Lacura | Count Down to New Year Advent Calendar – Review


Lacura | Count Down to New Year Advent Calendar 

This brilliant 6-day calendar is filled with your favourite Lacura beauty products, ready to help you make the most of the New Year celebrations. Simply start opening from Boxing Day until New Year’s Eve to discover your daily beauty boost.

Calendar includes:

  • Healthy Glow Retinol Toner to ease redness and reduce signs of aging
  • Golden Glow Hydrating Mask to hydrate your skin
  • Pink Clay Hot Cloth Cleanser with cocoa butter
  • Gentle Facial Moisturiser with eucalyptus oil, vitamin E and rosemary extracts
  • Healthy Glow Rose Oil
  • Luxury Bitter Orange Eau de Toilette




I know it will be an item in Aldi that can no longer be purchased but some of the  products inside are still available in store and online so I thought I would do mini reviews on the products inside. Hope you enjoy.

I bought myself the Lacura | Count Down to New Year advent calendar as a treat as I love Lacuras skincare range and it is a nice way to try some of their products out. I also bought one of these for my mum, sister and best friend. I think these make such a nice gift for yourself and others as you can get some nice skincare items to try out.


Lacura | Golden Glow Mask
For all skin types



This product smells amazing!
Gives skin a nice glow after using it.
applies to the skin easily and isn’t heavy on the skin.
Non greasy residue left after using
Doesn’t irate the skin

Does leave the skin very shimmery


This face mask is nice to use once or twice a month to give the skin a nice healthy glow! It smells lovely and doesn’t leave the skin greasy after use. The only downfall of this mask is that if you don’t wash it off fully you are left with a small layer of shimmer on the skin, which if you don’t like glitter I don’t recommend using this. But other then that I really like this face mask.

Unfortunately I cant find this product on the Aldi website and I think it might have been a one off in the Advent calendar so I am unable to link the item.



Lacura | Gentle Facial Moisturiser
For all skin types


Smells nice, isn’t heavily scented.
Isnt heavy on the skin.
Not greasy.
Feels nice and light on the skin.
Drys quick.





Surprisingly I actually really like this product. It is very lightweight and non greasy on the skin. Sometimes moisturiser can feel heavy and greasy on the skin and just doesn’t feel nice throughout the day. Because its so lightweight and non greasy this allows your makeup to sit nicely on top of the moisturiser.  I’m hoping Aldi sell these instore as I would like to repurchase this once I’ve ran out of this one. I highly recommend this moisturiser.

This product is also not on the Aldi website but I am hoping they bring it out as a regular item in store.




Lacura | No.10 Bitter Orange


Smells lovely
Lasts all day


Small bottle



I have never tried any of the perfumes that Aldi have brought out. I know a while ago they had a range of smells that were dupes of Jo Malone, this was a huge hit with people and got some good reviews. So I was pleased when I got a little perfume in with this advent calendar. It is quite a small bottle you get, but for the plus of this it can be kept in your handbag. At first when I smelled the perfume in the bottle it didn’t take my fancy. But after spraying it on myself i really liked the frangence!

It lasts all day and I wore it to work one day and through out the day I kept getting wiffs of the perfume! I will be purchasing some of their other perfumes to try out! Another good product in this Advent Calender.

There isn’t a link to just buy this perfume, you can buy it in a set and that’s for £14.99 and you can find it instores. Heres the link for it online.

Hot cloth

Lacura | Pink Hot Cloth Cleanser


Comes with muslin cloth.
Smells nice.
Removes even mascara
Gentle one the skin.
Removes all makeup and leaves skin feeling soft and cleansed.




I have used the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and it was nice to see Aldi had brought out a much affordable dupe of this item. I also found it was amazing it came with a muslin cloth! It is so gentle on the skin and doesn’t irritate which is a plus! It removes all traces of makeup and leaves the skin feeling soft and refreshed. I find this a nice size to use for travel as its nice size to have. For the price this product is amazing and a fraction of some Hot Cloth Cleansers. You cant fault the qaulity or the price of this item!

