Monday, 17 October 2016

Creating the perfect brow...with soap?

I'm sure you will have seen or heard the talk about 'soap brows' recently. If you haven't, I'm going to talk through my thoughts about the process since I started doing it around three weeks ago. This isn't something I created myself so check out this Pixiwoo video as I believe this is what started the trend, this Desi Perkins video is also super helpful if you prefer seeing tutorials. This method is incredible for any kind of brow, I would honestly recommend anyone do it. It's brilliant for me as I have brows that just do not stay in place, the reason I love it is because it holds every single brow in place all day long and you can create whatever shape you want to. I like to brush the hairs at the front of my brows upwards in order to make my brows looks fuller.

So to achieve this look, you take a spoolie (a clean mascara wand) and wet it slightly under a tap. Then using a clear soap, brush the spoolie all over the soap so that the brush is coated. Begin to brush your brows through and move them into the position you would like them to be in for the rest of the day! I tend to do my eye makeup while this dries and then apply makeup to my brows once I know it has completely dried. For me, this makes the whole process of doing my brows so much quicker, as you brush the brows into the position you want them in, I find I don't end up applying as much product to them!

What do you think of soap brows? Have you tried them?
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Monday, 10 October 2016

Discovering Becca Cosmetics

Until about a month ago, I had never tried Becca Cosmetics. From having a look around Space Nk, I assumed they were all about light coverage and 'no makeup makeup' which is far from my type of makeup. However after searching online, I found that they did a full coverage foundation and actually focused on 'glowing skin' with their impressive range of highlighters in different forms, from powder to liquid to cream. The Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme foundation is a new love of mine, as the name suggests, it is full coverage. It's pretty thick in consistency and a little goes A LONG way, you barely need a pump of this to cover your whole face. Personally, I prefer applying this with a buffing brush, I don't really like applying foundation with my fingers and my Beauty Blender didn't really work too well with the thick consistency. 

Then, during a lunch break browse, I impulsively picked up the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in the shade Moonstone. I've been mixing it in with foundations but you can also apply it to your face before or after foundation, so it's definitely a versatile product. As I've mentioned in SO many blog posts recently, I've be obsessed with highlighters. I picked up the Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in the shade Pearl, this looks completely white in the pan, however it is such a beautiful shade and I have worn it pretty much every day since I bought it! The final Becca product I've been trying is one I received as a gift with purchase, it's the Beach Tint in the shade Raspberry which can be used as a lip tint or as a cheek product. I tend to use it on my cheeks as I love the deep purple shade as it's perfect for creating autumnal makeup!

Have you tried Becca Cosmetics before? 
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Thursday, 6 October 2016


I've tried Morphe eyeshadows before and love how pigmented they are but also how super affordable they are. I am dying to try the 12 Colour Natural Beauty Palette, it has a mix of shimmery shades, along with matte ones too so it's the perfect every day palette. Recently I've been obsessed with highlighters, when I was in Space NK, I spotted the Laura Mercier Illuminator in the shade Devotion,  all the shades they do are so pretty but this shade is the most subtle which I tend to like in highlighters. Every time I walk to work, I walk past a Jigsaw store and had seen this beautiful rucksack in the window. I love the practicality of rucksacks when I'm going to work or university and I think this one is really feminine and classy, I also have a pink coat that this would go perfectly with! I recently bought a new phone and have been searching for a case for it, all my previous ones were from Casetify so I automatically went onto there to find a new one. I fell in love with this beautiful peony floral case, it's really pretty and I love that it's see-through so you can see the rose gold detail on the back of the phone! Finally, another highlighter! I keep hearing great things about the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Celestial
and as soon as I googled for swatches, I fell in love instantly! You can also mix in with your foundation to create a luminous and glowing base!

What items have you been lusting after lately? 
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Monday, 3 October 2016

September Birchbox

Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil £10
ModelCO Highlighting Trio £14
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer £29
Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray £14.99
Starskin Eye Catcher £8.50
I was SO excited this month to open the box and find a sample of the Laura Mercier Primer, I have wanted to try this product for ages so I have been loving trialing it out! The consistency is very different to what I was expecting as it feels more like a moisturiser rather than a primer but that also means it makes my skin feel quite nourished while holding my makeup in place. This month I have been obsessed with highlighters so the Highlighting Trio from ModelCo was a nice addition, you get three creamy shades and I love the lightest shade to highlight my cheekbones. I also had super dry under eyes this month so was excited to try the Starskin Eye Catcher, it aims to brighten the area around your eye but also de-puff, I definitely needed something soothing on my skin!

What do you think of this months' box? 
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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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