La Mer: Crème De La Mer Moisturising Cream review

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La Mer is one of those luxury brands that I have forever admired from afar. One of the main reasons being that it’s pricey, the skincare range starts from £100+. I have always wondered whether the prices were justified, if you spend £220 on a cream does it make you look 10 years younger? Glow like a unicorn? Or just fit into a certain societal stereotype?

I’m a huge fan of budget skincare and make-up. Who doesn’t want a product that performs as well as a high end one for half the price? It’s just logic. But recently I’ve started to delve deeper, and it’s not always that simple. I started to compare ingredients used within skincare. And you will notice that high end products use the same ingredients as budget ones. Let’s use Vitamin C as an example, two products can contain the Vitamin. However, is there a difference in potency? The way the ingredients are formulated could differentiate? These are the questions we should be asking when buying skincare.

My best advice when purchasing skincare is to research ingredients. If you know what ingredients do for your skin, you are then making more informed choices when choosing skincare. In turn, your skin should reward you.

Crème De La Mer Moisturising Cream, £120 for 30ml – Review

When we read skincare reviews, it’s often important to remember that everyone has a different skin type. What works for one person, doesn’t always work for everyone. Crème De La Mer is a heavy Moisturising cream that is aimed at those with dry skin. It claims to minimise pores, reduce fine lines and give a natural glow.

In terms of ingredients, these aren’t mentioned explicitly on the La Mer website. I found this odd, as high end face creams often boast about their natural ingredients. I did some online searching and I found that the cream does contain some natural products; Seaweed Extract, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Mineral Oil & Sesame Seed Oil. All of these ingredients are known for their hydrating properties to skin. But, disappointingly the cream also contains Linalool (for Fragrance), preservatives and Alcohol – all of these ingredients aren’t great for those with sensitive skin, or or allergies (Quora, 2018).

I have only been using the cream for a few days but I do notice a huge difference. I have stubborn dry patches that are often irritated by creams, this one soothes it. As soon as you apply Crème De La Mer, your entire complexion is lit up. It’s like putting on a spotlight in a dark room. I can visually see from the difference in my own skin, why this has become a cult cream for many woman.

It’s very rich in texture and thick. You don’t need a lot of it. Before you apply to your face, you must rub it in your hands to warm the cream. As it becomes translucent you rub onto your skin. This is brilliant for those who want bare faced beauty, and a natural glow.

Worth £120 for 30ml?

I’d say this really comes down to personal preference. In a sense, yes it is worth it. Simply because it is a heavy cream, you only need apply a small amount. It will last you at least 6 months. It performs as it claims. It just comes down to how much you are willing to or can afford to invest in your skin!

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Christian Dior Forever Undercover foundation – first impressions

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I joined Glamour Beauty Club online a few months ago, and surprisingly, have received two great products in the post since. Last week I was fortunate enough to receive a (rather large) sample of Dior’s newest foundation; the Forever Undercover foundation boasts a 24 hr full coverage. Does it live up to its claims?

The Performance & First Impressions

Firstly, I would like to advise any fellow beauty bloggers to sign up to Glamour Beauty Club. As you will know, unless you have several PR companies consistently fighting to mail you products, (we aren’t all that lucky). It can get very expensive when you keep buying the latest products just to produce blog content. It’s handy being sent free products to test – and gives a helping hand in producing content for both social media and your blog.

I’m not really a full coverage gal if I’m honest. On a daily basis I’ll wear a light Serum foundation for work. However this Dior foundation gives excellent coverage, without the heaviness that often comes with full coverage foundation. It isn’t thick or cloggy (I think I just legit invented a word), it is light on the skin but covers all imperfections. I have rather large, open pores on my right cheek. Probably an after effect of battling acne for the last ten years. And I struggle to cover them, even with a decent primer on before foundation application. The Dior Forever Undercover managed to fill them in and give a flawless finish. (See picture below).

