Vichy Mineral 89 Booster and Eye cream

 Vichy Mineral 89 Booster and Eye cream

 

As a makeup artist, one of the most common question I get asked is how to make foundation look flawless. And you know what? A good makeup starts with skin care. 

I am 99.9% of the time I begin by prepping my client’s skin with serum, eye cream, moisturizer and masks, because I know that nothing, I put on top will look right if the skin isn’t in superior shape. 

Hence, I am trying and testing out skincare products in the market, to find out what are the best ones I can wholeheartedly recommend and use on my clients for photoshoots, filming, commercials and on fashion shows. 

 

 

Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster

Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster

Vichy Mineral 89 

Hyaluronic Acid Booster

This catchy name comes from the ingredients: it’s made up of 89 percent mineralizing thermal water (from Vichy, France).  Helps to combat visible effects of stress, fatigue and poor diet. Can be used to create a smooth base for makeup application.

 

Ingredients:

Mineral 89’s is a lightweight gel-texture serum with a fusion of 15 kind-to-skin minerals, this effective serum will supercharge your skincare routine. 

Hyaluronic acid, a molecule that can hold 1000 times its weight in water, has been added to fortify the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

 

Benefits:

Skin feels more hydrated, plumped and toned, healthier, luminous, re-plumped.

 

How to use it:

After cleansing, apply the Vichy Mineral 89 Serum before your favourite moisturiser in the morning and evening.

 

Add on benefits:

Oil-free, silicone-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, colorant-free. Dermatologist and allergy-tested. The formulation has a fresh gel-like texture and is fragrance free.

 

WHAT WAS MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE?
This product is unreal. You can literally feel your skin absorbing it as you smooth and pat it on. I found that this booster worked well under makeup or just on it’s on. You can also use it as a primer as it made my skin looking more plumped, smooth, moisturised and the makeup stay on well.

 

MY RATING:
This is a five-star product for me. I am really liking it so far and will continue to use this.

 

 

 

 

Mineral 89 eyes, Hyaluronic Acid Eye Fortifier

Mineral 89 eyes, Hyaluronic Acid Eye Fortifier

Vichy Mineral 89

Hyaluronic Acid Eye Fortifier

Aging skin requires more intensive action to help restore its youthful look.


Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid, is a naturally occurring, hydrating substance that loses volume as we age. The earliest signs happen under your eyes and sunken hollows appear below them, making dark circle more pronounced.

It also means you need to pay special care and attention when using an eye cream.

It has powerful ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. 

As an ingredient in topical serums, fragmented hyaluronic acid benefits the skin by drawing moisture to the epidermis, giving the eye area a plumper and more volumized appearance while filling in fine lines temporarily. It replumps skin with moisture. 

As well as caffeine, which can constrict blood vessels, de-puffs, boosts circulation, and brightens dark circles.


Vichy Thermal Mineralising Wateris taken from the volcanoes of Auvergne in France, where along its journey, it becomes rich in 15 different minerals. These minerals are what make the water so beneficial to the skin.

 
Benefits:

This incredible eye cream will help treat your specific skincare concern: this formula designed to target your under-eye issues. 

  • Repair Wrinkle

  • Reduce Under eye bags

  • Lift the Eye Area

 

How to use it:

Dot cream around your eyes. With your ring finger gently pat around the eye area,

start at the inner corner underneath your eye in a semi-circle up to your brow bone. Avoid applying the eye-cream on or near your eyelids.Don't tug! The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate. You don’t want to put too much pressure on the skin. 

It is advised to be used every morning and evening while ensuring that the cream is absorbed completely.

Add on benefits:

Dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested, hypoallergenic, suitable for sensitive skin and fragrance-free. This is a non greasy formula.

Also this product is ophthalmologist tested, ensuring that contact lens wearers won’t have problems using this treatment.


WHAT WAS MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE?

 Is this the best eye cream in the market? I can honestly say; this eye cream did not leave me disappointed.  My eyes were visibly more hydrated and the lines around my eyes were less visible. My eye makeup stayed on perfectly well.

 

MY RATING:
This is a five-star product for me. I can highly recommend it. 

Products available from: Vichy UK

I do not have financial benefit from recommending the products. The products were gifted. Should you have any question or feedback about my blog / review please feel free to message me.

 

Rebalancing Travel skincare kit

Clean skin is happy skin! 

