Simple, Fuss Free Beauty Products


Today I wanted to talk about those products that are fuss free - they do what they say on the tin and don't require any skill, method or technique to apply - The products that are simple but effective. I find that these products sometimes get over looked because they don't have the 'wow' factor but they work and they have become staples in my routine. So let's get into it...

Pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse | £24

I'm sure most of you know who Caroline Hirons is but if you don't she's basically and skincare expert that knows pretty much everything about skincare, skincare ingredients, what you should be using and what you shouldn't. So when this exciting collaboration launched I knew I had to try it -I mean Caroline wouldn't put her name to just anything and if it's good enough for her skin it's good enough for mine. This is essentially two cleansers in one pot. The first cleanser is a rich balm, for removing makeup. And the second cleanser is a lighter cream cleanser for cleansing the actual skin. At first I was a bit disappointed by this - I was hoping this would be the answer to all my skin problems. But with continued use I really like it. It does exactly what it says - removes makeup and cleans the skin. It's fragrance free and doesn't contain any nasties. This is a great, fuss free, simple cleanser that works.

La Roche Posay Ultra Tolerine Fluid | £17.50

My love for moisturisers is well documented on my blog. This is my holy grail moisturiser! It has a light weight consistency that absorbs into the skin quickly. I have dehydrated skin and this keeps my skin hydrated all day. It works well under makeup and with all primers I've tried it with. It doesn't claim to do anything fancy, it just promises to hydrate and it does exactly that!

Simply Argan Orangic Argan Oil* | £9.50

Argan oil is in most skincare and hair products these days. But for good reason; it's known for its hydrating and healing properties. This Organic offering is brilliant. It is just Argan, that can be used on hair, skin and nails. It's a great multi tasking product. I really like it as a facial oil. It leaves my skin soft, hydrated and plump.

NUXE Revel De Miel Lip Balm | £9.50

Lip Balms are probably the most simple beauty ritual of them all - just apply.  But most I've tried either don't do anything or leave my lips even drier. Luckily this one from NUXE really lives up to its claims. It's a thick nourishing treatment that leaves my lips so soft and supple. I suffer with really dry flakey lips and this is the only think that helps them. Because it is so thick I like to use it at night.

RCMA NO Colour Powder | £9.95

Having dehydrated skin means I really struggle to find a powder that isn't drying or cakey looking on my skin. And the one I have found cost an arm and leg. But this little bottle is the perfect powder. It doesn't  give bold claims of being fancy, it just promises to set makeup. It doesn't contain any pigments either so it wont leave a White cast on the skin. I can't recommend this powder enough!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22.50

For a simple, fuss free concealer, that is perfect for everyday wear. Look no further than this cult classic from NARS. This is a does it all concealer that works well under the eyes and on spots. It's a creamy formula which makes it so easy to blend but it still has decent coverage. It lasts all day on me too.

LA Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil | £5

I'm not sure on the name of this but as easy, fuss free brow products go, this is great. It has a spooly one end (so there's no need for an extra tool) And a brow pencil on the other. The pencil is really fine so it makes it really easy to draw in natural looking hairs. The formula is budge proof.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.50

Mascaras are generally pretty simple and fuss free (if you find a good one). This one from Maybelline is one of my all time favourites. It has a plastic wand that grips and coats the lashes well. It adds a good amount of length and volume, in a long wearing formula that doesn't smudge or flake. It's a brilliant all round mascara.

NYX Butter Glosses | £5

Regular readers will know how much I love liquid lipsticks and mattes lips. But sometimes I don't have to carefully outline my lips and wait for the same to set. On those days I want a fuss free lip product. And you don't get more fuss free than a butter gloss. You can just chuck them on and go. I have a few shades but my favourites are Fortune Cookie (a Peachy Nude) and Madeline (a Brown, Pinky nude) The butter glosses also have an amazing formula. It's not sticky or thick - they really feel like butter!

So there you have a little round up of some fuss free, simple but effective beauty products.

Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts?

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Face Masks For Any Skin Concern


My skin is an ongoing circle. Just when I address and sort one issue, another skin problem appears. So I have a range of masks that all tackle a different issue and they have proven effective in doing so. So today I have a range of face masks, for most skin concerns to share with you...

Exfoilating...


Exfoliating masks are one of my favourite types of mask. They instantly make my skin look brighter, healthier and more glowing. And that's exactly what this budget beauty for L'oreal does. It's an Orange, Red colour that has a lumpy, paste like texture. I like to apply a thick layer then wait 15 minutes, then rinse. My skin looks and feels so much better after. 


