Everyday Make Up in 10 Minutes 

 

 I go through phases with my make up, and currently I’d say I’m fairly happy with my routine which for me is pretty impressive, so I thought I’d share it with you all! I like my sleep so I’ve tried to cut down the amount of time I spend on my make up in the morning as much as possible. So, please find below a quick ‘how to’ for everyday make up in 10 minutes. As you can see from the picture it’s a really natural look, meaning it’s pretty easy to recreate!

First, prepping your skin is so important to ensure you get a good base for your make up to sit. I don’t use a primer, but I do make sure to thoroughly moisture my face with my everyday moisturiser. Then, comes the most important part for me, the concealing. I cover any blemishes/red areas using a concealer, my favourite at the moment is Hide The Blemish by Rimmel. I then also use this as a base for my under eye area.

Following this, I apply Oil Free Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser using my fingers as I prefer to blend that way. I take Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Medium and apply under my eyes. To set this all using the real techniques powder brush I apply Mac Select Sheer/Pressed Powder in NC5 over all of my face. I’ll then gently define my cheekbones using the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Palette in Bronze.

To highlight, I dab 3 dots of Benefit High Beam under my eye area and then blend in. Moving onto my cheeks, I take The Multiple by Nars in Orgasm and apply to the apples of my cheeks. I then blend this out with a touch of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Quartz using the Bobbi Brown Face Blending Brush.

Moving onto my eyes, I first focus on my brows. I fill in using the dark colour in the Focus & Fix Kit in Medium by Make Up Revolution. I then brush over to really tidy up using the Benefit Speed Brow Gel.

Using my finger I then sweep a layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Sparkling Champagne over my eye lids and up to the brows. For my eyeliner I turn to my trusty Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Sepia Ink and create a simple flick at the outer corner of my eye. I follow with a coat of mascara in Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black, and then another coat of Ultra Tech Curve Mascara by Kiko Cosmetics in Black.

Finally for my lips, I moisturise first using the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm and then follow with the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish. I then apply a coat of Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour Lipstick in Neutral Rose for the final touch!

Writing it down it seems like a long process but I promise it really isn’t! I’ve done it half asleep before so it is almost like a foolproof guide to applying makeup.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

If like me you’ve been plagued by the biggest, darkest, scariest under eye circles then you’ll be desperate to try anything that brightens up the area. I’ve always suffered with this having paler skin and thin skin if that’s such a thing; but because of early mornings, late nights, an illness that seemed never ending, and the odd cocktail… I was also waking up with a really puffy eye area that didn’t leave my side.

A dermatologist once told me that a lot of my problem was dehydration, or how she so sensitively put it ‘those big bags, yeah that’s dehydration’. So make sure to drink up (Water not wine)!

An under eye cream that I’ve found to be amazing at helping to soothe and moisturise the area is the creamy avocado eye cream by Kiehls. I’d read so many rave reviews about this product, so although dubious, felt I had to try it. Also my obsession with avocados made me feel it morally wrong to not try this product.

First, it’s cool, light texture is so lovely to apply to the delicate area. My skin can be quite reactive to new products, but this took to my skin instantly, absorbing in and working its magic. I dip my finger tip into the pot which is enough to cover both eyes. I apply under my eye area and up and around to the arch of my eyebrow. I have no idea if this is the correct place to apply, but it seems to be having results for me!

I’ve definitely noticed a reduction in the darkness around my eyes, and the area just seems a lot brighter and smoother. Kiehls are great for having samples, so if you want to try before buying then pop in and ask for a sample. They’ll probably load you up with lots of other goodies to try to!

Would love to hear of anything else you do to brighten up your eye area.

Thanks for reading!

X

Product Review: Bioré Charcoal Pore Strips

  

I was wondering aimlessly around my local Boots on Saturday as I had some time to kill and came across these Bioré charcoal pore strips. I’ve become slightly obsessed with trying to give my skin a really deep clean, so as soon as I saw this I felt instantly drawn to it. Also I’d never heard of this brand before, or seen it in Boots, so I was really interested to give it a go. The majority of the other products from the brand were focused on clearing pores, so I had a feeling they would be good!

   

For £8.99 there’s six strips, and it recommends not to use more than every 3 days; I personally won’t be using that regularly, probably once a week, so I’d say it’s pretty good value for money! The strips are different to anything else I’ve tried as they have a material-like texture to them, with slips already cut to allow you to easily mould to the strip of your face. I actually really liked this texture as I felt I could easily lift and apply the strip as opposed to those slippery ones that seem to always slide off your nose! The pack actually says to remove when it hardens to give a papier-maché  feel, so hopefully that gives you an idea of it! 
The charcoal which has renowned properties for during out impurities, acts like a magnet by instantly locking onto dirt and oil that’s nestling deep down and draws it out. 
  

