I’ve had a crazy few weeks lately, consisting of 9am starts and 11pm finishes, all thanks to my new job, meetings, birthdays, travelling and Pokémon GO in the moments between those. It’s all very reminiscent of what I’d imagine a Sex and The City lifestyle would be like, except without the glamour and definitely without the money. After all, I am just a student.
All in all, it’s been a little bit of a blur not having a moment to myself, I figured I’d celebrate this morning by dragging my aching limbs to Boots and grabbing a few lipsticks to replace the ones I lost on a boat party in Sunny Beach, #worthit. I also have a few other favourites from this month that I’d love to share with you, especially if you are looking for some inexpensive cruelty-free products that have been tried, tested and loved by me.
Sleek “Matte Me” lip cream: £4.99
While I was impressed with the Revlon Ultra HD matte lip cream before I inevitably lost it (I used shade “Devotion”) a lot of the other shades are more pink/red based, which I feel overpopulate the high street. I’ve been trying to look for shades similar to the ever-so-popular Kylie Jenner lip kits but on a budget, so when I came across the Sleek “Matte me” lip cream, a brand I hold so highly in my heart after trying their eye shadow palettes many years ago, I knew instantly they would be a winner. I was so impressed with the pigmentation after swatching them on my hand I practically threw away every other lipstick in my hand. At £4.99 – what a steal. A few hours and a bit of scrubbing later, the colours won’t budge, which makes this perfect for those like me who find their lipstick disappears quicker than when they last reapplied. I only chose “Birthday Suit”, which is a nude shade and “Velvet slipper”, a deep plum, but I’m ready to go back for more.
Overall the application was pretty slick, the cream application allows for a one coat coverage which is all thats needed with it’s pigmentation. I don’t see this having any problem regarding to lasting wear as it took me 2-3 layers of rough cleansing to get it off my lips, so eat away!
Sasy n Savy: Skincare
All this traveling has really taken it out on my stress levels and so in turn, I’ve been eating a lot of junk. This has taken it out of my skin, which can get very dry and flaky, so having this Sasy n Savy travel kit by my side has been pretty useful.
A bit of background information for those who don’t know about this brand, Sasy n Savy are an Australian brand who offer an extensive range of 100% natural products that are high in vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients vital for healthy skin growth. They are exactly the type of products that would make your skin-care obsessed gran so proud. They are also cruelty free making them VEGAN. Celebrations all round. Find out more here.
This pack covers all of the essentials; a cleanser, toner, masque, and daily moisturiser. The first thing I noticed was just how gentle it felt on my skin, perfect for sensitive skin types like mine that can be aggravated through deep cleansing and heavy exfoliating. The deep rose scent made the routine feel a little more luxurious and calming, which after a long day was a nice way to unwind.
The absolute cherry on the top however was the peppermint moisturiser (Skin firming Creme), not only did it smell incredible and revitalising for the Monday starts but unlike many other moisturises for dry skin types, it’s lightweight and non-greasy, leaving me with glowing skin instead of oily. This won’t be a problem to use before applying makeup as it settles into the skin quiet nicely. As somebody who struggles to find a decent moisturiser that does this, it was a nice surprise. Now if only I could stop stroking my face…
As a media student, it’s my job and my source of fun to appreciate all aspects of marketing, including new technology and advertising. It’s always interesting to see something new come to the table, especially with the launch of Charlotte Tilburys Scent of Dream Eau De Parfume. While I haven’t personally tested this for myself, Tilbury herself aimed to make a “fleurotic” scent that is a first of its kind, using psycho-active notes that work similar to animal pheromones, to make its user a core attraction of any room. She wants women to feel empowered, desired and emit an aura that is almost “hypnotising” using this scent. (Read the full interview at http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Charlotte-Tilbury-New-Fragrance-Makeup-2016-42211411#photo-42211411 )
Obviously, we can take all that with a pinch of salt but what got me intrigued was the marketing side of things. I must admit I was a little taken-back initially by how strange the advertisement was but a little research helped go a long way in making me realise how ground breaking this was for the future of marketing. The ad campaign is unique in the way that it has been given a virtual reality spin, which users can experience using a host of VR headsets (Samsung gear and Google cardboard) to experience a multi-sensory, out of this world experience. At the forefront of this video is Kate Moss, an enigma herself, taking you through wormholes of the galaxy, truly mesmerising, just how Charlotte intended her first perfume to be. You can catch a glimpse on YouTube here, however it’s full effect is better reached by visiting Charlotte’s Beauty Boudoir in Covent Garden and Selfridges W1 from 18th August. Could this be setting us up for a new spin on advertising? What do you guys think of this style?
Let me know!