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The Blue Night Oil

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

It’s only best to start this off with no secrets, I think it has to be noted that this face oil rocks a hefty price tag. £85 to be exact. And whilst for the Sunday Riley target audience the price is about right, for us average joe’s this would not be something I’d ever consider repurchasing. Even if it turned my into Blake Lively. But, this oil is very luxurious, and after testing I can report that I’ve seen good results. Just not good enough to warrant a repurchase.

Luna is a retinoid oil that aims to “reduce pore size, improve the appearance of damaged skin and help fight wrinkles”. Among the ingredients you can find the famous blue tansy that according to Into The Gloss is THE ingredient of 2015, avocado oil, grape seed oil and german chamomile. I was so so impressed reading the ingredient list because it is full of good oils and extracts but was kind of disappointed to see that the last two ingredients listed are actually colorants! I don’t feel Sunday Riley needs to add colorants to prove that there is indeed blue tansy in the oil. I really don’t know how to feel about the fact that I’m applying fake dye to my face and letting it sink in during the whole night. If it didn’t work as well as it does it would be a bigger problem for me.

I’ve seen some people complain about the smell but I actually really love it. For me it makes the whole process of massaging it into the skin much more enjoyable. Luna smell a little earthy, like wild flowers and I can catch the smell of the chamomile. I totally feel like this could be a LeLabo perfume, if you’re familiar with their earthy, musky scents.But let’s move on…

No matter your skin woes — dry, oily, or acne-prone — this stuff suits everyone and will quickly become a staple on your vanity.

I’ll come out and say that is one of the best retinoid products I’ve ever used in my life. I saw improvement in the size of my pores and the general aspect of my skin within the first couple of days of using it and it only got better after continuous use. I get lots of compliments about how firm, bright and well rested my skin looks. It makes my face a dream to apply makeup in the mornings and this is where I noticed the huge improvement in the appearance of my pores. I did not see foundation settling anywhere and I could almost see a beautiful “glow” that came from under my foundation.

So if you can afford to splash out on this oil then i’d say it’s definitely worth it! If not, then pop into your local SpaceNK and have a play with it instead! If you ask nicely, they might give you a sample!

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The New Palette

As promised a review of my new MAC quad is here…

Wedge – a beautiful slightly warm mid tone taupe brown that is a perfect transition or crease shade. This is one for pale skinned people in my opinion, as it can come out a bit light and ashy when used in the crease on my skin tone. But still a good definition shadow.

Espresso – a cool toned medium brown that is my only disappointing shadow in this palette. It’s has limited colour pay off and doesn’t blend very easily, but looks lovely built up along the lash line as a softer alternative to eyeliner.

Patina – a duo chrome green bronze gold hybrid colour that is the perfect all over lid colour. It has a frost finish and is a probably best described as a light taupe with gold shimmer. It works perfectly with a bit of Espresso blended in the outer corner.

Tempting – a warm toned chocolate brown with a golden shimmer and lustre. It is probably the best lustre finish I’ve tried from MAC as it is smooth, richly pigmented and has minimal fallout.

Next on my wish list… Sable and Twinks

The Luxe Gloss

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Lévres Plump-Up – This new gloss from YSL is perfect for you if you aren’t a fan of colour – this helps lips to look plumper and fuller. Packed with a hyaluronic acid enriched formula the light and non-sticky texture provides lips with a shiny finish and delicate menthol plumping effect, without stinging or irritating sensitive lips. You only need a small amount to ensure a gorgeous finish, which dries to leave a slightly tacky sensation that’s a fraction of a traditional gloss. Although the original Glossy Stains leave a matte texture on the surface, this is a different result – almost like a gloss-balm hybrid.

Squalane oil helps reinforce the lips’ lipidic barrier, whilst hyaluronic acid delivers moisture and plumpness for supple and volumised lips. To make these effects last longer, a film-forming polymer composes a screen over the surface of the lips.

