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?