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 I wanted to shine light on some body products I've been reaching for lately. My skin gets a lot dryer in the Autumn/Winter, and I think because I cover it up more with jumpers and jeans, I do tend to neglect it. These are all very effective products, and smell lovelyyy - minus the fake tan, the smell isn't bad, but I wouldn't exactly describe it as heavenly. I tend to talk a lot about the skincare I use on my face, but not so much the products I use on my skin everywhere else...so here we go! 

Sunday Rain Body Scrub // I love a body exfoliator - my legs especially get very dry and can often be prone to lumps and bumps post-epilation (side note, if you want to know more about epilating and how I've found it let me know!). I try to combat that by exfoliating as often as I can remember. This is a lovely, fine physical scrub that really gets in there and removes dead skin. The smell is very pleasant as well, quite summery, but to be honest I love how uplifting it is. If this was in a squeezy bottle, this would be my perfect body product! You obviously don't want to over exfoliate, however every 2-3 days works well for me at keeping my body smooth and nourished. I also like to run a little over my feet to keep those looking acceptable - top tip! 

Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops in Dark // I've been a fan of Isle of Paradise for a few years now, and I've used their medium face and body drops before, but I do find I can get away with the dark version. These drops are the easiest way to achieve a natural tan - even my mum comments on how nice the shade is, and trust me she would be the first to say if it was at all orangey! I love that you add the product into your moisturiser, that way you aren't skimping on hydration - the best of both worlds. I will use them on a mitt, I've tried without and it wasn't a good look...so to be safe I will always mix both my moisturiser and the drops on the mitt and apply from there. I find that the dark shade doesn't really need to be built up, you can get good colour payoff after the first use. I found this not to be the case with the medium drops, however if you like a more gradual tanning approach then they may be for you. 

& Other Stories Perle de Coco // The nicest smelling body product I have EVER tried. You can't tell me I'm wrong, OK. This is very similar to the Bum Bum Cream that everyone raves about - the smells are practically the same (I do have both so I am equipped to say such things), however this one lingers on the skin for longer which I personally appreciate. This also has a pump...can you tell which one I prefer!? If you've been tempted by the Bum Bum Cream, I highly encourage you to pick this one up and I don't think you will be disappointed. It's a sweet scent, very vanilla and caramel heavy. The texture is lovely as well, super hydrating but not too thick that you have to wait 10 years to get dressed. 

Aveeno Body Lotion // If you're after a body lotion to really hydrate and you're not too worried about smelling like a fresh batch of cookies, I would recommend Aveeno as a brand to have on your radar. They do moisturisers very very well, they are perfect for all my dry and sensitive skin readers out there. When my skin feels particularly lizard-like, this is my go-to. Also another pump...we love to see it. This particular lotion is un-fragranced, another great asset if you have sensitive skin. You can't go wrong with this as a good everyday body lotion! 

Four For the Body.

 I wanted to shine light on some body products I've been reaching for lately. My skin gets a lot dryer in the Autumn/Winter, and I think because I cover it up more with jumpers and jeans, I do tend to neglect it. These are all very effective products, and smell lovelyyy - minus the fake tan, the smell isn't bad, but I wouldn't exactly describe it as heavenly. I tend to talk a lot about the skincare I use on my face, but not so much the products I use on my skin everywhere else...so here we go! 

Sunday Rain Body Scrub // I love a body exfoliator - my legs especially get very dry and can often be prone to lumps and bumps post-epilation (side note, if you want to know more about epilating and how I've found it let me know!). I try to combat that by exfoliating as often as I can remember. This is a lovely, fine physical scrub that really gets in there and removes dead skin. The smell is very pleasant as well, quite summery, but to be honest I love how uplifting it is. If this was in a squeezy bottle, this would be my perfect body product! You obviously don't want to over exfoliate, however every 2-3 days works well for me at keeping my body smooth and nourished. I also like to run a little over my feet to keep those looking acceptable - top tip! 

Isle of Paradise Tanning Drops in Dark // I've been a fan of Isle of Paradise for a few years now, and I've used their medium face and body drops before, but I do find I can get away with the dark version. These drops are the easiest way to achieve a natural tan - even my mum comments on how nice the shade is, and trust me she would be the first to say if it was at all orangey! I love that you add the product into your moisturiser, that way you aren't skimping on hydration - the best of both worlds. I will use them on a mitt, I've tried without and it wasn't a good look...so to be safe I will always mix both my moisturiser and the drops on the mitt and apply from there. I find that the dark shade doesn't really need to be built up, you can get good colour payoff after the first use. I found this not to be the case with the medium drops, however if you like a more gradual tanning approach then they may be for you. 

