28 May 2014

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish- Celebrating 100 Awards

Earlier this month Liz Earle celebrated their 100th award for their ever so lovely Cleanse and Polish Cleanser, and a well deserved accomplishment at that. If not you're familiar with this product is a lovely easy to use cream cleanser that removes all traces of make-up with one use. Cleanse and Polish is the first ever cleanser that I tried and it was a product that started my love affair for a proper skincare routine. 

If you're looking to start using a cleanser this is the one I would always suggest trying first as it's perfect for all skin types and for all ages. The main ingredients of the plant based cleanser are coco butter to soothe and eucalyptus which leaves your skin feeling refreshingly clean. A 100ml starter kit (cleanser & 2 hot cloths) costs £14, which I think is such good value for money and rivals most drug store products out there. I also think the packaging is really classic and looks lovely in your bathroom.  


27 May 2014

Clarins Colours of Brazil Collection

Lip Balm Crayon- My Pink- £18*
Lip Balm Crayon- Tender Cherry- £18*

As the world cup is being hosted in Rio this year be prepared to see a whole bunch of Brazil themed launches being released this summer. The first Rio themed beauty released I've tried is from Clarins and it's their Colours of Brazil collection. This consists of lots of bronzes to represent the hot sandy beaches with splashes of bright blue and coral to reflect the warm shimmering sea. The collection contains a large embossed Bronzer (£30), 6 Lip Balm Crayons* (£18 each), a limited edition Eye Shadow Quadlet and Eyeliner Palette* (£32) and a Waterproof Mascara* (£21).

Having had a good play with the collection for a while now I thought I would share my thoughts with you. The stand out product from the collection for me is definitely the palette as it contains such a great mix of everyday brown colours along with a popping blue eyeliner and orange colour to jazz it up. I found the blue to be perfect on the lower lash liner to really brighten up a neutral eye look and think this would be great on holiday. The Lip Balm Crayons are a close second favourite as they're really lovely and moisturising. The My Pink shade is perfect for when you don't want to wear a lip colour as it adapts to your natural lip colouring to give you a really light wash of colour. The product that I really didn't get on with was the waterproof mascara, but I think that's because I don't particularly like any waterproof mascaras. I found it didn't lengthen my lashes at all or add any volume but this could be different on other people. 

Clarins Colours of Brazil Collection is available in store of online. 

24 May 2014

Olay Regenerist Review

I've been a fan of Olay products for quite some time, I love their moisturisers and their gradual face tanner moisturiser is my go to product during the summer. Earlier last month Olay released two new exciting ranges, the Regenerist Luminous Range and the Regenerist 3 Point Age Defying Range. 

The Regenerist Luminous range contains a skin tone perfecting cream and a dark circle correcting eye swirl. These products are meant to noticably brighten and and refresh your skin in just a few uses. I have to say that I didn't really fall in love with the eye swirl as I really like creamy eye products and I found this to have a slightly foamy texture. What I did like about the product was of course how pretty it looked but also the shimmer it left under the eyes once applied. I actually think this would be prettier as a highligher because it has really pretty shimmer particles in it.

The next product from this range and my favourite product from both ranges is the moisturiser. Again this is meant to even out skin tone whilst brightening you complexion. I think this is such a great moisturiser and one that I tend to reach for over all others as it has a lovely texture and creates a perfect base for make up. One thing I dislike about the product is the smell as I find it smells quite artifical, but you really can't smell it once applied. 

The Olay Regenerist 3 Point age defying range and this includes a moisturiser and a serum, I think these are aimed at the older ladies but even though I didn't see noticeable results it doesn't mean I can't appreciate how nice they are. Like all Olay moisturisers I really loved the texture and consistency of this one, I found it sat on my skin nicely and left it feeling lovely and soft. The serum is quite a light weight serum so absorbed into my skin quite quickly whilst still leaving my skin feeling hydrated and silky smooth. 

In all my favourite from both ranges was the Luminous moisturiser as whilst being a great moisturiser I also found it gave my skin a nice glow that lasted throughout the day. 


22 May 2014

Molton Brown Orange and Bergamot

Molton Brown is one of those brands that will always remind me of luxe hotels and restaurants yet is still affordable to have in your own bathroom. To celebrate their 30th Anniversary  they have launched their new blend of Orange and Bergamot which is a rename of their signature scent Naran Jr. The range is a lively, zesty, and musky scent and is so familiar and recognisable with the brand and their products that I feel like you would instantly associate it with Molton Brown. The range consists of a set of a hand cream, shower gel, body lotion, hand soap, aroma reeds, room fragrance and candle, which you can buy in this set or individually.

You can purchase the new range online or in stores.


