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Once again the Easter Bank Holiday is upon us and it’s time to let our hair down, get glammed up with the girls and pop out for a cocktail or two.

To mark the Easter holidays, I’m running a special 10% promotion off makeup artistry throughout April to allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy a pamper ahead of your big night out.

For extra information or to make a booking, either contact me using the contact form, or visit my Facebook page here and send me a message with your requirements.

Lashes and lipsticks at the ready – have a fabulous bank holiday weekend! xoxo

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Offer ends on 30th April 2014. 

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Review: Dermalogica Clear Start oil clearing matte moisturizer spf15

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For what seems like months now I have been looking for a suitable moisturiser for my oil prone skin that also contains an SPF – no easy task in itself as sunscreens tend to be a little on the oily side to begin with! However, I think I might have found an answer to my beauty conundrum.

After spending countless hours trawling the depths of the web, I finally happened across a product from firm beauty favourites Dermalogica. I have used the Dermalogica mediBac Clearing® system in the past and although I enjoyed using the products, I don’t really feel like my skin benefited, however, I feel my problematic skin was more down to my lifestyle choices and stresses and strains rather than anything a few lotions could easily sort out. Anyway, the product that I stumbled across was the Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer complete with an SPF 15. The moisturiser promises to minimise oil and shine and help to protect against the UV rays that can make breakouts worse and cause dark spots.

To be honest, I was sold right there. In the shopping cart it went.

The moisturiser arrived a couple of days later and I was seriously impressed with the packaging. “This is not a beauty product, this is an investment in your skin” read the scrawl across the top of the box. I happen to agree fiercely with this – if there’s something you shouldn’t scrimp on, it’s your skincare and your foundation. Anyway, Dermalogica also kindly sent me an AGE Smart® sample pack to try too which I thought was a lovely touch.

So, the moisturiser contains special botanical oil-absorbers which act like micro sponges to minimise shine while the moisturiser helps to keep the skin hydrated. Dermalogica state that the moisturiser is formulated with 19 gentle botanicals including licorice, birch and willow, which are all known to sooth and protect the skin. And on top of all this, there is of course the Broad Spectrum sunscreen which helps to provide defence against UVA and UVB rays without clogging the pores and leading to breakouts – something ladies (and guys too) with oily skin will know tends to come with the territory.

I used the moisturiser after following my normal cleansing routine of the Clean and Clear exfoliating face wash and Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion and used a pea sized amount to gently smooth over my entire face and neck – don’t forget to bring your moisturiser down onto your neck, it often gets a little neglected in skincare routines but taking care of this area early will stand you in good stead for the future. The lotion has a strange smell to it that I can’t place, it reminds me of the essential oils used in soothing spa massages and strangely of Old Fashioned cocktails – but I think the latter says more about me than the product…

The moisturiser did tingle a little on my skin which I was a little apprehensive about at first – I was concerned that it was going to mildly irritate my sensitive skin but after a minute or so had passed, so had the tingling sensation and I was left with smooth, shine-free skin.

I have also trialled using the moisturiser under my daily foundation for work (using the tip in my ‘The secret to longer-lasting foundation’ post here)and it seems to work beautifully with whatever foundation or primer or BB cream I try over the top of it. Strangely mattifying but still moisturising, this is definitely a good little beauty investment for anybody who suffers with the same skin ailments at myself – and at £16 for what is viewed as a high-end, ultra professional product, it’s well worth the price.

 

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Dermalogica’s Clear Start moisturiser underneath MAC Studio Fix foundation

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The secret to longer lasting foundation

Foundation is one of those things that can either make or break your makeup look – after all, it’s our base that we use to work from hence the name.

I was recently watching a YouTube tutorial by the amazing Wayne Goss who had a little tip to help our foundation stay put for longer throughout the day. Girls who suffer from oily skin like me will definitely benefit from this tip and it’s a handy little secret to ensure that even the sheerest of foundations stay where they’re placed.

So, what’s the secret? Simply to powder your face before you apply your liquid foundation. Here’s what you’ll need to do…

Perform your usual skincare routine

For my skincare routine, I currently use Clean & Clear’s Exfoliating Scrub followed by Cliniques Clarifying lotion. For my moisturiser (remember, it’s important to moisturise even if you have oily skin) I use Dermalogica’s Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer with added SPF 15 – I’ll be writing a review on this soon so keep checking back if you’d like to read about it. Allow your moisturiser to settle in for around 10 minutes. Now is the perfect time to pop the kettle on…

Powder your skin

Taking a fine milled translucent powder (not a pressed powder), lightly apply it to your face just as you would if you were setting your foundation. My favourite is Illamasqua’s translucent loose powder.

