Tuesday, 23 September 2014


These two tubes look so bashed up because they are never out of my handbag. Perfect sized tubes of magic which get my skin and lips out of trouble.

The control gel at the top is a 9ml tube containing a clear sticky gel. It's a blemish treatment but rather than being a harsh, stinging treatment which dries out the blemish and skin it nourishes the spot and surrounding skin.
 Suspended in an aloe base are lots of key ingredients to help your skin out when it needs it most. Niacinamide is an amazing anti inflammatory which calms a swollen area and helps to reduce the redness. You know those spots which have their own pulse, well this ingredient shows them who's boss and calms the situation. Salicylic acid helps to naturally exfoliate the area and give the blemish a smoother appearance. Rosemary, tea tree and sage act as a natural anti biotic and disinfectant as well as moisturising the area providing deep hydration.
 I like to apply after my moisturiser, leave to dry off for five minutes and then apply my makeup on top. Because this is clear you can keep re applying throughout the day. Because it is quite sticky I dab a little on top of the blemish with an old lip brush so that it won't disturb my makeup underneath. I find that the blemish heals quicker with more of an even texture making it easier to cover with makeup.The skin doesn't go crusty or dry but soft and supple and easier to work with.
 This is £15.00

Rosehip seed lip cream was a strange texture which took a bit of getting used to. I'm used to balms which feel oily and have a sheen. This lip product is a cream which absorbs in with no real sheen finish or evidence it was ever there! It's more of a deep down conditioning treatment rather than an aesthetic lip product. It won't give you any slip to the lips at all which makes it good for men and children also.
 Lips are softened and treated from within. You can always put a gloss or balm on top if you prefer the gloss.
 This is £10.00

Both are available from SpaceNK http://goo.gl/rPNLG3

Monday, 22 September 2014

New Powder Foundations

Some new powder foundations have landed on my desk this week. Not a product that usually excites me to be honest. I think I always have images of the caked, flat faces of 80's pop stars in my head.
 They have come a long way since then though and thinking I really should pay more attention to what is new in the world of powder bases I have had a play.

First up is Burberry Fresh glow compact foundation. The compacts from Burberry never cease to grab my attention. Solid looking gun metal compacts subtly embossed with the Burberry pattern.

Not a huge amount of colour choice with this one unfortunately. The four colours they do have are split between yellow and pink tones. The lightest two are pink undertones and the darkest two are yellow.

This powder provides a sheer to medium cover and looks beautiful on the skin. It doesn't look like a powder at all. It doesn't cling, cake or mask the skin. Rather than a matte finish it has a luminous, satin finish. It basically looks like you have a pair of 2 denier satin tights over your face!
 Skin tone is evened out and left looking healthy and radiant. If you have a combination or oily skin tone this will matte away your natural oil and replace it with a radiance. On dry skin I would suggest using a damp sponge to apply with to ensure it doesn't stick to any dry areas. The damp sponge will also increase the luminosity.
 Only downside for some people may be the scent. It is infused with rosehip and lavender so has quite a powdery soap smell. I love the scent but if you're not a fan of fragrance in products it may put you off. Reminds me of the scent of Parma violet sweets if you remember those!
 Not cheap at £38.00 but you can feel the quality on the skin and it lasts all day without sinking into lines.

New from Bobbi Brown is their Skin Weightless powder foundation.

Well done Bobbi Brown for having a huge colour line up of twenty shades. Ranging from alabaster through to espresso this foundation caters for a larger skin tone mix.
 I like the feel of this foundation. It's oil free but feels more like a cream to the touch. It's very airy and light in texture and will give you a sheer to light cover. Not a foundation for those who like a good coverage. Gives skin a natural fresh finish that resembles skin. It doesn't have the luminosity of the Burberry powder but would be a winner on all skin types due to the matte but creamy texture.
 Wears well and photographs lovely. Would make a nice addition as a powder on top of your regular foundation if you prefer a bit more cover.
 £33.00 and comes in a slightly more bulky mirrored compact.

