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Review: Liz Earle Signature Foundation

September 28, 2012

Product

Liz Earle Signature Foundation*

Price

£21

What does it claim to do?


"Our silky formula offers easy-to-build coverage and glides on easily to give a smooth, radiant finish and an even, natural-looking complexion. Beautifully buildable and blendable, with a special mix of spherical particles and coated pigments that offer long-lasting colour. Enriched with our own natural source vitamin E." - Liz Earle

What do I think?



So prepare for a rave- I officially love this foundation. I am a huge fan of the Liz Earle skincare but nothing from the make-up range has amazed me (although I do really like the bronzer) and I wasn't a huge fan of the Sheer Skin Tint. However this is a product that has really wow-ed me.

Firstly I like the bottle- it looks nice on my dressing table and is the classic Liz Earle look that we have become accustomed to. Although the pump could be criticised as looking a bit cheap (if it was the same colour as the lid it'd be perfect) I'm not complaining because it's a pump which is ever so handy!

Onto the product itself, I received this foundation in the shade 02 Ivory (there are 9 shades in total) and is probably the best colour match I've ever found in a foundation. The consistency is quite thick and you really don't need much to cover your face- one pump is more than enough however when I've put too much on I find it can still be worked into the skin without looking cakey. It blends easily and leaves an absolutely beautiful finish- it's dewy but not at all oily. I'd compare it to the finish of my Vitalumiere Aqua and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. 

So yes, that's the end of my product rave. In a nutshell- love this!

Would I re-purchase?

Yes!

Maybelline FitMe

September 26, 2012
The latest foundation/skin product range to launch in the UK from Maybelline New York is called FitMe* and is described as a complete make-up regime and a whole new way to shop for the shade-perfect base.

The range consists of a liquid foundation, powder and concealer which come in three different shade families and a wide range of tones within these families. The range has an easy to follow numerical system so you firstly choose the best shade family for you- either 100, 200 or 300 and then the tone that suits you within your shade range of numbers.

I love a new foundation and this is Maybelline's first gel foundation. It aims to blend seamlessly, let your skin breathe and to match your skin tone - all qualities that lead me to think it will be a light/medium coverage but I will let you know after trying!

The powder and concealer are available in 6 shades and at least two will match your foundation perfectly. The range launches in the UK in October so not long to wait!

Emma Hardie Cleansing And Exfoliating System

September 24, 2012

This has been my most exciting beauty purchase this year (so far!) - the Emma Hardie Natural Life and Sculpt Cleansing and Exfoliating System to give it it's full name. After discovering Caroline Hiron's amazing blog and seeing how much she loves this set, I knew that I had to buy it. Beauty Bay were doing an offer (which they look to still have) which is the whole set for £33.18, reduced from £42. 

The set comes with the following:
  • Amazing Face Natural Lift Moringa Cleansing Balm 100ml
  • Amazing Face Natural Lift & Sculpt Cleansing Cloth
  • Aromatherapy Infused Rosehip Exfoliating Seed Sachets 10g
I am actually yet to try the products as was trying to use up my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish first but I am very tempted to start giving it a whirl tonight and will of course do a full review when I've tried it for a while.

Have you tried any Emma Hardie products?

Killer Colours

September 17, 2012

Killer Colours are a new unique offering to the nail polish market which offer a collection of nail colours based on the latest fashion trends. Each collection is created in collaboration with fashion insiders and trend forecasters and each limited edition nail polish ties in with the latest trends. I was especially excited to see that Millie Mackintosh from Made In Chelsea had written a blogpost about it and is loving the Belladonna colour!

For AW12, Killer Colours have the following shades available:

Twisted Silk
A pretty, chalky pink as seen on That Coat at Jil Sander, neat and chic at Peter Pilotto and fingertips at Tom Ford and DSquared2.

Firewater
A red wine nail as seen at Christopher Kane, DVF and Dior, plus lips at Badgley Mischka, Nicole Farhi and Gucci.

Belladonna
The soulmate to Chanel’s electric blue crystal eyebrow, also seen at Christian Dior, Miu Miu and Gucci.

