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2012 Favourites.

Hello everyone.

The year 2012 has gone and we 2013 has just began so I thought I’d write a few posts about what products I’ve been loving this year. Many of the products I’ll mention in this article have never been featured in my blog as I only started writing it a few months ago, but trust me, they are my favourite products of 2012 and I would recommend any of them!

I wasn’t sure how to select my yearly favourites, I saw some bloggers select a product by category (say best bronzer or best cleanser), other just mentioned products released/discovered in 2012 that really impressed them. I thought I’d just a basket and and raid my bathroom, makeup bag and any places where I keep my beauty supplies. Turns out, I do have quite a lot of favourites, so I’ll still try to write them up in categories.

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Makeup

Primer – Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre.

This is kind of a hybrid, daily moisturizer crossed with primer, extremely popular with makeup artists. I’m originally a Parisian and so I’ve seen this product on the shelves of my local pharmacy, only picked it up earlier in 2012 when I visited my family… I didn’t need much encouragement to get it m, Lisa Eldridge recommended it. I didn’t get on with it at first, applying the right amount of product isn’t easy with this one, apply too much, the skin will feel greasy, apply too little, the skin feels dry. Now… Apply the right amount and you are good to go! The product leaves the skin soothed and hydrated, ready for foundation.

Foundation – YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat

This foundation was featured in many of my Monthly Favourites and I have an in depth review of it here. I loved it during the summer and I just can’t go without in the winter. It’s a light to medium coverage foundation so I wear it on good and not-so-good skin days. It is perfect for dry skin and its dewy finish helps to give dimension to the face.

Concealer – M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Concealer.

This is a highly pigmented concealer, perfect to cover scaring, pigmentation and blemishes. I find it stays very well on dry skin and it is actually quite moisturizing. I fear this has been discontinued though, so best hunt it down before it disappears, I sure am getting a backup.

Under-eye concealer – M.A.C. Mineralize Concealer.

It doesn’t matter which under-eye concealer I use, it will crease as I have lines (not wrinkles) under my eyes; I just always end-up wiping the product off so I don’t have anything sitting in the lines. Whilst M.A.C. Mineralize Concealer still sits in the lines, it just isn’t as had as anything else I’ve tried. It is also very good at covering dark circles.

Bronzer – Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronze Universel Bronzing Makeup Base.

I’ve tried a couple of bronzers before this one, all of them were powders, all of them looked like dirt on my face and quite honestly I almost gave up on trying to find a suitable bronzer for me. But you’ve guessed it! I have found the perfect bronzer in the Soleil Tan de CHANEL bronzer. It’s kind of a whipped mousse/cream product, the colour works for both contouring and bronzing. I just don’t go one day without it.

Blush – M.A.C. Powder Brush in Easy Manner.

This is a very pale pink blush with a satin finish. But the reason it is my favourite is because it is a the perfect pale pink colour in my opinion and it can be applied very lightly or more heavily. It was one of three blushes released in the M.A.C. Glamour Daze collection for holidays 2012 so I don’t think it’ll be harder to get your hands on one now (Debenhams has a few online).

Highlighter – Soleil Tan de CHANEL Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed.

Never ever used any highlighter before 2012 (unless you consider the YSL Touche Éclat is one) and out of the couple I’ve tried, this is definitely my favourite. I’ve got a review and swatches here.

Eyebrow pencil – M.A.C. Eye Brows in Spiked.

Well this year, I’ve had a bad experience at the beauty salon; my usual beautician was on holiday and the lady I was book with for a threading messed up my eyebrows. I was actually so upset that I didn’t have to pay for the treatment. I did however rush to M.A.C. on the way home to pick up something to correct the mess until the hairs grow back in. This is when I picked up this retractable eyebrow pencil. Spiked is a great colour for brunettes, I’d say it’s best used sparingly in small strokes for a natural . The pencil doesn’t stays in place all day.

