The Festive Candle - Diptyque Épice

Sunday, 21 December 2014

I buy and love candles year round but I particularly like burning them at this time of year. If the electricity ever goes, I'm your woman!  Along with eating too much, catching up with friends and family, enjoying lie-ons and watching Home Alone for the millionth time, it has become a bit of a festive tradition to buy a new Christmas candle.  A recent trip to JO Malone ended up with me purchasing the not so seasonal Sweet Almond & Macaroon Candle so it's up to Diptyque Épice Candle to take the festive reigns...

I bought this in the miniature size as I couldn't make my mind up as to which of Diptique's festive trio I wanted.  If this doesn't look like a Christmas appropriate candle then I don't know what does.  I love Diptyque's offerings and this is no exception.  They burn evenly and for its small size, you can smell this throughout the house hours after it has been extinguished.  The red glass jar with gold looks lovely and the spicy yet sweet scent is warming and evocative of Christmas.

A little luxury.  If anyone is having last minute present purchasing panic, this would make a great gift.

Crème de la Mer - The Discovery Collection

Friday, 19 December 2014

Crème de la Mer has had a place in my heart (and my skincare stash) for some time now ever since I discovered The Oil Absorbing Lotion, but being the beauty fanatic that I am, I don't tend to use many products from the same line at once, so I was super excited to try the Crème de la Mer Discovery Collection*.  Introductory sets are a great way to try, without committing to a full size product.

Designed to reveal a firmer, smoother, more radiant appearance. Who am I to say no to rejuvenated skin? The collection includes: Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream, The Regenerating Serum, The Eye Concentrate, The Cleansing Gel and The Tonic. So basically a heavenly selection of essential Crème de la Mer skincare.  I have mentioned and raved about The Cleansing Gel and The Tonic countless times on the blog before but The Regenerating Serum is completely new to me so I am looking forward to give this a good trial. I'm sure it'll pop up on LLA again.  Spoiler, I'm loving it so far!  I'll keep you updated.  

So far, I've found that my skin tone is visibly more even and it now glows.  There is a fine line between radiance and shine!  I should know, I've crossed it.  As someone with long standing issues with oil control and acne this is amazing!  Expensive, yes but you only need the tiniest amounts so I can imagine these generous sizes lasting a long time.
*PR Sample

New Obsessions

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

As my skin can be quite breakout prone, I don't tend to shake things up too often, sticking with what I know works and doesn't break me out and repurchasing the same things over and over again but recently I went a little wild added some new products to the mix.

First up is the Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation in #4.  I used to love the Luminous Silk foundation but thought it broke me out so I went for the longer lasting version this time.  This is the matte base with buildable fuller coverage.  While not as dewy as the Luminous Silk it still offers a natural finish.  It makes me want to give Luminous Silk another shot, I'm all about second chances!

Not one to miss jumping on the bandwagon, I bought MAC Soar lip liner and when looking for a shade to pair with it, went for MAC Syrup Lipstick.  A lustre finish, this is a dusty mauve-y pink colour.  It reminds me a little of a mix between MAC Patisserie and Plumful.  I think this is a great every day, suit all skin tones shade.  Dare I say it? A my lips but better contender...

Lastly, for not so heavy duty concealing, I have been trialling the Tom Ford Concealing Pen in #1 Light. It has a super creamy formula, so I use this to correct any redness and conceal around my eyes on dark and baggy days rather than on blemishes which require something more long lasting.  Rather than the brush you might expect, this has a sponge applicator which helps blend this in beautifully.  

A Red Lip Round Up

Sunday, 14 December 2014

My love for lipstick shows now signs of abating.  Today I'm talking about my favourite festive red lipstick shades because no one has previously suggested wearing a rouge lip at Christmas, ahem.  

First up is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dragon Girl which is a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l blue toned classic cherry red.  I really, no REALLY love the formula of these.  The name Velvet Matte is apt as these apply so nicely.  They go on smoothly without any tugging that you find with some matte lip products.  They are highly pigmented and opaque with one swipe.  While not moisturising or creamy, they are comfortable to wear and not drying at all.

Tom Ford Wild Ginger is a highly pigmented yet comfortable to wear lightweight pick.  The orange/red hue makes my teeth look whiter too!  Creamy, full coverage in one swipe although maybe not one to withstand any moments under the mistletoe...

Not as seasonal as it is a brighter more orange toned red but another option vying to be picked to finish off my festive look is MAC Lady Danger.  This is a matte finish but I don't find this to be as drying as other matte MAC lipsticks I own.  Opaque colour that does not budge, one to withstand Christmas dinner!

If there was ever a time and place for a red lip, Christmas is it!