Underrated beauty and makeup products

OK so, a lot of times people hype over popular things and upon purchase one discovers they are either amazing or just a bit meugh . . .BUT I feel like some underrated makeup and beauty products need to be mentioned. Often it is because they are affordable or have a bad rep that many simple gloss over ( pun intended haha) their powers. 

I am going to get straight into it, first one of my list is Baby powder as a setting powder. I have yet to find something that works so well and is so easy to apply. I bake my face with baby powder almost everyday and I have personally not noticed any clogged pores or skin imperfections from using it. The staying power is phenomenal and it is great for oily skinned girls as it really works to soak up the oil on the face too. At £2 a bottle what is not to love? I would choose baby powder as a setting powder over any high-end brand without doubt.

Looking for a highly pigmented white eyeliner? MUA £1 white eyeliner. This brand received massive recognition last year for its one pound lipsticks however after a major revamp the other products from the range upgraded hugely. I am such a fan of the white eyeliner because it actually stays put and is a bright shade of white, not just a barely there sliver of silver which rubs off after an hour. The creamy formula just glides onto the waterline effortlessly, I have no idea why people pay more for a white eyeliner when this one is simply a dream product. 

Ok I think this next product is discontinued or in process of being discontinued so scan your local Superdrug clearance bins because B. sculpted contour kit is beautiful. I *think* this is a brand developed by Superdrug anyway, I discovered the contour kit last year and after it ran out I thought nothing of it but then a few months later I really appreciated how cool toned the contour shade was, so it differed from a bronzer in tone hugely! The highlight it comes with, a kind of clear gel, was pretty useless so I only used this little kit for the contour and just a few days ago I found one kit in Superdrug reduced to £1.99! I was chuffed! I kind of wish I stocked up on a few of them and best believe I will be going back shortly to see if the store I visited still have them. This contour powder doesn’t make my skin shiny, it doesn’t oxidize and it lasts all day particularly on my nose which is where I use it on the most. 

All of the George at Asda primers! I don’t know the exact names of all of the primers but I am honestly blown away by these little tubes! I really liked the luminous primer and the matte primer as both do what they say. The texture is creamy but still very much liquid, think the texture of a slightly runny moisturizer. I discovered this primer on a whim when I was last-minute holiday packing and ran to Asda ( I literally live next door) to grab the cheapest primer I could find. I was pleasantly surprised and will be repurchasing. I feel like supermarket own makeup often is looked down upon but having such a positive experience with a cheap primer ( it was 3 pounds!) has made me braver to try supermarket branded makeup occasionally as I do believe in the saying ” Buy cheap, Buy twice”

Eyebrow razors! They are sold for less than £1 online and whilst I wouldn’t use them on my brows I love removing cheek fuzz with them because it removes the top layer of dust on the skin too. THIS IS NOT A REGULAR RAZOR AT ALL. It looks like a thin stick with ONE single blade used to remove hair in small areas like the corners of brows but you can literally remove fine hairs in a flash with this tool which makes makeup glide on so much better! Makeup doesn’t get stuck in the hairs meaning a smoother canvas. 

I also really rate L’Oreal mascaras as a whole over high-end mascaras ( you will know how much I rave about them if you follow my posts) and Lauren Goodger ” Lauren’s Way” fake tan! It is one of the only tans that actually is super dark ,like it states on the bottle ,and olive based, you can see results so quickly, but it is a nightmare to remove after it starts to go patchy as it doesn’t come off easily which can be a good thing and a bad thing.

Any products you guys think need more attention? Let me know!

Beauty found in your kitchen?

We have all seen Instagram come alive with a ton of DIY makeup hacks and skin care secrets found in the kitchen, I always thought these were a little bit irrelevant but after doing some research and experimenting some tricks were actually surprising.

As well as many of the norms that are plastered of the internet, I am also going to mention some own great ways your kitchen can help your beauty regime as some of these tips I have used for years.

Lemons- My go-to when I want to remove my fake tan! Lemon juice almost dissolves any patchy tan due to its acidic nature. I apply lemon juice on to a small cloth and scrub in circular motions. It really helps to remove stubborn areas of fake tan much better than many tan removers out there and lemons are literally 30 pence!

Another obvious one with lemons is mixing with baking soda to form a paste and use to whiten teeth but truthfully I have not seen any benefit to this at all. I feel like the mixture may damage the teeth more than whiten as I certainly didn’t notice any whitening on my teeth after doing this for a month.  I guess everyone is different though so it may work better for others.

