Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Burts Bees Lip Crayon Review

As some of you may know, I am a huge Burts Bee's fan. Their lip balm was the only thing that saved my lips during my Roaccutane treatment and I've repurchased it time and time again.

Booths, a family owned and operated independent supermarket with stores across Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Greater Manchester area, offered to send me some Burts Bees products to try.

Burts Bees have expanded their lip care range to include coloured lip products such as their Satin and Glossy Lipsticks, Lipgloss, Tinted Lip Oils and their Matte and Gloss Lip Crayons, which I have to review today.

I've been edging away from heavy liquid lip colours as I feel something more moisturising is much more flattering on my lips and they are also easier to work with. Que the Burts Bees Matte and Gloss Lip Crayons. I have two shades in the matte formula named Sedona Sands, a beautiful nude pink and Redwood Forest, a 'just bitten' berry red. The third lip crayon is the gloss formula in the colour Santorini Sunrise, a summery bronzed coral.

Burts Bees Lip Crayon Review

The chubby crayon design makes it easy to apply, you can just throw them into your bag and top up your lip colour without a mirror when on the go. Both the gloss and matte crayons have a pigmented formula that doesn't feel drying or cakey on the lips. When I apply these, it feels as if my lips are being nourished.

The colour does need a top up after eating but this is to be expected from a creamier formula. They are comfortable and enjoyable to wear. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a new lip colour for the summer. Thank you to Booths for sending them over!
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

GIVEAWAY: Beauty Bundle Worth Over £60 - Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, Paw Paw and Fabulift

When Fuel PR got in touch, I couldn’t believe how many of my favourite beauty brands they had on their books. Fuel PR are a boutique PR agency in London, that create engaging campaigns for their partnered brands. They work with incredible brands such as Toni and Guy, INGLOT, Palmers and Paw Paw, just to name a few! I highly recommend following them on social media so you can see the latest releases and keep up to date with all your favourite brands.

I’ve teamed up with Fuel PR to celebrate their agency and all their fantastic brands by giving away a bundle of beauty essentials worth over £60!

Fuel PR Giveaway - Haircare and Skincare worth over £60


One lucky winner will receive a Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler, a Toni & Guy Daily Conditioning Dryer, Fabulift Advanced Formula Lifting Serum and a Papaya Gold Paw Paw Balm.
Excited about the prize and want to enter? Use the widget below to complete your entry.


Please note that the giveaway is only open to UK residents and you must also be happy to provide your address if you are selected the winner. There is no cash alternative to this prize. If the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, another will be selected. Any false entries will result in disqualification.

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer vs Soft Matte Concealer - Review and Comparison

I'm so guilty of getting swept up by beauty product hype. I picked up the infamous Soft Matte Concealer and Radiance Concealer from NARS as I found my well loved Collection Lasting Perfection concealer started looking cakey and dry under my eyes.

NARS Radiant Concealer vs Soft Matte Concealer - Review and Comparison

The Radiant Creamy Concealer comes in a lip gloss-esque tube, with a doe-foot applicator. I love to trowel on concealer as I have purple under eye bags, but the shape of the bottle and small wand only allow you to pick up a minimal amount of product, I need to layer this create a good coverage. It does have a glowy finish, my shade is a little lighter than my skin tone and foundation colour, so it does give that Kim K under eye highlight effect. You can powder under the eyes to prevent creasing and it doesn’t cake up. It feels light and hydrating, so I imagine it would be suitable for people with dry skin too.

The Soft Matte Complete Concealer comes in a little round pot, so you need your own Beauty Blender or brush to apply it. The formula is thicker and higher coverage than the brand’s other concealer. The consistency makes it perfect for covering spots and pigmentation. It smoothes over spots to blur their appearance and never looks cakey. It can also be used under the eyes to conceal dark circles.

Do you need both? I plan to repurchase both the Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Soft Matte Complete Concealer. I tend to need something more creamy under the eyes and something a little more heavy duty for spots, so for me, I can justify having both in my collection.

As you can probably tell by now, I actually do believe these concealers are worth the money and hype!

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Mario Badescu Skincare Haul

This haul started with just one product, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, as both Jodie and Gem had recommended this skincare product for spots. My skin recently had an acne flare up, which are rare since my Roaccutane treatment, so I was desperate to soothe and calm the few cystic spots that had appeared.


