Make Up Primers

  
Hello lovelies,

I am super fussy when it comes to makeup primers as I am yet to find the perfect one for me when using Ultrasun SPF as my moisturiser base. I have tried so many I don’t even think I could list them here! These are the ones I have at the moment so I thought I would review them and tell you what I think.

Bare Minerals Prime Time BB Primer

I think this is definitely the one that is best for mineral/powder foundations. It is a cream formula with a lovely tint that gives you a very sheer amount of coverage. It smooths out your skin, covering any dry flaky patches and imperfections. My beef with this is it doesn’t help with shine at all and I do find it difficult to apply as it is very slippery. My skin is so oily that shine literally comes through in about 20 minutes and this primer for me does nothing to help that. A really good thing though, this primer has SPF30 included in the formula. Bare Minerals Prime Time BB Primer is available from http://www.bareminerals.co.uk at £23.00.

Kiko Mat Base Corrector

Kiko’s primer does help with shine, but I find it does go into my pores making them look like white spots all over my face so when I add foundation it looks glaringly obvious. So I really like it for the anti shine properties and tend to use it most days when I don’t wear makeup. It does last a long time and price wise it is good value. Kiko Mat Base Corrector is available from http://www.kikocosmetics.com at £8.90

Benefit Porefessional

Great for pores, again not so great for shine. I do like this primer, I find you don’t actually need a lot so as much as it is an outlay at £24.50 it does go quite far. It is a silicone formula and glides over your skin nicely. I just wish the dreaded oiliness didn’t come through!

Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer

Actually I think this is my favourite. It is best used with a liquid base so I will use my CC cream underneath and pop my Bare Minerals Original Foundation over the top. Quite odd as it is a stick formula and more solid, you swipe it over your skin and apply your liquid base over the top. If I just use my Bare Minerals, it tends to go into my pores and looks bad. Apart from that, it is good for preventing shine and your base really does grip to the primer. I don’t think it lasts 15 hours, certainly not for me anyway, but it lasts me a good 6 hours so I am happy with that! Benefit Stay Flawless Primer is available from http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk at £24.50.

Revlon PhotoReady Prime & Anti Shine Balm

I was impressed with this, it is versatile so you can use it as a primer and an anti shine balm over your make up. This is a lightweight balm texture than you press onto your skin, I try not to use too much because it can get into pores and again this is probably best with a liquid rather than powder base. The anti shine part though is good, I haven’t use it over make up, I use a mattifying powder instead, it seems to last a good 5-6 hours on me. I would definitely repurchase this one, I like the texture and the fact that it does last like the Benefit Stay Flawless. Revlon PhotoReady Prime + Anti Shine is available from http://www.superdrug.com at £9.99.

So that’s the primers! Have you tried any of these? What are your best oil control primers? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Tisserand Muscle Ease Body Oil

 Hello lovelies,

This little gem of a product was recommended to me by the lovely Heidi at chronicbeauty.co.uk who is an ex-beauty therapist and armoatherapist and like me suffers with chronic pain and illness. Heidi wrote a great review on this body oil and said it was lovely to use so it piqued my interest and I thought I would try it too.

I am always interested in products that may help my pain alongside my daily medication, so after my morning shower I massaged some of this gorgeous oil into my back and around my hips. There was a gentle warming sensation, with just one pump I was able to spread this all over the affected areas so a little goes a long way. The scent is beautiful and uplifting, I am a massive fan of aromatherapy (Tisserand is my favourite essential oil brand) and I really feel certain scents have a great effect upon me. The essential oils contained in this product are, Ginger, Lemongrass and Rosemary, Peppermint, Bergamot, Marjoram, Lavender, May Chang and Clary Sage. It is a fresh scent and as I said uplifting so has a lovely effect on my mood as it does the warming feeling on my skin.

Another good quality of this oil is that it is extremely hydrating, the base oils are Sesame oil, Moringa oil and Jojoba oil so great for my dry skin! I use pain killing patches on my back and find that they can dry out my skin making it a bit sensitive, this oil really helps nourish the area. I like using it after a shower when my skin is still damp, the oil goes a bit further and sinks in more quickly. I can imagine this would be a great after a bath using the Muscle Ease Bath Oil which is next on my list to try!