I think the formula of this gloss is fab, and would love to see a few more shades added to this range! Here’s hoping they do…

The New Makeup Releases

Today I have a roundup of new beauty items on my radar. This time of year all the best beauty launches come creeping out, beautiful colours and gorgeous new scents.

Diptyque Florabellio – New from Diptyque is the Florabellio Eau de Toilette (review here). It’s available starting this month and is a gorgeous mix of sweet, salty, apple blossom and apricot-scented osmanthus mist.

Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson – CT has teamed up with Vogue photographer, Norman Parkinson, to create a beautiful collaboration of his most renowned work on to the packaging of the make-up brand; including the Jerry Hall cover image used in Vogue’s May 1975 issue. The range includes:

A cream take on the Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Dreamy Glow powder highlighter featuring a 1959 Vogue cover of Carmen Dell’Orefice.

Creamy lip and cheek glow bearing an image of Parkinson’s wife Wenda.

Two matte lipsticks, alongside the Jerry Hall-print make-up bag.

A large wash bag/makeup bag (NEED)

The Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection is available from Selfridges and CharlotteTilbury.com in July and all other Charlotte Tilbury stockists in August.

Hourglass Ambient Bronzers – Don’t these look gorgeous?! Hourglass are releasing two illuminating bronzers with Photoluminescent Technology, featuring bronze pigments that deliver a natural-looking, sunkissed glow while flaunting depth and dimension. The powders, blended by hand using an advanced miscelare technique, offer the perfect balance of pigments in a gorgeous pattern. The two shades are Radiant Bronze Light and Luminous Bronze Light.

Bobbi Brown Cheek Pallets – This spring blush palette launch is cheek-focused, encased are three coordinating shades of blush that can be layered or used alone. The centre shade can also be used as a highlighter.

Are there any new releases that have caught your eye?

The Long Term Product Line-Up

Today I thought I dish the dirt on the products that have a permanent position in my stash. I’m talking serious HG status, multiple re-purchases, and ‘can’t live without’s’.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – This is my ‘go-to’ morning cleanser. A light gel that transforms into oil on contact with the skin that leaves things looking bright and plumped. When I use this my skin feels clean, yet nourished. With a potent blend of high-tech natural ingredients including a broad range of vitamins and essential skin nutrients, Oskia’s Renaissance Cleansing Gel is the original (and best…) gel cleanser of its ilk; totally unique, it helps to strengthen and revitalise skin whilst eliminating every last speck of residual everyday grime. It keeps spots at bay and leaves a clean base for the day ahead.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm – Long name, amazing product, amazing smell. So amazing in fact, I would say i’d be at a loss without it. This is my go-to evening cleanser, to be used after I’ve taken my makeup off, to cleanse the skin. This leaves my face clean, soft and cleansed. When I use this I feel like i’ve had a spa facial treatment. It’s that good.

Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Brownie – This is my signature lip colour that I would like to think I’d never be without. This creamy, semi-matte lipstick gives lips instant polish with rich, full coverage. This is a gorgeous pinky brown that I slick on nearly every day. A creamy, semi-matte lipstick that gives lips instant polish with an opaque rich coverage. It’s my favourite. Such a bold claim I know but it really is. It just adds that extra somethin’ somethin’ to every look. And boy does this stick around, I’ve started the day at 8am and managed to go a full 5 hours (including lunch) before needing to do a touch up. I go straight from the bullet with this, and find that one coat is more than enough to do me for the day.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in B20 – This foundation imparts trustworthy, perfect coverage and long-wear, but without compromising with a heavy or cakey texture. It contains a combination of volatile oils which, upon contact with the skin, evaporate away – leaving only a veil of pigment behind. This foundation smells, feels and looks amazing! This is the perfect shade match for me and I love the coverage it gives. If you haven’t tried this then get yourself to a YSL counter asap! They usually let you have a little sample to try out, it’s well worth a try!

