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!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

REVIEW: Skinbreeze Under Eye Brightener Serum

Having hereditary dark circles is an ongoing battle between trying useless products and pilling the concealer on in order to compensate for the useless products ... it's also an endless circle of hope an disappointment when a product promises the world and doesn't deliver.

When a product manages to make a difference it needs to be reported and let's just say I found a good one, Skinbreeze Under Eye Brightener has made a real improvement to my under eye area and not just in terms of my dark circles; the fact it's packed with hyaluronic acid means the texture of the skin is hydrated and my lines much more plump than they were pre-skin brightener. Everything is brighter, plumper and generally smoother, I usually don't like a gel as an eye cream but as this is more a serum it absorbs instantly and isn't at all sticky so perfect under makeup and definitely all you need for your eye area morning and night.

For more information on Skinbreeze and their range click here, I am definitely going to be trying more from the range.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016


Tarte Tartlette Tease Palette (Link) £18.00
Since I bought this teeny eyeshadow palette I haven't used anything else, it contains all the shades needed for my perfect everyday makeup, it blends like a dream and i've actually notice the formula stays crease free a lot longer than most eyeshadows plus it's the perfect makeup bag size. Total winner and making me consider purchasing one of the larger Tarte eyeshadow palettes.

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow (Link) £18.00
Now i'm not usually one for a Kim K contour, it's usually too much of an effort for my makeup routine however when I dug this cream pigment out of my stash I wondered why i'd neglected it for so long. This product makes contouring a doddle, literally stick your finger in, paint a stripe on your face and wiggle a bit over the line with said finger and boom a contour that could cut a bitch.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops (Link) £10.00
Hands up who buys foundation online without getting colour matched? ... My hand is definitely up. I should have learned my lesson by now but I haven't, and I should have learned that i'm a lot paler than I think I am. I have so many bottles of foundations sitting unloved because I was a little ambitious with my tan levels so these shade adjusting drops from The Body Shop are genius. One little drop and it transforms the shade without interfering with the formula and hey presto your foundation matches.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (Link) £32.00 for 50ml - Glow on Demand Kit (Link) £39.00
I hadn't tried this skin care brand before so instead of choosing one product I thought i'd purchase their Glow on Demand kit to give a few of their star products a go before committing to the full size. The Regenerating Cleanser was the one cleanser from the line I thought I wouldn't like as it contains exfoliating granules which I tend not to enjoy (I'm an acid girl at heart) however I was pleasantly surprised, this really does give congested skin a kick up the arse and i've noticed my complexion has brightened and is a lot clearer since using it. I will definitely be purchasing the full size.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (Link) £47.00 for £30ml
Now this product I knew i'd love in the Glow on Demand kit and I wasn't wrong, it's a gel mask that contains clay to draw out impurities, acids to help retexture your skin, aloe vera to sooth the skin and witch hazel to calm inflammation. I have been using this twice a week and it makes your skin so soft and look incredible the morning after using it. Again this is a definite full size purchase.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil (Link) £47.00 for 30ml
I think i've mentioned this oil before on my blog and I can't help raving again, this oil is the perfect addition to your skin care routine; it's lightweight, easily absorbed and when it comes to hydrating a dehydrated complexion it's the best. I apply this just before I go to bed once my night time skin care has been fully absorbed and it's like the final nightcap to make sure I wake up with plump, radiant and calm skin.

Let me know what you've been loving in May, I think the bank holidays are my ultimate fav though!