How quickly summer flies! Don’t forget that as the season changes to a chillier, colder environment, it’s time to take stock of your skincare products and cosmetics.
Skin care regime can be tasking; and with the overload of information circling the Internet, it's hard to find the right stuff.
Solution: educate yourself and the skin care ingredients and their benefits. Like the body, the skin needs the right nutrients. We should take advantage of the information age, and know what we are feeding our skin. The Internet can be your best friend (if you use it properly).
Feel free to share your recommended products!
1. Red Flower Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil.
This contains (amongst several others) rice bran oil, which is an antioxidant.
2. Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil
As its name suggests, it's a great antioxidant product. The pomegranate and carrot seed oils give it its nutritional boost.
3. Your Best Face Private Reserve Antioxidant Oil
With a simple base of meadowfoam oil along with vitamin E, your skin is sure to have the basic nutrients.
This week I was gifted with Eden’s Semilla Jojoba Oil; this product has not been on the market long as it was launched in the U.S in August 2015.
St. Tropez has never let me down, it's one of the most popular tanning products and celebrates being established for 20 years this year.
Their new Luxe Dry Oil is their most advanced formula in self tanning yet giving an instant luxurious glow which then develops into a long-lasting tan after 4-6 hours and lasts for up to 10 days.
Infused and approved with natural tanning agent technology that is fused with a luxe Brazilian-inspired dry oil, this self tanner has multiple skincare benefits and gives a streak-free and entirely natural looking tan.
- Non-greasy formula
- Easy to apply
- Leaves skin feeling supple, nourished and perfectly conditioned for up to a week
- Gives an instant shimmering glow for those occasions when you need a bit of colour straight away
- Long lasting
- Contains100% natural tanning agents neroli, lemongrass and grapefruit
- Paraben, sulphate and phthalate free
Directions for use:
- Exfoliate skin and apply tan with mitts.
- Once it has fully developed, wash off the subtle shimmer that acts as a guide colour to reveal a golden tan.
St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Oil £25/St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil £23
Enjoy 3 for 2 across the St. Tropez now www.lookfantastic.com
Clarins launch 3 limited edition new shades of their legendary Natural Lip Perfectors; Pink Shimmer, Orange Shimmer and Red Shimmer.
Good morning and welcome to my second part of the new Benefit Brow range. If you missed my first instalment, scroll down the page and you will see it, I recommend reading that one first.
These fabulous new brow products are on sale 24th June nationwide I’m pleased to tell you all about these incredible new products that haven’t left my pro kit since I first received them.
A cream-gel brow colour that comes with its own brush. Rich in colour, Ka-Brow easily fills, sculpts and defines brows. This product is a buildable, so why not go for a soft and natural-looking brow in the day and build for a night rich look.
To use: Pull out the brush from the cap, glide across the cream-gel and stroke a tiny amount on the brows.
Available in 6 shades.
7, READY, SET, BROW!
• Holds hair in place
• 24 hour staying power
An invisible product that not only shapes and sets the brows in place for 24 hours or until washed off but also locks on makeup so that the brows don’t pull a disappearing act. Flake free formula, this easy to apply setting gel is one of my new favourite key products in my kit.
To use: Simply brush onto the brows to set. Wear alone or over other brow products.
• Enhancing highlights
• 12-hour wear
• Instant colour highlights
A highlighting gel that takes brows to the next dimension! 3D Browtones instantly enhances your natural brow colour with subtle highlights & soft contrast. Wear alone or over other brow products this 12-hour water-resistant, 12-hour wear product highlights your natural brow hair.
To use: Brush onto brow hair, building colour as desired. Use comb tip to define and perfect. The mini-comb tip fits narrowest part of the brow while the spiral bristles for even, mess-proof application.
9, HIGH BROW & HIGH BROW GLOW
• Brow highlighting pencils
• Brighter looking eyes
• Younger-looking eyes
Two pencils; High Brow and High Brow Glow. They instantly highlight the arches for brighter, boosted and younger-looking eyes. A creamy, bendable formula. High Brow is a linen pink shade for a natural looking finish and High Brow Glow is a luminous champagne pink for eye-opening wowness!
To use: Apply the pencil under your brow following the arch and lightly blend.
That’s it.. the brand new Benefit brow collection! There is something for everyone, all brow dilemmas are fixed with their amazing new collection. Must have products in mine and many other make-up artist’s pro kits why not join us and wear perfect brows everyday.
A couple of months ago I was kindly invited to Benefit Cosmetics new good ship on the River Thames at London’s Victoria Embankment. On arrival I was treated to a magic cocktail that changed colour. After sipping the magic potion amongst other makeup artists and beauty bloggers we were all invited through to The Brow Lounge, and like by magic the future of brows unravelled.
Three years ago Benefit embarked on a bold brow mission.. to create a collection that would magically solve each and every brow dilemma.
Skimpy brows – Patchy brows – Barely there brows.. their mission was to instantly disappear all your brow dilemmas.
On sale 24th June nationwide I’m pleased to tell you all about these incredible new products that haven’t left my pro kit since I first received them.
A brush-on gel containing tiny microfibers that adhere to the skin and hairs creating NATURAL-LOOKING fullness and definition. Buildable, water-resistant and long-wearing.
To use: Stroke the brush tip along the brow to define the shape. Brush through to blend and build.
Available in 3 shades
GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL
• Brow filling
• Shaping pencil
• Soft colour
• Super easy brows
Everyone is a brow expert with this super easy glide-on colour pencil to create a fast, full natural-looking soft brow.