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial & Morning Facial
The overnight facial oil is the most well-known product from the range – It’s a serum, moisturiser and oil in one and basically does everything you’d want a skincare product to do. This smells divine, and leaves you looking it too. Which is much the same as its AM counterpart. It follows the same lines as its PM equivalent; a serum/oil hybrid that can be used however you like: before moisturiser, after, on its own after toning – it’s your call. I apply one pump after I’ve finished my skincare routine and it leaves my skin looking plumped and hydrated. It makes me look rested and awake, even in the early hours! It’s also worth pointing out that makeup sits on top of it just fine!

Maybelline Colout Tattoo 24-Hour Gel-Cream Eyeshadow in On and On BronzePhew! That’s one heck of a name, and a true classic. Hands up who’s already got this? I’m imaging most of you. The colour is a pretty taupe bronze with just the right amount of shimmer, the texture is unreal and the longevity something else.

Are there any products that you couldn’t be without?

April’s Wish List

Hourglass Modernist Palette in Infinity – Would you just look at that! This beautiful artist-inspired eyeshaddow palette contains a seamless colour transition of beautiful taupe and bronze shades. Each palette contains five richly pigmented shades in a range of finishes from matte to shimmer. Really I’d love to have one of each shade range… But Infinity really floats my boat.

The Shine Brush – The Wet Brush – The ultimate mane saving tool, this brush effortlessly detangles dry or wet hair without stretching or breaking. Apparently, the long ball-tipped bristles are ideal for stimulating circulation near the scalp, to better feed your follicles and encourage new growth, and… the ‘Mongolian Boar’ bristles help deliver a lustrous polish. I’m desperate for a new brush and… this is it.

Laura Mercier Silk Créme Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation – Now I’m very aware that I don’t need another foundation in my life. But I’ve read so many rave reviews about this one that it just needs to be mine. This photo-ready foundation creates a flawless, long-wearing canvas with a natural luminous finish. The photo-ready, natural luminous finish is ideal for video, photography and special events. Perfect for graduation I think!

Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush – This award winning brush is the top of my ‘brush’ wish list. It expertly blends all eyeshadows together, softening any harsh lines and edges. The nature of this brush means it can also be used to set concealer. Plus it may just be the softest thing that I have ever felt, I can often be found swirling it over my hands at a Bobbi Brown counter… just for the very fun of it.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n’Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Eye Cheat – Inspired by the ultimate, rock chick ‘bedroom eyes’, Charlotte Tilbury has created a revolutionary, no-nonsense liquid-eye pencil: it has the silky smooth glide of a liquid liner with the soft, sooty, pigment-rich result of a kohl. The Eye Cheat shade is the perfect nude eye brightener to be used in the inner waterline to widen and enliven the eyes.

Whistles Sekka Stripe Drape Top – Featuring a high collar rounded neck and sculpted arm sleeves, this asymmetric top is perfect for a standout monochrome look. I love the pattern and draping involved in this piece and would love to add it to my wardrobe. A girl can dream.

Wallis Berry Leather Shoe Boot – Please can someone tell me where I can find these boots in stock?! PLEASE. Sold out everywhere and my heart breaks a little bit each time I visit a wallis store and they aren’t there. This shoe boot has an asymmetric cut which is sexy and flattering on the foot. In mixed materials of suede and leather in this seasons must have colour berry, these shoes are a gorgeous finishing touch to an evening look. I need these in my life.

Chloe Clare Medium Leather Shoulder Bag in Marshmallow Grey – Clare Waight Keller’s signature namesake bag has had a compact makeover with this tri-tone style. Still sleek and practical, this smooth and textured navy and grey leather piece is perfect. Perfect for me.

Is there anything that you’re currently lusting after?

The New Scent

For those longing for springtime, Diptyque has launched it’s newest scent, Florabellio – a fragment of nostalgia.
Inside the time-honoured Parisian chic bottle, is an essence that houses so many layers. A primarily floral fragrance develops into a warm, musky scent with a a flavourful bite, the earthiness of which mirrors the atmospheric tableaux of Weifenbach.

This is a floral trail, blurring the perspectives between land and sea, flower and fruit, softness and bitterness… the senses are led towards far-off coastlines.

