As someone with skin that’s super sensitive and prone to dryness, I have to be so careful with my choice of cleansers. In my circle of friends I’m kind of known for my cleansing routine (apparently most people don’t have multiple steps) so you can imagine how happy I was when ByTerry’s Cullularose Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser popped through the letterbox.
Packaged in an absolutely beautiful pink tube, the Cleansing Balm is part of the same range as the Miceller Water that I reviewed here. I’m absolutely in love with the delicate rose petal scent. It smells so wonderfully luxurious and spa-like, and it’s such a treat to use!
I tend to reach for the balm in the mornings – I prefer a foaming formula at night, and I love how the rich balm feels in the mornings. I only use the smallest little squeeze of the balm, and smooth it onto my skin, following with a warm, damp flannel. The gorgeous smell coupled with the rich texture combine to create the most luxurious of combinations which leave my skin feeling fresh, clean and super hydrated.
ByTerry Cellularose Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser is priced at £42 and is available here.
Even though it’s summer, I’ve noticed that I’m wear a whole lot of lipstick. There have been so many new releases that I’m head over heels with, so I’ve been wanting my lips looking and feeling as good as possible. So, when Nugg sent over their brand new Lip Mask, it couldn’t have been better timing!
Packaged in a little golden sphere (adorably cute but nigh-on impossible to photograph) it couldn’t be easier to use the mask. After a little exfoliation (I’m still loving this one), I simply dab a thickish layer of the mask onto my lips, massage it in a little, then leave it on whilst I relax for 10 or 15 minutes. It’s a super rich and thick formula, filled with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Liquorice Root Complex, so it hydrates, soothes and softens lips, and even leaves them a little plumper. It’s the perfect little pre-lippie treat, especially if your giving mattes a go!
Nugg Lip Mask is priced at £9.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US).
So I’m not sure that I could be any more more obsessed with glowy skin at the moment. I’ve been knee deep in highlighters and bronzers for weeks, experimenting with what’s best for my skin type and tone.
When I caught sight of Jane Iredale’s stunning Moonglow bronzer, I knew I had to try it. It comes in an add-on golden compact which feels rather glamorous when I catch sight of it in my makeup bag (although it does attract fingerprints like nothing else). Inside though, is where is gets really good. Jane Iredale have combined four shades which can either be swirled together to create a glowing bronzer shade, or they can be used individually as highlighters and eyeshadows.
The powders themselves are shimmering perfection. They feel buttery smooth, and the colour payoff is beautiful. Not only that, but the shades are easy to build, which is perfect if you’re using them on your eyes. The bottom taupe brown shade is really beautiful worn swept over the lid. It gives eyes a shimmering, subtle definition which doesn’t look too try-hard. The top two shades are my perfect highlight too! The mix of golden and pearl pink give a natural-looking radiance to skin which doesn’t look glittery or sparkly.
All together the shades mix to form a stunning warm shimmering bronze. I’m too pale to use it all over, but a light dusting over cheekbones gives a believable glow. I can’t wait to get a little more bronzed so I can dust a little Moonglow over my shoulders and clavicles – it’s a wonderful way to cheat perfect summer skin!
Jane Iredale Moonglow Bronzer is priced at £39.95 and is available here.
So I’m not sure that there is anything quite as luxurious sounding as mink eyelashes. And if you’re in the market for a pair, I would highly recommend checking out US brand ESQIDO false eyelashes. They’ve glamorised everyone from Victoria’s Secret Angels to J-Lo, and they give you lashes like you’ve only dreamed of.
One of my newest sets from the brand are the Big City Lights style. Like all the brand’s lashes, they’re made entirely from ethically sourced mink. That means nothing fluffy was hurt in the making of them – the fur is just gathered after being naturally shed, then fashioned into lashes. The use of mink (as well as sounding wonderfully decadent) means that the lashes are so lightweight and comfortable to wear.
Big City Nights are beautiful, fluffy lashes which are perfect for evenings where I want to look more done. I apply a little tinted moisturiser, bronzer and highlight like normal, then sweep a shimmery bronze shadow over my lids. I smudge a chocolate-y shade into my lash line, then add my Big City Nights. Using a little of the ESQIDO eyelash glue, I pop them into place and I’m good to go. The Big City Nights lashes give my makeup a real dose of glamour to an easy makeup look, and they can be reused for up to 10 wears.
Esqido Big City Nights Lashes are priced at $35 and are available here.
So for me, there’s nothing quite like a nude lip. It’s definitely my comfort zone, but on Monday mornings, the possibility of me picking a more daring colour are definitely about zero. But don’t get me wrong, choosing the perfect shade of nude is a serious task – I want something that will give my face a bit of colour, keep me looking polished but not look too try hard.
I’ve already talked about how much I love the formula of Burberry’s new Full Kisses formula here, but if you’ve never tried them before, you’re really missing out. First off, the packaging is all sorts of chic. The sleek gunmetal grey tube is etched with a subtle Burberry check, and it slots nicely into my makeup bag. The formulas are just as dreamy. They feel rich and moisturising on the lips, but not too heavy or sticky. They just glide on, and stay there for a good four hours or so.
I’m just obsessed with the chi sled shape of the lipstick bullet. It makes applying it on-the-go so easy, and you don’t need to have to faff around with a lip brush. Blush Nude is a beautiful my-lips-but-better shade, that’s just perfect if you’re looking for something that’s both low key but chic. It’s the perfect pairing to a dramatic smoky eye, but I’ve been wearing it to complement my more subtle everyday looks.
Burberry Full Kisses in Nude Blush is priced at £24.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)