Friday, 11 March 2016

Makeup Revolution Birthday & New Releases!

Hi there,

So last night I was lucky enough to be invited to Makeup Revolution's big birthday bash! It was hosted at the Cafe De Paris and it was fabulous. The night was celebrating Makeup Revolution and their rise to success in the last few years and my lord have they done well! 

There were a couple of known faces mingling around last night including Mr.Makeup himself Adam Minto and the DJ for the evening was Radio 1's Scott Mills. And not to forget the gorgeous Makeup Revolution Pug, Blondie! 

There were a few announcements on the evening which were very exciting. Along with a huge amount of their range being on display it was the palettes that I was really interested in! They had unveiled two new palettes which are both to die for. One of the palettes is a continuation of one of my favourite collections and the other is Makeup Revolutions first collaboration which is seriously exciting. 

The first of the new releases is this Chocolate Vice palette which is the newest addition to the Chocolate collection. It has a beautiful black gloss shell in the iconic melting chocolate style. The shadows inside are such a treat, with a mixture of shimmers and mattes the colours really are perfect for the ultimate smokey eye. Including beautiful nude shades, some blush tones and browns and blacks this really is the ultimate for everyday or one of those intense insta smokey eyes!

The next palette is my absolute favourite and the sight of it just brings me sheer joy. Makeup Revolution are known for the fondness to bloggers, they understand us and how we work so when I heard they were collaborating with a blogger I was overjoyed. The blogger in question is our very own Jane of BritishBeautyBlog and the palette? It's exceptional! Jane is known for her high standards and doing things right and she has done so well to create this palette. It has a beautifully luxurious gold packaging inscribed with "fortune favours the brave". When you crack it open you find 30 shadows which are all stunning in their own right. Again with a fabulous mix of mattes and shimmers this palette has so many colours and the assortment is amazing. A couple of the pans have a marbleised effect to them which I adore. This really could be the only palette you ever need, the assortment is incredible and the pigment pays off so well. 

The night itself was a great success and I had a really fabulous time, the drinks were flowing and I danced my bum off! I met so many amazing bloggers and it had a really friendly atmosphere which was fabulous. I am hugely appreciative to Makeup Revolution, not only for the invite to last night but for supporting and appreciating bloggers in general, it's rare for a company to be so forward when it comes to bloggers and I just hope others will follow.

So keep an eye out for these beautiful new arrivals coming soon here and to see more photos from other bloggers search #revolutionbirthday.

That's me for now though guys, so until next time, keep it pretty! xx


Monday, 7 March 2016

What is Environmental Skin Damage and How Does it Affect Me?

Often we’re told in the media, on advertisements, packaging almost everywhere about environmental damage to the skin. Now we all know about global warming, ice caps and the like but how on earth does the environment affect me? What causes it? What should I avoid? And how best can I combat it? Sick of being in the dark about such things I’ve done a bit of research and have compiled some information that should (hopefully) answer these questions.

Now, quick disclaimer, I am not a dermatologist nor am I a teacher. So I have used as much reliable information that I can find and I will explain in a way we can all hopefully understand (no long words, I get it!)

Let’s start at the beginning, that’s always a nice place to start. What is environmental skin damage? Environmental skin damage is the effects on your skin from your everyday surroundings, pretty simple.

So what causes it? The causes of skin damage covers a huge number of things which are particular to your country, routine and living conditions. But for the sake of knowledge the main causes we come across in everyday life include; sun exposure, air pollution (dust, chemicals), extreme cold and hot conditions, smoking, climate control, to name a few!   

