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Monday, 28 January 2013

Revlon Grow Luscious mascara Review

Have you ever stumbled across a product and thought 'Wow, it really does what it says on the tin?' For me, this was my response to Revlon's Grow Luscious Plumping mascara. Seriously, it really is rather 'lushful'!

I came across this product after running out of my Clinique High Impact Mascara (tragic times for my student purse) and felt like I should give this a go. And, I'll admit I was surprised to say it achieves the same, if not more than Clinique! I have been using this mascara for about two months and have definitely noticed a difference in the length of my eyelashes. I would have done a before and after if I had known how miraculous the growth would be.

Moreover, it seperates, defines and most importantly does not leave clumps. As soon as I apply this mascara I notice that my eyes dramatically look more big and awake. As you can see I really cannot rave about this mascara enough. For the price (£9.99) it really is a genius in a tube! Click here to read more and maybe even purchase!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Estee Lauder Haul

I have, cheekily, been a tad extravagant this week with my student budget! On Tuesday I was fortunate to have a makeup lesson at Estee Lauder and came away spending a little more than intended...

I finally bought the Day Wear BB cream. I've never been a big fan of caking my face in foundation; infact I regularly just go natural! However, with the stress of exams and student life I have finally realised I need some coverage. This product has quickly become a perfect staple for me! If you are looking for something which will provide you with light coverage this is definitely for you. It creates a lovely dewey, natural finish; making your skin look wonderfully healthy! What more could you want?! Plus, its filled with wonderful ingredients, including spf 35. It really is the healthiest coverage you could ask for.

As you know I've always been MAC obsessed. For ages I have been wanting to purchase their paintpot in constructivist, however Estee has provided me with a fab alternative. Say hello to their new range of Pure Color Stay on Shadow Paints. As a creme product they are easy to blend and apply; creating a smokey yet natural look. Mine is in the colour cosmic!

My third purchase was that of a Crystal Creme lipstick. In my lesson I couldn't choose between a gloss or a stick and this product combined the two (just like MAC's creme sheen's sticks). I fell in love with this instantly as it created a perfect natural shine. Surprisingly it was quite a brown/pink shade; a tone which I have never been drawn too before, but trust me this shade, known as Crystal Nude, is a must!

Thankfully, or perhaps stupidly, my purse stretched a tiny bit more to invest in the Advanced Night Repair Eye cream. I have suffered with dark under-circles for a while now, and feel it is finally time to take action! This creme claims to reduce fine lines, provide moisture and reduce darkness! So I will have to keep you posted with my verdict on this one!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Company Blogging Forum

Last night Style Scout and I took a little trip to the Company Blogging event. Being used to a boring routine of revision we were perhaps a bit too excited about this trip to Shoreditch! After getting a tad lost, (and annoyed with google maps!) we finally arrived to what can only be described as an exciting evening of fashion blogging inspiration!

The evening consisted of talks from the editor and Company team; sharing their tips and advice about the blogging world! As well as meeting some other bloggers the event was truly encouraging for the blogging newbies. So with my new found skills I promise, or will try to, make a space for folkesthinks in this blogging environment. Watch this space! For more photos and advice from the night check out Company's website.

Monday, 7 January 2013

New Year, New Skin!

We may welcome in the New Year with celebration but without a doubt it can be a time of blues. We feel fat, unhealthy, spotty....You know what I'm talking about. But it's a great opportunity for CHANGE. If you are like me then every January will be time for Pre-Spring organising; sorting out my wardrobe, makeup and health. Basically getting 'clean', however weird that may sound...!
So with the popularity of my origins post I decided to share my top skin tips for 2013. Recommending products that will help you say welcome along a clean, healthy, pore-free, radiant face!
Skin Routine

My first tip is make sure you scrub that dirt off. The most common problem with unclear skin is that people don't know how to clean! Im sorry but just using soap and water really isn't going to do the trick! Now if you haven't heard about the hype of Liz Earle Cleanse and polish, my number 1, then where have you been?! This product really cleanses your skin. With the use of hot water and the action from the Muslin Cloth (which comes with the cleanser) it really works to unclog your pores and get rid of the dirt!

After a good cleanse you then need to use a toner. I like to use Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner. This helps to balance your skin's phd level. You don't really need to know the science behind this, but it basically helps to reduce the size of your pores and ensure your skin has been removed of daily impurities.

Then you want to MOISTURISE. This is such an important thing. You may not bother, but you really will have to suffer later in life. Everyday our face has to suffer from impurities within the air. It faces factors such as pollution/cold weather/poor diet/stress which remove moisture from the skin. Moisturising twice a day helps to repair and protect. It boost collagen levels, protects from spf and basically just makes your skin feel lovely ok?! Please just moisturise guys!!

A weekly step which we probably most forget is exfoliation. This will help to get rid of the build up of dead skin cells and overall helps your skin to feel fresh and renewed. I like to use this one from Clarins.
This step is also similar to using a mask. When your skin is feeling dry, tight or you're suffering from a black head break out then just relax and put on a mask! One such as this Origins one will help to revive a bright complexion and hydrate the skin.

My last tip is a solver after nights out: a face full of makeup that we simply cant be bothered to take off. I know the feeling! My ultimate product for this is no other than Witch Hazel foaming cleanser (just £3.99 I might add) or Clarins' Milk cleanser. In just one quick flash they quickly remove everything...and I mean everything! So there really is no excuse to go to bed with a full face of makeup that will just clog your skin up and lead to blocked pores and spots!

All of these steps/products really can't be recommended enough and I promise will help towards clearer skin.
If you really do want to have extra-beautiful skin then you need to remember...
1. You are what you eat. Im sorry to be blunt. But what you put in will reflect on your face. If you like to eat chocolate and sweets then the amount of saturates and refined sugar WILL eventually lead to horrible skin. Sorry, but its the truth girls!
2. Water, water, water.
Water helps to flush out toxins of the body, resulting in a brighter complexions and hydrated skin.
3.Green/herbal tea.
Studies have proven that it helps hydration levels thus resulting in a gloooowing complexion.
4. Don't use makeup wipes to clean your skin. Want to know why? Then read here

I hope you find that useful. If you have any 'holy grail' products that help you achieve clear skin, then I would be delighted if you leave me a comment!

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