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. 

Monday, November 13, 2017
Cold Weather Skincare Essentials.

Cold Weather Skincare Essentials.

Winter, for me, equals dry skin...anyone else? As soon as the colder weather hits I all of sudden turn into some kind of snake who starts shedding their skin. Attractive right. But seriously, it's an issue I battle with every single winter, so I always rummage through my skincare stash to see what I can use to help add some moisture to my skin. 

The products I'm going to mention aren't particular to any AM, or PM routine, apart from the serums but I'll get onto that! I pretty much whack these out when I feel the need to, and whenever I feel like my skin is in dyer need of some hydration. So, all the time pretty much. 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask: Oohh lorddyyy, this is what parched skin dreams are made of. If you have dry/dehydrated skin you need this in your life. In the UK you can purchase this from Cult Beauty, and if the millennial pink packaging doesn't sell it to you, then what's inside certainly will. It's quite a liquidy formula which sinks in surprisingly well, yet leaves your skin so so soft and nourished. I either use this overnight, or in the morning if I'm having a no-makeup, at home day. It doesn't leave any residue on your pillow which is also a bonus! The scent is amazing as well, super fresh! 

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate: This stuff seems to always creep back into my routine. It seems to cure all my skins woes, so of course I'm including it in todays post. This is something I tend to use exclusively in the evenings as part of my PM routine. I pop this on before my moisturiser and I just love how my skin looks in the mornings. The formula makes my skin feel, and look, so glowy and nourished. I can't get enough. If I'm having an extra dry skin day, and I know my makeup is going to look hella sketchy, then I will put this on in the morning and it keeps my skin hydrated all day long. 

Glossier Super Bounce Serum: Out of all the Glossier serums, this one definitely seems to be the most loved. And for good reason. Even though £24 only gets you 15ml of product (boooo!) it's an amazing formula which my skin laps up in the morning. For dehydrated skin this is a must-have, and even if you're not really buying into the Glossier hype, I do think this is worth it. 

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist: This is quickly becoming one of favourite skincare products EVER. It makes my skin feel so plumped, and so hydrated, I can't put it down. Even in the summer, this was a must for me, so it's no surprise I'm still obsessed. I tend to spray this into my hands, then pat it onto my skin. This way, I feel like I'm not wasting any of the product, and by pressing it in it can get to work straight away. Although the spray is very fine and lovely, I just find half of it misses my face and disperses around the room. A good tip if you have the same issue. 

So there's a quick little run-down of some of the skincare products I've been loving lately. If your skin is dry, or dehydrated, these all work wonders for me so I highly recommend them! If you have any other skincare bits and bobs you think I'd really love, then please let me know, I'm always on the hunt for new, amazing skincare. 

Thursday, November 09, 2017
Winter Skin Prep With L'Occitane.

Winter Skin Prep With L'Occitane.

Thank you to Threepipe and L'Occitane for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

I must admit, getting my body prepped for winter is a task I put off until it's basically too late...Not this year though, I'm determined to get ahead of the dry-skin game and get my body Victoria Secret Fashion Show ready! Ok...clearly I'm not going to be walking in the VS fashion show anytime soon, but ya know, motivation and all. 

Okay, first things first, bodycare! L'Occitane have some gorgeous body products on offer, that's no secret, so I'm going to run down a few of my favourites. And, if you're already thinking about that all important Chirstmas shopping - ooo, the C word - then they have some fabulous Christmas Gift sets for mum...that is if you're mum is anything like mine and completely L'Occitane obsessed! I'll link those up here for you to have a peek! 

Warning: These aren't actually edible, despite using the phrase "good enough to eat" approximately  46721 times in this let's get into it shall we.

Almond Shower Oil*: This stuff is just dreamy. Both mum and I love and use this all the god damn time, and this must be about the 3rd bottle we've had in our shower arsenal. Safe to say we love it. If you're a fan of sweet smelling body care which makes your skin feel like silk, look no further. The formula is amazing, an oil that turns into a milky consistency once used with water.

