Wednesday, 30 April 2014

CROPPED WARDROBE ADDITIONS


Over the past month I have absent mindedly acquired 4 cropped wardrobe pieces, and being as I have been loving them so much I just had to share. They're all very budget too.  (I'm not going to link the tops because I think most of them are no longer available. I hope you don't mind, consider this post a bit of inspiration for spring fashion!)

The first one I purchased was the River Island striped frilly piece. It's monochrome (no surprise there) but I just thought it was too adorable to leave. The fabric is so lightweight and soft! I love to wear this with slightly high waisted or ripped knee jeans.

The second is a cropped cami from Asos, in a beautiful pastel blue colour. It is so soft to the touch and I can imagine would look incredible with some high waisted baggy shorts and some sandals. I was so close to buying a perfect pair of shorts in River Island the other day, but an 8 was too small and a 10 was nowhere to be seen - heartbroken me.

The white rose textured crop top is from H&M, and I think with a tan this would look even more amazing. It's one of those pieces that will go with everything, because it is white and the layering possibilities are endless. I've been loving it with a black and white flannel shirt over the top, open with jeans.

Lastly, I have a cropped Monki dog sweatshirt. I bought the t-shirt in the same print but white because I loved it so much. This is great for that inbetween weather, you know when it is a bit chilly but the sun is out? It's probably too thick for summer, and not enough for winter but for the transition weeks I can see myself wearing this a lot.

I hope you remotely enjoyed this fashion post. Would you like to see more of the kind?

Megan x

Monday, 28 April 2014

OUTLET VILLAGE & CCO HAUL


On saturday I got to go to an outlet village, which is basically a large group of stores (from Mulberry to Superdry) that have discounted items. Although most of the bits and bobs were way out of my budget and it was quite a trek to get there, I found some lovely things and I definitely want to go back again soon for more.

CCO stores are rather few and far between in the UK, but there was one where I went and I loved it. The staff were so helpful, and not at all pushy. Brands include those under the Esteé Lauder company, such as Mac, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Esteé Lauder, Ojon, Bumble and Bumble, Smashbox and a few more I think. I picked up four times, most of which were from Smashbox because the range was incredible and if I'm honest, the Mac section was a bit disappointing. There was lots of Archie's Girls products, a few Christmas bits, lots of BB cream and some other odds and sods from yonks ago. I did pick up some Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel though, which were £12.75 from £18.00. I planned to buy these from the airport when I go on holiday later on in the year so I was pleased to see them there.

Smashbox's range was outstanding. They had loads of eyeshadow trios which I didn't get but looked amazing, as well as some shadow crayons, blushes, powders, a few base bits and some little sets. The first item I knew I had to have was the Photofinish Lid Primer. Lauren has a mini size of this and I think I tried it once, so I could not leave it there and it was only £10.50! I think usually it is £15.00. I also spotted and purchased the Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, which I had heard good things about and I need every product I can get for my dark circles. This was £11.25 from £16.00. The last makeup item I purchased was the Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Gemstone. Oh my, this is beautiful. The shade is like a pink bronze, with some cool shimmer and it was £10.50 from £15.00. I wish I had got a few more of these (there was so many shades) because it is so beautiful, and cream eyeshadows are my weakness. Overall the discount was around 30%, which isn't bad in the slightest.

Cath Kidston was a shop I had to go in, and my mum was kind enough to surprise me with a few toiletry items. These included a gorgeous floral face cloth (£4 from £6), a heart shaped rose soap (£1.75 from £3.50), a Wild Rose Lip Balm (£3 from £5) and a set called the star collection Travel Box (£5 from £10). I can't wait to take these on holiday with me!

I had a browse in Ted Baker, and I came across the most adorable French bull dog (correct me if i'm wrong) Large Wash Bag. It will be my makeup bag from now on, which I'm excited about because it is the right size and I feel like I can get a good few products in there. This was £17 from £25, which I didn't think was too steep.

Lastly, I went into Jack Wills. I've never been too interested in this brand before because if I'm honest, labels don't bother me. I'd much rather wear something H&M than 'fabulously British'. However, saying that I did find some leggings which were I believe £12 from around £24.50, which is an incredible saving. They have an almost mens underwear band at the top in white and black, and then the leg is a floral print with navy background. I've been wearing them around the house a lot and they are so comfortable that I'm kicking myself for not getting a couple more pairs. Maybe I'm growing to like Jack Wills.

