Thursday, 26 October 2017

New Beauty On Trial

new in beauty on trial

I love reading first impression posts and skincare routines, so thought I’d do something along those lines as I’m using quite a few new beauty bits at the moment that I’m really enjoying.

My skincare routine in particular is quite streamlined these days, no longer am I hoarding ten different cleansers (more like five), and I’m being a lot more selective with just how many nude pink lipsticks I need to own (still a lot for the average person I’m sure).

So new skincare is quite exciting for me at the moment! Hopefully you’ll find a few things here that might take your fancy too.

new in beauty on trial


First up is a really quite interesting exfoliator. The Image Skincare ILUMA Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder* is perfect for this time of year when we’re all obsessed with everything Halloween and pumpkin related! It uses pumpkin enzymes to slough away dead skin cells and impurities, and also includes a protein peptide complex and vitamins to feed the skin with goodness. It’s a powder which you mix with water in your hand to activate before massaging over the complexion to reveal soft and brighter skin.

The Image Skincare ILUMA Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder gives intense benefits while being very gentle and kind on the skin. It’s so gentle in fact that you can use it every day and even mix it into your cleanser to supercharge it and save a bit of time in the morning.

This might be on the pricier scale when it comes to exfoliators, but the ingredient list is packed with quality actives and after just a week or so of using it I’m pretty impressed with how bright and even my skin is looking. I also love the smell it which really reminds me of custard creams!


I was kindly gifted the Neostrata Skin Intensive Eye Therapy* in an event goody bag a couple of weeks ago which really excited me as I’ve wanted to try this for some time. I hate the appearance of my puffy under eyes and fine lines so it’s really got something to work with!

It’s designed to target exactly my problem, puffiness and lines so I’m hopeful it will do the trick. It's formulated to get into the deeper layers of the skin to really work its magic. Apple stem cell extracts protect the skin’s own stem cells and tricks the skin into behaving as if it were younger.

While a lot of serums and treatments work at a superficial level, this Neostrata offering not only penetrates deeper and uses peptides to stimulate collagen production, but also helps support the structure of the surrounding skin which helps keep everything plump and youthful from the inside out.

As the Neostrata Skin Intensive Eye Therapy is so active I’m gently introducing it into my regime as advised, just using it in the evening at present. It’s a gel formula which is perfect for puffiness as some creams can make things worse. Two weeks in and my under eye area is much more nourished which is making it look less wrinkled and textured and my makeup is sitting better. I’m going to step up to twice a day at the weekend so I’ll give you a full update soon.

new in beauty on trial


I saw this cute travel sized Omorovicza Queen of Hungry Facial Mist by the counter in Space NK and got a bit over excited and had to buy it. Darn those strategically placed mini products which get me every time! After seeing so many people praise it over the years I had to see what it was all about for myself. The mist is super fine so it doesn’t disturb my makeup when I use it during the day, but I do prefer using it as part of my skincare routine.

It’s refreshing and hydrating, which is something we can all afford to get more of. I’m always looking to sandwich layers of hydration in so this does the job perfectly. I love the smell of neroli too so it’s a wonderful indulgent little step to my routine.

I love facial mists and this really is no exception, although as it is a bit of an expensive princess product I’m probably not going to repurchase it on the regular. I'd be pretty happy to receive one for Christmas though… 

new in beauty on trial


Glossier, oh Glossier. They’re finally here in the UK at long last and I’ve been able to finish off my collection of Cloud Paints with Beam. It’s the most pretty peachy coral hue that suits my pale skin tone and makes me look a lot less dead!

Maybe not an obvious autumn shade to go for but I think the Glossier Beam Cloud Paint looks really flattering paired with a champagne eyeshadow such as Foxy from the Tarte Maneater palette, NYX Soft Matte Cream in Stockholm and my favourite deep burgundy Topshop knit. A couple of little dabs to each cheek is all that you need and it really perks up my pale complexion.

What's new in for you this month?


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Monday, 16 October 2017

Autumn Nails & Tips For Stronger Nails

Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

I've been looking after my nails properly for a couple of months now and my hard work is finally paying off so I thought I'd share a few of the ways I've been caring for them and helping them grow. First of all, when my nails are painted they seem to get much stronger and grow a lot quicker. They're quite flakey and brittle naturally so they really like the extra layer of protection polish gives. I've been going for gel manicures for a few weeks now and it's really been helping the condition of my nails, but I do like to change the colour of my nails every week which is the only drawback of Shellac. However, I received a couple of Vinylux colours in the post last week which are super pretty so I had to get the gel off and have a play!

