Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Top 3 La Roche-Posay Products

My Top 3 La Roche-Posay Products
When this skincare brand first came about the beauty fanatic that I am was all for trying the oily to spot prone skincare range out. Some of the range has really made a difference to my skin over the years and some of it I still use in my daily routine to this day. La Roche-Posay has recently launched the Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant Light* which is a blemish control efficacy with sheer coverage, proven to reduce the appearance of imperfections and unclog pores. I have been trialling this out and already I absolutely love it, so I've decided to write what my top 3 LRP products are.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant (light) | 
I was really unsure about this product when it popped into my letterbox, a tinted product that also controls imperfections? Hmm. This little beauty not only helps diminish the appearance of imperfections, redness etc like the original Effaclar Duo does, but it also adds a tint of colour to your skin too. I have been applying this on those days where I want to let my skin breathe but, want something on my face if I leave the house for a bit. I've also been wearing this occasionally to the gym if my face is feeling a little rough. I apply this with my fingers like I would with the Duo and it blends into my skin instantly, the colour is perfect for my skin too. It definitely helps reduce the appearance of imperfections, I've noticed any spots or redness isn't as noticeable when I wear this. Overall this is an amazing invention and exactly what I've been looking for!

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Mist | Full Review here
Having mentioned this before I won't go into too much detail but basically, this is a mist that you spray onto your face if you have oily to blemish skin. I absolutely love this and I am always spritzing this on my face to freshen up with. It has definitely helped calm any access oiliness that my skin may have down and kept my spots at bay. I love this mini bottle that has been launched too, it is perfect for travelling or popping into your bag especially if its really hot and your skin is feeling this humid weather the UK has suffered with recently. Overall I would recommend this mist if you have oily to spot prone skin as it definitely makes a difference plus it's a lot quicker to apply than creams and oils.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo | 
I am sure you, your mam, your grandma and everyone else you know is using this product by now it has definitely been raved about on social media over the years. When this first got launched I was obsessed with it, I was seeing results after day one and it definitely helped with my scars. I still to this day like to use this whenever I have a bad breakout or any redness/scars that a previous blemish might have left me with. This is basically the Unifiant Duo but without the tint, so you can imagine how good the tinted version is. Overall I would definitely say everyone should have a tube of this in their skincare cabinet if you suffer from the occasional breakout as it does wonders.

What is your favourite LRP Product??

Monday, 19 September 2016

Brand Focus: Benecos Makeup

Beneco makeup
I mean, who doesn't absolutely love a budget-friendly, au natural makeup brand right? I was kindly sent a lovely surprise package from Benecos filled with stunning makeup products to try out. I have heard and mentioned Benecos in a blog post before so I was so excited to try more of their range out.

This is a natural cosmetics beauty brand that is animal-friendly, BDIB certified and have a colourless eco look. If I'm being honest when I read the term 'natural' I do sometimes make a quick judgement and assume they won't be as wonderful as some brands, but this really made me think differently.

Bronzing Duo £4.15 | Link
This bronzing duo did take me back a little since I am quite pale and this doesn't look like my shade. However that didn't stop me trying it out, it reminds me of Solar Powder by S&G in the sense it blends in so nicely to how you want it to look. That rose hues shade with the warm brown gives you a lovely sun-glow effect perfect for a sunny holiday.

Natural Lipstick 'First Love' £3.90 | Link
This lipstick really excited me as the shade is something I tend to reach out for quite often. These wonderfully creamy lipsticks nourish, protect and soften your lips with active ingredients including jojoba, sunflower oil and organic beeswax. This lipstick shade really matches my skin tone well which makes it the perfect everyday lip.

Natural Lip Gloss 'Natural Glam' £3.73 | Link 
Not the biggest of fans of lip glosses but this shade really struck me to give them a try more. These are wonderfully nourishing lip glosses that give your lips a berry-tone gloss and don't leave you with a sticky texture. I think this is perfect for those 'no makeup' days or over a nude lip, I really love this gloss!

