Thursday, 31 May 2012

beam of light

This post puts 3 products with similar qualities to the test. The result? They're all good but only one proves worthy of a gold medal! Here are my top 3 illuminating face primers.

The contestants are: 
♥ Girl Meets Pearl by Benefit, £24.50 for 12ml
♥ Strobe Cream by MAC, £21.50 for 50ml
♥ Acti'mine by Givenchy, £24 for 30ml

L-R: Benfit, MAC, Givenchy

First up, consistency.

♥ Girl Meets Pearl's is lovely and light and doesn't feel at all heavy or 'shiny' on the skin. It is a little too translucent however.
♥ Strobe Cream is a little thicker and is definitely more of a 'cream', saying that though it isn't heavy on the skin either.
♥ Acti'mine is the thickest of them all and does require a little more 'rubbing in' than the others. However it actually gives the nicest base out of them all.

L-R: Benefit, MAC, Givenchy

Secondly, colour. 

♥ Benefit has perfected the pearlescent sheen and the colour is that of slightly pink-ish champagne deliciousness.
♥ MAC's goes on a sheer white colour but blends in effortlessly leaving nothing but a glow with barely any colour at all.
♥ Givenchy's is a peachy pink offering, which lifts and illuminates any tired or dull skin.

L-R: Benefit, MAC, Givenchy

Thirdly scent.

♥ Girl Meets Pearl wins this one personally, as the smell is that of sweet raspberries and yumminess!
♥ MAC's smells like most MAC products, I can't really describe it, but it's definitely fresh, simple and  and nice.
♥ Givenchy's smells mostly like make-up and kind of like a foundation would smell, but I like it!

L-R: Benefit, MAC, Givenchy

Finally, the finish!

♥ As you can see in the pictures Girl Meets Pearl's is the most translucent out of the lot. I'd not advise this as an under foundation primer simply because most foundations would cover it's pretty effect, but more of a highlighter over make-up on the cheek-bones for instance.
♥ MAC strobe cream gives a lovely finish both under and over make-up.  It is a subtle yet effective luminising product.
♥ My favourite finish however is Givenchy's Acti'mine. It makes such a difference under make-up but is actually effective enough that foundation isn't even required with this on! As you can see it gives the most 'coverage' but really has  a natural finish.

Any added extras?

♥ Girl Meets Pearl contains moisturising sesame seed oil and skin-soothing raspberry, chamomile, and sweet almond seed extract to improve skin firmness and smoothness.
♥ Strobe Cream is super-charged with botanicals which de-stress the skin and moisturise.
♥ Acti'mine has an SPF of 15. Avaiable in 6 shades and packed FULL to the brim with nutrients, so much so it is described as 'breakfast for your skin'.

And the winner is....!
While I do like all of these illuminating primers, I have to say that Givenchy's Acti'mine wins for me. It has a beautiful finish, a lovely scent, and is the most effective out the lot. It really covers my skin, making blemishes and any lines appears softer and gives skin a dewy, "awake" look whilst nourishing it - and on a good day can really be worn alone and not just as a base.

Have you tried any of these? Do you agree with my overall winner?

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

In bloom

Pre-warning: this post is flower heavy. I helped out at a recent photo-shoot in Richmond park and before I post about the shoot I just wanted to share with you all how beautiful this place is! Such an amazing location. Different flowers everywhere you turn, lakes, parrots, DEER! And it was boilinggg hot, so thank goodness we had the trees for shade (on the downside this is why my pics aren't very bright).

I was dressed casually in a Topshop slouchy jersey playsuit, tan belt, white blazer and trusty Vans. Oh and the sunglasses are from H&M :)

I can't wait to post about the amazing shoot from here!

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work it work it

As I've finished uni and want to do things with my summer hols, I'm gonna need some cash monies! That means getting a job! So today I had an interview for a part-time sales assistant role and I wore this outfit! It was quite difficult dressing smart but also summery enough so as not to die in the heat! I went for these Zara shorts and belt, a New Look top and my trusty white H&M blazer which smartens up any outfit. The interview went really well, the people were so lovely! So now it's just a waiting game with my fingers crossed!
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Sunday, 27 May 2012

hot weather essentials

The weather is hot hot hot but don't loose your cool! Here are my favourite beauty beauties essential for the recent weather:

Garnier Body Intensive 7 days Replenishing body lotion - this lightweight moisturiser is perfect for everyday wear. You don't want thick gooey sticky body creams if you're going to be out in the heat. A top tip - after using in the morning pop the lotion into the fridge - it will act as a replenishing and cooling after-sun.