This item is £3.99 and you can find it instore and online here. 


Lacura | Healthy Glow Retinol Toner


Non greasy.
Leaves skin feel refreshed and toned.




This is a dupe of the Pixi Retinol Toner. It is such a nice skincare item to have without breaking the bank. In order to get a good toner, sometimes you have to spend a lot of money! So to be able to buy a nice toner that ticks all the boxes and does what it says it is amazing. I will be rebuying this item once I’ve finished this as I find it such a nice product that leaves you feeling refreshed. Sometimes some toners will leave you with a greasy like film on your skin, this doesn’t. It is a nice product to have in your skincare routine.

Unfortunately I cant find this on the Aldi website, but sometimes you do find them in stores so make sure you keep an eye out!



Lacura | Healthy Glow Rose Oil


Sinks into the skin quick.
Isn’t greasy


Heavy on the skin


I’ve seen this Rose range in Aldi while doing my shop and really wanted to try these out. But because I’m trying to use all the skincare products I already have before purchasing new ones I have never picked them up. So to get one in the Advent Calendar I was really happy. Sometimes I avoid oils as I can find them very heavy and greasy on my skin. This product is a little heavy on the skin as it is an oil but it doesn’t make your skin feel greasy! I tend to use this before bed or after I’ve done a face mask. I actually really like this product and i am going to try the rest of this range.

This product is no longer available but sometimes you can find it in stores.





This was such value for money! Even thought the items inside were smaller versions of their products, it allowed you to get a decent sized sample to use before you bought the bigger version, apart from the shimmer in the face mask I cant fault any of these products and they are all so amazing for their price and what they do. It is also a massive bonus that these items are not tested on animals, so a huge thumbs up to Aldi.

I’m hoping Aldi will bring out these items are full sized products to repurchase and that this year they will bring out another Advent Calendar as I think they are such good value for money and its nice to try out different items in their skincare range. And if your like me who preffers skincare over make up this is perfect for you!

You’ve got to give it to Aldi to bring out such amazing dupes that look and are the same as high end brands! It makes it so good for people to have nice luxery items that are so affordable.


Have you tried any of these Lacura products? Or any other of their skincare products?

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Katie x

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Elegant Touch Matte Nails – Michelle Indigo | Review


Elegant Touch Matte Nails – Michelle Indigo
‘Inspired by the latest runway trends, these gorgeous nails will stay dramatic & strong the entire wear, with a long-lasting, smudge-free and chip-free finish.’

I love painting my nails but they can easily chip or my nails break as they are quite thin. So over the past few months I have been getting my nails done. But since it’s around christmas time and I am a student, I’m on a very tight budget which means I can’t treat myself to getting my nails done.

For a cheaper alternative I deiced to try out the Elegant Touch nails.There was an offer in Boots when I picked these up. It was a 3 for 2 on a whole range of products. I only deiced to pick up one box of nails because I have never used them before and I didn’t know what they would be like. But now I wish I would have gotten more!

I picked up the Michelle nails because I liked the indigo matt shade and the oval shaped nails.


This is the first time I have applied false nails and to begin with, It was quite hard to do but once I did one hand I got the hang of it. This may sound stupid but applying false nails to yourself is quite hard as I managed to nearly glue my finger to my nail once or twice!


For £6.95 you get instructions, a nail file, glue and lots of nails!

You can find these Michelle nails here.
Boots also stock a whole range of Elegant Touch nails in different colours and nail styles.

How To Apply

I made sure before I started to apply the nails that I had removed any nail varnish from my nails.
I then found the right size nail for each nail on both hands.
I laid the nails out in front of me so It was easy for me to grab them and match them too the right nail.
I started with my pinky finger and applied glue to my nail, then pressed down for 40 seconds.
I then repeated this step on all my nails.

PicMonkey Collage

What I liked about these nails:

  • How thin they are because they stick to your nails better and don’t let any dirt go in between your nails and the false nail.
  • The colour is gorgeous and the shape is natural looking.
  • The affordable price of these nails.
  • They last a few weeks if you look after them

What I disliked about these nails:

  • Because they are quite thin, you have to be careful not to accidentally bend them.
  • Some of the nails are a little bit big for me as I only have small hands/nails so these don’t get used.

