Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil Review

Sunday Riley Juno hydroactive Cellular face oil
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
I've been seeing rave reviews of lots of different Sunday Riley products throughout the blogosphere lately, so I decided I wanted to give one of their facial oils a try. I have slightly dry, dehydrated skin which has a tendency to look a little dull and flat - so I'm always looking for products to hydrate and plump my skin in the hopes that I will be able to get that ever elusive youthful glow.
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
I decided to go with the Juno oil - it's described as a botanically active blend of cold pressed superfood seed oils, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, essential amino acids and contains anti-inflammatory agents, not to mention it's essential oil free.
It's designed to hydrate and brighten the skin giving it an 'obsession worthy' glow as well as providing anti ageing benefits -helping to stop premature ageing by increasing the production of collagen. making the skin look more plump. It sounded perfect for me, I just couldn't resist - I will try out anything that promises to help diminish signs of ageing.

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil Ingredients List
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil Ingredients List

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil Ingredients List
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil Ingredients List
The first thing I noticed about this oil was how gorgeous it looked. It comes in a glass bottle with a dropper: the bottle has an ombre appearance going from pink to clear, while the oil itself is yellow. The second thing a noticed was its strong herbal scent. The scent made me a little nervous, as very often scented products can give me headaches. I also have very sensitive skin so a lot of products tend to break me out, especially heavily scented ones.
I was however relieved to discover that once I applied the oil, the scent quickly disappeared. - so, no headaches/bad reactions.

Juno oil is described as a dry oil that absorbs quickly into the skin - but personally I've found it to be a very oily oil which leaves my face looking quite greasy when applied, which is a good thing for my dry/dehydrated skin. However, I would only recommend applying it overnight. Applying it in the morning not only makes me look greasy, but I find applying makeup over it impossible. Whereas, when I apply it at night - the next morning, my skin feels soft and plump, I've also noticed if I have any little spots or bumps under my skin they're gone the next morning too!
It's recommended that you apply 5-7 drops, but I've found that 3 drops are ample for me.

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
I've been using this oil at night for about a month. While I can't see a huge difference in my skin, I will say my skin feels smoother and softer after I used it and the fact that it somehow manages to get rid of upcoming small spots and texture on the skin is really impressive. I would've liked a little more glow though. At €100 this oil is expensive, I'm not sure whether I would purchase it again. But I definitely want to try out more from the range. I am very tempted to try the Flora Hydroactive Cellular Facial oil next.
One other thing that I wanted to mention is the box the oil comes in: the lid lifts off the base with ease, meaning if you lift the box without holding the base, the base is lightly to fall and the oil smash.
Although it hasn't happened with this oil,  it did happen a few years ago with a Creme De La Mer moisturiser in virtually the same packaging and it ended up smashing on the kitchen floor! So just be weary.

I would love to know if anyone has tried this oil and whether or not you've got any tips for wearing it under makeup.

Please note none of the links are affiliate links and I purchased all the products mentioned.
I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!
LL

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this Smoky Palette from Urban Decay. I am a big fan of UD shadows in general. I have the previous three Naked palettes, as well as a couple of individual shadows. So of course as soon as this palette was released I just had to have it! Check out my review of the Naked 3 palette here.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
The palette itself is made of  sturdy quite weighty acrylic, which has a smoky effect to it. It has a secure magnetic closure, a large mirror in the lid - and also comes with a double ended synthetic brush, with a blending brush at one end and a smudger brush at the other. It's not the most amazing brush I've ever used, but it does the job.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
This smoky palette, as the name suggests, contains twelve smoky neutral shades - nine of which are brand new shadows and three re-promoted shades which are exclusive to this palette. The idea behind this palette is that you have all the shades in one place to create any smoky eye look you like. .

When I think 'smoky eye' I tend to think of grey, slivers and blacks. However I love the fact that this palette not only offers you these shades but a whole host of brown bronzes and taupes too. Which means you can create any type of smoky look you want. There is also a leaflet included with the palette to show you how to achieve four different smoky looks.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
This palette not only has a great shade range, but the shadows also have a variety of finishes-everything from glittery shades, metallics, mattes, as well as subtle sheen finishes too.

