Friday, 25 July 2014

Summer Brights - Cheeks:

For my third and final installment of my Summer Brights series I’ll being sharing three of my favourite cheek products for Summer.

First up we have Angelika blush by NARS. This striking, cool toned candy pink blush is always a winner for me in the warmer months. Despite the heavy shimmer and strong pigmentation this blush is exceptionally easy to apply, the soft velvety texture is a dream to work with and blend and it’s a shade that will flatter a wide variety of skin tones. Pair this with a brown smokey eye and a nude lip and you won’t go far wrong.

Gold Deposit is without a doubt my favourite cheek product of all time. A stunning, shimmering gold that not only adds warmth to the skin but adds just the right amount of shimmer to the cheeks for that healthy Summer glow. To be honest I wear this blush all year round as it’s just so perfect for every occasion but throughout the Summer months is when you will really reap its benefits, when it catches the light the blush is like no other and looks gorgeous when paired with tanned skin.

Finally we have the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Rose Quartz, one of my favourite pink blushes available in my collection. It’s an extremely pretty light rose pink with an inner section of baby pink, bronze and silver shimmer. When blended together the effect really is beautiful, leaving the cheeks with a light pink wash of colour and a pop of champagne shine. Like most MAC MSF’s the consistency and texture of the powder is soft to the touch and easy to blend and this particular product acts as a great two-in-one blush and highlight.

 What are your favourite bright  blushes for Summer?

Take care x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

W7 Souffle Mascara:

Since it's been so hot here in the UK of late I have been embracing natural lashes and left the falsies behind. Even after a few hours in the heat wearing a set of strip lashes can start to feel uncomfortable so, after delving into my mascara draw, I plucked out the W7 Souffle mascara* and have been putting it to the test to see if it can sway me away from the falsies for good. Here's the report:

First of all, the brush is huge! I'm normally a skinny brush kinda gal but, I must admit, I actually really like the super size of this brush. It ensures that every one of my lashes are coated in product and the length of the wand is the perfect size for me too. Its short enough so that you have maximum control during application and its just about long enough to avoid making any mistakes and wiping the product all across your nose and cheeks. Not a good look!

The consistency of the mascara itself is extremely lightweight, so lightweight that it can actually take quite a while to build it up to something noticeable and intense, but once applied it feels like there's not a trace of product on your lashes at all so you can guarantee that your lids won't feel weighed down as the day progresses. Thanks to this delicate formula all possibilities of 'clumping' are completely eliminated so  you can casually apply your mascara without worrying about too much product accumulation and achieve either a natural look or a more dramatic effect after three or more coats. To get the most out of this mascara I like to apply it working from the roots of my lashes and wiggling the wand right up to the top, I've found that the intense pigmentation and 'blackest black' shade makes the lashes appear thick and healthy whilst the large brush and sporadic bristles provide defined separation and shapely curl. 

My lashes after two coats
For £4.95 this a surprisingly good budget product that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for a more natural effect from their mascara. You can grab yours here.

Have you tried this mascara?

Take care x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer Brights - Eyes:

For the second installment in my 'Summer Brights' series I'll be showcasing a few of my favourite bold and beautiful eye products for the warmer months.

For a pop of colour on the water line or along the upper or lower lash line I often reach for the Maybelline Kohl Express waterproof eyeliner pencil in Metallic Green. The texture of this pencil is so incredibly creamy and easy to work with and the waterproof formula means the colour and intensity  will stay all day without running or smudging in the heat. 

As a base for brighter shadows or as a stunning stand alone lid colour I've been eyeing up my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Turquoise Forever. This stuff sticks like glue to my eye lids and ensures that any subsequent shadows will stay in place all day. I love how this turquoise shade looks with brown eyes and a nude lip and even works perfectly as a hint of colour when run along the lower lash line.

Despite the hot weather, I still love to use powder products on my eyes and the MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Odd Couple has been one of my favourite duos to use of late. In one half you have a dazzling violet shade and on the other half, a gorgeous, warm gold shade with lilac veining and high shimmer. After one swipe of shadow the purple shade packs an instant punch whist the gold can be used lightly for a quick wash of colour or built up for a little more impact. Either way, these shades compliment each other perfectly and I cant wait to continue using this duo throughout the Summer.

What are your favourite eye products for Summer?

Take care x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Summer Brights - Lips:

Seeing as the temperature has hit ridiculous heights in the UK recently, I thought I would mark the occasion with a new Summer series aka 'Summer Brights.' In this series I will be sharing a few of my favourite Summer shades and categorising them into Lips, Eyes and Cheeks. Lets get started with lips:

I think we'll begin with the brightest and boldest of them all; The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in 205, a stunning raspberry pink with a semi matte finish that will drench you lips in moisture and keep them nourished throughout a hot Summer day. The pigmentation of this lipstick is really something to behold. After one swipe of colour you will be left with a completely opaque lip and the staying power, as you would expect, is fantastic, lasting a good five or 6 hours with no fading, bleeding or smudging. P.s - the swatch below does not do this colour justice!

For something a little more sheer, but beautiful nonetheless, we have the Bourjois Shine Edition lipstick in 27 'Oh My Doll,' a pretty, light rose pink. ' This is a relatively new colour in my collection but it has quickly climbed the ranks and has since become one of my 'go to' lipsticks of the Summer. The mango butter infused formula make this lipstick incredibly comfortable to wear and the buildable colour allows you to go for the natural look or something a little ore intense for the evening. What's more the high shine finish doubles up as a gloss so there's no need to worry about any sticky gloss situation.

