Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Minimal Makeup Edit.

Minimal Makeup Edit.

I'm always wanting to achieve that natural perfected look with minimal products, and in a minimal timeframe. The most important thing is to remember less is more. I have a little collection of products I go to whenever I'm short on time, but still want a little bit of makeup to make me feel more me! 

A minimal makeup look can consist of as little as some concealer and mascara, that doesn't quite cut the mustard for me, so here's my take on the minimal, fuss free, makeup look. 

As long as my skincare does it's job in the morning, I skip primer and head straight to the good stuff. 

I opt for the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water for it's effortless application, and natural finish on the skin. I can apply this with my fingers, it doesn't cake up, and blends seamlessly. The key is to find a tinted base which is as close to your skin tone as possible, to ensure you get a smooth blend every time. 

I'm a big fan of this stuff for everyday wear. It tends to stay on my skin longer than other tinted, or BB, products I've used in the past, and it let's my natural skin shine through. It's light coverage for sure, but does do a nice job at evening out the skin tone. 

I can't go without concealer, that's a given, so again I opt for something lightweight which will blend effortlessly. For me, that's the Bobbi Brown Intensive  Skin Serum Concealer. I love this as it has the perfect amount of coverage wrapped up in a lovely hydrating formula. With under-eye concealers I tend to grab something which is a shade or two lighter than my natural skin tone, this will brighten up the area and make you look more awake. 

If you know me by now, you know I love cream products. I know that some people just can't get on with them, but I am the total opposite, they are my vice! 

As a bronzer, I take the Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour onto my Beauty Blender and apply that to the usual places - the cheekbones, temples and jaw line. I take this a bit higher on the cheekbones than usual, to give me a sun kissed look. I think this looks really beautiful and healthy on the skin. 

I've reverted back to an old favourite for my blush. The Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera is a lovely coral-pink shade which looks gorgeous on the skin. It's quite a tacky formula, but I find it stays on the skin a long time and creates a nice glow. I definitely want to pick up a few more of these as I'm obsessed with the formula. I use this with my Beauty Blender also - it's quite the multi-use tool!! 

I do apply a touch of highlighter, nothing too crazy as the rest of my base if fairly light. For this I grab my Glossier Haloscope in Quartz. This is a lovely, sheer, champagne shade which leaves a natural glow. I warm this up with my fingers and apply from there. If you go straight from the tube and stripe this on your skin, you may find it will lift any product underneath, so fingers are best with this one.

I think the eyes is where you can save the most time. A coat of mascara will do the trick - but there are a couple more steps I like to do to really define the eye area.

The first is to give your brows a bit of attention. I don't faff with a pencil or anything when I'm trying to keep things minimal. Instead I'll simply apply a few strokes of a brow gel and call it a day. Any tinted gel will work great at adding a little volume and depth to the brows, as well as setting them in place. Glossier Boy Brow is my personal favourite for this!

Onto another cream product...this time I'm recommending the Chanel Ombre Premier Shadow in Undertone. A more pricey option, but this shade is the perfect everyday colour to add a slight sheen to the eyes. The taupe shade gives a lovely amount of pigment, and as it's a cream it's really easy to apply and blend.

Next, curl those lashes!!

Mascara is quite an important step. It can really make the difference, especially when it comes to looking more awake. I've been loving the L'Oreal Lash Paradise to give me a nice amount of volume, as well as separating and lasting all day!

Final touch is of course lips. I've been loving Glossier's Cake which is a natural nude shade, but you could really use any colour you like! The beauty of keeping things nice a natural everywhere else, is that it will compliment any lip shade you may be feeling that day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018
The Only Blush Formula You Need This Spring/Summer.

The Only Blush Formula You Need This Spring/Summer.

I am a huge cream blush advocate. You will always find them floating around my makeup bags when Spring and Summer hit. There's just something so flawless about the dewiness of cream products that make your skin look healthy and radiant.

I've had the Glossier Cloud Paints in my arsenal for a while now, and since Spring has sprung, I'm really getting my usage out of these.

