Wednesday, 27 March 2013

What's on my beside table?

I seen a few posts like this a couple of months ago and thought it was a really good idea for a post, and a sneak peak into my favourite things.

I like to keep my bedside table quite simple, as its a small space and I don't like a lot of clutter. There are some necessities that I need to have beside me at night to help me drift off peacefully..,

I never go anywhere without my iPhone, and love having it beside me at night playing some chill out music before I drift off.

I always light my Jo Malone candle before bed for about 20 minutes. My husband thinks the scent is way to strong but I absolutely love pomegranate noir, it relaxes me and the scent lingers through the night and its the first thing I can smell when I wake up.

I have two moisturisers by my bed. Jo Malone hand lotion and Lush dream moisturiser. I use them both each night and they leave my skin smelling beautiful and feeling very soft.

I apply By Terry Baume de rose every night before bed and wake up with slightly plumed lips. The smell of roses is so relaxing and leaves a gorgeous feel to the lips.

The trinket box was bought by my Granda and I absolutely love it. I keep my favourite jewellery in it and it always reminds me of him.

So there we have it guys, everything I keep on my bed side table. It's very minimalistic but that's how I like things to be.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

As natural as I can go

If you follow my blog you will have realised that I love fake tan. Iv tried them all, the good the bad and the orange. I long for a bronzed glow sported by the likes of Millie Mackintosh and Cheryl Cole.

While searching through YouTube I came across All that Glitters21 and decided to watch her latest "get ready with me" video. She's a pale girl, like myself, and it made me want to embrace my pale skin and put the fake tan away for a while.

When I say I'm pale I really do mean it. I have a lot of redness in my face and my neck is pure white, which makes it hard for makeup artists to colour match.

I had previously purchased Laura Mercier silk creme foundation in creme ivory and decided to give it another go this week. It matches my skin tone perfectly and you only need a tiny amount.

So far I am loving the paler look. Fake tan is a lot of maintenance and it's hard to find a shade that looks natural on your skin. I'm quite a fickle person when it comes to my beauty regime so we shall see how long this lasts.

Do you tan every week?

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Beauty Blender

When Beauty Blenders first hit our shelves a few years ago, I remember rushing out to buy one. I think I tried it twice and then threw it away as I didn't like the finish it gave. Of course, I was using it wrong, I never used it wet like the instructions said so instead of getting a flawless finish I got a patchy mess.

When I was in Boots i decided to pick up the Beauty Blender again and give it another go. I have seen it in many YouTube videos and loved the finish it gave. The sponge comes in an egg shape and has a high point on it which really helps to get into all the awkward places a foundation brush can't seem to reach, like the sides of the nose and around the eye area.

L'oreal CC Cream

This was definitely a shopping-on-a-whim moment. I DO NOT need any more foundations or primers but of course I can't help myself. I always say I hate gimmick products but I'm usually the one who buys them.

I have good skin, I rarely get spots and if I do there so tiny you would be a magnifying glass to see them (don't hate me). I do however, have redness around my nose and cheeks. My mum has it as well so I guess it's in the genes. When I saw that the CC Cream claimed to take away redness I decided I had to try it out.

CC cream or colour correcting cream to give it, it's full title claims to provide 5 things:

Flawless coverage
Perfectly even skin texture
Fresh dewy glow
24hour hydration
SPF 12

On first application I though It was strange product as it comes out of the tube bright green but as soon as you start blending it into the skin it transforms into a foundation. I only applied it to the areas that had redness and on first impressions, it does take away the redness on my face. It's a very light weight product, maybe even a little oily so I don't know how I would feel applying this as just my base.

It's still early days with this product but I will continue to use it as I do think it makes a difference to my areas of concern. Redness is something I will always have but anything that can help to even out my skin will definitely be staying in my makeup bag.

Well done L'oreal.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder

I recently went to London for a few days and stumbled (purposely of course) across Space nk at Knightsbridge. I was warmly greated as I entered the shop by a lovely MUA who offered to give me a By Terry Makeover!

I adore By Terry products, especially the Baume de rose and touché veloutee. The MUA prepped my skin with gelee de rose before applying Cover-Expert foundation (more on that in another post). When she mentioned applying the Hydra-Powder my heart sank a little, I loved the luminous look that the cover expert gave my skin and was hesitant that the powder would completely mattify the skin and make it look one dimensional.

How wrong was I! The powder completely changed the way my skin looked. My pores were invisible and all imperfections vanished. You only need a tiny amount of powder to achieve a flawless finish that will last all day. The powder can be used before or after makeup application, and contains Hyaluronic acid which helps to retain moisture in the skin.

Of course such a fantastic powder comes with a hefty price tag £41 for 10g. But as I have previously mentioned you only need a tiny amount of powder. I do think it would be better in a pressed powder, however, I know loose powders give a more flawless finish.