Monday, 11 January 2016

LIP SERVICE

The best balms come from facialists and the french. Nuxe Reve de Miel (£9.50) is a creation of the latter. This deliciously rich balm works to comfort, soothe and soften dry and chapped lips. Ever since I picked up a pot in Paris a year ago, my chops haven't been able to get enough of the stuff. The matte texture is soft, spreadable and non-sticky with a beeswax scent. I always reach for this in the winter, it's like an overnight moisture masque for your lips (it works particularly well as a follow up to the Lush lip scrub too). For a daytime lipstick-base, I favour the formulation in stick (£5.50), whilst lighter on the lips, it protects ones pout just as well.

E x

Monday, 7 December 2015

GET UP AND GLOW

A little while ago, with a liberty coin in a happy hand, I picked up the Pixie Glow Tonic (£18), a gentle toner in a glycolic formula (5%) with aloe vera and ginseng. Glow Tonic is an oil-free, alcohol-free toner that works to renew the skin's surface by removing dead skin cells with delicate chemical exfoliation making for skin that's bright, smooth and serene.

The tonic can be applied to the face, neck and décollotage with a soaked cotton pad up to twice a day. 
I've been using the zesty orange liquid two to three times a week for a few months now and I've really noticed a difference in my dull and congested complexion. I struggle with blackheads but I find manual scrubs can often make things worse. This on the other hand, gets to work like a trooper, it tingles slightly (in a glorious way) when first applied, but over time, it helps to eradicate blocked pores and dry skin, leaving skin feeling firm, fresh and renewed. 

E x

Saturday, 28 November 2015

KIEHL'S SKIN RESCUER

Looking for a hydrating formulation to suit a stressed-out, city-soaked mug? The Kiehl's Skin Rescuer  (£29.50) is a comfortable cream that feeds and softens thirsty skin. As my daily moisturiser of the moment, I'm really enjoying it. It works to smooth the surface of the skin and makes a lovely base for makeup which helps to boost a dull and distressed complexion on a cold winter morning (i.e me for the next 8 months). I'm a fan.

 E x

    Monday, 23 November 2015

    VICHY PURETE THERMALE FRESH CLEANSING GEL

    Since moving to London, my skin has become notably drier (for which I solely blame the hard water) When it comes to cleansing in the colder months, I often favour a balm, but for early morning starts, I like an effective formula with a shower fresh vibe. I recently picked up the Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel (£12) and it's everything my sleepy skin has been searching for. Specifically developed for those exposed to hard water and city environments, it packs in helpful ingredients like; thermal spa water (premium H20); glycerin (to attract moisture) and moringa (known for its natural emollient properties). The transparent fluid gel gently foams when applied to damp skin and can be removed with either a hot cloth or a splash of water. Put simply, this is a quick and easy cleanser made up of the good stuff that leaves skin feeling soft, soothed and squeaky clean.

    This is the first product I've ever tried from Vichy, but I've heard wonderful things about the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum, has anybody tried it, do give me the lowdown if so!

    E x

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015

    NEUTRAL NELLY

    The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (£23) needs no introduction, but seeing as my peepers get a daily dust of the stuff, I thought it deserved another shout out. If you're a neutral nelly in the market for an all round palette pleaser, this is your guy. Expect six beautifully buttery matte shadows with buckets of pigment that don't budge. The naked shade range will take you from day (left) to night (right). It's also worth noting that I've used this palette every single day since purchasing it 12 months ago and I've only just hit pan, winner winner chicken dinner

    What are your favourite neutral eye palettes? I'm super keen to try Charlotte Tilbury's The Sophisticate (£38) next... 

    E x

    Monday, 16 November 2015

    CLEANSE & POLISH FOR YOUR LOCKS

    When it comes to shampoo, I'm a silver, blue-tone addict, which I tend to mix up with thickening formulas and deep conditioners. But as a multi-tonal blonde, my hair can often look damaged and although there's a lot of it, it's still incredibly fine. By luck, I recently adopted the Kérastase Sensidote Dermo-Calm Bain Vital (£14) from my curly-haired sister. Post wash, my hair had never felt so clean and refreshed, this stuff is essentially Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for distressed tresses. The shampoo's gel consistency goes to work with delicate and comfortable care, leaving locks soft, shiny and squeaky clean. On closer inspection I discovered one of the main ingredients to be glycerin which brings in the soft with the smooth. The shampoo is designed for hair battered by humidity, wind and heat styling as well as sensitive scalps. If you're looking to splash on some shamps' I highly recommend. 

    E x

    Saturday, 3 October 2015

    AESOP PARSLEY SEED ANTI OXIDANT SERUM


    When people consistently ask you what it is you're using on your skin, you know you've got a gem of a product. For me, the winner currently in question is Aesop's Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum (£45). After discovering the magic of the Parsley Seed Masque, I decided to sample its aloe vera-based moisturiser. It's packed with anti-oxidant ingredients that are designed to hydrate, soften and fortify the skin, and trust me when I say the label doesn't lie. For application, half a teaspoon is recommended to massage into cleansed, toned skin, which in itself feels like a treat as it smells absolutely heavenly. The hydrating formula gets to work fast, sinking into the skin in seconds. I tend to work this in at night just before bed in place of an oil or moisturiser. It brightens up my complexion like a champ by reducing redness and zapping spots, whilst softening and plumping the skin. By morning, my skin's surface feels renewed, smooth and sassy. Aesop strikes again! 

    Have you tried skincare from Aesop? What are your favourite products?

    E x