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Want Flawless? Check Out The Best Finishing Powders

Hey Lovelies

This party season we all want makeup that hides imperfections, blurs away pores, doesn’t emphasise every little line and stays on longer than the taxi ride to the event, right? Could such a magical product exist? The answer is yes – and the good news is we don’t need a fairy God mother – we just need some great info. Make sure you remain stunning all evening by equipping yourself with the best finishing powders around. Here are some truly exceptional finishing powders that actually deliver outstanding results. Read on:

1.For Diminishing Shine And Brightening Skin: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, £34, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Should you be searching for a finishing powder that provides a little bit of extra coverage, opt for the Flawless Finish by Charlotte Tilbury. This super-luxurious powder offers some seriously seamless application and keeps your complexion appearing blemish and shine-free (HUGE plus). Combined are soft-focus micro powders and light-reflecting ingredients. The result is a gorgeous matte finish (but not too much) on seemingly flawless skin. The best bit – it will last longer than Cinderella’s pumpkin coach (phew, as there is no way we want to be checking out at midnight, right?).

2.To Hide Unwanted Pores: La Mer The Sheer Pressed Powder, £70, www.cremedelamer.co.uk

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The majority of us want a no-filter-needed complexion without it looking so thick you could blend in with the travelling circus. Let’s be honest, the overdone look is never great. Although a tad pricey, La Mer’s Pressed Powder should be considered an investment and for me, it’s totally worth it (Too. Many. Pores). Non-cakey, lightweight and great coverage – La Mer achieves a youthful matte finish whilst greatly reducing the appearance of unsightly pores. Thank God it’s Christmas.

3.For Creating Perfect Selfies: Wunder2 Perfect Selfie HD Photo Finishing Powder, £19.95, www.wunder2.co.uk

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There’s no need to Photoshop your selfies when you have this little gem in your bag. The Wunder2 Perfect Selfie powder is a translucent product of which combines a blend of high -performance perfecting powders that blur away imperfections, creating a beautiful, soft-focus finish (without caking). Yay!. This is an amazing product and works well in achieving a natural looking, selfie-ready complexion.

4.For Radiance And A Good Riddance To Imperfections: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, £42, www.spacenk.com

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After hearing so many people rave about this product I was literally tripping over myself to try it – and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

For me, setting powders tend to cake and I prefer to have a great setting spray and finishing powder instead. Hourglass is pretty genius as they consider how much different light impacts our look. Hourglass offer products that work the various lighting situations. Providing 6 shades that mimic 6 light sources (from harsh mornings to candlelight), their innovative formula contains ultra-fine pearl particles that effectively manipulate and filters light, whilst eliminating any evidence of imperfections. This finishing powder is like having my own secret super-power On My Face!

Do you have a favourite finishing powder? Leave your comments below xx

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Check Out The Best Hair Masks Of 2018 (Guaranteed To Create Irresistible Shine)

Hey Lovelies!

Our hair should be like our crown (or tiara if you prefer)). With the Christmas parties now in full swing, make sure your tresses look as stunning as you do; check out the best hair masks of 2018, that are guaranteed to create irresistible shine (and our endless love).

1.For Dry Hair Choose: Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense Cheveux Fins For Fine Hair, £23.78 (200ml), lookfantastic.com

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Should your hair concern be dry or fine hair, check out this mask by Kerastase – it is a literal game changer. Formulated with their Irisome Complex and glucose proteins, this treatment gets straight to work, nourishing all the way from root to tip, replenishing, softening and revitalising your locks. The outcome is unequivocally beautiful hair.

2.For Curly Hair Choose: Serie Expert Curl Contour Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel, £11.85 (200ml) allbeauty.com

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Fellow curly haired people, this super-gentle and gel-like mask is incredible for conditioning and detangling your locks, so they resemble beautiful bouncy curls (rather than a frizzy scarecrow-like mess). Ideally, leave the mask on for 10 minutes to allow it’s extra strengthening powers to take full effect and enjoy!

