Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
As I've mentioned a few times in the past, when summer arrives around these parts, I tend to keep my makeup pretty minimal, particularly when confronted with the prospect of battling my way down to the Tube in soaring temperatures (an experience which I'm convinced should be an Olympic-style endurance test!) Having said that, summer also provides a great opportunity to overhaul some of the more basic aspects of my beauty routine, and recently I've been trying some new additions as well as going back to basics with some old favourites:

Sass Intimate Soothe & Smooth Shave Gel (c/o), Proactiv Complexion Perfecting Hydrator (c/o), The Wet Brush Detangling Brush (c/o), Next Paradise Escape Eau de Parfum, Liz Earle Travel Size Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Perhaps one of the beauty rituals most synonymous with summer is shaving. Love it or loathe it, it's a pretty standard part of preparing for the warmer weather or heading off on holiday, and this Sass soothing shave gel is a brilliant essential, particularly as it's perfect for popping into your suitcase if you're jetting off to the beach. As the weather gets warmer, I also tend to find that my skin needs a little bit more tlc than usual, so I've been upping the anti with moisturising of late. I've been using the Proactiv Complexion Perfecting Hydrator every evening before bed and have noticed a definite improvement in terms of how fresh my face has been feeling- a definite bonus especially as my skin seems to have grown a lot less tolerant to the sunshine!

Regular readers will also be well aware that I'm engaged in an almost constant battle with my hair, but at this time of the year things tend to get rather more unruly than usual. Combing and Tangle Teezing is a great first step, but for a more thorough de-tangle, I've been well and truly converted to The Wet Brush, which is gentle as well as being a minor miracle in helping to get rid of lots of the knots in my mane! Summer scents can be pretty tricky too, and when it's warm outside I tend to pop my more expensive perfumes to the side and opt for lighter notes which are ideal for spritzing throughout the day. This Paradise Escape perfume from Next is a really subtle summer essential- and with a name like that it's just begging to be packed in your suitcase, don't you think?! Finally, I've taken my skincare routine back to basics a little bit over the last few weeks, and have been giving Liz Earle's beloved Cleanse & Polish another whirl. It's a great compliment to some of my existing skincare staples, and has been a much needed refresher for my complexion of late!

What are yours ummer beauty essentials?

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15.07.2015- Beauty Buys: Summer Essentials

As far as summer beauty goes, I tend to keep things as pared back as possible, particularly when it comes to avoiding products which have the potential to slide off as soon as the temperatures start to rocket (#publictransportproblems!) As a result, I don't tend to find myself reaching for colour cosmetics, preferring instead to keep things as fresh faced and fuss free as possible. However, as far a nails are concerned, summer provides the perfect opportunity to embrace some seasonal shades- and once again those clever people at Essie have come up with a seriously covetable collection of colours- some of which very swiftly made their way into my ever growing collection a few weeks ago:

Essie Sunset Sneaks and Saltwater Happy, from the Summer 2015 collection.

These high summer hues are my pick of Essie's new shades, and I've been steadily alternating between the two over the last few weeks. Saltwater Happy is a perfectly monikered blue with a hint of purple which leans more towards the lavender side of the spectrum, making it feel slightly cooler than some of the punchier blues which make up Essie's core collection. It's swiftly becoming a real favourite, and I've been really surprised at how well it works with so many of the pieces from my summer wardrobe.

Sunset Sneaks is a statement pink, with a warm red tinge which takes it to the cusp of coral colourings- perfect for embracing a summer holiday sentiment. It really stands out amongst lots of the other pink shades in my collection, and again it tends to work really nicely as an accent shade alongside lots of other hues too. Both shades are really well formulated too, and I've been really impressed at how long lasting they're proving- perfect for a fuss free summer! 

Are you a fan of Essie's new season shades? 

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03.07.2015- Beauty Buys: Essie Summer Shades

I don't know about you, but at around this time of the year I tend to find that my hair heads on rather unruly trajectory, and it tends to me more of a chore than usual to keep it under control. With the weather having been so changeable of late and with lots of humidity in the air, I've been finding that my barnet has been in need of a little bit of looking after. Whilst I'm probably due a bit of a trim, I've found that the ends of my hair have been feeling (and looking!) a lot drier than usual- and no amount of conditioning seemed to be doing the trick. So, a few weeks ago, amidst the floral frenzy of a special Chelsea in Bloom event, I snapped up the opportunity to try a new Liz Earle product, which promised to be a miracle worker in helping to rejuvenate my locks and keep them protected too:

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil

I have to confess that I was a little bit skeptical about this product to begin with as I'd tried the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner a little while ago and really couldn't get on with it- different strokes for different folks I suppose! However, after using the Nourishing Hair Oil on my locks for only a few weeks, I'm seriously impressed. With ingredients including coconut oil (which you might remember I posted about a year or so ago), vitamin E and melon seed oil, this is definitely the perfect product for conditioning and taming unruly, difficult to style strands. Whilst it's very rare that I use heated tools, I've been combing this through the ends of wet hair and have found that it's really helped to inject a healthy finish, and is also great for helping to fight the frizz on muggier days. Definitely recommended- especially if you're heading off on your holidays over the coming months!

