Wednesday, 19 November 2014

AN ODE TO PRETTY HONEST BY SALI HUGHES

Pretty Honest The Straight Talking Beauty Companion | Amazon

If you're a beauty advocate in any such form, you absolutely need this book. Whether you're an expert, an amateur, or simply an enthusiast, you will read Pretty Honest and adore it. If you haven't yet heard of its author, Sali Hughes, google her now. Sali is all-round journalistic whirl and has an amazing online forum (check it: Sali Huges Beauty) and she's Welsh to boot!

Now on to the book... Pretty Honest (£11) is made up of 33 chapters which each tackle every beauty subject and scenario imaginable, from brows, botox and being a bride to manicures, men and motherhood. 

The book begins with an insightful guide into identifying ones skin type, mine has recently switched so I found it particularly helpful alongside Sali's advice on acne, waxing, skin conditions and crap hair days further on into the book. There's also some glorious gems on perfume, red lipstick, power-house makeup and sex-proof mascara in here too, with a fabulous comment from Sali on Chanel's signature scent: "To me, wearing No5 is like carrying a loaded pistol in my knickers." 

Sali covers every aspect of beauty with a real-life perspective and honest advice, each chapter is personal, interesting and entertaining and you will learn a little something in all of them. Alongside the tips and tricks, each of them feature product suggestions and ingredients to look for within those products with a selection of high and low-end brand options to explore. 

All in all, this is a funny, practical, pretty and wonderful book that will attend to your every beauty need and see you through the years. A happy purchase indeed. 

E x

Sunday, 26 October 2014

REVIEW: CHANEL PERFECTION LUMIERE VELVET

As a loyal devotee to Chanel Vitalumiére, I was somewhat reluctant to slap anything other on my mug, but after a four-year-long love affair, my shiny forehead started to come between us and our relationship has since come to a sad and sorry end. It's important to point out that Vitalumiére is still a beautiful foundation, it just no longer works for me. It gives a natural and dewy finish and is an absolute dream to apply due to the fact its formula feels like that of a moisturiser. For these reasons, it's perfect for dry, dull or mature skin, but my skin type has since switched from dry to oily/combination and a 'dewy' finish on my face now translates to an over enthusiastic disco ball, but that's enough about my ex f...

In a bid to move on, I headed to Chanel's counter to peruse the brand's alternative bases, I wanted medium coverage, longevity and a natural matte finish and this little black bottle ticks all the boxes. Perfection Lumiére Velvet has a light, liquid formula and as its name suggests, provides a velvet matte makeup result. 

It's smooth and easy to apply, and makes for a natural, second skin finish, it feels lovely and soft too (I often stroke my cheeks afterwards). I also find it lasts very well with little sign of shine, although I do like to  follow up with a touch of Les Beiges. Its simple chic black packaging is also super compact and easy to travel with. 

All in all, I adore Lumiére Velvet, if your skin is on the dryer side then I'd advise you to avoid it, but if like me, you're an oily, combo or normal gal, you'll be all over this.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? 

x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

FRENCH PHARMACY HAUL


Back in June I travelled to Paris to turn twenty one, in addition to seeing the beautiful sights, visiting Coco Chanel's apartment and treating myself to a box of macaroons at Ladurèe, I couldn't wait to indulge in a celebratory splurge inside the city's coveted cosmetic mecca; City Pharma. The brand busting pharmacy is sacred, packed with excitable ladies and tiny aisles stacked high with heavenly products at bargainlicious prices. With this in mind, I'd recommend an informed shopping list and a pair of sharp (yet polite) elbows. Here's what I picked up:

The Bioderma Créaline H2O cleanser needs no introduction, but it's certainly something to stock up on when in France as it costs around half the price of what you'd pay for it here in the UK. This gentle water cleanser takes off my face like no other, with speed, ease and zero irritation. It also works a treat as a spot cleaner for makeup brushes. 

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir had been on my wish list for some time, plus FYI it's VB's fave! The botanical-based facial mist refreshes and smoothes the skin, leaving your face feeling perky and hydrated. I'm not even sure how or what it does, but it's good, very good. A total lifesaver for those long, post-party days too. 

I picked up the Embroyoilisse Lait-Crème Concentaté cream on a whim as I'd ran out of my daily moisturiser. This stuff is amazing and my favourite find of all the french goods. It acts as a versatile cream that can be used as a cleanser, mask, primer or as a moisturiser. I tend to use it as the latter and due to its light and soothing texture, it leaves my skin feeling plumped, soft and ready for makeup. 

