Best in Beauty | March

We're coming to the end of March so you know what that means, another Best in Beauty!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser* | £32 | POST

I don't think I've felt so strongly about a cleanser in a long time! This stuff is amazing. It has a light, gel like consistency that turns White when water is added. I like this as my second cleanser or morning cleanser. It feels so nice and refreshing and leaves my skin clean but without feeling tight. I haven't had any breakouts since using this and my skin is starting to look better.

Clarins Blue Orchard Oil* | £33 | POST

Another skincare item I've been loving is this Clarins oil. This is such a nice oil, that absorbs really quick. Since using it I've noticed such a dramatic difference in my skin. I had a few texture issues that have started to clear up. I have a few Red dots that have been left behind from blemishes that have started to fade as well. My only issue with this is the scent, it smells musky and just not very nice. But overall, this is an amazing oil.

Clinique Pep Start Hydro Blur Moisturiser* | £24.50 | POST

This is marketed as a skin perfecting moisturiser. A kind of Two in One primer and moisture. This as a moisturiser only isn't enough for my dehydrated skin but as a primer after my regular moisturiser it's brilliant. It really does blur my pores and leaves my skin smooth. Makeup applies beautifully over the top. This has replaced my Becca Back Light Priming Filter, which was my go to for a long time!

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter 3 in 1 shower gel* | £7

Shower gels rarely excite me, as long as they smell nice and do their job there's not a lot else I want. Until I was kindly sent this from the lovely ladies over at Soap and Glory. This is a moisturiser, shower gel and shaving cream in one. And it does the job of all 3 amazingly! The shower gel is super hydrating and leaves my skin so soft, but lathers up really well to. It makes an excellent shaving cream to. Plus it smells amazing! I'm rubbish at describing scents so give this a sniff in store and I'm sure you will love it too.

Milani Retouch Concealer* | £11.99 | POST

Milani have made a winning concealer here. This creamy concealer is perfect for brightening the under eye area. It claims to have full coverage but I'd say it was a very good, medium coverage, it's easily build-able though. It's a creamy consistency and is easy to blend. I do find this can crease on me without a good setting powder but I've come to accept that all concealers crease on me! I'm not a huge fan of the cushion ball applicator but I can forgive it because it does such a good job.

Milani Rose Blush | £11.99

I rediscovered this at the beginning of the month and I've fallen in love with it. The shade Romantic Rose is a nice matte, Mauve Pink. It blends out so easily and looks really natural on the cheeks. Plus how stunning is that Rose design? There's nothing not to love about this.

Vincent Longo Bronzer* | £25 | POST

I've been really enjoying a bronzed glow and I've found myself reaching for this a lot. The shade Sun Kissed is a perfect bronzer for giving a natural, sun kissed looked to the cheeks. The formula is finely milled and very soft. It doesn't look powdery at all.

Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge | £5.99

I've been wanting to feature this sponge since Christmas, but mine was looking gross and well loved! But I finally picked another one. This sponge has a strange shape but claims to have 6 uses from 1 sponge, ideal for contouring. But I don't use it for that - I use the smaller end for concealer and the larger end for blending out foundation. The reason I love this so much is because I find the Beauty Blender (or any type of sponge applicator) too big for concealer and the mini ones I hate. They are too small, I can't grip them very well, I end up accidentally dropping it or getting cramp in my hand. Maybe I have super big hands or something! But because this has a larger end to grip I get the benefits of a smaller sponge! I'd say this is on par with the Beauty Blender, it's definitely worth checking out.

So there are my stand out products for March.

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

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Vincent Longo Cosmetics - The Brand to Watch

I've seen Vincent Longo Cosmetics flying around a few blogs but not really looked into the brand until I was sent a few of their goodies. Vincent Longo Cosmetics are an award winning brand that offer luxurious, trend led, innovative formulas. With efficiency at the core! After doing a bit of research, needless to say this brand excited me! So much so it has a whole dedicated post!

Vincent Longo Cosmetics Primer* | £33.50

Primers are becoming a bit of a thing for me so I was super excited to give this a try. It's a hydrating, oil free primer, probably best for dry / dehydrated skin. It has a slightly thick texture that blends into skin well. Leaving behind a smooth and hydrated base for makeup. I didn't find this overly blurring in the way a silicone primer would work but because of the hydration my dehydration did look better and my foundation blended easily over the top. It also stopped my skin from drinking the moisture out of my foundation (which is a big thing for me).

Vincent Longo Cosmetics Creme To Powder Foundation* | £43.50

I've not come across a foundation like this before! It has a strange, bouncy kind of jelly like formula. It's formulated using VLC Micro water technology which gives it its unique formula. It gives a light to medium coverage. I found the best way to apply this is with a flat foundation and then go in with a beauty blender. It practically doesn't need blending through because it looks so natural! It does say it's creme to powder. But once it's set it looks far from powdery on the skin, it has a satin finish. It's so natural, just like flawless skin. Probably one of the most natural looking foundations I've come across. It wears well throughout the day too. It comes in a promising 15 shades.

Vincent Longo Cosmetics Rivera Bronzer* | £25

This bronzer has a marble effect to it which gives a multi tonal bronzing effect. It's matte and so soft. It does kick up a bit of powder when I swirl my brush in it but I guess it's because it's so soft and finely milled. It isn't chalky at all and it melts into the skin, giving a seemless sunkissed glow. I have the shade Sunkissed which is a warm colour and gives my face a natural, bronzed glow. This has been my go to bronzer. I love it and highly recommend checking this out!

Vincent Longo Cosmetics Creme To Powder Blush* | £33.50

This blush is another super unique formula. It contains 75% micro water, which gives it a slightly wet feel rather than cream. But don't let that put you off, it's easily one of the best cream blushes I've tried. It's pigmented but not too pigmented it's easy to go overboard. This blends into the skin with utter ease and really looks natural. It doesn't move or slide around like some cream blushes have a tendency to do. The shade Terra Dew is a nice Berry shade, probably more of an Autumn shade but these shades suit my skin tone so well, It will take me through the seasons.

