Tuesday, June 30, 2015

3D Skin Printing & The cosmetics Industry


Yeah, I had to do a double take of that head line when I first read it, too. It sound's like something from a sci-fi film sent in 2156, but no, were talking about right here, right now, 2015. L'Oreal have teamed up with a bio-engineering company - Organovo - to print 3D human skin. 

I've been doing abit of research about 3D printing for my job, it's influencing and impacting a massive number of market sectors, but I didn't realise it went any further than printing plastic models. 

Turns out, Organovo claim that they have cracked 3D printing from plastic to living cells and have printed a fully functioning human liver. Wait, what?! That's serious next level crazy science shit. Like seriously, that's going to completely change the world we live in. No more waiting on transplant lists, endless amounts of replacement human parts at the fingertips of anyone with a 3D Printer - but how will L'Oreal use this? 

I can understand that this will do wonders for the medical world, but a cosmetics company is not one of the first I'd imaging to get involved in developing this technology. But on second thoughts, it makes complete sense. More and more companies are becoming more ethical in their practices, as more and more consumers are dead set against animal testing, so using methods like this to test cosmetics seems like the safest and most ethical way to get round it, 

Something even stranger to me is that L'Oreal already do something really close to this anyway. They currently grow skin in order to test as closely as possible the effects that their cosmetics products would have on human skin, I'm not sure which method creeps me out more.

But a fascinating step in the cosmetic industry - maybe soon animal testing will be a complete thing of the past, and 3D printing will become a standard for cosmetics testing. 

You can read more about this developing technology and how L'Oreal plan to use it here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Two Minute Review : Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked



I got this cute little mini in a Sephora Favorites gift set, and hadn't really tried it out until recently. I fancied wearing lippie, but didn't want the upkeep of something brighter. I'd almost forgotten I had this, so I thought I'd give it a go. 

It one of those 'My lips but better' shade, but is really easy to wear too. Application is really quite lovely - you don't feel any dragging, it doesn't cling to any dry patches and no bleeding at all. 

Being quite fair skinned, I find that some nude lipsticks can wash me out and make me seem ghostly, but this isn't that type of nude. It sits gorgeously on the lips - hydrating them a little and has a creamy finish. It's infused with Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Jojoba Oil and Avocado oil - no wonder it feels so creamy!  It lasts quite nicely throughout the day too!

If I'm feeling flush any time soon, I'll deffo be giving the range a go!

I hope you liked this quick review! 

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Mix Up




We had a week of summer last week in Manchester - I'm just hoping that that wasn't it for the rest of the year. But the short splash of sun that we did have definitely put me in the mood for summer. 

I like to switch things up for summer, one because more colour and sweeter fragrances just fit with summer, but secondly, it's just not practical to slap on loads of makeup in the summer months. 

Despite it being abit gloomy as I write this, later on today I'm going to head upstairs and pull all my summer type clothes to the front of my wardrobe, get right into that summer feeling! 

Anyway, I've been switching up regular products to some more fitting to summer. 

I absolutely love this Gucci Flora fragrance for summer. Its feminine, floral and lingers for hours. I'm no good at describing perfumes, but here's what it says online - "The core of this fragrance is composed of both rose and osmanthus flower, a rare and delicate bloom originating in China." Yeah, its floral. If you ever get the chance when your popping by the fragrance counter in Boots, give this a spritz and let me know what you think. 

Highbeam is another summer essential for me. I'm of pale complexion and bronzer just looks wrong on my skin, so to get abit of a glow, I go all out for highlighting. A little smidge of this ontop of my cheekbones and on my brow bone gives a nice lift to the face, without having to go down the bronzer route. 

Revlons Lip Butters seriously have to be my favorite lip products of ALL TIME. Yep, I said it ALL TIME FAVE. I'm not mega confident when it comes to lipsticks - application can be tricky to nail down, and my lips are almost never in a good condition, but the Revlop Lip Butters don't care about all that. They can make even the flakiest, dried up lips look glorious. Their butter like formula glides on to the skin and is ridiculously easy to wear. They don't bleed or fade unevenly, and they keep the lips hydrated. What more could you want?! I've got a few of these in my stash, but I've been reaching for the colour Sorbet loads recently, a gorgeous purply pink. I definitely have to pick up some more from the range. 

I've done a full review of the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation, you can read it here. But this is a long time fave of mine and something I always reach for in the warmer months. This is quite a light weight foundation, so you don't feel like its caked onto your skin, but you still get great coverage. 

I have the tiniest sample of The Balms How Bout Them Apples that I'm trying to get the most out of because I just love it that much. It's a gorgeous creamy pink blush, that isn't a powder dry finish, but leaves a slight sheen / glow on the cheeks. Used sparingly on the cheeks, it can look like a natural blush, which I adore. I love my makeup to look natural but still put together, and this if perfect for that. 

I think I need to think of a new summer pamper routine next - I can't see myself having many baths when its hot!

