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Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

It's true you don't know what you have until it's gone, especially when it comes to a good cleanser. We all have our preferences but in my opinion very little beats taking my make-up off at the end of the day with a rich yet gentle cleansing balm. One of my all time favourites, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm has not only become supersized but also features a new star ingredient and fragrance. 

How could I possibly say no to Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm? I mean would you just look at that perfectly peach-pink packaging and tell me you aren't tempted?

Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

The beauty of a cleansing balm is that you can't help but feel like you are being pampered, even if it is in the smallest of bathrooms. As balms of this nature emulsify from a solid product to an oil based cleanser, you can all but be assured it will swiftly remove all traces of make-up, SPF and of course daily dirt and grime; couple that with the fact a little goes a long way and you really can't go wrong. 

Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

There are of course hundreds, if not thousands, of cleansing balm varieties out there with various price tags and claims but one of the very few I buy time and time again, is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm in any of its various guises.

Why? It works. 

Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

In fact it does more than that. The stellar ingredient line up such as anti-ageing algae which with continuous use can plump and soften fine lines. In the instance of the new Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, we also have the addition of neroli oil (of course), which is great for inflammation and stress. This is coupled with refreshing and skin illuminating, orange wax, fig and lemon verbena oleo extracts. I also find the texture to be as close to perfection as possible: it is neither too soft in that you have a gooey puddle come the first sign of sunshine, nor is it so firm you lose a nail trying to scoop a little out. Unlike some other cleansers of this persuasion it doesn't leave behind any residue and is deeply moisturising too - so much so I have used this in the past as a deep cleansing face mask.

Basically cancel your next appointment with your facialist because with the Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm you have everything you could possibly need for smooth, soft and deeply cleansed skin at your very fingertips.

Did I mention it also smells great? In my mind there is no fragrance house more indulgent than Tom Ford and what scent note do they heavily rely upon? Neroli of course. The soft, floral note is both uplifting and relaxing and if perfectly suited to both morning and evening cleanses.

Treat yourself and your skin with the Elemis Supersize Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, 200g/£55 via QVC - link.



  • Thursday, July 18, 2019

A New Version of Your Favourite Cleansing Balm

Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

It's true you don't know what you have until it's gone, especially when it comes to a good cleanser. We all have our preferences but in my opinion very little beats taking my make-up off at the end of the day with a rich yet gentle cleansing balm. One of my all time favourites, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm has not only become supersized but also features a new star ingredient and fragrance. 

How could I possibly say no to Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm? I mean would you just look at that perfectly peach-pink packaging and tell me you aren't tempted?

Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

The beauty of a cleansing balm is that you can't help but feel like you are being pampered, even if it is in the smallest of bathrooms. As balms of this nature emulsify from a solid product to an oil based cleanser, you can all but be assured it will swiftly remove all traces of make-up, SPF and of course daily dirt and grime; couple that with the fact a little goes a long way and you really can't go wrong. 

Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

There are of course hundreds, if not thousands, of cleansing balm varieties out there with various price tags and claims but one of the very few I buy time and time again, is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm in any of its various guises.

Why? It works. 

Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review

In fact it does more than that. The stellar ingredient line up such as anti-ageing algae which with continuous use can plump and soften fine lines. In the instance of the new Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, we also have the addition of neroli oil (of course), which is great for inflammation and stress. This is coupled with refreshing and skin illuminating, orange wax, fig and lemon verbena oleo extracts. I also find the texture to be as close to perfection as possible: it is neither too soft in that you have a gooey puddle come the first sign of sunshine, nor is it so firm you lose a nail trying to scoop a little out. Unlike some other cleansers of this persuasion it doesn't leave behind any residue and is deeply moisturising too - so much so I have used this in the past as a deep cleansing face mask.

Basically cancel your next appointment with your facialist because with the Elemis Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm you have everything you could possibly need for smooth, soft and deeply cleansed skin at your very fingertips.

