Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon 2017 – 25th Anniversary Collection‎!

Hi Everybody,

In 1992, Evelyn H Lauder co-created the iconic pink ribbon and  founded the Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer campaign to create a world without breast cancer. To recognize the 25th anniversary, Estee Lauder have brought out a beauty box filled with the Estee Lauder companies products. £15 from the £25 price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Centre.  So far over $70m have been donated to support research and medical services.

The products included are Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-Action Foam Cleanser, Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay ( a favourite of mine!), Bumble & Bumble Pret-a Powder, Bobbi Brown  Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Clinque All About Eyes, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara and finally Clinque Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ‘Super Strawberry’ (coming to the end of my one, so I am delighted to have a new one in this colour!)

I look forward to trying these and reviewing my thoughts of them. This is a lovely selection of products and I hope that it will a raise lots of money so we can eradicate this terrible disease from people’s lives forever.

Rxx

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Calvin Klein ‘Beauty’ EDP!

Hi Everybody,

I love a good perfume sale. There is always a perfume to try that I hadn’t looked at before. You try the tester on the counter and you think ‘I really like that and I have to have it!’. I rarely look at Calvin Klein fragrances ( I do like one of the ‘Euphoria’ perfumes but I cannot remember which one as there is so many!)but I did see on offer one day ‘Beauty’  and I was impressed by the scent that it made my list to buy!

This was created in 2010 to support the clothing collection and was created by Sophie Labbe. The bottle is a heavy, shapely flacon. Simple but modern. The scent is not sweet at all. It is a white floral with a definite sharpness from the citrus. I can immediately feel on the dry down the woodiness, amber, musk and the heady feel of jasmine. It is a modern, light, understated scent. If I had to describe the perfume it would be white and minimalist.

Beauty is a modern, mature understated scent. It’s an air kiss on the cheek rather than a full kiss on the lips!

Rxx

 

My Morning Beauty Routine!

Hi Everybody,

You can see outside Autumn is here. The leaves are falling, conkers from the horse-chestnut trees are around and the rain is falling! The countdown to Christmas has started with the shops beginning to fill up with delicious beauty gifts..

I thought I would share my current morning beauty routine and some thoughts on the products I have been using.

When I get up I first have a glass of water. I wash my face with cold water to wake myself up and the skin! The first product I use is a toner and it helps to cleanse the skin and prepare it for the rest of the products. I am currently using Neal’s Yard Purifying Palmarosa Toner. This has a nice citrus scent, it is not harsh for your skin and doesn’t dry my skin out. My skin feels nice and clean.

The next step is an eye cream. At the moment I am using Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Eye Balm. This eye cream hydrates and moisturizes the eye area. This eye cream has been excellent in slowing down the light wrinkles around my eye area and has prevented dryness and tightness around my eyes.

The third step is a serum. I have been using Beauty Pie Jeju Daily Antioxidant Superinfusion Serum. This is a lightweight serum, applies and absorbs very good. I have found my skin to be smoother, calmer and to be almost radiant! For the price, I have found this to be an excellent product.

The final step in my routine is a day cream. My choice recently has been Natura Siberica Aralia Mandshurica Day Cream. I bought this when I was in Latvia. Born in Siberia and made in Europe, this is made from Hyaluronic Acid, Vitagenyl, Vitamin E and extracts of wild harvested Siberian Geranium. This really hydrates the skin and no breakouts when using it. My skin feels and looks much better. I don’t feel any dryness when using it. I have found  that even when I have used different foundations, it has glided easily over the day cream and no patches or ‘cottage cheese’ effect on the skin. This product is also SPF20 and uses naturally harvested Siberian plants. It also has no parabans, polyethylene glycol, mineral oils and synthetic dyes.

For the moment I am really happy with my routine. Once I have finished them, I’m sure I will buy them again in the future but I will also try other products as well!

I hope you enjoyed my morning routine.I think it’s always interesting to hear what people are using in their morning routine.

Rxx

 

On My Nails – Mavala ‘St-Germain’ & MoYou Floral Stamping!

Hi Everybody,

I have been full of ideas for nail art so I have been trying different options and experimenting with nail art designs. This time I decided to try my MoYou stamping template. It is basically a metal plate engraved with different designs. I have a small template to experiment and then go up to the larger plates with more designs. It looks so easy when you see somebody demonstrating it! They make it look so easy.  You apply a special stamping nail polish onto the plate and then you have a scraper and swipe across the polish to remove the excess. You have a clear plastic stamp and press onto the plate to collect the design and press onto your nail. Practice makes perfect!

The tricky bet is scraping just enough polish to apply onto the nail. Scrape too much and you don’t have enough to pick up the design.  As always I applied protective base coat and then applied Mavala ‘St-Germain’, which is a beautiful burgundy colour with a tiny hint of purple in it. It’s a  lovely autumnal colour which you can also wear in the summer.

I then stamped a floral design over the dried colour and waited for few minutes before applying a top coat to the nails.

Voila! a quick, easy and pretty design for the nails!

Rxx

Jo Malone ‘My Story’ Book Review!

Hi Everybody,

I have finally finished this book!  I don’t usually read biographies but because it was by Jo Malone I had to read it.  Anyone who loves scent will know her perfumes and the impact they have made on the perfume world. I do love Jo Malone perfumes but Lime, Basil & Mandarin is possibly my favourite scent from Jo Malone. The unique blend is so intoxicating to me.

As English isn’t my first language it took me longer to read this book than I would have liked. I have to say that it was hard to start as her humble beginnings of her life was very emotional and I did cry a lot! I found it quite difficult to cope with that. Her parents made it a difficult life for her to have a childhood as she had so many adult responsibilities rather than enjoying being a child. Having to make money to put food on the table is not something a child should have to do but she had too. Reading that did upset me.

