Red Light

Happy Christmas everyone! 2018 is just around the corner – so I thought I’d finish the year with a make-up look for the festive period.

I love make-up, but I much prefer that low-key, no-make-up make-up kinda look for all occasions. This looks focus is very much the skin.

Keeping reading for more details.

 

 

For the base, I always make sure my face is exfoliated and well moisturised before applying my foundation. I usually gravitate towards Dr Russo Night Repair Exfoliating Cleanser and Skinceuticals H.A Intensifier.

When I can be bothered and really want my foundation to stay put, I use the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer.  For foundation, I use my favourite – NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Macao and then a darker shade of foundation, NARS Sheer Glow in New Orleans in the areas that I contour.

I love to highlight and contour, but I still like to look myself. Nothing overboard. Nothing too ‘beat face’ or drag. My weapons of choice are NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel for the under eye, between the eyebrows, nose and chin. Then blend that all out with a Beauty Blender (cheaper versions of the beauty blender just don’t cut it in my opinion). I set these highlighted areas with Sacha Buttercup Powder – which is an amazing cheap yellow powder for WOC. I don’t apply too much as it’s very mattifying.

 

 

I then contour with Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in Intense 09 – the shade is just the perfect subtle contour colour with micro-flecks of sunkissed shimmer. I apply Glossier Haloscope in Topaz to the high points of my face.

 

 

When the skin is the focus of a make-up look, I always refrain from doing a strong eyebrow. I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, then the Eyelure Brow Palette Trio in Dark Brown to fill out my eyebrows. I clean up under the brow with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel. I then set my brows with Glossier Boy Brow in Black.

For my glossy eyelids, I’ve used Eve Lom Kiss Mix – which doubles up as a super hydrating glossy lip balm. My lashes have eyelash extensions on them all year round. I don’t have the patience or expertise for strip lashes. My favourite place to do my lashes in London is at The Lash Lounge.

 

 

Red nails instantly makes me feel classic and sexy. Sadly, I don’t remember the exact polish shade – but it’s you’re standard bold red shellac from your local oriental nail salon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, onto the star of the show….these red lips. I’ve used NARS Precision Lip Liner in Holy Red to line my lips, then NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman to finish off. 

 

 

See you in 2018.

Into The Gloss

The pandemonium on the lead up to the Glossier launch replicated the same excitement seen on a Boxing Day Sale. Unsurprisingly, there was a seismic flurry in #glossier #bodyhero posts on Instagram and other such social media handles.

I’ll admit, I was one of those frantic females who kept on refreshing their page at 8 am on launch day to make sure that I got a slice of the Glossier pie. Let’s say I probably ordered more than a just slice!

Here’s my opinion on most of the products after a least a week of use.

 

SKINCARE

Balm Dot Com – in Original and Birthday Cake

 

Glossier.com describes this as the ‘do-everything skin salve’, and I couldn’t agree more! I found this great for adding a bit of long-lasting hydration to my lips and areas of dry skin on my face.

The first ingredient listed is petroleum. So it’s essentially premium petroleum jelly.

I say premium because it’s magically much more moisturising than your standard petroleum jelly balm. Note – my lips can get quite dry to the point that Carmex just doesn’t touch it!
Also, the SMELL or should I say TASTE of Birthday Cake is divine. Every so often I slyly find myself licking my lips just to get a taste of it! Birthday Cake has glitter particles – so you probably don’t want to smear it all over your face, unless that’s the look you’re going for. Use the Original instead.

 

 

Milky Jelly Cleanser

Okay, this is one of my first standout products from Glossier! I’m still quite surprised at how much I love this product.

Firstly, it has a strange sludgy-slippery consistency. I’ve never used a cleanser with this kind of texture. But it’s strange in a great way – it allows the product to slide on with minimal effort. I prefer using it on dry skin. I just feel like added water makes it too slippery. It’s not a cleanser for heavy-duty make-up; nonetheless, it removes a good amount of dirt without stripping your skin of its natural pH and oils. The easy dispensible pump stops you from faffing when trying to get cleanse on.

 

Priming Moisturizer | Priming Moisturizer Rich

Another product that has impressed me is the Priming Moisturiser Rich. This product is genuinely as premium in quality as creams double the price! It gives the perfect glowy finish without being greasy. There’s minimal scent and is yet to have broken me out. As the name suggests, it is the perfect base for makeup. Even without makeup, my skin looks better with this on!

The Priming Moisturizer is a lighter version of the Rich. Those with oily skin should consider this as an alternative.

 

Moisturising Moon Mask

This is the another one of my favourites.
I’m usually rolling my eyes when a brand brings out a hydrating mask..because quite frankly a lot of them aren’t particularly impressive. But this! This delivers smooth baby skin in abundance!

Moisture-boosting ingredients include hyaluronic acid and squalene. I find this works even better if you wear it during a shower or sauna session.