& Other Stories Perle de Coco // The nicest smelling body product I have EVER tried. You can't tell me I'm wrong, OK. This is very similar to the Bum Bum Cream that everyone raves about - the smells are practically the same (I do have both so I am equipped to say such things), however this one lingers on the skin for longer which I personally appreciate. This also has a pump...can you tell which one I prefer!? If you've been tempted by the Bum Bum Cream, I highly encourage you to pick this one up and I don't think you will be disappointed. It's a sweet scent, very vanilla and caramel heavy. The texture is lovely as well, super hydrating but not too thick that you have to wait 10 years to get dressed. 

Aveeno Body Lotion // If you're after a body lotion to really hydrate and you're not too worried about smelling like a fresh batch of cookies, I would recommend Aveeno as a brand to have on your radar. They do moisturisers very very well, they are perfect for all my dry and sensitive skin readers out there. When my skin feels particularly lizard-like, this is my go-to. Also another pump...we love to see it. This particular lotion is un-fragranced, another great asset if you have sensitive skin. You can't go wrong with this as a good everyday body lotion! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020


 Morning lovlies! I hope you're having a great week. I have a few products that I can't seem to put down at the moment - a couple are bits I've had in my collection for ages now, and others are slightly newer. I love to discover new products, but there's also nothing better than diving into your existing collection and finding some gems. I have a mix here...one skincare product, a hair product, and a couple of complexion bits. Do let me know what you're loving down below as I am always up for incorporating something new into my beauty routine. 

Bare Minerals Original Foundation // So this is a new one for me, and my first attempt at using a mineral foundation. I have to say I'm really really loving it. I have dry skin, so admittedly I was hesitant to give this a go, but I took the plunge and I have been reaching for it loads. The rumours are true - this doesn't look dry! Crazy for a powder, but it manages to look luminous and natural on the skin. The lasting power is great, and the coverage is very customisable. The more you buff and work the product into the skin, the more coverage you will get. I'm not a huge fan of full coverage bases, so I don't go too crazy with this, but the little product I do use evens out my skin nicely and never looks cakey. 


O&M Know Knott Leave-in-Conditioner // Ok, so when we moved out of London back in April this, along with a few other beauty products, were in a box that I had totally forgotten about. Fast forward 5 months and we have been reunited. I can't express how soft this leaves my hair, I adore it. My hair is quite long, therefore it is prone to getting pretty tangly - not when I use this however!! I love this brand, I've also tried one of their hair masks which is the nicest smelling hair product on planet earth - highly recommend checking them out. This is one I'll use on damp hair post-wash, it's very easy to spritz in and brush through. So after doing some digging, I've discovered it's no longer available!!!! Cry!!! The Kristin Ess Leave in Conditioner is a great alternative.

Glossier Super Bounce Serum // This is my second bottle of this serum, and I love it for morning and pm use. Hyaluronic serums are one of the skincare products I could never be without, and I will always have in my routine. I love how lightweight this is, yet it contains so much hydration that my skin loves. I also do love the packaging, Glossier's branding overall is very cute and appealing I must admit. I wrote a full review on this which I'll link here if you want to read more. 

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter // I've been back on my Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter hype! Is it a primer, is it a highlighter, no one really knows, but it's lovely. My favourite way to wear this is mixed in with another base product. The glow it gives is insane, something Charlotte does extremely well I'm sure you will agree. This manages to add a crazy amount of glow and radiance, yet it doesn't look chunky or too shimmery on the skin. It sinks in so beautifully leaving a lit-from-within sheen. 



A Few Beauty Favourites: Some Old, Some New.


 Morning lovlies! I hope you're having a great week. I have a few products that I can't seem to put down at the moment - a couple are bits I've had in my collection for ages now, and others are slightly newer. I love to discover new products, but there's also nothing better than diving into your existing collection and finding some gems. I have a mix here...one skincare product, a hair product, and a couple of complexion bits. Do let me know what you're loving down below as I am always up for incorporating something new into my beauty routine. 

Bare Minerals Original Foundation // So this is a new one for me, and my first attempt at using a mineral foundation. I have to say I'm really really loving it. I have dry skin, so admittedly I was hesitant to give this a go, but I took the plunge and I have been reaching for it loads. The rumours are true - this doesn't look dry! Crazy for a powder, but it manages to look luminous and natural on the skin. The lasting power is great, and the coverage is very customisable. The more you buff and work the product into the skin, the more coverage you will get. I'm not a huge fan of full coverage bases, so I don't go too crazy with this, but the little product I do use evens out my skin nicely and never looks cakey. 


