Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Importance of Eyebrows -| Achieving HD brows at home. #1 Tinting

We all spend time and money on our appearance and one of the most important features that we should dedicate time to is our eyebrows.

Eyebrows shape your face adding definition and structure, whether you like a bold or natural brow, there are products and tools out there to suit everyone.

In these series of posts I will be writing about my experiences of achieving the perfect brow.

If you are an eyebrow novice or scared of doing them yourself, please book yourself in for an eyebrow shape/tint, or at your nearest HD brow salon for an appointment. They will advice you on the best shape to have for your face and eyes.

I have been doing my brows for years, I wax, tint them, trim them, pluck them and finally define them using powder or an eyebrow pencil. Basically everything that you would have in an HD brow appointment minus the threading ( I've tried and I just can't do it on myself).

In this post I am going to show you how to tint your eyebrows at home.

Firstly I will add that you should (as with any sort of tint or dye) do a patch test at least 48 hours prior to use. If you are wanting to wax and tint them , the tinting process should be done first. Waxing opens up your pores and tinting them after may cause some irritation.

The eyebrow/lash tint I use is from my local Hairdressing and Beauty wholesalers, if you are unable to get this then you can use eyelash/brow dye that is sold in Boots and Superdrug and can be found here . Choose the colour which you think would suit you, I recommend going with a brown rather than a black ( unless of course you want them black). The colours in these kits will only darken your brows and will not lighten. The peroxide contained in them is very weak and is only designed to darken. ( just thought I should add that in in case anyone thought that by buying the brown tint this will lighten up black or very dark brows.)

The products you will need are:-

*Eyelash/brow tint.
*Vaseline.
*Angled Brush.
*Baby Wipes or damp cotton pads.
*A pot or bowl to mix the tint in.

*First step is to rub Vaseline around your brows to prevent the tint staining your skin. ( I couldn't find my pot, so I skipped this step.)
 
*Mix up the tint according to manufactures instructions, I squeezed out a tiny amount of tint and added 3-4 drops of the developer.
 
*Mix them together to form a creamy consistency
 
* Brush the tint onto your eyebrows in the shape that they naturally occur.
 
*The tint will change colour and become darker as it develops.
 
 
*You only need to leave it on for a few minutes, the peroxide used in the developer is a lot weaker than the peroxide used in hair colourants, and will need no longer than a few minutes. The longer you leave it on the darker the colour will be. ( so please keep an eye on it.)
I usually leave it on for 1 or 2 minutes, then wipe it off using a baby wipe, if the colour isn't dark enough I apply some more. This is the best way to do it so your brows don't turn out too dark.
 
*Once the colour is achieved, wipe off all the remaining tint, and your done!!

             Tint on my brows at the start, then a few minutes later before I wiped them off
                 The finished result
                                                                   Before and after

The colour normally lasts between 3-4 weeks before it starts to fade. I generally tint my eyebrow very month to keep the colour maintained.
 
 
If you have any questions please leave a comment below, thank you for reading.
I  hope this post has helped, the next posts in this eyebrow series will be waxing and defining, so stay tuned folks!!  
 
 
Lou
xx
 
 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Soleil Tan De Chanel Review

Hello!! I hope you all had a wonderful Bank Holiday and made the most of the gorgeous wheather we had.
As most of you will know, I purchased a few products recently from Debenhams in their 10% off sale. One of those products was Soleil Tan De Chanel.
This had been on my wish list for ages and I was really looking forward to testing it out and seeing if it warrants the £31 price tag.
With summer finally here what better time to give my skin a sunkissed healthy glow!
The bronzer is packaged in a frosted plastic pot ( I did think is was glass but is a little too light to be so) with black lid sporting the iconic Chanel logo. I think it's Ooober chic and stylish and exactly what you would expect from such a luxurious brand.




The best way to describe this product is a cream bronzer. The cream has an almost mouse like texture to it which is light and velvety, and scented with a light floral aroma. I must say that I found it strange using a make up product which was perfumed, but understand this is the norm with Chanel as they do like to scent their make up products. Once on your face the smell fades and is unnoticeable.

As motioned before the texture is very smooth and rich, making it easy to blend into the skin. It can be used over foundation or on its own to create a subtle sunkissed glow. The colour is very natural, resembling rich toffee with a warm undertones.

