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?