Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mangano - Spring / Summer 2018 collection

Last week I was cordially invited to the launch of Mangano Spring Summer 2018 collection. The main theme in this collection is the eighties glamour as can be featured in flowing dresses with ruffles. Full tulle skirts, sequined striped sweaters and jeans studded with crystals are just some of the few key features which will make you reminiscent of the eighties.

In this collection wide ruffles, decorative shoulders, cinched waists, bustier-style belts and bare shoulders and legs are some of the features which are prominent. This collection is filled with butterfly prints, stripes in various colours and flowers. As one can see in the photos below the collection will also take you right into spring with colours including pastels among others. 



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Colour Correcting - Essence and Catrice

Last December I was sent some products from Essence and Catrice. As you all know these are frequently used in my blog and I do have several staples from both brands. 

I haven never been a big fan of colour correcting of any sort. I always found that it always ends up being too much products on the face. Having said that I do have quite dark under eyes circles. So, I thought of giving these products a try.

Please bear in mind that you still need to apply concealer and foundation after using colour correcting techniques. 

The below product is the Essence Correct to Perfect cc Concealer Palette.

The 4 shades are all cream shades and each colour basically neutralises a particular colour on the face. For example: Green neutralises redness, Yellow neutralises darker shadows in darker skin tones, Peach neutralises dark shadows in fair skin and Lavender balances sallowness.

The consistency is neither too think or thin and gives quite medium coverage I would say. 
I did try all the shades except the Lavender one. The green colour did really counteract the redness around spots. Coming to the yellow and peach shades. It is suggested that the peach one is suitable more for the fair skin tones and the yellow for the darker skin tones. I did try both the yellow and the peach shade. However, although I do have a deeper skin tone I found that the peach colour was more suitable for me for the undereyes. It also neutralised the dark circles more than the yellow shade.

The next product is the Catrice Colour Neutralizer Mattifying Powder. 

The powder has basically the same 4 shades however, in powder form. 

I did try to use each shade separately, however, I prefer using a sweep of all the 4 shades all over the face as an all over powder. 

All in all, I did enjoy both products especially the Essence one. Having said that I do feel that this is an extra step which I like to do when I want extra full face of makeup. I do suggest trying these products out if you want to start experimenting with colour correcting. 

Below are the before and after using these products.

What do you think?



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year New Skincare Regime - Uriage Eau Thermale Range

So, this winter my face wasn't in the best of conditions. I experienced the cold weather that Northern Ireland can offer. My skin was very dehydrated due to the wind/cold weather and lack of water. I have been using Uriage products on and off for several years but this time I wanted to really try and test the Eau Thermale Range.

When the skin lacks water it becomes uncomfortable, dull and lacks radiance. Fine dehydration lines appear and skin lacks suppleness. There are several factors which promote dehydration such as smoking, alcohol, air-conditioning, and very hot baths-showers. Drinking water is one of the most important factors to prevent dehrydation along with appropriate foods, weekly exfoliations and appropriate skincare. 

This range has the Uriage Thermal Water as a key ingredient. It is naturally moisturising, protective and soothing and contains trace elements and minerals which are essential in skincare products.

This light water cream is my current day face cream. It has an instant cooling effect and a gel-cream consistency which turns into a water texture when it comes in contact with the skin. It is rapidly absorbed and it cools and quenches normal to combination skin. 

It is also available with SPF 20 protection.

The Water Serum is a serum which is specifically designed to restore the skin's moisture. It's formula is enriched with powerful moisturising agents to revive the thirstiest skin and providing it with comfort, softness and radiance. I use the serum first and follow up with the light water cream.

This water eye contour cream is an ultra-moisturising cream whihc reduces the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and fine dehydration lines. It strengthens the skin's moisture barrier  to protect it against daily aggressions. 

I also have some samples of the Rich Water Cream which has a creamy, nourishing formula enriched with shea butter. It provides the thistiest of skins with intense hydration. I like to use it as a night cream or when I feel my skin is extra dehrydrated during the day.

