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Pat McGrath SkinFetish 003 Gold Review

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Bang Bang into the room!

How I managed to get my hands on this without any difficulties whatsoever is beyond me. I was literally just strolling through the Sephora website looking at various things when suddenly, this came about. I actually had no idea that it was Sephora’s launch date for this and that Pat’s own launch of this on her own website had caused major mayhem and had basically broken the internet! Wow! I am THE luckiest to have just blithely picked one up. And not only that, it was here, in my house, in Hastings,2 days later from NYC!
So, according to all sources, this is probably the most anticipated product this year. And it’s amazegogs!
Pat, what have you done? I’ll tell you what’s she’s done. She’s created the likes of what I have never seen before. I don’t even know what I was expecting.
All I know is that it came packaged in gold sequins. This is completely wonderful by the way. Absolute theatre. Everything transits safety and you become utterly hypnotised by the sheer goldness of them all,to the point you almost become one with them.
So first up. If you don’t know who Pat is, then please Google her. She’s basically the greatest make up artist since Kevyn Aucoin ( who holds a very special place in my heart and who is now with the angels). Pat is British, so I’m happy that she’s flying the flag for us.
Anyway, what did I get in the sequins packet?

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So, firstly I’m going to talk about this double ended balm/hi-light stick.
At one end you have an amazing gold hi- lighter that you can unashamedly swipe straight on your face anywhere you like. 
I’ve probably over-egged it on first application and I now look like that girl from Gold Finger.  Who cares? It’s great and it blends like a dream.

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I know this swatch looks very intense. Well that’s because it is. But you can sheer it out as much as you like and suddenly you just look like you’ve  transcended to the heavens.
At the other end is the clear balm. Which I just love! This has a multitude of uses. Eyebrow grooming. Lip gloss. Cheek gloss. You name it, it can probably do it.

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I think this stick is the winner for me. I can see myself using this every day. It’s so useful!
The Powder is possibly the most illuminating product I’ve ever come across. It is like some sort of Supernova in a pot. Coat yourself in this an you can’t fail to have a good night.

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I will probably use this more as an eyeshadow. I have blue eyes and this really makes them pop. Another good way to use this for cheeks is to swipe the cool Japanese brush across the clear balm and then pick up the Powder on top of it before swiping it across the cheekbones. This, I think is the most effective way to apply this. If you have a tan then this truly is going to look awesome!

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I think the brush is an excellent design. It’s exactly the right size to sweep across both ends of the stick. In fact all three products marry together so well, you can’t really go wrong. I’m so very glad I bought this set. It’s been cleverly thought out. And I really think it is value for money.  I know there’s a pink nude set that is probably better for the fairer skinned people but I really like the Gold because I just love the drama of it all.
Thanks Pat. I’m hoping I’ll  be seen from the Space Station. 

Tom Ford Soleil Collection 2016.

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So, the hotly anticipated Tom Ford summer collection has arrived ; like a massive express steam train, it finally rolled into British stores over the weekend. And everyone went crazy! Well, I did anyway. The hype and build up to this collection was pretty spectacular. And to be fair, it deserves it.
Unfortunately,I couldn’t get to any stores over the Bank Holiday, so I ordered a few of the pieces I wanted direct from Selfridges without having actually seen them in the flesh.  No matter. It’s Tom Ford. It’s going to be fabulous. I even purchased a lipstick without swatching it first. Unheard of to take such a gamble I know! What madness! However, it paid off. As I said,it’s Tom Ford,  It’s going to be fabulous.
So first up. And probably the showstopper of the collection is The Afternooner palette.

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This palette is the size of my head.(‘Im not joking.) And it is so damn beautiful I practically stopped breathing when I opened it up.
You know in the movies when some pirate finds a treasure chest and opens it up and there is just a massive glow of gold coming from within  it that lights up the cave. Well, this had the same effect.
Three shades: A Hi-Lighter, A peachy pink blush and A bronzing contour. All  perfect.  I love, love, love this! It just makes my heart sing. It’s highly pigmented so it’s best to build it up slowly so as not to resemble a clown. Which is a big problem for me with collections because they’re all so amazing that all I want to do is  wear all of it.All at the same time. No matter how ridiculous I look! If you only had room for one thing in your handbag however  then this pallet is it. (Ok,so you might have to sacrifice other items to the depths of your husbands pockets to make room , but so be it.)  You don’t even need a brush to use this. You can easily swipe with your fingers across the shades and just place where you want.
It truly can do no wrong by me.
Second up is a couple of re-promotes: The Pink Sand Cream Blush and the Gold Dust Bronzer.

