Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Runway Ready Skin Recreated

Regardless of changes in make-up, hair and apparel, a majority of runway shows I ogled over this season had one aspect in common, freaking fabulous skin. This is something that has never altered on those chiseled supermodel faces, be it Gucci or Prada that's being walked on the ramp. If you're looking to re-create that 'no-makeup' make up look which features a glow from within, thoroughly quenched skin, luscious plump lips and an enviable flawless radiance, here are some of my tried and tested winners from the skincare stash that can be used to recreate the sheer gorgeousness. 

La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Eye Gel. The more affordable range from La Prairie, these light green bottles of goodness are worth getting your hands on ASAP. Geared more towards younger faces, it's one that will de-puff lids and under eye area whilst your catch up on your daily snooze. The lightly hydrating formula feels soothing and calming on application and is a foolproof way to have bright peepers in the morn, no matter how much shut-eye you got the night before. Allowing you to slap only a teeny amount of illuminating concealer, it also lends a helping hand in the dark circles (read panda eyes) department. Ever seen a face on the runway with tired, puffy eyes? Me neither. 

La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Tonic. Upping the dose of H2o in your skin, this is another of my favourite product from the Marine Biology range that follows application of the above. A revitalising serum, this is one of those products that gets blood rushing to the surface of the skin, making it appear younger and healthier instantly. It's one of those seriously good wake-me-up skin perker's that can make one appear well rested and skin to look years younger. Get ready to be Id'ed again! On my combination-confused skin, the antioxidant and vitamin enriched formula works wonders and doesn't clash with the sometimes-dry-sometimes-crazy kind of skin situation going on. Being decently moisturising, you can skip moisturiser on an oily skin day but for a runway ready look, I'd say layer it up followed by...

Guinot Longue Vie Cellulaire. The only lush formula that I've come across from a French brand that firms and hydrates skin at the same time. Usually the two aspects seem to clash when it comes to face creams, with some being overtly firming and some, a bit too moisturising. This baby packed with 21 amino acids, Vitamins A, C, D & F is the perfect way to finish off facial skincare. Much like Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream, this wonderful formula packed with nutrients and minerals lends an anti-ageing hand to the skin and if you're younger, simply ensures you benefit from all the lovely, potent ingredients. A formula with a decent amount of slip, it allows one to finish the regime with some short yet firm massage movements under the cheekbone, on the cheeks, pinched through the jawline and a few taps on the forehead. 

Decleor Aroma Solutions Nutri-Smoothing Lipstick. A concoction of delicious waxes and lush oils whipped up together and created into a lipstick bullet is the next best invention after sliced bread. No more messy hands and unhygienic pot containers lingering with bacteria. Just slide this on and massage  it into the lips with cotton bud to get rid of dead skin cells. Slather on another layer to seal in the moisture and you're good to go. The modern formula is hydrating without leaving a sticky film behind. Perfect for achieving those plump and supple supermodel lips with a demi matte finish. 

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer Dry Oil. The small golden particles in this glistening formula will leave face and body skin looking sunkissed minus the oompa loompa tan. With a pure bronzed goddess effect, you can expect skin to appear golden and exotic just like that spotted on the runway. Coat your arms, legs, neck and chest in a light veil of this and see it reflect back beautifully in daylight. The moisturising dry oil formula also ensures skin is quenched with just the right amount of moisture. No more cracked or chapped elbows and knees! 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

September Makeup Edit

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in shade 3.5. Had to go lighter for Autumn/Winter. Plus this shade is more yellow toned and brighter for me. Previously I wore 4 which although was a gorgeous sunkissed shade, oxidised by the end of the day. 

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in Antigua. You can hardly see it here but that light pink flush you see on the apples of the cheeks is all it's magic. I have wanted this baby since years! It's worth all the hype and subtly imparts that sunkissed tan. If you want to look bronzed with a hint of pink that illuminates the complexion, this is a must-have. 

