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It’s All About The Lipstick 

To say I love a lipstick is an absolute understatement,  my lipstick drawer is ridiculous & that doesn’t include the lip stains & glosses I also have but I am completely unapologetic about it. My love & desire for a good lipstick is very strong & it will always be a product I cannot say no too.

My most recent purchase has really excited me because I truly believe I have found the smoothest lipstick ever, I love the Clinique Color Pop lipsticks for their smoothness but these have pipped them to the post.

Let me introduce to you the Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipsticks!

Arbonne is a Swiss Heritage Premium brand which solely sells vegan products which are also cruelty free but free from any parabens & nasty ingredients.

The lipsticks are incredibly smooth to apply they have a butter texture that just glides onto the lips, the formula is very comfortable to wear too. As you can see from the description there is hyaluronic acid which will hydrate your lips which is perfect for the colder months approaching soon. Made up of 16 beautiful shades I have picked 3 of my absolute favourites though there will be more shades added to my ever-growing collection.

I opted for Willow which is a gorgeous nude though on my fair skin it comes off as a dark nude but looks beautiful on all skintones,  I also have Camellia which is the shade I was most drawn too as I love lilac tones. I decided I needed one that had a pop of colour so Guava took that spot.
These are the shades taken in indoor & outdoor lighting, hopefully you can see why I was absolutely drawn to Camellia.

The following pictures were also taken indoor & out, please excuse the quality of the indoor pictures but my phone camera isn’t always the best.

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Camellia #7930

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I am hoping you can see from the pictures how creamy & smooth the formula is.

My current wishlist is to add Magnolia, Dream, Current & Iris along with the lip liners, I already have Peach which sits in my Pro Makeup Kit & is used on every bride.

Regardless as to whether you are a vegan or not I would definitely recommend the lipsticks & brand to all, especially if you are conscious of what products & ingredients you are putting on your skin.

The lipsticks can be purchased online via – http://bit.ly/2bQtGfY

Hope you liked the post guys,  much love xx
*Disclaimer – I am an Arbonne Consultant however I only use & recommend products I truly believe in that I would use on myself & clients,  I wanted to take the opportunity to bring a great brand to you that you may or may not have heard of.

Brows That Stay

I have found over the last 3 years filling in my brows has been one of the most important parts of my makeup routine mainly for the fact in my teens I overplucked to the point where they nearly didn’t exist. I would love nothing more than thick full brows, any tips on growth?!  I hear castor oil is supposed to be good? I truly believe that filling in your brows whether you are sparse like me or just have a few fine patches can really frame the face & make a massive difference. When I am doing people’s makeup they are amazed at how much it can change your face / look, in a good way of course!

I chop & change between products I use on myself, I do have two firm favourites which I will always repurchase but I have come across another two great products I wanted to show you.

The first is the eyebrow gel from NYX which I purchased last summer & after a couple of uses very quickly purchased a backup because I just literally fell in love with it. I tend to chop & change between pencils& gels depending on my mood. For me I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was to use, it like a putty it reminds me of the Anastasia brow pomade. It’s pretty tough to squeeze out the tube but the fight is worth it in my eyes. Once you work it through with the brow brush of your choice I tend to take a disposable mascara wand to brush through the brow to make sure the product is even & the brows are nicely placed. You do not get alot of playtime with this so you have to work fast as it dries down. Once the product is dried you are literally all set for the whole day until you take it off! Impressive eh.

This is a new discovery for me from Arbonne Shape It Up, it’s not how I expected it to be either but I genuinely mean that in a good way. I was really expecting this to be your standard eye pencil but what I didn’t realise until I tested this is it’s your average pencil, the product feels very promade / putty like if that makes any sense at all. For me the consistency & texture is like the NYX eyebrow gel & the application & finish of the Anastasia promade,  it really surprised me.

I love the fact this has a spooly I really feel lost if I do not have a spooly to hand to work through my eyes as I am applying the product. Very much like the NYX eyebrow gel this also sets & you are pretty much good to.

