By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi Serum

Monday, 16 January 2017

By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi Serum review, photos and swatches

Today's post is on a new much loved product - By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi Serum.  Targeted for dull dehydrated complexions.  Therefore mine!  After Christmas, things are looking very Winter worn!

Boosting luminousity and radiance, this is a great glow giver!  Imparting a lit from within glow. This lightweight serum evens out my skin tone and blurs imperfections.  On its own it provides a flawless finish and acts as a great base for makeup.  Subsequent makeup goes on to apply beautifully.  I haven’t used it long enough to see any skincare benefits just yet but I am loving the results it offers as a base for makeup.  I’m quite pale, NC15 in MAC for reference, so the shade Apricot Glow may not have been the obvious choice but it works well with my skin as it doesn’t deposit much colour, instead imparting a warm glow.  This product can be worn alone on good skin days for sheer coverage.  Two pumps buffed into the skin for a natural, healthy look (illusion!)  It has a lightweight texture and delicate rose scent.  My skin errs on the oily side but this doesn’t cause my makeup to slip nor does it break me out.  I do, however, apply this then let it “settle” for a moment before applying my base.  

The By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi Serum mixed with NARS Velvet Matt Skin Tint is a wonderful winning combination.  It isn’t cheap but I think it’s worth it for the restored radiance and hey those Space NK N.dulge points sure do help!

LLA 2017

Thursday, 12 January 2017


Currently planning posts and creating content for Luxe Life Aspirations 2017.  I've so many ideas but not enough time to execute them!  Work, life and eh binge watching The OA gets in the way...  

I really want to re-brand and launch a newly designed site.  Does anyone else regret their blog name???

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Top 10 of 2016

Monday, 9 January 2017

Favourite Beauty Products of 2016
Today's post is on my 2016 beauty favourites.  The best of the best.  The top of the class.  The products I've used, much loved and repurchased.  

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Field Fox - my most worn polish of late.  A gorgeous dusky pink shade.  It is opaque in one coat but I always apply two.  It lives up to its claims and does indeed last up to a week before there are any signs of tip wear.

Biologique Recherché Lotion P50 - I don't think I'll ever pen a favourites post that doesn't include this.  A HG, forever repurchased product.  I simply cannot be without this.  I've raved about this countless times before and you can find a full review here.

La Mer The Moisturising Gel Cream - this is my third jar of this which is testament to my love for this moisturiser.  One for those of us with skin that errs on the combination/oily side.  With a super lightweight gel texture, it hydrates and leaves a fresh, glowing complexion.

Another helping to provide a (faux) glow is the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning For Face.  I swipe a little of this on with cotton wool at night, this provides a soft, subtle colour.  The perfect anecdote to grey Winter weary skin.

My signature scent Tom Ford Black Orchid.  I wear Velvet Orchid during the day but for night time, this is my go-to.  Such a seductive scent.  The best fragrance - according to my nose.

To tame and provide my tresses with some TLC, I run some of the Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil through damp hair.  Packing a serious moisture punch.  This nourishing oil hydrates, while adding softness and shine to my thick, frizz prone hair. 

Perricone MD Pre: Empt Series Brightening Eye Cream to depuff and add inject some much needed moisture.  This doesn't aggrievate my sensitive eyes, non irritating and easily absorbed.

Soothing post Christmas blues and helping me slumber sooner has been the This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray.  I'm convinced they have some sort of wizardry at play here with their lavender sleep inducing scent.

Restoring radiance is the NARS Radiance Enhancing Primer.  This primer is an excellent base for makeup, which goes on to apply beautifully.  Blurs imperfections and adds a luminousity to my otherwise matte makeup look.

Omorovicza's Queen of Hungary Mist has been lifting my spirits and refreshing my skin.  This exquisitely delicately scented mist is soothing and softening.

If you've read LLA for awhile you'll undoubtedly recognise these from numerous posts. They've earned their place in my bathroom and in my heart.  What were your standout products?  I need some inspiration for new 2017 discoveries.