I’m pretty fussy when it comes to skincare products, I know my skin type pretty well now and what works for me (check out my guide to products for dehydrated skin here). So when I find a brand that works for me, I’m hooked. As soon as I had a facial with Image Skincare, I loved the products straight away and the results they gave. My favourite products from the brand include the Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Ormedic Lip Balm and the Ageless Hyaluronic Filler, which I’m actually just about to run out of and when I run out of a skincare product, I know it’s good. I’m lucky to finish a product most of the time, just as I do get to try a lot of products, but when it’s finished it says a lot for me.
I recently tried the Balancing Eye Lift Gel from their Ormedic range. I’ve tried so many eye creams lately and when I used this one I knew it was the one. The Ormedic range uses organic ingredients, antioxidants and essential botanicals without the use of chemicals, acids or parabens to balance the skins health. I like the idea of a product like this for my eye area, as I have quite sensitive eyes and I find a lot of anti-wrinkle eye creams a bit too drying and harsh on my eye area. I also suffer from eczema on my eyelids so I have to be quite careful with what I use.
The balancing eye lift gel is exactly that a gel. It isn’t clear but has more of a cream like appearance, but definitely feels more like a gel on application. I applied a small amount to my ring finger and dabbed it round the under eye area. Instantly my eye area felt de-puffed with the cooling feel of the gel. It also felt hydrated straight away. I find that with a lot of eye creams they can dry in and the eye area is left feeling like not much really happened. With the balancing eye gel it feels hydrated longer, but not weighed down in the slightest by a thick heavy cream. The gel is very light and seems to work very well when applying make-up over the top.
It’s hard to tell if it really ‘lifts’ my eye area, but it definitely feels hydrated and plump and I feel like my fine lines around my eyes look reduced. The eye area is softer and as we are in winter I’ve struggled previously stopping my eyes from having eczema breakouts and dry skin, but this seems to keep that at bay, which I couldn’t be happier about.
Another winner for me from Image Skincare, I can’t wait to try more of their products!
I’m always excited to see the Guerlain seasonal collections. The Guerlain fall collection was one of my favourites last year and for Spring, well who wouldn’t swoon over a love heart-shaped lipstick?
I thought it was only fair to introduce you to the new collection now as the lipstick has such a perfect love theme and the collection itself is in beautiful pink casing, with the illuminator palette also being decorated in hearts, so I think it could be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
KISS KISS Love Heart Lipstick £28
This Guerlain lipstick comes in six shades for Spring, I tried the shade here which is 572 Red and it was a nice vibrant red but without being too in your face, I’d say it’s quite an everyday red actually. It has a shine to it, so it’s not matte and is comfortable on the lips to wear. Of course you can’t help but adore the love heart-shaped bullet, which made it difficult for me to even first use it as I didn’t want to ruin it, but I caved and had to try it. The lipstick is in a pastel pink case which has a sort of pearlised sheen to it. Being a funny shape it took a bit of getting used to applying it, but it’s easy enough once you get the hang of it and of course the love heart shape will ultimately change as you keep using it.
Météorites Illuminator Palette £42
In a very pretty pink and silver compact, with a love heart on the front made up by smaller love hearts, this powder compact would look perfect in any make-up bag. It also comes in a velvet sleeve to keep it protected. Inside is three shades of powder, which are for highlighting the face. You have a pinker shade for blush and the other two shades for cheekbones or across the t-zone. I liked to use the blush shade and then apply the other shade over it to illuminate the cheekbones more. I wouldn’t say this is a palette for the hardcore highlighter fans, but if you like a subtle glow or want to enhance your features without blinding everyone who walks past, then this is ideal. I really liked this for using down my nose area, as some highlighters are just to sweaty or glittery looking for that area and this powder makes it look lovely and natural.
Météorites CC GLOW Correctors £30 each
I have never really been that into colour correction (if you’re not sure on what each colour does, check out my post on how to colour correct), I guess as I’ve always had a palette and it just seemed a bit much extra effort to be honest. However I love these colour corrector pens from Guerlain. They are so easy to use and work into my usual make-up routine, that I have been using them lots this week. There are three colours in this range, pink helps to brighten and make areas glow, green is to help erase redness and apricot helps to minimise dark circles under the eyes and also corners of the lips. I have been using the pink and orange one to help get a glow and a less tired and dull look on my face and it’s worked great. I apply before my foundation and have definitely noticed a difference. The pens make it so easy to colour correct and a lot less messy than a palette like I’ve had previous. A great new addition to my make-up bag for Spring.
