Sensai Cellular Performance Day Cream*

Sensai Cellular Performance Day Cream

I love it when I fall in love with brands which haven’t quite hit the super-popular iconic stage yet. It might just be the hipster in me, but sharing a new find with friends is always so fun, and I like having a bathroom cabinet shelf that doesn’t too-closely resemble anyone else’s.

Sensai Cellular Performance Day Cream 1

Sensai is definitely one of those brands, and I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with them (so expect more posts coming up rather soon)! For the past month or so, I’ve been trialling the Sensai Cellular Performance Day cream, and if, like me, you have dry and sensitive skin, this is an absolute god-send of a product!

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First off, the cream itself is a pretty peachy-pink colour, which is just so pretty. It doesn’t leave a colour on the skin, but it’s a nice detail nonetheless. Unlike a lot of deeply nourishing creams that I’ve tried in the past, Sensai’s is far lighter and feels more like a gel. It sinks flawlessly into skin, leaving it feeling wonderfully soft and smooth. The cream also has an SPF of 25, which is so handy, as so many facial sunscreens break me out! The formula is designed to illuminate skin, and I have noticed that it leaves my skin with a real glow. It’s perfect if you’re after pretty summertime skin which still feels nourished.

Sensai Cellular Performance Day Cream is priced at £94.00 and is available here.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eyeshadow Palette*

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette

When it comes to summertime makeup, I’m a big believer in the more natural the better. I love when you have naturally glowing skin, and all you need is a lick of mascara and something a little shiny and you’re good to go. Thankfully, Estee Lauder has answered my summer glamour prayers in the form of the brand new Bronze Goddess Eyeshadow Palette.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eyeshadow Palette 2

Packaged in the sleekest of golden compacts, the Bronze Goddess Eyeshadow Palette is pretty much summer in a nutshell. There are six shadows to choose from – a mix of must-have neutrals complete with a shimmering gold and jolt of marine blue.

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The shadows are well balanced mix of mattes and shimmers, and the balance of shades is enough to see you through the longest of vacations. The formulas for the shadows is buttery perfection – wonderfully pigmented with serious colour payoff.

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The left hand side of the palette is reserved for the three lightest shade. The bone shade on the far right is beautiful for highlighting the brow bone or as a blending shade. It’s perfectly matte, and I also like to use it in the inner corner of my eyes for a little brightness. Next up is the prettiest shell pink, which is perfect if you’re after subtle definition, or it’s also a stunning way to mix up my go-to brown smoky eye.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eyeshadow Palette review

The central golden shade might just be my favourite. It’s a warm shimmering yellow-toned gold which looks like molten metal on skin. For evening, I tap a little into my inner eyes for a sleek update, and a little tapped into the centre of the eyelid gives eyes a beautiful gleam. The brightest shade in the palette is the marine blue which sits in the centre of the palette. It’s a really beautiful true sea blue which has a  stunning metallic finish. The shadow is quite sheer to begin with, but it’s easily built up to a rather stunning effect.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Eyeshadow Palette 5

Beside the blue is possibly my most used shade – a stunning metallic taupe. Again, it has quite a highly reflective finish, and it’s so pretty worn sheered out over the lid as a wash of colour. It’s a perfect choice for everyday makeup too! It’s quite a warm-toned brown, so it’s great when you have a little colour! Last up is the palette’s deepest shade – a warm-toned chocolate brown which is super matte and super creamy. It’s just the thing for adding a little to drama to your eye makeup, and I just love to use it as a liner, as the colour payoff is so wonderful.

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In addition to the six shadows, the Bronze Goddess Eyeshadow Palette also includes a nifty double ended applicator. With one end as a foam-tipped applicator, and the other a soft acrylic brush, it’s never going to be my first choice to use, but if I’m out and about and have forgotten my regular brushes, it does well in a pinch! The palette is pretty much a must-have if your jetting off anywhere this summer. The mix of colours and finishes of the shadows feels so well thought out, I’ve been reaching for it most mornings. It makes creating a multitude of looks so easy, and it doesn’t hurt that the packaging is to die for too!

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eyeshadow Palette is priced at £40.00 and is available here

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Lipstick – So Mod*

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Lipstick

Rodin is one of those brands that just feels like pure luxury from start to finish. The products come tucked in sturdy white boxes, and the products themselves are just dreamy. I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve tried from the brand, so when I heard that they were branching out from skincare, and adding a lipstick to the mix, you can imagine how excited I got!

Rodin Luxury Lipstick - So Mod 1

Much like everything from the brand, and Linda Rodin herself, the new Olio Lusso Luxury Lipstick are the epitome of understated elegance. Packaged in super cute, minimalist acetate packaging, there are five shades to choose from, ranging from a fiery tomato red (the aptly named Tough Tomato) to my choice, the only neutral (So Mod).

Rodin Lipstick - So Mod

When it comes to neutral lipsticks, I’m a bit of a nightmare, they can’t be too pink, too peach or too brown, and usually they have a subtle touch of mauve. Anything else just looks oddly artificial on me, and happily, I’ve been slicking Rodin’s So Mod with abandon.

