NEW IN – AUGUST EDITION

NEW IN – AUGUST EDITION

I’ve been pretty quiet on here recently because life got in the way, but I am back now and ready to throw everything I have into making this blog better. ~So let’s begin~

Here’s what I was loving in August:

URBAN DECAY – ALL NIGHTER SETTING SPRAY
Until now I’ve never actually tried this setting spray because I’ve always been in the mind set of “OMG I can’t spend £24 on a setting spray” BUT I had a little #youdoyou moment and thought what the heck. I was really nervous to try this because I was so desperate for it to live up to the high standards everyone had set but after a trip to London and back, I noticed a huge difference in how my make up lasted. It didn’t look AS good as when I first did my make up because I was a hot sweaty mess but it lasted a lot longer than I was expecting.

MAC STUDIO FIX FOUNDATION – NW10
Once again this is a first time purchase for me. Just like with the setting spray, I was always put off buying MAC make up because of the pricing. I mean, £26 for a foundation is ridiculous.

We were lucky enough to have our make up done by a MAC make up artist for my Brother’s wedding at the start of August and this was the first time I had EVER used anything from MAC. I loved how the foundation looked and the colour matched my skin perfectly – which I was so nervous about because I’ve heard so many horror stories about MAC and their poor colour matching. After much persuasion from my fellow groomsmaid Jodie ~thanks hun~, I made the purchase and I’m so glad I did.

This foundation lasts a lot longer than any other I’ve tried before. Obviously no foundation lasts all day but I’ve found that I don’t have to top it up after a couple of hours like I do with my normal foundation.

L’OREAL PARIS UNLIMITED MASCARA
SHOCK HORROR another blogger has bought this mascara. This has been all over my Instagram feed for months and I finally found out what the fuss is all about.

In my personal opinion, this is the best mascara I’ve tried in a long time. It leaves my lashes looking extra long and I love the shape of the brush. I’ve read a million reviews about the packaging but I don’t see the problem with it – yes the wand is pretty gimmicky but it definitely comes in handy.

L’OREAL BROW ARTIST POMADE
I’ve never really used eye brow pomade before, I’m normally a pencil kinda girl but I thought I’d give this a go and I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it. The colour is a perfect match for my brows and it just adds a little more definition. When it comes to eyebrows, I don’t go OTT with product, I just like a little extra colour to fill them out a bit so this is perfect as you can do as little or as much as you want.

L’OREAL LA VIA EN GLOW HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE – WARM GLOW
Can you tell that Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer on L’Oreal products??

I was in desperate need a for a new highlighter palette as my EXTREMELY old Revolution one was falling apart – the lid had even fallen off so it was definitely time to try something new. I went for the warm glow because I just found that the colours in the Cool Glow palette were too bright for me. I prefer a more subtle highlight and not a bright white sweating highlight look.

ZOEVE SILK FINISH BRUSH (102) – ROSE GOLDEN
ZOVEA CONCEALER BUGGER BRUSH (142) – ROSE GOLDEN
I’ve wanted to try Zoeva brushes for a while now because I’ve heard so many great things about them and after weeks of umming and ahhing I finally added them to my basket.

I used the Silk Finish Brush when I first tried my MAC foundation at home and they work so well together. The brush just blends every last bit of the foundation into my skin and leaves it looking flawless without leaving streak marks or bristles on my skin. The same goes for the Concealer Buffer Brush, it blends my concealer so perfectly into the skin and you can’t even tell where you used it.

Love,
Emily xo

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Soap & Glory Haul

Soap & Glory Haul

Soap & Glory are my absolute go-to favourites for moisturisers and cleansers – the quality is great and it’s all so reasonably priced. Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on so I just HAD to grab a few new bits to test out.

Soap & Glory The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser (£10)
I actually came across this when I was watching one of Zoella’s Vlogmas videos and I went straight out to buy it. Even after the first time using it, I noticed how soft my skin was and it looked a lot clearer than normal. I still haven’t used the hot cloth that comes with it, I just use my normal flannel that I have in reach. If you go through stages of being really spotty and then having none at all, this will work an absolute treat for you. Even though I still have millions of spots on my chin, it has definitely reduced the redness and the size of them.

I’ve used it every day since I bought it and I can 100% say that I will be buying it again when this tube runs out.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches (£3.50)
December is the month for parties and it can eventually take its toll. I picked the patches up in the hope it’ll help my eyes look more awake and a lot more human after a late night.

I tried it the morning after a late night and I could definitely see a difference in the puffiness of my eyes. My eyes looked a lot brighter and more awake – you wouldn’t have been able to tell that I only had a couple of hours sleep.

I recently went back to Boots to pick up another pack but they were completely sold out so they must be good!

