Saturday, 8 April 2017

Guerlain Mon Guerlain: The Perfect Summer Fragrance

Hi lovelies!

I'm back this week with a quick review, as this new eau de parfum by Guerlain is going to be my signature scent as we head into the (hopefully) warmer months. I discovered this perfume only a couple of days ago with my Mum. She sprayed it on her wrists whilst out shopping, and when she got home a good few hours later I couldn't stop commenting on how gorgeous she was smelling.  I kept going back to smell her throughout the day, and decided that I should go out and try it on myself, as fragrances can react differently to our individual body heat. Luckily it smelled lovely on me as well, and as I had a little bit saved up I was able to treat myself to the 50 ml bottle.

This fragrance was released by Guerlain just over a month ago, and I would describe it as a sweet but warm floral. I'm not a fan of overly powdery or heady floral scents, which is definitely not the case for this perfume. There are strong notes of vanilla and lavender on me, which combine to make a scent which is strong enough to wear both in the daytime and equally into the evening. I've only worn it once, but the longevity seems to be good. I applied it for the first time today, and six hours later the smell is still detectable on my wrists. (Top tip- when you're spraying perfume remember to keep to pulse points such as wrists, behind the ears and the neck to make the most of its longevity.)
The 'Guerlain' embossed glass bottle is another selling point for the fragrance; ultra feminine but classy, and compact enough to be carried around in your handbag if you like to take your perfume to work with you.

A new perfume is always an exciting (not to mention expensive) purchase, and makes me feel put together when I'm getting ready to go out. The next time you're near a perfume counter give this a spray, especially if you are looking for a womanly take on the traditional floral scent. It's so beautiful!

What's your favourite perfume at the minute? Let me know below!

Elle x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

Hey guys

Apologies for my mini hiatus! I'm in the midst of my final year at University, and so I've been focused on working hard and enjoying the last few months of Uni life.

Now that I'm back home for the Easter break, I thought it'd be a good opportunity to do an update on a product I tried a few months ago. After using The Body Shop compact, my obsession with cushion foundations was real. They're great for dry skin, as the formula tends to be on the dewier side of things, and the packaging is ideal for on the go application. L'Oreal's take on the trend hit the U.K. high street a few months ago, and so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

A beautiful metallic rose gold compact
The cushion and mirror inside

The foundation is soaked into a sponge

To apply I just bounced the sponge into the product and dabbed over my face. I found that the coverage was quite light but with a bit of effort could be built up to a medium, and it gave me a really fresh healthy glow. If you have dry skin in fairly good condition this would be perfect, especially for the upcoming summer months as the minimal makeup look seems to be very on trend. The only slight drawback is the hygiene question. I can't help but think that reusing the sponge without washing it frequently would spread bacteria, but I combatted this by throwing out the sponge after a couple of uses and sticking to a foundation brush. Another thing to bear in mind is that cushion foundations, whilst amazing, are not necessarily the most cost effective way of buying foundation (you only get 14.6 grams of product). In my experience, the compact lasted about two months before drying out. A really useful method you can use to prolong the life of the sponge is to turn it over every so often, as some foundation can linger at the bottom of the pan.

Despite this, I really did love the dewiness of the formulation, and I probably would purchase this again. Here's a photo of the foundation after a few hours of wear (brace yourself for a close up of my face haha!) Considering that the foundation has an SPF of 29, it didn't look too shiny, and didn't break down on the skin despite my running around campus.

Excuse the eyebrows!

Overall, if you're searching for a luminous foundation this is a really good option. It's easy to pop into your handbag, and lasts particularly well on dry skin types.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

New Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation Review

Hi lovelies,


Last week I was picking up a few bits from the Body Shop when the lady at the till told me about their recently launched cushion compact foundation. We'd been discussing the fact that, as someone with sensitive skin, it can be difficult to find a foundation that you can rely on and doesn't break you out. As I'm back at University, as much as I love my Nars Sheer Glow, I sometimes find it a bit too full coverage (not to mention expensive) for everyday wear, and was looking for something lighter.

I was recommended to try their recently launched cushion foundation, as it is specifically designed with sensitive skin in mind, and contains Aloe Vera to cool and soothe the skin. The cushion compact  has become a serious beauty trend over the last few months, and it's finally made the jump from Korea to the UK high street.

Moving onto the product itself, I purchased the shade Fuji Peony 01. They only have 5 shades currently, which is a bit of a shame, but luckily for me this was a good match for my skin. I am quite fair myself, but if you have porcelain skin this is the lightest shade and could be a bit too dark.  The packaging is monochromatic and sleek, and comes with the typical sponge/puff for application.

The online description promises 'a semi-matte finish' with a 'smooth coverage,' and I think it delivers this really effectively. As you open the compact the scent is really fresh (I'm assuming due to the Aloe Vera). After putting on primer (which works well with this foundation) I dabbed my sponge into the product about 3/4 times overall, and was able to achieve a good medium coverage. Personally, I think that this is more of a dewy foundation than semi-matte, but I love a good moisturising foundation in the colder months so this doesn't bother me at all. It seems that this would be really easy to pop into your bag and use for on the go touch ups throughout the day, as it clips shut and feels sturdy but lightweight.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this foundation and haven't experienced any abnormal breakouts since using it (hurrah!) If you're in the market for a new foundation, I highly recommend it.

Elle xx