Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm in Sheer Pink

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Last month when I was browsing Boots for essentials to take with me to Glastonbury, I came across the Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm in Berry (available here). I noticed they had a few other colours but unfortunately they weren’t available when I was shopping, and since I’m the worlds most impatient person, I wouldn’t wait to get the pink shade that I wanted. I was glad I got this colour though. Its very pigmented for a lip balm and will be perfect in winter. The balm has a gorgeous menthol smell as well and did such a good job of keeping my lips in great condition. The Aloe and vitamin E was great for making sure my lips came back from Glastonbury better than how they went. I was in the last stages of a cold sore when I went (Hi, my name is Melissa and I’m a cold sore sufferer) and the balm really helped my lips to recover quicker than ever. Not to mention the tint was great for covering up my grotesque lip on photos. Shame it couldn’t work those wonders for the rest of me!

When I was shopping in Tesco earlier, I came across the pink that I had wanted in the first place for £4.49 so picked it up and how glad am I that I did! To be honest, I was imagining the colour to be more comparable to Snob by MAC, but the sheer pink tint of this balm is perfect for these gorgeous summer days we’ve been having.

The colour isn’t that long lasting, but we’re all in a habit of putting lip balm on so often that hardly matters as I constantly reapply, especially with the air con at work drying out my lips. The smell isn’t as strong as with the Berry, but it really is ‘ultra hydrating’ and this can be seen with its extra glossy finish.

I’m a little obsessed with these balms now and I’m now on the hunt for the peach which I can’t get hold of anywhere!

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A Royal Baby Boy!

Yesterday, like every other day that has ever gone and is to come, a woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Except this baby boy is different, he is the heir to our throne. To all those people complaining that this is an every day thing that happens, it’s not. This baby is special. He is going to be the King of our country! And he was also the baby that caused a change in British Law so that, now, a first born daughter can have a claim to the throne (we may as well all admit it, we were hoping for a girl because of this!). He is a symbol of the modernizing of our monarchy, and our country.

I am a massive fan of our monarchy. In particular the Queen (thanks to the parody account on twitter) and Kate and Wills. They are our own fairy tale. We should have great pride in them.

Just like with the Royal Wedding, I’ve been swept up in the excitement and emotion that the Royal Baby Boy has brought. To those of you who think its sad to be so interested in this, then sort your head out. The coverage on the news and the takeover of twitter just proves how our Royals can easily bring our nation together (I am on the team that’s dying for us to be given an impromptu bank holiday to celebrate) and you can see how all the other nations are so clearly jealous of us because of them (I think every person interviewed on the news was foreign).

Stop moaning and let yourself be swept up by the excitement. We’re probably only ever going to see one more heir to the throne be born in our lifetime. This is history we are seeing. These people will be spoken about in history books, and theyre OURS. No other nation has a tradition or a monarchy like ours. We should support and celebrate it.

It’s also a great convenience in making everyone jealous of our Royal couple that Kate is absolutely stunning. 24 hours after the birth of her first child and she still brings tears to my eyes, shes that beautiful. It was a lovely touch them both wearing blue as well. Wonder what their pink outfits of choice would have been.

So here’s to our countries Baby Boy! Welcome to the world! And congratulations Kate and William!

Liz Earle Daily Essentials

Liz Earle Daily Essentials

Liz Earle Daily Essentials, Image via http://uk.lizearle.com/daily-essentials

Liz Earle is a brand that I’ve been familiar with for years. My mum has used their products for as long as I can remember since she was first introduced to the brand on QVC. She recommended it to almost every female in my family and they, too, are now avid fans. I honestly have never known any of them to use any other brand.

Now, I’m not the best person at following a skin care routine. I’m really bad for going to sleep with a full face of make up still on and just reapplying over it the next day. I know. I’m disgusting, I’m sorry. But the last couple of weeks I’ve promised myself to clean my face on a daily basis, and so far so good. So, when I made this promise I had no other brand in mind (white lie there: I did consider Emma Hardie but I have never had any problems with Liz Earle, so why fix whats not broken?!) . I usually get the Daily Essentials, a three step skin care regime, products each Christmas, but once they’re gone, they’re gone and my mum has a habit of using them up on me. So while I wait for pay day, I’ve been using hers as payback. And I’m determined to keep it up.

The Daily Essentials kit consists of three products, all of which can be bought in a handy travel bag for £43, but bought individually can cost a bit more. The products are:

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, suitable for all skin types.

This product is available in various sizes and in various packaging (you can choose from 100ml pump to 200 ml tube). I have the 150ml pump, which I can’t see on the website at the moment so I don’t think its available any more.

To use this product, you just apply some to your face while dry and then use a warm, wet muslin cloth (provided in the starter kits) and cleanse your face using circular motions. I’ve got to say I love this cleanser. It removes really thick make up (my face was proper done up yesterday for my brothers graduation and I had no problem removing all my make up with this, and it only took one go) and also water proof mascara. It has a gorgeous fresh smell, which I put down to the Eucalyptus, a smell I love.

Instant Skin Boost Tonic, suitable for all skin types

The second to this three-step skin care regime is this toner. Containing ingredients such as aloe vera and geranium, it, too, is light and fresh. Even when I was in a habit of not cleansing my face, I always used to use this to brighten my face up and feel fresher. It does a good job of clearing up the bits of make up the cleanser failed to remove, but I have to say it almost always has no left over make up to remove

Skin Repair Moisturiser, available in oily, normal/combination, and dry/sensitive

Now the smell of this product isn’t exactly my favourite. Its quite hard to describe but I’m going to go with musky and heavy. Saying that though it does a great job of moisturising my face; my skin has been looking excellent lately and my make up has been staying put better (might be because of my new primer that though). I’ve been using the normal/combination formula but I plan on getting the oily formula when I get it myself, as I have quite oily skin.

Even though the products are expensive they are definitely worth it. To back up my argument that it is a fantastic skin care regime I should mention the experience my uncle had with the brand. He used to work in a factory where he was exposed to a lot of sawdust everyday. As a result he developed a skin condition that was quite bad. He visited doctors and specialists and was prescribed medication and creams but nothing worked. Following the advice of my aunty, his wife, he started to use her Daily Essentials kit and soon ended up buying his own. His skin cleared up ridiculously quickly and he continues to use the products every day! Its now available for men but he still just uses the female ones. The brand really is brilliant and works wonders!