The colour pay off for me is a little disappointing. I like to use fake tan as I'm super pale without it, and found this to be a little too subtle for my liking. Paler skin tones will probably find this to be perfect, but for me it was a little too light. 
The creamy texture changes once applied to a powder, making the finished result a matte look. The colour ( of which there was ) does last a fair amount of time without smudging or caking, but found it faded slightly on my cheeks. This could be because I tend to get oily throughout the day and the product melted off. I think drier skin types would really like this product but more oily skin types may find it hard to work with.
 





                                                                      Swatched


Blended



My overall impression of this is very disappointing, for me it's just too light and found myself thinking that applying the product was pointless. Don't get me wrong, the 30g of product would last ages, I've been using it everyday for 2 weeks and hardly made a dent in it. This just isn't right for me. Paler skin types, who find it hard to get a bronzer to look natural would really enjoy using this, and it does blend out like a dream, it's just a shame they don't do different colours. I really think "one colour suits all" does not work with this product. If it was darker I would love it, but I think in the mean time I will save this for winter when my skin is lighter and for now it will be another shopping spree to find one that will see me through summer.

If you have used this I would love to know if you felt the same, or is it just me?


Thank you for reading, please feel free to leave a comment, I love reading them!!

LOU
XX

Friday, 24 May 2013

Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm Review

Elemis have launched some fantastic products lately, first was the Cleansing Balm ( review found here) and now comes the launch of their Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. The balm claims to "Exude health and vitality with this energising skin radiance balm, that instantly brightens and tightens for a smooth, even and luminous complexion.
Formulated with a powerful vitamin complex that helps protect against moisture loss, whilst exquisite purple orchid, noni and acai help defend against the early signs of skin ageing."

Radiance Booster - 89% felt the product helped skin look more radiant ands luminous instantly

Moisturiser - 85% agreed the product helped smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles


Primer - 91% stated the product helped provide a more even & brighter skin tone.



 
I found the light texture, cooling and easily absorbed into the skin, instantly hydrating and moisturising. I felt that I didn't need to apply any extra moisturiser to my skin, dryer skin types may need to but my combination skin had just the right amount of moisture. The smell is,like most Elemis products, distinctively perfumed but not in a artificial  way, some may find it overpowering but I find the texture and aroma luxurious and appealing. The balm was easy to massage into skin and did not ball up when applying.
Pro Radiance flash balm used on bare skin, without and then with flash

Once applied to my face the balm left my skin looking dewy, not in a glittery sparkly way, but illuminated and healthy. It didn't feel overly tacky and is the perfect primer and base for make up.  I really like this product,  I can't say that I noticed it tightening my skin but I noticed everything else it claims to do. It's my skin, on a good day! It gives you the complexion that you get from a 2 week holiday (minus the tan), I look fresh faced and rested, I don't know how it does it , but it does!
Worked with make up over the top you can really see the balm at its best....

Balm used under Bourjois Healthy mix foundation, without and with flash.
 
 
 
...As you can see from the photo's, my skin looks dewy, glowing and healthy, the effects also last, keeping my skin nourished and hydrated after a long day at work.
 

Cost - £32.00 for 50ml from here
Who would I recommend it to? Dry/Normal/Combination skin types. Oily skin types may find it too moisturising and may find their face too shiny and foundation wear time reduced.
Would I re-purchase? Yes
How would I improve it? I would love this to have a built in sunscreen, just because I'm lazy and like the thought of using just one product in the morning.
Thank you for reading
Lou
XX

 

NOTD Models Own - Coral Reef

This weeks nails of the day comes from Models Own Coral Reef, a gorgeous red with undertones of pink and orange. This is truly stunning and a must for summer.

I have only used the Models Own brand a few times, but this colour went on a dream, the brush and formulation were perfect to apply and I could have easily got away with one coat but out of routine applied two.

 




The other products used we're OPI Nail Envy, I love this, it really works at strengthening and hardening nails. After applying two coats of nail envy and two coats of polish I put on my most loved and used nail product, Beauty Secrets Instant Nail polish dryer. Dries nails instantly, so no more waving your hands around waiting for your nails to dry. This is not available in shops, only in Sally's Hair and Beauty wholesalers, if you have one near you make sure you pop in and get yourself one!!
What do you think of the colour? What's your NOTD? 



