Friday 26 February 2021

Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac tinted foundation

 If you're looking for a long lasting, hydrating foundation that allows your natural beauty to shine through then you're going to love this newbie from Urban Decay. 

Say hello to the Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac tinted foundation. 

Boasting a long wear glow, the foundation is infused with something called kombucha filtrate and marula oil which offers up to 24-hour hydration, coverage, aand a fresh glow.

Available in 12 shades the foundation is designed to suit your skin tone by allowing your real skin to show through the sheer finish.

This means that while it is buildable, it will result in a light-medium, sheer coverage- So if you're after a full on matte this won't be for you. 

Soft, creamy and cool, the foundation has a beautifully lightweight feel.

Upon application (I like to use my fingers) my skin feels soft and comfortable.

Some foundations can feel heavy on your skin, instantly sucking the life and moisture out of your skin, particularly if you're after a matte look. 

Despite its sheer finish, it does successfully help to even out my skin tone, reducing the appearance of pores and acne scars as it goes.

For mega pimples or marks you may still needs concealer, but otherwise you're good to go.

For someone like meaning has oily skin, I found that the nourishing properties of this foundation were a smidge too much for my skin and I did have to reach for my powder a few times throughout the day.

That said, it's significantly lighter and less troublesome for oily skin than a BB or CC cream and In my opinion, offers better coverage too.

Not that it matters especially, but the packaging is super cool too.

Vibrant, bright and attractive, just like the foundation, if you're after long lasting duration and dewey, natural looking skin then this is the product for you. 

Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac tinted foundation is available now and costs £29.


Wednesday 24 February 2021

XTAL♁ Rose Quartz Shampoo Conditioner duo

It's shampoo & conditioner but not as you know it.

Say hello to the XTAL Rose Quartz Shampoo Conditioner duo (£49.99).

XTAL meaning Crystal Earth is a range of luxury, high performing hair products that have been developed and designed to nourish and replenish your locks.

Their vegan friendly shampoo and conditioner range uses 93% natural ingredients plus are free from parabens, sulphates and silicones. 

Infused with Rose Quartz this shampoo formulation is designed to balance, nourish and breath fresh life into tired limp hair. 

 XTAL focuses on holistic energy and regards chakras as an "energy point" within our bodies.

The Rose Quartz is associated with the heart chakra and is the symbol of love and trust. 

The high energy of Rose Quartz gives it the potential property to encance all forms of love.

In turn, this can help to lower stress levels and restore a sense of peace and calm in your life.

 XTAL hope that by using these products they can help to enhance your sense of calm and soothe away the daily stresses of life.

Infused with Rose Quartz to dissolve stress and tension from heat damage, they also contain Apple cider vinegar to removes toxins and product build up to create a fresh,weightless shine.

Featuring an opulent floriental fragrance with top notes of bergamot and pepper, floral heart bouquet of rose, jasmine and red berry undertones, the fragrance is wrapped in a base of patchouli, creamy sandalwood, firery amber, soft musk natural moss.

Imagine a relaxing spa experience and you're pretty much there.

Housed in iconic, futuristic looking, multi-faceted stunning bottles complete with your very own precious rose quartz Crystal, it is a unique and fantastic new look at haircare.

The XTAL Rose Quartz Shampoo and Conditioner duo is available online now from CrystalEarth and costs £49.99 for both the shampoo and conditioner. 


Monday 22 February 2021

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara

So aside from concealer (thanks kids and hormones) the only other beauty product I don't think I could live would have to be mascara.

A good mascara can bring your face to life by widening and opening your eyes creating the illusion of fluttering feminine lashes.

A brand mew fave of mine is the Maybelline  Lash Sensational mascara (£9.99)

Reasonably priced and in an attractive, somewhat futuristic looking pale pink metallic wand  it promises longer, thicker, more volumed lashes.

Now it's not just the formula that requires attention but the brush itself needs to have some recognition.

It is Maybelline first layer reveal brush with 6 lengths of bristles to help capture even the tiniest lashes.

The result of such a device is a multi layered effect combined with with a low wax formula to offer intense blackness without clumping.

This unique design offers defined, lengthened and volumised lashes like never before.

The silky, light liquid formula attaches to these bristles and allows you to comb smoothly through your lashes while the soft curved brush head grabs at each and every hair to create an ultra-magnified effect. 

I can confirm that it is indeed a deeply intense black pigment and does an amazing job of seperatingbesch abs every lash, avoiding that horrible spider-lash look.

The gentle curve encourages lift while the multiple bristles seek out every lash, even ones you didn't know you had for a brilliant wide eyed, doe look look.

Flake and smudge free, it easy to remove but it won't budge from your lashes Until you decide to remove it.

For £9.99 and compared to other similar far more expensive mascaras, I'm seriously impressed.

Oh, and it doesn't irritate the delicate skin on and around my eyes.

In a nutshell. The Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara is a fabulous product at a great price point.

Whatever you're looking for, more length, volume or curl, this mascara has it all.

