The Perfect Vichy DermaBlend Base

It's taken a while to get this review up, because if I'm honest I was so happy with my foundation at the time this arrived, it kind of got chucked into a draw and forgotten about until about 3 weeks ago. I've completely fallen out of love with all my base products, they all seem to look caky or isn't lasting on my skin. So whilst having a clear out I came across the Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation

It's been all I've used lately and I cannot get enough of it!!!! Its a full coverage foundation with 16hr wear and its completely weightless, it feels amazing to wear, and I love how my skin looks with it on...flawless comes to mind. I have to have my makeup on for around 8-12 hours and it doesn't budge, it is slightly on the dark side for me, I could do with the next shade down which is Opal, but with an extra bit of blending I can rock it, people have even said I look more radiant and slightly tanned.

I've been setting it down with a powder I've raved about before on the blog, the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder, read a full review here

I think I'm definitely going to invest in the Opal and give that a go and then I can always mix the two to transition me into my summer shade, which I think the 25 Nude would be better suited to. This base is getting a massive thumbs up from me and it 100% worth a try! 

Whats your current base favourite?



An Introduction To Decléor

I have heard a lot about the brand Decléor but never ventured into trying it, we all get stuck sometimes in our skincare regime whether it works for us or not. So when I was given the chance to try out a Purifying Starter Kit from the brand, I knew it was about time.

The Decléor Set contains 5 products and works in a 3 step system;

Step 1: Cleanse & Tone 
Step 2: Treat & Protect
Step 3: Regenerate

Both the Aroma Cleanser and Toner are very fresh on the skin and are very non drying, the cleanser is a gel type constancy but turns very mousse like on contact with water, something I really enjoyed, my skin felt very radiant and clean after use. The Aroma Toner is amazing, it has mattifying particulars to soak up excess sebum on the skins surface, perfect if you tend to be a bit on the oily side, or if you suffer with blemishes.

The Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum was the stand out product for me, its non-greasy, it controls excess sebum by being purifying, helps target impurities all whilst giving me an amazing healthy glow and not leaving my skin feeling like an oily sticky mess...WIN! I then followed this with the Aroma Pureté, which is a form of moisturiser, its a very lightweight fluid that controls shine, tighten pores and refines the skins texture, whilst packing in a decent amount of hydration. 

Last but certainly not least is the Aroma Night Purifying Night Balm, this for me, was a bit much in scent due to the Essential Oils, so instead I used it as a type of face mask to amp up the radiance and hydration in my skin when it was feeling a little dehydrated from the change in weather. 

Overall I have been seriously impressed with the brand and the fact they are 100% Pure & Natural and a lot of their products, if not all are Paraben Free gets them serious brownie points!! I think, I'm definitely going to have to book in for a facial with them, I hear they are to die for. 

You can shop the whole Decléor range at BeautyExpert.com

Have you ever tried the brand Decléor? If so, what would you recommend & why?



Home Decor Lusting

I don't know about you, but I feel that I hit a certain age in my life and suddenly home furnishing and decor is all I think about, from browsing the web to wondering around countless shops, IKEA mainly, just lusting over things I would put in my own home. (I still live with my parents)

Little fact about me is that I was meant to go to Uni to study Architecture & Interior Design, I was offering a place on the spot, but decided last minute, it really wasn't me, it wasn't what I wanted. So I decided to an Open Course in Interior Design from home alongside working. The has been and will continue to be that one day I will design & build my own home and its something I feel passionate about. So from time to time I make little interior mood boards or wish lists and today's is no exception, I have put together pieces from places such as IKEA, Debenhams, Oliver Bonas & H&M Home. 

The LIATORP Console Table from IKEA is absolutely stunning, especially in the grey and the Oliver Bonas Copper & Glass Votive Lantern would look amazing placed on top filled with some unlit candles but having the Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Room Diffuser there too, to kick of a scent, and these seriously fill a room. 

Fake flowers are always a great little touch too, I have a few in my bedroom but I really want to add more, it just makes it a bit more fresh and girly without having to replace fresh flowers every week which can get expensive, you can pick these up dead cheap in IKEA. 

Grey is still going to be an on going trend this year for the home, alongside white and cool tones. Sounds pretty perfect to me.

What is on your home decor wish list? What colour schemes do you like?


Unglamorous But Essential Beauty Haul

Chemist Direct

As the title of this post suggests its a very unglamorous haul! But sometimes we need to rein ourselves in and just buy them things that we actually need rather than 5 lipsticks that you already have 10 of in similar shades! I also don't know about you, but when it comes to essentials, such as Razors and Tooth Brush Heads, I like a bargain, so I do tend to shop around.

So when I was browsing the Chemist Direct website, I took full advantages of their offers, picking up some extra items that I've wanted to try out, not essential but still needed.

The two main things are really needed was a new razor and some tooth brush heads, as they always so expensive to buy in places such as Boots! The Gillette Venus Breeze Razor, which is one of my favourites to use was only £7.69 which is still pricey but better than paying a tenner right?! The other being the always expensive replacement Oral B Brush Heads, which are down to £12.29 on the website! 

I really like my sleep but after having a pretty stressful time at work lately, I feel my eyes look really dull, so I thought I would give the Optrex Brightening Eye Drops a go. I will report back on if they make a difference. A very unglamorous product is the Skin Doctors Ingrown Go solution, I have suffered with little razor bumps for a while now and I've tried quite a few different products, so why not add another to the list. 

The last item I added to my shopping basket was the Vichy DermaBlend Stick Corrector in the colour Opal, sometimes I just like that little extra bit of coverage on my blemishes, especially the ones that have left a dark mark. Though I think this shade may be a little dark for me, but I'm sure I can make it work with some killer blending.