Lastly is the new Clinique Anti-blemish solutions powder makeup. Out of the three this one feels more powdery. It also has more of a coverage giving a medium buildable look. The powder is jet milled to ensure it is super fine powder particles so it won't cake on the skin. Because of the more powdery finish this one works better on a combination to oily skin tone. Aimed at those who suffer from blemishes it contains salicylic acid to help with skin texture. It is also sweat, humididty and water resistant. Available in thirteen shades although I could only ever view twelve shades online.

 I like the finish, a little too heavy texture for me but looks natural and evens out skin redness well. Lasts well on the skin and didn't cake when I touched up throughout the day. This compact is £24.50.

All of these are available now on the following sites....

Friday, 19 September 2014

Lily loves LDN False nails

Lily Allen has collaborated with nail brand Elegant Touch and produced some super cute false nails.
 If you follow Lily Allen on Instagram you'll notice that nails are her thing! Not one to shy away from talons fashioned with gems, glitter and patterns she has produced seven different styles.

Each set is named after her song titles and feature rainbow glitter, metallic shapes, matte prints and gem stones. Prices range between £6.99- £8.99.

Our favourite set features silhouettes of iconic London landmarks such as the gherkin, Big Ben, o2 arena and St Pauls.

Each set comes with 24 nails in 10 different sizes, a  nail file to adjust the size to suit and adhesive glue to apply with. This particular set is £6.99. The collection is available now from Superdrug http://www.superdrug.com and online from Elegant Touch http://www.eleganttouch.com

Thursday, 18 September 2014

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti blemish system

There has been quite a buzz around the launch of this trio this September. I have only ever used Serozinc from LRP and as someone who has a combination skin with regular hormonal breakouts I gave this a go (this is Stacey).
 The kit contains the purifying foaming gel cleanser, a brand new clarifying toner and the effaclar duo.
 The cleanser and effaclar duo are a regular in the LRP line up but the toner is new and at the moment can only be purchased as part of the kit.

 The kit is aimed at people who have an oily and blemish prone skin. It claims to help reduce sebum levels, remove bacteria, matte the skin, reduce pore size whilst unclogging them and help to reduce the appearance of red and brown marks left from old blemishes.

I began this trial 6 weeks ago and here are my results....

Firstly I am used to using balm cleansers so using a foam cleanser didn't particularly feel as luxurious as what I am used to. I kind of felt like I was massaging washing up liquid into my face. As I breathed little bubbles would fly off into the air. It did however cleanse my skin well and removed all of my makeup. I did still need to use a separate eye makeup remover on my eyes though as this would be too strong near the eyes. My skin felt instantly matte and I found if I didn't follow with the next step in my skin care immediately then my skin felt very dry and uncomfortable. Maybe this cleanser was just a little too drying on my combination skin.

The toner is a large 200ml bottle  and was actually my favourite product out of the three. It doesn't feel stripping or sting the skin. It leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. If you have an oily or combination skin you'll know how lovely it feels for your skin to feel matte rather than greasy. In here we have witch hazel, silica, and salicylic acid among other ingredients. I used this toner every day but found after week three my skin started to feel a little dry and I developed a patch of dry skin above my lip. I would say good to use two or three times a week but on a combi skin every day didn't work for me.

Effaclar Duo is a product that initially confused me a little. It says it's a corrective, unclogging and  anti marks treatment. I wasn't sure if it was a moisturiser or just a cream you apply topically to affected areas. You do however apply it all over the face as a moisturiser in the day and evening.
 It feels lightweight and is absorbed quickly. It made a lovely base to apply makeup straight onto as it had no residue or greasy slip. I had to use an oil at night from a different brand after two weeks though as my skin was starting to feel tight and fine lines seemed to appear more visible as my skin looked flat and dehydrated.
 This cream performed well for me for about 3 weeks applied daily and then I found I needed something a little richer. I began to apply a different moisturiser and only used this on my blemish prone areas or over old scarring. Any brown marks I had did start to subside more quickly and it was nice to use on my t-zone for when I wanted to apply makeup.

Overall long term this kit wasn't for me. I think my skin wasn't quite oily enough as it worked on my t-zone but made elsewhere dry. I did like how it helped to fade fresh blemish scarring.
This kit is available now and is £32.50 from http://tidd.ly/73ebd70

Have you used La roche-Posay? What did you think of their products?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Nic's been shopping.....

