Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday Video - How The Sun Sees You by Thomas Leveritt

I'm going on holiday to France tomorrow and this year I'm feeling especially disorganised about it all, but one thing I'm not chaotic about is making sure I have enough of the right suncream. I'm vain enough that long before I had my son I was worried about not wearing the right SPF and now I'm a mother the worry of my little cherub getting burnt means I'm fully focused on suncare.

There are some things that I get all fired up about that then turns out not to be so much of a big deal but being protected in the sun isn't one of those things as this incredible video shows...


Also Happy Birthday Miss F, she originally sent this to me saying I had to see it so it seems fitting that I post it on her birthday

Monday, 18 August 2014

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

There are so many reasons why you need to have these in you bathroom. They will make a visible difference to your skin, improve it's clarity, diminish the appearance of fine lines - a must for those who are just to lazy to tone because these badboys actually work. I've been using these most mornings for the past month and I can't imagine not having them in my skincare arsenal. They are so good that they are worth getting and using once or twice a week if you are on a budget and want them to last for longer.

I have to confess this is the first product I've used from First Aid Beauty (FAB) a US company developed by Lilli Gordon in 2009 as an antidote to all the products she had used that either worked but felt medicinal or didn't work at all! The packaging may be simple but it's stylish and appealing.  Having tried these I am desperate to get my hands on some of the other FAB products to see if they are all as good. I've only heard good things about this company.

The lactic and glycolic acid exfoliate, the Indian gooseberry tones, and the lemon peel and licorice root brighten. I haven't had to exfoliate since I started using them (I have not felt the need to exfoliate since I started using them) which makes me feel like they're even better for my skin because I'm doing less to it. They are free from alcohol and allergens but remember that if you do use these use sunscreen because AHA's can make your skin more sensitive to sun damage.

What You Need to Know - First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
  • Approximately £16-£20
  • 60 pads per pot
  • Contains lactic and glycolic acids, lemon peel, licorice root and Indian gooseberry
  • Suitable for all skin types including acne prone and sensitive
  • Available from feelunique.com and beautybay.com

Friday, 15 August 2014

Quick Review - Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher

This was an incredibly difficult review to do. On the one hand I love the ease with which it goes on, the feel of it and the staying power. However for the price I just don't think it gives quite enough coverage for my super-dark circles. See it in action...



The Retoucher by Charlotte Tilbury is £25 and available at charlottetilbury.com and Selfridges

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Dowal Walker Christmas

When I first met my husband I was at university and he was a restaurant review for a what's-on-in-London website and I thought he was incredibly glamorous and he used to complain that he was always having to do Valentine's Day reviews at Christmas and Christmas in July and I thought he was a moaning miny. Now he's a consultant and I am a blogger and so it's me that spent quite a lot of a very hot July going to Christmas events and trying to take endless notes and photo's so I don't forget all the festive wonder before it all comes out in July.

Some of the gorgeous palette's from Paul & Joe
Limited edition Lipstick compacts from Paul & Joe
I don't usually write about events that I've been to as I think it's a bit weird but Dowal Walker PR did such a fun Christmas preview last week that I thought it was worth a mention. A major perk of this job is you do occassionally get your hands on some fabulous samples to try out and this Christmas event was no different - we were given empty bags when we arrived and told to take anything we wanted from the huge glass bowls dotted around the rooms. Sadly I was on 'mum-time' so only managed to arrive half an hour before the end when there was hardly anything left (I have suggested goody bags be made up for those who have to do bath time before they are able to get out). However I still came away with some amazing things to try out and was blown away by their amazing client list and the products I tried out on the night.

I am a huge fan of Paul & Joe Beaute, not just for the show-stopping packaging every product I've tried has been fantastic quality and worth the money I paid for it - it's rare to find a brand that does both so well. We got really cute kitten make-up bags to take away with us and a sneak peak at the up-and-coming products they have on offer this Christmas including new limited edition lipsticks and cases, lip concealer pencils (a must have) and Lip Liner duo's.

Nails Inc have collaborated with It Girl Alexa Chung to bring out a range of incredible nail colours for Christmas. I tend not to focus on nails so I probably wouldn't have noticed these had I not gone to the event but the sparkle colours are absolutely gorgeous, fun and sophisticated. Sadly I missed all the samples though did manage to get some Gel Effect Top Coat which I'm hoping will be a more reasonably priced dupe for the Dior one which was huge last year.

HealGel is taking the makeup and skincare world by storm and this was the first chance I'd had to actually try some out. For those who don't know HealGel is an aqueous gel with active ingredients created by plastic surgeons and dermatological biochemists who wanted to create a range of skincare that actually worked to soothe, repair and protect the skin. They have just bought out HealGel Body and I tried their world-renowned HealGel face which seemed lovely (though applied to the back of my hand). Can't wait to try more of this.

