Monday, 8 February 2021

lookfantastic Beauty Box February 2021

Hello February! We've finally made it through the 2368 days of January and I, for one, am glad to see a new month rear its head.
The primary focus in this 'Treasure' Edition Box is 'Self Love'. We all know it, we all love it, but we definitely don't practice it enough. Learning to love yourself wholeheartedly is a long-term process with ups, downs and all the in-betweens. I hope that this month, alongside treasuring those around you, you're able to spend some time prioritising yourself. You deserve it and trust me, you'll feel so much better for it!
Now, let's dive into the products in this month's Beauty Box...

  • EYEKO GALACTIC LID GLOSS IN 'ZODIAC' OR 'STARDUST':
     - A liquid eyeshadow to take your makeup look to the next level. Mess-free and quick to apply, this eyeshadow has a glitter finish which allows you to take your makeup from day to night.
     - 'Zodiac' is a warm, rosy copper; whilst 'Stardust' is a shimmering silver.
     - Swipe colour across the lid using the applicator. Build up where necessary and blend using either your finger or an eyeshadow brush.
     - Galactic Lid Gloss - £15.

  • ILLAMASQUA BEYOND VEIL PRIMER:
     - Combining two of Illamasqua's hero products - the Hydra Veil Primer and Beyond Powder - this face primer is hydrating and illuminating all in one! Apply under makeup to help it last all day whilst also providing a luminous, natural-looking glow. 
     - Contains Vitamin C and Fruit Extracts.
     - Blend 1 small scoop all over the face until fully absorbed. Follow with your favourite foundation.
     - Beyond Veil Primer - £34.

  • BALANCE ME AHA GLOW MASK:
     - A chemical facial exfoliant to brighten, purify and plump your complexion. It's blend of AHA's encourages the shedding of any dry or dull skin to reveal a natural, youthful and luminous glow beneath. Suitable for all skin types, but particularly beneficial for blemish-prone skin.
     - Contains AHA's: Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Tartaric Acid. Also contains Kaolin Clay and Linden.
     - Massage into cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10-15 minutes and remove using a warm, damp cloth.
     - AHA Glow Mask - £20.

  • MAGN!TONE LONDON WIPEOUT 'SWIPES' ECO-FRIENDLY MAKEUP REMOVER PADS:
     - Two microfibre cleansing pads that remove even the toughest of makeup with just warm water. Super-soft and ideal for sensitive skin, as no cleanser is needed. Simply throw into the washing machine after use to reuse 1000s of times! That means no more disposable makeup remover wipes going into landfill!
     - Soak the pad in warm water, squeeze out any excess and wipe over the face, eyes and lips. Double-sided to remove all your makeup in one go.
     - Makeup Remover Pads - £30.

  • BUBBLE T STRAWBERRY MACAROON BODY BUTTER:
     - A thick, hydrating moisturiser for your body with a delectable strawberry scent. Treat, soothe and refresh dry skin. Cruelty-free and Parabens-free.
     - Contains Strawberry Extracts and Essential Oils.
     - Massage into slightly damp skin after your bath or shower until fully absorbed.

  • ELEMIS PAPAYA ENZYME PEEL:
     - A natural exfoliating facial cream with 7 active ingredients to repair, protect and clarify your skin. Ideal for all complexions, this exfoliator gets rid of dead skin cells without harsh abrasion. The result? Smooth, moisturised and brighter skin.
     - Contains Papaya, Pineapple, Algae, Seaweed Extract, Milk Protein, Sunflower Oil and Vitamin E.
     - Apply all over cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 15-20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
     - Papaya Enzyme Peel - £35.




Friday, 18 December 2020

What Is My Skin Undertone and How Do I Find It?

 This blog post is your cheat sheet to acing your next foundation test.


WHAT IS A SKIN UNDERTONE?

The hue underneath the surface of the skin, generally split into warm, cool and neutral. This dictates which foundation will suit you best.