Vincent Longo Pear X Eyeshadow* | £19

Just look at how stunning this is! The marble effect is so beautiful. The shade Gypsy Rose has a mix of matte and shimmer shades in it. It was difficult to tell what colour this makes, but it makes a stunning pale shimmery Pink colour. It sometime looks champagne toned too. It's buttery soft and so pigmented! This makes a great highlight or lid shade. It can also be used lightly as a highlighter on the cheek bones.

Vincent Longo Mascara* | £18.50

This mascara not only adds a good amount of length and volume to lashes it's also enriched with vitamins and Jojoba Oil to nourish the lashes. It has a bristle wand which made me apprehensive about trying it (I tend to prefer plastic wands) but I was pleasantly surprised to find this works as well as my favourite comb style mascaras. I did find I had to build it a little to get the volume I like but the formula is so light weight it doesn't clump up the lashes. It lasted all day too without getting flakey or smudging, and it was super easy to remove!

Vincent Longo Thin Stick Lipstick* | £21

I recently spoke about this in my Low Maintenance Lip Options here. Where I raved about its unique formula - it's like a regular lipstick but dries down matte, almost like a liquid lipstick. But it's super comfortable, creamy and very long lasting. The shade Baby is a really nice Pinky Brown nude - perfect for everyday wear.

Overall, I'm really impressed with Vincent Longo Cosmetics. It is on the pricier end of the scale but the products and the formula are so unique they're worth paying that bit extra for. Plus more importantly, they work!

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The Setting Spray Showdown

The beauty industry has gone setting spray crazy and so have I! I remember when MAC and Urban Decay where the only brands that did them, which aren't really accessible to everyone. But now most brands in the drugstore have one! I've tested quite a few over the years so I thought I'd put them together into one post.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray | £23.50

Urban Decay have just launched a whole new load of setting sprays, which I really want to try but I really don't need another setting spray! The All Nighter is probably the most famous one of the bunch, which claims to keep makeup looking fresh for 16 hours, without melting, fading or breaking down! The mist on this is perfect, it sprays a fine mist over the face. But does actually prolong makeup wear? I don't actually think this does but it does keep my makeup looking fresher for longer and stops my makeup from setting into fine lines.

MAC Fix Plus+ | £18

Now this isn't technically a setting spray, it's more of a finishing spray. It's packed with minerals to refresh the skin. It can also be used as a primer, but this isn't my favourite way of using it. The mist action of this is so nice, it doesn't like squirt the product out over your face. It really does finish my makeup nicely. I don't know how it does it but it makes everything look more blended, seemless and flawless! It also takes that powdery, cakey look away from the skin! It's great, one of my favourites!

L'oreal Infallible Fixing Mist | £7.99

At the other end of the price we have L'oreal, with a fixing mist that promises to keep makeup in place all day. I found this very similar to the Urban Decay one - it keeps my makeup looking fresher. The only downside is the mist isn't as fine, it definitely spritzs water out. But if you're looking for a cheaper alternative this one is very good!

Milani Make it Dew Setting Spray | £13

Another affordable favourite of mine, this Milani option ticks all the boxes! It's hydrating and illuminating but also sets makeup. It also makes makeup look flawless in the same way Mac Fix+ does! I also find this keeps my makeup looking fresher for longer. It's like the Urban Decay and Mac one rolled into one! The mist is also super fine. It's brilliant. I highly recommend this one!

NYX Dewy Setting Spray | £7

This was my all time favourite for a long time and I've repurchased this. This is similar to the Milani one in terms of hydrating but I don't actually find this adds any extra 'dewyiness' to my makeup. But it keeps my makeup looking fresh and takes that powdery look away from the skin. The mist isn't the best but for the price this is a great setting spray! There's also a matte version for oilier skin types.

Rimmel Insta Fix Setting Spray | £6.99

This is a two in one setting and primer. It actually works quite well as primer; it adds that bit of extra hydration my skin needs. It works well as a setting spray as well. I find this super refreshing so I just like to spritz on throughout the day to perk my skin up a bit and refresh my makeup. It also smells really nice to. The mist action on this is ok, not the best but the worst! Overall, I really like this!

Smashbox Primer Water | £20

Finally, I have the Smashbox Primer Water. Which can be used as primer, setting spray or as a refreshing mist to perk the skin up. I don't love this as a primer, it's ok. If you struggle with primers I think this would be a good alternative but for me it doesn't do a lot to my skin - I find regular primers work way better for me. As a setting spray it's ok, I didn't find it done a lot to makeup. The best way I've found to use this is a refreshing mist. But at £20 I don't really think this is worth the money.

Taking everything into account (price and performance) the Milani one is my favourite, it does it all and has a really fine mist! But if you're looking to spend a bit of money then Fix+ is the all round winner.

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DHC - The Brand You Should Know About

Recently Asian Skincare has been causing quite a stir in the blogging community, with their quirky packaging and unique formulas that promise great results. DHC are a Japanese brand that uses Virgin Olive Oil and natures finest ingredients to deliver a range of gentle products that work. I've been testing a whole bunch of their skincare and makeup and I'm ready to report back.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil* | £24

Starting with probably the most famous of the DHC products, the cleansing oil! The main ingredient of this is Olive oil. This is a luxurious oil that is a real pleasure to massage into the skin. I like to use this a first cleanser because it cuts through makeup with ease! It dissolves all my eye makeup, mascara and everything else. It also claims to remove water proof mascara but I don't actually wear water proof mascara, but I can imagine this does by how easy it removes regular mascara. It turns into a light milky consistency that rinses of easily without leaving a residue of film behind. I really love this, my skin also feels super nourished after using it! It's become my favourite makeup remover.

