Friday, 28 October 2016

A Buffing Duo From Caudalie

Caudalie exfoliating buffing duo review.

Exfoliation is next to cleansing in the instantly gratifying department for me. There's something about sloughing away impurities and leaving the skin radiant and ready to take in goodness that is just so rewarding. And one of the most important factors when I am choosing a new exfoliator is how gentle it is as while I want silky smooth skin, I don't want to scratch or damage it in anyway.

I find that a lot of the french pharmacy brands produce the best physical exfoliators, as most of their products are aimed at sensitive and reactive skin, so you know they will be gentle. Caudalie recently released a buffing duo to their range which have all of my exfoliating needs covered. They're being referenced as a duo but they're not designed to be used at the same time. However, whether you're after a gentle or deep exfoliation these have it down for sure. Also, as you would expect from Caudalie, the ingredients are 97% natural - perfect for those concerned about what they're using on their skin.

For my Sunday night pamper bath  - the full shebang which includes deep cleansing, exfoliating and multiple masks (plus a candle or three), the Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator* is my new pal. Suitable for all skin types - including the most sensitive, this finely grained creamy exfoliator removes impurities and unblocks pores, leaving my skin ridiculously soft. As in 'I can't stop stroking my face but I really should' kind of soft. My skin looks so much more radiant and it allows the masks and lotions and potions to sink straight in and nourish my skin. It uses grapefruit pulp to leave the skin hydrated and comfortable, as well as menthol which leaves it feeling cool and fresh - a somewhat addictive feeling!

On my mid week mini-pamper I've been reaching for the Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream*. This is absolutely ideal for sensitive and reactive skin, as the exfoliating jojoba oil beads are housed in a soft and comfortable cream which has acacia honey to soothe and grape-seed oil to hydrate the complexion. I tend to skip a mask with this one as I find it hydrating enough on it's own. Although it might be a very gentle product, don't let that fool you - it's still very effective at removing dead skin and leaving soft and beautiful skin.

Will you be checking these out?


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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A Splash of Autumnal Colour

Paul & Joe Beaute Autumn Collection 2016 review

The best thing for me about autumn makeup is that it pushes me out of my colour boundaries. Now technically I can do this any time, but I rarely tend to stray away from my safety zone of neutrals. The arrival of Paul & Joe's autumn drop is the little push I needed towards colour. I have three products from the line, but it's everything I need for flattering dash of colour.

First up is the beautiful Paul & Joe Eye Colour in September Song*. This cutely packaged little trio houses the most beautiful collection of purple-toned shades that work together so well. The lighter, shimmery pink makes a great base and inner corner highlight. It's a little too shimmery to be used on it's own or on the brow for my liking, but it provides the perfect touch of light when added as an accent. The middle cranberry hue is a beaut of a shade, and it's the one that I gravitate towards most. I tend to use the darker more purple shade with this to add definition to the crease or to smudge along the lash line for a little drama.

Paul & Joe Beaute Autumn Collection 2016 review

For brows, there's the Paul & Joe Eyebrow Pen*. This is a fairly sheer coverage pen that gives me effortless natural fluffy brows. I'm trying to grow mine out at the moment so this is great for filling in the gaps and just adding the appearance of texture. I'm totally over defined sharp brows at the moment, lazy brows really are a must for me right now! The formula of these helps moisturise the skin and prevent irritation, which is great for my reactive skin. I swear my skin wasn't anywhere near as sensitive as it is now after Roaccutane. It's the price you pay for clear skin it would seem!

Paul & Joe Beaute Autumn Collection 2016 review

The Paul & Joe Lipstick in Autumn Sun* is a soft coral that I wouldn't normally associate as being an autumn shade, but paired with the September Song palette it just works. The formula is quite sheer and moisturising as it has an oil base which glides over the lips, providing lasting comfort and pigmentation. Paul & Joe's lipstick formula is so dreamy and comforting - really worth trying if you haven't already. What I really love about Paul & Joe's limited edition collections are the fact that the lipsticks are refills and you can pick and choose the cases. I have the Paul & Joe Lipstick Case 035*, which perfectly matches the September Song palette. The floral pattern is beautiful, but definitely not too cutesy or twee.

What do you think of Paul & Joe and will you be picking up any of the range for autumn?


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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Autumn Foundation Favourites

I usually switch up my foundations pretty regularly, given I'm somewhat of a foundation hoarder it's the only way I get to use all of the products I own, but I've found myself in a happy foundation rut for a few weeks now. I'm really enjoying lighter bases now that my skin's under control, and I'm switching between two offerings that I'm somewhat obsessed with.

