Friday, 12 June 2015

It's All About the Brows..

I think it's safe to say that after the invention of HD brows the way the world tackles brows has changed. We pluck, wax, thread, tint and trim them to perfection, all after the one thing - to make the hairs above our eyes a feature and look the best they possibly can.

There's only a mere few people that are blessed with perfect brows - for the rest of us it is a constant battle, and products we use can be a game changer in achieving the perfect brow.

Powders - these can deliver a soft defined brow and a great choice from anyone who's just starting in fill in their brows. You can easily fill in sparse gaps and build the colour up gradually while still making them appear natural and well groomed.
If you're not a red head you want to stay clear of any warm shades. These will make your brows look unnatural and get you noticed, but not in a good way. Look out for palettes that contain a goid mixture of cooler tones that will blend in naturally to your skin and hair colourings.
If you can't find a good match in a palette any matte eyeshadow will do.

Pencils - these are great to use if you want to create hair like strokes especially if you choose a pencil that has a fine tip (Anastasia Beverlly Hills, Eye of Horus* and Soap and Glory make really good ones), as this means the hairs are going to look more life like and natural. A waxy pencil will also tame hairs slightly and adhere to the skin more making them last longer and look neater.

Pomade/Gels (Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade) - these take a little more work when applying but what they lack in speed they make up for in lasting power. These are the the 'Daddy's' when it comes to structured well defined brows. The textures sit somewhere in between a mousse and a gel which stick to hairs and skin like glue, meaning your brows will always be 'on point' throughout the day and night.
The trick to using these and getting them to work for you is down to practise and the brush you use. You want the brush head to be slightly stiff with not too much give and with one that is narrow  so you can be more precise and accurate - perfect this and you can carve out your shape, fill in and even create individual hairs.

What's your favourite brow product and method?

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Fathers Day with WoodWatches

woodwatches - delmar blue

Father's Day presents have to be one of the hardest gifts to buy. Men aren't generally known for their love of flowers or little trinkets like women, which makes the task of present shopping tedious and hard.

If they have a hobby or interest the assignment of operation "Father's Day" is made easier, but for those of us where this doesn't apply the mission can lead to a dead end.

That's where WoodWatches* come in.These unique and stylish watches are different from any other of the market. Using 100% natural wood to craft watches which stand out from the crowd, making the wearer look individual and chic in their unique time piece - how many people do you know that have their watch made out of wood?

The Delmar Men's Watch* in blue is not only stylish but incredibly comfortable to wear. Being made from 100% wood you'd expect the watch to be heavy and difficult to adorn but it is in fact light on the waist making it great for everyday use.

The double locking closing clasp is easy to open and seals the watch firmly on the waist without the fear of it opening when worn, and the blue muilti-tonal face with abstract design complements the dark wood surroundings perfectly.

All the wood used is recycled which makes these watches eco-friendly as well as stylish, and presented beautifully in a wooden gift box, making it the perfect gift for someone, and ideal for Fathers Day!

Unique Watch
What do you think to these unique watches? Will it be on your shopping list this Fathers Day?

*PR Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

SkinCare Game Changers

You know that feeling when you find products that really work for you - a sense of satisfaction and sometimes relief that you've finally found a product that actually does what it supposed to do.
Well I have!  For me it has been these products - products that have not only reduced blemishes, but  changed the way my skin deals with stress and other factors that leave it looking dull and lifeless.

The first game changer which I have spoken about numerous times on my blog is the Alpha H Liquid Gold. This exfoliating treatment refines the skins surface by tacking pigmentation and uneven texture like blocked and enlarge pores. It also helps with fine lines and boasts the skins radiance by using Glycolic Acid to remove dead skin and pore blocking impurities.

Another product that fits in nicely with the Liquid Gold is the Pixi Glow Tonic. This is a much milder version which I use everyday when I'm not using the liquid gold. The exfoliating toner also contains Glycolic Acid which gently removes dead skin cells. This creates the perfect canvas for all my skin care products that I use afterwards as it lets them absorb fully (without the dead skin getting the way) and allow them to work to their full potential.

These two products are a must have for me as like I said they both ensure that my skin is in optimum condition for all my other skin care products. If the surface is covered in dead skin it's going to act like a barrier so no matter how good the products are they're not going to work, and I'm not going to see the results to there fullest.

These next two products are fairly new to me but have still delivered results that have completely changed my skin.

Avène Ystheal* is a retinol based moisturiser and my first dip into retinol based products. This has completely changed the way my skin deals with breakouts and stress.
The moisturiser is designed to be used at night and helps repair skin as you sleep. The retinol which derives from Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that's protects against free radicals and collagen breakdown as well as increasing cell turnover - which in turn speeds up the recovery process when your skin to looking and feeling stressed out. It heals blemishes and nourishes dehydrated and dry skin by delivering moisture just where it needs it.

Since using this my skin is less oily - in fact I would go as far as saying my skin is edging more on the combination/normal side now, something I never thought would happen!

