Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Beauty Bloggers Tag The Beauty Bloggers Tag



1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.
I rarely ever use contouring techniques - I know it's something that can make a huge difference but it's just something I hardly ever do!

2.  Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?
I have a ridiculously large brush collection so I can last about a month without having to wash my brushes!

3. How long would you last with chipped nail varnish?
Until I got home. I love my nail polish and wouldn't tolerate my nails looking shoddy! 

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty item or nail polish even if you need it (i.e foundation, top coat, etc.)
I would have its replacement bought long before I ran out! 

5. What is you worst beauty habit?
I'm a beauty shopaholic! 

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off all the time.
Definitely getting fit ! 

7. When going out somewhere do you leave getting ready until last minute or not?
Never last minute! Ever since I discovered Caroline Hirons my skincare takes 20 - 30 mins then the same at least for makeup! So always leave an hour and a half to two hours for getting ready to go out! 

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
No chance !

9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collections?
My make up and nail stuff is all super organised. My skincare though is all in a muddle in a cupboard under the sink. It drive me crazy - I can never find what I need. 

10. What is the longest time you have gone without writing a blog post?
3 days maybe. I miss you all too much not to say Hey xxx

And that's it! The Beauty Blogger Tag! If you haven't completed it yet, I tag YOU! 



Read More

My Skin's New Best Friend My Skin's New Best Friend





So being a Hirons Disciple, I am a total believer in the double cleanse. For my first cleanse, I use a Micellar Water if I am tired or feeling lazy, otherwise I use a rich luxurious balm such as the Emma Hardie one or a recent favourite of mine, the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth. Having allowed the balm to do its job of removing all traces of makeup, I then turn to my second cleanser. Generally I like my second cleanser to have a lighter texture, such as a gel or milk. I have tried lots of such cleansers but never before have I come across a product like Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser.
Before I really get into the qualities of this product, I would like to tell you a little bit about the range and its founder.



Dr Perricone is an award winning Dermatologist and best selling author on the subject.  After years of research Dr. Perricone arrived at the conclusion that cellular inflammation could be the underlying cause of all skin problems.. He believes that this inflammation is responsible for skin-related problems like breakouts, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. Dr. Perricone's holistic approach treats this inflammation in three ways: through diet, nutriceutical supplements, and his award-winning line of skin care products and cosmeceuticals. Through his program this type of inflammation can be stopped, which slows down the skin's ageing process and even reverses existing damage. Dr. Perricone's constant research and groundbreaking products keep him at the forefront of advancements in the field of skin care products. 
Dr. Perricone's anti-ageing cleansers are uniquely formulated to cleanse skin of all impurities, including make-up, without stripping its natural oils. 



In my opinion the Nutritive Cleanser is  the cream of the crop;  a facial wash that delivers anti-ageing benefits by gently removing impurities, makeup and environmental pollution. 
So that's the blurb but what did I think? Firstly I love the packaging This cleanser comes in a tinted glass bottle made to keep the active ingredients fresher for longer. Something else I love is that it comes with a pump, perfect for hygiene but also because at £35 for 177ml I don't want to waste a single drop. Despite the price, this product ends up being relatively economical as a single pump cleanses the entire face and neck. The product has a slightly medicinal scent, but I quite like that, it is a hardworking product full of scientifically proven ingredients and that is exactly what its fragrance suggests to me. Its super easy to use, I apply it to damp skin then remove with a warm flannel. The gel formula does foam slightly but I have mature skin and it doesn't feel drying in the least. In fact as soon as I rinse the product off, my skin feels noticeably softer and smoother. As with all Caroline recommended products, Nutritive Cleanser is paraben free. I find this cleanser leaves my face feeling super clean and fresh. I haven't been using it long enough to notice any change in my pore size but I see a definite improvement in the brightness of my skin. I am told the benefits are cumulative so hope to see continued improvements. 

I love this product so much that I really cant wait to try new products from the range. Have you tried Perricone MD products? I would love to hear your recommendations.

Read More

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

I Love Fall - the translation...... I Love Fall - the translation......



So I was tagged by the really lovely Karen over at KPsays to complete this "I Love Fall" post but being Scottish, I have translated it to "I Love Autumn" lol. I hope you enjoy it.

FAVOURITE AUTUMN LIP PRODUCT?  At this time of year I find my lips get very dry and flaky so I really rely on my Lush Lip Scrub. There are loads of yummy flavours but my current favourite is Popcorn.


