Thursday, 21 June 2018

Sunday Riley Tidal Cream

 In the summer months it’s nice to test out moisturisers that don’t feel so thick, often they leave your skin tacky with a trail of patchy foundation by lunchtime.
We’ve been testing out Sunday Riley Tidal cream.
It’s a brightening enzyme cream, which drenches the skin in an undetectable layer of hydration.
This cream contains two types of Hyaluronic acid, which as we all know is a massive moisture magnet. From the age of 25 our natural reserves of HA start to diminish so we all need a good shot of Hyaluronic acid to keep our skin supported and hydrated.

  Also within is Tamarin Seed extract which is another form of Hyaluronic acid that also acts as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory, particularly useful during the summer months when the skin may be particularly allergic.

There is an exfoliating ingredient in the form of papain enzymes, derived from Papaya. Enzymes help to break down the bonds, which attach the skin cells, therefore allowing them to shed more easily.

This cream is great at hydrating a parched skin and giving a fresh plumpness that a dry or compromised skin often lacks. It’s a gel-cream so although it’s intensely nourishing, it doesn’t feel sticky on the skin. I absolutely love it for underneath makeup because it has an almost silicone texture that dries completely matte. It’s the best texture for immediate makeup application.

If your skin is particularly sensitive then the Papain may be a concern but if you are on the hunt for a lightweight but seriously hydrating cream then it’s a good one to check out.

Not cheap (obviously, it’s Sunday Riley) but you get a lot for your money. I don’t particular like the ‘open pot’ style jars for creams and think a small spatula within the box would be a good idea but just make sure your not dipping dirty fingers within and keep the lid tightly secured.

A 50g pot is £60 but you can also purchase a 15g pot here for £20 if you want to test it our before indulging.


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Becca Be a light palette

Becca have just launched their complexion-enhancing palette, which comes in two shade options of light-medium and medium-deep.

 Each palette holds 4 shades. A brightening powder to boost radiance, a blush for a metallic finish, colour for the cheeks, a contour and a blur powder to even skin tones.
  Although the lighter option contains a pearl brightening powder, I still think this palette wouldn’t be suitable for a fair skin tone. The other 3 shades within this palette are still warm toned and would only really look natural on a medium toned skin.

In my opinion the contour shades are too orange to work well (if you like a natural contour), I would just use it on the high points of the face for a sun kissed tint that bounces the light.

 The medium to deep palette would work well on a medium to olive skin tone and would be good as a highlighting shade for a deeper skin tone.

I like the texture of the powders and the blurring shade in each palette provides a silky veil for the skin that really does even out minor uneven tones within the skin.
 I also prefer the blush on the eyes rather than the cheeks but it’s nice that it can double up on multiple features.

These palettes are £35.00 each and available here.


Friday, 15 June 2018

Louise Thomas-Minns @ You&Your Skin

Recently I was invited by Louise Thomas-Minns to experience one of her signature facials at her skin lounge in Norwich.

 You’d be forgiven for strolling past without spotting U&Your skin, nestled within Bridewell Alley in Norwich, but it really is a hidden gem.

Louise has over 20 years experience within the beauty industry and has a large client base here in Norwich whilst also offering a pop up skin clinic in London to cater for her loyal clients who struggle to get to Norfolk.

Over the years Louise has developed a 3D approach to skin treatment, which not only looks at the superficial signs of skin health but also the intrinsic factors such as nutrition and lifestyle as well as external aggressors such as the environment.

Firstly what you should know about Louise is that she listens and absorbs the information you give. If you are someone who feels they need to get to the bottom of their skins underlying problems rather than the standard relaxation facial with a one-size-fits-all approach then she and her team are the ones to go to. After a very considered consultation she will plot out your treatment before she has even laid a finger on you.

You may have seen Sam’s recent Instagram post after her treatment with Louise. She came out of there not only relaxed and rejuvenated but also with the most glowing skin, saying it was one of the best facials she had ever had.

Louise uses products mainly from the Medik8 range however she is currently developing her own skincare line, we will keep you posted on this once it launches later this year.
Louise uses deep cleansing methods, mask therapy along with facial massage, dedicated to awaken the skin and get a sluggish lymphatic back on track. Hot towels are used to remove product and she also uses an ultrasonic spatula to deliver a deeper absorption of your prescribed serums.

Afterwards, once you’ve peeled yourself from your heated cocoon, Louise will talk you through the treatment and also give you a zero sales pressure run down of products she believes will work for your skin.

Louise does currently have a waiting list but if you’re serious about skin health then it’s worth the wait.

 You can book a treatment with Louise or one of her team here.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

EVY Technology Facial SPF

Finding a good sunscreen that works well under your normal makeup is a tricky one to find, often they feel greasy or tacky and separate your makeup.

