Thursday, February 01, 2018
Morning Favourites with Clinique.

Morning Favourites with Clinique.

Over Christmas I was lucky enough to dive into the Clinique advent calendar. I discovered some amazing products, as well as rekindling my love with some old favourites. Two of the products in said calendar really wowed me, and I have now picked up the full-size and continue to love them.

Before we go any further, this is not sponsored by Clinique, I've just been loving the brand, and these two products have secured themselves a spot in my morning routine! So, naturally, I had to share the love.

I don't have a lot of time in the morning to spend on my skincare, so the products I do use I like to be super nourishing and truly work on my normal/dry skin.

First off I want to discus the Pep-start Hydroblur Moisturiser. This is more like a moisturiser/primer hybrid which makes it a perfect base for makeup.

I must say, it's not super hydrating, and as my skin sits more on the dryer side, I do need to use another moisturiser underneath in order to ensure my skin in nourished.

You're probably now thinking, 'well why do you love it so much if it's not even that moisturising?' It's a fair question. The answer is because of the blurring properties this has.

It's a magical product to smooth the skin and really blur out any imperfections and pores. That's what sold me, as I've never had a moisturiser that has that effect on my skin.

It's a lightweight whipped consistency, so it sinks in really fast and doesn't leave my skin feeling too sticky.

On really good skin days I can get away with just this, but for the most part it works best for me as a priming product layered over another moisturiser.

Another part of Clinique's pep-start range is their eye cream. 

This is packed full of vitamin C so is great in the morning for brightening and hydrating the under-eye area. You don't need a huge amount of this, a little goes a long way.

I'm still going through the sample, but it's a very decent travel size, so a great way to try out the product. I'll definitely be purchasing the full-size once this is done.

I'm only 21, so I'm not too fussed about eye-creams. As long as they brighten the under-eyes and can de-puff, I'm happy!

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Five Products My Face Loved in January.

Five Products My Face Loved in January.

I feel like my beauty routine has become very streamlined in the new year. I'm a working gal, so I don't have my leisurely mornings to spend a lot of time on my makeup, so products that get the job done fast are what I'm all about. 

That's not to say that when the weekend rolls around I'm not rattling through my makeup collection, spending an hour putting a look together. I still adore the makeup process, but as of late I've had to let that slide a bit. 

A couple of these products I have mentioned on my blog before, and there's a couple of newbies I can't wait to share with you. 

Dewy skin is always my look. I'm never 30cm away from a glowing primer, I adore them. They make all the difference when you're having a more minimal makeup day. 

My favourite at the moment is the Becca Backlight Priming Filter - surprise surprise. I just love the shade, it's the perfect champagne golden colour which adds the most natural, gorgeous glow to your skin. 

I haven't been opting for foundation much lately, so my bare skin needs all the help it can get, and having a beautiful primer in your collection is a huge must-have. 

My brow routine has been the speediest yet. I'm really lazy when it comes to maintaining my brows, they are in a constant state of 'needing to get done'. This means my hairs are really unruly, and the only thing that can tame them is a brow gel. 

Like I've been saying - I need products that can offer great results, in a flash, so a tinted brow gel is where it's at. 

I've been so impressed with my Glossier Boy Brow, it's become a staple in my routine. For fuss-free days, this is all your brows need. It offers a great amount of pigment, whilst simultaneously setting those brow hairs into a much cleaner format. If you haven't given this a go, what are you waiting for?! 

For my eyes, I can't seem to go a day without sweeping some kind of eyeshadow over my lid. I think it's the easiest way to add some definition to the eyes without faffing about with a liner! 

The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is a recent addition to my collection and I'm loving the versatility of all the shades. They have s great range to create so many gorgeous looks. 

My current go-to is a mix of Chopper (fourth shade from the left) and Snakebite (sixth shade from the left) all over the lid. These two shades combined add a gorgeous bronze hue to the eye, for that lovely day-time wearable smokey look. Snakebite on it's own is also gorgeous for more a deeper smokey eye. I've then been using a touch of the black shade, Blackout, as a liner smudged across the upper lash line. 

These kind of looks take seconds to create and always look like you've tried that little bit harder. 

On my cheeks I've been keeping it really simple, and sticking to cream products as I love how they look and wear throughout the day.

The Glossier Cloud Paints are a lovely daily blush option for those of you who just want a simple flush of colour.