We often get asked what we have been purchasing recently or what is in our make up bag. Nic has just returned to the office with a bag of new loveliness that she is excited about so we thought we would share her purchases with you.

MAC Electric cool eye shadows
 These are part of MAC's latest launch called a Novel Romance. These are powder eye shadows which feel spongy and almost like a cream. Powder is pressed into the pot in a solid formula. They give quite a sheer wash of colour which has a high pearl finish and look similar to the MAC pigments when on the skin. There is no drop down from these products but the shimmering pigment does travel slightly on the face. Enough colour to wear alone but they do look particularly beautiful on top of other shadows to give a shimmering vibrancy.
 Nic brought three shades in Pure Flash, coli and superwatt.
 Pure flash is a champagne with a silver shimmer. Superwatt is an beige/apricot with gold shimmer and coil is a gorgeous antique rust/copper. This colour is stunning.

 These were £15.50 each and are available we believe for a limited time.

Nic loves a false lash and has gone a bit crazy for false lashes. Here's what she went for....
No 4
No 33
No 36

 These are regular lashes MAC always stocks and were £10.50 each.

Salon Systems lashes
Salon system lashes in the short length. These lashes start at around £3.00 depending on the size box you get.

Eylure Pro-brow Dye kit

Nic purchased the dye kit in brown. This lasts up to 6 weeks and gives the hairs a rich, warm brown tint to the brows.
This kit is £7.25 

 Bleached and highlighted hair is often brittle and lacking protein. Nic is loving this reconstructor from Bed Head to improve and restore the protein levels in her hair. Use after shampooing to leave the hair soft and smooth. This also smells amazing!! This was £12.00

What have you purchased recently?

What have you purchased recently that you are loving?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Latest from LFW 2015

London fashion week kicked off last Friday for Spring/summer 2015 and all weekend we have been getting updates on what's been going on.
 We thought we would share some key looks with you.

Brazilian fashion designer Mariana Jungmann collaborated with Face Lace showcasing their pearlescent foil pieces for the face and body. The inspiration was a magical underwater sea world making the models look like sirens of the ocean.
 Luke Henshaw for L'Oreal professional created a messy tomboy style for the Daks show. Based on the Teddy boys of the fifties it had was slicked back at the sides but with a feminine twisted plait at the back.

Adam reed again for L'Oreal professional created a semi wet look, worn in pony tail. Using a metallic gloss from L'Oreal TechniArt to slick back the sides. 

We will keep you up to date with the looks from this years show as we receive them in.
What looks have you seen that you particularly like this season?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes

This time of year we do see a ton of similar palettes and although beautiful in their own right it's sometimes hard to distinguish one from the next. When I saw this new palette from Bobbi Brown (launching this September) I thought is this going to be something like I have already seen. How wrong to jump to a conclusion!
 What I loved about this palette first of all was it's size and shape. Rather than a long palette this duo layer powder shadow palette houses eight shades in a mix of finishes all neatly packed into a 3'x3' palette.
 The tortoise shell effect palette has two layers. The top layer pulls back on opening and the bottom layer is a drawer which pulls out.

Top layer...
Includes a buttermilk with a matte finish, a soft apricot, also matte and a mink in matte. The forth shadow provides a sheer wash of wet look sparkle set in a smokey taupe colour. The fine reflective pigments include gold, rose gold and silver glitter.
 Bottom layer...
A shimmering pearl pink with gold and lavender glitter, a metallic champagne, a metallic grey/taupe and a matte aubergine/black in matte. The last colour could also be used as an eyeliner also.

