Saturday, 9 August 2014

Video || What's In My Bag : Festival Edition

Hello everyone,

I have never attempted a What's In My Bag Video before (I doubt mine would be very interesting!) but as I have recently attended a festival and the month of August sees many big festivals happening I thought I share some of my essential items to put in my bag for when I am attending a festival.

I have tried to base this around what you would take with you on the day as opposed to what you may take with you for a whole weekend but fingers crossed you enjoy this video anyway.

You may already know that I wrote a post with my Face of The Day : Festival Edition to tie in with this video so if you want to know what make-up look I would go for then head back here for more information.

Hope you enjoy :o) xx

For a list of what's on my face : click here.

What I am wearing:

Dress - Topshop

Items Mentioned:

New Look Bag - Couldn't find the link but similar bag £15.99 -

Nivea Moisturising Sun Spray SPF15 -

New Look Navy Drawstring Waist Lightweight Parka -

Ray-Ban RB4105 Wayfarer Folding Sunglasses, Light Havana -

Tangle Teezer Compact Leoprint Print Styler -

Purple Hard Shell Case for Samsung SIII -

Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel -

bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation -

Real Techniques Powder Brush -

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer -

MeMeMe Beat the Blues in Pearl Pink -

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge -

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Pen -

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick -

Vaseline Limited Edition No 3 Pain the Town Red -

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Life \\ Face of The Day : Festival Edition

Hey guys,

With August being a really busy festival month, I thought I would share with you a make-up look which I really like for when I'm attending a festival.  Also, later in the week I have a video to link in with the festival theme and it's going to be a what's in my bag : festival edition.

When I am attending a festival, whether it's just for a day or whether it's over a few days, I always like to keep my make-up as simple but effective as possible.  If you've got a festival coming up and want some good products to take with you that are going to stay on and stay put then hopefully this will give you some good ideas because that's what I like to keep in mind when doing my face before a festival.

The most important thing for me is that I am not going to need to keep touching up or checking my make-up hasn't run so wearing products I know are long wearing are the only thing that is essential for me.  Who wants to be checking their make-up at a festival?

First up I'm going to concentrate on the base and at the moment I have a bit of colour so I'm mixing up my foundations in order to find the perfect shade for my skin tone.

To begin with I like to mix up the (2) Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Soft Beige (which is too dark for me normally) with the (4) Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory (which is my normal foundation) and to apply I love using the (5) Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which is really good for buffing my foundation into my skin for a flawless finish.  It's important that my foundation is going to look good because when the sun is shining (and that's what we all pray for when going to a festival!) it shows up when you haven't applied your foundation well.   My favourite loose powder is (3) Bare Minerals Original in Light which gives a light weight finish to my foundation when applied with the (1) Real Techniques Powder Brush.

Next up I'm going to be adding in a bit of colour so I don't look washed out.

I am totally in love with the highlighter from the (1) Sleek Face Form Contour Kit in Light because it just gives this amazing healthy glow to the skin. This highlighter just captures the light perfectly and when the sun is beaming down the last thing you want is to be too glittery but this product contains the right amount of shimmer.  To add a pop of colour to my cheeks, I'm really into (2) NYX Blush Powder in 'Angel' which provides a very natural matte flush applied with the excellent (3) Real Techniques Blusher Brush that picks up and distributes really well. 

We're nearing the end of my make-up look now - see I told you it was really simple!

When you're camping at a festival, it's safe to say that any hours of sleep obtained will be minimal and therefore to hide any of those late night dark under eye circles I like to apply the heavy duty (4) Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium.

You won't want to be carrying too many brushes with you so the handy (1) NYX Setting Spray in Matte Finish will help with that one.  This spray helps keep everything in place for a long time and also gives a lovely matte finish, but if you're not into matte then they also sell a dewy finish too.

When thinking about which lipstick I should wear, I really want something that's going to be bold, beautiful and summery but also long wearing and long lasting.  My most raved about product (5) Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Frambourjoise is a clear front runner.  I know with a little slick of Vaseline this product can last me all day long and still look nice throughout.  

To add a little something-something to define my eyes I love (3) the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Pen which is super duper easy even for beginners.  This pen just glides on the eyelid and as long as you have a steady hand a perfect flick can be achieved each time.   This is also really handy for just popping in the bag too for any during the day little touch-ups.  

