Friday, 18 April 2014

Rituals Under a Fig Tree Candle

For long Summer evenings, when you're throwing a scrumptious barbecue feast in the garden or simply want to unwind, relax and have some me-time on a rocking chair, this baby is all the doses of comforting cosiness you need in this world.  I know Summer's all about about fresh, zesty, citrusy scents but sometimes fresh linen scents just don't cut it for me. I personally relate scents candles to Autumn/Winter and to Autumn/Winter, I relate warm, fuzzy scents and this is just that. Having said that, it's not heady, overpowering or Christmas-y in any way possible. It's still fresh and sweet to keep the feeling of Summer alive. I am a sucker for anything fig scented or flavoured and feel  love with it at first sniff! From then, it's quickly creeped up to becoming my favourite thing to light in these breezy evenings. It's one of those candles that feels at home in the living room, something that everyone in the family needs to get a sniff off. Rituals have always impressed with me with their spa inspired scents and this is no exception. If you're on the hunt for a luxe candle for half the price of the designer ones, check this out for sure. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

NYX Fly With Me Mascara

First things first, if you like volume and thick lashes, then this is not your cup of tea. It's not mine too but I had write about it as from experience, I know of a minority of the population that would quite like this baby. So, I have no complaints with the bulbous wand wand or it's super flexible approach but I find the consistency of the mascara, rather too odd for my liking. It dries too quickly so second coat's out of question and secondly, it will only satisfy your cravings for slightly tinted, naturally long lashes. 

It provides absolutely no volume whatsoever so I seem to find to find it a little too 'chic' for my liking. Although my eye shadow seems to pop out more and my eyes look like those of supermodels when they are attempted a bare lash look on - I can't seem to compromise on volume. But for those of you who despise the faux lash effect with mascaras and want a clean, neat effect when it comes to lashes, a bare minimum, almost natural looking result, then this is just for you. 

Apparently there's a bunch of ladies out there who don't want others to know they are wearing Mascara. For me, I am okay with people knowing that I have painted my face. I take pride in it, it's a skill not everyone has. But if you really want to push the 'au naturale' makeup limits, then this would make the perfect product to pair with a barely there CC cream and a hint of lip tint. #nomakeupselfie, tick.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Summer Wedding Accessories Edit

Lets leave the brides and bridesmaids out of this shall we and lets focus on guests as that's what most of us have the possibility of being at a wedding this Spring/Summer. Wooly coats, cosy hats and furry accessories no more can cut the mustard come warmer months. 

Accessories will have to be fresh, modern and apt for the new season. Summer wedding accessories should compliment the sunny weather and not look last season, that's the rule of the thumb. 

Head Gear. From chain hair crowns, pale gold chain hair combs, bow hair clips, oversized flower clips, feathered head bands to floral hair crowns, there is nothing too 'festival like' when it comes to hair accessories for summer weddings. Everything works in symmetry with pale pastel outfits and peep toes. You can still opt for something more formal and traditional like a veil headpiece, as long as it's simple and chic and made of a light, airy fabric. The key is to incorporate something floral and vibrant in your tresses to give it a boho chic kind of feel. 

Phone cases. Albeit the most ignored when it comes to Summer weddings, your phone's get much more visual coverage in a crowd compared to your stilettos for instance. Hence making them the perfect accessory to make a style statement. Skip all jewellery and go all out with a fully bejewelled, 3D rhinestone encrusted phone case for a modern, youthful look. For a more conservative look, opt for a chic phone case in a soft pastel shade with a slim gold rim and a sprinkle of shimmer. 

Sun glasses. How can we forget the oh-so-glamorous sunnies! As most Summer weddings are outdoors, the beautiful weather is the perfect occasion to pop out those sun glasses and pretend to be a diva, even if it's for the ceremony. Reflecting mirrored lenses and rounded frames with baroque swirls are not only limited to celebrities and the runway as every fashion blogger is donning them these days. Ditch the safe option and opt for sunnies that are pastel coloured, mirrored and in quirky shapes or co-ordinate them with your outfit. It's the perfect way to add a bit of an edge to an all-safe and structured wedding apparel. 

Handbags. Be it clutches or a traditional leather handbag, you can still have fun with these and look elegant at a Summer wedding. How about a lip shaped, pastel pink glossy clutch paired an all white matte outfit? Or an undersized leather handbag in duck egg blue or pistachio green with a flowy chiffon outfit and a gilet? Whatever you choose, coloured handbags are more suited for Summer weddings. Keep them structured but in a soft candy colour to balance it out.   

Friday, 11 April 2014

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

The latest cheek offering by Clinique, these Pop Blushes define Spring like no other. I'm not swatching them for a reason. First, there are tonnes of betters swatches out there, from the ones who actually specialise in that sort of a thing. Second, the formula is one of those subtle ones which looks great on the cheeks but rubbish on the back of the hand, yes that. 

