Sunday, 10 August 2014

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

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If I’m honest, I’m not really much of a foundation girl. I feel like I’m being blasphemous and admitting a beauty sin because what kind of beauty blogger doesn’t love foundation? I’ve just never got on with it really, though in my younger days I did of course go through the Maybelline Dream Matt Mousse phase (hands up if you remember that too).

So many foundations look cakey on my skin, highlight any dryness and usually make me look orange. So on a day to day basis I find it easier to cover up and imperfections with concealer, dab on some powder and leave it there. However, on days where I want to make more of an effort and really even out my skin, there’s really only one foundation that I turn to: Revlon’s Nearly Naked.

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I’ll start off by saying that the colour match isn’t perfect for me, it does look a little dark, more so in natural light. But shade 110 Ivory which is close enough to make it work with a little neck blending.

The formula is where this really stands out for me. It’s a very blendable liquid and easy to apply; I like to use my fingers followed by my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I would say it’s a light to medium coverage, smoothing over any blemishes, redness and even blue tones under my eyes but not completely hiding my freckles.

I would say the finish between satin and dewy. It’s definitely not matte but it isn’t so dewy it feels like it might just flip off. It adds a lovely glow to my skin which makes me look really healthy even when I’ve had less sleep than I should have and I’m feeling less than perky.

It contains spf20 which is a pro and con for me. Pro for the added protection, con for the risk of camera flashback. The packaging is fairly basic, I would prefer a pump, and though the glass bottle looks nicer, plastic would be easier for travelling.

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Wearing nothing but Revlon’s Nearly Naked Foundation

On the whole, this is a brilliant foundation. I was just testing it out on my arm and it really smoothed over the skin, evening out pigmentation, hiding my veins and adding a warm glow but it still looks like skin!

You can buy Revlon’s Nearly Naked foundation from Boots, Superdrug or Ulta for £8.99 ($10.49).

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Soap & Glory’s Supercat liner | The best felt tip liner on the highstreet

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A little line of black liner with a flick has long been part of my everyday routine. Over the years I’ve painted this on with powder, gel and liquid in various forms but nothing is as quick, easy and effective as Soap & Glory’s Supercat liner.

The liquid liner comes in a really convenient pen form with a fine felt tip which makes it incredibly easy and quick to draw your liner on in the morning.. The tip is flexible enough to create a smooth line but with enough strength to give you complete control. The formula is very pigmented and gives a bold black line that rivals most traditional liquid liners I’ve tried. It isn’t at all grey as many felt tip liners can be.

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Lasting power is great, I find it to be smudge proof and long wearing though it isn’t waterproof. It dries very quickly which is handy if you’re in a rush I’ve never had it transfer to my crease throughout the day.

In short, this is by far the best felt tip liner that I’ve tried. The formula is great, applicatoin is easy and what’s more, it’s actually only £6 which I think is a bargain especially as my pen has lasted for well over 6 months with no signs of drying out. (Top tip – always store felt tip liners with the nib down, they will last longer.) My only niggle is that it’s only available in black.

Soap & Glory’s Supercat liner is available from Boots for £6.

Monday, 4 August 2014

My Favourite Skincare Masks

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This weekend I filmed myself talking about my favourite masks. I talk through my favourite clay, hydrating and brightening masks from Origins to Superdrug these are the best I’ve found and all work wonders for my skin.

Please take a look below and stay till the end for a few ‘bloopers’ and let me know what you think, I would love any feedback!

Thanks for watching!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My Travel Make Up bag

Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time is to make YouTube videos. I love blogging and I’ve been doing it for years but it’s been neglected in recent months. I’ve found myself more and more wanting to actually talk about beauty and the things that I love, to the point where I will describe my skincare routine to myself in the mirror while I’m doing it.

So I took the plunge and recorded for the first time this weekend. It’s a bit rough, the quality isn’t as good as I would like, especially the audio, and I am a complete editing noob so bear with me as I progress.

Please take a look at my efforts below, and leave some feedback if you could I would really appreciate it.

P.s. stick around till the end for some bloopers :)

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Beauty Basics: Tweezers

SAM_0247-001There are several beauty basics that are essential to my routine and over the next few months I want to share them with you. First up are are piece of vital kit to any bushy browed lady like myself – tweezers.

When I was approximately 12 puberty hit and my brows ‘blossomed’ into a bushy mess. Not the good Cara Delevigne kind, but the sort of brow which is relatively thin all over aside from the great tufts of hair between my eyes that form the dreaded mono-brow.

