Monday, 31 October 2016

PUT A STOP TO AGEING WITH BRAVURA LONDON


About a month ago I was kindly sent a package from a professional skincare brand Bravura London. I have heard of their chemical peels from fellow bloggers reviews and was tempted to try and jumped from joy seeing the huge package from Bravura on my doorstep. My skincare routine was tailored to my skincare needs and I was sent everything from cleansing oil through chemical exfoliators, toners, serum and moisturiser. Having tested them all for a month now, I have formed my first impressions about the products and I'd like to share them with you.

Glycolic Acid 10% (infused with lavender) & Lactic Acid 10% (infused with rose) are both chemical exfoliators. These are professional grade products so when using them care is needed. I started with 5 minute application twice a week (Lactic and Glycolic once only). I now builded up my tolerance to three times a week 10 mins session each with Lactic being twice a week and Glycolic once. I find Lactic Acid peel to be more beneficial to my skin, however working best if intervened with Glycolic acid application. Having using both for a month now, I noticed fine lines on my forehead to be slightly less visible and my complexion clearer. Small bumps I've been experiencing all my life, are now less noticeable and I hope that with continuous use, I can finally say goodbye to them for good. Yes, the products can be quite invasive for sensitive skin, so it's important to built up your tolerance and start small. I have experienced redness just after the application but that does goes away after few hours. I only use natural skincare afterwards, sticking to cold pressed oils or organic serums only for minimum 12 hours after application of chemical exfoliators. 

First Cleanse Oil makes cleansing a true ritual. It goes on as a heavy oil, I like to massage my skin with it which helps with releasing the toxins from the skin. I take probably around 2-3 minutes at face massage every evening. You can also use it in the morning. I recommend it as a first cleanse product to be followed with your favourite second cleanse cleanser. It goes on oily, but when lathered with water it turns in to a creamy cleanser. It works well enough at removing makeup, even mascara and it's very reasonably priced. Check the ingredient list below:

Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride(From Coconut Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate (emulsifier), Tocopherol (Vit.E), Anthemis Nobilis Oil* (Roman Chamomile Essential Oil), Lavandula Officinalis Oil* (Lavender Essential Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*. 
*Certified Organic

If using as a cleanser before chemical exfoliators, please ensure cleansing is done minimum an hour before exfoliators. Oil cleanser is perfect as it won't strip your face unnecessarily harsh before the peel is applied. 

Revitalising Ginseng Toner with Glycolic Acid 5% is an another of my pre-exfoliator rituals. I use this toner 30 minutes before the peels to ensure the skin PH is prepared for treatments. Using an acid based toner is great after cleansing. When we cleanse our skin PH gets higher so by adding a toner to our routine we neutralise that effect. It also provides gentle exfoliation to our skin daily and it's perfect for dry and sensitive skin. Ingredients such as ginseng and witch hazel supply the skin with oxygen whilst glycolic acid helps with the natural exfoliation. Check out the ingredients list below:

Purified Water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Glycolic Acid* partially neutralised by Ammonium Glycolate*, Glycerin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrant Oil.
*Active Ingredients

Hyaluronic Acid Serum is super watery gel that essentially works like a sponge for your skin. Let me explain. Hyaluronic Acid is found within our bodies and it's one of the best anti-aging ingredients as it retains an incredible amounts of water ensuring our skin stays hydrated. What makes it even better is the fact is oil-free and can be used by practically any skin type. Only tiny amount is needed to fully cover your face and neck so be careful as the applicator can be very generous and you don't want to be wasting the product. Use it daily or twice daily, whatever your liking. I prefer to use it in the morning as it sinks in instantly! As it's water based, ensure the product is absorbed before applying any oil based formulas. I'm a huge fan of Hyaluronic Acid myself and I tend to use it daily in my routine, so I was super pleased to see this serum as part of the package :) Check out ingredients below:

Hyaluronic Acid Sodium Salt, Distilled water infused with Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera, Germall plus

