Entries from January 27th, 2013

Video: January Favourites.

posted on: 31 January, 2013

Finally, January is over – the worst month I reckon but I have found some seriously good products to tell you about this month. I’ve really been using all of these non-stop (you may have noticed…).

As always, please watch the video on YouTube and subscribe if you enjoy! I’ll have a tutorial of this makeup look coming on Sunday, too.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder.

posted on: 30 January, 2013

IMG_1470By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder – £41

I have to say, I didn’t plan to purchase this rather pricey little tub when I popped in to my favourite store, Space NK. I was looking for a few new products to trial and I had tested out a nude base product similar to this when the MUA showed me this, after testing it on his hand, I was sold.

The Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder can be used over skincare or makeup (as a primer or finishing powder, basically), it is made of hydraluronic acid to retain moisture in the skin – technical part over, it aims to smooth over skin and give it an ultra corrective, matte finish. I’m not usually a matte-skin kinda girl, but after one use of this I was hooked. Even a small amount makes a complete difference to my skin, all pores are blurred and imperfections hidden for a flawless base that lasts all day. After a busy day out and then a cramped ride home on the underground, I was very (yet pleasantly) surprised to see how intact my makeup looked. And so a love affair begun.

I would prefer this to be pressed as it’s less mess but I know loose powder does have a more flawless finish (I should also add that I’ve never needed to top up with this, even on nights out so you won’t see me trying to open it one-handedly on the train). The price is a little steep but only a really small amount is needed so I’m hoping this powdery goodness will last me some time. I’ve already named it my “desert island” product…

What are your thoughts on the powder? Let’s not mention the price… sigh.

A Skincare Overhaul.

posted on: 28 January, 2013

My evening skincare routine has had a little makeover as of late, I’ve been trialling some new products and oh boy, what a difference they’ve made! A lot of people commented on my skin in my latest video (naked skin, hoorah!) and I knew it was down to this trio of great products!

First up, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (£36) – I bought this on a whim a month or two ago and I have been using it ever since. It’s a really lightweight, concentrated elixir that contains a shedload of beautiful and beneficial ingredients to regenerate your skin overnight. It’s very much like a light oil and I use a few drops each night on my skin to give myself a little massage and then allow it to absorb in. I’ve tried a fair few oils in my time but this one has to be the lightest, it’s absorbs in so quickly and instantly adds such a healthy glow to my skin.
I mix in a few drops of another new favourite, the Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer (£33) *, a morning and night serum. I don’t often use Clinique in my skincare routine but this has really bowled me over. It uses new technologies to gently exfoliate the skin, encouraging cell renewal while you sleep so you wake up with bright and healthy looking skin. So far it’s lived up to the label and I have to say, my skin is looking better than ever in terms of how clear it is. I find that mixing these two products together creates a light-weight duo that leaves my skin brighter and more nourished.

The final product is the Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Overnight Moisturiser (£34) *, it goes hand in hand with the aforementioned serum as it also helps to smooth over skin whilst you snooze. It again provides gentle exfoliation to rid the skin of any rough or flaky patches and keeps the skin well moisturised at the same time. I’m pretty picky when it comes to moisturisers but I’ve really warmed to this, it’s lightweight and doesn’t leave your skin feeling tacky and also helps to give a big dose of nourishment! A definitely winner for those who want clear, bright skin (surely that’s everyone?).

So my nightly routine has been dwindled down to these three wonderful products and my skin is looking great, they go hand in hand for a brighter complexion. What are your thoughts?

Video: Get Ready With Me.

posted on: 27 January, 2013

So today’s video has been a long time coming! I love doing makeup videos, I think since none of us are experts (unless, y’know… you are) it’s much more interesting watching someone who does it daily for their own gain, you pick up so much and see other’s techniques that they’ve found through trial and error. Well, that’s my take on it anyway.

I hope you like this, it’s all a bit of fun – although I did wear this makeup for almost 24 hours (Aerosmith on Karaoke  until 6am, anyone?) so it’s certainly passed the test of time.

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