Sunday, February 23, 2014

Best Mineral Face Powder for a NATURAL Finish!

The product I want to tell you about isn't a new on the market, nor is it particularly fancy. But if you're looking for a powder that you want to use to set your makeup with and opting for a natural look and shine free.... Or if you have next to no blemishes (I'm jealous) and only have 10 minutes to get ready in the morning, you can brush this over your face so it's not completely naked - then this is THE ONE. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is the best face powder I have ever tried.

I can tell you now that I haven't used any other powders other than this for the past 5 or 6 years. Well, I have but I always always return to this one as the others just can't compare. I am in the shade Medium Plus and it is the perfect colour for me. I apply my BB cream and then leave it to sit for a few minutes before I dust the mineral powder on my face with my Real Techniques Powder brush (Which is also amazing by the way).

This powder has the power of making your skin look poreless and smooth but makes it look like you have flawless skin. My skin seems to look better after one or two hours after I've applied face makeup for some reason but I do have to re apply powder once or twice during the day to keep it looking fresh.

I'm so excited to try the mineralize blushes from MAC now after I've seen quite a few blog posts up about their new collection for Spring!






Love,

Chelsea.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Feed your face.

       

Over the past few years, I have become very conscious of how my skin looks and how to improve it. I've had quite problematic skin which has lead to some scarring that I'm still trying to get rid of, or reduce in appearance. Ultimately, my goal is to have flawless skin such that foundation/bb cream will no longer be a part of my daily routine. 

As you can probably tell from the beauty industry, you can spend hundreds of pounds on lotions and potions that claim to make scars "disappear" or even out skin tone etc. I'm not saying that these products don't work, but if you combine them with a healthy diet, you may see quicker results. 

I can't remember how I stumbled across this book but if you are interested in skincare and healthy eating, give this a try! I bought mine on Amazon. It covers a lot of topics that range from how to reduce sun damage to how to minimise acne with the power of food. Being a dermatologist herself and treating A list patients, I'm hoping her words and opinions can be trusted? She also has a 28 day diet plan that claims to improve the look and feel of your skin AND banish blemishes (!!!) which I have yet to try. Let me know if this worked for you if you've tried this! 

Love,

Chelsea. 



Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Glamour Beauty Edit Box

Here it is... The Glamour beauty edit box - where Latest in Beauty team up with Glamour magazine to come up with a box full of what they consider to be the hottest products in the beauty market this Spring. For £18.70 (including P&P), you get to try 7 products. 



Daniel Sandler Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner RRP £9.25
I have to say, I haven't used a pencil eyeliner for over a few years now. I'm a gel eyeliner addict, they tend to last longer without smudging (I'm using the L'oreal one). Back in the day, I would wear coloured eyeliners... Blue and turquoise would be the adventurous colours I'd go for. But not now. I'm not sure how I would work this as my eyes are dark brown but I will give it a go! Suggestions on how do a eye combination with this colour would be greatly appreciated! 

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara RRP £10.99 
This was the one I was really looking forward to trying. I am forever trying to find mascaras to enhance my super short lashes (read my favourite mascaras in a previous post!). However, because the brush is so large, it can't really reach my inner and outer lashes that well and makes it look a bit too clumpy for my liking. It would be a good mascara to use for a night out though! 

Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk and Cherry Blossom Shower Foam RRP £4.00
I have tried their shower foams before and they feel so luxurious! It comes out as a gel and then as you rub it into your skin, it turns Into foam. If you love sweet scents, I would recommend the Yogi Flow, containing sweet almond oil and Indian rose. It smells amazing! 

Cheeky Chat Me Up Nail paint RRP £7.00
 This colour looks great for spring, I can't say I've heard of this brand before but I'm really looking forward to using it!  

Invisbobble RRP £3.00 
I have used these bobbles before, I'm not sure if it was the same brand or not... I'm pretty sure it wasn't. Anyway, they're great if you don't want kinks left in your hair after going to the gym or even a day at work if you're planning to go out afterwards. However, they seem to stretch out if shape quite easily after a few uses which means it always falls out of my hair (I have quite thick hair). But as I have just run out of hair bands (does anyone else have the problem of hair bands mysteriously going missing?!), I will give these a shot. 

Percy and Reed bouncy volumising mousse RRP £12.00
I have heard a lot of good things about this brand. I've walked into Space NK many times and taken a look at these hair products but have never splashed out to try anything. This could be the start of something very dangerous! I always associate hair mousses with the more mature generation (we're all thinking it!) but I've noticed several brands have brought it back into fashion recently. I'm excited to try this! 

Burt's Bees Beeswax lipbalm RRP £3.50
I have a slight obsession with lipbalm.. I can't actually live without it and can't sleep without putting some on. I've tried the pomegranate one but have never tried the original. This will be another one to add to my handbag. 

Love, 

Chelsea. 



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Topshop Gloss ink in Sugar rush REVIEW


So I decided to jump on the bandwagon with the whole Topshop makeup craze. A bit late I know! The only thing I have tried was when they first started their makeup range and it was one of their lipbalms. I liked it, but wasn't blown away by it so it didn't leave much of an impression. Sorry topshop! 


