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Sunday, 6 October 2013

DOWN TOOLS WITH LAURA MERCIER TINTED MOISTURISER


Something very odd has occurred recently, something that most beauty bloggers and makeup fanatics would gasp at in disbelief.

I have given up Foundation, (well, kind of)

Pheeeew, that is a line I never thought I’d be typing out on here. I have been influenced by the likes of the gorge Millie Mackintosh, who apparently swears by tinted moisturiser. Ever since I watched the video where she reveals that she wears it on a daily basis (and the fact her skin looks incredible) I knew I had to get on this hype. The idea that your skin is able to breathe but also look amazingly healthy and dewy really appealed and I set out to find myself the perfect product.

I set my initial sights on Laura Merciers tinted moisturiser, and after lusting after It for months (but being slightly put off my the price) I decided that, yes its pricey (£32) but after hearing a hell of a lot of praise around it I knew that I just had to invest- and OH how I’m glad I did. It has officially been about 13 days since I gave up foundation (I’m not counting nights out btw- who doesn’t love/need a good coverage on a night out?), and I really don’t miss it. 

I find that using a tinted moisturiser, this one in particular works just as great and allows just enough coverage without looking cakey, or ‘done up’, it’s basically like having that second skin look which also gives you an amazing dewy and healthy glow.

This product in particular has a great bonus with its spf 20 and applies SO well, the colour is ever so slightly too dark, however this is easy to curve as I prefer to be tanned, so I just apply my Clarins self tan the night before, and bobs your uncle. In comparison to foundation, I literally can’t tell a difference, my skin looks just as covered and concealed as it would with my borjouis healthy mix but you can feel and notice that your skin isn’t being weighed down with product and your pores are able to breathe.

One thing I discovered, is that I also prefer to ‘down tools’ with this product, I find that applying without a brush and using my fingers tends to allow the product to blend and sink into the skin better. I think its probably because the product is slightly warmed due to applying from the fingers, and so it spreads better and allows you do really get an even and natural finish, also my brush tends to eat the product and for how expensive it is, I cant afford to lose any of it.

I have noticed that my skin has benefitted from transitioning to tinted moisturiser- I hardly ever break out, and if I do its from the morning after the night before, when I actually wore foundation, (see what I’m saying?) My skin is less dry and has more of a glow about it and weirdly I find that the product doesn’t accentuate lines and wrinkles (dear god) as much as a thick foundation and concealer does. I would definitely recommend attempting to give up the ‘war paint’, as my dad calls it, I of course was a little terrified that everyone would be like- ‘WHATS WRONG WITH YOU, ARE YOU ILL?’ but thank god, no one noticed and tbh why would they as there is literally no difference, except in the health and well being of your skin. 


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Sunday, 22 September 2013

MY EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE




For tonight’s post I thought I would let you in on a few of the products I tend to use in my evening skincare routine, I sometimes switch up cleansers and night creams but these are the main products I like to use of a evening. I would be lying if i told you i had a quick and simple routine using only one or two products, however the truth is, I like to take my time on my skin especially at night and a great skincare routine usually means great looking skin. 

I always make sure I do the 3 essential steps in any routine, cleansing, for which i always use my Liz Earle hot cloth polish which is a amazing hard working cleanser that gets off every bit of makeup, I then go in with my Liz Earle toner to sweep off any excess and then i use my sanctuary spa night concentrate. This cream is such a treat to use and it smells so organic and spa like, the texture is thick and luxurious and it really gives your skin a dewy glow and revives it over the night. Some extra products i like to also inject into this routine is my sanctuary firming youth serum before my moisturiser, i bought this (along with the night concentrate) from boots a while back as they had an amazing 20% off sale and so both products were under a £10ner, this serum is amazing and just an extra step i like to add to keep my skin feeling firm and wrinkle free, it is targeted for youthful skin and so isn’t too abrasive and hard working.

I also like to use my sanctuary facial oil a couple of times a week after my serum, i don’t tend to do this every night as my face is naturally oily and so like to use this as a treat if my skins feeling de-hydrated or if ive been on a night out. The last but probably one of the most important steps is eye cream, and for this i use the kiehls creamy eye treatment, i will link my previous review here, this is just the ultimate, rich and creamy treatment which hydrates and leaves my eye area looking so fresh. So there you have it, my night routine, i realize this might be a little much for some people but for me I love to use various different products and to give my skin that little extra TLC.
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Thursday, 12 September 2013

RIMMEL SCANDAL EYES RETRO GLAM MASCARA



I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to mascara. When a new, inviting and intriguing mascara comes out I literally have a small frenzy and get all excited over the idea of a new mascara being my potential favourite, as that is usually the case with these things.

