6.11.14

Vichy Idealia Life Serum & Eye Contour Idealizer - The Perfect Combination




I've always loved Vichy's serums and their Life Serum is my favourite of the lot. With the right amount of slip, a breathable texture and easily absorbable formula, it's a lovely one to smother on be it day or night. Use it to perk up the skin in the morning followed by a quick skin tapping massage routine by Lisa Eldridge or use it as a pampering treat at night to nourish fatigued skin. 

It's more a morning serum as it has that lovely pick-me-up finish that reflects light off the face and imparts a subtle radiance. Perfect for oily-combination skin, the serum is like an oxygen mask for my face after going through a tonne of the city's polluted air. What's new from the brand is the Eye Contour Idealizer. Although I don't see any contouring, anti-ageing benefits to this, I feel it's a great booster for young, tired eyes. 

Containing light reflecting particles and a lovely, hydrating formula, the concoction is energising and fresh. If you like light eye serums and gels, this is a great one to try. Also sneakily helps at camouflaging those pesky under eye circles with it's illuminating finish. Overall, if you suffer from dehydrated, combination skin that's young, fatigued and needs a pick-me-up, these two products are easily the best out there. 

3.11.14

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum In Oil




I have always been a fan of serum and oils to apply at night but never gotten on really well with any particular brand or type of product. They have either done nothing spectacular for me, leading me to forget about them and letting them gather dust until rediscovered again or they've broken me out into a cluster of white heads the very next day. This, fortunately, did none of that. Often raved about by bloggers, skin experts and magazines, this is apparently the star product from The Body Shop's Vitamin E range. Although I've heard the entire range is to die for and is full value for money, even better, this baby here can give fifty quid serums a run for their money. 

Loving myself a good old bargain, I slathered my skin in this quenching formula for a good few nights and guess what, I think I'll repurchase for life! I don't quite get the name 'serum in oil' as I feel they are already similar textures but regardless, I do get what they're trying to say. Some people like light weight serums in the evening and some, hydrating oils and this hits the perfect balance between both. You only need one drop from the dropper and it's enough to cover your face and neck. With the amount of slip it delivers, it calls for a quick 3 minute face plumping facial at least. 

The serum is lightly hydrating initially and is great for getting rid of taut skin or any dry spots instantly. I love how it leaves skin looking well rested, plump and nourished in the morning. As if I've just started eating clean, drinking detox teas, working out and indulging in regular facials - life cheat much? Hah! It's got a high dose of wheatgerm oil which is packed with anti-ageing benefits, antioxidants and a bunch of vitamins. Once on, you don't need any more skincare on top of this for the rest of the evening. For £13, I seriously think they've got the price wrong for this one. Add this to your serum collection even if you have combination-crazy skin like myself. It will work just as well. 

www.thebodyshop.co.uk

KIKO Luxurious Make-up Collection










KIKO's make-up collections since the past few months have been spot on. From pigmentation to presentation, they never fail to make an impact. This Luxurious Collection is quite a universally likeable one in the sense that it's not about fuchsia or neon colours but more about luxury and sophistication. The colour palette used in the collection is muted and neutral yet high gloss and shine to add warmth and light to the face. It's about getting that expensive looking, glossy skin and glistening, shimmering eyes without a splash of obvious colour. 

What you need from the collection is the Luxurious Face Brush. With it's pale gold handle, dip dyed brush hairs and uber soft touch, it's all you'll want to use on your face. It makes rest of my brushes feel prickly on the skin and makes me rethink if I really need to invest in new ones, possibly from KIKO? We shall see. My Christmas wish-list hasn't kicked off yet. 

The regal looking Precious Illuminating Bronzer is also something you'll need to check out from the collection. Featuring an array of tan shades with a dash of pale lavender splashed in, it's the perfect face brightener for Autumn/Winter. You can use it to lightly add shadows under the cheekbone but sculpting the face isn't it's forte. Use it as a tool to add warmth, colour and radiance to the face, to lift it up when looking sallow or pale. I'd recommend using it as a finishing powder if you're looking for something light-weight with brightening properties that would also add a touch of warmth. 

As for the Magnificent Highlighter pen, it's surely not my favourite from the collection. Although packaged beautifully, it oozes out a glittering and shimmering concoction that's tad too strong for my liking. Maybe a great one for photo shoots, Asian weddings and editorial work as it does dry to a demi-matte, satin finish but not something you can slap on your face seconds before leaving home. Makes a stunning brow highlight for the evenings though. Might work on the collarbone and shoulders for the festive season! 

www.kikocosmetics.co.uk