Carrying on with my recent Urban Decay purchase reviews, today I’m blogging about the Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector (£25).
“The best of both worlds, this hybrid complexion cream combines the benefits of a sheer foundation with the coverage of a tinted moisturizer – and our high-tech, weightless formula feels amazing on your skin. One &Done provides all-day wear and covers a wide range of skin tones. But the best part is how it transforms the look of your skin! Light-diffusing spheres immediately help make flaws seem to disappear. Over time, pores appear smaller and skin appears firmer and more radiant”
So it seems to be a BB cream, light coverage, some skincare benefits and some optical blurring.
One & Done is available in six shades, and given their sheerness, these are workable for various skintones. The packaging is a plastic pump-tube that holds 40ml of product but I have to say it doesn’t seem that much when I compare it to my other foundation bottles! Time will tell when I see how long it lasts I guess!
The texture is extremely light, and as you might imagine, sheer, but thanks to whatever witchcraft Urban Decay have used when making this, the coverage on my skin is pretty great. I need concealer on any blemishes and shadows, but otherwise it’s great coverage. For most skins, you can probably skip moisturiser as this is a moisturiser in itself, however for my dry skin, I still need my moisturiser.
I feel like I’m always going on about my skin, but for reference and in case it helps anyone, my skin is very prone to dryness as well as acne, and in addition, I seem to get large cystic spots from lots of products, especially silicones and very rich moisturisers, but this has not caused me any blemishes, and nor does it stick in my dry patches when I apply it.
There aren’t many skin types I would imagine this isn’t suitable for, except perhaps those who require or desire a heavier coverage. If however your skin is plagued with occasional blemishes, don’t just skip this, you might be surprised at the coverage. It is perfect for anyone who wants a light coverage for summer (did I mention SPF20?) or indeed all year round.
Just to finish up, here’s me wearing it.
A definite recommend from me. I am wearing shade Light, and I wear 3.5 in the Naked Skin foundation. If you already wear the foundation, there is a guide on the website (In the product description for One & Done) which will tell you which shade would be best for you.
Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam is the answer to my prayers. Out of all the new things I’ve tried lately, this is my favourite. Basically, Shy Beam is a liquid highlighter. A matte liquid highlighter. It sounds crazy but bear with me.
Firstly the packaging. It’s so pretty, a little glass screw top bottle with a brush, much like Benetint, or in fact, a nail polish. The colour scheme is really pretty too.
If you’re looking for a product that will add light and radiance to your face, without adding shimmer or worse, glitter, to your face, then look no further. This unassuming nude liquid will answer your prayers. Even if you’re as pale as I am (Mac NW15 if that helps).
You apply the liquid, as with any other highlighter, where you want to brighten. I must apologise for the following pics, I’m fresh out of the shower with a towel on my head and nothing by my base makeup on.
And here it is blended out.
To make it easier to see the difference, here’s a side by side comparison. Hopefully you can see that the central parts of my face, under my eyes, nose, between the eyebrows and chin are just brighter.I moan a lot about my skin, and lots of base products don’t work too well for me, settling into pores, or showing up dry patches I didn’t even know were there, but his blends quickly and easily. It’s absolutely foolproof. I’ve blended out with brushes and fingertips and both work well, I find fingertips melt this into the skin seamlessly quickly and easily.
Just so you can see the full effect (and I can share a photo where I don’t have a towel on my head), this is the finished effect, with my hair dried and the rest of my make up on.
The lightness it adds to your face is subtle, but that’s the point. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful shimmery highlight as much as the next person (and in fact I sometimes add that as well), but for brightening up the face this works an absolute treat.
I would imagine, the darker your skintone the more dramatic the effect but I will say that this is quite buildable, or it can be really sheered out, so it will cover a good range of skin tones. Make it as dramatic as you like!
I bought my Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam from my local Benefit Counter where it retails at £19.50.
I told you I had lots more Urban Decay coming up and today I’m blogging about the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Fireball as well as the single eyeshadow in Fireball.
When I saw these new Urban Decay Highlighters, I actually wanted to get Aura, the pink-ish one, but when I hit up my local Debenhams, it was out of stock, as well as Sin. The only shade they had left, and they had plenty, was Fireball. I took one look at the orange pan and decided to skip it, but something called me back to swatch it and turns out, it was my favourite, I can’t understand why that wasn’t sold out too, its beautiful!
