Solait Mousse Express Dark Tan | Review

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Being as pale as I am naturally, I love applying a good fake tan! I’ve tried quite a few over the years, some good and some not so good. I’ve always steered clear of the cheaper tans, worried that they will turn me into a streaky, orange mess, but I decided to eventually give this one a go!

I picked the Solait Express Dark Tan Mousse up in Superdrug for only £4.99, which compared to the tans I usually buy is such a bargain! This is a 60 minute tan, although I would suggest leaving it on for up to 2 hours if you want a dark tan.

I was really apprehensive about using this, as I mentioned earlier I was worried that a cheap tan would leave me streaky and orange. When I applied this with a mitt I was really worried. The tan seemed to go on quite streaky, and wasn’t drying down well at all. Every time I rubbed the tan in, it seemed to move around rather than blend into the skin. I decided to carry on applying anyway and tanned my whole body as I usually would. The colour of it was a lovely golden brown though, so I was pleased to know I wouldn’t be orange for the foreseeable future.

With most tans I would leave it to dry for about 5 minutes before getting dressed, but this one seemed to take ages to dry, and it definitely transferred onto my clothes.

As I mentioned earlier it is a 60 minute tan, but I always like to leave my tans on longer than suggested, as I like them to be darker, so I left my tan on for 2 hours and went about my daily routine.

After two hours I washed off the tan in the shower and I was left with a thankfully streak free, even, golden tan. I was genuinely really shocked that a £4.99 fake tan gave me similar results to a £20+ tan. The only downside was a really strong tan scent, stronger than you would get with the more expensive tans, but thats something I can ignore easily enough. I’m currently 4 days into wearing the tan as I write this and my skin is still looking golden and I’ve not had any patchiness appear. I’ll definitely be purchasing this again!

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My Current Beauty Favourites

I’ve found myself not as into makeup as I’ve always been lately. I’ve had a lot more makeup free days, than days wearing makeup. That being said when I do wear makeup I’ve been going back to the same few products over and over again.

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As a base I’ve been loving the Sleek Lifeproof Foundation. This is a medium coverage foundation, but I’ve been wearing a light layer of it, and its helped to even out my skin tone, and it makes my skin look fresh and natural. I’ve really been trying to embrace my skin lately, and I’ve finally got a skin care routine that I love and is working for me, so this foundation has been great at showing my natural skin, but also evening out my uneven skin tone.

Along side that, I’ve been loving the ColourPop No Filter Concealer. This is such a creamy concealer, with great coverage, which is perfect for me as my under eye circles are SO bad. This also does not crease on me at all, which is rare in a concealer! The only downside is that it oxidises quite a bit, but I find once its been blended in its really not that noticeable. Just go for a shade lighter than you think you’d need.

The last makeup product I’ve really been loving is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless pressed powder. I’ve really struggled to find a powder that I can use under my eyes to set my concealer, that doesn’t look cakey or crease instantly, but this one is perfect. I apply it using a power puff and I press it into my skin, and brush away the excess. This has been working so perfectly for me and its so cheap too!

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As I mentioned earlier I’ve found a skin care routine that I’ve been absolutely loving lately, and pretty much all of it is from L’Oreal. The first product I’ve been loving is the Hydra Genius Aloe Water Moisturiser. I’ve been loving this as it’s a gel, rather than a cream and it feels so much lighter on my skin, but still gives my skin the moisture it needs.

The next product is the Smooth Sugars Glow Scrub. This smells incredible and has worked so well on my skin. I use it on dry skin to make it work more effectively, and it makes my skin feel so smooth and soft, but also gives it a really lovely glow. Its not a harsh scrub either, so it feels gentle on the skin, and not like its causing damage like other scrubs I’ve used in the past.

The last product I’ve been obsessed with the is Pure Clay Glow Mask. I use this alongside the Detox mask, which is also amazing. The Glow mask really helps to brighten the appearance of the skin and makes the skin feel so smooth, as it includes exfoliants in it which help to remove dry skin.

My skin has felt amazing, and my bank balance is pretty happy with it to, when compared to all of the Kiehls products I used to use. You can get amazing skin care for a small price and I’m so happy I’ve finally realised this.

A Valentines Makeup Look

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Happy Valentines Day!

I’m not a fan of Valentines Day at all, but I still got inspired by the day to create a pink themed makeup look, so I thought I would share with you how I created it.

