Beauty treasure trove

I must start this post with the admission that I fell out of love with beauty boxes a while ago but the March Glossybox really made me see the excitement with these monthly beauty delights.
The March edition came brimming with some of my favourite brands and two full size products I truly love (and *may* even have graced the blog before!).
I have said before that their hand cream are second to none, so it is only fair that I start with the superb Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow Hand Therapy Cream.
Of course, the formula is the amazing one we know and the Somerset Meadow fragrance is light and fresh: a sunny summer morning in green fields in a tube. And in its 25g, it is the right size for your handbag.
Then, comes the Sleek Eye & Cheek palette which I raved about before. It has everything for the flawless transition from day to night in a compact form for the makeup bag. I got probably the more party-like of the lot, slightly more tricky to use (but with a killer gold shadow and blushers).
The other three versions are much more neutral and I have the Midsummer’s Dream one and I am seeing the pan on most shades.  Amazing pigmentation and price. What’s not to love?
Now, I am a huge fan of this works. I don’t think there is a single product they do that doesn’t work for me (because, well, this works!) and I do have the full size of the versatile in transit camera close-up primer, moisturiser and mask.
It is reportedly a must have on Mrs Beckham’s travel bag so if it is good for her, well, I am in. That aside, it is a great product; a fantastic moisturising base for makeup which I use quite often, so glad to have a travel size.
Another brand I like a lot, Schwarzkopf is present in the form of the BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Brazilnut Oil Pulp Treatment, a rich hair mask to restore shine and nourishment.
To be used twice a week for 5-10 minutes for manageable, shiny hair.
Finally, a brand that is new to me (shock, horror): Oolution. The eye love is 100% natural and 65% organic.
It contains antioxidants and it is very hydrating to help banish puffiness and dark circles, morning or night! Behaves well under makeup and you just need a little bit.
Glossybox is available through monthly subscription for £10/month (+ P&P). Always five products, at least a full size one and they always bring special editions that sell out pretty fast!
You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Nails returning to retro

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-1First of all, I feel I have to explain the month long absence: I have moved houses. Bought a flat and been like a maniac between closing the deal, moving and furnishing and now I’m starting to settle. Although I have no wifi yet, tethering to my mobile has been useful. And the means to this post!

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-2Second, I cannot see a better way of going to back to blogging than essie‘s retro revival 2nd edition limited collection nail polishes. The six shades embody the flawless chic vibe from the beginning of the brand in 1981 Las Vegas – in fact the caps have the original Stardust Casino gold star sign.

It is mainly nudes, pinks and reds, making it extremely feminine, perfect to let out all side of my personality – from naughty to nice!

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-3My favourite has to be the stunning sweet tart (oh how appropriate!) a pearlescent nude with mauve undertones. Just gorgeous.

My surprise shade was prima bella – a shimmery bubblegum pink. It looks great on.

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-4That doesn’t mean I am not in love with the other shades: pure chiffon is the perfect warm beige which will suit most skin tones; flawless is a delicate pink that feels quite neutral; chastity is a lively cherry blossom pink and bold beauty is a fabulous and seductive mid-century deep red. All sorts of love for this collection.

essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-6Apart from the neutrals and a killer red, that never goes out of fashion, pinks were all over the catwalk for the new season.

The shades in this collection are so grown up and sophisticated that it totally removes pink out of the girly bedroom!essie-retro-revival-2017-nail-polish-review-5

If you want to get your claws on them, be quick: they are available until 7th March at Superdrug and 14th March at Boots and the RRP is £7.99 per bottle. Hurry!

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You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains a mix of products I have bought myself and PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

 

Wearing my Subversion and Perversion a little bit everyday

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-1Never thought I’d openly talk about wearing my subversions and perversions, but hey, here we are.

No, you dirty, dirty person… I don’t mean THOSE!

I’m taking about the Urban Decay eyelash primer Subversion and their mascara Perversion, which together give you the most decadent lashes.

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-3Subversion is a classic eyelash primer, white in colour to coat all lashes previous to receiving the mascara. The formula is creamy and the brush is a medium size, with bristles the pick all lashes.

