The first thing that I do when I come across a blog run by someone who appears to have a similar skin tone to me is to skin through their blog posts to find information about their foundation shades so that I can decide whether a product would suit me or not. So here's a little infographic to save you the trouble.
In the past couple of years, Burberry has really been making a statement with their beauty line. With popular products such as their Eye Colour Silk in Pale Barley, which has received a sort of cult status as well as their recently released Face Counter and Highlight Pens, I have been loving the line!
At the Burberry SS16 Show at London Fashion Week, Artistic Consultant of Burberry Beauty, Wendy Rowe, made lips the primary focus with the bold lip colour, Oxblood. Seeing it in action, I ordered mine immediately.
The shade is a medium-dark, reddish berry with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The formula is comfortable, ultra soft, refreshingly non-drying, soft-sheen lipstick with a velvety finish. The creamy lipstick glides on effortlessly, almost like a balm. One stroke gives you a medium-intensity wash of colour, and three/four layers will give you a rather potent pigment. Personally, I prefer to pat it onto the lip with a finger to achieve that ‘just bitten’ stain.
The longevity of the lipstick is pretty good. On me, it can last for up to four/five hours and leaves a lovely, even tint on the lips as it fades. Heavy duty eating/drinking reduces the longevity of the product dramatically, and you will find yourself in need of reapplication soon after.
This was one swipe across the lips.
As with all Burberry products, the packaging is drool-worthy and has a magnetic close; it is so satisfying to hear the snap of the lid as it shuts. The lipstick retails for £25.00 at many online retail stores. If you are a fan of the plum, bold, vampy lip – then this lipstick is a must have in your collection!
NARS are renowned for their pigmented blushes, and it’s easy to see why. They have an amazing texture, apply beautifully with a sheer initial application and builds to any depth of colour you want. The shade range is extensive and the line caters for a variety of women of all colour.
NARS ‘Dolce Vita’ (£23 for 4.8g) is described as a “matte dusty rose” with both red and brown undertones. This is a very well pigmented blush, so a light hand is necessary – I use my Suqqu Cheek Brush to apply, and it gives the cheeks a beautiful natural-looking flush. I feel like Dolce Vita is very underrated in the NARS blush range, but it’s my favourite one. It’s perfect for everyday wear as it can be a muted-rosy flush on the cheeks if applied sheerly or a plummy-berry-rosy-red shade when built up heavily (which personally, is not the way I like to wear my blushes).
I picked up NARS Dolce Vita blush a while back, but at the time, I also had an Illamasqua blush in ‘Beg’ (£22.00 for 4.5g). The problem with me, is that I usually tend to reach for similar shades, so when I received this and gushed about it to a friend, she looked at me and said ‘isn’t that the exact same as Beg?’. We swatched both shades on our arms and lo-and-behold they were dupes.
Unfortunately, I gave away Beg to a friend as I preferred Dolce Vita, so I no longer have it for a side-by-side comparison. But as I remember, and from what I can see on pictures online, Beg is also a dusty rose with more of a terracotta undertone i.e. the blush has far more brown tones than red tones compared to Dolce Vita. But the shades are so similar, dupes even, that if you own one, you won’t need the other – as I found out.
In the end, it came down to the formulation, when I chose between them, as the prices for the products were similar – Beg is £49 at 10g and Dolce Vita is £48 for 10g. NARS has an indisputable reputation for the formulation of their blushes, and it’s hard to fault it with this particular blush. It ticks all the boxes; it’s pigmented, it’s suitable for all skin tones, it sits well on the skin, it blends beautifully and does not apply patchily … I could go on. All in all, I would recommend this blush.
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Malaga (Med/Dark 1)
Spring is just around the corner and I find that I am reaching for my tinted moisturisers as my go-to day-to-day coverage. I am a firm believer in letting natural skin shine through and this tinted moisturiser fits the bill.
The creamy lightweight texture glides onto the over the skin and produces a sheer finish that is slightly dewy. Like most of the NARS foundation products, this tinted moisturiser has a beautiful, natural skin-like quality to it – the perfect, my-skin-but-better. I love how radiant my skin looks after application – any redness around the nose is neutralised and skin tone is evened out.
I find that this product wears for a good 5-6 hours with powder (around the t-zone) as I do have a textbook combination skin type and the addition of SPF 30 PA++ is a bonus as it removes that extra step in my skincare routine.
Since this product does produce a very light coverage, I use concealer on any small imperfections. A brush of product through the brows, a slick of mascara, winged-liner and lipstick and I am ready to go! My perfect everyday routine when I have to rush off to uni.
NARS Tinted Moisturiser currently retails at £29.50 and can be bought in most department stores, SpaceNK and online at FeelUnique or LookFantastic.
