Thursday, 25 February 2016

Technic Prime It Illuminating Face Primer


Primers aren't a beauty product I ever tend to reach for when applying my make up but ever since discovering this gem from TK Maxx I've been smitten with it. The packaging is very Benefit That Gal-esque so I assume this is a dupe for it at a fraction of the cost, I picked this up for £2.99 for 33ml whereas the Benefit That Gal retails for £21.50 for 11ml, so who can argue with that?

As you can see from the swatch the consistency is a thick white cream with a pearlised finish. I tend to prefer this to the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer as the finish is much more subtle. After I've applied the product to my face it does leave my skin feeling slightly tacky but this creates a better base for my foundation. The longevity of my foundation depends on which one I am using on that day, I've teamed this up with Nars Sheer Glow (which I've found to be long lasting) and I've been able to go from day to night. I've also worn this with the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation and together my make up has lasted a strong 9-10 hours without a touch up.

The difference between this and the Benefit offering is simply the colour and packaging, That Gal is a pink cream in a twist up applicator whereas this is a white cream in a pump dispenser. I personally prefer the packaging of this in comparisons to Benefit's as it makes application less messy. This is such a great alternative to That Gal if you're wanting to try it but don't fancy splashing out the cash.

Do you use primers? Have you tried this?
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Monday, 22 February 2016

Hair Care for Blonde Hair


I love being blonde but it comes at a price, regular trips to the salon and intense bleaching means I really have to do my best to look after my locks, I take a trip to the hairdressers around every 8 weeks for highlights and cut to keep the ends looking healthy but in between I have my own routine to keep it in tip top condition.

To maintain the colour of my hair and keep any brassiness at bay I use the Charles Worthington Colour Revive Violet Toning Mousse after washing. I only really use this once a week maximum as I've found it to be intense. Unlike a wash off mousse or purple shampoo, you apply this to damp hair after shampooing and whatnot then comb through to even out the product and move straight onto blow drying. I'm not sure if it's heat activated but this really does work, I've found more results using this once a week opposed to regular purple shampoo. Some areas of my hair where the highlights are lighter can look almost white/silvery which is what I like about this and it really does help brighten up the colour and remove any yellow tones.

For dry shampoo I use the Klorane Nettle Dry Shampoo which is perfect for those with oily hair. I find even though my hair is bleached and dry on the ends, my roots are still very much prone to becoming greasy. I've found that using this in between washing and styling can make my hair last up to 4 days which for someone who used to religiously wash my hair everyday, that's an achievement. What I love most about this product is the formula, once I spray this into my hair it's invisible so I'm not fighting to brush it out of my roots. The product is also great for creating volume so if I'm wanting that second day blow dry look, I can easily achieve it using this.

To condition my hair I use a trio of products depending on how I'm feeling (basically whether I'm being lazy). If I opt to leave my hair to air dry I prefer to use a nourishing treatment such as the Schwarzkopf Oil Miracle Spray, this is an argan oil formula in a spray bottle which makes dispensing the product so easy. I've found that it really penetrates the ends of my hair as well as taming fly aways and makes detangling pain free. To protect my hair from heat theres only one product I opt for and that's the Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer, infused with oil it not only helps nourish my hair but prep and protect it ready for heat styling. To begin with I wasn't a huge fan of it when my hair was brown as it made my hair appear greasy but I'm loving it now my hair is bleached. When I'm styling my hair using the Babyliss Big Hair or my GHDs, I use the Bumble & Bumble Repair Blow Dry to achieve a well-grommed do. The serum-in-creme contains a heat protectant to protect my hair from any heat, nourish the ends and keep styles looking healthy for up to 3 days. I can't say it personally lasts 3 days for me but when I'm opting for a sleek blow dry this is my go to product.

Do you have coloured hair? What products do you use?
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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Bedtime Beauty


Bedtime is my favourite time of day and previously my routine would consist just diving straight into bed with the TV on but recently I've been trying to make the most of my beauty regime before I settle down into a slumber. I always make sure I do my night time skincare routine before getting into bed but on my bedside table I have been reaching for these products that have really made a difference.

Before I physically get into bed, I spray my pillow with the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, theres only one word to describe this spray and it's HEAVEN, the lavender scent is so soothing and relaxing. If I'm feeling especially tense or in need of some proper relaxation, I take the This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less rollerball and apply this to my pressure points and take around 5-10 minutes sat on my bed quietly, inhaling the scent, this does wonders for relaxing me before I sleep and I've found by doing this I have a solid nights sleep.