This mask not only exfoliates but it's hydrating too. It contains Papaya enzymes to breakdown dead skin cells and is jam packed with vitamins to hydrate and nourish the skin. It has a smooth, runny consistency that's easy to apply. It doesn't set down like most masks so it's really easy to remove. I like to leave this on for 20 minutes, then remove and the results are brilliant. My skin is left so much softer, brighter and glowing. I can't recommend this enough. 

Brightening...


When my skin is looking dull, grey and just lifeless I like to reach for a brightening mask. Brightening masks are also great for dark spots or age spots. This offering from Janjira is a bubbling mask that brightens, illuminates and detoxifies the skin. The bubbling sensation feels so strange on the skin (not in a bad way) it gently tickles and you can feel it bubbling. The mask then transforms to a foam on the face. I was really quite impressed! It takes around 5-10 minutes for the mask to completely bubble up, then it is advised you remove. After removal my skin really does look brighter. It feels so much softer and smooth too. What I really like about this is how it isn't drying at all either! 

Nourishing... 


This mask has quickly become one of my favourites. It's a great, does it all mask. It's intensely hydrating and contains Manuka honey to help tackle breakouts. This is perfect for my dehydrated skin that is prone to breakouts. I like to apply a thick layer and leave it on 20 minutes. After I've removed it my skin is soft and feels really nourished. It also helps reduce any redness caused by a breakout. It's just a great all round mask. 


This is another nourishing mask that is packed full of skin loving ingredients to help nourish, repair and rehydrate the skin. It can be used like a regular mask or overnight to intensify the results. I like to use this overnight, after my serum and moisturiser. And in the morning I'm left with silky soft, plump looking skin. 

Deep Cleaning...

These masks are the ones that leave my skin feeling super clean but don't necessarily help with active breakouts.


This is very similar to the Glam Glow Youth Mud mask but it costs half the price. It has a tingling sensation when first applied, which is normal. I can almost feel this drawing out impurities. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then remove. My skin feels so much cleaner, looks more radiant and brighter. I definitely recommend checking this mask out! 

Origins Charcoal Mask | £24 (full size)

 Another mask that leaves my skin feeling super clean is this charcoal mask from Origins. It contains White China Clay to absorb pollution build up and active Charcoal to draw out impurities. This is a great deep cleaning mask. I apply a thick layer; wait for it to dry; then remove to reveal cleaner, fresher looking skin. 

Hydrating...



Having dehydrated skin means my skin loves a good hydrating mask. This sheet mask is one of the best I've come across for adding hydration. The fit of these are rubbish, but I can forgive because the results are so fabulous. The sheets themselves are heavily saturated in Hydraluronic acid to give skin an instant, long lasting shot of hydration. I like to leave this on for as long as possible and then massage in any remaining residue. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, soft and it looks so plump! 

Blemish / Oil Fighting ...

As I've said despite having dehydrated skin, breakouts are still a problem for me. So I like a mask that is going to treat them. And this is my favourite. It contains Salicylic acid which is a great ingredient for breaking down clogged pores. This has the consistency of a regular clay mask and dries down like one too. But it's still pretty easy to remove. This really helps reduce the size of any blemishes and I think it's really helping to reduce the blackheads on my nose. I do find this slightly drying on my skin but if you do have dry or dehydrated skin I would recommend just using this in the areas where you need it, or use a hydrating masking after. 

There's some if my favourite masks for almost any skin concern. 

Have you tried any of these? What you favourite face masks?

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Best in Beauty | January


It is just me or January just the longest month ever. But christmas feel like forever ago! January was an exciting month for me beauty wise - there were lots of new beauty lauches and I got a lot of makeup for christmas so there was a lot for me to test and play with. I have found some stand out products though...

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation | £9 | POST

This foundation is brilliant. I've been reaching for almost everyday since I got it. Its a very glow-y foundation, so I do like to set it. It also offers a good meduim coverage, in a super blendable formula that looks natural on the skin. Theres nothing not to love about! I have heard people compare this too the the Makeup Forever HD foundation, I don't think they are similar though (this one is far better) see this post for more details.



Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette | £39 | POST

I debating buying this for a while, but I'm so glad i did. This cute little palette houses 18 eyeshadows all insipered peach and even smells like peaches. It has a few wearable everyday shades and some for create a dramatic evening look, with a good mix of shimmers and mattes. I hadn't tried Too Faced shadows before but the formula instanly impressed me. All the shadows are well pigmented, soft and easy to work. See my full review here with Swatches here.




Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette | £38.50 | POST

When I haven't been reaching for the Too Faced Palette this has been my go to. This palette contains 12 matte eyeshadows. I don't actually have any all matte palettes so I was pleased to receive this as a gift for christmas. And I've been really enjoying an all matte eye look. While Urban Decay matte eyeshadows aren't my favourite formula, these shadows are really good! They are pigmented and easy to blend and long lasting on the lids. Plus the packaging is stunning.

ColourPop Highlighter | $8 | POST

This highlighter in the shade Churro has quickly become my favourite highlighter. It's a marble effect of Gold, Copper and Peach tones. It gives the check bones a lovely glow and catches the light beautifully. It has the regular ColourPop formula (a kind of dry mousse texture) which melts into the skin with ease. I like to apply it with my fingers or the Real Techniques Stippling Brush.



ColourPop Blush | $8 | POST

I really rate ColourPops blushes and one that has stolen my heart this month is Quarters. Which is a Peachy, Coral colour. The formula is similar to the eyeshadows, only slightly creamier. It blends with ease and is long lasting. It is very pigmented though so a light hand is needed. I like to lightly dap my Real Techniques Stippling Brush in it and apply.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip | $6 | POST

ColourPop is definitely a stand out brand for me this month. With one of their lip products being my most reached for too. In the shade Echo Park. This is a perfect Pinky, Peach everyday nude colour. The formula of the ultra satins is incredible too. It's a liquid lipstick that's easy to apply, and not drying at all! The wear time isn't as good as some liquid lipsticks but they are so comfortable I can forgive it. It also doesn't cling to any dry patches or exaggerate lines. It's just perfect.

Lee Stafford Argan Oil* | £11.99

And finally I have one hair product! I recently coloured my hair, which left it dry and lack luster but this Argan Oil has really saved it! It can be used on wet or dry hair, I like to use after I've washed it and between washes to give it shine. It leaves my hair so much softer, shiny, less frizzy and healthy looking, without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. I can't recommend it enough.

So that's the products that made it into the Best Of Beauty this month.

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Kit - Worth the Hype?



I think the whole beauty community have gone crazy for the Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection. This palette got my attention. I love a highlighter, and a highlighter with a stunning looking blush and bronzer? I'm sold. Like my Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette - worth the hype post, I thought I review this in a similar format...

Ordering and Delivery... 

Too Faced is now available at Debenhams and Selfridges so it's pretty easy to get your hands on without any nasty customs charges. 

Cost... 

This little palette will set you back £34. Which, if the products are good, I'm happy to pay. Especially, for a highlighter. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors cost £32 so an extra £2 for a blush and bronzer doesn't seem so bad. 

Packaging...

I love the quirky packaging of the whole Sweet Peach Collection and this is no exception. The powders are housed in sturdy tin packaging. 

The Product... 

As I said the glow palette consists of a bronzer, blush and a highlighter. Which all look stunning and smell of Peaches. 

The bronzer looks like a nice warm shade, perfect for bronzing the skin and adding a sun kissed glow. But unfortunatly this lacks pigmentation and is barely visible on me. This may work for very pale complexions but for me (I'm a Mac NC30-35) this just isn't great. As you can see, it really didn't swatch well. 

The blush is a lovely Peachy Coral shade with Gold shimmers running through it. This is slightly more pigmented than the blush, but I was expecting some more from a high end blush. But it is nice, It applies evenly and blends nicely. I think I will be reaching for it a lot more over the summer.

 And finally the highlighter. This is a such a pretty Peachy, warmed toned highlighter. It applies well and gives the skin a nice subtle sheen. On me this is more of a subtle, everyday highlighter than an intense one.



Is it worth the Hype...

So is this worth the hype? While I do like this palette and the packaging is really stunning, I was expecting more from this palette. I don't regret buying it and I will continue to use it but it didn't wow me in the way I was hoping. I can see why people like this palette and why their is a lot of hype around it but for me it's just a nice palette. If you have a lot of bronzers, blushes or highlighters you probably won't miss this from your collection!


Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

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Everyday Lipsticks in Every Formula


Beauty trends often mean that one formula of lip product is only really talked about. At the minute I feel like it's liquid lipsticks and oils. But these formulas aren't for everyone. So I thought I'd share with you my favourite everyday lipsticks in a variety of formulas...

Liquid Lipsticks...





Starting with liquid lipsticks, you don't get much better for your money than this budget friendly liquid lipstick. The ColourPop Ultra Satin Formula is brilliant. Satin is an accurate description - they're not quite matte. But this means they're non drying! The shade Echo Park is a Pink-y, Peach nude. That's perfect for everyday wear. The great formula means the staying power is good, but when it does start to fade, it wears evenly and is easy to touch up throughout the day. 

