Friday, 30 January 2015

#LFXPhillipKingsley Trichotherapy | Google Hangout

#LFXPhillipKingsley Trichotherapy | Google Hangout
#LFXPhillipKingsley Trichotherapy | Google Hangout#LFXPhillipKingsley Trichotherapy | Google Hangout

Picking up a new pair of flashy shoes, a designer handbag or simply indulging on a new wardrobe altogether, is how the majority of my friends choose to splurge their cash. Me? I spend my money on my hair. I love getting treatments done, and I am a regular at the salon. I like my hair to be in the best condition possible and always like it looking fresh. So when I was asked to take part in the #LFXPhillipKingsley Trichotherapy Google Hangout - bit of a mouthful - I of course said yes. 

I have been trialing all sorts of products from Phillip Kingsley, and not one has left me disappointed. In particular, the Trichotherapy range has worked wonders. This set contains three products, a protein spray, a scalp lotion and a pack of hair supplements, which work in conjunction to help maintain optimum hair and scalp health - from the inside out. Phillip Kingsley, have a holistic approach to hair care, another thing I love about this brand, and encourage you to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle too. Make sure your diet is giving you enough iron, protein and carbohydrates, and you will be well on your way to getting the luscious locks you have always desired. 

I have a lot of hair, so appears to be quite thick, and sometimes even I forget it isn't thick, it is quite thin. I also suffer from breakage and hair fall out. You know when you wash your hair and style it, a few strands may fall out? Well, with my hair, it gets everywhere. Blonde hair is in every nook and cranny in my apartment. My hoover loves his job. Trichotherapy also helps with these kinds of problems too. 

Find out how I got on with this range in detail, later today, between 12-1pm there will be a LIVE Google Hangout hosted by Look Fantastic and Anabel Kingsley. Anabel will be talking to us all about the brand as well as telling us more about Trichotherapy. I will also be joined by these gorgeous ladies: Latasha from Today I Adore. Ambarina from Beauty Passionista. Mary from Another Girl's Life and Jen, from Beauty Junkie London. 

I shall expect to see you later!!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Brand Focus: Melvita Organic Skincare

A beauty blogger reviews products from organic skincare brand Melvita
A beauty blogger reviews various products from organic skincare brand Melvita

Melvita are such a lovely brand. I have reviewed a few of their products and am yet to be disappointed by them. Everything from their packaging, to their natural formulas and organic ethics, they are ruddy brilliant. 

This brand was born from one man's  love of beekeeping and their vital role in nature. This man's name is Bernard. Bernard and his wife wanted to create organic beauty products without harsh chemicals. This means no parabens, formaldehyde, silicons or synthetic preservatives. They were one of the first brands to receive an ECOCERT certificate for Organic products in 2002. With green skincare being very important to me, Melvita ticks all the boxes. Today I thought I would introduce you to a few favourites of mine.

This smells delightful and makes my showering experience feel that little bit more luxurious. Made up of five unusual and precious organic oils, combined with the unique L'OR bio scent, you feel like you are washing yourself with a little slice of heaven. The scent very much reminds me of Nars Body Oil, which is unfortunately rather expensive. Luckily, this shower gel is not at all expensive, and is rather purse friendly. The five oils have been sourced from all over the world, such as Morocco, Indonesia and Brazil, including Argan, Incha Inchi and Kendi Oil. The gel pours out with ease and a little goes a long way. My skin always feels and smells wonderful after using this.

Layer this on your skin after washing with the shower gel, as this will fully lock in the fragrance, guaranteeing your body to smell delicious all day long. The fragrance was inspired by 5 wonders of nature, taking a combination of natural notes including Italian Bergamot, White Jasmine, Fig tree leaf, Tiare Flower and Virginian Cedar. I absolutely adore this scent. It reminds me of holidays and makes me feel like I am spritzing a little bit of nature onto my skin. The white flowers give it that light floral scent, but the cedar, vanilla and benzoin give it that earthy, wood texture too. 

I literally have an addiction to serums. My bathroom shelf is covered in them, and this one from Melvita is a firm favourite. Enriched with a patented bud complex and a naturally derived hyaluronic acid, this gel like water is designed to smooth and firm. Prepping your skin perfectly for anything to be layerd on top, be it your favourite moisturiser or facial oil. My skin always feels plump and soft after applying this. P.S You need a teeny tiny amount, don't go crazy.

I go through hand cream like I do socks. I can never find it, but I always need it. I keep one on my desk and one in my hand bag. This one is currently on my desk. It is bigger than my average hand bag hand cream, and in plain sight, so I cannot lose it. Key ingredient argan oil nourishes and hydrates the skin, as well as being enriched with repairing shea butter, sunflower oil and protective beeswax. I love the feel of this hand cream and how it sinks into your skin immediately. I am going to pop some on right now, my hands could do with some TLC.