Sunday Riley’s Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil is as every bit luxurious as it looks and sounds. The oil claims to be a complexion-balancing blend of clarifying, toning, detoxifying oils for a clean and healthy “glow from within”.
Does it live up to its claims? Yes.
The serum is composed of a variety of essential oils and the performance of the product, therefore, is phenomenal.
The Eucalyptus Lemon Ironbark Essential Oil found in the serum is known for its antibacterial properties and is the source for the unmistakeable lemony-woody scent that the serum exudes and undoubtedly contributes to the golden hue.
The second ingredient found in this serum is Lemon Myrtle (among scientists it known as Backhousia Citriodora). Lemon Myrtle is a powerful antioxidant and is mainly known for its soothing scent that promotes relaxation and better sleep; which makes this the perfect night-time face oil.
Pink Grapefruit is on the list of ingredients and apart from its slightly bitter taste, grapefruits actually have a very high Vitamin A content. You may already know that Vitamin A is where retinol is derived from. It is an ingredient that has become a lot more popular in the recent years for its anti-ageing properties and can be found in a multitude of products such as Alpha-H Liquid Gold, Sunday Riley Good Genes and many other popular products.
Vitamin A is great for a multitude of things, including:
Increasing the rate of healing (if, like me, you have pigmentation, then this is the ingredient that works towards diminishing those pesky dark patches of skin left behind by blemishes)
Exfoliation – makes skin smooth and even-toned
Repairing cellular structure of the epidermis (optimising UV protection)
Decreasing sebum protection (which is great if you have acne and if you’re more prone to an oily skin/t-zone – then this definitely calms the skin down)
And, improving overall hydration!
And that was just an overview of the benefits of the top three listed ingredients in this oil! The product then continues to name Pomegranate Seed Oil (anti-inflammatory), Black Cumin Seed Oil ( a great moisturiser), Milk Thistle (detoxifies skin) and Flaxseed Oil (heals skin).
This serum really packs a punch and was so effective on my skin that I repurchased my second bottle soon after my first finished (as I realised how much I was missing it in my life). My skin was previously excessively oily – to the point where my t-zone would be a shiny mess in the afternoon after a long day at work. Working in retail, I have barely enough time to fit in a lunch break let alone be able to stand in front of the mirror powdering my face.
After I started using this face oil, I immediately noticed my skin grow clearer and brighter as the potent ingredients balanced, clarified and toned my skin. Within a week of use, my skin was glowing from within, making me look healthier than ever before. My pigmentation marks grew smaller and lighter; but I’ll be honest, they took an extremely long time to disappear. Perhaps that’s just my skin, though.
The serum definitely, in my books, lives up to all its claims of detoxifying and cleansing the skin of impurities to give it that clean, healthy “glow from within”. When I initially discovered this oil, it was retailing at £85 on Cult Beauty but since then, (and with the release of their new oil, Luna) the price point has dropped to a more affordable (and not-quite-breaking-the-bank) £60 which makes it competitive among other brands.
If you’re looking for a new serum to amp up your current skincare routine, give Sunday Riley, Artemis a go. I promise that it will rock your world.
ZOEVA is a German brand that has a global cult beauty following for its affordable makeup brushes. I’ve had my eyes on them ever since Zoella featured them in one of her monthly favourites videos, but the shipping cost made me hesitate to make a purchase.
Beauty Bay have recently started stocking the brand so I took the plunge and purchased my first brush and see what the hype was all about…
The brush comes beautifully packed in a dark tinted, spacious plastic zip wallet which makes it perfect for travel as you can slip it into your makeup bag without having to worry about getting the brush hairs trapped or damaged by other products in your bag. The little extra attention to detail and care makes all the difference!
Now for the brush itself … I wasn’t as impressed as I was with the packaging. Brushing it against the back of my hand and on my lids, I couldn’t feel the oh-so-softness that everyone seems to say that these brushes have. Perhaps my Real Techniques Duo Fibre eye brush has spoilt me but I do not get the feeling of absolute luxury from the brush. Speaking to a colleague of mine at work today; she told me that she has several of the eye brushes from her ‘Classic Face Set’ and claims that they are exceptionally soft. Which brought us to question if the individual eye brushes are made differently to the ones that come in the set (absurd I know, but there are always possibilities).
However; and this is a big, however; for the price that you pay, the quality actually exceeds expectation. I mean it’s not Tom Ford quality (I wish!); but as far as synthetic brushes go and retailing at £6.95 (almost half the price of the MAC 217) … it’s probably one of the best on the market. Also considering the fact that the brush comes individually packed in a wallet means you are getting more for what you are paying.
Conclusion: I was not blown away, but I will definitely be a returning customer. The price point definitely makes it an attractive brand and I’ve already got my eyes on the Complete Eye Brush Set in that beautiful Rose Gold packaging!