This mascara is rimmel’s latest eye gadget, and as soon as i got drawn in to the 60’s retro glamour from the advert, I just had to give it a whirl. It’s a new creation from the scandal eyes range, from which i previously tried the original scandal eyes mascara, and of course fell in love so i was very intrigued to see if this new retro glam hybrid would work for me. The great thing about getting a product as soon as they come out is paying the small introductory price, this mascara retails normally for around £7/£8 which is quite a hefty amount, however introductory price for me was £4.57 which is a great knock off and means you can be the first of the bunch to test and review.

Let me start with the packaging, very cute, appropriate and quite simple with a 60's style monochrome design that instantly gives out that retro vibe. The actual mascara wand is pretty unique, with quite a large head that has two round ends so you can reach those hard to get lashes. The mascara wand was surprisingly nice to use, not at all heavy and clumsy, it actually made applying the mascara fairly easy and hassle free, i found maneuvering it was simple and easy and the outer bumps reached each individual lash and created the most wonderful glamorous and show-stopping look.

I am actually surprised to say that i am very impressed with this mascara, as i initially thought it would be a bit of a gimmick, but it actually is a great mascara that adds both volume and lengthens. I did find however it got slightly clumpy as quite a bit of product comes on the brush, however if you work the wand well around each lash you can dodge this issue quite easily. In comparison to my No1 mascara of the moment, the Maybelline falsies this is not far behind, It gives just as much volume and length and this mascara also seems to create a blacker than black effect, which is great for a night out Smokey eye look. The idea that this is a retro mascara seems a little bit of a advertising stunt, as yes, this idea and packaging drew me in however i don’t feel like it really defines itself as a 60;s retro mascara, to me it just gives the same effect as any other drugstore mascara, giving you generic volume and definition.

Overall I found this to be a great purchase, worth the original price and I probably would repurchase if the falsies ever discontinued, this mascara definitely didn’t disappoint and is a great product if your off on a night and want a dramatic and defined look.
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

M.A.C MINERALIZE SKINFINISH IN SOFT AND GENTLE



MACs mineralize skin finish in soft and gentle has been popping up a lot on my blog lately, for the simple reason that I just cant put it down. I bought it in early august from the MAC stand and have used it everyday since. 

I love a bit of highlight, and this product, with no doubt, delivers. When applied to the cheekbones and Centre of the face it leaves a gorgeous frosted sheen without being too cakey. The product is highly pigmented, so one sweep on the cheeks really is enough for a lovely glow, however sometimes I tend to go a little OTT with it, what can I say, I’m obsessed.

The product really lifts my complexion in a way no other highlighter I’ve used has, the sheen it leaves is so natural yet glowing that it hardly needs anything else on the skin. I have been using it most days, predominantly on nights out when you want that extra glow. The price of this product is £22 which, I know seems a little crazy, however honestly, for me, its worth the money as I have used this non stop and its defo one of the more loved products in my collection right now.



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Saturday, 7 September 2013

KIEHL'S CREAMY EYE TREATMENT


Let me begin this post by stating that this stuff, straight up is literally AMAZING. I spotted it in John Lewis whilst on holiday in Liverpool last week and I just couldn't resist buying it.  I have actually tried this eye cream before as a tester sample and I did fall in love then, but sadly never bothered to return to buy the real thing, partly because I expected it to be an ridiculous amount and partly because kiehls is a brand so hard to find! so finally I bought myself a little tub of the stuff. This smaller sized purchase is £20.00, which honestly, I think is quite affordable, and a pretty decent price considering this product is literally a Holy Grail eye treatment. The pot is pretty dainty, however do not fear, you do actually get quite a bit of product packed in, and it will last you months as the tiniest amount goes so far.

This product is fab for me as it’s not something which tackles wrinkles, it prevents them. This cream is probably more for the younger skin, as it is a natural moisturising treatment rather than a hard working wrinkle filling machine. Its an eye cream which keeps your eye area hydrated and moisturised whilst preventing aging, so its prefect for you if your in your 20's or early 30s and want to prevent ageing while you can without using harmful, and abrasive eye products before your time.

This cream is packed with amazing ingredients, including its key, Avocado, which is fab for keeping you feeling healthy on the inside, and now seemingly so on the outside. I apply two small blobs to each eye socket and around the eye area, and just with my ring finger lightly dab it up to the brow bone. It instantly moisturises and lets your eye area breathe which feels amazing. I use this day and night and can already tell that my eye area is less dry and less prone to eye lines and bags. I can’t recommend this enough if you want a gentle and hydrating treatment for your eyes without the harsh ingredients.
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