#FAVES – DRUGSTORE

It’s been forever since I did a favourites post, purely just because I haven’t bought new makeup since I went to Miami so I’ve actually been using what I’ve got. I’ve recently been loving drugstore/cheaper products because I really think this year the whole market has really come through and is so much more advanced than it used to be. I’ve rounded up my ultimate OG’s below, all of this is stuff I’ve been using religiously for the past 2-3 months.

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Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

I bought 2 of these when I went to Miami but have managed to smash my other one :))). This is the perfect shade of bronzer whether I’m tanned or not tanned, it always looks right. It’s got a beaut buttery smooth texture that really glides and blends into the skin. Plus it smells amaze.

Topshop Glow Drops

I don’t think they’re a thing anymore, or they may be in your local store. These are the perfect dupe for the Cover FX liquid highlighters. You can use them over foundation, under foundation, on your face with no makeup at all. They’re so multi purpose! I love to use mine under foundation all over the face when I’m tired AF and need a glow.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation

Okay, we need to discuss. I bought this foundation in September in Miami and I’ve been wearing it everyday since, I actually got my Boss to get her mum to bring me back 3 extra bottles when she went to LA because I didn’t know what to do when it ran out. However last week it launched on Amazon UK so you can finally get it in the UK! It’s a radiant finish, lightweight, medium to full coverage. You know when people want that perfect everyday foundation? This is it. I use shade 205 which is perfect for when I have my tan on. It lasts a full day at work for me too but goes so nicely will my Too Faced Hangover X primer!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

I know its wild that I’ve got 3 bloody concealers in a favourites post but I can’t choose one because I love them equally and alternate between them all the time! The Fit Me is my fave for when I don’t need as much coverage under eye and it’s quite radiant so I use it when I’m going for that kind of vibe on my face. It does crease but every single concealer creases on me because I’ve got fine lines under my eyes (sobs). But out of all 3 concealers this is the most light weight under the eye. Go for this if you’re more of a natural kinda gal.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer

I’ve used this guy for like 3-4 years now and is always a fave. It’s a fantastic dupe of the NARS Creamy Concealer it’s just a shame the shade range is awful for darker skin tones, that’s the one thing I hate about drugstore product, they just forget about darker skin tones?! This is more of a matte, full coverage finish. My tip for this is take the sponge off, you get waaaay more product!

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer

This is a newbie in my collection after it went viral on YouTube for being a dupe to Tarte Shape Tape. It’s a full coverage concealer however only recently I’ve felt it’s quite heavy under the eyes so deffo more of a evening/full glam vibe. I originally bought shade C8 which is like my fake tan shade but I’ve discovered it’s a great eyeshadow base. I use C5 for a bright under eye. The only downside is that you get like 3ml of product which barely lasts so you’ll be going through 1-2 of these a month.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I’ve used this for over a year now and is always my go to Mascara. To be honest, I love all of the Maybelline mascaras and they’re so trusty but I just find that this one really lengthens AND thickens, and like doesn’t go clumpy and weird. I always buy by Mascasra’s in a brown shade, never black, the brown is less harsh on my face.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Got dark circles which no concealer can hide? You need this. I can’t go a day without it. The red undertones in the concealer counteract the dark circles to eliminate them, it’s something to do with the 2 colours being opposite each other on the colour wheel or something. But I just dab a bit of this under my eyes and then pop my concealer on top.

Topshop Lip Contour

One of my fave cheap lip liner formulas. Although I can’t find them on the website so I’m not sure if they exist anymore but you can get Topshop in TK Maxx and I found some in there! It’s just a great your lip colour but better in a pencil! Sometimes I use it all over the lips for a dark nude matte look.

NYX Suede Lip Liner 

The whole collection of these is fab but I love the shade London, it’s such a good dupe for MAC Stripdown which is one of my OGS. They have such a similar formula, if you like the pencil type vibe then you’ll love these. For only £4 you’ll end up going in for one and coming out with 5.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I’ve got tones of these and I legit think I have the shade London in every handbag I have because I can’t be without one. I always use London with the matching lip liner above, they work so well together. If you don’t like wearing matte because you find them drying then this is for you, they’re super creamy like a whipped texture and then set onto the lips and no drying or chapping!