Collagen Moisturising Cream has a very interesting formula. Originally I started off using it as part of my evening routine as it felt rather on the heavier side. As it turns out the cream sinks in almost instantly and it's perfect to use in the morning under makeup. I tested it under all my foundations and didn't notice any issues. If applied over Hyaluronic Acid Serum, ensure the serum has fully sunk in. I found it works better if applied after oil based serum like my current fave from Resibo, if I want it to work as part of an evening routine. It's just not rich enough on its own for my dry skin. This is the reason I much prefer to use it as in the morning as it's perfect for daytime. In the evening I prefer heavier formulas that give me an overnight facial and this wasn't the case with this cream. However on the continuous use, I am seeing the improvement in firmness of my skin. I think the whole routine has been working well, but the cream has been the quiet hero of it all. Yes it's not the overnight here but works slowly in the background. Please check the ingredient list below:

Deionised Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Decyl Oleate, Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glycol Stearate, Avocado Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sesame Oil, Avocado Butter, Beeswax, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate, d-Panthenol, Ginseng Extract, Allantoin, Soluble Marine Collagen, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Olive Butter, Milk Protein, Fragrant Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.


Overview:

Overall I am super pleased with my new skincare routine by Bravura London. Bravura is an inexpensive way to  introduce great quality professional skincare into your routine. I am beyond ecstatic with the results of my chemical exfoliators especially Lactic Acid and I will most definitely will be repurchasing it as soon as I need to. I'm also very happy with The Ginseng Glycolic Toner which is such a great dupe for the Pixi Toner, as it's just slightly cheaper and it works in a similar way. If I to recommend the product to you they would be the Glycolic and Lactic Acid Peels and the Ginseng Toner. I feel they fill the gap on the market and being so inexpensive anyone can afford them. Exfolliation is an important step in any skincare and Bravura has definitely hit the mark there. 

I didn't want to mention the packaging until the very end of this review. I wanted the products and the ingredients to scream quality at you first and foremost. However the shoutout is deserved and as a true packaging whore magpie, I must say, these bottles and jars have the most precious and centre stage in my cabinet. The matte colourful glass is just gorgeous and rose gold tops top up the design just beautifully. I would buy it over and over again because they are just so good but the fact the packaging is also so well made makes it just perfect. 

If you'd like to hear some more opinions on Bravura London check out these reviews by my fellow blogger friends:


*All the products have been sent to me for review. Thank you to Type the Hype for an opportunity to review these excellent skincare products. All the opinions are my own and were formulated over a period of 4 weeks. This is not a sponsored post.*

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Monday, 24 October 2016

AUTUMN BEAUTY EDIT #1: MAKEUP





Autumn is my favourite time of year when it comes to makeup. It's the time of going for classics and innovating it every time. I have picked my makeup must haves. What are yours?


Genius primer that fights dull skin and signs of fatigue. Sounds familiar? Our skin is under a lot of stress during colder months with A/C in offices and colder weather, there's a lot of factors that make it look dull and tired. This soft focus, illuminating primer makes me look awake in an instant. It also works beautifully with drier foundations that never worked on my skin before. It is not fully silicon free but silica isn't the main ingredient. It works well on dry skin despite the silica component. If you're looking for that perfect glow within, Becca Backlight Priming Filter can be the answer to your prayers. 

Chanel Les Beiges in 10 £36.00 for 30ml

In autumn I look for lightweight bases that give me slight more coverage. Me and Chanel Les Beiges weren't a love from first sight. I hated it in the beginning. That is until I discovered how well it works with Becca Backlight Priming Filter. This duo gives me almost doll like finish. The finish it gives is semi matte with a certain amount of glow. It stays put for hours and it's my favourite office combination. Contour and blush are easy to apply on top and it keeps them in place throughout the day. It doesn't have the strong Chanel scent other foundations have and I really enjoy using it. This foundation needs a great primer to perform well, but when you find your duo - you will not look back.

Make Up For Ever Full Cover £21.00 for 15ml

This camouflage cream does what the name suggests, it hides it all. Super creamy formula that sets. I've heard it can be quite harsh for daily under eye wear but with great skincare I can't see the reason why it shouldn't perform well daily. I actually don't find the formula that heavy at all. I wouldn't necessarily pack the amounts you see girls packing in Youtube tutorials but small amount goes a long way here and it is a true full coverage. Long night at the office or maybe studying late at night? With this concealer no one will ever know!


Definitely a new discovery for me. This is a powder foundation and I use tit on no makeup days or to add extra coverage to my base as a setting powder. It works great both ways and I really enjoy using it. Multi-layer baked foundation works great at colour correcting and it has won my battle with redness. It hard to describe how well this formula works. It's super soft and buttery to touch and blends in beautifully. I use large kabuki brush to distribute it evenly and it has a place in my daily makeup bag as it's super easy to top up during the day if needs be.


