Winter Skin Saviours from DHC

Baby it’s cold outside! It’s snowing as I write this and believe me, these cold temperatures will ruin my skin for weeks and I will have to resort to rubbing E45 on my face before leaving the house. Luckily, this year, I discovered these amazing amazing products from Japanese skincare brand DHC which have saved my skin. 

Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel

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This DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel is a super rich and hydrating cream which is amazing for the winter. It’s a gel but comes on like a cream to nourish skin yet doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. When you feel grey in the winter, this will brighten as the antioxidant Astaxanthin,derived from freshwater green algae is a vitamin-like substance considered 6000 times more powerful than vitamin C. It also tones, hydrates, while fighting free radical damage and forms a barrier against the elements.  I have to admit, it smells funky, but it has made a difference to my skin over the last few weeks and I will continue to use it for the rest of winter. 

Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll-On

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Okay so this DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll-On is not only an eye cream, it smooths out your bags or puffiness and gives your eye area a massage. My eye area is sensitive and I react to most eye creams but this has been amazing! It feels lightweight and great on the skin.The massaging beads cool and stimulate the delicate skin around the eye, so great for first thing in the morning, when your eyes are feeling puffy. It’s amazing, I love using this product! The eye treatment contains oat kernel extract that firms and smoothes, the firming power of mevalonolactone, ceramide 3, and pentapeptide-18 to hydrate and lift. 

All you do is click for more product and you don’t need much for your eye area so it lasts a while. My eye area has stayed smooth and bright this winter so I would highly recommend this product. Also, did I mention that they are Japanese?  Always trust the japanese when it comes to skincare and ageing as they seem to hold the secret to looking incredible. 

Available from DHC and Feelunique

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Rodial – Snake Oxygenating & Cleansing Bubble Mask

I love a sheet mask. They originate from Korea and boy do the Korean’s lead the way when it comes to Beauty. They are inexpensive, so easy to use and they actually work – they’re like a facial in a packet. The array of masks available on the market is huge. There are wet and dry masks, lip masks, under eye, decolletage and even body masks.

Bubble masks have been circulating the internet for a couple of months now and they look hilarious! They bubble up on your face over time and as the bubbles grow, they make you look more monstrous by the minute.

I reviewed the Rodial Pink Diamond Mask a few weeks ago so I jumped to the chance to try the new Snake Oxygenating & Cleansing Bubble Mask which gives skin that extra bit of help which is definitely needed for winter.

First of all, what’s amazing about this mask is that it’s £7.50, cheaper than a facial and even cheaper than a cup of coffee and cake! The mask contains all the amazing ingredients to to freeze the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plumps and hydrates skin, leaving it looking refreshed a bright. 

The mask contains detoxifying O2 bubbles to remove dirt…that’s Oxygen directly on the skin to remove dead skin cells and excess oil, revealing a brighter-looking complexion. It also contains Bamboo charcoal to unclog pores and deeply clean skin for fresher and smoother looking skin. The Hyaluronic Acid, plumps and moisturise. Syn®-Ake Dipeptide freezes the appearance of lines and wrinkles and a rich blend of collagen, ceramide, vitamins A & E and peptides leaves it revitalized.

I love using this mask, first of all because it’s super fun and funny to use. I had to facetime my sister the first time I used and laughed so much the mask kept slipping off my face. I use it once a month when I really need it – when my skin is looking terrible, before an event, when my skin needs to look alive, but also after a few sleepless nights. It’s definitely a post partying mask so I would highly recommend it this time of year. Don’t be put off by the colour if you have sensitive skin, it’s not scary or full of harsh ingredients to irritate skin. Your skin after, does feel like it’s had a major cleanse so make sure you wash off the residue and moisturise immediately. You skin will look instantly refreshed and awake.

