Skincare Saviours ⭐⭐

My Skincare Saviours

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Throughout the exam period it has been impossible to continue blogging, and it’s also been very difficult to maintain a good skincare regime. Now all my exams are over, it’s back to the blog and time to give my skin some well deserved love! You’ve probably seen me talk about these products hundreds of times before, but I just love them so much… So without further ado, here are my current skincare favourites!

imageSimple Kind To Skin Sunkissed Moisture Cream:

This is definitely a summer moisturiser that I can’t live without. I recently picked this up on offer in boots and haven’t put it down since. Because I’m not a fan of the Simple Hydrating Moisturiser, I didn’t have high hopes for this product, but it sure did prove me wrong. This moisturiser has a light consistency but it also feels rich and hydrating on the skin. It is absorbed instantly leaving the face smooth and glowing, and if that’s not enough, it builds to a subtle, gradual tan that looks both healthy and natural. Love love love!

imageNeutrogena Spot Stress Control 3-in-1 Daily Cleansing Lotion:

This is definitely another product that surprised me, but for the better of course! When I spotted this product I was thinking it would be like a toner and work by drying out any areas with spots, in order to help fight them. These aren’t typically my favourite types of toner, but I decided I should buy it anyway. When I first used it, I was shocked at how smooth and hydrating it felt on my skin as it was certainly not what I was expecting! Although the tangy smell initially made me have doubts, I was surprised at how gentle it felt and it didn’t make my face sting one bit. I am super impressed with this and love to use it every night after removing my makeup, and in the mornings to make sure my face is super clean and oil free before applying any makeup.

La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense:

I’ve always had rather red skin on my cheeks and along the side of my face, and although it could have been much worse, imageit did make applying makeup pretty difficult as I could never quite cover it up. I saw this moisturiser on offer in boots so decided I better get it while it was cheaper, as I’ve always been reluctant to pay full price for it! After reading mixed reviews on this product, I was a little apprehensive but it sure did not disappoint me. The formula is almost gel-like and a little goes a very long way. It glides on really effortlessly and absorbs super fast. I’ve only been  putting this product on the areas of redness around the edges of my face because I find it is not as hydrating as some of my other moisturisers, but I really don’t mind because it has improved my skin so much! And when I say that, trust me I’m not exaggerating! Before discovering this moisturiser, even foundation couldn’t cover the redness, but now I can go out wearing just powder, or even no makeup, and the redness is virtually undetectable! I know this product is not overly cheap, but it really does work, so I definitely recommend it if you are struggling with redness.

   L’oréal Skin Perfection Cleansing and Perfecting Milk:

imageThis is definitely my favourite makeup remover, and they definitely weren’t lying when they put “skin perfection” in the name. This works beautifully to remove makeup, especially when used with a cotton pad, and leaves my skin feeling extremely soft and velvety smooth. My skin also looks visibly better after using this, and it glides on so well that it doesn’t pull or irritate my skin one bit. I’ve been using this every night to take off my makeup as I find it is just so quick and easy to use too!

Witch Overnight Clearing Serum:

I discovered this product when I was having a serious skin crisis and was in need of a quick fix for my spots. I would usually imageopt for a spot gel that only targets the problem area, as they usually tend to be quite drying. However, I decided to try a moisturiser in the hope that it would not only clear my skin, but keep it clear. This moisturised has done exactly that and it has surprised me that it is so moisturising at the same time. While I like to apply my redness moisturiser on my cheeks, I find this is really good to apply to my fore head and chin as this is where I tend to get any spots. I’ve really been loving this moisturiser and my skin has been looking noticeably better since using it.

Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1:

imageI love applying face masks and packs, but I rarely have time to leave them on as they just take so long to dry. And if I add in the time taken for cleansing and exfoliating, that’s easily a good 30 minutes spent on my face. During the exam season I certainly had to time for this, which lead me to fall in love with the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1. This product is a cleanser, exfoliator and mask all in one and it does wonders for my skin. I always liketo leave it on as a mask as it only takes 3 minutes to dry, which is just amazing. The scrub doesn’t feel harsh on the skin but you can really feeling it declogging your pores, which I love. When I wash off the mask I can instantly see that my skin is visibly smoother and my pores look tighter. It also does a really good job at mattifying my face, without drying up my skin.

