Thursday, 19 April 2018

Mai Couture Blotting Papers

As the lucky owner of oily/combination skin it’s pretty much a constant battle to stay on top of the shine that gradually spreads it way across my face throughout the day.

Throughout every day, regardless of whether it’s a stinking hot, makeup-melting day or a freezing as hell day.

It’s inevitable that at various points throughout my day I’ll catch a glimpse of my reflection and find myself confronted with a beautiful greasy-sheen nose and chin that looks so shiny you could fry an egg on it.


Of course I usually just dab a little translucent powder onto the offending areas and I’m back to my mattified best, however by the time you’ve done this fifteen-billion times a day my make-up starts to  look (and feel) a little cakey.

Not ideal I’m sure you’ll agree.

Of course, I’ve invested in some pretty fab primers and foundations that help to balance and combat said oiliness as much as they can but sometimes that’s just not enough to keep it at bay.

I’m going to be honest here and admit that I totally forgot that such products even existed but I was recently introduced to Mai Couture Blotting Papers and I hand on heart have no idea how I have gone SO long without these in my life!

Mai Couture is a fabulous little brand created by makeup artist Mai Tran. 

Available from Beauty Mart the brand comprises of a range of cosmetic papers that have been formulated to remove excess facial oil for quick and easy on-the-go touch-ups.

Available in three different varieties, Bamboo, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin C & E these blotting powders are the answer to my skin’s greasy prayers.

Packaged exquisitely in super cute, compact booklets these paraben and talc-free sheets are the quickest and easiest way to remove excess oil from your skin without ruining your makeup or adding powder, resulting in a cakey, heavy look. 

Each booklet contains 60 sheets and the Vitamin C + E Blotting Paper features micro encapsulated antioxidant skincare vitamins, so while you’re blotting you’re actually delivering some fabulous vitamins to your skin too!

The Rosehip Oil papers features rosehip extracts which are rich in vitamins C, E and Beta-carotene as well as essential fatty acids which help to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth while the Bamboo Charcoal papers are infused with purifying bamboo charcoal to help draw toxins and pollutants away from the skin.

I know right. And here I was thinking they were just getting rid of my unwanted shine when actually they are giving my skin a little helping hand in the beauty stakes too!

My current favourite is the Bamboo variant, purely because I get a serious amount of satisfaction when applying the paper to my face as I can see it turn a darker shade of grey as the oil is absorbed from my skin. 

Priced at £10 a booklet I’ve fallen hard for these papers which I’d say are 110% a handbag staple for every single woman!

You can get your own Mai Couture Blotting Papers now from Beauty Mart where they cost £10 each.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Rifle Paper Co. For L'Occitane

The Iconic Shea range of products from L’Occitane is one of my all-time favourite collections from the brand.

Rich in sustainable, fair trade shea butter the collection allows you to pamper your skin from top to toe, nourishing and protecting your skin when it needs some serious TLC.

I’ve been a mega fan of their Multi-Award winning hand cream from the collection for as long as I can remember and no other hand cream comes close to its skin softening and moisturising abilities.

Containing a whopping 20% shea butter content it gently nourishes even the driest hands, leaving them feeling soft and protected without a hint of greasiness.

Imagine my joy then when I caught sight of my beloved hand cream adorned in the most beautiful illustrations!

The captivating designs have been created by Rifle Paper Co. exclusively for L’Occitane.
For a limited period of time the cult Shea collection has been decorated exquisitely to reflect and bring to life the natural beauty and gardens of Provence.

Rifle Paper have captured the scents, lights and textures of the South of France and the resulting images feature leaves, nuts and shea blossoms which blend together beautifully on a light and fresh colour palette.

Anna Bond, Rifle Paper CO. ‘s co-founder and Creative Director says of the collaboration;


 “I started Rifle Paper Co. with the hope of bringing beauty to the everyday. I’m thrilled to partner with L’OCCITANE, a brand that shares the same sense of small pleasures, as we create a custom collection inspired by the gardens of Provence.”

It is a really gorgeous collaboration and I can’t help but wish that the hand painted designs were a permanent addition to the line- they are just so pretty.

L’Occitane’s Shea Winter Recue Tin (£25) looks particularly stunning dressed in its new colours.

The tin contains the best of Shea Butter hand and bodycare products in one lovely little package. 

The perfect companion for travelling or indeed as a gift, the set contains a travel-size Shea Butter hand cream, a Body Scrub and their 25% Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream. 

It’s a gorgeous little gift!

The limited edition illustrated collection won’t be around forever so if you’ve fallen in love too then you’ll need to head over to their website ASAP!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Cover FX Shimmer Veil

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to make up looks, I’m not massively into the whole shimmery/glimmery/glittery eyeshadow look.

Probably, mainly because I don’t really ever have any occasions to attend where such makeup would be deemed appropriate eye lid wear, also because I’ve always really bloody struggled to get on with shimmery/glimmery/glittery eyeshadows.

I’ve always found them to be almost impossible to apply, flaky, dusty and fly-away in texture, leaving every part of my face shimmery BUT my actual eye lids.

*Rolls eyes*

If only I’d had Cover FX’s Shimmer Veil back in the day!

Shimmer Veil is a multi-use, crease-proof liquid shimmer crème that imparts fabulous metallic colours in a range of six different shades.

Designed primarily to be used on eyes, this multi-tasking lovely can also be used on lips and even brow bones to create some seriously out-of-this-world multidimensional shimmer!

I tested out two of six shades in Halo and Amethyst.

Halo is a multi-dimensional, holographic, glistening pearl shade which is probably the most subtle of the six shades- though having said that I’m not sure ‘subtle’ is the right word to use as these products are designed to get you noticed, not have you blend into the background!

Amethyst is the prettiest, iridescent lavender- almost baby pink I’d say.

Eye catching and gorgeous the crème colour is applied via wand and can be used lightly to create a delicate shimmer or built up for a dramatic glistening glow.

Light yet creamy in texture, the weightless crème dries almost instantly upon application and I can attest to its ability to stay put!

Once applied this veil is going NO-WHERE meaning you’re left looking effortlessly ethereal all day long without any hint of smudging or flaking.


Better still, like all Cover FX products their Shimmer Veil’s are vegan and cruelty free as well as being free from mineral oil and fragrance which is great for my sensitive skin.

Check out the full range of colours in the Cover FX Shimmer Veil range now on where they cost £22 each.
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