Wednesday, 20 April 2016

10 Things We Are Too Lazy To Do

10 Things We Are Too Lazy To Do
Admit it you were just too lazy to clean those makeup brushes yesterday that have needed a good scrub for over a week now. We all have a list of things in our heads that we know we should get round to doing, but instead, we use the 'I'll do it tomorrow' excuse repeatedly and they never get done. I have been telling myself for the past two weeks that I will make a opticians appointment tomorrow but I still haven't, oops.

Here is a list of things we are too lazy to do (hopefully you can relate!)

1.) Clean Makeup Brushes - How many days have you told yourself you'll wash them tomorrow but instead, you keep using the three-week unwashed makeup brushes. 

2.) Get Your Ends Trimmed - You know deep down your ends are looking dead but spending £20-£30 on food or makeup just seems more bank account friendly.

3.) Update CV - You go on your desktop to update your CV but 20 minutes later you find yourself watching funny cat videos on Youtube. Maybe tomorrow there's no rush to adult life.

4.) Throw Away Receipts - I like to store all of my receipts in my handbag so I look like I could be a cast member from Sex And The City, but secretly they are all Tesco receipts for chocolate chip cookies and smoothies.

5.) Workout At 6am - If I sleep an extra hour in bed I won't have dark circles or want to kill anyone, plus I can go after work to the gym where I will be waiting 5 minutes to use the squat rack and not get home until 7pm.

6.) Sharpen Makeup Pencils - You would rather have wooden splinters in your lips than even think about sharpening those lip liners.

7.) Clean Your Emails - You have over 2000 unread emails and subscription emails from places you've never even heard of. But you just don't have the time to go through 2000 emails.

8.) Click 'Next Episode' On Netflix - It'll automatically do it for me anyways because Netflix loves me and does what I say.

9.) Chuck Out Holey Clothing - Unless the hole is the size of a ball I am wearing these pink dinosaur socks. Till death do us part

10.) Get Up To Pee - If I get up to pee it will interrupt me from typing my blog post and make me lose my train of thought!

What things are you too lazy to do??

Sunday, 17 April 2016

My Top 3 Spot Treatments That Work

My Top 3 Spot Treatments That Work
There is nothing more irritating than waking up with a brand new spot on your face and knowing you've got to show it off to the world behind your bedroom door. Growing up I used to suffer from bad skin, even at the age of 21 22 I still get little breakouts especially before 'TOM'. I have tried my fair share of spot treatments over the years from the drugstore, high end, natural and even prescriptions from the doctors. I would say my skin is in a really good place now touch wood since I have cut out a lot of products from my skincare diet.

These 3 treatments are what I reach out, for now, to get rid of pesky spots and swear by.

I do sometimes think it is worth spending that little bit extra on skincare treatments if you are able to as from my own experience they do work quickly. The Origins Spot Remover has always been in my emergency drawer for whenever I wake up with a spot but know I haven't got a lot of time to pay attention to it. I will wake up, wash my face and then dab the smallest amount of this gel onto the spot and then go ahead with my moisturizer and makeup. This little treatment is good for those pesky spots that stick out and sometimes form a white head. I find the Origins Spot Remover helps reduce the redness and size of the spot so by the time I come home it won't be as inflamed.

If I wake up with a really inflamed area on my face or a couple of spots in one area I will apply The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and let it sink into my skin for half an hour or so then get on with the rest of my face. I do think this works best alone without applying any other creams over it or if you are having a day at home you see quicker results than you would with makeup on. This really helps dry out those spots and reduce any redness they may have caused. I do also think this is good for those under the skin spots too but those take a bit more time to disappear.