 

#SKINCARE101 – MY CURRENT ROUTINE

Following on from my acne post, I thought I’d give the full lowdown on what I’m currently using on my face.

Makeup Remover

I am so so so against makeup wipes, they just drag the dirt and bacteria across your face and never really clean your skin. I used to love Liz Earle hot cloth and it is fab but Clinique Take The Day Off Balm is an absolute game changer! A coconut oil like texture which you apply it straight to your dry face, a splash of water later and the makeup just melts away. It’s that simple.

Cleanser

I use a Clinique Foaming Wash along with the Sonic Face Brush and I don’t mean to alarm you but at the time of writing this post the brush is half price and I strongly suggest you take up that offer as I actually paid full price and would do it again because it’s just that amazing. Treat yourself. Honestly, like Kardashian Bible, that face brush is the best thing I think I have ever bought. I can’t go a night without it. It makes such a difference to your skin texture and really cleanses your face, like gets right down into the skin. Along with the pill, I also think this has been why my skin has cleared up so well.

In the morning I use the Tarte Deep Dive face wash. I bought this when I was in America, obvs cause Tarte is everywhere there, and I wish I bought like 5 cause it’s amazing for dry skin. It’s an oil texture so cleanses the skin but doesn’t dry it out at the same time.

Toner

At night I use a Clinique toner which ngl does feel quite harsh on the skin so maybe find an alternative if you have sensitive skin. But, it does really get rid of all that excess dirt you thought you got rid of when you washed your face. 

In the morning I use Liz Earle as it’s so gentle on the skin and just radiantly preps my skin pre moisturiser and make up. I don’t have a particular reason as to why I use this, it doesn’t do anything major I just haven’t had any issues with it and it seems to be lasting ages!

Moisturiser

Okay so, my moisturiser collection is rather large but I like to switch it up just because sometimes your skin has different needs! I’d like to say I give every other part of my body this much attention. At night I usually use the Clinique Smart Night Cream, which is pricey but fantastic, I actually feel like it does the whole smooth, lift, nourish malarky. Which to be honest, for £50 it probably should. 

For daytime, aka under makeup, I use either Clinique Moisture Surge, Clinique Dramatically Different or Clinique Smart Day. Moisture Surge is amazing in the summer because it’s so incredibly moisturising but the gel like texture makes it so light weight on the skin. Perfect. Dramatically different is perfect because it leaves a tacky texture which I quite like, esp when I’m wearing makeup because it kinda feels like a primer. Smart day has SP5 in it so I’m kinda saving it for Spring/Summer so I can offer my skin some protection against the sun, which is obviously very important. 

Additional Extras

I always give my skin some extra TLC at least once a week, such as exfoliating or a face mask. It 100% makes the difference and also it’s so good to have some me time too!

Masks: Every week religiously I use the Dr Jart+ clay foaming mask. It’s super quick and easy to do, just leave it on for 3 mins and then wash off! It’s just great at detoxifying my face and giving it a good extra cleanse. I always follow with a sheet mask, the Dr Jart+ ones are also really good. I used the Bubbling charcoal one the other day and thought all that stuff was a bit of a gimmick but it actually worked wonders for my pores, I was so glowy afterwards. Sephora sheet masks are always amazing, the pomegranate one is my fave. Tony Moly Korean ones are fab too, I’m obsessed with this brand called MaskerAide from Selfridges, Garnier Moisture Bomb is also a strong contender! The majority of sheet masks are fab but they’re a few of my faves, I have an ongoing collection. 

Mini Facial: I’m calling this my mini facial ATM because it has the results of one. I am obsessed with The Body Shop Vitamin C liquid peel, oh my god it’s gross but so satisfying. Essentially it’s a liquid which you blend into your face and your dead skin comms off, as in like actually balls up on your face whilst your rubbing this liquid in. Gross right? But do that for like 1 minute and wash off with water and you are left with the best glow ever! Not to mention makeup then goes on like an absolute dream because your base is so smooth.