It smells divine when you apply it, and has that luxury feel that you would expect from a £34.00 foundation. I’d be happy to wear this daily, and on a night out. As for the claim of lasting 24 hrs, I’m not nasty enough to leave my foundation on for that long. Although it did last all day without any signs of wear on my face (8 hours or so). Overall, I’d say that the foundation is great, but there are other foundations on par quality wise that are slightly cheaper.

(I know I’ve got a filter on my mush, but this foundation did give a matte, flawless finish💜)

Rodin Luxury Lip Wardrobe Lipsticks review & swatches

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From the luxury brand that brought us their infamous Jasmine and Neroli Facial Oil, which became a beauty cult product. Rodin Olio Lusso has now branched out their range of skincare to bold lipsticks. The lipsticks are an extensive of their skincare range, and they feature the same plant based ingredients. The luxury lip wardrobe lipsticks are the same high end, luxuriant quality that has come to epitomise the Rodin brand as a whole.

Lip Wardrobe Lipsticks review

Long before I had even tried these lipsticks on, the clear cases were a game changer for me. The translucent lipstick cases are so elegant, and make the lipsticks stand out.  Taking stunning images of these lipsticks was not difficult.

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And not just a pretty face the luxury lipsticks are great as an all-rounder because there is an ample range of colours to suit not only avid lipstick fans, but the lipstick prudes too. They have a matte-creamy finish which is ultra-nourishing. Featuring Vitamin A and E, Argan Oil, and their infamous Jasmine and Neroli Oil; all these ingredients provide moisture. They are by far the least drying lipstick I have ever worn. The texture of the lipsticks is smooth, and they feel very comfortable on the lips.

All of the shades in the range are perfect for spring. A tasteful mix of nudes and bold colours makes for a really classy range. The lipstick colours appear on your lips just as bold as they look in their cases – the pigmentation is wonderful. So wonderful, in fact that the swatches I did would not wash off my arm! This does prove, however, that they are long lasting.

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I must say after using these, they have fast become my favourite lipstick. I suffer with dry lips, and having a prolonged winter has not helped one bit. To be able to wear a highly pigmented lipstick that also nourishes lips is a dream for me. Mac used to be my go-to for lipsticks, but I’m so cheating on Mac with Rodin Olio Lusso.

The Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Lip Wardrobe Lipsticks are £28 each, available from Liberty London and Space NK.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Glow Mask – Weekend pamper for skin

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Due to global warming we’ve had a prolonged Winter this year, and it’s been difficult to say the least. Battling through snow and sub zero degree weather in mid March, I’m sure, has taken its toll on us all. I certainly know it has taken a rather large toll on my skin. The harsh weather, and consistent ups and downs in temperature have left my skin battered. Dry and dull.

The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Glow Mask, at £17 is a bargain of a treatment. The Full Review

The Body Shop has a great reputation when it comes to skincare – and after using several of their products I can see why. As a brand, they pride themselves on being vegan friendly, animal cruelty free & are not exploitative with their prices. Could The Body Shop be the ultimate millennial skincare brand?

Their Himalayan Charcoal Glow Mask was a favourite with bloggers and beauty fanatics alike, since it launched. The Glow Mask does exactly as the name suggests – it gives skin a refreshing glow. A wonderfully pampering treatment; you apply the face mask, leave for 5 minutes to dry and then wash off.

The natural ingredients used such as, green tea leaves, tea tree oil and bamboo oil are great for consumers with sensitive skin, like myself. I have found some face masks too abrasive for my skin, they are ultimately dehydrating. Which, in fact, ends up being counter productive. However this mask leaves skin looking and feeling refreshed.

The Glow Mask is inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, and the tea tree oil used provides a holistic smell and relaxes body and mind whilst using the mask.

The Charcoal content is added for its purifying benefits. Charcoal is used to draw out impurities, and reduce excess oil in a natural way. The mask contains no Parabens, Silicone or Paraffin.

If you are hibernating until the weather improves, (I certainly am), add this to your pampering routine this weekend. It is a must have to bust winter skin blues.

