Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Making a Pep-Start to the Day

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I seem to have a love/hate relationship with mornings. I'm a real early bird & completely lack the ability to have a lie in (much to the annoyance of Chris), however, I don't always feel at my optimum self in the mornings and need a little help to get going.

I often feel very frantic in the AM, more so on a work day when I can't be a lady of leisure. I'm usually trying to slap on a full face in-between feeding the cat, emptying the dishwasher, making the bed and trying to bring myself into "the zone"- usually in the form of coffee but I felt as if I needed a bit more somethin' somethin'.

I've discovered a little gem that makes me look and feel a little more human on those days. I was lacking an eye cream in my skin care arsenal - just something that would smooth and de-puff and make me look more awake as well as acting as a good base for concealer and powder. I picked up Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream and I have been pleasantly surprised. At a purse friendly £22, I was skeptical of it's claims to brighten, de-puff and hydrate (all in 3 minutes) but daaammmn, the guys at Clinique have really pulled it out of the bag with this one.

First up, the ingredients do pack a punch. It contains Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, which is a synthetic peptide that wards off fine lines and wrinkles (I'm departing my early twenties so please give me strength). Caffeine is also present, which applied to the skin, de-puffs any bags and Algae, which is known for it's brightening properties too. 

The applicator is glorious too, you squeeze the tube and the product comes up from the rounded applicator, which is prefect for massaging the cream in. My eye area can be so sensitive and eye creams can really sting and actually dry out the skin but this one doesn't. This really does cool and soothe aggravated eyes and concealer no longer settles into fine lines. 

For a no-fuss, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin job, I would whole-heartedly recommend giving Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream a go. 


Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Glow-Getters - A Sunless & Safe Way to Tan

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I've mentioned previously that I am incredibly 'fair' skinned (sickly, milky white is most accurate) and I love nothing more than adding a little colour to my washed out complexion. However, it's important that I do this safely. With age, I've realised how damaging the sun can be to your skin when abused and how hard it is for me to tan without burning (not to mention I live in England so the sun seldom makes an appearance anyway). I find that there's a plethora of self tanners for the body, that work really well but find it more of a struggle for the face - without clogging pores & smelling like biscuits.

I recently stumbled upon Hylamide Booster Glow Serum in Boots, whilst it was on offer. Hylamide is under the Deceim umbrella, which is a skincare powerhouse that has taken the industry by storm as of late. The serum is DHA free, so the tanning agent actually comes from a keto-sugar, which reacts with the amino-acids in the skin, which is what makes your skin look tan. Fancy. Not only that, it's also packed with peptides, so it really does brighten the skin. I do love the idea of it contributing to my skincare, rather than it just being a plain, self tanner.

It's important to note that the tan builds up within a couple of days and is incredibly natural looking. It's a very lightweight serum which I apply after cleanser and before moisturiser. I use approximately 5 drops for the whole face and ensure I wash my hands after application as you could still end up with Wotsit fingers after several days of use.

I've also been using a a skincare/make up hybrid in the form of the much talked about By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serum in Sunny Flash. This is a sheer fluid that I would apply before foundation (you can also mix it with foundation or wear alone). It does really pack a punch in giving warmth & glow to the skin. This particular shade is brilliant if you do tan and if your face is lighter than your neck & body, it just helps blend everything in nicely. I wouldn't recommend the shade Sunny Flash if you are fair & don't tan as it will look far too noticeable & dark.

You need the tiniest amount but it really does lift & hydrate the skin as well as adding some extra warmth to the tone of the skin. It also has the signature, delicate Rose scent that all By Terry products carry, which I personally love but I know some don't. Now, this bottle comes in a whopping £61 - I used my N.Dulge card and a Space NK promotion - so I would suggest trying to do the same. That being said, this bottle seems to be lasting a lifetime so you do get a little bang for your buck.

The lighter mornings & lighter nights are really putting a spring in my step and in my skincare routine. I'd love to hear what you're all loving now that we've left winter well and truly behind.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Why Elemis Skincare Has Changed The Game

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It occurred to me at the beginning of the year that my skincare routine was incredibly lacking and my skin was showing it. I was using some billy basic cleansers which didn't have any good, skin-lovin' ingredients in them and because I didn't love what I was using, I didn't take the time cleansing my skin like I should. Cue, blocked pores, rough texture and huge blackheads - not cool.

I knew I wanted to try something different, maybe a brand I've never used before so after a lot of research and weeks of deliberating (yes I took it that seriously) I decided on 2 cleansers from Elemis, one for the evenings and one for the mornings.

In the evenings, I love using oils/balms to really nourish and cleanse my skin after a long day, something that is going to slough away all of the make up and grime of the day. I've been using ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, which is a beautiful, thick balms that breaks down into a luxurious oil whilst massaging it into your skin. It boasts full of natural oils, all made in the UK. First of all, this cleanser smells incredible, exactly like a spa which is seriously relaxing for evening use. I've noticed a huge difference in my skin since using this. My skin feels so soft, skin texture has been significantly been reduced, it's looking seriously plumped & it removes every scrap of make up. Side note: the cleansing cloth that comes with it is the bomb.

For the mornings, I wanted something light & refreshing to really wake & brighten my skin. I heard great things about ELEMIS Anti-Ageing Bitotec Skin Energising Cleanser so decided to give it a shot. This is just a darn good 'gel' type wash, which cleanses the skin properly without leaving your skin feeling dry & tight. I use about 4-5 pumps of the cleanser (it dispenses a very small amount) and rub into a lather and splash with water. It just does a really good job of waking up & refreshing the skin, making it the perfect base for the rest of your skincare & make up that follows.

