Monday, 7 November 2016

Turning 30 and Birthday Haulin'


Next week I am going to be experiencing turning 30. This terrifies me oh so much, mainly because I still feel the same as I did when was 21 and i'm in no way ready for kids; yet am pressured by society to get a move on with it all but i'm still not caving and enjoy my 'me time' and spending all my pennies on ME! I have seen so many like minded women who really don't feel the need to procreate as soon as possible, the older I get the less and less I want them particularly when I see the cost of child care, the stress and anguish parents go through and the affect it will have on my career. I will likely have a child within the next 5 years but I don't think I would feel incomplete if I discovered that children weren't a possibility for me, I have a 9 year old step son and to be honest he's all the child I could possibly need without the responsibility of keeping him alive most of the week. Perhaps that weighs in on my life choices but for now i'm happy as a two-some with an added third little person at the weekends. Please tell me i'm not the only one that feels this way??

On to the birthday Haul, my thoughts this year are 'feck it i'm 30 I can buy everything I want' hence all the age appropriate skin care you're about to hear about, although I won't likely purchase all at once as I'm not short on skincare so they will be purchased over the next few weeks/before Christmas. Plus every single website seems to be sending me birthday discount codes so it would be rude not to accept their most generous gifts!

Niod Sanskirt Saponins Cleanser £21.00 118ml (Link)
I haven't tried any Niod products as of yet as I find their 'Skincare for the Hyper-Educted' tag line a little understated as it's so frigging complicated. I swear they give you skin concerns you've never heard of but now want to correct (hence I want to try the whole product range but see - Voicemail Masque for the problem you've not known about) however once you have a read and a re-read the product description you sort of understand what the product does. This product is an intensive cleansing balm which targets build up, congestion and impurities without the use of synthetic sulphates, oils or micellar technologies, instead it focuses on an amino acid technology formulated with plant saponins. I've heard very good things so this is the top of my list as my skin easily gets congested.

Algenist Splash Absolute Hydration Overnight Mask £40.00 60ml (Link)
Another brand I haven't tried and one i've not heard much about, their brand ethos is based on micro algae as an anti-ageing sustainable ingredient which i'm intrigued about as the alguronic acid helps to regenerate and protect cells. I am obsessed with overnight masks and there's rarely a night that goes by that I don't sleep in one so one that promises hydration, smoothing and rejuvenating is one I need to try.

Algenist Perfect Clarifying Pore Corrector Mask £37.50 60ml (Link)
This mask uses the Alguronic Acid and sulphur to improve texture, brightness and clarity and the red algae extract to sooth and firm the skin. Lets face it this mask is red which may have had a part in my choosing of it but it sounds just like my kind of mask for when my skin is having a 'moment'

Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum £38.00 15ml (Link)
Now this Niod serum does take a bit of a chemistry degree to understand the science behind the product but from what I gather the Copper Tripeptide-1 contained in the serum is what occurs naturally in our bodies and the percentage drops with age. The 1.0% pure CT-1 you mix with the activator and it targets signs of ageing, texture damage, uneven tone and basically gives you healthy young looking radiant skin. Basically I need this as does everyone older than 30, what I like is that there's a 1% starter at 15ml you can get to grips with before investing in a larger bottle or the 5% which is also available.

Kypris Moonlight Catalyst £56.00 47ml (Link)
More algea ... I must be getting all eco-warrior in my ageing years, this time it's Hawaiian sea algae with a cocktail of rose hip seed and sea buckthorn oils to replenish the skin as this overnight treatment contains pumpkin derived enzymatic exfoliants to gently resurface the skin. I'm all about chemical exfoliants and overnight treatments as waking up to a glowing youthful complexion fills me with all the joy I need.

Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid Retinol Brightening Solution £72.50 30ml (Link)
I know, how much skin care does one person need? ... answer - ALL OF IT. This serum is a power house of acid and retinol which normally can cause sensitivity but this is formulated to gently correct pigmentation and stimulate collagen resulting in brighter, plumper and lifted skin. Due to Dr Dennis Gross' reputation I trust the products to do as they should without irritation or damage ... I also want to try their Alpha Beta Peel pads.

