Monday, 18 August 2014

BRB.

I am having to take a bit or time off from this blogging stuff currently as I'm back home spending time with my family. 

I will be back soon. x Laura x 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Birchbox Beauty Box | August 2014.

This month's Birchbox see's a continuation of the Summer Theme with all things adventure, travel and holiday. All the products are things that are super-handy for travel and even come in a clear plastic zippy bag (I always find uses for these) and a mini extract of a novel to get you in that true holiday vibe. I think holidays are like the only time of year I get to properly read books ; I feel a bit embarrassed admitting this, but this really is the case. I guess I have no work commitments / blog commitments and I detach myself from social media so it's a perfect excuse to get through a good murder investigation, a trashy novel and maybe some kind of autobiography. It's also a good form of escapism when you are lounging in the sun for countless hours. (don't forget your SPF /Estherderm kids..)

Anyway, back to the Beauty : Here is this month's bunch of bits from Birchbox* and as always there is a few I know and some brands & products that are completely new to me.
Liason De Parfum | Eau de parfum
This is a little mini sample of this somewhat pricey perfume. I have 'Resist Me' which is actually something I would wear. It smells very woody and leathery.. almost like Diptyque Feu De Bois which is quite manly but personally, I love it. It's a lovely strong fragrance that last on the skin ; once I had given it a few squirts before I went out last night, I kept on getting wafts of it throughout the evening. 

Number 4 | Super Comb Prep & Protect
This is a leave-in conditioner / detangler that also protects against heat styling and sun damage: perfect for holidays. I am yet to try this, as I am saving it for Ibiza.

Supergoop | Daily Correct SPF35 CC Cream
There is a couple of small sample tubes of this. I have used Supergoop suncare in the past and liked it. The shade is Light-Medium which is great for me and leaves a really nice light almost matte finish on my skin.  I like my base a bit more dewy but I guess this will be perfect in really hot and humid conditions.

Wild About Beauty | Powder Eyeshadow
I've used an eyeshadow palette from Wild About Beauty before and it's a great brand. It's a paraben-free makeup range and is great for reactive and sensitive skins. The pigment is super soft, almost creamy feeling and has a good payoff. Also contains Aloe Vera and skin nourishing vitamins E & C.

NUDE | Progenius Omega treatment oil
I have used this for years so am putting it aside for my travels. This is a great little size and usually lasts me around one week when I am away. It is packed with omegas 3,6,7 & 9 and can be used AM/PM in or under your moisturiser to give your skin a hydration boost.

Have you subscribed to any beauty boxes this year? I love my monthly drop of Birchbox and the price to sign up is reasonable at £12.95 per box inc P&P and you can cancel when you like. I find the boxes generous and I always discover something completely new.



Monday, 11 August 2014

Amazing Concealer! | Review.

You must be pretty confident in your product to name it 'Amazing'. 
Amazing Cosmetics was founded in 1999 in Hollywood by a trio of ladies who wanted to create the perfect, most flawless canvas for ALL SKINTONES. They found themselves continuously disappointed with the shade range, choice and coverage of concealers at this time so wanted something that worked perfectly on any and all imperfections. Amazing Cosmetics started off with just their infamous concealer range, that now hosts a huge 20 shades and they also do a number of other products including foundation, powder & colour. 

I want to introduce to you the key product, The Amazing Concealer* as this has recently just launched into the UK and I have been using it and am really impressed by this product. I have been through concealers high and low over the years, the perfect one to cover my acne back in the day, and a number I have tried and tested for my kit. I honestly wish they had launched this concealer sooner over here as I have a feeling there would be a good handful in my professional kit! 


First up, it's a multi-purpose concealer that can be used ANYWHERE on the face : dark undereye circles, broken capilleries, blemishes, uneven skin tone, rosacea etc. I love concealers that do everything, as ooposed to seperate eye and face ones although these still have a huge place in my kit for specific things - they aren't going anywhere! The Amazing concealer has a deceptively emollient and lightweight texture, initially I kept finding myself using it like a normal liquid concealer, to remember that this is super pigmented so I was wasting quite a bit - You need the teeniest, tiniest amount of this..literally start with a pin-dot and build it up. It's similar to my beloved Kevyn Aucoin Sensual skin enhancer coverage, but it a lot lighter in texture. After having a play and working out it's depth of coverage, I can now have a flawless face in seconds. 
Perfect Application (DOT-BLEND-REPEAT)

As it isn't your typical concealer, follow these guidelines to get the best results (and not waste any of the product!):

