Tuesday, 27 February 2018

February Favourites

This two-week blogging break was not planned at all. However, I haven't felt that motivated recently anyway and I think this unintentional social media detox really did me good. I feel more motivated than ever and I'm really excited to get back to blogging!

Just to get back into the swing of things, I thought I'd start with a good old monthly favourites post. Let's start with two skincare bits that I've been loving throughout the month of February! The first one being the Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Illuminating Cleanser Water-In-Foam - this is by far the best cleanser I've used so far! It takes off the leftover makeup and dirt so well, without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. This prepares your skin for the serums and creams afterwards perfectly and there has been a huge difference in the state of my skin lately, but I will update you on my current skincare routine soon anyway!
The next skincare bit is a hand cream from Rituals and it's the Ritual of Sakura Nourishing Hand Balm. The scent? Heaven. The texture? Incredible. This is literally the hand cream of your dreams and the packaging is so pretty as well!

In January, I went for my first ever professional manicure and also got my nails done at the same time. However, I wasn't happy with my nails after the gel had come off because they looked SO bad! Because of that, I decided to purchase the Micro Cell Nail Repair Green, hoping that it would improve the state of my nails. And it actually worked! My nails recovered very quickly from the gel manicure and look so much better and healthier now. So glad this nail polish works!

As for makeup bits this month, I've completely fallen in love with the new Dior Forever Undercover Foundation! I got the lightest shade 010 and still have to use lightening drops with it but I don't mind at all. It has such a nice texture and feels and also looks great on the skin! Let me know if you guys would like to read a full review with pictures here on the blog!
Together with the foundation, I love to use the Le Correcteuer de Chanel also in the shade 010. This concealer is just the best one ever! The shade matches my skintone so perfectly well that it doesn't even look like I'm wearing any makeup!
The last makeup product is the L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara. Just love how lengthening and separating this is and my lashes almost look like I've applied very natural falsies! Love that look!

And last but by no means least, there's a new fragrance that I've absolutely been loving! It's the brand new Boss The Scent For Her E.d.T. That fragrance though... It's simply beautiful! You should definitely give it a sniff!

What are some of your favourites from this month? x


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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Valentine's Day Makeup Picks

As Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I don't have any romantic plans at all, I thought I'd share my makeup picks with you anyway. I'm planning to go full glam at work tomorrow and after work as well because we have a training with Artdeco that evening - super exciting!

So for my base products I'm using the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation in 100, which suits me just perfect, and my absolute favoute concealer at the moment, the Le Correcteur de Chanel in the shade 010!

My bronzer and highlighter for this look are the Catrice Cosmetics High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder and the Misslyn Barbados Babe Bronzing Powder. I absolutely adore both of these and I definitely need to use them more often!

For the brows the Diorshow Browstyler is my current go-to and of course I wanted to include it in this look as well! Just to fill in my eyebrows without making them look too "unnatural".

My eye makeup consists of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and the Catrice Cosmetics Stylo Eyeshadow Pen in this lovely copper shade! I think for Valentine's Day, deeper and more copper/red shades are just perfect!
To finish off the eyes, I'm using the Le Volume de Chanel Mascara.

The small extras to this look are red nails for which I'm using a simple bringht red nail polish from Essence, a lovely fragrance - Black Opium E.d.T. for me - and a bright red lip, which I'm creating with the YSL Lip Tatouage Couture in number 1!

I'm actually really enjoying this look and maybe I will even post a little Instagram with this... Let's wait and see!

What are your plans for Valentine's Day this year? x


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Sunday, 11 February 2018

8 Pixi Beauty Lip Products To Fall In Love With

Pixi Beauty has quickly become not only a skincare but also a makeup brand that quite many people just love, me included. 

A couple months ago, I very kindly received two packages with their liquid lipsticks and their normal lipsticks. Latter come in three gorgeous shades, the liquid ones in five.

Because these shades are right up my street, I thought I'd include all of them in this post so you guys may find the perfect one for you!

