Thursday, 8 October 2015

Dermablend for Super Pale Skin.

More and more brands seem to be developing lighter foundation shades for use pale ladies. One of my favourite brands Vichy, have jumped on the band wagon and developed the shade Porcelain for their Dermablend* range. 

I'm a light-base kind of girl, so the Dermablend is something I've never tried before. I've always imagined it to be a super thick, cakey foundation that really wasn't what I wanted. However, I have been very pleasantly surprised.  Despite being a medium to full coverage, this base is still pretty light and doesn't feel cakey in any way. This is great for covering up any imperfections or redness, which is ideal for when I've not had the best night's sleep and my skin is  not on it's best behaviour.

Colour match wise, I'm pretty impressed too. I'm used to foundation shades being a pain to find and never quite matching my skin tone. I think Vichy have just about managed to match my skin tone. The foundation is slightly pinky toned, so I would certainly bare that in mind before picking it up. The only other tiny issue I found was the foundation does tend to cling to dry patches. If you suffer from dry skin, like I do, I would recommend having a good exfoliate and moisturise before applying. 

Having said all that, I'm really enjoying using this as a base. It's not an everyday foundation for me, but certainly one I like to use if I know I'm going out after work or want something a little heavier for an evening. The staying power is pretty great, I'd say I got a good 6-8 hours wear before my skin and make up had decided they'd had enough. 

You can find the full range of Dermablend on Escentual.

Katie xx

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Neal's Yard Store Launch.

Last week I was invited along to the opening of the new flagship Neal's Yard store in Manchester. I'm a huge fan of Neal's Yard, but often forgot about the old Manchester store, as it was tucked away from the city centre. The new store however is on King Street, making it far more accessible when I'm wandering around shopping. 

The store is amazing and far bigger and better than I expected. It is actually set over two levels, the main street level being the shop and downstairs are some incredible therapy rooms. Neal's Yard offer so many treatments and therapies, which are so affordable. I'm actually heading for a massage next week, so I will keep you posted with how it goes.

The shop itself sells all the classic Neal's Yard products you'd expect, plus a whole range of other things. I spotted a few candles and room diffusers, as well as herbs, spices and lots of super foods. I love that you can pop into the store and pick up things like loose Maca Powder and Goji Berries without paying the 'pre-packed' premium. We were treat to some super food energy balls and chocolate slabs during the opening, which were so yummy.

We all spent the night being massaged and pampered by the lovely staff. It was such a fab night, I can't wait for pay day so I can head down to Neal's Yard and pick up some new skincare goodies. 

Have you ever tried anything from Neal's Yard?


Monday, 5 October 2015

Winter Warmers.

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 I think it's fair to say Winter is on it's way. Despite it being unusually warm in the UK at the moment, those frosty mornings are certainly just around the corner. With that in mind and the fact I have my first real pay day this month, I've been lusting after all things cosy.

I'm really into deep purples at the moment, from my clothes to my make up - I just can't get enough. Obviously I need this gorgeous fur coat in my life. It's just so, so beautiful! H&M have their A/W range on point this year, not only do they have the incredible coat, but this leather pencil skirt is on point.

I'm in desperate need for some comfy winter boots. I really want some that will really last me, as well as go with pretty much everything. Jones Bootmaker have some amazing boots in at the moment, I love these riding boots. I hate the look of new boots, so the worn in, distressed look of these is just perfect.

Of course, no winter wardrobe would be complete without some cheeky tartan. I love wearing checked shirts anytime of the year, but this Topshop shirt is the perfect colour for heading into the colder months.

What are you lusting after this coming winter?

Katie xx

*In association with Jones Bootmaker