Thursday, 14 July 2016
I can probably count the number of times I have used a faux tan on one hand, because I'm not too good at it but mainly because they always look so unnatural on me and like I need a darn good bath! I think this is so to change though as I was recently sent the Madame LA LA Self Tan Mousse in Light* and I've most definitely been getting my tan on since! The brand have recently collaborated with Alexander Wang as part of his resort collection which is pretty exciting.
Madame LA LA Self Tan Mousse comes in two shades, one for most skin tones and a version for us pale girls. Not everyone wants a super deep tan, on some it might look odd and others (like me) just want a slight, yet healthy glow, so to have a choice of shades is awesome. Inspired by Malibu Beach and those gorgeously healthy and tanned LA girls, Madame LA LA's tanning products are infused with coconut water and also has aloe, green tea and vitamin E included to hydrate and care for your skin at the same time. Unlike the majority of faux tans out there it doesn't smell of biscuits or potatoes, but instead of dreamy coconut. It's certainly something different!
Application-wise it's all pretty simple. The guide colour is quite good, so it makes life easier for newbies like me. It says that it develops in 3 hours, but to wash off in 10, so I tend to apply it before bed and rinse in the morning. As it is a light tan it doesn't last too long on me, more like 3-4 days than the 10 days Madame LA LA quote. I only put a light layer on but I'm sure that if you apply more you'll get a week or so out of it. Also for that reason it fades really nicely.
Are you a faux tan fan and will you be checking this out?
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016
French pharmacy skincare brands seem to nail products for sensitive skin every time. I always wonder if many people in France tend to suffer with their skin, or if they just have a much better ethos when it comes to ingredients and gentle yet effective products? I know that if my skin is having a wobbler I always look to the french pharmacy brands, and they remain my most recommended products.
Avene's Tolerance Extreme range* is aimed at those with hypersensitive and reactive skin. The kind of skin that no matter what you do, will sting and flare up. As my skin is so sensitive at the moment, and often after cleansing resembles a tomato, Avene Tolerance Extreme is a great edition to my bathroom cabinet.
Enriched with Avene's thermal water, Avene Tolerance Extreme Cream* is a rich and deeply moisturising cream. To help those with the most sensitive skin, all of the products in the Tolerance Extreme range consist of only 7 ingredients, cutting out anything that could cause irritation and allergies. Tolerance Extreme Cream has quite a light texture, and after using thick balms over the last few months in my bid to desperately hydrate my skin, I kinda dismissed this after applying it one evening as I thought there's no way it could give enough hydration to my parched skin. Turns out I couldn't have got it more wrong. Come morning, my skin was really comfortable still, no flakes which is a new one, and my skin actually looked plumped for once. And very importantly, it doesn't sting at all.
You know I love a face mask so I've paired the moisturiser with the Avene Tolerance Extreme Mask*. Again, it's formulated with minimal ingredients and in five minutes it injects a dreamy boost of hydration. Its so comfortable on my skin that I actually leave it on for longer but shhh don't tell anyone! Its even more awesome when tripled up with an exfoliating mask and a cleansing mask as the moisture sinks straight in, leaving my skin plump and soothed.
A little geeky but worth mentioning is the packaging, as its actually quite clever. The range uses DEFI packaging, which pops out a little nozzle to dispense the product when you squeeze the tube. Its really hygenic and prevents oxidation and contamination, so they don't need to add preservatives to the product.
Will you be trying this range?
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016
As I can't wear much lipstick at the moment, naturally I'm obsessing about it and have started collecting ALL THE LIPSTICKS. Well, liquid lipsticks specifically but I'm not particularly fussy right now, truth be told! When my hydration levels are more normal I'm going to be changing my lip colour more frequently than Beyoncé changes her outfit!
I digress...Anyway, I had a little trip to Selfridges recently and basically cleared the NYX stand. Don't judge, it was long overdue as I don't have a counter anywhere near me yet!
I wanted to try out a few different formulas, and where to start than with the glosses. I picked up a NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée, which is a dreamy light pink nude that goes with just about anything. It's hydrating and comfortable on the lips and for a gloss it lasts pretty well too. I hadn't seen the NYX Intense Butter Glosses before, so came away with Tres Leche, a true nude brown which is probably my favourite out of the lot, as well as Toasted Marshmallow, a gorgeous plum shade that's super wearable and destined to be a hit come Autumn. You can see by the swatches below that the NYX Intense Butter Glosses pack a punch in terms of colour and they last a little longer than the Butter Gloss too. Also worth mentioning that none of these are sticky, so if you're not usually a gloss fan like me you'll probably like these!
I can't wear the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams just yet, but I'm definitely stocked up for when I can. Naturally I bought all the pinky nudes and light brown shades. I couldn't leave without picking up Stockholm, it's quite similar to Tres Leche colour-wise, but in a more long wearing cream texture. It's one of those shades that looks awesome and yet slightly different on everyone. For the pinks, I picked up Tokyo which is the lighter pink, and Milan, which is a bit deeper with a blue undertone. I'm certainly going to wear all of these shades loads, they go with everything! I was quite intrigued by the NYX Liquid Suede formula, which is more of a liquid lipstick. The shade I got is Tea & Cookies and it's such a dreamy pink.