To use: Glide the pencil along the brow to fill and shape, using a couple of strokesto build the colour. Blend with the spoolie-brush.
Available in 6 shades
PRECISELY, MY BROW PENCIL
• Ultra- fine brow defining pencil
• Brow filling
• Hair-like strokes
• Precise and defined brows
An ultra-fine pencil that fills in the blanks with incredible natural-looking, hair-like strokes. Rich in colour and smudge-proof.
To use: Apply pencil onto brows using light short strokes. Blend with the spoolie-brush.
Available in 6 shades
BROWVO! CONDITIONING PRIMER
• Wear under brow makeup
• Fuller-looking brows
• Contains Keratin & Soy proteins to help the brows look thicker, healthier and fuller.
A nutrient-rich primer for fuller looking brows. This magic product works in 2 ways, conditioning the brows to make them look fuller, thicker and healthier and primes allowing the brow makeup to last longer and enhances the colour.
To use: Click the pen once and glide over the brow. Repeat for the other brow and allow to dry. Wear alone or as a primer under other brow products.
• Includes tweezers
• 12 hour wear
Everything you need to tame and shape the brow. A perfectly paired waz and powder with mini brush and tweezers.
To use: Pluck any stray hairs with the tweezers. Shape and define the brow shape with the soft wax and then fill in with the powder.
Available in 6 shades
Keep an eye out for the next 5 brow products from Benefit on my blog soon.
Want a chemical free way to colour your hair?
Want to colour your hair without subjecting you locks to all those harsh chemicals?
Well let me introduce you to Naturigin
Founded in 2004 by the Danish couple Stig and Mette NATURIGIN offers 19 permanent colour shades which are all 100% free from PTD, SLS, ammonia, resorcinol, and parabens. Containing a naturally derived formula, with a special blend of certified organic lemon and mandarin essential oils, along with 10 additional pure and gentle organic extracts and natural oils, which protect the hair during colouring to reveal shiny nourished locks!
This innovative Danish brand won the best Natural Beauty Product 2014-2015 in the US market and Naturigin is the only hair dye in the world to have an organic certification and is made from using 98.2% naturally derived ingredients, making it a vegan product.
I recently tried the product myself as I was concerned about the health of my hair and wanted to avoid using any chemicals and I must say the process was super simple and I was thrilled with the results.
If you’re ready to stop colouring with toxic chemicals, why not give NATURIGIN a try.
No Needles, No Effort.
Growing up I was never really a princess, make-up and nails kind of girl and even today I prefer flip flops to heels and only wear make up at weekends (mostly).
I’m quite loyal to my make-up and don’t tend to shake it up by using new brands. I’m 40 and I’ve never had surgery. I wouldn’t entertain messing about with my face for the fear of it going drastically wrong and I don’t much wish for people to see my lips enter a room before I do!
I was intrigued therefore when I was introduced to Transformulas Lip volume gel – beauty with surgery. It claimed to add volume to lips without surgery or needles just giving “volume, definition and less wrinkles”. The wrinkles bit caught my attention as I’m getting a bit older and don’t fancy the idea of a train track mouth so I thought I’d give this product a go.
Transformulas Lip Volume comes in a handy box containing a 10ml handbag sized silver canister of lip gel and a sachet of hydrating cream called ‘hydration gold’ (it is actually gold!). Note that the product claims to ‘enhance’ women’s lips so if you rush out to buy this, don’t expect to resemble Kim Kardashian over night! Whilst the results vary for everyone, it is suggested that you see results immediately.
Note: Contains macadamia nut oil.
Here’s what I found:
Having washed and moisturised my face using my normal products, I conditioned my lips using the hydrating gold. Once that had appeared to dry in, I applied the Lip Volume gel. I was expecting a stronger tingle than I got and was surprised that I didn’t see any results immediately. It looked and felt as though I had applied a layering of Vaseline or other lip gloss.
However, after about an hour, I returned to the mirror to check and I swear my bottom lip did look fuller. Was it all in my mind or did this product actually work?
I followed the instructions using the gel three times a day for ten days. Whilst my lips, when the gel is on, are smooth and do appear more defined, I’m not sure if they are more voluminous. The gel is extremely conditioning and as the size of the container is a bit bigger than a normal lip gloss, I did use it throughout the day as I normally would.
After a few days, I applied lip liner to create more definition (again, definition created by the liner or by the product?) as it suggests on the box and a coating of my usual gloss. Only then was I surprised to see that my lips did in fact look more luscious and plump!
For best results Transformulas Lip Volume should be used 3 times per day for 30 days and claims to ‘work with the body’. I’m not sure how it works with the body as no other information on this is provided. After the 30 day application, you can reduce to once a day or wear over lipstick as a conditioner.
My overall verdict on Transformulas Lip Volume is that it is super creamy and super conditioning. My lips felt. I’m not convinced that it volumised my lips by working with my body but once lip liner was applied, it did add to the volumised effect and that lasted for as long as my lipstick stayed on. On the box it says “use with a lip pencil to gain the look of natural glossy lips with the benefits of a lip balm”. This is exactly what the product I did, so: hydrating and conditioning is a thumbs up whilst volume is a thumbs down as I think this was created by the illusion of the lip liner, not by the product.
Disclaimer: I am not an ambassador of the Transforumlas brand and all opinions are my own.
Written by KellyAnn Schiavo - Blogger, Women in Business Ambassador and Co-founder of The Branding Initiative