You can grab yours now from Superdrug.


Wednesday 17 February 2021

Bobbi Brown February Picks

 This month we are looking at all things eyes with Bobbi Brown.

The best way to prep your peepers is with the Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream 15ml (£49).

This rich, decadent cream is designed to help depuff the eye area while treating the appearance of dark circles.

Suitable for all skin types and a brand best seller, this luxurious cream has been formulated with peptides, natural plant oils and humectants to targetfine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and dryness.

Amazing right.

The treatment sits within the  Extra Repair family and features a combination of clary sage ferment and argireline to target skin aging on two separate levels.

Ot helps to boost your skin's natural collagen production while fortifying your skin's natural protective moisture barrier.

The skin around your eyes is that much more delicate than on the rest of your face so requires a little extra tlc such as this cream.

Designed to be used both morning and night, warm a small amount of the product between your fingers, then pat gently around your eye area. 

Rich yet non greasy, it is quickly absorbed and revives and perks up the eye area ready for the day ahead abd works as a great smoothing, soothing primer for your eyes. 

Once prepped you're ready for the Smokey Eye Mascara in black (£25.50).

This voluminous, Uultra-black formula created the perfect Smokey eye look. 

Formulated with kohl-pigment, this  mascara delivers high drama by creating hyper-black, long, fluttering lashes in the slick of a wand. 

This award winning mascara hugs your lashes and its long lasting complex prevents flaking and smudging, meaning your lashes will be looking their volumised best all day long. 

Unlike traditional formulas, this mascara builds volume lash by lash as opposed to traditional volumising formulas that create the appearance of volume by clumping lashes together, resulting in that nasty "spider legs" look.

Not good!

The thick, fluffy brush allows you to dispense the product evenly as it combs through your lashes, coating your eyelashes from roots to ends while it's tapered tip grabs even the tiny, hard to reach lashes for maximum effect. 

Finally, set your look off to perfection with the stunning Sparkle Eyeshadow in Ballet (£26).

This silky, featherlight shadow offers a gorgeous Pearl, glitter flecked shadow that captures the light and brightens your eyes.

A unique combination of flat pearls create a multi-dimensional, prismatic effect while the super fine sparkle adds a dazzling effect to your look.

Creamy, rich, highly blendable and buildable, the range features an incredible array of wearable shades from soft to bright, taking you from day to night. 

Ballet offers a light pink sparkle which is perfect for day wear or can be built upon for a more high impact evening look.

It's sparkle is ideal for widening and brightening your eyes by applying it at the inner corner of the eye to add brightness, or you can even layer it all over the lid for a more intense sparkle.

All three of these beautiful products are available now online and I store at Bobbi Brown counters.


Monday 15 February 2021

Latest in Beauty The Telegraph Beauty School Box

OMG! The Latest in Beauty Telegraph Beauty School  is here!

This massive box has landed on my door and when I say it's jam packed full of goodies, I mean jam packed!

There are an incredible 16 different  products from an impressive array of brands to cover you from top to toe.


There's haircare, skincare, makeup and body care products to pamper abs preen every inch of your gorgeous bod.

The box is a collaboration with the Telegraph’s Beauty School and to coincide with their unmissable series of online masterclasses, Latest in Beauty have carefully curated The Beauty Box with an exclusive selection of brands and products, all approved and recommended by Beauty Director Sonia Haria. 

With Stella brands such as Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, Oribe and Eucerin, this collection of Beauty Director approved cosmetics is worth over £186!!

Inside you'll find;


Hyaluron Filler + Elasticity Anti-Angeing 3D Face Serum - full size rrp £38.

This an anti-ageing serum for mature skin expertly reduces the appearance of age spots and prevents their reappearance while the anti-wrinkle serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Thiamidol plumps up deep wrinkles and improves skin elasticity.


Light Lustre Ultimate Palette- full size worth £8.

This beautiful palette allows you to create an Impeccable glow with blush tones and radiant hues that are ideal for using as either hlighlighters, bronzers  or eyeshadows. 


Very Rose 3-IN-1 Soothing Micellar Water.

Perfect for all skin tones, this gentle cleansing water a contains 100% botanical-origin Skin-Respect Complex consisting of Moisturising Sugars to hydrate and strengthen your  skin’s
protective barrier while the Micellar cleansing agents effectively remove impurities and make-up while ensuring good skin tolerance.


Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer.

This featherlight, silky primer is Infused with an expert blend of six light oilsto offer heat/ UV Protection and is designed to soften and detangle your hair whilst eliminating frizz. 


The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer.

This lightweight, velvety primer preps your skin to protection.

The transparent face primer gel smoothes your skin’s appearance and expertly helps to blurs flaws and imperfections while ensuring your makeup is locked in place lasting all day long.   


Watermelon Melting Balm- full size worth £24.99,

This luxurious, transformative cleanser gently deeply cleanses your skin without stripping it if it's natural oils.

