The best of the beauty basics

My skincare, haircare and makeup routine are anything but basic. I apply multiple concealers to my face for multiple reasons, I multi-mask like my life depends on it and I fill my scalp with more products than I have hair follicles. Call it over the top, I call it research. And during my 'research' I've come across some real gems that have either become or have remained firm favourites in my beauty drawer, that have changed my beauty-game completely. Full faced or bare faced, these babies always come along for the ride.

Frank Body Lip Scrub review

 

Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep

I'm an at home teeth whitening fiend and I somewhat pride myself in having tried out just about every teeth whitening product on the high street. My latest obsession comes in the form of the Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep Serum, which looks seriously luxe in appearance but costs less than a fiver for a full months supply.

I'm a big fan of teeth whitening strips, but sometimes I want something super quick to slot into my routine without having to walk around with a plastic film on my teeth for half an hour. With this, all you have to do is massage a pea-sized amount of the serum into your teeth after brushing at night and get snoozing. So simple, but such a game changer! You'll notice the difference after just one day.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Kidman's Kiss review

 

Zoeva Soft Kohl Liner in Karnat

I wake up in the morning and my eyes are red. I get too much sleep and my eyes are red. I stay up late, my eyes are red. I go outside, they're red. I stay in, they're red. I've learned to deal with the fact that sometimes I look like I've had forty eight sneezing fits in a row, but the other day the Zoeva Soft Kohl Liner in Karnat arrived through my door and reminded me of the magic that is makeup.

Even when I'm going makeup free, a lot of the time I'll run a nude-toned liner across my waterline to liven up my face and give the illusion that I've had eight hours sleep. Any nude liner will do, but I've found that the Zoeva Karnet liner is perfect for creating a super natural finish due to it's creamy consistency. It's also pale enough to brighten the eye area without looking too stark, and it's affordable too!

 

Frank Body Lip Scrub

A lip scrub has always been a part of my beauty routine, but recently I've fallen in love with the Frank Body scrub in particular. I often find scrubs to be really great at - you guessed it - scrubbing, but they tend to leave my lips feeling rough and even more sore than when I started. The Frank Body lip scrub contains a mixture of coffee oil (which helps moisten your mouth), vitamin E (which plumps that pout), macadamia oil (which helps to moisturise the lips) and ethically sourced beeswax to help sooth irritation, which - when you're a matte lipstick lover like I am - is kind of inevitable. 

Now doesn't all of that sounds like the start of the most amazing coffee cake concoction? That's another reason why I love it so much. It's bloody delicious. And, it comes in a kit complete with a super silky lip balm made of lanolin and other lovely oils.

 

Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep review

 

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips

I'm all about nude lipsticks, but lately my every day look has consisted of more coral/pink-toned lips than anything else. One colour that's been n my lips pretty much all week is the Charlotte Tilbury Kidman's Kiss lipstick from the Hot Lips collection. 

The formulation is described as a 'luminous modern matte' and that's exactly what it is. It's matte but moisturising, and - whilst there's absolutely no shimmer in the product at all - it does give off somewhat of a natural glow that helps plumps the lips and add an overall healthy glow to the skin. It's also suited for all skin complexions and works both day and night, so the perfect lippie to pop in your handbag. £1 from every sale of Hot Lips in the first two months of sales will go to the Women for Women International charity. Another bonus.

Zoeva Liner in Karnat Review
Sunday Riley Luna review

 

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

I am oil obsessed, so it was only natural that I get my hands on the over-hyped Luna oil by Sunday Riley at some point in my life. During my super sleep-less times at University I suffered with all kinds of skin issues, forcing me to hop around different treatments in hopes of something, anything (!)being able to help my lifeless, dry, pore-filled skin. I became a fan of Luna from the get-go, purely because it comes out as a blue oil and I am evidently six years old. But after using it for a few weeks I really started to notice the difference that it made in my skin.

Lunais an overnight oil rich in retinol, which is a fancy ingredient that basically tricks your skin into thinking it's younger. It also contains Blue Tansy (hence the colour) which helps to soothe inflamed skin and calm any skin conditions along the way. I use a few drops every other night. Pricey, but lasts a long old time. What are your beauty must-haves?


