The Daily Beauty Report (20.08.14)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Daily Beauty Report (20.08.14)

Here is what is happening in the beauty world at the moment...

Eep aren't these mirrors just the cutest? "Accessories brand Alphabet Bags has announced the launch of a new collection of Compact Mirrors. Launching 22 August, the mirrors are available in a variety of styles, priced at £13."

Rather excitingly it looks like Bare Minerals will be launching a somewhat pressed foundation that has been created for blemish prone skins. It doesn't just cover any pesky blemishes but will also treat any skin problems too. I may just have to investigate Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Foundation once it launches.

I was only just talking about the Lip Smackers lip balms in my 90's post a few days ago and as luck would have it a new line of cupcake based scents. Is it wrong I want them all? "Lip balm brand LIP SMACKER has announced the launch of a new collection of cupcake-inspired lip balms. Each comprising a sweet scent of baked cake topped with frosted icing, the collection includes six flavours: Vanilla Coconut, Salted Caramel, Berry Buttercream, Strawberry Sprinkle, Birthday Cake and Red Velvet. In addition, L)P SMACKER lip balms have an effective conditioning formula, made with beeswax, castor and sesame oil to keep lips soft and shiny, while protecting against dry, chapped and cracked lips." Oh yum! They will launch this month and cost £2.50 each.

In October Storm will be launching their own fragrances! "STORM Fragrances has announced the launch of two new fragrances for Christmas. The fragrance for Men comprises top notes of apple, bergamot and lemon, leading to a heart of muget, black rose and spicy close, while dark amber, musk and vanilla is at the base. The fragrance for Women opens with notes of mandarin, pink grapefruit and apple, with heart notes of jasmine, white rose and ylang, and a base of rich woods, musk and vanilla. The fragrances are available as 100ml EDT for him and 100ml EDP for her. Both scents are also available as 50ml gift sets with body wash and travel spray."

Have you tried Ghost Eclipse (it is beautiful) yet? Well it looks like an evening version is in the works. "GHOST - Eclipse fragrance comprises top notes of sweet bergamot, lemon, mandarin, apple, marigold, blackcurrant and peach, with heart notes of freesia, lotus flower and rose, while amber and musk are at the base. Deep Night fragrance comprises top notes of Indian rose, belle du nuit, heart notes of white woods, apricot and peach, formed on a base of vanilla, amber and musk. Fragrances are available nationwide, with prices starting from £25 for 30ml to £46.50 for 75ml."

This will launch on the 1st of September and will be exclusive to Debenhams until the 15th. "Skincare brand Nourish has announced the launch of Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser, a multi-tasking treatment that works as a cleanser, mask and facial all in one. Created by Dr Pauline Hili, the latest addition to the Kale & Argan Treatment Collection renews and mattifies skin, leaving it looking rejuvenated and healthy. Key natural active ingredients include: organic kale extract, which improves suppleness and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and redness; pomegranate enzyme, a natural skin rejuvenator; probiotic, to stimulate collagen synthesis; griffonia extract, which instantly revives and lifts the skin and protects skin against environmental stress; and argan oil, to provide tissue healing, sun protection and is an anti-inflammatory."

Have a lovely evening everyone!

Essie #PediPostcard - Win a Beach Getaway

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Essie #PediPostcard - Win a Beach Getaway

It is so chilly here in Glasgow today that I have resorted to wearing a coat and scarf!
It is only August! I think that for the most part the British Summer is well and truly over but fear not as Essie have unveiled a new giveaway in which you can win a beach holiday (Ibiza baby) for two and entering could not be easier.

Essie have partnered with the travel site Beach Tomato to bring you a chance to win a selection of your favourite summer shades each week, plus a trip for two to Ibiza.Your have until the 3rd September to be entered for the grand of a trip to the white isle so don’t miss out!

To enter all you have to do is follow @essieuk on twitter and tweet a picture of your holiday pedicure to #PediPostcard for a chance to win. Good luck.

Why Spend More - Dry Shampoo Edition

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Why Spend More - Dry Shampoo Edition

Dry shampoo part nuisance, part time saving.
Tell me how many cans, bottles or sprays of dry shampoo have you bought in your lifetime and just how many would you recommend to a friend? Chances are not many brands would make the cut.
For me there is two dry shampoo's I will recommend to all that will listen but when push comes to shove they aren't all that dissimilar, well unless we are talking price.

First up we have my beloved Bumble Bumble Pret-a-Powder (find it here - link) which I utterly adore. It is lightweight, absorbs excess oil, freshens the hair using a light scent, as well as voluminous the roods and adding a little grip to my hair which is crucial considering my hair spends 99.9% of it's life in milk maid braids. The vast majority of decent dry shampoo's should do all of the above but most leave my scalp itchy or my roots with a white come grey cast that no amount of teasing seems to remove. Bumble Bumble Pret-a-Powder was the first dry shampoo that my scalp didn't react to and you can't argue with results. I particularly like that this is a loose powder in which you can either apply directly to the hair/scalp (like salting chips ha!) or disperse into the hands for ultimate control. However at £21.50 a bottle I did live in hope that one day I'd find something marginally cheaper that could live up to my expectations...

