My MAC Lipstick virginity is broken!

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Hello everyone, I have an announcement for all of you that I’m proud to say – “my MAC Lipstick virginity has been broken”!

So I’ve never been a massive lipstick lover, and I’m pretty sure I’ve owned no more than 5 lipsticks in my lifetime! Well last year I started to delve into lipsticks, and by delve I mean I bought ONE lipstick! Seemingly, I fell in love and have bought the odd lipstick here and there to add to my collection for different seasons/occasions…

And then it happened…I was in Covent Garden in London a week ago and I went passed a MAC shop, I’d never been in an actual MAC shop before, had no intention of buying anything but wanted to have a browse. My make up collection that I have from MAC is very small and I had no intention of making my collection any bigger. That was until I saw all of the lipsticks lined up so beautifully, every colour you could think of! I saw a few that I liked, but one distinctively stood out as it matched my nails and it was a colour I loved for this time of year!

This colour was ‘CAPTIVE’ and it was part of the ‘Satin’ collection of the lipsticks. I tried it on with my finger to make sure it would suit me, and loved it. Now I’ve heard loads of people in the past saying “whats the point in buying a lipstick for £15 odd when I can buy the exact same colour for way cheaper from another brand”. Well to all of you that think that, which I can understand why you do because I once thought that too, it’s the quality of the lipstick you’re paying for. This lipstick does not budge from my lips, it doesn’t transfer onto glassed when I have a drink, it keeps it’s colour, doesn’t go patchy, it’s immaculate. And the packaging is b-e-a-utiful! Needless to say, I will definitely be buying another MAC lipstick the next time I want a different colour for whatever reason.

What are your favourite MAC lipstick colours? What are your thoughts? xx

P.S. Ignore the bad nail varnish in the photo, it was due to come off as it had chipped a lot.

My September Specific Favourite – Elemis Forever Frangipani Gift set

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I know it’s a little early to be claiming what my favourite product/set of September is as the month isn’t even over yet, but I am so confident with this set that I am 100% certain nothing can top this in a matter of a week or so.

So it was my birthday at the beginning of September and I was treated to a spa getaway for a weekend, at which I also had the luxury of two treatments: Full body massage and a facial, both of which I had the Elemis specific treatments.

The oil in the above gift set is what was used for my full body massage and I absolutely loved it so I decided to purchase the above gift set whilst I was there! The gift set cost £39, and I’m telling you this because I’ll be telling you the prices below as if buying the products separate so you can see what a bargain it is! This gift set is actually part of the christmas gift set range which has already started coming out! (I just wanted to point out, I am not sponsored to talk about Elemis products, these are products I have found and genuinely fell in love with – more of an obsession if I’m honest).

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Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream – So as it says, this is a shower cream and a luxurious feeling one at that. It is a lovely creamy consistency that is beautifully moisturising. I just put a little amount in the palm of my hand, lather it up in my hands a little and rub it all over my body. I absolutely love this and was pleasantly surprised as I’m not usually fussed what body washes I use. This product by itself would be £24 which for me is too expensive for a shower cream and so this is not something I would buy on its own but I will honestly be gutted once it has ran out.

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Frangipani Monoi Body Oil – As I said at the start of this post, this oil was the oil used in my full body massage. This is actually a hair, nail and body oil so it is multi purpose which I love. For me I only use it as a body oil and obviously I am unintentionally using it as a nail oil as it gets on my nails when I use it which I am not complaining about. I love how nourishing this body oil is, I use this once a week for a more deep moisturising treatment for my body but it can be used however often a person wishes. This body oil costs £34.

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Frangipani Monoi Body Cream – This body cream I use day and night and I can 100% say this is the best body cream I have ever tried in my life. I actually never used to like moisturisers all that much as a majority that I tried sat on top of my skin and was sticky rather soaked in. This body cream is definitely a re-purchase as it soaks in to the skin, so you feel silky smooth and soft to the touch rather than a sticky mess. Cost is £24.

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Frangipani Monoi Mist – This is actually a room mist, however I was told in the store it can also be used as a body mist, however I use it as a room mist. The only thing with this product is it comes out quite strong, which is a good thing because then you only need to use one squirt, but I still think this is too strong for a small room. This is however perfect for an open planned room when you want a nice scent, perhaps if you have visitors coming over or you want to get rid of the smell of a take away you’ve just had. Personally I don’t often use it but it does smell nice in small doses. I actually couldn’t find this product on the Elemis website at how much it would cost separate so I’m not sure on this one.

All of these products smell absolutely beautiful! Especially on the body! Personally I’d never heard of Frangipani so the first time I’d heard of it and smelt it was at the spa. The body cream and the oil are my favourite products in this gift set. As you can see, if you’re a person interested in these products, the gift set is the best way to go as the products separate amounts to quite a bit of money. I will definitely be re-purchasing a couple of these products and I would definitely recommend these products to everyone 🙂

Thank you for reading xx

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My Acne Saviour – S.O.S Emergency Cream

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Hello my lovelies! I wanted to share with you something is a saviour for in my eyes. For those of you who have read my first ever post, you will know I have oily combination, acne prone skin and have constantly suffered since the age of 13. I have tried what feels like literally every product under the sun to try and improve my skin but only ever received short term results.

