Thursday, 24 April 2014

Best Eye Makeup Removers

Guys there really is no excuse not to remove your eye makeup at bedtime now. I know when you're tired/drunk/can't be bothered it's a massive chore but there are a ton of awesome, quick and easy removers about now that make this boring bed time ritual less of a hassle.

Here is a run down of our favourite ones at the moment....

Almond Oil


That's right. Plain old, cheap as anything Almond oil. This one featured is £1.59 for 50ml.
 I was first introduced to using Almond oil this way from a friend of mine. After a night out she was massaging this over her eye lids, emulsifying all the eye shadow and mascara off in one smudgy mess with ease. I snatched it off her and found it was just plain, neat Almond oil. She said it got everything, even waterproof mascara off without dragging the skin and then simply just washed the residue off when she washed her face after as normal.
 She had learnt this from her mother (who is 69 and looks 45).
This oil is safe around the eye (unless you have a nut allergy). It is packed with fats, vitamin E and proteins. It helps moisturise and hydrates the skin. It won't block the pores and leaves the delicate skin soft and calmed.

£1.59 from www.boots.com/‎

Eyeko Mascara Off Remover Wipes




Wipes especially for the eyes have launched from Eyeko. In each pack you get 10 cotton wipes. Each wipe is infused with olive oil, aloe oil and grapefruit extract.  These remove all eye makeup easily without any residue left behind. These are ideal for travelling when you don't want to carry around a bottle of remover. Perfect for flights also if you only have carry on luggage and can't take your liquid remover.
 A pack of 10 wipes will cost you £6.00 which is a little pricey we feel. That's 60p per wipe and if you are using them every day they will only last you 10 days but good for a holiday.

http://www.eyeko.com/eyeko-mascara-off

Bioderma Crealine H20


You have probably seen us using this tons in our tutorials and if you read our digital magazine TWO Magazine then you will often see it featured in our 'What the Pro's carry' section.
 It's a bit of a cult remover simply because it is very gentle and suitable for even the most sensitive of eyes. 
This emulsifies heavy makeup off with ease and if you remove and re apply your makeup throughout the day then this won't irritate your already annoyed eyes!
Comes in a gigantic 500ml bottle or a more manageable 100ml or 250ml bottle.
 A little more tricky to get hold of but you can get it from http://www.escentual.com/bioderma/bioderma013/ from £4.50 upwards depending on the size you prefer. 





Sephora Targeted Eye Makeup Remover Swabs


These are genius. Basically like a regular cotton bud but the inner stick part is hollow and filled with eye makeup remover.
 Simply snap off the end with the blue line and the liquid will saturate the bud at the other end.
 You can then use to gently remove your mascara.
 The liquid also contains an ingredient called Procapil which helps with lash growth.
 These are also particularly good for touching up a messy eyeliner or a wonky lip liner!
 You can get these from Sephora for $9.00 http://www.sephora.com/targeted-eye-remover-swabs-P378041








Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Sunday Riley Artemis Face Oil

Over the last month I have been trying out the Sunday Riley Artemis Face Oil. I usually do use a face oil at night to give an intensive moisturisation so was keen to try this cult oil out.

First things first it's really expensive, around £98.00 depending on where you purchase from. But if you have a problematic skin and end up wasting money on cheaper skin care that doesn't work then you will benefit from cutting back and saving for this if possible.



The oil comes in a glass 30ml pipette style application bottle. You only need around three or four drops of the oil so if you are only using at night this will last quite some time.

Sunday Riley have three different oils in their line up and the Artemis oil nestles into the category of being good for a problematic, oily, combination skin type.
 You can mix these oils with a little of your daily moisturiser however if you do have an oily/combination skin I think it would be too greasy, stick to using it at night.

Whats inside?....
 This oil is packed with some pretty amazing natural ingredients, hence the price tag. 
Lemon Iron bark and Lemon Myrtle act as an anti inflammatory, calming influence. If you suffer from breakouts or generally irritated skin then this will reduce the redness and soothe any puffiness.
 This also contains Milk Thistle. Now Milk Thistle is something we have often taken after a heavy night of drinking. It does wonders for the liver helping it to repair and recover from too much toxins from the alcohol. In skin care it helps reduce redness, balances the skin and cools from within. Perfect for a stressed out skin!
Omega 3 helps protects from sun damage and increase cell turnover whilst Flax seed brightens a dull skin.

After using this each night for a week I could definitely notice a difference in my skin. The clarity was improved and my skin somewhat smoother and refined. My skin which is generally quite hormonal and a little stressed loved this oil. I had a few little pimples come up as normal but after applying this at night the next day the bumps had reduced and eventually disappeared rather than come to a head.

