Friday, September 19, 2014

Guest Post | Beauty & The Bees


I’m Stace’s guest! I’m her guest! I’ve put these products to the test! Um- yep, I’ve lost myself there. I can’t remember the rest of the lyrics to ‘Be Our Guest’ to change them, and, if you don’t know what I was trying to do… well- AKWARD! 

 A big hello to you all! My name is Martyne, and whilst I am not an alcoholic I am a bit of a skincare-o-holic. Typically I will write about my latest hauls/loves related to fashion at but I am partial to spending my hard earned on creams that tell me I will look 21 in one application.

 I’m the grand old age of 33 and OK, getting old doesn’t bother me, but I don’t want a face full of wrinkles or to look 80 when I am 40. I mean THIS COULD HAPPEN. So, when my eye cream ran out (you must have heard me scream) I thought I would ditch the Estee Lauder night eye cream and try something different. I am open-minded. I can do this. Cue the following:

Nip & Fab Viper Venom eye roller and Nip & Fab Bee Sting Fix. 
 The Viper Venom is very similar to the Garnier eye roll- you know the one, this is just twice the price. It says after use it will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It contains LIFTONIN + SYN-AKE – I mean, that sounds like a mini eye lift in a roller! I have been using it the last three weeks and in all honesty- I think I would have been better off just getting the Garnier one! I haven’t noticed anything dramatic. On the plus side, I haven’t started hissing or anything.

 Let’s talk about the Bee Sting Fix, I did read good things about this product. The name sounds somewhat aggressive and up for the job. This is meant to reduce the look of fatigue and two of the active ingredients are: Bee Venom: This controls the facial muscles- apparently. It increases blood circulation gently plumping out and firming the skin. It also claims to fill and smoothe fine lines and wrinkles. So, with the roll on above my lines shouldn’t even be visible. Propolis Extract: this is a substance harvested by bees on flower buds and it is meant to be a great skin healer, anti-oxidant and antiseptic. Well, bee schmee. It feels more like a primer to me than a cream and whilst I am going to continue to use it, I just haven’t noticed anything ‘WOW’. Why am I so hard to bees? For the love of God just give me eyes that look as fresh as a daisy! Would I buy this product again? I don’t think I will. 

 Can we move on to lips a minute? How many of you are like me? You buy a million lip balms, don’t finish them all, pick up more Vaseline’s simply because it’s a different ‘flavour’… you know the drill.

 Yep, that’s me. Usually I don’t suffer from overly dry lips, but when I was wearing one of my nude lippes last week, my skin looked too dry and flaky for my liking. All of my lips looked uneven and I thought right, let’s get exfoliator hunting. 

I have tried ones from Benefit, Lush, Clarins, Clinique and they just didn’t cut the mustard. I remembered a product from The Body Shop that I owned a few years back but something told me they discontinued it. I checked their website and was happily proved wrong! YAY! Boy do I LOVE this stuff! It comes lipstick stylee and is what I can only describe as a minty conditioning stick with exfoliating grains in. It buffs away all the dead skin off your lips (which I wipe off with a tissue) and leaves a bit of the moisturising stick on too. I would advise to wipe this off though- unless you like the just dug up look. It’s mint green. Finish with a slick of one of your 50 lip balms and you are hot to trot! This baby cost me £8.00. Would I repurchase? HELL YEAH! 

 And last but not least- I wanted to talk about the romance that has rekindled with me and my Clarisonic face brush. How many of you use one of these brushes? They are just amazing! Mine has been on the shelf for the last 5 months purely because I have been too lazy to repurchase a new brush head. I have brought it out to play again and I can’t believe I was that stupid to have not used it the last few months. It cleans my skin like nothing I have experienced. Imagine a clean face- well this gets you ten times cleaner! You know when you brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush and you notice a huge difference to your teeth as opposed to using a standard one? They look cleaner and brighter? Well, this is just that. It’s a huge toothbrush – for your face.

 It uses a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, working with the skin's natural elasticity to thoroughly remove any impurities. You are left with smoother, softer and healthier looking skin. It’s also meant to absorb your skincare a lot better too- meaning you save money in the long run. (This was my justification, just go with it). Honestly, I am never, ever, ever going to let this sit on the shelf for months until I buy a brush head again! I have two coming in the post as I type. My one cost around £200.00. YES it is expensive. I get it. But it is your FACE! Ditch the wipes to get rid of your make up. Your face is NOT a bum. Would I recommend a Clarisonic as part of your everyday skin routine? HELL YEAH! 

