Sunday, 27 February 2011
Thursday, 24 February 2011
For me a foundation has to be...
- Good coverage!I have far from perfect skin and to be honest even if I did I would still probably choose a decent coverage foundation.I am however on the look out for the perfect light weight foundation for summer as I can`t stand the feel of foundation on a red hot day,not that we get many where I live.
- None cakiness,I can`t stand cakey foundations that look heavy-well who can?This is often something I experience unfortunatly as I do like a good coverage
- Long wearing and suitable for combination skin-It is an absolute essential that my foundation is long wearing.I don`t mind having an alternative that doesn`t last forever but for work and nights out I need to be able to rely on my foundation to last
- Colour match-finding the right shade can make or break a foundation and I often find it difficult to match foundations to my skin tone,MU counter lighting can be very deceiving!
Sunday, 20 February 2011
For the past two weeks I have been using the Clinique rinse off foaming cleanser which does an excellent job of removing every last trace of makeup and cleaning my face.It lathers really nicely and you only need a small amount.This product was actually included in a free gift box full of products I was given when I bought my 3step at Christmas and at the time I thought I would never use it but now I am loving it,it hasn`t dried out my skin or made me break out,infact my skin has got MUCH better however that may be down to my new medication.....
About a fortnight ago I decided enough was enough and I headed off to the doctors to request some new acne medication.I`ve tried a few creams for acne before and even resorted to the pill last year but I had alot of side effects so I came off that.This time however I was given 2 months worth of Oxytetracycline tablets and I have to say they are working!Don`t get me wrong I still have far from perfect skin but these tablets really have made a difference.I only have mild acne,or so I`m told,but it really gets me down so to see any improvement has been fab.I really wanted to share this with anyone who may be in the same boat as me as I know how having acne no matter how bad can really affect your confidence.
Another change to my routine has been my moisturiser,I am now using Cetaphil lotion which I purchased last summer and was not all that impressed with at the time.I remember finding it a little greasy and it just diddn`t do anything for me so it has been unloved and unused ever since.A few weeks ago however I decided to give it another go and to my surprise it is really working for me now.It gives a great base for makeup,is not too greasy and is just working for me now for some reason.I will still use my clinique moisturiser but for now I am really rating Cetaphil.
Another change I have made to my face routine is fake tan,I`d been avoiding fake tan since Christmas as I wanted to save myself some money and thought I would give the natural look a go aka. deathly white!Needless to say about 6 weeks on and I`m back on the tan,if it makes me feel better about my appearance then it is worth it in my opinion.Before I tan I use St Ives apricot scrub,I use it about twice a week,no more.I don`t think this scrub is anything special and I try to use it as little as possible as I`m paranoid it will irritate my skin however it does do a decent job of getting rid of any dead skin and making my face feel lovely and smooth!
Other items included in my skin care routine are my lush lip scrub which I could not live without.Yes I know you can make your own or use a toothbrush but personally I have tried the toothbrush technique and I`m not a fan also Lush makes such lovely flavours why not.This one is the bubblegum version,I use it probably 3 times a week and it works amazingly.
Clinique's all about eyes eye cream is another product included in the free gift box I mentioned earlier.It is a great base for makeup and allows my concealer to glide on smoothly.I don`t know if I would purchase the full size as its quite expensive (over £20) but this is a pretty generous sample size so I suspect It will last me a very long time.
So there you have it,pretty much everything I am using on my face at present.From now on I am going to try and avoid any products that are designed for acne prone or any specific skin type,combination,oily,etc.I am beginning to think they just create more problems and do more damage than good.
My mam decided to treat me to another bottle as there is currently a free gift with purchase so not only did I get 2 foundations I also received this bag of goodies thanks to my mam.Im not 100% sure what you had to spend in order to receieve the free gift but I have a feeling it was a buy 2 make up products get it free deal.I`m not normally treated to things like make up,clothes etc by my parents these days so this of course was a lovely treat for me.
Anyway on to the goodies...
