Little Letters By El – Gift Ideas

Little Letters By El 

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You may have seen me mention these gift ideas on my Instagram or Facebook page before.

My friend has her own small business, She makes personalised letters that can be bought as either gifts or for yourself. Ellie even makes other gift items such as Framed Hearts, Keyrings, Photo Albums and other things. They are all handmade and she spends so much time on them that they look amazing and stand out.

As mothers Day is this month, I thought these Little Letters would be a lovely personalised gift.

So if you are interested scroll down to see what Ellie has to offer.

Canvases & Frames

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Frames are £12 each and you can choose the colour of the frame, as well as the colour of the embellishment and the text pr number ie. 18, 21, 60 or MUM
Canvases are £8 each and come in a range of designs for both boys and girls, including dinosaurs, hot air balloons, tractors, butterflies, rockets and ballet shoes!
These are perfect to put into children’s bedrooms!
Little Letters
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All letters are £8 each plus £3 postage.
Each gift is personalised and people can decide the colours, fabrics, accessories themselves for the letters, and the picture frames! And that they can make unique gifts, for Mother’s Day or birthdays or even just to put up in bedrooms/ kids rooms?

Ellie will also go out of her way to get the fabric you want so it makes your letter unique.

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These letters are so simple but yet so eye catching and unique, I have two up in my bedroom and it just adds a personalised touch to your room. You can just have your first initial or get a few to spell a name.

 

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She made me this keyring for my 22nd and I love it! It Is such a cute personalised item.

 

Packaging

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The packaging of her products are so simple yet cute! They come in a brown paper bag  that has her brand name on with a little ribbon attached.

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I think Little Letters by El is such a unique gift idea and she also makes them in different fabric prints and they are also affordable!

So If you are stuck on what to buy someone as a present or want a personalised hand made gift, Little Letter By El is the perfect place to find them.

To check out her Facebook Page and to see her handmade gifts and the prices just click here.
If you are interested in buying any of these items, just go to her Facebook page and send her a message.

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Garnier SkinActive – Moisture Bomb | Daily Moisturiser & Tissue Mask Review

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Garnier SkinActive – Moisture Bomb | Daily Moisturiser & Tissue Mask Review

Now it is getting a lot colder in the UK, my skin is in more need of moisturiser as the cold makes my skin so dry. I have been looking for a good moisturiser that lasts throughout the day and makes my skin feel hydrated.

I came across the Garnier Skin Active Tissue mask in Boots and after seeing a lot of bloggers talking about it and because I am a huge fan of face masks I decided to give it a go.
Because I found the Tissue Mask such a good moisture mask that made my skin feel so hydrated, I decided to see what their day moisturiser was like.

This blog post will be quite a long one as I will be talking about both the Tissue Mask and Daily Moisturiser.

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Garnier SkinActive – Moisture Bomb |  Tissue Mask

Super-hydrating revitalising mask for dehydrated skin. Intensely rehydrates skin, reduces the look of fine lines, and revives radiance. Enriched with pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid, and plant serum.

Is Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask right for me?

Yes, if your skin is dehydrated, shows the effects of time and your lifestyle (dullness, irregularities, fine lines…), and if you are looking for an effective solution to rehydrate and revitalise the radiance of your skin.

How is it different?

This super hydrating tissue mask, inspired by Asia, diffuses the equivalent level of hydrating serum as per 1 week’s use of day care.* Truly innovative, its ultra-thin tissue is infused with a super-hydrating serum. Unmask smoother, bouncier, healthier looking skin in just 15 minutes. Applied to the face, it acts like a hydration wrap that continuously diffuses all the effectiveness of the serum intensely hydrating your skin. Its amazing freshness quenches and comforts skin instantly, for a pure moment of absolute pampering. The mask is easy to apply and remove. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.

*Equivalent to the concentration of hydrating glycerin in Moisture Bomb Day Cream used daily for 1 week.