Finally we have the L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash in Marilyn; one of the best smelling lip products I have ever smelt, it legit smells like raspberry yoghurt. This lightweight, wet look stain slides on the lips with minimal effort and provides a hot pop of colour without drying the lips. Like most stains, the staying power of this L'Oreal offering is great and I think this is probably my favourite of the three.

Have you tried any of these lip products?

Take care x

Monday, 21 July 2014

Tanya Burr Mini Marshmallows:

Now we all know that I’m not one for doing my nails on the regular, in fact you will often see me with short, unkempt and unpainted nails for months on end due to, let’s face it, laziness! With that said, I think I may have found a polish that provides just enough inspiration for me to start looking after my nails properly and it comes in the form of Mini Marshmallows by Tanya Burr*.

Tanya Burr Mini Marshmallow

Seriously, how perfect is the polish for Summer? A soft baby pastel pink that would look stunning against tanned skin and equally as beautiful against paler skin tones. The high gloss finish makes this polish appropriate for all occasions both formal and informal and, dare I say it, school too!? My nails are in no state to be photographed at the moment so I cracked out the falsies and painted straight onto them instead. The consistency of this polish is very smooth, a touch runny, but it's nothing that can't be worked with. I actually like slightly more 'liquidy' formulas as opposed to thicker, more gloopy formulas as I tend to not make as many mistakes that way. For such a pale shade I expected this to take for ever to apply and, whilst it did take a good three coats to make the colour suitably opaque, it dried almost instantly. Once applied the colour really is beautiful and the staying power is incredibly impressive, it will easily last five days without a single chip.

Tanya Burr Mini Marshmallow

The brush is exactly what I look for when it comes to nail polish applicators. It’s small, slim, simple to work with and makes getting into the corners and close to the cuticle exceptionally easy. Similarly, the packaging is petite, lightweight and great for travelling. The front is adorned with Tanya’s name and, like the lip glosses, the signature heart is featured on top of the lid.

Tanya Burr Mini Marshmallow

If this polish is anything to go by then I’m sure the rest collection is fantastic and for only £5.99 you really can’t go wrong. Get yours here!

Have you tried any of the polishes from Tanya’s collection?

Take care x

Saturday, 19 July 2014

My New Must Have - Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre:

It feels as though I have been looking for an alternative to my Nivea Creme for the longest time. I just haven’t been able to find something that’s rich, but still lightweight, long lasting, without feeling greasy, and soothing enough to calm my sensitive skin, however I think I may have finally found something that ticks all of these boxes – the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre*.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

As soon as I smooth a small amount of this cream across my face (a small amount goes a long way) I can instantly feel the shea butter, aloe and soy protein getting to work, soothing my skin and calming any redness that’s been aggravated throughout the day or during the night. The velvety smooth, creamy, paraben free formula is perfect for my sensitive skin and, once sunk in, it leaves my skin feeling soft, supple and comfortable again. Unlike other light weight lotions the staying power of this moisturiser is incredible, all the others that I have tried are absorbed by my dehydrated skin in a matter of hours, whereas the hydration and nourishment that this cream provides sees me through even the longest of days.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Not only is the an excellent moisturiser for all skin types but it works wonders as hand lotion, a face mask (if left on for 5 or so minutes and then buffed away with a damp muslin cloth), a fantastic primer before makeup and even works well as a makeup remover. I must admit I was a tad nervous about using this as a makeup remover at first but, fear not, it does a great job and doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight or stripped of moisture when you’re done. Luckily, the scent isn't too strong either, just a slight hint of floral notes to linger with you for a few moments and that's it. 

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

I can't believe I didn't think to try this moisturiser sooner, but since doing so my skin has really been thanking me for adding it into my day and nighttime routines. So, if your looking for a new moisturiser to try, you can get your hands on the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre here.

Have you tried this product?

Take care x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub:

You all know that I love my Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts scrub but, after using every last ounce of product left in the packaging I thought it only right to move on and try something new. I wasn’t looking for anything too special, just something that would aid in clearing a recent breakout and leave my skin feeling clean after use and, whilst browsing the aisles in Boots a few weeks ago, this Neutrogena number jumped out at me.

Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub

Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub

After only a few weeks of use I must say that I am incredibly impressed with this scrub. It claims to be gentle enough to use morning and night, a statement that I would normally be sceptical of due to having dry and sensitive skin, but when I do decide to use this twice a day my skin is left feeling perfectly clean and refreshed with no amount of uncomfortable tightness. In fact the green tea and cucumber extracts help to soothe and calm my skin after a hot night of sleep or long, stressful day whilst the microbeads help to unclog pores and buff any traces of dead skin or dirt away. Add this to the salicylic acid to help reduce redness and clear breakouts and you have a winning formula!

Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub

Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub

The consistency of the scrub itself is unlike any other I’ve tried. Rather than a gel or ‘paste’ formula, this product is incredibly creamy and not over packed with microbeads that provide a harsh, over-abrasive scrub, it’s just enough to ensure that you get a deep clean ready for the day or night ahead. Like most Neutrogena scrubs, the packaging is perfect for use in the shower. I often like to take my scrub of the moment into the shower with me so I can exfoliate whilst I leave my conditioner on my hair for a few minutes, and the scent is nice and fresh and not too overpowering.

Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub

So, to cut a long story short, I’ve been loving this scrub for daily exfoliation. You may know that I have been struggling with a small breakout of late and this scrub, paired with my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo has really been doing the trick. The redness around my blemishes has reduced considerably and any unsightly swelling has completely vanished.

Have you tried this scrub? What is your favourite scrub at the moment?

Take care x


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