Monday, 23 April 2012
Hello Readers, there has been a lack of blog posts recently as I've not had time and I'm also going on holiday to Cornwall on Thursday for a week (can't wait) so no blogging until I get back. I'll see you the second week of May.
Love and lipstick x.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
A couple of months ago I attended an event where the lovely celebrity Facialist Emma Hardie was demonstrating some products from her range.
We were lucky to receive two products in a goody bag and one of those was the Amazing Face Hydrating Lighter Lotion £38. This is a light-textured moisturiser that sinks in very quickly but still hydrates the skin without any feeling of greasiness. It has a slight herbal smell but it's only a hint so not overpowering.
I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and I like the way my skin feels after use and the way my foundation goes on after. At £38 this is not a budget moisturiser but only a small amount (one and half pumps) is needed to cover face, neck and décolletage and I think the bottle will last me a while.
If you have very dry skin then this moisturiser would not be for you but for slightly dry/normal/combination skin it would definitely work.
Emma Hardie products are available from John Lewis, Space NK and online.
Monday, 16 April 2012
My hands are starting to age after lots of driving in the Californian sun, what can I do to get them looking youthful again? Sophie
In the Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible it says that you should "treat your hands with the same care as your face" and it gives the following guidelines to get your hands back into shape:
1. When going outside always wear a hand cream with SPF. Here are some of my favourites:
Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Hand Cream spf15 $14.69
Clarins Age-Control Hand Lotion spf15 $30
I also really like Neutrogena Anti-Ageing Hand Cream spf25 but am not sure whether this is sold in the US as it doesn't appear on the US Neutrogena website.
2. Use an exfoliation scrub on the backs of your hands once a week.
3. If you use a moisturising face mask, slap some on the back of your hands at the same time.
4. Any creams or serums you use on your face at night also use on your hands or use a rich, hand cream (without spf) such as Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream $9 or Weleda Pomegranate Hand Cream $10.39.
5. And finally if you are doing gardening, housework etc always wear gloves.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
I live in the US and would like to buy a tinted moisturiser with spf, what can you recommend for about $40? Patricia
The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser £33 ($42 in the US) is the best tinted moisturiser I have used so far. It comes in 10 colours, gives a dewy finish with a light-medium coverage and is buildable. If you have very dry skin then a moisturiser applied beforehand on the drier areas will help. Remember to use this on your neck and décolletage as well as your face.
I have an oily t-zone with dry cheeks so when I've applied my tinted moisturiser I use some translucent powder on my t-zone to stop shininess.
There are 2 other versions in the range, the Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser SPF20 for acne-prone, sensitive and oily skin:
All versions are available in both the US and the UK.
Saturday, 7 April 2012
I'm going away for the weekend and thought you might be interested in seeing what makeup I'm taking with me. It all fits perfectly into my Sephora purple makeup bag (top of the picture) purchased in the US about 4 years ago and is the best makeup bag I've come across so far.
Starting from bottom left:
Real Techniques brush - great brush for bronzer and blusher
Mac 266 brush - fine enough to use on eyebrows and as an eyeliner brush
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer - my favourite primer
Max Factor Masterpiece Max - the best mascara
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation - bought this recently and really like it
Too Faced Shadow Insurance - a great eyeshadow primer
By Terry Touche Veloutee - I use this under the eyes to give highlight (very similar to Touche Eclat and created by the same person Terry de Gunzburg)
Mac Teddy Eye Kohl - my favourite brown/bronze eyeliner
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner - my favourite black eyeliner
HD Brows Palette - great for brows and you can use the black as an eyeliner and the light colour under the eyebrows
Laura Mercier (limited edition and no longer available) - a great little compact with 4 eyeshadows, 1 cream cheek blush, 3 lip glosses
Nars Laguna bronzer - my favourite powder bronzer at the moment
Carmex lip balm - a old favourite
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit - left side my favourite for concealing dark areas and uneven skin tone, right side a very fine powder to put under the eyes after concealer
Bobbi Brown Corrector - this goes under my eyes before concealer to neutralise the very dark circles I have
Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Travel Candle - recently bought these and love them
I hope you are all having a great Easter.
Labels: My makeup bag
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
I've been using my Nars Bronzer in Laguna £25 for months now and it's really good. It gives a glow to the cheeks without being orange, the colour is a lovely bronze that reminds me of a colour Bridgette Bardot would have worn in St Tropez. It glides onto the skin beautifully, you can build it up and it stays all day.
My skin is a pale, yellow tone and Laguna would suit my colour up to an olive skin tone. There are two other colours in the range, 'Casino' which is a dark brown with gold shimmer and 'Irresistiblement' a golden terracotta. I haven't used either of these two but it looks like Casino would suit a darker skin tone and Irresistiblement a paler skin tone.
This is definitely my favourite powder bronzer at the moment and yes it is £25 but it lasts ages and is definitely worth the price.
Monday, 2 April 2012
Whenever I'm staying away I like the idea of taking a candle with me to create a nice atmosphere in the room, however the thought of putting a large, heavy candle in my luggage puts me off (I'd rather add extra lotions and potions), so when I saw these travel candles from Cowshed I knew I had to try them. I'm a big fan of their quality beauty products.
The candles are so small they could easily fit into even your handbag and they smell delicious - I smelt quite a few before choosing the Lazy Cow range with jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood oils. They are made with 100% natural wax, contain essential oils, GM free, with organic and certified vegan ingredients. The burn time is approximately 10 hours per candle. At £22 they are not cheap but with the quality of the ingredients I think definitely worth the price.
There are different Cow fragrances for whatever mood you fancy:
Horny Cow - romantic
Grumpy Cow - uplifting
Knackered Cow - comforting
Lazy Cow- calming
Moody Cow - harmonious
Wild Cow - invigorating
They also make single large candles for £30 with a burning time of 60 hours. Check out the Cowshed website there's lots of interesting products for everyone. I bought my candles in Boots.