20 May 2014

Glowing Skin

A step that I like to include into my beauty regime is adding a little glow into my skin in an effort to achieve a Victorias Secret-esque complexion. To do this I like to use some kind of illuminating primer/base just before applying my foundation. These kind of products also work really well over make up on the tops of your cheek band brow bones as a little post work spruce up.

For day to day I love to use the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer as I think it looks really lovely and glowy under my foundation another alternative to this is the Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream*. Both do a similar job but one is a primer and one is a cream however, I do tend to prefer the L’Oreal primer as I find it a little more glowy.  If I’m looking for a more tanned look or something for the evening then I use the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Booster*  as I have it in a darker shade so find it works really nicely at giving me a slightly darker complexion whilst still adding luminosity.


19 May 2014

One to One With Dr Lamees Hamden- Shiffa

Shiffa Cold Pressed Olive and Mint Soap- £13*
Shiffa Kore Perfume- 100ml £95*- in stores soon

A few weeks ago I was invited to a beautiful Mayfair hotel to meet the brains and beauty behind the luxurious Dubai brand Shiffa. The ever so lovely founder, Dr Lamees Hamdan is a medically trained doctor and dermatologist who entered the beauty world after creating her own pregnancy body oil as she wasn't satisfied with any products already on the market. Being from a family of women who create their own perfumes and beauty products she knows just how important it is to include only natural and luxurious ingredients to nurture and heal the skin. If you haven’t heard of Shiffa before it is a beautiful body and skincare range that aims to heal the mind, body and soul.

After creating her first perfume Aya Dr Lamees has just this month launched her  second fragrance Kore, which is a beautifully expensive smelling fragrance that can only be described as the scent of lipstick. She said that she wanted to create something that smelt expensive and unique, like nothing else you would have smelt in the beauty halls before. As soon as I smelt Kore I instantly let out an mmmm sound. It’s so beautiful and sensual that it feels like a scent that should be saved for special occasions. 

The main piece of advice that I took from my meeting with Dr Lamees was the importance of double cleansing, which she said it is the key to beautiful, young looking skin. Some cleansers can be quite stripping on the skin but that is definitely not the case with the Shiffa Aromatic Cleanser and that's thanks to the natural and purifying ingredients. Along with the cleanser I've also been lucky enough to try out the incredibly luxurious Sweetnes Body Polish and Cold Pressed Olive and Mint Soap, which are both super moisturising and left my skin feeling baby soft. I can truly say that if you're looking to treat yourself and want something that will make you feel utterly pampered that Shiffa is the brand for you. I love knowing that when I use products that they're completely natural and not full of nasty ingredients. 

Shiffa body, skincare and perfumes can be bought at Selfridges or Space NK and range between £25 to £250


Muse of London

Last week I was kindly invited along to the newly opened Muse of London hair salon to have a bit of a hair refresh by the lovely director and fantastic colourist Jason Cooking. Muse of London is a forward thinking colour salon that has also latched onto the idea of speedy express services and offer bleach and root touch up's at affordable prices. I've been at a bit of a loss with my colour for a while now and have wanted to go a bit lighter for summer but wasn't quite sure what I wanted. Jason was amazing and really listened to what I wanted and gave his expert opinion on what would suit my skin tone and hair type. He suggested we start a process of toning down my hair to it's natural light brown colour but with added highlights randomly placed around my hair. Similar to Millie Mackintosh's hair colour, which is fine with me!

Once my highlights were in I headed over to their little break area where you can help yourself to food, drink and all the gossip magazines you like. Oh, and a huge bright yellow Smeg fridge, which unfortunately doesn't lead to a speak easy bar like the one at the Breakfast Club. Another favourite part of the salon are the massaging chairs you sit one whilst having your hair washed, which add a lovely pampering touch. 

Overall I was so impressed with Muse of London and Jason, I felt like he really listened to what I wanted and tried and fine a colour that worked best for me. 

You can find their salon on 24 Mortimer Street just behind Tottenham Court Road or call them on 020 7467 9560. 

13 May 2014

Midi Rings Obsession

I've developed a bit of an obsession with midi rings recently. I think on perfectly painted nails they can look so elegant and beautiful and make your hands look really dainty. I picked up a pack of 6 from H&M for about £3 and they come in a mix of shapes, which I really like as you can find the style that suits you best. I love the more simple ones with just a small amount of detail on them. After falling in love with this style I think it might be time to invest in a gold plated set of midis that won't turn my fingers green...


12 May 2014

Elemis Total Glow Bronzing

Elemis are a range that I trust so much as everything I’ve tried from them is always such great quality and as they contain such high quality ingredients my skin always reacts so well to their skincare. Over the past few weeks I’ve been having a play with the new Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion and Moisturiser, which are beautiful face and body moisturisers that adds a little tan without the offensive fake tan smell. Now that I’m past my university days I’m much more a fan of the light sun kissed look instead of a full on tan and this is exactly what this range achieves. Both products contain Vetetan which works to provide a natural even looking tan in 2 to 3 days whilst hydrating you skin with lots of skin loving properties. My favourite of the two is definitely the face moisturiser as I think it’s quite hard to find a natural looking face tanner that also cares for your skin. I found that both products left me with a lovely natural looking tan and I would definitely recommend trying them if you’re looking for a light sun kissed glow. 

