Origins Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer

Origins Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer

Origins Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer

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I picked up the Origins Make a Difference Plus Rejuvenating Moisturizer at the beginning of Spring when my Aesop Camilla Nut face cream had run out as I wanted something a little lighter as we approached the warmer months.  It had been on my radar for a while after reading loads of positive reviews mainly from Kate so when I saw the tub sitting in my local CCO I knew it was fate.  On first impressions I was worried that it wouldn’t be hydrating enough, the texture is so light and in comparison to be other daily face creams it felt thin and watery.  However the more I used this the more I loved it. As the texture is fairly thin it just sinks in like a dream really penetrating and hydrating the skin, it’s almost like a cream version of my much loved Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching serum.

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After applying, my skin feels lovely and nourished and the feeling lasts all day. I’ve found it has also really helped with redness which will only get worse as we head into winter so that is a major plus for me. As it sinks in so quickly and leaves the skin so soft it’s also an incredible base under make-up. As we are moving back into the colder harsher months I have started layering it over a serum but if you had oily/combo skin you could definitely get away with using this on its own.  I really want to try some more from the Origins Make A Difference line so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

Have you tried the Origins Make a Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer?

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September Favourites

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This month’s favourites are mostly about re-discovering old faithful with a very new exciting lip thrown in.

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm and Aesop Primrose Cleansing Mask

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm and Aesop Primrose Cleansing Mask

Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Mask: I have a whole review of this product here, but as you can tell from the packaging this is a very much loved little glass pot. I’m sure if it’s because I’m stressed or I’ve been eating too much sugar or just because of the change in season but I’ve been really breaking out with those nasty sore red spots this month and this mask has really helped in calming those areas down.

Cleansing Emma Hardie Moringa Balm: An oldie but such a goodie; I’ve gone without this cleanser for too long and re-purchased my third tub at the start of the month. When I started using it again I remembered why I loved it so much. It melts make-up away but I prefer to use this as a second cleanse really spending my time massaging it in and reaping all the benefits of the active ingredients like sweet almond oil, jasmine rose and of course the moringa oil.

Yankee Candle in Honey and Spice: I’ve used the start of September as an excuse to start burning my more autumnal candles and I loved this one from Yankee last year so much I bought it again. I find most Yankee candles too synthetic and sweet for my taste but these balances its sweet and spicy notes really well and the smell lasts for hours after burning.

Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin and Dior Diorama Lipstick

Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin and Dior Diorama Lipstick

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin*: This month, I’ve veered away from the corals and peachy tones I’ve loved over the summer and have been favouring this lovely neutral, perhaps leaning a little cool-toned pink blush for that healthy country walk glow. This is such perfect everyday no brainer blush for me I love it on its own with no bronzer or highlighter for a velvet finish on the cheeks.

Dior Diorific Lipstick in Diorama: I was lucky enough to be given this by my friends on my birthday at the start of September. Firstly let’s just take a moment to discuss the packaging, totally over the top and maybe just the tiny bit rude! (do you see what I see?) This is lipstick made to be seen and I have loved pulling it out in bathrooms across the capital. The formula is meant to be matte by its not as matte or drying as a MAC retro matte for example. This applies smoothing across the lips instead to dragging. In my personal opinion I would say this is a satin.  The colour is beautiful and perfect for autumn, a rich berry red that you can either wear softly patted in over balm for a bitten look or direct from the bullet for a full on lip. I have been wearing this with MAC’s burgundy lip-liner.

Dior Diorific Lipstick in Diorama Swached.

Dior Diorific Lipstick in Diorama Swached.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Grey and Eye Definer Brush.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Grey and Eye Definer Brush.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Grey and Eye Definer Brush: I wrote about these two new purchases in my last post, my eyebrow routine. I think I have found the perfect everyday brown powder for me very cool toned and natural yet you can build the colour up easily for more of a statement brow.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your September Favourites?

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My Eyebrow Routine

“Brows are the frame to your entire face. To painstakingly make up the rest and ignore them is to shove a Helmut Newton in an Ikea clip frame” Sali Hughes

Pre-Browed

Pre-Browed

One of the most requested posts on this blog, apart from questions about my hair, is how I achieve my bold brows. I firstly have to say that I believe brows are the most important element of your face, they can really change the look and feel of your make-up not to mention the shape of your face. I know my hooded eyes look much bigger after they have been freshly done.