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For my base I used the NARS Radiance Primer which gives the skin a gorgeous glowy look, and I then applied the Iconic London Foundation Stick, which I’ve really been loving lately. This gives a really full coverage look, but also manages to look quite natural and dewy on the skin. I used the Rimmel Match perfection concealer, and I cream contoured using a Primark Concealer stick in a dark shade. I set everything in place with the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, and bronzed my face with the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer. For blush I used a Kiko cream blush in the shade Rebel Bouncy. This is quite a dark pink shade, that gives a gorgeous natural blush to the cheeks. Finally to highlight I used a mixture of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam                  Glow kit, and the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette.

IMG_0409Moving onto the eye’s the main product I used was the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette. I thought this would be the perfect palette for a pink, Valentines inspired look as the shades are perfect for it. I used the shade ‘Shy’ as a transition shade through the crease, an then I used the shade ‘Flamingo’ to deepen the crease. I used the shade ‘Moon Dust’ on a flat brush with Fix+ to pack onto the eye lids. The Fix+ is great at intensify shimmery shades. I finally used the shade’s ‘Bossy’ and ‘Man-eater’ to deepen the outer crease of the eye, and to blend the shimmer. I added ‘shy’ and ‘Flamingo’ onto the lower lash line, taking it quite far down to smoke out the look. I used the shade ‘Pink Opal’ from the Kat Von D Alchemist palette in the inner corners, and I applied the Eylure Enchanted lashes.

IMG_0410For my brows I used my absolute favourite product- The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, in the shade Dark brown. I absolutely love this as it makes my brows look so defined. Finally for my lips I used Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Doll Parts with a Tanya Burr lipgloss in the shade ‘DayDream’  on top.

Shopping My Stash | January

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One of my goals for 2018 is to save money, and not spend my money on unnecessary things . So having said that I’ve decided to start ‘Shopping My Stash’. By this I mean, going through my makeup draws, wardrobe and beauty stash and using the products I already have, but barely use.

I have so much makeup, and loads of clothes that I never wear so each month I’m going to make a conscious effort to use things I wouldn’t normally in the hopes that I will re-dicover old favourites and save money during the process.

For my January/February makeup draw I decided to pull out The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette, Nars Laguna bronzer,MAC Blankey Lipstick and The Morphe 35W Palette.

I forgot how much I loved the Rimmel Match perfection Foundation! I use the concealer on a daily basis, which I love, and used with the foundation works so lovely on my skin. The coverage is medium, but its build able, and although the shade is a bit light, it works well on my skin type.

The Sleek Contour and Blush Palette is one I have loved time and time again. It’s the perfect palette for travelling as I love and use all three of the shades! The bronzer/contour shade is very similar to the Benefit Hoola, the blush is the perfect dupe for NARS Orgasm and the Highlight is so pretty! I could happily live with just this palette for the rest of my life!

NARS Laguna bronzer was a favourite of mine for a while, before I replaced it with Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. Since pulling it out I’ve fallen in love with it again. It’s such a good shade for me, and I love the slight shimmer running through it.

The L’Oreal True Match Powder is okay. I bought this when I ran out of my Laura Mercier  Powder, and it worked well for me, but I will be sticking to my favourite Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

I’ve not been loving lipstick for quite a while now. I’ve been more than happy to wear a full face of makeup, without any lipstick on, but I’m ready to get out of that habit! I’ve decided to pull out MAC ‘Blankety’ lipstick, as its such a gorgeous nude shade, and its a creamy finish which is my preferred lipstick type. I’ve really been enjoying wearing this again lately.

Lastly for makeup is the Morphe 35W Palette. I bought this ages ago and never really used it. I have so many palettes in my collection that loads tend to get forgotten. This has some lovely shades in and I’ve actually had some lovely comments on my eye makeup since using this, so I’ve been really enjoying this.

Huda Beauty | Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

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I definitely squealed a little bit inside when I saw the teasers for the new Huda Beauty mini palettes on trendmoon! I already own the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette, so I knew if these were any way as good as that then I would love it!

There are four different palettes to choose from- The Smokey Obsessions Palette, The Warm Brown Obsessions Palette, The Mauve Obsessions Palette and The Electric Obsessions Palette. I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous warm tones of the Warm Brown Palette, and I knew that it would become a staple in my everyday makeup routine.

These palettes retail for an affordable £25 each which I think for the quality, and the brand in general is pretty reasonable, and you can purchase Huda Beauty products from Cult Beauty.