O&M Know Knott Leave-in-Conditioner // Ok, so when we moved out of London back in April this, along with a few other beauty products, were in a box that I had totally forgotten about. Fast forward 5 months and we have been reunited. I can't express how soft this leaves my hair, I adore it. My hair is quite long, therefore it is prone to getting pretty tangly - not when I use this however!! I love this brand, I've also tried one of their hair masks which is the nicest smelling hair product on planet earth - highly recommend checking them out. This is one I'll use on damp hair post-wash, it's very easy to spritz in and brush through. So after doing some digging, I've discovered it's no longer available!!!! Cry!!! The Kristin Ess Leave in Conditioner is a great alternative.

Glossier Super Bounce Serum // This is my second bottle of this serum, and I love it for morning and pm use. Hyaluronic serums are one of the skincare products I could never be without, and I will always have in my routine. I love how lightweight this is, yet it contains so much hydration that my skin loves. I also do love the packaging, Glossier's branding overall is very cute and appealing I must admit. I wrote a full review on this which I'll link here if you want to read more. 

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter // I've been back on my Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter hype! Is it a primer, is it a highlighter, no one really knows, but it's lovely. My favourite way to wear this is mixed in with another base product. The glow it gives is insane, something Charlotte does extremely well I'm sure you will agree. This manages to add a crazy amount of glow and radiance, yet it doesn't look chunky or too shimmery on the skin. It sinks in so beautifully leaving a lit-from-within sheen. 



Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Hi everyone! Hope you've had a glorious weekend - who else is loving this warmer weather? The final hoorah for summer! I wanted to roundup some of my top Dermalogica products today. I know Dermalogica isn't the most affordable brand, and since becoming one of their ambassadors I've been super lucky to have been sent a selection of their range over the last couple of years (yes this post will include some PR samples!).  As a brand they are very science led, which I think is why their products work so well and are so effective.  The brand started back in 1983, by skin therapist Jane Wurwand, so it's safe to say they've been in the game for years and certainly know a thing or two about formulations. History lesson over...let's hop into my faves shall we? 

Pre-Cleanse // I'll start from the beginning of my routine and touch a little on makeup removal. Pre-Cleanse is a gorgeous oil cleanser which removes makeup effortlessly and is the perfect first step in your routine. I don't currently have one in my skincare rotation, need to repurchase for sure, but I love how luxurious this feels on the skin. The scent is very spa like, which is quite fitting for the brand, and the way my skin feels after is heavenly! I don't find it stings my eyes either which is something I always look for. 

Redness Relief Essence // I love an essence for calming and soothing the skin, this one in particular is gorgeous. It's very nice if you have sensitive or dry skin as the formula isn't at all irritating or packed full of fragrance. I also love to use this after I've epilated my legs as it doesn't make them feel itchy or dry! It's a great one to have in your cupboard for those dryer skin days where your skin can't tolerate much. 


 

Biolumin C Serum and Eye Serum // Two from the Biolumin range now, and these may just be my all time faves! Vitamin C is an essential ingredient for me, it's a skincare powerhouse when it comes to brightening the skin and evening out any texture -my skin loves it! The eye serum is very very lightweight and really helps with my dark circles. I'm not targeting fine lines yet, so an eye product like this is perfect. The packaging is also great at preserving the product as it's completely opaque - same with the skin serum! The face serum is something I've been using daily and my skin is a lot more luminous and evened out. I also find that any under-the-skin bumps have been reduced, and overall my skin feels and looks a lot smoother. This stuff isn't cheap I will admit, but a good Vitamin C serum is something I would invest in time and time again. 

Hydro Masque Exfoliant // This is a new one from Dermalogica, and it's no secret I love a face mask, so I was very excited for this launch. I was lucky enough to attend the virtual launch and got to see the product in action before it was released. Loving these zoom sessions with brands, anyone else?? The idea is that it exfoliates the skin without being dry. You can leave this on for as little as 5 minutes (winner) and it will leave the skin renewed, luminous, and healthy. The packaging it quite cool as well, I've not seen anything quite like it, but I love that you can really control the product, and you're not dipping your fingers into a pot every time. This is also SUPER cooling, it has that cucumber scent which feels so nice on the skin! 

Prisma Protect SPF30 // There's not a lot of SPFs in my routine that I will consistently reach for everyday, it takes a lot to impress me, especially when I'm wearing them under makeup. This is one of the only formulas that doesn't seem to effect my makeup application in the slightest. I will always let it sink in for about 5-10 minutes, just to make sure it's not sitting on the skin when I go in with foundation etc. Being broad spectrum it offers the perfect amount of protection from the sun, so make sure you don't skip this step!! It's not completely white cast free - BUT if you're applying the correct amount of any SPF you will always get some white residue, it's inevitable unfortunately.