Beauty Bay was one of the only stockists of Mario Badescu I could find in the UK so I had a browse of the brand and it's skincare on their site. I spotted a set exclusive to the website created for MB's 50th anniversary, which already included the Drying Lotion. There was also a Silver Powder, which is said to help clear blackheads (I'm hoping for miracles), a Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, a Flower and Tonic Mask and an Enzyme Cleansing Gel. The set was £32, but I thought it would be a great way to try skincare from the brand before investing in a whole skincare routine in full sizes.

During the time of my purchase, if you spent over £35 on Mario Badescu, you received a glycolic duo, the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser and the Glycolic Acid, I can't wait to see how this compares to the Pixi Glow Tonic. So to take me over the £35 spend, I purchased the Healing and Soothing Mask. During acne flare-ups, my skin can get so sore so this sounded ideal for calming my angry skin.

I've heard amazing things about Mario Badescu skincare, I can already tell you the Drying Lotion is incredible at reducing the size of spots, I can't wait to try the rest and review them!

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

What's in my Everyday Makeup Bag

I love nothing more than rooting through someone’s makeup bag. It’s an amazing way to find new product recommendations. If something is good enough to remain in someone’s everyday makeup bag, it must be good! Mine is jam-packed with my favourite makeup products.

Makeup products spilling out of a makeup bag


If my skin is lacking in moisture I opt for the Too Faced Hangover Primer. It has a wonderfully light, moisturising formula. It doesn’t disrupt your foundation or clog pores, so it’s a winner in my book.

When I have a long day ahead of me or my skin is feeling oily, Soap and Glory’s One Heck of a Blot Primer has my back. Unlike Benefit’s Porefessional, this isn’t too silicony or slippy on the skin. It helps foundations longevity and smoothes over textured patches of skin.

I recently rediscovered this makeup product and fell back in love. True Match is a long wearing, semi-matte foundation. When powdered down it gives a flawless matte base, which lasts almost all day without needing to blot.

I rave about this foundation so frequently on my blog. This formula is the perfect mix of coverage and glow. You can see a more in-depth review and a comparison to the YSL All Hours Foundation here.

A blogger favourite, Collection’s concealer never fails to cover my purple under eye bags. 

This is the ideal powder for you if you want a semi-matte finish to your skin, it never looks cakey or flat. I don’t love the pot as I tend to get the powder everywhere and it’s not really travel friendly but it’s worth it for the product inside.

This cult classic from Tilbury is one of my favourite makeup items in my collection. Not only is it an incredible product, it is also housed in the most stunning Art Deco-inspired compact.

I only pop the tiniest bit of blush on the apples of my cheeks so I’m not too fussed on what brand I use for this. I bought this blusher as it’s noted as a dupe for MAC’s Stereo Rose, which I loved back in the day.

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EYE PRODUCTS

Again, this is a product I rave about on my blog. It provides both volume and length and doesn’t flake or smudge.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
I can't believe more people haven't tried this mascara. It has a tiny wand, imagine the same size as the brush on the Glossier Boy Brow, which grabs your small bottom lashes and coats them with long-lasting black colour.

I’m not very loyal when it comes to liquid liners, I’ll usually just get through ones I have been sent via blogger mail. However, I am really impressed by the Tattoo Liner, it’s a deep black that lasts on the eyes all day.

There are a few versions of the Archery Brow Pencil from Soap and Glory, the one I prefer has a thin tube, with a pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other. The nib is small enough to create hair-like strokes and it’s retractable so no need to carry a pencil sharpener.

When I can be bothered to create a full eyeshadow look, I reach for the Heat Palette. The simple matte shades are my favourites, although I do sometimes reach for the shimmers if I need to ramp up my look. I have a whole blog post dedicated to it here and this post also includes a high street dupe. If I don’t want a fussy eye look, I just add some of my bronzer to my crease with a fluffy brush, this adds definition.

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LIP PRODUCTS


Glossier Generation G Lip Colour in Crush
I can see why Glossier fans adore the Generation G range, it's a hybrid between a lip balm and lipstick making it ultra comfortable while tinting the lips.

I used to shy away from glossy textures on the lips, no one likes eating their hair when the wind comes but this isn’t sticky at all. It’s so comfortable to wear and looks so pretty on the lips.

