I am currently involved in the painstaking (NOT) task of reviewing Look Fantastic’s Beauty Advent Calendar and it just keeps getting better and better. You can find out about the gorgeous gifts hidden behind doors numbered 1- 3 here, and 4-8 here. This article reveals the secret items inside doors #9-12. Look on and rejoice!
Non-foaming cleansers are big news right now. If you are new to non-foaming cleansers, this is an incredible one to try. Included is a powerful combination on bio-available fruit enzymes and vitamins. These work in unison, unveiling a luminous complexion of soft perfection.
This gel feels amazing; gentle and yet it is highly effective at removing impurities and repairing the skin. The formula even improves areas with noticeable sun damage and stimulates collagen production, too!
Do enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles get you down? These may be just be what your skin is looking for. Combining both lactic and glycolic acids, the daily pads successfully clarifies skin, whilst diminishing the appearance of pores and fine lines; thus, revealing a beautifully rejuvenated and smooth complexion. These pads are a game-changer (especially for lazy girls like me).
Overnight treatments have to be at the top of my ‘most favourite beauty inventions ever’ list. They basically do all the work whilst you doze. What could be better? Avant’s Overnight Treatment has everything your skin needs to fight the dreaded aging process. Combining age-defying antioxidants and vitamins, this little miracle cream works tirelessly to ensure that when you awake, you will look in the mirror in slack-jawed amazement at how awesome you look. Job done!
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? As always, leave me a message in the comments below xx
I hope you enjoyed the weekend (despite the rain). Today I am reviewing the incredible beauty products hidden behind Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar doors, #4-8.You can read my review of the products behind doors #1-3 here. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what other treasures they have bestowed upon us. Hooray.
Want to astound people with your eye makeup abilities? Luxie’s ergonomically designed brushes enable flawless application that is so precise you will look like a pro. I adore these brushes due to the fact that they not only do an amazing job, but they feel unbelievably soft. Happy pamper days. Thank you Look Fantastic and Luxie for your sheer genius.
Elemis has been on the scene for some time – and boy, they have accomplished a lot. their Pro-Collagen formulations are loaded with marine and plant actives that specifically target and treat fine lines and wrinkles. This day cream provides a significant improvement to the texture of skin. The result is a complexion that is more plump, smooth and younger-looking. However, maintaining the result requires constant application. Beauty does come at a cost – unless, of course, you have the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar. Yay!
Illamasqua is a brand to look out for – they are fast-becoming a global sensation for creating amazing products. This liner is so creamy and easy to blend. I love to use it as a liner, then apply it directly to my entire lips. It is so good, that often, I do not need to follow with a lipstick. If you haven’t tried out Illamasqua yet, I recommend you put it on your to-do list. You won’t regret.
7.Rituals Ritual of Ayurveda Natural Dry Oil For Hair & Body (50ml), Retail: £19.50 (100ml), www.lookfantastic.com
Inside this gorgeously designed bottle is a potion that works so well you would be forgiven for wondering if it is indeed magical! Should you be searching for something that boasts superior hydrating and softening powers – duh, yeah – then this 100% natural and vegan-friendly oil is where it’s at!
Remarkably, it hasn’t been sourced from some witch’s coven. However, its creation has been drawn from ancient Ayurvedic traditions, and wow! Combining a perfect blend of sweet almond oil and basil, the treatment nourishes and softens the hair and skin with equal efficacy. Expect, pampered, rejuvenated skin and shiny, silky locks. Better yet, the rituals formula literally smells like Christmas! Gorgeous.
If your hair is new to the incredible experience of Philip Kingsley, this is a great opportunity to enjoy some seriously glorious locks and then add the 500ml bottle to the top of your Christmas list. The treatment is ideal for dry and damaged hair that is need of some serious TLC, as well as aiding the vitality of coloured hair.
The Elasticizer supercharges strands and cuticles with a surge of hydration and nourishment and is noticeable after just one application. I absolutely love the transformation. From hair that looks like I’ve pulled some straw from a hay bale and fashioned a wig, to tresses that exude bounce, health and shine – Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer is a true hero product.
Have you tried any of these beautiful products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx
When it comes to beauty, this has to be my favourite time of year. The Look Fantastic’s Beauty Advent Calendar 2019 is on sale now (screams). Following a long-anticipated wait, the day arrived and this Calendar arrived on my doorstep. Not that I was happy – but seriously, at that moment I could have married the postie. Their calendar does not disappoint. Brimming with gorgeous beauty gems, the Look Fantastic’s Beauty Advent Calendar is priced at £79 and worth a total of £420! How can you go wrong?
If there is one splurge to make this year, I would highly recommend buying the calendar. Look Fantastic have clearly given this calendar much thought, providing all the brands on our must-buy wish list! Check out my review of all the beauty items contained in this incredible Godsend. In order to give each product the attention they deserve, I have split the review into 8 pieces. This article looks at the beauty gifts from #1-3. Okay, get ready to fall in love! You can buy the Beauty Advent Calendar here.
If there is one look that never fails on a date, it’s the smoky eye. One reason Morphe is a hero makeup brand is their stand-out eye shadow palettes. They always get it right on the mark. For daytime usage, I turn to neutrals. Mixing them up, I can create the necessary alert, yet subtly appealing image that works. In the evening this palette’s sexy, smoky eye colour effects are just the ticket. Morphe’s highly-pigmented and silky soft eye shadow palette combine both matte and delicate shimmery hues, that are too good to miss. Look fantastic’s choices are Amazing.
Created by world-renowned experts and bio-tech scientists (not quite sure what the job of a biotech scientist entails, but it sounds like these people would know their stuff). Basically, the components of their magical potion come from a biotech and medical angle – and in my opinion they are sheer genius. I can only go on the effect a product has on my hair and whether it delivers good results. The Living Proof has to be one of my top 3 haircare brands. If you are looking for an awesome multi-tasker – this has to be at the top of the list. A little of this product offers a targeted treatment by lovingly conditioning and strengthening your locks. I say ‘lovingly’ as when you apply the treatment you will feel so pampered, it’s as if Living Proof literally cares for your hair! This haircare treatment styles your hair like no other. If it were a fella, it would be ‘the ONE’. Polished and smooth? I think so!
Door #3 of Look Fantastic’s calendar reveals the go-to toner for those with combination skin. Caudalie is a must-have brand for anyone’s bathroom cabinet. Their toner feels practically weightless and combines organic essential oils that effectively remove all impurities from the skin. Moreover, salicylic acid is included to further dissolve any debris within the pores, ensuring acne and spots are kept at bay, and even aids in smoothing the skin! For optimal results use both morning and night. This is yet another product I seriously could not be without!
Check out my review of Look Fantastic’s priceless gems hidden behind doors 4-8 tomorrow.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message below. Have a happy weekend. Xx
Did you step outside this morning and discover your face was so cold it almost hurt? Lovely huh? Now is the time for some TLC. So, go and treat yourself to that gorgeous winter coat. Some key trends this autumn/winter are chic and stylish bourgeois (tailoring and trench coats), cool checks and faux fur. Check out these truly elegant and tailored coats that will keep you warm and looking fabulous until Christmas.
Be cosy, warm and oh-so stylish with this fitted silhouette multi-coloured check print coat. Ticking all the boxes, this gorgeous double-breasted coat draws inspo from Dior and Gucci for autumn/winter 2019. Team with some sassy long black boots and you’re good to go!
Faux fur was all over the autumn/winter runways this year and the trend is guaranteed to keep you looking chic and toasty warm too. This beautiful faux fur collar coat is the perfect choice for those who prefer a nod to the slightly androgynous trend rather than a full-on faux fur vibe. Available in both mid-neutral and mid-grey shades.
3.New Look Belted Tailored Coat In Light Grey, £49.99, www.asos.com
Tailored cuts and trench coats are set to stay on-trend for winter (much to my relief). I absolutely adore this tailored coat by New Look. Team with a cute dress, jeans or trousers – this coat basically goes with everything! Win, win!
This has to be my most favourite of them all – I’m thinking it’s a divine mash-up of David Koma and Marc Jacobs. I do not even need to say anything – just do what I did: look at the picture, drool for 5 seconds, check size and availability, order so quickly it’s like your life depends on it. Then breathe a sigh of relief, feel a sense of sheer accomplishment and sit on the floor by your door until the postie arrives! Job done.
What are your favourite autumn/winter trends? Leave me a comment below and have a stellar weekend xx
Each week I am sent various beauty items to test and review. It’s seriously the best job ever! After arduously checking out many, the following 6 beauty finds offer star-like qualities and are a must-have for anyone who loves beauty and a bargain. #Happy!
This isn’t the first time I have tried (and loved) Max Factor’s foundation stick and it certainly won’t be the last! Having tested pretty much every concealer and foundation on the market, this one keeps a firm footing at the very top. Firstly, it doubles up as both a concealer and foundation. If you have tried this you will know how seamlessly it blends into the skin, creating an instantly flawless second skin result. Furthermore, the Pan Stick succeeds where others fail on the most important factor – it lasts longer than a couple of weeks. Love, love, love!
Oh…My…God. I think I have died and been reincarnated into a L’Oréal advert. This hair piece truly rocks. Made from non-human hair, yet these locks look unbelievably real. They would win in a Pepsi challenge against high price tag hair pieces any day of the week. The only point I should make is you must backcomb over the piece with your natural hair to achieve a blended-in and Insta-ready finish.
3.L’Oréal Infallible 24H Matte Liquid Foundation In Vanilla, £7.99 (30ml), www.boots.com
Should you be searching for a foundation that offers full cover, doesn’t cake and is reasonably priced, check out this one by L’Oréal. The long-lasting foundation provides a beautiful matte finish that even works on dry and more mature skin types. Simply gorgeous. Want even more perks? Check out the price!