At night is the time when I do the most with my skincare, I’ll spend that extra time with peels and oils and have a true pamper on some evenings. However it comes a time when I am just so tired and want to quickly pop into bed. I never want to miss out on my skincare benefits, so I’ll usually just cover my face in a mask and when I saw Starskin had released a 7-second overnight mask, I couldn’t wait to test it out.
Starskin are most known for their Korean style sheet masks, which are if not my favourite sheet mask. They stick so well to your face and the serums leaves it feeling so moisturised afterwards that I just love putting one on. They have lots of different sheet masks now, with some targeted for just eyes and lips and they even brought out a Starskin make-up applicator which I loved. So it’s not surprising to see them expanding the range with the overnight mask pads. The mask is said to be a 7-in-1; massage, exfoliator, toner, oil serum, night cream, sleeping mask and mood relaxer.
I’ve been testing these out for a little while and from using the very first pad, I instantly knew I was obsessed. The pads come in a tub of twenty with a pair of tweezers to carefully pick out your overnight pad and each is for a single use. They couldn’t be simpler to use, really they couldn’t! Pick up a pad using your tweezers and place your hand into it like a glove. Start off with the beaded side of the pad and massage your skin with this for just seven seconds. It seems such a short amount of time, but I would say just make sure you work your way around your whole face quickly and that’s your seven seconds. Then turn the pad round and pat in the serum and that’s it, your ready to go to bed, I told you it was quick.
The pad is soaked in a water based serum of white water-lily and queen of the night extracts both of which aim to improve skin texture, promote skin-healing and improve elasticity. The serum includes camellia japonica seed oil and wild chamomile, as well as amino acids to stimulate collagen production and cell renewal, the perfect ingredients for overnight when the skin rebuilds. It also has mood balancing oils like lavender and bergamot to help the body relax. Plus Starskin’s own formulated Meteobrite which has Meteorite dust from the North-west Sahara that is rich in minerals such as iron and copper and helps deliver radiance and encourage collagen production.
But does it work? In a word yes.
My skin looked radiant the next day and felt soft to touch, I couldn’t wait to use another one the next evening. It was just like the serum I love from the sheet masks in a pad and as much as I love my skincare routine, I loved the ease of these. I would still look to exfoliate and use my other products in my usual skincare routine, but for those quick and easy evenings or for when I travel I love them.
Starskin also have a 7-second morning mask which I have also been trying from their Mask Boss set. These have been a gorgeous base for my make-up and I think would work for most skin types, but if you are slightly drier like me I can’t recommend them enough.
It’s January and everyone seems to be on a health kick and hitting the gym, eating healthy and some of us are even doing Dry January. However if all of the above isn’t for you, myself included, then why not look after yourself this January by starting with your skin.
TULA skincare is the perfect way to start a new year and with a new outlook on your skin. Does your skin look tired, dry, have redness, just generally not playing ball? Well it could all be down to the lifestyle you lead. TULA skincare was created by Dr Raj and she uses the science that probiotics not only in your body, but applied topically can benefit your skin. She combines ingredients like Vitamin A (retinol) and Vitamin C with probiotics for healthy skin.
Probiotics are the foundation to all TULA skincare products. If you aren’t familiar with probiotics they are the good bacteria that is best known to help balance and calm your stomach, just think of all those yoghurt adverts. Probiotics are said to help improve your skins natural balance, hydration and also encourage it to be more resistant. TULA skincare products are also cruelty free and free from phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, gluten, and mineral oil.
What a better way to start a new skincare regime?
I’ve teamed up with QVC and TULA to offer one lucky reader an exclusive hamper of TULA skincare goodies, worth over £300! Which includes the newly launched addition to the UK, the Resurfacing Gel.
£300 TULA x QVC HAMPER INCLUDES:
Deep Wrinkle Serum – I’m loving this!
Day & Night Cream
If you fancy a skincare overhaul then its super easy to enter, just follow the steps on the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will run until January 25th 2018, where a winner will be drawn at random from the Rafflecopter and contacted by myself via email.
I wish you the best of luck and let me know your New Year skincare resolutions in the comment box.
Mine is to beat the dryness and have glowing skin 24/7!