Dusk is my favourite as it kind of acts as a 'do it all cheek colour'. It's a deeper pink/nude shade, so it's a great natural shade to compliment any look.

I love the formula, they are very easy to blend, but a little goes a long way. You have been warned!

I always take a tiny bit on my beauty blender, and dab it in for flawless, blended look.

Now, for lips, I have found a new favourite!! Charlotte Tilbury Stoned Rose!! Ah, it's gorgeous!

I feel like this shade has been missing from my collection for so long, and it's the type of colour I've always lusted over.

As soon as I applied this, I knew straight away it would quickly become one of my all-time favourite shades. It's the perfect mix between a browny nude, and a rich rosy, rusty shade. I don't know if that makes sense, but it's a perfect everyday shade.

I just love those colours you can throw on like a nude, but they add a little bit more colour and a little bit more life to a look.

It's a gorgeous creamy formula as well, not drying in the slightest! If you're a nude lip kind of gal, but want to try something a little bit bolder, this would be a great stepping stone. In my latest Instagram selfie I'm wearing this, so if you want to see it in action my user name is millielouisee_.

So, there's a little run-down of some makeup products I've been wearing a lot over the past month. I'm hoping to do a lot more makeup related posts, but at the moment I'm in such a skincare craze!! 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
O&M Know Knott.

O&M Know Knott.

I've always been a leave-in-conditioner kind of gal. My hair is long, and it's super prone to the odd knot or two, so a leave-in products never go a miss. I tend to look out for formulas which claim to soften the hair, and prevent tangles, which is exactly what my current fave does. And it does it well, super well. 

O&M is a new brand on my radar. This is the first product I've tried from them, and I'm so impressed. First off, the packaging is super minimal and chic, the same as the rest of their line - at least, what I've seen. 

If you're in the UK you can pick O&M up from Look Fantastic and Space NK, just to name a couple. I'm desperate to try out more from them, so please leave your recommendations down below! 

Let's get into the product in question...

O&M Know Knott is the first product I apply to my hair once it's been freshly washed.

The formula is very lightweight, it doesn't weigh your hair down, or make it feel sticky. It's also lasted me so so so long, and I still have about three quarters of the bottle left...
I'm really not sure how that's happened as I'm anything but sparing with this stuff.

I've also used this when I have had slightly shorter hair - we're talking just under the collarbone - and it works just as well, and feels just as amazing.

The main benefit to this is the detangling aspect, and it does it really well.

In the colder months I live in scarfs, which means my hair gets so tangled underneath it can be a nightmare to brush out. This has made that process 10 times easier!

I also feel like my hair falls so much nicer once it's dried. I don't tend to blow-dry my hair often, so I love to find products that genuinely make it look nice, and not like it's not been brushed in 50 years.

It doesn't have much of a scent, it's quite light and fresh, so very non-offensive.

The spritz is nice as well. It desperses a nice amount of product, but at the same time doesn't feel like half of it disappears into thin air.

No complaints from me! I truly love this stuff, and for £21, it's worth it, especially because of how long it lasts!! Let me know if you've tried this, and what you think, or of any other products from their line you really love and can't live without.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
On Wednesdays We Wear Masks.

On Wednesdays We Wear Masks.

I'm hoping the title of this post isn't too creepy...but we're talking face masks in todays post, incase you couldn't already tell.

I always allow myself a a couple of evenings a week to slap on a face mask and give my skin a little bit of a treat. If I worked in the city, two nights would probably turn into five, buuut I don't, so two suits me fine.

I think so many people think you can only use masks once a week otherwise they will strip the skin blah blah blah. Personally, I don't think that's true at all, as long as you don't totally overdo it, your skin will thank you.

Lately I've been doing a bit of multi-masking, which basically means I can target different problem areas of my skin in one quick mask session. The great thing about this technique is you can completely tailor it to your skin type.

My preferred face mask map around the face is a detoxifying formula on my nose and chin, and a hydrating mask on the rest! It works really well for me and it saves time.

Enough chit chat, let's get onto the mask shall we...

So I mentioned I like to use a detoxifying mask through my t-zone. I recently picked up the Glossier Mega Green Galaxy Pack which is an amazing deep cleansing mask. This is the newest mask to my collection, but I can already tell after a few uses that it's going to be very well loved.

