Friday, 15 June 2012

hey cupcake

It had been ages since I'd last stepped into Lush. I really like their products as a treat - and I think their anti-animal testing ethos is great - but it isn't a usual place I shop in as they are quite expensive.

However when I got off the bus at Regent Street and smelled that familiar smell of soapy, floral-y, yummy-ness it was my nose that guided me back to the shop of all things bath-time-treats.

I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a browser - I go into shops without needing anything, just to 'look' and this was no exception. After getting a sniff of their newest bath-bomb delights, massage bars (a fave of mine) and new skin-tint bars, I was drawn down the stairs to the lower level where they have a sort of fresh face station set up going on. Intrigued by all the fresh ingredients that sounded good enough to eat, a sales girl explained to me that these face-masks are in fact more nourishing to your skin than your insides. She recommended 'Cupcake' for me - a vegan chocolate face mask that looks and smells like the sugary treat, to keep your skin clear and mattified. Sold. (at £5.75).

Later that evening, me and my flatmate had a bit of a pamper night with facials and movies -  the horror film Catacombs was our somewhat debatable choice of viewing... Hannah and I shared the face-mask as it comes in an ample size pot (which is kept fresh in the fridge) and because we both have a bit of stressed-skin going on.  Applying it felt a bit wierd I must admit - the texture is a little, erm, lumpy and what with the colour of it...well you get the idea.

Hannah's verdict was that the overall result was satisfactory - her skin felt smooth and supple and she didn't even have to moisturise after!  My skin clearly thought different as it felt incredibly dry and tight, even after applying a thick layer of moisturiser afterwards - and the next day I had flaky dry bits around my cheek area. I think I will use the rest of the mask I have left on my t-zone only, and avoid my cheek area as it was just too drying. I'll also only leave it on for the minimum 5 minutes.

Have you tried any Lush products for your face? How did you get on?

Monday, 11 June 2012

wild wild rose

I recently got handed this Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm sample while I was on my way somewhere via Carnaby Street in London. I love getting samples of things I haven't ever heard of and even more so when it's a product I've been dying to try! If you follow me on Twitter (@lyl0ts) you may know I was on the hunt for a rose hip oil product to help with my skins texture and mild scarring from blemishes, but didn't want to splash out on one without doing some research first as they are quite pricey. As you can imagine I was keen to give this sample a shot as it contains rose hip oil - hip hip hooray! 

I did like this Neal's Yard offering to begin with, but it wasn't for me in the end. It applied a lot like Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream which I love, so at first I thought it would sink beautifully into my skin - which is so dry ATM that it would drink anything up. But in fact it left my skin feeling a little greasy so I could only use this at night time, and even then it didn't seem to nourish my skin enough for my needs. Saying this, my skin is PARCHED at the moment so it would take a lot for it to feel completely nourished and satisfied by any product, so I am quite a tough critic right now.

All in all I'm a huge fan of Neal's Yard, their natural products are right up my street, but everyone's skin is different and reacts differently to different products. So alas, I am still on the hunt for the perfect rose-hip oil product. Can you recommend any?

Saturday, 9 June 2012

swim until you can't see land

I recently helped out on the most amazing shoot in Richmond Park, which I mentioned in an earlier post here. The garments you see in the above pics are all designed, created and made by Holly Eloise Jenkins, a superbly talented LCF student in her final year.

I have styled other shoots before but none are even on a par with the creativity flowing through this one. It started off a little shaky - London being London, the tubes were off! So after a delayed start and the uncertainty looming over us whether or not we would finish on time, the model Michaela, photographer Joanna and make-up artist Pace all pulled it out the bag with these stunning shots, seen above, to prove it!

Here are a few behind the scene snaps I took in-between outfit and location changes.

I hope to be a part of something just as exciting again soon - regardless how tired everyone was at the end of day, the results make all the effort SO worth it!

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

These amazing brushes have been getting rave reviews from around the blogging world and I just had to add my praises too. I purchased my stippling brush about 7 or 8 weeks ago now and have used it religiously ever since! It is my go-to brush for foundation, powder, cream blush and highlighters. It is the number one all rounder which I recommend to everyone. The brush itself is super soft, and at such a reasonable price that is a rare find. I especially love the high-def results, as it really does make my foundation sit perfectly throughout the day - applying with fingers just doesn't do it for me anymore! 

Have you tried these brushes? Which one is your fave?

p.s I apologise profusely for my mega-shipped nails! Ew!