How to use:

  • First of all rub the surface of the pouch to mix the contents well
  • Remove the mask from the protective sheets on each side and apply directly to a dry face
  • Leave for 10-15 minutes and remove once the oxygen bubbles have risen
  • Massage remaining bubbles into face and rinse off with lukewarm water

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Haha! Enjoy 😉 x

£48 for a box or £7.50 for an individual packet

Available from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Rodial

Contouring for beginners using Cover FX

Contouring. Who is the first person who comes to mind? Kim Kardashian, right? It’s true, she is queen of contouring, however, many people do not know that makeup artists have been contouring waaaay before it became a thing.  Everyone can conour, even those who wear very little makeup or think it‘s uncool. It really does make your face look more structured and it can be subtle, so even the most cynical Kardashian haters can try it.

Contouring can look understated and natural and you don’t need much product to accentuate your features and change the shape of your face. Once you know how, it’s really easy. I personally think the best part of contouring is the end, which is the highlighting… yes, contouring and highlighting come together like a tag team – it really is necessary. A popping highlighter will instantly update your makeup and make you look super radiant and healthy.

I’m pretty new to contouring and started doing it using a powder a year ago and I can’t go a day without doing it now. For the days that I want more of a subtle look, like on the weekends, or for work, I thought I would experiment with a cream contour and highlighter. There are many on the market at all prices so I thought I would try it out with Cover FX who have recently launched into Selfridges.

Cover FX are a US brand and really well known for their incredible highlighter drops which you can watch being blended for hours on Instagram. Their foundations, in particular the Custom Cover Drops which you can mix with any base such as a serum or cream have become of a bit of a hit online too, so I thought I would try out a few products – the foundation, concealer and the cover clicks to highlight and contour. 

COVER CLICK (£15 EACH)

These little cover sticks (above) are so convenient to add to your handbag. They are lipstick size but packed with product. Each lightweight, compact Enhance Click is packed with product and contains 55% as much product as their full sized compact foundation. They come in the exact colour of the foundation so you can buy one just to keep as an emergency foundation for touch ups during the day, or buy a dark and highlighter to create your contour. While each can be purchased alone, they were specifically designed to fit into the innovative, double-ended Click Stick for ultimate convenience and portability. All you do is pop in each stick to the end and push out the one you need. It’s light, and easy to carry on the go.

HOW TO CONTOUR

CONTOUR 

I’m using a Cover Click in N100 which is a lot darker than my skin tone. There are 24 global shades of this longwearing formula which instantly conceals imperfections. If you are using it as a foundation, the creamy yet weightless texture glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly for a perfect second skin finish. For contouring I use the dark colour and draw a straight line under the bone of my cheek, my cheekbone, also along my temple and jaw if needed. As you can see from the image of me with the arrows below, the purple lines are the contour which I draw sharply. If you can’t find your cheekbones, suck in your cheeks and draw under. Using a makeup sponge tap the line directly to blend. If you use a brush, blend upwards. I like using a brush for powder but I have found with these cream highlighters, a sponge or even the fingers are better. Remember to always blend upwards so there is a subtle line under your cheekbones. The colour of this one is great, it blends easily and looks really natural and subtle. I normally finish with bronzing powder to set the cream contour to make it last longer. 

HIGHLIGHT 

It’s up to you how you wish to highlight. You can use a normal shade you would use to conceal with for a subtle look, or an illuminated highlighter to strobe and make your skin look radiant and glowing. I prefer the latter. a cream highlighter is a subtle approach to highlighting and I prefer a non glittery one for the day. Im using Cover FX illuminator in Bubbly which leaves a gorgeous ethereal glow which only catches in the light which makes my skin look radiant. 

I apply it last last on the top of my cheekbones, brow bone and cupids bow. I personally avoid my nose because it enlarges my pores, but if you want to, go ahead. I blend using my fingertips as I can control where it blends and the finish is a really lovely. It blends easily into my skin and doesn’t clash with the contour or ruin my foundation. I don’t set this as it will dull the glow. The final look is really natural and it lasts for hours. 

HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR IN A FEW SIMPLE STEPS 

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  • Draw a straight line along cheekbones, along jaw and forehead (optional) – Purple
  • Using a concealer, draw lines to make a triangle shape under eyes – Cream 
  • Use a concealer to draw a line on forehead (upwards) and along nose (down)- Cream 
  • Blend all highlighters using a brush or sponge 
  • Bend contour colour using a different brush upwards or a sponge
  • Set all makeup with translucent powder or the contour only using bronzer 
  • Highlight on top cheekbones (also brow bow and cupids bow) with a shimmer and blend – yellow 
  • To finish, make sure there are no straight lines on your face

It takes a bit of practice, but I promise its super easy after a few attempts. 

CREAM CONCEALER (£23)

This Cream Concealer contains 27% pigment and is designed to cover imperfections using very little product. The creamy texture allows superior blendability and the formula is designed for use on the usual areas such as blemishes, dark spots, and under the eye. I use this under my eyes and the coverage is great for a small amount of product. It blends in nicely but I do have to use a little more powder than average to set it as the finish is quite dewy like the foundation. In terms of coverage, I think it’s great and really works for my skin tone. If you do need more coverage, I thought I wouldn’t be able layer this as I didn’t think it wouldn’t stay in place but it actually does. Also, what is great about this is that you don’t need to buy an eye cream as its loaded with anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants to help smooth skin and soften the appearance of fine lines for healthy, younger looking skin. My bags and dark circles aren’t too bad so this is a perfect product for me but if you do need more coverage try something else or use a correcting base.

NATURAL FINISH FOUNDATION (£34)

This Natural Finish Foundation is available in 40 global shades and comes in G shades for golden, and N shades in Neutral. I would recommend going to the counter for a colour match before buying because it’s confusing – I thought I was neutral but turns out I am golden. It depends on your undertones so check before you buy. 

The coverage itself is great. They are highly pigmented yet you only need a small amount. The foundation leaves a natural and radiant finish and is buildable if you like a heavy look. It’s oil free and has a silky, hydrating feel that glides on the skin which I found slightly too oily at first. After around 10 minutes, it does settle and becomes semi matte, leaving a dewy finish. The foundation itself is loaded with skincare ingredients such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E to protect against free radicals so it looks after your skin as you wear it. I would recommend this foundation to those looking for a medium coverage and radiant finish. What’s great about Cover FX is that they have an extensive range of colours for all skin tones. I really like the packaging for this foundation, it’s compact the lid is so tight there is no way any product would ever spill.

I really like Cover FX products. I think their makeup represents the new and innovative brands that are coming out of the states and they are cruelty free, certified by PETA, Vegan and Gluten Free. They focus on ingredients and colour so you don’t have to load a whole lot of layers on to get a full coverage. They create foundation and concealer for skin that needs to look like real skin so I am sure they are a hit with makeup artists. I’ve been using the contour and highlighter now for a few days and seriously my skin is looking so good and radiant. Also my makeup is looking perfect, the colours don’t move at all despite the finish being dewy. I’m officially switching from power to cream.

Available from Selfridges

The Instant, Overnight Facial using Alpha-H Liquid Rose Gold

You might have heard of award winning and revolutionary Alpha-H Liquid Gold on Instagram or any blog. It’s an overnight facial which works in 20 minutes to resurface and transform skin.

Its a strange product because it feels like a regular toner that you apply directly onto the skin with a cotton pad and leave on overnight without applying a moisturiser. Do this once or twice a week for an intense treatment or every other day with a moisturiser for a regular application.

How does it work?

Its main ingredient is 5% nature-derived glycolic acid which is an exfoliator and mini peel which stimulates cells and melts the ‘glue’ that binds dulling dead cells to skin’s surface. Due to this always use an SPF with this product.