HOW DO I FIND IT?

Look at the veins in your wrists and they'll guide you towards your undertone:

Green - Warm Undertone

Blue/Purple - Cool Undertone

Mixture - Neutral Undertone


BEST FOUNDATIONS FOR WARM UNDERTONES:

FLORENCE BY MILLS 'LIKE A LIGHT' SKIN TINT - £18.

A sheer and natural moisturising skin tint.

STILA 'HIDE + CHIC' FLUID FOUNDATION - £31.

Blurs pores and delivers full coverage.




BEST FOUNDATIONS FOR NEUTRAL UNDERTONES:

ZOEVA 'AUTHENTIK' SKIN FOUNDATION - £25.

Lightweight and buildable.

DOSE OF COLORS 'MEET YOUR HUE' FOUNDATION - £30.

Natural with a matte finish.




BEST FOUNDATIONS FOR COOL UNDERTONES:

NABLA 'CLOSE UP' FUTURISTIC FOUNDATION - £25.

Evens out skin tone and lasts all day long.

MAKEUP REVOLUTION 'CONCEAL + DEFINE' FOUNDATION - £9.99.

Creates an even, airbrushed complexion.




Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Brand Spotlight: By Terry

 Get to know the ultra-luxurious brand that's the cult favourite of beauty gurus around the globe!


BAUME DE ROSE
CALMING POWER OF THE ROSE

     Roses have been at the heart of everything BY TERRY do, from their subtle fragrance to their glow-giving properties. Inspired by the legendary Baume de Rose Lip Balm (£40) - harnessing the potency of roses to nourish, hydrate and regenerate the skin,  BY TERRY has created an innovative range of Baume de Rose treatments for the face, hands and body.
     Continuing the tradition of targeted, luxurious skincare solutions with the same unmistakable rose scent, BY TERRY have introduced a 3-Step Cleansing Routine to the Baume de Rose range for clean, fresh and hydrated skin.

THE 3-STEP CLEANSER ROUTINE FOR PURIFIED AND RADIANT SKIN:

STEP 1: REMOVE STUBBORN AND WATERPROOF MAKEUP
Baume de Rose Bi-Phase Makeup Remover - £36.

STEP 2: PERFECT MAKEUP REMOVAL AND CLEANSING
Baume de Rose Micellar Water - £32.

STEP 3: TONE AND HYDRATE SKIN
Baume de Rose Beauty Toner -£36.

You can buy the Cleansing Trio as a set here for £84.


HYALURONIC ACID
SUPERPOWER INGREDIENT

     BY TERRY have always championed Hyaluronic Acid as it is a key component of the skin. This molecule is responsible for moisture storage and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.
     In July 2020, BY TERRY introduced their iconic, much-loved and pioneered setting powder: Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder in a colourless, pressed version.
     Think everything you love about the original loose powder - soft, mattifying but non-drying texture, fills fine lines and wrinkles, blurs pores and sets makeup with an invisible, flawless finish.
     Hyaluronic Pressed Hydra-Powder is your new, on-the-go friend, perfect for touch-ups throughout the day!
     The BY TERRY Hyaluronic Family is growing and no matter your skin type, tone and age, there's something for you!

PRIME: Hyaluronic Hydra-Primer - £42.

PERFECT: Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation - £49.

SET: Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder - £42.




Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Eye Makeup For Your Eye Colour

 Choosing the colour range that's always going to work fo you means to can get the infinite use out of Every. Single. Shade. And that's worth the investment. In this blog post, I will be sharing specific colour wheels that will suit each and every eye colour. So, let's dive in.

GREEN EYES:

Any colour with a sultry, warm undertone will always be perfectly paired with green eyes. Think Rose Golds, Soft Violets and Pastel Pinks.

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BLUE EYES:

It might seem like a wild partnership, but blue eyes and orange-toned shades actually make a pretty good team .