Extra Hydration: Whenever my skin needs some extra hydration I use Boots Botanics Facial Oil. I’ve used this stuff for years and it’s always on offer for a £5 so you can’t go wrong either. I like to pat this into my skin and let it absorb for 20-ish mins before locking all of that goodness in with a night cream on top.

 

#SKINCARE101 – MY ACNE JOURNEY

I’ve been no stranger on my blog to openly talk about my skin struggles. I’d been wanting to do this post for a while but I’ve annoyingly let my blog go AWOL whilst I finished uni & kinda just like… grew up. I can see from stats that plenty lovely people still read my blog (thank you, love you!!) but I was just worried that nobody would read this post. Anyway, I did a poll on my Insta story and SO many people voted yes to an acne update post. So thanks gals (and guys), this ones for you x

Before I start this I just want to say, EVERYONE’S skin is different. There’s so much stuff out there which worked for tones of others but it didn’t work for me. I have honestly tried so many things and it’s taken about 2 years for my skin to go blemish free, overnight success doesn’t exist with acne, you must be patient. Another thing I learnt was that skincare is effort. Like just never neglect your routine, apart from those 3am nights where your too smashed to navigate a wipe across your face, those we can allow. But if you continually follow a cleanse, tone & moisturise routine, then the results will show.

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So this is my skin sometime in 2016, I had just started using La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3 Step System on my skin. My skincare routine was something along the lines of Soap & Glory Ultimelt hot cloth cleanser/Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. La Roche face wash, La Roche toner and La Roche moisturiser. If you have minor breakouts I really would recommend the La Roche set, especially the moisturiser if you have oily skin. I loved it but my skin is more on the dry side so in the winter months I needed something way more hydrating. It’s a great affordable starter set for those wanting to get into a skincare routine. You can see that my acne is just all over my cheeks and mostly made up of little clusters of spots and some larger ones in the middle of my cheeks, soz for gracing you with this rank photo.

I remember a brand reposted my photo on Instagram but FaceTuned my face and I was so upset. Not because they’d got rid of my spots! But because they saw it as something gross that they needed to get rid of.

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Next up is my skin probably 9-12 months of using the La Roche set. It;s obvious it helped clear up all my smaller spots but I was left with these really big painful spots on my cheeks. These big spots were the worst because not only did they hurt but you couldn’t cover them with makeup because they were so textured. I remember a brand (not gonna name n shame) reposted my photo on Instagram but FaceTuned my face and I was so upset. Not because they’d got rid of my spots! But because they saw it as something gross that they needed to get rid of, my bad skin which I was struggling to control wasn’t allowed for their Instagram aesthetic. #Rude. 

So my issue was, I had okay skin everywhere on my face but my cheeks were made up of these big painful spots that wouldn’t budge. I’d started to research into skin mapping and apparently acne on your cheeks is down to hormones, fab, but it probably explained why no product organic or chemical would get rid. I knew that maybe I should try something medical but I really, really wasn’t wanting to use Roaccutane, to me my skin was bad, but I knew it wasn’t bad enough to go onto medication that strong. I thought if I’m getting such bad spots due to hormones why don’t I try the (contraceptive) pill? If my spots are due to hormones then why not treat it with hormones? I knew that there was a certain type of pill which apparently helps with acne but going to the doctors to ask for help about my skin really was last on my list. I have a mini phobia of doctors anyway but after a few weeks of motivating myself I made the appointment, eeeek.

Now is when I feel like it’s best to say that I’m not at all suggesting you go on the pill for acne treatment. There’s a lot of side effects that come with the pill and it’s not for everyone. Please do your research before making any medical decisions and I can’t emphasise enough that I had tried everything and this was my last resort. 

I asked my Nurse if I could go on Dianette and she was like no hun. She told me straight up that it would be too strong for my skin. Instead, she suggested I tried Gedarel for 3 months and see how I got on with it. If  it didn’t do much then she would prescribe me Dianette. I think I’ve been on Gedarel for a year now, and it took about 3-6 months to reduce my spots but approx 9-12 months in my spots have completely gone. I get the odd one now and then but it’s an absolute dream.

