Mabel and Meg Lumilixir serum review

I have been wanting to try this serum for a while now, so with my wedding getting ever so close (4 weeks today!!!) I thought this would be a good time to try this product out. I am generally pretty happy with my skin care regime, although my complexion often looks a bit dull and  I suffer from breakouts leaving an aftermath of red or dry areas where I’ve had spots. My breakouts tend to be when I’m stressed, hormonal, eat badly or just generally run down, the usual bad skin culprits. I try my best to do all the right things like eat well (most of the time), drink more water (a work in progress) and reduce my stress levels but despite my best efforts I still get breakouts. This is an area I would like to improve regarding my skin and also help it to look a bit brighter.

I purchased this serum when I was having a particularly bad skin breakout  and was drawn to it because it claims it can reduce the appearance of blemishes. I am often left with slight discolouration on my skin in areas after a breakout and although its pretty easy to cover with concealer or a thicker foundation any product that can help minimise the aftermath of a breakout and improve my skin is beneficial in my opinion.

mabel and megMable and Meg’s lumilixir is becoming a bit of a cult product, it has a pretty hefty fan base on social media (Instagram I’m looking at you!) and all the reviews I’ve read on it have been positive. I like to try out all products I use before I decide if I’m going to continue with using them and if they are worth what I am paying for them, I want to make sure what I’m using is an effective product. If I’m thinking of using anything in my professional skincare/make-up kit I always try it out before it can be given a home in there and used on my clients.

Mabel and Meg is a skincare company, their lumilixir is paraben free and they do not test on aniamls. They claim that the lumilixir gives you great skin and it does this by increasing the levels of hydration within the skin. It claims to be perfect for all skin tones and types, including sensitive skin.

 

 

The key ingredients are Vitamin C and Hylaurolic Acid which work together to give you:

  • brighter skin
  • increase hydration
  • fewer blemishes
  • reduced hyperpigmentation

 

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I have been using two small drops of this serum twice a day (morning and night) for 2 weeks now and I have to say I am really impressed! I started using it when my skin was breaking out and I had quite a few sore spots which have now cleared up. I’m not sure if the serum has played a part in that but I do think it has helped speed up the process and reduced the red patch where the spot has been. I apply it after cleansing my skin and then apply my normal serum and moisturiser mix (I am currently using the Aldi Lacura serum mixed with a small amount of Nivea soft). The consistency isn’t like a serum, its water like, clear and doesn’t have any scent. A couple of small drops goes a long way. I like the little glass bottle it comes in and the pipette so you can dispense exactly the amount you want. It soaks in to my skin really quickly and is non greasy.

My skin looks brighter and feels more supple and hydrated. What I have liked most about this product is that it has helped reduce the redness often left by spots giving a more even tone to the appearance of my skin. It comes in a 20ml and a 30ml bottle option, I purchased the 30ml bottle which is priced at £39 (the 20ml is £29) with the postage and vat the total was £42, it is worth the money in my opinion. I’m pleased with how my skin is looking from using it and I will continue using it in my skin care regime. If you want to add a little something special to your current skincare regime I would recommend trying this out, it delivers on so many areas so rather than having several products to combat different things this serum is a good all rounder.

 

Hope you have enjoyed reading,

 

Omie x x x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Tropez gradual tan in shower review

Hi everyone,

Hope you have all been enjoying the warm weather this week!

This weekends review is on a product I didn’t think I would ever try. It isn’t that I don’t like self-tanning products, I just have never really used them on myself. I have brown hair but pale skin and have always embraced my paleness but I do feel I look better with a little bit of a tan, you know from a weekend on the beach or even the garden.  When I go in the sun I always wear a high factor sun cream as I’m conscious of my skins health so I usually wear a factor 30 or 50, I still tan though! You may be surprised but I have never had a fake tan before, a spray tan and have only been on a sun bed once in my 29 years for all of 3 minutes! So, it is safe to say I am very much in unknown territory when it comes to self-tanning products.

St. Tropez is a cult brand, with beauty icons such as Kate Moss heading up their campaigns. I thought I would be in safe hands with such a well known brand to ease me into self-tanning territory. Leading up to the wedding, I have been compelled to try new things in the hope that it will help me feel my best on the day. I know beauty comes from within and self confidence plays a big part but a little help (from anywhere) never goes a miss.