It takes a lot to push me out of my MAC mascara comfort zone. However, upon checking out the sassy box I couldn’t wait to give it a go. This mascara in Black Vinyl makes me want to cry tears of joy (and then be even happier as it does NOT smudge one bit). Combining lash lengthening and thickening ingredients, the best-selling mascara will actually increase your lash thickness by a whopping 50% after just one single application! Furthermore, Legendary Lashes Volume 2 does not clump (HUGE PLUS) and offers a luscious lash finish of which any celeb would be proud. Each time I checked my lashes in the mirror I was very happy to see it hadn’t smeared under the eyelid or budged at all. My eyes remained in perfect and fit-for-a-Princess condition for the entire day and evening. A total win. Hooray!
Everyone needs a good primer, but no one needs to spend a fortune. Behold The Ordinary’s Primer. Totally affordable and works like a dream. Your makeup is in place in the morning and is in exactly the same spot when you return. The Ordinary, you are awesome! What more need I say?
6.Collection Incredibrow Semi-Permanent Brow Gel In Light/Medium, £3.99, www.superdrug.com
Those of you who love gorgeous vegan beauty finds, you need to check out this semi-permanent eyebrow gel by Incredibrow. In the box you will find the gorgeous brow gel complete with eye applicator that achieves effortlessly flawless results. If you don’t enjoy waking up and scaring the hell out of your other half due to a distinct lack of brow, that makes you look – well, totally freaky and a bit scary, this is a must-have. If, however, frightening the crap out of him when he opens his weary hungover eyes is one of those long-term relationship amusements, maybe give this one a miss!
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and happy Sunday xx
‘Tech neck’ or ‘text neck’ is the term used to describe not simply pain but also the horizontal lines acquired from spending hours looking down at your laptop or phone. For those of you (like me) whose job it is to stare at the computer screen for hours on end, read on. This article will give you advice on the best sheet masks to overcome tech neck syndrome.
Aging may be a sad fact of life – but there’s no way we are going to accept its presence on our skin prematurely, right? Too much screen use doesn’t just damage our eyes, but it can also trigger the much-feared neck wrinkles. Gulp. Don’t fret, awesome Korean skincare brand Oh K has created a true hero sheet mask to help us fend off the day we look in the mirror and then promptly faint. This vegan mask is brimming with avocado extract, that firms, hydrates and encourages elasticity. Phew.
Another stand-out sheet mask is this one. Combining an 100% natural bio-cellulose mask (often used following surgery to speed up repair), this mask offers fast and super-efficient absorption of the antioxidant-rich ingredients. These components include 16-plant complex and 6 active ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe. Expect, firmer, smoother and younger-looking skin; a face and neck of which you will be proud.
When it comes to repairing wrinkles on the skin and neck, check out products that contain EGF as this has been shown to promote elasticity. This incredible sheet mask by innovative Korean brand, TONYMOLY combines a plethora of highly effective ingredients designed to target and treat those wrinkles and pesky tech neck. The mask includes hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, hydrating water type formula snail mucin, ceramides, moisturising serum and caviar. This mask is also available in the UK via www.cultbeauty.co.uk
I must admit I was a little dubious about this mask’s potential for success, given the key ingredient is Syn-Ake Dipeptide. This is a component I know little about, but it is said to mimic the freezing effect of viper venom in order to achieve a firmer and more lifted result. However, I am aware of what a good brand Rodial is, therefore quite willing to give this a try. I was not disappointed. You can actually feel the mask working its magic. The outcome is a noticeably improved and tighter looking neck area. Take note though – whilst the results are awesome, this and all the other sheet masks do not offer a permanent solution. The results only last a couple of days. Therefore, should you want a more permanent outcome, you should be looking to do the neck and chin tightening exercises featured in my other article (click here).
Additionally, laser treatments can ward off the aging process for a satisfactory amount of time (although this does come with a hefty price tag).
Have you tired any of these sheet masks and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Happy Monday! xx
Recently, I have been asked a lot about crepey skin treatments that will actually work. Age gives us so many gifts: experience, memories and wisdom. Oh yes, it also provides a generous supply of stiff joints, wrinkles and – wait – crepey skin, too! Hang on, what exactly is this age-related extra and how the HELL can we get rid of it?
Read on to discover the truth about this unwanted condition and how to best treat it.
What Is Crepey Skin?
It sounds like it belongs to a Halloween special and for good reason – it’s the stuff of nightmares. Crepey skin is basically sagging, wrinkled skin that affects the larger areas on your body. Imagine a really large wrinkle. Targeting thinner points on the skin, you may find them on the inner arms (around elbows and under the eyes). However, if you are really lucky, they can reach other places, too. In short, it’s a total let-down by your body.
What Causes This?
The number one cause other than aging (as is usually the case) tends to be sun damage. However, dehydrated skin and losing weight can contribute to the issue.
How Can We Prevent Crepey Skin?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again – a good SPF is the vital tool in our anti-aging mission. Always choose an SPF in addition to your moisturiser and foundation (even when they include an SPF). I love NeoStrata’s Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50, £29.99, www.facethefuture.co.uk
2. Hyaluronic Acid
A key component to keeping hydration at optimal levels and locking in moisture. Hyaluronic acid will help in this quest. A great and affordable product is The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £7.87 (30ml), www.amazon.co.uk
This amazing product contains ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid!
Maringa oil is incredible for evening out skin texture, repairing and preventing tissue damage. The result is fewer wrinkles and thwarting the dreaded crepe paper look.
When it comes to slowing down the aging process, moisturiser is one product not to forget. Apply in the morning and at night to keep pesky crepey skin at bay.
How To Get Rid Of Crepey Skin
The most effective treatments include:
This ingredient will improve the appearance of skin texture and should be used regularly to achieve and maintain results. Do remember skin can be sensitive to retinoids and it can also further dry the skin, so always lather on the moisturiser and oils. I love Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, £49, www.facethefuture.co.uk
Face and Body: Laser
Visit your skincare clinic for laser treatment. A skin resurfacing laser will treat the areas of concern, triggering the formation of collagen production and diminishing the appearance of crepey skin. This can work out a tad pricey, but if you really want it gone this may be worth considering.
For The Neck: Cryolipolysis CoolSculpting (For Where There Has Been Excess Weight)
A tightening procedure generally administered to the neck or body where there are localised areas of fat. It targets and destroys the fat achieving good results.
Providing an instant plumping effect and stimulation new collagen production, the treatment may be costly, but will definitely do the trick (for a while). I feel that Sculptra is a good choice for such skin concerns.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below.xx
Hot and sunny days may be drawing to a close, leaving us a tad deflated. Should you need some inspiration to revamp your look and revive your mood, fear not. Here are 5 gorgeous A/W19 beauty trends so good you’ll be glad the summer is over. In fact, they will keep you smiling until Christmas.
1.Extreme Cat Eye
We saw Louis Vuitton and Dior’s models sporting the cat eye ++ and huge black bottom lashes. This extreme look may take some practice and I recommend a liquid eyeliner for achieving success. One of my favourites is Rimmel’s Wonderwing Eyeliner in black, £5.99, www.lookfantastic.com
2.Deep Burgundy/ Bold Red Lips
Chloe, Louis Vuitton and Tommy Hilfiger presented models looking incredible with either deep burgundy or bold crimson lips. (Both matte and silky featured on the runway). The rest of the complexion remained mainly minimal (as is a key trend again). This really sets your lips as one awesomely-powerful signature look.
Similarly to SS/19, the less-is-more complexion remains to be a much sought-after look; thus, models across the board rocked this look during Paris fashion week. As we see (and love) this minimal makeup concept, the need to support it with super-dewy skin must stay high on the agenda. For this, ensure you are using your facial oils and illuminator. I’m loving Iconic London’s illuminator, £30, www.iconiclondon.com. It literally transforms even partied-until-dawn skin into a complexion of utter dewy radiance. So good!
4.A Touch Of Neon
Neon eyeshadows were a huge hit on the runways. Should you be feeling a little sassy and want to make a statement, splash some neon (light blues, pinks and purples were seen everywhere) on those lids. Make sure you keep the rest of your complexion as minimal as possible so as to avoid the clown! I’m obsessed with Huda Beauty’s Neon Pink Obsessions Palette, £27, www.cultbeauty.co.uk
Combining 9 shadows brimming with richly-pigmented vibrancy and oozing sass, this is one palette you can’t be without.
Going with the minimal makeup look, and applying a little blush works like a dream.On the runways we saw Chanel’s models demonstrate the sheer magnitude of jaw-dropping impact this delicate look can achieve. Fresh and simple, yet immensely beautiful. To achieve this look, opt for minimal makeup, a few drops of dewy illuminator and a sweep of pale pink blush. I love MAC’s Mineralize Blush, £23.50, www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Our hands are a tell-tale sign of our age and when you throw autumn’s changing weather into the mix, we need to focus our attention on some special hand creams. This Works vegan formula combines a unique super blend of gently fragranced botanicals to deal with those dreaded dark spots. Also, Larch wood extract is included to further firm and tighten whilst the coconut gets to work smoothing and keeping that all-important moisture locked firmly where it should be.
If you regualrly read my articles and features, you will know how much I rate Liz Earle products. Allow your senses to be fully encompassed by the beautiful essential oils of sweet orange and patchouli. This luxuriously pampering hand cream offers calming echinacea, hops to tone and naturally-sourced vitamin E to repair. Trust me; once you try this, there is no looking back!
