Chanel, Caudalie & Lush Cosmetics Lusting

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Chanel, Caudalie & Lush Cosmetics Beauty Haul
So I did a bit of beauty shopping (again)!  Today I thought that I would share the things I picked up over the last couple of weeks.  You'll notice that there's a bit of a theme...

First up are a few bits and bots from the one place.  I left the office for some lunch one afternoon and ended up in Santa's Grotto - i.e. Lush!  I haven't tried much from Lush Cosmetics.  I'm more of a shower over bath kinda gal and always think of bath bombs when I think of Lush.  I've been missing out!  I bought one of their Popcorn Lip Scrub.  This smells incredible and works a treat to leave dry, parched, chapped Winter lips smooth and soft.  Did I mention the smell?  Good enough to eat!  The corner stone of a good lip scrub, no?  It smells like warm, buttery popcorn and works well to slough away dry skin, leaving my lips primped for lip balm or lipstick.  Next I purchased the much hyped and deservedly so Comforter Shower Cream.  As the name suggests, this is a rich, shower cream so a little goes a long way.  It smells divine too.  This forms a nice thick lather and is super moisturising. Described as uplifting, I think of it as its namesake, comforting and is perfect to use after a long, tiring day - wash away those Monday blues.  Finally, I couldn't pop into Lush and not buy their Snow Fairy Shower Gel!  Sadly, only available at this time of year.  Candy floss scented but not sickly. You'll leave the shower smelling super sweet.  I'm oh so tempted to pick up the full size.

Other beauty bits and bobs recently added to my collection include a new love and an old favourite. With Rouge Noir being hands down, one of my all-time favourite shades, I couldn't not buy something from the Roughe Noir Collection.  I picked up Chanel Le Vernics Nail Colour in #757 Rose Fusion.  Described as a "luminous purple grey."  With different shades of shimmer, depending on the light, this reminds me of a warmer, more taupe toned Graphite.  Lastly, I repurchased an old favourite. Remember Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum?  You'll know from posts like this one that I used to really love it, so thought I'd pick up another one to soothe my skin and give it some much needed TLC.

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer Love

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in 01 Blackout

Recently, after a crazy busy and stressful work week, I did what any girl would do!  I went home via the Tom Ford counter in Brown Thomas and treated myself to an old favourite fragrance and new nail polish love.  Part of the Noir Colour Collection, I bought the Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in #01 Blackout.  I have to admit, it worked - it cheered by right up!

A stunning metallic black with shimmer.  At first glance, the subtle yet visible shimmer appears to be just silver but it pulls different tones depending on the light.  True black shades typically look t0o harsh on my pale skin so I love the deep grey black of this and the extra dimension that the shimmer gives to this.  Like nothing I've owned before, this has a subtle, grown up, non glittery finish which is why I think it is impossible to dupe.  It is opaque with one coat but I always prefer two.  This applies smooth and evenly and dries down to a high shine finish.  It wears well. I'm currently on day four with no signs of tip wear so lasting power is not an issue.  

Aside, from being a beautiful polish, we can't talk about Tom Ford beauty products without appreciating the packaging.  The epitome of luxe.  So it appears that like the lipsticks before it, I'm currently curating quite the Tom Ford nail polish collection.  It's safe to say, it's love.

M is for Moisture

Monday, 16 November 2015

Moisturisers for Winter Skin

Dry, dull, parched Winter skin screaming out for moisture?  Let operation re-hydration commence! As soon as the temperature starts to drop, I switch up my beauty and skincare regime.  In today's post, from head to toe, I've got just the soothing, intensely, moisturising picks.

Starting with hair, I need something richer that will deeply condition it.  Going from cold, damp weather to central heating can play havoc with my hair.  I treat my tresses to some much needed my TLC with Living Proof No Frizz Conditioner.  I have really thick hair and this along with the No Frizz Shampoo, leaves it super smooth, soft and manageable.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial Oil plumps and boosts my skin while I sleep.  An indulgent blend of anti oxidants and essential oils.  I adore its calming aroma.  I apply this generously at night and wake to luminous glow and silky soft skin.

The One (for me) when it comes to eye creams, is the Zelens Triple Action Eye Cream with its velvet like texture hydrates, soothes and de-puffs upon application.  I dab this on morning and night and see a noticeable improvement after just a few uses.  My under eye concealer sits better when I use this too.  Dark circles, begone!

Handbag staples year round include lip balm and hand cream.  La Mer The Lip Balm, a cult product, is another HG for me.  It smells incredible, feels light weight yet is absorbed easily and instantly soothes and intensely hydrates even the most dry and chapped lips. Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream is another product always housed in my handbag.  My gripe with so many is that they leave a greasy residue behind.  Not this, it sinks in beautifully leaving my hands soft and nourished.

For my body, I slather on some of the Kiehl's Creme de Corps Body Lotion after each shower. Light weight so that it sinks into my skin but still offers a deep injection of moisture.  My limbs are left super soft and this smells incredible.  Kiehl's really nail the scent with this range. 

Winter I'm ready for you!

An(other) Ode to Oribe

Friday, 13 November 2015

Oribe Apres Beach Wave & Shine Spray
It's getting ridiculous now.  The integrity of my blog is of utmost importance to me so I promise I don't have any affiliation with the brand!  What can I say?  I (and my hair) love Oribe.  The latest product from their line that I've added to my overflowing collection is the Oribe Apres Beach Wave & Shine Spray.

First of all, I bought the large size bottle because let's face it, I knew that like all the other Oribe products I've tried before it, I would undoubtedly fall in love and go looking for the full size so I didn't bother even considering the travel sized one.  As all of their products do, this smells divine. Not overwhelming but the light scent is there and distinctly Oribe.  This transforms my hair and has been a god send since I decided on a whim to have half of it cut off into a bob!  A few sprays of this and I get hair that is tousled and has volume and texture while still looking polished and groomed.  I love the Dry Texturising Spray too which I use more on the weekend as it gives my hair a more matte, beachy, piece-y effect.

I'm a self confessed Oribe fanatic and the contents of my bathroom cabinet stand testament to that.  If you've typically found beach or volume sprays to render hair sticky and crunchy, you need to try this. A miracle spray if ever there was one.  One that is definitely worth the splurge.