Enter Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo, no really Dove Dry Shampoo is the bee's knee's! It does everything that Bumble Bumble Pret-a-Powder does, minus the adding grip to the entire hair shaft but my guess is most people won't really be looking for that in a dry shampoo? Not only is it so much cheaper (£4.49) a can but in my humble opinion it smells so much better than the Bumble and Bumble version. Think of the typical Dove soap scent we all grew up on but slightly fresher. It easily removes excess oil from the roots, adds volume and doesn't leave my scalp irritated nor does it leave a white cast. I am converted and I kid you not when I say no other dry shampoo quite masks the pollutants of city living like it. You really do have to try this if you struggle with dry shampoo. You can pick it up in Boots for £4.59 a can or two for £5 - link.

Lesser Spoken About Skin Care Brands

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lesser Spoken About Skin Care Brands

Like most, I am a creature of habit and again like most I tend to purchase what is convenient i.e what you can easily find on the high street. Does that sound familiar? I bet it does. Well today I want to share five lesser known skin care brands and why I rate them...

Lush Cosmetics - Admit it other than the Lush face masks which are a personal favourite of mine, the majority of us pop into Lush and get side tracked by the bath bombs and general bath treats? Yeah me too but next time your are in store, pop over to the skin care section and try out a few of their products. I personally swear by Lush Ultrabland Cleanser which is a great alternative to Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. Another product I fully recommend is the brands mist on toners, they are so gentle, well priced and last forever. Oh and the vast majority of Lush skin care is under £10. Well worth checking out if you ask me.

Boots Botanicals - Maybe not lesser known as such but most likely a brand we have all overlooked? Well I truly think it is up there with Boots No.7 brand especially if you like skin oils and balm cleansers. Again it is a really well priced line and often on offer - Boots famous 3 for 2 offers can not be beaten. My person hero items from Boots Botanicals are the Boots Botanics Organic Facial Oil - a great evening oil to restore dried out skin without being greasy and of course the Botanics 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. This was the first cleansing balm I ever used and still rate it rather highly, it is gentle and cleanses efficiently without costing the earth!

Soap and Glory Skin Care - This is the brand I am most guilty of forgetting that they have a stellar skin care line up as well as make-up, bath and body products and a onesie for the upcoming festive season. Basically you name it Soap and Glory do it. I rather enjoy Soap and Glory's cleansers and face masks, they tend to really remove the gunk (what a beautiful, technical term) from my pores with such ease. Again a great brand to stock up on when in Boots - hello Advantage Points and again the sale promotions.

Oskia - One of my more pricey suggestions but one brand worth every penny. I have spoken countless times about the Oskia Renaissance Cleasing Gel and would deem it to be my holy grail cleanser. Well only if you twisted my arm as I do like a lot and I mean a lot of cleansers. Oskia is brand that relies on both science, bio-available vitamins and fruit enzymes to create unique formulations, the majority of which brighten and renew. I have fairly sensitive skin and have never reacted adversely. As mentioned this is a slightly more pricey brand but a little goes a long, long way. I have only bought two bottles of the Oskia Renaissance Cleasing Gel in the last year and I use it daily, sometimes twice a day.

Yonka - Hands up who has used Yonka Pamplemousse? My guess is quite a few? As great as such moisturiser is, there is so much more to the brand which happens to be one of the lesser spoken about French skin care brands. Each item (in my opinion) within the range does more than your typical skin care product. For example the face scrub doesn't just exfoliate but can double up as deep cleansing mask, the moisturisers all re-balance the skin and generally live up to the French skin care hype.

Who would you add to this list?

The Daily Beauty Report (19.08.14)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Daily Beauty Report (19.08.14)

Here is what is happening in the beauty world at the moment...

Next time you are in M&S be sure to check out Lola Make-Up! "LOLA Make-UP has announced the launch of new products to its collection for AW14. The collection comprises: Infinite Lash Mascara, which delivers a soft creamy texture with flexible, yet strong adherence with jojoba wax and a brush which separates the lashes to add volume and length; Matte Long Lasting Foundation, a soft-focus formula with a semi-matte finish that is available in six shades. The high coverage product contains oil absorbing Properties which help minimise shine, while concealing blemishes and imperfections; Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation, available in four shades with a pearlescent powder which corrects skin imperfections by reflecting broad-spectrum light while keeping skin looking natural and fresh; and Eyeshadow Duo, which can be used wet or dry, and is available in four shades and three finishes: black and white, brown and gold and greens and blues across matte, satin and pearl finishes."

