28 July 2015

Bourjois Parisian Summer Collection

Bourjois Parisian Summer Collection

This summer Bourjois have launched a series of exciting new products that are so perfect for getting that bronzed golden glowing look. The releases are all aimed towards giving the skin a natural glow without looking too orange or fake. The Bronzing Parisian Summer Range consists of a Matte Bronzer, Cream Bronzing Mousse, Bronzing BB Cream, and the Satin and Sunlight Elixir with all products coming in a both medium and dark shades.

Firstly the Bronzer is the most beautiful, silky product and gives a really natural looking glow to the skin. I was never really a fan of the chocolate bronzer as I found that it didn't really have much colour pay off, but I'm absolutely loving the Matte Illusion bronzer.

The Cream Bronzing Mousse is a lovely lightly whipped mousse that you can use on the face as a sort of bronzing primer but also works really nicely on the the neck. It's super easy to blend and just generally looks really lovely as a base or underneath make up. I can imagine this would work really nicely as a base on holiday when you just want a little bit of coverage and glow for the evening. 

Next is the Bronzing BB Cream, which is super light coverage so I like to use it to warm up my face when I'm looking a little pastey. Its a really silky liquid and blends really easily. It also contains SPF15 so it's absolutely perfect for the summer and as it's really light I'd say this would be suitable for the beach or pool if you feel like you need a little bit of coverage. 

Lastly is one of my favourite products from the range, the Satin Sunlight Elixir. I'm so happy that there is finally a budget shimmer oil available on the high street as there are so many high end ones out there that not everyone can afford. In terms of the quality of the product I am genuinely really impressed with how nourishing it feels and the golden glow it gives. This product is perfect for summer evenings on holiday as the oil looks after your sun baked skin whilst the shimmer gives you a bit of extra colour.

Have you tried any products from the Bronzing Parisian Summer and if so what has been your favourite product?


27 July 2015

Bumble & bumble Surf Range

Bumble and bumble Surf shampoo and conditioner

The Bumble & bumble Surf shampoo and conditioner were the first products that I tried from Bumble, and it's what lead me down the garden path into swearing by all of their other lines. The duo gives hair the kind of texture that makes natural beachy waves really easy to achieve whilst also adding some volume. I definitely notice a difference in the thickness of my hair after I use the products and how well my hair holds a curl. I would say that if they was used over a long period of time it would make the hair quite dry, but I just make sure that I use a nourishing intense conditioner once a week to counter act it. 

When going away these are my favourite shampoo and conditioner to use as I often find the change in the water on holiday makes my hair feel lifeless and limp. However as these are pretty large products to be taking away I normally pack the mini trio kit as it contains the shampoo, conditioner and surf spray all in travel friendly sizes.

Regardless of the products I use my hair is more on the corser side of things so the next Bumble product on my wishlist is the Surf Infusion Spray as it contains half of the surf spray and then a nourishing oil to prevent the ends from becoming dry. I think this product would be SO perfect on holiday as you can add texture and volume into your hair whilst also looking after it. 

Have you tried the Surf range and what is your favourite product?

24 July 2015

Heat Proof Make Up

Living in a city means then when it gets hot it also gets sticky and humid, which is a nightmare for keeping your make up in tact throughout the day! As this is a daily battle for me, I thought I would share with you my go to products for keeping my make-up in place through the humid London weather. 

When it comes to long lasting eyeshadow I'd definitely always opt for cream shadows. Most of them are designed to last all day and are just really fuss free, which is exactly what you need when getting ready in the heat!My favourite cream eyeshadows are from Charlotte Tilbury and Maybelline

Last summer I discovered the incredible lasting power of the Tarte 12-Hour Amazonian Clay foundation. I wore this the entire time I was in New York last summer and it stayed put in 30 degree humid city heat, so this is my absolute go to for when I want my make up to last all day. On top of this I've really been loving the Mac Studio Finish Concealer as it's quite a thick product and stays in place all day.

I then always use a powder to set my make-up as it keeps shine at bay and also adds as a sort of setting layer to the foundation. Then finally to set everything into place I'd recommend using a good setting spray, the one I use is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This is what I use to set my make-up for all occasions and it makes my make up last all day and night without breaking me out!

Do you have any tips for making your make u last all day?

22 July 2015

Ascot Races Get Ready With Me

Last month you may have seen that I went to Ascot races on one of the most beautiful days of the year, and I mentioned in this post that I would be posting a Get Ready With Me video on my YouTube channel. So as promised here is a run down of how I did my make up for the day and a close up of what I wore with my accessories. I wanted my make up to stay put all day so I tried to use as many long lasting products as I could. This technique seemed to work as after a really long day in the sun my make-up was pretty much still in tact at the end of the day. 

Let me know if you enjoy these kind of videos as I'm going to really give YouTube another go and it would be great to have your feedback! 