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I’ve helped maintain my clear skin by sticking to a very strict skincare routine, majority Clinque based, but you can give it a read here if you fancy it cause it would make this post longer than my dissertation.

I hope this post has somewhat helped those struggling wth blemishes and acne. It’s such a long process but one day they will go! x

#GETHELOOK – HALLOWEEN’17

I have to admit I’m rubbish with Halloween, I hate the site of blood to the point where all the fake gory looks freak me out. I could never dress up scary. I think when I was younger I was a witch every year, and then year before last I was a cat… original. You get my vibe though, I don’t do ‘proper’ Halloween. This year I went for a mermaid vibe, my actual outfit was half hearted I just really wanted my makeup to stand out. It was quite tedious to do, I practised 3 times during the week and spent about 2-3 hours getting ready. I really took my time because I didn’t want to rush and mess up.

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PREP

As I was putting so much eyeshadow/glitter glue/glitter on my face it was key that I prepped my skin, whenever I’m going out I use this mask from Selfridges. Honestly it’s amazing. For me it tightens my pores, soothes and brightens my skin, and for some reason when I have a photo taken with flash my skin looks SO flawless like it’s been FaceTuned. I left this on for about 30 minutes whilst I did my hair, then let the residue soak into my skin for 10 minutes before washing my face with water and patting it dry.

HAIR

I did 2 braids at the top of my head and secured them with mini clear hair ties. I used a selection of glitter in the middle and either side of the braids. For this is recommend thick glitter like Gypsy Shrine otherwise thin glitter looks a bit like dandruff. Just spray some hair spray onto the area, add the glitter then spray some more to secure it. To curl my hair I used a bubble barrel ended curling tong, mine is a Mark Hill one from Boots from about 5 years ago but the updated Pick n Mix one is here. This type of barrel is perfect because no 2 curls are the same, I took small sections of my hair about 5cm-10cm wide and wrapped them round the barrel for 10 seconds and made my way around my head. Once done I sprayed my hair with hair spray and let the style sit for about an hour before running my fingers through my hair to create loose waves.

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EYES

I started with my eyes first, I always do eye makeup first because if you get any fall out from shadow you can just wipe it away, plus as I was using such bright colours it would of been a hot mess if I did foundation first.  I started by priming my eyes with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, this stuff keeps everything in place I can’t live without it. For eyshadow I used a mix of the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette and the NYX Multi Finish Eye Palette in Electric. I started by using a nude transition shade under the brow/on the crease and then started lightly and built up with the pink from the NYX palette. Then with a slightly smaller brush than before, I used the purple from Jaclyn’s palette and did the same but slightly below where I had placed the pink. Continuing with the purple using a smaller brush I applied more shadow in the inner corner and outer corner to create the halo eye effect. In the centre of the lid I placed some eyeshadow primer to act as a base and applied the turquoise shade from Jaclyns palette on top. Then do make that pop some more I used this NYX glitter on top. To keep glitter on the eye I use eyelash glue, any brand will do! I applied Pinky Goat lashes right at the end of the whole look. Under the eye I took the pink and smoked it under the eye and then used the purple on top. For inner corner and brow bone highlight I used this beaut holographic eyeshadow from Topshop which looks white but catches a purple/blue undertone in the light.

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FACE

I primed using Too Faced Hangover Primer and as always used my NYX Dark Circle concealer in shade Medium to colour correct my under eye dark circles. For foundation I used the L’Oreal Pro Glow foundation which I bought in America but you can’t get it in the UK??!!! I am so mad about this because it’s THE perfect foundation, so if anyone is going to America anytime soon can you bring me back about 5 of these?? Thanks. Concealer as always is my trusty Maybelline Fit Me and I ever so slightly did some contour to bronze up my face a bit using the Tartiest Pro Glow palette. As I was going to apply so many bright colours to my face I didn’t want bronzer/contour to make the shades ashy. I set my face and under eyes with the Laura Mercier setting powder and then with the NYX Matte setting spray.

