Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Marc Jacobs Coconut Fantasy Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


I'm really not kidding when I say that I've had this post about the Marc Jacobs Coconut Fantasy Collection in my drafts since the summer! I bought a few bits from the collection when it launched on Net-A-Porter but then it sold out and came back in dribs and drabs. Luckily, Harvey Nichols has started stocking Marc Jacobs and the collection is now available across the two sites so I can share it with you. Patience really is a virtue it would seem!
 
So after this long wait, is it really worth it? Marc Jacobs Beauty has always been a bit of an illusive brand in the UK with not much of a physical store presence and limited retailers to buy it from so I've held back not wanting to buy something that might not be suitable for me. Kinda kicking myself on that one now as it really is a good premium line.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


Warm eyeshadows have really taken over in the last couple of years and Marc Jacob's offering is beautiful. The Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene consists of seven shades, with a mix of four mattes, one satins and two metallic shades which allow you to create a plethora of multi-finish cohesive looks. The colour story really speaks to me with this one as its so versatile. I've created some really pretty every day looks and some more intense almost editorial looks as well. That sounds a little more fancy than the outcome as lets face it, I'm no makeup artist but it shows how much fun you can have with it! The richly pigmented copper shade 'Meet ya' in the middle is utterly gorgeous and looks incredible applied all over the lid with a wet brush for a foiled finish. This shade and the pink metallic 'She Said' next to it do have a little bit of fall out when applied with a dry brush so they need a very light hand - just a warning if you're heavy handed like I am. From the swatches below you can see how richly pigmented the eyeshadows are, including the mattes. They wear well and aren't at all chalky.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review

Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


The Marc Jacobs O!mega Coconut Bronzer in Perfect Tan is the product that gets all the hype and I'll admit, tipped me over the edge to splash the cash. It was a limited edition launch last year and then earlier this summer, but now it's a permanent feature in the line. Not only is the compact gorgeous, it's the size of my head and the mirror inside is incredibly practical. The compact is substantial and weighty, but also slim so its easy to cart about with you. This bronzer will last for years, it really is that big! The colour is cooler than Marc Jacob's other offering and so it's really flattering on pale skin - something that I really struggle with when it comes to bronzers as so many are too warm and muddy looking on me. The Coconut Bronzer is infused with coconut so it also smells pretty divine, but not overpowering if fragrance isn't your thing. The formula deserves a mention too - matte but not flat and finely milled for a smooth application which is hard to go overboard with. I'm not the most experienced bronzer wearer so a buildable formula such as this is just the ticket and I'm into it an a big way.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


I'll be honest and say that the rose gold colour of the highlighter was too much for me to leave behind, but in hindsight the deep shade of the Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Coconut Fantasy isn't really suitable for my pale complexion. If you have a medium or deep skin tone then this is going to be perfect for you. It's quite a rich and thick liquid formula which gives it the most amazing colour payoff but means that you can't sheer it out neat too much on the skin. How I've been wearing it is to mix a tiny drop with my foundation which in turn bronzes up my skin and gives the most amazing glow. It's also beautiful when mixed with a primer or moisturiser on bare skin. I was determined not to let it go to waste but as I said, it's just too dark for me as a highlighter. I really want to pick up the lighter champagne shade as it would be perfect for my skin I think.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Fantasy Collection review


Since picking these up I've also tried out a couple of the gel highliners which are stunning. I had heard so much about them and they are really worth the hype. Harvey Nichols has also got the holiday collection in stock now and oh my word it's beautiful! The packaging is gold and glossy and I'm going to have to steer clear or no one is getting anything for Christmas this year... Have you tried any Marc Jacobs beauty? I'd love to hear what products you rate from them.

Laura

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Monday, 22 October 2018

Supercharged cleansing with Foreo

Foreo Luna Play Plus Review

Cleansing brushes have been around for a while now and although I've dabbled in the past, they never became a long-term addition to my skincare routine. That's a product of my laziness and forgetting to put them on charge, but moreover because my skin is quite sensitive and the bristles over time irritated my skin.

So when I discovered Foreo I wasn't sure if it would be a similar deal or not. In fact it worked out quite well and I used my Luna Play until it finally ran out of power (the Luna Play has a lifespan of 100 uses). I was lucky to be gifted the Luna Play Plus* which is a little bit larger than then the original and you can replace the battery when it runs out - life changing!

The soft silicone 'fingers' as I like to think of them gently massage the skin as the Luna Play Plus vibrates, unclogging pores and removing much more dirt than a typical cleanse is capable. At the top there's some larger 'fingers' (I'm sure there's a proper name but bear with), which means you can really get into areas around the nose and t-zone that maybe need a bit of more of a deeper cleanse. I've been using this Foreo for a good few months now and I'm really into it. By just using it for a minute every day I've really noticed how much softer and brighter my skin is as it's truly clean each time.