I cleansed my face thoroughly and then applied the strip to my nose, making sure that my nose was still wet. I then waited 15 minutes before gently peeling off. There was some black residue left on my nose, but it was so easy to wash off – as easy as washing off face wash! The skin around my nose felt so soft and really tight afterwards. Although it was red straight after that had completely reduced within half an hour. I was surprised (and shocked) to see how much dirt had come off of the strip (maybe I’m not cleaning my skin as well as I think….), but it was so satisfying to see it come away!

   

  The pores around the area definitely look diminished, and the skin is still so soft! I’m really interested to see how the area looks after continued use. Even only after the one use I would definitely recommend this product for all skin types, as whilst it’s obviously working really hard to help clear the area, it’s still very gentle. Also if you’re looking to have a mini at-home pamper, this is the perfect product as it’s quick and easy to use with virtually no mess!

 

  

Would love to hear of any other similar products you like to use!

 

Thanks for reading J

Product Review: Boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask

I’ve been wanting to try one of these face masks for a while now because I’ve heard how intensively moisturising they can be. I actually bought this last year when I went to America and went slightly crazy in Sephora (recently single women and shops don’t mix well together), and had forgotten about it until I had a tidy up.

 

I chose the Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask by Boscia because first of all I love green tea, and secondly I loved the sound of it soothing and hydrating my skin. Boscia is a Japenese company who is the first 100% preservative-free skincare brand, so I was really excited to try one of their products.

 

The mask comes in two pieces, which makes it easier to apply (although it did keep slipping off my face). The top part is for the top half of your face, nose and under your eyes. It’s a fairly large size and has slits on certain edges to allow you to really mould the mask to suit your face shape. The second part is specifically for the bottom part of your face.

 

 

The mask itself was a sort of soft rubber with a layer of gel on the side that you apply to your face. The gel has a gorgeous fresh smell and was so cool when I placed on my skin – I definitely agree with the soothing quality! It recommended leaving on for between 15-20 minutes after which you remove and gently rub in any product left over. Make sure to lie down when applying this as it kept slipping down my face!

 

The next day my skin felt amazingly smooth, just like a baby’s bottom. I was so pleased with the results initially as my skin felt plump, moisturised and so much more nourished. Over the next few days however the skin around my chin started to really dry up and I developed lots of small blemishes. These were easy to cover up with make up and they did disappear after a few days, however I was disappointed with my skin’s reaction, especially as I had a party to go to!

 

 

Overall, I did enjoy using this mask, and like it said on the tin it really moisturised my skin; however I feel as if it moisturised it too much, and when I didn’t continue that level of care it really dried out my skin.

 

So, my overall rating of this product is: 3/5

 

I also purchased an under eye peel mask so keep a look out for that review!

 

Would love to hear if you’ve tried any similar masks and your experiences with them.

 

Thanks for reading!

Laura Mercier Product Wars: Non vs. Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser

Very annoyingly I picked up the wrong tinted moisturiser recently. In a panic as the sales assistant cornered me to ask what product I was looking for, I agreed to the oil free version of the tinted moisturiser, when actually I had no idea whether I used it or not.

Of course when I got home I realised I’d picked up the wrong thing; however, with my oily/combination skin type I thought this could be a blessing in disguise. My skin has been particularly oily/blemishy recently which is probably due to work stresses, as well as eating lots of chocolate to make myself feel better. So, I thought this actually could work really well for me!


Tinted Moisturiser (Oil-Free)



The Pros:

Obviously as it says on the tin, this product is designed specifically for oily skin, so aims to reduce the skin’s natural oiliness. My skin reacts so easily to new products, so I was terrified when I first used this. I have to say, after using for over a week my skin’s appearance does seem less oily, and the small hormonal blemishes I often get are better contained.

The Cons:

Compared to the non oil-free product this does feel a lot heavier on my skin. I stopped using foundation because I hated the feel of product sitting on my skin, which is what I feel I have with this. Being a tinted moisturiser, obviously it is not as heavy as normal foundation coverage, however I have definitely got used to the lightweight feel of the non oil-free product. Because of this though I’m really careful to only use a tiny amount as I still love a natural looking effect. Get those freckles out!


Tinted Moisturiser 


 


The Pros: 

Compared to the oil-free product, it is so lightweight. It does feel just like a moisturiser when I apply, with a really great smell. Because of this I feel like my skin has really improved (as it’s not being clogged up by too much product).