Eye Liner – M.A.C. Fluidline in Dipdown.

I have been loving wearing a subtle line of eye liner on my eyes, I used to wear black but now much prefer a dark brown one. The M.A.C. Fluidline has a great longevity and doesn’t smudge. I also like the packaging. Only thing to bear in mind, and that’s something that I’ve read from online reviews, make sure to screw the lid back on very tightly so the product doesn’t dry out. I’ve had mine for most of 2012 and never had a problem with it.

Mascara – Benefit BADgal Brown.

Again, I haven’t used much black products on my eyes this year. I picked this one up because I did like the Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara in black. The brown one I bought however isn’t the same mascara as the one I originally had. It is very good nevertheless, and it’s been my go to mascara. As a side note, Benefit seem to have good quality mascaras, I did get a sample of the They’re Real! mascara in the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar, and it is pretty good too.

Lipstick – CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet in 41 L’Exquise.

I’ve mentioned it many a time, I rarely wear anything but lip balm on my lips. I do however like to wear a bit of colour when Autumn comes. This year’s berry and plum colours have really made me quite excited to try to wear something on my lips. First lipstick I bought, it was a winner! The packaging of the CHANEL lipsticks is amazing, especially this one, you need to push down the top so the lipstick is released. L’Exquise is a browny/plummy colour, I wear it in a sheer layer or pack on the colour for a more vampy lip.

Lip Balm – Vaseline.

Yes, pure petroleum jelly. It’s cheap and effective and it doesn’t smell of anything. It isn’t a very glamorous product to whip out of your back when you’re in public but it does the job. I use it throughout the day and always remember to put on a thick layer on the lips before bedtime. It’s also very useful when you have a cold and an irritated nose.

Makeup Tools

Foundation Brush – Sigma Foundation F60.

This is a classic foundation brush and I find that it’s what works best when I want to apply a sheer layer of liquid foundation, face mask or moisturizer.

Bronzer Brush – Real Techniques Contour Brush.

I’ve seen many people use a powder brush or a blush brush for contouring. Whilst I admired their confidence, I just know I’ll be going a terrible job at contouring my face with a big brush, and this is why this small contour brush is ideal for me. The brush isn’t available as a standalone brush and has to be bought in the Core Collection.

Sponge – Beauty Blender.

This is a fantastic sponge for applying foundation for an even and natural finish. I also blend under-eye concealer with the Beauty Blender. And I also use it as an eraser, to blend the edges of a harsh bronzer line or soften the colour of a too heavily applied blush.

Skincare

Makeup Remover – Bioderma Crealine TS H2O.

This is the makeup remover every blogger is talking about, I’ve known it for year and just rediscovered it in 2012. The one I currently use is the TS version, for very dry skin. The down side to this product is that it is very hard to find somewhere to buy this product. I get mine from back home, every time I go back to France.

Cleanser – Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser.

I’ve been loving it for years and still haven’t used anything better in 2012. I mentioned it, along with other products in the skincare category, in this article. I loved using this cleanser with water and my hands, loved it even more since I own a Clarisonic Mia.

Toner – Caudalie Beauty Elixir.

This is a very nice product to use. A few spritzes on the face, whenever you feel like it really. I enjoyed using it a lot during the summer. I’ve got a review here.

Electrical – Clarisonic Mia.

I now have it for over a year and it truly is fantastic. I no longer worry about leaving any makeup or dirt on my skin, it leaves the skin feeling so clean and exfoliated.

Facial Mask – GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask.

In short, smells divine, leaves the skin feeling amazing, the exfoliating beads don’t irritate my skin. In long, head over to this article, for a complete review.

Treatment – Avene Cleanance K Cream-Gel.

I call it the ‘Miracle Blemish Zapper‘, I’ve written an article about it here.

EDIT 06/01/13 – Shower Oil – L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.

