Monday, 16 September 2013

Another Beauty Story. Part 1

The past month and a half has flown and despite not blogging my preoccupation with beauty products has still been at large. Here are my beauty headlines during My absence. Enjoy xoxo

First I decided I needed some tanning products for my face, as I have been tanning my body with Garnier Summer Body and I had fallen out of love with my Rimmel Shimmer sun (because it felt yak, was clogging my pores and was far too light). I picked up Soltan's once sunscreen with gradual tan and an accompanying Soltan face tanning mitt. I also hated this as it felt super awful on the skin and broke me out something chronic, so that, as well, went bye byes. Cue a plea to Vivianna does Makeup on twitter who pointed me in the direction of the Clarins Tanning lotion. This feels lovely on the skin, no nasty obnoxious scent and delivers a beautiful subtle tan. Love! I was also feeling that my legs were too white still, in relation to the rest of my body, so I went a-Boots-shopping to check out what they had in relation to  instant tanners. I picking up Fake Bake's instant gel. I haven't even taken the silver foil off yet and already it's vanilla scent is seeping through. It's yum though, so this doesn't matter, but if you hate the smell of vanilla I would steer clear of this.

I decided to pick up Rimmel's Wake me Up foundation in soft beige too. This is super dark (insert: orange) but is actually a pretty good match when I have tanned up. I was excited to try this as this foundation has always received such rave reviews but was never pale enough for me. Funnily enough, now I am tanned, the lightest shade Ivory is too pale and the second deepest shade: Nude ivory is too pink in tone so soft beige came home with me. It smells very fruity and nice and melts into the skin beautifully, however please steer clear if you have oily skin. This mofo is DEWY!! And applied above facial sunscreens which give a super glow too (currently using Caudelie Soleil Divin anti-aging face suncare), this needs powder to tone down the shine!! But I like the glow (read all about it here) so it's fine. It doesn't give the nicest finish I have ever come across, but "[it'll] do, Donkey, [it'll] do." (Shrek) For most the month though I have found that it is too dark so have been mixing it with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation. It's a fab combination and worked well.

Since my last Beauty Update I have run out of No7's hot cloth cleanser and decided to treat myself to the PRODUCT OF THE MOMENT... DRUM ROLL PLEASE... EMMA HARDIE'S MORINGA CLEANING BALM - woop woop!! First thoughts are thus: they have updated the packaging and is much better in my opinion and matches the golden tub inside. The tub is thicker and shorter now. For some reason in a week 3 cracks  have mysteriously appeared underneath the plastic and I am waiting for the product to leak (lots of reviewers say it leaks). It smells super sweet and is akin to a facial oil. It leaves my skin so smooth, silky, soft, supple, lush, touchable, gorgeous... I almost don't want to tone and moisturise afterwards. My skin appears to love this LOTS!!!

In other beauty news. I finally wore my Illamasqua Throb nail varnish the other day and was wowed and in awe of its beautiful application, stunning, perfect, red colour and outstanding wearability. The best nail varnish I have ever used? I think so. Also Morrocan oil has continued to be my best friend this hot season, more at the moment than ever before actually. I have also been trying out Benefit's They're Real mascara and despite this giving a great lash effect, it smudges really badly and at this stage in the beauty game one does not appreciate the panda eyed look - I'll be sticking to my beloved L'oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24 Mascara.

To be continued in: Another Beauty Story. Part 2 HERE. xx

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