March High Street Skincare Favorites

At the moment skincare has become the be all and end all to my life! Probably due to the fact I’ve hit my thirties and live in fear that I’m going to wake up one morning and my skin will resemble a Shar Pei (cute on the dog not on my face).  As my fear is so rife I have decided to do my first products of the month around affordable skincare that is helping my face stay healthy and wrinkle free.

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I’ve really changed my skincare routine in the last few months and it has really started to make a difference to the texture of my skin and helped prevent breakouts. After reading Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest I began to realise how important skincare is not just for prevention of wrinkles but due to skin being our biggest organ that is constantly exposed to the elements so it’s going to need some TLC and if you take the few minutes to get your routine in place your skin will most definitely thank you for it.

Upon Sali’s advice the first thing I have done is changed my everyday facial scrub to a cleansing milk. I have currently been using the Garnier Natural Rose water cleanser (linked down below) and at £3.50 for a 200ml bottle it has become a staple. The bottle is only currently half way through and I have been using it day and night for at least two months (if only other things lasted this long!)

Before I did not realise how other more soapy products had been dehydrating my face and stripping it of its natural oils. The poor thing must have been crying out for moisture like a man lost in the Sahara.  Garnier’s cleansing milk is so much kinder and gentle to the skin whilst still leaving it feeling clean and make up free. My face generally feels softer, less tight  and due to it being specifically for dry and sensitive skin I am also left with a lot less redness immediately after washing.

I have recently received a few compliment due to the improvement of my skin (I am prone to bad breakouts and get a lot of redness) and I do believe it is from changing the start of my skincare routine to a cleansing milk. Garnier’s is affordable and does the job well, you can literally see the dirt being removed from your face on the cotton pad!  The rose water adds a nice scent that does not overpower of cause irritation to the face and my skin is left feeling clean and much softer then before. To date I have not had one breakout since I began using this months ago.

My second product of the month is a total bargain, so much so that I have bought four and have one in my bag, bedroom, car and bathroom. What is this fantastically cheap product?

Introducing Palmer’s cocoa butter lip balm that retails for an amazing £1.49 for 4g/15 oz. The smell of this lip balm is fantastic the cocoa is so strong you feel as if your lips have been dipped in chocolate. The butter like texture leaves lips feeling incredibly soft and moisturised without being sticky. As an added bonus the balm is also enriched with vitamin E and has a SPF of 15 so as well as keeping your lips kissable all day long your also being protected from the harmful sun rays and wrinkles (what’s not to like). This has helped during times when my lips have felt a bit chapped and sore, leaving my lips soothed.

My favourite lip balm brand is the EOS and I can say the Palmers’ is on an even keel and half the price, as I stated above I now have them littered around the house!

My next current favourite is an oldie but a goody the Nivea Aqua effect regenerating night cream. It’s a product I started using a few years ago which got lost in the pack of my ever growing cosmetics cabinet, it wasn’t until I saw it at Boots a couple of months ago that I snapped it up and reignited the love.

I am so thankful that my retinas stumbled upon this again as it is the thickest most intensely moisturising product I have ever used. It retails for £3.90 for 50ml and has the ability to last you a lifetime due to the amount you need to use as this cream is rich.

If you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin then this night cream could be the one for you. I personally have dehydrated skin but I do tend to get an oily t-zone so I worried at first this would be to intense and bring me out in blemishes especially around the t-zone area. I was wrong! Ever night I massage this into my skin and neck and in the morning I wake up with the softest most plumped out skin I have had in years.

I’m not going to lie when you put it on at night it is a heavy cream that leaves you looking greased up but by morning your skin will be doing a Shangela “Halleloo”. 

It is the most intense moisturising cream I have ever used, I am so glad I’ve found it again. My skin is the most hydrated it has ever been, it’s texture has changed and not one breakout, I could not sing the praises of this cream enough and for under £4.00 it’s fast becoming one of my ride or die products once again.

Last but not least on my current skincare faves for the month of March is the new Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcol black tissue mask (currently £1.99 at Superdrug linked below). This mask promises to be hydrating and pore – tightening which is something this girl needs. Enlarged pores have become the devil.

Very much like the skinactive moisture bomb it is a sheet mask only it is black in colour. It has a different smell to the moisture bomb and reminded me slightly of sea weed but if it’s going to shrink those pores it was worth a go.

The formula for this mask is very sticky even after the fifteen minutes setting time I was surprised with how much product was left on my face and the sheet itself (I rubbed the sheet over my face to help my skin soak up the excess). It is a very hydrating mask but the stickiness gives it a primer vibe which I was more surprised by then mad at.

