Not so mellow yellow

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It has rained non-stop for two weeks here, mixed with snow. This is not my favourite weather, so I thought I would do some wishful thinking and share some things which just scream summer!

  • Pineapple pin – Scully and Scully
  • Nail varnish – Illamasqua
  • Eyeshadow – Bare Minerals
  • Velvet loafers – Alexander McQueen
  • Clutch – Fendi
  • Sunglasses – The Row
  • Perfume – Chanel

 

Theodent 300*

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I’m not going to lie – I can justify any sort of luxury purchase. View Full Post

Estelle &Thild Detox Mask Lily*

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I’m heading off for Spring Break two weeks today – eek! exciting! So I am in major maintenance mode. View Full Post

Dior at Harrods

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image borrowed from British Beauty Blogger

If you are in London at any point between 16th March and 14th April I would strongly suggest you run (don’t walk) to Harrods. As if the store isn’t perfect enough View Full Post

Bumble and Bumble Semisumo*

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I’m in dire need of having my hair done – my roots are really horrific – which means ponytails are currently my hairstyle of choice. High and bouncy, low and sleek, and everything in between are keeping me sane until my appointment (I am literally counting the days). So that my hair isn’t the complete bain of my life, I like them tidy – which is where Semisumo comes in.

I haven’t used pomade before, but with a couple of wispy layers at the front, I felt I needed to keep them under control. Once my hair is up, I simply put a teeny tiny amount onto my fingertips, rub them together, and smooth them over my crown. Hello to a tidy and shiny do!

The pomade feels more like a balm than I was expecting, and there is no stickiness -at all. Instead all you get is your hair sitting perfectly in place, with the added bonus of shine and a killer scent. I can imagine that this would be an incredible product if you have short, styled hair, but I am loving it despite my hair reaching past my shoulders. I have been using this everyday, and I have barely made a dent in it!

Semisumo is priced at £21.50 US readers can find it here

Elemental Herbology Delicate Cleanser*

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With the weather being really all-over-the-place I have to be careful with my skin – nothing too harsh or stripping – so cleansers can be tricky to choose. Elemental Herbology’s Delicate Cleanse is a great choice, if, like me, you have sensitive skin and like a foaming cleanser.

Elemental Herbology really have pushed the boat out with this product – Calendula, Marshmallow, Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil to name a few, are crammed into the generously sized bottle. The cleanser smells like fresh rhubarb and its a super refreshing way to start the day, and I use it along with my trusty clarisonic.

With all the key ingredients, my face is left soft and smooth, and redness is definitely curtailed – always a plus! When used along side their Calendula & Rose Damask moisturizer (review to come) my face stays calm and hydrated all day!

The brand has a wide range of products which cater for everything from dry skin to bath oils, and I can’t wait to try more!

The cleanser is priced £20.00

Clarins Summer 2013

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Clarins’ Summer 2013 collection makes me weak at the knees. Look at these balms – have you ever seen anything like it? It just looks incredible and so much fun to wear! I must possess at least the pink and coral for my summer wardrobe!

 

Estelle & Thild Natural Lip Balm*

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Estelle & Thild is brand which is relatively new – so when I was able to try out a couple of their products, I jumped at the chance! Named after the (very glamourous) founder’s children, the company company uses the best organic ingredients which provide noticeable results.

As a lip balm enthusiast, it didn’t take me long to smear on an application. The balm smells really wonderful – raspberry and fruity – but the smell isn’t overpowering. The balm doesn’t have a taste, but it feels really thick and luxurious when applied. It wore for around 2 hours, and left my lips feeling healthy and moisturized.

I really love the ethos of the brand, and can’t wait to try some other products (they make everything from hand cream to hair conditioner) and the packaging is really  adorable making this a firm favorite!

Natural Lip Balm is priced at £14.00 and is available from The Urban Retreat Boutique.

Cosmetic Updates

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I am loving an injection of sea-green into my makeup bag as we move into Spring.

  • Clarins Eye Makeup Remover
  • Bliss Body Butter
  • Rubis Tweezers
  • Clarisonic
  • Tom Ford Body Splash
  • Tiffany Makeup Bag
  • Freeze 24-7 Wrinkle Cream

Penhaligon’s Ellenisia Eau de Parfum*

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I’m a big fan of white-floral fragrances, and Penhaligon’s Ellenisia is a great choice – indeed, it’s so pretty that Meadham Kirchhoff scented their AW13 show with it. The bottle is gorgeous – like all Penhaligon’s fragrances, it is the original design, and I am obsessed with the cute little coral bow on the cap. It means it looks adorable on my dressing table.

The perfume itself smells glorious – I primarily get gardenia, but the scent is lightened by the Mandarin Zest, which is one of the top notes. As the scent deepens during wearing, the tuberose and jasmine become more pronounced. The perfume has definite similarities with Chanel Exclusif’s Gardenia, and I love the soapy-clean feeling the scent gives me.

Since it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday in the UK, I would totally recommend this! Not  only is this fragrance available as an Eau de Parfum, but soaps and body lotion are also available.

The Eau de Parfum is available for £68.00 for 50ml and US readers can find it here

Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel

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Per-fekt is a relatively new brand to British shores, and has recently launched in Selfridges department stores (some of my favourites.) The skin perfection gel sits somewhere between the much-lauded BB cream and a regular foundation, giving a good amount of sheer coverage.

The lack of water in base of the product means you apply it directly with your fingers rather than a sponge or brush – and you need the tiniest amount. I have pale-ish skin (NW20) and use Luminous. It comes out worryingly brown – but blends into an even shade which is just perfect for me. When using the gel, I forgo my usual primers – the gel makes your skin feel silky smooth. Seriously – my face was stroke-able!

After application my face was even, and flaws were vastly minimized – I felt like it looked like how I want my skin to look like with no makeup (i.e. freckles still showed but redness didn’t). My regular (YSL) bronzer applied like a dream, and my makeup stayed put throughout the day – workout included.

This gel is now the one I grab when I’m in the mood to look polished but natural.

Skin Perfection Gel is priced at £49.50 and available at Selfridges.com