ANOTHER Selfridges Make Up Haul

Sunday, 19 October 2014

I've finally spent my Selfridges vouchers. I promised myself I wouldn't spend it in the beauty hall, but we all knew that wasn't going to happen|! Here's what I picked up recently and what turned a mundane Monday evening quite exciting!

MAC Technakohl 'Earthline' Eyeliner // £14.00 / HERE 
I've got in to the routine of applying a single colour of liner along my upper lashes for my every day make up look at work. I've found that bronze/taupe colours suit me, but wanted something different to switch it up every now and again. I opted for Earthline - a muted grey with a slight lavender running through it, and just a tiny hint of frost. I think it really suits my blue eyes and it's buttery soft texture makes it a dream to apply quickly in the morning.

Louise Young Fine Liner Synthetic Brush // £8.00 // HERE 
I'd go as far to say that Louise Young is my favourite make up brush brand (well, out of those that I've tried anyway). I spotted this super thin fine liner brush in a Pixiwoo video, but had also eyed it up when I was last in Selfridges. It's incredibly thin and precise meaning it's perfect for using with gel liner. As with all Louise Young brushes, it washes really well, keeps it shape and has absolutely no shedding.

MAC 'Brule' Eye Shadow // £13.00 // HERE 
I ALWAYS run out of the lightest shade in my palettes because I use them as a base shadow nearly every day. I thought it was about time I picked up a separate basic shadow that could be used in conjunction with all of my palettes hence the reason I bought it in a pot instead of as a pan.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat 'Pillow Talk' // £16.00 // HERE
My lord I wish I'd picked this up sooner! What an absolutely gorgeous lip pencil that does exactly what it says on the tin! It easily creates a fuller pout, but without looking fake or overdone. I'm not going to say too much about it here because I'm going to do a full blog post on it later this week.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel 'Smokey Topaz' // £20.00 // HERE 
I'm not one to fall for product launches usually, but I swatched this in store a few weeks ago and it's been playing on my beauty brain ever since. As mentioned, I've been enjoying using a single stroke of colour along my lash line so 'smokey topaz' is perfect for this. Again, I won't go into too much detail here as I'm going to do a proper post, but all you need to know in the meantime is that it ROCKS.

Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder 'Invisible' // £23.00 // HERE
A bit of a boring, but necessary purchase. I've never had a compact that I can cart around with me during the day for quick touch ups. I decided to go for a completely sheer shade to pat away the 1 o'clock shine I seem to get during the day.

What's on your wish list at the moment? Have you tried any of the products I've bought from the above.

Clarins Golden Glow Booster Drops

Friday, 10 October 2014

I've been meaning to review these little wonder drops for a while now. They're one of those products that I thought 'wow, this is a total game changer' from the first use. Essentially, this is made to measure self tan. The teeny tiny 15ml bottle allows you to add drops of tanning concentrate to transform your normal moisturiser into a glow-giving nightly treat. So far I've worked out the following formulas:

  • 1-2 drops = an afternoon spent in the English summer sunshine 
  • 2-4 drops = a few days spent in the Ibizan sun 
  • 4-6 drops = a full on week on St Tropez 

I tend to flit between 3-5 drops every few days to maintain a healthy looking glow, but you could just use a couple of drops every night - that's the wonderful thing about this product, it's completely and utterly customisable to your own skincare routine and how much of a tan you want to have.

It's safe to say that this nifty product is now a permanent staple in my skincare routine. Clarins have totally reinvented how we self tan and I'm more than happy to get on board!

The cheapest I've found the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster Drops is at Escentual (HERE) for the price of £15.20. It may seem like a lot for a 15ml product, but it will easily last you 3-4 months depending on how often you use it.

Have you used to the Clarins tanning drops? Do you like the customisable trend that seems to be influencing beauty products at the moment? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

B. Revealed Glycolic Cleansing Peel

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Ever since MD Formulations decided to pull out of the UK I've been looking for a suitable alternative to their classic glycolic facial cleanser. One product that I've been trialing recently that I think might be a replacement is the B. Revealed Glycolic Cleansing Peel. Despite it's name it's actually a cleanser as opposed to a mask/weekly peel treatment.

As I've probably mentioned on here a million times, Glycolic Acid is one of my favourite AHA's. It works by gently dissolving and loosening the bonds that hold dead skin cells together on the top layer of skin. As a result, using a Glycolic Acid-based product can reveal brighter and healthier looking skin over time. What's promising about B. Revealed is how high Glycolic Acid features on the ingredient list - it doesn't look like they've cut corners when it comes to the formulation!

It comes with a muslin cloth, but save that for making jam or cheese and use a good old fashioned facial flannel instead. They retain their heat better and do a more thorough job of gently physically exfoliating the skin.

Other things to know about this cleanser? Well, it has a faint but pleasant smell (I'd personally prefer it to have no scent but that's just me), it's a thick cream and works better if you add a couple of drops of water before smoothing over your face (it just gives it a little more 'slip') and finally, it retails at the bargain price of £6.99.

B. have managed to bring a well formulated Glycolic cleanser to the high street and therefore I'd recommend that if you're still mourning the loss of MD Formulations that you give it try. Do you like using AHA's in your skincare routine? Have you tried anything else from the B. range? Let me know by leaving a comment below.