Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque Review

Although it has recently become something of a super food, Turmeric is no new revelation. The ingredient has been used for centuries in Asia, and is a common ingredient in herbal remedies. Even turmeric as a mask, is a well established tradition in Southern Asian wedding ceremonies, used for purification and in wedding preparation to give the bride and groom a healthy glow. Spanning from curing acne, treating eczema to even delaying ageing, the supposed skin benefits are certainly impressive.

Given all these health benefits, it is no wonder why Kiehl’s have leveraged this unique ingredient to sell their ‘Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque’ retailing at £34. Along with the Turmeric, the added cranberry seeds are high in antioxidants,  protecting the skin against environmental free-radical damage. Winner!IMG_5127.JPG

As soon as I applied this product to my face it caused an instant cool, tingling sensation. For me, this is a good thing as it gives the illusion that something must be working. I washed it off in a circular motion with warm water providing that added exfoliation from the cranberry seeds to reveal a noticeably brighter complexion. There is no doubt that this product does brighten the skin. Sounds great?…yes, but the truth is you don’t need to fork out £34 because the undisputed benefits of turmeric, can be achieved by using any homemade turmeric mask for a fraction of the price.

Get your hands on some turmeric powder, gram flour, and mix with yoghurt, lemon juice and honey. This is a tried and tested recipe for skin brighting and fighting blemishes at a fraction of the price.

 

 

 

 

 

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Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon

Highlighters for me always tend to be champagne- or golden-hued. So when I saw this affordable, pinky-toned, Topshop offering in the shade Crescent Moon, I was interested…would it work on my warm skintone? At £12, I thought it was at least worth experimenting with.

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A beautiful peachy-pink colour…
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A heavy swatch of the highlighter…it is intensely pigmented with no glitter but more of a pearlescent appearance.

Verdict

It is beautifully soft and silky to apply (creamy – even though it is powder?!)…and the colour is very strongly pigmented. In fact, it is so pigmented that it can look a bit ott with my heavy-handed application. The fact that it is so vivid in pigment, coupled with the colour being far from subtle on my warm skintone, makes this highlighter look quite unnatural on me. However, I must admit, I actually like that look sometimesLet’s be honest, this was never going to be natural-looking on skin that has yellow undertones…but if you want to go for a pearly make-up look with fresh peachy/pink nude lips it offers a nice alternative to the typical golden sunkissed make-up look. Money well spent in my opinion.

Get Glowing!

Hello Guys!

I thought I would share my favourite highlighters with you just in time for the sunny days! These will definitely have you shimmering in the sun.

Number 5: MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish. Perfect subtle golden sheen for a natural healthy look.

Number 4: Illamasqua Pure Pigment, Furore. This is a playful super glittery highlighter. I sometimes use this when I do the ‘strobing’ technique to give just a little extra emphasis to certain parts of my face.

Number 3: Mary-Lou Manizer AKA ‘the luminizer’.  The most extreme highlighter I have come across so far, for the ultimate cheekbone pop. Although I don’t use this daily, it is a must in your make up collection for those ultra glam days.

Number 2: Laura Geller, Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, Gilded Honey. This product has been widely raved about on blogs, and its all for a very good reason- It’s phenomenal! Beautifully finely milled baked powder, so it doesn’t give the glittery look and more of a natural build-able glow.

My FAVOURITE, Number 1: Bare Minerals Eyecolor, Pure Gold. I recently discovered how beautiful this eyeshadow is as a highlighter when I went on holiday having left most of my makeup at home. With my limited products, I thought I would try this out as a highlighter- it worked wonders!!

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From top to bottom:

  • Bare Minerals, Pure gold
  • Illamasqua, Furore
  • Mary-lou Manizer
  • Laura Geller, Gilded honey

Pav

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Is your Foundation & Primer compatible?

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This post is for those of you that have real trouble with flaky looking (split) foundation. This can be extremely frustrating, especially for those of you that get stuck in a vicious cycle spending small fortunes of different foundations trying to find one that suits your skin better.

Quite often, this ‘foundation splitting’ effect occurs as a result of using a incompatible primer under your foundation – here I will share a simple trick to help you determine the compatibility of your primer & foundation.

All you will need is a bowl of water and spatular. Simply put a small droplet of the foundation/primer into the bowl of water, and carefully observe what happens next:

  • If the product starts dispersing – the product is water based
  • If the product floats and stays intact – the product is oil/silicone based

The trick is to use the tiniest drop possible, otherwise you may be waiting a while to see the dispersion taking place!