Dermalogica Roundup.

Hi everyone! Hope you've had a glorious weekend - who else is loving this warmer weather? The final hoorah for summer! I wanted to roundup some of my top Dermalogica products today. I know Dermalogica isn't the most affordable brand, and since becoming one of their ambassadors I've been super lucky to have been sent a selection of their range over the last couple of years (yes this post will include some PR samples!).  As a brand they are very science led, which I think is why their products work so well and are so effective.  The brand started back in 1983, by skin therapist Jane Wurwand, so it's safe to say they've been in the game for years and certainly know a thing or two about formulations. History lesson over...let's hop into my faves shall we? 

Pre-Cleanse // I'll start from the beginning of my routine and touch a little on makeup removal. Pre-Cleanse is a gorgeous oil cleanser which removes makeup effortlessly and is the perfect first step in your routine. I don't currently have one in my skincare rotation, need to repurchase for sure, but I love how luxurious this feels on the skin. The scent is very spa like, which is quite fitting for the brand, and the way my skin feels after is heavenly! I don't find it stings my eyes either which is something I always look for. 

Redness Relief Essence // I love an essence for calming and soothing the skin, this one in particular is gorgeous. It's very nice if you have sensitive or dry skin as the formula isn't at all irritating or packed full of fragrance. I also love to use this after I've epilated my legs as it doesn't make them feel itchy or dry! It's a great one to have in your cupboard for those dryer skin days where your skin can't tolerate much. 


 

Biolumin C Serum and Eye Serum // Two from the Biolumin range now, and these may just be my all time faves! Vitamin C is an essential ingredient for me, it's a skincare powerhouse when it comes to brightening the skin and evening out any texture -my skin loves it! The eye serum is very very lightweight and really helps with my dark circles. I'm not targeting fine lines yet, so an eye product like this is perfect. The packaging is also great at preserving the product as it's completely opaque - same with the skin serum! The face serum is something I've been using daily and my skin is a lot more luminous and evened out. I also find that any under-the-skin bumps have been reduced, and overall my skin feels and looks a lot smoother. This stuff isn't cheap I will admit, but a good Vitamin C serum is something I would invest in time and time again. 

Hydro Masque Exfoliant // This is a new one from Dermalogica, and it's no secret I love a face mask, so I was very excited for this launch. I was lucky enough to attend the virtual launch and got to see the product in action before it was released. Loving these zoom sessions with brands, anyone else?? The idea is that it exfoliates the skin without being dry. You can leave this on for as little as 5 minutes (winner) and it will leave the skin renewed, luminous, and healthy. The packaging it quite cool as well, I've not seen anything quite like it, but I love that you can really control the product, and you're not dipping your fingers into a pot every time. This is also SUPER cooling, it has that cucumber scent which feels so nice on the skin! 

Prisma Protect SPF30 // There's not a lot of SPFs in my routine that I will consistently reach for everyday, it takes a lot to impress me, especially when I'm wearing them under makeup. This is one of the only formulas that doesn't seem to effect my makeup application in the slightest. I will always let it sink in for about 5-10 minutes, just to make sure it's not sitting on the skin when I go in with foundation etc. Being broad spectrum it offers the perfect amount of protection from the sun, so make sure you don't skip this step!! It's not completely white cast free - BUT if you're applying the correct amount of any SPF you will always get some white residue, it's inevitable unfortunately.






Sunday, September 20, 2020

I planned this post fully expecting it to be Autumn central, but in true UK style we had an unexpected heatwave...who would have thought? With that being said, I have a feeling Autumn weather will resume as normal very soon, so I wanted to hop on here and share with you some foundations I love to wear when transitioning into the colder months. It's worth noting that my skin does lean more on the dry side, especially as we move into the colder months, so with that in mind the foundations I'm mentioning do cater to that very well. 

NARS Sheer Glow // I will always love NARS bases - there's something about them that my skin seems to love, from the foundations to the concealers, I will never be without some form of NARS product. It took me years to try out their famous Sheer Glow Foundation. This was a product I've had on my wishlist for what seems like a lifetime, and I'm shook that it's taken me this long to purchase it. Is it really "sheer" as the name would suggest? No - I'd say it's more of a medium coverage foundation, however it still remains luminous and lightweight on the skin. For me, a sheer product would be more of a tinted moisturiser, which this definitely is not - just something to keep in mind if you're thinking of picking it up. The skin like finish is lovely all year round, and it's one of those foundations that can easily be built up to a more full-coverage finish. 

