Quick Reviews #33: Concealer Showdown!

We’ve recently had a couple of new concealers land on our desks, so I thought I would take the opportunity to give you a rundown of the pros and cons of each. I tested each of these under the eyes only, so I can’t vouch for how they address redness/blemishes (my skin has been very well behaved recently, which is great for me, but not so great for the purposes of this review). Ready? Maybelline Fit Me Concealer Despite launching internationally light years ago, these have only recently landed on our shores, and I am sure I speak for all…

8 Facial Sunscreens You Can Wear Under Makeup

Facial sunscreens you can wear under makeup

One of the beauty categories that seems to have improved most in terms of its offering over the past few years – especially at more affordable price points – is facial sunscreens that work well under makeup. Ten years ago, it was impossible to find a high SPF facial sunscreen product that wasn’t thick and greasy at Clicks or Dischem; the good ones were all from pricey, high-end dermaceutical brands. These days, French skincare brands like Vichy, Bioderma and La Roche-Posay are nailing it with their huge variety of lightweight sunscreens, giving all different skin types tons of choice well…

Shopping the Stash: The Autumn Edit

Clinique x Marrimekko

As much as it pains me to say it, I think it’s time to accept that autumn is pretty much here. The mornings and evenings are cooler and the sun is setting earlier and earlier. To cheer myself up, I thought I would rifle through my stash to find some inspiration for my autumn beauty routine:

Quick Reviews #32: Some New Mascaras

Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara This latest release from Benefit claims to build massive volume without weighing down the lashes, and it does so by including aero-particles (one of the lightest known materials) in the formulation. Riiiight. I enjoyed the slim, flexible wand and short plastic bristles – it really helps you nestle the wand into the roots of the lashes and distribute the mascara in one even coat from root to tip. However, this formulation is wetter than an otter’s pocket, so I found that even though the first coat went on smoothly, I wasn’t able to properly build volume with…

The Ultimate Beauty Shopping Guide: London

Best beauty shopping in London

I’ve been promising you this post for nearly a year and it’s finally here! I am lucky enough to be able to visit London roughly every six months or so, and every single time I tell myself that I’m not going to buy any more beauty products… and then I invariably spend vast amounts of money on new makeup and skincare that I definitely don’t need! In my defense, London has become a beauty mecca – the UK market is forecast to grow by 21.1% over the next five years and will be worth £27bn by 2022! Do your bit…

Review // Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 0.5

SPONSORED POST If, like me, you’ve delayed incorporating a dedicated retinol serum into your routine because you are either terrified, or haven’t found one that works for you, then I’ve got some good news for you! I’ve found ‘The One’ for beginners: the Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 0.5. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and is the form most easily absorbed by the body. It acts as an antioxidant and collagen stimulator simultaneously, so not only does it protect your skin against damage by free radicals (sun, pollution etc), but it also stimulates cell turnover, thereby lessening the appearance of…