I also wanted to mention Foreo's cleansers as they're really nice to use. Quite often these add-on skincare products for cleansing tools are a bit naff, but both the Foreo Day and Night Cleansers* are lovely. The Foreo Day Cleeanser is my favourite of the two as it's like a soft milky yoghurt texture - perfect for sensitive and reactive skin that needs a gentle yet effective cleanse. I have been known to use it at night too, what a rebel! It uses fruit extracts to revitalise and wakeup the skin and leaves the complexion soft and nourished, The Foreo Night Cleanser is quite unique, it's more of a gel with tiny meteorite powder particles in which gently yet deeply purifies the skin. Well worth a try if you're looking for something new.

I've now set my sights on the Foreo UFO which is a super advanced mask treatment device. Have you tried it?

Laura

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

A New Gucci Perfume For Autumn

Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme Review

The perfume addict in me always revels when the seasons change as I see it as an excuse to not only switch up my fragrance, but of course to treat myself to something new. I have a fairly extensive perfume collection which you will know if you're read my blog for any amount of time, but the rush of something new is hard for me to ignore. Superdrug recently sent me a bottle of Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme* to try out, and if you're into matching perfumes to the seasons, this is a bit of an autumn corker.

I've never actually tried any Gucci perfumes before as all the popular ones that my friends had back in the day like Rush and Rush 2, were far too sickly sweet and never inspired me to check out the line which looking back is a bit of a crime on my part (sorry Gucci!). Gucci Guilty Absolute came out early this year and is a follow up to the original Guilty fragrance. Billed as a "non-traditional perfume for the modern woman", Guilty Absolute is a chypre fruity scent. The notes consist of blackberry - of which I'm a recent convert and is likely to be a autumn winter stable for my perfume tastes, as well as Bulgarian rose which is spicy and warm, goldenwood that provides a woody warmth and patchouli for depth. It's a bit like immersing yourself in the most scrumptiously soft and warm cashmere jumper and sipping a chai latte in front of a fire with your favourite candle burning.

Warm spicy oriental floral scents tend to wear particularly well I find, and this perfume is no different. I'm really enjoying the fruity blackberry and of course the rose as let's face it, I never turn my nose up at anything rose scented and this one is very genuine and not at all synthetic as some can be. What's quite different about this perfume is that it has a linear composition, so once its combined itself with your skin and dries down it remains the same until it finally wears off.

Gucci Guilty Absolute is one of my most reached for scents this season already, although as it is warm, deep and spicy I won't reach for it come spring. I guess when the time comes that gives me yet another excuse to pick up something new. Enable me, please!

Laura

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Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme Review



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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Summer Skincare Essentials

Summer Skincare Essentials

It is hot. I am hot. And I'm also very much an autumn/winter person so this heatwave is not for me! Overly dramatic intro aside, like most of us I've been forced to re-evaluate my skincare routine and really define my summer skincare essentials. My skin is a delicate wee flower and although it's quite dry it doesn't tolerate thick, heavy products. So with that being the case, I thought I'd share my heatwave skincare essentials in case you need a helping hand in the heat.

THE LIGHT LAYERS METHOD

My summer skincare routine is very much focused on light, effective layers which I find to be the best way to nourish my sensitive, dry dehydrated skin without causing and irritation or breakouts. I always kick off my day with a hyaluronic acid based serum and Caudalie has a great affordable option at £29. The Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum* does sound inviting enough to drink (although I don't advise that you do) and my skin is lapping it up. Formulated for dehydrated skins, this light serum starts things off with a burst of hyaluronic acid and grape water which attract and seal moisture into the skin. As an oil-free product it's also suited to all skin types so no matter how oily or sensitive your skin happens to be this little guy will slot nicely into your routine.

I've been following my serum with the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet* and it's the perfect pairing. It's a light whipped cream - almost a lotion, which again sinks in very quickly and surprisingly packs a fair amount of hydration. I would probably reserve this just for the summer months but it is more than enough for me in this heat. The Vinosource range is perfect for summer and for dehydrated skins all year round as it's designed to kick your skin into diffusing water and keeping hydrated whilst reducing sensitivity. Oh and if you fancy a cute pink Caudalie branded reusable water bottle you can grab one for free when you buy two products from the Vinosource range which is pretty cool - I love mine.

