I’d say I was a bit of an expert when it comes to fake tanning, considering I’ve been doing it since I was about 15. No judgement here now, but I’d say I actually was addicted to fake tanning. I have always felt so pale, so when I don’t have tan on, I definitely feel less confident – crazy I know, and you know what sometimes I won’t wear a dress even if it’s sunny unless I have fake tan on my legs. It’s a mindset for sure and now my addiction has been uncovered let’s get down to the review.
Fake tan has come a long way since I first started using it, the tans are more natural and easier to apply than ever before and there are so many new tans being released recently, everything from fake tanning sheet masks to in-shower tans, St Tropez has got you covered for both of those. So when I saw the release of a whole load of new tanning waters, it confused me a little. These don’t have a colour guide, which quite frankly fills me with dread. Why would I want to apply tan and then wait overnight to see what I look like in the morning, in the hope that I don’t have white patches or streaks? I like the knowing and I feel like these are effectively going backwards in the tanning world, so I decided to put them to the test myself and see if I could prove myself wrong.
I tried out St Tropez Self Tan Purity Mousse, Tan Luxe Hydrating Tan Mousse, Tan Luxe Wonder Oil and Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water. The reason for these being clear is they have natural ingredients so don’t have any of the chemical nasties that usually create the guide colour, they also are great if you like to tan overnight, so your sheets and clothes don’t get colour on them, but was that enough to convert me? Let’s find out.
St Tropez Self Tan Purity Mousse £31
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St Tropez Self Tan Purity Mousse comes in one shade and has green mandarin water infused with natural tanning actives as well as antioxidant properties of hibiscus extract to shield the skin from free radicals. The idea like most of these tans is so you apply day or night, so you could apply morning and pop on your clothes and head straight out without ruining the clothes, or similarly at night with your bedding and pyjamas. Although not sure I’d head out in the morning and wait for the development not knowing the certainty of it. They also have a matching Purity self tan mist for the face in this range which works similarly.
St Tropez describe this as an ultra-lightweight foaming mousse and that it is, I found this very easy to apply. I used a mitt and just worked it onto my skin as I would with a mousse that has a colour guide, hoping I’d covered every bit as it dries in straight away so there isn’t much way to tell if you have missed any bits. It has a sweet tropical scent, which I really liked and not like your regular tan smell. I found this one slightly stickier than the others in the beginning, but it dried down quickly and not sticky after that.
This one takes 8 hours to fully develop, so I left it overnight and in the morning we had a result. First of all it looked very natural, so if you like a natural looking colour this is for you. For me personally I liked the colour, it was golden and not orange, but I would need another layer or maybe two for more of a bronzed look. There weren’t any streaks so that was good, but I had missed a bit around my neckline which didn’t look great and my hands seemed to take the colour a little too well.
Overall I think this would be ideal for first time tanners and for those who like a light natural golden tan, with no mess and no fake tan smell. For me I actually prefer their new Extra Dark Mousse, which has a colour guide and has a fantastic darker colour result.
Tan Luxe Hydrating Tan Mousse £37
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Designed to hydrate the skin, Tan Luxe Hydra Mousse has natural tanning ingredients including vitamin B5, C and E and raspberry seed oil. I really love Tan Luxe face tan drops so I was excited to try this one. Often I find tan mousse very drying on the skin, so the fact this has such hydrating ingredients was a winner.
Just like the others I tried, it was easy to apply and I just made sure to cover each area fully as much as I could. It felt hydrating on the skin and spread out easily. It didn’t have any off-putting smell and dried in quickly, so no stickiness.
This one develops in 4-6 hours so as there was not going to be any transfer to my bedding I again left this overnight. I loved the colour in the morning, it seemed to be the best colour for me. Very natural, like I’d really had a week or two in the sun and an obvious colour too, in that it was dark enough. I used the Light/Medium which I’m glad I did as it was dark enough for me. It also comes in Medium/Dark which I’d normally go for, so glad I had the lighter shade. It did go a little off around the hands, but I think when I apply again I’ll be more careful on that area.
This one faded so nice, that it would be so easy to apply another coat and it lasted a week if not more.