How to stay motivated as a freelancer

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It’s that question that we all dread at family functions; if you’ve studied a subject and are now working a ‘normal’ job until you are able to get into what you want. Then you’ll fully understand.

‘So what’s your new job then?’

‘It’s an admin job. ‘

It’s at that point they stare at you with both confusion and dismay. But you studied journalism, aren’t you working for the BBC?

Anyone who studies / studied any of the subjects that come under the diverse umbrella of ‘creative industries’ will understand my struggle. Creative industries are highly competitive – and experience based. Meaning, if you are not funded by financially supportive parents it can be very difficult to enter such an industry. Often, journalists are expected to complete several unpaid internships before being able to compete for an entry level job.

Sometimes I feel real low about this. I feel like a failure because I’m not where I want to be. But it takes time. I write, I write as much as I possibly can. On top of my blog that you are reading right now, I’m also doing a freelance internship at The Beauty Guild Gazette (pictured the latest Easter issue).

Which is the most read beauty trade magazine in the industry. But when the stresses of life and your day to day admin job hit you – it can be difficult to keep your sights on how well you are doing and how far you’ve come.

Here are my top tips for any freelancers in any of the creative industries:

1. Networking is key

Networking is going to be your best friend. If you are socially inept now is the time to re think your strategy. Most of my best opportunities to write have come from chance meetings at blogging events. The more you put yourself out there, the more likely you are to meet the right people who can help you. Remember, social media is great – but maintaining and creating a real life connection with someone is sometimes priceless.

2. Don’t lose focus & keep practicing

Set yourself a goal to keep yourself in check. For example ‘I’m going to publish at least one blog post per month’. This helps you stay on the right path, and will keep your focus in the forefront of your subconscious mind. Otherwise, when you are juggling a normal job and a freelance career – it’s easy to get comfortable in the normal job as it becomes a routine. Writing, as with most other creative practices are talents that need to be practiced in order to be maintained. Every single time I write my passion is reignited.

3. Lower your standards

I mean this in the sense of, not expecting to graduate become to editor of Vogue magazine. Of course, we can set our sights and visions high and this is a positive attribute. However we must also be realistic, or we set ourselves up for failure. Have the highest standard of goals, but by realistic of when you can achieve them. You’ll find by comparing yourself to others or setting unrealistic goals only makes you less motivated. Think about your goals and focuses with a logical mind. As previously mentioned, you’ll also need to be willing to do a lot of work for free.

Never give up on your dream.

Murad Professional Eye Lift Firming Treatment review

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There is a certain element of trust when it comes to purchasing anti ageing skincare products. Naturally, you will not be able to view any results immediately. We place an immense amount of trust into products and brands, believing their creams and potions will be the fountain of youth.

Although I am only 25 (and I feel 19 let me tell you), I feel this is the appropriate age to start taking care of my skin. Beginning to ward off wrinkles.

My under eye area has always been a concern for me. I have severe dark circles, and so when applying make up I tend to over conceal them. I am aware that dragging this sensitive area may cause premature wrinkles. Furthermore, overloading the concealer draws attention to fine lines. I am caught in this vicious cycle of attempting to cover the dark circles; whilst potentially causing further damage and premature wrinkles. I have been scouring the shelves for a beauty product which can renew my under eye area.

And to my utter amazement, I have found an eye firming treatment that actually works.

Performance

Okay so the Murad Professional Eye Firming Treatment is not cheap, at £55 per 30ml – you may already be reconsidering.

However the results should convince you otherwise. The products works with the pads which are included with the treatment cream (as pictured).

You firstly apply a generous amount of the cream to your under eye area. Next you apply the pad which sticks to the cream, and pat on in a massaging motion. You leave the pad under your eyes for around 10-15 minutes.

The results are instantaneous. The under eye area feels tight and taut. I believe the effects of this cream are comparable to salon treatments and aesthetics that you would pay considerably more for.