Influenster sent me the whole colour range from this lipstick launch a few months ago, you can see my swatches and full review here. These are the perfect matte lipstick for me, they last nearly all day, with minimal touch-ups but they don’t feel drying on the lips.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Mini Mascara Reviews - Benefit BadGal Bang, Armani Eccentrico, Givenchy Noir Interdit, Too Faced Better Than Sex and Lancome Monsieur Big

I recently decluttered my Muji makeup storage and was shocked to see I had so many mascaras on the go! If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that I adore the Armani Eccentrico mascara and before that Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara was also one of my favourites so I'll always have these in my collection. I'm currently testing four other mascaras to see how they compare.

Mascaras from different brands lined up to be reviewed.
As I commented in my previous Rimmel post, this mascara's spiked conical wand does grab every lash but fails to create volume. I'm currently trying to use this mascara up, I use it on days when I'm going for a more natural 'no makeup' look or mixed with other mascaras. The wands of the Rimmel Wonder'fully Real and the Benefit BadGal Bang are very similar but the formula is so different!

I did wrote up a mini review of this on my Instagram, explaining that this made my lashes heavy and clumpy. I'm sad about this as I love Roller Lash and They're Real from Benefit. I think I might use this combined with the Rimmel one to use them up.

Rimmel Wonder'Fully Real Mascara compared to Benefit BadGal Bang Mascara Wand
Rimmel's Wonder'Fully Real Mascara (left) compared to Benefit's BadGal Bang Mascara Wand

This mascara has a very unusual wand, which can be bent at a 90-degree angle, making it perfect to reach every lash with its hair comb style wand. I do really like the fluttery lash effect this gives and the wand is surprisingly easy to use.

I purchased this on the recommendation of Alana Davidson, a YouTuber with the most beautifully long lashes. I think this mascara could become a contender for the top spot! It’s thick natural bristle wand is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. The formula and brush combined create a thick lash at the base with lovely fluttery ends, it’s buildable too!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Wand compared to Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Wand (left) compared to Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara


I’d love to know what mascaras you have been trying lately! Do you have any mascara's you'd like to see me reviews, leave them in a comment below!
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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Armani Luminous Silk Versus YSL All Hours Foundation - Comparison and Review

I can’t believe I hadn’t tried a YSL foundation until now! I’d heard Suzie from Hello October raving about their new All Hours Foundation, and it had been compared to Armani’s Luminous Silk so I picked up a bottle while in World Duty-Free.

I’ve used Armani Luminous Silk for a number of years and repurchased it time and time again so I pitted YSL’s new launch against it so I could give you a full comparison.

Armani Luminous Silk Shade 2 Compared to YSL All Hours Foundation B 10 - Comparison and Review

SHADE RANGE & PACKAGING

I have the little shade in Luminous Silk which is shade 2, it’s a little too dark for me, for reference I’m NW15 in MAC. It does come in 24 shades, but as they are just numbered it’s hard to tell undertones online, I would recommend being shade matched in store if you haven’t used any Armani foundations before.

I picked up the lightest shade in the YSL All Hours foundation which is named B10 Porcelain, this is a better shade match than the Armani base. I'd say Armani's shade 2 is probably equivalent to YSL B20. Again, the numbers on the YSL foundations can be confusing but at least they have corresponding names which hint at the shade of foundation.

Both foundations come in glass bottles so not great for travelling but on the plus side, they do have a pump each!


FORMULA & LONGEVITY

Armani’s Luminous Silk offers more of a glowier finish, but this does make it a little sheerer than the YSL All Hours. This also means that if you have an oily T-zone oil tends to creep through sooner than the YSL base, but it is easy to blot down.

The YSL All Hours Foundation has a heavier coverage than the Luminous Silk, this will work in your favour if you have acne or pigmentation you’d like to cover. It’s not a flat matte like most long lasting foundations, it does have a subtle glow to it. It does last longer on the skin than LS but isn’t as hardcore as Estee Lauder’s Double Wear.

Both Luminous Silk and All Hours slightly oxidise on me, as I have oily/combination skin so be aware of this when you choose a shade.


THE WINNER?

I was expecting at the end of this comparison to have decided on a winner but I can honestly say I love them both! They do have similarities but I think they have enough difference in the formula to justify having both in your collection.