Proven effectiveness:

In 15 minutes: Skin is intensely rehydrated, Skin looks smoother, Complexion is radiant. Fine lines appear reduced, Skin looks plumper, Skin radiance is revitalised.

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The Tissue Mask comes in a foil packet and contains one mask.
On the back of the packet it has instructions on how to use the tissue mask and how long to apply it for.

How To Use

1. Unfold the mask. Carefully apply the white tissue to thoroughly cleansed skin. Make sure the blue protective film is facing outwards. Smooth the mask gently to ensure contact with the skin.

2. Remove the protective film.

3. Adjust the mask contours on the face. Leave for 15 minutes.

4. To remove the mask, peel off slowly from the edges. Gently massage in any excess serum, or use a cotton pad to remove.

I found the actual mask a bit messy at first, I did not think it would be filled of product. It is also very cold on the skin but after a while it becomes quite soothing. It can also be a bit fiddly trying to get the protective film off.

I like to use this tissue mask twice a week as I can get quite dry skin, especially wearing makeup for work for long hours. I normally apply the mask after washing my hair and when I have a good film on so I can relax more.

When removing the mask I like to take the mask and rub the remaining product into my skin and then letting the product dry.

The holes in the mask are big enough to go around your eyes, nose and mouth. It is not greasy either so leaves your skin feeling very moisturised.

After the first use I felt my skin was so much more hydrated and looked more brighter and  the finish dewy looking. It is such a great mask to put on for 15 minutes as it is not drying like most face masks and not as half as messy!

I highly recommend this tissue mask if you have very dry skin or would just like to hydrate your skin a little. I keep recommending this mask to my friends and family as it has become my new favourite.

It is also £0.99 in Boots so I have been stocking up on them while they are currently on offer.

It is great value for money and does the job perfectly.

This product is originally £1.49 and you can find it in most stores or online at Boots here.

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Garnier SkinActive – Moisture Bomb | Daily Moisturiser

For the first time, Garnier has integrated in a new generation, ultra-light texture:

– Two antioxidant superfruit extracts: Amla and Pomegranate, combined with daily UVA/UVB protection.

– A high concentration of Plant Serum.

Its fresh texture melts immediately on contact with the skin and hydrates it perfectly all day long. No greasy or sticky effect.

Proven Effectiveness*

– Instantly: 24 hour continuous hydration

-The skin feels smoother (89% of women agree)

– Wrinkles appear reduced, the skin is radiant and looks healthier (93% of women agree)

*Self-evaluation: 57 women

Is Moisture Bomb 3-in-1 Moisturiser right for me?

Yes, if your skin is dehydrated, shows the effects of time and your lifestyle (dullness, irregularities, fine lines…) and you seek a care that efficiently hydrates and leaves it feeling protected.

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This moisturiser comes in a round, small bottle. You do not need a lot of product as a little goes a long way, unless you need a bit more moisture on some days.

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How To Use

Apply one or two pea-sized amounts of Moisture Bomb 3-in-1 Moisturiser on clean, dry skin daily. Avoid the eye area. In case of contact with eyes, rinse them immediately and thoroughly. For best results, cleanse your skin beforehand.

I cleanse my face with the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water before applying the Moisture Bomb Moisturiser. I then wait for it to dry before applying my concealer and powder, it makes my skin and makeup look a lot less dry and it lasts throughout the day.

It also makes my skin feel so smooth and hydrated. It does not really have a smell to it which I like as I am not a fan of perfumed moisturiser.
This moisturiser is so light weight and melts and sinks into your skin, I use one pump to cover my whole face.

I have been using this for just over 2 weeks now and I love this moisturiser so much as it is not at all greasy or heavy on my skin.

I will add it is quite expensive for how little you get but I think it is worth the price.

This product is £7.99 and can find it in most stores and online in Boots here.

I will be buying the Night Cream to complete the Moisture Bomb range.
I would like to point out this isn’t a sponsored blog post, I just really like this skin care range.

Have you tried any of the Garnier Moisture Bomb skin care range?

