Friday, 25 November 2016

Most Used Single and Duo Eyeshadows

Eyeshadow palettes are definitely one of my favourite products to browse and collect (shamefully the ones I own now fill half a drawer..) and when I have the time, I love to experiment and play with lots of shades. But sometimes too much choice is actually a bad thing, and on the days I'm in more of a rush to get ready, I'm often drawn towards my singles and duos for ease. They're also far more practical for travelling. From left to right, these are the ones I use the most.

Admittedly the first three, Nyx Bedroom EyesL'Oreal Over the Taupe, and Natural Collection Asteroid do all look fairly similar in the pans. But they are different when applied - promise! As you can see, I'm a big fan of neutrals and find them the easiest to wear daily. Bedroom Eyes from Nyx is the darkest, and warmest of the bunch. I really like to wear it smudged all around my eyes as liner. Over the Taupe is much lighter and more golden in tone. It's very smooth in texture, and looks much like a cream formula when applied. Asteroid sits between the two colour wise and is the most powdery textured of the trio so is best applied over a primer. No7 Iridescent Purple is a duo that I end up using far more than I imagined I would when I bought it. I wear the pink all over my lid, and then using a small angled brush, the deeper plum shade as liner. It's a nice way to wear a bit of colour, without straying too far from the bronzes!

Do you have any favourite single shadows?

Friday, 18 November 2016

My Skincare Routine

The perfect skincare lineup is something that takes a lot of time and patience to put together. It has taken me a while, but I have finally found a group of products that work well together and suit my skin's needs. These are the products that are currently making up my everyday morning and evening routine. 

For cleansing I am using the Super Facialist Calming Creamy Cleanser. It's a thick, cream texture with a lovely rose scent. I massage a generous amount with a little water into my skin, and then remove with a muslin cloth. I also use this in the evenings to double cleanse - the first removes makeup and the second cleanses the skin. I find it removes makeup well and it also doesn't sting my eyes. While my skin is still slightly damp I apply a little of the TBS Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion with my hands. It sinks in quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and provides a boost of hydration. Which my skin definitely appreciates during these colder months! Next is eye cream, at the moment I am using the Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream. With my ring finger I gently dab a small amount under and any excess around my eyes. I really like that the packaging allows me to control exactly how much I apply each time. As my treatment step I am using the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Serum. I don't have any particular skin issues I want to try and treat, so I like this serum because it is aimed at those in their 20s to 30s and claims to correct and improve how skin looks. I use two pumps both morning and evening and it feels hydrating and absorbs quickly (spotting a trend here?). Lastly for moisturiser, I use the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Day Cream. Like the serum, it claims to perfect the skin. Although it seems fairly thick in texture, I find it actually feels quite light on my skin. 

What are your favourite skincare products?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Sulphate Free Shampoos

Since getting my hair highlighted earlier in the year, I have been making an effort to only use sulphate free products to both preserve my colour and see whether the switch could improve the condition of my hair. Sulphates are the ingredient that make products lather up, but have also been criticised for drying out hair and stripping colour. However, there is also the view that sulphates are not in contact with hair for long enough to cause harm. I recommend doing your own research, but I came to the conclusion that as long as it cleansed effectively, I would use sulphate free products to see whether it benefitted my hair in any way.

For reference I have oily, fine hair, that tends to lack volume so I look for lightweight products that promise a boosting effect. These three shampoos are all sulphate free, yet foam up just as well as regular ones. The L'Oreal Pure Colour Volume Shampoo was the first one I used as it is specially for my recently coloured hair. It's a very creamy formula, so feels more hydrating than others typically do. I didn't notice any significant colour fading, so I would definitely use this again in the future. Both the Botanics Volume Shampoo and the Kind Natured Rosemary & Mint Shampoo are translucent formulas which leave my hair feeling slightly more bouncy and lifted. So far I haven't noticed any significant improvement in the general condition of my hair, however, as I've not seen any adverse effects either, I will continue to use and trial sulphate free hair products.

Do you have any sulphate free recommendations?

Friday, 11 November 2016

Favourite One Coat Nail Colours

I love the look of freshly painted nails, but I don't particualrly enjoy the actual process. I'm very indecisive about colour choice and often end up smudging my hard work accidentally. To try and encourage myself to dedicate more time to nails, I recently sorted through my current stash. I gave away any that I either didn't like or had been neglected because they were a faff to apply. These four are some of my favourite shades and are opaque with just one coat - a major thumbs up in my book!

