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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Elemental Herbology Facial Glow




I mentioned the Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel briefly in my recent Sunday Spatime post and was a little bit shocked when I realised that I hadn't already given it a chance under the spotlight. This one well and truly deserves a full on a rave review. 


So what does it do? Well, a bit of everything really. The main noticeable differences are the immediate brightening effect and the smoothing out of uneven skin texture. You know that feeling you get on your skin if you haven't exfoliated in a while? Like it's a bit grimy and dull? This sorts that right out and leaves it feeling really fresh, clean and bright but still comfortably moisturised. All of this is thanks to the vitamin c and a cocktail of fruit enzymes.


Used long term once a week it also claims to fade pigmentation, something I have definitely noticed a massive improvement in, although I am using a few other products which claim to do the same. My guess is it's a combination of all of them rather than one individually. It also contains anti inflammatories and anti oxidants to calm skin sensitivity and protect against free radical damage. Not bad for a mask that only has to stay on your face for 4 minutes!


To top things off the mask smells like freshly squeezed oranges, that combined with the fact that it's so quick and easy to use means I actually use it as often as I'm supposed to, rather than it just sitting in a drawer gathering dust. It's definitely a product I'll be repurchasing over and over again!



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Monday, 6 July 2015

Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette




I seem to have turned into a real eyeshadow palette hoarder, a recent-ish addition to my collection is the Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette. To me it's definitely not an everyday palette, it's more something I get out when I want more of a 'statement eye'. In all honesty, I've only worn it a handful of times in the past couple of months that I've owned it and as you can see in the picture above, a few of the shades are still untouched. This always seems to happen when I get two new eyeshadow palettes around the same time! (The other is the Marc Jacobs Palette which I reviewed here, I've been wearing that one constantly!)


All of that said, I'm still glad I got it! It's just such a unique palette. Used dry the shadows are really pretty but nothing massively out of the ordinary, but used wet they really come into their own. They turn into what I can only describe as liquid metal and deposit a level of pigment that I've never achieved with other shadows. The finish really is beautiful too, super high shine that leaves lids with a 'wet look'. Now you know why I haven't been whipping it out everyday! 


Unfortunately I found it really difficult to capture any good wet/dry swatches on camera, it just wasn't doing them any justice so I'm planning on using them in a video soon so keep your eyes peeled if you want to see it in action! 


What do you think of this eyeshadow palette?



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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Sunday Skin Prep



I've mentioned many times here on my blog that I love a good at home spa session, most of the time it's about relaxing but today it's all about prepping my skin for the week ahead. I always do some kind of a face mask once or twice a week but today I've decided to go for two in a row as well as a good cleansing balm to get the glow back into my skin.


To start I'll use the Georgia Louise Cleanse + Heal Duo Balm, I take my time massaging it into a dry face for a good 5 to 10 minutes. Not something I have time to do everyday but when I do I really see a difference in my skin. When I'm done massaging I run a flannel under warm water, wring it out and remove the balm while gently buffing the skin to exfoliate it.


Next up is the Clark's Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask which is seriously good, it really deserves a full review here on the blog. It's clay based, so draws impurities out of the skin but still leaves it feeling soft and nourished. You do have to leave this one on for about half an hour but the results are seriously worth it. It's just so brightening. 


I then finish off with the Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream Mask, which smells lovely and gives my skin an intense hydration boost. I usually use it in place of a night cream and leave it on over night. Whenever I use it I wake up to plump and dewy looking skin, not a dehydration line in sight!


What are your favourite masks?



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Friday, 3 July 2015

Lightweight Summer Base



I've been switching up my base products a lot more recently, with lightweight, tinted moisturisers coming into the rotation a bit more in favour of my usual foundations. It's as a result of two things, the weather, which has finally warmed up properly, meaning the last thing I want is a face caked in foundation. Secondly, my skin has been looking a lot better recently (fingers crossed it stays that way!) I haven't had a breakout in quite a while and the pigmentation I have from old ones are fading rapidly thanks to my arsenal of skincare products.


I mentioned the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer in my Everyday Spring Makeup Video but since then I've switched to their Radiance Bronze version, which is a much better fit for my skintone as well as giving me a sun kissed summery glow. I've been applying it all over with my fingers and then following with the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Annapurna which gives a decent amount of coverage, enough to even out the skin. It does still leave the darker pigmentation marks and the dark circles under my eyes visible so to conceal those I go in with the MAC Select Cover Up in NC45 which looks very natural and skin-like. Not the highest coverage concealer in town but it definitely packs enough pigment to cover my everyday needs! 


What base products have you been using recently?



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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Objects of Desire: Nars x Christopher Kane Collection



I'm not usually one to be drawn in by limited edition collections but this one from Nars and Christopher Kane has well and truly caught my attention. The eye shadows are particularly beautiful, they impart a sheer wash of colour that's filled with iridescent glitter. You have to swatch them to truly appreciate them. The blusher is highlighter pink in the pan and seriously pigmented when swatched, it translates surprisingly well onto the cheeks and seems to look very flattering on a range of skintones. The lip glosses bring the collection together really nicely, the bright pink and orange are the stand outs to me. Usually there's one stand out from a limited edition collection, but all of these products have quickly shot to the top of my wishlist.


What do you think of the collection?



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Monday, 29 June 2015

Mani Monday - Essie Tart Deco



Yep, another Essie polish, this time in the shade Tart Deco. I've been wearing this one constantly since I got it a couple of months ago, both on my fingers and toes. It's just the perfect summery shade that manages to cheer me up a bit when I look down at my nails. As always with Essie, both the formula and brush are on point. Long lasting, shiny and easy to apply. 


What have you been wearing on your nails recently?



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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Video: Skincare Empties






My skincare empties video! All products mentioned are linked in the description box on youtube. Thanks for watching!


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Friday, 26 June 2015

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator - Indiscretion



Considering how much I love highlighters, I really don't have that many. I struggle to find ones that work well on my skintone, they're often too pink, too light or both. So on the rare occasion that I do spot one I like the look of, I snap it up at record speed.


That's exactly what happened with the Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion, which is by far the stand out product from their limited edition summer collection. It's warm and golden in tone and is just pigmented enough to give a sheer wash of glow to the skin. The shimmer particles are very fine, not at all chunky and glittery, which is another box ticked of my highlighter criteria checklist!


I already foresee this becoming a summer makeup favourite! I'm currently working on a FOTD post so make sure you check back next week if you want to see it in action! 



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