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L’Oreal – Pure Clay | Detox Mask Review

 L’Oreal – Pure Clay | Detox Mask

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Product Description

L’Oreal Pure Clay Facial Masks. For the first time, the L’Oréal Paris laboratories have selected three pure clays and combined them with charcoal, which acts like a magnet to draw out impurities. The creamy texture detoxifies the skin’s surface by cleansing deep into the pores, leaving the skin looking clarified and beautified without drying it out.

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A powerful blend of 3 pure clays

Koalin A highly effective natural clay, known to absorb impurities and excess sebum.

Montmorillonite Rich in minerals, a clay recognised for helping to eliminate imperfections.

Ghassoul A pure clay highly concentrated in minerals renowned to help clarify complexion.Instant and lasting, visible resultsImmediately: skin is purer and clearer.Use for one week: skin feels fresher, and more luminous.Use after use: skin can breathe and is visibly transformed.

How To Use

L’Oreal Pure Clay Facial Masks. On clean skin, apply a thin layer all over the face, 2-3 times a week. Avoid the eyes and lips. Leave to dry for 5-10 minutes, then remove with a wet towel or warm
water.
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 Review

This clay face mask has a very thick constancy, Because it is a thick constancy a little goes a long way with this face mask which I like as you do not have to use a lot of the mask. It also applies evenly.

You leave this mask on for around 5-10 minutes, after this time you can feel it dry and become a little tighter on the skin. After it has dried, you can see your pores so you know it has deep cleansed your skin. To take this off, you take a  flannel or muslin cloth and soak it in warm water then just use it to wipe the mask off your skin. It comes off easily and mess free which is perfect. After using this face mask my face felt so smooth and more awake. I also felt my pores were not as bad as before but not fully gone.

After working for a few days I find this face mask perfect as it really gets all the dirt and grime out of my skin. It refreshes and makes my skin feel so much better so I use this face mask once a week to give my face a good deep cleanse and  refresh it.

What is perfect about this face mask is that you can use it all over the skin for a full face deep cleanse or you can just apply it too areas of the face that need a little detox. For example, a lot of the time I will just apply it too my nose or my forehead and leave for 5-10 minutes then rinse, as these are the areas of my face that get spotty and need a little detox.

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Packaging 

I find the packaging of this L’Oreal face mask as it looks and feels more expensive than it is. It also holds a lot of product so you get a lot of uses out of this.

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Overall I really like this face mask and I would defiantly purchase again as well as trying out the other facemasks from this range. I find it a good, affordable mask that you can use a lot on different areas of the face.

On the packaging it does say 10 applications but I think you can get a lot more applications from this product.

This product is £7.99in Boots and you can find it in stores or online here.

Have you tried these L’Oreal face masks?
What are you favourite ones?

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Clinique – Airbrush Concealer All Skin Types | Review

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Clinique – Airbrush Concealer All Skin Types | Review

Product Description

Clinique Airbrush Concealer is a light reflecting makeup must-have. Not only does it hide shadows but it also illuminates and perfects your complexion and eye area. What are you waiting for? Get Airbrushed now!

Instantly helps soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Light-diffusing optics brighten shadows and other imperfections. Creamy-light formula in a flow-through applicator for smooth brush-ons. Ophthalmologist Tested.

How To Use

Use this flow-thru pen with a brush applicator to airbrush where required, then blend.

 

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Review

Previous from my other Clinique blog post, I also picked up this Clinique Airbrush Concealer. The sales assistant at Clinique also chose the colour that matched my skin colour perfectly and also tried this on my under eyes as well as a few blemishes to see what I thought of it before buying it.

This is the one of the great things I love about Clinique is that they will happily match you up to the products, try it out on you and let you walk around for a while with whatever product you are testing on to see if you like it.

This Airbrushed Concealer is a lightweight concealer that is light to medium coverage. When I put it on my under eyes it not only makes my dark circles less visible but it also brightens the area as well. It helps cover blemishes and redness well without leaving your skin cakey.

