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25.4.17

Minimal Makeup Routine

Minimal makeup routine

I've never been one to pile on the layers of makeup. My go-to items in high school consisted of translucent face powder thanks to my oily skin and lots of kohl eyeliner. Nowadays I still use face powder and eyeliner but in a more sophisticated way, at least that's what I like to think. So here is a list of the items I use on an almost daily basis:

Eyes:

It's a feature I like to accentuate so it's also where I use the most products: the grand amount of 3.
Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream: I like a natural look, so after applying some face cream with SPF around the eye area I use this to fade the look of dark circles. It doesn't get rid of them completely but my eyes look brighter and well rested. 
Eyeliner: I love the look of a cat eye liner. Been trying out a few different pen liners and am currently using the Bourjois Liner Feutre. It's easy to use, doesn't flake and it's very long lasting. 
Mascara: Only started wearing it every time I do my makeup for the last year or so, but I love the wide 60s look so I think my love for mascara is growing with every use. Currently using The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara, it adds volume and a bit of length and it's also quite long lasting. There is some smudging by the end of the day but then again I have really oily skin.

Face: 

Never been a fan of foundation or using a lot of products on top of my skin, I just don't like the feel of it. Even though I was using a bb cream for the last couple of years (mixed a drop of it into my day cream for lighter coverage) I have reverted back to only using powder and it feels so good. I think my skin is loving it because it's looking better too. 
Powder: For evening out my skin tone I've been using The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals, it diminishes the look of marks and redness and it's lightweight and very natural looking. The only downside is that it's a bit on the glowy side - oh and that it's been discontinued.
Brush: It came in a holiday set that I found in the clearance section in Boots, I think I paid about £7 for them. It's quite soft, applies powder well and it's made of aluminium so it's very lightweight too. 

Lips: 

I do like to wear a bold lip every once in a while, but they can be very high maintenance - making sure it hasn't smudged, topping it up after eating or drinking and worrying it might be on you teeth. None of those worries come with a tinted lip balm.
Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter: It has a medium to thick consistency and it's very nourishing, making my lips feel soft and comforted. The hint of colour it gives is very natural but still makes you look more polished, plus it can be layered on for a stronger look. 

Minimal makeup routine


Extras:

If I got a bit more time or I'm feeling fancy I'll use a few more products:

Lip liner: I like to line my lips slightly outside my natural lip line to make them look a bit bigger, that combined with the tinted lip balm gives a nice plumper lips look. This lip liner by Models Co is a nude colour that could also be worn on its own.

Primer: I'm not quite sure what the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm does but I apply a pea sized amount to the centre of my face/T-zone to make pores look smaller and hope my face won't look too shiny when I use it. Still testing this product. 

Brows: Sometimes brows just won't stay in place and that's when a brow gel comes in, this time it's the benefit's gimme brow that comes to the rescue. I like that it adds a bit of volume but doesn't look fake, so if there's a sparse area it can make it look fuller without having to draw anything with a pencil. It also keeps brows in place all day.

Face powder: To mattify after my mineral foundation I use the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. It's also lightweight and you only need a tiny amount to get rid of any shine. It can also add a bit more coverage if needed when worn over a mineral foundation. 

Lip Tint: If I want to intensify the colour on my lips, while still being low maintenance, a lip tint is the answer. This one by The Body Shop adds a natural red tint and can be worn alone, but under a red tinted lip balm it looks almost like a lipstick, plus it won't go anywhere after your lip balm has faded. 

What are your makeup essentials?

xo

15.4.17

Black High Low Dresses at Zaful

As spring is finally here and with it the warmer and sunnier weather, which means we can finally stop wearing so many layers and go out in a cute dress. At Zaful they have lots of black high low dress and high waist dress to choose from, and here are a couple of my favourite ones:

asymmetric shirt dress
tie dye maxi dress

As the weather can be a bit temperamental at the moment I think the dress on the left would be a great option if the day is a bit chilly as it has long sleeves to keep your arms cosy and warm. The asymmetric hem and tie waist details keep it trendy.

