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Sunday Tittle Tattle: Beauty Bargains and an Angry Cat

medik8 md formulations and elemental herbology beauty products

1) FeelUnique have some quite amazing reductions going on in their sale, and I just had an email newsletter to say that there’s an extra 10% off over the bank holiday weekend, using the code PLUS10. Bravo! My super-duper recommendations, with the biggest savings, are below.

MD Formulations – anything from. I bloody love MD Formulations, but sadly it seems that they are winding down operations, in the UK at least. Their antioxidant moisturising gel is one of my favourite things ever – I think that may have sold out, but there are plenty of other bits. See here.

Medik8 Cleanser – I really like this! I keep meaning to do a post but never get around to it. It’s creamy and comfortable feeling, great for dry skin. It’s down from £21 to £12 here.

Melvita Extraordinary Waters – lovely, refreshing beauty waters that are half-hydrating, half-toning. A true hybrid product that’s great for a quick swipe after cleansing and before serum. Find the Narcissus version here, reduced to £12.75 from £17.

Elemental Herbology – again, pretty much anything from this brand. I think it does a truly gorgeous job of making skincare. My top pick is the Moisture Milk Ultra Light Hydrator which is just the best thing since sliced bread. Soothing on hormonal skin, good at injecting a bit of moisture into skin that needs careful handling – if you have blemish-prone skin and just don’t know where to start with it, this is a nice moisturiser to invest in. It’s currently £27.30 instead of £42. (Remember there’s an extra couple of quid off with the PLUS10 code.) Find it here.

FeelUnique Beauty Sale

genefique skincare range

2) The lucky Lancôme Génifique testers are as follows. You’ll get an email this week asking for your details, so don’t worry if you haven’t received anything yet! Elaine Ward (eward), Jo Sutton (josutt), Justine Pendlebury (jspendlebury), Charlotte Cantrell (charlottelawrence2008), Zoe B (zbeech), Jenna (detectivedisco), Anne Robinson (annierobinson), Sophie Horton (sophiehorton) and Caroline (carolinecarpenter). Thank you to everyone who volunteered their testing services!

Read the Lancôme Génifique serum review… 

mr bear the british shorthair

3) Pet pics. Mr AMR took the one above of Mr Bear – doesn’t he look grumpy! Ha. His favourite place during the summer is an empty bathtub and he does not like to be interrupted. He lies down next to the plughole waiting for spiders to come up (he chases them down there first) and now and again he’ll do a little walk around the perimeter of the bath, knocking all of my beauty products over and getting cat hairs stuck to the soap.

dexter the cockapoo puppy

Dexter’s fur is slowly growing back – we are trying to be vigilant about combing it so that it stays lovely and soft, but he gets so many things tangled up in there! It’s honestly like some kind of nature experiment when you run a brush through; various grasses and plant seeds, bits of tree, rare insect species…

Follow @dexterandthebear on Instagram for more pics – my account is @modelrecommends, should you want some human interaction.

4) If ANYONE is having email problems, still, then please follow the steps on this troubleshooting page. It seems that the vast majority of issues have now been solved, so that’s great news! If you’d like to sign up then you can do so here. Happy Bank Hols, all of those in the UK – have a wonderful long weekend!

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Review, Ingredients, Before/After Photos: Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream, Anti-Aging Facial: Lifts, Firms, Sculpts, Smoothes Skin In 2 Weeks

Kiehl’s is aware of two things this fall: 1. That aging is an inevitable part of life and 2. The battle against the signs of aging can be corrected! Learn How To Prevent Stress From Ruining Your Looks with Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator. See PHOTOS —> HERE! Switch up your skincare routine this fall […]

My Perfect Garden Party Shoes

ruth crilly summer shoes

I tend to get through most of the summer scuffing about in flip-flops, but I have a couple of “outdoorsy” garden party things to attend this year and so I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of shoes. They needed to be wedges because stiletto heels are absolutely useless for walking over a) lawns and b) decking. They also needed to be high-ish, but not so high that I might pop a kneecap if I lost my balance. I wanted brown, beige or neutral-ish colours because I imagined a bit of a seventies vibe about the whole affair, and I didn’t want to spend too much because inevitably these would be shoes that would be worn a few times and then get stuck at the back of the wardrobe indefinitely.