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-4Perversion is the ultra black mascara with a large brush. Despite the fact the brush is almost on the too large side for my taste, it does work very well. The formula is creamy and thick, and it gives decent separation and superb volume, lacking a bit in lengthening.

Together, they super charge the lashes, creating a good fan effect. Deviant thumbs up.

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-5I got those (plus my all time favourite Eyeshadow Potion Primer) at the launch of the new Urban Decay shop at Carnaby Street, London.  The European flagship store in split in two floors of all UD colourful fabulousness.

Upstairs, the whole range in full glory, including UD Pro. Downstairs, a lounge with light ring, GIF “photobooth” with light ring (for FLAWLESS selfies), phone chargers and refreshments bars, a true beauty hangout with its own hashtag: #UDCARNABY.

The VIP launch was a star studded event with the likes of Denise Van Outen, Laura Whitmore, Josh Cuthbert, among others. We sipped on mini Moët champagne bottles and had the chance to have makeovers and take home some precious UD advice.

urban-decay-carnaby-street-store-2And I hear Urban Decays is opening three more stores in the UK by the end of the year: London King’s Cross (24 Nov), Nottingham (1 Dec) and Liverpool (9 Dec).

Oh, the black lippy, you ask? More Perversion – how not to love UD’s perverted ways?

Of course, you can get you Subversion and Perversion on at the Carnaby Street flagship store, but also at other Urban Decay shops as well online and stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser and Fabled.

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You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

 

All natural, Naked Beauty (oil)

skin-tonic-naked-beauty-oil-review-1Now, I’ve had my eyes on Skin & Tonic London for a while and was thrilled to try their new product: the Naked Beauty Oil.

Yes, it’s an oil (although they call it a serum), so it’s more than halfway to winning my heart. More than that, its British produced, organic and from a company well worth knowing, they are really good people.

Starting with the deep reddish orange colour, this luscious oil applies and sinks well on the skin.

I love using oils overnight, and with this my skin wakes up plump and radiant.

With rosehip, apricot, pumpkin and raspberry oils, all containing vitamins A, C & E and omegas 3 & 6, this oil has healing, refining, soothing and hydrating properties for dry skin.

skin-tonic-naked-beauty-oil-review-2It is perfect for the colder season just coming in and at £25 for 30ml, it is a real bargain.

The Skin & Tonic London Naked Beauty Oil is available from their website and from shops like Selfridges, Anthropologie, Whole Foods Market and Fabled by Marie Claire. It is certified organic (99%), 100% natural, unscented, suitable for vegans and , non GMO and not tested on animals, so it’s all round goodness for you and your skin.

Remember when I said they are really good people? Skin & Tonic London use a maximum of 7 ingredients and they are organically certified.

Their small batches are hand crafted and they support small, local producers in the UK and France, as well as fair trade cooperatives in Ghana and Sri Lanka, and give 10% of their profits to charity:water.

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You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Brows, brows, brows, Gimme Brow

benefit-gimme-brow-review - 1Since the first time I had my eyebrows filled, I never looked back. It did feel a bit weird at the time, but soon, weird became not having them filled.

I am trying new products all the time, and found a little gem in Benefit’s Gimme Brow Gel. That’s because it is so easy to apply, last a long time and really, the effect is just great.

Gimme Brow is a gel with buildable micro-fibre particles that stick to your own eyebrow hair and skin, filling it up and making it look fuller, and thicker.

Because it is a gel, it also keeps the brow in place, shaping them too.

benefit-gimme-brow-review - 2The tiny little tapered brush spreads the gel beautifully on the brows and its precision tip does a great job of shaping them; creating a fab lift and defined arch is easy-peasy.

It is water resistant and I can vouch for the panels findings of brows looking fuller and natural – and that’s the main thing for me: they are full, thick, but very natural, not painted on.

Here you can see my right eyebrow, with Gimme Brow and my sad left one, with nothing!

Plus, it is soooo easy to apply, easier than any other beloved brow product I ever used, so perfect for every day use. It can also be used on top of a filler (powder or pencil) for extra sharp effect.

