Saturday, October 25, 2014

The must repurchase empties


I haven't done an empties post for so long due to all the guest posts whilst I was recovering but my empties box was overflowing from all the empties I had collected over the past 3 months.

To do a post on them all would be epic and nonsense so I decided to do a round up post on the 'best of the best' empties, focusing on the ones I loved and will definitely be repurchasing.

Elemental Herbology Facial Detox (£28 // purchased from Space NK)

Everything I have tried so far from Elemental Herbology I have loved so much and the Facial Detox mask was no exception.  This is an old school white clay mask with extracts of malachite, laolin and manuka honey.  I found this amazing for stopping spots in their tracks and making them recede back to nothing.

You apply the mask to dry skin and it dries down to a pale grey clay and some of the mask is absorbed by the skin.  It does harden but it's relatively easy to remove with water and a damp flannel.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator (£25 // purchased from Debenhams)

Possibly my favourite exfoliating toner of all time, I just love how the runny gel like texture feels on the skin.  This is a very gentle exfoliating toner and perfect for those new to the concept.  It contains tamarind fruit acids (AHA's) to remove impurities and brighten the skin.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (£23 // bought from Look Fantastic)

This is my 'go to' moisturiser if everything else is going wrong!  It has no outlandish claims, it just soothes and hydrates even the most sensitive skin.  There's a full run down here from my recent morning skincare routine post.

Rodial Dragons Blood Hyaluronic toner (£33 // bought from Space NK)

This is a really lovely hydrating toner that can be used in your skincare routine or for a quick freshen up during the daytime.  It comes in a handy spritz bottle and has a really fine but powerful mist.  Dragons blood is sourced from the red sap of the 'sangre de drego' tree and works to form a second skin like protective film on the skin-this helps to protect the skin against environmental damage whilst soothing stressed skin.  There is also rose water and vitamin B3.  I really love this range from Rodial.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28 // bought from Space NK)

A brilliant gel to oil cleanser for cleansing in the evening.  I have a review here in my recent evening skincare routine post but this is a firm favourite for my nighttime ritual.

Josie Maran coconut watercolour cheek gelee 'Poppy Paradise' ($22 // bought from Sephora)

I absolutely love the formula, it feels like jelly in the pot without being messy and squishy.  The colour is to die for-a pink toned, almost neon coral but without being at all in your face.  I prefer to dip a stippling brush in the pot, tap the excess on the back of my hand and lightly buff into the skin.  It's easily buildable and the lasting power is incredible.

Smashbox photofinish primer ($36 // bought from Sephora)

I love the feel of this on the skin even though I know its full of silicon and that's why my skin feels so silky!  But it does a fab job at mattifying and blurring the skin before applying foundation.  I really enjoyed using it-your skin really does feel like velvet.  This is also an oil free primer but Smashbox do a whole range of primers to suit everyone.  It's definitely one of their best products and this is my 3rd or 4th tube.

Aveda Botanical Kinetics toning mist (£28 // bought from Look Fantastic as part of this skincare set)

This is a deluxe sample size of the toner included in a starter set-it retails for £17 for 150ml usually.  I really loved this toner, I love the smell of Aveda products, they're so soothing and spa like.  This toner was in the normal/oily skincare set and is designed to hydrate and balance the skin whilst minimising surface oil build up.  It contains white oak, witch hazel and peppermint so is mildly astringent.  It was the perfect spritz after my exfoliating toner and got me wanting to try more Aveda skincare.

Charles Worthington Salon at Home texturising spray (£6.99 // purchased from Boots)

I love texturising sprays, I have long, fine, flat hair that gets greasy easily so a texturising spray or dry shampoo does help to give it a bit more ooomph!  I've used Batiste for years but the white powder residue is off putting.  I find this spray does a bit of everything for me-it has the hold of a hairspray but the oomph and grease absorbing powers of a dry shampoo-and it's clear.  And smells amazing.  I much prefer this to the Oribe spray and it's a fraction of the price.

Lokum Rumi's rose rose candle (£32 // purchased from Lokum Istanbul Boutique, 95 Walton St, London)

I loved everything about this candle.  The packaging was divine with it's intricate artwork on the outside.  When I was recovering from surgery I burnt this every single day in my bedroom.  It's beautiful, fresh, clean, light, almost 'sparkly' or sherbert-y and wasn't cloying or heavy at all.  It has a 30 hour burn time but I am sure mine was longer than that as I literally used it every day.  I would love to try more from Lokum which is a small boutique in Knightsbridge.  Their Turkish delight was amazing as well!

So that's it, the best of the best, the creme de la creme, the cream of the crop.  Are any of these your 'must repurchase' favourites?



Friday, October 24, 2014

5 more MAC nudes

MAC nude lipstick review

Nude is never out of style.  Autumn is one of the seasons I love to bring out my nude lipsticks, interchanging them with vampier berry shades and reds.

My first 5 MAC nudes post is the number 1 most read post ever on my blog so I am following it up with 5 more MAC nudes from my collection.

