Milani Luminoso is one of those makeup products that everyone seems to rave about. I’ve seen countless Beauty Gurus and Beauty Bloggers confess their love for this product, and it has even been given “holy grail” status by many. Of course this meant I absolutely HAD to try it, and even though I’m a few years late to the party, I thought I’d review this little gem for you anyway as it truly has become a must-have item for me too.
Milani is a fairly well known drugstore brand in America. It’s not actually available in stores in New Zealand, and I’ll admit I had never even heard of the brand until I saw it being used in countless You Tube tutorials. Milani is Italian made and cruelty free, and the prices don’t make my wallet squirm. The best bit is that it’s easily available online from beauty websites like Beauty Joint, who offer fairly cheap shipping to places like NZ. The brand is best known for their Baked Blushes, and there are 10 shades to choose from, including two new matte baked blushes. They are very similar in terms of texture and application to the MAC Mineralise Blushes (just a lot cheaper!). They have the same ‘dome’ shaped appearance, and are both very dense. I don’t love or hate the Milani Blush packaging. It’s fairly non-descript, with a gold and brown compact, and a clear window on the lid. It’s made of a very sturdy plastic, and the lid snaps shut well. There is also a little flip up mirror, which is always useful in a compact, as well as a small blush brush.
I am super lazy when it comes to maintaining a fake tan in the winter. It’s something I do religiously in the summer, but I just don’t see the point of doing when I am rugged up in pants and long tops all winter. That being said, winter time is also when most of my friends seem to be having birthdays and there are quite a few events to attend. While I could embrace my paleness, I feel more comfortable when I have a ‘winter tan’ – just a very light bronze on my skin which give me a bit more colour! Today I thought I’d share with you the products that I use in the winter to get my tan. Since I’m pretty lazy at winter tanning, I often won’t actually apply any products until the day of the event. That means the products I do use need to be fast acting, and provide a dark enough tan with just one application.
The night before the event or party (or early morning if I am being super lazy) I will jump in the shower and prep my skin. First I shave my legs (an evil necessity) and then apply my fave body scrub the Weleda Birch Body Scrub. This stuff is amazing and leaves your skin super soft and the perfect base for applying fake tan! If I’m showering the night before, I’ll apply a moisturiser such as the Palmers Cocoa Butter Moisturiser, or if I’m showering the morning of the event, I’ll jump right to the fake tan.
The fake tanner that I love the most is the Palmers Instant Bronze Tan. This stuff smells amazing and leaves me with an instant tan that gradually darkens over 6 or so hours. It looks extremely natural, and leaves my skin with a gorgeous bronze glow. I’d definitely recommend this one, especially if you are pale like me as it doesn’t leave you looking orange! I apply this in the morning and leave it to develop over the day. I opt for baggy clothes during the day so that I don’t mess up my tan until I wash it off later in the day. Around 3pm I will jump in the shower and rinse off the excess tan.
Rosehip Oil has become particularly popular lately, due to its amazing anti-scarring properties. It’s a very versatile product, and one that I believe every girl should have in her beauty stash. In my opinion, the most popular and trusted brand for Rosehip Oil is Trilogy – now you all know how much I love Trilogy products, and this one is no exception! Right now, Trilogy are giving you the chance to win a year’s supply of Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil for yourself and three of your friends.. now that’s a pretty cool prize! All you need to do is head over to their Facebook page
So what are the benefits of using Rosehip Oil? As well as leaving you with soft, smooth and hydrated skin, Rosehip Oil is also fantastic at helping to reduce scarring, stretch marks and wrinkles. Rosehip Oil can be used on scarring from the moment that the wound has completely closed over, and it is best to start applying the oil as soon as possible for maximum effect. As well as scars from surgery or accidents, Rosehip Oil is also great for using on acne scars to help reduce the redness. The oil is very light, so it can be safely used on the face and it doesn’t block pores or cause irritation. Wrinkles and fine lines are also something that Rosehip Oil helps to prevent. The nutrients in this product help to improve skins appearance and tone, as well as smoothing and brightening the skin. We all know how important it is to keep your skin hydrated, and Rosehip Oil makes that so easy!
Blur Creams are the newest craze in the glorious world of beauty. Designed to help blur away fine lines, wrinkles, and pores they provide skin with a smoother and more even appearance. Flawless makeup begins with a great base, and a blur cream is an easy way to reduce pores and correct any imperfections on the skin. A brand new product on the block is the L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Blur Cream. The Nude Magique range is already extremely popular in New Zealand, with their Eau De Teint foundation and the BB and CC Creams, and now this product range is set to become even stronger with the addition of a Blur Cream.
I love the packaging of the Nude Magique range, it’s quite simple yet the purple colours used makes it easy to find against my other makeup. The Blur Cream comes in a 25ml tube, with a small tipped end which makes dispensing the product simple and also ensures that you don’t end up wasting any product.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know how much I absolutely love using natural products – especially when it comes to skincare! I love my makeup, and I admit that I probably use a little more than is deemed good for my skin, so it’s really important to me that the skincare products I am using are natural and will thoroughly remove all of my makeup, as well as cleansing and refreshing my skin! I was so excited to try out this Living Nature skincare set. It’s the “Skin Essentials to Vitalise Normal Skin” set, and as you guessed it, it’s designed to work best on normal skin. For the purposes of this review, I have been trialling these products over the past three weeks. I’ve used all three full sized products both morning and night, and they have been the only products I have been using on a daily basis.
For July’s Q&A I spoke to the gorgeous Kershia from fashion and beauty blog Catwalk Cult. Kershia’s blog is full of awesome beauty tips, product reviews, and the latest fashion trends… with a few lifestyle and foodie posts thrown in. Make sure you take a look at her blog as it is such a great read!
♥ What inspired you to start blogging?
It was THE perfect hobby to combine my love of creativity specifically with DIY lifestyle stuff, my obsession with beauty and fashion & of course writing. It is just a great way to really share your experiences, provide useful information and enjoy yourself whilst doing something productive.
♥ What are your three favourite beauty brands?
My top three favourite beauty brands at the moment is Art Deco, Urban Decay and Too Faced.
Hand creams are something that I have been using a lot of at the moment, as the winter weather really takes its toll on my hands. I work in an office where the heaters are on all day and the dry air really dries out my skin. If I don’t use a hand cream, my hands end up getting red, dry and cracked (which is just nasty!), so it’s a product that I keep with me at all times. I’m really loving the Herbalist Hand and Nail Treatment from Linden Leaves at the moment as it is just so hydrating and it smells amazing!
I really like the Linden Leaves packaging as it is so simple yet elegant. The Herbalist Hand Cream comes in a 30ml white tube with black writing. The tube is lovely and compact which makes it a great sized hand cream for keeping in your bag or for when you are travelling.