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Thursday, November 07, 2019
My New Overnight Skicare Buddy.

My New Overnight Skicare Buddy.

Includes gifted products

Come winter, comes dry skin - that seems to be the motto I live by this time of year, not by choice of course. I am definitely one of those people who will consciously add more moisturising products into their routine in the colder months, and for me that all starts with a cracking night treatment.

Image result for dermalogica sleep cocoonDermalogica have a few stand-out products in their range for dry/dull skin, and in today's post I'm going to be focusing on their Sound Sleep Cocoon. If you do want to hear my thoughts on some of their other products do let me know!

This is an overnight treatment, much like the Origins Drink Up Intense Mask but with a bit more going on and a slightly lighter formula. Their Sleep Cocoon has been specifically formulated to hydrate and brighten the skin whilst you sleep - getting your beauty sleep has never rung so true. It doesn't feel like your traditional moisturiser, it almost has that silicone slip to it, but it feels gorgeous on the skin.

With Tamarind Seed, Lavender Oil and Silk Tree Extract packed in, this really is a lovely nighttime treatment. The hints of lavender help to relax me as well, making it even easier to get to sleep, big plus! If you're sensitive to essential oils that maybe something to bare in mind, however I don't find them too overpowering personally. My skin the next day feels so so soft, and I can certainly see it appears brighter and more hydrated. I do tend to pair this on top of my Farryn Amber Lunar Night Oil which is amazing too for dry skin!

Now this is quite pricey, at £72 this isn't going to be something you pick up on a whim, however if that is within your budget and you're after a product to truly transform your skin overnight I think it's money well spent.  
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
A Cream Highlighter For Every Occasion.

A Cream Highlighter For Every Occasion.



I've been having a bit of a love affair with cream highlighters over the past few weeks. Bizarrely, come late summer, I was all about my MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle - which is a beautiful powder highlight if that's what you're in the market for - and went a long time without reaching for single cream in my collection. It wasn't until I had found my Benefit Watts Up in a random makeup bag, I though 'jeez, I remember you old friend'. 

If you want to achieve that lit-from-within glow, super dewy yet natural look, then cream highlighters are really where it's at. Although, yes, there are more natural powder highlights for sure, the Hourglass powders are a great example of this, but nothing in my opinion compares to a cream. 

I'm going to approach this post in three categories; very natural, natural and glam. Hopefully this will offer something for everyone and act as a great guide depending on the look you want to go for.

Very Natural

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Glossier take the cake when it comes to the very natural, minimal look - not just for highlight but I'd say most of their range is reminiscent of that. Their Haloscopes were a standout product when they first launched, and the shade Quartz is my favourite. This has a really unique texture - it's not super creamy, but almost like Vaseline in a stick - that may not sound appealing, but I promise you, the results are fab. The best way I've found to apply it, is by rubbing the product onto my fingers and tapping it on my cheeks. You don't get punched in the face with shimmer, but you will get a lovely natural sheen to the skin. Although it is tinted, it's very sheer, so you won't end up over applying. 

Natural


Image result for benefit watts upThis is my most reached for cream highlight as I find it perfect for everyday. The Benefit Watts Up (forever typing Whats App instead!!) is a lovely champagne shade which blends so beautifully into the skin. This is kind of like the older sister to Glossier's Quartz. Still in the champagne family, but offers a little more pigment, and with that comes an added bit of shine. This is so easy to apply, and it's a really good option if you want something a little bit more than a subtle sheen. 


Glam

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My Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand will forever be the highlight I reach for if I really want my cheeks to pop. The packaging is the only thing that lets this down. The twist up top is a bit messy for my liking, and I also feel like you don' get a lot of product inside, which is a shame. I'd say this is more quality over quantity, and if you do have the budget for something a little more special, I'd recommend this every time. This is more golden than the previous two, but I can't explain how stunning this looks on the cheekbones. It's so seamless, no chunky bits of shimmer or harsh pigment, it really does look like you have just stepped off the Victoria Secret runway. 



What's your favourite cream highlighter? 
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Current Favourites from Fresh.

Current Favourites from Fresh.



Fresh is a brand that I have been using for years now, and I continue to find new products I love from their range. They have a wonderful selection to suit any skin concern - I've even got my mum hooked!! I have my stand-out products which I use all the time, such as the Soy Cleanser and Rose Hydrating Mask, however I wanted to touch a few products I have been using lately which maybe I don't talk about all that much.

To give this post a little bit of context, my skin is dry/combo. I get an oily t-zone from time to time, but on the whole my skin tends to lean on the dry and dehydrated end of the scale. For that, I love to use products which offer a tonne of hydration, as well as brightening properties.

Let's try to go in order of application, so I guess we'll start with the mask...