 Don't forget to enter  my BeTrousse Beauty giveaway


Thank You for Reading
Lou
Xx

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Betrousse Glitz and Glam Box and Giveway!!

Who likes getting beauty boxes? Hands up!?.......
I know I do, but there is one thing I hate, tiny pea sized samples! I mean how on earth can I really try out a product when i can only use it once or twice? What if i told you that now you can have your box with FULL size products?!
Interested?
The company I am talking about is Betrousse*, a french based company that works with over 3000 high end brands to deliver 4-5 products in their unique beauty boxes. When you buy the box, the value is always greater than the amount you paid for it, bargain or what?
What can you expect?
I was lucky enough to get sent this box for review and I must say I was very excited. Some of the brands I have not heard of before and some I have. The box I recieved is the Glitz and Glam box which costs £10 + P&P. The overall value of this box is priced at £70! These are not monthly subscription boxes, you can buy them whenever you want without being tied in,  you also know whats in the box before it comes so there is no disappointment when it arrives. The only thing is, is there is no element of surprise, but apart from that it looks like a good deal!
So.. what did i get?

Jason Normailising Shampoo £7.29.
"This shampoo contains Rosewater and Chamomile which gently cleanses the hair and scalp whilst restoring the natural Ph balcance of your hair."
Fair Naturally Mango and Safflower Body Moisturiser £2.99
"This subtle body moisturiser leaves you skin feeling irresistibly soft, smooth and nourished with only natural ingredients"
Make Believe Beauty Shimmer Lip Gloss £10
This brand was recently included in May's Birchbox and a brand that I  know, they also make Fake tan, which I have used in the past. This is a lightly shimmered gloss and will give a lovely sheen to lips and a handbag stable.
Benta Berry G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser £14
"Containing ground apricot seeds, this facial cleanser will make your skin soft, clean, and mattified."
Tulecos Tonifyling oil. £33
"Used on feet, this 100% natural concentrated massage oil tonifies the skin with purifying peppermint, tea tree and orange essential oils." This sounds like it will be perfect for feet after a long day at work!
 
 
Betrousse also produce other beauty boxes, all with different themes. Fairy Beauty box, Spring Beauty, Pretty Beauty, Summer Break and Organic box all valued at a lot more than the price you pay. You can look at all these boxes here
 
What do you think of these boxes? I really like the fact that all the products are full sized,  you can really get an understanding and see a true result of the product you're using before purchasing them at full price. I personally like more make up items in my boxes, but I know this would really appeal to anyone that loves skin and body care products.
 
I am also offering one lucky reader the chance to win this box. All you have to do is head over to Facebook and like the Betrousse page . Leave a comment below with your facebook name and email address. It is not compulsory to follow my blog but if you so wish that would be lovely! ;)
This competition ends Sunday 9th June, the winner will be picked at random and notified by email. Uk residents only.
 
Thank you for reading
 
LOU
XX
 
 
* Post contains PR sample  

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Elemis Cleansing Balm Review



I know I'm a bit late with the whole cleansing balm thing but I'm here and I've tried it. Firstly I would like to add that up until a few months ago I didn't really have a skin care routine and was one ( like many )that used the dreaded facial wipes and have been know to use baby wipes as well! I know, such a naughty girl! Having said that I am now a good girl and have been trying to look after what god gave me. This brings me on to the Elemis Cleansing Balm
I love the packaging, it's sleek, simple and practical, it comes with the added bonus of coming with a face cloth to remove the balm after use. The balm itself is thick and waxy, and has a very distinctive smell, containing starflower, elderberry, optimega oils with rose and mimosa waxes. 
The thick balm changes when warmed in your hands,  becoming an oil which is easily massaged into your face. When using this I massaged it all over my face , added warm water, this changes the balm again into a foam, more milky cleanser. I then used the flannel to remove it from my skin. The mixture of the balm and warm water enhances the strong fragrance ( which I like, some may find it overpowering), the aroma relaxes and the balm feels luxurious, the perfect combination for night time cleansing.  The balm literally melts away a full face of make up effortlessly leaving the  skin feeling hydrated, moisturised and silky soft. This is so quick and easy to do and easily fits into your daily routine, it contains all natural oils which means no mineral oil!! Yay!

