The thick, bright orange cleanser, is massaged into dry skin, melting away make up and grime, and then rinsed off using a cloth soaked in hot water, although if your skin is very sensitive or prone to rosacea, keep the water warm rather than hot. If you’re feeling particularly sensitive (or indulgent) add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the basin of water.
Et voila! Baby soft, clean and not-at-all-dried-out skin. Bliss.
Have you tried Orange Essence Facial Cleanser from Burt’s Bees or do you have another oil-based cleanser that you’d recommend? I’d love to know…
During the summer I took to the bottle in a BIG way. No, not the gin (although I have developed a penchant for dirty martinis, but only once in a while) but the bleach bottle. And since a haircut is way over due (I normally only manage once a year, which is shockingly poor ) I now have acres of frazzled ombre hair that needs looking after. The ends of my hair are light blonde and, if not looked after properly, very dry and straw-like.
Enter Kerastase Elixir Ultime, which I slather onto my towel dried hair before brushing through and leaving to dry naturally.
I’ve blogged about my cherished hair oil before, but with the damage done by the 4 applications of bleach, I needed a real heavy hitter.
Made with a blend of Maize, Argan, Camellia and Pracaxi oils, this rich elixir smells delicious, although not too heavily perfumed, and sinks into hair leaving it conditioned, smooth and protected without feeling greasy.
I had already been using it before the bleaching, but it’s really come into it’s own since I went half blonde.
It’s not the cheapest hair product around, but a little goes a fairly long way (although with my current waist-length curtain, not as far as it should!)
It had to happen sooner or later – Olympic fever has reached the blog!
Between yesterday’s nail-biting gymnastics results, the highs and the lows of the synchronised diving and the promising results in the equestrian 3-day eventing, I’m pretty much as excited about the whole shebang as a girl can be.
So it only seemed right that I paint my nails gold in the hope of some medals for Team GB to match soon.
Nails in: American Apparel Gold Flash
From left to right, top to bottom…
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Black Karat – this lightweight mineral eye colour is far less intimidating than it looks in the palette. I use it smudged into the lashline (upper and lower) to create a delicate smokey look. The colour goes on smoothly and blends easily, and the sheer colour means you can easily build it up for a dramatic evening look, and even use a wet brush to create an eyeliner or a more metallic finish.
Tip: You can pretty much wet any eyeshadow to create liquid eyeliner. There are proper ‘mixers’ that you can buy, but water will do a pretty good job too. BUT, always make sure to only wet one side or area of the product as once it dries you’ll find it’s not so soft and easy to pick up with a dry brush. I always go for the top right corner of any powder so I know where to do it net time.
MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Family Silver – As far as I can tell, they don’t make this colour any more, but the Invincible Light colour on their site looks close enough. I use this baked mineral eyeshadow pretty much everyday. The silvery colour shot through with a warm copper gives the perfect eye-opening effect when applied to the inner corners of the eye and swept up over the lid. Quite often it’s this and a slick of mascara and I’m ready to go!
Kryolan Cake Eyeliner – I’ve had this little pot of wonder since my very first day of make up training. It’s a pretty basic and old school product, but I’ve yet to find it’s equal. Cake eyeliner is not for the faint of heart, but once you get used to it it’s hard to use anything else. It’s a simple enough, just add water and muddle with your brush until you have a little paste that’s just the right consistency and intensity. Then take your brush and apply. I always load the product onto my brush and then “shape” my brush on the back of my hand to make sure the fibres are all smooth and I have a nice fine point to the tip. It takes longer to dry than latex based liners, and certainly isn’t waterproof, but I just don’t think other liquid eyeliners ever look as good.
Speaking of brushes, I will be covering them soon, but it’s a bit of a mammoth post (she says waffling on and on) as I’m a make up brush geek!
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Warm Brown – It’s near on impossible to find a good brow pencil that doesn’t make your eyebrows look ginger or black. Trust me, I’ve been looking. So when I stumbled across this miracle product a few years back I stocked up and haven’t looked back. My friends and family even have me bring it back from the US for them when I’m there as they’re all hooked now too. To use, use the brush end to shape your eyebrows then apply the pencil in short strokes, following the direction of the hairs. Then, and this is the bit that you can’t skip, brush through your brows again. This softens the pencil, drags the colour over the hairs making sure they’re coated, and breaks up any harsh lines making the pencil marks look more like hairs. Et voila!
MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Orpheus – Another limited edition MAC colour, sorry! But, Urban Decay do a really great product, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, and the Underground colour is a pretty good match. Great for smudging along the lashline fir a quick a subtle smoky eye.
Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner – Pretty self explanatory, I use this on the waterline, top and bottom, for a more defined evening look. It’s a simple way to go from day to night, and the soft texture of this product makes it easy to apply without scratching my eyelids.
Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Not Just Nudes – A new purchase, I love this simple palette of creme eyeshadows (I’m all about the creme products these days, it’s a bit of an obsession). The lightest colour is perfect for a quick sweep over the eyelids to highlight a (fake) tan and the other colours with their coppery undertones are perfect for summery eyes.
And that’s it for the everyday. There is of course, a whole suitcase of colour and sparkle that I may have to dip into and share with you soon, but if you’ve any great everyday recommendations, I’d love to hear about them…
So, we’ve got bases covered, onto the glam stuff!
I think of mascara as the jeans of the make up world, we’re forever searching for that one perfect pair, the ones that will lengthen our legs, give us curves in all the right places and never lose their shape.
Mascara is no different, and just like jeans, we usually end up with a couple of favourites that we use on rotation.
So, herewith, my current top 3, from left to right…
Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara
The most minimal of the three, but perfect for those times when you don’t want to look like you tried. I also use this on my lower lashes, as they’re quite long and thick, and anything heavier just makes me look like Twiggy.
Dr Haushka Balck Mascara
This is one of my favourite make up discoveries. Dr Haushka were kind enough to send me a selection of products for a photo shoot I was working on last year where everything had to be 100% natural. I will confess that I was unsure of just how good the products would be, but I’ve used the mascara, translucent make up, and loose powder on nearly every bride I’ve made up since. The botanical ingredients and essential oils are very soothing, the smell of the foundation alone is enough to calm the nerves of a frazzled bride, but it also provides great coverage and their colours run pale enough for even the most porcelain skinned English rose.
I’m now a total Dr Haushka convert, and the mascara is my everyday, can’t fail product. My lashes look beautifully black and glossy and well defined. It lasts well, with minimal drop down during the day.
Maybelline The Falsies
My “look into my eyes” product. Thick, long, mesmerising lashes are one coat away with this bad boy. It can be a bit hard to work with when the tube is brand new (as are so many mascaras, annoyingly) but once it thickens up a little, this stuff is like magic, although a lot of that is due to the spoon-like brush that scoops your lashes skywards giving that false lash look.
And that’s my mascara ‘wardrobe’. Of course, the product is one thing, but application is half the battle. No weak-handed wand waving please ladies, get that brush into the roots of your lashes and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your way up the length of your lashes to the tips, dragging them out and up as you go to create a nice flutter and open up your eyes. Et voila!
I’d love to know your favourite mascara, just in case I’m missing a trick, so spill!
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