Sunday, 29 June 2014

June Favourites


Another month down and lots of goodies to share with you. Looks like this month is having a bit of a pink theme!
 
I've neglected my nails for a while if I'm honest. Usually I tidy them up and give them a good coat of colour on a Sunday night but lately I've just not had the time. I'm going to really try and take good care of them now as I want them to be nice for my wedding in October. I find that when they have polish on they are so much stronger and grow so quickly. I've fallen back in love with Essie A Splash of Grenadine and its clear why. I have received so many compliments on this shade recently and I find it works really well with my skin tone. I also love the formula and brush of Essie polishes.
 
It's been a bit of a while since I bought anything from MAC but I wanted to try the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer as I've heard such good things about it. Its really lightweight but is medium to full coverage which my skin has really needed recently. I've been breaking out quite badly the last couple of weeks so this couldn't have come at a better time! It builds up nicely and doesn't accentuate any dryness. I also love the hygienic pump which I wish all concealers had.
 
The Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Palette has not left my makeup bag since I got it. Such a great choice of neutral shades that are really pigmented and blend so beautifully together. It has a nice balance of shimmery and matte shades which I always look for in a palette.
 
Who doesn't love a stylish powder compact? The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder is probably the most beautiful compact I've ever seen. It's taken me ages to actually buy it but I'm so glad I did. It perfectly sets my foundation and concealer and adds just a touch of coverage which is perfect for using on the go. It doesn't go cakey or anything which I know a lot of powders do.
 
I've used Redken products for quite a while now, but I'm really enjoying using the Redken Colour Extend Magnetics Shampoo. Its a sulphate-free formula designed to help preserve coloured hair and I find it leaves my hair feeling super soft and moisturised without making it flat and greasy. I really struggle to find shampoos that don't weigh down my fine hair but this one is by far the best.
 
I haven't stopped gushing about the Rodial Glamstick in Bang* but there is a good reason why! It contains hyaluronic acid that really hydrates my dry lips and its a beautiful pretty pink. There's not many lip butters that have skincare benefits like this one and boy am I smitten! At £25 its not cheap but I couldn't be without this now.
 
Still on a lip theme I couldn't not mention the Bourjois Rouge Edition Matte Velvet in Pink Pong. I'm usually a bit wary of matte lipsticks as my lips are quite dry but this doesn't dry them out at all. It's such a vivid pink colour which I find really flattering. In terms of colour its quite similar to MAC Girl About Town - another pink I really love. Once applied this isn't going anywhere. In fact, you had better have a good remover when you want to take it off! The only criticism I have of the range is that the 6 colours aren't very work friendly, so maybe they'll release some more subtle colours.
 
Have you tried any of these and what's your favourite product at the moment?
 
Laura
 
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Monday, 23 June 2014

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream


Although I have my favourites, I am a bit fickle when it comes to moisturiser, and especially night creams. With summer now upon us at last (long may it continue!) I wanted to try something a bit more lightweight that still gave me a far bit of hydration.
 
I've been wanting to try more from Jurlique so I've been giving their Herbal Recovery Night Cream (£35) a whirl. Its infused with botanical extracts (that smells amazing I might add!), which work to hydrate your skin overnight while also aiming to combat fine lines and promote firmness and elasticity to the skin.
 
The consistency is really light and almost in between a gel and a cream which I quite like. It almost has a velvet-like feel when smoothed on and my skin felt really nice and plumped in the morning. What I would say is that it's quite a light moisturiser, and whilst this is great for summer I wouldn't be able to use it come winter. I did try and put a little more on to see how it sunk into the skin but it made my skin feel like it had a film on it. My skin has been a bit all over the place lately so I've been relying on treatments to get things back on track, and this moisturiser has been really working well with that so far. This is definitely a moisturiser I can see becoming part of my summer routine.
 
What moisturiser do you rely on in summer and have you tried this one?

Laura
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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Skincare saviours

 
Sometimes, no matter what I do, my skin just doesn't want to co-operate. After weeks of fairly problem-free skin, all hell has broken loose and I've got lots of lovely and not to mention painful face visitors. I suspect this could be foundation related, so I'm switching back to some tried and tested bases and looking to some fail-safe skincare heroes to get things back to normal.
 
After cleansing in the evening I use the Cane + Austin Acne Treatment Pads (£48) as an acid toner to help clear things up. These contain glycolic acid which helps to resurface the skin and clear up any breakouts, as well as salicylic acid which deep cleans pores and helps prevent future breakouts. You can use these twice a day but personally I find that a bit of a waste and only use them in the evening. Its worth mentioning that when I first started using these pads it did sting a little for the first week or so, which is completely normal. Once my skin got used to it and it started working this stopped. I've found these to be so helpful and I couldn't be without this step in my routine. I'm pretty sure its helped heal some scarring I have too. The only downside is the cost, but as there are 60 in a tub and I use them once a day they do go a bit further.
 
