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The Skincare Shelf 0.2

October 01, 2017

A new room means a new skincare shelf, and since I've been living in my new house for a few months the time has come to share my current skincare situation. I have to say I am not liking it as much as my previous setup, here. But this is probably down to the fact that I no longer have an ensuite and have to set everything up in my room.

My actual skincare lineup hasn't changed much, I definitely stick to the products I know and love with a couple of newbies thrown into the mix, most notably the Pai Rosehip Oil, Origins GinZing Eye Cream, Origins Original Skin Essence Lotion and the Avene Triacneal Expert Emulsion.

I think that my goal for the future is to create a much more curated skincare shelf, there are so many products that I don't use and so many underloved products that don't get given the time of day due to the constant flow of new products coming along. We will see how that works out in the future, but the shelf could definitely do with a clear out.

What are your favourite skincare products?

A Minimalist Brow Approach

September 27, 2017

My whole makeup routine has started to take more a minimalist approach, my once signature cat eye has been abandoned and heavy contour is a thing of the past in my daily makeup menu. But one thing that never got the whole minimalist treatment was the brows. As someone who has perpetually unruly brows, I have relied heavily on different waxes and gels to keep my brows in place.

Having now accepted the unruly nature of my brows and learnt to just let them be I’ve managed to narrow down my brow routine to just two key products that both shape them and keep them in place for at least a little bit.

I’ve never been one to use brow pencils by the Sephora Brow Pencil completely changed my mind on them, not too creamy but not too firm that it becomes hard to create a smooth and precise line. And the price, along with all the Sephora own-brand products, are super affordable. They also do a great range of colours, my problem has always been that I can’t get a brow pencil cool enough to blend in with my natural brows, but Sephora has done a great job in creating colours that really cater for more people, thumbs up for sure!

Then to really keep everything in place I use the Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Gel. Not only does it make sure my brows stay put, but also makes them look super fluffy – something I am totally on board with as it gives them more bushy vibes and we all know that big brows are in and not going anywhere soon.

Top 3: Bourjois

September 18, 2017
best bourjois products

We can all be found guilty of going crazy for high-end makeup, the packaging and the quality is undeniably amazing (most of the time) but we forget we have the literal gold mines that are the drugstore beauty brands. In this series, I'll be running through the top products from some of my favourite budget beauty brands - first up, Bourjois.

Bourjois has been a top brand for me for a while, we all know and love the Healthy Mix Serum - which is why I didn't include it in this post. But I'm going to go out there and say that the City Radiance foundation might just be better than the cult healthy mix. No matter how hard I try I just can't find a flaw with this foundation, it's not too thick or too thin, the glow is the perfect, coverage - tick. It's all that I could want in a foundation, it just makes my skin look good.

In short, Bourjois base products are just the bomb and I would recommend them over all other drugstore brands. But a top base product for me is the Java Powder - think the Ambient Lighting Powders in loose form. This makes your skin look so glowy without looking like straight up shimmer. I especially love it for under the eyes as it really brightens them up, making me look far more awake.

Final favourite is the Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipsticks, particularly in the shade 10. The formula of this is one of the most comfortable of the liquid lipsticks I have tried, it is definitely more of a cream, almost mousse-like. It doesn't move around too much on the lips and doesn't horrifically dry your lips out - always a plus.

What are your favourite Bourjois products?