This heavenly scented hand cream includes botanical extracts, ensuring the delivery of cell renewal. The non-greasy product is deal for damaged, dry, mature and sensitive skin. This nourishing formula locks in moisture, due to the combination of organic shea butter. Expect your mitts to be fully rejuvenated, silky soft and smelling divine.
Should your hands feel tired and well over-worked, this hand cream is just the ticket. The natural cream includes organic avocado oil and shea butter that nourishes, pampers and soothes the skin. Your hands are quickly transformed back to a healthy and radiant happy place. Phew! This product was shortlisted in the FreeFrom Skincare Awards.
Have you tried any of these hand creams and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a fabulous Wednesday people. xx
Of course, we want anti-aging products that actually deliver! Christ, anything that means the Botox clinic can wait a while longer is worth a shot, right? The amount of anti-aging products around is enough to send the most well-informed peoples’ heads in a spin.
Well, lovely people, here are the key, proven ingredients and some amazing brands that provide optimal results.
Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) is all-important when it comes to maintaining that much sought-after youthful complexion – and yet it is regularly over-looked. Fantastic for locking in moisture and strengthening the skin’s barrier, the water-soluble vitamin even helps to diminish inflammation and thus, any redness too. Studies have shown this component to aid in smoothing out fine lines and significantly repair the skin. Additionally, niacinamide is a great warrior against the dreaded acne attack. I love The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.
Seriously, is there nothing this antioxidant can’t do? Think of the crazy-good component as your secret weapon against environmental and UV damage. Sourced from freshwater algae, it is 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C. Japanese skincare brand, DHC’s Astaxanthin Collagen All-In-One Gel, $49 (www.dhcare.com) offers immediate absorption and is combined with collagen, vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate to further firm, smooth and nourish.
Whilst astaxanthin has well and truly proven it can beat vitamin C in a Pepsi challenge when it comes to fighting a UV onslaught, it is still kind of vital if you want your collagen levels to be top notch. It is also great friends with vitamin E, greatly supporting its efficacy in fighting free radical damage. A great vitamin C serum is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.
Widely considered as everyone beauty obsessives’ Mecca, this is the go-to anti-aging component for most. Extensive studies prove its supreme worth in combatting the globally hated skin consequences that come with stocking up the years. Age, we hate you, but you will not defeat us!
When you use retinol, you can expect improved collagen production, prevent pigmentation, smooth the skin and minimize the appearance of pores. But (and it’s a big BUT), care should be taken as the ingredient does increase sun sensitivity. Therefore, it is better to apply at night and remember your SPF during the day. This is a product that has to be used consistently. Newbies to retinol should build up dosage gradually as reactions can occur. I am totally obsessed with Esthederm’s Retinol.
4.AHAs/BHAs And Peptides. Try: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75, www.paulaschoice.co.uk
Using an exfoliator is so important when it comes to cell renewal and staving off the aging process. AHA and BHAs means dead skin cells are removed, taking along with it, that unwanted dry and dull complexion. Silky softness? I think so!
We need to be fully armed when going up against the mighty age factor. This means skin-repairing and rejuvenating peptides (from amino acids) are a must. Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, £29.75 (www.paulaschoice.co.uk) combines 4 AHAs, BHA (salicylic acid) together with an array of antioxidants and peptides that provide the ultimate result.
Scientifically proven to offer huge anti-aging abilities, SPFs are ESSENTIAL in maintaining that youthful complexion by fully protecting your skin. Look for an SPF that provides UVA and UVB protection and at least SPF30. Remember that you should apply this every day, no matter what the weather.
Last but not least is vitamin E. The antioxidant is well-known for its protective and reparative properties. Recognised for its ability to fight free radical damage, healing the skin and reducing inflammation, this little gem works a treat. I adore Superdrug’s Vitamin E Radiance, £3.49, www.superdrug.com
A moisturiser is absolutely vital for anyone who values their skin and is almost as important as using an SPF. Many moisturisers contain SPFs, but in my opinion an SPF should be applied in addition to your moisturiser, and in all weather! So, what moisturiser will give you the best results? With so many on offer, choosing the perfect one can turn into a real headache. Don’t panic – I have reviewed SO MANY. Here are 5 of the best moisturisers for every skin type, for when payday is a million years away and you are on a budget:
I have very dry patches around the nose which seem to be able to return the moment I start thinking they have gone for good. Therefore, this moisturiser is one I keep close to hand. Rich, creamy and luxurious to touch, you can actually feel the hydrating benefits get to work the moment you apply it to your skin. This is due to their patented biological complex, Aquagenium, of which provide a super-boost of hydration both immediately and long-term.
By combining vitamin PP and apple seed extract the formula precisely targets deeper layers of the skin; thus, offering a bespoke treatment for extremely dry skin. The result is a complexion of more youthful radiance. Furthermore, salicylic acid removes dead skin cells and evens skin texture, whilst vitamin E successfully repairs and protects your skin from premature aging. Yasss!
2.For Oily and Sensitive Skin Choose: Paula’s Choice Calm Non-Greasy Mineral Moisturizer SPF 30, £10 (15ml), www.paulaschoice.co.uk
Should you have oily skin and suffer with concerns such as, rosacea, redness and sensitivity, this will feel like a little tube of utter happiness. Including aloe and chamomile, the moisturiser instantly calms, nourishes and soothes your skin. Lightweight, effective and packed with antioxidants; your skin will thank you for this every day!
If you have sensitive skin or been out in the sun far too long and you basically feel like you got lost in a desert then had a face fight with a cactus, this is a must-have. Perfect for dry, inflamed, and mega-sensitive skin, the formula’s ingredients ensure max absorption of Avene Thermal Spring Water and locking it in. This product delivers some much-needed soothing nourishment so you can quickly return to looking amazing once more. Phewsie!
I know, the name is a bit of a mouthful – but if you have combination skin this moisturiser is AWESOME. Feeling like part cream, part-gel, the formula has certainly mastered the art of multi-tasking. Expect balancing, mattifying, moisturising and pore-refining in one foul swoop! Uriage’s Hyséac Moisturising and Mattifying Pore Refiner Emulsion,
5.For Aging Skin Choose: Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream, £12.49 (50ml), www.superdrug.com
It is important to use vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and retinol in the quest against wrinkles. I tend to use these on alternative days/nights and in serum form. When it comes to a day moisturiser for mature skin (on a budget), Olay offers seriously good results. Including key and proven nutrients such as vitamins B3, E and Pro-B5, these ingredients work in unison with ceramides and green tea extract. Together, they thwart the intrusion of lines and wrinkles, returning a much-welcomed firmer and more youthful complexion, Don’t get hung up on price tags – classics are classic for a reason!
Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Let me know and as always have a stellar week xx
We all know that using a facial serum for bedtime is priceless when it comes to enhancing your complexion, but what about night creams? Don’t leave out this important product – it can make all the difference in achieving that gorgeous complexion!
Could life get any better than when you finally discover a night cream that performs little anti-aging miracles whilst you sleep? Check out Murad’s Youth Renewal Night Cream. Combining a triple-action formula of super-powered retinol (a fast-acting retinoid, a time-released retinol and retinol booster) puts this cream in a league of its own. Skin’s texture is more even, smoother and younger looking, whilst those dreaded lines appear reduced.
Also included is red algae extract (a component the internet is going crazy for right now) and swertia flower extract. These work in unison to deliver a firmer, intensely hydrated complexion of radiant luminosity. I love this product!
This incredible night cream is for those with sensitive skin or suffer from blotchiness and conditions such as rosacea. Combining hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, these ingredients boost hydration levels, moisturise, nourish and soothe all whilst you are getting those all-important zzz’s.
3.For Sun damaged skin Choose: Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, £99 (50ml), www.lookfantastic.com
So, you love the sun…a little too much? I feel your pain. What can we do? Well, for starters we can swap our night cream for this little gem. Delivering a powerful array of antioxidants, peptides and vitamins, this beautiful cream super-charges your skin with much-needed oxygen and nutrients. Expect serious, super-hero-like skin repairing abilities and a fabulous reflection when you wake up and look in the mirror. Take that UV rays!
I don’t know anyone who has tried Liz Earle products and NOT rated them highly. This woman seriously knows her stuff. For people (like me) who suffer from dry patches that never give up, this moisturiser is the ticket. Including naturally-active and exceptionally effective ingredients your skin will love you for, such as: avocado oil, borage oil, echinacea, hops and naturally sourced vitamin E to repair. The formula provides a wealth of hydration and nourishment. You will love this!
Have you tried any of these night creams and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Happy Monday people xx
So, I reviewed these pads some time ago and absolutely loved them. However, at the time I was also reviewing other anti-aging and glycolic treatments, so was not 100% certain that the results could be fully attributed to one product. Now I can. This is the only AHA/BHA treatment I have applied in the past few weeks and I am head-over-heels in love with them.
These pads are the lazy girl’s dream. They make light work of exfoliating, reducing the appearance of pores and smoothing the skin. Combining a retinol-like product, it is also a great item for those who react to retinol, but who want the anti-aging abilities.
Contain both glycolic and salicylic acid that gently yet effectively cleanse and exfoliate.
Combine antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities
Offer anti-aging benefits
Is suitable for all ages
Vegan and cruelty-free.
Within a week of using the Detox Pads my skin looked clearer, healthier and luminous. And the best bit is the no-faff, no-fuss and no time to achieve this look fact! Yay.
I am totally obsessed with MAC’s False Lash Mascara Mini. It does everything I want my mascara to do, without clumping or smudging. I love how my lashes boast volume and since first testing this product it has become my daily go-to. Furthermore, it even fits in my purse. Believe that’s a win, win and – yes – another fabulous win. Thank you, MAC, you creator of all things fabulous!
