Ultimate Multi Taskers

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I love using stick eyeshadow/eyeliners when on the go or travelling because they’re so compact and versatile. My two favourite formulas that I’ve tried so far in this category are the Rimmel Scandeleyes in Bulletproof Beige and Bad Girl Bronze, and the No 7 Stay Perfect Shade and define in Coffee Bean and Cool Mink. The Rimmel pencils are much creamier and easier to blend than the No 7 however the No 7 last longer and are practically waterproof once they’ve set.
I like to use the Rimmel Bulletproof Beige to highlight my brow bone, inner corners of the eyes and I can even use it all over the lid for a light champagne eye look, and if I’ve forgotten my highlighter this handy pencil can also be blended out onto the top of my non existent cheek bones and cupids bow to create a nice cream highlight. While using Bad Girl Bronze to add definition to my socket/crease and/or in the outer corner to create a more dramatic brown smokey eye.
I’ve also been using the No7 pencil in Coffee Bean to line my eyes and blend to quickly smoke up my eyes. While using Cool Mink in my lower water line to brighten my eyes, this colour would look great all over the lid if you have fairer skin but as I’m more medium/dark It looks really nice as more of a highlight shade, which is nice as it’s quite lavender toned it offers a different look to the standard champagne/golden highlight.

Are there any stick eyeshadows your loving at the moment?

Orange is the New Red

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As most people will have noticed, this spring orange lips have been everywhere. So I thought I’d show three different ways to wear the trend, from subtle to bold. Firstly the subtle, if the idea of a bright orange makes you feel a little nervous something like the Revlon colourburst lip butter in 015: Tutti Frutti is a nice way to try an orange tint without being too bold, plus because it’s a lip butter you get the benefits if a lip balm with the colour, definitely one for people who don’t like a matte lipstick.
Second is a red with orange tones with Rimmel moisture renew lipstick in In Love With Ginger, not quite a sharp tangerine orange, a little easier to wear but still a strong lip. The formula for the moisture renew lipsticks are great, really moisturising but still very pigmented, i definitely need to get my hands on some more of these. Another way to subtly wear orange is when wearing an orange toned red, a classic with a modern twist like the Revlon super lustrous lipstick in 750: Kiss Me Coral. Lastly a true bold orange for those experienced orange lip wearers or adventurous beauty addicts is Infrared by Topshop, I love this orange, it’s a great way to have a statement lip without going red and I think looks great when used to easily add a little something extra to a casual look.
So that’s my orange line up, are there any orange lip products you’re loving?

Topshop Make Up Haul

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topshop 2I recently had a few spare minutes when in London, and somehow ended up in Topshop, Oxford Street, I had planned on just taking a look around to see if there were any shoes that I like, but when disappointing by the selection, instead of leaving and looking another time I found myself in the makeup section. I just can’t say no to Topshop Make up, it’s such good quality for an affordable price. Anyway, confession over. Here’s what I bought… Their Lip Liner in ‘Ceramic’ which I have had my eye on for a while now, it’s just the perfect nude, and goes great under Topshop Lips in ‘Mink’ or alone all over the lips. I’ve been a little addicted to lip products recently, as I also bought a Lip Cream in ‘Double Take’ which looks great lightly patted onto the lips for a sheer hint of colour. I was also drawn in by the Gloss ink‘s which I hadn’t seen before, they’re heavily pigmented and add a lovely gloss finish to the lips, alone or over other lipsticks, I got one in the colour Cruel (And confession – I bought another in Sole Gin a few days later). Lastly I bought the Glow in ‘Gleam’ this highlighter is perfection, its champagne/golden tones are perfect for my warm complexion and it works wonderfully on the top of cheek bones, on the brow bone, cupids bow and as an inner eye highlight, the cream formula makes it easy to blend and look really natural and dewy.

What are your favourite Topshop Make up items?

Finally

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I have been suffering from irritated and dry lips since I had a reaction to a lip product a few weeks ago, and nothing helped or sorted the issue (Even my Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Balm didn’t do the job!) I had heard grey thing about the ‘Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment’ so when I was visiting boots and saw a similar product (Paw Paw by Papaya Gold) I thought it would be good to try as it’s a similar Papaya treatment. Within four days of buying it, it has helped so much with my lips, the inflammation has gone down and they feel much less dry. I would recommend it to anyone who wants soft moisturised lips and is on a budget as it’s only around £6 and you get a lot of product for your money. It’s also great because it’s a multi purpose balm and contains Manuka honey which means it can be used on other skin to calm and soothe other irritated skin such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

What’s your go to lip balm?

Perfect Peach

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My blush colour of choice is almost always peach, I just think it perks my face up with a healthy glow and natural flush of colour. My go to is usually Sleek ‘Life’s a Peach’ but when I saw the new Clinique blush releases I knew I needed that ‘Peach Pop’. I love the texture of this blush, it’s so fine and the slightly pearlescent finish to give a natural glow with no sign of shimmer or glitter (#winning). I’ve been using this every day that I’ve been wearing make up and I’ve been loving it, i can’t recommend it enough. Side note: I’ve also been eyeing up the colour ‘Ginger Pop’ so that may have to make it’s way into my collection in the near future.

