Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Beauty Haulin'.

Beauty Haulin'.

So with my summer holiday literally around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to pick up some new beauty bits. I’ve had my eye on a few of these bits for a while now, and I’m so happy I finally added them to my beauty stash! Safe to say, so far I’m head over heels for everything I purchased – don’t you just love it when that happens?! – and thought I must share the love! So here we go, a few new beauty bits for summer, enjoy!

I haven’t picked a new concealer since I’ve been using the NARS Soft Matte – I just never felt the need as that one was so great. For holiday wear, I do like something a tad sheerer and more lumoious, so I forked out for the Burberry Sheer Concealer. This is one of those pen applicators that you click up and the product disperses through the little brush. I really like these concealers as they tend to be more light-weight under the eyes. With that being said, they can also blend out to practically nothing, this however is the perfect balance between the two. It’s light-enough that it doesn’t feel too heavy under the eyes, but it also offers more coverage than most other concealers of this kind. That’s a huge win in my eyes, aaaand it doesn’t crease - could we really ask for anything more?! Burberry isn’t cheap, but I certainty find you get what you pay for with this.

I picked up a new product from Keihl's, one of my favourite ever brands for skincare. They are dabbling in the primer scene, and I’m here for it! When they released their Glow Moisturiser it looked right up my street, and coming from Kiehl’s I knew it would be packed full of beneficial ingredients. I expected this to be quite a pearly product, but it’s actually the opposite. It has a slight tint to it, so it helps to even out the complexion, as well as brighten. It’s not super super glowy, but it looks lovely under tinted bases, or on it’s own for a minimal makeup look. I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this loads, as I do have primers of this nature that I prefer, but I’m happy I picked it up.

This one I’m really excited about. I saw so many people rave about the Hourglass Cream Cheek Trio last year and it looked right up my street. As you may know I’m a huge fan of cream products, especially when it comes to the cheeks, so when Hourglass released this I was all smiles. The only draw back is the shades (the bronzer more specifically) aren’t super universal. If you have a medium skin tone, I think you’ll be fine, but for darker complexions I don’t think this will do a lot. The bronzer is a medium warm tone, doesn’t contain any shimmer and it’s so easy to blend. I usually grab my Beauty Blender for this and just bop it over my cheeks, temples, and a touch on my forehead. The formula is really creamy, yet stays put! I was really excited about the blush shade in here, it’s the perfect summer pinky peach. Again, it doesn’t contain shimmer, but the creaminess leaves such a gorgeous sheen to the cheeks. A Beauty Blender again will do the trick with this. As for the highlight, I tend to use my fingers for optimum colour pay off. It’s beautiful for every day, leaving the cheekbones with a lit from within glow. The light champagne tone works wonderfully on my complexion and it blends nicely over the other products.

You can never go wrong with a good old Charlotte Tilbury lip pencil, and I was after a new one to add to my stash. I picked up the shade Supersize Me which I believe is a fairly new release. This a shade or two darker than the famous Pillow Talk, so it adds a really nice amount of definition to the lips and is a lovely base for any nude, or pink lippie. These glide on and aren’t drying at all. Definitely worth checking out!

I picked up a mini of the Sachajuan Hair Repair which will be perfect for popping in my travel bag! This is a leave in product which nourishes and hydrates the hair. Even though I picked this up with the intention of travelling with it, I have used it a couple of times just to see how I like it. I’m a big lover of leave in products for my hair, and this one is a great option if you suffer with dry ends. It’s a thick formulation which I apply to the lengths and ends of my hair when it’s damp. It smells lovely and fresh, and once my hairs dry it feels silky smooth. There are a lot of these types of products on the market, but this is more intense than others I’ve tried which is perfect if you put your hair through a lot! I’m excited to continue using this when I go away. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Travel Minis You Need In Your Stash.

Travel Minis You Need In Your Stash.

So I've been on a couple of trips over the past month or so, and I have a few more before the year is up. I'm a real 'only travelling with hand luggage' convert as of late, and with that comes the issue of packing my entire beauty routine into a little plastic zip lock bag. Luckily for me, my boyfriend who I normally travel with basically packs a deodorant and aftershave, so I can always shove some in his bag too. Thank god for low maintenance men eh? 

Travel minis are adorable, and I'm quite the hoarder. I always keep them from beauty boxes, gifts with purchases etc etc, and I love collating a little bag together when the time comes. Anywho, I feel like this may be a long one so lets get into it! 