Did I mention it also smells great? In my mind there is no fragrance house more indulgent than Tom Ford and what scent note do they heavily rely upon? Neroli of course. The soft, floral note is both uplifting and relaxing and if perfectly suited to both morning and evening cleanses.

Treat yourself and your skin with the Elemis Supersize Neroli Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, 200g/£55 via QVC - link.



Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum Review

Have you tried Coach fragrances yet? If you have you are massively missing out, the brand nails understated yet sexy but casual in one quick mist, a rare feat and taken in world of perfumery. Over the last few years I must have drained close to three bottles of the original Coach fragrance (in my mind, wearing it makes me one step closer to being the NYC socialite I know I was born to play) and the good news is that the newly launched Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum is every bit as iconic (and wearable) as its predecessor. 

Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum Review

It's fresh, it's fruity, its floral and when you wear you know you smell good and because we all live for an Instagram moment, the bottle and box are both pink and adorned with peonies. What more could you possibly need from a Summer scent?

Foolishly, I have compared this to DKNY Be Delicious but hear me out. No this isn't an apple based fragrance but it does share a very similar bright, bold and decidedly fruity opening, however once Coach Floral Blush fully settles and dries on the skin it's altogether more floral and perhaps due to the power of suggestion pink? I realise that is a bizarre statement but surely someone has to agree, some things just smell "pink" and in all the right ways Coach Floral Blush is one of them. 

Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum Review

For those more sophisticated than I (let's face it, that wouldn't be hard) the official fragrance note composition is as follows: Gogi berries, peony, pink peppercorn and white woods. Soft, sparkling, the right side of fruity and one that you will kick yourself if you don't at least try it out. 

Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum £30.99 - £60.99 - link.

Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum

Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum Review

Have you tried Coach fragrances yet? If you have you are massively missing out, the brand nails understated yet sexy but casual in one quick mist, a rare feat and taken in world of perfumery. Over the last few years I must have drained close to three bottles of the original Coach fragrance (in my mind, wearing it makes me one step closer to being the NYC socialite I know I was born to play) and the good news is that the newly launched Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum is every bit as iconic (and wearable) as its predecessor. 

Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum Review

It's fresh, it's fruity, its floral and when you wear you know you smell good and because we all live for an Instagram moment, the bottle and box are both pink and adorned with peonies. What more could you possibly need from a Summer scent?

Foolishly, I have compared this to DKNY Be Delicious but hear me out. No this isn't an apple based fragrance but it does share a very similar bright, bold and decidedly fruity opening, however once Coach Floral Blush fully settles and dries on the skin it's altogether more floral and perhaps due to the power of suggestion pink? I realise that is a bizarre statement but surely someone has to agree, some things just smell "pink" and in all the right ways Coach Floral Blush is one of them. 

Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum Review

For those more sophisticated than I (let's face it, that wouldn't be hard) the official fragrance note composition is as follows: Gogi berries, peony, pink peppercorn and white woods. Soft, sparkling, the right side of fruity and one that you will kick yourself if you don't at least try it out. 

Coach Floral Blush Eau de Parfum £30.99 - £60.99 - link.

Champneys Spa Self Care

Living a fast paced life is all well and good but every now and then it like I am teetering a tad too close to burning out and if I am entirely truthful with myself, ending up in not a great place mentally. I think we all forget that a little me time in the form of self-care is just as important for a healthy life and mind set as it is to meet deadlines at work and anything else slightly mundane.

There's no right or wrong way to relax, for some it will be going for a jog others it may be a little time cast aside to finally read a book or two. As much as I do enjoy reading, I don't find it to help me unwind, if anything it sparks my creative flow and before you can say "relax", I'm opening my laptop, ready to type up several blog posts. Counterproductive some might say.

Champneys Spa Self Care

I all but need to be forced to chill out and make some time for myself, as such I do like to treat myself to an occasional visit to health spas such as Champneys; they began 90 years ago and have now expanded to 4 health spas, a hotel and no less than 6 city spas throughout the UK, so you know you are in good hands. The great thing about visiting Champneys is that from the moment you step foot into the premises you are greeted with a wave of calmness that instantly melts away any worries and with a list of exciting treatments such as massages, facials and more, it's difficult not to walk away feeling like a brand new person.

