Hydraluron Moisture Jelly* is a brand new product from Indeed Labs, which has launched literally two weeks ago. Its purpose is to work closely with the Hydraluron Moisture Booster and provide the ultimate skincare. You can read my thought on Hydraluron Moisture Booster here, but in a nutshell I didn't see a massive difference in my skin when using it (although my mum loved it). Since it is a serum which you use before applying your normal moisturiser, it may not always work properly, unless you're using the best moisturiser from your skincare stash. Now your task is super easy - simply get the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly, which has its ingredients maxed out to provide the best nourishment to your face. I really love this product and for the first time I can see a difference in my skin since I've incorporated both into my routine. My face feels plumped, hydrated and very fresh in the morning. It has a unique jelly formula (reminds me of The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet) and a packaging, which helps you dispense perfect does every time. I was also lucky to get Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask from the same range, so definitely stay tuned for my update on it.
I still remember getting my first ever bronzer from Bourjois - it was original Délice de Poudre and I got it from my husband (then boyfriend), because it smelled like chocolate! I was hooked on Bourjois ever since and now I am proud to present you two new additions to their bronzer family which will hit the shops on 6th August (RRP £7.99).
Bourjois Délice de Poudre DUO* is a bronzing powder and a highlighter in one. Packed in a cute cardboard packaging it also has a sweet scent of chocolate. Deep chocolate matte shade gives the face a pretty natural tan, while shading and defining contours the face. The white chocolare illuminating shade instantly adds highlights to the complexion, sculpting the face. It is perfect for everyday use or to take on holidays!
Bourjois Délice de Poudre Or* is a gold bronzing powder which is simply ideal for summer. It gives your tan a summer gold with a touch of gold and also has this sweet chocolate fragrance. The powder is very finely milled and includes fine golden pearly extracts to add extra illumination to your face and desired areas. One of the make up artist tips I've picked up is to dust it across eyelids for a gleaming eyeshadow.
Have you tried original Bourjois bronzer?
Real Techniques Core Collection is my first step into the world of Real Techniques brushes. I know - shocking! - but I was very faithful to my The Body Shop brushes and some cheaper alternatives to Real Techniques brushes from eBay. But I couldn't resist any longer and recently decided to get Core Collection set of four brushes designed to create perfect and flawless base.
I love using this brush for contouring and also applying blusher and a highlighter - it's all in one, especially if I'm going away. I really love that it is slightly pointed, so application of the product can be super precise.
Pointed Foundation Brush
I am actually not using this to apply foundation (I prefer my fingers or Buffing Brush from this set), but to blend in concealer under my eyes. It is actually my least favourite from the set since I am not using it that often.
My most used and loved brush - I can blend my foundation so easily and seamlessly to achieve a flawless look. It's also great to blend in the contouring products, I just seem to be buffing my life away with it. I need to get back up very soon.
It's a nice brush for some tiny touch-ups, to use with concealer on some pesky spots and also for applying lipsticks.
What is your Real Techniques must-have brush?
dress* - WalG, shoes - New Look,
rings - Accessorize, bag - ZARA
How cute is this dress? I am not usually fan of a plaid/tartan prints, but it works so nice here with some flowers and a cute white collar. Although the colours are more autumnal than summery, so I've totally rocked it during the heatwave we're having in London lately. The dress's name on the website is 'Totally Clueless Collar Dress' and I can totally understand why - Cher Horowitz would certainly wear it! I've teamed it up with my ZARA Mini City Bag and some dainty gold rings.
MAC Creme D'Nude lipstick is another addition of a nude shade to my MAC lipsticks family. Described by some as a 'perfect nude' I definitely love this shade - very simple to put on thanks to the creamsheen finish - and the subtle colour flatters most skintones. It is very easily buildable, so you can get a soft look followed by a hint of lip gloss, or go all out and create perfect nude pout - very 1960s!
