Sunday, 26 October 2014

Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil


I know I rave about so many cleansers on here but bear with me on this one. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is not only hassle free but a meagre £10 for a 200ml bottle. This has made an appearance on practically everyone's blog but with good reason. This is brilliant for all skin types. Massage in on dry skin and rinse off with a warm flannel, I like to repeat this step twice in the evenings to make sure I'm getting rid of every scrape of make up.

I would tend to remove my eye make up with actual eye make up remover but this glides over the eyes, removing any stubborn eye make up and does not sting at all. Once applied to the face this dissolves all make up so easily and really deeply cleanses the skin. Bonus Point: No residue left or no horrible tight feeling on the skin either.

My skin feels ridiculously soft after every use with this and tends to look a lot less red and angry. If there's anything you do this month, buy this. Economical, time saving and ACTUALLY works.

You can buy The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£10) here

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

A Kiehls Night In




The small things in life make me happy. Like puppies, duvet days, food and taking my make up off. There's nothing quite like the feeling of smushing (scientific word) in some facial oil and heavy duty eye cream on my face after a long ass day. Kiehl's have made even more indulgent with these fellas.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate- This stuff is packed to the brim with essential oils, making for a seriously relaxing evening routine. Massage this in on freshly cleansed skin before you go to bed and let this lightweight oil do the work. My skin looks brighter, replenished and feels that bit plumper by morning. The soft scent of lavender really gets me in the mood for sleeping too. It isn't sticky and sinks straight in, ideal for the oiler complexion. I've found this does help ease any spots I have brewing too. On drier skin days, slather on a moisturiser afterwards for extra glow points. It's definitely a cheaper alternative for the likes of Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair and a little lighter than that formula too.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado- Not great with nachos but works wonders on the eyes. I use this AM and PM. It has a very thick consistency which you need to warm up between your fingers to avoid any drag. It is a lot easier to apply than what it looks and feels so comforting on dry, tired eyes. This is incredible for anyone who uses thicker foundation or concealer under their eye and stops any product from settling in to those little lines. Whilst I wouldn't say this is anti-aging, it's ideal for those who just need a little more hydration under the eye. I adore Avocados and they have so many fantastic benefits without eating them too. The creamy Eye Treatment contains Avocado Oil which is why it packs such a punch in the hydration department too. It's a brilliant, no frills eye cream for people who just want the job done.

(Someone throw me other adjectives for hydrating. I need a lie down)
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

MAC Light Boost: Lighter. Brighter. Better


I don't know about you but my weekly routine consists of one too many late night TV shows and morning alarms at an ungodly hour. This all makes for puffy, dark circles round the ol' eye area. Not  cute. However, there is a quick fire remedy for those bags.

Now, you may be sensing a theme here, especially the ode to the Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye on my previous post, that I am obsessed with eye brightening. Using brightening products under the eye changes the whole look of your face and make up. It's also a great way to compliment any contour without a fleck of shimmer in sight.

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter pen has been a staple of mine from when I used to work for the company. It was a huge seller and for good reason. It now comes in 4 shades but Light Boost is most certainly my favourite. It is the lightest of shades with a yellow undertone which cancels out any darkness around the eye area. Similar to the YSL Touché Éclat, its easy to swipe on and blend with fingers or a brush. I tend to apply it within a triangle shape reaching down over my cheek bones to really make use of it's brightening properties. It's also spot on shade-wise for any fair skinned beauties too. You can also use it however and wherever you wish, on top or under make up and other other points on the face to add luminosity too. I like to use it down the nose and cupids bow in true Kim K style (without the fuss). Coverage is sheer/medium so you may want to add a little more heavy duty concealer underneath on more problem areas. This product is foolproof and retails in at a not too eye-wincing £18.50- and you do get the bang for your buck (it lasts ages!). Kudos MAC, I don't feel so guilty about those one too many late nights.

Small clap for me for trying to come up with other words other than bright.
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Monday, 13 October 2014

Currently Coveting #1





Today marks the first instalment of the Currently Coveting series, a round up of all my weekly faves that have been gracing my life with sunshine and happiness...you get the picture.

Nars Sheer Glow in Fiji- My undying love of foundations is still burning strong with this magic number. This has made the rounds on blogs many of times and I can see why. A beautiful, light formula with just the right amount of coverage. I'm really loving this at the moment, it manages to give a fresh, healthy complexion without having to shovel too much on. Now, don't be too drawn in to the word "glow", it's definitely not the most dewy of foundations and is definitely more on the satin side, but does give you that natural "my skin but better" feel. It's definitely a marmite product but one to put on your to do list. Full review to come...