It's not a super scary green shade, so it's not too off-putting. The interesting thing about this is, it doesn't dry down like a clay mask would, where you can't move your face, it kind of disappears instead. Very interesting, but I like it! PS. The stickers Glossier give you when you order are just the cutest...that little rainbow though...

Moving onto something more moistening and brightening. The Fresh Vitamin Necter Face Mask would be a fab one to use in the morning. Alas, I don't have the time, but smothering my skin in it in the evenings works just as well.

It has such a lovely fresh scent, not too overpowering which I like. It also has a lot of bits in...lemon and orange fruit extracts to be more exact...these help to make my skin feel really revived, brightened and super glowy.

I have yet to try a face mask from Fresh that I haven't liked. They're just so gosh darn pricey!

Another hydrating face mask which is aaaamazing is the Glow Recipe Watermelon Overnight Mask. I completely forgot I even had this when I was getting this blog post together. It was hiding in a drawer! So, even though I haven't photographed that, it's the bees knees for reviving dehydrated skin. If you like the sound of that, I'll link up a post here for you where I talk more about that little beauty.

Onto the last mask now, and I thought I'd add in one which anybody can use, no matter your skin type. Over the Winter months, I came to realisation that none of my foundations I liked to wear actually matched my skin. And although I basically live in turtle necks and big scarves, I still want my bases to semi-match pale skin, so I purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronzing Mask.

I really like this, but it's not something you want to overdo. I take around a 20p sized amount for my face, and then a little bit more for my neck to help things match up. It leaves my skin looking so healthy, and ever so slightly bronzed the next day. It's a winner for low-key makeup days, which is me Monday - Friday.

The scent isn't too bad either, it is a tanning product essentially, so it does smell ever so slightly chemically. If your skin is sensitive to that, I'd maybe give this one a miss.

Monday, January 15, 2018
Glossier Round Two; Review and First Impressions.

Glossier Round Two; Review and First Impressions.

We've all tried Glossier by now, right? If not, where have you been?? They do ship to the UK now - hip hip hooray - and they have a showroom in no excuses if you want to try some bits. 

This is my second lot of Glossier products to join my ever growing beauty collection. The first chunk of products I tried were kindly gifted to me from the brand at a dinner they hosted, so this is my first time ordering from the website. 

I found the site pretty easy to navigate, and it took around 7 working days to arrive. I was surprised, as so many people said their orders arrived in like 2 days, so 7 was a bit of wait, but hay ho. 

Lets get onto the goodies, shall we...

I wanted to try another skincare item, and the Mega green galaxy pack was calling my name. I've been super into detoxifying masks lately - I think after eating my weight (and the rest) in chocolate over Christmas, my skin has been a bit more troublesome. Masks like these are fab for cleansing out the skin, removing blackheads and calming blemishes. 

I was really surprised how cooling this was. I imagine if you have a few angry blemishes, this would feel incredibly soothing on the skin. It also doesn't dry down like a normal clay mask, it kind of disappears on the skin the longer you leave it. It still manages to leave my skin feeling very clean and detoxed, without feeling stripped. Big thumbs up! 

The Generation G lipsticks were another product I couldn't wait to try. They sounded right up my street, so naturally I picked up a couple of shades. 

Zip is a lovely deep purple, berry shade. Very appropriate for this time of year! And Cake is a natural, nude shade - a 'my lips but better' shade if you will...

The formula, again, was a bit different than what I had initially anticipated. They were't as creamy and balmy as I thought they may be. They are definitely more of a traditional lipstick formula, which is still nice, just not what I expected. 

They last a decent amount of time on the lips and have good colour payoff. With the darker shade, Zip, I tend to dab it on and blend it out, otherwise it can look ever so slightly patchy if you go in hard, straight from the bullet. Just something to bare in mind. 

Of course, I had a pick up another Balm dot com. I really don't love the scent and taste of the original, so I picked up the coconut scent, and boy is it a goodun'. This smells like heaven on earth! Never have I wanted to eat a lip balm so much in my life!! It's a pretty basic balm formula wise, but a fail safe in my opinion. 

Powder isn't something I'm normally excited to buy, or use, but I have heard so many great things about Wowder, I couldn't resist. It's a loose powder, that sets the makeup well, without caking up or looking too powdery. It's great for dry skin too! 

