Sunday, 29 June 2014

Summer Blushin'


Blusher, blusher, blusher where do I begin? For me this is one of those must have products, it instantly adds colour and perks my face up even on the dullest of days. Especially during the summer, glowing skin is a must for me, and I find that it's time to ditch those darker, plumier blushes and bring out summer corals and golden bronzers to give a gorgeous sun kissed glow whilst sculpting my non-existent cheek bones. 

Benefit Bella Bamba is probably my most reached for blush, I have had to get a backup after Benefit chose to discontinue it - WHY BENEFIT WHY! This is my perfect bright pink blush, it not only gives my cheeks a little definition but also a gorgeous natural flush. Laced with shimmering gold undertones this blush gives a 3D effect on the face, which makes it my perfect summer blush!

Benefit Sugarbomb is actually the first blush I ever owned by Benefit, and what I like about this is how it's constructed into four colour segments which can be worn individually or altogether. This blush is any shimmer lovers dream, it not only leaves my skin with a gorgeous natural flush when all the colours are combined, but it highlights my cheeks at the same time. I find that this can double as a highlighter when my skin is a little tan, so this is a great multi-purpose product. 

Benefit Dallas was one of my first dabbles into bronzer, what I like about this is that it falls into the rosier side of bronzers meaning that it doesn't look orange or dirty. This gives a gorgeous warm flow which instantly helps to perk your cheeks up. I think that this doesn't get enough recognition when it comes to Benefit boxed blushers, as this is a really unique and beautiful shade. Despite having fair skin, I find that this still works really well, and blends easily to leave a more earthier (easiest way to describe this) shade without being too orange. 

MAC Peachykeen is actually one of those shades that lay tucked away and forgotten about, until recently. Peachykeen is a shimmery peachy pink, which once applied on the skin this leaves a radiant peachy glow. This isn't too overpowering so if you are a little heavy handed you can apply with confidence. A lot of people compare this blush to Nars' Orgasm, and I can see why - it's very similar apart from the golden shimmer that is within Orgasm. This is an old favourite, which I'm glad I re-discovered as this is a perfect summer peach blush.

Nars Orgasm is one of those iconic beauty products, which I caved and purchased a little while ago. I'm so glad that I did as I instantly fell in love with this beautiful blusher, this is a stunning peachy-pink which is laced with golden shimmer. Once applied this leaves your cheeks with a warm sheen as it not only adds a pop of colour but a healthy glow at the same time. Similarly to Peachykeen, this isn't too pigmented so you can layer this depending on whether you want a natural of dramatic look. 

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Bronze 01. Last but not least is the much talked about Matte Radiance Baked Powder, I have mentioned this a few times on my blog so won't go into too much detail. However this is the perfect bronzer for a healthy glow, I like to apply this in '3' motions on either side of my face to perk my skin up. If you do want to venture into bronzer I would definitely recommend this as a great starter!

So there we have it, I hope you liked my choice of summer blushers. I'd love to know what you are sporting on your cheeks this summer!

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Selfridges The Beauty Project: Show Beauty

 Selfridges The Beauty Project: Show Beauty

I don't know why it has took so long for me to do a post on this, however a little while ago I was invited down to Selfridges London to come and take a look at the Beauty Project instore campaign, and in particular SHOW Beauty who were offering complementary hair styling sessions with a team of expert stylists. 

The Beauty Project was a six week campaign which defined all things beauty, including talks, interactive debates and immerse beauty experiences. The beauty hall was filled with stations and products ready to go, and honestly it was a bit of a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory moment for me, with beautiful beauty displays. 

As part of the Beauty Project, SHOW beauty introduced two new products as part of their opulent hair styling collection: the Couture Curl Enhancing Lotion and the Riche Grooming Balm. Their range is definitely aimed at the more luxury market, with prices going anywhere between £16-£35, which may sound shocking when you think it's essentially hair care but sometimes it can be justified - I have a review coming soon of their much talked about Dry Shampoo. 

As soon as I arrived to the stand I was instantly drawn to the packaging of these products, it not only evokes luxury but I have to say it's by far one of the prettiest hair product ranges I am yet to come across, and are definitely one of those vanity table products. 