Sugar- Again an obvious one, but wonderful for any type of exfoliating especially when combined with the lemons! For example, it can be made into a scrub for lips or into an exfoliate for the body, I use one cup of sugar and one lemon to form a gritty paste when I have run out of exfoliating scrub. I think a bonus to this is that you know there are no harsh or nasty chemicals in the scrub.

Egg whites- Whisk one egg white until it is kind of foamy and paste it on to the skin for ten minutes as a mask to target pores. Hey if it is good for Kim Kardashian then . . .

Mayonnaise- Put. It. On. Your. Hair. You guys will thank me later, so nourishing for the hair and it promotes hair growth due to proteins in the egg. I try to do this once a week and I feel that it really seals split ends. I leave it on my hair for an hour then wash off with water and then shampoo.

Honey- Use the TINIEST bit to use as a facial lotion, it really gives such a glow to the skin and whilst I don’t know the science behind it my skin always looks so smooth after applying a tiny drop of honey on to my face. It is slightly sticky but it kind of seeps into the skin, I remove any excess with a warm towel.

Banana- Great for hair and for face. A mashed up banana and honey can be used to condition hair but also to put on to the face as a thick mask to promote radiance. I have never tried this but almost everyone I know swears by this so I need to jump on to the bandwagon!

Coconut oil- Can use for all! Lather it all over the body, put in your mouth as a mouthwash to whiten teeth and get rid of bacteria, use in hair to seal split ends and create glossy locks, use for lips as a lip balm and finally rub into eyelashes for conditioned lashes. Coconut oil has been so hyped up this past year for a reason, it simply delivers in many ways.

Olive oil- This is a fantastic one for cuticles as a little olive oil on cotton wool or a cotton pad nourishes the nail bed which over consistent use helps to grow strong and healthy nails. This is one of my faves. 

Cocoa Powder- Ok this one is for my fellow brunette babes, if you are running out of dry shampoo but need to refresh your hair then a small dusting of cocoa powder on to the hairline absorbs any oil temporarily. I have no idea why this trick doesn’t get more recognition because it works wonders!

Flour- Another one for people who like to fake tan, after washing off fresh tan there is always fear that there may be some colour transfer in areas such as elbows, underarms, wrists, neck and ankles so rubbing flour into these areas helps to create a barrier between your clothing and your skin meaning no stains.

Honestly some of these tricks save so much money and time, for example I can get through a ton of body scrub but I don’t wanna be paying £7 per bottle every two days! Sugar and lemon is literally under £1

Any tips you guys have for beauty straight from the kitchen?

 

 

Hair Extension Help

IMG_8130 (Hair extensions firmly clipped in here)

I have been wearing hair extensions for the longest time, so I feel I defo can give an insight! Whilst my hair is not that much shorter than my extensions, I like them for volume and for a little length. Truthfully I have had the same hair extension set for 2 years because I have looked after them well and the quality is wonderful! I got mine from Cliphair.co.uk and my shade is chocolate-brown although I did have to dye them to get them to match better. I am wearing two head sets but my mum kindly sewed them on to one track so that it would be less clips! 

One thing I would suggest to make hair extensions last is to avoid putting a lot of product on them such as hairspray as this requires you to wash them more often and then when you straighten them the hair kind of burns. I also try to make sure I leave the extensions to air dry as much as possible before I switch to a hair dryer. I see a lot of people use shampoo specifically for hair extensions but after looking at the ingredients I feel baby shampoo is gentle enough for hair extensions and costs just a few pounds so it saves you serious money.

After I remove my hair extensions I always brush them and store them in a loose bag so that they are not tangled when I next wear them. It gives me anxiety seeing so many women just throw their hair extensions on their desk in a massive clump! It goes without saying, you get what you pay for. I always make sure I buy human hair because it lasts so much longer and looks much more real. Human hair can be pricey but Cliphair regularly do discounts and offers as well as incredibly affordable prices.

If in doubt of your shade, always get lighter! This way you can dye them easier as it is always easier to go from light shades to dark rather than dark hair dye to light. I was really impressed with Vidal Sassoon Hair dye as it was strong enough to dye hair extensions and there was very little colour transfer, in fact virtually none. I did have to use around 4 boxes of hair dye though . . .  Truthfully it was hard to get even distribution of hair dye on to the hair extensions but I would gently massage the dye into the hair and kind of rub it so that there was no patchy areas.

