30/04/2012

Origins A Perfect World


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In recent months, I’ve found myself looking in the mirror and thinking “god I look old.”

 I’m not quite sure when it happened; up until recently I hadn’t personally seen much difference in my face between now and back, in the mists of time, when I was 17, but something has most definitely changed. It probably has a lot to do with the stresses of my final years at university. For anyone else in their Honours years at university, I feel your pain.

And so does my face.

The skin around my eyes has started to feel a touch papery and I’m noticing creases where there never used to be creases. And let’s not even get started on the dark under eye circles – there is only so much Lasting Perfection Concealer can achieve. So, faced with this horrible prospect of ageing before my time, I decided to take action. To take more care of my poor skin and try and prevent any further damage. 

When I think ‘damage-protection’ I think ‘sun-protection’ so I wanted something with a good SPF in it. Having heard a lot about Origins, I hopped over to their counter where I tried, tested and admired various sumptuous smelling unguents and eventually left with ‘A Perfect World.’

I find it light enough for every day use, but also rich enough to slather on at night time. It’s packed full of antioxidants – to prevent ageing! Hurrah! – and has a decent SPF 25, which is most definitely adequate for the bonnie Scottish climate. The scent is a lovely, almost citrusy vitamin C smell, but it’s not too overpowering, and it doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals or animal products. I’ve been wearing it almost every day and I really love it. I feel like I’m doing something good for my skin, that it’s safe under its nice protective layer of nice ingredients and SPF. It is a little pricey, but if you're going to invest in any kind of beauty product, skincare is probably where to start. You do only get one face.

As I grow older I’m becoming more and more concerned with my skin, fitness and health in general, and what better place to start than a really good daily moisturiser?

23/04/2012

YSL glossy stain


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YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Levres Glossy Stain #13 Rose Tempura

I first saw the new YSL Glossy Stain in the beautiful Fleur de Force's March Favourites video, and thought I would really like to try one out. I've been turning into quite the lip product junkie over the past few months and thought the glossy stain sounded different and interesting enough to warrant a purchase. I headed straight to the YSL counter in John Lewis, where I was completely flummoxed by the choice of colours. There are so many (well, 20) to choose from. Eventually I plumped for this gorgeous rich pinky red 'Rose Tempura' shade, and I really, really like it.

The consistency is a bit weird, to the point that I'm loath to describe it for fear of sounding a bit weird myself, but try and imagine a super thick, stickier version of your usual lip stain, like Benetint or something. It's kind of like that... I think... Texture description impossibilities aside, I really like this product.

I've never used anything like it before, so it gets points for originality and a few excited squeals from me too. It's also incredibly buildable and versatile - one thin coat buffed into the lips leaves a nice, subtle stain (above left) while three coats gives a super glossy, rich, intense pout (above right). If that wasn't enough, the staying power is also mind-blowing, staying intact as I munched my way through several easter eggs and many cups of tea on Easter Sunday. Despite leaving pretty pink kisses on all my mugs, at the end of the day I still had a fair amount of colour on my lips; the gloss of course had worn off by then.

Although I'm not a massive fan of the packaging, or the price point, I definitely recommend the glossy stain; it's unique, versatile, long-lasting and the colours are beautiful. I want them all!