Don’t ask me why, but I get a real buzz out of reviewing setting sprays. This is a key product particularly in the heart of summer, and so having a good setting spray is vital for me. NYX provide some pretty good products and so I had fairly high expectations when I first tried their setting spray. Disappointed I wasn’t!
Having fairly dry patches coupled with the fact that I often work late into the night (causing bags), means that a setting powder is not the best fit. They usually cake, amplify dryness and any bags or creases, making them a no-no. This professional setting spray’s dewy formula is ultra-lightweight and once dry, you cannot tell you have applied it at all! It is important to allow a few minutes for the spray to dry, but once it has dried your makeup will not budge. Seriously, you can dance til 3 am and your makeup will stay gorgeous. Better yet, it’s vegan. Love, love, love this!
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in he comments below. Have a stellar Wednesday all xx
With the vast selection of at-home peels on offer it is very easy to get caught in the mire with products that aren’t fitting for your skincare needs. Never fear – the following are some of the best at-home peels for every skin concern.
Whether your skin concern may be aging skin, blemishes or dullness, Dr. Jart’s peel is just the ticket. The gentle, yet powerful coconut milk-based exfoliator is ideal for those with both combination and sensitive skin, and quickly achieves a youthful complexion of sheer luminosity. Combining allantoin, coconut milk, panthenol and squalene, the formula effectively soothes and hydrates, tackling any irritation that may otherwise incur from applying a peel and locking in moisture. Lactic and salicylic acid deeply exfoliate, ridding the pores of any dead skin cells or dirt. Also included in this peel is glutathione. This component offers optimal toning and brightening properties to the table, stimulating cell renewal and creating a clearer more youthful and complexion you will love.
This exfoliating peel is one in a million. Scientifically proven to promote cell turnover by 100% in just 3 weeks, it is one peel everyone should try. The liquid formula makes light work of its task to diminish dead skin cells. Including key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, copper complex and l-cartinine Furthermore, it offers superior hydrating abilities, whilst simultaneously plumping up the skin; thus, reducing the appearance of pesky fine lines. Apply and unveil some seriously beautiful youthful radiance.
For optimal results use in conjunction with Perricone MD’s other skincare products.
I tried this innovative peel some time ago and it remains one of the best. Formulated with ABEETOXIN, organic coconut and raw cane sugar, this peel successfully resurfaces the skin, tackles age-related skin concerns and even reduces the appearance of scars. Additionally, the peel provides a super-boost to the skin’s collagen production, achieving a firmer and younger looking complexion.
You can feel this product working within moments of application. The sensation is tingling and may sting a little. This enhanced exfoliation peel is not for those with extremely sensitive skin and should only be left on for a couple of minutes. Additionally, it should be used for no more than 3 consecutive days.
Pala’s Choice offer some of the best skincare products around – and this resurfacing treatment is a total achiever. The leave-on exfoliant effectively resurfaces, brightens and evens out skin tone. Simply apply at night, go to sleep and awaken to discover gorgeous skin. Result.
The formula combines antioxidants and 10% glycolic acid (AHA). This is scientifically proven to promote collagen production, whilst targeting and treating the dreaded signs of aging.
Also included are anti-inflammatory ingredients such as liquorice root extract, willow bark and allantoin to calm and soothe skin, further supporting a renewed and fabulous complexion by the time your alarm clock beeps. What better way to begin the day?
For optimal results this treatment should be used regularly. It is fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message below and have a great day xx
So, you want to effectively tackle those pesky enlarged pores, but you don’t want to compromise on your desire for natural products? I feel your pain. Don’t worry – help is at hand. Here are 4 natural products that truly deliver incredible results. We know there’s no chance in HELL of eradicating the little beggars, but we can refine them and reduce their unsightly appearance. Bye, bye pores – No more may you take residence on our faces!
1.Yes To Grapefruit Correct and Repair Pore Perfection Paper Mask, £13.99 (Pack of 5), www.amazon.co.uk
Say yes to this brand and you won’t regret it. Combining 96% natural ingredients, this mask is also free from parabens and silicones, is formulated with 100% cotton and is Leaping Bunny Certified.
Should your problem be the dread of looking in the mirror to see yet more enlarged pores (like mine), this sheet mask will soon have you glancing at your reflection then dancing cartwheels of joy. Included is grapefruit and vitamin C to effortlessly refine pesky pores and give your face a supercharged glow. Furthermore, these natural ingredients and added Aloe boast an array of skin-loving antioxidants to further nourish, soothe and protect. Hoorah!
2.29 Secret of The Vine Serum, $29, www.thetarget.com
The super-antioxidant resveratrol has seen a lot of press of late for it’s remarkable anti-aging benefits. Now behold the 29 Secret of The Vine Serum: containing resveratrol together with olive and sea extracts, this little miracle in a bottle offers you new hope in the fight against pores. Try it and see some pretty awesome results.
This is a hero product that tops many others and is much-loved by dermatologists and beauty editors alike. Combining an advanced retinol complex this product makes fast work of refining pores, reducing other signs of aging and repairing the skin – all whilst you sleep! Additionally, cold-pressed avocado, chia and Concorde grape extracts work in unison to strengthen the skin and provide a much-adored luminosity.
In this awesome pot you will discover 2 vegan face masks that deliver a bespoke at-home facial. The Purple Detoxifying and Purifying Exfoliating Mask Includes Amazonian clay to naturally and successfully detoxify, purify and tighten those pores. This is amazing for oily T-zones too. Also included is almond and avocado oil as well as jojoba of which boast an array of antioxidant and vitamin properties; thus, fully rejuvenating the skin.
The second is the Gold Hydrating And Firming Face Mask. Perfect for dry patches, this mask provides not only Amazonian clay but chamomile extract, glycerine and hyaluronic acid too! Expect some seriously refined pores and some hydrated and radiant luminosity to boot.
Have you tried any of these products and do hey work on your pores? What are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below xx
One product I consistently review is the concealer. A key product in anyone’s makeup arsenal; therefore, having a good one is of paramount importance. Now, with cruelty-free and vegan products in high demand, the selection is growing. This means no more do we need to settle for lesser quality or pay higher prices. I’ve tested many and the following are 5 of the best concealers around:
Too Faced Super Coverage Concealer is my #1 product. This little gem ticks all the boxes: cruelty-free, vegan, free from parabens. Better yet, it is the lazy girl’s go-to product. The multi-tasker makes light work of its mission to conceal, contour, correct and highlight. Whatever your skin need, this liquid concealer delivers flawless results – AND IS NOT REMOTELY CAKEY!! Available in 16 shades, there is bound to be a shade to suit your skin tone. Too Faced, I love you!
Should your concern be predominantly discoloration and the need for long-lasting coverage, this is the perfect vegan concealer. Expect an even skin tone, soft-focus effect and a burst of luminosity. This concealer is so easy to blend, providing seamless results that stay put. For an added boost it combines moisturising and skin repairing vitamin E.
I would say a little of this concealer goes a long way. I found it best to just lightly apply to problematic areas rather than liberally splash on. The concealer certainly is long-lasting – I’m not sure about all night long, but it definitely stayed put until 3am!
This incredible vegan and cruelty-free liquid concealer is a game-changer for those with discoloration concerns.
Check out the first vegan water-based foundation stick. This product is composed of 30% enhanced mineral water, thus offering exceptional skin-loving support. For those with dry / dehydrated skin, this non-cakey stick will feel like a dream. Whether you wish to use this as a concealer, foundation or creamy contour, the vegan stick blends in seamlessly, providing truly flawless yet natural-looking results. Furthermore, this travel-friendly stick fits perfectly in your clutch, has an SPF25 and is available in an incredible 20 shades.
Should you have blemishes and uneven skin, Smashbox’s Studio Skin Flawless is awesomeness in a bottle. The lightweight vegan formula effortlessly conceals, evens the appearance of skin tone, contours and highlights. Dark circles and hyperpigmentation vanish before your very eyes – and unlike Cinderella’s midnight dilemma – this product will keep you looking radiant until at least 3 am (this is the time I collapsed at home). However, Smashbox state the product stays put for 24 hours and given the seamless results many hours later, I am inclined to agree! Better yet, it is oil free and available in an amazing 30 shades!
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Xx
We are in the heart of summer and if you haven’t yet – it’s time to get those feet on show. Check out the most Insta-worthy summer sandals/shoes at sale prices. This collection will blow your mind (but not your bank balance).
Perfect for pairing with that flowing maxi in the daytime or teaming up with your LBD during the romantic summer evening date. Either way you will look gorgeous – and at £15, what could be better?
2.Asos Design Hadley Bare There Block Heeled Sandals, Was £40 Now £21, www.asos.com
Need some incredibly sexy sandals to finish off your evening look? With these sassy black strappy heels, you will impact the hell out of your fella. Team with that gorgeous dress or playsuit and a cute clutch bag.
3.Embellished Strappy High Heel Sandals, Madonna-Silver, Was £90, Now £75, Dune London
Okay, so these are quite pricey for sandals (even at reduced rate), but are so unbelievably awesome they ought to be priced wayyy higher. Also, the sparkly sandals (with which I have fallen head-over-heels (pardon the pun) in love with)) are so amazing, everyone should get a chance to see them! Love, love, LOVE!
These snake-effect ankle boots are the go-to solution for when you have slightly cooler days and work well with cotton trousers and, leggings, jeans and jumpsuits. Furthermore, the beautiful boots are not just a total steal, but they are set to be a key trend this autumn/winter too! Win, win and win again!