It lowers the skin’s pH (from 5.5 to around 3), to stimulates cellular activity – accelerating repair and renewal processes, as skin works hard to re-establish its equilibrium.

It also boosts elastin and collagen, penetrating deep within pores to eradicate spot-causing bacteria and resurfaces skin such as acne scars, dark spots and brown patches, so your complexion to make skin look even-toned and luminous. 

What does it do?

It brightens and revitalises tired, ageing skin, decreases wrinkle depth, enlarged pores, blackheads, blemishes, pigmentation, scarring and redness and improves texture and increases moisture. 

Gold Liquid Rose

The limited edition Rose Gold version is all the above but contains aromatic botanicals Rose, Lotus and Orchid Petal extracts as well as moisture-binding ingredients to offer instant, weightless hydration. It also contains my favourite and wonder ingredient Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate your skin further. 

Does it work? 

Yes…. BUT… the first time I used it, I woke up with a headache. It smells pretty strong and chemically with a hint of rose but after a few uses you get used to it and it’s totally worth the sacrifice. I have noticed that my already good skin does look brighter, feels softer and looks healthier, however, the product itself is a little too strong for me so I only use it twice a week and rarely without a moisturiser. I have pretty good skin but I would definitely recommend it to those who feel that their skin is tired, sun damaged, has wrinkles and lacks radiance. Not a product for sensitive skin but definitely for those who can handle their chemicals … it works. 

£37.00

Available from Cult Beauty and M&S

Skincare, Swiss Style, from Mavala

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Just like their watches, coffee, chocolate and…er…knives, the Swiss know a little something about making high quality products. The latest high performing products I have been trying out is skincare is from Mavala, the company that makes those cute little nail polishes.

The skincare doesn’t look super fancy, more like something you would pick up at the French pharmacy, the packaging is white, with lots of writing all over it – but lets face it, those are some of the best products you can find and any gorgeous French woman will tell you that. 

The natural key ingredient of the new Mavalia face care is extracts of the Mallow plant found locally in the Alps. Mallow has smoothing, emollient, astringent and has refreshing properties present in all their products. It is of course, 100% Swiss, and when tested in the labs it managed to flourish in wild areas and in extreme conditions, where few other plants survive, so the clever Swiss scientists decided to add it to their skincare. 

They have a huge range to suit all type of skin concerns so its good to mix and match depending on what you need. The collection consists of moisturisers, masks, overnight masques, cleansers, face mists, exfoliators… the list goes on. Here’s some of my favs:

AQUA PLUS Multi-Moisturizing Featherlight Cream

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I have been using this day cream for around three months now and I really like it. Its white, practically scentless and very light. The only product I can compare it to is Kiehl’s Ultra Day Cream. Most skincare products nowadays are infused with scent, have a special texture and come in gorgeous packaging. There’s a lot of competition out there and brands need to stand out, I get it, and it works, but what’s nice about Mavala is, is that it goes back to basics, and focuses more on the actual substance over style, just like the Kiehl’s Cream. 

Despite its super light texture, the AQUA PLUS Multi-Moisturizing Featherlight Cream provides 24h non-stop hydration for dehydrated skin. It’s highly concentrated in the dermo-soothing Mallow flower and my favourite ingredient, Hyaluronic acids, but this time, three different molecular weights, so its formula penetrates the layers of the epidermis to intensely re-infuse skin with moisture. This cream is subtle yet powerful, really hydrating, feels amazing under makeup and so reliable as an everyday moisturiser. 

SKIN VITALITY Vitalizing Alpine Micro-Mist

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I spray this gorgeous micro-mist all over before my face before I put on my makeup. This smells beautiful and fruity, just like apricot which is so gorgeous and refreshing. It calms my skin down between blow drying and applying my foundation but can be used any time of the day. It’s great for the summer to cool down and also good to sprits onto our face in the winter when you’re indoors and the radiators are on full blast. It helps to protect against pollution and UV rays and generally perks up skin to make it look more radiant. The vitalizing Swiss Apricot extract, high in provitamin A offers toning and antioxidant properties and the organic acids provide gentle exfoliating properties. It makes skin look instantly energised when you’re tired and need a pick-me-up. You can use it any time of the day, its small enough to throw it into your handbag and when sprayed, it doesn’t ruin your makeup, just make sure spritz from far away!

