Sunday, February 7, 2016

Four things I am using right now #4


Today I wanted to reignite my 'four things I am using right now' posts because I think they're quite useful bite sized reviews as well as a peek into the things that I am incorporating into my everyday routine at the moment.

I really like all of these things as well so let me start singing their praises.

First up is the Lush Rehab shampoo.  I recently received an amazing hair care package from Lush UAE and the only product I had tried in it before was the BIG sea salt shampoo which is already a firm fave.  I've been using the Rehab shampoo for two weeks now and I am actually in love it-my hair is definitely softer and easier to brush through when I use this.  My hair is fine and heat styled every single day and admittedly I don't look after it as well as I should do, so shampoos like Rehab are a godsend-I just can't believe it's taken me so long to discover it.  Papaya, mango, pineapple, kiwi and peppermint stimulate and cleanse the scalp whilst olive oil and jojoba oil strengthen and nourish.  I'm definitely buying a larger size next time I am in the mall.  Lush is available in Dubai in Dubai Mall, Mercato, Diera City Centre Mall and Mirdif City Centre and I have just realised they have an online store meaning I don't need to battle the mall!

The Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector is a product I bought on a whim and absolutely adore.  When I was in London at Xmas I went into Selfridges intending to buy the Intensive Skin Serum Concealer but I got colour matched to the corrector and concealer and walked away with both.  I have seen correctors in a pot before and always been put off because they seemed to be so much of a faff and so thick and cakey but this one is in doe foot applicator form and applies like a cream concealer.  I am the shade 'Light Bisque' which has slightly salmon undertones and the MUA told me to apply this first, patting on 5 dots around the undereye area with the applicator and then blending before adding 3 dots of concealer on top.  The corrector balances discoloration under the eye and there are shades to correct blue undertones, dark circles and sallowness.  It's so lightweight and creamy, doesn't crease and feels hydrating.  And it really makes a difference.  I am totally hooked.

The Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow is a golden peach fluid designed to add glow to the skin before foundation.  If you have really good skin you could wear this on it's own to perk the skin up as the effect is quite subtle-it's not as golden as the Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminator and I have to say I do prefer the Josie Maran if my skin is desperately dull and needs a hardcore perk up.  I mix the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow with MAC Strobe Liquid, just like I did with the Josie Maran and then use that combination as a glowy primer before applying foundation on top.  MAC Strobe Liquid is really cool toned with a violet undertone and the Wonder Glow is golden toned so the two combined balance out the skintone and add a subtle glow. 

Charlotte says 'I have created a miracle fix to turn around tired, dull, dehydrated skin in a beauty flash. It’s called Wonder Glow and is powered by a breakthrough Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser that cleverly steals UV light from its surroundings and re-emits it as skin luminosity to disguise and transform drab, sleep-deprived skin.  It’s a cross between an anti-age elixir and a complexion-enhancing light diffuser to give your skin an instant “spotlight” effect. Collagen-boosting peptides and patented wrinkle-preventing ingredients are fused with light-reflecting microspheres with a fluorescent core that fill in wrinkles and scatter light to blur away lines and flood skin with luminosity. Create the definition of youthful, healthy skin: glowing, hydrated and effervescent.' 

Honestly I think that overstates what this product does-I like Charlotte's products a lot but I don't think this product is that good.  I like it, but it's not a miracle worker.

Finally, I have been using the Antipodes Divine Face Oil for a couple of months now, every other day as the last step in my evening skincare routine.  My skin is a bit temperamental right now and has been for months.  It's prone to blemishes around my chin and jaw line but also really dry skin as the blemishes dry out.  I have learned that oil + oily skin is not a no no, in fact the right oils can help to control the skins oil production.

This oil contains organic Avocado Oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil and macadamia oil plus ylang ylang and Omega 9 to strengthen and balance skin.  I find that this is quite a heavy oil compared to some I have used but it's non greasy and absorbs well without leaving a sticky residue.  It doesn't cause me to break out and has been most effective for me in reducing old blemish scars.  I have been applying a few drops of this oil every other night after my hydrating toner.

So there you have it, four things I am using religiously at the moment.  Have you used any of them?

*This post contains one PR sample.  My opinion is, as always, my very own
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Currently Loving


I feel like I love a lot of things at the moment but I am rounding up the things I am using every single day and loving!

