Video Beauty Tutorials

Earlier this year I thought I’d try my hand at video tutorials and this is the finished product! There are two looks – a bronzed skin & eye liner look and a gold eye & red lip look, both are perfect for summer days or nights! So click on the links and head on over to my Youtube channel.

If you fancy recreating either look, send me a pic of the finished product to let me know how you got on.

A breakdown of the products used is listed below each video.

Salina x

Concealers and Touche Éclat

I’ve had a lot of people in the past ask me what I think about Touche Éclat when discussing concealers and it’s clear that most aren’t aware that Touche Éclat isn’t in fact a concealer. I was reminded of this recently when a friend posted on an instagram image of my favourite concealer (Estée Lauder Double Wear) and referred to Touche Éclat. So I thought I’d clear up any confusion!

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When people buy a concealer it’s to hide skin imperfections – this is why Touche Éclat is not your friend. It’s a highlighter. So when you apply it, all it does is brighten the area and draw attention to it. It doesn’t have the coverage of a concealer. That’s fine if you don’t have any darkness under the eye but are perhaps just looking a bit tired and just want to lift the area. However, if you do have dark circles then Touche Éclat won’t cover those which is why I hear so many people say that it’s an awful concealer as it doesn’t hide those circles.

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BUT if you use Touche Éclat like the highlighter it is, you’ll love it. Use it in a ‘V’ shape under the eyes to brighten that panel (you can apply concealer if needed under the eyes after), along your cheekbones, brow bone, cupid’s bow on lip and down the centre of your nose to give dimension to your face.

Let me know how you get on!

Salina x

Dove DermaSeries

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Dove DermaSeries is Dove’s first premium skincare range launched to tackle the symptoms of extremely dry skin and was developed in partnership with dermatologists.  It is most effective when used as a two-step daily regime as will offer instant relief as well as long-term skin barrier repair with continued use.

The range includes six products – three cleansing products and three moisturising products, with prices ranging from £8 to £16.  A lot of work seems to have gone into developing this range to make sure that the cleansers are ultra-mild and non-irritating and that the moisturisers are intensely rich & hydrating, but that they still work hard in eliminating all the problems that having dry skin brings.

The product I’m loving at the moment is the Intense Repairing Rough Patch Treatment, I used a little on my lips and the smoothing effect remained long after the balm had disappeared.

The range has been launched in Selfridges as part of the Beauty Project and will be available in other stores soon I believe.

Full range:

Ultra Caring Gentle Cleansing Bar £8

Ultra Caring Gentle Body Cleanser £16

Ultra Caring Gentle Cream Face Cleanser £14

Instense Repairing Body Cream £16

Intense Repairing Rough Patch Treatment £14

Intense Repairing Skin Relief Cream £14

 

It’s a little bit pricier than your usual Dove products but the range shows great promise and could be a salvation for all those dry skin sufferers out there.

Thanks for reading!

Salina x

 

Heaven Bee Sting Facial

As weird as it sounds, I’m not generally a fan of facials, probably due to the fact that all the ones I’ve had in the past have left me feeling a bit underwhelmed.  So when Jill from Nu-Yu Beauty & Wellbeing got in contact about her Heaven Bee Sting Facial I probably wasn’t as excited as I should’ve been. That didn’t last long!

Heaven by Deborah Mitchell is a luxurious range of anti-ageing, all natural skincare products containing organic ingredients, which have been developed for a radiant, flawless complexion and to help heal skin conditions from blemishes to eczema. It counts celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Danii Minogue and Kate Middleton among it’s followers.

 

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Their hero product is the Bee Venom Mask which is a natural alternative to botox – a bit of a misnomer (like Jill’s facial!) it’s actually supposed to be applied after moisturiser, morning and night, but can also be used as a 20 minute mask for that added bonus.

Now, back to the facial…it is advertised as an anti-ageing treatment that lifts & sculptures the face with lymphatic drainage & specific techniques. A natural alternative to Botox and the first product of its kind. This exclusive and unique treatment has been specially created using natural and organic ingredients, combined to work in synergy for an instant anti-ageing effect, leaving you looking and feeling instantly younger. 

I was pretty surprised when Jill told me to get down to my underwear and relax on her massage bed, I was going in for a facial after all. Nope. The Heaven Bee Sting Facial involves not only a facial, but neck, shoulders, arms and feet/lower legs. I left feeling like a new woman.  The experience was relaxed and calming and not only did I leave with the smoothest skin, Jill also got rid of a few knots in my neck!  My face felt super soft for days afterwards too, so I definitely feel like the products work.

Nu-Yu is based in south-east London and you can find all info on their website http://www.nu-yu.co.uk – I can’t recommend her highly enough, so book yourself in or why not treat a loved one!

Thanks for reading!

 

Salina x

 

OILS, OILS, OILS!


I know so many people who balk at the thought of applying an oil to their face, whether it’s because they have oily skin or they think it will make their skin oily, but there is nothing better to replenish your skin. I love using an oil at night as when I wake up the next morning my skin feels refreshed and supple!

Just to clarify, those with an oily skin tend to think that by stripping the skin of any oil and keep away from oil, their skin will somehow become balanced.  This isn’t true. If you keep stripping your skin of oil, your skin starts to produce more oil to make up for the loss.

