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Valentines Day Makeup Edit

8 February 2016

As it is Valentines day at the end of the week I thought it would be nice to show you a few makeup items I'll be slapping on my face this Sunday. I know some of the population despise this 'holiday', but thats fine, just look at this as a girly makeup post. These products are very universal and would work great for dates, and generally everyday wear.

For my base, I went with some really dewy products as I wanted that Victoria Secret looking skin. I always start with my Dior Glow Maximiser if I want some added luminosity to the skin. It's a rosy tinted cream that works perfectly underneath, or mixed in with foundations, to give the skin a natural glow. Then just go in with your favourite foundation and concealer pairing and we'll move on the cheeks. I always bronze my skin first as I find it shapes the face and makes it look a bit more 3D, then I move straight onto blush. My blush is the MAX Factor Cream Puff Blush which is a lovely luminous pink shade. I love the colour 'lovely pink' as it adds a subtle healthy glow to the skin. Now, for highlighter I love my favourite Mary Lou-mansier which is so pigmented and the perfect champagne pop on the cheek bones. You can go as heavy as you like with this, I like my highlight so I tend to be a bit heavy handed, it's very finely milled so it doesn't leave chunks of glitter, meaning you can get away with a bit more if ya fancy.

On the eyes I love a light cream shade all over the lid with a matte brown through the crease. The Charlotte Tilbury Sophisticate Palette makes the eyes look nicely defined, yet natural. This has four beautiful matte shades, perfect for everyday. If you wanted a more nighttime appropriate look, the dark grey in the palette is a great one for smoking out the eyes. Another product I love to use on the eyes is the Benefit High Brow, I pop this on the waterline and it really opens up the eyes and makes them appear wider and more awake! Then I simply finished with some liquid liner and mascara, a classic foolproof eye in my opinion.

For Valentines you may experience a couple of kisses here and there, or maybe you're off for a nice lunch or dinner, so you don't really want to high maintenance bold lip which may end up all over your face. I went with a more natural option, and for that I used the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecter Balm in Rose. I love these as they're really moisturising and fuss free which is perfect for a dinner date! The shade 'Rose' is a very subtle pink shade, it almost looks like a clear gloss but you can build up the colour to leave a 'your lips but a bit more pink and glossy' look.

The Mint Decor Edit

1 February 2016

 I think that mint is such a refreshing colour, especially when placed in the home. As winter is slowly creeping to a close I thought a little homely inspiration would be nice to see us into spring. As much as I love the reds and warmer tones around the festive period, spring and summer are seasons where you can really inject a nice amount colour, and mint is a perfect way to start. I've seen mint tiles in bathrooms, kitchen cabinets and entire walls, or if you want something a bit low key, try a pillow or lamp shade. Here are a few of my favourite mint decor pieces which hopefully you'll love too.

My New Favourite Concealer

24 January 2016

So today I will be talking about a concealer, and for once, it's not the Origins Plantscription...hold for applause...

I've heard so many good things about the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer since it was launched, and as my beloved Origins one was on it's way out, I thought I'd see what the fuss was about. It's described as a weightless concealer which still offers complete coverage, so did it deliver? (The title may give it away...)

I picked mine up in the shade 'light warm' which is my perfect under the eye shade as it's not too pink toned. The shade range is good, the have 8 to chose from, all varying in different tones which is handy. If I were to go back and get one to use for my faec/blemishes I may opt for a shade darker to match my skin better, but I love 'light warm' for brightening my under eyes.

Formula wise, it is very creamy and I find a lot goes a long way. I'll either use my fingers or my Real Techniques contour brush to blend it in and it looks flawless once applied. I've also used it around my nose where I tend to get dry patches and it didn't cling to them or look cakey, so it would be a good one to use on blemishes. It does a good job at covering my dark circles, although on bad days I do have a use a corrector underneath.

Concealer is notorious for creasing under my eyes and I'm happy to report this one doesn't. I do set it with the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Powder to really set it down and it lasts all day. Setting your under eyes is also a great tip if your mascara transfers, most mascara's I try would end up under my eyes but since I've been using a powder I find it doesn't!

This retails for £17.50, so not super cheap but not too pricey either. It's been compared to the Nars Creamy Concealer a lot too, so if you don't want to splurge for that, this would be a good option.

Morning Hydration

22 January 2016

This time of year makes my skin so dry, and if I don't keep on top of it, it can really suffer in the cold weather. Oils and serums are something I try to include in my skincare routine all year round and here are a few of my favourites.

The first one is a budget option and great if you're not ready to invest in an oil. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum is a lightweight serum which adds a great layer of hydration to the skin. It has a handy pump which I like as sometimes I don't like to faff about with a pipet, it does come out quite liquid-y however so a pea sized amount (1/2-1 pump) will do nicely. The vitamin E protects the skin, whist tara bush seed extract works within the skin to boost moisture levels. It's a great base for makeup too as it leaves your skin soft and supple.

Next, we'll move on to a slightly more pricier option, but one that's definitely worth the splurge. I love to use the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate on days my skin is looking a bit dull as it really does bring life back into the skin. I use a few drops and press it into my skin with my hands. It claims to help the appearance of skin fatigue which it 100% does, you can instantly see your skin looks more hydrated and firmer. How many more times can I say 'skin'... If you're looking for a new oil and don't mind the price tag, try this one!

On a similar vein, the Ole Henriksen Youth Activating Oil is one I've switched into my morning routine. This, like the Kiehls, helps to bring life back into the skin and makes you look younger and vitalised. If you use this over night, you will definitely see a difference when you wake up. If you use it in the morning, you're skin will be more supple and feel hydrated and smoothed over. A great all-rounder in my opinion.

Kiko- Jungle Greens

20 January 2016

Whenever I come across a Kiko, I have to wander in. It's an Italian makeup brand which has been compared to MAC, but about half the price, sounds fab I know! I've tried a couple of their lip colours and loved the formula, so I've been very keen to try out more from their range. The store can be a bit overwhelming, there are a lot of products and a lot of colours, so you can spend an eternity in there swatching and swooning over all the gorgeous shades.

Eyes were next on my list to try and I came across this gorgeous quad which has some stunning shades for all eye colours. This is their Colour Fever Eyeshadow Palette in 102 Jungle Greens which is made up of four shimmery shadows. I do like to have everything in one palette which is the only downside with this, I wish it had a good blending shade, but the colours are beautiful. The light champagne shade is a tad on the chalky side but I do find this with a lot of shimmery shades that are lighter. If you have the patience to pack it on the it looks great in the inner corner and brow bone to highlight. The formula of the other three are very buttery and blendable with good colour pay off. The two shades at the top are perfect for smokey eyes. I love either of them for blending over the lid and up into the crease, they work wonderfully at creating that effortless look. The one on the left is more taupe and the right is more of a khaki grey shade. The darkest shade in the palette works really well for adding some definition to the eyes, whether that be blended into the lash lines or into the crease for a dramatic look, the shimmer makes it very night out appropriate. You could also use these shadows wet, by spraying some MAC fix plus or even water onto your brush, to give them an intense metallic finish.