DHC Cleansing Milk* | £20.90

This is a light cream cleanser that is ideal for the second cleanse. It's packed with skin loving oils to protect the skins outer barrier. I found this super hydrating for a second cleanse so this would be great for really dry skin. It cleansed my skin really well and left it clean but not stripped! This didn't irritate my skin or cause it to break out either.

DHC Beauty Lift Essence* | £28.50

It's called an essence but this is basically a serum. It's quite watery and light as serums go and absorbed into the skin instantly! It contains Kernal extract and Peptides to improve firmness. This isn't an issue I have yet but I find anti ageing products great for dehydrated skin. I really like this, it instantly leaves my skin hydrated. I use it in the evening and morning and works well with my evening skin care and under makeup.

DHC Beauty Lift Milk* | £31.75

This works in the same as the Beauty Lift Serum but this is a moisturiser. The consistency is light but still very hydrating. It absorbs quickly and instantly leaves my skin soft and smooth! I've been using this in AM / PM and I really love it. It stops my skin from becoming tight during the day. After use at night my skin is so soft. I can't recommend this enough!

DHC CoQ10 Eye Cream* | £31

This is huge for an eye cream. It's pricy but it will last absolutely ages! The CoQ10 formula is enriched with vitamins to sooth and nourish the under eye area. The consistency is quite thick as eye creams go so I only use it at night.To be honest, I haven't noticed anything dramatic difference to my under eye area since using it but it's nice and hydrating - a welcomed addition to my routine.

DHC Lip Cream* | £8.75

I really like the packaging of this lip balm. It looks like a lipstick and feels weighty in comparison to regular lip balms. The balm itself is packed full of hydrating ingredients to nourish, smooth and hydrate the lips. Which this really does. The formula is light so it's perfect for day time use. It does leave a subtle sheen on the lips. Overall, a really nice lip balm.

DHC QuickFilm Smoother* | £22

This is one of my favourite products of the lot. It's a primer that targets winkles to smooth them. I don't have wrinkles as such but I have dehydration lines. But this smooths my whole face. It feels like a cream when you apply but as you rub it in you can almost feel it working to smooth out lines. But it doesn't feel like a silicone primer, it's strange but I love it! It makes a great base for makeup and my foundation glides over the top.

DHC Velvet Skin Coat* | £18.19

This is another primer that aims to target wrinkles, pores and improve the overall texture of the skin. It feels more silicone-y than the Quick Film one. To be honest this is slightly too drying for my dehydrated skin but I think oily people would really like this!

DHC Liquid Liner* | £16

Good liquid liners that tick all the boxes are hard to come by. Luckily this one isn't a dupe. It has the finest precise tip that practically makes drawing a wing fool proof! The liner is super Black and longer wearing. It's brilliant,  a definite hit from the brand!

DHC Double Protect Mascara* | £15.90

This mascara has the smallest wand I think I've seen! It's tiny, perfect for catching every lash. It's also one of the tubing mascaras, that comes off in tubes rather than flakes. This promises to be long wearing, yet easy to remove. Which it is. This gives a very natural finish to the lashes. It adds some length but not a great deal of volume. For that reason I don't love this on my upper lashes but this is a great lower lash mascara. The tiny wand makes it easy to apply without getting it everywhere.

DHC Olive Virgin Oil Swabs* | £6.75

These are individual wrapped cotton buds that are soaked in olive oil. At first I thought they were really bizarre but they are super handy! They can be used for loads of things like cleaning delicate areas, makeup mistakes and they are safe enough to use on babies. I really like them for cleaning up makeup mistakes and making my winged liner super sharp. I also really like them for cleaning up nail polish mistakes when I'm painting them.

DHC Revatalising Moisturising Eye Masks* | £8.75

These are a Polymer Gel eye masks that promises to hydrate, reduce puffiness and reduce dark circles. These are so cooling on the eyes. They're great for morning time use or the morning after a heavy night. They really help me look more awake. After removing my under eye area it is really soft and hydrated. They didn't make too much of a difference to my dark circles. But they are really nice!

Overall, DHC are a great brand. I'm yet to try anything I really don't like or that has given me an adverse reaction! They also have various ranges for different skin types so there is definitely something for everybody!

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Low Maintenance Lip Options

As much as I love bold, matte lips, the up keep throughout the day can be a little impractical. Especially when eating and drinking are involved. So I've put together a little edit of my favourite low maintenance lip products...

The Mattes...

Matte Lipsticks aren't the first thing that spring to mind in terms of low maintenance but there are a few matte formulas out that don't require a lot of up keep throughout the day:

MAC Lipstick | £16.50 | POST

Velvet Teddy is my ultimate throw on and go shade. The perfect balance between Pink and Brown makes this the perfect nude and means this goes with almost any makeup look. The formula of this is so creamy, pigmented and is very comfortable on the lips. It also fades evenly and wears really well without smudging around my face! 

This lipstick in the shade Baby is very similar to Velvet Teddy only slightly more Pink. The formula of this is quite unique. When first applied it has more of a satin finish but it almost dries down matte like a liquid lipstick but in regular lipstick form. It's not drying at all though, it's really unnoticeable on the lips. I found it very long wearing too. I got around 3-4 hours wear before I noticed the colour starting to fade. But it fades evenly and touching it up isn't a problem! I definitely want to try more shades from this line! 

Again, liquid lipsticks aren't top of my list when I want something low maintenance but this Ofra one is different. It has all the benefits of liquid lipstick (super matte, long wearing) but all the benefits of regular lipsticks. It's not drying, fades evenly, doesn't flake off or move around my face! The shade Pasadena is a really nice Rose nude colour that's perfect for everyday wear. 

The Satins..