Mono Eye Shadow 'Forget Me Not', 'Apricot Glow' and 'Soft Vanilla' £2.49 Each | Link
I think out of everything the eye shadows were what I was sceptical about since I've found a lot of inexpensive shadows tend to not be as pigmented or stay in place for long. These softly shimmering eye shadows are the perfect subtle shades for a natural look. These are very powdery and go onto my lids so easily without having to reapply. I love the soft vanilla shade as a base eye shadow I use this all the time now and it just stays in place all day. I can see these being a staple in my everyday makeup routine.

Nail Polish 'Hot Summer' £3.23 | Link
The nail polishes are not a natural cosmetic product from Benecos but that didn't stop me from trying it out. This shade is perfect for summer! The shade is very rich and looks lovely on my nails, it somehow makes them look healthy. It dries fairly quickly and stays in place for a few days without chipping.

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Have you tried Benecos out yet??

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Top 10 Fashion Hacks

Top 10 Fashion Hacks
I am always on the lookout for simpler solutions to everyday things whether that's beauty, fashion or even health-related. When it comes to beauty I've pretty much hit the nail on the head for conquering those crafty little hacks so I decided to take my hacking brain elsewhere and move onto the world of fashion. 

I have found these hacks online, in books or word of mouth.

1. Blow-dry Tight Shoes
This is a hack I've picked up from working in fashion and it's such a good tip to know for breaking in those shoes. If you pop fluffy socks on and blow-dry your new shoes this helps stretch out any tight shoes. So always go small never big on shoes!

2. Spray Hairspray On Tights
Nothing more irritating than discovering you have a ladder going up your leg and nothing to fix it with. Spray your tights with some hairspray especially the areas prone to rips, I am sure nail polish does this hack too.

3. Pretty Tights Under Ripped Jeans
I haven't tried this hack myself but I think this would look so pretty when the weather gets chilly. Some lace tights under a pair of ripped jeans sound quite stylish and unique!

4. White Wine To Remove Red
This is a classic hack every girl probably already knows if they love wine and have experienced a spillage on their favourite dress. If you spill red wine onto your clothes try applying a bit of white wine to neutralize the colour and stop it from absorbing. Happy drinking!

5. Nail Polish Stains
So you have some lovely silver rings that are starting to rust, pop some nail polish on the inside of your rings to stop them from turning green.

6. Hide Your Bra With Clips
Triangle bras are bang on trend at the moment so why not paperclip the back of your bra straps together to create the illusion of a stylish bra, also this just helps disguise the bra straps.

7. Pop Your Necklaces Through A Straw
Despite this looking absolutely hilarious and random if you pop your necklace through a straw it stops it from getting tangles which is such a pain!

8. Razor Those Bobbles
Wanting to wear your favourite jumper this winter but it is covered on bobbly bits? Not to worry just grab your razor they will remove all the bobbly bits!

9. Shaving Cream Removes Makeup Stains
Nothing worse than wearing a clean white blouse and by the end of the day you find makeup stains all over. Apply shaving cream to the makeup stains and it'll help shift them!

10. Heel Blisters
Apply clear deodorant to your heel if you ever feel as though you are going to get a blister!

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What fashion hacks do you swear by??

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Girl Tries Nivea Men's Shaving Balm

Girl Tries Men's Shaving Balm
Never thought I'd see the day where I try out a Shaving Balm for men I mean, I'll use my boyfriends Nivea Face Wash if I stay at his but other then that I stick to my own facial products. After reading so many great reviews on Nivea Men's Shaving Balm for keeping your makeup in place all day as a primer, I finally decided to see what the hype was about and put this balm to the test.

I haven't grown a beard, yet.

You can pick this balm up pretty much in any drugstore or supermarket for around five pounds so not at all expensive or difficult to find. I decided to trial this product out on a day I was off from work but still went out as I wasn't sure how my skin would react to it. Once moisturized, I went ahead and applied this all over my face and down my neck. It has a creamy white, almost runny consistency and the scent isn't the best, it definitely has that manly scent to it which I'd usually like but it also smelt a little bit sickly as well. It blended into my skin very quickly and didn't leave me with any sticky or tacky finish which I was expecting. It doesn't reduce the appearance of imperfections or pores like most of my primers do so I was sceptical on how my makeup was going to look during the day.

