Monday, 13 August 2018

5 make-up pieces I struggle to let go of.

When rooting through my mini makeup collection to swap out items, I noticed that I had a few products which probably should be in the bin by now but I can't seem to let go of it. I wondered if anyone else did the same, and the idea for this post came about! It's just a bit of fun, but here are the products that I can't seem to let go of!

I have about a few mascaras that have product still in them, however the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof (£7.99/9.5ml) ran out a while ago, but I just keep holding on to it. I don't know what I think is going to happen- a national crisis where I will absolutely need this mascara. It's ridiculous. I did really enjoy this mascara though, it held up my lashes and just was reliable, so that's probably why it's hard to let go of! Also it looks an absolute wreck, so that's another reason to let it go!

The next item I wanted to mention was my Kiko Milano Highlighting Effect Fluid Concealer (£7.90/2ml). For brightening the undereye, this is one of the best concealers I have used, it's light on the skin, easy to blend out, has a bit of coverage and just looks great too. This ran out a few months ago, and I really need to get a new one, but I am trying to use up some other concealers first before buying this again. I think I'm holding on to this because it was just really good, however I do think it's time to throw it out just because there is no product left!

I've been talking a lot about products, however I wanted to mention a make-up tool. I have had these brushes with the red handle for around 6-7 years. It was the first makeup brush set I bought from Amazon when I wanted to experiment with makeup. I still use some of the brushes from that set to this day, the blush brush and their eyebrow brush I use on a daily basis. However this eyeshadow brush is just terrible, it's one of those that will take half of your eyeshadow off when you try to apply more product. The bristles are slightly scratchy and I never reach for it. I think I'm holding onto to this brush just because in the past I never had an excess amount of brushes, and now that has changed so I don't need this anymore and I never really thought of throwing it out until now. It's terrible so I just really need to start decluttering my collection. 

Eyeliner -  am I the only one who keeps a few? Does this happen to anyone else when your eyeliner runs out and a week later it magically has some products left in it? I think this is the reason I hang onto eyeliner, just incase I can get some more product out, especially if I really liked using a particular one. The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner (£14.50/0.55ml) was one of the eyeliners that was easy to apply and stayed put. I had both a full sized and a mini one, which has ran out however I just need to bite the bullet and throw it away since I have repurchased a new eyeliner recently! 

The last product I wanted to talk about was primers, I feel like I have a primer for every occasion, I have one for dehydrated skin, one to make my skin glowy, one to minimise pores, and the Sephora Collection Smoothing Primer (€12.00/15ml) to even out any texture on my skin which is more of a silicone primer. I'm a massive fan of primers, I think they are a barrier between skincare and makeup which is good to help stop things like pollution from reaching your skin. I like how different primers can change the finish of makeup or help with its longevity. Okay, I need to stop talking about the pro's of primer because this might end up in me buying more. I just need to finish this Sephora one, because it is actually really good but I got side tracked by my Two Faced Hangover Primer  (£27.00/38ml)...which probably isn't too surprising! 

I just think I am one of those people who buys and opens products for no reason, so I really should wait until I finish products properly. Does this post resonate with anyone else, because I hope I'm not alone in my hoarding ways. So please let me know through the comments whether there is anything you struggle to let go of - if you want to make this into a tag, feel free to have a go, I would love to have a read!
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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Review: The Ordinary 'Buffet' Serum

Despite having this blog, it's really rare I switch things up in my skincare and even more rare when they are there to stay. My skincare routine has been pretty much the same for the past two years. So when something changes, I get super excited about it. 

I think I first heard about The Ordinary when Fleur De Force posted a video about it. To sum it up, The Ordinary is a super affordable brand, and Deciem, who created the brand, have founded other more premium brands such as Niod. So it's a brand that knows about skincare and more importantly, ingredients. The Ordinary is affordable due to selling individual ingredients, such as Hyaluronic acid and Retinol products, and so rather than purchasing a product which might have traces of these ingredients in, with The Ordinary you can buy these ingredients in their simplest form. The 'Buffet' is one of the exceptions to that, having a mixture of ingredients to target signs of ageing at once.

The Ordinary 'Buffet' (£12.70/30ml) is described as a 'multi-technology peptide serum', which I take as being food for your skin to keep it hydrated and happy. I didn't know what to expect from this product however it has completely blown me away. The biggest difference I have noticed is that my skin is no longer as congested. I have oily, sensitive skin and I have large pores which had a tendency to get congested. I don't know how but this product has dramatically reduced the congestion to the point that I don't get spots as often. I still do get spots, however that has also dramatically decreased and the condition of my skin is just more even in texture. I love this product. I really love it. It's a miracle worker. 

I have used it everyday, morning and evening for the past two months and I'm around half way down the bottle, which I am impressed with. I use around two pea sized amounts and press the solution onto my skin, making sure that it is all evenly covered. I do this straight after cleansing on fresh skin, and then I proceed with my moisturiser. The solution itself is clear, a consistency half way between gel and water,  more runnier than gel and more 'solid' than water and won't run uncontrollably. After I press this on the skin, you are left with a slight tacky feeling, I really do mean slight because it's barely noticeable, however just preps your skin for the next product. After I have moisturised I cannot feel this product on the skin at all, it's absorbed and there is no tackiness. 

I have to say, I love the packaging, it's clean and simple - clinical but in a way I like when it comes to skincare, because it really is a science. I love that this has a frosted glass bottle with a pipette, it's so easy to measure the amount you would like so there is no wasted product and is hygienic. 

If you are looking for something new to try, I would urge you to buy this product, it's affordable and it works. I will be either repurchasing this product in the future or trying some other combinations out. The Ordinary website is also fantastic, they describe the product, the PH balance, whether it is oil/silicone free and even takes a step further to mention whether the product is cruelty free and suitable for vegans. I think all skincare and makeup websites should employ this method of describing a product. In addition to this, I know that with other products within 'The Ordinary' range, it explains what products may not react well with other ingredients, which is again fantastic to avoid any irritation. If you are interested in this product or the brand itself, please visit their website as it's just very informative, I will link it here

All in all, I'm so happy I have discovered this product and I'm so happy that I can finally tell you all about it! Please leave any comments or questions below if you have any and I'll be sure to respond back! 
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