So, that concludes my outlet haul. I hope you enjoyed that, I know I did! I plan to return very soon, with some more cash and an idea of what to buy.

Megan x




Saturday, 26 April 2014

THE SHOWER GELS


Shower gels can be quite boring essentials sometimes, but recently I've been loving picking and choosing which one I use in the shower depending on my mood. (Don't I lead an exciting life?) They smell delicious, look adorable in their huge bottles and make washing a little less monotonous.

The Vanilla & Macadamia Cocoon Bath & Shower Gel was 99p in B&M stores, a place I normally avoid but decided to check out on a whim. Usually I can't stand vanilla scents but I happened to really like this one, and I couldn't help but give it a go for so cheap. This works equally as well for use as a shower gel and as a bath foam, creating lots of lovely scented bubbles.

My favourite of the three has to be this NSpa Peach Shower & Bath Gel. Oh. My. Gosh. This smells incredible - literally like fresh peaches. This one is £3 in Asda for 500ml (bargain alert) and I really want to try some of the other scents. As soon as this is finished I have to go and repurchase, or I may just buy another as a backup. This is a serious recommend from me.

Lastly is the Philosophy Peppermint Stick Shower Gel. This is the most expensive, at £14 for 480ml and it is a Christmas limited edition, but they bring it back each festive season. If you're not really a fan of the super minty scents, this one would be perfect for you as it is a tad sweeter. This by far gives gives the best bubbles as well as lather, but I'm having to use it sparingly. I'm determined to make it last until I can buy another!

What's your favourite shower gel? (Mine is definitely Lush Snow Fairy but until it comes round again, NSpa has taken the spot.)

Megan x

Thursday, 24 April 2014

BOURJOIS CC CREAM


I think we can all agree that Bourjois know how to make a good base. I love their Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and have done for a while now, so when I discovered they had a 123 Perfect CC Cream (£9.99) on offer I was instantly sold. It seems everyone else is a bit over the alphabet cream trend, however I can't help but love them.

The shade I have is 32, which was the lightest available in my local Boots and truth be told, I thought it would be too dark. Luckily for me though, it was the perfect shade to match my body - I don't think I've ever found a base product this accurate to my skin tone. If you don't already know by now, my skin is normal/dry that scars way and easily. For that reason, I do have some purple/red marks on my cheeks but you'll be pleased to know this covered them with ease. If you've got some active breakouts going on I don't think this would be as high coverage as you may like, but with some concealer and powder I'd recommend this to everyone.

I tend to apply this with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, however I can't help but feel a less dense brush would be better for the job. Saying that, hands work just as well and this is definitely one I'd suggest for popping on in a rush. Once on the skin this blends brilliantly, and I'd say it has a light coverage. As you can see by the image of it on my face (which btw is the first time I've actually put myself on my blog - shall I continue doing so with foundation reviews etc?) a red blemish shows through slightly on my nose and my dark circles are still visible, but all in all it isn't too shabby for evening out skin tone.

The finish is really beautiful; natural but radiant and the closest to skin I've come across. I've fallen head over heels for this, and it has been my everyday base for at least a month now. Bourjois, you've produced another winner.

Megan x

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

BURT'S BEES BALMS


I'm sure many of you would reluctantly raise your hand if I said 'do you own too many lip balms?', and I have to own up too. It swear it's verging on unhealthy, but Burt's Bees always stand out in my box of treats because they're 100% natural and full of all sorts of oils.

The first Burt's Bees balm I purchased a few months ago was the Rejuvenating Acai Berry variation. I got mine from Boots, but I know you can find them everywhere these days. The scent is nice, and although not my favourite it hasn't at all put me off of using it.

The Pomegranate flavour is a new addition, that when applied does give a slight pink tint. I've been using this everyday with a teeny bit of lip liner for a more defined but still natural lip. The thing that makes this almost unbearable is the scent for me, as it's super strong and not pleasant at all which is a bit disappointing really.

We'll finish on a high here with the standard Beeswax Lip Balm. If you're a fan of mint scents, you need this in your life. It's so refreshing to apply, especially on warmer days and gives an almost tingling sensation to the lips. I used to have a Yes To Carrots mint lip balm and this has filled the spot perfectly, being great in all areas. I find this to be the one lip balm I'll use all the time: if I'm at school it will be in my top pocket, and if I'm out and about it will be in my bag. 

