Galina Loves: face cloths

When it comes to washing our faces, we all have different preferences. Some just use their nimble hands. Some love their Clarisonic, others prefer Foreo. But there[...] read more

Liz Earle Colour Cosmetics range-new additions

Having launched Liz Earle Colour cosmetics earlier this year ( check out my review if you need to refresh your memory or are new to this great make-up range: http://www.galinka.co.uk/blog/?p=4744 ), the brand doesn’t seem to rest on its laurels and just added a few products to its colour collection including Perfect Canvas Primer, Signature Foundation, as well as Perfect Finish Powder Foundation ( a very pleasantly surprising discovery for me ) and Natural Finish Loose Powder, Signature Eye colour (great shades & staying power), Eye pencil, Brow pencil, Signature lip colour (another firm favourite of mine) and Lip pencil, as well as make-up brushes. Let me run your through each product in a little bit more detail:

FACE

Perfect Canvas Primer (30 mls, £18.50): I find that wearing a primer under your foundation makes your make-up ‘go the distance’ for longer and your skin feel more nourished and dewy. You can also wear this product on its own ( after you have applied your usual serum and moisturizer ), on your day off and it will mattify your skin, while the light-diffusing particles will soften the appearance of fine lines and pores ( I did notice that sometimes I have a little bit of a powdery residue after applying it but it doesn’t affect the overall look of make-up ). The skin does feel soft to the touch and you will feel ‘pulled together’ even on a lazy day-‘a woman should always make an effort with how she looks’, was what I was taught by women in my family.

IMG_1659

Signature Foundation (nine shades, 25mls, £21) : this foundation is fairly lightweight but it gives more coverage than Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint ( one of my definite favorites among many similar products on the beauty market ), so if you want the foundation that will last throughout the day or you are attending an important function in the evening, then this is the one for you. You hardly feel or notice it after you apply it and I say that as a compliment. You can also add on a little bit if you feel that you need more coverage-you will still end up with a naturally radiant complexion. The foundation contains vitamin E, as well as spherical particles and coated pigments that add a glow to your skin.

IMG_1658

Perfect Finish Powder Foundation (seven shades, £21): this pretty compact, which contains the foundation, mirror and application sponge was a revelation for me. I actually don’t normally like powder foundations, as the ones I have tried in the past made my skin feel either chalky to the touch or too dry-well, this one is just wonderful. You can build it up to minimise the imperfections and achieve a matt, yet luminous finish. It just glides on with ease over your facial contours and makes you look very pretty indeed. The compact itself is both practical and pretty, so I really enjoyed getting it out and touching-up my make-up during the day ( it also nourishes the skin with Liz Earle’s own blend of vitamin E, borage & avocado ). A good tip comes from the little paper instructions enclosed in the packaging box-if you use a blusher on top of this product, make sure it’s a powder, and not a cream one, so you don’t end up having a ‘patchy’ look.

IMG_1660

Foundation brush (£18): I prefer to apply the foundation with my fingers but this brush feels very comfortable to use due to its rounded shape. The bristles feel very smooth when it glides over you facial contours or hard to reach area and the two-tone brush head is made from 100% man-made fibres.

IMG_1661

Natural Finish Loose Powder (three shades, £19.50): this powder comes with a screw-on lid-so no worries about spilling it all over your bag! It feels feather-light on application ( due to the powder’s multi-sized particles and four types of powder blended together) and makes your make-up look polished and shine-free.

EYES

Brow Pencil (two shades, £11): brow pencils are great if you want to add definition to your eyebrows or fill the brows in, if they aren’t bushy enough. Strong eyebrows frame a face and accentuate eyes. This pencil is water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry if you get caught in the rain-it will go the distance and won’t betray your confidence.

IMG_1664

Signature Eye Colour (20 shades, £13.50): first of all, I am very impressed that the eyeshadow compact has a mirror, which allows you to apply or adjust your eye make-up on the go, without having to do the guess work and end up with a questionable result. The shades themselves are quite versatile and can be used on its own or two or even three of them can be easily blended or layered together to achieve a more vibrant or dramatic look, accentuating your eyes, whatever the colour. The eyeshadows are also fairly light-weight, so your eyelid doesn’t feel weighted down or uncomfortable.