I definitely don't use this everyday, however since living and working in London, my skin certainly needs a helping hand when it comes to easing congestion. Their Umbrian Clay Mask is your classic clay consistency that dries down and sucks out any dirt from your pores. I will apply this 1-2 times a week, mainly when I can see my skin really needs it, and it's a lovely way to detox the skin at the end of the day. You get quite a lot of product in here, I've had this tub for a while now and I still have plenty left. Their masks are more on the pricey side, I believe this retails for around £50, but I can't recommend them enough. This also contains camomile which is great for soothing the skin and avoiding that tight/stripped feeling you can sometimes get when using clarifying products.

Onto the more day-to-day products, the first being the Rose Hydrating Toner Mist - I can't start my day without this! I adore toners in the morning, especially ones you can simply mist onto the skin to perk-up and refresh the face. This is really soothing on the skin as well, and gives an instant dose of hydration - the rose scent isn't too overpowering which I appreciate.

Essences are a product I never really knew I needed in my skincare routine, but I'm hooked! They were used in traditional Korean skincare, and I feel like the SKII essence popularised them in the Western world, making other brands follow suit. The Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Treatment Essence is what I have been currently using and I love love love it. This has anti-pollution properties which I'm all about right now (thanks to the Kombucha) and the extracts of mandarin help to even out the skin's complexion. There's a lot of great benefits packed into this product which is why I've been reaching for it both day and night. I like to apply my essences after I've cleansed, but before any serums. They almost act as a hydration sponge for any moisturisers/oils you may apply after. Big win for me.

Have you tried Fresh? If so, what do you love from their range?


Monday, October 07, 2019
My Travel Makeup Bag: End of Summer Vacay

My Travel Makeup Bag: End of Summer Vacay








A couple of weeks ago I jetted off to Italy to enjoy a few days of sun, ice cream, and most importantly pizza! I wanted to her away before Autumn gets into full swing here in the UK - safe to say Autumn 2019 is definitely 
here!!

I have definitely become a lot more minimal with my makeup choices and application. A full face of foundation seems, and feels, totally alien to me now. Instead, I've been sticking to concealer and a touch of powder when necessary. I find the Nars Soft Matte Concealers so easy to travel with, and they are my perfect formula for both under the eyes, and to correct any blemishes on the skin. I do have two shades to really get the most out of this fantastic formula. As for powder, I'm huge Hourglass fan. I find they matify the skin, without looking cakey and masking your natural glow. This handy trio has a few different shades to pick from, personally I just mix them all together and go to town!

Bronzer, blush and highlight are my staples, I will never travel without these. I'm back using the Hoola Bronzer which I find is such a lovely shade when you have a bit of a tan. This mini is adorable and perfect to pop in your travel makeup bag. Doesn't this just remind of holidays?! I'm not too fussy with my blush, but on this particular trip I threw in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion. Their powders are just lovely, and this is a beautiful coral shade which I love to wear in the summer months. I kept it very simple with highlighter and went for the classic MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle. This is a beautiful champagne shade which adds the most wonderful glow.

I never do much with my brows these day, a quick bit of definition is all I really need. My favourite for this is the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil for filling in any sparse areas, and making them appear fuller and more defined. This had a little triangular nib that is super easy to use, complete with the handy spooly on the end, this is amuse for any travel makeup kit. Once I'm done filling them in, I will set them down the Benefit 24 Hour Brow Setter, and boy does this stuff work!

On a daily basis I will tend to reach for a cream eyeshadow to act as a 'one wash wander' type look. I love the By Terry Ombre Blackstars as they are very travel friendly and have a lovely shade selection. My personal favourite is Bronze Moon which can vert easily be transitioned from day-to-night. I did also throw in my Nars Kalahari eye duo incase I want to switch things up. This contains a shimmery taupe and a matte brown, so great for amping up any look. I'm really keen to pick up more of these, so do let know which duo is your favourite too! In addition to that, I've packed my Topshop Liquid Liner incase I'm feeling extra sassy one night. Liner is the easiest way to add a bit of drama to your eye look, so I always love to have one on hand. I've only been using one mascara lately, and that's my L'Oreal Lash Paradise. I adore this for giving volume and length to my lashes - it seems to do it all, without flaking!

As for lips, I normally throw in a nude lip liner, and about 10 different options! Changing up your lip colour is the best way to switch up your look, especially from day-to-night. Add a couple of your current favourites and you'll be good to go!

Monday, January 28, 2019
New In: Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance.

New In: Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance.



This winter my skin has been the worst it ever been. My chin/nose area has been so dry and red and irritated, I’m finding it impossible to keep on top of a decent routine.  With that being said, I’ve completely stripped my skincare back to basics and am trying not to overwhelm it. 

When I received the new Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance* it sounded exactly what my skin needed! I was hesitant to try it as I didn’t want to introduce anything new into my routine which may have a negative effect. I did however give it a go, and it’s really wowed me! 

I been using this as my PM moisturiser - don’t worry, it’s not as thick as it may sound, it’s actually just like my other creamy products I like to use, so I’m more than happy to use it everyday despite its intense name! If you have dry skin like me, I don’t think you’ll find this to be too heavy to use everyday, especially in the winter months. Before I apply this, I go in with a cleanser, toner, facial essence, and then a tiny bit of oil. This locks everything in place and seals that moisture deal! 
Now, the price is fairly up there for a moisturiser. At £68 it’s not affordable, however if you’ve been struggling with dry skin over the cold months I think you’ll be really impressed with this. 