First up an oldie but a goodie-MAC Studio Fix.  I have seen Nic from Pixiwoo using this quite a lot in tutorials as a powder foundation but, in the spirit of more is always more I apply my foundation and then this on top as my setting powder.  And to apply it, my favourite brush is the Space NK flat top powder brush which I picked up wandering around Chester with Tash before Xmas.  I only have a couple of Space NK brushes but this one is really really good for applying powder/powder foundation/foundation.  It's very soft, densely packed but doesn't pick up too much product.  It's very similar to the Sigma Flat Top Kabuki but unfortunately my Sigma brush disintegrated after a few washes.

The Studio Fix is really really finely milled which makes it perfect for buffing over the skin.  I like it because it's not chalky or powdery and it evens out my skintone.  It can also be used as a powder foundation which gives lighter coverage but that's not for me.  It's also lasting ages-I haven't hit pan yet and have been using it daily for over a month.

I recently mentioned how good I thought the Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara was in this post
and it really is a brilliant mascara.  It's really black and the curved bristle brush makes it easy to get from root to tip on the lashes without any scratchiness (my pet hate).  It's also one of the few mascaras that does hold a curl on me and lifts my lashes.  It really elongates and fattens lashes and once on, doesn't flake or smudge.  My only concern is that from first use it's very dry in formula so I am not sure how long it will last-but it's an excellent all rounder.  You can see it in action here.

I have lost count of how many bloggers have raved about the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer over the 3 years I have been blogging and I still never bought it.  My skin has been so bad again recently so when I was in the UK I bought a couple of tubes of the lightest shade and I really really like it!  This concealer is one that can be used both under the eyes and to conceal blemishes and it really does cover without caking.  It's pretty heavy duty and one of the thicker concealers I have used but it blends easily and sits nicely.  I'm glad I picked up a couple.

My last favourite may not be instantly recognisable from the above picture because it's in a limited edition (and impossible to keep clean) limited edition bottle.  I have never worn a perfume that has got me so many compliments-even from James!!  And it's crazy because I can't even smell it on myself.

If you've never heard of Escentric Molecule 01 let me tell you a little about it.  It's a fragrance designed to interact with the bodies natural chemistry to produce a bespoke and individual scent.
The fragrance is created solely from the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, traditionally a perfume basenote that adds allure to a scent, which works as more of an effect than a fragrance. The scent has a subtle, velvety, woody note which will meld with your natural pheromones, vanish, then re-surface after some time, making it totally individual and personalised to the wearer. You will rarely smell this fragrance on yourself, Molecule 01 perfume is more about the effect it has on others.

It definitely has good lasting power as well because James came up to me late afternoon yesterday in the office and said 'are you wearing that pherenome perfume again because you smell nice'?  James never ever compliments me so I take this as concrete evidence he loves me.

It retails for around £65 for 100ml and would be a great gift for a picky person to buy presents for.


Have you used any of my current faves?
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Lip Six


lipstick swatches

Happy Monday!  So this is my 75th lip six post...I wonder when I should stop?  At 100?

 I do actually really like doing them but the struggles of getting the lighting/pout right every day are real #FirstWorldProblems

It's also February!  I love wearing opaque tights to the office but when February comes around I start wondering when I am going to have to start packing them away.  However it was 12 degrees this morning when I left for work so I reckon I can get a couple more weeks out of them for sure.

If you are a regular reader you may remember me saying I was going to go through my lipstick drawer methodically one by one and I am still doing it.  My MAC lipsticks are housed in 5 drawer 'wide' Muji acrylic storage and don't even get me started on glosses.  Right now I am in the NARS/KVD/Dior Fluid Stick 'corner' of the drawer but I will try and mix up brands without deviating too much from the task in hand.

My last 6 lip picks are.....

Top row (L) Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick in Red Strass (R) Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Bachelorette (review here!)

Middle row (L) Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Backstage Bambi (R) Dior Fluid Stick in Rieuse (review here!)

Bottom row (L) NARS Audacious lipstick in Brigitte (review here!) (R) NARS lipstick in Schiap

There was a clear favourite for me this week-KVD in Bachelorette.  I really like these lipsticks-they're matte but not too matte or drying.  Bachelorette is just such a beautiful face brightening pink.  And I have been feeling really dull recently and this made me feel better.

It's also worth noting that I like NARS Brigitte much more than I stated in my original review-it's one of my favourite peachy nudes for sure.

Which is your favourite?

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Haul


Charlotte Tilbury Haul

When I was in the UK, this happened.

I am partial to some Charlotte Tilbury.  Of all the things I own (and let's face it, I own most things) there are only a couple of things I have been disappointed with.  I took the opportunity of having the counter right in front of me in Selfridges (in both London and Birmingham) to stock up on a few more bits.

