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Friday, 17 May 2019

Ulla Johnson X Bobbi Brown Cheek palette

So this is something a bit different that I haven’t seen before from Bobbi Brown. Forgive me as this has been out a few weeks but I’ve only just located it in my inbox of products to review.
 Bobbi brown have collaborated with Fashion designer Ulla Johnson to bring you a beautiful cheek and eye palette.
Ulla Johnson is renown for her dreamy feminine designs, which has been reflected in the beautiful packaging she has created for Bobbi Brown.

 The cheek palette is beautiful and although it may not be something everyone would want to use, I can see that it would be a wonderful product to have in your kit as a makeup artist or for those who favor a moisturized sheen to their skin. It's a great product to experiment with if you would like to incorporate skincare into your makeup routine.

The nude packaging holds a golden pink cream highlighter and beige pot rouge for lips and cheeks. There is also a vial of face oil to complement the glossy hydrated finish that the combination of these products will produce.

How to use

The face oil which contains Neroli, Patchouli, Lavender and Sandalwood and not only smells divine but adds a shot of hydration, soothes and adds a glossy finish to the skin. This oil would not really be suitable for those who are sensitive to essential oils or who have a very sensitive skin or an oily skin. A dry or dehydrated skin will love it.
 Apply one to two drops depending on skins moisture needs into palms of the hands. Warm between palms and then push into the skin and massage the facial muscles in an upward motion. I like to also cup my hands over my nose to inhale the relaxing aroma too.
 This will leave an oily residue on the skin for a short while. You can either apply your makeup straight on top if you feel comfortable with this texture however most will likely want to wait 10 minutes for it to absorb. It will give a subtle glow to the skin and a nice boost of moisture.
To compliment the skin, apply a little of the pot rouge to the apples of the cheeks to create a fresh pop of colour and buff over the golden highlighter onto the high points of the face.

 This little palette will give you just enough product for a fresh complexion on days when you require a low-key look. You could team it up with a layer or mascara and clear lip balm if you want a little more definition.

This palette is £30.00 and can be purchased here.


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Sunday, 12 May 2019

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

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If your skin is particularly dry and sensitive it can be tricky to know what cleanser to use.  Foaming cleansers tend to be too drying and heavy rich balms can feel occlusive.
 I switch up my skincare depending on how my skin feels on that particular day so this has been a cleanser that I have been using on days when my skin is dry or dehydrated.

 The texture is very pleasant. Applies with a thin balm texture but after 30 seconds of massaging it turns into an oil. Firstly, I love that it takes a little while to transform to an oil as it encourages you to really work the skin and massage well, something that greatly benefits the skin.
 The balm to oil texture makes makeup removal easy and even lifts off waterproof eye makeup. 
 It feels very comforting, nourishing and hydrating without feeling heavy and feels like a luxurious treat to use.

Squalane is a great ingredient to use if you very sensitive or allergic skin. Derived from plants and absorbed easily by the skin due to its molecular structure, it’s a pretty safe product to use in terms of adverse skin reactions.

The only negative I have to say is the size. It’s almost like a travel size product but if you only use it as a cleanser for the days you require a hydrating and calming cleanser for, then it’ll last you a good few weeks. Use it every day and evening and it’s not going to last long. On the plus size, it’s good for when you are travelling.

Check out The Ordinary Squalane cleanser here for £5.50.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Make Beauty

A new brand (new to us anyway) has landed in the office this week so I thought I’d share with you. Make is from New York and is made up of a mix of colour cosmetics, skincare and tools. They have a vegan section and are It 100% cruelty free. 10% of the sales also go towards the We see beauty foundation, which supports women-led, worker owned cooperative businesses.
 Their ethos is Slow beauty. Creating everyday products that suit every day needs rather than being fashion or trend led.

 We have a few pieces to share with you…

For the skin we have the Marine Salve.  It’s a topical balm that has multi area use. Massage some into cracked lips, dry cuticles or rough skin. It protects against environmental aggressors. 
Its main ingredient is petrolatum (mineral oil) so it’s not something I would personally slather over my face but on small areas it will moisturize and protect. It also contains marine algae, shea butter and squalane so it’s super hydrating.

Sea Salt exfoliator
 This is a duo pot for the lips. One is an exfoliator containing gritty sea salt in a balm of olive, shea butter and jojoba.
 The lip balm is a nourishing mix of shea, beeswax, jojoba and grape seed oil.
The colour
We have are the Universal stick. This is quite a unique product in that it looks pretty uninspiring when you first apply it but as you blend, the pigments release and transform into a totally different colour.
 We have the shade Cedar which, looks mauve in the tube but warms to a soft peachy taupe on the skin. The universal stick is a lightweight balmy texture which feels slightly oily on application.

