Bumble & Bumble Lotion Primer

Even though every single hairdresser I’ve ever visited has warned me about the damage heat styling does to hair (coupled with highlights) I can’t shake my dryer and straightener habit. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to rock bedhead waves with the best of them, but if I leave my hair to dry on its own, I’m left with a weird, fuzzy mess thats messy in some spots, wavy in others, and sits at odd angles. It’s just not ideal really, so, until I pluck up the courage to go for a Brazilian Blowout, I’m stuck styling my hair every morning.

Bumble & Bumble Lotion Primer 1Thankfully though, Bumble & Bumble has been making the process so much easier since I’ve been using their Tonic Lotion Primer. I’m a big fan of the brand’s Primers in general, and I’ve been addicted to the Hairdresser’s Oil one for about 18 months, and this has been a new addition to my routine that I’m absolutely loving! After washing and conditioning my hair as normal, I squeeze out excess water with a towel, then spray the Tonic over my lengths and ends (with a small amount on my front layers that can feel a little dry). I then comb my hair through, add a little styling cream and get to blow drying and straightening the ends as normal.

The formula feels lightweight, and never weighs down my hair. Instead, the formula, which is rich in  herbs, vitamins & Tea Tree Oil which work to hydrate dried out ends and make hair look shiny and feel super soft. I love the tingle that the Tea Tree Oil gives, and it makes hair smell so fresh and clean! It’s also great if you suffer with scalp issues – it really cares for the skin and prevents flakes or dryness!

Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion is priced at £17.50 and is available here.

 

House of Holland Nails

Even though I absolutely adore having my nails done, I love how they look, and I love the way feel, so sometimes it’s necessary to have a bit of a cheat’s option. Elegant Touch has partnered up with British designer Henry Holland to create a selection of press on nails which are perfect if you’re looking for something a little bit different!

House of Holland Glitterbug NailsThere are an absolute tonne of designs to choose from, varying from seriously statement-making to verging on subtle, but they’re all gorgeous, and look like you’ve just dashed out of a swish nail salon.

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I was very kindly sent three of the designs to try out, and I have to say, even though they are at least a hundred times flashier than my regular nails, I absolutely adore them!

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All three sets of nails I tried were long almond in shape, and I don’t think there was a day when I had these on that at least someone didn’t rush up and ask where I had my nails done!

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Applying the nails couldn’t be easier – the glue and files are all included in the little sets, and all you have to do is choose the size of nail that best suits your finger, add a little glue, press down for a couple of minutes and voila = instant manicure! The lasting power is pretty impressive too – I got four days of wear with mine (granted I was very careful with my nails) before they started to ping off.

 

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The range of designs available is absolutely huge, and I’m obsessed with these nude nails complete with bedazzled crosses. They are just the prettiest colour, and the added sparkle just adds so much glamour!

Henry Holland & Elegant Nails are priced from £8.99 and are available here

 

SK-II Facial Treatment Oil

To say that I’m a fan of facial oils is something of an understatement. I’ve worn them pretty religiously for the past couple of years, so I jumped at the chance to give SK-II’s brand new Facial Treatment Oil!

 

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It’s a brand new release from the brand, who promise that it both nourishes and smoothes dry skin. As someone with skin that tends to feel parched far too regularly, I couldn’t even wait to try the Facial Treatment Oil before photographing it!

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Packaged in a super-chic frosted glass bottle, I love how simple and paired down it is. It looks so glamorous sitting in my little bedtime skincare set, and it’s become one of my most-loved products to use every evening (and even some mornings!).

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Like the rest of the SK-II range, the Facial Treatment Oil treats skin with the brand’s key ingredient – Pitera. It sounds like something out of a fairytale, but the anti-aging properties of Pitera were only discovered when an SK-II official noticed that the hands of men who worked in Sake production looked incredibly youthful. The result was finding out about Pitera’s somewhat magical properties, and they’ve been included in SK-II products ever since.

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The magic of Pitera is included in the Facial Treatment Oil, as well as naturally-derived Mediterranean olive oil, Latin American jojoba oil, South African avocado oil, Japanese Riceterol Ester, rice bran oil, and squalene which all work together to deeply moisturise and nourish the skin.