The dress on the right is for the more boho girl, I could definitely see girls wearing it at summer music festivals. I like the tie-dye wash and the a-line shape makes it comfortable to dance in, while the fitted waist keeps it from being shapeless.

What dress is your favourite?

xo

11.4.17

New in: March 2017

Succulent
Baby Lips Maybelline
H&M Wool Coat
Primark Lace Underwear
GAP White Shirt
Ikea Wooden Hangers
Ikea Raskog Trolley
Royal Mail Bowie Stamps
Avene Cleanance Cleanser
Sanex Aluminium Free Deodorant
H&M Viscose Blouse
Last month I'd been looking into getting a little succulent plant and my mother in law got me one, the best of all is that it doesn't require lots of care so hopefully will last me for years. Then from the reduced section in Tesco I got a Baby Lips in Strike a Rose and a Maybelline Super Stay Nail Polish.

With my Christmas gift card I got a camel coat from H&M and also a set of pink socks. From Primark a set of lace underwear, and from the Gap outlet, a white cotton shirt

Went to Ikea with Dot and got a set of Wooden Hangers and a couple of the Skirt Hangers, a laundry basket (not pictured) and a Trolley. Dot got me a framed set of Bowie stamps, and from Boots I got the Avene Cleanance Face Wash and a set of Feather Hair Clips

From the Poundshop I got the Sanex Aluminium Free Deodorant, Johnsons Baby Soap and a Nails Inc Nail File, and a set of socks from Lidl. 

And last but not least, a printed blouse from H&M, it was the 2nd time I ordered it as I had to return the first one I got because it was too big, so if you get this blouse, definitely size down.

Did you get anything nice last month?

xo

30.3.17

Dress & Long Cardigan

H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan
H&M Camel Cardigan // Zaful Leather Mules // H&M Knitted Dress

You know the feeling when you see someone wearing something that you love, then you ask them where they got it from because you just have to know (and might go and buy it for yourself) and they say "it's vintage"? It's a bit annoying but it has inspired me to try it for myself, so this weekend we are going to visit some charity shops and hopefully will find something amazing. I will be on the lookout for books, vinyls, jeans and basket bags (!).

xo

28.3.17

Night Skincare Routine

Night Skincare Routine

As I love discovering new products other people use and find it useful when they provide reviews about them, I decided to write about my skincare routine. It also serves as a log to remind me what products I've been using and what I think of them. 

To take my makeup off I use the Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser, which I found at the clearance section in Boots for just £1. I kept it in the back of a drawer for ages and decided it was time to try it out before it went out of date (!). I like that it is very gentle and doesn't irritate my skin or eyes when I use it, it removes makeup well but you do need to go over the area a second time to completely remove it. I would probably buy it again when on offer as it is not the most affordable product. 

Having won in a giveaway a set of Clarins deluxe sample sized products, I tried to save them for when I went away on holiday, and that's when I started using the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, which is a bi-phase product that you need to shake in order to use. It is very effective and removes all my eye makeup without having to rub or having to wipe twice. It is quite pricey for the size of it so I don't think I would actually buy it. 

Normally I only use one product to take my eye and face makeup off, so after finishing the products above I will stick to the Simple Micellar Water to do the job.

For cleanser I've been using the Una Brennan Super Facialist Neroli Daily Brightening Cleanser, which is actually a repurchase, can't even remember if it is my 2nd or 3rd bottle. Anyway, I like that it doesn't foam up so won't dry up my skin and it contains several natural oils and extracts which leave my skin feeling soft and clean but not tight. Full review here

After cleansing I would use a serum until I discovered that face oils can be really good for problem skin like mine. I've been using the Botanics Triple Age Renewal Smoothing Facial Oil and at first I didn't like how my skin felt kind of greasy when I had just washed it, but then I got used to it ha. My skin feels soft and I think it is also helping with pores as some of them are actually invisible now below my under eye area. It used to be just £4 which is why I got it, then Boots decided to more than double the price and I can't currently find it online, even after being told it has not been discontinued. Full review here.

