Monday, 26 October 2015

My Daily Skincare Routine | Skincare

It's always horrible waking up on a Monday morning, realising you have work (boo) and feeling even more tired than when you went to bed in the first place. So for me, one way I like to revive and make myself look less tired, is by a regular skincare routine. Now I know I probably don't have the BEST skincare routine out there, but this one works well for me and my skin.

When I've finally stumbled out of bed, I usually stare at myself in the reflection for a while, almost gobsmacked that I look this rough every morning. After drowning in self pity for a bit, I'll open my draw and grab my Johnson's Face Care Makeup Be Gone Refreshing Wipes and gently wipe around my eyes, getting off any excess makeup from the day before that I've rubbed off in the night. I always find that even though I take my makeup off before bed, I usually wake up with a slight panda eyes. I love this wipes; I've been using them for a good couple of years now, and I just feel they refresh my skin so nicely and make my skin feel so smooth afterwards.

Once I have finished with those, I'll then use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water by pouring a small amount of it onto a cotton bud. I will then gently wipe the cleansing water across my entire face, making sure that I don't miss a spot and wait for a couple of minutes to let it sink into my skin. One of the handy things about this is that you don't need to rinse it off and wash it away afterwards, as it dries into your skin in a matter of seconds, leaving your face feeling smooth and refreshed.

Afterwards, I move over to my dressing table, and reach for my two pots of creams. I have quite oily skin, so I always find it tricky to find a cream that properly compliments my skin. But I have been using both of these for a while now, and I feel they really do hydrate my skin nicely.
I use the Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream all over my face firstly, making sure I add just a little bit extra to the tip of my nose as that is a spot that always ends up the driest. I absolutely love this stuff, it works so well with my skin most importantly, but it also makes my skin feel so soft as I apply my makeup. I love it when a cream makes your foundation apply that little bit more smoother.
Finally, I will use my Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream by dabbing it around my eyes and onto my eyelids. This cream is slightly tinted as its main purpose is to cover dark circles under your eyes. I think it makes such a difference to the way my eyes look in the morning, they go from that tired half-asleep look, so wide awake and ready to start the day look. It is a really soft texture, which makes it super easy to rub around your eyes without leaving any excess cream on your fingers or around your face.

So that is my every day skincare routine, what is your usual routine? Do you use any of the same products as me?

Johnson's Face Care Makeup Be Gone Refreshing Wipes - £3.19
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - £3.33
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream - £29.50
Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream - £25.50

Thursday, 22 October 2015

All Things Beauty | Haul

My 21st birthday was on the 29th September, so for a treat my mum and I went up to London for a day and 1 night, and I had a major splurge clothes and beauty wise. As I've gotten older, I feel like I've grown and grown into being a make-up addict (I can't stop buying!) and I just love watching all those beauty tutorials videos on YouTube.
I didn't purchase all of these myself, some were presents for my birthday, and others I purchased a little while after my birthday.

Yves Saint Laurent 'Le Teint Touche Éclat' Foundation - This was a complete new purchase, and something that I had been eyeing up for quite a while. I've always wanted to try some make-up from the YSL counter, but I've never really known what I wanted to try. So when my foundation was beginning to come to an end, I thought I'd have a little browse of their selection of foundations.
There were 4 different foundations types to choose from, all offering a range of different qualities each of them had, but I decided on the 'Le Teint Touche Éclat' foundation. This is very different from any other foundation I have used before; being a light-weight foundation, its purpose is to cover the dullness and imperfections in your skin, yet keeps the natural contours of your face and doesn't cover them.
I haven't been using this foundation very long, but so far so good! It glides on so smoothly, and matches perfectly with my skin tone. I got mine in BD 10 Beige Dore, but I found that there were two other shades that would've also suited my complexion, so I don't think there would ever be a struggle to find your own perfect match.
This retails at £31.50, which I think is a very reasonable price for a high-end brand foundation.

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish -
I absolutely adore this product, I have repurchased this twice already, and I am still loving it. I love the fact that it has the blend of a highlighted tone and soft bronzed tone running through it, so if you aren't so confident in the contour and highlight side of things, this is a perfect balance of the two for you.
I purchased mine in the shade 'Soft and Gentle', which I have heard is one of their most popular versions of it (and I can see why!). It blends into your skin easily, and the highlight gives that beautiful soft shine across your cheeks that just looks stunning when the light hits it. I got this one for £24.00 in the MAC in Selfridges.

MAC Eyelashes - I haven't actually used either of these lashes yet, since they were only purchased recently, but if my previous MAC eyelashes are anything to go by then I know I will love them.
I got a number 4 for a more natural, everyday lash look, and the 48 lashes for a more dramatic eye.
One thing I do really like about MAC lashes is that they last for such a long time before you need to repurchase them; sometimes cheaper lashes can begin to separate or the glue can make the lash line go a bit weird looking quickly, whereas I can find my MAC lashes seem to last much longer and keep in better condition.
Both of these lashes retail at £10.50 on the MAC website.

