Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Exfoliator! Detclear bright and peel gel

I've used many a peeling face mask and to be honest, they sort of frustrate me. Oh they sound like a good idea, and as I smear the gel across my face and wait for it to dry it still seems a good idea. In fact, it's a great idea right up until the point when I start to peel it off and it comes off in tiny bits leaving sticky residue all over my face that even the strongest micallar water has trouble dealing with.

With this in mind, it was with suspiscion that I gingerly approached Detclear Bright and Peel, the Japanese peeling gel. Instead of slathering it on and waiting for it to dry, you rub the gel on your face and wait for the dead skin to come off. As
soon as you start rubbing it into your face the gel starts reacting with the dead skin and immediately you see little bits of skin starting to flake off into balls. However, the bulk of the gel stays liquid which means that there's no stickiness. You can see the little flakes on the back of my hand here.

The interesting thing is that it is really obvious what parts of your face are more congested and dry than others as there is a dramatically larger amount of flakes coming off. Where my skin was good quality (ie across my cheeks) there were very little in the way of flakes. 

Afterwards my skin felt wonderfully smooth and clean. I wouldn't say that it is particularly damaging on the skin either, although obviously however gentle it is, it is still abrasive so I would stick to once a week, just as you would any other exfoliator.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Face of the Day!

It's been a long time since I ventured into the Face of the Day/ Outfit of the Day territory but this morning I had a bit of time (unusual in itself!) between baby nap time and shopping time.

The weather here has crisped up nicely and I'm making the most of that rosy cheeked look. After the heavy make up days of Halloween I decided to go with a nice wholesome naturally healthy look.
 I started with a base of Lumene CC cream mixed with Urban Decay's Naked Skin. 

The Lumene is pretty amazing stuff at keeping my skin healthy and helping to calm and neutralise those pesky red tones. It doesn't really give a lot of coverage however, which is mostly because CC creams are far lighter than BB creams.
The Naked Skin on the other hand is on the thicker side of BB creams and gives a far stronger coverage. It is a little dark for me at this time of year but using the CC cream with it neutralises the brassiness and give a really nice finish.

I then added the Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Primer. This
is really reasonably priced but does an amazing job. I finished the base with Canmake Marshmallow powder to even out my pores and fine

lines, and gave my eyebrows a little shading with Urban Decay Brow Box.

I contoured with the Kiko Bronzer palette and added the rosiness back to my cheeks with Illamasqua Nymph which is perfect for this time of year. For my lips I went for the LAQA gloss pencil in Fairylight. It's called Fairylight, how could I not? 

And on my eyes I used the ELF palette and mascara that came with the Cruella de Vil ELF set. This is a really lovely warm eyeshadow palette in neutral shades.

I'll be popping outside this evening to watch the fireworks from the end of my street and in honour of that I'm wearing Demeter Fragrance Library's Holy Smoke fragrance for today. It smells just like incense!

What make up and perfume are you wearing today? Do you have any firework displays near you for Divali/ Guy Fawkes?

Sunday, 27 October 2013

ZOMBIE! (For Her), a Halloween themed fragrance from Demeter

It's not every day that a perfume claims to smell like something died. I'll say there's a fair few fragrances out there that maybe do fill that niche, but I'd be surprised if I find any (apart from Demeter's Zombie for Her) actually set out to achieve that dramatic ideal.

This perfume first became a part of Demeter's range last year and I was desperate to get my hands on it, but being UK based, it is almost impossible to get hold of Demeter, let alone limited edition Demeter.

I was really excited when I heard that they were bringing the Zombie perfumes (they also do a Zombie for Him) back for Halloween this year. As I was expecting a parcel from the US anyway, I thought I would put in a little request to try this.

So what does it smell like? I have to admit that I was intrigued to find out. The Demeter website states:

"Think forest floor.  Zombie for Her is a combination of dried leaves, mushrooms, mildew, moss and earth"

I have to disagree here. The only note I can sense from this description is mildew, but that is a back of the throat 'has something gone passed it's best?' fleeting glimpse. Instead I found that the overwhelming top note is a slightly floral chemical smell. To be fair my first instinct says 'embalming fluids' which of course is perfect for the theme. Going back to my first comments on this post, I will say that there is definitely an air of death about Zombie for Her. Now I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, after all, that's what you have to expect when you set out to buy a perfume that smells of Zombie. However, on closer thought, this won't be one that I'm wearing very often, in fact I'll admit that it probably won't be worn at all. However, I completely and utterly recommend that anyone who gets the chance grabs this one to give it a smell, after all, when do you get to smell a Zombie?

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Berner XZ Sea Buckthorn hair repair oil

Sea Buckthorn is found in a variety of natural bath and beauty products. It is high in vitamin C, vitamin E, and Amino and Fatty Acids and whilst it doesn't make great eating, you've got a great ingredient for looking after skin and hair.