Bring out the summer vibes and nod to this summer’s brightly-coloured trend with this pair of gorgeous Multicolour Sandals. Team with a flowing white dress or simply a pair of sassy shorts and t-shirt. Cool, pretty and so on-trend!
Of course, loving your bleached locks comes with a downside; this being damaged hair. Trying to kid yourself that your brittle tresses are just dry won’t work forever. So, I heaved a heavy acceptance sigh and set to work resolving the issue – and I do believe I found the answer(s). Behold, the best hair treatment masks in town:
It’s blatantly clear when your hair is damaged – basically it looks a bit scarecrow-like and easily breaks (obvs!). Luckily, Olaplex has our hair predicament in hand. Welcome to the answer to your prayers. This awesome formula’s ingredient works on a molecular level to repair those pesky split ends, transforming your locks to that of sheer lusciousness. This hero product has a rather large fan base, of which includes the Kardashians.
Simply apply for as long as you can pre-shampoo and sit back and gasp in slack-jawed amazement at the results.
If you are like me and have your hair consistently bleached, chances are you will be looking around in desperation for some serious hair help. This is where you rejoice and jump up and down in sheer delight. For the Shy Uemura Ultimate Reset Masque works like a literal dream on exceptionally bleached, coloured or heat-styled hair. Combining Japanese-sourced rice extract, your locks will be replenished, restored and looking healthy, shiny and new. You’re so welcome!
Last, but in no means least, check out this little pot of magic that some hair leprechaun left at the end of the rainbow. Should you be a regular reader of my work, you will indeed know that I absolutely adore this brand – and for many hair-inspiring reasons. Including an exceptional collection of VERY precious oils, moisturising serum and lipidic compounds, your damaged locks will soon be thought of as just a bad dream (yes, delete previous unfiltered Insta posts). Instead your tresses will be nourished, restored and shining like a Disney princess. In the words of Ariana Grande, “I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.”
Have you tried these incredible hair treatments and what do you think? Leave me a message below and have a great hair week, people! xx
The only thing not benefiting from this astonishingly good heatwave in the UK right now is our hair. Yes, even the most tamed locks will be suffering from an assault by the summer frizz. Don’t sweat it sweeties – here are the most incredible products guaranteed to keep frizz the HELL away. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the rays.
1.Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream, £33 (236ml), www.livingproof.co.uk
The SAS has got nothing on the humidity-blocking abilities of this gem of a product. The award-winning and weightless formula gently smooths, nourishes and conditions, achieving perfectly polished locks. You will be so impressed with the results – and the compliments!
For best results use in conjunction with Living Proof’s No Frizz Shampoo and No Frizz Conditioner.
If you love the organic approach, this product is going to be a winner. This formula’s secret frizz-fighting weapon, the exclusive and organic plant infusion includes aloe, maize and guar bean. Collectively, these natural ingredients work like a dream in keeping the static in check and your hair looking nothing short of sleek heaven. Furthermore, the formula ensures defence against humidity for up to 12 hours whilst also offering optimal protection against surface damage from heat styling.
This amazing product is 93% naturally derived and cruelty-free!
Want a product that speeds up hair drying time, repairs split-ends, smooths frizz and that which offers heat protection? Label.m’s multi-tasking Anti-Frizz Hair Mist will do all of this with exceptional standards. The mist achieves a wow-factor impact on your tresses and once you try it you will never look back. I LOVE this brand!
Another brand I just can’t get enough of is Kerastase. This product provides an instantaneous hair transformation. Simply smooth in the leave-in treatment to achieve a salon-worthy blow-dry with such shiny soft finish you can almost see your reflection. It truly doesn’t leave a strand out of place. Even the unruliest locks will appear as if resurfaced. Take that, dreaded heat from variable sources!
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Have a great Tuesday people and enjoy the summer! xx
Hot enough for you? We have embarked upon a heatwave that puts the UK well and truly in a siesta-worthy situation (about time, I say). But how do we ensure our makeup remains intact, so we stay looking incredible this summer? No, people we are not trying out at Alice Cooper impersonation auditions! Check out these 5 top tips to keep our hard-earned flawless makeup looking awesome.
1.Preparation is Key
Okay, after applying a hydrating moisturiser and SPF, it is vital to prep your skin with a primer that is perfect for both your skin type and the weather conditions. Look for a product that is long-lasting, sweat and waterproof. For info on this you can read my Best Primers For Every Skin Type here. I love Mac’s Prep+Prime. £23 (Look Fantastic).
Oil-based foundations and extreme sweating do not mix. Therefore, it is better to opt for a light and water-based foundation, whilst we are in heat that could win in a Pepsi challenge with the temperature of Egypt right now. A great one is Lancôme’s Teint Miracle Foundation SPF 15, £33.50, John Lewis. The formula feels lightweight and yet luxurious, is long wear with a matte finish and provides a super-boost of hydration your skin will appreciate. Awesome!
If you are planning on going for a dip, Urban Decay’s new Waterproof Foundation is a dream £22, Urban Decay. Lightweight, long-lasting and available in 50 shades. Urban Decay – you rock!
3.Don’t Overdo Products
Layering is not a great idea during the el scorchio weeks. Keep your makeup routine light and simple. Too much and it won’t end well. Believe me! A little dab of mineral-based powder once you have applied your foundation will go a long way.
4.Mascaras and Eyeliners
Steer clear from eyeliners if at all possible. When it comes to mascaras opt for a good waterproof one like Diorshow Waterproof Mascara £28, Dior. This mascara speaks volumes (pardon the pun). No clumping, no smudging just a luscious look that stays put even when droplets of sweat are forming on your forehead – 39 degrees – bring it on!
Choose a good setting spray that will guarantee your makeup is in the same place as when you applied it (rather than an inch lower on your face). I love Urban Decay’s All Nighter, £24, Look Fantastic.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts?
When it comes to achieving a flawless look, primers are key. Summer is officially here, bringing with it the greatest test for long-lasting makeup; thus, this product is now of ultimate importance. We don’t want a cakey finish, sweat-induced streaks of foundation or liner that looks more like your 5-year-old has taken a marker to your face. We just want our flawless look to remain as gorgeous as when we first applied it. Too much to ask? Not with these amazing summer primers for every skin type/concern.
1.Sweat-Proof Primer for Oily Skin Choose: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Perfecting Primer, £28 (40ml), www.spacenk.com
Should you suffer from particularly oily skin or sweat a lot, this is will be like your secret beauty weapon. Becca’s Ever-Matte Poreless PerfectingPrimer is a massive hit amongst celebrities and makeup artists alike. The formula is drying and so the idea is to dab a pea-sized amount on your most oily areas such as the T-zone. For those with dry or more mature skin, I would advise to add this primer to a hydrating moisturiser or facia oil. This product is both mattifying and so long-lasting.
2.For A multi-Tasking and Vegan Primer Choose: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, £22 (116ml), www.lookfantastic.com
Okay, if you are super-lazy like me and want an all-singing, all-dancing primer this is a true hero product just waiting to be in your life forever more. This formula makes easy work of prepping, priming and setting your makeup. Smashbox’s 3-in-1 primer combines refreshing electrolytes that fully hydrate the skin. Furthermore, you can expect a gentle yet powerful spritz of moisture to softly transform your complexion into a beautiful canvas in moments. Ready set action, makeup. Once applied, the finished look will be locked firmly in place for the entire day. When lunchtime arrives and the sun is too hot to bear, bring out this spray and spritz for the ultimate revival of cooling radiance. YYYAASSSS.
This product is vegan, cruelty free
3.For Fine Lines/Wrinkles Choose: The Hero Project Double Blur HD Ready Skin Perfecter, £24, www.amazon.co.uk
Lines, lines, go away – don’t come back another day. I was sent the Hero Project’s products a year ago and have been a fan ever-since. If fine lines and wrinkles are your beef, this little gem warrior will quickly blur, diminishing any evidence of their existence.
Ensure your skin stays flawlessly radiant throughout summer. MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin offers an incredibly lightweight gel that both greatly reduces redness whilst enhancing a gorgeous luminosity you will love. Combined in MAC’s formula is caffeine, green tea extract and sucrose which aids in calming the skin. Also included are powerful and proven antioxidants sourced from algae extracts and mulberry to nourish, pamper and even skin tone. You will be amazed at the results.
5.For Large Pores Choose: Dr. Brandt. Pores No More Refiner Primer £50 (30ml), www.amazon.co.uk
All of you who suffer similarly to me with irksome enlarged pores, listen up: this primer is where it’s at. Seriously. Tried and tested, the formula instantly decreases the appearance of pores, fine lines and pesky imperfections – both instantly and over time! This product also absorbs excess oil whilst mattifying any shine; thus, it is the perfect primer for summer sweatiness too. Close-up pic for Instagram? No sweat!
Note: Another great tip is for those with extremely oily or sweaty skin types to opt for mineral based products that further reduce shine and mattify the skin. However, should you suffer from dry or mature skin these are products to give a miss.
Have you tried any of these primers and what are your thoughts?
Leave me a message in the comments below – and have a great day xx
I was recently given Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body to try. This concealer makeup provides the ultimate coverage. Literally transforming the look of my skin, it allows me to wear pretty much whatever summer clothes I choose without feeling self-conscious at all (well, to a point anyway). Discover why Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Maximum Cover is the best camouflage makeup around.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body SPF15, £33.50 (30ml), www.esteelauder.com
Okay, here’s the deal: should you have acne scars, age spots, blemishes, bruises, pigmentation, sun spots, varicose veins, or basically any imperfection (let’ face it, who the HELL doesn’t?) that you wish to conceal, this is a must-have product. Gone are the days where you opt for tights or trousers and a day that is too el scorchio for words, for fear of displaying those imperfections. Thank you, Estee Lauder – you are a true hero brand!