Featuring notes of sea fennel, salty sea spray ( top notes), apple blossom, osmanthus (heart notes), roasted coffee, and toasted sesame (base notes). The eau de toilette evokes a living fragrance depicting Diptyque’s Founder Christiane Gautrot’s travels, and inspired by the impressionistic nature photography of Terri Weifenbach. The scent is designed to allow a glimpse of a path that leads from the woods to the beach shore.

Florabellio has been released exclusively to SpaceNK, but will be available to buy in Selfridges, and John Lewis in May.

Happy Easter!

Beauty from the Oscars

This years 87th academy awards saw a mass of beautifully dressed women with more than impeccable makeup. Here are 6 of my favourite looks of the evening.

Margot Robbie wearing Saint Laurent

Margot glowed on the red carpet thanks to flawless skin, perfectly groomed brows, and a vibrant, creamy red lip. Products used to achieve this look were – Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil  and Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick, both in Raven, for the pop of matte orange-red I just adore. Her flawless skin and nearly-naked eyes set the stage for that electric lip to steal the show. Enviable up-groomed brows, and a blunt side-parted bob polished the whole look off perfectly.

Dakota Johnson wearing Saint Laurent

Dakota eschewed any shades of grey in favour of red tones, including her soft shadow, dewy lip, and perfect ponytail. Bold brows, a soft smudgy eye, and creamy porcelain skin flattered her featured. But what really perfected the look was the matte cherry-red lip that was perfectly matched to her dress. Top marks for the IT-girl of the moment.

Sienna Miller wearing Oscar de la Renta

Sienna Miller is no stranger to epic red carpet moments, but the star looked more stunning than ever with slick-backed hair, a bronze smoky eye, and the perfect matte pink lip at the hands of Charlotte Tilbury. This is perhaps my favourite look of the bunch. I just can’t get over the perfectly winged out eyeshaddow and glowing skin. Charlotte Tilbury used her Goddess Skin Clay Mask to shrink pores and tighten the skin before layering on her Magic Cream and Wonderglow , to hydrate and create a soft-focus.

Emma Stone wearing Elie Saab Haute Couture

Everyone was waiting for Emma Stone to make her grand appearance—and she didn’t disappoint, making a coral lip look so good with her beaded Elie Saab gown. The half-up, wavy hair style was reminiscent of 1920’s glamour and polished the look to perfection. To recreate the look try Chanel’s Precision Lip definer in Rouge Candy and Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Tulip.

Keira Knightley wearing Valentino

The glowing mum-to-be looked breathtakingly romantic with soft, loose waves and a barely-there makeup look. Keira’s ethereal look was finished with perfectly (enviable) groomed brows and a rosy lip, courtesy of Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Marie.

Reese Witherspoon wearing Tom Ford

Reese was sporting a radiant, sexy, effortless look using Tom Ford products – Shade & Illuminate Highlighter & Shader Duet in Intensity One was used to define and sculpt the face, as well as Laura Mercier’s Faux Lash Mascara in Black and Brown for “a softer intensity” look. Reese opted for a simple glossy blow-dry and pink-nude lip on the red carpet. Get the look using Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Nude Rose.

What do you think – are these looks some of your favourites too?

Trend Alert: Copper

Copper seems to be everywhere, especially when it comes to homewares. Every time I log on to Pinterest there’s more metal inspiration for me to swoon over. From copper kitchen piping being used as a feature instead of hidden away, to home decorative items, this bronze coloured metal is definitely one of the major interior looks of 2014 – and is set to get even bigger in 2015.

At first I thought copper should only really be teamed with warmer tones and whites, but then when I saw the greys and stainless steel coffee table below with a copper top, I realised it works with pretty much most things. If you want to get this trend in your home I’ve done a little collage of my favourite items below.

Take a look at some of my copper inspiration pictures too and let me know if this is something you’d try and style into your home.
Dodecagon Mirror M&S

This simple and stylish dodecagon mirror is ideal for placing in a hallway or bedroom.

