Friday, 28 September 2018

bare Minerals Barepro Glow

If your highlighter specifications are somewhere between MAC Strobe cream and Iconic London illuminator then check out bare Minerals Bare pro Glow.

 Bare Minerals have this month launched their liquid highlighter in four shades.

The texture is a medium thickness liquid, which blends easily and dries fast with no greasy residue.

 Mineral lustre pearls are suspended in the liquid to give a slightly metallic finish with a fine shimmer. It’s not a subtle highlighter but it’s easy to work with and can be used without fear of a robotic finish.

 bare Minerals also advise dropping some into your foundation for an all over glow however, it would be pretty intense and definitely not a good look for a combination or oily skin.

 Nicer to tap on to the high points or buff over the skin with a firm stippling brush. A little creates just enough so don’t go crazy with this.

 Because of the drier finish, this lasts well on the skin and doesn’t transfer or travel on the skin. This bi-phase liquid contains oat sugar, green lentil extract and bamboo extract.

 They claim this will smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores, however if there are lines/pores present on the skin, I don’t believe there is much to smooth them and a highlighter certainly won’t do the job.

Barepro Glow is available here now for £23

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge

'Tis almost the season! I know, I know, let’s get Halloween done first but Christmas waits for no man and the festive products are rolling in.

 The latest Dior rouge shades have launched, and although you don’t need to wait for December to slick on a red lip, these are particularly beautiful if you’ve got some festive parties coming up.
 In glorious red packaging, there are 26 shades in the line up and all with a very nostalgic powdery fragrance that I can’t quite put my finger on.

 A mix of vibrant cherr, Damson, tangerine and pillar-box red and also a very ‘hot-right-now’ red-toned black and an icy white.

 The texture is creamy and rich and each shade adds a punchy pigment with a long lasting finish.
To compliment the lipsticks are four ink lip liners. I’ve found pro’s and con’s to these lip liners.

I like the extremely precise point, the colour pigment, the fluidity and the longevity. They are also excellent if you want to alter the shape of your natural lip liner.
 The cover they give is completely opaque. You can literally re-draw in your whole lip line without it looking odd.

 What I’m not keen on is the absolute steady hand you have to have. It’s not too difficult to correct with a damp cotton bud but it stains and works better if you’re a seasoned lip liner applier!

 It also bleeds if you have fine lines so just be aware of that.

Check out all of the shades in the line-up here.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018


For the last few months I have been testing out some key products from Natasha Dauncey, creator of Apothaka hand blended, plant based skincare range.
I met Natasha back in June and the first thing that struck me was her skin…Absolute perfection! When she spoke to me about her new skincare launch I was super keen to test it out, especially if it would give me half the radiancethat Natasha had.
The range is predominantly an oil-based system, which, can be off putting for those with an oilier or congested skin. Natasha however has devised a range that is both effective and simplistic and uses lightweight oils that won’t lead to congestion.
 Although the Apothaka range consists of blends of essential oils, it also has now incorporated essential oil free products for those who are sensitive to EO.
I’ve been using two types of cleansing oil from the range, an essential oil free Comforting cleansing oil and Rebalancing Cleansing oil.

Comforting cleansing oil
This has been my go-to cleanser to remove heavier makeup after a night out. Its key ingredients are Jojoba and Calendula. Soothing, reparative ingredients that will hydrate and calm skin and it’s the prefect remedy after a night on the town.
The texture lifts off heavy makeup and encourages you to massage the skin, increasing blood flow and assisting muscle tone.

Rebalancing Cleansing oil
For me, this is like an at home spa experience. I like to cup over my nose and breathe deeply for a few breathes before massaging this cleanser all over. The blend of Jojoba, Geranium, Lavender and Comfrey work well to not over power the senses but provide a relaxing aroma that is a joy to use. Very enjoyable to use as part of a bedtime routine.
As well as being soothing this oil is really light in texture so if your skin leans more toward combination, you won’t feel clogged or greasy. Nice for a stressed out skin and those who enjoy the process of using a soothing and relaxing oil to remove the day from your skin.