What things are on your essentials list? Have you ever shopped on the Chemist Direct website?



Fashion | Roll Neck Loving

I never thought that I would be a person that could pull of a roll neck and I've only ever owned one before, which must be years old...well that was until this Roll Neck Jumper by Simply Be @ Fashionworld.co.uk 

The material is super soft and doesn't irritate your neck, which is something that usually bothers me, I don't like anything to tight around my neck, it creeps me out, but this sits perfectly and it's so cosy! I also love that it has a completely wearable pattern on the front but yet the back is a solid black colour. Its also very versatile, as you can dress it up with skinny black jeans & heels or sloucy jeans and converse for a more relaxed look. 

It's the perfect length for my long body too. Being 5"11 I find that tops and jumpers come up short but this is perfect. It's a size 16/18 and still has plenty of room, so you could definitely size down! I'm a Roll Neck Jumper lover now! 

What is your favourite style of jumper? 



Clinique Foundation & Concealer

Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer
Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer

I am a bit of a floozy when it comes to Foundation, I'm loyal for a month or so and then move on but from the moment I popped this onto my face, I just knew it was a gooden!

I have oily-combination skin, so I love me some full coverage, but I would say if you have very dry, dehydrated skin this may not be the one for you, but definitely head over to a Clinique counter and ask for a 'Foundation Fitting' and they will give you a 5 day sample. 

Before I let you know my honest thoughts on it, lets chat about the deets. The Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer comes in 21 shades, it contains a wand, the magic wand, to allow all over application and spot concealing as well as use under the eyes. It's completely oil-free and of course like all Clinique products is Allergy Tested and 100% Fragrance Free. 

Now for my deets...visually its wonderful, its in a large tall glass bottle, bit pants for travel though, and the wand is such an usual twist but I get it. I use two dips of the wand to get the right amount of product I need for my face.

If you use your hands to smooth this over the skin you get the fullest most flawless coverage from it but my preferred method is using a brush, not as full coverage but still pretty flawless and you know what, its completely light-weight and breathable on the skin, especially for such a high coverage. Nobody likes to feel suffocated in their make up right?

I am seriously impressed with this new launch. From the upcoming launches for the rest of the year that I've seen, Clinique are hitting the ground running, expect to see more amazing things from them and on TLOABA!

The new Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer launches in stores 6th February! 
RRP: £25

What is your current favourite foundation? What coverage do you tend to prefer?



Clarins Garden Escape Collection

Clarins Garden Escape Collection
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

Being a blogger, you kind of know when companies are going to drop new releases, its almost like a heads up and when it popped up on my feed about Clarins new Garden Escape collection, I was excited to say the least. Also working in a department store and being very friendly with the Clarins girl, as soon as they landed up store I ran to the counter, with my discount card firmly in my hand!

The new range consists of the Garden Escape Floral Eye Palette, the Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour, the Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector and the very gorgeous Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, I picked up 3 out of the 4, I have enough palettes!

The Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour is in the shade Sweet Rose gives the most perfect, flushed pink cheeks colour, which really lifts the face. It contains a shimmer pink shade in there also, which swirled together with the matte pink looks so naturally glowy on the cheeks, its the perfect shade for all year round. 

I'm a massive fan of the original Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, so when I got wind of a balm formula I was intrigued to see what the colour pay off would be. Now the originals perfectors are a gloss/balm combo, so if I'm honest even though the Instant Light Natural Lip Balm Perfectors are beautifully packaged and are comfortable to wear on the lips, I don't think they are an essential thing to have. These come in 6 shades.

The star of the show has to be the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil!!! My god, it smells nice, it doesn't taste to bad and it leaves my lips feeling so nourished and almost plumper. I've always been a lip balm person and have never thought of using an oil on my lips, don't know why really because I suffer badly with dry lips. I'm so glad I got this and it was the only one that even came in. I'm not if they are limited edition or not, but I sure as hell will be stocking up if they are!! They sell a limited edition Raspberry one online. 

What is your favourite new launch at the moment? Have you tried anything from the new Garden Escape Collection?



Real Techniques New 'Bold Metals' Brushes

Real Techniques Bold Metals

Talk about a big release for 2015! WOW, I tweeted about these and my twitter exploded. The very very talked about Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection have landed in the UK and they sold out almost instantly and I'm not surprised. The Pixiwoo gals have gone premium and with a price bracket of £10-£25 they are definitely not going to be affordable for everyone, but they explain why this is in more detail in this video here

So whats different about these to the regular line, other than the price? Well, visually they are a lot longer, they are metallic in colour and all round just damn beautiful to look at. The brush hairs are so super soft and you can tell a higher grade of synthetic has been used and when I say they are soft, its like OMG I could just sit here all day stroking my face with it, soft! 

I have 3 of the brushes from the line the, 200 Oval Shadow Brush, which is great for a sweep of colour across the lids but also great for blending out eyeshadow. The 300 Tapered Blush Brush, my least favourite of the 3 if I'm honest, its pretty small in size, so great for detail work but for my big cheeks just slightly on the small side, but does pick up a great amount of product and lastly and the star of the show for me is the 301 Flat Contour Brush, and oh my, its wonderful, its great with cream and powder products. I don't have anything else like this brush in my collection and I'm so glad I got it, if you like to contour you need this brush in your collection!!!

I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with the lovely ladies behind the Pixiwoo Empire and you know what, I know how incredibly hard they work on these products and how much love and dedication that also goes into it. So well done Sam & Nic another great release from you and I cannot wait to see what else follows this year! 

Ps- They clean up beautifully too!

Do you own any of the Real Techniques brushes? Which ones are your favourites?