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GREY EYES:

Nothing looks better on grey eyes than a classic smokey look. But if you want to try some colour, stick to warm shades that will contrast with the coolness of the grey.

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BROWN EYES:

Brown eyes work perfectly with pretty much any colour: greens, blues and anything with an earthy undertone will give brown eyes extra depth and dimension.

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Thursday, 19 November 2020

Christmas Gift Guide 2020

 Christmas is fast approaching and, although it may be a little different this year, we can still spread a little joy and happiness to those we love.

I don't know about you, but I love Christmas shopping and I love giving people gifts. It makes me feel all festive and just puts me in a good mood. So, I thought that I would share some of that festive spirit with all of you, by sharing some ideas that I have had for Christmas gifts this year.

Let's get started...

GIFTS FOR KIDS:

Fairy Light Garden - £23.
Kids can actually plant seeds and grow flowers around the play set. It also has just the right amount of play features to keep a child entertained, including a water wheel that really pumps water and spins, a fairy house that lights up and plays music if you blow on it, and a fairy and unicorn figure to play with. Ages 4+.

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope - £45.
When they look at the slides under this microscope, they'll get to see up-close images of wildlife. It also features the voice of Bindi Irwin, who tells them facts about plants and animals. Ages 4+.

Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker - £19.99.
Kids love glitter and parents hate the mess, which makes this a win-win situation. Kids can decorate their art projects to their heart's content and the glitter stays contained to where it's supposed to be. This means, no glitter all over the floor and no cleaning necessary! Ages 5+.




GIFTS FOR TEENS:

Moon Lamp - £16.99.
This LED Moon Lamp casts a soft, calming low light for a restful nights sleep. It changes between 3 colour settings at the tap of a finger and works as a super cool and unique gift idea for any teenager's bedroom.

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cook Book - £14.
Everyone loves Harry Potter and now, even muggles can create some magic in the kitchen with this Harry Potter inspired cookbook - they can make everything from Cauldron Cakes to Treacle Tarts!

Roku Premiere - £39.99.
Roku Premiere is the simply way to start streaming in HD, 4K and HDR quality, Once connected, they can stream everything from Netflix to Amazon Prime.




GIFTS FOR HER:

Custom Moon Phase Necklace - £24.
A truly heartfelt and unique gift idea. Just enter a special or a memorable date (her birthday or anniversary, etc.) and a pendant will be made of the phase of the moon as it appeared on that date! 

Sweetheart Plant - £6.
This adorable, heart-shaped succulent should get your message across loud and clear! Perfect for showing someone you love them.

Merry Multi-Masking Kit - £30.
She can make the most of hibernation season by repairing her dry, damaged hair with this mask trip. Together, these products bring life back to hair by restoring shine and softness.




GIFTS FOR HIM:

Shiatsu Neck, Back and Shoulder Massager - £39.99.
Doesn't everyone wish they could have a personal massage therapist? Well, this is the next best thing. Ease their tension at the end of the day with this massager.

100 Movies Bucket List Scratch Poster - £13.
A poster that has the top 100 movies makes a great gift idea for any movie watcher. Not only might they discover some new favourite movies, but it's always fun to scratch things off a bucket list! As an added bonus, when they've scratched off every movie, this poster will make a memorable addition to the wall!

Santal 33 Eau De Parfum - £57.
A fragrance that smells like Sandalwood, Leather and Iris will quickly become his new favourite to spritz before he leaves the house. 




FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:

Christmas is all about being with your loved ones and having fun - this year, that is more important than ever! So, as an extra guide, I've included some of the games that my family love to play when we all get together. Hopefully, these will become a part of your family gatherings this festive season.

Relative Insanity Game - £19.99.
This is a card game, similar to Cards Against Humanity. However, this game centres around family members and awkward situations! The rules are simple: a 'set-up' card is read aloud and each player has to choose a 'punchline' card to finish the phrase - the funniest card wins! You never know who's going to say what which usually leads to fits of laughter! If you usually play Cards Against Humanity and want to branch out, I would definitely recommend this game!