As I will be turning 26 this year, eek, I have started to add more anti aging products into my skincare routine. Last year was all about hydration and combating blemishes, this year will be all about those fine lines and wrinkles. This facial oil feels incredibly lightweight, which I love, and promises to reduce and smooth wrinkles, whilst firming the skin, yet ensuring it is left supple and comfortable. I absolutely adore the scent in this oil, and the fact it does not leave a greasy texture. Really impressed after only using this for the past week or so, my skin definitely looks more defined. 

The latest launch from Melvita, another hand bag staple. My lips are the driest known to man and resemble that of a shriveled up prune. Rich in argan oil, this lip balm promises to fight dehydration and improve barrier function. I have only been using this for the past week or so, but I shall let you know how I get on with it. Initial thoughts, it feels lovely and tastes nice too. 

Have you tried Melvita yet? 

*These products are PR samples, but all of these opinions are genuinely honest and all of my own. 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Models Own Colour Chrome Collection | My Thoughts

A beauty blogger reviews the Models Own Colour Chrome Collection
A beauty blogger reviews the Models Own Colour Chrome Collection
A beauty blogger reviews the Models Own Colour Chrome Collection

Models Own, are literally owning the bloggosphere right now. Colour Chrome Liquid Metal Effect nail varnish* is popping up left, right and centre. When five of the ten shades landed on my desk, they certainly brightened up my day. I even considered popping on a pair of sunglasses...

My very initial thoughts, were along the lines of: I will never, ever be seen dead wearing these shades. Eurgh.

The garish, high shine, chrome packaging is totally radical, but it also unsettled me a little. I mean, I am so not cool enough to wear something that resembles liquid metal. Regardless, I got home, and began to work on the swatches (see nail wheel above) and in doing so, my opinion turned completely on its head. 

The on-trend molten metal nail polishes have more of a muted foil effect, rather than the tacky finish I had so readily assumed. I really dislike admitting I am wrong. I really did not expect to like these. I actually love them. As usual with Models Own formulas, the polish goes on superlatively, with complete ease and no streaking whatsoever. I used two coats to achieve the finished look, but would always apply three when wearing them myself, as I have a dreadful habit of chipping my nails. 

From left to right on the wheel above, I own Rose, Olive, Cerise, Mauve and Indigo

My favourite definitely is the Chrome Rose, followed by Mauve and Indigo. I do love them all, and would indeed wear them all. In fact, I am going to dig out my nail varnish remover right this second and paint my nails all fresh and what not. Wish me luck, I have the patience of a ... think of a funny metaphor... patience of a.... gnat? Is that the saying? Who knows. 

Models Own. You successfully won me over. You sneaky devils.

Available in Superdrug from 11th February

Monday, 26 January 2015

Mythical Creatures Bodypainting Project | Make-up Artistry

Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.
Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.Make-up artist Zoe Newlove teams up with body painter Anna Lingis to bodypaint a Mythical Dragon.

It has been an awfully long time since I shared any of my make-up artistry on this blog, which is sad really, considering the whole purpose of this little space on the web, was to share my work as a make-up artist. Hopefully, you will be seeing lots more of my work in the near future, as I am beginning a new series which will very much focus on what I get up to make-up work wise. Let me know if this is actually something you would like to see more of, if it isn't, tell me to slow down on the series steam machine. 

As you may or may not know, I am Head of Make-up Artistry for Crownbrush UK. Part of my job allows me to collaborate on exciting projects, such as this one created by talented body painter Anna Lingis: The Mythical Creatures Project.  I urge you to check out Anna's work over on Instagram. This girl is ridiculously talented and she inspires me daily, as well as being an absolute sweetheart to work with. 

The first in this awesome series is the Mythical Dragon. We spent a good afternoon and a half putting this together. It all started from a drawing Anna had sketched out and soon with the help of Crownbrush make-up brushes, The Face Painting Shop paints and an airbrushing system, it all came together amazingly. This would not have been possible of course, without the gorgeous model, Hayley Sams. Hayley also created the nails, as she is a fabulous nail technician. Little finishing touches such as these tie the entire look together. 

You can watch this Mythical Dragon come together step by step over on the Crownbrush UK YouTube channel. See the video below! Make sure you subscribe so that you do not miss the next installment, which we will be painting this week. 

Before I leave you to watch the video, I must thank you Anna, (if you read this), as without you inspiring me, I would have let my creative spirit fizzle out. You are one of the most genuine girls I have met and I am super proud to be doing this project with you. 