The only thing I didn't like about this oil (and this is total personal preference) is the smell. I personally dislike the scent of this quite a bit. My partner also hates it. I could douse myself in my favourite perfume and he wouldn't smell it but 3 drops of this and he's screwing his nose up at me.
 Sam and I came to the conclusion it smells like straw! Weird I know but that's all we could liken it to. You on the other hand like most may just think it smells of Lemon!
 You do get used to the smell though and if it continues to make my skin look as good as it has been then I can get over the scent.

Get hold of this from the following places  









Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation

I first used this foundation on a bridal shoot recently and couldn't believe how amazing it made the brides skin look.
 It buffed in easily and blended like a second skin. Her skin looked radiant and glowing without looking oily and in her photographs she looked airbrushed.

On first glance this 30g pot looks like it is going to give you a mega heavy finish. It looks thick and creamy in the pot but once you transfer it onto the skin it melts away to a medium veil of colour.
 The pot is very luxurious however not the easiest to transport about and a little messy. It's definitely a dressing table use product.

This foundation is great for all skin types. It's oil free so won't make an oily skin greasy and it has a unique ability to transfer water into the skin so it is also super hydrating for a dry skin.

It is available in 14 shades.


We felt like the shades came up a little lighter than the looked in the pot. We tested the three colours that suit our skin tones.



The gel based formula gives it an adaptable coverage from medium to full. Because it contains 60% charged water and seaweed it is great for a slightly older skin that needs a hydration boost.

What is inside...
Water firstly and cyclomethicone which is a silicone. It is the silicone which helps to give skin its smooth finish.
This foundation is particularly good for those with a sensitive or red toned skin. It is packed with tons of skin soothing ingredients.
 It contains Rosemary which acts as a natural astringent, helping to absorb excess oil whilst calming an inflamed skin. Chamomile and Aloe leaf calm and condition. Arnica leaf benefits an irritated skin and acts as a natural antiseptic.

The finish is a radiant, satin skin finish. Your skin looks airbrushed and flawless without having all of its natural colour washed out. Almost like you have a sheer pair of satin tights over your face!
 As with most foundations, if there is any texture to your skin i.e dry patches then you may find it clings a little. I would probably say this would therefore sit better on an oily or combination skin.

Despite having titanium dioxide (and mica for those allergic to it) it doesn't flash back at all and photographs beautifully. If you are getting married or simply having your photo taken then this foundation is a winner.
 If your skin is generally pretty good this will make it look amazing. If you have the odd breakout and want to cover it then you will also need a separate concealer. 

It is of course not cheap. With all of these amazing ingredients and an amazing finish that lasts well throughout the day you have to expect a higher price point. I'm buttering you up here..it's £58.00.

 That pot will last you a good while though, especially as you only need a small amount to achieve a flawless finish.
 If skin is your thing then 100% check it out.








Thursday, 17 April 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette

Urban Decay Electric Palette is for extreme colour lovers. This palette holds 10 shades in a mixture of matte and frosted shimmer.
Included is a dual ended brush to blend and apply with.




Top Row
Bottom Row
Colour payoff is great. Instant vibrancy on application. By nature matte colours are always a little more tricky to blend and to avoid a patchy finish you will need to persevere and build colour whilst blending.
I would advise using an eye primer under these colours because they do stain the skin slightly temporarily. A primer will prevent this and make it easier when removing.
 Shades do drop so make your life easier and do your foundation second after the eyes.
 This palette is £38.00 and available now.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Clarins Colours of Brazil

We still actually have our Clarins bronzer from last summer as it's so huge. It hasn't even got a hole in it yet but it's great that we now have a back up for when we do drop it/finish it.

This years bronzer is the same 20g mirrored bronzer in the same mix of shades as last year. A blend of soft taupe and slightly darker warm brown with a matte finish. There is a small square of an apricot with a shimmer finish.

A natural bronzed look can be achieved from this and as it has no shimmer (apart from the tiny square) you're safe to wear it during the day.
This bronzer is a hefty £30 but as I have had mine a year now with no sign of it running out it's a good investment.

The wet and dry eye shadow palette has four colours in a mix of a matte and satin finish.
 Two brown tones and a soft coral along with a stone coloured base shade. Only the lighter brown and the coral have a shimmer, the other two colours are matte.





The fourth stone colour is on the right of the picture but its such a good match to my skin tone you can hardly see it.

