DHC - The Brand You Should Know About

Recently Asian Skincare has been causing quite a stir in the blogging community, with their quirky packaging and unique formulas that promise great results. DHC are a Japanese brand that uses Virgin Olive Oil and natures finest ingredients to deliver a range of gentle products that work. I've been testing a whole bunch of their skincare and makeup and I'm ready to report back.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil* | £24

Starting with probably the most famous of the DHC products, the cleansing oil! The main ingredient of this is Olive oil. This is a luxurious oil that is a real pleasure to massage into the skin. I like to use this a first cleanser because it cuts through makeup with ease! It dissolves all my eye makeup, mascara and everything else. It also claims to remove water proof mascara but I don't actually wear water proof mascara, but I can imagine this does by how easy it removes regular mascara. It turns into a light milky consistency that rinses of easily without leaving a residue of film behind. I really love this, my skin also feels super nourished after using it! It's become my favourite makeup remover.

DHC Cleansing Milk* | £20.90

This is a light cream cleanser that is ideal for the second cleanse. It's packed with skin loving oils to protect the skins outer barrier. I found this super hydrating for a second cleanse so this would be great for really dry skin. It cleansed my skin really well and left it clean but not stripped! This didn't irritate my skin or cause it to break out either.

DHC Beauty Lift Essence* | £28.50

It's called an essence but this is basically a serum. It's quite watery and light as serums go and absorbed into the skin instantly! It contains Kernal extract and Peptides to improve firmness. This isn't an issue I have yet but I find anti ageing products great for dehydrated skin. I really like this, it instantly leaves my skin hydrated. I use it in the evening and morning and works well with my evening skin care and under makeup.

DHC Beauty Lift Milk* | £31.75

This works in the same as the Beauty Lift Serum but this is a moisturiser. The consistency is light but still very hydrating. It absorbs quickly and instantly leaves my skin soft and smooth! I've been using this in AM / PM and I really love it. It stops my skin from becoming tight during the day. After use at night my skin is so soft. I can't recommend this enough!

DHC CoQ10 Eye Cream* | £31

This is huge for an eye cream. It's pricy but it will last absolutely ages! The CoQ10 formula is enriched with vitamins to sooth and nourish the under eye area. The consistency is quite thick as eye creams go so I only use it at night.To be honest, I haven't noticed anything dramatic difference to my under eye area since using it but it's nice and hydrating - a welcomed addition to my routine.

DHC Lip Cream* | £8.75

I really like the packaging of this lip balm. It looks like a lipstick and feels weighty in comparison to regular lip balms. The balm itself is packed full of hydrating ingredients to nourish, smooth and hydrate the lips. Which this really does. The formula is light so it's perfect for day time use. It does leave a subtle sheen on the lips. Overall, a really nice lip balm.

DHC QuickFilm Smoother* | £22

This is one of my favourite products of the lot. It's a primer that targets winkles to smooth them. I don't have wrinkles as such but I have dehydration lines. But this smooths my whole face. It feels like a cream when you apply but as you rub it in you can almost feel it working to smooth out lines. But it doesn't feel like a silicone primer, it's strange but I love it! It makes a great base for makeup and my foundation glides over the top.

DHC Velvet Skin Coat* | £18.19

This is another primer that aims to target wrinkles, pores and improve the overall texture of the skin. It feels more silicone-y than the Quick Film one. To be honest this is slightly too drying for my dehydrated skin but I think oily people would really like this!

DHC Liquid Liner* | £16

Good liquid liners that tick all the boxes are hard to come by. Luckily this one isn't a dupe. It has the finest precise tip that practically makes drawing a wing fool proof! The liner is super Black and longer wearing. It's brilliant,  a definite hit from the brand!

DHC Double Protect Mascara* | £15.90

This mascara has the smallest wand I think I've seen! It's tiny, perfect for catching every lash. It's also one of the tubing mascaras, that comes off in tubes rather than flakes. This promises to be long wearing, yet easy to remove. Which it is. This gives a very natural finish to the lashes. It adds some length but not a great deal of volume. For that reason I don't love this on my upper lashes but this is a great lower lash mascara. The tiny wand makes it easy to apply without getting it everywhere.

DHC Olive Virgin Oil Swabs* | £6.75

These are individual wrapped cotton buds that are soaked in olive oil. At first I thought they were really bizarre but they are super handy! They can be used for loads of things like cleaning delicate areas, makeup mistakes and they are safe enough to use on babies. I really like them for cleaning up makeup mistakes and making my winged liner super sharp. I also really like them for cleaning up nail polish mistakes when I'm painting them.

