Monday, 31 October 2016

4 Autumnal Beauty Picks

Autumn is now in full swing and I find myself drawn towards my more red/purple toned makeup products. Lately, I have been so into switching up my makeup on a everyday basis, so I'm excited to show you guys the main products I have been reaching for...

One of my favourite palettes that I own is my M.A.C Burgundy Times Nine Palette (£30.00/0.8g). I just love the mix of neutral and bold colours which makes it perfect for both day and night looks. The purple and burgundy tones are just what I want for this season, I find they warm up my complexion while still adding depth and intensity. This is a great investment product if you want to try more M.A.C shadows for the least amount of money, I've had this palette for a year now and I still haven't made a dent in it! 

The LancĂ´me L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick in the shade 'Bois de Rose 272' (£23.50/4.2ml) is a product which works with any type of makeup look. It's a pink toned brown which is lovely for all skin types and just finishes a look without being too overpowering, especially if you are not a massive fan of bolder, brighter colours. This is a product I pick up regularly because of the colour and also the cream finish which feels super moisturising on the lips and so is perfect for these colder months! 

Another autumnal product that I have been obsessed with is my M.A.C Mineralised Blush  in the shade 'Love Joy' (£22.00/3.2g). I picked this product up ages ago and I had forgotten why I had even bought it until a few months ago when I rediscovered it. This blush is amazing, firstly the colour is lovely, it's a red toned blush with super fine particles of shimmer. The shimmer actually adds to the formula of the blush, making the product smooth and even in texture, rather than being super powdery and dry on the face. So for this season, I like that this blush enhances the radiance and health of my skin by the colour and the formula. If you haven't tried this formula of blushes, I would highly recommend it!

My last autumnal beauty pick is the BarryM Daylight Curing Nail Paint (£4.99/10ml) in the shade 'Dark Side of the Shroom'. I love love love this product. It is one of my most used polishes because the colour is just so wearable, as it is a lovely mauve colour and it holds that balance of being a fun colour while also looking sophisticated. I think that this shade really compliments my tanned skin-tone and I even wear it on my toenails! BarryM has a great formula and for the price, I would absolutely recommend this to all of you as you can't go wrong! 
So that was a quick roundup of my top 4 Autumnal Beauty Picks. I have to say I reach for these products so often in these past few weeks. For me, they just nail the autumnal feel and they are all awesome products. 
I would love to know if you have tried any of these and what your beauty picks are in the comments below. 
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Review: Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

I've been super into skincare lately, and I really wanted to share a product that I think will be great for everyone. Pai is a British skincare brand that creates skincare with good ingredients, while also leaving out the nasty's that might irritate skin. I got the chance to try a sample of the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate oil and I'm just in love with this product..

The Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil  (£22.00/30ml) is an overnight facial oil that restores balance in all skin types. It just leaves your skin looking better the next day, sorting out any issues you might have had the day before. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised. I can still feel the residue of the oil on my face the morning after which I like, knowing it's still working it's magic. 

I love this product because it just rejuvenates my skin. I can be quite harsh with my skin, using Glycolic Acid and Retinols on a daily basis and so the days where I want my skin to breathe but still not breakout, I apply the Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil and it just gives my skin a break...

Rosehip Oil can help with dry skin, blemishes and scars overtime. It's one product that does a multitude of things and just keeps your skin in tip top condition. If I had to compare it to another product, I would compare it to Kiehl's Midnight Recovery, and this product is 1/3 of of the price. The only issue you will find with it is the smell. It has a strong fragrance, it reminds me of mustard oil, so if you aren't too fond of that then you probably won't like the smell of this. I like that they haven't tried to change the natural smell though, and if it's good for my skin, I will literally put up with anything! It's also a yellow colour, which is unusual but understandable since it's an oil! It doesn't stain my face nor my pillows which is always a good thing!

The packaging of this product is also super cute, in the sample it's fool proof and makes sure you don't get too much product or have any spills. The original packaging is great too, having a dropper system which allows you to be precise with your application. All in all, I really like this product because I can tell I've used it the morning after. If you are looking for a miracle product, then this won't be it, it's not going to get rid of scars or wrinkles. It will help the overall appearance of your skin though, reducing the issues you may have slowly over time.
Have you tried this product, if so what did you think? If not, then tell me what skincare product you think I should try!
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Monday, 17 October 2016

Review: Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil

I consider myself the queen of cleansing oils. It's my favourite form of make-up removal and I love testing out anything I can get my hands on. My Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Balm abruptly finished a few days ago and I had seen adverts that Simple had started to come out with a cleansing oil and so there really was no choice of what new oil I needed to try next...

The Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil (£6.99/125ml) is a good product. I like the slim packaging, which makes it awesome for travel. But most importantly the formula does what it says, it removes makeup with ease and so I think this is a good drugstore cleansing oil. The formula of the oil is thinner than others I have tried, and so if you are scared of trying oils to cleanse your skin, then this would be a good one to start with as you don't get that super greasy feeling. The only issue with having a thinner formula is that you find that you have to use slightly more product as you want to be able to massage your skin without tugging. However it's only a drop or two more that makes that difference, so it's not exactly a deal breaker for me. 
What I like about this product is the fact it's from Simple, it only contains 9 ingredients which include Pure Grape Seed Oil, which has Vitamin E and so is good at reducing the appearance of pigmentation marks, and also Sunflower Oil which contains Vitamin A, providing protection through retaining moisture in the skin. So this oil is filled with natural oils and minerals, becoming an actual skincare product with additional benefits. So taking the time to really massage this into the face might actually be more beneficial than just removing make-up.

The only issue I have had with this cleanser was the packaging, when I first opened it, the lid broke slightly. I can still close the bottle without it leaking, but it's more fragile now. It could easily break, and so I am super careful with it. I wish it was a bit more stronger, or if it had a pump, however the latter would mean it wouldn't be as travel friendly. If you choose to purchase this then be careful when you are trying to pry it open the first time! 
All in all, I really like this product, the formula is great and it has a lot of benefits for the skin. I think it's a good product to come out at this time of the year, our skin needs those extra benefits and hydration because of the cooler weather. It's affordable and even more affordable when it's discounted - I got this for half the price at Superdrug. If it wasn't for the fact my lid broke the first time I opened it, I would be super super impressed, but it's not a massive deal and I don't know if I got the bad one out of a good bunch or if I'm just super heavy handed!

What do you think of the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil? Is it something you want to try or have already used? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to subscribe to my blog on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with my next post!

Monday, 10 October 2016

5 Tips: How To Wear Less Make-up!

Am I the only one who wants to start to wear less make-up? Day to day, is the highlight and contour really necessary? Sometimes, in retrospect, it makes me a bit uncomfortable, knowing I have totally glammed up to run an errand, or to go for a walk in the park. Believe me, it has happened to me so many times. 
So today, my only errand was to go and post a letter, and I was about to sit in my usual make-up spot, on the floor next to my full length mirror, and I just knew that I would spend 10 minutes applying my makeup for a 2 minute errand. So I decided to fudge it, I stuck on my clothes, grabbed my sunglasses and headed out bare faced. Just arriving back from my trip, I wanted to write, and give you guys some tips on how to ditch the Instagram face for day to day life.

1) Do your make-up last - When you are getting dressed, leave the make-up for last because once your hair and clothes are put together, you'll realise that you can skip a bunch of steps in your routine  and still look put together, an even complexion is more important to me than highlighting, and adding some brow gel might be good enough when you are in a rush! This is what really put me in perspective today, just knowing I would be out of the house for just two minutes doesn't qualify for me to waste my time nor my products.

2)  Feature Focus - A good way to not wear as much make-up is to focus your attention on the thing you want to be happy with. Personally, I like to focus on my face and brows, my face because I have a bit of hyper-pigmentation, and my brows because they are so light and sparse. As long as those two features are dealt with, I feel much more confident to go about my day, and it only takes me 5 minutes. If you are a lip person, you can generally leave out eye makeup as your lips will be the statement piece and so you don't have to really bother wasting too much time on something that doesn't need to be done!

3) Go sheer - Another way to wear less, is to keep perhaps the same amount of products, but to opt for more natural and lighter finishes. So I am a major high coverage foundation gal, and I recently bought the Dior Forever Foundation, which is more of a medium finish, and I already feel like I am accepting my natural skin more and more. I eventually want to get to the stage where I am wearing a tinted moisturiser, because I think it's good for your skin to breathe, and just not be caked in layers of foundation! You could also go sheer in terms of lipstick, or wear brown eyeliner instead of black, apply brow gel to tame the brows rather than going for the Instagram brow. 

4) No time like the present - Like I said earlier, today I decided to fudge it and just head outside with no make-up. You might be like me and think 'I'll try it tomorrow', however the hard truth is that tomorrow never comes, the future becomes our present and so the things you wanted to do just never end up happening. That's why you should start straight away, perhaps give a think about the make-up you want to wear today and get it out ready, give yourself a time limit to get ready. When I am in a rush, I always wear less because you don't want to waste time. If I have time, I will literally sit down and apply green eyeliner and contour for a walk in the park so, if you give yourself only 5 minutes to get ready then stick with it and learn to enjoy wearing less. 

5) It takes time... I know this seems to contrast a tad  what I said before but it takes time to accept going outside with a face of two products rather than 7. The more you do it, the easier it will become, so if you want to wear less make-up or none at all, you need to be consistent and learn to love it. What happens is that you think that people will notice that you aren't as done up however, those same people will have changed something about themselves that they think you will notice. People are introspective for the most part, and usually don't notice what you've spent all day fretting about!

