Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sarah Chapman Morning Facial

I love oils and serums as I find my dehydrated skin loves them too which is why I was very excited to hear about the Sarah Chapman Morning Facial. Well that and the face I love the Overnight Facial (and most of the range). 

I'm forever on a quest for glowy skin and this product gives me just that but without leaving my skin feeling loaded with product or oily. It leaves my skin hydrated and radiant whilst supposedly protecting the skin again pollution and inflammation. I would even go as far as to say it leaves my skin looking younger and gives me that slightly dewy finish I am looking for. 

I apply this under my moisturiser, therefore also under my makeup and it works perfectly under my makeup all day long. 

Perfect product to help achieve a healthy glow and is available here

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Nic's Picks Real Technique Brushes

Last year saw the launch of Sam's Pick of Real Technique brushes and this year with Nic joining Real Techniques they have realised her picks. In my opinion Real Technique Brushes are my absolute favourite and I recommend them to everyone, I just wish they had been about 6 years ago when I was starting my own brush collection. I remember always wanting good quality brushes but simply not having the money as a sixteen year old to afford MAC and I am so happy to see that they have made a core tool of the trade so affordable to everyone without compromising on the quality. 

In Nic's picks there are five brushes all with a beautiful silver, sleek looking handles; three of which are exclusive to the set. The two brushes which are already available are the Duo-Fibre Powder Brush and the Base Shadow Brush. If I had to pick a least favourite it would probably be the powder brush as I found it shed a little and isn't very dense but still works perfectly for a light dusting of powder, blush or bronzer. In contrast my favourite is the base shadow brush which is perfect for adding depth to the eye but equally is great for blending, packing on colour or even buffing in concealer. 

The set exclusives are the Cheek Brush, Angled Shadow Brush and the Eyeliner Brush. The cheek brush is quite dense allowing you to build colour quite quickly and the perfect tapered tip allows it to be used for contouring. The angled shadow brush is designed for crease work but I found it worked just as well to apply a light wash of shadow and the eyeliner brush is perfect to add a flick to liner or even to apply shadow under the lash line. 

Although this probably isn't the most essential Real Techniques set, it's a beautiful addition to any make-up lovers collection. They are limited edition so it's worth ordering them sooner rather than later to avoid being disappointed.

They retail for under £30 (which is pretty amazing for 5 quality brushes) from LookFantastic, Feelunique and other Real Technique Stockists.

Which Real Techniques set is your favourite? 
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Orla Kiely SS15 / Bourjous Makeup Look

The Orla Kiely LFW show has caught my eye for years, it always seems a little more fun then a simple catwalk so I jumped at the chance to attend with Bourjois who were the brains behind the beautiful makeup. 

For S/S 2015 Bourjous created a beautiful catwalk look which remained wearable and easy to recreate at home. As you can see from the photos below the collection was all about Flower Power and had a 60s feel to it which was mirrored in Attracta Courtney's makeup look.

The look was very focused on the eyes with quite a Twiggy feel, the skin was kept quite light but matte using Bourjois Java Powder over Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum and with nothing on the cheek. From the Smokey Stories Palette in Over Rose they applied a very pale colour over the lid and then a strong dark crease colour defined the socket line. The mascara really finished the look, she used Bourjois Push Up mascara on the top lashes and used the tip to create a dot-like finish on the bottom lashes.

Lips were kept quite light with Color Boost in Peach on the Beach as a base and the Cream Blush in Nude Velvet which left the lips looking muted and matte.
I loved this makeup look and it was a beautiful show with a makeup look I will be trying to recreate soon.

Smokey Storied and Push Up Mascara will launch in October but all other makeup items are available from here

What was your favourite makeup look from LFW?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Grosvenor Crescent Nails Inc / ManiMonday

After a whole summer of pastels, neons and white nails (favourites here) I feel ready to move on to darker, deeper, more autumnal shades. There have only been a few colours reaching out to me recently but none more so than Nails Inc Grosvenor Crescent. 

Grosvenor Crescent is one of the Nail Inc Gel Effect Polishes and comes already in the new packaging with their new logo. The Gel Effect Range is much superior to the rest of the Nail Inc range and is up there with some of my favourite formulas. It applied opaque with two thin coats, dries quickly to avoid smudging, is very glossy and remains chip free for longer than most polishes. The colour is a very dark aubergine/purple, almost black colour similar to the very popular OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. 

Although the Gel Effect Range started off quite limited in colours it has expanded very quickly with some absolutely dreamy shades with Grosvenor Crescent being on of my favourites and will probably remain a favourite right through until the spring. 

What colours are you looking forward to wearing this autumn?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Products Just In

Today I thought I would share with you a few of the products I've been having a play with as there have been so many new launches ready for Autumn/Winter. There seems to be a huge red lipstick theme going on which I'm sure I'll touch on more as the season goes on but along with that there have been some interesting palette releases. I've got lots more to show you next week so I'd love to hear what you think of this video... 
Which launches have caught your eye recently?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

5 Things to do this Weekend

1. Find the perfect place for a late snack
Last week me and my friends visited The Breakfast Club for an after dinner pile of pancakes, it was super quite and just a nice place to catch up and indulge a little. If you're looking for somewhere open past midnight in London I'd recommend checking out: Duck & Waffle, VQ and Brick Lane Beigel Bake.

2. Pack away all your summer clothes
Unless you've still got a holiday planned it looks unlikely that you will be needing bikini's, flip flops and short shorts for a few months. Move everything out of the way and use vacuum bags if space is an issue.

3. Find the perfect bronzer
Earlier this week I shared with you some of my favourites (here), try a few which you already own but also pop into a department store and ask for help to find your perfect shade.
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4. Start the quest for the perfect pair of boots
In the perfect world my day time footwear would be either sandals or boots so now that I'm starting to no longer be able to wear sandals in fear of rain and cold the quest for the perfect boots must start. Check out some of my favourites above...

5. Catch some of LFW
As fun as LFW is, it can also be very tiring which is why watching online from the comfort of your own home is a fabulous option.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

L'Oreal Pure Reds Lipsticks

My most recent obsession has been red lips and luckily it seems like every brand is releasing one (or four) this Autumn. According to L'Oreal there are 285 shades of red which are visibly different to the naked eye which is probably why we struggle so much to find the perfect one. 

L'Oreal have released a collection of four reds in the UK which are all inspired by a celebrity either Liya, Blake, Julianne or Eva. Two of which are warm toned and two which are cool toned designed to suit everyone. For example I'm a little more warm toned so either Liya or Eva would work best for me but I actually find all four colours to be stunning. 

I have been wearing Eva which is actually a red I would never pick myself but is very wearable and a colour I can see myself reaching for on an everyday basis. The Jojoba oil which is in the Pure Red line also makes them very comfortable to wear on an everyday basis. I don't find it's really a lipstick that lasts all day but it's one that can be reapplied without lips getting too dry or flaky.
A really beautiful selection of reds, worth looking into if you are on the look out for your perfect red and at just £6.99 it's also very affordable. 

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