Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Body Butter...

16 April 2017

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It wouldn't be Easter Sunday without some sort of Easter (or should that be egg) related post and I think this has to be by far the most easterish post I've ever done on here. Firstly I'm happy that lent is finally over and done with and that I can FINALLY eat chocolate again. As you read this I may be in a sugar induced state somewhere after gorging on a 1001 creme eggs. Anyway back onto this post, until Angela brought this back from Florida, I've never heard of the brand Too Cool For School, however it is available on the Selfridges website if you're based in the UK.

Now don't let the name and any egg related preconceptions which you may have put you off from this product. Yes it may be yellow like an egg yolk, however I can assure you that this doesn't smell of egg. It looks and has the texture of whipped butter - ironically considering the three main ingredients is egg, butter and oil. The texture of this body butter is very light and quickly absorbs into my skin and doesn't leave any residue on the skin or scent. 

What is brilliant about the Egg Mellow range is the fact that these products can be used on all skin types, however it works wonders if you have any dry skin. I normally suffer from dry skin on my knees and the top of my feet and since using this the dry patches have gone (it even past the fake tan test). It's a shame this is hard to come by in the UK, however if you know anyone who is going to America, it may be worth you asking them to pick one up for you.

Casual...

13 April 2017

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Khaki Oversized Shirt - Zara (old) // ASOS Ridley Jeans // Ash Boots // Chloe Drew Bag

Shirts, jeans and boots have to be my new staple outfits.I know I need to step out of my comfort zone, however if it's what I feel comfortable in, that's what I'm wearing. Since picking up this khaki shirt from the Zara sale in the New Year, I can't stop wearing it. What the photos don't show is that the material of this is very much like suede, it's hard to explain, however it's the perfect shirt to be dressed up or down.

Since purchasing my Chloe Drew bag since before Christmas, I can't believe how much wear out of this I've had. The only downside is that the inside of the bag is beige suede and I'm paranoid of staining it with make up, I need some sort of little pouch. Hopefully Oliver Bonas has some nice ones in when I'm in London next month. On a random side note I'm hoping to get an appointment with Topshop Personal Shopping next month while I'm down there - if you have any reviews on this service, let me know.

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Range

12 April 2017

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Kiehls has fast become my go to brand for skincare and over the last six months I've been using their much hyped Midnight Recovery Concentrate on a night to give my skin an added boost. I've found that if you mention Kiehls to anyone, the products which they mention is their Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment or the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Quite cleverly they have made the packaging midnight blue, but to also reflect that these are nighttime products. Believe it or not, I wasn't really a fan of the scent of the concentrate when I first started using it, however the slight lavender scent has grown on me and once this is applied to the skin you can't smell it.

It does state that for the Concentrate that you should use two to three drops on your face, however depending on how dry my skin is, will determine how much or little I will use. Normally I'd probably use 3-4 drops and this is enough for my face and neck. Unlike other oils this absorbs quickly into your skin and passes the hair in the face test as there is little to no residue left on the skin. This can be used alone or underneath moisturiser so it's ideal for travel if you want to travel light. Normally I prefer to use this by itself with the Eye Concentrate as I don't want my skin feeling clogged with lots of product right before bed. Unlike other oils which I have used, it has taken a few weeks for me to notice any visible differences, however what I can say is that it does make my skin look rested and brighter.

For Christmas (a distant memory), I received their Midnight Recovery Eye and considering their Creamy Avocado Treatment is my holy grail eye cream, this had high standards to live up too. Personally I found this to be a bit of a disappointment compared to the Creamy Avocado Treatment. It claims to reduce dark circles, fine lines and puffiness - the only difference I could see was that some of my fine lines were not as noticeable. Luckily (touch wood) I don't suffer from puffiness, and this made no impact on my dark circles. This is a rich eye cream and unlike the Creamy Avocado Treatment, you only need the smallest amount. The Midnight Recovery Eye is pretty much unscented and does absorb quickly into the skin. However my heart will always lie with their CAT (I'm abbreviating it now) and that is what I'm planning on repurchasing once this is used up. Are you a fan of Kiehls skincare? What products should I try next? 

The Cult Highlighters...

9 April 2017

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Mary Lou Manizer // Cindy Lou Manizer Highlighters - £19.99 each (Superdrug)

Can you imagine a make up routine without using any highlighter? The thought of not using some sort of highlighter in my make up routine is actually breaking me out into a cold sweat. Now normally if the term highlighter is mentioned - the first items which come into my mind are Mac Soft and Gentle, the Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kits and then Becca Shimmering Light Perfectors. Believe it or not, I'm not really a fan of these. Hands down my holy grail highlighter (and the only one I ever reach for) is The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer. 

In my opinion Mary Lou is far more pigmented on my skin than Becca's Opal or ABH Glow Kit and comes up as more of a golden/champagne shimmer on the skin. This has been my go to highlighter - on the cheeks, cupids bow, inner corner of my eyes and also on my brow bone. Honestly I can't get enough of it - if I could bathe in it I would. Recently I picked up Cindy Lou Manizer, which on my skin tone is predominately used as a blusher as its got a quite a pink undertone. 

What sets these apart from other highlighters which I've tried is the formula, considering these are so highly pigmented, the powder is so buttery and so blendable. Literally if you use the smallest amount with the lightest hand, you will still be blinded by the highlight. Personally I like to pack this on, and previously I would use the Real Techniques Setting Brush, however since picking up the Anastasia A23 Brush from Sephora, this is the best brush to use for highlighter and well worth investing in it. Normally for during the day I'll apply this straight from the pan, however for a night out I normally either wet the brush using fix plus then apply, or I'll put some on, set my face with a setting spray and then while my skin is still slightly tacky go in and apply more highlighter. Are you a fan of The Balm? What are your favourite highlighters?
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