I have two shades with me and both of them are equally gorgeous. I have the shades 'plump pop' and 'berry pop'. One is more blue toned and one is warm toned, with hints of peach shot through it. If you find it difficult to wear corals due to a pale yellow complexion, try this shade and it will make you change your mind.

The container is a clear one which gives it a clean, crisp look for the warmer months. Makes it look modern and more geared towards a younger population. The finish of these is satin like, with a hint of iridescent sheen shot through it. Regarding application, it spreads on skin like a hybrid between a powder and cream blusher. 

I still haven't figured out it's consistency exactly! Having said that, the buttery texture makes it super easy to slap on with fingers or absolutely any makeup brush from your collection. I prefer to use a fan brush with this surprisingly. Just an application intuition and it works wonders. The pigment of these blushes is almost translucent where you can still see skin from within. Looks more like a natural flush and I'm not complaining.

With the shades of these being so fresh and vibrant, it only makes sense to apply these more towards the apple of the cheeks rather than do a sculpted look. For £16 a pop, these are must-haves for Spring/Summer, especially if your Winter blushes are starting to appear a little full-on, cakey and matte on top of that sheer BB base. Not a good look eh?

Monday, 7 April 2014

KIKO Rock Idol Lipstick

If you like sheer lipsticks with a satin like matte finish then this one by KIKO will be right up your street. It's got a lovely velvety texture and while it's not the best for chapped, often ignored lips - it's quite a lovely one to wear after a good slapping of 8 hour cream on the lips at night. 

Not the most long lasting of formulas especially if you're a regular coffee/tea drinker like myself, nonetheless it leaves a gorgeous hint of pigmented stain that works at giving that pop of colour on the lips mid-day.  Just the time when you want to avoid looking corspe-like. I know that's the time I usually start looking, well...yellowish you see. Think Simpsons! This particular shade is a peachy one with a milky neon, almost pastel like hint to it. Perfect for Spring/Summer and more importantly to pair with a gorgeous tan. 

The crayon is particularly thin this time compared to your usual chubby crayons that can be difficult to manoeuvre and line the lips. This is somewhere in between a kajal pencil and a chubby stick making it a perfect product to apply precisely for an evening out or perhaps even cheat a fuller lip shape Lisa Eldridge style. It's not as intimidating as a full on orange lipstick and quite easy to touch up in case of smudging emergencies really. 

Priced at £7.90, it's not something I can fault. If you're over glossy lip stains and are looking for a matte lip offering that isn't as scary as the regular lipstick, then this is worth a try.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

Hot Cloth Cleansers never really lost their charm did they? Cleansers in general never will. I find myself coming back to the hot cloth formula ever so often. They are just so effective and unbeatable in the results they deliver. Quite a few brands do them now and I can see them sharing similar ingredients that are foolproof but the latest one that's doing the blogosphere rounds and has impressed me is by Organic Surge. Containing Orange and Geranium Oils, it smells delish and the added shea butter makes the creamy concoction a dream to apply. 

It's not grainy at all like it's counterparts but simply buttery and creamy. I apply it in circular motions to get my make-up off and then use it for a second time for a proper cleanse with a muslin cloth. Besides leaving skin fabulously clean - cutting through layers of waterproof mascaras and coats of adhesive like foundation formulas, it also leaves skin nicely nourished and hydrated. So no more running to slap on face cream straight after. I have combination-oily skin and it's worked really well for my skin and I believe this is a versatile product that should work wonders on all skin types really. Priced reasonably, I cannot see why this shouldn't be on your cleansers-to-try wishlist. I know bloggers have one so don't you pretend as if you don't! Pop it on there right now. Must-have.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Derma Roller - A Hair Loss Cure?

Hair loss can be a worrying issue for many - men and women alike - and seeing that millions are affected by hair loss, hair thinning, bald patches, receding hair line and Alopecia globally, it's always great to come across something that promises a cure. Derma Roller is one of them. 

The simple handheld device uses techniques similar to acupuncture to enhance skin's natural healing abilities. The rolling motion of the needles in the Derma Roller promote greater blood flow to the surface of the scalp. This in turn boosts the flow of nutrients to the hair follicles which has a direct effect on hair growth. 

Apparently, even collagen and elastin production in the scalp area is given a kick start, leading to the appearance of fresh new skin. All those miracle hair growth products that we invest in also tend to work better with derma roller as it increases absorption rate, giving you better value for money when it comes to hair growth serums. 

People who have tried Derma Roller, 2.0mm needle size or under with topical hair growth products have witness stabilised Alopecia over a period of time. A little research online will illustrate how some hair loss sufferers like to cause some bleeding on the forehead to see dramatic results but I wouldn't suggest that in any way. 

More frequent derma roller sessions, with a moderate needle size and bearable pressure is more than enough to show hair growth on bald patches over a period of weeks. Like anything else, consistency is the key and not giving up is essential. Derma Roller sessions can be carried out at a professional clinic but for at-home use, needle size of 2.0mm and below is FDA approved. 

Have you tried Derma Roller for hair loss? Would love to know your thoughts!