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

    Monday, 23 November 2015

    VICHY PURETE THERMALE FRESH CLEANSING GEL

    Since moving to London, my skin has become notably drier (for which I solely blame the hard water) When it comes to cleansing in the colder months, I often favour a balm, but for early morning starts, I like an effective formula with a shower fresh vibe. I recently picked up the Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel (£12) and it's everything my sleepy skin has been searching for. Specifically developed for those exposed to hard water and city environments, it packs in helpful ingredients like; thermal spa water (premium H20); glycerin (to attract moisture) and moringa (known for its natural emollient properties). The transparent fluid gel gently foams when applied to damp skin and can be removed with either a hot cloth or a splash of water. Put simply, this is a quick and easy cleanser made up of the good stuff that leaves skin feeling soft, soothed and squeaky clean.

    This is the first product I've ever tried from Vichy, but I've heard wonderful things about the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum, has anybody tried it, do give me the lowdown if so!

    E x

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015

    NEUTRAL NELLY

    The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (£23) needs no introduction, but seeing as my peepers get a daily dust of the stuff, I thought it deserved another shout out. If you're a neutral nelly in the market for an all round palette pleaser, this is your guy. Expect six beautifully buttery matte shadows with buckets of pigment that don't budge. The naked shade range will take you from day (left) to night (right). It's also worth noting that I've used this palette every single day since purchasing it 12 months ago and I've only just hit pan, winner winner chicken dinner

    What are your favourite neutral eye palettes? I'm super keen to try Charlotte Tilbury's The Sophisticate (£38) next... 

    E x

    Monday, 16 November 2015

    CLEANSE & POLISH FOR YOUR LOCKS

    When it comes to shampoo, I'm a silver, blue-tone addict, which I tend to mix up with thickening formulas and deep conditioners. But as a multi-tonal blonde, my hair can often look damaged and although there's a lot of it, it's still incredibly fine. By luck, I recently adopted the Kérastase Sensidote Dermo-Calm Bain Vital (£14) from my curly-haired sister. Post wash, my hair had never felt so clean and refreshed, this stuff is essentially Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for distressed tresses. The shampoo's gel consistency goes to work with delicate and comfortable care, leaving locks soft, shiny and squeaky clean. On closer inspection I discovered one of the main ingredients to be glycerin which brings in the soft with the smooth. The shampoo is designed for hair battered by humidity, wind and heat styling as well as sensitive scalps. If you're looking to splash on some shamps' I highly recommend. 

    E x

    Saturday, 3 October 2015

    AESOP PARSLEY SEED ANTI OXIDANT SERUM


    When people consistently ask you what it is you're using on your skin, you know you've got a gem of a product. For me, the winner currently in question is Aesop's Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum (£45). After discovering the magic of the Parsley Seed Masque, I decided to sample its aloe vera-based moisturiser. It's packed with anti-oxidant ingredients that are designed to hydrate, soften and fortify the skin, and trust me when I say the label doesn't lie. For application, half a teaspoon is recommended to massage into cleansed, toned skin, which in itself feels like a treat as it smells absolutely heavenly. The hydrating formula gets to work fast, sinking into the skin in seconds. I tend to work this in at night just before bed in place of an oil or moisturiser. It brightens up my complexion like a champ by reducing redness and zapping spots, whilst softening and plumping the skin. By morning, my skin's surface feels renewed, smooth and sassy. Aesop strikes again! 

    Have you tried skincare from Aesop? What are your favourite products?

    E x

    Sunday, 26 July 2015

    PINK TINTS


    I was recently lucky enough to attend a fabulous Clarins event, during which I was given the goody bag of my cosmetic dreams, here are two of the wonderful things I found inside: 

    First, let's talk lips. The beautiful bullet you can see is The Instant Light Lip Balm Perfecter, a wind-up balm that delivers a subtle sheen in a sugar-sweet scent with moisture and that perfect shade of your-lips-but-better. This is essentially the stick equivalent of the Instant Light gloss (which we all know is an absolute gem) the pictured product is in the shade rose and need I mention its glorious gold and pink exterior? 

    The cheeky compact up top is the Multi-Blush in grenadine, a perky, rose cream blush. This is a fool-proof dream to apply, I simply swipe it onto my fingers and pat it into my cheeks and lips. It works a treat on a dewy base for those sleepy, secret no-makeup days. 

    Have you used any makeup products from Clarins? 

    E x

    Monday, 4 May 2015

    CLARINS BEAUTY FLASH BALM

    Now for an ode to a potion as old as time, the cult cosmetic cream that is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£29). I use this product every day and it is glorious. If like me, you wake up with a mug that is pale, grey and lifeless, this perky pick-me-up is for you. 

    This multi-tasking gem comes as a gel-cream in a pinky peach hue which helps to eliminate grey and blue tones in tired skin. It's intended for application after moisturiser and before makeup. Once on the face, it softens and smooths the skin's surface, whilst providing a non-sticky yet adhesive base for makeup. It's a balm that moisturises, brightens and tightens in such a way that's comfortable, subtle and long-lasting - I wouldn't be without it. 

    Have you tried the Beauty Flash Balm?

    E x

    Sunday, 3 May 2015

    SECRET CAMOUFLAGE BY LAURA MERCIER

    Just over a year ago, I stumbled into a serious spot of bother and suffered a horrific case of adult acne. My skin was irritated, red and horrendous and I felt terrible. In a pimple-tastic panic, I legged it to Space N.K and was quickly directed to the bullet proof cover up that is the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer (£26.50) and it's AH-MAZING. 

    LM's camouflage compact contains a two-shade system, one is designed to match the depth of colour in the skin, while the other is made to match the undertone of the skin. I simply pat my finger in each, and gently tap (I never blend) the product onto my skin. The pigment is rich and creamy so a little goes a very long way. This concealer does what it says on the tin, it completely camouflages imperfections with minimal effort in a way that looks natural and feels breathable. When it comes to spots it's my saviour. I've also heard that Alexa Chung is all over this, and any concealer of hers is a concealer of mine.

    E x

    Sunday, 26 April 2015

    THE BEST BARGAIN CLEANSER EVER!

    The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (£7) has been rolling around the medical aisles of drugstores for years and I've heard and read such wonderful things about this simple, soap free cleanser. 

    I snapped up a bottle the other day and I can confirm that the hype is true, this stuff is glorious! The fragrance-free formula is a light, gel cream that can be used with or without water. I favour the latter followed with a hot flannel. I apply it by rubbing the cleanser between my hands before massaging it into my face and neck. It shifts slap and grime like a dream and it's so gentle, I can even massage it across my eyes and into my lashes with zero irritation, and my makeup just melts away. I often follow up with a second cleanse and my skin is left feeling hydrated, soft and smooth. I also love that the bottle has a pump, which makes for a quick, easy and mess-free application when I'm tired or in a rush. This bragain-licious find is now a staple on my bathroom shelf - a happy find indeed!

    Have you tried Cetaphil's skincare range? 

    E x

    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.