Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Mid Week Pamper

Everyone needs a midweek pamper every now and again. I find its a great way to press the reset button and also ensures a great nights sleep which is usually needed after a busy start to the week. Here's what I used last Wednesday for a my little hump day pamper session. 

First of all I double cleansed my skin with the beautiful pinky-peach OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I recently did a full review of this here, but to sum up: it smells delicious, it feels gorgeous and does a splendid job of getting rid of oil, makeup and dirt.

Next up its a scrub with Aesop's Exfoliating Paste. Please don't use this if you suffer from blemishes/acne as it'll only aggravate it further. However, if you have normal/dry/oily skin this should be fine. I've never found a facial scrub quite like it. It sloughs away any dead skin cells clinging to the surface of your face and leaves everything feels super smooth and soft. Be sure to layer up on the serums/moisturisers after this to hydrate all those freshly exposed skin cells.

Finally a hot steamy bath with a glug of my favourite bath oil of the moment - Origins Calm To Your Senses Vanilla & Lavender Bath Oil. An odd combination it may seem, it's actually incredibly soothing and scents the whole bathroom for hours afterwards. 

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel // £28.00 // HERE
Aesop Exfoliating Paste // £35.00 // HERE
Origins Calm To Your Senses Lavender & Vanilla Bath Oil // // HERE 

Do you indulge in a midweek pamper? 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Charlotte Tilbury 'Lost Cherry' Matte Revolution Lipstick

Matte lipsticks are notoriously hard to get right when it comes to formula. It's difficult to get moisturising and conditioning agents in there without taking away from the matte finish. Once brand that has managed to get the formula spot on is Charlotte Tilbury. 
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick 'Lost Cherry' £23.00 // HERE

Charlotte's range is by far the most exciting British launch for a long time. Everything I've tried so far, with the exception of one eyeshadow in one of her quads, has been phenomenal in terms of colour payoff, formula and overall quality. 

Now, as with all matte lipsticks, your lips do really need to be on the better side as they'll highlight any sort of flaw i.e. chapped, dry lips. In the picture above my lips we're really quite dry and could have used a scrub before I took the picture, but I don't think it looks too bad which is testament to the hydrating, creamy formula. A little tip is to use a touch of the Nuxe Reve di Miel underneath as the balms matte finish won't affect the lipstick. 

As for the colour, well, I'll let it speak for itself. It's completely my kind of shade - a nice bright colour with a cool undertone to suit my pale skin. In fact, it's incredibly similar to the lipstick I created myself at the Bite Lip Beauty Lab (albeit a cream formula), which I think speaks volumes of how much I like the shade! 

Just one final thing to note is the way the lipstick is shaped. It's a very precise, square tip which when used mimics the effect of applying it with a lip brush i.e. very precise, very neat. Obviously as the lipstick gets more worn over time this will lessen, but it's still a nice little extra
I thought worth mentioning. 

Have you tried the Matte Revolution Lipsticks? Are you a fan of Charlotte Tilbury's range? Let me know by leaving a comment below. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Barely There Makeup

At the moment I'm really into toning down my makeup at the weekend. As much as I love doing my makeup during the week, it's nice to be lazy on Saturday/Sunday. My products of choice at the moment are the above four. First off I'll start with a sweep of the Dior Glow Maximiser Primer - an incredibly beautiful luminescent primer that instantly perks up the skin leaving you look radiant and dewy. I do tend to avoid using this on my chin area as it doesn't look quite right, but everywhere else on the face it adds a very healthy glow. 

Lashes are kept to a minimum with just a curl from my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (what else?!) and a faint coating of Clinique's Lash Power Mascara on both top and bottom lashes. I've mentioned many times on my blog before that this does such a wonderful job of separating lashes and giving them lots of length. Finally, a quick slick of my trusty tube of Blistex relief cream finishes everything off. I do wish they would change the packaging of this. I appreciate it's a classic but it would be so much better (and more hygienic!) if they put it into a squeezy plastic tube that you could apply directly to the lips! 

What products do you use at the weekend? Do you tone your makeup down or do you play it up more? Let me know by leaving a comment below. 
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