Current Obsession Oribe Balm d'Or

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The latest addition to my Oribe centric hair care product stash, is the Oribe Balm d'Or Heat Styling Shield because well, I have never met a product from this brand I didn't like and this thankfully, is no exception!  I have been super impressed with everything I have tried from this line.

Like all products from this brand this smells incredible.  Is it true they are bringing out a fragrance? That I would be interested in!  This is a white coloured product that has more of a light serum or cream consistency rather than a balm texture.  I use this as a heat protector when curling my hair or using my GHD along with the Oribe Royal Blowout Spray but I also apply this through my hair before drying my hair and it helps my style last.  You only need a tiny amount and it doesn't weigh my hair down.  It reduces frizz and gives my hair a smoother finish.  The magic doesn't end there, I can blow dry my hair straight and not have to run over it with the hair straightener afterwards which is no mean feat.

I don't know what kind of sorcery they have got going on but when I use this it is much easier to style my tresses and achieve shiny sleek strands.  I buy mine from Space NK.

Tom Ford Mink Brule

Monday, 15 September 2014

Bad things happen when I'm allowed near a Tom Ford counter unsupervised!  Although I can't really say that this is a bad thing as if this is not a thing of nail polish beauty, then I don't know what is! How lovely is the Tom Ford packaging?  I'm a sucker for anything with gold accents!  

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in 03 Mink Brule is the perfect it's too soon for reds and berries but I want a more Autumnal appropriate shade, if you ask me.  Which no one did of course...  A unique colour, it's a difficult one to describe.  On me it is a creamy, warm almost dusty rose tinted caramel taupe shade.  I now own three Tom Ford polishes because well they are expensive but I really like the formula of these.  They are smooth and easy to apply and opaque in two coats and wear time is good. I get around five days before there is some tip wear.  The only (minor) complaint I have is that the large square top on the lid can make the brush a bit awkward to use.  It is good for ease of application but can be a bit fiddly to be precise. 

Have you tried any Tom Ford nail polishes?  I really want to pick up the dark vampy shade in "Bitter Bitch" next, if only for the ahem, interesting name...

New In

Friday, 12 September 2014

I splurged on something other than skincare!  Shocking I know!  I rarely buy expensive sunglasses, preferring to pick up a pair from Penneys or Topshop for fear that I'd break or lose them but these had been on my wish list for ages so I'm glad I finally picked them up.  I have a pair of the aviators but this time I went for the RayBan Club Masters with gold detailing.

I love these as I think they are classic and timeless.  The simple black frame fits in with my mostly monochrome wardrobe and I think the gold makes them a little more interesting and just adds something to them.  I always love anything that has gold detail or hardware as I think it suits me better than silver.  Yes, I know Summer is over (your timing is impeccable Michelle!) but I'll wear these year after year and still wear them on those admittedly rare days we get some Winter sun.  (And other things I told myself when paying for them...)

Quite possibly my new favourite thing!  I picked these up from Brown Thomas.  Gotta love those loyalty points!

Skincare Shake Up

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

When it comes to beauty buying, nothing makes me happier than skincare!  Yes, I love makeup especially lipstick and am currently far too excited at wearing berry toned lips and nails this Autumn but skincare is my thing.  Today's post is on two new products that I slotted into my skincare routine. When it comes to exfoliation, I choose chemical scrubs over manual ones every time since discovering my beloved Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 but with that running low, I wanted to try something new.  A lunch-time dash to Space NK ensued.  Naturally.  Here's what I picked up:

The first purchase was the Zelens Resurfacing Facial Pads with acids, these gently exfoliate to improve skin texture and reveal brighter smoother skin.  I love other Zelens products so wanted to give these a go.  Unfortunately, for me, these will not be a repurchase as they broke me out!  It says on the tub that you can use these twice daily but I started off using them just once at night.  I don't have particularly sensitive skin but I found these to be a little harsh and drying.  I don't mind fragranced products but these have a strong "chemical" scent.

The other item I purchased the Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment is something I love, thankfully.  It has a strong lemongrass scent if that is something that would bother you but you can't smell it once it's applied to the skin.  This is a white serum and it has a really light consistency.  It melts into the skin and is absorbed easily.  I'm always hesitant recommending things because everyone's skin is different and this has a hefty price tag but if you're near a Space NK I'd urge you to pick up a sample of this!  One of it's main ingredients is lactic acid.  My skin looks brighter and more even toned after I used this and feels silky smooth.  You can also use this as a mask but I prefer to use it in the evenings as a daily serum.