Creme De La Mer: Luminous SkinColor Review.

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Settle in peeps. This is going to be a long one. I feel I need to do this range some justice.
Creme De La Mer is probably the most famous skin cream of all time now. In my mind, it doesn’t get much better. But, whilst everyone zones in on the skincare, I feel that the skin color makeup line is the silent secret weapon to perfecting what is already perfect.

When it comes to creating radiance, La Mer, I think, have nailed it. It’s in no was shouty. It doesn’t need big launch dates. Instead it sits there serenely, comfortable in the knowledge that it’s all powerful. It’s like the hush that descends when something truly awesome has just entered the room.

Everywhere I look there are new launches for Hi-Lighting and Strobing. Products that make you glow in the dark etc.   It’s all about how much radiance can be achieved until you look like a traffic light. And boy, is the market saturated right now. But what I think I love about this range is that whilst it’s coined as Skin Color ,it’s still all about the skin. The colour bit is like an added bonus. There isn’t a huge amount in the range but, just the right amount to achieve the perfect radiant complexion. And I just adore it.

I’ll start with what I consider to be my Holy Grail items.
The Skin Reparative Tint and The Radiant Concealer.

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Never before have so few done so much. This skincare make-up hybrid gives you a hell of alot of bang for your buck. I cannot, do not,live without this. It is on my face every single day.
As I’ve got older, I want something to be working hard for me behind the scenes. The fact that I’m wearing makeup that’s doing my skin the world of good whilst I’m wearing it is an absolute no brainer. No, it’s not cheap. But I’ve invested a lot of money into my skin routine and I don’t want to ruin the foundations that I’ve laid with something that’s going to counteract all my hard work.
The skin tint, I’ve got light medium, literally just glides onto the face. Not only does it contain the miracle broth, it also contains marine ferments and light reflecting particles, which, even if you wore it alone, just transforms the skin into something otherworldly. It really does reduce the look of fine lines. It also combines SPF 30 into the mix, which makes this product a great over-all work horse.And what I really love is how much better my skin looks and feels when I take my face off at night. It’s nothing short of amazing.  I’m hoping very soon to try the new Perfecting Treatment with this as they are supposed to marry together really well. I’m very much excited at the prospect of it.

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Skin Reparative Tint in Light Medium.

There are a range of shades but, I think this one sits nicely in the middle for me. Not too dark and not too light. The shades are very much what you’d expect from a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream. It’s just a case of going to a counter and getting a colour match. If that’s not possible there is a good helpline that  will advise you. (Please excuse terrible hands, I’ve been colour swatching some fake tan).

Next up is the Radiant Concealer. It comes in the cutest compact, complete with pouch,mirror and brush. Again, this stuff is nothing short of miraculous.Containing SPF 25, it’s actually an eye treatment and concealer rolled into one.  And, a little goes a very long way. This is my second purchase of this. The last one, used every day, lasted the best part of a year! That is how little you need. It spreads itself out like a dream. And it too, has these wonderful light reflectors that diminish the dark circles and seem to lift the whole eye area. I find it best if worn over the top of the illuminating eye gel, which is like an amazing double whammy!

Of course you can mix both of these things with the Treatment Foundation if you find the coverage too sheer.

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I bought both The Treatment  Foundation and The Powder because whilst I only like a wash of colour during the day, in the evening, or if I’m going out I need that extra coverage and staying power. Well, these two are just extraordinarily good. Again, the foundation is packed with goodies. The blurb says it not only captures light energy with built in gemstones but it also greatly restores brightness and clarity with the help of the Blue Algae lift ferment. Which basically means it’s lifting the skin to the heavens the whole time it’s on your face.  And do you know what? It actually does do that. In a major way! It has a luminous finish, like the skin tint.  And if you mix them together they’re nothing short of dazzling.  I bought the colour Linen, which has just enough yellow to get rid of any ruddiness and just enough warmth to make me look less washed out.

Now, I bought The Powder, because like most people, I’ve got areas that need patting down.
I initially thought that this was just a basic setting powder. I was so very wrong. This is La Mer, how could it ever just be basic right? Oh No!No! No! This is a whole other level of powder. Move over everything else you’ve ever used, because this holds the crown.
It has the same light reflecting particles, which adds an almost ethereal finish to the skin.More that I’ve ever encountered before. It is flawless. Like, as smooth as it gets. It’s like suddenly owning a face made of velvet.
And whilst most people like to use a brush with loose powder, I am that person that actually uses the puff that comes with it. I find it works best for me if I press it into the skin/shiney areas, which also means I’m not brushing away an unnecessary amount of lovely product. I think it’s too good to be used for baking only to be brushed off onto everything else around me. It’s very finely ground  and does not in any way interfere with any colour I have on my face.
It’s a big pot, so therefore not very travel friendly. However, when something is this good you will make room for it. Even if it has to go in your Husbands minimally filled suitcase. (I pack everything I’ve ever owned ever. He takes barely anything. So therefore it is only fair that I move on into his case. I hate wasted space. Nothing irks me more than a suitcase that can easily carry another 20 pairs of shoes).

Last but not least. This: The illuminating Powder.

