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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System
A month or so ago I received a very exciting release through my door, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3 Step Anti-Blemish System(a very long name for a product right?). I have been trialling it for as long as 5 weeks and if you've seen my recent rants and raves about this kit on twitter, well you'll learn that I am seriously impressed. 

As someone who's suffered with oily, blemish prone skin from the early age of 14/15(bare in mind, I'm 20 now, nearly 21) I have found it incredibly difficult to find anything that clears the skin. I've tried everything from natural skincare to benzoyl peroxide to roaccutane and the spots just kept coming back. Admittedly my acne isn't as bad as it was when I was a teenager but it still left me unhappy with very little confidence.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System
La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System

The Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System is designed for the treatment of oily, blemish prone skin and features 3 quick and simple steps that all us ladies should be familiar with; Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise or Correct/Hydrate. You must use all 3 of the steps both day and night, although I'm a little guilty of being lazy and missing out a step or two every once in a while. 

All products in the kit are free from all the baddies; parabens, colourants, soap and oil. They're also non-comedogenic too which means that they don't clog the pores and suitable for those with sensitive skin and pregnant women too.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System
La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System

First of the 3 steps is the Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser to remove bacteria and reduce sebum production. A product that I wasn't at all familiar with but find so refreshing once used on the skin. To use, I squeeze a small pea size of the product onto the palm of my hand, add water and lather up. Once lathered, I apply it onto my face in circular movements and rinse. After use my face feels refreshed, clean and not at all on the dry side, nor the oily side, which can only be a good thing. 

The second step is the Effaclar Purifying Toner to mattify the skin and tighten large pores. It is alcohol-free so it's gentle enough to be used on even the sensitive of skins. Unfortunately, this is only a set exclusive and you can't buy seperately which is rather annoying as it is one of my favourite products out of the 3 to use. To apply I squeeze the toner onto a large cotton pad and sweep over the entire face, avoiding the eye area. This gives the most wonderful tightening, tingling sensation and doesn't leave my face feeling dry after use. If anything it feels smooth and mattified with no hint of any oil whatsoever. Although it's my favourite of the 3 products to use there is one thing I dislike; the packaging. It takes a while to dispense the right amount of toner out and it runs out quicker than the other products which is a shame, especially as it's only a set exclusive.

Last but not least is the third step; the cult favourite Effaclar Duo Plus Anti Blemish Cream. I have used this before on it's own and fell in love with it for good reason. The Effaclar Duo Plus is nothing but a multitask product, it reduces oil, blocked pores, blackheads and reduces the appearance of acne scars. To use, I dispense a small pea size of the product and rub gently into the skin. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly hydrated and soft. To learn more you can read my full review here.  

This 3 Step Kit* has really done my skin the world of good. In the beginning, the first week or two I did get a few blemishes appear but that's down to the products bringing out all the dirt and grime that was under the skin. Since then, my skin has become visibily clearer, softer and less oily. My skincare saviour! No doubt I'll be repurchasing once I've finished using all the products.

You can purchase the La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System from La Roche-Posay here for £32.50. Yes, a little expensive but worth every penny I think. 

Have you tried the La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System? 


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Friday, 24 October 2014

Lush Christmas Haul 2014

Lush Christmas Haul 2014
Hello lovelies! Since finding out I am pregnant I have toned down my spending a helluva lot. Every single penny either goes towards the baby or furniture for our new home(which we'll be moving into in a few weeks, eek!). This is one of those rare occasions where I thought I would treat myself. Doesn't every expectant mum deserve to treat themselves every once in a while? 

At this time of the year I love nothing more than relaxing in a lovely warm bath with a candle and a bath bomb fizzling so what better way to treat myself than to a few products from Lush. I have never set foot in a Lush store as my nearest one is an hour away by train so I ordered online instead. Surprisingly enough, this is my first ever Lush Haul(yes, I'm a poor blogger!) and I couldn't be more happier with what I received.

Lush Christmas Haul 2014
Lush Christmas Haul 2014

My first pick was the Magic Wand which is a reusable bubble bar. I have been lusting after it for sooo long. The Magic Wand has the snow fairy scent which is a really sickily sweet scent but I happen to love it. I'm a sucker for sweet scented products. To produce the most wonderful bubbles you swirl this around in your bath or under a running tap. As this is a reusable bubble bar, you can sit it on the side of the tub to dry, ready to use again whenever you wish. 

Northern Lights is a bath bomb that I was really excited about getting. I first seen it demonstrated in a lush haul a few weeks ago and I knew from the offset I had to have it as it gives off the most stunning 'firework' type display. I want to get as much use out of this bath bomb as I can so I will most probably split it in half when I use it.

