Dermapeutics Hyaluronic LIFT Serum

As humans we tend to take things for granted really easily. When we are young and able we aren’t aware of how lucky we are until we start aging. Similarly, most of us never paid attention to how youthful or luminous our skin was in our 20s because we were too busy agonizing over one or two zits that would pop up every now and then. However as we enter our 30s and the collagen in our skin begins to sag as we keep growing older, we notice fine lines and what could be called the beginning of wrinkles forming along our face which means that you’re now transitioning into another phase of your life.

The thing with fine lines or wrinkles is that you can’t exactly cover with makeup like you can a zit or uneven skin tone, in fact makeup actually ends pronouncing them even more. This is where anti-aging creams come in, while they may work on fine lines, they don’t bring back that youthful oomph. So after jumping from one product to the next, I discovered the Dermapeutics Hyaluronic LIFT serum.

For those of you who don’t know creams are normally moisturizing and heavy, typically made by mixing oil with water and they may or may not contain active ingredients to address specific skin concerns. Whereas Serums tend to be more liquid-like and are water based and are easily absorbed by the skin because of their lightweight.

Dermapeutics Hyaluronic LIFT SerumDermapeutics is a renowned brand known for its skincare line and is known for deriving its ingredients directly from the earth, so their formulas aren’t just 100% synthetics and chemical. Their Dermapeutics Hyaluronic LIFT serum is amongst their most popular products. According to them their serum “brings resilience and youthful contours creating a beautiful lift to your face and eyes. Hydrates, and smoothens fine lines and, “plumps out” wrinkles.”

You can normally buy it at retail stores; however I got mine online for around $22 for the 1oz. serum, which I personally found to be a bit costly but most serums are normally around this price range so I suppose it’s understandable. After cleansing my skin I would take a few drops of the serum and then apply it to my face and neck. The product itself isn’t too heavy which is a good sign for me.

My skin is dry and sensitive and I was hesitant before applying this serum given how prone my skin is to adverse reactions, instead I was pleasantly surprised. My skin started appearing fuller and youthful, the fine lines began to fade and I could visibly notice the fine lines around my eyes disappearing. After two weeks of continuous use, the results became more pronounced and I felt as though it took years off my face. Another added plus point is the fact that this serum is also moisturizing, something my dry skin warmly welcomed. My only complaint is the fact that it doesn’t last as long, an average bottle was finished in 5 weeks otherwise I loved everything else about the product.

Backstage Make Up Trends With Pat Mcgrath At Dolce&Gabbana: Milan Fashion Week

Take a sneak peek backstage at the Spring/Summer ’14 make up trends with Pat McGrath for DOLCE&GABBANA at Milan Fashion Week

At the Spring/Summer 2014 Ready to Wear show in Milan, Dolce&Gabbana presents a collection evoking traditional decorations and superior handcraftsmanship. Backstage, The Designers’ inspiration of an imaginary journey to rediscover ancient Sicily, where history and myth come together was brought to life by the brand Creative Advisor Pat McGrath using Dolce&Gabbana Make Up.

DGMU MFW SS14 BTS 2

To complement The Designers’ creative vision Pat created a make up look with a combination of warm golden tones alongside rich red accents. To achieve a flawless base Pat applied Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation using the foundation brush. She started with a small amount of the foundation, applied to the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin and blended it from the central point of the face outward, until the product flowed seamlessly to the hairline and jaw. Perfect Luminous Concealer was then used to add extra coverage and achieve an illuminated look, especially under the eyes. Finally, Pat created a veil of perfection with a dusting of the pressed powder on the nose and chin. To complete the face, Pat blended the blush in Rosebud, Apricot and Peach, adding a light smudge of the eyeshadow duo in Fortune to the cheekbones and temples for a subtly sculpted finish.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

Turning her attention to the eyes, Pat applied the lighter shades from the eyeshadow quad in Golds and Desert to create a deep, gilded look. Pat then applied the eyeliner in Chocolate and Nude to the upper and lower eye, adding a bronze flecked liquid liner on top of the lash line, for further definition. Finally, layers of Passioneyes Duo Mascara in Terra were applied for volumised and curled lashes, giving models a luxurious yet playful gaze. Pat then applied the brow liner in Soft Brown for a natural, tailored brow.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

On the lips, Pat used Classic Cream Lipstick in two dynamic new shades, set to arrive at Dolce&Gabbana Make Up counters from Spring 2014. The new colours, Bellissima and Traviata, were mixed to add warm decadence to the look. The color was applied with greater intensity at the cupid’s bow for better definition and striking finish.

