Sunday, 29 March 2015

CHANEL COCO ROUGE SHINE

As April approaches, I thought I'd give my makeup collection a streamline clean in time for the spring sunshine. As I did so, I happily unearthed last summer's favourite; Chanel's Coco Rouge Shine Lipstick (£25) in Interlude. This peachy lip shine product delivers a glossy, coral pigment in a super hydrating balm formula that makes for a dreamy, addictive application. It's infinitely wearable and looks glorious on sun-kissed skin, and need I mention the beautiful classic black and gold packaging? 
Spring's lip service is served. 

Have you tried the Coco Rouge Shine lipsticks? 

Saturday, 21 March 2015

AĒSOP PARSLEY SEED CLEANSING MASQUE

A few weeks ago I snapped up the ever coveted Aēsop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque (£27) and my skin is nothing short of in love, this game changer has worked wonders on my congested complexion.

The clay based, parsley-packed masque is my first foray into Aesop's superlative skincare collection and I'm certainly a fan. It acts as a deep-cleansing treatment that's designed to extract impurities that clog the pores. On my mug in particular, blackheads are a consistent problem and so I was peachy keen to slap this on and sample its claims. 

A slinky thin veil over the face and neck is all you need before the watery beige cream gets to work. Fifteen minutes in, the masque is ripe, tight and ready to remove with a hot cloth. If you look closely at your skin just before hitting the flannel, you can actually see all the little dots of grime and pollutants that the masque has sucked up and eradicated (totally gross but fascinating). 

Post masque, my face feels cleansed and revitalised whilst the surface of my skin is soft and smooth. I noticed a real difference when I went to apply my makeup the next morning too which looked über fresh as a result. 

The product is intended for use twice a week and works on most skin types but isn't recommended for sensitive faces, so just be aware. The toothpaste-esque tube will last for ages too as I find a little goes a very long way. I for one am all for the parsley seed goodness and can't enough.

Have you tried this masque... if so what were your thoughts? 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

TREATS FROM TILBURY

I thought I'd share this trio of Tilbury treats with you today, but first let's talk about the lovely lady that is Miss Tilbury as I absolutely adore her! Charlotte Tilbury is one of the world's most sought-after makeup artists, she often draws on Kate Moss's mug. She's famous for her artistic eye work, feline flicks and sex-tastic looks. CT's enthusiasm for glamour and beauty is infectious and she's such a joy to listen to, watch and learn from (See Sali Hughe's interview: In The Bathroom with Charlotte Tilbury here). 

Back in 2013, CT launched her very own makeup collection which brings us to the beautifully packaged products in hand. After hearing an abundance of wonderful things, I decided to snap up a few bits from the range and they've since become every day staples in my makeup arsenal, here's why: 

First up we have Full Fat Lashes in glossy black (£22). When it comes to mascara, I like heavy volume and lengthy results and this one trick wonder ticks all the boxes. The grooved brush deposits just the right amount of product onto your lashes which you can keep natural or build on for something more dramatic, I personally love to tar it on but this looks lovely after a light two-coat job. I think I may have found the one!

Next in line is the Lip Cheat pencil in pillow talk (£16). This rich, velvety liner is an absolute gem, it glides on seamlessly to create a natural, plump and luscious lip - think your gob but better, or Kylie Jenner's if you go all out. This shade is uber flattering and virtually undetectable too, an essential in everyday lip service. 

Last but certainly not least is CT's Airbrush Flawless Finish skin perfecting micro powder (£33). I've tried out a range of powders from Rimmel to Chanel and this one is by far the best to have graced my (ever so shiny) face. This stuff will keep your visage in place for hours and no-one will even know it's there, winner. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

AN ODE TO PRETTY HONEST BY SALI HUGHES

Pretty Honest The Straight Talking Beauty Companion | Amazon

If you're a beauty advocate in any such form, you absolutely need this book. Whether you're an expert, an amateur, or simply an enthusiast, you will read Pretty Honest and adore it. If you haven't yet heard of its author, Sali Hughes, google her now. Sali is all-round journalistic whirl and has an amazing online forum (check it: Sali Huges Beauty) and she's Welsh to boot!

Now on to the book... Pretty Honest (£11) is made up of 33 chapters which each tackle every beauty subject and scenario imaginable, from brows, botox and being a bride to manicures, men and motherhood. 

The book begins with an insightful guide into identifying ones skin type, mine has recently switched so I found it particularly helpful alongside Sali's advice on acne, waxing, skin conditions and crap hair days further on into the book. There's also some glorious gems on perfume, red lipstick, power-house makeup and sex-proof mascara in here too, with a fabulous comment from Sali on Chanel's signature scent: "To me, wearing No5 is like carrying a loaded pistol in my knickers." 

Sali covers every aspect of beauty with a real-life perspective and honest advice, each chapter is personal, interesting and entertaining and you will learn a little something in all of them. Alongside the tips and tricks, each of them feature product suggestions and ingredients to look for within those products with a selection of high and low-end brand options to explore. 

All in all, this is a funny, practical, pretty and wonderful book that will attend to your every beauty need and see you through the years. A happy purchase indeed. 

