Beauty Without Fuss
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
I've been waiting to get my hands on Delilah's Pure Light Illuminating Powder in Aura ever since India Knight raved about it in the Sunday Times late last year! It sounded like it was the perfect powder, illuminating, not glittery, and she used the phrase "you absolutely do not look shiny, just lit from within". Well, who doesn't want to look lit from within at all times for just £36? I couldn't resist. After India's review, it was sold out for months, and I ended up waiting till April to be able to pick one up. Was it worth the wait?
Er ... I'm not sure, really.
First things first, it's beautifully packaged in a hefty rose gold and pewter compact, and the powder within looks divine, delicately marbled with golds, peaches and lilacs, and yes, it does look lit from within. It is seriously, inside and out, a stunning piece of makeup.
It is warm-toned. Seriously warm-toned, and I am not. Delilah claim that it adapts to all skintones, but I find that I simply cannot use this powder alone because it just looks like I've painted myself pale peach. Warm-toned gals, and darker-skinned ladies will love this, but it's just too much for me. Oh, and it's shiny. Really, really, really, shiny. I have oily skin, and applying this over the top is just Too Much Shine. Like I'm wearing a face made of pleather.
For me, as a face powder, it's a total failure, I'm afraid. But, in its favour, it makes a beautiful highlighter, and if I apply it in conjunction with a more matte powder it's wearable. I've also noticed that parts of powder in the pan have "glazed" over - become hard - and this makes it more difficult to get it on the brush. I hate it when powder products glaze over, as it's normally a sign of a cheap formula. In this case, I think it's just that the powder contains a high level of waxes to bind the pigments together, rather than it being a "cheap" powder, as such, but glazing so much after only a month of use is very disappointing indeed.
It's not a universal powder, not by a long chalk, and that's a shame for me as a pale blue person. It'll be much less of a shame for you if you're warm-toned and light a highly reflective finish. As a result, I don't think I'll hit pan on this one for a long, long, long, long time, it'll never replace my much-loved Hourglass Ambient Light in Diffused, I'm afraid.
The Delilah Pure Light Illuminating Powder in Aura costs £36 and mine came from Fortnums.
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016
I do love a yellow-toned face powder. For years, my default face powder has been Hourglass Diffused, and, after hitting pan on my third one, I thought it was time to possibly try out a few different ones rather than just blindly buying the same powder again. Enter Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana Powder.
A finely milled, soft yellow powder, Rodial are promoting this off the back of the current contouring trend as a "matte highlighter" for the high points of your face, and therefore allegedly perfect for that massive "Instagram Face/part time pornstar" makeup craze we're seeing everywhere at the moment. Me being over forty, I can't be arsed, frankly, with attempting to create cheekbones on my gigantic wheel-of-cheese face, nor can I be bothered attempting to look like a Kardashian when my only plans for the day are popping over to Budgens in my pyjamas for a croissant or seven (which might explain my giant melon-head, now I come to think of it). Oh, and you can "bake" your foundation with it, for all your "waking up wanting to be a Drag Queen" days. We all have them, apparently.
Actually, all I want a powder to do is set my foundation, even out my oiliness, and stop me looking like a boiled lobster on those days where my redness is too much to handle. This powder fulfills all those functions really well. It's highly milled, soft on the brush, and spreads over the face beautifully without caking. I like it very much. It definitely hides redness, and does it very well. I love the hefty compact too, it's a statement piece in any makeup bag. However, it is very, very matte, and, being of a certain age, a very matte powder can exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles, and I worry that it's not the most flattering of finishes if I apply with slightly too heavy a hand. I use it in conjunction with a powder that has a more gleaming finish which I will tell you about tomorrow to counteract that.
Is it a replacement for my beloved Hourglass Diffused? Well, no. But its a good powder nonetheless and I'll use it on days when I want a matte finish that lasts.
Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana Powder costs £52 and is available instore now.
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Monday, 13 June 2016
Sometimes I really shouldn't be allowed out, you know. I was at a launch with the founder of Erborian a couple of months ago, and I got so excited by this product that all I could say for about 20 minutes was "It's a jelly! But it's a powder! But it's a jelly!". This is, I suspect, why I'm not going to be challenging any of the major beauty editors in the UK any time soon, I'm, like, sooooo eloquent and all that.
So, Erborian 0.09 Touch au Ginseng Cream Powder Compact, what is it? Well, it's a powder. but it's also a jelly (look, I don't get out much these days, and it may be affecting my vocabulary) and I find it makes a really nice base in its own right. The 0.09 name comes about from the amount of water in the formulation, with only 0.09% aqua, this is basically a water-free product. It's a hybrid powder that has an amazing bouncy texture, not in the slightest bit powdery, and I find that it smoothes out uneveness in tone beautifully.