You can use it as a blush or on the eye lids. You can even mix it with lipstick to give a more jewel toned shade. This is really nice to use under your eye shadow to increase colour pay off.

Dew pots and blot pots are similar in that they give a soft flush of colour with a moisturized finish. Best used on the slightly higher parts of the face as it reflects a radiant sheen. Pigment is set in a base of lanolin so not a product for the oilier skin. The blot pots have slightly more colour pigment to them.
I’ve only seen a very small collection of products from Make and I think they may be a nice brand for editorial or to create an evening looks with, I feel some of the ingredients within are a little disappointing though. Lots of allergens and cheap ingredients such as mineral oil, lanolin and talc and for the price point that this brand is set at, I would expect higher quality ingredients.

You can take a look at the brand for yourself here

Monday, 29 April 2019

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Surratt Inner Light Baton

*Surratt Inner light Baton are PR Samples

I remember the first time I noticed a white pencil being used in the waterline of the eye. It was Sharon Watts in Eastenders (apologies to anyone who didn’t grow up in the UK watching this!) and I always thought how big it made her eyes look. Almost like the whites of her eyes were double the height. I did also think she needed to blend it a little rather than being a stark white line but I guess it was just how her character needed to look.
 Using a white pencil in the waterline has evolved somewhat since 1989 Sharon Watts and we have slightly more natural pencils that colour correct and brighten the eye.
 Surratt Beauty has just launched three pencil and powder duos, which are specifically designed to be used in the waterline of the eye. They describe them as being similar to a whitening toothpaste, but for your eyes. Each pencil knocks back any redness along the waterline, neutralizes any darker pigment present there and serves to brighten the whites of your eyes.
 I’ve used this style of pencil for years for both daytime and evening looks. In the morning it’s a great product to make your eyes look brighter, less red and more awake and in the evening when creating a smoky eye it can make your eye colour pop.

Surratt has three shades to offer. One end is a creamy pencil that applies easily, blends out to soften the line but also doesn’t run. The opposite end holds a shimmering powder. The powder is applied via a small smudger style sponge and can be used along the lash line to add a shimmer or even under the brow arch to highlight.
Perle is a classic white pencil with a scintillating sparkle at the opposite end. Perle clarifies and flares the whites of the eyes.
Effersce is a flesh-toned peach that would suit a light to medium skin tone. The opposite end is a rose gold sparkle powder. The peach tone eliminates purplish tones.
Mousseux is a caramel tone, which is great for a deeper skin tone. The complimentary powder is a champagne sparkle.
If you find your eye makeup never looks polished, suffer with redness in the waterline (especially during hay fever season) or just want to brighten and whiten your eyes then these are a fab addition that you’ll use every day. I wouldn’t be without one.

You can get the Surratt Inner Light baton here for £40 each.


Monday, 15 April 2019

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Friday, 5 April 2019

Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum
Boy does my skin need so recovery assistance at the moment. It’s so confused by the weather and the central heating is playing havoc with my moisture levels.
 For the last 2 months I have been testing out the Revitalixir Recovery Serum from Murad.

Who is it for?
 Great for those with dull skin texture, skin which has been exposed to environmental aggressors or for those who have been poorly and whose skin has suffered as a result.

What does it do?
 It contains oil-based spheres and a water based gel. By separating these ingredients, Murad has eliminated the use of binders within the product. This means the formula is more concentrated and the active ingredients can be delivered more effectively.

It also contains Cannabis (Hemp seed oil), which is a source of Omega 3,6 and 9. These fatty acids help to smooth the skin, calm, increase hydration levels and are particularly great for dry or flaky skin types.
 Hyaluronic acid (needs no introduction I’m sure), wild indigo to improve luminosity, Neuropeptides to address skin ageing and expression lines, caffeine to stimulate and de-puff and Niacinamide which boosts radiance and helps with cell turnover, boosts your skin immunity and helps balance skins natural 
oil flow.

 This serum has a lightweight gel texture which massages away with an undetectable texture. It has a pearlescent tint to it, which softly illuminates the skin without looking shimmery. It gives a warming radiance to the skin.
Immediate results from using this are increased luminosity. I didn’t particularly feel that my skin felt hydrated right after using but more refreshed and ready to accept the next stage of my skin care.
 Long-term my skin feels more supple and softened. Radiance in the form of brightness has increased and my skin generally feels calmer.

The pump action 40ml tube will last you ages as a little goes a seriously long way. This serum is £70 so by no means a cheap option but if you are after a radiance inducing, skin calming serum that suits all skins (especially oily or combination skins) then it’s worth a look.

This serum is available now here.
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