MAC nude lipstick review

MAC nude lipstick review


Half n half is a chocolate based nude, smooth and creamy on the lips.  The Amplified finish is one of my favourites as it isn't drying and has a very opaque, even and smooth finish.


Faux is such a beautiful nude.  It's kind of warm and pink toned and brightens the complexion.  The satin finish just makes lips look perfect.  I can see this being upgraded immediately to handbag lipstick status.


Viva Glam II pulls a little bit more grey toned mauve and is a bit Kim Kardashian on me.  I think I can get away with it with a gloss on top or worn with a bronzey or smoky eye.  The more I wear it the more I like it.


Velvet Teddy is more warmer caramel toned shade-very similar to half n half but with the matte finish.


Creme cup is a milky glossy pink with a cremesheen formula.  This is my most recent purchase but I have to admit I don't love it despite it being one of MAC's biggest sellers and a bloggers favourite.  Cremesheen is usually my favourite formula from MAC but I find this shade doesn't apply particularly evenly to the lips.

Are you a nude lip obsessive like me?  Which is your favourite?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Malin + Goetz detox face mask

Malin & Goetz detox face mask review

Malin + Goetz detox face mask // Space NK £29

'Fun' is not normally associated with skincare but this is about as fun as it gets!  Imagine snap crackle and pop on your face.

Two ways you can use this mask:
1) As your weekly deep cleansing mask
2) As a deep clean cleanse for your skin

Malin + Goetz designed a mask that would clarify skin without the use of heavy clays or harsh chemicals and the result was this lightweight foaming gel that once on your face and interacting with oxygen froths and swells on your face to draw dirt and impurities from your skin in just 5 minutes.

The mask uses almond extract to clarify and soothe and Vitamins C and E and Soy Protein to brighten and firm.  It's very very gentle on the skin and your skin feels literally so soft once your rinse this off.

To me, it's more softening and hydrating than detoxing but that might just be because I am so used to using clays to get my weekly detox fix.  I can really see all skin types loving this.

I have just finished off this tub and it lasted me a good 6 months using it once a week.

Have you tried anything from Malin & Goetz?  I am also loving their Mojito candle at the moment too!




Monday, October 20, 2014

Lip Six

Lip Six is back!!  Here are my last 6 lip picks!

MAC Zazoom, MAC Kittenish, NARS Easy lover, Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect, NARS Stella, Dior Fluid Stick Tiny Pink

Top row (L) MAC Lipglass in Zazoom (R) MAC Patentpolish lip pencil in Kittenish (LE)

Middle row (L) NARS gloss (old formula) in Easy Lover (R) Charlotte Tilbury KISSING lipstick in Bitch Perfect

Bottom row (L) NARS gloss in Stella (old formula) (R) Dior Fluid Stick in Tiny Pink



Sunday, October 19, 2014

YSL Ink Fusion foundation review


YSL Ink fusion foundation review

YSL Ink fusion foundation review

This purchase was enabled by my extremely good friend Antonia who whatsapped me and told me to go and buy this new launch from YSL.  Immediately.

I am going to link Antonia's review of YSL's new Ink Fusion foundation in because we have very different skin types-Antonia has very dry skin where as I have combinations/borderline oily skin but this foundation seems to work for both which is pretty unusual.

I ordered this to Vanessa's from Harvey Nichols as it hadn't launched in Dubai and she brought it over for me.  When I unpacked it the first thing I noticed, before even opening it, was how liquid it was.  In fact, Vanessa and I looked at each other as I was shaking the bottle as if to say 'is that right'?? 

I like my foundations to be pretty heavy duty and long lasting and this water like consistency put me off immediately.

But I have four foundations on rotation at the moment and this is the one I find myself reaching for almost every day.

Unlike Antonia who applies this foundation to the back of her hand and then uses a brush to work into the face, I take a lazier approach, swiping the wand of this foundation directly onto my skin and then buffing it in with a foundation brush (Real Techniques Expert Face is perfect).  Despite it's viscosity it's not going to drip down your face and it isn't as messy as I thought the wand applicator may be.  It's advisable to give the glass bottle a good shake before opening it though.

This foundation does something I don't think I have ever seen another foundation do-it seems to sink in and weld to your skin rather than sitting as a layer on top of it.  As you buff it in you can literally see your face becoming more even toned, it's a bit like airbrush for the skin and just blends so effortlessly.  Yet it looks so natural, I can still see my freckles underneath and I can literally feel nothing on my skin.  It's completely weightless.

It's buildable if you prefer heavier coverage but it's not a full coverage foundation-Medium coverage is probably the best you'll get.  It dries down to a velvet matte finish and is the only foundation I have ever used that I don't feel I need to set it with powder.  Don't get me wrong, nothing is going to stop my natural oiliness coming through in a couple of hours so I do, of course powder but this foundation is such a great canvas, making you look flawless yet not overdone or caked in make up.

It wasn't love at first sight but it's definitely grown on me and is my go to foundation of the moment.

PS I am wearing this foundation here in this Tom Ford FOTD post