Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Face oils are totally my thing and a step I never miss every evening, so when Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil came out a while ago it was speedily put on my wishlist. An oil that improves your skin while you snooze? Surely you can't get much better than that. Cue a few weeks of tracking it down as everyone else had the same idea and snapped up all the stock, but I got my paws on a bottle of the blue goodness in the end.

Now that I've been using this consistently for a while it seems only right that I share my musings on the latest Sunday Riley release with you. This is my second purchase from the brand, having tried the Start Over eye cream a while ago (which is well worth picking up I might add!). For those not familiar with the brand, Sunday Riley blends pure botanical ingredients with the latest advancements in chemistry, meaning that the products born from this union are truly effective and innovative. It goes without saying that this does mean that you are paying quite a bit for products from the range, but if you are serious about anti-ageing and improving your skin it's certainly worth it. Of course if you are in your early twenties you can skip this and save your pennies.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is rather special in appearance; a deep greeny blue oil given its colour by blue tansy. Then there's the gorgeous glass bottle and pipette which looks pretty darn wonderful on my bathroom shelf. Luna is an oil with a difference, as it is actually a treatment suspended in an oil. Not only does it fight the signs of ageing, but it also reduces pore size, improves the texture and elasticity of the skin, heals blemishes as well as repairing the damage caused by sun, the environment and pollution. That's quite a lot to pack into one product! As well as containing cold pressed advocado, grape seed and chia oils, the star of the show is trans-retinol ester which is much gentler on the skin than it's retinoid family, but still very effective. If you want to try out retinols/vitamin A or have found them to be quite harsh and drying on your skin, Luna is an awesome alternative.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Luna Sleeping Night Oil is best applied to dry cleansed skin in the evening and gently massaged in. It's very blue in person which means its super easy to know when you've properly applied it as the colour then disappears. It also sinks in very quickly and feels quite light and comfortable in texture, so my skin never looks or feels greasy. I find Luna to be very hydrating and I never need to add a moisturiser on top. What really surprised me was that I noticed a difference after the first use. My skin looked brighter and more even in texture, my blemish marks seemed not as obvious and my skin felt beautifully soft. I'm not one to really notice immediate changes in my skin after introducing new products, it's more when I don't use them that the difference is clear and I'm left thinking "ah that's what it does!", so this was quite a revelation.

My skin has massively improved since I introduced Luna into my routine. I use it most nights and have found my skin to be much more radiant and hydrated and my fine lines not as noticeable. In the morning it actually looks like I've slept properly and my breakouts clear much quicker. I've also not had any blemish marks or scars form which I tend to really suffer with. I really couldn't praise this bottle of blue loveliness enough. If you're in your late twenties and beyond you need to try this.

Have you tried Luna or anything else from Sunday Riley?


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Monday, 17 August 2015

A new hair repairing duo

repairing damaged hair

After being a bit cruel to my hair this year and heat styling it a fair bit (not to mentioning bleaching it twice - oops), I've been feeling a bit remorseful for my poor tresses. Things have been feeling a bit more dry and damaged than usual so I've incorporated a couple of new products into my routine to help repair the damage to my hair and to add a bit of vitality and strength.

My hair is really fine but I seem to have a hell of a lot of it, so I really like light formulas where possible. I've used lots of oils aimed at repairing damaged hair in the past but only a few have ever actually delivered results. I recently received the Revlon Professional Orofluido Asia Zen Control Elixir* and it's made quite a difference already. Formulated with Asian ingredients, this rather decadent smelling hair oil works to limit frizz, smooth hair and add shine. It also contains a UV filter to protect against sun damage and bamboo rice extract which helps improve elasticity. All sounds pretty good, right? What really got my attention was that one of the ingredients is rice extract which helps seal split ends and strengthens the hair. I've been using this for a few weeks now and I've hardly made a dent in the bottle. I use a fairly generous amount to damp hair and work it through the lengths, and then add a little to dry hair to seal the ends and add shine. I can see this bottle lasting me a very long time.

The Orofluido Asia Zen Control Elixir is an absolute pleasure to use. As I mentioned before, the scent is amazing; quite sweet and fruity which is all down to camellia oil. It's so incredibly uplifting and makes you feel, well, quite zen! Formula-wise, it's a super lightweight oil but it really does pack a punch. It's undetectable in the hair and doesn't weigh it down or make my hair feel sticky or greasy. My hair has been so much softer and full of vitality and hasn't turned into it's usual frizzy mess in this humid heat.

After applying the Orofluido Asia Zen Control Elixir to damp hair and combing through with my Wet brush I then add a little blob of the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil* to the lengths for good measure. This is a blow dry cream which aims to limit drying time while giving a good dose of argan oil to moisturise and protect against the sun's rays. In fact, it's mission statement is pretty identical to that of the oil but the combination of the two is where it's at. The Soy Renewal Creme Oil is perfect for fine hair as it's super lightweight in formula and sinks in so well. It feels almost a little silicon-y but it smoothes into my hair beautifully and you can't feel it at all. The soy protein helps to repair and strengthen damaged hair and I've definitely been reaping the benefits. My hair feels a lot stronger and my split ends are a lot less noticeable. Hopefully enough that my hairdresser won't give me too much of a telling off when I next go for a trim...

Have you tried either of these and do you like to mix products?


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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Triangle bras are awesome

triangle bras and bralettes

There's nothing more satisfying than pretty and comfy underwear in my opinion. It's quite hard to find bras that are both of these things unfortunately. That's why I'm so happy that triangle bras and bralettes exist. They're super comfy and you can get lots of pretty lacy numbers that go with pretty much everything. Triangle bras are awesome because they're so light and perfect for hot days as they never dig in and make you feel gross. Super appropriate now we are (finally) in summer!

My wardrobe is pretty simple, consisting of jeans, lots of plain tees and far too many stripey tops but in the summer I like to wear lighter and more sheer tops. The only problem with that is they can be quite see through and it can be a pain to find a bra to go with them. I was trying to find a bit of inspo on how to style linen and sheer tops and on Pinterest there were loads of pictures of black bras and white tees, which is a bit daring for me!

Luckily then, I recently found this gorgeous nude Simon Perele number that's just perfect for white tees and those that can be a little bit see through. The lace is super cute so even if a little bit poked out of your neckline it's still delicate and yet tasteful. I also wear this Wacoal bralette quite a bit with darker tops and it's so comfy! It's pretty plain but so functional and I have it in lots of different colours. Annoyingly this has now hard to get hold of but I also love this one from H&M which goes with literally everything. H&M have always got my back!

There's lots of small independent brands that sell triangle bras on Etsy and Instagram but they can be quite pricey. H&M, Urban Outfitters and Topshop have a great affordable selection between them so I think I'm going to be stocking up on quite a few. Triangle bras won't provide great support if you're quite large on top but I find that they give the perfect support for my average size. Obviously they won't do much If you're heading to the gym! I could quite happily live in these forever...

Do you think triangle bras are awesome too?


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Monday, 10 August 2015

Worth the hype? Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette review

I'll be honest, I was pretty chuffed when I finally got my hands on the Lorac Pro Palette. It was incredibly hyped last year, but alas so difficult to get your hands on this side of the Pond. For a long time I held off paying the extortionate customs and shipping charges but it was inevitable and one day I crumbled.

The Lorac Pro Palette boasts 16 colours, eight of which are mattes and the rest shimmers. This to me is perfect. I love having a mix of the two, this way you can create so many amazing looks with just the one palette. It mainly consists of warm colours, and there's also a really good mix of shades so you can either create a simple fuss-free wash of colour for the day, or go all out smokey eye for the evening. It really does offer the best of both worlds.

Let's talk about pigment, and believe me, you will not be disappointed with the Lorac Pro Palette! The formula is incredibly buttery and super pigmented. In fact, it may be a little too buttery as there is a fair amount of fall out from these shadows. You really just need to lightly press your brush into the shadow as a swipe will leave you with enough eyeshadow to make up an entire troop of Victoria's Secret models. So unless that's what you're doing, go easy! When I first used mine I used far too much so lesson learnt there. We don't want to be wasting something this gorgeous now do we?

I'm yet to go to town and create a full on smokey evening look with the Lorac Pro Palette but I have been getting into building gorgeous day time looks with it. My favourite hues have got to be Champagne (paired with liquid liner), Lt. Bronze with Pewter in the crease for work, and a mish mash of Sable with either Garnet or Espresso for something a bit more striking and bold.