To complement the look Pat chose the nail lacquer in Pure Nude for a final touch of luxury.

dolce&gabbana pat mcgrath spring summer 2014 make up

Product list:

FOR THE FACE
the foundation
Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation

the concealer
Perfect Luminous Concealer

the blush
Luminous Cheek Colour in Rosebud, Apricot and Peach

the powder
Perfection Veil Pressed Powder (available from Spring 2014)

FOR THE EYES
the mascara
Passioneyes Duo Mascara: Curl and Volume in Terra

the eyeshadow
Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Fortune
Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Golds and Desert

the eyeliner
Crayon Intense in Chocolate and Nude

the glam liner
Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Baroque Bronze

the browliner
Shaping Eyebrow Pencil in Soft Brown (available from January 2014)

FOR THE LIPS
the lipstick
Classic Cream Lipstick in Bellissima and Traviata (available from Spring 2014)

FOR THE NAILS
the nail lacquer
Intense Nail Lacquer in Pure Nude

May Favourites 2013 And Beauty Giveaway!

It’s June again – it means it’s half way through the year, the summer is almost here and it’s my birthday month so there’s lots to be happy about :)

Throughout May I have been using a lot of new beauty products as the weather is crazy weird – one minute scorching hot meaning my make-up has been sliding off my face and the next minute so cloudy, cold and wintry I’ve been back wearing fluffy jumpers and curled up with a blanket and a hot cup of tea. I mention the weather as it seems to really affect my skin, let alone my mood, so on warm summery days I’ve been playing with more colourful eyeshadows and make-up items and on cooler days really making an effort with skincare and haircare instead.

This month I’ve been loving:
Michael van clarke 3 more inches pre-wash treatment
Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Pre-Wash Treatment

This has been a fabulous treatment to use when I’ve been out in the sun and has left my hair feeling much more manageable and in better condition after only a few uses. I can’t comment on whether I think it’s making my hair grow faster (which it claims to do) as I haven’t been using it long enough yet. I’m not keen on the fact it doesn’t really have a scent but my hair was left much smoother and softer after use.

carmex
Carmex Lip Balm

I’m normally a big advocate of vaseline but find my lips still dry out as I use it frequently and think my lips are used to the formulation so this little tube of mentholated balm is a treat. It’s very moisturising and I can feel it actually working (maybe that’s just me but I swear I can as it’s sinking in!) and it’s good for dry parched lips in the winter and dry, sun exposed lips in the summer.

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mac face and body foundation
I’m absolutely loving this at the moment as this gives a light creamy coverage and isn’t too heavy so when the weather is warmer it doesn’t slide or melt off too much! It’s buildable if you have any areas that need more coverage but I’m finding this to be just perfect for my skin at the moment and it gives me a really healthy natural complexion.

H and M Lipstick Dare to Bare
h&m lipstick
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any H&M make-up, particularly the lipsticks. Dare to Bare is a neutral nude colour with a hint of golden shimmer. It’s a light, creamy formulation and swatches completely differently from the colour in the stick! It’s a really pretty colour and I think it’s such a good colour to wear in the summer. If you like the look of this lippy scroll down to see how you can win one of your own :)

It swatches like this:
H and M Dare to Bare Swatchhm lip swatch dare to bare

 

Re-Gen Cream
Re-Gen Cream

I have started using re-gen cream as I’d heard it is good for reducing scarring and for brightening the skin. I’ve been using this in conjunction with Alpha-H Liquid Gold and it has made a big difference to the look of my skin and I really notice a difference in the morning if I’ve applied this before bed. It’s quite a cheap product too so a good complexion booster for sallow or dull skin.

Tangle Teezer Pink
Tangle Teezer

Now I’ve got a tangle teezer I’ll never go back to brushing my hair with a regular hairbrush! It’s really gentle on my hair and I also use it on wet hair and it’s completely pain free to use. I have been using a lot of new and nourishing haircare products recently but I feel using this has really helped improve the texture and condition of my hair for the better.