Satin finishes are perfect for low maintenance days. They are a guaranteed fail safe, they're going to be comfortable and they're not going to be sticky like some glosses:

Both of my options in this category are both from ColourPop in the form of their Lippie Stix because they're my favourite satin formula. Although both the shades here (Brink & Most Pit) are both marketed as matte I'd definitely say they have more of a satin finish. The shade Brink is very similar to Velvet teddy but it's slightly more Pink and slighter darker. Mosh Pit is a mid Brown colour with Purple, Mauve undertones. Both are super creamy and very pigmented. I find these are actually really long wearing considering they have a satin finish. They fade nicely without making a song and dance as they go and are so easy to touch up. For the price these are really quite amazing! 

The Creams...

Not quite a satin not quite a gloss - whats not to love... 

I think the blogging community has forgotten how amazing the Lip Butters are! I recently picked up the shade Pink Truffle when Revlon was on 3 for 2 in Superdrug and fell back in love with the super creamy, hydrating formula. The shade is a deep Rose colour with a sheen to it and a sheer finish. It looks great with any makeup look. And because its a cream it really fades away well and is so easy to reapply!

Another cream formula with I'm smitten with is this from Urban Decay. The shade Naked is a pale Pink nude colour, but like a baby Pink, a nice Pink! The formula isn't as pigmented as a matte but it's pretty pigmented as cream finishes go! It's super comfortable and hydrating. It's definitely worth checking out for those low maintenance days. 

The Glosses...

My personal favourite in terms of low maintenance:

Lip oils are the in thing at the moment and for good reason. They are super silky glosses that are not sticky at all on the lips. And this Too Faced one is no exception! It feels so hydrating on the lips. It smells so yummy too. I have the Papa Don't Peach, which, as you can guess, is a Peachy shade. It's slightly darker than your standard Peach tone though. It leaves behind a nice subtle wash of colour. Because it's a gloss it isn't the most long wearing option but you can practically reapply this without a mirror! 

In terms of price point and availability in the UK the Butter Glosses are probably one of the best on the market. They come in an array of colours so there's something for everyone. The formula, as the name suggests, really is like butter on the lips. It's not thick or sticky just super smooth and hydrating. I have a few shades but my current favourite is Tiramisu, which is a Pinky nude colour. It does have a sheer finish but it's still pretty pigmented in comparison to some glosses I have tried. 

The ColourPop Lip glosses are a new discovery for me, but one that I've been loving. My favourite shade is Lychee Me which is a pale, Brown nude colour. In keeping with ColourPops incredible formulas this is no exception. Don't get me wrong they aren't anything revolutionary in terms of glosses. But they are super comfortable and not sticky, plus really cheap! 

Another lip oil I've been really loving is this one from ELF in the shade Nude Kiss  , which is a Pinky Brown nude colour. This is very silky and not heavy on the lips at all. I actually think I like it a hair more than the Too Faced. It's slightly thinner on the lips which makes it even more comfortable! Plus this is super cheap, it's definitely worth checking out.

After writing this post it would appear I have a thing for Pinky Brown nude lip products! 

Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite low maintenance lip options?

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ColourPop Haul + Swatches

I told myself I didn't need to try the ColourPop Pressed Shadows over and over but I caved which led to buying more things. I thought I might as well spend $50 to get the free international shipping. So today I have another haul...

ColourPop Hi- Maintenance Pressed Eyeshadow Palette  | $18

So if you didn't know ColourPop recently launched a whole load of Pressed shadows. I've heard mixed reviews but they were cheap so I thought I'd give it a go. You can buy them in singles to make your custom palette or they have a few pre filled palettes. I went for the latter in the form of the Hi - Maintenance  palette. I like the look of the shades in it. It comes with 4 shadows in sturdy cardboard packaging. Which I don't love. The palette itself is quite bulky for just 4 shadows. But this is a lot sturdier in person than it actually looks. The shadows are:

Just In Time - Satin soft Gold. To be honest I haven't used this much. But it looks like a nice highlight shade.

High Strung - A shimmery dusky Rose Gold. This is a really nice lid colour. It's soft and very pigmented.

Get Out - a matte Cranberry colour. This makes a nice crease colour and works well paired with High Strung.

Cute Alert - A matte Burgundy colour. This makes another great crease colour or outer v shade.

Overall, I think these shadows are good for the price. I found the shade Get Out a little chalky and harder to work with. But as $5 shadows go these are pretty good.

Alexis Ren x ColourPop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo | $16

I have no idea who Alexis Ren is (I'm showing my age) but I feel like there was some buzz around this palette so I chucked it in my basket when I saw it was in stock. This palette contains a highlighter and bronzer in the Pressed Powder formula. This is actually a lot bigger than I was expecting. The bronzer is a matte, warm toned mid-dark Brown. It's very pigmented so a light hand is needed but it's finely milled and blends out well and lasts all day on me. Because this is so warm I don't think this would be great for contouring but for adding warmth to the face this is great! The highlighter is a really nice Gold colour. I'm loving Gold highlighters at the moment so this is right up my street. It's very soft and really pigmented. It doesn't have a hint of glitter or chunkiness, just really nice shimmers that catch the light perfectly.

ColourPop Lippie Stix | $5

Next I went for a Lippie Stix in the shade Mosh Pit from there matte Lippie Stix line. This is a warm toned mid Brown, which is actually quite bold on me but I really like it! The formula is so nice, it's very creamy and easy to apply, while still being pigmented. I'd say this has more of a satin finish than totally matte. This is incredibly long wearing for a lipstick, I found this wore as well as the Ultra Satin Lips.

ColourPop Aquarius Bundle | $15

I was in the market for some more Spring Summer appropriate lip colours. So I went for the Aquarius Bundle which has an ultra Matte lip, an Ultra Satin Lip and Ultra glossy gloss.

Aquarius - is an ultra glossy formula, it's so nice and silky on the lips. It isn't sticky or thick. The shade is a soft Pink nude colour.

