Tuesday 30 September 2014

Maylash - Tried & Tested

Back in 2012 I tested IsaDora Dynamic Lash Growth System which I had fantastic results with so I was pleased to be given the opportunity to test out Maylash Natural Eyelash Serum.

Here is some information on Maylash if you missed the previous blog post -
Maylash is a natural eyelash growth serum that not only lengthens your lashes but also makes lashes appear more dense, fuller and darker.  Maylash says you will see results within the first 6-8 weeks of use. The effect lasts for around 2 months after you finish using it.

My testing started on 5th March ‘14 and I apologise for the delay in publishing my findings but you know how blogging schedules can get at times!  Now to use Maylash you simply apply a thin layer across the top lash line every night it’s that easy! Much in the same way as you apply gel or liquid eyeliner to your top lash line. The serum's peptides and vitamins stimulate the roots to make the lashes grow longer and fuller, whilst slowing down the life cycle of the hairs.

I must say the first week I used this I found the liquid to be very cold on my eyelid and its felt very tickly. After using it for so many weeks though I’m completely use to it so I guess it was just adjusting to a new sensation on my eyelids. I didn’t really notice much growth in the first 6 weeks but when I hit 8 weeks my lashes looked darker and  thicker. My personal experience with Maylash has resulted in lashes looking slightly longer; and as I said before the certainly appear thicker and darker.

*PR Sample

Friday 19 September 2014

How To 'Dutch Braid'

Quick Youtube tutorial to demonstrate how simple it is to Dutch Braid. 

I'll be showing you how easy it is with the help of my trusty model. First I'll be showing you how to French braid, if you can master this you can master the Dutch braid. It may look complicated but you simply take the sections of hair 'under' rather than 'over'. 

I hope you find this helpful and if you have any questions please leave a comment in the box below xx

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Water has become big business this year. We’ve seen people going crazy for the ever popular Bioderma but if like me you haven’t had the opportunity to try it then here’s one I think you’ll love by Garnier. But lets start from the beginning shall we - What is Micellar Water and how does it work??

“Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water is an easy way to remove make-up, soothe and hydrate the face, eye area, and lips, in 1 step without rinsing. The Micellar technology in an all-in-one cleanser. Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture and lift away dirt from the skin. No need to rub to remove impurities and make-up.”

I really love Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and have been using it every day since its purchase. In morning I’ll apply a small amount on a cotton pad and go over my face to make sure any impurities are removed before I cleanse and prep my skin for makeup application. On an evening I use this to remove my makeup before I take a shower. I tend to then use my cleansing gel and facial brush to gently remove any left over dirt from my pores; leaving my skin feeling super clean and ready for my toner, serum and night cream.

This is fabulous at removing all kinds of makeup from full coverage foundation, highly pigmented eyeshadows and long wear lipsticks. I found there is no need to scrub or tug at my skin; simply apply the Micellar Water to a cotton pad and sweep over the face.
The other nice thing about Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is its contains no nasty chemicals so its extremely gentle on your skin and safe to use on the delicate eye area. It also doesn’t have a fragrance of any description, if you smell the liquid in the bottle or on a cotton pad there really is nothing there!

Have you tried Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, how does it compare to Bioderma?

Monday 15 September 2014

Inglot Cosmetics

I had my first ever trip into Inglot Cosmetics while in Zurich during August. Their store is amazing and if you get the chance go in rather then buy online, it's worth it just for the experience. All the products are displayed well, plus there are plenty of mirrors, sponge applicators, tissues and wet wipes;  you can really get stuck in and try before you buy. For me the best bit was trying out their infamous 'Freedom System'. I had read so much about it and really wanted to get at least one 'Freedom palette' to take home. 

Here is what I purchased from Inglot Cosmetics. I will go into far more detail about each product at a later date but for now I wanted to show you the products.

