Sunday, 30 November 2014

#SwitchToWitch - Witch Skincare Review + Giveaway

A photo of Witch skincare products
 
As I've mentioned many a time before, I have quite problematic skin. Annoyingly I don't fit in the usual oily/combination bracket as my skin is more sensitive/dry/dehydrated which drives me crazy as there's not many products aimed at clearly up blemishes for as dry skinned peeps. Luckily there are some pretty effective ingredients out there that I've found to work on my skin, and one recent discovery is witch hazel.
 
I was recently sent a Witch Skincare Kit* to try out and now that I've given them a good ol' test I thought I'd share my thoughts with you. If you're not familiar with the range, all Witch products contain witch hazel which is renowned for being really effective at fighting acne.
 
Firstly, how lovely is the waffle bag and flannel? They are both super soft and I've been keeping all my little bits together in the bag.
 
Now, typically my skin has been pretty good of late but I had an awful cold which rendered my face as dry as the Sahara, and naturally I broke out. To calm things down I reached for the Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick* (£2.69). This is a push up stick that you apply to blemishes throughout the day to reduce them, dissolve excess oil and fight bacteria. It stung ever so slightly on application, but I found it really took the angriness down after using a few times a day over a couple of days. I've kept this in my makeup bag to apply throughout the day, and because its clear you can pop it straight on top of your makeup. I've been applying it with a clean finger rather than directly onto my face as it's much more hygienic that way. I'm really impressed with this, and for under £3 you can't really go wrong.
 
For my second cleanse I've been relying on the Witch Hazel Bursting Beads Face Wash* (£3.99). It has green 'bursting beads' which release witch hazel onto the skin. The beads dissolve as soon as you massage the product into your skin so they don't scratch or irritate the skin at all. My skin is really enjoying this, it doesn't leave it feeling tight and dry which so many products do. The texture of my skin has been soft and smooth since I've been using this face wash.
 
I've been using the Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel* (£4.99) in the evenings after cleansing in place of my usual exfoliating toner. The gel is designed to reduce the appearance of blackheads, exfoliate away dead skin and keep pores clear and reduced. I don't suffer from blackheads or large pores but my skin has been a lot less dry and dull looking since I've been using it. It's certainly as affective as AHA based toners which you know I adore.
 
I haven't got too much to say on the Witch Mattifying Moisturiser* (£4.99), as it's aimed at oily and combination skin. I need more moisture than this unfortunately gives, but I have used it a few times on makeup free days and I can vouch that it does mattify skin. If you're more on the oily side this might work better for you than on my dry skin.
 
I'm really quite surprised (and a little bit ashamed) to admit how much I've been enjoying using the Witch Cleansing and Toning Wipes* (£2.99). I have used these pretty much every day since I got them to remove my makeup before doing a proper double cleanse. They don't make my skin feel stripped which a lot of wipes do, and for once I can actually use these on my eyes without them stinging at all. This is actually a revelation as I can't remember the last face wipes I used that didn't sting around my eyes! They remove all my makeup, even mascara, but as we know should never replace a proper cleanse (unless you're feeling really lazy once in a while - come on, we've all been there!).
 
You can view loads of blemish-busting tips over at the #SwitchToWitch website so make sure you check that out.
 
Would you like to try some Witch skincare? I've teamed up with Witch to bring you the chance of winning the Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick, Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel and Witch Hazel Bursting Beads Face Wash.
 
All you need to do is enter the below Rafflecopter competition. It's open to the UK only (sorry!), and  will end on 15th December 2014. Witch will send the prize out directly to the lucky winner.
 
Good luck!
 
Laura
 
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Monday, 24 November 2014

Must-haves For Brows

a photo of brow products

There's nothing that defines a face more than eyebrows, and its also one bandwagon I am most definitely firmly on. I'm naturally quite well equipped when it comes to brows, but unfortunately years of overzealous tweezing have left the front of my furry little friends a bit patchy and sad looking. All is not lost though, thanks to this little array of wonders that I rely on to make the best of my brows...

