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Monday, November 10, 2014

Braun Face Beauty Edition





Braun have recently launched somewhat of a revolution in terms of travelling beauty. The Braun Face Beauty Edition offers both a facial cleansing brush to remove impurities at pore level, and a dinky epilator to remove hairs on the face. The different heads save on space and within the pouch you also get a handy light-up mirror. My only problem? It shows absolutely everything.. So whilst good for spotting any stray hairs, it's pretty terrifying!

I've been using this handy little gadget for a week now and it has fit into my routine with ease. The epilator attachment is really easy to use - of course hair removal is rarely, if ever, pain free, but using the gentle tapping motion I was shown it's very bearable! I had my brows tidied up slightly on the day by the lovely MUA and I didn't even notice she'd removed the baby hairs on my temples/forehead until she told me it was done. Obviously it's not quite so easy to go straight in on the upper lip but it's still relatively simple to do - just make sure to pull the skin taut to minimise pain.

As for the brush, I'm no stranger to this sort of thing. Without mentioning the C word (which I'm sure we can all figure out just fine!), they're a tool I flit in and out with, especially in the colder months when my skin is drier and a little more sensitive. I try. To to let myself depend on them too much but the Braun offering is very gentle and I like the option of changing directions with the buttons. The head itself is a good size for my face and lets me focus on the t-zone instead of going in too heavy with a flannel after applying cleanser. I like to use it after a long day of wearing makeup and my skin feels seriously soft afterwards! I don't use it every single day as for me it can get too addictive, but a few times a week is plenty.

The Braun Face Beauty Edition comes in at £89.99 which I think is pretty reasonable as far as a 2-in-1 tool goes. I've really enjoyed trialling it and will definitely be keeping it in my beautifying routine for the foreseeable future!

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

If it Ain't Little Old Me



Yoooo. Well, that hiatus went on a little longer than planned, didn't it?! Speaking as if anyone's noticed makes me feel better.. or perhaps worse, I'm not quite sure yet. Things have been pretty quiet on the online front for a while now - I've tried to let it take a back seat whilst I try to get things together (but that could well take forever) so before I end up disappearing for good I wanted to say hi!

I'm currently having some home improvement things done and.. you know how that goes. Here's a wall that looks how I feel:



JOY. It's taking a lot longer than expected and I've been sleeping on my sofa for the best part of a month now! Hopefully it'll all be sorted soon so I'm just trying not to stress about it too much. I could really do with a massage though.

Apart from that, my MacBook battery has decided to take a bow and it needs replacing so I'm without a proper blogging machine (currently getting very frustrated with the iPad) for the time being. Again, hopefully not too long but there doesn't seem to be an end this rubbish luck at the moment!

Lastly, I just wanted to update you on something really cool I'm getting up to this week. On Wednesday I'll be taking part in the first ever TIGI Bed Head Google Hangout. You can check out more about it here - it should be really good fun! I'm really keen to start YouTube again too so it'll help to ease any worries about being in motion again. Keep an eye out for my Twitter and Instagram updates and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks too!

So to recap, I want to say a big thank you to anyone and everyone that's got in touch and asked after me - in the least self-important way it's really nice to know that my absence has been noticed. I'm so sorry for being so quiet and I really want to get back into doing things properly so fingers crossed it won't be too long. Big love!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Gift with Purpose



Whenever I amble through department store beauty halls, money burning a hole in my pocket, I'm always drawn towards the counters offering a good GWP - or gift with purchase - offer going on. I don't think I'm alone on that one! Until October 4th, Clarins are giving away a cosmetic bag full of goodies as the first ever gift with purpose, with every purchase of two Clarins products - one to be skincare. Each FEED 10 cosmetics bag provides ten healthy, nutritious meals to children living in developing countries, though the UN World Food Programme.

Each pouch contains five of Clarins' skin and body icons - Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream, HydraQuench Cream Mask, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream and the Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate.

My top recommendations for skincare would have to be the Instant Eye Make-Up Remover, Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner and the Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. As for makeup and other beauty bits, I love the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector balms, Truly Waterproof Mascara and the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster.

You can read more about the FEED Projects here. If ever there was a good excuse to have a splurge, the time is now!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LFW SS15: Sophia Webster









BACKSTAGE AT LONDON FASHION WEEK SS15 WITH REVLON

I fell head over heels at the AW14 Sophia Webster presentation so I was there with bells on despite the early morning start on the Sunday of London Fashion Week. Sophia Webster is up there with Ashish for my must-see LFW schedule. A true sight to behold. Even from the look of the invite alone I knew I'd be in for a treat.