 XZ is a Finnish supermarket brand and as I couldn't find it for sale anywhere with English translation, I would say that it isn't usually exported. Considering the quality of the XZ hair products that Maarit in Finland sent me I'm really surprised by this. I would imagine that they would sell really well across Europe.

Maarit wrote a little note with the instructions on for me which stated that this is a pre wash treatment. Therefore I combed it through my hair about ten minutes before I got in the bath.

It feels like a really good quality pressed olive oil in consistency and has a clean, slightly fruity, fresh smell. It is quite runny so although the applicator is shaped like a hair dye applicator, I found it better to squirt it into my hands and then work it through my hair.

 I also used it on my daughter's hair. The two of us have quite different hair types but this oil made both of our hair really soft and shiny. On my daughter's hair it had the better efficiency. When I brush and plait her hair the day after I have treated it with the XZ it is noticeably stronger and shinier. 

I'm already 50% through this bottle and I'm starting to feel that 'I hope it doesn't run out' panic that you get when you know you are using something that is really effective.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Elvira Black Roses perfume, another great offering from Demeter

I'm not sure how many people remember Elvira, Mistress of the Dark... The 1980s movie is a bit of a classic but I'm not sure it's one that ever had more than a cult appeal. That's a shame, because Elvira and her rock mullet were pretty damn cool.

How excited was I when I found out that Demeter had brought out three limited edition Elvira fragrances? I chose the dramatic sounding Black Roses and I'm pleased that I did.

It's a really unique smell with top notes of rose and redcurrant and undertones of Patchouli, Amber, and Vetivert. On first spray it's unnervingly sweet and not unlike the smell of dry ice when it comes out at you from the dancefloor. I'd say that fitted in with the 80s Elvira image pretty well. Thankfully, the dry ice overtones wear off fairly quickly leaving a much spicier and muskier fragrance which is still pretty sweet. If I closed my eyes and tried to imaging what the mistress of the dark would smell like, I'd probably come up with something similar.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Bison Baby Pink BB Cream

Anything that tries to give a grown woman a face as soft and cute as a baby's is well on it's way to an overpromise. Yet, the fact that the Bison Baby Pink Mineral BB Cream is brave enough to try is impressive in itself. Besides, take a look at the outer packaging. How can you resist that little pudgy smile?

This BB cream suggests it can be used as a base, concealer, foundation, and finishing powder and will give you a natural looking skin. To be fair, it does a pretty good job of all those things.
 It's a fairly thick formula and the colour, as you can see, is lovely and light. It's a little bit yellow toned straight from the pot but you can see it blends in very well. Of course, it's also worth mentioning here that I have very pink undertones.

The coverage is impressive, as you would imagine from a BB cream that aims to replace foundation, powder, and concealer. The photo above is just the Bison Baby Pink and I can safely say that it has taken all of the red out of my skin and hidden my undereye darkness completely. I can honestly say that it doesn't need either powder or concealer, but this does mean that it has a slight cakey effect where my skin is slightly drier.

The photograph above is the finished look and you can see that once I've added a little contour and put some of the pinkness back into my cheeks, it's a pretty flawless finish. The yellow tinge has almost completely disappeared once it's been worked into my skin. I'll be honest, my skin looks as less like a baby's as it is possible to look, instead it's given me more of a porcelein doll finish, but that is in no way a bad thing. 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Is that a chubby stick I spy? Not at all, it's Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lip Sorbet

There are times when it seems as though every brand is bringing out similar products. The Clinique Chubby Sticks were a big hit and over the last year we've seen countless dupes. That doesn't, however, mean that I'm 'over' them. Oh no; not in the slightest. For this reason, I was ecstatic to hear that Finnish brand Lumene had their own version too.

I'll be honest, although I enjoy the Chubby Sticks, in my opinion they aren't quite as moisturising as they could be. The Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lip Sorbets on the other hand... well... they are very moisturising. They have the consistancy of a glossy lip balm, with the staying power of a good lipstick.

 The colours I chose were Blooming Meadow and Full of Berries. That's Full of Berries on the left, and Blooming Meadow on the right.

Full of Berries is a strong, vibrant red shade. As you can see from the photograph it doesn't go on as smoothly as it could do, but do not in any way allow this to put you off. This is the most flattering red shade that I own (and believe me I own a LOT), and because of the consistancy it fades evenly too. It's pretty long wearing for such a glossy colour too.

Blooming Meadow (how beautiful is that name for a lip product?) is a light barely there pink. It's not so barely there that it, for want of a better term, isn't there at all. It is however very subtle. I found this even more moisturising than Full of Berries and it lasts even longer too. I've been rocking the smoky eye look lately and Blooming Meadow is the perfect lip companion.