New In This Week: Ten Beautifying Treats You Need To Know About To Kick Off 2017

Over the next few months you’ll start to see a slight change to the way in which I present beauty reviews, news and edits. Although I love the beauty industry with all my heart and adore putting things to the test, I want London Beauty Queen to be about more than that. I want to be able to continue to bring you advice, discussion, news and edits of some of the things I’m using without always being bogged down by the stuff that’s landing on my desk – often it’s all shiny, new and distracting, giving you a taster of fab things that you can buy to meet an immediate need rather than investments that you’ll continue to use and enjoy for months to come. As a result, every week (or fortnightly if there’s not much going on!) I’ll be bringing you an edit of what’s new, noteworthy and lustworthy in a more manageable format with bitesized reviews and first impressions. If anything keeps my attention span for a little longer or is genuinely changing my life, I’ll happily feature it again to let you know. But if you want a quick bitesized chunk of newness, this is the place to be. And boy have I got ten great things to start off with!

1. NYX Lid Lingerie (£6.00)
Definitely one of those soon-to-be-cult brands and a name you’ll be hearing plenty more from in 2017, NYX is proving that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great product. These ‘Lid Lingerie’ eye creams are incredibly pigmented and super creamy to apply, buffing or blending easily to create everything from the most subtle of looks to a full on smokey eye. (There’s a great silver shade, as well as a red and green if you’re feeling more daring.) Thankfully the formula dries really quickly to leave a perfect result without any smudging, creasing or sticking; I’m loving the more nude shades on the spectrum for adding a bit more texture into a natural look.

2. Merci Handi Cleansing Gel (£3.00)
Hand hygiene gel has never been sexy, but it is functional and used by millions of commuters all over the globe. Unlike other hand sanitisers, Merci Handi gels are enriched with emollient beads and Vitamin E to hydrate and nourish skin while simultaneously fighting bacteria; there’s no uncomfortable dryness or an instant need to apply a hand cream, just a delicate scent and a feeling of fresh skin. I hate hygiene gel with a passion for what it usually does to my skin, but these seem to be a great alternative with fun scents that include Black Vanilla, Lollipop and New Wave. Find them in your local Topshop and Urban Outfitters too.

3. DKNY Be Tempted Eau So Blush (£37.00)
Launching on 18th January, this latest incarnation from the classic apple scent we know and love is a little bit more traditionally feminine whilst having warming fruity elements to keep it fresh. Top notes of Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange and Magnolia, heart notes of Peony, Jasmine and Cedarwood, plus base notes of Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk make for an interesting combination. Many of the range extensions are too sweet or too on-trend to really make a statement, but this is a perfectly pleasant scent that could seamlessly transition into my daily repertoire.

4. Essie Treat, Love & Colour (£8.99)
Available in three very subtle colours (nude, pink and lilac) this innovative formula combines the best of a treatment with the added benefit of wearable colour. As someone that has great nails when I look after them, but horrendous nails as soon as I stop, this kind of multi-functioning colour is right up my street. Formulated with collagen and camellia extract, Essie claim that you can experience stronger nails in just a week – with 60% less peeling and 35% less breakage. That’s a big claim and I have high expectations! I just wish they’d have created shades that were a bit bolder and more suited to the season.

5. Soap & Glory The Mighty Contourer (£9.00)
Are we not over contouring yet? Apparently not, as Soap & Glory have launched their very own 3-in-1 version that includes a contouring cream with accompanying blush and highlight. The handy compact opens to reveal two layers of product that can be applied with a sponge, brush or digit; all three are suprisingly non-greasy (what I tend to find with the cheaper cream products) and apply well to add a touch of colour without overdoing it. If you want to dabble in the trend, need a compact for your gym bag or fancy treating your little sister, this affordable treat ticks all the boxes.

6. Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in ‘Melon’ (£25.00)
Apparently the original version of this was one of the most celebrated products for the brand last year, proving you don’t have to wear a bold lip to be exciting. The new shade adds a touch of colour to that winning formula, which makes lips super comfortable and subtly juicy; although it’s pricey for a lip balm, if you love your cosmetics and want to treat yourself come payday there are worse things to splash out on!

7. L’Oreal Elvive Low Shampoo (£6.99)
What’s a ‘low shampoo’ I hear you ask? Basically it’s a L’Oreal term for cleansing conditioner, when they basically realise they’re about two years late to the party. The same issues are still apparent that caused our obsession with cleansing conditioners to go into overdrive: overworked, over nourished and over stripped strands. A cleansing conditioner (or low shampoo) can help alleviate dullness, dryness, limp hair and general lethargy with your style; you apply this formula to your entire head and leave to get to work for around three minutes, washing it out to reveal a refreshed look beneath. If you’ve got super dry, thin, overly styled or coloured hair, then this could be just for you – but be careful to give it a proper wash at least once a week or the build-up may cause whole new issues of their own. Both of these formulas contain nourishing and caring ingredients to help infuse hair with goodness and are well worth a go for the price point, I just don’t know if I’m ready to revert back to leaving the shampoo on the shelf!