** Nail Enamel 15ml - 715 Matte
** AMC Cream Concealer 5.5g - 67
** Freedom System 4 Square Palette
** Freedom System Eyeshadow Square in the colours
- 470 DS
- 342 M
-341 M
- 330 M 

As I said I'll go into a lot more detail once I've had time to play with the products and give them a good thorough testing.
 Ciao for now xx


Friday 12 September 2014

Thursday 11 September 2014

#NYFW Inspired Nails

Those of you who follow me on Instagram would have seen this picture a few days ago. I was inspired by some images I'd started to see of New York Fashion Week
So here is a very simple yet chic look I put together. I've used my Barry M Matte Nail Paint in 'Vanilla' as a base colour, then put one dot of MissLyn Nail Polish in 'Silent Lagoon' on each nail. I think the little splash of colour makes a nude nail look amazing personally. I'll be back with more 'Fashion Week' inspired nails soon xx


Wednesday 10 September 2014

L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint

I’d been looking for a new foundation for the Summer months and decided to try L’oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint (yes it has a very long name, so to make things easier from now on I’ll refer to it as De Teint!). I had used the L’Oreal Nude Magique last year, which was great, but I fancied trying something a little lighter on my skin.

Now the first thing I should point out is that this foundation is incredibly runny. It does require a good shake before using the foundation, as the liquid layers tend to separate. The De Teint bottle itself is a gorgeous frosted glass which gives it an expensive feel. It does lack a pump though, which I feel it would benefit from, as getting the foundation from the bottle can be a little tricky.  I found it easier to dip a thin concealer brush in, and then apply it to my face and blend in with either my fingers or a foundation brush.

The De Teint foundation feels fabulous on my skin, it’s light weight formula is easy to work with and blends well. Although based on my own experience when I first used it, I’m not 100% sure if this would suit dry skin. I found it clung to, and emphasized, the few dry patches I had on my skin. Luckily my dry skin episode was just a phase and it’s been a joy to use since. I bought the shade 110 Warm Ivory which so far has been perfect for my early Summer self tanned look. Without a tan I think it would have been a bit dark for me. De Teint foundation has an SPF of 18 and comes in a 20ml bottle size.

Have you tried this foundation yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it :)

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Keungzai - Autumn / Winter 2014 Preview

"Before, During and After Pregnancy"
Cowl Neck Drapey Top

Thursday 4 September 2014

Benefit Gimme Brow

(Gimme Brow - Light/Medium)

I’m relatively new to brow products. I’ve tinted my eyebrows for years, not to darken them but to enhance some of the fairer brow hairs I have. I’ve also prefered to pluck them myself rather than have them waxed - I’m not very good at letting them grow enough to justify waxing appointments. So my one and only brow product for years has been my trusty cheap and cheerful clear brow mascara. Yes I’ve dabbled with brow pencils and powders, however I’ve never really found ‘the one’ for my brows, so I’ve just stuck with what I know works.

Benefit Gimme Brow launched a few months back. The  sales assistant  at the Benefit counter explained how it worked and showed me a clever application technique (which I’ll tell you about shortly), so I decided it would be worth a try.

Benefit says - “Bring on the brows! This innovative brush-on fiber gel adheres to skin & hair…creating brows where before there were none. It builds easily for thick, lush arches, thanks to a tapered brush for blending & precision tip for shaping.”

So back to the Benefit assistant technique. She told me how Benefit suggest applying  Gimme BrowUsing short pressing motions, stroke brush tip along brow to define shape. Comb through to blend & build brows.”  

Then she told me her application technique. “Using  short sweeping motions comb the wand through the hairs in the opposite direction; you’re starting from the outside and working in. Then apply Gimme Brow over the hairs from the inside to the outer edge. This means the Gimme Brow fibres grab more of the hairs, making them appear thicker and your brows more defined.”

I have to say her technique works very well, I only wish I had made a note of her name so I could tell you who she was! If you happen to go into Debenhams (Bury St Edmunds) you’ll find a very helpful Benefit assitant - thank you :)
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