Tuesday, July 28, 2015

REVIEW : Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot

Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot - £12
For me, it takes a good amount of time for me to realise how good a product is. It's usually not until I'm nearly or completely out of a product that I feel the sudden panic that I don't have a backup to hand and that there will be a big fat void in my life. That realisation is the exact one I had with this last week (hence why I've not got an interior shot for you guys). 

Powder hasn't always been a really important step for me, but as I've gotten older I've noticed that my skin has gotten oilier and make up doesn't last anywhere near as long, so I've been reaching for this one on more of a regular basis, 

I'll admit, I was drawn into purchasing this on a 3 for 2 offer on S&G products. I hadn't expected much from it, but ultimately I had it in my basket for free, so I wasn't going to complain.

The reason I love this powder so much is that it doesn't make you look completely flat. You know how some powders just sit flat on top of your makeup, and you look cakey and ghostly? You're not going to get that with this. 

It blots and mattifies the areas you want it to without being clingy or cakey. It almost sinks into the skin, and doesn't interfere with the other makeup on my face. It's also great for setting under eye concealor - even ones that like to find their pesky way into my fine lines. 

Overall an absolute unexpected winner! Don't you just love it when something completely exceeds your expectations?! 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Review

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll be starting to see quite a trend forming - lazy girls beauty. I'ts not that I'm a lazy girl per se it's more to do with the fact that there's so much to do in the day and not enough time to do it. Because of this, I'm always on the look out for beauty products that are really effective, but really quick too.

This eyeshadow stick from Laura Mercier is the perfect wash of colour - making it look like you've put in loads of effort when you haven't, really.

I find eyeshadow sticks really simple and easy to use. I'm no expert at blending so shades like this (Sugarfrost) are the perfect stand alone shades that don't need any blending or any others to make them pop, look amazing all by themselves.

I always use this on its own - there's no need for a primer as the colour sticks around with no creasing all day. The pigmentation is is amazing too - you can build it up for a much more intense, metallic payoff or just give a quick swipe across the lid for a gorgeous sheen.

I've noticed with other eyeshadow crayon sticks that after a while they can dry out and they seem to drag the delicate skin on your eyelid. I've not had this problem with this stick - in all the time I've had it, it's stayed the same creamy consistency since I first used it. Perfect!

The shape also allows you to get right into the tear duct area and line the underneath of your eyes pretty closely - if that's your sort of thing!

What's your favourite brand of eye shadow stick?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Currently Loving...

I've been a little on the skint side as of late, so I've been looking into my existing collection and falling back in love with some old faves, as well as finding a new appreciation for some products I never really gave a chance to before. 

Lets get started then, shall we? 

I'm addicted to blusher - I've got more blushers than anything else in my collection and this gorgeous blush palette from Make Up Revolution has been getting some serious love lately. These palettes are just amazing. This one is the Sugar and Spice powder blush palette, but the cream versions are pretty amazing too. 

Its got a gorgeous mix of corals, roses and pinks as well as some highlight shades too. Its rare that I've reached for anything else this month, because this palette just has it all, and for £6, you really can't go wrong.

Another Make Up Revolution fave this month has been the Ultra Velour Lip Cream in the shade 'What will it take to make you love me". (Who comes up with those names?!) It looks much brighter in person than it did on the website - its not a shade I would normally reach for and it took me a while to give it a go. Once I did, I realised that you can actually vary the shade of this - with a light hand you can get a nice flushed just bitten pink, or if you pack it on, you get a real bold colour. The formula is really nice too - buttery on the lips, it doesn't cling to any dry patches, bleed or fade in any dodgy patterns. 

This time last year, I was in love with the Caudalie Beauty Elixr, and when I saw that I had some Birchbox points left after my subscription ended, I thought I'd try out something else from them. This Grape Face Spray isn't as amazing as the Beauty Elixr, but it is still pretty amazing. I use this in a couple of different ways - after cleansing both morning and night, if I'm feeling particularly hot and sweaty or if I feel my makeup is just a little too flat and needs a bit of a pick me up. The spray is really refreshing and moisturising. It's really great for the warmer days, and I like to keep it in my handbag for a quick spritz when I need it. Its an aerosol too, which I much prefer in face sprays, because its much finer and easier to control. 

A bit of a random thing to be loving, but this deodorant from Mitchum is pretty darn good. I'm pretty sure someone like Essie Button recommended this at some point, so I had that in the back of my mind when I went to pick it up. The scent is a typical powdery smell, but the thing that's soo good about it is that it keeps your underarms fresh for ages. Even after the gym there's no BO - #winning. I love cream deodorants, because they don't irritate me, and help keep the skin nice and hydrated.