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The colour of the lipstick falls perfectly in my neutral territory. It’s definitely a pinky-peach, but there’s just enough of an undertone to keep it looking natural. I’ve been wearing mine with a slick of bronzer and a shimmery neutral eye. It feels perfect for summer, although the formula is so comfortable to wear, I know I’ll be picking it up throughout the winter too!

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As much as I adore the colour, I might be even more in love with the formula. As you might expect from a luxury skincare line, it’s seriously well thought out, and the result is a lipstick that’s incredibly comfortable to wear, as well as surprisingly long-lasting.

Rodin Luxury Lipstick - So Mod Swatch

On the lips, Rodin’s Olio Lusso Luxury Lipstick feels incredibly lightweight and balmy. Like the iconic face oil, the lipsticks contain jasmine & neroli oils as well as rose water and lavender flower wax, vitamins c and e, apricot, argan and meadow flower oils. The result is a lipstick which feels nourishing, and leaves lips with a subtle sheen.

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Lipstick in So Mod is priced at £28.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

The Bardou Amplifying Mist*

Bardou Amplify Mist

I first spotted The Bardou on Instagram – their feed is filled with the most glamorous of girls, all sporting hair you would kill for. You can bet money that the next time I’m down in London, that I’m heading in for a blow dry. But, until then, I’m content with using their products daily at home.

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All of the Bardou products I’ve tried so far are pretty much a blogger’s dream. Slick black packaging with rose gold accents look so chic in my pretty much all-white bathrooms, and I’m glad to say, they perform just as well as they look! Every morning, after shampooing and conditioning my hair as normal, I’ve been spraying a little of Bardou’s Amplifying Spray through my roots and ends then brushing through. It protects hair from heat styling, as well as providing volume and bounce, so it’s perfect for my AM blow dries! After a couple of spritzes, I get to work with a round bristle burst to get a smooth, bouncy finish. Since I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to all things hair, I do tend to finish the process with my trusty T3 straighteners. The Amplifying Mist means that my roots have lift that lasts all day, and my hair is super shiny, and has a lovely swishy, swingy feel that almost feels like I’ve just stepped out of the salon.

Bardou’s Amplifying Spray is priced at £12.00 and is available here.

Essie Gel Couture Polishes – Bubbles Only & Take Me to Thread*

Essie Gel Couture

When it comes to gel manicures, I’m not going to lie – I’m not the biggest fan. I have nails that bend in the breeze, and coupled with my short attention span for colours, I think I’m better suited regular polishes. What I do love about gels though, is the super shiny finish. So, when Essie sent over their brand new Gel Couture range, I got rather excited. (Evidently the post office did too, as a rather fetching coral shade had exploded in the envelope, so excuse any smudges or polish on the bottles!)

Essie Bubbles Only

The whole concept behind the Gel Couture line is fashion-forward colours with 14 days of shiny, chip-free wear. Applied to clean, bare nails, Essie recommends two coats of colour with one of the new Top Coat. Everything about the line is new – the bottles are twisted (inspired by the line of couture dresses) and the brushes are even remodelled. The new line contains 42 brand new shades, and I’ve already picked out a few to order!

Essie Bubbles Only Swatch

The first polish I tried was Bubbles Only – a stunningly rich red which verges on burgundy. It’s such a rich shade – it looks so chic on short nails, or as a pedicure. The formula was an absolute dream to work with – it applied perfectly smoothly and was nearly opaque in a single coat. There was no streaking or smudging, just really beautiful shiny colour, which stayed glossy well after the top coat had dried. Admittedly I did pop a base coat on my nails (they’re already a little stained, and I’m trying to prevent further damage) and I got three days of chip-free wear.

Essie Take Me To Thread

Take Me to Thread is a stunning neutral shade which hovers somewhere between grey and purple. Unlike a lot of similar shades in my collection, this one is a true one-coat-wonder, although, being the stickler for the instructions I went with two. The formula of the polish is creamy perfection, and self levels, meaning your left with beautifully even nails.

Essie Take me to Thread Swatch

Depending on the light, the colour veers between lavender and grey, so it’s a great choice if you’re rotating through a summer wardrobe of neutrals. It feels like a nice alternative to my usual baby pink polishes, and I love how fresh it looks paired with a white shirt and jeans. Again, I got about three days of chip free wear with the polish.

Essie Gel Couture Top Coat

The Gel Couture Top Coat comes in a white version of the new twisted bottles. It looks really fun (although mine got a little chipped when I was removing the coral polish) and it feels very Instagram-worthy.

Essie Gel Couture Brush

The brush, like the polishes, has had a bit of makeover. It means you only need a single sweep to cover the entire nail, and it doesn’t pull or drag on polish. I absolutely love how quickly it dries, and I didn’t get a single bubble or smear. I’m more than a little obsessed with these new takes on Essie, and I can’t wait to collect a few more shades!

Essie Gel Couture Top Coat and polishes are priced at £9.99 each, and they’re available here.

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