Thursday, 29 September 2016

Beauty's Little Luxuries


As well as making me look a bit more presentable and not scaring the outside world, my beauty regime means quite a bit to me, for many different reasons, and I'm sure that differs between person to person. So, today I thought I'd share with you a few of beauty's little luxuries that I can't get enough of.

Luxury Picks
As a beauty lover, it's sometimes all too easy to get swept up into more luxurious beauty products, but I think that if you can afford it, that's absolutely fine once in a while. I am a bit of a sucker for high end beauty products, whether it's the exquisite packaging or how gorgeous the formulas are, they make me smile and that's what makes it special to me.

If I want to really feel my best, there's a few staple luxury beauty items that I always reach for. I don't think you can get more luxurious than what is most probably the most expensive lip balm ever, but the highly Instagramable By Terry Baume De Rose is a fail safe. I absolutely love rose, and the highly moisturising properties of this bank breaking lip balm keep my pout happy. Cost per wear it's not actually that bad as it really does keep my lips nourished for hours.

Also, let's be honest, who doesn't want to to whip out a gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette or rose gold lipstick to touch up on the go?  I absolutely love both The Dolce Vita and The Golden Goddess. For lips, my top picks from Tilbs are Amazing Grace or Love Liberty. From the stunning rose gold packaging to the super flattering shades, my collection is becoming more and more skewed to this makeup guru's brand.

Beauty's Little Luxuries

The Crisp Red Lip
Nothing makes me feel more luxurious than a super flattering red lip. Carefully applied (definitely not on the train!), there's something about a strong red lip that really lifts my complexion. My go-to red at the moment is the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery*. Its so long lasting and I'm not going to get tired of the compliments I get on this any time soon. Definitely one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas - it's just so comfortable.

Limited Editions
The panic buying of a limited edition collection gets my heart racing like no other! If it isn't a seasonal Chanel drop (Le Rouge Collection No.1 dented my purse somewhat) or the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder collection that I'm desperate to swatch at a counter (hello Modern Mercury!), chances are I have to at least rule it out in order to be satisfied. And of course there's then the dilemma of whether you'll allow yourself to actually use it (or just buy a double!). It's a quandary facing many a beauty lover, but personally I like to enjoy my purchases. I may have a lot of makeup, but there's no greater waste of money than products you don't use.

Beauty's Little Luxuries

Undetectable Radiance
I am obsessed with highlighter, and dewy radiant skin. And sometimes by picking the right products I can achieve that lit from within look that actually fools everyone I'm not wearing makeup. A little layer of Charlotte Tilbury's Wonder Glow and a swipe from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Palette in Gleam and I'm good to go, or glow! Used together, both of these beauts transform my skin and make me feel rather fancy!

Me Time
There's nothing I like better than taking time out to spend on my skincare routine, or the rare occasion I have lots of time to apply my makeup rather than the usual rush. For me, it's luxurious me time where I can get lost in my thoughts and preen away to my heart's content. Nothing settles the mind more than a pampering bath and a face mask! I shared my Sunday evening beauty ritual recent which you can read here. And you know, sometimes those eyeliner flicks do match up...well, sometimes.

What little beauty luxuries do you love?

Laura

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Yardley Contemporary Classics Collection

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Yardley isn't a brand I'd ever considered would be suitable for me. I, like many people, had always considered it to be aimed at older generations, but since trialling a few new launches from the brand I've come to realise how wrong I was.

Yardley is well known as a fragrance brand, and the new additions to the Contemporary Classics Collection not only go on to validate it's strong standing in the fragrance world, but also bring it right up to date and modernised. The Contemporary Classics Collection focuses on well loved English flowers, and it's all so wearable, and somewhat luxurious without breaking the bank.

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English Dahlia is such a beautiful, feminine scent. It features not only dahlias but also rose and peony. What I love about this fragrance is the warm musky side of cedar, patchouli and musk that it also harbours. It's incredibly comforting and cosy smelling, and totally autumn appropriate. I've been wearing the Yardley English Dahlia Eau de Toilette* (which has amazing staying power), and slathering my hands in the matching Yardley English Dahlia Nourishing Hand Cream*. Also included in the range is the Yardley English Dahlia Body Spray* which is perfect for stashing in your gym bag or to refreshen up on the go - I like to be prepared, what can I say?