 We have recently been testing out the latest in sun protection from EVY Technology.

 EVY is a Swedish brand that has been developed especially for hypersensitive skin. Their range features up to SPF 50 and caters for body, face and also children’s skin in the sun.
 The product I enjoy the most is the Daily UV Face Mousse. A mousse is quite an interesting texture to use on the face, but actually it’s very pleasant. Initially it feels as though you’re rubbing shaving foam onto your face but it quickly massages away to nothing with a fast drying, completely matte texture.

 Give it a minute to absorb and you can apply any of your normal makeup directly on top without a greasy base for it to slide about on.

EVY is developed for sensitive skin and safe for those with vitiligo or eczema to use with a low risk to irritation (I don’t believe we are ever 100% safe from a reaction).

It has an SPF30 with UVA and UVB protection and counteracts sunspots and premature aging.  It’s enriched with Vitamin C and E, which is great for existing pigmentation issues and skin softening and also Hyaluronic acid and collagen to help with water retention and supporting the skin's structure.

The texture is pleasant in that it encourages you to slap it on without even feeling like you need to wash your hands afterwards.

The 75ml bottle fits nicely into your handbag or luggage and is also a great addition for makeup artists on shoots in hotter climates or using on summer brides.

The Daily UV Face mouse is £20.95 and available here. You can also purchase the other products in the EVY Technology line up from this link also.


Monday, 11 June 2018

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Oh Sweetie Lip Colour by MAC

I enjoy anything sweet related so was instantly drawn to the latest Oh, Sweetie lip colour. I think I actually like the packaging more than the product!

This patisserie inspired collection has 15 shades of mousse textures lip colour. It applies via the standard doe-foot applicator and provides a solid cover of frosted/metallic finish.

Personally I’m not a huge fan of bold gloss but if it’s your thing then you will certainly love the finish of these.

 Each lip colour is scented to match the colour. Caramel, banana, gumdrops, cookies, coconut macaroon. They are sickly sweet and lip lickingly enticing but some may be put off by the strong fragrance.

All shades are slightly metallic but each seems to have a slightly different finish. Some have fine glitter, some have pearl reflects and some are more frosted.

These are pretty thick in texture and last really well. Super sticky and your hair will definitely get stuck in them but the shine is extreme and the colour intense so it’s worth it. These would be suitable for all but would look mega on a deeper skin tone.

We have 5 shades to share with you.

Oh Sweetie is available at Selfridges now and all Freestanding MAC stores from 15th June 2018. These are £15.50 each.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Friday, 1 June 2018

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Concealer

The new Beyond Perfecting concealer camouflage from Clinique is a great addition to your capsule makeup collection.

 The size will surprise you, it’s teeny at 8g but that’s because you need minimal amount. It’s perfect at pinpoint concealing areas that need serious cover but it’s also fluid enough to use (sparingly) under the eye.

It’s seriously long wearing and doesn’t crease or separate into fine lines. It’s not as rich as you imagine it will be, it's actually quite watery but blends do well. It doesn't cake and once blended it provides a veil of silky coverage.

Nice for knocking out the redness of blemishes or pigmentation and excellent around the under eye if you’re particularly dark there.

Nice shade options of 18 tones that cater for very fair skin through to much deeper skin tones. There is also an apricot corrector which works really well alongside the concealers to tone down blue/purple tones that are common under the eye, especially in medium skin tones. We have four of the shades plus the Apricot to share with you...

If you have particularly dark circles then team up the apricot with the concealer for double the cover. Dot a real small amount of the Apricot along the discolouration and buff with a soft brush or pat in with your ring finger. Next fluff over the super concealer and build as necessary. The Apricot brightens and tones down the blue really well. If you are particularly fair skinned then only use the bare minimum of this or blend a dot in with your concealer before application, otherwise you will find it too warm.

The Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer is available now here for £18.50.


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Sensai Mascara 38c

If you are always looking for the perfect mascara that will hold up under heat and humid conditions, then I may have found it for you.
 Sensai have summer proofed lashes with their 38.c Mascara.
 As the name would suggest, it’s an up to 38 degree heat resisting mascara that will stay put despite tears, sweat and humidity. It will only wash off with water at 38 degrees or over.

It’s the tiniest of brushes, which is great for perfecting your top lashes and coating your entire bottom ones too. The oval brush has a spiral of separating bristles, which delicately allow the product to coat from the root and rolls up the lash to separate the tips easily.
The texture of the mascara is creamy but it doesn’t saturate the lashes. It’s super easy to control and doesn’t clump or blob. Lashes are left soft and feathery with a layer of mascara that withstands daily moisture. The black is rich with a glossy finish.

The formula is still very gentle and contains botanicals to moisturise the lashes whilst still being gentle on sensitive eyes.

