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Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm

I’ve just had to log on and write a little post about the gorgeous new addition to my makeup kit – the Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm.

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The balm works as a skin primer that is enriched with protein – known for its skin tightening properties – and contains Magnolia bark and Bud Bean extracts. It promises to sooth and smooth the skin to create a perfect oil-free base for makeup application thanks to its egg and camellia extracts along with Porous powder and Selemin AN which helps to control sebum secretion.

The balm also contains Camellia Flower extract, and the Skin Growth Complex promises to manage dead skin cells and strengthen the elasticity of skin giving a tightening, youthful effect. The balm will help to conceal enlarged pores, fine winkles and minor scars and leave behind a soft, velvet feel when applied to problem areas.

Now, this little box of Egg Pore arrived in the post no less than 20 minutes ago and I was that impressed with the cute packaging and product that I just needed to write about it right away! As I’m still stuck at home with a dose of Pneumonia, I took to the bathroom mirror to try out a little of the formula on my bare skin right away. It’s a lovely smooth velvety texture that applies really nicely to the skin – it also smells gorgeous, I can’t quite place the smell but it reminds me a tiny bit of orange mixed with something else I can’t work out. I haven’t tried my usual foundation on top of this yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to add a little piece into this post. I can certainly vouch for the fact that the product feels lovely and soothing on the skin, and to me personally, I feel that it has helped to smooth over my pores a little. I guess the real results will show when I apply my foundation over it at a later date.

Aside from being completely cute, the Egg Pore series also has a little secret. Beauty Legend has it that when the top part of the egg is cracked open, you will find a small pack of seeds to grow in your egg. I don’t know how true this actually is and I’m not going to crack mine open yet as I have a whole lot to use first, but if it is true, it’s a nice touch. Apparently this is all explained on the box but as the writing is in Korean and I’m not particularly au fait with it, I guess I’ll have to wait to find out!

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This is a Korean product but I managed to get hold of mine from the USA site, Pretty & Cute. To view more products from the Egg Pore range including the Egg Pore Tightening Pack and the Egg Pore Blackhead Out Oil gel, click here.

Has anybody else tried this or any other product from the Egg Pore range? What are your views?

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Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely hand cream review

Bee Lovely

Recently, I got a tube of Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely hand cream in my copy of Marie Claire. The Bee Lovely range aims to help save our Bees through beauty. As Neal’s Yard say: “Bees are vanishing from around the world. In Britain they’re disappearing faster than in the rest of Europe. Deadly neonics, 7,000 times more deadly than banned DDT, are at the heart of the problem. Together we can help save the bees.” With 25p being donated to a Bee Lovely charity or good cause from each product bought in the range, the company hope to help to make a difference – they even handed in their Bee Lovely petition, which gained 117,345 signatures, to 10 Downing Street for the attention of Prime Minister David Cameron. A double step to success as the EU decided whether to stop using the neonicotinoid pesticides clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam on the same day (25th February) – “these three neonic’ pesticides have been shown by the EFSA*, to be the cause of much of the damage to bee populations across Britain and Europe” says the Neal’s Yard site. 

As a nail technician, I understand the importance of using a hand cream to hydrate the hands and keep the skin soft and supple – after all, ageing shows massively on the hands so preventative care is a must. I’ve gotten myself into a routine of applying my Bee Lovely hand cream a few times daily and I’m happy with the results. The products are enriched with moisturising organic honey along with orange and mandarin essentials and are even gentle enough to be used on young skin (3+).

I really like the smell and the texture of the hand cream, and I love the instant nourishing effect it has on my hands. Unlike some hand creams I’ve used in the past, it actually feels like it’s working. I’d recommend using the cream a little while before you need to dash out and do anything as it does take a little while to absorb into the skin – I know some people won’t mind this, but others prefer a cream that soaks in immediately with no residue afterwards.

Bee Lovely hand cream

Overall, I really enjoy using this product and I’m happy that Marie Claire have brought a great product to my attention. It’s one I can imagine buying again once I’ve run out – and for me, that’s not something I say lightly! I’m very picky about the products I use on my skin – being prone to eczema and having very sensitive skin, I have to be careful about what I choose to use.

If you’d like to learn more about the Bee Lovely range, you can browse the collection by clicking here.

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In my opinion: What is the best foundation for pale skin?

Fair Skin

Hello gorgeous readers! Lately I’ve found that I’ve been asked the same question a lot so I thought I’d write a blog post on the topic. As you might have guessed from the title, the question on the lips of many is this: Which foundation is perfect for pale skin?

As you know, I am naturally very fair and have ginger hair. I have always found finding the right shade of foundation such a struggle! I started to wear foundation when I was around 13 years old – I was terribly ashamed of my pale complexion and freckles and really tried to conceal them under hideous amounts of makeup that really didn’t suit my skin tone. Try as my parents might, I never listened to their advice that less was more and that the colours I was wearing didn’t suit me.

Years down the line, I finally came across Illamasqua when one Christmas my Dad, (who’s pretty fashion and beauty savvy being a photographer of all sorts) found out some gorgeous goodies and gave them to me as a gift. I was immediately intrigued to see what Illamasqua’s foundation would be like.

I’d heard amazing things about Illamasqua’s Skin Base, for those of you who aren’t familiar, here’s what Illamasqua has to say about it: “Inspired by the cult Asian market Beauty Balm creams, Skin Base Foundation is a brand new, refined formula unlike anything on the UK market. Easily blendable, it effortlessly creates a perfect complexion, and like the entire Illamasqua foundation range, is undetectable in a professional HD environment. Suitable for all skin types, it smoothes, softens and conditions your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage.”

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Now usually, if something sounds too good to be true, it is. However, I can hand on heart vouch for this foundation. I’m sure my regular readers will know that I used to work for Illamasqua and would expect my reviews to be favourable, but believe you me, if I don’t think a product is worth the hype, I won’t promote it. When I first used the foundation, I loved the coverage and the slightly dewy tone, it looked like skin only smoothed to perfection. Now, the main point I am getting to with Skin Base is the fact that the collection has a massive range of colours from pink to yellow to mixed undertones. When I worked on the counter, I had many a fair lady come to me and be amazed by the lovely coverage and natural match to their skin tone – something they had struggled to get from other brands.

The foundation is a three-in-one creation: a beauty balm, a primer and a foundation in one so there really is no need to use three products to get the flawless effect. Just simply smooth off, powder if necessary and enjoy the lovely finish.

I am usually a number 7 in this foundation but can sometimes drop to a 6 depending on how much sun/St Moriz my skin has had. Now, I won’t spin you a line, my skin doesn’t get on fabulously with this foundation as I would hope – I suffer a lot from eczema on the face and the slightest change sets it off with a vengeance. But I use this foundation on my clients for photo shoots and special occasions and always have rave reviews of it afterwards. It photographs beautifully and looks amazing in natural daylight.

I’d urge you all to have a try of it and see what you think. I reckon you may be converted!

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