Summer Skincare Essentials

Summer Skincare Essentials

DAILY SUN PROTECTION

I obviously have to include an SPF in my summer skincare essentials - we all should. I'm much better at protecting my skin now than I did a couple of years ago. I'm borderline obsessed with SPF and antioxidants at the moment. I'm also looking into anti-pollution products too so if you have any recommendations please let me know. The problem with a lot of SPFs, and specially physical ones, is that they feel horrid on the skin which in turn makes us so much less likely to wear them and so we're not protecting our skin at all. I'm so glad the Glossier Invisible Shield exists because it's unlike any other SPF I've tried before it. It's a chemical formula which is almost clear and feels like a light hydrating serum so it fits perfectly into my light layers routine. It's pleasant to use, factor 30 and provides a great base for makeup so I want to use it every day.

TREAT

My skin still likes a treatment in these warm summer evenings, albeit something lighter and definitely not potentially pore-clogging. One of my all time favourite moisturisers which doubles up as a treatment is the Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair. I feel quite bad sharing this actually as its impossible to buy this in the UK at the moment. This is coming to the UK apparently but they're having to have their entire product range EU approved which is a lengthy process. Hopefully it won't take too much longer as I'm about to run out! It's deeply hydrating, yet light and silky. It does a little bit of everything as it hydrates, firms, restores elasticity and softens wrinkles - a real powerhouse. It's the one thing I will forever be badgering friends travelling to the States to bring back for me. Yep, it's that good folks.

Summer Skincare Essentials

Summer Skincare Essentials

THE EMERGENCY SOS KIT

The lack of air con on public transport and fresh air in my office will forever haunt me but I have a couple of summer skincare essentials that combat this quite nicely. A facial mist is a given in warm weather for me, but this little dinky Caudalie Grape Water pops neatly into my bag and comes out quite frequently actually. The mist is very fine so doesn't tamper with your makeup - however it's a perfect refresher should things be looking a little dry and worse for wear. Incredibly cooling and soothing for sensitive skin in the heat, it also makes a great hydrating toner.

My last little summer skincare essential is pretty tiny actually, and I must admit I wasn't 100% sure what it was for when I picked it up in New York earlier in the year, but this sample size of the Milk Makeup Cooling Water intrigued me. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be skincare or perhaps a primer but I use it to refresh my under eyes when I'm not wearing makeup and it's also good if you have a SULA situation going on... Yep, it's perhaps a little bit gimmicky but this balm-like stick is refreshing on the skin and is meant to de-puff under your eyes. I haven't used it consistently enough to see any long-term results but it does feel nice to use and its teeny and we all like minature things, right?

What are your summer skincare essentials?

Laura

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Three Simple Self-Care Beauty Rituals

self-care beauty rituals

It's been a little while hasn't it? There's been many times these past eight weeks since I last posted that I've sat in front of a blank blog post, ready to set my fingers to the keys and yet nothing came out. No inspiration, no jolly demeanour, just nothing.

That's the thing when we're stressed, you just can't force it and need to down tools and practise a little self-care. Over the last few weeks I've really struggled with various unplanned events, family illness, an immense work load and general bad luck that it zapped my time and my joy for blogging. For the first time in a long while I feel energised and ready to crack on with things again. Seeing as self-care has been so incredibly vital to me lately I thought I'd share the beauty rituals that have made me feel a whole lot more human and ready to tackle everyday life again.

A LONG HOT SOAK IN THE TUB

Beauty is sometimes considered vain, but for me its a quick win for taking me from feeling poop to fantastic! I figure that if I can do just one small self-care thing a day it's to take some time out in the tub and soak away everything that's grating on me. I find that a bath can shake off a bad mood, a headache and aching tired limbs, so it's my does-it-all solution. What really aids this is a relaxing bath oil. I've dabbled with many oils over the years, from the most purse friendly options to something a whole load more luxurious and fancy but I always return to the Olverum Bath Oil. It's pretty affordable and my local apothecary sells it so its easy to stock up when I'm running low - a situation that I don't like to happen! Yes, we actually have a local apothecary - Apotheca, and it makes me feel quite fancy telling you that! I've lost hours in there looking at all of the pretty jars. Back to the oil... The Olverum Bath Oil is super concentrated so it lasts for such a long time, making it incredibly economical. The essential oils create such a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation that I look forward to my evening soak all throughout the day.

self-care beauty rituals

SOFT NOURISHED SKIN

I am the worst at nourishing my limbs, which considering how well I look after my face is just criminal! So when I take time to keep my skin smooth, soft and moisturised it really elevates my mood and means that I nod off much quicker each night.

Starting with the Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish which I basically bought as it looked so pretty! Luckily, as well as looking good in my bathroom it's one of the best exfoliators I've used in a while. It's sugar based and infused with Moroccan rose and coconut oil and so its incredibly nourishing as well as packing a punch in the scrub stakes. It's perfect for sensitive skin as its not at all scratchy, yet it removes all of my bumpy skin. I gently massage it in until the sugar dissolves into a soft oil, revealing the most smooth and nourished skin. I'm smitten in case you can't tell!

