Friday, 25 April 2014

My Evening Skin Routine

Seeing as I posted my morning routine yesterday, I figured I ought to share my evening routine! This is just as quick and simple as the mornings. I usually want to throw myself into bed so I’d rather use a few products that pack a punch than spend a lot of time.

As always, I do a double cleanse with my Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. The fragrance from this really helps me to switch off from the day.

After that, I use the Timebomb Complexion Cocktail With A Shot of H2Omega. Again, I apply this with my fingers in place of a toner. The smell of coconuts make my bathroom smell of holidays!

Using a gentle patting motion, I use my Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream again. It goes on all the same spots as it did in the morning. Around my eyes, the sides of my nose and across the top of my lip.

In the evenings, I need a heavy duty serum that’s going to give me some serious results. I’m not getting any younger here, you know. So I’ve had the big guns out lately. I’m on the Revive Intensite to pack my skin with moisture. Straight after that, I massage a pump of Zelens Z-22 facial oil in to finish. You probably guessed it from the name, but this oil contains a combination of 22 different oils. My skin loves it and I love the smell. It’s the best way to get ready for bed.

R xx

Thursday, 24 April 2014

My Morning Skin Routine

I’ve had loads of compliments on how nice my skin is looking lately. I thought I’d share my current routine with you. It’s relatively simple but seemingly effective.

I always start by cleansing using my Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm with a hot cloth. This cleanser is so divine. I love how my skin feels when I use it plus it smells so good I wish the guys at Balance Me would make it into a candle.

After I cleanse I use a little Timebomb. I kind of use these in place of a toner. I put a few drops in my hands and smooth it all over my face. If I’m having a breakout I’ll use the Chlorophyll formulation. If I just have one or two spots I’ll use the Chlorophyll one in those places and then the B12 version all over. I like using the B12 in the mornings to help my skin wake up and be ready for a busy day!

Another Balance Me treat for my face is the Wonder Eye Cream. I pat this on around my eyes, around the sides of my nose and around my top lip. This is a hydrating and brightening formulation that feels lovely. I use it around my nose in the hopes that it will brighten the shadows around there. It’s fairly unavoidable for a woman of my age to have some redness and shadowing around that area of my face. I also use it across my top lip in the hopes that it will help a little with the crinkles I spy forming up there. I’m sure it’s a backlash against the many years of smoking throughout my twenties. Drats.

I have a new addiction. I don’t know if I can ever not use Astalift on my face! This is the original jelly. I use it like a serum under my moisturiser. You can see results from this after the first day of wearing it! My complexion is visibly tighter, smoother and lifted! What joy! I would gladly roll around in a bath full of this stuff given the opportunity.

Finally, I top everything off with my Zelens Z Matrix.This is another energising formulation for my tires skin. I’m possibly projecting my emotional state onto my complexion but I’m pretty sure that my skin is a good reflection of how I’m feeling. Work has been super busy lately so sleep has been fleeting and I want my skin to be awake with me in the mornings! This has a really light texture with a slightly pearlised finish. I swear it sorts me out with a little soft focus. I also like that it dries with a little tackiness so it’s a great primer for my foundation.

R xx

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Spring Gorgeousness With Kiko

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The sun is out and I’ve got that summer feeling. For a super quick, easy and versatile summer look, all you need is a little Kiko. In fact, these two cream shadow sticks will have you all summery in a matter of moments. you can use them as a liner, an all over shadow or anything else you can think of.

The cheeriest colours ever, right!? They last around eight whole hours as well! Perfect for festival time!

The blue is number 31 and the green is number 32. For only £6.90 each, you’ll definitely want to go the website and check them out!

Rebecca x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

New Work

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This was a super quick shoot I worked on a couple of weeks ago and I think it’s a really cute image.

The hair was drenched in Structure London Beach Spray then backcombed and brushed out slightly before putting some Structure Dust through the roots and plaiting it out.

For the complexion I prepped with L’Oreal Cleansing Water, Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream and Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser.

Foundation was Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Givenchy Mister Bright, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate palette, Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre.

Brows were defined with Anastasia Brow Wiz and Benefit Brow Gel. Eyes were defined with MAC Coffee Pencil, MAC Taupe powder, Bourjois Gold Creme Shadow.

Lips were prepped with Lucas Papaw ointment and the colour was from my “magic palette” and I have absolutely no idea what the colours were that I combined to create it.

Cheeks were highlighted with MAC Lustre Drops.

R xx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bourjois Instant Dry Nail Varnish Drops

These have been a saviour for work of late. The bottle is super space saving in comparison to a spray dry and it makes nails really quick to dry.