ANTI-AGE PRO Time Release System Night Cream

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This night cream is also has subtle super powers – it’s super light, odourless, so hydrating and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin or greasy. It smooths out wrinkles, clears uneven skin tone and makes skin feel radiant. It’s synchronized on the natural biorhythm of your body, meaning it repairs at night so the ‘Time Release System Night Care’ intensifies the cycle of the nocturnal cell renewal. It contains an extract of Swiss organic concentrated and encapsulated Watercress Seedlings which helps eliminate toxins that lead to a dull complexion, Alpine Rose stem cells, an exceptional adaptogen flower born at a very high altitude, to improve skin barrier function and boost skin rejuvenation, Biomimetic Lipo-amino Acid to help rebuild natural collagen network and an anti-dark spot complex of Arbutin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E evens out skin tone.

My final verdict is, if you’re looking for anti-ageing, reliable and quality skincare without the fluff, Mavala will not let you down. 

Available from Look Fantastic and Lloyds Pharmacy 

Ghost Sweetheart Forever Fragrance

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I like to switch my perfumes around and on some days I like to feel girly and feminine. My latest crush is the Sweetheart Forever from Ghost Fragrances – a floral and romantic fragrance which is inspired by one of my favourite cities, Paris.

Imagine the cobbled streets of Marais bursting with delicate roses and lined with white flowers, fused with the exotic and woody trail of the orient. This perfume evokes feelings of young romance and the excitement of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The fruity cassis, zesty orange and delicate lychee top notes break through the sweetness of the roses, leaving a gorgeous and subtle fragrance that reminds me of the exquisite femme fatales of Paris’ past and present. 

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This gorgeous pink bottle is perfect for any dressing table. It’s small, elegant and made of frosted glass. I would recommend this fragrance for people who like their floral and feminine scents or for people looking to invest in their first perfume. It’s cute, romantic, chic and fun! 

Available from Boots £34 (50ml)

CHRISTMAS GIFTS 

50ml Gift Set £3830ml Gift set exclusive to Boots£27

Winter is coming – Rodial Pink Diamond and Dragon’s Blood Face Masks are here to help!

If you’re not familiar with Rodial’s products, you probably thinking im talking about some crazy Game of Thrones themed skin care. Famous for their Snake and Bee Venom, Rodial have always been there on the forefront of beauty trends and innovations.  I am a HUGE fan of both their skincare and the makeup, I mean Kim Kardashian uses the contour powder I posted about a few months ago, I am obsessed with it, and their Stem Cell Booster Oil is just magic! Apply it under your makeup and it gives your skin an incredible glow and it instantly smooths out wrinkles giving you a flawless complexion. 

The latest products I want to tell you about from Rodial are the two I tried on my trip to New York a few weeks ago.  They completely saved my skin from dehydration and boosted it with moisture to reveal flawless and radiant skin.  You must be wondering why I am telling you now? Well, these two masks will 100% get you through the winter and keep your skin looking and feeling soft, radiant and wrinkle free.