This liquid formula works incredibly well on the body. Making fast work of hiding away all imperfections, the product can even be used post-surgery. It offers a natural-looking matte finish that is both water-proof and will last all day without the worry of streaking. One point I should make is DO NOT apply this without a blender / blending brush. For this I chose my fave blending tool ever – Iconic London’s Blender. Do not make the mistake of thinking it will be fine without one – a blending tool is vital!
Available in 14 different shades, this makeup is a true colour matching gem. I opted for the shade, Dawn. The liquid cover blends in seamlessly and achieves flawless results you will love. My skin is quite dry, and I have enlarged pores. Should anyone else suffer a similar fate, my advice is to thoroughly moisturise with a hydrating formula pre-application, also adding a primer. Additionally, you should be applying the product to your face with your blender too. Failure to follow those steps will result in a shabby-looking finish that looks worse (i.e cakey or exaggerated pores) rather than better. Also, you may not notice this until you step outside (and happen to have a pocket mirror with you)!
Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Maximum Cover contains aloe leaf to nourish and sooth, soybean oil (to neutralise free radicals) and vitamin E to further protect.
In summary, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Maximum Cover is awesome!
Has anyone else tried this amazing product and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Have a great week people!
Checking out summer foundations that offer serious staying power.
The beautiful hot summer weather has returned (discounting the odd thunderstorm, obvs). So, what foundation do we put on our faces? From a little light coverage to maximum concealing powers, these are some summer foundations you will love. Rest assured they will not be sliding down your cheeks by lunchtime!
Are you be looking for a product that is packed with antioxidant and hydrating qualities? Are you in search of nourishment for your skin, minimal coverage, but with added glow? This is the kitty for you. This travel-sized product is great for all newbies out there who are thinking of trying it out. Perfect for any skin tone, the formula works incredibly well on dry/dull skin in need of a boost. Furthermore, you will find it provides exceptional protection for the skin and thwarts those pesky signs of aging. If you don’t want much coverage, something light with a beautiful healthy glow, this is a must-have!
2.For Medium Coverage: L’ancome Teint Idiole Ultra 24 Hr Long Wear Foundation, £33.50, www.lancome.co.uk
I absolutely love, love, love this foundation as it achieves great coverage, is easily buildable (without clogging up pores or enhancing them), and feels like you are just wearing your normal skin. Perfect for summer – this is a fab product for dry or mature skin types who don’t want to go matte (as this can emphasise dry or mature skin). The amazing foundation is available in 45 different shades; thus, guaranteeing you will find a hue to suit. This best-selling cult product is a hit with the celebs and was used at the BAFTAs too!
3.For Full Coverage: Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage Camouflage Makeup For Face And Body, SPF15, £33.50 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com
This foundation is hands-down amazing. If you suffer from age spots, blemishes varicose veins and such-like, the formula will feel like a big miracle in a little bottle! Achieving full coverage with a gorgeous matte finish, this product provides ultimate coverage for up to 12 hours. Say bye bye to problems ranging from imperfections all the way through to tattoos you may not want on display – I highly recommend this foundation.
Have you tried any of these foundations and what are your thoughts?
Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar day people. xx
No matter what the skincare issue, there is guaranteed to be a product to assist you. AHAs /BHAs work on cell turnover; hyaluronic acid will plump up your skin, surging it with moisture; vitamin E aids in repairing, and retinol deals with those intrusive fine lines nobody likes. However, it is imperative to remember not to just slap on all of these together and think, “job done.” Mixing certain ingredients can deeply damage the skin, making it worse rather than better.
It is important to devise a signature skincare routine especially for your skin type and concerns. This may take a little time – but not doing it would be as crazy as buying all the ingredients for a 3 course luxury meal, grabbing a pot and throwing the squid in with the chocolate sauce, adding every other ingredient while you’re at it, and then expecting it to taste heavenly! Check out the following concoctions that should always remain a no-go union.
Vitamin A (Retinol) And Vitamin C
The general rule of thumb is to apply retinol at night (as it can increase sun-sensitivity) and keep your vitamin C for the day. Vitamin C is an essential part of anyone’s skincare routine as it offers immense antioxidant value, providing that necessary protection against free radical damage. However, used in unison these can instigate dryness, redness and sensitive skin. An amazing vitamin C serum is SkinCeuticals Serum 10 (£80), www.lookfantastic.com
Retinol And AHA /BHA
When it comes to tackling the dreaded acne, diminishing lines or dealing with pigmentation, retinol would be your hero product. Additionally, AHAs /BHAs make fantastic exfoliators and cell regenerators; thus, should be a part of everyone skincare. But take note: applying these two warriors together is like initiating a fight club on your face. Expect at the very least some irritation and at worst, serious aggression and damaged skin. I love Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, (£49), www.lookfantastic.com
Vitamin C With AHA/BHAs
This will quite simply, put a car-bosh on your pH balance, causing complete ineffectiveness of what you are applying. As pointless as spending 10 minutes locating Corrie on catch-up, pressing play and then leaving the house. I’m loving Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, (£34), www.paulaschoice.co.uk
AHAs and BHAs
Basically, acid superseded by more acid – bad idea
Most dermatologists, beauty editors and experts will tell you that AHAs/BHAs, Vitamin C, E, Retinol and Sunscreen are all key ingredients. You can use sunscreen alongside vitamin C and E, no sweat. But, as for the rest – take the above advice. Your skin will thank you for it.
Discover 6 of the most iconic beauty products of all time!
Today I am letting you in on the secret true hero products of which will always be cherished. Each day new products arrive on my lap to be tried and tested. However, these little gems remain a firm favourite for most dermatologists, beauty editors, makeup artists – and of course, the customers in the know.
This product isn’t old, but it delivers such incredible results that I am certain it will remain a key item in my bathroom cabinet until the day I die. This oil is packed with 14 plant-based ingredients that work in unison that provide anti-inflammatory and regenerating qualities. I can guarantee your complexion will be transformed within a week of use. No wonder Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are such fans! If you want to know more about this product, check out my article here.
2.For Dry/Mature Skin And To Prohibit Signs Of Aging: Estee Lauder Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex 11, £53, www.lookfantastic.com
This brand has been around for decades and their Advanced Night Repair Complex 11 has a real cult following. Brimming with hyaluronic acid and with the help of their exclusive ChronoluxCB technology, this serum offers a fantastic super-boost of hydration and skin renewal. Apply at night before sleep, the formula quickly absorbs into your skin and you awaken to discover a complexion that is hydrated, smooth, toned – and just beautiful. Furthermore, this product can be used alongside most other beauty products without fear of contraindications. Yay!
3. For Concealing/Contouring/Highlighting: Iconic London Multi-Use Cream Contour Palette, £33.50, www.iconiclondon.com
I tried out this contour palette over a year ago and seriously, I have never looked back. Highly pigmented, gorgeous colours that offer absolutely amazing results every time. Whether you wish to conceal, contour, highlight, this palette has everything you need. Iconic also offer the palette in powder form, but should you have dry or mature skin, this is the kitty for you.
I absolutely ADORE Urban Decay products – I just can’t ever have enough! When it comes to setting sprays, this one is the product that ensures your makeup remains firmly intact throughout the day and night. It is literally un-moveable – which means no more nipping to the bathroom and looking at your reflection in horror as you appear to have morphed into Alice Cooper! This setting spray’s incredible and ever-growing fan-base speaks for itself.
Since discovering SkinCeuticals some time ago, the brand continues to be one of my all-time favourites. This brand truly deliver on their promise every single time! Two key ingredients of which we all need to keep using are vitamin C and E. Combining 15% pure vitamin C, 1 % vitamin E and 0.5% ferulic acid, this formula offers exceptional results, turning around dry or age-affected skin and transforming it into a complexion of utter smooth radiance. Additionally, you can expect high protection from free radical damage and continual cell-regenerating qualities. Awesome!
6.For Cleansing and Ingredient Delivery: Foreo Luna Mini 2 Cleansing Brush, £119, www.cultbeauty.co.uk
Want to diminish toxins effectively without damaging your skin leaving a beautifully clear complexion? Want to ensure those cherished skincare ingredients are delivered as deeply as possible? Look no further than the Foreo Luna or Luna 2. I was given this cleansing brush several years ago to try and it has been my skincare lifesaver. Not only does it achieve clear and smooth results, but I have found by applying my favourite skincare ingredients and working them in with this brush, my skin has never looked more incredible! Love this! Also – bonus points for the awesome colour, right?
Have you tried any of these products and what do you think? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a great afternoon xx
Solve your skincare woes with these amazing products and get summer dress-ready.
Yes, we are all different – but there are some things we all have in common – skincare issues. At some point or another we all will experience the following concerns. Luckily the beauty industry has our back. Check out these amazing products guaranteed to eradicate those skincare woes for good.
1.Problem: Pink Arm Bumps (Official Term, Keratosis Pilaris).
What the HELL are these unforgiving spot-like bumps that seem to have taken permanent residence on my arms? Otherwise known as keratosis pilaris, this unsightly and rather annoying condition is caused simply by a build-up of protein (keratin). Those with dry skin tend to be more susceptible (another reason for reaching for that glass of water). Although you can never fully rid yourself of them, you can go a long way to alleviating the situation. Check out the First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser. Formulated with glycolic and lactic acids, with some fragments of pumice stone thrown in, this new product gently yet effectively deals with pores, loosens and removes the problematic top layer of skin; thus, revealing smoother and bump-free arms in time for summer.
