This Week’s Most Loved… #79.

posted on: 6 April, 2014


It’s that time again! – I have no idea why I insist on starting these posts with that opening line, I’m hellbent on making it my Krusty the Clown-esque catchphrase. Anyway, another round of amazing products coming your way – for once I can say I have used each of these products every day this week!

To start, I’ve been spritzing on this Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner (£21), something I bought recently as I have extremely tangly hair. Extremely tangly. Sometimes I even get my boyfriend to brush through it while I distract myself playing Connect Four (the app, that is. This is 2014).
I mentioned on Twitter recently that I have been reverse-washing my hair, that is using conditioner first and then using shampoo. Insane, am I right? The reason being is that my hair is quite fine yet tangly (did I mention it was tangly? Oh I did, pardon me) so I use quite a lot of conditioner but it doesn’t wash out all that well, leaving my hair looking lank, dull and weighed down. Since I’ve been opting for the reverse method, my hair has been super shiny, soft and bouncy – but I can’t get the brush through it as easily. Enter this conditioning spray, the light mist softens any knots and makes it easier to brush through. It also helps to keep my hair healthy and glossy – a bit of a winner in my eyes. My Sachajuan obsession (obsacha-juan? No?) is getting out of hand, truth be told.

Next up, a new skincare addition that I have been elle oh vee ee… you get the point. I’ve been trialling a fair bit from Omorovicza lately, but one product that has stood out to me is the Queen Of Hungary Mist (£46) – probably the most expensive toner ever! Before I got in to toners (all of six months ago), I would never have even considered paying this much for such a product, but I just had to see what all the fuss was about. This aims to rejuvenate the skin, freshening up the complexion with every spritz and just generally leaving the skin dewy and hydrated. I always use it when I come out of the shower to soothe my skin, it works miracles on redness, and helps to create a nice moisturised base for my treatments and makeup. I also use it throughout the day to revive makeup, and if I’ve overdone it on the powder. It’s pretty lovely but also very pricey.

This leads me on to my next product, my current base of choice. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Cover Airbrush Powder Foundation (£34) – I’ve been looking for a foundation powder for a little while now and I have most certainly found it in this little wonder. The super perfecting powder has been concealing my acne scars so well, and it looks so natural when applied. It comes with a brush which is just perfect for buffing in the product, and the design of the tub means that although it’s a loose powder, there’s never any mess. I will do a full review this week, but just know that I am obsessed!
(Just a heads up, though – this is what I was wearing on my skin in the brow tutorial post!)

Also a favourite of mine this week is the NARS And God Created Women Palette, which was released some time ago but I tend to still use it in my everyday routines which is why it’s a bit gross looking now. I try not to own palettes that are limited edition because it feels like I can’t use them again, but luckily for you lot this contains shades which you can buy singularly or in a duo. The shades that I use often are Kalahari (the shade on the top left) and Galapagos – although I love and use them all. I love Kalahari all over the lid and it’s pretty much an everyday shade for me. So easy to wear!

Finally, the YSL Gloss Volupte Lipglosses (£21) are currently my lip product of choice at the moment. I have two shades, seen here is 203 which is the perfect coral shade. I’ve never been much of a gloss person but these are lovely, subtle but noticeable colour, lip-plumping shimmer and they have the most gorgeous watermelon scent. Highly recommend!

Have you tried any of these?

Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

5 Things: Discovering New Beauty Brands.

posted on: 5 April, 2014

It may just be my beauty blogger ways that make me always want to find new brands, or that I’m trying to be a little more natural when it comes to my choices – whatever it is, I just like the feeling of coming across a new brand. Of course, if you read a lot of beauty blogs, you may not need such a guide but I think it’s nice to sometimes stray from the brands you simply find in Boots or whatever. I have a few ways to seek out new brands that may change my life…

Get Familiar With Cult Beauty
I’ve mentioned Cult Beauty before, but if you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically an online beauty outlet that stocks only ‘cult’ products, those that have a loyal following, are used by makeup artist’s around the globe or even have celebrity fans. The team running Cult Beauty keep on top of this and there are new brands being added regularly, I discovered brands such as Anastasia, CND, Escentric Molecules, Oskia, Sachajuan, RMS Beauty and Sunday Riley through Cult Beauty and some of them are now my favourite brands. Check their forever updated New In section and browse what’s there, and then head over to their Top Rated area for the best bits.
Whenever you come across a product that sounds like what you’re looking for, have a good read of both the ‘Why It’s Cult’ box and the Description – then check the celebrity following and reviews. That will really seal the deal.
I’ve really come to trust the site now, so I know that anything I buy is going to be amazing – they also let you choose samples each time you purchase which will be a big help to some!

Browse The Makeup Artist’s Kits 
One thing I’ve always loved to do is have a good ol’ browse through makeup artist’s kits – it’s a surefire way to find some good ‘uns. I follow quite a few MUAs on Instagram for this very reason, I particularly love Lisa Eldridge because she gives the people what they want – models and makeup. I could spend hours drooling over all the products laid out in her snaps. I also love @lotstar, her pictures are a dream! Of course, there’s Charlotte Tilbury too, and one of my favourites @RoseShock – incredible scenes. They don’t always post pictures of their kit, but when they do… wowza. Cue me zooming in on my iPhone screen, making notes and generally being a bit of a weirdo.

