Monday, February 18, 2013

Bioderma - A Review and some Gossip !!!


Look on any Beauty Blog and you will see rave reviews regarding this product.  Bioderma is a French Pharmaceutical Brand.  The Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution is a gentle cleansing water for sensitive skins that can be used to remove makeup from the eyes and face and as a daily cleanser.  It is used extensively by Models and Make Up Artists.
 
My skin is super sensitive, so when I heard about this I was intrigued to give it a go and see how it would work on my skin.  I purchased the cute little 100ml bottle from ebay (I didn't see the point of getting a huge bottle if it wasn't going to work for me).

So just a little bit of background regarding my skin.  I have a small amount of eczema on my upper lip and also on my left eyelid that is easily irritated and can get very sore, especially with makeup and makeup removers.  I generally tend to avoid using harsh products on these areas for fear of aggravating them.  The Bioderma cleanser has been amazing in this respect.  It has not irritated any of these areas at all which is an absolute god send.  I can honestly say I will never be without this product again.

In terms of makeup removal it does a pretty excellent job.  Occasionally I will use an oil based eye makeup remover to remove the final traces of eyeliner and mascara from my eyes when I have done a heavy eye look but other than that the Bioderma works just fine.

So here's the downside.  Currently it is quite difficult to get hold of in the UK and online retailers are often out of stock or charge an extortionate amount for it.  Many people pick up bottles on visits to Paris and other areas in France but for those of us that are not making regular trips to France it's a bit of a sad tale.  There are rumours that the full range will be available in the UK shortly and it was available in the Harvey Nichols Beauty Mart in London for a short time, unfortunately they are not allowed to stock it anymore.  The rumour mill suggested that it may be available in Boots but my discussions with the ladies at the Beauty Mart seem to suggest otherwise.

Apparently Bioderma will be going into your local independant UK pharmacy !!!???
Now Boots I can understand but I can not see my local pharmacist buying in masses of Bioderma products to fulfill the needs of those of us in the know about it's brilliance.
I do not understand Bioderma's sales strategy here and I think they have completely misunderstood the UK market by adopting this approach.  I am hoping that what I have heard is wrong, but if I'm not, get ready to start hunting around in your local pharmacy's to get your Bioderma fix.

What do you think about the Bioderma sales strategy ???

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London Haul

Hey Everyone,

So I finally managed to make the trip down to London and pick up some of the products on my Beauty Wish List.  Here's what I got:


Flatter Me Pearlmatte Powder - MAC Archie's Collection
  I believe this Collection is exclusive to Selfridges (for the moment at least).  
I just couldn't resist the cuteness of this face powder and really wanted to get something from the collection.  This was the only thing that really stood out.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre.  
I have been hearing so many good things about this product and how it is the perfect base for makeup and a MUA staple product, so I thought I would see what all the hype was about.  I'll keep you updated on what I think about it and whether I agree with the masses.

Burberry Lip Glow - Pink Sweet Pea.  
So Burberry have finally added some long awaited colour to their regular neutral palette - and all for the better I say.  This lip gloss is so bright and lush, it doesn't have that nasty sticky feeling you get from some glosses so is very comfortable to wear.  The sun is now making an appearance here in the UK so bring on the Spring/Summer brights - can't wait. 

Burberry Lip Glow - Pink Sweet Pea

 Tom Ford
I'm not going to bore you with the details of how much I love the Tom Ford makeup line.  I think I've spoken about it enough already but I sooooo dooooo lol.  I picked up a couple of things from the Harrods Concession.  The Lipstick in True Coral and the Blush in Narcissist.

Tom Ford Lip Color - True Coral
 
Tom Ford Blush - Narcissist

 Inglot Palette
You've got to love Inglot for this concept.  Instead of carrying around ten eye shadows in their palette I can now carry thirty - a girl can never have too many eyeshadows don't you think???  I got my grubby little hands on all ten of the Rainbow Double Sparkle Shadows.  First impressions are very good all the shades are very pigmented and blendable.



Illamasqua
Oooooo the impulse buy!!!  Illamasqua's I'm Perfection Nail Varnish in Scarce.  Perfect timing for Easter - My nails look like they've been attacked by pink Cadbury's Mini Eggs.  I think it's a really cute look.

 
I'll be posting some looks using these products over the next few weeks.  Please let me know if you would like to see additional swatches of any of the items above.