If at home and thoroughly in need of a little self-care, I will unplug from the digital world and enforce a digital detox for a few hours. You would be surprised by how self-soothing it can be to not hear or see your phone constantly ping from messages that can wait, photos that don't need to be liked and Kardashian-style drama that doesn't need to be read on Twitter. Heck sometimes I may even order a pizza, put on my favourite PJ's and indulge in a face mask - I like to go all in.

Champneys Spa Self Care

It really doesn't matter what you do to make sure you are taking care of yourself as long as you make it a priority; run a bath, paint your nails, go to the gym, bake a cake, book a Spa day, have a long conversation with a friend, do all of the above? Whatever leaves you feeling invigorated and soothed can only be a good thing and hopefully leads to you being able to better cope with any issues that the next day may throw your way.

- Sponsored post with Champneys Spa.

A Little Note On Self Care...

Champneys Spa Self Care

Living a fast paced life is all well and good but every now and then it like I am teetering a tad too close to burning out and if I am entirely truthful with myself, ending up in not a great place mentally. I think we all forget that a little me time in the form of self-care is just as important for a healthy life and mind set as it is to meet deadlines at work and anything else slightly mundane.

There's no right or wrong way to relax, for some it will be going for a jog others it may be a little time cast aside to finally read a book or two. As much as I do enjoy reading, I don't find it to help me unwind, if anything it sparks my creative flow and before you can say "relax", I'm opening my laptop, ready to type up several blog posts. Counterproductive some might say.

Champneys Spa Self Care

I all but need to be forced to chill out and make some time for myself, as such I do like to treat myself to an occasional visit to health spas such as Champneys; they began 90 years ago and have now expanded to 4 health spas, a hotel and no less than 6 city spas throughout the UK, so you know you are in good hands. The great thing about visiting Champneys is that from the moment you step foot into the premises you are greeted with a wave of calmness that instantly melts away any worries and with a list of exciting treatments such as massages, facials and more, it's difficult not to walk away feeling like a brand new person.

If at home and thoroughly in need of a little self-care, I will unplug from the digital world and enforce a digital detox for a few hours. You would be surprised by how self-soothing it can be to not hear or see your phone constantly ping from messages that can wait, photos that don't need to be liked and Kardashian-style drama that doesn't need to be read on Twitter. Heck sometimes I may even order a pizza, put on my favourite PJ's and indulge in a face mask - I like to go all in.

Champneys Spa Self Care

It really doesn't matter what you do to make sure you are taking care of yourself as long as you make it a priority; run a bath, paint your nails, go to the gym, bake a cake, book a Spa day, have a long conversation with a friend, do all of the above? Whatever leaves you feeling invigorated and soothed can only be a good thing and hopefully leads to you being able to better cope with any issues that the next day may throw your way.

- Sponsored post with Champneys Spa.
Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

This post is an advertised collaboration with Boots but all thoughts are my own.

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

Summer has finally reached the UK and for once not skipped Scotland. That's right I finally have a reason to wear last year's shorts and inject a little colour into my wardrobe if even just for a long weekend. A lot like clothing, I do believe in a few seasonal makeup changes to cater to the sudden upset in temperature.

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

I wasn't quite blessed with perfect skin but the last thing I want to do once the sun is shinning is reach for heavy base products, the trick is to get clever with how you both apply and layer beauty items of this nature. I'm sure most people wouldn't dream of combining tinted moisturiser and primer but by doing so you get a much needed hit of moisture, a little coverage and thanks to the primer something that will not wilt in balmy conditions.