E x

Sunday, 26 October 2014

REVIEW: CHANEL PERFECTION LUMIERE VELVET

As a loyal devotee to Chanel Vitalumiére, I was somewhat reluctant to slap anything other on my mug, but after a four-year-long love affair, my shiny forehead started to come between us and our relationship has since come to a sad and sorry end. It's important to point out that Vitalumiére is still a beautiful foundation, it just no longer works for me. It gives a natural and dewy finish and is an absolute dream to apply due to the fact its formula feels like that of a moisturiser. For these reasons, it's perfect for dry, dull or mature skin, but my skin type has since switched from dry to oily/combination and a 'dewy' finish on my face now translates to an over enthusiastic disco ball, but that's enough about my ex f...

In a bid to move on, I headed to Chanel's counter to peruse the brand's alternative bases, I wanted medium coverage, longevity and a natural matte finish and this little black bottle ticks all the boxes. Perfection Lumiére Velvet has a light, liquid formula and as its name suggests, provides a velvet matte makeup result. 

It's smooth and easy to apply, and makes for a natural, second skin finish, it feels lovely and soft too (I often stroke my cheeks afterwards). I also find it lasts very well with little sign of shine, although I do like to  follow up with a touch of Les Beiges. Its simple chic black packaging is also super compact and easy to travel with. 

All in all, I adore Lumiére Velvet, if your skin is on the dryer side then I'd advise you to avoid it, but if like me, you're an oily, combo or normal gal, you'll be all over this.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? 

x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

FRENCH PHARMACY HAUL


Back in June I travelled to Paris to turn twenty one, in addition to seeing the beautiful sights, visiting Coco Chanel's apartment and treating myself to a box of macaroons at Ladurèe, I couldn't wait to indulge in a celebratory splurge inside the city's coveted cosmetic mecca; City Pharma. The brand busting pharmacy is sacred, packed with excitable ladies and tiny aisles stacked high with heavenly products at bargainlicious prices. With this in mind, I'd recommend an informed shopping list and a pair of sharp (yet polite) elbows. Here's what I picked up:

The Bioderma Créaline H2O cleanser needs no introduction, but it's certainly something to stock up on when in France as it costs around half the price of what you'd pay for it here in the UK. This gentle water cleanser takes off my face like no other, with speed, ease and zero irritation. It also works a treat as a spot cleaner for makeup brushes. 

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir had been on my wish list for some time, plus FYI it's VB's fave! The botanical-based facial mist refreshes and smoothes the skin, leaving your face feeling perky and hydrated. I'm not even sure how or what it does, but it's good, very good. A total lifesaver for those long, post-party days too. 

I picked up the Embroyoilisse Lait-Crème Concentaté cream on a whim as I'd ran out of my daily moisturiser. This stuff is amazing and my favourite find of all the french goods. It acts as a versatile cream that can be used as a cleanser, mask, primer or as a moisturiser. I tend to use it as the latter and due to its light and soothing texture, it leaves my skin feeling plumped, soft and ready for makeup. 

Another winner I picked up from the Embroyoilisse brand was the Hydra-Masque (which sadly isn't available in the UK) It's a 5 to 15 minute leave on and wash off intensive mask that brings super soft results similar to those of the Origins Drink Up mask, expect it's half the price! It's a hero for nourishing dry and tired skin - the perfect sunday treat.

After watching and revising Isabelle Bellis' guide to cleaning ones face on ITG here, I couldn't wait to pick up the Le Roche-Posay Serozinc. This easy spray-on toner can be used to soothe and purify the skin before and after cleansing and feels SUPER at the gym. I'm a fan. 

I also picked up the Le Roche Posay Effaclar Duo & Cicaplast. The Effaclar Duo is the ultimate spot-stopper, read my full review here. I'm still yet to try the cicaplast, as I'm  unsure of exactly how to use it? Advice in the comments would be much appreciated.  

Nuxe Rêve de Miel's magical lip balm works to nourish, moisturise and transform lips overnight, I've been using mine for well over a year now and as a result, I no longer need to apply balm during the day. The formula in the pots is rather thick and so it's best applied at night, but for matte-lipstick situations and on-the-go scenarios, Nuxe also have a lighter, stick-form offering that's just the ticket for travelling. 

E x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

LE ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO


Six months ago, my skin was nothing short of a hormonal horror story, with aggravated acne, painful under-the-skin spots and bumpy blemishes. I suspect this was due to a combination of third-year stress, a house move and contraceptives pills. Feeling spotty and miserable, I soon found myself looking at Le Roche-Posay, I'd never tried the brand before but I'd heard wonderful things about the Effaclar Duo + 

Three months after I began using this, my skin was practically back to its old self again. The product boasts corrective, unclogging, anti-imperfection and anti-mark properties, all of which I found to be quite true. The formula has a gel-like consistency that sinks into the skin with ease, although it does
have a slightly tacky feel to it. (I tend to apply this at night pre-snooze, so this isn't really a problem for me)

Even after the first application I noticed my skin felt calmer and soothed. Although it took a few months, this product really helped to smooth out the bumpy surface of my skin, reduce redness and clear up my acne. On the whole, my complexion is looking a whole lot' better nowadays, but whenever I feel a breakout coming on, I whack this out and slather it on to stop spots in their tracks. 

I've recently finished my first duo and snapped up another in Paris (stay tuned for a City Pharma haul). This is definitely a game changer for me and I think everybody should own a tube! 

Have you tried the Effaclar Duo? What's your favourite LRP product?

E x