Test Drive your Cosmetics

Hey Dolls,

It’s been a while! wish there was more time in the day, writing up business plan, work, the twins and figuring out what new direction the blog is going! Anyway this post is not about that! However I will get back to that in more detail…Promise. Will try keep this post short and sweet.

Clients, girlfriends and family members always ask me, Christelle what’s a good eye cream or foundation etc etc. I obviously recommend what i know and I’ve tried, but that does not necessarily mean that it is right for their needs. I’ve always keep in mind if I’m going to spend money on good skin care, foundation or concealer….the list keeps going! Always ask for samples see if it works for you, see how you like it! There is nothing worst than spending £50 on a eye cream, for it to be siting in the back of your bathroom shelf because it is not working for you!!! We have all been there trust me, I know! It can be a little embarrassing to ask for samples….but don’t be, you have every right to do so.

I Asked for Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation samples, used it…Loved it! Bought IT!

Now kind of addicted to her products, I’m currently sampling her skincare range ‘The Magic Skin Trilogy‘.  The Magic Night Cream and The Magic Eye Rescue, haven’t tried The Magic Cream yet, however it is  an award-wining product! The samples I’m using so far so good!


The Magic Night Cream, has 8 de-ageing ingredients; Time-Released Retinol Molecules, Winter Daphne Stem Cells Extract, Frangipani, Vitamin E, Bionymph Peptide, Second Skin Red Algae Marigel, Castor Seed Oil is the healing properties in this cream and the last ingredient is Olus Oil.  It is always better to start using anti-ageing creams now to prevent the natural ageing process and avoid botox! I use a little, its an elixir so you do not need use a lot the texture is rich but velvety. My skin feels amazing in the morning, plump and smooth. I’m a firm believer of night creams and this one is 10/10.



The Magic Eye Rescue, contains 6 of the same ingredients instead of the Castor Seed Oil and Olus Oil; It contains Botanical Eye Contour Complex and Saccharide Isomerate. The Magic Eye Cream reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, meant to smooth fine lines and instantly tightens and refreshes the skin. Well as you know the skin around your eyes is the thinest, so I apply very little around my eyes, you should always gently tap around the eyes not rub it! Because I used so little from my sample it lasted me a week and the appearance of my dark circles have reduced…I hardly use concealer around my eyes now! I will be making a trip to the nearest Charlotte Tilbury haul on pay day!!



Do not be shy nor embarrassed to ask for samples, reviews are helpful but it is not the as trying it for your self! I mean when you buy a car…you test it first no? Hope you have found this post useful and pleasant…please feel free to comment or share with friends. Stay beautiful inside out. X


The Perfect Coverage

Hi Dolls,

Hope you’ve all been well? Keeping wrapped up and  warm this winter. I have mixed feelings about the winter, sometimes I love it and other times I loath it. A client recently asked me for tips about the right make up for her and realising how many clients have asked the same question, I thought to write about the basics starting with foundation. My skin normally needs  more moisture during this icy weather, so that means I normally have two foundations, one for summer and the other for the winter. I know that sounds really silly but it’s the truth! Firstly, your skin type changes due to environmental factors. Mine is a combination of normal/oily during the summer and dry/normal during the winter.

So choosing the right foundation is very important not only for coverage purposes but for your skin type. It is also a combination of knowing what properties the foundation has, that will be suitable for your skin. There are 11 types of foundations, in different shades, brands, occasions and skin types. Knowing what you are looking for in a foundation is key. I will try to keep this post short and sweet!

Always prep your skin well before applying foundation, cleanse, tone and moisturise. Make sure you wait for a couple of minutes before and after applying a primer, so the moisturiser penetrates in the skin, whilst the primer shields your skin and then apply your favourite coverage.

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Camouflage Foundation

  • Suitable for all skin types, provides excellent full coverage without looking thick and cakey! It has high pigment content and the product is water resistant and excellent for covering hyperpigmentation,  hypopigmentation, erythema, bruising, scars, birthmarks and tattoos. This product is available on the NHS for some conditions.

