Saturday, 2 July 2016

Get Bronzed

Summer has arrived which means that bronzed, glowing skin is back. 

There are a multitude of bronzers and highlighters in many tones and textures. It has never been easier to achieve that perfect bronzed glow that is highly coveted in these warmer months.

However, working full time, studying and only having time to do a full makeup look on weekends and during half-term (when a teacher comes to life) I like to keep products to a minimal and I love multi-use items. Working in a school means that the full glam face never comes out and the aim is a very French style classic, natural yet put together look.

I love a fresh face with minimal fuss and he Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel illuminator is the perfect product for getting a bronzed glow in an instant. It is a bronzed illuminator that doesn't lean too metallic, which means that you can mix it with your moisturiser to give a healthy luminosity to your skin. Yet it has enough colour and shimmer that it can be built up to give a very sexy, bombshell look to the skin when patted on to the high points of the face. It's a product I hear few people talk about on blogs and Youtube videos but one that I hear a lot of everyday women rave about.

So if you are after that golden glow to your skin but you don't have the time for all that blending and want your effortless makeup to really be just that, effortless then I recommend going to a counter and trying this on the back of your hand or even bring a little pot and ask for a sample to take away with you! 

Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Dreamiest Collection of 2015 - The Tom Ford Summer Collection

It is the end of the year which means an all-round review of the greatest hits of 2015. Looking back at the beautiful exclusives brought out in 2015, the one that still sticks in my mind is the Tom Ford Summer Collection. This collection is what dreams are made of from the packaging to the colours and right down to the formula. These products required months of savings but I don't regret a single purchase!

The white and gold packaging is nothing short of elegant and brings out my inner Jerry Hall circa 1978.

The three main stars of the collection are a dreamy cream blush which is perhaps the most wonderful cream blush I own and the second this gets re-promoted, you better believe I will repurchase it.
The cheek and eye palette is a surprising change from the usual blue and bronzed looks you usually get in a Summer palette. This palette has carried me right from summer in to winter with its fresh pinks and deep plum shades which are all shot through with gold. The highlighter in the palette is gorgeous and very reminiscent of the Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Glow Highlighter, it is a pale peachy pink with a soft gold shimmer and transforms you in to an angelic sex goddess (again, very Jerry Hall). 
The final item and the one which is still available is the Lip Colour Sheer in Skinnydip. For a sheer lipstick you may find this a waste of money but I think it is worth every penny. The colour is unique and is the type of shade you'd spend minutes trying to recreate through layering several lipsticks and glosses. Due to its uniqueness, it isn't easy to describe so let me try... On my lips this pulls as a peachy natural nude with a golden glow. Now when I say glow I do not mean frosty, I mean that type of shimmery sheen that you would get from a really great shimmery gloss. If you want a sexy nude, this is a must have.

Swatches: Cream blush, lipstick, three eyeshadows in the cheek and eye palette and the highlight and blush.

This collection will hold a big place in my heart as not only is it swoon-worthy but was also my graduation present to myself. These are products I still use today and should they ever be re-promoted I will immediately alert you all as these items will turn you all into heart-eyed emojis!

What was your favourite limited edition collection of 2015?

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Review - Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

Once upon a time there was a girl who spent all of her pennies at Space NK, one day, she decided not to buy her 567th lipstick but instead to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a hair oil she did not need! After a few weeks of using this hair oil, she realised that she actually quite liked it...

(Disclaimer: At the time of writing this post, I am very tired and may have spent too much time thinking about how the literacy lessons on my PGCE placement could be improved, so please do forgive me for the fairy tale introduction.)

Oribe, it's not a cheap brand is it? But it sure does smell good and we are all crackers about their Dry Texturising Spray (and their Apres Beach Spray!) so due to their great reputation, their wonderfully scented products and my complete inability to handle my own finances, I decided to purchase their Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil. So let's get to the point, is a 100ml hair oil really worth £45? It kind of is and here are a few reasons why.

1. The ingredients list isn't packed with silicones, it actually contains a nice blend of oils which will actually nourish your hair instead of giving it a short-term silky effect. 
2. It's lightweight. Other hair oils I have tried have left my hair oily, heavy and gloppy when all I want is a sleeker, light as air feel to my hair! Plus, even if you apply too much, it won't leave your hair oily and in desperate need of a wash the next day.
3. It isn't slippy. As I previously mentioned, this isn't packed with silicones so it won't leave your hair with that slippy feel. This is excellent because sometimes we want to style our sleek and shiny hair but after using a silicone laden hair oil, you'll have trouble even keeping your hair in a ponytail.
4. A little goes a long way. This may be true for most hair oils, however the pump dispenses the perfect amount for the hair so there is little waste and the bottle should last you for at least 3 months.

But would I repurchase it? You know what, I probably would but only if I had to money to spend on it. If you have troublesome hair or just enjoy haircare and want to treat yourself, then I would recommend you try this because it is the best hair oil I have used (and I have tried a lot of them).

If this is out of your price range or you are just a sensible person who would never spend £45 on the hair you get cut off every two months but are still interested in this, try asking Space NK to decant you some and if you like it, pop it on your Christmas List! I'm sure Santa will already be dropping by Space NK to pick you up a few other products and wouldn't mind adding this under your tree!