3.For That Extra Shine Choose: Professionnel Mythic Oil Masque by L’Oréal Professionnel, £19.50, feelunique.com

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I am a great believer in the benefits of argan oil for both the hair and skin – and this mask contains both argan and myrrh extract. Move over Disney princesses and anyone named Aniston as this product offers such superior TLC, your locks will be your shining glory. Hooray!

4. For Split Ends And Achieving Shine: Paul Mitchell Moisture Daily Treatment, £36.25 (1000ml),  Feel Unique.

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Ok, the best bit of advice I can offer is to achieve and maintain lustrous locks you should be applying a hair treatment almost every day. If you think that is a bind, simply swap the conditioner for a GOOD hair mask/treatment. Paul Mitchell’s Daily Treatment is one in a million and combining ingredients such as soy proteins, shea butter, panthenol and his Moisture Complex, this formula delivers outstanding nourishment and shine. You will be hard-pressed to find a split end!

What are your fave hair masks? Leave me your comments below xx

Best Post-Party Hacks To Look As If You’ve Actually Had Some Sleep

Finally, party season is here – which means dancing, fun…and a lack of sleep. Make sure you look as fresh as a daisy with the best makeup hacks. These tips will ensure you look like you have actually slept more than 4 hours (but sadly, they won’t help you function any better – multiple strong coffees until you can get to your bed will deal with this).

1.Highlighter

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Apply your highlighter generously around the eye area, paying particular attention to the inner and outer corners of the eyes, and upper brow bone too. Furthermore, add a little to the area at the outer side of your eye to give a lifted effect. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Wand, £27, www.charlottetilbury.com

2.Curl Those Lashes

A top trick for opening up the eyes instantly is to use an eyelash curler. This works miracles.

3.De-Puff The Bags

Eye bags the size of hammocks are kind of a giveaway to your previous night’s antics. Avoid the comments/looks/questions by quickly erasing the bags, dark circles and puffy ‘I haven’t slept in a week’ look. The best product I know of for a quick fix after a late night is Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask, £60 (Pack of 12), www.johnlewis.com

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Once you try these under-eye masks they will become your post-party skin saviour. Drenched in a retinol-based formula, these patches (allegedly loved by Kim Kardashian) instantly plump the skin, erasing any evidence of dryness and lines (temporarily of course – but long enough to get through your day shift)).

4.Colour Corrector And Hydrating Concealer

 

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Firstly, address any dark circles with a colour corrector and then apply your concealer – but make sure it is a hydrating concealer. An ordinary concealer may make the situation worse as it can cause a cakey effect so close to the eye area, thus emphasizing any bags/lines instead. We don’t want that, so opt for a good product such as Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, £24, www.feelunique.com

5.Illuminate

Add a drop of illuminator to your foundation to brighten your overall look, detracting from tired skin. Iconic London’s Illuminator is totally dreamy, £32.99, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

6.Neutral Shades And Eye Drops

When you are absolutely shattered it is best to stick to neutral eyeshadows and lips, so that you do not draw attention to any sleep-deprived imperfections. Lastly, don’t forget the eye drops – these are always a Godsend!

Happy partying people xx

 

Best Beauty Gift Sets For Under £40

Hey Lovelies!

All beauty fanatics out there are certain to love a fabulous beauty gift set in their Christmas stocking. Discover the best beauty gift sets around for under £40. Read on:

1.Benefit Defined And Refined Brows Kit, £31.50, boots.com

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Everyone knows that if your eyebrows look great it literally transforms your overall look. Now you can achieve professional brows with ease; this awesome kit contains everything you need for creating flawless brows and incredible selfies. I love this.

2.Bobbi Brown Pret-A-Party Mini Eye & Lip Palette, £26, bobbibrown.co.uk

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I am a total sucker from neutral eyeshadows and nobody does them better than Bobbi Brown. Check out this awesome little gift set combining 5 eyeshadows and nude lip gloss to complete a beautiful Insta-worthy look. Sold!