High -This is a pink toned champagne metallic shade with micro-glitter particles through it.
It also has quite a smooth soft blendable texture.
DirtySweet- This is a metallic gold shade it is by far my favourite shadow in the palette - it is extremely soft, buttery smooth, applies evenly and blends out beautifully.
Radar -This is a metallic bronze shade with micro-glitter particles through it. It has decent yet buildable pigmentation, it does feel slightly drier then the previous two shades.
Armor- This is a metallic sliver, slightly taupe shade with large silver glitter particles through it. It has quite smooth texture, it does feel slightly dry but goes on evenly and has decent buildable pigmentation.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor
Slanted -This is a blue toned metallic grey shade. It has quite a dry formula and again has decent buildable pigmentation.
Dagger -This is matte charcoal grey shade with a slight blue undertone to it. It also has micro-glitter particles through it, is very pigmented and has quite a smooth yet slightly dry texture.
Black Market -This is a black shade with a slight satin sheen to it. It has a very similar texture to Dagger - very pigmented, blendable and buildable with a smooth slightly dry texture.
Smolder- This is a matte cool toned plum shade. Like Black Market and Dagger, it also has a smooth but slightly dry texture, and again is very pigmented, blendable and buildable.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder
Password- This is a cool toned light matte grey shade, it blends out to become a very subtle hint of a shadow - and again has a smooth yet slightly dry feeling to it.
Whiskey- This is matte cool toned brown shade, it blends out beautifully and is very buildable. And again has a smooth slightly dry texture.
Combust- This is a matte soft pink beige shade, and yet again has  a soft smooth yet dry texture.
Thirteen -This is a pale beige almost matte shade (it has a very slight sheen), and again has a really soft, smooth yet dry texture.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
I have to say when I first swatched the palette, I was a little disappointed as for the most part the shadows felt drier than your usual Urban Decay Shadows. However I need not have worried, I have experienced very little/no fall out even with the darker colours (once I tap any excess off the brush before applying). The pigmentation is really nice, they're incredibly blendable and buildable - you can blend them out to just a hint of colour, or build the colour up for a more intense look. This is not to say they aren't pigmented because they are. It just means the formula allows you to have greater control enabling you to achieve the look you want.  I am also really impressed with the wear time of these shadows - after about 7 hours hours they start to fade (with no primer), and it was 10+ hours before they started to show signs of wear (with primer) the shadows were still in place after 12 hours!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Applied
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Applied
Pictured above I'm wearing Thirteen all over the lid, Whiskey in my crease, Smolder in the outer corner and through the outer half of crease. Combust is slightly above the crease to blend out the edges of Whiskey and Smolder, I then placed Radar on the lid with a small amount of DirtySweet over it with High to highlight the inner corner.
Also, Check out the look to created with the Naked 3 palette here.

I think this palette is so versatile I would highly recommend it if  you like Smoky neutral shades. The shade range is impressive, and the formula of the shadows is incredible. It's definitely worth investing in. Link!

I'd love to know if you've tried this palette, and what you think of it.
Please note none of the links are affiliate links and I purchased all the products mentioned.
I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!
LL

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Makeup Revolution Euphoria Bronzed Palette

Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
I picked up this Euphoria eyeshades and contouring palette at the beginning of the Summer.
I really liked the look of all the shades, and thought it would be good for travelling as you have all your powder products in one single palette. The palette itself is made of sturdy hard plastic and has a secure click closure with a huge mirror in the lid.
Inside, there are six neutral toned shimmery eyeshadows - as well as a bronzer, blush and
highlighter.

Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
I am  really impressed with these eyeshadows - they're really pigmented, apply smoothly and evenly with no for out and last about 5/6 hours (no primer) and 8 hours+ (with primer). They're all shimmer shades, however the bronzer also looks gorgeous worn as a matte shadow and can be paired with any of the above shimmer shades.

Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Swatches of Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Swatches of Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
The first shade is a pale white with a slight metallic finish to it, ideal as a inner corner or brow highlight.
The second shade is a metallic pale peachy pink shade, it has a very soft almost velvet texture. This shade is again great as an inner corner highlight, or would be lovely on the centre of the eyelid to brighten any look.
The third shade is a metallic cool toned pale pewter shade - again this is a great shade to use to brighten any look by using it on the inner half or on the centre of the lid.
Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Swatches Of Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Swatches of Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
The first shade is a very warm golden copper shade with a orange undertone to it. It has a very smooth texture and is the most pigmented shade out of of the six.
The second shade  is a purple with a gold metallic finish. Again this has a very smooth texture and looks lovely applied to the eyelid, or in the crease.
The third shade is a olive green metallic shade with a lot of gold going through it, again it has a velvety smooth texture and looks great on the eyelid, in the crease or even in the outer corner.

Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Swatches Of Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Swatches Of  Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed
Bronzer- This is a neutral toned matte bronzer - it does not look too dark or in anyway orange on me. It applies evenly, has decent pigmentation and blends out beautifully - but it can be easily built up for a darker more intense bronze look.
Blusher- This is a gorgeous peach shade - it does have quite a lot of golden shimmer through it, which gives it an almost metallic finish. Personally I wouldn't really wear the blush and highlight together. I found that if I wear the blusher along my cheekbone (as I usually do), the shimmer in the blush is enough highlighter for me.
Highlighter- This is a pale peach toned shade with a golden metallic finish. It has a very smooth texture, and gives an intense almost wet look to the skin. It's an ideal shade to use at this time of year to help achieve a Summer glow. This shade is also a gorgeous inner corner highlight.

Unfortunately, I have noticed if I wear the face powders in this palette for more then a few days in a row, tiny bumps start appearing under my skin. (I have really sensitive skin)  it's such a pity because I really like all three shades.
My skin reaction aside, I would still recommend this palette as I think for £6/€8 it's definitely worth it even for the eyeshadows alone (which I didn't have any reaction to). Not only do I think they're ideal shades for this time of year, I also think the three darker eyeshadows would look lovely in the Autumn as well Link!

Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed

Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette - Bronzed

Above: I am wearing the bronzer lightly applied to the contours of my face, with the blusher along my cheekbones and the highlighter applied along the tops of my cheekbones.
On my eyes - I have the first shade in the palette as a brow bone highlight, the second to last (purple) shade in the palette in my crease and the olive green shade on my eyelid form lash line to crease, with the second shade in the palette as my inner corner highlight.

I'd love to know if you've tried this palette, and what you think of it.
Please note none of the links are affiliate links and I purchased all the products mentioned.
I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!
LL


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Summer 2015 Beauty Favourities


I can't believe it's been almost two months since I posted on the blog. But I'm back & my aim is to post at least twice a week, I'm thinking maybe a Wednesday and Saturday!

Finally, I'm getting around to posting about my favourite Summer products. I thought the best way to come back would be to tell you about the products I've been loving since I've been away.


Lumière D'été Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumière D'été Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumière D'été Illuminating Powder- Unfortunately this was a limited edition product, but if you can find it anywhere I would urge you to pick it up! It was released as part of Chanel's Méditerranée Summer 2015 Collection. I've been a long time fan of Chanel bronzers, and I have to say this did not disappoint. It's definitely by far my favourite bronzer bar none! Although it's called an illuminating powder rather than a bronzer, it's definitely a light golden tan bronzer on me.
It's not completely matte, but isn't shimmery either, it just leaves a beautiful subtle sheen on the skin, it's very sheer but can be built up on the skin to achieve a deeper bronze look. Because it's sheer I find it very easy to apply as it is nearly impossible to over do it. I was also really impressed with the wear-time, 8 hours +. Also something to note unlike most of Chanel's makeup products, this bronzer has no scent to it.


Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette- I have been using this palette almost daily since I got it in April (I'm obsessed). My favourite go-to look at the moment is Coconut Creme as an all over base, Peanut Butter in the crease with Truffled in the outer corner and Butter Pecan on the inner half of the eyelid. Check out my full review of the palette here.

Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop
Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Melon Pop- Link! Clinique's Cheek Pops are one of my all time favourite blush formulas. They are powder blushes however they are so smooth (although not too soft) when applying they almost feel like a cream. They go on evenly, blend out beautifully and last all day. For more details check out my review of the cheek pops here. Recently, Clinique added four new shades to their cheek pop range- as soon as I saw Melon Pop I had to have it. It is a gorgeous pale nudey peach shade, that applies sheer, but can be built up for a more intense look. This is the perfect shade for giving you a soft Summer peachy glow.
Clockwise: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres in 202, Clinique Lip Colour in Berry Pop, Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb
Clockwise: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres in 202, Clinique Lip Colour in Berry Pop, Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb

Clinique Pop Lip Colour in Berry Pop- Link! Although this shade isn't particularly summery it is a lovely pinky berry shade with a hint of mauve, and is the perfect neutral every day shade. Again the formula of these lipsticks are amazing they are long wearing -while somehow managing to not dry out your lips! Check out my full review here for more details.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Le Vernis À Lèvres Pop Water Glossy Stain in Rouge Splash no 202 Link!  I absolutely love this glossy stain - not only the shade, but it's texture and wear-time too! When you apply the first coat it is quite translucent - but once you apply a second coat you get a brighter, more pigmented look. The idea behind these pop water glossy stains is that they're supposed to give the lips sheer coverage while providing vibrant colour. It feels very light and almost matte on the lip, with a very watery light weight texture when first applied. However once you wait a few seconds it starts to feel thicker and glossier on the lips. I have found the best way to apply them is to first apply a very thin layer of product, wait a few second for the texture to change and then apply a second coat. Once I did this I found that the glossy stain lasted 5 hours plus on my lips. It also feels comfortable and hydrating on the lips throughout the day! Check out my full review here.
Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb  Link! This lipstick feels very moisturising, it almost has a balm like texture. This is a bright pinky red colour yet because it's somewhat sheer it is a very wearable shade. I like to apply it lightly from the bullet and sheer it out even further on my lips with my finger.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light -Warm- Link! I use this  on my under eye area to conceal and brighten. This concealer is everything it says it is. It's lightweight, it doesn't settle into fine lines or go cakey, yet it still manages to conceal my dark circles. It lasts all day, I always set it with a powder to make sure it stays in place. Check out my full review here.

Vichy Teint Ideal Cream Foundation in No 25 Sand
Vichy Teint Ideal Cream Foundation in No 25 Sand
Vichy Teint Ideal Cream Foundation in Sand  - I discovered this foundation a few months ago, and have been using it almost daily ever since. Although it has quiet a thick texture, it still manages to feel light on the skin. I would say this foundation offers medium to full coverage and is definitely buildable - however does not look cakey (no matter how much I apply). The foundation leaves a luminous, radiant slightly dewy finish to the skin. I have been applying and buffing it into my skin with my Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush. Check out my full review on this foundation here.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara-Link!  This mascara has a plastic comb wand (which I normally don't like) but I decided I had to give to a go as everybody seemed to be raving about it. I had convinced myself I wouldn't like it because of the wand - but I can confirm it is definitely worth the hype. It separates the lashes as well as providing length and volume. It lasts all day, doesn't smudge or flake off, and is easy to remove.


From Left: Dior Bronze Face Tan, Vita Liberata Phenomenal Dark Mousse Tan
From Left: Dior Bronze Face Tan, Vita Liberata Phenomenal Dark Mousse Tan
Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 week Dark Mousse Tan- Link! I have been using this fake tan for years, it's by far my all time favourite. It has a slightly olive undertone to it, which means it doesn't turn me orange. The mousse itself is really easy to apply, it's got a dark colour guide which is amazing as you can easily see where you've applied the tan, I always let it develope over night and shower off the colour guide the next morning. I use a mitt to apply, I pump the mousse onto the mitt and then apply to my body, it goes on evenly and never goes streaky! 
One application gives me a very light subtle colour, two application gives me a darker tan and three applications gives me more of a darker bronze look ( I would only really wear 3 applications to boost a fading natural tan). With one application the tan disappears after 7 days with two applications it lasts about 10/12 days with two applications. It fades gradually I don't even notice it happening It doesn't go patchy or uneven, it just fades away.

Dior Bronze Face Tan-  Link! I have also been using this for years, this is a silky smooth gel formula. It gives you a subtle golden tan. To apply it I put a small amount on a cotton pad and swipe it over my face. I usually do it as the last step in my night time routine. I apply it every second or third night, again it fades with cleansing and doesn't go patchy.



First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads- Link!  I bought these glycolic acid chemical exfoliating pads a few months ago, after I heard Caroline Hirons saying how good  they are. I was kind of nervous to try them as my skin is extremely sensitive a reacts to most products. The first time I used them I felt a little sting on my skin, however it only lasted a second or two. I thought it was worth noting that I have never felt the sting since. I use them both morning and night. They are said to exfoliate, tone and brighten the skin. I've definitely noticed the texture of my skin is smoother and softer than ever. I will have a full review on these soon!

From left: Blank Canvas Cosmetics E26 Blending Brush, E24 Flat Shader Brush
From left: Blank Canvas Cosmetics E26 Blending Brush, E24 Flat Shader Brush
Blank Canvas Cosmetics E24 Flat Shader Link! & E26 Blending Brush Link! - These brushes are amazing quality as well as being really affordable. The bristles are very soft and don't shed- I've had these for a few months now, they have been washed several times and have held their shape really well. I use the E24 to pack colour on the lid, while I use the E26 to apply and blend colour out in the crease, I have also used the E26 to apply shadow in the outer corners. I have been so impressed with them I recently ordered several more of both brushes. (cause you can never have too many).


Nía Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm
Nía Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm
Nía Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm- Link! I have been using this for months and have been really impressed with it. The product itself is solid in the tin: I scoop a small amount out and warm it between my fingers- once the product is warmed up it turns into a oily/milky texture, which I then massage into my face, and rinse off with a face cloth. 
This cleansing balm is made up of all natural ingredients and not only does it remove all traces of makeup (including eye makeup and stubborn mascara), it also leaves my sensitive dehydrated skin feeling really plump and soft. I will have a full review on this cleansing balm soon.


I hope you enjoyed this post, I'd love to know what products you've been loving this month in the comments below.
Please note this is not a sponsored post and none of the links provided are affiliate links.
LL


Sunday, 7 June 2015

Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra Brush

Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra
Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra
I've been using this Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra brush for a over a month now - I have long fine hair, but lots of it. As a result it tends to get knotted very easily. It really is the bane of my life! I have bought most of the detangling brushes available, I even found an old Denman Tangle Tamer that I must have bought well over a year ago, which I completely forgot I had. When I found out about the release of the new Tangle Tamer Ultra from Denman, I just had to try it out. It comes in 5 bright Summer colours: orange, pink, green, blue and yellow.
The Ultra is a larger version of the original Tangle Tamer - because it's larger, it's said to be better for long or thick hair, which I would definitely agree with. I've been using both brushes recently to see what the different is. The bristles in both look very very similar,  however I do prefer the new Ultra brush as it seems to detangle my hair much quicker than the original does (this is probably because it's a much bigger brush). Check out my Instagram for side by side photos Link!

The bristles in this brush are nylon, and are said to glide through the hair removing knots. I'm always dubious when detangling brushes make claims like that, as more often than not, I find they fall short of their claims. However in this case, I was very pleasantly surprised and delighted as it does in fact detangle hair with minimal effort. I don't know how it does it, but even if my hair is badly knotted it manages to detangle it with very little effort! I absolutely love this brush, I've used it everyday since I got it. I have used it both on dry hair and towel dried hair. I haven't used it on soaking wet hair, as it's got an air cushioned pad in the base and I would be afraid that wetting it might ruin it.



Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra
Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra
There are four bristles, (two long and two short) clustered together coming out of each hole in the cushioned base. I really like the fact that this brush has longer bristles, as I feel like every hair is being reached. I think these long bristles would especially be of huge benefit to those of you with very thick hair. This is where I found other detangling brushes like the Tangle Teezer  have fallen short, the bristles were just too short to reach all the hairs. I also thought it's worth mentioning that Denman's Ultra brush is also suitable for hair extensions and wigs.

Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra
Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra
I would recommend this brush to absolutely anyone who has hair that gets tangled easily - it really is like magic! Some days my hair could've taken up to 15 minutes to brush through - however since I've started using this brush even on a really bad hair day, I can brush it through in well under 5 minutes! These are £12.50 (and worth every penny in my opinion) Link!
I bought the Wet brush from Cult Beauty around the same time I got this, but I have loved the Ultra Tangle Tamer so much I haven't tried The Wet Brush yet!

Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra
Denman Tangle Tamer Ultra
Please note this is not a sponsored post, however the Ultra brush was sent to me as a PR sample - none of the links are affiliate links.
I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!
LL

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer

YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
I've been using the YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfector for a few weeks now. I'm obsessed with bronzers in general and I particularly love cream bronzers, namely the Soleil Tan De Chanel. However, I can only use it occasionally as, if I use it for more than a few days in a row, it starts to break me out.
I was so excited to try out this new bronzer from YSL. It is a balm to powder formula; it's said to give a blurring effect to the skin, helping to smooth out texture, disguise imperfections and minimise the appearance of pores. While at the same time giving a luminous bronze glow to the skin (what more could you want). It can be used all over the face for a bronze glow, or can be applied as a contour to help sculpt the face.
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
This bronzer comes in seven shades - I believe I have the darkest shade, called No7 Cuivre. When I initially saw this shade I thought it would be much too dark for me. Although it is quite dark, I can make it work, as it's incredibly easy to apply and blends out seamlessly.
The compact comes with a dual ended brush and fabric sponge-type applicator - however, I have found the easiest and quickest way for me to apply and blend this bronzer is with my fingers, as it just melts into the skin.
This particular shade is quite warm with a reddy undertone. You're supposed to be able to use this product as a contour or bronzer, but because this shade is so warm it works better on me as a bronzer.
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
Although this bronzer has a matte finish, it still manages to give the skin a subtle radiant glow - boosting the look of  my somewhat dull, dry skin. I have to say when I first felt this product, I thought it might be greasy on the skin as it does have a very emollient, creamy texture (due to the combination of oils in the product). However once applied and blended out, not only does it feel extremely lightweight on the skin but the oils evaporate leaving you with a very smooth soft powder finish.

YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
I thought it was worth mentioning that there is silicone in this bronzer. I'm normally not a huge fan of silicone based products, as they can often feel heavy on my skin, and can be difficult to apply (I've had issues with products balling up on the skin in the past). However this product feels very lightweight on the skin, is extremely easy to apply and blends out beautifully. Over the last few weeks I've applied it several different ways (with brushes, sponges and my fingers), and haven't had any issues with it balling up or feeling heavy.

INGREDIENTS: POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE . DIMETHICONE . ISONONYL ISONONANOATE . HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER . C30-45 ALKYLDIMETHYLSILYL POLYPROPYLSILSESQUIOXANE . CAPRYLYL GLYCOL . ETHYLHEXYL HYDROXYSTEARATE . PARFUM / FRAGRANCE . CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE . CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE . PARAFFIN . SILICA . BENZYL ALCOHOL . TIN OXIDE . LINALOOL . [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE . MICA . CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES . CI 77163 / BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE] .


Swatch of YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer in No7 Cuivre
Swatch of  YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer in No7 Cuivre
This bronzer is said to minimise the look of pores and smooth out the skins texture - and I can see why, given that it contains silicone (which is often used in products to help smooth out the skins appearance). While I can't really atest to it being able to reduce the look of pores as I don't have particularly large pores, I can say that in the areas where I apply the product my skin definitely feels softer and smoother. I was also extremely impressed with the wear-time of this bronzer - although it does fade very slightly after about 4 hours, it does last all day on the skin 8 hours +
I also thought it was worth mentioning this bronzer has the usual light pleasant floral scent that a lot of other YSL base products have.

YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer
The compact has a large mirror in the lid, making it really easy to apply/reapply on the go. I know I mentioned I prefer to apply this bronzer with my fingers, however if you don't want to use your fingers it also comes with a brush/fabric sponge applicator - which is easily kept together with thanks to the fabric pouch which comes with the compact.
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer Applied
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer Applied
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting Bronzer Applied
YSL Les Sahariennes Sun Kissed Blur Perfecting  Bronzer Applied
I really loved everything about this bronzer: the texture is gorgeous, it is really easy to apply, the wear-time is impressive and the only thing that I was disappointed with was that the shade was a little too dark for me. I am absolutely going to try out a lighter shade as I think it would be easier and much more versatile for me to wear.

If you have normal/dry skin like me, I think you would love this bronzer. I'd love to know if anybody has tried it and what you thought of it.
This product was released 27th May with an RRP of €31, I have linked Boots.ie but I noticed that they have it priced at €45!
I've also reviewed some other YSL products from their Summer 2015 collection. Check them out here.

Please note this is not a sponsored post, however this product was sent to me as a PR sample - none of the links are affiliate links.
I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!
LL