No fall out from these shadows onto the face although the glitter does travel into the other shades a little in the palette.
 Colours blend easily and there is good selection of tones and shades to take your makeup from day through to night.
 The size of this palette makes it ideal for travelling or to pop into your handbag. The mirrored lid makes is simple to touch up on the go.
 This palette is £48.00 which I actually think is not a bad price for eight great quality shades in such a convenient sized palette.
Available now http://tidd.ly/66476128

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Clarins Instant Concealer

This concealer is basically an extra 5 hours sleep in a bottle. Being a water based, aloe vera infused concealer means this glides into the skin giving the illusion of a second skin. Creamy but due to the high water content it doesn't settle into fine lines. Provides a medium but buildable coverage that evens out pigmentation and dark circles without looking ashy or over illuminated (providing you choose the right colour).
 Caffeine extract stimulates the delicate skin to help shift toxins, reduce puffiness and give skin a revitalised freshness.
 The finish is softly radiant without being illuminating so you won't get any flash back or panda eyes!
 Only available in three shades which is a shame. Each colour has a peach undertone. The peach tone counteracts the grey/blue undertones of dark circles. The three tones they do have however are really great at bouncing the light off of dark circles and give a beautiful silky, smooth finish under and around the eye.

 These colours would only work on a light through to medium skin toned. Would be no good for an olive through to dark skin tone.
 This concealer is also nice on those no makeup days when you just want to even out the skin gently and cover the bags!
 15ml is £21.00 and a little goes a long way so this would last you a good few months.
Available now from www.clarins.co.uk

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Models Own Diamond Luxe Collection

 New this September (19th) Models Own launch their Diamond luxe collection. What makes these different? Each shade is infused with diamond dust.
The limited edition gold capped bottle gives an air of glamour whilst the colour pigments of each shade are bold and vibrant. The diamond dust gives a multi dimensional shimmer which compliments and reflects the natural colour of the shade. The shimmering diamond dust is very delicate and softly catches the light. Because the shimmer is very fine the polish can be removed easily without any shards of glitter being left on the nail bed.
 Two coats give a solid wash of colour and I found wear time lasted 4 days before it started to look a little ragged around the edges.
 Available in ten shades ranging from taupe, teal through to lilac and fuchsia.
We took a look at five of the shades.
Marquise Maroon
Princess Pink
Asscher Blue
Carat Coral
Pear Purple

 Each shade is £4.99 each and available from 19th September at www.modelsownit.com from Models Own bottle shops from 20th and from Superdrug from 24th September.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Estee Lauder Autumn launches

September brings some new launches from Estee Lauder and this season it's all about sculpting.

Their new foundation is called Perfectionist Youth-infusing makeup. What's different about this foundation? It is infused with their perfectionist serum so along with the benefits of a foundation it also gives you the added skin care. Saves a bit of time in the morning I guess! The serum part helps to plump out fine lines (using hyaluronic acid) and helps to restructure skin by promoting collagen and elastin. It also contains an SPF 25 to protect skin all year round. I would say because of the serum this foundation would be suited for 30 years and up or younger if you find that fine lines are your issue.
 Coverage is medium but buildable and although this foundation has optical diffusers which give a soft radiance it does feel matte to the touch. Drys off quickly so blend fast. Ticks all the boxes with regards to working on all skin types. Looks nice on an oily skin as it doesn't feel tacky and on a dry skin it reflects the light to give radiance. Oil free and fragrance free (I don't particularly like the natural smell of it). Ensure your skin is well moisturised or primed before application as I found it settled a little on any dryer parts.
 Colours come in a whopping 22 shades and due to the specialist pigment technology the colours do blend easily into your individual skin tone making it easy to pick your shade.
 A really nice addition to the Lauder line up of foundation to give a healthy natural look that mimicks the natural skin.
 This foundation is £37.00.

 New sculpting eyeshadow palettes in five different colour options. Each palette includes five shades which work in harmony with each other to create a natural contour for day or evening. Shades are designed to contour and highlight naturally with high colour pigment and a mix of rich warm and cool tones.
L Ivory Power, Top R Untamed Teal, Bottom R Defiant Nude
All colours are powder and are a velvet matte, satin and pearl finish. The colours feel so creamy and rich that you can even blend over the eye with your finger and it will give you a full cover. I love the finish of these colours. Luxurious and so easy to use. These pigments are seriously string and blend like a dream. We only have three palettes to show you (see above). These are £40.00 each.
01 Defiant Nude

02 Ivory Power

07 Untamed Teal
Both the foundation and eye shadow palettes are available from 1st September 2014