Sunday, 21 December 2014

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Review



Let's talk about Hair Oils today. Now, Hair Oils are products that I haven't used that often before, but after receiving a bottle of the Kerastase Elixir Ultime* in a goodie bag at an event I went to a while back, I thought I'd give it a try. 

I have bleached hair, and I'm sure as hell that I should be using all the products all the time. Hair dressers like to inform me of this every time I visit the Salon... yet I always come away feeling a little bit miffed, a little bit scorned and a little bit like i've been preached to and overly criticized by the hair dresser. Which, then makes me not want to go back. It's almost like an endless circle of disdain for my hair, but i'm working on it... For instance, my hair is now the longest it's been in years, and is in pretty good shape considering how much it's bleached every month.

I started incorporating the Kerastase Elixir Ultime* into my routine about 3 weeks ago. I like to use the oil on freshly washed, damp hair. To start, I squirt around 3 pumps of product into the palm of my hand. Next, I gently rub my palms in a circular motion. Finally, starting at the ends of my hair, I begin to massage into into my hair working upwards, and concentrating on the ends and midlengths, I find that avoiding the roots means that my hair doesn't get greasy, yet still feels the full effects of the product - Which is great! 

I then blow-dry my hair as usual and when complete, I apply one more pump of product into the ends, and brush it through. I find that applying the product in this way leaves my hair feeling silky soft and gives it a real luxurious feel.

I also can't talk about this product without mentioning the scent. This product smells divine, it's like a mix of fruitiness and a high end perfume and will certainly leave your hair smelling like you've just walked out of a salon.

At £28.40 for 125ml it's not cheap in the slightest... but i'm convinced and converted and absolutely can't live without it now. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on hair oils! Do you use them? Let me know in the comments...
Em xxx

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Pale Skin Friendly, Christmas Party Make Up!




This week I've had a chance to create some make up looks and really have fun with make up, more than I have done in the past few months. It's amazing how motivated you can be and how much fun you can have with make up when you're not rushing to go anywhere or constantly aware of the clock.
I've had time off this week and i've finally been able to relax, de-stress and just spend time doing things that I want to, without worrying about what time it is -  which is incredibly rare. 

Red Lipstick isn't a colour I usually wear on a day to day basis. Truth be told, it frightens me. I'm scared of wearing red lipstick with my bleach blonde hair because I just can't help but feel a little over done. Colour scares me, and even though I'm trying really hard to get out of my nude make up rut - I'm not quite sure i'm ready to make a red an every day wear just yet - even though the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - Hot Pepper* I'm wearing is the most gorgeous shade of red I think I've worn in a very long time. 

If  you'd like to recreate this look, here's everything you need to know:


Contour: NYX Taupe Blush
Eyeshadow: MUA Undress Me Too palette - for bronze/golds / Make Up Revolution Salvation Palette  - for transition shades
Mascara: Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
EyelashesTotal Minks - not sure which ones*

As always I'd love to hear your thoughts on this look! Let me know in the comments.
Em xxx




Friday, 19 December 2014

The Perfect Holiday Gift - Daniel Wellington Watch.

Daniel Wellington Watch, Classic Sheffield

Daniel Wellington Watch, Classic Sheffield

Daniel Wellington Watch, Classic Sheffield

Daniel Wellington Watch, Classic Sheffield

Daniel Wellington Watch, Classic Sheffield

Daniel Wellington Watch, St Andrews

Daniel Wellington Watch, St Andrews


There's something about a beautiful sleek wristwatch that just  screams 'Hello' and 'I'm ready for business'. The current king of the wristwatch has to be Daniel Wellington* - especially if the endless amount of beautiful images that keep popping up on Instagram is anything to go by.

If you're still struggling for gift ideas, then look no further! I think any lady would be pleased to find this under the tree.

When the Daniel Wellington team got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to feature one in my gift guide, I jumped at the chance as I'd be craving one for a while. There are so many beautiful styles available, and it was incredibly hard to decide which watch to go for. I wanted something that was simple, elegant and timeless, so I chose the Classic Sheffield* £159 with the simple black strap. For the watch face, I chose Rose Gold, as I love how it gives that extra touch of glamour.
I'm also a big fan of items being versatile, so I chose a 'St Andrews'* £49 strap to interchange, depending on my mood and outfit.