Soap & Glory Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask & Peel 30ml (£10)
I struggle SO MUCH with my pores – I can never find anything to really clean them out. As well as pores, I always have spots which take FOREVER to get rid of. I trust Soap & Glory products so I thought that I can’t go wrong with this product.

I always use this after I have used the Ultimelt and I think they work SO well together. This product is one that you can tell that it’s working – it instantly gives a cooling sensation on your skin which I personally love and it’s also got little gritty bits in which helps open the pores and clears the dirt that’s stuck in there. I always leave the mask on for 15 minutes for a really good cleanse and honestly, it does feel so much better afterwards. It takes a couple of uses to notice a real difference but it definitely does do what it says on the box.

What are your favourites from Soap & Glory?

Love,
Emily xo

Top 5 Favourites Right Now

Hi everyone!

I thought I’d do a quick round-up of what I have been loving recently. I’m not going to blabber on, just going to get straight into it!

L’OREAL PURE CLAY DETOX MASK

I’ve wanted to try this for so long after hearing so many people rave about it so when I saw it was on sale in Superdrug, I just had to buy it and see what all the fuss was about. My honker of a nose is my main problem area on my face, my pores are blocked and I seem to always have black heads (attractive, I know). I knew this mask wouldn’t get rid of my blackheads but my god, it’s definitely worked a treat on my pores. You can barely seem them the day after I’ve used this mask and that’s before I’ve covered them all up with foundation.

I don’t really use this mask all around my face, I just focus it on my T-Zone and my chin as that’s where I have the most problems with my skin. I absolutely love masks that you can feel working – as soon as you put this mask on, you can feel it getting rid of all the dirt. It tightens the skin so much you can barely talk, keeping in mind I only use it on my T-Zone, I dread to think what it feels like all over your face.

It leaves your skin feeling super soft and extremely clear. I’d definitely say that it’s one of the best masks I’ve ever used and you can really see a difference even after one use. I’d recommend this product to anyone with bad pores and run down skin, it really brightens it up and clears all the impurities.

NO7 ESSENTIALLY NATURAL FOUNDATION

I’ve been wearing No7 foundation for quite some time now and I’m still loving it. As my Beautifully Matte foundation is a bit too much for the hot weather we’ve been having, I’ve changed it up and gone for something that’s a little lighter and less coverage. I spent so long searching for a BB cream but they were all far too orange for me so when I noticed they did a less coverage foundation in No7, I had to give it a go. I had my skin colour matched months ago so I knew what colour I was and luckily they had it in stock.

Essentially Natural is a great foundation for this weather, it’s so light and you barely notice it’s there. It just evens out my blotchy skin and covers any blemishes I have. It’s extremely buildable too so if I’m having one of those blah days and need a little lift, I can build it up and make it a medium coverage instead of a light.

KIKO MILANO FLAWLESS FUSION BRONZER POWDER

I know I spoke about this in my last post but honestly, I can’t get enough of it. I always have so many problems with finding a bronzer that doesn’t make me look dirty and this is the first one I’ve ever found and fallen in love with straight away.

The pigmentation is insane and it’s still so easy to blend into the skin. I love more of a subtle look when it comes to an every day look so I love that I only need the smallest amount to give me a little extra colour but I also love that I can build on it when I want to.

THE BODY SHOP FRESH NUDE FOUNDATION BRUSH

I’ve never bought a make up brush from The Body Shop before as I always thought they were way overpriced for what they were but I had a voucher to use so I thought I’d give them a go and I’m so glad I did. It makes blending your foundation a piece of cake – once you’ve down a few circular motions, its disappeared and your skin is looking flawless.

This brush has two different lengths of bristles, the shorter ones are to put the foundation onto the skin and the longer ones are to buff the foundation into the skin and give it a more natural look. If like me, you’ve never tried a make up brush from The Body Shop, I’d definitely recommend this one as your first purchase.

And the biggest plus? It’s cruelty free!!

WATER

I know this is a bit of a weird one to put into my favourites but honestly, I can’t get enough of water at the moment. At the beginning of the year I promised myself that I would cut down on the amount of fizzy drinks I drank as it wasn’t healthy, I was continuously getting headaches from not drinking enough water and my skin was horrendous. Ever since starting to drink water all day every day, my skin has cleared up so much. I used to always have a couple of spots on my face at all times but now I rarely have one (what’s the betting I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning with a billion spots?)

I’m also loving adding slices of lemon and limes into my bottles of water – it makes it taste that little bit nicer and there are endless health benefits of drinking water with lemon in it so it’s a win win!

Love,
Emily xo

KIKO Milano Haul

KIKO Milano Haul

Hi everyone,

I know I’ve been quiet over on here recently but I’ve been focusing on my new job and getting my social media up to date.

