Tuesday, 13 February 2018

SUPERDRUG NATURALLY RADIANT BRIGHTENING HOT CLOTH CLEANSER AND GLYCOLIC OVERNIGHT PEEL REVIEW


A few months ago I was watching somebody's skincare routine online, potentially Carli Bybel's, and she mentioned that she used a cleanser first because she didn't want to go in with a scrub to remove her makeup as it would be like rubbing all that dirt into her face. I have no idea what truth their is to that statement but it clanked a bell in my mind and I was fixated on getting a cleanser to use first in my makeup removal routine. I did have one I used previously namely the L'Oreal Fine Flowers cleanser, but had left it back home. I had heard so much about the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth cleanser that when I saw it in store at a London-based Superdrug I grabbed it, saw the buy one get one half price deal and grabbed the Glycolic Overnight Peel as well as I have sadly ran out of my Alpha H Liquid Gold. Keep reading for my thoughts on these two products.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser (£3) This is such an enjoyable product to use, it feels so creamy and beautiful on the skin, I love the scent of it and it left my skin feeling clean and happy. For makeup removal it is not heavy duty, I would have to go in twice if I had a lot of eye makeup on but overall a great product. I highly recommend this. It is infused with plant extracts and cocoa butter, you can really tell that there is cocoa butter in it as it makes your skin feel very cocooned if you know what I mean. It comes with a muslin cloth, using the cloth helps remove the majority of your makeup, I prefer to just go in with the cleanser by itself and wipe it with my towel just for convenience. 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel (£3) This is supposed to brighten and improve skin texture, apply a pea-sized amount at night and let it work its magic. I was led to believe that you are only supposed to use this several times a week but I might try using it every night for a week to see if I notice any difference. It is a nice product, and it smells and feels lovely on the skin but I can't honestly say I have noticed a visible difference which is odd to me. I have been using The Ordinary's Glycolic 7% Acid instead and will keep you posted on how I am liking it. If you have tried this product I would love to know what you think, how do you use it? Brightening and improving skin texture are my main skin goals so this sounds like a product that should work for me, unfortunately I have been disappointed. 

Thank you so much for reading, hope you are having a great week so far. Please leave a comment down below and follow me on my social media, it means a hell of a lot. Take care.

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

#THISISSKIN BY CULT BEAUTY | UNCOVERING THE SECRETS TO GOOD HEALTHY GLOWING SKIN


Last night I was kindly invited to the This is Skin workshop hosted by Cult Beauty featuring some of their best acne-tackling brands. This workshop came about as a response to the large volumes of queries the Cult Beauty team receive regarding adult acne. The combination of stress, diet, pollution and general modern urban living result in our skin looking less than its best, long past our teenage years. Many of us are suffering from acne breakouts and are rightly concerned as we thought we were past this. Of course, there are plenty of treatments out there we have all seen the Freederm and cringe-central Proactiv ads and heard someone get misty-eyed about retinol. The important thing to remember is that adult acne is a different ball game, not because the cause is different but because as we age we have more than just acne to consider when treating our skin. Thus, it is important skincare products don't just treat acne but also keep our skin supple and smooth, moisturised and even. I was so lucky to attend this event and hear firsthand what these inspiring skincare mavens had to say and I am even luckier to be able to share what I learnt with you guys. If only my lectures at university were this interesting:


Beauty begins in the belly. 

Carla is the picture of Aussie health with long tresses, clear, healthy skin and bright eyes. Her belief is that everything starts from the gut, so the most important thing is that you feed your body the right ingredients. She discovered this when treating her daughter's eczema through changing her diet, she began incorporating lactofermented vegetables, bone broth, leafy greens and other probiotic-rich foods into her family's diet and her friends started to notice a huge improvement in her skin. The aim is to reduce inflammation in the body which is exactly what probiotic foods, such as yogurt, miso and pickles, do. Inflammation is a major cause of acne breakouts, thus eating right will really benefit how you look and how you feel. This is, of course, something we all know. You are what you eat, after all. But take it a step further, you want to eat clean, unprocessed, healthy, organic food. One of her biggest pet peeves is people using unfiltered water because tap water is filled with chemicals such as chlorine and pesticides to make it suitable for consumption, but all of that nasty stuff is going into our bellies. Washing vegetables with unfiltered water will negate the nutrients we receive from the vegetables. This is a difficult one for me because I do eat incredibly unhealthily and I think it is something that if you are a parent you take a lot more seriously. I want my imaginary kids to have a good diet, play in the soil and drink filtered tap water but for myself on a student budget let's just say I had a McDonalds breakfast this morning so that's how well my commitment to my diet is going.


