Monday, 8 June 2015

A Few Luxuries

When it comes to makeup, I don't like to judge a product by its price tag. However, there are times when the purse weepingly expensive items becomes some of your most treasured. There is something about luxury packaging that excites the makeup collector in me a little bit too much! Pair that with an equally dreamy product that delivers all you could wish for and you'll find me handing over my credit card faster than it takes me to scoff down a few cupcakes. 

Burberry's sheer eyeshadow in Pale Barley is one of those items i've wanted for what seems like forever. When I was last in London and finally found it in stock, it was like Christmas come early. Everything from the packaging, to the colour, to the texture is beautiful. It's the perfect neutral shade to quickly blend over your lid and into the crease for a bit of definition and shimmer. I've also recently found that the Boots in Meadowhall have just acquired a shiny new Burberry counter so things could get dangerous....(Boots points, Boots points, Boots points!)

Speaking of Boots points, I used my savings to buy Chanel's Les Beiges in N10. When it comes to powder that looks nothing like powder when applied, Les Beiges has got it covered. Gone are the days of a 'cakey' face - a light dusting of this induces a healthy glow without the shine. Having such pale skin, I often find that even the lightest shade of Chanel face products are too dark *weep* but as this is such a sheer powder it matches perfectly without any sign of an orange tinge. And I have to admit, there is something quite exciting about taking the gorgeous compact out of your bag for a little touch up on the go. If you've got the will power to save up enough Boots points for this, it's definitely a great way to spend them!

When it comes to lipstick, I probably spend a lot more time swooning over it than I do wearing it. I'll apply lip balm throughout the day but despite by best attempts, I either forget or can't be bothered to reapply lipstick. For this reason i've narrowed down my collection to a handful of lipsticks that I love and would repurchase over and over again. Tom Ford's Pink Dusk is one of those that I just can't get enough of. It's a slightly pinker 'my lips but better shade' that I can just about apply without a mirror. The texture is smooth and creamy and quite hydrating on the lips. Again the packaging wins me over as not only does it look dreamy but the satisfying click when the lid closes encourages me to reapply this more than any of the other lipsticks in my collection.

Jo Malone is a brand I've loved for years but after receiving this miniature Pomegranate Noir bath oil as a spontaneous gift from Richard (he's a good egg), I've fallen in love with the scent. A few drops of this in a running bath not only fills up the rooms with the beautiful aroma but you can smell it throughout the whole apartment too! I've since accumulated (thanks to my recent birthday) the perfume and candle and I think I may have finally found my signature scent.

What are your favourite luxury products?

Friday, 20 March 2015

The Affordable Face

If you're short on pennies but don't want to compromise on quality, there are still plenty of drugstore options to choose from that rival the more luxury alternatives.
 I thought I'd give a little run down of my picks from the aisles of Boots and Superdrug that I like to reach for when creating a quick and natural everyday face... 

 For foundation, there are actually quite a few gems out there, but my favourite at the moment is Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation for a sheer and natural finish that evens out skin tone and reduces redness.  To cover the dark circles, I use Collection's Illuminating Touch Concealer on a daily basis.  As I don't like things too dewy, I then dust on a thin layer of Soap and Glory's Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder. This powder is so finely milled it reduces shine without ever looking too powdery. The yellow hue also helps to conceal any redness.

To add a bit of colour to my pasty complexion, I've been using Maxfactor's Creme Puff Blush in Lovely Pink. This is a great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. It might not be quite as pigmented, but the marbled peachy pink hue delivers a subtle wash of colour and a hint of highlight. Complexion done, I move onto my brows. I've been using Soap and Glory's Brow Archery in Hot chocolate for the past few months and i'm in love. The pencil is so small you can create really precise and natural definition whilst the slightly waxy texture keeps everything in place. The colour is also a pretty good match and not too red toned. Oh, and it comes with a little spoolie on the other end - I can't fault it!

For eyes, the L'Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadows deliver on texture, pigmentation and longevity. My favourites are Over the Taupe for a wash of colour all over the lid and Quartze Flume to add definition to the outer corner and along the lash line. if you prefer eyeliner, Rimmel Scandal Eyes liners have got you covered.

To finish, a few coats of L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara adds length and volume to lashes with ease without smudging or flaking throughout the day. I'm not a huge lipgloss fan but Maybelline's Colour Sensational Shine Gloss in Cashmere Rose adds a wash of colour without having to worry about gloopy, 'hair stuck to my face' dramas.