If I can feel a spot forming just before I go to bed I will then take this opportunity to spend a bit more time with my skin. Once I have prepped my skin before bed I will then go ahead and apply my Acnecide Gel which was prescribed from the doctor to take with tablets that I will talk about in another blog post. You can get this gel in Boots and Superdrug too though. This gel is a little bit stronger than the other two treatments which is why it is good to use it before you go to sleep. I will use this gel on any spots I already have, ones that are appearing and even just on areas that are a bit red. I religiously use this every night even if I don't have any spots because I know it will help reduce any signs of them. This lotion is amazing for getting rid of all kinds of spots and redness, which is why I believe this treatment, in particular, has had the biggest effect on my skin.

What spot treatments do you swear by??

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Top 3 Highlighters

Top 3 Highlighters
What is that bright, shiny ball of light I see in the sky lately? Oh yeah, it's the sun. Since we are starting to see a bit more sunshine I decided now was the perfect time for me to share what my favourite highlighters are that I tend to reach for achieving a healthy glow.

YSL Touch Eclat | Once my foundation is applied I like to draw a triangle under my eyes using this and then blend it out with my Real Techniques Sponge. This is definitely my favourite highlighter for brightening up the under eye area. It can be a little difficult to blend but I do think using a sponge helps. My eyes instantly look more awake and healthy, people wouldn't believe that you've only had a couple of hours of sleep once you use this. Totally worth the price tag.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette | Something that is a lot easier and cheaper to get your hands on is the Makeup Revolution Highlighting Palettes. I am yet to get my hands on the 3 trio palette but for now, I like to use this one. This comes with a variety of highlighting shades that are perfect for not only brightening your facial bones (brow, cheeks etc) but for applying over blushers. They don't last all day but they do last a couple of hours and really make a difference to your makeup. I find powdery highlighters easier to apply but more difficult to control. I always use this palette when I want to brighten certain areas on my face, whereas the YSL I use just for under my eyes.

Benefit High Beam | This was sat in my drawer for months without being used, it was only until I watched someone on Youtube apply it on their brow bones that I decided to include it in my everyday makeup routine. Once I have filled my brows in I like to go ahead and dab 2 or 3 dots of this highlighter onto my brow bone and then blend in with my little finger. This really makes a difference in highlighting my brows and making them look a lot more put together. It also looks incredible in any photographs which are a bonus!

What is your favourite highlighter??

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Makeup To Hide A Hangover

makeup that hides the hangover
So you went out for one drink last night which turned into five, you didn't get home till 3am and have to be up for work at 7. You've woken up with bags halfway down your face and some new spots, what do you do? Makeup will be your best friend today and these products especially will make the difference. No more looking like a zombie and you can go to work looking fresh as a daisy!

Maybelline Lash Sensation - For most people eyes is the one area that suffers the most with lack of sleep so it is essential to keep them looking as awake as ever. Whenever I look rough or really tired I like to go ahead and use this mascara to give my eyes a lift. This mascara is amazing for giving you that instant thick volume without using fake lashes or numerous coats. It doesn't smudge and immediately gives your eyes a wake-up call.

Benecos Trio* - When you are hungover makeup is the last thing you want to be spending time doing so you want to be using quick and easy products. This 3 in 1 blush, highlight and contour is perfect for giving your face some colour and definition within a few minutes. I especially like the shade of the blush it adds a rosy colour to your cheeks that looks really healthy. The highlighter is good too for giving your skin a nice glow, which is exactly what you want after a night out.

Makeup Forever Eye Crayons - If you are wanting to give your eyes an even bigger lift, eye crayons are definitely a winner. They are so much quicker and easier to blend than powdery eyeshadows. This one, in particular, is my favourite to reach out for as it adds a lovely champagne shimmer to your lids that is flattering and finishes your eye makeup off perfectly.

Maybelline Eraser Concealer - This concealer is amazing for covering up dark circles and allowing your skin to look a little bit more awake. I use this concealer in my everyday makeup routine because it really does help reduce the appearance of dark circles. I love the application to this, you twist the tip and product goes into the sponge application and then you dab the sponge under your eyes. It's so easy to blend out as well, doesn't crease your makeup and lasts a good few hours.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick 'Chauffeur'* - I never leave the house without applying something on my lips so a nice subtle nude is what I tend to reach out for when I can't be bothered for anything that takes time. The chauffeur is the perfect nude for everyday wear, the creamy high gloss glides onto the lips so easily and allows the lips to stand out. I really like this lipstick for those days I want something on my lips but not anything too noticeable.

