Yes, the saga of my life. Blonder, darker, ambre, warmer or colder. Well, this is my mood board for my hairdresser’s appointment at The Chapel in Islington later on today. I’m not sure I’ll be brave enough to go with the ambre look – but I’m definitely looking to go a lot lighter (I think). Arh, so indecisive!
I remember when I was like 15 years old, my best friend at the time brought home a book by Kevyn Aucoin from the U.S. It was all about teaching you how to apply make-up, different looks, styles and tips & tricks. It was our make-up bible and sacred to us for so many years.
Sadly, Kevin Aucoin passed away at a very young age in 2002, but his spirit lives on in his amazing beauty products. I’ve been after a cream blush for this summer, so when I came across this one from here in the colour ‘Isadore’, £19, I just had to try it out (and it just happens, it brings back some real good teen memories.)
So, holiday time (I know, again). The destination will be revealed shortly, as it’s a surprise for my sister’s hen do – who reads my blog religiously (well, she says she does). As we speak, she is probably being kidnapped by her friends in Norway who will take her to the airport. We’ll all meet up at the final destination for a fun-packed hen weekend – classy and sophisticated, no doubt.
As always, I like to be prepared for my holiday – both beauty and outfit option wise (overweight luggage is standard). So in terms of beauty products for this holiday, I have amongst some other essentials, acquired Philip Kingsley Swimcap (£16.95 for 150ml). I’m very familiar with the brand and the man – he’s a true legend within hair care, haven worked with numerous celebrity icons for over 45 years. Needless to say I was really excited to try his new holiday product range.
So, what exactly is Swimcap?
It’s basically sun, swim & weather protection for your hair. It guards against discolouration and damage caused by weathering from sun (UV protection), chlorine, salt water and wind – whilst providing a super conditioning treatment for your hair.
How to use it?
It’s for all hair types. Prior to exposure, apply in sections to dampened hair, work or comb through evenly. Always reapply after swimming. Once exposure to weather/water is over, wash and condition hair as usual.
My initial worry was the liquid stinging when I went swimming, and that it would leave my hair greasy. I was reassured it does neither – it sinks straight in to your hair and scalp, leaving your hair super soft. I for one can’t wait to use it – in only a few hours if I’m lucky!
I love NARS Cosmetics – they always make so many nice colours and style ranges. I picked up this goodie bag containing a cream blush (£21) in dark pink, an exclusive Thakoon for NARS collection nail polish (£14) in this amazing orange pop colour, and a raspberry red lipstick (£17.50).
As both the cream blusher and lipstick are quite a dark shade of pink/red, I would use these tones in the summer when I’m bronzed. As I have olive skin, I usually don’t suit reds and pinks in the winter. The same with the nail polish – great with tanned feet – maybe wearing these sandals to show them off?
I’ve been using the Perricone MD Cleansing Treatment Bar (£34) for over a month now and I’m not afraid to make the following statement; it is by far the best cleanser I have ever used. From living in London with all the pollution, working long hours and general weather exposure, it has taken a toll on my skin, and my complexion seldom feels refreshed or clean.
This bar really cleanses away all impurities, it makes your skin feel really revitalized, clean and so soft afterwards (god, I sound like an advertisement). As instructed on the package, I leave it on for a few minutes before washing (works as a mini facial) and it removes all make-up and dirt. The bar also seems to last long, which is a big plus considering the hefty price tag. The only minus is the slight stinging in my eyes when I wash my make-up off – other than that, très magnifique!
Result? My skin feels super soft and spots/marks/dry patches have visibly diminished.
I love Malin+Goetz products (as you might have gathered, after buying the hair care only last week), I LOVE scented candles and my favourite cocktail is a Mojito. So, what bigger joy than to find this candle, with the scent of fresh lime, mint, basil and musk? I have to admit (and this is a big thing to say for a stone hard fashionista), I don’t get much more satisfaction than buying products such as candles, a beautiful bouquet of flowers or aroma oils for my apartment. The smaller joys, the pieces that adds that extra touch and feeling to your home, is priceless.
Hourglass Cosmetics is a luxury makeup brand which contains anti-aging ingredients and are paraben, fragrance and cruelty free – which are always elements I try to source out when I shop beauty products.
