Dead Sea Spa Magik BB Cream Review

This is something that caught my eye some time ago, but I’ve only just got round to purchasing. Totally inexpensive. I think I paid about £14 for it. 

This is a really good BB Cream. And I’ve tried alot. And for the price it’s certainly worth the recent hype surrounding it. Ok, so it’s not quite my La Mer Reparative skin tint, but it’s a very good second. And I think what makes it really quite special is that it adapts to all skin tones. This, I know sounds like quite a feat , considering the worry I had when I first saw the one-size-fits all shade. In fairness, it really does adapt. 

It’s also  said to have a revolutionary anti-aging complex. Which I think I’ll have to see over time if it lives up to those claims. It does however contain Dead Sea  minerals blended with pure plant extracts , Vitamin C,(to help collagen production, which is always a good thing in one’s forties) Vitamin E and an SPF 15. 

It says it can be used as either a primer or a foundation. Personally I’d probably mix it in with either a bit of Becca’s back lighting primer to add some real glowiness to the face. Or I would add a layer of setting powder. It is very hydrating, so those with oily skins, I think it will need patting down. 

It’s does have a fairly substantial coverage for a BB cream. Best put it on a bit at a time, because people like me who have hands like feet, end up with a large amount out of one squeeze. 

I do love the feel of this on the face. It hasn’t got a strong scent. It’s just clean, with the aura of something that will do good things for your skin. So far, I’m liking it.For the price I think it will be worth it.  But I’ll see how we get on before a repurchase.  

Advertisements

La Mer Perfecting Treatment Review

I’d been dying to try this from the moment it came out. It was so worth the wait. I finally bagged myself some, along with another Reparative Skin Tint.Whilst this can be used alone, under moisturiser and on top of moisturuser, the results when married together with the Skin Tint is sheer magic.

It’s aim is to improve the look of the skin texture, blur out inconsistencies and create a perfect base for make-up. Infused with La Mer’s miracle broth, it also acts as a skin treatment. And,  as I now refuse to put any base layers on my face unless they’re doing good things behind the scenes, to me this is a new HG.

The consistency is very much, I think, like the La Mer gel moisturiser.It’s light pink in colour and has that lovely slippery silicone feel when it goes on. I personally don’t bother with moisturiser when I wear this. I put the skin tint straight on over it and it is more than sufficient. And I have to be honest, my face stays dewy for the whole day. I so love that they introduced this. To me, it’s an exciting product, which, after 3 weeks use is already paying dividends. I must stress however, if you’re expecting a hard core foundation primer then this is not for you. It’s more of a skin treatment base that creates a nice canvas. It’s currently £155 for 50mls, but considering how little you need, it should last a good long time. And also considering the results I’ve had, it’s been worth every penny.

La Mer The Bronzing Powder Review

image

So, when La Mer released a bronzer, I almost had a panic attack. I utterly love their powder formulations. I have both The Powder and The illuminating Powder, which have moved very swiftly into my top  favourites. And this is no exception.
First up, there is no hideous over the top shimmer. Which, as I l’ve got older, I try now to avoid like the plague.Neither is it Fanta Orange. It’s in a divided-into-four colour pattern, which can either be dipped into individually or swirled together with a big fat brush. The colours range from a light Hi-Lighter shade to a matt tan. All of which melt together beautifully to create a completely natural look. Second up, it has a glorious scent to it. Not overpowering, just pretty. And of course, the compact itself, has a superb mirror
which makes it a handy-on-the-go item.
Of course, it’s unfortunately a limited edition piece (it would be wouldn’t it?!!) I’m almost tempted to buy another back-up in case.
I truly love this. I almost wish La Mer would create some blush colours as well, because I imagine they’d be stunning. With La Mer, I honestly believe that you get what you pay for. The ingredients are second to none. And I know that whatever product of theirs I put on my face is all good quality stuff.

image

image

Pat McGrath SkinFetish 003 Gold Review

image

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?

image

image

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

image

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!

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

image

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.

image

image

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

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.

image

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.