Some new and old Bourjois lipstick shades to look forward to."Bourjois have announced the relaunch of its Pamplemousse lipstick , making its comeback in the new Rouge Edition 12 Heures Lipstick collection. Pamplemousse, a pearly coral shade, was first launched by the brand in 2000 and has been discontinued since 2007. The new lipstick range features six new shades, from beige and coral to classic red. The 12 hour formula has a creamy texture, containing shea butter and colour-fixing silk powders to leave lips feeling soft with a semi matte finish. The Pamplemousse, complete with new formula and packaging, is available now exclusively at, before the nationwide launch of the collection later this year." Doesn't that sound wonderful?

Pantene will launch a new hair care line this month for those who suffer from breakage. Count me in! "Haircare brand Pantene Pro-V has unveiled Breakage Defence, a new hair strengthening system which helps protect the hair’s core for strong hair from root to tip. This is the brand's first collection to contain Antioxidant Damage Blocker technology, an innovative new formula which helps to target, capture and neutralise excessive copper in hair, blocking oxidative damage and protecting the hair’s proteins, to deliver visibly healthier looking hair. The Pantene Pro-V Breakage Defence 3-step consists of the Breakage Defence Shampoo and Conditioner, both designed for daily use, the bi-weekly treatment step of 2Min Strengthening Intensive Conditioner, and the daily finishing step of Instant Hair Strength Tonic, all of which have been designed to address hair breakage."

Lots of new launches from MUA this month "MUA Makeup Academy has announced the launch of Pro Hall of Fame Palette, showcasing its most popular shades from previous palettes, including natural shades from Heaven and Earth and Undressed. MUA has also introduced new product shades to its Essentials collection with new summer nail shades including: Whitewash (white), Ocean Blue (cobalt blue), Truffle Cream (nude), Orchid (light purple) and Apricot Candy (light peach); three new lipsticks including Flamingo (baby pink), Tulip (hot pink) and Persian Rose (pink shimmer); and three new liner pencils: Clear, Caramel Nougat and Berry Wine. The Undress Your Skin collection sees launches in the form of new Iridescent Gold Highlighting Powder, made of superfine powder to provide the complexion with a natural glow; and two new shades of the Undress Your Skin Eye Concealers, formulated to add instant light and radiance while getting rid of dark circles and signs of fatigue. Shades include Brilliance and Luminous. In addition, MUA Pro has unveiled Brow Define, a tinted mascara created specifically for brows. Available in Fair, Medium and Dark shades, when applied it adds emphasis to natural colour and shape, with a formula designed to not clump or flake."

Gah I want one and at only £16 I think I may have to treat myself! "British accessories brand SewLomax has announced the launch of Sew British, a new range that forms part of the AW14 collection. The range features three iconic London-themed designs embroidered in SewLomax's signature style, including: Black Cab Purse, London Bus Purse and London Scene Double Detachable Clutch." Keep an eye out for it launching this coming September.

Lastly and rather excitingly we have a new foundation from Max Factor which will cost £6.99 (bargain) and launch in September. "Max Factor have announced the launch of Skin Luminizer Foundation, which contains an innovative swirled formula with subtle skin luminisers that give the appearance of a glowing complexion. It also has skincare benefits, containing vitamins B3 and E which offer hydration, replenishing the skins natural moisture balance. The pearl pigments brighten skin tone for an instant glow while the elastomers create “windows” in the skin through which light can be reflected back, creating a luminous effect. The new foundation is available in six shades and conceals imperfections, offers medium coverage and evens out skin tone."

Have a lovely evening everyone.

A Rituals Ritual

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Rituals Ritual

I get excited to fly out from Glasgow airport for one reason and one reason only. Rituals!
In Glasgow we only have one Rituals store (you can find smatterings of the line in department stores in Glasgow too and of course you can shop online) and that oddly is located within the airport. Bizarre but it is better than not having one at all, I guess. I'm not one to get overly excited about duty free shopping as I don't think you save all that much and in my case I tend to purchase things I really don't need but I do make an exception for Rituals.
I have three products that I re-stock regularly...

Rituals Yogi Flow Shower Foam £8.50 via Debenhams - link
I can recall receiving a full sized bottle of this in one of the first ever Glossybox's about three years ago, back then I had not heard of Rituals and was hesitant to try it. Why? It looked and smelt so expensive, I was worried I would develop a habit I could not sustain. Oh the lolz! Yes £8.50 is fairly pricey for a shower gel but given how long one can lasts (easily two months and that is with daily use), the amazing scent and how soft it leaves my skin it is worth every single penny. The scent? Rich and warm, it does combine rose and almond oil - I would say the almond rather than the rose dominates in term of fragrance. It is one of those few products you need to test to believe.

Rituals Ayurveda Scrub £10 via Debenhams - link
Have you tried out Malin + Goetz Dark Rum EDT? It is easily one of my favourite fragrances ever. No really it is just dark and divine, yet oddly fresh. Try it you won't be disappointed, I promise. Anyway the Rituals Ayurveda Scrub (forget the rose claims) smells very, very similar and this is part of the reason I use it so regularly. The other reason is that it is more than a decent scrub, it has an almost clay like texture which not only gently buffs the skin into a soft and supple state but also deeply cleanses. If like myself you are prone to blemishes on your back and shoulders this can double up as a body mask. Simply apply to dry skin, allow to set, then rinse off. I find it helps reduce blemish size as well as helping the skin heal quicker. A great 2-in-1 product.

