Monday, 1 September 2014

REVIEW: Braun World's 1st Cleansing Brush & Mini Epilator

Braun has just launched the world's first 2-in-1 facial device.  The nifty design consists of a facial epilator and cleansing brush in one.
I'm super lucky to be one of the first to review this today and so read about my thoughts below!








On first impressions this has been a really well thought out little device.  It comes with a makeup pouch & magnifying mirror (with an inbuilt light) which makes it perfect for travelling with if you use your cleansing brush daily.  It also has a little pink 'cap' for the epilating head keeping it clean and hygienic.

The Cleansing Facial Brush is lovely and an absolute joy to use.  I've never used one before (I know! I must be the only beauty blogger not to have tried one) but it makes my skin feel ridiculously soft and clean, getting rid of all imperfections.  I like to wet my face, add a drop of face wash onto the head of the brush and then power it up.  It boasts the fact that it works 6 times better than manual exfoliation which makes washing my face quick and precise.  They also recommend changing the brush every 3 months, and you can also change the rotation of which the brush spins to help cleanse hard to reach areas.

Now, onto the epilator!  I'll admit straight away that the fine hairs above my top lip & between my brows annoy the hell out of me and I've done all sorts to try and get rid of them.  I used to wax but as my skin is sensitive it used to flare up in pimples after reacting with the wax gel.  So I am SO happy I now have a product small and precise enough to get rid of those pesky hairs.  This epilator works 200 times faster than manual tweezing (so even though it's a little painful as you would expect it to be, it's quick and over before you know it).
It can also remove hair 4 times shorter than waxing which means you don't have those painful 'in between visits' hair growth.  Like the facial brush, you can rotate the direction of the epilator to remove all hair growth in whatever direction it grows and it is small enough to fit between my brows which is impressive.

This has become one of my go-to facial accessories.  It helps to achieve the perfect base for your favourite makeup look and break free from impurities.

Braun have recently launched their new Break Free Campaign (fronted by the gorgeous Jessica Alba), which encourages women to support eachother to break free from self doubt and feel their best.  I think this campaign is fantastic - women are often the first to judge each other and put each other down and so along with Braun's range of beauty tools and coming together, we can break free from imperfections together. You can watch the positivity chain and upload yours to join in the movement here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbdUXFZl18o

The Braun Face retails at £69 from Boots!

Do you use a facial brush and epilator?  What are your thoughts?!

xx


Please note this post is sponsored but all views and thoughts are my own!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

REVIEW / SWATCHES: Urban Decay's Pulp Fiction Range!

I don't think I have seen a cooler makeup/film collaboration than this!  Pulp Fiction is a classic - I can still remember the first time I watched it.  Urban Decay have just launched the range, inspired by the femme female Mia Wallace.







Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette - Contains 5 eyeshadows in wearable netural tones to re-create Uma Thurman's sultry eye look. Righteous is a gorgeous matte cream shade making the perfect base.  Tyranny and Vengeance are lovely taupe and brown shades to contour your eye crease and finally Furious - a white satin with a shimmery sheen and Anger which is a matte black.  I used them all together to create the smokey look in the pictures above.

Mrs Wallace Revolution Lipstick - A gorgeous deep, blood red shade which will flatter and suit all skin tones.  I've also found that it's lovely to apply as it's pigmented and moisturising and is a bugger to get off the lips which means it stays on for hours!

Mrs Wallace 25/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil - This is designed to perfectly match the lipstick in the range except it's a matte (to stop the lipstick bleeding).

Gunmetal Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner - My first ever purchase from Urban Decay was their glitter eyeliners when I was 17, so they hold a special place in my heart!  This is a clear base containing black and silver sparkle, which means you need to build to get a good coverage. This looks lovely on top of black liner for a gothic feel and I'm honestly a little obsessed! (You can see the sparkle behind my lashes in the shot of my eyes).

Mrs Mia Wallace Nai Colour - A stunning deep red to match the lippie, but with a hint of shimmer. This reminds me of rubies.  Not a nail shade I would normally wear (I prefer them a bit on the brighter, orange side) but would look STUNNING on pale skin in the winter.