The Afterglow Highlighters are I think from this Summer’s collection and retail at £19 each. Sin and Aura seem to be out of stock everywhere, but I can confirm that Fireball is still in stock online at Debenhams.
Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter is unbelievably finely milled, blends like a dream, wears for the promised 8 hours and all three shades are designed to suit all skin tones.
Fireball is a beautiful orangey peach shade, shot through with pink microshimmer, and at a glance it’s not for the feint hearted!
Don’t be put off though, it’s both subtle and beautiful when on the cheeks. I did think that it might stand alone as a blusher, but it’s too pale and sheer for my tastes. It’s a gorgeous highlight though and I just can’t understand why this one hasn’t sold out too! Buy it now!
Because I loved this so much, when I found out there was an eyeshadow version, also called Fireball, I had to pick that up too!
The eyeshadow is virtually the same, only richer, more pigmented. It’s a gorgeous coral/orange shade shot through with pink and just perfect for Summer! I also love that you can pop the pan out to go into your Build Your Own Palettes, if you have one.
Urban Decay eyeshadows rarely under-perform and this is no exception, this wears all day, doesn’t crease, and has the impact you’d hope for, it’s full of pigment.
I’m so in love with Fireball, both in it’s highlight and eyeshadow forms, and it’s definitely going to be my go to colour for Summer 2016.
I’m going to try and stagger my UD posts but coming soon are some of the new Vice Lipsticks, the One & Done Complexion Perfector as well as an eyeliner I picked up.
What do you think, could you be tempted to pick up Fireball this Summer?
I used to swear by Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer in the tube and it was all I would use. It covered my blemishes with ease and stayed put all day long. Somewhere along the line I stopped buying it, I think when I ran out, I was a bit strapped for cash and bought something cheaper, but I also had a High Cover Concealer (also Estee Lauder) concealer so I have been using both a cheaper concealer and the High Cover Concealer, but I recently got alarming close to running out. I remembered how much I used to love my tube of Double Wear Concealer and opted to purchase it again. The full product name is Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF 10.
First of all, at £22, this is definitely an investment. Whether you’re willing to pay that much is going to depend very much on how much you value your concealer. For me, with my spots and redness, I just have to have a high coverage, portable, quality concealer.
It’s had a repackage since my last purchase, the tube used to be square, and is now round, and I’m not sure if the formula has changed. I don’t think it has, I think it’s not quite as I remember it. The applicator is the original doe foot style though.
What I loved about the old product was it wasn’t really thick, but it was thick enough to cover spots with ease, while blending really well. I get quite a lot of cystic spots, the shiny ones with no head and covering them is a nightmare, I wasn’t sure this was going to work.
It’s available in 9 shades and I have Light which is perfect for me. Turns out it’s even better than I remember. I don’t usually wear concealer under my eyes, unless its a dash of Touche Eclat, I find they all settle in my fine lines, and look horrible, so I just skip it.
This stuff blends beautifully under eyes, it’s really impressive and the liquid formula means that it feels really light too. Couple of dabs with the applicator, and a quick pat and I’m done. It doesn’t settle in my lines AT all and it brightens my whole face. Very good!
As for spots, its brilliant! I just dab it on, then blend out with my finger in a light patting motion. I need to use very little, it doesn’t oxidise and I find I only need to touch up on the very worst spots, otherwise, it’s still there when I cleanse at the end of the day. I also don’t find that it sticks in any dry patches, which is another problem I have with creamier formulas.
This is an ideal formula for my ageing, spot prone skin, with more than a hint of dryness. Highly recommend the investment. I apply it in the morning and then just carry it round all day, not that i really need to use it again, its just a safety net!
Available from Estee Lauder online, but I bought mine from Debenhams in store.
So today I’m going to be reviewing the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush which I’m pretty excited about, however first a word of apology.
I can’t believe I’ve not blogged since the 19th of May. I have just literally been so stressed I’ve not even had a spare bit of brain power to think about blogging, never mind do it! However, it seems that now I’ve reached the point where I am ready to start blogging again for the distraction, not just that but I’ve acquired quite a few new products in my absence thanks to birthday money and vouchers.
I’ve gone a bit Urban Decay mad if I’m honest. Having always been impressed by Urban Decay I decided I really needed some new treats.
The first item I purchased was the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush (£21).
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad word said about this brush and I wasn’t really in love with my Real Techniques Stippling brush, which just left me with an ancient ELF brush which is great but very much past it’s best so I took the plunge.