May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt £48.00 200ml (Link)
This is a powder cleanser which you mix with water before applying to face; containing clays, salts and spices that rid the skin of impurities and regenerate the complexion this is a great cleanser for dull complexions as the powder micro exfoliates the skin each time it's used and I think my skin will love this. A point to note is this is actually great value for money as you only use a tiny bit with each application and you get a whopping 200ml which will last forever.

Zoeva Zoe Tote Makeup Bag £42 (Link)
I saw this tote bag on Anna's snapchat and instantly knew this was a must have purchase for my life despite not having tried a single Zoeva brush, I often spend nights away from home and as you may have gathered quite serious about my skincare so don't like to de-pot or use alternatives so a great big old three sectioned makeup bag is exactly what I need. Like I said there are three compartments so more than enough space for my rather elaborate skin care routine (see my Instagram - NicolaOBBeauty for more details) plus my makeup and there are also loads of segments for brushes. Winner!! 

Aerin Amber Musk EDP £92.00 50ml (Link)
Another grown up purchase, I was even sensible enough to purchase a little sample off eBay before taking the plunge because although the notes of amber, musk and florals sound like my perfume heaven sometimes the blend can make or break a fragrance and whilst usually I would just order blind I wanted to find the right sophisticated scent and I definitely chose perfectly with this perfume. It is stunning, so warm and inviting but sensual at the same time. Exactly what a woman in her 30's should be smelling like.

So those are my 'shit i'm 30' purchases .... I should probably concentrate on the baby desires instead of spending all my time researching skin care ingredients and what to buy next ... perhaps thats a 31 year old's goal. 30 shall be spend doing exactly what I like. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

FAVOURITES: August 2016


Elegant Touch Rosie Bea Hibiscus Nails £5.49 (Link)
I have to admit i've never heard of Rosie Bea before these nails showed up on my welcome matt so I can't claim any particular blogger bias, Elegant Touch have always been my favoured press on nail brand and these almond coral beauties have been the perfect speed manicure for my summer occasions. I like them particularly because they're not too big or long like most almond shaped press on nails, the petite-ness means they don't look overly fake and the Elegant Touch glue means you never have one ping off as it's the best I've come across.

Beuti Beauty Sleep Elixir £42 (Link)
This oil is perfect for all skin types, if you have dry skin it will hydrate your complexion leaving you with glowing skin day and night, if your skin is more blemish prone the anti-inflammatory ingredients help heal and calm the skin. It is packed with 14 different plant oils,100% natural and made in the UK and will do your skin world's of good.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda £16 (Link)
There has been some controversy surrounding Jeffree Star and his cosmetics brand so I wasn't really interested in trying the products but apparently all it takes is for a product to smell like watermelon for me to snap it up, I have to say I had a very smooth transaction and my order arrived within a week from the States which I was pleasantly surprised by. The lipstick itself is a gorgeous neon watermelon pink, the smell is really good as expected and in terms of formula it is slightly streaky which you can even out easily, it's not the most drying liquid lipstick i've ever used but not the most hydrating either and the lasting power is really good. I'd like to try a more subdued colour for everyday use but for a night out this colour rocks and lasts all night. UPDATE - BeautyBay are now stocking a selection of his products so easier to get hold of.

Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette in Fair/ Light £28 (Link)
I have been obsessed with this palette since receiving it, containing five shadows and two blushes the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palettes come in four shades each designed to work with your own skin tone for a natural look but with an extra hue to create a more dramatic look. I love this palette, having everything in one place with a big mirror beats all my other palettes hands down so I've been using this none stop. The decision to make the base colour shadow in a larger pan is genius as it's the one I always run out of first, the shadows are so soft and blend-able and the blushes really lift the complexion.

