Monday, 30 March 2015
So you know my most recent lunch-time dash to Space NK? (I regret nothing!) Well, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush wasn't the only thing to weasel its way into my basket. I finally gave into the hype and bought one of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eye Shadow Pencils.
I plumped for the shade Misty Rock. Not a shade I would typically go for I went in with the intention of buying Bronze Moon but this colour is beautiful! (They didn't have Bronze Moon and god forbid, I leave without buying one...) A bronze/taupe hybrid that can look quite mauve-like on me in some lights. I think it would look good on most skin tones. I'm not the best with it comes to eye shadow application, that's why I love the ease of these twist up, thick eye shadow pencils. Crayons for grown ups if you will! Foolproof, easily swept over the lid and blended out with a MAC 217 brush or indeed my finger for a sheer wash of shimmer or smudged around the lash line for a more opaque look. This is very creamy, it glides on effortlessly. While it doesn't crease too badly, it does start to disappear from the lid after a couple of hours but I expected that with my combination/oily skin and it fades nice and evenly and still leaves me with a nice wash of colour. I need to repurchase my Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion which I hope will eek it out a bit so it is more of a longwearer.
Expensive, as you'd expect from By Terry but for the formula alone, I think that they are worth it. It's dawned on me that for someone who claims she's not much of an eye shadow wearer, I have a worrying number of these types of pencils. The By Terry Ombre Blackstar is currently at the top of my cream eye shadow stick chart!
Saturday, 28 March 2015
I know, I know I'm late to the bandwagon with this one. The main thing is that I'm on it now, firmly on it, driving the wagon in fact with the recent purchase (Oh Space NK, you get me every time) of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion. Because I needed another peach toned blush. Ahem. Actually, I have seen the error of my ways, I did need this. I waited far too long to pick one of this up. It was love at first swatch. I had been sick and felt like my skin was looking a bit dull and grey! Lovely! If you're looking for a blush to impart that elusive natural, "lit from within", ethereal, healthy flush of colour, read on...
If you've read Luxe Life Aspirations for awhile now, you'll know from posts like this one, how much love I have for the luminous look giving Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder so the effects of that in blush form was definitely something I'd be interested in and want to get my eager hands on. 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, sheen. 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. The formula is soft, it applies with a smooth even application and leaves a glow giving flawless finish. This is pigmented but has a sheer texture so it works well with different make up looks. It's buildable and long wearing on my combination/oily prone skin. I think this would suit a lot of skin tones. If you have sensitive skin, this is talc, paraben and fragrance free.
I bought this from Space NK. I know the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush is slightly more expensive than others (thank god for N.dulge points) but I think they are worth it. In a word - wow. The packaging is beautiful and you get a lot of product in the pan. It is one I've been reaching for daily. Sorry MAC Melba, I never said we were exclusive! Are you tempted by any? I think I adore this a bit too much, I'm seriously trying to justify buying the palette next...
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
For someone who calls themselves a beauty blogger, nothing makes me quite as happy as discovering and trialling new skincare! I guess that it is because I've always struggled with mine (for reference I'm dealing with combination, oily during the warmer months, prone to hormonal breakouts and now I'm in my 30s I have to grudgingly accept that I need to think about anti ageing too!) so in that eternal quest for perfect skin, I luurve using new products. So while yes I adore make up especially lipstick and (neutral toned) nail polish, when it comes to beauty for me personally, skincare is where it's at! Along with Sunday Riley, Sarah Chapman is a brand that I have loved everything I've tried from them. So I knew that I had to try the cult classic that is the Sarah Chapman London Skinesis Overnight Facial.
The only reason that it has taken me this long to purchase it because I ended up reaching for and buying another bottle of their Skin Tone Perfecting Booster (which was a happy accident as it rocks too) instead of this when I went to Space NK specifically to buy it! The Overnight Facial is a vitamin and essential oil packed, yellow toned serum/oil hybrid that I apply nightly. The relaxing aroma smells gorgeous and lulls me to sleep. I use a few drops before bed and wake up to super intensely hydrated, glowing skin. I love the texture of this, it is not greasy or sticky in the slightest. It is easily absorbed and sinks into my skin. Believe the gazillion reviews. The hype is real, this is hand on heart, a game changer! If your skin needs something with a little more oomph - this tackles dry patches and sorts out lack lustre, uneven skin tone a treat. I can suffer with hormonal breakouts but this hasn't caused any blemishes. Also, as someone who has skin on the more oily side of combination, to have glowing skin is a huuuge result. If I've been up late binge watching episodes of Scandal, no one will ever tell thanks to this facial oil and my radiant skin! Even if it is 5.30am and I don't feel bright and rejuvenated... Bonus!
I can honestly say I love this the Overnight Facial! I'm running out of adjectives but you get the gist! A product that works and works well! I'm tempted to buy the body version now too... Oh Sarah Chapman Skinesis, you get me every time!
Monday, 23 March 2015
Toner can often be the forgotten step but yet a product that doesn't get mentioned often enough on Luxe Life Aspirations but one that when I scan my all encompassing skincare stash I realise is a repeatedly repurchased staple is the Darphin Intral Toner.
Toners play an important part in my skincare routine. This along with the Biologique Recherche Lotion p50 are the two most often swiped on post cleanse. This is a mild, alcohol and fragrance free toner, that soothes, calms, softens and hydrates my skin. It feels lovely to use and nice on my skin. I use this to reduce the appearance of and keep at bay the redness that I can sometimes suffer from across my cheeks which can be sensitive, particularly during the cold Winter months. Though gentle, it is effective. After cleansing and applying the P50, I saturate a cotton pad and apply all over my face. With the addition of calming chamomile, my skin feels refreshed yet comfortable and prepped for the rest of my skincare routine. I wish I could bathe in it!
If you have dry, sensitive or irritated skin in need of some TLC, this may be the toner for you.