However this is not to day that I think you need to spend hours meticulously filling in individual hairs with a brow pencil then tracing round them in a highlighting concealer every day. Recently I have moved away from the super dark bold brows I had been sporting and am much more attracted to brows that are still bold but natural a bit ‘freer’.

Getting my eyebrows threaded at Blink, Selfridges.

Getting my eyebrows threaded at Blink, Selfridges.

To achieve this look I love getting my eyebrows threaded once a month or so. You can go anywhere local to you really; aim to spend between £7-£10 unless you are going to somewhere like Blink who despite being twice as much as my local nail-bar really is the crème de la crème of threading. I would advice maybe going to Blink for your first threading to really get the correct shape for your face then your local threader can just follow the template given and tidy up.

In terms of filling in my brows I have two options, for a softer every day look I use the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in grey with their eye definer brush.  Grey eyeshadow might sound like an odd choice for someone with red hair and dark brown brows but the counter assistant at Bobbi Brown really took his time with me trying a few different shadows to help achieve the look I wanted. Grey translates as light grey-ish brown on me with no warm undertones at all. The eye definer brush is really perfect for filling in the brows as its much stiffer than most small angled brushes so you can really work the product into your brows.

Filling in my brows with Bobbi Brown's eyeshadow in 'grey'

Filling in my brows with Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadow in ‘grey’

If I do want to go for a stronger brow look, if I am wearing a statement lip and bare eyes for example, I always reach for MAC’s eyebrow pencil in Spiked. On the MAC website Spiked is described as a ‘rich brunette’ and I would have to agree. It’s a lot darker and richer in tone then BB eyeshadow in Grey. I love the tiny nip and wind up design meaning you don’t have to waste product by sharpening.  I’ve gotten through about three of these and even though it is not currently my everyday choice I can’t imagine not having this in my stash. Once I have filled in my brows regardless of what product I am using I slick them down with MACs Brow Set in Clear. I find this makes the products last longer and means I don’t have stray eyebrow hairs sticking up in all directions as soon as the wind blows!

The result.

The result.

What do you use to do your brows? Or do you leave them au naturale?

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Grey-Bobbi Brown Eye Definer Brush-MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Spiked-MAC Brow Set.

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Autumn Wishlist

Autumn-Wishlist

I’m not really sure why I’m making this wish list seeing as I just had my birthday so was given lots of lovely new goodies to play with. But since I am on a self imposed spending ban I thought I would have a little fun window shopping. These are the bits I would be picking up for myself as we move into autumn if money were no object.

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ASOS Navy Cashmere Jumper, I feel like I navy is going to be my colour for a/w 14 and I love nothing more than snuggling up in a big cashmere jumper, this would look amazing with back skinnies and leather jacket combo or thrown over a summer dress to bring into the new season.

Maggie 5 Drawer Wooden Jewellery Box,  My jewellery collection has grown quite a lot over the past year and I need something to store my dainty necklaces better so they don’t get tangled up. This would also look chic in a living room when I have my own place (ie 2000 and dream on)

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, I used this all up a few winters ago and my skin LOVED it. I hear they have re-formulated and made it even better so I think this might actually be slipping into my boots basket next time I’m popping in for toothpaste.

Theodora Warre Ruby Corundum Triple Band Ring,  Because I need to fill that jewellery box up with something right?

Celine Trio Bag in Red, OK now we are really getting into fantasy land! But just imagine how chic this pop of red would look next to all the navy I’m gonna be wearing.

ASOS Floral Cardigan with Kimono Sleves, A fantastic transitional piece to wear over tees and jeans to jazz them up a bit.

Do any of these bits grab your fancy? What’s on your wishlist at the mo?

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Foxlow, Farringdon

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This Saturday was my birthday and for a surprise Tom took me to the latest baby from the Hawksmoor emporium Foxlow in Clerkenwell. Now I’ve never been to Hawksmoor but am told the two are very comparable, both focusing on a meaty, hearty menu and unusual cocktails. Where they differ though is the price (Foxlow is much more reasonable) and the decor and atmosphere. Foxlow is cool, laidback and unfussy. It’s not a grandiose steakhouse trying to impress but rather it tries to appear as laid-back and neighborhood friendly as possible. Ignoring the fact that no one actually lives in Farringdon it does a good job of achieving this. For example the restaurant is cleverly split up into three mail dining areas mostly out of view from each other; I only saw the third area on my way to the toilets. This gives you the impression you are in a much smaller restaurant then you actually are making the whole vibe more intimate.