Apply your foundation

Take your favourite foundation and apply it over the top of your freshly powdered skin – I used MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid in NC20. Don’t worry, the foundation won’t cake due to the slight amount we’ve used and due to the powder being super fine.

Set your foundation

Now, go on to set the foundation just as you would normally making sure to powder the oil prone T-zone. And you’re done!

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This really helps to lock in the foundation to give it an extra time coverage boost on the skin. Try it out and see what you think!

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Beauty review: Soap & Glory Show Good Face Foundation & Primer

Rachael Divers MakeupToday is Mother’s Day and instead of being at home with my Mum, I’ve been left to my own devices while she goes on a client photo shoot with my Dad. Bad things happen when I’m left to my own devices for long periods of time, this horrible thing called shopping just seems to grip hold of me out of nowhere and coax me to drive down to the local Boots and hover over the makeup counters swatching and filling my basket up with colourful delights! Today was no exception, except there was big difference – today I exercised a little self-control and decided to only buy a few key products that I really needed. Say, a foundation and primer with added SPF as that’s something I desperately need. We all know how bad the sun can be for our skin, right?

Anyway, the Soap & Glory counter always really takes my fancy, I think it’s the packaging that just seems to draw me in and the witty naming of products like Sexy Motherpucker. I love it. So today my mission was to find a primer/foundation with added SPF that I could wear either as a base or use as the full works. I decided upon Show Good Face which is a 2-in-1 skin energizing foundation and primer. The packaging says that it contains ‘longwearing Lightscramble luminospheres.’ Longwearing scrambly whattaspheres I hear you say?! Well, according to the packaging Lightscramble and Luminospheres ‘mixes micra light-diffusing powders with high-tech encapsulated soft-focus pearls and leaves the wearer looking candle-lit and camera ready.’ Naturally, I decided that I needed this magical liquidy candle-lit goodness in my life and quickly skipped merrily to the till with it in my basket.

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As soon as I got home, I took off all of my existing makeup and prepared to put this new wonder product to the test! The Show Good Face product comes in a nice small black bottle which is the perfect size to keep in your handbag but not so small that you feel like you might have been robbed. I shook the bottle to awaken the formula, popped a little bit onto the back of my hand and used my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to work this onto my bare skin. The colour I chose was ‘the fairest of them all’ which you can probably guess is erm, the fairest colour of the bunch. The product buffed in beautifully and seemed to disappear into my skin with ease leaving behind a little of a dewy glow without looking oily or wet.

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I really like the product but I’m wondering how long it’ll stay put on my oil-prone skin without the aid of an additional mattifying primer underneath. The coverage is very sheer – perhaps a little too sheer for me but great for the summer time when you don’t feel like wearing too much over your skin or great as a pure primer. The best part about this primer/foundation is the inclusion of an SPF. I’ve become a little obsessed lately with making sure my skin is protected from harmful rays whilst still wearing a lovely, skin brightening foundation.

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Overall, this is a great little product for summer use, however, I’d have liked a little more luminosity. Still, this is a primer and foundation I’ll enjoy wearing over the warmer months. Should we ever get any of those over here in the UK…

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DIY Beauty Treatments: The Aspirin Face Mask

When we look for seriously effective beauty treatments, we usually find that they have a hefty price tag which accompanies them. But what about the beauty treatments that we can make in the comfort of our own homes, and with ingredients from our kitchen cupboards?

Aspirin face masks have been used for years to help treat acne and keep skin looking fresh, healthy and clear. The reason why the aspirin face mask works so well is that aspirin is actually made out of Beta Hydroxy Acid, BHA for short, which is actually Salicylic acid – the main ingredient in acne treatments.

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To make an aspirin face mask, simply take two uncoated aspirin (you can use coated, but they take much longer to dissolve) and pop them into a dish or onto a small saucer. I prefer to use an egg cup as it’s much easier to mix the ingredients together and scoop them out later on. Add a tiny drop of water to the tablets and allow them to dissolve in the cup. Once the tablets have dissolved, take a teaspoon of honey (great for it’s bacteria fighting properties) and mix them both up to form a paste. I prefer to use Manuka honey for this which is famous for its ability to treat infections – it’s even recently been tested as a weapon against hospital infections like MRSA! Manuka honey can tend to be a little expensive so if you’d prefer, you can use any form of natural honey too.

Apply the mixture to your freshly cleansed, dry face and allow it to sit on the skin for ten minutes before rinsing away with warm water. Pat dry, and apply your favourite toner and moisturiser.

To get the best results out of your aspirin face mask, you should use it no more than twice weekly.

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