 

Soothing Face Mist

Facial mists for me is one of those products that are almost unnecessary for skin health. With that being said, nothing beats a refreshing spritz in the middle of a busy, sweaty day! This rose-scented mist gives my skin a subtle sheen. Be careful not to get this in your eyes or put it on broken skin, as it contains citric acid – so it might sting a bit if you do!

 

Serums

Super Glow | Super Bounce | Super Pure

I wanted to love these serums, but a week of use just generally left me feeling quite underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, Super Bounce and Glow do give an added boost of love to dehydrated skin, while Super Pure did minimise the appearance of a breakout… but I’ve just used much better-performing serums. Nonetheless, for such a price point (£24) it’s a good option – especially if you’re a bit of a newbie to serums.

 

MAKE-UP

 

Before I get started on the make-up products, I just want to highlight Glossier’s philosophy – Skin First. Make-up Second. In other words, the makeup line is not for those who want a ‘beat, contoured’ face, with super high coverage. It’s just not the brand for that. But that’s what makes the brand perfect for those days that just want to look like the better version of yourself.

 

Boy Brow in Black

I can see why this is a cult product. It’s cheap (£14) and holds the brow hairs without a sticky residue. Even for someone like me, who isn’t naturally blessed with full brows – this product GAVE me brows. I love using it as quick brow product for my non-makeup days.

Tip – wipe off the excess product from the brush, then apply and layer. This will give an even distribution of product to the brow hairs.

 

Cloud Paint in Haze

Less is more! Remember that when using Cloud Paint – if you want to avoid looking like you’ve been slapped red. Cloud Paint is super blendable and creamy. I love how it gives me a natural flush with a glowy finish.

 

Haloscope – in Topaz

Standout product number 4! Haloscope has become my everyday low-key highlighter. It is a balm, and a glow-stick rolled into one. It doesn’t have large glitter/shimmer chunks (as seen in some cheaper highlighters) – so it looks natural and doesn’t accentuate my pores.

Did I mention that it spreads like butter?!

 

Wowder – in Dark/Deep

As a brown girl (despite it being 2017), I’m still pretty cautious when it comes to trying new foundations/powders, especially when they come in a few select shades. I guess it’s the fact I assume that it won’t be a colour match until proven otherwise.
I’m still not sure whether Wowder has proven me wrong. I feel like my skin looks better without it. However, in my experimentation of the product – it works well as a finishing/blotting powder. I would repurchase it for that use only to be honest.

 

Strech Concealer – in Deep

I love the concept of this concealer. It’s sheer, very moisturising and it can be worn by itself. I would say though for those with oily skin – you may want to avoid a potential oil slick situation by wearing it with a primer. I find the colour match is much better than Wowder.

 

Generation G in Leo

The idea behind this lip colour is to replicate the look of ‘just blotted lipstick’. It has a lip balm texture, with a hint of coverage. I found myself having to reapply it a few times throughout the day, as it does rub off easily. The shade Leo comes off as a beautiful nude tone for me.

 

BODY

 

 

Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream | Body Hero Daily Body Oil Wash

“Expensive” was the first thing I said when smelling the product! The hint of Neroli gives it a smell of an expensive body wash you only use on special occasions. The scent lasts for a few hours when used with the cream. As in the name, it’s an oil that lathers up – but not too much, which I like. I will definitely be repurchasing this on those occasions, I want a fancy smelling body wash but don’t want to pay the price for it.

I have an ambivalent relationship with the perfecting cream. It feels like a thick moisturising primer for your body. It has a great slip and dissolves into the skin without much effort. However, make sure you dry your body before using this (as product instructions recommend)! – If you’re lazy like me, you’ll probably want to skip this step.
When I haven’t dried my skin, I’m left with patches of white flakes. I suspect its all the silicone (dimethicone) in the product. Also, if you have lizard-like skin (like me), you’ll probably have to double up with another thicker hydrating moisturiser or body oil.

 

 

In summary, Milky Jelly Cleanser, Moisturising Moon Mask and Priming Moisturizer Rich are my favourite skincare products in Glossier’s offering.

Why? – because they are premium products at a cheap price that I would recommend to my skincare clients.

In terms of make-up, make sure you get your hands on Boy Brow and Haloscope!

 

Here’s a 10% discount code – http://bff.glossier.com/gHr2x and they are currently doing free delivery on orders over £25.

What products did you end up purchasing? Which products are your favourite?

Sunday Roast With Glossier

In anticipation of their UK launch, Glossier hosted a traditional Sunday roast dinner at Bistrotheque, Bethnal Green on the 8th October.

Despite being based across the Atlantic, Glossier always manage to somehow find the coolest spots in London to host their events! And this location was no exception! The interiors-freak in me loved everything from the exposed rustic ceilings to the millennial pink table arrangement.
We were treated to a stunning three-course meal, products and even a sneak peek at Glossier’s upcoming perfume..YOU.

 

 

 

Thank you, Emily Weiss, Kim Johnson, Eva Alt and the rest of the awesome Glossier team. Well done for creating such a genuine and inclusive community of women.