Rebalancing Travel kit

Rebalancing Travel kit

Exfoliating, face wash, foams, oils, double cleansing – there are more than a handful of ways to wash your face! But my absolute favourite way to get your skin clean is to use a deep cleansing skin routine. Hence, I tried from a French brand Oh My Cream the Rebalancing Travel kit.


The brand swears by three essential beauty steps: 

1, double cleansing 2, gentle exfoliation and 3, treatment oil

Cleansing is a key part of my skincare, as it's important to refresh the skin. I was intrigued to try the products as I heard so much about it, and rest assured I was not left disappointed. Here is my experience on trying 4 Travel size products. As I travel a lot for work, I find it essential to have lots of minis in my travel makeup bag. 

FIRST STEP:

Always remove your makeup before going to bed or before exercising. When you sleep in a full face of makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oil on your skin, leading to clogged pores or breakouts.  

Make-up Removing Cleansing Balm: 

Make-up removing balm is created to remove all traces of makeup and impurities without drying skin. At the same time, it provides a soft barrier of moisture upon contact for a healthier, radiant-looking results. This gentle makeup melting cleansing balm is also suitable for sensitive skin and truly leaves your skin feeling instantly hydrated and smooth.

Apply a nickel-sized amount of Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm onto your dry face and eyes and massage in.

It melts into an oily texture but can be removed with water and it really takes everything off including mascara. It leaves the skin feeling plump and moisturised.  Apply over closed eyes for a few seconds before gently wiping to remove your eye-makeup. 

Ingredients:

  • Coconut and jojoba oil

    Vitamin A & E, full of antioxidants, anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory

  • Beeswax and oats

    Vitamin A to support cell reconstruction, heals and softens skin, moisturising

  • Salicylic acid

    Unclog pores, fight against blemishes, reducing sebum

Facial Cleansing Jelly:

This great soap free product with a soft foam, will clear congested pores, remove deep impurities, and nourish dull skin without overly drying. 

Start with damping your face, then apply a small scoop of the Facial Cleansing Jelly with your moist hands. Warm the product between your fingers and apply to your face. Gently massage the jelly in circular motions all over your face.

‘Applying products while the skin is damp can have its benefits, however the most penetrative products with active ingredients should be applied first,’ explains Dr Mahto. (Consultant Dermatologist at Cadogan Clinic). I will refer to this in the last part of my blog!


Ingredients:

  • Soapwort and coconut extract
    Indulged with flavonoids and vitamin C to fight dark spots and free radicals to stops ageing & soothing itching, treat acne, psoriasis & moisturizing effect, preventing water loss

  • Honey
    Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic & keep skin hydrated

  • Cranberry and Ginger
    Exfoliant, boost collagen, fight free radicals, anti-ageing, reduce hyperpigmentation

  • Zinc
    Reduce the amount of natural oil your skin produces and prevent pores from clogging.

On the personal note: My skin is freed of the day's dirt and grime and left feeling refreshed and cleansed. Really nice, refreshing scent of lemon and bergamot. 



SECOND STEP:

Gentle Exfoliation

Exfoliation is key to getting healthy looking skin and have glowing, healthy complexion. 

No matter what type of skin you have, everyone should be exfoliating at least two or three times a week to keep the skin clear and healthy. Unlike synthetic beads in many conventional products that can scratch and irritate your skin, a low concentration salicylic acid provides a gentler yet even more effective exfoliation.

Salicylic acid helps to soften keratin, a protein in the skin that makes skin cells stick together.

This makes it much easier to slough away dead skin cells while removing dirt and impurities from deep down in the pores and reducing redness and inflammation. Not only will your skin look healthier after just one use, it will feel silky soft to the touch.

Ingredients:

  • Papain & Salicylic acid

    Exfoliating dead skin, dissolves the keratin plugs and regulate skin cells

  • Rice powder

    Boosting complexion, brightens for a healthy glow, help to absorb excess oil, contains agents like ferulic acid and allantoin 

  • Pink clay

    Contains natural minerals including Silica, which help to replenish skin with the nourishment it needs to function well and retain moisture, soothing and balancing skin, treating acne, smooth exfoliating action and refreshing for dull and tired skin. Beneficial for dry, oily and normal skin type.

  • Oats

    Contains compounds called saponins and hasstrong anti-inflammatory properties and highly moisturising. 

 

THIRD STEP:

 

Treatment Oil

This delightfully compact oil, contains powerful ingredients. I was extremely pleased with this treatment oil, and it made my skin glow and feel and look more radiant. The aroma was instantly boosting my mood and I felt uplifted and relaxed after using it.