Isn't the Butterbear cute? that was my excuse for the purchase anyway, as well as the £1.95 price tag. The Butterbear is somewhat of a skin softening and nourishing bath bomb as it is infused with fairtrade colombian cocoa butter. I can't wait to pop this in the bath for an enjoyable, relaxing experience.

The Candy Mountain bubble bar is another sweet smelling, candy scented product that I couldn't resist purchasing. I was mainly drawn in by the cute, pink, glittery design but even more so when I had noticed that it was infused with fairtrade vanilla which is a scent I really enjoy.

I purely bought the Granny Takes a Dip bath bomb due to the beautiful array of rainbow colours it produces when popped into the water. I love the excitement of water changing colour as crazy as that may sound so it's hardly surprising that I purchased it. 

The Snow Fairy shower gel is highly raved about and popular, especially at this time of the year. It's the most beautiful, sweet smelling scent but I don't think I could use it repeatedly every day as it's quite overwhelming. It actually reminds me of my Lush Bubblegum scrub which I absolutely adore.

Last but not least is the most 'christmassy' of them all, the Luxury Lush Pud. Another bath bomb that's guaranteed to make you squeal with excitement with it's variety of beautiful colours it produces in the pink water. 

I am yet to try them all out but for the time being I am saving them all up to use when I move out into my own place in a few weeks time. If you'd like to hear my thoughts on them I'll be sure to pop up a review on them once I've tried and tested.

 Have you purchased from Lush recently?
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Christmas Beauty Advent Calendars 2014

Hello lovelies! It's coming around to that time of the year again when the weather's getting colder, the leaves are falling from the trees and we're all ready to pop on our favourite snuggly winter coats and boots. I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about now? Christmas time! I know it's a little early, especially as Halloween hasn't passed but I can't contain my excitement knowing these wonderful beauty advent calendars are releasing early, ready for the countdown to Christmas day.

There are so many brands releasing beauty calendars this year, more so than last year in fact. They are highly popular and I can imagine they're going to sell out quick. In fact, I'm pretty sure a few of them have which is hardly surprising.
Christmas Beauty Advent Calendars 2014
First up is the Benefit Candy Coated Countdown Advent Calendar, full to the brim with 24 mini beauty treats, including skincare, the very popular Porefessional primer, a few random non-beauty treasures and more! Costing £60.00, it's quite expensive but I think it's great value for money. With the sample sized products, you're able to try before you buy the full size. Winner! On the negative side, this advent calendar is out of stock on the Benefit website and I am yet to see one in store so perhaps they've sold out already. Surprising? I think not. It sold out pretty quickly last year too.

Next is one beauty calendar that really takes my fancy, the Bodyshop 24 Days of Joy Beauty Advent Calendar. Behind every single door you'll find a surprising treat, some of which are Bodyshops bestselling skincare and bodycare with a nail product and a sample sized fragrance(or two) thrown into the mix. The Bodyshop have revealed the beauty treats on their website(don't read if you don't want to spoil the surprise). I have to say there are some pretty great products in this advent calendar and you really will be surprised at every single product you receive on the countdown to Christmas. Call this an early Christmas gift? At £50 I don't think I could resist any longer.

A new Beauty Calendar this year is the Boots No7 25 Days of Beauty Secrets Advent Calendar. Not yet released in store or online as of yet but instead of 24 days of treats like most beauty calendars, there's 25. In this calendar you can receive anything from a pretty polish to skincare. As far as I'm aware this will be selling for £35 on the 29th October. If you're interested in making a purchase I highly suggest you sign up to the waiting list and purchase quickly. 

An extremely expensive Beauty Calendar that I have come across this year is the Jo Malone London Christmas Advent Calendar. This is guaranteed to get your hearts pounding and your palms sweaty, especially with the £250 price tag but that's to be expected. It looks highly luxurious and I'm sure you won't feel disappointed. If you're interested in purchasing the Jo Malone Advent Calander it's available to purchase now from Harrods.

If you're a nail polish fanatic then the Ciate Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar is for you. Behind each door there are 15 paint pots, 8 effects and 1 generous full sized polish too. Isn't it pretty and well designed? It's available to buy now from Selfridges or Ciate for £49.00.

Another favourite of mine is the Yankee Candle Advent Calendar. Every single day on the countdown to Christmas you will receive a surprise tealight candle behind each door which come in 6 different scents, one of which is my favourite Christmas scents, Christmas Cookie. It's currently sold out on the Yankee Candle website but I'm pretty sure I spotted it in stock at my local Clinton Cards a few days ago so if you're looking to purchase this I highly recommend you check your local Clintons store. At £21.99 you can't go wrong. Not necessarily a bargain, but a great advent calendar nonetheless, especially for all of you candle lovers out there like myself. 