NYX Lip Lingerie | £6.50 

I know this gets a bit of bad press for being dry, but I don't find them drying at all. They're actually one of my favourite affordable liquid lipstick formulas. Especially, the shade Push Up. It's a Pinky Brown toned nude, that goes with any makeup look. It's long wearing and non drying and easy to re apply. Just a great everyday liquid lipstick! 


Another everyday favourite of mine is Gemini from Jeffree Star. The shade is a warm, Red toned Brown. It's a little more bold than your everyday nude, but still wearable. The formula of this is incredible; it dries completely matte, without being drying and lasts for a good 4+ hours! 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream | £5.50 | POST

The soft matte creams are definitely more of a cream than a liquid. They have a kind of moussey consistency. But what makes these special is how non-drying they are. They take a little longer than some liquid lipsticks to dry but once they have they're not noticeable on the lips at all. The Shade Abu Dhabi is a Pinky, Brown nude, similar to Push up. It's the perfect throw on and go shade that finishes any makeup look. 


Lipsticks...




Velvet Teddy is the shade I also go back too. It's my perfect nude. The balance between Pink and Brown is perfect and is universally flattering. The formula is also incredibly creamy, pigmented, comfortable and long lasting. There's nothing not to love about this shade! 


Another wearable shade from MACs matte line is Taupe. Taupe is a stunning warm Brown colour. On me it's slightly bolder than a regular nude but it would make a great nude on darker skin tones. The formula is the same great formula as Velvet teddy. 


The shade Naked from Urban Decays Vice lipsticks has a cream finish so it has a slight sheen too it. The shade is a Pink toned nude that is perfect for everyday wear. The formula is super creamy so it's super comfortable, it is also pigmented and wears evenly! 

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick | £6.99
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Maybellines Colour Sensational lipsticks are great - they have a huge range of shades. The shade Mauve Mania is a Purple, Mauve-y colour. It's not a nude but not a bold colour, it's just a nice wearable colour. The formula is very creamy and the finish has a sheen to it. 

Maybelline Creamy Matte | £6.99 | POST

The shade Clay Crush has quickly become one of my favourite everyday shades. It's a pale, warm Brown colour. It's described as a matte finish but it's more of a semi matte. It's creamy, pigmented and long wearing. As drugstore mattes go this is one the best! 



Gloss... 



NYX Butter Glosses | £5 | POST

I feel like I'm the only blogger that still enjoys lip gloss haha! As lip glosses go the Butter Glosses are one of the best formulas I've tried. They're not stick or gloopy, they just feel like butter on the lips and they're pretty pigmented as glosses go. My favourite shade Madeleine which is a pale Brown, Pink shade. I also really like using this over the top of liquid lipsticks for a super long wearing gloss. I really can't recommend these enough! 

Lancome Juicy Shake* | £18 | POST

This is a silky soft gloss that feels so nice on the lips. It has hydrating properties so it's a 2in1 product, in super cool packaging. It has a strange applicator that is actually really easy to use. The shade Apri-cute gives the lips a subtle wash of Peachy colour with a high shine gloss. 

Clarins Comfort Lip Oil | £18

Another gloss formula that I really like for every day wear is this offering from Clarins. It's marketed as oil but it's really just a nice gloss. The shade Honey translates clear on the lips and smells like Honey! It also hydrates and is perfect for dry lips. It really feels nice and nourishing on dry lips. Perfect for cold winter mornings. 



So there's some everyday lip shades in a variety of formulas. 

Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite lip formula?

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Affordable Skincare that Works


Skincare at the best of times can be so hit and miss. You can pay £30+ or £10 for something and not like it. But on the mission for perfect skincare I've found some great affordable product that really work without breaking the bank. So today I thought I'd share them with you guys. For reference, I have dehydrated skin that is prone to breakouts.

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser* | £4.99 | POST 

I was really taken by surprise with this. I thought it was aimed at oily skins and it would dry my skin out more. But this really doesn't. It has a light gel texture with gentle scrubby particles in it. I use this as a second cleanse. I wouldn't recommend this as a first cleanse because you can't get it near your eye or it will sting. But after rinsing it off my skin is so smooth. I've also noticed I get less breakouts when using it too. Plus this is really cheap.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleaner | £10

This is a balm cleanser, that looks like lard in a pot, but once it's massaged into the skin it melts into a really nice nourishing oil. It destroys makeup and leaves my face feeling fresh and clean, without being stripping. This is also very similar to the Balm Cleanser that's part of the Caroline Horins 2 step cleanser.

