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July beauty favourites


July has been a strange month – from gloriously sunny days to downright inglorious downpours – I haven’t known which way to take my beauty routine from day to day. So this month, my July beauty favourites are a mixed bag of summery goodness and more comforting beauty care usually associated with the colder months.

1. St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion £9.50 for 200ml
A dividing product in the beauty world that’s either devotedly loved or severely disliked. I fall into the head over heels in love category. An extremely subtle tan that works in the shower over several applications and only takes three minutes of your time – sold to the fair skinned red head.

2. Library of Fragrance Sunshine Eau de Toilette £15 for 30ml
Whilst perusing the shelves of Boots and testing out plenty of products I definitely don’t need, I came across the Library of Fragrance sprays and thought they’d make a great summer handbag addition to refresh myself throughout days at the beach or just general summer living. The sprays come in a variety of scents but this one just beautifully encapsulated summertime with hints of fresh laundry, cherry blossom, gin and tonic, mango, vanilla ice cream and freshly cut grass.

3. KORE Optimal Repair Cream £50 for 50ml
I raved about this in my review of KORE Skincare for how nourishing and comforting it is to the skin. A product I’d usually reach for in the winter months when my skin feels dried out and less than happy. I found myself using this religiously until my sample ran out because I loved the plumped and refreshed skin I kept waking up to after use.


4. The Beautyblender £16 for one sponge applicator
Gone are the days of using my fingers to apply my foundation. I converted to the Beautyblender for my clients a long time ago but recently I’ve been very much enjoying using it on my own skin. Used to apply my MAC Studio Fix Fluid, I find that it gives me a beautifully even coverage whilst almost massaging my face during the process. I love to rinse the blender under extra cold water before removing the excess water and using it all over my face. Cooling and refreshing, I’ve tried may dupes of this little wonder sponge but trust me, this is the most flawless you’ll find.

5. Illamasqua Sculpting Palette £44 for six 3g shades
From the moment the DPD delivery driver placed this beauty in my hands, I haven’t been able to put on my face without using it. The ultimate palette for contouring, highlighting and adding a glow to the skin.

6. Garnier Ultimate Blends Sleek Perfector Oil £6.66 for 150ml
Blended with pure coconut oil, I like to apply this divine-smelling oil to freshly washed, wet hair before blow drying and styling. After styling, I like to apply a little to the ends of my hair to keep them sleek and smooth. The oil helps hair to resist frizz in up to 97% humidity and can also protect against damage from up to 230oC heat. I don’t feel like my hair care routine is completed properly without this and one bottle lasts for months and months. This month, I accidentally left my bottle back at my parents home so swiftly went out and invested in a new one. Phew.

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KORE Skincare Review

In the past few years, I have really started to understand and care about my skincare routine and go to great lengths to try to ensure my skin looks and feels its best. From searching for the perfect skincare routine to ensuring I use a good SPF daily, it’s an ever evolving journey as my skin changes with the seasons and of course, with ageing – but lets not get into that right now…

Recently, KORE asked me if they could send me along a few products to try out and give my opinion on and of course, I said yes! Any company that devotes themselves to producing luxury skincare products that help to heal our skin in the safest, most natural way sounded like a dream to me and I was very excited to try out their products. After trying them out for a month (my samples lasted all this time!) I thought it was a great time to share my opinions on the skincare line with you. So, here is my KORE Skincare review!


First of all, a little company background…KORE is an Australian company who produce luxury skincare products. The company has spent a concentrated effort on the studies of ancient healing potions and remedies once used by our forefathers for spiritual or medical cures for a variety of illnesses and problematic skin disorders, and the company trademarked their unique ingredient, ‘KORE Complex’ that they obtained by blending today’s advanced technologies with their findings.

“one particular natural ingredient that was rediscovered in our scientific studies was bovine colostrum. This pure ingredient is found in the majority of our wellbeing products and is identified as the first liquid produced by dairy cows prior to the liquid transferring into milk.

Studies conducted by scientists suggest that this powerful bioactive concentrate improves the functioning of the human immune system by increasing the production of glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant which is vital in the healing and production of skin cells along with numerous other serious health benefits.