The Cons: 

By the afternoon my face has a definite glow (or increased oiliness). It’s definitely not enough to make me worry, or even bring powder to cover up. If it’s particularly noticeable I would simply take a tissue and blot my forehead.


What is interesting to bear in mind is that I now live in London. Sweaty tubes and the long walk to work definitely don’t help, when compared with working at home, arriving in an air conditioned car meant my skin was sweat-free…

Also, as I said before I am a little more stressed at work, so I think that is definitely a factor in my skin’s unsettled nature at the moment (I think I need another holiday!).
I haven’t noticed a massive difference between the two products, so I think it really is down to personal preference!

Right now I think I prefer the normal tinted moisturiser as I’ve been using it for longer; however, I definitely think having the two products will be useful for when my skin decides to play up! I can completely see the oil-free being a great winter product for when I want a little more coverage, and my skin hasn’t had much exposure to the sun to help clear any unwanted spots!

Would love to hear if you guys have either product.

X

Bobbi wins my heart again!

Hello lovely bloggers,

If you regularly follow my posts, you’ll have realised it’s been a while since I last posted! I’m sorry for falling off the blogosphere for a while, but I’ve been so busy I just haven’t had the time! I’ve managed to get myself a job which is so exciting, but also extremely terrifying as I have to grow up and join adulthood (well, kind of)! Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I haven’t been sat there twiddling my thumbs, but rather have been tirelessly searching for a job! So, now that I am settled back into the swing of things I will once again start writing about my love of all things beauty, as well as some other bits along the way!

 

For my first post back I wanted to write about one of my all-time beauty heros; the Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown. It’s stuck by me through the hardship of job applications and interviews, so I can’t say a bad word about it! It’s one of the longest living products in my make up bag for a reason…

First, it’s a great all-rounder, being ideal for highlighting, using as blush and as an eyeshadow. I use this everyday without doubt as a highlighter on my cheeks as it gives such a gorgeous radiance to your skin. I also use it on the arches of my brows, as well as the inner corners of my eyes to really give an uplifting look to my tired eye area! I’ve also found it good to highlight areas such as my temples, and my décolletage.

The price may seem steep at around £30, but this palette is so long lasting that it’s definitely worth investing. My last shimmer brick lasted well over two years. I managed to convince a friend to purchase one, and she is so happy she did!

The colour I use daily is the Rose palette, as I think it’s great for giving a pretty colour to my pale skin. I also have the palette in Bronze (which sadly I have left at home so can’t photograph for this post), which is great if you prefer a more bronzed – the clue is in the title!


As you can see, it’s well-loved!

Once again Bobbi Brown has triumphed, as this is such a great high quality, all-rounder! I really would recommend this product a hundred times over!

X

My favourite kind of delivery!

 

I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet on the blog front recently, but I have an exciting few posts coming up for you all! So in the meantime, I wanted to share my exciting delivery with you..

 

I’ve been in need of a new concealer, so I opted for my favourite Benefit Boi-ing concealer in shade 1; very sadly I’m loosing my tan so I’ve had to get a lighter colour. I also couldn’t resist buying this eye brightening product which I used to absolutely LOVE. I’m not really sure why I stopped using this product, but nonetheless it has once again taken pride of place in my makeup bag! If you missed my post about concealers, you’ll find a review of this particular Benefit one here. I’m planning on reviewing the Eye Bright product in a different post, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

What was even better about this purchase was that with the purchase of any two Benefit products on Feelunique you received this free gorgeous mirror! This is such a perfect item to transport around if I am need of a mirror as it folds flat in its case. As well, it has a fab colourful image on the front, to make getting ready in the morning slightly more bearable!

I’m now already looking for the next great product to buy from Benefit….

X

Review: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Scrub

I’m sorry for those of you out there who love this product, but I can’t say I do! I bought this in the hope that it would act as a gentle cleanser on my skin to help relive any clogged up pores. But unfortunately, I haven’t got the results I envisioned!

There are a couple of positives that I’ll share with you, but honestly I feel like my spots have worsened in the two days since I started using this product. I realise that a couple of days isn’t that long to trial a product; but, if you have easily reactive skin like mine, you’ll understand that sometimes persistence isn’t the best option!

What it says on the tin….

It’s designed for everyday use as the powerful MicroClear technology and exfoliating micro-beads unclog pores to clean deeply and help eliminate spots and blackheads. The refreshing scrub gently purifies the skin without over drying, while a wave of pink grapefruit uplifts the senses with a burst of invigorating freshness.

The Positives: 

– It smells beautiful. The grapefruit in this product gives it such a lovely fresh smell that made the mornings more bearable.