I’ve also been loving this month –
Music: Flaws by Bastille, Liquid Lunch by Caro Emerald, La La La by Naughty Boy
TV and Film: The Aviator, Fresh Meat, Waking the Dead
Food and Drink: Rocky road, Cocoa Orange Nak’d Bars, Bellevue Teas

h&m lipstick comptition

How to win a lipstick!
If you fancy getting your hands on the gorgeous Dare to Bare lipstick send an email to
e.randell@gmail.com with the SubjectDare to Bare” along with your name, address and email address which we will use to notify you if you win.

Competition is open to UK residents only.
Competition closes on Sunday 23rd June at 10pm (my birthday!!!).
One entry per household only.

New Beauty Buys

Here’s a few new beauty items I’ve bought for the summer months.

Face: Top of my shopping list was a new foundation that wasn’t as full coverage as my winter make-up and one that gave a dewy and lighter texture. I settled on MAC’s Face and Body Foundation in N3 – I thought this was going to be super dark on me even though I’ve got a tan but in fact it’s still a tad too light! Unusual considering I normally wear NW15, which is several shades lighter.

I also got a new concealer – Mac Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW15, useful for under eye circles and a shade I can use all year round.

Lips: I picked up Revlon’s Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in shade ‘Twilight‘. I wasn’t fond of this when I first used it – the lipbalm tastes terrible and the pen really highlights any dry skin on your lips however tiny. But, the lipbalm has really improved the dryness I had and the colour is bold and stays put so that’s definitely a saving grace.

Nails: Finally I got hold of Barry M’s Nail Effect Nail Paint in Black 311. I’ve wanted this crackle nail polish for a long time and I’m already loving the effects.

Hair: My favourite hair brands are Pantene and Tresemme but I rarely use hair products other than shampoo and conditioner. However, if I do use them it will usually be volumising products and I’m always on the lookout for something new to get maximum results. This time around I picked up Tresemme’s Volume & Lift Extra Body Mousse. So far it has been so-so. There has been some increase in volume but the main difference is the increase in shine. I’m not complaining!

I also won some Rouge Bunny Rouge products from a Glossybox competition and got a Long-lasting Eye Shadow in 014 Unforgettable Oriole and a Decadent Duos Lipgloss in Flamenco and Liquid Blush in Duende no 020. The eyeshadow is a golden champagne and the duo are both bronzed hues – all gorgeous and really wearable colours.

Reviews coming soon!

Red Hot Summer Essentials

It’s summer! Although if you live in the UK you probably wouldn’t know it at the moment but we all live in hope of a bit of summer sun! For those of you who are lucky enough to be going away on hols this year or for those of you, like myself, just trying to capture a bit of summer spirit, here are my fave products to see you through the season.

Although my next holiday won’t actually be until the spring, I’m already thinking how luggage is always an issue when I travel abroad. Either I never have enough room for all my belongings or there’s a massively long wait at the carousel so I’ve invested in a new suitcase now while the price is right – one specially designed to be the perfect size to go in the cabin (so no waiting around!) and it EXPANDS! (It’s a Domo 18″ if anyone’s interested and comes in black too I believe, and inside it has masses of pockets too!)

I will also be taking along my new Zatchels satchel which I was incredibly lucky to win in a competition on twitter. It’s worth a whopping £94 and is hand made leather. Love it!

I’d also recommend Maxing it out with a Maxi dress and flip flops like these:

Strapless dress from Miss Selfridge…  Jelly style sandals by Ted Baker.

Hair products need to be high performance – Wella have a great new range (Wella Professionals Care & Styling line) featuring products for wet and dry styling and finishing products to keep your hair looking good, to take you from poolside to beachside.

The hair trend is red hot too – check out celebs like Rihanna and newly fired up Charlotte Church.

Make-up this season should be blocks of contrasting colour – for a muted version try Crush Eyeshadow Trio in ‘Lava’ by DuWop, a mini palette of molten metallic shadows.

And lastly treat your nails to a super fast make-over with Leighton Denny nail polish in Viva La Diva – a pure red tone to add some colour to any outfit.

