Sunday, December 17, 2017

Blogmas Day seventeen - A festive makeup look

I feel like it's been such a long time since I have done a makeup look on my blog so today I thought I would share with you a makeup look I filmed last week. 

So starting off I used Benefit professional which is my favourite for when I'm doing a high coverage base as it does an amazing job at reducing the visibility of the pores. Foundation wise the Clinique Beyond perfecting foundation has the most amazing coverage, which is perfect for a full glam makeup look. Even though it is super high coverage I find it very comfortable on my dry skin. Moving onto concealer the Clarins instant concealer is incredible, it is so light weight but so ridiculously high coverage. I would have to say this is probably my favourite concealer of all time so if you haven't given it a go then you need too! 

Moving onto the cheeks I used my old trusty Nars laguna bronzer, this is just the perfect shade for me and I love the slight glow it leaves on my skin. Highlight wise I used a little bit of the Barry M Liquid chrome drops in Precious pearl which is a stunning white highlight with a pink reflect. I then topped that with a little bit of Urban Decay Afterglow highlight in Sin which is a beautiful champagne. Finally for the cheeks I used a little bit of Urban decay Afterglow blush in Fetish which for me is the most perfect everyday neutral pink, which is what I wanted as the eyes are pretty heavy. 
For my brows, of course I used Anastasia dip brow. If you follow me on any of my social media you will probably already know how much I love this stuff. For reference I use medium brown which is the perfect slightly ashy toned deep brown. 

For the eyes I started off with the Essence metal shock eyeshadow in Stars and stories which is the most beautiful rose gold shade which is just perfect for the Christmas season. I then popped a little bit of princess and ladyship into the crease just to add some depth and definition. Then for mascara I used the Urban decay Troublemaker mascara* just to add some length to the lashes and then I applied the Peaches and cream number 19 lashes* which are super beautiful and so fluttery. 

Finally for this look I used Mac Strip down lip liner to line the lips, this is a really lovely orange toned very pale nude making it perfect for under pretty much any lipstick. I then topped that off with Jeffree star Human nature, this is from the new Christmas collection and is the most stunning purple toned nude shade which I just felt like matched perfectly with the purple tones on the eyes. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Blogmas day sixteen - Full coverage foundations for dry skin

As someone with dry skin high coverage foundations are hard to come by today I thought I would share some of my favourites with you. Now a little background on my skin, it is dry, like insanely dry. Foundations tend to not sit great on my nose or between my brows. 

First off I wanted to mention a new one from the drugstore, the Maybelline superstay 24hr foundation. This sits really beautiful on the skin, it's a full coverage with a slight satin finish. Something which I look for in a high coverage foundation is a finish which isn't completely matte. This one sits on the nose really nicely and doesn't separate which is a big problem I have. 

The other two I wanted to mention today are more high end, the first being the Lancome Teint idole. This one is the fullest coverage out of the three and also comes in a super super pale shade which is perfect. This one is the most matte of the three, however doesn't look powdery on the skin. This one is the foundation I reach for if I am set for a long day or if I am having a bad skin day. Even though this is matte it doesn't fall into any dry patches or look like the moisture is being sucked out of my skin. 

The final product I wanted to mention today is the Clinique Beyond perfecting foundation. Out of the three this is definitely most like the foundations I normally go for. The finish isn't dewy however it is a lot more satin than the other two. I would say coverage wise this is in-between the Lancome and the Maybelline. The only issue I have with this is the shade is too dark for me so I have to blend it all the way down the neck. For me this is the one which is best for an everyday wear on me. 

I'd love to know what your favourite high coverage foundations are! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Blogmas Day fifteen - A quick festive pamper session

I love a good pamper, however being at uni doesn't make it so easy as this year I don't have a bath and that tends to be my go too for a good pamper. Today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite products to use for a bathless pamper. 

Starting off I wanted to mention the Janina whitening trays* now I'm not going to linger on these as I know a lot of people aren't into teeth whitening but I did put up a full review yesterday should anyone want more information. I know for me having white teeth just makes me feel good and these are just easy and pretty much mess free. 

I also love a good face mask, I have tried so many recently and some I'm really loving are the soap and glory ones. You can pick masks up for such low prices, some from primary are 80p which is just crazy. I would also definitely recommend the Garnier sheet masks which are beautiful for dry skin and the Boots sheet masks are also lovely. 

In any pamper post lush have to be mentioned. I think something I really love to do which takes about two minutes is to give my lips a good scrub and moisturise. The lush lip scrubs are my favourite, the one I am currently using is the sugar plum fairy one which is part of the Christmas range. Once I've scrubbed I always like to put on a super thick balm like the Nuxe Reve de meil.

Another lush product I'm loving for a quick pamper is the Snow fairy body conditioner which is just perfect for anyone who hates moisturising as it can be done in the shower in the warm. I know a lot of brands have these in shower moisturisers however I find this is the only one that leaves my skin feeling like it has had a proper moisturiser on it. Also it smells amazing especially when layer with the Snow fairy shower gel. 

So that's just a couple of quick and easy ways to pamper yourself over the festive season. I'd love to know what your favourite quick pamper products are! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blogmas Day fourteen - A white (smiley) christmas

I have naturally quite yellow teeth so any products which claim to whiten my teeth I amp up for trying. When Janina reached out to me and asked if I would like to try their products I knew I wanted to review them for you.

First off we have the ultra whitening toothpaste* which is £11.50. This has an incredibly gritty texture and a pretty extreme mint flavour. I have to say I have seen some gradual improvement in the staining on my teeth however when it comes to actual whitening it hasn't helped so much. I believe this one would be amazing for someone who smokes or drinks coffee and has stained teeth rather than naturally yellow teeth. 

Moving on the other product I was sent over are the teeth whitening tray* which retail at £30.00 which isn't the cheapest however it's a lot more affordable than some whitening products on the market. This pack contains 5 sets of ready filled trays which you literally just pop on your teeth and leave for around thirty minutes. I am honestly so impressed with these, there was visible results after day one and after the five days my teeth really have improved. The only thing I will say about these is due to the fact they aren't fitted to your teeth the whitening power tends to be focused on the front four teeth. I personally find my canines are the worst for staining, however after the five days they were definitely less yellow the effect wasn't quite as strong than on my front teeth. 

Overall I am really impressed with these products and I would definitely recommend them. The whole Janina line currently has a third off so if you are looking to give these a go this is definitely the time!