L'Oreal True Match // This is another foundation I own that's very versatile and lends itself to daytime and evening wear. First off, the shade range it great, something L'Oreal do really well and other drugstore brands should 100% be following in their footsteps. Secondly, the formula is very hydrating, glides over the skin, and doesn't emphasise any dry patches or texture. This also has a lovely sheen to it, creating a lit from within glow I love to sport on the daily. Being the cheapest out of the bunch, this one has a huge stamp of approval from me. 


IT Cosmetics CC Cream // This CC Cream really had a moment a year or so ago, everyone and their mother was wearing it (quite literally I got my mum on board and she loves it!). If you want a more matte finish, this won't be that for you, but if you want a glowing complexion I would say check this out. Again, like the NARS Sheer Glow, I think the name may be a little bit deceiving...a CC cream to me means a tinted base which is going to lightly even out the complexion, whereas this steps more into foundation territory offering a higher level of pigment. I think that's why I love it so much as it does have the hydrating aspects of a CC cream, yet it the coverage is very buildable and long-lasting. 

MAC Face and Body Foundation // Lastly I have my light coverage option, which let's be honest I'm reaching for most days over here. It's super light and hydrating on the skin, yet I don't find it to be too glowy where I reserve it for summer skin only. On me anyway, the finish is very natural and skin-like, and I'd rely more on my highlight to give me an added boost of luminosity. For day-today wear you really can't beat this if you simply want a foundation that's going to even out your skin but not feel heavy or look like you're wearing a tonne of product. It's quite a watery formula so I always give it a shake before using.



Transitional Foundations.


I planned this post fully expecting it to be Autumn central, but in true UK style we had an unexpected heatwave...who would have thought? With that being said, I have a feeling Autumn weather will resume as normal very soon, so I wanted to hop on here and share with you some foundations I love to wear when transitioning into the colder months. It's worth noting that my skin does lean more on the dry side, especially as we move into the colder months, so with that in mind the foundations I'm mentioning do cater to that very well. 

NARS Sheer Glow // I will always love NARS bases - there's something about them that my skin seems to love, from the foundations to the concealers, I will never be without some form of NARS product. It took me years to try out their famous Sheer Glow Foundation. This was a product I've had on my wishlist for what seems like a lifetime, and I'm shook that it's taken me this long to purchase it. Is it really "sheer" as the name would suggest? No - I'd say it's more of a medium coverage foundation, however it still remains luminous and lightweight on the skin. For me, a sheer product would be more of a tinted moisturiser, which this definitely is not - just something to keep in mind if you're thinking of picking it up. The skin like finish is lovely all year round, and it's one of those foundations that can easily be built up to a more full-coverage finish. 

L'Oreal True Match // This is another foundation I own that's very versatile and lends itself to daytime and evening wear. First off, the shade range it great, something L'Oreal do really well and other drugstore brands should 100% be following in their footsteps. Secondly, the formula is very hydrating, glides over the skin, and doesn't emphasise any dry patches or texture. This also has a lovely sheen to it, creating a lit from within glow I love to sport on the daily. Being the cheapest out of the bunch, this one has a huge stamp of approval from me. 


IT Cosmetics CC Cream // This CC Cream really had a moment a year or so ago, everyone and their mother was wearing it (quite literally I got my mum on board and she loves it!). If you want a more matte finish, this won't be that for you, but if you want a glowing complexion I would say check this out. Again, like the NARS Sheer Glow, I think the name may be a little bit deceiving...a CC cream to me means a tinted base which is going to lightly even out the complexion, whereas this steps more into foundation territory offering a higher level of pigment. I think that's why I love it so much as it does have the hydrating aspects of a CC cream, yet it the coverage is very buildable and long-lasting. 

MAC Face and Body Foundation // Lastly I have my light coverage option, which let's be honest I'm reaching for most days over here. It's super light and hydrating on the skin, yet I don't find it to be too glowy where I reserve it for summer skin only. On me anyway, the finish is very natural and skin-like, and I'd rely more on my highlight to give me an added boost of luminosity. For day-today wear you really can't beat this if you simply want a foundation that's going to even out your skin but not feel heavy or look like you're wearing a tonne of product. It's quite a watery formula so I always give it a shake before using.



Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to run you through my top 5 favourite blushes of the moment! I've fallen back in love with my powder blushes (who would have thought?!) and I wanted to round up my top picks. 

For me, the formula has to be a combination of something that blends well, has a nice amount of pigment to it but not too much that's it's easy to go overboard, and lasts well on the skin. Blush is unfortunately one of those makeup products that does tend to fade throughout the day, so when you're applying don't be afraid to pack on more than you think. A couple of tools I love to use when applying powder blushes is my Zoeva 126 Luxe Cheek Finish, and an angled cheek brush I've had for years from Sephora (similar here) - both are a lovely size and deposit a good amount of product whilst being able to blend the product out seamlessly.