– The price tag is very reasonable! Although it’s frustrating to spend money on something you’re unlikely to use again, at £4.99 I’m not overly bothered.

– It’s pink!! I know this may sound like an odd reason to like something, but it’s so rare to see a pink beauty product.

The Negatives: 

– I immediately developed tiny spots on my nose, as well as increased oiliness on my T-zone. My skin seems to have reacted with this product, and I can really notice. Not only have I developed more spots, but there is a significant increase in oiliness. As a result I’ve began wearing more make up to try and cover up, which isn’t great in this muggy weather.

– The texture doesn’t feel nice. I prefer exfoliators that have a soothing creamy texture to them, with the individual beads easily distinguished. This wash on the other hand has the same fine consistency, which feels grainy, and actually similar to rubbing fine sand grains against my face.

I’ve heard stories of how good others have found this product, so I’d be really interested to hear anyone else’s thoughts! Unfortunately for my oily/sensitive/combination skin this was not a winner!

X

10-Step Guide – Interview Make Up

 

As I’ve had my share of interviews recently, it’s fair to say that I’ve got my perfect look nailed. I know first hand how difficult it is choosing what to wear, how to style your hair, and make up for an interview. Whilst I am all for highlighting your features through make up, I think most of all it’s so important to remain professional in your look, and not too over the top. Ultimately you don’t want an interviewer remembering you for your bright pink lipstick rather than how great you actually are for the job!

So, after extensive research I’ve put together a list of the products I’ve whittled down to be my ‘interview essentials’; as well as a quick 10-step guide on how to create my interview make up look…

**Warning there are lots of pictures!**

 

  1. Conceal dark areas/spots using Boi-ing by Benefit in shade 2 and Touché Éclat by Estee Lauder in shade 1.


  

 



  1. Apply tinted moisturiser by Laura Mercier all over face, blending into your neck. I sometimes apply a little more concealer/highlighter at this stage if I feel an area needs more attention. Dust Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Light to Medium all over face to hold. I prefer using this mineral powder as opposed to pressed powder, as I feel it gives better coverage.



  



  1. Lightly contour cheeks using Nars bronzer in Laguna. I then lightly cover all over my face to give a subtle glow.


  



  1. Place 3 dots of High Beam highlighter by Benefit on cheekbones and blend. Depending on how tired my eyes look I will also place one dot on the inner corner of my eyes.



  



  1. Apply a small amount of Benetint by Benefit to apples of cheeks and blend. Follow by applying MAC blusher in Peachy Keen on apples of cheeks and upwards towards cheekbones. I’ve also used a Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in Rose on top of this, as well as dusting all over as the light particles reflect sun, making your skin glow beautifully.



   



  1. Dust Foxy eye shadow from Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette all over lids and up to eyebrows. I then put the lightest shade (Venus) as well as the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in both the corners of my eyes, as well as my brow bones to reflect light.
  1. Fill eyebrows in using the brown colour Faint from the same Naked Basics Palette. This colour won’t suit everyone, but it happens to be perfect for my colouring!



 

  




  1. Apply gel eyeliner by Bobbi Brown in Sepia Ink closely to lashes. I’ve created a small flick at the end of my lashes to give the illusion of bigger eyes. I really don’t think it’s necessary to use eyeliner on your bottom lashes, as it can tend to make your eyes look tired!



  



  1. Apply two coats of Diorshow by Dior mascara to top lashes, and one to bottom lashes.



  



  1. Finally, put a coat of Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Captivante on, Et Voila!



  


  


Hopefully you’ll find this useful to get some tips on how to perfect your make up look prior to your interview! It’s so important to feel confident in your look, as you exude confidence as a result, which is vital for getting your dream job!

X

Midnight Robbery


  


I’ve been at my boyfriend’s this weekend, and have discovered some great products in his bathroom cupboard. Who knows where they came from, and I’d really rather not know!

One of them was this Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser face wash by Kiehls. It’s designed specifically for acne-prone skin and acts to clean pores by removing the impurities which cause acne.

It feels like a runny gel when you apply it, so I wasn’t convinced at first of how well it would cleanse my face. But, I was pleasantly surprised. It foams really nicely, and my face felt literally squeaky-clean. It also effectively removed all of my make up. My only issue with using this long-term, would be that I could see it would really dry my skin out as the next morning certain areas of my skin felt very dry. This was on areas that I had spots however, so I guess it really targeted those areas that needed help by drying them out.

I’d love to hear if anyone else has tried this product, and their experience with it? I’m tempted to steal this one and use it full time, but am worried how my skin will react! Maybe it’s a useful product to have on backup to help tackle breakouts. If I do use this, I’ll let you know how my skin takes to it!