Dior Glow Maximiser Light-Boosting Primer REVIEW

Sunday, 11 January 2015

I was absolutely thrilled when I got the Dior Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer for Christmas off my Mum. I'd read so many raving reviews of it, plus my skin, like most peoples in winter, looked a little dull and lacklustre so I really couldn't wait to try it. 

It's marketed as a 2-in-1 light booster. You can either use it as a primer, then apply foundation over the top, or you can use it on top of your base makeup to add touches of highlight. My preference is to use it is as a primer. As you can see from the pictures below it really does add a pearly luminescent sheen to the skin, with not a hint of glitter in sight. It gives the skin a subtle warmth that looks very natural indeed. 
It also performs well as a primer, successfully locking down my make up for the majority of the day on my combination skin. Also, if like me you don't like the feeling of silicone, then you'll be pleased to hear that this doesn't have any sort of silicone texture at all. Big thumbs up!

The one thing that irks me a little bit is the packaging (I keep meaning to do a post of this - there is some truly rubbish packaging out there). I keep it in my make up bag or have it lying flat in my Muji storage. Ideally it needs to be stood up, otherwise the pump doesn't work very well at all. I had to shake it to get the product to come out just a few times after opening. It's definitely going to be a 'cut open' to get the dregs out' product. 

I really like the Dior Glow Maximiser and love the boost of radiance it gives to my skin. If you're partial to a bit of brightener then you'll probably love this. It's not cheap at £28.50 a tube, but if you fancy trying it out for yourself you can be pick it up from Escentual here, Boots here
or Selfridges here.

14 things I learnt about beauty in 2014

Thursday, 1 January 2015

1. Avoiding fragrance and essential oils in my skincare products has worked miracles for my complexion. Big shout out to Paula's Choice for helping me see the light!

2. A couple of drops of Clarins Radiance Booster drops can make me look more alive, and less corpse, like in a few hours.

3. Mineral foundation is far quicker and easier than using liquid foundation and powder. It's especially good on a cold and grey morning when you want some extra kip.

4. Co-washing is not for me. Hello greasy hair after two hours...

5. A skin fast (not applying anything after cleansing and toning) actually does wonders for my skin once in a while.

6. Salon-like shellac nails are achievable with the help of the nifty little kit from Sensationail.

7. There is no way you #wokeuplikedis

8. Coconut oil is AMAZING and can be used for so many different things. Hair mask? Check! Cleanser? Check! Cuticle balm? Check!

9. Whilst we're on coconut oil, oil pulling is foul and not an experience I'd like to go through again.

10. Exercising might be good for you, but so is an extra half an hour in bed, especially if you're already sleep deprived as it is. It's all about balance.

11. Orange lips are surprisingly easy to pull off.

12. Your face mask can make a really effective cleanser.

13. Clinique will always be the queen of mascaras in my eyes (pardon the pun). Countless tubes of Lash Power and Feathering mascara were purchased in 2014.

14. Nail cleanser can add days to the longevity of your manicure. Formula X do an awesome one.

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The Whipped Clean Shower Butter was one of the main reasons I bought the huge Soap & Glory set just before Christmas. I love the idea of a thick shower butter and it's safe to say that this certainly lived up to my expectations - it's a lovely, lovely product.

Over the past couple of years lots of in-shower moisturisers have popped up, but none of them compare to the this one from S&G. It comes out a thick, butter-like cream, but once you add water it turns into a luxuriously creamy foam. The best bit? It smells of pistachio and almond so if you love the likes Laura Mercier Pistache Body Souffle or L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil then you'll absolutely love this. 

It's great as a body wash, but it's AMAZING for shaving. It's the perfect consistency and ensures a really close shave. It also leaves your limbs feeling lovely and moisturised once you hop out of the shower due the very fine layer of oil it leaves after rinsing. 

At £7 a tube I think this is really good value for such an effective product, especially when you compare it to the likes of its more expensive counterparts.

Have you tried the Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter?