Friday, 21 October 2016

Affordable Cleansers

Though I have used more expensive cleansers in this past, I do question whether spending lots on a product that is on my face for mere seconds is really worthwhile. I feel much better buying more affordable cleansers that are lovely to use and clean my skin effectively. These are my current recommendations. 

The first is - don't panic - a foaming cleanser! I've been using Naturally Radiant products for a while now and it's one of my favourite own brand ranges. Foaming cleansers have a rather negative reputation because they tend to contain harsh ingredients that strip the skin of moisture. After a quick scan of the ingredients list in store, I was surprised the Naturally Radiant Refreshing Complete Cleanser didn't contain SLS so I decided to give it a try. I use a couple of pumps, and afterwards my oily skin feels thoroughly cleansed, but not overly tight or dry. I feel this cleanser would be suitable for most skin types, except those with very dry skin. Next is the Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser. I really like the Good Things range because their products are all formulated to be gentle, effective, and affordable. The cleanser is a thick cream, which feels lovely on the skin when I take the time to really massage it in. It can be used to remove makeup, which I do do sometimes, but I use it most as a second step cleanse. My favourite thing about this product is the scent, if you like honey and sweet fragrances I'm sure you will like this too! Lastly is the Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser. It's actually quite similar to the Good Things cleanser in terms of texture and delicious scent. It also can be used as a first step, second step cleanse, or both. 

Do you have any favourite cleansers?

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Maybelline Color Tattoo Collection

(Top to bottom and/or L to R - Vintage Plum, On and On Bronze, Chocolate Suede, Creme De Nude, Breathless, Creme De Rose, Permanent Taupe, Fantasy, and Creamy Beige)

Ever since they launched in the UK about four years ago, I've been slowly collecting all of the neutral Maybelline Color Tattoos. Initially On and On Bronze was really the only shade in the collection that I was interested in - there were a lot of brights and an.. interesting orange shade. The number of wearable shades has since increased as well as new textures. These are the nine shades I now currently own and how I like to wear them.

My favourite and most worn shade, as you can see, is by far On and On Bronze. I like the way the warm, shimmery, bronze colour looks with my blue eyes and it takes just seconds to apply. Though it is significantly drier since I bought it, it's still usable, which I thick is impressive for a cream formula! My next most used shades are actually three of the mattes - Creme De NudeCreme De Rose, and Creamy Beige. I wear these as all over colours and usually with brown liner. I like the way these all look very clean, but still add some colour. Fantasy and Breathless are much newer additions to my collection, so I haven't used them as much. Fantasy is similar to On and On Bronze, but more cool toned and Breathless is a good highlighting, inner corner shade. The colours I have worn the least are unsurprisingly the darkest and relatively less wearable shades of the bunch - Vintage PlumChocolate Suede, and Permanent Taupe. Vintage Plum can look slightly bruise like, and I need to experiment more with Chocolate Suede and Permanent Taupe to find the best way to wear them.

What are your favourite shades?

Friday, 14 October 2016

My MAC Lipsticks

(L to R - See Sheer, Syrup, Plumful, Patisserie, Chatterbox)

If you've ever been into a MAC store then you will know that although the vast range of products and shades is incredible, it can be a little overwhelming! I really like reading and watching collection posts and videos because seeing what someone else with similar tastes has picked is really helpful when deciding what might suit me too. It also means I consider shades I would have otherwise disregarded. When it comes to lipsticks I generally like to wear sheer colours that are easy to wear and reapply throughout the day. These are the five MAC lipsticks I currently own, and how/when I like to wear them.

The first is Sea Sheer - a red shade that I don't wear nearly as much as I should. I bought it after watching one of Estee's videos in which she talked about her favourite shades and this one stood out to me. My favourite way to apply it is as a light, subtle wash of colour, but it can be layered up for a bolder look. Second is my most worn of the bunch, Syrup. If I don't know what to wear but want some  colour then this is often what I go for. In fact it's often left in my bag from the day before! Next is Syrup's slightly darker sister - Plumful. I wear this a lot during autumn and winter, dabbed on lightly for more of a stain. The fourth shade my one and only MAC nude - Patisserie. I bought this after Anna said this was the shade she wears when she didn't know what to wear. It's a very versatile shade that I know I can wear any day and for all occasions. Last is Chatterbox, a warm toned bright pink. It's an amplified finish rather than lustre like the others, which means it's bolder and more pigmented. Applied lightly with lip balm on top is my favourite way to wear this one.

What's your favourite MAC shade?

Friday, 7 October 2016

Forever Repurchased

Sometimes, I love nothing more than a good wander around Boots hunting for any exciting launches! I enjoy trialing new products and writing reviews, but there are also a handful of products that I buy time and time again. I go back to them because they just work, and that's what I need when I'm getting ready in the morning. These are the products I am always repurchasing. 

The Topshop Kohl Pencil in Sable is the creamiest, softest liner I have ever used! It doesn't drag and doesn't smudge too much throughout the day. Unfortunately my local store doesn't stock makeup, so I tend to pick up a spare when I'm near a larger one. As it is so soft, it does need sharpening each time for a sharp line, but as it only costs £4 I don't mind too much. Inside the majority of my bags there is a Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm. They do cost a little more than average but I find these far more moisturising and the effect lasts longer too. There is a range of scents and shades - the honey scent is my favourite and the pink tinted Pomegranate one is a nice, easy to wear everyday shade. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is a product I've been buying since my school days. I vividly remember carrying one with me and reapplying ever chance I had. I was yet to discover the wonder of blotting sheets! I've tried other powders, but keep coming back to this one because it just works. The Maybelline Brow Satin Pencil is a relatively new discovery, but it is still very much a staple. It is a fine, twist up pencil that is easy to use and apply. Finally, makeup wise, is the much hyped Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. It's a thick, high coverage concealer that's perfect for spots or areas of redness that are difficult to cover.

When it comes to skincare I tend to try a lot more products and rarely repurchase. However, there are a couple of things that I do go back to. First is the Neutrogena Concentrated Hand Cream. My hands get very dry and sore, particularly during these colder months and applying this cream every night really helps! Come morning my hands feel soft and nourished. At night I also use the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm. I find lip products apply much better the next day when I use it consistently. 

What products do you buy over and over?

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Rimmel x Kate Moss 15 Year Anniversary Lipsticks

Ever since she joined the brand way back in 2001, the Rimmel and Kate Moss collaborations have proven extremely popular. I'm sure a lot of people own at least one lipstick from the Lasting Finish collection, which first launched in 2011 to celebrate ten years with the brand. This year is Kate's fifteenth year with Rimmel and to mark the occasion there is a new anniversary collection of nudes and reds, inspired by Kate's most iconic looks. 

There are six shades in total (£6.49 each) and I picked up two of the nudes - 'My Nude' and 'Rock 'N' Roll Nude' (L to R in the swatch above). 'My Nude' is a classic nude shade, while 'Rock 'N' Roll nude' is a bit more peach toned. Both shades are incredibly versatile and easy to wear. On the lips they feel creamy and moisturising, however, this does mean that they're not the most long lasting of formulas! I find I have to reapply after eating or drinking, but as nudes these are super easy to reapply, even without a mirror. Lastly, a note on the packaging! I really like the metallic pink cases, I think the range stands out among the many Rimmel lip products, and the lipsticks look more expensive than they actually are.

What do you think?
Do you like the collection?
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