I met with one of their stylists who had a quick chat with me about the condition of my hair, and what kind of styles I liked - I did have to apologise for the state of my hair, blame the typical British weather for raining meaning I had to deal with wet hair which I tied up in the end and then quickly brushed down before the styling, hence no before photo. During the process we opted for a wavy do, and she talked me through the process of each step and why those particular products would help.

To start with I had the Premiere Dry Shampoo spritz throughout my hair, just to give it a lease of life, and I couldn't believe how it helped conceal my oily roots whilst providing generous volume to my hair. After that they applied the Premiere Working Texture Spray to add volume and thickness to my hair, which may I say did give my hair a lot of thickness for the few days that followed. It didn't feel sticky at all in my hair, but really helped hold the curl and keep the style in place. To complete the styling we finished with the Premiere Finishing Spray to keep the style in place.

Overall I loved the finish look, I instantly thought the style was very 1960's and the centre concealing of my fringe was a style I had never thought of before. It was strange I was walking through Selfridges feeling very glam with myself, and at least I had a gorgeous do for my meal that night before hopping on the train home. 

Did any of you get chance to visit Selfridges Beauty Project? 

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

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 Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream Shade 31 / Ivory £9.99 - Link

Bourjois are one of those brands that stand out amongst other high street beauty brands, offering products that I feel could rival premium brands. Recently I've found their latest releases not only to be exciting but also on top form and getting a lot of hype for all the right reasons. With that in mind I couldn't wait to try out their 123 Perfect CC Cream, because after all I can't have enough of CC/BB creams!

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream is described as a 3 colour correcting cream, which corrects pigments to give a fresh and luminous result with SPF 15 and 24 hour hydration. The CC Cream contains apricot which counteracts signs of fatigue, green to reduce redness on the skin and white to conceal dark spots. Admittedly I was a little dubious to try this as there have been quite a few BB/CC creams, and to be honest none have completely wowed me to the point of repurchase. 

After the first application, however I was sold, on the skin this not only feels light but looks amazing. It's one of those products that looks virtually undetectable on the skin, meaning that it looks like I don't have any makeup on - and in a good way! I find that this is very hydrating, which means that it doesn't cling to the any dry areas on my nose or chin, but on the flip side doesn't leave my skin looking like a shiny hot mess. 

The coverage of this is quite sheer, but despite the light coverage this is very buildable meaning, that it does help cover redness and blur imperfections. In some cases where I am having a bad skin day, I do have to go over certain areas with concealer just for added coverage. It dries leaving a very natural finish, neither dewy nor matte which I find surprising in a CC cream, as the ones that I have used in the past normally dry in either finishes. 

Formula wise this is quite light, thin and runny, but personally I find this to be a good thing. I like to apply this with my Mac 187 Stippling Brush as I find that this works better than my trusty Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Sigma Kabuki. Because this is quite thin it means that my skin never looks cakey, and instead looks fresh and awake.  Because the formula is oil-free this means that my dreaded t-zone remains oily free for most of the day, and that is without setting my face with powder. 

The packaging of this is very simple, with a small nozzle to try and keep product waste to a minimum. However this is where my main gripe is with this product, as you have to be careful when opening the nozzle as the liquid formula has a tendency to tipple over the edge, meaning that it can become quite messy when trying to scoop it up. 

Shade wise there are only 4 shades available, whilst this is ok for a fair skinned girl like myself, it may not be for those who have pale or darker skin. So this is one of those you will definitely have to swatch in store before buying to make sure you have the perfect shade. 

Overall this is the perfect summer base for my skin, it has been my go to product for the past couple of weeks due to how amazing it leaves my skin looking. Price wise this is spot on, for £9.99 you really can't go wrong, and I do prefer this to some of my more expensive bases. 

Have you tried Bourjois CC Cream yet? I'd love to know your thoughts!

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick 28

Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick in Shade 28

Being a big fan of Rimmel's Kate Moss range I was super excited to hear that they were adding new products to the collection (I won't go into too much detail as I have purchased the eyeliner and mascara ready to review). The latest range is a modern take on boho chic, and amongst the range there is the addition of three new gorgeous lipsticks. 

