Oriflame Illuminating Pearls
A few weeks ago I went to my first bloggers party, held by Scarlett London. There were a few different brands there to talk to bloggers and demonstrate their products. One of them was Oriflame, who I’d never heard of. Their products looked very good though and I was particularly interested in the Illuminating Pearls. I keep getting incredibly tempted by the Guerlain Meteorites but end up talking myself out of them. I was hoping that these would be a lower budget stepping stone to them.
I’m afraid I’m still on the look out. I really didn’t like the packaging. My usual test is ‘how would I feel getting this out of my handbag on the tube?’ This looks quite cheap, it actually reminds me of a pretend make up set I had as a child. I don’t know whether it’s the colours or the flower design on the top, but I’m not sold on it. The physical design of the packaging is good, the closing cap seems secure and I wouldn’t be worried about the top coming loose.
(EDIT Feb 2016: It looks like the packaging how now changed and I really like it! It looks a lot more expensive and classy so perhaps they’ve listened to feedback… You can see it HERE)
The beads are a mixture of pink, green, gold, white and purple. Each pearl colour is designed to have a different effect on the skin.
- Purple – brightens the complexion
- Green – counteracts redness
- Pink – makes skin look more even
- White – illuminates by highlighting
- Gold – increases radiance
I did think that my skin looked more even and highlighted after using this powder but it also looked really glittery. Every time I looked in the mirror it was all I could see. I wanted this to look natural, that blogger cliche of ‘my skin but better’ and this was where it fell down. It looked like I was wearing a highlighting powder.
I think I will still wear this perhaps on a night out when I don’t mind looking a bit more ‘done’ but it’s not an every day look for me.
*This item was sent to me for review
La Roche Posay Serozinc
I have been lusting after Serozinc for ages but it’s not available in the UK (update on this below!). So it was the first thing on my list when I got to the French pharmacies. La Roche Posay Serozinc is a toner in an aerosol spray. I use it after cleansing and if my skin is ever feeling tight due to my rosacea. But Serozinc can apparently be used on any kind of skin irritation, including razor burn and sun burn: everyday’s a school day!
And the best part? This was under 5 euro! Perfection. I have already put my repeat order in with my parents. I can’t ever bear to be without it.
Have you tried Serozinc?
EDIT: Amazing news! La Roche Posay Serozinc is now available in the UK! Rejoice! Alert the Elders! You can buy this wonder product HERE.
Kiko 240 Apple Red Review
I firmly believe that everyone should own a classic red nail varnish. Red polish not only goes with everything, but it also instantly dresses up an outfit and makes you feel oh so glamourous. I would like to put this polish forward as a candidate for the ultimate red nail varnish,
Kiko Apple Red is a blue-toned, red creme polish that applies unbelievably well. It is so flattering with my skin tone I never wanted to take it off. This is two coat perfection, topped with Seche Vite.
You can buy this amazing polish HERE.
Boyfriend Make Up Challenge Video
So I decided to do my first ever YouTube video and what better way to start than to do a boyfriend make up challenge video.
Meet Aaron, my fiancee. Prepare to be amazed at his make up skills… or not.
Soap & Glory Archery and One Heck Of A Blot
I love Soap & Glory as a brand (their Breakfast Scrub will change your life, no hyperbole) but I had never tried their make up. And now I seriously feel like I’ve been missing out.
Archery is a double-ended eyebrow shaper. One end has a fine ink brush that you use for filling in brows and giving them a bit of colour, while the other end is a waxy pencil that tames brows and gives them a more dramatic colour change. On most days I just use the pen as it’s more subtle for work and I am thrilled with it. It looks natural and doesn’t budge all day. I got ‘Love Is Blonde’ which is a great match for me.
One Heck Of A Blot is a mattifying powder, which is apparently one powder for all skin tones. I apply it in the morning after I’ve applied all my other make up and – miraculously – my face is still intact at the end of the day. I reapply at lunch time if I need to, but on the whole it keeps me matte all day.
You can buy Archery HERE and One Heck Of A Blot HERE.
I am a total Soap & Glory make up convert!