Special Occasion Beauty Products

Wedding Guest Products

Wedding Guest Makeup Bag Essentials

My brother is getting married next week in Scotland (I live in Cornwall) so I’ve tried to be organised by packing my makeup, skincare and other essential products so I don’t forget them. I’m not in the Bridal Party but I want to look my best and use some of my favourite products on the day. Over the past week I have been setting aside products I know I want to take up to Scotland and because its a special occasion I want my makeup to stay in place all day / night. I will be do a full post on my Scotland Makeup Bag next week but I wanted to share a few of my must have products.

Stella McCartney POP EDP*

I love Stella McCartney perfumes and was so excited when I heard there was a new fragrance being added to the selection. This POP scent comes in a simple but quite fun bottle, it has a bright metallic pink lid with Stella McCartney embossed around the edge. I think this latest release has a more fresh youthful feel to both the perfume and the bottle. The scent is quite light but complex and I like that it isn’t overpowering but is quite uplifting and fresh. Its has some notes that were surprising (like tomato leaves) but that actually really work well together,

Top notes: Tomato leaves, Violet leaves, Green Mandarin
Heart notes: Violet, Tuberose, Plumeria
Base notes: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Musks

At first it has a sweet, fresh scent then it settles down to be more warm and the woody, musk notes come through. Its quite a beautiful scent and despite not being too heavy it does have quite good staying power, although I don’t mind having to spritz throughout the day. You 100% need to add this fragrance to your Xmas list, its a very easy to wear scent and I’m excited to wear it to my brothers wedding.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Compact*

I’m taking this because its compact, the coverage is fantastic and very long wearing. It will easily fit into my handbag & the fact it has a mirror & a cute applicator means I will be able to keep my makeup looking fresh all night long. This is a full coverage foundation but it doesn’t look cakey, so I won’t have too build up the coverage with this. It does have quite a high SPF but I am not part of the main Bridal party so I am not worried about the photos, I would rather my makeup looked flawless and fresh all night long and I know this Lancome Cushion Foundation won’t let me down.

Special Occassion Products

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Products 

No one does lips like Charlotte Tilbury and I wanted to keep my lip colour quite natural but still pretty and feminine so this nude / pink trio is perfect. I have the Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink and the Lip Lustre in Seduction and they look beautiful together. The lip liner gives the lips a nice shape and the lipstick is a subtle but beautiful pink toned nude and it feels so comfortable on the lips. I think I will apply the lipgloss over the lipstick in the evening just to change the look slightly and give it more of a night time feel. The gloss is a gorgeous, not too sticky and not too high shine, just that perfect amount of gloss.

Makeup For Special Events

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets

These are a must if your skin starts to get a little oily and they just fit so easily in your handbag. I always carry a pack with me. These ones don’t lift off my makeup but they absorb oil and help me look less shiny. Not a glamorous product by any means but one that always saves the day. These kleenex ones are discontinued now (you can sometimes find them in Home Bargain) but there are quite a few brands that do them. I like to use these to blot away the shine before powdering.

Wedding Guest Products

Becca Backlight Priming Filter 

OMG this is just a beautiful illuminating primer, it helps my makeup stay in place and also gives my skin that healthy, radiant glow. I only have a small sample size of this and I am 100% going to invest in the full size, its works so well under my makeup and I really like the finish it gives to my skin. For special occasions I like to wear a primer and this one really does a fab job at giving my skin that soft focus look. This has been one of my favourite beauty discoveries of 2016

Urban Decay de-slick Makeup Setting Spray

When you need your makeup to still look good long into the night there is only one product you can trust with this job & thats the Urban Decay de-slick Makeup Setting Spray. This mist is a miracle worker, a few sprays over the top of your makeup will ensure your foundation doesn’t melt away and your t zone remains shine free. It is a lightweight mist and it doesn’t feel sticky or like you have an extra layer of product on your skin.

So looking back over most of the product I have picked out, they’re mostly for getting my makeup to stay in place all night. I hate it when you have an important event and you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror halfway through the night & think ‘Where the hell has my makeup gone’. So I am hoping that I avoid that disaster.

Exploring Cornwall Week #13

Beautiful Ocean View

Beach Cafe Newquay

Classic VW Car

Beach Life

Charlestown Bead and Breakfast

White Wash Cottages Horse Box Farm Shop Newquay Second Hand Bookshop in Truro

Secret Garden Cornwall

How the weather can change in a short space of time. I took these photos just over 2 weeks ago, it was so warm and sunny. I have been in Scotland for the past 11 days & I think we have gone straight to winter. I am hoping that like last year in Cornwall October is beautiful and warm, like an Indian Summer, fingers crossed because I’m not prepared for it to be this wet & windy.

Cornwall is really beautiful in Autumn as the leaves change colour and the sunsets are more intense, so it’s not all bad news. There is something I find romantic about having a walk along the beach when the weather is rotten, getting all wrapped up and braving the cold.

As I said a couple of weeks ago we were in the middle of a heatwave, our local village is beautiful and when the weather is good we very rarely venture any further afield. I am sad to say that the beach bar has closed now for another year, which is sad but it was so much fun whilst it was there.