This cruelty-free brush was designed specifically to go with the Naked Skin Liquid Makeup (which I love but have run out of!), but it claims to be great for any liquid, cream or powder foundation. I’ve only tried this with liquid foundations (Clinique Anti Blemish, Urban Decay The One & Done and Mac ProLongwear) and it’s been great with all of them.
The brush is densely packed with the softest bristles which pick up your foundation and distribute it evenly over your skin. I’m not sure if I’m imagining it but I seem to be using far less product with this brush…
The optical blurring effect is a bit of a misnomer really, but there’s no denying this buffs your foundation flawlessly leaving as perfect a finish as you’ll get with any brush, well, better than any brush I’ve ever tried and it just glides with such ease.
I’ve washed it once, it hasn’t shed so much as one hair, nor has it left any on my face either, feels light in my hand, soft on my skin and applies my foundation like a dream. Highly recommend. I loathe spending money on things like brushes, always seems such a waste when I could buy pretty make up, but I don’t regret this purchase one little bit and agree it’s worth all the hype. Now I just need to get some more Naked Skin liquid foundation to try it with the product it was designed for… oh what a chore 😉
I bought mine from Debenhams, in store, but it is available online also, here.
It was in 2013 I think that first talked about Chloe and the possibility that she has aspergers and since then I’ve blogged sporadically about the difficulties we have faced as a family, the decision we faced regarding getting whether or not to get a diagnosis, and once that decision was made, our time on the extremely lengthy waiting list. If you’re interested, you can find all of my previous posts here.
And so it was that Chloe was assessed a few weeks ago. The wait for the diagnosis (or not) was excruciating, although thankfully very quick. We had no idea how Chloe had been in her observation as we were in a separate room. We also were aware the Chloe is capable, on occasion, of seeming perfectly fine (she’s always fine but I mean not displaying any signs of what we suspected). There were times where I hoped there was no diagnosis (meaning there’s hope that things could be “fixed” in simplistic terms) and there were times I was desperately afraid we wouldn’t get a diagnosis (well why do we have the problems then? how can we get help if there’s no diagnosis?)…but both views were accompanied by a constant feeling of anxiety.
As I say, we didn’t have to wait long, about three weeks. I was actually told Chloe’s diagnosis on the phone. The procedure is normally that you would go in for a face to face meeting to discuss the results and next steps (regardless of the outcome), but the assessment team wanted us to have the results quickly as we had a meeting at the school the following day.
To cut a long story short, Chloe has Autism Spectrum Disorder, as we have always suspected. Asperger Syndrome is not diagnosed any more hence the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I’m not going to lie, the report was incredibly distressing to read, the detail of her observation, in black and white, by professionals, hammered home the problems, making a mockery of the fact I was ever concerned they might not see it.
And it’s hard to even describe how I’ve felt the last few weeks, happy, sad, relived, vindicated, positive, negative… and everything in between. So far though, for me personally it’s had a definite impact on how I view and manage situations, it’s like something’s clicked in my brain…instead of wondering “why is she behaving like this? arghhh!” now (nearly always but not every time!) KNOW why and knowing means I can manage the situation considerably better than I could before.
At this point in time I don’t know whether I will continue to discuss this subject on my blog, Chloe’s older, more aware, and I’m keen for her not to be defined by this label, but equally, it provides an outlet for me and I think talking about this stuff can be a great help for other parents going through the same thing. I have no doubt there’s much more of this story to tell, getting the help we need, family life and so on, but I may choose to keep this private from now on.
But for my blog, and for those who have followed this journey all the way through, I wanted to share the outcome. Thank you to everyone who has supported, shared their experiences and been so kind over the last few years, it really does help.
OMG! This is about as exciting as make up gets for me. Today I’m blogging about the Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection. The collection includes five limited edition lipsticks, as well as an eyeshadow palette.
I can’t actually believe that the original Alice in Wonderland palette was five years ago, I blogged about that palette at the time, but appear to have lost the post in my blog move. The original Alice palette was a big deal, it sold out almost immediately and it was beautiful. The Alice Through the Looking Glass products are equally beautiful and are inspired by the film release of Alice Through the Looking Glass which is released next week.