The Skincare Menu: September

September 13, 2017
favourite skincare products nuxe embryolisse
It's not often I stick to the same skincare products for very long. My collection is ever-expanding and I always get fixated on the newest products, leaving anything old behind to be forgotten about. But recently I have picked up some new products that seem to have stood the test of time far longer than any before them. So this monthly skincare menu consists of some unusually old(ish) products that I am still loving.
The Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk is a favourite cleanser of mine, being super soft yet still effective. It's more of a second cleanse to really clean your skin and leave it super fresh. Also good for all you sensitive skin girls as the main ingredient is rose. Then in place of a harsher toner I spritz some of the Mario Badescu Facial Spray for some added hydration and to calm any redness.
If you have problems with acne scars and discolouration than the Pai Rosehip Oil is the product for you. Not only is it excellent at fading away any marks that you may have on your skin, but being an oil, it nourishes and hydrates your skin. I have loved using it to help fade some marks that have been left behind by some spots, and I've noticed a huge improvement in the overall clarity of my skin since using this.
When it comes to moisturiser I don't think I'm going to be straying from the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate for a long time. This stuff is seriously the best thing I've ever used, it makes my skin baby soft and really improves the longevity of my makeup upon application. Then finishing everything off with the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream to highlight and awaken my tired eyes.
What is you current skincare menu?

The Morning Eye Rescue

September 02, 2017
Picture me. Early morning, after saying I would go to sleep early the night before, instead, staying up far too late reading Game of Thrones fan theories, my under-eyes are looking tired af. To say the least. It’s just not a good situation, it’s going to take a whole lot of concealer to make me into somewhat of a human from a tired panda-eyed thing.

But since my newest under eye related discovery I have been able to cut down on the concealer while still looking awake and refreshed. Enter, Origins GinZing Eye Cream. The one thing every tired human needs to put on their eyes in the morning.

It’s super moisturizing and hydrating but is also extremely refreshing and makes my eyes feel a whole lot more comfortable. As well as that it’s kind of peach tinted to help color correct your purple bags, and tiny bits of shimmer to highlight and brighten your eyes which help to make you look super awake and radiant. Is this not everything anyone could want in an eye cream?

Even on the days when I’m wearing no makeup and my under eyes aren’t looking so bad, I will always pop a little bit of this on to make me look fresher and awake, almost like strobing for your eyes – just swiping on a little of this really does change your whole face. Going from dull to ta-dah in a matter of seconds.

This eye cream is truly a must-have for anyone wanting to look more awake in the morning. Isn’t that all of us?

Why do We Use Facial Sprays?

August 30, 2017
facial sprays french pharmacy

I have been a firm advocate for the facial spray movement for the longest time, I pretty much tell everyone that they just need to hurry to a French pharmacy and pick up the first thermal water they lay their eyes on and keep it on them at all times if they want to do anything to help their skin. But really, when you really think about it, they really are nothing more than glorified water in a can – talking about the thermal water sprays in particular. So why do we use them so religiously? Do we really need to be spraying water on our faces numerous times a day to lock in the moisture? This led to some avid googling which left me, a self-proclaimed water spray expert, feeling a little dumbed-down.

So, thermal water sprays like the ones you see in the French pharmacies are not just meant to be sprayed onto your face and left to work its magic, and if you do just leave it you run the risk of actually drying out your skin. You’re recommended to either pat down the spray with a towel to get rid of any moisture or put something like a moisturizer on over top to seal the water in. So despite using these to moisturize and hydrate your skin, you may actually be doing the complete opposite.

This is talking about the thermal water sprays alone, there are so many other facial sprays which amazing ingredients that are meant to be just sprayed and then left alone. My favorite being the Mario Badescu Facial Spray as it calms my skin down when it’s starting to flare up and keeps everything cool and refreshed.

So this opens the question, why do you use facial sprays? Are you looking for the little pick-me-up throughout the day, for a makeup refresher, or simply to add a little more hydration to your dry skin? For me, I love how refreshing it feels, and the added bit of moisture it gives.

Discovering the Endless Uses of Coconut Oil

August 23, 2017
Because who doesn't love a good multi-purpose beauty product?