I also have an exclusive discount code for anyone that's interested in ordering one. For 15% off, enter code: holidaymypaleskin at the checkout. There is still time to order before Christmas on Express Delivery -woohoo!


I'd love to hear your thoughts on this watch? Which Strap is your favourite? Let me know in the comments.
Em xxx




*Gifted Items. I was not paid for this post.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Last Minute Beauty Stocking Filler Ideas!



With Christmas exactly a week away (oh my gosh I'm so excited!!), I wanted to share a few ideas that make brilliant last minute stocking fillers. If you're a regular reader of My Pale Skin, then you'll know that Bourjois is my favourite drugstore brand. They have great quality products that are so affordable and easy to wear. Here are a few ideas to get you feeling festive.

Foundation

The lightest shade in the range is shade 51 - Vanille Clair*. If you're pale, double check it under natural light as well as indoor light. I've heard from a few people that it's pale enough for them - just make sure, and definitely swatch before you buy. This foundation is so natural that it makes an ideal gift for an older relative - mum, aunt, etc.

Nail Polish

If you want to keep up the festive spirit, or pass some onto someone else, a nail polish is always a great edition to any beauty lovers bag. I love how the 1 Seconde Nail Polish Range* and they actually last on my peeling nails for around 4 days before they begin to chip. Hurrah!

Eyeliner

Eyeliner is a girls best friend, I've been testing out the Bourjois Mega liner* over the past week or so and am loving it so far. At £7.99 it's a great stocking filler.

Lipstick

The Rouge Edition Velvet* line are some of my favourite lipsticks of all time. I've been having a lot of fun playing with Hot Pepper* Which you may have seen me wearing in Yesterday's post. At £8.99 they're a great bargain and I never leave home without one in my bag.

Blusher

There's something about cream blushers that makes them look oh so natural on the skin and during the summer, they're my must have item. The Little Round Pot Blushers* are fantastic and at £7.99 are reasonably priced too.

Lip Crayon

The 'On The Beach' lip crayon barely left my lips this summer and now I have a new favourite that you'll be hearing about very soon. I love how creamy and glossy these crayons are, without the stickiness of gloss - meaning you don't have to worry about that dreaded hair in gloss moment. At £7.99 The Colour Boost Lip Crayons* are a must have and if there's one Bourjois product you buy this winter - this is it.


So these are my top picks for Stocking Fillers from Bourjois. I know i'd be incredibly happy to receive any of them in my stocking... which leads me onto the question - We can make our own stockings right? That's acceptable.... right??
Em xxx


*PR Sample. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

5 Top Tips To Survive Christmas With Your Family.

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With Christmas now almost upon us, millions of people around the world are preparing to spend time with their loved ones. It's a funny old time of year, it's a time for celebration, joy, feasting, relaxation and if you're anything like me - a time for trying your best to not feel like a caged animal with everyone pushing your buttons. 

Don't get me wrong, I love my family - I also love being able to do my own thing, on my own time and have a bit of space, and surprisingly I'm not alone in feeling the same way over Christmas. So i've been racking my brains and have come up with the following 5 Top Tips to survive Christmas - without any family warfare, and to ensure you keep your sanity. 

1. The Family Pet Is Your New Best Friend.

Whether it's a dog, cat, budgie or hamster... Your pet will get you through this. If you have a dog, take them for a walk, lots of walks or put on your winter coat and sit outside in the garden with them - instant peace and quiet, There's always time for snuggles with pets, and they don't judge you, feel free to give them a rant and maybe they'll let out a knowing whine in sympathy. If you don't have a family pet, that's okay - stuffed animals work just as well - Try a hooty owl - they give warm hugs. 

2. Social Media Is Your Saviour.

When I was a kid, I loved opening my presents and playing with what seemed like endless new toys all day. As a 20 something girl, I like to think of Social Media as the toy that never gets old. and gives you that same added value. Stay in touch with your friends, live tweet any christmas arguments between relatives and keep up to date with what's going on in the world. It will help - trust me.

3. Plan Everything In Advance.

I admit. I plan Christmas Dinner the same way I plan a film shoot - although I don't go as far to send a call sheet out... But what I like to make sure I do is plan the main 3 day period out for ease, speed and peace of mind.  I make lists of what Presents I've bought for each person, how much they cost and links to each item - I then colour code if they've been bought. I plan meals, who is eating what for each meal, roughly what time. Do we have all the ingredients? DID SOMEONE FORGET DESSERT? You get the jist... I enjoy planning and coordination. It also means you can prep things ahead of schedule to make life easier on the day.