But, as this is so expensive, I'd love to see if there are any hair oils that compare to this and that won't require me having to explain to my boyfriend why he has to pay for the Aldi shop that week.

 Have you ever tried the Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil? If not, what's your favourite hair oil?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

My Picks - The Mac Matte Lip Collection 2015

 One of my most popular posts is of the Mac Matte Lip Collection (2014 - read here). One of my favourite makeup items is lipstick because I love the colours and the "state of mind" feel they give. They are easy to slick on and immediately make you look like you've made an effort, even if all you've done is curled your mascara. So due to my love for matte lipstick and your love for my lipstick posts, I thought it was only sensible that I purchase some of the most interesting shades from the Mac Matte Lipstick Collection 2015.

The shades which stood out the most to me (in photo order) were Runway Hit - a retro matte light pink with coral undertones, Tropic Tonic a matte light-medium bright coral, Whirl a cool pink/mauve brown and Persistence a cinnamon/terracotta brown.

All of these lipsticks are the classic Mac matte formula which I love as it is comfortable yet a traditional matte in texture and finish - plus it lasts for ages. However, Runway Hit, the only retro matte in the lipsticks that I picked up is one that I am not fond of. The lipstick has the traditional retro-matte texture in that it pulls on the lips with application due to it's dryness. However, it isn't like Ruby Woo in it's powdery feel, it seems to me that Mac has added a lot of silicone into Runway Hit in order to make it more comfortable to wear, however it has just made the lipstick application quite terrible as it skips on the lips and leaves a very patchy look. When you top up the lipstick or just smack your lips together the product will slip and skip on the lips and it leaves a very messy finish.

The shades are wonderful and quite different from most of the permanent Mac collection. Plus, turning the famous Whirl lip liner into a lipstick proves how popular that shade is and that they care for their customers as some found the lip liner too drying. My personal favourites? Tropic Tonic, because I do love a coral and Persistence because it is an incredibly interesting shade and a more flattering brown shade for my warm skin tone. 

Runway Hit                                  Tropic Tonic                                             Whirl                                    Persistence

Alongside these released shades, Mac included more shades in their collection, one including the famous Stone lip liner shade. These are selling out quickly so if you want to get your hands on one, I recommend you move fast.

Which was your favourite shade of the four? And on a level of 1-10, how excited does the thought of Whirl lipstick make you?

Review - Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel Mask

As you can see from the photograph, I used this mask and guess what, I loved it... But just because I loved using it, does that mean that the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel Mask is worth a repurchase?

To start with, the mask aims to exfoliate the skin using fruit enzymes. Not to get into the science, these enzymes will eat away at the dead skin cells that lie on the surface of your skin to reveal the clear, plump and bright skin beneath it. I love exfoliating products, I find that exfoliating products and facial oils are complete game changers. When I first used this mask it was an ultimate game changer because I couldn't name a single thing wrong with it. Did it smell good? Like peaches. Did it feel nice? Creamy, almost like peach yoghurt. Did it sting? Not much, not at all really. Did it leave my skin smooth? Like a baby's bottom. Was it good for pre-special occasions? It was reserved for that purpose as it created a flawless canvas for makeup. Did it leave my skin feeling plump? Looking brighter? Less angry/dull/spot-prone? Check, Check and Check again. I know. it sounds like a miracle mask and at £32 it is pricey but you don't need much of this stuff so it will last a long time and it is totally worthy of the price. However, I won't be repurchasing this product. Now, you're probably wondering why? Well, quite simple, because it isn't better than the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I adored every second of using this mask and the experience truly is spa like, as you would expect from an Elemis product but the results aren't quite as amazing as the REN mask which truly does leave you with beautiful skin that will improve with continuous use. If you want to try this mask, I do recommend this as it is delicously good (but don't eat it, yes it smells and feels like yoghurt but do not eat it) but if hardcore results win over experience then perhaps try something else.

The TLDR? Gorgeous mask but it doesn't beat the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

Have you ever tried the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel Mask? What were your thoughts?

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Review - Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder

The only powder that I have ever really loved is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. Sure, I like other powders, they do the job, but I never catch myself in the mirror and think "Dayyyumm my skin looks good". And whilst I do love my Hourglass powder, that sucker costs £38. Luckily, I have "dayyyyum" worthy powder that costs only £8.99. Allow me to introduce you to the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder.

Most of you will have probably heard of the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder as it has been doing its rounds around the Blogosphere. All the positive reviews are much deserved, this powder leaves a velvet finish on the skin and deposits a little coverage, leaving you with a smooth and perfected complexion. It doesn't have a powdery look to the skin as it very fine and creamy in texture, so it blends easily and almost melts into the skin. Next time you're in Boots or Superdrug, test it out on the back of your hand, you'll feel the smoothness and see how beautiful the texture is on the skin. It really is the best pressed powder I have tried, it performs like a high end product and yet it comes in under £10. Well done Bourjois, you've hit another home run.

What's your favourite powder? Have you tried the Bourjois Health Balance Powder?

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