And So To Sleep...

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

You will all know how much I love the Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts from Cult Beauty but I'm always on the lookout for something new to help me rest and unwind and so have recently introduced the Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate and the Relax Body Treatment into my bed-time beauty routine.  These two guarantee an ultra relaxing bath, smooth soft skin and the best night's sleep of your life.  

A capful of the concentrate in your bath and any stresses, aches, pains, Sunday Night Fear just floats away... With a blend of essential oils, these two products smell amazing without being overpoweringly herbal or lavender-y.  The scent alone makes me feel restful!  I slather some of the oil on after my bath while my skin is still a little damp to lock in moisture.  Perfect for when you've been burning the candle at both ends or a long and stressful day.  With this duo, no one need ever know!    

These help me snooze and have a slumber heavy night's sleep sooner.  Part placebo effect I'm sure but anything that helps me get much needed (beauty) sleep and stops me being awake (and usually online shopping, counting sheep is so last year...) at 4.00am on a Monday morning is a got to be a good thing, right?

Eye Bright

Monday, 27 October 2014

Today's post could not be more timely. Someone pass the coffee! It's Monday morning, I was up hideously early, zzz! My under eye circles have their own under eye circles.  One mornings like these, there are three products that I have been switching between and I reach for, to fake a fresh face and full 8 hours sleep:

When I need a little more ahem bag correcting than concealing and just a hint of radiance, I use the Dior Hydra Life BB Eye Cream This is a perfect mix of eye brightening, cover-up and added SPF treatment while still feeling feather light and barely there.  Those late nights can be our little secret...

On extremely dark and baggy days, you know, those mornings when I've been up way past my bed-time the night before binge watching episodes of Scandal, I reach for the Crème de la Mer The Radiant Concealer in 01 Light it provides a hefty dose of coverage without ever looking cake-y while still illuminating the eye area.  May this concealer and my peepers never be parted!  

For more targeted pinpoint correcting, whether it is reviving tired eyes, disguising any redness while adding a sheer wash of colour, I opt for the Tom Ford Correcting Pen in 01 Light with both a yellow and pink toned offering at each end which means that it works equally well on both blemishes and bags alike.

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...