Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Video: June Favourites 2014



Today I bring you my (rather late) June Favourites. I was loving lots of haircare and makeup in June so I filmed a video to share all of my favourite products with you.

Thanks for watching :)




P.S. Don't forget to check out my Summer Giveaway here for your chance to win a NARS Laguna Bronzer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, Nails Inc set and some Maybelline Lipglosses
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Thursday, 3 July 2014

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rosy Coral


Today I bring to you another YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick (link). This is the shade 52 Rosy Coral and it's the shade you can win in my current giveaway. (Obviously not this exact one as I've used it!) It has all of the same qualities I described in my post about the Tropical Pink shade (link) - long lasting, very pigmented, etc and it's another absolutely stunning colour.



Rosy Coral is a very pretty orange toned red and is the perfect red lip for the Summer. I just can't get enough of these lipsticks! All three of the Rouge Pur Coutures I own are bold colours so maybe I should start looking at the nude colours as well to expand my collection. I would 100% recommend these lipsticks to anyone looking for a long lasting, pigmented lipstick with luxurious packaging!


What is your favourite lipstick brand?
Do you own any YSL lipsticks?

P.S. Don't forget to check out my Summer Giveaway here for your chance to win a NARS Laguna Bronzer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, Nails Inc set and some Maybelline Lipglosses
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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Tropical Pink


YSL lipsticks scream luxe don't they? I've developed a bit of an obsession with them actually! They are pretty expensive at around £25 each so I usually treat myself to them when I've saved up some Boots points but I have been known to buy a few lately with my own cash... Anyway, the one I'm going to talk about today was featured in a Primark and Boots Haul last month and it was purchased using Boots points.

The formula of the Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks (link) are amazing as they are a satin finish, not too matte and not really glossy. This makes them extremely long lasting and I find the colour stays true on the lips for hours. They aren't drying on the lips either, they just feel really comfortable and smooth. These lipsticks are also extremely pigmented, just one swipe of the bullet gives a full on punch of colour. They come in a ton of shades so there's bound to be a colour (or five!) for you! I could honestly spend hours swatching these babies.

As soon as I picked up this shade, 49 Tropical Pink, I fell in love with it. It's the most gorgeous, vibrant, cool toned, bright pink. I love it soooo much! Just look at that beautiful colour!



I feel bad as I've got the driest lips at the minute so I worry that I'm not doing the product justice but it's just AMAZING!

One last thing, the packaging is also really pretty! Who doesn't love a bit of heavy, gold casing?!

I featured my first Rouge Pur Couture lipstick on my blog back in October if you fancy checking out that post here.


Have you tried any YSL lipsticks?
What do you think of this colour?

P.S. Don't forget to check out my Summer Giveaway here for your chance to win a NARS Laguna Bronzer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, Nails Inc set and some Maybelline Lipglosses
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Sunday, 29 June 2014

The perfect combo // NARS Laguna Bronzer and MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle



Lately I've been experimenting with bronzing and highlighting as I don't usually go for this look when I'm doing my makeup. I'm often nervous about using bronzer on my pale skin as it can end up looking too over the top or orange if it's done wrong and highlighters aren't always the right shade for my skin.

I asked for the cult bronzer of the blogging world, NARS Laguna, for Christmas but didn't get round to trying it. Well, in my defense, bronzer is more of a Summer product anyway, right?! So now that it's Summer I whipped it out along with a recent purchase. I've often seen the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle on other blogs and thought it looked great on them but wasn't sure if it would be the right shade for my skin tone. As I have cool toned, pale skin, golds don't always look that good on me. On a bit of whim this month I decided that I needed it.



I've spent a bit of time trying to work out how to apply these best on my skin and I think I've got a good thing going on now so thought I'd share it.



