Cheek Cheats

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Cheek Cheats feat. Hoursglass, Tom Ford, Chanel and Charlotte Tilbury

After recent posts that have covered base makeup, today I'm bringing you a cheat sheet for cheek - chiselled cheekbones and a golden glow.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, I use the matte taupe shade to contour the hollows of (fake the appearance of) my cheekbones.  This doesn't aggrivate my oily prone skin or emphasise scars. Then using a large fluffy brush, I dust a light layer of the Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in the matte shade Terra over my entire face for a subtle injection of warmth.  Lending itself well to the makeup novice, being cool-toned and matte, this never looks muddy or orange.  It doesn't accentuate pores. 

To add colour, I've been alternating between two.  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion which is a gorgeous muted soft coral/peach shade which brings my pale skin tone to life.  It retains its colour flawlessly throughout the day.  Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour in Mariniere 01 worn as a sheer veil of colour, gives my skin a natural looking, fresh healthy glow. A foolproof, soft finish, it's wholly impossible to over do it with this one.

Heels for Reluctant Heel Wears

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Dune Camie Pointed Toe T-Bar High Heel Court Shoe
My nieces are horrified by this but I'm just not a huge heel wearer anymore.  Most of my friends are getting married and having babies so weekend activities are more lunch/brunch than bars!  We usually go for dinner (6pm sitting, I joke!) over clubbing.  So my trusty ankle boots in Winter or sandals, loafers, ballet flats in the Summer usually suffice.

 But we went for drinks recently for a friend's 30th and my beloved Isabel Marant Dicker boots just were not going to cut it so I conceded that I needed dressier heels.  I found myself in Dune and left having purchased the Dune Camie Pointed Toe T-Bar High Heel Court Shoe in Black.  Black in patent leather make these impossible chic.  With the classic court shoe shape, these go with and work with any look.  Easy to walk in and comfortable to wear.  They saw me through a whole night of dinner, drinks and dancing.  Right through to the trek from Sophie's Bar at The Dean Hotel to Grafton Street during the early hours of the morning in search of McDonalds' fries and a cab home! 

While I bought these for nights out, they would work well during day day for work too.  If you dress smart for work that is.  I typically wear a COS top, skinny jeans and flats so I'd raise a few eye brows if I rocked in wearing these but they'd look oh so lovely with a suit too. I bought these a few weeks ago now but they're still available both online here and in store.

A Lighter Approach

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Lighter Bases feat. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint and Creme de la Mer The Reparative Skintint
With the weather (slightly) improving and heating up, I've really welcomed taking a lighter approach to base makeup. I have swapped medium to full coverage foundations for tints. When the weather is really warm, there's nothing worse than feeling heavy makeup on your skin. Two of my recent favourites have been:

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30
after months of wearing fuller coverage foundation, this is a welcome change. I wear the shade Terre Neuve Light 0. Effortless application, affording weightless texture while offering just the right amount of coverage. A velvet finish that still manages to sit feather light and omit a subtle radiance.

Crème de La Mer The Reparative Skintint SPF 30
in the shade Light 02. I adore this. Essentially flawless skin in a tube. It melts into the skin, imparting a fresh, dewy but polished second skin effect base. A product that enhances rather than completely conceals. This adds life and a light from within glow to a lacklustre Winter worn complexion.

Spring/Summer calls for a more relaxed approach to base makeup. I'm all about a SPF, long lasting concealer and then a tinted moisturiser. These two picks? No makeup makeup at their best.

Omorovicza Omoressence & Ultramoor Mud Mask Review

Monday, 16 May 2016

Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask and Omorovicza Omoressence Review
So, if you’ve read LLA for a while now, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the luxe Hungarian brand Omorovicza. I’ve truly been blown away by everything I’ve tried from the line. Each product I’ve used really feels like it was created for and tailored to my skin personally.  My skin has been quite calm and balanced lately and I’ve attributed this to two new additions to my skincare routine. Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask* and Omorovicza Omoressence*.

Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask is similar in texture to their Deep Cleansing Mask. I alternate between the two. This has a smooth consistency and applies like a dream. It doesn’t dry on the skin or tighten it like some mud masks can. With healing and nourishing Hungarian moor mud, this has a plethora of anti ageing benefits. This leaves my skin feeling clean, pumped and smooth.

Omorovicza Omoressence is not your average toner. An almost toner/serum hybrid. You only need a tiny amount. Simply put a few drops into the palms of your hand and press gently into the skin. It smells incredible and feels wonderful on the skin. I use this morning and night but find that the action of applying this to the skin is a wonderfully relaxing, soothing step in my evening skincare routine. This leaves my skin feeling soft, looking radiant and primed for the rest of my routine.

Also, let's just take a moment to appreciate the packaging? How aesthetically pleasing is the heavy glass containers. I’ve really been impressed by both of these products. The scent, the texture, ease of use and more importantly, the end result – brighter, glowing skin!

*PR Sample