If there is a time to wear neon nail polish it's the summer! When I yearn for hot days and some sunshine in the winter I rebel a little bit and paint my toes in my favourite neon shade Models OWN Hedonist after applying some fake tan. Thankfully, I don't have to fake anything right now and with some nice tan I think I've found another neon favourite - also from Models OWN. Bubblegum comes from Ice Neon range, which comes in specially-designed frosted bottles that you should keep refrigerated to protect the intense fluoro colour from fading. It has a perfect pink neon shade which definitely helps me achieve some 'statement nails'. Just as with majority of neon nail polishes, it dries to matte, but with a little help of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat I get perfect glossy manicure every time.
top - ASOS, trousers - H&M, shoes - Primark,
necklace - Primark
Just an easy going outfit I wore last week to run some errands in town. I underestimated the London weather that day and how hot it was, but at least I wasn't wearing any jacket. I had these H&M trousers for years now and I just adore the floral print they have and how comfy they feel. A true gem! I was looking for something similar ever since and I actually ordered a couple of new pairs from H&M but although on the tag they have the same size, in reality they really vary - anyone else has this problem? It's so frustrating! I'm also wearing my trusty ASOS top which says WILD at the front and CHILD at the back. It's so fun and quirky and the material is sweater-like - so perfect for a windy or slightly colder weather. My Primark sandals are literally hanging on its last threads, but I just cannot find anything which is so comfy - please let me know if you saw similar shoes anywhere!
I recently went to PIXI press day showcasing the upcoming releases and just when I entered their cute shop in Carnaby Street I immediately spotted this beautiful Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Copper Peach*. I was instantly drawn to the selection of colours - from soft champagne hues to darker bronzes and browns. All six of them have mineral formula which feels silky smooth and can be worn alone or blended together. I own another, bigger PIXI Eye Glow Cube palette, so I knew the quality of the shadows will be excellent, but I was slightly disappointed with the to non-shimmery shades - dark brown in the middle and pale champagne at the far right - they seem to be less pigmented. Still, I find this palette very useful for every day make up looks or to take with me on holiday - it's compact and has everything I could ever need with the copper-peachy shades suiting perfectly my blue eyes.
What do you think of this palette?
You know how much I love Bourjois products, so I literally squealed with excitement when I've learnt that I can go to their Summer Press Day. There are few exciting releases coming up this month and I can't wait to share them all with you. Today I'm starting with two new additions to their Cream Blush family. Two new spicy shades can help you sculpt your cheeks and achieve an instant sunny glow. I am a huge fan of the formula and have all four original shades in my collection. I usually apply them with my fingers and then blend to get seamless results when the soft cream transforms into powder on my skin. Bourjois Sun Cream Blush in Pink Sunwear (05)* has a soft bronze shade with a subtle pink-pearly undertone. Sun Cream Blush in Tropical Coral (06)* is a spicy warm coral to compliment tanned and medium skintones.
Are you a fan of cream blushers?
Another segment of my Festival Tips which I am writing together with Hannah from Midnight Violets. Yesterday you could see three nail art tutorials to stay on trend at festival field and today it's time for some Hairstyle Tutorial. Festival hair to me is carefree, wavy and loose. I've decided to use my BaByliss Wave Envy tool to achieve perfect beachy waves/mermaid hair and pin it up together and add some cute headband - mine is from Crown & Glory which I got for my birthday last year, but you can definitely find something you like in Primark, Topshop or even make one yourself. Other essential items were TRESemmé Heat defence styling spray to protect mmy hair whilst styling and Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray to add extra volume.
What is your idea of perfect festival hair?
I've teamed up with Hannah from Midnight Violets (if you haven't seen her blog, do it now, I love reading her What's New On The Highstreet! series) to give you few make up, nails, hairstyle and beauty tips for the current festival season. Today I am tackling some nail art and tutorials to have your talons perfect and ready for partying - whether in sunshine or rain.
FRUITY NAIL ART
High street is full of fruity prints and accessories this season, so why not to commit to the trend in a cheaper way - by putting some fruits on your nails? I've chosen watermelon, because I simply love the contrast of the colours, but you can easily go for strawberry, orange or lemon. Another idea is to do one accent nail or mix them up. I used Essie Peach Daiquiri as a base, then followed up with darker and lighter greens - Barry M Spring Green and Essie The More The Merrier respectively - to draw edges. The look was completed with some black seeds using Models OWN Nail Art Pen in Black.
