19 August 2014

Giveaway! TechnoShape Sessions

In the last Wedding Preparations, I spoke a bit about my experience with TechnoShape - i.e. the Matrix meets wrestling belt weight loss programme. It's 12 sessions of 40 minutes of walking over 4 weeks with the belt, which targets blood flow around your stomach and therefore helps to lose some of the fat around that area. When you sign on, there will be a personal trainer to help you get familiar with the machine, and they will also talk you through some of the food and drink suggestions that would help you progress further. The best results are obviously when you lose the alcohol and continue other exercise regimes!

I went on 6 sessions myself and saw decent progress despite not being able to cut significantly on alcohol or particularly watch my food. For example, I lost 2cm off my waist, 2cm off the area 4cm below my belly button and 1cm off the area 4cm above my belly button. I was surprised because it was so easy - I walked at a pace slower than my usual walking pace, and read a book or watched beauty videos for 40min! I went to NKD Ambitions in London to do my sessions, and their record for weight loss around the waist is.. 24cm!

So here's the great bit - TechnoShape are giving away 6 free sessions in the UK for one of Let's Make Yu Up's readers! I'm thrilled to be hosting this, and all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below..

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Thanks to TechnoShape for hosting the giveaway, and best of luck to you all!

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12 August 2014

First Impressions: The YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

Yesterday's Boot's trip was quite a successful one, culminating in me getting my hands on the free 7 day sample of the brand new YSL Fusion Ink Foundation that are currently being given out at counters nationwide. While the official release date is not until next week (although I believe Debenham's have won the exclusive release until then), I gave my sample a go today and have been so mesmerised that I had to log my first impressions..

First thing I noticed was how thin the formula was. If anything, it was more along the lines of the oil-based foundations from Giorgio Armani and L'Oreal. I was apprehensive, never having been attracted to the notion of such a formula.

I tried two ways of applying - buffing it in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, and painting/blending with the Sigma F84. To be honest, the former was probably more suitable given the formula's light consistency - there was no need for the stiffness of the latter. I also found that I used more of this foundation than I usually do of other foundations, perhaps because it's so light.

My first impression is that this has a light to medium coverage which is buildable to a medium coverage. It covers light, non-spot/all-over redness in the first layer and evens out my skintone generally. On more problem areas, I tried the stippling method which worked really well to dilute other all-over redness and some acne scarring. Ultimately, I decided to go for the concealer to maintain the light finish of the foundation.

Which, coincidentally, is my favourite part about this foundation. You've got a natural matte finish that you'd really expect more from foundations with heavier consistencies, but with a "lit from within" glow as if you'd highlighted Kim K style. It catches the light softly over larger spaces, which means it doesn't have that wet touch look. It simply glows where it should - the inner cheeks, forehead, chin etc., I was surprised because the current moisturiser I'm using is quite dewy, but this seemed to mattify that too.

Upon close inspection, I find that it does well to glide over minor dryness, but that it does tend to cling to flakes that have already come off the skin (luuuurvely).

When I move my face around, I literally feel nothing - it feels truly weightless.

And the shade.. the shade! It's perfect! I've got BD55 which is from the yellow-toned line (Beige Dore). It fits perfectly with my current NC35-ish shade. I'd go so far as to say it's probably the best matched foundation I've tried in a very very long time.

To me, this feels like the equivalent of the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation for oilier skintypes. The one summer when I had crazy dry skin, that foundation gave me a similar finish to this but I haven't been able to go back since because I've just consistently been combination skinned since then. With this one, I actively didn't want to powder it because I felt like that might give my skin too dry of a touch.

Overall, I'm feeling like we're onto a winner here, and looking forward to the next 6 days! (That being said my YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation lasted me a month or so..) Did I mention in Boots, it comes with a voucher for £10 worth of points if you buy the foundation between the 20th of August and the 16th of September? WIN.
For now, you can get a bottle at Debenhams!
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[Video] Review Series: Exfoliators #1


So here's an experiment - I've decided to give a video version of the Review Series a go!

If you've never read one of my Review Series, they're posts with mini reviews of products from the same category. I number them so that it's easy for you to find all the mini reviews if you're, for example, shopping around for an exfoliator. You can find all of them here.

I'm not sure how this will go down but I thought it was worth a try - let me know what you think! Without further delay, here are my thoughts on 4 exfoliators I've been trying. You can find the link to each product on the information bar on YouTube.

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