On the left is the NYX eyebrow gel in blonde & the right Arbonne Shape It Up in medium, can you see the formula is very similar & how the Arbonne pencil is not a true eye pencil as we know?

The Arbonne Shape It Up pencil can be purchased from my Arbonne website if you you wanted to try it out, I do think you will be pleasantly surprised – http://bit.ly/2a6oMdG

I would love to hear about the brow products you use & swear by?

Hope you liked the post guys, much love xx

Inspirational Makeup Looks 

I spend most nights looking through Instagram & Pinterest looking at other people’s work taking in their creativity & wondering where their ideas & visions come from. I find myself in awe of so many talented artists & the looks being produced & shared. My phone & tablet have turned into a virtual scrapbook saving so many incredibly inspiring looks, looks I would love to reproduce to help myself to keep developing. I take my own inspiration from other people’s work it certainly helps to gets me thinking.
Alot of the images I have saved over the last year have now been printed off & I am currently working on a physical scrapbook that I can refer to for reference.

I wanted to share some images I have saved that I absolutely adore, I cannot remember the individuals that have created these looks but I want to make a disclaimer that I am not & will not share these images with the intention of pretending these are my pieces of work.

Enjoy x

My Magic Formula (For spotty, bumpy skin)

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For some reason in the last 6 months I have started to suffer from little spots under the skin around my skin & above my upper lip. I first noticed it along my jawline which I thankfully managed to clear but in the last few weeks my chin & mouth region have really begun to suffer which is turn started to affect my self esteem. I have actually been starting to wonder if I am getting adult acne so I have been reading alot online to try & understand what is going on & to see if I could self diagnose but really I am not sure what is going on. I am very much into caring for my skin & I spare no expense in helping it to look & feel good so it was quite alarming to see these spots appear.

My skin has been feeling really bumpy & in certain lighting you can really see it. I have found that makeup has been enhancing the bumps so I made a decision to cut back on my foundation & really focus on sorting out whatever the issue is before it gets worse so went back to basics on my skincare routine.

I am an avid facemask user & will always do atleast one mask a week which will normally be a clay mask to pull out any impurities. The two masks I switch between surpringsly have had no affect on the spots, I was relying on them to really pull out the congestion going on.

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It’s not often I reach for my Foreo Luna but I decided I would use it in hope it would work magic on me. If you have not heard of the Foreo it’s a great little face gadget that has silicone pads, it’s easy to wash & it does not fester bacteria. It has two vibrating settings depending on how intense you want to clean your skin. It’s 100% waterproof so can be easily used in the shower. I believe there is a 20-30 second vibrating cycle though I have never really counted each cycle, it pulse vibrates when it’s ready to be moved onto another area of the face. The idea is to use it in sections so you can really focus the cleansing in that one area then when it’s ready you move onto the next & so on. It’s so incredibly gentle there is zero irritation to the skin.

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The cleanser I have been reaching for to use in conjunction with the Foreo is the Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser which I learnt about from an American blogger. This is a perfect product for those who have sensitive skin, it’s fragrance free which makes it completely non-irritating, it’s also perfect for people with dry skin. I would describe it as a lotion cleanser it’s very runny & incredibly moisturising. The great thing is my skin has never felt tight after use it is such a gentle yet effective cleanser. I really do see a massive difference when I use this it actually helped to clear up my jawline spots. Using this in combination with the Foreo has been so effective that within 5 days of cleansing twice a day it has nearly cleared up my spots, I am astounded.

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The last product I have been using to really treat my skin is the La Posay Effaclar Duo.
I have been applying this in the morning before moisturiser really massaging it into the skin. I am not convinced how much of an impact this has been having as I really feel the Cetaphil & Foreo has been the magic combination, I actually started to use this a week before the Foreo but didn’t see or feel any major results so seeing as the product is there I thought I would just try & use it up by slotting it in.

Feeling my skin now I can still feel slight bumps & congestion under the skin so this is still work in progress but the congestion is not as visible now, I can see that the area is being deeply yet gently cleaned out so I shall keep going until the area is fully back to normal.