Gnomes At Night - £17.99.
This is a fun game to play if you have younger children in your family. It's like an interactive escape room where all the players have to work together in order to guide the gnome through the maze to collect all of the Queen's treasure before time runs out. Even though this game is aimed more at young children, I actually rather enjoyed it! It was something different and it kept the kids entertained for a while - win-win!

FRIENDS Top Trumps Quiz - £9.99.
If you're a fan of FRIENDS (and who isn't?), then this is a great little game to play against your family - see who is the biggest super fan. With over 500 questions, there is plenty of material to test your knowledge about. Me and my family have been playing this constantly throughout lockdown and we are loving it. I like to think of myself as a die-hard fan of FRIENDS but some of the questions stumped me - so it's definitely a challenge! I'd definitely recommend this game if you're a fan of the show. *




*The company who made the FRIENDS Top Trumps Quiz also makes a lot of other Quiz games, including Harry Potter, Marvel and even a traditional Pub Quiz one! I'd recommend checking out their range of Quiz games here and, for even more games (from Monopoly to Jigsaw puzzles - everything you could ever need to keep you entertained during a second lockdown), check out the Winning Moves Website

Sunday, 15 November 2020

10 Ways To Master The Art Of Hygge At Home

 The nights are getting longer and the weather is getting colder as Autumn gets underway and I, for one, am excited for the cold nights, the fluffy slippers and the warm blankets to curl up under. In other words, I'm craving that Hygge feeling.

Hygge, (pronounce 'hoo-gah'), is the Danish concept of cosiness and comfort. It has become increasingly popular across the globe in recent years, and for good reason.

In this blog post, I'm going to share my top 10 tips on how to master the Danish art of Hygge whilst in the comfort of your own home. So, grab a warm drink, put on your cosiest pyjamas and check out the following tips.


HEAT THINGS UP:

A roaring fire can instantly make any space feel cosy and intimate. If, like me, you don't have a fireplace in your home, you can create that warm and cosy vibe by lighting a few candles around the room. My personal favourite candles to light during Autumn are the Yankee Candles in 'Cinnamon' and 'Vanilla' (both £23.99). However, a bag of cheap tea lights are just as good! 

BRING THE OUTDOORS INSIDE:

Take a cue from nature (which is scientifically proven to be extremely relaxing and stress-busting) and add some greenery to your home. Succulents (£28) are great plants fro achieving Hygge as they are very easy to look after. Peace Lillies (£19.99) are also great as they are identified as being the best plants for removing impurities and toxins from the air. If you have a hard time keeping plants alive, you can always place natural materials, such as leather, stone and wood, in your space.

TURN OFF THE LIGHTS:

Unless you have a dimmer switch, overhead lights are often too bright to create the 'homey' feeling you're after. So turn off the big lights and be comforted by the flicker of your candles. If you want a bit more light, you can always put on a small table lamp.

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Cosy spaces may be big or small depending on where you are choosing to relax, but they should never be cluttered. Personally, I find it nearly impossible to completely relax in places that are messy and overwhelming. So, before you add your Hygge touches to your space, be sure to strip aways any irrelevant and unneeded items that don't bring you any joy!

REACH FOR SOMETHING SOFT:

Texture is a big part of Hygge. I'd suggest surrounding yourself with soft items, such as fleece blankets (£12.24)fluffy pillows (£3.69)shag rugs (£39.99 - £159.99) and comfy furniture (eg. bean bags (£69.99), etc.).