It's really important that you invest in a waterproof mascara for any Festival, what with the British weather being really unpredictable coupled with the fact that you will encounter several idiots who will endeavour to throw drinks (and some things I'm pretty sure I don't need to mention!) over the crowds resulting in some serious splash-age.  However, I have tried and can attest to the fact that the (2) Bourjois 1 Seconde Mascara in Waterpoof is a great little product to invest in and gives great volume whilst ensuring there aren't going to be any big panda eyes going on.

So that's it - there you have it - my as simple as I can make-up look for festivals.  If you're attending any festivals this month then hopefully this may have inspired your make-up look or product choices.

If you want to see what essentials I like to take in my handbag at festivals then a video will be going up on my YouTube channel at the weekend so keep an eye out :o)

Are you attending any festivals this month??  As always, I love hearing from you guys so either leave a comment below or tweet me @Emsylous.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Review : L'Oréal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil

Hello lovelies,

I have spoken in the past about my dislike for using oil products on my skin as a long time oily skin sufferer.  To me it does not make any sense to slather my already unbalanced face with something that will surely send it into an oily meltdown?!  However, I realise that it's a very narrow-minded view on things and how can I judge something I have never used before?

I was in Sainsbury's recently and I saw the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil on special offer (I can't remember exactly but it was £5 something instead of about £8) and in the back of my mind I knew I needed a new night time cleanser (see my recent Empties Video for what I used before) and I thought I should give it a go and if I don't like it, then not much money wasted.

I am so glad I trusted my instincts on this occasion because I am just in love with this skin care product.  I usually stay well clear of buzz words such as 'miracle' and 'perfection' because they do have a tendency to let you down but not with this L'Oreal Cleanser.

I use this in the evening to take off my make-up and it actually just melts all my make-up away.  I will take three pumps and then just rub it between my hands, slap on all around my face (even on my forehead where I don't tend to wear make-up because my fringe is in the way) and work it all the way around my face with my fingertips, going round in circles, giving extra consideration to where I'm suffering from blemishes.  I usually do this for about 1-2 minutes and then sometimes I even sit back and let this sink in for a quick couple of minutes.  When I'm using this product I feel so relaxed - okay bear with me I know that's a strange thing to say - because the circular motions and the oil just reminds me of having a facial and it's got that really pampering feel to it.

My oily skin concerns were melted away with my days make-up after I used this product for the first time.  I admit, I was dreading waking up in the morning to a face full of spots but it never happened.  After washing this product off with a flannel after first use (I don't like using my muslin cloth with this cleanser because I really want to be as gentle as possible in order to keep all the good work it's done to my skin and because I like to make doubly sure all this oil is completely removed before going to bed by going over my face with a flannel twice) my skin looked so healthy, the tone of my skin was less red and it just looked great.  I haven't seen such great results from using a cleanser ever.

In the morning after using this my skin looks healthy, plump and nourished.  Since using this product I haven't noticed any dryness to my skin and it feels so good in the mornings after use.

Not only does this make an easy and effective task of taking off a full face of make-up (yes even waterproof mascara) but it smells lovely too.  It smells fresh, like cucumbers and totally not what I expected it to smell like (I expected something really heavy and warm but it's cool and refreshing) and a total pleasure to use.

The only down fall I will say is that I have tried a couple of times to take my eye make-up off with this oil with great success, no problems at all.  However my eyes did go blurry from using this over my eyelashes and in the morning I woke up and was very worried because they were still blurry!  It eventually wore off which is fine but I have also noticed that in the morning after I have taken my mascara off with this product, my eyes are crusty and when I have a little sleep on the train in the morning I find when I wake up at the other end, my eyes are slightly stuck together which is obviously not a good look.  I do have very sensitive eyes and this product does say its tested under dermatological and ophthalmological control but I've made the decision on the above basis that going forward I will be sticking to my Body Shop Waterproof Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover which I never have any problems with.

Other than the above though, I am really pleased I ended up picking this up on a whim.  This product really has opened my eyes (or not really, see above) to oil cleansers and I will endeavour to try more of the success of the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil.  I realise now that I need to be prejudice against products that I don't understand and hopefully going forward I will be more adventurous with my skin care.

RRP is £7.99 and link can be found here.

Have you tried the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil?  Let me know what you thought or if you have any suggestions for some other cleansing oils you have enjoyed because I would really love some suggestions!