 I'd reach for each one for different reasons. If my skin is looking quite clear, I'd opt for Armani's Luminous Silk, as I wouldn't need as heavier of a coverage and I might enjoy a bit of a glow if I wasn't too oily in my T-zone. If I was having a bad skin day, I would opt for YSL's All Hours as it's heavier coverage covers a multitude of sins and it is more long lasting on the skin.

I'd love to know which one you prefer?

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

High-End Beauty Haul and Mini Reviews - Givenchy, Estee Lauder and By Terry

Duty-Free beauty shopping is honestly one of my favourite things about going on holiday! I feel like a kid in a candy store knowing what is on offer is usually discounted compared to the high street, but also Duty-Free that have their own beauty sets which are exclusive to them!

World Duty-Free Beauty Haul, Givenchy, By Terry and Estee Lauder

The girls at World Duty-Free kindly sent over some beauty products available at the terminals. They have a fantastic selection of high-end brands so I was excited to see some of my favourites had been included in the PR package.

First up is the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock which has been on my wishlist for AGES! I much prefer cream eyeshadows for everyday wear. They are quick, fuss-free and look beautiful on the eyes and the By Terry one are no exception to this. The shade Misty Rock is gorgeous purple with a brown base that twinkles and reflects in the light. It's incredibly creamy and pigmented, yet can be blended out with ease. I may pick up some more shades from Duty-Free when I head to New York later this year.

Another of the PR items was for the eyes, the Givenchy Noir Interdit Lash Extension Effect Mascara. You can tell this mascara is created by a fashion house, the packaging is so chic with its polished black squared tube and ribbon effect trim. The one thing that is unusual about this mascara is its wand. The head itself looks like a mini hair-brush, rounded with only one side of bristles. It also can be clicked on its side at a 90-degree angle to make application easier. I do find that if I place my mirror under my face pointing upwards, I can use the brush at the 90-degree angle and it's easier to get to the root of my lashes. I find the formula gives lengthened and separated, fluffy looking lashes - very pretty!

Givenchy Noir Interdit Lash Extension Effect Mascara Review

Last but not least was a travel exclusive from Estee Lauder, their 3 Pure Colour Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks with a small cosmetics case, perfect for travel. The set contains, 11 Nude Reveal, 220 Sheer Sin and 320 Drop Dead Red, a nude, a pink and a red, all you would need to take away with you on holiday. The name of these lipsticks is a bit of a tongue twister but it does accurately describe the formula, they do have a 'pure' high pigment, that also has a lustre finish, it almost makes the lips look more sculpted and plump with the light reflecting elements. They are a dream to wear, not sticky or drying in any way. I'm glad to have them in my collection.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipsticks in 11 Nude Reveal, 220 Sheer Sin and 320 Drop Dead Red

I didn't actually know you can look at World Duty-Free prices online before you fly, so you can make a little beauty wishlist beforehand!

I would love to know what you pick while at the airport in the World Duty-Free beauty hall!
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

3 Products To Renew And Revitalise Your Skin

Sometimes I look in the mirror and my skin just looks crap, it just looks very dull and the texture is terrible. This is usually down to my own neglect but I have 3 handy products in my skincare stash which renew and revitalise my skin overnight.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum, Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, The Ordinary Buffet

A new addition to my skincare stash but a well-loved one. This serum can be used both day and night and works on reducing the appearance of fine lines, adds radiance and firmness to the skin. I remember the first night I used it, woke up the next morning with baby soft skin (insert all of the heart eye emojis). The packing is not also luxe but it’s very easy to use, you just push the button on the top and the pipette sucks up enough product for one application. It’s a lovely light consistency and works well with any moisturiser you follow up with.

If you want something more potent, I’d highly recommend Sunday Riley’s Luna. My skin is rather hardy so it’s not often that a product works wonders but this stuff works on pigmentation and scarring overnight. I have heard mixed reviews about this, if you have sensitive skin or aren’t sure on splashing out the £45 for the 15ml, I’d try and get a sample first.

If my skin looks dry and tired, I think I look aged beyond my years, this is where The Ordinary’s Buffet Serum comes in. It has amazing hydrating properties mixed with amino acids that plump your skin, helping to create a softer and more youthful appearance.

What are your go-to products to renew and revitalise your skin overnight?
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Friday, 26 January 2018

January Payday Buys - Fashion & Beauty

January seemed to have at least 75 days in the month. Payday seemed so painfully far away after Christmas but it’s FINALLY here! I’ve had a few items on my wishlist throughout the month which you can see below.


My payday fashion picks have been heavily influenced by Sophie from Fashion Slave, I decided I need some cute skirts and a baker boy hat after religious following her outfit posts on Instagram.

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When it comes to beauty, I’ve been on a bit of a ‘No Beauty Buy January’ effort, however this payday I might have to cave and purchase these bits. I have an affiliate link that gets you £10 off your first Feel Unique order here: http://referme.to/inQeDso

I’ve really been struggling with the condition of my hair lately, I use a lot of heat due to my unruly naturally curly hair. I’d tried the shampoo and conditioner from Pureology by Victoria from In The Frow’s recommendation and I loved it, time for a top up. While browsing I spotted they had a strength haircare range too, plus Aveda had a split end helper, all went into my basket!

When it comes to makeup I’m on a bit of a base makeup hype, they are one of my favourite beauty products to try out! I’ve heard lots of people rave about the YSL All Hours Foundation, the Nars Soft Matte Concealer and the Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand, so I am dying to try them for myself.

Some skincare also accidentally found its way into my basket, I needed a top up of my well-loved Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream moisturiser. I’ve also been keen to expand the range of Ordinary skincare products I own, so I’ve been looking at the retinol. I’d love to know if anyone has tried this and has a review! 

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Revlon Lip Wardrobe

My blog is actually named after a Revlon lipstick called Cherries in the Snow. The brand kindly sent me their ‘Lip Wardrobe’, a blogger package which included their latest lip launches. It was the perfect opportunity to try the trial and compare the different formulas and discover which ones I liked best.

Review of the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks, Ultra HD Gel Lipcolours, Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolours, Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour and Colourstay Lip Liners.
I am familiar with the Super Lustrous Lipstick formula as my Cherries in the Snow lipstick was created in this formula. It’s a smooth, pigmented lipstick which feels comfortable on the lips. I can highly recommend them if you are fed up of drying, cakey mattes and want ‘comfy’ lip colours to wear. The shades inside the box were Bombshell Red, Bare Affair and Naughty Plum. Although the named Bombshell Red suggests a potent pillar box red, this hue is more of a moodier berry red. Naughty Plum is a grey-toned plum shade which gives a vintage vampy feel. Bare Affair would be ideal for nude lipstick lovers as it is a neutral beige pink.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks in Bombshell Red, Bare Affair and Naughty Plum

The two Colourstay Lipliners came in the shades Nude and Plum, these would work well under a number of shades. They are retractable pencils, so no need to fuss with sharpening. They create a very defined lip line without being drying on the lips. There is also no tugging to get the desired effect, MAC pencil lipliners I’m looking at you.

Revlon Colourstay Lipliner in Nude and Plum

I’m not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks but I was intrigued by Revlon’s offering. The ‘Lip Wardrobe’ contained two formulas of the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour. The darkest shade, Infatuation, was their basic matte liquid lip but the shades, Gleam and Shine were matte metallics, a strange concept to me! They all have a long stiff doe foot applicator and a heavy synthetic scent of birthday cake. The metallic mattes do have a pretty finish but they aren’t something I’d wear daily and they also take a little work as they aren’t completely streak-free. The matte dark shade is a miss for me, it applied so streakily and uneven, making a darker lip even harder to work with.

Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolour in Gleam and Shine, Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Infatuation

Lastly, my favourites from the ‘Lip Wardrobe’, the Ultra HD Gel Lipcolours, I received the shades Sand and Pink Cloud. Suzie from Hello October had mentioned the Sand shade in her recent favourites and I can see why. The formula of the HD Gel Lipcolours allows it to glide over the lips with ease and leaves a pretty sheen. As far as longevity they are better than most coloured balms I have tried but even when you do need to reapply this can be done without a mirror as they are that easy to use!

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour in Sand and Pink Cloud

Here are the colours swatched for you. Left to right: Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Infatuation, Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolours in Shine and Gleam, Super Lustrous Lipsticks in Naughty Plum, Bombshell Red and Bare Affair, Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour in Pink Cloud and Sand and Colourstay Lipliners in Plum and Nude.