Whilst classified as a potent and result driven Cosmecuedical formulation, the emphasis on skin safety is paramount, consumers can rest assured that KORE products are gentle on the skin, completely safe to use are chemical and paraben free developed without any form of animal testing.” – KORE


A gorgeous package shortly arrived and I was thrilled to see the beautiful packaging and sleek design of the samples that I’d been sent – presentation really is everything to me and we were already off to a great start. It’s always lovely to receive a package that has been thoughtfully and carefully put together so thank you KORE for your attention to detail!

Inside the package, I had been sent the following:

  • Kore Foaming Cleanser
  • Kore Pearl Gentle Exfoliator
  • Kore Pearl Optimal Repair Cream
  • Kore Repairing Eye Cream
  • Kore Restorative Day Cream
  • Kore Pearl Revitalising Toner
  • Kore Pearl Intensive Serum


Kore Foaming Cleanser £27 
Having sensitive skin, I’ve found recently that creamy cleansers are much kinder to my skin and seem to keep breakouts at bay. I was looking forward to trying this and it didn’t disappoint. More of a cream texture rather than a foam, it was gentle on my skin and not too drying, it helped to make my skin feel fresh and clean and also removed any last traces of my makeup that were left behind after my usual Micellar cleanser.

Kore Pearl Gentle Exfoliator £29
Exfoliating your skin is so important to help it stay healthy and glowing – dead skin cells can become stuck to the skins surface causing a dulling effect. One of the most effective ways to remove them is by using a gentle exfoliator a couple of times a week. This formulation is light with fine grains which feel gentle on the skin yet give the feeling of a thorough cleanse. I loved how moisturising it felt on my skin and how soft and smooth my skin felt afterwards.

Kore Pearl Revitalising Toner £26
From the very first time I tried this toner, I was trying so hard to place where I recognised the sweet smell from. Around a week later, I finally realised what it reminded me of – Love Hearts! You know, those little candy hearts with cute messages on them? It reminds me exactly of those! This gorgeous toner feels refreshing and light on the skin and the beautiful fragrance is sweet yet delicate. This particular formula contains a nourishing blend of natural fruit acids (AHA’s) along with aloe vera to cool and soothe and peptides. The spray also has naturally occurring amino acids and oat beta glucan that helps to moisturise and penetrate deep within. The spray left my face feeling soft, smooth and refreshed without feeling dried out or irritated. A really lovely refreshing toner.

The pack I received is not available to buy, but comes as a complimentary gift with all orders over £100

The pack I received is not available to buy, but comes as a complimentary gift with all orders over £100

Kore Pearl Intensive Serum £55
Although I had never used a serum before, I wasn’t clueless about the benefits and had always wanted to invest in one but had never gotten around to it. This serum is gel-like in texture and claims to increase the skin’s production of hyaluronic acid and collagen which in turn helps the skin to fight the signs of ageing and sun damage. Containing a nutrient rich milk protein, vegetable proteins and revitalising phospholipids, the serum feels comfortably moisturising and helped my skin to appear fresher the next morning when I paired it with the Optimal Repair Cream.

Kore Restorative Day Cream £39
Many of my clients complain to me that they can’t wear a moisturiser during the day as it makes their foundation slide off. I feel like I’ve been introduced to another great moisturiser to tell them about! I love this cream! On application, it feels nourishing and comforting but I found that it soon settled into my skin nicely and left an almost slightly tacky base on my face which I feel is perfect – a moisturiser and skin primer in one. It’s so, so important to have a great base before applying any makeup as it will work wonders for the longevity of your foundation and the look of the makeup on your skin. The Restorative Day Cream contains vitamin E so it helps to condition the skin as you wear it throughout the day and also contains an additional layer of defence against harmful pollutants which physically attack our skin. Definitely a great cream to try if your skin verges on the normal to oily scale.

Kore Pearl Optimal Repair Cream £50
Like a comfort blanket for the face. Another firm favourite. I used this cream religiously until my sample ran out and it saw me through a bad patch of eczema that was beginning to appear right before my cousins wedding. With nightly application and gentle exfoliation with my sample exfoliator, I found that my eczema disappeared within days as opposed to the weeks I have to usually battle with it. Classed as a high-end, multi purpose moisturiser (I tend to agree), it claims to hydrate and tone the skin and help to prevent signs of dehydration. Wheat and soy proteins claim to protect the skin from photo ageing whilst detoxifying. I really do feel that my skin looked and felt much better after using this cream – it was almost as if I had gained the post-facial glow you only usually get after visiting a spa. Highly recommended for ladies who just want a little more from their skincare routine with minimal effort.