DHC Revatalising Moisturising Eye Masks* | £8.75

These are a Polymer Gel eye masks that promises to hydrate, reduce puffiness and reduce dark circles. These are so cooling on the eyes. They're great for morning time use or the morning after a heavy night. They really help me look more awake. After removing my under eye area it is really soft and hydrated. They didn't make too much of a difference to my dark circles. But they are really nice!

Overall, DHC are a great brand. I'm yet to try anything I really don't like or that has given me an adverse reaction! They also have various ranges for different skin types so there is definitely something for everybody!

Have you tried anything from DHC? What are your thoughts?

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Low Maintenance Lip Options

As much as I love bold, matte lips, the up keep throughout the day can be a little impractical. Especially when eating and drinking are involved. So I've put together a little edit of my favourite low maintenance lip products...

The Mattes...

Matte Lipsticks aren't the first thing that spring to mind in terms of low maintenance but there are a few matte formulas out that don't require a lot of up keep throughout the day:

MAC Lipstick | £16.50 | POST

Velvet Teddy is my ultimate throw on and go shade. The perfect balance between Pink and Brown makes this the perfect nude and means this goes with almost any makeup look. The formula of this is so creamy, pigmented and is very comfortable on the lips. It also fades evenly and wears really well without smudging around my face! 

This lipstick in the shade Baby is very similar to Velvet Teddy only slightly more Pink. The formula of this is quite unique. When first applied it has more of a satin finish but it almost dries down matte like a liquid lipstick but in regular lipstick form. It's not drying at all though, it's really unnoticeable on the lips. I found it very long wearing too. I got around 3-4 hours wear before I noticed the colour starting to fade. But it fades evenly and touching it up isn't a problem! I definitely want to try more shades from this line! 

Again, liquid lipsticks aren't top of my list when I want something low maintenance but this Ofra one is different. It has all the benefits of liquid lipstick (super matte, long wearing) but all the benefits of regular lipsticks. It's not drying, fades evenly, doesn't flake off or move around my face! The shade Pasadena is a really nice Rose nude colour that's perfect for everyday wear. 

The Satins..

Satin finishes are perfect for low maintenance days. They are a guaranteed fail safe, they're going to be comfortable and they're not going to be sticky like some glosses:

Both of my options in this category are both from ColourPop in the form of their Lippie Stix because they're my favourite satin formula. Although both the shades here (Brink & Most Pit) are both marketed as matte I'd definitely say they have more of a satin finish. The shade Brink is very similar to Velvet teddy but it's slightly more Pink and slighter darker. Mosh Pit is a mid Brown colour with Purple, Mauve undertones. Both are super creamy and very pigmented. I find these are actually really long wearing considering they have a satin finish. They fade nicely without making a song and dance as they go and are so easy to touch up. For the price these are really quite amazing! 

The Creams...

Not quite a satin not quite a gloss - whats not to love... 

I think the blogging community has forgotten how amazing the Lip Butters are! I recently picked up the shade Pink Truffle when Revlon was on 3 for 2 in Superdrug and fell back in love with the super creamy, hydrating formula. The shade is a deep Rose colour with a sheen to it and a sheer finish. It looks great with any makeup look. And because its a cream it really fades away well and is so easy to reapply!

Another cream formula with I'm smitten with is this from Urban Decay. The shade Naked is a pale Pink nude colour, but like a baby Pink, a nice Pink! The formula isn't as pigmented as a matte but it's pretty pigmented as cream finishes go! It's super comfortable and hydrating. It's definitely worth checking out for those low maintenance days. 

The Glosses...

My personal favourite in terms of low maintenance:

Lip oils are the in thing at the moment and for good reason. They are super silky glosses that are not sticky at all on the lips. And this Too Faced one is no exception! It feels so hydrating on the lips. It smells so yummy too. I have the Papa Don't Peach, which, as you can guess, is a Peachy shade. It's slightly darker than your standard Peach tone though. It leaves behind a nice subtle wash of colour. Because it's a gloss it isn't the most long wearing option but you can practically reapply this without a mirror! 

In terms of price point and availability in the UK the Butter Glosses are probably one of the best on the market. They come in an array of colours so there's something for everyone. The formula, as the name suggests, really is like butter on the lips. It's not thick or sticky just super smooth and hydrating. I have a few shades but my current favourite is Tiramisu, which is a Pinky nude colour. It does have a sheer finish but it's still pretty pigmented in comparison to some glosses I have tried. 

