When it comes to mascara, I want three different things. I want it to be super black, very lengthening and give a huge whack of volume. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but I’m pretty hard to please, and rotate between a trio of favourites in a daily basis, so, when the newest offering from Lancome popped through the letterbox, I was seriously excited – their Hypnose (this one) is one of my favourites, so I had high expectations!
First off, I absolutely fell in love with the packaging. The Grandiose Extreme mascara is an updated formula of 2014’s Grandiose mascara, and the packaging is a take on the predecessor too. Matte black plastic looks absolutely beautiful – and I’m in love with the curvaceous shape – it just feels lovely to hold, and makes applying my mascara in the mornings an absolute joy!
Like the original, it also has the rose-encased lid. It’s just so pretty, and looks like it should be in the new Beauty and the Beast film!
The Grandiose Extreme has the same swan-neck brush as the original, and a plastic bristled brush head. Honestly, I was a little concerned about the brush, as typically I prefer big bush ones which sweep through lashes. But honestly, I shouldn’t have worried!
The brush slips through my lashes like a dream, and I can’t tell you how dark the formula it is! Lancome claim that the Grandiose Extreme has ultra black pigments, and I have to agree! This isn’t a formula for days when you want to look fresh-faced and natural. This one, in a single coat, makes lashes super-black, and makes them look miles long – it’s dramatic; it also adds a wonderful amount of volume! I just adore how the effects last all day too – there isn’t a hint of smudging or flaking, just perfect lashes, all day long!
Lancome Grandiose Extreme Mascara is priced at £25.00 and is available here (UK) and $32 here (US)
As someone with sensitive skin, it can sometimes be difficult to find product which smell great, do their job, without leaving my skin feeling dry or irritated. So, when I heard that Soft & Gentle were releasing a new body care line, I couldn’t wait to have a go! It’s a brand I’ve used a lot in the past, and had great results, so my expectations were high!
The first of the trio I tested out was the 2 in 1 Shower & Shave Mousse. It’s a gorgeously lightweight mousse which can be used to shave anywhere you need to. I love the light, slightly fruity scent, and even after using, my legs didn’t feel like they needed to be smothered in moisturiser like they normally do!
Next up is the Fragranced Spray. This is a lifesaver if you like to have a quicken freshen up during the day. I particularly use this in warm weather, after the more boring deodorant, I mist myself with a quick spritz of this. It’s not a deodorant, and it doesn’t have too strong a fragrance and just keeps me feeling super clean all day long.
Last up is the Daily Shower Wash. Like all of the range, this is gentle enough to be used all over the body, and is a wonderful morning shower gel. It has a clean, fresh fragrance, and it foams beautifully.
The 2 in 1 Shower & Shave Mousse is priced at £3.99 and is available here.
The Fragranced Spray is priced at £2.99 and is available here.
The Daily Shower Wash is priced at £2.99 and is available here.
When it comes to keeping my skin hydrated I’m pretty much down for anything. I hate the feeling when it’s all tight and sensitised, so in an effort to keep everything soft and smooth, I’ve been using Lavera’s Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream each evening.
The packaging of the Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream might not look (or feel) all too fancy, but the cream itself is absolutely heavenly to use. Relatively lightweight in texture, I apply a liberal whack of it on to freshly cleansed skin at night, prior to heading to bed.
I just adore the gentle floral scent. It’s gorgeous, and very spa-like. Even vegans, and those who use cruelty-free products can use Lavera’s cream – and it’s a good thing too! The Re-energizing Sleeping Cream feels so soothing to apply, and I pat it on liberally. Then I head to bed and let it work its magic. The cream skinks in easily without feeling too rich or tacky, and it doesn’t pill on skin either. Instead it just sinks effortlessly into skin, repairing damage caused by elemental pollutants, and leaving skin looking bright and feeling wonderful!
Lavera Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream is priced at £16.50 and is available here.
For me, Elizabeth Arden has always been squarely a skincare brand. There’s been at least two tubes of their iconic 8 Hour Cream in the cupboard for as long as I can remember, and their overnight treatment has become a nighttime staple for me. So, I absolutely jumped at the chance to give their brand new Presage Anti-Aging Foundation a go.
It might sound a bit odd that I’m trying an anti-acing product when I’m still in my twenties, but when a product promises to protect skin from the elements as well as make it look great, well, who could resist?
Packaged in a slick, rather space-age pump-top bottle, the foundation in eight different shades. Those with very light or deep skin tones may struggle to find a match, but the finish of the foundation is medium-to-light, so you should be able to make it work. I only need a pump or two in the morning, and I’ve been applying it with my favourite foundation brush (this one). It applies smoothly, and leaves skin looking fresh and naturally glowy. It’s designed for normal to dry skin, and leaves it looking super fresh an smoothe – it’s the perfect base for the rest of my makeup. Crucially for me, it’s also incredibly lightweight, and doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a full face of makeup! If you’re in sunnier climes, it also contains an SPF30, which is so important!
Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Anti-Ageing Foundation is priced at £40.50 and is available here (UK) and $65 here (US)
Considering I’ve been pretty much obsessed with skincare since I could walk, it’s probably no surprise that I’ve tried a few eye creams in my time. By the time I was about 14 I slathered the stuff on nightly (much to my mother’s amusement) and I’ve kept up my routine ever since. Recently though, I’ve started to apply eye cream in the mornings, a little massaged in prior to foundation and concealer leaves my skin hydrated all day, and it keeps my makeup in place too!
My current favourite for day use is Ishga’s Rejuvenating Eye Balm. The Scottish skincare brand, which uses Hebridean seaweed as the basis of all of their products, is so gentle on delicate skin, and I have just fallen in love with their products! The Rejuvenating Eye Balm is a new release for Ishga, and it’s perfect if you’re in need of a little hydration! I use a single pump of the formula, and massage it into my under eye area. Then, I’m good to go – I apply my makeup as normal, and I can’t even tell you how smoothly it applies! Even well into the afternoon, when I normally require a bit of a touch up to feel human, but after using Ishga, my eye make up still looks freshly applied.
Ishga’s Rejuvenating Eye Balm will be released soon!