I have worn this on long days out and also in hot weather and it has not run or come off which is great. The brush applicator lets you easily place the product in the are which is needed, I then like to blend it in with my Real Techniques Stippling brush.

The only bad thing about this concealer is you can not tell when it is running out!

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Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder | Review

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Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder | Review

Product Description

Removes excess oil and shine without disturbing makeup. 
Leaves a matte look to skin. 
Leaves skin feeling and looking comfortable and fresh. 
Leaves skin feeling silky and hides any imperfections 

How To Use

Apply with sponge all over face, or just on oily spots

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For my birthday I got a gift card for Boots. In the last year I have gotten into Clinique products, So I wanted to spend my gift card on some beauty products from there. I have tried some of their skincare products out and wanted to see what their beauty products were like.

I always love going into Clinique as the sales assistants are always so lovely and helpful.
I asked the lady who was working at the Clinique counter that I wanted to get a powder which was light on my skin, light to medium coverage and was wearable every day.

I also told her I do not usually wear a full face of makeup so wanted a powder I could wear every day that can cover my imperfections while not clogging up my pores and that can also give me natural looking even skin.

She showed me this compact powder which was light weight and light to medium coverage. She matched my skin colour to the powder perfectly. She then kindly applied the product to my skin and let me try it out before I decided if it was right for me.

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First of all,  as you can see the packaging is gorgeous!
It is this lovely mint green colour with a marble effect. The quality of this product is also amazing. I love the little details on this product and how fancy it looks.

Even the box it comes in is lovely.
It comes with a mirror inside so you can touch your powder up on the go. I like pressed powders that come with a mirror as they can be applied whenever you want. I find the added mirror handy. It also comes with a sponge applicator, but I do not like using sponges I prefer applying my powder with a makeup brush.

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Review

This pressed powder helps to get rid of shine while evening out your skin all while keeping your makeup looking natural. Because it is a light powder, It does not go cakey on your skin. This means even if you layer it on it still looks natural.

When using it over your foundation it helps keep everything in place all day. It is also a matte finish. Or if you prefer not to wear much makeup, you can use this powder on its own over concealer.

My favourite thing about this powder is that it is not orange! What I mean by this is that it is a natural colour and when applied onto my skin it does not go that orange colour that some powders go. I love this because most powders look nice and natural but do not come out that colour and goes a different colour and looks unnatural.

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Overall

Overall I really like this powder more then my drug store ones. It does everything I need it to do while looking natural and does not clog my pores up.

The packing is gorgeous and it drew me into buying the product more, It is lovely and expensive looking and I love having it on display.

Even though it is expensive i have been using it every day for over 2 months and has not yet hit the pan. The quality of the product is defiantly worth the money.

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Natural Looking Make Up.
Face;
Clinique Stay – Matte Sheer Pressed Powder on top of Clinique – Air Brushed Concealer.
Mascara;
No7 – Lash Impact Mascara
Eyebrows;
Billion Dollar Brows – 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows Kit

This Clinique Stay – Matte Sheer Pressed Powder is £23.50
You can find it in Boots or Clinique stores or online here.

Have you tried out this Clinique face powder?
What is your favourite high end or drug store powder?

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Mitchum Deodorant | Review

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Mitchum Deodorant | Review

For a while I have been using the Sure Women Maximum Protection Deodorant, I was a huge fan of this deodorant but then I started to dislike this product for some reason and wanted to try out a different brand of deodorant. Here in the UK we have had really warm weather, so a good deodorant is a must!

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While doing my weekly shop I came across Mitchum, I have never heard or seen this brand before and because it was on offer I decided to give it a go. I have been using it for around 3 months now and it has replaced my Sure deodorant and has become my new favourite.

First I picked up the spray deodorant and then a week after I picked up the roll on and love both of these products.

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Mitchum Advanced Women – 48hr Protection Shower Fresh Anti-Perspirant Spray.

Mitchum Advanced Women 48hr Protection Shower Fresh Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, our most advanced formula ever.

