The Best Foundation Blending Sponge……EVER!

Hello and Happy 2018 my lovelies! I’m Teresa, welcome to Elegant Ageless Beauty…

When I was asked if I would like to review the Basic Beauty Tools foundation blending sponge and Spongedry holder I have to be honest with you it was the holder that had me saying yes please!

I’ve got and used a few brands of foundation blending sponges, and they are all pretty much the same on performance and usability. They all work better when used dampened, although some expand more than others when damp. The Basic Beauty Tools sponge is absolutely fantastic, it’s Latex FREE for one thing! And when dampened it expands more than I’ve seen on any other beauty sponge. To use mine I wet it under the cold tap and squeeze excess water out, then I squeeze it inside a clean towel to take out even more water. This particular teardrop shaped sponge is so soft and spongy when damp it’s gorgeous, it bounces over my skin when I apply my foundation using the rounded bottom (!!!) and the point is fantastic for getting into all the nooks of the face, ie around the nose and eyes, and it doesn’t soak up all my foundation and concealer into itself either, which is due to the  unique micro cell texture of the sponge.

I found my sponge to be so easy to clean, I do use the same solid soap cleanser that I use for my brushes, and then pop it to air dry on the Spongedry holder also from Basic Beauty Tools. The little holder is just fantastic to allow your sponge (any brand to!) to dry after cleaning, it dries pretty quickly, again due to the micro cell texture, and drying this way stops a buildup of bacteria as you would if you let your sponge just dry off in your makeup bag. It’s also great to store your beauty sponge on your dressing table on a daily basis too.

Check out this gorgeous foundation sponge HERE.

 

Thank you for stopping by today.

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Yogi Smart Styler

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive a hair styling gadget from Yogi, a brand I had heard of from seeing them presenting their hair styling wand on the shopping channel QVC. I was asked which product I would like to try, and because I knew that I would be getting my hair cut I decided to go for the Yogi  TouchX Smart Styler.

I am so glad I chose the TouchX Smart Styler too, it’s a 10 in 1 styling tool that’s so fantastic to use, it’s easy and it’s so lightweight which I was pleased about as I do suffer from a bad neck and shoulders sometimes which makes it difficult to reach the back of my hair. Well until now that is, now it’s a piece of cake and I can get my hair looking as good from the back as I can the front!

The Smart Styler  has Tourmaline and Ionic technology  which helps to smooth the hair also reduces static and locks in moisture. It has a fast ceramic heater, which heats from 120 degrees centigrade to 200 degrees centigrade with easy to control temperature settings. It’s suitable for all hair types from fine/delicate hair, to thick strong and curly, and also thick, course and wavy hair like mine!  This is such a versatile styler it will  add volume to the hair, adds beautiful waves and flicks it will twist and curl and it will also smooth and straighten and more besides! It’s 10 in 1 after all..

To switch on the styler you press and hold the power button for a couple of seconds, then to select your appropriate heat setting you  press the on/off button until your temperature choice is illuminated. Once you have selected your required temperature the red light will flash, then stop and remain lit when the temperature has been reached, easy peasy!  To switch off the styler you simply press and hold the power button until the red light goes off, it’s then safe to unplug the styler.

I recently had my hair chopped off into a layered style (which I now regret doing, my hairdresser was rather scissor happy) I like my hair big, always have always will, it suits me better than a sleek straight style. To get plenty of volume and bounce in my hair I shampooed and conditioned as usual and applied a heat protecting spray too. I then dried my hair thoroughly, you can’t use the Smart Styler on wet hair. I started at the back of my head, and with the extra long 360 degrees swivel cord it’s easy to get to the back. To add volume you just place the styler into the roots of the hair and lift up as you are drawing the styler out, right to the tip of your hair, WOW, the volume it gives my hair is brilliant, AND it leaves my hair shiny too. That’s what makes this styler so smart, apart from the fantastic curl and volume, it’s  the lovely shine it gives and with much less damage too, which is perfect as an older woman (late 50’s now)  with mature hair, a fantastic hair styling tool for me! You can check out the Yogi Smart TouchX Styler HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today.