I want to pop on my pjs and jump into bed as soon as I can so hopping around waiting for thick creams to soak in is not an option. The Caudalie Thé des Vignes Body & Hair Oil* is the newest edition to the well loved Thé des Vignes range. It's a blend of uplifting essential oils which include white musk, neroli and ginger which transports me to the mediterranean. That's the best way I can describes this sensual yet light scent - a complete mood changer! It's inspired by the sun setting over Caudalie's grapevines and I can totally see why! What I love about Thé des Vignes Body & Hair Oil the most is that it's a multi-purpose dry oil that comes with a pump so it's so easy to apply and not waste a drop. Caudalie do oils so well, which you'll totally appreciate if you've tried the Divine Oil. Needless to say, my skin is super soft and moisturised these days and sore lizard skin is a thing of the past...

self-care beauty rituals

A SKIN DETOX

With my body all sorted, there's nothing I enjoy more in a self-care session than a face mask or two. Having a bright clear complexion so that my skincare works better and my makeup sits well makes me very happy so I indulge in a couple of face masks every week. At the moment where I'm feeling stressed and dealing with the heatwave we're having in the UK, keeping my skin happy and decongested is my number one aim. Gentle exfoliators such as the Pixi Peel & Polish are what I reach for as it does the job very quickly without the need to physically exfoliate and potentially irritate my complexion. Pixi's offering relies on lactic acid which is super gentle, and enzymes to slough away dead skin cells and leave a much brighter complexion. This is the best exfoliator to go for if you're used to manual scrubs but want to dip into chemical alternatives. It has a very fine amount of sugar granules that make it feel like a traditional scrub, and yet there's no need to buff it into your skin.

To go in a little deeper and clear out any nasties, the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask* is just the ticket. I'm not usually a fan of clay masks as so many that I've tried have felt awful on the skin and break me out, but this beaut from Caudalie is my perfect solution. Grape marc draws out impurities and toxins which are then absorbed by the pink clay. As this is a clay mask it does dry down a bit but doesn't have that awful tight my skin might crack feeling which I absolutely hate. It's also really easy to remove and leaves my skin feeling comfortable and ready to go with some serums and treatments. A hero of mine for sure.

What self-care beauty rituals do you practise?

Laura

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Spring Perfumes

spring perfumes

The irony of writing a post about perfumes for spring when just yesterday I had to get my winter coat out again is not lost on me. Just when we thought spring was finally on its way! The weather may be letting us down but as far as I'm concerned it's May and I'm cracking out my uplifting spring perfumes and sharing them with you today.

By Invitation Rose Gold*
I am not a celebrity perfume fan but any means. In fact I think this is the very first one that I've graced my skin with. Michael Bublé's first foray into scent, By Invitation, was incredibly well received when it was launched a couple of years back and so when its follow up came out my interest was piqued. By Invitation Rose Gold is a floral oriental gourmand, so there's a nice dose of warmth in there but its a complicated and well layered perfume. It opens with magnolia and pear, which gives it an uplifting spring vibe to me and then leads into the floral notes of rose, peony heart and black plum for some depth. As I mentioned it is a gourmand and that's all owing to praline and vanilla which make it buttery and rather addictive. And of course I cannot skip over the beautiful weighty rose gold package which looks absolutely divine on my vanity. Grown up and delicious, this is exactly how I want to be smelling during spring and summer!

spring perfumes
 
spring perfumes

Glossier You
If I’m ever having a day when I want a light fuss-free perfume this is the one I reach for. Formulated with a focus on sensual base notes such as ambrette, musk and ambrox, this subtle Glossier pick stays unchanged throughout the day and is a soft powdery floral which enhances your natural scent. It’s very much you, but better! I find a certain comfort from wearing it and it’s never too harsh or overly flowery. I wish actually that their body hero range smelt more like this so I could layer it. Not to say I’m not a fan of the body hero range as I am, but I am a sucker for layering scents for the full experience and longevity.

Chloé Nomade*
I do love a bit of freesia so it’s no surprising I get on so well with Chloe fragrances. It’s just a lovely fresh floral which instantly lifts my moods, so Chloé Nomade is an awesome spring pick for me. It’s a lot deeper and sensual than we’re used to from Chloé, owing to Mirabelle plum and oak moss. It’s fresh, fruity and chypre, so a little more complex and interesting. It wears well throughout the day, with the fresh freesia always peeping through to keep it uplifting and light. Oh and how gorgeous is the bottle, seriously!


spring perfumes

spring perfumes

I've not spoken about this little love of mine for a while which is quite honesty a crime in itself. Eau Duelle is not your average vanilla scent. It's actually quite woody and spicy due to pink pepper, bergamot, saffron and musk so it has a little bit of a kick to it. The vanilla is still quite fresh but without being too creamy, very much a 'real' vanilla if you know what I mean. Quite often vanilla perfumes can be very synthetic and sickly but Eau Duelle couldn't be any less like that. It's a perfume I reach for all year round so its never going to leave my side in the summer months. I can see this being with me for many years to come, much like No 5.