Have you tried any of the new Clinique blushes?

Nip + Fab

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When perusing the boots website I was drawn in by the discounted Nip + Fab products (I think they were 1/3 off) . I’ve recently been looking for affordable chemical exfoliants and noticed that Nip + Fab have a glycol if range so I thought I’d give a few of their products a try.

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Firstly, my favourite, the serum. I’ve been swapping between using the Glycolic Fix Serum 3 nights a week and The Body shop Vitamin E Serum-in-oil for 4 nights of the week. The mornings after I use this I really notice a difference in my skin, it appears so much more smooth and soft. It’s not drying, and after a few minutes the slightly sticky texture has sunk in and vanished, overall I would really recommend this overnight exfoliant.

Secondly, the Cleanser, now I don’t dislike this, but nor do I love it. It’s quite a gel like texture which I don’t normally like as I find them to be rather drying, however I don’t find this to be drying when I use a small amount. You do have to apply it to a damp face for it to lather whereas I prefer to apply my cleansers to dry skin. After use I don’t notice a dramatic difference however I haven’t tested it on a daily basis so I wouldn’t say its written off yet. I think it works well as a second cleanse if you’re double cleansing because it doesn’t remove eye make up well (sting alert) but if you’re using it after a balm or oil cleanse which removes all make up, using this after does ensure you’ve removed all product effectively and has the added bonus of a chemical exfoliation.

Lastly the Deep Cleansing Fix, I like that this product is multi purpose as it can be used as a cream cleanser or left on the skin for 5 minutes acting as a cleansing mask, and the biggest bonus to this purchase is the size, you get so much product for your money it’s amazing. I’ve only used this a few times but from my use so far I would say it’s an easy simple cleanser which does the job, nothing fancy or special but gets the job done.

Have you tried any Nip + Fab Products? Next I’m hoping to try out the Glycolic Facial Pads!

Currently Testing…

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Cleanse and toneI recently was recommended African Black Soap, as it has been known to be great for Acne, Eczema and many other skin issues. It’s really affordable so I purchased it immediately. At first I was skeptical about washing my face with a soap as in my mind I always thought that soap would dry my skin out and strip it of natural oils, however I’ve used this soap a few times and I’m really enjoying using it. It should last a long time as you only need a really small amount, I just went the palm of my hand and swipe the soap over my palm 2 or 3 time and then massage it onto my dry face and it lathers nicely (followed by toning and moisturizing as usual). I’ve been trying to use more natural products so I think it’s great that this soap is meant to be organic and I’ve found it to be nice and gentle on my skin. I’m still in the process of trialing it, so I will let you know if long term it clears my skin and works for me or not, but so far I’m optimistic.

Have you ever tried African Black Soap?

Night time

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Night timeI’ve recently found a new night-time routine which works well for me, so I thought I’d share it with you. At the moment I switch between different cleansers, but after the cleanse I always use my Pixi Glow Tonic which is a brightening/exfoliating toner, which I’ve got back into using every day as I think it really makes a difference to my skin. After toning I apply The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil which i pat on to the skin and massage into my face to promote lymphatic draining (queue Caroline Hirons massage advice). While I wait for the serum to sink in a little I put on whatever nourishing lip balm is available and dab a little Origins Ginzing eye cream on. I then apply a small amount of The Body Shop Vitamin E Night Cream on, I really like this as it prevents the dreadful dry skin that I can sometimes get, without being too heavy, however I would say you only need a small amount as layering it on can cause breakouts (in my experience anyway).

What does your night-time regime consist of?

Cleansing Oil

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Oil cleanseI’ve been testing out the Body Shop camomile cleansing oil for a few weeks now and I have to say it’s great! Not only does it remove all make up including eye make up, but it also doesn’t strip the skin of moisture. In the winter months my skin has been so dehydrated which is why I’ve been loving his cleanser as it’s really gentle and doesn’t inflame my skin like many other cleansers do, plus it’s really helped with preventing blemishes. The one and only negative to this cleanser is the packaging which you wouldn’t be able to travel with as although it supposedly twists to lock, my bottle leaks therefore for travel I’ll have to decanter it into a more travel friendly bottle, other than that it’s great and I’d really recommend it to all skin types.
When using it I just massage it into dry skin and then use a damp flannel to remove it and splash my face with water. It’s been a great addition to my skincare routine.

Have you tried any good oil cleansers?

WATERLINE

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People often say how white or nude eyeliner is great to brighten and open up the eyes by placing it in the waterline, however when you’re mixed race a white can look very unnatural and even find that nude can be a little harsh sometimes. I’ve found that for deep complexions the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Taupe is perfect at brightening by covering redness when you’re tired but still looking natural, plus it lasts for ages. I recommend it to anyone tanned or with a dark skin tone.

What do you think of the Rimmel Scandaleyes pencils?

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