Monday, 8 September 2014

Vita Liberata


Being fairly pale, and not the English rose kind, the omg is she sick kind, I do spend a considerable amount of time and energy perfecting the sun kissed look, with the much appreciated help from Vita Liberata. Each of the preparation can be executed with military precision, however when there are products that can make this process a little easier its always a good choice to invest. 

The Vita Liberata Illuminating Skin Finish can be used on top of clean skin or act as a wash on wash off temporary tan. Perfect for last minuting tanning. Practically scentless this is perfect for the faux glow, the perfect thing about this is that it comes equipped with SPF25 which not a lot of fake tans do. Often we pass on the sun protection when we're tanned as we assume it has SPF already in it, however most do not, apply a waterbased SPF. 



When see the word "illuminating" my brain thinks "glitter" this is far from glittering and genuinely highlights and adds a little depth to key areas such as the collarbone, great to contours the legs or stomach area too. It blends into a smooth golden bronze.


 VL also offers a skin plumping mist which can be used under your existing product - layer while damp - or all alone over a VL induced glow. This is the perfect skincare add on, without being sticky, or feeling like it's clogging pores this little product is perfect if you're skin is a feeling and looking less that it's best, it's fast working and also works to enhance your tan and also encourages the ingredients of other products to work faster. 

The skin plumping mist is available HERE from +Space NK apothecary from £17.00 and the Capture the light illuminating skin finish is available HERE from the VL website. RRP £29.95

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Make Up Revolution.



Make Up Revoltuion is BIG news right now, an affordable, easily accessible make up brand that delivers excellent products. Perfect for every budget. I invested in the Cover & Conceal palette, now this is perfect for light contouring and concealing a multitude of sins we may have committed over the weekend. This little palette is my Monday morning go-to hiding my "I wish I was still in bed" look and those dark circles that have appeared since I gave up one nights sleep to dance into the wee hours. 


The Creamy consitancy of the palette screams expense and at only £6 is a steal. The variety of colours is perfect for me, usually the lightest in foundation shades, if I can find my shade at all. The palette makes it easy to mix colours to build the perfect coverage. The combination of shades in the bronzer which can be mixed for all over glow, or be used separately to build up the higtligher more if you need or want to. I also invested in a liquid blusher, another thing ive always wanted to try but not wanting to give up my perfect shade by Laura Mercier. I have it in Vivid, a little really does go along way, when applied with a stippling brush you can achieved a lightweight healthy glow. 


BROWS. 
The whole world is BROW crazy right now, are they big enough? not big enough? Did someone say you can hide over plucking with careful colouring it? MUR's palette features a highligher, two shades of brown and a wax to keep the wild ones tamed. The cute angled brush is perfect for creating smooth lines and a nice arch, the tweezers are an added bonus, nothing worse than getting ready in a hurry to find out at lunch time one hair escaped your notice! A perfect on-the-go collection. 



I honestly couldn't recommend this brand enough. They offer an array of brightly coloured eyeshadows, lipsticks and nail polishes. check out www.makeuprevolutionstore.com for the full range! These 4 products cover all my essentials without breaking the bank, leaving more budget for fun activities, rock climbing anyone? 

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Products from £1. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Make-up Brushes, On a budget


I have always believed you get what you pay for when it comes to beauty tools - brushes that shed all over your face do not make for an easy application. In the past i have invested heavily in high end brands for their tools and technology, however these brushes are what budget beauty is all about, without skimping to much on quality. 

I came across these in Primark - an unlikely destination for beauty, but i would keep an eye out on their beauty department for easy access essentials. At only £1-£1.50 each these brushes are perfect to pop into your make-up bag on the go, if you're anything like me and are a tad over protective over the more expensive ones. The pink tips really do add a little bit character, you can see some thought has gone into what they should look like. They probably aren't built for longevity however i have been using their mini foundation brush for nearly a month and have noticed no shedding so far and with a regular clean i get the same even soft application. 


Above are images of the Concealer brush, foundation brush and stippling brush - The perfect contour and blend trio. Primark also stock a range of brushes perfect for any young teens just starting out on their make-up journey and for those of us with protective issues over our faves. 

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Available now, in most Primark stores. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Maintaining a summer glow.

As we wave goodbye to August, and what appears to be our glorious Summer making the glow we have built up over the past few months becomes one of our main missions. It is always hard to let go of the healthy glow we enjoyed achieving through lazy weekend park trips and pub garden evenings. 

Here are some fake tanning tips to keep your Summer glow long into the Autumn months. 


Step One 
Hair removal & Exfoliation
They key steps for the perfect, flawless glow. Firstly, pick your hair removal method of choice at least 24 hours before applying fake tan. I always have a long soak and take time to exfoliate, using Soap & Glory's flake away.   If you're prone to ingrown hairs or bumps, I would recommend Lycon's Anti-bump foaming gel followed by In Grown X-it available online at www.stripboutique.com .

Step Two
Moisturising 
If you suffer from dry skin, lightly apply a body oil to key areas using a cotton pad - Elbows, Knees, and bottom of the feet, occasionally the ankles, if not just apply a nourishing moisturiser, allow to dry for 10-15 mins. I would recommend Palmers Cocoa butter or Caudalie Divine Oil. 

Step Three
Application. 
The use of the tanning mitt makes for a smooth application and makes it easy to apply in upwards circular motions. The mitt also makes it easier to blend, making it harder for streaks to appear. 

