30 September 2014

Become a Nivea Lip Model!

What's the secret to the perfect selfie smile? For me it's an hydrating lip balm to keep my lips looking soft and smooth. For your chance to be a Nivea lip model and win a photoshoot in Heat magazine simply take a photo of yourself or you and a friend and post it to the Nivea Facebook/Twitter/Instagram page using the hashtag #ModelLipsUK! Once posted you can share you unique link to get as many votes as possible. I've come up with some makeup tips to help you achieve the perfect selfie. Get ready, set, pout...

1.The most important thing when it comes to doing make up is to apply it in natural light. This way you can avoid wearing foundation that's too dark or light and see clearly if everything blends in naturally. 
2. Our under eye concealer is usually lighter than our foundation so pay extra attention when blending in. Flash photography really accentuates harsh lines creating a reverse raccoon effect.
3.. Make sure to use black liner and mascara as it gives more of a contrast and will help to make your eye colour 'pop'.
4. Applying blusher is a must otherwise skin can look washed out.
5. Chapped lips are never a good look so apply a lip balm to keep lips hydrated.  I opt for the Nivea Essential Lip Care to get my pout camera ready. If you wanted a bit of colour try something like the Nivea Pearly Shine Balm which offers a subtle pink shimmer. 

Good luck and let me know if you're going to enter! T&C's here
*collaboration post 

29 September 2014

5 Beauty Products You Need For Autumn

autumn beauty products
Dove Caring Protection Body Wash £1.99
A new body wash from Dove which contains sunflower seed oil. I love it's fresh fragrance and rich, creamy formula. My skin is left feeling silky smooth and beautifully hydrated after every use. It is developed with Dove's NutriumMoisture technology which helps to keep skin protect, whilst also enriching it's natural moisture. This is great for those post-summer months.
Cocoa Brown Whip It £7.99
Is an oil-free body moisturiser which contains Vitamin E and Panthenol. The Vitamin E helps to lock in moisture whilst Panthenol creates a barrier against environmental damage and prevents the skin from becoming dehydrated - perfect for the colder months! The product is a soft chocolate brown colour which dissolves clear on the skin. I found it does take a little longer than usual to rub in but the floral/chocolate scent makes it worth it.
Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil £25.50
You probably know by now just how much I love a good body oil. This new oil from Roger & Gallet is suitable to use on your hair and body. It has a irresistible fruity, floral fragrance which isn't too over powering. The oil absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving it feeling greasy or sticky. The velvety texture leaves a subtle sheen on skin and is the perfect finishing touch to a tan! The oil is enriched with 10 plant oils for maximum skin nourishment. Ingredients include grape seed oil, olive oil and avocado oil.
Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial oil £19.99
Yep another oil, I just can't get enough of them! If the summer sun has left your skintone uneven and dry this is your new best friend. It's full of anti-oxident rich oils to help protect the skin from drying whilst deeply nourishing essential oils promote skin's flexibility. 
Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm £1.69
I have dry lips all year round but they get a lot worse in the winter. I like to keep lip balm on hand at all times and currently have three of these floating around my house. What I like about this Nivea lip balm is that it simply works. It's my reliable go-to lip balm as it guarantees to leave my lips soft and smooth. 

What are your Autumn beauty must-haves? 
Check out my other Autumn themed beauty posts here

27 September 2014

Ted Baker Mia EDT Review

Ted Baker's packaging is always spot on. Just look at the gorgeous rose gold and light pink design of their newest sweet treat - Mia.

"Sassy, stylish and sophisticated, Mia lights up the room efforlessly wherever she goes. With an irresistible blend of warmth, charm and allure, she is every girl's best friend. A soft floral fragrance of rose blooms and freesias are combined with sparkling top notes of fresh lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant with a seductive base of warm patchouli and golden amber."

Rose lovers will seriously want to give this a sniff. The rose scent is very delicate and modern, no old lady fragrance here. It slightly reminds me of Chloe Eau De Parfum but more uplifting and sexier. Once the scent has settled it becomes slightly fruity and sweeter. As it's an Eau De Toilette the scent doesn't last longer than a couple of hours but the small size makes it perfect for keeping in your handbag. A pretty fragrance perfect for everyday wear.

Ted Baker Mia EDT* 10ml £15.00 available from Boots this month.

26 September 2014

Vichy Idealia Eyes Cream Review

vichy idealia eyes review
This is the newest product from the Vichy Idealia range. I'm already and fan of the Life Serum and BB Cream so couldn't wait to give this a go! It's a perfecting cream designed for those who want to live their life to the full but don't want their eyes to show it.

The formula of Idealia Eyes is very light but still hydrating. It has a bright pinky-beige colour with a hint of shimmer which helps to instantly brighten the under eye area. It contains Vitamin B3 and DRM-Bright Complex to reduce dark circles, Caffeine to energise and Vitamin CG to smooth fine lines. After my first use I can notice straight away my dark circles look brighter. They haven't completely gone but I don't need to use as much concealer. The unusual silicone applicator helps to massage the cream into the eye area and aids to reduce puffiness. I love the idea of this and it does feel relaxing to use the applicator.

After using this for three weeks I've noticed my under eye area isn't as puffy but my hereditary dark circles are still there. I think this is a nice eye cream, if you liked any other products from the Idealia range you'll love this. 

Vichy Idealia Eye Contour Cream* £23.00 currently on offer for £17.25 at Boots

25 September 2014

Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation Review

max factor skin luminizer foundation review
Another week, another new foundation launch. The latest one comes in the form of Max Factor's Skin Luminizer Foundation. Designed to give you healthy-looking, glowing skin and enhance your complexion rather than covering it up. 
max factor skin luminizer foundation swatch
As you can see from the swirled effect, the foundation is infused with subtle skin luminizers. The light reflecting particles really helped to conceal my dark circles and even out my skin tone.The texture of this foundation is very lightweight - great if you don't like the feeling of wearing a base. It feels hydrating on the skin and blends in easily without clinging to any dry patches. The coverage starts off light but can be built up with thin layers to offer medium/full. The finish is slightly dewy and slightly matt so looks very natural on. I think this would be a great foundation for dry skin and for the colder winter months. If you have oily/combination skin you'll probably have to set this with a powder. The downside to this foundation is that it only comes in 6 shades. I tried '50 Natural' which is a little dark for me. The longevity is pretty standard, around 6 hours sans primer. 

Dry/dull skin gals might want to gives this a go. If you don't normally wear foundation this would be a good option too. 

Max Factor Skin Luminizer foundation £11.99 LINK
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