Monday, August 13, 2018
End of Summer Minimal Makeup Favourites.

End of Summer Minimal Makeup Favourites.

I wasn't really sure what to call this post...I didn't want to do a complete full face - you know with brows, mascara and all - but I also don't have a lot of new products to share. With that in mind, I thought I'd just do a quick rundown of some bits I'm currently really liking for this time of year, hence the all over the place title. 

Overall my makeup taste at this time of year is simple, quick, and I use products which can do it all. I love to grab a palette or two, a nice all over lid shade and a multipurpose base to give me a completed look using minimal products. 

For a quick base I simply mix the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. This concoction will leave your skin dewy, fresh, and flawless. I've seen a lot of mixed feelings about the CT Flawless Filter, and there seems to be a million and one ways to use it which I think is confusing some people. Personally I use it as a primer, one dunk and I swipe the applicator all over my face. It gives a beautiful glow to the skin, and a slight tint to get the makeup ball rolling. The Bobbi Brown foundation layers great on top to give a dash more coverage, so for me this is a no brainer. 

On my cheeks, surprise surprise, I'm using my much loved Hourglass Cream Cheek Trio which has been everywhere with me this summer. If you're a fan of cream products, this is 100% a palette you need in your collection. For my fair-medium skin tone all these shades work wonders. The bronzer adds a gorgeous shadow, the blush is the perfect pinky peach, and the highlighter is a lovely everyday shimmery shade. You can either go in with a light hand, or build up the intensity, which is a plus in my books as it's very user friendly. Another cream product I've been reaching for is the Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam. This is a lovely pale coral which is a perfect summer shade. You need such a small amount of these you wouldn't believe, but they blend beautifully and last really well on the cheeks.

On my eyes I've been obsessed with the Charlotte Tilbury Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette, it's the perfect bronze for me! These are so so easy to apply, you can either go in with a brush, or your fingers, both blend very well and apply a good amount of colour. This has a lovely sheen to it, without being full of glitter, it definitely leans more metallic. This is one of those one-shadow-wonders which I'm all about, they're the best thing for when you're in a rush. Let me know if there are any other shades of these you love as the formula gets a big thumbs up from me.

Lastly, I can't not talk about a lip product, and you're a fan of a tinted balm, listen up! The Fresh Sugar Balms are some of my faves. They actually offer a really good whack of pigment for the type of of product they are, and for the amount of hydration they offer. I recently picked up the shade Tulip and it's a gorgeous deep pink shade, a really good transitional colour which I know I'm going to be wearing non-stop. 

Thursday, August 09, 2018
Why I Always Double Cleanse.

Why I Always Double Cleanse.

Skincare as a whole is a huge contributor to good skin, of course, we all know that by now. I'm partial to a luxury oil, or a savvy moisturiser, but at the end of the day if you're not cleansing you skin properly you may as well forget all that. Whether you wear makeup, or not, cleansing is a crucial first step to maintaing clear, and glowy skin and should not be skipped. 

Now double cleansing is one step further, and if you wear makeup day to day, listen up. No matter how effective you feel your makeup remover is, you'll be surprised at how much residue is actually left over. If you follow with a toner, you may already notice all that foundation-toned gunk which shows up on the cotton's not pretty. By following your makeup remover with another cleanser, you will dramatically reduce the amount of makeup left on the skin, and therefore leave a clean canvas for your other skincare to sit on top. 

Phase one:
When it comes to the first step, makeup removal, I'm a huge fan of either an oil or balm cleanser. I feel these work wonders for not only breaking down makeup, but leaving my skin feeling nourished afterwards. Now, this can lull you into a false sense of security by not feeling the need to follow with a second cleanse as your skin is already feeling amazing, but don't stop there. 

There are a lot of cleansing oils on the market these days, and I’ve been using the Dermalogica Precleanse over the past few days and I’m really loving it. It has a beautiful lightweight formula which breaks down makeup, and leaves your skin feeling clean and nourished, something I really look for in a makeup remover – I can’t stand that tight/stripped feeling some leave.  The smell of this is absolutely divine, it’s like you’re having a facial at your favourite spa, it’s very very calming. One pump does the job for me, I simply massage it in then rinse away with warm water. As the smell is truly spa like, this would also make a great evening cleanser, even if you don’t wear makeup!