A must for me at the moment is a good lip balm as my lips have been so dry and chapped so I always make sure I have the pot of Carmex Lip Balm at the side of my bed and in my handbag. It works intensively overnight and most mornings I do wake up and I can still feel some residue on my lips, which I like as it feels it's locking in moisture. Being a shellac wearer I take good care of my hands and I always believe a good hand cream makes a huge difference, the E45 Repair & Protect Overnight Hand Cream is an intensive moisturiser that works overnight to keep my hands, nails and cuticles feeling nourished. Finally I close my eyes and mist the Asda Dry Eye Spray over each eyelid to hydrate my eyes. This is a dupe for the Optrex Actimist but for half the price, being a contact lens wearer my eyes are prone to becoming dry so I use this as and when I need to keep it at bay.

Once my regime is completed, I climb into my bed and delve into a good book, at the moment I'm currently reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. Everyone who has read this tells me how brilliant it is and the reviews speak for itself. I'm trying to limit the amount of technology use on an evening so settling down with a book has been the best way to ensure I relax and get some quality sleep.

Do you have a bedtime routine?
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Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Contour Duo for Girls with Round Faces

I've previously written about the wonder that is the Filmstar Bronze & Glow from Charlotte Tilbury here but my contour game has recently been stepped up since the purchase of the Nars Ita Brush. I purchased this brush brand new off a reputable seller on Depop because I was unaware it was now back in stock, so you can pick your very own from Space NK or the Nars website. The brush is perfect for me and my face, I find because my cheekbones are quite low down and I have a chubbier/round face I have to really suck in my cheeks to create that shadow but with this being smaller and the bristles being tightly packed together and stiffer than my other contour brushes, it's so effortless to blend product into the hollows off my cheeks creating a natural contour.
What I like best about the Filmstar Bronze & Glow is the shades are so versatile, the contour shade is perfect for me as I'm quite pale and although it looks bronze in the pan, the shade has an ash undertone so it creates a subtle and natural shadow as you can see above. The highlighter is champagne with a hint of gold shimmer through it which I use to highlight my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose but also use on my eyes as an inner corner highlight. The highlighter is very natural in regular day light but when the sun hits those highlighted points of my face it really glows. Since using this combo I haven't used any other highlight or contouring products, the two colours in the palette suit my casper complexion perfectly and the Ita brush has made, what I thought to be a scary and complication make up application, so straight forward.

Have you tried any contouring products? What are your favourites?
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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

My Day & Night Serum


Don't you girls love when you get a good item for a discount? Well this happened to me when I was in my local TKMaxx, I spotted the Elemental Herbology Cell Food hid at the back of shelf for nearly quarter of it's retail price and snapped it up straight away, who could leave that on the shelf? Having checked the Elemental Herbology site I think it's been rebranded to Cell Nourish. Just a quick note for those who aren't familiar with me or my blog, I have seriously dehydrated lacklustre and sensitive skin and I'm constantly on the hunt for something that will ease the redness and give me back that glow.

This is suitable for the most sensitive of skins as it's contents is natural. The super handy pipette makes it easy to dispense the product and I find that I need a 50p size amount to cover my whole face and I apply this morning and night after cleansing, before moisturiser. My large pores around my nose on my cheeks are a big concern for me and I'm constantly trying out new skincare items to reduce them but since using this twice a day I've found that especially around my nose they've dramatically reduced, I've also noticed that any redness that was around my nose has eased too. The serum is a thick creamy white consistency which smells really herbal, the scent is particularly my favourite but it disappears as soon my skin absorbs it.

I'm really in love with this and it's my first dip into the Elemental Herbology range but I'm intrigued to try out some of their other products. If you're like me and missing that glow then I really recommend this, check out your local TKMaxx stores or they also sell it in Space NK too.

Have you tried Elemental Herbology before? What products do you love?
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Monday, 8 February 2016

The Prada Purse


For christmas I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful Prada Saffiano Frame Purse in Nero (Black) and ever since I got it, it's been my go to purse for any occasion. I tend to use this as my everyday purse but it's one of those classic pieces you can wear when you're wanting something more sophisticated. The gold hardware is just dreamy, I'll always be a girl who loves black and gold together as it's just so classic.

Inside there is plenty of room for cards with slots on each side of the purse and behind the card compartments there is two side pockets which fit in extra cards or receipts. There's also two main compartments on either side of the zipped section to keep notes or more receipts. The gold zip fastens right around the purse as well as detailing the inner zipped compartment. The leather is strong, durable and doesn't mark at all which is something I look for when purchasing a designer piece, I'm a strong believer that if I purchase a high end item I want good quality and something that would last a life time. This purse is absolutely beautiful and ever since using it I've received so many compliments on it, I just need the bag to match.
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