To use these oils simply massage over dry skin and splash your skin with warm
water to emulsify. Massage a little further and remove with a washcloth.

I’ve enjoyed using the cleansing oils from the Apothaka range and found the size really handy to pop in my wash bag for traveling with. Great for a thorough cleanse but also a real luxurious treat to use.

 I have also been testing out the skin boosters from the range, which, are excellent when your skin needs a little pick-me-up, Also great to mix a drop with your foundation if you have very dry skin to give you a beautiful radiance.

You can shop the Apothaka range here.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions

Ooh, these are nice. Little palettes of intense payoff, great shade selection in complimentary tones all in a mix of matte, satin and shimmer finishes.

 The new Precious Stones Obsessions palettes hold 9 shades and are available in 5 different shade options.

 Taking inspiration from gemstones, these provide a vibrant blend of eye catching tones that work from day through to night, all within a pocket sized palette with mirrored lid.
Ruby Obsessions
Sapphire Obsessions
Topaz Obsessions
Emerald Obsessions

Amethyst Obsessions
The pigment payoff is excellent and the blendability is dreamy. Easy to use, easy to wear and the drop down is actually minimal (usually I find drop down is bad from Huda Beauty).

 The Precious Stones Obsession palettes are available here and are sold individually for £25 each.


Monday, 17 September 2018

it cosmetics Oil-Free Matte CC Cream

We’ve had the standard CC with SPF50, the glowing version and finally the oil-free matte version.

 It Cosmetics CC cream has become the cult product to have. I often wear the standard one and switch between the medium and Medium Tan depending on the season.

 This month I have been testing out the Your skin but better CC Oil-free matte.

The coverage feels heavier than both the standard and glowing CC versions and has an almost chalky texture to begin with. It quickly blends out to a smoother creamier finish; you just need to work it a bit. Using a facial spritz or applying a slick of moisturiser beforehand also helps to blend if your skin is not particularly oily.

I found the coverage really good and gave a velvet totally matte finish to the skin. It has a very flawless and filtered effect to the skin but if you wanted to sheer it out you could mix it with your moisturiser.

The negatives for me were that it was a little clingy. If you have any dry patches, texture or a particularly hairy face then it will be visible. It’s also a very flat finish, which is obviously the desired finish for a very oily skin, but you do feel that you need to add a bit of highlight onto the skin to give it dimension.

12 shades available that include deeper tones but generally the shades are for fairer to olive skins. I found the shades came up a shade lighter than you expect.
Shade: Medium

 Good SPF40 protection with no flashback and the high protection make it a nice choice to use all year round.

It Cosmetics CC+ Oil Free Matte is available now here and is £30 for 32ml pump action tube.


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Great Hair Days by Luke Hersheson

Hair and makeup have always come hand in hand when working in this industry but hair has never really been our thing. Whilst studying makeup at college, hairdressing was a prerequisite but also the lesson we tended to bunk off, favouring eating crisps in the common room over learning the difference between the medulla and the cuticle.

 Hairdressing and how to achieve great hair has come along way since our studying days. It almost seems to have been simplified with the emphasis on hair quality, texture and effortless finish over the prom style curl and overuse of the back comb.

If you are a student struggling to get to grips (no pun intended) with the world of hair or just someone who has never understood how to tame their own mane then the glorious new book by Hair dressing royalty Luke Hersheson is an essential.

Not only a coffee table centre piece (also has three front cover colour options to suit), but also a hair bible for all. Beautifully presented in easy to read sections, detailing everything from how to discover your hair type and exactly how to manage it. What you should be requesting from your own hairdresser and how to recognise when they’re doing you an injustice.
 It gets to the root of exactly what tools and products you need but more importantly, what you shouldn’t be wasting your money on.

 There are current product recommendations from budget to luxury and also great advice on treating your hair from the inside out via your diet.

 It also has recommendations on which celebrity looks to ask for and also what professionals you need to be following on social media to gather your inspiration.

Luke Hersheson’s book is available now for £20 and available here. If you’re thinking of Christmas gifts for beauty and hair fanatics or students then I’m certain this will be welcomed in their stocking!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

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