Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Lazy Cleanse

Evening Cleansers - Bioderma Sensibio H2O and NUDE Perfect Cleansing Oil

With the Halloween season right around the corner, coming back home in the small hours with faces caked with makeup is inevitable. So is skipping the pre-bed cleanse. Trust me, I’ve been there – there is nothing more painful then forcing yourself to the bathroom for a 5 step evening skincare routine when all you want to do is drift off. Oh, the horror! However, as hard as it might seem we need to stop making excuses and postpone our pillow reunion a little by getting involved with what I like to call ‘late night lazy cleanse’. It consists of just two products that will remove your makeup without all the faff and will spare you the trauma of waking up to a horrendous makeup mess that’s clogging your pores.

My favorite partner in crime when I couldn’t be bothered to have a 10-minute massage & cleanse session with the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm (here) is the NUDE Perfect Cleansing Oil (here). This is the best lazy day makeup remover / cleanser I have found and I absolute love what it does to my skin. It is one of those ‘miracle in a bottle’ products that instantly melt away every bit of your foundation and mascara, leaving your skin thoroughly cleansed. It takes me exactly two minutes to remove my makeup with the silky oil and if I am feeling it I like to use a hot cloth to wipe it away, which helps polish the skin. The NUDE Cleansing Oil is brilliant at removing makeup and decongesting the skin and I love how glowy and healthy my complexion looks after. Brilliant stuff. And easy to use too.

You could leave it there if you want to but I personally don’t ever feel like my skin is ready for bed until I run a cotton pad soaked with Bioderma Sensibio H2O (here) all over my face and neck. It doubles both as a second cleanser and as toner and it’s a total winner. It’s fast and super easy to use and it’s great for getting rid of any makeup / dirt residue you might be having. It feels nice and cooling on the skin and I love how gentle it is. It’s not oily, as it is a water-based product and I love how it tones my skin in seconds. It is a million times better then using makeup wipes and it agrees beautifully with my skin. Slap on a pump or two of your favorite moisturiser after and you are ready to hit lala land.

Have you tried any of these products? Which is your ‘late night lazy cleanse’ routine?

Lots of love,


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Glow Getters Lineup

Glowing skin products - Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, Loreal Lumi Magique Primer, Soap&Glory Glow All Out

Glowing complexion products - Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and Loreal Limi Magique Primer

Soap&Glory Glow All Out Powder

First of all I feel like I should start this post by saying a huge thank you to all of you who are following and supporting my lil’ blog. As you may have noticed RosyChicc hit 6000 Bloglovin Followers the other day and I cannot express how happy and content this makes me feel! Big virtual hugs to all of you eek! Secondly, if you follow me on Twitter you probably know that I’ve been having major issues with my memory card, so until it’s being fixed I decided to share a post I originally wrote for the lovely Sandra from The Black Pearl Blog (here). She kindly let me guest post over on her wonderful blog and I figured I’d share it on mine as well in case you’ve missed it. Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to check out Sandra’s blog – it’s one of my personal faves!

With the colder months slowly but surely creeping up to us, I need to amp up my skincare game and whip out my trusty makeup glow-getters, which will kiss the dull-looking skin a big fat goodbye. Meet my favorite beauty bits that never fail to perk up my complexion and add life and youthful radiance to it.

I find that the quickest and easiest way to combat the lackluster complexion and oomph things up is using the oh-so-amazing Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (here). Two pumps of this godsend miracle product is all I need to make my skin look well rested and flawless. The foundation offers medium to full coverage that not only hides all imperfections but also makes all signs of dullness and fatigue nowhere to be seen. The teeny tiny shimmery particles in the foundation (sounds scary but fear not – they are very subtle) add to the whole dewy and healthy skin look that we all know and adore. Wake Me Up blends beautiful into the skin and the skinlike finish definitely tickles my fancy. It hangs around for hours and hours and it is cheap and cheerful. A winner in my books.