 

So my top five are...

NARS Madly // I really have a soft spot for NARS blushes, I know Orgasm is a cult favourite, but personally the shade Madly takes the cake for me every time. It's the perfect blush to wear when you want a little something something on your cheeks, but you're not after a pink or a coral - this leans more nude. I love this with a smokey eye and a deeper lip, I feel like it compliments that really well. It also has a little bit of shimmer running throughout so it doesn't appear flat or muddy on the skin. 

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love // I was desperate to get my hands on one of the CT blushes when they were first released and I'm very happy I did. First Love it a beautiful pink, with a slightly darker and more warm shade in the middle. You can stick to the outer ring if you want a softer look, or focus more on the centre for a real pop of colour - me being me, I like to mix the two together for the best of both world (Hannah Montana reference coming at ya). 

Hourglass Dim Infusion // I could wear this blush everyday honestly, I'm obsessed! Hourglass just know how to do powder products like no other. They are incredibly finely milled, making them a dream to apply, and the slight shimmer marbled throughout keeps everything looking very fresh and youthful. This colour is somewhere in between a pink and a coral for me - perfect for the spring and summer! 

Laura Mercer Lush Nectarine // Another coral and this one is the most shimmery of the bunch, but not in a chunky glitter kind of way. This gives such a nice glow to the cheeks and looks perfect paired with a good bronzer! That real summer vibe - even though we're definitely heading into Autumn...I find this to be such a flattering shade and it always appears very glowy and fresh on the cheeks. 

Benefit Galifornia // I would say this is most similar to Lush Nectarine, but a tiny bit pinker. This is also a more shimmery option so if you like that youthful glow on the cheeks I would recommend looking into this! It also smells lovelyyy, like peaches - which I guess is also the perfect way to describe the shade, peachy! 

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Powder Blush: My Top 5.

Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to run you through my top 5 favourite blushes of the moment! I've fallen back in love with my powder blushes (who would have thought?!) and I wanted to round up my top picks. 

For me, the formula has to be a combination of something that blends well, has a nice amount of pigment to it but not too much that's it's easy to go overboard, and lasts well on the skin. Blush is unfortunately one of those makeup products that does tend to fade throughout the day, so when you're applying don't be afraid to pack on more than you think. A couple of tools I love to use when applying powder blushes is my Zoeva 126 Luxe Cheek Finish, and an angled cheek brush I've had for years from Sephora (similar here) - both are a lovely size and deposit a good amount of product whilst being able to blend the product out seamlessly.

 

So my top five are...

NARS Madly // I really have a soft spot for NARS blushes, I know Orgasm is a cult favourite, but personally the shade Madly takes the cake for me every time. It's the perfect blush to wear when you want a little something something on your cheeks, but you're not after a pink or a coral - this leans more nude. I love this with a smokey eye and a deeper lip, I feel like it compliments that really well. It also has a little bit of shimmer running throughout so it doesn't appear flat or muddy on the skin. 

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love // I was desperate to get my hands on one of the CT blushes when they were first released and I'm very happy I did. First Love it a beautiful pink, with a slightly darker and more warm shade in the middle. You can stick to the outer ring if you want a softer look, or focus more on the centre for a real pop of colour - me being me, I like to mix the two together for the best of both world (Hannah Montana reference coming at ya). 

Hourglass Dim Infusion // I could wear this blush everyday honestly, I'm obsessed! Hourglass just know how to do powder products like no other. They are incredibly finely milled, making them a dream to apply, and the slight shimmer marbled throughout keeps everything looking very fresh and youthful. This colour is somewhere in between a pink and a coral for me - perfect for the spring and summer! 

Laura Mercer Lush Nectarine // Another coral and this one is the most shimmery of the bunch, but not in a chunky glitter kind of way. This gives such a nice glow to the cheeks and looks perfect paired with a good bronzer! That real summer vibe - even though we're definitely heading into Autumn...I find this to be such a flattering shade and it always appears very glowy and fresh on the cheeks. 

Benefit Galifornia // I would say this is most similar to Lush Nectarine, but a tiny bit pinker. This is also a more shimmery option so if you like that youthful glow on the cheeks I would recommend looking into this! It also smells lovelyyy, like peaches - which I guess is also the perfect way to describe the shade, peachy! 

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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

This post includes press samples that have been kindly gifted to me - these products are clearly marked with an '*'. 