The NARS Laguna Bronzer (link) is quite a dark brown in the pan and has a slight shimmer running through it. To pale skinned beauties it can look rather daunting I think. I'm glad I got this though as it really can work on pale skin. I take a light dusting of the powder on a Sigma F30 (Large Powder) brush (link) and blend it in to the hollows of my cheeks. I also take a bit over my temples and down my jawline for a slimming effect. Adding a bit of the bronzer at a time means you can build up the intensity to achieve the look you want. I am only looking for a subtle bronzed effect which can easily be done with this product but you could also get a stronger look with this if you have a darker skin tone than me.

The texture of this bronzer is super smooth so it's very blendable. I find that the slight shimmer you see in the pan doesn't really show on my cheeks either which I really like. Another great thing about this is that it doesn't have any orange tones in it so it looks more natural on the skin. Once I've applied the bronzer I like to sweep my Real Techniques Powder Brush (link) around the edges to make sure I don't have an obvious stripe of bronzer in comparison to my pale skin.



If you're a MAC fan, you might have noticed that the packaging on the Mineralize Skinfinishes has been updated. I'm not 100% sure I like it compared with the old style but I guess it's not bad! Anyway, the main star of the show is the actual product here so I'm going to get on with talking about that!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle (link) is a gorgeous gold colour that I find isn't too warm or cool. It's a beautiful shade that doesn't look harsh against my pale skin and it has a buttery smooth texture that makes it easy to apply and blend. I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush (link) to sweep this over my cheekbones and sometimes across the brow bone. The product has a fine shimmer to it that looks stunning when the light catches it. I find that you get the perfect glow with this and it really brings out my cheekbones when paired with the Laguna bronzer. For an inner corner highlight on the eyes, I use the Real Techniques Detailer Brush (link) as it's the perfect size for that area.

Once I've applied the highlighter to the cheekbones I go back in with the Real Techniques Powder Brush to make sure everything is blended and I don't have a harsh line between the bronzer and highlighter.



I'm loving this look and I think these products work amazingly well together. As you can see, you can use them to get a natural look on pale skin but I think these shades would go well on all skin tones as you can just build up the intensity to suit your needs.






What do you think of my bronzed and highlighted look?
Have you tried these products?
I'd love to know what products you use for bronzing and highlighting :)

P.S. Don't forget to check out my Summer Giveaway here for your chance to win a NARS Laguna Bronzer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, Nails Inc set and some Maybelline Lipglosses
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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Rituals Shanti Chakra // Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil


I haven't really used many Rituals products. I think I've only tried their shower mousses which are really nice but for some reason I was having a browse of the Rituals section in Fenwick a few months ago and saw the Shanti Chakra Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil (link). As I'm massively in love with rose scented things lately, I decided to pick this product up for closer inspection. This obviously lead to me buying it! Oops!

This product smells AMAZING! It's not a true rose scent because it's mixed with sweet almond oil but it's just really sensual and sexy. Whenever I have this on, I can't stop sniffing myself, it's just a really beautiful scent. Now I've got over how good the scent is, I better tell you about the main purpose of the product! It's a caring body oil spray which I really like as oils can get a bit messy so I like being able to spritz a fine mist over the body to massage into the skin. It takes a few minutes to sink in then your skin is left silky smooth. It's not as quite as nourishing as something like a body butter but that means you're not left with a heavy product sitting on the skin. I think I'll be using this a lot over the Summer months.


Have you tried many products from Rituals?
Let me know what your favourites are :)

P.S. Don't forget to check out my Summer Giveaway here for your chance to win a NARS Laguna Bronzer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, Nails Inc set and some Maybelline Lipglosses
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Skincare Favourites // Dehydrated and Blemished Skin




I have quite dehydrated skin and suffer from hormonal breakouts on my chin area that leave red scars on my pale skin for months. Lately I've found a good combination of products that have been keeping my skin a lot more hydrated and breakout free so I thought I'd let you know what I've been using. This post doesn't include cleansers as I already wrote a blog post on my favourites last month (link).