Bravura Lactic Acid* | £9.59 | POST

Chemical Exfoliators have become a staple in my routine. And this lactic acid from Bravura is easily one of the best I've tried and it is so cheap in comparison to some. Lactic acid helps dissolve the dead skin cells that sit on the top of skin, to reveal brighter, new, younger looking skin. It also helps unblock pores so it treats and prevents blackheads and break outs. I like to leave this on for an hour or two, then rinse it of with water. After my skin looks so much brighter and feels a lot smoother. I have a whole post on how to apply and use this here. 

Bravura Collagen Moisture Cream | £10.79

After having such success with Lactic acid I wanted to try more from the brand. So I decided to pick up this moisturiser and for just over £10 I'm really happy with this. The cream itself is quite thick but absorbs instantly on the skin and leaves it soft and hydrated. It works well under makeup and at night with other products.

Superdrug Vitamin E Toning Mist | £2.99

Another affordable favourite is this Toning mist. This is great as a mid day pickup when my makeup and skin are looking tired. It can also be used as part of a skincare routine, before applying makeup and after. It's just a great multi tasking product.

Simply Argan Night Oil* | £19 | POST

So this isn't the most affordable night oil, but I would expect to pay a lot more for it. Oils are definitely worth investing in too. This one has a rich, nourishing texture that adds an intense shot of hydration to the skin. It's also packed with skin loving ingredients that help repair, protect and nourish the skin. I really like to use this if my skin is feeling really dry and in the morning I'm left with plump, hydrated, soft skin.

Una Brennan Super Facialist Salicyic Mask | £9.99 | POST 

This mask is aimed at oily skin but it works well on mine. It's a blemish fighting mask, that unclogs pores to leave skin looking brighter, and fresher. It has a clay consistency and dries on the face, but not too dry it's really hard to remove. If I have any spots this really helps to reduce them. I like to leave it on for 10-15 minutes and after removal my skin is so much smoother. I do find this slightly drying on my skin so I like to use a hydrating mask after.

The Body Shop Himalayan Purifying Charcoal Mask | £16

Another affordable favourite that really works is this mask from the Body Shop. This has been formulated with Himalayan Charcoal to draw out impurities and refine the skin. It doesn't contain any silicones or mineral oils, just skin loving goodness. This is very similar to the GlamGlow Youth Mud but it's less than half the price. This does have a tingling sensation, which is normal and you can really feel it working. My skin is left smooth, soft and radiant after use. I can't recommend this enough.

So there you have my favourite affordable skincare that really works.

Have you tried any of these? What are your affordable skincare picks?

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5 Fabulous highlighters


Highlighters have become a stable in my everyday makeup routine. I just love a good glow. nothing beats the look a of a nice lit from within glow and sculpted, glowing cheek bones. So today I have 5 fabulous highlighters to share with guys.  I wanted to include some highlighters that I don't often talk about and some new editions...

L.A Girl Strobe Lit Powder | £6

Starting off with a nice, budget friendly option. LA Girl brought out 8 new highlighting powders in various shades. Which is promising - I think most skin tones should be covered. I have the shade 80 Watts. Which is has Peachy, Champagne tones, ideal for medium skin tones. The powder is really soft and finely milled. The glow it gives has a nice, subtle radiance that's perfect for everyday wear.

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish | £24 | POST

The famous Soft and Gentle is an oldie but a goodie. It's a Champagned toned highlighter in a butter soft formula. That applies and blends into the skin with ease. Leaving behind a stunning glow. It doesn't contain a hint of glitter. It's just a great all rounder!

Makeup Forever Pro Fusion Highlighter | £26.50 | POST

I rave about this highlighter until the cows come home. I've completely fallen in love with it. I have the shade 02 Gold which is a beautiful Gold colour. It has a gel powder formula. Which is so buttery soft and melts into the skin. The finish is so natural and seamless but still has a good glow. I'm really impressed with this and highly recommend giving it a swatch if you're ever near a counter.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector | £32

Becca just have the highlighter formula down to a T. And the shade Opal is no exception. This is easily one of the softest highlighters I've ever felt. And really packs a punch in terms of pigment. The shade itself is a Golden Champagne colour. This gives a slightly more intense glow but it looks stunning on the cheek bones. It doesn't contain any glitter. It just leaves a beautiful sheen.

ColourPop Highlighter | $8

The shade Churro is a very new edition to my collection but one I've been really enjoying none the less. It has a mixture of Copper, Gold and Peach tones running through it, which look gorgeous when they're all mixed together. The formula is sort of a dry mouse consistency, which I've really grown to love. I like to apply and bend it with my fingers for a stunning highlight. Once this has been applied it doesn't move around or melt throughout the day.

There you have 5 Fabulous Highlighters.

