Wednesday, 4 December 2013
I'm sure any Lisa Eldridge fans out there would have heard her talking about the idea of 'pinpoint concealing'. A technique used to cover pimples by using a tiny dot of concealer right on top of the blemish as opposed to getting coverage happy and ending up concealing half your face. After watching many a video in which she preaches the technique, this one being particularly helpful, I decided to give it a go myself. I've also been dabbling in a bit of, what I like to call, precision powder-ing (real word?). Here's the tips, tricks and tools I've been using to conceal like Lisa herself, or at least try to.
I start off by using the highest coverage concealer I own; Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer, what a name. For reference I use the shade 01 Light. I use the doe foot applicator to blob some product onto the back of my hand then reach for the Real Techniques Detailer Brush. I simply take a tiny bit on the brush and dab directly on top of the pimple I'm wanting to conceal. I then take a clean finger and pat the concealer in to ensure a flawless, well blended finish. Lisa recommends using a light coverage foundation over your entire face and focusing the coverage on only the areas that need it, so blending is really important. I find that finger patting works particularly well as your body's natural warmth helps blend but you don't end up shifting the concealer all over your face like you may with a big brush.
Now it's precision powder time. If you don't have an oily skin type or maybe you feel like embracing your natural dewiness, the last thing you want to be doing is powdering your entire face. However I do still think it remains important to use powder to some degree to help set your concealer. I like to use my Real Techniques Contour Brush paired with Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder to set the areas I've concealed, whilst leaving the rest of my face powder free. I find the contour brush to be the perfect size for problem areas such as my chin, and Rimmel's Stay Matte is my go to powder, hence why it looks just a tad worse for wear.
Concealing pimples all day long? Task complete.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Finally it's December! The month of stressful exams and assignments is over and it's time to get into the festive spirit. It's this time of year that I begin digging around my stash for those Christmas reds and glitter-full shades, thinking of my Christmas day makeup and mani is getting me excited already. But first let's look at what I've been loving during the month of November.
The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder Shade 02 Fair Matte Pale skinned gals looking for a natural, matte bronzer, gather round stat. My first venture into The Body Shop's range of makeup and I managed to pick a winner. Perfect for dusting all over to bronze up my complexion and coming from a girl who usually uses the tiniest amount of bronzer and still manages to look tangoed, that's got to mean something right? I've been keeping this in my handbag for on-the-go bronzing and it even helps keep that midday shine away, definitely a win.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Want You To Want Me One I raved about a little while back seems to have made a come back. You can check out all the deets here but let me just say, this little palette has helped me step out of my matte comfort zone and into the world of shimmer. I've been slowly building up to a full on glitter fest (just in time for December) and this palette has been the stand out. The three shimmers in the middle row (from left to right; Brass in Pockets, Power Ballad and Front Row Centre) are absolute dreams for the one-shade wash-of-colour look. Front Row Centre is a shimmery peach champagne, Power Ballad a shimmery silver taupe and Brass in Pockets a bronzey champagne. I'm also loving that there's two matte shades for days when I want some natural, effortless definition and even some more bold shimmers for when I'm feeling brave.
Lust Have It Precision Pencil Brush Not only have I been loving a bit of shimmer on the lids, I've also been bringing some of that goodness down to my lower lash line. I talk a fair bit about my love for lower lash eye shadow smudging around these parts and now I've found the perfect brush for the job. A little gem from a recent Lust Have It box, it's the perfect size, shape and density to really pack some shadow between those lower lashes. Paired with Brass in Pockets from above and boy does that make my eyes pop, if I do say so myself.
The Body Shop Satsuma Body Mist It's officially summer down here in the Southern hemisphere and the sun has wasted no time at all heating up. The temps are starting to climb and I'm starting to crave a midday refresher. Those cravings have been seen to by this absolute beaut from the Body Shop. In a scent I recently raved about here, this stuff is perfect for a midday spritz. Cooling, refreshing and oh so yummy scented, I think this will be in my handbag all summer long.
Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask Now that the weather is heating up my skin's been craving a bit of extra nourishment and I've been on the look out for something to give my skin that extra nourishment whilst also helping with those pesky pimples. This mask from Antipodes has managed to fit the bill perfectly. Without saying too much, this mask applies like a thick, nourishing cream, dries like a light clay mask and then once removed, leaves my skin feeling nourished and redness is reduced. Yes, it is pretty amazing and yes, there is a full post in the works.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
My third and final Christmas Gift Guide for 2013. Full of hair, body and nail sets that I think will make perfect gifts this Christmas.
Nails Inc The Editors Collection A lovely set of five mini festive shades, this kit would have any girl lacquering up come Boxing Day. It even features the cult 'nude of all nudes'; Porchester Square. I can definitely see myself rocking nude with a gold accent nail this festive season.
Macadamia Ultimate Repair Set After all the parties and events at this time of the year, it's not unusual for hair to get a little neglected and beaten about. This gift set from Macadamia is perfect for breathing some life back into limp locks and perfect for a Boxing Day pamper.
Therapie Roques O'Neil Discover Me Set Another set perfect for a Boxing Day (or even Christmas night, I don't judge) pamper. Featuring the cult Himalayan Detox Salts as well as a variety of other goodies from Therapie, I'm sure this would lead to a pretty damn good night sleep.
Mavala Angel Nail Polish How cute is this?! A nail polish and Christmas decoration in one, absolutely perfect. These cuties come in a variety of colours and I think they'd be an amazing addition to any Christmas tree, I'll be leaving a branch free to add mine.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Benefit Let's Glow, Lovely! This would be a really lovely set for any young teens just getting into makeup. Benefit is such a fun brand and this little set has some really nice neutral colours that I'm sure many girls would love. It also comes with a nice tin which can come in handy for future storage.
Laura Mercier Colour-to-go Portable Palette Natural Nude Such a dreamy palette with all you need to create a lovely makeup look (minus foundation and concealer). Some lovely eyeshadow shades to create a variety of looks and a blush, bronzer and lipgloss to match, all packaged up in a handy, travel friendly pack. Perfect.
Nars Eye and Cheek Palette At First Site Another lovely palette is this one from Nars. Featuring two of their cult products; Deep Throat blush and Laguna bronzer, and four lovely eye shadow shades. Another practical one but Nars always feels so sophisticated and luxe making it the perfect gift.
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual What beauty obsessive doesn't love a good makeup read? This year I've got my eyes set on Bobbi Brown's Makeup Manual, I've heard it's pretty darn good. I think this would make a lovely gift for girls just starting with makeup, or those with a bit more experience. Just be prepared for the Boxing Day make overs!
Friday, 29 November 2013
Pai Rosehip Collection: Intensive Nourishing Facial Set: My love for Pai's Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil has been well documented around these parts so it's no surprise it has made an appearance in this post. Teamed up with a limited edition Rosehip Face Mask and muslin cloth, it's the gift set I may just be treating myself to this Christmas. The oil is suitable for all skin types (even oily skin!) so I'm sure this would go down a treat with any skincare enthusiast.
Antipodes Sensitive Skincare Collection: Antipodes is a brand pretty well loved in the skincare world and this little set would be a great starting point to trial the brand. The set features a Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser, Ananda Antioxidant Rich Gentle Toner and Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream, all of which are full size. I think this would be a lovely gift for someone just getting into skincare as it's a lovely natural brand and has all the basics for a daily routine covered.
Elemental Herbology Moisture Replenish Starter Kit: Elemental Herbology is another cult skincare brand and I think this little set of samples would make a lovely gift for a skincare addict. It features some of their cult products such as the Purify and Soothe Cleansing Balm and Facial Glow Radiance Peel in handy try-before-you-buy sizes. A great way to try a variety of products before splurging on full sizes.
Aurelia Miracle Morning Time Gift Set: Aurelia has quickly become well known in the beauty world for it's luxurious, natural creamy balm cleanser. It's quite pricey, so perhaps not something someone would purchase for themselves, however I think it would make a really lovely, luxe gift. I love that this set also comes with a little bag of Aurelia's signature blend of tea and a super cute teacup and saucer. Such a lovely gift for a more mature loved one.
