Tuesday, 30 April 2013

REVIEW: Belif First Aid Anti-Hangover Soothing Mask

Hey Ladies,

More skincare today and this time it comes from Belif; a Korean based brand who use Napiers the Herbalists original formulas and combine them with modern cosmetic science.

Belif First Aid Anti-Hangover Soothing Mask*

'A sleeping mask with a natto-like texture that provides intensive nourishment and restores skin vitality overnight. With Napiers anti-aging formula, this mask regenerates dull and exhausted skin and improves its elasticity while helping restore firmness.'
Now I am not one for hangovers in fact I barely drink so I was at a loss as to when this would be useful to me in my skincare routine but I took the soothing part and figured I could use it when my skin is a bit stressed and sore.

After a hectic trip to London a few weeks ago I gave it a go and all I can say is WOW! It is seriously cooling, if you are heading on holiday this would be amazing for after a day in the sun, it will soothe any redness and replenish any dryness overnight or even on a flight as your skin tends to become very dehydrated from all the recycled air.

On my regular none sun exposed face the mask leaves my skin feeling soothed, less itchy and angry and incredibly soft making it a very welcome addition to my skincare routine and one I recommend for people with sensitive or stressed out skin.

Price wise it is £13.75 for 50mls which is great value for such an effective product, Belif is available exclusively from the Napiers website. I have a few products from the range and I placed an order for one of the moisturisers after using a sample (review coming soon) I paid nothing for delivery and it was delivered the next day via courier so I was very impressed with the service.

What are your favourite products for relieving stressed out skin??

Saturday, 27 April 2013

REVIEW: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Hey Ladies,

My favoured method of makeup removal for the past three years has to be oil based cleansers and to say I got excited when I saw Elemis released their new Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is an underestimate ... I think I actually squealed.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm*

'This powerful treatment cleansing balm dissolves make-up and daily grime. Developed first and foremost for its performance in Elemis treatments, this super-cleansing, luxurious treatment balm is expertly formulated with a 100% active base of natural oils grown within the UK.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm combines precious starflower, elderberry and optimega™ oils with rose and mimosa waxes, and anti-ageing padina pavonica to deeply cleanse, nourish and smooth for a glowing complexion.'
As you would expect from Elemis this is a fantastic product, it removes all my eye makeup as quick as a flash and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.
The texture is a little different from a lot of balm cleansers I have tried before which are usually fairly solid that need be scraped out and then warmed between your fingers before applying to your face, the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is very soft and malleable and melts straight into your skin making it a quick and easy makeup removing option.
The smell is a very spa type smell, four or five years ago I wouldn't have been able to stand it but I think i've grown to appreciate the more herbally smells but it doesn't linger and once you've washed it off with a cloth it's gone. The cloth that is included by the way is really good quality which is always good to see and I've always wanted the Elemis cloth mitt so it is really encouraging me to make the investment.
Price wise it's rrp is £39.50 for 105g however ALWAYS shop around for brands like Elemis as you can get it much cheaper LookFantastic have it for £31.60 currently. Value for money Cleansing Balm's last a long time as you need very little to remove an entire face of makeup so a pot this size will last a good 5 months I'd estimate so even though it is an investment it does last you a long time so totally worth it in my opinion.
One big selling point about the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is that the ingredients are natural oils from good old GREAT Britain and unlike some other cleansing balms (*cough Eve Lom Review here including a mineral oil rant) it contains NO mineral oil. 
So well done to Elemis for a very effective cleanser with great ingredients, what are your favourite oil based cleansers? Any questions put them below & i'll get back to you 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

REVIEW: Laura Mercier Rose Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Hey Ladies,

I had a disastrous day in Manchester last week but the one shining light in a day of shit was a trip to Space NK, the store is in the most secluded location & I didn't know it existed for the longest time (probably a good thing) but once I found it I always make a pilgrimage whenever I'm in the city. The girls are WONDERFUL, they just leave you to browse and then are so attentive when you ask for help and all genuinely seem to enjoy their jobs which I love and so I never leave empty handed.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold
This is such an amazing eye product, the perfect pinky gold that is perfect for everyday wear. It's super quick & effortless to blend and is long wearing, I do need a shadow over the top thanks to my very oily eyelids but if you're not like me and have normal eyelids this should be all you need for a quick everyday look.

