Thursday, 20 August 2015

Glow Mist

Pixi by Petra Glow Mist

The Mistery of glowing skin...

For fresh and glowing summer skin, its definitely worth investing in a face mist.  They're everywhere right now.  Whether it's to cool skin down in the heat, or to create that catwalk dewy look, a facial mist is a must!

One of the best ones I have found is Glow Mist by Pixi by Petra - cousin of the amazing Glow Tonic.  It's enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera, fruit extracts, and argan, which nourishes, instantly hydrates, and instantly makes skin look brighter.

before and after shaking 
I have been using this for a few months now, and cannot imagine life without it.  I shake and then spray before applying makeup, everywhere apart from my t-zone, because it can be quite oily.  The results are amazing, it does all of the above, as well as giving my skin a luminous golden glow.  If you don't have oily skin, I would recommend spraying it to set makeup, as it looks incredible over foundation. You can use it in flight to prevent dehydration, or even without any makeup.  Glow tonic is not only a summer beauty product, I can wait to use it to brighten winter skin.

Available from Pixi Beauty 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Strobing - the new contouring!


Im not a huge fan of contouring.  Controversial right?  I know its amazing and it structures the face, and Kim Kardashian does it, but I personally can't seem to master the look on my own face.  I don't like wearing too much makeup, and too be honest, I am a little lazy.  

Strobing on the other hand, is the new beauty trend, which structures the face by highlighting certain parts of the face, requires less makeup, makes your skin look fresh and radiant, and most importantly, it will definitely not make you late for work! 

Illuminating your cheekbones, brow bones, nose, cupids bow etc with a highlighter is easy, and can be done with a powder or cream.  Another way you can highlight skin is through your primer. 

There's a beautiful girl in my office who always looks exceptionally radiant every time she wears her MAC Strobe Cream, so I thought I would give it a try.  

Radiant and dewy skin is my life mission... well one of them, I usually use an illuminating primer before my foundation to 'get the glow' normally in a golden tone so I was interested in its results.  

As you probably already know, MAC Strobe cream has been around for a while now.  I had associated it as an essential product for makeup artists on shoots, which had put me off buying it as I though it left an unnatural finish. I was a little wary about putting something so bright on my skin too, but the results were soooo good.  It gives dull and tired looking skin a instant boost and completely blends in with my foundation.  The formula is white, with iridescent particles to enhance the the effects of light on the skin.  Do not be put off by this, it works on all skin tones, and blends in really well under foundation. In fact, it looks amazing on really pale and black skin.

 I would even use it as an every day moisturiser as it's radiance enhancing qualities makes it ideal for makeupless skin.  

MAC Strobe Cream contains powerful botanicals which de-stress tired skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea.  Something I need on a daily bases! I wonder if you can eat it?? 

Available from MAC £24.50

Monday, 10 August 2015

Lifes a Beach

Bumble and bumble Surf Spray

When its super hot outside I really cannot be bothered to blow dry my hair.  Summer grooming is endless, so having the option of eliminating one beauty regime is a definite win.  My hair is bleached, so its quite easy to achieve beachy, tousled (messy) and windswept waves, however, this look can be created from a bottle using Bumble and bumble Surf Spray

Bumble and bumble Surf Spray is designed to thicken and lift hair to recreate that, sexy, salty, just got off the beach look.

I have been interested in this cult product for a while as pretty much every hair stylist I have ever known loves it.  I was under the impression like most people, that Bumble and bumble Surf Spray was for the beach. I used it on the holiday last year and was really unimpressed by its results.  This was because I was swimming a lot and didn't need to fake the beach hair. So, what it actually does is mimic the beach wave look, not create it on the actual beach.

Before discovering this, my bottle had gathered dust on my bathroom shelf, and I was actually gong to give it away.  One morning a few weeks ago, I discovered its amazingness when I was running late (as usual) to meet a friend and didn't have time to blow dry.  The results were incredible.  Since then I have been converted to its magic, and now I'm obsessed with it.  Its perfect for the city girls who want to create an effortless/bohemian/romantic or wild look - that's what summer is about right?  

Here's my air dried Surf Spray hair  

How to be  mermaid/surf girl...

 Simply wash your hair, spray onto the ends, or the roots (if you require volume) and let it air dry.  Easy.  

If you're a semi beach/city surf girl like me, and prefer a little more of a refined mess - blast your roots only with a hairdryer, to set your fringe and parting, or use a diffuser to dry.  Surf Spray works better on semi dry hair. I would finish the look with serum to add shine and prevent any potential frizz, but too be honest the extracts of sea kelp add shine and manageability leaving it looking super soft and shiny anyway.

Please note, results will vary depending on your hair type.  I get asked how I achieve my look all the time, but seriously, all I do is wash it, semi dry and add an oil because its naturally wavy.  Anyone with straight hair or curly hair would have to add additional products, and styling.

Available from Selfridges, Boots, Liberty, and Bumble and bumble 

£21.50 (125ml)

  • Ingredient - Ascophyllum Nudosum Extract: moisturising; elasticity, luster, softness, body, less flyaways
  • Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract: shine, manageability
  • Magnesium Sulfate: astringent