Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Alpha H Liquid Gold

Alpha H Liquid Gold 100ml £31.50 available from  Look Fantastic , Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay
This a post I have been meaning to write up for ages, I feel guilty that this little gem has been in my skincare routine for some time now and I haven't told you all about it.
To some of you this will need no introduction at all as it has a massive cult following, named the "overnight facial" this has and will, improve your skin as you sleep!
Alpha H Liquid Gold is a powerful and effective tonic that contains Glycolic Acid,  an extract derived from sugar cane. The Glycolic Acid kick starts the skin's metabolism, improving the texture and appearance of fine lines and open pores. It  dissolves the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, allowing them to be washed away during your morning cleanse.
By safely and effectively removing dead skin cells you are left with a refreshed and more even skintone. This tonic also helps with hyperpigmentation, acne scars and can tighten skin to reveal a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Alpha H Liquid Gold can easily blend in with any skincare routine. It is designed to be used every three days and worn overnight which means you can still use the products that you love on the other two nights. 
 Liquid Gold is applied to cleansed skin with a cotton pad and the last step of your night time skincare routine. The tonic is then left on overnight and washed off in the morning.
When I first started using it I did experience a slight tingling sensation which is completely normal and indicates that the product is working. 
When I wake my skin has a healthy glow to it and looks rejuvenated and refreshed. Since I started using it (about 3-4 months ago) I have noticed some changes to my skin. It no longer looks dull, my pores are less visible ( I don't think any product will diminish them completely!), the lines on my forehead are less prominent and the overall texture of my skin is a lot  more even.
This product really does work, but please don't think that after one use you are going to look 10 years younger. To begin with the changes were very subtle and I was left a little disappointed but after continued use there was  an improvement to my skin. I no way get as many breakouts like I used too and have noticed that I have been opting for a more light coverage foundation, now this may have something to do with summer and the weather we have been experiencing but I have always hated my skin and have worn full coverage foundation all year long. I feel more confident about my skin and don't feel the need to hide it completely anymore.
The results I think will vary with everyone, if you already have a fantastic skincare routine and look after your skin (ie cleansing morning and night, regular exfoliation, anti ageing treatments, moisturisers/serums), the results may be a little less than someone ( like me) that has just started to take care and look after their skin.
So to round it off, using Alpha H Liquid Gold I have noticed :
  • More even skintone
  • Glowing and radiant skin
  • Fine lines less visible
  • Pores look more refined
  • Less breakouts
 I would recommend anyone to try this and I will continue to use it and repurchase it from now on.
Have you tried any products from Alpha H? What do you think to them?
As always, Thank you for Reading
 Side note - When using any Glycolic treatment it is essential to wear SPF, as you all should be doing anyway!! *waves pointed finger at you with hand on hips. ;)

Monday, 26 August 2013

Guest post from Charlotte Christmas. Top 5 Red Nail Polishes

Hey everyone, I’m Charlotte from the blog,  CharlotteChristmas and the lovely Louise has kindly allowed me to write a post for her blog. Ever since I have been reading Louise’s blog, I have been an avid fan. I thought that I’d do a roundup of my favourite red nail polishes.

From as far as I can remember, red nail polish has been one of my favourite colours to purchase. There's something about red nail polish that makes me feel sophisticated and a little more ladylike. Some people could argue that red nail polish is for Autumn/Winter time, but I beg to defer, red is an all-year colour, however the intensity of the shade could determine whether it's for Winter/Summer. Believe it or not, pink has not touched my tips for weeks now; so welcome the rooster red nail polish crop...

Maybelline 'Candy Apple': deep, and highly pigmented, with a creamy, thick consistency. This colour brings an instant seasonal update to your tips. With the glossy, gelly finish, it's chip-free for 3-4 days. The brush allows a professional and precise finish.

Models Own 'Red Alert': With the thick consistency, one coat is all you need. I prefer to use two as it makes the colour a tad bolder. The brush is very good as it applies a good amount of product onto your nails which also means that there are no streaks on the nails.