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Braun Silk-épil 5 review #breakfree

Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review
Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator review

I'll be the first person to admit that I am a hairy, hairy girl. And sure, this seems to have benefited me in terms of (head) hair growth and the general density of my brows, but - where everywhere else is concerned - its been more of an annoyance than a blessing. Can we get a #hairygirlproblems trending over here? Man, I'm glad we're all friends here. Could you imagine how awkward it would be telling complete strangers about my hairy limbs? Oh, wait..

Anyway, I know I'm not the only one out there struggling with #hairygirlproblems (seriously trying to plug that one eh?) so when I was given the opportunity to try out the Braun Silk-épil 5 Wet and Dry Epilator* I couldn't exactly say no - especially with a holiday coming up in the next few weeks. I mean, I don't know about you guys, but stubbly legs and a five o clock shadow (again, on my legs) doesn't exactly scream 'beach babe', does it? Something had to be done.

So I guess I should talk a bit about epilating, which is basically really, really fast tweezing that keeps body hair at bay . I've had a really cheap epilator for a few years now, and it worked, but it also hurt like crazy and took multiple 'sessions' to fully de-hair my fuzzy female body. After a while I would just give up and go straight back to my disposable razors. Hello, ingrown hairs and goodbye money. However since trying Braun's little variation I'm basically a changed woman. No, seriously. The amount of hair on my body has decreased to a level that I can actually pass for a woman now, as opposed to some form of mystical wildebeest. 

So what makes it so special? I'll tell ya! With twenty eight individual tweezers the Braun Silk-épil 5 picks up near enough every hair on the body, including hairs that are 0.5mm in length. Like every other epilator, It's not completely painless, but it's a lot more bearable than any other that I've tried in the past and - since you're able to use it in the bath or shower - it means that beginners (or wimps like me) can use it with ease. Better yet, the more you use the Silk-épil 5, the more comfortable it'll feel on your skin. Not only that, but - with constant use - this little miracle worker can actually help to slow down your hair growth, which means less hassle and more super soft legs. How did I survive the entire summer without it?

This post was sponsored by Procter & Gamble, however all thoughts are very much my own!

What I'm wearing:

Forever 21 faux leather jacket
Miss Selfridge 90s crop top *
Forever 21 side split skirt *
Miss Selfridge Cuba heels *
ASOS cat eye sunglasses *

New Beauty Launches for June 2015

New beauty launches for June 2015

Alrighty then mon amores. NGL I'm not 100% sure what that means but it's fun to pretend I know french. Today I'm talking all about what's new in the realm of beauty. Now, some of you may already know this, but if you're not a huge stalker of mine then it may come as a crazy wild shock to you that I do my thang over on Youtube too. Spoiler alert: most of my videos consist of me talking crap for 10 minutes straight. But obviously, go ahead, like, subscribe, etc etc. You know what to do.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

RMK Skintuner Smoother Moist *
Model Co Lash & Line *
The Body Shop Tinted Leg Mist *
The Body Shop Body Sorbet *
The Body Shop Highlighting Domes *
Benefit License to Blot *
Murad Invisiblur Protecting Shield *
Nudestix Bronzing Pencil *
Zoeva Cocoa Blends Palette *
Kiko Sahara Glow Highlighter
Kiko Essential Bronzer 
Kiko Tribal Soul Baked Blush
Kiko Free Spirit Lips & Cheeks
Bagsy Lip Velvet *
Bagsy Wow Lips *
Bagsy Ray of Sunshine Bronzer *
 

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Look Fantastic Beauty Box - May

look fantastic beauty box may

So, I just woke up. Oops. Last night I was up until around 4am attempting to power through all of my work for the next few weeks, and you know what? Today I'll be doing the exact same thing. I wish I had something exciting to update you all with, but unfortunately all my life revolves around right now is University coursework, working and blogging. Hey, that sounds like a good idea for one of my next posts. How to juggle a full time job, University and blogging. What do you think? Seriously, I'll do anything to distract me from this pile of work.

Anyway! I received this box from LookFantastic a little while ago, and since I've finally gotten around to using a few of the products I thought I may as well pop up a quick SPOILER ALERT (!!) and review whilst you can still get your hands on it. And, you know, anything to distract me from this essay.