It’s not an unfamiliar sight at home for me to be in my loungewear, with a face mask or two on and covered head to toe in body lotion. I absolutely love a home pamper, give me a night in with a hot bubble bath and beauty treats any day. So, when Ted Baker The Porcelain Rose Garden Collection arrived on my doorstep, I knew this was going to be the ultimate pampering gift – to myself.
The Ted Baker Christmas Gifts Collection is beautiful this year. The packaging has a vintage glamour feel with a floral fantasy design and of course everything is a lovely delicate pink colour. I mean when it matches your pyjamas exactly, you know it’s goals. The Porcelain Rose Garden Collection comes with two boxes filled with nine bathing treats, perfect for a night in and some much-needed ‘me-time’.
Inside the first box you will find two 50ml Bubble Baths in Pretty Pearl and Blush Pink and they both smell amazing. I can’t think of having a bath without bubble bath, in fact I don’t even know when I last did. Once you’re in the bath you will find three Body Washes in the larger box, a Blush Pink 300ml, a Pretty Petal 300ml and an Opulent Pearl Shimmer Body Wash 200ml, which was my favourite. I loved the shimmer throughout, it was like getting ready for a night out but then washing it off and laughing to myself because I was so happy I was staying in. Anyone else love it when your plans get cancelled because all you want to do is stay in and watch Stranger Things?
The Opulent Pearl fragrance has a woody-floral scent but also citrus and green notes of apple, violet and orange blossom. Whilst combining base notes of silky vanilla, deep patchouli, spicy black pepper and just a hint of clove. It just smells exotic and amazing and will fill your bathroom with a beguiling scent.
In the smaller box, you will also find a Pink Face Cloth which feels lovely and soft and two 250ml Body Washes. I adore the design of these bottles, they have such a vintage glamour feel and I love the floral print just on the sides. The Body Lotion comes in two fragrances, Blush Pink is a soft floral fragrance with notes of mandarin, mango and grapefruit but has a musk like base note. It is subtle and I preferred this of the two. Pretty Pearl is more of a fruity-floral with touches of rose petals and warm sandalwood. They both smell lovely and soak-in quickly, which is perfect for applying before bed to help relax.
Lastly in the large box you will find your Eye Mask, which is pink, floral and scented, what more could you need for a pamper night in?
The Ted Baker Porcelain Rose Garden Toiletries Collection is available now exclusively from Boots. The collection is currently their Star Gift, meaning instead of £50 you can pick this up for half-price at just £25 for one week only Friday 1st December – Thursday 7th December. Which for nine pampering treats and not to mention the beautiful boxes (which are a stunning keepsake and I will be re-using as make-up or jewellery storage) I think is the perfect gift for a loved one, or for yourself to enjoy a touch of luxury this festive season.
Head over to my Instagram for the chance to win the collection and add a dash of Ted to your stocking with this lavish collection of beauty must-haves.
Christmas feels like it’s came round very quickly and even earlier than previous years. With the beauty advent calendars appearing in September, Christmas lights popping up across town and now the Christmas adverts are on TV, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas presents right?
With under 6 weeks left to go, here are some of my favourite gift ideas for her. Whether it’s a sister, a girlfriend or a best friend, these beauty and fashion ideas should go down well this Christmas Day.
For more gift ideas check out my gifts for her board on Pinterest.
Before I started blogging, I probably couldn’t have even guessed how much I would have learnt about beauty along the way. Not only that but with beauty advice so readily available from beauty gurus across YouTube, I have definitely picked up my fair share of tips and tricks.
Therefore I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve learnt and regularly use, so that you can too.
1. How To Choose Your Correct Foundation Undertone
This is something I only learnt recently and it’s been an absolute game changer. There are so many foundations out there and they come in warm, neutral and cool, but how do you know which you are? Turn your wrist over and take a look at the vein colours. If your veins are more purple and blue and you also look better in silver jewellery rather than gold, then you are most likely to be cool undertones. A warm undertone you will find your wrists appear more yellow/gold or peachy and you suit gold jewellery over silver. And if like me your are more neutral your veins will be a mix of green, purple and blue and suit both gold and silver jewellery. It’s a great guide in helping start to choose your foundation colour, especially if buying online.
2. Use A Setting Spray For A Dewy Look
I actually picked up this tip whilst watching an episode of the Kardashians. Kim was worried about her powder being too caked on, so Mario her make-up artist was covering her face in setting spray to help it look more dewy. I always use setting spray to set my make-up, but never thought of it that way to help banish that caked on powder look. I also like to spray a little on my beauty blender and use it under the eyes if they look a bit too caked in concealer.
