I've recently become an oil advocate. As a result of a a teenage phase with oily skin and a face full of break out rashes I was used to run away anything oily and I was all about everything that would strip and dry my face. If you're yourself in this phase, let me tell you, stop while its not too late! I have now learned that oil is absolutely fine with combination skin (my type) and that it helps a lot with dry patches and the general condition of the skin.
I tell you all this because I've been testing 2 oil based products from Kiehls. I'll start with the very well known Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
It is a pleasure to use this one! I use it after I've double cleansed my skin. The pipete style of the packaging makes you feel like you're pouring some magical concentrate on your hands. And 3/4 drops is enough. It absorbs quickly and with a matte finish. So the oils from your face won't end up on your pillow.
It doesn't give you a magical overnight result, but I feel like my skin likes it. The dry patches are gone, and I think my cheeks look plumpier in the morning.
The botanical scent (calming lavender) it's great to set the mood for going to sleep, so I've been loving this new step on my routine.
The oils include:
Evening Primrose: An effective on skin barrier repair and boosting radiance.
Lavender Essential Oil: It helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin while helping reduce skin blotchiness for a more even look. Creates a brighter and more radiant look to skin.
Squalane (Perhydrosqualene or perhydrosqualene vegetal): A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It has an exceptional affinity to skin, and because it’s easily absorbed, Squalane helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.
I have also tried the day version Daily Reviving Concentrate. This one is for revitalizing the skin throughout the day. Even though i also liked the application and results of this oil, I found putting more than 1 drop messes up with how my make up looks during the day. Specially now that it's getting warmer. I feel it really helps to give you a glow, but on my skin, I have to be careful as glow can quickly become oiliness. So I've reserved it for weekends or days when I don't want to wear make up. It is composed of lightweight oils and it dries completely matte, but I guess it doesn't get along with the make up formula.
I will try it daily again in Autumn when I know my skin needs an extra boost of hydration and care.
The oils included:
Tamanu Botanical Oil: It helps to reduce the appearance of daily damage as well as replenish and soothe skin; sourced from the nut of the fruit of the Tamanu tree, which is indigenous to French Polynesia.
Sunflower Botanical Oil: It helps to strengthen skin’s barrier; also known to improve skin smoothness, texture and hydration.
Ginger Root Essential Oil: It helps defend skin from free radicals and environmental aggressors with antioxidant protection.
These Kiehl's best selling facial oils are now available for the first time in one set with a 20% discount!
Both products have been kindly sent to me for review.
One of the first things I change when the sun starts being more present and I start getting Spring feelings is the colour of my make up. I still stick to my usual winged eyeliner, but I go for softer tones on my lips and new brighter colors on my nails!
The latest Juicy Shakers from Lancôme have been a great discovery on this renewed everyday make up. They are very comfortable to apply, with an oily base that smoothes the lips, and a sheer pigment you can build up by gently tapping the cushioned applicator.
First thing to notice is that they look like cocktail shakers. They have a bi-fasic formula of oil and pigment that you need to shake before applying - like a cocktail. And I had never seen anything similar to this conical applicator. It is velvety smooth and also feels great on the lips.
First thing I noticed when I applied them, was that the first layer is very sheer. You can keep dabbing the applicator and get some more colour, that actually feels very natural. Another thing I love is that you don’t really need a mirror to apply these correctly. So they are perfect for a quick touch up on the go!
It is one of those products you’ll want to have in your handbag, as you’ll need to reapply throughout the day. The formula has moisturizing and conditioning properties, and they are not sticky at all, so it wears off every couple of hours and there’s a need for reapplying. But it feels great to do so!
Lancôme have included four precious oils to smooth and plump the lips:
Peach kernel oil:softening and nourishing.
Sweet almond oil: to leave lips supple and re-structured.
Cranberry oil: anti-oxidant, protective and restorative of skin’s protective barrier.
Musk rose oil : regenerating and soothing.
I love that Lancome was able to give such a modern touch the their iconic Juicy tubes from 2000.
The full range of 14 shades is available exclusively in Selfridges, and on Lancome.co.uk at the moment for £18.
What do you think about these? Have you tried them?
Keeping my lips hydrated and colourful has been very easy lately! There have been a couple of products I wanted to tell you about since they've been my saviours during this winter months when I feel every pore of my skin is asking for hydration and smoothines!
One of the stars I recently added to my collection have been the latest launch of Clarins: Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. It feels very hydrating on the lips. Gives a hint of colour without having to use a mirror to apply it on, and it smells super sweet! Lips look plumped and feel hydrated! It's become a must in my handbag for regular touch ups.
Another saviour for this winter months has been the Neal´s Yard Bee Lovely Busy Bee Balm. This one doesn't have any colour and I usually apply it as a last step on my night routine. Once you warm it up a bit with your finger it applies like an oil on the lip. Helps with hydration and I also love the scent of this one: energising organic orange essential oil and honey!
Also , you're helping the bees with your purchase!
Finally, I also wanted to mention the lip balm that has accompanied me for years. Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me. It´s just 2,99 and I just love how easy it is to apply. There are many more colours but I've used this one for years! To me it's a great way of adding a subtle touch of colour to a fresh look and the colour is buildable so you can add more and more if you wish.
What do you think of lip balms, do you love them too, or do you prefer lipstick? Let me know in the comments!
If you are in the London area and you love make up now you have a new place to check the latest from one of my favourite brands: Urban Decay.
They just opened a new store at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre (NW4 3FP) that looks fantastic! This universe of colours and great products makes me just so happy!
This one joins the big flagship store situated in Covent Garden. One of the first "touristic" places a make up addict should visit in London! And now now there's more of them!
Be sure to take a check the latest Gwen Stefani collaboration with the brand if you go. I was able to swatch and try everything and it made my day!
Also... The ladies there are great and will guide you through all the products and different colours so you make a decision on what looks best for you. And as you can see in the picture, I grabbed a little something before I left! :)
I was lucky enough yesterday to attend the launch of the latest campaign from The Body Shop. With Mother´s Day approaching this weekend, the brand has released a new range of products inspired by the British rose!
It´s the perfect gift for those who love a bit pampering!! So... applicable to everyone ;)
This new range is a brilliantly British interpretation of a timeless icon of femininity. With organic British roses hand-picked, air-dried and then infused into the products. They all have a beautiful scent I'm sure you'll love!
I already have a favourite among the products I've been able to try! It's the Instant glow body essence! It's a moisturizer with a bit of glow and I can't wait to use it when summer hits us and I can show some glowy skin in a beautiful dress!
What do you think of The Body Shop? Have you tried any of their products before? Let me know in the comments below!