The Body Shop Skin Clearing Toner:image

This has been one of my staples for a while now. I love that you have to shake it to “activate” it as you can really tell that it is working. The cool feeling you get when it is applied is also another sign that it is amazing at its job. There’s not really much I can say about this toner, other than that it mattifies, refreshes and clears my skin, all while being super gentle.

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer:image

I was very intrigued when I saw this product on the shelves so I just had to buy it. The formula is very cooling and “wet”, which may sound strange, but on the skin it is super hydrating and absorbs instantly, leaving a smooth canvas for applying makeup. I like to use this in the morning as it is very refreshing and leaves my face hydrated all day, as well as providing the perfect base for my makeup.

Malibu SPF 30 Moisturing Lip Care:image

I have both the vanilla and tropical flavours and they both smell AMAZING! I love that they both have SPF 30, making them perefct for the summer, and they are both very moisturising too, which is why the have been my favourite lip care product over the past few weeks.

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Cambridge Haul: Primark, Newlook and Lush 🎁🌸

Mini Haul 🎁 

know it’s been such a long time since I posted but I’ve been super busy with revision and coursework. But anyway, I went shopping in Cambridge last weekend so decided I’d show you the few things I bought, enjoy!

(From top left to bottom right)

1) Primark White Scallop Edge Vest- £5 2) Newlook Bulldog Clips- £3.99 per pack, Newlook Head Chain- £5.99 3) Blott Giraffe and Pineapple Rubbers- £1.10 each 4) Primark Tropical Print Skater Skirt- £8 5) Primark Tile Print Skater Skirt- £8 6) Primark Backless Smart Playsuit- £1 (yes that’s right, only £1!) 7) Lush Comforter Bubble Bar-£3.25 (I think) , Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar-£3.25

So that’s all I got when I went to Cambridge, hope you liked it! 🌸

DIY: Hair Chalking 🌈

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Dye your hair with chalk!: 

If you have blonde or light brown hair, you can skip steps 1-4, but if you have darker hair you may want to follow these steps if you want your chalk to appear bold and bright. However it is optional.

Step 1-4: Lightening:
Follow these steps if you have darker hair and want the chalk to be bold and bright.

you will need: 

    • SunIn spray
    • A towel
    • A hairdryer (optional)
    • Rubber gloves (optional)

1. Start by washing your hair as usual. Then do a strand test using your SunIn to make sure you get the desired effect. To do this, take a small section of hair about 1/2″ thick and separate it from the rest of your hair. Then spray the SunIn generously on the end of your hair, blending upwards to about halfway.

2. Once you have completed the strand test, dry it with a hairdryer (or let it dry in the sun) to see the effect. (You can always repeat the previous step if you want it lighter, but remember it will continue to lighten as long as it is exposed to heat).

3. If you are happy with the strand test, repeat step 1 all over the end of your hair, remember to blend upwards with your fingers to avoid any harsh lines.
4. Now finish by drying your hair all over to activate the lightening effect.

You are now ready for the chalking…check out the images below for inspiration!

Step 5: Chalking: 

you will need: 

  • Hair chalks or artist soft pastels 
  • A towel
  • A hairdryer
  • Water
  • Rubber gloves (optional, but your hands will get messy)
  • A brush or comb (optional)
  • Straighteners or a curling wand (optional)

5. Start by taking a small section of hair that you want to add colour to and wet it, either with a spray bottle or your fingers, then tightly twist it all the way down. Now, taking your chosen colour of pastel or hair chalk, begin to rub it up and down the twisted strand of wet hair. (Remember to check that you have covered all sides of the strand with the colour).  Once you are happy with the colour, dry it with a hairdryer until you can rub it with little or no colour transferring to your hands.

You can now repeat this process with any colour on whatever section of your hair you want! You can also go ahead and straighten or curl your hair, as the heat will help set the colour.