20 July 2015

An Ode to Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Make Up

I still remember when Charlotte Tilbury launched, there was so much buzz around these new products and the woman behind them! Over the past year I've completed fallen head over heels for the whole line so I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it and highlight the products I would recommend. I think Charlotte Tilbury has to be up there with the most beautiful make up lines for both the products and the packaging. As the products are really on the pricey side I see this make-up as special occasion make up and products to treat yourself to for Christmas and Birthdays.

Over the past year I've tried a fair few of CT products and if I have to recommend only one it would be the quad eye shadow palettes. They come in a range of different shades to suit all eye colours and the pigment is incredible. One thing I love about the the palettes is they're all designed to achieve specific looks like The Golden Goddess, Vintage Vamp, Uptown Girl and lots more. My favourite looks are The Sophisticate and The Golden Goddess. The palette I have is paired with the Golden Goddess look and contains a mixtures of bronzed and champagney shades. 

I also raved about the Eyes to Mesmerise Shadow pots, which come in the most beautiful shades. I've written a whole post on those already so head over to there if you would like to know more. 

My second favourite product is the Pillow Talk Lip Liner. It's the most beautiful nude lip shade with a super creamy texture that lasts for hours on end. This was the first product I tried from the brand and it's what convinced me to delve further into the line. 

As you can probably tell I could talk about CT all day long but the best thing I could recommend is actually going to the counter at Selfridges and getting the make-up artists to talk you through the products and actually try them on you. That way you get to see the products on your skin and actually have a play around with them.


17 July 2015

Summer Perfumes

I love fragrance and I love using it for different seasons and different moods, thats why when the seasons change I always switch up the scents I use. I'm sure it's no surprise that I opt for light, floral and fruity scents in the summer, I feel like they're really uplifting and make you feel like you're on holiday. 

This year I've discovered a few new summer scents and I've been absolutely loving them. Firstly is Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau FraĆ®che, which is such an uplifting floral scent. It contains a mixture of citrus, floral and musk notes to give a really unique scent. 

Two fragrances which are quite literally a holiday in a bottle are Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess and Elie Saab Resort. Bronze Goddess is a beauty blogger cult favourite and has the most beautiful scent of coconut to truly transport you onto a tropical island. Elie Saab Resort is meant to transport you to the Mediterranean and with top notes of Fig and Orange Blossom it's definitely the perfect holiday perfume. 

Lastly is an old favourite of mine, Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay. I think this is a scent that can be worn throughout the year, however I think in the summer this scent really comes into it's own. The notes of sharp blackberries make you feel like you're on a woodland walk on a beautiful summers day whilst the Bay adds a bit of depth to the scent.

Are there any perfumes you always wear in the summer?

15 July 2015

Real Techniques Bold Metals Giveaway

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I'm a huge fan of the Real Techniques brushes I think for the price they're amazing and beat most high end brushes out there. Earlier this year they launches their Bold Metals collection and they were all the most beautiful brushes I've ever seen with collections in gold, rose gold and silver. 

As a little thank you to my lovely readers and followers I'm going to be hosting a giveaway and the winner will receive the Silver Collection, which includes all 3 eye brushes. The brushes you will receive are:

200 Oval Shadow Brush- perfect for really packing on shadow
201 Pointed Crease Brush- I use this brush for applying shadow on the lower lash line.
202 Angled Liner- used for applying really precise liquid or shadow liner and getting really close to the last line.

To enter:
1. You must either follow me on Instagram or Twitter or both at @Gemmalondonlife.
2. Tweet me or Regram the competition photo using the hashtag #Londonlifegiveaway. 
3. You can enter just once or four times using all methods
4. The competition is only open to UK readers.
5. I will announce the winner on the Thursday 23rd July 

Good luck!


14 July 2015

The Summer Hair Edit

If like me your have naturally quite curly and frizzy hair then summer in the city is not your friend. I mentioned the Got 2 Be All Star 10 in 1 product in this post but since the temperatures have been rising in London I've really been putting it to the test. I've found that if I apply a small amount of product through my hair before blow drying it gives my hair volume and somehow doesn't go frizzy with humidity. 

For giving natural beachy waves I've been using the John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Salt Spray. It smells like summer in a bottle and gives really natural waves. When I go away this summer I'll be taking this product to use on days that I want my hair to dry naturally and have natural waves without too much styling.

For keeping my hair fresh between washes Colab Dry Shampoo has been my favourite discovery of the year and the scent Rio is so summery and fresh. What I love about the Colab dry shampoo's is that they don't leave any white powder on your hair like others do but still leave your hair looking fresh.

Do you have any hair products you specifically use in the summer?