FAVOURITE AUTUMN NAIL POLISH?  I absolutely love all the dark and berry shades about at the moment but controversially I am currently wearing and loving Essie Blanc.

FAVOURITE STARBUCKS AUTUMN DRINK?  I am another one that rarely visits Starbucks but when I do, its a Skinny Latte foe me please.

FAVOURITE AUTUMN CANDLE?  I love candles all year round but think they especially suit these colder months. My current favourite brand is Yankee and at the moment I am burning Honey and Spice which smells just as it sounds. Delish!!!!

FAVOURITE AUTUMN SCARF OR ACCESSORY?  This autumn will be all about my tartan scarf. It is from Zara and is the Royal Stewart tartan, a lovely bright red which really cheers me up, as well as keeping me cosy of course. 

HAUNTED HOUSE, HAUNTED HAYRIDE, OR HAUNTED CORN MAZE? The only truthful answer I can give is to say none of the above. I don't know what the last two are but I could NEVER stay in a haunted house. I am a real scaredy cat and ghosts and spirits and demons and suchlike really frighten the bejaysus out of me.

FAVOURITE HALLOWEEN MOVIE?  It has to be Creep, or the old classic Halloween. Not that I see much of them from my spot behind the sofa.

FAVOURITE TREATS TO EAT ON HALLOWEEN? Oh I love all the traditional treats like Monkey Nuts and Toffee Apples and Chocolate. I buy them in for the trick or treaters and eat half of them myself.

WHAT ARE YOU DRESSING UP AS FOR HALLOWEEN? This year I aim to be the scariest witch EVER when I open my door. Hopefully will have the best makeup though!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT AUTUMN?  I think every season has something special to offer. With Autumn it has to be the wonderful colours of the leaves and berries which are reflected into our clothes and makeup. With my sallow skin I really appreciate the bright reds, burgundies and golds which work so much better for me than spring's ice cream tones.

So those are my favourite things about Autumn. What are yours?


Read More

Sunday, 27 October 2013

This Or That Tag This Or That Tag



I was tagged to do this by Kammi from the Beauty Book Blog and am really excited about it as it looks like a LOT of fun.

There are quite a lot of questions so I will just get onto them!

Makeup

Blush or Bronzer?
Oh starting with a tough one. I have always loved blusher as I have a very sallow complexion and feel I really need blusher to brighten it up a bit. That being said, I have quite recently started using bronzer and am loving it. I want boooooooth. If I really really really have to choose then it would have to be blusher though.
Lipgloss or Lipstick?
Defos lipstick. Gloss just doesn’t have enough staying power for me and I despise having hair stuck to my lips!!!
Eye-liner or Mascara?
Mascara cos I have super straight stubby wee lashes.
Foundation or Concealer?
Foundation because my main skin concern is uneven skin tone so I don’t use concealer very often.
Neutral or Colour Eye-shadow?
Eurgh another meanie. I like a neutral eye with just a pop of colour. If I definitely could only have one palette it would be my Naked 2 though so I guess that makes me a neutrals girl at heart.
Pressed or loose eye-shadow?
I have rarely used loose but when I have its been stupidly messy so I always stick to pressed.
Nails

OPI or China Glaze?
I do love OPI polish – for me it's the best formula there is but I am a nail polish playa..... Can't never be faithful to just one brand when there are so many lush colours out there.
Long or Short Nails?
As long as long doesn’t mean freakishly long, then long.
Acrylic or Natural?
I am the original Little Miss Clumsy and cannot maintain any length of natural nails so for me it is Acrylics all the way.
Bright or Dark?
I love Darks at this time of year but saying that I have white on at the moment – as I said, Em a nail polish playa, you cant tie me down to just one.
Flower or no flower?
I am starting to get into a bit of nail art but haven’t mastered flowers yet. When I have I will do a tutorial, I promise.
Body

Perfume or Body Spray?
When I tell you my favourite perfume is Tom Ford's Black Orchid, you will understand that for me body spray just doesn't have enough Oomph.
Lotion or Body Butter?
I find body butters really greasy and hate that feeling on my skin so I tend to use lotions or dry body oils.
Body Wash or Soap?
Body wash.
LUSH or Other bath companies?
Am I alone in thinking most of Lush's products are mostly about the novelty factor rather than performance? Yes? Okay, just call me the Grinch.... Personally though I do prefer products by companies like Molton Brown or L'Occitane. They may be a bit more pricey but I think they deliver a noticeable result on my skin.
Fashion