As my tired blusher brush from Sephora (à la) 2009 has just given in, I decided to invest in the Finishing Brush (£48). I’m also running low on my MAC concealer, so as I was already online and shopping (as you do) I thought I would give this Hidden Corrective Concealer a go (£23). Love them both!
Firstly I started using the mask on its own a few months ago, as I was using up my other facial products. The mask felt strange at first, it sinks into your skin straight away, creating a stiff layer on the surface. After washing it off, my skin feels clean, but after several times use my skin actually starts to dry up, and I develop dry, red patches (like a rash). My skin type is normal/combination – sometimes even slightly oily – and I’ve never been sensitive to any type of products in the past. So, as you can imagine, I had a slight freak out when I had red patches all over my face! I stopped using it immediately, and my skin slowly went back to normal after a few days.
Several weeks ago I started using the rest of the set – the cream (day & night in one – which I was slightly sceptical to at first anyways), an eye cream and the cleansing foam. I even tried the mask again, just to see – and broke out with the same dry rash, which was annoying as it defeats the purpose of the total effect with the whole set in use.
The face cream itself is ok I guess, odourless and very smooth. It sinks straight into the skin and doesn’t leave an oily sheen, which so many face creams do. The same with the eye cream – just ok, no dramatic effect. However I really like the cleansing foam, it properly rinses off all my make-up and pollution grub, leaving my skin nice and refreshed (not dry).
I don’t really know what I expected to happen to my skin – I guess I had high expectations to this range, haven been told it totally re-vitalizes and boosts your skin. To be honest, it’s done neither. I am sure it works for some complexions – there must be a reason it’s so popular and hyped – but not mine I am afraid.
I stocked up on some bits from Boots today – one of them being this body scrub from Soap & Glory(£7). I love the Soap & Glory packaging, and all their products smell so delicious! This one, made from white and brown sugar and apricot kernel oil is just YUMMY, and makes my skin so soft.
I opted for a shade lighter, in an ash/caramel colour. I am really happy with the result! I went to my regular hairdressers, Headmasters in Notting Hill (who, to all my British readers, are having a 50% sale off all hair colour until the 16th March!)
Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited it’s the weekend – it’s sunny with still a bit of snow and I just received this Marc Jacobs Oh Lola!(£36.50) gorgeous new perfume in the post. Small joys maybe, but hey, they´re sometimes the best.
I bought the MAXFACTOR False Lash Effect mascara today from Boots (£10.99) – my all-time favourite mascara. As I am sure you have gathered, I am a big fan of long lashes, but I hate it when some mascaras make them too heavy and clumpy. This one is really good as it lasts, separates the lashes and adds that extra length that I like.
It was an interesting night going out in the town yesterday when the snow chaos hit London, but we were all relative oblivious and in serious food coma after amazing dim sum and desserts at Yauatcha, following cocktails at Momo’s. The reality hit when it took us an hour to flag down a cab at 3am…
I bought this lip gloss from The Body Shop today. I have been looking for a moisturizing lip gloss for a while now, as so many dry my lips out. This one definitely seems to do the trick – it’s super soft yet the gloss seems to last a long time. I fell for this subtle pink shade which looks really natural on. The colour is 01 Pink Cream and it cost me £9.50 – get this and other colours from The Body Shop.
This is the second time I have bought this Ole Henriksen creme and I am really happy with the results so far! Although I took a few months break from it – as I felt it was more of a summer cream – I have yet to have found anything better and am glad I have it back for the winter. It gives my skin an instant glow and it smells amazing. It also has SPF15, which is a definite must for me.
If you are looking for a cream suited to normal/combination skin, with loads of moisture (but not too greasy) and with antioxidants, this is the cream for you. Get it from Look Fantastic or Ole Henriksen for £31.
WHAT I BOUGHT TODAY or WIBT if you like, is about shopping. A lot of shopping. Actually this blog is about buying something new and different every day – be it a pair of killer heels from my favourite shoe designer Burak Uyan, a chunky knit from the high street classic COS, an antique find on eBay, or a scented Diptyque candle. You name it.
WHAT I BOUGHT TODAY is also about sharing with you my latest finds, styling tips and searching out inspiration that you can make your own. I will review each of my purchases and hope you will give feedback as well by using the ★rate button at the end of each post! Everything I buy will be available in the stores now, unless its a rare vintage piece or it sells out.
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