Balance Me Samples 

  
If you’ve read my last post you’ll have seen that I went to my absolute heaven over the weekend – The Glamour Beauty Festival. Whilst there, I had a skin consultation with Balance Me after which I was recommended a few products to try. There was a pick and mix set up (which was amazing), where I chose these three smaller sized products for £10.

The first I was immediately drawn to was this Wonder Eye Cream (as it did sound wonderful…!). I absolutely love my Kiehls eye cream (review here) but I was really interested to see the difference between the two products. What I love about this is that it absorbs straight into the eye area without leaving any kind of greasy residue. It’s also really light when applying which is lovely and refreshing on the eye area. I went a few days without using my Kiehls under eye cream to try and make sure that the area wasn’t affected by it when testing a new product. The first morning after using my eye area did seem a lot brighter, and it was definitely less puffy! After continued use the area does feel and look healthier, so I would be happy to buy this again.


The second product I went for was the Restore and Replenish Face Cream. Again, I’m really quite happy with my current moisturiser, but I was really intrigued to see how my skin would react to a different product. Compared to my usual everyday this is a lot thicker which I didn’t think my skin would take to, but it actually has! It takes more effort to work into my skin, but because of this it definitely feels more luxurious when it’s on. My skin feels so protected and nourished, which probably is a result of the ingredients, but the consistency also definitely helps this! It promotes natural collagen production where the hyaluronic acid helps to provide instant skin plumping and soothing benefits. The aloe vera and rosehip oil helps to soothe irritated skin, and there’s even blackberry leaf extract which protects skin again environmental damage and premature ageing. I’ve only been using this at night time as I think my skin suits a lighter moisturiser in the day to let it breathe, but for an evening treatment, this is amazing! I make sure to thoroughly cleanse my skin, and then use this as a sumptuous, nourishing product to really give my skin the TLC it needs after a long day at work. The best way to describe my skin in the morning after using this is plump! It’s so smooth and feels really hydrated. A massive thumbs up for me on this one!


The final product I decided to test is the Radiance face mask. This is so different to how I expected it would be. For some reason I imagined this to be similar to my clay-based mask I use (read review here), however it reminded me of a cleanser in its texture, where the exfoliating beads also add to the feeling. You only leave this on for around 5 minutes and then gently wash off. The exfoliating beads in this are so lovely to massage into the skin as you feel like you’re getting a really good deep clean. The lady at the counter said this was perfect to use in the morning whilst brushing your teeth, however my skin was quite red after using so I think I’ll only use at night time. I also only used on my t-zone as I didn’t want to upset my more sensitive areas. I had a couple of small blemishes appearing on my nose the evening I used this, but the morning after they were gone! Another great product by Balance Me!
I would definitely buy all of these products again, and would recommend to anyone with sensitive skin as the natural-based ingredients really act to soothe and protect.
If you’ve tried any other products from this range I’d love to hear! 
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The Glamour Beauty Festival 

 
Yesterday I headed to what can only be described as a paradise. The Glamour Beauty Festival. The event runs all weekend, with brands from Rimmel to Liz Earle there with their own section offering amazing free treatments as well as great advice (I particularly enjoyed seeing how to really conceal my black under eye bags that you may have heard me moan about before…)

 The festival was held at the Saatchi Gallery, which admittedly I’d never been to (but definitely will be going back), where the aroma of beauty obsessives filled the gallery. There were four main sections; hair, make up, skin care and nails, where brands were set up ready to pamper and preen to perfection! I tried to get around as many as possible, but there was so much choice I just couldn’t!

 


 

In the makeup section I first headed to Laura Mercier where an artist showed me how to conceal my under eyes as well as any other areas of concern. I bought this little pot of magic, which amazingly concealed my sins from my work drinks the night before.

 I then headed to the Nars counter where I was shown how to properly highlight, contour and apply blush…


They developed this exclusive colour called Goule for the event which I absolutely loved, and so felt it was rude not to buy it….

After that, I headed to the skincare section. Balance Me were offering an amazing skin assessment service. I put my head into this box with curtains where there was a blue UV-type light with a small mirror.


The specialist then looked in from the other side to assess my skin. I had this done years ago before I underwent treatment for blemishes, so it really was amazing to see the difference it had made to my skin! The only issue she could see, which she said everyone would have, is the dehydration on my under eyes *grabs for water*. They had a pick and mix type shop, where 3 sample sized products were £10, so I bought….

I then headed over to Elizabeth Arden, where I had this amazing treatment which I sadly can’t remember or find the name of (if you can help please let me know!). It essentially looked like a mini spray tan applicator, which she filled with vitamins and sprayed over my skin. She then went back over when there was purely air pressure to massage the product in. It was supposed to be a ‘Madonna effect’, which for the rest of the day, my skin really did glow. I have to also say that on a slight hangover, this was the most amazing treatment! It was so soothing and refreshing that I asked her to do it again! She said they offer a 15 minute treatment for £15, so I would definitely pay for another.

