I finally managed to film my Gift Guide video – I’ve been meaning to do it for so long but every time I set up to film, something would go wrong. It’s super dark at the moment and I’m finding it impossible to film – even at midday!
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I thought I would finally bite the bullet and upload my room tour – I was a bit apprehensive as a bedroom is quite personal but I actually quite enjoyed it. I hope you guys like to have a nosy round, too.
I had to go back and refilm this as it got dark while I was filming (it was midday!) and I had changed things around to stop Mouse getting to them but it’s not massively different. It’s a bit like playing Spot The Difference. Cat owners will understand…
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Urban Decay have a beautiful range of products new in for Summer, I spotted a few ‘Kate’ shades in the bunch so naturally, I was rather excited to get my paws in to these goodies. Urban Decay are a brand that are quite hit and miss with me, sometimes I absolutely adore their products and shades and other times, I’m just not keen at all.
Their eye products do generally get my heart beating, the shades are beautiful (if a little too glittery) and as I love the minimal, easy to wear look I can usually find a fair few that suit me. The first product I tried from the range was one of the newer Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencils in Mushroom (£14), a lovely cool taupe eyeshadow stick which is rich in colour and almost matte. This is seriously durable, very pigmented and not sticky on the lids (something I hate yet find with most shadow sticks). It’s definitely one of the better eyeshadow sticks I’ve tried!
Also within the range are the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils, the finer, liner equivalent of the aforementioned shadow pencils. In true Urban Decay style, these all have questionable names that we giggle at and choose to ignore (makes them memorable, huh) but so far I’ve been loving Corrupt (a rich chocolate brown), Scorch (a shimmery copper) and Roach (another chocolate brown) – all typical colours for me but I do love a bit of brown pencil smudged in to my bottom lashes for a more defined yet wearable eye so these have been getting a lot of use. They stay creamy for a little while so you can blend in, but they do dry pretty quickly. And once they dry, that’s it – they ain’t going nowhere. Invest in an industrial strength makeup remover pronto.
Last of all, and possibly my favourite of the bunch, the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette in Rebound (£8) I absolutely adore the idea of these, I have one already and I think they are such a good idea, either for yourself or as a gift. Each of the palettes comes with one neutral shade, in this one it’s the lovely Easy Baked and you fill it up with your own shades. The three I have here are the Urban Decay Moondust shadows in (clockwise from top right) Space Cowboy, Moonspoon and Intergalactic. These shadows are incredibly shimmery, I adore the colours, I adore looking at them but I think they may be a little shimmery for my liking. I am working myself up to give them a whirl, but Easy Baked is just beautiful – a soft honeycomb that flatters my skin tone and has just the right amount of glittery goodness.
A lovely range of shades and products from Urban Decay – I love the texture of the pencils and I think these are very much suited to me. As always, the quality is beautiful and I think there’s something for everyone here. What do you think of the pieces?
The day I pack away my rich cleansers and heavy moisturisers is always a good day for me. I have a bit of an awkward forever-changing skin type, I get dehydrated skin often but it’s also a bit of a wimp when it comes to heavy creams (I usually always break out when I apply something too creamy!) so when the warmer weather springs up I’m happy to make the change to fresher, not as heavy products.
A few of these I’ve had since last year, including the Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, a nice not-too-drying gel cleanser that is perfect for oily/combination skin types and as it balances the skin and sweeps away any excess oil. It’s meant to be good for those of us who live in cities as it’s protecting against free-radicals – as well as ensuring dead skin cells are sloughed off. I love this as it’s quite light and has so many skincare benefits, without that horrible stripped feeling that I come to associate with gel cleansers.
This Jurlique Pure Bright Mist * is a new addition, however. I really love using mists at this time of year because they’re so refreshing and don’t disturb your makeup. I usually use this like a toner to help give instant radiance to my skin, but it’s meant to help with uneven tone and discolouration in the long term too, something I suffer with a lot thanks to pesky blemish scars! I can’t vouch for this just yet but it’s so lovely when spritz on the skin and I find the burst of cool mist perks me up a little bit in the mornings too.
Australian brand Jurlique have impressed me so much lately, I’ve always been a huge fan of their natural yet beautifully effective products and so have made sure the Purely Bright Day Moisturiser* is always used in the morning to help even out my skin tone and give me some moisture. It’s meant to help with discolouration but also aims to keep skin supple and hydrated, so no more dry and dull complexion for me. It’s just a small tube but I tend to only use a really small amount anyway.
I’ve also switched up my night moisturiser for the same sort of product (my main aim in life with bright, even skin as you can probably tell…), this is the latest release from one of my favourite brands; Origins Dr Andrew Weil Mega Bright moisturiser * is quite light for a night moisturiser (it can also be used as a day moisturiser but I find it’s better for the PM), I tend to use this a few times a week and switch it up with the Origins Make a Difference + Skin Rejuvenating Moisturiser * which is something I’ve been using since it was released as I find it plumps up my skin so, so well. So while the Mega Bright moisturiser aims to even out my uneven skin tone and brighten my complexion (whilst also making sure I get a good dose of moisture), the Origins Make A Difference is good for a change – I find this really cooling on the skin and it really helps to make skin so supple and hydrated. I find that sometimes when I use gel cleansers and lighter products that I do need something that is incredibly hydrated but not thick or gloopy. A bit of a mission but I do love this cream! Full review here.