Rituals Happy Mist £16.50 via Debenhams - link
I live in Glasgow, a grey and often cold city. Now don't get me wrong I love my home town but sometimes the weather can get me down. Come the colder months I can't really open my windows as frankly it turns into a mini hurricane - no really, it is pretty gusty up here and yet I like to freshen up my home without the need for a candle or ten. I sweat by Rituals Happy Mist, a zesty, citrus concoction of mandarin and yuzu fruit that can be used on linens and the body. If you like Clinique Happy Eau de Parfum but can't bring yourself to squirting the pricey elixir all over your home then this is for you. The bright, cheery, citrus based scent re-freshens the home and really uplifts my mood. Again a little goes a long way, I have only ever bought two bottles since it launched last year and I use it fairly regularly.

Once the winter products arrive you also really must try out the Rituals Scared Fire Candle, it is festive, warming and traditional. I adore it but be warned it sells out quickly - hence the August notification. Oh I am an eager beaver.

What Rituals products do you swear by?

Kiehl's Free Skin Edit

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kiehl's Free Skin Edit

Admit it, we are a frivolous bunch.
The vast majority of us will pop into a department store most likely on a lunch break or on a Saturday afternoon and purchase a product on a whim. I'm entirely guilty of this so no judgement at all from me.
I have bought many a skin cream purely because it feels "beautiful" (my favourite term at the moment) on the back of my hand. Crazy really when it is going on my face!

Enter Kiehl's Free Skin Edit, simply pop into your local store, speak to a member of staff and discuss your needs and wants and they will sort you out with a sampler kit to take home. This way you will get a better feel of each product that you like the sound off without coughing up the cash. Should something not work out for you for whatever reason no harm, no foul and hey one less unused and unloved jar on the bathroom shelf has got to be a good thing?

I don't believe that I have mentioned the new Kiehl's Glasgow store (it occupies the old Lush Buchanan Street space)? It only opened last month and it is utterly beautiful - it has a cool, laid back New York vibe which makes it all the more enjoyable. It is large, well laid out and has great, friendly and knowledgeable staff on hand to help. Yep I've been in a good few times as you can tell. Next time you pass your local Kiehl's store pop in and get your freebies and see how you get on!

NARS Splurgin'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NARS is one of my favourite brands to lust after and more importantly treat myself with every now and then. I won't pretend for one minute that I see NARS as a budget or even high street brand, in my opinion it is high end and a brand I more than take my time to consider any purchases. As much as I wish I was made of money, I'm not (not really I'd rather have a supermodel's body, please and thank you) so I never purchase anything from NARS on a whim. Here is what I picked up a few days ago...

NARS Nail Polishes in Shameless Red and Ithaque - NARS have recently reformulated their nail polishes and I was very kindly gifted two bottles to try out and I have to say I am so impressed. Other than Chanel Nail Lacquers I don't often splurge when it comes to my nails but you really need to try out NARS Shameless Red once it launches it is a great orange based red that really off sets a tan. If you are after a quick but polished slick of colour (excuse the pun) then NARS Ithaque is the one. I will review in full once they launch.

NARS Illuminator in Super Orgasm (you can find it here - link) - Okay bear with me NARS Super Orgasm is the most glittery shade within all NARS lines. For that reason most people loathe it and avoid as a result but when it comes to the Illuminators do try it out. Yes it is glittery but on the skin - legs and chest it is utterly beautiful, especially when teamed with a tan. I bought it with my upcoming holiday in mind and can't wait to team it with shorts and tanned limbs come the night fall...getting a little ahead of myself huh?

NARS Matte Multiple in Vieintiane (you can find it here via Space.NK - link) - I have wanted a matte NARS Multiple since they launched a good few months but couldn't settle on a shade. Each time I swatched them on counter my opinion changed. I was lucky enough to recieve a make over at my local NARS counter and the artist used the NARS Matte Multiple in Vieintiane as a contour both on my cheeks and eyes. Needless to say I was sold on the spot and bought the very same thing there and then. I have yet to try this light, golden brown on my lips but who knows it may be oh so 90's...or utterly horrendous. 

NARS Mizubake Kabuki Brush (you can find it here again via Space.NK - link) - I'll level I had my eye on the NARS Mie Kabuki Brush and still do but it was sold out when I went to purchase it. Sods law as usual. This brush is nice enough, soft, with a dense flat top that makes light work of blending out harsh lines as well as being great at applying powder products. I really like the handle, the texture means it is so easy to grip and the slightly weighted effect allows precision and control. All of that and I can't say it is worth the £43...sorry.

This post contains gifted products as well as products purchased with my own money.

The Daily Beauty Report (18.08.14)

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Daily Beauty Report (18.08.14)

Here is what is happening in the beauty world at the moment...