THE MERMAID SCALES

The big question is…. how on earth did I get the scales?! It’s so mad, I simply just put a pair of fishnet tights over my head and packed the eyeshadow on top, as you do. I used micro fishnets as they’re the perfect size to create the scale effect, anything larger would of been way too big. Using the same shades that I used for my eyes, I used sponge wedges to pat the eyeshadow onto my face starting with the purple. I wanted a purple & turquoise on the cheeks which blended into pink and purple on the temples/forehead. Dabbing some Barry M Glitter Gel on to the areas where I wanted glitter applied, I sprinkled a mix of Barry M glitter and NYX glitter over those areas. Trust this is messy, you’re gonna need a dustpan and brush.

Then to finish off I used my fave Maybelline Brow Drama eyebrow gel to shape my brows and on the lips MAC Lip Liner in Edge to Edge and lipstick in Saint Germain.

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#GETTHELOOK – CHILL BEAT

One of my fave YouTuber’s, Holly Boon, invented this whole ‘Chill Beat’ situation. Essentially its just when your face is glam AF (beat) and your outfit is chill, i.e. a tracksuit.

I sat down to do my makeup yesterday and just felt like using products which I hadn’t used in a while, or never before, and actually fell back in love with some products!

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Face:

Too Faced Hangover X Primer, Too Faced Born This Way foundation in natural beige, Maybeline Fit Me concealer shade 10, Laura Mercier translucent powder for under the eye, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in medium for the face, Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer to contour, Bobbi Brown blush in Coral Sugar, Makeup Revolution pink highlight from the Highlight Palette.

Eyes: 

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette, shades ‘flamingo and ‘pink’ on the eye. Shade ‘smarty pants’ from Tarte In Bloom palette used as transition shade, shade ‘leader’ used in the outer corner to darken, finally shade ‘funny girl’ in the inner corner. Maybeline Brow Drama for the brows.

Lips:

NYX lipliner in shade ‘London‘ and KKW X Kylie Cosmetics Kimberley liquid lipstick.

Tracksuit is Pretty Little Thing.

So my overall verdict and some standouts are, Too Faced foundation has always been a fave of mine, the coverage is so buildable and never looked cakey on the face, it really gives off such a airbrushed finish. The Boujous bronzer I hadn’t used in about a year! Very warm toned and similar to MAC Give Me Sun, plus is smells of chocolate. The Huda Beauty palette I’m still very ‘hmmmm’ about, you can read my review here, however I must admit that the pink shades are crazy pigmented! The NYX lipliner and Kylie Cosmetics combo is my favourite nude lip situation at the minute, full KKW X Kylie Cosmetics review to come soon! The Makeup Revolution highlight is POPPIN, I can’t even remember how much this palette was but I’m pretty sure it was under £10 from Superdrug, it’s so smooth and glowy I’m VERY impressed.

P.s. #NoFilter xo

 

 

 

 

 

#SKINCARE101 – CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC SHEET MASK

….That is such a long title

SO I am obsessed with sheet face masks at the moment and nearly had a heart attack when I saw that Charlotte Tilbury was releasing one this year, because like everything she does, it’s going to be amazing. I was presuming an ordinary wet sheet mask, but no, she went hella extra and decided to create a whole new concept… a DRY sheet mask!

Priced at £18 for one, it is pricy. But then it’s also reusable?! As the mask is totally dry, it doesn’t hold any bacteria. Charlotte claims you can use it up to 3 times so really its £6 per mask if you break it down.

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What I really loved about this mask was the way the mask fits, it loops over your ears so it actually fits and stays on your face. To use, you just gently massage the mask into your skin to activate the product, then sit back for 15 minutes! I didn’t take any photos of myself in the mask because it looks terrifying, it reminds me of something in Doctor Who.

