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.