Love and mushiness aside. Enjoy. 

The Daily Make-up Routine | YouTube

A beauty blogger fillms her Daily Make-up Routine for YouTube

So last night I uploaded a new video to YouTube! It is my Daily Make-up Routine, featuring my very naked face, and my favourite products from Too Faced Cosmetics, Antipodes, MAC Cosmetics and Anastasia Beverly Hills. This look is something that I will wear for work (when I am making an effort) or when I am to meet up with friends for lunch. I hope you enjoy watching it. I had a huuuuuge brainstorming session over the weekend, and as a result, I came up with lots of new video ideas, so make sure you have subscribed to keep up to date with each one.

As always, I would love to hear your feedback! Eep... Enjoy! 

Oh, one more thing, if any bright spark knows how to get this below video to stretch the width of the page, just like the photograph does, could you kindly let me know. Thankyou! 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off | The Review

A beauty blogger reviews Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off
A beauty blogger reviews Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off
a beauty blogger reviews Benefit Cosmetics Puff Off

Benefit Cosmetics latest launch is that of the Puff Off Instant Eye Gel*. As usual, the design and packaging is awesome. They never get it wrong. When I first received this, I didn't really take note of the packaging as like an excited child on Christmas Day, I just wanted to see rip the box open. I took off the lid which was shortly followed by a huge smile: IT LOOKS LIKE AN IRON, THAT IS TOTALLY RAD.

I soon realised, that this was actually written all over the box, and felt a little silly for just how excited I had got. Who can blame me though? The idea is genius. Designed to iron out puffiness and creases, diffusing the appearance of fine lines, this is quite a nifty eye gel. On application it feels very cooling, which is always nice in the morning, it helps me to wake up. You can also apply this over make-up during the day to freshen up the eye area, so if like me, when the afternoon  hits, you start to feel a little sluggish, keep this on your desk for an instant pick me up. Some of you may find that this is not enough "hydration" and in this case, use it as a base to a richer eye cream. It absorbs straight into the skin so is the perfect primer to anything you wish to add on top. 

I need to let you in on a little secret, when your eyes are feeling really rubbish, try using a cooling mask on an evening, something like the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, and in the morning pop a little of this Benefit Puff Off onto the eye area. Da daaaaaa, your eye area will feel brand new. I am pausing from typing periodically just to stroke the skin around my eyes. Yup. 

This playful ironing tip, is not just a clever gimic, this gel genuinely works and having only used this a few times I have been really impressed. 

Available on the 31st January for £22.50.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Three to Try | Rodial Make-up

A beauty blogger reviews a selection of Rodial Make-up
A beauty blogger reviews a selection of rodial make-up
A beauty blogger reviews a selection of Rodial make-up
A beauty blogger reviews a selection of Rodial Make-up

Ok so, being totally honest, as I always am with you lovely lot, I have found Rodial to be a brand that is quite hit and miss. I raved about the Super Acids skincare collection which you can read here, and loved the Glam Lip balms, but then I absolutely hated the Glam Skin Tinted Moisturisers. 

Funny isn't it?

Today I am going to show you some make-up from Rodial, that got the thumbs up,  a hit all the way. First up is the Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder*. Now, are you sat down, because when you hear the price you may need to be seated. This happens to be the only negative, the fact you will have to part with fifty two pounds of you hard earned pennies to purchase this. Completely ridiculous. Yet, when you look at the packaging, which is just gorgeous, you begin to get your breathe back. The universal champagne tone, when lightly applied over areas you wish to accentuate, gives your skin that perfect candle-lit glow. I like to use this on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. 

The second contender in today's show, is the Glamolash Mascara XXL* in black. This is seriously pigmented and makes my invisible eye lashes come alive. I really like the wand as it is great for giving definition and volume at the same time. I usually find "black black" mascaras wear off or lose their oomph during the day, but this one doesn't. It is one of my go to mascaras right now, and that says a lot. Oh, and don't worry about it drying your lashes out, it contains beeswax which is designed to condition and protect your flutter.

Last but not least, the Instaglam Magic Pen Corrector.* Here is a little story, on opening this I was expecting a YSL Touche Eclat pen, you know, the click click pump action. Then I realised it was a pencil, and I got all, oh, is this it? Disheartened I tried it out, and instantly felt guilty for judging the magic pen. This is great for on the go touch ups and does a fabulous job of hiding dark circles and blemishes. I love the fact you can use it for highlighting, during the whole contouring process, and it feels like you are drawing on your face. It really does lift and brighten your skin. My favourite of the three to try. 

What are your thoughts on Rodial? Are you a fan?

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