What I wore.

What I wore.

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Dress – Urban Outfitters, Belt – Vintage, Kimono – The Velvet Kimono Company, Bag – Mulberry, Boots – Ash

It took a while to get served we had to flag down a waitress after 20 minutes although once we did she was very friendly and knowledgeable about both the drinks and food menu. To start she helped me choose the St John’s Cocktail for me which was both sweet and sour my perfect combo, Tom was impressed with the choice of beers and had a Fruh Kölsch.

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To start I had the Brixham Crab with Sriracha Mayonnaise which was lovely and fresh although a little lacking in oomph the sauce gave a nice tang. Tom had the Smokehouse Rilletes which was incredible, like a pulled pork pate served with sourdough bread creamy and smoky and very rich; in a tomato-ey mushroom-ey sauce which the fat has melted into this really is something special.

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To follow I had what is commonly thought of as the main event the Short Rib with Kimichi, a melt in your mouth ‘OMG’ moment of rich earthy meaty flavour balanced by the crunchy tangy spice of the kimchi made this a dish I would go back for. Tom ended up plumping for the Foxlow Fried Chicken with Habanero Vinegar which was served hipster style in a wire basket with the vinegar in an old fashioned ‘fish & chip’ glass shaker.  The chicken pieces were huge and juicy and not at all greasy and the spicy vinegar was a fun and useful edition, but after all it was ‘just’ fried chicken and unless you are a huge fan I would recommend something more unusual on the menu. We accompanied our mains with the Skin on Fries with Chicken Salt which were perfectly crisp and thin and the chicken salt provided the extra flavour undoing the need for a condiment, and Wild Lettuce and Peas, which didn’t really make-up for the total carb and meat feast we were devouring. For wine we went red with the Hacienda Grimon; a Rioja that was smooth, creamy and went down a little too easily!

I was ready to skip pud but the staff very sweetly bought over a lemon cheesecake with the little candle in it, cheesecake is my favourite dessert and it was a nice touch for them to ask Tom what pudding I would prefer whilst I was away from the table. All in all I would recommend Foxlow if you are after a hearty meal in a cool environment with friendly staff especially as it’s the exact type of food I want to eat as the months get colder.

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The Lipstick Tag

Lipstick Obsessed!

Lipstick Obsessed!

Now I know this post is kinda old now but I just couldn’t not jump on the bandwagon. A tag all about lipsticks is too good to resist, brace yourselves its a long one!

Favourite Balm: This was a tough one as I love lip balms of all shapes and sizes, and price points! But the one residing in my handbag at the moment is the Lanolips Lemon. I love this as it has all the moisturising properties if the original lanolips balms but with added lemon, which helps to gently exfoliate your lips. It sounds a little gimmicky but I promise this makes a real difference to the texture of your lips.

Favourite Red: I love all tones of red liptick, I have even done a whole top five reds post here. A red lip can really transform anyones look. On blondes red lips look cool, on brunettes even effortless but on a redhead its dramatic and sexy. Although I do love a darker red like Rimels 107 my most used would have to be MAC’s So Chaud a orange based red that looks great with a fresh face and a tan.

Wearing MAC's So Chaud in Ibiza last summer

Wearing MAC’s So Chaud in Ibiza last summer

Best Luxury & Drugstore:

Luxury: Phew this is a hard one!! For best Luxury I really had to way up several factors, formula, packaging and the unique in shades. I think anyone can find a decent red or ‘my lips but better’ on the high st but, its all those in-between shades that the more expensive luxury market offers. The perfect nude or the mauvey berry that’s not ‘too’ in your face. I did cheat a little on this one choosing between my luxury lippies is like choosing between my children!! (I imagine) So in joint first; Tom Ford for the pure indulgence of spending £40 on a lipstick and the creamy smooth formula, and Dior Diorific 001 for the outrageous packaging and perfect bitten lip red colour.

Drugstore: I actually found this the easiest question to answer as looking at my lipstick stash there is only one drugstore lipstick formula that I have more than one of and have even used whole tubes up! That’s the Revlon lipbutters, I have the shades, berry smoothy, candy apple and tutti fruity. These deliver excellent pigmentation for such a balmy formula feeling lovely and smooth on the lips.