All in all, I love the range - the products are great quality and I also adore the packaging.  It's all been well thought out, from the quotes inside the packaging lids, to the skull on the nail polish bottle and the font!

The range is available from 1st September in the UK, online and in Debenhams & House of Fraser stores!

What do you think of the range?  Are you a Pulp Fiction Fan?

xxx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

OUTFIT: Daisy Print

I've never been one to really ever wear floral print - I'm normally found in black, grey and white but this summer I've really been embracing the floral trend.  I have a new found obsession with daisy print and this is an outfit inspired by them.  It's actually a sneak peak from a lookbook video I have coming up but love this outfit so much I wanted to make a blog post for it.




Top - New Look (similar - http://fave.co/1t45FW9)
Shorts -  Ark http://fave.co/1t45pGC
Shoes - Zara (old)
Coat - Choieshttp://fave.co/1sjQ3tv
Floral Head Crown - Missguided http://fave.co/1sjQpQY

I love the simplicity of the black daisy print shorts, matched with a plain bralet & shoes, combined with the yellow pop of the coat/cardigan.  Also the head crown is massively mis-matched but I also quite like that.

One problem I have with bright/patterned shorts/skirts though, is that I feel like I can't wear them with tights (massive problem as a/w is approaching).  Maybe it's just me being silly but I feel like it just doesn't look right - does this make sense?  Let me know!

Are you a fan of daisy print?

xxx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

REVIEW & SWATCHES: L'Oreal Paris L'Extraordinaire Lip Glosses!

There has been a lot of hype in the beauty world in the past year around liquid lipsticks and as you know I'm a massive fan.  L'Oreal are one of the most recent to take on the challenge of creating a liquid lip colour and so here are the swatches & reviews!

I have to say these beauties contain the perfect balance of pigment and moisture which is a massive bonus for me.  Some liquid lippies leave my lips so dry and highlight any dry skin or imperfections, where as these feel like a soft balm on my lips with a hint of shine.  Also the colour pay off is lovely as you can see in the pictures above.

#301 Rouge Soprano - This is a gorgeous red shade. It looks slightly darker in the bottle but on the lips it's an easy to wear postbox red.

#401 Fuschia Drama - This is my least favourite of the bunch but only because I never wear pink lipsticks!  I know it'll suit a whole bunch of people with it's fuschia pink tones.

#600 Nude Vibrato - This is my favourite of the three; a pale nude which really flatters my pale skin.  I thought I'd look a little ghostly wearing this but it's actually stunning and really easy to wear.  Plus it looks gorgeous with smokey eyes!

The only negative is that they don't last for very long on the lips, tending to fade after drinking and eating but their soft, furry, bullet applicator makes it a pleasure to apply!

These are available from highstreet stores for £8.99!  I now desperately want to pick up shade 204 which is a bright orange red, very similar to my favourite red lipstick MAC's Morange.

Are you part of the new liquid lipstick craze?

xxx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

REVIEW / EXCLUSIVE: Real Techniques Limited Edition Nic's Picks Set!

You all know how much I love and adore my Real Techniques brushes. I'll admit I get way too excited when I hear about new products launching in the range.  

Last week Sam and Nic Chapman (the brains & beauties behind Real Techniques) announced their newest Limited Edition Collection 'Nic's Picks'.  At a first glance, these brushes are absolutely stunning and so I couldn't wait to put them to the test!


 


The set contains 5 brushes, 3 of them being new set exclusives, never before sold in the range (these are the three I'm most excited about).  The brushes have a gorgeous, expensive looking and feeling silver handle.

Duo Fibre Powder Brush - I adore my original duo-fibre face brush and love it for applying powder for an airbrushed effect to set my makeup, or for bronzer.

Cheek Brush (exclusive) - This is very similar to the Expert Face Brush but the hairs are more dense and the shape is rounder.  I'm desperate to try this out with foundation but it's perfect for building up a good pigment on cheeks (either it be with blush, bronzer or highlighters).

Angled Shadow Brush (exclusive) - According to Pixiwoo, this has been designed to fit into the crease of the eye - perfect for those who want to add depth.  I can see myself using this a lot when accentuating my eye crease with a neutral brown shade, daily.

Base Shadow Brush - This is my all time favourite eye shadow brush and so it's great to have another back up!