Jeans or Sweat Pants?
Definitely Jeans, I've never been the shell suit type.
Long or short sleeves?
I don’t really have a preference here though I am very partial to a capped sleeve tee.
Dresses or skirts?
I am liking the pencil skirts Zara is stocking at the moment, I have the tartan one and the faux leather one too.
Stripes or Plaid?
I love stripes but I am Scottish, so its tartan all the way!!!
Flip Flops or Sandals?
I love love love flip-flops so comfy and versatile.
Scarves or hats?
I have always loved hats, particularly berets.
Studs or dangly earrings?
I ruined my ear lobes wearing massive hoops in my teens so I stick to studs these days but still hanker after the occasional chandelier.
Necklaces or Bracelets?
I probably wear more necklaces in winter over woolly knits but more bracelets in summer when I have bare arms.
Jackets or Hoodies?
Hoodies in the house or walking the dogs but always a jacket when I am off out.
Hair

Curly or Straight?
I have naturally wavy hair so can wear my hair either way. I more often go curly though as I think its less damaging for my hair.
Bun or ponytail?
I love my up dos, there are so many varieties.
Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips?
I call them kirbies, but those, I really don’t like butterfly clips.
Hair Spray or Hair Gel?
Never use hair gel but I am never without my Elnette.
Long or Short hair?
I love long hair.
Light or dark?
I am naturally dark brown but have been blonde in the past and enjoyed it. I am currently contemplating some caramel highlights.
Side sweep or Full on bangs (fringe)?
I have a stupidly low forehead so don’t do fringes at all.
Up or Down?
Up at work, down on nights out.
Random
Rain or Shine?
I love the sun, preferably accompanied by a sun lounger, pool and a cocktail.
Summer or Winter?
Summer.
Autumn or Spring?
Spring.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla
So that’s all the questions! This was actually really fun to do, I hope you do it too!, though my actual favourite ice cream is of course cookie dough -yummylicious.


That’s me finished and those of you who persevered now know more about me that some of my bestest friends. Thanks again to Kammi from the Beauty Book Blog, if you aren’t already following it, you absolutely should, its a very classy, well written blog that I highly recommend.
If you haven’t already completed this, please consider yourself tagged and let me know so I can read yours!!!
Read More

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm





I am not a fan of lip gloss as they simply don't last two seconds on me so I tend to use matte lipsticks which have far more lasting power. Sometimes though, particularly at this time of year, my lips get a little dry and matte lipsticks cling to those dry patches in a very unattractive way. In the past on days like that I would simply settle for a tinted lip balm, but with my colouring I really do prefer a strong lip so I was delighted when I got one of these little beauties as a birthday gift.




Chubby Sticks Intense come in 8 different shades; broadest berry, plushest punch, chunkiest chilli, roomiest rose, curviest caramel, mightiest marachino, grandest grape and my shade heftiest hibiscus. The little sticks are £17 each and you can get them from all Clinique counters and on line. 

What I really love about them is that for me they are a three in one product. They give the full coverage and soft satin finish of a high end lipstick. They go on smoothly and feel as moisturising as you would expect from any lip balm. And when the balm wears off you are left with a long lasting Lip Stain that on me lasts easily three or four hours before reapplication.




The colour is great, a bright raspberry red which can be worn day or night. I love the delivery system, it looks like a crayon but with no meed for a sharpener, you take off the lid, swivel up the product and apply straight onto the lips. I like to apply a lip liner but you don't need to with this. 





Would I buy this again? Absolutely! I just need to decide what colour to try next!


Do you use a Clinique Chubby Stick Intense? What is your favourite colour? If you haven't tried them yet, check out the shade range here!
Read More

The Beauty Bloggers Tag The Beauty Bloggers Tag

Don't you just love getting to know the person behind the blog a bit better? I know I do so this morning having read this on Beginners Beauty I thought I would take part.

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

Ugh, my hair is that really annoying type. Really thick so takes ages to dry and coarse so unless I straighten the life out of it then it never feels soft and silky. I used to straighten it all the time but now I prefer to curl it. But left to its own devices? Its sort of half wavy, half frizzy. That's why I NEVER leave it to its own devices, lol.