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Liquid Lipsticks | The Good, The Bad and the Ugly


If you're a regular reader you'll know how much I love liquid lipsticks. I've tried quite a few. Many different formulas. Some have become everyday staples and others are left collecting dust at the back of a draw. So today I thought I'd bring a few in the form of the Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks are my favourite formula but I've left those out - I talk about them loads. If you're interested I have a collection post here.

The Good (The Really good)...




The Shade Lilita II has to be one of my most worn liquid lipsticks. The shade is a lovely warm Terracotta nude. The formula is on the more liquidy side but it's still easy to apply. It dries down completely matte, whilst still being comfortable - I can't actually tell I'm wearing anything on my lips. The only down side is the wear time. This isn't the longest wearing formula I've ever tried. But I guess that's down to it be being so comfortable on the lips. I think if you struggle with liquid lipsticks drying your lips this would be a good option. 


ColourPop have an incredible formula for the price! Again these are more along the lines of a liquid but are still easy to apply. These dry down to a satin finish, but are still pretty matte. These are so comfortable and non drying. Like the Kat Von D ones I do think that is because they are so comfortable, this compromises the wear time. But all in all these are amazing, especially for the price! My current favourite shades are: Calypso (A Pink-y nude colour) and Echo Park (a Peachy, Mauve colour).


I think the name Hydra is slightly ambitious, but these aren't drying. These dry down, completely matte really quickly but are still comfortable. They also last a lot longer on than the lips than the Kat Von D and ColourPop offerings. The doe applicator is also really good and makes creating a crisp line around the lips easy. Overall, these are brilliant. I have 3 shades and haven't noticed any difference between the shades and the formula. But my two favourite shades are: Everything Nice which is a Brown colour. This would make a good nude on darker skin tones but on me it's quite a bold shade. And Serenity which is a Pink-y nude colour - perfect for everyday wear. 

The Bad (The Ok but not for me)...





These are probably the most hyped up beauty launch of 2016! But these didn't live up to the expectations for me. These are Ok but just ok. I don't think there's anything special about them. These are pigmented and dry down completely matte. They almost look a bit dry on me. But my biggest issue with them is they can't be re-applied or touched in - they go all flakey and just look awful. Plus they are super expensive to get into the UK, what with the shipping being so expensive and the customs on top. They just aren't worth it! I have a whole post on if these are worth the hype with alternatives here. I have two shades Koko K, which is a Mauve colour, and Exposed which is Peach toned. 


These are one of the first affordable liquid lipsticks I tried. And at the time I did really like them. They are matte and last a long time and I really liked the shade options. However, after trying a few different formulas I do think these are a little drying, nothing too bad though I can just feel them on my lips. The shades pictured are Birthday Suit, a Pink-y Brown nude. And Shabby Chic, which is more of a Purple Mauve-y colour. 

The Ugly (The really bad)...




I've not heard too many people talk about these but I thought I give it ago anyway. And I really wish I hadn't. On first application this seemed promising; The doe foot applicator was good and applied the lipstick well,  it was pigmented, easy to apply and dried down really quick. But once it had dried it was so dry! And looked really dry, almost crusty like. After about 20 minutes of wear it began to bunch up on the lips and flake off. I was really disappointed! The shade pictured is Latte.

Primark Super Matte Liquid Lipsticks | £2

This was £2 so I don't know what I was expecting for something so cheap! Like the La Splash one it seemed promising. But after it dried it began flaking off! I just can't recommend this. The shade pictured is Kim, which is a pale Pink toned nude.


I have no idea why these are marketed as 'matte' because they aren't. They don't even have a satin finish. They are glossy! Which is fine. They are really nice, pigmented glosses that last quite a long time for glosses. Don't get me wrong I do like these as glosses, but if you are after something matte than these are not the way to go! The shades I have are Seduction, which is a really nice Pink-y nude. and Devotion which is more of a bold Pink colour. 




So there you have some of my favourite, not so favourite and rubbish Liquid Lipsticks! 

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ColourPop Haul + Swatches



In the new year I decided to treat myself myself to a ColourPop order. They had free international shipping on orders over $50 so I thought I'd take advantage. Side note - when ordering internationally there is also a risk of a customs charge. Which I got. On this particular order it was £17. But because of the free shipping it wasn't a big deal. But anyway onto what I got...

ColourPop Perfectly Peach Set | $33

Peach seems to be the colour trend of the moment in the beauty industry, which I totally love. So I went for this Value set which contains the Peachy Keen Super Shock Shadow Quad and Just Peach, which is 3 Ultra Satin Lips Liquid Lipsticks.