As my skin is quite dry I'm always trying to achieve a radiant complexion, whether that be by serums and oils, or primers and dewy foundations. The Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation is the most beautifully glowy base I've found yet. The coverage is light but buildable, and like you would expect from the glow experts, it leaves the most beautiful finish on the skin, skimming over and hiding any imperfections and giving a luminous lit from within glow. This is the one to reach for to disguise a bad night's sleep for sure! Combined with a primer it has great staying power, and it covers well enough to forego concealer too. The packaging is a bit meh though, it has a twist top which pops out a little button that then reveals a pipette - all a bit unnecessary but it does mean you never use more than you need.

At the other end of the spectrum is the NARS' new offering. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint gives my complexion an almost soft-focus, semi-matte finish and I'm completely obsessed with it! I was worried it would cling to drier areas of my face, but I couldn't have been more wrong - it's really not your usual matte foundation. Every time I wear Velvet Matte Skin Tint I'm complimented on how good my skin looks, as it's practically undetectable - I've also converted a couple of people to it as well. I love that it's formulated with a high SPF 30, which is great as its so important to protect the skin all year round - the winter sun is surprisingly bright and can still cause damage. There's something about matte skin that screams berry lips to me, so it couldn't be more autumn appropriate.

Have you tried either of these?


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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Ouai Haircare: First Impressions

Ouai Haircare First impressions

There hasn't been a haircare launch that's caused as much stir in the blogging world as Ouai has for as long as I can remember. Regardless of the fact that it's the brainchild of the Kardashian's hairdresser Jen Atkins, this is a brand that deserves all the praise it has garnered.

My mid-length fine locks don't get much styling, it has to be said. Coupled with time constraints and my hair's inability to do what it's told, I've long given up hope that I can create something worth the hassle. I've read so many glowing reviews of the styling products from Ouai, so I thought I'd try them out myself to see if they could do anything to help my flat and free-flowing locks.

As my hair is ultra fine and mainly straight, I'm always keen to give it a little oomph where I can. Ouai Wave Spray somehow manages to do exactly just that. This is one I reserve for day two hair, and a couple of spritzes is all it take to the lengths, which I then twist up in a bun and leave for an hour or so to do it's magic. Once the bun is removed I'm left with natural looking waves and texture, which is more than I've ever hoped my fine hair could have. I'm yet to try the Ouai Wave Spray on wet hair and style it, as I tend to wash my hair in the evening so it would be a little wasted. I find that as long as I twist my hair around and around before shoving it up in a bun, the waves look defined but yet messy, and the hold is pretty darn good too. If you're going to pick anything up from Ouai, this is the one. It's formulated with rice protein instead of salt like most products in this category, and I find there's no sticky residue or crispy hair to be seen. Don't be tempted to go crazy with it though, a little is more than enough.

For days where I want my hair to be a little more polished and glossy I've been reaching for Ouai Finishing Creme instead. This is one to apply to the lengths of dry hair, and it absolutely transforms my hair. I don't know quite what it does, but it's a step I now can't miss on freshly washed hair. It gives my hair the most gorgeous sheen  - which is hard to achieve on colour treated strawberry blonde hair. I also find it gives a little bit of hold and body, and so will enhance any natural wave your hair has. Ouai Finishing Creme also protects against heat, UV rays and pollution, so there's really not much it can't do! The most similar product I've found to this in the past is Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine, but Ouai's offering feels completely undetectable in the hair and it's more luxe feeling and effective in my opinion. This, like all Ouai products has the most gorgeous scent, which really lasts in my hair and is somewhat addictive.

For me, these two picks from Ouai are the ultimate lazy girl hair staples, and you never know, I might  actually get to the end of the bottles for once.

Have you tried anything from Ouai yet?


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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Stila Newness

Stila is without a doubt becoming one of my favourite brands right now. In my eyes they can't do anything wrong, and these additions to their autumn collection are no exception. In fact, when they arrived in the post the other Saturday, they were on my face quicker than I'd care to say. Who says you can't wear a strong red lip with pjs?

The newly launched Stila Stay All Day MATTE'ificent Lipstick* really is magnificent (sorry). The shade I have, Bisou, is the most flattering cool toned red shade I think I own. For a matte formula, this is really quite exceptional. The slanted tip makes it so easy to apply and it's incredibly moisturising as well as long lasting. It stayed in place through several cups of tea and really only needed a slight top up to the edges many hours later. There's 12 colours in the range too, so I'm going to be checking out some of the more nude offerings as well.

Stila Autumn Collection 2016 Makeup Review

Stila Stay All Day Matte'ificent Lipstick Swatches

The Stila Stay All Day Lip Liner in Pinot Noir* is the perfect matching liner, and it has the same longevity and moisturising qualities of the Matte'ificent lipstick. I like to apply liner all over before applying lipstick on top, and then gently go around the edges to get that really crisp, clean line and to correct any unevenness. The liner is retractable too so always good for someone like me who loses pencil sharpeners. I swear they live with the missing hair grips somewhere! It's also great for popping in your bag and topping up - if you really need to of course.