Sorry guys, I’ve just realised I’ve forgotten to include this product in my 2012 Favourites. This is my favourite shower oil ever. I love anything that smells like almond, I love marzipan and this is a lovely non greasy shower oil. I generally buy a bigger size of the bottle with a pump on Boxing Day every year and it lasts for months.

Nail Care

Nail File – Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File.

I’ve talked about this nail file a few times now. It’s something I’ve never tried before and I don’t think I could go back to exclusively using a standard nail file. Read my review here.

Nail Polish – Essie Skirting The Issue.

I’ve been loving Essie nail polishes this year, especially the polishes available at Boots and Superdrug, they have a wide brush. My favourite colour was Skirting The Issue. This oxblood red came out as part of the Essie Autumn 2012 collection. It’s the sort of colour I like to wear all year around on my toes and during autumn and winter on my fingernails.

Top Coat – Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

I tried a couple of Sally Hansen top coats, and I was very disappointed, all of them cracked and chipped within a day. Well Seche Vite is very different. Not only does this top coat helps speed up the drying process, it also protect the polish from chipping, which is very handy for me, as I wash my hands regularly throughout the day.

Nail Polish Remover – Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover.

It’s just a very handy product, I’ve had it for months now and still can’t see that it’s about to run out; it lasts forever and is very helpful if you mess up one nail.

Fragrance.

DIOR Dolce Vita.

This is my go to fragrance, and it has been for years. I always get compliments about it when I wear it (which is pretty much every day). The only fear I have is that it might get discontinued one day, this is a less popular DIOR fragrance.

Haircare.

Leave-in Treatment – Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique.

This is a fantastic leave-in treatment for brittle, damaged hair. It protects the hair against heat and styling tools in general.

Hair Oil – Moroccanoil.

Well of course this would be my favourite hair oil. It is pricey, but nothing compares to it in my opinion, I just use it every single day. Read my review here.

Miscellaneous

Braun Silk-Epil 7 Dual Epilator 7891 Wet & Dry.

I have absolutely no idea as to how I’ve managed to live without this piece of technology. I use it everywhere I want to but on the face, it is fantastic to use in the shower and is so practical as it is cordless.

Well, this is it; my 2012 Favourites. Thank you very much (and congratulations) if you’ve managed to read the entire article. Please let me know what your favourite products of 2012 are.

Juliette

Urban Decay Naked Basics – Back to Basics.

Hello everyone.

Do you guys remember how excited I was when I found out that Urban Decay was releasing a (not quite) all-matte eyeshadow palette? If not, you can refresh your memory here. The Naked Basics palette did come out on 20th December in the UK and is exclusive to Debenhams (for now). I had to get it on the day! I grabbed one for me, and another one to gift.

I knew the palette was smaller but didn’t quite imagine it to be as small as it is. I have an iPhone 5, and though the palette contains six full size eyeshadows, it is smaller than the phone.

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The packaging is very nice if you ask me, Naked Basics might be very compact, but it is heavy and sturdy. Could be because the plastic the packaging is made out of is quite thick but also because there is a full size mirror in the top half of the palette.

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As mentioned in my previous article about this product, what I find appealing in this palette is that all but one shadows have a matte finish, this is something that I feel was lacking in Naked and the Naked2.

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I did some heavy swatches of all six colours on my arm. Every colour was applied with a clean finger, directly on bare skin.

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From left to right, as presented in the palette:

– Venus – soft, off-white. This is meant to be a demi-matte colour, I don’t find it extremely shimmery but it is my least favourite colour in the palette.

– Foxy – very light yellow/beige. This colour is available in the Naked 2 palette or can be purchased as an individual eye shadow. Colour is quasi invisible against my arm as it is so close to the colour of my skin.

– Walk of Shame – very light pinky nude. This colour can be bought to fit the Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette). I can only see it on my arm because it has a pink undertone.

– Naked2 – rosy taupe. New colour. I like taupe colours, this one is perfect to add a soft shadow to the crease.

