Latest In Beauty Collections // Caudalie Polyphenol C15

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The reason I ordered this box was because Giada from Miel CafĂ© mentioned the eye cream helping her eczema. If anyone mentions products helping their eczema then I have to try them. I've suffered from eczema my whole life but it's been especially bad for the past five years. Over those five years I've tried a lot of products and although the majority of them work really well and I've got it pretty much under control at the moment I still feel like I have to try everything just in case I discover the product that works miracles.

I'm a huge fan of the brand Caudalie and am yet to come across a product that I haven't liked. My favourites include Divine Oil, Vinosource SOS Serum and Moisturiser. This trio of products from the new Polyphenol C15 range had been on LIB for a while before I actually ordered it but it never really caught my interest. I don't feel like I need to focus on anti-aging at the moment as that's just not my skin concern as of right now. Instead I focus on keeping my skin moisturised and eczema and sensitivity under control therefore I'm not testing these products for their anti-aging properties.

Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum | £35 // On a side note I always fall in love with these mini serum bottles from Caudalie as they come with a pippette, it's those little touches you don't always get with brands that make a difference.
This Polyphenol + Vitamin C anti-oxidant, anti-wrinkle concentrate blocks free radicals (the main cause of wrinkles), corrects and defends the skin against the aggressions of daily life (UV rays, pollution).
For me, the serums from Caudalie are always the products I'm most interested in trying. I absolutely love the Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum and have been through several bottles. This one from the Polyhenol range does not disappoint. Like Hydraluron, this contains hyaluronic acid which helps moisturise the skin as well as adding a layer of protection.

SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid | £29 // A bonus that it contains SPF 20 and perfect for days when it doesn't look sunny in the morning but then a few hours later it has appeared. And yes I am one of those people that despite having extremely pale skin, I don't wear SPF on a daily basis.
This multi-purpose Polyphenol + Vitamin C anti-oxidant and anti-wrinkle treatment also contains sun filters to protect against UVA and UVB rays. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, it also has a plumping action. As soon as it is applied, the skin is smoother, more filled out and perfectly protected all day long.
As the name suggests, it's a fluid so it feels a bit lighter on the skin than a normal moisturiser. This is quite often the case with Caudalie products, like the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, they hydrate and moisturise but disappear into the skin without much effort and you aren't left feeling greasy. This moisturiser has probably impressed me the most which is surprising as I thought it might just be ok. This might be because I've been struggling to find a good moisturiser for a while. Everything I have just seems to sit on top of my skin and making it feel greasy but this doesn't.

Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream | £26 // It's always the way that when I go to test or try out a new product my eczema is actually not flaring up. For the first time in a good few months I don't have any eczema around my eyes although I'm still not wearing eye shadow as I think that's what is causing it to flare up.
This double-action gel-cream reduces dark circles and smoothes the area around the eyes and lips. The Polyphenol + Vitamin C anti-oxidant, anti-wrinkle formula is enriched with Matrixyl 3000 and fern, horse chestnut, liquorice and witch hazel extracts. Instantly tightening, smoothing and moisturising.
It looks like a cream but it feels and applies like a gel therefore it feels extremely light under the eyes. It sinks into the skin pretty much instantly so you don't have to sit there patting your eye cream in forever. The most important thing, it's moisturising. It's completely different from something like Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment but it is still very hydrating and works well under make-up as well as in the evening. Despite this only being a 5ml sample it is going to last a really long time. A small amount is needed and unlike the majority of samples, it gives you enough product to properly test it out before deciding to buy the full size or not. This goes for the other two product as well.

I have to be honest though and I haven't tried this around/on my lips. I apply the serum and moisturiser around my mouth/lips so will still gain the benefits but this is definitely an eye cream only for me.

I would have liked a sample of the oil in the both as well as I'd like to see how it works. Unlike some other products, I wouldn't buy it unless I was able to try a sample first.