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH OBJECTS THAT TELL A STORY:

There are studies about how Hygge in Denmark shies far away from consumerism. Instead of stocking up on mass-produced items, decorate your home with furniture and accents that are meaningful to your. Personally, I always cuddle up under a blanket that my mum knitted me a few years ago with my favourite stuffed animal that I've had since I was a child - these two things mean a lot to me and help me feel super comfortable and relaxed. For you, these could be items given to you as gifts, items you purchased whilst travelling, or they could be family antiques that hold a rich history. Whatever they are, just make sure that they make you smile and feel sentimental! 

KEEP THE HOT DRINKS COMING:

Make your tea kettle your new best friend. One of my favourite tea brands is Hoogly Tea, a British company that makes Hygge their business by selling creative tea blends such as Vanilla Chai (£5.50), Around The Fire (£5.25) and Marzipan (£5.75). Not a tea person? Hot chocolate or Coffee will also do the trick. My favourite Hot Chocolate Brand is Whittard, who offer luxury Hot Chocolate in so many different flavours at such an affordable price (my personal favourite is the Luxury White Hot Chocolate (£8), it is to die for!). My favourite coffee brand is Beanies Coffee, who offer just about every single flavour of coffee there is - and they are super cheap too! 

SET THE TABLE:

Time with family and friends, especially whilst sharing a good meal, is essential to the Hygge philosophy, so you'll need a great dining room table. Taking a leaf from the Danish handbook, they love a great wooden table and hand-crafted chairs; many will pass down an Arne Jacobsen or a Hans Wegner set from generation to generation, but any dining room set will do - the important part is spending mealtimes together.

SCRUB-A-DUB-DUB, HEAD TO THE TUB:

Not many people think about the bathroom when they're making their home cosier, but think about making a more relaxing environment for the next time you take a soothing bath. You can do this by lighting a few candles, (again, the Yankee Candles mentioned earlier would be great here). You can also integrate some soothing and relaxing essential oils and bath products into your routine (including Lavender scented products would be great for relaxation, eg. Lavender Essential Oil (£14) and Lavender Body Wash (£4.11) would be amazing to help you relax). Big, fluffy towels (£45) and a quality bathmat (£15) are also great additions.

RELAX: 

Everything is set, so it's now time to sit back, relax and do something that you find enjoyable. Personally, I really enjoy reading as it helps me feel calm and content, but you can watch a movie, listen to music or browse the internet on your laptop or phone. It doesn't matter what it is you choose to do, if you enjoy doing it and it makes you feel happy and relaxed, go for it!






Friday, 6 November 2020

All About Shea Butter

A dry skin saviour, Shea Butter is one of the best moisturising agents we can use on our skin. But that's just one of it's many benefits. In its natural and raw form, Shea Butter is an amazing ingredient to add into your beauty routine...

WHAT IS IT? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
     - Derived from the nuts of the Shea Tree, found in Africa, Shea Butter is a 'skin superfood' that is full of fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins.

WHAT ARE ITS BENEFITS?
     - Shea Butter is incredibly soothing and hydrating, which makes it great for healing overly dry skin.
     - In addition, its hydrating qualities mean that Shea Butter is great for plumping out skin - so fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks will all appear reduced with regular use.
     - If you have acne scarring, peeling skin and/or age spots, Shea Butter will work to condition and soothe the skin.

HOW CAN I USE IT?
     - Whilst you can use it on its own, Shea Butter is a common ingredient found in a wide variety of beauty products from lip balms to body creams.
     - One amazing product that is enriched with Shea Butter to keep skin looking soft, smooth and glowing, is the Vita Liberata Body Blue.

A two-time winner of Allure's Best Body Bronzer Award, the Vita Liberata Body Blur (£29.95) is a light-diffusing body makeup that adds instant radiance to your skin.

Infused with Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid to leave your skin feeling as flawless as it looks.

  • Reflects light for an instant glow
  • Helps conceal imperfections
  • Minimises the appearance of blemishes
  • Hydrates and smoothes skin
  • Up to 24 hour wear
Directions For Use:
Apply small dots all over the skin and blend in using your hands in circular motions. Wash hands after use. Use sparingly.