The ColourPop Lip glosses are a new discovery for me, but one that I've been loving. My favourite shade is Lychee Me which is a pale, Brown nude colour. In keeping with ColourPops incredible formulas this is no exception. Don't get me wrong they aren't anything revolutionary in terms of glosses. But they are super comfortable and not sticky, plus really cheap! 

Another lip oil I've been really loving is this one from ELF in the shade Nude Kiss  , which is a Pinky Brown nude colour. This is very silky and not heavy on the lips at all. I actually think I like it a hair more than the Too Faced. It's slightly thinner on the lips which makes it even more comfortable! Plus this is super cheap, it's definitely worth checking out.

After writing this post it would appear I have a thing for Pinky Brown nude lip products! 

Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite low maintenance lip options?

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ColourPop Haul + Swatches

I told myself I didn't need to try the ColourPop Pressed Shadows over and over but I caved which led to buying more things. I thought I might as well spend $50 to get the free international shipping. So today I have another haul...

ColourPop Hi- Maintenance Pressed Eyeshadow Palette  | $18

So if you didn't know ColourPop recently launched a whole load of Pressed shadows. I've heard mixed reviews but they were cheap so I thought I'd give it a go. You can buy them in singles to make your custom palette or they have a few pre filled palettes. I went for the latter in the form of the Hi - Maintenance  palette. I like the look of the shades in it. It comes with 4 shadows in sturdy cardboard packaging. Which I don't love. The palette itself is quite bulky for just 4 shadows. But this is a lot sturdier in person than it actually looks. The shadows are:

Just In Time - Satin soft Gold. To be honest I haven't used this much. But it looks like a nice highlight shade.

High Strung - A shimmery dusky Rose Gold. This is a really nice lid colour. It's soft and very pigmented.

Get Out - a matte Cranberry colour. This makes a nice crease colour and works well paired with High Strung.

Cute Alert - A matte Burgundy colour. This makes another great crease colour or outer v shade.

Overall, I think these shadows are good for the price. I found the shade Get Out a little chalky and harder to work with. But as $5 shadows go these are pretty good.

Alexis Ren x ColourPop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo | $16

I have no idea who Alexis Ren is (I'm showing my age) but I feel like there was some buzz around this palette so I chucked it in my basket when I saw it was in stock. This palette contains a highlighter and bronzer in the Pressed Powder formula. This is actually a lot bigger than I was expecting. The bronzer is a matte, warm toned mid-dark Brown. It's very pigmented so a light hand is needed but it's finely milled and blends out well and lasts all day on me. Because this is so warm I don't think this would be great for contouring but for adding warmth to the face this is great! The highlighter is a really nice Gold colour. I'm loving Gold highlighters at the moment so this is right up my street. It's very soft and really pigmented. It doesn't have a hint of glitter or chunkiness, just really nice shimmers that catch the light perfectly.

ColourPop Lippie Stix | $5

Next I went for a Lippie Stix in the shade Mosh Pit from there matte Lippie Stix line. This is a warm toned mid Brown, which is actually quite bold on me but I really like it! The formula is so nice, it's very creamy and easy to apply, while still being pigmented. I'd say this has more of a satin finish than totally matte. This is incredibly long wearing for a lipstick, I found this wore as well as the Ultra Satin Lips.

ColourPop Aquarius Bundle | $15

I was in the market for some more Spring Summer appropriate lip colours. So I went for the Aquarius Bundle which has an ultra Matte lip, an Ultra Satin Lip and Ultra glossy gloss.

Aquarius - is an ultra glossy formula, it's so nice and silky on the lips. It isn't sticky or thick. The shade is a soft Pink nude colour.

Aquarius Ultra Satin - the Ultra Satin lips are my favourite formula. They aren't drying and last really well on the lips. The shade is again a pigmented soft nude. I don't think this shade would work well on those with a much darker skin tone than me though.

Aquarius 2 Ultra matte - I do find the Ultra Matte formula slightly more drying on the lips than the Ultra Satins but the formula isn't the worst liquid lipstick formula I've come across. The shade is very similar to the Aquarius but this is slightly darker and more Mauvey.

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip | $6

And finally I picked another gloss in the shade Lychee Me. This is a really nice nude Beige with a sheer finish. It works well as a lip topper or on its own. Like the Aquarius gloss this is so nice on the lips and not sticky at all. I can see this becoming a firm favourite!

So that's everything I brought! I did get customs charges on this order, which is frustrating but I got free shipping so it kind of balanced it out.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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The Best Powders for Dehydrated / Dry Skin

Having dehydrated skin means I really struggle with powders. Most leave my skin feeling really dry and tight, and some just look really cakey or powdery on my skin. I have been on a mission to find a powder that doesn't do this. I found quite a few on my way...