The next is the cult Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. This has been on the market for years and raved by thousands as the wonder product that helps with ageing by targeting fine lines and wrinkles, as well as maximising the power of skins nighttime renewal.

The light serum absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it feeling smooth with as almost velvet texture.  And just like the Ystheal cream it oomph's up the skins cell turnover by healing scars and reducing blemishes, as well as delivering much needed hydration and radiance to the skin.

My pores are smaller and my skin feels smooth - before my skin would feel lumpy and uneven and a far cry from smooth! Now it's like I have a different face, and I love it!

Since using all these products together my skin has changed. Before I was always conscious of my imperfections and used high coverage foundations to disguise them. But now I'm finding that apart from the odd scar ( from past blemishes) I'm happy to opt for a lighter coverage, and for the first time in years let my skin actually see the light of day without it being shielded under layers of foundation. These products have been a game changer as far as my skin is concerned and I can not recommend them enough if you're someone that suffers with the same problems I have.

What products have been game changers in your skin care routine?

*PR Sample . All thoughts are of course my own.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Products Worth the Hype

Falling into the trap of buying over hyped products effects all us beauty addicts.  These products can truly be worthy of their high class status because they're great products, but sometimes the hype around them is due to the media blowing them up into the wonder product of the century, when is truth they can really fall short of our expectations

Splashing the cash on items that do absolutely nothing for you can be really disappointing - after all we all hate to waste money don't we? The products I've picked out today all perform some kind of trickery in the makeup and skincare world, delivering fantastic results that make them truly worthy of the hype that surrounds them!

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is one of my most repurchased items. The tiny wand is great at coating the bottom lashes without the fear of it transferring onto the skin. It's smudge proof, non flaky and defeater of panda eye syndrome.

Shu Uemura Eye Lash curlers. I thought all eyelash curlers were the same and the fact that same people spent nearly £20 on a pair quite frankly ridiculous. That was until I tried them. These curl the lashes with ease and hold the curl, something I found cheaper brands failed to do. They really do make the job of curling your lashes a breeze and when I say curl I mean curl!

YSL Fusion Ink foundation is easily my favourite foundation find from last year. The water like texture intrudged me and the silky soft almost velvet like matte finish sits perfectly on my oily/combination skin. It's barely undetectable on the skin, but covers imperfections and discolouration perfectly.

Zoeva Brushes rival Mac brushes easily in my opinion. They're soft and of great quality making makeup application a walk in the park. There's a great selection of brushes to choose from, with there being one for every job imaginable. And what makes them even better is the price. Brushes start from as little as £5, which considering the quality is a bargain!

Mac Pro-Long Wear Concealer is my go to concealer for the under eye. I know I am not alone with this one. Its been highly raved about by many a beauty guru and too rightly so. This is the only concealer I've found so far the delivers the coverage I want with minimal creasing and lasting the good part of the whole day. It's worthy of its holy grail status but if only MAC would change the packaging! Grrr.

Alpha H Liquid Gold is one of those products that I didn't actually think I needed, that was until I tried it. If you're looking for good skin days then this is the solution. The Glycolic overnight treatment refines, refreshes, and evens out the skins texture making you look more youthful with a healthy radiant glow. The Glycolic acid weakens the bonds in skin cells allowing the dead cells to be removed more quickly, thus  preventing pores from clogging and help pigmentation marks fade more rapidly. *Have you read my post on which exfoliator is best for you?*

Bobbi Brown Corrector (or what's left of it!). For those days when you need look like you've had a good nights sleep, when in fact you haven't. The corrector from Bobbi Brown is peach toned and designed to counteract the purple/blue shades under the eyes, and it's exactly what did does. The texture isn't as creamy as some concealers but this works in its favour by not creasing or settling into fine lines. I think it's a must have product for anyone that suffers with dark circles, or any new mums out there!

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade/Brow Wiz. The introduction of these changed everyone brow game forever. The pomade creates the perfect brow by filling in and defining while staying put all day long. It also adds some texture to the brows, which is great if you weren't blessed with Cara Delevingne brows! The Brow Wiz is fine enough to create hair like strokes and makes filling in brows a quick and painless process.

Charlotte Tilbury lipliner in Pillow Talk. If you aren't blessed with Angela Joile's bee stung lips, and your own need a little enhancing this is the lip product for you. The shade is the perfect lip colour, meaning you can overdraw your lips slightly to give them a fuller appearance without looking like a clown. The texture adheres the to lips, staying in place and also making the perfect base for any nude lip colour.

What products are do you think are worth the hype? Are any of these on your list?

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Yankee Candle | Meadow Showers

Yankee Candle Meadow Showers
Yankee Candle Meadow Showers

Yankee Candle 'Meadow Showers' -  £19.99

I love this time of year. The mornings are lighter which makes tearing myself away from my bed is a hell of a lot easier. The evenings are warmer with the sun staying up a little bit longer, meaning we get to enjoy the alfresco lifestyle a bit more.
With this change it's standard to mix up our scents a bit. My perfume choices have been more floral and light, and my candle choices have followed suit.