Inside the blue stripey cosmetic bag (which is very good quality may I add) is....
Take it away makeup remover
Pure colour eyeshadow quad
Idealist pore minimizing skin refinisher
Hydrationist maximum moisture creme
Double wear eyeliner
Lipstick in pink parfait
Out of the products included I have only tried the double wear eyeliner which is infact one of my favourite pencil liners.It lasts for hours and is very black I would recomend it to everyone.I have tried the double wear mascara before and I really rate it so I am excited to try the Sumptuous mascara,I have heard good things about this on blogs so I can`t wait to test it out.As for the other products I am most looking forward to testing out the pore minimizing lotion,I have quite visible pores so I am a good candidate!
I think its great when companies do free gift with purchase or minimum spend deals as its a perfect way to test out new products you may have never thought to try.Its great when something unexpected works out for you and we all like to get a reward especially since high end makeup can be so pricey.I`m interested to know if any of my readers have come across any good makeup deals lately and what 'free' products unexpectedly worked out for you?
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Realistically I don`t think I am ever going to be fair haired again,the second and third pics are probably a step to light for me.Although I have blue eyes they are very dark and my eyebrows are also pretty dark plus my skin has a yellow undertone so I think I would have to be very careful.As you can see my hair is ultra dark which means when I do change my colour its going to be a bit of a nightmare.I`ve been told I need to have the black stripped out by one hairdresser and that I can lighten gradually by another so as you can imagine I am very confused.I absolutely love Adriana Lima and Miranda Kerr's hair in the first and last pictures and think this is probably along the lines of something I would go for,although I`m sure I will never have hair as perfect as theirs.What do you guys think?Have any of you every gone from super dark to light or vice versa and should I take the chance and just go for it?
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Products and tools I use when tanning:
- exfoliating gloves
- good quality razor
- latex gloves
- kabuki brush
- St Tropez
- Xen Tan
- Fake Bake
- Boots soltan quick drying moose
- Dover summer glow
- Fan or heater
1. Skin tone and type
You should always bare in mind your skin type when choosing a self tanner,for example moose formula's can be very drying so if your skin is on the dry side you may want to use a lotion.In my experience the most moisturising self tanner is the Xen Tan dark lotion,the St.Tropez lotion is also a good one for dry skin.For oily skin you could try the Boots Soltan quick dry moose which I use alot or if you want something more high end the St Tropez moose is also a good choice.
Skin tone plays a huge part in how the actual colour of your self tan will turn out.I like to use a self tanner with a strong olive undertone such as St Tropez or Xen tan,I find that L'Oreal self tanners for example do not work on my skin tone.Now do not get me wrong I`m sure they look great on some people but for me out of the three I have tried they do not look good.I think it is all a matter of trial and error and personal preferanc
2.Skin Preperation-Skin preperation is so important and exfoliation is a must if you want an even tan.I like to exfoliate using my soap and glory exfoliating gloves and good old soap two days in row prior to tanning.I find that these gloves (and probably any brand gloves) work better than any brand of exfoliator at removing any traces of old self tan and revealing new,smooth skin.I used to use an exfoliator by Soap and Glory which was the best one I have ever tried but to be honest my gloves and soap method works better and is alot cheaper also beware that exfoliators that contain salt can create a film on your skin even after you may think you have rinsed it off.This film can create a barrier between your skin and your self tanner therefore not allowing it to absorb properly.
Friday, 11 February 2011
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Just a quick post( during what may possibly be THE most stressful week at work I have ever encountered) to tell you about a spur of the moment makeup purchase I made on Sunday.This is the Guerlain Blush G from their Spring 2011 collections which hit counters recently.
