Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A Duo For Sensitive Eyes - La Roche-Posay Respectissime

La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Review

La Roche-Posay is a brand that pops up on my blog quite a bit. I love their Toleraine moisturisers - the Nuit version is currently in my skincare line up, and I'd never be without Efficlar Duo waiting in the wings to zap any blemishes. I also like their base products which are formulated for sensitive skin, so I was pretty excited to try two new eye products from the Respectissime line.

As a contact lens wearer who is sat behind a computer all day, my eyes do get sensitive and dry. By the end of the day I can't wait to remove my makeup but I have to be careful to not aggravate them. I'm also allergic to nickel which seems to only affect my eye area so the gentler the better.

The La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara* is one of three new mascaras from the brand - there's a waterproof version and one that strengthens the lashes. The Volume mascara is very black and wonderfully separates my lashes, giving them the thickness and kind of volume I love for most days. We're not talking false lash territory, but the volume is certainly there. The formula is nickel controlled which is great news for me, and also free from parabens and fragrance, whilst being hypoallergenic to boot, so perfect for those long tiring days. Where this mascara excels for me is it's staying power. It's not too wet so it doesn't transfer, and once on, its on. No flaking, smudging or any of that nonsense. But when it's time to say goodbye, it's gone.

La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Review

And to remove it is it's little partner in crime, La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover*. This is a bi-phase formula that once shaken and activated, takes care of all my makeup - mascara, eye liner, eye shadow, liquid lipsticks, in seconds. It's incredibly gentle on the skin and eyes due to the sensitive formula, but it goes hard on makeup - including waterproof mascara. I tend to apply it to couple of cotton rounds and hold them over my eyes - which by the way is super soothing as its nice and cold! After a few seconds everything wipes away. No rubbing, no redness, no tears. Fuss-free makeup removal. Most eye products make my eyes sore but the Respectissime Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover isn't one of them. Even though it is a bi-phase formula, it doesn't feel greasy on the skin at all, unlike many I've used before. It leaves my skin feeling comfortable and hydrated. I always follow with a full cleanse anyway but there's no panic to throw on some moisturiser which is sometimes an all too common feeling.

If you have sensitive skin you're going to want to pick these up for sure!

Laura

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The CC Cream That Changed Everything

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

I'll admit it, I'm kinda over the whole alphabet cream thing. I can't really tell a massive difference between them if I'm honest, other than I find BB creams give a nice light coverage and CC creams can often take a bit of work to blend in. So when IT Cosmetics came to the UK via QVC and everyone was raving about the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream I didn't get too excited. 

But, when IT Cosmetics had a today's special value on QVC which included said CC cream I thought I'd give it a go. The beauty of QVC is they offer refunds for up to a month, even on used beauty products, so I knew I could return it if it wasn't love at first (or fifth) blend.

I went for fair which is the lightest shade, so when I pumped a little bit out and saw it was a bit yellow than I'd usually go for I really thought it was a no go. In actual fact, this is the most perfect shade for me and cancels out any redness, leaving me with a natural radiance that I didn't expect to see. So for me it really does colour correct - maybe not just marketing hype after all?

The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream offers a wopping great SPF 50, which I thought might make blending a little tough, but actually I couldn't have been more wrong. It blends very easily, meshing quite seamlessly into the skin and considering its more on the dewy side it has pretty good staying power. Combo and oily skins might want to skip this one, but if you're on the normal to dry spectrum and want easy perfect skin you're going to want to check this out. It's certainly not going back, in fact I think it will need prising from my cold dead hands makeup bag soon as I'm not interested in anything else. Game changer!

Are alphabet creams your thing or just hype?

Laura

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Stila Glitter Underground

Stila Glitter Underground Spring 2017 Collection

Stila's spring collection - Glitter Underground, couldn't have been more perfectly timed. I've just embraced the idea of glitter at the grand age of 33 and therefore I've got a lot of time to make up for! The inspiration for the collection is 70's disco, but it's also very modern owing to the selection of luxurious textures and colours. It's certainly very divine and grown up - a fair cry from a lot of metallic formulas that tend to grace the beauty aisles.

Glitter Underground is a pretty big launch from Stila, featuring a gorgeous eyeshadow palette with a mix of mattes and metallic shades, five new liquid lipsticks, two glitter top coats, and for me the stars of the show; the new highlighters and liquid eyeshadows.

Stila Glitter Underground Spring 2017 Collection

Diving straight into the eyeshadows as they're really quite something, which are an evolution of their popular foil finish eyeshadows. The Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows are incredibly unique. Housed in what looks like a lip gloss tube, they glide straight over the eyelid and have a little bit of play time for blending before they lock in place. The staying power is pretty impressive and there's hardly any fall out which I'm thankful for - nothing worse than ending up with glitter all over your face!

The Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows are super glossy and as you can see from the swatch, they really pack a punch. The formula is the most gorgeous mix of glitter and pearl, so they're very iridescent and smooth to apply. I have the shade Smouldering Satin* which is a bronzey gold hue that is so wearable. Among the other shades in the range there's one based on their iconic Kitten eyeshadow which I'm going to have to pick up at some point. I'm literally besotted with everything Kitten - and not just because I'm a bit of a mad cat lady!

Stila Glitter Underground Spring 2017 Collection

The other new launch in the collection is the Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter*. It comes in three shades and the one I have is Trancedence*. It's the most flattering pearlescent lilac which is perfect for pale skins and I think it would also look phenomenal on darker skintones.

We really need to talk about the texture of this highlighter as it's unlike anything I've ever seen before. It's almost like a cream, but really not at the same time. It's a bouncy putty which is so light and velvety on the skin. It almost melts into the complexion and gives the most dreamy effect. I'm definitely going to be picking up at least the Kitten shade..and maybe Bronze for the summer, you know, just in case I get a tan (stranger things have happened).

