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Friday, 29 May 2015

An Overnight Hero

Receiving a Space NK £5 incentive usually results in a lot of planning in my books. I can't waste a voucher and so I take time in researching what will be the best investment. For me, this means high-end skin care. After reading a lot of praise (seriously, nearly on every blog) about the Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial I decided this would be the one.

This isn't like any oil I have tried before. It has a much thicker consistency unlike something like the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil. This texture helps to massage it deep into the skin and the product comes with an instruction booklet of how to do your own facial.

This product produces instant results. My skin feels plumper, brighter and it soothes any redness on my skin. Also, the smell is just heavenly! It has that clean, spa scent about it, you know what I mean? These effects continue on to the morning where my skin really feels like its had an overnight miracle. At the moment I'm using this product about everyone other week, when my skin is looking a tad dull and blemish dotted. But I would seriously rate this product up at the top in my skincare. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The brushes

Over the years of my makeup hoarding it is only inevitable that I have also grown quite a brush collection. Whilst I perhaps should have titled this post my 'Real Techniques and Mac favourites' there are in fact a few others that feature. So, without further ado, here are a few of my brush essentials. 

From left to right (second picture) we have what I call the 'face gamers.' An old and, sadly, discontinued favourite is the Jemma Kidd Flat Top Foundation Brush. Whilst this was initially an applicator for foundation I have since used this for cream blush. The flat top makes it easy to pick up the product whilst the soft bristles make it really nice to blend in. If you're in search I think there are a few about on Ebay. Next is my recent favourite Real Techniques Bold Metals Tapered Blush Brush. As you will have read in a previous post this is one of my favourite brushes. Whilst these are a little pricey I believe they are worth it! Then it is the trusty Mac 168. Known as the 'large contouring brush' I use this for bronzer. Its angled head makes it so easy to do this step. Lastly we have the Real Techniques Blush Brush. This brush is always in my makeup bag. When I'm not fussed with bronzer its just such an easy, big brush to help slap on the blush. 

Then its all about my eye brushes. I never read much about the Body Shop brushes but their Blending Brush is a great friend when it comes to eyeshadow blending. The quality of the bristles is much different to the likes of the Mac blending brush but it is equally as good, if not better, at blending. Again, a Real Techniques Bold Metals Pointed Crease Brush.  Finally the Mac 217, do I even need to say anything?! This brush is holy grail in a beauty bloggers bag and I own 2. You know, one for applying and one for blending…definitely essential. 

What are your favourite brushes?

Monday, 18 May 2015

The Dissertation Pick-Me-Ups!

The silence can finally be broken. I have finished university; there are no more essays to write. During my absence I have still, however, been buying and trying lots. So as my first post back I thought I would share with you a few products that have become my staples in the trying times of dissertation writing!

When I first purchased the Estee Lauder Enlighten EE cream you'll remember that my thoughts weren't 100% there yet towards this. However, after a good month of testing I have to say I love this cream. Whilst it is a very light coverage, for me it is just perfect as an everyday base. As it says, it really evens out the skin tone to create a natural and even base.

I'm not sure if I'm embarrassed to say this but a lot of essay writing has meant a lack of hair washing. There was just not enough time to wash it every other day, I'm sorry. But to avoid scaring people in the library with my greasy locks I decided to try Ruth Crilly's COLAB dry shampoo. I wasn't expecting a lot from this but after ALOT of use I'm seriously impressed and have since bought the bigger size bottle. As a brunette this is definitely worth it for there is NO talcum powdery whiteness. I was able sometimes to go 4 days without a hair wash... (insert monkey face emoji here).

My skin has changed in this stressful time away. I would no regard myself as a combination-oily gal and so I had no choice but to invest in a powder. After reading a lot of raves about it I chose the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder. Not only does this product smell amazing (seriously, it's like a tropical juice) it does a wonderful job of sorting out my shiny t-zone.

I returned back to an old favourite with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion. Just a quick swoop on my cheeks seemed to perk my complexion right up, hiding my lack of sleep.

After recommending the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks to my lovely friend stylegirlscout and hearing her love for it I decided to give them a try myself. I choose the shade Happy Nude Year and can now finally understand the love for these lipsticks. They are so creamy and, with the help of a few top ups, seriously last all day. I think I would almost have to say these are better than the Nars Matt Lip Pencils…I think!

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