Beauty

Exclusive Interview with Pixiwoo

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I was so excited when I heard that I’d been given the chance to interview Sam and Nic Chapman aka Pixiwoo – expert make up artists, vloggers and founders of Real Techniques brushes – on the release of their new book, Face. Face is the ultimate make up book, ideal for beginners and aspiring make up artists, filled with easy-to-follow guides, tool recommendations and unique tip and tricks.

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I absolutely loved the book! The detail the tutorials go into is brilliant. The book starts with working out the best skin care routine for your skin type, how to achieve the perfect brows, which mascara wand is best suited to you, how to contour, tips on choosing the right lipstick and the list goes on. Interspersed between each chapter is a page of ‘Pixi Tips’, a collection of Sam and Nic’s tricks to achieve that perfect look. The tutorials are accompanied by a combination of beautifully drawn sketches and gorgeous photographs, making this a very visually appealing guide. And isn’t that what make up artistry is all about? Finally, one of my favourite features of the book that really sets it apart from other guides is that it is accompanied by a free app on IOS and android that allows fans to show off their make up skills by sharing their own looks but also watch exclusive content only available on purchasing the book. Face is now available in stores and online.  This is definitely my ultimate make up guide of the season!

And now for the interview…

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What does a day in the life of Pixiwoo entail?

“Every day is different… During a day in the studio, we film. I (Nic) get in at 8.30am, I’ve researched the look that I want to create and I get in and film that look. Sam drops her kids at school and gets in at 9.30am. I’ve nearly finished my tutorial by then, I will upload the tutorial on to the computer. We go for brunch and then Sam comes back to film her and I edit mine. Other days we’re travelling or we’re at meetings. No two days are ever the same!”

Tell me about your new book, Face. What makes it different from others currently on the market?

“The most obvious answer is the app, it’s truly amazing! We were so excited to be able to work with Blink Publishing and they did an amazing job. I guess also there aren’t that many books that go that in depth. We tried to answer all the questions that we’ve been asked for the last 8 years. We get asked a lot of questions! So many that we cant always answer everybody. So I guess this is our way of making a book that everyone can read and hopefully learn something.”

I love the interactive app idea as a way of incorporating the social media side that helped with your successful career. What advice could you give to budding bloggers/vloggers about starting their career online?

“I think the most important thing is that make sure that you’re being really social on ‘social media’. Have conversations with people on Twitter, interact on Instagram. Comment on their videos and be part of the conversation and don’t wait for it to come to you and that’s how you can get recognised and noticed.”

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This is your first book that will be published, how did you find the writing process? What were the highlights and how did you get through any problems that arose?

“The writing process was much more difficult than we thought really! We had to cut it down a lot. You don’t realise how much make up knowledge is in your brain until you write it down. We’re not naturally teachers, but to actually break it down and how to say things, crossing over for all skin types, it was very difficult.

So a highlight of the process? Getting it done! We admire writers that do that for a living as its way more difficult than we imagined!”

What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far?

“Managing both your everyday life and work  life is a constant juggle. And on top of that being parents! Making sure you have enough time to fit everything in and still be you. I don’t remember the last time I had me time. I managed to fit in a night out with my girls the other night but that hasn’t happened for a year haha!”

What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs looking to build their own brand?

You have to trust your gut instinct and thats something that Sam and I always do. Don’t settle until your 100% happy with it. Whatever the deal is or the job is, make sure that you are 100% thrilled with it. That way if doesn’t quite work, you can still be proud of it. There’s nothing worse than producing something but not being happy with it.”

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You’ve had a great year, what have been your best moments so far?

“I’m really excited about the book coming out, along with the DVD earlier in the year. We’ve done some travelling and brought some brilliant products out with Real Techniques this year. All of them! It’s so hard to pick! We constantly have to stop and pinch ourselves… I don’t want to say its been luck , we’ve worked our arses off and its just been an amazing journey to go on. Who knows where it will go, there might be bigger things to come next year, we just don’t know yet!

What’s the next project for Pixiwoo?

“At the moment we’re just focusing on getting the book out there. We need feedback first, we want to hear peoples views before we go into planning anything else. If our core fans aren’t happy with something then it’s really important for us to do something to change that. We really want our fans will be happy and invested in whatever we bring out. We get a lot of project offers every day but we cant do everything, and I don’t think you should do everything if you want to give it 100% or there’s the risk that it will become diluted.”