At the moment I have switched to Clarins Hydra Quench Tinted Moisturiser  (£30) - extremely comfortable, as the name suggests loaded with additional hydration and it builds beautifully wherever you need it to, complete with a gorgeous glow. It also boasts an SPF 15 which in my opinion is better than nothing. My chosen primer? It could only be Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer (£28)- yes the fruity scent couldn't be more perfect for the season but the colour corrective yellow tone, instantly reduced any signs of fatigue, adds a hint of radiance and of course locks make-up firmly in place. Yes you need this.

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019
Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

I tend to adhere to the "less is more" mantra as far as Summer make-up is involved; I like to keep everything lightweight and comfortable, as such I do seek out items that serve more than one purpose and curbing my need for both highlighter and blush is Sleek Highlighting Elixir in She Got it Glow (£6.99). Not only is this dinky little bottle a complete snip at just (and a more than decent dupe for NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush) but it provides both a healthy dose of colour and glow to boot. I'm struggling to think of a more Summer-ready product!

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019
Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

Nothing screams summer quite like a hint of neon be it a slick of colour on your nails, a bright but cool bikini or in this instance one of the newest launches from Fenty Beauty - Baeside (£27), three vivid liquid liners that just beg to be worn creatively. If Rihanna says coral liner is a vibe this Summer, who am I to argue and frankly the slightly orange based tone does make my eyes look bluer so it is an instant hit in my book. The great thing about the Fenty Baeside Trio (colours aside) is that the formula is essentially fool-proof, it glides on with ease, stays put and doesn't flake. I can imagine that the right neon tones of Baeside would beautifully compliment glitter makeup for any late night occasions?

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019
Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

Personally (and it is always a choice) I like to hone in one facial feature and then keep the rest of my make-up muted, to really let it pop and as it would be a crying shame to not let the neon liner do all the talking, this summer I will be mostly sporting a nude lip. If you haven't tried E.L.F Matte Lip Colour in Natural (£4.50), what have you been doing with your life. I'm kidding of course but this cheap but cheerful lip colour is the most perfect shade of nude that compliments most skin tones without washing out the complexion. Despite being matte it is creamy, easy to apply, doesn't dry out the lips and thanks to it's long wearing nature, can double up as a pretty cream blush or even eyeshadow too.

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

There's so many great new and of course iconic summer scents available at Boots at the moment so I'll leave your perfume selection up to you!


  • Monday, July 01, 2019

Easy, Effortless Summer Beauty Changes

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

This post is an advertised collaboration with Boots but all thoughts are my own.

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

Summer has finally reached the UK and for once not skipped Scotland. That's right I finally have a reason to wear last year's shorts and inject a little colour into my wardrobe if even just for a long weekend. A lot like clothing, I do believe in a few seasonal makeup changes to cater to the sudden upset in temperature.

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

I wasn't quite blessed with perfect skin but the last thing I want to do once the sun is shinning is reach for heavy base products, the trick is to get clever with how you both apply and layer beauty items of this nature. I'm sure most people wouldn't dream of combining tinted moisturiser and primer but by doing so you get a much needed hit of moisture, a little coverage and thanks to the primer something that will not wilt in balmy conditions.

At the moment I have switched to Clarins Hydra Quench Tinted Moisturiser  (£30) - extremely comfortable, as the name suggests loaded with additional hydration and it builds beautifully wherever you need it to, complete with a gorgeous glow. It also boasts an SPF 15 which in my opinion is better than nothing. My chosen primer? It could only be Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer (£28)- yes the fruity scent couldn't be more perfect for the season but the colour corrective yellow tone, instantly reduced any signs of fatigue, adds a hint of radiance and of course locks make-up firmly in place. Yes you need this.

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019
Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

I tend to adhere to the "less is more" mantra as far as Summer make-up is involved; I like to keep everything lightweight and comfortable, as such I do seek out items that serve more than one purpose and curbing my need for both highlighter and blush is Sleek Highlighting Elixir in She Got it Glow (£6.99). Not only is this dinky little bottle a complete snip at just (and a more than decent dupe for NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush) but it provides both a healthy dose of colour and glow to boot. I'm struggling to think of a more Summer-ready product!

