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Thursday, 27 March 2014

'Gimme Brow'

This new launch from Benefit has been all the rage recently and i can see why...gimme BROW is essentially just a tinted eyebrow gel, but somehow it makes your eyebrows look fuller than ever which I haven't found in any other brow gel. 
The brush is a lot smaller than others I've tried, making it easier to get precision and apply otto the areas needed. It feels slightly wet when you apply it which could be a turn off, however within a few seconds it drys and you're eyebrows are not going anywhere! I have the shade medium/dark, so there is a lighter option for those blondes out there! 
Normally if I were to apply an eyebrow gel I would use another product underneath and then use the gel to set them. But with this I feel I can get away with a coat of this and I'm out the door. At £17.50 it's a slightly pricer brow gel, but worth the price and the hype, so congrats Benefit!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

My Spring Red

I have to admit I'm becoming a little bit obsessed with these YSL Glossy Stains, and when I saw this cherry red shade, it had to be mine! The shade in question is 32 and it's showing up a little lighter here on me, but it's still a gorgeous red which is perfect for the spring. The formula of these are amazing which is why I'm forever buying them. It's predominantly a liquid lipstick, so has a lovely, creamy texture, and I find I can keep building this up and the stickiness is non existent which I love! They stay on all day, hence the word 'stain' which is prefect for those busy bees who don't have time to check their lipstick every 5 minutes. Pairing this with a simple eye look and a fresh face, you're set for a lovely, spring day!

I would recommend these 100 times over, and despite the £25.00 price tag, they are worth it...plus I feel so luxurious pulling this baby out of my bag...

What's your favourite liquid lipstick?

Friday, 21 February 2014

What I've Been Loving No1

So recently it's been all about the fresh skin and bold lips. Although it's still technically winter there's nothing wrong with wearing a cherry pink lip, so that's exactly what I've been doing! The Rimmel Apocalypse Lip Lacquers are your perfect pop of colour without the hassle if touching up every 5 minutes. I have the colour 'Aurora' and I can see that in the summer this is going to be with me at all times! It's a gorgeous cherry red with pink undertones that can jazz up any look. These are also super affordable so you can look good without breaking the bank!
To go along with my bold lip obsession, I like to keep my face fresh and minimal. Now, as you guys may know, I can't complete any look without some bronzer and Nars 'Laguna' is my all time favourite. Perfect for contouring and an overall bronzy glow this has been adding the perfect healthy finish to my skin! In conjunction with that, I recently picked up the highly hyped about Bourjois Rice Java Powder which is a great alternative to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, which is triple the price! This is a loose powder so use at your own risk...this has just the right amount of shimmer to make you skin look fresh and dewy without looking like a disco ball! I like to apply this with a MAC 188 duo fibre brush as I find it picks up a good amount of the product and doesn't pack it on too densely. This also smells amazing, like banana or something, but I'm obsessed with it!

What have you been loving lately? 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Bad Skin Day...

We all have those days when our skin just isn't on our side, so I thought I would share with you some of the must have products for those dreaded days!
First off is a good face mask - here I have chosen Lush Oatifix, this is a lovely moisturising mask which I love for calming down the skin. Masks are a great way to treat the skin and give it a nice boost when it can be looking dull. Next up is a goos spot treatment, my personal favourite is the Origins Super Spot Remover, however I can't find mine anywhere, so a good cheap alliterative would be the Simple Rapid Action Spot Zapper. Both work amazingly at reducing redness and the size of any pesky blemish overnight - Salicylic Acid is a great agent to tame breakouts, as is Benzoyl Peroxide, you're skin may prefer either or, so make sure that you pick the correct ingredients to suit your skin.
Once you wake up in the morning you will find that your face mask and blemish treatment have already worked wonders...but theres still sneaky breakout peeking through which you may wish to cover. For that the Origins VitaZing moisturiser is what I reach for first. This has a very sheer hint of coverage which is going to help blur the imperfect - my trick is to use a lot of products but not a lot of makeup! A brightening moisturiser is also going to perk up the skin making if look fresher. Next is to apply a perfecting primer or beauty balm, my favourite is the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm which I can't stop raving about. This is the perfect imperfection blurer and makes foundation and concealer glide on a lot more smoothly, this also reduces redness as it does have a slight tint to it - I use this every morning and find I'm using a lot less foundation because of it! Next is to conceal those bad boys, I have two personal favourites for this job. The first is the Origins Plantscription concealer, this doesn't cling to dry skin which is why I love it for blemishes, it also offers a great amount of coverage. On the slightly more expensive side the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer is also amazing. I like to apply this directly to the blemish, blend it in with my finger or using a brush such as the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush, once it's all blended in the blemish is hardly noticeable - this truly is a miracle concealer!
I hope these tips and tricks helped and it has inspired you to stress less about breakouts as there are things we can do to control them! And of course it's not just the products you use but what you feed you skin and body, so remember to drink plenty of water and eat those yummy fruits and veg!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