But can you give us any hints as to what’s coming up?

“Next to come out will be the holiday ‘Christmas sets’ and we’ve got some lovely, gorgeous, beautifully packaged sets coming out any time now!”

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What are your top three beauty tips and tricks?

“Ooh so many to choose from… Make sure that you always take your make up off and drink plenty of water. Don’t smoke? They’re pretty obvious tips but they do make the most difference. When choosing your foundation do it in natural light, before you buy it… The key things are that you should focus on looking after your skin and your health.

Finally, if you were on a desert island and you could only take 1 piece of make up with you,what would it be?

“Mascara! But depends whether you’re on the island on your own really… Because if I’m by myself, I’d take a mascara. But if I’m there with my boyfriend I’d take a lip balm…!”

Beauty

The Mask Raider Challenge!

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Korean skincare is more popular than ever and I’ve totally fallen head over heels for it, so I couldn’t wait to try out Mask Raider’s subscription box. Mask Raider is a curated subscription of skin care masks that are delivered straight to your door every month. Partnered with brands such as Innisfree, Etude House, My Beauty Diary and Mediheal, the brand offers the subscriber the access to sample mid to high tier quality sheet masks from Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

There are four different subscriptions that offers 8-10 sheet masks a month, including instructions, an ingredient list and analysis sheet. The beauty of Mask Raider is that they do the research for you! When I reached into my package, I found two cards with information about what ingredients were in each mask, what skin type they were best suited to, drying time and the benefits each mask provided – so you know exactly just what you’re putting onto your body.

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Mask Raider offers over $35 (£28.63) worth of masks for only $26.67 (£21.81) per month, which is a pretty good deal! Or you can select the Mask Raider annual subscription which gives you 2 months of masks for free!

So what masks did I receive and how did I get on?

 Mediheal W.H.P. White Hydrating Charcoal Mineral Facial Sheet Mask

A moisturising and whitening mask with Niacinamide, Adenosine and activated

Charcoal Powder to draw out impurities from deep within pores, resulting in clear skin.

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My initial impressions after taking the mask out of the bag was that the size of the mask was really good, easy to unfold and lay on my face which I think had something to do with the cellulose material. This mask was a lot thicker and sturdier than others that I’ve used which have been a bit more difficult to apply. The mask itself was black like the picture on the packet which I assumed was to do with the ingredients containing charcoal.

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I left the mask on for just under 40 minutes, as the packet advised and when I took it off I was super impressed with the results. I’d tried to tackle a few pesky white head pimples on the side of my face and so my skin was looking a bit blotchy and red before I put the mask on. As soon as I took it off, they had completed flattened, the reddening was gone – it was as if the mask had completely erased them – seriously impressive! Plus, my skin felt soft and shiny.

The day I chose to test this mask, I was feeling pretty ropey with a cold and my skin wasn’t in the best condition (dull, dark circles under my eyes etc) but as if by magic, once I took the mask off my skin was shiny and the bags had disappeared. I looked positively healthy!

Banobagi Vita Genic Hydrating Jelly Sheet Mask

Anti-wrinkle, whitening and hydrating liposome jelly mask with vitamins and ‘oxygen water’ from Jeju Island.

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When I took the mask out of the packet, I noticed that the mask was covered with a lot more serum than the Mediheal mask, which makes sense as Banobagi’s Vita Genic sheet mask promises the skin intense hydration (containing ‘oxygen water’ from Jeju Island)– there was even excess serum in the packet afterwards. This mask was made of white cotton so putting on the mask was a lot more difficult than the last as it was pretty sticky and slippery, but once I got over that and just how cold it was (why doesn’t anyone mention that?) it felt so good on my skin, so refreshing!

I took the mask off after 20 minutes and again the results were great, my skin felt amazing! I patted the excess serum into my skin and took a little left over from the packet to moisturise my neck and chest area (I couldn’t bear to waste any!) and looked it the mirror. My face was practically glowing, it had a natural dewy sheen that make up couldn’t reproduce. My boyfriend even commented on how different I looked since I went upstairs for my pamper sesh. I also noticed how firm my skin felt, which must have been the after effects of the anti-wrinkle ingredients.

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I’d say that this mask was probably the least comfortable to wear out of the two, purely because of the amount of serum that Banobagi packed into the mask but it definitely produced the most instantly noticeable results.

Mask Raider packages are now available online. 

