Clarins Autumn Make-Up Looks

As I am sure you are all well aware by now, I love Clarins’ cosmetics range and their new Autumn range is absolutely stunning and the colours are perfect transitional pieces from summer to autumn.

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I am going to show you a few of my favourites and a couple of different looks you can achieve.

Firstly are the Ombre Matte Cream to Shadow Eyeshadows (£19 each). These are innovative cream-to-powder formula eyeshadows that gives the comfortable and smoothing effect of a cream shadow but with the quality and hold of a powder. I found them really easy to use, I simply popped a little of the powder onto an eyeshadow brush and gently built up the colour on my lids. They have a pretty pigment in them but they also give a matte effect which I found perfect for the upcoming seasons.

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Next up is the Perfect Eyes and Brows Palette (£35) – We are all aware of how big eyebrows are at the moment and Clarins have released their version of the ultimate brow kit. The palette itself is a good size, with a mirror inside and it even has miniature tools including tweezers, an applicator and a brow brush. Inside the palette is everything you need to achieve a gorgeous natural brow look and this is definitely one of my favourite Clarins products. I only did one eyebrow to show you the difference as I have naturally thin eyebrows.

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For my face base I used the Clarins True Radiance Foundation (£27). This is a fine, fluid texture that glides sooo smoothly onto the skin, diminishing imperfections and providing the skin with radiance and hydration. A fab ‘winter protection’ aspect to this foundation is that is includes the Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex which has extracts of white tea and succory dock-cress which helps to protect the skin against pollution and free radicals. My foundation colour is 105 Nude, which is perfect for my fair skin.

To finish off the look I added a pop of colour from the Rouge Eclat lipstick range (£19.50 each). I chose shades Candy Rose and Pink Magnolia which are both pretty neutral pinks. I found that the colour lasted for a lot longer than most other lipsticks I have tried recently and the formula was super creamy. For those of you who are worried about the effects of ageing, these lipsticks contain the Nutri-Youth Complex, which helps to protect the lips against dehydration and helps to boost collagen.

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Do you think you will try any of these gorgeous natural shades?

You can purchase all of these products at www.clarins.co.uk

Love,

Kathryn xx

Renunail

My next winter post is all about nails – the cold weather also dries out our nails and so here are a couple of products from Renunail that will keep those nails in tip top condition.

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First up is the Renunail Triple Strength Nail Polish in the colour Pomegranate. The colour is a gorgeously fresh pinky red which looks fab on fingers or toes. The Triple Strength colour range is enriched with a strengthening trio of Keratin, Bamboo and Calcium, which really helps to keep those winter nails strong and healthy. The polish gives a really good coverage and a high gloss finish and didn’t seem to take ages to dry either which is definitely a bonus in my books!! The polish didn’t chip for at least 5 days either which again is a really positive point when talking nail polish and I was really happy with the finished look.

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I then use the 3D Top Coat which is a gel-like formula that gives extra shine to the nail polish, along with a three dimensional effect and really helps to prevent chipping and peeling polish. You simply apply a thick layer over the polish and let it dry for 3-5 minutes – as it is a thicker top coat it does take a little longer to dry but looks so much better than a regular top coat. I love the fact that you can have a gel-look without the damaging aspects of gel nail polish.

Have you tried any of the Renunail range?

You can check out the complete collection at www.drlewinns.co.uk where the Triple Strength Nail Polish is £14 a bottle and the 3D Top Coat costs £11 per bottle.

Love,

Kathryn xx

Sunkissed Smoky Eyes Palette

Whilst on the subject of winter skincare and cosmetics, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you about the Sunkissed Smoky Eyes Palette. We all associate bronzers with summer but I tend to use them more in the colder months to give my skin a bit of warmth.

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The Sunkissed Smoky Eyes Palette includes a section of eyeshadows and a bronzer pan. The eyeshadows are based on a smoky eye look but they could be used to create a whole host of different looks. Each eyeshadow is super shimmery and really well pigmented and the colours range from pretty neutrals to deeper reds and browns, which are perfect colours for autumn and winter.

