Sunday, 25 June 2017

EVERYDAY NO MAKE-UP PRODUCTS


Hey everyone!! I wanted to talk to you all about my current favourite no make-up/removing make-up products. As it is summer now we can all safely say make-up drifts from being our best friend and days with nothing on our face are the way forward. But if your like me, your natural pale face with the occasional spot is definitely not the ideal situation to be in publicly. I can't do anything to fix that feeling but I can definitely recommend some of the current everyday favourite products I use to keep my face looking as good as it can be naturally. 

CLEANSING WIPES
Sorry not sorry but I use face wipes to remove my make-up. I work 9-5 and I go to the gym ay least 3 nights a week straight after work, I cannot and do not have the time always for full blown sink action when removing my make-up. Usually face wipes are the first part to my make-up removal "routine" but for days when I go to the gym they are the most convenient way to take off my face before exercise. The Nivea ones in the pictureS above are my most basic option that serve the purpose and are usually on some kind of offer, but personally I do prefer the wipes that are targeted for acne. I don't actually get acne but I do find that those types of wipes help fight against those annoying hormonal spots or occasional white heads. 

Nivea Wipes - HERE
Clean & Clear Wipes - HERE

MICELLAR WATER
Like every blogger and her mum I rave about Micellar water. Especially the Garnier Skin Active Cleansing water for combination and sensitive skin. On a day to day basis, after using a make-up wipe, micellar water is the best way to then melt off any make-up that didn't quite budge with the wipe. It is basically like taking your make-up off for a second time without realise you had any make-up on to begin. I use two large cotton wool pads for each side of my face and my neck which leaves me feeling much fresher than any make-up wipe can make you feel. I have also recently bought the micellar cleansing gel foam by Garnier and I keep this in the shower for washing my face after the gym or first thing in the morning. 

Cleansing Water - HERE
Gel Wash - HERE

EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER
After falling in love with micellar water, I decided to buy the Garnier eye make-up remover as well which looks similar in packaging but purple. I don't tend to use this a lot but it is great for when I wear a lot of eye make-up or I partly took my make-up off in the shower an ended up panda eyed. My only complaint about this particular eye make-up remover is if you accidentally use too much it can have a slight oily / greasy feeling that I then have to remove with more micellar water but for I need it for it's perfect and I recommend it to you if you struggle to get off water proof make-up or eye liner.

Eye Make-up remover - HERE

GLYCOLIC ACID
So I'll admit I only really bought the two Nip & Fab products in the picture after social media hyped them up so much, I took a bit of a gamble in which products i'd buy as it was buy one get one free at the time and really didn't know If I made any right or wrong decisions. But I am so glad and pleased with the two products I picked. The daily cleansing pads are amazing for first thing in the morning when I want to freshen up my skin as well as tighten my face especially areas with visable pores. Glycolic acid really targets any fine lines, dullness, spotty areas and oily areas so it really is a great product to freshen up the skin first thing. I use one pad all over my face concentrating on my problem areas the most and It really wakes my skin up. When I don't use them, I really notice the way my make-up keeps and looks during the day as well as how my skin feels as the end of the day. 

If I'm feeling extra and want to look my best, I also use a few pumps of the serum instead of moisturising. This really tightens my skin and makes it feel and look (according to my boyfriend) a lot fresher and smooth. When I have a no make-up day but need to nip out to the shop or whatever, this serum is my go to!

Daily Pads - HERE
Serum - HERE

EYE GEL
You may have noticed my lack of moisturiser in this post and as we speak I am trialling a light cream, but my skin can get oily when using moisturiser so I am still in a trial and error stage in my life when I'm figuring out the ideal day cream for me. But my eyes...I have had a lot of problems with my eyes and this includes damaged tear ducts that cause dryness as well as generally having quite deep set eyes that look tired 24/7. Applying this simple boots eye gel every morning or before bed is the best product I have found for applying moister to this sensitive area without any greasy feeling or heavy feeling. Its also super cheap!!

Eye gel - HERE

PURE CLAY MASKS 
You've probably all seen the L'oreal Pure Clay masks by now but I will rave about them till the end. They are so good! This is not something I do every day, but once a week depending on my situation or skin condition, i'll use either the detox mask or the glow mask to really make my skin feel its best when its not looking it. The detox mask is effing amazing at it really cleans out your pores. You'll be grossed out by how it looks because it honestly looks like you've got some skin disease exiting your skin, especially around the areas your pores show the most but it really does work!! I feel so so so clean after using this. I have heard it is very similar to the Glam glow mask but a lot cheaper. Then secondly, the glow mask is great for exfoliating and brightening the skin when its looking a bit dull and tired. I tend to use this when I'm having a no make-up day and I want my skin to "glow" and again it really does work. I don't know much about Charcoal and Algae in terms of your skin but with these L'oreal products you can see and feel the difference it makes to your face.