First off, the packaging is super cute. I love how they didn't go with a classic pan, instead they went with a design fairly unique to the industry. 

The word on the street is these were based off little tubs of paint (hence the name) as the found of Glossier, Emily Weiss, loves to mix them together to create custom shades. 

I think that's a great idea and they are really easy to use in that way. I would say to buy a little glass palette though as you will want something to mix the colours on which isn't your hand - they can get a bit messy that's all.

If you do end up purchasing these and only take one thing away from this post, let it be this; a little goes a long way!! You will waste so much product if you squeeze more than a pin prick sized amount of these. They're really lovely to build, so don't go ham on your first use. 

With that aside, that formula is gorgeous and I adore them for that effortless flush of colour. 

Just for reference, the product I've squeezed out on the right is waaayyy to much. I just did it for the photo, you literally need a quarter of that. 

Anywho, back to the review. 

They have four shades in total, Beam, Dusk, Puff and Haze. I have three, Haze is the only one I'm missing, but I have a feeling I may pick that up when Autumn rolls around as it's a gorgeous berry/purple shade. 

Beam is one I've been using the most lately. It's a gorgeous coral shade which pairs beautifully with a warm bronzy eye and nude lip. This is a lovely one to wear in the Summer months and I know it's going to be coming with me on my summer holidays. 

Dusk is more of a neutral shade, it works beautifully as a bronzer/blush hybrid as the undertone is very neutral and leans more on the tan side. If you are a fan of minimal makeup, and maybe don't wear loads of cheek products, this would be a great one to pick up. I love to mix this with the other two as well to deepen up the colours. 

The final one in my collation is Puff - a baby pink shade. I struggle with this one on it's own. I'm not a massive girly pink blush wearer, but this mixed in with Dusk gives a lovely rosy tone to the cheeks. If you're a fan of pink cheeks, I think you'll like this, but it's not quite my cup of tea. If you sit in a similar camp to me and own Dusk as well, try combining the two, I think you'll be impressed! 

Let me know if you've tried these yourself, and what your favourite shade is! 

Friday, May 11, 2018
A Cleansing Favourite.

A Cleansing Favourite.

As far as skincare goes, cleanser is the one product I will buy multiple of all the time. I have so so many (and only reach for one or two of course... ) but I still get really excited when it comes to trying out something new. A little background on my skin - it's fairly dry/combo. Some days I have more dry patches than others, and I do get an oily t-zone from time to time too. I don't have super problematic skin, so no acne or major sensitivities. I feel very lucky for that, but my skin is still nowhere near perfect. 

So I first tried the Fresh Soy Cleanser a year or so ago. I was given a mini at Sephora and I fell in love with it instantly. Before I was using the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which I do still adore, but this is the first cleanser which has rivalled that. Big claims, big claims. 

Consistency wise, I haven't used a cleanser like it. It's nothing groundbreaking, a simple gel formula, but I would have normally always reached for something creamier, hence why it's a one of kind in my collection. As it is more gel-like, I thought it would dry my skin out, but it's quite the opposite. It's such a nourishing product which leaves my skin glowing every time. I reach for this mainly in the mornings as it is amazing at setting my skin up for the day. My skin feels so supple, soothed and balanced afterwards.

So let's run through a few of the key ingredients so you can get more of an idea as to what this gem does for the skin...
One of the most prominent ingredients is amino acid-rich soy - this helps to maintain the skins elasticity, so a great one for keeping your skin super youthful and plump! It also contains Rosewater and Cucumber which are really soothing and offer lots of hydration, as well as Borage seed which nourishes. All in all, some fab ingredients there, and ones you don't see all the time in every other cleanser.

I of course use this alongside my Foreo Luna Play. Literally the best product I've ever purchased for my skin. I really need to pick up the bigger, rechargeable one, but I haven't got round to that yet. This really has changed my skin for the better. If you suffer with any form of texture, blackheads, dry skin, this will sort you out. It is exfoliating, but not in a harsh way. The silicone bristles gently buff the skin, resulting in a deeper cleanse and an even more glowy complexion.

