Sunday, 15 March 2015

I'm back!

Hey! It's been too long!

I thought I'd start back simple and just give a small overview of my skincare routine at the moment, the products I'm using morning, night time and in between!

Apologies for the hiatus too guys! It's definitely been a while, but hopefully with the different aspects of my life evening out I'll be able to put my heart back into something that I am passionate about    

But now - back to bidness...

I have a fairly simple morning routine..

I start the day with my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton disc, to get rid of any oil/residue on my skin before applying my mosturiser and makeup of the day.

I've also started using the Clean & Clear rapid Action Pads all over my face as I have noticed break-outs on my chin area are reappearing recently, and so I'm trying to keep them at bay with this Salicylic Acid based treatment.  

In the evening then, I use the Garnier Two Phase Eye Makeup Remover to remove any waterproof makeup (It's amazeballs!)and my Micellar water again to remove the rest of my makeup. Following this I use the Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser, which leaves a lovely fresh tingly, minty feeling on the skin. I smooth it on after splashing my face with water, and leave it for 2/3 minutes. I have combination/dry skin so I use this to help keep my skin clear on a day to day basis - I'll get into my deep treatments in a moment. 
I usually rinse this off using a facecloth and some warm water to exfoliate as I rinse it off.

If I'm having a bad skin day/week/lifetime I usually load up on Sudocrem as a night treatment, before I do that though, recently I bought the Lush Cosmetic Warrior mask and found it does wonders at calming down big breakouts. Among other awesome ingredients, it also contains Tea Tree Oil and Garlic! It may not sound so hot (or look so hot...) but it really does work wonders. It goes on very smoothly and sets very slightly from the Kaolin (clay) in it. I prefer this to clay heavy masks as I don't find the tightness from the dry clay very comfortable. An added bonus from storing it in the fridge is that it's lovely and cooling on the skin!

Following these I mosturise with the L'Oreal Miracle Perfection Correcting Day Mosturiser. I haven't seen a drastic improvement over the last 2 - 3 months I've been using this, but I do find that it keeps my skin from being too dehydrated. It has a lovely smooth texture that feels slightly gelatinous, and a luxurious scent to it too. It feels slightly tacky on the skin at first but after a few moments it sinks in. 

I follow these steps as much as I can day to day, but if I'm up late and am too tired to wash my face thoroughly I use Johnsons Makeup be Gone Pampering Wipes to remove my makeup and follow with the Clean & Clear pads and L'Oreal moisturiser.

This has been my basic skin care routine for the past month and at the moment I'm quite happy with it. I am nearing the end of my moisturiser, so might look into something different, but other than that I find that, while it's not perfect, my skin is the best it's been for quite a while.

That's all for the moment!
I know it's been a (very) long while since my last post, but I do hope to pop in and out occasionally to rave/rant about new products that I'm encountering (ahem, which is a considerable amount currently!!)

Let me know what your Holy Grail Skin Care product is and why!

Talk to you all soon! xo

*As you know these products work for me, but that does not necessarily mean they will work for everyone, I'm merely trying to give the world my opinions and ideas on certain aspects of them.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Gold eyes & Purple lips ft. MAC Style Curve tutorial video

So after my first proper video yesterday I did another one, this time a bit bolder and a bit more out there.

I've lately become obsessed with purple lipsticks and I'm really getting into them more and more, so I decided to use my new MAC Style Curve lipstick in this one.

It's a really bright look, perfect for summer and very suiting to the current season's trend of bright, bold lips & eyes.

Again, I hope you enjoy it and don't forget to leave feedback, either here or in the comments on the youtube page!

Have fun!

Ta-ta for now! xo 

Monday, 10 June 2013

My first video on youtube!


I finally bit the bullet and recorded & uploaded my first video to youtube! It's a soft, summery look with a pop of coral on the eyes and a soft baby pink lip.

I'm definitely gonna do another one, probably today as the weather isn't so great and it's fun! I only have my iPhone to record with and this video was done using the front facing camera which records in 480p, so not the greatest, but I'm going to try my back camera today which is 720p - HD baby!

I'm at my boyfriends house at the moment and he's playing a video game so at the moment my videos will have music over them (I hope you like it!), but hopefully when I get some time I can do proper tutorials/hauls /reviews and the rest.

I really hope you enjoy this and please feel free to leave some feedback here and/or on the youtube page! I have a few ideas on what I am going to do next but let me know what you like to see!

So without further ado.. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Ta-ta for now! xo

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Review! Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots

Hey guys!

I hope you're all keeping well!

I got these nail polishes from my wonderful mummy, who brought them back for me from her trip to England. I was super excited as I have wanted the L'Oreal Confetti polish for ages now, and these are pretty much the same.

The colours I got were Rainforest Canopy, Speckled Pink and Chalk Dust.

Speckled Pink and Rainforest Canopy are the same as Chalk Dust but with coloured nail polish instead of clear. 

The coloured ones go on pretty sheer and you have to layer them up 2 - 3 times depending on what kind of look you want. The 'polka dots' don't show through too much after maybe the third coat, but if you have the clear one you can out one coat of that over top and it looks really nice. Doing this also gives a bit of a dimension effect (?) as in the pink dots are a little darker than the clear ones. I can't explain! But you will see what I mean in the next picture.

Chalk Dust over Speckled Pink & Earnie and Birdie by Catrice

This is after 2 coats of Speckled Pink and two coats of Chalk dust.  The texture stays relatively smooth which is nice and they don't chip easily. I would recommend using a clear top coat over them as I found that some of the dots would poke up and snag on things. Also it's a good idea to give them a good shake before using so you get a good concentration of polka dots! 

Overall I really like these nail polishes, I don't think I'll pick up anymore of the colours as I already have loads of colours to layer with the clear polka dots. 

I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know in the comments what your favourite nail polish is! 

Don't forget to follow & like me on twitter, instagram, facebook and she said beauty!  

Ta-ta for now! xo

Monday, 27 May 2013

Haul time & reviews ft. Urban Decay, Stila, Catrice, NYX & more!


Woo! Collective haul time! I got these things over  2 - 3 weeks, from various places online and in stores.

Be forewarned: this is pretty long!

I'll get straight into it and start with the eyeshadows and eye things first..

So here we go!