Wednesday, 27 August 2014

New Releases: Kiehl's.


Last week I was very kindly invited to Selfridges to see Kiehl's latest skincare release, with the lovely Emma. I'm a big fan of Kiehl's and their launch last year was fab, so I knew we were in for a treat. It was a really intimate event which was fab as we got to ask as many questions as we wanted and really get to know the staff as well as the products.

Kiehl's latest release comes in the form of the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate*. As the name suggests this is a serum, but this a serum with a difference. This can be used along side other serums and under moisturiser providing re-hydration to any skin type. The serum is unique in that is changes from a gel-like substance to a watery liquid once it's massaged in. This means it has a really refreshing feeling on the skin and the watery molecules work their way down into the skin. The serum actually has the highest concentrate of Glycerin that is available without prescription. Glycerin actually attracts moisture into the skin and therefore helps your products work even harder.

I've been using this together with the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil and within the space of a week, I've already noticed my skin looks more refreshed and plump. During the event we had our hydration levels in the skin actually tested, mine were a pathetic 33% when in fact they should be around 50%. Hopefully with using this serum my levels will increase - I can't wait to pop in again and get my hydration levels checked.

We were all kindly given samples to fit our skin type too. I've been giving a few of the samples a go and I'm completely obsessed with the Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque which I need to get my hands on ASAP.

You can find the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate at Selfridges here.

Katie xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

The £1.49 Eye Palette.

After browsing in Body Care I spotted this little palette from Technic all alone. After finding where it actually belonged and shouting 'IT'S ONLY £1.49' in my friends ear, I swiftly took it to the till to try out. I didn't expect much from this little palette but the colours were to perfect for me to leave in the shop. I've been pleasantly surprised by this bargain find, the colours are the most pigmented I've used, but for under £2 this is certainly a decent palette.

I've been loving the shimmery pale shades to use as a highlight or a base for other eye shadows. The pinky shade is one of my favourites and looks amazing just on it's own or with a little brown in the crease. I'm happy to report back the staying power of these is pretty amazing. I use a primer with every shadow and these have lasted all day on my lids. I love that you don't ever end up with too much on your eyes, I've found these are great for building up to the perfect shade. 

They have a lovely buttery texture too. As you can see they do flake a little in the pan but it's nothing a little tapping of your eye shadow brush can't sort. Once on my eyes they don't flake at all and really add a pretty brightness to my eyes. 

If you're looking for a cheap nude palette, that's the perfect size to pop in your hand bag I would certainly recommend this one. I'm now dying to try more from Technic.

Katie xx 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Toni & Guy Flawless Finish.


Having very fine, dull hair I never leave the house without some form of heat styling. I know it's not good for my hair but I feel much better if I've straightened or waved my hair. When I was recently asked to try the new Toni & Guy Flawless Finish Straighteners* I jumped at the chance. I've had my old straightener for around two years so I was ready for a new pair, so these couldn't have come at a better time.

First thing I noticed about these is the design. I love the sleekness of black and silver, which makes these look super stylish. They heat up to 230 degrees really quickly, they actually have a countdown timer so you know what degrees the plates are at. I tried the highest heat, which straightened my hair in a matter of minutes. I love that they didn't leave a kink in my hair when I began straightening the strand.

These particular straighteners are actually used backstage at LFW, which is super exciting. I can see exactly why they are used too. These are so easy to use and straighten in minutes, my hair remained straight all day and didn't develop any flicks at the ends. I've been obsessed with straight hair since trying these - it's love.

Katie xx