Ultra powerful sweat + odour control

Maximum wetness protection with the highest level of active ingredient, keeps you feeling dry and comfortable for 48 hours.

Minimises white marks.

This spray on deodorant does the job and ticks off all the boxes in what is aims to do.
It also contains aloe and vitamin E to help soothe and condition the skin which is amazing as sometimes deodorants can do the opposite and actually irate your skin.

This spray deodorant has a nice scent to it that is not over powering and throughout the day the smell stays which is nice.

I would not say at lasts for 48 hours as I like to re apply deodorants twice a day any way to make sure it keeps doing the job. It also does not leave white marks on your clothing as many deodorants I have bought tend to leave white marks on clothing and it is a pain.

This product is £2.99 but it is currently on sale in Boots for £2.00

Mitchum have a range of different scents for this spray on deodorant.

You can find this product in most shops or you can find it online here.

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Mitchum Advanced Women – 48HR Protection Pure Fresh Anti-Perspirant Roll on.

Mitchum Advanced Women 48HR Protection Pure Fresh Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant with new oxygen odour control technology.

Maximum wetness protection with the highest level of active ingredient, keeping you feeling dry and comfortable for 48 hours.

It Contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soothe and condition skin, whilst its long lasting fragrance keeps you feeling shower fresh.

Alcohol free and Dermatologist tested.

Goes on clear.

What I like about this deodorant compared to the Sure roll on is that it does not have a strong scent to it. Throughout the day it smells fresh but is not overwhelming. The sure one has an overwhelming scent which after a while I did not like and slowly began to dislike it.

It does not leave white marks on your clothing but can on dark clothing but it does not claim to be invisible, but having white marks on clothing 9/10 is not bad considering some deodorants can leave white marks on most clothing. The product does not go flaky. It helps you stay fresh throughout the day.

I do not feel like I need to reapply throughout the day with this deodorant, I feel like roll on deodorants last longer then the sprays.

This product is £3.2o but is on offer in Boots for £2.00.

Mitchum also have a range of different roll on deodorants.

You can find this product in most shops or you can find it online here.

What is your favourite deodorant to use?

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Clinique Superbalanced Foundation | Review

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‘Provides comfortable moderate coverage, imparting a natural finish. Absorbs oil where needed. Minimises the appearance of fine lines. Stays true to colour.Contains anti-oxidants and anti-irritants. Streak proof, perspiration proof. Non-acnegenic, oil free and Ophthalmologist tested.’

I have been after a new foundation for a while and I decided to try out some from Clinique. I always go into the Boots in manchester when buying from Clinique, I love the sales assistants who work there as they are always so helpful and kind.

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 I told one of the ladies I was after a new foundation and I wanted a dewy finish that was a light coverage which is build buildable. She recommended me the Superbalenced foundation and found my colour match and applied it to my face so I could see whether or not I liked it. I wore it for the rest of the day while shopping and I liked how subtle it was on my skin and how fresh and even it made my skin look. It did not go cakey which sold it to me as I hate when foundation looks cakey on the skin.

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With this foundation, a little goes a long way. I apply dots of it onto my face then I take my Real Techniques Stippling brush and work it into my skin until it is blended. Then I apply concealer if needed and then set it all with some powder. It stays on my face throughout the day without needed any touch ups.

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 I have been using this foundation for around 4 months now and it has not broke out my skin or dried it up. If I am wearing foundation I like to use a heavy moisturiser so this foundation sits on the skin without drying it.

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As you can see the foundation blends into my skin without it being noticeable. The colour match is the perfect match for me and if you are interested it trying this foundation out you can always go to your nearest Clinique store and ask if you can try it on throughout the day to see if you like it.

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This foundation is perfect for anyone who likes minimal looking makeup and does not wear foundation a lot. It blends nicely into your skin and looks natural. I love using this foundation on days where I want a bit more coverage and want my skin looking more even.

This foundation is on the more high end price at £22.50 but I think it is worth the price. You can find it at Clinique online or in store and also in Boots.
Clinique Superbalanced Foundation 

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