Maybelline 'Power Red': If you want your nails to be a bold feature of your attire, this is an amazing colour to use as the colour is so bright and powerful as the name suggests). The product has a lovely glossy finish and this shade is an amazing colour for summer as it is beautifully bright.

OPI 'Red Lights Ahead...Where': This is a very bright coral. This is a great colour for Spring/Summer as it's considerably bright and is insanely glossy at the finish. For a deeper opacity, you could apply three coats. This is a perfect summertime shade to highlight tanned skin and is a dream to apply.

Essie 'Hip Anema': They say 'be true to yourself' and this nail polish is true to red. This is the ultimate spring colour. The application is amazing and applies like a dream! 

I hope you enjoyed this post...which colour is your favourite?

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Guest post from Ella Catherine - Balance Me Pure Skin Wash

Hey Guys!
As you may notice, I am not Louise! Don't worry I'm here completely innocently and was given the chance to write a guest post for her so jumped at the chance! There's this tiny little product I have been dying to review from the moment I set hands on it and so, I thought I'd do a quick review for you here.

Ta, Dah! The 'Balance Me' pure skin face wash! Simply looking at it is pretty- I love the simple packaging, in a weird way it gives me the impression the product won't be full of utter rubbish! Or is that just me?! When you first apply it, it does admittedly smell of curry which, personally isn't my favourite scent for a cleanser- but each for their own! It contains Spruce Knot Extract, Anti-Oxidant Rich Rice Bran Oil and Sense Awakening Frankincense, Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils. All of which very natural and good for the skin.
This cleanser is great, despite the scent, as it really does "dissolve"  your make up without "stripping your face of natural oils". I've found that it doesn't give me that horrible 'tight face' feeling that many do- but my face still feels clean and soft. 

I have the 50ml bottle from a Glamour Magazine but will most definitely be replacing it with a larger one when I am finished with it, as it really has become one of my daily essentials. The prices are on the website, which I shall leave below- and certainly not bad for the product! So definitely a massive thumbs up from me!

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Cosmetic Make Up - Eyebrow Tattooing

A couple of months ago I produced a Eyebrow series which outlined ways to achieve HD Brows at Home . Today my post is about Eyebrow tattooing and achieving the perfect brow all year round.
Eyebrow tattoos and cosmetic make up have become very popular lately with celebrities, and now women are looking at this option as a way of filling in over-plucked brows or a way of adding definition to the face if they have lost their brows due to medical reasons.
In the 90's I can remember wanting super thin brows and majorly over-plucking them to achieve this look,(thank god they grew back) but recently fuller, thicker brows are more fashionable and people are now filling them in and resorting to HD brows to conform to the current trend.

I went along with my friend Chelsey to see our local cosmetic tattooist Susie Bavister. Chelsey has naturally fair eyebrows ( as you can see from the bottom picture above) and is allergic to tint which means she has to powder and draw them in everyday ( above picture of how Chelsey normally wears her brows). They're a bane of her life and she has been considering eyebrow tattooing for ages, she finally plucked up the courage to get them done and I was there to offer her support and see what the treatment entails.

Cosmetic tattooing and semi permanent make up is very different to normal tattooing. A regular tattoo artist will use ink to perform his tattoo with a longer needle whereas a cosmetic tattooist will use pigment and only penetrate the top dermal layer of skin, making it semi permanent.
The pigment fades over time as we shed our skin. Some clients have them re- touched every 9 months or so, but most commonly the procedure is performed annually to maintain the shape and colour.

Before starting the treatment Susie placed some numbing cream on Chelsey's eyebrows as they had their consultation. The numbing cream takes about 20 minutes to start working, so Susie used this time to get Chelsey to fill in her medical questionnaire  and chat about the desired shape and colour that she wanted. To help determine the right shade that would be perfect to her colouring Susie swatched different shades of brown pigment on Chelsey's forehead to get a better understanding of what the colour would look like with her hair colour and skin tone. Chelsey likes her eyebrows quite dark so Susie opted for a medium/dark ash brown. 
Once the colour had been decided Susie then outlined her eyebrows, measuring from the inner corner, arch and outer corner of the brow bone to find the right shape for Chelsey's face and eyes. She then filled them in using an eyebrow pencil and made sure that Chelsey was completely happy with the look.

