Here's a simple look I wore to a dinner date with the man. I wanted a look that's quick and low maintenance, showcasing my new Revlon Lacquer Balm in the colour Demure. For products I wore in this look and the brushes I used, keep reading! x


LOOK: Demure with Revlon Lacquer Balms

Have you seen The Great Gatsby?

Sometimes I wish I was in the 1920's with the gorgeous flapper dresses, large pearl necklaces, oh so stylish makeup and finger-wave hair. These days busting out the roaring 20's style would be limited to special events, Halloween or fancy dress parties. With that in mind I am thrilled to share with you a 20's themed brush, the new Denman AnarKitty Ruby D3 brush!


AnarKitty x Denman Return with Roaring Ruby Flapper Brush!

Here's a pretty NARS Palette for you from the NARS Guy Bourdin Collection. This neutral-themed palette contains a lip gloss, 3 eyeshadows, 1 blush and 1 bronzer all housed in one compact. These are also my first NARS eyeshadows as I have only tried the famous NARS Laguna Bronzer and NARS blushes in the past, see my post on the top 10 NARS blushes to try before you die. Keep reading for my reviews on the NARS A Crime of Passion Eye, Cheek and Lip Palette from the Guy Bourdin Collection.


A Crime of Passion - NARS Guy Bourdin Eye, Cheek and Lip Palette Review, Swatches

Want the no makeup makeup look? Look no further!


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review!

La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche Face Cream is an excellent moisturiser for dry skin types.

La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche Face Cream* is a very moisturising face cream is targeted for very dry and sensitive skin. I take a little blob and massage gently on my skin. When used as a night time treatment before bed ensures I wake up with skin on my face as smooth and supple as a baby's bottom! 
La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche Face Cream* has a unique texture: in the pot its firm, but it easily melts on the skin. It is easy to spread and I found that it is quickly absorbed. Despite its very moisturising qualities, I have found this to be non comedogenic on my skin, that is, not causing acne breakouts - huge plus!

Straight from the pot, La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche Face Cream* has a moderate to strong floral and wooded scent with hints of orange blossom, but once you spread it on your skin it is barely noticeable.

For those who are particular, La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche Face Cream* is Paraben-free.

The only con I can think of with this product is the packaging.

While a majority of La Roche Posay products come in squeezy tubes, this product comes in a jar, perhaps because the balm is thick and you would tire so much to squeeze the product out! I am not a big fan of products in jars or pots, where you may have to 'double dip'. I find this very unhygienic as dust can accumulate inside the pot with repeated applications.
However, La Roche-Posay claims that they engineered this product to be more resistant to bacterial contamination by reducing the number of free water molecules (sensitive to bacterial contamination) and added the active ingredients in their lipidic phase of formula (more protective against contamination than the aqueous phase). How effective that is - honestly I would not be able to tell.
Overall, I think this is an excellent winter moisturiser, definitely a winter wonder!
Available at £16 per 50ml jar.
Have you tried La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche Face Cream? ♥
 Livia xx


La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche Face Cream for Dry Skin Review!

 Yankee Candle Lovely Kiku

I walked into my nearest Yankee Candle shop to check out the new fragrances and walked out with one of the new scents - Yankee Candle Lovely Kiku. I'm a very much a sweet berry or desserts type of person, and out of all the new scents, this one fit the bill.

Yankee Candle Lovely Kiku smells of elegance and rejuvenating, Kiku is a nickname for chrysanthemum, the flower of happiness and this is supposed to smell like it (I have personally not smelled one myself) but it also has hints of sweet cherry blossom and warm vanilla. To add to my love of this, it also comes in a gorgeous pinky lavender or orchid shade that is one of my favourite colours.

I love my minis - I collect wax tarts and I have recently been collecting the small candles as they are affordable and don't require too much commitment, ie. when they run out, I can pick out a new scent! So as for Yankee Candle Lovely Kiku, I picked out a wax tart and small candle with matching cute candle holder. 

If you like your florals or sweet-ish scents, Yankee Candle Lovely Kiku will be right up your alley!

Other new scents from the Yankee Candle Spring 2014 Collection, include Pink Hibiscus, Champaca Blossom and Under the Palms.

Have you checked out the new Yankee Candle Collection? ♥

Livia | The Skin and Beauty Blog



Yankee Candle Lovely Kiku Review!