Eyeliner Brush (exlcusive) - SO excited for this!  It's a thin, angled brush perfect for creating flicks with powder or gel liner.  I think the slant will make it really easy to perfect the cat eye look.

These are available worldwide from 1st October for a limited time. I think they'd make a fantastic Christmas present or even a treat to yourself.  I adore mine and can't recommend them enough!!

Will you be picking up Nic's Picks?

xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

REVIEW: My Favourite Face Masks for Acne Prone/Blemished & Sensitive Skin.

I've recently gone a little face mask crazy - I'm practically obsessed.  Recently I've really seen the benefits of using them weekly so I've made it into a little pamper routine which I do on Sunday nights with Andrew.  Yes, you heard it, even the boy's been loving them too!

I thought I'd run through my current favourites today.  These are ideal if you have blemished or acne prone skin and I've also thrown in a couple of moisturising ones if you find your skin is feeling dry or sensitive after acne treatments.

Origins Out of Trouble Mask - Origins are so well known and popular for their great, high quality skincare products and so I really wanted to get my hands on one of their face masks. I chose out the Out of Trouble to help with my blemishes.  It contains amazing ingredients known to combat oily, blemished skin such as salicylic acid, zinc oxide and sulfur which work together to clear the skin which have great results (although be aware you may get a few pesky blemishes at first as it draws the toxins out).  Just FYI, I wouldn't use this if your skin is sensitive though.

Dr Murad Clarifying Mask - I mentioned this in a previous favourites video last year as it always really helps clear my skin when it's congested and blemished.  It's a lovely thick white cream which dries to a clay.  Once washed off my skin feels soft and clearer.  I need to get a full size of this because it's really great (also because of the sulphur ingredients, it does leave you smelling like rotten egg if you don't wash off properly)!

Jurlique Purifying Mask - This is my newest face mask and one I've been using for the past couple of weeks.  It's a dark grey slimy liquid which sets in place once you leave it on your skin.  I like to apply this before I get in the bath, wash my hair, shave and by then it's usually dry, so I rinse off.  Again, this really helps to clear my skin and my face is currently blemish free.  It has quite a strong fragrance, almost spa like, but it contains incredible ingredients such as natural clay, green tea and sesame seed oil which all help to clear oil and impurities and calm the skin.

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask - This is one I always make Andrew do; he suffers from dry skin and often gets flaky skin on his cheeks (especially in the winter) and so I put a thick layer on his skin and wait until it's soaked in completely.  You can then either rub in the excess products or towel off.   It's featured ingredient is clary sage which is incredible at retaining moisture, leaving your skin hydrated and supple!  It'
s also great for calming skin after acne treatments.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask
- I worked in The Body shop for years and loved this product.  It's a thick pink jelly-like cream which you can smooth on and rub in or wash off.  It has the usual Vitamin E TBS scent which smells like soft roses!

I really hope this has helped someone out there!  I know how crappy bad skin can make you feel but I've found these have really helped to clear some congestion in my skin over the past months!

What's your favourite face mask and how often do you do them?

xx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

HOLIDAY PACKING: Skincare, Hair & Body!

Following on from my 'holiday makeup post', here is an over view of the body, skincare and hair products that were lucky enough to make my holiday suitcase!  I'll admit now, I took WAY too much stuff (my bag weighed over the 15kg weight limit) so note to self for next time - Don't take so much!
Andrew's Beauty products... big comparison aha!

Most used products - 

Murad Essential C Sun Balm - This little roll on SPF stick came in ridiculously handy for keeping my tattoos well protected from the sun's strong rays.  It fit perfectly in my handbag for touch ups throughout the day.

Eucerin SPF 50 Skin Fluid Mattifying Face - Finding a great high SPF product for the face can sometimes be tricky as some of them leave you feeling sticky and greasy, however this was beautiful, protected my skin and dried almost like a powder so makeup applied beautifully on top.

Vichy Capital Soleil SOS Aftersun - I can't express how much I adore this product!  If I was to recommend any aftersun lotion, it'd be this!  Not only does it smell gorgeous, it was also incredibly gentle and soothing on mine & Andrew's burns (yes, we did accidentally over-do it).