Pore wise I don’t feel on first use it helped to minimise the appearance but when I used two a week for about three weeks I did begin to see a difference in areas where my pores are enlarged such as my nose and chin.

Overall as with the moisture bomb if you are looking for something penny saving with good hydration for the skin and if you are stocking up on a few to gain the pore minimising effect then this is a good product.

I can’t believe we are four months into 2018, let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564 what your product for March were? Have you tried any of the above? if so did you love or hate them?

Until my next post.

Kate x

 

Links

http://www.boots.com/garnier-skinactive-naturals–rose-milk-cleanser-200ml-10229295p?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Beauty+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Garnier&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6OSw6fSt2gIVCrvtCh3TrQHiEAYYASABEgJEcvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds (Garnier Rose water cleanser – available on the three for two)

https://www.superdrug.com/Palmer%27s/Palmer%27s-Cocoa-Butter-Lip-Balm/p/379131?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-qudlvWt2gIVyLftCh0DpAWKEAQYASABEgKxZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COGjopj1rdoCFdWeGwodYFwOtw (Palmer cocoa lip balm  – currently 25% off)

https://www.notino.co.uk/nivea/aqua-effect-regenerating-night-cream-for-normal-to-mixed-skin/?item=96189&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6enH6_Wt2gIV7BXTCh1pNgHwEAYYASABEgLjgfD_BwE (Nivea aqua effect regenerating night cream)

https://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Face/Face-Masks/Garnier-SkinActive-Charcoal-and-Algae-Hydrating-Sheet-Mask/p/754167?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4Zyw_oGu2gIVyrvtCh3bPwheEAQYASABEgJN2vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPzeuoGCrtoCFUSMUQod0zMO7w (Garnier Skin Active pure charchoal black tissue mask)

 

 

Money’s tight . . . It’s OK pamper yourself

We’ve all been there, it’s mid month there is another two weeks until pay day and the bank account is pretty bleak to say the least. There seems to be new products coming out left right and centre and sometimes money just will not stretch far enough for the little luxury product we’ve had our eye on, so in honour of our poor times I’ve looked up and tried some DIY skincare that are easy to achieve at home and cheap as chips to make (all sites used for ingredients are linked below).

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I’ll start with a mint lip scrub that promises to exfoliate, nourish and most importantly for me plump up your lips.

You will need to find in your kitchen:

20g of brown sugar

20ml of olive oil

2-3 drops of peppermint oil (I got mine for 99p off amazon).

Mix them all together and you have yourself a home made lip scrub with the added satisfaction of making it yourself.

Honestly it’s not a very good looking scrub but the strong scent of peppermint mean your going to smell like a polo after use so it has its perks.

The scrub itself is very gentle whilst still giving you the exfoliation needed for smooth lips. It made mine feel a lot softer and the olive oil gave added moisture without leaving my lips greasy.

Plumping wise this was a let down, there was no tingling sensation or any change in the way my lips looked. I also used a lot more drops then the suggested three as I do like to go all out for a promise of fuller lips (without turning to the needle).

Overall the scrub works to exfoliate and gain smoother lips but if you wanted to achieve the plumping effect it may be best to try something else. This is cheap and easy to make and can be knocked up in about two minutes so if your looking for a quick, easy way to improve your lips when your strapped for cash this is effective.

Next up is a hand scrub that I found on a lovely little blog called living thenourishedlife. The author Elizabeth has many DIY recipes and other healthy tips for life. The homemade hand scrub promises soft hands and the things you will need are listed below.

1tbsp Coconut oil

2tbsp raw honey

1/4 cup of sea salt

1/4 cup of organic sugar

1tbsp of lemon juice

Once you’ve mixed them all together you have something that looks a lot better then the lip scrub, the smell is delicious, plus there is enough for around three applications depending on how generous you are with your usage and it can be kept in the fridge.

The scrub is very rich and thick, you can spend a good few minutes rubbing it into the skin without it being uncomfortable or harsh. I found the more you scrubbed this into your hands the stronger the smell became which was very relaxing and satisfying.

Once washed off my hands felt incredible, they were so soft and smooth. All traces of dry skin had been removed and the coconut oil had left my hands so nourished and moisturised. You can literally wash your hands about thirty times afterwards and they will still feel so soft thanks to the coconut oil.

This is definitely one I will be making over and over again! It’s just so easy to achieve and it really works. I’m going to be using it on both my hands and feet next time.

Last on the list of DIY projects has been the cocoa dream hydration mask, which is said to give a healthy glow and was found on the marie claire website (ingredients listed below)

1/4 avacardo

1tbs cocoa powder

1tbs honey

The hydration mask took a few minutes to make and it reminds me of something that falls out of my dog after he’s eaten a bone and yet smells like warm homemade brownies. This being said beware the kids/animals/husband may lick it off your face!