What red hot products will you be taking on your holidays?

Benefit Favourites

If you’ve been following my Benefit week updates, you’ll know that I have been using Benefit products for a long time and it is my favourite cosmetic brand. I’m still hanging onto some old products which they no longer make because I loved them so much but I’m still a sucker for the new products too, I love to try the new items they bring out. Here’s the low down on my favourite Benefit products and why…

OK, so my utmost loved Benefit products are two which I don’t own at the moment because I’ve run out! And they are touch me then try to leave cream, and honey snap out of it scrub . Touch me then try to leave cream is the most luxurious, thick, creamy, luscious smelling body moisturiser. It’s whipped consistency is really nourishing to the skin and it smells of the first Benefit fragrance Maybe Baby. It’s just absolutely gorgeous. Honey snap out of it scrub is my favourite face scrub and is full of softening ingredients, it smells devine and has little bits of natural oat to exfoliate the skin. A truly amazing product.

Two of my favourite products are now discontinued were Bathina Body so Fine (which I think has been replaced by take a picture… it lasts longer… – which are both glimmering body balms and come with a cushiony puff that you use to stroke the product on), and Sandal Scandal, which is the most amazing thick foot cream, but Benefit don’t do anything similar now :(

The best of the rest:

the porefessional, a gorgeous silky tinted balm that minimises pores and evens out the complexion.

pocket pal which is a multi use product – benetint one end for use on cheeks and lips, plus gloss on the other to achieve different looks.

ooh la lift I’ve had the full size version but only have the tiny one at the moment left over from the Realness of Concealness kit. I swear by this product for brightening and lifting the eye area. I have dark shadows under my eyes and this pink cream inteconceals them and reflects the light and I always look more awake after using this. Tip: Apply this after your moisturiser has sunk in to avoid creasing.

It Stick is a creamy, chunky pencil concealer stick and is good for touch ups around the nose or on blemishes.

BADgal eye pencil is another chunky pencil, a deep intense black kohl great for lining the eyes and for blending out into a smoky look.

Which Benefit products are your faves and what do you want to try?

Benefit Cheek Products

Benefit have such a pretty range of cheek colours. My go-to blusher is Coralista for it’s natural, peachy glow and it suits most skin tones. It’s one of those ‘happy’ colours that instantly brightens the face. Before Coralista I was committed to Dandelion blush and got through many Dandelion compacts and palettes (sadly no longer available) before discovering I could carry off more than one colour!

Dandelion is a light, pretty pink blush but I find it difficult to get much colour from it as it gives a wash of colour. I find it fades quite quickly and I need to reapply after a few hours (probably the reason why I got through so many!)

Dallas is a deep brown powder, great for bronzing and contouring the face and cleavage. It’s much more pigmented than the other blushers and gives a deeper flush, perfect if you’ve got a tan. I love the Powder Time Lover compact because it has all three colours within it. It makes a perfect face palette for every season.

Benetint is a really unique product (well it was when it first came out, now it’s been duped by many other brands) but Benetint is the original rose scented and tinted liquid blush. It comes with a brush and you dab 3 dots on each cheek and quickly blend to get a ‘I’ve just been skiing’ deep pink flush. Benetint is great for a long lasting blush colour but it has it’s downfalls. If you get it on your fingers when blending, it stays put- it is a cheek stain after all. And if you don’t blend quickly enough you end up with Aunt Sally cheeks. AND I have found when applying it over a powder base, it cuts through your foundation and looks incredibly obvious where it has removed your make-up. I think this is the main problem with the product but for longevity, this is a gorgeous colour to have.

Lastly, High Beam! This was the very first Benefit product I bought. I had seen it in a magazine, seen it in Boots and asked for it for Christmas, but I ended up buying it for myself when Christmas came and went without a sign of it. I have been using this for years and although there are many great highlighters  on the market (powder and liquid), I still think this is the best I’ve tried. It creates such a natural glisten and you only need to add a few dots to the top of the cheekbones and browbone (place it where your face catches the sun naturally) and you’ll really see a difference. When I wear this my skin always looks healthy and glowing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Benefit cheek collection. For more cheek colours from Benefit check out sugarbomb, posietint, georgia and the gorgeous new Bella Bamba.