Use it for combination to oily skin, fighting blemishes and scars. Use it twice a day, drop 2-5 drops to your palm and gently massage it to your face. 


Ingredients:

  • Macadamia oil
    Balancing sebum production in oily skin, antioxidant, help to prevent wrinkles, age spots and other signs of ageing, alleviate acne, act as moisturizer for dry skin 

  • Sesame oil
    Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, gets rid of bacterial infection or inflammation, correcting patchy skin

  • Vitamins C & A
    Brightening skin complexion and evening out skin tone, helps cell production and growth and skin firmness

  • Salicylic acid & propolis

    Reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation with minimal irritation, reduce excess sebum, thoroughly clearing blocked pores, help to reduce the thickness of the dead skin layer so your skin will look more radiant, balancing & soothing problematic skin, enhances skin renewal, natural skin healer and able to help the regeneration of damaged skin tissue

Dr. Mahto mentions that, ‘so when applying product to damp skin, the active ingredients can penetrate the skin on a deeper level. After cleansing, take the time to work in your serum, paying attention to any problem areas and applying from the centre of your face outwards so you are not leaving product in the hairline.” 



And there you have it: A skin care routine you can follow daily!


Tips for this week:

Once a week, check your skin for any moles or spots that have changed. If you do notice any changes, please play it safe and schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

Skin Nutrients Facial Oil

I have been a big fan of facial oils and I was very happy to discover the Lumity brand. I first read about this product in an article in W Magazine. In an interview with Meghan Markle said she swears by it. I have decided to try it out myself.

Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil was created by Dr. Sara Palmer Hussey, Cambridge University’s Global Expert on Ageing.


This facial oil is intensely hydrating and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by restoring skin elasticity and the key nutrients keep skin glowing.

  1. The blend of ingredients improve skin firmness.

  2. The specific nutrients together provide skin with the holistic care it needs!


Texture:

It’s easy to use and absorbs fully into the skin leaving no residue so you can apply makeup straight away or go makeup free with your well nourished skin.

It adds vitality to skin and gives a really fresh look.


There are 32 natural ingredients in the oil:

~Botanical oils -passion flower seed oil, baobab oil, marula oil

~Plant extracts -green coffee seed oil, green tea leaf extract, centella asiatica extract,

~Essential oils -vetiver, elemi, may chang and many more


Tips:

•This oil is perfume-free and has a light, fresh lemony and uplifting scent and infused with essential oils, which are recognised for their wellbeing benefits.

•Massage into the skin at night, which helps keep the contours of the face lifted and toned and the muscles stress free whilst you at sleep.

•Massage the oil to the skin using Lumity Jade Roller for sculpting your face and for deep penetration of the products.



Travel package:

  1. Mini Skin Nutrients Facial Oil

  2. Lumity Anti-Ageing Supplement

  3. Nutrient Rich Skin Saviour

Sara created the Lumity Anti-Ageing Supplements, (day and night), designed with busy women in mind. You also get a travel size oil and a Nutrient Rich Skin Saviour.

This 4 in 1 cleanser has benefits such as:

  1. Removes make-up

  2. Deeply cleanses the skin

  3. Gently exfoliates

  4. Doubles as luxurious revitalising masque treatment


Website:

In my next blogging I will show you how to use the oil and the jade rollers.

Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil and Travel Collection & Jade Roller

Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil and Travel Collection & Jade Roller

Skin Nutrients Facial Oil

Skin Nutrients Facial Oil

Lumity / Nutrient Rich Skin Saviour

Lumity / Nutrient Rich Skin Saviour

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My favourite red shade lipsticks

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Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks

My favourite red shades!

Create a signature look with my list of recommendations for the 5 creamiest, most high-pigment and most universally-flattering shades. I personally love Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks range as they have the most flattering red shades.

These lipsticks don’t cake in the creases, nor does it creep away from the lip line.

The bullet of these lipsticks has been engineered to perfectly follow the contours of the lips. These lipsticks leave your lips cashmere soft. 

The big 5!

1.

So Marilyn

Iconic red lipstick for a perfect, full lips. The shade is remarkably vibrant and long-lasting. 

It’s packed full of natural moisturisers, too, so will keep lips luscious and primed to perfection all night long.

2.

Love Bite

Warm red lipstick with sheer finish. The shade is a statement, vibrant, true red and it applies creamy and smooth. The blend of waxes helps the formula glide over the contours of your lips.

3.