If you struggle to find a cool toned bronzer for super pale complexion, Makeup Geek to the rescue. Break-Up is aimed at those with Porcelain to Fair skin with cool undertones. So if you're pink to neutral in tone this is the shade for you. The powder is super pigmented so light hand is a must. It takes couple of days to get to know the product but the contour it gives is quite incredible. If blended correctly it creates the shadow so natural, it's quite hard to bit. I have looked forever for a perfect contour powder and this is it.


Maison Jacynthe is new natural makeup brand available. I have been lucky enough to receive few items to test and I especially fell in love with this natural blusher*. Formulated with coffee extracts, corn, macadamia and apricot oils with 93% organic origin, it's not only a makeup item but it could double as skincare. The formula is silky smooth and hydrating on the skin and it brightens my face. I really love this shade as it's perfect to add just a little flush to my pasty pale complexion. I have had high hopes and they were exceeded. It's my current number 1 blush and I can't see that changing any time soon. 


This was the one summer launch everyone was waiting for and with the warm tones here to stay, I can't seem to be able to go a couple of days without it. It was perfect for summer and now it's filling in my autumn needs. I already reviewed it, so if you'd like to know more and see the swatches check out my review HERE. If you haven't got it already, I honestly can't recommend this palette enough. It's not just about the perfect composition and buttery shadows. It's everything. This palette is the one, I could be left with if all my makeup disappeared overnight. It is my holy grail. It is currently sold out everywhere, but don't fret, this wasn't a limited edition and stock is coming.


I already branded it the prettiest palette in my collection. I mean, just look at it! Packaging is truly to die for. Everyone needs that ultimate matte neutral palette and this one comes pretty close to perfection. It is not perfect of course and I talk about it more HERE. I really enjoy using it for my every day needs, as with the great selection of neutrals from cool to warm tones, this is the one palette that'l take you from daytime to evening. It is still new in my collection, but already very much loved and used. It would make for a perfect Christmas present to any makeup addict out there.


This is the ultimate autumn lip for me. Dark deep berry works beautifully with any complexion, but it gives my super pale skin, the dark lip without looking overly gothic. I love the formula, I love the scent (hello Malibu & coke), I love the staying power. No it won't survive the full meal but on the days where you on the go snacking and juicing, it will last for 8+ hours. And did I mention I just adore the shade? Well done Huda :)


If there's one brand that's smashing the on trend metallic lip, it's the Jouer. Bronze Rose is a new addition to my ever growing Jouer collection and it's just precious. Perfect deep rose with metallic finish will work on most skin tones. For pale skin, it'll give you a statement daytime lip if you'd like to experiment. It's not as metallic as other shades in the collection which makes it perfect for those who would love to try this trend but are scared. The staying power is incredible too. I like the formula and pretty much everything about it.

MAC Lipstick in Rebel and Eugenie £15.50 each

I apologise as Eugenie was a limited edition shade but I can't seem to put it down in the last few weeks. It's such a pretty yet comfortable matte to wear. It lasts well through the day and it's been on my lips more than I'd like to admit. Rebel is a signature autumn shade. If there's one you should own from MAC it is most definitely Rebel. Formula is creamy with satin finish. It's lasting but non drying and the colour is just perfection. If you haven't already, I'd drop everything and go to MAC to get it. You won't regret this purchase.

And if you'd like to know what other fall lipsticks I recommend, I have a whole post about it HERE

*PR sample*

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

LOVE ME BEAUTY: OCTOBER PICKS UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS


'Life is short - Buy the palette'

My October Love Me Beauty arrived in an another awesome makeup bag. It's the same concept as last month but with a different print. I think it's such good quality and also super cute and modern. I really like these makeup bags and they will make a great present if at some point I'll have too many to use on my own. 

My Skincare Picks:

As usual I couldn't say no to some new skincare and I'm such a cleanser junkie so not one, but two cleansers ended up in my basket. Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm (25ml sample) is a cloudy clear lightweight gel that smells super fresh and sweet, little citrus like. I am terrible at describing scents but this one's so pleasant, I honestly can't wait to using it some more. It goes on like gel and it feels very smooth on the skin. It doesn't feel oily, like most cleansers and it doesn't leave skin feeling oily afterwards. 