However after starting to use products of the Elemis brand, I have had long term results and my skin is constantly improving. I’m no longer ashamed of the way I look and one of the products that has helped me greatly is the S.O.S Emergency cream.

This intensive daily moisturiser has been formulated to soothe sensitive, dry, blemish prone skin while replenishing skin’s hydration balance.

Originally, I was a little worried with it saying it is an intensive moisturiser as I didn’t want it make my oily skin worse. How wrong was I! It balances the oil within my skin, hydrates and moisturises perfectly meaning this cream is perfect for people with dry and oily skin..

Most importantly, this amazing cream is perfect for hormonal skin causing breakouts. I only use this on the blemished parts of my skin which are my T-zone and a little on my forehead and my blemishes rapidly reduced and looked calmer within 24 hours. I was amazed at how quickly and well this product worked. This is definitely a product worth trying for those of you willing to spend quite a bit of money as this is a pricey product. But for me, it was definitely worth it.

Have any of you tried this? Or suffer with hormonal acne as well?

Let me know you’re thoughts or experiences.

Thank you for reading 🙂

What’s in my make up bag? – Ted Baker

 

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Hello my lovelies, I wanted to share with you what is in my make up bag. These are my essential products that I use on a day to day basis, these products are the same products that I use every day and never change.

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I use these 2 products at separate times throughout my foundation routine. I use the B6 Vitamin-infused complexion prep spray as my 1st step, this helps to reduce redness, minimise pores and absorbs excess oil on the skin – basically prepping the skin ready for your routine. The de-slick make up setting spray is a setting spray specifically to help with oil control, I actually spray this product onto my foundation brush before applying my foundation, that way the setting spray is mixed in lightly with the foundation and in my opinion works better as a setting spray.

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This Urban Decay Naked Skin beauty balm is what I use as my primer. It helps to blur out imperfections, it’s oil free and primes the skin ready for foundation. Before I use this, I do use my EOS lip balm, which I haven’t taken a photo of as I already have written a blog on it.

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Next items I use are my Urban Decay naked skin foundation and I use it with the Urban Decay Optical Blurring brush. This brush is specifically best used with this foundation, both of which I am in absolute love with. I have already done a review on both of these so I won’t go in to detail, but one thing I will say is that a setting powder is not required with this foundation which is why you won’t see a setting powder in this post.

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Above is the 2 next things that I use, I use the Bare Minerals bronzer in the shade ‘The Skinny Dip’ (left) to contour my face, this is the perfect shade bronzer for my skin and blends in perfectly! I then use the Mosaic Bronze Glow in the shade ‘Sunkissed’ on the top of the cheek bones to give my skin that extra little bit of glow/shimmer. The brush I use with these is the Blush/Contour brush by B.

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This is the mascara I am currently using, this is not normally the mascara I would purchase, however I never stick to one mascara. This is the first one of this brand I’ve tried and I was pleasantly surprised with it being such a cheap mascara. It isn’t clumpy and it also dries quick which in my eyes is a good thing. The eyelash curler above is by Tweezerman, this is really good at curling the lashes which I use every day before using the mascara as you’d probably guess.

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Lastly, this is the Loreal Le blush in the shade ‘True Rose’. I have used this blush for almost a year and still haven’t hit base. It’s the perfect blush for me as like the bronzer suits my complexion and blends in perfectly. The brush I use with this is the Real Techniques contour brush.

All of these products like I said I use every single day, the only product that differs is my choice of lip gloss/lipstick. Therefore I have left out the lipsticks all together. I quite often go for a neutral look so eye shadows are very rarely a part of my collection.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, what’s in your make up bag? Do any of you use the same products as me? Let me know 🙂 x

My Night Time Routine

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So I love to know everyone else’s night time routine just as much as the next person so in this post I thought I’d share with you my night time routine 🙂

So first things first, when I get in from work I’ll start running my bath. Whilst my bath is running I start the first half of my night time routine…

 

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The first thing I start to do is gently remove my make up and mascara using the Garner Micellar Cleansing Water with Cotton Wool round pads. This is really good for the face, eyes and lips as there is literally no smell to it what so ever, no chemical smell or perfume smell or anything. It removes make up really well including mascara and eyeliner.

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Next I go in with my Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, I get a little pea sized amount on the tip of my fingers and massage it until my fingers to warm it up before gently massaging it into my face. This is such a good balm for removing make up, I leave the balm on until my bath has ran so it’s usually on my face for a few minutes. I use this balm 2 – 3 times a week, the reason for not using it every day is this is quite a greasy/oily balm and it is extremely moisturising. Due to the fact I have really oily skin, my skin gets a little too oily when I use this every day so reducing the amount of use to a few times a week works really well for my skin. I remove this balm with a Cotton wool round pad and it removes all of my make up.