Models seem to all have a crazy habit of smooshing their nails while they’re drying and hair and makeup is happening. It’s one of the great mysteries of life. There are also days on set where time is against us but we need to do a colour change on the nails. These little drops have been so helpful with all of the above. I can’t recommend them enough. I’ve had a smoosh free zone on all my jobs since I’ve had these drops in my kit.

You can find Bourjois in pretty much any Boots or Superdrug.

 

R xx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Balance Me Beauty Daily Essentials

The more I use Balance Me products, the more I love them. I've found more and more items creeping into my kit as well. Whenever I use Balance Me on a model or clients, they always ask me what it was then take a photo on their phone so they can go and get it.
The latest to make it into my kit are the Cleanse And Smooth Face Balm and the brand new Natural Protection Moisturiser with SPF 25.
I've been a fan of the cleansing balm for myself for quite a while now. On most jobs I use a micellar water to cleanse but on recent beauty shoots I've been making sure skin is as gorgeous as possible by spending a bit of extra time giving it a deep cleanse and light exfoliation. This balm has been perfect. Models feel so relaxed afterwards and the light oatmeal scrub makes sure their skin is super fresh for close ups. I use it morning and night on my own skin and can notice a huge difference if I haven't been using it for a while. It definitely makes my skin happy.
It's taken a long time for Balance Me to bring out a daily moisturiser with an SPF in it. They've been ever so clever keeping the SPF as natural as possible whilst making sure there is a decent level of protection as well. SPF is super tricky to incorporate into skincare at the best of times but natural SPFs are even trickier. You'll need a light hand with this one as the SPF initially comes up quite white. However, if you massage in two light layers (this sounds a lot more time consuming than it actually is), your skin will look amazingly flawless and you can strut around being fairly smug about having ticked all your sun protection and natural skincare boxes for the day. This isn't on the website yet but I have seen it in the Debenhams beauty hall on Oxford St.
Rebecca x

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Bourjois Colour Edition 24H

I’m a cream eyeshadow hussy. I love them and use them daily at work as well as on myself. One I keep coming back to over and over on set lately is the relatively new Bourjois Colour Edition 24H. There are six shades all together and I love them all. If you smudge a little across the lid you get a stunningly sheer twinkle. You can also pack it on with a brush for more intensity. I’ve even been known to use the silver and gold ones as highlighter on the cheekbone.

The thing I love about these in comparison to other cream shadows is the texture. These are so lightweight yet intense. They’re long wearing without feeling dry or chalky. The twinkle to colour ratio is just right and the twinkly bits aren’t too chunky. Best of all, the packaging and formulation on these is just right. The container is lightweight, the lid stays on and mine don’t seem to be drying out at all.  I’ve got all six shades and I’m totally hoping that more come out soon!

You can get yours here.

R x

Monday, 24 March 2014

Time Bomb Complexion Cocktail

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Make a note in your diary for April 19th. You’re going to want to get your hands on one of these. I got to check out a sneak preview of these pretty amazing products and only after a few days I’m already hooked.

Time Bomb isn’t like anything I’ve tried before. I’m using it in place of a toner, but it’s not a toner. It’s similar to a moisturising water, but wayyyyyy better. I’ve been using them morning and evening post cleansing. I pour a shot of the gel-consistency-water in the palm of my hand and massage it into my face. It absorbs incredibly quickly and doesn’t leave a trace of residue. Then I use my eye cream, serum and moisturiser as usual.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you’ll practically see results overnight. It’s that good. The other thing I love is that there are three formulations and you can use whichever one you think your skin will like most at that particular moment in time. I used the Chlorophyll shot in the first couple of days seeing as I had a breakout whilst using the H2Omega at night for anti ageing. The breakout cleared up within a couple days so now I’m using the B12 shot to revive and awaken my skin again. It’s *that* quick to react to the product that you’ll want to be able to switch between the three on a whim.

The latest Time Bomb is the one I’m using at night, H2Omega. It’s pretty amazing. It pushes moisture back into the skin like nothing I’ve seen before. The coconut oil gives a flavour that will make you want to drink it but is also packed with essential fatty acids, the Chia Oil provides the Omega 3s and the Hyalauronic Acid makes the skin look super plump overnight. Being suspended in a water soluble base rather than a cream means that they can work mega quickly and really get to work on a deeper level than a regular lotion.

So set your diary reminder for April 19th and keep your eye out for the launch on QVC. You’re definitely going to thank me!

R xxx