2. What is your natural hair colour?

My natural hair colour is the colour I wear now, a very very dark brown. I have been finding grey strands since about 17 though so who knows how many of those I would have now if I decided to let it go au natural.

3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

Because of the grey invaders, I dye my roots monthly and I do that at home. I often play with the colour though, add highlights or low lights and I would always go to a hairdresser to get those done.

4. How often do you wash your hair?

Because my hair is so long and thick it takes literally hours to dry so I tend only to wash it once a week. I am a great believer in the saying 'Less is More' when it comes to hair washing and in fact when I was growing it, I experimented with co-washing and didn't use shampoo on my hair for months... Maybe that will be another post.

5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it.

At weekends, I wear my hair either down or half up and half down. I vary between straight and curled. For work I usually wear my hair up either in a pony or some type of updo.

6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?

Once a month I go to a salon and get the works but between times I do my own finger and toe nails and really enjoy it. I have recently bought some nail art bits and pieces and am really enjoying learning to use it.

7. How often do you change your nail polish?

Once a week, usually on Sunday.

8. Do you polish your toes in winter or just in summer?

I always do my toenails when I do my fingernails.

9. How long does it take you to put your make up on?

On a work day about 20 - 30 mins but I really enjoy it so at the weekends it takes as long as I have lol.

10. What do you do first, face or eyes?

Always face, the thing about fallout makes sense but it just feels too wrong to me to do eyes before face. Don't you get foundation in your eyebrows???

11. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need?

I buy make up and skincare obsessively. 

12. How often do you wear false eyelashes?

Only when a kind person puts them on for me, I just cant get them on straight, lol.




13. Do you wear a full face of make up every day?

Yeah pretty much always.

14. Do you wear make up when you are home alone with the family?

No in fact I take my make up off as soon as I get in.

15. Will you leave the house without makeup?

Oh absolutely. If I am popping out to a local shop I don't put my make up on, just if I am heading out to work or to meet friends.

16. How many high end products do you own?

I would say its quite an equal mix. 

17. How often do you wash your make up brushes?

Aim for weekly, sometimes it can be a fortnight though if I am busy.

18. Do you plan your outfit the night before?

Only if I am going somewhere special.

19. How often  do your change your handbag?

I love my handbags mulberry handbags to be precise. I have three, a black one for winter, a tan one for spring and autumn and a white one for summer. Next on my wish list is this Mulberry evening clutch.




20. What time do you go to sleep and wake up?

I wake up at 7am and go to sleep just after midnight through the week. At weekends, it all depends on what I am doing.

21. How often and when do you work out?

I have really let it go this month but I try to work out every day after work. Usually I run but I do try to switch it up, for example I am about to try a Pole Dancing class which should be really funny but also great for my arms, legs and core. Could be embarrassing though lol.

22. Left or right handed?

Right.

23. How tall are you?

I am just under 5'6"

24. Do you speak a foreign language?

School girl french.

25. How many pets do you have?

Two Westies, here is the youngest, isn't he cute.




26. How often are you on Blogger?

Every single day.

27. Do you read the comments posted on blogs?

Always.

28. Do you keep a list of products to try as you read other blogs.

Absolutely, costs me a fortune lol.

29. How did you come up with your blog name?

I had a few great ideas but obviously they were so great other people had had them before me lol. I wanted something catchy and memorable and Lippylikes just popped into my head. I actually really love it daft though it is.

30. What kind of camera do you use for your photography?

I have been using my iphone but am really unhappy with the quality of the photographs so have bought myself a canon powershot. I would have loved one of the posier ones but I don't know how to use them lol.

31. How often do you clean your house?

It gets its big clean once a week.

32. What is your favourite colour?

It changes. At the moment I am loving orangey reds and bronzes.

33. What is your favourite beauty or fashion mag?

Instyle and Glamour are my favourites but I love a flick through all of the monthlies.

34. Do you swear?

Way too much.

35. I am going to do a few reviews, hang out on twitter, go get my nails done then chill with some wine and x-factor.


I hope you have enjoyed finding out a little more about me and if you haven't already completed this tag why don't you give it a shot, I would love to learn more about you.



