Friday, 28 February 2014


Not so long along I wouldn't have gone near Clinique skincare, the horror stories I heard about their 3 step skin care routine was enough to put me off forever. I soon changed my mind with all the hype surrounding their Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and while I wasn't a fan (not meant for my skin type) I still highly rate it. As a big fan of Paula Begoun's Beautypedia some of Clinique's moisturisers are given the 'Best' rating and seeing how this is a brand that is readily available in England it makes it a lot easier to try out. Just a warning, you're going to see comedogenic a fair few times! 

Clinique Dramatically Moisturising Gel is the only one I haven't tried as a night cream as the main reason I brought this was to use underneath my evening make up, it doesnt contain any SPF or oils that would interfere with primers or foundations. For that job it works perfectly but it contains three highly comedogenic ingredients - Oleth-10, Laureth-23 & Laureth-4. So far I haven't had a problem with it but I shall keep you updated. When I got Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Cream I though I'd found my HG night moisturiser, this is packed full of antioxidants, has tube packaging and contains no irritating essential oils. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be as I broke out from using this a handful of times, either from the Sea Whip which is highly comedogenic or from the Jojoba oil as my skin can't really handle oil. 

This last one caught me by surprise as I'd given up finding the perfect night moisturiser but then Jenny reviewed Clinique's Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser and with similar skin types I decided to get a sample this time around and give it a go. Now the name of this is a little misleading as the PH of this cream is too high for the Salicylic Acid to function but as I have an effective BHA exfoliator I'm not bothered by that but just a heads up if you were hoping this could be a two in one. What makes this stand out is it can completely hydrate my skin with upsetting it, most moisturisers these days will contain oils or some other comedogenic ingredient. I've been using this for a month now and I couldn't be happier, when I wake up in the morning my skin is plump, moisturised and there have been no signs of this breaking me out. The only thing I'm not too found of is the jar packaging - ingredients break down quicker due to being exposed to the air but with this cream I can make an exception as in ten years I haven't found as an effective night time moisturiser.

What are your favourite night time creams?

Monday, 24 February 2014


A foundation that I wasn't all too interested in when it was first released, soon got my attention when the glowing reviews and photos of people wearing this started pouring in. With Yves Saint Laurent's Youth Liberator Foundation the combination of skincare 'Glycanacrif Complex' and foundation meet to make for one winning formula.

Getting straight to the point, this a buildable medium-coverage foundation. Setting to a satin finish this starts to get dewier as the day goes by but instead of looking sweaty you get the whole 'glow from within' look going down. As my skin is on the drier side I'm embracing the glow but for oily skin types this could all be a bit too much, resulting in unwanted shine. When it comes to gel foundations the best way to get the longest wear out of them is with a water based primer, my favourite being Witch's Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer, an excellent dupe for Laura Mercier's Oil Free Primer. The main reason I brought this was for the way it make the skin look in photos and I can say it definitely delivers. I found this to blur imperfections with only a little concealer needed to completely cover them. I haven't found it too be too much for daytime either and the times I've caught a glimpse of myself in a store mirror I've been left pretty darn impressed with how it looks.

I do have a few little niggles. First, dry patches. If I have any this will emphasise them so regular up keep with the AHA's is a must. Secondly, colour selection as there are no where near enough shades. I wear B30 and with a little neck blending its fine but there's a massive jump down between B30 and B10. Lastly, fragrance. This might not be a problem for some, just be warned this has a very strong perfume scent but once its on the face you cant smell it. At £34 do you need this foundation? Yes and no. During the winter months this is doing what NARS Sheer Glow does for me in the summer, so its a welcome addition but if your skin is on the normal side then there really is no need, unless your a foundation junkie like myself...

What are your foundation picks for Winter?

Monday, 17 February 2014


Before Christmas I had a little spree in Space NK where I headed straight to the NARS counter and ended up getting a few things ticked off the wish list. Last week I found myself standing in front of the all the pretty NARS make up once again wanting to make the wish list a little bit smaller.

Douceur is a blush in the past I would have completely overlooked. It may not look all that interesting in the pan but once on the cheeks it translate to a subtle contour that works perfectly for minimal make up days and for when you're rocking a red lip. I was going to buy Cyprus as a dupe for Burberry's Pale Barley but by some miracle it came back in stock making getting it a little pointless. After not being able to get it out of my head I took PB with me to do some side by side swatching and I decided they were different enough for me to own both. After I felt like Too Faced's Shadow Insurance wasn't up to the job any more and feeing a bit 'meh' with Urban Decay's Primer Potion I was on the lookout for something new and NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base seemed like the next choice. I've only used this a handful of times but so far I'm impressed.

Since the Satin Lip Pencils were released I've been keen to pick up a few shades but I was never sure which ones to go for. While their limited edition shades were tempting I settled on two of their permanent shades, an all year round bright Luxembourg and a classic peachy nude Biscayne Park.
The Velvet Matte Lip Pencils really caught my eye last year after they received a lot of love online and when the positive reviews started pouring in I couldn't help but pick up a couple of shades. Cruella (dark red) and Red Square (orange red) were picked up first with Dragon Girl (blue red) being the most recent and impulsive of buys.

Are you lusting after any NARS products?