You can also use the balm as a treatment mask by leaving it on for 10 minutes and then wiping away with the cloth. I'm yet to try this but like the fact that its a two in one product. I'm really enjoying using the balm, the rich texture and fragrance feels like your giving your face a special treat and not just cleansing it.
The price of the balm is £39.50 for 105g. Some might say this is expensive but I assure you, you only need a little and it goes a long way. The balm can be purchased at all good Elemis salons and here

Have you used the Elemis Cleansing Balm yet, what do you think of it?
 
Thank you for Reading
 
LOU
XX








Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Debenhams Shopping Spree

So today I received my order from Debenhams. They have 10% off at the moment so I decided to take full advantage and buy some of my most wanted items
It was a little splurge but I don't care, I wanted them and the 10% off made me feel better for purchasing them. 

I know the photos are not brilliant but I wanted to use them straight away and like any good beauty blogger, I knew that I had to take some pictures first. I didn't bother with lighting,  I just snapped away quickly so I could slap them on my face!
I will do a full review with  better photos later when I've used them and tried them properly .

First up is Soleil Tan de Chanel
With  summer (hopefully) round the corner I  wanted a new bronzer and this has been on my radar for some time. I plan on using it for contouring as swell as adding  some  much needed colour to my face. My first initial thoughts are that it is a goregous colour for me, not too dark and not too light, not orangey and easily blended.   It's currently on sale for £27.90 instead of £31.00 .

Mac Studio FixPowder Plus in NW25
This is again for the goregous summer we will be having. I really like the whole Dewy look, and with the summers we have ( humid and sweaty, when its not raining) I need something that will set my make up and control shine. I brought NW25 which is the perfect colour for when I have a tan. 

Origins Super spot Remover 
I don't really need to say why I need this, it's obviously for those dreaded pimples that appear and need to be gone in a flash. I have never used any products from origins and I've heard really good things about this for its spot fighting ability. I will be putting it too the test as I have a few of the pesky buggers at the moment. 

Mac Eyeshadow in Blanc Type
This is to start my mac shadow collection off. I brought the un potted version as I'm planning of getting a palette or Zpallette to put it in. I went for this colour as I needed a light colour to highlight my brow bone and because I was buying online I thought this would be the easier option than picking another colour that may not be right for me without seeing it. ! 

The Debenhams sale ends Sunday 19th May, if you want to take advantage of the sale do it quick!
You can shop for you most wanted items here


Have you used any of these products, if so what it you think of them?

Thank you for reading

Lou
Xx

Sunday, 12 May 2013

NOTD - Models Own Apple Pie

Since having my gel nails taken off I'm loving trying out differnt colours of polish. This years spring/summer collection sees some gorgeous pastel shades, something that I normally steer away from. I love my dark colours so this is all new to me, and I'm liking it!

Models Own Apple Pie £5 - Boots


I'm loving this minty green shade, I applied 3 coats and to be honest I think it needs another. I think it would look perfect on freshly pedicured toes with a golden tan.

If any of you have a Sally's or Sally express hairdressing and beauty wholesales near you I would really recommend this nail oil. It dries your polish instantly and when I say instantly I mean instantly. When I've painted my nails I wait a few minutes and apply this to my cuticles and then wipe it over on nails and they are then touch proof. It has a wonderful smell as well, marzipan, lush!


Do you like the pastel colours that are around at the moment?

Thank you for reading
Lou
xx


Thursday, 9 May 2013

Beauty Haul Boots and TK Maxx

Today I went on a little shopping spree to pick up a few essentials, somehow these managed to find their way into my basket!

 First port of call was TK Maxx where i managed to pick these up.



Elizabeth Arden Eight hour trio £19.99 ( RRP £34.99)
I have been suffering with really dry hands at the moment so thought this would be perfect. Also the price wasn't bad either!



Nails Inc £12.99 (RRP £20.00) TK Maxx
Since having my gel nails off I have been really been getting into nail polishes. These are fab colours for the up coming season and i can't wait to try them


Boots

Models Own Polish in Apple Pie And Coral Reef £5 ( bye one get one half price) the two cost me £7.50. I've never tried any of the Models Own Polishes so thought this would be the perfect time to try them out.
Collection Concealer in Medium £4.15
This product needs no introduction, I've heard so much about it and just had to put it to the test.