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At this point I will have a bath, wash my hair and body and relax. I won’t be going through what products I use in the bath/shower but this will be done in the future or sooner if it is requested specifically. After washing my hair, I use my Clarisonic with the Elemis Tri-enyzyme resurfacing facial wash (both of which I have previously reviewed if you want to know about them in more detail). Using these together works perfectly for me, the re-surfacing facial wash helps to re-new the skin cells on my face meaning any breakouts/scars start to heal more quickly. The Clarisonic ensures that my pores are clean of make up, as well as helping to regulate my oily skin.

With my fingers, I gently massage the Elemis Balance Lime Blossom Cleanser in to my skin, this cleanser has active extracts of Lime Blossom (hence the name) which help to naturally balance and repair the skin. This cleanser is really good for balancing out combination type skin or skin prone to breakouts like mine. The smell of this is so beautiful and relaxing and light, it’s a very light floral scent – probably the favourite scent of everything in my night time routine.

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After I’ve got out of the bath, dried off and got into my comfy clothes or pyjamas, I move on to the last few steps of my routine. Next step is the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner. I have never been much for toner’s, I always found them alcohol based and leaving my skin feeling tight or sore after using them. However this toner is my holy grail toner! It is soothing on the skin, doesn’t make the skin feel tight nor does it sting my face. This will definitely be a re-purchase in the future. The smell of this is a very strong Lavender smell, which is my only down side, when I’m not well the smell can be that strong it knocks you back a little but the smell goes after 30 seconds of application so it’s worth it for how good the product is.

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Second to last step is the Elemis Daily Redness Solution. I apply these just to my problem areas where I suffer from redness, which is my chin, upper lip and in between my eyebrows. This is the first ever product I purchased from Elemis and I have also done a review on this previously also.

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The last step in my night time routine is the Elemis Tri-Enzyme resurfacing night cream (already previously reviewed also). I absolutely love the texture of this, the consistency, the smell, how easily it applies. It’s perfect! The problem I normally have with a moisturiser throughout the night is that I end up really greasy by morning but this is a really refreshing night cream that is hydrating without being sticky.

This has been my night time routine for the past 3 months so far and it has been the best night time routine by far that I’ve ever had! My skin has improved so much since I have found these perfect products for my skin and stuck to the routine.

I hope you enjoyed my night time routine my lovelies!

Clarisonic Mia 2 – REVIEW

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So my discovery of the Clarisonic came from finding them in cleansing routines on Youtube and found that this was used in quite a few peoples routines. For your information I actually live in the UK and the Clarisonic was not in any shops therefore I’d never seen or heard anything about this before. The more I saw it the more curious I became so I started to look into it and after reading reviews about it I started to become very interested.

A month or two after the discovery I went to Dubai for my birthday and found it in a Sephora in a shopping mall over there so I decided to take the plunge and make the purchase. It took me a whole day to decide whether to buy it or not as it doesn’t exactly come cheap but after everything I read I decided I wanted it and knew I’d regret it once  I got back to the UK if I didn’t buy it.

This was bought in September 2015 and I have used it every day since, I take it with me when I go away, stop away for a night, no matter what, it comes with me and it has been a god send. It removes all make up leaving skin cleansed and the bristles are soft against the skin.

I purchased the deep pore cleansing collection range as a part of my Clarisonic which came with the following:

  • Deep Pore Cleanser
  • Deep Pore congestion clay mask
  • A case and cover that it is stored in to keep safe which can be seen in the photos
  • Magnetic charger

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Magnetic charger explained – As you can see on the photos there is no holes where a charger can be plugged in, this is because the magnetic charger attaches itself to the front of the handle to charge up, the reason for this is with it being a cleansing electronic device it would be unsafe to have ‘exposed’ ports. This amazing feature makes the device waterproof

Overall, I love my Clarisonic, it has interchangeable heads so you can purchase different type heads and put new ones on every few months to stay fully cleansed, the battery lasts a while, it has it’s own case for travel and storage purposes and lastly cleanses my skin thoroughly!

For those of you who in live in England or somewhere this is not sold, it can now be ordered on Boots website now, which they started doing a few months after coming back from Dubai. It honestly is worth the money, they have a variety of brush heads, I use the ‘Sensitive’ skin brush heads but only because the less abrasion against my skin the better. I do moisturise every morning and evening so I am restoring the nutrients in my skin as well.

This was money well spent and skin well looked after!

Another note as well that I want to point out, you can get a variety of different brush heads for the clarisonic as it is interchangeable. There are brushes to suit all skin types, as well as brushes for body exfoliation depending on what you want to use it for. It is recommended to change the brush head once every 3 months. I use the Deep pore brush head as shown below as it is best for minimising pores and best for oily skin.

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