Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Current make-up bag favourites

It feels like a lifetime since I blogged about make-up I was loving! Recently I haven't been able to get enough of these little beauties:

AVON 'caring coral' lipstick:

This is a beautiful bright coral that glides on smoothly and is really comfortable and moisturising on the lips. I'm not very outgoing when it comes to my lip colour but for me this gives the perfect punch of colour. It's gorgeous and only £8. Bargain!

MAC strobe cream:

I'm sure everyone has seen this a thousand times before, it's a bit of a cult favourite! The MAC strobe cream is a glowy, illuminating and moisturising cream that you can wear under make-up or just on it's own. Personally I like to apply it as a first step, underneath all of my make-up. It really helps me look more awake and radiant, even when I'm feeling tired, stressed or poorly. Gone are the 'ooh you look a bit tired' days! I'm going to buy the full size next time but I chose the travel size because I had never used it before and wanted to make sure I liked it :) The 30ml travel size is £10 and the 50ml full size is £24.50.

Manuka Doctor CC cream:

I'm going to have to make a confession with this one. I only bought it because Millie Mackintosh said she used it! Luckily I've fallen completely in love with it and it goes perfectly with the strobe cream and coral lipstick. It's also great to use under foundation to even out the skin tone and give that extra bit of coverage. I struggle a lot with redness on my cheeks and using this under my foundation when I'm going out at night time has helped me look flawless!

AVON true colour eyeshadow quad in 'glow teal':

I've been carting this around with me for weeks because it's the perfect every day palette. There are so many colour combinations and I often use the bright blue under my eyes for a bit of interest. The shadows are buttery and easy to blend but have limited fall out under the eyes. I had never tried Avon eyeshadows before these and I really love them. These quads are currently reduced from £9 to £6 on the website :)

AVON mega effects mascara:

This for me is the absolute cream of the crop, it's a really strange concept but so easy and convenient to use. When I first tried it I'll admit it was fiddly and awkward but once I was used to it I quickly realised it's one of the greatest mascaras I've ever used! It's currently on special offer for 37 instead of £10 too! Cue ridiculously vain and posey 'selfie' (with no false eyeslashes!) to show how incredible it is:

What are your latest make-up bag favourites? Tell me all about them in the comments :)

Thanks for reading! xo

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Beauty: My current skincare routine

Hello lovelies!

It's not often I talk about skincare because I'm normally very naughty and lazy and just whip a face wipe over my face and quickly shove some moisturiser on!

Recently I had a few breakouts (I've been going to the gym twice a day so I'm putting it down to being a hot sweaty mess for 2 hours a day!) so I decided to switch things up a bit...

Skin prep:

I've been trying the St Ives blemish fighting apricot scrub recently to deal with flakey manky breakout-y skin. It's quite coarse and really does scrub away the dry bits. I'll be honest, I'm not sure how much it helps with my blemishes but it leaves my skin really soft and smooth.

I'm still sticking with my old and very faithful Garnier 2-in-1 makeup remover because quite frankly it's awesome. It removes every last scrap of makeup including waterproof mascara and false lash glue :) be warned though, the blue layer is an oil so this isn't suitable if you have eyelash extensions or anything.

Cleanser and toner:

As you can see, I've been loving the soap and glory peaches and clean to cleanse my face. It's definitely helped with my breakouts and leaves my skin really clear and soft. It also smells great! I either use this in the shower and rinse it with the warm water, or use a muslin cloth to remove it in the same way as a hot cloth cleanser.

I use my REN 3-in-1 cleansing water as a toner but it also helps get rid of any last little scraps of makeup. I love this but have to be really careful around my eyes as sometimes it really stings :(


I use my trusty Nivea Soft Cream as a day cream, it does what it says on the tin really! It's quick, easy and really effective on the skin and doesn't clog my pores. It also sinks in really fast so I can apply my makeup in the morning. It's also really handy if I'm in a rush as I apply it all over my body then slap a bit on my face!

At night time my favourite cream to apply is the new Avon anew clinical e-defence deep recovery cream (what a mouthful!). I put a quite liberal layer of this all over my face just before bed then let it soak in overnight. My skin has been so much more hydrated since I've been using this and it's really glowy and nourished in the morning.

Thanks for reading! xo