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The bronzer part of this palette is fab too as it isn’t shimmery which I would tend to use in Summer, but instead has a matte finish and really warms the cheeks and skin without being too much. The palette is great for carrying around with you too as you get a little blusher brush and an eyeshadow applicator inside.

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Let me know what you think to this lovely little palette.

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Love,

Kathryn xx

The Body Shop – My Current Top 5 Faves

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As mentioned in my last The Body Shop post, I am loving all of their new products and ranges and so I thought I would do you a Top 5 of my current favourites. So, in no particular order, here they are.

White Musk Smoky Rose Eau De Toilette £16 for 60ml

As a teenager I used to be obsessed with The Body Shop’s White Musk fragrance and they have now recently taken the White Musk to another level by bringing out White Musk fragrances with a twist.

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The Smoky Rose version is stunning and you can still smell the musk but with a lighter floral note on top and at £16 for 60ml, you simply cannot get better quality and scent. I love the bottle too and the way it starts off clear and then goes a really dark and passionate red. Perfect for autumnal days and nights.

Wild Argan Oil Radiant Oil £14 for 125ml

This is a multi-purpose product which is part of the new Wild Argan range and is suitable for both the body and the hair. Keeping the skin and hair supple and well nourished is so important at this time of year otherwise there can be damage to the hair that takes a long time to correct and the skin can look dried out, which can then make you look older than you are.

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I actually add a few drops of this to my bath on an evening which really helps to keep my skin soft and smooth.

Instablur for Eyes £10

I have done a review on the original Instablur which is a super duper face primer, and now The Body Shop have brought out a version for the eyes.

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This primer goes on the eyelids smoothly and manages to conceal the veins and the darkness of the lids. I also use this underneath my eyes to get rid of any dark circles. As well as being a great concealer, this product is also fab for keeping eyeshadow in place.

Colour Crush Nail Colour £5 in Shade Red My Mind

Classic red polish never goes out of fashion and this shade is gorgeous for Autumn and Winter, especially with the upcoming party season.

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I have tried a couple of the other shades in this brand new range of nail colours and they leave a shiny finish and my nails were chip free for at least 4-5 days.

Honey Bronze Brilliance Powder £16

I personally don’t mind being naturally pale in winter as I think self tan can look a little out of place on a daily basis, but I do like to add a little bronzer to my make up routine just to make sure I don’t look like Wednesday from The Addams Family.

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This bronzing powder comes in a tube with a brush on one end, which when applied to the face, gives a covering of shimmering bronze to the cheeks to warm the skin, therefore it is quick and easy but very effective.

Love,

Kathryn xx

The Body Shop New Winter Skincare

The Body Shop keep on bringing out fabulous products which I am totally enjoying but my bank balance isn’t haha! Two of their most recent products which I couldn’t wait to try out were the Vitamin C Skin Reviver and the Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate and here is why…

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The Vitamin C Skin Reviver (£15) is a serum kind of product that can be worn alone or under make-up. The formula contains light-reflective particles to enhance your skin’s natural glow and instantly refreshes and smoothes the skin. I like to use this on a morning and find it gives a silky-smooth finish and some much needed glow after the harshness of the Autumn and Winter weather. Vitamin C is so good for the skin and I find that a small amount of this product is enough for the whole face and neck area. I really enjoyed using the Skin Reviver as I felt much more invigorated in a morning before applying my makeup.

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Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate (£18) is a fairly new product which I couldn’t wait to try out. It is an eye serum, of which I have tried other brands costing about three of four times the price of this one. It comes in a pen-style container, on which you simply press the pump once which then releases a small amount of the serum onto the metal rollerball. You then roll in a figure of 8 motion around the eye area, gently patting the remainder of the serum in with your fingers. Straight away the metal rollerball makes your eye area feel so much more relaxed and soothed and as I struggle with dark circles and areas of puffiness under my eyes, this concentrate really felt and looked like it had made a difference. It is made with Edelweiss plant stem cells which are renowned for having skin renewal properties in order to help smooth out the appearance of lines, bags and fatigue. I have been using this morning and night and my eyes instantly felt so much more awake and less puffed up and it is fair to say I am now addicted to this product, which is certainly as good as if not better than its outrageously priced cousins!!!!