Tan Luxe Wonder Oil £45
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I was probably the most excited to try this tan from Tan Luxe. It’s not a tanning water, but a tanning oil. Now any tanning oils I have tried in the past haven’t been the best so I had high hopes for this one. It comes in a rollerball packaging for easy application and is designed to be extra hydrating for the skin with a blend of six pure, plant and omega oils including Jojoba, Argan, & Raspberry Seed Oil. It comes in two shades light/medium and medium/dark.
With this you use the rollerball and apply it on the skin, they suggest using your hands which I did, but very much regret as even though I washed my hands straight after applying, I ended up with tanned palms, so I would recommend using gloves for this or maybe a mitt but I haven’t tried that yet. It spread easily like an oil does and I was pretty sure I covered my whole legs. Be careful when applying as if you lean on it with your arm and don’t realise you will end up with a partly tanned arm. It didn’t quite dry down quickly, it wasn’t sticky but never felt fully dry.
I left this overnight and by morning my tan had appeared. It wasn’t the best application, which I totally blame myself for, but I’m not sure I’d be willing to try it again. It just seemed too patchy, like some parts of my leg hadn’t taken the colour and then on my thighs it really had and was much darker. The feet also just took too much colour. I would definitely go down a shade as I used medium/dark and I think light/medium would have been much better for me. I wasn’t too keen on this one and found it hard to remove.
I had high hopes for the oil as I would love a hydrating tan like this, but I was a bit disappointed in the overall finish and colour compared to the hydra-mousse and at £45 it just seems too pricey for me.
Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water £25
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This one intrigued me the most as I’d seen a lot of influencers doing adverts for it, so I really wanted to put this to the test and try it myself to see if it lived up to the hype. Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water comes in three different shades, light/medium, medium/dark and super dark. I oped for medium/dark, I normally use a dark tan when it has a colour guide so this is why I chose this one. Again Vita Liberata tan is organic and has the similar idea of apply and go.
This was easy to apply just like my other tan mousse formulas, it went on well with a mitt and felt hydrating on the skin. It doesn’t have a fake tan smell which is a bonus and again won’t stain clothing or sheets. I seemed to have a leaky bottle, no matter how much I tightened the top it kept leaking, which was annoying as I had to make sure the tan didn’t go anywhere.
This develops in 4-8 hours, I left mine overnight but before bed I could already see the colour showing up and it looked lovely and golden. By morning it was bronzed and looked great on my legs. There was no streaks and the colour was well-distributed. The only downside was the feet, but after a shower this did fade and they looked slightly better. One thing to note is there is no colour guide to wash off, you could simply apply and go and you don’t need to rinse anything off. I did notice after a shower the colour changed slightly, but for the better. Bar the feet, I liked the result of this one and it seemed to last for a week, without too much fading. it faded nicely and made it easy to reapply.
Am I Converted?
Something I noticed about these tans is that they seem to fade well and you can reapply easily without the old tan being patchy. They all looked natural and the colours were some of the best I’ve seen from fake tans. It’s hard to choose a favourite as I liked them all for different reasons, whether it be a great price or the colour, can we combine them all for the perfect tan? If I had to choose I’d probably pick to use the Tan Luxe Hydra Foam, mainly for the colour being the best on me and how natural it looked.
After trying these, I wouldn’t say I’m converted, I do prefer a tan with a colour guide so there are no surprises, but if that doesn’t bother you and you love the idea of no transfer on your bedding or clothes and the natural ingredients then these definitely do the job.
There are new skincare products being released each week, that it is hard to know which are worth the hype and which aren’t. I have four skincare brands that have been the hot topic in the beauty world for a little while now that I think need to be on your radar.
Lixir Skin was a brand I just couldn’t escape last year, it was everywhere, from Vogue to Instagram. Lixir Skin was created by Colette Haydon a doctor in derma pharmacy who has formulated some of the best skincare products for many a coveted brand. This range aims to target everyday needs when it comes to skincare with a relaxed approach. There are currently seven products with each product being universal so it can be used on face, eyes, neck, everywhere. The packaging is pink and beautiful and will keep your skincare cabinet looking pretty, but looks aside this skincare range really works.