This new release from Yankee Candle has been the perfect addition. Meadow Showers* is said to be a ... "naturally tranquil and airy scent of fresh raindrops on blades of green grass." Sounds good no?

Now I'm no quite sure what "Meadow Showers" is meant to smell like but what I can tell you is that this has a very fresh and floral scent to it that reminds me ever so slightly of Imperial Leather soap - in the fact that it's lightly perfumed and has a very clean vibe to it. There's some more herby tones in there that reflect the grass aroma which make this the perfect subtle fragrance to welcome the summer in. 

This large jar is perfect for high traffic areas in your home - it fills the room just enough that you get a subtle wave of the fragrance that acts as the perfect backdrop. Ideal for when you're entertaining as it's one of those scents that I can see almost everyone loving - there's noting not to like about it.

You can find this in the special appearances section of the Yankee Candle website, along side  'Oceanside', 'Coconut Bay' 'and Exotic Bloom' which also sound like the perfect summer time companion's. 

*Pr Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Good Skin Day

Avène Ysthéal Emulsion* is a anti ageing cream designed to target fine lines and wrinkles as well as helping with skins radiance and texture. I must admit I don't tend to really look for anti ageing skincare products with only being a mere 32 (ok 33). Up until now it's not something that I felt I needed to dip into and if you're younger than me you may be wanting to click off thinking that this product doesn't apply to you, but wait...
The cream houses a very special ingredient. An ingredient that can help a number of skin concerns. If you suffer from dryness, enlarged pores, acne, pigmentation, or excess oil then you need to keep reading.

The special ingredient is Retinaldehyde (Retinol) a form of the powerful ingredient Vitamin A. Vitamin A is know for it's fantastic skincare uses and does a number of things to help skin look and feel it's best. It's a potent antioxidant that protects against free radicals and collagen breakdown and increases cell turnover.

The result of using this saw my skin change, and for the better. My skin is less oily and congested, which in turn improved the texture and overall appearance. No longer am I worried about the state of my skin,  a concern that until recently was always on the forefront of my mind and now pushed right to the back.
I saw spots and blemishes dramatically reduce and when I do get one they only hang around for a day or two at the most before drying up completely. This is definitely a side effect from the Retinol. The escalation of cell turnover helps my skin cope with breakouts in a completely different way. And for someone with problematic skin this is a side effect that I've been loving and has resulted in my skin looking clearer than it had in a long time.

For someone that has tried many skincare products I was blown away at how well this suited my skin.  It's like having a good skin day everyday while using this and as a result Retinol will always be in my skin care routine from this moment forth.

Have you used any Retinol based products? Which are your favourite?

As with all Retinol based products it's important to wear SPF as it can make your skin more photo sensitive, a side effect of most AHA's and acids used in skin care.

*PR Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation review
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation review

After my new found love for serum foundations and the discovery of my holy grail foundation - the YSL Fusion Ink, it was invertible I was going to end up trying the new Nars version.  This like it's predecessors is said to feel feather like on the skin but still delivering the coverage that a thicker foundation would. The wear time of the is 16 hours which in its self is an attractive and appealing claim, and one that had my popping it into my basket within minutes.

The formula is identical to the YSL with it's water like consistency that feels anything but heavy on the skin, and almost like you're wearing nothing at all. The colour I have which is Punjab is the perfect match to my skin tone with it leaning more on the yellow side that blends in seamlessly when I'm fake tanned. The coverage is nothing to knock either -  it being slightly higher than the YSL offering and that of a good medium but still letting the skin poke through.

If you've been reading this so far you may think it rivals if not overtakes the prime position for Holy Grail status, but unfortunately not. For some reason I can't get this to work as well for me. The coverage is excellent and it does feel weightless but, and here's the but... It doesn't sit well on my skin. I find it settles into pores and the expression lines on my fore head which lets face it is NOT attractive! It looks patchy and sometimes even looks a little cakey. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. I've tried it with primers and without and the results are always the same.

Nars say that you only need one pump ( yes it comes with a pump - hurrah) to cover the whole face. I personally haven't experienced this - maybe I have a very large face, who knows? I find two pumps, and when used with a brush is enough to offer decent coverage, but you do need to be quick as it dries within seconds of applying. Working in sections is your best bet to avoid it looking cakey as you work to buff out the dried areas.

16 hours wear? Hmmm might have to disagree there. I found in-fact that the wear time to be very disappointing. The foundation faded around my nose and chin within a couple of hours which considering the semi matte finish ( not luminous like i expected), I thought it would have lasted longer.

I must say it does photograph well containing no SPF so there is no fear of flash back and on film the settling is unnoticeable, but in real life it is. I will continue to use this and try different methods of applying but i don't think it will be something i repurchase in the future. The YSL Fusion Ink remains in poll position for the foreseeable future.

Have you tried the Nars All Day Luminous Foundation yet? What did you think to it?