Review: Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum

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Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum 30mls £48 50mls £68 100mls £110

Hey guys, I love trying out new skincare and I've been using this for about 2 months now so think it's time for a review. 

What they say: 

Clinique Smart Custom Serum.
 A serum that can change your skin’s future. Now there’s a custom serum smart enough to understand your skin’s past and change its appearance in the future. - Addresses the appearance of uneven skin tone, lines and wrinkles, firming, or radiance - For all ages, all ethnicity - Five years of research. Patented technology

What I say:

I used this not expecting much to be honest as aging isn't one of my main concerns but thought 'hey I'll just it as 'insurance' for my skin' if you like. After about a week of using this (on a night generally) I actually forgot to put foundation on - it wasn't till I finished my make up I realised I hadn't applied any base (VERY unlike me) I couldn't believe it my skin actually looked good enough to go foundation less! It must have been doing something. Then to top it off a few nights later after taking my make up off before bed and doing the whole skincare routine, I went to get into bed and my boyfriend said are you not taking your make up off before you go to bed!!?? What!! Now let me start by explaining first that he's very much your typical bloke and doesn't even notice when I change hair colour never mind not removing my make up before bed. I asked if he was joking and told him I'd just washed my face. He then said 'wow your skin looks really nice like make up' (very blokey thing to say). Well that comment alone sold this product to me and I will 100% be repurchasing after this runs out only I'll be going for the large size next time!  

This serum would be suitable for a lot of skin types. In particular I think this would be a fab starter serum for someone who doesn't know where to start in the world of serums as it targets each different personal skin concern. It 'knows' your skin and targets problem areas that you're not even aware of yet hence why this is a 'SMART' serum. I would work well under your usual moisturiser therefore it just slots right into your routine easily. I love the fact it targets a range of skin problems, it just makes it a multi tasker in it's own right.

The consistency is almost gel like and it instantly absorbs into the skin, I never notice a residue left on my skin which is perfect as I'm more on the oilier side, it does leave a nice velvety finish on the skin and would be suitable for all skin types. A very oily skin may want to skip using this on the mornings and just save for evenings but personally I've worn it under moisturiser and make up and it sat beautifully.

All in all I really recommend this serum and feel most skins would benefit from using this, if you have a few concerns you want to target and don't want to buy separate products then this is the serum for you, I also think this is just perfect for a persons first serum and it targets the majority of skin complaints.

There's no doubt that I'll be using this serum in for a long time and will certainly be stocking up. 

What do you guys think? Have you tried it?
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The Edit: The Perfect A/W Boots #2

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Hello everyone! I've been a little quiet recently on the blog front - it's been majorly busy at work so it's taken a bit of a backseat recently but I'm back! 

So I'm kicking things off with a Fashion post all about the perfect Winter boots. Autumn Winter for me means coats and boots and this year is no different. I have searched high and low for the perfect winter boots and here is what I have found.


Make a bold statement this Autumn Winter with these little ankle boots, these boots will add a little sparkle into what might be a plain and boring outfit - would look fab with some leather trousers.

Oasis CAMMIE Chelsea Boot £68.00

Cammie Chelsea Boot

Can't beat a new pair of Chelsea boots right? Absolutely love the deep hue of these boots - definitely an A/W winner for me. 

Zara Flat Leather Bootie with zip £69.99

Gorgeous little boots - these babies will see you through your casual days and shopping trips. In love!

River Island block heel ankle boots £40.00

Channel your inner 60's chick with these cute ankle boots - easily dressed up and down! Also such a fab price point too. 

River Island Black Stretch Riding Boots £60

No post about winter boots can be complete without some knee boots. These will see you through the cold winter weather whilst looking stylish too - and again an attractive price from River Island - Kudos RI!

What do you think? Where have you been buying your Winter boots from this year? I'm also going to be doing a coat edition of this post so keep an eye out for that one!

Siobhan xxx

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Harvey Nichols Leeds: Charlotte Tilbury Pop Up Counter


Wow! Harvey Nichols have really pulled it out of the bag with this one. The Charlotte Tilbury counter is a first for Yorkshire - in fact it's a first in the North! Harvey Nichols Leeds has managed to snap up an exclusive as no other Harvey Nichols store stocks it yet... Ooo err! 

I wish I'd have taken more pictures because the pop up counter looks so inviting and fun. The counter is temporary until 28th August - the permament will be available on the 29th. The pop up counter serves as a teaser, as at the moment you are only able to purchase the miracle cream and the wonder glow primer - although the wonderful girls will treat you to an eye look of your choice just to tease us even more. You also have the opportunity to be booked in with one of Charlotte Tilbury's backstage make up artists (on selective days). The whole line will be rolled out when the permanent counter arrives on the 29th.

The make up is absolutely beautiful and the packaging is just screaming to be left on your dresser for all to admire. I'm looking forward to the new counter arriving so I can go treat myself to a whole host of goodies... Watch this space!!

Siobhan xxx
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Recent Favourites #6

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Since I've been making an effort to stop buying so many different thungs I've been sticking to products longer and growing somewhat of an attachment to them too - I'm clingy that way :) so here's a little list of a few of them recent favorites..

ESPA Foam Bath £18

This was actually in a goodie bag received from the #leedamaymeet in May and I used it almost straight away. It is absolutely gorgeous, the packaging is divine to start with and the product it's self is so luxurious. I won't go too much into detail as I am writing a full product review. But yeah it's a winner for me.

Kheils Skin Rescuer £29.50 30mls

I actually bought this in January and only just ran out. It's a lovely product and a little goes a long way, it is only 30mls which is no different to most creams but yet has lasted me considerably longer. I think I might do a full review of this as it's really lovely and I haven't seen much about it so far.  I also featured this in my Night Routine post here

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage £26.50

Is it any surprise that concealer is on of my recent favorites? I have been using this product a lot recently and because it comes with the darker shade, means I can use it when I've caught the sun (or used fake tan) lol. This has to be one of my favourite concealers, and I'm a bit obsessed with base products. 

YSL Rouge Pur Couture #27 £25

I don't know why but I've found a new love in YSL lipsticks recently. I love the formula, the lasting power and of course, the colour range. Number 27 has been the colour of the month for a few months now lol. If you haven't tried YSL lipsticks before I strongly suggest you look at them if you want a treat, you won't be disappointed I swear. I've included a picture to show the colour.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water £4.99

I know! Total blogger buy or what!? But it was on offer in boots a while back for practically nothing so thought hey what's to lose? Turns out I love it! It's fab for a quick refresh or every now and again when I'm in a rush (to get to bed) I don't use this everyday just every so often and would recommend to anyone whose on the look out to try one - and I've tried all the big name one's too by the way.. This is actually on offer here at boots for £3.99 right now.

Illamasqua Brow Cake in Thunder £15.50

I used to be an avid benefit Browzings fan and I still am - however for every day I've been reaching for this more and more. I find it much quicker and don't bother with a pencil when I'm using this either.

Nars The Multiple in Orgasm £30

How gorgeous is Nars packaging? I love it - although wish it wouldn't get as dirty as it does. Anyway I purchased this as I wanted something quick and easy to plonk on in a rush and this does just the trick. I like this when I'm in a rush as don't need a separate blush, highlighter or brush for that matter! A must have for me. I've added a picture so you can see the gorgeous colour too

Think I'll stop there before I go a little mad on products - this list could have been a lot longer! So what have you been loving lately? 

Siobhan xxx

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