Urban Decay Naked Smokey Eye Palette - This palette was something I had literally been lusting over since I fist laid eyes on it, and when I received it as a present for my birthday, I had to stop myself from dribbling over it. Urban Decay always deliver on their eyeshadow palettes, so I knew that I wasn't going to be disappointed with the colours in this one either.
I usually find myself wearing a more smokey eye on an everyday basis, so this palette is perfect for anyone who feels the same way. One thing I loved about it was that the colours were all very diverse, and easy to apply and blend. Sometimes I find that I only use about 2 or 3 colours in the palette, and never touch the rest, but in this palette the colours blend so well with each other that I find myself wearing a different combination everyday.

The brush inside is also very useful; with a shadow brush one end and the smudge one the other, it makes it a lot easier for you to get your desired look. This retails at £38.00, like the other Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz -
I have been using this product for over a year now, and I still adore it. It glides on easily, and is super duper simple for beginners to use, and find there own style with. I recently dyed by hair a lot lighter, so I purchased this in the shade 'Soft brown', but due to my natural eyebrow hairs being slightly darker, I feel that I might have purchased the wrong shade. But using my dip brow over the top, gives it that nicer colour that suits my natural eyebrows a lot better. I purchased this for £15.50 on the Cult Beauty website.
I have already done a review on this product here if you want to check it out and see what I REALLY thought of it.

Urban Decay Naked 'On the Run' - I got this as a present for my birthday by one of the close friends, and it was something that I had been eyeing up for quite a while every time I walked past the Urban Decay counter in my local Debenhams. It always seemed like such a cool idea to me; it has a blush and bronze section, 5 eyeshadow's, a mini version of the Urban Decay Perversion mascara, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil and a Urban Decay Ultra Moisturising Gloss in the shade 'Sesso.'
I love the idea that you have your entire make-up bag, in the little compact that you can just carry around in your bag, and use when you either on a long journey somewhere or just want to top up on something quickly. It also works as a little tester for the mascara, something I was very eager to try out, so I liked the idea of being able to try it before committing and buying a full priced one.
This one retails at £37.00.


Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Bronze and Glow' - When I was browsing around in Selfridges, I almost felt myself pull towards the Charlotte Tilbury counter almost immediately. I have never purchased anything from here before, mainly due to the price range on the products, but even though this one was probably one of the more expensive ones, I still had to just grab it and buy it straight away.
I have watched so many beauty YouTuber's using this product in their videos and so many blog posts on this one, that in the end they all tempted me. And I am not disappointed in the slightest. I applies evenly, and it is very easy to build it up or just go for a more subtle contour look.
The sculpt side of the product isn't too dark like some bronzers can be, so it blends nicely into your skin giving you a natural look, along with the highlight that just glides on beautifully on top of it. I purchased this one for £49.00, which is quite pricey, but I think if you want to splurge on anything, splurge on this because I just adore it already and it is by far the best contour kit I have ever used.

Did you like anything here too? Or have you tried them out already for yourself?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Chanel Perfection Lumière Foundation | Review

I have never purchased make-up from Chanel before, not because I don't think everything looks so beautiful (which it does), but because of the not-so-beautiful price tag that goes with them. I decided to bite the bullet, and go over to the Chanel counter in my local Debenhams and just have little nose, take a few swatches and probably not buy a thing.
I'm not really one for using high-end foundations, I usually only buy high street foundations that are easily purchased in places like Boots or Superdrug, so I was slightly hesitant before I even went over to the counter. But I am SO glad I did. The Chanel Perfection Lumière, simply put, is the best foundation I have ever used ever. It is a long-wear foundation, which for me who usually works a 6+ hour day, is a necessity. 
Unlike other foundations who say they are long-wear and after a couple of hours you feel like you can literally see it disappearing from your face, the Chanel Perfection Lumière actually does what it says on the box. When I check myself in the mirror after a long day, I'm still continuously impressed that my make-up is still completely intact. No blemishes, no smudging, no patches, nothing, it is all still perfectly in place.

Not only does the foundation last all day, it also has SPF 10 within it. Now this isn't exactly needed when you live in the UK, since we have about 2 weeks worth of sun, but I still like to use foundations that are actually protecting your skin at the same time. It makes you feel like you aren't completely ruining your skin.
The foundation applies very nicely and smooth, which makes it easy to blend and buffer into your skin. I purchased mine in the shade '30 Beige' and it matches perfectly with my skin tone, so I don't find myself having to check to see if there's a line under my chin and along my jaw line.

Overall I literally cannot fault this foundation in the slightest, and I have repurchased it twice since, so it has definitely become my favourite.
It does have a slightly expensive retail price of £36.00, but I think it is completely worth it. It applies easily and you can blend it as much as you want, adding more or just leaving it with a soft look, it's completely up to you.
I got mine
here from the Debenhams website.

What do you think about the foundation? Do you have a favourite one too that you'd love to share?