 Big thanks to Stacey for having me! We all know how tough things must be for her right now, but lots of positivity from Wales! Along with plenty of cwtches! Xxxxx 

 And- before I go- if anybody does have any amazing eye cream that you think I should know about- please drop me a line!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Guest Post | Isabelle's Favourite Makeup Brushes

My name’s Isabelle, I blog over at Minnebelle about beauty, food, traveling and life in general and I’ll be guest posting for Stacey today. It’s a massive honour to be featured on her website! I’ve been admiring Stacey’s hauls and eye for quality products ever since I discovered her blog, and my mind has been with her each day for the past six weeks. It’s amazing how brave she is in all she’s going through and it’s also heartwarming to see how many people are supporting her in the blogging community. We hope you feel better soon, Stace!
We all know Stacey has a weak spot for lipsticks, and my own personal weak spot has definitely got to be makeup brushes. I definitely have way too many, and I’m definitely going to buy many more. It’s that bad. I’d like to share my favourite brushes with you today and perhaps give you some inspiration for your next brush purchase. Because you know.. You can absolutely never have too many brushes. Trust me.
My favourite eyebrow brush has got to be the angled 110 brush by Make Up Store. It was one of the very first decent brushes that I bought and it’s still in perfect shape after all these years. It’s quite thin and allows for precision eyebrow shaping. For foundation, I’m in love with Sigma’s Tapered Kabuki brush. This is just sheer perfection - I use it for blending in liquid foundation, but it’s also a great tool to blend in liquid concealer under the eyes. By Hakuhodo I really love the J5522 brush, which is one of the softest tapered crease/blending brushes you’ll ever come across. If you’re looking for high quality brushes - you most definitely need to browse Hakuhodo’s range. It’s hard to find similar superb hand-made quality for the same price. Lancôme’s 17 brush has become my blending brush of choice for daily soft looks - it’s slightly tapered and quite long and soft, which diffuses and blends eyeshadow perfectly.
Zoeva’s Concealer Buffer is a very budget friendly brush that is just perfect for applying and blending out concealer. The shape is big enough to allow ease of blending, but also small enough to reach every corner that needs coverage. Dior’s Backstage Full Coverage Liquid Foundation brush is the perfect high coverage brush. It has very dense bristles and a perfect flat surface that allows you to stipple and blend foundation onto your complexion to your liking. The result is absolutely flawless! For highlighting I really like the Real Techniques Contour brush. It’s small enough to allow precision application and has the perfect shape and bristles to deposit just enough highlighter onto the highest points of your face.
Lancôme’s 22 brush is the best all-over eyeshadow brush I’ve come across. This one is perfect to use every day to quickly sweep eyeshadow all across your lid. I’m really surprised that there’s not more buzz around these brushes. Another one from Real Techniques is their Blush brush - which is absolutely perfect to me for applying blusher. Some people like to use smaller or thinner brushes for blush application, but I like the ease of just softly sweeping this brush on top of my cheeks for a quick and even dash of colour. Lastly I’ve also included Zoeva’s Smokey Shader, which is a great brush to add a quick extra pop of colour onto the moving eyelid and smoke it out for an easy daytime look. At Zoeva’s price point, it’s almost hard to go wrong. I hope you enjoyed this post in absence of Stacey - let’s hope she’s feeling better soon so we can read all about her favourites in no time!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New launch-Dior 'Rouge Dior Baume'

Christian Dior Rouge Dior Baume review

Christian Dior.  Oh Dior Dior Dior.  I could be addicted to Dior.  But I figure there are worst things to be addicted to right?

A recent dash into Sephora with Vanessa and Anne found me, as usual loitering with intent around the Dior stand.  And I noticed the new 'Rouge Dior Baume' lipsticks had launched here in Dubai.  Coming soon to the UK I believe.

I am a huge fan of the original Rouge Dior formula which launched last year and have amassed quite a collection.  Not to my epic Mac lipstick collection proportions but it's getting there and is certainly in double figures.  See my first post on them here.

Christian Dior Rouge Dior Baume review

Christian Dior Rouge Dior Baume review

For me, these would be the perfect Spring/Summertime launch rather than Fall given that I see myself getting most use out of them then.  The perfect 'throw it on' sheeny shiny colour that perks up your lips with zero maintenance.

The packaging is very elegant, a slimmed down version of the big sister Rouge Dior.  Personally I love the navy blue with silver trim.  Swish.

Girls who love the TF engraved into the nib of Tom Ford lipsticks, only to momentarily despair when after one swipe the initials disappear are going to go through the same trauma with these lipsticks.  The engraved 'CD' didn't even survive the swatch on my hand.

Christian Dior Rouge Dior Baume review

Christian Dior Rouge Dior Baume review

Happily the formula makes up for it.  Those who dislike heavy, high maintenance pigmentation and texture are bound to find a good match here-the texture is light, balmy and hydrating.  There are 19 shades varying in pigmentation and the two I chose, Spring and Diorette have a lovely non sticky, glossy, sheer, almost slippy consistency.  But not too slippy, there is no wandering outside your natural lip liner which is sadly a condition I am afflicted with with many a lipstick.  Surprisingly good wear time also for such a light formula-especially from the slightly heavier pigmented 'Diorette' shade.  My lips felt completely hydrated and nicely plumped.