I feel like pretty much everyone constantly raves about the wondrous product that is coconut oil, and in attempts to become a little more au naturale with my approach to beauty, this multitasking gem was one to add to the kit. 
There are so many different uses for coconut oil, but really I just love using it for all over moisture. I use it on my hair to keep the ends soft and smooth, on my hands when they are feeling dry, cuticles etc. you name it, I moisturise it with coconut oil. As well as that I love using it to remove my makeup, I have always been into oil-based cleansers so it seemed only natural that I would love to use this as well, it removes makeup just as well as the pricey products I seem to spend all of my money on.
Whether you want straight coconut oil or have it infused with other ingredients, I've compiled a list of coconut oil product no matter your taste.

The Three Products You Need For Perfect Hair

August 20, 2017
ouai morning after kit haircare

How Ouai managed to maintain my unruly locks.

Ouai has been pretty much dominating the hair world recently, I'd be shocked if there was anyone reading it hadn't heard of the cult brand. I follow Jen Atkin on snapchat and she completely sucked me into trying some of her products.
So, not being one to go in and buy the full-size product straight away, I picked up the Morning After Kit that contains mini versions of; Rose Hair Oil, Finishing Creme, and Dry Shampoo Foam

ouai morning after kit haircareThe two main products from Ouai that I was really eager to try was the hair oil and the dry shampoo foam, so this kit was the perfect thing for me - and for just under £20 I think it's a pretty good deal.

Finishing Creme: Because my hair is pretty thin it tends to be a little unruly and hard to make stay in place - the constant windblown look is something I have just learnt to deal with as my hair never stays in place. But this is the perfect product to smooth down my hair and make it far more easier to maintain without weighing it down.

Dry Shampoo Foam: This was the product that I was most excited for but also most sceptical about. My hair gets mega-greasy so I am a frequent user of dry shampoo, and the thought of dry shampoo in a foam just doesn't really add up to me. But I can put my hands up and say that I was wrong to doubt this as it really does get rid of the grease in my hair and makes it feel clean and fresh. It also doesn't leave the same dry feeling that normal dry shampoo usually leaves your hair, definitely a game changer.

Rose Hair and Body Oil: I have just recently got into using oils on my hair so this couldn't have come at a better time. The smell is slight, so not too overpowering which I definitely appreciate. It makes my hair soft and sleek, while keeping it healthy. 

Have you tried any Ouai products?


My Final Thoughts on Cushion Foundations

August 02, 2017

Spilling all on the latest foundation trend

I'm quick to jump on just about any beauty trend that makes its way out of the woodwork and anything base-related is always going to be right up my street. So it wasn't long before I delved into the world of cushion foundations, and after a few months of use, it's time to discuss my final thoughts.

Just in case you've been living under a rock for the past year I'll give a little context to the elusive cushion foundation. Brought over by innovative Korean friends, cushion foundations are the on-the-go dream - a sponge soaked in foundation housed in a compact to take anywhere with you. 
Without going into detail on specific products I'll go over my thoughts on cushion foundations as a whole. Are they are a great idea, hell yes. They are the perfect product to chuck in your bag for touch-ups throughout the day, and having a pre-soaked sponge just removes all the hassle and mess associated with traditional foundation formulas. But the problem is, is there really much difference than just taking any old foundation and soaking it in a sponge? Cushion foundations are undeniably more expensive than your normal foundations, holding less product and the bulky packaging doesn't make it the best value product on the market. And if you're planning on using this as your daily foundation you'd get more bang for your buck just getting a normal foundation which is one of the main reasons I won't be continuing to invest in more.

I've found that with all the cushion foundations I've owned they dry up pretty quickly, maybe getting just over a month of use - and that's without using it every day. This is a big annoyance for me as I don't normally like to keep a huge stash of bases on the go so don't want to have to repurchase foundation every month when the previous has dried up. Along with the problems I mentioned above, things just weren't going well for me and cushion foundations.

On the whole, I absolutely love all the cushion foundations I've tried, the coverage is solid but extremely lightweight on the skin. To be used solely as a touch-up product this would be great. But it just dries up too quickly that I would just rather buy a normal foundation to save some money and for it to last a little longer.

What are your thoughts on cushion foundations?