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.
I am very excited about this post because it’s the first double review on Just Nice Things. For the price of one, you get a new YouTube video and a written review – how spoilt are you?
Here is my video review on HoMedics’ 3D Extended Track Shiatsu Massager – and it’s shorter than an extended Lady Gaga video. Enjoy!
If you prefer, the original written post is below:
I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t complain of shoulder and back aches from stress. It would be lovely if we could all afford a personal masseuse but we are busy folk juggling full-time jobs as well as other commitments, indulging in a professional massage is considered more of a treat when it should be a necessity.
So, when HoMedics rushed to my rescue with their 3D Extended Track Shiatsu Massager, it was like my birthday and Christmas had come early (I’m a December baby, born a week before the 25th).
I love a good massage with some of my favourites being Thai, a deep tissue massage I had at a Moroccan hammam in London and a hot stone one but I’ve never had a Shiatsu. This chair replicates the Japanese experience 3D style, combining Shiatsu and vibration massage with soothing heat and all at a touch of a button and as often as you like. I
t’s so easy to set up. The seat is pretty robust but comfortable. It has two Velcro straps located at the back to secure to a chair and the large remote control is simple and clear to operate with icons to indicate the level and type of massage required. There are two types of massage this chair can do – Shiatsu for relieving the tighest knots and a rolling massage for stretching and relaxing muscles. Also there are three areas the massage chair can focus on on – lower back, mid back and full back, which are all self-explanatory to select from the remote control.
Once finished, it folds up nicely and there is a bag to zip it up in and carry away should you want to. I went straight for the full Shiatsu. Let me throw this out there – this beast isn’t gentle. It’s not one of those pansy massage chairs where you hardly feel anything. The chair conceals a spherical-like mechanism which rotates and moves up and down at the same time. As it kneaded my shoulders I had to grit my teeth where the pain was concentrated but after I felt so much better.
A few minutes on this chair is more than enough when you consider a professional massage can last up to an hour and that doesn’t include travelling to a salon for the treatment. I can appreciate how convenient this massage chair is and if used moderately will relieve you of the everyday aches and tension. It is strongly advised this massager is not used for more than 20 minutes and the chair will time out after so many minutes so as to tell you time’s up.
Some of my friends who own a HoMedics chair swear by it for their back complaints and it’s great knowing this gadget is within easy reach whenever the need arises. It is, of course, no match for the real deal where a professional will know exactly what sort of treatment is suitable. Also it is so nice to have someone look after you and make you feel amazing afterwards but for the occasions when I can’t find the time to book myself an appointment, I know a few minutes on this chair will tide me over.
The HoMedics 3D Extended Track Shiatsu Massager retails at £199.99 and comes with a two year guarantee. If you have serious back problems, please seek professional medical advice first before considering one of these massagers.
For more information and to purchase, visit www.homedics.co.uk.
A few weeks ago my curiosity got the better of me and I found myself hovering around the foundation display at the Giorgio Armani concession in Selfridges. To be specific, it was the Luminous Silk Foundation. I’ve heard nothing but incessant chattering about this base on the social media grapevine and surprisingly, not a bad word so my hopes were high.
I picked out shade 9 – Natural Suede – and the sales assistant admitted my choice was correct for the other neighbouring shades (8 and 8.5) were either too light or too pink for my skin tone. Shade 10 was way too dark so I settled on 9. This time I wasn’t going to make the same mistake I did when I bought Chanel’s Perfection Lumière on the spot (I know, I know, slap me!) so the assistant kindly gave me a generous sample to try. It’s this sample that led me to purchase the foundation and I have to admit, I couldn’t wait to get hold of it the moment my sample finished.
Silk Luminous Foundation comes in an impressive 21 shades and is has been developed with a Micro–fil™ technology, for a weightless, silky texture for all skin types. It’s an oil–free hydrating fluid offering medium coverage though it can be layered on. It really does give a silk finish, dewy and seamless, recreating a natural glow and effectively, youthful looking skin.
The foundation is dispensed through a pump-action bottle (a beautifully designed bottle might I add). Even the little Giorgio Armani logo adds a pretty touch to it. Just a few small pumps gives ample coverage and it blends quickly and effortlessly with fingers or a brush. I wouldn’t bother with a sponge – that bitch sucks up liquid like no tomorrow and you don’t want it to absorb a high-end foundation so avoid.
It does feel like I’m not wearing anything, the coverage is long-lasting and I am pleasantly surprised with the flawless finish. For a runny fluid, it performs superbly as I’m usually a fan of gel-like formulas.
The shade possibly looks slightly darker to my natural skin tone but I am not going to invest in a lighter shade to counter balance – I’m not that pedantic and it’s too much effort to mix foundations. Besides, it’s barely noticeable. As far as designer foundations go, Luminous Silk Foundation is definitely not a case of style over substance, I’m relieved to say.
This foundation retails for £34 from House of Fraser, £34.50 in Selfridges, John Lewis and from Giorgio Armani directly but Harrods are a bit stuck up by rounding it up to £35 (and yes, I bought mine from the Knightsbridge corner shop.) My usual foundation costs £27 so this one is just a tad more although I don’t have any issues with that as it ticks all the boxes for me.
Have you tried Luminous Silk Foundation? I’d love to know your thoughts if you would fork out a little more for it.