Sunday, 23 July 2017

New In...Morphe Brush Haul

There are so many different types of brushes I still need, but I tend to stick to the same Sigma or Real Techniques. They’re great, but I get bored so easily and even though I clean my brushes every week or two, I need variety. You know?

Since I can’t buy Morphe makeup, I stick to their brushes!

(Left to right) New to my collection is the R2, a beautiful big tapered fluffy brush, which I rather enjoy using for bronzer. I mistakenly bought this instead of the R0, which is larger and the one I wanted. But this will do for now!

Also, there’s the goat hair R10, a dense cheek brush with the softest bristles, and the R13 which is similar to the Real Techniques Contour Brush but narrower, with slightly longer bristles.

I’m quite excited by the eye brushes, because I needed tiny brushes for detailed work in my crease and below my lower last line. For that, I now have the R43, the R41, and the R42!

I’ll admit to being pleasantly surprised by Morphe’s Rose Gold Collection.

It took me the longest time to buy any, but I rather like everything I’ve tried. Which will teach me a lesson about judging brushes by their online thumbnails!

I like the feel and weight of them, and the rose gold design. But I do wish the bristles were more cohesive. Between the synthetic and goat hair bristles in the collection, I much prefer the latter even though the fluffier of the synthetic I’ve tried still do a beautiful job.

Do you have any favourite Morphe brushes?

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Deconstructing the face

I don’t do heat.

I grew up in the Mediterranean, and while that sounds dreamy to most, the feeling of melting from the inside is all too familiar! That’s why I moved to London. The promise of overcast skies and rain every other day? Sign me up!

I explained my base in detail when I posted about my Every Day Face. I’m obsessed with a flawless base, mostly because it covers my redness, melasma, hyperpigmentation, and heavily set dark circles, and I just love the process of doing it all!

Then again, it’s been so hot recently that I couldn’t stand the feeling of sweat running down my face, so foundation had to step aside.

Bare skin I’m not afraid of. But going bare at work was a frightening thought.

On a whim, I mixed Estee Lauder CC Crème with REN Vita Mineral Moisturising Cream and Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and I quite like the result! Being me, I still used Double Wear Concealer and baked with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, and went ahead with my usual eye, contour and highlight.

I’ve figured it’s not the worst thing after all, trying different complexion products and relaxing a little bit. I use very little foundation anyway, and mostly to cover redness, and I rely on concealer for the rest. And you know, maybe this is the best time to finally try the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops if I miss the coverage that much.

Do you make any changes when it’s too hot?

Monday, 3 July 2017

My sleepless night counter measures

I love a Sunday pamper routine. Don’t we all?

It includes a gritty exfoliator, the Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask I spoke about here, a fruit enzyme brightening mask, and a pore clarifying charcoal strip that does absolutely nothing I’ve come to realise!

After all of this, plus an overlong shower, a scalp detox and super hydrating conditioner, and a thorough blow dry and straightening session, it’s no wander I’m too lazy to bother with my nails. But hey, being a girl is fun, right?

My aim in doing all of this, is to walk into work on Monday feeling myself. But like clockwork, I always have the worst night’s sleep on Sundays!

Knowing that, most of my Sunday pamper efforts are to help me look less like a zombie when I walk through that door. Kind of like an insurance policy!

Monday night is when I put things right.

I use the Philip Kingsley Elasticiser for a heavy dose of hydration my hair will need after washing and straightening it two days in a row.

When I feel overtired or under the weather, I prefer bath and body products with rich and warm scents. Right now, Laura Mercier’s Crème Brulée Honey Bath and Souffle Body Crème fit the bill.

In danger of going overboard with those radiance products, I don’t have any problem using both REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and Vichy’s Idealia Peeling, despite the levels of glycolic and lactic acids.

Just like that, I’m a different person on Tuesdays!

Do you have any favourites to hide the signs of sleepless nights?
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