Overall

The entire experience of using this product is enjoyable. It forces you to make time for yourself. To sit down, forget the world and focus on yourself. Whether it’s only 10 minutes or 20, setting time aside for yourself can be so beneficial to your overall happiness and mood.

In a world where social media rules, in a society where depression and anxiety is rife, it is mandatory to self heal. The Firming Eye treatment gives you a personalised spa treatment in the comfort of your home; the after results are amazing, so amazing you’ll forget that you are spending over £50! Do you need any more reasons to invest?!

Make Up Revolution Conceal and Define concealer review & mini haul

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It’s the concealer that has taken the beauty blogging world by storm. At only £4, Makeup Revolutions mini wonder stick has been dubbed as the perfect dupe for Tartes’ shape tape concealer.

It’s safe to assume this concealer has built up quite the reputation since it launched.

At a fraction price, available in 18 shades and with a smoothed brush that will not drag sensitive under eye skin. It’s got to be the ultimate concealer?

My experience and first impressionsI purchased the concealer in shade C2, and I am impressed that there is diversity in the shades available. Naturally, due to the various shades available the concealer is also popular for contouring purposes. The wide, smooth application brush allows the product to be applied effortlessly with no pulling or dragging of the under eye area. This is a full coverage concealer, and it is not thick or heavy on the skin. I was very satisfied with the coverage on my dark circles and imperfections. I have severe dark circles, and sometimes concealer under the eyes can crease after a few hours of wear. The make up revolution concealer did not crease – which is helpful as the creases only further accentuate the tired looking under eye area! Overall I really enjoyed applying and wearing this concealer. Not to mention the pretty rose gold casing which would have you believe the product cost much more than the actual £4 price tag. A really classy, quality product. 10/10 (and believe me I don’t often give products full marks). Make Up Revolution mini haul review I have been an avid fan of the Make Up Revolution franchise for a while. Also being an avid cheapskate, I love the high quality products available for slashed prices. Superdrug currently have a great offer on make up Revolution, when you spend over £12 you will receive a ‘Love Conquers All’ palette (as pictured). The Mini Haul The Must Have Red Lipstick Rose gold lipstick in Red Carpet, £3 The images I have captured certainly do little justice for this red lippie. I have had a long and lustful affair with red lipsticks, having white blonde hair and pale skin u prefer those with a blue undertone. Mac Ruby Woo is my usual go to red lipstick. However this little baby has now overtaken that. The shade of this lipstick is insane, it’s a deep powerful red. I did not expect the amount of pigment which is present at such a low price. If you are partial to a red lip, this is an absolute staple item. The Baking PowderBake & Finish luxury baking powder, £5 You know my reviews are always shamelessly honest and completely unadulterated right? I’m sad to say that I don’t actually know how to correctly use baking powder. It’s not a concept that I am familiar with. So before reviewing this product I had to watch YouTube tutorials in order to appropriately blend my white powder seamlessly into my new concealer. I used the powder mainly under the eyes as my dark circles are my main skin concern. The powder did give an even matte finish, and for those of you with more experience with baking your face – this would be an ideal buy at only £5. The All-Rounder Palette Love Conquers All palette, FREE with £12 worth of purchases (unfortunately the deal is not longer running and the palette seems to have disappeared from the Internet altogether) Sometimes I am so sensible it hurts. And when it comes to make up practicality, my inner geek rises up. So upon realising this palette had not only pigmented eyeshadows, but a pink and gold highlighter – I was delighted. The palette contains 6 eyeshadow colours, and a pink and gold highlighter in the middle. As I expected the highly pigmented quality that we are used to from Make up Revolution is ever present in this palette. I am very excited to create some bold looks with it. Infact, I would recommend all of their palettes. If you buy anything this weekend – ensure that it is a Make Up Revolution product. The quality never disappoints and you are left with zero guilt afterwards, because let’s face it a couple of pounds for cult beauty products. We are practically stealing from the brand.