How does it affect me? Okay so I think it will be easier to break this down into more generalised sections; 
  • Sun exposure, can cause the DNA in our cells to be damaged. It can also cause skin pigmentation like freckles, changes to skin texture like wrinkles, moles and in some cases cancer.
  • Air pollution can cause clogged pores due to dust and debris entering the skin, chemical pollutants cause natural oils to break down on the skin’s surface which would normally trap oils. Air pollution has also be known to inhibit the skin’s ability to rebuild and repair.
  • Extreme cold & hot conditions. Harsh cold climates can lead to dry and itchy skin as well as dandruff and chapping. Hot conditions cause us to sweat which can lead to blocked pores.
  • Smoking can cause the skin to wrinkle, it can slow down recovery from wounds and stains skin.
  • Climate control causes our skin to have to adapt quickly to sudden temperature changes like going from the cold outside to warm inside vice versa, the skin can handle this but it causes damage over time due to how rapidly the change happens.

I guess you’re now wondering ‘What should I avoid?’ Now, the problem with environmental damage is it is just that! It’s environmental, we have to face these things everyday in some form or another and most of which are unavoidable. Avoiding smoking is a good start as well as staying out of the sun when it is at it’s strongest and protecting yourself when you are in it. 

Which leads me nicely onto ‘How best can I combat it?’ There are a few great things you can do to avoid any further damage to your skin including; 
Thoroughly cleansing your skin day and night to get rid of any damage causing pollutants, keeping your skin GENTLY exfoliated (if you exfoliate harshly you can cause more skin damage. I recommend glycolic acid or a light acid peel) to remove deeper impurities, use an air filter to remove the majority of toxins around you, use a good hydrating moisture to enhance your skin’s protective barrier and finally get that vitamin D in a supplement! 
You’re not a lizard and you do not need to bask on a rock, you can take vitamin D orally and avoid the sun a bit more!


Tuesday, 1 March 2016

SACHAJUAN Guaranteed Hairdressers Hair at Home.

Hey friend!

I literally couldn't be more exciting to bring you this post! I am forever on the search for good hair products. Too many times have companies let products go out that make your hair greasy or dry or heavy when promising luscious advert quality locks. I cannot stand it. You buy something new and expect what it says and you end up having to wash your hair twice.

Well I was sent these two little bottles and a can. They're not fancy, they are plain, simple and literally incredible! They are SACHAJUAN. I'd never heard of them before they fell into my hands but now they are literally a must have.

The Shampoo & Conditioner: It is The Intensive Repair Shampoo & Conditioner. So these are for dry, damaged hair, which if I'm frank I have plenty of. I didn't really expect much as I was squeezing this into my hands. It smells beautiful it has a really light citrus scent, not like full on lemon but more lemongrass. It had an almost botanical scent. So on it went, it lathered nicely and very quickly and felt, well, normal. I then rinsed it and my lord, at that point I knew it was something special. It literally felt like I had conditioned my hair, I could run my fingers through it which never happens normally.

I didn't feel like I needed conditioner after that but used it anyway, again it had the light lemongrass scent and slid through my hair like a dream. I left it on for 3-5 minutes and when I rinsed it, it was like rinsing silk. It felt amazing.

I brushed through it wet, without the need of oil or serum. It was such a rare experience for my hair. I left it to air dry, I like to avoid my hair dryer as much as possible. When dry again it brushed through like a dream and felt just amazingly soft. I then straightened it and it even straightened better. It was as if my hair had succumb to the SACHAJUAN!

The Spray: So the spray is the Straight and Shine spray. I was so dubious you wouldn't believe. I immediately thought it would make my hair greasy and I'd have to wash it again. I was so wrong. So so wrong. I spray it onto my hair once straightened and the shine was amazing. It gave my hair texture that it never has straightened. It was straight but not flat and had a visible shine with no grease in sight.

I am so blown away by this. I thought I'd put it to the test again. That evening I went to the house of a smoker, which doesn't normally bother me but my hair didn't get to stay fresh for long. When I got home I had to get rid of the stale smoke smell so I gave it a little spritz with the spray and no joke, it totally deodorised it. No smell, whatsoever. Incredible.

Now don't get me wrong, this stuff is pricey, not Oribe pricey but it is on the higher end. I am not someone who spends a lot on shampoo but I would repurchase this. It's so so good and my hair felt 100 times healthier after using it. Here's the link to take a look for yourself.

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