– Faint – warm, dusty brown. New colour. I feel this one is very good for adding a more obvious shadow to the crease.

– Crave – deepest, darkest brown/black. New colour. Can’t say I see much brown in this colour, just reminds me of M.A.C. Carbon. It’s harder to get an even coat of this colour, but I’d say I always find black (extremely dark brown) matte shadows hard to work with. I suppose it could be used wet for tight lining though.

So what do I think?

I’m not really an eyeshadow girl, I kind of just stick  to drawing a very thin brown eyeliner line in the outer corner for my eyes for add definition and make my rather big eyes a little more feline-like. I keep this subtle and never wing the liner. So having these neutral eyeshadows is perfect for keeping the subtle eye makeup going. I like applying Foxy all over the eyelid as it evens out the colour of my eyelids. I then like blending a bit of Faint in the crease. If I do want something even more subtle (kind of not even there at all look), I replace Faint with Naked2.

The palette does contain basic colours indeed but they’ll only work with pale to medium skin tones. I feel like it is lacking in darker colours that would suit darker complexions. Saying that, maybe the palette can be used in a different purpose? Highlighting the brow bone or the inner corners of the eyes, rather than a full natural eye makeup?

I mentioned earlier in the article that I like the packaging, it’s a good quality product and compact enough that it could be put in a makeup bag for touch-ups throughout the day, or taken away on holiday.

Another positive point is the price. The palette retails at £20 ($27 in the US), this is a very good price for six high quality, highly pigmented, high-end eyeshadows.

The only not so positive comment I can make on this is that the palette doesn’t come with anything else, Urban Decay has always included, a shadow brush, a gloss or a sample of their famous Eyeshadow Primer Potion with any Naked palette, Naked Basics comes with no extras. This small detail doesn’t bother but I can understand why some customers might be disappointed.

All in all, I think this is an excellent palette to have, wether you are a beginner or a makeup addict. I feel like you can never have enough nude and matte colours.

You can get your Urban Decay Naked Basics palette at Debenhams, online or in store. Please let me know what you think of this palette, and tell me what your favourite colours are.

Juliette

PS: Though, I wouldn’t go out and buy the first Naked palette, I did get it for Christmas and will have swatches and a review up very soon.

Advent Calendar – Day 18.

Hello everyone.

So… I woke up this morning and realised that I’ve been enjoying using my Day 18 product very much yesterday but haven’t posted anything about it on my blog… Terribly sorry about that, I’ve got it here for you.

Steamcream.

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I am so delighted to have received this in my YOU Advent Beauty Calendar, I was actually thinking about buying some of it to try and to gift!

I love products which are presented in very traditional containers or/and packaging such as the L’Occitane products or the Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams and so, you can imagine how much I like this small tin with a gorgeous little design on it. The particular one I have is 70g of Steamcream in the Brugge Limited Edition by Mako Kikkawa tin. Another detail of the packaging I find ingenious is that the lid is actually a screw lid rather that one you just push on, this means I can take the product anywhere and not worry about it spilling in my handbag. Plus you can reuse the tins for storing ‘things’ when the Steamcream is finished.

The cream itself is a multipurpose moisturizer, handmade in the UK and Japan using all natural and fresh ingredients, it is suitable for daily use on face, body and hands. The product is a standard looking white cream, its texture is uncannily similar to the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre‘s (if any of you have tried it). The cream applies very nicely and sinks into the skin extremely well, leaving it feel soothed, moisturized and soft to the touch. Steamcream has a very herbal scent, I can smell lavender (lavender oil is one of the ingredients) which I’m not generally too keen on, though I don’t mind it in this cream.

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I’ve mentioned (earlier in this article) that I’ve been enjoying using it all day yesterday so you would have guessed by now that I am very pleased with this product. I like the packaging, I like the texture, I like how the product performs, and though I’ve only been using for a day, I am already looking forward to picking out my next tin.

If you are still looking for Christmas presents and/or stocking fillers, consider one of these festive tin designs? Available here.

