By Terry Light Expert Click Brush

28 Aug 2015

By Terry Light Expert Click Brush
By Terry Light Expert Click Brush By Terry Light Expert Click Brush By Terry Light Expert Click Brush By Terry Light Expert Click Brush By Terry Light Expert Click Brush

My first experience with By Terry was the Ombre Blackstar and ever since I have fallen in love with the brand. Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the By Terry Light Expert Click Brush, a new and improved version of the Light Expert Click Brush, which is being released next month.

The By Terry Light Expert Click Brush* is not your typical foundation - it functions like a foundation, highlighter and corrector all in one. As the name would suggest, No.2 Apricot Light is a peachy colour that works as a corrector.  I wasn't sure on the colour at first, but it blends seamlessly to my skin tone and is the perfect match. The foundation is very light weight, you can barely feel it on your skin, and has a strong rose water scent, which may be too much for some people, but does fade over time.

The dark purple tube has a button at its base, just one click produces 4 drops of the foundation, the perfect dose for a light coverage. I personally like to use two clicks for a light to medium coverage, which wastes a lot less product than your traditional foundation. The kabuki brush can be used to buff the product into the skin, however I find it applies streaky. I therefore apply with the brush and blend with my fingers. This foundation does not conceal blemishes or under eye circles very well, but paired with a concealer this produces a flawless natural finish that has the most amazing glow.

The satin finish is my favourite, slightly dewy but not over the top.  I am genuinely very very impressed with this foundation. Its downfall unfortunately is the price. Could I bare to pay £48 for a foundation? I don't know, but I will be tempted to replace it one it has gone.

The Light Expert Click brush is available in 6 different colours and can be purchased from Space NK from next month.

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Superdry Nail Polish - Paint & Plane Collection

24 Aug 2015

Superdry released a beauty range quite a few years ago now, but I was never really tempted to try any of their products. I recently tried their mascara and it really wasn't for me, it was far too wet and didn't do much for my lashes. Their nail polishes on the other hand are something very special. The Paint & Plane collection* contains 4 of their nail polishes along with a nail file

From left to right we have 02 Tom Plum, 03 Punk Pink, 05 Imperial Navy and 13 Jade. I currently have Punk Pink on my toes and I am so in love with the colour - it is more barbie pink than in the photo and is a firm favourite at the moment. I also love Jade and Tom Plum, but I am not a huge fan of Imperial Navy as it applies a little streaky. The formulation of the other colours are great, one coat gives great coverage, whilst 2 is opaque.

This collection costs £20, which I will admit isn't particularly cheap for just 4 nail polishes. However, it would make a lovely gift and you can also buy them individually for £6. You can also buy it at TK Maxx for just £12.99 - bargain.

Have you tried anything from Superdry Beauty?
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I'm getting Invisalign - My free consultation

19 Aug 2015

For as long as I can remember I have been self conscious about my teeth. My bottom set of teeth are very overcrowded, I have a discoloured crown on my front tooth (due to chipping half my tooth on the bottom of a swimming pool), a white spot on the other and they are discoloured. I had the choice of getting braces when I was younger, but chose not to, and with my wisdom teeth coming through they have pushed my teeth together and become overcrowded. Please note, the picture above does not clearly show this!

I came across Invisalign quite a few years ago. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign are virtually invisible but are very costly. Being a university student I couldn't justify the cost at that point in time. I recently decided to look into Invisalign again, and find a reputable dentist to have a consultation with. As it is a big investment, this was not something to rush into. Having researched for many hours, it became apparent that Groupon offers were to be avoided without thorough research - quite often the clinic did a shoddy job, some even ending the treatment before it was complete.

I came across Dr. Tinkler, UKs leading and most experienced Invisalign dentist, from some glowing reviews and decided to look no further. I booked a free consultation at the Holborn Dental Centre and I was told that I was a good candidate for Invisalign. Dr. Tinkler was very friendly and made me feel very comfortable (and I am generally very nervous with Dentists). I received a quote of £3995 all inclusive, which includes the treatment, the retainers, any refinements and teeth whitening. Not all dentists provide an all inclusive cost, so do bear this in mind. This was a lot more than I had expected, but after much consideration I have decided it will be worth it.

Today, I have my first official appointment and I am nervous, but also very excited. I shall keep you updated with my progress, including pictures, and thoughts on the process.

Let me know if you have had Invisalign!

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Pick Me Up Scrub: Activbod Body Scrub

16 Aug 2015

Activbod are the first skincare range designed specifically to encourage people to be more active. Their products are developed by skin and sports experts, combining the science of skincare with natural ingredients, preparing the body for exercise and helping you to recover more quickly. I have recently started exercising a lot more and so I have really been able to put this to the test.

Pick Me Up* is a deep cleansing body scrub that removes sweat and dirt, keeping your pores nice and clean. The scrub is gentle, therefore great for sensitive skin, and is paraben free. It's key notes of pepper, eucalyptus and lemon, along with green tea extract, create a lovely refreshing scent that is very uplifting (which is also great in the morning). The packaging is slim and lightweight, making it easy to take with you to the gym.

