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Rimmel Lasting Finish Santa Rose Blush

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rimmel Lasting Finish Santa Rose Blush

Shady packaging comprised of cheap plastic and a far-too-easy-to-snap lid aside, this blush is amazing. A tiny powder version of NARS Penny Lane no less, the absolute dupe for NARS Douceur (although perhaps a tad pinker) and a blush I can't believe I've overlooked for so long.

The soft, buttery texture of Rimmel Lasting Finish Santa Rose Blush makes it effortless to blend evenly into the skin, providing a gorgeous dusky peach-pink hue with slight brown undertones. The formula is highly pigmented requiring only a little to be lightly dusted onto the cheeks for a natural finish said to last up to six hours. On my fair complexion I find a light hand is needed or else the colour can appear rather muddy, more brown than pink, and more than a little unflattering. Dusted onto the cheeks the colour pay off is astounding, it warms up a pale complexion and is neutral enough to compliment any look; I've been using this blush regularly and it's quickly become one of the favourites in my collection.

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Sunday, February 23, 2014

bottle | lavender | patchouli

I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately and the idea of a pillow spray has always been quite appealing; smells can be soothing, a comforting presence in the darkness, and often pleasantly reminiscent. Although deep sleep sprays seem rather extortionate for something that can easily be made at home for a fraction of the price.

I chose a traditional lavender and patchouli scented spray; both lavender and patchouli have a calming effect which may aid relaxation while reducing anxiety and stress. You may also want to try chamomile, lemon balm, geranium, marjoram, sandalwood, bergamot, or jasmine essentials oils, all of which can help restlessness, insomnia, stress, nerves, and exhaustion.

I used a 100ml glass spray bottle filled with distilled water (you could use high proof alcohol such as vodka) and added 100 drops of lavender essential oil along with 55 drops of patchouli essential oil (vegetable glycerine could also be added to help blend oil and water). This creates quite a potent spray, you might prefer a more subtle scent.

I don't actually spray this directly onto my pillow but rather around the room and over the bed; only a few sprays are needed as the scent is strong and lingers for hours, making the whole room feel totally dreamy. The first time I used the spray I induced some kind of lavender coma, I became instantly sleepy and my bed never felt more comforting; I experienced the first peaceful, undisrupted sleep I'd had in a long time.

If you're having trouble sleeping or you just want to turn your room into a dreamy coma-inducing environment, I'd suggest you make your own deep sleep pillow spray and float off into the ether.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

Friday, February 21, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (SX05)

The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is a multi-tasking product created to give the appearance of a natural, healthy, radiant complexion. The stiff paste like formula can be used as a spot or all-over foundation, concealer, corrector, highlighter, or mixed to create a tinted moisturiser. It can be applied with the fingers, a brush, or a sponge for different results.

The ingredients include honey, beeswax, and jojoba oil forming a silky yet stiff texture to create a soft, dewy finish that can be set with powder for a matte look. One of the first ingredients is mineral oil, which is nothing to freak out about unless you know it doesn't work for your skin; personally I should have checked before buying since I'm not keen on products containing honey and the formula does have a distinct honey scent to it (lesson learned).

I mainly apply the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer as an under eye concealer, redness corrector, and spot foundation for evening out skin tone or covering blemishes. I apply using a flat concealer brush and whereas I'd usually use a yellow color corrector (for purple tones), I need not apply this when using the Skin Enhancer as I find it covers everything incredibly well. I have noticed a little creasing and occasionally need to apply a little cream highlighter to the under eye area as the shade I selected wasn't quite right for my complexion.

I have tried applying this as an all-over foundation although having dry skin I found the product didn't blend well at all, leaving unsightly dry patches. Blended with a primer, BB cream, or moisturiser the product has more flexibility making it easier to work with, although it still feels rather heavy and cloying on my skin.

Whilst I can't find any major faults with the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, I'm not entirely sure it's something I'd repurchase. Although the absolute tiniest amount of product is required for application, meaning I probably wouldn't have to buy it again for a very long time anyway. It makes for a reasonably priced heavy duty foundation or an overpriced concealer; since I will be using this mostly for complexion correcting and concealing, I feel it's not the most cost effective product to purchase.

If you want a versatile product that is incredibly compact and provides everything you'd ever need from a base product, I'd recommend the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer for consideration. Used to its full potential this product could be the best multi-tasking product you could ever buy.

Hourglass Ethereal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hourglass Ethereal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers are "groundbreaking hybrids that combine customized lighting effects with a spectrum of breathtaking modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional colour." This range of blushers use 'Photoluminescent Technology' for "depth and dimension with airy, lightweight powders containing optically transparent particles that amplify colour."

Despite the eyebrow raising marketing and over-written blurbs, Ethereal Glow is absolutely, freaking gorgeous regardless of whether it's been oversold with bent truths or not. The blushers are formulated so no two look alike, delivering a radiant, natural finish with buildable colour that gives a gorgeous glow to the skin.