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July Beauty Favourites 💄

July Beauty Favourites

During the summer months I like to keep my makeup natural and subtle, but with a hint of colour. He are my favourite beauty products that I used nonstop in July…

1. Simple Kind To Skin+ Perfecting BB Beauty Balm SPF15 50ml
This product is perfect for summer as it is light and doesn’t feel cakey on the skin, but still gives you the coverage you need. If you have oily or combination skin, you will love this product as it leaves your skin with a matte finish but still has a slight dewy shimmer, giving you the perfect summer look. Also, it contains SPF 15, making it the perfect summer essential!
Click here to buy (Boots-£8.99)

2.Volume Glamour Ultra Care mascaraUltra volume for sensitive eyes
This mascara is by far one of my favourites. Enriched with nourishing cotton and sweet almond oils, it nourishes and strengthens your lashes whilst adding volume and length with no clumps. The soft brush allows it to be applied gently from the roots to the tips of your lashes, making it suitable for even the most sensitive eyes. Not only does it make your lashes look good, it makes them feel good too! After only 3 weeks, your lashes will feel and look stronger and nourished. No wonder it made my July favourites!
Click here to buy (Boots-£7.99)

3. SEVENTEEN Instant Glow Shimmer Brick-Gold Bronze
This product contains 4 beautiful golden shades, perfect for the sun kissed look. You will no longer need a separate eyeshadow, contour, highlight and bronzer…this product does it all! All of the shades work really well together and look beautiful. You can either use the individual shades on your eyes, to highlight and to contour, or you can swirl your brush in all of the colours and dust over your face for a gorgeous summer glow.
Click here to buy (Boots-£4.99)

4.  CHANEL Rouge Allure Lipstick- Belgravia
This lipstick is definitely one of my favourites! The beautiful pink shade is perfect for summer and compliments all skin tones. First of all, the packaging is gorgeous and I think it’s adorable how you have to press the top for the lipstick to pop up! It glides on effortlessly and leaves your lips feeling moisturised and nourished. Although it’s not very cheap, it’s definitely worth it. And it stays on all day, so it’s perfect for those hot days you spend sipping ice-cold drinks!
Although this shade is no longer available, click here for the complete range of colours (CHANEL-£26)

5. Real Techniques Stippling Brush
I’ve had my eye on this brush for such a long time and finally gave in and bought it, and I’m so glad I did! I love the design as the flat bottom allows it to be stood up, AND IT’S PINK! The bristles are so soft and gently push your foundation into your skin, giving it a flawless, natural finish, making it the perfect addition to your summer makeup routine!
Click here to buy (Boots-£11.99)

Superdrug Coconut Oil- Review and First Impressions

I recently discovered,while strolling through the shampoo aisle of superdrug, that I have a slight obsession with coconuts. I started off my collection by buying the whole range of Ultimate Blends Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter, which would seem plenty for the average being to feed their coconutty cravings. But apparently that was not enough for me. I needed more coconut. So it hit me that I should invest in some coconut oil. (I don’t know why I’m saying ‘invest’, I managed to pick up this 125ml tub of coconut goodness from superdrug for only £2.25)!
Once I had returned home, I hit the net and began searching uses of coconut oil. I soon came across a list of 101 uses (the link is below) and was so intrigued by its versatility. Although the coconut oil I bought from superdrug is only suitable for hair and skin, it still has its fair share of uses. However, if you also want to cook up some yummy recipes with your coconut oil, you should probably buy the ‘Extra Virgin’ oil.
Upon first opening the pot I was hit with the delightful coconut smell I was so excited to experience (and let me tell you, it certainly delivered)! I was shocked to see that the oil was in a large, hard lump in the pot, which if I had done more reading would have come as no surprise. All you have to do is take a small scoop of the hard ‘balm’ and watch the magic happen. Upon contact of the skin, it melts forming a nourishing coconut oil, which can then be used for many things. You can use the oil on your skin as a moisturiser, body oil or tanning oil; in your hair when dry (or damp), as a hair conditioner, or a scalp mask (which you wash out after 5 minutes) to make your hair grow. You can also mix the oil with salt or sugar to make a beautifully natural body exfoliant or lip scrub.
I love the way this product adds shine to my hair without leaving it feeling weighed down or greasy, and it makes my skin feel hydrated and revitalised with every use. And with such a gorgeous smell, and a near-to-nothing price of only £2.25, you can’t possibly go wrong.
This product is an absolute must-have for all you beauty babes and coconut lovers out there (and let’s be honest, every other sane human too)!

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Click here for 101 ways to use your coconut oil…