Month: August 2014

BOBBI BROWN HAUL

Today’s post is a compilation of Bobbi Brown-centric products. BB is one of my favourite makeup brands that pleases across the board; from lipstick to concealer to brushes they always hit the mark. A recent BB counter visit left me feeling lighter in the pockets but happier in my heart and I feel like a haul is in order… Please Note: I’m holding back one special purchase for a later post, keep your eyes peeled!

Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush -This is the one that goes against my brush brief of duplicating things I already own as it reminds me very much so of Louise Young LY 34 Super Foundation Brush, but shorter and with a bit more firmness. I’ve been using that one for months now, and with no complaints, but with it on its last legs I thought it was time to try something new which is where this Bobbi Brown offering comes in. Dense enough to distribute full-on foundations, but with enough give to blend out a tinted moisturiser I’m impressed with this one so far. The short handle means it easier to travel with, plus I reckon this will be a good one for packing on the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural too.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand – The one concealer that I come back to time and time again. I dab on with my index finger and blend under my eyes and on the end of my sometimes Rudolph-ish red nose. This yellow-based concealer instantly camouflages dark circles and tired eyes. The new and improved formula is richer and creamier, so it goes on easy, blends smoothly and stays put. Plus it’s infused with skin conditioners to protect the delicate under-eye area. Your ideal shade of Creamy Concealer is one shade lighter than your foundation. So this was a must have repurchase.
Bobbi Brown Eyeliner Brush – For use with dark Eye Shadow shades, the Eye Liner Brush is perfectly shaped to create a precise and even line. Application wise: Dry – Pick up Eye Shadow with brush tip and tap off excess. Use smooth strokes to line lids close to base of lashes, going from inner to outer eye corner. Wet – Dampen brush and make an “x” in the Eye Shadow with the brush tip to pick up colour. Use smooth strokes to line lids close to base of lashes, going from inner to outer eye corner. I love this brush; I’m a big fan of using eyeshadows as liners and this one does the job perfectly. To find out what my favourite shadows for the job are you better keep your eyes peeled…

Are you a fan of Bobbi Brown products? Let me know if I’m missing out on something major!

LUXE LIPS

I don’t think there’s a luxer lipstick offering out there than Tom Ford.

Sleek formulas, in on-point shades that you just can’t walk past without having a cheeky swatch of and all wrapped up in packaging that’s almost too swish to store away. It bothers me greatly to part with that much cash on just one item, but with TF Lipsticks it’s just hard to say no. They’re seriously on-point with so many of my lipstick requirements, (1) a good formula (2) creamy (3) sleek packaging and finally (4) no funky smell. The icing on the cake comes in the form of an embossed TF logo on the lipstick, almost making it too difficult to use without ruining its beauty – but I digress.

The focus of this post come in the form of a shade perfect for adding barely-there daytime definition…

Tom Ford Lip Colour in Spanish Pink – It may not look much in the tube – but that’s the whole point. Spanish Pink falls into the cliché ‘My Lips But Better’ category, or M.L.B.B as it is more widely known. A slightly more pinky version of MAC’s Patisserie, lets think a hybrid between Patisserie, Nude Bud and Peach Blossom; It’s creamy, shimmer free and can be built up to an opaque layer of colour or dabbed on for a more subtle wash. I would describe this as a light peachy-pink shade with a tiny almost-nonexistent hint of sparkle.

Are there a million and one other shades out there that perform the aforementioned functions? Yes. But are there any others that make you want to don a tailored suit, shake out your hair and dose yourself in a musky fragrance à la the Tom Ford woman? No I think not.

Light Coverage Base Round-Up

During the summer I’ve been opting for a more light coverage line-up of face bases and these two have really stuck out as strong favourites and with good reason. Both impart a subtle and sheer coverage without the need for concealer and powder or anything else. Think, fresh faced and glowing…

Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15Glow. On the tinted moisturiser scale this sits just below that of a light coverage foundation. It has all the nourishing qualities and radiance boosting finish of a tinted moisturiser, but it’s slightly thicker texture and pigmented finish leave the skin looking slightly more polished than usual. I find that a pea-sized amount blended all over the face with a Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation brush is the perfect amount for an everyday face, or if I fancy a little less coverage it works nicely massaged into the skin with just fingers. The finish it leaves on the skin is simply gorgeous – that’s where it shows its worth – a glowy, skin-like, evened-out complexion. Wear time is good too – probably eight or so hours go past without me needing too much of a touch-up.

Shade wise, I opted for Glow, but I’m considering a purchase of the shade Bliss for a more Winter suitable colour. I got mine from Space NK for a staggeringly wallet-weeping £55, not exactly an everyday purchase, but something to pick up if you fancy a bit of a treat.

Have any of you tried the Chantecaille Just Skin? Or does it sit wistfully on your wishlist?

DIOR Diorskin Nude BB Creme002. With promises of a perfecting, glow-injecting coverage with a dewy finish and a dose of epidermis-loving ingredients – this is a match made in heaven. See, here’s the deal, with this, a dewy-ish, skinlike finish is achieved and it sticks around for a good few hours or so before I need an extra dab onto my face.