Not everything synthetic is bad and not everything natural is good.  
Pores are not draws. 

Nicolas's origin story was particularly inspiring to me, he completed a degree in Biomedical Science went on to do advertising and then studied International Business at post-grad. For his thesis, he planned out a skincare start-up and then after completing his post-graduate degree he actually did it. Allies of Skin was born and is the great success it is today. I love that story. You have to see Nicolas in person to fully understand what good skin is because he has the best skin I have ever seen in my life, he seemed to literally reflect light. Goals. In terms of tackling acne, his position is that healthy skin doesn't break out so the products you use should be restoring the skin's barrier and reducing inflammation. His focus is pollution, as a lot of us live in urban environments where pollution is everywhere and not the dirt and grime you typically see in London but light pollution. Digital pollution. We all spend so much time on phones, laptops, computers that exposure to the constant light sources even in bed, even on Night mode, is damaging over time. His big no-nos are silicones and alcohol, anything drying or suffocating on the skin should not be used in skincare which is the biggest problem with most popular acne treatments they can be extremely drying, further upsetting the skin's imbalance. My biggest concern with my skin are my pores, and Nicolas hilariously said pores are not draws which ties into my biggest pet peeve which is the great misconception that pores open and close. They. Do. Not. I just wanted to take this time to reiterate that. He did say a plant oil such as lavender, rosehip or tamanu oil as long as it is organic and authentic would help but pores will never disappear and unfortunately increase in size as we age.


The largest misconception about acne is that you have no control over it. Dig a little deeper. 

Annie's origin story is a very cool and personal one, in her late 20s she began to suffer from sever cystic acne and after trying everything and getting nowhere she enrolled herself into a cosmetic chemistry course so she could learn about the formulas she should be using and avoiding in her skincare routine and she managed to improve her skin exceptionally. Her skin is gorgeous. She shared her findings on a private Facebook group called Skin Owl and her friends demanded she sell her marvellous discoveries, and Skin Owl was born. When she herself suffered from bad acne she was told there was nothing that could be done, they had tried everything and reached the end of the road and this is frankly bullshit. She advises everyone that this is not true, there is always something, you are not just one of those people that are unfortunate and have to deal with breakouts. Consider everything: food, allergies, sleep, stress and hormone cycles. It could even be the side you sleep on or which side of the face you use your phone. She is a major advocate of hormone panels as they can be very telling not only in breakouts but moods and menstrual cramps etc. Pure plant oils are very good for acne, argan oil and marula oil. Anything non-comedogenic that mimics the sebum produced by skin naturally would be a good facial oil, not coconut oil. Coconut oil is a great makeup remover but is not a skin treatment, it is ultimately drying. She recommends lavender beauty drops as a great starter oil but it is difficult to find a reputable product as a lot of lavender oils are mixed with other ingredients. Her greatest discovery so far is the Macqui Berry found in Chile, it is the number one fruit antioxidant in the world and is a total game-changer.


Thank you for reading, at the moment I have exams coming up, I know there is always something! So it has been a struggle to find time to post, but I had such a magical time at this event. I am such a non-Londoner, I actually got lost in Shepherd's Bush before finally getting the tube to Oxford Circus. I learnt so much in such a short amount of time, it really inspired me and made me think about what I want to do as a career. I have been freaking out lately about my future, so worried that I am going to fail these exams and throw my life down the toilet that it was nice to get excited and learn about something for the sake of just learning about it. I had the most incredible fruit juice which was a blend of turmeric, carrot juice and ginger that was so delish. If you haven't heard the good news, I finally got my instagram account restored last night. It was a mission and a half and I have so much I want to say that I do intend to make a video about it. Don't forget to leave a comment. Take care. 

Have you tried any of these?

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

JANUARY 2018 BEAUTY FAVOURITES


January was simultaneously long and short for me, it was real rough for a minute there. I really want to do a Favourites every month this year so here are the products I have been using and loving for the past month and maybe longer. I am not going to go into too much detail as all of these products deserve dedicated posts so stay tuned for them. Without further ado, let's jump right in. 