Airbrush Foundation (silicone based) & (alcohol based)

  • Suitable for all skin types, where as the alcohol based  is used on the body rather than the face.
  • Provides full coverage and light texture, very natural looking coverage (silicone based). Used to fill in pores and fine lines. I think this is perfect for Brides.
  • Highly pigmented for full long lasting coverage and this is non-transferable so will not smudge when rubbed (alcohol based).

2in1 Foundation

  • Suitable for oily skin because of the high powder content, that help absorb the oils.
  • contains powder producers or a small amount of mineral oil, talc and kaolin pigments.
  • Medium to heavy coverage with a matte finish and it last long on the skin.

Mousse Foundation

  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • This gives a light, sheer coverage with a natural looking finish.
  • Pigment, minerals, wax titanium, dioxide cerasin. This is available in either oil or water base.

High Definition Foundation

  • Suitable for normal,combination or dry skin types and oily skin types will need to be powdered very well.
  • It provides full coverage with a natural finish, similar to airbrush foundation.
  • Silicone and strong pigment.

Liquid Foundation (oil or water)

  • suitable for normal or combination skin. Matte/ medicated foundations are available for oily or greasy skin types.
  • It has a shorter working time on application in comparison to cream foundation.
  • Light coverage semi-matte finish. Good for light, natural look in photos and on screen.
  • Pigments, minerals, wax titanium dioxide cerasin.

Cream Foundation (water in oil)

  • Suitable for most skin types, as it keeps the skin extra- moisturised.
  • Medium coverage and they normally come in compact and pan stick forms.
  • This foundation contains a higher oil content, with pigment, minerals, wax, titanium and dioxide cerasin. Not recommended for oily skin types, It is long lasting when used with translucent powder.

Tinted Moisturiser, Gel & Self Tan 

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • the tinted moisturiser gives a natural coverage, great to use on men and children for that very natural effect.
  • the tinted gel provides a very light coverage, a transparent coverage for that sun-kissed and healthy glow finish.
  • Self tan gives a sheer coverage, giving you a tanned glow when applied properly.
  • Liquid foundation, moisturise humectants, oil, water and added pigments (Tinted Moisturiser).
  •  Water, alcohol, pigment and titanium dioxide (Tinted Gel).
  • Pigments in water a water based gel (Tinted self tan).

I hope you beauties find this post helpful, please feel free to comment, follow or share!  Stay beautiful inside & out. X


Monday Blues

Hi Dolls,

Hope you all had a great weekend? Mine was busy with the twins, work and being a Stepford wife. The juggle is real!

In relation to the post I previously wrote on Spring 2016 trends; lets get on the topic of one of the hottest trends – the bright blue eye shadows, cobalt, navy, cerulean, teal…the list goes on! There is so much more theory when it comes to colours, so I will try to keep this post short, sweet and as  informative as possible.

The key thing about this trend is finding the right blue for your skin tone and eye colour. Blue is a cool colour so this will compliment different undertones quite well. The colours we see depend on the colour of the light source, also considering different ingredients used in eye shadows have filters that can reflect a different colour in the light. Have you ever noticed when you get your foundation done at a make up counter in a department store it always looks different in day light?!! Well, natural daylight will give off a bluish tone and artificial lighting will give off a yellowish tone and fluorescent light gives off a green tone. This is why I always do my makeup in daylight it reflects my true skin tone/undertone. Also remember that when you buy a colour with the same name from different manufactures, the colour will never be the same.

Putting a brighter colour in the inner corner of the eye opens the eye out, making it seem larger. Where as darker colours close a space in. So lets avoid the darker blues around the inner corners of the eye. I’ve made up a list of the good Blues out there!