Monday, May 07, 2018
Three Spring Bases.

Three Spring Bases.

We have finally been hit with some glorious weather here in the UK. The sun is truly shining, so naturally I wanted to share some spring-like favourites with you we can all enjoy. I hate feeling like a have loads of makeup on my skin when it's hot. That sticky, sweaty feeling is not nice, so why make that 10 times worse with 10 layers of foundation? 

Day-to-day I do still like to apply my normal routine, especially when I'm still stuck in the UK living that 9-5 life. If I was on holiday, it would be a different story, and I would wear a maximum of 3 products per day...more on that when I actually am sunning it up in a different part of the world. 

So yes, Spring bases, what do I look for? Well, I like something very light-weight, blendable and buildable, and something which looks good all day long. Let's move on to my weapons of choice.

So for those of you who like a little bit of coverage I think the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation is one to check out. Not only do they have a fab shade range, but the formula is weightless on the skin and looks super natural.

I reach for this one the most at the moment, it's such an easy foundation to blend, making it the perfect everyday go-to. I normally use this with a damp beauty blender to keep it very fresh and lightweight. It does work well with fingers too if you're in a pinch.

If you had to pick up just one of the three bases I'm mentioning and you don't mind spending a little more, I think this BB one if amazing. 

I always like to throw in a more affordable option into these types of post - not to fill a gap, but to highlight that you don't always have to splash to cash to get great results. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is a classic, and a great example of the drugstore getting things totally right. 

This is a wonderful, lightweight foundation which offers a medium coverage. This feels really lovely on the skin, it's no thick at all and it leaves such a gorgeous dewy finish. I always opt for a dewier foundation in the Spring as they make your complexion look so healthy and naturally radiant. Again, like the BB foundation, the beauty bender is what I use with this. It's just the best tool in my opinion and works with the majority of foundations. I use the serum/gel formula so it's really hydrating which is super important. 

If you like a base which has a little bit more coverage, or something which you can rock in the evenings, the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder is a great one. This is slightly thicker in consistency than the previous two, but it's still dewy and doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. I absolutely love CT base products, this one in particular makes your skin look flawless, but still like your skin. Dreamy right?

I love to mix this in with glowy primers or liquid highlighters to give off that lit-from-within look we all want and crave. It's the perfect foundation for mixing as it 
it will still provide coverage and stay all day, just with that added dose of radiance. 
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
New In Skincare; Thank You Farmer.

New In Skincare; Thank You Farmer.

Finding new skincare is something that excites me greatly. I love it, and how it makes me (and my skin) feel when I discover a new favourite. Everyone knows that Korean skincare is a huge trend in the industry, and their brands are highly sort after. I was contact by Murmura, an online UK retailer which specialises in innovative and high-quality Korean beauty. Basically, your one-stop-shop to great skin. They kindly sent over a few bits for me to try - and of course I will be keeping it real and telling you my own views and opinions on each product.

After having a look through their site, one brand in particular caught my eye - Thank You Farmer. I've seen this brand floating around, and it looked and sounded like something I would really enjoy. It's a great brand which promote simple skincare for the everyday consumer, as well as using a range of naturally derived ingredients. So, let's get to the products, shall we? 

Now, I must admit, I'm not a huge miceller/cleansing water kind of gal. But, I did of course want to give the Thank You Farmer Cleansing Water a go so I could see how it performed.

I've used the classics from Garnier, Nivea, and so on, and I was never sold. They would always sting a little too much around the eyes for my liking so I rarely reached for them again. I'm happy to report this doesn't sting the eye area at all. It removes traces of makeup really well, especially if you're into your low-maintence products. 

It's packed full of natural plant extracts which help break down makeup, without leaving your skin feeling tight or stripped. 

I have actually been using this more in the morning. I find it the perfect, quick cleanse, before I move onto the rest of my skincare and makeup application. 