Skincare: I'm not going to cover everything I use/take with me, but these are just a few bits I feel like would be great for anyones travel beauty stash. I have normal-dry skin which can get a tad oily in the summer, so the following products work great for me. 
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist: This is a gem of a product to have with you when travelling. On the plane, on the way to your hotel, after a long day in the sun, this will literally make your skin feel amazing despite the environmental challenges. The mist is super fine - so it's easy to go overboard - and the scent is a lovely rosy spa kind of smell, very comforting and relaxing. I love how this makes my skin feel after sitting on a plane, it's the hydrating boost it desperately needs. The full size is hella pricey, so I'd definitely recommend picking up this mini regardless of if you're travelling or not. 
Clinique All About Eyes: I'm a huge Clinique skincare fan, and since getting their Christmas advent calendar last year, I still have a few minis floating about. This eye cream is fab for hydrating and giving a good base for makeup. I'm not too fussy with eye creams - I mainly look for something lightweight which offers a good dose of hydration. This ticks those boxes so into the travel bag it goes! 

Makeup: I always pack way too much makeup when I go away, I just like to have options...I can find base products take up so much room, so I'm thankful to have a few minis I can take instead of the full sizers. 
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow: I love this product for everyday use. It sits wonderfully underneath foundation, and gives the skin a lovely lit from within glow. I can be quite heavy handed with this, but it never looks to disco ball like! 
Erborian CC Cream: This is very new to my stash, but I love it for that effortless summer makeup look. It's not a stand out as far as coverage goes, but the feel and finish is lovely and very natural. It comes out the tube as a white cream with little grey beads in, it will then blend in with your skin tone to even and cover the skin. This smells very heavily of suncream which is interesting...buuut it has SPF25 so thats a bonus I suppose. 
Benefit Hoola: This is the cutest little bronzer ever. Hoola is such a classic product, it's a beautiful bronzer which adds such a nice amount of warmth to the skin. It's matte, so you can use it as more of contour as well. The mid-tone brown works great for my skin, even when I have a bit of a tan. 
It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara: I got this as a free sample when I purchased the CC cream from Selfridges, so it's definitely worth asking for one of you too are making a purchase! I love love love this mascara, it's quickly become one of my all time favourites and I'm 100% going to be picking up the full size. It gives the lashes so much volume, but separates them too and makes them look amazingly defined a fluttery. It's the perfect mascara if you want a bit of everything, and it doesn't smudge! It's not a waterproof formula, so if you are in and out the pool, or at the beach with this on, I would be a bit careful. 

Hair: My hair can really take a battering when I'm away. Being exposed to the sun, and in a out of the pool it can leave it quite damaged and lifeless, so there a couple of bits I like to have on hand to combat that. 
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: I'm never without a dry shampoo, my roots can get really oily at times, especially if I'm sweating it out in the heat - nice image there Millie... This is the one I currently have, it's really nice and does the job, but I think I'll just purchase the classic Batiste next time as it's only a couple of quid. I do like the Living Proof Perfect Day Hair range mind, they all smell lovely and fresh and leave my hair feeling healthy and clean. 
Ouai Wave Oil: I love this, it's the perfect holiday hair companion. It smells like summer, and this will give you those beachy hair vibes we all crave. I tend to pop this on damp hair and I don't find it drys crispy at all. If you're using it on dry hair, use it sparingly as it can make your hair ever so slightly stiff and it kind of feels like you need to wash it out straight away. A couple of spritz on your lengths and ends will do the trick, and leave your locks beautifully tousled. 

Body: I'm all about supple, nourished skin the summer. I hate having dry skin, especially on my arms and legs, so I will always spend some extra time in the evenings making sure everything is as moisturised as can be. 
Nuxe Golden Shimmer Dry Body Oil: I really love Nuxe as a brand, they do body products extremely well, and they all smell amazing! This is a lovely body product to use in the evenings before heading out for dinner. If gives a gorgeous glow to the skin, as well as adding a touch more bronze to your limbs. To be honest, I don't really tan very well, I'll go a few shades darker but nothing crazy, so products like this are great for faking it. I will apply this after I've got dressed, but it doesn't transfer or sit on the skin. 
L'Occitane Almond Body Concentrate: I have the full size of this too, and it's one of my favourite body moisturisers. It's so super moisturising which is exactly what my skin needs after being the sun all day, it also smells divine as the name would suggest. Their body range is fantastic, and I'd highly recommend picking this up of you haven't tried it already. It sinks in beautiful and leaves you smelling, and feeling, great!