I thought it was time for me to get back into the blogging world so here I am with a little haul for you. I’ve heard so many good reviews about KIKO Milano so of course when I walked past the shop I had to take a look.

Flawless Fusion Bronzer Powder – 01 Natural Tan
I have been using this bronzer since the day I got it and I can officially say, I am obsessed with it. Normally I can never find the right shade of bronzer for my skin tone, they either make me look dirty or orange. I went for the colour 01 Natural Tan and if you’re as pale as me in the face, this is the perfect shade for you. Instead of contouring every day, I just swipe the bronzer across where I would normally contour and it just gives me that little extra glow.

Dark Circle Tone Eraser – 01 Yellow
Colour correcting pencils are a huge staple in everyone’s make up bag at the moment but I’ve been using Max Factor’s set for quite a while now and it just doesn’t seem to be the best out there anymore so I thought I’d give myself a little upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, Max Factor’s Colour Correcting Pencils work great but I just wanted to change things up and see if this works better for me.

KIKO’s Tone Eraser is more of a creamy consistency which I think works a lot better as it’s easier to blend in with my foundation. It sinks into my skin once it’s all blended in which means you can still wear it even if you aren’t wearing foundation. I only use the tiniest amount on each eye and it works a treat. I also pair it with my Benefit Erase Paste and they work great together so my huge bags are gone in seconds.

Longeyes Plus Active Mascara
I’m normally a bit more hesitant with buying expensive mascara just because in the past my eyelashes just clump together and I look like I’ve got spiders legs as eyelashes. I don’t use this one every day just because I love my Maybelline Great Lash far too much but honestly, this mascara is a treat. The first time I wore it, I had someone ask if I had lash extensions on so it’s definitely doing the trick.

Stippling Foundation Brush – Face 04
Anyone that knows me, knows I have far too many foundation brushes and not enough faces to use them on but I can never stop myself from buying a new one when I see it. I’ve heard so many things about Stippling Brushes and when I saw this one I thought to myself “why not?”.

Now it’s getting a bit hotter, I don’t like to wear a full face of foundation so I just put some light coverage BB cream on and this brush works amazing with it. It gives such a nice, flawless finish which is just what I want when I’m not wearing a full face. I’d definitely recommend KIKO Brushes because they are such great quality and at such an affordable price compared to other brands out there at the moment.

What have you been buying recently?

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Love,
Emily xo

Primark’s Make-Up Remover Cloth

Primark’s Make-Up Remover Cloth

I’ve seen a couple of reviews about the W7 Make Up Remover Cloth and everyone has praised it but I don’t think I can justify spending £8 on a cloth. I was having a browse in Primark the other week and I noticed that they were also selling a Make Up Remover Cloth but at the much cheaper price of £1.50 so I thought it was worth a shot.

I only got round to using it last night because to be honest, I kept forgetting that I had even bought it and just kept using my usual routine for removing my make up.

As soon as I got it out of the packet, I chucked it in the wash to make sure it was nice and clean for my first time of using it. With flannels, I normally find them very harsh on my skin and leave me looking like a tomato after using them but with this cloth, it was incredibly soft and left my skin feeling a lot smoother than normal.

I’m not entirely sure whether it was made to be able to remove mascara but it did an amazing job – got rid of every last bit but of course this meant it was sitting on the cloth. I tried to rub the leftover mascara off but it wouldn’t budge, so it looks like I am going to have to wash it after every single time I use it – I mean, who’s got time for that? I know some people might think I’m stupid for thinking that it would just be able to wash off after a couple of scrubs, but I was expecting this to be something that I could use for a couple of days before having to wash it.

Don’t get me wrong, the quality of it is amazing for the price and it definitely did the job but I am just not someone who is happy to wash something every day just to get rid of a few mascara marks so I think I’ll be sticking to my normal routine.

Love,
Emily xo

Mini Body Shop Haul

Mini Body Shop Haul

I’ve never been a fan of The Body Shop but last Christmas I got some shower gel in a little hamper and I loved it. It smelt amazing and left my skin feeling so soft so I was definitely converted to a Body Shop lover.

Recently, my skin has been playing up so much. One minute it’s dry, the next it’s oily and then the next it’s oily and dry so I’ve been buying product after product to hopefully try to find something that works well for my impossible skin.

This time, I thought I’d have a look in The Body Shop to see what they have to offer me. I read so many good reviews about their Tea Tree range and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Tea Tree Skin Cleaning Clay Mask – £11

This clay mask is perfect for blemish prone complexions. As soon as you put the mask on, you can feel it getting to work straight away. It instantly cools and refreshes your skin, it’s a weird feeling the first time you put it on and I can’t find the right words to describe why. With masks like this, I only ever put them on my T-zone because that’s where all my problems are, so maybe that’s why it felt weird for me as only half of my face was feeling cold and tingly, whilst the rest of it was at normal temperature.