What it's not, I have found, is a finishing powder. It's more of a base in its own right, though a sheer one. It's rather a firm product and needs to be applied with a sponge, so over a foundation it's not the greatest finishing product as the sponge has a tendency to remove foundations, but over something like a lightly tinted CC cream (and it has to be said that Erborian make one of the best CC creams ever, especially now it comes in a new "light" version), or BB cream, it's rather wonderful. I use it on its own on good-skin days too.
Because it's a bouncy jelly texture it's perfect for carrying round in your handbag, because unlike powdery ... erm ... powders, it won't crack owing to being thrown around a bit. And it never looks powdery on the skin, and won't cake. It leaves a lovely velvety, glowing finish, and a little of it goes a very long way. There's a good-size mirror in the lid too, for touch-ups on the go, though even on my oily skin, touch up requirements have been minimal, this has great lasting power.
It costs £27 from Erborian.com.
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Sunday, 12 June 2016
Summer's coming! Summer's coming! Well, hopefully it is, anyway! My tastes have certainly turned to the more summery this week, anyway. I started with Caron's My Lang (which gave me and my husband a Woody Guthrie ear worm for several days), which is a sophisticated and creamy sun-lotion kind of a scent, which I really liked from first sniff. More about this soon. I'm also LOVING the new Burts Bees lip crayons, this one in Napa Valley is a beautiful deep blood-red with great lasting power.
On Tuesday I wore Guerlain Terracotta, only to have it pour down raining all day. Irony. Again, another sun-lotion kind of fragrance, this one heavier on the jasmine, with an oilier kind of side to it, it's beyond gorgeous. I wore it with one of Guerlain's new La Petite Robe Noir lipsticks, which smell of cherry blossom and black tea. Nice shade, but scented lips are a little distracting, I think.
On Wednesday I wore what might be two of my favourite launches of the year so far, Diptyque Eau de Sens and Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Roman. Eau de Sens is a gorgeous, waxy and fleshy orange blossom that has been rounded out with juniper and patchouli, it's fun and beautiful, and a delight to wear, I can't resist it, and it's a fragrance I crave almost daily. Which is tough when you're trying to wear a different perfume every day! The Rouge Coco stylos are gorgeous, and the first Chanel purchase I've gone out of my way to pick up in what must be a couple of years now. They're shiny and cushiony, and beautifully pigmented. I'm going to need backups of both of these.
Thursday I wore Hermes Pamplemousse Rose, which is a refreshing and light, almost sugary take on pink grapefruit, lacking the sulphurous air that can make things like Guerlain's Pamplemousse in the Aqua Allegorica a little difficult to wear. I paired it up with the almost neon-pink of Revlon's Barcelona Nights, which is a long time favourite.
And on Friday (my birthday!) I wore the amazing Rose Gold from Ormonde Jayne, which is the companion piece to Black Gold which, in a tiny twist of fate, was released on my birthday two years ago. I'm going to need a couple more wears to allow my nose to pick it apart, but so far it appears a worthy follow-up. I'll do a joint review of both of these fragrances soon, Black Gold is probably one of the most commented on fragrances in my collection, and I love it an unhealthy amount. Just so you know. I wore Rose Gold with my Louboutin lipstick in Survivita. Love the colour, like the formula, completely underwhelmed with the hype, the price and the packaging.
And finally, in super-exciting news, later this month Frederic Malle launch body products (shower gel and body lotion) in the Cologne Indelible fragrance. Cologne Indelible is a juicy and fresh cut-orange fragrance, replete with orange blossom, and cut through with a bright lemon and green herb facet which I adore an unhealthy amount. The best thing about Cologne Indelible though is that is is a juicy citrus that lasts and lasts, which is hugely unusual for a citrus scent. I've used these every day this week for layering purposes, as they're really zesty and refreshing. I must pick myself up a full bottle of Cologne Indelible though, one day ...
And what have you been wearing?
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I've been on a blog-hiatus. It wasn't intended, but it just sort of happened, and, I have to admit, I've rather enjoyed it. I'm just now entering my eighth year of blogging (you read that right), so that's seven years of Sunday afternoons that I've spent at my computer,which equates to nearly a solid YEAR of taking pictures, editing pictures (always the worst part, tbh), actually doing the writing and doesn't even slightly take into account the hours I spend getting to events, reading press releases, testing products and the thinking (oh my god, the THINKING) about blog posts even before I sit down to write them!
So, because I've been enjoying NOT blogging for a couple of months, its crossed my mind that maybe I should retire. Year end was super-busy at work this year, and we just moved house, and I've been tired - so very, very tired - and the thought of adding blogging back into that particular mix has just been ... depressing. Another thing to worry about, and another obligation. That said, I've been loving Instagram very much lately, pop on over!
Retiring from blogging at Get Lippie completely has been a tempting option under the circumstances, like the thought of going on a lovely, looooooooong, holiday. Blogging, particularly beauty blogging, is both a bit of a rat-race and a popularity contest these days, and I'm never going to be Zoella or Pixiwoos. Hell, I'm barely even Get Lippie these days! Luckily, I don't rely on my blog to make my living - there's no sponsorship or endorsement deals here - but, now I'm out of work-madness time, and we've practically got the new flat sorted, I'm going to give a couple of Sundays* back up to the blogging muse, and see what occurs.