Kiehl's Ultimate Man Refuelling Kit: Finally something for the boys. If you're anything like me and are constantly trying to get your other half, Dad, brother or any other man in your life to get into skincare, a set like this could be the answer. Not too feminine in appearance as to scare him off, this is sure to get him in the bathroom. Now you've just got to hope he keeps it up.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
My brother recently returned from a trip to the UK and being the absolute gem he is, he picked up these Body Shop bits for me. Ok so I had to place and pay for the order but he delivered it and that's a start right? As you can see I went a bit crazy with the Satsuma scent but I'm sure that if you've had the pleasure of giving this a whiff, you will not blame me. Pretty difficult to get hold of in Australia, I don't think it's part of their permanent line so of course I had to snap up this opportunity to get my hands on the stuff. The Body Shop UK also has amazing deals and sales pretty much all the time. I made the mistake of signing up to their email newsletters so am forever feeling envious of those Body Shop lovers across the pond. I managed to pick these bits up at quite a bargain, spend £50 and get £25 off! Their deals really are amazing and great for finding gifts this time of year, don't even get me started on their beaut of an advent calendar. So if you're in the UK and not signed up to their emails to keep you in the know, what are you waiting for?!
Now onto what I actually picked up starting with the Satsuma spritzers. I picked up both the Body Mist and Eau De Toilette. The mist is much more lightly scented than the EDT and is perfect for spritzing on in the middle of a hot day to help you feel cool and refreshed. The scent doesn't hang around particularly long but it's great as a refresher. The EDT has a slightly stronger scent and I find it sticks around a little longer. I still wouldn't say it's the most long lasting and you'd definitely have to reapply during the day but I love the scent so much that it really doesn't bother me.
I also picked up the Satsuma Body Polish which is simply a shower gel type product with little exfoliating particles throughout. This is amazing for morning showers as the smell is so awakening and the small exfoliating beads are really invigorating. It's not super exfoliating so is suitable for daily use and it always leaves my skin always feeling really nourished. The final body piece I ordered was the Chocomania Soap which I'm yet to try but it does smell really lovely, I'll be sure to keep you updated if it's a goodin'.
Being the makeup junkie that I am I couldn't not order something from the Body Shop's range of makeup. The Honey line is a relatively new one so I decided to give their bronzer a whirl. I've been looking for a fairly natural bronzer that I can simply dust over my entire face without looking tangoed for a while now and I think I may have found the one. I have the shade 2 Fair Matte which is the perfect slightly-more-tanned version of my natural skin tone. They even offer a shade lighter than this so pale girls looking for a bronzer, definitely check out the Body Shop.
What are your favourite pieces from the Body Shop?
Friday, 15 November 2013
In the words of skincare goddess Caroline Hirons, toner works best when you've got 'one to take away' and 'one to add'. The once alcohol-laden, skin stripping step in a traditional skincare routine started to become the forgotten step, however is now making a big come back. With so many toners on the market it's hard to know what to look for and how to use what you find, but with a little help from this post, I've managed to up the toner-anti and now every night is 'toner time'. Note: I reach for the hydrating toner from step two in the morning's as well.
Going back to Caroline's 'one to add and one to take' theory, you want an exfoliating first stage, to take away, and a hydrating second stage, to add, simple non? That first exfoliating stage will help lower your skin's pH (skin's with high pH levels are a breeding ground for bacteria- and therefore pimples!), thicken the dermis, and decongest the skin. For this step I reach for the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner and a cotton pad and wipe over the entire face. AHA fuelled enough to have a noticeable effect but gentle enough for me to use every night. With regular use this really has helped my complexion by reducing scarring and adding a healthy glow. Some other alternatives for this step that I'm yet to try are Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 and Pixi Glow Tonic.
The second stage is 'to add' which calls for some hydration. This second stage in 'toner time' helps to add some moisture back into your skin and prep it for the rest of your routine. Many of these hydrating toner's come in spritz bottles so they're also really refreshing. My favourite of the moment is Sukin's Hydrating Mist Toner which is lovely and natural with ingredients such as chamomile and rosewater which help soothe your skin. Some other toner's I've got my eye on to trial for stage 2 are La Roche Posay's Zerosinc and Omorovicza's Queen of Hungary Mist.
Follow in Caroline's foot steps, up the toner-anti and your skin will thank you for it, trust me.