Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Beauty Collective

You will rarely find beauty chatter popping up around these parts, discounting the odd mention in a monthly favourites, because to be quite honest it is not my strong point. Don't get me wrong, I love to swoon over beauty hauls and try new things - I'm just not great enough to shout about it.  BUT, with some birthday cash to spend and a London trip on the cards, I had a chance to pick up a few things I'd wanted to try - all brands that I would call 'high end', so when better to throw caution to the wind and have a little spend than on your birthday?

This Burberry purchase came around purely because of Estee Lalonde. I'd been obsessing over her eye make up in her #ForeverNovember vlogs and when I found out it was Pale Barley I had to pop down to the Covent Garden Burberry Beauty Box to check it out in person - and oh my oh my it is a beauty. Eye shadow isn't usually a product that makes it into my every day 'in a rush and have to get to work' face, but this neutral shade is a dream to apply all over the lid and just what I needed in my stash. The perfect golden taupe with a formulation that you can wear dry, or wet for fuller impact, and a staying power like any other. Definitely worth the £23 price tag - It is bloody beautiful. The lovely lady that served me also popped in the bag a tiny sample of their Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base (another banger of a product) and their fragrance, which is also gorgeous! Burberry, I'm impressed. 

I don't have particularly sparse, but they do need some definition! I've been around the drugstore options, but I've never seen a product quite like the Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil. So, when browsing the beauty that is Liberty at Christmas time, I stopped by their counter to swatch it, and when they applied it on me and Adam noticed the difference - I was sold. I'm sure you all know the deats on this one, but with a spooly on one end, and a slanted wax formulation on the other, this pencil is really easy to control and creates awesome definition, whilst still looking natural. I also picked up a sample size of their Veil Mineral Primer, which is amazing at keeping my oily complexion composed and fresh faced for as long as possible. (Because lets face it, the oil, will come).

My favourite way to remove my make up and cleanse my face is by either using a balm, or an oil, and the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm is the best of both worlds! A balm, which turns into an oil when mixed with water. I've heard so many other ladies raving about this product, so when my current cleanser had its last pump, I moved onto this tub - and I really like it. Firstly, it smells amazing. Secondly, it does a great job of removing almost all traces of make up meaning I don't need to double cleanse (because I read that is a thing? Haha). This product is like a facial, all in one.

There is nothing I love more than treating my body to some luxurious smells. Whether is is body oils, bars or sprays, I find the scents so relaxing and comforting and have always got something on the go. Aromatherapy Associates have a divine range of scents in their bath and shower oils, and as it is Christmas they are selling a miniature of their Revive Morning in a very festive star bauble for £10! A cut of the price of a full bottles, and a fantastic chance to try out a scent of theirs. I douse this on my body before hopping in the shower and let the mix of rosemary, geranium, grapefruit and citrus oils (to name just a few!) work their magic. The best way to start the day, if you ask me.



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