I stumbled upon this product whilst shopping in Boots, I was drawn to the fact that it said ‘in shower’ (tanning whilst showering equals excellent multitasking opportunities) and it said it only requires 3 minutes to leave on. No tanning mit required either! It was also on offer so even more reason to buy and try.

 

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Prep:

I purchased the lightest shade in ‘golden glow light’ which I thought would ease me out of paleness and into the realms of sun kissed skin. I remembered reading somewhere that the key to a good self-tan is to ensure the skin is exfoliated so whilst in Boots I also purchased a sugar scrub from Soap and Glory to help prep my skin first. After exfoliating my skin the day before I applied the self-tanning lotion whilst in the shower.

Application:

I was pleasantly surprised that the lotion had a nice, delicate scent. I was slightly fearful that it would smell like some other fake tanning products which I know people describe as ‘biscuit’ like but it didn’t smell like this at all.  The lotion contains sweet almond oil so it is also moisturising. I followed the instructions and applied the lotion to damp skin, in a circular motion to ensure all areas were covered. After leaving on for 3 mins (and having to jig around in the shower to keep warm) I washed the lotion off with warm water and gently dried my skin.

Results:

I didn’t notice a difference straight away but this product is a gradual tan rather than an instant tanning product. The following day my skin had a slight sun kissed glow, which I liked as it was subtle but just enough to notice a difference. The biscuit scent that I feared previously did appear the day after but only for a short time, I couldn’t smell it after a few hours and it wasn’t very strong. This would be my only criticism of the product over all, I liked how easy and quick it was to apply and the fact that it isn’t messy and doesn’t require a tanning mit to apply. You can build up the colour gradually and I did reapply the lotion a couple of days after for slightly more colour.

This product is excellent value for money, its good quality and delivers on what it claims. I will be using this again, especially leading up to the wedding. The lighter shade is definitely for tanning novices like myself or for pale skinned people that just want a subtle sun kissed glow.

Perfect for before a holiday or special occasion like a wedding or party.

 

Thank you for reading,

Omie x

 

Lacura Expert Beautifying Serum review

Hello everyone,

Following on from my last post I wanted to review another skincare product and thought this one was too good not to share with you all! With only 8 weeks left until my own wedding I am trying to get my skincare routine in top shape and have been trying out various products, this being the one I have been the most impressed with.

I stumbled across this product whilst staying at my parents a couple of months back and finding it in their bathroom. The next step was obviously for me to try it! When I was next in Aldi (love Aldi!) doing my weekly shop I thought lets give this a go and with a price tag of £3.99 it wasn’t going to be the end of the world if it didn’t suit my skin or wasn’t that great.

As I said this product is £3.99 and what you get for that £3.99 is impressive. The 30ml bottle itself is glass and comes with a handy little pipet dispenser so you can pump how many drops of the serum you want to use into your hand, no mess and no wastage. The red and silver packaging combined with the glass bottle gives the impression of a more expensive product (clever Lacura!).

 

Aldi lacura serumOn the packaging it states ‘over time your skin loses its tone, elasticity and suppleness. If it gets drier the complexion becomes dull’. This is very true and although I wouldn’t describe my skin type as being dry I do know it is often dehydrated. The serum contains ‘exclusive blue-green micro algae and kudzu extract’- doesn’t sound very beautifying but algae is meant to be very beneficial for our skin, to help combat signs of ageing and help repair cell damage. Lots of high end skincare brands such as La Prairie and Ole Henriksen use extracts of algae in their products so Lacura have really produced something that is both affordable and competitive.

 

 

 

 

The serum claims to:

  • protect the skin and aid skin harmonisation
  • revitalise the skin and is proven to reduce wrinkles
  • moisturises the skin
  • improves the skin suppleness
  • proven to tighten skin

It claims to leave the skin noticeably softer, smoother and fresher.

I have been using this serum now for about 7 weeks and I’m almost out! I apply mine twice a day, morning and evening, after cleansing and before moisturising. It can also be mixed in with your normal moisturiser. I have noticed an improvement in my skin, it looks fresher and feels better. The main difference I have noticed is that it looks and feels smoother and my make-up applies better in my opinion. I think of it as an extra drink for my skin and will definitely continue using it.