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And of course, many more designs are available here.

I think this is my favourite YOU Advent Beauty Calendar product so far.

Juliette

 

 

November Favourites.

Hello everyone.

Terribly sorry to be late with my monthly favourites this month… I was actually wondering if I’d post any for November 2012 as I’ve not been using anything new worth mentioning if I’m honest. I’ve spent most of November working at home on my university projects, sat at a desk wearing very little makeup in some comfortable clothe and slippers…

I still wanted to write a little something about products I use daily and what brushes I use to apply them. So, here we go, this is what I’ve been wearing in November.

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YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat in BD40 – £28, available here. This is still my favourite foundation, even more so now that the weather is gone super cold and my skin a lot drier. Have a read of my review here.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – available at here as part of the Real Techniques Core Collection, four brushes for £21.99. I used to apply my YSL foundation with a standard Sigma F60 brush but I find I much prefer the finish I get when I use this buffing brush.

M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Concealer – £14.50. I’m not sure why I can’t find it on the M.A.C. website anymore but it is still available at my local store. I would never use this under my eyes but it does a great job at concealing blemishes or dark spots anywhere else on the face. I use the shade NC30.

Sigma F70 Concealer Brush – $10 here, worldwide delivery available. This is a standard concealer brush, I use it with the concealer I just mentioned and it’s very good for applying thick but even layer of product on blemishes.

CHANEL Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronze Universal Bronzing Makeup Base – £30, available here. This is my favourite bronzer and I use it for both contouring or just bronzing. If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you already know this product always makes it in my monthly favourites…

Real Techniques Contour Brush – available at here as part of the Real Techniques Core Collection, four brushes for £21.99. Perfect size for subtly contouring the face using the CHANEL bronzer mentioned above, again, this brush has made it on previous monthly favourites articles.

And there you have it! These are the product I’ve been using every single day in November. What do you think?

Juliette

Moroccanoil – Worth the Hype?

Hello everyone.

I love writing articles about all sorts of products, very popular ones and totally unknown ones. Today I want to say what I think of a hair oil that is well known in the beauty world, the Moroccanoil Treatment.

The Moroccanoil Treatment is a hair product, the main ingredient is the now very popular Moroccan argan oil.

The products come in heavy glass bottles with black plastic lids. I love the fact that the 100ml bottle is sold with a pump, this is such a good idea to allow us to use the pump or the standard lid. The rest of the presentation is pretty simple, I don’t think much of it early.

The product itself is like a thick hair serum with an oily texture but it isn’t greasy. I should add that this hair oil smells very nice. It can be applied both on wet or dry hair, I personally apply it on dry hair to add gloss. I do avoid the top half of the lengths and focus on the ends, the product does help a lot there. Like any other hair oils, I’d advise that you use it sparingly and it could weigh your hair down, especially if you have fine hair. There is a way to go around this though, by the light version of the product instead, it’s more suitable for fine and light-coloured hair.

I use this product daily, it works very well on my hair and on the hair extensions I have, I can’t fault it at all. It does a great job and I love it. The price is the downside…

This is my second purchase of the product, a 100ml bottle does last a few months, even on very long hair. I usually get the 100ml bottle from buyapowa.com as it is sold at a discounted price (as low as £21.50 + P&P). If you do not have a local retailer, feelunique.com is a good website to get it from as it offers free delivery, so the RRP of £30.45 isn’t as hard to swallow I suppose. I bought the 25ml bottle at my friend’s hair salon, at £12.95; this obviously works out less cheap than when I get the 100ml bottle but look how perfect it is for your handbag or for traveling.

I’ve heard of a few dupes to the Moroccanoil products but have never tried them. If you feel like £30.45 for 100ml is too expensive, maybe try the Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil Leave in Treatment, I’ve heard very good things about it and costs £11.67/100ml, much cheaper.