Ethereal Glow is a cool toned baby pink swirled into a pearly shade, ideal for very fair/pale complexions. It is incredibly light, appearing almost sheer on first application; it's so light it can be used as a highlighter or built up to create the most beautiful gentle flush. Quite a heavy swirl in the pan is required to pick up enough colour to use as a blush, although once it's on the cheeks it provides a natural glow that lasts several hours.

Hourglass Ethereal Glow Ambient Lighting Blush is absolutely gorgeous and while it's possible to find similar shades from other brands at not quite so high price points, I appreciate the ability to use this as a highlighter and blush to create a variety of finishes with the dual effect formula.

If you want a blusher that makes you look as though you have been kissed on the cheeks by angels, buy this one.


Monday, February 17, 2014

If you've been asking yourself "what's the point?" and felt like you're the only one who "doesn't get it," then join the club. I have tried a variety of toners and each one has been as unsuccessful as the last.

Toners can balance, hydrate, exfoliate, and aid absorption of other products such as serums, moisturisers, and masks. pH balancing toners can address the issue of a stripped down mantle as the result of cleansing; chemical exfoliation helps make the skin appear brighter and smoother; hydrating toners help attract moisture and trap it in the top layers of the skin.

pH Balancing
The skin's mantle (a mixture of sebum and sweat) keeps the pH of your skin at around 4 to 4.5, making your skin naturally acidic, which helps fight off any harmful bacteria. This acidity is stripped away when you cleanse your skin and toners can help restore the balance. However, your skin naturally regenerates the mantle by itself so if you're like myself, with 'normal/dry' skin, this type of toner might be less useful; oily skin types would definitely benefit from a pH balancing toner.

Chemical/Acidic toners are said to be a more effective way of exfoliating the skin than manual exfoliation (using a scrub containing grains). The purpose of liquid exfoliants is to remove dead cells that accentuate dry lines and blocked pores, helping the skin appear brighter and smoother. But it's important not to overdo it; toners containing AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids) are useful for all except very sensitive skin types and BHAs (salicylic acid) are better for spotty, oily, and sensitive skin types.

Whether you have normal, oily, or sensitive skin the chances are it's dehydrated; our environment and lifestyles rob the moisture from our skin leaving it needing rehydration in the form of moisturisers, serums, and toners.

I've tried a variety of toners with little to no success; I have 'normal/dry' skin, a little on the dehydrated side perhaps, but aside from that I have very few complaints. With the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner I saw and felt little change in my skin; having relatively even skin tone, few blemishes, and little scarring I felt chemical exfoliation wasn't a step in my skin care routine that I needed. Gentle exfoliation, for me, comes from the wash cloths I use to cleanse every evening and I find that's enough for my sensitive skin. The LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water (and my DIY equivalent) is something I definitely rely on when I'm suffering a minor breakout, although I see this more of a blemish treatment than a true toner. I use the Caudalie Beauty Elixir as a midday pick-me-up in summer when it's too hot to think straight; it does absolutely nothing to rehydrate the skin, due to the alcohol and fragrance content it dries the skin out, making it totally unsuitable as a toner. The Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster impressed me enough to consider repurchasing, my skin looked brighter and more radiant, but it did little in terms of rehydrating or moisturising. The No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner is by far the best toner I've ever tried, providing a non-drying, pH balancing, rehydrating formula for sensitive skin. It doesn't contain alcohol, is fragrance free, and hypo-allergenic; it's the closest I've come to a suitable toner but I'm still left feeling "what's the point?"

My skin doesn't feel or look noticeably different when using a toner than when I'm simply applying a hydrating moisturiser or serum after cleansing. Perhaps I haven't found the one yet or perhaps using toners is a step I can afford to skip altogether.

What To Wear #4

Saturday, February 15, 2014

top | skirt | necklace | clutch | lingerie

A few lovely things to wear with the Willow necklace.

{ more things to wear }

In The Evening

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Unlike in the morning, in the evenings I have more time to spend on my skin care. I still like to keep it simple though since my skin doesn't require much to keep it happy. Aside from keeping it cleansed, exfoliated, and hydrated I avoid most heavy-duty treatments as I've discovered they're almost entirely unnecessary for my skin type.

I have never discovered anything to be quite as effective as Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil; as a first step cleanser this removes every inch of make-up, smells delicious, and leaves the skin crazy soft. To follow up I have been alternating between the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel and the Oqibo Purifying Cleanser & Toner. I find the the Oqibo cleanser can be a little drying after prolonged use but switching between the two balances this out. I apply a little La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. to any blemishes or signs of a break-out, which usually fixes things within a couple of days. Otherwise I apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo every other night to prevent skin complaints. I have been finding the Vichy Idealia Moisturiser irresistible, it smells amazing and leaves the skin feeling rehydrated while giving an illuminated glow to the complexion.

The Sweet Smell of Success

Sunday, February 09, 2014
dress | perfume

After such a long wait, everything appears to be happening all at once; this week we finally received confirmation that our application for an apartment was accepted and as a result I resigned from my current job, deciding (when I relocate) to work full time running Oh My Clumsy Heart.