All three lip balms are as strong as each other in terms of  moisturising the lips. Whilst some balms make my lips worse *cough cough Maybelline Baby Lips* these really do keep dryness at bay and provide a great canvas for lipstick application. Dare I say they're now holy grail?

Megan x

Saturday, 19 April 2014

THE H&M HIGHLIGHTER


 I've written a post about the wonderful beauty bits on offer at H&M before, but I knew I had to write an individual review of the Highlighter Powder. It's rare to find such a beautiful glow giver on the high street, and for £3.99 it's one of the cheapest too.

I don't know about you, but when I bought the MUA highlighting powder I was a little put off by the glitter. It's quite chunky, very obvious and has more of a pink/lilac intense shimmer than a golden luminosity. The H&M offering is what I imagined it to be like - more of a subtle sheen.

I'd describe the shade to be a in the middle ground between pink and gold, because in different lighting it turns slightly chameleon-esque and appears to change colour. It is super finely milled and swatches beautifully, and behaves well when blended. I've received many compliments when wearing this on the tops of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose, cupids bow and under the brows. If you're looking for that natural supermodel glow, this is it in a pan.

I'll admit that the packaging isn't the most fancy, but in all honesty I didn't expect it to be. For a teeny £3.99 I suggest you get your backside down to H&M now ladies and gents. Ready, steady... GO!

Megan x


Thursday, 17 April 2014

BRINGING THE GLOW BACK


If I'm honest, I've never been a fan of a matte base. Maybe it's my dry skin or the ultimate fear of a cake face, but I've always got to have a little dewy radiance somewhere - whether it be in the bronzer, on the cheeks or in the foundation.

I'm a firm believer that you should try and master the skin before you plonk products on it, which is why I tend to spend a little more and avoid certain chemicals in my routine. The two glow-getters included here are gorgeous items that I do see a difference with. The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is nothing short of a miracle when it comes to radiance, as it sure does work. I love to apply this on a Sunday night to look a little less 'ugh-its-monday' in the morning. The scent is also blinking divine - think juicy peaches and apricots. I'd happily eat it but I doubt it would taste the same as it smells.

The Pixi Glow Tonic was really hard to get hold of, unless you visited the Carnaby Street Store a while back. It's now available online but in different, less attractive packaging, although it's definitely what's inside that counts. I didn't think this did a heck of a lot, until I started ditching it from my routine and saw my skin become dull and flaky once again. You can probably guess I gave myself a kick up the backside and now it doesn't leave my bathroom shelf.

For an all-over radiant face base, the Dr Jart+ BB Cream is where it's at. It's a very marmite product, but I'm certainly in love with this blue tube of dewiness. It's a teensy bit dark for me, but I actually like it as it gives me a little tan without looking ridiculous because it is so sheer. I do have dry skin though, so perhaps on the more oily skinned amongst us the Bourjois CC Cream may be a better option?

The Barbara Daily Soft Focus Illiminator is a beautiful liquid highlight, in a pink/golden shade. A pump of this under, with or on top of foundation really does get the glow going, and I actually found this in my local Tesco beauty hall for £3.50. A quick tip here -  really spend some time in Tesco at the beauty section. They will often mark down items massively but the ticket will look the same as the rest, so they are easy to miss.

It seems the Kardashian Beauty line have cheek products down to a tee, as both products pictured are from the range of Khloé, Kim and Kourtney. The huge Cabana Bronze Waterproof Perfect Bronzer really does float my boat, and whenever I'm not wearing it I notice instantly because the effect of this is beautiful. The Kim Kardazzle Palette not only holds 8 perfect eyeshadows, it also houses three powders: two blushes and one highlight. The highlight really is something special, a yellow/gold hue that I always imagine Nars Albatross to look like.

So that concludes the round-up of my six radiant beautifiers. There's definitely room for expansion though - what would you recommend?

