Thursday, 30 May 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

Deep down, I will always be a full coverage girl, no matter how much I spend or how many tinted moisturiser and BB creams I buy, full coverage will always be my favourite. So naturally when I heard about the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, I knew I had to have it. This pure foundation pigment is describe as the beginning of foundation, this is the base to most foundations out there before other properties are added. Mixed with moisturisers, foundations or used on its own, the coverage using this product is buildable. The most minuscule amount of this can transform you're foundation to full coverage, I like to add this to my Mac Studio Sculpt or for good skin days, the Chantecialle Just Skin. Sounds perfect right? And it is, but there is some bad news. The first ingredient to this is mineral oil and if you read Caroline Hirons blog, she'd tell you to stay away. Personally for me, I've had no problems with this and it really works well for my skin but I have heard its caused some problems for other people. If this is something you're interested in, the lovely girls at Space NK will match you up and apply it to your skin. This stuff has definitely been a night out essential, doesn't budge, matte finish and good coverage! Well done, Mr Aucoin, well done!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Bank Holiday Facial

Too many nights out, not enough sleep and excessive consumption of alcohol has left my skin feeling dry, tight and looking lack lustre this bank holiday so commence operation The Bank Holiday Facial. Firstly we start off with removing the impurities, my skin is a blemish prone at the moment and I have the odd blackhead here and there so I turn to the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask, a traditional clay mask which sets on the skin and makes you unable to move your face, left on for 10 minutes and my skin feels thoroughly cleansed and pore size is reduced. Next on to the exfoliation, I used to be an abrassive grain scrub kinda gal but through blog searching, I've found that they can cause broken capillaries and damage the skin so chemical exfoliants are the way forward and enter REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, packed with AHA's and fruit acids, this mask leaves my skin exfoliated and the texture of my skin has dramatically improved. Next, the pre-moisturiser prep, a pump of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo on problem areas such as my forehead and chin, this gel unblocks and purifies the pores and reduces the size of blemises. It works well under moisturiser and serums and sinks into the skin quickly. Of course, the final element is hydration, the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Serum is blended with a heavenly scent of essential oils, this works overnight to replace moisture and improve skintone, and that it does! When I wake up, my skin is hydrated and glowing. Andddddd finally! For those pesky skin days, a treatment is added on alternate days. I picked up the Alpha H Liquid Gold sample from a Cult Beauty order and I sweep this all over my face with a cotton pad. One word for this, strong! For me, I'm not sure if it's love or hate yet, I'll keep you posted... Thats my post Bank Holiday evening sorted, how about yours?

Monday, 27 May 2013

The Empties Post 002

Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy Not a perfume I would repurchase, I found I was allergic to this so I would spray this on clothes instead of my skin, I didn't really like the scent, and found it very overpowering.

Bioderma I've already repurchased this, at first I thought the Bioderma was breaking me out but my skin is just very temperamental. I've fallen in love with this and can't imagine not using this at my first step of cleansing.

Keihls Creamy Eye Treatment I loved the product, it was so rich and creamy and my eye area felt very nourished and hydrated. I love that the cream turned into an oil when it made contact with the skin. I've not repurchased this because I'm currently using another eye cream but I would in the future.

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm This is my holy grail cleanser and find that this removes make-up so well and leaves my skin feeling supple and soft. I'm currently trying out other cleansing balms but this will be one I will always go back to. I saw an immediate improvement in my skin whilst using this cleansing balm.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Estee Lauder Double Wear is my enemy, it dries out my skin and looks far too cakey so I opted for the lighter formula. I don't like this either, it's still such a pain to remove and doesn't sit well on the skin at all. I definitely wouldn't repurchase.

Chanel Chance EDP A perfume favourite of mine, the scent is beautiful and I have so many comments when I wear this. I'm sad that it's all gone and to repurchase, it's a small fortune but I go to Cyprus this year so I may pick this up in duty free!

Collection 2000 Concealer A go-to high street concealer of mine, cheap and cheerful, great coverage and doesn't cake. This only costs £4 at most and it great for those pesky blemishes and dark circles.

Estee Lauder DayWear Moisturiser This moisturiser provided my skin with hydration but in terms of skin tone and appearance, it didn't really do much. I wouldn't repurchase this, I found it to be very overpriced and not actually that good.

Aromatherapy Associates vial I wrote about the AA Bath Oils in my Mission Relaxtion post, they don't do much in the bath and the scent doesn't last long but I've found a new way to use them. Open the vial and pour the oil in to my hands and massage into the skin before a hot bath, the scent is strong and very soothing.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara I loved this mascara so much, I used two! It provides volume, seperates lashes and gives me long fluttery lashes. I did find that the mascara made my eyelashes very weak and they would fall out and not to mention, the mascara was terrible for smudging underneath my eyes.

Maybelline Dream Touch Concealer I used this concealer to highlight my cheekbones and conceal dark circles. I got this in the Superdrug 3 for 2 but I wouldn't repurchase, this concealer didn't provide enough of a highlighting effect and I prefer the L'oreal highlighting concealer.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic

When I first stumbled upon make-up at a young age, Bobbi Brown was my first high end brand I bought from and when the make-up artist used this toner on my skin, I instantly fell in love. Now many years later and not actually buying it, I finally purchased the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic. This is one of my favourite elements of my skincare routine, I don't use this to remove any left over make-up but to relax and calm me and my skin. With lavender fragrance, camomile and aloe, this tonic is perfect for soothing sensitive skin and the heavenly lavender fragrance is beautiful to inhale before bed sending me to the land of nod. This is alcohol free, doesn't sting or strip the skin. At £19.00 a bottle, a little goes a long way and for me, it's an essential before bed.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

When it comes to reviews and hype products, I am a marketers dream. Mother says "they see you coming" but when the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask was over every blog and claiming to give me a radiance boost, I knew I had to try it. Thick in texture, orange and marmalade consistency, this smothered over my face on Sunday mornings has become a staple in my routine and I love the results it gives. Lets no skip the fact that this smells amazing. I apply two pumps to the back of my hand, apply with a mask brush and leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with a hot hot water and a muslin cloth... And viola! The radiant skin I've always wanted. This stuff actually works!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

When I scrapped the last of my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm from the pot, I needed to replace the balm shaped hole in my life. After scouring the internet and Emma Hardie being sold out - Caroline Hirons, you are to blame! I decided to opt for it's competetor, the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. Very similar to the Emma Hardie, it's thick in texture, slightly thicker than EH and butter coloured. I take a pea sized amount, rub together between my hands and massage over my face. The first element of this balm you notice is the smell, with rose, elderberry and starflower, this is beautiful to inhale during the massage and instantly relaxes me after a long days work. Teamed up with the free flannel Elemis have included, all make up is removed and my skin feels thorougly cleansed and nourished. A pot of this will set you back £39.50 and if it's as good as Emma Hardie? I'm still on the fence about that...
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