Monday, 28 May 2012

Jemma Kidd make-up - free with Red!

Hello all!
Well we have had an extended break from all things beauty. With holidays and sunny days, we have both take a break from the beauty world to re-charge our batteries, but are back and excited by the products we have to tell you about in the next few months!

Tonight, easing us back in gently, is a little sneak preview into this month's Red magazine superb freebie. Red is a magazine that has a great reputation and does not need to rely on freebies, so when they include one it is a nice 'thank you' to their readers.

As a subscriber I get the edition earlier than it is in the shop, and the only downside is I didn't get to choose between the two great freebies on offer :-(

July issue of Red magazine
The freebies on offer are either a black mascara, normally retailing for £15 or a black eyeliner retailing at £14. So for the price of the mag (£3.50 - £4.00 I think!) You can't go wrong!

I Glamour volume mascara

The mascara wand is quite substantial, glides nicely out of the pot, and the wand has quite fine brushes on it.

I am looking forward to putting this mascara through its paces, and I'll let you know how I get on!! The mascara boasts 'fuller lashes' so I am excited to see the results.

If you want to bag this bargain, look out for Red magazine July edition hitting the shops on May 30th.

If you've tried Jemma Kidd make-up before, please let us know what you thought, we would love to hear from you.

Stay beautiful

Stace x

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Make-up brushes - how do you clean yours?

Hope you're all having fab weekends! Something a bit different today...A plea for some advice.
So here's the thing, cleaning brushes...I use mineral make-up so my brushes get used everyday, A LOT. I am totally rubbish at cleaning them regularly, I would dearly love to clean them once a week like I read some of you all do, but I just run out of time or forget!
And I also don't even know if I am cleaning them right, so please, please comment with your tips, and words of wisdom on how you clean your make-up brushes as I would love to hear!
Here's what I do...

Firstly I always use Johnson's baby shampoo, no idea why really. Think I read it somewhere, figure it's for babies so must be gentle and I like the smell.

My weapon against dirty make-up brushes
Next I run my brushes under lukewarm water and then add the shampoo foaming it up. I tilt the brush down so the water runs away from the handle and not against the bristles.

I will continue running the brush under the water until the water runs clean and the shampoo has thoroughly washed away.

I then leave them to dry naturally.

And voila, I have clean brushes!

My brushes are all from bareMinerals and were all quite expensive, they seem to respond well to being cleaned like this so that is why I have stuck with it.

I would love to hear what you do with your brushes. How do you clean them, and how often do you clean them? I know I definitely need to start cleaning mine more often!

Keep your make-up brushes beautiful!

Stace x

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Montagne Jeunesse skin heroes face masks

Montagne Jeunesse has to be one of the beauty brands I remember back from my teenage years. We would buy these masks for about 70p back then, and apply them to ensure fresh looking skin before we went on a date.

Roll on 15 years and this brand is still reinventing itself and its masks. So I was thrilled when they sent us some to try out. The new skin heroes range is all about tailoring products for different skin types, rather than a one size fits all approach, which we love. All of the products are suitable for vegetarians and the company always look to use natural ingredients, another plus point.

Montagne Jeunesse skin heroes face mask range

There are five masks in the range, for different skin conditions: shine control, break out, T zone, de-clog pores and dry skin.

The first one I was keen to try was the de-clog pores strip.

In the pack comes three to try. The strips are designed to fit across your nose, and are infused with orange flower water and witch hazel, it was a bit overwhelming to start with, but I soon got used to it.

The strips fit perfectly across the nose, where I get
most of my blocked pores

The idea is to leave this strip on the nose for 10-15 minutes. I really suffer from blocked pores around the nose area so this was a great treatment, and you can really feel it working.

Me wearing the de-clog nose strip!

The next mask I tried was the shine control, another of my skin conditions! Suffering from very greasy skin, this is an obvious choice for me. 

The mask is very light in appearance and consistency. It is a mud mask, which has aragan oil and crushed acai berries added to it, and I know the acai berries have antioxidant properties so it is interesting to find them as an ingredient in this mask. It is very different to the clay masks I have been so used to in the past.

The great thing with these masks is they have a two step process. So once you have covered your face with the mask and let it settle for about ten minutes, you rinse it off, and then apply the moisturiser to restore the skins balance.

Moisturiser is the 2nd step in the skin
 heroes face mask process

The moisturiser smells really fresh and leaves skin so smooth and silky!

The next mask is the dry skin mask. Now neither myself or Mags suffer from dry skin, but I gave this one ago in the name of research!

This mask has a slightly creamier texture to it, which I guess makes sense as it is combating dry skin, which will require more moisture, and feels a lot heavier that the previous mask. It boasts raspberries, blueberries and red grapes, and you can smell all these fruits!


The mask also comes with a serum similar to the moisturiser in the last mask. This is a great touch as it really feels like the two treatments work hand in hand and have really been thought through as an overall treatment for the face.

The only down side to these masks is probably the fiddly sachets they come in, but for the price, I don’t thing you can expect any lavish packaging.

They are really simple to use, following the instructions on the back of the packet is easy, and you can see results after one use.

Mags will be telling us more about the other two masks later in the month.

Montagne Jeunesse skin heroes are available now from Asda, and cost a wonderful, penny pinching £1.49. I’m off to stock up on some more and buy some for my friends!

Have you tried Montagne Jeunesse skin heroes? What did you think of them? Please let us know by commenting below.

Stay beautiful

Stace x