Read More

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte by Rimmel of London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte by Rimmel of London

As someone who works in an office in a pretty stressful role, I don't always get a chance to reapply makeup very often through the day so a lipstick with long wear time is really important to me. I gave up on lip glosses long ago and until recently stuck to pretty neutral colours so that it was less obvious when my lippy needed topped up. As we are coming into winter though I have fallen in love with the darker shades which are showing up in all the new collections. Finally I decided that it was time for me to start rocking a strong lip.
Off I trotted into Superdrug and spent most of an afternoon browsing and swatching testers from some of the many brands available. As a fan for many years of the Rimmel brand my attention was drawn to the Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Collection. What caught my attention first was the beautiful Kate. Who doesn't want to look like her? But in the advertising image I saw that she was wearing a very strong brick red that I thought might work with my colouring so I stopped to look at the range.




The Lasting Finish Collection is the first Lipstick collection created by Kate Moss and is said to offer sumptuously rich matte colour and sublime comfort. The colour Kate is wearing in the promotional image above is shade 107 which looked to be a rich wine colour so I picked it up.



As you can see, for a lipstick costing just £5.50 the packaging was really pretty. The lovely matte red case is embossed with Kate's signature and a cutesy little heart.


I swatched the lipstick and found it so be a rich cranberry red, perfect for this season. 


I applied it to my lips straight from the bullet but for a more precise finish would use a lip brush. One application gave a smooth coating of colour with no need for a second coat to add intensity. It felt creamy on my lips and smelt delicious. I would describe this as a semi matte rather than a true matte lipstick particularly if compared to a Mac style Matte for example. It lasted well, easily 4 hours, even though I was sipping from a water bottle throughout that time. I did find it quite drying though so be sure to use a lip scrub and 
balm prior to application. I cant pretend this lipstick made me look like Mossy but I really liked the colour on me.


Overall I was really pleased with this purchase. It was a great looking, long lasting lipstick in stylish packaging at a very reasonable price. I think that this weekend I will pop back to Superdrug and pick up another few shades from this range. Watch this space!!!

Have you tried this range of matte lipsticks? What shade did you go for?



Read More

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

URBAN DECAY PRIMER POTION - ANTI AGEING URBAN DECAY PRIMER POTION - ANTI AGEING







I always had a problem with my eye shadow creasing, until I discovered the legend that is Urban Decay Primer Potion. To be honest even after I heard everyone else raving about it, I somehow couldn't really imagine it working for me. It wasn't until I bought my first Urban Decay Palette that I first got my hand on this little bottle of magic but it was love from my very first use. I bought original which looked like a very natural beige and dried invisible on my NW35 skin. From an average wear time of 3 or 4 hours without creasing, by using this product my eyeshadow lasted all day regardless of temperature. In addition by neutralising my skin tone and any darkness or reddening on my eyelid it allowed the true colour of my eyeshadow to pop. For me this has been a real holy grail product and one that I always stayed faithful until now.


So what has changed? What has tempted me away from my beloved UDPP.


THE ANTI AGEING FORMULA, THAT'S WHAT!!!!!!!!


Yes it is true. Urban Decay have brought out a new improved Primer Potion. This little tube contains all the magic of the original; shadow colours are true and vibrant and most importantly they last all day long without fading or creasing. What is brilliant about this new formula though is that Urban Decay have added some hi tec cosmetic and skincare ingredients to treat your skin and to help improve the signs of ageing. Firstly they've added Dermaxyl which smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, then Kalpariane to plump, firm and hydrate skin improving suppleness and elasticity and finally those clever folk at Urban Decay have added optical blurring pigments which create a subtle soft focus effect to wake up tired eyes and minimise redness crepiness and other imperfections. 






If you are anything like me you're probably sceptical of anti ageing claims but Urban Decay have done their research and the results are impressive. In an 8 week clinical study, 100% of participants had a measurable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, 100% had measurable brighter skin and 97% had a measurable improvement in radiance and clarity.


Frankly that's good enough for me. I love this product, love how it makes my eyeshadow look and last, love the packaging and love the proven results of the new anti ageing formulation. I said at the start that the original formula was a legend and I truly believe that this new version will continue the legacy.