The Soap and Glory 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush (£8) was such a good little find. The perfect dupe for the highly coveted and twice as expensive Anastasia Brow Wiz, this multi-tasking pencil has a really fine nib which is perfect for drawing on realistic individual hairs. It only comes in two shades, but they are refreshingly cool toned which is hard to find on the high street. Quite often I'll use this to fill in my patchy bits and to define the arch of my brows before following on with another product, or if I'm feeling particularly lazy or want a very natural look I'll leave it there. I've been raving about this so much that I actually included it in both my September and October favourites without realising. Rookie error...

Now we can't talk about must-have brow products without a mention of Anastasia Beverley Hills now can we? Like everyone else after the perfect brow I picked up the Dip Brow Pomade (£15) and it's really grown on me. I wont lie, it did take me a while to get the hang of as its so easy to apply way too much and just look angry, but it was worth persevering with. It's no surprise this keeps selling out, it's a lovely waxy/creamy product that blends perfectly and once it's there it isn't going anywhere.

On the pot of goodness theme, I recently got my hands on the  newly launched Rodial Eye Sculpt (£34) which isn't actually meant for brows but its really nice for a natural look. It only comes in one colour so won't work for everyone, but I find it a pretty good match for my brows. It's has a soft, mousse-like texture which is so easy to work with. I like to use this in the day especially, just on its own. It's pretty pricey but will last for ages and its such a lovely eye product, perfect for smoking up a neutral eye and I love that I can use it for my brows too. I'm quite smitten truth be known.

I picked up the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brows (£16.75) at IMATS this year, mainly because it really intrigued me. It's a creamy paste that you need the tiniest amount of, and it builds up really nicely. It's quite similar to the ABH Dip Brow, but creamier and therefore a bit easier to apply - perfect for eyebrow newbs. It's waterproof and also has great staying power.

The best tool that I've come across for brows is without a doubt the Liz Earle Brow and Eyeliner Brush (£12.50). This is supposed to be used for eyeliner, which, given it has an eyebrow spoolie on is a bit odd if you ask me, but I never use brushes for just their intended purpose. Slanted brushes make precise application really easy, and unlike most slanted brushes it's actually quite soft and flexible without being fluffy, so you can get right in there and create the perfect arch.

Lastly, to finish things off and keep my eyebrows in place I always apply a sweep of the Benefit Gimme Brow (£17.50). I'm on my second tube of this now and couldn't be without it. The tiny little brush makes application really easy and it has just the right amount of tint and hold, without things getting a bit stiff. No one likes a crispy brow right?

So those are my must-haves for perfect brows. Have you tried any of these or do you have any of your own favourites?

Laura

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

How to deal with breakouts

a photo with products that help to deal with breakouts
 
There's nothing worse than a sudden breakout hitting your face. It can be tempting to fly into a panic and make things worse, so with that in mind, today I am sharing my tips on dealing with pesky breakouts and getting your skin back on track.

Keep it simple and consistent. When your skin is freaking out its all too easy to throw everything you have at it, but overloading your skin will just make things worse. As tempting as it is, strip back your routine to basics and go with products you know your skin loves. Don't be tempted to apply several spot treatments at once, your skin won't thank you for it. Also, sticking to a consistent routine will make a big difference to your skin and hopefully reduce blemishes. If your breakouts tend to be hormonal, pop some of your favourite topical treatment on a few days before to limit the extent of the breakout or hopefully stop it in its tracks.

Products to try- Malin + Goetz 10% Sulphar Paste, Origins Super Spot Remover, La Roche Posey Effaclar Duo +, Facacia Anti-Blemish Serum*, Weleda Purifying Lotion, Pai Balance Blemish Serum.

AHAs & BHAs. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) are important little gems which my skin personally loves. They gently exfoliate and draw out impurities from deep under the skin while preventing future breakouts. I tend to use them in the form of exfoliating toners which are super gentle yet effective. I wrote about them in more detail in this post.

Products to try: Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Lotion, Cane & Austin Acne Treatment Pads (couldn't find a link so have a horrible feeling they might be discontinued, wah!), Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads*.

