Monday, 27 April 2015

SOAP AND GLORY DAYS


My bathroom is smelling so good! These three treats are too yummy for words. I bought the big Christmas box Soap and Glory do each year and have been working through all the goodies one by one. These are particularly delicious and I think my favourites from the box so far.

Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion: This has been my favourite body moisturiser from the big box. The texture is light but leaves my skin feeling super smooth. Moringa and Orange makes for a fresh and wonderful fragrance. I want to put this on just for the fun of it. It's terrific post leg shave as well.

Sugar Crush Body Scrub: I still miss The Breakfast Scrub from Soap and Glory with its maple syrup yumminess, but Sugar Crush is great all the same. A super sweet mix of lemons, lime, vanilla and brown sugar, you will be left feeling like you have brand new skin. I love to use it pre and post shave to make sure my skin is completely prepped and recovered with minimal opportunity for an ingrown to make a nasty appearance. I have to admit, the fragrance of this one is a little too sweet for me, but I think most people would love it.

Orangeasm Body Wash: I thought this was going to be a bit sweet, like the Sugar Crush. But it's not! It's more like the fresh fragrance of a freshly peeled orange. Delicious! It's not super, duper foaming, which I like. It's a bit creamier than a regular foamy shower wash. I also love that you get a whole half litre for £6.50.

R xx 

Friday, 24 April 2015

I'M RUNNING THE LONDON MARATHON THIS WEEKEND


Race day has completely snuck up on me! I feel like I've been training forever but I also feel like it's come around super quickly!! Yesterday I picked up my race number and bought my last minute essentials for Sunday. I still need to organise some warm clothes to wear on the morning of the race but I'm pretty sure I've got something in a bag of clothes that I've been meaning to take to the charity shop that will do the trick. I also haven't organised what I'm going to do after the race! I think that probably says a lot about how confident I am about actually surviving the run...

I'm not going to lie, I'm not entirely sure I have any business pitching up to this race! I feel like the marathon gods haven't exactly smiled upon me. I was going gangbusters for the first portion of training. Happily getting up at 5 in the morning to go for a run before an early call time. Then my back went. I needed two weeks off and I revised my goal time down so that training wouldn't take such a toll. Shortly after, I got the chest infection to end all chest infections. That was the better part of two months off from running. I was so cranky and annoying whilst watching all the fit and healthy runners flying up and down the Thames Path past my living room window. Finally, I felt well enough to start running again. I'm still not completely recovered from the illness but well enough to be out on the running track. The way my training worked, the longest single run I'd ever do was a 16 mile run and I'd follow that up the very next day with an eight mile run. It was to trick my body into thinking it had done one long run whilst mitigating the chances of injury. Well, it turns out that on my last 16 miler, I pulled all the muscles in my foot. I didn't realise until I finished the following day's eight mile run just how much I'd hurt myself. Somewhat luckily, I spent all last week on a job in Italy and was lucky to get four hours of sleep a night let alone fit any training in. My physio patched me up before I left and I was then forced into recovery whilst away. 

So, the day after my return, I did a lovely ten mile run. It went really well. It was solid, under pace and I felt great about it when I got home. I've done a couple small trots since then so I'm not crazy tired on Sunday. Today I'll go for four or five miles before my physio appointment and tomorrow I'll go for a little 15 minute shake out. Lucky for me, I've got a job in the day so I'll be forced to think about something else rather than sitting around feeling nervous. 

I'm *so* nervous!!!!

I've mentioned it before but I'm raising money for the awesome people at Rethink Mental Illness. They're a wonderful support to people suffering from mental illness as well as their families. My own Dad took his own life 30 years ago and I only wish we'd had access to such an amazing organisation back then. I read an article in an Australian publication this week that said that there are an average of seven suicides per day in Australia alone. That's just too high! I'm really hoping the little bit of money I can raise for Rethink is able to help make a real change in the UK. It's time that people with mental health problems were given the same time and given the same level of treatment as someone with a physical ailment. 

If you'd like to donate some of your extra pennies to the cause, you can do it here. If you'd like to come cheer all the runners on Sunday, I know it will make the world of difference to all of us! Everyone running has their own cause that's as close to their heart as my charity is to mine. I'm pretty sure I'll need all the support possible in order to make it to the finish line!!!

R xxx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

EXUVIANCE GENTLE CLEANSING CREME


I seem to be going through a phase of cream cleansers. It's mostly because I've been shopping my own stash and I had a bunch of them at home that I hadn't used. This number made it into my arsenal during the last London Fashion Week. Exuviance is a brand that was developed by an aesthetic nurse who wanted to develop products for her patients.

