What you MUST try in 2011: Liz Earle Skincare

You've heard enough raving about this brand I am sure but trust me it deserves it! It's not just hyped for no reason, there has to be something behind the brand that does make it special amongst its consumers and with Liz Earle, its how much importance they place on them :)

Here are my favourites from the range and hopefully you'll find them a bit different than the usual 'Cleanse and Polish' that you've heard about. I really like that too, but you all know how good it is so now's a chance to appreciate the others in the lot. 

Instant Boost Skin Tonic - I don't find Toners gimmicky, really. In fact I like an addition to my skin care regime and enjoy incorporating it. It's like play time for me so why not? This product smells yummy, just like baby powder and feels lovely to spritz on after cleansing and before moisturising. It works wonders as a setting spray or to refresh your self through out the day.

Superskin Concentrate - This is a plant based oil that I love to use once or twice a week as an overnight treatment for my skin and trust me, my skin drinks it all up! It gives me a lovely glow and of course hydrates like nothing else. Make sure to use only one squirt of this and oh yeah don't forget to give it a good sniff prior to applying it, it works as aromatherapy. I use this on my cuticles all the time too. Godsend for mature skin! Try out its rollerball version for starters. 

Eyebright - This is a soothing eye lotion that works like magic when used in the mornings, especially if you're not a morning person. I can actually do a before and after with this, as it literally makes my eyes look awake. especially if used chilled. It is very gentle and doubles up as a eye make-up remover too. You might not get the point of buying a 'soothing' product unless you actually try it out. MUST-HAVE!

Smoothing Line Serum - I found this a bit dry for my under eyes as it gets absorbed immediately and did not realise my love for it until I ran out on it. It is a lovely light under eye serum that firms the skin around the eye area, filling any fine lines and making it perfect for concealer to glide on smoothly. One of the best eye serums in the market.

Energising Body Wash - Although their entire Energising range is a star, this my favourite body wash ever! It is of the right consistency and a little is all you need. It foams so nicely and smells delicious with sweet orange oil. It really is a perk-me-up product for those lazy shower days. 

Deep Cleansing Mask - If you thought clay masks were only meant to drench all the moisture out of your skin, then this is what you have yet to try! I use this once a week to deep clean and the clay and the manuka honey helps keep my skin so clear. Again, it smells just like honey hence a treat to use. I also use this to spot treat pimples overnight and it dries them off completely.

If you haven't tried ANY Liz Earle products till date then make sure you do so this new year.


Senna Cosmetics & Eve Pearl - Matte Blusher Rave

I would not say I am over the shimmery cheek phase but as winter came by, matte blushers just started taking over and have gradually become my favourite. 

Shimmery blushers will give you that 3 dimensional look and that dewy effect which is quite pretty. But in the winters I like to avoid that and keep the cheeks fairly simple with a dash of colour, keeping them natural looking. 

Some of my favourites from this winter are by Eve Pearl and Senna Cosmetics.  

Coming to Eve Pearl first, I have a Blush Trio in 'Sassy Cheeks'. It is catered for those with medium undertones which I don't agree with as the colours are quite sheer to show up on medium skin tones. Well, depends on what her definition of medium skin tones is.

Having said that, I quite like it. It has a lovely medium pink and a gorgeous peachy colour which looks so much like MAC's Gingerly.

They don't swatch well as they are sheer but they apply really well and are quite smooth. I have a bit of trouble blending them sometimes as they tend to stick at a particular spot and then it becomes a pain to blend. But I am willing to forgive that as all matte blushers have this problem generally. 

Overall, they are a bit pricey for their colour range which I find too common and sometimes a bit blah! I like the fact that they come in a mirrored compact and are easy to carry around. 

Eve Pearl may have won awards but my award goes to the deserving Senna Cosmetics. I got some matte blushers from their range as that's what I wanted to try out for the winter and oh my these are heaven in a compact and almost underrated for how they perform!

I have three shades from their range, Faded Rose, Hue and Cupcake.

First of all, aren't the compacts so cute? They are half the size of your usual blush containers and not because they have less product but because the extra bulky packaging has been cut down making it so chic and of course easy to store and carry around. 

I cannot choose between the three, but my favourite are Cupcake and Hue.

Cupcake is this dolly pink colour that you see Kim K sporting around all the time. It's brightens your cheeks without looking over the top. It is a perfect dupe for MAC's Well Dressed and to be honest I prefer this better as it is more pigmented and provides more of a flushed look.

Hue is completely the opposite. It is a warm browny-peach colour that adds colour to the cheeks without looking all bronzed up. It is almost identical to MAC's Gingerly and looks so pretty on Asian skin tones. This is my go-to colour and I just cannot do without this anymore.

I could not get Faded Rose to swatch properly for pictures. It is quite similar to Hue but with more of a pinky-beige undertone to it. If I find Hue a bit too warm sometimes, Faded Rose is what I use as its a perfect pinky-beige with a hint of peach to it. 

All the blush shades that Senna do are quite unique and drool worthy to be honest. You just cannot dislike any shade! I already have a growing wish list. 

The blushes are the best matte blushers I have tried till date. They are super silky, almost untraceable in texture and simply melt into the skin. Having said that, they are equally pigmented and blend like a dream

I also got two brushes from them which I really like too. Their contour brush is pretty dense and works great to blend blushers and apply bronzers and contour colours. 

Their travel blush brush is not only uber cute but has good quality bristles that actually deliver. This stays with me in my bag all the time. Both the brushes are very good quality and sturdy, must try out!

So If you want to go matte with your cheeks, Senna Cosmetics is the one to invest in. Avoid Eve Pearl blushers I would say. I find them a bit too mediocre for the price. 

Do you like matte blusher? What are you favourites?


Dip & Define - Eye shadow done in a minute!

The latest offering by Miners Cosmetics. And as usual they have done a pretty awesome job for the price. Many brands have come up with their version of such 'dip eye shadows' and I have tried similar ones from The Body Shop before but let me assure you that this is NOT a gimmick like those products. 

It actually works providing the pigmentation of an eye shadow minus the fallout and the effort. 

They do some gorgeous shades as you can see below.

(Rough Diamond, Deep Cornflower, Damson Dust, Khakhi Gold, Cosmic Copper & Cloud 9)

All the colours are shot through with a dash of shimmer. So they are not shimmery overall but still have this gorgeous sheen to them.

They come with this sponge tip applicator which I usually would throw away, however these shadows apply the best using only this in my opinion.

Because the shadows are so silky in texture, the sponge tip's flat belly helps it layer the powder on to the lids evenly. I only use a brush to blend the edges of the shadow in the crease area.

These babies are great in pigmentation and absolutely wearable for everyday use! I tried a few looks using these. And I promise I did not use any make-up brush to create these, only the sponge tip applicator that comes with it :)

Deep Cornflower is my favourite, I'm using it below with some Damson Dust in the crease and on the lower lash line. 

Added a dash of the Cloud 9 in the inner corners of the eyes. 

And finally, using some Cosmic Copper and Khakhi Gold  below.

Overall, love love love these. They are so easy to apply, have nice pigmentation and hardly any fallout. 

Priced at £3.49 each, I would say get all of them! My favourites are Deep Cornflower and Rough Diamond, so definitely try those out.