What makeup do you reach for when you are hungover??

Friday, 8 April 2016

Spring Makeup Staples

Spring Makeup Essentials
Days are getting longer, daffodils are filling the shops and people are ditching their coats for jackets. I think spring is on its way! Whenever the season starts to change I like to change my makeup look too, so I've ditched the purple lipsticks for pinks and the gold eyeshadows for nudes. Today I wanted to share with you what my Spring Makeup Staples is that I have been reaching out for.

Blusher | During winter I would reach out for my shimmery, deep pink shades for my cheeks but, recently I have been reaching out for my Dusty Natural Mineral Blush* in 'pink ladies'. This is a delicate shade of soft pink with a subtle light-reflecting shimmer to give you a little bit of a glow. A little goes a long way and the results are beautiful, definitely a lovely subtle colour for all skin tones.

Bronzer | With the weather warming up a little it's nice to give your skin more of a healthy shape that'll look lovely when the sun shines! I like to use my Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer and blend a little bit of it into my cheekbones to give my face to the definition. It blends in so easily and even if you apply too much it is easily solved. This always shows up nicely in photos and will look perfect this summer too.

Eyeshadow | I've been wearing a lot of gold, shimmer shades over the festive season so since I can actually see some sunshine I have been making more use of my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I like to stick with the warm nude or pink shades as I always find those shades the most flattering in spring. I haven't used this palette in so long but it is definitely a one to splurge on if you love your pinks and nudes because the consistency is amazing.

Lips | I have slowly been starting to get more into wearing pink lip products and the ones I reach out for are the Revlon Colorburst Lip Crayons. I've always preferred lip crayons to lipsticks because they are a lot easier to apply and don't require much of your time, especially if you are on the go. These two glides on so easily and last such a long time to the point where I don't ever need to top up!

What are your spring makeup staples??

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Lack of Sleep Treatments

Lack of Sleep Treatments
So you were up late last night trying to finish off your assignment that needs to be handed in at 9am. You've had 3 hours sleep and you look like a zombie from The Walking Dead, what do you do? These are the go-to makeup products I reach out for if I have had lack of sleep. 

Don't worry there's still hope to look flawless on 3 hours sleep!

Maybelline Eraser Concealer - Let's face it our eyes are what suffer the most when we've had hardly any sleep so it's only right to try and cover those dark circles as much as possible. I like to use the Eraser Concealer because it totally wipes out any dark circles and almost lifts your eyes to look a lot more awake. This blends in nicely with a sponge and instantly reduces the appearance of dark circles, problem solved!

Benefit High Beam - Once under my eyes are set I like to dab some of High Beam onto my brow bone and my inner corner just to lift my whole eye area. Highlighters are great makeup products for giving your face a boost of energy that allows your makeup to look a lot more glowing. This makes such a dramatic difference to my whole face.

YSL Touche Eclat - If my eyes still don't look as though I've had a solid 9 hours sleep I will then go ahead and use my YSL pen and dab a couple of spots under my eye then blend in with a brush. This will instantly lift under my eyes and gives them a highlighting effect. I'd recommend applying this before your foundation and powder because it can sometimes make it crease.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - I will then take extreme measures and curl my lashes just so my mascara will definitely give me instant volume. These eyelash curlers are amazing and instantly give your lashes a boost, which is what you want after lack of sleep.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - Once my lashes are curled I will then add one coat of this mascara. I love this mascara especially because one coat does all and will instantly give your eyes length and volume. This is my all-time favourite drugstore mascara because the results are what you expect from high-end mascara. This just sets my whole eyes off for the day and nobody will suspect that I look tired!

What is your lack of sleep treatments??


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