Beauty Hit List: September & October 2016

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Well, well, well – look what the wind blew in! It’s only time for another beauty hit list, and if you’re anything like me, your cosmetic choices are starting to reflect this time of year. From nourishing skincare to uber-glam makeup, it’s a truly autumnal selection this time around!

Let’s jump in and see what’s made it into my September and October must-haves…

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Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask by The Body Shop

Is there anything more satisfying than slathering on a face mask and letting it do its thing? Yes! Slathering on a face mask and FEELING it work its magic on your skin. I’ve been using this one from The Body Shop’s new range of masks for just over a month now and not only do I love the end result (super clear, glowing skin) but I also really enjoy the tingling sensation of wearing it.

This mud-textured mask is packed with bamboo charcoal which means it’s also exfoliating and gives your face a good scrub when rinsing it off Ahh! I also recently learned that it’s 100% vegan so it’s suitable for most beauty lovers too.

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Aveda’s Tulasara Radiant Awakening Ritual 

While we’re on the topic of skincare, at this time of year it becomes even harder to avoid dull skin – most mornings I want to just (gently!) slap my cheeks and tell ’em to wake up! Over the last year, I’ve discovered facial oils and started using them in my daily routine. No, they don’t make your face oily (though it’s an easy assumption to make!), but they DO shrink pores, banish zits and protect your skin.

Aveda recently released their latest oleation oil and facial brush combo as a powerful combination to awaken the skin and restore its radiance. Talk about a power couple! In true Aveda style, this technique is designed to be a daily ritual and Tulasara is all about boosting microcirculation and nourishing the skin at the very start of your day. If this doesn’t wake up my skin, nothing will!

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Instant Confidence Stick by Bobbi Brown 

This handy little line corrector from Bobbi Brown is like having the eraser at the end of a pencil, smoothing out and blurring fine lines before I dive into my makeup bag.

With the same kind of silky, weightless formula you’d find in your favourite primer, this is a great on-the-go tool to keep in your handbag and use whenever you need to touch up your makeup and blot out shiny patches. It might not do that work presentation for you, but it WILL help you feel your best so that you can go forth and kick ass! Instant confidence indeed.

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Dolly Rocks nails by House of Holland x Elegant Touch 

We’re moving towards party season quicker than you can say Cha-Cha Slide which means the diaries are bound to start filling up with dinners, parties and (if you’re lucky!) all-night karaoke sessions. But what about those impromptu do’s? Those ones that seem to ambush you at say, 4pm on a Friday? It’s good to have a few things in your emergency glam arsenal just in case you have 20 minutes to get ready (and let’s face it, maybe even in a public loo?!), and Elegant Touch’s press-on nails are just the fellas for the job.

HOWEVER. I really don’t think I’ve seen any nails that scream party time quite like these Dolly Rocks ones, specially designed by House of Holland for Elegant Touch. Gloriously pink, suit-anyone almond shaped and encrusted with gems, I just can’t help but smile when I look at them. They’re also super easy to apply and will last up to 10 days if you look after them. One for karaoke queens everywhere. Let’s go, girls…

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry

Fun fact: I picked up this rich, blackcurrant-hued lip colour about 4 months ago on a trip to Selfridges, and for a couple of months I’ll be totally honest and tell you that it didn’t see the light of day. But now? Well, I’m wearing it at least two or three times a week – in fact even as I write this I’m wearing Glastonberry right now!

Unlike a lot of matte effect lipsticks, Charlotte Tilbury’s colours have softening and hydrating properties – no sign of dry, flaky lips here! The colour is also very buildable, depending on how bold you want to go. The actual shape of the lipstick itself makes it easy to apply without liner, as the square tip mimics the shape of a lip brush. Plus, the colour is super vampy, perfect for Halloween and beyond.

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What I love even more than sharing my latest beauty obsessions is hearing all about what products you recommend I check out so be sure to let me know on Twitter or in the comments below: what’s been rocking your beauty routine lately? And if you were doing karaoke, what is your song of choice?

Love, wide-awake skin and berry lips,

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A Few Summer Beauty Essentials

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The summer holidays are just around the corner (or for some of us, they’re in full swing – woohoo!), and it’s about this time of year we look for something a bit different from our makeup bags and bathroom shelves. Different in what way? Well, we tend to look for products that are going to work a little harder for us in the warmer weather, that won’t just help us to look and feel amazing, but will do a job for us too! I recently chatted about packing for a getaway, but I didn’t go into too much detail about the beauty side of things because I felt like it was a separate (though kinda related!) topic. A topic for today!

Whether you’re jetting off somewhere fabulous or having a staycation in the sun, I’d love to share a few of my summer beauty essentials that are as practical as they are pretty…

The Multi-tasking Make Up

A lot of us wear (and pack!) less make up in the warmer weather, but we still want to look our best. Urban Decay have been knocking it out of the park for ages now with products that can be used in endless ways, but the Naked Basics palette is one that makes it into my travel bag again and again. This small, yet beautifully formed range of neutral shades can be used as a complete eye kit, even though its primary use is an eye shadow collection. Tip: I use mine also for my brows and as an eye liner, meaning that if I only pack this little baby, my eyes are still good to go wherever I am.

