Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Beauty Inspiration - Liv Tyler

Let me start by saying I really dislike the term "girl crush" so I'm going to try my upmost to refrain from using it in this post! 

I am a big Liv Tyler fan, I love the woman (I also love her Dad!) 
To me she is the epitome of beauty. I love how striking, yet effortless she looks. If you have ever watched Empire Records you will know what I mean. 
I don't think its healthy to aspire to be any "celebrity" but if something or someone inspires you, that can be a great thing.

Its Livs (first name terms now) effortless beauty that inspires me. She never looks overly made up, her hair is never overly styled. She knows what works for her and sticks with it. 

As I've got older my tastes in beauty have definitely changed. In my early twenties I dyed my hair every colour possible, a night out would not be complete without one or even two pairs of false lashes and I would not leave the house without my winged eyeliner. I look back at some pictures and I don't recognise myself, I feel like I was so lost back then. Now I'm 27 I don't feel the need to hide behind my makeup or dye my hair on a weekly basis to reflect my mood!

I came across this interview with Liv on Into The Gloss and it was a revelation. She divulged her beauty secrets and some of her favourite products, the equivalent of porn for me!

Now I already had a few Liv Tyler inspired purchases but after reading this article I made a few more. I thought I would share them here in case anyone else shares my love!

Clarisonic - This was a surprise birthday present from my friends this year, so a happy coincidence that Liv loves it too! I have been using this for about 3 weeks now and I don't want to do a review until I have used it for at least 6 weeks so I can really give my honest opinion. I will say though that my face has never felt so clean! 
Available from John Lewis (prices vary)

Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation - In the interview Liv mentioned this as her choice for foundation. Koh Gen Do is an eco friendly makeup line created 25 years ago by actress Ai Saotome. Sadly its not available in the UK but if you are in the US you can buy from Sephora. This foundation doesn't feel like makeup, it just feels like you are putting on moisturiser. It definitely works best when applied with fingers as it has a thicker consistency. Once applied this gives such a beautiful natural effect, you wouldn't even know you had foundation on. It has a dewy finish which I like but I do have to powder my oily areas. I have this in the shade 123. 
Available from Sephora $62.00

Becca Beach Tint - This was already in my collection and I didn't know Liv was a fan. This is a cream blush which you can also use on your lips for a tint of colour. These Beach Tint's are waterproof as well so have great staying power. Mine is in the colour Watermelon, it doesn't say what colour Liv uses but just pick one that suits your skin tone. 
Available from Space NK £20.00

Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow in Pravella - Liv says she has used this blush for years and I can see why.  Formula wise it is quite possibly the nicest cream blush I have ever used. Its not sticky, it doesn't stain your cheeks, it blends easily and its long lasting. The colour is such a pretty pink, it gives you a very natural flush of colour. 
Available from Cult Beauty £21.00

Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip and Cheek Balm - This has been one of my all time favourite products long before I discovered we shared a joint love for it. Liv was the face of Givenchy so she would definitely have been encouraged to push their products but I have read in several interviews that she uses this and it definitely falls into that multi use category she loves. Honestly this is my favourite lip balm, it feels so nourishing on your lips but what I love the most is the pink tint of colour it leaves behind! This was in my top 12 makeup favourites of 2012 and I expect it will appear again this year. Available from Debenhams £18.90

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Liv's Lips - I was like a woman possessed trying to get hold of this lipstick! This was designed especially for Liv as she is a big fan of sheer berry toned lipsticks. Although this looks black in the tube don't be scared, on the lips it come out as a sheer berry colour. 
Sadly this is also only available on Sephora $30.00

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey - This was also in my top 12 makeup favourites of 2012. I bought this after reading that this was the lipstick used on Liv in Lord of the Rings.
Available from Debenhams £15.30

I thought Liv's Lips and Black Honey were going to be exactly the same but they are actually quite different, however they do give a similar effect on the lips.

Left: Clinique Black Honey Right: Givenchy Liv's Lips

And heres me with my hair that hasnt been dyed for over a year and a half! Oh and Im wearing all the makeup mentioned above with Liv's Lips.

If you hear of any more Liv approved beauty buys make sure you let me know! ;)

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