4. Use Your Blog As A Get Out Of Jail Card.

That's right, shamelessly blame your blog for why you have to leave early, why you're on your phone every ten minutes, or even for the reason you have to be by yourself for a little while. You blog won't mind, it will thank you for all the extra love and support it's receiving from you. Think of all the content you can create. And if you don't have a blog, Congratulations, you've just decided to start one!

5. If All Else Fails, Get Drunk.

You've planned your day, you've bought all the right presents, checked social media, taken the dog on 20 walks and still losing the will to live? You have one option left - Get drunk. That's right, get drunk. Tear up the plans, cancel the schedule and let everyone else do their own thing whilst you sit in the corner of the room, holding a plastic cocktail glass, legs draped over the sofa and cackling to yoursef - Channeling your inner Samantha (Sex and The City). And unfortunately, if you don't drink? That's okay, because I don't either. Carb up, or load in on sugar - You'll have about 2 hours until the full force of the food coma kicks in, the you can take yourself off for a little afternoon nap.  


So those are my top tips to help you survive this Christmas. Fingers crossed I see you on the other side.
Em xxx

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

An Alternative Christmas Look....

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Green Lipstick, Make Up revolution Serpent Lipstick, Alternative, Christmas FOTD, editorial, pale skin, blonde hair, my pale skin, em ford, blogger,

Y'know when you start doing your make up and go off on a tangent and create something you never expected to? Well that happened... and here we are. 

I was going for the Christmas look, and then found a green Make Up Revolution lipstick in my collection and got to work creating something new, that I hadn't attempted before. 

I can't say I've ever worn green lipstick before, and although it photographs incredibly well, it does look a little odd in real life and I'm not sure I have the confidence to really pull it of in the real world. I did however, have a lot of fun creating this look.

Here's the full list of everything I'm wearing:

Contour: NYX Taupe Blush
Eyeshadow: MUA Undress Me Too palette - for bronze/golds / Make Up Revolution Salvation Palette  - for transition shades
Mascara: Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Eyelashes: Total Minks - not sure which ones*
Headpiece: Primark Necklace*

Now that my Skin has started to recover from the insane breakout caused by a skincare product that really didn't agree with me, I'm hoping to share a lot more looks with you! So if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments and I'll try my best to make them happen.
Em xxx

Monday, 15 December 2014

Ciate Speed Coat - Fast Drying Top Coat Review

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Ciate Speed Coat, Fast Drying top coat, nail polish, ciate, my pale skin, review, nail polish review,

Ciate Speed Coat, Fast Drying top coat, nail polish, ciate, my pale skin, review, nail polish review,

Ciate Speed Coat, Fast Drying top coat, nail polish, ciate, my pale skin, review, nail polish review,

If there's one area of my beauty regime that I often need a helping hand in, it's nails. As someone who leads a busy life, I often find it hard to find time to sit down and give my nails the love and attention they deserve, and it's not that I don't enjoy painting my nails - it's just the waiting around afterwards that kills me.  The Ciate Speed Coat - Fast Drying Top Coat* is a product that seems like it was created for people like me.

I hate waiting for my nails to dry, i'm slightly clumsy and usually after having them painted I've ruined one within 5 minutes - so when a product like the Ciate Speed Coat* comes along that 'guarantees touch dry nails in 60 seconds' you know that i'm all over it. Retailing at £11.00 this top coat isn't cheap, but  let me tell you this - it works, and is easy to use too.

After painting nails as usual, wait a few minutes for the colour to dry, then apply a slick of Speed Coat* over the top. I found it took a little longer than 60 seconds - more like by time you've listened to a song on the radio, or caught up watching a vlog, your nails will touch dry, leaving you able to carry on life like a functioning human being!

Overall, It's a great product that actually works and makes life easier! With the downside that it's a little bit pricey, and it takes a little longer than 60 seconds to dry. Needless to say, painting my nails should be a lot easier now.

I'd love to hear your top tips for speed drying nail polish! Let me know in the comments..
Em xxx


*PR Sample