I am always looking to mix up my skincare routine to find the best combination for my skin and I finally think I have cracked it and found one that works the best for me. To make sure I get all of my makeup off, I use the Ark Skincare Pre – Cleanse which is an oil that breaks down all makeup; including eye makeup and mascara, woo! Usually at this point I can already feel that my skin is a lot cleaner but I then go in with a cleanser to make sure that all of my pores are clean.
The cleanser that I have been absolutely loving recently is the NU Skin Gentle Cleanser. It is so gentle on the skin and leaves my skin feeling so soft and clean. I always know that after I have washed it off that my skin is completely makeup free. Once I have cleansed, I usually go in with a bit of toner and the one I have been obsessed with for quite a while now is Lush’s Eau Roma Water which is great for my sensitive skin.
Once I have cleansed and toned I make sure that I add some moisture back into my face so depending on the time of day, I either use a light day cream or a heavier night cream. The two that I have been using the most are the Nivea Daily Essentials ones. They are fragrance free; which is great for sensitive skin and they don’t make my face oily or break me out.
What is your perfect skin care routine?
Who doesn’t love a neutral eye shadow palette? I recently got my hands on the Nude ‘dude palette from The Balm cosmetics and it is vastly becoming my favourite product. There are so many beautiful colours which are super pigmented and last all day; and they all have such great names including ‘sassy’ and ‘seductive’.
There are 12 shades in the palette that are a mixture of shimmers, mattes and satin. The colours range from a white shade, through to nudey pinks and golds and browns; so you can combine then to create a number of different looks for any occasion. My favourite shade is a beautiful shimmery pink called ‘standoffish’ which is perfect on its own for everyday wear or layered on top of a darker shade to create the perfect night time glamour look.
The packaging is very vintage looking and it great for traveling as it comes with a mirror and brush and is the perfect size to fit in any travel bag/suitcase The palette can be bought from The Balm website or many other online stores including BirchBox and retails for about £25-£30 or about $36.
Have you ever tried a palette from The Balm? If so, what’s your favourite shade?
I absolutely love buying perfume and smelling nice, especially when there is a cute bottle involved, so when Zoella announced she was releasing a new body mist, I knew I had to smell it. Being a fan of Zoe’s previous collections, I had a feeling that I was going to love this one just as much and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.
The new collection is called ‘Sweet Inspirations’ and it is exactly that! The scent is very sweet, with strong vanilla notes running throughout but it isn’t overpowering at all. I remember I read somewhere that people think it smells like Macaroon which it actually does; that’s probably why I like it so much, because they are my favourite. Apart from the smell, the thing that really stood out for me is the bottle. I am a massive fan of the 1920s and the bottle has a very strong 20’s feel about it which just made me love it that little bit more in particular the gold swirls around the corners. This is definitely my new favourite everyday scent, it’s the perfect size for putting it in my handbag and taking it to work.
Have you tried any of the new Zoella Sweet Inspirations range?
Lush events are some of my personal favourites to attend, so when Lust Straford asked if I wanted to come to their first ever event of course I said yes. The event was to showcase some of their scents some of which I was familiar with and some which were new to me so I was very excited. The evening was split between six scents and each scent had an activity related to it. There were also some amazing musicians there who were preforming throughout and their song choices varied from scent to scent.
The first smell was one of my favourites; Dirty and to celebrate that we had mojitos with the cutest flamingos cocktail sticks which were sprayed with the fragrance so every time you took a sip, you got a smell of dirty. We them moved onto Karma which is quite citrusy so for this we all sat on a rag in the middle of the store and there were bowls of oranges for us and some of the staff were walking around spritzing Karma into the air. It was probably my favourite part of the evening, I could have sat there all night just talking and listening to the music.
We then moved onto Vanillary and for this, we were each given a silk scarf which had be spritzed with the scent. Normally I’m not a massive fan of this smell as I find it can be a bit too over powering but each scarf had the perfect amount on it. We also had a go at making our own Cupcake face mask which is now my favourite Lush mask. Imogen Rose followed, which I was so excited for because I love the smell of roses. For this particular scent, the lovely ladies in Lush came round with massage bars and gave us all arm and hand massages which was just heaven. We were also given some Rose flavoured Turkish delight.