Kore Repairing Eye Cream £39
Using an eye cream has become a beauty staple to me – although I may only still be in my 20’s, I believe that preventative skincare should start early. Like the makeup artist Kandee Johnson pointed out, you don’t wait until you get sunburned to start applying SPF. So I wonder why would you wait until you get wrinkles to start using preventative skincare? It makes sense to start using it early and reap the benefits later. The cream claims to refresh tired eyes and states that the potent antioxidant will reduce puffy eyes and swelling. The cream improves skin’s elasticity and reduces the appearance of dark circles and lines along with stimulating and improving circulation to regenerate the skin. I like to apply this morning and evening with my ring finger and gently pat it into the skin all around the eyes and lids. The cream feels soft, soothing and revitalising for tired eyes.

Overall, I have really enjoyed using KORE skincare products. Each and every product has worked in harmony with my skin and helped me to achieve a fresher, smoother complexion with a lovely rejuvenated glow. The three notable products that I feel definitely deserve your attention are the Kore Pearl Revitalising Toner, Kore Restorative Day Cream and the Kore Pearl Optimal Repair Cream.

If you’d like to take a look at Kore’s UK online store, follow this link. Thank you again to Kore for introducing me to some beautiful products that I’d be happy to use myself and recommend to my makeover clients!

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Illamasqua Sculpting Palette Review


After seeing the launch of the new Illamasqua collection, Dusk, I was really intrigued by the addition of the Sculpting Palette. A palette which contains ’six versatile powder shades which work in harmony to contour and highlight. From champagne shimmer to matte light peach, ash taupe and deep coffee, the range of shades and textures allow you to shape and define your features to perfection.’

Being a former employee of Illamasqua, I know full well that the company isn’t telling fibs when they rave about the high pigment of their products. A little goes a long way at Illamasqua which means that not only do you get a great colour payoff on products, but that you also get a lot of bang for your buck in terms of how long a product will last.

I’d been searching for a highlight and contour palette for a while, and after considering Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kat Von D, I was happy to come across this one much closer to home. So of course, I hit the order button and checked it out immediately.

The palette arrived a few days later in the customary sleek, black Illamasqua packaging and I couldn’t wait to open it up and try it out. Even my mum and dad sat curiously looking on as I tore into the package and shouted ‘LOOK AT THAT! JUST LOOK AT THAT! BEAUTIFUL!’

So, here is my Illamasqua Sculpting Palette review broken down into a few sections…

I love the sleek packaging design and the palette is actually larger than I expected which is a pleasant surprise. The palette comes with a mirror for handy on-the-go touch-ups which I also really like.


The palette comes with six different powder colours: Rush, Cirrus, Heroine, Nimbus, Steal and Create.

Cirrus is great for adding light back into the face – think of the brightening Kim K look – and Rush is gorgeous for adding a beautiful champagne shimmer to the high points of the face and illuminating.

For my fair skin tone, Heroine is the perfect contour shade to add that natural definition to cheekbones, I also loved warming this up with a touch of Steal over the contour and just above my temples.

The powders are buttery smooth when blending them in and work into the skin beautifully. There does seem to be a lot of fall out from the brush gliding over the powders on the palette, but I would expect this to a certain extent considering how silky the powder feels when you touch it, but the fall out doesn’t transfer onto the face as you apply the product.


The palette retails at £44 which I think is more than reasonable – considering that an eye shadow costs £16.50 for 2g. Here you are getting six 3g shades for £44 which works out at just over £7 per shade.

I’m really impressed with this sleek little palette and I’m pleased that I decided to make that impulse purchase without trying it out in store first. In fact, I’m that impressed that I’ll be re-purchasing this for my own makeup bag as it’s just too heartbreaking to see it be put away into my kit solely for use on my clients! Great for makeup artists and makeup lovers alike – I also think that this would make a cherished gift.


Illamasqua Artists tip
‘Apply Cirrus to the highest points of the face to subtly highlight features…create an under-shadow by applying Nimbus to the hollow of the cheek and down the sides of the nose. Follow by blending Heroine (light to medium skin-tones) or Create (medium to deep skin-tones) over the under-shadow created with Nimbus for a more realistic finish. Achieve a cooler tone to your contour by mixing in Nimbus; or create a warmer effect by mixing in Steal. Illuminate your highlighted areas by layering Rush down the bridge of the nose, and above the cheekbones, blending towards the hairline.’


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