Tuesday, 28 February 2017
I've recently discovered The Ordinary which is a branch of iconic skincare brand Deciem. The Ordinary seem to stock amazing quality skincare products at purse friendly prices and one of my recent finds is the Hyaluronic Acid. For those who don't know, Hyaluronic Acid is great if you need intense hydration. HA can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water so is great for providing the hydration your skin can so desperately seek.
I was drawn to this product as I know that Hyaluronic Acid is a staple in almost every skincare routine and is also one of the key ingredients in one of my favourite products, Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder, so at £6, I thought I'd give this a go. After only a few days of use I'd absolutely fallen in love with it.
It comes in a sleek, matte glass bottle which I absolutely love, and again, like ANR has the dropper packaging, although it seems to work for this product as it's not as thick. I apply morning and night time and it seems to be doing wonders for my skin. I feel 100% hydrated, my skin never feels tight or oily (which is a bonus).
I'm looking forward to trying some other bits from The Ordinary, the range is extensive and budget friendly which is great for everyone!
Monday, 27 February 2017
Urban Decay eyeshadows have some serious pigment and staying powder and teamed with their Primer Potion create the perfect pairing.
Have you tried this palette - what are your favourite combinations?
Sunday, 26 February 2017
I've been loving Vichy products for quite a while now. I've been using the Normablend BB Cream for a while and has in fact become a staple for both myself and my freelance kit as it's a great lightweight product that contains Salicylic Acid meaning it's ideal for problematic skin. It gives a gorgeous skin like finish and it definitely doesn't ever look like you are wearing a lot - perfect for every day wear.
A second and an old favourite of mine is the Purete Thermale Eye Makeup Remover. This is a biphase remover so you have to shake to activate otherwise it can leave an oily residue on the skin. This is one of my all time favourite make up removers and is really affordable too. A little goes a really long way so you can make the bottle last ages. It removes the most stubborn of makeup including waterproof products and eyebrow makeup too.
I was sent the Pore Purifying Mineral Mask last year and I basically fell in love with it instantly. I prefer a clay or a gel wash of mask as opposed to a peel off mask as I can really feel the difference in my skin. This mask is infused with Kaolin and Bentonite Clay so dries quickly and draws out andy imperfections in the skin. It really reminds me of the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Mask but with a much kinder price!
A final favourite is the Dermablend Setting Powder. It's loose and translucent so perfect for my freelance kit and perfect for everyone as it doesn't have a colour. It's perfect for setting your foundation and undereye and also for baking - it's lightweight and gives no coverage due to the colouring. I rarely use a powder so this has made its way into my kit so I'm glad I get to show everyone how great this powder is.
Friday, 20 January 2017
Brows are such a huge part of make up lately - over the past couple of years or so they really have blown up and completely taken over. Benefit Cosmetics have a huge nine piece brow collection, and I have to admit, there really is something for everyone no matter how you like to wear your brows.
I have a couple way I like to do mine, but my favourite is using three Benefit products - Ka-Brow, Gimme Brow and High Brow. First of all I use a spoolie to comb through my brows, The front of one of my eyebrows grows upwards, so I brush them both upwards to achieve some form of symmetry - remember, they don't have to be identical - eyebrows are sisters, not twins!
I then use an angled brush to draw a line underneath the brow using Ka-Brow which is a cream gel dipbrow formula which has 24 hour waterproof wear, smudgeproof too which is great! I use shade 3 which is a medium brown and can be built to be dark, or used softly so it really is a universal colour. I've been using a Benefit Angled Brush to apply, but I like those from Urban Decay and from both Real Techniques collections. I start the line from the arch and draw toward the tail end so that I'm distributing the majority of the product, then use the remainder of the product thats left on the brush to line under the front section of the brow - this creates that 'ombre' effect, meaning that the front portion of the brow is a lot softer.
After lining underneath, I line the top from the arch to the tail to create a better and more defined end of my brow. The ends of mine are soft and sparse, so I use this method to extend and define them. I then use the brush to fill in the shape that I've created, focusing the majority of the product at the end of the brow and using a soft amount at the front.
After I've filled with Ka-Brow, I use Gimme Brow (I use shade 3 which is a medium brown) against the brow hair to give texture, and then comb back through to set the hair in place. Due to the way my brow hair grows I use the Gimme Brow to comb upwards at the front of the brow to give my brow a bit more shape and definition.
To complete the look, I draw a line of High Brow underneath the brow from start to end and then blend. The High Brow is a linen pink pencil which helps to create a freshly waxed appearance to the brow, but it also highlights the brow and helps to open the entire eye area. I often use this the entire way around my brow to create a 'halo brow' look which can really help to create a strong defined brow look.