And then I found these in Topshop: the Wish Buckle Espadrilles. If ever a product name was going to put me off it would be this – I have a funny hangup about the word “buckle” and “wish” is something a five year old would come up with -but they are suitable nonetheless. Perfectly seventies, not so difficult to walk in and relatively purse-friendly at £42. Sorry about the rough and ready photo – you can obviously see better and clearer ones online at Topshop – but I had to make do with six o’clock lighting and a laminate floor. (Roll on house renovations.) The Wish wedges come in a few different colours; I chose tan because they match the outfits I have in mind, but I really like the pastel colours too. You can find the whole selection here.

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Freedom Pro Highlight Powders | #FreedomWeek

Freedom Pro Highlight Powders | #FreedomWeek

I love makeup, but there are two products in particular that I can never resist and they are; eyeshadow palettes and highlighters. I own a ridiculous amount of both, but I just can’t resist adding new ones to my collection. I am a massive fan of the Makeup Revolution I ♥ Makeup Blushing Hearts Baked Highlighters, so I was excited when I saw Freedom had a range of highlighters too although I was a little worried that they might be identical to the Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts or Vivid Baked Highlighters but I decided to order them anyway as they’re only £3 each.

Freedom Pro Highlight Powders | #FreedomWeek

There are two shades available of the Freedom Pro Highlight Powders; Brighten and Glow and each powder contains an impressive 7.5 grams. The packaging is quite sleek, and is a little similar to the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters except these powders have flat lids, whereas the Vivid Baked Highlighters have domed lids which makes them difficult to store so I much prefer the flat lids of these Freedom Pro Highlight Powders. Each compact feels really solid and robust, and I love the design of the powder itself as it has a wave like design with Freedom engraved into the powder. The design of the powder is very similar to the MAC Extra Dimension Powders which I’m pretty sure was intentional.

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The texture of the powders is a little rough when you touch it with your fingertips, which made me think they’d be pretty chunky once applied to the skin but I needn’t have worried as they’re the complete opposite. I couldn’t believe how smooth, and silky they were to apply.. there is absolutely no chunkiness to them whatsoever, and they’re so pigmented which I hope you can see from the swatches above – these are from circling my finger around the pan just twice (amazing I know). Shade wise, Brighten is a peachy pink shade in the pan but on the skin, it’s more of a pretty pale champagne which I absolutely love and I think it would suit any skintone whatsoever. Glow is an incredible yellow gold.. I’ve never seen an highlighter with such a strong yellow tone to it, it’s just stunning.

Not only are Brighten and Glow beautiful highlighters, they’re also amazing as eyeshadows as they’re so shimmery and I particularly like using them as toppers for my eyeshadow for a metallic finish. There’s no doubt that these are very intense highlighters, but I love to use a fan brush to apply them to the high points of my face and they just give the most gorgeous luminosity to my skin – I can’t quite believe that they’re only £3 each.  I really love that Freedom have got a shade for cool toned skin as well as warm toned skin, but honestly both of them suit my cool toned skin so don’t be put off by either of them as I’m sure they’ll work for you too.

Now are they identical to the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters or the Makeup Revolution I ♥ Makeup Blushing Hearts Highlighters? I’m very happy to say that they really aren’t identical. I am planning on doing a post with swatches of all of them soon so you can see them all side by side, but I assure you both Brighten and Glow are unique shades, and aren’t just repeats. I absolutely love them both and cannot recommend them enough if you love highlighters as they’re just amazing and quite possibly my favourite Freedom Makeup product…

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