3.Laura Mercier Pret-A-Powder Limited Edition Powder & Puff (Translucent), £36, spacenk.com

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Want sheer matte coverage, perfectly set makeup and an undeniably pampered feeling? Behold, Laura Mercier’s rose-gold lidded gift set. Fantastic Christmas pics – Check, check and check!

4.MAC Look In a Box Basic Brush Set, £39.50,  maccosmetics.co.uk

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Globally-loved brand MAC brings us their best-selling makeup brushes in a too cute for words, giant-sized lipstick holder. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want this in their Christmas stocking (other than the dog, perhaps)?

5.Dior Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Gift Set, £27, boots.com

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This Christmas make your eyes pop and wow all who see you with Dior’s backstage kit, including Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Mascara and a mini Diorshow Maximizer 3D for the perfect base to achieve maximum effect lashes. Could this Christmas get any better? I think not.

Have you bought any of these gift sets? What do you think? Please leave your comments below xx

Can LED Light Therapy Actually Turn Back The Clock?

Hey Lovelies!

Today I am sharing my knowledge of LED Light Therapy – the Hollywood craze that most celebs are currently pursuing.

As a beauty editor I am totally obsessed with products and treatments that actually deliver rejuvenation, diminishing lines and wrinkles and tightening the skin wherever possible, to achieve that much sought-after youthful appearance. Sadly, they don’t all work. It is my job to filter the good from the bad and share this with the world. Light therapies are supposed to be the latest rejuvenating trend that work little miracles and can be done in minutes. The questions on everyone’s’ lips: Does it really work; is it painful, and is it better than spending our hard-earned cash on Botox and fillers? Read on:

About LED Treatments:

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LED treatments are referred to as blue light, red light and yellow. Blue light is mostly used for reducing acne and acne scars, red is the go-to anti-aging treatment and yellow is often used to optimise skin health. The chosen treatment will vary from short to long wavelengths and much depends on the individual’s needs. Harvey Nichols’ Light Salon offer bespoke LED facials of which you can review here.

How Does It Work?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode of which produces therapeutic wavelengths (long and short) of light energy. Once received by the dermal cells, it is converted into ATP (an essential component for cells to produce collagen and elastin). This is proven to be extremely effective, with the skin’s response acting as it would do in your twenties. The result is a plump and rejuvenation complexion (YAAASS)!

So, if you are sick of Botox not getting all of those pesky lines and wrinkles and paying through the nose for the 3-monthly disappointment, you should definitely consider giving this a treatment a chance. Furthermore, LED is a fantastic method for dealing with unsightly pores, to even skin tone and awaken dry and dull complexions.

How Long Does An LED Light Therapy Facial Take And Is It Obvious You Have Had it?

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The bonus about this little star treatment is you cannot tell you have had anything done and you can be in and out within half an hour. LED light therapy gives your skin a warm sensation, but nothing else. Phew!

Now For The Downside… (Because There Had To Be One)

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It is usually advised for customers to repeat their treatment twice each week for 4-6 weeks. This works out to be a tad pricey (but in my view it’s totally worth it).  Treatment prices range from anywhere between £40-£300 (depending on their needs and choice of clinic).

For those with deeper lines, have enjoyed the sun a little too much or who have smoked for some considerable time, it will take longer to achieve good results but stick with it and you will be pleased.

More Upside…

Once you have had the course of treatments, you may only need one or two treatments each year to maintain results.

Are There Any Contraindications?

In short, no. This is one treatment that has no contraindications and it can be used on all skin types. However, as with any treatment (and particularly if you are using an at-home device) always follow the instructions.

Should I Invest In an At-Home Device?

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If going to a salon for continued treatment seems a little daunting and costly, it may be worth considering investing in an at-home device. You should know that these will undoubtedly be weaker than the professional devices, but you can achieve good results (it will just take a little longer). The other point to make is that when opting for this treatment, to guarantee success, you must endeavour to include it within your daily skincare routine. The best devices I have come across is the LightStim priced at £159.99 at Amazon and the Omnilux Clear-U, priced at £347 at Amazon.