Megan x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

AVON'S NEUTRAL PALETTE


Avon is a brand I think we all tend to forget about, expecting it to be aimed at more of an elder demographic - I know my nan and great grandmother were always rather fond. However, since one of my mum's friends became an Avon rep and the books came pouring in I've loved flicking through the catalogues regularly. I must admit, when it comes to foundations it can be a bit hit and miss as there isn't a chance for swatches, but you definitely cannot go wrong with this beauty that is the 8 in 1 Eye Palette in The Nudes.

I'll get the negatives out of the way first, which is the packaging. Yes, it's uber slim and won't take up much makeup bag room, but the shiny black plastic looks and feels cheap and flimsy. It's not the worst out there and certainly not the best.

Housed inside the mediocre compact  are eight eyeshadows, each neutral and wearable. I'll give you a heads up one each one individually:

1st - a very white, gritty sparkle, too much for a highlight, slightly chalky formula.
2nd - Beautiful taupe/grey shimmer, decent pigmentationa and buttery texture.
3rd - All over lid type nude, slight sheen, decent pigmentation and texture.
4th - The only matte in a medium warm brown, great for crease, pigmented and buttery.
5th - Muted gold sparkle, a little bit chalky and gritty but not as bad as the first shade.
6th - Incredible deep chocolate shimmer, best formula out of the whole palette.
7th - Muted pale pink, slight sheen, good all over shade, good pigmentation and smooth texture.
8th - Medium grey sheen, decently pigmented and smooth.

My favourite shades have to be the 2nd, 4th and 6th - seriously stunning. The 2nd almost looks wet on the eyes, something I love with a slick of mascara and liner. It's the grunge look for beginners. Although this palette isn't perfect, I think it is amazing for the price of £12 (£7 currently). I love the colour selection and it's lovely to see more budget brands release eye palettes of decent quality. I also think they chose wisely whe including a matte brown - the palette essential shade. If they'd have popped a less glittery highlight in there I'd be giving it a nine, but for now it's a sturdy 8. I know I'll be getting good use out of this!

Megan x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

SECOND DAY HAIR


I'm sure like many of you reading, I do not wash my hair everyday. For starters it takes forever, I'd have to style it all over again and apparently it isn't the best for its condition. Therefore, I like to use a few products to get it looking up to scratch on the second day. I'm a teenager so there's no chance of stretching to a third!

Firstly I have to get rid of the oily limp roots, for which I use the Batiste Cool & Crisp Fresh Dry Shampoo. I've been there and done that with Percy and Reed and Toni & Guy, but this is always the one I return to. Go easy with it as grey roots are a possibility, but with a good head rub and a brush through it's all fine and dandy.

I find that the best approach to second day hair is to act like that's how it was meant to turn out. Slightly messy, a tad grungy and definitely texturised. I've been enjoying the VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray to play it up and add to the dishevelled appearance. It's ridiculously cheap too.

The only 'higher end' hair item I own and use is the Balmain Silk Perfume*. I don't use this for the fragrance, but more for the effect it has on the overall style. Using the vaporiser I do some spritzing at the mid lengths and ends to decrease dryness and add a little life and shine. After the previous two products have been applied (and I most likely have gone overboard) this ties it all together nicely.

So now I've somewhat combatted the dreaded second day hair, I wonder if I'll ever go further between washes. Definitely not on a school week though...

Megan x

Friday, 11 April 2014

THE TRY BEFORE YOU BUY EDIT


I think we've all got that stash of samples, little plastic sachets and mini tubes waiting to be used up. That was certainly the case for me, so around a month ago I made it my mission to give them all a go. Here I am, reporting back on the best and the 'meh'. I'm going to keep it short and sweet - let's say a sentence per item.

Resultime by Collin Paris Peeling Mask Vitamin C (previously called Grain Free Soft Scrub)* - I used this and say an amazing difference straight away. My skin looked brighter, more radiant and in no way dull. It uses enzymes to exfoliate the skin and boy did it give a glow. I'm impressed so much I think I might have to buy one. Full size: £27.00

Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk - Such a soft, kind cleansing milk that I used every little drop of. In now way irritating, but I don't think I'd buy the full size. Full size: £16.00

RVB Holistic Thay OM (Body) Fondant Nutritive Cream* - My legs definitely had a treat when I gave this a go. It was super rich, but not sticky and had a delicious light floral scent. Full size: £30.60