When the palette arrived I was surprised by how small it was. I don’t know why but I was expecting it to be a lot bigger than it is, but now looking at it, it is the perfect size- especially for travelling! The palette comes with a pretty good mirror, and the nine shades, in reasonably sized pans.

So moving onto the actual shades. The palette consists of 8 matte shades, and one shimmer, which I think is okay. I personally really love an all matte eyeshadow look at the moment, so this wasn’t a problem for me at all.

The top row has a Deep Burgundy shade, a bright orange and a dark red (it looks more bright in the swatches). All of these swatched really well. The pigment is really strong and they felt really creamy.

The middle row has a really dark, chocolate brown, a super shimmery gold, and a creamy white. The brown is perfect for deepening up the crease, and the pigment of this is really good. The gold shimmer swatched amazingly! As you can see in the images the pigment is so strong, and it looks so vibrant and bright. I cannot wait to play around with this. As for the creamy white, its the perfect shade to put all over the lid, to set any eye primer you use, and to neutralise the lid.

The bottom row has a peachy, pink shade, a light brown and a rusty red. Again these all swatched really well, the pigment was really strong on all of the shades. The light brown shade is the perfect transition shade for the crease, and the rusty red is such a pretty shade. I can see myself using it a lot.

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So here is a makeup look I created using this palette. I love how the palette performed on the eyes. The colours were pigmented and blended out so easily. The gold shimmer is so intense and pretty, and I absolutely love it. Overall I’m super happy with the palette, and it’s definitely going to be a good one for everyday wear.

On my face-

Foundation- Too Faced Born This Way

Concealer- Rimmel Match Perfection

Powder- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Contour- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette

Bronzer- Estee Lauder Bronze Godess

Blush- NARS Orgasm

Highlighter- Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow

Eyes- MAC Painterly Paint pot, Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Mascara- L’Oreal False Lash XFiber Xtreme Resist

Lashes- Doll Lash- Grace

Brows- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow

Lips- Kyile Cosmetics- Love Bite Liquid Lip

 

My Kiehls Skin Care Favourites

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Skin Care to me is such a huge part of my daily routine. It’s always been something I have loved and been fascinated by, but I’ve always struggled to find something that really works for my skin. My skin is so up and down, and I never know whether it wants to be dry or oily, or a bit in-between, so I need products to help balance it out.

For the longest time I’ve always used cheap, drugstore brands, which are great, but I’ve found they don’t do an awful lot for my skin personally, so I started looking into more high end skincare brands to see if they can make an improvement. I’ve used products from Liz Earl, Estee Lauder, Emma Hardie, the lot, and I’ve not fallen in love with any of them, until I tried Kiehls.

I’m not 100% sure what initially made me want to try Kiehls, but I remember my first product from them being the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, which I bought in an airport in the South of France, and I instantly fell in love with it. The eye cream really helps to plump up the skin around my eyes, and helps to make me look more awake, which is essential for me with the dark circles I have under my eyes.

This product started off an amazing, yet expensive addiction for me. From there on I went on to try the Ultra Facial Cleanser and the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing serum Concentrate. The Ultra Facial Cleanser is a creamy cleanser, that when massaged into the skin with water, foams up and makes my skin feel really firm and well cleansed. I don’t use this to remove my makeup, as I find it quite sensitive to use around my eyes, but as a second cleanser I couldn’t recommend it enough. As for the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate- This is THE BEST product I’ve ever used on my skin. This serum gives instant results to the skin, making the skin appear more plump, hydrated, radiant and smooth. I stopped using this for a while after I ran out of my first bottle, and my skin had a freak out. I cannot live without this.

Following this came the Ultra Facial Moisturiser and the Midnight Recovery Concentrate. The Ultra Facial Moisturiser is perfect for dry skin. Its not heavy on the skin, but gives the skin instant and lasting moisture. This is one of the only moisturisers I have repurchased time and time again. The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is such a cult product for Kiehls, which is what made me want to try it. The thought of putting oil on my skin scared me a lot initially, but it works wonders! I use 2 drops of this and I press it into the skin at the end of my skin care routine. This, similar to the hydro-Plumping serum gave instant results. When I wake up in the morning my skin looks fresh and radiant.

I’ve recently started using the Daily Reviving Concentrate, which again is so good. I use this in the same way as I do the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, but at the end of my day time routine. This gives really similar results as the night time one, and has the most lovely scent of lemons. Its so refreshing to put on my skin in the morning.