DRAGONS BLOOD HYALURONIC MASK  (£45.00)

It was my first time in New York so I wanted to look my skin to look amazing and was really worried about the affect the long haul flight would have on my skin.  I needed something that would defy the lack of oxygen, humidity and air con and boy this Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask did that both ways and so much more! It contains hyaluronic acid which is the super ingredient that the beauty world is still obsessed with. It is kept my skin hydrated and plumped out all my tired lines and imperfections. The mask contains Dragon’s Blood (the spa from the Croton Lechleri tree) to reduce redness and inflammation so I can assure you, no dragons were harmed to make this. Other ingredients include Hydromanil to firm, refine and soften dehydrated skin. Gransil to rehydrate, correct skin tone and plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a skin plumper with 3D filling spheres and LaraCare to stimulate and mildly exfoliate.
The gel is really light and feels really cooling on the skin. Apply a thick layer and remove after 10 minutes if you’re in a hurry, but I would recommend applying a thin layer over night. You will wake up looking plumper, younger and your skin will be softer. I love the bright packaging and the scent is pleasant. The gel itself doesn’t weight down or feel uncomfortable on the skin and if you’re luckty emough to be travelling this winter, it comes in a size that can be taken as hand luggage. 
PINK DIAMOND LIFTING FACE MASK (£85.00)

If you like a sheet mask, you will love this Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Face Mask which is a pink second skin likeand kind of strange mask that will brighten, hydrate and make your skin skine bright like a diamond! This mask comes out of the wrapper covered in two sheets so don’t do what I did the first time and only remove one sheet and apply on the skin. I thought it was like a Korean sheet mask and was wondering why there were no cut marks to fit the face. After about 15 minutes I realised that I needed to remove both sheets to reveal a sticky, gel like pink mask.  I applied again and waited 10 minutes. The mask doesnt slip and stays in place be perfectly moulding around the face. It stays cool and only dries up when its ready to be removed which is after around 20 minutes. Once removed, continue with your normal skincare. You will notice how amazing your skin will feel.  My skin after my flight was SO soft and hydrated, it was glowing like crazy! I actually didnt need makeup at all.  In fact, there were a few days I went makeup free… something I never do in London but sriously my skin looked so amazing and illuminated. 

The way it works is the bio-cellulose face mask acts like a cooling second skin, whilst the fibres instantly lock moisture into the skin and enables a deeper penetration of the formula. The mask itself is infused with pink grapefruit, actual diamond powder and skin-tightening peptides to instantly lift, tighten and brighten skin for a more youthful looking, radiant complexion with lifted facial contours. Its so amazing I have to stop myself finishing the box too quickly.  Unlike many masks, the glowy feeling and look lasts for a really long time and I believe these will get you through those dull winter skin days. 

Use the mask day or night on clean skin. Rubthe closed packet, remove mask and BOTH sheets and apply tto the face. Remove after 20-30 mins.

Below are some images of the mask:

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without the sheet 
close up on my face…
Here’s me and my mask, lol, sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you!
Enoy! 
Available from Rodial, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols  and Space NK

Shake that thing – Lancôme Matte Shaker Liquid Lipsticks

I have been really interested in liquid lipsticks for a while now. They are everywhere and will update your makeup bag in an instant. I have started experimenting with them but still find the concept quite strange. First of all, applying them without making mistakes is a nightmare, I’m talking liquid lipsticks in general. Their consistency is the same as a gloss and much more pigmented so in so many ways it’s easier than applying a lipstick on the go, but you have to really be careful. Despite this, I actually really love using them as they remind me of my early makeup years, the days I used to wear lipgloss. Also, I love wearing matte lipstick but find them drying and discovered that liquid lipsticks are much more hydrating, lightweight and have a better finish. If Huda Kattan likes them, then I am sold!

The Lancome Matte Shaker liquid lipstick is the latest liquid lipsticks I have been trying out. These are super cute little pops of very intense and highly pigmented lipsticks that come in 7 vivid colours. The lipstick is formulated using silicone oils, a water-in-oil emulsion which leave a lightweight second-skin feel on the lips and the best part is, they are non-transferable.