I also picked up a couple of the NYX Slide on Lip Pencils so that I can get a nice crisp edge to my lips. I have the rosy pink Bedrock and the more nude shade, Sugar Glass. They're nice and creamy too and I've been wearing these on their own and they last pretty well. Obviously as my lips are super dry they're not going to stay looking great for too long at the moment. Lastly, I grabbed a NYX Wonder Pencil for faking a few hours extra sleep. It lasts pretty well in the waterline; not bad Pig, not bad.
Will you be picking up any of these?
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Saturday, 11 June 2016
It's June, which in theory should mean summer, but it's England so I'm not getting too excited just yet! The temperature is starting to turn up a notch though which means it's almost time for my pasty pale legs to get some air. I'm really not a fan of fake tan (far too clumsy and lazy for that!), so I tend to either embrace my translucency or pull out some glow enhancing skincare.
Joining this year's rank of summery products is the Nip+Fab Shimmer Leg Fix*. I know I talk about Nip+Fab a lot, but honestly, their products are amazing for the price. The Shimmer Leg Fix is a hydrating body moisturiser with a subtle shimmer added in to make those pasty pins look healthy and feel hydrated at the same time.
It goes without saying that Shimmer Fix is not just for legs as I've been going to town all over my limbs with this one! Like most Nip+Fab body products it is a light formula, which sinks in straight away and doesn't feel tacky, which is pretty important when it's a bit hot. No one wants to feel wet and sticky in the heat! It also has a dreamy aroma to it, thanks to rose and ginger, so it's really quite luxurious to massage into the skin.
I haven't really heard anyone talk about the Nip+Fab Shimmer Leg Fix before, which is such a shame. At £9.99 this is a staple in my summer skincare kit as a lot of similar products are at least twice the price. Who doesn't like a bargain eh??
Will you be trying this over the summer months?
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Thursday, 9 June 2016
I've been acquiring new beauty bits lately and therefore testing them out, so what better than a little round up on my thoughts so far? It's been a while since I tried out some totally new products, and as my skin is so dry and needy right now it's a good time to really put things to the test. I love trying out new things and also reading posts like these so I'm hoping you guys do too!
I'm going to get the negative one out of the way first as it's not always sunshine and rainbows! I absolutely adore Charlotte Tilbury's makeup line. I've tried quite a lot of it so far and it's all really impressed me so I had high hopes for the new Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara. It has all the things I like in a mascara; a chunky brush, super black formula and it gives the most amazing separated and voluminous lashes. BUT, it's super messy and smudges everywhere. Insanely so.
The problem is that the formula never seems to actually dry so it transfers badly. Very disappointing for a £25 mascara. When I got home from work yesterday I looked like I'd either been swimming or crying. Almost boarding on that Snapchat filter which isn't great. Such as shame as it gives the most amazing lashes.
Coming out in July are a range of three facial waters from Ole Henriksen, each designed to suit different skin types and complaints. The lovelies from Escentual kindly sent me the Ole Henriksen Nuture Me Facial Water to try out ahead of it launching and it's certainly come in handy. Toners and facial mists might seem like an unnecessary extra, but to me they add a very important layer of moisture to my complexion and I wouldn't skip this step for the world. The Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Facial Water is aimed at dry sensitive skin, which is me in a nutshell. It combines cucumber and chamomile to cool and soothe and Pro Vitamin B5 to hydrate.
As my skin is so irritated at the moment, this is perfect to spritz after cleansing and it reinvigorates my skin instantly, leaving it hydrated and comfortable. It has a fine, yet even spray, which makes it perfect for using on top of makeup to deliver a dose of botanicals and anti-oxidants to refresh your complexion and disguise any dullness.
It has a teeny tingle at first which soon fades, and the refreshing cucumber scent really peps me up in the morning. It's kinda addictive, but in a really, really good way. Also, this week I discovered Ole was pronounced Ooh-Laa. Mind blown.
I keep seeing rave reviews for the RMK Creamy Foundation, so when I was in Selfridges the other week I inevitably ended up swatching it and buying my own. It's a deliciously creamy formula which provides great coverage and also helps hydrate the skin at the same time. I found it to have great lasting power and it doesn't settle in my lines, all down to stretch technology which means it moves with your facial movements. Very clever. I bought the shade 201 which is spot on for me. I'm not wearing foundation too much at the moment, but once my skin is less dry I can see me getting a lot of wear out of this one.
My love for face masks is well documented and I picked up these Nugg face masks on a bit of a whim. Anything cute looking and I have to have it! They're really handy and great for travelling too and this little starter kit was a bargain at £16. I may have picked up some of the other masks from the range too.. So far I've only tried the Nugg Soothing face mask and it was really calming on the skin. It's a gloopy gel texture which glides across the skin, leaving my skin feeling really comfortable.
A lot of my fail safe masks irritate my skin thanks to Roaccutane doing it's worst, but this one didn't at all. You also get loads of product in each pod, they're actually quite deceiving. Probably a bit too much for a one use product but it forces me to really take the product down to my my neck and decollete.
Have you tried any of these too?
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