Worth over £25 you can buy this box from Latest In Beauty for £9.95.

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Disappointing Products 002

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The Balm Nude'tude Eyeshadow Palette // Since I used my Birchbox points to buy this I think I only used about £5 of my own money so I don't regret buying it as much as I could have. I bought it after Essie raved about it and I don't know what I was thinking. It's almost like I wasn't even looking at the colours as there's only one or two that I've used and actually would wear. The colours don't even seem like they go together, unlike the Naked palettes, and I have to use other shadows from other palettes. It's almost like photos make the palette look better, even the one I took, but in real life it just doesn't work. I also don't like the texture of the shadows, they're incredibly pigmented and buttery but almost too buttery and soft so there's a lot of fall out.

Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette // Another palette I regret buying and one I paid full price for so regret buying it even more! First of all the Nude Beach shade is basically pressed glitter so there's a lot of fall out and glitter but no pigmentation. The three matte shades just seem to disappear when I apply them even though they look pigmented when I swatch them. I should have just stuck with the Naked palettes as the only colour here that I use is Silk Teddy.

Maybelline Colour Tattoos in Immortal Charcoal, Metallic Pomegranate and Eternal Gold // It's not all of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos that I've found disappointing, only these three. I have three others that I use a lot and would repurchase. My problem with these three is that the colours look really nice in the jar, especially the purple, but once applied and blended the colour disappears and all that's left is glitter.

L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash // I was excited to try these when they launched as they're meant to be a dupe for the YLS Glossy Stains. The light purple shade, Eve, looks gorgeous in the packaging but no matter how many layers I apply, it looks like I haven't applied anything. As for the darker purple, Milady, it has a lot better pigmentation but no matter how careful I am when applying, it always looks streaky and splotchy.

China Glaze Nail Polish in Flip Flop Fantasy // This is probably the brightest nail polish that I own, it practically glows in the dark, and before I bought it I was so excited to get it and I imagined wearing it on my toes every day throughout summer. I know neon nail polishes are known for not having the best formula but this one is so bad it's really put me off using it. It's incredibly streaky even after three coats and it doesn't glide smoothly over the nail I don't know if I just got a dud bottle but how mine looks on the nails looks nothing like other swatches even if I use a white polish underneath.

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat // I bought this without reading any reviews along with the base coat and I really wish I hadn't wasted my money. The base coat I love but this makes my nail polish flake off almost immediately. Not even twenty four hours after applying and there's chips of the polish gone or even whole pieces fall off. . I've only used it two or three times and am tempted to throw it away as I know I just wont use it.

If anyone thinks they'd get more use out of the Balm palette than it just sitting in my dressing table drawer then they are welcome to take it off my hands for free. Just email me your address and I'll get it sent out to you, UK only though. rottenotter@rottenotter.com

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NOTD // Barry M Papaya & Topshop Mercury Rising

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Supplies used... 
Barry M Papaya // two coats
Topshop Mercury Rising // one coat

This is such a strange nail polish and despite wanting it for a really long time, now I have it I have absolutely no idea what polish to pair it with. It contains black glitter as well as iridescent glitter in a clear base. The black glitter will go with any polish, expect black, but it's the iridescent glitter I'm struggling with. You can see in the bottle all the different colours but this doesn't seem to translate onto the nails very well, at least not with this orange shade. The clear polish itself is extremely thick and hard to apply. A few drops of nail polish thinner really makes a difference!

Anyone who owns this shade, what do you pair with it?


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Minimising The Stash // Blush Etc

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So I'm back with another organising and minimising the stash post and this time it's all about blush, bronzer and highlighters. This was the easiest part of my make-up collection to sort out as it's the group of products I have the least amount of. I don't own too many highlighters or bronzers so it was a case of deciding I still wanted to keep everything apart from a Bare Minerals bronzer and just have a good tidy up. Everything is now in the right place and I have plenty of space for new additions.


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