The Gentle Cleansing Creme does what it says on the tin. It takes my makeup off as well as leaving my skin feeling clean and comfortable. It's soap free and smells of mangoes. So delicious. I've been working crazy hours, standing around on set in the sun plus trying to be ready for the London Marathon on Sunday. Ordinarily my skin would be a tired, stressed mess right now. This cleanser is helping to keep it calm and happy. Thank goodness!!! I've been using it twice in the evening and once in the morning. I massage it into my skin and rinse it off with a warm cloth. I'm not a fan of using cotton pads or tissues to take it off. I need to get some water in there to really feel clean!

It's a giant bottle that I suspect will last me *forever*. You can get you Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme here.

R xx

Monday, 20 April 2015

ZOEVA MAKEUP TOTE ZOE BAG


I have a new bag to add into my rotation and I'm loving it. I've been using it to transport my hair and nail products to jobs where I have a fairly good idea of what I'm going to be doing. That means I don't have to pack the kitchen sink and I can travel light. It's my favourite way to pack.



The handles slide over the top of my case handle. Just. I can put bottles in these three plastic pockets along with my box of pins and bag of bands in the mesh pockets.


The middle section is pocket free. This is where I keep my hair dryer. 


The back section has some great pockets where I keep a selection of nail colours, some smaller containers of hair product, my straighteners and a curling wand. 

I've even been to a makeup job where I had a very specific brief with just this bag. It was so liberating! My favourite bit is that when I'm at the job, I can use this as a set bag. The one thing I have to watch is that the zippers can slide undone if you're not careful. This is such a versatlie and handy bag. I'm so pleased it's in my collection. 

You can get yours from Love Makeup here.

Rebecca x

Monday, 13 April 2015

IN MY KIT - THE CHEEK COLOURS


These are the cheek colours I carry in my kit on a day to day basis. I have other ones in my storage drawers but I feel like these are the ones that get me through for the most part. I've also included bronzers, cream cheek colours and contour colours here. It all sort of sits in the same category.

Up the back in the Muji containers, I've got a collection of Stila Convertible Colours along with some Nars Multiple Sticks. I love the creamy texture of the Stila and the Nars Multiples can double as a highlighter or an eye sheen. In the pot is the colour we were given by Dick Page to use on the Victoria's Secret show last December. It's a brilliant colour that suits all skin tones. I love using this.

On the left is my Nars limited edition Guy Bourdoin palette. This is a fabulous selection of colours that will cover all skin tones, work for most shoots and includes a bronzer and highlighter. So handy! The Z Palette holds the colours I use the most. These are a selection of neutrals, sheer colours, a bronzer, contour colours and a very bright pink. I don't use the pink loads but the rest get used on every single job in one way or another. To the right is my Chanel Bronze Universelle. This is a cream bronzer that gives a stunning finish.

Down the front is my Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate. I don't just contour and highlight with this. I also like to use the darker colour for eyes. Next along is my Zelens cheek colour in Apricot. I love using this when a model needs to look completely natural and have a beautiful, glowing look. The Zelens makeup is perfect for this. Finally, there is my Delilah matte bronzer. This is a beautiful bronnzer and it's great for fair skin. Everyone I use this on loves it and asks me where they can buy it from.

R xx

Friday, 10 April 2015

ZELENS INTENSE DEFENCE ANTIOXIDANT SERUM


Wow! Dr Lens has come out with two new serums that are due to launch in June. I have the Intense Defence serum that is a power punch for any free radicals that might be considering a war on your complexion.

Having had a little play with this, it's super lightweight and leaves skin feeling incredible. There are eighteen active ingredients in this bottle including Shiso Leaf, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea and some seriously sciency bits that you really want to start putting on your face. Dr Lens put this serum through some clinical trials to see what happened to UV induced oxidation on the surface of the skin. After one hour it there was a 74% reduction, three hours a 73% reduction and after five hours there was still a 50% reduction. Amazing!

Intense Defence protects against and fights three types of ageing. Oxidation, inflammation and glycation. Most products only help you keep oxidation at bay. I haven't had a chance to see what effects this will have on my skin with prolonged use, but I've always loved Zelens products. They require a financial investment but if you're after something that is going to have actual results, these are the ones you can rely on every time. I can't wait to get this into my regular skincare routine.

All of Dr Lens' products are designed to work with one another. If you already have his Youth Concentrate Supreme Age Defying Serum and would like to incorporate the Intense Defence into your routine as well, you have a couple of options. You're able to use the Intense Defence in the morning and the Youth Concentrate in the evenings. Another option is to use half a pump of each and mix them together. You'll find that they blend seamlessly with one another. You also won't see a reduction in results from either one by using them together.