I would recommend the Foreo with any cleanser as it is an effective way to deeply clean your pores, I personally would not use it to remove makeup but as a second cleanse in your routine. The Cetaphil I would also recommend for a very gentle yet effective way to keep your skin in tip top condition. I would definitely say this is my magic formula that works for me.

Hope you liked the post guys, much love xx

Flora Mare Skincare

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“Discover beauty secrets from the sea with this gorgeous skincare range that helps tackle the signs of ageing using innovative ingredients sourced from the sea and maritime plants.”

 

I recently discovered a new skincare brand via QVCUK which I have dipped my toe into to see if it is something I would like to add to my ever growing collection of skincare. I do not know a great deal about the brand at the moment, what I do know is they are German & use maritime plants as one of their key ingredients. I wanted to try & do a little research on the brand but their website will not translate for me.

I had not planned to watch QVC the day the brand was airing I think I had it on in the background & something must have caught my attention, I actually gave my friend two of their moisturisers I had from a goodie bag I got last year & she said it was a good product so I started to watch the demonstrations.

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What I did pick up was the tinted moisturiser, I am very drawn to this & couldn’t take my eyes off the demonstration. The clever thing about this product is there is one universal shade but it adjusts to your skin tone it is really interesting to see. I saw the product applied to black & white skin it adjusted perfectly to both skin tones it was just amazing.

 

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The formula is definitely thicker than your average moisturiser however it applies really nicely with figures as you are warming the product as you go. It blends really well into the skin & feels very light & airy which you would not expect for something that feels thicker than a moisturiser. It definitely makes your skin look radiant with health & I personally feel it gives really good coverage. I would say it is something I tend to wear on days when I want something quick to put on & not feel like I have a foundation on, a product that also allows my skin to breath. Personally I prefer to powder down my t-zone mainly because I am not used to having glowy looking skin & also after a few hours I did tend to get a little oily but I think for me it is more to do with the formula as I am noticing that not all base products make me oily. The size of the bottle is 50ml which I think is quite generous.

Overall impression is I like the product it is very comfortable to wear & makes a lovely base but I doubt I would make a re-purchase simply because I have got so many base products & although I like this it doesn’t quite stand out as a must have for me personally. I would however recommend it to others it is a pleasant product to use.

Hope you liked the post guys.

 

Much love xx

Skyn Iceland Cleansing Cloths

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In the last year I have completely shocked myself which is quite incredible! For so many years I have been major anti face wipes to the point where I would wince at the sight of them being used on other people or my own mother talking to me about how she uses them – dirty, horrid things is what I would say in my head.

But somehow in the last 18 months I have started to take a real interest in facial wipes & I have tried out so many different brands. So far I have found Soap & Glory & Bioderma to be my favourites, I have actually just stocked up on the Bioderma wipes as I really do like them.

Now I do have a little guilty pleasure of browsing Marks & Spencers mostly the beauty department but I do like the store. This is a store my parents always shopped at when I was younger so it’s quite natural for me to be drawn there. Over the years they have certainly modernised everything & are definitely catering towards a wider market of ages but for a long time it was a very mature store so I always have a snigger to myself that I enjoy going here so much now.

Anyway whilst on one of my many trips I came across the brand Skyn Iceland. You see something you will notice about me or pick up in previous posts is I am an absolute sucker for packaging so that is the first thing that caught my eye with the brand, crisp clean white packaging with turqoise mixed in – now for me that screams elegant, exquisite (yeah I know!) & worth every penny. Well I bloody well hoped it was a brand worth every penny as it is not cheap…..