I have tried two products so far, the Electrogel Cleanser and the Universal Emulsion. The emulsion is a multi-purpose product that hydrates the skin, use it day or night or as a serum but for me the Electrogel Cleanser is my favourite of the two. I was so intrigued to try this product and the way that it works is that it has a small negative charge that draws out skins toxins which have positive charges, this is normally dirt and pollution, so it is great for those city dwellers. It is lovely and creamy, hydrating and has a rose smell, that it has become my most-used cleanser currently.
Pestle & Mortar came about when founder Sonia Deasy wanted to create a skincare routine she could rely on. Working closely with her sister, they created a skincare line that would say bye-bye to dull, dry and patchy skin. Each product concentrates on unique actives, so the Hyaluronic Serum is the only product to have hyaluronic acid in it. In this way your skin responds better to products and you aren’t overloading it with active ingredients. Pestle & Mortar’s products are free from parabens, mineral oils, silicones sulphates and all those other nasty ingredients.
The first product I tried from Pestle & Mortar was the Hyaluronic Acid and I was blown away by the difference it made to my skin, it was clear to see having such a pure form of hyaluronic acid worked wonders. My favourite product from the range is the Erase Cleansing Balm, before I used this I had dabbled with cleansing balms and never really liked them, but there is something I love about this one so much.
It removes my make-up so well, keeps my skin hydrated and not greasy afterwards. It has brilliant natural ingredients like pumpkin seed oil and prickly pear seed oil which promotes cell turnover and renewal. I usually take my make-up off with this and a muslin cloth and then follow with a cleanser. It’s so great I’ve just stocked up on a new pot!
Must-Have Product – 100% Plant Derived Squalane
The Ordinary has been around for a couple of years now, but it wasn’t until recently I actually delved into trying it. At first I was a bit dubious, could a £5 oil really be that good? Well yes is the answer. The Ordinary is a brand by DECIEM and the ethos is all about brand honesty and integrity, where they wanted to bring products that were effective but didn’t cost the earth. The brand has grown massively with so many products being added regularly. What I like about it is being able to buy products in their pure form, especially oils.
I have dehydrated skin so squalane has been an ingredient I am familiar with in many products I own, but never have I tried it on its own. Squalane is found naturally in our bodies but as you get older it decreases, so as an oil form it is great for skin moisture balance and skin issues like eczema. I have been using the 100% Squalane Oil as a serum really, so before moisturiser or sometimes just on its own and I’ve really enjoyed using it.
I have also been putting it on my eczema on my hands and I have seen a significant difference. I think it’s a brand that has something for everyone and affordable that you can try out products you might not have risked trying before.
Must-Have Product – Jet Lag Mask
It’s easy to pick a favourite product from Summer Fridays as currently they only have one, but it’s an amazing one! Summer Fridays is the brainchild of two bloggers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores. I have followed Marianna for a long time and loved her beauty tips and style, so when I saw she had released her own product I was keen to find out more. This product is everywhere, even Kim Kardashian is a fan and you know anything a Kardashian loves I’m pretty much sold. However this product did sound genuinely brilliant and so when it finally came across to the UK I was first on Cult Beauty to grab it.
The Jet Lag Mask is not just for when your flying (although it works great for that) but you can use it whenever you want, a night in watching Netflix, whenever. It has quite a thick consistency but is really easy to apply evenly across the face. It cocooned my skin straight away, my skin loves anything hydrating like this and the best part is you don’t have to wash it off.
It reminds me a little of the Sisley Rose Mask, so if you like that you’ll love this. One of the ingredients is chestnut extract which polishes away dullness for a more radiant complexion. I like to use this overnight and in the morning my skin feels still hydrated and so ready for my make-up application. As my skin can be dry sometimes I’m tempted to maybe even use it as a primer with a very thin layer. I’m looking forward to see what else these ladies bring out for sure.
Have you tried anything from these trending skincare brands?
Florals for Spring might not be groundbreaking to Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, but for me I love them. Like the way the flower grows and opens up, Spring is all about rebirth and new beginnings. From Spring cleaning to going through my wardrobe and swapping over my clothes or I’ll admit buying new ones. So I want the florals, I want the colour and the brightness and the beautiful floral smells that come with it.
