Friday, 15 December 2017

Day 15 of 24 days of beauty advent posts-St Tropez Instant Tan Gloss

Day 15 is St Tropez Instant Tan Gloss.

You might have already had your Christmas Do or you're in the midst of party outfit panic. Which has probably only been made worse by the current freezing temperatures. So what to do if you either don't want to wear tights or your outfit has bare arms but your winter skin has taken on a slight blue tinge?

Well yes there's fake tanning but who has time for that really? And if you're anything like me and are constantly cold, you don't want to be wandering about practically naked waiting for the tan to dry.

This Instant Tan Gloss from St Tropez is a perfect combination of a touch of bronze, a skin finishing sheen and a high shine effect. And best of all it washes off as soon as you use soap and water.

The gloss has subtle glitter in the gel type cream, which enhances your skin giving a high shine and healthy glow. I also really like the non fake tan fresh smell of this. The finish to skin is a luminous sheen, which will make your skin positively beam and no need for tights, as your legs will look finished and bronzed.

You can get this gem for £8.00 from Boots for a 100ml tube.



Thursday, 14 December 2017

Day 14 of 24 days of beauty advent posts-Glossier Cloud Paint

Day 14 is Glossier Cloud Paint.

This is the second Glossier featured item in my 24 days of beauty advent posts. Day 10 was the Glossier Boy Brow (where you'll also find a discount code for your first order!) and today I have the cute Cloud Paint. This is a cheek colour which is a liquid but not a cream as I thought (and had hoped).

Cloud Paint is a gel cream formula which has been developed to be really easy to use, with the best way to apply being with your fingers. You literally just dot the tiniest amount on to the apples of your cheeks and then blend in. 

The first thing I have to say is Cloud Paint is ridiculously pigmented. Like even though the tube seems to be a tiny 10ml, this will out live me! Even a big drip would be too much. Especially because Cloud Paint is for that type of fresh faced/just got back from an invigorating country walk/starting to get a little bit tipsy type of look. And I definitely say apply this to the apples of your cheeks and not higher up the cheek bone, which is where I usually apply my powder blushes for a more uplifted look. By applying on to your apples, you will get the fresh, flushed from within look.

There are four paint shades to choose from; Dusk, Puff, Beam and Haze. Haze is the shade I bought because I like to see blush on me. This was an error because Haze is the darkest of the paints and it's a dark pink. Too dark for me. This shade would look great on darker skin tones though.
But that was my error and I am sure that the lighter tones will be better for me and more wearable. 
There's also collagen in Cloud Paint, which helps to hydrate and plump the skin. It's also hypoallergenic, paraben, cruelty and fragrance free.

And the packaging.. adorable. £15.00 from



Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Day 13 of 24 days of beauty advent posts-Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Day 13 is Eyeko London Skinny Liquid Eyeliner.

Like red lipstick, I have been scared of liquid eyeliner for most of my make up wearing life. This fear hasn't been helped by now having middle age related crepey eye lids. This means when I try to have a steady hand and apply eye liner, I end up applying what I think is close to the lash line but then when I open my lids, there is a very obvious gap. Because of the crepey lid. Goddamit.

The one time I had a make up artist apply liquid eye liner to my lids, I was blown away by how it opened my eyes up and made me look.. just so much better. The make up artist recommended that I try with a pot of gel liner and a lining brush. I've tried that but without much success.
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eye Liner
So this liquid eye liner from Eyeko with it's super skinny brush is perfect for not only getting a precise line right on my lash line but also the felt tip consistency means a smooth line. On the rare occasions I wear eye liner, I like it to be subtle. I want eye liner to make my lashes appear thicker and to open up my eye and this gives me that look. If you have a dab and steady hand at creating a cat flick, you'll also like the consistency of this liner. The precise tip then tapers to a thicker end, which can create a bolder look.

And to stop any transfer of the liner to your upper lid, apply a small amount of black eye shadow powder, with a tiny brush, over the liner to set it in place. As you would set your foundation with powder.

Eyeko Skinny liner is available from M&S for £16.00.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Day 12 of 24 Days of Beauty Advent Posts-Starskin Lip Mask

Day 11 is the Starskin plumping and hydrating bio-cellulose second skin lip mask.

We are all used to putting masks on our faces - sheet masks, clay masks, charcoal masks.. but I had not heard of a lip mask before. And actually it is like a face mask for your lips. At this time of the year, I don't know about you, but my lips are like dry volcanic platelets. No matter how much and often I apply a moisturising lip balm, the cold weather and central heating continues to dry those smackers out. And dry, flaky lips mean not only constantly picking at them which can lead to irritation and sore lips but worse than that - bad looking lipstick!

So I was intrigued by this lip mask which promises to hydrate and plump. It is very much like a sheet mask in that there are three layers, two of these are the outer layers and the middle is the serum soaked layer which soaks in to your lips.