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019
Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

Nothing screams summer quite like a hint of neon be it a slick of colour on your nails, a bright but cool bikini or in this instance one of the newest launches from Fenty Beauty - Baeside (£27), three vivid liquid liners that just beg to be worn creatively. If Rihanna says coral liner is a vibe this Summer, who am I to argue and frankly the slightly orange based tone does make my eyes look bluer so it is an instant hit in my book. The great thing about the Fenty Baeside Trio (colours aside) is that the formula is essentially fool-proof, it glides on with ease, stays put and doesn't flake. I can imagine that the right neon tones of Baeside would beautifully compliment glitter makeup for any late night occasions?

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019
Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

Personally (and it is always a choice) I like to hone in one facial feature and then keep the rest of my make-up muted, to really let it pop and as it would be a crying shame to not let the neon liner do all the talking, this summer I will be mostly sporting a nude lip. If you haven't tried E.L.F Matte Lip Colour in Natural (£4.50), what have you been doing with your life. I'm kidding of course but this cheap but cheerful lip colour is the most perfect shade of nude that compliments most skin tones without washing out the complexion. Despite being matte it is creamy, easy to apply, doesn't dry out the lips and thanks to it's long wearing nature, can double up as a pretty cream blush or even eyeshadow too.

Boots Summer MakeUp 2019

There's so many great new and of course iconic summer scents available at Boots at the moment so I'll leave your perfume selection up to you!


Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

So I'm hairy. There I said it. I've had a film of fuzz all over my face since I can recall and painfully remember an incident in school in which a boy asked if it might be a medical condition. It's not and thankfully said remark didn't leave me with a complex.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

In reality the older I become the less I actually care. That's not to say I don't enjoy hair removal but it no longer consumes me and I hope that this is the case for any one reading this post. However I have discovered the beauty of the Hollywood Browzer (£7.95) (and Dermaplaning as a whole); a nifty little tool that effortless allows you to groom your brows or even remove unwanted facial hair pain-free and frankly in mere seconds too. Oh and it might just be a huge celebrity beauty secret...need I say more. I know what you are thinking, if I don't care about what others think or say about my skin, then why am I removing the hair? Honestly, I just prefer my face when my brows are shaped as it helps open up my eyes, and when my skin is free of peach fuzz my make-up stays in place far longer and tends looks better.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

Is it just me or does facial hair removal and keeping your brows in check when away from home that little trickier? Who really has time or the space to pack countless products? Well with the Hollywood Browzer you don't even need as much as soap, water or batteries to gently yet effectively remove hair and exfoliate the skin in one swift movement. Think of it as your own, mini at-home Dermaplanning system without the cost or inconvenience of visiting a salon.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

To use, you simply unfold the Hollywood Browzer  and hold at a 45 degree angle, then gently apply feather like strokes both in movement and firmness to quickly remove any unwanted hair. It truly couldn't be any easier not quicker - I can cover the entirety of my face in less than 5 minutes! If like myself you enjoy looking at the aftermath of a peel-off mask or pore strip then you will enjoy watching the build up of dead skin cells and hair gathering on the Browzer - it is secretly satisfying.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

For anyone worried about safety issues or for those like myself who may be a tad heavy handed, rest assure that the Hollywood Browzer tool features no less than two safety guards to keep your skin free from injury.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

In the past I have relied on hair-removal creams and threading to remove facial hair but at the moment I am very pushed for time. The pocket-sized Hollywood Browzer is perfectly suited to my needs and eliminates any chance of irritation - something I'm not guaranteed with creams, lotions and potions.

If you had told me that come 2019, I'd be all but shaving my face regularly, I'd probably laugh. However I am fully converted, since switching to the Hollywood Browzer my skin is softer to the touch (and obviously hair-free) and in an unexpected twist my make-up application has become so much easier. Don't ask me the dynamics, all I know is that cream and liquid based products just glide on to my skin, look smoother (as in it doesn't gather into my pores) and wears longer too. Sheer magic. If that's not enough to convince you powder products don't tend to look nearly as heavy either.