  1. Motives Pressed Eye Shadow – Dreamy £11.95
  2. Nars Dual- Intensity Eye Shadow in Cressida £21, available on the 15th of January 2016
  3. H&M Eye Shadow Peacock £4.99
  4. Dior 5 Colour Eye shadow Palette – Carre Blue £42
  5. Cle De Peau Powder Eye Colour Solo £33, available on February 2016


Cerlean Blue

I hope you found this post informative and helpful, I always enjoy trying out trends and adapting it to my features because you should never just follow trends but rather make them suite you.

P.S. Stay beautiful inside and out! X.


Being my own Boss

Hi Dolls,

I’m officially a beautician so excited, i’m feeling accomplished (be a mother of twins is my biggest accomplishment.) and ready for the next chapter! Which is building my brand and services, it is not going to be easy, they may be hurdles along the way, but its the journey that will test me, the destination is the blessing.

Now i have more time to put in my blog, work on building  my clientele, launch my website and also putting more time in my online cosmetics shop. I have invested in Motives Cosmetics, great products Chanel quality half the price. I’m not just saying that because its my business, the products speaks for it self. I have attached a link so you dolls can have a look and make your own opinions, however I will do a post of  my top 5 Motives Cosmetics soon, posts on nail care, skin care & how to recreate make up looks you love.

Dauphine Diaries blog is going through great changes and i hope you dolls will join me on this journey, comment, email me what kind of things you would like me to post any beauty or make up related things you want to know more about please  please do let me know!!! Can not wait to hear from you all and thank you so much to my readers for the support and i shall speak to you soon.

Stay beautiful inside & out! X


Eye treatments (Brows & Lashes Tint )

Eye treatments (Brows & Lashes Tint )

Hi Beauties 😘

It’s been a while lost my blogging Mojo, I would like to think I’m back! So our facial unit is almost done and I can say that I’m very confident in giving treatments! I received a Merit grade for my first pre-observation, it is going really well so far. So today I’m going to keep it short n’ sweet and talk about the benefits of having your brows and lashes tinted; Tinting your brows not only gives colour and definition to catch on even on the finest hair. Also it’s perfect for when your on holiday there’s no need to draw them on all the time, for those hot summer nights just use a clear brow mascara to keep them neat and defined, that also goes for your lashes plus you can pull off the almost no make-up look! Me having my brow’s and lashes tinted has cut 5mins to my make up routine.

There’s 3 colours, Brown, Black and Blue.

The Blue is actually very black but put applying that on your brows will turn blue, so keep that just for the lashes.

Brown is perfect for blondes and if you want a darker brown leave it on for longer.

Always use Vaseline before tinting application.

You can get  tinting kits from Superdrugs, Boots and Sally’s, prices vary from £7 to £20 depending on the brand.

This is the permanent professional Kit
This is the permanent professional Kit
This was using the Brown and was a demo from Brad my lecturer
This was using the Brown and was a demo from Brad my lecturer
Me using the Black
Me using the Black

I’m in love with tinting and I hope you Doll’s find this post helpful, please feel free to comment. Stay beautiful in and out X. 🙂



Hi Beauties, 😘

I wrote a post about having the perfect brows at home, brows to me are the first thing you notice about someone’s face. You can have your make up done beautifully, but have bad or nonexistent brows, forget it your make up is not complete and you’re looking like a HOT MESS! Before brow kits were on trend I used to use dark eyeshadow for my brows, with a hard angled brush, because it made my brows look natural and not too drawn on….if that makes sense!? Well I was introduced and used it on clients, at my Benefit audition day! What I think is one of the best brow kit ever, Brow Zings by  Benefit Cosmetics. It’s actually UK’s best seller for five years, it comes in three shades light, medium and dark. The kit Contains, pigmented wax for shaping and pigmented powder to set the brows. Also the kit comes with a hard angle brush, tweezers to keep those brows tidy and a blending brush and retails for £24.50. It’s so worth the price because it will last you a very long time. Hopefully when I reach 1000 followers on my blog and Instagram, I  will add this product to my give away box, which I’m gradually building up with AMAZING products that I love and I’m sure you will as well!