Cream blushes are my weakness, I love them! I can never see why people are scared to use them, I think they are so great and look amazing on the skin in comparison to a powder formulation. Glossier's offering is of course the Cloud Paints. I already own Dusk and Beam, so I wanted to add Puff to my mini collection. It's a lovely pink shade, which sheered out looks so natural and gorgeous on the skin. 

My favourite way to apply these is with a beauty blender - and you only need the tiniest amount! Start small with this one and then build, build, build, until you're happy. 

Boy Brow is a classic from the Glossier range. It's loved by many many people here online, and for good reason. If you're a fan of Gimme Brow, and products of that nature, no doubt you'll love this too. 

The wand is super small and grabs every little brow hair. I have the brown shade, and it adds such a nice amount of colour to my brows without crisping up. 

Last, but not least, we have a body product!

Everyone went a bit crazy on Instagram for the Glossier body products. I think there were approximately 1633902 Body Hero mirror snaps which graced our feeds...I only opted for the shower gel, but I'm impressed so far! 

If you're not a fan of heavenly scented things, this will not be for you. It's extremely fragranced I found, in quite a fresh and floral way. It's not unpleasant by any means, but it's noticeable! 

The formula is the whole reason why I picked this up. An oil - cream consistency gets me every time. It's the dream for people with dry limbs like myself. If you've tried, or want to try, the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, this feels very similar on the body. It's pretty lush. 

So there we have it. Another post, another Glossier run-down. I realised I've tried a lot of what Glossier has to offer, so I'm sure I'll be able to refrain from making another order anytime soon, but I do love the brand. If there's anything you didn't see in this post which you love, or think I may love, then please leave me a comment! I'll link my previous Glossier post here for you all, just incase you want to keep with the Glossier binge...
Monday, November 20, 2017
Three Primers You Need For The Upcoming Winter Months.

Three Primers You Need For The Upcoming Winter Months.

I looove me a primer. Even on the most minimal of makeup days, I will always reach for primer or two. Not so much to make sure my makeup doesn't diminish into a state of nothingness throughout the day - although that definitely is a bonus - but to make my skin look a little better without piling on the foundation. 

In winter, I will always grab for those dewy primers which give you that amazing supermodel glowing skin in about two seconds. They are the bees knees, am I right?! I just feel like a bucketload of glow is exactly what my skin needs when it's looking lacklustre and dull.

I have three primer options which I want to share with you today. All of which are very 'winter skin' appropriate, and can even be layered on those days you're feeling a bit extra.

The first is one I love to transition from those warm summer days where a good ol' tan is on the cards - aaa, how I miss thee - into the cold days where you can't tell where my white socks end, and my legs start...pale girl problems, eh?

So, on days when I'm feeling hella pale - aka all the time - I will reach for my This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle. This adds a nice warm glow, without giving off Wotsist vibes. It is also fab at evening out the tone of my skin, therefore spending less time on foundation and concealer. Winner.

If you don't wear a lot of makeup, this is a great option as it's such a simple product to use, but makes a big difference. It's also surprisingly hydrating for a bronzing primer, which is such a bonus during the cold months.

If you're after a primer which is going to smooth over any imperfections and add a slight dose of radiance, the NARS Radiance Primer has you covered.

When I think of a radiance primer, I think of a product which contains quite a lot of shimmer, or has a very evident champagne or golden glow. This however, doesn't have either of those properties, but still does a fantastic job a brightening the complexion.

It's peachy in colour, so is great for sallow skin, and I always love to layer this up with something either pore minimising, or one which adds even more of a glow, like the one I'm going to mention next.

If you haven't tried NARS base products before, where have you been??? They're some of the best on the market! And a little tip if you're a can pick NARS up on ASOS, so you can get a cheeky little discount with Unidays.

Last but not least, we have the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow. Now this stuff IS evidently glowing and gives your skin a gorgeous lit from within look.

I don't find this the most glowy primer in the whole world. Sorry to break it to you. BUT I do really love the subtle natural dew this gives off. Under foundation it looks stunning, and like you have a super nourished, gorgeous complexion.

So, there we have it. A little run-down of some priming products I'm loving at the moment. Hopefully there's something for everyone here.

A little honourable mention to Benefit Porefessional if you suffer with larger pores! Soz I didn't photograph this, I completely forgot about this little bottle of wonder, but it's great.