Beauty

My 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine

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My introduction to Korean skin care products started when I read Charlotte Cho’s The Little Book of Skin Care (see my review here) and needless to say I’ve since become pretty obsessed!

The Korean 10 step skin care routine has taken the beauty industry by storm. I’ve particularly noticed just how much of an influence Korean skin care has had on products over the US and Europe this year, with dupes of Korean brands slowly surfacing onto our shelves. Sheet masks are incredibly popular with brands such as Garnier, Dr Jart + and Lancome producing their own, plus oil cleaners and serums are on the rise.

Yet, skin care has a different meaning in Korea, it has a profound cultural significance. Korea is renown for the people’s high regard for one’s well-being, both inside and out. A skin care routine isn’t just a drawn out task at the end of the day, great pleasure is taken in looking after one’s complexion. That’s why there are so many steps and each has a different purpose. 

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the dear Klairs skin care collection to test out and I totally fell in love with the products! Here’s my own mini guide to the Korean 10 step skin care routine using the fab dear Klairs collection:

Step 1 – Makeup Remover and Oil Cleanser (Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil)

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Makeup is best removed as soon as you get home from work, college or after a night out, particularly heavy makeup, as the longer you leave it on your face, the oilier the skin can become. Plus nothing beats the feeling of a fresh face. Start with a make up remover soaked into a cotton pad and remove any mascara and eye liner. Follow up with an oil-based cleanser on the rest of the face to break down the oil-based debris still left on your skin from your day – pollution, sunscreen and makeup up etc. I found the cleansing oil a strange product to get used to because it feels like you’re making your skin more oily not solving the oily skin problem. dear Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil is actually quite a light substance, despite the name. It’s made from black currant seed oil and black soybean oil, and on contact with water, it turns into a foamy substance as you gently work it into your skin. 

Step 1.2 – Soap (Natural with HANDCRAFT, Body, Face and Pore Soaps)

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dear Klairs also have a soap range for the body, face and specialising in cleaning out the pores. I would recommend using these soaps at the beginning of your routine instead of an oil cleanser if you’re not wearing make up as you don’t need the oil to soak away the residue from your make up. These soaps are great for a first cleanser, before moving onto the next step. My favourite has to be the black sugar charcoal soap – it smells like ginger bread and it was definitely the product that made the most difference to my skin out of the three soaps, reducing the size of my pores and clearing the black heads on my nose.

Step 2 – Water-based Cleanser (Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser)

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Next take a water-based cleanser (yes you counted correctly, that’s two cleansers in one routine!) to a wet face to wash again – cleansing twice is recommended by dermatologists because it helps to thoroughly remove impurities that can cause break outs. The Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser feels incredible on your skin, you can really feel it moisturising the skin rather than tightening it as harsher soaps can do. Every time I use this product, my skin feels super clean by this step, like all the impurities have been thoroughly washed away now. Even though it seems excessive, it’s amazing the difference you feel using two cleansers. 

Step 3 – Exfoliator (Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish)

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Exfoliating helps to loosen debris in clogged pores and removes dead skin cells. This results in smoother, brighter skin. Exfoliate twice a week, concentrating on the nose, forehead and chin where blackheads reside. This is my boyfriend’s favourite step and product – dear Klairs’ Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish. Made from black sugar, shea butter and cranberry seed oil, this all natural face scrub is the best I’ve used so far. The sugar is abrasive enough to really feel like you’re working away the dead skin cells, yet it’s gentle enough not to tear and irritate the skin. Plastic beads used in other products are way too harsh and awful for the environment so I can’t recommend this natural formula enough! Plus, it smells like gingerbread -delicious!

Step 4 – Toner (Supple Preparation Facial Toner)

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Toners are often viewed as a bit of an extra in a skin care routine and is often skipped, but toners are important to use after cleansing. They remove any leftover residues from your cleanser as well as prepping your skin’s barrier to absorb the moisturiser that follows. dear Klairs’ Supple Preparation Facial Toner is designed to balance the skins pH level, plus deeply hydrate the skin. Formulated from a base of botanical extracts, this toner soothes the skin. This toner doesn’t feel like you’re layering another product onto your skin, rather the formula is gently absorbed by the skin in preparation for the moisturiser. 