Now let me tell you I normally do hours of reserach on a product and debate it for weeks before I actually purchase (especially one so expensive!).However whilst browsing the make up counters In House Of Fraser on Sunday afternoon I was drawn to the Guerlain counter and particualrly this blush.As you can see it is made up of 4 shades ranging from a vibrant peach to a subtle pink.Mixed together and swatched they create a goregeous corally shade but sweep it onto your cheeks and you have the most natural,healthy glow possible.Apply a little heavier and you have a bright peach/coral blush that is unique to my ever growing blush collection at least.What I find special about this product is that I need no other form of highlighter whilst wearing this as it seems to lift my face instantly and give me a natural glow. At £41.50 this is by no means cheap,infact its the most expesnive blush I have ever owned and probably ever will.To be honest it is possibly the most expensive makeup item I own full stop!However to me it is honestly like nothing else I own and I mean look at it it is beautiful!It comes with a gorgeous square brush with hot pink bristles which I probably wont ever use but is nice to have and a velvet pouch to help keep it safe.The compact comes with a mirror and the blush its self lifts up to reveal a compartment underneath where the brush is stored.Even if you don`t consider purchasing I deffinetly reccoment that you just go and take a look at this blush and the rest of Gurlains's Spring collection,there were also some really pretty lipglosses that caught my eye,a coral one in paticular but after spending so much on this blush I had to contain myself!
I am hoping to begin posting some FOTD's very soon so watch out for my use of this product in those,I have worn it everyday this week and for anyone who collects/loves blush this really is an amazing addition to your collection.
Sunday, 6 February 2011
2.My favourite recording artist and performer of all time is without question Michael Jackson.
Yes I know he was a little...quirky...ok he was damn right strange!But I absolutely love his music and him,I will not have a bad word said about him haha,just ask my family.My boyfriend and I actually had tickets to see him at the 02 but sadly we all know how that ended.
3.I am a shopaholic!
I am not exaggerating,If I could I would literally spend every day shopping, wether it be for makeup,clothes,beauty products I wouldn't care,heck I even enjoy grocery shopping!I have deffinetly inherited this from my mam as she is exactly the same.
4.I am obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio
I can`t quite believe I`m admitting this but I have been in love since I was about 6 haha!To me he is THE most gorgeous man that ever lived-after my boyfriend,if he ever reads this ;) So he has aged a bit but I don`t care,Titanic is my favourite film ever,I also love him in Catch me if you can and of course Romeo and Juliet.I am such a nerd.
5.I am a Beauty Therapist
Not alot to say about this one,I studied Beauty Therapy at college after doing my a-levels at my school's 6th form and now work in a local salon.Its not my dream job but it will do for now.Truth is I`m not entirely sure where I want to end up in life.
6.I saw Lady Gaga at the 02 In December...
And she was fab!I wasn`t a massive fan before but I deffinetly am now.I went as part of my Christmas works do' and I have to say she was blimmin fantastic,she may be totally nuts but she is so talented.
7.Im visiting Las Vegas in April
I turn 21 on the 17th of April and as I have always wanted to visit America my boyfriend and I decided to book up to go to Vegas.I am so excited I can not describe!
8.I have 2 pets..
I have a Bedlington Terrier named Zak and an 8 year old cat named Pheobe.I chose both names incase anyone was wondering haha :P
9.I have never broke a bone,had a filling or lost a tooth..
Other than my baby teeth of course!
10.I have anxiety attacks...
Which obviously I hate and anyone who suffers from them too will understand why I`m sure!
11.I prefer staying in to going out..
Does that make me boring?When I saying going out I mean 'nights out'.Dont get me wrong every now and again is great but I much prefer a day of shopping,pampering or just chilling out to a drunken night out.Maybe I am just getting old!
12.I am a total chocoholic!
I have the worlds biggest sweet tooth,especially when chocolate is concerned.I love marzipan and Afer Eights.Ok now I sound REALLY old,its true though!
13.I am currently Learning to drive..
My test is next month...I am dreading it even though I know I`m capable
14.I really want a Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy 35 handbag..
Who knows,maybe I will get one for my upcoming birthday-but probably not,a girl can wish
15.I love my family!
Of course I probably don`t tell or show them it as much as I should do but my family really do mean the world to me.Where would be without them?