Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Review

I'm pretty sure every man and their dog have heard of the benefits of the double cleanse. I am a big advocate of this myself, and I try (as best as I can) to double cleanse every evening. But, I just find it such a faff when you're travelling. Also, for storage at home, it's just another product I could do without remembering or finding space for in my ever expanding bathroom cupboards. So, when I saw the Double Cleanse by Pixi and Caroline Hirons, I had to give it a try. 
So, what's it all about I hear you ask. One side is the solid cleansing oil - the first step. Cleansing oils are really good for breaking down makeup and daily grime on your face. The second step is the cleansing cream. These are really good to apply after cleansing with the oil to clean deep into the pores. Leaving you with a squeaky clean face. The product is packaged so you have both products in one, the perfect solution for travelling and clearing up space in your cupboards. 
I've been using this product for the last two months, and I've really been enjoying it. The cleansing oil is a solid formula, to begin with, but it melts really nicely onto the face when applied. You can visibly see the product breaking down the makeup on your face. You do look like your face is melting when you have it on - but that's all part of the fun. I then use a damp muslin cloth to wipe away the oil and the makeup residue. I then do exactly the same with the cleansing cream.
I would most definitely recommend this product. Particularly for people who are just starting out with double cleansing. It just makes the whole process much simpler to have both products in one.

Have you tried this product? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 
Love, Kate xx

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush Review

It seems like you can't go anywhere without seeing or hearing about cleansing brushes. I have been eyeing up this Clinique cleansing brush for months, but I just couldn't justify spending £79 on one. So, you could have blown me down with a feather when I saw them for HALF PRICE!!!! Yes, £39.50. 
I rushed home and started using it immediately. I have been using it for the last month to give you the best picture of this product. To be short, I love it. It is so easy to use, you press the button and go. There is an inbuilt timer, enough for one cleanse. But, you can press the button again to create a double cleanse - this is normally the option I go for. The brush head has the white bristles for use on the cheeks and the green bristles specially designed to be used in the T-zone area. I've use this brush with cream cleansers and oil based cleaners and it works perfectly with both. 
The main thing I notice after using this product is how soft and smooth my skin feels. I really feel that I am getting a deep cleanse to my skin. I'm excited to see what longer term differences I will see in my skin. 
One thing I will say is this shouldn't really be used to take off makeup. It's better to be used for a second cleanse or, like me, to be used for a morning cleanse. In the instructions, it says that makeup can stain the bristles. I stupidly forgot this and one day used it to remove my makeup, and yes, it does stain....sad times. Replacement heads can be bought for £15, which isn't too bad. 

What are your thoughts on cleansing brushes? Any tips and tricks for using them? Let me know in the comments below.
Love, Kate xx

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation


As soon as I saw the adverts for this product, I thought I have to try this.
When I saw that L'Oreal were claiming this product could cover tattoos, I had to get my hands on it. During the winter months, I always reach for a more high coverage foundation. My skin is always so pale and unhealthy looking, so I need any help I can get from my foundation. I tend to have a love hate relationship with high coverage foundations, the trouble is they can so easily look cakey and awful. So, while it was on offer in Superdrug, I had to give it a try. 
I have been using this product for the last month to get a full representation. On first use, you notice the consistency of the foundation is so different to other foundations. It's not a fluid like most foundations, it's thicker and more like a paste. That's the only word I can think of to describe it. This, initially, was odd. But after a few times using it, it just became normal. The coverage of this product is incredible. I've not been feeling the best about my skin lately, so this has really helped to even everything out. The product does stand up to the claims of it feeling weightless. It doesn't feel heavy or like it is clogging my pores - something that is quite rare in a heavy duty foundation. 
One thing I will say is only use one layer of this product - you're maybe thinking 'Kate, of course you only need one layer, have you seen the coverage'. But, on one day of use, I didn't put enough product on my skin on to fully cover my moon face, so I went over it again and it didn't blend well and just sat onto of my skin...not cool. But, there really is no need for you to need to apply two layers anyway.   Overall, I have really loved this product and would definitely recommend it.
Have you tried this product? Share your thoughts in the comments. 
Love, Kate xx

