Friday, 24 November 2017

An Autumn Skincare Treat Routine - Kiehls, Beauty Pie, Emma Hardie, Sunday Riley

Alessandra Steinherr is the one I have to thank for the Sunday Night Facial becoming a verb, and a big part of my life. That girl's got good skin, and whatever she's doing, I want in on it. My current treat routine is definitely increasing my good skin days, and with a few swappable components, pretty much stays the same in its essence week to week.

First up - cleanse. You simply cannot go wrong with a healthy dose of Emma Hardie's Moringa Cleansing Balm in your life. This is a cult classic for a very good reason - it cleanses without stripping the skin, feels gorgeous, is super luxurious and does the job. Use a flannel and do a decent double cleanse - this is your weekend treat, after all - I tend to follow this up with Beauty Pie's Double Phase cleanser which I am still utterly in love with.

Next - treat - and you could do much worse than Beauty Pie's Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial. I'm not sure what sorcery is in this little bottle, but it really does work like magic for me. The more I use it, the more I love it - it's a fantastic exfoliant and brightens the complexion. Glorious.

Generally I'll follow up with a favourite mask at this point - something clay-ey if I have time, or if my skin has really taken a battering then Kiehl's gorgeous Calendula and Aloe mask is like a hug in a tub. To finish, moisturiser - again, Kiehl's are my current go-to with their Ultra Facial Oil-Free Moisturiser. It's a great oily skin option, not overwhelming in the slightest, and is very soothing and cooling to apply.

For a super-brighten, Sunday Riley's Luna goes on just before bed. There are plenty of cheaper, equally excellent, if not better, retinols in the world, but this super luxurious version is my current Sunday night treat au choix.

Do you have a favourite skincare routine? What are your top products?

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Bold lipsticks for Autumn/Fall

Bold lips? For Autumn? Groundbreaking. 

I know. Painfully clichéd. But there you have it. I love me some juicy dark lips when the weather turns. I've got five gorgeous tones pretty much on rotation at the moment, to the point that the lip staining left behind makes it look like I'm still wearing one of these bad boys at 8am the next day.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Show Girl has been a grower for me. I really wasn't sold on the moussey texture at first, and it applies much darker than initially expected; but now the nights are a-drawing in I find myself reaching for it more often. It's on the less challenging end of dark berry lips, so it may be a good option if the next few firecrackers are a bit out of your comfort zone.

MAC Chili is a glorious brown-orange-red that just screams millennial autumnal perfection. It's a classic MAC creamy matte formula, so it's very comfortable and pretty long wearing. I'm on my second tube of Chili, and that basically never happens. With some decent mascara and a good base, you can't go wrong. If you like your brown-reds a bit, well, more red, then Colourpop's Ultra Satin lips (my absolute favourite liquid lipstick formula) in the shade Lost is a real winner. It's juicy, satin, matte, lasts for ages and is easy to apply.

Top-Bottom CT Show Girl, MAC Chili, Colourpop, JS Unicorn Blood, Dior Poison Metal 
Then we have the vamp-tastic end of the spectrum. As much as I am not a Jeffree Star fan, there's no denying that Unicorn Blood is the most gorgeous, deep, wine-red tone. I like the formula - I find it minimally drying and pretty long-wearing - but mainly I just love this colour! Dior's gorgeous Liquid Lip Stain in Poison Metal takes all the prizes for ultra-deep tones, however. The link here posts to a lip swatch - its metallic, vampy, easy to apply and super comfortable. I'm sold.

What are your A/W '17 favourites?

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Body Moisturisers for Winter - The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter and Palmer's Cocoa Butter

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter and Palmer's Cocoa Butter Moisturiser

I have to admit, I am a creature of intense habit when it comes to Winter bodycare. I'm also a creature of not-a-zillion-pounds. I'd much rather, in all honesty, go all out on the facial skincare/makeup with my hard-earned dolla, so my poor body gets a little neglected. I have incredibly dry skin on my body (I think I just divert all oils to my poor face) so I really should be better at looking after it! My high-street faves are long term staples without a totally crippling price tag - oh, and they smell glorious to boot.

The Body Shop are all over the body butter market. The coconut version is my absolute favourite and has been for years. The scent is gorgeous (well, if you like coconuts) without being overpowering, and it is richly, deeply moisturising. This works as a brilliant aftersun moisturiser too, from experience; and at about £15 for a massive tub? It's a steal. The Body Shop regularly have amazing sales and offers on, so get on that email list and stock up!

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy Lotion is another all-time favourite for me. It comes in a whacking great big pump dispenser for ease of use, and lasts for ages. At approximately a fiver for 400ml, you can't go wrong. The smell is lovely - comforting, vanilla-ey - and it is super moisturising on my extra-dry skin.

What are your favourite body moisturisers?

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Armani Lip Magnet in Shade 508 Androgini Review - Christmas 2017 Collection

Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in Shade 508

If you're a longer term reader of this here blog, you'll be well aware of my love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with liquid lipsticks. I love the whole matte lip look, but I cannot abide the cat's bum lip effect after a few hours, or that gross white ring of.. stuff (eugh). Lancôme have come close to perfect with their formula, in my opinion, but this new shade (and relatively new formula) from Armani Beauty has all of my attention for A/W '17.

Armani Lip Magnet in shade 508 Androgini is an absolutely gorgeous cool, blush pink-nude shade. I feel like this is the shade I've been looking for all of my makeup loving life. It is really soft and muted, and I'd wager that on the fairest skintones would look absolutely beautiful. On my medium-olive skintone, this is a really flattering, almost mauvey nude shade, which doesn't wash me out.

The applicator is a stroke of genius - application is a breeze. The texture is light, without being runny or moussey, and applies evenly over the lips (nothing short of a modern makeup miracle, in my experience of nude liquid lipsticks). The finish is more on the satin-matte side, but that is a sacrifice I am more than willing to make in the name of comfort.

Armani Lip Magnet in shade 508

What's really impressive is the lasting power. I completely forgot I was wearing any lipstick at all, and when I looked in the mirror 6 hours later (having eaten) there was no dryness, no white-ring-of-embarrassment and just the most even, virtually unnoticeable fade at the lipline. No complaints here. If you like pinks lipstick anything to do with makeup get yourself one of these. You'll love it. I promise.

I paired mine with two of my old faves - MAC Breath of Plum blush (my favourite Winter blush of all time) and Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz. Old school, right? Well, they're still in my stash because they are excellent. Not sorry at all.

Armani Lip Magnet shade 508

Overall - get one. I'm eyeing up two more shades from the Christmas collection as we speak.

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