Monday, August 13, 2018
End of Summer Minimal Makeup Favourites.

End of Summer Minimal Makeup Favourites.

I wasn't really sure what to call this post...I didn't want to do a complete full face - you know with brows, mascara and all - but I also don't have a lot of new products to share. With that in mind, I thought I'd just do a quick rundown of some bits I'm currently really liking for this time of year, hence the all over the place title. 

Overall my makeup taste at this time of year is simple, quick, and I use products which can do it all. I love to grab a palette or two, a nice all over lid shade and a multipurpose base to give me a completed look using minimal products. 

For a quick base I simply mix the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. This concoction will leave your skin dewy, fresh, and flawless. I've seen a lot of mixed feelings about the CT Flawless Filter, and there seems to be a million and one ways to use it which I think is confusing some people. Personally I use it as a primer, one dunk and I swipe the applicator all over my face. It gives a beautiful glow to the skin, and a slight tint to get the makeup ball rolling. The Bobbi Brown foundation layers great on top to give a dash more coverage, so for me this is a no brainer. 

On my cheeks, surprise surprise, I'm using my much loved Hourglass Cream Cheek Trio which has been everywhere with me this summer. If you're a fan of cream products, this is 100% a palette you need in your collection. For my fair-medium skin tone all these shades work wonders. The bronzer adds a gorgeous shadow, the blush is the perfect pinky peach, and the highlighter is a lovely everyday shimmery shade. You can either go in with a light hand, or build up the intensity, which is a plus in my books as it's very user friendly. Another cream product I've been reaching for is the Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam. This is a lovely pale coral which is a perfect summer shade. You need such a small amount of these you wouldn't believe, but they blend beautifully and last really well on the cheeks.

On my eyes I've been obsessed with the Charlotte Tilbury Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette, it's the perfect bronze for me! These are so so easy to apply, you can either go in with a brush, or your fingers, both blend very well and apply a good amount of colour. This has a lovely sheen to it, without being full of glitter, it definitely leans more metallic. This is one of those one-shadow-wonders which I'm all about, they're the best thing for when you're in a rush. Let me know if there are any other shades of these you love as the formula gets a big thumbs up from me.

Lastly, I can't not talk about a lip product, and you're a fan of a tinted balm, listen up! The Fresh Sugar Balms are some of my faves. They actually offer a really good whack of pigment for the type of of product they are, and for the amount of hydration they offer. I recently picked up the shade Tulip and it's a gorgeous deep pink shade, a really good transitional colour which I know I'm going to be wearing non-stop. 

Thursday, August 09, 2018
Why I Always Double Cleanse.

Why I Always Double Cleanse.

Skincare as a whole is a huge contributor to good skin, of course, we all know that by now. I'm partial to a luxury oil, or a savvy moisturiser, but at the end of the day if you're not cleansing you skin properly you may as well forget all that. Whether you wear makeup, or not, cleansing is a crucial first step to maintaing clear, and glowy skin and should not be skipped. 

Now double cleansing is one step further, and if you wear makeup day to day, listen up. No matter how effective you feel your makeup remover is, you'll be surprised at how much residue is actually left over. If you follow with a toner, you may already notice all that foundation-toned gunk which shows up on the cotton's not pretty. By following your makeup remover with another cleanser, you will dramatically reduce the amount of makeup left on the skin, and therefore leave a clean canvas for your other skincare to sit on top. 

Phase one:
When it comes to the first step, makeup removal, I'm a huge fan of either an oil or balm cleanser. I feel these work wonders for not only breaking down makeup, but leaving my skin feeling nourished afterwards. Now, this can lull you into a false sense of security by not feeling the need to follow with a second cleanse as your skin is already feeling amazing, but don't stop there. 

There are a lot of cleansing oils on the market these days, and I’ve been using the Dermalogica Precleanse over the past few days and I’m really loving it. It has a beautiful lightweight formula which breaks down makeup, and leaves your skin feeling clean and nourished, something I really look for in a makeup remover – I can’t stand that tight/stripped feeling some leave.  The smell of this is absolutely divine, it’s like you’re having a facial at your favourite spa, it’s very very calming. One pump does the job for me, I simply massage it in then rinse away with warm water. As the smell is truly spa like, this would also make a great evening cleanser, even if you don’t wear makeup!

Phase two:
To follow that I have a few cleansers which I keep in my bathroom at all times. The one I’m mentioning today is the much loved Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. I’m sure you’ve heard everyone and their dog talk about this stuff, but for good reason, it’s a bloody beauty. I take a couple of pumps and massage that in with my Foreo Luna to ensure I’m really getting a good, deep cleanse. Once you start to mix this with water it transforms into a beautiful creamy texture which will leave your skin brightened and hydrated. This is also a good cleasner to use in the morning as it always leaves a nice glow to the complexion. If you suffer with blackheads, or texture on the skin, a Foreo is a great little gadget to invest in! It will make your cleasner work that little bit harder, and give you better results. I’m obsessed with mine!