The days are getting longer, the grass are getting greener, and despite the frosty winds in the UK, I believe spring is approaching! And with that frame of mind I decided to swap my usual bronze eye makeup with something brighter, fresher. The focus was on achieving 'luminous lids' paired with neutral pink lips. I touched my MAC eyeshadow palette for the first time in weeks, a little over a month, which is absolutely crazy for me! It's also the first time I've busted out MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick too which I have had for sometime, and I must say I am loving it. Keep reading to find out more about the makeup I used in this look!


LOOK: Waiting for Spring with Luminous Lids and Kinda Sexy Lips!

Unfortunately the wind doesn't make us all look this glamorous...

Happy Valentine's day folks! And what a windy Valentine's it is.

It's become rather windy and even more gloomy in these parts of the UK, I've broken 3 (yes THREE!) umbrellas in the last two weeks. Mourning the ache in my wallet has compelled me to write a post on how to cope with the windy weather - but this time beauty wise. Here are a few tips to stay chic amidst these windy days!


Beauty Tips for the Windy Weather!

Indulge without all the calories!

With the V-day approaching, why not treat yourself to zero calorie Yankee Candle Red Velvet cupcake of the candle variety? It's hard to find a woman who doesn't love chocolate, I would give no objections at all to swimming in a pool of cocoa, and this Yankee Candle Red Velvet wraps my room in a confectionary bliss, perhaps similar to a cocoa pool but without the stickiness.


Love and Yankee Candle Red Velvet Cupcakes

Do you want to look like a Victoria's Secret Fashion Model on Valentine's Day? Does your faux tan take too long? Do you worry about turning orange?

Fake Bake Shimmer Medium Instant Tan Lotion* is a great product for the quick instant tan, which answers all the worries above - in a positive way! It is not too shimmery and provides an instant sexy golden glow akin to that of gorgeous Candice Swanpoel and Alessandra Ambrosio.


Fake Bake Shimmer Medium Instant Tan Lotion Wash-Off Review!

Are you a fan of shimmery nudes? If you are, then the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner in Nude* palette is for you.


Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Review

When to See a Dermatologist About Acne

Most of us get pimples due to hormonal changes, which often start in teenage years. While mild cases of acne can often be cleared with over the counter treatments, sometimes it is best to see your doctor about formally diagnosing acne and prescription acne medicines. Here are six tips to help you decide when it's time to see a dermatologist about acne.


When to See a Dermatologist About Acne

I have heard of organic makeup before but have you heard of organic mascara? This is the first time I’ve heard of it.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara* boasts a mascara with 100% natural ingredients that delivers a false lash effect. I have it in the colour Black – the only way I wear my mascara.


Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara Review!

Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder SPF 30 Review
Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder SPF 30 Review

Don’t you just love multitasking products? I would like to share with you 2 All-in-1 foundation products, Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream* and Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder*. These claim to have 10+ beauty benefits: Smoothing, Moisturizing, Protecting, Firming, Priming, Perfecting, Concealing.. the list goes on. Oh and importantly, they come with SPF30! Keep reading for my reviews!


Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Cream and Balm Powder Reviews, Swatches!

We all long for long-wearing smudge-proof eyeliner that is creamy to apply and on a practical note - requires minimal sharpening. These are all qualities of these products I’m glad to introduce you to - the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio.


Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio Review, Swatches!

Do you clean your makeup brushes ladies? Here's the low down on MAC's Brush Cleanser:

MAC Brush Cleanser is the first brush cleanser I have ever bought. It is a very watery pink liquid (don't worry, it doesn't stain your brushes or that would defeat the purpose!). The smell of which is reminiscent of acetone (nail varnish remover) just incase you decide to whiff it from the bottle. 

It comes in a flip top squeezy bottle that runs the risk of pouring out too much if you're not careful. To get around this, I pour some product into a spritzer bottle and dispense product that way. Alternatively, you can also pour a set amount into a container and dip the brush bristles in there to clean.

It takes under a minute to clean small eye brushes used with powder products and longer for cream-laden lip brushes or large face brushes. 

In a pinch, these can also be used to clean your brushes on the go -- just spray an amount on the bristles and wipe on a tissue. Without wetting it thoroughly with water, your brushes will be dry and ready to go within an hour.

I find that it does the job effectively, disinfects the brushes. The bottle lasts me about 6 months and that's with regular use, but of course it also depends on how many brushes you use and need to clean with every wash.

This MAC brush cleanser is something I used to use regularly and I admit is perfect for on-the-go, but then since I've found an even better way to deep cleanse my brushes that's more effective at retaining its original colour. More about that to come in another post!