Nails Inc Caviar Topcoat - I've been pretty loyal to Essie Good To Go, but after trying this I don't know if I can go back. It gives glossy shine, long wear and also does not cause polish to shrink. Full size: £12.00

RVB Cleansing Milk* - Had a nice pastel pink colour (think Olay Beauty Fluid) and smelt delicious. My skin felt so soft after using. Full size: £22.50

Rodial Glamtox Night - I guess price does reflect quality here, as this was amazing. A honey coloured night cream that felt like velvet on the skin, and gave uber radiance. Full size: £90.00 *yikes*

Oqibo Hydra Restore Cream* - I love the intense moisture defence, so using this felt like a lighter, more summer weather friendly version. I wasn't too keen on the scent though. Full size: £33.15

Resultime by Collin Paris Cleansing Cream* - Quite a nice, gentle first cleanse. Just standard really. Full size: £19.50.

Dr Jart Waterfuse BB Cream - I didn't think I'd like this, but I was oh-so-wrong. On my dry skin it's the perfect light, dewy base and I can see myself buying a full size asap. Just when I thought I was over the BB hype... Full size: £18.00

RVB 24hr Multi-Moisturising Cream* - I really loved how this made my skin feel, as it was light enough to be non-sticky, but caring enough to keep my face soft. It didn't cause havoc under my foundation either, but still gave hydration. Full size: £49.50

I think it's safe to say that I won't let my pile of samples get that bad again. Next time I'm going to use them as the appear on my dressing table. 

Megan x

*PR Sample 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

H&M BEAUTY


H&M is one of my favourite places to shop in terms of fashion and it's also where I love to pick up some adorable beauty bits. Therefore, I've gathered a small selection of products to recommend you the good and inform of the ugly.

I want to end on a high, so I'll get the negatives over first with the H&M Eyelash Curlers. They were £1.99 and my Primark pair were a little worse for wear so I could justify giving them ago. However ladies and gentlemen, stick to Primarni (which are 49p cheaper may I add) because this contraption is downright useless. I could curl my eyelashes better with a stick if I'm honest, real caveman style. It's just so rigid to use and uncomfortable to hold. No sir will I be using these often.

The Metallic Eyeshadow Palette cost me a quid in the sale section, and although it's rare I would wear these shades (bar the cream which btw is gorgeous) the formula is definitely in my good books. They're buttery and pigmented, but the only 'meh' is the fall out they give.


The first of the creme de la creme is the BB Skin Perfecting Brush,one I've had for at least 3 months now. It's brilliant for a whole manner of uses, from foundation to cream blush. It is an incredibly dense uber soft angled beauty, that has a very comfortable to hold chunky handle. It's also £5.99. Yes, only £5.99. I would have been prepared to pay so much more for this one!

The Highlighter Powder has some cute packaging, and a beautiful shade to suit. It's quite a neutral highlighter, but if anything leans more to the pink side. It's what I wanted the MUA Highlighter to be - no glittery, no fuss, just glow. This one is £3.99 (I'm sorry if you just spluttered your tea over the price).

And lastly we have the Eyebrow Fix, which is a mere £2.99. The packaging is great, a squishy clear tube with the standard wand applicator. I normally stick to the MUA Clear Mascara for my brow needs, but this just feels a little more fancy. I find the MUA alternative can leave a little of a grey cast on my brows, but this one certainly doesn't.

I really don't understand why the H&M range doesn't get as much hype as the Topshop equivalent. There's some real gems hidden in the plastic packets so I urge you to take a good look next time you're in store. It's cheap, adorable and surprisingly good quality.

Megan x

Monday, 7 April 2014

LOVING L'ORÉAL LIPS



 Sheer finishes are my favourite kind of lippies. I collected all 12 (and 2 backups) of the Gosh Soft'n'Shine Lip Balms, so when I saw a good helping of the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipsticks in Tesco for £2 each, I couldn't help but pick up 5 (that's a lie actually, Tempting Lilac was purchased in Boots).

I'll start with the packaging of these, because they do deserve a good round of applause for being so beautiful. The gold tubes are encased with a layer of thick plastic (looks better than it sounds, promise) with a shiny colour coded section on one end and the name of the product on the other. The five I currently own (swatches bottom to top) are Nude Lingerie, Tempting Lilac, Lovely Rose, Dating Coral and Rose Mademoiselle. I think my favourites must be Dating Coral and Tempting Lilac, both of which are seriously spring suitable and downright gorgeous.