The last two scents were All Good Things and Lavender Hill Mob. All Good Things was dedicated to a relationship and how it is great and sweet at the beginning but it can tour bitter and negative. We were given candy floss to symbolise the start and beer to add the bitter element to the scent. We were also given love letters to pass around that had been sprayed with the scent. The last activity that went with Lavender Hill Mob was making our own Ickle Baby Bot while having homemade Lavender cupcakes. I love going to Lush events and being able to make my own bath bomb, it’s great to get involved and see how its done.
The whole evening was perfect, you could tell so much thought and preparation had gone into it and they all really thought about the best ways to showcase each scent. Thank you so much to Lush Stratford for inviting me and hosting THE best Lush event I have ever been to.
Lush have recently released their new Father’s day products and to celebrate, I was invited down to my local Lush store to learn all about them and see them in action. Within the new collection there are; 3 bath products, soap, a shampoo bar, an exfoliator and a moisturiser.
We began the evening by making our own ‘Big Blue’ bath bomb which was so much fun, even though I spilt most of it when we had to put the container together. We then spent some time learning all about the bath products. There are two bath bombs; Lava Lamp and Super Dad and a bubble bar which is called The Mod Father. Both the Mod Father and Super Dad products have quite a masculine smell to them whereas Lava Lamp smells very citrusy. They all smelt incredible though. The soap, which is called Thanks Dad was also just as amazing. It is moulded to look like a building block with the letters D A D on it and it a mixture of yellow and red in colour. Unlike most Lush soaps, this one felt a lot softer and looks like it would be very gentle on the skin.
The last 3 products are more skincare related than bath and all have the same name ‘Smuggler’s Soul’. The first one we looked at was the Shampoo bar. Now, I’ve never used a Shampoo bar before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but it looked so good! Once it was wet, it lathered up and you could tell a little would go a long way. Also this particular Shampoo bar is good if you have a dry or itchy scalp. The last two were a facial scrub and a moisturising gel. The scrub was so gentle, I was actually tempted to buy it for myself. This would be great for an everyday exfoliator that wouldn’t break out or dry your skin. The last product was the moisture gel, which again, I was to tempted to buy for myself. It is so moisturising without being too heavy and thick which is always a great thing and the smell was amazing. Although most people would think to put this on their face, you could use it as an all over body moisturiser.
Like with any Lush collection, there are also gift boxes available which are always a good way to make sure you try out every product.
Have you seen the new Father’s Day collection?
It’s now officially Spring, which means lots of TLC for our skin after those cold, Winter months. Lets be honest girls, as much as we’d all love to have a perfect skin care routine, it just doesn’t always happen but I think I have found the perfect solution. For a while now, micellar waters have been sweeping the world and have been most peoples ‘go to’ products and I am no exception and I’m sure some of you are the same. I have tried quite a few including the holy grail, Bioderma but the brand that I always go back to is Garnier.
There are so many different variations of the Micellar water, so there is literally one for every skin type but the new one is my current obsession. If you’re like me and suffer from dry skin, then listen up because this is just for you. Garnier have just released the new oil infused micellar water which is specifically targeted for dry, sensitive skin. At first, I didn’t know what to expect because normally when products are designed for dry skin, I personally find that they can be quite heavy and some even start to break me out but honestly, this could not be any further from that.
The product itself has two layers; the oil and the water so after a little shake it is ready to use. Once the water hits your face, you can feel it working away and breaking down all the make up; even eye liner and mascara! It leaves your face feeling so soft and clean as well as smelling amazing. Even though it only takes a couple of minutes, I always feel like my makeup has completely come off and that my skin is clean and ready for toning and moisturising but with that being said, I have just used the water and nothing else, and my skin still felt great; which is even better if you’re super lazy like me.
Have you ever used a micellar water, what are your thoughts on them and do you have a favourite?
