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Is the Dyson Air Wrap Worth It?

In today’s video, I’m comparing three hair tools and how they work on curly, frizzy hair. One is just over £40, one is around £170, and one is around £450.

The good news is, my favourite of the three won’t break the bank. Here are the products discussed and some of these links are affiliate links:

Mark Hill Pick ‘n’ Mix Styler 
GHD Rise: https://bit.ly/2ZuDipg
Dyson Air Wrap: https://bit.ly/33owta4

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How can I find my foundation shade online?

If you’re trying to find your perfect shade in foundation, there are lots of online tools that will make this as easy as possible. Here are a few resources that I find especially helpful. Please note that some of the links featured below are affiliate links.

Finding your shade in an IT Cosmetics foundation

Book a 1-2-1 consultation with a team member that takes place in your Instagram private messages. This is completely free and enables you to tell your advisor a bit about yourself, your skin and what you want from your foundation so they can find the perfect match for you. Click here to book this service.

Visit the itcosmetics.co.uk website and use the live chat function for a consultation like this. Click here to go to the website.

Visit the itcosmetics.co.uk website and use the virtual try-on tools. You simply upload a photo of yourself to the website, and they will advise on your closest foundation match. Click here to go to the Your Skin But Better foundation page. Click here to go to the CC Cream page.

Send a private message to @ITCOSMETICSUKI on Instagram where an advisor can help you. Click here to visit their Instagram page.

Visit the Ulta website to see each CC Cream on real skin. Click here to see the shade chart.

Finding your shade in any brand of foundation

Visit your nearest counter and ask them to match your shade. This is the most effective method and lots of brands will also give you a sample of foundation to take away so you can try it before you commit to buying.

Visit findation.com. This is a website that tells you which shade you are likely to be in other brands of foundation based on what you currently wear. For example, if you tell them you wear IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Medium, they’ll give you your equivalent shade in a number of other brands. Click here to go to findation.com.

Following these steps enables you to choose a shade that best matches your needs. I hope you find this helpful and please feel free to let me know on Instagram @RoseGallagher if you find any other helpful resources.

Brand Glossary

There are so many brands in your local pharmacy or beauty hall. Here, I thought I’d summarise my thoughts on a few. If there are any others you want to hear about, let me know on Instagram @RoseGallagher and I can work them into the list or touch on them in IGTV videos.

I think it’s really important that we all live within our means. I’m fortunate to try lots of products and skincare because of my job. If you don’t do a job like mine, you don’t need a fraction of the things I talk about every day. Buy what you can afford, and don’t get yourself into debt. There are so many brands on the market, from low to high price point, that will do a great job. Yes, often something more expensive may have more sophisticated technology behind it. This is true. But that doesn’t mean less expensive brands aren’t good – lots of them deliver fantastic results as well.

Atelier Cologne
Though fragrance is one of the most personal choices in any one person’s beauty regime, I really feel there is something for everyone at Atelier Cologne. All of the fragrances here are striking in their own way, whether sharp and citrusy or delicate and creamy. You’ll still smell this at the bitter end of the day. Orange Sanguine, Clementine California and Cedrat Enivrant are all sweet, citrusy and uplifting. Trefle Pur is clean and fresh. Bois Blonds and Musc Imperiale are sensual and cosy. Everything is unisex.

Aveda
Sustainable, ethical, performs exceptionally well. Sap Moss, Damage Remedy and Nutri-Plenish are my favourite hair ranges. I also love the Chakra Mists for my flat. I could go on about Aveda all day but instead I’ll ask you to look at their website because there is so much to read in terms of the great work they have done over the years, all at the same time as making products that work.

Becca
A go-to for luminous skin. Highlighters of all descriptions are made well here. Their Shimmering Skin Perfector powders are thin in texture but rich in luminosity, they are completely unique to any other highlighters on the market. There is a perfect colour match for each complexion, so your skin just looks naturally well lit. Liquids and powders are all lovely. The Under Eye Brightener in the small pot is quite a wet, rich consistency which really brightens the under eye without looking heavy or dry.