Step 5 – Essence (Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop)

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Considered the most important step in Korean skin care and actually created in Korea, essence helps to hydrate and increase call turnover. The most interesting product in the collection and dear Klairs’ newest arrival! The Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is designed to repair the skin ‘ a revolutionary antioxidant treatment serum’. Using the pipet, squeeze a couple of drops directly onto the skin or a cotton pad and gently massage into the skin. On application, the vitamin drop provides a warming sensation and then cools after a few seconds. It definitely feels like it’s immediately working to repair your skin. I usually apply the serum before I get into bed as it’s a little sticky when you apply it – less is more definitely applies with this product. 

Step 6 – Serums (Rich Moist Soothing Serum)

 

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Serums have a thicker consistency than essences. They help to brighten skin as well as fade sunspots and smooth fine lines. You don’t have to use both the Rich Moist Soothing Serum and the Vitamin Drop in your routine if you feel it’s too much to combine them, it’s fine to alternate them. The formula of this product is a lot more concentrated, so again, you only want to use a small amount to massage into the skin. Using a serum has definitely dramatically improved the quality of my skin. After application I’ve been complimented on how my skin looks so healthy like it’s glowing!

Step 7 – Sheet Mask (Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask)

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Sheet masks have to be my favourite product! They work to lock in the nutrients from the products and stops them from evaporating because the prolonged contact with the face forces your skin to absorb them. Sheet masks come in a range of different styles, flavours and prices which means they’re fun to experiment with! dear Klairs’ Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask is great for sensitive skin with it’s gentle formula. It has the equivalent of half a bottle of essence in one mask, so be careful when removing it from the packaging as this one is a little messy! Open up the mask and smooth onto your skin. Gather any excess essence and spread over your neck and chest so you don’t waste a drop! I like to use my sheet mask as a treat while I’m relaxing in the bath (it’s also easier to clean up!) 

Step 8 – Eye Cream (Midnight Blue Calming Cream)

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The delicate skin around the eyes is one of the most important areas to protect. Eye creams are specially formulated so that they’re extra gentle on the thin layer of skin. Regularly using an eye cream can help to prevent the skin aging, reduce the risk of wrinkles and puffiness. (dear Klairs’ Midnight Blue Calming Cream isn’t an eye cream but I’ve included it in this step a you could use it as one). From looking at it you can probably tell why I love this product so much – check out that gorgeous blue colour! ‘With herbal ingredients extracted from Chamomile, it’s natural dark purple color gives the cream a blue hue and effectively calms inflammation of damaged skin tissue and regenerates skin cells.’ This moisturiser smells sweet and like a lot of Klairs’ products, is ideal for sensitive skin designed to protect your skin from irritation or stress. I like to include it in my routine as a night cream. 

Step 9 – Moisturiser (Rich Moist Soothing Cream)

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Moisturisers feature ingredients such as emollients which smooth rough and flaking skin, creating that silky soft feeling you get after use. When skin cells are kept in good condition, they can rapidly repair themselves, which means that the skin will always be rejuvenating itself with fresh cells, preventing premature aging. Moisturise first thing in the morning, after showering and last thing at night for the best results! dear Klairs’ Rich Moist Soothing Cream is incredibly moist with a slightly gel-like formula. The cream works to deeply moisturise the skin and I’ve noticed how healthy and hydrated my face feels after use. Wait a little while for the cream to settle into the skin before applying make up for best results. 

Step 10 – S.P.F. (Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream SPF 40,PA++ and Creamy & Natural Fit Concealer)

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Sun protection is possibly the most important step, yet one that we often neglect the most. Our products do carry SPF but in Korea they take this skin care step to the next level. Korean skincare lines carry SPF moisturisers that are at least SPF 40+ (some are even SPF 65+). Protection from the sun is the best thing that you can do to keep paging at bay, or reduce your chances of skin cancer. Check your BB creams and foundations for a good SPF and make sure if you are out in the sun, you apply plenty of sun cream all over your body as well as your face. I wanted to get a BB cream to use on holiday so my skin was protected but I didn’t have to use as much protect for suitable coverage, so initially I thought I’d save it for the last week of summer. But, after trying dear Klairs’ Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream, I haven’t looked back since and I already need a refill. This cream is amazing! dear Kalirs’ boasts that it matches all skins tones and I’ve honestly never found a foundation that’s matched my skin tone so well! The formula has a creamy texture like a moisturiser so it gives your skin a fresh dewy look, without looking heavy at all which I love. I usually apply powder over the top of my foundation to keep my make up in place but with this product I haven’t needed to, it lasts all day with minimal reapplication needed. You only need to use tiny amount so it doesn’t feel like you’re covering up but instead enhancing your natural beauty! Plus, with SPF40, it’s great at helping to protect my skin from the sun.  10/10. To go with it, the Creamy & Natural Fit Concealer doesn’t disappoint. Like the Blemish Cream, the formula is light yet provides ample coverage. The concealer is great for not only hiding red patches and spots but also the dark circles under my eyes, without looking cakey!