La Roche Posay Lipikar BaumeAP £13.28 ( boots had 25% off)
 
 
This actually isn't for me but for my husband. He has been complaining of itching dry skin, so I got this to see if it helps
 
 
I'm really pleased with my haul as most things we're reduced or in the sale and we love all good bargain!
What do you think of my purchases, have you tried any of them?
 
Thank you for reading
 
Lou
xx

 
 
 
 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Battle of the Cream Blushers, I need your help!!

I have never used a cream blush before and really want to try one. From what I've read they give a more sheer natural finish that is build-able and softer. I have always used a powder blush and have a slight obsession with them. For some reason I thought  cream blushers would rub off and not last as long as the powder versions, I now understand this is not true and some cream blushes actually last longer. There are so many out there that is hard to decide which is the best to go for. I am looking for a peachy coral tone, Pinks just don't seem to suit me that as much at the moment. I found some that I like and I would really appreciate your thoughts on them and weather there worth purchasing.

Nars Orgasm multiple £30.00 - http://www.narscosmetics.co.uk/
"The original multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Its unique, creamy formula blends effortlessly to provide sheer colour for creating shimmering accents, contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. Creates perfect, glowing complexions and is conveniently designed for failproof application.The original multifunction colour stick Mistake-proof colour; quick and easy to apply."
I love Nars blushes but can't find a cream blush in a colour I liked, so thought this would be the next best thing. I have heard some not so great reviews, but I love the look of the orgasm blush so I'm not too sure to go for it as it is one of the most expensive out of all I've seen.

Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera £16.00 - http://www.boots.com/

"This versatile favourite brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent colour. Tap onto cheeks and press onto lips. The sheer tint adds an inherent glow to the cheeks while lips bloom with fresh, radiant colour. Our two-in-one compact holds the key to easy, monochromatic makeup."
These blushes have been raved about by loads of beauty bloggers, the price i think is very reasonable and I really like the colour!

Jouer Cheek and Lip tint in Poppy £16.00 - http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/

"The lightweight, easy-to-blend formula is sheer enough to quickly blur any mistakes, durable enough that you won't need to keep reapplying and just glossy enough to subtly enhance"
This brand is new to me but I know that their tinted moisture has gone down well with fellow bloggers. The blush looks a bit scary in the pan but comes off a lot better when swatched, its more on the coral side compared to the previous two which we're ever so slightly more pink.

Revlon  Photoready cream blush in Pinched £7.99 - http://www.boots.com/

"Inspired by the glowing skin of a beach beauty, these silky cream Revlon PhotoReady Cream *Blushes glide on smoothly provide a dewy flush of colour for a healthy, gorgeous glow.
*Creamy blush provides buildable, beautiful flush of colour
*Lightweight formula with silky soft feel on skin
*Blends evenly over cheeks for smooth application
*Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to provide cheeks with a beautiful glow"  A lot cheaper than the previous, I like the fact that it gives a dewy finish because I'm all about that at the moment and the most accessible as the others I can't swatch and have to buy them on line.

By Terry Veloutee blush in peach nude £29.50 - http://uk.spacenk.com/HOME/SPUK103,en_GB,sc.html

"Half-cream, half-powder, this blush allows you to sculpt and enhance the curve of the cheekbones for a radiant "neutral skin tone" effect with a long-lasting matte finish.
Its creamy, moisturising texture easily melts into foundation or powder. This elegant on-the-go accessory is indispensable for an instant healthy glow." Second dearest in price out them all , I'm not too sure about the matte finish and I haven't heard a lot about this product or brand but I do really like the colour!

Bourjois cream blush - £7.99

This is a new release which is available from 15th May. The only information I have on it is from bloggers that have been sent them to review. The overall censors is that their really good. The blush transforms from a cream to a powder finish which melts into the skin it give a youthful dewy finish that lasts. Now my experience with the Bourjois powder blushes is not good, I found them to have poor pigmentation and gave up using them out of  frustration because I couldn't get the blush to show up on my skin.
By the sounds of it these are a lot better and I really like the colour of the two on the right, they look a gorgeous peachy coral and just what I'm looking for.


What would you go for? Have you tried any of these? What are favourites? I would love to know what you think and a help me decide which one to go for.


Thank you for reading
Lou
xx