The Sensai Mascara 38.c is available here for £21.00 and comes in either black of burgundy.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

ESPA Beauty Explorer Collection

The ultimate travel kit for skincare lovers has just arrived in the office.
ESPA is one of those brands that instantly transport you to a luxurious spa with just one inhalation of their products.

If you are lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere exotic this summer or are just planning a Bank Holiday getaway treat then the Beauty explorer collection is worth checking out.

Firstly the collection comes neatly nestled in a leather dove grey tub bag with gold zip. Within the vanity case are 10 miniature products. Some are everyday essentials and some are a treatment that you can use during your trip away.

For cleansing there is the Optimal skin Pro Cleanser. It’s a 3-1-gel cleanser, exfoliator and mask. It feels balmy on the skin and contains micro spheres of jojoba to help desquamate the skin and reveal freshened radiant skin. It’s a rinse off cleanser but if your skin is in need of heavy duty cleansing or some rehydration after a day on the beach then leave this on whilst you brush your teeth and faff for 10 minutes.

The Optimal Skin ProSerum teams up nicely with the cleanser and drenches the skin in Omega 3,6 and 9 oils. It contains anti inflammatory Turmeric, lots of various citrus based oils which can be helpful to treat pigmentation, ceramides to encourage strength and flexibility to the skin and spearmint to encourage skin healing (also gives a beautiful uplifting, fresh scent to the oil).

Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser is a lightweight hydrating moisturiser that would be suitable for all, including oily as it dries off to an undetectable veil. Great for a dehydrated skin. It contains loads of calming and nurturing ingredients such as Honeysuckle and Rosemary and is a nice size to sling in your cabin bag and layer on during a flight.

Skin Rescue Balm is a mini wonder treatment that has so many uses. Apply to dry lips, dry cuticles, tips of the hair if they are feeling a little frazzled even over cracked hands or heels. It contains multiple healing oils and Tamanu, which is a fatty acid that is derived from the fruits of the Tamanu tree.

Not wanting to leave the hair out there is also a purifying shampoo, nourishing conditioner and a Pink Hair and Scalp mud. Apply the pink mud all over the hair to hydrate the cuticle, nourish and leave the hair feeling a lot more swishy and soft than it was when you stepped into the shower!

For the body there is an energising shower gel (literally like the scent of a heavenly spa) and a smooth and firm body butter.

Finish this all off with a spritz of the Hydrating floral spa fresh and you’ll be good to go.

A wonderful collection of ESPA mini’s which will delight and bring a sense of home luxury whilst travelling or even add a mid week treat to your bedtime routine.

The beauty Explorer collection is available now for £65.00 here.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette

We’ve been talking a lot recently about Instagram makeup. If you’re a fan of this style of trend then I’m sure you are familiar with Huda beauty.  Their palettes are great for people who enjoy working with multiple textures and pigments and aren’t afraid of a bold look.

 The latest Rose Gold palette is a remastered version and features 18 shades that have been redesigned from the original palette.
 It has a mix of bold metallic, shimmer and matte tones, which can be used wet or dry.

What I love about this palette

The array of warming tones that suit all skin tones. The creamy texture, which feels cooling on application and blends out like silk on the skin. I love how the shades blend out over each other creating a seamless layered finish.

 The pigment payoff is one of the best I have seen. Huda Beauty knows how to do a pigmented eye shadow like no other.

 Some of the shades also double up as a highlighter also.

What I don’t like

The fall out. Especially the metallic shades. As you press down your brush they crumble. On the eye they will drop and ruin your base. These eye shadows need to be used before your foundation.

The pigments also spread into the other shades so eventually your matte tones will be come somewhat sparkling, but that’s just how it goes with a mixed finish palette.

Stunning colours for all eye colours but look spectacular on a brown or green eye.

Available now here for £56.00

Monday, 21 May 2018

JLo Glow Makeup Tutorial

It's possibly one of the most requested tutorials. So here you go....


Thursday, 17 May 2018

Ameliorate Transforming Body Cream


As a child, Nic suffered with Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin) and always shyed away from T-Shirts in the summer to avoid others seeing or brushing against her arms.

 Keratosis Pilaris causes the skin, often on the backs of the arms, to feel rough, bumpy and mottled in colour. It is caused when the outer keratinised cells of the skin haven’t shed effectively and instead are blocking the hair follicles. To relieve the symptoms the dead skin cells need to be removed either through exfoliation or active ingredients that are applied through skincare.

 We have recently been testing out Ameliorate Transforming Body cream over areas, which need a little extra help where traditional body creams are failing.

About the cream..

 It’s a nourishing oil-rich cream packed full of active ingredients. Lactic acid, which is an AHA and is a derivative of milk, is an exfoliating ingredient, which will help to remove the dead skin cells blocking the follicles. Milk protein and Sweet Almond nourish and hydrate whilst Squalane acts as a natural emollient, coating the skin without causing it to feel excessively greasy.