IMG_1666

Eye Pencil (three shades, £11): the pencil glides on very smoothly and is easy to blend into your eyelashes, for perfect accentuation of your eyes. It doesn’t smudge, contains sumac fruit wax and Vitamin E and it stays put until you are ready to cleanse it off. You can apply it and leave it as it is, for a strong definition or blend it in ever so slightly, for a much softer look-definitely an easy and enjoyable eye pencil to use.

IMG_1665

LIPS


Signature Lip Colour (19 shades, £14): those lipsticks definitely get my vote, for the colour palette, for[...] read more

Tried & Tested: foundations for every day from Perricone MD & Liz Earle

Years ago, one of the original London ‘It Girls’ Normandie Keith, a beautiful and very sweet young woman, had her own beauty column in Mail on Sundays ‘You magazine’, which I used to love so much, I never missed one. And she was one of the first to actually write about an American dermatologist Nicholas Perricone and his supplements for the skin. Later he developed a full a skincare range but somehow until recently I haven’t used it-well, I should have listened before because his products are really great.

I am going to rave about only two of his skin care products for now that I have been using in the last two months-a ‘No Foundation Foundation SPF30‘ and his hypoallergenic ‘Nourishing Moisturiser’.

Nourishing moisturiser is great for this time of the year, because it nourishes our skin,foundations prevents it from becoming too dry and yet doesn’t let it become greasy. It contains an ingredient called ‘olive polyphenol’which is essentially a rare extract of Hydroxytyrosol from olive fruit and Oleuropein from olive leaf, which combined create a perfect anti-ageing therapy for skin, particularly sensitive one. This gentle moisturiser not only hydrates your skin but also helps the skin to repair itself, thus helping it look firm and toned. I also noted that if used in the morning, before make-up application, it also acts as a primer and keeps the make up in place for longer.

Now to my hero everyday product, the ‘No

[...] read more

Loving your feet

LEEvery day we get off the bed never giving it a thought how hard our legs have to work- running, walking, stretching, moving us from one point to the next but do they get loving attention at the end of the day, like our faces do?

I love rollerblading and even though I only run if it’s absolutely necessary, my feet work hard and often I notice that if I don’t do anything between my regular five weekly pedicures, my feet get dry and don’t look so hot, so after trial and error I know that the products below definitely work for me and if used regularly, not only do my feet look nicer, I  have a lightness in my step too.

1. Liz Earle’s foot scrub (£10.45 for 100 mls) is the best one by far. It contains  pumice, avocado, peppermint and rosemary essential oils, which nurture the skin and buff dead skin away. Her Foot Repair Moisturiser (£12.50 for 100mls) is like the conditioner for your feet, it’s formula is light and it doesn’t make your feet feel greasy, unlike some creams used at nail salons or spas, so you end up sliding off your flipflops when you leave post-pedicure.

2. A while back I used to go to a tiny jewel spa in the area where I live. It didn’t look MD like much but the owner and therapists were extremely nice and got things done well and the vibe was easy & relaxed even on a gloomy, rainy day. Then the owner had to sell her spa as she was following her boyfriend to another country and for the time I was left spaless-ok, it didn’t last long but there was one problem-noone seemed to stock Pevonia products that the spa used-especially the lavender foot oil that my regular therapist recomended and I swear, my feet started loving me more as soon as I started using it! We all get hard skin on our feet, but this oil made my skin so much softer, no moisturiser could compare. So imagine my dispair when I finished the last bottle….. A few years passed but this month while browsing the shelves of Space NK I saw a bottle of Margaret Dabbs footcare line called ‘Intensive Treatment foot oil’ (£20). Well, my feet are now paciefied by Australian Emu oil and lemon myrtle, so it’s fair to say that heartbreak is over for now.

3. If you go to the gym or run or have a hectic lifestyle, forgetting to keep hydrated, it’s not only the face that notices it, it’s your feet and nails, so what do you do if your nails on the feet don’t look that sparkly? Walk to Organic Pharmacy shop and try to get your hands on their Lemon & Neem nail oil-beware, they sell our regularly, so buying an extra bottle might not be a bad idea! Neem, Lemon and jojobas oils nourish your nails, cuticles and nail bed and if used regualry, i.e. every night before falling asleep, I promise you a nice reward within four or five weeks. And that comes from a person  who until recently just couldn’t be bothered to do it .)