These Caviar Stick Shadows come in a few different shades and I seriously want a few more, I don't have a long time to spend getting ready in the morning so these are ideal for me when I want it to seem like i've made an effort.

What are your secrets to a quick everyday makeup looks?

WANT: Hermés Kelly

 Hey ladies,

I often get asked questions about bags, designer ones in particular in regards to which one to buy, which colour and mainly how I afford them and so I thought I'd share my current handbag target and ways to help fund my habit.

My usual advice to first time designer bag buyers is to:
1. Think about the bags main use - do you want a bag that you can use everyday or a special occasion bag. If it is an everyday bag you're in the market for I would definitely advise to choose a bag with a shoulder strap because I've made the mistake of purchasing a bag that could only be held in the crook of the arm & when you carry round as much rubbish as I do it is painful.
2. Think carefully about the colour - yes neon green is very on trend but it probably wouldn't go with many outfits or be very practical for everyday use. Most of my bags are either black or brown they go with so many outfits so I get a lot of use out of them.
3. Set your budget - there are so many designers to choose from and if you don't want to go too crazy on price my favourite designers to look at would definitely be Marc by Marc Jacobs, See by Chloé and Michael Kors.

Having said all that my current bag on my 'I want that' radar is a turquoise Hermés Kelly. It definitely breaks my own rules on colour but I am lucky enough that I have a few bags for everyday ie boring black so I'm In the market for something fun and to brighten up this awful weather.

In terms of funding I work full time and work my socks off too with overtime and so can obviously save, I also get income from advertising on this site (so thank you for visiting my page) and if I am really close to my goal and can't wait until next payday:

1. eBay your life - round up all the rubbish in your house & stick it on eBay, you'd be surprised how much it builds up in your Paypal account & it can be quite addictive and hey if you sell everything in your house & have a beautiful handbag in your hand who cares right?
2. Cash for gold - round up that Elizabeth Duke jewellery from your teens & cash it in, it's probably too horrific to sell on eBay so if you sell it in on weight you'd be surprised how much it could fetch. One of my friends mum sold some old chains & ended up with £900.

Have you any top tips for saving or any bags you have your eye on??

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

HOLY GRAIL: Giorgio Armani Master Corrector

Hey Ladies,

When it comes to my everyday makeup I keep it simple: good skin, strong brows & long fluttery lashes, no other eye makeup will be sported (I prefer 5 minutes extra in bed).

Getting my skin looking as close to perfect as I am ever going to get takes the most time and one product that has helped that process greatly is Giorgio Armani's Master Corrector (shade 1)

Giorgio Armani Master Corrector Number 1

"Giorgio Armani's Skin Master corrector is formulated with exclusive Micro–fil™ technology to allow for targeted correction, visibly concealing imperfections while light–reflecting pearls help to create a flawless finish"

There are many salmon toned correctors on the market: Mac, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Eve Pearl to name a few and whilst I have raved about the likes of Bobbi Brown in the the past once I applied this to my very dark circles my heart was stolen.

This is without doubt the most amazing corrector I have ever tried, it is so lightweight it feels like you have nothing on yet immediately my dark circles look brighter and less visible, once a yellow toned concealer is applied my dark circles are gone with no cakeyness. I dare those of you with dark circles and fine lines to not love this.

After I purchased this I thought it would be the perfect duo with the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer so off I popped to Selfridges, once I applied the concealer on top of this it was cake city. I never realised how heavy it was around the eyes so I was a bit miffed I wasted £23 however I tried blending them together and hey presto I found the perfect duo, the Master Corrector lightens the texture of the concealer and still works perfectly to correct the dark circles. By no means am I recommending to purchase both I am just using up the concealer I think the Master Corrector will work perfectly underneath any concealer designed for under the eyes, I am personally eyeing up the Master Concealer by Giorgio Armani.

The Master Corrector is £25.00 for 4.4mls which is expensive but because it is so thin you use very little on each application and I've used it daily since December and don't even seem to have made a dint.

As you can probably tell I TOTALLY recommend this if you are a fellow dark circle sufferer (pounds fists) Have any of you got any other Giorgio Armani recommendations? I personally think I fancy trying the Master Concealer & Lasting Silk Foundation next.