I personally think that the Moroccanoil Treatment is worth the hype and I am happy to pay the RRP as it does last months (I’m sorry I can’t tell you exactly how many).

Have you tried this hair treatment or any other argan oil hair treatments? How did you get on?

Juliette

October Favourites.

Hello everyone.

It’s that time of the month again, the monthly favourites article is here. Before I tell you about my favourites I’d just want to say it’s November already… Where has this year gone?

Right, here are my ‘October Favourites‘! Some of you will recognize old favourites…

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation. Still my favourite foundation, even more so now that it’s getting colder. I’ve got a review here if you want to know more.

M.A.C. Eye Brows in Brunette. Brunette is a new eyebrow colour, it came out with the Carine Roitfeld for M.A.C. Collection in October. I like using it on days where I try to fill my eyebrows in without having them quite as dark as they are when I use the colour Spiked. You can still buy Brunette now but for those who were wondering, it will be added to the permanent line in January 2013.

M.A.C. Desert eyeshadow. I have never been one to wear eyeshadow, but I have been wearing the Desert eyeshadow from the M.A.C. Carine Roitfeld Collection, Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit. Desert is a shimmering warm taupe colour with a Satin finish, this is the sort of colour I like. See swatches here.

Benefit BADgal Brown Mascara. This one was in my last monthly favourites, it’s just a simple brown mascara, it helps define and hold my lashes without making them too dramatic. I probably use it everyday.

Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronze Universel Bronzing Makeup Base. Yes, again. It’s there every month since I bought it. I love it for contouring and bronzing, I don’t think I’m interested in finding something to replace it. It’s just amazing.

SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed. A new favourite of my, very nice applied to the cheekbones, it’s a subtle highlighting product and I don’t go a day without using it. I’ve wrote a review, have a read here.

CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Luminous Matte Lipcolour in L’exquise. A nice dark plum colour, perfect for this season. I wear a sheer layer of it in the day and layer it up in the evening for a more dramatic look.

Essie Skirting the Issue. I love Essie polishes, especially the drugstore ones, I think they have very nice brushes. Skirting the Issue is part of the Essie Stylenomics Collection for Fall 2012. It’s a very dark blood red, very suitable for this season and goes very well with a multitude of outfits. The only downside is that it is very hard to get an even finish because this isn’t an opaque colour.

And that’s all of them. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my ‘October Favourites‘.

What have you been loving in October?

Juliette

 

May I suggest? ‘Miracle’ Blemish Zapper.

Hello everyone.

Quick tip for you today. We all get spots every now and then but have you found anything to get rid of them overnight? I have! I am not a dermatologist, but I’ve been using Avene Cleanance K Cream-Gel for years and it has always worked miracles for me.

The gel comes in a basic tube, it’s white in colour and doesn’t have a very strong scent, I’d say it just smells clean.

I apply it on the odd blemish or all over my face (staying away from the eyes) at night after cleansing my face. It is a little sticky but I just let it dry before going to bed. It does sting sometimes, especially if you have been rubbing or exfoliating your face or if the blemishes are inflamed, I personally don’t mind, just thought I’d let you know.

I have no idea how it works, but small to medium spots are dried overnight and they heal pretty quickly afterwards, bigger spots will need more than one night but I have never had any resist, they all have always gone after one night or two.

Now, I am clearly a happy customer and think this product is amazing and that’s why i have recommended it to many of my friends and they all have came back to me saying how amazing this product was. It isn’t the cheapest product but it is worth giving it a shot if everything else has failed to impress you.

If you do buy a tube (Boots sells Avene products here in the UK) and try it, please let me know how you get along with it.

Juliette

September Favourites.

Hello everyone.

It’s that time of the month again! I can’t believe how quickly September flew by, October already, Christmas is just around the corner.

So… What have I been loving this month?