The MAC Brush Cleanser (£10 for 7.9 fl oz) is available from your local MAC Cosmetics store or the MAC website.

How often do you clean your makeup brushes? ♥

Livia | The Skin and Beauty Blog


MAC Brush Cleanser Review!

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick, MAC Flat Out Fabulous Lipstick, MAC Chatterbox Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Impassioned Lipstick
Ready to play? 

MAC Cosmetics is releasing the MAC Playland Collection which is a collection of fantastic bright pinks and corals, as well as frosty yellows and reds. Lots of amplified creme lipsticks, creamy lipglasses, pigments and chromagraphic pencils. There's also the return of casual colours which are creamy products that can be used for the lips and cheeks. 


Lots of Brights with MAC Playland Collection!

Well-done for clicking! Welcome to our MAC Makeup Giveaway!

I'm so thrilled to finally hit the 1M mark for page views on The Skin and Beauty Blog, and I thought what better way to thank you my blog visitors than to host a giveaway with my passion that started it all - my love for MAC makeup!

This giveaway will be for my beauty addicts anywhere in the world! 

Here are 8 ways to get more MAC makeup in your life. The products I've picked out will suit most for a gorgeously girly Barbie-esque look of hot pink lips and soft eyes that's oh so perfect for the coming Spring!

The winner will receive:

  • 1 MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick (£15)
  • 1 MAC Jete Eyeshadow (Limited Edition) (£12.50)
  • 1 MAC Eye Kohl of your choice from the MAC Permanent Collection (£14)

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The Skin and Beauty Blog MAC Makeup Giveaway !

Hot Neon Coral Pink Lips & Tips for Valentines Day with Impress Press-On Manicure & MAC Impassioned Lipstick

With all the reds going on on Valentine’s Day, here’s a new idea to break from the mold. 

It is using almost neon watermelon pink as a substitute, for both your lips and nails. I have Impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in 100 Ecstatic Cling* which is a bright neon pinky coral that photographs a lot more pink in pictures, and MAC Impassioned Lipstick (one of my favourite lipsticks from MAC’s permanent collection) that instantly brightens ones complexion. This lipstick works pretty much on every skintone - I have yet to see someone who this colour would not suit!

Watermelon Pink Lips & Tips for Valentines Day with Impress Press-On Manicure & MAC Impassioned Lipstick

MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with Proenza Schouler to launch a colourful makeup collection in Spring 2014. MAC has supported Proenza Schouler by providing makeup in their catwalk shows.

The MAC Proenza Schouler Collection features the return of Ombre Face Powders (yay!), lipsticks, pro longwear eye liners, lip pencils and nail lacquers. The face ombres look promising and so do the pro longwear eye liners. The amazing MAC pro longwear lip pencils in Dynamo and High Energy will also be re-promoted in this collection. I've never been a fan of the MAC nail polishes as I find them overpriced for quality so I will probably skip these. I am also not a big fan of the packaging.

MAC Proenza Schouler Collection!

Do you suffer from pimples, blackheads, rosacea, dry skin and wrinkles?

Good eating habits are very much linked to great skin and nutrients play an important role in your complexion. Consuming certain vitamins and minerals is one of the most effective ways to improve the look and feel of your skin, preventing pimples, blackheads, rosacea, dry skin and wrinkles.  In this post I will discuss 6 essential vitamins and nutrients that you can consider incorporating into your diet for great skin.


Healthy Eating for Great Skin - 6 Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Do you suffer from red cheeks, sallow skin, dark under eye circles or does your skin just need a bit of a glow? 

MAC Cosmetics are launching the MAC Prep + Prime Colour Correct Collection designed to fix our uneven skin tone woes with the use of coloured powders and creams. Powders will be available as loose powders and pressed compacts. These colours will be available in cream form that come with SPF 30.

Correctors are different from concealers. Correctors act to neutralise colour, whereas concealers act to cover up. You can use them both in looks or one or the other depending on your skin's needs.

I like using these types of products underneath my overall foundation or face powder.

How to colour correct using makeup

How to Colour Correct Using Makeup & MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct Collection!

On the look out for new NARS blushes? NARS blushes are renowned for their fantastic pigmentation, easy blendable application and wide selection of colours. Over the last few years I have accumulated a few (bah what an understatement I shamelessly admit) and I decided to come up with a list of 10 NARS blushes you can try and pick up from your local beauty counter!


Top 10 NARS Blushes To Try Before You Die!

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