I'm just as much of a beauty products fan as I am clothing and accessories, so it's only fair I include some more beauty-related posts on my blog. I'm also really ill at the moment so posts where I don't have to show my red nose are very appealing! I thought I'd start by including a round-up of my favourite beauty products each month, these can include make-up, hair, nails, skin etc. I'm constantly testing the new hyped about beauty products so this seems like a very suitable post for my blog. I'd absolutely love for this to evolve into 'vlog' form some day soon but I'm still building up the confidence so bear with me!
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Mac Face and Body Foundation 'N3'
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (£26.00): I've never really tried Laura Mercier products, and like many I was lured into the beauty counter in Selfridges after reading so many rave reviews. For concealer, I used to use Benefit Erase Paste but after finishing my second pot I was reluctant to buy another. I have to say, the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is soo much better and matches my skin tone more. I tend to use my fingers to blend the lighter and darker shade together, rubbing underneath my eyes and over any blemishes. I find this completely covers any dark circles or blemishes and stays in place on my skin all day. At £26 it is pretty pricey, but this has already lasted me over 2 months so I'd say the quality and quantity are definitely worth it.
Mac Face and Body Foundation 'N3' 50ml (£20.50): Mac has always been my favourite beauty brand, although it's probably not the 'best', I've always relied on it over the years. I always use the Yves Saint Laurent Teint Éclat foundation, but after reading so many positive reviews I decided to invest in the smaller 50ml bottle of this. I was a bit worried when I first applied this foundation as it was very wet, but after blending it into my skin using a buffing brush, the consistency changed to give a very dewy but soft look. I wouldn't say this foundation will completely replace my YSL, but I will use it during my holiday to achieve that fresh, glowing skin look.
Mac 'Sushi Kiss', Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil
Mac 'Sushi Kiss' (£14.00): I own over 50 Mac lipsticks which I have collected over the years, but I've always moaned about the Mac collection never having a creamy coral shade. At last, with the release of the Mac 'All About Orange' Collection, all my Christmas' came at once! 'Sushi Kiss' is the perfect orange coral shade with a gorgeous satin finish. The lipstick glides really easily along the lip, leaving a strong colour behind which lasts around 4 hours. 'Sushi Kiss' has a really light and bright tone, a balanced mix of orange and pink with a neutral yellow undertone. It really stands out on the lip creating a strong pop of colour. I wish I'd bought another 'Sushi Kiss' as I've worn it pretty much every day over the past few weeks and dread the day it runs out!
Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil (£32,00): I'd never even heard of the Hourglass brand until the launch of the No.28 Lip Treatment which seemed to appear in every magazine I picked up! I've always suffered from really dry and cracked lips so this was something that I was immediately interested in trying. The lip treatment has a fairly dense consistency with a herbal scent, leaving behind a very glossy and 'plumped' look. I find that this treatment really soothed my lips with the 24 carat gold plated applicator, and left them feeling soft and hydrated. I apply this around 3-4 times a day and I have really noticed a long-term effect on the appearance of my lips. There are cheaper alternatives out there like By Terry Baume de Rose, but it's certainly a great investment if you suffer from dry lips.
Nails Inc 'Wellington Square', Models Own 'Hedonist'
Nails Inc 'Wellington Square' (£11.00): No matter what time of year it is, my favourite colour for nails is a lovely bright peachy pink shade. Nails Inc 'Wellington Square' is exactly that - a bold peach shade with coral hues and a glossy finish. I've used this so many times over the past few weeks and despite trying to change my nail colour, usually resort back to this within a matter of days! I think it's the ideal colour for Spring/ Summer, as it's ultra-feminine and goes with pretty much anything. I don't really like the applicator brush as I find it quite thin and flimsy, but the colour wins me over every time.
Models Own 'Hedonist' (£5.00): I've had this polish for ages now and never really wore it when I first purchased it. Now the sun has decided to show it's face, I can't get enough of this beautiful neon shade! Models Own 'Hedonist' is a very bright neon pinky coral shade with a hint of red. It's a true neon polish, probably one of the brightest I own and it doesn't turn dull over time. Every time I wear this polish, I get so many compliments and always convince so many people to buy it. I'm actually going to re-purchase this on the weekend so I have a good supply to take on holiday with me!
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap, Charles Worthington Split Ends Binder
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap (£16.85): I have to be careful with hair products as I have Great Lengths bonded extensions which don't get along with every product! I find Redken products are always suitable for my extensions so they are a brand I often purchase. A couple of months ago, I purchased this Redken Extreme Anti-Snap which is a leave-in treatment designing for distressed or weak hair. I apply this to the ends and mid-lengths of my damp hair, using 2 pumps every time I wash my hair. I've noticed a difference in the condition of my extensions, they seem much softer and less tends to break off when I brush them. I can't say this will make a dramatic difference to your hair, but it's improved the condition of mine and prevents breakage with fewer split ends.
Charles Worthington Split Ends Binder (£5.99): I never really buy drugstore hair products as I find salon brands are better for my hair extensions. I read a really great review for this product and decided to give it a go, for £5.99 it seemed like a bargain. I've been using this over the past few weeks and it's fast become a staple product in my hair care routine. The Charles Worthing Split Ends Binder is part of the Strength and Repair collection, designed for fragile and damaged hair which needs special treatment. I wouldn't say my hair is in particularly bad condition, but I do have split ends like most people. I find this product does work in binding my split ends to make them less visible but it doesn't prevent them. The tube is only small, but I will definitely be re-purchasing this little guy once he has ran out!