The Benefit Gimme Brow costs £18.50, is available in two shades (Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, which I am using) and can be bought from House of Fraser.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

My favourite every day eyeshadow palettes

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 8Anyone who knows me in person will know I wear eyeshadow and eyeliner pretty much every day.

I wrote about my favourite eyeliners a while back and it would only be fair to talk about the eyeshadow palettes I wear very frequently – and some show!

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 3I’ll start with Urban Decay Naked 2. Now, I have 3 and Smokey, but they don’t quite measure up. The mix of earthy and gold tones, in shimmer and matte, are perfect for any occasion. Add a matte black and voilá: you cannot go wrong.

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 4The GOSH Copenhagen palette is a matte dream: 9 super wearable shades that take you from day to night, with one massive advantage: this palette is so small that is perfect to carry around with you.

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 6Sleek has a couple that really work for me. The iDivine eyeshadow palette in ‘A New Day’ mixes beautiful golds and browns in shimmer and matte, as well as a bit of pinkish earthy tones, for an all-round look. The browns are dark enough for a lovely smokey that is not too heavy.

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 5The Sleek eye and cheek palette in “A midsummer’s dream” is a fabulous one to take away too; great colours for the eyes, buildable and a bonus cheek shades.

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 7This Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 palette is huge: 16 shades, a good mix of shimmer and matte, lots of neutrals but also a couple surprise colours to amp up a look – navy, moss and mauve, I am looking at you!

Of course, I have many other palettes and plenty individual colours too I go to when I am creating a special look, but these are really the ones I go to every day!

favourite-day-eyeshadow-palettes - 1And they are all quite affordable, ranging from £6.99 (Makeup Revolution) to £38.50 (Naked 2).

What about you? Do you have a go to eyeshadow palette?

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Some of the palettes featured on this post are press samples.

The sun is out – don’t forget your sun cream!

eucerin-anti-ageing-sunfluid-review - 2Maybe I am overreacting with my title… it’s sort of out. Ish. Ok, ok. Should be out.

It’s that time of the year when we can finally feel some rays hitting our face and sadly, when people start thinking about wearing sun protection.

Truth is, it should be worn all year round and whereas in the winter the high SPF in my makeup is usually enough to keep me protected, in the summer a proper sun cream 30+ daily is a must.

Last summer I fell in love with Eucerin’s mattifying fluid and their tinted SPF.

This year I thought I’d stick with them, but they brought out the Sun Fluid Anti-Age and the Sun Cream Tinted CC, which have quickly become favourites in my routine.

The Eucerin Sun Fluid Anti-Age comes in SPF 30 and 50.

It has broadband UVA and UVB sun protection, it also counts with biological cell protection in the form of antioxidants glycyrrhethinic acid, which supports skin DNA protection and repair and licochalcone A, which helps protect skin against free radicals.

eucerin-anti-ageing-sunfluid-review - 1To top it off, it also has two types of hyaluronic acid, to deeply moisturise and help plump those fine lines.

A serious protection and care product for everyday.

Now, talking about that, how about a bit of makeup? Well, a little bit!

Eucerin also brought out the Sun Cream Tinted CC. I’m a fan of their tinted SPF, so no wonder I’m into this one too!

With its huge 50+ SPF, it contains colour pigments for a natural, light and even cover. Perfect for the beach, pool or lazy makeup days.

It also behaves well under makeup, as its mattifying.

Just like the Sun Fluid, it contains UVA ABD UVB filters, glycyrrhethinic acid and licochalcone A, to protect and care for the skin.

Both are quickly absorbed, unperfumed, paraben-free, non-comedogenic and of course, suitable for sensitive skin.

The sun Eucerin Fluid Anti-Age costs £20 (available in SPF 30 and 50). The Sun Cream Tinted CC costs £18 and is available in light and medium.

You can find Eucerin in all major retailers nationwide.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Pretty face: Givenchy Teint Couture Balm foundation

givenchy-teint-couture-balm-review - 1Summer usually asks for a lighter foundation, which for me is s problem as they tend to have less coverage.