Do you have any favourite Liz Earle products?

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15.06.2015- Beauty Buys: Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil

In beauty terms, finding the ideal moisturiser is a little bit like searching for the Holy Grail. Okay, okay- perhaps I'm exaggerating a little bit, but amidst a sea of choice it can prove pretty tricky to navigate the perils of purchasing the perfect product. Although I've always been quite lucky with my moisturiser choices, trying something new can be almost as scary as hitting the beauty counters for the first time, but when I found that my skin wasn't benefiting from previous purchases as much as possible, it was time to do a bit of shopping around and investigate the possibility of switching things up a little bit more. After having a look at the best of the high street and high end options, I found the perfect mid-range product- both purse and complexion friendly!

Ren Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream, £20

I've been using Ren's Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream for a fair few months now and it's definitely become a new favourite. Not only is it comparatively reasonably priced and ultra-long lasting, the formulation is really lightweight and absorbs instantly, which makes it ideal for using as a base every morning- and, practically, it's perfect if I find myself in something of a rush (which, in all honesty, is 99% of the time!) I don't usually tend to suffer from dry skin as a rule, but more recently my face has been in need of some tlc, especially in the more sensitive areas where I'm prone to drier patches and flare ups. This has definitely helped to tackle them head (or should that be face?!) on, and I tend to find that even a really small slathering of it protects my complexion from environmental nasties and keep things hydrated throughout the course of the day. If you're looking for a product that ticks every box, then I think you'd struggle to go wrong here, particularity as it's suitable for all skin types too.

What are your favourite moisturising products?

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22.05.2015- Beauty Buys: Ren Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream

At this time of the year, it can be tricky to make resolutions which are realistic to stick to. Let's be honest, trying to give up chocolate when there are still festive selection boxes lurking about the house is more or less impossible. Living on nothing but salad and fresh air in the middle of winter is also something which is a tad impractical- and putting your willpower to the test during what tends to be a pretty trying (not to mention long!) month is definitely not something which can prove a real challenge. With that in mind, a few years ago I decided to make my resolutions a little bit more relaxed- incorporating things which are realistic and which I know I'll benefit from. As silly as it seems, one of the promises which I made to myself a little while back was to take better care of my skin- investing in my Clarisonic and settling on a routine which relied less on picking up whatever was on special offer in Boots and more on investing in some top quality products which ticked all of the right boxes. Now, a little while later, with some lifestyle changes under my belt, I'm revisiting that resolution- this time around with another investment buy:

Foreo Luna Mini, Feel Unique

Now then, this is quite the tricky product to describe- but it's essentially a sonic system which is designed to gently cleanse at a deeper level than just a basic wash and buff. I've been tending to think of it as a happy medium between foaming face wipes and my Clarisonic- and the brilliant thing about this is that it's perfect for everyday use, targeting the environmental stressors which tend to make my face flare up. I still reach for my Clarisonic once a week or so (usually on a Sunday evening), and the Foreo Luna Mini has been a real boon to my existing routine- if you live or work in the city then this is absolutely perfect for lathering away the nasties from the day, every day. It's really gentle, and on a practical level is ultra easy to use as it's compact, fully waterproof and seems to have a really long battery life. I've been using it for about a month or so now and have noticed a huge difference, both in terms of how my skin appears overall as well as a serious reduction in flare ups. So, if you've resolved that 2015 is going to be a glowing one, or are just looking for a winter boost, I couldn't recommend this little gadget more.

Have you tried any new beauty products recently?

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19.01.2015- Beauty Buys: Foreo Luna Mini

Oh January, January, January. I've tried. Believe me, I've tried- but I've more or less resigned myself to the fact that you and I are never going to be the best of friends. Battling through the post birthday/post Christmas and back to doing something other than sitting in front of the telly drinking tea and ploughing my way through a selection box blues has proved harder than usual this year, and, without wanting to wish my life away, can it be spring already??! There's just something about this time of the year which makes me do an internal 'ugh' every time I think about it (I'm sure I'm not the only one...), but in an attempt to cast a more optimistic light on things, I've been immersed in making plans and looking forward to brighter days (typically, however, as I type this, it's gloriously sunny outside..!) As well as injecting a burst of new season chic into my wardrobe with a couple of carefully curated purchases like those which I posted about last week, I've also been enjoying getting to grips with some new additions to my makeup bag- and one of my current go to favourties comes from none other than Bobbi Brown:
Bobbi Brown Mini Eye Palette, £26