XXX

 

 

 

The Hollywood Browzer – A cut above?

Welcome my lovelies!

For a while I have been using a little facial razor to remove hair from certain parts of me. As I’ve aged I have had hair pop up in places where I don’t want them to be. I bought a pack of 3 razors from the high street and used them on places like my chin and down my neck, tops of my eyebrows and even my ear lobes get hair appear on them! What?! They worked ok but then a few days later I have to do it again, they also scratched me a bit too. So when Hollywood Browzer contacted me to see if I would like to try their razor and then review on my blog, I thought I’d give them a go, see if this razor would give me smoother skin, hair free skin.

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Okay, you get 2 razors in the pack and, also which aren’t showing in the photo a little pouch to keep just one razor inside. I would have preferred that the pouch had room for both razors personally. The blade itself is made of stainless steel “waffle” coated blade with safety guards to both sides so as not to cut or irritate the skin at all. It’s meant to be great for the removal of unwanted facial hair, shaping the eyebrows, upper lip, down the neck, on the chin, bikini line of course and the guys can use it too, it’s meant to be great for the back of the neck.

So how did I use my Hollywood Browzer? I used it for those pesky chin hairs and the ones that sometimes pop up on my throat area. It did clear those hairs away in one swoop of the razor. I’ve always used a razor for between my eyebrows so that I don’t end up with a mono brow, it’s perfect for that area, the Hollywood Browzer left the area lovely and smooth and clean. Shaping the eyebrows themselves was slightly trickier, when my brows get long and straggly I usually shape them by combing them upwards then trimming with scissors, then comb them downwards and trimming, then pluck under the brows. I managed to shape the top of the brows, but I just wasn’t confident enough to trim underneath, I was going to close to my eyes. So onto the upper lip hair which I always remove with a hair removing cream for sensitive skin. I used the Browzer to remove my upper lip hair and the hair from the sides of my mouth where I would put the hair removing cream. It’s quicker at removing the hair than cream, but I found after a while that area felt dry and I had a sort of numb feeling too, it did sting slightly when I applied moisturiser, I think that I should have let the area calm down first in hindsight, but I shall definitely use the Browzer again for my upper lip hair. Another area I used it on was my hands, fingers and the big toe! It’s fabulous for those areas, so the Hollywood Browzer will now become part of my weekly manicure and pedicure too, and because it folds up I can keep it stored away neatly.

The Hollywood Browzer is £15 for a pack of 2 razors, each one will last 2 to 3 months, click HERE.

XXX

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My 2016 Beauty Highlights!

Hello lovelies, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome to the first Elegant Ageless Beauty of 2017..

I hope that those of you who celebrate it, all had a fabulous Christmas. For my first post of 2017 I thought that I would share with you what products I have really loved during 2016, and there are many to be honest, more skincare than makeup I reckon so here goes and I shall start with some makeup brushes.

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These absolutely stunning brushes are full of Swarovski crystals. By Leon Hardy and sent to me from Thomas Dittas to review, they are by far my favourite brushes. I love the way they look, the weight is perfect and because they aren’t too long means I can use my little magnifying mirror in my hand for close up application. If you would like to read my full review of these stunning brushes you can find it HERE.

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Winning Heaven Skincare Gold Bee Venom Mask in their 21st birthday competition was one of the best things that happened to me and my blog last year! I’ve used it many times since I’ve had it and my skin always looks fantastic afterwards and for a few days thereafter too. I think I’m the luckiest blogger to have won such a prestigious product. If you want to see my full, honest review, go HERE.

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Now this product, the Heaven Skincare Bee Peel was sent to me as a complete surprise. It arrived right out of the blue. It’s the newest of Heaven Skincare’s products, to exfoliate and resurface the look of the skin. It really is FABULOUS! Just look at the beautiful packaging too! If you would like to see my full review of the Bee Peel you can see it HERE.