The royal blue strip of colour is probably the colour that would attract you to this palette. It is an eyeliner. The colour doesn't translate as bright onto the skin as it is seen in the palette and the finish is a little patchy. This palette is £32.00.



There are six lip balm crayons in the collection. Unlike some of these lip crayon style products which give a stronger colour pay off these ones are a balm. For a balm they actually give a good amount of colour. They are infused with Shea butter so great moisturisation for dry lips.
 Twist up with a good inch of product.

 

The fifth colour called My pink (not shown in the swatches above) is a transparent colour that works on the PH of your own skin. It will adjust to your own unique shade of pink depending on the PH levels within your lips.
 These are £18.00 each.

We also have from Clarins their summer Shimmer Oil. This is not part of the colours of Brazil collection and is only available online.


 You need to give this a good shake because the oil separates from the colour pigment.
 The fine golden pigments add a shimmer to the oil and also give a subtle gold tint to the skin. This would sit nicely on an already tanned skin and may look a little to golden for a pale skin.
 Scented with mandarin, grapefruit, ylang ylang and tonka bean all in a hazlenut oil base.
 Skin softening vitamin E nourishes skin and would be good on a skin that may be slightly dryer due to sun exposure. This has no sun protection in it so do not use it for tanning purposes. Lovely on the body but too oily and gold for the face.
This is £38.00.

The colours of Brazil collection is available from May 2014 and The shimmer oil available online only from May 2014.





Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Laura Mercier Summer 2014: New Attitude

Laura Mercier have launched their summer colour story this April called New Attitude. 
The baked eye shadow palettes are always a hit for Laura Mercier and this season they have launched two very different options.

Summer in St Tropez is everything you would expect from a summer palette. Luminous, radiant metallic finish colours in mint, teal, royal blue and bronzed gold.

Summer in St Tropez


You do need to layer the colours up to achieve a good amount of colour or you could wear them over a cream eyeshadow or base to enhance the colour.

The second palette is Rendezvous in Monte Carlo and reminds us of Neapolitan Ice Cream.


Rendezvous in Monte Carlo


Soft, pinky dreamy colours that are a bit more wearable for every day.
Each palette is £33.00.
These baked quads blend easily into each other and have zero drop down. The finish is a soft metallic sheen that shimmers well.

The lipsticks in the collection (£17.50 each) are gel based and super moisturising with a high sheen. You'll never really get a thick opaque cover but if you like a translucent bold coloured lipstick these are a good option.
Temptation (L) Heart breaker (R)






Really comfortable to wear and also available in two other colours called Clementine, a vibrant orange and Flushed, a nude flesh colour.

For the skin they have launched a beautiful cream highlighter in a mirrored compact. Cream highlighters are great for summer radiance. We like to add it to the high points of the face or swept across the eyelid for a hint of fresh sheen.




The texture is not glossy or sticky but balmy and creamy. The sheen gives a two tone gold and pink with a natural radiance, no glitter to be seen.
This cream highlighter is £29.00

The collection is available from this April for a limited time.







Monday, 14 April 2014

Frank Coffee Scrub

We had first seen images of this scrub on Instagram. Lots of girls and guys in the shower holding their brown paper Frank bag up. We were intrigued what it was all about so got our hands on a sachet of the original Frank coffee scrub.



We love the brown paper bag packaging. Easy to tear open when your hands are wet. The bag is thick paper and has a plastic pouch inside so you don't need to worry about the bag getting wet and falling apart.
Tear the top half off and the bag inside is resealable so you can store it safely away until your next use.
Inside there is so much product. The 200g pouch is packed with coffee powder.


Open it up once you are in the shower because as you are grabbing handfuls out it will drop and make a mess.
 Get a handful and start to massage over damp skin in circular motions as you normally would with a scrub.
 It feels like you are putting your hand in a bag of soil and as you are massaging in it feels gritty but not abrasive and harsh.
 Obviously it smells of coffee but surprisingly not an over powering coffee scent. It is also infused with sweet almond oil, salt, brown sugar, orange oil and vitamin E.
 The smell actually reminds me of a chocolate orange scent. Please do not eat or drink though!


The scrub is good for people with dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, poor circulation, varicose veins, acne, stretch marks and cellulite.
 Obviously with regards to stretch marks and cellulite this is not going to be a wonder product that will rid you of these however the exfoliation will benefit a sluggish circulation helping to eliminate toxins in the body.

Once you have covered your skin with coffee and massaged it in leave it on for around 10 minutes then just simply shower it off. It washes off easily and doesn't stain your skin (or your shower).


