Thursday, February 18

Valentines Makeover with The Oracle





This Valentine's weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to a makeover courtesy of Urban Decay at House of Fraser in the Oracle. The event was a speed-dating style makeover with three sections set up for us to work our way around: eyes, lips and base. Upon arrival we were greeted by Lauren, the fabulous Sophie, Bradley and Peter and of course glasses of fizz while we had a little snoop and waited for everyone to arrive. Urban Decay was founded in 1996 when Wende Zomnir teamed up with Sandy Lerner and they began their quest for bold colours. The brand are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and its safe to say they have obtained serious cult status within the beauty industry.

I started off at the eyes station with Sophie where she created the most gorgeous spotlight eye by creating a dark brown smoky eye and then adding a glitter eyeliner to the centre of the lid. The finished look was incredible and I absolutely loved it (the picture does not do it any justice). Next up was the base station with Bradley where he prepped my skin using the B6 prep spray and then colour matched me to the Naked foundation. I finally got to test out the Naked concealer which I have read about a million good reviews about- and lets just say it was love at first sight with such a weightless and buildable finish. He finished my look with a powder foundation to mattify the skin and then a highlighter and bronzer from one of the Naked flushed palettes. Overall my skin looked flawless and everything used on my face lasted for hours afterwards!

Unfortunately I did not make it round to the lips station as time ran out but I will certainly be heading back to the counter to check out the lipsticks as soon as I get paid. Urban Decay is up there in my favourite brands of all time, if not my favourite! I loved being able to have a little play around with some bits I've had my eye on for a while and its safe to say my wishlist is getting way out of hand now. If you haven't checked them out before, make sure you book in at your local counter for a free makeover and to check out everything they have to offer. 

A big thank you to Lauren and the guys at Frank PR for organising such a lovely evening and to both Hotel Chocolat and Urban Decay for the bits gifted to us on the evening which I cannot wait to use. 
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Friday, February 12

Chill* Ed Repair Reconstructing Haircare




The Chill* Ed Repair 3 step programme was generously gifted to all attendees at the previous Southampton meet up back in August last year. The 3 steps are a reconstructing shampoo*, conditioner* and treatment* which are designed for people with sensitive scalp and hair. The rich ingredients used such as honey, milk protein, keratin and silk amino acids leave a hydrated, healthy finish with a gorgeous shine. The shampoo and conditioner are a match made in heaven, with the shampoo cleansing the hair, and the conditioner nourishing and smoothing the hair and restoring hydration. The treatment is deeply penetrating and designed to be used on freshly washed hair to repair chemical or heat damage. You leave the treatment on for a minimum of five minutes before washing out to leave your hair feeling brand new with amazing lustre and shine.

I have long, fairly thick and dry hair which can be lifeless and damaged from my over use of heat products in my teenage days. I tend to only wash my hair about twice a week as I find it to be such a chore and I like to leave my hair to air dry which takes hours! I start off by applying a dollop of shampoo about the size of a 50p piece and massaging into the hair for two minutes. I mainly focus on the scalp and top area of my hair, making sure I get a thick lather before rinsing out. I then apply a dollop of conditioner about the same size again, but I focus on the ends and mid sections of my hair. I massage this into the hair and leave for up to five minutes whilst I finish showering before rinsing out. To finish the three step programme, once a week I will towel dry my hair and then apply the reconstructing treatment. I tend to leave this on for about fifteen minutes (usually whilst I have a face mask on for the ultimate pamper) before rinsing out to leave my luscious locks healthy looking, shiny and nourished.

I have now been using this programme for a few weeks and I love the results I get. My hair is so soft and nourished - it basically feels brand new. The products are both paraben and sulphate free meaning they eliminate frizz leaving luscious, tamed and shiny locks that smell absolutely divine. I love the metallic look of this range and the tube style packaging make these so convenient for use in the shower. Overall, I would highly recommend this range if your hair is dry or damaged in any way and I will 100% be repurchasing. 

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Saturday, February 6

Urban Decay Naked Flushed




When it comes to everyday makeup I look for something convenient and compact which I can just chuck in my bag and touch up on the go. Now I may be a little late to the band wagon with this one, but the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in Streak does exactly what I am looking for. There are now four shades to choose from; the original naked, native, streak and strip: with each palette containing a naked blusher, bronzer and highlighter.

The packaging of the palette is a sleek bronze magnetic case which is very sturdy making this perfect for travelling with. Inside is a wide mirror, perfect for touching up on the go with three full sized pans of product. Streak is a warmer option out of the four with peachy/ coral hues. The products include; a coral blush with a matte finish; a matte bronzer with a light shimmer and a peachy highlighter with an iridescent finish. Each of the powders are so finely milled that they blend like an absolute dream onto the skin leaving a flawless, fresh finish. The pigmentation of each powder is faultless and the use of light diffusing particles means the staying power of these powders is incredible. I barely have to touch up my make up when I use this trio even when I end up working a double shift. 

Overall, I haven't got a bad word to say about these palettes. They are so affordable at only £22 and with three full sized products inside they really are a steal. The powders are so buttery and pigmented that they blend onto the skin seamlessly and the blusher is absolutely gorgeous and unlike anything else in my collection. This palette has fast become a strong staple in my everyday routine and I can't wait to add Strip and Naked to my collection as well. 
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