Application wise this is difficult, I used a foundation brush and due to the masks texture it goes on clumpy, which then becomes streaky and patchy as you try to even out but once you’ve got there it is a comfortable mask that does not irritate as it dries down.

As with the application the removal is messy! The overall effects of the mask seem to have been good. My redness has been reduced and my skin feels soft so I can see how over a period of use how this would give skin a glow.

Hydration wise I did not feel like there were any benefits. I would actually advise using a moisturiser straight after washing off as my skin felt very dry and tight.

Due to the reduction in the redness of my skin (I do get a lot of redness) I would try this again as it’s quick, cheap and easy without causing to much irritation. I will however have the moisturiser on standby for after removal.

So my DIY experience has been a bit hit and miss. All the products I have tried worked to a certain extent (the hand scrub being my favourite and most successful). I think it’s a great idea for poorer times to give yourself a little TLC and each product was so easy and quick to make plus there are so many more ideas available online you could try many different ones.

Let me know if you’ve made any of your own great product, has the process been easy? and did they work? You can comment below or chat to me on twitter @KateL564

Thank you for reading

Kate x

Links

https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/how-to/a2830/best-homemade-face-masks/ (Cocoa Dream Face-mask)

https://www.superdrug.com/blog/beauty-manuals/make-lip-scrub (Mint Lip Scrub)

https://livingthenourishedlife.com/want-to-get-soft-hands-try-my-homemade/ (Home Made Hand Scrub found on https://livingthenourishedlife.com/ by Elizabeth she offers many DIY recipes for beauty products and her blog is really worth taking a look at)

NARS are upping the foundation game in 2018

Today I’m going to be talking NARS natural radiant long wear foundation … try saying that with a mouth full of Malteasers. Now this is one hyped foundation with many feeling it’s the foundation of the year when we have only just seen the back of January. It is one product I simply had to get my hands on and test, is everything I’ve heard true?

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Starting with the basics, NARS radiant long wear foundation retails at £35.00 for 1fl 0z. / 30ml which gave me a slight nose bleed but it is NARS so to be expected.

I have to give NARS a big congrats on their shade range as this foundation is available in a massive 33 shades ranging from very light to deep. The shade pictured is “Oslo” (light 1) which is the lightest shade of the range.

“A little advice if your going to order the foundation online and are worried about choosing your shade I used the NARS website to determine my shade and then bought from House of Fraser website as the shipping on NARS was slightly high (I will link both sites below).”

Last thing to note and its a biggie, NARS is promising the foundation has 16 hours worth of wear. Yes you read right 16 hours!!

Upon using I found that this foundation is very thin and liquidy which is very surprising considering the amount of coverage you gain, making it easy to build to the ideal look you want. Two pumps can be used to cover the whole face creating a blank canvass with all natural redness and dark spots covered. (below I have included a photo of the coverage achieved on my tattoo for an example)

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Due to the texture being so thin it leaves a lightweight feel which I am all for as I do love being full coverage but hate the feeling of being weighed down by foundation.

I have to go back and compliment NARS once again on their shade range! I think this is the closest shade to my natural skin tone I have ever had and for me this is everything as I normally have to use a whitener to tone down other foundation shades. From looking at the whole range available it would be shocking to me if I heard someone was unable to find a shade that was right for them.

Speaking of the shade, once applied it does oxidise ever so slightly, the colour change is barley noticeable so I am not mad at it and I’ve used other foundations where the change has been way more dramatic and I’ve looked like a walking spray tan gone wrong.

The finish is beautiful, giving a smooth complexion and no caking. It is not a full matte product so it doesn’t dry down fully meaning you can actually raise an eyebrow without feeling your face is going to crack into a million pieces.

Saying this I did need to set with powder paying particular attention to my T-Zone area as I get oily here throughout the day, I did feel the foundation would just run off this area if not set right therefore achieving a look I was not going for.

The foundation worked well with other product and stayed in place without being stripped away or caking up throughout liquid concealer application and other powders on top. I was more then satisfied with the performance during the making up stages.

Leading me onto how long this lasts, can this go a full 16 hours??

Honestly I don’t know who would need a foundation on for 16 hours of the day but I do feel if set right with powder you will get a full working day or a night out with a flawless base and no need for touch ups.  The product stays put, stays smooth and gave such a lovely coverage to my face I think its the best my skin has looked, it lasted as long as I needed and has become my go to foundation especially if I have a event, party or special occasion to attend.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried the NARS natural radiant foundation and your thought. I have heard people say its the foundation of 2018 this early in the year!! I can also be found on twitter @KateL564 so come and join the blog chats and just general discussions.