The Foaming Gel Cleanser is another cleansing pick from the range. The site does recommend to use this first (if you're using it in conjunction with the cleansing water), but I actually found the Cleansing Water more effective and gentle at removing makeup around the eye area, so I'll go in with their Foaming Cleanser as a second step. I do like this, I found it left my skin feeling very clean and refreshed but without that tight, squeaky clean feeling. If you have an oily skin type, I think this would be a nice cleanser to add to your routine. I will continue to use this every now and then, when my skin is breaking out, or I have a lot of congestion, but it hasn't quite made it to my everyday stash. 

Murmura do have a very cool cleansing device which I was super excited, and intrigued, to try out. It's called their Pore Cleansing Brush, and is packed with charcoal infused bamboo bristles which help to clean out your pores. This is a great little tool to use alongside your cleanser. It's so so soft, and very gentle on the skin. If you live in a city, this will work wonders to tackle the effects of pollution. If you use the code "BYMILLIE"you will receive a free Pore Cleansing Brush with your first order. The site has some wonderful products on offer, so it's definitely worth a quick look. 

There are two more products to go, and I think I've saved the best till last.

The Thank You Farmer True Water Deep Toner is something I have been using everyday as part of my morning skincare routine.

This is very different to a traditional toner. It hasn't got that strong alcohol vibe, where you can smell it a mile off, and worry that it may be burning your skin. It's such a hydrating, nourishing product, amazing for dry skin.

I would say this is similar to an essence, a skincare product which has been doing the rounds lately. The formula is a liquid-gel consistency, so it's a lot more soothing on the skin.

I always pop this on using a cotton pad, and it leaves my skin feeling so soft, and looking very glowy and plumped.

The packaging is gorgeous too. It has a handy pump, and the glass bottle makes it feel super luxe - although not very travel friendly!

The True Water Deep Serum is another one which has crept into my morning routine. I'm a huge serum fan, I use them every morning without fail. They're a great way to add moisture to the skin, without using a thick and heavy cream. 

Filled with aloe vera, hydrating sodium hyaluronate and cell supporting ceramics, it helps maintain a youthful complexion as well as plumping the skin. It sinks in really well too, making this a great morning skincare addition. 

Make sure to check out Marmura if you're on the look out for some new skincare bits. If you do make a purchase, don't forget to use the code "BYMILLIE" for your free Pore Cleansing Brush. 

Let me know if you've tried out any Thank You Farmer products, and if so, what did you love? 

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Makeup Bag Must-Haves For Spring.

Makeup Bag Must-Haves For Spring.

I get so excited for spring, especially when it comes to updating my makeup bag. Tis the season for dewy skin and bold lips, am I right?! It's currently about 26 degrees in England, which is warm for us Brits lemme tell you. As I'm slowing switching up my wardrobe for spring, my makeup naturally follows, so here's some bits I've been throwing on my face.

I've started to skip primer lately- crazy I know - but I've got another and slightly easier way to inject a bit of glow. I've been mixing together the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter, with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. These look gorgeous on their own, but mixed together they give a perfect, airbrushed and super dewy look. The CT Filter is a stunning base product which sits somewhere between a tinted moisturiser and a very glowy primer. It has a doe foot applicator which makes it really easy to apply to the skin. Once I've dotted that around my face, I'll blend it out with the Bobbi foundation. They mix beautifully together and I love the finish this gives to the skin.

For concealer, I've been using a bit of the Bourjois Radiance Concealer. I have this in a fairly light shade, so it works wonders under the eyes! It doesn't crease, and blends beautifully.

I'm not always one to use powder, buuut, when I do I will reach for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. These are great for keeping your skin glowy, but setting your foundation in place. A light dusting of this and I know my base will look flawless all day long.

I always love a creamy cheek product. From bronzer to highlight, pretty much everything I reach for on the daily is a cream formulation. I start by taking the Clinique Chubby Contour Stick around the face. I pop this in the usual places - under the cheekbones, jaw line and around the forehead. I love the shade of this, it's not too orange, nor too grey, and it blends out really well. I also love this underneath foundation for that ultimate bronzed finish. 