Bobbi Brown
They have every core basic of your make-up, including a very wide foundation shade range and a variety of textures and finishes. Brilliant pro-palette of all foundation and concealer shades if you’re a make-up artist. Also one of the few make-up brands with truly fantastic skincare – Hydrating Eye Cream is one of my all time favourite products. Make-up Melter Cleanser is my cheat when I can’t be bothered going through the rigmarole of my gentle, sensible rosacea skincare routine, and just want to get my make-up off quickly.

Charlotte Tilbury
If you want to feel sexy, Charlotte Tilbury is the brand for you. Everything is laid out in pre-made sets so you don’t need to think about what to pair together. Eyeshadow palettes are brilliant and very easy to blend. Lip liners are buttery to apply but then stay in place. Her eyeliners are nice and creamy so they don’t scratch when you apply to the water line. Though her fuller coverage foundations seem to get the most praise, I personally love the Light Wonder foundation because it just makes the skin look so radiant and healthy. I do rate Magic Cream, but I think it’s best used as a base for make-up rather than in place of one of your everyday skincare steps.

Cult Beauty
I love the community that Cult Beauty have created. They animate beauty so well, educate their customers on how best to use skincare, and most importantly they capture that beauty is supposed to be FUN.

Decleor
For facial massage, I really love Decleor skincare. The Aromessence oil-in-serum formulas will transform dry skin. Or for more of a thorough massage, work in a little of the Overnight Balms. Their body range is also very refreshing, I love the cooling gel for tired legs (think people who work on their feet, do a lot of exercise or need something to soothe the feet post-high-heels).

Doll Beauty
For glamorous make-up, look no further than Doll Beauty. Sam and Danni created the brand because they essentially filled the gaps in the market that they wanted in their own make-up. For example, rather than layer several pairs of lashes, they created their own really full strips. This is the brand for you if you want a really polished, glamour-girl finish and I also love that they’re an independent female founded brand from the north that worked hard and did well.

Dyson
The hairdryer is fantastic. As someone with naturally dry hair which is also bleached, it has definitely helped me to maintain a much healthier hair condition because it doesn’t get terribly hot. Speaking of not being too hot, that said the Air Wrap was quite a disappointment to me. It’s a handy tool but I don’t find that the results last on my hair which is naturally frizzy and curly. I’ve seen much better results with this on my mom’s sleek, wavy hair.

Herbivore Botanicals
If clean, green beauty is your thing, Herbivore Botanicals do it really well. Their products work and their aesthetic is very clean and pleasing.

Isle of Paradise
A brilliant tan brand with colour correcting properties. Jules Von Hep, the founder, was inspired to create this line because when he tanned celebrities he needed to add colour correctors to create the most realistic finish. Depending on whether you want to counteract redness or add life to dullness, you can customise the colour formula you use.

IT Cosmetics
I work with IT Cosmetics as their UK and Ireland Brand Ambassador. Honestly, their make-up is brilliant and I’d recommend it to anyone. Everything is infused with skincare so you get little benefits with every step, for example biotin in the mascara to condition your lashes. They do the core essentials really well – base, brows, mascara, powder. The CC Cream is what I use on my skin every day for a full coverage finish that doesn’t look like full coverage. My preference is the original formula or the illuminating formula. The Bye Bye Pores setting powder is translucent and seals your make-up in place for the day – I like the luminous version because it gives a velvety finish but doesn’t look matte on the skin.

James Read Tan
Every kind of tan you want to achieve is possible with James’ tans. The colour is golden, it lasts, and your skin feels moisturised after you’ve used it. For the face, his Instant Tanning Drops are brilliant mixed into your moisturiser. For a soft glow, the Sleep Mask Tan for face and body are both brilliant and neither stain your sheets. It’s a very fresh, gel-like texture that is comforting after a hot shower. For a full tan, his Coconut Body Oil delivers a deep, golden tan overnight, and makes your skin feel completely silky soft. Do stretch to his velvety tanning mitt as well if you can, it delivers a completely smooth, even tan finish.

Kate Somerville
A newer discovery of mine, I have come to really rate and trust this skincare brand. DeliKate has made a significant difference to the appearance of my rosacea, to the point that people have been commenting on how different my skin is looking. The Dry Skin Saver is one of the richest remedies for dry skin that I’ve tried, and works very quickly, but doesn’t leave a heavy residue behind. There’s lots of different skin options here, made by a lady who is working with skin day in and day out and responding to what clients are telling her that they need from their skincare every day.