If you're also looking for good and affordable blushes, I can't recommend the Real Techniques collection enough. The buffing brush, blush brush and shading brush are my personal favourites and ones I reach for daily.

What are your drugstore must haves?

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Forgotten Purchase - Laura Mercier Tarte au Citron

I bought this Laura Mercier Tarte au Citron Bath and Body set way back in December during the Christmas sales. As I was full of cold at the time I didn't use it immediately as I couldn't smell anything! Fast forward a few months and i've finally remembered to dig it out of my wardrobe and start putting it to good use...

Despite not really being able to smell this when I bought it due to my cold at the time, I trusted Richard's recommendation and boy was he right - this stuff smells amazing. The scent lingers on your skin too which is what I love most about it. 

The set contains a body cream, body scrub, body mist and a bath gel with a wooden dropper, all of which are beautifully packaged. I really like the novelty of swirling some of the bath gel onto the wooden dropper and then holding it under the running tap to make bubbles - it really makes bath time feel so much more luxurious! The scrub and and body butter leave skin feeling smooth and smelling gorgeous, whilst the shimmer spray is perfect to top up the scent and leave you smelling delicious. I would prefer if it was just a body mist without the shimmer but i've found that the glitter isn't very noticeable and doesn't tend to hang around. 

I have a lot of bath salts/bombs/oils hanging around the apartment at the moment, but when I really want to indulge in a little pampering, this is my first choice every time.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Addiction - Oribe Dry Texturising Spray

Sometimes you find a product that makes its way onto the repurchased list time and time again. Oribe Dry Texturising Spray is one of those products - despite the fact that this leaves an undeniably large void in my bank balance each time I leave Space NK with a bottle in tow.

But what is it that keeps me dishing out a jaw dropping amount for a bottle of this spray? I've come to the conclusion that 'because it's awesome' probably isn't the best answer to that question so i've gone back to the drawing board and jotted down a few more 'justified' reasons...

First of all, It lasts a very long time, so my very non-mathematical brain did the calculations and cost per use doesn't seem that expensive (right?!). Secondly, this spray does it all - it's a dry shampoo, hairspray, texturising hybrid. And thirdly, when I indulge in a few spritzes of this, it just does something to my hair that makes it a good hair day. It's one of those products that just makes me feel better about my flat hair, even if no one else notices a difference!

Have you tried Oribe's dry texturising spray? What products are you addicted to?

Monday, 9 March 2015

February Favourites

Another month, another favourites. February was a great month, but then again, it does include a day dedicated to pancakes - what's not to love?! 

I've been really enjoying eating better so far this year, and Ella's book is full of delicious and healthy recipe inspiration. Her blog is just as beautiful, I could browse her posts for hours. I'm yet to try a recipe that I haven't liked - they are just that good!

These smell AH-mazing. I could just sit and sniff these salts all day, they are so addictive! I'm pretty sure that i've started taking more baths than usual just so that I have an excuse to use these! 

This is actually an old favourite of mine but after seeing an influx of posts featuring the Ombre Blackstar's it inspired me to dig mine out. Misty Rock is a beautiful shimmery taupe shade that looks beautiful smudged across the lid. I love how effortless and quick these are to apply yet they don't compromise on staying power either. I'm already planning my next purchase...

After running out of my old tub in February, I realised just how much I love this stuff. It leaves skin looking smooth and radiant, yet manages to control shine without drying the skin and leaving that tell-tale 'cakey' finish. I use mine after foundation but you can use it before as a primer or on its own. There's no denying that it comes at a price, but since my last tub lasted a good twelve months, I think its definitely worth the investment.

I got this for Christmas in a little set of Clinique skincare, and after managing to pump my way through my Pai eye cream a few weeks later, I decided to give this one a go. The consistency is rich and hydrating and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth without any irritation. It works well under makeup too as its not too heavy and sinks in quickly. I've been using it daily and I've made quite a dent in the small tub! I can't really comment on the 'wrinkle correcting' but in terms of hydration, this delivers.

If I wasn't wearing Misty Rock in February, then you can bet it was this eyeshadow combo on my lids. Like all Nars shadow, the quality is beautiful - pigmented and buttery, its a pleasure to apply and wears well throughout the day. The bronze and taupe hues are right up my street and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this little palette.