Aquarius Ultra Satin - the Ultra Satin lips are my favourite formula. They aren't drying and last really well on the lips. The shade is again a pigmented soft nude. I don't think this shade would work well on those with a much darker skin tone than me though.

Aquarius 2 Ultra matte - I do find the Ultra Matte formula slightly more drying on the lips than the Ultra Satins but the formula isn't the worst liquid lipstick formula I've come across. The shade is very similar to the Aquarius but this is slightly darker and more Mauvey.

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip | $6

And finally I picked another gloss in the shade Lychee Me. This is a really nice nude Beige with a sheer finish. It works well as a lip topper or on its own. Like the Aquarius gloss this is so nice on the lips and not sticky at all. I can see this becoming a firm favourite!

So that's everything I brought! I did get customs charges on this order, which is frustrating but I got free shipping so it kind of balanced it out.

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The Best Powders for Dehydrated / Dry Skin

Having dehydrated skin means I really struggle with powders. Most leave my skin feeling really dry and tight, and some just look really cakey or powdery on my skin. I have been on a mission to find a powder that doesn't do this. I found quite a few on my way...

Hourglass Ambient Light Powders | £59 | POST 

Starting with my all time favourite powders. Hourglass in my opinion make the best powders. I have this trio which contains, Dim light, Incandescent light and  Radiant Light.  All work amazingly well on my dehydrated skin. The powders are formulated to give a lit from within glow. Which they really do. They set my foundation, without making it look powdery and leave my skin looking healthy and alive. I've heard some people say these aren't as good as everyone makes out but I think if you have dry or dehydrated skin then you will really benefit from these. The formula is so finely milled I can pack layers of these on and they never look cakey or dry. They are pricey but well worth it!

RCMA No Colour Powder | £10.95 | POST

This is a clear powder that has no pigment so it doesn't leave a cast or flashback on the face. I'm not quite sure if that will be the case for very dark skin tones but for me it doesn't. This isn't drying on me nor does it look cakey. It just sets my foundation and concealer perfectly. I really like it for setting my under eyes, it stops most concealers from creasing but without giving it that cracked appearance. It also slightly blurs my pores and gives my skin a smoother look. I can't recommend this enough, I know some people with oily skins love this too. It was available on BeautyBay but I don't think they are stocking it anymore. If you live in the UK you can buy it here.

NYX HD Banana Setting Powder | £8

This offering from NYX has a slight Yellow tone to it. Yellow powders are great for brightening the skin, especially on the under eye area. The shade of Yellow of this is very pale so I found I use it over my entire face. It's finely milled and I don't find it drying. It doesn't overly blur anything but helps my makeup last longer. Overall this a great, affordable powder.

ELF Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder | £7.50

I picked this up after hearing Kathleen Lights rave about it and I'm so glad I did! This is a brilliant powder. It's finely milled and applies well to my skin. It helps my makeup last longer, blurs my pores, it even has a touch of coverage. My only gripe with these is the shade range. I have the shade Light- Medium which definitely is not light! I think there are 3 shades available which isn't good. But if your in the market for a good, non drying powder than look no further.

Laura Gellar Baked and Brighten Powder | £26 | POST 

Another non drying favourite of mine is this from Laura Gellar. I actually think Laura Gellar makeup as whole is under rated in the Blogging Community. This powder especially. It's finely milled formula melts into the skin and sets makeup well. This also has brilliant blurring properties, the best of all these mentioned here. I like to apply this with a large fluffy brush in circular motions and pores disappear. This also gives me a very subtle glow.

W7 Banana Dreams Powder | £3

This a super budget loose, Yellow powder. The name is very similar to the famous Ben Nye Banana powder. I haven't tried that so I'm not sure if they are dupes. But this is a really nice powder none the less. It has quite a strong Yellow tone and adds a touch of brightening where you apply it. I only really use this under my eyes and it does a good job setting them. It's not the finest powder I've come across but for its price it is very good.

Collection Illuminating Powder | £3.99 | POST

I can't believe this isn't really talked about either. This is another really good affordable powder. It illuminates the skin so it doesn't look flat or too matte. It doesn't leave the skin overly glowy either. It does feel powdery on the skin but this doesn't translate on the face. Every time I wear this I get compliments on how nice my skin looks. This is definitely worth checking out!

I have a few more powders I'm hoping to add to my collection very soon so I expect there will be a part two at some point!

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High-end Skincare That Works

All skincare can be hit and miss. You could spend £5 on cream and £30 on cream just to find they don't work. But when I do spend £30 on a cleanser it doesn't work I'm not going to lie it breaks a little! That being said I do have a quite a few high end skincare picks that I would whole hearted recommend. I feel like I say this in every post but if you're new here I have dehydrated skin that is prone to breakouts. So let's get into it...

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser* | £31 | POST

I used to wince at the thought of spending more than £10 on cleanser but this stuff has really changed my mind! It has a light gel consistency that turns milky when mixed with water. I like to use this as a second cleanse because it's light and refreshing on the skin. It has a light Cucumber scent which I actually really like. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and fresh. Even since I started using this I've noticed a huge difference in my skin. I get less breakouts and the texture has improved overall. I think this would be good for all skin types. I can't recommend this enough!

Pixi Double Cleanse | £24 | POST

Another cleanser that is worth the price tag is this, well I would actually say this is more mid price, especially as you're getting two cleansers in one. I'm sure most of you would have heard of this by now. But the skincare genius Caroline Hirons has teamed up with Pixi to bring us a two step cleanser in one. The first cleanser is a solid oil that melts into the skin lifting every scrap of makeup. And second cleanse is a cream cleanser to clean the skin. The cream cleanser is really nice and cooling on the skin. It's fragrance free and free from any nasties. It is just a great, no fuss cleanser that gets the job done!

