Thursday, 28 July 2016

A Trio Of Summer Bases

A Trio Of Summer Bases

With summer now upon us in the UK, I'm enjoying keeping things nice and light on my complexion. Now that my blemish marks are fading, I find that all I need is a light fuss-free base to even out any redness and keep my skin glowing.

Over the last few weeks I've done exactly that, keeping it simple with this little round up of bases. One that I recently dug out and have been really enjoying is the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. With a generous SPF30, this dewy gel-cream formula is a dream to wear. It's light and hydrating, almost undetectable; but somehow makes my skin look so much more healthy and lit from within. It's so easy to apply, and I usually opt for using my fingers to lightly smooth the soothing cream across my face. This is one that's definitely coming away with me next week when we head over to Monaco for a few days.

A Trio Of Summer Bases

I'm still getting the odd tiny lump and bump, which is more to do with the dryness and irritation that Roaccutane has brought to my skin, and annoyingly I recently had a bit of a reaction to MAC Face & Body recently which resulted in lots of angry pinhead spots. On days like these when I want to heal and disguise any imperfections, the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + Unifiant* has been my go to. A new launch in the range, this sheer coverage base is a tinted version of my much loved Effaclar Duo. Effaclar Duo + Unifiant has pretty good, buildable coverage for a sheer product and it blurs out any imperfections instantly, while working to clear breakouts over time. Shade-wise I have the lightest of the two shades, but would welcome a slightly lighter shade if it were available.

The final product in my little trio is the L'oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. Now, I kind of ignored this one for a while until the initial fanfare from the beauty press calmed down, but now it's in my possession I'm rather smitten. Encased in a sponge, this Korean inspired foundation offers a super flattering dewiness that I can't get enough of. When I want my skin to really look its best and to be flawless, this is the one I reach for. The coverage is pretty decent too, given that it is a lighter hydrating formula. I really want to try out the cushion bronzer from the same range now as well.

What bases are you loving for summer?


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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips Lipstick Collection

Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips Lipstick Review

A new release by Charlotte Tilbury, the Queen of Makeup herself, is always going to catch my attention, and her new Hot Lips Lipstick collection has not disappointed. On sale from last month, the 16 shade line which includes 12 new shades, are inspired by 12 iconic celebrities from Salma Hayek to Miranda Kerr. And let me tell you, they're gorgeous.

Depending on your preference, there's both mattes and Charlotte's Fallen From The Lipstick Tree formula and shade-wise, there's a wide selection of nudes to deep burgundy hues. Tilbs is also donating £1 from every lipstick sold to Women For Women International during the first two months they're on sale. Personally, I think the donation could be higher and over an indefinite period, but it's still great to see them donating to charity when many (and bigger brands) do not.

Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips Lipstick Review

Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips Lipstick SwatchesSpoilt for choice, I chose four of the pink shades as I really couldn't narrow it down. My favourite has to be Liv It Up, inspired by Liv Tyler. It's the perfect blue-toned light  nude pink that goes with everything. It's my perfect everyday colour. In the same formula I also opted for Kim KW (no guessing who that was inspired by!). Not too brown, not too pink, it's the ultimate nude and looks awesome next to my pale complexion. I'm not really one for a smokey eye but this would be a great accompaniment. It's also dreamy when paired with a feline flick!

For the mattes (and a matte formula that I adore), I went for Kidman's Kiss, a peachy pink that goes so well with barely there dewy makeup, and as a bottle red-head myself I can see why this was created for Nicole, it looks amazing on pale skins. Lastly, I opted for the more vibrant Bosworth's Beauty. It's a bright blue-based pink that pairs well with toned down natural makeup and perfect skin. Definitely one for a night out (for me anyway). Charlotte Tilbury's matte formula is my absolute favourite. It's actually quite moisturising and lasts well, even on my parched pout.

Will you be checking out the Hot Lips collection and do you have any favourites?


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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Madame LA LA Self Tan Mousse in Light - A Faux Tan For The Pale Girls

Madame La La Tan in Light Review

I can probably count the number of times I have used a faux tan on one hand, because I'm not too good at it but mainly because they always look so unnatural on me and like I need a darn good bath! I think this is so to change though as I was recently sent the Madame LA LA Self Tan Mousse in Light* and I've most definitely been getting my tan on since! The brand have recently collaborated with Alexander Wang as part of his resort collection which is pretty exciting.

Madame LA LA Self Tan Mousse comes in two shades, one for most skin tones and a version for us pale girls. Not everyone wants a super deep tan, on some it might look odd and others (like me) just want a slight, yet healthy glow, so to have a choice of shades is awesome. Inspired by Malibu Beach and those gorgeously healthy and tanned LA girls, Madame LA LA's tanning products are infused with coconut water and also has aloe, green tea and vitamin E included to hydrate and care for your skin at the same time. Unlike the majority of faux tans out there it doesn't smell of biscuits or potatoes, but instead of dreamy coconut. It's certainly something different!

