Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Review: Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder

I purchased this powder after hearing Viviannadoesmakeup constantly rave about it and so, just had to try it. I've used a few different drugstore powders as well as a high end powder and so far, this is hands down, my favourite. I picked this up from Boots for £8.99 which compared to my Mac powder is extremely affordable and chose the shade 52 - Vanille. 

First off, the packaging is very sleek and compact which makes it perfect for throwing in your bag and touching up throughout the day. Inside, is a mirror which again makes this super handy for traveling. Like I said before, I chose this in shade 52 which seems to be the lightest of four shades and works perfectly for my skin tone.  

When applied this gives off a matte, yet natural look and seems to really brighten the skin. I usually apply this to set my concealor and then dust it over my t-zone area using a fluffy powder brush and find that it helps my makeup last a lot longer as well as reducing oiliness throughout the day. This is also really good for setting concealor under the eyes and prevents it from sliding off and creasing.

This has become my go to powder at the moment and would definitely recommend this to anyone who has oily/combination skin as it works so so well to stop the skin looking greasy throughout the day! This is super affordable so doesn't break the bank like some of the higher end powders that are available do. 

Friday, 20 February 2015

Night Time Skincare Routine (Winter)

My skincare routine is pretty simple, yet seems to really work for me and have been using most of these products for a long time now. However, there is one product in particular that has really improved the look of my skin and has helped to reduce the amount of spots that I get. My skin is combination, but tends to get pretty dry in certain areas around this time of year so moisturiser is key for me! Like I said, I've been using most of these products for a long time now and there actually aren't an awful lot of products that I do use. On to my routine...

1. Cleanse - The first thing that I do is to remove my makeup. I do this by firstly using a makeup wipe to remove the bulk of my makeup, I know this isn't the best thing for my skin but I'm pretty lazy when it comes to cleansing, haha! Next I pop a bit of the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water onto a cotton pad and use this to remove any left over traces of makeup. I have been using this for around a year now (maybe even longer) and love that it removes makeup very well, whilst being kind to the skin (especially around the eye area). 

2. Apply spot treatment - This is the time when I apply The Body Shop's Blemish Fade Night Lotion, the product that has saved my skin! I apply this only to the areas where I have spots, unlike all over the face as the instructions say. This lotion feels so comfortable and soothing on the skin and works brilliantly to remove/fade blemishes.

3. Moisturise - Next I apply a moisturiser all over the face/neck and particularly focus on the dryer areas of the skin by massaging it in. The moisturiser that I use is the Nivea Daily Essential's Night Cream which isn't too heavy on the skin and leaves my skin feeling so smooth the next day. I occasionally use an eye cream but am still on the hunt for one that works to brighten my under eye area (Any suggestions??).

4. Apply Sudocrem to spots - I love this product and have been using it since I was young. It seems to work for everything and works especially well at getting rid of those nasty spots!

5. Apply a lip balm - I don't really have a lip balm that I love, so just grab whatever I can find and heavily apply it to the lips.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Review: Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow

I know I know, I'm pretty late on the bandwagon with these ones but am now just as obsessed with them as everyone else seems to be! I bought this a few months ago now and wanted to really try it out before doing a post on it and so have been experimenting and have tried to use it with other products to see what it works well with (and what it doesn't work so well with). I only have this is one shade, 'On and On Bronze',  but I think I have chosen well, as it is a very versatile shade and can be worn alone when built up slightly or as a base which is what I use it for most of the time. I'm definitely going to be purchasing more asap!!

First off, I love the packaging, it's very simple, compact and easy to tell which shade you have due to the glass pot (for those who have built up quite a collection, which I will no doubt do soon!). The range offers quite a few neutral, easy to wear shades but also has a few crazy colours which I am definitely not brave enough to wear but I'm sure could look great on some people. I do wish, however, that Maybelline would bring out some shades similar to painterly and ochre by Mac which I know a lot of people love to use as a flesh toned eye shadow base, as it would make the range even more appealing and versatile. 