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So those are your 10 steps! There may seem to be quite a lot, but not of all these steps need to be done on a daily basis. For example, you might want to treat yourself to a sheet mask once a week. But I promise you, once you start this routine, stick with it and you’ll soon see the difference. 

Have you tried the 10 step Korean skin care routine? What are your favourite products or steps?

 

 

 

Hair

My Long Hair Care Beauty Secrets

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For the first time in years, I’ve grown my hair out and I’ve actually achieved super long and sleek tresses that don’t look outgrown and unruly. Friends and family have commented on how long it is and some have even asked if I’ve had hair extensions put in. My hair was long when I was a lot younger but I definitely neglected it and ended up with long, tangled hair that I couldn’t manage, so I cut it all off. Growing it again now, I can only put the success of my hair growth down to my new hair care routine…

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Before showering:

Argan Oil: When I’m know I’m going to get in the shower and I have a few tasks to finish beforehand, my first step to prepping my hair I put a few drops of Argan oil (Morracanoil Treatment in Light or Loreal’s Elvive Extraordinary Oil) in my palms and run them through the lengths of my hair, paying close attention to the tips. I then leave the oil in my hair for approx 15 minutes before I get in the shower. This leaves time to for the oil to soak into my hair.

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Coconut Oil: Yep, I mean the stuff you put use to cook with! Coconut oil works wonders for literally everything – cooking, as a lip balm, moisturiser etc. I always keep a jar in the bathroom now. I use my coconut oil treatment every week as I find that used too often, it makes my hair greasy. To use I simply take a scoop out of the jar (KTC Coconut Oil or Vita Coco Extra Virgin Oil) – it starts off as a solid- then I warm in my hands and apply to the ends of the hair only. I’ve found that this helps to keep my dry ends soft and as a result, helps to combat split ends. Since using it, I’ve found that my hair has definitely grown a lot more rapidly and healthily, so I’d definitely recommend it. One tip I’d give is to never apply the oil to the roots, otherwise you’ll end up with greasy roots even after rinsing out your hair. Any surplus oil that I have left in my hands, I lather all over my body – the oil works as a moisturiser, leaving my skin super smooth.

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Shower

Prep all done, I then rinse out my hair in the shower by shampooing twice (Pantene do a great range that specialises in sleek hair).

Then I apply a conditioner to approximately 2/3 of my hair, again avoiding the roots,as the conditioner has a tendency to make my hair greasy. This may not of course be a problem if you have dry or curly hair.

After showering:

Volumising Oil: After showering, I towel dry my hair to remove the excess water and comb a volumising oil into the hair (I love Percy & Reed’s Volumising No Oil Oil). I then leave my hair up in a towel to start to naturally it.

After half an hour, (this usually depends on how long I have to get ready, this can be up to an hour) I then blow dry my hair with a hairdryer.

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Overnight:

Invisible Day & Night Cream: The last part of my routine, should I wash my hair before bed, is to tie my hair up at night. I usually go for a ponytail or two plaits depending on what style I want to achieve in the morning. This keeps my hair tidy on my pillow without getting caught up and knotted. It’s also a lot easier to sleep on and keeps my other half happy as this limits the risk of a mouthful of hair. Before tying up my hair, I apply Windle & Moodie’s Invisible Day & Night Cream to the ends of my hair – leaving it super soft the next day and helps to keep my curls in place and frizz free.

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Next morning when I untie my hair, I then either have the option of choosing to style my hair as wavy hair (after plaits all night) which can also turn into easy beach hair with a touch of tousling cream or salt spray. Or I can use straighteners on my tresses for smooth, frizz-free hair. Simple!

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So there you have it! The secret to long hair is to dedicate the time to looking after it, using this simple hair care routine.

Words by Araminta Pender

Beauty

The Glamour Beauty Edit Summer 2016!