How does it feel?

 It feels rich and creamy on initial application but quickly feels slightly oilier as it is massaged in to the skin. It does have a slight film finish to it but this also provides a beautiful silky sheen to the skin.
 This cream is not for those who enjoy a high fragrance from the body products. The smell is not great in my opinion, it’s quite indescribable, but I wasn’t a fan. I like to use it before bedtime so that the scent isn’t as strong by the time morning comes around.

 This is not your standard fluffy body cream. It works hard and produces great results. Be warned, if you have shaved your legs or have any small cuts, you will know about it. If I use after shaving my legs, I feel like I have fallen into a load of stinging nettles for about a minute. The feeling passes really quickly and it’s not painful, just really tingly. I’m sure it’s probably not recommended for use post shave!
 The overall finish is excellent and a cream I will continue to use. I have also incorporated the foot and hand cream into my regime also. It’s nourishing, hydrating and skin feels so smooth afterwards. I like the finish it leaves on the skin and over time I have seen a vast improvement on dry skin or areas of Keratosis Pilaris.
 There are other variations available from Ameliorate so check them out here if you are on the hunt for a treatment body cream.
The transforming Body cream is £27.50 and available here.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Vichy Dermablend Foundation

 Camouflage makeup has come such a long way since the days of chalky textures that crack under movement and cast a grey flat hue.

 I have been testing out Vichy Dermablend  Corrective Fluid to see how it compares to a normal full coverage foundation.

This foundation is a high coverage fluid that applies easily and blends out easily. It is aimed at those wishing to cover moderate skin conditions, including Rosacea, acne, Vitiligo, tattoos and scars. It’s also great for pigmentation, melasma and dark circles. It has an SPF35 making it a good protection for everyone, including those that have conditions that require a good sun protection (you still need to wear an SPF specific for sun protection underneath).

It has a very workable and buildable cover although a little really does go a long way. What I love is the fluidity of it. I remember when camouflage makeup would cling to every skin texture and dry before you’ve had chance to blend it. This one remains silky on the skin and once dry, it still feels flexible. Moving with the skin instead of masking it and rather than a flat finish, it has a natural fresh radiance. If you prefer a more matte finis then you can always dust a loose powder over the top.

The longevity is great. It didn’t crack or cake on my skin although on a more textured skin you may need to apply lightly in areas of extreme dryness to avoid clinginess.

 This won’t mask texture, nothing will, you need to address these concerns through your skincare. What it will do is tone down extreme high skin colouring and pigmentation irregularities. It’s really nice on dark circles; in fact I have been using it just around the eyes as a replacement for my normal under eye concealer.
 Shade range consists of 9 shades from porcelain through to Espresso. The two darkest shades also have a lower SPF of 25. Although deeper skin tones are not as susceptible to UVB rays they are greatly affected by pigmentation so just be aware that the SPF is lower at the deeper colour end of the range.

If there isn’t a colour to suit I would advise mixing with your regular foundation to achieve a suitable shade. It blends well with other foundation brands.

A 30ml tube is £20.00 and available here.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Megan Markle wedding makeup prediction

Finally it's the Royal wedding this weekend. Along with the rest of the world, we have been making some predictions on what Megan Markle will be wearing and how her makeup will be done.
 Here's mystic Nic's predictions...


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Too Faced Natural Palettes

If you’re into the natural look but still desire a polished, defined and well pigmented product then you may just want to check out the latest in palette choice from Too Faced.

  There are two different eye palettes, one in matte and one in shimmer.

 Firstly, the palette packaging is lovely. Handbag sized, chunky and well made with a mirrored lid. They feature a delicate lace pattern and gold edging with heart clasp. I also love that the shimmer palette is in polished, reflective gold and the matte palette is brushed gold. Nice touch Too Faced.

Firstly the matte palette. It features 7 new shades and 2 classic ones.

 Nice range of base tones that would suit very fair through to medium skin tones. The 6 deeper tones are a mix of warm and cool neutrals. The pigment is excellent.

 Bold and smooth and also blends like a dream. Zero fall down and even though the shades are matte there is no patchy texture. There is a faint scent of sweet coconut as the powders are infused with coconut butter, but it’s not offensive.

The shimmer palette has very similar tones to the matte. The highlight comes from the golden super-fine shimmers.

 It warms the eye shadows up and provides a very pretty eye catching twinkle. There are a couple of matte tones in this palette too in case you need a highlight and a socket blending colour that isn’t too metallic.

 The final palette is a face palette, which holds a highlight, blush and bronzing veil.

Blush tones would suit all skin tones including deeper ones. The highlighters are very strong.

 Go easy with them, apply a little and build to avoid a robotic looking face!
 These palettes are available now here.

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