Pixi Glow Tonic | £18 | POST

This is a cult classic and sure many of you already use this and if you don't you probably should! It's an AHA based toner that gently exfoliates the skin, lifting away dead skin cells that block pores and prevent the skin from looking healthy. It also contains lots of other skin loving ingrediants to help plump and hydrate the skin. It's gentle enough it can be used twice a day. But I only use it once in the mornings. The difference this has made to my skin is brilliant, my fine lines look better, my skin just looks more healthy and glowing. It's called glow tonic for a reason!

Kielhs Mid Night Recovery oil | £37

Oils I have certainly found are much better from the high-end price bracket. One of which is the Kielhs Mid Night Recovery oil. This stuff is great! It's formulated with almost all natural ingrediants to plump, nourish and hydrate the skin, all while you sleep! And it really does. Every time I use this I'm instantly wowed at how much softer my face feels. It also adds radiance. It's good solid all round oil.

Clarins Blue Orchard Oil* | £32

This has been on my wishlist for the longest time so I was so happy when it landed on my door step. This oil is aimed at those with dry / combination skin. It uses a unique blend of plant extracts and essential oils to deeply nourish the skin. The oil itself is light and absorbs quickly. I'm not a massive fan of the smell, it kind of reminds me of old ladies. But that aside I love this stuff. I've been using this with the Fresh cleanser and my skin literally improved in matter of days. I'm not exaggerating. All my texture issues have gone and I think it's because of this and the cleanser. It also leaves my skin so soft and plump looking. It's become a staple in my routine that I can't be without!

Pai RoseHip oil | £22 | POST

I'm nearly out of this stuff which makes me so sad. This is an award winning oil that combines the benefits of Rosehip oil and Seed oil to nourish the skin. Rosehip is an oil that is known for its ability to help reduce scarring. I don't overly have scarring but I have little red dots left over from blemishes that will not go. And I think this is really helping. It also speeds up the time it takes for blemishes to go. Not only does it do this but it's also super hydrating and keeps my skin soft. I do find this oils a little thicker than most but I really like this, it's definitely worth looking into.

Dr Botanicals Overnight Purifying mask* | £67 (£19.99 with code LPBLOG) POST 

This is an overnight mask that is like a thick moisturiser. It has a sticky consistency but it absorbs into the skin quickly and easily. It's packed with skin loving ingredients to plump, nourish, help the skin renew itself and hydrate the skin over night. This does everything it claims, my skin is much softer and smoother when I use this. It also leaves my skin with a glow. It has a really nice scent to. Another great product!

REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask | £32

I think this mask is definitely worth the investment! It's using AHA to gently exfoliate the skin in a thick, jam like mask. The benefits of AHA include smoother skin, fine lines look reduced, skin has more of a glow and it helps improve texture. This really does all of the above. I like to leave it on for 15 minutes then remove. My skin instantly looks better! It has a definite glow about it and feels so much smoother! This is a fantastic mask, that I think would be suitable for most skin types. Although I'd use with caution if you have very sensitive skin.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask* | £32  | POST 

This is another AHA mask that works in the same way as the REN one. Although this one is slightly different in texture. It has gritty particles in it that also help exfoliate the skin. I also found this a little harsher than the REN too, it tingled on my skin but this isn't uncommon for AHA. But I can't leave this on for as long. I manage around 5 minutes before the tingling is too much. The results of this are incredible. Those little Red dots I talked about earlier instantly looked better! My skin has glow and is so much smoother! I'm yet to find a cheaper mask that has the same effect!

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask | £17.75 | POST

Another one of my more pricy masks which I love is this. I reach for this when I don't have a particular skin concern I want to address because it's so hydrating and a great all rounder. It contains Manuka Honey which is a great, natural antiseptic, while being super hydrating. After using this my skin is incredibly soft and looks brighter. I think this would be great for all skin types even those with sensitive skin.

All these products here have given me amazing results but remember skincare is so subjective and because they work for me doesn't mean they will work for you. But I hope this gave you some direction as to what high-end skin care is worth the investment.

The Peter Thomas Roth mask, Clarins Blue Orchid oil and The Fresh Cleanser were kindly gifted to me from But I think it goes without saying I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't love them. have kindly given me a discount code to share with you guys which means you can get 15% of at the checkout with the code: LEANNE15

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Caring for Blonde Hair with the One Wash Challenge from Pro:Voke

Anyone who has or has had blonde hair will know the struggle - You fork out a lot of money, spend hours in the salon achieving icy blonde hair and after a week it turns Yellow, with strange Orange turns and just doesn't look great! If you familiar with this, you would have probably heard of Purple shampoo. Purple shampoo is basically a toner that helps knock out the brassy tones that can develop in blonde hair. If you're also accustomed to bleach and dying your hair you'll know all too well the damage this can course (well I do anyway!). Luckily the genius's over at Pro:Voke have developed a range of shampoos, conditioners and treatments that not only tackle the colour issues us blondes face but to help treat and prevent damage. I've been putting the range to the test and I'm ready to report back to you...

Provoke Touch of Sliver Pre Toning Primer* | £5 (currently on offer for £3.75 here)

I've never come across a pre-toning treatment so I was intrigued to see how this would work. It's recommend that this be used on wet hair before the Pro:Voke brightening shampoo. It's supposed to sooth the hair cuticles and help treat and prevent damage caused by bleaching. It's in a spray bottle which is super handy to use in the shower. I spritz it on and waited a few minutes to allow it to work before applying the shampoo. It can also be used as a leave in conditioner after washing. I really like this. It leaves my hair a lot softer and shinier. I think this would be great for everyone, no matter what your hair colour.

Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo* | £3.19 (currently on offer for £2.38 here)

Now this is star of the show. This bright Purple shampoo is a miracle on those brassy tones! It basically works the same as regular shampoos but you have to apply it to all of your hair or the areas that you want to tone. I also found that for maximum results it's best to really lather the shampoo up. I found the best way to this apply it to my scalp, really lather it up and work it through all of my hair. I like to leave this on for around 5 minutes to give it time to really work. It also cleaned my hair really well and was easy to rinse out. My hair looked a lot brighter and blonder after using this. I can't recommend this enough.

Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Intensive Conditioner* | £3.18 (currently on offer for £2.38 here)

This range also includes an intense conditioner which targets the damage and restores shine. It contains restorative proteins and Keratin to help strengthen and maintain hair health. The consistency of this is very thick - which I love. It's also Purple in tone for added toning properties. It feels super nourishing and once it is rinsed out, my hair instantly felt softer! I've been using it for a couple weeks and my hair definitely looks shinier, and all round better. Another must have for blonde hair.

Pro:Voke Touch of Sliver Intensive Keratin Treatments* | £3.99 (I can't find this online to link but it should be available in Boots Stores)

These little bottles really intrigued me. They are basically a very intense treatment that you have to mix up with a bit water in a bowl to form a paste. I used a few drops of water until it was the consistency of conditioner. I left it on for around 10 minutes and rinsed it off. These provide an instant shot of hydration and left my so hair smooth and a lot more manageable. My only issue with these is the packaging. I found them really difficult to open and the tab that I think is supposed to open the product, just ripped off, leaving the product still closed. The only way I could get into it was to stab a hole in the rubber top with knife. But packaging issue aside this is a great hair treatment.

Overall, I'm really happy with this range and it definitely improved the overall tone and colour of my hair. If you have blonde, highlighted or ombre hair I can't recommend these enough.

Have you tried this range? What are your thoughts?

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#GetTheGlowDown With Love Me Beauty

Love Me Beauty* is a concept I have been loving for a few months now! If you're unfamiliar with the concept. Love Me Beauty is a monthly subscription that's slightly different to the others - You get to pick the samples! Which I personally much prefer. That way you don't end up with a million samples that you won't use or aren't suitable for your skin type. Plus you get a makeup bag each month rather than a box! Which is far more handy. Each month the bag is different. The concept also works on a credit system. Basically, for £10 a month you get 60 credits to spend on the samples. Although you can buy extra credits if you want more products. This month they had some really great brands and products I wanted to share with you guys...

Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treament | 25 credits

I'm so excited to try this hybrid cleanser. It's basically a cleanser and exfoliator in one, with a no rinse formula. In somewhat of a super powered Micellar water. This is also 59ml which is a super generous sample size.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask | 15 Credits

If you haven't already tried Caudalie I highly recommend that you do. And this months Love Me Beauty has a large selection of Caudalie goodies. One of which is the Instant Detox mask. Which promises to draw out impurities, treats damage from free radicals, and tightens pores. Sounds right up my street!

Caudalie Vine Active 3in1 Moisturiser | 15 Credits

I believe this is a new range from Caudalie. This is designed to minimise the level of pollution particles that come into contact with the skin to reduce the risk of signs ageing! It also enhances glow and smooths wrinkles!

Caudalie Vine Active Energising Soothing Eye Cream | 20 credits

This like the Moisturisers but its been formulated for use around the eyes. This also helps reduce dark circles and fine lines around the eye. I'm super excited to try this.

Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser | 20 credits

This is a 50ml sample, so again quite large! This is a foaming cleanser that lifts away impurities.

KoreBeauty Hydrogel Facial Mask | 10 credits

I'm so into sheet masks at the moment so I was excited to see this! This promises to provide an instant hit of moisture, boost collagen and promote elesctine. I'm sure this will be a winner.

Ellis Faas Lips x4 tubes | 10 credits

In this bag I also got 4 Ellis Faas lipsticks in 4 different shades and finish. I haven't tried these yet or heard of the brand but I'm sure they'll be great.

Omorovicza Copper Peel | 15 credits

Now this was one item I was over the moon to see. This is a two step treatment which includes the Blue Copper treatment and the Lactic Acid Activator. The first includes massaging the Copper treatment all over the face. It's a thick grainy paste that feels like a very gentle scrub on the skin. Next you add the Lactic acid activator, wait two minutes and wash. I really like this, it doesn't tingle like most AHA's do on my skin but after rinsing my skin feels so soft and smooth. There's also definitely more than one use in each tube.

Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher | 20 credits

This another product I was excited for. This cleanser gives skin a deep clear to purfiy pores. Its also packed with skin loving ingredients to rejunivate and enhance skins glow. This is 30ml sample so you'd get a good few uses out it.

Omorovicza Moore Cream Cleanser | 20 credits

I've been eyeing up this cleanser as well for a while so you could imagine my delight when I saw it in this months edit. This is a deep cleaning, yet gentle cleanser that aims to minimise environmental stress to the skin. It's packed with natural clays to get rid of impurities and essential oils to nourish the skin. I haven't tried this yet but from the description I'm going to love it.

UltraSun Glimmer SPF 25 | 15 Credits

With spring and summer finally upon us, it's time to start thinking about SPF again. This one not only protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays it gives skin a glistening glow. And regular readers will know how much I love a glow! This will be the perfect travel buddy.

Other brands included in the Months Edit include Eco Tools and Laura Mercer.

Overall, I think this bag is great value for money and the brands each month are incredible! I'm excited to see what will be in next month edits.

Love Me Beauty* is available here. If you fancy giving Love Me Beauty a try you get 20% off your first order with the code: Lpbeautyblog20

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Makeup Lately

It's time for me to share the makeup I've been reaching for again! I have some brushes to share with you guys too. So with out further ado...

Clinique Pep Start Hydrobur Moisturiser* | £24 | POST

This is supposed to be a moisturiser and primer but for me this isn't moisturiserising enough for my dehydrated skin so I like to use it as just a primer. And I'm loving it! It does a really good job at blurring pores and imperfections while leaving my skin soft and smooth, ready for makeup. I imagine this would make a good moisturiser for those with oily skin too. I've been reaching for this over my holy grail Becca primer which I think says it all!

La Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation  | £11

My love for this foundation is well documented on my blog, so regular readers skip past this section. But I always seem to come back to this foundation. It just has it all, a good medium coverage, long wearing, easy to blend, it looks natural on the skin and the glow-y finish I love. I do find I have to set this because it is so glow-y. And what makes this even better is it's so affordable!

Milani Retouch Concealer | £12 | POST 

I recently discovered this concealer and it's my go to for concealing my dark circles. It has a really creamy consistency that's easy to blend out. The coverage is a solid medium but build-able. I find this works really well under my eyes, it doesn't crack or fade. I do find it creases slightly but I've come to accept that all concealers are going to crease on me! I have the shade Fair which is good for highlighting the under eye area. Overall, I'm so happy I've found a reasonably priced concealer that really works.

Milani Bronzer | £11

I've been really enjoying a bronzed look so I've been reaching for this bronzer in the shade 05. It's very warm toned with Gold shimmers running through it, although I don't find this looks overly shimmery on the face, it just gives a nice, natural looking glow. The formula of the powder is finely milled and easy to blend.

Milani Rose Blush | £12

I'm having a bit of a Milani moment! I found this gorgeous blush hiding in the back of my makeup collection. I'm so glad I rediscovered it. The shade is a lovely Pink-y Mauve colour. I imagine this would suit most skin tones. It also goes with any makeup look. Like I've found with all Milani powder products they are finely milled, easy to blend and wear all day on me!

Ofra Highlighter | £25 | POST 

For highlighter I just can't get enough of this beauty. The shade Blissful is a Gold toned highlighter that really makes the cheek bones pop. I'm not going to lie this isn't for the faint hearted and if you don't like a really glow-y sheen you probably won't like this. The formula is so soft and pigmented. I'd say this was comparable to Becca highlighters!

Beautiful Brows Brow Powder* | £15 | POST

I never used to like brow powders but this one has completely changed my mind. I'm not sure what makes this better than the other ones I've tried but it's just so easy to use! It doesn't look fake or powdery on the brows. It just creates natural looking brows effortlessly.

Blank Canvas Pro Master Series One Palette* | £30.49 | POST

For eyeshadow I've been loving this palette. It has 11 matte eyeshadows and one shimmery one for highlighting. All of which are neutral and warm toned Browns. So it's perfect for everyday wear. All the shadows in the palette are soft, pigmented and easy to work with. There's nothing not to love really! See my full review with swatches here.

L'oreal Sculpt Mascara | £10.99 | POST

I had been really loving this mascara and raved about here. But I recently repurchased another tube and now I don't love it as much. I think I may have got a dud or something. It doesn't seem to give the amount of length as it did before. It just kind of makes my lashes short and spidery. I thought it may be because it needed to dry out but I've had it on the go for 2weeks now.  So I'm now in the market for a new one.

Lottie London Slay all day Lip Kit | £8.95

Liquid lipsticks are still my most reached for lip option. Namely, this Lottie London Lip Kit in the shade Fleek. Both the lip pencil and liquid lipstick are a warm Terracotta, Brown shade. It reminds me a lot of Kat Von D Lolita. The formula is really good as affordable liquid lipsticks go. I don't find them drying and they are so long lasting. These are definitely worth checking out!

Runway Rouge Lipgloss* | $19 | POST 

At the other end of the lip finish scale I've been reaching for this gloss. in the shade Super Model. Which is a perfect pale nude colour. It's a great throw on and go shade. The formula isn't sticky and thick either.

Spectrum Fibre Strobe Set* | £34.99

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how stunning these brushes are? Not only are they stunning they perform really well and have quickly become every day brushes for me. They are duo fibre which means they don't pick up as much product as synthetic brushes, this gives a more natural yet air brushed finish. The strobe set includes:

D01 - Large Stippling Brush: This is a super soft stippling brush. Ideal for applying both cream and powder products. I actually prefer this for powder because the bristles aren't dense. It works all over the face. But I really like it to apply bronzer. It's large enough to apply bronzer to the cheek and round the face but not too large it goes everywhere! It really gives a natural finish to powder products and blends everything so easily!

D02 - Small Stippling brush: This is a smaller version of the large stippling brush. It's ideal for liquid and powder highlighters. It blends everything seamlessly!

D03 - Duo Fibre Large Strober: This has rounded off bristles that are great for applying highlighter. It also works incredibly well as a contour brush too. It's just the right size to fit into the hollows of the cheeks and blend everything easily and seemlessly. I've found myself reaching for this everyday! It also works well at blending out concealer. It's a fantastic multi purpose brush.

D04 - Small Strober: This is a smaller version of the large strober. I love this for highlighter. I've been on a mission to find the perfect highlighter brush and I've finally found it. This also works great with really intense glowy highlighters so it doesn't apply too much. I also apply blusher with this too.

I've washed all these brushes and they haven't shed and they've held their shape well!

So Eco Bronzer brush* | £12

So Eco is a natural brand that produce eco friendly and responsibly sourced materials for their brushes. I think it's great when brands take into account the 'bigger picture' but still manage to produce quality products. I've been using the bronzing brush daily. It's a large fluffy brush designed for applying bronzer but for me it's just a bit too big for that but I love this as a powder brush! It's applied all the powders I've tried this with so well and blends them into the skin with ease! I definitely want to try more brushes from So Eco!

Blank Canvas F01 Quick Brush* | £13.94

The F01 is designed to be a multi purpose brush that can be used with a cream or powder products. The Name 'Quick Brush' is very fitting because this is exactly that! It has a tightly packed dense bristle that blends out foundation with absolute ease! Literally, this is the quickest brush for blending foundation! I do find, because the bristles are so dense, this doesn't quite work as well for applying powder but for foundation this is great! It also washes really well and doesn't shed. I need more Blank Canvas brushes in my life!

So that's the makeup and brushes I've been reaching for lately.

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

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