This season, Urban Decay have just released the Naked Skin One & Done which is a hard-working complexion perfector, acting firstly as a sheer foundation with buildable coverage, but over time also helps to enhance skin. My favourite part about this one is that it lasts all-day wear, making it ideal for summer daytrips with no need for touch-ups!

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The Hair Saviour 

Hot weather & thick hair often equals frizz city. Not on my watch! Or, I should say, not on Lush’s watch! Sunny Day anti-static spray is just the thing to keep unruly hair in check when the temperature starts creeping up. Even though my hair doesn’t go too frizzy in the summer, my locks are still very thick and heavy and can go a little bit dry so this spray helps to keep things smooth and super glossy. Did I mention it smells like violets too? Dreamy.

The SPF BFF

I’m pretty sure I start lecturing people at this time every year BUT at the risk of sounding like a broken record, let’s just take a moment so I can bang on about sunscreen again, OK? You don’t need me to tell you how important protecting your skin against the sun and environmental damage is – and it’s something we should all be incorporating into our skincare regardless of where we are. I’ve recently started using Daily Light Guard by Aveda which is SPF 30 and provides UVA and UBV protection. I love the weightless, non-greasy feel of it on my skin, making it an easy step to add into my morning routine. If I was travelling somewhere very sunny, I would up my facial SPF level to a minimum of 50 (you’ve seen my ghostly complexion, so that’s a no-brainer!), but for summers at home and day-to-day use, this is my current go-to product.

The Cool Down Spritz 

It doesn’t really matter if you’re lying in a hammock somewhere exotic being fed grapes (WELL…) or have just come home from a sweaty commute – sometimes your skin just needs to be refreshed! I like to keep a facial mist around when I need to cool down or if my face needs some extra hydration. This white tea spritz by Neal’s Yard Remedies is pretty great at soothing my skin and it’s really gentle too. Organic aloe vera and antioxidant white tea help to calm redness and the fragrance is really faint (who wants to feel like they’re spraying perfume onto their face?) so it works well with my sensitive skin. When it’s really hot outside I keep it in the fridge!

I’ll be reaching for these summer beauty essentials over the coming weeks, but what about you? Do you switch up your products on holiday? And what are your favourite lotions and potions at this time of year?

Here’s to sunshine and feeling good all summer long…

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Beauty Hit List: March & April 2016

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It’s time for another Beauty Hit List! I can’t believe that two whole months have passed since the last time I talked about the lotions and potions that are getting my heart all a-flutter, and I’m excited to share my latest beauty picks with you. These are the products that I’ve been using and keeping handy lately, rounded up and ready for us to take a look at. Are you ready? Let’s do this…

The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit

Here’s the thing about primer: before I used it myself, I was REALLY skeptical. I was convinced that it was one of those products that didn’t really do anything and that it was probably a step in your makeup routine that wouldn’t make a difference. That was until I started using primer myself, and I stand corrected! This pro balm from Benefit does everything that a good primer should – it smooths my skin, minimizes the appearance of pores and helps my make up to glide on (and stay put!). Oh, and of course (being Benefit!) the packaging is adorable!

Velvet Sheer Foundation by Sara Hill 

Ah, the angst of being a pale girl with a ghostly complexion! It’s tough to find a foundation that matches my skintone at the best of times, but to find one that also delivers skin-conditioning goodness and antioxidant protection? Needles and haystacks spring to mind. Which is exactly why I rejoiced when I tried out Velvet Sheer Foundation, developed here in Glasgow by Sara Hill. The lightweight formula means that I can custom-build my coverage, and know that my skin is getting some TLC at the same time. And my shade of choice is Linen (that’s one step lighter than Porcelain, just FYI!).

Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Aura by Urban Decay

When I first seen this sugary sweet pink highlighter, it was love at first sight! The formula is so light and easy to work with, I can gently blend it to bring a subtle glow to my cheeks or build it up when I can’t get enough of the iridescent shimmer (which is often!). This is a new release from Urban Decay, and I can see it sticking around in my day-to-day make up bag for a long time!

Shampure Dry Shampoo by Aveda

Whether you need to refresh your locks or just enjoy the extra texture, dry shampoo is a bathroom cabinet must-have for so many of us. For me, it’s a little of both! If I need to revive my hair for an extra day, I will always reach for dry shampoo and Aveda’s Shampure has quickly become my new favourite. Instead of coming out in that weird aerosol mist (that I ALWAYS end up inhaling by accident!), this is easily dispensed in powder form – meaning I can squeeze out the right amount into my hands and massage it into my hair directly. This is going to be a saviour on holiday, I just know it…

Lip Magic by Charlotte Tilbury 

First off, Charlotte Tilbury makes beautiful products. I just want to put that out there. Like, the kind of delicious design that make you want to just hand over your bank card and wave a white flag in surrender! Lip Magic is an anti-aging balm for the lips, promising to protect, strengthen and regenerate the skin. It’s also packed with natural ingredients to help encourage youthful-looking lips, such as vitamin E, Propolis and shea butter. I’ve been using it more as a moisturising base for my lipstick, taking advantage of its ability to smooth and treat my lips before applying a bold colour for the perfect pout.

So this is my current beauty hit list, but tell me about yours! Have you used any of these goodies? Is there something you’d recommend I try?

With love, shimmering cheekbones and kissable lips,

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