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

First up I bought two more of the Eyes to Mesmerize cream eyeshadow pots in Bette and Mona Lisa.  I already own Marie Antoinette and I have been really impressed with the texture and lasting power.  Cream eyeshadows are so hit and miss but this is a formula that lasts on me.  My preferred application method is to dab on with my finger then use a MAC blending brush (217 is perfect) to blend out.

I have also been looking for a really good red lip liner, and having loved Pillow Talk so much, Kiss N Tell seemed like a good choice.  I have been using this a lot and it gets a big thumbs up from me.

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

I also picked up one of the Eyes To Mesmerize shadow/mini liner sets in The Huntress/Amber Moon.  I love the design of the eyeshadow, it is beautifully Art Deco.  I am looking forward to trying this out.

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Next I purchased something I bought and used previously and didn't like-the Colour Chameleon Colour Morphing Eye Pencils-you can read my initial review here.  But Bronzed Garnet is such an amazing warm reddy brown tone that it sucked me in again. 

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

The thing I wanted to try the most was the new Magic Foundation-especially as it is a fuller coverage foundation than the original Light Wonder.  I was surprised to get matched to a shade that wasn't the lightest in the range for once!  Then one of the girls in my office Yasmeen commented on my instagram and told me to pick up the complexion brush too because she thought it was amazing-so I did!  I will review this in full asap.

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Having seen good reviews of The Retoucher concealer pen I also picked up one in the lightest shade.  Having just finished my Estee Lauder BB Brush on Glow concealer, I think this could be a good replacement.

Charlotte Tilbury Haul

The Airbrush Flawless Finishing Powder is one of my all time faves and I picked up two spares-it's one of the finest shine control powders I have tried and you can read my full thoughts here.

Charlotte Tilbury Haul
Charlotte Tilbury Haul
Charlotte Tilbury Haul
Charlotte Tilbury Haul
Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Why buy one lipstick when you can buy 5?  I really do like the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks-both the Matte Revolution (my lipstick formula of 2015) which you can read reviews of here and here and the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick which I reviewed here.  I literally love them all!!

Charlotte Tilbury lipstick swatches

I'd love to know if you have tried the Charlotte Tilbury line and what you love from it!
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Niod Photography Fluid review


Niod Photography Fluid review

If you read my Top 15 of 15 you might have seen this product sneak in-which is pretty impressive considering it's a product I only bought on the 11th December.

I'm going to be honest-discovering this product has done wonders for my online presence.  I don't want to sound like I am being big headed but when two big beauty bloggers try it on your recommendation and link your blog into their post your views go through the roof!  So a massive thank you to Laura and Adrienne for their reviews!

I was so wowed by this filter/primer from the second I tried it that I bought more and gave them to my best friend Dani, Tasha, Laura, Laura and Lis, plus my assistant Chloe.  All of them really like it.  So many people tweeted me or snapped me or commented on instagram that after seeing Laura's blogpost and my instagram they bought it and their feedback was also great.  So yey!

Ok so although Laura and Adrienne have done a fantastic job reviewing this and basically covered all bases, here is my take on it.  I bought it from Look Fantastic after seeing it was a primer that specifically made your skin look better in photos.  That to me sounded like an instagram filter for the face and when I presented it to the Laura's and Lis on a night out in Dubai late December that was my sales pitch.

The 'fluid' comes in a glass bottle with a dropper-it's very apothecary in style but the packaging is the products only major flaw.  The fluid is just too thick to be dispensed from a dropper-I just use it to swipe the product on my face.

The fluid is pale gold in colour and is quite thick without being sticky or tacky or oily.  It doesn't feel silicone based either.  I use it as a primer after moisturiser and before foundation and it dries immediately.  On me, it definitely adds a huge amount of luminosity and it evens out my skintone-neutralising the redness I get around my nose especially.  My foundation sits so well on top of this-especially if I dab on with a damp beauty blender.

Niod Photography Fluid review

My friend Antonia describes this in the best way.  In her very own words "think Edward Cullen as he hits a ray of sunshine".

My skin has been absolutely terrible recently but this product really does make a difference.  The below two photos were taken on Xmas day, with my iphone front facing camera and have no filter on them.  I feel like it just evens over everything, its glow without shimmer and just makes you face catch the light in all the right places-especially in photographs.

Niod Photography Fluid review

I love it and I am not alone.  Thank you to everyone who told me they bought it and love it-that for me is the absolutely best part of blogging!

The Niod Photogrpahy Fluid is £20 from Look Fantastic and I bought it when it was on 3 for 2 but there's usually a discount code floating about,
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