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.
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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. The texture is not like most serums. It isn’t greasy or sticky, it sinks in quickly and allows you to use it in the day time (ignore the 'night' bit). I find it smooths my skin, within seconds of applying, making it a perfect make-up base.

Estee Lauder claim that Advanced Night Repair 'addresses the appearance of all key signs of visible ageing' ...i have very few fine lines on my forehead, so cannot comment too much on this, but i do think its important to prevent ageing by starting young with good skin care. 

It's so important to have a look at the ingredients list when investing in skin care. The first five ingredients (scrap no.1 because it's 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
  • 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 

Nothing overly exciting from the top five ingredients, but that's more down to the ‘patented’ stuff being much lower down the list. I find this serum reduces spots and also brightens up a dull complexion and for that reason it will be sticking around in my skin care routine until something better comes along. 


So with my love for the serum, I thought I would see what the Eye Infusion had to offer. The top five ingredients are mostly oil based to plump up the thin tissue around the eye area: 

(water is the first ingredient and the second is Bifida Ferment Lysate)

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 fine lines being plumped up and made to appear smoother. 

The Advanced Night Repair range is well worth splashing out on and will give noticeable difference from first application. Let me know if you have tried this and what you think.
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