Revlon were once again behind the makeup look, which was actually kept pretty simple in terms of products used, but fit the collection to a tee. The inspiration for SS15 is a play on Mayan and Aztec tribes mixed with 90s culture and wild animals - 'rave in a cave' as it was put to me. All models had the lightest shade of ColorStay Foundation to give a ghostly white, almost geisha effect to the complexion. The eyes were darkened with black shadow for a devilish appeal with different pops of bright, yet washed out acid tones under the eyes. Four colours were used in total - yellow and purple, from the ColorStay Eyeshadow Quad in Exotic, blue from the PhotoReady Prime + Shadow Palette in Exotic, and orange, which actually came from the ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous. From model to model, corresponding nail colour was applied to match the varying undereye shadow hues. A regular coating of mascara was applied to the lashes and nothing was used on the lips. Pretty straightforward right?














The presentation space was dark, loud and very busy in every sense of the word. I don't think I'll be trying out the look for myself anytime soon - though it sure is one way to hide those dark circles - but the collection itself was eye-candy at its best. Those flamingo sandals! The tiny model baby! The everything!

Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Collection





When the Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand collection appeared before me I couldn't wait to get using it. I've been trialling it over the summer and although we're in Autumn now and this review may seem a little redundant, a few days ago I had to crack out the instant tan on my pasty pins in a bid to not overheat. In a dress. In September. In England! Can you see where I'm going with this? Great stuff. Anyway.. onto the collection!

The showstopper, Bobbi Brown's Sand Palette (£48), offers eight gorgeous neutrals taking inspiration from the glimmering shades of golden sand. With a mix of matte, shimmer and glitter hues, it looks absolutely stunning houses in hessian fabric with a magnetic close. I found it's better to apply these with your fingers to pack on the colour rather than try and blend on with a brush as you get a lot more colour pay-off. A real feast for the eyes but for the price I'd try to check it out in person before taking the plunge.

I've really been loving the Sheer Lip Color in Peach Sorbet (£19.50) - it gives a beautiful peachy pink sheen to the lips and its creamy formula is right up my street. It does have the teensiest bit of shimmer to it but it doesn't show when worn apart from catching the light in all the right places.

The Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Black Chocolate (£18) is perfect for those wanting to use something a little less harsh than black but don't want to stray too far. It adds definition and does look almost black, yet lends a little something to blue eyes with its warmth and the formula has a good smudge to it. Once set it doesn't budge till you need it to.

Lastly, the Brightening Blush in Pink (£34) is an all-in-one blush and highlight palette in a perky pale pink with pink and white shimmer. Sadly the highlighter doesn't really add anything to the skin as it's quite glittery rather than shimmery. I much prefer a subtle glow when it comes to highlighters so I'll be sticking with my trusty favourites for now!

All in all, it's a beautiful looking collection but worth taking a look at when you're passing the counter. As much as I really wanted to love it I can't help but feel there's something missing. Have you tried anything from the collection?

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Monday, September 22, 2014

LFW SS15: Orla Kiely









BACKSTAGE AT LONDON FASHION WEEK SS15 WITH BOURJOIS

Orla Kiely's presentation last season was a quintessentially British dream, so I was super excited to go and check out the backstage look as well this time around. For SS15, Bourjois' make-up artist Attracta Courtney wanted to echo the 60s 'Flower Power' collection through the look with a contemporary twist on the signature Twiggy look of the era.

Skin was light and fresh with Healthy Mix Serum Foundation and a dusting of the Java Powder, two of my favourites. The eyebrows were kept very natural and soft. The eyes had a soft-focus, 'Instagram-like' effect using the Smoky Stories Palette in Over Rose - the pale champagne shade was applied all over the lid, whilst the chocolate shade was applied to the crease of the eye with a pointed brush for definition, which was then blended out slightly. Lashes were coated with Volume Glamour Push Up Mascara twice - once as normal, and again wiggled through the lashes to create a clumpy, false lash effect. The mascara was then used in a vertical motion on the bottom lashes and a small number of black dots were applied just underneath to really emphasise the whole 60s look. For the lips, the Color Boost Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach was followed with the Cream Blush in Nude Velvet for a matte muted coral. The excess cream blush on the fingers was then applied to the cheeks for a subtle flush. Some of the products mentioned aren't available yet, but I'm going to be trying out the look for myself which I'll post nearer the time of release. Are you a fan of this look?

Unfortunately by the time I came out of the backstage area to catch the presentation, the space was absolutely packed so I grabbed a spot by the pretty floral backdrop instead. My favourite piece might just have to be the bright blue & khaki floral print shift dress, as well as all of the grey and mustard print.. and don't even get me started on the shoes!








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