One of Ted Baker’s key designs for womenswear SS18 is the Chatsworth Bloom fashion print. Inspired by the gardens of Chatsworth House, it combines vintage inspiration with illustrated florals on a soft pink and white colour palette with accents of chartreuse to give this traditional print a contemporary twist. The print further inspires the NEW Ted Baker Fragrant Bloom bath and body collection, with the scent highlighting the blossoming Chatsworth Gardens.
Fragrant Bloom is a blend of florals and neroli, with top notes of citrus and bergamot and a botanical finish of patchouli. I love the smell of this fragrance so much, it’s really uplifting with the citrus notes, but the floral notes make it not too sweet and just really lovely to wear throughout the day. I loved the Ted Baker Porcelain Rose scent at Christmas time, but this one I like even more. It’s perfect for Spring and I can’t wait to jump in the shower to use the body washes.
In the collection you have a Body Spray 150ml £7.50,I love the design of the body spray with its clear packaging and you can see the print through it, as well as the luxurious looking ‘T’ on the lid. It’s an elegant fragrance of opulent florals from the gardens of Chatsworth. The Body Wash is £8 for 200ml and Shimmer Body Wash £12 for 300ml, both in the beautiful pink prints with rose gold these are uplifting to use in the shower and the shimmer body wash has a touch of sparkle, it comes out a shimmering gold colour, I love using it.
What I like about the Body Lotion £8 for 200ml is that it dries in so quickly, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky after application. My skin is left moisturised and smelling so good. I am quite lazy when it comes to body lotion, mainly as I hate the sticky feeling you can get and hate waiting around to put my clothes back on, but with this its quick and easy.
Aside from the indulgent fragrance, the collection has a beautiful design with the illustrated prints and rose gold accents, making it easy to add a touch of sophistication, femininity and style to your bathroom. Ted Baker always has such beautiful packaging and this one is just gorgeous and perfect for Spring. It also would be a lovely gift. They have two gift sets in this collection. The Birthday Box £18 is wrapped up in printed paper with a tag and rose gold bow stickers to seal shut, I mean it couldn’t be any easier. Inside is a full size body spray, body wash and a pink super soft face cloth.
The other is the Pampered and Polished Cosmetics Bag £14, this one is great for those on the go or who travel as it has the everyday essentials in miniature sizes including body wash, body lotion 50ml, as well as a mini body spray all in a cute cosmetics bag.
Ted Baker’s NEW Fragrant Bloom Bath and Body Collection is available now and is exclusive to Boots stores and online at Boots.com.
My current go-to hairstyle is beachy waves, it’s easy to achieve, quick to do and also perfect for summer. My hair is coloured and so when it comes to styling my hair I have to not only protect the colour but stop it from drying out from products or heat from my styling tools. Remember when salt spray was all the rage? I mean it’s still quite heavily used but it really had its phase at one point. I was victim to it, spraying it all over, little did I realise it was drying out my hair the more I used and was actually making my hair in worse condition.
Now I’ve put down the salt spray and I’ve recently discovered Paul Mitchell’s Neuro Liquid range which has been designed to withstand the heat (prevents thermal damage up to 86%) and protect the hair when styling. This range has really impressed me, my hair feels and looks in much better condition just from one use.
The science behind it? It’s formulated with HeatCTRL™ technology, a proven blend of proteins and silicones that activate with heat to help create a protective barrier against damage caused by daily styling, blow-drying and smoothing. I blow-dry my hair, straighten it and wave it, so I am more than guilty of subjecting it to heat damage. Without heat protection your hair can become dehydrated, which can make it appear dry, frizzy and unmanageable. I spend so much time trying to rehydrate my skin, that I genuinely don’t consider my hair and the damage I could be causing.
Well that’s all about to change, here is how I create my signature beach waves style using the Paul Mitchell Neuro Liquid range.