Have you had experience of LED light therapy and what do are your thoughts. Please leave your comments below. xx

 

The Best Beauty Gift Sets For Her (At Bargain Prices)

Hey Lovelies!

It may be bleak out there, but its nearly Friday, which means the fabulous weekend is almost upon us – and with it another opportunity to grab some Christmas presents at bargain prices. Check out the best beauty gift sets that your friend, mum, sister (or you) will adore.

1.Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Toilette Gift Set, £27.50 (Was £55), debenhams.com

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The top notes of cardamom, pepper and ginger are encompassed in a heart of gardenia, peony and orange flowers, evoking an irresistibly sweet yet sensual aroma that will leave the senses intoxicated with bliss.

This Versace set contains ‘Crystal Noir’ eau de toilette, shower gel and body lotion – everything you need to feel and smell divine throughout the festive period (and it’s a total steal)!

2.Liz Earle Brilliance Every Day Gift Set, £40 Was £57), lizearle.com

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Should you be searching for the perfect beauty gift set this Christmas, you can’t get better than globally loved brand, Liz Earle’s Brilliance Every Day gift set. Offering highly effective and naturally active ingredients, these products will ensure your skin and hair are looking healthy, radiant and completely rejuvenated. Included in the set:

1 x Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (Multi Award-Winner)

1 x Instant Boost Skin Tonic

1 x Botanical Shine Shampoo (For All Hair Types)

1 x Botanical Shine Conditioner (For Normal Hair)

2 x Pure Cotton Cloths

3.Bobbi Brown Exclusive Pretty Effortless Eye, Cheek And Lip Kit, £59.50 (Worth £101.50), lookfantastic.com

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Bobbi Brown is one of my all-time fave brands and I am so excited to see this gift set on offer. Containing their best-selling Mascara, Brightening Finishing Powder (light), Lip Colour (Brownie) and Mini Fae Blender Brush, this kit provides all a girl needs to look amazing this Christmas! Whomever receives this kit will be SO HAPPY!

Happy Friday people xx

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The Best Face Primers Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Make no mistake – when it comes to attaining that flawless look, a good face primer is a literal Godsend! However, truth be told, the beauty market is flooded with primers that promise the earth and unsurprisingly there are some that fall way short on delivering even a mediocre result. We want actual blurring, smoothing and makeup that stays put! Do not fear, here are the best primers of 2018 that truly work little miracles to aid us in achieving that no filter necessary complexion. Read on:

1.Becca Backlight Priming Filter, £28, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Should your skin look a little dull (that’s pretty much everyone this time of year), you want those pesky imperfections gone and a perfect canvas for makeup application, this incredible primer is a star performer. Its soft-focus pigments blur away imperfections, diffusing the light to achieve that Insta-worthy complexion. Better yet, this product is packed with liquorice extract and vitamin E to brighten, firm, tighten and protect. Woah!

2.Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer, £22, nudebynature.co.uk

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If you want natural skincare and makeup, this brand is for you. Loaded with natural active ingredients such as native Australian Kakadu Plum (brimming with vitamin C), as well as antioxidant rich Vitamins A and E, and green tea, ensure that your skin is not only even and smooth without the use of silicones, but receiving extra nourishment and protection too. Furthermore, you will find your makeup stays firmly in place for the duration. I adore this brand!

3.Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26, smashbox.co.uk

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This transparent gel formula works like a dream in creating a flawless base for your makeup and is one of the best primers I have ever tried. Minimising the appearance of imperfection, fine lines and pores, whilst creating an even and smooth base for your makeup – is there anything this face primer can’t do?

4.Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer, £14.50, www.urbandecay.co.uk

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Oh, how we HATE pores. Why should we suffer with them? The answer is, we shouldn’t. Say hello to Urban Decay’s magnificent Optical Illusion Primer, which goes a hell of a long way in reducing their appearance, whilst also blurring fine lines and providing a beautiful matte finish. Urban Decay, I love you!

