Monday, 27 April 2015

Back to basics skincare

Sometimes, always putting chemicals on your skin can be doing more harm than good, with various cleansers, serums etc. on the market, you can easily get swayed to choosing a product that isn't good for your skin. 

When my skin isn't feeling too great (I recently had a break out of ezchma on my face-yikes!) all the products I put on my face can seem quite bad. As a result I don't want to be putting tons of chemicals on my skin, yet I still want to wear makeup, this is how I go back to basics with my skincare. 

Started with removing eye makeup, I'll stand by my simple eye makeup remover, there may be ones out there that don't require as much effort, but I love this one and as long as it takes off my makeup without irritating my eyes it's good enough for me. How I do it is by taking to cotton pads and soaking it in the makeup remover. I then gently press onto my eyes for around 30 seconds. Try not to rub as this can really irritate the eyes (I found out the hard way). It's really finding the makeup remover that suits you, but simple makeup is one to look at if you're just getting into makeup. 

When it comes to removing the other makeup on my face, I try not to use a cleanser when I have bad skin. Not only does it take longer *lazy bones over here* but sometimes I feel that it's making my skin dry, anyone else get this? Garnier micellar water is a makeup remover I love, and will stick by it for a long time (I need to repurchase a new one asap). Simply removing my makeup, I'm not putting tons of chemicals on my skin, amazing for when I don't want to complicate my skincare routine. 

At this point you can do toners etc. but I would probably just skip straight to moisturiser. I'm in love with the Garnier moisture match, I haven't found a better moisturiser for dry skin - it's so hydrating and leaves my skin feeling so soft! A couple of steps less in my routine and my skin will be back to tip top condition. If your skin isn't great, maybe skip a step or change a product, it could make the world of good! 

Are there any skincare products you've been loving on the market lately? Hope you all have a good start to the week!  


Monday, 20 April 2015

Goodbye dry lips

Having dry lips is an issue all of us will probably face at some point, but it's knowing how to try and avoid them and what to do if they are dry that's the saviour.

Of course it all starts from within, drinking water will hyrdate your lips and 'help' to prevent dryness, but it won't stop it happening altogether (well it might but that's very lucky if you do). I try to drink at least 1.5 litres a day (although I find it incredibly hard) but it does have a good affect - with other areas of your body as well. Try not to bite the chapped lips as this will make it worse and don't lick them, your lips will always end up more dehydrated than before.

There probably isn't a long term fix to dry lips, with different seasons you just don't know that your lips are always going to be juicy and flake free, however finding a good and trusty lip balm is the second step. Lip balms that contain lanolin are better than petroleum ones; my holy grail lip balm being the Carmex original - it helps that is is very cheap as well! Why is lanolin better though? Lanolin is a waxy oil produced by sheep that gives the wool it's waterproof property. It's extracted from the wool after sheering (so no animals were harmed) and then it is refined to remove any other impurities. The reason lanolin based lip balms are better than petroleum based ones is because other than the Eco-concerns surrounding petroleum jelly it also forms a seal over the skin, disrupting the bodies eliminations of toxins through the pores - meaning they could potentially get trapped. There are other reasons why petroleum isn't the best for your skin - so keep that ingredient in mind if you are looking for a new lip balm (but seriously try the Carmex one it's AMAZING!) 

My go to dry lip 'methods' involve everyday items. The first one is just getting a warm wet flannel and gently rubbing this over the lips to get rid of any flakiness then apply my lip balm - I do this twice a week. The second method is after you've brushed your teeth rub your toothbrush along your lips much like the flannel method, and then apply your lip balm - I use this method quite a lot and have done for such a long time, a very quick fix!

Alternatively you can go down the lip scrub route, my favourite one coming from lush, but remember not to over scrub the lips. Like an exfoliater if you do it too often it can be doing more than good. I tend to use this once a week (depending on how many times I use the toothbrush or flannel method). 

Are there any products that you rely on a lot for your lips and if so leave a comment below! 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A postcard from McBusted : my first concert

"Take care of your memories. For you cannot relive them." Bob Dylan once said and how true that is.

On Monday night I went to see one of my favourite bands 'Mcbusted' in concert; it was the first concert I've ever been to and it certainly won't be the last! It was incredible! I didn't quite realise how amazing it would be till I was there, the sound is phenomenal and the atmosphere was something else. Let's just say I really want to go to another concert but for now I can look back and remember this night for a very long time! 

My top tips for concerts (the ones I discovered from Mcbusted):

•Dress appropriately for the weather but keep in mind the venue will be much warmer. You probably realised that already, but I wore jeans as the weather was warm but not hot outside (they were black so that didn't help either) and I was so hot! My friend wore shorts and although she may have been cold when we got outside, she made the right choice when we were in the concert - so remember what you wear will matter (think floaty, baggy - nothing tight and confining). I'm not sure if this would matter so much if you were seated, but definitely if you are standing! 

•Make sure you have everything you may need. I brought a small bag in which I could carry a snack - this was a biscuit wrapped up so it was easier - definitely came in handy! The concert I went to had an open bottle policy so kept that in mind  if you want to bring water etc.

•Make sure you eat before you go. I had a late lunch of pasta and a banana before I left. This ensured I wasn't hungry before and during the concert. I had the snack between one of the support acts to keep me going. We had McDonald's after the concert, but remember you don't want to be left hungry!

