Archive for the ‘Skin Care’ Category
I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there. If you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back….this new foundation costs £75.
This is By Terry’s exciting new serum and foundation in one. It claims to smooth, illuminate and mattify the complexion. It also controls wrinkles so encapsulated with these powers it’s basically the Ferrari of foundations.
By Terry is a carefully nurtured, luxurious niche brand. If you use By Terry products, you won’t bat an eyelid at the cost. The most I’ve spent on a foundation is £37 for Chanel (the Perfection Lumiere) which I was horribly disappointed with. Thankfully Terry de Gunzburg’s wondrous potion doesn’t falter where Chanel did. A 6 hour wear foundation? There aren’t 6 hours in the day!
There are two more factors that work in the favour of By Terry’s Terrybly Densiliss (which can I add is not a great name): firstly it’s a serum and foundation in one so you don’t need the former on its own and secondly, the amount you need to cover your face is as little as two little blobs. Honestly, the coverage is pretty phenomenal and this is a first for me as I normally use a few more pumps from other foundations. With that in mind, £75 doesn’t look as ‘terryfying’.
There are 10 radiant shades in total, and I’m an accurate match for number 8 – Warm Sand. The foundation has a soft, almost airbrushed finish that is not too matte and not too dewy – it’s perched nicely in the middle and is totally different to any other base I’ve worn. It applies beautifully and blends in seconds. The moment it sinks into my skin I get an instant glow. My face appears less tired and more bright and perky instead, and I would even say it masks the fine lines for a radiant, youthful look.
It smells so nice and feels weightless. I would say this offers a medium coverage. I use Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil to prep my face as I’ve found it is a universal primer that works amazingly across all the foundations I have tried and it compliments By Terry’s latest foundation.
As for how it performs? I haven’t had to retouch through the day and I tend not to so I do prefer a foundation with long-lasting results. I’ve worn this nearly every day to work where I clearly spend the most time and it’s served me superbly.
In Ron Burgandy’s world, this is very classy (I did want to say “it’s the balls”…oh wait, I just did!) but it costs £75. Did I mention it costs £75? It sounds excessive for a foundation but you are getting two products in one. A decent serum will set you back at least £40 and a good foundation is about £30 on average. Besides when so little product is needed, this foundation looks likely to outlast my regular one.
I won’t dispute the fact there are far cheaper, alternative serum foundations on the market for a fraction of the price. I should point out this product is aimed at mature skin (I hope it’s OK to start taking care of mine now) so the results are likely to be more effective than on younger looking skin. Well, I’m in love.
Terrybly Densiliss is available exclusively at Space NK in-store and online.
Just when I thought hand creams couldn’t get better, L’Occitane has rolled out this one – Jasmin Passion. Hnnnnggggh! But why oh why is it limited edition? I’m not happy about this.
I’m half way through this tube as I haven’t stopped massaging this into my paws all week. It smells beautifully of jasmin flowers (obviously!) and it softens and nourishes the skin with shea butter without leaving them feeling greasy. That’s the sign of an excellent hand cream. The flower-shaped lid is very cute too. I think this may very well become my all-time favourite hand cream before L’Occitane takes it away from me…
Honey really is good for you, not just to cure ailments and to enhance the taste of food, it’s also a great beauty ingredient whether it is a moisturising face mask or in sugaring for hair removal. It seems like we take the humble honey bee for granted and after realising the truth behind the golden nectar, I’m certainly going to value every drop of it.
Limited edition for the autumn, the Body Shop’s latest collection, Honeymania aims to enrich you on the outside. It’s my favourite range from them so far because each product is mesmerising and it’s a Community Fair Trade collaboration so every purchase will benefit the honey farmers in Ethiopia where the honey is produced from.
When you think of honey, you usually imagine sweetness except this collection isn’t, which was my initial assumption when I got wind of The Body Shop bringing out a honey-themed set of products. I’m relieved it isn’t as the usual honey scent would result in a rather sugary overload.
The honey used in these products is organically sourced from the remote Sheka rainforest in Ethiopia but what makes this kind of honey different from the rest is its distinctive, floral aroma all because of the fragrant rainforest flowers the bees harvest the nectar from. It’s the scent alone that immediately hits you as soon as you as you open a tub of the scrub, bath melt or body butter. Honestly it’s a gorgeous smell and it lingers subtly on your skin.
The Body Shop’s Honeymania collection is made up of the classic Body Butter (£13), Bubble Bath Melt (£8), Body Scrub (£12.50), Shower Gel (£4), Eau de Toilette (£8.50), Lip Balm (£4 and Soap (£2) – price wise it’s all too good to resist. The shower gel has made its way into my kit bag for post-running showers and has me sniffing my arms because it smells so divine (sorry for the almost half empty bottle in the picture – I couldn’t wait).
The scrub is a corker. I don’t like half-arsed scrubs that don’t do anything or ones that are more like a lotion with a few rough bits. This cream body scrub is the bee’s knees. It’s a thick, creamy texture that combines to exfoliate and moisturise. I’ve tried other scrubs from the Body Shop and this one is totally different and far superior.
I also adore the Body Butter which comes as no surprise as the Body Butters are always good. Honeymania’s Body Butter looks good enough to eat – smooth, creamy and sweet on the skin.
Those are my key favourites from Honeymania and ones I’ll be stocking up on. All in all it’s a very cute collection that floats like a butterfly and not sting like a bee. My only disappointment is it’s limited edition. Why must you do this, Body Shop, why??? *sobs*
The Body Shop has a fantastic offer online right now – buy 8 items or more and get 50% off. Go, go, go!