Copper Wire Recipe StandOliver Bonas
This on trend copper wire recipe stand is the perfect way to follow recipes when cooking. The stand will provide hands free recipe reading with an angled tilt and ledge for keeping your book in place, whilst adding a interesting touch to your kitchen.

Copper and Glass Portrait FrameOliver Bonas
This copper and glass portrait frame is dainty and delicate and would look lovely on a dressing table or hanging on the wall.

Copper Alphabet LetterOliver Bonas

Fun and sophisticated handcrafted alphabet letters and ‘&’ sign with an on trend copper finish. You can select letters for personalised home styling, or create bespoke and thoughtful housewarming, wedding and engagement gifts.

Mirror Base Jewellery BoxOliver Bonas

This beautiful, vintage inspired, glass jewellery box, features a mirror base, separate sections and is outlined with copper strips creating an antique feel. This is my personal favourite of the bunch and think it would look particularly lovely on a dressing table to house all of your fancy bits go jewellery.

Photo Mobile in CopperUrban Outfitters

This unique photo mobile can house 10 snaps using hanging crocodile clips.

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Budget Friendly Skincare

The January blues are drawing to a close, but if money is a bit tight then this might be the post for you. Here are my top 7 budget friendly skincare products that can all be found in Boots. Accessible, affordable, and all in all really good products.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan Skin Renew Cleansing Oil – orangey-scented oil that when massaged into the skin and then massaged off with a damp cloth left my skin feeling clean, not stripped and nourished, not oily. The ultimate cleansing experience for fresher, more revived skin starts with this unique lightweight cleansing oil. Infused with Vitamin C and nourishing Olive, Grapeseed and Rosehip oils, this highly soluble oil transforms itself, upon contact with water, into a light milky texture. Boosted with Rosemary oil, Vitamin E and soothing Cucumber oil it gently dissolves face and eye make-up and removes daily impurities. Skin is left cleansed, refreshed and softer to the touch. So if you’re looking for a budget cleanser that’s kick ass and comes in at just over a tenner – then this bottle of Una Brennan is your guy.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan Glow Boost Skin Serum – Helps restore skin’s natural clarity & even appearance – Bring a new radiance and clarity to skin with this concentrated supercharged brightening serum. A unique combination of Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and an effective skin lightening algae extract aim to deeply replenish, boost collagen synthesis and enhance the appearance of skin. With regular use skin appears smoother, more radiant and youthful looking.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan Pore Purifying Clay Mask – A detoxifying mask to unclog pores and restore skin balance, it honestly feels like you have had an expert facial every day. It contains Salicylic Acid proven to help unclog congested skin and oil-absorbing Dead Sea Mud rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron for the perfect detox facial at home. Avocado oil rich in Vitamins A, D and E with Acacia Honey further help skin rebalance itself to reveal a clearer, refreshed-looking complexion.

Yes to Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream – At just £9.99 this moisturiser is a total winner. the Yes To… brand is available in boots and has some real gems in the range. One of which I love is the Yes To Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream. It softens, smoothes, and firms your skin, leaving you with a healthy nourishing glow that radiates through the day. It’s a morning moisturiser for day long nourishment that will keep the gorgeous glow on your face!

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel – Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel gently calms, soothes and smooths your eyes. It naturally reduces puffiness, brightens dark circles, tightens and cools your skin, it will leave you bright-eyed, bushy-tailed!

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – This might just be my holy grail skincare solution – it is clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, unclogs blocked pores, helps to refine the skins texture, controls the appearance of shine and fights the appearance of dark marks and scars. This comes in at around £12, and is often on offer in Boots. It’s the only thing that i’d never be without and my skin relies on it.

Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask – The warmth of this Sanctuary Thermal Detox self-heating mask helps to open up the pores so the charcoal and kaolin clay can help draw out the impurities from deep within the skin. As well as purifying, the mask also rebalances the skin’s oil levels to clarify, cleanse and leave skin with a silky touch. All for £7!

Let me know if there are any other skincare budget buys worth giving a try!