Don't skimp on hydration. This applies to both what you consume as well as ensuring your skin gets the most moisture it can. I'm guilty of not drinking enough water at the best of times (hello eye luggage), but when you're breaking out it's more important than ever. Also, don't starve your skin of moisture. A lot of spot treatments can be drying, so ensure that you use a nourishing toner as well as a facial oil and moisturiser, whatever your skin type. If you starve your skin it will produce more sebum which = more spots.

Products to try: Melvita Youthful Extraordinary WaterPai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream.

Ease up on makeup. When your skin is at its worse of course you want to cover it up, but don't go overboard. Apply concealer just where you need it over a light base such as a BB cream and amp up another area of your face to draw attention elsewhere. I like to emphasise my eyes with lashings of mascara and a good curl, or there's nothing quite like your favourite bright red or pink lipstick to make you feel fabulous.

Cleanliness is next to godliness. Make sure you are using clean flannels and towels at all times and change your bedding as frequently as possible. Also, don't be tempted to fill your sink up with water when cleansing, always use fresh running warm water and always double cleanse when wearing makeup or SPF.

Chill out. Ultimately, its just skin and there's only so much we can do to keep things under control. Try not to stress out too much as this will only make things worse. Get plenty of rest and take care of your skin.

I hope these tips help, and if you have any blemish-busting tips please leave them in the comments!

Laura

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

FOTD From The Stash #2

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A photo of makeup products FOTD

As a blogger, I do have a lot of makeup, and whilst I have slowed down and am trying not to buy all the new releases which I clearly don't need, I do have a stash of products which often get pushed aside as new things come along. So, the point of this series is to show you some old loves that could do with a bit of air time. Instead of buying new makeup, I rediscover treasures from the past and put them to good use.

This is a really simple look that I've worn so much lately. If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug), then you may have already seen this. I'm really into contouring at the moment as I think it just adds something special to a basic, natural look. For me its all about natural yet perfect skin and who doesn't love a neutral eye?

Base // Stila One Step Correct Primer, Make Up Forever HD Foundation, Seventeen Stay Time Concealer, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light.

Cheeks // NARS Orgasm Blush, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder.

Eyes // MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork, MAC Teddy Eyeliner.

Brows // Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown.

Lips // MAC Dervish Lip Pencil, MAC Please Me.

What do you think of this look and have you been shopping your stash recently?

Laura

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Diptyque Baies - More than just a candle

A picture of a bottle of Diptyque Baies Room Spray
 
As much as I love candles and the ambience they bring, they aren't always practical. I have three Persian cats, which as well as being big fluff balls, they are pretty nosy little critters, so I do get a bit paranoid about them burning themselves on a candle. Also, I don't always have the time to burn a candle for an hour to ensure it burns equally, I just want a quick sniff of some Diptyque goodness.
 
The other week when having a little (weekly) browse in Space NK and wondering what to spend my N:Dulge points on, I stumbled across the Diptyque Baies Room Spray (£36.00). It smells exactly like the candle, actually maybe a bit stronger and I absolutely love this scent. It's fruity-floral mix that I can't get enough of.
 
I've been spritzing this all around the flat and the scent lasts a long time, which surprised me but for £36 that's exactly what you want. The bottle holds 150ml which is quite a lot but I have been pretty liberal with it so it probably won't last me the longest time.
 
The Diptyque Baies Room Spray is certainly not essential, but it's super luxurious and looks pretty dreamy as well. In fact, with Christmas just around the corner, it would make a pretty good gift for someone who has everything. That's if you can bear to part with it of course...
 
Is this something you'd treat yourself or perhaps a loved one to?
 
Laura
 
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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Current hair care loves

a photo of messy curly hair style

A photo of Current haircare loves featuring GHD classic curl and O&M salt spray

I've been really bored with my hair lately so I starting switching things up and actually styling it for once. Shock horror I know! Normally I leave my hair straight, but I've been adding a bit of wave and texture lately, and these are the products and tools that I've been loving to get this easy look.