11 May 2014

The Best Red Lipsticks

From left to right:
MAC Mattene- Eden Rouge
Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant- Tropical Pink*

Following on from my lipstick prep post I thought I'd introduce you to some of my favourite reds.I tend to like reds that have a bit more of a pinky tone to them so most of these are more on the deep pink side. I have a real mixture of stains to light washes of colour to full blown colour. The Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy shade is one of my favourite lipsticks as it's the perfect deep pink/red, which suits pale skin tones really well but I also love the Clarins lipsticks as they're not too intense and add a really nice wash of colour to the lips.  


6 May 2014

Preping For Lipstick

If like me you can't go a day without wearing some kind of lipstick or gloss then chances are that you've found yourself with dry chapped lips on more than one occasion. I find that if my lips aren't hydrated enough my lip products just don't look right on my lips. I tend to try and look after my lips a little more these days and I have a few tips and tricks to share with you so that your lipsticks always sit right.

If you're a Lush fan then I'm sure you either have or have tried one of their lip scrubs. If you don't knwo what these are they're basically an all natural lip scrub that buffs away any dead skin from you lips. I have the flavour Mint Julips and this tastes and smells exactly like after eight mints. You only need to use the smallest amount and then as it's all natural you can just lick away the remaining sugar- mmm. A cheaper/free alternative to a lip scrub is a trick I learnt from Liz Aldridge's videos and that is to apply a small amount of lip balm to a cotton bud and use this to buff away any dead skin from your lips. This works just as well as a lip scrub but doesn't taste as delicious. 

Once I've buffered away any dead skin I'll apply a nice thick layer of lip balm and my favrouite two to use are the Nuxe Reve de Miel and Carmex*. I tend to use the Nuxe one in the evening as I like to apply a really thick layer and let it sink in overnight and then the Carmex one in the morning before I apply m lip product for the day. 

I hope you found this helpful. 

5 May 2014

April Favourites

This past month I feel like I've been trying out more new releases than any other months, and most of these haven't even made it on to the blog yet. Although I've been really loving so many things this month I thought I should only include firm favourites that I've used throughout the month as this would end of being a really long post. 

Firstly is the L'oreal Colour Riche nail polish in the shade Peach Neglige and I've been wearing I'd say almost non stop since I got it. I really love the formation of the Colour Riche polishes as they're really thick so feel and look very gel like and last a really long time. My only issue with them is that for quite a small pot you pay the same amount as you would for a normal sized nail polish. You may have seen my post a few weeks ago about the launch of new Caudalie Polyphenol C15 range, well since then I've been using the serum day and night and have found it a really lovely addition to my skincare routine. It's a really light serum so doesn't feel too heavy on the skin and sits nicely under the rest of my skincare and make up.  

Next is something that hasn't even made it onto the blog yet (but hold tight as it's coming soon) and that is a moisturiser from the new Olay Regenerist range. I'd say I've been using this moisturiser for way over a month and find it to be so lovely and smooth to apply with an almost primer feel it it. As the range is meant to enhance luminosity in your complexion I've found that it adds a really lovely glow to my skin and my make up just seems to look a bit nicer. Another light enhancing product is the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer, which I use all over my face but mainly concentrate on the tops of my cheek bones to add some glow. It's quite a light product and doesn't really feel like a primer but I mainly like using it for it's light enhancing purposes.  

Last but by no means least is the BB concealer from Smashbox. Now I'm afraid I've snuck this one in as it's not available until May but I just couldn't resist. I have the lightest shade so it kind of works as a brightener as well as a concealer to brighten the under eye area whilst getting rid of dark circles. It has a really lovely creamy consistency and has pretty good staying power. Again, I'll be popping up a full review of this soon. 

I hope you're all having a lovely Bank Holiday. 

1 May 2014

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Review

As we're moving into the warmer seasons I thought it was about time that I started adding some colour back into my pale face. I'm all for gradual tanners for the face, I think they give a subtle glow without the full on fake tan look and are really easy to apply. This year Clarins have stirred things up a little by launching their new Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, which is tan concentrate that you add to your normal moisturiser to create a natural golden glow. The great thing about this product is because you decide how much you add to your moisuriser you can tailor the overall outcome and decide whether you want a subtle glow or a just come back from a week away tan. I tend to add around 2-3 drops to a small amount of mosturiser and apply it all over my face and neck. I find this leaves me with a healthy amount of colour that lasts a good few days. 

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