I am so excited it's unreal. While the apartment has been an on going (three month) process and I have been more than prepared for the inevitable 200 mile move, switching to full time self employment was meant to happen "sometime in the near future" and not quite so suddenly. My heart shouted "if not now then when?" and I followed it.

I have just under three weeks to finalise projects at work, organise the business for the move, pack all my worldly belongings, and say my goodbyes. I have scheduled posts that will hopefully bridge the gap between now and when I'm comfortably replanted in my new surroundings - but if things start getting a little shaky, you know why.

Thank you for all your support ♥

Note To Self #5

Saturday, February 08, 2014

lipstick | cream | gloss | contour | palette | blush

I've become besotted with Charlotte Tilbury and her absolutely stunning YouTube videos (specifically this one) so it was no surprise when I fell in love with her range of beauty products. The branding is sleek with rose gold highlights, sharp lines, and beautifully rich colours; soft, subtle pinks, gentle corals, deep browns, strong metallics, and bold reds.

After seeing the effect Charlotte's Magic Cream has in her videos, I am convinced I need this cream in my life. A "break-through, multi-tasking" product that protects, hydrates, restores, transforms, and creates a plump, dewy, youthful appearance. The Dolce Vita palette is absolutely stunning with four neutral yet powerful shades that can be worn in so many ways. The Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop First Love Blusher is a soft, natural blusher that gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks and Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Scult & Highlight provides the ideal contouring tool that appears to suit even pale complexions. Penelope Pink is a honey-pink shade that enhances the natural colour of the lips, while Lip Lustra Hall of Fame Lipgloss is a glossy, baby pink shade perfect for layering over lipsticks or wearing alone for a wash of colour.

{ more things to buy }

Superfacialist Rose Intense Moisture Mask

Friday, February 07, 2014

Superfacialist by Una Brennan Rose Intense Moisture Mask

The Superfacialist Rose Intense Moisture Mask is a lovely fresh and floral scented mask that applies smoothly, feeling cool and comfortable on the skin. White willow extract aids cell turnover while vitamin E and marshmallow extract help to hydrate.

This isn't a mask for deep cleansing or for dealing with major skin complaints. The rose moisture mask helps rehydrate the skin, making it feel plump and refreshed. I found my skin felt softer and looked smoother; it cleanses the skin gently and while it does draw dirt to the surface it doesn't cause the skin to break out.

My skin can become irritated and sore from a lot of more heavy-duty masks as I find my skin requires very little in the way of heavy treatments, which is what makes this mask so lovely. It’s gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin, doesn't cause irritation, and the complexion is left looking renewed.

The Superfacialist Rose Intense Moisture Mask is definitely something I would repurchase and almost certainly recommend.

Cutting Your Own Hair Isn't So Scary

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sanguine JAG-45B Black Hairdressing Scissors

I never thought I would cut my own hair, the idea terrified me. I have major trust issues when it comes hairdressers and since I only ever let two people anywhere near my hair with a pair of scissors, I felt there was no chance I would ever wield a pair of my own. I like my fringe short and blunt, something I didn't trust anyone but an accomplished stylist to achieve. Since my stylist left to work in another salon and I suddenly found myself without a car, I faced the unavoidable.

After reading a bunch of reviews I picked up these Sanguine scissors and once they arrived I just went for it; I didn't read any cutting tips, I didn't watch any tutorials, I just snip, snip, snipped and I didn't mess up. It's pretty easy. I've had a couple of scary moments and I have, admittedly, cut a wonky line once or twice, but that was easily corrected.

If you're thinking about chopping away at your hair I would definitely recommend purchasing the Sanguine JAG-45B Black Hairdressing Scissors. They're fiercely sharp, comfortable to handle, and a total game changer.

Top Tips.
Give yourself plenty of time, this isn't something that can be rushed.
Divide your fringe into two layers and cut the bottom one first.
Slightly dampen the hair so it 'sticks' together more, it makes it easier to cut.
Never, ever cut your hair wet. You'll end up with hair an inch shorter than you expected.
As you make a cut, pull the scissors back slightly so the hair stays in place and you can cut straight.
Buy a decent pair of scissors.

LUSH Rose Jam

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

LUSH Rose Jam

My love for roses is not something I hide and the love just keeps on getting stronger. On discovering rose jam really is a thing that exists, I started scouring places to find such delights.. unfortunately I came up empty handed but discovered LUSH Rose Jam instead. A wickedly delicious shower gel that smells overly sweet rather than floral and combines vanilla pod, goji berry, and argan oil.

Rose oil is incredibly precious, one kilogram requires requires 1,866,666 roses, which is probably why LUSH has decided to discontinue this rather extravagant offering. In all honestly, as lovely as it is, I've been preserving my tiny bottle by only using it sparingly because the price of bathing in roses is unbearable.

Unless LUSH changes its mind you won't be able to buy LUSH Rose Jam any time soon, however, they do produce a wonderful range of rose scented products of which the Amandopondo bubble bar is bar far the best. So don't be disheartened and please, if you find any real rose jam please do send it my way.

The Book List #8

Sunday, February 02, 2014

{ the book list #1-7 }