The Peach Keen Quad contains:



Crimper - A pale Gold with micro glitters and metallic finish.
Kennedy - A medium, matte Peach.
Cornelius - A matte, warm toned Caramel Brown.
Bandit - a warm, rusty, Red shade.

The ColourPop eyeshadow formula is so unique. It's kind of a dry moussey texture. It's really hard to explain. But all the shadows are really pigmented. The mattes are amazing, they apply and blend so smoothly. They do take a bit of time to get used to though. And using a synthetic brush applies them best.



The Just Peach set contains:

Instigator (Ultra Matte) - This is described as a matte toned, Peachy nude. I've not tried this shade. But it looks so pretty.
Screenshot  (Ultra satin)- A mid toned nude Peach with a satin finish.
Speed Dial (Ultra Matte) - A rich, matte Peach shade. I used this shade and it does dry a lot darker than it looks in the tube. But I really like this shade.




The Ultra Satin Lips have a really nice formula. While they're not the most long-lasting liquid lipsticks they are super comfortable, wear well and are really pigmented. I find the Ultra Matte lips comfortable, long wearing and not overly drying. I do tend to apply a lip balm before though. for just $5 these are incredible!



ColourPop Highlighter | $8

I've really come to love my ColourPop highlighter in the shade Wisp so I wanted to try another one. I went for Churro. Which is supposed to be a marble effect highlighter, with Gold, Peach and Copper tones running through it. But mine is just like a dip die effect. Which was slightly disappointing. But I'm excited to see what all the hype is about regardless.

ColourPop Blush | $8

Next I picked the Famous blush in the shade Quarters. This is a stunning Peachy Coral colour. The shade is so pretty and the formula is similar to the eyeshadows. I like to apply this with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush. It is very pigmented so a light hand is definitely required.



ColourPop Super Shock Shadow | $5

After seeing the Shade Sequin all over my Instagram feed, I just had to get it. It's a stunning warm toned, Copper with a metallic finish. It's a really stunning shade that is so pigmented! I think this will quickly become a favourite.



ColourPop Ultra Stain Lip | $6

Another shade I keep seeing everywhere is Echo Park. It's a warm, Peachy nude but I'd say it's more of a Mauve-y Pink. Either way, it's perfect for everyday wear. The formula is the same as the Ultra Satins I mentioned earlier. I'm sure this shade will become a firm favourite!



So that's everything I picked up. If your debating making an order I definitely recommend doing it. I know it seems expensive with shipping and customs charges but the formulas are well worth it!

Have you tried any of these? What are you thoughts?

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Dealing with Breakouts When you Have Dry / Dehydrated Skin



Having dry / dehydrated skin doesn't instantly mean you don't get blemishes or breakouts. Well in my experience it doesn't! But most spot treatments, or skincare for breakouts are aimed at oily skin. This normally means I do treat the spot but it leaves my skin so dry and then I have to try to combat that. And I just end up going round in circles. But I have found some gentle, non drying spot treatments and skincare that really help my breakouts. So today I thought I'd share them with you...

Cleansers...

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish | £14

When I am suffering from breakouts I want something light, not stripping but something that's not dying. So I reach for this offering from Liz Earle. This is a no fuss cleanser that removes makeup, dirt and grime with ease, without leaving my skin feeling dry or tight. This leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh without irritating my breakouts further. I can see why this is such a cult classic.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm | £16.50 (Full size)

Another cleanser that I really like when my skin is angry. This is a nice, light, melting cleanser that smells divine. It removes makeup and dirt build up well. And leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. I will definitely be repurchasing the full size.

Moisturiser...

La Roche Posay Toleraline Ultra Fluid | £17.50 | POST

This is the only moisturiser I've found that treats my dehydrated skin and helps blemishes. The consistency is super light, but so nourishing. I have no problems with my skin feeling dry or tight throughout the day when I use this. But it also helps speed up the time it takes for blemishes to go away. It's just brilliant, I can't recommend it enough.

Masks...

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask | £19.95

This is the ultimate face mask for dry / dehydrated skin that is prone to breakouts. It contains Manuka honey which has great antibacterial properties, it also draws out impurities and hydrates the skin at the same time. This really helps clear breakouts. I like to use it at night, leave it on for 15-20minutes and in the morning my blemishes are smaller and less red. After removing my skin is instantly so soft, smooth, looks clearer and more radiant. It's a brilliant mask.

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Mask | £5.99

Another Manuka Honey Mask that works wonders for breakouts is this cheap and cheerful offering. This also contains White Clay that is also an effective ingredient that draws out impurities. And Papaya extract to brighten the complexion. This is a great mask but I don't find it as hydrating as the Antipodes ones, but it's not drying - if that makes sense.

Oils...

