28 December 2012

Pre-Winter Break Pamper

Before heading off to freezing climates and becoming knee-deep in snow, I decided to get moisturised to the max, booking myself in for a little pre-pamper. This is usually the case for me the night before any holiday, in the Summer I'm usually spreading on the fake tan and lacquering up my fingers and toes with the brightest shade possible but this time it was all about creating a make-shift spa with the most dreamy creams, miracle masks and a candle which sums up reelaxation just perfectly. 

First things first, I lit Diptyque's Figuier to set the scene which graced the bathroom with a fresh, fruity fragrance and in the tub went a few drops of Aromatherapy Associates Support Peppermint and Lavender, creating a calming dip. I smothered my locks with L'Occitane's Shine Mask for Dry & Damaged Hair, I then screwed it up in a top knot, slung on a shower cap (cling film does just the trick if not!) and tied on a turbie towel, making a little toasty wrap for the treatment to master its magic. In the following 20 minutes, I threw on REN's Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (hello skincare find of the year!) - fruit acids in this gently slough away at dead skin revealing radiant, glowy goodness. Whilst my skin was lapping it up, I popped on the WEI Eye Correcting Treatment Pads. These refreshing herb-soaked cushions sit perfectly over your peepers to diminish dark circles and prevent puffiness. After working their wonders, I peeled them off, rinsed a muslin cloth under warm tap water and buffed my complexion clean before a quick wash through my hair to remove the mask, followed by the usual shampoo and conditioner.

For a major scrub-athon, I reached for The Body Shop's Almond Scrub before locking in the luxury (and continue with the marzipan scented theme!) by smearing my arms and legs with L'Occitane's Milk Concentrate. This stuff will seriously leave your skin silky smooth and the almond-y trace lingers like no other. I then moved on to attack my brows and nothing does the job better than a pair of Tweezermans. A quick mani-pedi was next in order, the polish of choice on my toes being OPI's Malaga Wine, a true deep red and on fingers it was Essie It's Delicate, a milky pale pink. Lastly, I popped on a few drops of the Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Oil to tame dehydrated skin which sets me up for a deep sleep thanks to its heavenly spa-like smell, and that was my pre-pamper complete, the best start to a holiday in my personal opinion!

24 December 2012

Urban Decay NAKED Basics

Urban Decay have certainly made a name for themselves in the way of their palettes, NAKED's 1 and 2 especially stirred up quite the hype and I'm not sure I know any beauty obsessive who isn't a proud owner of at least one (the very first being my personal fave!) but now, a new member has joined their palette parade and with this latest offering they have well and truly stripped things down...

The NAKED Basics palette is one for the matte finish lovers, a much more wearable, daytime array of neutral-ness. Made up of six colours and arranged in order of application, the selection includes a highlight, several all-over-the-liders which also double up as harsh-line blending shades, a crease definer and a lash liner. Venus is the only pick with a slight satin finish but as an off-white it does the trick at giving a hint of sheen to the inner corner and brow bone. The biscuit shade of the bunch is Foxy, a simple base shade - as well as Walk of Shame, a pale pink. Another one for the lid is Naked 2, a pinky taupe, or as a subtle definer for the socket, followed by a blending of Faint, a warm medium brown, through the crease and outer corner. Lastly, Crave is the deepest dark brown, almost black which smudged into the upper lashes as a liner makes lashes look extra luscious and adds a bit of definition. Quality-wise, you can't ask for a lot more - pigmented, buttery and blend-able, just like any other UD shadow then!

A quick play about and a handful of dirty fluffy brushes later, I'd conjured up the ultimate every day eye. As always, I used a slick of Primer Potion for a base followed the routine as above, with Walk of Shame being my chosen lid colour. I do like to tone it down and sport more natural numbers on the eyes as an occasional bold lip wearer, so this palette is right up my alley, plus its dinky size makes it handbag and travel friendly!

The NAKED Basics can be found Urban Decay counters now and adding this to your palette pile will cost you £20, not too badly priced if you ask me. Expect to see this crop up in more raves and faves, I can see it's going to be very, very well loved - especially paired with my latest lip love, that's a whole other post!

18 December 2012

The Party Polishes

If you can't wear full-on glistening glitter nails for Christmas then I'm not really sure when you can. But if like me, you'd prefer to be a little more subtle with your sparkle then stick to the good old accent finger with a complimentary shade on your remaining nails. With the festive season only round the corner I had a good dig through my polish pile to decide which ones would soon be adorning my finger tips...

My first pick, Revlon Facets of Fuchsia speaks for itself, a deep purple base with fuchsia micro glitter amongst larger hexagonal pieces - paired over a black or aubergine shade it's a winner. With Nails Inc fast becoming on of my favourite varnish brands mainly thanks to Baker Street, how could one of their own not make the cut? Electric Avenue is a true silver glitter, definitely adding a touch of shimmer to any outfit. The latest to hit my stash is OPI The Living Daylights and was the only one to really grab my attention from the Skyfall Collection. A transparent base with silver, gold, burnt orange and teal hexagon shaped chunks which just 'polishes' off any look layered once over another shade or a double coat for ring finger perfection. Another pick had to be Deborah Lippmann's Razzle Dazzle, a deep raspberry filled to the brim with minuscule magenta specks and looks stunning on, not to mention these get an award for the cutest bottles!

Lastly, with Christmas written all over it is Nails Inc Chelsea Embankment, the gold version of Electric Avenue. It looks amazing worn one every nail without being too much of a glittery overkill. All of this glimmering goodness may make you want to run a mile regarding the removal process, but with a base or colour underneath and with the help of the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover it should be a bit more of a breeze!

6 December 2012

November Favourites

With a few new beauty products gracing my supply recently, I have been completely in my element pampering, primping and preening. Some have made more regular outings than others, earning themselves a firm place in my November favourites (some may even be making it to my yearly beauty round up - Oooo!) but these include another new foundation love, a mask which has knocked previous contenders off the top spot and possibly the only product which turns my dry, chapped lips from drab to fab!

It's a very scary thought that we'll probably be into the new year before my next 'favourites' arrives, swiftly followed by a whole video dedicated to the selected products which have wowed me over the past 12 months - a lot of beauty related ramblings are coming your way!

Have you tried any of the products which made it to my November Favourites?
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