Tired of harsh cleansers that strip your skin? Enter watermelon melting balm. This oil-based cleansing balm melts onto the skin and creates a gentle lather when mixed with water to dissolve makeup, dirt, and oils, all while nourishing dry and dehydrated skin. Using watermelon and hemp (also known as Cannabis Sativa) seed oils which are concentrated in antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamin A, and vitamin E, this cleansing balm deeply conditions skin leaving it bright, glowing, and healthy. 

Formulated with with bisabolol, a natural remedy for sensitive and easily inflamed and irritated skin, the watermelon melting balm deeply cleans pores while addresses the visible signs of aging while aiding moisture loss. 


Smokey Eye Mascara - Black.

This award winning lash saver offers impressively long, dark volumised lashes with ease.

The perfect complement to a smokey eye look, this kohl-pigmented mascara delivers high drama by creating extremely black, stretched-out lashes in an instant. Its long-wearing formula prevents flaking, smudging, sweat and humidity. 


Arctic Berry Oil-Cocktail - full size worth £17.90.

This stunning bi-phase replenishes even the driest skin with this unique bi-phase hydra-oil formula. A replenishing blend of Wild Arctic Cloudberry and Cranberry Seed Oils with a vitamin cocktail of C, B3 and B5, omega fatty acids and Pure Arctic Spring Water creste perfectly hydrated, radiant and velvety smooth looking skin.


Ageless Throat & Decolletage Night Creme.

Perfect for smoothing out crinkles on your throat and décolletage, this creams contains no less than 9 different hydrators to keep your skin bathed in moisture all night along. Containing two different  forms of Retinol, it maximises your body’s overnight repair process to boost collagen, fade wrinkles and visibly brighten your skin upon waking.


Ultimate Blends Plumping Hair Food Watermelon & Pomegranate 3-IN-1 Hair Mask- full size worth £6.99.

I already have (and love) the matching shampoo and conditioner from this range so was delighted to see this included.

The Garnier Ultimate Blends Plumping Hair Food Watermelon Hair Mask Treatment  is perfect for those of us with fine, dry hair looking for a boost.

It’s intensely hydrating formula and melting texture instantly absorbs into hair without weighing it down and yes, it does smell delicious! 


SUPERMUD® Clearing Treatment.

Banish blemishes and help to clarify oily, problematic skin with this award winning face mask.

Featuring a  super six acid blend, activated-x charcoal, and K-17 clay it instantly gets to work to clear your complexion and refine pores to visibly minimize their appearance.

The proprietary acid blend of glycolic, salicylic, lactic, mandelic, pyruvic, and tartaric acid is perfectly balanced for fast results while activated-x charcoal attracts toxins while K-17 clay absorbs excess oils. 


Sensibio H2O Wipes- full size rrp £7.20.

These super soft wipes gently remove all of the day's impurities which is perfect for those looking for a quick fix for efficient makeup removal.

Super-gentle wipes which are suitable for even sensitive skin, each wipe is infused with the micellar solution to cleanse your skin with fatty acid esters that are similar to the phospholipids of the skin cell membranes. The balance of your skin is well respected thanks to their gentle formula and silky soft texture


anti-wrinkle Recode Moisture Rich Barrier Cream.

This indulgently rich and comforting cream combines patented NIA-114™ with a carefully calibrated 1:1:1 Biomimetic Lipid Ratio of Ceramides, plant-derived Cholesterol and Free Fatty Acids to strengthen and nourish even the most delicate skin.


Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Glow.

Laura's iconic, cult-favorite setting powder now comes in a fab glow finish.

For the first time, you can set your look with a naturally luminous finish, not matte but also not shimmery. The Translucent Loose Setting Powder is infused with a custom blend of pearl pigments to lock in your look for 12-hours.


Prodigieux Body Lotion.

This delicious & delicate body lotion is ideal for applying in the morning and/or evening thanks to its quick absorption.

It features the legendary Huile Prodigieuse legendary fragrance with notes of orange blossom, magnolia and vanilla abs  contains a host of 
natural ingredients including precious botanical oils of camellia, argan, sweet almond, macadamia, hazelnut and borage.


Mystify Restyling Travel Spray- worth £19.50.

Protect abs revive your hair from the inside out with this glam looking spray.

This nourishing spray can help recreate a stylish look in minutes by reactivating any existing hair products.

Packed with all the goodness of the full-sized bottle, this mini version contains avocado oil to help retain moisture, glycerine to condition and lactic acid to smooth flyaway strands. Along with the brand’s, Oribe Signature Complex, Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray Travel contains a Bio-Restorative Complex that includes caffeine, plant collagen and biotin, which work to fortify the hair from inside.

Its easy to see why the combined value of this box is £186 but you can get your hands on it for just £45.

Plus, if your a LiB pro you'll get 15% off, no code needed.

Not a LiB pro, fer not as for a limited time cutomers can take £5 off the edit and get the box for just £40 with code "5BEAUTYSCHOOL"

So what are you waiting for!

Head to latest in beauty now to grab your Limited Edition Telegraph Beauty School Box now! 

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