Rebecca x

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

MARCH EMPTIES


So many empties this month! It's so satisfying to have an empty tub/tube/bottle and to put them in the recycling. I love having things out of the house and cutting down on clutter. I'm on a mission to Shop My Stash this year. There is a One In One Out policy that I'm trying to adhere to. That's in general, not just products.

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash: I love this. You can read how much on my original review here. This is my fourth bottle, I think. Delicious.

Chanel Lait Douceur Cleanser: This is a cream cleanser. It's not my *favourite* cleanser, but it's a really nice cream one. A lovely texture that feels substantial and a fragrance that's not too irritating. Does what it says on the tin.

Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream: Lovely. This was a joy to use and I was a little sad to see the end of it. Definitely one I would purchase again. I kept this in my bathroom to use each time I wash my hands at home. You can see my original review here.

Estee Lauder Take It Away Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: This was a product I had in my kit for a long time. I take things out of there when they start to get to the end. I tend to use the last of them up on myself. I was quite looking forward to this finishing. It wasn't really as great at taking off eye makeup as I'd like it to be. I don't like having to rub and scrub at models' eyes. I've since been using a different one and I'm *much* happier with the results.

Alpha H Instant Facial: This is a terrific product. I used it in the style of a toner and spritzed it on morning and night after my cleanser and before my eye cream. Now, this is where you need to follow the instructions and spray it onto a cotton ball or cotton pad. I was far too lazy and just spritzed it onto my face. I frequently get eczema on my eyelids and this would aggravate that. If I'd followed the instructions, it would be a total non issue.  This was great for giving my skin a smoother, firmer appearance. I did have to take a little break from time to time. I have very fine, sensitive, fragile skin and this sometimes sent it into overdrive causing a breakout. After a week I'd be able to go back to using it again. Most people probably won't find they have this dilemma.

Botanifique Eco-Contour Eye Serum: I've talked about this product a few times. I loved it. I was a little bit sad to see it finished. I loved that it was natural, organic and cruelty free. I love the light texture and how it was hydrating and firming at the same time. It was terrific under makeup during the day. It lasted me *ages*. Such great value for money.

Essence The Lash Curler Mascara: What a great mascara! I love the way the lid works to help curl your lashes while they're being coated in a fabulously formulated mascara. This didn't end up under my eyes like most mascaras. It was also great at giving them some extra lift without me needing to curl them first. I'm sad this is finished but at £1 a tube I won't need to think twice about ordering a new one!!!

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter: I bought the giant Christmas box of goodies that Soap and Glory put out for half price at Boots each year. I've loved making my way through it! The Righteous Butter was a lovely tub of moisturising goodness. It has a lovely fragrance and is super nourishing. As with all Soap and Glory products, it has a wonderfully fruity fragrance that can't help but put a smile on your face.

Dr Organic Snail Gel Hand and Nail Elixir: I had this in my handbag for ages. It was my hand cream for while I was on the go. I wash my hands *a lot* and I sometimes get dermatitis, so I need to keep them nourished as much as possible. The great thing about this particular hand cream is that it's amazingly light without any residue or greasiness. Perfect for when you need to be touching people's faces all the time.

Jo Malone Fragrance Duo: This was a small gift that someone picked up abroad for me. It was perfect as I was in between fragrances and trying to figure out what I wanted to try next. These 9ml travel sized bottles came in Peony & Blush Suede and Blackberry & Bay. They're both colognes and right up my street when it comes to being a little unisex. I usually prefer male type fragrances to super floral, girly ones. These were quite dreamy and I got loads of compliments on them. They came in a really lovely white leather carry case.

R xx

Monday, 6 April 2015

BENEFIT WATT'S UP!


My obsession with highlighter continues. Why do I have such a thing about it??? I just can't help myself. I've been shopping my stash again and found this little gem tucked in the back of a drawer. I've been using Watt's Up! for my charity makeup lessons I'm doing as part of my marathon fundraising and am just loving it!


It's a perfect shade of champagne and doesn't have any chunks of glitter or shimmer in it. Just a lovely sheen that gives a pretty glow to the complexion. Exactly what I look for in a highlighter. I like that this formulation doesn't budge once it's on. That's why I've been using it for my makeup lessons. Most of the girls that I help want day to day makeup that won't need much maintenance over the course of a day. Or over an evening if they're going somewhere special. That means this is just right. 

Often with a liquid highlighter, especially one that sets, I notice friends that have patches of highlighter where they haven't been able to blend it away softly at the edges. This has a great little sponge on one end to help solve that problem. I usually use my fingers to apply this but if you're after a super sheen and want to apply straight to the skin, then that little sponge is going to be your best friend! This would look beautiful with a pared back, bronzed makeup look with lots of mascara for a casual summer afternoon. Clearly I'm done with the cold weather and have summer on my mind!

Rebecca x