Wednesday, 30 September 2015

5 Reasons Why You Should Switch To Hot-cloth Cleansing

My skin has changed dramatically since I switched to hot-cloth cleansing, and in this post I will let you know of some of the reasons why you should make the switch. My skin is combination-oily, but also slightly spot prone and since switching to this method of cleansing my skin has become less oily and I have less spots! I use this method both morning and night and which is so quick and easy to do.

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It's simple and fuss free but affective! - Hot cloth cleansing couldn't be easier. Apply your cleanser. Soak your cloth in warm water (the hotter the better, but of course not so hot that you burn). Wipe off your makeup, or if your not wearing any, wipe in circular motions over the skin. Easy. This usually takes me much less than five minutes. 

Removes all makeup and leaves skin feeling thoroughly cleansed - Using this method of cleansing removes all of my makeup and makes for a fairly deep cleanse. I've tested this method by taking a cotton pad with some makeup remover on over my face after cleansing and see no left over makeup or residue on the cotton pad.

No need for expensive 'muslin cloths' flannels work just as well, if not better! - I personally prefer a more abrasive cheap flannel from the likes of Tesco or Ikea as they exfoliate the skin as well as remove dirt. 

Cheaper than popular electrical devices - Forget the Clarasonic and it's ridiculously huge price tag and pick up a pack of 4 for only £1.10!! (You can find them at Ikea, here). Although my electronic cleansing brush is a more affordable alternative to its high end counter parts, I still prefer the overall usage of a good old flannel.

All you will need is a good cleanser - Whether it be an oil, cream or balm cleanser (I prefer to stay away from foaming washes, although there are some exceptions, foams tend to be drying on my skin), almost any type of cleanser works well with this method. 

Do you use this method of cleansing?

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Review: Urban Decay Naked Smoky

I've recently gotten my hands on the newest addition to Urban Decay's 'Naked' line - the Naked Smoky. Of course, I was beyond excited to try this palette out after sitting at my laptop, counting down the days until it was available to order. Although I'm not usually one for a smoky eye I was intrigued by this palette and wanted to give it a try for myself - and you know what? I have been loving it!

Urban Decay have once again upped their game when it comes to packaging. The Naked Smoky comes in a hard plastic palette which snaps shut with a small magnet at either end, making it a lot more secure than the Naked 3 which mine has actually broken and no longer closes properly. The look of this palette has to be my favourite of the six palettes in the range as it has a very sleek look about it.

The shades in this palette are gorgeous, and I feel as if there is something for everyone. With everything from a creamy beige, to jet black, you can create an endless amount looks with this. I have left a brief description of each of the shades below, as well as swatches. As with the other Naked palettes, the shadows are of great quality. They are pigmented, easy to blend and you don't get an awful lot of fall out either. 

'High' - A champagne shimmer with micro-glitter.

'Dirtysweet' - A medium bronze.

'Radar' - Metallic silver-taupe with iridescent micro-glitter.

'Armor' - Metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle.

'Slanted' - A light metallic grey.

'Dagger' - Medium charcoal with micro-shimmer.

'Black Market' - Jet black satin.

'Smoulder' - Deep plum - taupe.

'Password' - Cool taupe matte.

'Whiskey' - Rich brown matte.

'Combust' - Soft pink taupe.

'Thirteen' - Light beige satin.

Have you gotten the chance to try this palette out yet? What's your favourite shade?

Monday, 14 September 2015

First Impressions: Kiko

Kiko is one of the brands that I've always heard great things about but had never tried out for myself, so whilst I was on holiday and spotted a Kiko store I jumped at the chance to try some of their products out. I didn't pick up as many products as I'd wanted as I was in a rush and didn't get a chance to go back but I am very happy with the products that I did buy.

One product that I knew that I wanted to tryout was the Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick. I've read so many rave reviews on these ones so of course had to try them out for myself. I picked mine up in the shade 25 Light Taupe, and as the name suggests is a light taupe colour that has the slightest shimmer but which doesn't really translate onto the lids. I find that theses shadows are fairly long lasting and work well both with and without a shadow on top. The colour is very pigmented and only needs a few swipes over the lid to see a good colour pay off.

The second product that I picked up from Kiko was their Infinity Eyeshadow in 220 Metallic Golden Rose. I picked this particular shade as it looked like the perfect everyday colour. It does remind me a bit of Mac's All That Glitters which fyi I love! You really don't need to use a lot of this shadow as a little really does go a long way. I'm gutted that I didn't pick up any more of these.

What are your favourite products from Kiko?

Friday, 11 September 2015

From The Drugstore: Maybelline Colorshow Nail Polish

So far this month, I have been really into changing up my nail polish as often as possible, and one of the brands that I have been reaching for is Maybelline. Their polishes are good quality, fairly long lasting and most importantly, affordable. I think I have around seven or eight of their Colorshow nail polishes in a range of colours and use them an awful lot. 

I know that I shouldn't, but I usually miss out on applying a base coat and go straight in with whatever shade I've decided on that day. You can definitely get away with applying only one coat of these polishes, but when I have a bit more time on my hands I will apply two, and even maybe three coats. The shades that I have tried give off an opaque colour, and this is even the case for the lighter shades that I have tried. Once applied I will apply whatever top coat I have to hand. I find that they last up to four days without chipping significantly, which I don't find to be too bad considering their tiny price of £2.99.

Left to right: Maybe Blue, Love Lilac, Mauve Kiss

I would definitely recommend trying out these polishes if you are one to change up your colour often. This range offers a huge variety of shades to choose from and won't break the bank!