1.) Apply your foundation / tinted moisturiser / base as usual.
2.) DOT small amounts of Amazing Concealer onto areas you need concealing - use fingertips or a concealer brush.
3.) BLEND the product out with fingertips, this is best done by light tapping motions in the area as it will infuse the concealer into the skin and leave a natural but flawless finish. This will also ensure you don't cake it on and overload uneccesary concealer.
4.) REPEAT if needed by applying another dot onto the area if you think you need a bit more coverage. Keep doing this process until your skin is flawlessly even and gorgeous!
 The wear on this is really good, if applied appropriately you will find it will remain creaseless and perfect all day long. It is water resistant also therefore sweatproof so perfect for the summer heat, shiny faces and holidays. I am oily and it stays pretty much put. I need a little dab and correct under my eyes a couple of times a day and a light powder usually once a day, but this is totally normal. The packaging is perfect for me. Small, lighweight, squeezy plastic tubes, with an unscrew cap : they take up no space in my kit

The Amazing Concealer is now available in Marks & Spencer beauty halls and M&S online. Currently they have only launched 10 shades which is a great shame as one of their brand ethos' is that they cater for all skin, but not currently in the UK - Bring more shades in M&S!!! The size I have is 6ml and costs £19.50 and the larger 15ml tube is £29.50. I would recommend trialling the smaller size and then once you love it, indulge in the bigger size as it's much more product for your pound.

 I am going to be getting a bunch more for my kit, and am actually going to order some more shades in from the US as for my kit these are perfect but I need some darker tones. 
Have you heard or tried any Amazing Cosmetics? Is it something you would try?

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Roger & Gallet | Huile Gourmande | Fig.

Classic Fragrance house Roger & Gallet have a beautiful range of fragrances and my favourite is the heavenly 'Fleur de Figuier' scent which I have reviewed before. This scent was created by nostril god Francis Kurkdijan (did I just say 'nostril God'?) and it is a fresh, sensual fragrance that combines the uplifting scent of Fig with mandarin flowers, musk and wood.  It was created during a trip to the mediterranean and for me, it is the perfect summer holiday /sunshine & happy times fragrance. The 30ml size they do is also great space-saving bottle to take away on trips ; and is a really good price, I've just found it for £10.66 on the Escentual website FYI. You're welcome.

To add to my fig collection, Roger & Gallet have recently introduced a perfumed dry oil into this range 'Huile Gourmande'* which is as it sounds, nearly edible. This , for me, could not have come at a better time, as I am off to Ibiza in a couple of weeks and this is a total holiday essential for me. 

It is a semi-dry body oil that can be used all over (not the face I'm guessing as it's fragranced) and it leaves a subtle scent of Fig and fruit oils whilst leaving your skin nourished, plumped and with a slight gloss. Perfect for applying in the dusky evenings after the sun-tanning days before you hit the town!

The different oils include vegetable oils (apricot kernels, cereals, maize, rice) and fruit oils (grape, pomegranate, blackcurrant, olive, avocado, sweet almond) and 96% of the ingredients come from natural origin. It has a pump-spray application that can be applied by spraying straight onto the body and then rubbed in with hands. It absorbs in really quickly and can be layered with the fragrance to give a longer-wearing, headier smell that will last you into the early hours. Huile Gourmande comes in a gorgeous 100ml glass bottle and costs £25.50.

What is your essential summer scent?

Friday, 8 August 2014

Makeup Revolution | Initial Thoughts.

If you read makeup/Beauty blogs yet haven't caught wind of makeup brand 'Makeup Revolution' then WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? This brand was constantly mentioned and tweeted about on all my social networks which opened my curiosity and caught my attention. 
From that I know, I *think* it's from the same people who created/started MUA but now are doing Makeup Revolution, so you can expect a hell of a lot of products, at unbelievably low prices and a whole range of great shades. Browsing through the website I can see a load of 'dupes' from other brands at a more affordable price which will go down really well with consumers. They have their versions of the UD Naked palettes, a similar palette to the Too Faced Chocolate bar and also a similar trio of blush, highlight and bronze to the Sleek ones.

I was sent a few bits to try out and created an easy look with some of my favourite picks from the range. 
Scandalous Lipsticks
The first thing that caught my eye was the Scandalous lipsticks as they came in all these unusual colours for just £1. I love a purple and a slightly unusual shade but also, these would be great for my pro makeup kit. The formulas are semi-sheer, they still pack a nice pack of punch, but leave the lips with a bit of a sheen, and they need re-applying couple of hours or so. I absolutely love Depraved which is the more purple tone and have been wearing it loads, in my pictures I have the two mixed together. I am going to buy the other three shades from this range as I am so impressed and I really hope they add to this collection of more *alternative* shades.