In the end I decided to pick up the shade 28 which is described as a vintage rose colour, although I find it more of a shimmery coral. Nevertheless it looks gorgeous in the bullet and when applied I fall in love with this classical pink. This shade is perfect for the summer as it's bright, shimmery and really stands out. I find that this shade quite similar to 16 apart from 28 being a lot more shimmery, and what I love about this is that it changes depending on the light that you are in. 

Once applied this lipstick reminds me a lot of MAC's Bombshell due to the glossiness and colour. Which means that this will definitely be a winner for me during the summer as recently I have been sporting Bombshell as a signature lip. 

The Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipsticks have a creamy formula which is infused with Black Diamonds which reflect light like never before, and Black Mica for stay true colours with incredible depth and intensity. Shade 28 is really pigmented and can easily be built up, I find that one layer provides a lovely natural sheen whereas if you choose to build this up it leaves a shimmery bright pink which is going to be one of my signature summer shades I can just tell. 

As with the previous Kate Moss lipsticks this really does deliver an impressive formula, not only are they creamy and hydrating but they also seem to last quite a while on my lips - which is impressive for a drugstore brand. I find this lipstick lasts anywhere from the 4 to 6 hour mark which doesn't quite meet Rimmel's claims but still I think is fab, I do find that this transfers easily onto glasses and food but it leaves a gorgeous pink stain on the lips. 

My only gripe about these lipsticks is that they are numbered and don't have any names, is it me or do you like it when lipsticks have these fun and quirky names?

Encased in Kate Moss' signature black matte packaging and embossed signature, I really love this look. Not only is it sleek looking but also very sophisticated and I think it makes these lipsticks look more expensive that what they really are. 

Overall Rimmel's latest shades for the Kate Moss collection are gorgeous, especially shade 28. I think that this is perfect for the summer and would really suit my skintone once it has a tan and for a drugstore brand this really can battle against some of the premium bad boys.

Have you tried any of the new Kate Moss for Rimmel products? I'd love to know which ones and your thoughts!

PS. I really love this warm weather we are having currently, but my gosh hay fever is really kicking in. I haven't really suffered from it before so any tablet suggestions or anything to stop my runny nose  and overall crappiness will be greatly appreciated!

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Friday, 13 June 2014

Beat the heat: Summer makeup tips


I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely summer weather today, eating ice creams, chilling in the garden and having a nice cold drink. However I don't know about you, but I often find my makeup looking like a hot mess throughout the day, and sometimes I feel like my makeup is literally melting off my skin. So I thought I'd do a little post on some of my favourite beauty tips to keep my makeup looking melt proof during the summer heat. 

Primer

I am loving primers at the moment, especially Benefit's Porefessional as this really helps to keep my makeup in place. Not only does it help my makeup last through the day, but also helps to reduce any unwanted shine that may rear its weary head. 

Lighten your base

When the weather warms up I tend to stray from heavier coverage foundations and opt for tinted moisturisers and BB Creams. I once heard that the more you have on, the more you have to melt off - and that kind of horrified me. I just find that these products not only look lighter in the summer but feel lighter also. I don't know about you, but I find that personally these also last better during the warmer months, and combined with primer makes the perfect natural summer base. 

Powder up

Sometimes I find myself suffering from a midday shine, and to combat this I often rely on powder to freshen the centre of my face. My tip would be don't cover your entire face with powder, instead dust  or blot powder along your t-zone so that you can still maintain a dewy look instead of a sweaty betty. 

Bronzer

This is a new one for me, as I always bang on about how I never used to use bronzer. However after falling madly in love with bronzer I have found this to be the perfect go-to product for my cheeks during the warmer months. I like to apply this on my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and across my temples, this way it mimics where the sun would naturally hit your face - I have found that it instantly brightens my face and gives a healthy glow. 

Ditch the Powder

An unhealthy mix of sweat and powder never looks good, so switch to cream blushers and eyeshades as these don't appear as cakey in warmer weather. Any cream products that contain silicone are designed to lock colour in place so that the colour isn't literally melting from your face. 

