The idea of slathering my oily, blemish prone skin with yet more oil used to terrify me to the core and for many, many years I scoffed at the mere idea, shaking my head at these crazy oil-wielding fools as I continued to douse my face with a series of harsher and harsher products aimed at oily skin in a manic attempt to strip away every last ounce of oil from my poor face (bad, bad idea. - don't do it - dehydrated skin produces more oil.) Since trialing a few different oils and updating my skincare-know-how I've finally realised that using oils can actually help balance your skin's natural oil production, as well as keeping it radiant, comforted and hydrated and will not cause blemishes! I am now a full blown beauty oil convert and have these delights currently on rotation...
-Tussled with Tallulah our little Bichon Frise houseguest (owner of the yappiest bark known to man!)
-Quenched my thirst and my skin at the wonderful Jill Zander with a hydrafacial
-Dressed like a proper grown up business lady in my Mango tailored trousers and H&M shirt
-Fed my serious addiction to Malteesers Teesers aka the best chocolate in the entire world ever.
-Munched on some heavenly Polenta Chips at Pizza Express
-Attempted some Nail Art with the Barry M nail art pens
-Drooled over my Padana Leggera Pizza during date night - (25% off mains during the week #win)
-Slathered on the Image Skincare Total Resurfacing Mask for my Friday Facemask
-Admired my boyfriend do his man-thing and whip up a delicious BBQ in the (fleeting) summer sun
-Whipped my hurr back and forth after an amazing blowdry and treatment at Lisa Shepherd London
The (albeit fleeting) appearance of the summer sun this week caught me completely off guard and with a face sporting a whiter shade of white than Casper the Ghosts - and no time to fake tan - I decided to attempt a sun kissed look with just makeup. Enter stage right two fantastic new bronzing offerings from Borjouis, add a subtle shimmering sensation from Protocol and voila a natural, bronzed look.
A little while ago I skipped along to the fabulous Walford Hilton Hotel for the launch of Garnier's latest offering Perfect Blur - a product promising to 'Blur the signs of ageing in seconds' - needles to say, I was intrigued and myself and the fellow Beauty Bloggers at the event raced over to see for ourselves the effect of this potential miracle in a tube. Bowled over after just one use I decided to continue testing it out over time including using this on it's own, under makeup and over makeup, and became so enamoured with it I picked up a full size tube from my local Boots yesterday (£12.99) and snapped a few before and after photos...
After work I dashed off to Central London to visit the hair-genius Jason Cocking at the delectable Lisa Shepherd London Salon on Mortimer Street. My tresses were treated to the Schwarzkopf BC Fibre Force treatment (*) which utilises micronised keratin components which penetrate deeply into the hair architecture to reconstruct gaps in the cell membrane complex, the intercellular bonding cement responsible for strong and resilient hair - sounds rather fancy-dan I know ! Chemical processes and styling tools can stress and damage the hair fibre meaning overprocessed and damaged hair is prone to breakage, Jason compared it to your hair consisting of lots of tiny 'ladders' and bleach/heat damages those ladders, knocking off rung after rung after rung, and the BC fibre force treatment actually helps you to rebuild the ladders! The treatment consists of a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment with a gorgeous blowdry....
I am loving the spot of summer sun that we have been experiencing recently and it seems I am not the only one, ambling away down the sunlit streets the past few days I have spotted many tee-shirt clad, sandal sporting, cornetto clutching, sunglasses wearing passers by relishing in the sheer delight of being able to step outside the door without donning snow boots, mittens and a snood. The warmer weather means I've not just ditched my scarves and gloves, but also my heavier foundations, swapping them for a set of sheer creams and tints which promise to even out and enhance the skintone without feeling or looking too heavy.
Alas, I have never been one to be able to nab the recommended proverbial 'fourty winks'. No matter how I hard I try, or how many sheep I count, sleep continues to elude me. Sans-makeup I bare all the hallmarks of a true insomniac - puffy, red eyes complete with purpleish black shadows lurking underneath. Concealing them is a daily battle, but one I have finally found myself winning thanks to these dark-circle diminishing products. Let battle commence....
