30 October 2014

Halloween Makeup Inspiration

I'm typically quite unprepared when it comes to Halloween. I'm not one of those people who plan their costume or even what they're doing on the 31st. This year I've come up with a few beauty picks which will make getting ready for Halloween a whole lot easier. You probably already have most of these beauty bits in your stash anyway! Think of this as the ultimate lazy girls guide to Halloween, you're welcome. 

If there's just one must-have makeup item you need for Halloween it's black eye liner. It has a cornucopia of uses. Use it as lipstick, to draw spider webs on your face, create a skull mask or get the perfect cat eye look. I like the No7 Stay Perfect Line and Define liner in 'Black Shimmer' as the colour has a hint of sparkle to it. Up the eye game with a strong smokey eye like seen on models at Roberto Cavalli. Use The Joan Collins Misty Blacks & Silver Quad* to create a smoulderingly spooky look. Take the white shade and apply to the inner corners, then blend the darkest two colours on the outer edge of the eyes. The pigmentation of this palette is excellent and perfect for adding some glamour to your Halloween makeup. Pair the look with slicked back hair and nude lips. If you don't have nude lipstick, pat concealer over the lips. I find the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer not too drying. For your base you could either go for the extreme matte look using something like Glo & Ray's Velvet Two Way Cake Powder*.  You could apply this all over your face, brows and lips for a zombie-like complexion. Alternatively you could channel your inner Edward Cullen and apply the L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer. The luminous white base will give you a creepy alien-like sheen. If you didn't want to go for black or nude lips there is something very Halloween-y about a deep red pout. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets do not budge once dried so perfect for fright night. Don't forget those talons too. Opt for an almost black shade if you're no good at nail art for a effortlessly simple Halloween nails. 

What are your Halloween plans this year?

27 October 2014

Dry Skin Saviours

I love Autumn but I hate what I does to my skin. The cold weather can wreck havoc on skin, lips, cuticles - you name it, and it's probably dry. I like to switch up my routine to adjust to the new season. Just another excuse to shop really. Here are some beauty products my skin has been drinking up lately.

Avene XeraCalm AD*
Designed for babies, children and adults who suffer from dry, eczema prone skin. The cream is formulated with the ground-breaking biotechnological active ingredient I-modulia®. The ingredient manages to teach the skin to protect itself correctly against allergens and bacterial infections. It helps to greatly reduce itchiness, redness and irritation, as well as repairing and disrupted skin.
Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser
Anything which makes moisturisering easier is already in my good books. This acts like a conditioner for your skin so you apply it after washing with shower gel. Once rinsed off, skin if left feeling silky and hydrated. I can skip using a moisturiser with this which means an extra ten minutes in bed - YES!
Dove Purely Pampering Body Oil*
Using an oil in the winter is a quick way to update your skincare routine. This is the best drugstore oil I've come across and easily rivals those double the price. The pistachio scented oil melts into skin quickly and doesn't feel greasy.
Trilogy Rosehip oil
With the harsher weather my skin needs something with a little more omphf. I like to use an oil as well as a moisturiser and this one from Trilogy does the job nicely. 2-3 drops of this skin-loving oil helps re-nourish my skin and also even skintone.
The Body Shop Almond Lip Butter
Although it's white appearance makes my lips disappear into my face this is a great lip balm. I apply a thick layer before bed and in the morning my lips feel soft and conditioned. The almond scent is a nice upgrade from the usual Vaseline.

What are your dry skin saviours for Winter? 

26 October 2014

LDN: SKINS Gradual Tan Lotion Tone 2 Review

Now the summer has well and truly called it a day it's time to turn to sunshine in a bottle. The latest self tan I'm testing out comes from lifestyle beauty brand, LDN: SKINS. As well as having a luxurious range of tanning products they also offer professional salon tanning treatments.

What I love about the brand is that you have full control over the depth of your tan by choosing what 'tone' you want to achieve. I went for tone 2 as I wanted the colour to be noticeable but still believable. The whole range is designed to enhance and not falsify your complexion.  The lotion can be used daily to build up an intense, bronzed colour but I found using it just once a week was enough for me. The pump bottle makes this easy to measure how much you need to apply. The lotion is also slightly tinted so you can see where you've applied it. It has a subtle lavender fragrance which is a nice change from the usual self tan scent. The free tanning mitt this comes with has a velvet texture and is the best tanning mitt I've ever tried. The silky fabric allows for effortless application and makes the whole process feel that little bit more luxurious.

