Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Perfect Summer Foundation*

Oxygenetix Foundation

Foundation to me was just a liquid formula you put on your face to even everything out, but I had no idea foundations that have some serious skincare benefits even existed, well that's until the Oxygenating Foundation* from Oxygenetix landed on my desk.

The Oxygenating Foundation* was originally formulated for people who have had cosmetic surgery or procedures such as laser and peels. The idea of the foundation is that is camouflages and soothes any delicate skin after surgery but still leaving the skin completely breathable and well protected.

I've been really impressed with this one, when reading through the claims of some products, I tend to think 'yeah alright then' but this has surprised me. I wouldn't use the term camouflage though, as I do actually have higher coverages then this, but it definitely sits at a medium coverage, but it feels super lightweight on the skin, I don't even know its there. What has sold it to me is its longevity through these hotter days, it really does hang around. They claim its water-resistant and doesn't smudge due to perspiring or exposure to humidity and I actually have to agree, it doesn't budge, not even when I'm trying to get it off of the back of my hand!

The Oxygenating Foundation* comes in 14 shades, seven yellow and seven blue based, I have the shades Opal & Creme, Opal is more cool toned and suits me better and Creme is slightly warmer, so great when I'm tanned. The foundation also contains SPF 25 UVA/UVB Protection but isn't printed on the bottle, why?! I definitely think if a product contains SPF it should be stated on the packaging, just saying. 

Now the price, it's the most expensive foundation I own coming in at an eye watering £45! I can see why they have priced it that high because of the benefits it has for people who have had surgery, but that eye watering £45 is only for a 15ml which is crazy, but a little goes a long way with this one. The UK stockist has it priced at £37.50 which is a slightly better price point. If you have super sensitive skin, this one is for you. 

What is your favourite summer foundation? Would you ever pay £45 for a foundation?

Saturday, 26 July 2014

My Go To Everyday Make Up #2

my go to everyday make up

I have far to much make up for one person, which obviously means I have a vast choice of products to use, but I always end up getting into a routine of using the same products, the one's I call 'My Go To's!'

I did my first My Go To Everyday Make Up back in February and it has definitely changed with only my powder remaining the same. I never thought I would but I have really been enjoying wearing a lighter base, and for me MAC Face & Body Foundation (review) just ticks all the boxes for me, I don't feel suffocated and my skin is able to breath.

I've not mentioned the Illamasqua Hollow Cream Pigment on my blog yet but I have been really enjoying it as a contour, though it's definitely taking me some time to get used to cream products, I have always been just about powder products.

The biggest shock for me is the blusher, me and blusher's aren't friends, but me and this KIKO blush are lovers, oo er, I cannot get enough of it, it's the perrrr-fect 'flushed' shade and really adds a glow to my skin. I am loving KIKO at the moment as a brand!

For eyes its all about a sweep of the pale dusky pink from the Soap & Glory Quad with a bit of MAC Charcoal Brown along the lash line, with a few coats of the Benefit They're Real Mascara and for brows my new absolute fav shade is MAC Coquette, it's the best shade I've found so far, all thanks to Sam Chapman, who used this on my brows when she done my make up, also works on fairer brows too, it's definitely one to add to the collection people! 

What products are you currently using every day?

Friday, 25 July 2014

Fashion | Sarah Keat Jewellery*

Sarah Keat Jewellery
Sarah Keat Jewellery

I'm very excited about sharing this post with you today, not only are these beautifully hand made but Sarah is fact a member of my family, and I am incredibly proud of what she achieved so far with her business. 

Sarah is a jewellery designer and maker who recently studied 3D Design and Craft at Brighton University and has worked with some amazing designers through the years such a Garrad, which is a luxury jewellery company.

To Sarah, the words 'value' and 'beauty' are common influences throughout the work she does and she often combines metals with soft cottons and other fabrics, you can see all of her pieces on her website.

I don't own many pieces of jewellery, especially earrings, so these lovely little circle studs have had a lot of love over the last few weeks. With my new job I have to wear my hair up, so you can really see them and I have had a fair few compliments on them. The fact they are carefully handmade just makes them feel even more special. 

Sarah's online shop is still very small, with only a few pieces available but if you contact her through her Facebook page, I'm sure she will try and make something custom to you if she has the time.

You can also follow Sarah Keat Jewellery on Instagram and Twitter

What is your favourite piece of jewellery? Have you ever had a custom piece made for yourself?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Hydraluron Moisture Jelly*

Hydraluron Moisture Jelly
Hydraluron Moisture Jelly

Hmm yeah, another photo in the garden, I just can't help myself when the weather is so lovely, and I think it looks creative, well that's what I'm telling myself any way haha!

If I'm honest when I first tried the 'original' Hydraluron Serum, you know the one, I got on really well with it and then slowly but surely it started to really break me out, I don't even know why! So when I got the opportunity to trial the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly*, I was definitely sceptical but somehow this one is different.

Now this is a first impressions post, I have only been using it around a week or so but so far so good, and I think I have found the perfect daily moisturiser for us oily skin gals. 

It has pretty cool packaging, you just push the top and it dispenses the right amount, around a pea sized amount, of product. I have been applying this by itself in the mornings and added a heavier cream over the top in the evening.

It dries super quick on the skin and it almost feels slightly tightening on the skin and most importantly it doesn't effect my make up or make me any more oilier. 

Downside to the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly*? The packaging. In a one way I love it because of the pump lid thing but 1/3 of it is taken up by the mechanism at the bottom! To me it doesn't look like 30ml of product and the box it comes in is a little deceiving, as you expect the pot to be bigger. 

I will continue to use this for a few more weeks and report back on how things are going and let you know of any breakouts. So far though, the Hydraluron big sister has got the thumbs up...for now.

What is your skin type? What is your favourite daily moisturiser?