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette (£56) Finally took swatches from this palette. I love it, the colours are just completely my cup of tea to be honest. I am in love. 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser (£3) I don't know if this is a favourite but I use it every time I wear makeup as a first step cleanse, I will go into more detail in my full review but it smells and feels really nice on the skin and is so ridiculously cheap that I can't think of a bad thing to say about it. 

Superdrug Overnight Glycolic Peel (£3) Another incredible find, I have only used this a handful of times but I am obsessed with glycolic acid it just works for my tricky picky skin. It feels odd at first and you have to be vigilant with SPF but you only need a very small amount. 

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (£6.80) Fast falling in love with everything from The Ordinary and this is no different. After my Alpha H Liquid Gold ran out I wanted to find a budget alternative that was more potent than the Pixi Glow Tonic and lo and behold The Ordinary with their stunning prices swooped in and saved the day. I use this almost every night, which might be too frequent for some, but it keeps my skin balanced and clear. Acid exfoliation is a godsend. 


Sleek Life Proof Foundation LP10 (£9) I think I read a review on this when it first came out and the next day I grabbed it at Superdrug and just guessed my shade. I have been using it sporadically since November but it was only in the past few weeks that I have been really enjoying it. It's so buildable and longwearing but I think I use a lot of product to get the coverage I want. 

Bdellium Tools Face Powder Brush This is the perfect touch up brush for anyone with oily skin or who has long makeup days, it lives in my coat pocket and I adore it for powder touch ups or just reblending. Lately I have been using it to buff my foundation into the skin as I have been too lazy to use sponges and I have been so impressed with how quick this gets the job done. It is so versatile.

Bdellium Tools Slanted Contour Brush (£9) I usually use a bigger brush for contour but this angled contour brush is so tiny it fits right into the hollows of my cheeks. This allows me to use a fluffier larger brush to bronze my skin and then this small but still fluffy to carve out my cheekbones with my contour powder. I have been getting a lot of compliments lately and this is the only thing I have changed in my every day makeup routine. 

OPI Love and Peace Nail Polish When I was home last weekend rummaging through my Mom's cupboards I found this and applied it. I hated it at first it looked like dishwater and then I applied two extra coats the next day as I had an engagement and it really grew on me. I have worn it for over a week which is unheard of for me. I like to change my nail polish as often as I change my underwear. 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post, please share your favourites in the comments below. I would love to hear about them, and do let me know if you have tried anything I mentined in this post. Hope you had a great January and your Feb is going well. Take care. 

Have you tried any of these?

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Thursday, 1 February 2018

THE UNUSUAL WAY I USE THE ORDINARY 5% CAFFEINE + ECGC EYE SOLUTION REVIEW


Today's post concerns The Ordinary Caffeine 5% Solution (£6). I have only recently delved into the world of The Ordinary and have literally fallen hard for everything I have tried so far. My sister actually purchased this solution, after some prompting from myself, as I have heard it is exceptional for prominent dark circles. I have yet to suffer from dark circles but Lord knows I am perpetually tired. On a whim over the holidays (how I miss you), completely unmotivated to rifle through any creams and whatnot being as I had a limited skincare supply being back home for Christmas, I grabbed this eye contour solution and used it all over my miserable face


I did this virtually every other night I was at home, a total of almost a month, and my spotty, too much indulgence, face cleared up miraculously fast. Even more than that, my skin looked quite good which is surprising considering the vast amount of acids and face masks and general madness I put on it regularly in London to get it semi-presentable. Additionally, I have been loving heavier makeup lately I pile on the coverage so this impacts my skin condition too. But this tiny little bottle managed to keep my skin at a happy medium. I have no idea how it works except caffeine is alleged to be quite brightening and my guess is that perhaps this increases cell turnover. The serum is slightly thicker than a face oil. It doesn't smell of coffee, fortunately, as that would render it completely unsuitable for me as I detest the scent and taste of coffee. I use about 2 drops from the pipette dispenser for my entire face and if I feel like I need it I will use in extra drop to spread on both eye contours. All in all, £6 very well spent. If you are looking for an affordable and effective eye serum, this is a fantastic option and if you want to use it as a face serum, I say, why not? I am all about multi-purpose products. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this short and sweet post. I have to say the last few weeks have been phenomenally shit for me, I am not in a good place at the moment so I hope you can bear with me. I am trying to force myself to be active on social media and keep blogging as reading your comments literally turns my frown upside down but it has become a bit of a struggle. I am trying to keep positive and remember everything is temporary so thank you for visiting my blog, commenting, liking photos etc. I will, when all this craziness is over and I feel like I can breathe again, return all comments and catch up with all of your blogs. I apologise for my absence. Please leave a comment about what your favourite eye cream or serum is or what products you use off-label if you will. I appreciate every single one of you. Take care. 