So the mask claims to hydrate, lift, reduce wrinkles, smooth & brighten. Afterwards my face definitely felt hydrated and had a gorgeous glow to it. I wouldn’t say that it lifted or reduced any wrinkles (not that I have many, yet!) but I’m presuming thats something that would come with continued use. However the next morning (I used it before bed) my skin didn’t look any different, if anything it was worse! My skin had a weird texture to it and my makeup just wouldn’t apply nicely on my skin.

Overall, I think as this is a dry mask its fascinating how it works and it’s a great piece of cosmetic science. But, because it’s dry I think I was amazed that it actually worked whereas realistically it has the same outcome as any other wet sheet mask. What its perfect for is when your skin is looking dull and needs a quick pick me up before you apply makeup, e.g. every Monday morning!

I’ve added in 2 YouTuber reviews on the sheet mask as these guys had a whole PR pack on the mask so can go into all the little bits of detail x

 

 

 

#TRIED’N’TESTED – L’ORÉAL CLAY MASK

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I mentioned somewhere previously that I was after a cream face mask that fully gets into your pores and cleanses your face, similar to the likes of GlamGlow. Well, L’Oréal came thru and answered my prayers.

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Quite a while back they released 3 clay masks, one to brighten the skin, a charcoal one and I’m not really sure about the other one. I went straight for the charcoal as it was most similar to the GlamGlow super mud one that I’ve previously used. Pricing was decent, I think it’s £7.99? I got it on offer for £6, so can’t go wrong.

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I apply mine with a flat foundation brush just so I can be more precise with my application. Otherwise I just end up getting it in my eyebrows and all sorts. It smells of soap, like bars of soap you used to get in school toilets, which is quite pleasent on your face (ish). The box says to leave on for 5-10 minutes but I think I did it until it was dry/15-20 minutes. The mini mouse ears are ESSENTIAL! They just keep my hair off my face whilst reminding me of DisneyLand.

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It tightens and you cant move your face, it also gets really deep into your pores as you can see on the photo. I ended up seeing a really funny meme on Facebook mid application and laughed and it actually really hurt my face cause it was so tight! I decided to just not use filters on the photos so you could see it in all its glory.

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Washing it off was easy, I just used warm water followed by cold water to close the pores, then patted dry with a towel. You might want to try wash it off with a face wash afterwards as some of the charcoal really got stuck into my pores, yuck. (Obviously I wear fake tan so my face is going to be considerably more pale than my body)

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Afterwards my skin felt so much smoother and less irritated! I had a spot appearing next to my lip which is why I applied it so close to my lip and it got rid of that which I was happy about. My pores didn’t really seem smaller but I have read with continued use this does help. Overall my skin felt smoother and looked visibly brighter and fresher.

I’ve continued using this since the post and I love it. The box says to use 2-3 times a week but I think that’s a bit excessive?? I use it once a week, twice only if my skin is having a hissy fit. It’s definitely a great dupe for the GlamGlow Supermud. At night I follow this with a sheet mask. You can purchase the L’Oréal mask clay masks here.

 

#SKINCARE101 – NIGHT ROUTINE

Since my previous post about skin care was in May 2016, I thought an updated post was needed. Just so it wasn’t a lengthy one, I’m going to post the day and night routines separately, starting with my night routine, as it’s slightly more longer as it isn’t the same each night because I alternate between days.

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I remove my makeup with the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. I just find the ingredients in this really calming and gentle on my face. I start with my eye make up first, then face and then face again just to make sure all the dirt is off my face. Don’t forget to do your neck too!

Continuing the cleansing process, I’ll wash my face but depending on the day I’ll use either The Body Shop Tea Tree foaming cleanser, St Ives apricot face scrub or La Roche Posay Effaclar cleansing gel. If you have oily skin a gel based cleanser its best suited for your skin, and if you have dry skin then a foam cleanser is more suitable for your skin. So if my skin feels a bit textured and my make up has been clinging to dry patches then I’ll exfoliate, I only really do this once a week, at a push twice. Just as if you over exfoliate then your skin will end up producing more oil which is just not ideal. If my skin just needs a refresh then I’ll use The Body Shop Tea Tree foam cleanser. Finally, if my skin is looking really blemish like/my pores look huge then I’ll use la Roche Posay Effaclar gel cleanser as it does have a noticeable effect.

