Getting Back to Blush

Thursday, 24 April 2014

After shunning it completely for the last few weeks, reaching for bronzer instead, I am once again besotted with blush.  Blush just makes me think of Spring!  Garden parties and days at the races, because I attend a lot of them...  Currently on cheek rotation we have;

NARS Deep Throat - a shopping my stash session reminded me of my love for this sheer peach/pink with golden shimmer.  With its buttery soft formula, it looks very shimmery in the pan but is more satin like once applied and leaves a radiant sheen on the skin.

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour - Plum Radiance isn't the most seasonal of shades but this is decidedly more pink and provides colour and definition in one.  Peach Whisper, the beauty buff favourite is a pretty peach with a hint of warm shimmer.  Not the most pigmented but buildable and blendable.

Chanel Le Blush Creme in #62 Pr├ęsage - looks very bright in the pan but is very wearable once blended out over the cheeks.  This is a stunning apricot shade that dries down to an almost velvet like finish and imparts a subtle glow.

MAC Immortal Flower - part of MAC's Summer 2013 collection, this is described as a bright peach but on me this satin finish blush is a more pink toned. I couldn't pen a post on blush without mentioning Melba.  With its pink/peach hue, this is my fail-safe option, never looking muddy or flat.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

Monday, 21 April 2014

Oh Cult Beauty you get me every time!  This time, it was with the latest addition to my Cleanser Collection (yes, it has become a collection!) the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel.  

My Emma Harding Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm and Nude Purify Cleansing Wash have taken a back seat and are now reserved for evening use, as for the time being at least, I have been thoroughly enjoying using this as part of my morning skincare routine.  The gel has an oily texture unlike anything I have used before.  It melts into the skin and leaves it feeling clean, soft and supple as opposed to squeaky clean and tight! With ingredients including vitamins C & E, omegas and pumpkin enzymes, my skin feels smoother, looks brighter and is prepped for the rest of my routine.  I apply this to dry skin, massage it in and then emulsify with some warm water before using a flannel to take it off.  

£32.50 from Cult Beauty, you only need one pump for your whole face so I can see this lasting me a long time.  

The Edit #40: Over Night Necessities

Friday, 18 April 2014

I love cleaning, I love organising (2am bathroom shelf re-jig anyone?) and I love packing.  Unpacking and doing washing and ironing not so much, but packing I'm ALL over it!  When my skincare needs to be seriously streamlined for a night away, here's the beauty bumf I bring:

Cleanser: a sample of Creme de la Mer Cleansing Foam that I received when buying their toner comes with me, no lugging about huge bottles or decanting into disused tubs necessary.

Toner: whether to tone, pick me up or refresh my makeup, I pack my mini Caudalie Beauty Elixir.

Moisturiser: thank god for that drawer of sachets and samples sizes eh?  Creme de la Mer The Moisturising Gel Cream comes away with me.  Light enough to wear under makeup during the day.  At night to help with hydration, I slather on a generous layer of my beloved Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

Balm: not just an over night necessity, my By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Balm comes everywhere with me.  As it's pricey, I wouldn't normally use it as anything else other than a lip balm but in the name of stripped back skincare, I'll make an exception.

Extras: one of the best thing about staying in hotels, besides room-service is the luxe bathrooms. I've got to put in some tub-time so I throw in the Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts and this Molton Brown Rose Hand Wash makes for sweet smelling shower gel.

I'm actually quite proud at how I'm managed to whittle it all down!  Makeup not included...

The Skincare #42: Biologique Recherche Rave Round II

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I hold my hands up and confess, I'm a skincare addict! Shopping is a sport right?  I'm on first name terms with the girls in Space NK, a quick glance of my browsing history will tell you that I buy from Cult Beauty an unspeakable amount of times and I love trying new products and discovering new brands.  That being said there is one brand that I have remained loyal to since I first tried it Biologique Recherche

My introduction to all things BR was thanks to Caroline Hirons.  If this website is not currently saved to your favourites, where have you been?  For she is the skincare guru.  I started with the Lotion P50V which is slightly more gentle for newbies or sensitive skins and now I use the original Lotion P50.  The formula has changed and it no longer contains phenol which is what I think particularly worked for me but I still love, love love this product. While I have quite collection of toners/lotions and use different ones depending on my skin that day, I will always have this exfoliating saviour in my skincare stash.

The latest addition to my complexion collections is their Creme Dermopurifante.  Designed for oily/combinations skins, while this looks like a rich butter it has a super light texture, that works well under makeup.  It absorbs easily into this skin and moisturises while giving a shine free finish.  When it comes to day creams, I have never really found The One but this could be a contender.

Not the easiest of brands to get a hold of, I buy mine from Sanctum Clinic Dublin and not the cheapest either but all in the name of beauty eh?