The first thing I ever tried from Skyn Iceland & love is the pore minimiser so I knew that there would probably be other products that I would like. I really wanted to try their face wipes so seized the moment & bought two packs (wowzer I know I know), why two I just don’t know I should have taken the sensible approach & bought one to see how I got on as they are £13 a pack, GULP, yes I really did say £13 a pack & you know what writing that down actually makes me feel sick – what was I thinking!!! But I guess when you read the blurb on the front & get sucked in like me you just don’t think about it:

“When you’re too tired to deal with the whole cleanser and wash cloth routine, these on-the-go foaming cloths are the ultimate skin savior. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial natural extracts, they sweep away makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities while refreshing and soothing stressed skin. Best of all, there’s no water required. It has a clean scent, never tacky. Great for travel or every day!”

 

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The wipes are quite a bizarre experience if I am honest, you have to wipe one together which then produces a lather?! At first I thought this was great fun but after a while it gets quite tiresome & well frankly annoying. The wipes do seem quite moist which is something I liked, the makeup was removed pretty well, I personally would not use these on the eyes – stingy! What did leave me dissapointed was the fact my skin felt incredibly tight & uncomfortable afterwards – cue the “I wish I have NOT purchased two packs” regrets. For me it is such a shame as the ingredient list is pretty good:

Key Ingredients:

  • White willow bark, a naturally occurring form of salicylic acid, soothes irritation and helps prevent breakouts and congestion in the skin.

 

  • Icelandic kelp helps revitalize skin and fight inflammation

 

  • Cucumber and cornflower extracts help soothe, soften and tone skin.

 

  • Coconut, oat and amino acid-based surfactants provide extra-gentle cleansing.

 

  • Alpha bisabolol, an anti-irritant derived from chamomile, helps calm and soothe skin.

 

  • Icelandic Complex, a proprietary natural blend that replenishes the nutrients that stress depletes. Sourced from Iceland’s pure and potent environment, it contains pollution-free Icelandic Glacial Water with 6 essential minerals to hydrate and detoxify skin, Arctic Cloudberry and Cranberry Seed Oils “super fruits of the Arctic” rich in Omega Fatty Acids, Vitamins and potent antioxidants as well as Pure Molecular Oxygen which delivers energy into skin’s deepest layers to bring back a youthful glow.

 

I believe I managed to use one whole pack, yes I am pretty sure I did, however I only got through 1/2 of the second but I just felt so irritated (mood wise) by the product I could not bare to use another wipe! For me it was one of those experiences where you were jumping for your moisturiser, night balm / cream as soon as you had finished wiping, 100% dissapointed.

I have no qualms at trying something else from the range but for now there is nothing else I need but I do have a slight interest in the Artic Face Mist & Face Oil but for now I am fully covered at home with other products I can use first.

I am afraid to say this is not something I would personally recommend especially with that price tag attached – ouch & also for the fact that actually it was a really uncomfortable product to use.

I hope you liked the post guys, much love xx

 

Maybelline Fit Me Or Does It

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I think I have established & accepted that I have a foundation problem owning far too many….. My problem is I get sucked into the world of YouTube & blogs & always want to pick up beauty products now instead of finishing a few others before making additional purchases. So far I haven’t had to throw out a foundation that has reached it’s expiry date but I suspect it won’t be long.

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I am trying to go through the process of elimination firstly to see what products I genuinely like & would want to introduce to my pro kit but also to find out which foundations suit me as far ae colour matching goes, the level of coverage, longevity during the day & how a product sits on my skin.

I purchased the Maybelline Fit Me last summer, I had already tried the concealer but was not impressed with the coverage or colour match it came up too yellow / orange for my liking. However I felt the foundation was worth a try. I like the packaging, glass bottle, it feels sturdy & that it wouldn’t break if accidentally dropped. The colouring is good there is definitely a yellow undertone which I personally think is more flattering on the majority of skintones compared to pink undertones which the majority of drugstore foundations used to be. There is a pump which is excellent & of course hygienic.

I would say I used a pump & a half which in reality was too much product however stippling it on gave great coverage & it blended very well. Straight away the foundation settled onto the skin nicely though it took a little while to fully set. I did notice on me that after buffing my forehead had little dots where the product started to separate ever so slightly but after another round of buffing it dissappeared no problem.