Piz Buin 1 day long lotion - I am pretty pale so I neeeeed sun lotion in my life. But I hate having to constantly reapply. This all day lotion is a high factor 30 which is perfect for me and its light consistency means I don't even know I'm wearing it so I can just enjoy the sun without the worry.

Sanex deoderant - I love all Sanex products, they are kind to skin and contain no parabens and this deoderant keeps me fresh all day even running about and going on the tube - if only everyone on the tube was aware of the invention of deoderant we'd all be happy!

Boscia blotting tissues - make-up slides in the sun and it's a pain. These blotting tissues do a fab job of getting rid of unwanted shine and keeping make-up looking fresh - each sheet contains green tea extract too.

The Bodyshop Peppermint cooling foot spray - I'm such a wierdo but I love this stuff. I even use it straight after a shower, which is pointless, but it smells so fresh and makes my feet tingle! Especially nice after being on the go all day in the heat.

Avene Eau Thermale - This thermal spring water spray in handy handbag size is great for spritzing on the face throughout the day to keep cool and moisturised. It also is so useful if you get any bites or grazes as it helps calm and repair the skin - it worked wonders on my recent midgie bites!

MAC conditioning lip balm - This little coloured lip pot by MAC is my favourite item of the lot. I have had this for ages and use it so much! It lasts forever. It contains factor 15 protection and this coral colour is perfect pop of colour to go with any summer outfit. It also smells devineeee.

What are your hot weather survival products?

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

moving pictures, silent films

You probably know by now that an OOTD is a rare sight here on LYLOTS! And that's mainly because:
1. I have been too busy with uni work most days to even get out of my pj's 
2. I havn't had a proper chance to sort out the settings on my cam
3. I never ever think my outfits are worthy of a whole post dedicated to them!

But summer is on it's way so I'm going to be wearing some cute dresses, like this one today, which I would like to share :) This stripy skater dress is my ultimate day dress. It is from this amazing website where the price starts from as cheap as £9.87!!! I kindly recieved my dress as a gift from the PR lady last year when we featured it in a magazine and I still wear it all the time. 

skater dress:
white blazer: H&M
gold chain: Topshop

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Sunday, 20 May 2012

and the winner is...

Congratulations to Lizee Barry of the blog Vanity Frills!

I hope you enjoy your brand new Liz Earle hot cloth polish and cleanser!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! Hopefully I'll be able to do another giveaway soon :)

The winner was chosen at random today, using number generator.

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Saturday, 19 May 2012

update: life

I feel like I've been away from the blogging world for the past few weeks because of uni work and stress - I literally did nothing but work, so didn't have anything to write about :( but that's gonna change now becaauuuseee:

1. Uni is done! Over! Time to get real now and look for a job eeee. 
2. I am so excited to unveil Barefaced's website THIS WEEKEND!!
3. I am in love with collars - I styled a shoot with this cute pearly mint coloured collar - and now I want to wear it with everything so you'll probably spot it being featured a lot a lot a lot. <3

I'm excited to be getting back on form posting again - after a few days catching up with some sleep first haha..

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Nail Rock Nail wraps

For my magazine I did a little how-to on nail wraps and this was my end result!

I do love them and at £6.99 from Boots they are reasonable enough. 
I chose these bright coloured ones to give the most effect in pictures and, as I was to discover later, they gave the most effect in real life too! Everyone loves them as they are so different. If like me, you don't have the time or patience to be doing your own nail art then these are for you! I am now testing to see how long they last... Do you use nail wraps and what have your results been?

--UPDATE -- So these nails lasted a day before a tiny bit started peeling on one finger and it got so annoying I had to peel it off completely! There are extra ones for instances like this but I could't be bothered to reapply so I pulled them all off! I do recommend these for a night out though, they look amazing, but if you want them to last them apply them really carefully and not rushed in the first place and then try and not do anything that could chip them. I heard that when applying them to use a hairdryer for heat to make them stick better and last longer so perhaps I'll try that next time and see how I get on.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Too Faced: Romantic Eye review

I just had to share this beautiful new Romantic Eye palette I recently got by Too Faced with you. I love this brand - they are against animal testing and always bring out the most beautiful and on-trend products. Ticking all the boxes!