Overall, I really like this scrub. This really is a great little pick me up, I usually feel that little bit more energetic when using this. At £8.00 for 100ml I would say it is more than I would like to pay for a scrub, however I am really quite keen to try out some of their other products, particularly 'mind over matter' as it is meant to help motivate you.

Activbod can be found in Boots for £8. What is your favourite skincare product to use at the gym?

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Milani Baked Blush - Luminoso

12 Aug 2015

Milani are a brand that are raved about in the blogging world, but unfortunately is not that accessible for us in the UK. So when I was in New York last year, I made sure I picked up something from Milani. I had done some research and had my eyes on Luminoso, a baked blush, yet it was sold out everywhere. I finally managed to pick it up in CVS towards the end of the holiday and I am so glad I did.

Milani blushes are comparable to high end blushes in terms of quality. They are soft, have great pigmentation and amazing staying power, but at a fraction of the price. Luminoso is a beautiful light peach colour, with a hint of shimmer that provides a lovely warmth to your face. It adds a soft and luminous glow, without the need for highlighter. This kind of colour will look great on a range of different skin tones and looks great any time of the year.

My only negative point about this product is that the packaging is quite bulky, due to the addition of a brush. I also dislike the fact that it is not sold here in the UK! Otherwise it is the perfect blush and it is really worth the hype! It can be picked up online at Amazon for £9.49 or from Cocktail Cosmetics for £6 but you are charged for delivery.

What is your favourite ‘drug store’ blush?

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Australian brand 'What Skin Needs' - Skin Balm

9 Aug 2015

'What Skin Needs' is a natural Australian skin care brand that provides effective solutions to common skin problems. A key ingredient in their products is 'Plantolin', a plant indigenous to Australia which is a proven anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. This wonder ingredient helps to promote skin cell renewal, replacing dry and damaged skin with healthy soft skin - exactly what your skin needs!

This little Skin Balm* is designed to tackle a range of problems, such as irritated skin, dry and damaged skin and stressed skin. Even if you do not suffer from any of these issues, this is still a great product. Along with Plantolin, it also contains natural oils such as lavender, ylang ylang, aloe vera and tea tree oil and therefore has that lovely natural, fresh smell which I absolutely love. Since first trying this I find myself reaching for it over other favourite moisturisers, I cannot fault it.

The balm is creamy yet light and a little goes a long way. It absorbs instantly into your skin, with no residue left behind and leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished. The balm is multi functional and can be used all over your body, I have even used it as a cuticle cream! I have yet to try it on my face, however I am intrigued as to how it will work during the winter months when my skin tends to dry out a little more.

This Skin Balm is great value at £13.99 for 75ml and is available from What Skin Needs.

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Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.20 Eau de Parfum

6 Aug 2015

To celebrate their 20th birthday this year, Liz Earle are launching a new fragrance - Botanical Essence No. 20. Inspired by a trip to Isparta, Turkey and the stunning rose fields for which the region is famous, renowned perfumer Domitille Bertier set out to depict the rose plant in its entirety, fusing three different qualities of rose extract in this exquisite blend.

The scent contians bright and uplifiting top notes of pink pepper, bergamot, rose water and mandarin essential oil. Heart notes of Turkish rose that intertwine with fresh notes of carrot and jasmine sambac, and warm and rich base notes of amyris, sandalwood and vanilla bean. Generally I steer clear of rose scents, but this combination is stunning. You can really smell the pink pepper and warmer notes, which produce a light, fresh fragrance perfect for the day time.

Continuing Liz Earles commitment to natural based ingrdients, No.20 is over 87% naturally derived. The fragrance is housed in the most beautiful box that opens up to show the classic glass bottle design. A lot of thought has gone into the design, the beautiful rose pink packaging with gold lettering overly and the sleek packaging would be a welcomed addition to any collection.

Botanical Essence No.20 Eau de Parfum is available from October 2015 and costs £49.00 for 50ml at Liz Earle, John Lewis, Boots and QVC.

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Instalife - July 2015

3 Aug 2015

Klias Wetlands, Borneo | Landing in a Propeller Plane, Mulu National Park | Our Hotel, Mulu National Park | Kuching, Borneo | I only ordered 1 desert | Orangutan Sanctuary
 Bako National Park | Quote about travelling | The true size of the jungle | Liz Earle Press Day | A day with my nephew | Macademia Pro Launch

July has been a very exciting month as most of it I spent in Borneo, Malaysia (more to come in another post). We went on a river cruise to spot some monkeys and fireflies, we flew to the middle of the jungle on the smallest plane I have been on and stayed in one of the most beautiful resorts.  We then made our way to Kuching, had some great food and saw some semi-wild Orangutans.

We travelled to Bako National Park on a boat and took a photo to show the true size of the jungle. Once back I had quite a few press events to attend, with it being Christmas in July, one of my favourites was the Liz Earle event - it was stunning. I then got to spend the day with my nephew who is turning into a cheeky little chap! Lastly, I went to the launch of Macademia Pro and they had the cutest cocktails.

What have you been up to in July?

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