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As you can see, the Facial Oil is a bi-phase formula, which means before using you do need to give the bottle a little shakeup to mix everything together. Like I said, I’ve been using it nightly, pressing a few drops into freshly cleansed skin. Thanks to the bottle top, it’s incredibly easy to ration out a few droplets which I then apply all over my face, neck and décolletage.

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I just love the subtle lavender and carrot scent which is so unlike my other products. I am also completely in love with the oil’s texture. Unlike others which can feel too slippery, SK-II’s is surprisingly thicker than most, but sinks in like an absolute dream. My skin absolutely drinks it up, and if I’m looking for a dewy foundation look, I press a drop into my cheekbones for a subtle glow.

SK-II Facial Treatment Oil is priced at £102 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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As we’re heading into spring, I’m sure, like most, I’m tweaking my everyday makeup to feel a bit brighter and sunnier. My foundation has lightened up, I’ve ditched my traditional eyeshadows, and my newest acquisition is Kiko’s Shade Fusion Trio Blush in Peach Rose.

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Packaged in a sleek silver compact, the blush looks and feels seriously luxe! The mix of three shades means that the colour is easy to tweak and adapt to your skin tone, giving the compact something of a custom feel. I’m obsessed with the formula, which feels silky soft on the skin, and it’s been enriched with Vitamin E and Argan Oil, so not only is it super pretty to wear, but it’s awesome-good for your skin too!

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Since I’m still feeling quite pale, I tend to stick to the top of the trio, although a quick swirl of a fluffy blush brush gives a seriously pretty and believable glow. As I get a bit of a tan, I can use all three shades to get a pretty pop of colour.

Kiko Trio Shade Fusion Blush is priced at £10.90 and is available here.

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick

Ok, so it’s no secret that I’m on a serious lip product binge at the moment. I’m not quite sure if it’s the change in season, the sun that’s finally peaking out, or just a weird phase I’m going through at the moment, but I just can’t get enough of lipstick. I’m not going to complain though, as it’s let me find some absolute gems. Case in point, Too Faced’s brand new, seriously pretty and pigmented La Creme Lipsticks.

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Like everything from the brand, the packaging is on point. It’s gorgeous! From the pink boxes which look like they were plucked out of some chinoiserie dream to the golden bullets, the La Creme lipsticks are not designed to be forgotten about!

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The range comprises of a rather impressive 22 shades, and I was kindly sent three to try out. They’re a great indicator of the shade range that’s available (and who doesn’t like a nude, pink and red to try?) and there has been at least one of these little gems kicking about in my makeup bag ever since they arrived!

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick topless

Topless is the shade that, probably unsurprisingly, I reach for the most. I can’t help it – I’m something of a nude lip aficionado, and this is just so pretty. Described as an apricot nude, this is one of those colours that’s going to suit everyone! On the lips, Topless gives a your-lips-but-better hit of natural colour, and I am obsessed with the nourishing super creamy formula. Rather than being a pink based nude like a majority of my lipsticks, Topless leans more to the light brown, meaning it feels lovely and current to wear.

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick Clueless

Clueless is one of those get-onto-my-face-right-this-second shades which makes me feel like I’m about 12 again. It’s the prettiest blue-based shimmery pink which makes teeth look super-white and makes me feel somewhat Barbie-esque in the best possible way! The formula of Clueless feels super rich and balmy, and I can apply straight from the tube. I got three hours of glossy colour before I felt the need to top up, and even then, when it fades down, the Lip Creme leaves lips with a pretty stain.

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick 9021OOhh

9021Ohhh is the lipstick with possibly my favourite ever name, and thankfully it’s a gorgeous colour to match! Described by Too Faced as Candy Apple Red, 9012Ohhh is your perfect, must have, searched for red. It doesn’t lean too pink or orange, so most skin tones should be able to enjoy the colour, and I’m so glad, because it is stunning! Like the other shades in the collection, the formula of the Lip Creme is an absolute dream to use – it feels rich and creamy to wear, and never dries out. The finish has the perfect amount of satin shine, and it wears for around three to four hours before I felt the need to freshen it up. Crucially for a red, it’s easy to control, and once it’s on, it’s on! There was no smudging or smearing, just a perfect red which is going to look so pretty with clear bronzed skin and neutral eye makeup!

Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks are priced at £17.00 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)