I've used hair oils for as long as I can remember and I greatly believe that they have totally improved the condition of my hair. I've tried loads but I always go back to the original Moroccanoil Treatment (£13.45). There's just nothing quite like it. My hair is super fine, but as it's coloured and a bit dry at the ends I use the original formula. Just a bit through the ends gets to work and injects a hit of goodness whilst keeping my hair smooth and frizz free.

I recently spoke about my love for the GHD Heat Protect Spray (£9.99), but it needs another mention! As I am using heat on my hair more regularly this is absolutely essential. It's a lovely fine mist, smells great and helps protect my hair. It doesn't weigh my hair down or make it feel sticky, just does its job.

So to get a bit of life into my flat hair, I've been loving using the new GHD Curve Classic Curl Tong (£110). I had a very old Babyliss tong for years but it just wasn't doing the trick anymore and took forever to heat up so I felt it was time for an upgrade. I'm actually a bit of a GHD obsessive and own a couple of different pairs of straighteners and the GHD Air hairdryer (it's amazing, do check it out!), so naturally I went for this one. It has a medium size barrel so you can get loads of different looks out of it, from tight curls to relaxed waves. It heats up literally in a couple of seconds to 185 degrees which apparently is the optimum heat for curling hair - who knew? I've been using it to create this look, which is my weekend/going out look, but as it takes literally five minutes I might start styling my hair like this in the week too. How adventurous! Thanks to the lovely Julie for helping me decide on this one and showing me how to actually use it as I'm a bit hopeless!

Once my hair is all curled, I've been using the Denman Dressing Out Brush (£4.29) to backcomb and add a bit of oomph to the roots. It's mega cheap and super easy to use and adds a nice bit of volume that my hair is definitely grateful for! I can't live without this now and even if I don't curl my hair I've been using it to mess things up. Messy is definitely high on my current haircare agenda!

Lastly, I spray a bit of the Original Mineral Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray* (£18.00) into my hands and rub it into the mids and ends of my hair to break things up and give a more undone look. This is a super lightweight spray which smells great and adds just the right amount of texture to my hair. It doesn't have any nasties like sulphates and parabens in it which dry your hair out and cause irritations. As my hair is quite dry anyway this little beaut is a bit of a godsend as salt sprays by nature can be a bit drying, but the lack of sulphates mean its nowhere near as bad as the majority of salt sprays out there. I mainly scrunch this through my hair to finish it off and get a bit more texture, but it's also really nice added to damp hair before drying and twisting random bits of hair around as you dry it. I love this sort of look for a relaxed weekend 'I woke up like this' kinda vibe (yeah I can wish...).

What are your current hair care must haves?

Laura

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Good reads #2


One of my favourite things about blogging is discovering and reading other blogs, so I thought I'd share some posts with you that I've enjoyed reading lately.

Now that autumn is well underway and feeling a bit more blimmin' chilly and well, winter like, I'm stocking up on jumpers like they're going out of fashion. The lovely Charlotte recently did a 5 ways to wear series with ASOS Fashion Finder and I love how she paired this gorgeous Nicole Scherzinger X Misguided croc patent skirt with some cosy knits. It's such a super chic way of styling this shiny little number.

I'm all for lazy messy hair styles and now that my hair is longer I'm looking for inspo everywhere. Byrdie recently shared 5 hairstyles that look better on dirty hair and I'm really loving this super messy undone fishtail plait. This is the ultimate in lazy girl hair and I'm sooo onboard with that! Any extra time in bed gets a major thumbs up from me!

I loved Gabriella's makeup look with the MAC Paintpot in Éclair. I've got a couple of paint pots and I swear by them for a long lasting finish. I'm definitely putting this on my list! It looks really gorgeous mixed with NARS Kalahri. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful Gabriella is?

I mentioned earlier in the week that I'm veering more towards natural skincare lately so I was really keen to read Kate's post on affordable natural skincare. A lot of natural skincare is a bit on the pricey side so this was a godsend. I may have since purchased a few things so stay tuned to read more on that!