Thank you for reading.

Kate

Links

https://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/beauty/nars-cosmetics-natural-radiant-longwear-foundation/d870227.pd#286025755,q=nars-foundation

https://narscosmetics.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-UK-Site/en_GB/Home-Show?cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-NRI_G_GBR_TM_EXACT_TM-_-nars&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Lzon4y02QIV7LDtCh3Y1ANAEAAYASAAEgInTvD_BwE#pairs

 

Putting the Wunder back into my brows

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The Wunderbrow went viral some time ago, I always thought it was an Instagram craze that didn’t really work and something I wasn’t willing to spend my hard-earned money on. How has this changed for me and why have I had a sudden interest? The answer is my friends opinions, they are completely split down the middle. Some of them love the product feeling they cannot complete their brow routine without it and others saying they found it fiddley and hard to get to grips with. Me being me I had to get one and weigh in with my opinion.

Off I popped to Amazon to purchase this potentially amazing / potentially horrific brow gel for a sum of £19.95. I began to think the latter was about to come to life and I was setting myself up for a fail when I realised the Wunderbrow only offers five shades consisting of Auburn, blonde, black/brown, brunette and jet black. Comparing this to the twelve shades offered in the dip brow range from Anastasia Beverly Hills (£19), I wasn’t exactly filled with confidence that Wunderbrow was going to work out for me. Is it possible to cover many different shades of brown brow hair with just brunette as an option? Yet Wunderbrow does promise the “perfect brow in two minutes” and considering my current fifteen minutes or more routine it was worth a punt.

Next day it arrived and I became all the more baffled! Inside is 3g/ 0.15oz of the product, a spoolie and some instructions (which you may as well wipe your butt with but more on that later).

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The confusion began when I opened the Wunderbrow and saw that the applicator is a lip gloss style paintbrush and I wondered how I was going to apply the product to the brows without A. making a very messy, not so sharp shape and B. gaining such perfect results in two minutes. This called for UNHELPFUL INSTRUCTION TIME!!

Well the instructions say to apply the applicator to the brows in light strokes to build the shape and effect you wish, the problem is the brush picks up so much product that even if you wipe off some it still too much and the brush is too thick to achieve any kind of shape without making a huge mess and which would be even considered respectable to wear outside. To continue with the instructions it then says to spoolie through and gain desired effect although the product takes nano seconds to dry down. The results being more slug then chic.

Once I had sacked off the instructions and gone it alone I found a much easier way to use, which actually allows you to step outside your front door without scaring the nation. I placed a blob of product on the back of my hand and used an eyebrow brush (M.A.C 263 £16.50 but any eyebrow brush will do) and carefully carved out the shape I wanted before beginning to fill in the sparse hairs. I used the spoolie throughout doing this and overall gained a much better look which to my surprise I really liked, More chic then slug.

The colour matched well to my natural brow colour especially when applied with the eyebrow brush as you have more control over the amount of product and accuracy of application and can build up to however bold you want to go. A quick dry down does mean you build up a good stain to your brows so the shape and colour will last up to two / three days before it begins to fade and it needs removing before you start to scare the public once more. Upon removal you will need to invest in an oil based remover which you will also need for the back of your hand if you choose to apply with the eyebrow brush.

So the big questions, do I use it? and would I purchase again?

I think hell has literally frozen over because my answer is YES! OK you are not going to get your perfect brow in two minutes but can you expect that from any brow product when we can be so fussy with how our brows look.

If you are looking for something that can be added to your normal routine that lasts a couple of days leaving you to continue your life without having to worry about a brow streaming down your face in the rain then I’d recommend trying this. It has become a vital part of doing my brows due to its staying power. It fills in sparse hairs well and as the gel dries it fixes the hairs into place preventing them from sticking upwards or wandering out of the desired shape.

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the Wunderbrow, Does it work for you? or do you hate it? Have you found another way to use it? I’m also available on twitter @KateL564 so if you want to follow or comment me there your more then  welcome. Big thank you for reading.

Kate

Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00UYY2GSQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1511949219&sr=8-1&keywords=wunderbrow+brunette&dpPl=1&dpID=51c2S2YKhHL&ref=plSrch (Wunder2)

https://m.maccosmetics.co.uk/esearch?form_id=perlgem_search_form&search=Eyebrow+brush (M.A.C 263 eyebrow brush)

https://www.beautybay.com/makeup/anastasiabeverlyhills/dipbrowpomade/softbrown (ABH dipbrow pomade)

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