BEAUTY BUZZ: April 2013

April 27
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Fragrance: Narciso Rodriguez l’eau for her
A refreshing fragrance… Jasmine & Peony based with strong notes of Floral, Roses and White Floral with a musky undernote. I love how the scent is light yet striking.

BB cream: Dior Hydralife BB Creme
One of my favorite bb creams – great coverage for a bb cream, super light, smells good and easy to carry.

Purse: Chloe perfumes in ‘Little’
I am a Chloe fragrance fanatic, I don’t know if there has been a fragrance I don’t like from the brand. I recently got my hands on the new & previous fragrances in the ‘Little size’, which looks like a miniature handbag friendly size of the bottles – so so cute.
Bath: Laura Mercier Creme Body Gel Ambre Vanille
This Body Gel is gorgeous – smells so good and gives your skin the moisture you’d like from a bath gel. Think Coconut, Oats, Shea butter, Macadamia oil, rice and sweet almond in one bottle.
Mascara: Rimmel Scandaleyes flex
With one flick, my eyelashes look dramatic. I love this for a smokey eye, a bit too heavy for the day. As of now, no clumps!
Eyes: Bobbi Brown long-wear cream shadow stick
My new smokey eye wand – I love this after applying a light brown shadow, and then gently blend in. This actually says what it does, it is long wear – it stays on from morning to night, and hard to come off with eye make up remover (but worth it.) I love it in Bark – they should launch a black one soon.
Illuminator: Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel
I love illuminators… so there’s no surprise that I’ve fallen in love with this illuminator from Chanel. I love a pale moonbeam shade that is powder based to apply on my cheekbones, and around the eyes. This is subtle, but gives the perfect amount of glow.
Lips: Bourjois Rouge Edition in 19 Corail en vogue
I have a weakness for beautiful bright lipsticks –  Bourjois came out with this gorgeous bright/pastel esque sorbet shade in coral that looks bright, but it’s quite a muted color. Interesting shade… and it’s definitely my spring lips.
Make up remover: Bioderma Sebium H2o
It’s no secret I’m obsessed with Bioderma’s solutions – addicted. I never travel without it. I recently discovered they have an oil free version with the green lids, which actually has a fresh scent that I like – just as good too!
Shampoo: Davines Love shampoo & conditioner
I love Davines haircare products (as mentioned previously) but I never fell in love with the natural tech shampoo and conditioners. I recently started using the love ones which have Indian fig extracts, and I’m in love. I didn’t really see a difference with frizz etc, but I love the smell and it keeps my hair clean. I’m happy.
Moisturizer: Comfort Zone Hydramemory 24h
I was recently introduced to Comfort Zone, and I must say they have some great products. Their moisturizer joins my moisture collection. Made out of African plant extracts, it gives my skin the right amount of moisture without greasing my skin. Winner.

Lipstick: Tom Ford Spanish Pink
Tom Ford makes one of the best lipsticks around – perfectly creamy, long lasting and feel so good against the lips. I recently introduced another Tom Ford nude shade to my beauty bag – Spanish Pink. It’s the perfect pink/beige hue. 

Bronzer: Guerlain Terracotta 4 seasons
Guerlain come out with their staple Terracotta collection every year. I also swear by Guerlain bronzers. I just got my hands on the new 03 Natural Brunettes shade from the 2013 collection and I am not disappointed. Nothing beats a Guerlain bronzer… 

Exfoliation: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Brand’s hero product – their best seller and their award winning products., The product is different to other exfoliators I’ve used… the bottle includes Rice bran that you mix with water to gently buff up the outer dead skin cells. So gentle, you can use it every day! I like using it in between my full on skin exfoliation. 

Range: Alterna Bamboo Smooth Collection
I’ve been hearing so much about Alterna Haircare (Katie Holmes is the co-owner and global spokesperson) and finally got to try it. Hairdressers swear by it and they use natural and organic ingredients, as well as stay away from harsh chemicals like sulfates and parabens.  I’ve been using the shampoo, conditioner, treatment oil and the dry oil mist which give instant hydration with the Organic bamboo extract and organic Kendi Oil. I love the range, but do make sure to use a clarifying shampoo in order for the scalp not to grease up (sulfate free shampoos tend to do that.)

My Miracle: Clarins Beauty flash balm
This product is one of my miracle products, which means I can’t live without it. This is a travel essential, and the perfect pick me up when your skin is feeling dull. I just apply a small dollop on my hand, and spread across my face and it gives me this fresh glow and an instant wake up. It also helps with tightening and wrinkles. 

Serum: Natura Bisse Diamond Life Infusion Serum
I love serums that give my face a brightening glow. This Anti Aging serum is a pricey one but I love Natura Bisse, and know I can always count on them for perfect skincare. The peptides within the product protect and rejuvenate the skin. 

Dry Shampoo: Lush No drought
Every dry shampoo that I’ve tried is in a spray form, and I never feel like I have control when spraying. A super sweet reader recommended this one by lush, which is in a shampoo bottle where I just apply some powder on my hands and apply it on my hair. I love how the scent is a fresh citrus one, and it blots up the places I want straight away. 

Body Oil: L’occitane Almond supple skin oil
I love L’occitane’s Amande collection – I have been a long time fan of the shower oil and wished there was one I can apply after the shower. I recently learnt that there was one all along and I had to get my hands on it. Addiction.

Hands & Feet: Bliss softening socks and Glamour gloves
I’ve been reading so much about those, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. I keep them in my socks and gloves drawer, and take them out a few times a week, mostly best when I know I’m putting a face mask. The dry gel inside leaves a little layer on the hands and feet, and definitely soften up the skin. I love wearing them for 10-15 minutes then applying a hand cream and foot cream right after for soft skin.

Hair: Philip B. Russian Amber volumizing mousse
It’s not everyday I find a great new hair product. This product is a god send when I’m having a bad hair day, and I need my hair in order. I just use a dollop of the mousse on my hair – smooth it, scrunch it up and I get finished hair that looks cool, polished and smells SO good – That Russian Amber scent is just gorgeous. 

Lipcare: Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream nourishing lip balm
A legendary range with giving intensive moisture to the skin. My current favorite from the range is the nourishing lip balm, which also includes SPF 20. It’s also perfect to pop in the bag, and take whilst traveling. Light to no scent, feels buttery on the lips without being too greasy.