Divine Wine is a beautiful, autumnal, berry shade which I'm sure I will be drawn to now and in the coming months. I also really like that it has a wide brush which means I can paint each nail in just one or two strokes. Next, Green Room, is typically more of a spring/summer shade, but I believe in making up your own rules so I would wear this colour any time of the year. This shade is particularly flattering to wear with a tan. Rose Chrome is a pink, metallic, foil shade. I really like this for evenings out as it dresses up an outfit. This type of finish is great if you're a bit clumsy like me - any chips can be painted over and the colour looks good as new again. Lastly is Funtime Fuschia, a bright pink shade from Rimmel's quick dry lineup. This too has a wider brush to make painting as easy as possible.

What's your favourite no fuss nail colour?

Friday, 4 November 2016

Lush Sugar Scrub

Since researching and reading about microbeads (you can do so too here if you wish) and the threats they post to sea creatures, and ultimately us, I decided to no longer purchase any products containing them. For a lot of products, cleansers and body washes for example, it's fairly easy to find a bead free alternative. Microbead free, more natural body scrubs however, proved much trickier to find. 

Eventually I found the Lush Sugar Scrub - a green, half sphere made up of sugar, grated ginger, and fresh fennel. It claims to brighten and buff the skin as well as boost circulation. Lush also describe this as an 'intense scrub' so using a light hand is key. I particularly like using this on my legs, pre shave for ultimate smooth skin. To use, I damped the product slightly and the very gently exfoliate my skin with the flat side of the dome. I also use it on my feet, like a pumice stone. It then rinses off cleanly without leaving any residue. So far I have used the scrub about four times, and it's now about a third of its original size. I think the amount of the uses for £2.95 is fair and would happily buy the product again. The only downside I have found is that its not the easiest product to store as it needs to be able to completely dry between uses. 

Do you have any natural or environmentally friendly product recommendations?

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

October Favourites

This month I have been making a real effort to actually use up my products, rather than buying and trialling lots of new ones. As a result, favourites for October are all rediscovered gems, and this is why I like them.

The Wet Brush, in my opinion, is the far more practical version of the very popular Tangle Teezer. It did work well, but being made of slippy plastic meant I spent more time chasing it round my room than actually with it in my hand. The rubber material and classic hairbrush shape of The Wet Brush make it much easier to use. I also own the mini version for travel and it works well too. The Toni & Guy Rough Texturiser is by far my favourite texture spray. I've tried others, but I tend to find they feel too 'producty' in my hair. It doesn't offer much hold or volume, but for a subtley messy look this is ideal. The Bourjois Happy Light Concealer has overtaken Collection Lasting Perfection recently as my high coverage product of choice. The thick, dry consistency is great for any spots or redness and it lasts all day too. This month I rediscovered the Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. The rubber bristled wand is the perfect size for grabbing every single lash, and the formula adds a good amount of drama and volume. Lastly, I have been sparingly crumbling the Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar into my evening baths. Bubble Bars are my favourite product to buy from Lush because I can get so many uses out of them. I love the relaxing, fruity scent of The Comforter, and the pink tint it gives my bath!

What are your October favourites?

Friday, 28 October 2016

Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask

Whenever I walk past a Lush store I find it actually impossible to not walk in and pick up something! After all, a girl can never have too many bubble bars right?! One of my favourite things to try from Lush is their masks. Slowly I am making my way through all of the ones that take my fancy and seem suitable for my skin type. Favourites so far include Rosy Cheeks and Mask of Magnaminty, but the one currently residing in my fridge is the BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask.

I am a big fan of masks and like to use a few different ones every week for various skin issues. BB Seaweed is currently ticking the clay based mask box. Ingredients include seaweed and aloe vera to calm and soothe the skin, kaolin to draw out excess oil and impurities, and millet flakes to exfoliate when removing the product. The mask is quite thick and porridge like in terms of texture. It is fairly easy to apply and immediately feels very cooling on the skin, which is dreamy when my skin is feeling stressed and congested. The directions state to leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes, however I find it dries and starts to feel uncomfortable after about 5. My preferred way to remove the mask is to splash it off with warm water. Using a damp muslin or flannel proved far too messy for my liking! Afterwards my skin feels much fresher and nourished. It appears to help any spots clear up a bit faster too. 

What are your favrourite Lush masks?
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