They were the only treatments I had as the queues were fairly long, but I loved spending time just mooching around looking at products.

 

 

As part of the ticket you could also choose a talk to attend. I went to one where Jo Malone, Liz Earle and Thea Green (founder of Nails Inc) were talking about how they started and grew their businesses. It was so interesting and actually really empowering to hear about their journeys. Also, Liz’s skin was literally glowing from around 5 metres away, so I am SO excited to try the hot cloth cleanse and polish. Yes I finally have it!

Now for the best part, another perk of your ticket was that you received a goody bag full of amazing products (a lot full sized!). These are the fab things I received….

So stay posted as I’ll be posting a few product reviews of the great products I discovered at the event!

Would love to hear if anyone else was there and what they tried!

Thanks for reading 🙂

The Bloggers Market

  

On Saturday I headed down to the Hoxton hotel in Holburn where a group of lovely bloggers were holding ‘The Bloggers Market’. They Invited fans along to go and shop some of their wardrobes alongside being fed up by the fab baker blogger Afternoon Crumbs, whose cakes and biscuits were delicious! There were lots of other exciting treats to tempt you, as well as a fab room put together by Oliver Bonus, where you could snap your purchases alongside home bits from Oliver Bonus. As part of a competition to win a hamper packed full of Oliver Bonus goodies, we were asked to tag a picture on Instagram of either our purchases on the day or the delicious treats on offer. The below pictures were taken in this particular area….

   
    

  
     
How pretty is the bag! 
I went along in the morning, so missed the mini beauty treatments and caligrahpy which was a shame, but I had a great time anyway when I went, and came away with two pairs of shoes (which I love!) I took a few pictures when I was there, so enjoy! 

   
    
   

My Top 4 Hand Creams

 

With this cold weather that doesn’t seem to be leaving us alone, my hands are constantly screaming out for some TLC. I always try to take really good care of my hands because they can show the first signs of aging (thanks to sun exposure), and I’m desperately trying to nurse my nails back to health after shellac has ruined them (completely my fault as I peeled the varnish off instead of getting them properly removed….oops). So, it’s fair to say I’ve road tested a few hand creams along the years, and after whittling down my favourite few, I wanted to share them all with you!

These all range in price, so if you’re looking to try a new hand cream then hopefully this will help you to find a product to suit your budget!

 

L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream, £19.00

 I can’t remember the first time I tried this, but it’s been a staple in my make up drawer for years. It’s so nourishing, smells amazing and leaves a great smooth finish. The cream is enriched with 20% shea butter and honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with aromas of jasmine and ylang-ylang essences to not only leaving your hands smelling delicious, but also to ensure that this caring cream is extremely effective. It has a really rich texture to it which helps to leave your hands super smooth, and really penetrates the skin to leave hands nourished. It weirdly reminds me of the texture of Philadelphia spreadable cheese, but obviously smells a lot nicer! Also, because of the rich texture you’re not left with any oily traces, which I absolutely love about this product! Whenever I apply this product I can’t help but touch my hands, which I think says it all!

Rating: 5/5

 

 

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, £15.00

 This is another staple product in my household thanks to its instantly nourishing properties. It’s an emollient-rich (seeks to really moisturise) cream that contains soothing sesame oil and fortifying Japense mulberry, which gives it a luxuriously rich texture, and lovely smell! This cream absorbs in so nicely and doesn’t leave any oiliness, which is great! It also really helps to condition cuticles to cuticles to make your nails healthier and stronger. If you’re looking for something to really treat your hands, and help maintain healthy cuticles, this is the perfect product!

Rating: 4.5/5 (The only reason I didn’t give this is 5 is because I love the L’OCCITANE one so much!)

 

 

Soap & Glory Hand Food, I’ve pictured the smaller size, but the larger is £5.50

 I love Soap & Glory products so I knew I would fall in love with their hand cream. First, the texture is quite similar to the L’OCCITANE cream as it’s quick thick so it does give a really intense moisturising effect. As you can imagine this smells gorgeous because of the shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow (mmmm) it contains. It absorbs really well into the skin and you only need to apply a small amount to cover both hands.

Rating: 4/5

 

Vaseline Healthy Hands & Healthy Nails, £3.99

I picked this up when I was out and about in the freezing cold and my hands were in desperate need of some moisture. This has a lovely smell to it, and definitely did succeed in moisturising my hands. It has keratin and has a three-layer level of moisture so it really acts to delve deep and give intense nourishment. It does also help to soften your cuticles and make the area appear healthier. The texture is lighter and almost runny compared to the other hand creams, which I don’t like as much; as well as this it does leave a slight oily residue. My only other issue with is the product is that is stung my skin when it was super dry and I applied it. I do have very sensitive skin and I know that it’s quite common for really dry hands to react to certain products, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend this for really sensitive skin!