The liquid lipsticks, like I said, come in five different nude shades. They have this petal formed applicator, which makes it incredibly easy to apply the product!
When I first opened these I instantnly noticed the gorgeous scent - it kind of reminds me of Christmas; a mixture of vanilla and cinnamon. The scent really makes up for the not so satisfying longevity as well! 

As for the lipsticks, they need a bit of a warm up before using them for the very first time. After that though they apply amazingly well and look beautiful on the lips!
Again, the only thing that bothers me a bit is that they don't last that long... But honestly, I don't mind, I got used to reapplying either the lipstick or the liquid lipstick throughout the day.

I definitely want to try more of their makeup products; they just seem so well priced with a great quality!

Have you tried any of these before? x


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Thursday, 8 February 2018

The 24h Base Routine

Getting ready in the morning can be quite a daunting process, for me at least, ha! So I like my makeup routine to be as quick and easy as possible yet I want it to stay put on my face all day long, especially at work.

Because of that, I have put together a little routine that makes my base look almost flawless all day long, even without any touch ups!

Let's start with primer then! I love to use a few different ones every now and then but when I really want my makeup to stay in place I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. It creates the perfect base to apply makeup on and also makes it last so much longer!
Foundation-wise I like to use the Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Foundation. I just find it to work best together with the primer, which just adds to its longevity and makes my makeup look good all day long. For applying the foundation I absolutely love using the Sigma 3DHD Max Kabuki Brush! It really does make your foundation flawless!

After primer and foundation, it's time for some concealer! You guys know I have quite a few favourite ones but when I want my base to look its best, I normally reach for my beloved MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. As the name already says, it's very long wearing and it doesn't crease on my face either!

Sometimes, after having applied my concealer, I like to use a loose powder to set my concealer in place. For that, I like to use the Technic Soft Focus Transparent Loose Powder! It's great for setting your concealer and it gives your skin that extra soft and flawless look!

Last but by no means least, I reach for the MAC Fix+ to set my makeup and hydrate it once more so the powder doesn't dry out my skin too much.

I'm quite glad that I found this routine to work really well for my skin because it means that I don't have to do as many touch ups throughout the day!

Do you have any tips for "the perfect base?" x


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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

3 Hacks For Finding The Right Foundation - Guest Post

Finding the right foundation for your skin type can be one of the most challenging and frustrating things about makeup. Not only do you have to find a makeup base to match your skin tone, but you also have to find a formula that suits your skin condition. Moreover, with so many options available, it’s almost impossible to know where to start. Finding the perfect match can give your skin a flawless look, makes you look better in pictures, and even helps to make your makeup last longer. This year, make a beauty resolution to find a foundation that makes you look your best. Here are a few hacks for finding the best foundation for your skin.

Swatch several shades at the same time

To find the right foundation for your skin, try swatching at least 3 shades of foundation on your face at the same time. To do this, simply swatch them on your jawline. The shade that seems to disappear into your skin is your perfect match. But don’t stop there. Wipe off the swatches, then smooth the best match all over your face and neck. Head outside and check your foundation in natural lighting. See if it truly matches your complexion and observe if the formula cakes or pills on your skin. If your makeup base looks as good as it does inside the department store or drugstore, then you’ve found yourself a winner.

Pick a formula for your skin type

Matching your foundation to your skin tone is not enough—you need to pick a formula that works for your skin type too. If you have oily skin, a formula with a matte finish or a powder foundation may be best for your skin as it can eliminate shine and makes you look fresh. Dry or combination skin will benefit from a moisturizing foundation as it can make skin look radiant and younger.

Choose a foundation that fits your lifestyle

The last thing that you have to consider when choosing a foundation is your lifestyle. Do you usually spend a lot of time doing your makeup and prefer a more polished look a la Kim Kardashian? Then a professional grade liquid foundation may be your best bet. If you’re low maintenance and often go for a natural look, a tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or CC cream may be the perfect base for you. If you’re always on the go and don’t mind doing multiple touch-ups, a cushion compact can help you achieve that glowing and flawless look throughout the day.

