Tuesday, 25 November 2014

All About Those Mitts...

Remember those adorable little mittens you had as a kid that were attached to your coat so you didn't lose them? This is not about those. This is about how "the mitt" found its way from the kitchen and tanning application to the rest of your beauty routine.

Jjimjilbang. Yes, that's a word that I'm not going to try and phonetically pronounce. I'll leave that mystery to you. Jjimjilbang is the Korean bathhouse. Lately, I've been reading countless articles on how we should be paying more attention to the Korean way of beauty routines. They seem to have skincare down to a T and we're just about catching on in the bodycare department. Now, in the comfort of your own bath you can scrub yourself down and remove that layer of grime and city pollution from your skin without the need to sit awkwardly in a bathhouse. These scrubbing mitts come in a selection of bold colours (go green!) and kick those pretty little "shower puff/bath lillies" out of the water. 

There's a more scrubby exfoliating side and then a gentler towel based side. How hard you scrub is up to you and you can even add your shower gel onto it for a deeper clean. Great for feet as well as legs before a shave. Personally, my skin can be quite sensitive so I would only use this three times a week max but it's a neat, cheap and trending way to keep clean!

My personal favourite has to be my discovery of mitts...to use on your face! The Sarah Chapman Cleansing Mitts are these luxurious thick mitts to use instead of a hot cloth for cleansing. There's a light exfoliating side and then a very soft side that's suitable for around the eye area. They also retain heat and moisture well to allow you to create that professional facial at home. 

I just stick these in the wash with my face towels and they dry clean and fluffy again. For just £12.00 you get 4 mitts that I can vouch for being high quality. I can definitely see myself picking up another pack of these and trying to get everyone else to give them a go.

Now that I've sorted out my beauty mitts, time to get myself some Winter warmers...

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Autumn Face

Mid way through the month this became the "October face". I've been experimenting with bases again, digging out old favourites and looking for a way to leave behind a luminous glowy complexion to counteract a dull, cold morning. Lancome's Teint Miracle always provides me with decent coverage and a semi matte finish. Enough to polish up the t-zone but make those cheeks glow. With SPF15 this is quite a natural finish foundation with pearlescent pigments designed to give that radiant finish I'm looking for.

I will admit that after two weeks I axed this and went back to my trusty EX1 Pure Crushed Mineral Powder which is so much easier to use. It keeps its flawless finish for longer and doesn't make my skin feel uncomfortable by lunch time. I think I've become so used to the lightness of mineral powders that even the lightest foundation feels heavy to me.

The rest is all about the eyes which, is still going strong into November. Rimmel's Kohl liner is for those evenings when I'm ready to jazz things up a bit. Defined eyes or a smudged out smokey eye this is a cheap and easy favourite. The Hi Impact Brows palette**, as the name would suggest, is for brows. It has a black shade which I love and a decent angled brush for application. The best thing about this palette however, is that it doubles as a very convenient eyeshadow selection. An array of neutral colours for an everyday look and then some black to smoke things out and create evening darma. The shades are all of a buttery soft texture, very blendable and pigmented. Neatly put together with a mirror, I have this in my makeup bag for any spontaneous occasion.

The most exciting for me has been the Mai Couture Trio in Glowgeous. Paraben and talc free papier makeup changes the game for applying colour. This set comes with a bronzer, highlighter and blush. I love the warm toned "Sin City" (show above) which I use as an all over the lid wash of colour. It cancels out the grey of my eyes and subtly lasts all day. St Barts is a beautiful highlight that doesn't just hit you with a shot of glitter and pearl. It's a warm glow that I do actually use as a highlight and on the brow bone. Prettyful is a lovely pearly pink blush which I've found works best for me as a highlight on the center of the lips. Bascially, this is a healthy radiant glow in a little book!

You can use a brush or just press/dab/rub the pigment from the sheet directly onto the skin. Great on the cheeks, eyes, lips or even to bronze up the decolletage. And after all that it's lighter than a pen in your handbag!

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