It's recommend that this takes 6-8 hours to develop so after applying in the evening, I rinse of in the morning. I'm left with a natural looking, golden colour that looks like I've spent a weekend in Morocco, instead of sitting slumped on my sofa watching Doctor Who which is what actually happened. The lavender fragrance disappears and there is no detectable scent. The colour lasts around 5 days on my skin and fades elegantly.

My days of dodgy fake tan are over, hallelujah! No weird smell, natural looking, no streaks, long lasting... I could go on but you should really try this for yourself. 

LDN: SKINS Gradual Tan Lotion Tone 2* rrp £24.00.

24 October 2014

Why You Should Invest In Lip Liner

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Lip liner used to scare me; It conjured up images of Victoria Beckham, Pamela Anderson and basically anyone else who wore lipstick in the nineties. This put me off trying lip liner for ages until I discovered it powers after reading Lisa Eldridge recommend it. 

My favourite way to wear lip liner is to use it as a lipstick. I trace my lip line with a pencil followed by shading in the whole lip. This looks really nice worn alone and is great for altering your lip shape and creating the perfect pair of pillowy lips. You can also layer a lipstick on top, this will help your lipstick stay on longer too. To avoid the lip line looking too harsh and unnatural, gently rub the edges with your finger tip to blur the outline. If you wanted a more natural look you can add a subtle hint of colour by applying lip liner over lip balm. To cheat a Jolie-esque pout, apply a gloss in the center of your lips and cupid's bow over your chosen shade of liner and say hello to your new bee-stung pout.

My go to brand for lip liner is No7. I love that the pencil doesn't need sharpening and that the formula is nice and soft which helps to apply the product. 'Nude' is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade, slightly pink with a hint of brown. I also adore 'Blush' which is a soft, delicate red. Rimmel and Max Factor also do good lip liners. 

Thanks to celebrities such a Kylie Jenner being pro-liner it seems more people are embracing its lip-enhancing goodness. If you're yet to try it I recommend giving it a go, let me know how you get on!

23 October 2014

5 Mini Reviews

Alchemy Grapefruit Hair Remedy* £17.99
I'm a huge fan of oils. Face, hair,body, nail - any kind of oil will do. This hair oil is a cocktail of 5 oils designed to improve the condition of and strengthen your hair from within. I tried massaging this into dry hair before washing out and also used it on the tips of damp hair. After both methods my hair was left feeling heavy and slightly greasy looking. I found this just too oily for my hair which is a shame as it smells lovely!
Dove Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner Spray £3.59
I have naturally quite dry hair so I have to use something after washing to keep it hydrated. To apply this you spray over damp hair or use it on dry hair for an instant, healthy boost. The spray leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft and less frizzy. This sprays out in a light mist so would work well for those with fine hair. It also makes my hair smell beautiful, always a bonus.
Maybelline Brow Gel 'Dark Blonde' £4.99
My brows have a mind of their own. If I didn't use brow gel I'd end up looking like Hagrid. This tinted gel comes in three different shades, I have the shade 'Dark Blonde' which isn't overly pigmented. The product looks natural once applied but I had trouble using the big brush. The wand has a ball on the end making it difficult to use on the ends of my brows. I get on better with a more traditional style wand so I don't think I'd repurchase this.
Roger&Gallet Body Sorbet* £14.00
The new hydrating sorbet body lotions from Roger&Gallet are perfect for the drying,colder months. Available in 4 different fragrances; I have Gingembre which helps to firm the skin and also stimulate the mind. The lotion has a very light, almost water-like texture which melts into the skin quickly without leaving a greasy film. Skin is hydrated for up to 24 hours and left deliciously perfumed.
Sali Hughes: Pretty Honest hardback* £22.00 
I love a good beauty book but this one is different to anything I've read before. You won't find unachievable makeup tutorials, outdated tips or over-photoshopped models here. Pretty Honest is  full of smart, practical advice for real women. It's funny too, I love Sali's honesty and straight talk. There's no beauty bullsh*t in here. Chapter's include - 'To Wax or Not To Wax', 'Teen Beauty' and 'Saving The Best For Now'. A really interesting read for anyone obsessed with beauty. This would make a great Christmas gift and I've seen it a bit cheaper on Amazon here.

Have you tried any of these products?
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