Also added to the Contemporary Classics Collection is the Yardley English Bluebell Moisturising Fragrance Body Mist* and matching Nourishing Hand Cream*. English Bluebell is my favourite of the two scents, to me it's so uplifting and fresh. It's no surprise I love it so much as it also features notes of lily and jasmine, which are firm fragrance favourites of mine. The Body Mist is ultra-fine and so nourishing on my dry skin, perfect for this time of year when the weather starts to take it's toll. I find most hand creams to be greasy and uncomfortable, but Yardley's offering couldn't be more different. It deeply moisturises and soothes my paws, leaving them supple and scented.

The new additions to Yardley's Contemporary Classics Collection are so beautiful - will you be checking them out?

Laura

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

20 Years of Paul & Joe

Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary makeup collection review

Paul & Joe are never ones to disappoint, so it was no surprise that I squealed when I opened up the gorgeous Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary Makeup Collection* when it arrived. Masters of beautifully thought out, wonderful packaged and truly great products, Paul & Joe have done themselves proud with this set.

Released to celebrate their 20th fashion anniversary, we have a wonderfully cat themed collection and some of Paul & Joe's most iconic and loved beauty products from the last 20 years. There's the quirky little cat head, printed in the 20th anniversary chrysanthemum and flamingo print, which when turned inside out, reveals a really good sized tote bag. Practical and beautiful it is too, which appeases the cat lover in me!

Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary makeup collection review

The Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary Makeup Collection also includes a really decent sized makeup bag with a gold clasp that has the most satisfying click to it - I don't know why but that really makes me happy! It comes in the most beautiful hummingbird print which I believe dates back to a 2006 collection, and inside there's a really dinky little pouch for keeping hair grips or coins in.

Let's not forget the makeup, after all, that's what the Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary Makeup Collection is really about. Bringing back some very popular blasts from Paul & Joe's past, let's start with Lipstick A. Housed in a panther print tube is a coral pink lipstick which originally made its debut in 2004. Not too matte, not too satin, this is a really flattering shade to wear which suits most skin tones. Perfect for paired back lazy makeup days, this is my favourite makeup item in the collection.

Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary makeup collection review

Of course, there's kitties in the collection - it wouldn't be Paul & Joe otherwise! Housed in kitty print is the perfect companion to the lipstick, Face Color A. Hailing back to 2005, this is a multi-purpose product that's suitable for cheeks as well as eyes, as it has a hint of shimmer which is oh so flattering. The coral shade is gives my pale skin and the most pretty flush of colour.

Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary makeup collection review

Last up is Pressed Compact Duo A, which was part of Paul & Joe's 10th anniversary collection.With a wonderful floral design on the lid of the compact, inside it houses a face powder with a crescent of the most beautiful highlighter. Both powders are very finely milled, and whether applied individually or mixed together they make my complexion look airbrushed and set base makeup perfectly.

This is such an amazing collection from Paul & Joe, they really do know how to put beautiful products together. I love the prints and the chrysanthemum embossing which features on every piece of makeup in the collection is a lovely touch. Truly beautiful.

Will you be picking this up?

Laura

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

How To Hide A Bad Skin Day

How To Hide A Bad Skin Day

If there's one thing I learnt in the 10 years I had acne, it's how to hide a bad skin day. There were times that my skin was so bad I'd be so upset after seeing my skin in the morning that I just couldn't face leaving the house, which isn't ideal so I had to pull myself together and come up with a few ways that I could disguise the devastation on my face and get things done. So, today I'm sharing those tips with you.

Go easy on the foundation
The temptation to build up a mask of foundation is real, but it's only going to look cakey and harsh. It will also accentuate any lumpy dry areas and make it more obvious. A light base and concealer just over the blemishes is all you need. Lisa Eldridge's legendary pin point concealing technique is a live saver!

Little layers
One layer of concealer might not be enough depending on how bad your breakout is, so setting your concealer with a translucent powder and applying another layer of each helps keep everything in check and will be much more long lasting. Just where you need it though!

Keep your makeup 'you'
If you wear minimal makeup usually don't go full on dramatic with smokey eyes and a strong lip to cover things up. You'll not only feel a bit self conscious but it could draw attention to the areas you're trying to hide.

Play up your features
That said, play up another part to draw attention away from any trouble areas. I often go for a slick of liquid liner to divert attention away from my chin or rock a bright lip to bring attention further down my face. Do pick your lip colours wisely though, as if your skin is angry and red a pink lip could make things look even more irritated. I think you can't go wrong with a classic red personally.

Glow
Highlighter makes everything better, I swear! It really makes the complexion look radiant and healthy. It's an instant pick me up. A little drop of face oil is also one of my go-tos for hydrating the skin and making it look much better than it actually is.