Clinique Chubby Stick in Bountiful Blush. Ignored the shade till I saw Kylie Jenner bringing back chocolate brown lips with a bang. Not being a fan of nude lips, it's slightly pink, slightly brown hints are slowly easing me into the trend. Plus it dries to a demi matte finish making it much easier to pull off and comfortable on the lips. With my bright blusher choices, it works wonders.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Haven't put this dusky pink tube down since it landed on  my doorstep. It's all things gorgeous. Voluminous lashes - tick. Quick drying - tick. Lengthening fibres - tick. Why would anyone ever look back after using this? I certainly won't. Until of course something more va-va-voom comes my way. 

MAC Select Cover-up in NC30. I slather it almost everywhere on my face, pretending to only use it as a 'concealer'. Realistically, I would actually quite like to use this as a foundation. High coverage, sets well, non cakey and dries to a demi-matte finish, sterling! Why don't you make this in a 30ml bottle MAC, please

Friday, 26 September 2014

GIVEAWAY: 12 Maybelline Color Show 'Tanned & Ready' Nail Polish

Part of Maybelline's Vintage Leather collection released last year, Tanned & Ready is a gorgeous colour for Autumn/Winter! It's a terracotta with sheer white flakes that looks almost ethereal yet casual chic. Perfectly suitable for all complexions from the palest to the most deliciously tanned. Drying to a modern matte finish, it looks perfectly manicured for all casual and formal occasions. Whether you're casually lounging around on a lazy weekend or making conversation in a chic cocktail party, it adapts amazingly to a variety of outfits and moods. Matte shades like these compliment the snug, cosy and warm feel of Autumn/Winter so well and look gorgeous paired with monochrome or rich jewel toned apparel. 

NoScrunchie are giving away 12 of these beauts in the running to Good Afro Salon Awards 2014. To enter, simply start adding and/or reviewing salons on their website and voila, you're in! So if you know of a hairdresser, hairstylist, freelance hair pro or a salon that's great at doing Afro hair, just add it to NoScrunchie's ever increasing database and win yourself some goodies for the new season. 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Dr Ceuticals Firm & Sculpt Arm Gel

Bingo wings! Something most women are tired of battling in the gym. Sometimes it's an incorrect workout, unhealthy diet or plain old genetics, but flabby arms can be more stubborn to melt for some than others. Of course weight lifting mixed with a generous dose of cardio is something that's perfect to melt the extra baggage on the arms. If you need a little extra help however, try slathering this baby after every arm day. 

It won't work wonders melting off that fat and turning it into toned muscle but what it will help with is tightening and firming the saggy skin around that area. With antioxidants, collagen and elastin building properties thrown into the sculpting formula, it's an effective blend to target those jiggly upper arms. A gel like formula that's easy to absorb, feels cool on application and leaves no greasy residue, it's the perfect choice to opt for post-shower or workout instead of your regular body butter offerings. 

Visible results in the texture of the skin around the area should be apparently seen in 3 months time. In my opinion, take it as it as i.e. a firming gel for the arms and expect it to work wonders only if you're prepared to work your butt off in the gym. Just thought of putting it out there as there's hardly any great upper arm sculpting products and this is one that fitness freaks would love to have. 

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

I've always heard of charcoal as a fabulous ingredient in skincare but have never really got a chance to try it out. When a grey coloured cleanser arrived at my doorstep, I was actually quite reluctant to give it a shot. It's funny how colour plays an important role when it comes to skincare. Unknowingly, we are quite used to seeing our cleansers creamy white so it was quite funny at first to slather on something greyish as a pick-me-up in the mornings. 

Surprisingly enough, the colour has nothing to do with the brilliance of the product. Containing not many star ingredients besides Charcoal, it's a simple face cleanser for daily use. There is that obvious slight tingle on application but nothing much. You also work up a little foam whilst massaging it onto the skin but no obvious bubbles and Fairy liquid action happening there. Working strongly at leaving face refreshed and thoroughly cleansed, it's actually a match made in heaven for teenage, troublesome skin. 