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer for Under Eye- And breathe. After seeing this on Ruth Crilly's A Model Recommends video, I needed to get my hands on this stat. OH MY GIDDY AUNT, this is HG status. You need the teeniest, pin point of a dollop and dark circles be gone. At first, you would think this would be extremely drying and hard to work with but once warmed in the finger tips, it blends like a dream. It really brightens up my under eyes, perfect when I've substituted a couple of hours sleep for the friends box set. It covers any darkness instantly and lasts all day, even under the ever changing temperature of my office. LM have also been extremely generous with shade offerings. VLB: Try a creamy eye cream to avoid if you suffer from overly dry areas. At £23, it's a small price to pay for a new BFF.

Le Blanc De Chanel- I'll let you in to a secret, I am no good at speaking French..."Can i have that white primer you do please?" is how I described it to the Sales Assistant. I never thought primers had room in my life in past days but over time, learnt to love them. Chanel have really bunged some good stuff in to this one. It contains witch-hazel extract which reduces any larger pores and liquorice extract to even out texture and tone. I can vouch for this, it glides beautifully and soothes any redness I have. It also contain Silica which does mattify without masking too much. I use this before foundation, mixed in with a base and even on my cheek bones for a quick "pick me up" without looking like a disco ball. If you do have any problem areas, it is well worth investing in and is now a staple of my everyday face.

What are you guys currently coveting? Comment below and give me the low down.
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Saturday, 11 October 2014

St Tropez Spray Tan & a Beauty Queen




HELLO! I'm back after a rather long hiatus and boy, do I have some stories to tell you...

Last month, something insane happened to me. I was selected to run in the finals of Miss Sunderland GB 2014, which are the regional heats for Miss GB. I still don't believe I've done it and I won't bore you too much of how it came about. Basically, I got to parade in front of Duncan Bannatyne and Faye Tozer from Steps (eek).

Anyway, on to the good bit. For this event there was a lot of preparation involved, especially in the beauty department. Knowing I would have to flash a little flesh under stage lights, I knew my pale, celtic skin needed a bit of colour. You all know by now, I'm partial to a good DIY tan but knew it wouldn't quite cut it for this.

I was asked by St Tropez if I would like to try out there spray tan for the big night. Now, I have had only one spray tan in my early teens which was HORRIFIC but thought I'd give this one a bash.
I made sure I prepped well in advance by not applying any tan a week prior and exfoliating and moisturised every day to ensure nothing clung to any scaly bits (mmm). Luckily, my spray tan was being done by an old college friend, the lovely Bo, so I felt in complete capable hands.

St Tropez offer their spray tans in the products they already do. Normal, dark and newly released, Express. I opted for the dark, go big or go home shade. This was to ensure I wasn't washed out by any harsh light. Now, bare in mind you will have to strip down to your birthday suit for the tan, but the consultants are so professional there is no need to feel embarrassed. Once you have your protective gear on (hair turban and sticky feet pads) you're ready for your two coats.

I have to admit, the colour looked INSANE at first, but it does wash to a beautiful colour in the morning, don't fret. See...



Golden bronzed! This spray tan was done so beautifully and faded evenly which lasted about a week. I fully recommend a St Tropez spray tan for anyone who has a big event coming up and needs to be looking tip top. Here's the best bit...spend £30 on St Tropez products at selected counters and you get a spray tan for free, I had mine done at a Debenhams store. They have so much selection too, my favourite are the Anti Ageing Gradual tan for Face and the Everyday Body Gradual Tan.

Thank you to the girls at St Tropez (and I won Miss Photogenic 2014- PINCH ME)

VLB x

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Faking It



"I woke up like dis..." Sadly, unlike Queen Bey, I did not wake up looking so flawless in fact, I have to fake the look more often than not. However, with this triple threat routine (and 4 minutes of your routine) it makes it easy as pie to transform yourself from dreary to dreamy.

Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning Primer- The initial stage is always prepping the skin. This offering from Clarins smooths over pesky pores and gives a natural faux glow. Ideal. Now, it does have "that" fake tan smell but it's a con to persevere with as this works under make up and develops a little colour. If you're not gifted with sun kissed, olive skin, this caramel potion is what you need. Light enough for oilier complexions and nourishing enough for those who are drier. I massage this into the skin straight after moisturiser, good to glow.

Dior Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer- Another primer? Stick with me here. This pearlescent lotion works magic on a multitude of sins. I could write an ode to this product alone. I find it works best mixed in with any base and dabbed across the cheekbones. This brightens the skin without looking to shiny/disco ball/sweaty. Think Candice Swanepoel skin...almost. The Glow Maximiser would look beautiful on it's own if your blessed with blemish free skin. The price makes me weep a little, but this is on the re-purchase list so take note.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation- As if this hasn't been circulating on the blogosphere for yonks already, I am still on that bandwagon. I swore by this but then begun using other foundation and have come running back. Why I even stopped using this is beyond me. Long lasting, non-greasy and ridiculously blendable. I use Shade 6, which is perfect when I have a tan but is still inconspicuous without. Use a little of this along with the Dior and you have yourself a winner. With no SPF you can take as many selfies as you want an no ghost face...get instagramming.

Sometimes, theres no shame in faking it a little. What are your staples that work magic on your bug bares?




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