Monday, 22 August 2016

Hero Product: Embroylisse Eye Cream

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I have a lot of holy grail products in my beauty collection. Cleanser, hairspray, highlighter, foundation... I pretty much have a hero product for every beauty category. Except eye cream. Eye cream is something I've never really been blown away by, which is a shame considering I'm so conscious of my puffy under eye bags. That being said, in the past few weeks I've introduced a new eye cream into my routine and I think (dare I say it), it might be my hero eye cream. 

The Embryolisse Radiant Eye Cream* is the gorgeous little product in question. The eye cream comes in solid, stick form which I've found I really prefer to other types of packaging as you can apply the product directly to your under eye area super quickly.

Although it might sound lazy, the effortless application is a massive turn on for me as I do my skincare routine early in the morning before work or late at night. These are both times of day where I want everything to be quick and easy and I'm not afraid to admit that I am that person who really appreciates the conventionality of products such as this.

I'm hands down won over by the packaging and application, but I could never forget that the most important part of any beauty product is, of course, the product!

The gorgeous cream glides onto the skin and I find it feels cool and refreshing on application. This makes my eyes feel instantly more awake and look noticeably less puffy, which has recently given me the confidence to go makeup free for work. My under eye area in general just looks a lot more radiant and so much less dull, which is a massive deal for me as I've never really been overly impressed with any products that I've used to help tackle that problem before now. 

This eye cream is recommended for those with sensitive skin (like me!) and I've found it's been the perfect formula for both my skin type and my skin issue. 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

My Hair Makeover- Yay!

Before & After!

Since dying my hair black, I've had a love/hate relationship with my colour. A few friends have said they love the colour, whereas others have admitted they preferred me blonde. It took me AGES to actually start to like it even a little bit, and despite the fact I did eventually feel comfortable with it, I was always planning how I could slowly get back lighter.

That being said, I am the sort of person that absolutely can't make decisions when it comes to this sort of thing (I can NEVER decide on a colour at my trips to the nail salon), so actually deciding what colour to go and when to do it was difficult. So, when the opportunity arose to get a cut, colour and hacial* - a hair facial - I pounced at the chance. I had my appointment at the gorgeous Andrew Jose salon in Charlotte Street (London) and had my hair done by the equally gorgeous Evelina Lundgren.

On arrival, I showed a few pictures of the hair I was aiming for to Evelina, which was ashy brown balayage on my already black hair. I knew this wouldn't be possible in one appointment as my hair was pitch black all over, and Evelina explained that we could probably get it a dark ashy brown on the ends, and a more warm dark brown higher up my hair where there was more dye. I was absolutely fine with this and after my appointment, I'm actually really happy with the colour and am not even sure I want to go lighter for the time being!

For the process of colouring my hair, Evelina balayaged it, bleaching it with Olaplex, which if you don't know, is an amazing product that massively minimises the damage bleach does to your hair. After the colour had lifted as much as possible, it was orange at the ends and more red higher up the hair. She then used a toner to give it an ashy brown finish. 

During my appointment, Evelina also gave me a hacial treatment, which is basically a facial for your hair, a term developed by Andrew Jose. The treatment focuses on the pores on your scalp and looking closely at the health of the hair shaft.  During my hacial, she used Salon Science products, of which Andrew Jose is the ambassador of. The Salon Science products are perfect for specifically targeting particular hair issues, as they have a selection of products for different needs. She applied Salon Science's Scalp Scrub to my roots to help hydrate and stimulate my scalp, then used the Salon Science Cellutensive Masque Treatment in the lengths to give the rest of my hair a deep treatment. 

After my appointment, I'm absolutely thrilled with my hair and have had some really nice compliments since changing up my colour. I'm always very conscious of bleaching my hair and the effect it has on the condition but I am so happy with the condition its in, and even though I did get it cut, she trimmed off barely any which made my LIFE. I'm always worried hairdressers will trim off absolutely inches when I always express I want less than an inch off, but Evelina cut it perfectly and I'm so grateful for that!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

The Ultimate Summer Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin Review

This summer we've seen some super warm spells of weather, which I absolutely LOVE. I'm definitely not one of those people who moans "it's too hot" when the temperature creeps anything above 20 degrees. I fully embrace the warm weather because you seriously never know how long it's going to last in Britain!