Basically you need to try the Hollywood Browzer for yourself; it's affordable, beyond beneficial, easy to use and pain free. What more could you ask for?

You can find the Hollywood Browzer here in a multitude of colour ways and even great value packs too - link.
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019

So I now "Shave" My Face...

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

So I'm hairy. There I said it. I've had a film of fuzz all over my face since I can recall and painfully remember an incident in school in which a boy asked if it might be a medical condition. It's not and thankfully said remark didn't leave me with a complex.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

In reality the older I become the less I actually care. That's not to say I don't enjoy hair removal but it no longer consumes me and I hope that this is the case for any one reading this post. However I have discovered the beauty of the Hollywood Browzer (£7.95) (and Dermaplaning as a whole); a nifty little tool that effortless allows you to groom your brows or even remove unwanted facial hair pain-free and frankly in mere seconds too. Oh and it might just be a huge celebrity beauty secret...need I say more. I know what you are thinking, if I don't care about what others think or say about my skin, then why am I removing the hair? Honestly, I just prefer my face when my brows are shaped as it helps open up my eyes, and when my skin is free of peach fuzz my make-up stays in place far longer and tends looks better.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

Is it just me or does facial hair removal and keeping your brows in check when away from home that little trickier? Who really has time or the space to pack countless products? Well with the Hollywood Browzer you don't even need as much as soap, water or batteries to gently yet effectively remove hair and exfoliate the skin in one swift movement. Think of it as your own, mini at-home Dermaplanning system without the cost or inconvenience of visiting a salon.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

To use, you simply unfold the Hollywood Browzer  and hold at a 45 degree angle, then gently apply feather like strokes both in movement and firmness to quickly remove any unwanted hair. It truly couldn't be any easier not quicker - I can cover the entirety of my face in less than 5 minutes! If like myself you enjoy looking at the aftermath of a peel-off mask or pore strip then you will enjoy watching the build up of dead skin cells and hair gathering on the Browzer - it is secretly satisfying.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

For anyone worried about safety issues or for those like myself who may be a tad heavy handed, rest assure that the Hollywood Browzer tool features no less than two safety guards to keep your skin free from injury.

Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home
Hollywood Browzer Review Dermaplaning At Home

In the past I have relied on hair-removal creams and threading to remove facial hair but at the moment I am very pushed for time. The pocket-sized Hollywood Browzer is perfectly suited to my needs and eliminates any chance of irritation - something I'm not guaranteed with creams, lotions and potions.

If you had told me that come 2019, I'd be all but shaving my face regularly, I'd probably laugh. However I am fully converted, since switching to the Hollywood Browzer my skin is softer to the touch (and obviously hair-free) and in an unexpected twist my make-up application has become so much easier. Don't ask me the dynamics, all I know is that cream and liquid based products just glide on to my skin, look smoother (as in it doesn't gather into my pores) and wears longer too. Sheer magic. If that's not enough to convince you powder products don't tend to look nearly as heavy either.

Basically you need to try the Hollywood Browzer for yourself; it's affordable, beyond beneficial, easy to use and pain free. What more could you ask for?

You can find the Hollywood Browzer here in a multitude of colour ways and even great value packs too - link.


Laura (@lpearsonsmith): A T.V mogul and beauty blogger all rolled into one. A very busy schedule of filming, being on location and sometimes out and about in our fair city of Glasgow means that Laura's beauty bag has to accommodate all her needs and leave her skin looking perfect. If ever you have dreamed of nailing natural beauty that stays put all day, then look no further!


"Now that I am back working in the production of a TV drama again, my makeup bag reflects the lack of time that I have to invest in my daily appearance. Throughout Monday to Friday, I do what I consider to be the bare minimum to give my skin that clear, glowy ‘glass skin’ look that I love.

Maintaining a good skincare regime is integral to this look working, as if my skin is uneven, dry or has blemishes, I would need a lot heavier coverage. I wrote about my updated skincare regime and my current cleansers over on my blog.