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I didn’t get these last year. Wish I had though. (Where was I?? Living under a rock?)  The cream blush is to die for. I’ve got a pink Marc Jacobs blush that I recently bought and this cream sits perfectly on top of it. It just coats it with some extra irredescence and looks totally stunning when it hits the light. It has a subtle shimmer to it that gives that halo effect to the skin.
Now, I don’t know what it is with Tom Ford’s bronzers. How do they do it? What sort of jiggery pokery is used here? It’s like the only bronzer that I’ve come across that is the closest to a real tan that you can get. It mimics a healthy ‘caught’ look to almost perfection. It’s honestly the only one I’ve personally worn that looks like prettily baked skin, which I think is what he truly aims for with this line anyway.
Whenever I think of Tom Ford  summer collections, I just immediately think of the Cote d’Azur in the 50’s. Brigitte Bardot in St Tropez for example:All blonde, tanned and rolling around with Serge Gainsbourg  in a naughty bikini, looking effortlessly stunning.
The compacts themselves just evoke that era of beautiful people swanning along the Promenade de Anglais in Nice wearing peach
chiffon, giant sunglasses and stacks of jewels having cocktails in the Negresco with beautiful young men….. Who wouldn’t want to be that? Well,Tom Ford is giving us a glimmer of this bygone glamour. Isn’t it what we all crave in the summer?  Of course it is. And no one has this nailed as well as Tom, other than maybe Estee Lauder who manufactures his cosmetics. He’s giving us exactly what we want. A taste of being in the South of France looking a million bucks and being the very best versions of ourselves.

I actually remember some years ago the collaboration he did with Lauder when they bought out the Youth Dew Amber Nude range and then a range of cosmetics to compliment it. All packaged in sky blue and gold compacts. Full of golds, peaches and bronze. I bought the lot and was delighted with it. Finally here was someone who understood what women want and how we want to feel .But,things have advanced now and his offerings are so much more superior. That original collaboration was merely a preliminary sketch for the masterpieces to come.
As is the pricetag.( A lear jet, stocked with D.Perignon Champagne and caviar would be cheaper.)
Just the white and gold compacts alone are enough to see these flying off the counters at break-neck speed. Who cares what’s in them right? They just look amazegogs! He’s even bought out some mind-numbingly expensive white and gold leather make up bags for everyone to stash their highly prized goods in. Just in case the gorgeous compacts weren’t enough. I mean, let’s cue a heavenly choir while we’re at it!   It kind of makes me want weep abit really. It’s just all too dazzling for the human eye.

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Lastly, is the lipstick I purchased without looking at it first. I needn’t have worried. It’s perfect.

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It’s the new moisture core lip color in Cala Di Volpe. #4
They all have this, well, moisture core running through the centre. It’s the same core colour for all the shades. A kind of sheer watermelonish colour that doesn’t really have any pigment impact, but gives the lips that dewy, lying in the sun and sweating slightly look. A bit like the perfect model in the ad.
This colour is like a bronze brown shade. I have naturally very red lips, so luckily it works for me.
Overall , I’m super impressed with this collection. I will probably buy more from it. I want a couple of the cream eyeshadows as well as the bronzing primer which has so far had rave reviews. I also wouldn’t mind giving the illuminating skin soufflé a go just out of curiosity. Which,of course,I will post the moment I’ve got my jam-buttie fingers on them.
I would suggest that the range is almost certainly worth remortgaging your house for,or at least part exchanging  your kids pony for. It’s Tom Ford and both he and his products were created by the angels.

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.

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.