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Top 5 Instagram Feeds – March Edition

Okay, I have a problem. I’ve totally gotten into Instagram over the past few months and I just can’t stop scrolling. I got my very first iPhone last year, and for the first 6months or so, I kept forgetting Instagram existed… but over the past few months i’ve become obsessed. I wanted to share the love, and today I’m bringing you my Top 5 people to follow on Instagram this month!
LaurenPopey
Lauren has the most beautiful hair, and impeccable fashion sense. I love her soft sultry beachy waves and her stylish fashion sense. Lauren knows how to dress for her figure, and her outfits are always bang on trend! She also has her own clothing range ITSbyLP and her new collection is so perfect for spring/summer!
Briarroseblog
If soft pastels and all things disney are your thing, then get ready to fall in love with Megan’s instagram feed. Megan has one of the most beautiful instagram feeds i’ve ever laid my eyes on and her photography is just so breathtaking. I can find myself scrolling through her images for days.
Leannelimwalker
Leanne has a stunning instagram feed that’s packed full of stylish fashions and must have accessories. A beautiful pastel pink head of hair and make up skills to boot. Leane has a fab feed and is certainly one worth following.
Velvetgh0st
Gabby has an ever evolving theme on her instagram. If you’re a fan of her youtube channels then you’ll enjoy her instagram. I love seeing her images pop up on my feed as I can guarantee they’ll be beautiful shot, edited and selected.

Kayleighjcouture

Kayleigh’s feed is so clean, modern and fresh. Everything is so clean and sleek. I love her feed for beauty and fashion inspiration as well as photography inspo. Another must follow.

So that’s it for my Top 5 Instagram feeds.Do you follow any of them? I’d love to hear who your favourite instagrammers are! Let me know in the comments.
Em xxx
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10 Things I Plan on Purchasing in January

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I should be saving, I should technically be at the gym too and yet here I am mindlessly trawling the internet in the quest for pretty things to call my own – I mean there’s no harm in looking now is there?

1, After much deliberation and continuous use of my original Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette, I have decided that I am going to make the smart investment in the Charlotte Tilbury Look in a Palette in Seductive Beauty. The peachy blushes and neutral yet cool toned eyeshadows (the original palette features pink and warm toned products) really call me and I know for a fact that it will be used and loved making it that little easier to justify.

2, I’ve also very much set my sights on finally owning the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Kim K.W, admittedly it is a rather pale nude but I do think it will be the perfect partner to a smoky eye look and after swatching it in-store, I am convinced that I will be able to make it work for me.

3, Slowly but surely I have amassed a good number of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors but one shade missing from my collection is Champagne Pop. Initially I wrote it off as being too golden for my skin tone and needs but after “borrowing” my sister’s compact, I am fully converted – especially when tanned. Yes this is a yellow toned and altogether bold highlighting choice but in the right hands, it is utterly beautiful – sure I might reserve this for the Summer months and maybe evening wear but I do think that this is one product entirely worthy of the hype surrounding it.

4, I don’t know if I have missed the boat for the Too Faced Peach Glow Face Palette but isn’t it beautiful? A highlighter, a blush and a bronzer, all in one dinky palette. It is currently available via Sephora so I’m hopeful that it is a case of just being patient and waiting for the palette reaching the UK.

5, As we are nearly approaching the Spring season, you’ll excuse my desire to find a new and altogether fresh and more seasonably appropriate fragrance. At the moment I am very much enjoying the warm and rich tones of Aerin Tangier Vanille Eau de Parfum which is ideal for the abysmal Winter weather we are currently having. The great thing about Aerin fragrances is that not everyone is aware the brand exists, meaning you won’t have the same signature scent as every female in the office – we’ve all been there. If I could add one more bottle to my small but perfectly formed Aerin stash, it would be Aerin Gardenia Rattan – it is fresh, floral and yet not at all stuffy.

6, I have went from absolutely loathing Coriander to actively seeking it out – in my opinion it can really make or break a good taco. Anyway my love for the herb now extents to home fragrance and for all those Taco Tuesday nights, I am hoping to purchase a Diptyque Coriandre Candle – tell me that doesn’t sound dreamy? Margarita’s optional of course.

7, Over the festive period I indulged in far too many sweet treats and as a result my skin is now really making me pay for all those overindulgences and midnight feasts. Typically I would slap on a light layer of Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Mask and allow it to work its magic but I will damned if I can find my admittedly well used tube anywhere. The great thing about this mask is that during really troublesome skin spells it can be used as a cleanser. I must re-purchase ASAP!