Essie Nail Polishes in Angora Cardi (Link) and Cocktail Bling (Link) £7.99 each
I wouldn't say Angora Cardi is the most summery shade however it's one that I searched high and low for having seen a picture on pinterest of these beautiful dusty rose nails which is so sophisticated and flattering dare I say the perfect autumn shade. Cocktail Bling is a gorgeous grey toned light blue perfect for any season and the blue equivalent of my all time favourite Essie shade Maximillian Strasse Her.

Tigi S-Factor True Lasting Colour Oil £14.65 (Link)
I recently chopped off most of my hair and lightened the colour,  I've managed to find the perfect method for no heat curls so finding this hair oil has been instrumental in this as it conditions, detangles and smooths my hair without adding any weight so my curls stay in tact all day and my hair gets all the TLC it needs.

Those have been my monthly favourites, another whirl wind month with no time for blogging and I swear this year will be over before we know it which is scary, although I'm looking forward to September and the start of jumper and tight season (is it bad that i've already bought two coats and jumpers already?).

Thursday, 28 July 2016

My Current Face: Nars + Cover ¦ FX





Top - Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonstone
Bottom - NARS Lip Cover in Get Dirty

Well blogging has definitely taken a back seat to life at the minute, I don't know how some bloggers out there have a full time job, a full time life and find the time and motivation to blog. I seem to have failed at the latter of late and whilst I still have my urge to blog and the passion is still within me I just can't seem to find the time to sit down and write so have countless pictures waiting for words in my drafts.

I thought i'd get back into the swing of things by talking you through some of the products I recently bought on a mad 'who cares about savings' spend-a-thon at Space NK that have found their way into my everyday makeup bag.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint £30.00 (Link)
I had heard very positive reviews about this product when it was released but didn't pay it much attention as it was a 'tinted moisturiser' and i'm usually a medium to full cover girl, however my skin seems to have taken a turn for the positive and is in the best condition it has ever been so I thought i'd pick this up for my 'Weekend Face'. I don't think NARS market this as a tinted moisturiser per say but the connotations of the word Skin Tint make me think of a sheer layer of pigment that doesn't add much coverage just an improvement on bare skin, I would describe this as a medium coverage foundation but I have to say it's a nice feeling to smugly say 'oh i'm just wearing a skin tint' when someone asks you what foundation you have on. Shallow but true! NARS describe the finish as soft matte and I agree that it doesn't take all the life out your skin by leaving it overly matte but just enough to control the shine and with a setting powder lasts on my oily skin 10+ hours. This is now my everyday foundation, it feels like velvet blending into your skin, is lightweight, adds good coverage and lasts all day!

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonstone £34.00 (Link)
Unlike the NARS Skin Tint these I basically ran out the house for when I saw a YouTube video of someone applying them because they looked amazing ... and they ARE! These Enhancer Drops can be added to your makeup base to add a real glow to your complexion as well as directly on your skin as a highlighter/bronzer. I've never come across a liquid product that can be blended so well on top of a powder so you can go for maximum impact and not have to worry about powdering on top and losing some of the effect ... unless you use a highlighter on top of course and want to cause an accident when the sun is beaming off your face into peoples eyes. They are THAT good.

NARS Under Cover Lip Cover in Get Dirty £21.00 (Link) 
It seems I'm having a NARS moment having not really purchased much from the brand in the last few years, this Lip Cover in Get Dirty is described as a desert rose and I love it for my everyday lipstick as it's not too in your face. The Lip Covers are liquid lipsticks that don't dry matte and so don't suffocate your lips meaning you can wear them everyday, unlike most matte liquid lipsticks where i'm applying balm for days after praying my lips don't peel, sometimes i'm happy to reapply during the day if it means my lips stay comfortable and hydrated. These are available in four colours and it's taken every ounce of strength I have not to order the shade 'Do Not Disturb' an orangy red shock horror.

I've got a few skin care posts to catch up on so you'll be able to find out some of the products I have attributed to the improved complexion! So keep your eyes peeled ... that's some pressure on myself! Meanwhile let me know the products you've been reaching for as i'm always on the look out!