The last two products I use are new to me, and I only have them in mini’s. The first is the Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, which so far I’m really enjoying using. I’m also using the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence. I’m not 100% sure of the purpose of this product, I got given it as a freebie, but it feels really lovely on my skin, and I’m excited to see how my skin looks over the next few weeks with using this.

Have you tried anything from Kiehls? Whats your favourite, and what products do you want to try out?

2017 Beauty Favourites

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2017 has brought some of the best beauty products into my life! Being a makeup artist means that I have tried a lot of products over time, and being a beauty blogger and skin care addict, I’ve tried a number of beauty products also, but these are the products that have really stuck around and won’t be going anywhere for a while.

Starting with my absolute favourite makeup find ever! The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade. This stuff is the holy grail of eyebrows! Its so easy to use, lasts all day, gives you the best looking brows ever, and the tiny pot lasts so long! One pot has lasted me pretty much the whole year! I couldn’t recommend this enough!

The Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has worked so well on my skin! I’m a full coverage kinda gal, and this gives just that! It’s full coverage but also looks so natural on the skin, and it doesn’t feel heavy. It covers all of my imperfections, and just gives my skin a flawless look. It’s my go-to foundation, and I couldn’t recommend it enough!

Next up is my most used highlight palette of the year. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in ‘That Glow’ (which isn’t available anymore! What?!). I have used and loved this palette so much, as you can clearly see from the photo. My favourite shades are ‘Sunburst’ and ‘Bubbly’. I love a really intense highlight and this gives me just that. It looks so gorgeous on the skin!

The last two makeup products are from Kat Von D. We had a new counter in Cardiff this year, and I have spent so much money there since! My first favourite from the brand is the Hydrating Primer. I have quite dry skin so this works at being a moisturiser and a primer in one for me. It helps my makeup stay put all day, and adds moisture to my skin, which works great with the Estee lauder foundation, as that can be pretty dry sometimes. My second favourite is the Lock-it Concealer. I have this in quite a light shade, which is perfect for highlighting under the eyes, but also for mixing with my other concealers. The coverage is amazing, and it hides all of my dark circles.

As for skincare, my absolute favourite is the kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil. I think Kiehls generally just kills it with their skincare, everything I have tried is incredible. The Midnight Recovery Oil is amazing. I used two drops every night, patted into the skin, and my skin looks so clear and fresh in the morning. Its one of those products where I notice a difference in the morning if I haven’t used it.

Lastly is the Rub, Rub, Rub body scrub from LUSH. This is my absolute favourite product from LUSH, and this is my third tub of it this year. I use this on dry skin before I shave my legs, and it makes my legs so smooth and soft. Its quite a moisturising scrub, thats not too harsh. I absolutely love it!

The Bleach London Edit

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Bleach London and makeup?! I never even knew Bleach London had a makeup line, until I saw Jamie Genevine do a first impressions on youTube. She seemed so impressed with the eyeshadows that I had to give it a go.

Having never tried anything from bleach London before, I didn’t know what to expect, but being a big fan of Jamie, as well as Lou Teasdale and Lottie Tomlinson, I desperately wanted to try it out! I was shocked by how cheap everything was, with eyeshadows only £3 each, and glitters at £5 each.

So onto what I bought. I got 6 eyeshadows, also known as ‘Louder Powder’, (shades TD 2ma, R/G 3me, TD ma, PH 3ma, B 5ma, ISR 4ma) and 1 glitter (Berwick Street Floor). I wanted to go for a range of shades that I know I would use, and would all look good together. I ended up going for a really Autumnal range of shades, and the glitter I purchased went really well with my eye shadow choices. I also purchased the Build Your Own Palette in the small size to put all of the shadows in. This palette fits 9 eye shadows in, but as you can see from the images I also fitted in my contour powder. The small palette was £8, and the larger size is £10.

When applying these shadows I wasn’t that overwhelmed to start with. You needed to build up the shadows to really get a lot of pigment, but once the pigment was there they worked beautifully. They blended really well and wore well throughout the day. The shades all worked really well together, and overall I was pleasantly impressed.

As for the glitter, I wasn’t very impressed. There was A LOT of fallout, which I guess is acceptable for a glitter. I haven’t had the chance to have a really good play with it yet, but had I used a glitter glue/vaseline I think it could work quite well.

I also purchased a contour powder. There were 6 shades to choose from, and the first 3 all seemed very warm/orange. I was quite worried about purchasing shade 4, as it looked quite dark online but when it came it was surprisingly really light. This was too light for my skin tone, and I have quite fair skin. I also found that this had barely any pigment, and even after building and building up the pigment I felt I had no change to my cheekbones. Overall I wasn’t happy with this product at all.