One thing the lush weather has been doing, is making me take a step back from my usual go-to foundations. I typically opt for a 'higher the coverage the better' approach to foundation, but the heat has changed my tune and I've had the chance to fall in love with some of my more lightweight foundations.

My recent favourite has to be Urban Decay's Naked Skin Foundation, without a doubt. The formula of the foundation is a lot more watery in consistency compared to other foundations but I'm guessing this is what gives the foundation it's ultra natural and lightweight feel, which I'm obsessed with.

On your complexion, this gorgeous foundation feels insanely natural which is an absolute must at this time of year when it is hotter. It has a stunning satin finish which I think gives a beautiful 'glowing from within' look to my skin. On application the foundation instantly evens out my complexion and conceals my redness whilst also keeping my skin radiant and natural looking.

I have oily skin and this does give me a gorgeous natural glow without making me look oily so if you do have oily skin, this would still look great on you. Those with dry skin, I think this would be great as it as a really moisturising consistency and is full of ultra nourishing ingredients such as Litchiderm (natural derivative from lychee), Japanese Green Tea and Vitamin E which are all amazing for keeping your skin supple, hydrated and less dull.

The coverage is buildable and can be built to a fair coverage, but it does describe itself as providing medium to full coverage, which I don't agree with. I first bought this foundation back when my skin was causing me absolute havoc (acne, I do not miss you) and unfortunately the coverage of the foundation just wasn't suitable for my skin problems at that time as I needed a really high coverage, which it just didn't give. So from my experience, I would describe this as a light to medium coverage foundation.

That being said, I still do absolutely adore this foundation. Now my complexion has cleared up, it's perfect for my skin and is one of my favourite foundations at the moment. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a lightweight, natural looking foundation which gives a stunning 'my skin but better' look.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sunday Pamper Essentials

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There's something about Sundays which makes them the perfect day to relax and treat yourself. After a busy (and probably unhealthy!) weekend, I am always in need of a little TLC and I love to take the time to give myself a little looking after.

Certain products and treatments allow you to rejuvenate and target problem areas of your body, and I pick and chose my Sunday pamper products depending on what is specifically in need of some attention at the time. I wanted to talk you through my favourite products for when I'm in the need of a pamper.

A congested complexion is one of my biggest skin issues, which is why the Nspa Mud Mask is one of my most loved masks. I picked this up on a complete whim but adore how deeply it treats my skin. The mask contains a combination of clay and charcoal to draw out impurities and leaves my pores looking smaller and noticeably less clogged. 

Fake tanning gives me an instant pick me up... there's something about being bronzed that I just love. I've tried a lot of fake tans in my time and right now the Fake Bake Coconut Tanning Serum is my ride or die. After applying, you let it develop for 4-6 hours (or longer if you want to be extra brown) and then wash it off in the shower. I find even if I think I've applied this messily, it nearly always ends up even. The shade of the tan is perfect and very natural in comparison to a number of other tans, which is essential for me when choosing false tanners.

This is super messy but I love it! This scrub exfoliates your skin with charcoal, sugar and salt whilst also nourishing it with coconut oil and jojoba oil leaving you soft AF. I love to use this over my entire body before tanning to ensure a flawless, smooth base for my tan.

Throw back to a good five/six years ago when my hair was completely frazzled by over dying and bleaching my hair, this was my life saver. Fast forward to present day, and I still turn to this holy grail product when my hair is in need. The hair mask is designed to restore damaged hair and provide nutrients for your scalp, which it really does. I tend to leave this on for a long as possible when I use it (perfect to use while your tan is developing) to get the most out of it as possible. It always leaves my hair feeling stronger, less brittle and after using it for a prolonged period of time I have noticed a considerable difference to the condition of my hair.

These resurfacing peel pads are ideal for when you are in need of a total skin fix. Although the packaging states you can use this every other day, I find using it two or three times a week is enough to get the desired effect. These transform my skin if I've been a bit neglectful over the weekend by brightening and smoothing my skin literally over night. Clogged pores are one of my biggest skin issues and I'm also obsessed with how well these shrink and de-congest my pores. 