I think it is definitely my favourite from the bunch although you need some steady hands and precision to get ideal effect. I used new summer release from Essie - Urban Jungle as a base and then followed up with few different nail polish shades. I am loving the pastels so I've chosen Essie Lilacism and iconic Mint Candy Apple. I also used Illamasqua Swinger as a gold to add a little bit of sparkle, but you can also use some other glitter nail polish. My trusty Models OWN Nail Art Pen in Black once again came to my rescue and I used it to draw few lines and designs.
I love the look of ombré nails, but they are quite a process to paint and perfect. Ever since I've attended Maybelline New York Nail Art Master Class, I am always using cheap eyeshadow applicators to help the process and merge the two shades together. I've read that the most popular ombré nail look at Coachella was inspired by sunset colours, so I decided to recreate something similar. I've used Essie Too Too Hot as a base and then applied Essie Sunday Funday. To add some a little bit of sparkle I used Barry M Textured Nail Effects in Lady on my tips.
Which design is your favourite?
I can guarantee that The Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus Range* will take your senses to sandy beaches and blue seas and will make you feel very relaxed. Nothing says summer like a fresh, vibrant fragrance. And what could be more appealing than a scent that captures the very essence of the tropical island of Fiji? Uplifting notes of mandarin and litsea, bouquet of Fijian Water Lotus flower plucked from the South Pacific Ocean and rose make this scent very revitalising, refreshing and calming. I absolutely love it and honestly it is a perfect summer scent. It reminds me a little bit of Victoria's Secret Aqua Kiss fragrance mist, but it's not so sweet - just a more grown-up version.
The range cosists of Fijian Water Lotus Eau de Toilette - perfect to use during the day for a light and fresh burst of fragrance, Fijian Water Lotus Perfume Oil - a more concentrated version to dab drop or two onto neck and pulse points for an intense fragrance hit, Fijian Water Lotus Body Lotion - makes my skin soft and leaves subtle scent. Also available are Fragrance Mist, Shower Gel and Body Butter - standard The Body Shop offerings.
Do you like the sound of this range?
Another collaboration between COLLECTION and Little Mix launches on 30th July in Superdrug stores. It will consist of this All About The Eyes Palette* (RRP £3.19) and a range of four lip balms in Natural Shimmer (Perrie), Vanilla (Jesy), Mint (Leigh-Ann) and Raspberry (Jade) (RRP £1.99 each). I may not be the biggest fan of Little Mix, in fact I wasn't the one who cheered them on The X Factor, but I've learnt not to judge a
palette book by its name cover, so I decided to give this palette ago. I was surprised to see such toned-down and wearable shades and I think this palette it's great for anyone who just starts their make up adventure. It is extremely versatile, so you can create a toned-down day look and more dramatic smoky eye. The quality of the eyeshadows isn't the best, especially Feather and Cocoa Dream were really chalky and poorly pigmented, but I was surprised at Sunkissed and Dazzling Brown - great shades to work with and they blended really nicely. The palette is very light - since it comes in a cardboard packaging with a magnet clasp and has a usual applicator.
Will you buy COLLECTION Little Mix Eye Palette?
cardigan - H&M, dress - Topshop, shoes - Daisy Street,
necklace - Primark,
After my withwrlind surprise anniversary trip to the seaside (which you can watch on my YouTube channel very soon in my VLOG!), it was back to the usual business yesterday with work e-mails, blog schedule and week planning. Thankfully I did find some time to meet up with Julie for one event and some pub lunch. Typically it started to drizzle just when we went to take some outfit photos! I wore my Topshop dress which I got last year and I seem to like it even more than before. H&M cardigan was a total bargain of £3 in their sale and kitty flats add extra cuteness to the outfit! I also had my ZARA Mini City Bag with me.