So if you are still skeptical about the product go to any Benefit Counter, preferably one with their Brow Bar and ask an advisor to show you the product and I guarantee you’ll love it! 😉 X.



Colour Correction

Hi Beauties, 🙂

I never really knew anything about colour concealers until I started my training at LCBT. There are colour concealer in Green, Peach, Pink, Yellow, Lilac and Orange. The process of using colour concealers is known as colour correction and it is applied to target problem areas and contains pigments which balances skin tone. I’m still on the search for a good colour correcting palette but I have added some examples so you Beauty Bunnies know what I’m talking about. The Colour Pigment correct things like:

Dark Circles – To cover dark circles using a peach, pink or yellow concealer to balance the skin tone before applying your normal concealer, for Brown and Dark skin tones using the Orange colour pigment is perfect.

Redness – To correct the redness on your face, you should be using a green concealer. However using the yellow will be better for photos, because the green will make you look washed out in pictures.

Sallow Skin Colour – The lilac concealer will do the trick.


Colour Correctors

Hope this has been helpful, enjoy being picture perfect. 😉 X.


I Scream Eyes Cream

Happy Easter, Beauty Bunnies 🙂


Growing up I’ve never really paid attention to eye creams, I thought it was a way for the cosmetics industries to get us spending more. During my pregnancy with the twins, I started noticing puffiness and dark circles around my eyes…not pretty! Only realising all these years I have been neglecting, the skin around my eyes. When I found out that the eye is the thinnest layer of skin on your entire body, and therefore the most sensitive. So using a cream made specifically for your eyes is crucial, especially as you age.

There are hundreds of eye creams on the market promising to clear dark circles, puffy eyes, and fine lines. Eye cream can offer your peepers protection from the elements and keep those early wrinkles at bay.

Also like the rest of your skin the delicate eye area differs from person to person, and as a result there are a whole range of wonder products on the market designed to offer unique protection for your under-eye skin, the trick is to find the right eye cream for your skin’s needs. Done some research and found the best 6 in the market.

Lumière de Vie Eye Balm, £32.95

This exclusive eye cream, is only sold on line…if you intrigued get in touch with me. It helps to soothe and reduce the appearance of puffiness, while deeply conditioning and hydrating the delicate eye area. The appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores is dramatically improved while helping to firm the skin in the most delicate places.

Benefit Puff-Off, £22.50

Brand new from Benefit is the Puff-Off Gel. Promising to instantly soothe inflamed and sore eyes, this cooling gel certainly does go some way to reducing the look of wrinkles and fine lines around the eye area. ‘Iron on’ with the handy applicator for a blurring, softening effect.

Darphin Ideal Resource Anti-Dark Circle Eye Illuminator, £44

Sitting somewhere between skincare and make-up, this is a handy little must-have for early mornings (after those late nights). The tinted cream glides on smoothly, leaving a translucent sheen that brightens eyes instantly.

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Eve Lom Eye Cream, £48

The intensively concentrated formula revives tired and puffy eyes, smoothing lines and reducing dark circles.

Clinique All About Eyes, £42 for the 30ml and £26 for 15ml

As with most eye creams, this cream reduces puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles, but the best part is that it also works as a primer, keeping make-up in place all day long.

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Aqua Physics Anti-Ageing Eye Cream, £10.45

A great value eye cream, that is gentle on the delicate and thin skin around the eye area, making it ideal for sensitive or mature skin.

P.S Ladies when you apply anti-wrinkle face creams never forget your neck and hands, those areas expose your age.Take care of every single delicate areas of your skin, stay young, beautiful and needle free! 😉 X.


