I had seen a lot about the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm on other blogs, and the idea of a cleansing balm sounded like what I needed. With all the wintry weather my skin has become dry, and even more sensitive than usual – my regular foaming cleansers seemed a little too harsh to use on a daily basis.
This cleansing balm, however, is a dream. With a soft consistency and the most wonderful scent (courtesy of the moringa oils) this little pot cleansed my skin without stripping it, meaning it has quickly become a favourite. The formula is softer than other balms I have tried, meaning that it sinks into the skin easy and doesn’t leave any sort of film.
Not only this, but the face cloth which accompanied it was heavenly – linen on one side and fluffy on the other, I felt like I could give myself my own little spa treatment!
The cleansing balm is priced at £34.00 for 100ml and is available at EmmaHardie.com
Tom Ford’s makeup range is nothing short of covetable. Sleek packaging and luxe products combine in each product, meaning that although pricey, his pieces are usually investments.
The eyeshadow, although called Platinum is more of a soft taupe. The colour is perfect for day, needing only the tiniest dab to transform eyes from tired to bright and ready. Be warned though, use only a fingertip; my first, rather overenthusiastic application resulted in a smeary mess from lids to brows.
The formula of the shadow is dreamy – a smooth, satiny mousse which dries without loosing its sheen. I do have to wear it over Laura Mercier’s eye base (a complete hero product of mine) or it seems to disappear in a few hours. With the base however, this shadow has survived workouts and shopping sessions in tact.
Due to the minimal amounts I use of this I have a feeling that it will be a go-to product for a while, a good thing, as I adore the colour. The one niggle I have with this product however is the lid. The high-end, luxury feel of the pot is kind of ruined by the fact that the TF on the lid is on a sticker applied to the lid, which I feel slightly cheapens the overall feel. This is a tiny issue however, and the shadow has become one of my must haves!
Tom Ford Cream Color Eyeshadow is priced at £29 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
I am a klutz at the best of times, and the new popularity of the kitten heel is making me so happy! Muted colours are juxtaposed with glitter and studs, or choose a neon bright to lift your day!
Beige with ankle strap – Valentino
Silve glitter – Jimmy Choo
Beige with glitter sole- Miu Miu
Orange – Christian Louboutin
I have to admit I was excited to try the Laura Mercier offering of baked mineral eye shadows. Who wouldn’t be? A girly mix of taupes, blues and pink seemed the perfect way to tweak my everyday makeup into a more spring-like palette.
The shadow colors don’t exactly re-invent the wheel, and frankly, I’m ok with that. I am a taupe shadow addict – at least 95% of my numerous shadows and palettes are brown, the rest are black; I am really not adventurous when it comes it color.
Back to the palette in question, the palette holds six shadows which can be used dry or wet depending on the intensity, and for day, used dry, this palette is pretty perfect. For day I like to layer the lighter taupe with the darker brown for liner, with touch of the blue shadow for emphasis. The lighter blue and pink however are languishing in their respective corners – they are a touch too frosted for my liking.
The palette comes with a double ended brush – this is my highlight of the product – both ends are bristle and are a shadow and liner brush. I do wish more high-end palettes would follow Laura Mercier’s lead – nothing ruins the experience of a new Chanel or Dior palette more than those dinky little sponge applicators tumbling out.
In short, the palette is a fun buy – cute colours and a lovely brush make for a pleasant purchase, but if you own similar colours you don’t need to splash the cash.
The Laura Mercier Baked Eyeshadow Palette is priced at £30
As much as I love some glitz and glam, paired down black goes a long way. Think black and shiny and unleash your inner bad girl.
Leggings – Saint Laurent Paris
Shoes – Saint Laurent Paris
Clutch – Alexander McQueen
Ring – Sophie Breit Meyers
Polish – Nars