The foundation felt comfortable I didn’t feel like I was wearing anything which is always incredibly important to me, there is nothing worse than when you can feel like you are wearing makeup. As always I set my undereyes, chin & nose.

I didn’t really think too much about the foundation during the day maybe that is because I didn’t feel like I was wearing something so I forgot I had something on. After 9.5 hours wear I checked myself out & well…….where had the foundation gone!  I always wear a primer but on this occasion it did nothing to stop the dissapearing trick. I literally looked like I was wearing nothing, the coverage I had earlier in the morning had well & truly gone!

I can honestly say you could not go out in the evening without doing your makeup again or topping it up. I am going to give it another go but if it’s the same end result I will not be wasting my time on it again I will be saying bye bye & moving onto something else.

My skin type is pretty much normal with the occasional oily t-zone but not so much these days, at this present moment in time I would not recommend the foundation especially if you wamt all day coverage.

Hope you liked the post guys, much love xx

Urban Decay Naked Concealer

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Concealer is my biggest frustration when it comes to doing my own makeup, for many years I have been trying out so many different brands to try & find that perfect coverage for me as I do tend to get pretty intense dark undereyes.

Having heard & seen alot of people rave about the Urban Decay Naked Concealer I decided to bite the bullet & pick one up last summer, this product is expensive about £17 so it’s a big spend & risk to take. I definitely picked up a shade too light which is my own fault so it hasn’t been massively flattering on me.

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I should have got the light neutral but I stupidly picked up the fair neutral so instantly that was a waste of money but I still decided to use it. I like the applicator you get a generous amount of product on the wand.

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I found for me personally the formula abit on the dry side it applied fairly nicely but dried down into a cakey hot mess which is not the look I was going for. I used it on & off a few times hoping it was just my application technique & tried both a damp sponge & a brush. Something I noticed which has now stopped me from using it that when I am blending it mainly with a sponge it starts to pull the product away & makes it so patchy you have no choice but to start again with something else.  I get the impression you do not have enough playtime with the product so once it’s on it’s on no chance of getting it blended out nicely.

I feel annoyed with myself for spending that much money on it but now I am also concerned about how the foundation will apply & set, I have not used the foundation yet but I am really hoping it does not go patchy & pull off the skin like the concealer.

If you have this product what has your experience been like? How have you been applying it? For me I have decided this will never make the cut to my pro kit.

Hope you liked the post guys, much love xx

Gloriously Glowy

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I think to a certain point we would all like a healthy glowy complexion, nothing over the top but a face that says look at my natural radiance I am lit from within, OK maybe not in so many cheesy words but who wouldn’t want that subtle glow?

For my pro kit I have the likes of Becca Moonstone & Opal liquid highlighters & Kevyn Aucoin Celestial liquid highlighter but I always have a rule that I will never use my pro kit on myself so I wanted to try something more reasonably priced. I like to read other peoples blogs & watch YouTube channels, on a few occasions I have heard the L’Oréal Luminous Magique mentioned & I have to say it had me intrigued.

The product is £9.99 which if I am is a couple of pound more than what I think it should be marketed at, I wouldn’t call it an affordable price as it is at the other end of the scale for highstreet makeup pricing. It comes in a 20ml size which is a reasonable amount but the one thing I really dislike is the packaging it is a plastic bottle & just feels tacky which is another reason why I am not a fan of the price point. Packaging & price point aside you can use this “primer” as you see fit.

So the traditional approach is to wear this under your foundation all over to give a suitable glow, you could mix it in with your foundation however little or much you prefer to get the desired healthy look – you may want to have a little play to get the balance just right. You could use it just to spot highlight on top of Foundation so around your cheekbones or you could just wear this alone with no foundation at all which is what I am doing quite alot at the moment. There are days when my skin looks pretty good & no Foundation is required so I just pop a layer of this on to give that healthy glorious glow & off I go. It is important to not you won’t get a massively shiny complexion or look oily / greasy it will just give a lit from within glow.

Hope you liked the post guys, much love xx