Revlon Swatches Left to right: Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Infatuation, Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolours in Shine and Gleam, Super Lustrous Lipsticks in Naughty Plum, Bombshell Red and Bare Affair, Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour in Pink Cloud and Sand and Colourstay Lipliners in Plum and Nude.


I’d love to know if you have a favourite Revlon lip colour formula!
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

My Thoughts On The Latest Rimmel Launches

Rimmel isn’t a brand that features heavily in my makeup collection. When I was a teenager, I used their brow pencil and their Stay Matte powder religiously but I’ve now discovered better quality products for the same price. When Influenster sent me a box of new Rimmel launches, I was very open-minded, putting my thoughts of cakey matte powder and too dark eyebrow pencils behind me.

New Rimmel mascara, eyeliner, nail polish and lip glosses reviewed.


First up was their new mascara launch, Wonderfully Real Mascara. It has a plastic spikey wand, that is tapered at one end, this did comb through the lashes well. However, it is the formula of this mascara that lets it down. A few swipes do build up the volume but the consistency is heavy on the lashes so they don’t stay lengthened and pumped up for long. They sort of shrink back down after a few seconds.

Their latest eyeliner launch called Ink Me is interestingly also marketed as a body liner. I assume they intend for it to be used in things like festivals or Halloween to create designs on the body. It comes in two shades, Pitch Black and Golden Gang. For an eyeliner named Pitch Black I would have expected a very opaque, impactful black, but it’s a little too watery. I do think the tiny thin brush would be excellent for getting right into the inner corner of the eye, but it’s not that great in terms of flexibility when creating the flick to your liner look.

Also following the body art theme, they have also released temporary tattoos in gold and black designs. I do think these are fun but this launch might have been better timed during the summer festival season.

Next up was the Lip Art Lip Top Coat, which is available in 3 shades, Pearlescent, Gold and Blush. These would be the best high street alternatives to the Jouer Lip Toppers I have seen. They can be worn alone, they are very pigmented for a metallic gloss, but as the name suggests they perform better over the top of a lip colour. For something subtle, I would suggest only dabbing a tiny amount in the middle of your lips to create a plumped look. You can apply a generous layer for a full on metallic lip look. They aren’t sticky so they are worth trying if you don’t want to splash out on the Jouer ones.

Lastly, there was a glitter nail polish in Red Crush in the Influenster box. This red polish contains beautiful silver glitter flecks throughout. It is a pain to remove but isn’t every glittery nail polish. If you want it to last longer, I can thoroughly recommend the Rimmel Gel Top Coat, it really does improve the longevity.

This Rimmel Influenster box had hits and misses, I wouldn’t purchase the liners or mascara but the metallic glosses and nail polish are worth a look. If you received this box too, I’d love to know what you think!
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Sunday, 7 January 2018

How I Am Looking After My Skin In 2018

2017 was the year my skin changed. For those who don’t know, I started my second course of Roaccutane for my serve acne at the end of 2016 and it carried through to the beginning of last year. Part of the treatment and side effects is extreme drying of the skin to stop the skin producing excess oil creating more spots.

Previously, I’d be so used to having oily, acne prone skin so I have hundreds of lotions and potions geared towards these skincare concerns. After my treatment finished the dryness lessened but I now have combination skin with drier patches around my nose and occasional spots on my chin and cheeks. The imbalance is a little harder to treat and keep healthy. So I’m adapting my routines to keep my skin happy in 2018.

Skincare tips for 2018

Don’t Miss Steps
When I’m feeling lazy, I will just cleanse and then moisturise but serums, oils and treatments are a big part of a skincare routine. They help your other skincare to work more effectively so can’t be forgotten.

Gut Health
Gut health isn't really something people think about when discussing skin but it has a big impact. I recently had a York Food intolerance test done after experiencing digestive issues. It was a simple process, a box is sent to you which contains the instruments to do the test. All you need to do is prick your finger and catch the blood on a test paper, then wrap it all back up and sent the box back to the York Test labs. A few days later you'll receive a letter which shows the foods you are intolerant too. This is followed up with a call from a specialist who can help you find alternatives. Wheat was one of the biggest intolerances I had, after confirming this I pieced things together. When my skin has spotty I'd been eating lots of heavy carbs, and it had also flared up eczema on my hands. I'm slowly opting for more wheat-free meals and I hope to see a difference in my skin soon.