Glow mask - HERE
Detox mask - HERE

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

HUDA BEAUTY 'ROSE GOLD EDITION' PALETTE REVIEW


Seriously.....how many reviews on this palette have we all read or watched by now? Why is this blogger even bothering with another one... literally its been months since it came out. But, I totally know I am super late on the Huda Beauty Band Wagon. End of the day I  was suffering the poverty of student life for the last 4 years which taught me to ignore any of these Internet made me buy it crazes and just "make do" with whatever drug store make-up was 3-4-2 at Boots. However, now I am finally graduated and I finally have a bit of money to treat myself here and there, which unfortunately for my bank balance and that pesky student overdraft that needs paying off, I now have the funds to feed an unhealthy obsession with all things beauty, including purchasing the gorgeous, limited edition...most expensive eyeshadow I now own - the 'Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition Palette' and, yeah, I.am.in.love.

When I say Love....i'm in love with the look of it and how other peoples creations with the palette...I am no make-up guru....I literally can't contour to save my life and I still don't really understand what 'baking' is. But what the hell, I went all in and purchased the hefty £56 palette off Cult Beauty and I am determined to learn how to rock these shades as if i'm Huda Kattan herself......haha

PACKAGING
So, not going to lie, after watching reviews on the palette I didn't expect a lot from the packaging, but first impressions I didn't see why everyone was moaning. However, after receiving a few more palettes in the post, I can definitely see that Huda Beauty saved their money through cheaper cardboard packaging. This is especially evident when you compare it to palettes from companies like Make-up Revolution which are made of plastic and only cost £10. It is a shame as, like I said, its the most expensive palette I own, but it does look the cheapest, packaging wise.

THE COLOURS
First impressions, personally, I think all the colours are really nice, they aren't too in your face, and the foiled glitters stand out as really pretty and something I would definitely use on a night out or special occasion. The colour 'Angelic' is 100% my favourite. Seriously, when you swatch this,  it is such pretty pink with an iridescent effect, i literally went "ooooo" when I first looked at this on my finger. My only downfall with the colours would be that I personally feel the colours would suit a darker skin tone, more on the lines of Huda Kattan herself, but I still love them and I still will use all of them. 

THE SHADOWS OVERALL
The eye shadows themselves do make-up for the price in terms of being different to anything I have seen, although the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette does give you similar colours, there is nothing I have seen that has the textures the same as Huda Beauty. But, as I am no make-up pro I must admit I have struggled in getting to grips with the style of eye shadow. I'm sure you know by now, Huda Beauty worked on making the eye shadows textured with 10 matte shades, 2 satin pressed pearls and 6 3D foiled textures, so they are different to what you may have tried before. The matte and satin textures are more like what you might be used to in terms of normal every day eye shadows but its the foiled glitter like shadows, shown mainly on the top row of the palette that will take some getting used to. The foiled textures are best applied with your fingers as a brush will not pick up how thick these glittery pigments are. They are perfect for once you have finished your general eye shadow to vamp things up with some glitter dabbed on top. It is tricky though, especially if you have nail extensions. However, the matte and pearl shadows are great, they blend easily and they are all the right colours for the current make up trends but nothing too dramatic that will go out of fashion. I did some swatches, but NGL, they don't show amazing on my camera, nor did anyone tell me how hard it actually is to take a picture like this of your arm, but for your reference:


CONCLUSIONS
Basing this review on someone who loves make-up but is not a make-up artist, I do think this palette is worth buying, however, I do think there needs pre-warning that this is something that to be worth the money you need to spend some time practising with and getting used to the new textures. £56 is a fair bit to spend on eye shadow, especially as the glitters aren't every day ready. I think the palette is really pretty and makes a great addition to any make-up lover's collection, however, I do think you can live without it...its just whether you'd want to. The palette is limited edition but it has been extended but remains limited edition, it is also something you are unlikely to try with other palettes. I bought the palette after falling in love with all things Huda Beauty and the demand for this palette was so much so that I couldn't refuse it when I saw that it was back in stock. I think its worth a little treat - if you haven't already.

Buy it here in the UK - Cult Beauty


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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Graduation Dress Planning

So I have finished university and it is the best feeling ever!! - despite being currently jobless and spending my days watching Now TV drinking copious amounts of English Breakfast tea. 
However, graduating uni does mean one definite exciting event - Graduation!

As of Saturday's lovely shopping trip in Leeds with mum, I am now the owner of a gorgeous dress from Coast. Don't get me wrong, it does need accessorising, and it's definitely one of them dresses that looks better on than in the picture, but I love it! It fits amazing and is flattering in all the right places, plus I needed something 'graduation appropriate' and that won't look ridiculous underneath the graduation gown with bright yellow/gold and blue on. But like I said, it needs accessorising in some way. So I've done a bit of an initial shop around online and come up with a few ideas and created some collages. I'm not 100% on how I want to accessorise so any suggestions from anyone reading this will be gratefully received. 

What do you think? 






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