Have you tried it? Let me know what you think!!
Read More

Friday, 18 October 2013

Nars Sheer Glow - my HG Foundation Nars Sheer Glow - my HG Foundation



My name is Jules and I am a make up addict. My preferred makeup of choice is foundation. I love nothing more than the thrill of a new bottle of foundation with its implied promise of perfect skin. No matter how great a foundation is I always wonder if my skin could be more radiant, my skin tone more even, my blemishes less visible, if I could only find my perfect foundation. Recently I have been using Make Up Forever Face and Body and have really enjoyed it but as the bottle neared empty I decided once again that rather than repurchasing, I would continue with my search for my holy grail base.
I did my research, read loads of blogs, watched videos and trawled forums and I finally decided to pop into my local Space NK and ask their advice. As usual the Assistant there was super knowledgeable and we talked about what I needed from a foundation (perfect youthful akin lol) and she recommended I try Nars Sheer Glow. Nars is part of the Shiseido company which was set up by a photographer and makeup artist. I've found the nars products I've used before to be great quality so was excited to try this. 





The foundation comes packaged in the usual Nars colours and is contained within a glass bottle. I was disappointed that there was no pump and think the lack of any delivery method will lead to a lot of wastage which for a product costing more than £30 for 30ml is a real shame . The Assistant colour matched me. There were 20 different shades from the lightest which was Siberia to the darkest which was Khartoum. She told me that I am Medium and applied it all over my face. She then told me to go away for a few hours and see how it felt on my skin. I was really impressed by this as it is a much tougher test of a foundation that simply putting a stripe on my jawline then asking me to decide. I would never describe this as Sheer coverage, 





I have mature skin which is starting to show some lines and wrinkles. My skin does not have the tone and texture that it once did. This foundation did not settle in those fine lines. I would say it gave a medium coverage which evened my skin tone beautifully. It gave my skin a radiant yet natural finish which blurred imperfections and enlarged pores.





 I have read that it contains skincare ingredients including powerful antioxidants which when used regularly will protect my skin and improve its hydration, luminosity and tone. It is fragrance free and non comedogenic so should suit all skin types including the most sensitive. I really put this foundation to a tough test - I shopped till I dropped. Even after 5 hours of retail therapy, my makeup looked perfect. The decision to purchase was not a hard one to make. I have worn this foundation every day since I bought it on Saturday and I am really loving it. 

Will I repurchase ? It's far too early to say but I am a huge fan! 

What is your holy grail foundation? 
Read More

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The Skin Care Tag The Skin Care Tag




Oh how exciting - I have NEVER done a tag before but one about skincare? I can do this !!!!


1. Describe your routine in 5 words...  Double-cleanse. Double-tone, treat, hydrate, massage (yeah I know I cheated lol ).

2. What's your skin type? 
Normal to combination with tell tale signs of aging that I am fighting, with all that I have - no growing old gracefully here   ��

3. What is your favourite skincare product? 
Definitely masks. I love a good pampering session when I use a few masks, one after the other to treat all of my skins needs. If I had to choose a single mask then, for now at least, my favourite is the Alpha H Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask

4. Top blemish zapper... 
This is starting to sound like a PR post lol but it's true. I don't really get blemishes and the reason I'm sure is my use of acid to keep my skin clear and balanced. I apply either p50 or clarins toner every time I cleanse,  I use liquid gold over night two or three times a week and during my Sunday Pampering Sessions I treat my skin to the liquid gold mask referred to above. 

5. High end skincare or high end makeup? 
Oh such a hard one - I love, love, love my make up but it doesn't matter what make up you wear or how much you apply , it's just paint on a canvas. If the canvas is old and frayed the paint is never going to look perfect. What that dodgy metaphor means is that I think for your makeup to look great, you have to look after your skin . That's why I always try to buy what's best for my skin regardless of price! 

6. What is the most universal skincare product you've tried? The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm - just try it ....

7. You're in a pharmacy and can only pick up one item - what would it be? Probably a nail product! I have a crazy amount of nail varnish, I probably have only used half of them but I can never resist buying just one more. It's my guilty pleasure! 

8. Top skincare tips. Acid, acid, acid - it works miracles for all skin types! 



So your turn - have you completed the skincare tag yet? 
Read More

Lippy Likes Lippy Likes


So although I really do enjoy the autumn season, the change in temperature and the central heating play havoc with my lips. This is a particular problem this year with all the fab dark autumnal lipsticks around which really show up any cracks or dry patches on the lip area. So, in order to be able to really rock all the new lipstick colours and textures. I am trying to devote a little time and effort into keeping my lips luscious. So in this blog I am going to review my two favourite lip products. 