Since March I've really gone through phases with my makeup collection. I had the 'going to try everything and slap it all on my face at once' stage, and I'm slowing starting to move into the 'let's just live out of a makeup bag shall we?' stage - who can relate? I thought I'd share with you that makeup bag, and how I get the most out of my products. I really believe that with some good staple items, you can achieve many different looks that work for many different occasions (if occasions are even still a thing?!). Everything fits into this handy wash bag from The Allera * - love the fact you can see through it, so handy when getting ready! 

I feel like with a good primer and foundation duo you can be ready for anything. My combo of choice would be a dewy primer paired with a medium coverage foundation. For daytime, I love to mix the primer and foundation together for a sheered-out glowy finish, and for the evening you can apply the primer first and then build up the foundation second. The Nars Sheer Glow is great for this as I find it can be applied in a lighter manner, or you can built it. I also love the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter - it's my go-to for mixing in with other products as I find the colour so flattering. 

I also think it's handy to have a concealer that works for both under the eyes and around the face. No surprise I've thrown in my Nars Soft Matte for this step - although it's not the creamiest at first glance, I think it works well all over the face. It blurs out my under-eyes like no other, but doesn't dry or cake up! 

Another trick I love to do is use my bronzer as eyeshadow - not the most groundbreaking thing you've heard all day, but sometimes we just need a reminder that these things to work. The Benefit Hoola Lite works great for me personally. It's light enough that it's not too overpowering as a traditional bronzer, but I also find this to be a beautiful crease shade.  Similarly, having a blush you can also sweep across you lids looks lovely if you want a more tonal look. Cheek palettes are also great products to invest in (only if you know each shade is going to work for you). I'm still crushing over the Hourglass Sheer Cheek Trio - it's a cream formula so I love this for day-to-day. It's very handy for travelling as it has everything I need, and I do use every shade - winner! 

A versatile eyeshadow palette is also something to look into. Look for a nice mix of matte and shimmer shades so you get the best of both worlds. It's also worth looking for a brown shade that my be suitable to run through your brows? As I don't reach for an eyeshadow palette everyday, I can't have a makeup bag without a cream shadow, especially one that looks great thrown across the lids and smoked out. Chanel Undertone is a lovely one - it's a beautiful taupe shade that I find creates the perfect eye look all on its own. Maybelline also have some lovely shades if you want a more affordable option. 

Lastly, lips! Now I personally think a nude is the safest bet if you are only willing to only carry around one lipstick - but no one's crazy enough to only have one lipstick in their bag...so I've included a gloss too! I think a gloss can really switch up your look lip, especially if you opt for a creamy formula that's not packed full of chunky glitter. The Fenty glosses are obviously gorgeous, the colours are super versatile -Fussy is my fave and I find it pairs well with most nude/pink lipsticks. You can also wear it on its own for a more youthful, plumped look.

 




Building a Capsule Makeup Collection - Some of my most Versatile Products


This post includes press samples that have been kindly gifted to me - these products are clearly marked with an '*'. 

Since March I've really gone through phases with my makeup collection. I had the 'going to try everything and slap it all on my face at once' stage, and I'm slowing starting to move into the 'let's just live out of a makeup bag shall we?' stage - who can relate? I thought I'd share with you that makeup bag, and how I get the most out of my products. I really believe that with some good staple items, you can achieve many different looks that work for many different occasions (if occasions are even still a thing?!). Everything fits into this handy wash bag from The Allera * - love the fact you can see through it, so handy when getting ready! 

I feel like with a good primer and foundation duo you can be ready for anything. My combo of choice would be a dewy primer paired with a medium coverage foundation. For daytime, I love to mix the primer and foundation together for a sheered-out glowy finish, and for the evening you can apply the primer first and then build up the foundation second. The Nars Sheer Glow is great for this as I find it can be applied in a lighter manner, or you can built it. I also love the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter - it's my go-to for mixing in with other products as I find the colour so flattering. 

I also think it's handy to have a concealer that works for both under the eyes and around the face. No surprise I've thrown in my Nars Soft Matte for this step - although it's not the creamiest at first glance, I think it works well all over the face. It blurs out my under-eyes like no other, but doesn't dry or cake up! 

Another trick I love to do is use my bronzer as eyeshadow - not the most groundbreaking thing you've heard all day, but sometimes we just need a reminder that these things to work. The Benefit Hoola Lite works great for me personally. It's light enough that it's not too overpowering as a traditional bronzer, but I also find this to be a beautiful crease shade.  Similarly, having a blush you can also sweep across you lids looks lovely if you want a more tonal look. Cheek palettes are also great products to invest in (only if you know each shade is going to work for you). I'm still crushing over the Hourglass Sheer Cheek Trio - it's a cream formula so I love this for day-to-day. It's very handy for travelling as it has everything I need, and I do use every shade - winner! 