Here is a picture of the Make up forever HD foundation dispersing in the water- this is therefore water-based. It also shows a larger droplet which hasn’t dispersed instantly.

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The holy grail of concealer?

Probably the makeup product most us women can’t live without, the item we would take with us to a desert island, the difference between looking sleep deprived and remotely human – it’s all about concealer!

What is concealer for? Yes you guessed it, to conceal areas needing a little extra coverage. Its as simple as that yet so many of us  misuse this product e.g. as a corrector, highlighter. It really depends on what area of your face needs that extra coverage but always remember – Less is more, instead of piling on the product follow my tips below:

Ok so coverage for your under eyes:

Here you want to study your eyes and define exactly what the problem is. Do you have under eye bags? if so, what undertone do they have? This is where the corrector comes into play;

Blue – Orange corrector

Purple – Yellow corrector

Red- Green corrector

Remember, these are use for the sole purpose of providing color balancing NOT for coverage. therefore keep the product used to a minimum (Unlike those ridiculous instagram videos).

Next, get yourself a concealer that matches your skin tone. The consistency of this will allow you to create a thicker coverage for darker bags or less coverage for those luckier girls. A common misconception is that your concealer needs to be two shades lighter then your face – this can leave your under eyes looking ashy so best to avoid this advice.

The lighter concealer can be applied after as an optional step (but ensure this is not directly under the eye leave a small gap under your eye to retain that natural look).

The last stage is of course to powder- My absolute hands down fave has to be the Laura Mercier secret under eye powder.  – and your done 🙂

On blemishes of the face:

Firstly, again we start with the correcting principle – usually blemishes have a red tone so we would need to balance using a green corrector. After this we conceal using a product that matches our foundation exactly. – Thats all there is to it!

My Favorite Concealers??

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I have three favorite concealers, for three different moods.

  1. BUDGET CONCEALER: Maybelline erase eye concealer £7.99 (low coverage)
  2. WORK CONCEALER: Nars creamy concealer £19.00 (medium coverage)
  3. PARTY-TIME CONCEALER: Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhancer £38.00 (high coverage)

All three are tried an tested and absolutely fantastic!

 

Hope this was useful for you all 🙂

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How to beat those panda eyes.

One issue that I have always have suffered with is eyeliner smudging under my eyes. Have you ever wondered how some people manage to maintain immaculate eyeliner all day …but you’re left with panda eyes after an hour or two??

Well no more smudged liner for you, I will teach you the tricks to keep your eye makeup looking fresh all day. Seem to good to be true? You’ll be surprised at how many people share this problem- and thankfully there are ways to help!

Firstly you need to understand why your liner is smudging. You can pin point this by trial and error. Try out just top liner for a day (with no mascara) measure the extent of smudging by the end of the day and repeat this with bottom liner and then top mascara and finally bottom mascara. Once you figure out the issue you can narrow down your approach to solving this.

There are three main reasons why your eye makeup is smudging:

  1. USING THE WRONG PRODUCTS: If you are using eyeliners chances are they are not smudge proof and can easily budge around our face.
  2. OILY LIDS: Sounds ridiculous but overly oily lids, or not allowing your moisturiser to fully absorb before applying makeup is a common makeup mistake. The greasy surface is slippery and allows make up to slide around the eye socket and particularly into creases.
  3. DRY EYES: Dry eyes tend to have increased production of tears. This is the eyes way of solving the dry eye situation. This will particularly affect any eyeliner in the bottom water line of the eye.

In order to tackle these points firstly, make sure that you use a great eyeliner. I would suggest a liquid liner which is smudge proof. In order to reduce oily lids all you need to do is apply some translucent powder to set the concealer and absorb the extra moisture. For dry eyes, you can obtain some eye drops from your local pharmacy for dry eyes. ]

 

 

 

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Melted Peony

Heyy!

So I just recently tried out this new lipstick/gloss hybrid from TooFaced cosmetics. If you love Instagram make up tutorials as much as I do, then you will definitely have come across this product in your scrolls. It is extremely popular and heres why:

  • This has a beautiful texture. It’s neither drying like a lipstick nor sticky like a gloss. Giving you the perfect mix of the two!
  • Range of matte shades for every skin tone and they are blendable
  • Long lasting, pigmented colour
  • They smell great!!

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Let me know what you all think of these?? What are your favourite shades?

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