For the brows, Stila have added some new shades to their existing Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color* range. I have one of the new shades, New Medium Warm*. It's a little light for my brows, but the tone is spot on. It's not too warm nor too cool, just perfect! I find this best for more natural fluffy brows, and it really does hide those little patches at the front that I hate. I think with these pen formulas sometimes it's best to go for a slightly darker shade, especially if you're after more definition.

I've been really enjoying wearing more Stila lately, and am for sure eyeing up more matte lipsticks! I have a lipstick obsession right now, I swear.

Will you be picking any of these?


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Monday, 10 October 2016

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light

Hourglass Surreal Lighting Edit review

Oh my. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light really is something special. Every year Hourglass release a gorgeous palette, but I think this has to be the best yet. From the swoon worthy marble packaging to the dreamy hues inside, this is every bit as special as I had hoped it would be.

I own a couple of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and one of the blush shades, so I've always held off from picking one of the limited edition palettes up, as normally there's only one or two shades that are unique to them. This isn't the case with the Surreal Lighting Edit, although arguably some of the shades are quite similar to the individual shades.

Hourglass Surreal Lighting Edit review

As far as face palettes go, Surreal Lighting Edit is pretty comprehensive and contains everything you need to create the most gorgeous complexion. The powders are so incredibly fine, and literally melt into the skin, giving a real lit from within glow. They're also well pigmented so one light swipe and you're good to go.

Inside the Hourglass Surreal Lighting Edit palette we have Surreal Light (the large pan on the left); an all over dreamy nude shade that will suit all skin tones and give you that soft focus finish that the Lighting Powders are so well known for, Surreal Glow Blush (top left); a peachy pink that really lifts pale skins, Surreal Effect Blush (top right) for a real pop of colour which I''m really digging so far, Surreal Bronze Light (bottom left) for a healthy bronzy glow to the skin and finally, Surreal Strobe Light which is the most beautiful peachy champagne highlight. For me there's not a shade I wouldn't wear so it's a completely justified splurge, right?!

I'm not sure how long this is going to be around, but it's definitely one to keep in mind come payday. Or now if you head over to Space NK and use the code EXPLORE30 for £15 off. Go, go go!

Will you be picking this up?


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Monday, 3 October 2016

Kat Von D Beauty Top Picks

Kat Von D Beauty Review

When an American beauty brand comes over to the UK its a pretty big deal. The fact that Kat Von D Beauty is now available at Debenhams is an absolutely huge deal! There's quite a few products in the range, but here are my top picks in case you're wanting to dip your toes into the brand and aren't sure what to go for.

Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are legendary so it's amazing to be able to get my hands on them so much easier. The formula is super long lasting, but it's quite fluid so feels wonderfully comfortable on the lips as well. My favourite shades are Lolita, Susperia and Double Dare. The London Calling Limited Edition Set is a great introduction to Kat von D as it includes the cutest little Lolita Studded Lipstick, a mini Double Dare and a mini Tattoo Liner in Trooper.

Kat Von D Beauty Review

For the complexion, the Kat Von D Shade & Light Face Contour Palette is hugely hyped (and majorly deserved). It's more a contour and setting powder palette as none of the shades are particularly highlighting. The Shade & Light palette caters for all skintones and is pretty cool toned, much more so than the Anastasia and Lorac offerings so that's something to bear in mind. I find I actually use a lot of the shades in the palette, whether it's combining a couple of the darker shades for a sharp contour or setting my under eye concealer with the more banana shade. It's truly versatile.

Kat Von D Beauty Review

My favourite product of the bunch has gotta be the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Shadow Palette. It's essentially three matte eyeshadow quads in one, moving from cool to neutral to warm tones. You can either create eye looks all from one quad or do what I do and mix and match. I haven't worn anything else for the last couple of weeks, and I don't think I've worn the same combo more than once. If you're a neutral eyeshadow girl you'll absolutely love this!

So, are there any misses? The only product I'm on the fence with is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. For me the nib, which actually has hundreds of individual brush hairs, is really amazing. It's super precise and so easy to use. The pigmentation though, is somewhat lacking for me. It's more grey than black which is pretty disappointing. Maybe the Ink Liner is more my jam?

Kat Von D Beauty Review

I'm definitely going to build on my little Kat Von D collection, I'm definitely going to have to pick up the Lock-It Foundation and Lock-It Creme Concealer. The shade range sounds quite complicated though so definitely one to swatch on a counter!

Have you picked up anything from the Kat Von D range yet, and if so, what are your top picks?


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