Firstly I wash my hair with the Neuro Liquid Shampoo and Conditioner. These are both lightweight and start the heat protection process. It’s safe for coloured hair and I personally find it leaves my hair feeling lovely and clean and smells nice too. The conditioner made my hair less tangled and easier to brush through before drying. There is also a conditioning treatment product which is an intensive repair for stressed out strands. The rich formula helps to smooth and condition dehydrated hair and the HEATCTRL™ technology reduces the rate of heat transfer when using styling tools. You can leave this on for anywhere between 5-10 minutes and then rinse off. One thing I noticed was my hair was incredibly shiny after using these.
Before drying the hair and to help add volume to the roots I add a pump of the Neuro Liquid Volume Foam. This unlike a mousse is so light to the touch and won’t weigh down the roots. I have fine hair so I hate anything sticky or heavy. This is perfect and helps add body, volume and a medium hold. You can apply this from roots to ends, I tend to apply it from roots to about mid-way as for the ends I use the Blowout Primer, which helps to protect the hair again from heat damage whilst blow-drying and keeps the hair smooth and glossy. I really liked this combination before drying my hair, it doesn’t feel weighed down and was easy to blow-dry quickly too.
After drying it’s time to get those beachy waves. I have naturally wavy hair but I always use a styler as I prefer the finish. The range pairs perfectly with the Paul Mitchell Neuro Unclipped Styling Rod. It has a long barrel rod which is helpful for longer hair like mine and heats up to 230 degrees in seconds. I do like my styling tool heat up high, I always feel I get a better result with my hair, so to protect it from this I spray the Paul Mitchell Neuro Liquid Hairspray on my hair in sections before I wave it. Don’t let the name hairspray put you off, this is a much lighter spray without any stickiness. It’s a fine mist and is great for holding in the waves, it also helps reduce humidity and blocks out frizz.
To set the style I use the Neuro Liquid Style Spray which helps set the waves. This really helped keep them in and they were still going well into the next day. To be honest I never really use a whole regime of the same products, but with these it really does benefit to use them all together. After styling Danny said my hair looked more volumised and healthy and I definitely agreed, it felt great running my hands through it and not dried out which it can often feel like after using heated tools.
I’m all about creating a make-up base that glows, especially because I have dehydrated skin and therefore it can look dull and lack that glow. Ultimately creating a real skin glow comes down to being healthy and having a good skincare routine, but if like me you want to have an extra helping hand and to faux your glow, then I have two products just for you.
Paul & Joe have two illuminating products this Spring that I am loving using to achieve my glow.
The first is an illuminating foundation primer which is formulated with lavender pearl, lavender has a purple tinge to it and this comes out I’d say more pink. Now pink in colour correction is great for brightening skin and so this primer helps to give the skin a brightness and correct any dullness. It’s also lovely and moisturising and has Jojoba Seed Oil and Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin looking plumped.
Even though it’s moisturising and gives a glow, it weirdly has more of a matte feel on the skin, which is great as a make-up base. Something like Burberry Fresh Glow creates a similar glow, but is more radiant in the glow stakes so if you have oiler skin you could end up looking a little sweaty, whereas this I think would work for the majority of skin types. For me it works especially well, counter acting the dullness and keeping my skin moisturised at the same time.
It made my foundation stay on really well, especially when combined with the powder and was easy to apply with a beauty blender.
Secondly is the matching illuminating loose powder. If I use a powder, I love a translucent one and this really has converted me. I loved the way it set my face after foundation and worked so well alongside the primer. The powder isn’t heavy, it’s lovely and natural and you only need a small amount. It is infused with lavender pearls and pearl powder which reflect light to brighten the skins appearance. I often find powders can be quite dulling and this is the exact opposite, it gives my skin a brightened complexion. The puff is easy to use so that it blends into the skin, but I prefer just to use a brush with my powder. What’s great is you can buy a refill of the powder so you can save yourself £10 from not buying a new powder and just picking up a refill.
I really enjoyed using both of these and they gave my skin such a beautiful glow, plus I love the beautiful packaging.
Paul & joe Illuminating Foundation Primer £27 and Loose Powder £28 are available now at Beauty Bay & Feel Unique.