 Rating: 3/5

Depending on your skin type, all of these creams have great properties that all act to nourish and soothe your hard working hands. However, if I had to select my favourite products based on a budget buy and a splurge buy,  they are…

Best Budget Buy: Soap & Glory

Best Splurge Buy: L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Hand Cream

 

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

Red Carpet Lip Look

 

With it being the Oscars tonight, I thought it was only right to create a red carpet worthy lip! I recently received the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in ‘red carpet red’, so it was the perfect colour to create my show stopping look with.

 

  

To see how I created the look, follow this link here to my YouTube channel where you can watch a tutorial I created.

The products I used for this look are:

– Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturise

-Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer

-Clinique Airbrush Concealer

-Mac Pressed Powder

-Benefit High Beam

-Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brink in Bronze

-Makeup Revolution Focus  & Fix Brow Kit

-Benefit Speed Brow Gel

-Benefit Cream Shadow in Champagne Sparkle

-Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Sepia

-Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black

-Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm

-N07 Precision Lip Liner in Red

-Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red

 

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for visiting 🙂

Everyday Make Up in 10 Minutes 

 

 I go through phases with my make up, and currently I’d say I’m fairly happy with my routine which for me is pretty impressive, so I thought I’d share it with you all! I like my sleep so I’ve tried to cut down the amount of time I spend on my make up in the morning as much as possible. So, please find below a quick ‘how to’ for everyday make up in 10 minutes. As you can see from the picture it’s a really natural look, meaning it’s pretty easy to recreate!

First, prepping your skin is so important to ensure you get a good base for your make up to sit. I don’t use a primer, but I do make sure to thoroughly moisture my face with my everyday moisturiser. Then, comes the most important part for me, the concealing. I cover any blemishes/red areas using a concealer, my favourite at the moment is Hide The Blemish by Rimmel. I then also use this as a base for my under eye area.

Following this, I apply Oil Free Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser using my fingers as I prefer to blend that way. I take Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Medium and apply under my eyes. To set this all using the real techniques powder brush I apply Mac Select Sheer/Pressed Powder in NC5 over all of my face. I’ll then gently define my cheekbones using the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Palette in Bronze.

To highlight, I dab 3 dots of Benefit High Beam under my eye area and then blend in. Moving onto my cheeks, I take The Multiple by Nars in Orgasm and apply to the apples of my cheeks. I then blend this out with a touch of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Quartz using the Bobbi Brown Face Blending Brush.

Moving onto my eyes, I first focus on my brows. I fill in using the dark colour in the Focus & Fix Kit in Medium by Make Up Revolution. I then brush over to really tidy up using the Benefit Speed Brow Gel.

Using my finger I then sweep a layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Sparkling Champagne over my eye lids and up to the brows. For my eyeliner I turn to my trusty Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Sepia Ink and create a simple flick at the outer corner of my eye. I follow with a coat of mascara in Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black, and then another coat of Ultra Tech Curve Mascara by Kiko Cosmetics in Black.

Finally for my lips, I moisturise first using the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm and then follow with the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish. I then apply a coat of Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour Lipstick in Neutral Rose for the final touch!

Writing it down it seems like a long process but I promise it really isn’t! I’ve done it half asleep before so it is almost like a foolproof guide to applying makeup.

Thanks for reading 🙂

MAC Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish

Hello hello!

This will only be a short post this evening, but I had to share with you my new favourite lip liner that I recently discovered. I picked it up last week at the MAC counter when I was travelling through Milan airport. I was pretty overwhelmed with the products available, but after trying more than 10 different colours in various lipsticks and lip liners on my hand (getting to the airport early meant it got a little out of control…),  this lip liner in Staunchly Stylish kept catching my eye because of it’s deep and pretty nude colour.

 

It’s quite a neutral colour on and the finish is so moisturising and yet buildable that it looks really natural on. This particular colour is part of the pro longwear lip pencil range which is really obvious when wearing! It’s durable and gives a great finish, but then that’s no surprise from MAC!

 

 

I wear mine alone under lip balm to give a slightly more dewy effect on my lips, but it definitely gives enough nourishing coverage to be worn alone.

I’m starting to really invest in my lip liner collection so I’d love any suggestions you have!

Have a great Friday!

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Clinique Pep-Start Launch Event 

 

Hello you lovely lot!

So tonight I headed down to Clinique in Covent Garden where an event was being held for the launch of the pep-start eye cream. To celebrate, the store was filled with prosecco and cupcakes galore (which was amazing). I was walked through by a lovely team who all donned a gorgeous colour of lipstick, to a Clinique make up artist who miraculously managed to refresh my face after a very long day at work!