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I almost cried when I first saw this. It is supposed to be limited edition, but it seems to have been around for a while. Did I need it? No…Yes. Obviously. Why would I buy a whole range only to leave out one item?.It wouldn’t be right and I wouldn’t rest easy until I’d completed the collection. Well that’s what I keep telling /justifying myself as it really was one of those things that I just kept seeing until it was so firmly rooted into my consciousness that just had to have it.
And no, I don’t regret it for one minute.
It comes in the most stunning compact. It’s so beautiful that even if you just sat and looked at it like it was a fancy work of art, you’d still gain immense pleasure from it. It’s like it’s been crafted by the hands of angels.
Underneath the actual product is a separate compartment to keep the brush. And this is a feature that I really love.  It makes it totally handbag friendly. And of course it looks dead sexy, so why wouldn’t you want to whip it out at any given opportunity?
Now, initially the product looks really shimmery. This I discovered, was because the top layer is coated with some Pazzazz.  This does not last past the first couple of swipes. Which I now realise is a good thing because what lies beneath is so much better. And also very clever. A lot of thought has gone into this powder. Much more than I first realised. The colour on first inspection is quite peach. And then in another light, quite pink. It has a chameleon quality to it, that really does match itself to every skin tone.  It’s not a full on illuminator, and it’s not a strobe either. It’s just a very lightly pearlised/shimmer that just kind of lightbulbs the face so that anyone looking at you would just see a beautifully lit complexion without knowing why. There’s just no obvious signs, which I believe is the real magic in this powder. It’s so subtle that you can easily sweep it over your whole face and not look stupid. And then if you want to build it on the high points, well, then so be it.  I’ve even put a wash if it over my eyelids because it’s so delicate and pretty.
I know I’m raving on about this range and I know it’s a high end price and may very well make you weep openly in public, but in all honestly, what I really love is that it’s all about the skin. Let’s face it, it’s what La Mer is famous for. And even if I ever went to bed in a sorry state with a face full of this range I wouldn’t be worried. It’s all top drawer ingredients.  And really, it’s nothing short of Wizardry. It’s a worthwhile investment and I’m now already eating beans on toast forever and saving in the piggy for its replacements.

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St Tropez. The Ultimate Tanning Kit.

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I really feel like I’ve struck gold with St Tropez this week. The UK website had an offer I couldn’t refuse: Spend £25 on their lush products and recieve a really fabulous gift. Plus a generous sample.

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I decided on the luxury tanning oil and face oil combo.  The set retails for £40.(it includes a tanning mitt) I really love this stuff. I remember buying it on the very day it came out. I was totally suckered in by the Lemongrass fragrance of it. Fresh, summery and totally intoxicating.
Now, I must point out, this is not an easy product to work with. It takes practise. It’s like trying to apply a brown shimmery water. The mitt is a must have, as it is almost impossible to apply without it. However once on your skin, it’s very quick drying and looks amazing!
The facial oil is slightly tinted. It’s non pore clogging and has good skin benefits. I personally wouldn’t put this on during the day. I always sleep in this. It’s rich, like an oil treatment product. And my skin felt lovely after I’d slept in it.
Now on to the freebies.

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I received as the gift, a super little bag, that is going to be great for storing my tanning mitts. A generous sample of the Tanning Mousse. Plus a generous sample of the new Tinted Gradual tan that I’ve previously reviewed and an extra mitt.

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Then as an sample bonus I received the Gradual Shower Tan. Which I will endeavour to try out when the weather gets warmer.
Overall, to say that I just spent £40. I got a really good bundle. And because I also subscribed to their newsletter they’ve given me 10% off my next online purchase. I’m utterly delighted.

Jean Paul Gaultier LTD Edition ‘Betty Boop’ Eau Fraiche.

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Lucky Me! Just received this as a gift from my lovely guy. What a stunner!
This is the recently released take on Jean-Paul  Gaultier’s  ‘Classique’ fragrance featuring Betty Boop.
This beautifully designed tin has the iconic image of Betty in a Gaultier corset. It’s so good it could easily be copied as a tattoo.
I can’t tell you how much I love this. It’s  actually an Eau Fraiche, eau de toilette. Which is fine,as it’s really quite a pokey scent.(in a good way)

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Top notes: Lemon Sorbet, ginger,sugar cane
Middle notes:Exotic Tiara, Jasmine, Orange Blossom
Base notes: Vanilla,musk, neo-labdanum.
This fragrance has always been unique.
In fact, all great fragrances are unique. They are the ones that nothing else smells like. They stand alone. Easily identified. And this has truly stood the test of time. It’s a 100mls of pure lusciousness and everything that a showgirl’s dressing room should smell like. It’s all satin, diamonds and ostrich feathers. And if the colour pink had an actual scent, I think this would be it.

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Lancome Juicy Shaker Review

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Boom-Meringue

I know these have been out for a couple of weeks now, but I wanted to give it a bit of time before I pass a judgement.
Aesthetically they are very pleasing to eye.  A mini cocktail shaker that come in a large beautiful assortment of colours. What’s not to like? They can be mixed and matched and they all have corresponding scents to their names. But to be honest ,I kind of expected more from this.
It’s a sold as a pigment infused lip oil. It doesn’t glide on like a gloss, it has to be dabbed on with the sponge applicator. Which is fine but,slicking your lips with a colour is a hard habit to break and I find myself having to reprogramme myself to do it.

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The oil and the colour separate in the bottle and have to be shaken to mix, hence it’s namesake. It seems like a lot of faff if you’re in a bit of a hurry. My other beef is that you have to screw the applicator right back in to get more colour on the sponge. Even more faff.
They do feel nice on the lips once on there though. However, the colour pay -out isn’t anything to write home about, certainly on the lighter shades. Maybe the darker berry shades yield more. The colour that it appears in the bottle is not what you get on the lips.  It’s a watered down sheer version which is great if you don’t want a solid colour, but disappointing if you did.

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I will continue to use it because I like to have something on my lips during the day, but I do tend to reach for my Lancome Lip Lover gloss over this because they just have so much more substance and the colour and shine is outstandingly good and an overall superior look.