A Spotlight on Cleansers

Friday, 24 October 2014


















Other girls collect shoes, I collect curate cleansers.  Cleansers are definitely up there with nail polish as my most purchased skincare product.  I just can't get enough of them and use different ones depending on how my skin is feeling (and looking!)  Here are the ones currently in heavy rotation:

First up a gentle cleanser that I reserve for morning, Biologique Recherche Lait VIP 02 is a gentle cream cleansing milk that I use in the morning.  This would not be the one for heavy duty makeup removal!  Biologique Recherche call this their "antipollution" cleanser. Part of their oxygenating line, this is good to calm, stressed skin.

One I use morning or evening is the Nude Purify Cleansing Wash oh let me count the ways that I love this!  My most repurchased from Space NK.  I won't go on about it too much as there are already several seriously rave review on it on here.  This gives me that "clean" feeling that I crave with oily skin but it never feels tight, stripped or dry.

A relatively new discovery but one that I am recommending to friends, family, strangers on the train... is the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel this has been my go-to morning cleanser of choice for recent weeks.  It melts into an oil like texture.  My skin feels softer and looks brighter and is prepped for the rest of my routine.

A facial in a bottle, Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse.  This is such a joy to use.  I think I will especially love this once the weather gets colder and my skin feels drier.  This thick balm cleanser, effortlessly melts away any make up and leaves skin feeling super soft and looking radiant.

Crazy at Chanel

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
















You all know my heart lies with neutrals.  That's all I've got. That's it.  That's my explanation as to how this happened...

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour #625 Secret  is a warm, cream, peach toned nude.  If you already own the shade Emprise, you may not need this.  I clearly did, evidently...  Secret is very similar but with more beige in it.  Neutral nail polish #5,3241 added to the stash but I mean when is ever not appropriate to sport a nude nail.  I've been lacquering up with this for weeks now and lovin' it.  I know I'm in the minority but I quite like Chanel polishes.  Actually, a quick scan of the number of them in my collection and it would appear that I bloomin' love 'em!  A base coat and top coat over the top and this dries to a glass-like high shine finish.  Wear time isn't too bad either.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine #78 Interlude I couldn't leave the counter with just one thing it would seem.  I bought the nail polish but couldn't just leave it at that.  Hence the title, going crazy at Chanel/notions at Chanel/losing the run of myself at Chanel etc. etc. But if this is not a thing of lipstick beauty then I don't know what is.  I love the Coco Shine formula.  Admittedly, not very pigmented or long lasting but glossy, moisturising and extremely comfortable to wear.  This is a gorgeous peachy/coral shade and has slightly more opacity than other Coco Shines I own.

What was I just saying in a recent post?  That I couldn't wait for Autumn/Winter to wear more burnished and berry tones?  Oops...

Beauty Tag

Monday, 20 October 2014


It's been awhile since I've done a tag post, so thought I'd kick of this week with the Would You Rather beauty tag.

1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eye liners, lipsticks and glosses or lose all of your palette and eye shadows?

Definitely lose all of my palettes and eye shadows albeit grudgingly.  I can't imagine life without mascara.  It would not be a pretty sight.  Naturally, long and fluttery lashes I have not!

2. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

Chop it off I say!  It will grow back, I'm not precious about my hair.  It's never been short, short but I've had a long bob before and I have too much hair as it is, mine is so thick, so not being able to cut it ever again would be a nightmare.  Imagining trying to manage it?!

3. Would you rather have a coral or pink blush?

I'm gonna say coral or at least a pink/peach hybrid like Mac Melba.  You all know I love anything with peach tones.  I'm never really drawn to more true pink hued blushes.  I think coral would suit my hair and skin tone better.

4. If you had €1,000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

Can I cheat and say skincare?  Imagine the fun I could have in Space NK with that! *daydreams* In the never ending quest for perfect skin, I luurve skincare so I'd rather splurge on that.

5. Would you rather only use one eye shadow or one lip colour for the rest of your life?

I would say eye shadow.  I think I could happily live with MAC All That Glitters if I had to choose just one and then could mix things up with lip colour.

6. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails year round?

I think I've used up my cheat pass above so if I can't say neutrals and only live with taupes/beiges/greiges/nudes I'd go for dark nails.  As much as I love orange/red colours in Summer, if I had to pick I think I'd go for a dark berry shade like Chanel Rouge Noir.

7. Would you rather only wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

Messy bun!  It's usually thrown up, piled on top of my head the minute I get home anyway.  Some of my best buns and up styles occur when I just want to tie my hair up out of the way while I remove my makeup!

8. Would you rather never paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?

I would sacrifice wearing lip gloss.  As much as I've been loving lip gloss lately, thanks to discovering the Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss, the thought of permanently having naked nails makes me shudder.

Oils For Oily Skin?

Friday, 17 October 2014


















A few years ago, I wouldn't have even considered thinking of putting a face oil near my skin, thinking that it would be a recipe for disaster for my already oily skin.  With my skin on the oily side of combination, I would have balked at the idea of using oils, thinking that they would make my acne prone skin worse but I've seen the error of my ways and have been happily slathering on serums and oils ever since. Now I know that they don't make my skin any oilier and most importantly, for me, don't equal breakouts, they are a firm staple in my skincare stash. Today I bring you three that are heavily in rotation;

An oldie but a goodie, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair II is one such serum that I can't imagine not having in my stash.  It helps take down redness, has vastly improved the texture of my skin and I feel that it keeps any lurking blemishes at bay and those that do pop up heal faster.  I use this at night, after cleansing and toning I apply a generous layer from my neck upwards and wake up to more radiant skin.  The consistency is light so it is easily absorbed.

A recent discovery, for dark spots and old acne scars, I've been turning to the Sunday Riley Artemis Oil.  I love everything I've tried from the brand and this is now exception.  This oil/serum hybrid has been helping to lighten the dark spot of pigmentation left from old acne scarring, has drastically reduced redness and works to keep my skin looking clear - think more dewy, less dreadful, glowy rather than oily.

One that keeps any dry patches or dehydration in check is the Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil.  It is one that is not only a joy to use but truly works and is the latest addition.  This feels luxurious and incredible on the skin and leaves it looking plump and feeling impeccably soft.  I won't go on about this one too much, I have a full review of it here.

With skin-care it can be so difficult to tell which one is giving the best results but for me at the moment, the spotlight is on oils and serums.