So, yeah, skincare is what we're meant to be talking about, apparently, not my existential crisis, so here's some skincare chat:
I'm attempting to use up my much-beloved Zelens Intense Defence Serum, because it's nearly at the end, and that will make it the only serum I've used up in several years! I love this stuff, on my picky, overly sensitive, prone-to-redness skin, this acts like a bandage, protecting it from all kinds of pollutants and cushioning it from the effects of overly harsh weather, or unsuitable skincare products. I've been boosting it with Zelens Power D Drops in recent weeks, and I'll be giving a full review of those soon.
Clinique sent me a bumper pack of their Moisture Surge products the other week, and, whilst I've had trouble with gel-formula moisturisers in the past (they tend to be heavy on the silicones and irritate my skin by not letting it breathe too well), I'm really enjoying using Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. The stress of the last couple of months, combined with spending a lot of hours really staring at a computer - seriously, when you're getting 40 incomprehensible emails a day from a government department, you'd be screwing your face up too - have left me craving hydration, and I find this feels super-hydrating at first application and leaves my skin feeling velvety and wonderful, without the little angry bumps I can get from too many silicones.
Something else new that I'm trying right now is the Silke London silk hair wrap. I've been toying with wrapping my hair for a while now, having found that sleeping on a silk pillow case makes a huge difference to my hair, but couldn't find a 100% silk wrap that I liked. Then Silke London launched, and I had to have one, so treated myself to an Isla, which is the green and blue version. It's essentially a silk turban, and looks impossibly glamorous on the right person. I am not the right person, and look like Hilda Ogden after a minor lottery win in mine, so there will be no selfies wearing it, but I'll keep you posted ...
How's your week been? I've not retired. Yet.
*But not next Sunday. Ironically, I'm going on holiday ... ;)
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Monday, 16 May 2016
The weather is warming up - finally! - and I've been needing to concentrate this last week, so light and zesty fragrances were the order of the day, and this week I wore: Lemon by Mary Greenwell, a citrus-chypre, which is surprisingly long-lasting, which I paired with Guerlain Rouge G Rouge Parade, a limited edition red-pink from Christmas 2014. On Tuesday, I thought I'd chance Ormonde Jayne Vanille d'Iris, a rich and buttery iris fragrance with just a hint of peppery spice, at once narcotic and very ladylike. Worn with Lancome L'Absolou Rouge Creme de Brilliance in Caprice, I felt fit for the office, at least for a short while!
On Wednesday I wandered back to citrus, and tried on the herbal-mandarin of Tangerine Vert from Miller Harris, which is crisp and fresh, and has hints of crushed green leaves below the zesty sweet orange fruit, with a layer of grapefruit to give it some depth. I paired it with Burberry Kisses Sheer 241 Crimson Pink, because I couldn't be bothered with "proper" lipstick! On Thursday I had an incredibly busy day with an important meeting in the middle, so I picked a lipstick called Get Lippy from Top Shop, because, why wouldn't I? And paired it with the fizzy lemon-lime soda of Guerlain's Aqua Allegorica in Limon Verde, just to keep myself on my toes. On Friday I dug out an old, old favourite, my bottle of Acqua di Parma cologne, which is the beyond-divine smell of a hot and soapy body fresh from the shower, and it's one of my desert-island fragrances as a result. I paired it with one of the new Tartist Lip Colours from Tarte (this one is "Selfish"), about which I'll be writing more in-depth soon, but they're good and very opaque.
I went out and about a little bit on Saturday, and broke out my bottle of Osmanthus Blossom by Jo Malone London. A classic white floral with just a hit of green stem, its perfect for carefree days where you don't have to try to hard. I couldn't decide which Tarte Rainforest of the Sea balm (Berry, Rose or Nude) to wear with it, so ended up trying all three in the end. I'm nice like that. More about the balms on the blog soon too.
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Sunday, 15 May 2016
Last week was a really stressful one, with deadlines and auditors galore, I'm still recovering! Hopefully now both the house move and the audit are over, I'll have a little more time free to do some blogging and cataloguing my collection of ... stuff. I've had a few new releases recently too, and I'll get around to photographing them soon. Anyhoo, skincare-wise, I've been a bit all over the place, and I'm just now getting back into a routine after a recent bout of sensitivity, which caused me to have to omit a few things. I'm slowly adding some bits back, and so Zelens Skincare Power D Drops are re-appearing in my routines.
Notable newness I've added this week includes Dermalogica Pre Cleanse, a thin and light lavender-scented oil which is perfect for a morning cleanse when you don't need any makeup removal. It's rather scented though, but very lovely. I've also invested in a bottle of Santa Maria Novelli Rose Water to help soothe my stressed skin. I love to splash this on all over first thing in the morning and it smells delicious.
What's the latest on your face?
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