Now with regards to the rest of the BB/tinted moisturiser clan this one ranks somewhere between the offerings from Jouer, (the Matte and Luminising Moisture Tints) in terms of finish – but I’m inclined to think that this one imparts just a bit more coverage. If we’re comparing to my other BB love, the Dr Jart+ Water Fuse BB Cream then it’s slightly heavier and less radiant which for me, is ok. If it fits your BB bill then it’s £30 from FeelUnique.

And can somebody please convince me that I don’t need the Diorskin Nude Tan BB Creme? Thanks.

Is it Monday?

Yesterday was a lazy day. Being my first day back to work after my 4 week long holiday and a bank holiday weekend I was somewhat lacking in enthusiasm for life. Enter two products that I reach for on lazy days that really feel like Mondays.

Chanel Perfection Lumiére Velvet FoundationB20 and B30. This is dubbed as a ‘lightweight second-skin that smoothes and evens out the complexion for a velvety matte result’ and for me, that’s exactly what it does. If you’re looking for a glowy, fresh finished formula then this isn’t the one. This is a new-gen matte that offers a natural coverage, skin-like finish – but for oilier skinned gals. It doesn’t quite live up to its sister Vitalumiére Aqua – but it’s definitely a close match. A blob of both B20 and B30 blended into the skin looks seriously incredible – radiant, yet long-lasting.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15B20 and B40. There’s some long standing confusion over the function of these powders, but I like a bit of B40 round the edges of my face to give some much needed definition and B20 down the centre for that extra scrap of coverage for days when you need a little somethin’ somethin’ but really can’t be bothered. I’m not hugely into powder foundation products – not that this is one of them, but even I can accept that sometimes thing’s can get a bit shiny, so just to be safe, and to add a bit of coverage, a quick dusting can work wonders. Something that’s light with a hint of colour is what you’re getting here. Extra points because it comes with its own brush and mirror – and it’s so beautiful!

A good Chanel-centric face-base line up for those days where you just need that extra 15 minutes in bed…

Holiday Heroes

Sometimes what you take on holiday and what you actually use on holiday are totally different things. I packed a plethora of beauty products into my toiletry bag this year and have surprised myself with the selection I made throughout the weeks I’ve spent abroad. Here is a run down of the things I actually reached for daily this holiday…

SHU UEMURA UV Under Base Mousse SPF 30 – Primer, protector and skin perfector in one, this mousse has been my ultimate hero – I packed this one in my case with visions of testing it on sightseeing days under makeup but in reality, this one knocked my beloved Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF 50 off its post! It creates the perfect base for your makeup. Acting as a lightweight veil between your skincare and foundation, it helps transform skin into a flawless canvas, while high performance UVA and UVB sunscreens shield skin from sun damage. I was even using this as my only base product. It’s skin perfecting mousse in a can – and something I’ll definitely be taking along on future holidays.

AVEDA Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque – An intensive cream masque that restores sun-exposed hair, moisturises, and helps defend against free radicals. Housed in this miracle tube is morikue protein which helps to restore weakened hair, as well as tamanu oil, certified organic shea butter, coconut and palm oils, all of which help to really moisturise your hair. I’ve used this every two washes to help keep my hair healthy whilst soaking up the sun in Spain along with the Sun Care Protective Hair Veil from the AVEDA sun collection.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish – This beauty leaves your skin glowing, silky smooth and elegantly fragranced with the seductive scent of roses. This exotic body polish uses gentle exfoliating cane sugar to buff the skin, boost cell turn around and enhance skin renewal. Formulated with Moroccan rose otto oil, known for its healing and stress relieving properties, it leaves your mind as clean, clear and energised as your skin. Helps boost skin cell turnover and therefore prevents peeling and prolongs your tan! Bonus.

DIPTYQUE Philosykos Eau de Toilette – This has been my go to scent of the summer. Something fresh, crisp and warm. The light and distinctive scent of Philosykos can be worn and adored by both women and men, Philosykos beautifully captures the essence of a sun-kissed Greek island (or Spanish villa) – either way, a beautiful scent.

DECLÉOR Aroma Sun Expert High Repair After-Sun Balm for Face – This 100% natural, 100% delicious balm, is to be applied to the face and savoured after returning from the beach! The skin is repaired overnight, feeling soothed and supple in the morning. The perfect wonder product to help achieve an enhanced and longer lasting tan. This balm repairs, nourishes and softens the skin – all of which is necessary after sun exposure. In the evenings I’ve been warming a few drops of this balm in the palm of my hands, then applying using light, massaging movements over a cleansed face and neck – the result: I’ve been waking up with glowing, nourished, sun kissed skin.

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LAURA MERCIER Radiance Baked Body Bronzer

Recently I’ve been on the hunt for a different bronzer to fill the NARS Laguna shaped hole in my heart.

Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Body Bronzer is an ultra-smooth baked body bronzer that provides natural bronzed colour and gives skin a sun-drenched radiance all summer long. This bronzer really wakes up the skin, providing a natural bronzed colour with a radiant, healthy glow, which is all I could really ask from a bronzer.