My favourite thing about this product is the fact that a little really does go a long way. This is the best drugstore creme shadow I have used so far as it is so creamy and easy to blend and can be easily built up for a more dramatic look. As I said this is very creamy in texture and is very comfortable to wear as it doesn't feel heavy or sticky as some creme shadows do. A lot of people compare these to the Mac Paint Pots which I have just bought but haven't tried it out yet, maybe when I have used it for a while I could do a comparisons post? This particular shade has a slight shimmer to it, which when blended doesn't look too harsh, but of course if you wanted to you could build it up. This is perfect for both day and night as it is very long lasting and comfortable to wear and doesn't become greasy or slide off half way through the day as some cream shadows do.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this shadow for anyone who is looking to dabble with cream shadows as it is so easy to use and looks great! It's very affordable and definitely worth a try before spurlging on a higher end product.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Collective Haul: Mac, Benefit, Zoeva + More

This month I've been pretty naughty and spent quite a bit more than I should have, but I've bought some things that I've wanted for a very long time now and am so happy that I've finally gotten my hands on them!

Benefit 'It's About Prime' - I have wanted to buy Benefits Porefessionals Primer for a while now and went online to order it but saw that his set was reduced to the same price as Porefessionals on it's own so thought why not?! In this set you get a full sized Porefessionals and a travel sized Triple Performing Facial Emulsion which I've never actually heard of before. If anyone has, please let me know what you thought!

Mac Paintpot in 'Painterly' - This is another product that I have wanted to try for a long time now due to having a lot of redness on my lids, so was looking for a product to cover that and also to act as a good base for my eyeshadow.

Elf Mascara Primer - I heard a few bloggers mention how using a mascara primer can make your mascara apply a lot better so decided to go for a budget version before I splash out onto a higher end product. I've used this everyday since I bought it and can really see a difference and since this was only £3.95 I will definitely be repurchasing!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealor - I have been looking for a new concealor for my under eye area for a while now and have read some really good reviews on this one, so of course had to pick it up! 

Maybelline Brow Drama - I bought this in transparent and have been applying it after filling in my brows and find that it sets the brows in place and allows any product applied to last a lot longer throughout the day. 

Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set - One of the more exciting things that I purchased this month is this brush set. I have been lusting after it for such a long time but always put off purchasing it, but after receiving some money for Christmas I decided to bite the bullet and buy them. I cannot wait to start using them!

Botanics Micellar Water - I saw that A Model Recommends had mentioned this in one her recent skincare posts and also saw that it was reduced to £1.50 in Boots so decided to give it a go.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + - I've read so many posts on products from this brand and have wanted to try some out for ages now. This is another product that was on offer at Boots so impulsively popped it in my basket. As you can tell I'm just a sucker for a good bargain! Haha.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

January Favourites

Can you believe January is over already?! This past month has gone so fast and too fast for my liking, before we know it, it will be time for me to leave for uni (which I'm so excited for, yet a tad nervous!). This month I've been loving a few old favourites but have also been completely obsessed with a number of products that I've recently picked up as well. 

The Body Shop Blemish Fade Night Lotion - I have been using, and completely loving this ever since I bought it in December and swear that it has been the product to save my skin. I have just posted a review on this, which you can read here if your interested, but  basically it works to (as it says in the title) fade blemishes and also works to prevent them. My skin has made a vast improvement  since I started using this and fingers crossed it will continue to do so!

Nivea Lip Butter? - This one is an old favourite of mine and have been using this for a while now but love how compact it is, so makes it very handy for popping in my bag when going out. Also, not to forget the product itself, I love how nourishing and non-greasy feeling this is on the lips and how soft my lips feel after use.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder - This is a new one for me, and another one that I'm going to be writing a review on sometime soon. I am obsessed with  this powder and have been totally converted since my first use. This keeps my skin looking non-greasy throughout the day without the need to be constantly reapplying. 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealor-  I've read so much about this concealor being a good dupe for the Nars concealor which a little to far out of my price range, but this one works so well for covering dark circles, and brightening the under eye area.

Mac Quad, Omega and Naked Lunch - I've been using this custom palette every single day since I bought it and cannot wait to buy more. I have a list of all of the Mac shadows that I want to check out some time soon.

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