I can actually spot a considerable reduction in the number of breakouts and clogging on my face after using this regularly for a good few weeks. Alternate it with a rich cleanser at night or pair it with balm cleanser as a morning, double cleanse regime, For a fiver, it will surprise you with how amazing it is. 


Friday, 19 September 2014

Skin Foods

Did you know that it’s possible to eat your way to better skin – well, to a degree anyway. The old adage, ‘you are what you eat’, is one that rings true when it comes to creating glowing clear skin and we’ve compiled a list of great foods that will help you achieve this.

These foods, when added to a diet consistently and over a period of time will help you improve your skin’s quality and look great. So, what are the foods that will help you achieve a healthy glow this autumn?  

A steaming cup of peppermint tastes great smells great and it’s also great for you too. The healing properties of peppermint are physical and also mental and it aids digestion, as well as cuts down on stress. Both of these are causes of skin issues and swapping normal tea for a cup of this is a great way to help your skin and more besides.

One of the main reasons a lot of us have skin issues is down to deficiency in minerals and many of these minerals are found in nuts. Pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts are two of the very best as they are full of what’s known as selenium, this helps to increase white blood cell counts – this prevents infection. These nuts also have plenty of other great nutrients too – copper, magnesium, manganese and Vitamin E are just some of the rich additions that help skin that are common in these nuts.

Yes, the humble tomato is a great addition in the fight against bad skin according to Skin Care by Alana. Filled with vitamin C the tomato is filled with lycopene which stimulates the red colour of the skin in this fruit and also helps brighten our own skin too.

Yes, good old simple water – it’s probably the most important single thing we can consume if we’re hoping for better skin. Water helps flush out toxins and also improves the way we feel by helping us stay more mentally alert. In addition, it replenishes cells in the body and helps skin stay hydrated. All in all, it’s the single most important factor in great skin. So, get at least 8 glasses a day.

Liquorice flavoured and a root vegetable, fennel is great for digestion and also for reducing the amount of swelling in the body. It flushes out toxins too, which of course helps with your skin and hair and the way they appear. It comes in tea form, as well as in root form, which tastes great with a Sunday dinner – we promise.

Red Grapes
Red grapes are filled with antioxidants and it’s thought that these help with a number of skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. In addition, red grapes are also a natural antihistamine and can help control allergic reactions. Why not add a few to you salad, or eat some with soft cheese – they’ve a whole host of benefits.

Adding these foods to your diet in small amounts over a long period of time can really help ensure your skin looks great. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System

This is the best steal in the history of skincare steals. Period. 

La Roche Posay is a brand that appeals to almost everyone. It hardly ever happens when a brand seems relatable to by all. Some of them can be  mild, some too harsh, some hardly ever effective. La Roche Posay on the other hand strikes middle ground. It works without stripping the skin off it's moisture alongside cleansing pores from inside out. What's there not to like? 

They have just come out with the much anticipated Anti-Blemish System. Containing a serum, toner and cleanser, it's cheap as chips for £32.50 and a must-have for all La Roche Posay fans. The Clarifying Toner is apparently from their Asian product portfolio and contains a teeny amount of salicylic acid that's even suitable for the most sensitive skin. The addition of Effaclar Duo will make this set go off the shelves like hot cake, considering how it's been a star blemish-buster that the worlds gone gaga after. It's seriously been a staple on my vanity since the time I tried it last year. The purifying foaming gel is surprisingly a great discovery considering I usually steer clear of products that have 'foaming' plastered over them. Ignore the name, it's a fabulous pick-me-up for morning cleaning jazz. Oh and great for young, teenage skin too. 

On the whole, if you have confused, teenage-like skin in your late twenties or thirties, this is the kit that will change your life. Okay, skin - but exaggeration just makes life so much more interesting.