Today a new Aromatherapy Associates candle has launched "Aromatherapy Associates has announced the launch of Inner Strength Candle, the latest addition to the Inner Strength range following the launch of its Bath & Shower Oil. The candle offers a blend of restorative oils to help fortify, nurture and recharge the mind through times of stress; creating an atmosphere to uplift the senses and evoke calm and inner peace to surroundings. 10% of proceeds from the sale of Inner Strength Candle will be donated to Defence Against Cancer, a foundation that is helping pioneer new treatments." You can find it here - link.

I have very little information but Bobbi Brown will be launching a new powder foundation - Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Foundation. I have yet to delve into Bobbi Brown foundations but this sounds up my street, we shall see when it launches this coming September.

The fragrance launch we have all been waiting for "Fragrance brand Jo Malone London has announced the launch of Wood Sage & Sea Salt collection which will launch on the 1st of September and has been inspired by the English coast. The woody scent comprises notes of sea salt and sage and is ideal for both the daytime and evening. The collection comprises Cologne (30ml & 100ml), Body & Hand Wash, Body Créme and Home Candle!" I have a bottle that I have not stopped wearing, it is truly beautiful. I will share a full review once launched so I don't seem like such a tease ha!

Newly launched this month is the most wonderful new polish range from Revlon. I have a few shades and so far I can say it is what we have all been waiting for! The polish is super glossy, gives a gel like finish, is hard wearing and the shades are divine. A full review will follow soon. "Cosmetic brand Revlon has announced the launch of ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel and ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™, the newest addition to the ColorStay collection. The nail range provides colour, gel-shine and long lasting wear in an at-home two-step system. Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel is available in 30 shades and pairs base coat and colour in one combined formula for convenient, time-saving application. ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™ is a hard wearing top coat that has been developed to compliment the nail enamel formula, providing a salon quality manicure in two steps." The polishes will cost £6.99 each.

GET.ON.MY.NAILS! NOW! Please? "House of Holland by Elegant Touch has announced the launch ofHouse of Ho Ho Ho, its new false nail sets for Christmas. The collection comprises: Unwrap Me, glittery nails inspired by festive wrapping paper;Santa Baby (pictured above), featuring reindeer and Father Christmas faces; and Tis The Season, decorated with traditional trees, robins, snowmen and elves. Nails are easy to apply with glue or adhesive tabs" They will launch on the 25th of August (£8.99 a set) and I need them, argh!

Rihanna's fifth venture into fragrance will be an offering for her male fans which I think is a really clever and innovative move. Good for her! "The woody oriental was developed by perfumer Frank Voelkl. The notes feature black pepper, rosemary, clementine, bergamot, jasmine, cedar, labdanum, vanilla orchid, sandalwood, musk, patchouli, amber and tonka bean." I'm not sure how well it will sell but there you have it.

Have a lovely evening. 

It was Acceptable in the 90's

Monday, August 18, 2014

90's Beauty Fails

At the moment the 90's are having a come back. I fully realise it has been a good fifteen years have passed but I feel it is a little too soon to revisit such era. I see young kids romanticising the 90's on Tumblr and don't get me wrong it is nice to get a little nostalgic about my childhood but let's not forget some of the tragic beauty moments. It wasn't all matte nude lips and Herbal Essences y'know...

Body Glitter - As an ex dance student this brings back the fear, the fear of my mother, grandmother, sisters and anyone else in the dressing room coating my hair and body in so much glitter that it would take a week to fully remove from my body. My scalp? I'm pretty sure I'm still removing the odd particle from back in 1999.

Glitter Eyeshadow - Oh man did we love a good glittery eyeshadow back in the day, I can recall being about 9 sat crossed legged in a dressing room before a dance show and applying blue glittery eyeshadow (with a foam applicator of course). I wanted so desperately to look like the older girls in my dance class. The name of the eyeshadow? Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of course straight from the beauty aisles of Asda ha! I was also partial to stealing a spray of my mum's Versace Red Jeans Perfume too. I was a babe.

Butterfly Clips - Grab the front parts of your hair, twist and secure with a beautiful butterfly clip. The brighter the better and if said clip is glittery you are winning at life.

Impulse Body Sprays - Admittedly the lesser of the evils and I'd be only lying to myself if I said I'm not secretly enjoying their rival (the ultimate 90's fragrance was of course Vanilla Kisses). I can recall being super young, I'm talking way back in my primary school days and you simply weren't cool if you didn't produce a can of Impulse come P.E. 

Clear Lip Gloss - Greasy lips were all the range when I was a kid, all the better if it was fruity scented and came in roller ball form. Man those were the days...not.

Lip Smackers Lip Balms - I used to be obsessed with the mega balms this brand used to do, they were huge and literally got balm all over my face. My personally favourite back in the day had to be Watermelon, sticky, sweet and oh so very 90's.

