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?