I did discover the cutest farm shop in the back of a horse box, they are over in Porth most Sunday’s and have a great selection of fruit & veg, I also bought some artisan bread (I couldn’t resist that warm bread scent).

Are you excited for the change in seasons, are you more of an Autumnal person? I think I am, but that might be because my birthday is in October and I’m excited to be heading to Amsterdam to celebrate this year.

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask

VICHY Double Glow Peel Mask £14

In a bid to get my skin ready for my brothers Wedding next week I have been using a few carefully selected skincare products (I have a post all about my skin prep coming next week) and this new VICHY Mask was one of the standout products.

Vichy introduces its first double action face mask with volcanic rock and AHA to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. This mask is the perfect pick me up for a dull complexion and works quickly to reveal glowing skin. The skin’s texture is immediately smoother and more luminous whilst pores look refined. Partner with other Vichy Masks for a multi-masking ritual.

This mask has a gel texture and it feels cooling on the skin when you first apply it, I smoothed a generous layer over my face and left it for 5 minutes before gently massaging the product in to my skin. The gel has all but gone but it has a slight texture to it and it feels a little grainy (not abrasive at all). After massaging for about a minute I rinsed the product off with a warm cloth and my skin was pink and a little sensitive but it looked smooth and after 15 minutes the rosy colour had subdued and my skin looked fresh and felt incredibly smooth.

New Vichy Skincare Release

There are so many glow getting ingredients in this Double Glow Peel Mask including,

  • REMINERALIZING THERMAL WATER: Reinforces the skin’s natural moisture barrier, giving it time to regenerate and rebalance
  • AHA (ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS): Remove dead skin cells, using 5 natural plant extracts: blueberry, sugar cane, maple-sugar, orange and lemon
  • VOLCANIC ROCK: To exfoliate and eliminate impurities
  • VITAMIN CG+ MANNOSE: To brighten, hydrate and restore the epidermis of the skin

This mask is going to gently exfoliate away all the grime and dead skin cells which is why you’re skin looks so fresh and radiant after using it. So it has been fantastic in reviving my dull skin. Vichy have released 2 other masks along side this Double Glow Peel Mask & they’re the Quenching Mineral Mask & Pore Purifying Mask. It seems that VICHY have a specific mask to combat each skin concern.

*PR Sample

 

Jurlique Activating Water Essence

Jurlique Activting Water Essence

We are seeing Asian beauty influences in so many products being released by Western brands, only last week I blogged about the latest Lancome Cushion Makeup and it seems that the latest trend to hit our skincare routines is the Essence. I had to do a little background reading on just what exactly an Essence was and how best to use it in my skincare regime.

I thought I had a pretty rigorous regime and didn’t realise that there was room for one more step, a step that the Asian market have deemed to be one of the most important. So an Essence is not a toner, nope its used after both cleansing and toning, it can replenish moisture, balance skins PH levels and help skin look glowing. You use your hands to pat the product into your skin and let the rich, nourishing ingredients work their magic. One of the latest to hit the market is the Activating Water Essence from Australian skincare brand Jurlique & I have been putting it to the test.

Jurlique Activating Water Essence* £40

I thought adding another step to my skincare routine would be pointless and even more time consuming but I have to say this extra step has become one of my favourites. The action of patting the product into my skin is quite relaxing and my skin has felt a lot better too since introducing this. This product activates your skin in 3 ways

  1. Hydrates – Delivers continuous hydration and lasting moisture
  2. Conditions – Smooths skin to provide a soft, supple complexion
  3. Revitalise – Revitalises and re-energises for healthy-looking skin

New Jurlique Skincare Release 2016

At the centre of its highly concentrated formula is their star ingredient – Marshmallow Root Extract, which is great at deeply hydrating skin and improving its ability to retain moisture. So what is it about Marshmallow Root that makes it such a good skincare ingredient,

Marshmallow Root Extract has been used throughout history as a healing treatment, it has anti inflammatory properties, its gentle and soothing on the skin whilst also being a natural hydrator.

The Marshmallow Root’s ability to attract and retain water allows it to provide lasting hydration to the skin. It forms a protective barrier that helps rebalance dry skin and prevent moisture loss to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

Along side the Marshmallow Root there are also quite a few other natural ingredients including,

  • Neem – Conditions and soothes
  • Lavender – Hydrates and calms
  • Rosemary – Invigorates and restores
  • Horsetail – Hydrates and balances
  • Witch Hazel – Clarifies and firms
  • Nettle – Rebalances and refreshes
  • Peach Leaf – Revitalises, regenerates and protects

Since using this my skin doesn’t look as fatigued or dull and it has been really good at reducing the redness in my cheeks. I am pretty pleased to have this step in my routine and can see why it is so popular. This bottle is going to last ages, you only need to splash a few drops into your hands and because it is so fluid a little goes a long way.

Let me know if you already have this step in your routine & if you’re a fan of any other Korean / Japanese beauty regimes or products.

*PR Sample