I haven't got excited about a launch like this for a while, and it's no surprising Stila are one of my favourite and most reached for brands as they're really defining themselves with collections such as Glitter Underground. Will you be checking out the collection and are you a fan of glitter too?

Laura

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Friday, 3 February 2017

The Topshop Faux Shearling Aviator Jacket

The Topshop Faux Shearling Aviator Jacket

The Topshop Faux Shearling Aviator Jacket

Larsson & Jennings Watch

Acne Jensen Boots

Chanel Boy Bag

The Topshop Faux Shearling Aviator Jacket

Disclaimer - I am no fashion blogger! But a couple of weeks ago I met up with the lovely Kat and Kirsty for a lovely blogger afternoon out and Sunday roast (i.e. my favourite kind of day) and Kirsty very kindly took some outfit photos for us. I've now got the urge to do more fashion content on here, so watch this space. I just need to figure out what to do with my legs as they always look awkward!

THE TOPSHOP FAUX SHEARLING AVIATOR JACKET
Aviator jackets have been everywhere this autumn/winter, in fact they've been having a moment for the last year or so. Last spring I bought a cheapish version from Boohoo as I wasn't sure if this was a trend that either suited me or would be here to stay, but I ended up wearing it to death (rip), so when the weather got rather nippy I invested in this new black Topshop shearling aviator jacket. Zara and Reiss both have similar pieces out at the moment which I did consider, but the Reiss one was mega expensive and I didn't like the coating that the Zara version had.

The Topshop shearling aviator jacket is almost a brushed, velvety material on the outside and the inside is a super soft faux shearing, so it's pretty thick and cosy. I sized up as I quite often do with coats so I can fit a jumper underneath, but also because the arm length was a little shorter than I'd like. I love a mainly black outfit like this little Sunday ensemble, with this pink Whistles jumper for a pop of colour to bring it to life. It's highly likely that this jacket's going to get worn into the ground too but it's so cosy I never want to take it off!

WHAT I'M WEARING

Bag - Chanel

Photos - Fashion For Lunch (thank you Kirsty!)

Laura

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

How To Look Wide Awake (When You're Not)

How to look wide awake

Please tell me I'm not the only one who always plans to go to bed early, yet when it comes to it I'm sat there refreshing my social media over and over until midnight? Come the next morning I'm at least an hour down on my beauty sleep and darn it shows! My eyes look red raw and puffy and generally not so fresh. Yet I never learn! I started a bullet journal this month and along with drinking more water I'm going to attempt to get more sleep. We shall see...

While I'm trying to work on my sleeping habits I've rounded up a few tips and tricks to share with you that I rely on for faking looking wide awake when really I'm not. Hopefully you'll discover something new that might help perk you up in the morning.

How to look wide awake

EYE GEL
Ah eyes, the windows to the soul or as I refer to them, the little so and so's that give the game away that you were scrolling away on Instagram until midnight! If I can sort these little red wotsits out the battle is already half won. Along with necking a pint of water as soon as I wake up, a refreshing eye gel works wonders for de-puffing the eye area and cooling down any redness, as well as of course hydrating. Gel formulas such as my new fave Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux are best as they're super cooling and sink straight into the skin. Creams can actually cause puffiness, as can applying too much so its worth going for a gel or thin serum.

CORRECTOR
Most people tend to have a little discolouration under their eyes so disguising this gives a much more wide awake appearance. I suffer with a bit of blueness as well as under eye bags so a peachy corrector such as the Bobbi Brown Corrector or NYX offering are essential for me. This counteracts the blue and is super creamy so is comfortable on my skin. I find correctors do a much better job under the eyes than concealer, which can sometimes be a bit too heavy.

SPARKLE
A light yet shimmery eyeshadow really brightens the eye I find, and something like the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Eyeshadow* adds so much shimmer and glitter that it really cheats a few hours extra sleep. As the name suggests, they're metallic eyeshadows that can be lightly applied or built up for a more intense effect. I have the shade Dusty Rose* and I tend to pat the cream formula over my eyelid straight out of the pan or mix in a drop of the primer that comes with the eyeshadow to give a more intense and long-lasting effect.

SKIN-TONED EYELINER
Forget white eyeliner which let's face it, looks a bit odd, and instead opt for a more natural skintoned pencil like the MAC Studio Chromographic Pencil. A little bit of this added to the water line cancels out any tell tale redness and makes my eyes look so much fresher. This works wonders even if you have sensitive eyes - perfect for the hayfever season too!

How to look wide awake

CURL THOSE LASHES
It's a step I often neglect but curling my eyelashes really opens up my eyes - I must get back into it! I have had this pair of Shu Uemera Eyelash Curlers for yonks and it's still going strong. People always recommend them as they're really that good!

MASCARA (AND LOTS OF IT)
I'm really obsessed wih the Stila Huge  Extreme Lashes Mascara* still. It builds up the lashes perfectly and adds a load of volume but without any clumping. After a little curl and two coats of this mascara I look a hell of lot more presentable. Which ever mascara you use, don't forget to add a couple of coats to open your eyes in the morning. Another good trick is to use a blue mascara like the Benefit They're Real Mascara. To stop things getting a little 80's I just apply this to the top lashes over my Stila black mascara. The blue really makes the white of my eyes pop!

A BRIGHT LIP
A gorgeous bright lip really lights up my pale complexion and also makes me feel a bit sassy, so perfect if I've not had a great night's sleep. Something like the pinky hues of the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Natalie or the Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Ink in 142 Creatif make all the difference.

If you have any tips for faking looking wide awake please pop them in the comments.

Laura

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