Thursday, 26 April 2012

Primed and poreless SPF 20 bronze tint face primer

This product has been out a while now, but I stumbled across it while I was out shopping.  I’ve been on the look out for a primer and to be honest I think I was sucked into the idea of this having a bronze tint to it.
I don’t like to wear really thick makeup and prefer the more natural look.  You can actually get this without the bronze tint, but I thought this would be ideal to use over spring and summer.

When I squeezed a small amount of the product out of the tube, I must admit I had my doubts.  It’s a quite a dark brown-orangey shade, but surprisingly blends to leave a subtle, warm, sunkissed glow. The bronze finish is really nice. 

The added SPF is another bonus – I feel like I’ve got my moneys worth here.  I was worried that it could be a bit heavy, but I can honestly say it applies like a really well and doesn’t feel at all greasy. 

I luckily don’t have large pores, but if you do, I don’t think this would apply very evenly.  Or, if you’ve got pale skin, this would probably leave you with a nasty looking streak around your face. 

I prefer not to use this all over my face and use it to give a sunkissed glow – so it’s not for those who want to put a layer of primer and then cover it over with a layer of their favourite foundation – that would slightly defeat the idea of having a bronzer included. 

Would I buy it again? I do really like it, but I would be tempted to buy it without the bronzer, especially for during the winter months when my skin is paler.  However, I’m really happy with the brand, so I’d be happy to use this again.  You can pick this up from the high street at your local Boots store for just over £20. 

What do you think of Too Faced products?  

Monday, 23 April 2012

DuWop Doubleglow7

I must admit that DuWop isn’t a brand I normally go for, but I liked the sound of this, so I thought I’d give it a try. Doubleglow7 is a luminous face balm that claims to give instant radiance to the skin.  It says you can apply it under or over foundation.

Worn under makeup, Doubleglow7 can be used as a primer or it can be used over makeup to give a gorgeous glow.  It comes in a small jar (just .42oz), so it’s about the same size as an eye cream.  It’s a pale, golden, luminous, waxy looking balm.  At first I thought it was going to be too solid, but it seems to melt into the skin and it’s really easy to blend.

One thing I really like about this is that it’s not glittery and you can build the product up on the skin depending on how much of a glow you want.  The balm isn’t greasy and leaves my skin with a really luminous finish. 
If you’re looking for a highlighter, with good staying power which makes you look like you’ve had a few hours extra sleep, then I’d recommend this.

You can pick this up at HQhair for £21. 

What do you think of DuWop products? 

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Dermalogica skin smoothing cream 50ml

No matter how many moisturisers I try out this is the only one I keep going back to.  I’ve got quite dry skin and this does exactly what it says on the tin.

It smoothes dehydration lines and makes your skin feel really moisturised, while toning and keeping your skin’s moisture.  It is fragrance free which I really like.  It contains lecithin and aloe gel and cucumber and arnica to soothe and hydrate.  It contains antioxidant grape seed extract and vitamins A,C and E. 

I find it’s got quite a thick texture.  It’s suitable for normal to dry skin so I find it perfect to use all year round.  I use it twice a day after I’ve cleansed and toned.  It’s such a great moisturiser and that really helps when applying makeup. 

This is the only Dermalogica product I use at the moment, but I’d love to try out more.  You can pick up a 50ml tube of this from lookfantasic for £25.90 

Essie mini wedding collection

This isn’t a particularly new collection from Essie, but I love the colour and of course it’s the start of wedding season, so the colours are bound to come in handy.

The box contains four 5ml stunning, combining classic shades and current trends,  including elegant neutral colours and a classic red.

  • Essie borrowed & blue – this light blue shade is one of my favourites and is perfect a perfect spring / summer pastel.
  • Essie better together – this is a really pretty light baby pink
  • Essie made to honor – a flattering natural pink
  • Essie first dance – this is a gorgeous rich, red, which has a completely different tone to any other red polish I use.

I love Essie polishes and think they’re good value for money and a good quality.  I always use a base and top coat, so maybe that’s why they always last and don’t seem to chip too quickly. 

You can pick this stunning set up from for £16.95. 

Monday, 9 April 2012

TIGI S-Factor serious conditioner with sunflower seed oil 150ml

Well after being caught in the rain earlier the best thing to do was start an afternoon of pampering .. starting with one of my favourite intense conditioning treatments.

I've been using this for a while now and although I'll try others I keep going back.  Serious conditioner is a weekly intensive hair conditioner containing sunflower seed oil for intense moisture - it's great for those dry ends.  It's not really oily though and it's for all hair types.

I love the smell too. It's got a kind of minty smell which is really fresh but not sickly and overpowering.  It leaves my hair with a really nice shine.

The best thing is the treatment doesn't take ages to work.  Just apply after shampooing and distribute mainly through the mid-lengths to the ends - I always avoid my roots.  Then just leave for 3 - 5 minutes and rinse.

You can pick this up at Gorgeous Shop right now for only £11.55.  I really like the TIGI S-Factor range - what do you think?

Savings at HQhair

Just a really quick post to share a few discount codes to help you save a few quid ...

Happy shopping xx

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Tantruth secret sun daily gradual tan

After the gorgeous weather the other week it was easy to be tricked into thinking it was summer.  But we all knew that we would never catch a sun tan that would last.

I'm not really a big fan of fake tan.  While I like to have some colour, I prefer moisturisers that contain a hint of tan.  I've tried most of the ones on the high street - some which I quite like and others which I'd never use again. But while I was picking some hair colours up from a local hair and beauty supply store I saw this and thought I'd give it a go.

Secret sun says to apply daily and it will enhance your natural skin colour, leaving it with a gorgeous sunkissed glow.  It contains avocado and shea butter, so it leaves your skin really hydrated.  The colour is noticeable, but natural.  The only thing I wasn't too fussed on was the smell - it's not terrible, but they've not tried to mask the fake tan smell like some brands do.  More importantly though, the colour is lovely, it's easy to apply and it doesn't break the bank!

I paid about £5 for a 250ml bottle.  I'd really recommend this if you like to have a natural looking tan all year round.  Find out more about Tantruth products here