The formula is very creamy and a little glossy, exactly my cup of tea. They stain the lips slightly as they fade evenly, something much appreciated in a lip product as I cannot stand the bare section in the middle of the lip and product on the outside. The scent isn't my absolute favourite and neither is the taste, but I can look past that mostly.

If you happen to scout these out for a bargain price, do pick up a couple for spring. I would really recommend them if you love a softer lip or something sheer. They're such lip candy!

Megan x

Saturday, 5 April 2014

SPRING TOUCHES


I got my ears pierced when I was 6 (woah, it's been a while) and since then I've always adored the pretty danglers or studs that I could wear. Spring especially brings some beautiful bits, so today I have my top 3 of the moment to share.

River Island Pink Daisy Earrings £2 - If you're after a pair of adorable earrings, visit none other than River Island. These adorable little flowers go great with just about everything, but my favourite look must be a messy hair style with these in my lobes. I have them in white with yellow centres too, so I'm now waiting on a pastel blue pair to reach the shelves so I have the perfect spring earring trio. They've also been heavily complimented by my friends at school. Gah, so kawaii.

NEXT Mint Green Dangly Earrings, £8 (part of a set) - Being the typical blogger, something mint had to be included here. These pretties are subtle enough for everyday wear, especially if you feel a little boring wearing monochrome 365 days of the year (like me). I always love to wear dangly earrings (I swear that isn't the correct word for them) with my hair down, peaking out at certain angles. I can imagine these would look gorgeous on blondes too.

Brandy Melville Traingles £4 - Oh Carnaby Street, I love you for having a Brandy Melville. (Carnaby Street is my favourite place to shop in the whole world by the way.) If like me you get a bit narked that the clothes in Brandy Melville are all one size, the jewellery section is the place to head. These gold triangles work in the colder months too, and once again go nicely with my whole wardrobe. My only complaint is the rather strange clear circle backs!

Any jewellery bits you've declared spring with?

Megan x




Thursday, 3 April 2014

A DAYTIME SMOKEY



Avon Eye Primer // Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze // MUA Undressed Palette // Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette // Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner in Oscarfish // Benefit They're Real Mascara // Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

I'm quite into these 'eye of the day' type posts, so I'm returning with another in the form of a daytime smokey. You know, something a little dark and 'bedroom eyes' but nothing too fancy. I'm really loving the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On And On Bronze and although I've had it for a while now, I've rediscovered it and I think it's here to stay in my everyday routine. I have also spotted on the Boots website names for three more in Punk Nude, Creme de Nude and Naked Ambition. I tried to add them to my basket but it says they've been discontinued, so I can only assume they've been released early when they shouldn't have been. I can't contain my excitement though, what if Maybelline have listened to our prayers and included some more nudes in the line??!! (By the time this goes up it may have changed.) Anyway, the Naked Basics is (as always) fantastic for crease work and goes nicely with every look. Under it all to add some lasting power is the Avon Eye Primer - a serious holy grail I cannot recommend enough. Perfecto.

Megan x





Tuesday, 1 April 2014

GARNIER MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER


Since Bioderma hit the beauty scene, it seems many brands have hopped onto the bandwagon in an attempt to make a dupe of the popular micellar water (which is still haven't tried). I've used the L'Oreal alternative, so when Garnier released a huge 400ml bottle of the stuff I was very intrigued. Such a large amount retails at a small £4.99, which is often on offer at around £3.32 (or £2.99 in Savers!). You get double the amount for the same price the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Cleansing Water, so I'm really pleased to admit I prefer this one.

I use this in both the mornings and evenings, as I find it doesn't irritate the skin and is more gentle than the L'Oreal alternative, which did sting occasionally on sensitive areas. At night this becomes the first step of a double cleanse, and as I wake up I use it to refresh the skin and remove any general grime. On the bottle it does say 'no rinsing' but I always make sure to do so, and I'm the same with face wipes. I have to wipe it off with a wet flannel because if it is strong enough to get rid of my daily face, I don't want it to be stewing under my moisturiser. Anyone else do that...?

Overall, I'd highly recommend this micellar water. It's gentle, unscented, easy to use and cheap. A welcome addition to my skin care collection.

Megan x