I haven’t done a hair update in a little while. It seems like there is a new hair launch every day of the week right now and I’ve been trying out lots of products over the past few months. I feel like I now have some my absolute favourites, the ones I reach to every time I do my hair and the ones I know work for my hair type, that don’t overload my thin hair and really do make a difference to my blow-drying and styling.
Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer
I dived into the world of the Dyson hairdryer last summer and I haven’t looked back. I use it all the time and my other hairdryers are just collecting dust somewhere. This one really is a game changer and when I done my Dyson hairdryer review it was still quite new to me but now after having it all this time, I really couldn’t do without it. My hair drying time is dramatically shorter, my hair is thin but I have lots of it so my hair take ages to dry, but not now. It’s in better condition than ever before, the dryer helps to prevent heat damage and I love how light it is so my hand doesn’t get heavy holding it up. It’s an expensive purchase but one I now can’t recommend enough.
label.m Boar Bristle Brush
Ever since I started using a boar bristle brush I have seen a massive change in the way I blow-dry my hair, it seems to grip easier and style smoother. I previously had a Richard Ward one and more recently I’ve been using label.m’s new brushes. The brushes combine 100% natural boar bristles with nylon bristles, which makes it feel so much nicer. I often find some bristles can feel plastic like and really tug at the hair, so the combination is much better. They also help to promote shiny and anti-static hair. The brushes come in various sizes, for me I use the large and also the extra-large if I want to try a create a bouncier blow-dry. I’m not the best at blow-drying my hair at all, but these brushes have made it so much easier and my hair has a better finish.
I’ve tried numerous oils for hair and I always go back to Moroccan Oil. I apply 1-2 pumps on my lengths and ends before I blow-dry. It helps to keep it smooth, look healthy and keep any stray aways at bay. I’ve had numerous small samples, but this bigger bottle is great as it has a pump so makes it easier to get the right amount without me using too much product which can weigh down my hair. The key ingredient to Moroccan Oil is Argan Oil which helps to hydrate and nourish the hair and linseed extract is a fatty acid and helps to improve the condition of the hair. I just love it.
label.m Dimond Dust Leave-In Conditioner
If I’m not using the oil, I tend to reach for label.m’s diamond dust leave-in conditioner. I was so intrigued by this product, like does it really contain diamond dust? Am I being really bouji every time I do my hair? Well according to label.m, yes it really does. It has a micro-diamond complex of real black diamonds and white diamonds, pearl dust, champagne and white rose petal and coconut oil. I apply this before I blow-dry and it makes it really easy to blow-dry, very manageable and feeling soft afterwards.
Cool Girl Hair By Sam McKnight
I first saw this product when my hairdresser James at George Northwood was using it on me to finish my style. It firstly smells amazing and then I was intrigued by the product line as I hadn’t heard of it before. Sam McKnight of course is a legendary hair stylist so to see he had a line of products was exciting. I decided to splurge on this and try it for myself at home. It’s ultimately a texturising spray and great for when I wear my hair wavy which is all the time at the moment. There are a few other products in the line, so one worth checking out.
Lee Stafford Chocolocks Gloss Boss
I’ve always been a fan of Lee Stafford products, aside from the fun packaging they constantly deliver. The Chocolocks range is similar to the coconut Coco Loco range, only this time it’s all about chocolate. The products actually smell like chocolate. I love the shampoo and conditioner in the range too, they always leave my hair feeling smooth and clean, however my favourite has been the Gloss Boss. I use this to finish my hair and add a spritz or two to the ends or spray it in the air and swish my hair through it. It adds a shine, a gorgeous chocolate smell and also stops it from looking a little dry if it is. It’s very lightweight and you don’t feel it in your hair at all. I hate being able to feel product in my hair, which is why I tend to use products before I dry my hair but with this I don’t need to worry about that at all.
Sisley Paris is the ultimate luxury beauty brand and their black rose skincare line is one of my absolute favourites. One I will happily splurge on as I just love it so much and know that it delivers for my skin. So I was intrigued to try the anti-ageing Sisleÿa Le Teint foundation, which combines their skin care knowledge with make-up to create a formula that improves skin over time so it becomes more radiant, smoother and firmer, encourage less wrinkles and give skin a plumpness. That’s some pretty big claims and one I’ve never really seen from a foundation so I was excited to put it to the test.