– Modern, multi-dimensional luminous finish

– Sheer, buildable coverage lets you customize your glow

– Provides warm, healthy-looking colour and leaves skin looking naturally radiant

– Applies smoothly onto skin and blends effortlessly for a natural look and feel

– Ultra lightweight formula, feels weightless on skin

– Smooth, silky, velvety texture feels comfortable on skin

– Longwearing formula wears all day (I managed to eek out 8 hours)

– Dermatologist tested; Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive!

How to apply it…
Apply powder to areas where the sun naturally hits, like face, décolleté, shoulders and arms with Body Bronzer Brush.

Another Exciting New Launch…

Would you look at that…

BY TERRY Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur

The much-loved and coveted lip balm has now been given the Rose Infernale full-colour treatment. This eye-popping palette ranges from chic and cheerful to innocent hushed hues and whimsical high-drama.

The ever-luxurious formula pampers and soothes with softening rose flower essential wax, lipo-regenerating shea butter, free radical fighting vitamin E, restructuring ceramides, hydrating and smoothing filling spheres.

Shades: Rosy Babe – Mandarina Pulp – Cherry Bomb – Bloom Berry – Fig Fiction – Toffee Cream

The luxurious formula is made of a whopping 48 ingredients that claim to repair, protect, and replenish the lips… some of the ingredients used are: Essential Rose Wax with soothing and astringent property, Volumising Bio-ceramides, Moisturising Shea Butter with healing and soothing properties, provides strength, comfort and nutrition, Soothing Vitamin: a powerful anti-oxidant and an Ingress Protection 15 that protects the lips to help fight against ageing.

Lips will lap up this deep-down long-lasting cure.

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The Sunday Shampoo

There was perhaps a more appropriate day to write about this shampoo…

If you’re after a clarifying shampoo then the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo is your guy. I have been using it for the past two months and I can say already it’s going to be a repurchase!

Formulated to remove product residue, hard water minerals, pollutants and general hair greasiness, this super clarifying shampoo leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean. I don’t use a lot of product in my hair but it does get quite greasy quickly and since using this I have been able to wash my hair only twice (maybe three times) a week which would have been unheard of before.

I wash it once on a Sunday with this and then midweek with the B&B Surf Shampoo and Conditioner duo mentioned here and my hair feels great, no more of this washing it once every day business! I was in love with the Boots Expert Anti Build-Up Shampoo, but I find when using the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo I need to use much less product. A 50p-sized blob does my whole bonce. Although the Boots one is about a quarter of the price so is definitely one I’d recommend if you fancy saving a few pennies.

Stay well away if you’ve got lovely colour treated locks, but if your hair is looking a little lank or looking dirtier quicker than usual then a rinse with a clarifying shampoo at the weekend should sort you out!

 

What are your thoughts on Bumble and Bumble products? I have always been rather impressed! I think their Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil range is next on the cards for me!

SARAH CHAPMAN Morning Facial

Enter the most recent thing to drop in the Sarah Chapman Skincare range: the Morning Facial. A morning wake-up call to get up and glow. Suitable for all skin types this supercharged serum-oil delivers intense and long lasting skin plumping, hydration and radiance, resulting in more youthful looking skin and a day long ‘post facial glow’.

Morning Facial is cleverly formulated to intensely hydrate, boost radiance and plump fine lines every morning. The potent actives also protect the skin barrier from environmental toxins and fight off the daily assaults of pollution and inflammation. The easily absorbed formula regulates sebum production leaving no shiny surface residue. High-performance actives effectively increase skin firmness and elasticity whilst visibly smoothing fine lines… And don’t worry, because Sarah has ensured this easily absorbed, perfect for daytime formula regulates sebum production, leaving no shiny surface residue, just an enviable instant glow.

How to use it…

For instant radiance smooth a few drops over or under your day cream every morning. Pat sparingly over make-up as an ‘anytime’ wake-up call.

What are the results…

As with all Skinesis products Morning Facial is concentrated with highly active ingredients at optimum levels. Plumping Juvinity™, wrinkle fighting Collageneer®, brightening TIMECODE™, anti-oxidant Kalpariane® and hydrating Argan Oil combine to miraculously restore glow to tired, thirsty, stressed-out or ageing skin. Meanwhile the heavenly scent of jasmine and neroli refreshes tired faces and soporific spirits.

I’m currently trailing this product and will be back soon with a more personal experience style review.

The New Brush

If I could have only one brush in my entire collection, I would happily skip away with this one. It’s a bold statement, but this is seriously one of the best brushes I own.

EVE LOM Powder Foundation Brush – Get flawless results and a professional finish every time, thanks to this brush’s flat top and super tightly packed fibres. Precision-designed to apply the perfect amount of of foundation that can be seamlessly worked into the skin with buffing motions. The brush’s sleek wooden handle and high quality synthetic fibres are hygienic and easy-to-clean. It’s an all-round winner.

I picked mine up form SpaceNK for £38 – which admittedly made me wince a little – it’s pricey for a brush, but for this.. it’s worth it!