I absolutely love the new Benefit Brow Collection! Have you tried it? Which products are your favourites?
Thursday, 19 January 2017
One of my favourite things to watch on YouTube are other peoples make up collection and storage videos - I'm a bit of an organisational freak and I find things like this really satisfying. I don't have a YouTube channel so I thought I'd write a blog post about my make up collection and storage instead.
Ever since I was a little girl I'd always wanted a dressing table, but for years and years I shared a room with my brother so I could never have one. When we moved into this house and I finally got my bedroom, I wasn't as hugely interested in cosmetics as I am now so I had a desk for my studies instead. It wasn't until after my second year of university that I finally got the dressing table I'd always wanted (I was kindly gifted a dressing table by my fiances Grandmother but it's far too big for my room so it's sat in storage waiting to be used) and that was when my parents surprised me by redecorating my bedroom for when I moved home.
My dressing table is from the Chantilly collection in Argos, and the rest of the furniture in my room matches it. My stool was reupholstered by my Mum after she'd found it at a quaint antiques fair. The dressing table only has one drawer, so I followed suit and found some plastic drawer inserts from Muji to organise my own personal collection (my makeup kit is stored in separate storage).
On top of my dressing table is my gorgeous three way mirror - this is from eBay and was watched by three different accounts to ensure that I would get it. The mirror on the right hand side is a magnifying mirror from Argos, and the fake peonies are from The Range. The pot they are stored in is an old fashioned candy jar from BHS which I used to use to house my make up brushes. On the right hand side of the mirror I have two wicker candle holders from ASDA which I use to house my brushes - one for face brushes and one for eye brushes.
So in the large insert on the far left is my primers and foundations - I don't have many primers and in here I keep my favourite ones. There's usually an Estee Lauder Illuminating Primer but I've run out, so at the moment there's Benefit's That Gal, and Stila One Step Correct which I absolutely love! I always lean towards an illuminating primer as opposed to a mattifying primer as I feel as though it suits my skin a lot more. I also then have my favourite foundations - MAC Studio Waterweight, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Vichy 3D Correction, MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof, and the small white tub is a sample of Clinique Anti Blemish foundation which I'm trialling at the moment and I absolutely love it.
In the large insert on the right of this is where I keep my concealers and setting powders. In here I have two miniature Benefit Boiing - in shade 1 and 2. I also have an Erase Paste and Fake Up (both also from Benefit). I then have a Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer, Rimmel Wake Me Up, Collection Lasting Perfection, MAC Pro Longwear, a Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in the limited edition packaging and then another Touche Eclat style pen which is from Estee Lauder. The two powders I have in here are my MAC Prep and Prime Translucent Loose Powder and MAC Pro Longwear Pressed Powder.
Next to this insert is where I keep my blushes/bronzers. I won't lie I will more often than not use palettes of blushes that are kept in separate storage but in here are my most used. Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel is a staple and was my graduation present to myself, and I also keep my Hoola bronzer which is an an absolute must have of mine. I then have a minature of Benefit Benetint and then I have Dandelion Dew which is a liquid blusher from Benefit. Highlighter wise I have the Sleek Solstice Palette which I use almost every single day. The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer and then a miniature of High Beam by Benefit. In here I also keep my Urban Decay Primer Potion which I have in Original.
On the right hand side of this I have some medium sized inserts where I keep lip products, mascaras and then I also have inserts for lipliners and brow products. In the brow insert I'm not ashamed to say every single brow product in this is from Benefit Cosmetics. Working for Benefit I use their brow products every single day, but I think I can safely say that even if I didn't work for them, the brow products I use would probably still be Benefit as I love them that much. So in here I have Ka-Brow in shade 3, Gimme Brow in shade 3, Precisely My Brow in shade 3, 3D Browtones in shade 2, High Brow, High Brow Glow and Ready Set Brow.
Next to the brow insert are my lipliners which I don't own millions of but I still absolutely love lipliners. I have a couple from Urban Decay in Rush and Stark Naked, Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury, Candy K from Kylie Cosmetics and then Subculture, Soar and Cherry by MAC. Here I also keep my pencil sharpener which is a dual one from Benefit.