I’m going to start by showing you the eyeshadow palette (£45). It’s truly a thing of beauty. I should say tight now this post is going to be picture heavy. I think for now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
So, what you have is the most stunning palette, housing 20 all new shades of eyeshadow and a double ended brush. The box itself is a work of art decorated in a kaleidoscopic pattern and Alice quotes. Once you lift the lid you’re greeted with a mirror and two doors, lift the doors and find a beautiful butterfly who’s wings flap as you move the doors, it’s truly beautiful. When you pull out the draw, you’ll find a brush and the twenty eyeshadows.
The eyeshadows are in a variety of finishes and shades from smooth buttery matte, to glitter to satin and a few in between. It’s truly gorgeous.
Now for swatches, two photos in two different lights, each swatch has been done over Urban Decay Primer Potion, and in rows, from Left to Right. Looking Glass, Hatter, Lily, Heads Will Roll, Time, Reflection, Gone Mad, Duchess, Bandersnatch, Dream On, Dormouse, Paradox, Salazen Grum, Chronosphere, Metamorphosis, Cake, Chessboard, Royal Flush and Mirror.
This is one seriously beautiful palette that more than lives up to the hype, grab it if you can!
Moving on to the lipsticks, these are £16 each and amazing, I love them more than the eyeshadow palette if that’s even possible.
Left to Right for both of the next pictures. Mirana, Mad Hatter, Alice, Time ad Iracebeth.
It’s not until you see these on that you really see their beauty so I’ll comment on each shade.
I loooove this shade. Mad Hatter is a bright purple with shimmer. I think the shimmer is slightly blue-y, but it’s truly lovely. I love purple lipsticks anyway, they are great for when you want to be slightly unconventional but aren’t brave enough to go for one of the more unusual shades!
Alice is one of my favourites and the most wearable. It’s also one of the hardest to photograph. It’s a sheer nude, and really pretty as shown above, but what the swatch and the picture above don’t show is that it has a pink shift. The pink shift is nigh on impossible to photograph but it’s GORGEOUS, and as your nude fades through wear, the pink shift becomes more and more apparent. Truly a gorgeous shade This is the best photo I managed to get of the shift.
Time is the shade I was most worried about wearing, I never thought I could wear a blue lipstick, but this is really special. It’s a gunmetal navy with silver shimmer, the shimmer is not apparent in my opinion, it wears more as slightly metallic. That’s a good think. This is gorgeous!
Finally we have Iracebeth.
The lipsticks from this Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection are all amazing, I can’t think of a bad word to say about them. What a treat!
So there we have it, a not-so-quick look at the new collection. If you’re tempted by anything you’ve seen, I’d get on and shop really quickly as I predict a sell out!
The Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection is available from Urban Decay Online as well as from counters nationwide.
*Products received free of charge for review purposes
I recently blogged about a brand new to me, Elemental Herbology, and I really liked the products that I received to review, and they are all still very much in regular use. The Purifying Facial Mask is truly a skin saviour!
Since then I’ve been sent a couple more products from the range to try out, in the hopes of fixing my dehydrated and reactive skin. The first of these is the Elemental Herbology Vital Cleanser (£29/100ml).
This glorious golden elixir is just what my skin needed. As you might imagine, given it’s colour it’s made with 10% Manuka Honey, also included is Vitamin C, Organic Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, Apple Serum, Green Tea, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Seaweed and Papaya Extract. All of these gorgeous ingredients combine to cleanse deeply (without foaming and therefore without drying my already parched skin – yay!), while improving the radiance and vitality of the skin. I can’t say that my skin looks a huge amount more radiant if I’m honest but there is a general improvement in texture, because the dryness is a thing of the past… everything looks a bit better. It removes my make efficiently meaning I can dispense with a double cleanse routine and just stick to this product, hot water and flannel. My skin feels just fine after use, with no hint of that horrible tight feeling I often get if a cleanser is a big mistake. I have been enduring the most awful break out this past week but I’m actually putting this down to other factors, a high stress level, as well as a change in routine. Changing from one skincare brand to another is often a trigger for a break out for me and while my skin is not clear, new blemishes have stopped appearing, which I think means I’m settling down into the new routine. I really like this stuff and its far nicer than the cleanser I was using before which dried me out terribly.
The other product I’ve been trying out is the Elemental Herbology Calendula and Rose Damask Facial Moisturiser (£37/50ml).