Powder is also pretty much essential for me in the summer months, but I want to mattify my skin without it looking flat. The Avon Flawless CC pearls are ideal for that. The pearls are made up of 5 different colours - cream, lilac, green, peach and yellow, each with the purpose to illuminate and correct. I use these all over to set and mattify my oily t-zone, whilst adding a glow to my complexion. Nothing I hate more than my makeup looking completely flat. 

I've also been loving a basic blast from the past - John Frieda Frizz Ease. The summer humidity plays havoc on my hair, especially as most of the time I'm too bloody hot to bother blow drying. This works perfectly to smooth down the hair cuticles making my hair completely frizz free. 

What are you currently loving at the moment? 

I can't wait for pay day, my wish list is getting longer and longer by the minute. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to defeat the eye bags of doom!

How to improve dark circles

I am a regular wearer of the eye bags of doom. Like on the daily. I embrace them, its unrealistic to be perfectly fresh faced every day and its sad that society expects women to be the perfect house wife, have a career and have no dark circles in sight. But when my boyfriend tilts his head, looks me in the eyes gently and says "Em, you look shattered" at 6pm when I'm feeling pretty wide awake, something has to be done.

The obvious solution is sleep. A good nights sleep can work wonders on undereye baggage, but for some it isn't always possible. Sharing a bed with a snorer makes a perfect nights sleep near impossible, but if its something that is easily achievable for you, then do it!

Water and lots of it makes a massive difference to the appearance of my skin, but especially my eye bags. Water naturally plumps out the skin, making areas like under eye bags fuller and less drawn. Whenever I'm having any sort of skin issue, I turn to water. It just makes everything right in the world again! 

I've been using the SkinPep Dark Circle Eraser* recently to combat my dark circles, and it really has been making a difference. The applicator on this is really cool. You pump Abit out of the nozzle and the round, flat shaped applicator does all the work for you. It's design works to distribute and massage the product onto the eye at area ( or orbital bone if you prefer the proper terminology!) *(Link to a free sample, if you'd like to try it out!)

The formula of this is designed to reduce puffiness, repair sun damage, improve skintone and lighten skin, most of which I agree with. If I use this at night time, my eye bags are significantly reduced by the morning, but I've also found that after a good couple of weeks usage, the whole under eye area did seem much more brighter and alive. It's only since I've been considerably lazy recently that I've noticed how good this is - because the bags are creeping back now I've not been reaching for this every day. It does recommend that you shove this in the fridge too for some extra de-puffing, but I've not tried this out. I think there's a niche in the market for a bedroom beauty fridge, 'cause ain't nobody got time to do your skincare routine in the kitchen. 

If all else fails, conceal those bad boys. I know the collection lasting perfection is a fave amoungst beauty bloggers for under eye concealing, but I really do like this alternative. The Seventeen Stay Time 18 hour concealer works really well for me, especially on my under eye area. Its creamy consistency makes it really easy to work with and I don't find it anywhere near as drying and cakey as the collection one. I select a couple of shades lighter than my skintone, which brightness the whole area and cancels out any bluish undertones. Sorted!

How do you attack your under eye baggage? 

*Disclaimer: the product(s) reviewed in this post were provided to Miniemble free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. I will always give my readers the most truthful and honest opinions of products on this blog.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water
I love micellar water. The magical liquid effortlessly removes even waterproof makeup with the littlest amount of effort, and is ideal for lazy girls to take their makeup off at the end of the day.

I've tried a few waters in my time, with the original Garnier being my favourite, but ultimately, Micellar waters are all the same thing, aren't they?

That's what I thought until I picked this one up. Yeah, it wasn't the same colour bottle, but how different can a micellar water from the same brand be?

Alot different, apparently. 

Since I've been using this, my skin hasn't been at its best, which doesn't make much sense to me. I haven't be using this any differently, I've not been slacking in other areas of my skincare and I've been having the same water levels, so I'm almost certain that my skin problems are down to this which makes no sense, because this particular waster is supposed to be for sensitive skin types.

I've found it to make my skin uncomfortably tight, causing patches of dryness, given me breakouts and for some reason I find that my moisturiser doesn't then sink in well at all. I hate the feeling of my skin being tight. I think they took the idea of micellar water too far when they added in whatever it is to 'Purify' your skin. 

For me, micellar water is just a quick and lazy way to remove makeup - it shouldn't really be relied upon to give you any skin benefits. 