Do you have a favourite spring perfume and what do you think of mine? Tempted to try any?

Laura

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Monday, 23 April 2018

Recent Beauty Favourites


Recent Beauty Favourites

I’ve been testing so many new products over the last few weeks that I thought it was about time I wrote a round up on what’s hot. We’ll also forget that I’ve not written a monthly favourites post for a while as I honestly don’t know where the last couple of months have gone! I’ve been busy, that’s for sure.
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Algenist Genius Range


 Algenist Genius Skincare review

Now you guys know how much trying new skincare excites me, right? I should probably get out a bit more! So I was very happy to get the chance to put a few products from the Algenist Genius range through their steps and you know what, I'm really impressed. It's definitely in the higher price bracket, but as someone with visible signs of ageing I'm happy to invest in my skincare.
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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

A Peep At My Travel Beauty Routine

My Travel Skincare Routine

I don’t travel all that often which really shows when it comes to packing. I just can’t (or won’t) travel light when it comes to my skincare routine. While I’ll gladly just take one pair of shoes and not 2835 tops that I know I won’t wear, what if I need three different face masks, a choice of cleansers and two moisturisers just in case? It happens every single time because refuse to let my skincare routine and ultimately my skin suffer, even though most of it never gets used.
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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Concealers For Every Skin Woe

Concealers For Every Skin Woe

Concealer is one of those products that I feel I'm always searching for the next best one. I have been known to repurchase a select few (NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer I'm looking at you) but generally speaking I'm always on the hunt and reading as many reviews as I can.
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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Nano Intensive Teeth Whitening Strips

Nano Intensive Teeth Whitening Strips

For as long as I can remember I've been self conscious about my teeth. They've never been very white and growing up one of my front teeth crossed over the other. Years later they're straight thanks to two years of wearing a brace - typically I had mine fitted when everyone else had theirs removed. The joy of being a late bloomer and not getting my adult teeth until I was sixteen!

Over the years I've tried every whitening toothpaste Boots stocks and a few at home whitening kits and strips. The only ones I ever found to work were the Crest White Strips, but they are a pain to get hold of and they made my already sensitive teeth even more so. I'd kinda given up finding something affordable that worked when White Wash kindly sent me some of their Nano Intensive Whitening Strips* to try out.

What's particularly attractive about the Nano Intensive Whitening Strips is that they're affordable at £25 a pack and my local Boots stock them. No more buying from possibly dodgy US websites! But do they actually work?

Nano Intensive Teeth Whitening Strips

The Nano Intensive Whitening Strips come in a box of 28 sealed packs, with each one containing a longer strip for the upper teeth and a shorter one for the bottom. It's a fairly long commitment of almost a month to whiten your teeth but I would literally try anything if it promised a smile I would be happy with. They're super easy to apply; you simply brush your teeth and try to dry them out a little with a towel before applying the sticky strips over your teeth and leaving for an hour before removing.

I tend to lay the strip across my teeth and starting at the middle I press and shape them over each tooth so that the edges are as covered as possible. Otherwise not all of the tooth will be in contact with the whitening gel. Most strips normally need to be worn for 30 minutes so the Nano Intensive Whitening Strips do require twice that time, but that's where I think they excel as they're really gentle. I was honestly expecting them to hurt almost straight away, but one hour down the line and my teeth were not hurting at all. After a few days of using them the staining on my canine teeth completely disappeared and guess what? Still no pain.

I've now finished the entire course of Nano Intensive Whitening Strips and they've clearly made a difference. I'm no longer worried about wearing more orange hued lipsticks which historically made my teeth look yellow and it's really helping my confidence. You guys, I've even been smiling more. Who is this new person?! Joking aside, I'd highly recommend these and will be picking up another pack for a bit of maintenance here and there.

Have you whitened your teeth before and do you like the sound of these?

Laura

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Chloe Nomade Eau de Parfum


When Chloe release a new perfume, my senses are intrigued. Over the years I've worn and adored several fragrances from the brand and their newest release; Chloe Nomade*, sparks the same curiosity.
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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Pink For Spring? Breaking My Style Rules


Ice-watch ICE loulou watch review.

If there's a couple of things I'm certain about when it comes to my personal style, it's that comfort will always win and you'll never see me in too much colour. I'm just not interested in cramming myself into a gorgeous yet crippling pair of heels and neutral colours are just my jam, what can I say!