I’ve been using the Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme for years and it’s never let me down. The brand has a new DayWear moisturizer (which replaced the one I was using), and so I bought it when I almost ran out last August. I am glad to report that I love the new version, at least as much as the previous one, I was worried it would be too different from the one I’ve used for ever. I’ll write a short article about them.

Whilst I’m talking about moisturizers, I’ve been loving using the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait body moisturizer. I just apply it in the morning after the shower and let it dry for a couple of minutes before getting dressed. It is lovely on the skin and reply helps with dry patches I may have. I will be moving to the body balm version of this product (which is a lot richer) when winter comes as it is very moisturizing. I bought mine in a Parisian parapharmacie but you can get yours here.

I still absolutely adore my YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, even more so now that I have the colour BD40 that I mix with BD50 to get the perfect colour match. I wore this foundation a little longer than thirteen hours and didn’t need to touch up and it did still look very good when I took it off, very impressive. I actually wrote an article on this product.

I have been loving using my Sigma F60 brush to apply the YSL foundation. It’s just a classic foundation brush really, it does the job it’s suppose to do and I get the right amount of coverage when I use it.

If I need to hide some dark spots or blemishes with concealer, I use my Detailer Brush which came in the Real Techniques Core Collection kit by Samantha Chapman. It’s quite small so it ideal for precision work. Real Techniques brushes are available at Boots.

I am gone contouring and bronzer mad this past summer and I just can’t get enough of the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel Makeup Base. I absolutely love it, it works so well with my skin tone. I use it every single day, to the point that I skip blush now.

I have very long and full lashes so I don’t tend to too much mascara as it makes my eyes look very dramatic and I’m more into subtle makeup. If I wear mascara, I prefer brown and one I have been loving is the Benefit BADgal brown mascara. It just gives more definition to my lashes and that is all I need really.

I don’t really worry about blemishes anymore, and if I get any I just apply a bit of the Avène Cleanance K Cream-Gel on the spot before bed and it would be gone the next morning (two nights for more persistent blemishes). I have recommended this product to a couple of friends and family members, every single one of them came back to me saying how impressed they were with the product. Just be aware that it might sting a bit. It’s available at Boots.

I’ve also been enjoying my weekly application of GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask, it is a very pricey mask but I can safely say that I will repurchase it when I run out of it, not that I can see this happening any time soon. Read my review here fore more details.

I made a series of articles titled ‘Autumn Nails‘ and whilst I liked most of the polishes I absolutely loved wearing O.P.I. Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! nail polish. I love this dark olive polish, plus it has an amazing formula. I’ve reviewed it here.

What have you been loving this September?

Juliette

A few of my favourite ladies.

Hello everyone.

Although I’ve only just started my blog, I have been thinking about doing this for a while, two years to be precise. I think it’s only fair to mention the people that inspired me to create my own beauty blog. While I much prefer watching videos on YouTube and I only read few blogs, when it comes to giving my opinion, I prefer writing articles. I’m sure you have already heard about most (if not all) of them but here goes.

Lisa Eldridge is a renowned professional makeup artist, she works with many celebrities and with Boots No7. You can find many tutorials and reviews on her website.

Samantha and Nicola Chapman from Pixiwoo are amazing professional makeup artists. They bring new tutorials to their YouTube channel very regularly. This is my favourite one of all time.

 

Wayne (sure I know he isn’t a lady, but a lovely man rather) from gossmakeupartist is another amazing professional makeup artist. I love his reviews, he always goes straight to the point.

Ruth Crilly is AModelRecommends, she is an actual model and her reviews are fantastic. If you are thinking about buying a  high end product head over to her channel, she probably has tried and reviewed it already.

Fleur from fleurdeforce is the nicest young woman out there. I love her product reviews and hauls. If you are looking for videos and posts from a ‘friend’, I’d recommend watching her YouTube channel and following her blog too.

Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup is a new addition to my selection. I love her honest reviews, she is such an honest girl. Lovely to read and to watch.

Now onto blogs, as I mentioned above, I don’t read as many blogs as follow YouTube channels but the ones I do read are amazing.