St Tropez Everyday Tinted Body Lotion Review

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I’ve got to say I’ve fallen totally in love with this stuff. I think it’s one of St Tropez’s new releases. It’s a tinted gradual tan that feels like velvet on the skin. Well, it does on my parchment anyway.
It has all the benefits of a gradual tan. i.e you can build to your own specification,with lots of moisturising going on. And on the plus side you have a fool proof colour marker and a lovely scent. That’s right, no fakey weird smell that usually sends husbands and cats running from the room. And it immediately looks great.
My first impression was the texture of the stuff. It looks, when first out of the tube, very much like body makeup/foundation. Yet when rubbed on, it’s disperses into a tinted lotion that spreads like marg.

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Again,please excuse my hairdressers hands, they go through alot.
I’d say that I used about a quarter of the tube for my full body. And it covered everything. So I reckon you’d get 4 lots out of it. Which considering its only £15, is pretty good value for money.
I applied this at night and went to bed in it. It dried down really quickly and whilst it initially feels tacky on application it soon  turns into that lovely velvet feeling. I’m more than happy with this. It developed into a super nice colour and it’s totally inoffensive. If you do a Dark Tan once a week,then this is ideal for keeping it fresh. And, if like me, you just want to maintain a nice glow throughout the week then this really is all you need. And I also just want to point out that I had no streaking whatsoever. Although, the exfoliating rules still apply just in case. I will certainly repurchase.

Dior Capture Totale Creme Review

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Over the years I have tried out more high-end face creams than I’ve had hot dinners and the truth is, I haven’t remained faithful to any one of them.

The problem these days is that we’re always moving onto the next best thing. And it doesn’t matter how great something is, or what it promises, it will always get dropped like a hot brick the moment something bigger and better comes roaring into the world. I know that most beauty blogs are aimed at ‘What’s next? What’s new? What’s the buzz?’ Everyone is scouring the planet for that wonder cream/serum that will give us mannequin- type perfection overnight. It’s all about instant gratification. We’re more and more needy when it comes to what we spend our hard earned cash on. We want results and we want them immediately. I am as guilty as they come for this. My fickle nature when it comes to products means that there are literally pots of perfectly good stuff, who’ve been overthrown, sitting around in cupboards like discarded lovers, hoping that one day I might notice them again.

So, instead of moving onwards and upwards,I decided to revisit an old flame.

The last time I used Dior’s Capture Totale was about 5 years ago. I think I had the serum and a moisturiser but that was about it. To be honest, I was a bit ‘Meh!’ about it. It didn’t seem to cut the mustard in the way I had hoped. But then again,I wasn’t in a particularly good place at the time ,which made me feel a bit underwhelmed by the world in general and not just face creams. Anyway, I was given a sample of what the SA described as the new, improved version of the Capture Totale cream. I wasn’t aware they’d done this. It must have slipped under my radar when I was courting something else.

But Ok, it was worth a shot. It was free. I had nothing to lose. And it was improved. So, almost like a new ,untested product then?…Yes?… Oh Goodie!….. I then spent the following week trialling it to see if it could redeem itself in any way.

I have to say, hand on heart, I was more than a bit surprised. Something major had changed here. Ok, so the scent was exactly how I remembered. The colour wasn’t in any way different, still that lovely soft pink. And the texture was as super nice, which I expect in a top range cream. What I didn’t expect was how much firmer my face felt. I’m not joking. I know this actually sounds like an advert but I’m in no way affiliated with Dior and I paid out from my own Piggy Bank for this stuff. Yes, my face actually felt a lot firmer. And the overall tone was considerably better. And above all things, my dehydration issues had been addressed. I looked fresh. Like a daisy. I had no horrible breakouts, no nasty film sitting on top of the skin. It was if someone had crept in and given me a facial while I was asleep.Although  I’m way too long in my veneered teeth to expect an outright miracle, I must say I was suitably impressed. Something profound had definitely taken place. Literally overnight.

I then spent a little while looking for other reviews to see if anyone else had witnessed the same level of results. I was surprised to find mixed emotions over this. Some of the reviews were quite old and a few people had either sung its praises on department store sites with a few little words or had just flatly denounced it. But overall, nothing to really write home about.

Personally, I was more than chuffed with it by the end of that week and straight away hot-footed it off to Harrods to buy the whole range.(All of which I will review over time.)

Firstly, I have to give kudos to Dior for creating packaging that can be refilled. In this day and age of recycling and ever increasing concern for the environment, this is definite Brownie points for them. It also effects the price of the product significantly. I paid £127 for 60mls of the cream and when and if I purchase the refill it will be almost a whole £20 cheaper. Bonus!!

