I picked this up back in the summer, when the NARS Audacious lipstick collection was all a bit hush-hush, so it's great to finally be able to blog about it. I managed to get my hands on two lipsticks from the 40-shade collection, Annabella, which is a bright bold poppy red, and Michiyo, a shocking pink. Whilst I'm yet to try out Michiyo (so so bright!), Annabella has fast become my go-to red lipstick. I'm hoping to add some darker, gothy shades to my collection soon too.
These lipsticks glide on like no other, giving you a really intense full-coverage finish in just one stroke. They're really creamy and moisturising, whilst still being long-lasting, so you don't need to touch up too much during the day. One little nugget of advice though: don't wear it whilst eating a bagel. It will end up on your chin... glamourous.
Have you tried any shades from the NARS Audacious collection?
I was that girl who forgot to take her makeup off after a night out. The girl who thought nothing of skipping cleanser and grabbing the face wipes. I used Sudocrem as crisis spot management and my moisturiser was whatever smelt nice and fell into a 3for2 offer. It's safe to say, I didn't have skincare down. I was rubbish at routines and my skin showed it.
Nowadays I'm a little better. I understand the importance of a healthy diet but also the importance of giving yourself a big kick in the butt and making yourself cleanse, sometimes tone, and moisturise every day. It's really important to find those products that really agree with your skin and establish a consistent skincare routine. Ditch the face wipes, double cleanse, exfoliate regularly, moisturise day & night and drink loads of water!
If you want to know how I've been helping to clear my blemish-prone skin, take a look at a few products that have been helping to keep my skin in check recently...
It contains skin-friendly ingredients such as ginseng, witch hazel and aloe vera. The witch hazel is great for fighting any spots and the aloe vera really soothes your skin. The main difference I've noticed though is the texture of my skin, it's now much much smoother as the glow tonic is an exfoliating toner.
It's an all-round great addition to anyone's skincare routine, pricey but you do get 250ml of product which will last you ages.
If you have oily skin, don't dismiss this one so easily... I promise it's great for everyone! The Trilogy Rosehip Oil has become a staple part of my nightly skincare routine, as it gives my moisturiser an added hydrating kick but also because it's great for helping to heal any spot scarring.
Add 2-3 drops to your moisturiser (AM and PM if you want, but I usually reserve this for night time) and massage well into your skin. It doesn't break me out at all as it's non-greasy and really lightweight, but just make sure to regularly exfoliate your skin as it can make flaky skin look worse!
This is actually one of those previously mentioned products that I randomly buy on a 3for2 offer because it smells nice. However, I have used a few products from the Super Facialist by Una Brennan skincare range before, so I knew to expect good things.
I've included two moisturisers in this post, as I can't always splurge on £45 products, but the Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Moisturiser works just as well as its higher-priced alternative. Enriched with Vitamin C extract, Hyaluronic Acid and anti-oxidants, this is a lightweight but hydrating moisturiser that seriously helps to smooth out skin. Perfect if you're after an accompaniment to the Rose Hydrate Cleanser and Vitamin C Cleansing Oil, which are my current favourite cleansing duo from the range.
Last but not least is the newest addition to my skincare routine, the Eve Lom SPF15 Moisturiser. At £45 a pot, this is possibly the most extravagant skincare purchase I've made, but definitely one I don't regret.
It's a super hydrating day cream, that glides on to my skin and sinks in really well. I hate it when you get a hydrating moisturiser and all it does it sit on top of your skin, making you feel like a greasy mess. This definitely isn't the case with this, as even though it appears to be quite rich, it's still a very lightweight easily-absorbing formula.
One thing though, it has quite a distinct 'herby' almost peppery scent. It put me off at first but I'm definitely getting used to it. This is pure luxury and well worth a purchase if you're on a payday splurge. Warning: it will definitely make you want to purchase more Eve Lom... £££!
Which products are staples in your skincare routine at the moment?
Last weekend I headed down to Manchester Arndale for their 'Meet The Trends' event, which you might have seen me talk about in my previous post, as I was chosen as an ambassador for Supercuts' Manchester salon. It was a day full of mini fashion shows from the likes of Next, All Saints and many more, as well as some pop-up stands from Supercuts, Clinique and Smashbox.
I met with Michael, the Manchester salon's manager, prior to the event to get my hands on some of the products they would be using at Meet The Trends, including the new Kerastase Discipline range. I was super happy to see that they were using the Kerastase Spray à Porter, which is a sea salt spray. I was looking for beachy waves and I've yet to own a sea salt spray, so I was excited to see the results.
Starting off with Kerastase Styling Powder Bluff, which works like a dry shampoo, my hair was prepped and primed for curling. It also contains heat protection to stop your styling tools from frazzling your hair!
Before curling, each section of hair was given a little spritz with the Kerastase Styling Spray à Porter just to enhance the beachy waves and give a semi-matte effect. This also has heat protection built in, so works perfectly for spritzing on to damp hair before blow-drying or dry hair before styling.
The Final Result
I was actually surprised, considering there was product being used before each curl, that this took so little time. As the wave wand doesn't give you that 'perfect' curl you would usually get with a standard conical wand or wrapping your hair around some straighteners, you can be much quicker and more carefree with styling.
Once you run your fingers or a paddle brush through the freshly curled hair, you lose the rigidness of the curl and get the perfect beachy waves! My stylist told me one of her top tips would be not to break up the curl as you go along, instead wait until the very end to ensure your curls last longer.
We finished off the look with a spray of the Kerastase Styling Laque Noire hairspray, to give the curls maximum hold and keep any frizz at bay.
AW14 Trends with Next
As part of the Meet the Trends event, there were also lots of mini fashion showcases from various brands that have stores within Manchester Arndale. We managed to catch the Next fashion show, which was really fun!
Mat loved the suits on display, especially the eye-catching teal one in the bottom image. For me, it was the fur gilet and metallic jeans that caught my eye, such a well put together A/W look!
I just want to say a huge thank you to Supercuts & Manchester Arndale for getting me involved in such a fun local campaign. Supercuts are also kindly organising a giveaway prize for you guys, so stay tuned for that soon... it will be hair care heaven, I promise!