Phase two:
To follow that I have a few cleansers which I keep in my bathroom at all times. The one I’m mentioning today is the much loved Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I’m sure you’ve heard everyone and their dog talk about this stuff, but for good reason, it’s a bloody beauty. I take a couple of pumps and massage that in with my Foreo Luna to ensure I’m really getting a good, deep cleanse. Once you start to mix this with water it transforms into a beautiful creamy texture which will leave your skin brightened and hydrated. This is also a good cleasner to use in the morning as it always leaves a nice glow to the complexion. If you suffer with blackheads, or texture on the skin, a Foreo is a great little gadget to invest in! It will make your cleasner work that little bit harder, and give you better results. I’m obsessed with mine!
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Beauty Haulin'.

Beauty Haulin'.

So with my summer holiday literally around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to pick up some new beauty bits. I’ve had my eye on a few of these bits for a while now, and I’m so happy I finally added them to my beauty stash! Safe to say, so far I’m head over heels for everything I purchased – don’t you just love it when that happens?! – and thought I must share the love! So here we go, a few new beauty bits for summer, enjoy!

I haven’t picked a new concealer since I’ve been using the NARS Soft Matte – I just never felt the need as that one was so great. For holiday wear, I do like something a tad sheerer and more lumoious, so I forked out for the Burberry Sheer Concealer. This is one of those pen applicators that you click up and the product disperses through the little brush. I really like these concealers as they tend to be more light-weight under the eyes. With that being said, they can also blend out to practically nothing, this however is the perfect balance between the two. It’s light-enough that it doesn’t feel too heavy under the eyes, but it also offers more coverage than most other concealers of this kind. That’s a huge win in my eyes, aaaand it doesn’t crease - could we really ask for anything more?! Burberry isn’t cheap, but I certainty find you get what you pay for with this.

I picked up a new product from Keihl's, one of my favourite ever brands for skincare. They are dabbling in the primer scene, and I’m here for it! When they released their Glow Moisturiser it looked right up my street, and coming from Kiehl’s I knew it would be packed full of beneficial ingredients. I expected this to be quite a pearly product, but it’s actually the opposite. It has a slight tint to it, so it helps to even out the complexion, as well as brighten. It’s not super super glowy, but it looks lovely under tinted bases, or on it’s own for a minimal makeup look. I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this loads, as I do have primers of this nature that I prefer, but I’m happy I picked it up.

This one I’m really excited about. I saw so many people rave about the Hourglass Cream Cheek Trio last year and it looked right up my street. As you may know I’m a huge fan of cream products, especially when it comes to the cheeks, so when Hourglass released this I was all smiles. The only draw back is the shades (the bronzer more specifically) aren’t super universal. If you have a medium skin tone, I think you’ll be fine, but for darker complexions I don’t think this will do a lot. The bronzer is a medium warm tone, doesn’t contain any shimmer and it’s so easy to blend. I usually grab my Beauty Blender for this and just bop it over my cheeks, temples, and a touch on my forehead. The formula is really creamy, yet stays put! I was really excited about the blush shade in here, it’s the perfect summer pinky peach. Again, it doesn’t contain shimmer, but the creaminess leaves such a gorgeous sheen to the cheeks. A Beauty Blender again will do the trick with this. As for the highlight, I tend to use my fingers for optimum colour pay off. It’s beautiful for every day, leaving the cheekbones with a lit from within glow. The light champagne tone works wonderfully on my complexion and it blends nicely over the other products.

You can never go wrong with a good old Charlotte Tilbury lip pencil, and I was after a new one to add to my stash. I picked up the shade Supersize Me which I believe is a fairly new release. This a shade or two darker than the famous Pillow Talk, so it adds a really nice amount of definition to the lips and is a lovely base for any nude, or pink lippie. These glide on and aren’t drying at all. Definitely worth checking out!

I picked up a mini of the Sachajuan Hair Repair which will be perfect for popping in my travel bag! This is a leave in product which nourishes and hydrates the hair. Even though I picked this up with the intention of travelling with it, I have used it a couple of times just to see how I like it. I’m a big lover of leave in products for my hair, and this one is a great option if you suffer with dry ends. It’s a thick formulation which I apply to the lengths and ends of my hair when it’s damp. It smells lovely and fresh, and once my hairs dry it feels silky smooth. There are a lot of these types of products on the market, but this is more intense than others I’ve tried which is perfect if you put your hair through a lot! I’m excited to continue using this when I go away. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Travel Minis You Need In Your Stash.

Travel Minis You Need In Your Stash.

So I've been on a couple of trips over the past month or so, and I have a few more before the year is up. I'm a real 'only travelling with hand luggage' convert as of late, and with that comes the issue of packing my entire beauty routine into a little plastic zip lock bag. Luckily for me, my boyfriend who I normally travel with basically packs a deodorant and aftershave, so I can always shove some in his bag too. Thank god for low maintenance men eh? 