I have a love/hate relationship with Nuxe products. I like them, but sometimes their scent isn't something I would ever go for. However seeing a cleanser, I thought I'll give it a go. Nuxe Rêve De Miel Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel (15ml sample) promises to soothe and soften the skin. My skin feels pretty harsh lately. It's an amber coloured clear gel that smells quite strangely of honey. No problem here as I love honey scented skincare. I haven't properly tried it yet, so I'll have to let you know how I get on with it.

Lastly I picked up a Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Anti-Fatique Moistirising Cream (15ml sample) , which is already a cult moisturiser from Nuxe. It's not super scented which I like and goes on very smoothly. It feels super moisturising but also sinks in instantly. It is meant for normal to combination skin and I plan on using it on my T-Zone as I have been experiencing some hormonal/oily issues in that area, despite my usually super dry skin. 

My Makeup Picks:

I recently talked to you about my obsession with Make Up For Ever so I jumped on a wagon to get more bits from them as soon as I saw them on the website. I picked up two bits. MUFE Excessive Lash Mascara has a surprising great grip on the lashes and it's super black. It keeps the curl in the lash, however I find it quite tricky to apply. I will be testing it some more, because I love the effect it gives me, so I just need to find the best method of an application. 

I also picked up a mini of MUFE Artist Rouge Mat in M401 which is a true red lipstick. It's probably the best semi matte formula I ever wore in terms of comfort on the lip. It does however transfer really badly so a lip liner is a must. The shade is just beautiful and I can see myself getting more shades later on.

I managed to snatch two deluxe minis from the new brow series from Benefit. Benefit Ready Set Brow Brow Mascara is a superb product. It keeps hair in line all day long. I think it's one of the best I've used. The second bit however, hasn't impressed me nearly as much. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 02 has the applicator that was a pain in the backside until I played around with it more. I used to prefer the super thin pencils but now I'm not so sure, as my brows never looked better and more natural, yet they take me seconds to do in the morning.

That's it for my October Love Me Beauty Picks. I've used 110 points altogether (your standard point system is 60 points per month). You can buy additional points or you can refer your friends and family to get some too. I got 90 points extra just for signing up to 3 months subscription so that's a great option too.



You can get Love Me Beauty subscription HERE for £10.00 per month plus P&P (£3.95). You can grab £21.00 worth of point just by using my code: DOROT2147918 

*not an affiliate discount, however I will receive bonus point if my code is used*

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Monday, 17 October 2016

NEW IN: URBAN DECAY NAKED ULTIMATE BASICS PALETTE REVIEW WITH SWATCHES



*Beauty with an edge*

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 (POST) is my ultimate matte holy grail palette. It has all you need to create any given daytime look and even transform it to evening. I love mattes as my hooded eyes just look better in all matte shades. When I first saw UD finally coming up with a new Basics palette, I knew I will need to get my hands on it. And to see this gorgeous rose gold/ copper beauty and not buy it, would be a cry for help. Yes, I own a lot of palettes and no, I don't buy EVERY new palette on the market. In fact I'm being pretty good recently and only going for palettes I know I'll like and that bring something new to my collection. There's always a room for all matte palette in my opinion and this one was too stunning to walk away. Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics is a new gorgeous addition to Basics family and if you'd like to see more of it, please continue to read :)



Packaging:

I can't ignore it. It is by far the prettiest palette I own. The rose gold high quality plastic that's still light enough to travel with. Imagine a CD case - it's just a tad smaller than that. The design of the front is just exquisite. The burst design that's not only painted but moulded in, makes for a stunning finished effect. With the large company name and logo on front, somehow not disturbing the art of the design itself. The back is super basic, matte plastic with basic information about the product. 

What's inside?

Inside hosts a large, good quality mirror, 12 eyeshadows (1.2g each) and a small double ended brush. Considering how much of an eyeshadow giant Urban Decay is, you'd think they'll finally get that brush perfected. No such chance. It's business as usual or BYOBB (Bring Your Own Blending Brush). I like the mirror and you can easily do your makeup when travelling with it. Do I wish, Urban Decay succumb to the square eyeshadow pot design? As always. I find the characteristic pods little fickly when it comes to getting the product on the brush. Having said that, the new palette features quite a nice break in between the shades, meaning they're less likely to mix when the product gets dusted by a blending brush.

