2 July 2015

Clarins Sun Care

Clarins Sun Care

As we've just started July and we're having a huge heat wave this week in the UK with temperatures reaching 35 degrees in London now is the time to stock up on suncream! When it comes to sun care I always seem to go back to Clarins for both their suncreams for the face and body and their aftersun. Last year I mentioned my love for the Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray, it's probably not for everyone as it's not a dry oil but it provides excellent protection and smells like sweets. 

When it comes to using SPF for my face I love the Clarins UV Ultra Sun SPF 50 for day to day use as it's perfect for wearing under make-up. If you like the option of choosing different levels of SPF then I'd recommend trying the Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for the face as it comes in SPF 15, 30 and 50.   

For tackling those extra-sensitive areas of the face that are prone to burning like the nose, lips and ears there is the new Sun Control Stick with UVA/UVB protection with SPF 30. I'm going away to Greece at the end of August and I know I will get so much use out of this as I always manage to burn my lips. 

For the Aftersun department there is one for the face and body and for the body there is a choice of a gel formula and a moisturiser. I have the Ultra Soothing Gel as I thought this sounded so perfect for the skin after a full day in the sun. For the face the After Sun Replenishing Moisture Care is my product of choice because it's a really light gel to apply but also provides protection against wrinkles and helps to prolong tan.

Finally is the most summer appropriate product I've come across and it's the After Sun Shimmer that contains hazelnut oil which nourishes the skin and golden shimmer particles to add a beautiful golden glow to the skin. This is the perfect product for heading out for dinner in the evening as it not only moisturises your skin but also makes it looks brown and shimmery.

30 June 2015

World of Duty Free Exclusives

World of Duty Free

As many of us will be going on or summer holidays soon I wanted to share with you some World of Duty Free exclusives you can pick up before you travel. I'm one of those people that love airports, I love having a few hours to mooch around the various beauty counters picking up some tax free make-up and generally just perusing endless perfumes, make up and skincare prodcuts. 

The first is the Hawaii OPI set which contains 6 miniature polishes in really summery shades. I love the bright orange shade called Go with the Lava Flow as I think this will look so beautiful on tanned toes covered in sand.

The second set that I love is the stunning trio lipstick set from YSL. The set contains 3 full sized Rouge Pur Couture Lipsticks in the shades- No.1 Le Rouge a super bright red, No.13 Le Orange a stunning, bright orange coral shade and No.27 Fuchsia Innocent, a vibrant pink. I couldn't think of a better lipstick set to buy for a summer holiday as all 3 shades are so bright and would look beautiful with a tan. I think my favourite shade from the set is Le Orange because I think it's a shade that anyone could pull off. 

Normally these cost £26 and this trio costs £59.35, which is pricey but good value for money for 3 YSL lipsticks. They have a moisturising satin finish and apply really beautifully on the lips. 

Are you planning any holidays this summer? I'd love to know what you pick up from World of Duty Free

29 June 2015

Elizabeth Arden Lipsticks

Elizabeth Arden make-up is somewhat of a new discovery for me, I've always been familiar and a big fan of there skincare but I've never really tried their make-up. In an effort to change this I've recently been trying out some of their Beautiful Colour Moisturising Lipsticks which come in the cutest door like packaging. Firstly the formula of these lipsticks are so buttery and moisturising that it almost feels like you're just applying lip balm. I have 5 shades:  Pretty Pink, Tropicoral, Pink Punch, Wild Berry and Red Door Red

Pretty Pink is the shade I wear the most as it's a beautiful nude shade with a hint of peach and pink. This is my current go to every day shade and is one of those shades that you can apply without a mirror. Red Door Red is the classic bright red shade and is a very iconic colour for Elizabeth Arden, especially in the door packaging. 

Even though these are super moisturising they also pack in so much pigment, especially the brighter shades. Red Door Red and Wild Berry look so beautiful on the lips as they're so vibrant but also look really smooth. I do love matte lipsticks but sometimes it's nice to wear a bright lip in a moisturising formula as they don't dry the lips out. 


25 June 2015

Jo Malone Bath & Body

Jo Malone Bath and Body

If you're a fan of Jo Malone you'll know that they recommend laying their perfumes to find your perfect scent combination. Well Jo Malone also do bath and body products so you can start layering from the shower, to you moisturiser ending with your fragrance. If you don't want to mix scents then you could also try using the moisturiser or shower gel in your chosen scent as it will make your perfume last all day. 

I have the hand and body lotion in Red Roses scent, which is perfect if you like slightly thiner moisturisers because it's not as thick as the body creams. It smells absolutely beautiful on the skin and goes really nicely with Peony and Blush Suede, which is my all time favourite Jo Malone scent. 