I've really fallen in love with La Roche-Posay products as they seem to be really effective, don't irritate the skin and aren't too costly. The Physiological Soothing Toner (link) is an amazing toner as it's gentle on the skin, has a lovely soothing scent and really calmed my skin down.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ (link) can be used all over the face but I use this as a moisturiser for my chin only and I've found that the breakouts I had, reduced fairly quickly. Any twinges I've felt under my skin where a spot would have normally formed have completely disappeared after using this and the spot didn't raise its ugly head (pun intended!). I've also noticed a reduction in spot scars which is fantastic as I hate it when I look like I have loads of spots when I don't and they are just marks left from spots I had months ago! I tend to use this product mostly in the morning and at night time where I feel like a spot could possibly be coming on, I've been using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. (link) and again, it's stopped the spot in its tracks! The Effaclar A.I. is more of a targetted breakout corrector and Effaclar Duo+ is more of a whole face moisturiser/treatment but I find that neither of them are drying at all on the skin which is something that tends to be the case with other blemish treatments. I'm so glad I discovered both of these products.

The La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Riche SPF20 (link) has been my 'rest of my face' daytime moisturiser for several months and it's perfect for my skin. It provides the perfect amount of moisture without being too heavy. It's more of a lotion texture than a cream so it's still quite light, despite being 'intense'. You can get both light and riche versions of this moisturiser and they both come in SPF and non SPF formulas so I'd definitely be interested in those as well but I've definitely been loving the SPF20 version as it's started to get a bit warmer in the UK. I'm going to switch to some higher SPF products for the next few months but I'll be looking to repurchase the Hydraphase later in the year.

I've tried so many eye creams over the years and this Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (link) is one of the best. It doesn't feel super heavy on the eyes but it's really moisturising and creates a really good base for my concealer. It's not cheap at £31.00 but I'm happy to pay that price for this product as it really works well on me.





I mentioned the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil (link) in a recent post here about my favourite Josie Maran products but I'll just quickly say that I use this at night time for an intensely hydrating boost for my skin that makes it look radiant by morning. The perfect, daytime friendly version of this is the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light (link). It's an oil, as the name suggests, and it just feels so luxurious on the skin. It melts into the skin straight away on application and it really adds a lot of moisture to the skin without any grease. I use this instead of a serum before my moisturiser and it just adds a nice extra layer of hydration. I find that my makeup goes on very smoothly if I've used this as part of my routine.

Some additional night time products in my stash are the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (link) and the Elemis Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment (link). I use the Clarins oil about once a week before bed and my skin just drinks this up overnight and I wake up feeling super smooth and my skin has a glow that shines through under any makeup I've got on. The Elemis eye treatment is a light serum that is dispensed using a pipette. A few drops are all I need for both eyes and this is another super hydrating product that leaves my under eye area really moisturised by morning.


So these are the products that are doing well for me at the moment. 
What skincare products are you getting great results with?

P.S. Don't forget to check out my Summer Giveaway here for your chance to win a NARS Laguna Bronzer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, Nails Inc set and some Maybelline Lipglosses
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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Klorane Shampoo with Peony


I have quite a sensitive scalp that is often itchy so I usually have to use a shampoo like Head & Shoulders once or twice a week to calm my scalp down in between using regular shampoo. I'm always on the lookout for other shampoos to try for sensitive or itchy scalps so because I love French products I thought I'd pick this Klorane Shampoo with Peony (link) up from John Lewis.

The packaging on this product is a little old fashioned and the shampoo surprisingly has quite a strong floral scent. Normally sensitive products are unperfumed! Anyway, this scent doesn't linger in the hair and I find the shampoo really good for soothing my scalp. I use this every 3rd or 4th wash of my hair and I have really noticed a reduction in the itchiness. The shampoo also gets my hair lovely and clean without stripping or adding too much moisture.

I think this is a great option for those with itchy, sensitive scalps who are looking for something a bit different to the usual Head & Shoulders options. At £6.00 it isn't too pricey either so I would definitely recommend this.


Have you tried any products by Klorane?
Do you have any other shampoo recommendations for itchy scalps?

P.S. Don't forget to check out my Summer Giveaway here for your chance to win a NARS Laguna Bronzer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick, Nails Inc set and some Maybelline Lipglosses
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