Here are my top three oils and I tend to apply them after cleansing at night, gently massaging the face in an upwards and outwards motion:

 

1)      Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – priced at £36 and worth every penny!  This oil contains Squalene, Evening Primrose Oil, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential Oils including Lavender.  In the morning, skin looks brighter and feels softer and hydrated.

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2)      Balance Me Extra Care Radiance Face Oil – priced at £30 this is a little cheaper than the above. I really love this oil as it doubles up as a day oil too, just apply with your daily moisturiser to give you that glow.  It contains Amazonian buruti, moringa and camellia oils that work together with soothing Roman chamomile, yarrow and benzoin to enhance the radiance of skin.

 

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3)      NUDE Skincare ProGenius Treatment Oil – priced at £58 this is the most expensive of the three and like Radiance Oil can be used in the morning too.  This oil contains Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 – it feels a bit richer and thicker than the other two, which may not be to everyone’s liking but it absorbs beautifully and again skin is left feeling soft and supple.

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For further information on these brands check out their websites:

www.kiehls.co.uk

www.balanceme.co.uk

www.nudeskincare.com

 

 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

I was invited to the launch of these gorgeous lip colours last week at London’s W Hotel where we were spoilt with manicures, champagne, mini fish & chips and lip readings by the Psychic Sisters.  Did I mention the mini fish & chips? Sorry, I digress.  Anyway, it was a fun night catching up with colleagues and seeing what new products Bourjois had to offer.

Our introduction to the Rouge Edition Velvet was to apply it ourselves, make two impressions on the Read My Lips card and have one of the two Psychic Sisters do a reading…obviously, I was super excited as they’ve got a great reputation. Here’s a little peek at my card:

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As you can see I went for Pink Pong and having seen all the shades and swatched a few, it’s definitely my favourite.  It’s just such a fun colour and gives you that little pop of colour, especially for olive toned skin like mine.

The Rouge Edition Velvet is lightweight, comfortable to wear, matte and promises 24-hour hold – long wearing lip colours can dry out the lips but Rouge Edition Velvet is enriched with pure pigments and evanescent oils so the formula remains light and delivers extreme comfort.  I generally have very dry lips, so a good trick is to have a matte lip balm with me to apply over my colour if I do feel it drying.

Here’s a swatch of 4 of the 8 shades that will be launching in April 2014 (£8.99):

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From top to bottom: Peach Club, Nude-ist, Frambourjoise, Ole Flamingo.

As you can see they apply like a lacquer, but once dry they’re matte. Promise!

Do you have a favourite?

http://www.bourjois.co.uk

Salina x

How To Choose The Right Base For You!

Bases – foundations, tinted moisturisers, BB creams, CC creams…it’s a minefield out there. Are you using the right one for your skin? If you aren’t, which should you be using?!  ALL THESE QUESTIONS!!

It’s ok. I’m here. We’ll get through it together. For the sake of this not being a dissertation, I’ll give maybe one or two recommendations in each category!

FOUNDATION

Ok, let’s start with foundation – depending on the coverage you need there’s sheer, medium or full coverage.

Sheer – if you’re blessed with flawless skin and coverage isn’t an issue, but maybe evening out skintone is then sheer coverage foundation (or a tinted moisturiser/BB cream/CC cream – don’t worry, we’ll get there) is what you need.  One of my favourite sheer foundations is MAC’s Face & Body (£27) – it gives a gorgeous glow, comes in a large size (120ml) and can be used on arms/legs/wherever you need a little colour.

Medium – a step up for more coverage would be medium coverage, if you’ve got a few blemishes or skintone that needs balancing out and you’d perhaps prefer to skip concealer then this is for you. I love using Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (£28.50) and Givenchy Teint Couture (£32.50) in my kit, they give a nice natural finish and if I do need more then I can build.

Full – now, I generally only really use full coverage foundation sparingly.  If you’re creating a mask with your foundation then it’s not an attractive look – if you feel you need full coverage then follow these steps. Using a fluffy foundation brush, buff the foundation into your skin so that you end up with a more natural finish. I prefer to use Chanel Perfection Lumiere (£36) or Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover (£28.50).

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Of course, the time of year/the look we’re going for can have an impact on what finish we want so you can always sheer down your existing foundation by working it into the skin a bit more or using a moisturiser to sheer it down with.  Which leads us to our next item…

TINTED MOISTURISER

Does what it says on the tin really…more of a moisturiser with a hint of colour, so coverage isn’t really what you’d get here.  Great for the summer, or if you generally prefer something light and don’t want coverage!  I don’t tend to use tinted moisturisers that often, instead preferring to sheer down foundation with moisturiser but the one I do use is Alpha H Tinted Moisturiser (£32.50).

BB CREAM

BB creams (Beauty Balms or Blemish Balms) are in between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation in terms of coverage and have the added benefit of skincare. My favourites are Guerlain’s Lingerie De Peau BB (£34.50) and Estee Lauder’s Daywear BB (£33) – absolutely beautiful finishes.

CC CREAM

CC Creams have colour correcting properties to reduce redness and sallowness which make it different from a BB Cream or foundation, however in terms of coverage it’s very similar to a BB Cream  – saying that, coverage tends to vary from brand to brand.  I’ve only used one CC Cream and it’s one I’ve really liked – Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (£9.99), it gives a nice luminous finish with good coverage.  I’d say it’s more like a foundation than any BB cream or tinted moisturiser in terms of coverage.

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And there you have it – hope that helps!

Thanks for reading,

Salina x