With a price tag of £3.99 I must say I have been very impressed! As its an anti-ageing product it is probably best suited to people aged late 20’s- onwards. Infact there is a little recommended age group line on the packaging which gives you some guidance. For optimum results it also states to use in conjunction with other products in the Lacura anti-ageing range, I will definenelty be checking out some of their other skincare products as this one is so good!

So next time you pop into Aldi check out their skincare range, you wont be disappointed.

 

Thank you for reading,

Omie x x x

 

 

 

 

The Body Shop Drops of Light product Review

The Body Shop say they want women to feel good in their own skin, which is why they created their ‘Drops of Light’ range. I think everyone wants beautiful skin and to feel great in it!

I decided to purchase the ‘Pure Translucency Essence Lotion’ from the range and was intrigued to try it out. The packaging is lovely so thought I should mention it. Contemporary and simple.

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The product is described as ‘a refreshing gel-to-water essence lotion that quickly penetrates into skin to deliver light hydration’. I would say that is pretty accurate, it isn’t a proper gel consistency, more like a diluted gel, very light and has a delicate frangrance. It claims to even out skintone and enhance brightness. I haven’t used it for long enough to comment on that but what I can say is that, in my opinion, it felt really refreshing and cooling on my skin and added some hydration to the skin. I still needed to apply my face cream afterwards so this doesn’t give enough hydration to skip moisturiser but it felt more hydrated than before applying it.

 

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It is also meant to help prepare the skin for better efficiency of products that follow, which in my case is a cream and serum mixture, primer and then a light foundation. Anything that adds hydration to the skin and helps smooth the surface is going to help with the application and staying power of products applied afterwards.

I really like this product, it feels light and refreshing on my skin and if it does live up to some of the claims long term then I will definitely keep using it!

 

Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion is priced at £14 and can be purchased from The Body Shop.

 

 

 

 

 

Colour correcting

Hello everyone,

I hope you enjoyed my last post, I will be doing more product reviews but today I thought I would do a little post on colour correcting. You may have seen many videos on YouTube or photos on Instgram about colour correcting so I thought I would try and simplify things and talk about what it is and how you can use it in your every day make-up looks. It doesn’t need to be time consuming, complicated or expensive! Its about having a go, having fun and experimenting with what works for you!  Today I am just going to be talking about 3 keys colours which can be used for common discolouration on the face. I mainly only use two on my own face but today I am using three three to show how they can all be used.

What is colour correcting?

Well it is exactly what it says it is, correcting areas of colour or discolouration on the skin with…….yes that’s right more colour! If anyone did art lessons at school you probably remember being taught about the colour wheel. The wheel can be used to show what colour will counteract another colour, so for example if you have redness on the skin this can be counteracted with the colour green. Often we may see patches of redness on the cheeks and around the nose, so you can apply a green colour over these areas. If you have very dark areas under the eyes, which can sometimes look blueish you can apply a peach colour or even a red colour on these areas.

 

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The products I am going to be using to colour correct are the MUA pro-base prime and conceal colour correcting palette which I purchased from my local Superdrug store and was about £4. I am also going to use the Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage mini palette, in shade fair, which I purchased from PAM London. This palette contains 16 mini colours which are super pigmented and can be used to conceal, cover scars, cover tattoos and also for colour correcting- a must in my make-up kit!!!

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So lets begin, firstly here is a photo of my face with no make-up on at all, I have just applied my usual moisturiser and left for a couple of minutes to soak in to the skin. As you can see I have very dark circles under my eyes, I also have quite yellowish skin on my chin and around my mouth area and also on my forehead. So the areas I want to focus on are under my eyes, across my cheeks (I don’t tend to get much redness across my cheeks but this is a common area for redness so today I will be colour correcting my cheeks as well to show you all), and the yellowish areas on my forehead and chin.

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First I apply the peach colour from the MUA palette under my eyes, I mixed this with shade D32 from the Kryolan palette for extra colour. I then applied the green colour from the MUA palette over my cheeks to counteract any redness and lastly the purple shade on my chin and forehead to counteract any sallow, yellow tones on my skin. If you get stuck about which colour you should be using go back to the colour wheel, find the colour you want to correct and see which is the opposite colour on the wheel. I applied the colours with a flat concealer brush, I used the LY19 brush from Louise Young.