Since my initial experience with ELEMIS I'd love to know your reccomendations too - so please throw them my way!


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sunday Riley Tidal - Worth The Hype?

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It's fair to say that I get so sucked in to hyped up products. I see it, I want it, I buy it. Yet on several occasions I've been left feeling disappointed and lighter in the pocket. But now and again, the stars align and the angels sing and some products really are worth the hype. So I figured that I can offer my two cents on seriously hyped-up products now and then. Let's get into it...

Sunday Riley is a massively hyped brand in itself but it's also fairly pricey too with it being a luxe brand, so it does open itself up for mixed reviews. I've really wanted to try their oils, like the Luna Sleeping Night Oil but I just haven't brought myself to part with £85 on one product, can it really be that good?

The Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream was released early last year and everyone went wild for it. The fact that it is packed with Hyaluronic Acid made me listen up - Hyaluronic Acid is incredible for injecting moisture into the skin, making your skin plump and juicy. It also has resurfacing papaya enzymes which for someone who suffers terribly with bad skin texture is really interesting to hear. The ingredients also include brightening white bird of paradise extract - no idea what that is but it sounds good.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

So I managed to get my paws on this through my very good parents who picked it up for me in Sephora whilst away in the states and after a month of using it morning and night, I'm impressed. It has a gorgeous gel-like texture which soaks into the skin immediately with no residue and smooths the skin out, creating a gorgeous base for make up in the morning. My skin is also noticeably brighter and pigmentation isn't as angry as it usually is on a morning, proving that it is managing to resurface my skin and slough away dead skin cells during the night. The beauty of the Tidal Water Cream is that you can layer it with other serums/oils - so if you are a little drier you can add a facial oil on top too.

It retails in at £60 per tub (a little cheaper in the US, as is everything), which is on the higher end of the scale but the smallest amount goes a really long way so I do feel you get quite a bit of bang for you buck.

So, is it worth the hype? Yes - it's not a miracle product that will solve every skin concern you may have but it's a really decent moisturiser that actually does what it says on the tin.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is available from Cult Beauty & Space NK.


Monday, 23 January 2017

January Favourites

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January can be pretty pants for a lot of us. The festivities are over, the weather is miserable and we're trying to stick to those regimented resolutions and in my case, failing miserably. So, it's so nice to have a few beauty bits that have perked me up and have really made their impression throughout the month.

First up are two bits from Tom Ford, gifted to me by Chris (he picked these off his own back - keeper!).
Tom Ford Colour Quad in Nude Dip - This quad is super luxe from the packaging down to the formula & pigmentation. The shades are absolutely beautiful with the lighter, champagne shades complimented by the deeper, taupe & chocolate shades. The colour pay off is beautiful and the formula is incredibly buttery too, a joy to apply. The Tom Ford Matte Lip Colour in Pussycat has the same, beautiful formula to it. The pigmentation is absolutely, gorgeous. It glides on the lips and isn't drying at all considering it's a matte lipstick, which is perfect for the colder weather as my lips can be fairly vulnerable to the. The shade is something I wouldn't of usually gone for, it's a pink-plum hybrid but it really does add warmth to the face and a little goes a long way. Thanks babe!

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It wouldn't be right if I didn't mention a foundation, being the foundation floozy that I am, but oh my goodness the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is so darn good. I was half expecting this to be really drying and cake-y as that's the first thing I think of when I hear 'stick foundation'. Honestly, I've really enjoyed using this, a little goes a long way and the finish is a gorgeous, satin finish too. The longevity is pretty decent and can withstand a day in the office without looking like complete crap by 6pm. The coverage is medium - full and you can build this up nicely using a buffing brush and dab a damp Beauty Blender once done just to tone any heavier bits down. The colour range is brilliant so I would strongly suggest you head down to a Space NK to make sure you get the right shade. It's also great if you want to use it alongside a lighter foundation and just apply it in the areas where you need the extra coverage.

I've also rekindled my love for Charlotte Tilbury - I think I had Tilburied myself out whilst working for them for a short while but she's really nailed it with her latest Matte Revolution lipstick in Pillow Talk, which is the lipstick version of her infamous Lip Cheat shade. This lipstick gives me LIFE - it's flattering, plumping but still looks natural. It's a perfect pink-nude which you can rock with any look, the wear and formulation of it is gorgeous as always too. It's classed as a Limited Edition product (which I really hope it ends up being permanent line!) - so grab one whilst you can. I also picked up The Retoucher too, which I forgot just how good it is. I picked it up in shade 2, which is lovely for concealing under the eyes. The coverage doesn't feel as heavy as the likes of the NARS Creamy Concealer and Urban Decay but it does deliver in brightening but it also doesn't settle into lines or dry up throughout the day.

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I've had a bit of a rediscovery with Dior's Glow Maximiser, which I'll touch on briefly as I've heard they discontinued it last year?! Anyway, whilst I mourn, I'll tell you it is or was a beautiful primer which just makes me look alive and adds a little somethin' somethin' to my lifeless, Vitamin D deprived face. I'm pretty sure BECCA's offering is fairly similar. Regardless, a glow inducing primer is a must during the winter.

Last up, I've been loving Giorgio Armani's Si fragrance. It's fresh but also feels grown up too. I think it's down to the Blackcurrant and Amber notes - ha, I know very little on fragrance so have a read here and a spritz in store. It's beautiful.

Is there anything that has brightened up your January? I'd love to hear below!
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