Happy Monday people xx

Discover These Must-See Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Hey Lovelies

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. In preparation for Cyber Monday, here are a few more must-see beauty deals out there, of which are guaranteed to make your weekend that much better!

1.Kerastase Elixir Ultime L’Original Hair Oil, £26.45 (Usually £41.40), beautyexpert.com

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When it comes to looking after your locks, Kerastase is up there with the best. Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Original Hair Oil is a multi-use, leave-in hair oil that effectively nourishes and awakens dull hair, providing it with outstanding shine-enhancing qualities, whilst preventing the appearance of split ends. This little gem is perfect as a primer and a finishing product that ensure your tresses are frizz-free and heat-protected too! So happy. Kerastase are offering 20% off ANY order for Cyber Monday. Yay!

2.Yves Saint Laurent – ‘Touché Éclat’ Highlighter and Blur Primer Gift Set, £20.80, Was £26, debenhams.com

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Should dark circles and shadows be clouding your perfect look, kick them into touch with this fabulous bargain by Yves Saint Laurent. Included in this set is the Touch Éclat Highlighter Pen and their Blur Primer. Why not make this a gift from you to, well…you?

3.7 Core Collection Brush Set, £15 (Was £30), www.boots.com

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Having the right makeup brushes is key to ensuring your products are applied seamlessly with a ‘no-Photoshop-needed’ and Instaworthy finish. No.7 Core Collection Brush Set contains some of their favourite brushes: concealer, foundation, eye colour and blusher. Available right now at half the price, I am glancing at my very tired-looking foundation brush and wondering whether my weekend could BE any better?

4.Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Hair Removal Device, £249, (Was £575), boots.com

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If you have always wanted one of these globally raved about IPL devices, but figured the cost was a little too much to take the gamble, it’s time reassess. This little beauty is touted for delivering superior results and is up for grabs for £326 less! Need I say more?

Happy Sunday people! xx

 

Check Out The Best Black Friday Beauty Deals

Black Friday is finally here and this weekend you can find so many of your favourite beauty items at discounted prices – YAASS! Whether you want to splurge on yourself, or treat someone on Christmas day, check out these gorgeously fabulous beauty deals on offer:

1.Decleor Skin Radiance Christmas Gift Set, £33, Was £48, www.decleor.co.uk

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One of my all-time fave brands, this year Decleor has really come through for us. Offering 30% off this weekend via their website (perfect for me as online shopping is so much easier when you know what you want). Check out their Skin Radiance Christmas gift set. Combining everything you need to effectively exfoliate, hydrate and illuminate, you will look and smell divine throughout the festive season.

2.Guerlain Terracotta Electric Light Copper Bronzing Powder, Now £34.03 (Save 17%), www.johnlewis.com

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Bronzers can literally transform your complexion from the ‘dull, weary and a little too tired of this harsh weather’ look, into one of healthy, sun-kissed radiance – and there’s none better than Guerlain’s Bronzing Powder (even better now it can be bought for a steal). Good times!

3.NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette, Now £12.80, Was £16, nyxcosmetics.co.uk

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I am totally obsessed with NYX’s Ultimate Shadow Palette. This product boasts 16 high- performance shadows and is available in 4 different yet equally gorgeous colour combinations. The only problem I can find is choosing your favourite!

4.Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Icons Gift Set, £33, Was £55, charlottetilbury.com

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Now’s your time to scoop up some of Charlotte Tilbury’s award-winning makeup and skincare products at a fraction of the cost. Be quick as this is selling out fast!

Charlotte Tilbury is offering 40% discount for Cyber Weekend. Yay!

5. Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, £19.20, Was £24, www.urbandecay.co.uk

 

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Throughout Cyber Week, Urban Decay are offering a massive 20% discount on EVERYTHING and I am now sat firmly on cloud number 9! #Lifegoals.

Happy shopping people! xx

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