As well as buying the makeup, I also picked up 2 brushes. I love buying new makeup brushes, and these ones were so affordable that I couldn’t resist getting them! I bought the Powder Brush P002, which is a large fan brush, perfect for contouring, as well as the Small Fluffer Brush SF001, which is a great crease brush. Both of these have been added into my everyday brush holder, and I have loved using both of them! They are so soft and such great quality! The fan brush retailed for £6,and the small blender was £4.50.

I received a free gift for spending so much money, and I received the Bleach London Hard AF Setting Spray, which I’ve really enjoyed using. Its got a great spray, and the scent of this is really lovely.

So overall I have quite mixed feelings about Bleach London makeup! The eye shadows were okay, the contour powder was a fail, but the brushes were fab!

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from bleach London, and what you thought of it!

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation | Review

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There’s been such a hype recently over The Ordinary skin care products. Being a huge skin care fan I’ve wanted to try them for ages now, but all of the products I want to try are always sold out! Having said this I noticed that The Ordinary have foundations also, so I had to give one a go!

When reading through the reviews I noticed the Coverage Foundation seemed to have a lot more positive reviews over the Serum foundation, which is said to be a lighter coverage. The Coverage Foundation retails for only £5.90 on Cult Beauty, and you get 30ml of product.

The product description describes the foundation as being a ‘flawless, full-coverage liquid’ It also says that the formula will give a natural finish, with a ‘your skin-but better’ look. It also ensures that you won’t get any creasing or a cakey look.

I had a lot of trouble choosing a shade as there were so many to choose from (21 in total)! Each shade seems to have different variations of undertones in them, and I’m a bit clueless when it comes to undertones, so I went with what I thought would suit my skin tone best. I chose the shade 2.0P- Light Medium (Pink Undertones).

So how did the foundation look?

The shade I chose was too dark for starters! Had a had a fresh layer of tan on it could have worked better, but I tried my best to make the shade work.

I used my Kat Von D Hydrating Primer before applying the foundation. This is the primer I use everyday, and it’s one that I love and I know works well with my skin, so I felt like his would give it a true test. I also applied it using my beauty blender, as this is my all time favourite way to apply foundation.

The foundation was not full coverage. I had to use a lot of product to build up the coverage, and to cover the redness in my skin. I also found it quite difficult to move around, I felt like it clung to areas of my skin.

I felt the longer I wore it, the worse it looked. It didn’t sit well on my skin at all, and moved around a lot, giving me a patchy look.

I also found it really difficult to blend my powders on top of it. My contour looked quite muddy and my powder really clung to it.

Overall I was not impressed with this foundation, and its made me pretty wary to try the skin care too!

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from this brand and what you thought!

The Face Mask Edit.

I’m a huge fan of face masks! I take my skin care seriously, and adding a face mask a few times a week, really helps to keep my skin clear.

I’ve gotten quite the collection of masks over time, so I thought I’d share my collection with you, and share my favourites!

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The Sephora sheet mask are my absolute favourites! Whenever I’m away and theres a Sephora around I stock up on these!
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The LUSH Jelly masks are fairly new, and I’ve only used this particular one once, but I’ve enjoyed it so far, and its something different to the typical face mask! fave face masks 4

This mask from Sephora is a gel consistency, and its super hydrating. My skin has been pretty dry lately, and this has really helped with getting some moisture back into y skin.
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The LUSH masks are some of my favourites, and I can always rely on these to get my skin back into shape. The Mask of Magnaminty is great for when I have blemishes on the skin, and Cup O’ Coffees great for when my skin is looking a bit dull and lifeless. fave face masks 2

The Kiehls Turmeric and Cranberry Seed mask is great for adding some life back into my skin. This makes my skin feel so soft and nourished after use.

The L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask isn’t one I tend to reach for as my skin is pretty dry. fave face maska 5

These two masks, are ones I also don’t really reach for. During this time of the year my skin is pretty dry, and putting detox masks on my skin tends to strip it of the little moisture I have. I do enjoy using these in the summer when my skin is more on the oily side. fave face maks

My last mask is a pack of sheet masks a friend of mine brought back from Japan. These are pretty basic, and I’m not really sure on what they’re for as everything is in Japanese, but they’re pretty moisturising.

So that is all of the face masks I have in my collection! If you have any suggestions of some good ones for dry skin then let me now in the comments!