Another winner I picked up from the Embroyoilisse brand was the Hydra-Masque (which sadly isn't available in the UK) It's a 5 to 15 minute leave on and wash off intensive mask that brings super soft results similar to those of the Origins Drink Up mask, expect it's half the price! It's a hero for nourishing dry and tired skin - the perfect sunday treat.

After watching and revising Isabelle Bellis' guide to cleaning ones face on ITG here, I couldn't wait to pick up the Le Roche-Posay Serozinc. This easy spray-on toner can be used to soothe and purify the skin before and after cleansing and feels SUPER at the gym. I'm a fan. 

I also picked up the Le Roche Posay Effaclar Duo & Cicaplast. The Effaclar Duo is the ultimate spot-stopper, read my full review here. I'm still yet to try the cicaplast, as I'm  unsure of exactly how to use it? Advice in the comments would be much appreciated.  

Nuxe Rêve de Miel's magical lip balm works to nourish, moisturise and transform lips overnight, I've been using mine for well over a year now and as a result, I no longer need to apply balm during the day. The formula in the pots is rather thick and so it's best applied at night, but for matte-lipstick situations and on-the-go scenarios, Nuxe also have a lighter, stick-form offering that's just the ticket for travelling. 

E x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

LE ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO


Six months ago, my skin was nothing short of a hormonal horror story, with aggravated acne, painful under-the-skin spots and bumpy blemishes. I suspect this was due to a combination of third-year stress, a house move and contraceptives pills. Feeling spotty and miserable, I soon found myself looking at Le Roche-Posay, I'd never tried the brand before but I'd heard wonderful things about the Effaclar Duo + 

Three months after I began using this, my skin was practically back to its old self again. The product boasts corrective, unclogging, anti-imperfection and anti-mark properties, all of which I found to be quite true. The formula has a gel-like consistency that sinks into the skin with ease, although it does
have a slightly tacky feel to it. (I tend to apply this at night pre-snooze, so this isn't really a problem for me)

Even after the first application I noticed my skin felt calmer and soothed. Although it took a few months, this product really helped to smooth out the bumpy surface of my skin, reduce redness and clear up my acne. On the whole, my complexion is looking a whole lot' better nowadays, but whenever I feel a breakout coming on, I whack this out and slather it on to stop spots in their tracks. 

I've recently finished my first duo and snapped up another in Paris (stay tuned for a City Pharma haul). This is definitely a game changer for me and I think everybody should own a tube! 

Have you tried the Effaclar Duo? What's your favourite LRP product?

E x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

HIP HOP


There's been a whole lotta' lacquer love up in here lately and I'm all about this perfect polish from Rimmel. The Kate Moss Salon Pro in Hip Hop is an orangey-pink toned red and makes for glorious sunshine nails and toes! The wide-angled brush makes it a breeze to apply and one coat gives an opaque and glossy finish plus the formula is surprisingly chip-resistent (just make sure you use a top coat) Oh and did I mention it's under a fiver? Bargainlicious. x

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

THE BUDGET EYE PALETTE: MUA UNDRESS ME TOO


I often find myself coveting the Urban Decay Naked palettes for their dreamy pigments, stunning glitters and beautiful shades, but sadly, I'm currently not the richest of ladies (sob), so I set my sights on a bargain replica. Cue MUA's Undress Me Too palette, I snapped this shadow set up for just £4 at Superdrug. It's a cheap, do-it-all neutral eye palette, packed with a selection of matte and shimmer shadows. I'm really enjoying it so far, the shadows are well pigmented, pick up well and the day to night shades are lovely - think everyday mattes, nudes, taupes, glittery golds, bronze, browns and charcoal. As for the lasting power, it's nothing amazing, but seeing as it's under a fiver I'm not about to complain. You do have to be a little careful with fall out too, but as long as you're not too heavy on the application it doesn't tend to happen too much. 

Have you tried this palette? What's your favourite MUA product? x

Sunday, 20 April 2014

ORIGINS MAKE A DIFFERENCE REJUVENATING HAND TREATMENT


Say hello to my new favourite hand cream. This little offering comes courtesy of Origins and is part of their Make a Difference + range.

Packed with natural ingredients and plant-extracts, this stuff smells delicious and works a treat on tired and dry worked hands. It melts into the skin in double-time and feels super nourishing. The consistency is thick without being too sticky or greasy, so there's no sliding around the keyboard post-application. A quick rub leaves my palms and digits silky soft and smooth. If you're already a fan of the Make a Difference + range, I highly recommend you give this a go, the scent is so fresh and natural and it does a lovely job.