I am very grateful to Heidi for recommending this to me, anything that helps take the edge off my pain and discomfort is well worth the money spent. For 100ml it is £8.50 from http://www.tisserand.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment and Brightening Treatment

 Hello beauties

Two fabulous masks that I never tire of using are these two products from Liz Earle. I am a big fan of the range and am yet to meet a product that I haven’t loved. For me, Liz Earle is a great dependable line of skincare, bodycare, haircare and makeup that you can get brilliant results from.

Starting with the Intensive Nourishing Treatment which I actually mentioned it in my first ever post (Click here to read) this mask is a beautiful cream mask that is great for dry, flaky, uncomfortable skin. It is borage oil and shea butter based and has the gorgeous scent of Instant Boost Skin Tonic, rose geranium. I tend to use this when I’ve had late nights or perhaps when too much wine than is sensible has been consumed and it gives a much needed hydration boost. It is also quite a good indicator of how your skin is by how quickly and where it absorbs first. It usually goes in my cheeks first and then t-zone last, I do a layer on my neck and decollete too as I am trying to prevent as many lines as possible! I put on a reasonably thick layer and leave it to work for 10-15 minutes and then remove with a damp muslin cloth. My skin afterwards is left feeling plumped, smoothed and soft, I use it about once a week, drier skin types can use it more often.

The Brightening Treatment mask is glorious! This is a quick fix clay based mask, but it doesn’t dry hard and tight as the longest you can leave it on is for 2 minutes. The gorgeous smell comes from Chinese camphor which is lovely and clearing and the effect afterwards is a real rosy glow. Fabulous to use first thing in the morning or before a night out, it makes my skin feel smooth and refreshed. It’s great if your skin is dull or lacklustre and it is so fast to use. I also remove the mask with a damp muslin and then splash my face with a bit of cold water to finish. I can use this 2-3 times a week, but I wouldn’t recommend it for those with sensitive skin as it is very stimulating.

These two masks are fantastic quick fixes that can go into any routine and pep it up a bit, after all who doesn’t want hydration and a radiant glow?!

Intenstive Nourishing Treatment and Brightening Treatment are both £16.00 and available from http://uk.lizearle.com/

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Alpha H 3 Piece QVC TSV

Hi beauties,

I got this set on the 13th August when Alpha H has their latest TSV on QVCUK. As a lover of Liquid Gold (Click here to read my review)  I had to get the set as it is something I never really want to be without. The kit also came with a brand new launch of the Absolute Eye Cream and a choice of cleanser between Triple Action Cleanser and Balancing Cleanser.

As I am more towards the oily side, I chose the Triple Action Cleanser which is gel based and as much as it does remove the light makeup I wear and SPF, I really wish I had gone for Balancing Cleanser as it is a much nicer cleanser to use. I use TA as my second step cleanser in the evening and as my cleanser in the morning to wash off in the shower.

I was excited to try the new eye cream as it has an SPF in it and a lovely peachy colour that helps with dark circles. Unfortunately I, like many of the reviewers for it on the QVCUK website did not get on well with this cream at all. It made my eyes sting so badly every time I used it and I did persist with it for quite a while until I literally couldn’t stand it any more. I should’ve kept it to send it back but I wanted to keep the Liquid Gold so the eye cream went in the bin.

Even though I adore Liquid Gold, I was so disappointed with this set which is such a shame. I haven’t noticed any difference in my skin since using the Triple Action Cleanser (it is supposed to help with excess oil) so I will use it up but I won’t be reordering this again.

Sorry Michelle and Tom, I will be cancelling my auto delivery for this kit, it is not worth it for just the Liquid Gold.