I think so many girls get worried the clips are going to show when wearing hair extensions and my advice would be to put as many clips as you can at the bottom of your hair and work your way up with less clips. The bottom of the head isn’t going to be visible unless you are constantly doing hand stands or something! Also in all my years wearing hair extentions I have never experienced any hair extentions falling out unexpectedly  ( touch wood haha)

I would like to point out, whilst clip in hair extensions are one of the less damaging forms of extensions they do still cause damage over long-periods of time and can lead to a stop in hair growth as I experienced a few years ago. I recommend taking Biotin tablets and fish oil to promote hair growth and give your hair a break from time to time from extensions!

Hope some of this info was useful! Has anyone tried vixen and blush clip in extensions by the way? I would love to try out the Russian quality of the hair but wanna know if anyone has tried it? Sadly I wasn’t blessed with the Russian hair genes of my mum and sister. .  .

This wasn’t sponsored or anything! I genuinely love Cliphair extensions seeing as I have tried so many in the past!

Falsies without using falsies . . .

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If you know me personally you will know I love long and thick looking lashes but truthfully falsies just scare me! I always get worried they will just come off at the worst moment or that the weight of the lash will turn my eye red. Over the years I have found some ways in which you can achieve a falsie look without actually wearing them. People always ask me if I am wearing fake lashes and I never do so knowing these tricks work is a major boost!

Before I start I understand everyone has different types of natural eyelashes, mine are on the long side but they have no curl whatsoever and are not as thick as I like them to be naturally.

  1. Prepping lashes is key! Ever heard that old trick of applying Vaseline to lashes overnight to promote healthy grow and to nourish them? I defo swear by this but instead I use Castor oil which is known for its encouragement of the growth of hair follicles. I simply apply a little on to my finger and smudge it into my lashes before bed, but be warned its kinda sticky so applying with a cotton pad is also an option! I brought my bottle of Castor oil in a health store for around £10 ( 500 ml I believe) and I honestly get so much use out of it because I sometimes use to cleanse my face. Note: I recently saw an article stating Castor oil had made someone’s lashes fall out, whilst this is extremely rare please make sure you are buying Castor oil from health shops as supermarket versions may contain additives which irritate the skin)
  2. Dust powder onto lashes before you put any makeup on them. I learn this from makeup guru HudaBeauty. The powder on the lashes acts as a primer and helps to thicken up the dimensions of the lashes pre-application of mascara. I have tried actual mascara primers in the past and meurghhhhhh I wasn’t impressed. I don’t think a mascara primer makes all that much difference and the use of powder gives a more weightless feel to the lashes. I just use my regular setting powder to dust onto my lashes with a brush, I don’t feel like it has to be a specific powder to work.
  3. Invest in an eyelash curler for your eye shape. I can not preach this enough! Before I would just use any affordable eyelash curler but recently I invested in an eyelash curler for big eyes from Sephora and I am so happy with the placement of the curl as it fits my eye shape wonderfully. Sephora have a few curlers for different eye shapes such as almond and small eyes and they come with a few replacement pads too. I wholly recommend investing in this beauty tool as it drastically makes a difference as to how awake your eyes look because it lifts them at the root which makes lashes appear longer.
  4. YES THE MASCARA IS KEY! Not all mascaras achieve the same purpose, as I am sure you are all aware there are tons of mascaras out there with different selling points. I have noticed that a mascara with a plastic wands lengthens much better than a mascara with a bristle wand as the bristles tend to add more volume. For this reason I use both! My current faves are L’oreal False Lash Sculpt in Black for length followed by L’oreal Voluminous Lash for volume. In my eyes L’oreal can do no wrong when it comes to mascara and truthfully I would buy L’oreal mascara over any high-end brand! The Voluminous Lash masacara is a total dupe for Lancome’s Star masacara. Both the L’oreal mascaras mentioned come in brown too for all you people who prefer brown masacara.
  5. Apply the mascara as close to the root as humanely possible! So many times I see people applying it from half way from their lash meaning the mascara is visible as there is a line of natural lash colour and then mascara colour. Therefore that old trick of looking down when applying mascara is defo relevant here! It just makes everything look more “natural” and seamless as there is no clear start to where you applied your mascara. Also spend time stretching out the product of the mascara on the ends of the lashes by lifting with the wand to the side and spacing the lashes out as it creates a lovely butterfly look to the lashes which is often achieved with falsies.

Hopefully these little tricks work for you guys! Anyone want to wade in on the eyelash primer debate? Worth it or nah? I can’t help but think it is just an extra step that is unnecessary but do any of you have a lash primer you swear by?!