Ever since realising you could turn your Instagram snaps into delightful Polaroid-esque prints (Thanks Lily Pebbles) I immediately hurried on over to firebox.com and ordered 24 prints (£14.99). My aim was was to whittle down my various insta-selfies and paint a snapshot of my life over the past year. This invariably led to a variety of shots ranging from pouty poses and drunken ducklips to romantic rendezvous and inspirational images.
As well as my Instagram prints, this week I have been chuckling over hilarious humour cards, collecting cute stationary and doodling in my diary. Allow me to share with you my favourite online finds....
I did a little happy dance when I caught sight of the brand spanking new Borjouis cream blushers at the Spring/Summer launch last week. A long time devotee to the original pot powder blushers, I was absolutely over the moon to have the new cream blushers in my clutches, and after some serious testing I am delighted to report that they do not disappoint.
I've suddenly found myself at an age when my School and University friends are doing incredibly grown-up things like buying houses, getting engaged, having actual weddings and making tiny people, and tomorrow I am attending my very first Hen Party for one of my best friends and I am super-bloody-excited. The night before an important event is all about ensuring your skin looks radiant, healthy and glowing.It is definitely NOT the time for deep cleansing facials, extractions, microdermabrasions, dermarollers, blackhead/pore strips, clay masks or anything at all that is even remotely harsh on the skin. The last thing in the world you need is to encourage redness, flakiness or blemishes to rear their pesky heads resulting in greeting you with a cheery good morning wave as you peer into the mirror on the morning of the big day. No, the night before is about soothing, re-hydrating and brightening - and I shall fill you in on my secret weapons.
Lip balms are a handbag-must-have and recently I have found myself reaching for these three over the plethora over others in my possession. I've been trying to wean myself off my all time favorite, but ultimately bank-breaking, lip balm - By Terry Baume De Rose (£35) - and these three are serious contenders for the title of new favourite lip balm.
Perhaps not the most glamorous of subjects to tackle, but I know that dry skin conditions plague many friends of mine, and recently I myself have been suffering from the most random dry patches on the backs of my arms. They appeared inexplicably out of nowhere, almost overnight, and nothing I tried was making any difference whatsoever. Summertime is coming (or, at least, it's supposed to be) so we're all going to be showing off a bit more skin soon and I have the most beautiful strapless Bridesmaid dress that I will be slipping (squeezing) into in just over two months - so sorting out this problem became a top priority for me! I often see a lot of tweets regarding products that actually work for eczema, psoriasis, 'bobbly bits' and just for rough or dry skin in general - and these products have worked for me and can be used on the face and body - so I thought I would share.
Last week I made my way to Ladurée Covent Garden to attend the Bourjois Press Day to have a little
sneak preview at the upcoming Spring and Summer launches. Exciting additions to the range include
the introduction of cream blushers, new summery 1 second polish and shine edition lipstick shades and (definitely the most exciting for me) a bronzing primer, BB cream and HUGE bronzing powder!
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast, Emma Hardie Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm, REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray, ModelCo Tan Airbrush in a Can, Nude Progenius Treatment Oil, James Brown London Intensive Mask for Hair
This month I have been loving a variety of products...
-attended the Bourjois Event and sampled the gorgeous new Shine Edition Lipsticks
-repurchased LiLash to get my lashes ready for Summer
-was amazed the new 5 Second Perfect Blur at the Garnier Event (available this month)
-ogled and swooned over the window displays at Ladurée Covent Garden
-pondered over how fabulous London looks in the sunshine
-cooed over the delectable new cream blushes from Bourjois (launching in May)
-bandwagon jumped and purchased the Bioderma Sensibio H20 - Micelle Solution
-ordered The relationship guide 'All The Rules' after a hilarious chat and recommendation from Tara at Jill Zander
-lusted over everything at the Dior at Harrods exhibition
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I have finally got round to posting all about my fantabulous semi permanent 3D Brows - done at the amazing Tracie Giles bespoke permanent makeup clinic in Knightsbridge.
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