I hope the next TSV will be an improvement on this one!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat

 Hello beauty lovers,

Today I am talking about a fantastic nail strengthener which for me seriously does rival OPI Nail Envy, Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat. The gorgeous Jo from Crystalandvanilla.co.uk sent me a bottle of the Pink Gel and Clear Gel Coat for me to try a few weeks ago as I had asked her how it compares to Nail Envy.

I had been using CND Rescue Rxx which I hadn’t been impressed with and my nails had felt quite weak so this came through at just the right time. My initial thoughts were how clean and bright my nails looked when I had applied the product (below).
 The pinks were pinker and whites looked so much whiter than my natural nails. As I wear strong colours, my nails do get stained and it’s not a great look when you want a polish day off. I felt an instant strengthening firm but flexible feel, the gel coat levels out ridges completely so you can’t see or feel them at all. Unfortunately it did chip within 3 days so I took it off to reapply, however this was a good thing as I seriously noticed a difference in those few days. My nails were stronger but not brittle, my nail plate was smooth and did not feel dry. I reapplied the gel coat thinner and have not had it chip off since.

My nails do grow quickly but I have to take care of them, I put on a LOT of cuticle oil and hand cream every day. They are now at such a great length and I feel in such good condition that I would heartily recommend this product. I have used this under colour as a base coat too and it is a great foundation for polish, I have such ridgey nails and find sometimes you can see this, the gel coat this levels and the ridges disappear.

The above photo was taken 24/09/15 which is 3 weeks after starting to use Pink Gel Coat, you can see how much my nails have grown! I should’ve taken a pic before I put polish on but I forgot, but hopefully you can get a sense of how well it has worked. My nail plate is nice and strong, flexible and hydrated and I feel the best condition they have been in a long time.

I am so grateful to Jo for sending me this as I really have been impressed with this and I will be looking to try some of Perfect Formula colour gel coats too. I still like Nail Envy, but I do feel that the Gel coat has pipped it to the post and now is something I want to keep in my manicure essentials to carry on the great work.

Have you tried Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat? If so what do you think? It is available at http://www.qvcuk.com in a duo for £29.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Manicure of The Day 02/08/15

Hello lovelies,

This was a new Barry M shade for me which is Almond and I bought it only to discover that I have one that is pretty identical from Nails Inc! Ooops, oh well nevermind, you can never have too much nail polish can you?!

Almond is a lovely grey/beige, a great neutral and easy to wear. It is one of the Gelly HiShine formulas which I find very easy to paint and as it is a lighter shade, clean up is so much easier. I always like to have a bit of bling so I paired it up with OPI In True Stefani Fashion. This manicure got a lot of hits on my Instagram page, so I think it was pretty popular even in Summer. I would wear it at any time of the year and would pair it up with all sorts of other colours. Even though I have one very similar, I will still get plenty of use from it.

For me Barry M is my favourite High Street polish, the range of colours are fantastic and the formula and price is excellent. I shall definitely be purchasing some of the new shades that have come out lately!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Elemis Limited Edition Pro Radiance Cream Cleanser

 Hi beauties

I first got this cleanser in last year’s Christmas QVC Today’s Special Value and it was created to celebrate Elemis 25th Anniversary. Keely Aydin who is Brand Ambassador on QVC was asked if there was one product in the range she would like to tweak, what would it be? Keeley chose Pro Radiance Cream Cleanser and added the most beautiful fragrance to it.

This cleanser is a rich cream with moringa peptide and anti oxidants to protect the skin from daily pollutants and gets rid of makeup like an absolute dream! What I love about it is, that if you add water, it gently transforms into a mousse-like texture and you can rinse it clean without needing a cloth so I do love to use it in the shower first thing in the morning. If it is an evening cleanse, I use it as my pre-cleanse to get rid of makeup and sunscreen as part of my double cleanse routine. Men can also use it to wet shave with too.

The gorgeous scent is due to the essential oils of neroli, cedarwood and bergamot. It is a warm, sensual fragrance but it is not overpowering and such a joy to use. I have a good few tubes in stock as I loved it as soon as I tried it, I hope Elemis keep it in their product line up permanently.  This version comes in a generous 200ml size and is available from QVCUK at £29.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx