Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Liz Earle - More Than Just Cleanse & Polish

Liz Earle Makeup

The iconic Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has defined Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare for the last 20 years, and that's no surprise either. Indeed, it's a cleanser which seems to have sparked off more than one generation's first foray into good skincare (including my own), and it was one of the first cream cleansers to be introduced to the market which led to near enough every brand releasing their own version.

But, while Liz's perfectly curated skincare line is with no doubt groundbreaking, the makeup line from the brand is not one to be pushed aside. Now, even as a massive fan of the Liz Earle brand, I must admit I was late to this one, but if nothing else it was well worth the wait and I have most certainly been kicking myself for taking my time!

I've been long intrigued to try the Liz Earle Signature Foundation which has received rather high praise that I can most definitely contribute to. It's a light to medium foundation which offers a natural finish that makes my dull dry skin look much more full of life without being too dewy. It brings a radiance to my skin while somehow sitting somewhere in between a satin and matte finish. Perfect for the those with dry and dehydrated skin, the Liz Earle Signature Foundation is a beautiful everyday base that covers most of my bad skin woes without caking. The only downside is that its limited to three shades.

To complement the foundation I picked up the Liz Earle Radiant Glow Bronzer which I have since become rather obsessed with. I can't convey quite how gorgeous this bronzer is but it's most likely my favourite bronzer to date. Strong statement I know, but sometimes you just have to shout it from the rooftops! It comprises of four gorgeous glow giving shades which add dimension and contour to the face as well as a healthy finish. Either pick out the individual shades or do as I do; and swirl the brush into all of these delicious hues. It applies the perfect amount of colour with a gorgeous sheen and it's certainly not too much for my pale skin. Ladies, we have a couple of winners here.

Have you got any Liz Earle makeup favourites?


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Monday, 16 November 2015

Autumn Wishlist - Monochrome Edit

autumn style wishlist

If nothing else, this rather large wishlist is testimony to the fact that a) I have expensive tastes and b) that my wardrobe is fairly boring, but in all honestly colour and red hair don't really go too well (for me anyway!).

At the beginning of the year I completely overhauled my wardrobe, getting rid of everything that didn't fit or I hadn't worn in a while and since then I've focused on building a smallish wardrobe of high quality pieces that work really well together. I've stuck to that and now wear everything I own which is miles away from what was going on last year! I've lived in oversized shirts and jeans and now that it's colder at last (yay!), the fluffy jumpers have been making an appearance.

If nothing else, autumn is an excuse to hoard cosy jumpers and I will not hear otherwise! With that in mind, you can't really go wrong with a classic grey v neck cashmere number and I've been eyeing up this one from Equipment for months. It will be mine one day... On a similar vein, both of these oversized sweater dresses are perfect for the colder months, either with chunky boots or loafers. If I had to pick then it has to be the Acne Phebe dress as I absolutely adore the softness of Acne's knitwear and they're really good investment pieces.

My work wardrobe is literally jeans and fitted jumpers, or oversized shirts so either of these Zara numbers would be welcome additions. I love the black shirt and think it would look so chic with black jeans and black boots. Yup, I'm full on goth and I don't care. This gorgeous Isabel Marant watch would go really well with that too. Me love, a lot.

I keep looking at little crossbody bags as sometimes its nice just to have a few essential things with you rather than everything including the kitchen sink! I really can't decide which one to go for though, but seeing as the Chloe Faye is sold out everywhere and the Celine Box bag is mega £££ I'm edging towards this cute Saint Laurent beaut. Fingers crossed for the winter sales! Of an of course there has to be a foundation in there because, well foundation. I'm loving light bases at the moment and have heard lots of praise for Charlotte Tilbury's Light Wonder so why not?

What are you lusting over at the moment?


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Friday, 6 November 2015

Multi-Masking: Two (or three) is better than one

multi-masking face masks

Face masks and I are good friends. Rather, I have a problem and keep buying more and more! But, shopaholic tendancies aside, I find them so effective and in my ever increasing arsenal I've got something to treat pretty much anything that my skin throws at me. Sometimes though, I like to indulge in a little mask mixology and treat myself to a home spa-like facial. Because why the hell not?

I approach this very much like a facalist would, really looking at my skin and seeing what it needs; is it dry, maybe a bit dull or reactive? The autumn weather and central heating has been taking its toll and my skin is feeling quite sensitive as it's breaking out, while also being quite dehydrated and dull at the moment. So once a week I've been pulling out all the stops and going to town with this little trio of goodness.

To slough away dead skin and brighten my complexion I've been keeping away from manual exfoliators and opting for the gorgeous Elemis Papayza Enzyme Peel to prep my skin and allow everything that follows to really penetrate and get to work. It's a comforting cream mask that's nourishing in its own right and I always have this in my bathroom. As my skin is feeling a bit sore this is the perfect way to exfoliate and resurface without causing any damage or trama.

For a gentle cleanse and to unclog pores and heal blemishes I've been reaching for the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque. I wouldn't say I love this, it does the job but I don't find it as life changing as most people do. I've been using this more frequently lately as my all time favourite Antipodes Aura Honey Mask is all used up so I'm going to see how I get on with this Aesop number. It's a clay mask but I don't find it makes my skin feel tight or breakout, but it definitely helps heal those little boo-boos and provide a great base for some hydration to sort things out.

The pièce de résistance has got to be the Aurelia Cell Revitalise Rose Mask. Seriously pricey but seriously dreamy, this rose infused pot of loveliness delivers so much hydration to my skin. It's packed with probiotics, peptides and omegas and after rinsing off my skin feels absolutely awesome. I find it super soothing and my skin has much more life in it afterwards. Fine lines are plumped and I look less like a corpse. Rose is one of my favourite scents so the hint of damask rose goes down a treat. It's pure luxury but also extremely effective. The Aurelia Cell Revitalise Rose Mask is the first product I've tried from the brand so there may be more going on my christmas list!

Have you tried multi-masking and if so what are your favourite combos?


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