Sunday, 12 January 2014

Foreo Luna Review!!!

So I'm sure you've heard about the new cleansing device thats causing a storm in the beauty world, the Luna, developed by a swedish brand called Foreo. Immediately I saw this I wanted it, let me start off by saying I don't own/have never used the clarisonic or anything similar, for whatever reason it has never appealled to me. I've been using this for almost 6 weeks now and finally ready to share my thoughts.

So what is this odd looking device and how does it work? I have the full sized Luna, which is a cleansing and anti-ageing device (I'm in my 30's afterall), powered by T-sonic pulsations. The full sized luna comes in 3 different colours depicting the different skin types it caters to, I have the pale blue one for combination skin, and it cost £145. However I used a 35% discount code I found on youtube, valid directly on foreo.com, but it has now expired (I did post it to my instagram acc - aallexxy). It's recommended you use a non-clay based, silicone free cleanser and no facial scrubs, to a make-up free face, it has 8 speed settings. It doesn't require new brush heads, the silicone material prevents bacterial build up and is gentle but thorough on the skin, and one charge is said to last 450 uses.
Cleansing side

Initially I used my Emma hardie cleansing balm, after using a baby wipe to remove make-up, big mistake. I broke out after a few uses, I put this down to not thoroughly removing my make prior to using the Luna and possibly because I used it in conjunction with a cleansing balm. Now I've been doing this for a while, minus luna, and my skin was in pretty good shape prior to purchasing the luna. Foreo insist it is designed to be used in conjunction with your current skincare, minus ones mentioned above, I asked on instagram. So now I use my emma hardie balm to remove my make-up and then use the L'occitane gel cleanser in conjunction with the luna, much better results and my breakout started clearing up in a matter of days. I then use the anti-ageing side at night, once I've applied my toner, serum, moisturiser etc. I apply the luna to the recommended points prone to wrinkles between the brows, crows feet and laugh lines.

 Anti-ageing side

In the mornings I use the luna in conjunction with the ELF mineral cleanser, love this stuff and so does the luna, which is water-proof so can be used in the shower. I wet the luna and turn it to my desired speed setting, It pulses every 15 seconds to indicate you can move onto a different part of your face, it pulses in 3 quick successions after a minute and will completely switch off after 3 minutes to prevent over use.

 Charger and pouch

So after a rocky start I am actually starting to really enjoy using my Luna, I'm glad I persevered. I feel it actually helped clear up my break out quicker and I feel my under eye area looks more taut, which I didn't expect to see as wrinkles are not a major issue for me, people usually think I'm younger than I am.

Have you tried the Luna, what are your thoughts? Are you excited for the next release from foreo? An electric toothbrush?!

Thanks for visiting the blog today

Alex

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

My top 5 blogposts of 2013!!!

So 2013 has been a massive year for my blog, I actually posted my first post in October 2012 and then another the following month, but due to postgraduate studies I put blogging on hold. My next post was in March 2013, and I have tried to post consistently since. Being a working mum, my day job has nothing to do with beauty, it's not easy to find the time. Inspired by viviannadoesmakeup, I decided to put together the top 5 blogposts of 2013:

1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light; this is unequivocally my most viewed blogpost, I think this was the start of a powder revolution, non cakey powders, that add a glow to the face.

2. Nip+Fab glycolic fix cleanser and exfoliating pads; I think this year glycolic acid was a big hit, people stopped being scared and embraced it, I have since used a few other glycolic products and love it. I am currenlty looking for a new addition (possibly pixibeauty glow tonic or REN's offering).

3. EX1 Cosmetics; This is a cosmetics range specifically designed to cater to asian, yellow/olive, mediterranean skin tones. I have currently hit pan on the powder, and am definately going to purchase another. Love it!!!

4. Maqpro Mandy Gold palette; The main thing I use out of this palette is the orange corrector, it's great under foundation to prevent foundation going grey or ashy where hyper-pigmentation is prominent, or to help make light work of covering blemishes.

5. Chanel Les Beiges; chanels addition to the light as air powders that can be used to set foundation, as a bronzer or to offer light coverage on no make-up days.

Thank you all for your support this year, I'm going to organise a giveaway in the new year, so stayed tuned. I'm looking forward to what 2014 has to offer, I wish you all a Happy New Year and a blessed 2014.

Thanks for visiting the blog today.

Alex

Sunday, 29 December 2013

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation!!!

So by now you have probably already heard of YSL's latest addition to their base family, it's their first serum foundation, it's infused with a unique complex called Glycanactif complex. It's touted to revive skin's youthful brightness and enhance the complexion's natural colour tone, said to work even better in conjunction with the Forever Youth Liberator Serum, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and leave the skin looking firmer. Now as is the way with these things, I have not used the foundation long enough to comment on these claims and I do not own the serum, but it's a nice thought to think the foundation has extra added benefits during wear, as appears to be the trend recently.

Anyway back to the Foundation, I have shade B70, the darkest I've seen. It's a good match to my skintone, albeit a little beige, it blends out really well. It's contained in the most glorious glass bottle I've seen for a while and comes with a handy pump.








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(I'll add a picture of me wearing it once I get a good shot)
It's gives a good medium coverage, with a lovely satin finish, it's on the pricey side of £34, but I bought it with 15% off from Feelunique. I like this foundation, one critic is I would like it to have more yellow in it, but it gives my skin a lovely glow and lasts well with minimal touch up's during the day, I apply it with fingers and/or my real techniques buffing brush.

Have you tried this foundation yet?

Thanks for visiting the blog today.

Alex

Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette on darker skin!!!

By now everyone and their dog has heard about Urban Decay's latest addition to the Naked range, I don't own any of the other products in the naked range, but something about this was calling to me and I answered lol!!! It contains 12 all new rose hued shades, a double ended brush and 7 day samples of 4 eye primers for £37. I ordered mine from Debenhams.com, you have all probably read about this palette, so I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

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Top row: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit. Middle row: Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar. Bottom row: Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart.
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I'm still playing around with this palette, but so far I'm loving it, I've done a natural daytime look so far, which I posted on instagram (aallexxy). I want to do a night time look using blackheart as the main colour, for a really dramatic smokey eye, if I do I'll post the results on instagram.
 
Have you succumbed and bought this palette? What's your thoughts? If you didn't get it why not?
 
 
Thanks for visiting the blog today
 
Alex