But that doesn't mean my wardrobe has to be completely boring and void of colour. In fact, I've started to slightly bend my style rules and have been known to wear a coloured beret here and there (much to my husband's distain). Accessories for me are the perfect way to inject some colour and interest into my outfits. The newest addition is my new candy pink watch from Ice-Watch*. I've been admiring their watches for some time so it was a dream come true when they said they wanted to send me one to try out. The only difficult part was choosing a watch as they have an enormous selection of colours and styles to choose from.

Ice-watch ICE loulou watch review.

Ice-watch ICE loulou watch review.

I have a few classic style watches with leather straps so I went completely away from my usual style and choose this gorgeous candy pink number from their ICE loulou collection*. There's a fair few different colour combos to choose from but this pink and red colour way just called to me. The red underside adds an extra little edge to it and it's slotted in seamlessly with my monochrome tendencies. Pink, grey and black just work, am I right? Plus add in a bit of denim and a blazer and I'm a very happy (and comfortable) bunny.

Ice-watch ICE loulou watch review.

Ice-Watch also have different sizes to choose from so even though I have child-like wrists I had no problem finding the perfect fit. The amount of times I've had to have more holes punched into watch straps in the past has become a little embarrassing! This particular watch is actually a medium but a small would also be a good fit for me. It sits nice and flat on the wrist and the silicone strap is buttery soft and super comfortable to wear. I've had so many compliments on it too as it really is striking. I'm thinking pink is my new obsession, well now that I have the watch and matching beret. What's next, pink loafers? Actually, I won't joke about that as it could happen this spring, you've been warned...

What do you think of my new Ice-Watch? Is pink a hit for you too?

Laura

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Monday, 12 February 2018

The Beauty Guru Box - Latest In Beauty

The Beauty Guru Box - Latest In Beauty

I've spoken a few times on my blog about Latest In Beauty's collaboration boxes, but I had never actually tried out their regular boxes until recently. What's refreshing about it is that you get to curate your own box so there's never any disappointment. Whether you want to go for three, six or nine products in your own beauty box or if you want a one-off box or to receive one every month, there's over 200 products to choose from, how cool is that?

I went for the one-off Beauty Guru Box* which includes 9 products for £25. When I was picking my products, I was a little strategic. I wanted to make the most of trying out some new brands and products as I find subscription boxes to be the best way to discover new beauty products. I also couldn't help but pick a couple of existing favourites.

I'm a bather rather than a shower girl and I'm really into Sunday night pamper sessions with a candle and some bath oils to unwind. The Olverum Bath Oil jumped straight out at me as I've been looking for a more affordable pick. It's a beautiful blend of essential oils and it's really concentrated so a little goes a long way.

Coffee scrubs have been around for a while but I've never tried one myself. I'm mega late to the party on this one so I had to go for the Skinyoga Coffee Body Scrub. As it contains caffeine, it's super charged and while taking care of my dry limbs it also aims to boost the metabolism and enhance the condition of the skin. It's a little messy but left my skin super soft. I'm a fan.

On the subject of body products, I had to go for the infamous Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Infused with guarana which is supposed to be one of the most potent sources of caffeine, it helps moisturise the skin and even lift it to create a booty to be proud of. I've only used the Bum Bum Cream a few times but it will be a repurchase for sure. It smells divine and like a beach holiday so I'm now longing for summer. Hey maybe I'll have an impressive pert bottom to show off in a bikini by then!

The Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Roll On Anti-Perspirant is a brand new launch, in fact I receive my box before it launched in shops so that's very exciting. I'm trying to be more mindful about chemicals and what I put in and on my body so this really intrigued me. It works really well and keeps me smelling fresh all day. I like to have a deodorant in my bag just in case and this one is perfect for on the go and for travelling.

The Beauty Guru Box - Latest In Beauty

Skincare-wise I kept it fairly simple. I chose the Tropics Skincare Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum as it sounded perfect for my dry, sensitive skin type. It's a very 'green' formula, right down to the scent which is quite earthy. I'm not s big fan of that personally but it leaves my skin really smooth and is good for soothing irritated skin, perfect for me in the winter as my skin has been a little more sensitive than usual lately.

The Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes have long appealed to me so I was pleased to see that Latest In Beauty had them. There's just one cube but that will be enough to test it out. I get really puffy eyes so I'm hoping this does the trick. I'm waiting for a particularly late night or busy day to test this one out!!

For make up I went for some favourites and a highly coveted Korean pick. Erborian are well known for their CC Crème so it was the first product I chose. It's lightweight and comfortable on the skin and I've been really enjoying it for good skin days. It's a little bit darker than I would like but as the formula is light it does blend into the skin quite well so doesn't look too dark. I'm definitely going to seek out a lighter shade in this!

