Monday, 21 April 2014

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Wash

I came across this Hemp hand wash by The Body Shop in someone's house a few weeks ago and after using it, I was very impressed. My hands are very dry due to a lot of hand washing throughout the day with work, so I knew that this would be my saviour. I use hand cream frequently but sometimes I forget. Using this at home has really helped and I've noticed a real difference. I don't need a great deal to lather up. The smell is wonderful and combined with the Hemp hand cream, it really stands out. After washing my hands with another brand a few hours later, I could still smell the Hemp.

At £5 for 250ml, I actually think this is good value for money and by far the best hand wash for dry hands. You can buy it online here.

Rachel xx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Giveaway News

Hi everyone. Sorry for my absence. I have been busy in work and finding time to be by myself has been difficult. Anyhow, I have an exciting little corner of the world wide web that is my blog is one year old. Happy Birthday Heart Ocean Secrets! I am so, so proud of this blog and thank you to all my lovely followers and those of you that have taken time to comment on my posts, tweeted me and instagramed. I am also very close to reaching 300 followers (currently 294 as I write this) so as a double celebration I have decided to do a giveaway. This will be open internationally and will include some products that I have reviewed as well as some surprises as a way of saying thank you.

All you have to do to enter is click on the Rafflecopter entry on the top right of the blog, follow me on Twitter and that's it, you're entered. I would also appreciate if you followed my blog too to reach the giveaway goal of 300!

Many thanks again to all of you!

Rachel xx

Monday, 7 April 2014

Bourjois Blusher ~ Rose de Jaspe 95

Bourjois is a brand that I really don't take much notice of and I'm not sure why. I picked up this great blusher in the shade Rose de Jasper, in the well known little round pot a few days days ago and I've been wearing it ever since.

The blusher has a lovely pearl effect and is quite pigmented that gives a finish that lasts all day. It's a dusky pink colour, with a slight hint of shimmer.

Now that I have discovered this fab blusher, I'm really tempted to try out some more. The one that I picked up has a flower sticker on top but I'm not sure why as there was no special promotion or being a limited edition.
You can find the whole range at Boots for £7.99 but here is the link to the blushers.

What else have I been missing out on?

Rachel xx

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Garnier Fresh Eye Make Up Remover

I've gone through my fare share of eye make up removers and this one by Garnier is my current one. I picked this up after my Clinique Take The Day Off ran out. Not being able to really afford to repurchase it this time, I looked for something else. I found this one in Boots on offer for half price.
Marketed at the sensitive skin types, it gently removes all eye make up. If you've been wearing a lot of eye shadow and heavy mascara, I do find that you need at least three cotton pads to fully remove all traces.

I wear contact lenses and usually take them out prior to removing make up, but when I have forgotten I've had no problems with sensitivity.
Full price for 125ml is £3.45 but you can usually find it on offer quite regularly in Boots

Any eye make up removers you can recommend as I like to try something new!

Rachel xx

Friday, 4 April 2014

Benefit Big Easy Multi Balancing Complexion Perfector

The Big Easy by Benefit is their newest launch. Claiming to be 'bigger than bb' but not a bb cream, it's actually a moisture balancing and oil control complexion perfecter. It gives a light to medium coverage that applies in a thick liquid and dries to a powder finish. It has an SPF 35 which is quite high compared to other brands.
It's available in six shades that blend with your natural skin tone.

It applies nicely but I do find it a little greasy at first until it dries to the powder finish. I do use a primer underneath still. I wouldn't say that it completely controls oil but it does do a good job, but I still need to apply my Bare Minerals Ready Touch Up Veil to 'set' it in place. I was colour matched to the shade 02 light.

As always, the packaging is cute, girly and eye catching. The display stand at the Benefit counter is centred around the circus.

Priced at a hefty £27.50 for 35ml at Debenhams I'm giving it a go and wearing it daily and so far I'm pleased with it. I'll have to see how it fares over the coming (hopefully) warming months to see if it lives up to the moisture balancing/oil control claims, but for now it's proving to be ok. Not wow, or amazing, but ok - for now. It does seem to make my skin appear smoother though.

Have you tried it or tempted to get it? Let me know, I love reading your comments.

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Nails Inc Express Nail Polish Remover

I came across this product quite a while ago when I watching some late night QVC on their beauty channel. Although I didn't buy it from there (the p&p costs are ridiculous) I was highly impressed with how it works.
The 60ml pot has a sponge inside that is pre-soaked with nail polish remover. The sponge is very soft and the scent is very subtle compared the usual smell of regular remover; apparently there's a hint of vanilla.

All you have to do is dip a polished finger in the middle of the sponge, wait a few seconds, twist the pot around, and abracadabra the polish has gone! I tend to wiggle my finger about a bit too. If you have glitter polish on you need to give it a while longer, but I've had no problems removing.
This pot has lasted me quite a while, but I only get to paint my nails once a week on a day off.
I bought mine from Boots for £6.95 which is the cheapest I've found but it's being stocked on the Feel Unique site and Beauty Bay for £8.
This is starting to dry out now, as it's taking a bit longer to remove my polish, but this is something that I will definitely be repurchasing.
I really rate the product especially for saving time and when you have no cotton wool it's a life saver!

Have you tried it or the other brands similar to this?

Rachel xx