Travel minis are adorable, and I'm quite the hoarder. I always keep them from beauty boxes, gifts with purchases etc etc, and I love collating a little bag together when the time comes. Anywho, I feel like this may be a long one so lets get into it! 

Skincare: I'm not going to cover everything I use/take with me, but these are just a few bits I feel like would be great for anyones travel beauty stash. I have normal-dry skin which can get a tad oily in the summer, so the following products work great for me. 
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist: This is a gem of a product to have with you when travelling. On the plane, on the way to your hotel, after a long day in the sun, this will literally make your skin feel amazing despite the environmental challenges. The mist is super fine - so it's easy to go overboard - and the scent is a lovely rosy spa kind of smell, very comforting and relaxing. I love how this makes my skin feel after sitting on a plane, it's the hydrating boost it desperately needs. The full size is hella pricey, so I'd definitely recommend picking up this mini regardless of if you're travelling or not. 
Clinique All About Eyes: I'm a huge Clinique skincare fan, and since getting their Christmas advent calendar last year, I still have a few minis floating about. This eye cream is fab for hydrating and giving a good base for makeup. I'm not too fussy with eye creams - I mainly look for something lightweight which offers a good dose of hydration. This ticks those boxes so into the travel bag it goes! 

Makeup: I always pack way too much makeup when I go away, I just like to have options...I can find base products take up so much room, so I'm thankful to have a few minis I can take instead of the full sizers. 
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow: I love this product for everyday use. It sits wonderfully underneath foundation, and gives the skin a lovely lit from within glow. I can be quite heavy handed with this, but it never looks to disco ball like! 
Erborian CC Cream: This is very new to my stash, but I love it for that effortless summer makeup look. It's not a stand out as far as coverage goes, but the feel and finish is lovely and very natural. It comes out the tube as a white cream with little grey beads in, it will then blend in with your skin tone to even and cover the skin. This smells very heavily of suncream which is interesting...buuut it has SPF25 so thats a bonus I suppose. 
Benefit Hoola: This is the cutest little bronzer ever. Hoola is such a classic product, it's a beautiful bronzer which adds such a nice amount of warmth to the skin. It's matte, so you can use it as more of contour as well. The mid-tone brown works great for my skin, even when I have a bit of a tan. 
It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara: I got this as a free sample when I purchased the CC cream from Selfridges, so it's definitely worth asking for one of you too are making a purchase! I love love love this mascara, it's quickly become one of my all time favourites and I'm 100% going to be picking up the full size. It gives the lashes so much volume, but separates them too and makes them look amazingly defined a fluttery. It's the perfect mascara if you want a bit of everything, and it doesn't smudge! It's not a waterproof formula, so if you are in and out the pool, or at the beach with this on, I would be a bit careful. 

Hair: My hair can really take a battering when I'm away. Being exposed to the sun, and in a out of the pool it can leave it quite damaged and lifeless, so there a couple of bits I like to have on hand to combat that. 
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: I'm never without a dry shampoo, my roots can get really oily at times, especially if I'm sweating it out in the heat - nice image there Millie... This is the one I currently have, it's really nice and does the job, but I think I'll just purchase the classic Batiste next time as it's only a couple of quid. I do like the Living Proof Perfect Day Hair range mind, they all smell lovely and fresh and leave my hair feeling healthy and clean. 
Ouai Wave Oil: I love this, it's the perfect holiday hair companion. It smells like summer, and this will give you those beachy hair vibes we all crave. I tend to pop this on damp hair and I don't find it drys crispy at all. If you're using it on dry hair, use it sparingly as it can make your hair ever so slightly stiff and it kind of feels like you need to wash it out straight away. A couple of spritz on your lengths and ends will do the trick, and leave your locks beautifully tousled. 

Body: I'm all about supple, nourished skin the summer. I hate having dry skin, especially on my arms and legs, so I will always spend some extra time in the evenings making sure everything is as moisturised as can be. 
Nuxe Golden Shimmer Dry Body Oil: I really love Nuxe as a brand, they do body products extremely well, and they all smell amazing! This is a lovely body product to use in the evenings before heading out for dinner. If gives a gorgeous glow to the skin, as well as adding a touch more bronze to your limbs. To be honest, I don't really tan very well, I'll go a few shades darker but nothing crazy, so products like this are great for faking it. I will apply this after I've got dressed, but it doesn't transfer or sit on the skin. 
L'Occitane Almond Body Concentrate: I have the full size of this too, and it's one of my favourite body moisturisers. It's so super moisturising which is exactly what my skin needs after being the sun all day, it also smells divine as the name would suggest. Their body range is fantastic, and I'd highly recommend picking this up of you haven't tried it already. It sinks in beautiful and leaves you smelling, and feeling, great! 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Two Masks For Dewy Skin.