If you are not fan of the all-over dewy complexion, then this L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer (here) may float your boat. This is basically like summer glow in a tube and it’s my not-so-secret weapon to injecting faux radiance into my skin. This two in one skin enhancing liquid highlight could be used both over and under foundation on the highest points of the face for an instant boost. I always come back to this gem when my complexion is looking a bit ‘meh’ and I especially enjoy how it beefs up my base prior to foundation. Lumi Magique is also perfect for all of you dry skinned gals as it moisturizes the skin a bit as well. Radiant, healthy and happy looking skin even in the coldest day of the year? Check! Review here.

Say hello to the best illuminating powder companion – the incredible Soap&Glory Glow All Out (here). Gawd where do I even start – I bloomin’ love this stuff. This multipurpose beauty has me covered when I need to brighten up my skin and just make it that much extra lively. The über finely milled powder gives me youthful-looking complexion with just one gentle swipe of the brush for skin that looks ‘lit from within’. Glow All Out could be dusted all over the face or you can use it as highlight and just pop it on top of your cheekbones for some lift. Either way – the natural peachy pink shade that peps up all skin tones will make you look healthy, radiant and dewy. It is a complexion cheerleader, I tell ya! Review and swatches here.

Have you tried any of these products before? Which is your ultimate glow getting product?

 Andrea xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Cheeks, Lips and Tips / Autumn Edition

Autumn Berry Makeup

Too Faced Full Bloom Lip & Cheek Creme Color in Sweet Pea

Autumn Berry Lipstick Rimmel Moisture Renew in Sloane's Plum and Essie Nail polish in bahama mama

By the amount of autumn related posts I’ve uploaded recently, I’m pretty sure you all know by now how excited I get about fall makeup. I’d even go as far to say that autumn is my favorite time of the year to play around with beauty. I mean, you can’t really say no to the deeper berry hues, am I right?! One of my favorite things to do when the colder weather rolls in is to play it matchy-matchy and combine my most-loved plumy / berry products all in one very fall-like look. Here is the trio that I love slapping on and which never goes out of style. This is my cheeks, lips and nails all sorted then.

Cream blushes and I don’t necessarily always bond, as they could be quite the fuss to apply but I am happy to report that I have found my Holy Grail autumn cheek companion. Meet the beautiful Too Faced Full Bloom Lip & Cheek Crème Color in Sweet Pea (here). Its gorgeous medium-toned berry shade has everything I want in a fall blush, and more. It is more muted then your regular pink blush and its lovely berry hues add to the whole seasonal feel, while still manages to brighten up the complexion beautifully. Sweet Pea looks really natural on and its creamy formula keeps my skin looking dewy and radiant. The formula of the Too Faced Crème Colors really floats my boat and I love how creamy and easy-to-apply the product is. It goes on smoothly and you need the tiniest amount for the perfect flush of color – the pigmentation is a real deal. If you fancy seeing how the blush looks on click here.  

You know how this one goes, right? It’s no secret that I love a good ol’ bold, vamp-y lip and my favorite partner in crime comes from Rimmel with their stunning Moisture Renew Lipstick in Sloane’s Plum (here) In a nutshell – this baby rocks. From the gorgeous deep wine-red / plum shade to the super moisturizing, buttery soft formula – Sloane’s Plum is a perfection in a tube. When I am feeling bolder but still fancy looking classy – this is my first option. The uber rich color is the perfect finishing touch to any autumn makeup look and I am just obsessed. It compliments the Too Faced blush beautifully and the formula is spot on without a doubt. Oh, and the glossy finish is my favorite part – it is to die for. Full review and swatches here.

No autumn look is complete without a fab burgundy nail polish shade and since I love treating my tips to an Essie, Bahama Mama (here) is my polish of choice. Its suit-everyone deep burgundy-plum color that changes slightly color depending on the lightning leaves me smitten every time I paint my nails. I love how sophisticated Bahama Mama looks and it is the perfect fall / winter pairing. I am not overly impressed by the runny formula but I love the color way too much to send this beaut on the bench. See Bahama Mama in all its glory here.

Have you tried any of these products? Which one is your favorite?

Lots of love,