In my lip insert I keep mainly lipsticks but also a gloss and a liquid lipstick - I have a Rouge Volupte Shine from YSL, two Benefit Double The Lip Lipsticks in Revved Up Red and Lusty Rose, Dynamic by Estee Lauder (if Kendall can pull it off, so can I), Whirl, Mehr, Ruby Woo and Velvet Teddy by MAC, Rush and Stark Naked by Urban Decay. I also have Candy K by Kylie Cosmetics, Posie Balm by Benefit and then a NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu. These are my staple colours and are mainly nudes or brown nudes - I do have a couple of reds in here but they are rarely worn.
I then have mascaras and eyeliners - my most used being Benefit's They're Real which I usually team with the They're Real Tinted Primer. I then have Benefit Roller Lash, Rimmel Volume Colourist, L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme and Too Faced Better Than Sex. I also have my Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner in Black and the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. I also keep my Beauty Blender in here and a Benefit Single Eyeshadow in Nude Swings which is a gorgeous champagne shimmer colour.
I keep my Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation, B6 Prep Spray, All Nighter Setting Spray and EOS Lip Balm in the gap underneath, and in the gap to the right I keep my Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Powder in Luminous, alongside my Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme Moisturiser, Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm, Vichy Normaderm BB Cream, Benefit Big Easy and Urban Decay One and Done. Also, hiding somewhere in there is my Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette which is my every day staple really - I love the colours.
Lots of products in a small tidy space. It means I know where everything's kept and if anyone else was to look in there they'd probably find what they need too. I often have a little shuffle around but everything stays in the same insert, just a different order!
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Lipsticks are huge business - just think of Urban Decay who released 100 shades of lipstick in their Vice Collection, and Smashbox who topped that earlier this year! I love experimenting with different colours, I love dark reds and purples as well as nudes but when it comes to wearing lipstick in public it's either a very sheer wash of colour or a nude. I'd love to be braver in terms of colour!
MAC Mehr is one of my go to colours - a pink tone, very similar to MAC Soar lip liner (to be quite honest, they're usually applied together) - I love the MAC Lipsticks though, and that's obvious even down to the fact that there are two MAC Lipsticks in my top five. I love the creamy consistency and the longevity, not to mention the sleek packaging of them . MAC Velvet Teddy is the second nude I was going to mention which is a light brown tone, I pretty much always pair this with Subculture lip liner.
Urban Decays range of lipsticks is crazy, 100 colours and a variety of finishes - I have two, and Stark Naked is a gorgeous nude shade. Stark Naked is a comfort matte, a brown toned nude that I feel would match everything and anything. I really like the consistency of the lipsticks, not too hard that you have to put a lot of pressure on to apply (yes I have come across lipsticks like that). I have the matching lip liner and they create the perfect lip combo.
Estee Lauder's Dynamic is a gorgeous pink toned lipstick, not as matte as the MAC lipsticks, yet not a satin finish either. It's a beautiful colour, and these kinds of darker, nude pink shades are my favourite to wear. Again, just like the others, it applies so easily to the lip and it's comfortable too.
Benefit Cosmetics are releasing some new lipsticks next year (keep your eyes peeled), and one of my favourites is Lusty Rose, released as part of the They're Real Big Sexy Lip Kit. These are a combined lipstick and lip liner and you can read more about them here. The minute I saw Lusty Rose I knew it would become a staple colour for me as it's so similar to the colours I already lean towards.
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Due to my use of Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide Cream (read about that here) my morning skincare is pretty short and sweet and mainly consists of cleansing any dirt out of my skin from the night before. I'm pretty groggy in the mornings, so cleansing my face first thing really helps to wake me up. I tend to let the hot tap run for a while to warm up the water. After a night time application of Acnecide you never know what kind of mess will pop up on my face overnights so a hot flannel has become my new best friend. I lay the flannel on my skin for a while, but also use it to clean away any excess dirt from around my eyes ready to put my contact lenses in.
After laying a hot flannel on my face for a while, and gently rubbing around my eyes, I used the Decleor Aroma Cleanse which is a 3 in 1 cleansing and smoothing mousse to cleanse my entire face. This cleanser is gentle, which is usually what I need in the morning. I rinse the cleanser off, pat my face dry and then apply a light coat of Acnecide. I'm aware that a product such as this can pull any dirt and imperfection to the surface of the skin and that's not something I want to appear on my face throughout the day, so I always apply a lighter amount in the morning. Once the Acnecide Gel has dried, I apply a moisturiser - at the moment it's Benefit's Total Moisture which has Mango butter in which is great for my dry skin happening as a side effect of the medicated cream.
That's my skin all ready and prepped for make up - or lack of if it's a day off of mine. At first applying the gel every morning and night was a bit of a chore but it's allowed me to get a real cleansing routine.