So what makes it so good?

I quickly went and looked up all the manufacturer’s guff about it and what its supposed to do. Alright, so you have the usual claims of smoothness and wrinkles diminishing, youthful beauty, more density, age defying ,contour revitalization etc.. And there’s also a picture of Eva Herzigova looking beautiful and unchanged since the Nineties. Fair enough… Yet, the greatest claim of all, is that this stuff  fights the laws gravity..!!.This is the unique selling point!  ……What? and How? I ask….. But, do I really care as long as it can stand up to the job?

All I can imagine is that the wizards in white coats at the Dior lab have created a product that basically has the ability to make your face look amazing, as if it’s floating around serenely in Outer Space. And that it’s all down to some sort of  jiggery pokery involving stem cells. Well, the stem cells from a particular plant that can only be found in far flung Madagascar called a Longozo whose regenerative powers get to work on the mother cells at the origin of your skins elasticity.(their words, not mine.) It also says it will boost collagen. Something for which,in my forties, I’m almost certainly in need of a leg up . The plant/flower is a spritely looking red affair, which is apparently both rare and precious. And it’s the extract from the seeds of this marvellous looking thing that is now the main active ingredient for the whole Capture Totale range. Which gets me wondering whether it has to be extracted under the cover of darkness from the Dior garden, on a certain date, beneath the light of a full moon, or else it will lose all its magic? Ok, I go too far, but, they must know something we don’t, or why else would they invest and rest their whole reputation  on one single species?

I’ve noticed that a lot of companies are now introducing stem cell this and stem cell that to their products. It seems to be major factor in a lot of high end treatments. Do they all work, I couldn’t even begin to say. But what I will say is that whilst this Dior cream might not work for everyone, I however,do feel that I at least got quite a bit of bang for my buck. My face has almost certainly improved as far as the firmness is concerned. I don’t expect the deep lines to vanish, but they’ve ,without a doubt, softened. Which is enough for me to heap on the praise for a product. My faith in Dior and their magical alchemy  is restored when it comes to this range.

There are 3 different versions of this cream: Light, Universal and Rich. It comes in a truly gorgeous tub. And whilst I know a lot of people don’t like tubs and  jars, it does come with a mini spatula so that it can be scraped out without being contaminated by our fingers in any way.

I chose the Rich version because of my dehydration issues. And boy is it rich! I tend to slather it on at night. Mainly, because it’s when products can work, uninterrupted by ourselves touching our skin or braving the elements. And its the time when the body recharges itself overall whilst we do nothing.

I don’t think I will cheat on this one for a while.Well,not while im still in the Honeymoon period anyway. I’ll finish the pot before I decide whether im still in love or not.

YSL Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow Review

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They say that there’s nothing new under the sun and I was inclinded to agree until I came across this little beauty.
I happened upon it last week when I was in Debenhams looking for something completely different. (Dior Spring 2016 Hi-Lighting Powder. Forget it. All gone. Gutted)Anyway,unable to get what I was looking for and wanting to purchase something to get over my disappointment,I wandered over to the YSL counter. I love their lip glosses and their packaging and I  wanted to see what was new. I had kind of seen this Moisture Glow stuff before but hadn’t paid much attention to it. It’s fairly new and I was probably looking for something else to get my greedy mitts on.

However, as I picked it up for closer inspection this time,the lovely sales lady said it was an amazing product if you’re on the dry side….AND!… according to the packaging, it delivers instant hydration for 72 hours and that the skin would look ‘plumped’ with moisture.

72 hours??…. Deep Breath…..Like…,Wow!

‘Plumped’with ‘moisture’ you say?! Really?

Like a rosy- cheeked dolly almost?

Music to my ears!

This I had to see!

Unfortunately for me, the moment I hit 40 my hormones decided to immediately start acting up. It was as someone had hit a switch and from that moment on my face felt like it had been vacuum packed.My combination/ dewy complexion was replaced by a magnetic black hole that sucked  up any moisture in its path,  rainshowers ,snow, the odd fountain.Possibly Niagra Falls if i was to stand close enough. It was like a Dry County and I  was left with a dehydrated husk that I have since battled with every day to combat. Oils, serums, primers, 8 gallons of water. You name it, I’ve tried it! And like my husband, it has to be fed regularly or it gets narky.

