Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Illamasqua Hydra Veil | Review

Illamasqua Hydra Veil £32 - This little beauty first came to my attention around 2 or so years ago when I'd been blogging for about a year, at first I thought "oh yes that's a great idea" and put it to the back of my mind. I've always been quite lucky with my skin and whilst it's been combination (and a little bit dry in the dead of winter), it's always been manageable with a good moisturiser. Then I remember being matched for Illamasqua's Skin Base Foundation back in 2013 and the guy using it on me beforehand, it was so refreshing and light on the skin. I couldn't believe how quickly it sank into my skin and left it feeling as though it'd had a "zap" of moisture. Again, I kind of forgot about it and just considered it a non-essential, on times I'd wish I had it and especially when preparing for big nights out it would have been lovely but I don't like near an Illamasqua counter and I didn't feel like I wanted it enough to pay for postage from somewhere online (does anyone else have that? I'll spend so much more money in an actual store purely because I've said £3.95 postage although it's cost me £15 in fuel and £5 in parking...). Anyway long story short James and I finally made a trip to Meadowhall the other week to buy some bits for baby Sophie and I just couldn't resist. I had a few gift cards for Debenhams and Boots so could treat myself to some final beauty luxuries before Sophie arrives and this was one of them. My skin went quite dry when I first fell pregnant and I would have loved to have this around to give me a little boost, now I tend to wear this as a primer before putting on any foundation (although I don't wear on it on no make-up days) and it just helps my skin stay nice and hydrated even on the longest of days. Usually by this time of year my skin is getting dry again, what with the cold weather and using more heating/air conditioning it can really effect even the appearance of my skin as well as the texture, but I've not noticed that this year and I'm sure it's down to this. It also feels really cool and refreshing when you apply it, perfect for those early mornings before work (and in preparation for when I've been woken up at 5am by a screaming baby). The other thing I love about it? Just how funky it looks! It goes back into a perfectly formed gel after every use so it looks brand new and when it's on the back of your hand or fingertips it looks just like jelly. A little really goes a long way too, I was worried that I'd have to use loads of this however I use a pea sized amount for each cheek and my forehead, so 3 peas in total.. It also comes with a miniature spatula which not only looks really nifty, it also helps you gauge the right amount and you can then scoop any excess off the back of your hand to put it back in should you happen to take out too much. I'm not sure how long it will last before it runs out but I'm hoping to get a good amount of use out of it as I don't know when I'll be able to go back and repurchase some more!

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