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Friday, 24 April 2015

Spring Beauty by Pixi

Pixi Beauty is a beauty brand that I first discovered a few years ago when I was on the hunt for a decent concealer - I picked up their Flawless Beauty Stick and was so impressed by its multi-functionality, acting as a concealer, brightening stick and foundation all in one. Although the original concealer (which still hasn't run out!) is looking rather battered, it has certainly been well loved - I rely on it for evening out my skin tone and the nourishing ingredients work wonders at sorting out any blemishes.

I've been trying out their new launches recently and thought I'd summarise a few of them in one post. Firstly, the Flawless Beauty Primer. I'm addicted to the youthful and fresh glow that this gives my skin and the ingredients within it also work to nourish the skin, as well as providing anti-aging benefits. I'm also loving anything that's got antioxidants in it, as recently I've been concerned with the effects that city living has on my skin, and this primer does!

The Undercover Crayon has become a handbag makeup bag essential - it's in a handy stick for yet the formula of the concealer is still creamy and soft. I love the way that it provides great coverage over even the most stubborn of blemishes, without looking like I've caked lots of product on. I use my finger to blend it in with my foundation, and it dries matte then stays put all day!

One of the cult products that all by beauty blogger pals insisted I try out is the Pixi H2O Skin Tint. I apply it on those days when I want something a little more breathable and fresh than my normal foundation, yet still getting that coverage I need. I find it needs quite a lot of blending so the Pixi Full Cover Foundation Brush is perfect for that. As with all the Pixi products, the ingredients are fabulous for the skin, and the Skin Tint contains Green Tea which provides antioxidant protection, Rose water which moisturises skin and soothing chamomile and lavender.

Another of Pixi's showstopper products is the Palette Bronzette. I absolutely LOVED my first Pixi palette (The Ultimate Beauty Kit - reviewed here!) so was so excited to try another. With gorgeously soft bronzer, highlighter and blush as well as eyeshadows in multiple shades, it's all you need to add some seriously beautiful colour and contour to your face and has colours to suit every skin shade. I think this is such a versatile palette, and a fabulous one to take with you on holiday as its so slim and light but contains all you need other than your base and mascara!

Finally, a lip gloss. I'm not a big gloss fan as I hate getting my hair stuck in it but this one by Pixi I just love. It is a lip plumping gloss which really works, but instead of verging on slightly painful like other plumping flosses, it has chamomile and jojoba in it which moisturise and soothe lips so it's actually a pleasure to wear. It tastes great too (yep, I tried it.) but it makes your lips feel firm and plumped up - it's an absolute must have for your clutch bag on a party evening, plus the ever-so-delicate pink shade is simply beautiful.

So overall a fabulous haul of products from Pixi Beauty - if you haven't already tried this brand then pop into their boutique on Carnaby Street to discover which of all their fabulous products is right for you.

Have you tried Pixi Beauty?

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Liz Earle Haircare // As Good as I Guessed!

I solemnly swear that this review is not biased due to my new found love obsession with Liz Earle. I promise you -I'd be writing this even if I hadn't fallen madly in love with the skincare routine (catch my review of Cleanse & Polish here). It's been long awaited (due to one of the ingredients from the old formulation going extinct or some equally exotic excuse) but the newly relaunched haircare range from Liz Earle is finally here - and I've been using it for the past three weeks, and can confirm that its bloody marvellous.

The range, hmm, can you call it a range? Well, the shampoo and whichever conditioner you go for (there's three to choose from) are all as lovely as you'd expect from Liz Earle - after years in development the botanists and beauty experts finally discovered the Kalahari Melon's oil which is gentle yet so effective at hydrating and smoothing hair down. Just like the Cleanse & Polish, there is just one shampoo - the Botanical Shine Shampoo - and no, it's nothing like those 'one size fits all' watered down versions, instead it's a foam frenzy of melony loveliness - and you only need the tiniest amount.

If you're willing to share the Liz Earle shampoo then it's ideal for use by everyone in the family. The formula works with all hair types and the smell definitely isn't too feminine (I know my boyfriend has been pinching it!). The conditioner is where you choose the right one for your hair type, I use the one for normal hair which left my hair gorgeously soft and shiny - next i'll try out the one for dry/damaged hair which contains shea butter and is supposed to be fabulously rich and luxurious. Theres also one for oily hair and it's a much lighter formulation.

To finish it all off, a fabulous Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair oil which I slick through the ends of my damp hair before brushing - it smooths split ends, speeds up drying time and protects from heat damage - basically everything you'd want from a hair oil, and oh how I do love a multi taker!