Should you suffer from severely dehydrated or dry skin you are probably a tad concerned about the heatwave forecasted for these coming weeks. Fear not friends, for Esthederm’s Intensive Hyaluronic Acid Serum will literally work big miracles. I was given this serum to review some time ago and I have never looked back. Formulated with 3 different types of hyaluronic acid and cellular water, this serum repairs the skin’s hydrolipidic film. It also replaces optimal moisture in the layers of skin, thus fully rehydrating even the driest of skin. Think oasis in a desert. The result is not only healthy-looking hydrated skin, but also a firmer, smoother and much rejuvenated complexion you will adore.
Home Remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar and Vitamin C Products
Okay, when I first noticed (in horror) this red thng on my leg and realised it wasn’t a pen mark that wouldn’t rub off I totally freaked out. Apparently twice as many women than men are affected (obviously) and they can be caused by standing for long periods (such is a woman’s life)), water retention and blood problems, which leads to weakened veins. Hey presto, spider legs. Discovering that the treatment is generally medical or surgical – and yep, you guessed it, is mind-blowingly expensive too. However, all is not lost.
One of my fave skincare brands, SkinCeuticals provide an aid for such dreaded woes. Should you discover your skin has been compromised, tackle it with their awesome formula that combines both beta glutin and centella asiatica. These ingredients work in unison to trigger the repair of the skin’s barrier, so it can go right ahead healing, protecting and making you feel amazing!
Alternatively, apple cider vinegar has been shown to greatly improve this concern. The natural cleanser will improve circulation helping to prevent further damage.
Furthermore, any vitamin C serums (or even some chopped parsley in essential oils), when applied will give your collagen production a super-boost, offer exceptional antioxidant benefits and greatly support cell repair.
I tested this product (with some reservation) some time ago and I can say whole heartedly, that the treatment delivers amazing results. You can actually see it working within minutes of application. For this I will use my phrase I keep for products that continually astound me (of which several well-known magazines are also now coining) THIS PRODUCT IS MAGIC IN A BOTTLE!
Containing key ingredients proven to achieve effective results, including:
Skin Brightening Plant Extracts
Turmeric Sourced Antioxidant
This product both addresses the cause of uneven pigmentation whilst treating the discoloration. Expect a seriously gorgeous and luminous complexion, all ready for summer.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Sunday people xx
Checking out the best self-tanners of 2019 (no streaks guaranteed).
Okay guys, ready or not here comes the hot weather and it’s time to get your glow on. Pasty legs in short flowery dresses are NOT a good look – but fear not! Whether you want to cover those bruises (a-hem, me), achieve a medium coverage or simply illuminate, you can transform your look with these products. Here are the best self-tanners of 2019!
1.For Concealing and Coverage Choose: Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finish, £19.66 (100ml), www.johnlewis.com
If any of you are like me, you may have recently conceded it’s too hot and now is the time to brave the skirt – only to discover the horror of bruises and imperfections that have apparently wallpapered themselves all over your legs. “Where the Hell did I get those?” and more importantly, “How can I wear a dress?” Don’t panic my relatable friends, this is the go-to solution. With the power of instantly blurring and hiding those imperfections, whilst achieving a gorgeous golden hue, this will be your hero product for the foreseeable. Thank you Vita Liberata, you know me so well!
It doesn’t matter what anyone says, when it comes to application, everyone needs a good blender or mitt. I have found perhaps the most perfect one yet. Behold the Body Blender by beautyblender. Comfortable, handy and granting you the most seamless of finishes in a fraction of the time, this is a must-have tool for all instant tanners out there.
3.For Gradual Tan Choose : St. Tropez Gradual Tan Moisture Miracle Watermelon Lotion, £9.95, www.superdrug.com
Want moisturising, skin-loving vegan ingredients all in one awesome self-tan product? St. Tropez has literally got you covered. Boasting hyaluronic acid to ensure your skin remains in tip-top condition, achieving a to-die-for natural looking tan with a refreshing watermelon with no hint of biscuit scent, this is on course for being a permanent fixture in my bathroom cabinet.
4. For Face & Neck Choose: utan Coconut Tanning Water, £18, www.utan.co.uk
OMG, I am so in love with this facial tanning mist. Perfect as a primer or setting spray over makeup, the multi-award-winning formula should be simply sprayed on and allowed to work its magic. Within 4-6 hours, this lightweight mist develops into a much-sought-after beautiful glow. Furthermore, it is enriched with coconut extracts and vitamins; thus, ensuring your skin is reaping maximum benefit. This product is best for pale -medium skin tones.
Has anyone tried these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a lovely Wednesday people xx
Following my recent article on very good reasons for wearing sunscreen every day (here), I am now sharing with you the actual best SPF’s of 2019. I have reviewed many, and the following make the list for being way up there above the rest. Read on:
One of the key cruelty-free beauty brands that is on everyone’s lips of late, is Drunk Elephant. The products you find here do not contain alcohol, animal fats, silicones, chemical screens or fragrances. Offering superior UVA/UVB protection and brimming with antioxidants, it achieves even more shielded support against environmental damage. Very lightweight and quickly absorbed, this is a sun cream I love to use every day.
Safe, kind and suitable for all skin types, this excellent sun shield stick is ideal for all the family. It provides UVA/UVB protection and comes in a travel friendly stick, making it perfect the perfect product to pop in your travel bag. This awesome formula is non-comedogenic, cruelty and fragrance-free. If you are looking for a fab organic sun shield that is suitable for everyone, look no further than this little gem.
OMG, if you are yet to try a new product, this is the one to go for. Obagi (loved by top dermatologists and skincare experts) really deliver effective results. Obagi provide targeted treatment for pretty much every skin concern; their sun cream is about as good as it gets. The Seal of Recommendation is given by the Skin Cancer Foundation as it offers successful sun protection whilst helping to prohibit sun damage. This gorgeous formula achieves a delicate matte finish and is PABA and fragrance-free.
Have you tried any of these sun shields and which one is your fave? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar weekend people. Sending you smiles x
Are you one of those people who rushes out to buy some sunscreen the moment the summer season commences? If so, it’s time to change. Your skin will thank you for it later on in life. Sunscreen provides that vital protection your skin needs throughout the year. Here are 6 reasons sunscreen should be a part of your daily skincare routine.
Many people believe (like I used to) that the sun is only harmful during summer months. So wrong! In fact, the sun’s rays are just as harmful in spring as they are in the middle of August.
2.Prohibits Skin Cancer
With 50% of all people set to encounter the C word (in some form or another) by 2020, there has never been a better reason to rush out and equip yourself with some SPF. There are a variety of skin cancers waiting to pounce – so don’t give them the chance.
3.Prevents Premature Skin Aging
Okay, so this is a puppy which reflects the opposite of aging. However, it’s too cute not to include and has wrinkly skin, so it kind of demonstrates my point. Think of sun cream as your secret weapon in the fight against those dreaded lines and wrinkles. Wearing it every day will stave off the years from mapping themselves across your face too soon.
If you want to avoid a face full of discoloration and dark spots (HELL, yeah) then sunscreen is imperative.
5.Blotchiness, Red Veins – No Thanks
The same can be said for preventing the onset of unwanted blotches that never seem to go, like – ever, and red veins that without the help of some expensive laser treatment will definitely never go. It’s far easier to slap a bit of sunscreen on your face.
Granted, this is the UK – but miracles can happen. And with the population biting chunks out of the ozone layer like it’s a Michelin-starred chef’s signature chocolate desert, sun burn is ever-more likely.
In short people, wear your sunscreen. Like, every day people.
I hope you are all having an awesome weekend. Here is my round-up of this week’s favourite beauty products:
1.MAC LIPGLASS / ELECTRIC WONDER, £15.50 (3.1 ml), www.asos.com
I’m totally obsessed with MAC’s new Lipglass. This highly pigmented lip gloss is amazing because you can either opt for the key trend of the high-gloss finish or achieve a subtler effect. The gloss looks incredible on its own and over you lippy, will condition your pout – and with a shade called Rock Starz, who can resist? The lip gloss is available in 5 gorgeous shades.
This is one product my skin will never tire of. Seriously, I cannot rate this enough. Touted for being a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge (and apparently now Meghan Markle’s too), this facial oil offers some exceptional skin-loving qualities. The natural elixir is loaded with 14 precious plant oils that work together to reduce inflammation, nourish, smoothen and revitalise the skin. The result is a magnificently glowing complexion of beauty. Within a week of using this elixir I (and everyone around me) noticed a significant improvement in my skin. I have never looked back. This product should be on every beauty editor’s list of favourites.
The reason this reaches the list is that it’s a no-fuss, targeted treatment that delivers the necessary ingredient at an affordable price. Q10 is so important in your skincare routine, due to the fact that it offers warrior-like protection against environmental damage, minimises fine lines, all whilst thoroughly hydrating the skin. Yaass!
What are your thoughts on these products? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a lovely Sunday people. xx
Love for clean living and vegan skincare go hand-in-hand. Beauty brands have cottoned on to our need for natural and vegan skincare and provided us with an array of awesome natural soaps. Now we can say goodbye to the days of products made from animal fat (thank God). Check out the best vegan soaps that will keep us clean, clear and happy.
This handmade soap is not only incredibly moisturising, but also comes with added poppy seeds to aid natural exfoliation. Containing black poppy, coconut and olive oil, wild fig, ensures your skin is left totally revitalised and supple. Additionally, cocoa butter and pro-vitamin B5 provide further hydrating and moisturising benefits. I love this soap.