November Skincare Haul

Recently I've been getting a lot more into skincare and last month I picked up a few bits to help my skin through the colder months.
I first went into Lush and picked up the Tea Tree Water - this toner helps to bring back some sense of normality to your skin, if you have acne prone skin this would be a great buy for you and it's not too expensive either. It has antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which help balance the skin. Next I went over the fresh face masks and  found this one called Oatifix and you know a product is nice and natural when you can read all the ingredients on that back...this is packed with all fresh ingredients such as bananas, vanilla, almonds and of course oatmeal! This claims to bring back moisture to your skin and leaves your face looking brighter. I have only tried this out once and I loved the results it gave. To go along with this I wanted to brightening moisturiser to use in the mornings to maintain a fresh glow so I picked up the Origins VitaZing moisturiser with SPF 15, and even though it's winter SPF is still important! This also gives your skin the slightest bit of coverage meaning you can save foundation...and who doesn't love the sound of that! 
The one thing my skincare routine was missing was a good serum and the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate was calling out to me. This has a very herbal scent making falling asleep a lot easier and is another radiance boosting product. After using this for about a week I have already seen a difference in my skin and I will definitely continue to use this.

What skincare gems have you bought recently?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

My Winter Eye

In the winter I love the experiment with different colour combos to create the perfect smokey eye. Here I have used a few berry shades which I think compliment any eye colour - the Urban Decay Naked Palette is full of eye shadows perfect for this time of year and it's what I've been reaching for most days.
I firstly took 'Toasted' and applied this all over my lid with a flat eye shadow brush then blended it slightly into the crease. Then on the outer corner I added 'Hustle' and then used that in the crease on a MAC 224 to add a nice bit of definition. I then went ahead and blended that all together with a clean fluffy brush. Moving on to the lower lash line, I used the same two colours, 'Toasted' on the inner half, and 'Hustle' on the outer half - I love using eyeshadows on my lower lash line, I find it pulls together any eye look. Then  I smudged 'Creep' into my upper lash line and the very outer corner of my lower lash line to open my eyes up. And that's it for the eyeshadow - very simple in my opinion, just don't forget to blend! Then of course, I applied mascara, here I used the Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara which I love for getting big voluminous lashes.

What's on the rest of my face?
Revlon Nearly naked foundation | Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer | Bourjois Bronzing Primer | Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral Cheek and Lip Tint | MAC Soft and Gentle MSF.

What's your favourite winter eye look?

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Dove Haircare Duo

At the beginning of this year I discovered Dove hair products and ever since I have been hooked. Recently I have been using the Daily Care Shampoo and Conditioner and these two products together have worked wonders for my hair. When I use these I can go a good day or two without washing my hair and they leave it feeling nourished and soft. The shampoo has a lightweight formula, as does the conditioner, and I find it lathers up really well too so you can get a deep clean. I have also seen that it has made my hair feeling and looking so much more healthier which I wasn't expecting from such a cheap set of products.  For £2.69 these are an absolute steal and I can't say a bad thing about them - I also use the conditioner to shave my legs with too and they have never felt smoother.
Overall these two products are amazing and wipe at any other high end shampoo and conditioner in my bathroom. The price is incredible for the product so I would 100% recommend you try them out! The other Dove haircare products are on my wishlist and I'm excited to try more from them.

What's your go-to shampoo and conditioner?

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