Have you mixed up your summer makeup bag? Let me know what you think I should try in the comments! 

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Becoming a Brow Artist with L'Oreal


I don't think brows will ever go out of fashion. Nowadays, you go bold or you go home. And as a tweezer-phobe I'm loving it.

I've been in love with my Soap and Glory Archery brow pencil for a long time, and this little combo is by no means replacing it. I just thought that I wouldn't mind having a powder back in my stash, because that's originally all I ever used on my brows.

I think pencils give a completely different look to powders - they offer more precision and structure, but I do feel they can look too drawn on. Don't get me wrong, I love clean lines and sharp edges, but sometimes I want a little more of a natural look. 

That's where powders come in. Although powders can take longer to apply (not great for on the go application either) they offer a natural finish that I just can't seem to get from a pencil. The L'oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit really is pretty genius. Within it, you get a wax, a powder, a double ended brush and spoolie and a mini pair of tweezers. Everything you need for the perfect brow. .Like I said, it does take a little more time to do your brows using this kit, but the end results are worth it. I love the soft focus the kit gives, whilst still giving you a good overall finish, 

The only problem I have with powders like this is that I am a face toucher / rubber. If I don't do another step to lock the power in, I end up with two short, stubby and wonky brows. Which is exactly why I picked up the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper. 

This is pretty much just a glorified brow mascara, however I'm not too sure that's how they market it. I got it in clear, as I didn't feel that the step for holding my brows in place needed any added colour. I think this is supposed to rival things such as the Gimme Brow by Benefit, which adds tiny fibers to plump out your brows, but I don't see that. I don't mind though, because I want it for setting and no much else. So for that purpose, its pretty good! 

You can pick up the Brow Artist Plumper for £5.99 and the Brow Artist Genius Kit for £9.99. They're currently on 3 for 2 on L'Oreal cosmetics at Boots too! 



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum


Don't you just hate it when you fall in love with a product that's just out of your price range? That's what I've done here - fell head over heels, truly, madly, deeply in love. 

I've had a few different skincare samples from Caudalie, and every time I've fallen for them. 

The Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is formulated to correct the skintone, even out dark spots and add radiance. It's one of them products that you only notice are amazing once you stop using them. Having quite dull, patchy and blemish prone skin I find that using this evens everything out, Whilst it doesn't completely get rid of my serious under eye darkness, it does a pretty good job of reducing it.

It's not like one of them radiance products that just place tiny specks of glitter all over your face. I've no idea how it does it, but it gives a gentle lit from within type of glow.

My skin loves it too, it drinks it up. I find it leaves the skin quite tacky to the touch, which for me works great as a makeup base. Some people might not like it, but I do.

And a little really does go a long way - although I'm about to run out of this sample tube! Gutted.

If I'm feeling particularly rich one day, I might treat myself to the full size, 'cause I know I'm going to miss it. 

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Warning : Rant Within


I'm not sure why, but recently I have zero motivation for life. I've been struggling to turn on the computer to blog, to go to the gym or to even make an effort with friends. I've felt that I've been under soo much pressure to make soo many people happy and live up to their expectations of me and to do things for others that I've forgotten to look after myself.

I haven't painted my nails in about 3 weeks, I've cut myself a million times shaving my legs because I've felt like I've needed to rush and I've been driving myself crazy with growing to do lists that are just physically impossible to reach the end of. 

I'm a massive over - thinker. I always think the worst, plan, plan and plan some more but whilst I'm planning and worrying, I never actually stop to appreciate life. 

And I'm sick of it.

I need to give myself a break. 

If I don't blog I feel like I'm letting my readers down.

If I don't go to the gym, I know someone will be shaking their head and judging me. 

If I decide to have a bar of chocolate, I'll get a comment like 'I thought you were on a diet?'

If a friend asks me to meet, I'll feel bad that all I want to do is go home and rest, so I'll go out anyway and resent them for it.

Life shouldn't be like this.

I'm 25. I shouldn't be feeling like all I'm doing is going through the motions, with no real end goal. I should be doing exactly what I want to do, not being afraid of saying No, or attempting to get my own way. 

So writing this down is the opportunity for me to get things off my chest, wipe a slate clean and get myself back on track. 

I used to not give a shit about what people think about me and just live life the way I wanted to, and I want to go back to that. I'm going to try and block out all of the judgmental bull that I hear from people and get on with my own expectations of me. 

I want to be creating great content for my blog, instead of whacking out 3 OK posts a week for the sake of it. So if things get abit sporadic over in these parts, Its only because I want to do the best for you guys.

I already feel abit better after writing all of this down, and inspired to start this week with a positive mind.

Sorry for the rant, but sometimes it's the best thing to do.

Are there any posts you'd like to see on the blog? I'm going to be mixing it up abit soon with new content and fresh ideas.

Thanks for sticking around. 

Love, Emma
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