Monday, 16 May 2016

My Spring Night Time Rotation

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I always struggle to revive my skin after the harsh early months of the year, and before Spring allergies inevitably set in. It’s an awkward phase, but if I’m going to be red-nosed and swollen, I’d at least like my skin to look its best.

The thing is, by now I know which products I can rely on to revive my skin. I always strip back my routine to a few essentials for a little bit, before I add new products to my routine, because that’ll give me a better idea of what I need to.

So this is my line-up when I’m in dire straits.

Well-rested, plump, and radiant looking skin for me, starts before I go to bed.

The most important thing is to take off the day entirely, and I can’t do without Oskia’s Renaissance Cleansing Gel for that. My skin feels hydrated after I’ve cleansed, without any residue left from its oily texture, and it removes every trace of makeup.

Toner is my favourite part of my routine, and Eucerin’s Clarifying Toner is the gentlest I’ve tried. Toners have to be hydrating and non-irritating, and this just leaves my skin feeling quenched. If I could submerge my face into a sink full of this every day, I would feel like a queen!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment withAvocado goes on straight after, and before anything heavier. I’ve somewhat made peace with my fine lines, but keeping my under eye area hydrated goes a long way in reducing how harsh they appear.

REN is my favourite skin care brand. The Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate does incredible things! It brightens, helps keep the signs of ageing at bay, and it drastically improves the overall appearance of my skin. It’s also not heavy at all, so I can still add REN’s Wake Up Wonderful Night-Time Facial once a week, for an added boost of hydration. It’s good sleep, a youthful glow, and great nutrition in a tube!

Lastly, comes Trilogy’s Age Proof Replenishing Night Cream. It’s laced with Rosehip oil, chamomile, sweet almond, camellia, Aloe Vera and evening primrose oil, amongst a whole host of other skin boosting ingredients, and quite frankly it’s my favourite product I own!

As you can tell, I rely heavily on natural oils in my skin care routine, and I also prefer natural, non-irritating and paraben free products. REN’s synthetic retinoid even fits into this category, and I can’t recommend their products enough. So far, I’m also getting along well with Malin+ Goetz’s Lip Moisturiser, another oil rich product.

I definitely need an anti-ageing eye and face serum to add to this line-up, so I’ll be doing my research in the next few weeks. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

What are your fail-safe products this Spring?


Monday, 9 May 2016

New Beauty Buys

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I’ve been so cut off from the world of beauty and blogging for a good long while now, and it’s been so incredibly boring!

Let’s call it job hunting and prioritising, but I’ve had a few things on my shelf for ages that I couldn’t use until I’d photographed, and well, here we finally are.

I was so indecisive about the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani blush palette. I much prefer matte blushers, but Hush alone is the reason I caved. Aside from my huge obsession with Gwen, you know?

I’ve been to a ridiculous number of M&S stores, but most of the Rosie for Autograph Beauty is sold out. As Rosie is my makeup idol, I feel personally victimised, so please sort it out, M&S! For now, I’ve settled on this pretty brush set. The bristles are so incredibly soft and considering what a bargain this set was, £28, they feel very luxurious! I’ve never been a fan of rose gold, but I feel that might be changing.

My hair and hands have been unhappy lately, so I’m planning on immersing myself into twice weekly hair masks, and copious amounts of hand cream. I’ve never tried L’Oreal Elvive masks but this Extraordinary Oil number might be interesting.

For my paws, Hand Chemistry’s HA3: Triple Function Hydrator better do the trick, as the brand doesn’t come cheap. The good thing is, they sell travel sizes like this tube, so you can test before committing to their full-sized versions. This is the second Hand Chemistry product I’ve tried, and I sure hope I like it more than the last.

For brows, I’m loyal to Urban Decay’s Faint eyeshadow, but I’ve dropped my Basics palette so many times that I’m scared to keep using it. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Powder Duo in Ebony seems much darker than I prefer, but I’ll give it a go. It’s so tiny and cute, and hopefully shatterproof!

Lastly, and what I’m most excited about it my Trilogy Age Proof CoQ10 Booster Oil. Trilogy is one of my favourite skin care brands, so anything more of theirs I can try and I’ll surely be happy.

What you have you bought recently?

Saturday, 13 February 2016

My Top 5 Daytime Lipstick Shades

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In the last two years or so, I can count how many times I’ve worn lipstick on my two hands. Shocking, I know!

It’s that last step I always forget. I also have an issue with some dark pigmentation, and I feel very self-conscious when I wear colour. It’s silly, but I guess in a way my lack of colour has been deliberate. To kick those self-doubts to the curb, I’m stepping out with all of my favourite lip shades and it feels so good!

I prefer myself in pinks or dusky rose type shades, and I like shine but I hate gloss. My top five are quite similar, yes, but allow me to explain…

My ride or die is MAC’s Crème inYour Coffee, a dusky pink with brown undertones, and not as bright as it appears swatched. It’s the first MAC lipstick I ever bought, and it’s a Cremesheen. Totally comfortable, ridiculously beautiful, and I can forgive the measly four hour wear time.

YSL’s Rouge Volupte No.1 is a reddish brown glossy shade that I really like, despite how sheer and patchy it is. It’s tame, and I’m a chicken who’s scared of bright reds so it’s a win/win. The formula is quite drying after a few hours, but I like the stain it leaves when it fades so I won’t complain.

When I can’t make up my mind, Revlon’s Lip Butter in Pink Truffle is my fail safe. It’s uber buttery and glossy, and the prettiest baby pink that transfers quite nicely when it finally fades, although it lasts a good long while! If I’m too lazy to re-apply, I’ll just use a lip balm and I’m good to go!

My favourite nude, is Revlon’s Mink. The name says it all, but it doesn’t translate well as a swatch. It’s much deeper, more like a creamy and sultry brown with a very slight reddish undertone. I use it on night’s out too, but it’s just as wearable during the day, and it lasts a long while.

The difference between Rouge Volupte No.1 and No.2 is subtle. So subtle it’s a little ridiculous I bought them both at the same time. But No.2 has a berry tint to it instead of red. It’s like MAC’s Love Thing Mineralize Blush in a lipstick. When it fades, I look punch drunk and I’m not going to lie, I rather like that a lot!

What are your favourite lip shades?
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