If you want to find a cruelty-free vegan soap which is 100% recyclable packaging and smells amazing, then look no further than this double pack of natural chai soap bars. Including a Cinnamon & Ginger Chai Soap (100g) and a Fennel & Cardamom Chai Soap (100g), these products gently exfoliate and purify the skin, so your complexion is one of glowing beauty. These soaps offer 100% natural ingredients and are palm-oil free.
Should you suffer from delicate or sensitive skin, this is the soap for you. Containing naturally moisturising oils and skin-loving aloe vera, the fragrance-free soap offers gentle cleaning and superior pampering qualities. All this for just £2.11! Does soap-life get any better? I think not.
For those of you who (like me) suffer from grim breakouts, this is the soap of dreams! Accruing huge acclaim on social media for its miracle-like results, the charcoal-based formula quickly diminishes spots, leaving your skin feeling completely nourished. The soap effectively detoxifies, whilst the combined shea butter truly moisturises and soothes. Expect a clear and glowing complexion.
What are your most-cherished vegan cleansing bars? Leave me a message in the comments below. Have a stellar weekend people xx
Oily skin and worried about staying moisturised as summer approaches? Never fear – check out the best gel lotions that guarantee your moisturiser won’t use your face as a slide. Instead, you can rejoice in a beautifully hydrated, moisturised and radiant complexion – even if the weather reaches el scorchio levels. (A girl can dream!).
My skin seems to forever suffer from being oily and also the treat of dry patches. As soon as I believe I’ve eradicated them for good and breathe a sigh of relief, they return from the dead for a repeat performance. So, when I discovered this new product from IT Cosmetics, I was literally beside myself with joy (yes, a little sad, maybe). It Cosmetics truly deliver on their promise – this lotion provides 72 hours of hydration. It deals with dryness and moisturises without causing an oily riot on your skin.
This almost weightless liquid is readily absorbed into the skin, taking with it a host of highly nourishing skincare ingredients that really take care of your complexion. Infused with ceramides, glycerine and cactus flower, the formula offers antioxidants, moisture-locking properties and nourishment. This liquid ensures your skin looks healthy and luminous. Perfect for the summer sun. Verdict: Impressed!
Oily skin types work better with gel moisturisers due to the fact that they are lighter and not oil-based. Kiehl’s Gel Cream intensively hydrates, moisturises and conditions the skin. Enriched with Imperata Gylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to firmly lock in moisture. Once you apply this cream you will notice fast absorption and an immediate cooling effect.
This formula offers 4-hour hydration and effectively keeps control over shine. I love this!
If you have read any of my favourite skincare posts, you will know how much I love this brand. SkinCeuticals is at the top of its game, consistently providing optimal results. They have cleverly combined 2 incredible ingredients of which work in unison to guarantee superior hydrating and moisturising capabilities, without the fear of clogged pore syndrome. B5 nurtures your skin and hyaluronic acid provides and maintains that much-needed moisture. This product is suitable for all skin types, but if you have oily skin, skip for joy!
Should you suffer from acne or blemishes, this oil-free gel/serum works a treat. Particularly great for age spots, blemishes, dry skin, oily skin with dry areas and extremely sensitive skin, the formula intensively soothes and moisturises, leaving you looking and feeling nothing but beautifully radiant. And my life is complete. #Lifegoals.
Have you tried any of these products? Do you use any others you think are great? Lave me a message in the comments below. xx
I used to love the different flavoured lip glosses, so I’m stoked to hear they have made a comeback. Now we can have gloss for our lips, cheeks and eyes! Check out some of the best glosses around that have me totally smitten.
I am completely in love with this glossing lip plumper by Dior. It basically offers an ultra-gloss effect with amazing lip hydrating and plumping benefits. Available in 18 different colours with 3 shine effects from which to choose: sparkling, iridescent and sheer. I tried 765 UltraDior which provides a gorgeous pink sheen with subtle red undertones. A romance must-have for that special evening out.
Before you write this off the moisturising highlighting balm as a luxury item, the ‘Sculpting’ Baume Essentiel can be used for both the cheeks and eyes (saving you from nipping out to buy a separate product for the eyes). Suitable for all skin tones, this gorgeous glossy and delicate-pink shimmer reflects the light and looks incredible on both my cheekbones and eyelids. It is impossible to create an OTT look, but rather it provides a perfect dewy finish of which we all crave.
This vegan eye gloss is amazing. It comes in an applicator pen making it so easy to use (and difficult to over-use). The gloss looks fabulous either with or without eyeshadow. The result is a beautiful dewy shine on those lids and enhancing your overall look, so you feel nothing but gorgeous. The eye gloss is available in 3 awesome shades.
Gloss can immediately upgrade your look and give you an amazing dewy shimmer that works so well in this beautiful sunshine.
Have you tried any of these products? What are your fave glosses? Leave me a message below. Enjoy the rest of Easter Monday xx
Should you be (like me) a lover of all things vegan, things have never looked better. The vegan makeup and skincare range are growing day by day. Check out 6 of the best vegan concealers that will guarantee no need for Instagram filters. I am certain you will fall in love with at least one of these awesome products!
Okay, I understand this is a little more than we generally like to pay for our concealer – but this will last you far longer than a concealer pen, so it works out to be quite a reasonable buy. When I tried this product, I was totally smitten. Unlike many other concealers this formula feels so soft, blends perfectly into the skin and does NOT cause that dreaded cakey appearance that emphasises lines. For me, this is priceless.
The concealer is formulated with fruit and vegetable pigments, and is also water, sweat and oil resistant. It provides exceptional coverage that lasts.
100% Pure’s Concealer is available in 5 shades (the only downside). It is vegan and cruelty-free.
I tested out the Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation (from Gabriel Cosmetics) some time ago and was mega-impressed. The Color Concealer is pretty outstanding too. This extremely lightweight, water-based concealer achieves amazing coverage that looks totally natural. It literally blends in like a second skin. Additionally, being gluten-free and vegan is an immediate plus, too!
Firstly, let me just say how cool this brand’s name is! The concealer is usually priced at £20 but is currently available at the SkinStore (part of the lookfantastic group) for just £7.94!
The formula is creamy, yet lightweight and boasts skin-nourishing ingredients such as aloe, cocoa extract and vitamin E. These components work together to further minimise the appearance of dark circles and any imperfections. The outcome is perfect coverage with an even and healthy-looking skin tone you will adore. I love this!
This concealer is only available in 4 shades (again the only downside I can find).
Probably my favourite vegan concealer of all is this one by Urban Decay. The all-singing, all-dancing concealer ticks every possible box and ensures you look incredible even on your worst day ever. Most importantly, under eye dark circles are diminished without bringing out fine lines for a spotlight dance. Urban Decay have combined Japanese green tea to aid in this process.
Their formula also combines Matrixyl 3000, Litchiderm (sourced from lychees) and sodium hyaluronate that work in unison to enhance an ultimately brighter and more radiant finish. This concealer is available in 12 shades and is currently 50% off – so grab one now!
What are your thoughts on vegan concealers? Leave me a message below xx
There’s no getting away from it – the Easter holidays are expensive. If you need to watch your finances, but are in need of a makeup haul, don’t despair. You can grab yourself any of the following products for under £10. Before you worry about quality, these items are so good you will be scratching your head in disbelief!
Including amazing ingredients such as salicylic acid, witch-hazel, camphor, tea tree and calming aloe vera, this vegan-friendly formula offers everything your skin needs to effectively banish acne and blemishes, whilst ensuring your skin is nourished and soothed. Expect even looking skin tone, reduced blemishes and redness – and a beautiful complexion!
You could spend your week’s lunch money on a Dior or MAC eyeshadow set, but this is a great alternative if you are feeling the pinch. The palette offers 6 good quality, highly pigmented popular shades (including the ones I use on most days). You will be amazed at how soft, easy-to-blend and workable these eyeshadows are. Furthermore, they are super long-lasting. The only thing you will be wondering is where your head was when you paid £35 for eyeshadow last month!
I adore this lipstick – so much so, that I have been using the Birthday Suit shade almost every day for the past month. Available in 18 shades, this matte finish lipstick glides on seamlessly, is not too overpowering and stays on for the duration. Amazing for the price!
This mascara would win in a Pepsi challenge against some of the most high-end mascaras around. Providing volume and length without clumping, this is one product that’s seriously worth a trip to Primark. I can’t get my head around the fact it is £2.50!
Check out this awesome contour concealer by NYX. Incredible for hiding imperfections, brightening and contouring, this all-in-one lightweight product is available in 24 shades; thus, ensuring the provision of perfect coverage that lasts throughout the day and into the evening. Definitely a must-have concealer.
It’s no secret I think e.l.f. Cosmetics is fabulous. This vegan-friendly and cruelty-free brand never skimp on quality and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were using a luxe product when you try their range. The brand’s compact 4-in-1 golden bronzing palette achieves a natural, subtle, yet incredibly gorgeous “I’ve just returned from the best holiday ever” glow.
Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. xx
Spring is now underway and if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to make that skincare transition. Some of the products we use in winter can now be changed for more season-suitable skincare to compliment your beautiful complexion. Check out some key awesome products here:
Yes, it’s time to get ready for the warmer weather. Before you ditch those polo necks, make sure you are looking your best by using your face and neck roller. This brand-new cooling facial roller by IT Cosmetics is fantastic and treats the face, neck, décolleté and chest. Since using facial rollers I have noticed how much better my skin looks. They basically guarantee super-absorption of your chosen skincare ingredients and thus, superior results. YAASS!
Furthermore, the citrine is supposed to draw in clarity and focus – perfect for continuing with your new year’s resolutions and staying on track! N.b: Should you be a U.K resident you may need to head over to eBay for this one.