Can we just rave about these products . .

YOU GUYS, I honestly can not speak more highly about the following products. I have been using all of these for a while now and it is fair to say I am obsessed with them. Most of them are available in supermarkets and they are defo worth purchasing as they give such benefits to the face.

  1. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturizer. If you guys have seen my previous blog posts, you will know I have oily skin so this oil free face cream has been my staple product. I apply it before I put my makeup on as well as at night and it does such a wonderful job of keeping oil shine at bay. It costs around £4 which is super affordable and I have yet to find a better oil free face cream. On top of this the lotion is not sticky and dries quickly. It is such a multi-use product and I really recommend any oily skinned ladies like myself to invest in it.
  2. Sally Hansen Cuticle Nail Oil. Looking after my nail beds has been something I only started to do this year and I am already noticing such a difference in the quality and strength of my nails. The cuticles are crucial to nourish for long and healthy nails so after applying this everyday for a month I have genuinely seen my nails grow much healthier and stronger. The trick is to paint on bare nails and gently massage in into the skin, when you paint your nails make sure to remove all traces of the oil though! It costs around £7 and you can buy it in all large supermarkets. Sally Hansen is the queen of nails after all . . . .
  3. L’Oreal Brow Artist Brow Mascara ( shade medium/dark) I am not one to really fill in my brows with a ton of product but what I do like to do is keep my brows groomed and defined. This brow mascara keeps my brows in place and doesn’t add too much colour to my already dark brows. The brush is small enough to ensure precision when coating and the bristles grip enough product meaning only a little is needed. This was about £7 and I honestly feel it does the job just as well as the Benefit Brow Gel. Whilst there are only a few shade choices, the colour is not super intense meaning you can get away with a shade slightly lighter or darker.
  4. E.L.F Poreless Face Primer. I adore the consistency of this primer. My pores look smaller and my makeup just glides on. I am a real fan of E.L.F products as they are professional looking and have such a good quality to them considering the low price tag. This primer feels like a mix between a gel and cream and creates such a smooth canvas. It was about £5 and I got it in America but E.L.F do have a website so I really recommend checking it out! Other products from the range worth buying are the Liquid Setting Spray/ Face Mist and the white baking powder for setting concealer under the eyes. The best part? All under £5 the last time I looked.
  5. Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation. My saviour. Not only does it give full coverage but it is so long-lasting. I honestly can go a full day without touch ups! Yes I put it to the test when I had to be at the airport for 34 hours without re-applying my makeup and it passed. The applicator is genius as you can use it as a concealer too meaning this product serves many purposes.OK at £25 it is not the cheapest but it is also not the most expensive high-end foundation out there! It is also oil free and fabulous for sensitive skin. The shade ranges are categorised into tones so you can be sure to find a shade and tone that ou are happy with. For reference I wear shade 8 in Golden Neutral which is the most yellow tone from the range.

If you buy one product with your wages this month make sure it is one of these. I have been blown away by these products hence always re-purchasing them whenever I run low.

Let me know if you guys have tried any of these!

Bronzed radiant base makeup

I posted a picture up online a few days ago and I had a few messages complimenting me about my base makeup, and saying it looked bronzed and radiant ( thanks guys!) If you know me personally, or have read my previous blog posts you will know that I am obsessed with looking sun-kissed and bronzed. Hey, it even says so in my “about” page . . About

I have stuck with the same base makeup regime for a while now as it works for me but I wanted to mention some ways in which you can look extra bronzed and glowing and radiant and well just all things sun-kissed. 

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Firstly, I always apply a big scoop of facial moisturizer the night before ( I use oil free lotions because I have very oily skin so I don’t need it to look like I am melting when I apply my makeup) I feel this to be a very important step as it soothes the skin whilst you sleep creating a clear canvas for the next morning whilst also plumping up the skin.