Next up I reach for La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + (£15.50). Infused with thermal spring water, I find this really soothing when applied. Its a  mix of a gel and cream if that makes sense, and as with the above acne pads, it aims to reduce blemishes and prevent future breakouts. I used the original formula which I liked and found effective, but the reformulated version does so much more for my skin. The added bonus of reducing scarring is not to be sniffed at!
 
Drying out spots used to be a thing but to be honest it only ever caused problems for my dry skin. Instead I like to inject moisture to my spotty angry skin and the Pai Rosehip BioRenerate Oil (£20) is my go to. I've tried other rosehip oils in the past but my skin absolutely loves this. It gives me so much moisture and really plumps the skin, whilst healing any nasties and reducing scarring. I massage this into my skin for a while and let it do its work. If my skin absorbs it all I apply a little more to blemishes as many times as I can before going to bed and then pop on a light layer of night cream. In the morning everything is just a bit brighter and plumper.
 
What do you reach for when your skin is having a tantrum and have you tried any of these? Let me know!
 
Laura
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Exclusive: NIP+FAB's celebrity face is revealed

Last week I was lucky to be invited along to an event at NIP+FAB HQ to learn more about their fabulous product range. NIP+FAB is a brand I've heard such great things about so it was great to go along and learn more about their products.
 
But, the really exciting news is the announcement of the brand's first ambassador. You may have seen their #nipandfabcelebface campaign on Twitter over recent weeks, and now I'm excited to be able to share with you details of who that is.  
 
NIP+FAB's founder, Maria Hatzistefanis has chosen the gorgeous Millie Mackintosh as the brand's first ambassador as she believes Millie embodies 'everything NIP+FAB'.
 
'I relate and admire Millie's determined attitude to look and feel her best. As Millie has long been a fan of NIP+FAB's high performance products, selecting her as the first face of the brand was an authentic and natural choice' - Maria Hatzistefanis
 
'NIP+FAB is a quintessential British brand, cool and edgy as well as super-effective, I am thrilled to be the first ever face for this brand' - Millie Mackintosh
 


Millie Mackintosh is the face of the clinically proven, advanced skincare brand NIP+FAB.
NIP+FAB is available from www.nipandfab.com, Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury's and Tesco.
 
As part of the campaign, Millie answered a few questions:
 
How do you feel about being the first face of NIP+FAB?
 
I am so flattered to be asked to be the face of a brand that I already know and love! It's been a dream working with them! I loved the shoot, they are some of my favourite pictures yet!
 
What is your favourite product?
 
I love the detox and yoga bath salts they are so relaxing and nice to use after a long day at the gym. I also love the SOS Cellulite Fix.
 
Tell us about your skincare regime
 
During the summer I keep my skincare routine quick and simple, I cleanse with NIP+FAB's Glycolic Pads to remove all impurities from my skin and then moisturise with the Viper Venom Extreme Night Fix.
 
The Bee Sting Lifting Mask is a weekly must too as it plumps up my skin when it is tired and dehydrated.
 
How do you keep in shape?
 
I exercise 4-5 times a week, I like to do a few different workouts such as, barre core, hot yoga, weight training and circuit training to make sure I'm hitting all the different muscle groups and challenging myself. I always apply NIP+FAB's Body Slim Fix after a workout as it definitely helps tone my legs and stomach. I like to eat lean and clean during the week and on the weekend I eat what I want. I find this gives me a good balance.
 
 
NIP+FAB is available from www.nipandfab.com, Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury's and Tesco.
 
Will you be checking out the range?
 
Laura

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Pretty summer makeup


When the weather is hot like it has been recently I'm all for quick and easy makeup. Over the past few days my go to look has included these little pretties.
 
Although when I'm at work I am stuck indoors, its still important to protect your skin. I've been reaching for the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer as it give great flawless coverage and includes SPF 30. To set this in place, the gorgeous Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder (SPF 15) gets a look in. This is such a gorgeous compact and hasn't left my side since I got it. Do remember though that if you layer SPF the level of protection goes down and not up.
  
When I'm hot I want a simple lip that isn't going to melt off or smear across my face. For a pretty no-fuss lip I've been reaching for the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat to correct the shape of my lips and provide a good base for the Rodial Glamstick in Bang*. This is a really lovely pink lip butter.
Its pretty pigmented and the stick itself is quite flat so its really easy to swipe on and go. Infused with hyaluronic acid its really moisturising to boot. Plus it smells of coconut - summer in a stick!
 
Lastly to perk my cheeks up and add an all important pink flush I've been going for the BareMinerals READY Color Boost in The Adrenaline Rush. This is so beautiful and consists of three really flattering shades. You can either swirl your blush into all three to pick out the individual colours (my fave). I can really sculpt my moon face with this which is always a bonus!
 
