Beauty S.O.S. - The Pick Me Up Facial

settembre 26, 2013

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask // Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-on For Puffy Eyes //Clarins Beauty Flash Balm // Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm // Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Yesterday I woke up feeling miserable, with a congested cold, and with of course an event to attend to in the evening. With so little time to fix things, triage is the way and after some rummaging in my skincare drawer and a quick sortie inside my kit, I put together this little rescue team.

When I'm sick my skin is the first to give in and can get really blotchy and dehydrated. Thankfully the night before I've been smart enough to slap on some Origins Dink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£22) before bed and I was able to limit the damage. Drink Up is a great option to quick-fix dry, lackluster skin. As the name suggests it's a sleep-in mask; you apply it before bed, instead of your standard night skincare routine and forget about it till morning. Not only it does smell utterly delicious - which I understand, is not necessary but it's always a nice extra - but leaves the skin so plump and deeply moisturized and definitely much more manageable. I use it every time my skin feels a bit tight and rough or after particularly stressful days, just to be sure not to wake up in the morning looking awful.
Despite the intense hydration, my skin was still looking a bit grey and that's when the Bliss Triple Oxigen Instant Energizing Mask 10ml (£5.10) stepped in. It's a lovely instant fix mask that starts foaming on damp skin, and in less than 5 minutes brings out the glow, as well as cleaning up the pores to prevent breakouts. I love using this one in the morning; the light tingling sensation is really refreshing and truly energizing. After bringing some colour back to my cheeks, I then took care of my puffy eyes with a bit of Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-on (£24). This product hasn't left my side since I bought it. As a contact wearer I get really itchy eyes and by the end of the day they can feel a bit sore. The metal rolling ball feels amazing on the under eye area and distributes a thin layer of product I then work into the skin with a few light pinches. The cooling effect is so soothing and the product works really well at both reducing puffiness and brightening dark circles. I've been using it like crazy lately.
I've also been reaching a lot for the NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Balm (£9.50) to moisturize my chapped lips and my nostrils as well. Since I've been blowing my nose every 10 seconds, I wanted to avoid redness and dry patches and so far I managed to keep both at bay.
Lastly, before putting my makeup on, I pulled out the heavy artillery. The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£29) is one of the most reliable products I own and I can't recommend it enough. It can be used as a facial mask but I like it best as a primer. I gently smooth a thin layer all over my face and dab what's left on my hands on my eyelids and under the eyes. It instantly adds a lot of luminosity and tightens the skin and of course helps foundation to stay put for longer. It's the classic million-dollar-skin product and lifts the skin like nothing else. Unfortunately it can only be used sparingly otherwise the skin could get used to it and the wow effect could disappear.

Makeup of course played a major role in my routine but as usual a great base makes all the difference in the world. What are the products you reach for when you want to look your best even on your worst days?


The Event: Faby Eclectic Press Day

settembre 18, 2013

Something exciting coming your way in guise of a bunch of cute nail polish bottles!
A few days ago I attended the international Faby Line press day. I was expecting the usual 'here's-your-drink-have-a-tour-bye' event, instead I found myself sorrounded by enthusiastic people ready to answer all my questions and show me around.
I basically swooned all over the gorgeous shade selection and over the new Eclectic collection in particular. The collection features 12 brand new shades with a mix of creamy textures and iridescent finishes and a gorgeous topcoat jam-packed with golden specks, which might actually be my favourite of the bunch along with Cleo's talisman, a stunning olive green and brownish plum duo-chrome. But what about Marisol està caliente, a great metallic pumpkin orange, or A rhyme for Roxanne, a sultry burgundy polish that literally screams Fall? I couldn't pick one shade to save my life and unfortunately I missed my chance to get my nail polish applied by the Faby nail techs. However I got an awesome press bag with three pretty shades I couldn't wait to dip my paws into. I'll report on them very soon but let me give you a little spoiler: the pigmentation is absolutely jaw-dropping! Also I might have found my perfect mannequin polish. Watch this space, you guys!

Overall one of the best press events I've attended in a while. It's always nice to see so many passionate people that can't wait to show you their work and I'm looking forward to seeing what Faby Line has in store for the upcoming seasons. See anything that tickles your fancy?


The Budget Buy: Bourjois Cream Blushes

settembre 12, 2013

Bourjois Cream Blush #01 Nude Velvet // #02 Healthy Glow // #03 Rose Tender // #04 Sweet Cherry
Isn't it beautiful when something purchased on a whim turns out to be amazing?
Despite having heard a lot of nice things about the latest Bourjois release, I was still on the fence about these beauties - I wasn't sure I could fit another cream blush in my stash to be completely honest - but when Asos put them on offer I knew it was time to take a leap of faith and I'm so glad I did. It turned out not only I did need one of these blushes in my life but actually I needed them all. Oh so naughty.

The Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blushes (£7.99) are a dream to work with: they blend so well, go on really nicely and are easily buildable for statement looks. The cream-to-powder finish reminds me of the NARS formula, only the texture here is creamier and less thick and for that so much easier to apply. The beautiful skin-like finish is extremely natural and flattering and the lasting power is really good, but most products tend to last a long time on me anyways, so I might not be the best judge in this case. They're best applied with a buffing brush or a blender sponge, but fingers will do all the same.
They're available in 4 pretty shades but I hope the range will include some brights in the future as well. Keep in mind I am as pale as living things can go and while these blushes look lovely on my porcelain skin they might get lost on deeper complexions.
Healthy Glow 02 is probably the most popular shade and the first one I picked. Is a pale coral that would suit most skin tones and as the name suggests gives a natural, healthy glow to the skin. Bonne mine look enthusiasts like me will love Nude Velvet 01 as much as I do: it's the most perfect nude blush with just the right amount of pink but verging slightly on the peach side. It's simple but so pretty nonetheless.
I usually stay clear of pale pinks as, save for a few exceptions, they tend to look a bit artificial on me and bring out the redness in my skin, however Rose Tender 03 is a great pick-me up pink, fresh and so cheering. It's a touch shimmery in the pan but the silver sparkles are pretty much undetectable on the cheeks.
Last but not least Sweet Cherry 04 is a medium reddish pink with a hint of plum, which provides a lovely Snow white flush. It might actually be my favourite of the bunch and I can tell is going to be a staple of mine for the cooler months to come.

Bourjois is quickly becoming one of the most exciting brands on the market, don't you think? Have you tried these blushes? What's your favourite shade?