Thursday, 9 October 2014

how to make your blow dry last // redken express pillow proof primer

blowdrying is my bête noire. i love the look of a good, bouncy mane but my long, thick hair is takes so long to dry that i get bored, or a dead arm, halfway through. if i do stick it out, when i wake in the morning, i seem to have gone from victoria's secret angel (from the neck up, anyway) to a glastonbury camper. like, after the customary deluge. something gets lost in translation when it comes to blow drying my hair, and i'd pretty much given up on it looking the way i wanted it to, until i heard about this new redken jazz.

the pillow proof express primer (about £12) claims to not only heat protect and lock in your style for longer, but also to reduce your drying time. BY UP TO HALF. that's a sizeable chunk of my evening i could spend doing something productive, like twin peaks reruns. i (skeptically) picked up a bottle, and shook per the instructions, before spritzing it onto my towel-dried hair. it's hard to explain how something that initially makes your hair WETTER can in fact make it dry quicker, but this part of the product's claims is 100% accurate. it definitely made my hair dry quicker, and i don't know how. witchcraft.

other than that, you don't notice it's done anything until the next morning. honestly, my style had not fluffed up anywhere as much as it usually does, and my curls survived the october humidity incredibly well - part of this is definitely down to the kerastase styling laque noire hairspray i used which is AMAZING, but even hairspray can't always battle humidity. this is a great all-round spray that really holds, but without going sticky. central line proof.

my hair was less frizzy for sure, and my curls were intact until the next wash. i'd really recommend it for a fuss-free blow dry. (ps shout out to my ladies jenny and my at FOUR london for my awesome cut/colour job!)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

laura mercier smooth finish flawless fluid // review

it takes a lot for me to want to shake up my base. firstly, i'm a through and through tinted moisturiser girl - what's up, NARS pure radiant - and i have this irrational fear of trying new bases for fear my skin will react. which i know is unlikely given that my skin's pretty chill, but i've had some bad experiences in the past. that being said, sometimes, i want actual foundation. you know, for when i don't actually want to look real. or if i need something to last all day/for a full-on night out. i've always liked the chantecaille future skin, but that stuff is pricey, and i kinda like both my kidneys. so when my NARS sheer glow ran out recently, there was a gap on my dressing table.

i was sent some of the new laura mercier foundation, smooth finish flawless fluid, to try and i was a little skeptical at first. i'm probably the only person in the world to not like her tinted moisturiser (too oily), and her foundations can be a bit heavy for me, but i decided to give it a whirl. my first use of this went terribly, as i was convinced i had a dud bottle as nothing would come out and i spent ages getting handy with an unfolded kirby grip, but turns out, you not only need to shake it, but you need to whack the bottom too. THEN it comes out.

the shade i have is vanille, which is good for me. emphasis on the fluid part, this stuff is so lightweight in texture but the coverage is INCREDIBLE. like, 'how did it cover so much it feels so little' type good. so 10/10 for that, but the coverage can be so good it's a little matte. i like a dewy finish, so i use the laura mercier radiance primer first, or burberry's fresh glow fluid*. i then set it with a little translucent powder, and really, it does stay in place incredibly. i buff it in with my real techniques buffing brush to stop it collecting anywhere, too.

all in all, i like it. i use it when i'm being filmed or having my photo taken for work, or for nights out as there's no SPF in there. it's a long-wearing, light-feeling, star of a foundation. comes in a really good shade range, too (at least 24) shades. it's £34.00 from space nk and laura counters.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

perfect brows // clarins autumn winter launches

clarins is a brand i tend to forget when people ask me for my favourites, which is silly considering how much of their range i use. their suncare is exceptional, and i use their skincare from time to time, but their makeup is one i always forget. and it's like, actually really good! i've not tried heaps, but the few bits i have i always come back to, like their instant light natural lip protectors which are lovely and hydrating, and the beauty flash balm which always makes me look more awake.

their offerings for the new season are fab too, but i've really fallen for two products in particular. the perfect eyes and brows palette and the instant light eye perfecting base. i get a lot of compliments on my brows (never really plucking has worked well for me in the long run, even if i felt like a bushy freak at school), but since i've been using this palette, it's been even more than ever. i use the little mascara-brush to tidy my brows, then the middle shade of powder to fill them in with the little brush. it's nowhere near as fiddly as it sounds, and looks so natural - and there's the gel to set them with and the pink shadow to use in the arch for more definition. it also has tiny tweezers! it's SO handy and gives me a really full, natural-looking brow.