Admittedly L'occitane is a brand that I haven't had any experience with whatsoever. Howevever, the L'occitane Advent Calendar looks extremely tempting, giving you great value for your money with generous sized mini products behind every door but unlike other advent calendars, this one contains 13 gifts instead of 24 or 25. The L'occitane Advent Calendar will be available from L'occitane from the 3rd November.

Are you a fan of Elemis skincare? then you'll be thrilled to learn that Elemis has released the 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar. In this advent calendar you will receive 12 skincare gifts such as Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Treat your Feet Foot Cream, Payapa Enzyme Peel and more.

Last but not least is the Selfridges Advent Calendar, evoked with a spell book design, this calendar is completely filled with 24 products from some of Selfridges most popular beauty brands, from Yves Saint Laurent to Kiehls to Lancome. Unfortunately, as I suspected, this sold out almost instantly upon it's release. 

 Have you purchased a Christmas Beauty Calendar this year?

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation | Review

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

For the last couple of months I have been using Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation non-stop and so I thought now would be the best time to share my thoughts on it with you. 

Firstly, I love the packaging of the foundation, it's contained in a thin, clear 30ml glass bottle with a blue cap on the top and includes a built in pump dispenser. I love that it comes with the built in pump, I find it more hygienic and there's zero chance of any wastage. 

And the price range? Well you can purchase it from Superdrug for £7.99 which is quite reasonable.

When I first tried the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation out I instantly took a dislike to it and put it back in my muji drawers, regrettably. A week later I decided to take it back out and give it another chance. Well, after a few days of testing it out, I was not at all disappointed by it. Since then I have gone through two bottles of the stuff and looking to purchase another.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation 
As my skintone is quite fair, I have the lighest of the shades, Porcelain. It's not the perfect match for my skintone but it's pretty close. I would say the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation is of a medium coverage, maybe not a high enough coverage to hide my horrific acne scars but it's buildable. 

I would say the consistency of the Rimmel Match Perfection is quite thin, so it's easily blendable and feels quite lightweight on the skin, it almost feels like you don't have anything on your face which is such a nice feeling.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation Light Porcelain Swatch
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation Light Porcelain Swatch

To apply the foundation, I blend and buff it into the skin with either my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or my favourite, the Keshima Flat Top Kabuki Brush and the finish is incredible. Maybe not entirely flawless but that's down to my not so brilliant, spot prone skin. It looks entirely natural, not cakey at all and it has the most beautiful illuminating effect on my skin which I quite like.

How did I not like this in the beginning? Maybe it was the coverage I didn't quite like but I have grown to love it. I will definitely be making a repurchase of this soon.

 Have you tried the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation?
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Friday, 10 October 2014

My Blogs First Birthday!

My Blogs First Birthday 
Hasn't the last year gone by so quickly? It's so strange to think that I've had this precious little blog for a little over a year now. I didn't actually notice that it had been a year until my younger sister pointed it out to me.

My very first blog post was actually published on 22nd September 2013 and it was actually my very first review post too, about the Real Techniques Expert Brush(see here). Although I'm not entirely pleased with some of the posts I have produced during the start of my blog, I don't want to delete them as it makes me so proud to see just how far I have come in terms of my blog. 

I really believe over the course of the last year or so I have gained in confidence and improved so much with my blog. It must have took a good year or so before September last year to finally get the confidence and take the push to get Beauty Division up and running.

In the beginning I was put down when I started blogging and I was actually going to quit, but why quit something you took so long to build up to create and you love? No, I wasn't going to listen to anyone's comments and 1 year later Beauty Division is still here.

I know I've not been the regular poster that I once was but I'm hoping to change that over the next few months. Admittedly it will be much more difficult once my little boy's born but I'll never give this little blog up. It's my little corner of the internet where I can talk about anything I wish with others that share the same interests.

I appreciate every single person that takes their time to read my blog posts and follows me on my beautiful Pregnancy Journey. It's been a great year, over the next year or so I hope to break more out of my shell and hopefully meet new people and become more active here on the blog.
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Sunday, 5 October 2014

My Favourite Baby Purchases

Ever since we found out I was pregnant with a little baby boy me and my partner have been on numerous shopping trips, purchasing the most adorable pieces of clothing and other bits too. So far I have two boxes full to the brim with clothing and other little things too like dummies, bibs, blankets etc, but no that's not enough for me. I can never resist picking up anything, especially if it's on offer or in the sale. 