I cannot talk about beauty blogs and not start with my all time favourite, britishbeautyblogger.com. New articles are posted very regularly and so there is always something new to read! Another reason why I love this blog is because if there is something new to look out for, it will be feature there. I highly recommend following it.

The other blog that I read is thesundaygirl.com, again, updated frequently and the products reviewed vary from makeup items to nail polishes and fragrances.

They are obviously many more that I enjoy watching and reading but these are only my favourite ones.

Do you like these ‘gurus’ too? Which blog do you read?

Juliette

August Favourites.

Hello everyone.

It’s the end of the month and every blogger/YouTuber is posting their monthly favourites, since I now am a beauty blogger too, I figured I’d share with you my most loved lotions and potions of the month.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in BD50 has to be my all time favourite when it comes to foundation. It applies beautifully on the skin, leaves a gorgeous dewy finish and smells lovely. I have been using the colour BD50 while I had been fake tanning but it has become a bit too dark now, forcing me to bronze my décolleté and neck. I now have the perfect colour for my skin tone, I mix together BD50 and BD40, perfection. Get yours here or go and get a colour match and a sample at your nearest YSL counter.

I do not get blemishes anymore and I only need a little bit of concealer to cover up old scares and marks, the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer in 03 has been doing the job for a few months now and it has never failed me. I find that mixing two colours works best for me. It’s available here.

I thought it was about time to get a nice bronzer for summer and opted for Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel Makeup Base as I prefer cream or liquid textures to powders in general. Well this did not disappoint! I love the colour and how it looks on my skin, it blends very well and is build-able. It does not move or transfer. Get yours here.

I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply the Chanel bronzer. The brush with the core collection and I have to say I didn’t use it until I purchased the bronzer, I just didn’t have any use for it. Now that I do, it does the job perfectly well and I love it. Get the Real Techniques Core Collection set here.

I needed something new to fill in my brows so I went to my local M.A.C. counter and bought the Eye Brow pencil in Spiked it’s a good colour, looks natural and does the job. I also now realise how ridiculous my eye brows looked when I was using a different pencil. They are more colours here.

I would wear eye shadow, and I would bother doing fancy eye looks but the truth is, I don’t want to… I want something simple, natural and in a cream texture if possible. M.A.C. Paint Pots are amazing for that. You can use them as a base for your eyeshadows or just on its own and it will look lovely. I’ve been wearing Groundwork all month long, it’s a mid-tone neutral taupe and helps me achieve the look I want with very little hassle involved. More colours available here.

I find it hard to get a red that I am happy to wear on my fingernails and so I am delighted to have found this Essie nail polish in Forever Yummy. Colour looks good next to my skin tone, I don’t feel like I’m wearing something too flashy and I did get compliments from my beautician and my partner. Try this one or another colour here.

Let me tell you a story, I’m sorry if you’ve heard it before, actually no I’m not, you’ve most likely heard it before and I bet it happened to you too. A girl paints her nails, they look gorgeous, she just needs to wait for them to dry before doing anything though. The problem, there is always a delivery man, or a phone call or whatever else to make her move and mess up a couple of her freshly painted nails. That’s when she has to go ahead and remove the polish off all of her nails because the cotton wool and nail polish remover will just mess up them ones that stayed intact anyway. Well fear no more, with Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, you can just dip a specific nail in and voila! This is a bathroom essential, I can not live without it, and you shouldn’t have to either.Available here.

To finish, I am sure you all heard of Bioderma Créaline H2O Solution Micellaire by now, isn’t it just the most talked about cleansing water? Well it is worth the hype and it is brilliant. It will remove all your makeup, even the most persistent waterproof mascara and all of that without stinging your eyes. Two things you should consider though : you will go through a lot of cotton pads and this product isn’t widely available in the UK. Go here to purchase a pack of two or here to get one bottle.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your current favourites?

Juliette