Hourglass Ambient Light Powders | £59 | POST 

Starting with my all time favourite powders. Hourglass in my opinion make the best powders. I have this trio which contains, Dim light, Incandescent light and  Radiant Light.  All work amazingly well on my dehydrated skin. The powders are formulated to give a lit from within glow. Which they really do. They set my foundation, without making it look powdery and leave my skin looking healthy and alive. I've heard some people say these aren't as good as everyone makes out but I think if you have dry or dehydrated skin then you will really benefit from these. The formula is so finely milled I can pack layers of these on and they never look cakey or dry. They are pricey but well worth it!

RCMA No Colour Powder | £10.95 | POST

This is a clear powder that has no pigment so it doesn't leave a cast or flashback on the face. I'm not quite sure if that will be the case for very dark skin tones but for me it doesn't. This isn't drying on me nor does it look cakey. It just sets my foundation and concealer perfectly. I really like it for setting my under eyes, it stops most concealers from creasing but without giving it that cracked appearance. It also slightly blurs my pores and gives my skin a smoother look. I can't recommend this enough, I know some people with oily skins love this too. It was available on BeautyBay but I don't think they are stocking it anymore. If you live in the UK you can buy it here.

NYX HD Banana Setting Powder | £8

This offering from NYX has a slight Yellow tone to it. Yellow powders are great for brightening the skin, especially on the under eye area. The shade of Yellow of this is very pale so I found I use it over my entire face. It's finely milled and I don't find it drying. It doesn't overly blur anything but helps my makeup last longer. Overall this a great, affordable powder.

ELF Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder | £7.50

I picked this up after hearing Kathleen Lights rave about it and I'm so glad I did! This is a brilliant powder. It's finely milled and applies well to my skin. It helps my makeup last longer, blurs my pores, it even has a touch of coverage. My only gripe with these is the shade range. I have the shade Light- Medium which definitely is not light! I think there are 3 shades available which isn't good. But if your in the market for a good, non drying powder than look no further.

Laura Gellar Baked and Brighten Powder | £26 | POST 

Another non drying favourite of mine is this from Laura Gellar. I actually think Laura Gellar makeup as whole is under rated in the Blogging Community. This powder especially. It's finely milled formula melts into the skin and sets makeup well. This also has brilliant blurring properties, the best of all these mentioned here. I like to apply this with a large fluffy brush in circular motions and pores disappear. This also gives me a very subtle glow.

W7 Banana Dreams Powder | £3

This a super budget loose, Yellow powder. The name is very similar to the famous Ben Nye Banana powder. I haven't tried that so I'm not sure if they are dupes. But this is a really nice powder none the less. It has quite a strong Yellow tone and adds a touch of brightening where you apply it. I only really use this under my eyes and it does a good job setting them. It's not the finest powder I've come across but for its price it is very good.

Collection Illuminating Powder | £3.99 | POST

I can't believe this isn't really talked about either. This is another really good affordable powder. It illuminates the skin so it doesn't look flat or too matte. It doesn't leave the skin overly glowy either. It does feel powdery on the skin but this doesn't translate on the face. Every time I wear this I get compliments on how nice my skin looks. This is definitely worth checking out!

I have a few more powders I'm hoping to add to my collection very soon so I expect there will be a part two at some point!

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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High-end Skincare That Works

All skincare can be hit and miss. You could spend £5 on cream and £30 on cream just to find they don't work. But when I do spend £30 on a cleanser it doesn't work I'm not going to lie it breaks a little! That being said I do have a quite a few high end skincare picks that I would whole hearted recommend. I feel like I say this in every post but if you're new here I have dehydrated skin that is prone to breakouts. So let's get into it...

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser* | £31 | POST

I used to wince at the thought of spending more than £10 on cleanser but this stuff has really changed my mind! It has a light gel consistency that turns milky when mixed with water. I like to use this as a second cleanse because it's light and refreshing on the skin. It has a light Cucumber scent which I actually really like. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and fresh. Even since I started using this I've noticed a huge difference in my skin. I get less breakouts and the texture has improved overall. I think this would be good for all skin types. I can't recommend this enough!

Pixi Double Cleanse | £24 | POST

Another cleanser that is worth the price tag is this, well I would actually say this is more mid price, especially as you're getting two cleansers in one. I'm sure most of you would have heard of this by now. But the skincare genius Caroline Hirons has teamed up with Pixi to bring us a two step cleanser in one. The first cleanser is a solid oil that melts into the skin lifting every scrap of makeup. And second cleanse is a cream cleanser to clean the skin. The cream cleanser is really nice and cooling on the skin. It's fragrance free and free from any nasties. It is just a great, no fuss cleanser that gets the job done!