This whole range has been a life saver for my skin. It works wonders and I can feel my skin is more supple and hydrated in general. I also love how makeup sits just perfectly on top of the creams. It cannot be emphasised enough when it comes to good skincare and the importance of choosing the right skincare. Even from summer to winter our skin texture changes so we must adapt our products according to the need.

I strongly recommend this skin care range if you're looking for an excellent hydrating range which can be used by every skin type.

What is your current skincare range?



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Eyelash Extensions

It never occurred to me to get lash extension. I was quite reluctant to try them. Having said that I love how they can look so natural. I decided to give them a try. I was under the hands of a very sweet girl - Joanna Pajak. I strongly suggest you check her brand new Facebook page here - Lash Extensions by Joanna.

I really loved the way the lashes open up the eye, giving the eyes an instant pick-me-up without having to apply layers of mascara thus avoiding clumping and/or smudging. My lashes never looked this beautiful and full but natural at the same time.I think eyelash extensions are very glamorous for this festive period or for even every day natural look.

Before 1:1 lash extensions
Before 1:1 lash extensions
Semi Permanent Eyelash extensions (1:1) make your lashes look longer, thicker and curlier whilst still looking natural. 1:1 lash extensions are applied with a strong lash glue to the lash only. Neither the extension lash or glue touches the eyelid. This bond is designed to last until the natural lash has finished its cycle and both the natural lash and extensions will fall out together. Lash extensions are extremely versatile. You can go to the gym, sauna, swimming pool, beach without the risk of them falling off. They are very lightweight and do not damage your own natural lash. 

The process took around 2 hours in total. The eyes need to be makeup free and clean without any products on. Eyelash extensions are individually applied to the natural eyelash, they last for several weeks or the the life of a natural eyelash. However will begin to look spare after a few weeks unless maintenance (infills) is done, every 2/3 weeks.

In order to extend the life of the lash extensions one needs to take some necessary precautions. Oil based products on the lashes or rubbing the eyes regularly ma cause the extensions to fall out faster.What you cannot do is wear any oil free eye make-up, or removers as the oil contain ingredients which will weaken the bonding. As a general rule you need to advise before hand of any allergic reactions prior to commencement of application. Moreover, it is important to also notify the specialist of any irritation or reactions after applications.

I was really impressed by the amount of lashes still present after more than 3 weeks! I really recommend Joanna, she is very professional and I didn't have any irritations or discomfort during the procedure or afterwards.

What do you think about eyelash extensions?



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Teoxane RHA Lip Sculpt

The lips can show signs of ageing much before other areas. With age there is dehyrdation and loss of fat mass around the lip contour and fine wrinkles start to appear.

Teoxane RHA®  lip sculpt is for lips and lip contour to provide volume, hydration and anti-ageing protection, in an ultra-fresh serum formula. It contains a concentrate of active ingredients recognized for giving your lips volume, hydration and anti-ageing protection. It also has a cold-effect applicator tip soothe the most weakened skin, especially following a professional cosmetic procedure. As a result the lips are ideally moisturized, plumped and shaped. The lip contour is lifted and redefined.
Teoxane RHA® lip’sculpt can also be used after lip sculpting or rejuvenation with Hyaluronic Acid injections, to prolong the results of the treatment.
Personally, I do not have any wrinkles around the lips or contour area. I love to use this product for its hydrating properties. I find that it really hydrated the skin and it will  help with the prevention of wrinkle formation. I honestly didn't really notice any difference when it comes to plumping up the lips. However, I don't have any wrinkles or whatsoever yet. Having said that, I use this Lip Serum before going to sleep and I find that in the morning the lips are quite hydrated and smooth. I love to use it as a lip primer too around 30 minutes before I put on a longlasting lip colour. 
Check the Teoxane Facebook Page for more information