Monday, 19 September 2016

SUNSHINE SPF

I'm a bit of a slut when it comes to SPF, I dabble with my foundation, smooth it on in moisturiser and slather it across my limbs inconsistently with little or no consideration for factor protection. But currently, I'm very much committed to Bioderma Photoderm Max Crème (£14.10). This tinted SPF is dewy sunshine in a bottle that packs in a generous factor 50 for under £15. The fresh finish is perfect for minimal make-up days (I often wear it for running and gymming) and offers a surprisingly thorough coverage (add a touch of cream blush with an eyelash curl for wide-awake radiance). The cream comes in light and golden shades and a pea-sized dollop will see you through the day. 

Have you tried Bioderma's SPF range? Comment with deets below if so!

E x

Monday, 18 April 2016

SMUDGE PROOF

As a lover of liner and late nights, an eye primer is essential. This offering from NARS brings a barely-there base that's as good as glue. The light cream formula dries comfortably without a trace, leaving an invisible, adhesive foundation for eye makeup that lasts all day and night. My lids are big into it. NARS Cosmetics Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.50)

E x 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

SWEET CHEEKS

Today, I'd like to shout out the bargain balm that is the Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter (£3.20) This cult beauty is made of gentle ingredients (olive oil, chamomile and vanilla) is rich in texture and has a scrumptious scent, similar to that of cake mix. As well as being the answer to a smooth derriere, BBB makes for soft, sweet skin all over by providing a soft velvety base for makeup (my foundation blends beautifully overtop); soothing and protecting dry, chapped skin; adding moisture to nails and cuticles or as a nourishing, overnight face mask. It's the baby aisle's answer to Elizabeth Arden and I highly recommend.

E x

Thursday, 10 March 2016

ALL THAT GLITTERS

Tip: Topshop polish is da bomb. Think polka dot packaging, speedy dry time and opaque coverage in one coat; the DIY mani dream. This metallic glitter-gold shade is called Crystal Clouds (£6).

Monday, 11 January 2016

LIP SERVICE

The best balms come from facialists and the french. Nuxe Reve de Miel (£9.50) is a creation of the latter. This deliciously rich balm works to comfort, soothe and soften dry and chapped lips. Ever since I picked up a pot in Paris a year ago, my chops haven't been able to get enough of the stuff. The matte texture is soft, spreadable and non-sticky with a beeswax scent. I always reach for this in the winter, it's like an overnight moisture masque for your lips (it works particularly well as a follow up to the Lush lip scrub too). For a daytime lipstick-base, I favour the formulation in stick (£5.50), whilst lighter on the lips, it protects ones pout just as well.

E x

Monday, 7 December 2015

GET UP AND GLOW

A little while ago, with a liberty coin in a happy hand, I picked up the Pixie Glow Tonic (£18), a gentle toner in a glycolic formula (5%) with aloe vera and ginseng. Glow Tonic is an oil-free, alcohol-free toner that works to renew the skin's surface by removing dead skin cells with delicate chemical exfoliation making for skin that's bright, smooth and serene.

The tonic can be applied to the face, neck and décollotage with a soaked cotton pad up to twice a day. 
I've been using the zesty orange liquid two to three times a week for a few months now and I've really noticed a difference in my dull and congested complexion. I struggle with blackheads but I find manual scrubs can often make things worse. This on the other hand, gets to work like a trooper, it tingles slightly (in a glorious way) when first applied, but over time, it helps to eradicate blocked pores and dry skin, leaving skin feeling firm, fresh and renewed. 

E x

Saturday, 28 November 2015

KIEHL'S SKIN RESCUER

Looking for a hydrating formulation to suit a stressed-out, city-soaked mug? The Kiehl's Skin Rescuer  (£29.50) is a comfortable cream that feeds and softens thirsty skin. As my daily moisturiser of the moment, I'm really enjoying it. It works to smooth the surface of the skin and makes a lovely base for makeup which helps to boost a dull and distressed complexion on a cold winter morning (i.e me for the next 8 months). I'm a fan.

 E x