See ya

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

FOTD - Inglot Eyeshadows


 FACE

Foundation
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation (Golden Beige)
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Compact (20 Beige)
Corrector & Concealer
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Peach)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NW30)
 Cheeks
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Orgasm Blush
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Stereo Rose) 
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Porcelain Pink)

EYES

 MAC Paint Pot (Painterly)
Inglot Eyeshadows:
No. 446 (Deep Purple)
No.460 (Silver)
No.490 (Bright Pink)
No.376 (Deep Grey)
Makeup Forever No.92 (Bright Purple)
Inglot Eyeliner Gel (No.77 Black)
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Ardell 102 Lashes
MAC Eye Brow Pencil (Stud)

LIPS

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (Lollipop)

I hope you liked the look...





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Monday, February 11, 2013

TAG...Why Do I Wear Makeup?

I just read a tag post on Miss Beauty Adikt's blog that I really liked and thought, as I'm new to this whole blogging malarky, it would be a good post to do to let you all know my thoughts on makeup...

My Current Makeup Setup
 So here it goes...

When did you start wearing makeup?
Apart from the odd application of lippy at school and college I have to say that I only really truly got into wearing makeup in my mid twenties.  I started by doing quite simplistic looks but have to say I prefer a more full-faced makeup look nowadays - done well of course lol !

What was the first makeup that you bought and loved?
You're going to laugh at this but it was actually a lip liner from Miss Selfridge - I'm pretty sure they don't do makeup anymore but when I was at College it was readily available from Boots - It was a pinky nude colour and I basically lived off it all the way through college.

What is your most used eyeshadow?
I must admit I play up my eyeshadow quite a bit so I'm always using something different.  I guess if I had to choose anything it would be my Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay.  The colours I tend to use most from it are; Snakenite, Suspect, Tease, Busted and Blackout.

When did you begin loving makeup?
I remember the first time a close friend of mine took me into a MAC store.  I was in awe - I had never seen so much makeup in one place.  That was the start I guess...we didn't have a MAC store locally at the time so whenever we would go somewhere that had one I would pick something up to add to my collection.  I also think You Tube had a big hand in me becoming truly obsessed lol.  The first "Makeup Guru" I started following was Marlena from Makeup Geek, I used to watch her videos and then try to recreate the looks on myself and got pretty good at it...it just escalated from there and now its a true passion.

How do you feel without makeup?
Honestly, I can go without wearing makeup.  In fact, most days I do.  I don't usually wear makeup to work unless I have extra time in the mornings - I love my sleep so that doesn't happen very often lol.  I do think I look better with makeup on, it just gives me that je ne sais quoi, but hey doesn't everybody ;) 

What do you like about makeup?
I love how it can transform the way you look.  I use it as a creative outlet putting colours and looks together then looking in the mirror and thinking damn that looks good ! It just gives me a certain satisfaction.  I love experimenting with colour, texture and different products.

Three Holy Grail items:
Hmmmmmmm now there's a question.  

1. Black Kohl Eyeliner - If I had to leave the house with just one product on my face this would be it...a quick swipe through the waterline and I'm good to go.  Also it's versatile and can be used for other things...

2. A Nude Lipstick - This would be the second thing I would choose when leaving the house in a hurry.  My favourite nude at the moment is Tom Fords Lipstick in Indian Rose 

3. Clarins Gental Day Cream - I have quite dry and sensitive skin and this is the only moisturiser I have found that doesn't give me any skin issues - I love it and wouldn't be without it. 



Why do you wear makeup?      
I wear makeup because it makes me happy.  That might sound a bit cliché but it really does.  I like how you can use it to enhance your features, even out your complexion and experiment with different looks.
 
Any misconceptions about makeup that really bother you?
A general misconception I feel that is out there is that you have to spend a lot of money on a product in order for it to perform.  I will admit that I buy a mix of both high-end and budget makeup.  I do tend to prefer high-end but that's generally because I like the packaging and the premium feel of the product plus I have the extra disposable income.  There are some great budget brands out there and high-street makeup is getting better and better all the time with innovative well performing products.  A couple of Budget brands I love are Sleek and Revlon.

If you would like to read Miss Beauty Adikt's post on this Tag you can find it here.  Thanks for the inspiration Selina xXx

Also if anyone else would like to do the tag please let me know so I can read your thoughts on the subject.

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