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

#BlogConLDN

Yesterday, I headed into London for the BlogConLDN event. You might have seen my post back in September of the Bloggers Festival, this event was by the same brand  - Scarlett London Events. This event was slightly different to the last. There was a range of brands there, but also, they had workshops with other influences, talking about how to grow your Instagram, turning your hobby to a career, working with brands....the list goes on. 
Again, there was the opportunity to speak to lots of brands - some I had heard of, others I hadn't. One brand that stuck out to me was Merumaya. I got to speak to Maleka Dattu, Founder & Creator of the brand. She was so passionate about her products and it left my wanting to run home to try them. I love their brand ethos where it's not about putting women down or saying that need to look different. It's all about enhancing the beauty we have already and making our skin the best it can be. I was given a sample of the Melting Cleansing Balm which I will be reviewing and posting my thoughts on here very soon. 
The workshops from other influences were so insightful, helpful and inspiring. I left the event with so much more knowledge and a drive to want to make my blog the best it can be. Although, I feel I now have a huge to do list for work I need to do for my blog. Totally worth it though. It also left me feeling that your blog can be anything you want it to be, but you need to work for it, things won't just be handed to you on a plate. 



So, hopefully, watch this space for bigger and better things to come from Kate Morgan Cecilia. 
What inspires you to blog? Share this with me in the comments. 
Love, Kate xx

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

My Fitness Journey: Couch to Half Marathon, The Finale

12th March 2017. The day I ran the Bath Half Marathon. 
I am writing this two days after completing the half, and it still all feels like a bit of a dream. The only thing that makes me think it isn't a dream is the agony that my body is in. I'm not even sure where to begin when describing the day - in one word, it was incredible. 
On the morning of the half, I woke up in a cold sweat at 3:30 am. I had a nightmare that I was running and the finishing line kept moving further and further away. I managed to get myself back off to sleep and woke up to my 7 am alarm. I had my pre-planned breakfast of a bagel and peanut butter. I had this as soon as I woke up, allowing four hours for this to digest before the race started at 11 am. I was getting my bag sorted ready to leave when I noticed I was physically shaking. A mixture of adrenaline and nerves was pumping around my body. 
My Mum and Dad came to watch, so we headed off for the 9 am train into Bath. The platform was absolutely jam packed full of people also heading to the Bath Half. I knew it was a popular event - but I didn't expect it to be as popular as it was. Once in Bath, I made my way to the runner's village and got myself ready. At this point, I had half a banana to top up my energy levels. I had intended to eat the whole thing, but nerves had turned into a sick feeling at this point. I met up with my friends who were also running and we made our way to the start line. We were in the orange pen - so this meant we would be starting last. Whilst waiting for 11 am, we spent the time warming up and trying to calm our nerves. I was wearing my FitBit and noticed my heart rate was 110 - we thought I'd be needing a defibrillator before I even started. 11 am came and went and we still hadn't moved due to the sheer amount of people running. I crossed the start line at about 11:09:47, and from then on there was no going back. 
In all honestly, I thought the Half would be so much worse than it was. For the first 7-8 miles, I really found my pace and I was feeling strong and capable. All the people cheering your name and seeing family gave me a real boost. I felt really emotional the whole way around, there were some moments where I thought I was going to burst into tears. I just couldn't believe I was actually running a half marathon. The last 3 miles was the toughest part for me. I had started to feel sick from the Lucozade I had been drinking and I had developed a real stabbing pain in my lower back. My knees, on the other hand, didn't cause me any problems at all. 
I was so nice to see the amount of people out, pushing their bodies to the limit, in aid of some amazing charities. Some of the outfits people were wearing kept me occupied throughout the run - a camel and a couple of toilets spring to mind. Even though, it was slightly disheartening to be overtaken by them. All in all, I crossed the finish line (chip time) in 3:08 hours. I was over the moon at this time. I'm not fast, and I never promised to be, but finishing meant everything to me. I saw my Mum, Dad, my best friend her boyfriend as I crossed the line. Then I proceeded to burst into tears. I have never felt so proud of myself.

I left my family and friends to go get my medal, or so I thought. I was told that they had run out of medals, t-shirts and goody bags. The latter items mean nothing to me, but the medal signifies completion of the race and something to show for what I had achieved that day. Following the race, it turned out that I was one of 700 people who had missed out. While this didn't take away from how proud I felt - it was really disappointing. The medal in the picture below was actually my friends who also completed. I could go on about this disappointment, but actually, I don't want that to take away from what was an incredible day. I'll just have to wait a bit longer for mine.
If you have ever thought about signing up for anything that will push you out of your comfort zone - I say go for it! What have you got to lose? 6 months ago, I couldn't run for 1 minute without stopping and here I am now.... a half marathon finisher. Will this be my last running event....I highly doubt it. Have I got the bug - maybe! 