Wear something you love
Those shoes that make you feel amazing, or the dress everyone compliments you on will make you feel much better. Go for something that makes you feel good about yourself and confident - and smile!

Do you have any tips for hiding a bad skin day?

Laura

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Beauty: 5 To Try

Five Beauty Products To Try

I love reading product round ups and favourites so I thought I'd share with you a few beauty products that I'm really enjoying using right now. I'm covering everything from a makeup remover to a hair mask so hopefully there's something in here that takes your fancy.

So, starting with makeup removal is the Chanel Demaquillant Yeux Intense eye makeup remover. A pricey and slightly indulgent pick, but certainly one worth checking out, this is a bi-phase formula that once poured on a cotton round and held over the eye melts everything in an instant. Perfect for liquid eyeliner and waterproof formulations if that's your thing. It's super gentle on the eyes and gets the job done quickly - can't recommend it enough.

I picked up this tiny Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder from the dinky travel section in Sephora as it was so cute, not gonna lie! As the name suggests, it's a powder which activates with water to slough away dead skin and leave the complexion smooth and bright. It's also gentle enough to use every day, although personally, twice a week works best for me. This little tube is lasting me forever too which is quite handy seeing as we can't buy Tatcha too easily in the UK.

This cute Paul & Joe Sun Protection SPF 20 Body Mist* is the most gorgeously scented sun product I've ever seen. It's a beautiful floral scent that's so uplifting. It's a silky creamy mist which sinks straight into the skin and keeps my skin soft and protected from the sun's rays. As the weather is all over the place at the moment this Paul & Joe SPF mist is perfect for keeping in your bag and applying as and when. The packaging is so adorable!

I can't go long without talking about face masks so I had to include this Body Shop pick. The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask is literally a tube of thick honey gooey goodness, and leaves my skin intensely hydrated after 10 minutes. As the seasons start to change it can wreck havoc on the skin, so adding a moisturising and soothing mask like this into the mix is at the top of my to do list.

For hair I've been using the Original & Mineral  Seven Day Miracle Moisture Hair Mask to keep my split ends in check and to make sure my locks are as shiny and healthy as they can be. Best used once a week, this macadamia seed and argan oil infused treatment restores my hair without weighing it down. An unsung hero, for sure.

Have you tried any of these before, or are you tempted?

Laura

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The Autumn Transitional Makeup Edit

Autumn Transitional Makeup

September for me marks the end of summer and the beginning of my favourite season - Autumn. Okay so Autumn doesn't officially start til 22nd September, but I love it so I'm getting ready early. Yes, I'm sad! Autumn makeup for me means dusky pinks and more mauve tones, and of course a berry lip. I've switched up a few items in my everyday makeup routine so it's edging into more appropriate Autumn tones, so I thought I'd show you a little transitional makeup edit that I'll be rocking this month.

You may notice that there's a product missing from the below photo. I've not worn foundation for a little while now and I'm absolutely loving it. My skin is too dry for foundation right now, as Roaccutane is still making things parched and sensitive. As I don't have any blemishes and my marks have almost faded completely I've embraced it and just used concealer where I need it. My favourite concealer at the moment is the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer. This literally covers everything and is hardly detectable. It's also super creamy and not at all heavy or mask-like, so if I have a little redness I use this to disguise it.

For brows, I'm keeping things simple with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Soft Brown. I'm more of a Medium Brown, but as my hair is a bit lighter than it was, the lighter, slightly warmer Soft Brown works really well. The slanted tip and spoolie make this so quick and easy to use. I then follow up with Benefit Ready, Set Brow to keep my everything in place. The wand on this took a while to get the hang of, but we're best buds now. Gimme Brow, be scared...

Underneath the eyes I'm using the Dior Fix-It Colour 2-1in-1 Prime and Colour Correct in Apricot. Ridiculously long name aside, this is a creamy colour corrector which cancels out the blue and green discolouration under my eyes and helps hide my eye bags. To prime my eyes I'm always going to use the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I'm on I think my sixth pot of this, and haven't worn makeup without this for over ten years. I don't mention this very much which is odd, maybe as its such a permanent part of my routine. It's really amazing and evens out discolouration and clings to eye products, making the colours pop and keeping them in place all day.

Autumn Transitional Makeup

The newest edition to my makeup collection is the gorgeous Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette in Fair / Light*. It's so beautiful and I love how the colours are designed to complement your skin tone perfectly. There's a few versions for different skin types, but if you want a more dramatic look there's nothing stopping you from going for a darker collection of colours. The gold packaging is also a hit, from the gold leopard print on the lid to the gorgeous shades inside, I adore this palette. Perfect Me, Perfect Hue contains five neutral eye shades and two blushes.