Stick On Earrings - I've had my ears pierced since I was a baby so along with a few friends we used to chip in our pocket money, head to Claire's each weekend and buy fake belly button rings. Sometimes they looked real, more often than not they were fashioned out of stick on earrings. Sticking one on my nose wasn't totally unheard of either. I blame Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears frankly. There was also that annoying trend of diamanté, they were on everything! Clothes, shoes, surfaces you name it. Does anyone recall those silly diamanté body tattoo's? Did I mention I hate diamanté?

Hair Mascara - I mean really? Two big crunchy face framing electric blue streaks, set of nicely with a black chocker, crop top and baggy jeans. Oh you style icon you.

As you can probably tell my childhood was a little colourful and glitter based.
Never mind in twenty years or so we will be reliving the naughty's and laughing at how seriously we took eyebrows and Kim Kardashian's contouring skills. Mark my words.

August Wish List

Monday, August 18, 2014

aug wish

Chanel Nail PolishesTom Ford Lip Colour Sable Smoke Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil Jo Malone London 154 Cologne 100mlWild Mint Candle | The White Company / Baume De Rose Nutri-Couleur | by Terry / Shadow & Light Bronze/contour Perfector | Becca 

As mentioned last month, I plan on composing a monthly wish list hey we can all dream of owning all the pretty things can't we? I am trying so hard not to be frivolous of late as I want to take as much money as possible to the States later this year but to know me is to know I am not a saver. Anyway here is what I have my eye on as of late...

I have a love/hate relationship with Chanel Nail Lacquers, I adore the shade selection. There is not a Chanel polish that I have seen in which I haven't thought my what a beautiful shade, having said that they can more often than not be duped and most annoyingly the formula is prone to chipping. The three shades that currently have my attention are: Particuliere, Vamp (which at one point replaced Chanel Rouge Noir, or so I am told) and Secret which looks to be the perfect milky nude. As you can probably tell I am clearly ready for the Autumn.

Tom Ford Beauty in my opinion is the height of luxury and a brand I do like to splurge on every now and then. At the moment I am coveting the beautiful, cool toned nude lipstick that is Tom Ford's Sable Smoke Lipstick. It will most likely make my teeth appear yellow and yet I still want it fairly badly.

Not really a want, more of a get your act to together reminder to myself to purchase a new bottle of Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil. I swear by this stuff for dehydrated skin and go through it like water come the Autumn/Winter months.

Who doesn't love Jo Malone fragrances? Classy, timeless and oh so beautiful. While in the House of Fraser over the weekend I finally tested out the lesser spoken about 54 cologne and what can I say I am hooked. It combines all the well known notes that embodies the Jo Malone brand, it smells familiar yet oh so different. If you like a less than typical approach to fragrance this is one to seek out.

You can lead me by my nose, I dream in fragrance as you can most likely tell. Along with the divine Bella Freud candles topping my wish list is the dreamy Wild Mint Candle from The White Company. Mint is easily one of my favourite scents but this blend is special, it is fresh yet herbal and smells very similar to fresh mint that you would find in a herb garden. Have I mentioned that a herb garden is on my to do list. Yeah no seconding guessing with me is there.

By Terry Baume De Rose Nutri-Couleur in Rosy Babe is the one product I am trying to talk myself out of. Don't get me wrong I adore tinted lip balms for the ease of use and of course moisture but £35 for a lip balm is a little steep. I own the original and honestly I never use it, it's good but not great.

The new Becca Shadow & Light Contour and Highlighting Powder has caught my attention as I am a sucker for a good contouring product. I took to Google and had a good glance at the swatches and so far I have found both shades too warm to make a realistic contour? I think I'm going to have to nip into my local Space.NK and see this in person as I am really undecided which is so unlike me!

What currently tops your wishlist?

My Dehydrated Skin Care Kit

Monday, August 18, 2014

My Dehydrated Skin Care Kit

I have oily skin which is due to genetics (apparently) and the fact that it is entirely normal to have oily skin.
At times I have more of a combination skin type - odd mostly towards the end of Summer or if I have an allergic reaction to a product and/or fall ill. I often end up with little dehydrated patches of skin on my forehead and bizarrely my mouth - I blame brushing my I really do. Anyway if you have dehydrated skin I do have a few products you may find helpful.

Firstly make a promise to yourself  that you are going to try and up your water intake if you are guilty of slacking and opting for more appealing beverages. Lecture out of the way and on to cleansing, generally speaking I avoid foaming cleansers as on the whole they tend to strip my skin of moisture especially when my skin is already dried out. Instead I plump for a either a gel or balm cleanser, a cleansing oil is also a great option. My two personal favourites at the moment are The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (the cleansing oil within this range is also rather wonderful find them here - link) and Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel (find it here - link). Both are exceptionally gentle, nourishing and remove all traces of make-up, dirt and daily grime with next to no effort and are not drying in the slightest.