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You can purchase these fabulous products at www.thebodyshop.co.uk where there are always some great offers on .

What are your winter skincare saviours?

Love,

Kathryn xx

Janjira Art of Siam Therapy Hand Cream

With Autumn here and Winter soon approaching, I shall be providing you with quite a few reviews based on cold-weather skincare as it is important year-round but especially in the colder months when our skin can become chapped and dried out. I am sure you will all agree that we all want to look our best for the most prolific party season of the year! First up is the Janjira Art of Siam Therapy Hand Cream.

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Janjira is an innovative skin and body care brand that originates from Thailand. They have produced a range of spa products that are formulated to balance the body, mind and spirit. This hand cream is enriched with Almond Oil and Shea Butter to provide a really nourishing and moisturising treatment. It protects the skin from dryness and increases the smoothness and softness of the skin.

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I even use this on my feet as the scent is so refreshing and revitalising. The fragrance is a combination of Bergamot Oil, Ginger Oil and Lime Oil which is fabulous for activating and rejuvenating the skin. As this hand cream is so luxuriously rich and creamy I found it perfect for using on my nails and cuticles too, which again is so important when the weather turns chilly, as ragged-looking cuticles do not look great with a manicure.

Janjira products are available from www.janjira.co.uk where the Janjira Art of Siam Therapy Hand Cream is £18 but if you are quick there is currently 15% off!

Have you tried any of the Janjira range?

Love,

Kathryn xx

Hair Dessert Hair Accessories

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i recently got a new job with the NHS, and after my first day, my manager told me that the interview panel was in awe of my hair bow, which was something I had not really given any thought to. I love and have always loved hair accessories, they can add so much to an outfit and I have such a wide array. I probably own more hair accessories than I do fashion jewellery and when I came across Hair Desserts I became VERY excited.

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“Hair Dessert was created in 2013 because we felt there was a void in the hair accessory industry. We wanted to create hair accessories that were not just hair accessories we wanted something more special so hair desserts seemed like it fit the bill. Hair dessert is exactly what the name says ‘dessert for your hair.’ Your mouth gets spoiled with all the treats so now it’s your hairs turn. Our tastebuds always gets satisfied and our hair deserves a dessert too. Hair gets abused all the time we fry it, pull it, dye it, and then torture it some more. It’s time to give you hair what it’s always wanted. Give into dessert and feel happy about it! Spice up any outfit with one of our hair accessories, you can dress them up or down and they are great for all occasions. We make hair accessories that are playful, cute, kawaii, motivational, and whimsical. Hair desserts are not limited to food hair accessories we just call them hair dessert because they are treats for your hair. Check out the ‘Hair Dessert of the Season’ for the limited edition seasonal piece which is available in limited quantities only for that particular season (Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter).”

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They come in either clips or on hair bobbles and I tried both, as I do wear my hair up quite a lot, especially for work as I hate having my hair in my face. For the hair bobble I chose the Pretty Pink Heart design as I thought this would go with the majority of my outfits and for the hair clips I chose the super cute Poppin Strawberry Sprinkle Ice Cream Cone and the Vanilla Sprinkle Cupcake. They come with their very own ‘menu’ on which you can view the other designs and ways to wear the accessories and when I took them out of the very cute bright pink envelope I was so impressed with the quality of the clips! They are so beautifully made and the quality is outstanding, much better than hair clips I have bought before in high street stores. The actual ‘clip’ part that holds your hair in place worked really well too and didn’t slip down even when I was holding a little bit of my fringe back. I cannot wait to try some of next season’s designs!

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Their website is http://www.hairdessert.com and each clip or bobble costs just $8 which is currently less than £5 each which certainly doesn’t justify how fabulous these clips are! Shipping was really good too!

Love,

Kathryn xx