Saturday, 19 April 2014

Silky, smooth skin

I love a hot cloth cleanser, and Liz Earle is definitely up there, but at the moment cannot get enough of the amazing Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. It’s full of lovely products to help keep ageing at bay, but I just love how soft it leaves my skin, even when I wake up the next morning! It dissolves all make-up and dirt from the skin (although I still use make-up remover first to get a proper clean) and the buffing action of the cleansing cloth gently exfoliates at the same time. The texture is an oil-like balm that you massage onto the skin (you don't need much at all), then you wet your fingertips and carry on massaging, before you then wipe off completely with a hot cloth. You can leave it on for 10 minutes as a treatment mask too, although I haven't tried that yet.

My skin has a glow to it that I’ve never had before and it keeps the texture soft and supple. It also lasts such a long time, I’m about ¾ of the way through now but have been using it twice a day for about 9 months!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Barely there make-up

I don’t think there are many people who haven’t heard of the amazing results bareMinerals Original SPF Foundation provides, but there still seem to be quite a few who haven’t actually tried it, myself included.

I think I’d always been slightly wary of using a powder foundation as my skin can be quite dry, and to be honest, I didn’t think I’d get the coverage from a mineral powder, but bareMinerals has completely changed all that! You also don't need to use a separate concealer as you simply apply the foundation with a concealer brush on any blemishes or dark circles and they disappear!

I absolutely love this product, the coverage is amazing, my skin looks so healthy and natural, and it really lasts all day. The buffing technique does take slightly longer than my usual liquid foundation application, but probably only an extra 30 seconds, and you can keep applying depending on how much coverage you want. I still tend to use my trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear for a night out, but this is such a great daytime foundation, and the fact that it’s good for my skin is a bonus! The foundation on its own is £25, and the buffing brush is £24, so it’s well worth popping to your nearest counter to get colour matched and pick up the starter kit for £50 which includes the foundation, buffer brush, blusher brush, concealer brush, bronzer, finishing powder and primer – bargain!

I’ve only been using a small amount each day, and a little really does go a long way, so it’ll last much longer than my usual day foundation and keeps my skin healthy to boot – what more could you ask for? Here is the video from bareMinerals to explain a little more...

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Supersize volume

My hair is very typical for a Caucasian British girl, it’s quite a fine texture but I have a lot of it. Lots of people have a similar hair type but think their hair is thick, and this is where they can go wrong when choosing haircare and hair styling products. 

 Anyway, I digress slightly, but due to my hair type it loses volume VERY quickly, and day two after washing is completely flat. I’ve tried hair dusts to boost this volume at the roots, and they are great, but I find them slightly messy to use and can leave the hair very sticky, otherwise drying in a mousse always works, but what happens if you want to boost volume on dry hair? 

 This is where the fabulous L'Oréal Paris Studio Line #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray comes into its own. I LOVE this product and at £3.79 you can’t go wrong! Simply spray on for instant volume, and keep on spraying depending on how much texture and volume you want! It lasts until I wash it out without feeling dirty in my hair, and by massaging slightly whenever I feel it’s dropping, it instantly refreshes my look. This is definitely one of the easiest products I’ve ever used for such an instant and long lasting result, and the price is a bonus too!

Monday, 14 October 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

...Especially with advent calendars like this one in the shops! The Selfridges Christmas advent calendar (£84)
  • Lancôme Hypnose Classic mascara 2ml
  • Armani Code Femme eau de parfum 3ml
  • Lancôme Hypnose Star mascara 2ml
  • Flowerbomb miniature 7ml
  • Maison Martin Margiela Untitled 7ml
  • Lancôme Tresor Mini 7.5ml
  • Lancôme La Vie Est Belle 4ml
  • Lancôme Bi-facil 30ml
  • Yves Saint Laurent Opium 75ml
  • Lancôme Galatéis Doucheur cleansing fluid 50ml
  • Lancôme Absolu Nu lipstick in 302
  • Kiehl's Creme de Corps deluxe sample 30ml
  • Kiehl's Ultimate Strength hand salve deluxe sample
  • Yves Saint Laurent Khol eye pencil  
  • Lancôme Renergie day cream 15ml
  • Lancôme Hydrazen Neurocalm moisturising cream 15ml
  • Lancôme Advanced Genefique 7ml
  • Lancôme mini Juicy Tube in 17
  • Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum 7ml
  • Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate deluxe sample
  • Lancôme Visionnaire serum 7ml
  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream 7ml in 385
  • Absolue Precious Cells Yeux deluxe sample
  • Friday, 11 October 2013

    Autumn Beauty Report

    With cooler temperatures now here, it’s time we start to bring out the autumn wardrobe. Bursting with vibrant, eye-catching colours, including rich shades of blues and greens and lip colours in bold reds and crimson hues, autumn’s beauty looks complement the bold colours seen on the catwalk, while on the beauty side. In addition, beauty professionals are also emphasizing natural make-up looks utilizing simple neutral colours on the lips, a natural face, lengthy lashes or prominent eyebrows, and retro eye makeup.

    While brazen trends in eye and lip wear will be big this season, we’ll also see mellow hues and cool colours that boost your best facial features. Add a touch of colour by emphasising lips in a bright pop of lipstick or gloss for a head turning look. Whether you choose to don a bit of blush in a bright shade, lipstick in a gutsy cherry shade, or thick eyebrows, highlighting one feature provides a cool style statement.

    Edgy Eyes

    Although we've been rocking the cat-eye look for decades now, it is still a major trend and will be a predominant look for this season. Mastering this retro look is actually quite easy — just line the lids with dark liner and flick up at the ends , and add a a contrasting colour such as platinum or pale gold eye shadow across the lids to really make your eyes pop. Swap the dark liner for a lighter colour with some shimmer for more of an evening look, and up the ante by infusing your look with spunky, tribal-inspired jewellry pieces from Made or a scarf in a dainty floral print. You can still make your eyes the focal point of your look without even touching them by following this season’s bold eyebrow trend. If your brows refuse to grow, simply colour them in with an eyebrow pencil in a matching shade.

    Lush Lips

    This past spring, I got into the bright lip colour craze after attending a wedding where the bride and her bridesmaids wore varying shades of red lipstick to match their M&S floral bouquets. After seeing the array of red hues in crimson, scarlet, and magenta, I knew this was a beauty trend that I’d have to get in on. While these rich colours are suitable for just about everyone, those with thin lips get an extra lift boost from brighter lip hues as slim lips appear larger and more sumptuous when they are painted with darker shades. Begin by outlining your lips with a lip pencil in a matching shade that accentuates the shape of your mouth, making it look more prominent, then colour your pout with the crimson shade of choosing. From vivid reds to dark cherry, a range of crimson shades will be hot this autumn and a favorite among the trendsetters.