Step Four
Moisturising Part 2
After showering 8-12 hours later, moisturise with an oil free moisturiser,  or an oil free sun tan lotion if you plan on sunbathing with false tan on. I would recommend South Seas paraben free, water based SPF 30. 

If the sun stops shining, at least we can keep our summer glow! 

Happy Tanning. 

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All products mentioned are available at www.feelunique.com, www.stripboutique.com and from Boots. 

Friday, 1 August 2014

New August Beauty Launches

Introducing this months must haves from a series of our much loved brands... 



Sanctuary Spa launches Wonder Oil Serum, designed for all skin types with a hydrating and anti-ageing formula, launching just before winter is the perfect must buy and will also be the perfect gift for someone who takes care of their skin! RRP £19.50


If you haven’t heard of So Susan Cosmetics, take yourself over to www.sosusan.com and check it out, the grown up girly brand is full of make-up wonders designed to help you look and feel your best. This august they’re launching Flutter Mascara and a Dual Brow Powder, with brows and lashes still set to be a big focus this A/W they will definitely be two products you will need to hand.  The Dual Brow Powder is a game changer with a powder-to-gel formula, set to camouflage any gaps in your brows, perfect for when growing a new shape! Prices from £12.


Beauty classic brand Clarins, launches True Radiance Foundation with SPF 15 this month. A foundation that features an SPF is an absolute MUST in my box, I don’t understand any foundations or day creams that don’t include and SPF. This foundation is set to enhance rather than cover-up with skin nourishing ingredients. Including an Anti-Pollution Complex, perfect for us city dwellers! RRP £27, I will definitely be testing this out! .. I am still hunting down my perfect foundation partner..


Elemis has 3 new skincare launches this month, introducing a Hydra-Boost Day Cream for dry skin, built to strengthen the moisture barrier and stimulate water channels. The Hydra-Balance Day Cream, an ultra-light day cream which is the perfect balance for combination skin, which reduces pore size and rebalances the complexion. The Hydra-Nourish Night Cream which helps repair the skin overnight helping to rid the skin of toxins, ensuring you wake up re-energised. RRP £38-£42


Marks & Spencer is growing their beauty offering with a limited edition A/W, and offers one of the best own label beauty collections for a department store. Launching Face palette, Eye shadows, Bronzers and new twist up lip colour in a nude pink (I love their lip colours, I will be first in line for this one!) Prices from £10


NovaLash Lash Extension are launching into the UK market and bringing a few heroes with them, just like semi-permanent eye shadows which can last up to 24hrs. Prices TBC


Super sleek make up brand Urban Decay, renowned for their eye shadow primer launches the Perversion Mascara (LOVE the name) rumour has it boasts triple black pigment and a twisted trim on the brush. It is also has a partner in crime called the Subversion Lash Primer to add weight to thinning lashes, partner these with the Perversion False Lashes (latex free) and you’ve got a show stopping evening look to make everyone envious. Prices from £11.50-£17
DKNY is adding another must have fragrance to its resume with the launch of MYNY backed by Rita Ora in the cutest heart shaped bottle. Launching early august prices from £37.


Fashion designer Phillip Lim and ulitmate beauty brand NARS have teamed up to bring us 9 brand new nail polish shades for AW14, all of which are limited edition and will be ready to be yours on August 1st. Prices start at £14.50. Follow Nars @NARSissist on twitter to keep up to date on launches availbale from narscosmetics.co.uk and selfridges.


If, like me carrying brushes and powder takes up more space than you care to admit, then Jane Iredale has come to the rescue. revealing a refillable loose powder brush, i think it's the refillable bit that really captures me here, sold empty so you can really talior the colour of the powder, now that is a make up must have if ever I have heard one! RRP £28, available at Jane Iredale salons nationwide. Launches August 1st.

With a little help from Dairy Directory.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

July's BirchBox



Birchbox is one of my favourite monthly beauty boxes, it comes in neat yet no fuss packaging. The tie bags are incredibly useful and are a prize in itself. 

This month features:

Models Own glitter nail polish, to use on just one nail for a little drama or on all 10 for a lotta' drama! 
Whish - lavender body butter, this will fit perfectly in my gym bag!
Benefit - Pore professional - a cult beauty must have.
Laqa & Co lip crayon in a gorgeous Menatour (purple)
Balance me wonder eye cream - Eye greens are essential for your daily routine, this is the most sensitive part of your face, it makes sense to take care of it.
Filosofille nail buffer. - with many BBQs and the need for a perfect manicure all the time this is so handy when it is impossible to go for professional manicures weekly. 

A great collection of essentials.

Sign up for +Birchbox here from £10 per month. 

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In the nude

A nude lip is everyone woman's failsafe, a comfort blanket in the form a lipstick. 




Here are my current fave nude shades, 

Illamasqua in rose pout (1) full of colour, perfect to make that nude lip impact, that's less skin coloured with a deeper pink pigment, MAC myth - which is a pale nude, lighter than hue (2) with a more of a yellow undertone, Body Shop colour crush 310 (3) a slightly darker nude, perfect for warm skin tones, Autograph at M&S - Nude (4) an almost sheer tone with a gloss effect and Kiko - 131 Shiny Lipstick (5) with golden undertones, this colour is perfect for beachy days and adds a bit more shimmer and blends with a natural lip colour and becomes almost sheer. 


Each of these nudes are colour rich so the colour you see is the colour you get, rather than it being overly sheer and the colour disappearing . Mixing any of these with a foundation base really brings out the colours. 

Available from Marks & Spencers, Selfridges and Body Shop, Kiko Stores.

From £6.90 to £18.50 

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