Post skincare, I apply a massage in a small amount of Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow (£38.50) over my entire face to add some extra moisture and a bit of a pearlescent light-reflecting sheen. This is a primer that’s designed to add glow, colour correct and minimise signs of ageing by plumping the skin with moisture -it also has a very light blurring effect for pores.

I then follow this with another Charlotte Tilbury product - Hollywood Flawless Filter in 1 Fair (£30). When I tested this, I was using it as a foundation and liked it. However, once I learnt how to use it properly, I really saw how amazing this product is. It’s not a foundation or CC cream; it's doe foot applicator indicates that it is supposed to be used sparingly - more like a concealer, on key areas that need a bit of perfecting. I draw a line under both eyes, across both cheeks, along my forehead and along my jawline and chin, then I blend it in with a sponge. It really transforms your skin by creating a natural-looking glow, adding moisture and plumping the skin, with a soft-focus effect that minimises lines and pores, colour correcting and brightening too. Using this prior to your base, will give much more perfected canvas to work on, so you’ll need less coverage.


I then go in with my concealer and I use a very generous amount under my eyes in a triangle shape. The under-eye concealer that I am using and loving is the Urban Decay Naked SkinColour Correcting Fluid in Pink (£20). This is a lightweight, liquid concealer that cancels out dark circles, and brightens, fair skin due to the pink tone. As well as colour-correcting, you do also gain some coverage and I find that it blurs fine lines too. When I am tired (which is always) this hides it perfectly.

The base I keep going back to in the warmer months of the year when I don’t want heavy products on my face, is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Opal (£28). This is a CC cream with added SPF 30. It’s very moisturising and feels, however, it really helps to perfect the skin with light coverage. It contains lots of natural botanicals and mineral electrolytes that hydrate the and lets your own skin shine through, instead of adding a ‘mask’ of foundation.


Now that my base is complete, it’s time to do my brows, as these are full, dark and something I’m really proud of. I don’t get my brows done by Benefit anymore, but I do rely on and always go back to two of their brow grooming products; the Benefit Ka-Brow in 4 (£21.50), and the Benefit 3D Browtones in 4 (£21.50). Ka-Brow is a tinted cream that you apply with the enclosed tiny angled brush. I draw a sharp outline around my brows and then I draw on lots of tiny little hair-like strokes to fill them in and blend the edges. Then I use 3D Browtones (a tinted gel) to brush the hairs in the direction I want, set the brows, and add a little bit of a highlight to make your brows look more natural.

Now that my brows are on, all I want to do is add a natural flush to my cheeks, with some ‘wet look’, ‘glass like’ highlights, and pop on a tinted lip balm. My cheek product of choice isGlossier’s Cloud Paint in Beam (£15) - you only need the tiniest amount of this hydrating pink-coral. I blend it out with my fingers to give a light flush of colour. I steer away from powders as I want the look to look as skin-like as possible.


My highlighter of choice is the amazing RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (£36). I press this across my cheekbones and over my eyebrows, as well as onto the brow bone. I also press some down my nose and on my cupids bow. This gives me such a natural-looking sheen and just screams ‘healthy skin’!


Finally, I apply a tinted lip balm. I’ve been loving the new Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tints (£25.50). This shade is Bare Raspberry, and it gives your lips a ‘just bitten’ hint of colour, as well as greatly hydrating and conditioning your lips. These lip tints have been around for a while, but this is a new shade this spring. It’s a really nice product to wear." 


Keep up with Laura over on www.alifewithfrills.co.uk.
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019

An Insiders Guide to Flawless Skin for the World of T.V and More...



Laura (@lpearsonsmith): A T.V mogul and beauty blogger all rolled into one. A very busy schedule of filming, being on location and sometimes out and about in our fair city of Glasgow means that Laura's beauty bag has to accommodate all her needs and leave her skin looking perfect. If ever you have dreamed of nailing natural beauty that stays put all day, then look no further!