Formula:

Formula and pigmentation varies from shade to shade. The lightest shade is the only one with satin finish, the rest is matte. The four shades in the top row (transition shades) are quite lightly pigmented. Don't get me wrong, there's pigment there but I think that step was applied to help with blending in the crease. Transition shades don't need to excel in pigmentation and these four are gems in their own light, despite being more sheer than others. All the shades are super soft, almost buttery to touch and swatch lovely both on the fingers and when transferred to the skin. All swatches you see here are done with 3 swipe method, on no primer. I get asked a lot why my swatches look slightly different to when maybe you do it. I think it has a lot to do with experience in swatching. Every product requires certain amount of pressing when swatched and you also need to press the product onto the skin. I hope that clears the whole "It can't be 3 swipe method" debate. 





Shades: 

Blow - light champagne satin finish, great pigmentation
Nude - light beige matte finish, ok pigmentation
Commando - medium beige with neutral tones matte, good pigmentation
Tempted - medium taupe brown with cool tones matte, good pigmentation



Instinct - medium taupe with purple pink tones matte, good pigmentation
Lethal - dark taupe brown with purple tones matte, great pigmentation
Pre-Game - light yellow beige matte, good pigmentation 
Extra Bitter - dark warm brown with red & orange tones matte, great pigmentation



Faith - medium dark warm tone brown, great pigmentation
Lockout - medium dark neutral brown, great pigmentation 
Magnet - charcoal matte, good pigmentation but nicely build able
Blackjack - black matte, good pigmentation (it's not Blackout from Naked 2 but softer version)



Overview:

It's lovely to see such a great contender from Urban Decay as most of their palettes end up disappointing me. I really like UD mattes. They are not up there with Makeup Geek in my opinion, but rarely any shadow is. It's not a love from the first side as the recent palettes from Anastasia Beverly Hills (POST) or Jeffree Star (POST) but it's definitely close. I much prefer it to the Kat Von D Shade + Light palette (POST).

I think the shadows have mostly great formulas and the colour payoff is lovely. It is the ultimate daytime palette for me. It's nice to see a mixture of neutrals, cool and warm tones in one palette. It's travel friendly, looks absolutely stunning on my vanity and as a typical magpie, I can't stop staring at it. I have tested it for more than a week now and I honestly can't stop modelling my eye with it. It's perfect for daytime and evening, it will suit most skin tones, although more fair and medium than dark. There's a good balance of shades and if there's one matte eyeshadow palette everyone may need - it could easily be this one. I still prefer the formula of MUG shadows, however they're not as travel friendly. Naked Ultimate Basics is definitely taking a proud place on my vanity and in travel makeup bag. 




Naked Ultimate Basics is available now for £38.50 from Urban Decay, Selfridges, Debenhams and Feel Unique

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

HALLOWEEN IS UPON US: MINI LUSH HAUL


Autumn is truly here with gloomy skies, rain and the wind. I have been feeling pretty low lately, so I decided it was time to treat myself a some bath treats. I stopped by Lush recently, because I'm obviously obsessed. I had to pick up few Halloween bath pieces and they all smell just incredible. I really love Lush holiday bath bombs so I picked up a couple followed by the bubble bar.

Lord Of Misrule RPR £3.95 each


With a blend of Patchuli and Black Pepper Oil this herbal bath bomb smells incredible. Perfect for a cold autumn evening. It had green extrerior hiding pink/purple interior. It creates a truly purple bath that's absolutely intoxicating. It's a really warming scent so just perfect for this time of year.

Pumpkin RPR £3.95 each


Orange bath bomb curved into a pumpkin is a perfect Haloween-y treat. It smells divine with sweet vanilla and biscuit broken with cinnamon. Can't wait to try it out and gift them to friends and family for a little Halloween gift.

Sparkly Pumpkin £3.95 each


This bubble bar not only creates SO MANY bubbles but also covers your body and bath in glitter. Yes, it's not something I rather do on a daily basis but as a special treat, I find it super cute. It smells super fruity and citrus is my absolute fave bath (and beauty) scent, so I couldn't not pick one up.

That's it for my mini Lush haul. I really love all my picks and I can't wait for Halloween :) It put me in such mood to create some Halloween looks for you. I hope my health allows me to do some makeup looks for you soon.

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