La Mer
I get asked about La Mer a lot; I feel like it is seen as such an indulgent, luxury brand. Their skincare is lovely. The age old “is it worth it?” is really at your discretion. It’s a beautiful skincare range, elegantly packaged and has a soft, clean fragrance to it. Nothing is worth getting into debt over, beauty or otherwise, but if you have the money and you want to stretch to it then go for it.

La Roche Posay
A very simple skincare brand that just works. This looks after your skin and comes and goes almost undetected. Everything has been formulated with sensitive skin in mind, so even those that are especially sensitive will find something that works here. Fragrance free, family friendly, unisex, it ticks all boxes.

Lancome
An elegant, classic brand with lovely make-up and skincare. Bi-facial eye make-up remover is one of the best, as is the Hypnose mascara. Everything is realiable and long-lasting. Fantastic shade range. Love the powdery, vintage scent of the lipsticks.

Laura Mercier
A make-up brand founded by a lady who understands what make-up should look like. Everything wears and sits well at Laura Mercier. The translucent setting powder will keep your make-up in place for the day but it feels lightweight. The Caviar Eye Sticks are my favourite wind up creamy eye sticks on the market – Burnished Bronze is my favourite shade. I’m not a huge primer person but if you are looking for primer then get it from here. And if you like sweet scents, her bath and body range is completely potent and extravagant in the best possible way.

Living Proof
Unique haircare brand unlike others on the market with lots of innovative formulas. The Dry Shampoo genuinely makes your hair look freshly washed and scalp feel clean. It isn’t cheap, so I keep this for when I’ve had a blow dry and want to make it last. The Colour Care shampoo and conditioner are great for when you want to keep blonde hair looking bright without making it look grey which lots of the purple shampoos can do. Also, it’s white, so it doesn’t leave purple stains all over your bathroom.

MAC Cosmetics
Every single product you can imagine exists at MAC and I love everything about them. Their ethos, their personality. If you need a lipstick or other make-up item to match a dress specifically (for example a bridesmaid dress) then MAC is for you. There’s a reason why everyone has always loved MAC. It just works. Every time you finish 6 products, if you take them back to be recycled you get a free lipstick of your choice. They’ve been inclusive and accepting of everybody since the very beginning – google their work with HIV and AIDS charities in particular. A very wide variety of finishes and shades in foundation. Don’t forget they offer lots of ways for you to build your own palette, so you can create your own combination of eye and complexion products and store them all in one unit. Antiqued is my favourite eyeshadow of all time and it looks beautiful on all complexions, eye colours and ages.

Murad
Skincare that really works. Their active ingredients are very well done – for example the Vitamin C range is very brightening, and I’ve heard lots and lots of rave reviews on the retinol (which I am gently dipping a toe into at the time of writing this post). The Water Charged Gel is a great place to start.

NARS Cosmetics
NARS don’t release things for the sake of releasing them, they tend to create timeless make-up. Especially great at complexion. Their foundation shade range is one of the best for those with warmer, golden undertones. They do palettes well (eyeshadows or multi-complexion products), and they excel at bronze and blush. Sheer Glow foundation and Radiant Creamy Concealer are fantastic, and I love the Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base for making sure your eye make-up doesn’t move all day.

Origins
I love Origins skincare, it really works. In particular I think they do masks very well, my favourite being the Overnight Drink Up Hydrating Mask. For tired, dull skin, check out the Ginsing range.

Peaches and Cream
Without a doubt the best eyeshadow pigments on the market. Pigments are thin in texture but offer incredibly high shine. Brushes come in all shapes and sizes, so you can really find the perfect sizes to suit your eye shape. Always lots of bundles available for personal orders or if you are stocking up for your make-up artist kit. Lip liner collection is brown, as opposed to pinky, which is quite hard to come by. Don’t be fooled by the affordable price tag because this will rival products in your make-up bag that cost 5x as much.

Pixi Beauty
Fantastic products given their price. A really unique brand. Skincare is exceptional, lots of different ranges to choose from based on your skin needs, and formulas that are simple but really work. The Rose Ceramide cream is especially comforting, Pixi Glow Tonic is a toner that gently exfoliates the skin, and pHenomenal Gel is a rival to some of the most sophisticated skincare I’ve tried. I rarely use primers but will happily break that rule for the Flawless Beauty Primer because it adds glow. The eye liners are among my most used because they are buttery and creamy so don’t irritate the eyes. I’ve worked with them in Amanda Bell’s make-up team during various fashion week shows and their skincare products truly transform the skin in record time.