Pai Rose Hip Oil | £22 | POST

I know it might sound strange to treat breakouts with an oil but I've found Rose Hip Oil to be very effective in clearing and treating breakouts. This also has super nourishing ingredients that also hydrate the skin. I've noticed that this has really helped fade any marks / scars that blemishes leave behind! I like to use two or three drops every night. I can't recommend this enough!

Dr Botanicals Super food facial oil | £33.31 | POST

This fast absorbing oil is the perfect hydrator when harsh blemish treatments have dried my skin out. It's jammed pack with skin loving ingredients and anti oxidants to help restore the skin and prevent further damage. I apply a few drops at night after my moisturisers and in the morning my skin is noticeably softer and more hydrated.


So that's the gentle, effective skincare I like to reach for when I have breakouts.

What are you favourite blemish treatments?

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Makeup Lately


Since christmas I've been using loads of different products and testing out new things, but when I actually sat down there were a few items that have remained constant in my routine the past few weeks. So here I am to share them with guys...

Becca Backlight Primer Filter | £32 | POST

I won't go into too much detail about this primer because I've been talking about it a lot recently! This is just the best primer for giving skin a really nice glow! It smoothes over any dry / imperfections and leaves a really nice base for makeup! Read more about it here. 

L'oreal Pro Glow Infallible Foundation | £12.95 | POST 

This foundation isn't available in the UK and I have no idea why. It's brilliant. It's a long wearing, dewy foundation. And my is this dewy - which I love. I do have to use it with a mattifying powder or I find I'm a bit too sweaty as the day progresses. This is very long wearing though, even when I didn't set it and it went really shiny it still lasted all day! It offers good medium coverage but it can built up to full. I have the shade 208 which I can work with although I could have probably done with a shade lighter. I got this from a trusted ebay seller linked above, new and sealed. Overall, I really like this and I've been reaching for it almost everyday!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye under eye | £23.60 (with a brush) | POST

To conceal my dark circles I've been reaching for this offering. This is one of the best dark circle concealers I've tried. It has such good full coverage. And by full coverage I mean full coverage. I find I only need a tiny drop (pin head sized)  to cover the whole of my under eye area. This is really thick though and can be difficult to blend. I find it blends out best with a damp Beauty Blender. I do like to set this to prevent creasing.

NYX NO Filter Finishing Powder | £11 |

For powder I've been really enjoying this. It's supposed to act as a filter on your face to give perfect looking skin. I'm pleasantly surprised by how well this works. It gives my skin a a nice smooth look and blurs my dehydration lines. It mattifies everything without making it too matte and helps my makeup last that extra bit longer. I don't find this dries my skin out either.

L'Oreal Infallible Blush Trio | £7.99

This is one of favourite blushers and think its so underrated! The nude Beige is a really nice warm Bronze colour. It comes with 3 shades that can be used separately to create a sculpted look, or mixed together for a wash of colour. I used to use it all together and gives my cheeks a nice glow. The formula is finely milled and has the perfect amount of pigmentation. It's not too pigmented it's difficult to work but has enough to look good.

Makeup Forever Pro Fusion Highlighter | £26.50 | POST

Since receiving this for christmas it has been my go too highlighter. The 02 Gold is a nice Gold colour. The formula is butter soft and applies beautifully. It looks so natural and seamless on the skin. It doesn't have any glitter just a gorgeous sheen to it.  I definitely recommend checking this out!



Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette | £39 | POST

This stunning palette has quickly become my current favourite for eyeshadow. It has 18 stunning shades with a good range of mattes and shimmers. Majority of the shadows are warmed toned, which I love. It has some really great every day shades in it too. See Too Faced Sweet Palette - Worth the Hype, for my full review with swatches.

LA Splash Art-ki-teck Liner | £11.25 | POST

Since my much loved Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner ran out I've been loving this. It makes a great cheaper alternative. The tip is fine, which makes it easy to apply. It applies so smoothly and it's very black! I tend to find some liners look Grey. It lasts all day without smudging or flaking. It's just great!

NYX Soft Matte Lips Cream | £5.50

I've been really enjoying a more natural looking lip. So the shade Abu Dhabi has been one of my lip choices. It's a lovely Pinky, Brown nude. That works with most makeup looks. The Soft Matte cream formula is really nice too. It's really comfortable on the lips and dries down to a nice semi matte finish.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip | $6 | POST

Another lip shade I've been reaching for is Calypso. This is more of a Pink nude than Abu Dhabi, that looks so nice on. The Ultra Satin formula is one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas. It's not the longest wearing but it's so comfortable and easy to work with.

So that's some of the makeup I've been reaching for lately.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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