Apart from the Liz Earle cleanse and polish, I haven’t found a cleaner that I love and works well for my skin, well until now.
My sister works for Lush and she recommended the 9-5 cleanser, which I had heard a bit about but had never tried.After using it for about a month now, I am officially obsessed. It’s so gentle on the skin which means that you can use it both day and night and it doesn’t leave your face feeling irritated. Sometimes I find that cleaners leave my face feeling quite tight and dry, but this leaves my skin feeling so soft and feeling amazing.
You need to tiniest bit and you can really feel is cleaning out all of your pores and the slight fragrance leaves your face smelling beautiful. I normally use the cleanser both in the morning and the evening and I follow up with a Lush toner and my moisturiser and my skin always feels so nice.
Have you used a Lush cleanser, what one if your favourite?
Everyone knows students have it tough and many of us adopt the ‘student lifestyle’ of all nighters writing dissertations, and struggling to manage money; meaning we have to miss out on certain things; but not anymore!
4YouByYou is a website founded by Scott Mears, that sell well established beauty products for both guys and girls at student prices. Personally, I think this is fantastic because I often find myself watching videos or reading blog posts about products I’d love to try, but most of the time, they are out of budget. 4YouByYou live by the phrase ‘For Students By Students‘ and they do this by working with Student Unions and offering Uni Discount Codes on their website.
As well as selling some amazing products from mascaras to moisturisers from brands like Instant Effects and Cult51; they also offer tips and tricks on serving freshers flu, making the most of uni and getting a job post degree. This is great because it reinforces their ethos of being all about students and their goal to create life long relationships with students.
4YouByYou have also given me a special 20% off code for my lovely readers so head over to 4YouByYous’s Website and pick up some goodies for yourself. Don’t forget to enter HMblogs to get your 20% off!
I always find it such a struggle to get my makeup to stay put all day, especially without a setting spray. I’ve tried setting sprays from Urban Decay, NYX and MAC but I wanted to see what else was out there.
I’ve been a fan of Makeup Revolution for such a long time and when I saw they sold fixing sprays, I knew I needed to get my hands on one especially considering they are only £5! After hunting high and low for a normal spray and not the oil control one, I finally got my hands on one and couldn’t wait to try it.
I was honestly so happy when I tried this product, it doesn’t take too long to dry into my skin and it keeps my make up in place all day. I was worried that because it didn’t have ‘oil control’, it was going to feel heavy and make my face look shiny, but it gives just the right about of dewiness. I have also noticed that if I prime my face with the Nivea Post Shave Balm and then use the spray, my makeup looks great all day and it stays just that little bit longer.
I’m so in love with the fixing spray and I know that it is going to be a constant repurchase for me! Have you ever tried the Makeup Revolution’s Fixing Sprays?
I always struggle to keep my makeup looking nice all day; normally by lunch time, its either rubbed off or started going patchy. Usually, I always use a primer but I find that finding the right one can be a bit of a nightmare.
While shopping with a friend, she told me that I had to try out the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm because it works as an amazing primer. Now I’m very funny when it comes to make up and usually the products that everyone raves about don’t work for me, but I trusted her and bought one.
The next morning I was so excited to try it out but to be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to work. I carried out my normal skin care routine and once my moisturiser had sunk in, I was ready to try the shave balm. Initially, obviously because its for me, there is a manly smell but this goes away when your foundation is applied; although it is so subtle and actually smells really nice.
The product itself is quite milky and a little bit goes a long way. It doesn’t feel oily on the skin and leaves your face feeling really soft and nourished. I then applied my make up as normal and used a setting spray. Initially, my make up did look a lot better than it normally does, but I didn’t know if it was me trying to force myself to love it like everyone else does. Every time I got to a mirror, I was checking to see how my make up looked and it stayed in place all day! All the usual areas that would have rubbed off or started looking cracked and cakey didn’t.
I had no idea that it was going to work so well but I was pleasantly surprised. I am now obsessed like most people that have tried it and every morning I really look forward to putting my make up on.
Have you tried the Nivea Shave Balm before? What did you think of it?