I'm obsessed with my teeth and keeping them as healthy as possible, which is why I love these Janina teeth whitening strips. They brighten your teeth without the use of the harsh abrasives that some teeth whitening strips contain. 

What are your favourite products for a pamper session? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Pink Eyes & Lips Spring Makeup Look

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Spring is officially here and whilst I was initially resisting leaving my heavy, winter makeup behind, I finally caved and created a glam spring look the other day. Spring and summer makeup are all about nude, pink or neon lips and big, light, natural eyes. This look was created using a foiled dusty pink on my lids and a taupe to smoke out the look. I paired this eye makeup with Pure Hollywood by Anastasia Beverly Hills which is a soft pink shade and compliments it nicely! I usually straighten my hair but I let my natural curls come through in this look as I felt like it added to the relaxed spring/summer vibe on the makeup. I used a lot less products than usual as this was a pretty natural (well natural by my standards!) makeup look, but I loved the way it turned out. What do you think?

Products used

Rimmel Lasting Finish primer
NYX HD Eye Base
Makeup Revolution Smoked Romantic Palette
Tarte Tartelette Palette
MAC Upwards lash Mascara

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

March Favourites

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March has been full on the most scary month this year so far as I've attempted to tackle most of my dissertation. When you're not in your final year and you hear people go on about their dissertation you're like, "Why do they keep going on about it? It can't be that hard. They shouldn't of left it until the last minute," but seriously, doing my dissertation has felt like being blind and trying to write an essay. It's not been an easy process. Whilst my dissertation has been dominating a large portion of my life, the other thing that will always dominate my life is of course my love of beauty, and that has not come to a halt this month whatsoever. I have a fair few favourites this month, so grab a cup of tea and read away.

-Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Captivating-

Now we're easing into Spring, I'm embracing lighter blushes instead of my winter choice of deep blush shades. If you're a blush junkie and you haven't tried the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes, you are missing out. I live for super matte blush and the finish of this gorgeous product is absolutely perfect. It's matte as matte could be and whilst the colour is vibrant, it is slightly sheer which makes for creating a beautiful, subtle wash of colour that is what I want from my blush. I'm not fond of anything too pink and Captivating is a gorgeous peach toned pink which is super flattering on my medium toned skin. It gives an instant wake me up to my makeup and I've been loving it for my fresh, everyday spring makeup looks.

-Paul & Joe Nail Polish, Shade 19-

In the past few months I have stepped away from acrylic nails (sob!) and have been donning my natural claws instead. After years of getting acrylics done at the salon and always using their colours, I've actually had the chance to delve into my nail varnish collection. One of my recent favourites has been Paul and Joe polish in number 19. It's a very pretty orange toned red, which I think is the perfect transition shade into spring. I adore the quality of this polish as I find it glides on super easily and always dries in a flawless, even finish. I will say it does flake off as quickly as the next nail varnish, but it does dry quicker than most which makes reapplication a breeze. 

-Maybelline Eye Eraser Concealer-

I've been using this non stop, not only in March but pretty much every one of the last few months. This is a product that was massively hyped on Youtube and I can honestly say, I understand and appreciate the hype. I love the matte and high coverage finish of this concealer. The concealer is high coverage, which is great for hiding any dark circles, but also very buildable which I find really helpful as some days I definitely need more coverage than others! It also dries really quick and matte, which is perfect for someone like me who has oily skin so is grateful for her matte finishes. 

-NYX HD Eye Primer-

MAC's Soft Ocher has been my ride or die eye primer for eternity now, but as mentioned in my last post I've been unusually dry as of late and I've been reaching for this as a more hydrating primer option. This gorgeous little NYX product is a super affordable liquid eyelid primer and I find it perfect for effortlessly prepping my eyes before applying the war paint. I have properly reviewed this in my Base Edit post a while back, so have a read of that if you want to know a little more about this product. 

