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Plain and Simple

Several weeks ago I was sent a bumper pack of goodies from Simple (who, by the way are on Twitter here).

I’m quite the fan of my luxe products but I’ve started to get a bit sick of it all. All that expense, when there are so many more affordable products on the market which are equally good. Sometimes even better.

So, I’ve been thoroughly testing the following products from Simple;

Daily Radiance Eye Cream – This has become my saviour on bleary mornings and nights when I need a perk up in order to look fresh. It has an incredibly subtle shimmer which lights up the whole eye area. It also has a really light texture which is perfect for my 25 year old skin; all too often eye creams are just too heavy for me and despite using a tiny amount it makes me look puffy, need pretty. Not this cream though, no way, this is spot on.

Regeneration Age Resisting Night Cream – Again, with turning 25 earlier in the year I was all too aware that I needed to start using a specialised night cream for that all too important extra age prevention, but I hadn’t found one which suited me. This cream doesn’t clog my skin and leave my complexion oily or congested in the morning; instead I awake to plumped, radiant and firm skin. What better way to start the day?!

Cleansing Facial Wipes and Cleansing Eye Makeup Remover Pads – Oh I do love a good face wipe! Yeah, I know that sounds ridiculous, but I really do. I never ever go to bed without taking my makeup off, but there are times when I’m feeling lazy and these wipes make life so much easier… Especially after a few lambrinis cocktails. These wipes are excellent at removing every trace of make-up without drying out the skin, which so very many wipes seem to manage. I found them particularly useful when I’d been wearing a pile of foundation on bad skin days, I would use my normal cleanser then go over my face with a Simple Cleansing Wipe to pick up those last lingering layers.

Do I recommend Simple Skincare? Absolutely yes. If you are looking for affordable beauty, but aren’t prepared to scrimp on the results then I suggest giving the range a try.

Another note; the Simple website is fab. You can become a Simple VIP like me and be first to get the gossip, learn about new launches and even get discounts. Simply super!


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Kitted Out

I mentioned last week that I had a lot of Barry M reviews coming so we best get started don’t you think?

First up is the Deluxe Eyeshadow Kit; a palette of no less than 9 gorgeous eye colours in rich purples, gold, copper and bronzey brown, sooty black, sky blue and a lovely aqua green.

The colours are vibrant and the formulas surprisingly creamy. These deep pigments are usually only seen in more pricey eye-shadows. You could buy one more expensive shadow OR you could buy this kit for around the same price (£9.95) and get 9 colours instead. It’s a no brainer.

I love the purple shade for eyes that really wow.

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Wonder Cream

I do love my high-end, super pricey, put it in the bathroom where all my guests will see it, show off beauty products. This much is true.

It has to be said though that in this time of economic doom and gloom (and since being made redundant just 2 months after I got a new job AND before Christmas), I’m really starting to fall in love with those cheapy little gems we all forget about.

Once such bargain is E45 cream. It may not be glamorous, it may not be cool but by golly it works. You just need to look at my boyfriends hands… once horribly chapped, now smooth as Cindy Crawford’s legs. All it needed was a little encouragement and a dab of E45 cream twice a day et voila!!

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