Zelens
If you have tried lots of brands and never quite found the results you’re looking for, you might like Zelens. Truly their skincare works. Zelens Z Matrix is a gel formula that promises an “energy and moisture infusion” and I personally see and feel a difference overnight when I use this. It is always in my cupboard and has been since I first discovered it in 2013. Z Recovery Balm is a reliable remedy if your skin is in distress. I use the Body Defence sun screen regularly, it’s a silky oil that feels great and I’ve never burned using it. The facial SPF is lightweight but again you won’t burn through hit.

New autumn launches for 2020

A tutorial using copper and brown eyeshadow shades to create an autumn inspired smoky eye.

Today I’m marking the beginning of autumn with a burnt, brown smoky eye look. I tried lots of new launches for the first time in this video, so if you’re curious about any of the below, this is the video for you!

  • Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Mascara
  • Beth Painter ‘The Painter Palette’ with Sample Beauty
  • Trish McEvoy Liquid Lip Gloss
  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation

I hope you enjoy and feel free to message me @RoseGallagher on Instagram if you have any questions.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation and CC Cream Comparison

As the UK and Ireland brand ambassador for IT Cosmetics, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch fo the new Your Skin But Better Foundation. I’ve been wearing it for a few weeks now and it is so lovely, but so incredibly different to the cult CC Cream, the base that I use every single day! This in mind, I figured lots of people are going to have questions about how the two compare, and I made this video to outline the differences between the two.

In this video I’ll show you both formulations, one on each half of the face. You’ll have a chance to see how differently they dry down, and also I’ll tell you a bit more about the differences in ingredients between the two.

I hope you enjoy, and if you have any other questions please feel free to message me on Instagram @RoseGallagher. In terms of choosing the right shade for you, feel free to reach out to @ITCosmeticsUKI on Instagram to ask for a colour match, or utilise the live chat function on the website.

Just so you know, I work with IT Cosmetics on an ongoing basis but this content was entirely created by me. Anything I’ve worked directly with them to create will live on their own channels, not mine.

Spotlight smoky eye using all IT Cosmetics

Today I’ve created a burgundy and gold smoky eye look using an old IT Cosmetics beauty book.

This technique is quick, easy and quite smudgy. If you want a smoky eye look that doesn’t need to be really neat and tidy, this one is for you.

Hannah Martin x My Beauty Brand

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My lovely friend Hannah Martin has created an edit of her favourite make-up pieces from My Beauty Brand and I’m using them in today’s video.

Hannah is truly one of the best people to follow on social media if you want to learn about make-up. Her looks are wearable, pretty, and versatile. Whether you want barely there make-up or something super glam, she’s already got it covered. I trust her recommendations implicitly!

Here’s a little walk through of her signature rose golden style.

Caroline Hirons Skincare Book Review

I’ve just finished reading Caroline’s Skincare book and I can’t recommend it enough.

What I enjoyed was that she’s gone back and covered every single skincare topic at a basic level and also in detail. Whether you want a top-line reference guide or more information about your skin question, she has everything condensed into one handy guide.

If you love skincare, you’re a complete beginner, or you’re simply curious about what will work for you, you’ll enjoy this book.

How to Make Your Make-up Last All Day

Today’s video is all about making your make-up last. If you find that half way through the day your foundation has disappeared, or it separates in key areas, this is the video for you.

Here are a few key points that we touch on:

  • Using hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, eliminating the risk of patchy make-up
  • Using a skincare/primer hybrid to prep your skin
  • Applying more product in key areas when you apply your foundation
  • How to use powder to seal everything in place
  • Application techniques to build coverage
  • The benefits of setting spray
  • Learning how your behaviours may impact your make-up!

Nic Chapman’s MAC Cosmetics Lipstick

This week I treated myself to the two new MAC lipsticks from Sam and Nic Chapman. They officially launch later this year but they had a two week flash sale to get them early and I managed to get one of each.

Here’s a look at Nic’s peachy pink in action – a really creamy, pigmented lippie.