Thursday, 22 September 2016

Skincare Routine

I've recently finally got my skin under control, after having acne and dry skin for years. I've found a group of product which work brilliantly to keep my skin looking and feeling great! To remove my makeup I use the L'oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water, this works perfectly to break down my makeup and I much prefer it to using makeup wipes as it's much more gentle on my skin. Next I cleanse my skin with the Eve Lom Cleanser, this is a cleansing balm which makes my skin feel SO clean and soft after I use it. I warm the product up between my fingers and then apply to my face before rinsing off using a muslin cloth. Once I've cleansed, I use a cotton pad and apply the Pixi Glow Tonic all over my face. This works incredibly at fading acne scarring and redness, making skin look glowing! Every week or so, I like to apply a mask to my face. After I fell in love with the Eve Lom Cleanser, I decided to purchase the Rescue Mask too. It makes my skin look so much healthier and I always love applying it! Unlike other masks, it doesn't make my skin feel super tight or uncomfortable and it's really gentle on my sensitive skin. At night I like to apply E45 Cream all over my skin, this is to nourish it and I always wake up with my skin feeling healthy and moisturised. Before applying my makeup I love using the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream*, this is a light moisturiser however it makes my skin feel nourished and combats my super dry skin. It also makes my skin feel unbelievably soft after applying it and creates a great base before applying my makeup.

Which products are your skincare saviours? 
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Friday, 16 September 2016

Nicky Clarke Supershine Straightener

I've been intrigued by hair straighteners with steam technology and have wanted to try them for ages! I was super excited to be offered to try the Nicky Clarke Supershine hair straighteners, they aim to transform dull and dehydrated hair, making it softer and glossier. The straightener has an inbuilt water reservoir which you fill up every couple of days and this is what creates the steam. The straightener aims to nourish hair which is definitely does, I noticed my hair feeling less frizzy and a lot smoother after using them. It took a little longer than my usual straighteners but created a style that looked a hundred times better and stayed straight all day. I love that you can adjust the heat setting between 130-235 degrees as it contains five different settings, I tend to use number 4 as my hair is pretty thick but if you have thin hair, a lower heat will work too. I have a huge fear of leaving my hair straighteners on when I leave the house but these automatically shut off after an hour, bonus! This straighteners are fab is you want silkier, healthier, softer and shinier hair, the steam technology really locks in moisture while also eliminating frizz! And even better, they are currently just £42 on Argos, reduced from £74.99!

Have you tried straighteners with steam technology?
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Sunday, 28 August 2016

My Current Cheek Combination

On a day to day basis, I used to rarely contour or highlight and I never wore blush. However lately I've been obsessed with wearing these three products together and I have completely fallen in love with each product. To begin with, I apply the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder. This is one of my favourite contour powders to use as it looks so natural, it's not too warm toned and it doesn't contain any glitter so it's amazing for creating natural looking shadows on the face. Next I apply blusher, I had owned Nars Orgasm before however I never really used it and eventually got rid of it. I recently received a tiny version of it and started using it again, it looks so pretty on the skin, I love how it makes you look like you're glowing! Finally I apply my highlight on the tops of my cheekbones and on the centre of my nose, I recently bought the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl. Originally when I saw this, I thought it would be too white however it's such a beautiful highlight shade, I tend to not like really gold highlight so this is perfect for me!

What kind of blush/contour/highlight products do you like to use? 
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

August Birchbag

Birchbox £12.95*

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Mulberry £10.50
Phillip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo £14.50
Balance Me Radiance Face Mask £18
Anatomicals Citrus Body Scrub £3.99
Merci Handy Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel £2.90
English Laundry Eau de Parfum £60

This month's Birchbox is actually a BirchBAG! You receive a neoprene bag which comes in quite handy and my Dad has already taken it to use for himself! My favourite products from the box are the Phillip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo, the Marcelle Eyeliner and the Merci Handy Hand Gel. I have already got so much use out of the Dry Shampoo, my hair barely lasts a day and a half without washing so being able to just spray some dry shampoo to make it feel fresher is so handy. I love this little travel size one as it's perfect for me to pop in my overnight bag if I'm away for a few days so I know I'm always going to have nice looking hair! The Marcelle Eyeliner is a fab addition to the bag, I received the shade Mulberry which is a beautiful plum colour, it is also waterproof so it is extremely long lasting as well as super soft too! My final favourite from the box is the Merci Handy Antibacterial Hand Gel, I love having hand gels in my bag as I like to use them when I'm out and about to ensure my hands are as clean as possible! This gel also hydrates and nourishes your hands too so it keeps them soft as well as getting rid of bacteria!

What do you think of this month's box?
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Current Favourites

 Lately there have been a few products I've been absolutely obsessed with using, I recently rediscovered the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation after not using it for a while. I have fallen in love with it once again, I love the coverage of it, it makes my skin look flawless while not being too matte and not drying it out. I've been struggling with the dryness of my skin so finding a foundation that doesn't accentuate this is brilliant! I've almost used it up too, so will definitely be repurchasing! I wrote a blog post a while ago about the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, I am loving this as it is absolutely perfect for under the eyes to brighten the area and work as a highlight! I had run out of my powder right before my holiday so I popped into Boots to pick a new one. I had heard good things about the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot and I am loving it, it adds a lovely finish to my skin and keep its matte all day, again I will definitely be repurchasing this product! My final favourite is a product that has grown on me, when I bought the NYX Brow Pomade, I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about it however I'm now really enjoying using this. It's similar to Anastasia Dip Brow however I find this a better match to my brow colour as it's less red toned and looks a lot more natural on me.

What products have you been loving lately? 
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Friday, 12 August 2016

Sleek Solstice Palette

Sleek Solstice Palette £9.99 
Top L-R Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Subsolar, Equinox

I was aimlessly browsing the aisles in Boots when I stumbled across the Sleek section, my local store had only recently added Sleek so I was really excited to swatch a few things! I spotted the Solstice Highlighting Palette first as it is slightly different to other palettes, I wondered how the purple shade would work as a highlight but once I swatched it I was pleasantly surprised at how natural looking it was on the skin. The palette contains two baked powders, one pressed powder and a cream highlight. My two favourite shades are Subsolar and Hemisphere, I tend to use Subsolar when I want an everyday, natural looking highlight and then I use Hemisphere for something a little less subtle! I find these powders really easy to apply, really soft but still pigmented. Often times with highlighters I find them too chalky however these have a beautiful consistency to them! I think it's a brilliant palette if you like to mix up your highlight, it's such a unique mix of shades and at such an affordable price, it's definitely one I would recommend picking up on your next visit to Boots!
You can check it out here!
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

July Birchbox

LOC x Millie - Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil £9
John Frieda - Frizz Ease Anti-Frizz Primer £9.99
Nails inc. Nail Polish £15
Caudalie - Micellar Cleansing Water £15
Indeed Labs - Hydraluron Mask £19/99

July's Birchbox was in partnership with Millie Mackintosh and comes with two full size products! The product I was most excited about receiving was the LOC x Millie lip pencil, this is in such a pretty rosey pink colour, I've tried a few other LOC products so I knew I would love this! It's a really wearable shade and the consistency is lovely and moisturising on the lips. I only use micellar water to remove my makeup so it is super handy to get a new one to try, this Caudalie one has a citrus scent and is really refreshing on the skin! The final product I love is the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask, I have quite dry skin so need something to really hydrate it and leave it looking a little more healthy, so this is perfect!

What do you think of this month's box?
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