You’re only meant to use this mask 1-2 times a week so it’ll be a while until I notice a real difference. One thing I did notice after one use was how much softer my skin was.

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Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner – £6

I don’t think I’ve ever used a toner so I had no idea what to look for or what to expect but once again, the reviews I had read for this product were amazing so I had to give it a go. As soon as I saw the word “mattifying”, I had to buy it. I love products that reduce the look of my oily skin. With this product, you have to shake the bottle to activate the mattifying powders which I thought sounded pretty fancy.

After a couple of uses, I began to notice the smallest difference which I thought was great. I mean, I still had oily skin but it was a lot less shiny and visible. Just like the mask, it made my skin feel so much softer than it normally does. My skin also felt so much cleaner because it helped to remove any traces of make up still left on my skin which could blog my pores if left on over night.

I would 100% recommend this to anyone, even if you don’t have oily skin, you should still give it a go because it leaves your face feeling so much more refreshed.

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Tea Tree Targeted Gel -£7

I wasn’t really expecting much from this product as nothing really helps reduce the redness or the size of my blemishes but I was pleasantly surprised. I put the gel on a couple of spots before I went to bed and when I woke up the next morning, my spots were reduced to basically nothing and the redness had completely gone.

As soon as you put it on, the gel quickly dries so it doesn’t feel like you have something sitting on your spot which I have found with a lot of products.

The only thing I’m not happy about with this product is the size, it’s so small for the price you’re paying so you do have to use it sparingly and not drown your spot. But then again, it’s a great size for you to carry round in your handbag for any skin emergency.

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Overall, I am really happy with every product I’ve purchased because I’ve been able to notice a difference almost straight away. I will definitely be purchasing more products from The Body Shop in the future.

Love,
Emily xo

Mini Morphe Haul

Mini Morphe Haul

I’ve seen many YouTubers rave about Morphe brushes and palettes, so of course I had to see what all the fuss is about.

If you have read my post “My Make Up Collection“, you’ll know that I was in serious need of a new contour palette. I absolutely adore my current contour kit, but I wanted to try something new out and see if it works well for me. I had my eye on a Contour and Concealer Palette from Morphe Brushes but they wanted something like £30 delivery fee as they’ll be shipping from America, so I did some research and I managed to find the product I wanted on Beauty Bay with a much smaller price for delivery.

20 Colour Contour and Concealer Palette

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As you can see, there are a wide range of colours in the palette, some of which I will definitely not use due to not being the right colour for my skin tone but there’s no harm in having them just in case.

Along the left hand side of the palette you can see the contour/concealer colours. These colours are designed to blend into your natural skin tone and hide any blemishes you may have. If you feel that some of the colours are too dark for your skin tone, you could use them to contour.

On the right hand side, you will find the colour corrector shades. Some people may be put off by putting some of the colours onto their face, but trust me, they work a treat. I have previously used Max Factor’s CC Sticks and I love them. All of the colours have a different purpose, so let’s go into more detail:

The white shade can be used as the highlighter.

The mint green shade counteracts the redness or pinkness that can be caused by blemishes. It can also help to hide capillaries around the nose and cheek areas.

The lavender shade is used to control yellow-colored imperfections, such as yellow bruises.

The pink shade helps to decrease the look of circles and blend them into your own skin tone.

The light orange shade is used to counteract blue tones in the skin tone. If you have fair to medium skin, this will help to conceal under eye circles.

The pale yellow shade can be used to conceal bluish bruises, under eye circles and dark spots.

The salmon shade helps to liven up the look of your skin and also helps to hide under eye circles.

The dark brown shade can be used as a contour.

I haven’t actually used this palette yet, I need to find some time to sit down and really try them all out. If you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know that I’m a bit wary when it comes to cream based contouring so I think I will mainly be using this palette as a concealer but I will definitely give the contouring a go.

E55 Pro Flat Contour Brush

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As I was buying a cream based contour palette, I needed to find a brush that worked well with the product. In the description of the product, it says it works well with cream based products, so I thought I’d give it a try. It was only a fiver, which is a lot cheaper than most brushes out in the local drugstores at the moment.

M425 Tapered Concealer

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My concealer brushes have seen better days so as soon as I saw this one was going for £2.79, I had to add it to my basket. I mean, how good is £2.79 for a make up brush?! This brush is the perfect size for getting into all of those hard to reach places so will definitely come in handy when I’m trying to hide my millions of blemishes.

I’ve just tried to find these two brushes on Beauty Bay, but I can’t find them anywhere anymore. They have either sold out or they’ve stopped selling them.

I’ll be writing a post as soon as I’ve tried all of these products out, so keep an eye out!

Love,
Emily xo