This palette is so pretty, and is perfect for spring. The aptly named eye-shadows offer three looks, with a little how-to card for each one! There are 3 base colours, 3 highlight colours, and 3 darker accent tones to chose from and you can mix and match to create new looks too or wear the base alone for a naturally pretty look.

The above picture is swatches from my favourite look - Bouquet Toss, Honeymoon and Ever After. As you can see the colours are really nicely pigmented with a romantic sheen to them. They are also incredibly smooth in texture and so extremely easy to apply and blend. Two thumbs up for Too Faced!
Do you use any of their products?

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Saturday, 5 May 2012

-- GIVEAWAY! -- Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I am so excited to have reached over 100 GFC followers - thank you each and every one - I just love new followers on GFC <3! Now I have also created a Facebook Page which I'd appreciate so much if you could give it a 'like'! To celebrate this (wooo!) I am hosting a giveaway!

One lucky entrant will receive the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit - A brand new full size bottle of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot cloth Cleanser and two muslin cloths.

This product holds rave reviews in the bloggosphere and it really is an amazing cult beauty product! RRP is £14.25 per bottle - read more about it here.

To enter simply 'like' the new lylots facebook page - click here!

For extra entries follow me on twitter - click here, on bloglovin' -click here and/or on my instagram - username clclclclaire

You must leave a comment on this post once you have liked the FB page (if followed on twitter, bloglovin' or instagram too, please state which you have done) with your email address so I can contact the winner!

Thank you :)!

Giveaway will close on the 19th May 2012 and the winner - who will be chosen at random using -announced shortly thereafter.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Kerastase Resistance range review

As you can see from my recent pics, my hair is at inbetween stages of colour, with kind of non-descript brown/reddish/mousey tones running through. I have written a hair history post before, which you can read here. So now you're all clued in, you can imagine how much care my poor poor hair needs. I now go for a trim every 6 weeks (even though I want to grow it, my hairdresser INSISTS on cutting it, for my own good) and use super replenishing products that will help nourish and rebuild my hair.

Enter the Keratase Resistance rage!

This set is available from most good salons, and it contains one full size conditioner and two free complimentary items. These are the matching shampoo and leave-in cream (which I am currently loving so much!)

The shampoo and conditioner are great, they feel nourishing but light enough for daily use. But the hero here is the heat activated re-constructor milk. You apply it before blow-drying to smooth over and protect ends from any heat damage - and it is actually re-activated by heat! So the more styling you do, the more protected you are. Again the consistency of this is great too, it doesn't weigh your hair down at all, but still works its magic with only a tiny bit used.

So now I am slowly going blonde again (it's usually at this inbetween stage where I give in and reach for the brown dye!) but I am going to persevere and go lighter, just do it slowly and take good care of my hair this time!

What are your favourite products to use to help protect and nourish your hair?

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

London College of Fashion Final Year Show

I was sooo excited when a pair of tickets to this private end of year viewing of all of LCF's top talent landed in my hands! Honestly, it's just such a thrill to see such amazing young designers all in one catwalk show, and seeing what has inspired them as they are really the future of fashion, quite literally!

So after a bit of drama getting there (tube from West London to Oxford street nightmare) we settled down to the show. I took a fair few pics, but the ones I'll show here are some key faves, in particular those of a certain miss Holly Jenkins - I'm biased as she's my flatmate and wonderful friend, but I'd be raving about her regardelss. Her inspo came from man-made disasters and the results at the show were just amazing, especially when you know just how much effort has gone into creating a garment. Like I said I was snap happy, so to not overload I have picked my personal two most outstanding collections to show you.

I don't know this designer, Archana Ravi Varma, but love the mix of colours and asian influences in this collection. These photo's were taken on my iphone so, annoyingly, don't do any justice at all:

Archana Ravi Varma

Archana Ravi Varma
Archana Ravi Varma
Archana Ravi Varma
Archana Ravi Varma
The next collection is by Holly Eloise Jenkins and I used my actual camera for these pics as I wanted to capture all the detail as the prints are so stunning (inspired by oil spills) in this intricate collection. Fabric, style, cut everything - perfection.

Holly Eloise Jenkins
Holly Eloise Jenkins

Holly Eloise Jenkins
Holly Eloise Jenkins

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