Thursday, 27 November 2014

Pai Skincare

Pai skincare has been one of those brands that i've been wanting to try for such a long time but never quite got round to. Well, when my eye cream finally ran out, I decided to replace it with the Pai Echium and Argan Gentle Eye Cream and also threw in their Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, because why not?! 

Pai Skincare is particularly good for those with sensitive and allergy prone skin as they use a lot of natural ingredients and avoid irritating chemicals and alcohol. Being part of the sensitive skin club, the brand has always seemed that little bit more appealing to me (anything that claims not to make my skin turn into Belisha Beacon is a winner in my eyes).

The Echium and Argan Gentle Eye Cream pretty much does what it says on the tin. It hydrates and soothes the delicate skin around my eyes with absolutely no irritation whatsoever. As it is quite soothing it's great to use to calm any puffiness in the morning and acts as a great base for makeup. After using it for the past two months, it's safe to say i'm a fan.

So, the Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is where things get a little tricky - you could say that so far i'm undecided! Rosehip is a great ingredient for the skin - it firms, nourishes and aids the skins natural repair process. I've been applying a small blob of this under my moisturiser before I go to bed and when I wake up my skin feels and looks smooth and plumped. The only problem is that recently i've been having a bit of a skin nightmare. I'm usually quite lucky and only suffer from the occasional spot, however, over the last month or so i've had clusters of breakouts and flakey skin around my mouth and jawline. I can't be sure of the culprit (or whether it's just stress) but it does appear to flare up when I use this oil. For now, i've put it to the side to see if my skin gets better, and perhaps when things are back to normal i'll give it another whirl. Think of this as a 'to be continued...'

Have you tried anything from Pai?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (Aka. - The Palette of Dreams)

Left to Right : Luminous Flush | Incandescent Electra | Mood Exposure

When I first set eyes upon the newly released Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette, I'm pretty sure I started having small heart palpitations. The original Ambient Lighting blushes are pretty dreamy, but when three shades of the blushes are all housed in the same palette, things just get taken to a whole new level! 

I'm a huge fan of the individual blushes and the quality of these don't disappoint either. They apply a sheer and natural flush of colour with a subtle sheen for that 'healthy glow' finish. The palette contains two permanent shades, Luminous Flush (rose pink) and Mood Exposure (soft plum) as well as one limited edition shade, Incandescent Electra (pink toned peach). All three shades are easy to apply and wear and so far i've been unable to determine a favourite! On my pale skin the sheer finish stops them looking a bit too 'overdone' but if you have a darker skin tone it's also easy to build up a little more colour. 

If your looking for some gift ideas or simply want to treat yourself, I couldn't recommend this palette enough. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Repurchased

When it comes to make-up, I'm no stranger to trying new things. However, as fun as this can be, sometimes you discover products that you just fall head over heels for and simply can't live without. I name these the repurchased - the one's where upon squeezing out the last drop evokes a sense very akin to fear and results in a panicked dash to repurchase the empty product immediately. (Okay, perhaps slightly dramatic, and besides, I buy back ups!!)

If you've been hanging around these parts for a while, then it probably comes as no surprise that Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation is top of my repurchased list - In fact I think this is my fourth or fifth bottle. I have to admit, i'm in a bit of a foundation rut, but for good reason. A small blob of this buffed into skin leaves a natural and luminous (but not shiny) finish that lasts well throughout the day. It's also one of the few foundation's to offer a shade pale enough for my ghost-like complexion. Urban Decay's All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray is another one of those products that I've repurchased multiple times (so much so i've lost count!). A couple of spritzes sets everything in place and really helps to keep things looking 'just applied' for a lot longer. It comes in particularly useful if you've got a long day ahead or if its a bit hot and sticky outside.

I never wear eyeshadow without Nars' Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base underneath so this was another inevitable repurchase. I've tried multiple primers in the past, but for me, none work quite as well as this one. Essie's Fiji nail polish is perhaps my favourite shade, ever, so of course a repurchase was a must. This is my third bottle, though the first one I lost (and still haven't found, how does this happen?!) and I'm sure it won't be my last. It might be a spring/summer pastel hue, but that doesn't stop me wearing it all year round.

Finally, L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara is one of the newest additions to my repurchased list. I've always been a huge fan of L'Oreal's Volume Million's Mascara, but after trying this newer release, I think I might just prefer it. It's also £2 cheaper, win, win

Friday, 7 November 2014

An Introduction to Charlotte Tilbury

Since launching last year, the Charlotte Tilbury make-up line has been nothing but popular amongst the beauty community. Despite penning numerous wish lists for at least half the collection, it hasn't been until the recent launch of northern counters that I've finally managed to get my paws on some of the collection. After swatching my way through the majority of the offering, I eventually managed to drastically narrow down my shopping basket to just two items...

It goes without saying that my first choice was always going to be one of the beautiful eye shadow palettes. The Dolce Vita palette is more often the popular choice amongst bloggers, however, as gorgeous as it is, I decided I would get a lot more daily wear from The Golden Goddess palette. The neutral colours are perfect for both day and night, and the sparkly shade on the bottom left adds an extra dimension. It's somewhat akin to pressed pigment and adds a pop of glitter when pressed onto the lid with your finger. Everything from the buttery texture of the shadows to the unique packaging makes using this palette feel so exciting and luxurious - it's definitely one of my favourite makeup purchases ever

Unable to leave with just one thing, I also purchased the Rock N' Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown. The consistency of this is unbelievable - creamy and smooth, it applies effortlessly   without a hint of tugging. It also delivers on pigmentation, making it easy to create either a precise line or smudging it out for more of a soft smokey look. The best bit of all though? This stuff seriously doesn't budge come rain or shine, so there's no fear of panda eyes, even if you've just watched John Lewis's Monty the Penguin Advert. I would advise keeping a heavy weight eye makeup remover handy for bedtime - The Clinique Instant eye make-up remover has had no problem removing every last trace so far, or for a more budget friendly offering, Rimmel's eye makeup remover gets the job done just as well. 

 I might have managed to leave without purchasing the entire counter this time but my Charlotte Tilbury wish list seems to have only increased since - the colour chameleon's, gorgeous blushes, beautifully packaged lipsticks and the swoon worthy's only a matter of time (oh, and pennies!).

Friday, 26 September 2014

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

Ever since I discovered the wonders of leave-in conditioner a few years back, I can't get enough of the stuff. Bumble and Bumble's newest release however, is more than just an extra dose of moisture for your locks. Marketed as a primer, the spray also detangles, softens, de-frizzes and protects agains both UV and heat damage - talk about multi-tasking! I've been using this for the past few weeks and i'm pretty impressed. It dishes up just the right amount of oil without weighing down fine hair and also makes brushing and styling a whole lot more manageable. I can also sleep a bit easier knowing that it's helping to protect my hair from any heat damage as a result of the occasional ("cough" frequent *cough*) straightening and blow-drying.

There is also a shampoo and conditioner available in the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil range which I think I might just have to give a whirl. Have you tried any of the range yet?