Finding the perfect makeup base can take some time, so try a few brands from department stores, drugstores, and you may also want to give organic foundation a whirl to see what’s best for your skin. Try these hacks for finding the right foundation and look your best in 2018.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Old Favourites I've Started Using Again

Due to my makeup collection slowly but steadily growing in size and the variety of products, I had been almost neglecting some old favourites of mine for the past couple of months. So the other day, I had a little rummage through all of my makeup collection and I actually found quite a few products that I really want to use more often again!

First things first: eyeshadow palettes. I don't own that many palettes with more than four or fives shades in total, but I do own two Zoeva ones and I almost forgot how much I love them! The Rose Golden Palette has been my favourite for such a long time and it definitely has to be used so much more!
Staying in the category of eye makeup, I also fell back in love with the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I have no idea how on earth I forgot about this but I'm so glad I got back into it again!

MAC Lipsticks have been the first "high end" makeup products I treated myself to when I started blogging and becoming more and more interested in beauty in general. Whirl is such a gorgeous everyday shade I popped this straight into my bag for work so I can use it every single day!

Changing the order of how I usually mention products in a blog post, I now want to talk about base products. You know I normally talk about those first but I felt like switching things up a bit today, ha! My beloved L'Oreal True Match Foundation has also made its way back into my daily makeup routine, which I'm quite excited about, to be honest. Together with the Catrice Cosmetics Liquid Camouflage Concealer, it's been doing an amazing job on keeping my face covered and looking (almost) flawless throughout the day!

And last but definitely not least, I've been getting back into using the Makeup Revolution Glow Palette a lot more lately and I definitely do not regret it! It's such a gorgeous face duo that not only looks beautiful, the quality of the product is amazing as well!

As you can tell, I'm very content with switching up a few parts of my daily makeup routine by using some old favourites again! I will for sure do this more often this year just so all of the products I own are being used!

Have you started to use some old favourites again recently? x


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Friday, 2 February 2018

New In: Beauty

With the first month of January being over already, the first week of February usually means there's no school for anyone. I also got my certificate for my first two months in vocational school, which I have to go to because of my traineeship. And I'm still quite proud of myself that I got straight A's in almost every single subject even after such a short time!

So... I treated myself to a few new beauty bits then, of course. The first two products I want to talk about are from Chanel and I certainly did not buy them myself! I got them at work and I'm in love already! I have the Le Correcteur De Chanel in the shade 10 Beige and the Le Volume De Chanel Mascara, which I have yet to try but all of my colleagues swear by this mascara so I'm sure I'll love it just as much!
The concealer is incredible though! It has such a creamy texture and blends incredibly well! The shade is also one of the best matches I've ever had in a concealer, which did surprise me because I thought my Tarte Shape Tape would have been the best yet but I assume I was wrong!

And now on to the few highstreet items I treated myself to a few days ago. The first thing that made its way into my basket was the new and very much raved about Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara! It's supposed to be one of their best mascaras yet and I can't wait to try this one as well! If you guys want to read a full review on this, let me know!

I then also got two lip products from Maybelline: the Color Drama by Color Show in the shade 605, which swatched amazingly beautiful in the shop so I hope it will look and feel just as good on the lips! And I also had to finally pick up one of the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipsticks in the shade 640 Nude Pink. So many people have been talking about these for ages so I decided it was about time for me to get one too!

That day I seemed to only be focused on the Maybelline counter, ha! Because I also got the Dream Sun Bronzing Powder in 01 Light Bronze! Really excited to try this one!

And last but by no means least, I got the Catrice Cosmetics High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in 010 Light Infusion. This is such a beautiful highlighter and of course, I already used it - absolutely in love with it!

That was it for my little new in beauty haul! Maybe you guys have tried any of these products before and can tell me how they've worked out for you!

Have you treated yourself to anything new recently? x


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