Beauty

Lust List #1

Today’s post will be short n’ sweet because I’m heading out to The O2 Arena for my brothers birthday meal, and I’m a terribly unorganised person.

I’m on a spending ban for August, on account of saving for my holiday in October, so I’ll just have to make do with lust lists for now (expect a lot of these)…

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It’s taken me a while to get on the satchel band wagon. I could never quite find one the right size for me, they were either too big or too small – I’m the goldilocks of satchels. So this one is perfect with it’s structured frame and roomy but not oversized appearance.

Following on with accessories, I seem to be addicted to sunglasses. As much as I’d love a pair of Ray-bans, and I’d definitely get a good wear out of them, I just can’t part with the cash (and I’m extremely clumsy and heavy handed). I love the shape of the Wayfarers and I’ve found a few similar copies from other brands, but the ones I’m currently lusting over are a little bit more delicate looking in the frame area.

My last lust for the fashion side of things are the jeans. I love a good skinny jean, you can so easily dress them up, or casually dress them down. Everyone seems to be going crazy for ripped jeans again, but I think they’ve had their day with me and my cake-loving legs.

Moving onto the beauty side of things, my choices have been pretty standard, I’ve thrown in some haircare that I’ve heard a lot about recently, along with a new yet-to-be-released lipgloss that I’ve heard rave reviews on, and a couple of luxury cosmetic items that are perfect for summer.

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from my lust list, and tell me what you thought!

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River Island Satchel | £30.00 | link here
Ted Baker Sunglasses | £90.00 | link here
Topshop Leigh Jeans | £38.00 | link here
Nails Inc gel polish (Kensington High Street and Porchester Square) | £14.00 each | link here
Revlon Colourburst Stain | tbc | not released in the UK yet
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresssers Invisible Oil Travel Set | £17.00 | link here
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes | £22.00 | link here
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick | £30.00 | link here
Stella McCartney STELLA perfume | £52.50 (50ml) | link here

BeautyLab | Glycowash

Washing of the facial area is something that’s an every day necessity, and as I mentioned in a previous post, it’s an important step in finding the right skin care routine.

I’ve tried a few products now which contain Glycolic Acid, and to be honest the face washes have always been the ones which I’ve found to work least in terms of results.

When BeautyLabs GlycoWash popped up in a recent beauty box, I was pretty darn excited, as I’d heard that the brand was excellent, and that their Glyco-based treatments were effective.

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If you don’t know already, Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. It may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions, including actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis. Once applied, Glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together.

Generally shop bought products only contain a small percentages, usually around between 5-12% of Glycolic acid, anything containing higher than 12% is usually recommended for professional use.

The BeautyLabs wash contains a steady 5%, which to be honest after my spurt of trying various other 5% washes – I wasn’t holding out much hope.

The packaging is pretty sleek, and comes in the form of a sturdy pump bottle, which distributes just the right amount each time.

There’s no fragrance to it, and as you can see above, it’s just a standard clear gel wash…

But then you put it on your face, and dear god it’s amazing. Not in terms of tingling or tightening sensations, and it’s not a magical glow maker, but it did leave my skin feeling so fresh, soft and clean. It also minimises shine and helps with pores over time.

I’ve been using mine around 2 weeks now and I can see a difference in my skin – no tightness around my cheeks, or my personal dreaded shiny nose and chin combo, and no stinging eyes!

If you prefer a gel wash, and are looking for the magic Glycolic ingredient then I’d recommend giving this a go. It’s a tad on the pricey side, but if expensive skin care is your thing then you can find the 200ml bottle here – link, for £32.00.

L’Oreal Paris Super Liner | Ultra Precision

Following on from my last post, about the Bourjois liner effect mascara, I thought it might be fitting to pop in a post about an eyeliner…

More specifically, L’Oreal’s Ultra Precision Super Liner. It’s a pretty big name to live up to.

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The thing that made me buy it was the applicator, it’s not one I’ve seen before in a liquid eyeliner – it’s sort of sponge tipped. It’s surprisingly easy to use. Much better then the felt tip pen type liners, which can sometimes snag and catch on loose skin around the eyes.

The colour pay off is good, with the liner going on quite a matte black, and staying this way once dried. It’s also easy to get right in close the the lash line and tight line with this eyeliner.

I’ve found that the sponge tip really absorbs the product well too, so you don’t have to keep going back in an dipping into the product each time you want to apply, which is great if you prefer to do looks in one continuous motion.

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I’ve also found that creating flicks and wings is easy with is liner – the tip of it is very thin and precise, and allows you to have full control over where you’re drawing.

The staying power is also really good, with no flaking. This works well for me because I have a terrible habit, especially if I’m wearing my glasses, to rub my eyes without really knowing I’m doing it. Attractive, yes?

The L’Oreal Super Liners are available in a range of colours, from Boots online and in-store for an RRP of £6.49.

Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara

I have hooded eyes. Not severely, but hooded enough that if I overdo it with the eyeliner even a tiny bit, it can ruin my entire make up. So I’m always on the look for new eye products that help to line and define the eye area.

My latest test was with Bourjois. I love Bourjois as a brand, their foundation, blushes and little round eye pots are a dream to use, but I had not tried anything in the form of mascara. When I saw their liner effect mascara, I was instantly interested in how it works.

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The idea is that you use the small brush to really get into the lash line, and ultimately use the effect of tight lining the eye using mascara instead of eyeliner, or shadow.

The concept does work pretty well. I’m not usually a fan of small, comb like brushes but this one is actually designed really well. It gets into the the lashes and separates easily, and the formula adds good length to the lashes too. It’s easy to use the brush to really hit the lash root, especially if you use with a good pair of eyelash curlers.

I wouldn’t say it adds much of a line though, nothing compared to an eyeliner anyway. I’ve layered this up a few times, and not really noticed too much of a difference really in terms of a liner effect, however it is a really nice mascara in itself.

The only cons are that the formula is a tad wet (it may dry down slightly after use), and the applicator is a bit long, so you have to be carful when applying, it’s not one for using in a hurry or on the go. It can also flake slightly, but I think that was from over-layering on my part.

I’ve mainly been using this for day time wear, and any time I’ve used fake lashes as it’s been a good mascara to use as a base.

You can find the Bourjois Liner Effect mascara in Boots, online and in-store for £9.99.

Bourjois 123 Perfect | CC Cream

All these double letter face products start to blur together for me. I know BB stands for Beauty Balms and CC stands for Colour Correctors, and I know the CC creams work much better for me, personally.

I love the L’Oreal CC cream for dull skin, and have been using it religiously for around 18 months now. Then I saw that Bourjois has released a CC cream as part of their 123 Perfect range, as being a huge fan of their foundations, I decided it was time to give it a whirl.

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I went for shade Light Beige, which looks quite dark on the swatch, but once it’s on and blended in it actually adapts really well to my skin tone (Mac NC20).

The cream contains three colour correcting pigments – Apricot for anti-fatigue, Green for anti-redness and White for anti-dark spots. These pigments mixed together are designed to give a fresh and luminous look, with 24 hour hydration.

I really, really like this CC cream, it’s great coverage while still being nice and light. I’ve used CC creams in the past underneath foundations as a primer of sorts, but I really wouldn’t use this for that purpose, I think it’s a bit too much like a foundation to use it for that.

I think if your looking for a nice everyday base, or you want something with a medium coverage that’s not too matte or not overly dewy, then this is what you’re looking for.

It’s only downfall is it’s limited shade range, there are only 4 available shades at the moment, with the darkest being Bronze.

The Bourjois CC cream is available in Boots and Superdrug, online and in store, for an RRP of £9.99.

UrbanVeda | Daily Radiance Facial Wash

For me, the key to looking after your skin begins with cleaning it using something that actually works for you.

I prefer to use gel washes rather than creams, however I prefer to exfoliate with a cream rather than a gel.

My skin also can’t handle anything too harsh, as sometimes even soap can set it off, making it feel tight and look shiny. No one wants that.

I have a few tried and tested face washes that I tend to stick to religiously, so when the UrbanVeda radiance face wash featured in my February Birchbox I didn’t immediately grab it and use it.

I remembered it again when I was rifling through my samples box. My skin was feeling a bit dull and lacklustre so the promise of radiance caught my interest.

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The Daily Radiance facil wash contains natural fruit enzymes, and promises to naturally brighten skin while balancing tone.

UrbanVeda says – “Naturally formulated to Ayurvedic principles, our Daily Radiance Facial Wash effectively cleanses and removes urban environmental pollutants. Our bioactive Turmeric extract brightens skin tone, while superfruit extracts are rich in fruit enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants to help counteract damage caused by free radicals and support healthy cell renewal. Skin’s natural barrier function is supported, keeping skin soft, supple and hydrated.

The first thing I noticed about the wash, was the fragrance – it has a distinct floral smell, which is more fresh, than old lady scented. You don’t need to use a lot, as it does lather up really well and is easily spread right across the face and neck.

It left my skin feeling so clean and soft, with no feeling of tightness or irritation, like some face washes I’ve battled with before. As for the brighteness aspect, I can’t say I’ve noticed a whole lot of difference to be honest, however the overall tone to my complexion has improved and it’s helped to keep my skin blemish free.

I would definitely recommend this brand to anyone looking for a budget face wash, they retail for £7.99 per tube, which I don’t find bad at all, as you do only need such a small amount of the gel per wash. There are a few different washes, for targeting different areas, so they tailor to a wide crowd too.

I’ve not seen UrbanVeda in any stores near me, so if anyone knows anywhere that sells it then please let me know, otherwise you can buy online at http://www.urbanveda.co.uk.