It might be that for super oily skin types that this works wonders to mattify, but its just a no go for me. I'm not even sure I'll be finishing the bottle of this, I'm heading straight to boots for the original. 

Do you find that all micellar waters are the same? Which one if your favourite? 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Zap Zits with Australian Body Care Blemish Stick

Australian Body Care Blemish Stick

Australian Blemish Stick - £5.99*

I've tried a couple of Australian Body Care products before (you can read those reviews here) and from the first use, I totally got it. The only thing I don't love about the range is the smell - tea tree. It reminds me of the times when my mum used that head lice treatment on me in primary school - URGH. Thing is, tea tree has some really good properties for the skin, and if you manage to get over the smell, it can work wonders. 

I've used tea tree for blemishes before, and my all time favorite is from the Body Shop, but this one is definitely giving it a run for its money. This blemish stick is just perfect, its easy to use and works - quickly. The roll on applicator makes it easy to just pop on the areas that you need it, you don't risk wasting product by spilling and you don't have any of the faff of applying using a cotton bud. The tea tree and witch hazel formula is perfect for break outs -  you just roll it on the offending spot (in my case, 5 spots) and over night my redness and swelling has reduced and spots were already clearing up. 

The formula zaps the bacteria that causes breakouts, meaning that the nasty little buggers shouldn't have the chance to spread all over your face - like mine often do if left untreated. 

I find the best way to use this is to slather it on after you've cleansed last thing at night. YES, you might not smell great, but you're not going to notice it whilst you sleep. By morning, you'll see a massive reduction in those nasties invading your gorgeous face. 

I know some people like to let spots run their course, but I want them gone ASAP. Using this blemish stick rapidly reduces the length of time it takes for me to be spot free. 

Definitely one to try if you haven't already. You can pick this up for £5.99 from Australian Body Care online.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

10 things I've learnt whilst blogging

1. It's hard work
Up until really recently, I'd been pretty good with a blog schedule. Posting 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and It didn't really take up much of my time. Recently though, life's gotten abit hectic, with my a new house, new job and a social life, finding the time really isn't easy. And I've been suffering from writers block for quite a while too. Many people think that beauty blogging is simply 'this pink lipstick is soooo nice, go buy it'. But it isn't like that at all. It takes thought, effort, editing to put it all together. Something I definitely underestimated at first.  

2. It's also really amazing
Blogging has brought out a new side to me. To see things differently, to learn more, to appreciate life more and be thankful for the privileged position im in in life. It's given me confidence, and made me realise I'm not alone, and that representations of women in the media really aren't what we should aspire too, because it's just not reality.

3.(Some) girls are bitches
Wow, so girls are catty. I've seen people be so rude and hateful online to other bloggers that it does make me not want to put my face out there.

4...but also really amazing too 
But for the most part, the #bblogger community is pretty freaking amazing. We uplift each other, inspire and boost confidence. Shame about the small minority who ruin it for the rest of us! 

5. Cheap really can be quite cheerful
When I first started blogging, I thought no one would read my blog, everyone wants to see nice pictures of high end makeup, not drugstore. But not all of us are on amazing wages, have rich parents or want to spend loads of cash on beauty when there's often a cheaper alternative things in the drugstore. When I try, I can make myself look pretty done up just from drugstore brands. 

6. It's ok to give myself a break every now and again 
Something I've had to embrace recently. So what if I miss a post?  I'm pretty sure you lot aren't going to never read me again just because I didn't post on Monday. It really isn't the end of the world. Something I need to embrace at home too. 

7. Beauty isn't everything
I'm really not sure why it's drummed in our heads by the media / boys / Disney that women are defined by their beauty. Look, I'm no Kim K, but neither is she without any makeup on.    Yeah, I love wearing makeup and looking pretty, but I do it for me, no one else. My other half barely sees me in makeup, because I don't wear it to impress anyone. And if someone thinks I'm ugly, who cares? Cause I don't. 

8. Everyone has bad days 
No ones life is like their Instagram profile. Bloody hell it would be expensive lifestyle if it were. 

9. Life isn't 'one size fits all'
Just because something works for someone else, doesn't mean that it will for you. Most people my age love to go on nights out at the weekend, whereas I'm happy to get my feet up and watch TV. Some people have a much better temper than I do, or a different attitude towards life. That's fine, but it's not the same for everybody. 

10. It's ok to be unique 
 There's no point in blending in with the crowd, you'll never get noticed. Wether that's with guys, I'm blogging or in job interviews, being unique and different will get you much, much further than being a sheep. 

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