Be sure to give your shower basin a rinse to prevent parents/boyfriend/girlfriend/housemate wondering what on earth happened in the shower.

Skin feels super soft and glowing and with no odour of coffee lingering.
Use this once a week to maintain the benefits. Because this is natural coffee it does have a relatively short shelf life of six months so keep an eye on the date you open it. Also I wouldn't store this in your bathroom. A damp, humid bathroom is not a good place to keep your coffee scrub so store it some where dry and cool.

Frank also comes in another variety of coffee with grapeseed and coconut.

Frank is Australian however they do ship internationally to North America, Asia and Europe. There will be the obvious delivery costs and it will take longer to get delivered so be sure to order a good 3 weeks before you need it.

Check out their website and depending on where you are in the world click the international tab on checkout to get your shipping times and costs.

A sachet of this scrub is $14.95 or around £8.90.





Thursday, 10 April 2014

MAC Warm and Cool Eyeshadow Palettes

For spring and just in time for wedding season MAC have launched their warm and cool eye shadow palettes.

Each palette has some regular colours and some new colours. You can buy empty palettes normally which are £14.00 and fill them with the pro pan eye shadows at £10.00 each. For a full palette you would be looking at £164 but these new palettes already filled with 15 colours are £65.00 each. That's a huge saving of £99.00!!
The colours are predetermined though so don't go into MAC stores expecting to swap about certain colours.

Warm Palette
Cool Palette

 The colours are a mixture of matte, veluxe, satin, frost and veluxe pearl textures. 

The warm palette



Top Row



Middle Row
Bottom Row



 The Cool Palette


Top Row



Middle Row
Bottom Row

These palettes are perfect for everyone however they are an amazing addition to any makeup artists kit to cut back on the amount of products we have to lug about with us.

These are available in all stores now and are staying in line so you will always be able to get your hands on them.



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Beefayre

It's alleged that Einstein once said "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man"

That's quite a depressing thought I know and whether it's true or not we like little bee's and it's good to help the environment.
We were recently sent a few pieces from the brand Beefayre. Their ethos (or beethos as they call it) is to protect our bees and their habitats, create quality products that do not cost the earth, and to ensure ingredients are sustainably sourced.

We took a peek at one of their candles from the Bee Garden range called Bluebell and wood anenome.

A 20cl plant wax candle with cotton wick, (also available in 9cl) which is hand poured into recycled glass. The 20cl size ifs £14.95 and the 9cl is £7.50.
 The glass holders are decorated with botanical scenes obviously which feature a bee!
This size candle has a 50 hour burn time which slowly releases the fragrance.
 There are a number of different scents in this range so check their site out to pick your favourite one.

There is no mistaking the bluebell scent in this candle, it's super strong. I love the delicate patterns on the glass and even after the candle has been burnt it will be gorgeous to re use and is dishwasher safe also.

The ingredients are so natural you can even dip your fingers in the melted wax and use as a massage oil. 3% of the profits from these candles go towards bee conservation.

Once you have gotten through this candle get hold of some of the Beefayre tea lights.
 You get three tea lights in a box which sit in a recycled glass holder also (although the glass on these is not patterned).
 The tea lights are made in the same way as the regular candles and again are available in different scents for you to choose from.
 The pack of tea lights are £6.95 for three. We have the Watermint and Rosemary scented ones which are lovely in the kitchen for a fresh herb scent.

Amongst other home ware, bath and body and cards Beefayre also do handbag friendly lip balms. Shea butter, sunflower oil, melissa oil and beeswax is compacted into a 10g tin and are 100% organic.
 Flavoured in nine different natural scents these are £5.00 each. They provide a sheer slick of oily moisturisation and a natural shine.

To check out all of the Beefayre products available and to learn more about Bee conservation check out their site at www.beefayre.com








Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bobbi Brown Perfectly defined liners

Bobbi Brown's first retractable liners have arrived on counter this April in six shades.
The gel based liners transfer onto the skin easily however if you want a blended finish you need to work quickly as once they have been on a while they won't move.


The colour is rich but I found you need to go over the line a few times to get a bold solid line. Without building up the colour it went on a little patchy and almost felt as though as I built it up I was wiping some of the colour off.

None the less these do stay really well so if you find your liner melts away by lunch time then you may like these.
As with all non sharpening pencils the rounded point doesn't keep it's shape for very long and gets flatter the more you use it however there is a sharpener in the end cap which gets the precise point back.


 We had four of the colours. The other two are a pitch black and a deep plum called Violet night.
Available April 2014 for £18.00 each.