 

She used a dark lip liner first (which I can’t remember the name of!) and then the colour ‘Berry Pop’ in the Pop Lip Colour which is slightly lighter, to create an ombré effect on my lips, which I love! She then followed with the pep-start eye cream to brighten the area and then the airbrush concealer to really conceal any dark spots. I have to say I really was impressed by the pep-start! It has a ball-style applicator, where you squeeze a small amount out and then apply to your under eye area using the applicator. It was so soothing as soon as she began applying it, as the cool lotion alongside the smooth circular shape really helped to massage the area. On appearance my eye area really did look instantly refreshed and brighter, which for me is fantastic news!

 

What I also love about this product is that you can use it both on top and under make up. So you can pop it in your bag and top up throughout the day! Unfortunately I’m currently living on a diet of beans until payday, so I didn’t buy then; however, I can safely say I will be going back to invest!

Alex Steinherr, beauty editor of Glamour magazine was there on hand after the mini-makeovers to take a Kardashian-worthy selfie! I’ll let you decide if I’m red carpet ready (St. Tropez is definitely needed!)…

 

Everyone then received a goody bag with some goodies! Mine included a sample of the pep-start eye cream, the chubby stick in Super Strawberry, a sample of the superprimer universal face primer and a packet of jelly beans (which I’m currently sat in bed eating).

 

It was a great event put on by the team at Clinique, and I’m so pleased I went down not only to meet Alex, but also to try this wonder product that I genuinely believe will become my best friend!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Product Review: Lush Santa Lip Scrub

My lips have been really suffering recently due to cold mornings, heating and air con (why my office uses air con at this time of year I don’t know), as well as generally feeling run down. Not only were they feeling really dry, but they were unsightly and embarrassing, especially during meetings.

So, one evening after work I headed to Lush adamant that I wasn’t leaving without some miracle cure. To my relief I came across this amazing lip scrub which has significantly increased the feel and appearance of my lips.

I instantly fell in love firstly because this scrub is called ‘Santa’, clearly making it part of their Christmas range. It has this gorgeous smell that sings of Christmas, with aromas of cherries and dates Jumping out at you as you use it. It actually also smells a little like coca cola, which surprisingly is nice!

To use I literally take a finger tip full and gently apply in circular motions, focusing especially on those areas that need extra attention. I tend to do this for a few minutes before rinsing off with water. The shop assistant also told me it’s fine to lick off, which I haven’t done yet; but given how amazing it smells I can guarantee it tastes pretty delicious too.

It only took a day for me to notice a difference in the softness of my lips, so I can definitely recommend this for instant results. What’s great about this product is that it really isn’t harsh on your skin, as it almost dissolves when you use it. My only issue with this is that is leaves a faint red tinge behind. I’m not sure if that’s to do with the colour of the product, or that it had just given my skin an exfoliation. It did fade pretty quickly, but just to be safe I apply either before bed, or an hour or so before I know I have to go out.

I won’t be using this product everyday, but I definitely think a scrub once a week will be so beneficial in maintaining the condition by buffing away any dead skin.

 

I love to then follow this scrub with this lip balm by Kiehl’s. This product is so nourishing and really absorbs into your lips for when you need an intense treatment. Kiehl’s are great for giving out tester samples, so if you’re dubious about investing see if your local shop offers a sample size of this product!

I’m always looking for new ways to look after my lips during the winter, so would love to hear if you have any other suggestions!

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Shimmering Down The Catwalk 

  London was awash recently with beautifully long legged creatures and a selection of clothes to rival even Alexa Chung’s wardrobe.

One of my favourite shows was the Mermaid- inspired Sophia Webster show, where the make up look created was the most gorgeous glow, designed to mimic the reflective qualities of the water. The models were dressed to look like mermaids, and they absolutely did. Skin looked beautifully soft as it shimmered in the light, accompanied by soft eyeshadows and lipsticks. Stunning pastel colours were just one of the main attractions, with the footwear being of course the main spectacle of the showcase.

Some of my favourites shots from the show…

  

Make up artists from Benefit created the look which I found so exciting. I love Benefit make up, and to see products in my make up bag feature so heavily in a show was amazing! It’s great to be able to recreate catwalk inspired looks, without having to take out a mortgage! It’s a shame you don’t develop the modelesque legs at the same time…

The mermaid inspired look is a really simple one to copy, just as long as you have a good highlighter to hand. The one used for the Sophia Webster show was this Benefit High Beam (see below), which I use religiously; however, achieving the same effect doesn’t have to be pricey – it’s just finding something that gives your skin a beautiful glow. (In fact drinking a lot of water can help heaps in this!)

This is definitely a trend I’ll be jumping onto the bandwagon of, as glowing skin will always win over the dull days that define winter!

Have you guys given this look a try yet?

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