•Bring money for merchandise and beverages. I didn't quite realise how expensive merch would be, however I came equipped with £20 and managed to buy a booklet for £10 and a wristband for £4.

•Wear comfortable shoes because if you're standing it will be for a VERY long time! High heels are definitely not a place for concerts. 

Hope some of these tips may help and have a happy Thursday! Have you been to any concerts recently? 

Monday, 13 April 2015

Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream

A product that came to my attention from Essie Button (oh the perils of watching YouTube) and I just had to purchase it - the flawless way it looked on her skin was gorgeous. So what are my opinions on the Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream?

It's thicker than a BB cream, yet not as heavy as a foundation - perfect for some coverage over summer months and with spf 15 I would positively recommend! The finish is slightly dewy and unquestionably moisturising, it would be great for school as it's not too heavy, likewise it would be great if you wanted just enough coverage to look like you were wearing makeup without being cakey. It doesn't cling to dry patches and doesn't break me out, I would say it is the best CC/BB cream I've tried so far! 

I apply the cream using my real techniques buffing brush, to really buff the  liquid into my skin - developing a flawless base for the rest of my makeup. 

The only issues I could find with the CC cream is it only comes in four shades, the one I have being the lightest. I have quite pale skin and I find it a perfect shade match, but other people might find it difficult. 

Hope this helped some of you and that you are looking forward to trying some lighter bases going into spring, are there any ones you like a lot? 


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Lets talk staples: the striped top

Despite being in a quandary whether the correct spelling of 'stripey' was either 'stripey' or 'stripy' I came to the conclusion that 'striped' was the correct way of saying it -  nevertheless five minutes of my time was wasted trying to find out that necessary information. Regardless of that shops seem to call it a 'stripe' top, confusing if you ask me!
However the striped top is an essential for any wardrobe, its versatile and find the right one it can last you years (or until you see your next one)!

Top : H&M (one similar) | Denim skirt: Topshop | Suede skirt: New Look | Shoes: Topshop | Fedora: Warehouse | Oversized denim jacket: Zara

This outfit is an outfit for the trends. Combining a faux suede skirt and oversized denim jacket - it is also perfect for spring! The two skirt options would look great with the top, as they are both(simple yet make the top look so chic *the suede skirt is on my wish list). The shoes dress the outfit up, and the denim jacket pulls the outfit together, this outfit is just heart eye emoji's x10!

Top: H&M (one similar) | Jeans: Topshop | Leather jacket: Topshop | Shoes: New Look | Sunglasses: Topshop | Watch: Daniel Wellington |

This is definitely a more wearable outfit, the high waisted jeans compliment a striped top so well and I think it's quite a British approach to what is a very Parisian item of clothing. Yet again the sleek Topshop sunglasses have featured - but I've finally bought them *yay for spending money*. But overall I think this outfit is a very everyday outfit, which can be accessorised with a chunky necklace to see you through till the evening.

There's only a couple ideas on how to wear a striped top, let me know if you have any more and how you would wear a striped top!


Monday, 6 April 2015

Mascara on a budget

Despite being a lover of the more expensive mascaras such as Benefits roller lash and the Too Faced 'better than sex', I would probably say my favourite mascaras actually come from the drugstore! Here's a peek at my favourites!

Probably my favourite mascara I've ever used is the seventeen falsify HD mascara. It's AH - MAZING. Now with mascaras, although some may claim to volumise, lengthen, define and curl - no mascara is going to deliver everything that you want, so don't expect it to. This mascara is perfect for definition and length. It creates a stunning look without being clumpy (my one definite pet peeve when it comes to mascara,) and whenever I use it, I always get compliments on my eyelashes - always a bonus! One coat gives a nice natural lash look, whilst two coats gives gorgeous lengthy lashes. I first came to light of this mascara while watching makeup artist Wayne Goss' video (the link here). Although I don't think this range is available outside the UK, if you can buy it, I would extremely recommend. The mascara itself is one I've actually been bothered to repurchase, usually i'll buy a mascara and when it runs out buy a different one - just to see what it's like. A big thumbs up from me.

For the everyday look, I would turn to Maxfactor mascaras, my favourite being the 2000 calorie mascara. It doesn't clump, defines, and holds a curl - perfect for a quick fix for the day. This is the mascara I use most for school as if I'm in a hurry to get out the house I want a mascara that I know won't clump when I'm rushing to coat my lashes. I have yet to try any other mascaras from Maxfactor, but let me know if you have and your of them.
Onto what I would say is a brand for mascaras for the mega lashes. Maybelline pull of basically every mascara they bring out - and these two are no different. The colossal go extreme! and the lash sensational  are my favourite for bold eyelashes. I love Maybelline mascaras other than the concept of them being clumpy - is it only me that finds this? They're so great for volume, but I feel I'm looking at the mirror for ages trying to de-clump my lashes. Don't get me wrong, some days the mascara just goes one so well (mainly when I'm not in a hurry to be somewhere) but others, it's not the best day for mascara. Nevertheless with the lash sensational people tell me how long my eyelashes look when I've applied it well... if only they knew how long it took me to do!
There's mascaras her for the beautiful, everyday, and bold looks - but which ones are your favourite? Are there any you thing I should try out from the drugstore - or are you more high-end when it comes to lashes?
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