Up next is toner, before bed I always use the La Roche Posay Effaclar toner. I feel it helps my pores close and tighten over night. I only use this at night as it’s more chemical based and possibly harsher so I don’t want to use it in the morning on my face where I apply make up after incase that irritates my skin. Using it at night gives it time to work overnight on my skin.

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Following this I’ll use a serum also depending on how my skin is looking. If it’s dry, then I’ll use Hylamide Hydrating Boost serum, if it’s looking red and blemish like then I’ll use Hylamide Sensitive Fix serum, then finally if it’s normal/blemished (it’s never bloody not blemished) then I’ll use The Body Shop Tea Tree Daily Solution. The Tea Tree solution is really good for blemishes and problem skin, just the Hylamide helps support with red ness and irritation on my face.

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Finally moisturiser, every other night I alternate moisturiser. I only started doing this in the winter as it got colder my skin got dryer and basically just shit. On night 1 I use La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo cream. This is great for acne, and you can really notice the difference after one use, but I don’t feel like it REALLY moisturises my skin as it has a matte finish. If you’re oily this is will be absolutely perfect. On night 2 I use the Embryolisse cream from France, which Boots now sell!. This just adds a bit of radiance and really helps improve the elasticity of my face. So one night I’ll do one and another night I’ll do the other! I get all of my La Roche Posay Effaclar products in the 3 Step Anti Blemish System. If you suffer from blemishes then I honestly really do recommend this.

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I do a face mask probably twice a week. I have a huge collection of sheet masks I I’ll dedicate a whole post to them. I’m a big fan of sheet masks at the moment, however I’m looking for a cream mask that’ll really get deep into my skin. I’ve used GlamGlow before but I accidentally left the lid off and it dried out (fuming), but it really was amazing I will most likely repurchase. Anyway, I aim to go for a sheet mask for tired skin that radiates and hydrates, something along those lines anyway. I’ll pop this on my face for about 45minutes or until I feel the sheet going dry, then I’ll massage the remaining serum into my face.

And that is it! Sorry it was a long one. Any recommendations for a cream face mask let me know.

#HAUL – FRENCH PHARMACY LUVIN

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So for New Year myself and my boyfriend went on a dreamy 5 day trip to Paris. The best part may of possibly been 2 days in Disneyland. It was amazing I had the best time! Whilst I was there obviously I had to check out every Sephora in sight and I’ve found a new appreciation for French pharmacies.

Sephora EU isn’t as amazing as what I imagine the US ones to be, I just topped up on their own brand face masks as I absolutely love them. They had an Anastasia Beverley Hills counter however only the brow and contour products were in stock, all the glow kits and eye shadow palettes were sold out. They also had a Huda Beauty counter but you had to queue up, it was 2 people at a time only so the queue was so slow! I’m not that fussed about the lip collection, none of the shades are really suited to me. I would of had a swatch but you even had to queue to just swatch!

I’d read good things about French pharmacies as apparently they’re loved by make up artists and models during Paris Fashion Week… here’s what I picked up…

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Bioderma Micellar Water

Similar to the Garnier one, except this is the original. I double checked the ingredients and they’re not similar so I decided to give this one a try. It’s deffo a bit tougher at removing make up than the Garnier, I think I actually prefer it. I bought the bottle which has the pump on which pumps the product straight onto your cotton pad. After I take my make up off, I then was my face and then swipe this across my face to make sure extra dirt is picked up. You can buy it in the UK here. Just as it’s a french product, it’s cheaper in France!

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

This baffles me because it was 10€ in France and here in the UK its £20-£22! When I first saw it I was a bit taken a back as it had like 3 functions, a make up primer/moisturiser/face mask/make up remover ?? Like how can a primer and a remover be the same thing? Anyway, I bought it and because of the cold in Paris my face was so dry I decided to use it as a night time moisturiser first. In the morning my skin was 100% moisturised and just felt like it had a bit more life to it and elasticity.  I don’t think i’ll be using it as a make up remover, but it does actually do well at being a primer. However, I just use it when my skin needs a hydrating pick me up.  I’ll definitely be stocking up on this when I go back to Paris in April. However, you can purchase it on Feel Unique here.