I did enjoy reading about her meeting her future husband, Gary and how she started her beauty treatments to her clients. That was inspirational to read how hard she worked to build her client list and make her products which become the business that become Jo Malone.  Gary encouraged her to make the business and their relationship is so strong as they really do love one another.  The business would never have grown as it did without her creative ability and drive and his encouragement and love. After a struggle and sheer hard work they eventually made enough to open a shop in London. Jo and Gary worked hard and then broke into America, expanded and drew the attention of the cosmetic giants, selling to Estee Lauder in 1999 but Jo remaining creative director until 2006.

Jo had a baby boy and then soon after disaster struck as Jo was diagnosed with cancer and then the book become difficult to read again as I read the story how she fought the cancer and won.

The last chapters cover her business venture of setting up a new company, Jo Loves, in 2013 which continues her perfume adventure as she starts again as a shopkeeper!

This is a moving, emotional and inspiring autobiography. It proves that you can do anything if you put your mind to it and work hard for it. Of course meeting the right people helps but creativity and talent are also important and Jo has a lot of that!

I have yet to go to the shop in Elizabeth Street but after reading it is tempting me and my nose even more to visit and of course I will have to buy a perfume…

Rxx

 

On My Nails- The Body Shop ‘Hemp Over Heals’.

Hi Everybody,

I went through my nail polish collection and discovered a colour I had never worn before! The Body Shop ‘Hemp Over Heals’. I think this shade is perfect for the autumn season.

As per usual, I used Mavala Protective Base Coat. The Body Shop formulas for nail polish are very easy to use. The pigment is strong, the brush is good to use and I have found they dry very quickly on me. The shade is a olive green, like a full bowl of green olives when making a salad and quite appetizing! I always put on 2 coats and I used Mavala Top coat to finish.

It is an usual nail polish shade but I do like it as I am not afraid to have a bit of colour on my nails. I like it a lot.

Rxx

 

August Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

I  let go summer as Autumn has now taken over from it but I will still wear my brighter lips and nails! Here are some of my favourites I have used for a month or longer.

MAKEUP

I have worn the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream’Ivory 31′ continuously for 3 months until the last drop has been squeezed out if it! It has been a really good everyday coverage for the skin. The shade was excellent and was perfect for the summer.  Not too heavy, no breakout, gave lovely luminosity to the skin, hydrated it and it has SPF15 as well. Perfect for me and a really nice CC Cream that I will re-purchase again. I will be upset if I can’t re-purchase it!

I wanted the body illuminator from the range but it was out of stock so I bought the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Face Illuminator. You can add this to our foundation or wear it on its own. I mixed it with my foundation and it gave lovely glow to the skin. Not heavy on the skin and it worked well on it. I like the packaging as well. Very impressed by this.

The Beauty Pie Superbrow Precision Pencil ‘Perfect Brown’ is my second. It is so good, perfect shade for me, stays all day long and easy to apply it. I love it! So cheap and cheerful but still very good quality.

H&M Infinity Impact Eye Colour ‘Baci Di Dama’ & ‘Amazing Greige’ were the first eyeshadows from H&M’s make up range I have bought. Packaging is nice to start of with. Baci Di Dama is a browny-golden shade. Nice texture, quite buttery and applies so nicely and easily blendable. ‘Amazing Greige’ is a grey-brown with shimmer in it. I wasn’t so impressed with this shade. Not so buttery and the shimmer falls too easily so nothing to blend! It worked better on a wet brush when applying, less fallout and you can see the glitter!

I have been practicing my cat eyeflick with Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Black. I still need to practice more to get it right but this has helped! It is a nice pen with a fine pointed tip but the colour is a bit muted and not a deep deep black in my view. I found that it faded during the day but it was easy to work with.

I like to use many different mascaras so it was time try Revlon Volume+Length Magnified Mascara. I love the brush on this! It is a thick bristle brush, perfect for fitting to the eye as it’s not too big or too small. It really gives length, volume and thickness. It didn’t the clog the eyelashes either. One minor fault was that I did found that at the end of the day it did crumble. I don’t like it when mascaras do that!

SKINCARE

L’Oreal Fine Flowers Cleansing Cream has been my first step when taking off my make-up. It has a lovely scent and has a nice creamy texture and doesn’t dry the skin out. I do like this a lot.

The famous Pixi Glow Tonic is a firm favourite with me when I use it in the evenings. We all know how good it is:  It exfolitates, brightens, evens complexion and gives the skin a glowing and smoother texture.

The SenSpa One Minute Radiant Mask is a 3-1 action product. It is a cleanser, exfolitator and mask. It is not very expensive, 97% natural and it does work!  I was amazed by the results when I first used it. My skin felt great the first time I used it.

I really do like Dr Organic products. Holland& Barrett stock their products so easy to find on the high street. I have used Dr.Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask and this one is a good one. It detoxifies,purifies and rejuvenates the skin with its muddiness! Using organic ingredients and free of of nasty ingredients, it is not animal tested and suitable for vegans. Great for the skin and the pocket!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir says it soothes and gives glowing complexion.It didn’t on me!.It did refresh the skin because of the peppermint but it hardly gave a glowing complexion to my skin. It also has the worst spray mechanism I have ever used and it really irritated me!

Time Bomb Hand to Hand Hand Cream has a light lavender scent and it moisturized the hands so nicely. I do love my hand cream and I do love to try different hand creams and this one really impressed.

Rxx