Favourite MAC Lipstick: I think this is such a hard one as for most of us beauty junkies MAC was really where it all started, spending Saturday afternoons swatching lipstick after lipstick trying to find THAT perfect nude for you out of the 50 on offer. Although nowadays MAC don’t make my favourite formulas you can’t deny that shade selection is unbeatable and very very tempting! I have so many sentimental ties with my MAC lipsticks from the first one I ever bought (Modesty) to gifts from friends and family. I think the one I think the most fondly of is Shy Girl. A suit everyone peachy nude that introduced me to the world of nude lips that didn’t make me look dead.

Favourite Spring/Summer Shade: Being a bit of a pasty ginger I just can’t get away with my favourite summer shade on others which is bright neon orange, however I do love a pinky coral in the summer time. My current love is Shocking Coral which is also a good dupe for MAC Impassioned.

Favourite Autumn/Winter Shade: Now we’re coming up to A/W I am so excited to bust out those berries!! I think my top pick of the bunch would be NARS Tran Blue, talking about making a statement its the darkest lip I ever really seen let alone own. As with all of Nars’ velvet matte lip pencils you can trust this to be comfortable and hang around all day with minimal fading.

Diorific 001, NARS Train Bleu, Revlon Tutti Frutti, Maybelline Shocking Coral & MAC Shy Girl.

Diorific 001, NARS Train Bleu, Revlon Tutti Frutti, Maybelline Shocking Coral & MAC Shy Girl.

Liner Yes OR No: Currently lipliner is back in fashion with a force! Perhaps it has something to do with a certain junior member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan! I am not complaining for one! I love liner I think it can really bring a whole look together in fact I am currently looking to add a few more to my collection, any suggestions welcome!

PHEW what an essay sorry guys but really what na emotional post to write… I mean asking to choose a beauty blogger what their favourite lipsticks are is just cruel! If you’ve done this tag please leave a link below would love to read them.

 

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My Travel Make-Up Bag – Berlin Edition

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As I packed up my make-up bag for my city break in Berlin last night I thought I would quickly snap the contents so I could show you all what’s coming with me. As you can probably tell I am not a light packer! A few space saving tips I do have though is to decant all foundations into little tubs so although I photographed the whole bottles to better show you what I am bringing I did pump out enough for the five days afterwards. I always keep the little pots foundation samples come in but you can also buy little plastic tubs from Boots or Muji.

Face Products.

Face Products.

Face: Giorgio Armani Luminous Skin in shade 4.0, for nights as it gives a flawless finish. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance* again I use this at night under the LS for a glowing finish. Becca Luminous Skin Foundation in Tan & Cashmere* for the day time this is lovely and light with SPF 25 annoyingly I am between the two shades so have to bring both. Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector in Light Bisque, for under my eyes, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC2, for any redness.

Cheek Products

Cheek Products

Cheeks: Tarte Blush in Tipsy*, a great bright coral, Nars Blush in Luster, love this for more of a bronzey look, Nars Laguna Bronzer*, Benefit Moonbeam*, for bit of glow.

Eyes & Brows

Eyes & Brows

Eyes: MAC 15 pan eyeshadow pallete, has everything I could possibly need shades and swatches here, Clinique Bottom Last Mascara, I am planning to buy a new mascara at the airport! Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshow Base,  because my eyeshadow wouldn’t last ten minutes without it, review here, MAC Eyeliner in Teddy, Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Black & Nude.

Brows: Nars Eyeshadow in Coconut Grove, a deep dark brown that’s perfect for my brows, MAC Eyebrow Gel in Clear, a good standard non crispy eyebrow gel.

Lips.

Lips.

Lips: Dior Creme De Rose Balm*, Mac Lipliner in Redd*, seems to go with a variety of reds, Mac Lipstick in So Chaud, a bright matte orange red one of my favs, Rimmel Lipstick in 107, a lovely wine red for the evening, Hourglass Nude Lip Stylo in No. 2, a great creamy nude similar to Mac shygirl, Wild About Beauty Nutrigloss in Jojo*, a lovely non sticky lipgloss in a neautral pink, I’ll be popping this in my handbag for a bit of colour during the day.

So what do you think? A bit much for 5 days?! ; D Maybe but I love make-up and enjoy having the extra time to play around with it on holiday. Are you going anywhere over the long weekend?

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