Coverage & Application
It is a liquid foundation with a light to medium coverage, but I would definitely say more on the light side. I liked the finish, it isn’t dewy or matte, it is sort of kind of somewhere in the middle. It made my skin looked radiant on application and it sat well with my other products such as my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Concealer. The foundation has a pump, all hail the foundation pump which makes it easy to apply with a brush or sponge.
My colour in Sisleÿa Le Teint foundation is 1B Ivory, which I found is darker to my skin tone and lifted my face, I really wouldn’t go too much lighter than this as I tend to wear tan. There are only eight shades in the foundation, which is disappointing to see. Being already the third shade and I consider myself to be pretty pale, means the darker shades are few and far between and also on the lighter end of the spectrum too. I really think brands need to work to cater to everyone with foundation, after the Tarte Shape Tape drama and the amazing Fenty foundation launch.
Did it last?
The foundation guarantees to stay perfect for 8 hours. Unfortunately this didn’t quite happen for me, I did start to see it fade and flake away from my nose, chin and mouth area. I used my usual primer and I also tried the Sisley Instant Glow Primer which I love to see if there was any difference. I also found the foundation over the day became much more matte on my skin, I have dehydrated skin and so this wasn’t great for me and I felt it left my skin dull and tired looking, the opposite of what it claims to do. I think this foundation could last on the right skin type, as the finish straight after application was lovely, just over time it didn’t work for me. The foundation also doesn’t have an SPF so you will need to apply this additionally.
Is it worth £100?
Sisleÿa Le Teint foundation is priced just over £100 at £104.50, which is one very expensive foundation. It has a really lovely packaging, a frosted glass bottle with a white and gold lid and it definitely has that lux feel to it. With the added Sisley skin care benefits, it slightly justifies the price of the product, this isn’t something you usually come across and Sisley skin care is expensive so it is in line with their other products.
For me I spend about the £30-£40 mark on a foundation. I go through foundation very quickly, so I couldn’t imagine spending £100 on one that often. As a nice treat foundation maybe, but for the benefits of this to work it has to be used regularly.
Ultimately for this to foundation to work in the long run it has to work for you straight up, whether it’s the colour, texture or finish before we even get to skincare benefits. Sadly the foundation didn’t quite work for me, but even if it did I don’t think I could personally justify spending that much on a foundation. Again its personal choice, I would on a skincare product but not on make-up. I think if it works for you and you have the money to spend on it then yes it very well could be worth the price tag.
When Christian Louboutin launched a beauty line back in 2014, it started off with a nail polish collection which being Louboutin it wasn’t just any nail polish range, it was a stunning spiked bottle, with a luxury price tag. Over the last few years the beauty collection from Louboutin has expanded to lip products including lip lacquers and lipsticks, again in incredible packaging, as well as a few eye products and also perfume.
I have a few beauty items from Louboutin, so I thought I would share my thoughts on them and whether I think they are worth the splurge.
I first smelt this perfume in Selfridges where they have a Christian Louboutin beauty boutique, I say boutique as it’s much fancier than just a counter in the beauty hall. There are three perfumes in the range; Bikini Questa Sera, Trouble in Heaven and my choice Tornade Blonde. It takes quite a bit for me to really like a perfume and stick to it, my other favourite currently is Le Labo Vanille 44, which you can only get in Paris so I wanted to make sure I really loved this one, but instantly I knew it smelt different from the usual on counter perfumes. I kept thinking about it and coming back to it, that eventually I knew I had to have it. It’s described as having green notes of cassis and Italian bergamot with Bulgarian rose and is feminine, adventurous and full of passion.
I love the bottle design, it looks elegant yet slightly space age and it came in a beautiful box, which has a message from Louboutin inside. As I got it in Selfridges I also got the classic Louboutin bag with it, which should make any Louboutin fan happy. For 30ml it’s £115, so it definitely has a higher price tag, but I absolutely love it and it looks gorgeous on my dressing table.