A few more things to note...it has Vitamin C which is amazing for brightening the skin and improving your skins texture and tone. I love Vitamin C, it’s such a hero ingredient in my opinion. It’s also in a handy squeezy tube which is completely opaque to protect the product from being effected by sunlight (yes, that is a thing!). 

Overall, I’m so happy this landed in my life. It’s the perfect product to save dry, irritated skin, and the balancing properties are what my skin craves this time of year. 

Let me know if you’ve tried this, or what other products you can’t live without in the winter months. 


Sunday, November 18, 2018
Post Shower Haircare Must Haves.

Post Shower Haircare Must Haves.

My hair something I'm constantly battling with. It's too dry, it's too fine, it's too flat, blah blah blah, we've heard it all before. With these thoughts in mind, I'm always on the hunt for haircare products which aren't ridiculously expensive, yet super effective. Over the years I have accumulated a few post-shower favourites which I can't live without and would highly recommend. 

The first product I use is a leave-in-conditiner. I have two favourites for this category, the first is for all those lazy hair girls out there (me included). The O&M Know Knott is a fab product, in a nifty spray bottle, which leaves your hair soft and detangled. My hair has grown a lot this year which means it's more prone to getting tangled, especially when I'm living in scarves and high neck jumpers. This is my most-used hair product of the year I'd say, and there's still about half the bottle left! Such great value for money. 
If you're after something a bit more nourishing, then I'd opt for the Living Proof Instant Repair. This has a really lovely fruity scent, and leaves my hair super nourished and hydrated. Once the temperature drops and my hair becomes a bit more brittle and dry this is what I reach for. 

The other product I tend to reach for when my hair is damp, is the Ouai Rose Oil. This can be used on your limbs as well which is why I opt for this rose scent - it's beautiful! For an oil, this is very lightweight and doesn't leave my hair feeling greasy for weighed down. This also works really well after you have styled your hair. One pump will calm down any fly-aways and make your hair look very shiny and healthy. 

A few more products I love for styling are texture spays and sea salt sprays. For fine-haired girls like myself, these are essential for adding a bit of volume and body. Dry shampoo is also an amazing styling product, but I haven't included one in todays round up! 

A texture spray I've been obsessed with is the Sam McKnight Cool Girl Spray. 1. This smells like a sexy man, and 2. My hair is left with the perfect amount of volume without being crispy. Need I say more? This is definitely worth the price in my opinion, and I want to try more from this brand for sure! 

I have a few wave/beach sprays which I have on rotation. They are a super easy way to add effortless beachy waves to your look. I've been really impressed with the Bed Head Tigi Beach Bound Protection Spray. As the name would suggest, it's not really marketed as a traditional beach spray, but it works really well for that too. This is great if you have coloured hair, or live in a hot climate, as it helps to combat the damage of the sun. A good all-rounder, and if you're travelling anytime soon, I think is great to throw in your bag! 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
4 Step Skincare Routine.

4 Step Skincare Routine.


I love skincare, but there's certainly a time and place for spending an hour in front of the mirror applying 3 different masks, 2 cleaners, 3 serums and an oil. Oh, and don't forget, toner, eye cream and of course at least 4 different moisturisers. An exaggeration maybe, but, day-to-day that's just not my jam.

Today I'm going to focus on a quick (AM) skincare routine which will leave your skin prepped and ready for makeup, but without taking up precious time. These products are particularly aimed at those of you who may suffer with dryer skin in these cold winter months - so let's get into it.

Of course cleanser is the first step. I love the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser for both morning and evening use. It leaves my skin feeling so clean, yet nourished and brightened at the same time. The soy protein helps to maintain skin health, whilst the cucumber and rosewater extracts keep everything nice and balanced. The consistency is like a gel/cream hybrid, so it's lovely and refreshing in the morning. I'll use a pea sized amount all over my skin, and remove with a wash cloth. This is the most important step for me in the morning, so everything else that follows is just a bonus!


A serum is super important for me in the morning as I love the dose of hydration it gives. I've nearly finished up my Clinique Moisture Surge Serum and I desperately need to run out and grab a new one. If you suffer with dry/dehydrated skin this is a great product to have on hand. It's a very lightweight formula which sinks in beautifully, leaving your skin feeling super nourished and hydrated. Can't be without this at the moment!

The final two products I like to mix - just makes things a little bit easier and I much prefer to use facial oils in this way when I'm applying them in the morning before makeup. The two products in question are the Bobbi Brown Vitamin E Enriched Face Base, and the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate. The BB Face Base is such a an amazing morning moisturiser. Never have I used something which is so nourishing and moisturising, yet sits beautifully underneath makeup. I'll scoop a little bit out, then add a few drops of the oil for ultimate hydration. The oil is great at brightening the skin and adding a load of radiance. Can't really ask for anything more than that when I wake up looking like a zombie!