I hope you check these posts out and enjoy them as much as I did. I'm always up for finding new blogs so do let me know what posts you've been liking lately.

Laura

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Going natural with Yes To

A photo of Yes to Carrots and Yes to Tomatoes cleanser, moisturiser and face wipes

A photo of Yes to Carrots and Yes to Tomatoes cleanser, moisturiser and face wipes
 
A photo of Yes to Carrots and Yes to Tomatoes cleanser, moisturiser and face wipes
 
Yes To is a brand that I've seen a lot about but never tried out myself until recently. I had primarily heard of Yes To Carrots, but within the Yes To family there's also Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Blueberries and Grapefruit. As you might guess, each is tailored to a different skin type/concern.

I'm finding that I'm using more and more natural products of late, or natural/active hybrids as my skin seems to react so well to them, so I was keen to give Yes To a go. The brand is at the more affordable and accessible end of the spectrum and available from Boots. Now, this is completely personal preference, but a lot of people are very concerned about inci lists and exactly what they are putting onto their skin, so natural and organic ranges are becoming more and more popular. Yes To products have a minimum of 95% natural ingredients and are free from parabens, petroleum, SLS and phthalates. They are also cruelty free which is always a comfort.

I have been using the Yes To Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser* (£6.99) in the mornings, and it's a really nice, gel-like cleanser that gently cleans the skin without stripping it. The Yes To Tomatoes range is designed for combination/spot prone skin and even though I am at the more dry side of the spectrum, my skin loves this cleanser. Its super gentle and leaves my skin clean and soft, but without any tight feeling. It benefits from Lycopene (tomatoes), a well known powerful antioxidant that protects skin from the nasties that clog pores and cause spots, as well as fruit acids that control the skin's oil production. Where my skin has been pretty awful lately I've wanted to use very gentle yet effective products, and I've found this cleanser incredibly comforting on my angry skin.

In the evening I have been relying on the Yes To Carrots Intense Hydrating Night Cream* (£9.99). I've mentioned before that I mainly use oils in the evening instead of creams, but as the weather has got progressively colder and more miserable, I've needed to pile on the moisture a bit more. The infamous Yes To Carrots range focuses on dry skin, with an antioxidant in the form of Beta-Carotene (carrots) protecting the skin from free radicals. It also has shea butter and sweet almond oil in to add moisture and glow to the skin. It's a pretty thick cream, but it sinks in pretty quickly and the next morning my skin is much more moisturised. It's a really nice, no fuss night cream which delivers. Happy.

Lastly, I was also sent the Yes To Carrots Gentle Fragrance Free Cleasing Wipes* (£3.99) and while I am not a face wipe fan, these are not bad at all. As my eyes are sensitive, I only use them to remove makeup from the rest of my face before cleansing properly. They aren't anywhere near as drying as most other wipes I've tried, but obviously your face doesn't feel as soft and comfortable as it would after using a cleanser. Still, for when you're knackered or just can't be bothered to do things properly, these are a much better alternative to sleeping in your makeup!

I'm really interested to hear what you guys think about natural products. Have you tried anything from this Yes To and are there any other natural brands that you'd recommend? Please leave me a comment with your thoughts or send me a Tweet - @Lelore_.

Laura

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Four for tired eyes

Tips for tired eyes antipodes eye cream elemis eye treatment and the body shop drops of youth eye concentrate

As the "windows to the soul", our eyes give everything away. Every takeaway, naughty salty or chocolate treats and in my case, lack of sleep and overuse of IT! As much as I'd like to sleep more and spend less time in front of a computer, it's just not possible to make a drastic enough change to improve my tired, sore eyes.

However, there are a few things that I head straight for when things are getting a bit dry, dark and puffy.

I've spoken many a time about having sensitive eyes, and I've searched high and low for products that deliver moisture without aggravating my under eye area and causing sore red bumps. I find the Elemis Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment (£40) a very soothing lightweight serum which I especially like to use in the mornings. It delivers enough moisture to smooth out my fine lines and gives a great base for makeup. I find it sinks straight in and feels nice and refreshing to apply. It's an anti-ageing formula too so hopefully it will help slow things down in the long run too. Well a girl can hope anyway!