Moroccan Oil Shamp, Cond & Oil - I desperately need full size versions of these products at home, they leave my hair smelling delicious and stupidly soft!

Muji Decanters - I'm still completely obsessed with anything from Muji and holiday's are the perfect excuse for a Muji decanter haul.  They have a great selection of tubs, bottles (spray and foaming dispensers!) and tubes which make them perfect for travelling.  I also took away with me Muji travel eyelash curlers & perfume atomisers to save room in my toiletries bag.

Paula's Choice Oil Face Wash - I used this religiously a few years ago and saw massive benefits whilst using it.  I started using it again on holiday and my skin became perfectly clear and blemish free.  I'm still using it now I'm back and my skin is still perfect.  Love this cleanser so much. Full review here!

There were still an awful lot of other products I took with me that you can peek at in the pictures above.  If you would like to know my thoughts on any of them just leave a comment and I'll reply :)  Also, a note - my two holiday fragrances were Diptyque's Moheli roll on and Eau Duelle!

What are your must have holiday items?

xx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

THE BEST: Highlighters (swatches & reviews)!

A friend of mine (hey Phoebe!) recently asked me to recommend her my favourite highlighters.  I thought instead of just reeling off a list, I would do a blog post complete with pictures and swatches!

I pulled together pretty much every highlighter I own for this post, in quite a few different formulas - powder, cream and liquid, so there is something for everyone, what ever their preference!




Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam - A beautiful yellow gold highlight which looks gorgeous on cheekbones teamed with bronzer.  You get a whooping 8grams of this product for £10 which is great and will last bloody ages!

MAC Soft & Gentle - One of MAC's bestselling highlighters.  This stunning bronzed highlighter looks amazing in my makeup bag and it's fine pigment applies a gorgeous shimmery colour for a sun-kissed look.

Sleek Makeup Glo & Highlight - Very similar to Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Bricks, this highlighter contains 5 shades for an ultimate bronzed glow which can be used on both the face and body.  In the swatch above I've mixed all shades but you can also take a thin highlighting brush and apply only the colours you want.

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in 04 Coral- Another shimmer brick dupe.  I own every single one of TBS's Shimmer Waves and they're great quality.  This shade variation is my favourite - peachy pink tones for a beautiful summer look.

The Body Shop Baked-To-Last Bronzer - Another one from TBS - this baked bronzer reminds me of MAC's Soft & Gentle but a bit more affordable.


Estee Lauder Geelee Blush in Tease - This is one of my most cherished blush products but one I hardly wear (need to dig this out again).  It's a stunning pink highlighter with a gorgeous shimmer. You're gonna hate me but I think this might be discontinued (it's currently out of stock in Boots) but wanted to feature it 'cause it's a beauty!

Zoeva Mineral Highlighter - Zoeva are quickly becoming one of my favourite makeup ranges!  You've probably noticed in my tutorials that I use a lot of their brushes now, and I think their cheek products are equally as fab. This is a loose powder which can be built up for a stunning shimmer.

Make Believe Enhance Cream Highlight 
I just had to include a cream highlight in this post and this is one of my favs!  I think I received this in a beauty sample box and it's a beautiful gold cream shimmer which you can mix with foundation for a dewy base or tap under brow bones to accentuate and enhance!  I like to apply this with a stippling brush. It's £7.50 available at Look Fantastic - http://fave.co/1pWbmPp

MAC Pigment in Vanilla - This is one of my all time favourite MAC products because it can be used so many different ways (see here).  This white gold loose pigment just looks stunning as a highlighter or eyeshadow. Love, love, love.

Benefit Cream Shadow in Bikini Tini - Okay, I know this is an eyeshadow cream but it also works great as a cream highlight.  Tad on the pricey side though.

Nars Sheer Glow Illuminator in Orgasm - 
I included this as I think it's classed as an 'illuminator' and gives a beautiful shimmer but also with a pinch of peachy pink pigment.  I don't use this enough but I adore it.

And breatheeeee... that was a hefty post, huh!

So there we have it - some of my fav highlighters.  I still have another handful with I realised after I took the pictures that I missed out, but I'm sure one day I'll get round to doing another post!

Really hope this helps at least one person choose a highlighter to invest in!

What's your favourite highlighter?


xxx