The first thing I turn to when I want to give my lips some loving is the Popcorn Lipscrub from Lush. As with all Lush products this scrub contains only fresh natural ingredients like coconut and jojoba oil. sugar, salt and polenta. The scrub smells exactly like popcorn but it tastes more like salted caramel. Whatever just take a tiny amount, rub it on the lips and feel it gently work it's magic, sloughing all the dead cells from your lips and moisturing the new skin underneath leaving your kisser well kissable. At £5.25 this little glass will last for months. Although the scrub does contain nourishing oils, after I've exfoliated my lips, I do like to really pack on the moisture so I turn to my second favourite lip product. 


Ultra balm is not actually a lip product. Lush describe it as a balm for 'bits that chap and chafe' so that could be anywhere. For me though this little pot of goodness is a perfect moisturiser for my newly scrubbed lips. It has no preservatives, petroleum or mineral oil - in fact it has only three ingredients; jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. 
I apply a thickish layer after scrubbing as I go to bed and when I wake up I have plump, well conditioned lips ready tk show off all my new lipsticks. 
Ultra balm can also be used for cuties. Eyebrows, elbows, knees, even to brighten up old tattoos!!!! 


So what do you use ultra balm for? Is it your favourite lip balm too? If not, what do you recommend ? 
Read More

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

My Favourite Masks My Favourite Masks

I don't know about you but I really enjoy looking after my skin. It really makes me feel feminine, applying lotions and potions. I love the smells, the textures and the packaging. I love the way they make my skin feel. I find it therapeutic, massaging my face and neck. It helps me relax to pamper myself in this way.
In order to really keep my skin in tip top condition, once a week or so after cleansing, I bring out the big guns; the face masks. Now obviously there are many different face masks to choose from. There are masks to suit all budgets, skin types and concerns. Sometimes it can be difficult to choose which mask to use so I thought I would review my current favourites for you to consider.



The Alpha H Smoothing and Perfecting Mask is the first mask I turn to when my skin needs a boost. Alpha H are the company who pioneered the use of glycolic acids in skin care over 20 years ago. This mask is a fast acting multi tasking treatment which boosts my skin when its looking tired and dull. Its effectiveness is due to its super luxurious ingredients. As well as 15% glycolic acid, this mask contains Lavender Oil, Rose Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Macademia Seed Oil and Pure Manuka Honey. I simply apply the rich white cream all over my face and neck and leave for 10 mins. Because of the high Glycolic Acid concentration, this does sometimes sting a bit but the oils and honey help soothe the skin and it is never painful. I quite like it as it feels like its doing something lol. As I relax this hardworking mask clarifies, exfoliates, nourishes and hydrates my skin. After the ten minutes have passed, I remove the mask with a flannel and warm water, leaving my skin noticeably brighter with a fresh glowing radiance.

But my mask routine doesn't end there. Now that my skin has been deeply exfoliated, I turn to a deep cleansing mask and for me the cream of the crop is this one. 






Origins is a favourite company of mine Its mission statement declares that they will create high performance natural skincare powered by nature and proven by science. Clear Improvement is a mask which contains no nasty ingredients. Instead it contains active charcoal to draw out pore cloggers like environmental pollutants which are trapped in the White China Clay and impurities which are dissolved by Lecithin. What this means for us is that simply by using once a week or so we can keep our skin fresh and clear and healthy.

The last stage in my mask-athon is to use a hydrating mask and my current favourite is Drink It Up Intensive. This is another Origins Mask and so again is free from all the usual nasties.
It is an intense moisture replacement mask which smells like peaches and apricots - absolutely amazing.


A tiny amount of this light cream covers the whole face and quickly turns into a clear film which doesn't feel like a mask at all. There is a 10 minute version, but for my dry dehydrated skin I prefer this one which I leave on overnight. When I wake up in the morning my skin feels so soft and hydrated and looks plump and radiant. I also love to apply this mask at the start of a long haul flight.

All of these masks are widely available online. The 2 Origins masks are also available from most major department stores. The Alpha H Mask is priced at around £45 for 100ml but remember the high quality ingredients and that the tube will last you many months. The Clear Improvement mask is £10 for 50ml and the Drink It Up Intensive is £11 for the same sized tube so again these are expensive but they are products that will deliver time and time again.


Do you use masks as part of your skin care regime? Which ones do you recommend?

Read More