Two Masks For Dewy Skin.

I think out of all the skincare products on the market, face masks are by far my favourites to buy. They are the perfect skin pick-me-up and complete any relaxing night-time routine. I try to apply a face mask at least once or twice a week, and 99% of the time I will do a good multi-mask which involves applying a couple of masks on the skin at a time, depending on which areas need what. Today, we’ll be focusing on a couple of masks which give the skin a lovely glow and add that extra dose of hydration - my favourite kinds of masks personally. One you can use overnight, and the other is one you can leave for about 15 minutes and rinse away.

For a more intense, overnight treatment I’d highly recommend checking out the Watermelon Glow Mask from Glow Recipe. As the name would suggest, this is a lovely smelling mask which really refreshes the skin, as well as nourishes. If you don’t have a lot of time in the evenings to apply and mask this is a great time hack as you can apply it before bed, then rinse away any excess in the morning. The formula of this is very gel-like, it feels very light-weight on the skin and sinks in beautifully. When I wake up my skin feels so soft and it looks very radiant. I think this would be great if you have dehydrated/dry skin.

If you’re after something which feels a bit more luxurious, and something to add to your pamper routine, the Fresh Rose Hydrating Mask is fab. This is one of my favourite ever masks. It smells great, feels amazing on the skin, and most importantly it leaves my skin feeling and looking amazing. The rose hydrates the skin and the formula feels nourishing and really helps to perk up my lack-litre complexion. This does dry down into the skin, then once you rinse away you'll be left looking very healthy and glowy. Fresh masks overall are great, they are pricey, but you get 100ml of product so they do last a while. I've also got my mum hooked on this, she loves it!

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Four To Try.

Four To Try.

I always love to talk to you guys about the products in my collection I can't get enough of. These kinds of posts are great as I don't have to talk about one specific category, or a collection, I just throw in some random bits and bots and let you know why they're great. I have a couple of skincare items, and a couple of makeup bits too. I've been using all of these pretty much everyday, and they're very summer appropriate as well. 

We'll go in some kind of order here and kick things off with skincare. The first step in my evening routine is removing my makeup. The Thank You Farmer Cleansing Water is a fabulous micellar water which is really gentle on the skin, yet does a great job at breaking down makeup. I will always go in with a second cleanse, just to make sure there's no traces left behind, but I love this as an initial step! I simply take some of the product on two cotton pads and gently massage over my eyes, then move on to the rest of my skin. I don't find you have to tug around the eye area, and it doesn't sting at all, which is a problem I find with most other micellar waters. 

Sunscreen is super super super important in the summer. You should use it all year round if you want to look after your skin, but in the summer it's absolutely vital! I always reach for a high SPF on my face, at least SPF30. French pharmacy brands seem to have the sunscreen market covered, they have some really good formulas on offer. I've been using the La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF50 which has been a staple in my daily routine. It is fairly reminiscent of a traditional suncream formula, but I don't find it clogs my pores or sits on the skin. If you're looking for a new facial SPF, give this one a go! It's also under 100ml, so it's perfect for sticking in you hand luggage when traveling. 

My first makeup must-have has got to be the Benefit GALifornia Blush. This is the perfect peachy summer blush which leaves the cheeks with a gorgeous sheen. This isn't a matte formula, so it's really brightening and I love the way it makes my cheeks glow. This also smells amazing, as do all Benefit blushes. The only drawback is the packaging, everyone knows the box blushes aren't the easiest things to store and they are bulky, buuuut if you can get over that they are a lovely formula.

Mascara wise I have a new fave. I've heard amazing things about the L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara, so I was super excited to give it a go for myself. It's meant to be very comparable to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, I haven't tried that, but the wands do look similar. I find this doesn't smudge, and the applicator gives tonnes of volume without clumping. The wand it pretty big, so you have be a bit careful when applying this to ensure it doesn't go all over your eye lid. For the summer months I always try and find a long-wear mascara that won't smear all down my face, and this one certainly ticks those boxes!

What beauty products are you loving at the moment? 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Summer Beauty Swaps.

Summer Beauty Swaps.

I love switching up my routine when a new season rolls around, and Summer is no exception. The legs are out, the toes need to be painted, and the dewy skin trend is in full swing. With all those factors in mind, there are a few changes I like to make, and some products I like to switch out.  