Pixi Glow Tonic | £18 | POST

This is a cult classic and sure many of you already use this and if you don't you probably should! It's an AHA based toner that gently exfoliates the skin, lifting away dead skin cells that block pores and prevent the skin from looking healthy. It also contains lots of other skin loving ingrediants to help plump and hydrate the skin. It's gentle enough it can be used twice a day. But I only use it once in the mornings. The difference this has made to my skin is brilliant, my fine lines look better, my skin just looks more healthy and glowing. It's called glow tonic for a reason!

Kielhs Mid Night Recovery oil | £37

Oils I have certainly found are much better from the high-end price bracket. One of which is the Kielhs Mid Night Recovery oil. This stuff is great! It's formulated with almost all natural ingrediants to plump, nourish and hydrate the skin, all while you sleep! And it really does. Every time I use this I'm instantly wowed at how much softer my face feels. It also adds radiance. It's good solid all round oil.

Clarins Blue Orchard Oil* | £32

This has been on my wishlist for the longest time so I was so happy when it landed on my door step. This oil is aimed at those with dry / combination skin. It uses a unique blend of plant extracts and essential oils to deeply nourish the skin. The oil itself is light and absorbs quickly. I'm not a massive fan of the smell, it kind of reminds me of old ladies. But that aside I love this stuff. I've been using this with the Fresh cleanser and my skin literally improved in matter of days. I'm not exaggerating. All my texture issues have gone and I think it's because of this and the cleanser. It also leaves my skin so soft and plump looking. It's become a staple in my routine that I can't be without!

Pai RoseHip oil | £22 | POST

I'm nearly out of this stuff which makes me so sad. This is an award winning oil that combines the benefits of Rosehip oil and Seed oil to nourish the skin. Rosehip is an oil that is known for its ability to help reduce scarring. I don't overly have scarring but I have little red dots left over from blemishes that will not go. And I think this is really helping. It also speeds up the time it takes for blemishes to go. Not only does it do this but it's also super hydrating and keeps my skin soft. I do find this oils a little thicker than most but I really like this, it's definitely worth looking into.

Dr Botanicals Overnight Purifying mask* | £67 (£19.99 with code LPBLOG) POST 

This is an overnight mask that is like a thick moisturiser. It has a sticky consistency but it absorbs into the skin quickly and easily. It's packed with skin loving ingredients to plump, nourish, help the skin renew itself and hydrate the skin over night. This does everything it claims, my skin is much softer and smoother when I use this. It also leaves my skin with a glow. It has a really nice scent to. Another great product!

REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask | £32

I think this mask is definitely worth the investment! It's using AHA to gently exfoliate the skin in a thick, jam like mask. The benefits of AHA include smoother skin, fine lines look reduced, skin has more of a glow and it helps improve texture. This really does all of the above. I like to leave it on for 15 minutes then remove. My skin instantly looks better! It has a definite glow about it and feels so much smoother! This is a fantastic mask, that I think would be suitable for most skin types. Although I'd use with caution if you have very sensitive skin.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask* | £32  | POST 

This is another AHA mask that works in the same way as the REN one. Although this one is slightly different in texture. It has gritty particles in it that also help exfoliate the skin. I also found this a little harsher than the REN too, it tingled on my skin but this isn't uncommon for AHA. But I can't leave this on for as long. I manage around 5 minutes before the tingling is too much. The results of this are incredible. Those little Red dots I talked about earlier instantly looked better! My skin has glow and is so much smoother! I'm yet to find a cheaper mask that has the same effect!

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask | £17.75 | POST

Another one of my more pricy masks which I love is this. I reach for this when I don't have a particular skin concern I want to address because it's so hydrating and a great all rounder. It contains Manuka Honey which is a great, natural antiseptic, while being super hydrating. After using this my skin is incredibly soft and looks brighter. I think this would be great for all skin types even those with sensitive skin.

All these products here have given me amazing results but remember skincare is so subjective and because they work for me doesn't mean they will work for you. But I hope this gave you some direction as to what high-end skin care is worth the investment.

The Peter Thomas Roth mask, Clarins Blue Orchid oil and The Fresh Cleanser were kindly gifted to me from cosme-de.com. But I think it goes without saying I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't love them. Cosme.de have kindly given me a discount code to share with you guys which means you can get 15% of at the checkout with the code: LEANNE15

Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts?

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