When I saw the Givenchy Teint Couture Balm I thought it would be way too sheer for my needs.

Surprisingly, this smooth balm, which unifies the skin making it look fresh, gives light but decent coverage with a flattering blur and illuminating effect.

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The “Light & Blur” complex helps conceal imperfections such as fine lines and blemishes, creating a more natural, lightly corrected and glowy complexion.

It has no oils and applies well; apparently it has some volatile ingredients that vanish as the balm melts into the skin, contributing to its lightness.

givenchy-teint-couture-balm-review - 3Durability wise, I’d say it stands a full work day with some wear; in warmer climates, it looks great for at least six hours.

The Givenchy Teint Couture Balm foundation costs £30 for 30 ml and you can get it from Debenhams, which has a fabulous range of makeup to cater for all your beautifying needs!

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Extra hydration: a touch of SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5

skinceauticals-hydrating-b5-review - 1What if you could give your skin an extra shot of hydration, with no oiliness, stickiness or that heavy feeling or layering up products?

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 fits the bill: thin, water-like fluid glides on the skin and is absorbed immediately, with quenching effects.

It can be used alone or to complement the moisturising routine. I use it both ways; I find that in the winter, it’s a lifesaver and in the summer, it helps hydrate deeper without being too much.

It is also great during the day, especially around the eye, a few dabs to break dryness caused by air conditioning.

skinceauticals-hydrating-b5-review - 2Vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid are the main ingredients, for a smoother, suppler complexion.

Because its oil free it’s doesn’t clog pores, bring ideal for acne prone skin.

The vitamin B5 aids with tissue repair and hyaluronic acid helps bind moisture to the skin, providing lasting hydration.

I am a huge fan of additional hydration products that don’t weigh in the skin; as mentioned before, mine can’t take rich creams, but still craves that deep hydration, so layering is perfect for me.

skinceauticals-hydrating-b5-review - 3This product goes really well with another SkinCeuticals favourite of mine, the SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense.

You can get the SkinCeuticauls Hydrating B5 from Dermacare Direct, and it costs £38.

Dermacare Direct also stocks a range of SkinCeuticals products and also other cosmeceuticals at great prices. They also count with handy advice to help you choose the best regime for you.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

How it feels to be golden-Kissed by Mii

img_1084Oh how I love being tanned. For me, tanned is a natural state as a Brazilian, but since moving to London my skin has turned a colour I still don’t recognise as mine.

I’ve been using self tan for a while now, but have rarely had a spray tan.
Only my second ever, Kissed by Mii was a lovely experience.

The whole Kissed by Mii range – professional and at home – is enriched with marine mineral extracts. The nourishing benefits of coral seaweed and coastal flowers replenish the skin’s natural minerals to leave it soft, helping the tan develop evenly.

At the fabulous London ME set up, where I was introduced to the brand – not only the professional spray tan, but also their lovely and extensive makeup range and home tanning products – just added to the experience.

img_1083My tan-master, the lovely Shelley, explained every step, made me feel super comfortable in my Mii gown and turban, and selected the right shade for me, after consulting.

The process was quick, the tan dried quickly and the guide colour was fabulous.

img_1082Getting that tan was very welcome, as I was about to embark to Brasil on holiday, so the prospect of not glowing in the dark was exciting.

I have to admit that not being able to shower before bed was a bit unnerving for me, but I soldiered on.

img_1088In the morning, when I washed it off, the colour left was close to the guide, obviously lighter and more natural, an even sun-kissed golden perfect for my skin tone.

Smell wise, I have to admit I did catch a sniff from time to time – I’m quite sensitive about that, but overall it didn’t bother me too much.

img_1092Arriving in Brasil, the sun sadly disappeared within two days for a whole five, but my Mii tan stood in for it, until its return.

To be Kissed by Mii and look fab, check their website to find your nearest salon or professional offering the tanning service.

They also have the fabulous Kissed by Mii home tan range that includes all preparation os post-care, as well as amazing exfoliating wet wipes, well worth checking and coming to the blog soon!

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This experience was gifted to me by Mii, but opinions are my own.