As of the 1st of July all of the packing of all the bath and body products will be rebranded with beautiful frosted stripes, which I think look particularly beautiful with any of the coloured products. Along with the rebrand there will be new products added to the range- a bath oil, shower oil and body scrub. The bath oil will be in one of my favourite scents, Nectarine Blossom and Honey, the shower oil will be Lime Basil and Mandarin and the Body Scrub is in Geranium and Walnut. The bath oil packaging is my personal favourite as I think the square glass bottles look beyond beautiful and classic on the side of any bath.


24 June 2015

Royal Ascot- Betting And Bubbles

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Royal Ascot Fashion

Last week I attended Ladies Day at Royal Ascot with Sky Bet for a day of bubbles and betting. All going well I've got a Get Ready With Me video coming up on my YouTube but I thought I'd run through what I choose to wear on the day in a separate post.

I recently attended a Dove event around colour confidence where Stylist Alex Longmore matched which colours work best with my skin tone and hair and she suggested pastel and nudes worked perfectly for me. With this in mind I opted for an old cream Issa dress with wrap detail in the middle which I love as I think it looks really flattering. I had planned on wearing my friend Tara's black hat but it would appear I have a rather small head so bought this last minute fascinator from Accessorize at the station about 30 mins before our train! My bag is from Ted Baker and I think the peachy orange tones work really well with the nude dress. Then finally I wore my most comfortable gladiator style shoes from Zara. And trust me, when you go to Ascot you want to opt for comfort as you're on your feet all day. 

I went to the races with my lovely friend Josie, who took these pictures for me and we had such a fun day winning some money and sitting in the sunshine all day! If you've never been to the races I'd definitely recommend going, it's such a fun day out especially if the sun is shining! 


23 June 2015

Festival Beauty Essentials

It is officially festival season, and with Glastonbury kicking off at the end of this week I've put together my festival beauty essential kit.

Starting with hair I couldn't live without my Colab dry shampoo on a normal week let alone a few days at a festival. This is the best dry shampoo I've come across and it's my absolute must have product. Along with this I also couldn't live without my Tangle Teezer and I love my little gold compact one because it easily fits in my bag when I'm out and about. 

Make Up wise I would definitely recommend taking a high SPF for the face as it's likely you'll be in the sun all day, and my favourite is the Clarins UV Plus SPF 50. Along with this I would also pack my Tarte 12-hour amazonian clay foundation because it lasts all day, which is exactly what you want for a festival, but it's also matte! To save on space I would pack a bronzer that also has a huge mirror and my current go to is the Tom Ford Brozing Powder because the mirror is huge but I also love the powder in shade Gold Dust. 

In terms of lip products I would pack a natural lip colour and also a bright colour. I've picked the Clinique Lip Pops because they're super small and compact but also feel quite moisturising on the lips.

As you don't really have access to many sinks when camping I always take face wipes with me to take my make-up off. I really don't like using face wipes because they generally leave my skin feeling striped but if I have to take one pack it would be the Ole Henriksen Nurture Me wipes as they smell like oranges.Then deodorant goes without saying and my go to all time favourite is Dove Invisible Dry because it doesn’t leave white marks and smalls really fresh all day.

Random products I would take are the a portable charger, because I'm addicted to social media and can't really be without my phone. I have the Anker portable charger, which I love because it's tiny and really light. Then hand sanatiser goes without saying and sunglasses. 

For fun items I think these gold trasfer tattoos from Seekers of Sun are so cool and then I would pack a this Kiko coloured liner to jazz up my make-up.

22 June 2015

Light Summer Foundations

Light Foundations

As soon as summer comes around I ditch the heavy foundations and opt for a lighter base. This generally makes my skin feel like it can breath a little more and makes me feel less sticky and hot throughout the day. I've recently been absolutely loving the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Finish Foundation because it's gives a good amount of coverage but feels so lightweight and natural, which is exactly what you want in the summer. Another light foundation I love is the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation as again this is so light (as the name suggests) but also gives the most beautiful glow to the skin. This definitely isn't a matte foundation but I would recommend this if you love glowing and luminous skin. 

Moving on to super light products that are more correcting with a tiny bit of coverage. I have been using the Nuxe DD Cream all month under my foundation as it warms up my skin really beautifully but also contains SPF 30 so is perfect for the summer. I can also see this product working really well on holiday because it gives a tiny amount of coverage. A product similar to this is the Caudlie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser as is gives a tiny bit of coverage whilst also protecting with SPF20. I would recommend only getting the light shade in this though unless you do have darker skin as the dark shade is really very dark.

If you look for a uber light base in the summer then the only product you will need is the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydration Gel. This is an incredibly light base that looks like your skin but better. It's almost meant to increase your skins hydration but 215% in one week.  
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