October 22, 2014

Lip Loves of the Moment #1

If I'm honest with myself, I am a lipstick junkie. I have a lot of lippies, too many, in fact. I don’t need to buy any more for at least ten years, but where is the fun in that? Maybe I will do a post on my MAC lipstick collection one day.

As much as I like collecting them, I rarely wear them. Maybe a red lip on a weekend or a pink one for date night if I am feeling that way inclined. But for the last few months, I have been getting my wear out of one MAC lipstick.  

I first read about the lipstick of the moment, while researching how ‘Kylie Jenner’ got her lips. Maybe she has had lip injections, she definitely has, but when I found out she had tweeted that she used Velvet Teddy, I just had to have it.

For work, I will dab on MAC Velvet Teddy (great name!), which is a much browner shade than my natural lip colour and matte, but so easy to just pop on in a morning without looking like you have tried too hard.

For evenings, I will use MAC Have To Have It lip liner, which matches perfectly with Velvet Teddy and then over the top, I put a little L'Oreal Colour Riche L'Extraordinaire lipstick/gloss hybrid in Molto Mauve, to make my lips a bit shiny. I love the Colour Riche line, they are such a lovely consistency and I highly recommend them if you want a great lip product at a cheap price.

The perfect lip combo for full, natural, ‘Kylie Jenner inspired’ glossy lips.

October 19, 2014

Let's talk: Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair serum's

Advanced Night Repair serum has been part of my night-time skin care routine for the past three years. I don't use it every night, more like three times a week, purely because it's costly.

The texture is not like most serums. It isn’t greasy or sticky in the slightest. I imagine that you could use this day and night.

I find myself waking up with softer, hydrated and much stronger feeling skin. It also reduces spot size and generally evens out the skin tone.

Estee Lauder claim that Advanced Night Repair 'addresses the appearance of all key signs of visible ageing' but at the age of 24, I can't vouch too much for that. I can say that it definitely improves the appearance of my skin though.

So lets talk ingredients. It's so important to have a look at the ingredients list and do a bit of research when it comes to skincare, I know, I know… it’s boring. But don’t you want to know that the products you are putting onto your skin aren’t damaging or harmful long term? Don't you want to know whether you are paying for the product or the brand?

The first five ingredients (no.1 being water) are:
  • Bifida ferment lysate - a probiotic found in the digestive system, which makes our skin more stress resistant
  • Methyl Gluceth-20 - a skin-conditioning agent
  • PEG-75 - an emollient to help soften and lubricate the skin
  • Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane - a synthetic skin conditioning agent
I hope I haven’t sent you off to sleep with that little list of hard to say words? So, nothing really overly exciting from the top five ingredients, but that's more down to the ‘patented’ stuff being much lower down the list (translation: the amount of good stuff is low).

So with my love for the serum, I thought I would see what the eye infusion had to offer. It is different. For starters, it pumps out a shiny white serum and I find one pump for each eye is more than enough. It does take a while to dry, but once it sinks in a subtle radiance is left behind. The directions say that you can use this AM and PM, which i think is much better.

Lets have a quick look at the eye ingredients.

The top five ingredients (again water is the first and the second is the same as the the face serum - Bifida Ferment Lysate):
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride - a specific oil from coconut
  • Dimethicone – a type of silicon oil
  • Nylon-12 – a bulking agent that gives a silky feel to skin
  • Cetyl Ricinoleate - A fatty acid made from castor oil, known for providing a light, non-oily and silky moisture to the skin 

This serum has taken my sallow circles and fine lines around the 'bag' area of my eyes and made them softer and more hydrated with those pesky fine lines being plumped up to make them appear smoother.  It doesn't really offer anything for dark circles though, but I'm not sure if anything other than sleep can? It also can't help age-related puffiness.

I have to say, if you had to choose just one, I would recommend the face serum, because it does make a difference. I'm not sure that eye serums are advanced enough to be that important in your skincare routine, which is why i wouldn't recommend purchasing. I may be wrong though, but that's my opinion. 

I hope you found this useful and informative. Let me know if you have tried out these products already and what you think to them.

October 13, 2013

It, Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung, It. 

This book is one of those that you either get or you don't. I find this book so inspiring, her images and words/tips are a tumblr girls dream. It, reads very much like a diary or scrapbook. I think if you are going to have a read, take It with a pinch of salt. Alexa is funny and honest, but don't over analyse like so many who have already reviewed this have done. Inhale It and move on.

Beth x