28.2.13

Call me Face Mask crazy?

After long baths, a good workout session, therapeutic candles and a delicious cupcake, these are the only other pick-me-up's on a bad day that actually work. Bad skin days are usually accompanied when you have the blues so it always helps to have these at rescue and give your skin the much needed TLC.

I love face masks and you can call me a fan if you please as I do tend to use them twice a week most probably. The ones you see below do not consist of my entire collection but rather the ones I have been loving since the past month or so.

Some might find Face Masks excessive and time consuming to use more than once a week however unlike a decade ago, they have dramatically changed in texture (no peel off's thank god!) and the time they need to be kept on (from 5 minutes to overnight) making them an easy extension to everyday skincare.



All of these are tried and tested and absolutely brilliant. Something I would highly recommend for you to try out however below is just a breakdown of my favourites. 

Starting with my favourite one, Ahava Hydration Cream Mask that I have been resorting to lately to replenish the dehydration level in my skin. It contains Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Dead Sea Mud and Vitamin E as it's main ingredients. Yes I have combination skin but it has many a times been detected as dehydrated as well, which I believe are skin conditions that can coexist. So I have to opt for such intensely hydrating treatments now and then to keep skin supple and bouncy and avoid flaky, chapped areas. 

It's an unusual creamy texture that I massage into the skin until it almost disappears and then leave on for 15 minutes or overnight if skin's feeling very dry. It does not break me out which is fabulous news and is more like an overnight cream that actually works at restoring moisture levels. It feels lovely and comfortable to apply leaving skin fresh rather than heavy and overtly moisturised. Give it a try between season transitions if your skin's behaving thirsty. 
Next up is Dirty Works Brightening Mask which is much like your traditional Orange/Citrusy mask minus the peel off aspect to it. It contains Vitamin C which helps with exfoliating the skin naturally and getting rid of dead skin cells in just under 15 minutes. A new layer is revealed and skin is left feeling detoxed and brighter than before.

It smells gorgeously fruity and is perfect for when you have breakouts or if you find your skin looking dull and lacking lustre. I also help it to control the sebum level in combination skin and make it appear more balanced and easy to maintain. I can see myself getting a tonne of use out of it in the Summer. A great one for young problematic skin as it's quite mild and respects sensitive skin.
The Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask is a stunner, absolutely versatile and my all time favourite. Why? Because it can solve almost anything if you combination skin that is dehydrated. Funnily enough it acts like a facialist by replenishing moisture in dry areas and controlling oil and reducing spots in problematic areas, hence called the 'Facial Mask' eh?

I feel my skin looks brighter, refreshed and more awake and if I am having a 'spotty' time of the month, the clay in this product helps sooth and dry out spots. Must-have for confused skin ladies in their 20's! Because it's good quality and not potent, I use it quite often to the extent that it's almost addictive.
A fairly new discovery, the Renu Flash Relax Mask is geared towards anti-ageing, something I feel I fortunately do not need to worry about just now. However as I have it in my vanity, I do like to use it once in a while and it works pretty well at tightening the pores and lifting the skin subtly. I feel the end result is a lovely glow! Not a must-have for any particular skin type but worth a try if you're in your 30's and worried about ageing.


Are you obsessed with Face Masks? Do you see them as an occasional treat or just an extension to your skincare? Any must-haves, do let me know as I always need a reason to explore :)

26.2.13

My new Spring/Summer palettes from KIKO!

KIKO Makeup Milano is a range of make-up products that were born in Italy and have been adding a splash of colour through make-up since 1997. Have you seen their store in Westfield Stratford? It's like a little make-up factory almost with the diverse range of colours on display that can make you feel spoilt for choice. The brand is pretty much like MAC and Inglot if you are unfamiliar with it, minus the unnecessary monthly campaigns and the heavy price tag. 

I got a bunch of stuff from them recently but I was mesmerised with these palettes as,

1. I am sucker for anything in palette form
2. They look stunning! I love splashes of paint on clothes, walls, shoes, cars - you name it
3. The quality hits the 'pretty, pigmented yet wearable' category




First up is their Multi-Tone Blush in Bold Coral. I hate coral and you know it. It clashes with the colour of my skin which is literally yellow and makes me look ill. I rather prefer faking pink cheeks as they make me look awake and fresh! This however is different. I have been wearing it religiously since the last week without fail. It actually looks super cute for this Spring-like weather and not like I have jaundice. 

Can it be the blend of three shades of coral instead of one? Perhaps. Can it also be its super sheer quality and a consequent soft focus effect? Definitely. I can only compare it to a Sisley Phyto Eclat Blush I have which will burn your wallet for around £60. This stunner on the other hand comes in 4 shades for £11.90 a pop and you NEED all four is what I am saying. 





Next up is their Multi-Tone Bronzer in Jovial Tan. I have two favourite Bronzers which I hardly ever deviate from that this baby has to compete with. Both foolproof and cult favourites so it won't be it's fault if it's a runner up. Chanel Soleil De Tan and Liz Earle Natural Glow Bronzer. This compared to both is deeper and richer in colour and especially when the bronze and pink are used together, it creates a gorgeous pop of dusky pink, winter tan look that I love. 

The consistency again is soft and dreamy to blend, nothing full on thankfully. It might have slight shimmer but none obvious whatsoever. A beach must-have I'd say and for £13.90, you're getting a blusher, bronzer and a highlighter which you cannot beat! In your face, you freaking expensive NARS.




After two gorgeous products from KIKO, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like their Limited Edition Wet and Dry Eye Shadow Palette in Peach Lake. Because you cannot like everything from a brand now can you? Surprisingly enough, the eye shadows in here are pigmented and matte finish besides one that's shimmery. 

The finish is almost undetectable on the lids, much like most high-end eye shadows that I have tried. The ones I can compare it to are Urban Decay and Dolce & Gabbana. They look polished and subtle on the lids without any metallic finish or obvious glitter that I personally dread wearing outside. A look with these is on its way ladies. 




Where was this all my life? I love experimenting with affordable yet niche make-up brands and trying out new stuff especially as seasons change and I want to refresh my vanity by giving it a good spring clean and replenishing it with new finds. If you're a sucker for packaging, you'll love these.

www.kikocosmetics.com

25.2.13

Clinique Chubby Sticks Shadow Tint for Eyes: Massive Midnight & Mighty Moss



If you absolutely dread applying powder eye shadows with the fear of them looking cakey or if you have a shaky hand and are not very fond of blending and shading eye shadows like a pro, then these Chubby Sticks for the eyes by Clinique are a great alternative. Especially as Spring/Summer arrives, I know many people like keeping their eyes light and glossy and this would work perfectly for those looks.

I quite like the texture of these as they are light and glide on easily on the skin when in contact, unlike any other high street or perhaps even MAC ones you may have tried. I usually find eye shadow sticks to either tug and pull or crease like crazy due to their overtly waxy nature. These hit the middle ground somehow as the formula is just about perfect and adequately pigmented with very minimal creasing.

As I said before, I am not a huge fan of the colour range they have brought out as it lacks innovation but the two I have is 'Mighty Moss' a golden olive green and 'Massive Midnight' a rich navy midnight blue, both superb for creating a simple smoky eye or a fresh spring look in less than a minute.