The two colours I have are are RED’Y in 5 which is a vibrant orangy red and KISS ME CHERIE, a darker and deeper red. Both colours are great for this time of year, whether you’re looking for a bloody red for Halloween or a festive one for Christmas. I actually wore RED’Y in 5 over summer too and it looked incredible with my tanned skin. Okay so the lipsticks are so cute and super easy to use. All you do is shake the bottle in order for the liquid to saturate the sponge on the applicator (below) and apply to the lips. Obviously shake while its fully closed and shake it hard. I had to tap one of mine against a table top to release the liquid. This is actually a good thing because once shaken, you don’t want its pour out every time you open it. In fact, you have to shake the bottle pretty much every time you want to use it. Sometimes, only the oil comes out which is nice when you don’t want full on red lips on a Sunday morning… know what I mean?! 

As you can see below, the applicator is a medium thick pointed, firm velvety sponge which helps with the precision… basically to stop you applying it all over your face. Again you have to be careful as it does miss the lip line if you’re not careful but after a few tries you will get used to how to apply it and in fact, when I came into work today with it on, my colleague asked how I got my lips to look so precise. 

This one needs a good shake…

Once applied the formula comes out really watery and quite oily like I said earlier and more like a lip stain or oil. This means you have to give it good shake, or whack it against the table. If you haven’t got enough product on the sponge applicator, it will gently stain your lips for a daytime look that I love, but for more intensity, keep on shaking baby and omg the results are amazing!

Once applied the lipstick will cover your lips and be super wet. This is the part when you have to be really careful. Don’t kiss anyone, drink or let any hair strands near your lips… don’t go out in a storm. So, after around 5-10 minutes, the lipstick will dry to leave a matte finish. It is not the kind of matte as you would expect because its not heavy and dry. The colour is intense, yet it feels like a second skin, its amazing! 

First application:

The verdict 

I am supposed to hate this lipstick because a little shaking pot of wet matte lipstick sounds wrong. The truth is I actually really love it! I wore red lipstick to work the other day and unlike my normal lipstick, this didn’t move at all and didn’t even transfer onto my coffee cup… I mean it did, but not as much as my usual lipstick.

Me last night, that’s not lipstick on the glass…. look out for more instagram posts with it on…

I also wore it to a party last night and put it on all hot and bothered after the gym and during the party and it felt so cooling on the lips. It comes on amazingly and I even applied it in the dark (at the party, not the gym) and there were no mistakes. I love the packaging and really enjoy putting them in my makeup bag because they look cute and they are super compact.  

£19.50 

Available from Lancome and department stores nationwide 

The best inexpensive foundation is here – Sleek Lifeproof Foundation

I have been using the same foundation for around 15 years now and even though there are some great foundations out there, I haven’t managed to find one that matches both my skin type and my shade. Nothing beats my current one and I’m shocked that a foundation I can buy in Boots for less than £10 has now replaced it! My skin tone is medium with yellow undertones and I have combination dehydrated skin with an oily t-zone. Its called combination skin, however, I would call it complicated!

I didn’t think I would find it difficult to find a foundation shade as my colour sits in the middle, however it seems lots of brands can’t seem to get their undertones correct. I never use makeup I can buy on the high street like boots and Superdrug as I have always been a luxury girl, but as I have always been obsessed with the sleek contour palettes I so thought I’d give their foundations a go.

Their new Seek Lifeproof Foundation is AMAZING! First of all, the brand has always been Woke AF! This foundation has 24 shades and Sleek have been making dark foundation for years… way before it was cool to have makeup for dark skin. These guys have genuinely been representing the darker skin girls from the start. In fact, their new ‘my face, my rules’ campaign touches on this as well as other issues such as bullying and makeup shaming.

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My face. My rules, is Sleek’s way of positively recognising and standing up for everyone’s right to define their own beauty, without boundaries. They want to spread the message to let people know that it’s ok to be obsessed with makeup, to put whatever you want on your face, whenever and however you want. The company have been making it their mission to combat the judgement many of their customers face every day; the negative stereotypes that come with a full face of makeup, or a bright red lip, or a bold brow.

They have been working with lots of influencers that you might recognise. Watch it here.

So is the foundation any good?

