Friday, June 20, 2014

It's Time For A Clear Lipgloss Revival

Credit: Andres Hernandez

One of my earliest beauty memories is sitting at the back of the classroom and digging deep into my school bag to find my ultimate 90s beauty companion - clear lipgloss. 

I was obsessed with it. I'd go through tubes and tubes of the stuff, buying a new one every few weeks with my ever so precious £5 weekend pocket money. Whether it was a tube, pot or rollerball, if I didn't have it I wanted it. It made me feel like a rebel, sticking two fingers up to the no-make up rule, thinking I could fool the teachers with my glistening pout. It didn't work so well on the day I tried purple mascara for the first time, but that's a whole other story.

My ultimate favourite clear lipgloss was the Bourjois Effet 3D, closely followed by the L'Oreal Glam Shine pot. And I always remember being envious of those who could afford Dior's Addict Ultra Gloss.

But where has my old beauty friend gone? Why have I neglected it all these years? 
It wasn't until I saw someone on the tube applying the gloss of days gone by that I found myself feeling nostalgic. 

Ladies, I think it's time for a clear lipgloss revival. Because really, what's not to love?

Join me, and let me know what your favourite clear lipglosses were/are!

What's your earliest beauty memory?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Beauty Shots: Isle of Wight Festival 2014

Flower power (Courtesy of Alix Soame, Vanity Van)

Shooting sparks (Courtesy of Alix Soame, Vanity Van)

Tropical dream (Courtesy of Alix Soame, Vanity Van)

Festival braids took the event by storm (Courtesy of Alix Soame, Vanity Van)

Pink panther (Courtesy of Alix Soame, Vanity Van)
It looks like the ever-popular Vanity Van had an amazing time at the Isle of Wight Festival with its partner Batiste. I thought these photos were well worth sharing for all the beauty junkies who are looking for festival make-up and hair inspiration. Festival braids along the crown were the most popular style for hair, while make-up took a wild and bold approach to its design. 

What do you think?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50

Calling all holiday goers - this one's for you. Whatever you've heard, there's no denying that using sun daily protection will protect your skin, prevent damage and premature ageing and help to keep the skin moisturised when exposed to excessive UV light. So it's time to stock up. 

Top skin brand Dermalogica has developed Protection 50 Sport SPF50* (£29.90), which has all-important backing by the The International Dermal Institute. It can be used daily on the face and body, saving vital suitcase room and valuable time. After testing it on the top of my hand, I was impressed with the lightweight feel and how well the product spreads. It doesn't leave a white film and is absorbed fairly quickly by the skin. 

To get the best out of this product, it should be applied generously 15 minutes before sun exposure. It also has 40 minutes of water-resistant coverage, but everyone's skin is different - if you feel burning, it's time to reapply. Your skin will thank you for it. 

And then there's the part when you get back to the hotel room. Every good sun screen needs an aftersun to soothe and cool the skin and Dermalogica has paired the protection product nicely with the repackaged After Sun Repair* (£29.90) with calming camomile, lavender and one suprising ingredient - Szechwan pepper?!

What is your go to sun protection product? 

*Free samples. All opinions are my own

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Scent of Summer

Summer scents call for three things: freshness, vibrancy and deliciousness. A fairly recent trip to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge introduced me to a limited edition fragrance that ticks all three of these sunny boxes - Daisy Delicious by Marc Jacobs - and I've been spritzing it ever since. 

Its packaging is bright and fun with bright pink, teal and peach daisies, like a festival flower band. The glass bottle and gold applicator match the other Daisy fragrances, and the scent is fruity and light - the perfect combination for wear and duration at this time of year. 

I thought I loved the original Daisy the most, but this one is a close second. Next time a Marc Jacobs limited edition fragrance comes out, I'll be purchasing one immediately.

Have you tried this limited edition perfume? Do you like Marc Jacobs Daisy?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Colour of the Moment: Sky Blue

Something's turning heads this Summer. It's not hot, it's cool. Sky blue is taking style and making it hella dreamy.


YSL Ombre Solo Smoothing Effect Eyeshadow in Mogador Blue (£21)


Warehouse Jacquard T Shirt Dress (£70)


Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail Paint in Sugar Apple (£3.99)


Principles by Ben de Lisi Designer Blue Stone Link Bracelet (£9.60)


L'Oreal Professionnel Hair Chalk in Garden Party, £12.75

What's your colour of the season? 

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