When I first saw it, I awed over the nail polish bottle and knew I had to have it. I have two of the Louboutin polishes, the purple colour was a gift and I recently treated myself to the classic Rouge Louboutin red. The red bottle has a black point and is slightly longer than the purple bottle. The bottle replicates what Louboutin is known for in his shoes, the gigantic high heels. The polish itself is lovely, the brush is thin and makes application smooth, pretty spotless and the formulation is thin, rather than thick and goopy. The polish applied well and with a good top coat lasts me a week without chips, I am wearing the red above.
I just love the design of these, again they are a stunning decorative beauty item, but of high quality that I would re-purchase another colour. At £38 they are certainly not the cheapest, but given I could spend £48 on a gel manicure, this bottle will last me numerous manicures instead of a couple of weeks and for that I think it’s worth it.
At first I thought this was a gloss, but it’s more of a lacquer, with a powerful shine. I picked up this in New York when I was buzzing around the store buying everything through excitement of just being in Sephora as per, when I discovered the Louboutin counter. It of course was probably more expensive in America, but I was in New York so it went straight in my basket. I fell in love with this sweet-smelling – seriously it smells like sherbet, lip lacquer. I chose the colour Akenana, which is a pale nude pink and a great everyday colour. I’ve had this 2016 and it’s still going too, I don’t use it everyday but I have used it a lot. It comes in the most elaborate designed casing, with a ribbon. I mean does it get more beautiful? It applies lovely and feels hydrating on the lips too. It’s shiny but not sticky in the slightest.
I absolutely love every bit of Louboutin Beauty I’ve picked up and I’m keen to try more.
I’m starting to feel like all the skincare I’m loving comes in pad form, such as the Starskin Overnight Pads I recently introduced you to or some of my trusty favourites like the Nip & Fab Glycolic Pads. Whilst I’m on the latter, I recently tried out the new glycolic peel pads from L’Oreal Paris which have a 9.6% glycolic complex and so when compared with the Nip & Fab pads which have only 2.8% glycolic acid, it is a real significant difference and not one you get available at your drugstore. This sort of percentage is usually found in salon products. So I was really excited to try these out.
The peel pads are designed to essentially exfoliate your skin at night, which is the perfect time for cell renewal, by removing dead skin cells and resurfacing the skin as well as helping to reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone. This ultimately results in a smoother and brighter skin in morning and as each day goes on. L’Oreal suggest using these daily, something I was a bit apprehensive about as I would normally use a product like this about 2-3 times a week rather than everyday. But they do say they are gentle enough to do this and the pads have allantoin and panthenol listed as ingredients which helps to soothe and moisturise skin, which would help keep any sensitivity to a minimum.
I use glycolic products at home and I have also experienced it from facials, so my skin is really used to using it, but if you aren’t then I would say build it up slowly rather than going straight into the deep end with a daily pad. The pads are suitable for all skin types though which is great.
I absolutely love glycolic acid, it’s one of those ingredients that I see results from the most on my skin and these were no exception. In fact I was pretty blown away by these. After one use my skin felt so soft, it felt moisturised too, not dry in the slightest and the smoothness, was very exciting. I couldn’t wait to use one the next evening.
They reminded me of the effect the Dr Dennis Gross Beta Pads gave, although with those you have two separate wipes, where as with these it is just one wipe and they are much more affordable. I also noticed my wrinkles above my eyebrows looked reduced, so I can only imagine how they might look with continuous use. I mean I’m not hoping for miracle botox but already they looked better to me.
So how do you use them? There are two sides, one is a more heavy exfoliation than the other. Just wipe it across your face avoiding the lip and eye area, also avoid any eczema if you have it on your face as it will sting like hell! I have this under my lip and I have more than once before got glycolic near this and it’s really not comfortable. However with these I was careful and it was easy to avoid it. That’s it really, don’t rinse it off, let the product soak in and apply a serum and moisturiser afterwards. Also be sure to apply SPF the next day as when using glycolic acid products in your routine you need to make sure you use SPF.
If you find your skin looking dull and dry, it could be a build up of dead skin cells, so I would definitely recommend grabbing these.
I had never tried any L’Oreal Paris skincare before and I’m now totally hooked on the peel pads, they have definitely become a new favourite over my trusty Nip & Fab pads.