If you're a regular around these parts, then you'll be well aware of the fact that I'm a Bobbi Brown fan girl. My day to day routine has been transformed since discovering their Creamy Concealer and Touch Up Stick, and just before my birthday last month, I popped into their newly opened, beautifully designed standalone store in Covent Garden- with the sole purpose of doing some lunchtime window shopping. However, not fifteen minutes later, I was making my way out of the store with this Mini Eye Palette in my grasp, and I've been using it fairly religiously ever since. It's essentially an octuplet of individual eye shadows, each of which can be used in various combinations or as simple standalone washes. With some neutral browns, pretty pinks and cooler grey hues, it's the perfect collection of subtle everyday colours, with a splash of sparkle thrown in if you're feeling bold. Not only that, but it's wonderfully compact- so would be ideal for packing in your carry on if you're heading away for a winter escape, and for the sheer handy factor alone, it's indispensable to me if I'm in a rush of a morning (which, let's be honest, is most of the time...!) 

Have you picked up any new beauty buys to perk up your January? 

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11.01.2015- Beauty Buys: Bobbi Brown Mini Eye Palette

At this time of the year, it can be pretty tricky to get on board with all of the festive sparkle if you're feeling a little bit run down and worn out. Personally, I think I've evolved something of an allergy to winter- in fact, as I type this, I'm curled up with my duvet, a box of tissues and all of the vitamin C which I can get my hands on. With lots of sniffles and shivers in the air, it can be a bit of a struggle to muster up the energy to tackle those Christmas parties and family shindigs head on, particularly if you (like me) are finding that winter is taking a bit of a toll on your complexion (in my case, so much so that my mum told me off for looking too pale only the other day...!) However, 'tis the season to be jolly after all, and with that in mind, I'd say it's definitely the time to treat yourself to a bit of a pamper too:

Essie Nail Polish in A Cut Above, Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for Face, Body & Hair, Stella & Dot necklace. Wooden jewellery box from Essaouira. 

Chanel's iconic No.5 fragrance is a definite special occasion scent, and is a real treat if you're looking to be a little bit more indulgent with your getting ready regime over the festive break. A bottle usually sits on my dressing table all year round, but I'll only use it on special occasions- which is perhaps why the smell reminds me so much of Christmas! Twinkling talons are an essential festive hallmark, and Essie's A Cut Above is a lovely alternative to some of the more traditional shades in the shops- with the champagne pink adding the perfect finishing fizz to your festive outfit of choice, whether that be a special dress, Christmas jumper or just your pyjamas...(I wish!!!) Up until earlier in the year, I wasn't hugely convinced by body oils, but since picking up a stash of Argan Oil in Morocco, I've been well and truly converted. I don't know about you, but during the winter my skin really tends to dry out- and this Nuxe Multi Purpose Dry Oil has really helped in combating that. I tend to use it every other day after having a shower and it definitely makes a difference. Finally- an extra finishing touch in the shape of this super spangly necklace from Stella & Dot- perfect for special occasions, don't you think?

What are your festive beauty essentials?

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23.12.2014- Beauty Buys: For Festive Sparkle

In the cult beauty product stakes, much like in life, I tend to be pretty late to the party. You know that person who turns up just as the DJ is packing their decks away for the night? Yep- that would be me- unless of course I was at home with a pot of tea and a Game of Thrones marathon on the go (which, lets be honest, is far more likely!) Anyway, all talk of parties aside, the point is that I'm generally quite the last minute Lucy when it comes to picking up the bits and pieces which everyone is raving about- and there's nothing wrong with that in my book- slow and steady wins the race after all. Having heard wonderful things about all things Bioderma, I finally took the opportunity to see what all the fuss was about- better late than never, eh?

I picked up this little bottle of their much raved about Solution Micellaire from a pharmacy just around the corner from work a little while ago, and although it was a little bit on the pricey side, it's still going strong three weeks later. It's pretty tricky to explain the difference between this and other similar products which I've tried in the past, but it feels so much better on my skin, and I've noticed a real difference in terms of how clear my complexion is looking too. I think I've mentioned in the past that I've got pretty sensitive skin so tend to avoid toners, particularly if they are harsh and stripping. The lovely thing about Bioderma is how gentle it is, and how little you need to use to make a noticeable difference. Needless to say, I'm well and truly converted- does this warrant a trip across the Channel to stock up on some more? 

Have you tried Bioderma? What do you think? 

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07.11.2014- Skincare Saviours: Bioderma Solution Micellaire