Almond Supple Skin Oil: lAnother one I love, and as you can see, there is hardly any of this stuff left. Time for a repurchase me thinks! Along with the shower oil, this will give of the same almondy scent along with the amazing skincare benefits. A soft skin duo made in heaven!! If you've tried the shower oil and love it, pick this up next and you won't be disappointed.

Almond Refining Concentrate*: This one I love to use in the mornings. Again, the almond scent has me hooked. I just can't get enough of it guys! This one contains caffeine, so it's going to help wake up the skin and tone. This isn't an oil, it's definitely a cream formula which feels very luxurious to use. 

Delicious Almond Hand Cream: This is that last almond product, I promise!! If you really want to smell like a bakewell tart, then why not add their almond hand cream to the mix! I love L'Occitane hand creams, it's something the brand does super super well. They sink in quickly and the scent is there, but not too overpowering. A handbag staple, for sure. 

Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream*: Skincare is something I haven't really tried before from L'Occitane, I was all about their body products! When this came into my routine I was excited to give a try. It has a gorgeous fresh florally scent, yes, floral, not almond, which I really love and it feels so soft to use on the skin. It's the perfect moisturiser for those days where you don't want a very thick layer of product sitting on the skin, but you don't want something that will just be eaten away by your parched skin in 0.5 seconds. This sits somewhere in the middle, but still gives your skin a nice dose of moisture and nourishment. 
Friday, October 27, 2017
5 Autumn Makeup Picks.

5 Autumn Makeup Picks.

As Autumn finally starts settling in, we're greeted with gloomy mornings, falling leaves, and of course a little makeup switch-a-roo! Autumn remains my favourite season ever, even though waking up when it's pitched black makes it super hard to get out of bed! Although, the cosy sweaters, hot drinks, and berry lips make up for that - kind of... 
Due to the darker mornings, getting ready (more specifically, putting on makeup) can be challenging, so I've streamlined my products so I can apply them quickly, and without worrying too much about the application process! Granted, a little touch-up in my car once I get to work doesn't go a miss, but on the whole, I'm loving these bits! So let's get into it shall we...

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light
Hourglass is a stunning brand, no doubt about that, and the one things I think they do really well are palettes! They can be pricey, but the pans inside, and the overall packaging really lives up to that high expense, plus it's a great way to try a few bits in one! This is a great palette for all your face needs. It contains a powder, bronzer, two blushes, and a highlight. The blushes I love to mix together as they create a lovely natural flush to the face. I love the formula of their powder products, I mean, they're pretty infamous! 

Glossier Boy Brow 
Okay, so I feel as though now Glossier has reached the UK it's become a very controversial brand. A lot of talk about whether the products are actually worth it, or if they have just paid bloggers and arm and a leg to feature them! In my opinion, they've done the whole digital marketing/pr thing very well, and that definitely shows as they have been such a talked about brand! Any who, onto Boy Brow! This is a really lovely brow gel, I love to use this once I've run a bit of powder through my brows. It helps to keep them in place all day and I never get any crusty bits! 

NARS Kalahari Eye Duo
This is my first dip into the world of NARS eyeshadows, and it's a goodun' I have to say! The bronzy taupe shade on the left has the perfect amount of shimmer in it to make the eyes really stand out, but it a wearable way! Then the shade on the right works perfectly in the crease and lower lash line, just to amp it up a bit! These are really blendable and a great little duo for everyday. 

Glossier Balm Dot Com
Because lip balm is an essential in the colder months...but seriously, I'm a bit of a lip balm whore, I never like to stick to just one. Seeing as I have three of these little balms, it seems to be the one I reach for most. It's a very simple balm, no fuss, no frills, just a standard jelly type formula. This isn't just to be used exclusively on the lips either, it's one of those multi-purpose thingys, so a great handbag staple! 

Illamasqua Minx Lipstick
This is always the first lipstick that I reach for in the fall, the shade is just dreamy! It's a gorgeous rich, berry pink shade which has the perfect amount of depth to it. Great for autumn, without being to vampy. You catch ma drift? It's a matte formula as well, so will last a good few hours without any touch ups. If you haven't checked out Illamasqua lipsticks, do, I think they're fab.