The foundation is an oil free foundation, with medium coverage, however once applied over their Hydrating Primer, it comes on with an amazing dewy finish and you only need a little for full coverage. Carefully infused with liquorice extract which helps to brighten tired and dull skin and with the energising features of Biophytex. The pigment in the foundation is so high you only need a small amount. I would recommend building it up slowly. It glides onto the skin and stays there all day without moving and stays sort of matte but dewy all day. It doesn’t transfer onto clothes and the thin layer evens out skin tones and conceals imperfections. The soft-focus powders create a blurring effect and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines. The oil and sweat free formula means you can wear it in the gym. I do all the time and it stays in place.

This primer is amazing too! I perfects the skin without that fake matte velvety finish that I am surprisingly not a fan of. There is a mattifying primer for those of you who like that look. The hydrating primer includes glycerin and mineral oil which provides skin care benefits such as fighting off dryness and maintaining hydration levels.

I apply the primer first and then dot on a small amount of foundation on the skin. Always apply less than you think you need and build up. I smooth mine over the face with a foundation brush and then even out with a sponge or beauty blender. I apply concealer, setting powder and then the rest of my makeup which all seems compatible. It’s so easy to use.

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I can honestly say, I am in absolute love with this foundation. That’s me above with my foundation on today and my hand earlier.  Look at the colour difference, honestly, I told you my skin is complicated, the colour and tones are always changing. Sleek unlinke lots of other more expensive brands has got my colour spot on. I highly recommend it to those of you who would are fans of NARS, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Dior. This Sleek one is a third of the price and equally as good. Controversial but true.

£8.99

Available from Sleek, Boots and Superdrug

 

OLAPLEX… aka Liquid Gold

If you have never heard ofOLAPLEXyou need to get this liquid gold/magic potion in your life asap! It’s been around for a while now and I have heard so many amazing things about how it transforms coloured hair.  I have never opted for it in the salon because I have survived without it so far, but these days, any good hair colourist will use it in their hair dye mix to protect your hair from damage while it is being dyed.  It costs from around £20 so it’s definitely worth it. 

My hair is really blonde and in okay condition as I treat it with masks every week and also use several oils as I dry it, while wet and then dry so I do look after it. OLAPLEX on the other hand is some sort of next level treatment. I cant believe I have only started using it after 10 years of being a blonde, especially since my hair is naturally dark brown and nearly black! OLAPLEX contains a patented active ingredient that works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage so even those of you who don’t colour your hair can use it. See below, it’s disgusting right? 

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I have been trying out the No.3 at home bond builder that contains the same active ingredient found in all of the professional OLAPLEX products. The patented technology relinks the broken disulfide bonds in every type of hair providing real, structural repair that works from within. It dynamically repairs damage to all hair types, and it can also be applied once a week between chemical services to further lock-in the results of any salon treatment. 

Its super easy to use, all you do is apply a generous amount to wet, towel dried hair. Comb it through and then leave for 10 minutes or longer if you wish to get a more intense treatment and 30-90 mins is ideal. To finish, wash out and then shampoo and condition as normal. 

The results are amazing. I was quite surprised at first, because when I combed through my hair it didn’t feel really creamy and soft like it normally does after a hair mask. Once I dried it I realised that my hair in fact was repaired from the inside, and looked and felt stronger. It’s not a conditioner, so it won’t give you that soft feeling which let’s be honest, only every lasts one wash as the conditioner only sits on the surface of the hair. OLAPLEX on the other hand makes the hair bonds stronger and it’s immediately noticeable. If you want that super shiny and smooth effect, you can use it with a hair mask. Repeat once a week. 

I have been using mine for 3 weeks now and absolutely love it! It really does spin straw to silk, it’s probably one of my favourite and most needed beauty product. My hair is stronger, healthier, softer and looks super shiny. 

Available from most hair salons andBeauty Bay

£32

Here’s me and my shiny and strong hair 😉 Jaz x