weekly treat without breaking the bank.

You can pick this mask up from Asda or from the Montagne Jeunesse website.

Montagne Jeunesse always look to use natural ingredients and all of their products are suitable for vegetarians.

Let me know your thoughts about this mask or any other products you have tried by Montagne Jeunesse. I'm always on the lookout for new stuff to try out :)

Thanks for reading,
Suzy

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Laine Blogger Award

Hope you are all having a lovely Easter so far, I'm loving the long weekend!




The lovely Becca from Back For Tea has awarded me the Laine Blogger Award! I love Becca's blog as she has a good variety of posts from beauty and fashion to general photos of what she has been up to. I'm also rather jealous of the fact that she works at Lush, how great would that be?! You should definitely check out Becca's blog if you don't already follow her. Unfortunately she's not feeling too great at the moment so I'm sure she would appreciate some blog love :) Get well soon Becca!

The Laine Blogger Award
  • Link back to the blogger who awarded you
  • Blog about your award
  • Give the award to 5 bloggers and let them know
 
My 5 Bloggers Are:
 
Please check out these blogs as I'm sure you will enjoy reading them much as I do.

Thanks for the award Becca :)

Suzy
 

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Friday, 6 April 2012

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes #1

Welcome to Part 1 of 5 in my Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes series! As mentioned in my previous post, I received the new Skin Heroes range from Montagne Jeunesse to review on my blog. In this post I will be reviewing the Break-Out Mask.

 

The Break-Out Mask is for "problem skin prone to eruptions". I felt like I was getting a few hormonal spots so I thought this mask would be the ideal one to try first.

4 of the 5 products in the Skin Heroes range are masks. They are different from the regular Montagne Jeunesse masks as they contain two stages. The first stage (the bottom of the packet) is a mask and the second stage (the top of the packet) is a moisturiser/serum. I think this is a fab idea as it's always best to apply a moisturiser straight after using a mask so it's good to have one with complementary ingredients to the mask to ensure you get the full treatment for your skin requirements.

Here are the details about the two stages of the Break-Out Mask:

Stage 1 (as stated on the packet)
Firstly, you’ll need to flush out those blocked pores with this mud mask fusion of calming Tea Tree & soothing Canadian Willowherb™. Let Witch Hazel’s natural powers help calm skin.


This is a thick but smooth, light green mask that is easy to apply to the skin. You need to leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes before washing off. During this time the mask dries out and starts to feel tight on the skin. I like this as it feels like the product is working! The product has a strong tea tree/lavender scent which I find quite refreshing. It definitely smells like there are some good ingredients that will help improve the skin. I love it when products smell more natural rather than chemical/medicinal!


Stage 2 (as stated on the packet)
Secondly, follow on with this super moisturiser of tantalising Tea Tree & calming Canadian Willowherb™. Allow Mother Nature to work her magic to tackle those problem areas.


The moisturiser is a fairly thick white lotion that has a fresh minty scent on application. After using both stages of the Break-Out Mask my skin was left feeling clean, soft and radiant. It also soothed my skin and stopped the swelling under my skin from turning into spots. I'm definitely impressed with this mask and I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the range.

Swatches of Stage 1 (left) and Stage 2 (right)

The mask retails at £1.49 and contains a good amount for one treatment. I even had some left over! This mask along with the rest of the Skin Heroes range is available now at Asda and on the Montagne Jeunesse website.

Montagne Jeunesse always look to use natural ingredients and all of their products are suitable for vegetarians.

Hope you enjoyed this review :) Watch out for Part 2 coming soon! Also let me know below if you have tried Montagne Jeunesse and what your favourite products are. I personally love the Strawberry Souffle mask and have repurchased it sooo many times!

Suzy



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Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes Range

I thought I'd let you know about a series of posts I have coming up in the next week. Montagne Jeunesse have a new range of masks and nose pore strips called the Skin Heroes range which they have kindly sent to be reviewed on my blog.




What Montagne Jeunesse says about the new range:
Are you having a skin problem? Do you need help? Do you always ask yourself ‘which mask shall I use for my Oily/Dry/Spot Prone/Blackheads or T-Zone Skin?' Fear not our NEW Skin Hero Range has landed and are raring & ready to fight for your right to clear, healthy skin the natural way; it’s your weekly essential for healthy, gorgeous, problem free skin

I'm really happy I've been sent these products as I absolutely love using Montagne Jeunesse masks, I always buy them as they are such a great price and I always notice a difference in my skin after using them. 

Montagne Jeunesse's products are suitable for vegetarians and they always look to use natural ingredients. 

The Skin Heroes range is available now from Asda and the Montagne Jeunesse website.

I will be reviewing each of these products separately so watch out for those coming up very soon!

Suzy
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