Sunday, 9 December 2018

Winter skincare favourites

The arrival of winter means dry, sensitive, and irritated skin so I do a complete skincare rotation. Throughout the colder months I need to use more hydrating products and add in serums to lock in moisture.

After cleansing my skin I'll sweep Pixi Rose Tonic over my face. You may have heard of Pixi Glow Tonic but this new toner is completely is a rose-based toner that hydrates skin and netralises PH to soothe. I'll then use a serum like The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid or if my skin is particularly dry I'll use Dr Organic Snail Gel, from Holland and Barrett. Now, the thought of putting gel from snails onto your face may seem completely strange BUT it is great for your skin. This gel smooths and softens skin and is mixed with Aloe Vera.

Indeed Hydration Booster is also a great multi-use product that you can either pop directly onto your skin or mix with your favourite moisturiser or foundation for an extra boost of moisture.

When it comes to moisturiser I use different products for day and night, my favourite daytime moisturiser is the new launch from Murad Skincare - Nutrient Charged Water Gel. This is oil-free so suitable for all skin types and locks in moisture for up to five days. I love this as it plumps up my skin and hydrates without feeling thick or greasy. In the evenings I love the Lacura Caviar Night Cream from Aldi. This skincare range is such a bargain and feels like it is working to rehydrate skin overnight.

Finally, lipcare is an essential at winter and I am in love with these new mirror compacts from Lypsyl. They come in a range of great scents - Zingy Mandarin, Luxurious Vanilla, and Fresh Orange Blossom. They are just £4.99 and ideal for popping in your handbag for on the go touch-ups.

*Post contains PR Samples

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Beauty favourites under £10

As I'm getting older and learning more about skincare I tend to invest in higher end, quality skincare. However, there are still some high street and better value brands around that I think deliver just as much quality without the high price tags.

Here are some of my favourite beauty products that are all a bargain and come in under £10...

Essence mascara - I have already written a blog post about how much I love these mascaras which are around £3.50 from Wilko. They lengthen and curl lashes and deliver just as good results as more expensive brands.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid - Deciem brand The Ordinary has become a huge hit for delivering high-quality skincare with simple ingredients and packaging. One product I can't live without is the Hyaluronic Acid serum, a super hydrating serum that I use daily under moisturiser. It is a bargain at £6 and I often buy it in bulk so I always have some to hand.

Revolution Pro Foundation - Make Up Revolution is one of my absolute favourite high street makeup brands and the company introduced its 'Pro' range last year. This full coverage foundation will cover any blemishes while still feeling lightweight and is just £7 from Superdrug.

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette - Sleek is another makeup brand that delivers great quality products for value prices. This I-Divine palette costs £8.99 and there are seven different palettes available with different shade options. This particular palette is 'Au Naturel' which has 12 shades of super-pigmented, long-lasting natural bronze shades.

I Love Body Butter - I'm a huge fan of I Love Cosmetics' new home fragrances (candles and reed diffusers are ideeal for Christmas!) and they also do a range of body butters, scrubs, bath salts, and more in deelicious scents! While this English Rose is actually £12, their smaller tubs of body butter are just £4.99.

St Moriz Fast Response Tanning Mist - St Moriz tan reminds me of my university days when it was known as the "poor girl's St Tropez" and I'd always stock up on a bottle with my weekly shop. The brand has come a long way since then and has launched an ' Advanced Pro' range complete with ran remover, facial tanning drops, dry oil, exfoliating primer, and more. I love this tanning mist as you can just spritz it over your skin and you're done! This is just £5.99 from Superdrug.

Re-Gen Oil - Anyone who likes Bio Oil will LOVE this dupe (which comes as a handy continous spray). I have very dry skin so need to moisturise daily but am extremely lazy and rarely have the time to stand around rubbing in moisturiser and waiting for it to dry. This works to reduce scars, stretch marks and dry skin and prices start from just £4.15 from Asda.

Nivea Lip Balm - The original and still the best, Nivea Lip Balm is one of those products I just can't be without. It contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil to protect cracked lips. I probably own about 5 of these so I can always have to hand at my desk, in my handbag, and by my bedside table!

*Post contains PR Samples

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

My Everyday Natural Make Up Routine

When I don't want to wear a full face of makeup I'll stick to the basics: base to give a little bit of coverage and mascara / eyeliner to make me look awake! Here are some of the hero products I have been loving recently for a daily, natural look....

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