A tip is to take off one outside layer, smooth the middle layer on to your lips and then carefully peel off the other outside layer. And not like I did which was to remove both outside bits and then try to unpeel and smooth on, what I can only describe as trying to get a squid to lie flat on your lips! But once on you can then relax for 15 minutes. It's fine, doesn't feel uncomfortable and you can still talk. It's almost like a second skin (as long as you smooth it out).

After the 15 minutes, I easily peeled off the lip mask and my lips did feel softer, definitely. However, would I recommend you buy these? No I wouldn't because I didn't feel that my newly hydrated lips stayed that way for very long at all.

Get yourself some Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream for your lips, now that is a winter saviour.

Sorry for a negative post but you always get at least one duff advent window!


Monday, 11 December 2017

Day 11 of 24 Days of Beauty Advent Posts-Relaxing Eye Mask

Day 11 is this adorable lavender filled eye mask from Harlequin.*

If you've ever struggled to drift off to sleep or need a completely darkened room to be able to relax enough to nod off.. an eye mask is such a simple yet effective solution. And this cute Savanna design with the elephants is filled with lavender, which is known for its calming and relaxing effects.

Wearing an eye mask helps to stop your mind from drifting and keeping you awake. This mask is so soft and comfortable to wear, you will hardly know you have it on. The lavender is not over powering and the subtle aroma helps to relax you.

When your brain senses pure darkness, it produces melatonin (the chemical which helps you to drift off). Wearing an eye mask helps to shut out all light.

The eye mask comes in a pretty gift box and would make an ideal stocking filling gift at £16.00 from Heathcote & Ivory
All you would need to do is add a ribbon or bow to this box and you have an interesting gift which anyone would adore.
Harlequin Savanna Eye Mask
The inside of the mask and head strap is a lovely grey velvet material which neither rubs or irritates.
Harlequin Savanna Eye Mask
Harlequin is a leading British Interiors brand, internationally renowned for inspirational designs, innovative textures and ingenious use of colour.  This sophisticated range of accessories features the Savanna design, a stately procession of matching elephants.

Styled with a light ocean fresh fragrance with notes of lemon and bergamot blended with jasmine and geranium on a musk and amber base.

And if you like the Savanna elephant design, other pieces are also available such as a travel wallet, make up bag, pencil case, hand cream and mirror.



Sunday, 10 December 2017

Day 10 of 24 days of beauty advent posts-Glossier Boy Brow

Day 10 is Glossier Boy Brow.

If you are a beauty buff like me, or like to try new products and ranges, you will not have missed the launch of UK delivery for the whole Glossier range. Glossier is a New York based beauty range which includes both make up and skincare products. The two main things that excite me about Glossier is 1. the packaging and 2. that the range was born from beauty editors who were writing for the beauty blog

I started to read about bloggers coming back with Glossier products after recent trips to New York and whilst initially I did think that this range was more aimed at fresh faced, minimal make up wearing millenials (and I still do to a certain degree), I was intrigued all the same. So when Glossier started shipping to the UK (they have a warehouse in the UK so delivery is really quick) I waited for the rush to die down and then I made an order.
You may know that I have been using and loving Benefit Gimme Brow for ages now. I love the small brush and how it is so quick and easy to use. The thing though, for me, about Gimme Brow, is that the pay off of product on the brush is quite light. I don't think that's a bad thing but for those of us with dark brows, we can afford a little more product.
Glossier Boy Brow gives you that extra product. The brush is just as tiny, precise and easy to use as the Gimme Brow but the product which comes out is much more. You do need to use a light hand when applying and use careful brush strokes but then you're left with slightly darkened, tamed and defined brows. With this my brows look fuller and stay in place all day but without feeling crusty.

Glossier Boy Brow is also slightly cheaper than the Benefit Gimme Brow at £14 and comes in clear, blonde, brown and black shades.

I'm converted to this brow mascara. Sorry Benefit.

As I've made my first order, I was given a 10% off code to pass on to friends, so click here if you want to take advantage of this.



Saturday, 9 December 2017

Day 9 of 24 days of beauty advent posts-Bio Extracts Glow Boost

Day 9 is a sample size of Bio Extracts Glow Boost.

What's that I hear you ask. Well it's an intensive serum that helps your skin to achieve the appearance of a more even complexion and helps to reveal a healthy looking glow.

This serum can be used either on its own, under your normal skincare, or a few drops can be added to your moisturiser, face mask or foundation.  

The idea behind Bio Extracts is that you create your own bespoke skincare range by adding in their serums to your existing skincare. So you don't have to ditch your whole routine, that you've become familiar and happy with, you can super boost it by adding in one of the Bio Extracts serums.
They have an array to choose from which will target the area of concern for you.  You can choose a boosting serum from:

  • Anti oxidant
  • Eye lift and firm
  • Hydro 
  • Glow 
  • Firming 
  • Lifting 
  • Anti wrinkle 
  • Pore minimising
  • Eye brightening
  • Even skin
All of these 10ml shots of serum are available from QVC at £19.50.


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