Wednesday, April 30

Kevyn Aucoin creamy glow duo #2 review

Here's the first review from my latest haul!. I've been lusting after the Kevin Aucoin products (aka candle light and sculpting powder I'm lookin' at you). Buuuut, I did notice this on the SpaceNK site for £19 which I thought was just such a steal. Because first off, I couldn't decide which "creamy glow" I wanted, so why not try to colours whilst I'm at it?! It'd be rude not too...

So as you can tell from the title, this is cream blusher, it feels like butter - way creamier then other cream blushers I've tried and actually it's more like the lip & cheek products consistency, very smooth and balm like. Pravella is the deep rose pink and Janelle is the peachy pink with slightly darker undertones. These are such dreamy colours which I'm sure would suit most if not all skin tones. Don't be intimidated by the strong swatch colours, when they're on your cheeks they're very sheer and need building up, so you can get the exact amount of colour you want. 

For the price of £19, 4.5g of product does seem quite expensive since the product is very small, about half the size of an iPhone 4s for reference.  But to travel or just to try the Kevyn Aucoin creamy cheek blushers without paying the full £30, I would highly recommend this. I cannot fault the product, both colours look and feel lovely on the skin. They have good lasting power, and really give you the dewy look which I, personally, adore. They apply easily too, with your fingers works best in my opinion.

The only major qualm I have with this product is the difference in sizes, I mean why? what would happen if I preferred pravella and not Janelle? what then Kevin Aucoin.

The creamy glow duo has become an instant hit!

Thursday, April 17

3 tools I adore

Today I'll be talking about my 3 of my loved beauty tools

First, is the ghd round brush, the size of this round brush is perfect for getting a great 'blow out' hair style that looks salon perfect...well my attempt at salon perfect.

I also love the Mister Mascara tweezers, this comes with a mini tweezer as well in a set. Initially I was set on getting the tweezer man ones after using plain super drug ones for so long. However these are really cheap in comparison and work ever so well. Even the pesky hairs this will manage to pluck out to ensure you have clean brows. The small one is great to keep in your makeup pouch or for the tiniest of hairs, and the larger one I religiously use to groom and maintain my brows.

Finally is the Tangle Teezer, much loved by pretty much everyone. I think around 2 years ago I had seriously knotty matted hair which was too painful to brush wet or dry so I just didn't brush it. I felt like I should invest in this but I didn't wanna pay £10 however since I tried everything else and it didn't work. I did end up buying it and honestly wish I had sooner. It's the best thing ever for my hair, I have sleek hair and have not had any matting or knots since.

I would recommend to these to anyone looking into them, or wanting to try them - they're worth it in my opinion

Sunday, April 13

The Body Shop : All in one BB Cream review

This is one of the first makeup products I've tried from the body shop, and so far I'm content with the purchase.

The consistency of the BB cream, is light weight and liquid so it pretty much feels like skin, therefore it's no surprise that this is a light-coverage-hydrating-dewy-finish bb cream. You can build this up on certain areas you need a tad more coverage, however all you need is a bit of concealer and you're good to go if you're going for a natural look. But for people who need full coverage, this can work as a great base but unfortunately won't perfect and cover the face like a foundation or heavy duty bb cream would. I think this is a great BB cream for anyone that's looking for a natural dewy bb cream, or something to wear to school to even your skin tone and hide some blemishes without looking to obvious( if your school is strict) cakey or heavy. It's really hydrating and personally I love it. My only qualm is that sometimes, I'll put it on and because there's no immediate difference like with a foundation, I literally wonder "Is this even doing anything?" because I think I'm used to dramatic effects, where as this is more subtle and natural.

I would recommend this to anyone who's looking for a decent western BB cream, but for anyone who's looking for something with higher coverage (to cover up scars, acne, pigmentation etc)- this isn't the one. Also, as it's supposed to adapt to your skin colour, it might not mesh well with really pale skin tones as it can tend to look too orange and dark even in shade one. 

Best of all, this wasn't tested on animals as it's from the body shop (yay)

Sunday, April 6

Sleeping mask/pack 101 : Laneige water sleeping pack & Naruko night gelly

Sleeping masks or packs, are pretty popular in Asia and as you might know Asian beauty and skin care is supposedly meant to be 5 years or so ahead of western beauty (think how the bb cream trend only came in a few years ago). 
What is a sleeping mask?
Sleeping masks are essentially enriched moisture masks which you put a layer of on to your face 1-2 times a week after your normal skin care routine and allow it to sink in as you sleep. Once you wake up just wash it off with water and you'll have clean, hydrate and plump skin. At night your skin regenerates itself and absorbs products much better
Now this might seem quite weird or unhygienic, but honestly the mask sinks in pretty fast and just feels like you have a layer of moisturiser on so it won't go onto your pillow cases or anything.  

The Laneige water sleeping pack is such a famous sleeping mask a lot of Korean actresses and celebrities use this and if you've seen their skin you'll definitely want to try it. It's a light water like gel consistency mask that's enriched with snow water and is actually supposed to help encourage sleep as well. This product helps brighten, repair and hydrate your skin which I firmly believe it does do. I can put this on and sleep for 4 hours and when I wake up I'll still have radiant bright skin that looks like I've had 12 hours of beauty sleep (yay). A little goes a long way with this and I've never experienced break outs with this. I just think that the ingredients are really nice in this product, and the product is very effective for a sleeping mask as it does hydrate my skin more then some moisturisers.  I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting to try a sleeping mask or has dehydrated skin

The Naruko job's tear night gelly is another popular sleeping mask, as 1 night gelly is sold every 2 minutes in singapore according to Naruko. This product is way more jelly like as the name suggest. It feels heavier on the skin and more 'mask like' in my opinion. Unlike the laneige sleeping pack which is water based this mask is more plant based and has 11 plant extracts within it. It has pretty much the same aim as the laneige mask i.e. to brighten, repair, soothe, hydrate etc and I do think that this mask also has great benefits and my face does look brighter in the morning.

The only difference between the two products are the consistency, other wise I think they're very similar products however I do prefer the laneige sleeping mask just because I feel it does more for my skin. The only down side is that you might have to order these online if you don't live in Asia, or have an Asian supermarket near you. But lots of Asian supermarkets do stock brands such as laneige or naruko so do look.  Brands such as origins have brought out their own sleeping masks, but the benefits and ingredients as well as the size of the Asian ones in my opinion out do them, in many ways. The facts that they're sold every minute does say a lot.

Have you ever tried sleeping masks? I'd love to know your opinions on them