So, seeing something that claims to offer up 72 hours worth of hydration,no extra feeding required,it  was surely worth the 34 quid price tag.

So what’s it like?
Does it work in the same way as those little gel sachets that I put in my hanging baskets work? Does it act like a time release watering system?

Well fundamentally, it’s a primer. It goes on after your skin care and before make up.

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It has a soft gel/cream, superlight,consistency in a very pale pink shade. The colour has no impact once it’s on your face. (Please excuse my dry, half tanned, 25 years of hairdressing  hands, it’s the best I could do)
You need a pea sized amount of this stuff, it literally melts and spreads onto your face like butter. It’s like an extra moisturiser. In fact, it’s so moisturising you could easily slip this straight on after your serum. Although I do suggest leaving it a good five minutes before adding make up, otherwise anything you do put on would probably slick straight off,or like me, end up collecting in your hairline. Not a good look.Go off and empty the dishwasher or something.Just be patient because, once the foundation goes on it really gives an almost flawless effect.

So did it last 72 hours?
Well, I didn’t have it on for that amount of time. But ,I will say that,yes, it did stand the test of at least 12 hours and the one thing that I really loved was how great my face felt after I’d taken everything off. The moisture was still there!!! My dehydration lines were definitely better. It was, dare I say it, plumpish and my foundation didn’t start to dry and cake in the way it normally would after 4 hours with a hairdryer in my hand.
I can’t recommend this enough for anyone who suffers from the dreaded dehydration. It’s like a lawn sprinkler for the skin with the added bonus of being a really great moisturising primer. It’s been worth every penny and it’s now on my MakeUpICan’tLiveWithout list .

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder Review

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I was going to start my blog with the usual info about myself and what I do, but that can wait. I first want to rave about the new Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder from Hourglass Cosmetics.
Being in my Forties, powder has, as a rule,become a bit of a no-go area for me and my dehydrated skin. It either makes it look more husk like than ever before or hunkers down into the fine lines around my eyes adding at least 10 years to my face.
So what makes Hourglass powders so different? Personally, I believe it’s the fine milling that makes it so soft, giving the impression that you have a light piece of chiffon floating about your face.Just pearly enough to make a difference,but in no way shouty.
I would never of dreamed of ‘strobing’ my face before, by the way. Just the thought of it was frightening.
Strobing made me think of the Eighties with women in plaited headbands and enormous perms, their faces resembling a copper teapot.
Anyway, contouring is out,apparently and strobed/dewy complexions are what we’re now supposed to be aiming for.
Ok, I can live with this.
The more moisture I can put into my mummified skin the better. And these powders are just the ticket for adding that polished finish.
So how do these work? Two options: They can either go on wet or dry. Depending on your mood. Personally I’ve opted for dry because it’s more low-key. Although you never know I might push the boat out one day and take a wet sponge to it. There is actually a specific sponge that’s been created to go with these. I, however tend to use my fingers, just because I like a light touch.
They are, thankfully, as subtle as you want them to be. Buildable and clever. They do not scream glitter. They just add a soft sheen to whatever cheekbones you have. I don’t have the type you can hang off, but what I do have is just enough to warrant these in my cosmetic arsenal.
I chose two shades because out of the four these were two that spoke to me.

Brilliant Strobe and Euphoric strobe.

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Brilliant

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Euphoric

They tend to lend themselves perfectly to the warmer tanned tone that I have and I knew that if I only got one I’d undoubtedly want the other.
Brilliant strobe is a pale gold yellow which I find great for a bit of a lift on the brow bone and the tip of my nose and cupid  bow.
Euphoric is a beige champagne colour which blends perfectly with my foundation and any light bronzer if I choose to wear it. I use this solely on my cheekbones and maybe a tiny bit above my eyebrows, again to just lift the face.

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Both colours have different jobs so I’m glad I bought both. I also find that they are the perfect shades to marry with my Ambient Light setting powders. If you have either Dim,Luminous or Radiant light, then these two strobes are definitely ones to think about.
I purchased both of mine from John Lewis but they can also be bought at SpaceNk and Liberty of London and they retail for £34.

Happy Strobing!