Red Carpet Red 

It's an essential red shade that is sophisticated, beautiful and timeless. Enriched with Lipstick Tree extract which protects lips and is a natural anti-oxidant, and Orchid Extract which soothes and hydrates for a soft, buildable cashmere finish. It has a blue undertone, so it is very flattering and makes your teeth look very white. 

4.

Carina’s Love

Inspired by the legendary Chinese actress Carina Lau, this is a pink-y red with slightly warm undertones, brighten the complexion immediately. This is a gorgeous matte lipstick. 

5.

Tell Laura

Inspired by the bohemian British beauty, Laura Bailey, this colour is geranium red. The matte formula glides on with ease, keeping lips moisturised throughout the day, while the Lipstick Tree extracts help to protect your lips from UV damage.
This orange-red suits darker skin tones. It makes you feel sassy and confident, and the matte texture stays on all day.

 

Here are few tips on how to choose your best red shade for your big day!

 The easiest way to pick the right colour for you by narrowing down the skin tone, the hair, and eye colour.

 Roll up your sleeves up and look at the veins underside of your wrist.  Are they purple, green, blue or olive? If they look more blue and purple, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look blue-green, you’re neutral. The green and olive veins on your wrist means you have warm undertone.
Also your natural eye and hair colours can help figure out your colouring. Traditionally, cool people have eyes that are deep brown, black-brown, grey blue, dark blue or hazel. On the contrary, warm-toned women usually have golden brown, green, turquoise or hazel with gold or brown flecks eyes with strawberry blond, red, brown, or black hair. Neutral undertone typically has hair and eye colours that have a mix of warm and cool tones. Typical eye colours are mixed, such as blue-green eyes with hints of copper, or eyes that can go from a warm-green to a cool blue.

Do you look better in silveror gold? Personal preferences aside, cool undertones tend to be flattered by silver or platinum, those with warm undertones look better in gold-toned jewellery. Neutral skin tones look equally great in both. 

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Cool undertone:

Carina’s Love, Red Carpet Red, So Marilyn

Warm undertone:

Tell Laura

Neutral undertone:

Love Bite

 

 

Few tricks will help to maximise lipstick’s longevity:

Thin lips: choose the sheered finish and lighter red as it may make your lips appear smaller

Large lips: choose the darker and matt finished colours. It plays down the size and flatters and compliments also.

 

  

How to apply your red lipstick:

1.

Exfoliate your lips with either a home-made lip scrub (1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 squirt of honey, 1 drop of vanilla) or Lush Lip Scrub (Honey, £5.95).

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2.

Use the matching lip liner to stop bleeding. Fill in with colour. 

 

3.

Blot down with tissue, then powder entire area (Kat Von D – ‘Lock-It’ setting powder £22) 

4.

Add another layer of lipstick, then repeat the process

 

Tips: Drink plenty of water in the morning of your wedding. Check you have no lipstick marks on your teeth. 

 

Enjoy wearing your red lipstick!

 

YouTube

I have started with my makeup tutorial on YouTube about 2.5 years ago.

As a makeup artist I find it very exciting to share all the makeup knowledge I have and to show viewers the best products available on the market. 

I feel like by creating videos I am able to communicate easier with everybody and to show easy practical tips .

Makeup and Hairstylist Eszter Hercsik using the Phyllis Cohen Face Lace Mask. This is my first makeup tutorial and I was inspired by Lady Gaga Super Bowl performance and paired it up with glitter and dark lips to be the look for Halloween.
Festive Makeup in 5 Easy Steps I wanted to create a simple festive Look, so this makeup tutorial will give you a beautiful festive glamour which can be created in less than 10 minutes. This look is also not too pricey but with good quality makeup products.
Here is my third makeup tutorial, this time specifically created for New Years Eve. This makeup tutorial is about glamour, glitter and gold. I am using my favourite products to create this easy glittery look. I especially like using gold shimmer and glitter on the body to create a glamorous effect at a New Years Eve Party.
Create a ''Romantic Valentine's day look''. In this easy to follow makeup tutorial, you can learn, what products I used and how to apply it. I am teaching basic makeup applications with a twist. This Valentines Day look includes a pink & lilac smokey eyes, dewy skin, soft rosy cheeks, contoured face and a romantic pink lips.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQqZIehg712TCDuCSrA318g

Behind the scene of 'What The Hell' project

This was one of my favourite shoots with @qualitypixels photographers (Sylwia & Marcin Ciesielski) called Angel & Devil.

Paul Walker was an absolutely phenomenal model and it was the best experience working with Dan Frye to create these special prosthetics pieces together. 

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