13 July 2015

Peachy Perfect

Coral Blushers

Peachy/coral make up is my go to in the summer as I think it looks so beautiful with golden, tanned skin. I've pulled together some of my favourite peach toned products for both the lips and cheeks. For lips I've been wearing the Burberry Nude Pink lipstick for weeks and it's just the most beautiful shade and also texture that I've found in a long time. A close second favourite is Descanso lip pencil from Nars, which has a lovely creamy texture. Another lipstick that is a really beautiful coral shade is Fun Size from the NYX Butter Lipstick collection. This is a mixture between a matte and creamy texture, and the Butter lipsticks come in a huge range of shades so definitely have a look if you like more matte lipsticks.

For the cheeks I adore the Tarte 12-Hour Amazonian Clay blush in Celebrated as it's a very subtle peach shade and gives the slightest amount of colour to the cheeks. My budget friendly cream blush pick is the Bourjois Cream Blush in 01, which like the Tarte shade is very subtle but gives a lovely colour. I also love the Topshop cream blushers because they're really affordable but are great quality. Blush is a stunning colour for summer and as it has a slight shimmer in it, it gives a nice highlighted look to the cheeks. 


9 July 2015

The Best Tanning Products

The Best Fake Tan

I'm officially in full on bronzing mode or at least giving my skin a bit of a glow for the summer. I have pretty fair skin that doesn't really tan too well and I've now come to the age where I've realised that it's just not worth getting burnt for a few weeks of tan. Instead, over the years I've worked my way through probably every tanning product out there to pick the best of the best and the products I would recommend to anyone.

Lets start with my holy grail tanning product, Dove Summer Glow for dark skin. This stuff is seriously incredible, it's a gradual tanner that looks so natural and has never streaked over the 3 years I've been using it. If like me you have dry skin that doesn't tan then you need to try this out as it really nourishes the skin so even the areas that are prone to staying white are able to tan. The colour it develops into is a beautiful medium toned tan, which I think looks really natural and fades without cracking.

If you want a darker tan overnight then my next go to product is Xen Dark Tanning Lotion Absolute Luxe. Firstly is smells like caramel when you're applying it and is quite a thick sticky lotion but drys relatively quickly. What I've found with this product is it's actually better to apply without a mit to get the most colour payoff, but make sure you wash your hands after! In the morning it does look quite streaky but the streaks wash off in the shower and you're left with a golden all over natural looking tan.

When it comes to tanning my face the only brand I trust is Clarins. My go to products are the Instant Smooth Tanning Primer, which gives a lovely tan throughout the day and then also develops into a light tan. And the Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster tanning drops, which I'm obsessed with because you can add them to any moisturiser and it creates a gradual tanner for the face. 


8 July 2015

Tom Ford Summer Collection

I've been waiting for just the right time to post about the new Tom Ford summer collection and with London finally feeling like summer I wanted to share with you the prettiest summer launch around. This summer Tom Ford have launched their Soleil Collection and it's everything you would want in a summer range. The collection consists of bronzers, beautiful sheer lipsticks, eyeshadows and a gorgeous shimmering body oil and they're all wrapped in beautiful white and gold luxe packaging. 

There are two sizes to choose from with the bronzers, either large or small. I absolutely love the Large Bronzing Powder as it contains a huge mirror and the most beautiful shimmering bronzer that adds a lovely glow to your face without being too over the top. I have the shade Gold Dust which gives a really lovely natural tan to the skin. The Smaller bronzer is actually more matte and is perfect for contouring. 

There are 3 shades of the Sheer Lip Sticks and I have the shade Paradiso, which is the most beautiful bright coral shade that will look stunning with a tan! 

Lastly I've been trying out their new Cream and Powder Eyeshadow Duo, which I think is such a brilliant idea to have both a cream and powder shadow in one compact. I have Black Oyster shade which is a black/silver and grey shade but I think Golden Peach would be absolutely beautiful for that golden goddess look.

Have you tried anything from Tom Ford that you love?


7 July 2015

Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days Polish

I have 3 new polishes that I seem to be alternating between over the past few weeks and they're all from the Maybelline Super Stay 7 Day range. I've mentioned my love for this range before on the blog in numerous posts and I'm still so in love with everything about them. If you've never tried the range before then there are a few reason why I love it so much. The formula is amazing, possibly the best I've tried. They apply really thick and glossy and seriously do not chip for days. This is probably the part I'm most impressed about because all polishes chip on my nails so the fact that I can go up to a week without a chip is pretty amazing. I also love the brushes, they wide enough to coat the whole nail in one stroke and have a rounded tip so you can get a perfect line at the top of the nail. 

I recently picked up the 3 shades in this picture and I'm absolutely in love with all of them for summer. The one I've worn the most is Sun Kissed as it's a beautiful peachy orange shade. I also have Pink Volt a bright pink and Orange Punch which is a lovely bright reddy orange shade. I think all of these shades are so perfect so summer as they're the kind of colours that make your hands and feet look really tanned.

Have you tried any colours from this range? 

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.
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