then, the eye base. i was just using this on my lids, but you can use it under the eye too to brighten the area and make it less grey. i still want concealer under my eyes after, but it takes all the redness out of my lids and makes my shadow stay in place without creasing. it's a really nice little addition to my routine to help my look more awake. do you like clarins?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

what's in my bag // london fashion week

iiiiit's that time of year again! oh yeah, fashion week. twice a year, if you care, your whole life gets upended, dehydrated, filled with canapés, and put on instagram. oh, and cara delevingne's probably there. as a beauty devotee, fashion week's not for me what it is for everyone - i do a lot of backstage beauty snapping, sitting still while show looks are recreated on me and managing to dodge street style photographers. still, the days are long, and then there's the parties after, so by the time it's all over, you reach a new level of exhaustion that's hard to describe. still, there are a few things i like to pack to keep myself sane...

my bag itself is this one* from asos - it's a great size, comfy and super chic. black goes with all, and this also doubles up as a battering ram and looks kind of saint laurent. if you squint. maybe? i also have a bag IN my bag (bagception) in the form of my the apartment x aspinal leather and suede clutch. being aspinal, it's obviously gorgeous, but it's so handy. the guys at the apartment know what's up, and this bad boy has sections for show invites and lots of handy pockets.

boring things first: a portable phone charger because iPhone batteries last as long as a vine. mine's from monster, charges from my laptop then delivers a full charge to my phone, plus it's light. food's a must-have. i always take fruit, carrots and hummus and popcorn because i'm basically always hungry. also, keep hydrated! the new vita coco lemonde flavour is yummy, low sugar and feels fancy to drink.

FUN THINGS! the new bobbi brown skin weightless powder foundation. it's so good for touch ups but you can do a full face with it. i mainly use it to get rid of shine, plus the new clarins instant smooth light reflecting eye base* is amazing for dark circles and red lids. it's like eight hours sleep in a tube, and a great base for makeup.

then, my new favourite lipstick. the new NARS audacious lip colour in raquel* - it's a gorgeous nude pink that looks really understated and goes with everything, perfect for touch ups on the go. it's so creamy and doesn't bleed, so it's longwearing. also, some oribe dry texturising spray to keep my hair full and tousled.

finally, lip balm and hand cream. the new elemental herbology nutritive lip complex and hand nutrition are DIVINE - the lip balm plumps and hydrates, and the hand cream softens cuticles, smells great and isn't greasy. alright, see ya on the other side...

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

current most loved // perricone, aurelia, bobbi brown, NYX and oribe

Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Oribe Dry Texturising Spray

i need to start my saying that i KNOW my favourite thing in this post is outrageously expensive. it's a purchase best saved for payday (if you're feeling flush), a gift from a generous pal or the ultimate treat yourself. that being said, it's undoubtedly the best face mask i've ever tried; in fact it's so good, i posted a no makeup photo on instagram cause i was stunned with the results. AND I LOVE MAKEUP.

it's the perricone chloro plasma*. and boy, does it pack a punch. it's like a clay mask and glow-booster rolled into one - every scrap of oil or dirt is lifted out of my skin, my pores disappear, and more importantly, i feel the results for at least a week afterwards. even my beloved REN invisible pores only really makes a difference for a few days, but this, this is an investment in Really Good Skin. being a perricone product, it's got all kinds of fancy science in there but mainly, my skin just looks incredible.

also, i've been having a total bobbi brown moment - the new smokey nudes palette* is obsession-worthy, not just for cute mottled packaging with tiny pull-out draw, but for the wearability and longevity of all the shades. you can do something really subtle to something super dramatic - i'll do a full tutorial later, but it's so gorgeous. also, their gel eyeliner with the eye liner brush - precise, pigmented, perfect.

back on skincare, i looked to aurelia to help quench my poor dry skin - it's thirsty at the best of times, but the change of seasons makes it even worse, but the cell revitalise night cream* with jasmine, rose and other yummy smelling citrus things leaves my skin really supple. it's 100% botanical, plus has loads of peptides and probiotics to help repair anti oxidative damage. one of my colleagues stroked my face when i told her to feel how soft it was, and she literally squealed when she did it. baby smooth.

i've written about the NYX lip creams before, but they're SO GOOD and SO CHEAP. i've seen them at £2.50 on their site, but even at full price, £4.50, it's incredibly good value for something so long-lasting and comfortable to wear. i've been loving the soft matte shades at the mo. finally, oribe's dry texturising spray. there's basically nothing this can't fix - flat hair, messy hair, just-washed-lifeless-hair, you name it, this spray will give you all the tousled-ness and touchable undoneness you want.