Vinylux is CND's weekly nail polish range and as far as polish goes they last pretty well. I'm quite hard on my nails so it's rare I get more than a few days from any brand to be honest, but with Vinylux I get a good 5 or 6 days. I do try and protect my nails when cleaning but I always end up trying to claw something open with my fingers so it's no surprise my manicures don't last that long (when will I learn?!). Vinylux have just launched their autumn colours and I was immediately drawn to the darker hues of the Nightspell collection. There's everything from purples to burnt copper and silver - totally divine and super flattering on shorter nails.

Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

At the moment I'm wearing Lilac Eclipse* with a little of Viridian Veil* for a little ring finger accent. All a bit fancy for me but I thought I'd make an effort now I actually have nails. The polishes apply beautifully and with the CND Weekly Top Coat* added at the end they're super glossy as you can see. The top coat is almost like a gel finish in fact, and once dry - which doesn't take very long I might add - they're pretty durable and you don't get those awful duvet impressions on your manicure afterwards. I don't know why that happens but its so disappointing after you've spent ages painting your nails! This is also one of the few top coats that does't cause shrinkage on me. I love the finish of Seche Vite but it's a real pain for that.

So how have I been looking after my nails? Well, as mentioned, I'm putting those rather unflattering marigolds on whenever I'm cleaning to protect them but I'm also making more of an effort to use a good cuticle oil regularly. I like the OPI Avoplex nail oil and have been using it religiously for a few weeks now - rather than once every so often like before. I have the full size bottle which lives next to my bed, and a pen version which I keep in my bag. They've discontinued them both now so I'm going to have to hunt down a replacement soon. I spend a lot of time on the train to work so I've been making sure that I massage in a lil oil while I'm sat there watching the world go by. I always push my cuticles back after having a bath and by also adding a little oil to keep them and the nail bed nourished they look much tidier. Hang nails are a thing go the past for me. I'm pretty good with hand cream anyway, but its a must if you want lovely hands a nails. Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut is my go-to.

I 've also found that having a squoval shape to my nails has helped make them stronger. My fingernails pretty much naturally have that shape anyway but my thumbs take more work. Luckily my  nails lady has sorted this out for me and I think they look quite flattering too!


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Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado - Why Did I Take So Long To Try It?

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado review

My under eye area is my biggest skincare concern. I have puffiness, fine lines and a little darkness - the lot. So I tend to try lots of different eye creams, forever searching for The One. It's one product category I'm therefore never loyal to and I'll be the first to admit I'm a bit of an eye cream snob. I've always spent a bit more in the hope that I'll get better results. I love the Zelens and Dr Dennis Gross offerings, and as much as I like them both and do see improvement in my undereyes, I'm still on the hunt for a new HG.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Lipsticks

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Review

The change of season into Autumn always reignites my love for lipstick. I just can't get enough of dusky pinks and deep burgundy shades! So I was pretty happy that Bobbi Brown launched their new Crushed Lip Color lipsticks at the perfect time and the 20 shades in the range are most definitely autumn appropriate.

This I believe, is the first major launch since Bobbi Brown stepped down from her self-named business and if this is the direction the brand is going in then there are some very exciting times ahead of us. The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color lipstick range comes at a time when we've been so bogged down with heavy matte formulas that it's a breath of fresh air. The lipsticks are more crushed lip stains with a beautifully comfortable balmy texture which is quite modern and totally my kind of formula. Infused with beeswax and vitamin e and c, the lipsticks glide on wonderfully. The finish of these is quite unique. Not satin, and not matte, they sit in the soft matte camp and I don't have anything like these in my collection. They're also richly pigmented so even though they wear like a stain over the day they're not flimsy in colour payoff. I initially thought they might be similar to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine formula but they're actually very different.

Bobbi Brown say they last for 8 hours which I feel is a bit of a stretch personally, but as they day goes on they fade into a stain and look quite gorgeously undone. When applying the Crushed Lip Color lipsticks I like to plot them with a tissue before applying another coat, which I feel gives them more longevity and a truer colour, but as far as nourishing lipsticks go they do last pretty well. They're super easy to apply and I don't feel like you have to be too careful with them, although I would always use a mirror personally (the brand claim you don't need one). The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color lipsticks are definitely a minimal effort chuck-on-and-go option which suits me just fine!

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Review

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Review

As I mentioned there are 20 shades which run from nudes to true reds and deeper wine shades. It took me forever to decide which shades I wanted - check out Laura's post as her swatches really helped me. I eventually went for Lilac, a dusky blue-toned rose pink, and Ruby which is a much richer autumnal wine shade. I thought I'd get the best wear out of these shades and they're not too similar to the rest of my collection. There's also a couple of shades that are quite bright, such as Sunset which is a beautiful orange that I'm borderline obsessed with, and the fail safe true nude, Bare. I'll be picking up both of these I'm sure. The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color lipsticks are going to be my autumn/winter lip wardrobe, they're just so addictive!

What do you think of this new launch from Bobbi Brown? Will you be picking up any of these lipsticks?


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