Fast forward to lunchtime, and by then I've been stuck in front of my computer for a few hours with artificial lights and no windows nearby. I don't work in a dungeon, it's not that bad, but it does take it's toll and I find my eyes often get a bit tired and dry. I keep The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate* (£18) in my makeup bag and it's so lovely to pop on when you need it throughout the day. I love the metal rollerball applicator, I could just roll it around my eyes all day! I spoke about this in more detail here and I can't get enough of the cooling sensation it gives.

For the evening I like to give my skin a proper pamper and this includes my eye area too. I find the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream (£24.99) perfect for this job, as it's a very nourishing but not too heavy cream. I've had this pot for ages and it's still going strong as you only need a tiny amount and it's super moisturising. Antipodes are one of my favourite skincare brands, my skin gets on so well with it.

Lastly, as I wear contact lenses I try and give my eyes at least two days break from them as pulling your eyes about trying to get the damn things in and out isn't the best thing for the most delicate area of your face! I take them out the second I get home each evening and try and wear my glasses at weekends. I think my eyes thank me for it, I know I'm grateful for the extra 5 minutes in bed!

Do you have any tips for tired eyes?

Laura

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Binky London Nails AW14/15

A photo of Binky London Nail Polish in Cobalt

A photo of London Nail Polish in Cobalt

A photo of Binky London Nail Polish in Cobalt

If you're a fan of Made In Chelsea, you may have seen that Binky Felstead now has her own makeup line - Binky London. The range is prominently nail polishes and I've been testing out the Binky London Nail Polish in Cobalt* (£2.95), which is one of five colours from the AW14/15 collection.

It's a lovely bright blue which I think suits my pale skin tone. I've got a couple of tops in the same colour and there's something about it which goes so well with my skin. I'm quite messy when it comes to applying polish, you won't find any tidy lines here! However, the Binky London nail polish comes with a wide brush which I find super easy to apply the polish with so things aren't quite as messy as usual!.

Two thin coats provided a lovely opaque colour and once dry (which didn't take long at all), it was nice and glossy. I always put a coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat on as I've never found anything to rival it. Five days on and things are still going strong, with no chips at all which is not bad going at all. I'm pretty impressed with this nail polish so far, and at £2.95, I think it really delivers.

The Binky London Nail Polish in Cobalt is available from today and you can get 10% off by entering the code PP10 at the checkout.

Have you tried anything from Binky London and do you think you'll be checking out this colour?

Laura

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Haulin': Illamasqua style

A picture of a few Illamasqua makeup items I bought

A photo of Illamasqua skin base foundation and Illamasqua powder blush in naked rose

A photo of Illamasqua scultping powder duo

A photo of Illamasqua glamore lipstick in rosepout and virgin

Up until last month I had only ever tried two products from Illamasqua. One is the cream pigment in Hollow which I love for contouring, and the other is a pink Glamore lipstick in Luster.

I've wanted to try the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (£32) for the longest time so I decided to finally buy it. It's still early days with this one, and while I do like the natural finish it gives, it's not quite the game-changing mega foundation that I was expecting from all the glowing reviews. Don't get me wrong, I do really like it and it's a great foundation that makes my skin look really nice, but it's just not as good as my beloved NARS Sheer Glow or Make Up Forever HD Foundations. I think when you read so many good reviews you tend to expect so much more from a product and sometimes a product can only be so good, realistically.

Another item off my lust list is the Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo in Heliopolis and Lumos (£26.00). This is the perfect contour kit for me as the contour shade is not too warm or too murky and ashy, and the highlighter is super flattering and not too pigmented. I'm pretty rubbish at contouring, but I find that this builds beautifully and doesn't look harsh on my pale moon face. It's a lot bigger than I thought it would be, mainly due to the trademark Illasmasqua packaging, so it does take up bit more room than I'd like in my makeup bag but still less than two separate products.