Gunmetal
A pewter grey as seen at Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Chanel, plus dramatic smoky lids at Costume National.

Quicksand
A chocolate-milk taupe as seen at Valentino, Giles and Miu Miu, as well as ‘new nude’ nails and eyes at Louis Vuitton.

I wore Belladonna this week and like Millie, I am in love with it. It's such a vibrant blue and I only needed two coats for a great finish. The RRP of the nail polishes is £9 and if you visit Millie's blogpost you can save 15% on your order and you still get free P&P.

Review: NATorigin hypoallergenic Lengthening Mascara

September 15, 2012
 

Product

NATorigin hypoallergenic Lengthening Mascara*

Price

£13.50

What does it claim to do?

"For strong, long, fluttery eyelashes, NATorigin Lengthening Mascara is a high performance mascara with a hypoallergenic formula for use on even the most sensitive eyes. The hypoallergenic formulas in all of NATorigin’s products are so safe that it is the only cosmetic and skincare range to be approved by Allergy UK.

Incorporating 98.5% natural ingredients, NATorigin Lengthening Mascara has been specifically designed to strengthen and lengthen eyelashes. It is rich in arctic raspberry seed oil, essential fatty acids, red algae extract, shea butter and jojoba oil to care and condition the lashes." - NATorigin

What do I think?


I was pleasantly surprised by this NATorigin mascara. I didn't have high hopes and expected it to be like the Liz Earle offering which I wasn't a fan of (it's the word natural!) but infact it did a good job. As you can see in the photo (check out my contact lenses in there too!) it added length and seperation- there wasn't as much volume as I usually like but it's great for more of an understated daytime look.

I really like how it has been designed to strengthen and lengthen lashes- a product that does something as well as making your lashes look good is a real plus! Whether it has actually strengthened my lashes- it is yet to be decided.

Overall I really like this mascara and although I can't comment on how it works for sensitive eyes, I would 100% recommend it if you find that mascara irritates your eyes and you want to try a more 'friendly' one.

Would I re-purchase?

There are mascaras out there that are more 'wow' so in all honesty I probably wouldn't- however if I had sensitive eyes and needed a mascara this would be on my list!

Japonesque Safari range

September 13, 2012
Japonesque have stepped into the world of animal print and have launched a new Safari range which includes a Safari Brush Set and a bronzer brush*, pictured above. The Safari Brush Set (which you can view on HQhair.com here) consists of a plush Powder Brush, Shadow Brush and Crease Brush and comes in a handy case. It costs £28.

The Bronzer Brush is made with synthetic fibres (all of the collection is animal-friendly) and the design is so cute- I love it. It is also super soft and feels amazing on your skin- I'll admit, when it arrived I just tried it on my face without any product on (doesn't everyone?!). It's fantastic for applying bronzer as it is quite a small size and so great for focusing the product. It costs £19.50 (I know- pretty pricy but not bad for a good kabuki brush which are always more expensive) and you can purchase from HQhair.com.

A corner of my room

September 09, 2012
After doing a big spring (or should I say, Autumn) clean last weekend I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some photos of the little beauty cubby hole in my bedroom. The cupboard underneath contains most of my make-up and nail polishes, amongst other bits and bobs but the space on top is where I keep most of my day to day items.


On the left hand side is: a little section for Chris' electric toothbrush 'bumpf'; a photo snow globe with a picture of Charlie in there; my jewellery stand and the face products I use regularly such as Bioderma and my Liz Earle moisturiser.

On the right hand side is: an old glossy box box holding my foundations/tinted moisturisers; my Benefit make-up bag holding the make-up I use every day; a few random products that I use regularly such as my heat protector spray and body lotion; a Cath Kidston mug filled with my make-up brushes and finally my three palettes.

I hope that was a bit interesting! I love seeing into other people's bedrooms so thought I'd give a glimpse into my little space.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Rose and Lavender Special Edition

Liz Earle have just launched (on the 6th September to be precise) a new version of their much loved Cleanse & Polish, in support of The Prince's Trust Tomorrow Campaign. Liz Earle has mentored Rebecca Taylor, a young entrepreneur supported by The Prince's Trust and the result of the collaboration is the Cleanse & Polish Rose and Lavender. 