Overall I give the Liz Earle haircare range a big nod of approval, which honestly I'm not surprised about. If you hadn't already guessed I'm pretty much a Liz Earle convert - she can do no wrong in my eyes! The shampoo and conditioner are available in a 200ml tube and are £10 each, apparently you can get about 30 washes from each tube if you don't go crazy with the amount, so its good value for money for such wonderful products. The oil is £17.50 and seems as thoughts its going to last a long long time.

The Liz Earle haircare range is out now, available online here and in stores such as larger Boots stores.

Have you tried Liz Earle haircare yet?

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Inside my Bathroom!

Yes this is rather unusual for a blog post on Fashion Mumblr, but I'm a pretty nosy person and I think you can tell a lot about someone from what's in their bathroom cabinet! So if, like me, you find posts like this weirdly satisfying then enjoy! Snoop around to your heart's content - but don't forget to leave me a comment at the end letting me know what's in your bathroom cabinet!
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Material Girl

When it comes to describing my style, I'd say Classic, Girly, Chic - but it's really tricky. It's hard to describe something which is always changing, just a year ago I probably never would have dreamt of wearing a pinky brown leather skirt! I do however love a good neutral and while the slight pop of pink in the handbag and sunglasses brings out the pinky tone of the skirt, it's still a neutral, and easy to wear combination.

This faux leather skirt from Warehouse has become a wardrobe staple - I adore it with a plain white T-shirt, or my favourite silk T from Reiss (similar here) and timeless white Zara heels. I paired the classic look with some fun accessories - a fluffy clutch and pink 60s style sunglasses from Topshop.

As for the details, my La Corza ring is the centre of attention, and a Rose Gold watch from Olivia Burton provides a pop of pastel colour against the white and pink wash. (Quick! It's on sale over on ASOS!)

Faux Leather skirt by Warehouse   |   White Silk T Shirt by Reiss   |   White Pointed Toe Heels by Zara   |   Pink Sunglasses by Topshop   |   Ring by La Corza   |   Necklace by Topshop   |   Watch by Olivia Burton   |   Bracelet by Monica Vinader   |

How would you describe your style?

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Fake Being Awake

It's Monday morning, my eyes are looking pretty darn puffy right now. As is the rest of my face actually. On days like today there are a few products which I find myself reaching for for their superior tightening and brightening abilities!

Firstly, I use the REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot. It's a gel serum which you can see and feel instantly lifts and firms up the skin, making it look smoother, tighter and more youthful! For a Monday morning it's a life saver, getting rid of any evidence of a lack of sleep and instead supercharging the skin with moisture and it also encourages the elastin in your skin to firm up, so consistent use over time will have anti-aging effects too. I just apply one big drop from the pipette into the palm of my hand, then pat over my face and within a few seconds my skin has absorbed it and is ready for the first of my 'awakening' concealers!

My favourite concealer for heavy duty awakening action under the eyes is the Clarins Instant Concealer. It has colour correction for dark circles, masking them and restoring the colouration back to your usual skintone and its so easy to blend into your skin. I apply in a V shape, covering the under eye then going down to the middle of my cheeks too (this is the best way to apply under eye concealer) and then either pat in, or use a concealer brush such as the Zoeva Concealer Brush.

A fantastic high-street alternative is the Concealer from Topshop. It has a similar consistency to the Clarins and you hardly need to use any of the product. You can also use for dotting on blemishes, but for the under eye area it's great as it's' not too cakey, has a slight yellowy tinge which counteracts any dark circles and again is easy to blend. I keep this one in my handbag makeup bag as it's so dinky it is perfect for touch ups on the go!

Once you've applied the rest of your makeup, you may want to add a little something to brighten up your complexion - even if your eyes are camouflaged, dull skin can be a give-away for a lack of sleep! The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder makes such a difference to your skin, giving a soft focus effect which creates a flattering hue to your skin. Its a very lightweight powder and won't cake up skin, so even if you're not a powder lover then you will still love the results from the Hourglass powder - if you're near a Space NK, just go in and try it! There's been loads of blogger hype around this for a reason! The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder can also be found in the Fashion Mumblr Shop - the one place you can find all of my all time, highly recommended products!

The final step for me is to add a touch more brightening to my eyes using a white liner pencil. The high street has a really fabulous option from Barry M - it's just £3.99 from Superdrug and so soft, almost feels liquid yet has the lasting power on the waterline of a far more pricey pencil. If you can afford to splash out a little more, then since photographing this post I've tried the Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil - Eye Cheat. It's a super smooth Nude shade which, like the Barry M creates the illusion of bigger, more 'awake' eyes. Both are water resistant but I have to say the Charlotte Tilbury pencil does have superior lasting powers!

What are your favourite products for combatting that Monday Morning face?

P.S - Something hugely exciting is coming to Fashion Mumblr this Sunday, so be sure to check back here then!

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