What is your favourite brand at the moment?

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

FIRST LOOK | JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS BLOOD SUGAR PALETTE AND FULL LOVESICK COLLECTION

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette First Look and Swatches
Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Collection Palette Lip Ammunition Velour Liquid Lipsticks
Most of you know that I have never purchased anything from Jeffree Star and don't intend to, that being said I am not here to make judgments on what other people do and I know if I was to purchase anything from his eponymous brand it would most likely be the Blood Sugar Palette which will be available to purchase on February 10th accompanied by four liquid lipsticks and three traditional cream lipsticks in his lip ammunition formula. 

Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Collection Overview
Unfortunately, I don't have a full set of swatches to show you guys for this palette but I will add that as soon as images are available. The colour story speaks to me and reminds me a lot of the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette. There are differences, however, so I don't want to say it is a dupe or a copy because there are a lot more purples and pinks as well as a nice gradient of browns. If anything it is more cohesive and easier to create looks with so even though I already own and obsess over the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette I would still consider buying this.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Eyeshadow Palette
Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Eyeshadow Palette
As of late I have been underwhelmed by a lot of releases and collections so I am surprised to say that I am pretty impressed with this collection. The palette specifically, from the VCR like sleeve, faux leather component and shade names everything is cohesive and well thought out. The same can be said for both the lipstick and the liquid lipsticks. Everything is red chrome, the shadows are embossed with either the signature star or in two instances a needle and a medical symbol for a little twist. The lipstick boxes have this cool holographic kind of heart that I haven't seen before. I can't lie and say I don't think it is a waste of money to spend that much on the packaging of the box as most of it gets thrown away but undoubtedly it is a nice touch

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Eyeshadow Palette
Liquid Lipsticks are typically not for me, I think the shades are cool especially the purple tones but I am just not a fan of the way they feel for me personally. Of course I haven't tried this formula so I can't speak too much on them. In this collection there are four Velour Liquid Lipstick shades: Romeo - bright rose pink; Self Control - muted lilac; Restraints - metallic grey and Problematic - rich berry purple. Self Control intrigues me the most, in the video reveal Jeffree is wearing it with a gloss on top and it looks cool as hell.

Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Collection Velour Liquid Lipsticks in Self Control, Restraints, Problematic and Romeo Swatches
Like the standard lipstick the Lip Ammunition Shades are similar to the MAC cream finish lipsticks, shiny but not glossy, very pigmented and relatively long wearing. Again some great shades here, Androgyny in particular appeals to me. See swatches of all three below. There is Sinister - dark berry; Androgyny - deep mauve and Calabasas - burnt sienna.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Collection Lip Ammunition Lipsticks in Androgyny, Calabasas and Sinister Swatches
Last but not least are the famous lip scrubs, which despite not receiving much hype or exposure seem to very popular. There are three new flavours, they come in a generous red pot and are edible and all very sweet for this Valentine's collection. The flavours are: Cherry Soda. Candy Necklace and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. For me, I prefer my lip products to taste like toothpaste or mint something refreshing and pleasant. I feel like these might be too sickly for me. If I had to have a sweet lip scrub it would have to taste like caramel. Candy and sweets are not my favourite.  


Above you can watch the full video reveal by Jeffree Star. As you know the collection is live on February 10th and is sold on Beauty Bay in the UK. In the US it is available on the Jeffree Star website and in Morphe stores. The UK usually have to wait a little later to receive US made products but I am sure it will be here sooner than you think. Thank you so much for reading, I would love to hear your thoughts on the new collection, especially the new palette. Do you like it? Are the shades your cup of tea? Do you think it is similar to Desert Dusk or not? Leave all your comments and opinions below. Do you support Jeffree? If you no longer want me to comment on his launches please let me know that as well, I only want to write about what you are interested in and don't wish to offend anyone by recycling this information. Hope you are having a great weekend. Take care. 


What do you think of JSC and the new Blood Sugar Palette and collection?