"Now that I am back working in the production of a TV drama again, my makeup bag reflects the lack of time that I have to invest in my daily appearance. Throughout Monday to Friday, I do what I consider to be the bare minimum to give my skin that clear, glowy ‘glass skin’ look that I love.

Maintaining a good skincare regime is integral to this look working, as if my skin is uneven, dry or has blemishes, I would need a lot heavier coverage. I wrote about my updated skincare regime and my current cleansers over on my blog.


Post skincare, I apply a massage in a small amount of Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow (£38.50) over my entire face to add some extra moisture and a bit of a pearlescent light-reflecting sheen. This is a primer that’s designed to add glow, colour correct and minimise signs of ageing by plumping the skin with moisture -it also has a very light blurring effect for pores.

I then follow this with another Charlotte Tilbury product - Hollywood Flawless Filter in 1 Fair (£30). When I tested this, I was using it as a foundation and liked it. However, once I learnt how to use it properly, I really saw how amazing this product is. It’s not a foundation or CC cream; it's doe foot applicator indicates that it is supposed to be used sparingly - more like a concealer, on key areas that need a bit of perfecting. I draw a line under both eyes, across both cheeks, along my forehead and along my jawline and chin, then I blend it in with a sponge. It really transforms your skin by creating a natural-looking glow, adding moisture and plumping the skin, with a soft-focus effect that minimises lines and pores, colour correcting and brightening too. Using this prior to your base, will give much more perfected canvas to work on, so you’ll need less coverage.


I then go in with my concealer and I use a very generous amount under my eyes in a triangle shape. The under-eye concealer that I am using and loving is the Urban Decay Naked SkinColour Correcting Fluid in Pink (£20). This is a lightweight, liquid concealer that cancels out dark circles, and brightens, fair skin due to the pink tone. As well as colour-correcting, you do also gain some coverage and I find that it blurs fine lines too. When I am tired (which is always) this hides it perfectly.

The base I keep going back to in the warmer months of the year when I don’t want heavy products on my face, is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Opal (£28). This is a CC cream with added SPF 30. It’s very moisturising and feels, however, it really helps to perfect the skin with light coverage. It contains lots of natural botanicals and mineral electrolytes that hydrate the and lets your own skin shine through, instead of adding a ‘mask’ of foundation.


Now that my base is complete, it’s time to do my brows, as these are full, dark and something I’m really proud of. I don’t get my brows done by Benefit anymore, but I do rely on and always go back to two of their brow grooming products; the Benefit Ka-Brow in 4 (£21.50), and the Benefit 3D Browtones in 4 (£21.50). Ka-Brow is a tinted cream that you apply with the enclosed tiny angled brush. I draw a sharp outline around my brows and then I draw on lots of tiny little hair-like strokes to fill them in and blend the edges. Then I use 3D Browtones (a tinted gel) to brush the hairs in the direction I want, set the brows, and add a little bit of a highlight to make your brows look more natural.

Now that my brows are on, all I want to do is add a natural flush to my cheeks, with some ‘wet look’, ‘glass like’ highlights, and pop on a tinted lip balm. My cheek product of choice isGlossier’s Cloud Paint in Beam (£15) - you only need the tiniest amount of this hydrating pink-coral. I blend it out with my fingers to give a light flush of colour. I steer away from powders as I want the look to look as skin-like as possible.


My highlighter of choice is the amazing RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (£36). I press this across my cheekbones and over my eyebrows, as well as onto the brow bone. I also press some down my nose and on my cupids bow. This gives me such a natural-looking sheen and just screams ‘healthy skin’!


Finally, I apply a tinted lip balm. I’ve been loving the new Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tints (£25.50). This shade is Bare Raspberry, and it gives your lips a ‘just bitten’ hint of colour, as well as greatly hydrating and conditioning your lips. These lip tints have been around for a while, but this is a new shade this spring. It’s a really nice product to wear." 


Keep up with Laura over on www.alifewithfrills.co.uk.

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