Love, Kate xx

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Molly Cosmetics SiliSponge Review

I was so intrigued by this product. I first heard about the SiliSponge when I was having a YouTube binge and I came across it in a review video. I love my beauty blenders, but I do always think about how much product gets wasted in them. It's frustrating when I clean them and I see all the foundation going down the sink. So, to see this product claiming to reduce wastage of foundation, I had to try it. 
I bought this product straight from Molly Cosmetics. There was free delivery to the UK, so I didn't have to worry about paying anything extra for shipping. I also didn't get charged any tax fees upon delivery which was good. I had a wait a while for the product to be delivered, but that was to be expected.  
In terms of the product, there is no other way to describe it than like the chicken fillets you put in your bra. The first time I used the product, I did my normal routine of pumping one and a half pumps of foundation onto the back of my hand. I dipped the SiliSponge in my foundation and quickly realised that I had far too much foundation on my hand and on the sponge. On second try, I went in with half as much foundation, and do you know what, it gave me exactly the same coverage as the one and a half pumps did. This was shocking for me as it really proved to me how much foundation was being lost in the sponge.

In terms of the application, I find it more fiddly and not as flawless as using a beauty blender. But, I have found if I apply the product with the SiliSponge and then finish it off with the beauty blender, I am still getting a flawless finish and saving product. Also, this sponge is far easier to clean than other sponges! All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with this product and would definitely recommend it.

Have you tried it? What are your thoughts? 
Let me know in the comments.
Love, Kate xx 

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Favourites


I know I say this every month, but February has flow by. I cannot believe it is March - its going to be Christmas again before we know it. This month has been a month for beauty faves. I always seem to run out of a lot of products at the same time - so February was about me broadening my horizons and trying something new.

L'Oreal Micellar Water
I have always been a fan of the Garnier Micellar water, but when I saw this one on offer, I thought I would give it a go. Stupidly, I picked up the bottle for dry skin, but actually I don't really think this has affected my skin. I will say, I prefer this now to the Garnier alternative. I don't get the sticky residue feeling on my skin with the L'Oreal one. I love how easy it is to take off my make up with this when I am feeling lazy.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Exfoliator
During the last month, I have been really struggling with dry patches of skin on my face. It has been so frustrating and was starting to get me down. It felt like nothing was working. I had ran out of my normal microdermabraison exfoliator, so I saw this product and thought I would give it a go. I reached for this as I knew it would be better for my skin to gently exfoliate it a few times a week to try and combat the dry patches. I love how this product doesn't leave my face feeling tight and dry like most exfoliants. I wouldn't say it has fully helped my skin, but it has definitely made a difference.

Rimmel Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray
I'm going to say this, I'm not even sure if or how setting sprays work. But I am so caught up in them I don't want to stop using them just incase my makeup just slides right off my face. I was using the L'Oreal Infallible setting spray before, it was awful and left white spots on my face if I forgot to shake the bottle before use - nobody has time for that! So, I was glad to see that back of that product and try something new. I have really been loving this Rimmel setting spray. I comes out of the bottle as a really fine mist. It doesn't affect the makeup, it just sits on the top like a protective barrier. I love how refreshing this is for the skin too.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Reloaded 
My go to mascara is the Benefit They're Real mascara, but I couldn't get to a Benefit to replace it. So, again, putting myself out of my comfort zone, I went for something new. I have been really impressed with this product. I has a really nice lengthening and volumising effect on the lashes. The only downside is the brush is slightly bigger than I am used to - so there is some practice needed to stop putting mascara on my eye lids!!

Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm  - Hibiscus
I think this has to be my favourite, favourite of this month. I first saw this in one of Niomi Smart's YouTube videos, but I never got round to buying one. Then, I saw them in M&S. Side note, M&S is fast becoming one of my favourite places for beauty shopping. I have always loved the Burts Bees lip balms, but these tinted ones take them to a new level. I have been putting this on my lips most mornings before work. I feel it makes me look more put together, but I don't need to worry about reapplying my lipstick or wondering if it's on my teeth or smudging on my face. I went for the shade Hibiscus, which is a lovely red shade, but I'll definitely be back for more.

What have been some of your favourites in February? 
Love, Kate xx

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