In my naive youth I attempted to better my brow situation with scissors (trimming the tufty ends) and when they grew closer together I think I probably even shaved them! But thankfully a kind friend introduced me to a hot cloth, and a pair of tweezers.

There really is nothing better to tidy up unruly brows than a pair of tweezers. While waxing, threading and even lazer treatment will do the job, you always need a pair of tweezers on hand to tidy up any strays. Tweezers are also by far the cheapest method of hair removal.

Tweezerman tweezers have been a favourite of mine for around four years. While they are pricey (£12 for the mini slant tweezer like mine above) they are something worth investing in if you consider that you will use them for years, the price per month is insignificant.

They are also by far the best that I’ve tried, I often find it hard to pluck out the tiny hairs that are beginning to grow back between my brows, these are the only tweezers I’ve found that will actually grab them. They stay sharp for ever and actually come with a sharpening guarantee.

My top tips for tweezing:

1. Always tweeze on clean, make up free skin otherwise you can clog pores
2. Before tweezing, press a hot flannel onto your brow to open pores. Splash face with cold water after to close.
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Stand in good light and use a magnifying mirror so that you can see and catch every stray hair, but take a step back every so often so that you don’t over pluck.
4. For the perfect shape, the front of your brow should line up with the sides of your nose or inner corner of your eye, the arch with your pupil and the ends with the outer edge of your eye (see diagram below). But remember to follow your natural shape and don’t overpluck.

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Image via samicone.com

You can buy Tweezerman mini slant tweezers for £12.50 from Boots, FeelUnique or BeautyBay (currently discounted), and other pharmacies or cosmetics stores. Tweezerman also sell a variety of tweezers in a wide range of style and colour from £12.50 to £21.50.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin

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I’m now onto my third or fourth tub of this lovely scrub so I thought it was about time I mention it.

I was recently looking for a new exfoliator to try, just because I wanted to switch things up a bit, but then I came across this petition concerning tiny plastic particles in scrubs which are polluting the ocean. So I decided I’d stick with my tried and tested, wonderfully natural exfoliator from Lush.

The Angels on Bare Skin cleaner is mostly made up of ground almonds along with glycerine, kaolin and some essential oils (full ingredients list below). The almonds make a very gentle exfoliator suitable for daily use, but they are also very effective at smothing the skin and cleansing pores. Kaolin helps to absorb grease and dirt – you usually find kaolin in a good clay mask.

The texture is really different and unlike any other scrub I’ve used. In the pot it is a super thick moist paste (not as gross as it sounds). To use the scrub, take a little in your hand and mix in a small amount of water until the texture turns milky, massage into your face all over, focusing on any congested areas. It leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft and smooth and not stripped at all (though my boyfriend does not care for the lavender bits left in the sink!).

I use this on my face daily as my only manual exfoliator, and it does the job really well. I like to exfoliate frequently to get rid of any dirt and grime in my pores and also to create a smooth base for my make up. Angels on Bare Skin is effective but gentle enough for daily use.

Angels on Bare Skin is available for £6.40 (100g) or £16 (250g) from Lush. I would recommend the smaller size as being a natural product is can go off over time, and they are the same price gram for gram anyway. You can also keep this in the fridge to keep fresh.

Angels on Bare Skin ingredients: Ground Almonds, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water (Aqua), Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Flowers, Limonene*, Linalool*.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

No7 Blend & Contour brush

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A blending brush is an essential to any eyeshade lover. A good one will beautifully buff out, smoothly blend eye shadow and quickly apply a wash of colour in a pinch. The Mac 217 is a prime example, the cult favourite blending brush, but at £18, it isn’t for everyone.

My blending brush of choice is the No7 Blend & Contour brush. Now I don’t own the 217 so can’t give a comparison but I can let you know why I love it.

The bristles are lovely and soft and tapered to give a slight dome to the top. It picks up colour well and works well at applying colour and blending it in one move. It’s equally useful to blend our any colour you pack on with a flatter and more dense brush (especially if it’s clean).

I remember the first once or twice I washed this brush I think that it shed a few bristles, but since then it’s been wonderful. It hasn’t thinned out at all and is good as new after every wash. I find occasionally if my eyes are particularly sensitive and I’m using it roughly it can be a little scratchy.

All in all it’s a daily staple for me, and easily performs the task of several brushes at once – applying shadow and blending. It works best with powder but also does a good job at applying and blending cream or liquid shadow (although you will need to wash it after use as heavier formulas weigh down the bristles).

Perhaps in the future a 217 may sit in my price range but for not I am completely content with my No7 offering. You can pick it up for £7.25 from Boots, or £4.25 with a No7 voucher!