Since I've been seeing lots of people rave about their 'Gloss inks', I decided to give it a go. It has also been compared with the likes of YSL glossy stains which I have always wanted to try but never came up with a good enough justification to spend over £20 on a lip gloss! As the Topshop Gloss ink comes in at £8, it seems like a much better deal. I went for the colour called Sugar rush and it is just a more pinky version of your lip colour. The colour looks great, it's not too bold and it leaves a nice healthy, glossy sheen to your lips. 

HOWEVER, whilst the colour looks great... It pains me to say that it doesn't last long on the lips at all. Maybe 20 minutes tops? As I'm the kind of girl who puts on a lip colour in the morning and then doesn't bother to touch up throughout the day (purely out of laziness), this isn't ideal. I haven't tried out any of the bolder colours yet so those might have a better staying power? 



Love, 

Chelsea.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The best BB cream ever?


Back when the BB cream craze was just starting a few years ago, It was the first and last BB cream I will ever try (probably not the latter but it sounded dramatic as I was typing!) and I have never looked back. I bought it one summer when I was in Hong Kong, and if you live or have ever been there during summer, you definitely know not wear foundation. The sticky and humid weather conditions would make any foundation slide right off your face, nice! Anyway, I needed some coverage on my face so I walked into a Missha cosmetics shop (probably trying to find anywhere with aircon to get away from the oven like heat on the streets) and the girl in the shop recommended it to me. At the time they only did two colours, number 21 and 23. She explained 21 was for people who wanted to look more pale than they are and 23 was a more natural and realistic colour. Can you guess which one I went for? Yep, 23. No one wants to look like a ghost. 

Onto the actual review of the product... I think me telling you that I've repurchased at least 6 or 7 bottles since then says it all (I also have two spares incase of running out!). You may have heard that BB creams have a reputation of having a grey tinge to it at first? This one doesn't. Although the longer you leave it once you've applied it, the better and more natural it looks. As I'm a weird colour at the moment, I'm having to mix numbers 21 and 23 together to get the perfect match!  I used to rub it in with my fingers until about just over a year ago, when I discovered the Real Techniques Expert face brush. These two go together like milk & cereal, peanut butter & strawberry jam, tea & biscuits... Etc. It literally takes me seconds to buff it all in and then a minute to add concealer to some marks that I may have missed. This is perfect if you have blemishes on your face but don't want to cake foundation on to cover up. 

So, the BB cream roundup: 

Pros
Has a natural finish
Doesn't feel like you're wearing makeup 
Lasts the whole day (I apply it at 6am and it's still on by the time I get in from work around 7pm) 

Cons 
None! I'm serious. 

So if you want to get your hands on this (I highly recommend that you should) you can buy it from koreankosmetics.co.uk. It's £23 but one tube lasts me almost a year so definitely worth the investment! 

I was thinking about trying other Missha products soon as I just discovered this website! 

Love, 

Chelsea. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's gifts for her...

As it is only just over a week until Valentine's day... I've compiled a few gift ideas for the guys who are still stuck on what to buy the woman in their life, or if you would just like to treat yourself to something special.

First up is the Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath and although it is £32, it is totally worth it. If you haven't come across the Creme Brulee range at the Laura Mercier counters.. where have you been?! It smells incredible. I think this would make a great gift if your other half has been feeling stressed or just loves indulging in long baths!



For those who are beauty obsessed like me, I'm sure another neutral eye shadow palette won't hurt? There have been quite a few neutral eye shadow palettes releases recently but for the price, it has got to be the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette at £36! You can create so many different looks with this palette and they blend seamlessly onto your eyes. 
Of course for Valentine's day you might be expecting some sort of jewellery? Pandora have some nice pieces for V day at the moment. I've spotted a little heart ring and at £35, it's not going to blow the budget. It's simple and delicate and you can get it in 3 different colours too - red, light pink and clear. However, buying a ring for your other half when you've only been together a few months may not be the best idea? Maybe treat yourself to this one instead girls! 


And last but not least... Fragrance is always a good gift. Recently, I've been obsessed with this perfume - Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. The only way to make me happier would be to buy me the gift set! I think it's roughly around £60 depending on where you buy it but if you're a fan of the fragrance like I am, you will want it in every shape and form. 


Hopefully this has given you some inspiration and ideas for V Day. 

Happy (Early) Valentines Day! 

Love,

Chelsea. 
































Sunday, February 2, 2014

Short Asian lashes no more!

Do you have short and straight eyelashes too? Do you have trouble finding mascaras that hold a curl and help lengthen your lashes? I think I may have found the solution!


Etude House Lash Perm |  Majolica Majorca Lash Expander |  Anna Sui Volume

In my opinion, Asian brands help with short lashes the best and bring out it's best possible potential! As I live in the UK, I thought these were a lot harder to get hold of without spending a fortune on postage costs... But after a bit of research, I've managed to find a few websites that stock these brands! I recently discovered Korean Kosmetics which all seem to be reasonably priced. I tend to use these mascaras as a second coating after I've curled my lashes with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and applied a basic mascara. At the moment I'm using Max Factor False Lash Effect.