I would love to know if you are considering wearing less, or beginning to wear more, so leave me a comment below telling me your current make-up mood! All the photos above were taken from my Instagram! So if you like them then be sure to follow me on there, and as always please subscribe to my blog on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with my next post! 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Skincare Saviours ft. ASDM Beverly Hills

Skincare is my thing. It was only last year when I started to become more obsessed with skincare than with make-up because if you use the right skincare, it can improve the overall quality of your skin, so that make-up looks even better. I was so honoured when I was contacted by ASDM Beverly Hills to test out some of their products, I had never heard of the brand before and now, I don't know what I would do without it, so I really wanted to give my honest thoughts about each product that I was sent. 

Firstly, the boxes each product came with are so in sync, different colours to represent different items and the boxes themselves are slightly embossed. It made me so excited, as the boxes looked super high end. The products outside of the boxes were less ascetically pleasing as the products were housed in different packaging, some apothecary styled and others more modern, some in plastic casing and others in glass. I then realised that each product is housed in the material that would suit it the best, the serums are encased in glass, the glycolic pads are encased in plastic to keep it fresher etc. So actually this brand has put the quality of the product first by making sure the product is housed in the best possible material which is actually refreshing to see, so now I like the whole mismatch theme as I know that I'm getting the best out of my product! This brand is also against parabens, animal cruelty and synthetic fragrances.

I was very lucky to be sent the entire Glycolic Acid Peel Kit, which contains four items. Glycolic Acid is used to help the skin to look more refined, by reducing the appearance of large pores and wrinkles and so this kit will help you to achieve the optimal results.
In the kit you get:

  1. Pre Peel Treatment Pads ($24.00/40pads) - these presoaked pads lower the PH level of your skin whilst also getting rid of any excess oil so that when the glycolic acid is applied, it has the optimal results. These pads are slightly textured and so you get a mini manual exfoliation. Once your face has fully dried after the application of the pads then it's on to the next step! 
  2.  Glycolic Acid Peel ($10.00/60ml) - what's really cool about ASDM Beverly Hills is that you can actually choose the strength of the  glycolic acid, it ranges from 10% to 70%, so if you are new to glycolic acid then I recommend starting with the lowest amount! I was sent the 30% strength and you just apply the liquid solution on your face by using a cotton round. This kinda stung my skin - perhaps the strength is too high for me - but you only leave it on for 2-3 min so it was worth the uncomfortable feeling and my normally intolerant, sensitive skin didn't have any adverse reactions to it! 
  3. Post Peel Treatment Serum Neutralizing Solution ($29.00/60ml) is my favourite product to use in this whole kit.  This serum is heaven to apply after the glycolic acid, it's cools and calms my skin down and I literally layer atleast 5 pumps of this product on with the fan brush that comes with it. It restores the PH balance of your skin, thus finishing the procedure and also hydrates and nourishes the skin. It has a thick gel-like texture and so it stays put on your skin, like a mask. You leave this on for 10 minutes and then wash your skin and the whole process is completed! In total the whole kit takes around 15 minutes to do. 
The result is super clean skin. I can notice how deeply this has penetrated the skin and just got rid of festering bacteria. The texture of my skin has changed for the better, my pores are less noticable and my skin is a lot clearer in terms of blemishes and also uneven texture. Literally, my skin has never looked better and although my routine is directed towards sorting out my textural issues, this kit has pushed my skin in the right direction. I'm super careful the next few days to keep my skin hydrated and moisturised so that it can recover nicely. 
In regards to the price, $55 might seem like a lot, however this kit is supposed to last for 40 uses, and so that makes this product really inexpensive. I currently apply this kit once a week or once every two weeks. Now my skin is on the mend, I think I will use this a bit less and perhaps share this with my mom and sister! 

The next two products I was kindly sent were tailored towards the aftermath of the use of the glycolic acid. The ASDM Beverly Hills Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($23.00/60ml) is a product I think every person should own. This is my third hyaluronic acid product and it's just the best product to use to hydrate the skin. I've got oily skin and this still works wonders on me, making my skin look and feel more plump and just keeps the dry flakes at bay. I also love that this comes with a dropper, which is just so convenient (and fun!). to apply, I press a pea sized amount of this product on to a fresh face twice a day and I can't even remember the last time I had dry skin. 

The last product that was gifted to me was something I had never tried before, which was the ASDM Beverly Hills Intensive Vitamin C Serum ($32.00/60ml). This product is also good to wear after the glycolic peel kit as it tries to minimise the the effects of environmental factors. Vitamin E is also a good ingredient for evening out the skin-tone and so protects your skin from sun damage. I love the blue bottle and the pump, it's quick and easy to slap on before your everyday moisturiser and just helps to soften the skin and add another layer of protection. Glycolic peels or not, Vitamin E is an ingredient that will benefit most people, and ASDM have nailed their products as they all work in sync with each other. 

I would love to know if you guys have heard/tried anything from ASDM Beverly Hills. I'm super impressed with the brand as I've just seen a change in my skin, and I love skincare that I can see working! Let me know what your favourite skincare item is in the comments and also be sure to subscribe to my blog on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with my next post!

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