The eye shadow shades are so well thought out, they complement one another perfectly and have been carefully curated to provide a base colour, all over lid shade, crease, highlight and even a more dramatic darker purple which looks beautiful smudged into the lash line. I've been using all of the colours together so far to create a pretty contoured eye look and it's a firm everyday favourite for me. The two darker dusky purples also look perfect together as a more dramatic look and I love using the lighter blush high on my cheekbones with the more peachy shade just on the apples for a pretty hit of colour that looks fresh. Perfect Me, Perfect Hue is super pretty and versatile and couldn't be more appropriate for the change in season if it tried.

To finish the eyes I'm reaching for the L'oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara. I'm on the fence with this a little, although I love how it creates lots of volume and separation, it smells of play dough...even later on in the day. I've only used it a few times so am hoping when it dries out a bit it's more bearable. Other than that it looks amazing on.

We finally have a NYX stand in Canterbury, and seeing as I've exhausted the lip products from the line already, I recently picked up the iconic NYX High Definition Blush in Taupe to use as a contour. It's got great pigmentation and is pretty cool toned, so perfect for my pasty complexion. For highlight, my Becca obsession is still going well, and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Opal is so flattering. I go crazy with this - probably should tone it down before I blind someone...

What makeup are you taking into Autumn with you?

Laura

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis

Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis skincare range review

Roger & Gallet are well known for their fragrances and scented bath goodies, but are now dipping their toes into the world of skincare with their new Le Soin Aura Mirabilis range. This carefully edited range of four products is designed as a beauty ritual, and its so incredibly well thought out. I really love when brands take the time to curate a range with such purpose, you know its going to be good.

Aura Mirabilis is quite an interesting concept; it was originally a powerful natural remedy created over 300 years ago by monks. The natural elixir was derived from a select group of healing medicinal plants and was applied topically to burns and wounds to heal and preserve the complexion, or even drunk to heal and improve vitality. It later became Eau de Cologne - familiar, no?, and was even used by Napoleon III and Queen Victoria. 

Roger & Gallet have based their range around Aura Mirabilis by including 18 distilled plants in each of the products in the range, which includes a Beauty Vinegar, Double Extract (a bi-phase serum), Extra Fine Cleansing Mask and Legendary Cream.

Starting with Aura Mirabilis Beauty Vinegar*, because it fascinates me; this is a bi-phase concoction that once mixed distributes the plants from the oil at the top and mixes into the fruit vinegar beneath it. Beauty Vinegar helps smooth the skin, refine pores and leaves the skin soft and smooth. I use this as my toner step and I love this especially in the morning as it leaves my skin very radiant and fresh looking. Don't be put off by the name, it certainly  smells nothing like vinegar! Like the rest of the range, it smells very botanical and fresh and quiets the mind perfectly.

Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis skincare range review

Aura Mirabilis Double Extract* is probably the star of the collection for me. Again, its a bi-phase formula, sitting somewhere between an essence and a serum. I've found this very effective on my skin over the weeks that I've been using it. Infused with 18 distilled plants, it sinks into the skin beautifully and protects against environmental nasties, while replenishing and restoring the skin and helping reduce wrinkles and uneven tone. My dry skin is left hydrated, comforted and looking much more alive. Can we also take a moment to talk about the delivery mechanism? It's not too visible in the photos but it has a corkscrew dispenser within the bottle so you can pour out exactly the right amount, or turn the bottle upside down for a second helping. Clever!

The Aura Mirabilis Extra Fine Cleansing Mask* is a clever multi-tasker in my book. A mask as well as a cleanser, this is best applied to dry skin and massaged in. Once water is added it turns into a dreamy milk, which, when washed off, leaves my complexion feeling soft and radiant. I prefer using it as a morning or second cleanser, but whether you use it as cleanser or a mask its a joy to use and leaves the skin clean and not stripped or sensitive.

Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis skincare range review


I do love a moisturiser, so I was very happy to see that they had included one in the range - Aura Mirabilis Legendary Cream*. Texture-wise its light and very gel-like, so it sinks into the skin quickly. It contains White Lily extract, which helps reduce irritation and redness, so my angry Roaccutane skin has been loving this. I find the Legendary Cream to be really soothing and whilst light in texture it's a very effective moisturiser. That said, for me it's a little too light to use in the evening, but it fits the bill perfectly for the day.

Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis is such a beautiful range. It's so calming and effective, so for me it truly is a beauty ritual.

Will you be checking out this new range?

Laura

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