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Summer Foundations That Offer Serious Staying Power

Hey Lovelies!

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!

1.For Minimal Coverage Choose a Tinted Moisturiser: Choose Estee Lauder DayWear, SPF15, £10 (15ml), www.esteelauder.co.uk

estee lauder daywear tinted moisturiser
Credit: esteelauder.co.uk

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

l'ancome teint idole foundation
Credit: l’ancome

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

estee lauder maximum coverage foundation face and body
Credit: estee lauder

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

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Never Use These Skincare Ingredients Together

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#Never Use These Skincare Ingredients Together

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

SkinCeuticals serum 10
Credit: Look Fantastic

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

esthederm retinol
Credit: Look Fantastic

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

Paulas choice resist antiaging aha
Credit: Paulas Choice

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.

Have an awesome weekend people xx

6 Of The Most Iconic Beauty Products Of All Time

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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.

1.For Anti-Inflammatory / Anti-Redness/Regeneration: Beauty Sleep Elixir, £47, www.beautyskincare.co.uk

beuti sleep elixir facial oil
Credit: beuti skincare

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

estee lauder advanced night repair serum
Credit: Look fantastic

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

iconic london multi use cream contour
Credit: iconic london

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.

4.Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £24, www.urbandecay.co.uk

urban decay all nighter setting spray
Credit: Urban Decay

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.

5.For Aging Skin / Skin Protection: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, £135, www.skinceuticals.co.uk

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Credit: SkinCeuticals

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

Foreo Luna 2
Credit: Amazon

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

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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).

Solution: First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub 10% AHA, $26, www.firstaidbeauty.com

first aid beauty bump eraser scrub
Credit: First Aid Beauty

 

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.

 

  1. Problem: Dehydrated/Dry Skin

Solution: Institut Esthederm Intensive Hyaluronic Acid Serim £49.50 (30ml), www.facethefuture.co.uk

esthederm hyaluronic acid serum for dry skin
Credit: face the future

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.

3.Problem: Spider Veins:

Solution: SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair, £59.95,

www.radianceskincare.co.uk

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!

skinceuticals dermal repair
Credit: Radiance Skincare

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.

4.Problem: Pigmentation

Solution: Neostrata Enlighten Pigment Controller, £49.95, www.facethefuture.co.uk

neostrata pigment controller
Credit: Neostrata

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:

Neoglucosamine

Retinol

Skin Brightening Plant Extracts

Vitamin C

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

 

 

 

 

 

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