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So last April for my birthday, Jackie from Tam Beauty/Makeup Revolution very kindly gifted me the fantastic Fortune Favours The Brave eye shadow palette, which was created in collaboration with Jane Cunningham, British Beauty Blogger. I’ve used it such a lot over the year, and really enjoy it still. My full review is HERE.

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I dipped my toes into the cleansing balm water last year, thanks to my friend Kim who is Global Director of Spa Development at Omorovicza Cosmetics, and also beauty blogger at thefabcompany. Kim very kindly sent me a couple of wonderful products to try, one being this amazing Thermal Cleansing Balm from Hungarian brand Omorovicza. I absolutely adored using it and I’m hoping to be able to treat myself to another one. If you would like to read my review, which includes links to Kim’s blog too, click HERE.

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Ahh, Timeless Truth sheet facial masks! A true obsession over the last year. With thanks to my friend Angela, I got to try out a lot of Timeless Truth masks, including the newest one. Snow Algae & Hyalauronic Bio Cellulose mask. I’ve tried a couple of sheet masks from another brand, but they just don’t match up to these, in my opinion. There’s a link HERE if you would like to see some reviews of all Timeless Truth masks I’ve tried.

Well, that’s some of my 2016 highlights in a nutshell, and I would just like to say a big thank you to all these amazing companies who have sent me such gorgeous products to try, and then to review them here on Elegant Ageless Beauty. I also want to say a massive thank you to all of you, if it wasn’t for you all reading my blog there would be no Elegant Ageless Beauty. THANK YOU!

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September favourites!

Welcome to Elegant Ageless Beauty, I’m Teresa.

So it’s that time of the month again, so to speak, time for another monthly favourites post where I share with you the products that I’ve been loving during September, I’ve new favourites and a rediscovered favourite and some that are always in my favourites posts. First up is my most repurchased product, ever and it’s a nail treatment.

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The Rimmel London Nail Rescue. I have used it for years, ever since I stopped wearing acrylic nails. It really has “rescued” my nails, I use it each time I do a manicure as my basecoat, but every couple of months I do use it as my treatment. If you would like to read how I do use it I have a review HERE.

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This  is the B.Skincare Restorative Facial Oil, I  rediscovered it this last month, and I’ve fallen in love all over again, it’s from Superdrug on the High Street and I think it’s fabulous, I do love facial oils! I only use it at night-time twice a week under my night cream when I feel my skin needs a bit of a “pick me up” You can check out my review HERE.

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Next, I have an eyeshadow brush that I think is just about the prettiest I have ever seen! It’s filled with Swarovski crystals, yes REAL Swarovski crystal! I love it not just because it’s so pretty but also because it’s gorgeous to use, I love the weight, it’s so comfortable to hold. The bristle holds onto the product and then blends over the eye beautifully, a really superb eyeshadow brush! My review of this and four more makeup brushes is HERE. If you would like to see.

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I really have found my new “hero” in a concealer. I was later than most people to discover the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer but now I’m so glad I have joined that party because it’s fantastic, and it will always be a repurchase for me that’s for sure. Check out my review HERE.

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Lastly my beautiful Gold Bee Venom Mask by Heaven Skincare! I have mentioned in previous posts that 80% of the products I review, I purchase myself while the other 20% I have had sent to me for review or I have won as prizes on Twitter. This was a prize that I won on Twitter in celebration of Heaven Skincare’s 21st Birthday. I was so overcome when I got that DM telling me that I was the Twitter winner, I did have a cry I shall admit. I never thought that I would ever be able to have something so luxurious, so prestigious in my life. I really am very lucky. I have reviewed the Gold Bee Venom Mask HERE.

So that’s what I’ve loved over the last month, thank you for stopping by today.

XXX

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