Go For Natural
I think it’s a lot easier to find new natural brands, you only have to look at what’s in it to know that it’s going to be a winner. For example, brands like Antipodes & Pai Skincare, I hadn’t heard of when I started using them but their product description was pretty impressive. A lot of these brands aren’t too pricey either, so it’s worth giving them a go. Others I like in this sort of category include Korres, REN, Trilogy and RMS. You could also head straight to Be Content, a website that sells only natural and organic cosmetics. I know some of the brands do small sizes too, so you can trial a sample size for less first.

Keep An Open Mind
Sometimes, you have to look past that boring packaging and see the product for what it may well be. I know a few brands that I use don’t have the prettiest of packaging, but if the reviews are good and it sounds like what you may need, give it a go. You can only try! I think it’s easy to get caught up in the ease of the budget or premium brands we are so familiar with and forget there’s some truly amazing up and coming brands. Then you can spread the word!

Go For Exotic Brands
I have really come to love brands from around the globe, they tend to use ingredients from their region – for example Korres uses a lot of old Greek recipes that have been adapted, and Antipodes include many ingredients which have been used by the Maoris (native New Zealanders) for years and years. There’s also Sachajuan, one of my favourite haircare brands, which comes from a cult Swedish salon – they use their own marine technology to get super shiny locks.
While these brands are readily stocked here in the UK, they definitely bring something a little different to your beauty routine.

How do you find new brands? Any tips to add?

Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

NARS Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil.

posted on: 4 April, 2014

I spoke about my latest NARS purchase in yesterday’s haul post, so it was only fair I gave you a more detailed review of the product I’m calling my favourite lipstick of the moment. I have to admit that I’m not a big lip product fan, I know it’s usually something most girls are obsessed with but my lips are hard to look after and (as I’ll explain in a coming post) I’m not the best with bright, bright hues so lipsticks tend to be forgotten about at times.

I usually opt for quite wearable shades that work with my fair skin and blue eyes, and my latest purchase does just that. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park (£17.50) is a long-wearing jumbo pencil that allows for easy application and lots of colour, I have a couple of the NARS pencils in the different formulas and I love them – some are soft shimmery pinks, some are juicy corals and others are even brighter – but Biscayne Park has to be my favourite. It applies beautifully; my lips are forever chapped and I can never seem to keep them in check. Luckily this has more of a coral undertone so it doesn’t show any evidence of an uncared for pout – yet it’s just so effortless.
The pencil makes application super easy, the soft pencil just melts on the lips and you can really get the shape of the lips just right, and I was surprised at how moisturising it was. My lips stayed nice and softened throughout the day, and the colour stay put for some time.

As you can see, the nude hue has an almost matte finish, with a tiny hint of gloss – I usually shy away from anything remotely matte on my lips but I find this works so well on me. It’s super easy to pull off and the warm, flattering tones make my skin look a little more tanned too somehow.

I definitely recommend Biscayne Park if you like a wearable nude, either for everyday wear or for pairing with a smokey eye come evening. It’s such a perfect shade and the quality of these pencils is perfect.

Have you tried these Satin Lip Pencils?

Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

A Few Beauty Purchases…

posted on: 3 April, 2014


There’s nothing better than a late night beauty shop, I’ve been feeling under the weather lately and this was just what the doctor order (kinda) so I headed straight for Lookfantastic to pick up some bargains.

The one product on my list was the Kerastase Spray A Porter (£18.40), a surf spray that Meg told me I needed. This is meant to leave hair all tousled and beachy without the crunchy, crispy dry feeling that most salt sprays give. I like the spray pump on the bottle, it really disperses a fine mist of product so hair is covered with only a little of the product – ideal for my fine hair. I’ve used it a couple of times already and I love it, I simply spritz it on damp, brushed hair and leave it to dry naturally. Cue actual waves in my straight hair! I will do a full review on this in no time.

I also got the Elemental Herbology Lighten & Brighten Complexion Harmoniser (£42.70), a tonic/serum that helps to brighten the skin and also reduce pigmentation. I purchased this because I have such bad acne scarring right now, I need a little help in evening it out. So far I really like this stuff, although it smells a little odd. It’s pretty much like a serum, it applies well and over time it leaves skin looking clear and healthy. My skin is definitely looking brighter after a few uses, so I’m hoping some of this scarring will go with it! It’s a skin-saving exfoliator that already has a place in my skincare routine. You can also purchase it here.

Last on my list is the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park (£17.50), I didn’t know Lookfantastic sold NARS but I see it’s part of a campaign they’re working on with Elle magazine. Anyway, I love the pencils that NARS do, especially the Satin pencils. I picked up Biscayne Park on a whim and it’s incredible, the perfect slightly coral tinted nude that I have been looking for forever! I love the finish, which is ever so slightly matte, and it applies so beautifully. Look out for a post later this week!

I really picked up some amazing products – have you tried any of these?

Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.