Fell in love with this Japonesque paletted
Percy & Reed are by far and away my favourite company for haircare products - if it was easier to get hold of I would never use any dry shampoo but theirs. One of the samples I did manage to pick up was the Shine & Fragrance spray and this smells divine. Perfect for the morning after the night before,  giving your hair a spritz when you are going out straight from work or as a present for a pregnant friend - I hated my hair smelling of cooking smells when I was pregnant so this spray would have been a godsend.

So those were my favourite picks of the night from brands I do know. I was also introduced to Grown Alchemist - a new organic skincare range and their Vanilla and Orange Peel hand cream is to die for. Free from artificial chemicals their products focus on a whole range of needs from anti-aging, anti-blemish and dryness to redness, oily skin and uneven skin tone. Definitely a brand to try out.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Friday Video - Face of the Day August 6th 2014

One of the reasons I set up my YouTube channel was to create 'Face of the Day' videos so if you were needing inspiration you could click on the relevant date and see what I wore on that day (I love doing that with Nigel Slater's The Kitchen Diaries).

The 6th August 2014 was hot but mostly overcast, I was wrangling the baby all day then a friend came over in the afternoon. The friend I've known since I was 7 but I don't see all that often so I wanted to look nice but not too done; light coverage, nice definition on eyes and lips.



Products used:

Urban Decay Naked palette
Lavera Soft Eye Liner in Black
Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp mascara in Black
NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Santa Fey
MUA Pro Conceal and Brighten in Natural Medium Rose
MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge
Eyeko Fat Brush mascara in Black
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Accesorize Baked Mineral Bronzer in Laguna
Sleek Makeup Luminous Pressed Powder in 01
MAC Lip Pencil in Dynamo (Limited Edition)
Blistex Lip Brilliance

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Barry M Supersoft eye pencil

Now even though it may not feel like it summer is coming and that means bright makeup - at this rate it may be the only summery thing this year. Following trends has definitely become easier with great, cheaper brands available like Sleek Makeup but although on most of these new palettes the colour payoff is great sometimes they can have terrible drop down and staying power. Using a soft eye pencil underneath eye shadows really helps give a more vibrant colour and means they will stay on much longer and Barry M's Super Soft Eye Crayons are perfect for this.

Available in matt and shimmer colours - for doing bright eyes I like to use the shimmer ones - these fat crayons are easy to use and come in a great selection of colours. For only £3.99 each you can buy a couple of colours to play around with and be set for the summer. The only disappointing thing is there isn't a really light colour available that could be used under all eye colours but the green and blue that I have been using are just fantastic.

Simply scribble over your lid where you want the colour to be and buff and blend with a brush before pressing on the eye shadow of your choice over the top. It actually makes doing bright eyes much quicker as you need less shadow to get really impressive colour.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Friday Video - July Favourites

Some genuinely life changing products this month. I know that nowadays we are bombarded with recommendations for skincare products but the three that I've been using in the last month have all made a visible difference to my skin and I'm finding it hard to find fault with any of them. That's any faults at all including packaging. The one thing I could think of that one squirt of the serum is too much per face but how fussy is that!


NARS Sheer Glow
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
Kate Somerville Nourish


Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday Video - Quick Review: NARS Sheer Glow

I really didn't like this when I first bought it but it's been my most used foundation this summer. Great light to medium coverage, lovely finish but not suitable for oily skins or those who want to cover their freckles (I get asked about that... a lot). In the video I say it's only available in 7 shades, that's a lie, there are lots more but not all are always stocked, if that makes sense. The colour I'm wearing here is Santa Fe



Available from...

NARS
Space NK
House of Fraser

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream

I'm very fussy about hand cream. Partly because I have severe hand vanity and I'm sure that any day now I will wake up with the hands of an 80 year gardener and partly because I have such dry skin it's very difficult to find anything that actually works for me. I have incredibly dry skin and I'm constantly washing and drying them, either through make-up work, feeding my son or cooking. I use rubber gloves when I do the washing up but I can't wear them all the time and I refuse to be one of those people that goes to bed in gloves. So I need something that is going to be non-greasy, quickly absorbed and actually make a difference to my wizened old paws.

Reve de Miel Hand Cream by Nuxe does just that and thank god Nuxe is now quite readily available in the UK - Space NK and Marks and Spencers stock it to name but two places. It's £10.50 which is quite reasonable for a good handcream (75mls of it) smells great and has some lovely things in it. Coconut, avocado, sweet almond and sunflower seed oils not only give moisture to the skin but ensure the cream is absorbed and the moisture locked in with a not greasy finish. Now I love the smell of this but it is quite strong, you know when you've got it on so I'd definitely give it a whiff before you buy it if you are worried.

A little goes a long way, a pea sized amount should give you good coverage so this should last you a while (depending on how many times a day you use it. And if you like this try the Rêve de Miel lip balm, it is divine and a must have for those who are after a moisturing balm that is more matte.

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