I went ahead and applied the rest of my makeup and I must admit my foundation glided on so much nicer and effortlessly than normal. When all my makeup was applied I did notice my skin had a little bit of a healthy glow to it, I have oily skin anyways but this balm gave me a little healthy glow where the sun naturally hits my face. Once ready I went out and got on with my day keeping a tab on how my makeup was holding up throughout.

4 Hours Update
Once I checked my makeup I noticed my face looked a lot more dewy than normal. Usually, I go all matte with my makeup but this balm has definitely made me think twice on embracing more of an oily, dewy look. I really like how my makeup has that healthy glow to it. However, it did feel as though it would get a little bit shinier during the day so I popped a bit of powder onto my forehead and chin.

7 Hours Update
By this point, I did notice the tip of my nose was starting to melt, but this was the only area on my face that looked as though it was melting off. Therefore this could have been my own fault not the balm as I may have missed applying it to the tip of my nose as everywhere else looked fine.

9/10 Hours Update
As I was taking my makeup off I definitely noticed my makeup was still pretty much in place and nothing had budged since the last time I checked. I am really quite impressed with how this product has turned out. However, I did find once I removed my makeup my skin felt a little bit greasy so I am worried that maybe this could make my skin more oily if I was to use it all the time and maybe even spotty.

Overall though I am really impressed with this balm it definitely kept my makeup in place all day and I only touched it up once. I loved how it gave my face a dewy, healthy glow it's definitely made me rethink how I'd like my makeup to look. I would definitely use this again on those days I know I will be wearing makeup for a long time, but I don't think I'd wear it every single day purely because I think it will make my skin more oily than good.

Have you tried this balm out yet??

Sunday, 4 September 2016

5 Reasons To Buy Flowers & Giveaway!

Candyfloss Carnations | Blossoming Gifts
Candyfloss Carnations | Blossoming Gifts
I am such a typical girl when it comes to surprises and to be honest I partly blame my boyfriend, since he's surprised me so many times over the years with lovely flowers and even went to the extent of having the courage to surprise me on my 18th birthday with a bouquet of roses in front of a whole bar full of strangers and my family. I don't know what it is about flowers but they can really lift my mood and put a smile on my face.

I was kindly sent these Candyfloss Carnations from Blossoming Gifts* and they have got me smitten. These handmade stunning flowers are a traditional favourite of beautiful pink and white carnations with a twist of daisy, lovely for any occasion. These really brightened up my room and instantly lifted my mood. After a week of having them, I went to London for 3 days and I was tempted to depot them since I figured they'd be dead when I got back, uh these little beauties stayed alive for just over 2 weeks which is amazing for flowers. Just goes to show not all flowers die instantly! I wanted to write a little post on 5 reasons to buy flowers as I personally think they make a great gift and I also have a beautiful bouquet to give out to one of you too!

1. Mood Booster - Freshly cut, bright flowers instantly can improve your mood. You could come home from a bad day at work and instantly feel less stressed or if you have just passed your university degree flowers can make you feel like you've achieved something.

2. Great Home Pieces - Buying a bouquet of flowers and spreading them around your house can really make a house feel more like a home, especially if they smell lovely and look eye-catching.

3. Create Memories - Flowers can not only create new memories but let you relive ones that have already happened before. For example, if I was to buy daffodils it would instantly remind me of spring and nice weather.

4. They Keep The Peace - Had a fight? Flowers can really help keep the peace or break the ice with your partner or a loved one.

5. They Smell Welcoming - A fresh bouquet of flowers have a lovely floral scent to it and it's really welcoming/relaxing to have that smell to come home to.

There are lots of other reasons why buying flowers are worth it but those are what stand out most for me. Blossoming Gifts have kindly given me the opportunity to host a giveaway where one of you could win a bouquet of up to £35 of your choice from their website.
Giveaway Rules!
  • UK Giveaway only
  • The giveaway ends on the 19th of September giving you just over 2 weeks to enter
  • The winner will be notified via Twitter or Email and must respond within 3 days of being notified - if not it will be given to another entry
  • Please don't follow and then unfollow I am aware of how common this is so I will be keeping an eye out for any funny business!
  • The more media you follow the more chance you are to winning!
  • And lastly good luck!



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