8, When you have flimsy, poker straight lashes a great mascara isn’t all that easy to come by – some formulations are too heavy, others flake, smudge and generally aren’t worth mentioning. I have recently just discovered Bobbi Brown Smoky Lash Mascara – albeit in mini form via a Christmas value set, and man am I smitten. It plumps, extends and really frames the eyes with little to no effort on my part – not to mention in layers on beautifully without clumping if a dramatic look is what you crave. Yes I will be purchasing a full sized tube any day now and with zero qualms.

9, Bare Minerals have really won me over in the last few months with their new and innovative launches (seriously if you have yet to try out Bare Minerals Rescue Balm you are seriously missing out) with means I have nothing but blind faith in their new skin care launches – Bare Minerals Correctives. At this point, I’m not entirely sure which of the five products out of the line up, I will be purchasing but a serum will be mine before the month is over.

10, Lastly, another re-purchase or re-stock by another name – NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. This delightful, light yet moderate coverage base is the perfect choice for when the warmer days finally roll back around, not to mention it helps inject a little much needed moisture to Winter parched skin.

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Think Pink! Spring Inspired Tutorial!

Hi guys, I wanted to apologise for being MIA over the past few weeks! Things have been pretty crazy and i’ve been working so hard with my Advertising course, job, youtube, instagram, and blog that I just needed to take some time off! I Promise i’ll give you all a big life update very soon.

In the meantime, Spring is finally upon us! Can you believe it?
I wanted to share a Spring Inspired make up tutorial with you all. I’m so in love with Halo Eyes, and this pinktastic look just needed that little bit of glitter to finish it off.
Here’s the full tutorial if you’d like to try it yourself!

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Exploring Paris & French Skincare with La Roche-Posay | Advertorial

 

It wasn’t until I developed adult acne, did I learn to appreciate good skincare. I’d always had relatively good skin, even throughout my teens and seemed to avoid that ‘life ending’ puberty led onslaught of acne. Of course I had the odd blemish here and there, but never anything too extreme.

Growing up with a single mother who didn’t care much for makeup, skincare or beauty products, I learnt through trial and error, and women’s magazines which skincare products to use. Needless to say, I picked up a few terrible beauty care tips… (Does anyone else shudder with horror at the thought of putting toothpaste on breakouts and baby powder in their hair now?)

When my skin was at its worst, It affected my self confidence in so many different ways. I was a shadow of my former self and I wasn’t sure on the best way to deal with it, but one thing that helped me, was sharing what I was going through.

It took me the better part of a year to get my skincare routine nailed in a way that was working for me, and it was so heart warming to see all the amazing comments and messages of support in Instagram and YouTube from those that had been following my skincare journey.

One thing I’ve learnt is how temperamental acne-prone skin can be, and I’m very aware that many of the skincare products I added into my routine were mid to high end in price point – which isn’t very purse friendly. A few of you were disappointed that I hadn’t found more affordable products that work to combat blemishes and acne prone skin, so over the past few months I’ve been looking into alternative options that are affordable to everyone and that’s why I recently headed to Paris, famed for not only it’s amazing Boulangeries, but also it’s wonderful French Pharmacies and incredible skincare, with La Roche-Posay. .

These days I’m always more reserved, and hesitant with trying new products, but one thing which attracted me to La Roche-Posay, is that they have an affordable range of products called Effaclar, designed specifically for acneprone skin. In the summer, I was SO into the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spray Water, and was intrigued to learn more about their products as I’ve seen so many bloggers talking about them. With that in mind, a quick Parisian trip seemed the perfect way to learn more.

I checked into the beautiful Les Bains Hotel, infamous in Paris and showbiz circles for the Celebrity packed parties that frequently took place in the 80’s and 90’s. Now, it’s decked out into a beautiful designer led boutique hotel. The Room was so beautiful, and looked like a bloggers paradise with a beautiful marble headboard and crisp white sheets.
I spent the first afternoon wandering around the city, even stopping for a quick bite to eat near The Louvre, and before I headed home, I got the chance to spend time with a leading French Dermatologist – Prof Phillipe Beaulieu. If you follow me on Twitter then you may have heard about a very special YouTube video Phillipe and I got to film together! I asked on twitter if you had any questions or thoughts you’d like me to put to a Dermatologist, such as ‘What do Derms REALLY think of face wipes?’ as well as a few other burning questions I see popping up all the time about skincare.
A huge thank you to LaRoche-Posay for helping me understand more about skin, as I got to attend a special Dermatologist led skincare session. We talked about everything fromIsotretinoin(more commonly referred to as Accutane), to the different types of acne and how they are graded on a scale – from very severe to no lesions (only redness) and how dermatologists treat the different types. It was fascinating and I feel like it totally enriched my knowledge, which hopefully I can pass on. Over the next few months I’ll be putting the knowledge and skincare to the test, and trying out the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range in the hopes that it could be the affordable skincare line we’re all looking for.

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