A versatile eyeshadow palette is also something to look into. Look for a nice mix of matte and shimmer shades so you get the best of both worlds. It's also worth looking for a brown shade that my be suitable to run through your brows? As I don't reach for an eyeshadow palette everyday, I can't have a makeup bag without a cream shadow, especially one that looks great thrown across the lids and smoked out. Chanel Undertone is a lovely one - it's a beautiful taupe shade that I find creates the perfect eye look all on its own. Maybelline also have some lovely shades if you want a more affordable option. 

Lastly, lips! Now I personally think a nude is the safest bet if you are only willing to only carry around one lipstick - but no one's crazy enough to only have one lipstick in their bag...so I've included a gloss too! I think a gloss can really switch up your look lip, especially if you opt for a creamy formula that's not packed full of chunky glitter. The Fenty glosses are obviously gorgeous, the colours are super versatile -Fussy is my fave and I find it pairs well with most nude/pink lipsticks. You can also wear it on its own for a more youthful, plumped look.

 




Wednesday, September 02, 2020


I think we all know about the REN Ready Steady Glow Toner - it's a staple in so many people's skincare collections, and I feel like it's always in those 'top skincare products' type posts we see dotted around the internet. I'm all for a toner, and personally hadn't tried one before that had some kind of acid in there, so I was pretty excited to start incorporating this into my routine. REN do make this in many different sizes, so if you're an avid user, or if you want a travel size to test it out, you will be able to find a good ml for your needs! A big plus in my books. 

Let's talk about skin types before hopping into the review. My skin type is dry/combo, so it can be a little bit of everything depending on the weather, diet, water intake etc. I do struggle with some texture around my forehead and chin, something this claims to help with. 


The packaging I'm low-key in love with - the pump dispenser is such a genius idea and I find it a lot easier to use. I would also recommend picking up some reusable cotton pads, which is my personal way of applying this, they are just as good normal pads but you can wash and reuse them! 

As far as the ingredient list goes, this contains Lactic Acid, Willow Bark Extract and Azelaic Acid - together these will help to even out the skin tone, exfoliate, minimise pores, smooth the skin, and add radiance.  I would say it delivers on all of these claims - so yes it's worth the hype in my opinion. 

I use this just in the evenings mainly, but I have used it in the mornings too if my skin is being particularly problematic. As I mentioned, I suffer with some texture around the face, and this really helps to minimise that. I've been using it for a good few months, so I feel qualified to recommend it if you too are suffering with similar issues. Even though my skin can lean more on the dry side I don't find the AHA ingredients to be too harsh for my skin. I will always follow with the rest of my skincare routine, but on the whole I haven't found it to strip my skin at all. 

Would I repurchase? Yes! 

ONE OF THE MOST RAVED ABOUT TONERS...BUT IS IT WORTH IT?



I think we all know about the REN Ready Steady Glow Toner - it's a staple in so many people's skincare collections, and I feel like it's always in those 'top skincare products' type posts we see dotted around the internet. I'm all for a toner, and personally hadn't tried one before that had some kind of acid in there, so I was pretty excited to start incorporating this into my routine. REN do make this in many different sizes, so if you're an avid user, or if you want a travel size to test it out, you will be able to find a good ml for your needs! A big plus in my books. 

Let's talk about skin types before hopping into the review. My skin type is dry/combo, so it can be a little bit of everything depending on the weather, diet, water intake etc. I do struggle with some texture around my forehead and chin, something this claims to help with. 


The packaging I'm low-key in love with - the pump dispenser is such a genius idea and I find it a lot easier to use. I would also recommend picking up some reusable cotton pads, which is my personal way of applying this, they are just as good normal pads but you can wash and reuse them! 

As far as the ingredient list goes, this contains Lactic Acid, Willow Bark Extract and Azelaic Acid - together these will help to even out the skin tone, exfoliate, minimise pores, smooth the skin, and add radiance.  I would say it delivers on all of these claims - so yes it's worth the hype in my opinion. 

I use this just in the evenings mainly, but I have used it in the mornings too if my skin is being particularly problematic. As I mentioned, I suffer with some texture around the face, and this really helps to minimise that. I've been using it for a good few months, so I feel qualified to recommend it if you too are suffering with similar issues. Even though my skin can lean more on the dry side I don't find the AHA ingredients to be too harsh for my skin. I will always follow with the rest of my skincare routine, but on the whole I haven't found it to strip my skin at all. 

Would I repurchase? Yes! 
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