Jennifer Hirsch, Liz Earle's in-house Botanist explains:

We have combined incredibly precious, handcrafted rose petal oil with calming lavender essential oil to delicately fragrance our new beauty must-have. Working to capture the most volatile rose petal notes in the distilling process, we obtain an essential oil that more closely represents the fragrance of the stunning Damask rose blossom. Altitude is responsible for the unique note that sets our lavender essential oil apart from others. Harvested and distilled on Mount Ventoux in France, our lavender essential oil captures a distinctive chemistry that sets it apart from other lavenders - we think you can smell the difference and hope you love our special edition Cleanse & Polish as much as we do.” 

Liz Earle have a limited number of these special 150ml pumps available for £19.75.

Product Rave: Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File

September 06, 2012

I had to do a post raving about the Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File. It is amazing! I really don't like the sandpaper-esque texture of a normal nail file- it makes me feel funny (like Polystyrene in packaging- eugh!) and I also find that it doesn't leave my nails with a perfect edge. This is the answer to all of my problems as it is nail file perfection. 

Leighton Denny says:

"In my opinion this is the 'Rolls Royce' of nail files. It glides smoothly and evenly along the nail edge turning the excess nail to dust while leaving the newly filed edge completely smooth and 'sealed'. It looks gorgeous too"

This is a really luxurious nail file- it comes in a handy case so is easy to carry round and comes in a larger version for £15.50 and a smaller version for £12.50 (both prices taken from the Boots website). It is a pricy nail file but 100% worth it and will last years.

Have you tried this nail file?

August 2012 Summary

September 04, 2012

I want to try and include more 'lifestyle' posts in this blog as it's always nice to look back and see what was going on in your life that month. I've decided to do a regular post sharing some pictures from the previous month and what I've been up to, so here is my first installment from August 2012.

In August I....

♥ Went on a 'tourist' day in London with Chris' parents which included a trip on the Thames Clipper. Was happy to see the Olympic rings close up!

♥ Went to Southbank with some friends for dinner at Giraffe. Afterwards we had a stroll around in the Wonderground and admired the Star Flyer which I really want to go on- although not on a full stomach!

♥ Had a brownie disaster after using a different recipe to my old faithful Hummingbird Bakery one. They fell apart at my touch so I just had to eat them with ice cream and a spoon.

♥ Was lucky enough to be given a last minute ticket (through work) to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony. It was incredible! We had fantastic seats and I was blown away by how amazing it all was.

♥ Spent a week in Cornwall camping - you can read a longer post on that here
 

August Favourites: My Top Three

September 02, 2012

♥ L'Oreal Miss Candy Color Riche Nail Polishes* - I am hoping that I have finally kicked the habit of nail biting. I've had the horrible habit of biting/picking my nails for most of my life and have been determined to stop it. For anyone trying to stop I'd advise painting your nails constantly in pretty colours as that's been the main thing that has stopped me from picking at them- also, if I get fidgeting I just peel the nail polish off instead! If I don't have much time I will just apply a clear polish to make them look nice. 

Anyway, after going off on that tangent I have to rave about these nail varnishes. They are amazing! These are the 4 colours that I have been loving- Opera Ballerina 101; Sassy Pink 213; Dating Coral 305 and French Riviera 601. They are so easy to apply- the brush is a perfect size and Sassy Pink and Dating Coral only require one coat.



♥ Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser - my beloved Embroylisse has now run out however I'm not too sad as I absolutely love this LE moisturiser. This is a rich, luxurious moisturiser which is fragrance free and sinks into the skin really easily. I just love applying this and can really feel and see the benefits


 ♥ Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash* - as I am not a massive fan of my current cleanser (still love you Soap & Glory!) I was very happy to be sent the Organic Surge cleanser. I realised when I received it that I actually tried it back in 2010 and wrote a full review. In my post I was reluctant to try a new cleanser and so left the review mostly to Chris, however this time around I am loving it! I love how it lathers up on the face and makes my skin feel after using it.