For lips I picked up the Burts Bees Lipstick in Sunset Cruise. I actually got another colour of this in one of the collaboration boxes and I wore it to death so this was an easy choice. The formula is really creamy and moisturising and they're super pigmented. This peachy coral shade is really flattering on pale skin like mine and really perks up my complexion. It's packed with vitamin E and moringa oil so as well as looking good it does your lips a kindness too.

Lastly, I went for the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in black. I have it in brown already so had to complete the set. It's soft to apply but dries down really well and then doesn't budge. I got it for tight lining as my eyes are quite sensitive and the last thing I want is my eyeliner irritating my eyes or moving. It's super black and really thickens up the appearance of my lashes. Perfect!

The Beauty Guru Box from Latest In Beauty is the perfect way to discover new products and give them a good road test before stumping up for the full size. Not one to miss for sure!

Laura

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balms


Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm review

Lip balm is something that I use a lot. There's one in every one of my bags, most coat pockets, the car, down the side of the sofa...I just can't get enough of them. Having dry lips most of the time I always have one on me, and while I tend to pop one on underneath lipstick, sometimes I want a good dose of hydration and some colour payoff in one. The Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balms* offer just that. Perfect for winter and for prepping your pout for Valentine's Day!

The Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balms come in three gorgeous colours; Innocence, an almost clear light pink that enhances your natural lip colour and carries a gorgeous vanilla and orange scent, Seduction - a subtle pink hue with a vanilla scent and Addiction, a raspberry red shade with a berry scent. Depending on your natural lip colour you'll see a different effect, but ultimately they are very sheer and give a 'your lips but better' subtle tint. Personally I think Innocence smells incredible and Addiction gives me the most pigmentation with a 'just bitten' berry stain.

Caudalie has a very natural background which is nodded to with the cute wooden packaging, and the scents are of course also natural and not at all synthetic smelling like a lot of lip balms tend to be.

Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm review

The French Kiss lip balms are a fairly solid texture which I prefer, so they're not gooey or gloopy which means they last pretty well on the lips - around two hours before I tend to reapply. The formula softens ever so slightly as your press your finger onto the balm, which Caudalie terms as a 'crème brulee' texture.

The lip balms keep my lips really moisturised and contain quite a cocktail of natural and beneficial ingredients - polyphenols (anti-oxidants), aloe vera to soothe, castor and sunflower oil and beeswax to intensely nourish.

I've worn nothing else on my lips since receiving these - Innocence in particular lives on my desk and I'm a little addicted to its vanilla-orange scent! For £10 a pop these are not to be missed if your lips are constantly chapped like mine.

Laura

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Monday, 5 February 2018

January Favourites


January Favourites

January is finally over and I feel like I can actually get on with the year now. The first and dullest month of every year is always a practise month for me, so now February is here - and it's my birthday month, I'm raring to get going! That said, it's been a month of some change for me, trying to spend less and save for my trip to New York with Tales of a Pale Face in March, eating healthier and also trying to get to grips with having an actual hairstyle that needs styling now. I'm making progress! So here's what's been making me smile this month.
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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Skincare Treatments On Rotation

Skincare Treatments On Rotation

Nothing makes me happier than my evening skincare routine. Perhaps that's because it also includes comfy pyjamas and is shortly followed by bedtime? Luckily my skin is quite fond of this time of day too as it's when I really go to town on my skincare treatments and it can soak up all of the nutrients undisturbed.

Over the past year or so I've really honed down my skincare routine to a good selection of products I know I can trust, so whatever my skin throws at me I've got a solution for it. Let's dive in, shall we?

PIXI Peel & Polish
Not just reserved for the evening, as I'm quite fond of popping this on to work while I get ready in the morning, this exfoliator from PIXI guarantees soft, radiant smooth skin and no irritation. It's super gentle while not compromising on efficacy so I tend to indulge two to three times a week and follow with a mask if needed. A lot of the time the PIXI Peel & Polish is enough on its own though as it's a bit of a wonder treatment.

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask
I've sung its praises many a time before, but it really is that good! A nice thick layer of this mask really plumps up my skin and it's also quite cooling so helps calm down any irritation. I had a reaction to a new product I was testing recently and this soothed it away with one use. I've also heard good things about Glossier's detox mask so it's firmly on my list to try next.

Skincare Treatments On Rotation
 
This is the bottle that just keeps on giving as much as I use it, it keeps going. Not that I am complaining! For me this is an essential hit of hydration that helps keep some bounce to my skin and also helps exfoliate with lipo hydroxy acid. Patted onto the skin this has really helped my texture issues too.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
This is as much a treatment for the senses as well as it is for the complexion as neroli never fails to put me in a good uplifted mood. I tend to keep this in my bag for refreshing up my makeup while on the go and it doesn't disappoint.

DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll-On*
This roll on eye gel is perfect for dealing with puffiness and dry eyes and I'm really enjoying using it. It's incredibly therapeutic to roll the cold metal applicator balls around the eye socket, let me tell you.
 
Skincare Treatments On Rotation
Skincare Treatments On Rotation

A fairly new addition to my skincare line up, this is exactly the thing for plumping the skin with moisture. It's clearly something I'm obsessed with! This serum is an incredibly clever blend of 12 forms of hyaluronic acid, which is exactly what you would expect from NIOD. I find that layering moisture in the form of an essence, serum and then moisturiser on top to be really effective and as each layer is light my skin responds really well and soaks up every last drop. I wouldn't be without hyaluronic acid now.
 
The previous incarnation of The Ordinary's pure retinol was incredibly harsh on the skin so I'm really glad they reformulated it to include squalane to combat that. I tend to use this a couple of night's a week when my skin doesn't need anything else on top so that the retinol can work uninterrupted. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane is formulated with hydroxypinacolone retinoid which is one of the more advance forms of retinol that only has one conversion to make in order to become pure retinoic acid so it's the most potent over the counter form currently available. I'm not too keen on the scent of it but it's more about how it works than how it smells!
 
This is the newest addition to my skincare treatment arsenal which sounded too good to miss. It's supposed to help smooth out wrinkles around the eyes and foreheads so I'm using it twice daily in a bid to turn back the years. It's early days so I'll need to report back on this one.
 
Have you tried any of these and what skincare treatments do you love?
 
Laura
 
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Monday, 15 January 2018

The Five Product Face

The Five Product Makeup look

My usual daily makeup routine consists of a fair few products and as much as I enjoy playing with and applying makeup, it often isn't practical and sometimes I need to get a rush on. So I thought I would share with you my super quick five product face which will buy you some extra time in bed and will still leave you looking fresh and perky.

The Five Product Makeup look

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow
I've had this a little while but hadn't used it much until lately. I love the overnight mask which leaves you with a nice subtle tan come morning, so this was always going to be a hit. It's starts off as a white cream but once smoothed into the complexion it takes on a radiant bronzed glow and hydrates the skin beautifully. It's very natural looking, so not orange at all and evens out any imperfections and redness so there's no need for concealer or anything else to go on top. I'm pretty hooked on this little tube!

Burberry Light Glow - Earthy Blush No. 7
As the skin is radiant and dewy all it needs it a little definition but nothing too intense. This is the perfect dusky pinky brown that goes with any makeup look and makes me look a lot more healthy and less moon faced. I also run this through my eye socket for a little shape and contour so its a pretty good multi-tasker for a minimal makeup look.

The Five Product Makeup look

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Meteore
This cream eyeshadow makes a great topper to finish your eye look as it's more of a shimmer than a typical opaque cream shadow if you catch my drift. Once applied it gives the most beautiful wash of champagne shimmer that really brightens up my eyes and it looks so nice on it's own which is how I'm wearing it for this look. It's best applied with a finger and is one of those shades that will suit pretty much everyone. I believe this it's being discontinued so definitely go get your hands on this as it's such a pretty shade.

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
This was very much an Allana Davison inspired purchase which I picked up before Christmas. I'm fairly lucky in the eyelash department so don't need to rely on mascara too much but my word this really makes a difference! It separates, thickens and gives a good dose of volume, and I've been pleasantly surprised to learn it doesn't smudge on me which 99% of mascaras do. I am so sold on this and as a girl who normally won't spend more than a tenner on mascara that's saying something!

The Five Product Makeup look

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream in Wonderful Rosy
I think this lip cream might be my favourite part of this whole look. It's a vivid blue-based pink that really perks up my complexion. Formula wise it's very similar to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams and I'm sure they have a similar shade if you can't get your hands on this one (it's sold out on Sephora). Paired with subtly shimmering eyes and glowing radiant skin this is beyond beautiful. The nib is a large round cushion, a bit similar to the Maybelline concealer everyone likes. You would think that it would be hard to get a clean lip outline but actually it's really precise and takes just a swipe to apply.

Do you like the sound of any of these and what are your go-to minimal makeup must haves?

Laura

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Monday, 8 January 2018

The Greatest Showman Latest In Beauty Box

The Greatest Showman Latest In Beauty Box

If there's one thing that Latest In Beauty do exceptionally well it's collaboration boxes. That's not to say their regular subscription boxes aren't awesome as they really are - there's not many beauty boxes that you can curate yourself after all. Their most recent box, The Greatest Showman Beauty Box* is rather spectacular, let me tell you.

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