The Glow Givers

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Powder Highlighters by Chanel & Hourglass
With skin that's on the oily side, especially during the warmer Summer months, I don't really find myself reaching for highlighters when it comes to make up.  I'm usually trying to combat and tone done my natural highlight i.e. shine!  But recently I've been enjoying using products like this one, that work by giving a subtle glow...

To impart and illuminating sheen rather than down right shine, I've been reaching for two powder products.  Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour in Mariniere #1 is definitely not something I need but look at it, just look.  Is that not a thing of peach toned healthy glow giving beauty?  This is an ultra finely milled, sheer powder with an almost satin finish.  I've been wearing this over setting powder to give some luminosity and radiance to my skin.  This gives my  pale skin that elusive natural, "lit from within", ethereal, healthy flush of colour.  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion is a gorgeous pretty peach shade, with an ever so slight golden sheen.  It is neither too shimmery or sparkly.  It is so finely milled, that it blends seamlessly over the cheeks this gives a beautiful radiant, result.  I apply this over my cheeks, up towards my temples.  It never looks muddy or flat.  With a light sweep of colour, I use this to highlight and add colour.

Two beautiful, buttery soft, smooth powders that stop my skin looking dull and grey - i.e. fulfil all of my day-time highlighting requirements.

The Fringed Sandal

Monday, 27 July 2015

Zara Tri Colour Sandal with Fringe OOTD
Today's post is a break away from all things skincare and beauty and on the latest wardrobe update. Yes, yes, I've been shopping again.  Bold I know, I'll give myself a virtual slap on the wrist.  I saw these on Nessa's Instagram here and knew I needed them.  Yes, needed.  A lunch-time dash to Zara happened yesterday and I got my mitts on their Tri-Colour Sandal with Fringe.

How gorgeous are these heels?  Summer in a shoe!  Of course, being the neutral lover that I am I like the tan and beige colours and then the yellow and grey gives them a little somethin' somethin'. Fringing is huge at the moment and while I'm not sure if I can pull off the fringe jackets and waistcoats that are out, I like the detailing on these shoes.

I think these are the perfect dressy, shoe.  Me being me, I'll end up pairing these with an all black outfit (of course I will) but I think these will look fab with white jeans too.  While high, I own a few pairs of heels from Zara so I hope that these aren't too uncomfortable.  The fact that they have zips at the back, makes them easier to walk in too.  I'm really happy with these, they look beautiful on!

I promise no more shopping for clothes or shoes!  Well, until the next haul pops up...

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm Review and Swatches
There's a definite theme running here, I know, I know, I've been ALL about the lip products recently! I'm so cautious with the skincare and make up I wear, using the same things over and over again, so lipstick and nail polish buying (stockpiling) is where I can mix it up and have fun (with varying shades of neutral ahem!!!)  I digress, the latest lip product added to the utterly ridiculous carefully curated collection is the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm #10.

While I'm sorry to say that for me, it's not HG and hasn't knocked the By Terry Baume de Rose or the Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm from their top spot, I do really like it.  As it's in a twist up bullet rather than a pot, it's a great, option for throwing in your hand bag and travelling with.  I love the chic, simple, classic packaging with the beige CC logo on the top.  I wanted something that was in a convenient twist up stick rather than the perhaps less hygienic pot. This is handy to just keep in my handbag and reapply throughout the day without any fuss.  With a sheerer formula, this is not as rich and intensely hydrating as others I own so not ideal for an overnight treatment.  It leaves a nice wash of peach colour on the lips.

The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm is great for everyday use but for damage control and serious moisturising effects, I'll continue to use others in my stash like these ones.

MAC x Giambattista Valli Lipsticks Review

Monday, 20 July 2015

MAC x Gimabattista Valli Lipsticks Review Swatches & Photos
MAC x Gimabattista Valli Lipstick

To be honest, I never really rush to buy from new MAC Collections any more.  I'm usually ALL OVER collections from other brands that contain my beloved neutrals!  I know, I know, always late to the party me!  But there had been so much hype surrounding Giambattista Valli's partnership with MAC, which sold out almost immediately, so on a whim, I ordered and was lucky enough to get my hands on two shades from the MAC x Giambattista Valli Collection.

As if I need any more lipsticks and I'm as shocked as you are that I didn't go for the peach toned shade Margherita in the end. but the shades Charlotte and Eugenie from the collection of six mattes caught my eye and made me look forward to Autumn/Winter dressing and make up!  Gimme all of the dark berry shades!  Charlotte is a rich red and Eugenie is a deep cherry colour.  One me, it pulls more plum. One I hope I can muster up enough courage to wear, you know, outside of the house... MAC Rebel and Syrup and the only similar colours I own so I definitely don't have a dupe for it. (Excuse the arm swatches!) MAC lipsticks never disappoint and these are no exception.  They are highly pigmented and opaque in one swipe.  The formula applies easily without any tugging and as they are mattes, they withstand several hours of wear, including eating and drinking.  I have quite a number of MAC mattes in my lipstick collection and some I find more drying that others.  Of these two, I find that Charlotte is more comfortable to wear.

I'm a sucker for limited edition packing so I really like how the bullet matches the shade.  Did you pick up anything from this collection?