Faking The Winter Glow

I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to summer already. The snow hasn't even hit the UK yet and I'm thinking about fake tanning. I tan fairly easily in the summer but as soon as it's dull outside, my skin tone turns dull too. I'm a big fan of bronzer, so this was bound to happen at some point.

I had been looking to buy This Works Perfect Skin Miracle since last summer, but I always put it off. Along with some Space NK incentives, I finally purchased it and I haven't looked back. Similar to a primer, you pop it on before your make up and it brightens the skin a little but adds the tan I'm lacking. I was very surprised at how moisturising it was, it's basically a tinted moisturiser but it adds no coverage. It contains Vitamin E, Vitamin C as well as Hyaluronic Acid, so it's not surprising that it's super hydrating. It preps the skin for make up on top and it helps refine the look of pores too.
Before this, I had been using Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning*, which is a self tanning primer. It's a lot thicker than the This Works hybrid and not as moisturising, but it does leave you with a hint of tan for a few days after. It's the sister to the famous Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch base, but that's a little too silicone based for my liking.

For the days I only have enough time for a sweep of powder, I've been reaching for the Clarins Bronzing Duo* or Radiant Light from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. Radiant Light gives a very light highlighting dusting of colour to the skin, whereas with the Bronzing Duo, you can really build up the colour. To apply both of these, I use the Real Techniques Blush Brush and brush on a 3 motion on the sides of my face, along the temples and cheekbones. 

What is your favourite bronzing product?

Luce x

The Edit: A Comparison Of Flash Balms

Let's start by explaining what a flash balm is. It's basically a primer which brightens your skin, without using any shimmer or pearlescent feel to it. However each one from a different brand does slightly different things. Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm and Clarins Beauty Flash Balm are the most popular ones out of the lot, so I've been putting them to the test against each other, so see which one is better.

Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm* is a radiance booster, moisturiser and primer all in one. It's formulated with a mixture of vitamins which help against moisture loss, while purple orchid, noni and acai help defend the early signs of ageing. In reality though, it is plenty of hydration which will help prevent ageing. It has quite a strong floral scent, which is fine for me, but if you have sensitive skin and react to fragrance it might not be. When applied over tinted moisturiser or foundation, it did help my foundation last a lot longer than usually. I used it one night I went out and when I got back in at 4am, my make-up was still in place. As for brightening the skin, it does do that. It's not sparkly, it's just a very subtle sheen, almost natural as though you've been outside all day.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm* is the 'ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin', so it has big claims. On the website it says that it will instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so that the skin looks rested and relaxed. Yes it does moisturise the skin and it does brighten the skin, but as I am a youth, I didn't notice anything different about my facial contours. The one thing I did notice with this is the smell. Again it's very strong, but rather than being floral, it just doesn't smell very nice at all. That has put me off it a lot as it is going on my face, although it does disappear after a while. It also made my make-up last a lot longer than usual, but the radiance side was a little disappointing. It did brighten my skin, but once I applied foundation over the top, you couldn't notice it. For the days in the summer when I just wear a little powder/bronzer, it will be perfect. But for right now in the winter, it's not so good.

I think that concludes to that I prefer Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, however I will still use the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm in the summer.

Which one do you prefer?

Luce x

The Edit: Beauty On The Go

So last week, I took a last minute trip to London for the week for some time out and to visit my sister. I literally decided the night before to go so I didn't have much time to gather things, but I realised that the beauty products which were in my handbag, happened to be good ones. I use my Whistles clutch as a little wallet to contain valuables and make up, so I can easily transfer it when switching bags.

Winter has arrived so to keep chapped lips away, I'm onto my second tub of Nuxe Reve de Miel, a very thick lip balm. I have been known to pop this on my cuticles too if they're a little too dry, after all it can be used as a multi purpose balm! Clinique Redness Solutions Pressed Powder* is something I never realised I would love. My foundation can sometimes wear away during the day so to keep the coverage on tip top condition, I've been applying this throughout the day. I have quite a lot of redness in my skin, but I rarely ever powder so this has changed everything. I either apply it with the little brush contained in the box, or a small powder brush I keep in my bag. To go alongside the powder, Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 03 Light* is a great all rounder. It can be a little drying underneath the eyes, but for around the nose and on spots, it's perfect for topping up. An eyebrow brush is key for me as my brows can be a little wild at times, so I keep the Real Techniques Brow Groomer with me at all times. As well as this, I will keep the brow product of the moment in there too, which is HD Brows Brow Pencil in Brown*. I shamefully lost Tom Ford Brow Sculptor on a night out, I'm still upset about it. To make sure I'm smelling fresh throughout the day, Jurlique Essence of Rose Roll On Fragrance Oil* is perfect as it's so small and I love the smell of rose. I'm just waiting until the UK starts to sell all perfumes in a roll on. The other necessities include a small Muji compact mirror, a Tangle Teezer, dry shampoo, hand cream and hand sanitizer. Oh, plus the lipstick of choice for the day.

What do you carry around in your bag every day?

Luce x

The Edit: Autumn Berry Lips

One of my favourite things about autumn, after having an excuse to wear jumpers all the time, are berry lip products! I have far too many of them and they're basically the same, but to me, each of them are different.

My balm picks for this year start with Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry, a moisturising lip balm which tints the lips with a bright red toned berry balm. Another one which isn't so berry, more light purple, is L'Oreal Rouge Caresse in Tempting Lilac. This is coming to the end and I will most definitely re-purchase this, it's my all time favourite lipstick as they're so moisturising and gives a hint of colour. The one with the biggest punch of colour is Korres Lip Butter in Plum. These are very popular and I can see why, this stains the lips with a lot of colour while keeping them moisturised.
For the lipsticks, I have two from MAC which are very similar. The first is Plumful, which is a lustre finish, described as 'blossoming rose-plum'; which describes it perfect. The next is Craving, an amplified creme finish, which is described as 'a burst of plum' on the MAC website, though I do find it has a red undertone to it. I have quite pigmented lips anyway, but you can see Plumful in action here in an old post. The last is NARS Semi-Matte lipstick in Funny Face, a vivid pink-berry with blue undertones. I often wear this lipstick on a night out, or if I'm feeling a bright lip, or if I'm feeling the need to make my teeth look whiter!

Which lipsticks are you going to be reaching for this autumn?

Luce x