Overall I am so pleased and happy with how these nails turned out and how long they have lasted! I’m glad you get a lot of glue and some spare nails too. I will be stocking up on these nails as they are so affordable and last a long time and they look so natural and gorgeous!

What is your favourite style/colour elegant touch nails?

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Katie x

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Deep Cleanse Your Hair | TRESemme Review


Your hair goes through a lot. You apply numerous amounts of products to it, you wash it with shampoo and conditioner that can weigh it down.
So every once a week/month your hair deserves a deep cleanse.
Just make sure after you use these products you also use a shampoo that is moisturising and helps replenish your hair as these shampoos can strip your hair from them while you use them to strip build up of oils and products.

Also if you dye your hair this shampoo can strip some colour out of it.


What Is A Deep Cleanse?
A deep cleanse for you hair is like a deep cleanse for your face. It helps remove all the build up and daily grime from your hair.
So all the product build up that may be weighing your hair down is washed away and your hair is left product free.

Why Use Deep Cleansing Shampoo?

Professional quality formula clarifies hair to remove build up and residues restoring your hair’s natural vitality. This multi-vitamin formula, gentle enough for daily use, intensely purifies to give that salon fresh feeling.

TRESemme Cleanse & Renew Shampoo

I spent ages looking online and in shops to try to find a good deep clean shampoo.
I came across the TRESemme shampoo in SuperDrug and decided to give it a go. It comes in this HUGE bottle which will get a lot of use out as I won’t be using it every day.
I like to use it once a month to make sure my hair gets a really good deep clean and all the product build gets removed.
After I had applied it to my hair and was rinsing it out my hair already felt so much nicer and less weight down.

When I first used this shampoo I noticed how much it lathers into your hair, so a small amount goes a long way.
It smells like the typical TRESemme product so the smell isn’t overpowering or strong.
I did google reviews on this product before using it and I found so many positive reviews.

I will be trying out other deep cleansing hair shampoos but up to know, TRESemme is my favourite as it works so well and it’s also affordable.

If you have oily hair its a good shampoo for an everyday use, just make sure you have a good conditioner to pair with it.

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September Favourites | 2015

September Favourites | 2015


I haven’t done a Favourites blog post in a while.
But I have recently come across some beauty products that I love, some are old and some are new!

I hope you enjoy reading my September Favourites blog post.

Beauty Favourites 



Garnier | Micellar Water

If you read my blog post the other day on the Micellar Water then you will know I got on well with this product.
I love using this in the morning to make sure I have gotten off all my makeup from the night before.
It’s also makes my skin feel fresh and hydrated throughout the day.

You can find my full review on this product here.

You can find the Garnier Micellar Water here.
It’s £4.99.


Maybelline | Master Ink Eyeliner

I have had this eyeliner for just over a week, It’s hands down the best eyeliner I have purchased!
The brush is perfect for doing fine lines and creating a winged eyeliner look. The thin brush makes it easy to create either a thick or thin eyeliner line. If your new to applying eyeliner you will be able to apply it easily with this brush.
I use most days when I wear eyeliner and i prefer this over all my other liquid eyeliners.

A full review on this product will be up next Sunday!
So if you want to know more about this eyeliner make sure you check it out.

I can’t find this product online but I know you can pick it up in Superdrug.
It’s around £5.


Maybelline | Brow Satin

I have been searching for a good eye brow pencil/ powder for a while and I picked this up brow product up with the eyeliner.
It is perfect for lightly filling in your brows naturally!
It has two sides on the Browtastic, one side has the pencil and the other has a powder applicator.

The pencil is perfect for lightly filling in the sparse area of your brows and the powder helps blend everything together for a more even, natural look.  I got the shade Medium Brown which is perfect shade for my brows.

There will also be a full review on this product next Sunday!
So if you want to know more about this eyebrow product make sure you check it out.

You can find the Maybelline Brow Statin here.
It’s £5.99

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