Application-wise it's all pretty simple. The guide colour is quite good, so it makes life easier for newbies like me. It says that it develops in 3 hours, but to wash off in 10, so I tend to apply it before bed and rinse in the morning. As it is a light tan it doesn't last too long on me, more like 3-4 days than the 10 days Madame LA LA quote. I only put a light layer on but I'm sure that if you apply more you'll get a week or so out of it. Also for that reason it fades really nicely.

Are you a faux tan fan and will you be checking this out?


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*PR Sample / Gifted

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Avene Tolerance Extreme

Avene Tolerance Extreme Review

French pharmacy skincare brands seem to nail products for sensitive skin every time. I always wonder if many people in France tend to suffer with their skin, or if they just have a much better ethos when it comes to ingredients and gentle yet effective products? I know that if my skin is having a wobbler I always look to the french pharmacy brands, and they remain my most recommended products.

Avene's Tolerance Extreme range* is aimed at those with hypersensitive and reactive skin. The kind of skin that no matter what you do, will sting and flare up. As my skin is so sensitive at the moment, and often after cleansing resembles a tomato, Avene Tolerance Extreme is a great edition to my bathroom cabinet.

Enriched with Avene's thermal water, Avene Tolerance Extreme Cream* is a rich and deeply moisturising cream. To help those with the most sensitive skin, all of the products in the Tolerance Extreme range consist of only 7 ingredients, cutting out anything that could cause irritation and allergies. Tolerance Extreme Cream has quite a light texture, and after using thick balms over the last few months in my bid to desperately hydrate my skin, I kinda dismissed this after applying it one evening as I thought there's no way it could give enough hydration to my parched skin. Turns out I couldn't have got it more wrong. Come morning, my skin was really comfortable still, no flakes which is a new one, and my skin actually looked plumped for once. And very importantly, it doesn't sting at all.

You know I love a face mask so I've paired the moisturiser with the Avene Tolerance Extreme Mask*. Again, it's formulated with minimal ingredients and in five minutes it injects a dreamy boost of hydration. Its so comfortable on my skin that I actually leave it on for longer but shhh don't tell anyone! Its even more awesome when tripled up with an exfoliating mask and a cleansing mask as the moisture sinks straight in, leaving my skin plump and soothed.

A little geeky but worth mentioning is the packaging, as its actually quite clever. The range uses DEFI packaging, which pops out a little nozzle to dispense the product when you squeeze the tube. Its really hygenic and prevents oxidation and contamination, so they don't need to add preservatives to the product.

Will you be trying this range?


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*PR Sample / Gifted

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

A NYX Haul

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream & NYX Butter Gloss Review

As I can't wear much lipstick at the moment, naturally I'm obsessing about it and have started collecting ALL THE LIPSTICKS. Well, liquid lipsticks specifically but I'm not particularly fussy right now, truth be told! When my hydration levels are more normal I'm going to be changing my lip colour more frequently than Beyoncé changes her outfit!

I digress...Anyway, I had a little trip to Selfridges recently and basically cleared the NYX stand. Don't judge, it was long overdue as I don't have a counter anywhere near me yet!

I wanted to try out a few different formulas, and where to start than with the glosses. I picked up a NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée, which is a dreamy light pink nude that goes with just about anything. It's hydrating and comfortable on the lips and for a gloss it lasts pretty well too. I hadn't seen the NYX Intense Butter Glosses before, so came away with Tres Leche, a true nude brown which is probably my favourite out of the lot, as well as Toasted Marshmallow, a gorgeous plum shade that's super wearable and destined to be a hit come Autumn. You can see by the swatches below that the NYX Intense Butter Glosses pack a punch in terms of colour and they last a little longer than the Butter Gloss too. Also worth mentioning that none of these are sticky, so if you're not usually a gloss fan like me you'll probably like these!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Swatches

I can't wear the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams just yet, but I'm definitely stocked up for when I can. Naturally I bought all the pinky nudes and light brown shades. I couldn't leave without picking up Stockholm, it's quite similar to Tres Leche colour-wise, but in a more long wearing cream texture. It's one of those shades that looks awesome and yet slightly different on everyone. For the pinks, I picked up Tokyo which is the lighter pink, and Milan, which is a bit deeper with a blue undertone. I'm certainly going to wear all of these shades loads, they go with everything! I was quite intrigued by the NYX Liquid Suede formula, which is more of a liquid lipstick. The shade I got is Tea & Cookies and it's such a dreamy pink.

I also picked up a couple of the NYX Slide on Lip Pencils so that I can get a nice crisp edge to my lips. I have the rosy pink Bedrock and the more nude shade, Sugar Glass. They're nice and creamy too and I've been wearing these on their own and they last pretty well. Obviously as my lips are super dry they're not going to stay looking great for too long at the moment. Lastly, I grabbed a NYX Wonder Pencil for faking a few hours extra sleep. It lasts pretty well in the waterline; not bad Pig, not bad.

Will you be picking up any of these?


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