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To blend the colours in I used a slightly damp beauty blender sponge and patted the colour onto the skin, you don’t want to take the colour off the skin so use the sponge to gently pat the colour in. Once blended you can then go over the top with your concealer and foundation.

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Before and after with the finished look with the rest of my make-up on. Hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Any feedback is always appreciated, have a lovely weekend, Omie x

 

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New Boots No7 Skin Illuminator review

Hello,

Hope you are all having a good week so far! Although the sun is shining it has been very cold here in the Midlands. Summer- hurry up please!

Right so I recently picked up the new Boots No 7 Skin Illuminator whilst browsing in Boots. I don’t think I ever come out of Boots empty handed! I have quite a few Boots No7 products and also like their skincare! I think over the last few years the brand has really upped its game to keep up with its competitors. I always smile when their advert comes on the TV, the one with the Jessie J song.

This new skin illuminator immediately caught my eye because I like anything that claims to illuminate the skin! At first I wasn’t sure if I should purchase it but after trying a small sample on the back of my hand I knew it was worth buying and I am so glad I did!

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Most illuminating products have some sort of light reflecting particles in them which make the light bounce back off them creating a luminous look. Some products can look almost glittery on the skin and personally I don’t like this effect. However this product contains ‘multi-faceted light reflectors’ which claim to enhance the complexion naturally. This product can be used as a primer before applying your foundation or tinted moisturiser, it can also be mixed in with your foundation or applied over your base to the high points on the face to highlight your features. The texture is lightweight and doesn’t feel sticky like some cream products can.

The shade is called ‘nude’ and comes in a 30ml tube, a little goes a long way. It is priced at £12.50 which I think is very reasonable for a multi-use product. This skin illuminator gets a thumbs up from me! Well done Boots No7!

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If there are any particular products you would like to see reviews on please comment below. Please remember that these are only my personal opinions and I am in no way connected to the brands I review.

Omie x x x

 

 

Favourite skin care products

Hello,

I haven’t written a post for a while and am making it my new commitment to write more posts, reviews and tips based on what people would like to read about. Please leave a comment at the bottom to tell me about beauty products you would like to know more about, make-up trends or any techniques or tips you would like.

Today I am starting off with talking about a few of my favourite skincare products, some I have been using for a long time and others are new that I have recently tried out. Most of these products I use in my professional kit and always get good feedback from clients. Good skin care is really important and is a must if you want your make-up to look flawless all day.  I hope you enjoy reading this post, let me know what you think

Omie x x x

 

  1. Nivea Soft moisturising cream– this can be used on the face, hands and body and is a good all rounder. It is effective and good value for money. I was introduced to this cream by another make-up artist and know a lot of other make-up artists use it in their kit as well. This cream is lightweight and has a lovely refreshing scent. It contains Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E.

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2. Clinique dramatically different moisturiser– I use this moisturiser in my kit a lot, especially on clients who have dryer skin. It helps to lock moisture into the skin and leaves it looking hydrated and smooth. It is suitable for all skins types and you don’t need to use a huge amount of product. Another good all rounder.

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3. Superdrug’s Vitamin E Oil- I love this stuff! When my skin is feeling dehydrated and tight (usually throughout the winter months) I mix a couple of drops of this oil in with my daily moisturiser and leave it to soak into my skin. I usually do this before bed and wake up with beautifully soft skin. Vitamin E promotes collagen production and can help reduce the appearance of scars and age spots. If you have sensitive skin please use with caution as some people can be sensitive to Vitamin E oil.

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4. Boots Botanics 100% organic Rose Water toning spritz- This product was recommended to me by a very well known make-up artist. I love rose water and decided to buy a bottle to try out! Safe to say I love it! I have been using it after cleansing to freshen up my skin, to take off any last traces of make-up and between applying layers of make-up. Its a great product, excellent value for money and it can be used for multiple things. After using this spray my skin feels soft and smooth and the delicate scent of the rose water is divine! I shall be purchasing another bottle to use in my kit, a big thumbs up from me!

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5. Avene Cleanance Mattifying Emulsion– This is my go to moisturiser for oily skin. It has a lightweight texture and leaves a mattifying effect on the skin. If I am doing make-up on a client who has combination skin I sometimes use this cream on the oily areas, such as the t-zone, nose and chin. Don’t be afraid to mix creams with serums to suit different types of skin on the face.

 

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