One of the biggest myths is that oily/dehydrated skin can not use skin oils, oddly it is quite the opposite. Skin oils tend to moisturise dehydrated skin on a deeper level and can break the only too familiar cycle of dehydrate skin producing excess oil to combat dryness (this really is in laymen terms). I won't for one moment lie and say that I don't utterly adore Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (find it here - link) but at £32 I fully appreciate that this won't be the best option for all. If that is the case or you simply want to ease into facial oils head to Boots and pick up their Botanics Facial Oil (find it here - link). It is only £5 and contains a great concoction of rose hip oil and sweet almond oil to gently nourish and more importantly hydrate dried out skin.It is lightweight, non-greasy, quickly absorbed and really does make all the difference (less excess oil in the long run).

As much as I adore a good deep cleansing and often clay based face mask when my skin is dehydrated I do seek out moisture masks. The problem is most are aimed at dry skin rather than dehydrated complexions which can more often than not overwhelm my skin and result in a nasty breakout. If that sounds familiar then you too may want to try out Bioderma Masque Hydratant Moisturising Mask (find it here - link) . A thick yet light cream based mask that is both cooling and hydrating in one quick step, the idea is that this face mask is an intense moisturiser. You apply, leave on the skin for five minutes then tissue off the excess (you can also sleep in it should you wish) by doing so your skin is fed for lack of a better term on a deeper cellular level - dry areas nourished and non-parched parts of the face re-balanced, refreshed, less oily and tightness gone. It is pretty clever but I will state that it is heavily scented so sensitive skin types really should patch test before slapping all over the face.

I apologise in advance as Indeed Labs Hydraluron (find it here - link) is not the cheapest product out there but it really does make a world of difference. Basically this is a light gel come jelly substance that you apply to freshly cleansed skin then layer your moisturiser over be it morning, night or both. There is lots of science involved which I will talk about in a later post but essentially Hydraluron helps your skin retain moisture and in turn you get more from your moisturising cream. It is one of the few products that I truly have seen instant results from, even when my skin isn't playing up and its oily best I still slick this on at night. If your budget doesn't stretch that far any facial serum that works for you is a great alternative. As you can see from my nearly completed tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Compensating Soothing Moisturiser this is my weapon of choice against dehydrated skin. Essentially this is an intense yet gentle moisturiser that was created for overwhelmed and dried out skin. It soothes, calms, hydrates and oddly rids my skin of redness. Forget dehydrated skin types for a moment and do yourself a favour and pick up a tube of this, it is a suit all product that rebalances and helps repair troubled skin which we will all experience at some point. You can find it here - link.

Make-up? Really? Yes I have to adjust the formulations in which I wear when my skin is dehydrated, some foundations end up drying my skin out further and can leave my skin looking an oily mess. One of my go to foundations is Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (find it here - link) as it is light, moisturising, doesn't cling to dry patches nor does it slide off any oily areas especially when primed and set. Speaking of primer I am a huge, huge fan of Max Factor Facefinity Primer (find it here - link), it really is like glue, anything applied on top will not budge. It doesn't deplete my skin of moisture, it contains an SPF and is one of the few primers that I can use all year round. Another great all round base product has to be Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer (find it here - link), it covers all you need it to, can be used on the under eye area and as expected is non-drying. It doesn't cling to any rough areas of the face, all skin types can easily use this. In fact I recommend it over any other high street concealer.

I fully realise I am no skin care expert but I hope anyone with a similar skin type (even if it is only occasionally) can find a recommendation or two from the above products.

This post contains both press samples and products that I have purchased.

Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer Review

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer

Concealer, an every day staple item within my make-up bag to banish dark circles and of course mask both blemishes and scarring. Of course it is of little surprise that I tend to purchase more concealer than I do pressed power or even foundation, yes really. Lately I have been trying out Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer and I have to say that if you have a particularly bad break out or are prone to redness this could be the very thing you are looking for.

Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer
Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer
Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer
Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer
Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer

The packaging of the Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer is not only compact but fully functional, the top half not only contains a creamy fully coverage concealer but also a mirror. Then you have the bottom, twist off section which features a HD Powder to set the concealer, I also swear by said powder for setting under eye make-up in general. Unlike Tarte Cosmetic products in the US the vast majority of UK offerings come complete with brushes. Bloody brilliant brushes at that. This concealer comes with a duo ended brush which is softer than soft and entirely vegan. One end is slanted which allows you to easily apply cream products of any type to the contours of the face with ease and the other end is a flat, almost fanned brush which I prefer to use as setting brush for the under eye area. As much as I adore the Tarte brushes I don't actually find this tool all that helpful for applying the concealer it comes supplied with, rather I like a small flat top buffing brush such as the Sigma P82 or anything of a similar vein.

Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer
Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer
Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer

Within the UK (or on QVC at least) there is five shades of Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer to choose from. I have the shade light which is a little too pale for my complexion to be used as an all over concealer, this is a shame as this is where I find it power lies. Tarte do market this as an under eye concealer but in all honesty I find it to be a little too heavy and prone to creasing for such purpose. It is rather difficult to blend out on such area and can appear rather cakey. It is also prone to settling into any fine lines or creases and generally doesn't look all that great applied to such area. Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer is however a brilliant full coverage concealer, it makes light work of disguising blemishes and redness and with the right brush it blends out for an almost airbrushed effect. The loose setting powder is also not to be over looked - it is finely milled, fully transparent and keeps cream and liquid products in place with ease. It doesn't feel heavy nor does it cake and is perfect for using on the under eye area. 