What are your favourite affordable nail polishes?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

My Favourite Perfume: Giorgio Armani 'Si'

I was never one for buying expensive perfumes until earlier this year, then one day this little bottle was bought for me by a family member whilst they were in a Duty Free. They did a wonderful job of choosing, as this perfume went on to fuel my love for perfumery and is my most favourite scent to date. 

I feel like the best place to start in my attempt to describe just how lovely this perfume is, is with it's bottle. Of course, as with all perfumes, the bottle is the first thing that you notice about it, and I feel as if it reflects its scent perfectly. This particular perfume has a very simple, but classic look about it. Both girly, yet not too girly at the same time. The bottles heavy glass, black cap and gold trimmings make it feel elegantly expensive.

The scent is sweet, but not sickly sweet. With a deep fruity scent (blackberry I believe!), woody tones and airy florals this is my perfect scent. I find it so tricky to describe scents so I think I'm going to leave it there.
I do find that this perfume is slightly more long lasting than others that I've tried and you don't need to drown yourself in it in order to be able to build up a significant scent on your skin. I spritz this on my wrists and neck and don't feel the need to constantly reapply throughout the day.

What's your favourite perfume at the moment?

Monday, 7 September 2015

September Blogging Goals

I've seen a few other bloggers note down their goals each month as a way to plan what they want to get done that particular month and decided that it might just be a way for me to get back into the swing of things. 

1. Reach 100 Bloglovin followers - I am so so so close to gaining 100 followers via Bloglovin and I couldn't be more excited! I know that to some, 100 followers doesn't sound like a lot but I can't actually believe that that many people take interest in my little blog and when I hopefully do achieve my goal there may just be a little giveaway to celebrate! ;)

2. Post more makeup tutorials - I love experimenting with makeup and have been doing so a lot more recently. The only thing that I find tricking when doing these kinds of posts is taking photographs that are good enough to make it onto my blog. If any of you have any tips, then I'd love to hear them! 

3. Post consistently throughout the month - This is usually one of the things that I do well as a blogger, but last month was not a good month for me. I hardly posted and when I did the posts were not at their usual times. I know that this was no ones fault but my own and I apologise, This month will be different!

Have you got any goals for this month?

Friday, 4 September 2015

My Favourite Serum (+ It's Under £3!!)

Serums are one of those products that are known for having ridiculously high price tags, and  because of that, is a step that people tend to miss out of their skincare routines. Of course, serums are not a necessary step in your skincare routine but a good one can make all of the difference. Though finding a good, affordable sum may be a little tough, there are some out there and one that I have been loving is from Superdrug and costs £2.69!

The Superdrug Simple Pure Hydrating Serum comes in a plastic tube with an easy to use pump. Though not the most attractive looking, it can be ignored due to the tiny price tag. I use around 1 and a half pumps of the serum to cover my entire face them smooth onto the skin in circular motions. The serum sinks into the skin very quickly leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated. I then use my regular moisturiser over the top and do this both morning and night.

Have you tried anything from this range?

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Ashley Benson Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Recently, I have found myself experimenting with makeup and stepping a little out of my comfort zone, sitting down for twenty minutes - sometimes even over an hour - having achieved a finished makeup look that I wouldn't have dared to try before. I have drawn inspiration from places such as Pinterest (see my 'beauty inspiration' board here) and Instagram and one particular look that I have been loving is this beautiful cranberry toned eyeshadow look worn by the lovely Ashley Benson. I found this photo (below) on her Instagram page and loved it instantly. It is perfect for a night out but can look equally as great when toned down for the  day time, which is exactly what I did. 

This look was a fairly simple one to achieve though it may look slightly intimidating at first, but once you take a look at the broken down steps it makes things a lot easier to follow. I have to point out that my photographs don't do the finished look any justice! I don't have a camera at the moment so have to make do with my iPhone 5s and my bedrooms poor lighting, but I hope you can get an idea of the outcome.

1. Apply your usual base - I began by applying Revlon's Colour Stay foundation then concealed with Maybelline's Eraser Eye (for the under eye area) and Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealor (for blemishes). I set both using my Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder.

2. Fill in your brows and over draw slightly if needed - As you can see, Ashley Bensons  brows appear darker than her hair colour and look fairly thick so using the Soap and Glory Brow Archery, I filled in and thickened my brows. I then set using the Loreal Brow Plumper.

3. Apply an eyeshadow primer or base - I applied a thin layer of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe.

4. Using a shade like Mac's Quarry I lightly drew a wing, as well as dusting the shadow over the outer corner. Using a fluffy brush I then made sure  to blend well to get rid of any harsh lines.

5. Apply a cranberry shade all over lid (can mix with a lighter, slightly pink shade to lighten if wanted). Blend well.

6. Line the upper and lower last line with either black or dark brown liner. Blend out using pencil brush.

7.Apply a gel liner to create a small flick and continue across the upper lash line.

8. Using pencil brush, apply the same cranberry shade below the lower lash line. Blend.

9. Apply two or three coats of mascara and apply false lashes if wanted.

10.Use a matte bronzer (Benefit's Hoola Bronzer) to lightly contour the cheekbones, forehead and nose.

11. Lightly dust a dark pink blush (pref. not too matte) onto cheeks.

12. Apply highlighter to cheekbones if wanted.

13. Line the lips with Rimmel's East End Snob Lip Liner and apply Mac's Brave over the top. Pat Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Charm Offensive over and blend.

What do you think of this look? What your favourite celebrity makeup look?

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