When I worked at KIKO Milano, I got to try the ” Glowing Potion Serum” which was part of a seasonal collection and I must say . . It is a game changer! It has pearly beads in it which adds instant glow to the skin but the slightly sticky texture acts as a primer as I have found out from own experience. I know the glow potion is not sold anymore however KIKO do have similar serum products from their skin care range which works just as effectively, minus the packaging of the original glowing potion serum. ( I just wish I stocked up on more bottles when they were put in the sale) 

The foundation I use is Clinique Beyond Perfecting which I genuinely swear by. It is my favourite foundation by far and I have been using it for many years. It is also oil-free for those of you with oily skin like mine. I know a lot of people probably wonder why I want radiance if I have oily skin that shines but an oily chin is not the same as glowing cheekbones! To blend my foundation I ALWAYS USE A BEAUTYBLENDER WITH FIXING SPRAY ON IT, INSTEAD OF WATER. I love ELF fixing spray as it is a liquid so it adds a certain amount of gleam to the skin when lightly buffed into the foundation. I would say this is the thing that made the biggest difference to the radiance of my skin in this picture.

I usually use two shades of foundation to add some dimension to the skin! The face is not one colour therefore mimicking natural light on the face defo adds the glow! When doing this I also add a TINY bit of powder highlight to add to the lighter areas of foundation to really open up the face and make it POP.

Without a doubt, highlight is crucial for this look! I swear by Revolution London Highlight ( I will never stop saying this, read why here:This highlight? It’s £3! ) However instead of applying on my cheekbones I have noticed that applying it on the apples of your cheeks aka the meaty parts, really gives definition when you smile or even just move your mouth. It levels the eye with the highlight too which adds attention to the eyes and brows.

Lastly, I skip setting powder. I know I probably need to use it but I much prefer blotting papers as it doesn’t add or remove makeup, it simply creates a more matte look to the areas that need it rather than the whole face. Therefore my cheeks and brow bone can glow but my chin and forehead certainly can’t.

 

 

All things skin . . .

I wanted to just write a little about skin and how it is crucial to any kind of beauty which is why we should all look after it! I used to be one of those people who would just remove my makeup with wipes and that was it. I never use to apply lotions or creams and only occasionally would use a face scrub. There were a few problems with this, my skin was constantly oily looking and didn’t have any radiance to it, it was just kinda grey?

That is why this year I have been trying really hard to make my skin a priority and I have been seeing absolutely excellent results. My skin has never looked better and more glowing. The thing that made the most difference was using a cleanser after I wash my makeup off as this really draws out any build-up in the pores.

I usually wash my face with a bar of soap and warm water, then use a makeup wipe to remove any patches of makeup that weren’t removed followed by a cotton pad and cleanser to get rid of impurities. This routine has been something I try to do every night especially in cold water months! 

I wanted to give a few tips on making the most out of your skin and how to maximise the potential of your skin as after seeing how happy I am with my skin currently I wanted to share the things I noticed:

  • Use suncream whenever you can! Even makeup containing suncream is better than nothing at all. Nothing ages skin more than the sun, you might not see damage at the moment but it is always better to prevent ageing from an early age rather than try to reverse the impact of the sun when you are older!
  • Exfoliate your skin not only with an exfoliating face wash but also by using an eyebrow razor to get rid of the top layer of skin. This is something that really creates a smooth canvas as not only is peach fuzz gone but the top layer of skin is removed meaning more radiance as a glowing layer of skin is underneath.
  • Drink water. Yup an obvious one but really, nothing is better for skin than the things you put inside your body which show on the outside. I also take supplements such as omega 3 supplements to boost the radiance to my skin and I have to say they are worth the unpleasant taste as my skin looks more firm from taking them.
  • definitely invest in a cleanser. I recently raved about Tesco’s eyes and face cleanser which is only £1.50 and it is so creamy! It works as a 2-1 as it is also a makeup remover ( it says on the bottle!) 
  • Massage your creams and products into your skin properly! I used to just slap on my creams and face washes and not really work the product into the skin, but now I give myself enough time to really massage and work the products into my skin.
  • Don’t neglect your body either! I know the feeling of wanting to skip lotions on the body because it makes your skin feel greasy but I am loving those spray lotions that Vaseline have come up with as you can literally spray them in the shower and then go. It is quick, easy and non-sticky.
  • I mentioned this in another post but once a week try to deep-steam your face to open up the pores and remove the dirt from them. I do this simply by boiling water and pouring it in a bowl, then putting a towel over my head and above the bowl of steaming water. It is so relaxing too, and just 5 minutes really works to remove any impurities the skin may have. After splash the face with cold water to close the pores.
  • This one is kinda optional but I love to use a light moisturizer with a hint of fake tan on my face. Gradual tanners for face are extremely light so it takes a while to notice any colour and often it is more of a glow rather than a ” tan” but this just makes those no makeup days look so much better for me.

I hope these little skin care reminders will motivate everyone to look after their skin as it really is the key for flawless and effortless beauty.