The packaging is pretty gorgeous too. The palette itself is really thin and light so it's perfect for travelling (or doing your makeup on the train as I do!). It's got an almost rubbery NARS-eque texture to it and it's pretty sleek.

It's pretty obvious that I think the Lorac Pro Palette is worth the hype, and I'm eagerly looking forward to visiting Ulta in October to see what other Lorac goodies are on offer.

Have you tried the Lorac Pro Palette? I'd love to know what you think of it too!


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Monday, 3 August 2015

My new favourite summer base

Rodial Skin Tint+ SPF20 Review

It's no secret that I am a base hoarder, but when it comes to lighter dewy bases and tinted moisturisers, boy do I get excited! Sad maybe, but I think I have found my all time favourite summer base at last, in the guise of the newly launched Rodial Skin Tint+ SPF20* (£45). I'm always recommending Rodial as a brand, their skincare products are so effective on my skin and their makeup range is a whole level of awesomeness.

Rodial isn't cheap by any means, but if your budget says yes then I urge you to try this tinted moisturiser. The Rodial Skin Tint+ is actually a reformulation of their existing skin tint and they've absolutely cracked it this time. It comes in three colours which is a bit limited, but they appear to be quite forgiving so I think most people will find a suitable shade. I have the lightest of the three, Capri (light) and it's a perfect match for my fair skin.

The texture is pretty creamy and it buffs into skin beautifully and seamlessly. It gives a light to medium coverage and is extremely buildable I find. I first apply a very light layer and then add a second layer just where I need it and it's perfectly undetectable. It really does look like skin, but better. Now, I also have the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser which is even more expensive, and whilst it's very nice and quite natural, and the Rodial Skin Tint+ looks far more like skin to me. It leaves your skin looking naturally radiant and perfected. It also includes SPF20 which is pretty high protection and is infused with animo-peptides which help regenerate the skin and target signs of ageing. In the summer that's what I want; a weightless, undetectable base that has SPF.

I tend to use this over the top of my Stila One Step Correct Primer and leave it there. I've got some blemish marks that are slightly visable, along with some freckles, but I think this is the key to natural skin. If you cover everything it tends to look flat and not very skin-like. The Rodial Skin Tint+ has really great lasting power which I was kinda surprised about. I think it looks best without powder and even then it doesn't need any touching up throughout the day. I haven't even looked at another base product for the last two weeks so this really is a winner!

What's your favourite summer base and have you tried anything from Rodial's makeup range yet?


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Rodial Skin Tint+ SPF20 Review


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Braids by Blo

braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

As summer is now upon us and I had a fair bit cut off my hair recently, I've been trying to get a bit more adventurous when it comes to styling my hair. I love a bit of a curl and a wave, but lately I'm really digging braids. Trouble is, I'm not that good at them. So when I was invited along to Blo Blow Dry Bar in Covent Garden* again to experience their braid menu I was pretty darn excited.

This is was my second trip to Blo (read about my first visit here), and I simply love the concept. You pick a style from the menu and are treated to a wash and blow dry before they get to work styling your hair. For £28 that isn't bad at all. I also love Covent Garden so it was nice to have a little wander around the shops too. If, like me you're not the greatest at styling your hair and go to events and things after work, this is a great fuss-free way to get your hurr did.

braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

Unite hair products

I decided to go all out and pick something I'd never be able to recreate at home, which was Crowning Gloring. It's a full on festival, laid back crown braid which will suit pretty much everyone with mid length hair onwards. My stylist first washed, dried and prepped my hair using Unite products (which I'm now coveting), before getting to work on the style itself. To create texture and give my fine hair a little more texture and grip we went with Unite Beach Day. I do use salt sprays but never though to use one before braiding my hair before so it was good to pick up some tips from the pros.

The braid itself took no time at all and I was really happy with the result. Another way of wearing this kind of style would be to leave wispy bits down and to muss it up a little to add a bit more of a lived in feel. It was literally the hottest day of the year though so I was very happy to have all my hair away from my face and neck, especially when getting back on the tube later!

What do you think of the finished look? Are you a braid fan and have you been to Blo before?


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braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

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