Colour wise, I love the Glossier Cloud Paints, I mean who doesn't? Beam and Puff have been my go-tos. The former is a lovely coral, and the Puff is a beautiful light pink. They apply really well and again, blend like a dream. A little goes a long way, so apply with caution! 

For my highlight I have been obsessed (!!!) with the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand. If you like her powder highlight, I think you'll love this too. It has her signature golden/champagne glow but in a liquid formulation. The only thing I don't like about this is the packaging. It has a twist top where you squeeze the product out of - I find it gets really messy!! That aside, I will still continue to reach for this all the time.

I really take a step back when it comes to eyes. I find I prefer to focus my energy on my base, as well as opting for a bolder lip shade. With that in mind, the Tarte In Bloom Eye Palette is the perfect palette for a natural, low maintenance look. I mainly dip into the top row which has a lovely highlight shade, a shimmery bronze for the lid, and a deep chocolate brown to use as a liner. You can pretty much slap these shades on and go. They are easy to blend and all the shades compliment each other, so no need to dip in and out of other palettes! 

I have two lip products I have already been wearing loads, and I will continue to shove in my bag so I'm never without them. 

Hourglass Lip Stylos are beautiful, super easy to apply, and the colour range is gorgeous. I have the shade Creator which is a lovely rosy pink shade (bottom swatch). These don't last ages, but they add a nice natural sheen to the lips which I love in the spring. 

I also have the Fresh Sugar Balm in Berry. This isn't too dissimilar to the Hourglass Stylo, but it has more a purple hue. These smell amazing, and are super hydrating on the lips. (top swatch) I love how easy they are to build - you can either go with a light flush of colour, or build it up to a more intense finish. 

Monday, April 16, 2018
A Mascara That's Out Of This World? Benefit Bad Gal Bang Review.

A Mascara That's Out Of This World? Benefit Bad Gal Bang Review.

It's no secret the Benefit Cosmetics go big when launching a new mascara. And in this case, we're not just talking about all the marketing, events and PR that have surrounded this product, but the formula itself will do BIG things. 

There have been many mixed reviews on this, so I thought why not add mine. I did kindly get sent this from the team at Benefit UK, but that doesn't sway my opinion. I've also just noticed I haven't even mentioned the product name at all...Benefit Bad Gal Bang of course! 

When they released this on their social media platforms, the initial photo stirred up a lot of negative comments. I was hesitate to give it a go, as I know a lot of people say it leans more on the clumpy side of voluminous. I do like volume, so I wanted to see the results I got. 

I was fairly light handed on the application, I must admit. With that being said, I do think that is the way to go. If you have too much product on the wand, it will become too wet and the lashes will start to stick together a little. I wiped off some of the initial product and I was happy with the results. 

In the picture below you can see that it has clumped a little at the ends. If this really bothers you, you can can always grab a lash comb and brush through them. I don't hate this look personally, and I find you can only really notice if you're really up close, otherwise they do just look extra voluminous. 

Another note on the application process, this isn't a mascara you want to apply in a rush. I really took my time to comb the wand through my lashes, which helps to keep them as separated as possible.

Unfortunately I didn't find it as long lasting as I was hoping I would. It did transfer under my eyes which was a bit of a shame.

The science behind this mascara is definitely what makes it different to other volumising formulas on the market. It contains aero-particles which is a super super lightweight material, but still manages to deliver voluminous results.

The wand is plastic, and has short bristles either side which taper at the tip.

I'm not head over heels for the packaging, the rubber bottle (similar to NARS) has a nice feel to it, but it gets dirty way too easily in my makeup bag. There's only so much you can do with a mascara tube so let's look past that!!

Will I be reaching for it again? Yes, but only when I'm in the mood for a more intense eye look!

I would be really intrigued to hear you thoughts on this? Do you like it, or find it's too much?