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If The Glamour Summer Edit doesn’t get you in the mood for summer, then nothing will – check out the gorgeous artwork on the box! Last month I tried Glamour’s collab with Latest In Beauty, The Spring Edit, which I loved, so this month I couldn’t resist a little payday treat. The Summer Edit has your holiday packing covered with everything that you need to pamper yourself and achieve a dewy summer glow.

 

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St Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mist

‘This dummy-proof tanning mist instantly gives your skin a streak-free golden colour with an airbrushed finish’ 

A great product for those new to tanning, St Tropez bronzing mist is really easy to use. I’m always a bit wary about using self tanning products on my body, as my skin is so fair that it’s really easy to overdo it. I’ve tried creams and lotions before but they’ve usually resulted in a streaky mess. With a spray this is easier to avoid as the formula goes on more evenly, that’s why St Tropez bronzing mist is a winner for me! Plus, there’s none of that self tan smell, it smells SO good!

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Oribe Dry Texturising Mist

‘A hero product favoured among some of the world’s biggest hair pros, this adds texture and volume like no other. And now, thank to this handbag-friendly size, you can get it on the go!’

Oribe’s texturising mist is a beauty blogger favourite and it’s not hard to see why. The results of this product are brilliant! Tipping my head upside down, I applied the spray to the roots and gently tousled my hair with my hands. The spray immediately gave my hair volume, making it bigger and thicker (this would be great for those with fine hair as the results on my thick hair were great) plus it gave my hair a loose, tousled look from the mid-shaft to ends without leaving it sticky or greasy. Oribe’s formula also doubles as a dry shampoo and a perfume – the smell is incredible! Unfortunately, the full size product is pretty pricey at £36, so I’ll be waiting until it’s on offer to grab the full version, but for now I’m looking forward to using this travel size on holiday!

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Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color

‘Meet the lip colour that will leave you looking beautifully matte and pigmented in seconds. We love Devotion as the ultimate nude pink shade to suit everyone’

From experience, I’ve found matte lip glosses tend to be a bit hit and miss. The formula can be too sticky and takes several coats to create the desired effect. Revlon’s matte lipgloss stands out from the crowd for me as a high street brand. The formula slides on perfectly and the pigment is incredible- I only needed to apply one coat to achieve a vivid rosy pink lip. What I also love about this gloss is that it still gives you a velvety matte effect without drying out your lips, which some matte lip glosses are prone to. I can’t wait to try out the other shades in the collection!

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Ladival Sun Protection

‘On holiday, the most important product you need is SPF. And this new powerhouse means you are protected from infrared-A rays as well as UVA and UVB’

I’m so happy that Glamour included this in their edit! I’m prone to burning pretty quickly in the sun so choosing the right sun protection product is pretty high on my priority list. I’ve never tried Ladival’s formula before and unfortunately because our summer has been a bit rubbish so for, I’m yet to test it out properly. I’ll give you an update next month after my holiday, but my initial impressions of the product are pretty good so far. Ladival’s spray doesn’t leave behind a horrible sticky feeling and the formula is lighter than a cream, so it smooths into the skin easily. Ladival promises that the spray protects against 4x more of the sun’s rays as well as UV-A and UB-B, plus it’s water resistant. I can’t wait to give this a proper trial in Spain!

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Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil

‘Summer in a bottle. Layered with notes of orange blossom, vanilla and magnolia, this makes the perfect post-tanning shower oil’

This is my favourite product from the box! Nuxe’s shower oil is amazing! The formula is a golden pearl colour and gave my skin a delicate shimmery glow after showering, plus my skin was silky smooth.  All of the products in this box smell amazing including this one, scented with orange blossom, magnolia, vanilla and sweet almond oil.

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Aurelia Probiotic Cleanser and Bamboo Muslin Cloth 

‘This creamy cleanser – paired with a handy cloth – is perfect for taking off make-up in one go’

Aurelia have come up with a gorgeous face cleanser – I love this mini version with the tiny muslin cloth – so cute! It works really well to remove make up so I’ve added it to my skin care routine first thing before bed. Aurelia boasts that the cleanser is also full of probiotics and peptides to support the skin’s natural defences and it certainly left my skin looking brighter and feeling firmer. This mini version is great to take away for an overnight stay.

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Grounded Chocolate Orange Body Scrub

‘Achieving smooth skin has never smelt so good. This natural coffee scrub will exfoliate you from head to toe, leaving skin baby soft’

I love these coffee scrubs! Made from ground coffee beans, brown sugar and himilayan rock, this scrub is a bit rougher than ordinary body scrubs, which I’ve found is brilliant for removing dry, dead skin. For the best results, I’ve discovered it’s best to wet your body first and then apply the scrub; massage into your skin for 5 minutes and then rinse off. Your skin afterwards feel so soft! This Grounded scrub is almost good enough to eat, scented with sweet orange oil and Cacao.