The Calendula & Rose Damask Facial Moisturiser is formulated for sensitive skin. And while I’m not sure if my skin is typically sensitive, I think I’d do well to switch out all my products to sensitive versions to avoid break outs and dryness. This hygienic pump bottle houses a beautiful moisturiser for soothing and nurturing. While it’s texture is light it does a brilliant job of hydrating my skin. I’ve always had this suspicion that products for sensitive skin are not as effective, but this proves that just isn’t the case. The two products mentioned in this post have made dry skin a thing of my past. When I apply my foundation now it goes on smoothly. I honestly think this is great stuff and I can’t fault it. I mentioned my current breakout, well this moisturiser calms any redness and banishes flaky patches from healing blemishes while NOT creating more spots for me to deal with. Another highly recommended product.
In all honesty, I have tried lots of skincare lines, many so bad I couldn’t even been bothered to review, and I mean it when I say this line is brilliant. I’ve a mental shopping list to include the sensitive cleanser to try out, Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Cream as well as the Radiance Peel and don’t even get me started on the beautiful sounding Body line…
If you’re looking for new skincare products, do head over and check out the Elemental Herbology website. I can’t promise they’ll work for you but I can say for sure they are worth a look.
*Products received free of charge for review purposes
It is a fact that if you take most things and make them mini they become extra cute. Baby animals for example. And now the Foreo Luna. I’ve blogged about two of the Foreo Luna models previously and you can find my post on the original Foreo Luna here and the Foreo Luna Mini 2 here.
If you’ve read those previous reviews you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of these Foreo sonic cleansers. Hygienic, effective, gentle and generally just all round brilliant these silicone face cleansing tools are used daily by me so I’m delighted to add a new model to my arsenal, the Foreo Luna Play.
Given it’s size, its a little less comfortable to hold I find, but in terms of effectiveness, it cleanses just as well as the larger models.
You may well be thinking that if it’s not rechargeable its a bit useless, but it’s really not. This is an ideal bit of kit for travelling, or if you are cautious about shelling out for a larger model. The Play retails at £29, while the Mini 2 is £99 and the full size Luna is £149 making the Foreo Luna Play ideal for testing the water before investing in the rechargeable models. Plus it’s super cute and available in 7 cute colours!
If you’re yet to try a sonic facial cleansing brush, this is an ideal product to try, it’s more hygienic than nylon bristles, gentler on the skin and more effective at cleansing. Highly recommended!
The Foreo Luna Play retails at £29 and is available from Foreo Online.
*Product received free of charge for review purposes.
Today I’ve got a Massive Rave for you. To begin at the beginning, a year ago my hair was like this:
If you regularly read my blog you’ll notice that my hair has been getting lighter and lighter thanks to my fab hairdresser Laura. It was beautiful warm tones but I’ve been wanting to try taking my hair cooler for quite some time, I’m cool toned anyway so I just wanted to know what it’d be like and last week Laura came round and took me the lightest I’ve been with a gorgeous balayage colour but it was still pretty warm. Cooling the tone down was up to me so I hit up Boots and decided upon the Bleach London Silver Shampoo and Conditioner in order to take out some of the yellow and warm tones in my hair.
So here’s how my hair looked the morning after it was recently done. Sorry, it’s not styled!
Silver shampoos and conditioners work by neutralising brassy tones, and so the products are violet. In the case of the Bleach London products the shampoo is incredibly vividly coloured, it’s hard to believe it won’t leave your hair purple, while the conditioner is a much more pastel shade.
The recommendations are to use the shampoo every other wash, but I have been using it every single wash, and I’m using the conditioner once a week but using my normal conditioner at every other wash. The silver shampoo feels a bit odd to use, it doesn’t seem to distribute easily through my hair, its not terrible but its a bit of effort, but I would say that it leaves my hair very clean, but it also seems slightly drying. Not a concern, my hair feels like silk after I’ve conditioned. The conditioner is creamy and smooth and works as well as my usual conditioners.
After the first wash I didn’t notice any difference in my hair, but after two washes it was markedly cooler. I am amazed!
It’s now a couple of weeks on and my hair is amazing. Alright, the next photo has an instagram filter on it, but my hair is so blonde, so soft and I love it so much I want more blonde!
The Bleach London Shampoo and Conditioners are £6 each for 250ml bottles and I was worried that as I have such thick hair I’d get through the product really quickly but its lasting really well. The scent is light and inoffensive but the results are incredible and speak for themselves! My hair also feels amazing which is pretty important when you’re bleaching your hair!
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. I purchased mine from Boots, but you can also purchase from BleachLondon online.
*products purchased by me with my own money!