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Homeoplasmine

This is quite hard to get ahold of in the UK. I bought it for 6€ but BeautyMart sell it for £14 however it sells out asap. It works as a lip balm for chapped lips, and apparently as an alternative to Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream? I haven’t tried it on my entire face yet, but it does deffo work wonders on your lips, it has a matte finish so you can easily apply lipstick on top.

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Avène Thermal Water Spray

This one isn’t the most exclusive buy as you can get ahold of the full French brand in Boots. I remember my mum using their products and I’d heard great things about this spray so thought I should try it. It’s really good at calming irritations and redness, I’m not sure if I’d repurchase as its not like essential if you like? You can try it for yourself here.

My skincare routine has updated slightly, let me know if you want to see an updated post!

#HAUL – BLACK FRIDAY TREATS

Okay this is like a mix of Black Friday treats and just repurchasing things I needed! FeelUnique.com had some amazing offers over the 3 days, Selfridges had 10% off beauty and MAC had freebies when you spend over £40 online. Here’s what I picked up.

SELFRIDGES 

10% off beauty isn’t a lot but it doesn’t happen often so best to make the most of it when it happens! It still amazes me that they only offer up to 10% when cosmetics are the money maker for luxury brands because they’re so cheap to produce therefore so profitable. They can deffo afford to give us 20% off!

Anyway I picked up a new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation as I hadn’t repurchased mine since it ran out and I couldn’t find anything else that I LOVED as much because I remember fully raving about it. I also copped the concealer to match as I’d seen it on my social media. I have such good memories of this foundation and I remember loving it but this time around I just don’t like it as much? I don’t know why, it just isn’t sitting on my face right. If I do a full heavy face of make up it works well but when I try to do a natural day at uni look it just doesn’t blend and sits on my face weirdly? I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been using the Boujous foundation mixed with the YSL one I’ve just got used to the texture of it. The concealer, I haven’t used it enough times yet as the lady gave me the total wrong shade (I asked for a shade lighter and got a strong 2 shades darker) so I had to go back and exchange it. I’ve recently been blending my concealer with a brush and not a beauty blender but this concealer I can tell will look better with a beauty blender not a brush.

FEEL UNIQUE

I ran out of my gorgeous Kerestase shampoo and then moved flat so just didn’t have time to pick up a new one so I’ve been using L’Oréal for the past 2 months and my hair hates me for it. I didn’t realise how nice Kerestase was until I stopped using it. L’Oréal is absolutely rammed full of sulphites and nastys and I could just feel them clogging up in my hair. After once wash of Kerestase my hair feels BEAUT.

I also got a new Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and Cocoa Brown Tough Scrub. I’d just ran out and needed these both!

MAC

So Mac brought back their discontinued whisper of guilt highlighter for their holiday collection! I saw this in Mac Carnaby street and it was in stock but I just didn’t think at all to buy it! Then next thing I knew it was sold out everywhere. Even when I went to Rome I tried Stanstead airport and the 2 MACs in Rome but still had NO luck. I just kept refreshing the website twice a day everyday to see when it would come back in stock. I managed to grab it straight away! I haven’t even tried it yet as I’ve been waiting for a day to do a full face of glam. But for £29 you get a highlight and blush compact and I think that’s pretty well priced.


I saw they had a new lipstick called ‘Strip Me Down’ and both my friend and me thought it was to match stripdown the lip liner so I bought it to make my shopping basket £40 so I could get a free liquid liner. It’s deffo a lot warmer than stripdown it’s kind of simailr to Twig too. I’m not sure how to describe it really.


So free with my order I got 2 free mascara samples and a full size black liquid liner. I remember this eyeliner being amazing so I can’t wait to use it!

So that’s pretty much my payday beauty treats 💋