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WOW Luxury Facial Mask 

‘This sheet mask offers serious skin TLC. It’s all in the name: the collagen-boosting ingredients leave you with WOW skin that’s plump, firm and radiant’

Sheet masks have been huge this year! Starting off as a Korean skin care trend, they’ve now worked their way into the US and European beauty markets. I can’t get enough of them, I think that they’re a brilliant idea. The application is so simple and there’s so much less mess cleaning up afterwards. WOW’s luxury facial mask doesn’t disappoint. It contains the RMCP-complex, essence made from ‘skin-loving’ plants, and Argireline, ideal for firming and rejuvenating the skin – the sheet masks work to lock moisture into the skin for more effective results. The packet recommends leaving the mask on for 20 to 40 minutes; I’ve found that 30 is usually enough for me. After using this mask, my skin felt amazing, so smooth and hydrated! I could definitely see the difference in my appearance that I never got with the mud-based masks that I’ve used for year. My skin was a lot more dewy and brighter in appearance. This is the genuinely the closest I’ve come to getting the same results on my skin from an expensive spa facial so I’ll definitely be stocking up on a few more.

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Thank you Glamour you’ve done it again! What a beauty box! I loved every product inside and I honestly can’t fault any of them. I’m stocked up on all of my holiday essentials so now roll on the sun!

Get yours here: http://www.latestinbeauty.com/collections/collections/the-glamour-summer-edit.html

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Hair

Percy & Reed Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray, Review

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Introducing a new way to wear your favourite fragrance, Percy & Reed have developed their very own hair perfume.

Designed as a fragrance and shine spray rolled into one, you simply spritz onto styled hair for glossy tresses morning and night.

The delicate rose scent works to freshen dull hair – I’ve found that it’s perfect for a refresh between washes or for an added touch of glamour for a night out.

What makes Eau My Goodness different is that it doesn’t leave your hair greasy unlike the after effects that I’ve found from other oil based formulas.

At £22, this hair perfume is so versatile that you’re getting a lot for your money.

This really is a product not to be missed- I dare you to dazzle your friends with your new luscious locks.

Words by Araminta Pender

Beauty

ColorBlend Palette

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Contouring is arguably one of the most popular make up techniques of the last few years. More and more products have been added to the shelves to help us achieve the sought after sculpted look, with many high street brands joining the trend.

Despite so many products, I’ve found it quite difficult to find a contouring product that isn’t too dark for my skin tone – quite often these palettes only offer one brown tone for contouring and one shimmer tone for highlighting. So this means that A LOT of blending is required!

Shades

What I like about ColorBlend’s contouring palette collection is that not only do they offer two palettes – one for lighter and one for darker skin tones – but the individual palettes have six different colours to play with. (I’m using the ‘Light’ palette)

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Highlighter Shades:

#1 – A light pink matte shade that gives the skin a subtle rosey sheen.

#2 – This creamy yellow matte shade works well as a setting powder.

#3 – A semi-matte shade (my favourite highlighter) when applied it gives the skin a shimmery sheen and is ideal for strobing.

Contour Shades:

#4 – A deep red/brown matte shade (the darkest in the palette) best for those with medium skin.

#5 – A light chocolate brown shade in matte (my shade of choice) for those looking for a more subtle contour this is your best bet.

#6 – The last shade in the palette, a bronzer, perfect for giving your skin a subtle glow.

(The contour shades also double as excellent brow powders!)

Features

Each of the six shades can be removed from the palette and replaced once they run out, which I love because you can stock up on your most-used shades without buying the whole palette again.

The packaging itself is sleek and professional and like all good palettes, ColorBlend’s also works as a compact with a large mirror in the lid.

Here’s my before and after:

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What I think is great about ColorBlend’s Contour Palette is that whatever your contouring skill level or skin tone, it’s easy to find a powder to suit you. The palette gives me the option to to create a light, subtle contour for the day and a darker, more sculpted look for the evening. The shades also double up well as brow powders and can even be used as eye shadows, for a natural day time look. I love versatility in a product and Colorblend certainly delivers.

Words by Araminta Pender