Wednesday, 1 March 2017

By Terry 'Terrybly Densiliss Concealer' Review: I've Officially Found 'The One'

Today I'm going to be talking about the facial area again (sorry), I will take some more outfit posts soon, I promise.

Last year I decided to ditch foundation for good in favour of a splodge of concealer over the old dark circles and blemishes. I'll be honest, the main reason behind the move was because it meant extra time in bed of a morning (I mean, who wouldn't opt for sleep over a dreamy complexion?). The second reason was to give my skin a bit of a breather. After the whole makeup wipes ft rashy forehead ordeal, my skin began to clear up and I realised that, most of the time, I could get away without wearing foundation. 'Where am I going with this?!' you ask. Well friends, I want to talk to you about a concealer that changed the game for me. You see, I've found 'The One'.

Roughly a year ago, I received a voucher to spend in Space NK. I'd just run out of concealer (Estée Lauder 'Double Wear') and thought I'd try something new. So I plodded around the shop aimlessly and, after looking at a fair few concealers with a blank expression on my face, I decided to ask someone to help me. They immediately recommended the By Terry 'Terrybly Densiliss Concealer' (£44). At the time I thought 'Christ, that's a bit steep', but I wanted a change and was impressed with how smoothly it went onto my face and covered my dreaded dark circles. I also had a £30 voucher which meant it was technically only £14 coming out of my own pocket. So I took the risk, purchased the little blighter and let's just say we've been in love ever since.

The concealer provides good coverage but I'd say the most brilliant thing about it is that it's quite light and creamy so it doesn't dry out the underneath of the eyes. With 'Double Wear' I found that sometimes the underneath of my eyes would look a bit dry and crispy, and more lines seemed to appear - despite the fact I was using eye cream every day. Now, though, my concealer glides on like a dream (think a nice bit of Lurpak for the face). The coverage, as I said, is pretty good. Halfway through the day I sometimes have to top it up, as my face seems to do a sterling job of absorbing it, but you never really need to use more than a few dabs here and there. A tube of the stuff lasts me about four months - if used sparingly - which works out at £11 per month (not bad in the grand scheme of things, especially when I'm saving money on foundation too).

All in all, I'm super thrilled to have stumbled across this concealer and would highly recommend it.

To quote Dawn French: "It's not (By) Terry's. It's mine." 

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

I Ditched Face Wipes And My Skin's Never Been Better

Today I want to talk to you about my face. 

For a number of years I removed my makeup every evening using face wipes. It required minimum effort and suited my CBA attitude towards beauty perfectly. But then something pretty rubbish happened. I started to get these really dry patches of skin on my forehead and between my eyebrows. They were pink, dry and bumpy - and itched like hell. When the winter months came, the problem would become exacerbated and I became pretty upset with the way my face looked. I couldn't cover the dry patches with makeup because it seemed to make them spread even more and become even more aggravated. So I had to go around with a pink, crusty forehead. FIT. 

I tried changing my moisturiser and shampoo, drinking more water, eating better, etc etc. The one thing, however, that seemed to make an impact was when I gave up using face wipes and began to clean my face properly - with actual water.

Face wipes, it seems, are pretty naff if you have sensitive skin. When you use them, residue is left behind on your face, as well as grime that hasn't properly been removed. According to dermatologist Dr Craig Kraffert, the residue that's left behind exposes your skin to high concentrations of cleansing agents that can dry and irritate it. In addition to that, the wiping motion may also cause aggravation as wipes are more abrasive than water. 

I'm just going to throw this out there, I believe my crusty forehead was down to using face wipes, mainly because when I gave them up my face returned to normal. Funnily enough, a friend of mine was having a similar problem and, when I mentioned that I'd given up face wipes, she tried it too. A few weeks later she told me that her dry skin was on the mend. Coincidence? I think not. 

So, in the absence of face wipes, what should we be washing our wonderful faces with? I'm a huge fan of Emma Hardie's 'Amazing Face' cleansing balm. When I moved to London, I suffered another bout of bad skin which I put down to being exposed to a lot more pollution. My Clinique face wash didn't seem to be helping, so I decided to try something new - and that something was Emma Hardie's *wonder* balm, which has helped to put some moisture back into Crumble Ville. I've been using the cleansing balm for a year now and my skin has never felt better. The product is quite oily in texture, but those oils sink into your skin and make it silky smooth.  

'Amazing Face' Moringa cleansing balm by Emma Hardie, £38 from Space NK

Nowadays, my face-washing routine consists of scooping a bit of balm onto my hand, adding a tiny bit of water to it, lathering it over my face (doing a nice little massage as I go), and then using a warm cloth (which came with the cleanser) to wipe it all away. Afterwards, my face feels dreamily soft.

The cleanser contains Moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin E to 'balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores'; orange, neroli and mandarin extracts to 'rejuvenate and revitalise'; and jasmine, cedarwood and rose to 'recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skin'. It's pretty costly compared to other cleansers I've used - it costs £38 - but for the sake of having a nice, smooth face it's totally worth it. Also a pot of the stuff lasts me about half a year, which equates to about £6 per month. 

My skin is by no means perfect - as you can see from the pics above, I have blemishes around my nose and small spots on my chin - but the crispy, rashes of yesteryear have been banished (hopefully for good). So if there's one thing I'd recommend in 2017, it's to give the face wipes a miss and try something else instead. After all, you and your face are in it for the long haul.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

#273 - Hues Of Blue

Coat + Jumper - River Island // Jeans - Miss Selfridge // Boots - Office // Handbag - Karen Millen

Hello hello, hope you're all well! 

This blue jumper is my absolute fave. I've had it for about five years (maybe even longer?) and it comes out every winter and does a sterling job of keeping me toasty. I love the vibrant colour of it in contrast with the brown hues in this leopard print coat. In my eyes, they're a match made in heaven. 

This week has been pretty busy at work, but also exciting. On Monday I headed down to an art exhibition near Kings Cross, which I'd definitely recommend. It's called Radical Love and is a collection of artworks themed around the topic of female lust. What's really interesting is that the works have been created by 48 female artists from all over the world - many of whom are Muslim or of Arabic descent. We headed down there to interview some of the artists about what female lust means to them and their hopes for women in 2017. If you're interested, you can watch the vid and find out more about the exhibition here. 

Following the BAFTAs last weekend, I felt compelled to venture to the cinema and see some of the films that were shortlisted for - and, indeed, won - awards. Dan and I watched two new films this week (yes, we really pushed the boat out). The first, Lion, was so emotional that it physically hurt me to not bawl my eyes out. Then, yesterday, we went to see La La Land. They're two very different films, but I loved both of them. Lion - which we saw on Tuesday (Valentine's Day) - is this incredibly emotional tale of an adopted young man's search for his family and home, after he became lost in India aged five. Dev Patel plays a brilliant part in this and I had to try really hard not to start crying, mainly because I knew it would turn into ugly crying / full-on incontrollable sobbing for the remainder of the film. I had tears streaming involuntarily down my face, but thankfully I didn't go past the point of no return. On the opposite side of the spectrum, La La Land is the perfect remedy to all of the shit that's currently going on in the world. It's this feel-good, love story starring two absolute babes - Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. There's singing, there's dancing, and I came out of it wanting to tap dance my way to Waitrose (now that's a sight you don't see everyday).

Anyway, that's all from me! It's time for a cuppa and quite possibly a biscuit. (Actually who am I kidding? I'm definitely going to have a biscuit.) Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend x

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