Extra Nutrients
Part of cutting down on heavy carbs is including healthier options, I'll be adding more fruit and vegetables to my diet. To ensure that my skin has all the nutrients it needs to function and repair, I’m also taking multi-vitamins. Emma from ‘Lolita Says So’ has a comprehensive guide to supplements for the skin.

Treatments
I’ve been lucky enough to try out a few facial treatments from the likes of Jurlique, Elemis and Clarins. They press reset button on my skin, I leave feeling glowy and more positive about the look of my skin. I used to think that facial treatments were a luxury but I’ve decided that my skin is worth the investment so I’ll be treating myself to one every few months.

I’d love to hear your skincare tips or any new products you are trying in January!

*York Test was provided to review, but all opinions are my own.

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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Most Loved Beauty Products of 2017

If I lost all my makeup and skincare collection these are the items I would repurchase without hesitation. These are my most well-loved and well-used products of 2017.


Getting the right shade of contour and bronzer is important to me as I have such pale skin. The bronze shade within this beautiful Art Deco-inspired packaging looks so natural on me, I don’t have to worry about look orange. I’ve also had plenty of compliments on my highlight while wearing the one from Charlotte Tilbury, it’s a wonderful lit from within gold shade.

As I’ve got older, I just want eyeshadows that look pretty and are minimal effort, CT has answered these prayers. Her cream eyeshadow pots contain beautifully whipped cream colours that can be applied with your fingers and last all day. I have the shades Bette and Jean, I’d love to purchase the other shades in the near future.

This is a blogger favourite and for good reason. It covers purple eyebags and hides pesky spots with ease. I’ve used expensive concealers from Tarte and Armani but I always come back to this one.

I’m a floozy when it comes to foundations, I switch and change all the time but Luminous Silk is one I have repeatedly gone back to in 2017. It’s a beautiful formula that isn’t heavy but has enough coverage to hide all my skins sins. It’s a satin finish that gives life to your face without leaving you an oily mess. If you haven’t tried it yet, get yourself a sample!

During 2017 I went off high street mascaras as none could give me both volume and length I need. Armani’s Eccentrico Mascara is well worth the price, it doesn’t smudge and gives you false lash effect eyelashes.

I picked this Sephora own brand powder up in Paris last January on a whim and it turned out to be the best blurring face powder I have ever tried! It gives a filter-like appearance to the skin and it’s suitable for the under-eye area too. It doesn’t keep you matte all day, I usually blot anyway but looks excellent in photos.

I had a pot of this cult Kiehl’s product in my stash for ages and finally put it to good use when I started my Roaccutane journey. My skin was so dehydrated and tight, this skincare item put the comfort back into my skin. I’ve continued using it after my acne treatment ended as I can’t find a moisturiser I like better!

This little eye cream is a recent discovery. After having eczema on my eyelids, I needed something that would soothe the itch but also hydrate the eye area without irritation. The Ultra Eyes provides this but it also works well under makeup, not disrupting concealer or eyeshadow.

I’ve been sceptical about setting sprays in the past but I’m really enjoying MAC’s offering. If I have gone a little too heavy on the foundation and powder a few spritzes of this just helps to refresh the base makeup and helps it look less cakey.

After shaving my legs, I suffer from terrible itchy and dry skin, no matter what razor or shaving product I use. The only thing I have found that will soothe the skin instantly is Lush’s Dream Cream. It’s a lightweight yet highly moisturising body lotion. I’ve heard from other bloggers that it works well on eczema too.

At the start of 2017, I started my second course of Roaccutane to combat my serve acne. As it had done previously, my skin became extremely dry and sore. Cetaphil Moisturing Cream came to the rescue. It’s very affordable and available in Boots in the chemist section. It’s a heavy-duty moisturiser that gives the skin a barrier from the cold weather and further irritation. Since finishing my Roaccutane treatment I have continued to use Cetaphil for eczema. I’ll always have a tube of this on hand just in case.

Sometimes my skin likes to throw a number of concerns at me all at once, dehydration, dryness and spots. When this happens I reach for my Clarins Lotus Oil, my thirsty skin drinks it up and my spots are calmed overnight.

This product isn’t very glamorous but it has been a lifesaver. During my Roaccutane treatment, I had very dry eyes and I also work at a computer, so a few drops helped to revive my eyes quickly.


I’d love to know what beauty products were your most used over 2017, leave a comment below.
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