Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Lust vs Realistic

Lust Listrealistic 

The image on the left is my lust list and on the right we have the realistic option.

Right image

  • Helmut Lang jumper £290
  • Proenza Schouler satchel £1440
  • Acne black skinny jeans £150
  • Christian Louboutin ankle boots £675

  • Left image
  • Cambridge Satchel £74
  • Boohoo ankle boots £40
  • Zara Jumper £35
  • Topshop Leigh jeans £38
As you can see from above, the images are similar apart from the huge £££ difference.  Black is a staple colour for me during the winter months so I will be trying to achieve the "realistic" image above.

I hope you enjoyed this post, look out for the makeup version coming soon.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Hourglass primer

When I first started makeup, primer is one of the products I thought I could miss out.  There was nothing special looking about  a clear gel, and being a typical teenager, if it didn't look cute, I didn't see it as a necessary purchase.  

How wrong was I? Primer is a crucial step when applying makeup, and I would never go a day without using it, now that I'm aware of the powers it posses.  

I've tried Benefit, Mac, urban decay and now Hourglass.  I heard about Hourglass from an American Youtuber, and although it was pricey I went ahead and purchased it.  

Hourglass veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 is a "mineral-based, water resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralises the skin, minimises shine, and creates a smooth canvas."   One pump is usually enough to cover my entire face.  I usually concentrate on the t-zone as that is where gets oily first.  Its a white gel-like consistency, that sinks straight into the skin when applied.  The assistant at Space nk recommended applying it with a buffing brush but I don't think this is necessary.  I would say however, that you shouldn't apply more than one pump to the face as it can leave an ashy/white look to the skin which may appear apparent in flash photos.  

Was this a necessary purchase?

For me, I would say yes it was.  From the moment I have started using this primer my skin has looked better and my makeup has lasted a lot longer.  I have found that I don't need to powder my t-zone during the day, which I'm ecstatic about.  Hourglass isn't readily available throughout the UK.  The only stores I know that carry it are Space nk and liberty's of London.

Lush Cosmetic Saviours

I'm just back from Florida, and I wanted to share some amazing Lush products that came to my aid after a nasty burn to the face.  I know getting burnt is really silly as I should have had a higher factor on but I really thought I would have been ok with my usual SPF 8.

When I got out of the shower I soon realised (to my horror) that I was bright red and no amount of makeup was going to camoflage my silly burnt face.  I explained to the Lush assistant that I wanted to get something that would prevent me from peeling while soothing my skin at the same time.  She immediately knew which product to get me (I guess she has a lot of silly burnt tourists) BB Seaweed face mask.

The mask claims to reduce redness, while cooling and calming the skin at the same time.  I put this on as soon as I came home and I can personally promise you this stuff WORKS.  My skin immediately felt cooler and when I woke the next morning I didn't look burnt.

The dream moisturiser was so cooling on the skin, it sunk straight in and hydrated without leaving a greasy feel to the face.

I used the Aqua Marine Seaweed roll last night, and while I thought it was a good face mask, it didn't compare to the BB Seaweed mask.  I personally found it to strong for my skin, and didn't think it left my skin as fresh as the other mask.  

The tub on the left is Dream Moisturiser and on the right Aqua Marina Seaweed Roll
The soap is only available in the USA and smells absolutely divine.  I think it's a bit ridiculous I had to purchase the tin separately considering the price of the soap, however, it was necessary to keep the soap fresh.


I got my hair coloured today, and the hairdresser asked me would I be interested in trying a new L'Oreal product that doesn't contain ammonia and will give me really glossy locks.  Of course I jumped at the chance, and was pleasantly surprised by the results. 

INOA launched in 2009, it’s a professional permanent hair colour that can "darken, lighten or cover white hair -   all without ammonia."

So why choose INOA?

Optimised respect for the hair
Up to 100% white hair coverage
Unlimited colour results

I’m so happy with my hair colour, and would gladly recommend this product range to anyone who wants to add a shine to their hair without using the usual damaging ingredients.

The salon also gave me samples of the shampoo and condition from the same range, which contain green tea and argon oil.  I am so excited to use these products and share the results with you all.