Wednesday, September 18, 2013

That's what makes you beautiful...

*Cringe* 

This was seriously the biggest surprise i've had in a long time. I have seen a number of these cream blush sticks on the market and after searching Revlon's offering on the back of my hand and being massively disappointed, I've never bothered finding out more. 

I was literally in Superdrug with a friend, when I saw the One Direction collab section with MUA and picked this up to mess about and pretend to be a 1D groupie. I soon shut my face when I swatched this on the back of my hand and saw the AMAZING quality of this product! 

It is amazingly creamy and glides on like a dream. I use this by dotting the product on my skin and buffing out with a stipple brush to give a lovely pink glow. I use this sparingly, because a little really does go a long way. 

The tube is quite dinky, but considering the pigmentation and how little of the product you need to use to get a nice glow, I think this will last me a really long time. I picked this up for £3, and  I'm definitely going to head back for the other shades! 

Let's talk about cleansing...

Up until the last year or so, I always took my makeup off with makeup/baby wipes, shoved some moisturiser on and got in bed (& then complained about how bad my skin was to anyone who would listen!) 

I didn't know I was doing anything wrong, until I read a few stories on the long term effects on your skin, which causes breakouts, redness and generally bad looking skin. 

All the bloggers I followed were raving about miceller water & how good it was at removing makeup and improving the appearance of your skin. I didn't believe a word - washing my face with just water never got rid of my makeup, let alone my mascara, so how was a fancy bottle of water going to do any better? 

My skin didn't improve, no matter what treatments or scrubs I used, so I tried the La Roche Posay Miceller water which blew me away. One squeeze onto a cotton pad (which took a while to get used to, I'm soo lazy, but the effort paid off!) took a full face of makeup off, with another squeeze completely removing my mascara, even waterproof mascara! At around £10, I though this was quite expensive, considering it lasted 2-4 weeks. 

I saw L'Oreal had released a water on offset at £2, so I thought I'd give it a try. L'Oreals Miceller solution is part of their skin perfection range which claims to dissolve makeup, unclog pores and tone and smooth the skin and it has definitely lived up to all of these claims!
I couldn't believe how quickly this cut through my makeup, leaving my face squeaky clean! And with its current £5ish price rag, half if the La Riche Possy solution, I would definitely recommend the L'Oreal Miceller Solution! 

For research purposes (not because I was lazy) for a couple of days last week, I decided to see how bad NOT taking my makeup off was on my skin. We are all guilty of this, I know I used to do this all the time when I was younger, but put breakouts down to hormones. After 2 (not consecutive) nights of leaving my makeup on, I've got a stonker of a spot, a lovely group of blocked pores and an oil slick on my chin! I really didn't think it would impact so badly! Now I'm doing my best to reverse the damage! Any suggestions for clearing out my pores are welcome!! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Creating a glow without the Bronzer.


Creating a healthy glow has always been something I have struggled with, as I never understood how to do it without using a Bronzer. For me, bronzer is a no-go area - I really can't get it to work on my super pale skin, no matter how lightly or strategically I apply it, I feel like a drag queen with it on! 
I have used 'luminising' foundations in the past and found that the only limo musing quality they have are noticeable chunks if glitter mixed in with the formula and it makes your face look like a glitter ball when the light hits it! The glitter sat in my pores, which really arnt all that big, making a small problem area look massive. I'll think you'll agree, that's not a good look. 

I try to stay out of the sun as much as I can, so a natural glow hasn't been something I can get with ease either, so when I saw Avon Luminous Finish in a recent catalogue, I thought I'd give it a try. 

The product is a gold/pearl colour with some metallic shimmer, but no big glitter chunks which is brilliant!! I wasn't sure how to use this at first, so stuck to using it as a highlighter on my brow bone and cheekbones which in fairness did give a glow! It helped to give a dewy effect to my face, but the cream formula didn't seem to stick around for the full day...


I decided to mix some of this with my regular foundation and I absolutely loved the results! Generally, my face looked brighter and healthier and the effect stuck around all day! 

I topped this off with ELF's Gotta Glow - a white shimmer powder on my cheek bones for a little extra luminosity. 

I think this is a great technique for pale skin and I'll be wearing this combination for a while! 

I bought this for around £6 from Avon! 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review // V05 Give Me Moisture Hot Oil


I bought this after seeing a raving review from my favourite beauty blogger ETCLLYMLRS who swears by its 
Quick nourishing powers and it does wonders for her hair. 

I didn't. I remember using one of these a looong time ago while I was blonde, and colouring seemed to be really damaging my hair and even then I didn't see any results. 

V05 claim that this product transforms dull, damaged or dry hair into repaired, moisturised and shines hair, but for me this really didn't work. 

I'd advises that you use this once a week on your hair for a 1 minute intense treatment in the shower. I tried mine a couple of ways, before shampooing and conditioning and after, but I hated the results either way. My hair felt slightly matted (eeek!) which was a massive shock considering my hair is normally super soft and in reasonably good condition, with the ends being the worst effected. 

I love the feeling if my Gaye after I've washed out my conditioner - smooth & tangle free. This seemed to create tangles, and I never get tangles. 

Brushing my hair after this was an absolute nightmare, as these tangles just wouldn't budge. 

I'm not too sure why this didn't work for me. Maybe there is a better way to use this? Being honest, I don't have the time or patience to try and get this to work. 

What ore-shampoo treatments would you recommend? 

I'm really considering going back to blonde - if my hair can cope!! 

(I bought this from morrisons for about £3.50 in a 4 pack) 

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