I’m going to start with some body care favourites I’ve been slathering on my limbs. The first is a fake tan, and it’s no shocker that I’m mentioning the Isle of Paradise Tanning Water in Medium. This seems to be Instagram’s favourite fake tan at the moment, and I can see why so many people rave about it. When I first tried it out I wasn’t thrilled with the results I got – I have a huge streak on my thigh and a few patches of tan which I had obviously missed in the blending process. As it doesn’t have a guide colour, it can be a bit scary on your first use, and learning from experience you really need to spend a bit longer blending it all in with a mitt. I braved it, and went in for a second try and I have to say I did really love it. The colour is the most natural bronze shade I’ve ever received from a fake tan, and it seems to stick around for good 5 days. The initial smell is gorgeous, very fresh and fruity, although that pesky fake tan smell does seem to creep in the longer you leave this on the skin. I leave it brewing overnight, then rinse in the morning and I’m so happy I persevered with it.

To keep my limbs soft and moisturised, there are a couple of products I reach for. The first is a lotion from &Other Stories – if you haven’t tried any of their body care products, you’re seriously missing out! This body lotion is their Pearl De Coco scent and it smells oh so lovely, very sweet and full of coconut, vanilla and caramel – what a combo! I also love that this comes with a pump, that makes it really fuss free to use. The formula of this is lovely, it leaves my skin super supple after every use and it sinks in really well, so you can use it AM. I get a lot of compliments on how I smell when I wear this, so that’s a sign it must be alright! 

Next up is the Kiehl’s Body Oil, an absolutely gorgeous product which is in a handy dandy spray. I personally think every oil should come with a spray cap, it’s genius and makes it a lot less messy. The smell of this is glorious, it’s quite sweet again, but those are the scents I love in the summer. This is a great one to use in the evenings before heading out as it gives your skin a gorgeous glow, as well as been really moisturising at the same time.  The fact this also comes in a mini size is amazing, makes it the perfect travel buddy. 

On my skin, I don’t change too much, but I do like products which are going to give me an extra bit of glow. Oils are a great way to give your skin a dewy finish and an extra dose of moisturisation. I still don’t like anything too heavy which may clog the skin, so the Kiehl’s Daily RevivingConcentrate has been a dream to use. It has nice a fresh scent, and it applies beautifully to the skin. You can either use it on it’s own, or mix in with your daily moisturiser or foundation for that added nourishment. Kiehl’s do oils so well in my opinion, and my dry skin absolutely laps this up. If you’re worried about oils being too much for your skin, try this one out as it’s more of a lightweight formula.

As an added step in my PM routine, I've been reaching for the Charlotte Tilbury Bronzing Overnight Mask to ensure my skin isn't a million shades lighter than the rest of my body. I find this a really subtle, and natural, way to give my skin that beautiful sun-kissed look, but without the harmful rays of the sun itself! I take around a 20p sized drop and work it in the skin with my fingers. Make sure you get every nook and cranny, you don't want any strange pale patches! Always wash your hands after using a product like this, there's nothing worse than fake tan hands. I really love this as a facial fake tanner, it gives my skin a boost of radiance, a boost of bronze, what more can I ask for. 

My makeup preferences lean more on the light-weight, creamy side, which you probably all know by now. I love reaching for my ChanelVitalumiere Aqua Foundation, it has beautiful buildable coverage that never looks too much on the skin. It’s a natural, dewy finish which still lets your own skin shine through. For an everyday foundation, you can’t go too wrong with this one. Plus, if you’re in a hurry you can apply with fingers and it will still give a flawless finish to the skin. Complete with SPF, this is the perfect summer base.

On my cheeks, I’ve rediscovered my love for the StilaGerbera Convertible Colour. This is a multi-use product, so can be applied to both your cheeks and lips to give a flushed, seamless effect for your makeup look. This specific shade I can’t personally pull off on my lips, it’s a bit too pale for my liking, but as a cheek colour it works really well. I simply bop my beauty blender in, and dab on my cheeks. You don’t need a lot of this, so start small and build up. The rosy pink shade gives off such a gorgeous natural sheen to the cheeks, and the formulation of these last really well on the skin. To top that off, I go in with a few dots of the Charlotte TilburyLight Wand on the high points of my face, and blend! This has quickly become a favourite of mine, the golden champagne shade works wonders on my skin tone and the glow it gives off is truly stunning. If you love a cream highlight and you don’t yet have this, you need to pick it up!