Next, to add a bit of colour I have the Illasmasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose (£21.50). This is from the Once collection and it's so gorgeous. It's the perfect winter colour for me, and looks like a natural 'I've just been out in the cold' kinda shade that's super flattering. It's really pigmented so for someone as heavy handed as me it's a bit tricky to apply. I'm getting the hang of it now and the Aunt Sally days are becoming less and less!

Lastly, I got a bit impulsive and picked up not one, but two lipsticks. I went for the Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Rosepout (£18.50) ,which is a beautiful nude pink. This looks awesome with the Naked Rose blusher and is a lovely creamy satin finish. The formula of this particular lipstick really reminds me of the MAC Cremesheens which I love, but it doesn't last that long on me. The second lipstick is the Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Virgin, a true, classic red. This was actually designed for the Virgin Airways cabin crew, hence the name. I really love this colour and will get a lot of wear out of it, especially in winter I think. Oddly I don't find this as thick and creamy as Rosepout and therefore it lasts longer on me. I wasn't aware that the formula varies depending on the colour, perhaps it's just the ones that I have? Anyone know?

I think that's me sorted for makeup for a while, my bank balance is certainly hoping that's the case anyway! Have you tried any of these or are there any other Illamasqua products you'd recommend?

Laura

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

October Beauty Favourites

a picture of the beauty products I have loved in October

Another month down and this one has been a bit of a cracker! It was the month that my workload nearly broke me and totally threw my blog schedule out of the window, but yet it was one of the happiest times of my life as I also married my wonderful husband. Talk about highs and lows!

Anyway, back to my October beauty favourites. Things are a bit makeup-centric this month, but that's never a bad thing eh?

The beginning of the month saw much excitement with the release of the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette (£22). I don't own the original and one of the reasons for this is that I don't have much need for a black shadow so for me buying a dinky small palette that contained one was a waste. What I love about the second palette is that it's more cool toned which suits my skin much better, and it had a nice dark (but not too dark) brown instead of the black. Perfect for smoky eyes or using as a liner. Since I got this I've used it so much. It's really portable which I love as I tend to apply my make up on the train to work every day - classy I know!

Still on the subject of makeup, I pulled out an old well loved but seemingly misunderstood product, MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation (£21.50). This is my second bottle of this foundation as the first one separated after sitting unloved in my stash (the joys of water based solutions!). This is often revered or slated in the beauty world which I don't understand. It can break a lot of people out (thankfully not me!), but the trick with applying this beauty is to go for a couple of thin layers and blend, blend, blend. It then takes on a second skin like appearance and lasts all day, leaving a perfect finish which is not at all cakey. It's a light foundation so you will need a concealer if you have boo-boos to hide. I'm really glad to have discovered this again, it makes my skin look really healthy, but natural. Even better you can now get it in a smaller 50ml size so hopefully I'll actually get to use all of this one.

We all love a blogger inspired purchase so I have Anna to thank for making me lust over the Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush (£25.50). I love my MAC and Real Techniques brushes to apply eye shadow with but I was missing a soft and fluffy blender to finish off the job. This brush fills that gap perfectly. I have sensitive eyes so anything scratchy is a no-no. I have a few Bobbi Brown brushes now and they do not disappoint. Sure they are expensive, but they work and last forever.

I spend ages filling in and setting my unruly brows and am always looking for the perfect eyebrow pencil that's fine and not too warm in colour. I love the Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil which I've repurchased many times but at £21 I really needed to find something more affordable. The Soap and Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush (£8) is often referred to as a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz and I really, really like it. The inclusion of a brush on the end with a lid so it doesn't get covered in fluff is really neat! It has a very fine nib so creates small realistic hairs in an instant. Bargain!

With October being quite a busy and stressful month my skin went into meltdown and along with erupting with very painful spots, was incredibly dull and dehydrated. I've been loving using the Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Day Cream SPF15* (£49), which has fixed my dry issue and has added an extra radiance to my skin that I usually only get with a primer. I talked about the Rodial STEMCELL range in full last week, so make sure you check out this post for more info.

How was your October and what was your favourite thing about it?

Laura

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