I HEART SIN eyeshadow palette
I also have one of the many eyeshadow palettes that Makeup Revolution have launched, the 'I HEART SIN' eyeshadow palette.It's a slightly unusual mix of bright neons versus beautiful bronzes, golds and blues/purples. It pretty much caters for all occasions you can get natural daytime looks, smokey evening looks and then more experimental and fun makeup looks with the matte neon shades.
The pigment is reasonable. It's hasn't blown my mind away NARS/Urban Decay style, but I wasn't expecting it for a snip of £7.99. The shade range is not something I would choose for myself personally as there is only a small handful of the shades I would wear often.  The neons. blues, greens would be more for one-off occasions and parties, but I still think this will be great for my kit. They do a whole bunch of colour-ways to choose from so definitely go onto their website to have a look. There is no chance you will come away without buying anything!

Blushing Hearts Triple baked blusher
One of my favourite things I have tried is the Blushing Hearts triple baked blusher. This is a beautfully packaged product that is a great dupe for something like the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks or MAC mineralize powders etc. It is a trio of shades that can be blended together for a soft dewy blush. Worn alone it gives a very subtle finish and hint of colour (as seen on me below), if you like more of a punchy blush then use your standard one underneath and this as a finishing touch.









 I have a few other pieces of the collection to try out including the concealer palette and another highlighter which I will review and share with you as soon as I can. All-in-all I think it's a great value brand, with some really good pieces and I'm going to be stocking up on some of other bits myself. I also want to try a few more of their different eye shadow palettes to see if the others have slightly stronger pigment.

Have you tried Makeup revolution and what do you think? Any recommendations of what I can buy next?

Friday, 1 August 2014

Auerlia skincare | Miracle Cleanser

I think I have found my new favourite cleanser. Possibly one to replace my beloved Emma Hardie cleansing balm, and THAT's saying something. I was sent a few bits from new-ish skincare range, Aurelia a few weeks ago and as I had just run out of my cleansing balm, I tried this one straight away and instantly am obsessing about this product. This skincare range prides itself on a luxurious mix of science & nature without using any reactive chemicals including  synthetic fragrances, parabens, mineral oils, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol, phthalates, GMO, PEGs, TEA, DEA and none are tested on animals.


The Miracle Cleanser.

It's a super aromatic and creamy cleansing balm that lifts off all impurities, dirt & make-up. Instantly the smell skin of reminds me of the Liz Earle cleansing balm and that's because it contains a similar blend of essential oils including Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Rosemary and Bergamot. I find this instantly uplifting and really refreshing and am a big fan of the aromatic fragrance. The texture of this is a rich cream that is really silky soft and gentle on the skin, what I really like is that is doesn't feel greasy at ALL on my face. With some oil cleansers, when you are applying them to an oily skin it can feel a bit too much and greasy but this feels really nice, silky and luxe on the skin.

The cleanser comes with an antibacterial bamboo muslin cloth which not only buffs away dead skin cells, it also helps to stimulate the skin’s natural renewal process. I have been using it mainly as my PM cleanser although it's still absolutely fine to use in the AM, but as an cleanser with a heavy oil base, it's great to use as your *main* pm cleanse to rid your face of the day. Apply the balm all over your dry face and eyes, and then after massaging it in for a minute or so, I warm the cloth with water and remove until no dirt or makeup is still visible. It leave my skin feeling super cleansed, radiant, nourished and just lovely. I would 100% reccomend this to anyone and everyone and this will work on oily/problematic skintypes and also the dry, sensitive and mature.

This 120ml pot of miracle cleanser costs £34 and that includes 1 x bamboo muslin cloth. This is comparable to any great cleansers I have used and is absolutely worth the slight splurge. I would think this pot would last maybe up to 3 months with a once/day use and I hope that they start bringing out bigger sizes too at some point. 

Have you heard of Aurelia skincare of the Miracle Cleanser? What's the best PM cleanser you have used?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Models Own | Sweet Shop Collection

The new launch from nail supremos Models Own see's 5 nail polishes inspired by our favourite childhood candies. The shades from reflect the name and also the fragrance, which you can smell once the polishes have dried. I have been wearing 'Pear Drops' which is coral tone shot through with teeny glitter particles. It wears pretty well even without a topcoat, but if you add a bit of the HyperGel topcoat over it will lock the colour on a lot better and give extended wear. For me, I wouldn't buy a nail polish specifically for the smell, it's all about the colour, so this is just an added extra, but I'm sure some nail fanatics will want these in their collection due to the candy smells!
Pear Drops: A vibrant coral scented with pear drops
Fizzy Cola Bottles: A neutral and chic beige-brown scented with cola
Rhubarb & Custard: A dark red scented with the all-time classic!
Liquorice Allsorts: Opaque black scented with liquorice
Gumballs: A hot pink scented with bubblegum

 These 5 shades have just launched on www.modelsownit.com and are also in Superdrug priced at £5.


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