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Tarte Captivating Blush, Jeffree Star Androgyny, Gerard Cosmetics Iced Mocha

-Jeffree Star Androgyny Liquid Lipstick-

A brand of liquid lipsticks that I am obsessed with at the moment is Jeffree Star's. My friend and I would listen to his music in our teens, so seeing him step on the makeup scene definitely brought back some nostalgia! This gorgeous lipstick had been out of stock forever, but I luckily managed to get my hands on it when they restocked. They went out of stock again almost instantly so it felt pretty amazing to get it. This is a gorgeous pink/mauve and the formula of these liquid lipsticks are literally the best I've ever used. They are super comfortable on the lips and the colours are just perfect. 

-Gerard Cosmetics Iced Mocha Liquid Lipstick-

Another brand of liquid lipstick I've been obsessed with recently are by Gerard Cosmetics. These are a very, very close second in the comfort games behind the Jeffree Star Formula and the colours are just divine. I adore the shade Iced Mocha, I wore it in my most recent Youtube tutorial (which you can watch here) and it's probably one of my most used liquid lipsticks of all time. When swatched and first applied, it looks brown, but it dries with a more purple tone to it. I always get complimented when I have this on, and I also feel like it really brings out the blue in my eyes which might be completely in my head, but it definitely feels that way! 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Vaseline Moisturisers: My Favourite Heavy Duty & Lightweight

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As we're inching closer to Summer I've come to the horrifying realization that my body is 100% not ready to be out in the open. Although my face doesn't get dry at all over the Winter, my body always does and it's been looking and feeling a little lack luster recently. So, I've been stepping up my moisturising game to really nourish my parched skin with two of my favourite moisturisers from Vaseline; their Cocoa Radiant Body Butter and Aloe Vera Spray and Go.

The reason I have two go-to moisturisers is because I like to have one that I know I can apply fuss free if I'm in a rush and also one that I don't mind taking it's time to absorb into my skin. You've probably guessed that the Spray and Go is the one I reach for when I'm short on time- the name gives it away I suppose! I absolutely love the Vaseline Spray and Go moisturisers, I've never used another spray application moisturiser and they've given me such a good first impression of this idea. I'm surprised they aren't more of a big deal, because they are such an essential for someone like me who does not have the patience to put on a slow absorbing, heavy moisturiser on when I'm getting ready to go out in the mornings. I tend to use this moisturiser weekday mornings when I want to get ready in as little time as possible because it gives my skin the moisture it needs, whilst also soaking very quickly in my skin. It doesn't technically work in a 'spray and go' manner because you spray, rub in, then go but as soon as you rub it in, the feeling on it sitting on your skin disappears and you can crack on with getting dressed. It is incredibly lightweight and very quick to rub into your skin; it's definitely the most effortless moisturiser I've ever used. On top of it being super practical and morning friendly, I also adore the gorgeous aloe vera smell which just makes me feel even fresher after a shower. The only thing I will say is the spray is cold af, so if it's a chilly morning I will simply spray it onto my hand and then rub it in. But, on the plus side, it does wake you up if you're having a groggy morning! Although I would wholeheartedly recommend this amazing, handy moisturiser - I don't know if it's because it absorbs so quickly - but I do kind of feel like it's not of an intense moisturiser as it could be which is why I also like to use my heavy duty one on the days I'm not in a rush.

My ultimate heavy duty moistuer is Vaseline's Cocoa Radiant Body Butter, which I love to use in my evening routine before bed and also on the days where I'm having a slower, more relaxed morning. This is a much more of an intense moisturiser, which is perfect for restoring the hydration of my skin in its time of need. If you have very dry skin in general, I would definitely recommend this as it really is very nourishing and helps my skin feel smooth and radiant at once. Similar to the Spray and Go, I adore the rich, cocoa scent of this gorgeous body butter and it lingers on your skin for so long, it just makes it even more of a luxurious experience. The product comes in a decent sized tub, it's lasted me a long time already and I've only used about quarter of the entire tub so far, so it's safe to say a little of the product goes a long way, which is great of any beauty item. I do find this is slower to absorb into my skin than the Spray and Go, but what it lacks in quick absorption it makes up for with intense moisturizing. This is definitely a pamper night essential, so if you're looking for a super hydrating body butter which you leave you feeling super soft and radiant, this will be right up your street.