Chelsey with the numbing cream on her eyebrows
Susie outlining Chelsey's eyebrow shape
The outlined shape of Chelsey's brows before the procedure started

After the shape had been decided it was time for the tattooing to begin! Fine lines to mimic hairs were brushed on using an ultra fine needle. Susie started off by tattooing the outline of the brows first, she then moved on to the next brow, placing more numbing cream on the first brow and covering it in cling film before starting on the second. This process occurred another 3 times on each eye, more tiny hair like strokes were drawn to fill in the outline that she had created.

I was surprised at how quickly the process took. The treatment minus the consultation period was only 45 minutes and Chelsey was left with perfectly symmetrical eyebrows. I asked her what it felt like and whether the treatment was painful and she said it was a similar sensation to having your eyebrows threaded, some sections were a little more painful then others but all in all it was nothing that she couldn't handle.

Before and After
Before and After
Chelsey was delighted with the result and a follow up appointment was made for 4 weeks time. Susie explained that she could lose up to 40% of the colouration due to the body rejecting the pigment (which is normal) and she would need a touch up, after this she will only need to come annually to maintain the shape and colour.
The treatment costs £250 and her annual treatment cost will be £125, I think this is a brilliant price for perfect eyebrows all year long, no more drawing them in, they won't run or need touching up during the day and best of all you look fantastic first thing in the morning and when on holiday or swimming. I am considering getting mine done after seeing how great they look on Chelsey!
What do you think to cosmetic make up? Would it be something that you would consider doing? I would love to know what you think!
Thank You for Reading
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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Latest Haul Update - Swatches and Mini reviews.

Hi there Lovelies!
Today I will be swatching and doing a little review on some of the make up I purchased in my  Latest Haul Post. I have been loving and using these all week and they have quickly found their way into my daily make up routine.

Left - All That Glitters     Right - Mythology

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Coral
Top - Bobbi Brown Coral Blush, Middle - Mythology, Bottom All That Glitters
Sample of Mac Face and Body Foundation
The products I have been trying out this week are -
  • Mac Face and body foundation ( sample)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Coral
  • Mac Eyeshadow in All that Glitters and Mythology
I received a sample of Mac's Face and Body foundation in shade N3 when at the Mac counter this week. I have heard good things about this and wanted to try it out. The consistency is very watery but thickens when worked in with a brush, the coverage is light - medium but can be build up without looking cakey. I really love the finish of this foundation, it feels like you're not wearing anything and gives a beautiful glow to the skin, not fantastic for hot weather but brilliant for giving a healthy sheen to the skin. I will definitely be repurchasing a full size of this.
When at Mac I purchased two eyeshadows to add to my pallet, they are both lovely to work with. All That Glitters is a gold toned beige with shimmer which is fab for applying allover the eye or in the inner corners to brighten up a smokey eye. The other colour a got was Mythology, a gorgeous copper that I have been applying allover the lid on days that I am in a rush.
The last product and the best, is my new blush from Bobbi Brown in Coral ( yes another coral blush!) This was an impulse buy when I was at the counter getting my under eye corrector and concealer, I always gravitate towards the  blushers and saw this and had to buy it. The colour is a rich coral with red under tones which means that you any need to apply a small amount as it can look quite bright otherwise. I was a little worried when I got this home and had a better look as it does contain gold shimmer that looked rather prominent in the pan, once applied the shimmer almost disappears and your left with a lovely flushed glow that I'm  sure will complement most skintones.

Below is an everyday look using the products mentioned above.

Face -Mac Face and Body, Bobbi Brown Coral Blush, Nars Laguna bronzer, Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector and Concealer. Eyes -  Mac Mythology on lid, All That Glitters in the crease and Blanc Type on the brow bone. Brows done with HD brow pallet in Bombshell with a Mac 263 brush. Lips - Revlon Lip butter in Juicy Papaya.
Thank you for reading
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