I wasn't sure I was going to love them as I haven't been a big fan of previous Dior sheer lipstick launches (Dior Charmante and Bow lipsticks from the Cherie Bow 2013 collection ended up in my blogsales due to poor pigmentation) but Dior is ticking all my boxes with this new formula.

Christian Dior Rouge Dior Baume review

Christian Dior Rouge Dior Baume review

Thoughts?  Has Dior missed the boat launching a sheer glossy lipstick in Fall when bloggers are reaching for deeper vampier berry shades?  Or is there never a wrong time for a Dior lipstick?  I'm firmly in the latter category.

Guest Post | Pamper Picks

When Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie was recruiting for Guest Bloggers to appear on Stacey's blog, I had to help out. I have read this great blog for a while now and it is my pleasure to post. I thought I would do something a little different today. As many of you probably know Stacey has not been well lately. So, with that in mind I am sending her a few pamper products, hopefully to put a smile back on her face (all virtual of course!). If you too are not very well at the moment, had time of work, not feeling happy or just need some pampering these are my top picks to hopefully make you all feel a little bit special. We all wish you well Stacey. Sending you all these goodies and much love. 

Georgie x (Bean's Beauty Blog) 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Guest Post | Latest Skincare Loves

Hi, I'm Suzy from Suzy Hearts Beauty and I'm honoured to be writing a guest post for Stacey. I love a good haul and I'm always jealous of Stacey's amazing purchases. That girl knows how to shop! I have so much respect for Stacey sharing her cervical cancer story and think she is super brave. Wishing you a speedy recovery Stacey :) I hope you enjoy my post!
I've been trying some new skincare bits lately and have found some really great ones so I thought it would be good to let you know about them.

The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel has been getting a lot of blogger love this year so I knew I had to try it. I'm well into my cleansing balms and butters as I find them the most hydrating for my dehydrated skin so when I found out this is not a foaming gel cleanser, but rather a balm, that was another tick in the box for me. Quite interestingly, this is a pink thick gel rather than your average, colourless or white product so it was a pleasant surprise when I first dispensed it! This has a balm texture that turns into an oil when massaged into the skin. It feels really luxurious and has a beautiful scent of camomile and rose. I use a damp muslin cloth or flannel to remove the cleanser and on contact with water, it turns into a beautiful light, milky texture. It's fab at cleansing the whole face, including the eye area, and it leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated. 
Another product I've been loving that contains rose is the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask. When I took the lid off this, I couldn't help but think it looked like one of those cheap tubs of hair gel! It's a really lovely product though. It contains so many variations of rose stem cells and other extracts including rose hip seed and rose water so the aroma of this is gorgeous. I find the gel texture very soothing and cooling to apply to the skin and there are no uncomfortable sensations when the mask is doing its work. I let this sit on my skin for around 10-15 minutes then I remove it with a damp muslin cloth/flannel. My skin always feels so refreshed and a lot more moisturised after using this. You can use this as an intensive overnight treatment too but I haven't tried it that way yet.
For a long time, I'd been curious about the Indeed Labs skincare range, especially the Hydraluron range for boosting moisture in the skin. I decided to bite the bullet recently while it had a third off in Boots. I get a lot of scarring on my chin from hormonal breakouts so I decided to try the Pepta-Bright Even Skin Tone Enhancer to help with that issue. It's described as a moisturising cream-serum so I've been using it as the serum/oil step in my routine. It feels like a regular cream moisturiser in formula and I apply it to my whole face, avoiding the eye area. It sinks in really quickly so I can apply the next step of my skincare pretty much straight after. I've noticed the texture of my skin feels a lot smoother from using this and it has helped improve the clarity of my skin. I feel like the skin looks fresher and there is less redness around my nose and chin. It's not a miracle worker but I've definitely noticed improvements.
The second product from Indeed Labs is the newly released Hydraluron Moisture Jelly. This is the moisturiser step of your skincare routine but as the name suggests, it's a gel rather than a cream. I find this to be really light on the skin yet it provides a massive dose of hydration. My skin instantly feels better with this on! It doesn't leave your skin looking shiny and the smoothness and hydration lasts all day. I love the applicator on this product too. It's a pump that you squeeze from the top and bottom and a small amount of product pops out of the little hole in the top. No need to keep sticking your hands into the same pot like most moisturisers. 

The final skincare product I've been loving is the Clarins UV Plus Sunscreen Multi-Protection SPF40. Being fair skinned, a high SPF is necessary to protect my skin but it's also a requirement when using the Pepta-Bright product above as I guess it is resurfacing the skin and continually exposing fresh skin to the harmful rays. I love this SPF as it's really light, sinks in quickly and doesn't leave a white cast or greasy finish on the skin. Perfect!

What skincare products have you been loving lately?