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

SHOP MY STASH | TOO FACED THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE BRONZED FRENCH RIVIERA EDITION

Too Faced The Beautiful and the Bronzed Palette French Riviera Edition Review and Swatches
One of my resolutions for 2018 is to stop being such an easy target for new releases, 2017 me would peruse the New In section religiously and salivate over the description boxes of YouTube videos until my debit card would scream for help. A surefire way to combat this is to pay better attention to my existing collection which is more extensive than one person would ever need. My problem is I get bored easily and new makeup excites me. It spurs my creativity and sparks off a million ideas for new looks. Luckily this is reserved especially for eyeshadow, I have so much eyeshadow. My two favourite steps in my makeup routine are eyeshadow and contouring. There is nothing better than being able to chisel out my face. For this reason I never cared much for bronzer, this gorgeous and convenient travel palette from Too Faced called The Beautiful and the Bronzed French Riviera edition, which is all my Fitzgerald fantasies come true, that I snatched on eBay in my first year at university has barely been touched as a result of this. Since I purchased the Sleek Makeup Face Form Contour Kit in Medium every other cheek product has been long discarded. It wasn’t until I got the NYX Contour and Highlight Pro Palette, which I currently, frustratingly, cannot locate, that I developed an appreciation for bronzer. How it warms and livens up my skin, adds shape without being harsh, grey or too dark. 

Too Faced The Beautiful and the Bronzed Palette French Riviera Edition Review and Swatches
My plan therefore is to put this little bronzer wardrobe to good use. It would be much better suited to fairer skin than mine but it is what it is, at least with it being winter my skin is a fair as it goes. Hopefully I will get some good use out of it and it will be a decent stand in for my NYX palette. Truly I don’t have a bad word to say about it, all the powders are soft, smooth and buttery to the touch, everything even after many years of neglect smells and operates perfectly. Even the liquid Primed and Poreless bronze tint is intact, still the exact same consistency, colour and finish as when I first bought it. I am excited to create looks with it, even if I only end up using it for my eyes. I would love to know if there are any makeup products you have ever bought and used only once or twice before moving to greener pastures. Let me know in the comments below, hopefully you will be seeing some looks with this palette very soon. Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’. Take care. 

What is one product you need, or want, to use more?

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Monday, 22 January 2018

TOP 3 | BEST AFFORDABLE DRUGSTORE MASCARAS


Finally a post that is not focused on any new releases, these are my favourite mascaras of the moment and they all happen to be extremely affordable. I am pretty sure I have mentioned all of these on my blog already because they are firm favourites in my collection that I constantly revisit. Mascara is definitely a product you can save on, as these are products that I always reach for over many of my high end mascaras. I hope you like this post, I will go into detail about what I like about each mascara and hope you enjoy this post.


First up, and the hardest one to get your hands on in the UK is the Cover Girl Super Sizer Fibres mascara. I bought this in January last year (yes I have kept it and used it for much longer than the recommended three months) after hearing a few beauty gurus rave about it and I have not been disappointed. It has such a skinny wand that literally grabs every single lash. It is fantastic for separating and fanning out your lashes evenly to give it a very pretty look without being clumpy or thick, plus it is easy to remove. 


The Essence Lash Princess mascara is so good if you can look past the slightly childish packaging and cringey name you will discover a mascara that delivers one hell of a curl and uplift to your lashes. Again another mascara that is easy to use, remove and build on the lashes. No clumps, no flaking, just pretty, flirty lashes with great volume at a very attractive price. 


The L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll mascara has such an odd wand but it is a one and done mascara. It does it all: lifts, defines, separates and curls.It even adds heaps of volume and if you get the waterproof version it absolutely will not budge, flake or smudge. This is the one I reach for when the weather is shit or if I am pulling a long shift and feel like rocking some serious lash. I apply all my mascaras the same way by wiping off the excess first and by doing this I find my lashes are rarely clumpy. Less is definitely more when it comes to mascara for me and I would much rather build thin layers than frantically try and fix a mascara mess. There is nothing worse than when you accidentally overdo mascara and it ends up looking like you have only three lashes. 

Thank you so much for reading, most of my favourite mascaras are affordable. If you have tried these and not got on with them I highly recommend Maybelline mascaras. The Lash Sensational and Falsies mascaras are phenomenal. L'Oreal's Lash Paradise is next on my list to try. I would love to hear what your current favourite mascara is in the comments and what mascara you are fixing to buy next? Don't forget to comment before you leave and follow me on Bloglovin'. Take care. 

What is your current favourite mascara?

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