I have so many favourite purchases but there's a few that I love more than most. I thought today I would give you a sneak peek at them.
My Favourite Baby Purchases
First up is this cute Giraffe onesie. It was actually purchased by my partner Josh from Primark for a measly £7. It's of great quality and feels super warm and comfy, perfect for Winter which is absolutely essential as our little boy is going to be a January baby. 
My Favourite Baby Purchases  
I find this cardigan absolutely cute, I especially love the hood. I found it on the sales rack in Sainsburys for half price, £4.50 down from £9. I couldn't resist picking it up, especially as it was the only one left. I actually put it back at one point, hoping it would be there the next day when it was payday. I was absolutely gutted when I came back the next day and it had disappeared, but I eventually found it and picked it up without hesitation.
My Favourite Baby Purchases
Now, let's introduce you to Georgie the Giraffe. Yes, that's actually the name of it, not made up at all. This giraffe teddy was one of mine and Josh's first baby purchases and I adore it. It's going to be our boys very first teddy when he is born. We purchased this from our local Banburys store for £8.
My Favourite Baby Purchases
How could I not pick this teeny shirt up? The words 'mummy's new man' just made my heart melt and for just £3? Pft, well that was a done deal as soon as I spotted it. This shirt is also from Sainsburys from the TU range. Surprising? It shouldn't be as the majority of clothing I have purchased are from there. It's not difficult to see why this is one of my favourite purchases.
My Favourite Baby Purchases
Aren't these giraffe shoes the epitome of cute? I spotted these little booties in a local high street store called Little You Toy Shop and they cost £7.99. I really don't think the picture does them any justice whatsoever.
My Favourite Baby Purchases
As my little boy is going to be a January baby he obviously needs a jacket/coat to keep him warm on those cold days so this seemed perfect. It's really fluffy, snuggly and I can imagine it'd be really warm for him. I especially love the little bear ears on the hood, it gives the coat the cute factor. This is yet another purchase from the TU range at Sainsburys, I purchased it for £8 which I think is a reasonable price.
My Favourite Baby Purchases
Giraffes, again? Yes, what can I say? Josh is completely Giraffe obsessed, it's his favourite animal so of course he had to pick these 3 pack Giraffe sleepsuits for £15 from Mothercare. They are so adorable.

What are your favourite baby purchases?
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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Week 25 Pregnancy Update

Week 25 Pregnancy Update
Well isn't my pregnancy going by so fast? I think so at least. I am now 25 weeks and 3 days pregnant which is incredibly exciting, I am a little past the halfway mark now and my bump has grown so much that I am having to purchase clothes in a size up as my clothes are no longer fitting me due to my small bump. The last few weeks have consisted of non-stop eating, working, weight gain, baby shopping and appointments.

I have been feeling a lot better in myself recently, the tummy aches and headaches have completely disappeared and the 'night sickness' I was suffering from is still very much there but it only comes back occasionally. My appetite has got so much bigger, I have found myself snacking and craving for scotch eggs and crumpets recently. I have also reduced my intake of fizzy drinks as my dietician advised me to do to help me gain more weight so I am now drinking as much squash, juice and milkshake as possible to help me gain the pounds.

Why do I have to see a dietician? Well, when I had my appointment for my first scan I was told I had to be referred to a dietician due to my BMI being quite worrying, at 14.5 it's classed as underweight. It didn't come as a surprise to me as I have always been quite thin, having a fast metabolism I have always been unable to put on a huge amount of weight, always staying between 7-7 and a half stone since the age of 13 at least, maybe younger. Since my referral I have had 2 appointments with the dietician and I was discharged after the second appointment due to putting on a good 13 pounds after 6 weeks which is a huge achievement for me and I am so happy I'm gaining the weight.

Last week I also had my midwife appointment, me and my partner heard our baby boys hearbeat out loud on the monitor which made me a little emotional. The midwife also had a little feel around for the baby and she said he is growing perfectly which is such a relief to hear.

The babys movements are becoming more routine now I have noticed, he's always wriggling, flipping and moving around more frequently, during the morning, sometimes while I'm eating and especially in the evening before and while I am sleeping. Me, my mum and my partner Josh have also witnessed the baby moving around, it's such a strange but amazing thing to see and feel.

As for baby shopping, well I haven't been able to hold back. I have managed to fill up a big box full with clothing and nearly filled up another. Whenever it's payday it's straight online or to the shops to have a browse around. My favourite place at the moment for bargain baby buys is Sainsburys, as I mentioned on my last pregnancy update(see here), they have a great variety of clothing from their range 'TU' which is always on offer for half price or on the sales racks. I am also really tempted by Next's range of newborn baby clothing, I have a wishlist as long as my arm.

If you'd like to take a peek at my favourite baby buys, there will be a post on that tomorrow on the blog.

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