Waterproofs

Make a waterproof eye products your best friend during the summer, a great waterproof eyeliner and mascara can help prevent panda eyes smearing its way into your summer snaps. A waterproof duo prevents your eyeliner and mascara from running and leaving your eye makeup looking fresh.

Sheer lips

As much as I love bright coloured lipsticks, I do find that summer is perfect for with to sheerer lip products - whether it be lipstick, lipgloss, tints or balms. I also find that these lighter shades work well as you don't have to worry about checking on your lips during the day to see if the colour has bled - never a good luck - and honestly you can never go wrong by opting for a sheer colour. 

So they are just some of my makeup summer tips, I'd love to know some of yours!

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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel £29.50 - Link

I recently featured Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel in my monthly favourites, however felt it needed its own review as I have fallen head over heels in love with this product. My good ol' mom actually recommended this to me as she swears by it as her all time favourite moisturiser, and when I mean that I swear I don't remember a time that I haven't seen her use it - I think she has been using this for years, so I figured it had to be good. 

Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel is oil-free and non-comedogenic. It's designed to help replenish lost moisture, leaving skin looking fresh and healthy. According to Clinique this gives your skin lightweight hydration without any oiliness, meaning that your skin not only feels smoother and softer but also more comfortable.

I have been pleasantly surprised by this moisturiser, it feels lovely on the skin once applied and because the formula is oil free it feels really lightweight on the skin. After using this my skin feels velvety smooth - the kind of smooth that leaves me having a good stroke of my face - and this really helps keep the oil at bay. One thing I have noticed when using this, is the increased softness of my skin - not only after applying but even the morning after.  Can you call a moisturiser refreshing? Well it's the easiest way to describe this after applying this - which is perfect if you are applying it just before bed, feels like heaven on earth. 

This moisturiser glides effortless onto my skin, and because of this I have found that this makes a perfect base for makeup. It doesn't leave my foundation clinging to areas of skin, nor does it look cakey. A win win really, the only downside if you do want to use this as a base for your makeup, is that it doesn't contain SPF so you would either need to apply it separately or use a foundation that contains it. 

The Clinique SA actually told me that the gel version is water based which means that this should help keep breakouts at bay. After hearing this I was instantly sold, and whilst it hasn't cleared my skin overnight it is helping slowly. I have noticed my skin isn't breaking out as often, and when it does my blemishes aren't too bad and tend to heal quite quickly. 

I purchased the 125ml bottle which comes with a pump, I not only find the pump bottles more hygienic but I find that they are easier to use and minimise waste, as you get an idea of how many pumps you need to cover your face. For me that is between 2-3, so I know that this will last forever - probably until the next time Debenhams do a 10% off. So when you think about how little you need this does work out as a good investment, as there's nothing more I hate than purchasing an expensive product and finding that you use it up so quickly. 

Overall I am loving this product, not only is it the perfect product for my oily skin but it is also  helping the condition of my skin, leaving it oil free and a lot smoother. 

Have you tried Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturiser? If so which formula are you loving the lotion or gel?

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Whistles Makeup Bag Dupe

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H&M Large Wallet £.599 - Link

I don't know about you but I seem to have quite the obsession with makeup bags, yet find myself hardly using them unless I'm going away - and then I find myself overloading on the makeup and need to take like three! However with saying that I have been lusting over the Whistles makeup bag / clutch, which I have seen a few times on various blogs, and think it just looks so sophisticated and stunning - who knew that was possible for a makeup bag? With that in mind I did debate purchasing a Whistles bag, however I was put off by the price tag as I didn't want to spend so much on something that would be used purely to store makeup. 

So I was pleasantly surprised when I popped into H&M and spotted these lovelies in the accessories section, a brilliant dupe for the Whistles bag. I think the LOVE motif is a bit random, but for £5.99 I can't complain, I was originally going to opt for the black but couldn't make my mind up so ending up getting both the black and cream wallets. These are a really nice size and not only hold all my makeup but I find that it fits in the majority of my bags - which is a major plush. 

Best of all? These wallets can double up as either a makeup bag or small clutch - who can complain?

Are you lusting after a Whistles bag? Or will you be opting for a cheaper alternative?

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