After my oil I apply some benzoyl peroxide to any problem areas, though I'm trying to reduce how much I use it, and after that I put some night cream on. This is also a repurchase, the Naturally Radiant Renewing Night Cream, which I apply on my face and neck and I love how plump my skin looks and feels when I wake up in the morning. Full review here.

If there are any areas where I want to help my skin regenerate in order to avoid texture issues from scarring, I use a dab of Vitacilina, which contains retinol and helps with that. Full review here.

Lastly for my facial skincare routine, I apply some eye cream and right now I'm using the Garnier Skin Naturals Ultra Lift Eye Cream. As the skin under the eyes is so delicate and prone to show lines way before the rest of the facial skin would I try to keep it moisturised and protected. This eye cream is supposed to smooth the skin and improve firmness but I haven't seen that much of a difference to the skin under my eyes. I do like that it is very lightweight and it seems to have light reflecting particles which can brighten up the area.

Have you tried any of these products?

xo

23.3.17

Camel Coat

H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat
H&M Camel Coat

(Similar: Sweatshirt)

I found this coat in my local H&M for just £20 in the sale section, so of course I had to get it. I had been looking for a camel colour coat for the last 2 winters, so I'm thrilled to have finally found one that I like. I actually tried it on in my size when it was full price and didn't like how it fit, even though it is a bit oversized, but then when I saw it on sale the smallest size I could find was 2 sizes bigger than my actual size, so the coat is huge but I love it because that makes it super cosy and there's lots of room to fit more layers underneath when it is really cold outside. 

xo

21.3.17

Champneys Citrus Blush

Champneys Citrus Blush

Some time ago I found a Champneys gift set with travel size products from the Citrus Blush range in the clearance section in Boots for a mere £3. I started using the products when I went on holiday but stopped when I got back from my holiday and have recently rediscovered them. 

The set came in a travel bag with a clear panel on the front which is very practical, and it contained a hand cream, a body lotion and a shower cream. 

The Champneys Citrus Blush Shower Cream smells amazing, kind of powdery and soft, it's also very creamy and lathers well, leaving skin smelling great and feeling soft. The Champneys Citrus Blush Body Lotion has a slightly different scent, not as powdery but still with a citrus fragrance, and it absorbs very quickly, leaving skin feeling moisturised and soft. 

The Champneys Citrus Blush range has since been reformulated an repackaged and I haven't tried the new versions but I would really like to try more bath and body products from Champneys' other ranges.

Have you tried Champneys products?

xo

16.3.17

Denim Skirt & Mules

Topshop Skirt and Zaful Mules
Topshop Skirt and Zaful Mules
Topshop Skirt and Zaful Mules
Topshop Skirt & Zaful Mules
Topshop Skirt and H&M Jumper
Topshop Skirt & H&M Jumper
Topshop Skirt & H&M Jumper
Zaful Leater Mules
Zaful Leater Mules
Topshop Skirt & Zaful Mules
H&M Jumper // Topshop Skirt // Zaful Mules // Topshop Bag

It might sound like a little bit of an odd combination and I never thought I would actually wear this type of shoe but I saw these on the Zaful website and I knew I had to at least try them. When they arrived I noticed that they are very well made (they're 100% leather) and even though I got a size smaller than normal because they didn't have my size, they fit perfectly as they are backless so there's no rubbing on my heels and I won't need to break them in.

Anyway, I've loved this skirt since I started seeing it everywhere last year and then finally decided to get one, so I try to wear it every chance I get, and now that it's been sunny (but still kind of fresh) I thought it would be a great chance to wear it with my Zaful mules, which are a great dupe for the Gucci ones, and a cosy oversized jumper in a contrasting colour. 

Can't wait until it gets that little bit warmer so I can wear my summery pieces more, though I want to get some wear out of the new coat I got last weekend (!).

xo