The LookFantastic beauty box is probably my favourite out of all the other subscription boxes on the market right now. I feel like - as someone who leans more to skincare-y type things than colourful makeup - it's more suited to things I'd actually go out and buy, as opposed to eyeshadow quads and neon coloured liners that I'd never really get much use out of. They cost £15 including postage and packing (which is pretty good if you ask me) but you can also buy different subscription plans depending on how long you wanna treat yourself for. Forever pls.

This month's box is probably my favourite so far, quite possibly due to the big bottle of TanWorx fake tan by Monu Skincare (worth £10) and the sample pot of the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm (worth £4.60). And that ridiculously cute bottle of the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (worth £4.20). And don't even get me started on that Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask (worth £10). Okay okay, I pretty much love everything in this freakin' box.

The May box also comes with a set of pre-glued Eylure false lashes (worth £5.25) and a sample of the Erno Laszlo Transphuse Night Serum (worth £11.51). I'm pretty much up to my eye balls in serums right now, but hey, a girl can never have too much skincare, right? As for the lashes..if you haven't already noticed by now I'm a bit of a hairy-faced kinda gal. Let me re-phrase that. I basically have long eyelashes anyway. Either way, sometimes it's fun to experiment with different types of beauty bits, and considering that these are already pre-glued I'd imagine they're fairly fool proof. Failing that, I'll just glue them to Ollie in his sleep and/or give them away to a friend.

Forty of the May boxes also contain a god Curve worth £110. I'm not one of the lucky forty, so obviously I'm all jealous and stuff if you are. But yeah, I guess that's pretty cool too. Boys and gals that also pre-order the June box will receive a sample of the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask - AKA that mask that pretty much every beauty blogger in the world raves about. Can I has?

What do you think of this month's box?

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My top five self-tanners that fake it good

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So here's the thing. I'm one of those super cautious people that like to OD on the SPF at any given chance, which means sun beds are a no go and - I don't know about you guys - but getting my bits out in front of strangers just for the sake of a spray on tan isn't my idea of a good time. That being said, I do love a little bit of a glow - and that's why I turn to the fake stuff.

I've done the leg work in finding five of the best self-tanners on the market right now - in my humble opinion of course - ranging from budget to blow-out. There should be something for just about everyone here, but if not, feel free to leave your recommendations below!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse (£7.99) *

I recently came across the Cocoa Brown brand (what a mouthful) after watching so many of my favourite Youtubers rave about the stuff. Just as I suspected, it was completely worth the hype. Why? Because it creates the most natural looking, streak free tan in just one hour. I like to leave it for two to three hours depending on how dark I want to go / depending on how impatient I'm feeling that day!

Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturising Emulsion (£32.00) *

The Shiseido emulsion is the priciest of the bunch, but for me I feel like it's a bit of a two-bird-one-stone sort of jobby. The one downside to tanning for me (despite the brown bed sheets) is how dry some products can make my legs if I use them often enough. This little guy packs a ton of moisture whilst also adding a gradual glow. I like to use it in between my 'hardcore tanners' to keep help with longevity.

He-Shi Express Liquid Tan (£20.00) *

This is a cult favourite of mine that I've mentioned far too many times in my Youtube videos. It's a super thin, water like product that takes a little getting used to at first, but once you've mastered the art of application it really is a dream come true. Did I just say that about a tan? Oh dear. Either way, it's pretty much fool proof and looks even better the next day!

St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion Face (£22.00) *

Obviously St Tropez was going to crop up somewhere in this little hall of fame, but instead of going for their usual classics I've decided to go for something a little more face-based. I don't know about you lot, but whenever I apply fake tan to my cheeks (of the facial variety) I always end up with a few pesky break outs. After discovering this little beauty (that comes with a pump!!) I've never had any issues at all.

St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse (£4.99) 

This may not be the best tan in the whole wide world, but it's probably the best that I've found for the price. With most budget tans, they can often look good at first, then wear into a patchy, mouldy biscuit mess. Sound familiar? This lightweight foam is super easy to apply and gives a nice natural tint to the skin without looking over done. Be sure to moisturise those elbows and knees before using this, to make for a patch-free finish.
 

What are your favourite tanning products?
 

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