Amelia Moss Skincare

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Is it just me, or are there an awful lot of steps when it comes to skincare?

It's no longer just a question of cleanse, tone, moisturise. There's exfoliating, face masks, deep cleansers... The list goes on. Surely, you're bound to miss something out somewhere?

Well, I have been missing a step out. Until recently, I'd never ever used facial oil, just because it had never really occurred to me to do so. I didn't really consider it an important step, and if I'm being completely honest, I didn't really like the idea of using it. Surely putting oil on my face would make my skin feel gross?

When the lovely people at Amelia Moss contacted me asking if I would review one of their facial oils, I jumped at the opportunity, but at the same time I couldn't help but be a little bit concerned that my fears about facial oils would be confirmed. 

I don't think I could have been more giddy if I tried when the package came to the door! The packaging that the products came wrapped up in was just adorable, in beautiful gold paper and they'd even written my name on the boxes, which just gave it a lovely personal touch.

The bottles themselves are super simple, super sleek and super cute, just the perfect size to pop in a travel bag to take away with you, obviously perfect for this time of year!

As well as the facial oil, I was so grateful to have received a bottle of the Rose Water. This stuff is wonderful. It's a really versatile product, it can be used as a cleanser or a toner, and I've even used it just to freshen my skin halfway through the day if it's feeling a little tight and tired. It smells incredible and feels so refreshing and hydrating on the skin right from the second you apply it. 

Here we go... Onto the facial oil. I was pretty nervous about trying it, and I wasn't even really sure how to use it, to the point where I tweeted asking when I'm supposed to use it (much to the dismay of many of my friends from the blogging community. I'm telling you, the disappointment in me was real!) Eventually I managed to work out that it was best to use it between toning and moisturising... Just in case anyone else was wondering!

What I love about these facial oils is that a tiny bit goes a long way. Just a couple of drops is plenty for your face and neck and the effects are amazing. I was sent the Barbary Fig oil, which is really light on the skin and made my face feel really hydrated and nourished. After using it regularly for a couple of weeks, my skin was so much softer, but without the heaviness or stickiness that can come from some moisturisers. 

And, it turns out my concerns about the oil making my skin feel gross were completely unnecessary. Using the Barbary Fig Oil, I didn't feel like my skin was oily at all, just nourished and rejuvenated. 

A big part of what makes Amelia Moss products stand out for me is that they are all 100% organic and natural, so you know that it's full of good stuff which is perfect for sensitive skin like mine. 

Thank you Amelia Moss, you have well and truly educated me on how wonderful facial oils can be. I'll definitely make sure I never miss that part of my skincare routine again! 

To check out the full range of Amelia Moss products, have a look at their website

Have you ever tried facial oils before? What did you think?

Sian Kathrine xo

Make Up Revolution Eyeshadow Palettes

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Yes, yes, I know I'm very late to the Make Up Revolution Party. Better late than never though, right?!

When it comes to make-up, I'm usually a big believer in 'you get what you pay for'. That's why you'll usually find reviews of high-end products on my blog. But that doesn't mean I don't love the odd drugstore purchase! If I can find a product that I love at a price that won't make my bank account sob, I am all for it.

I'd heard a lot about Make Up Revolution as a brand, and I'd even bought my little sister a couple of palettes as a present but I'd never actually got around to trying out any of their products. I picked up two of their eyeshadow palettes on a whim one day, deciding that at £4 each, you can't really go wrong.

After spending a good ten minutes deliberating about which palettes I should get, I finally decided on the Essential Mattes and Redemption 1. Essential Mattes is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, matte shadows ranging from pastel pinks to blues and purples. I absolutely love playing with these matte eyeshadows when I fancy a simple, flat colour and it's really encouraged me to try colours that are a bit different to my standard pale pink and shimmery brown!

Redemption 1 jumped out at me straight away, just because the colours are right up my street. It's got a gorgeous range of shimmery nudes, golds and browns which I've found work really well with my eye colour. The shades in this palette are so easy to combine and blend to create different looks and the pigmentation is awesome, especially for such an incredible price!

I'm well and truly a Make Up Revolution convert! I know I'll definitely be making more trips to Superdrug to get myself more palettes!

Which products should I try next? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Sian Kathrine xo

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Friday, 12 August 2016

I'm halfway through a nine hour shift at work. I'm just about to come off my break, and I do a quick check of my face in the mirror before I have to face customers again.

I'm a mess. Half of my eyeliner has smudged off, my eyeshadow is creased, and I just look like half of my make-up is running down my face.

No one wants to have to re-apply their whole face halfway through the day. Cue the trip to Debenham's in search of an eyelid primer. I picked up Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and the sales assistant promised me that it would completely revolutionise my life.

And it did.

I chose the Minor Sin version of the Primer Potion, just because the formula is a beautiful shimmery brown colour, which looks gorgeous on its own and under eyeshadow. 

The product itself is lovely and creamy when you apply it, and a tiny bit goes a long way (apparently one little tube should last close to a year!) AND IT WORKS. It works so well. With just a little bit of this magic stuff on my eyelids, my eye make up sticks like concrete, even after a nine hour shift with broken air conditioning. Goodbye eyeshadow creases, goodbye smudged eyeliner! I was promised that the Primer Potion would revolutionise my life, and has it delivered!

Have you ever tried this product? What's your go-to eyelid primer?

Sian Kathrine xo 

August Goals

Monday, 1 August 2016

(insert remark about how quickly the year is going and how it can be August already here)

This month is all about new beginnings for me. I've been waiting for my fresh start since January, and now that the time has finally rolled around, I couldn't be more excited! 

1. Get the new house sorted.

The big move to my new house in Lincoln starts this week (and I still haven't started packing) and I'm so eager to get settled in! The house is all painted, but my plan for this month is to get everything unpacked, rather than leaving it a month or two like I normally do) and make it feel homely!

2. Get back to salsa.

I haven't been to any salsa classes since I moved out of Sheffield, there aren't any at all in my tiny little home town and I've been getting some serious withdrawal symptoms! I've found one or two in Lincoln, so when I move I'm going to get straight back into it!

3. Start cooking more.

Now that I'm going back to living independently, mum-cooked meals are going to become a thing of the past (sob). I can cook a little bit but my repertoire goes as far as risotto and spaghetti bolognese... And that's it. Probably not the most balanced diet in the world... So this August, I'm going to try to get into the swing of cooking different meals and trying out new recipes!

4. Try YouTube.

I've been toying with the idea of starting a YouTube channel for a while now, but always brushed it off because I didn't really have the right equipment, and because I didn't really think that I was cut out for it. But, one of my housemates has a proper camera which she is willing to let me borrow, so I think maybe it's time to dabble! Even if the video doesn't actually see the light of day, I'm determined to at least have a practice run at doing a little video and see if it's something that I take to.

What do you want to achieve this month?

Sian Kathrine xo