3. Beauty Blender Isn’t Just For Foundation
As I mentioned above I often use a beauty blender with setting spray, but I also use their blush size blender for applying blusher as well as highlight. It’s my trick to apply my highlight with a beauty blender. It gives in my opinion a more natural finish than a brush and can be used wet or dry for cream highlight and slightly dampened for a powder highlight.
4. How To Remove Waterproof Mascara
If you love waterproof mascara but struggle to find a remover that takes it all off without hurting your eyes from rubbing, then make sure you use an oil-based one over a cream cleanser. It breaks down the product so makes it easier to remove in one swipe. One of my favourites right now is ESPA Bio-Active Eye Cleanser as it has coconut, hyaluronic acid and rose-water, so it’s really hydrating as well as effectively removing stubborn mascara.
5. Get That Eye Glow
If you are want a glowing eyeshadow look, but struggle to achieve it. Take a little bit of a glowing primer, I recommend Burberry Fresh Glow and mix a tiny drop with your eyeshadow on the back of your hand. Apply to lids for a sheer glowy eye look. With this you can keep it natural or intensify it with some metallic colours.
6. Achieve A Fuller Brow
If you have a thin brow like me, one thing to make them appear thicker is to dye them. I used to go to Benefit Brow Bar who do a great job but if you don’t fancy trying it yourself and you want to save some cash, then I recommend doing them yourself. I use Eylure’s Brow Dye Kit and it couldn’t be simpler to apply, with the brows lasting up to 6 weeks. I find they last about four-five for me as I’m quite fair but I can top up as when needed. I then just fill my brows in and shape them, but this makes such a massive difference.
When it comes to YSL and lipstick we are good friends, in fact best friends. I absolutely adore YSL lipsticks. Rouge Pur Couture in No.1 is the perfect red lipstick and it’s a pretty lovely addition in my make-up bag with its stunning gold shiny case. So with that said it doesn’t surprise me that when it comes to liquid lipsticks, YSL have absolutely nailed it.
I’m a big fan of liquid lipsticks, well most of them. I think the formulas are getting better and better from each brand. Some favourites for me include Kylie Cosmetics (the velvets), Smashbox and Guerlain’s most recent launch. I was intrigued to try YSL’s new offering, the Tatouage Couture collection. The range has 18 matte liquid lipsticks with a high pigment pay-off and are described as to leave the ultimate lasting mark. The colours range from pink and red to purple and coral and they still have the shiny gold YSL packaging.
L to R No 17 Unconventional Coral, No.12 Red Tribe, No 19 Fuchsia Intime, No 11 Rose Illicite
Now the first thing that took me aback with these lipsticks was the applicator. I had never seen one like it. It’s shaped sort of like a spatula with sharp lined sides and if you look closely each side has the YSL logo on it. Talk about attention to detail. The idea of this shape is for an even application and also so that you don’t require a liner. I found the applicator really easy and gave a very even distribution of the product and was easy enough to line my lips perfectly. I was also able to go over areas and give my lips a plump look.
The consistency of the product is again surprising. It’s more like a stain that a creamy liquid lipstick, or maybe quite gel like but not as thick. It goes on very thin, but so pigmented. Some liquid lips can dry down matte and look pretty awful in 60 seconds and what I mean by that is they highlight every wrinkle and line on your lips. This does not do that at all, it’s a matte look but it stays with a slight sheen. It just looks effortlessly good and the lips look plump and wonderful. I absolutely loved the end result and the way it looks after application.
The name of this product refers to a tattoo, so let’s talk about the wear time. I wore this lipstick throughout the day and there was no feathering or smudging, even when eating. I aways get lipstick under my mouth when eating and that didn’t happen it all. After eating and drinking it did wear off a little in the inner section, but I was impressed by how much it had stayed on and with a little top up it looked as good as new. The darker colours did transfer when I touched my lips, but the lighter colours didn’t seem to.
My favourite colour is No.12 Red Tribe which I am wearing here. I love a red lipstick and it’s even better when it’s long-lasting.
I was very happy with how long-lasting these lipsticks were, but it’s the applicator and the consistency that definitely make it stand out as one of the best liquid lipsticks I’ve tried all year.
YSL Tatouage Couture Lipsticks are £29 each and available now.
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