What's your favourite summer look?

Laura

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Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Palette Giveaway

 

I can't believe that anyone really wants to read my musings but apparently over a 100 of you do! I set up this little blog of mine at the end of January as a bit of a creative outlet and I'm so glad I did.
I really enjoy reading your comments and talking to you all and I've made some lovely friends along the way.
 
As a little bit of a thank you I thought I'd set up a little giveaway. Everyone loves a neutral palette so the Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye palette is a bit of a winner. It comes with a little book with some looks to put together, but really the possibilities are endless. I really like Too Faced eye shadows as they are really pigmented and apply so beautifully.
 
To get your hands on this little beaut please enter below via Rafflecopter. The giveaway will run for two weeks and is open internationally.
 
Good luck!
 
Laura
 
 
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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

My two mascara combo



Two mascaras I you ask? A faff? Hear me out on this one...
 
I've never been a waterproof mascara kinda gal really. My eyes are pretty sensitive and the ordeal of removing waterproof mascara in the past was never pleasant. Added to this I'm allergic to nickel and in particular I find mascara causes tiny sore bumps around my eyes. What you might not know is that pigment (iron oxide) contains nickel. Not great for a beauty blogger huh?
 
So to combat this I use the Clarins Double Fix Waterproof Mascara over the top of my regular mascara as a clear top coat. It completely seals the lashes and is waterproof, so I get no tiny bumps and or bits of mascara rubbing off in my eyes - sorted! Even better, it stays put but doesn't irritate my eyes when I take my make up off.
 
My Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is still reigning supreme and I find the duo works pretty good together. The Clarins Mascara can also be used as a clear brow gel, but I find it to be a little to heavy for that and quite frankly I don't want to use the same wand on my eye lashes and brows really!
 
So, if you're not really down with the removal of the usual coloured waterproof mascaras, this little combo might well work for you. Do you think you'll try it?

Laura
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Sunday, 8 June 2014

May Favourites


It's June at last and the weather is finally on the up! I was worried I wouldn't have much to share with you this month but in the last couple of weeks I've purchased a few things that have blown me away.
 
I'm sure it comes as no shock to you that the Stila One Step Correct pops up in my favourites this month? I'm so impressed with this that I haven't touched another primer since I got it. It's pretty handy that you can see how much is left in it, and as you can see it certainly has had a lot of love. This little beauty eradicates redness and gives a healthy dose of hydration which is never a bad thing! I raved about this recently here.
 
Less exciting but still well worth a mention is the Tangle Teezer. I've got two of these now, but since having hair extensions I've been reaching for it everyday. It's perfect for distributing conditioner and hair dye without snagging and damaging the hair.
 
Still on a hair theme I ran out of my Bumble & Bumble Surf Conditioner recently and went for the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Conditioner instead. They do a few different versions but this one is meant to protect coloured hair whilst not weighing things down - essential when your hair is as long and heavy as mine now is! I mix it with my hair dye when washing my hair (veggie dye doesn't stay in long), and once washed off my hair feels so much softer. I am a bit of a snob when it comes to shampoo and conditioner normally, but this has really impressed me.
 
I've lusted after the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder ever since it was launched and it finally has become mine! I don't find it drying at all and it just sets everything into place nicely. Plus, how gorgeous is it? Perfect for carrying around for touch ups during the day.
 
Everyone in the blogsphere has been raving about the new Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets since they came out. Compared to the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks but a damn hell cheaper, I wasn't sure about these as they are matte and I have dry lips. I have the shades Pink Pong and Hot Pepper and really like the finish of them. Obviously they are matte but they aren't at all drying and not too matte if that makes sense. The staying power is amazing. I can eat and drink wearing them and still don't need to touch up. Annoyingly there are only 6 shades in the range which are fairly similar to each other but hopefully more will be released - I'm hoping so anyway!
 
Have you tried any of these and what have you been loving lately?

Laura
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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The boyfriend approved primer

 
Another day, another primer. Well not quite, but it is a reoccurring topic on this here blog non?
This is the response I expected when unveiling the Stila One Step Colour Corrector (£24) after bringing home this little pretty recently. But instead the boyfriend was rather impressed with it (its presentation that is). He thought it was really uniquely designed and therefore "looks like it works".
 
The primer is made up of three different coloured strands which each do their bit to even out the complexion. It helps with sallowness and redness and really brightens everything up. As I have some healing blemish scars this works wonders to smooth them over and cancel out any residual angriness.
 
I haven't reached for any other primer in the past month which says a lot for me. I find it really effective (not just pretty packaging!) and its also really hydrating and makes my skin look really healthy and dewy. I'm finding that I'm using less foundation and concealer as it helps disguise a lot of imperfections. At £24 it might be outside of budget for some, but its definitely worth giving it a go come payday.
 
Will you be giving this a go and if you have already, what did you think?
 
Laura
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