Summed up a great blemish busting concealer with a wonderful brush and setting powder, just avoid using it on the under eye area!

Tarte Amazonian Coloured Clay Concealer £26.50 via QVC - link.
This post contains a press sample.

Indie Brand of the Week - Epic Blends

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Epic Blends Lip Balms

Call the search off I have found the best non-medicated lip balms ever.
No really I mean that. I have been all but forcing my new found love for Epic Blend lip balms on all who will listen. Natural, organic lip balms that are packed full of wonderful ingredients such as organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, and organic sunflower oil as well as being free from petroleum and synthetic preservatives.

I like that the Epic Blends lip balms come in typical chapstick tubes for ease of use - I loathe putting on balm with my fingers, it is just messy. They are compact - I have one in every coat pocket and rolling around in every handbag. They smell ah-maz-ing, the fragrance range is out of this world (although I personally would love a lemon balm with SPF) with limited edition scents (all of which are scented using natural oils) and tinted balms joining the line up. My personal favourites are Pineapple Mint, Cherry and Grape but there is not one balm within the vast range that I don't like which is a first.

On the lips they feel incredible, so, so moisturising yet light. We've all had lip balms that drag on the lips haven't we? Well not Epic Blends I kid you not when I say that they have the creamiest texture ever - they simply glide on the lips and stay put. One application easily wears on my lips for a good solid hour and truly banish any signs of dryness. I realise that I am gushing but I really can not get enough. I was sent press samples but I am going to order the Banana and Chocolate Rum variants later on today to add to my stash. This brand truly deserves more fans and credit, I urge you to check them out!

You can find Epic Blends Lip Balms here - link.

This post contains press samples.

Weekly Favourites #47

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekly Favourites

This week I actually wore a red lip thrice. Thrice! How very unlike me. Needless to say a nude pink lip and muted make-up were also on play but look at me coming out of my shell. In fairness I do feel more content in general than I have in a long while, maybe that is where the red lip confidence came from? Who knows. Anyway here is what I have been enjoying...

My scalp is forever itchy and easily irritated, apparently it dried out which I blame on hair bleach and dry shampoo. Enter Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Strong Roots, this light, leave in mist not only conditions the hair but also the scalp. I find it stops my scalp from being itchy or tight and the good news is that it does not leave a greasy residue on the roots or anywhere else for that matter. You can find it via Superdrug for a bargainous £3.14 - link.

Although I loathed the fragrance as a youngster I am slowly but surely becoming a Clinique Happy Eau de Parfum convert. I like that it is a bright, fruity floral that really does brighten the dullest of days. Basically it does what it says on the tin. You can find it here - link.

Almost daily I have been reaching for my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, three beautiful, soft focus powders that are perfect for a subtle dose of radiance to the face. Personally I use the shade Dim Light as a setting powder and Incandescent Light as a typical highlighter. I will be honest and say that Radiant Light doesn't get all that much use unless I combine it with another blush to create a dewy cheek. Easily my current favourite palette, you can find it via Net-A-Porter - link.

Speaking of blush, I have been living on the wild side and wearing pink blush. I never really thought I fully suited pink cheeks until the compliments came a flowing thanks to Tarte True Love Blush. A light, slightly red toned hue that compliments my skin tone and blonde hair. You can find it here via Sephora - link or sometimes via QVC UK.

As I said I have been rather digging a red lip and my weapon of choice has been Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. A bright, true and almost vintage red that doesn't budge all day long. The only problem is that it is a little drying but other than that no complaints what so ever. You can find it here - link. Unsurprisingly my other most worn lipstick is again liquid and of course matte, I have spoke about the Sephora Cream Lip Stains (find it here - link) a good few times in the past and the love still runs deep. My personal favourite shade is 05 Infinte Rose which is a pinky come nude hue. I know everyone and their mothers claim that the Sephora Cream Lip Stains are the best matte liquid lipsticks ever. They are great but in my opinion identical in formula to the Collection Cream Puff Lip Creams, just sayin'!

I have been thrusting Epic Blend lip balms on to just about everyone. They truly are my favourite non-medicated lip balms ever and I mean that. I don't want to say too much as a full review of this new find will be live on the blog in a matter of hours but yeah you need at least one! You can find them here - link.

A quick cat eye has been all I have wanted all week long and at the moment my eyeliner of choice is MAC Penultimate Eyeliner. Admittedly not the most pigmented liquid liner out there but it is so easy to use and is the perfect shaped nib for my hooded eyes. You can find it here via Debenhams - link.

Lastly green nails? Yes really. You really need to try out Debroah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy. It is the most beautiful bright green polish I have ever tried, it doesn't look garish and adds a little pep to my typically monochrome outfit choices. You can find it here - link.

What have you been enjoying lately?