3 Make Up Secrets…

Hi Dolls, 🙂

Hope you all had a great weekend! I would like to share make up tricks, I got from some of my girlfriends and will share tricks that I’ve been using. Hope you find them helpful.

A blush helps and defines your cheekbones, so consider your face shape when applying blusher.


Sometimes eye shadows can look dull at times, try using a white eye shadow as base, and apply a colour of your choice it creates contrast and that vibrant look.

Making your lips fuller, by applying lip liner a little over the your natural line. Then apply lipstick to fill the rest of your lips, this trick is awesome it will make your lips look fuller instantly.

What is your favourite make up secret? Happy Monday 😉 X


The “supernatural skin” trend starts within!

Hey Ladies, spring is here and summer is around the corner, so now it’s the perfect time to work on getting your skin looking “supernatural”, Join me on this journey to get the glow.

Avoiding Long Steamy Showers & Exfoliate Every Day

Face brushes

Long, hot showers strip the skin of its moisture and wash away its protective oils. So limit your showers to 10 minutes and keep the water cool. Use a exfoliate face brush every day to keep ingrown hairs and scaly skin under control. Gently scrubbing in circular motion to remove dead skin cells. My top 2 is the Clinique Sonic System and the affordable option is The Soap & Glory face exfoliates brush.


Applying Aloe Vera Gel Daily & Cooking with Garlic Everyday

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The acids in aloe, eats away at dead skin cells and speed up the healing process. Buy a pre-prepared product, Forever Aloe Vera Gelly or cut the end off of an aloe leaf, split it open and spread the gel on the dry areas. I cook with garlic everyday before I found this out, but apparently, Danish studies, found that it has so many healthy substances that among other things keeps our skin cells happy. Hence, people who tend to eat garlic everyday, look healthier and more youthful. Plus, garlic extract dramatically inhibited the growth of cancerous skin cells.


Drinking Plenty of Orange Juice & Take Multivitamins Daily


Orange juice is rich in vitamin C, essential for the manufacture of collagen, which helps to keep the skin smooth and youthful. Other foods rich in vitamin C include guava, kiwi fruit and red peppers. Drinking plenty of water also helps keeping clearer skin, if you’re not a fan of orange juice. Many nutrients are vital to healthy skin, including vitamins C, A and B. The most reliable way to get them all is to eat healthy, as well as taking daily supplements.


Keeping Your Hands off Your Face & Change Your Moisturiser Every Season


Because your hands touch so many surfaces, they are a magnet for dirt and germs. Rub your eyes, stroke your chin, cup your cheek, and you’ve transferred everything on your hands to your face, avoiding touching your face wont be easy. Every time the seasons change, replace your moisturiser.The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + is good for very dry to dry combination skin but it is light, if the cold season dries out your skin as it does mine. Your skin needs more moisture in the winter than in summer. So when it’s time to wear a heavy coat, it’s time to buy a heavier moisturiser. When you swap your coat for a Tee, switch to a lighter moisturiser.


Getting Rid of Excess Oil & Choose Cosmetics Carefully


De-shine your face by periodically dabbing on loose powder to blot excess oil. Don’t use pressed powder, which actually contains oil as an ingredient. Keep your beauty products simple, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Stay away from anything with colour or fragrance, always check the label and know what you using on your skin.
Booking your Facials


Getting facials, only help if you also do the work to maintain a good skin regime, my beauty therapist recommend facials every 4-6 weeks or even up to 8 weeks depending on your skin needs, for this glowing complexion. Speak to your beauty therapist who will carry out skin analysis. The right facial for your skin needs can effectively improve skin tone, tighten the skin and remove blotches. However if your complexion just needs a touch up, or you just need a bit of pampering, then a basic facial including cleansing, exfoliation, massage, and extractions will be sufficient.


P.S Ladies Download Wahanda App, if you haven’t, it’s free and gives you a list of beauty venues, Spas, Nails etc. and prices, around your local area!


Here’s to Glowing skin 😉 X