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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Beauty | Current Favourites...

It’s been quite a while since I’ve published a favourites post, mainly because I've been struggling with the whole work/ blog/ social life balance, but also because I've been curbing my spending and holding back when it comes to splurging on beauty products. Over the past month or so, however, I have had a little spend up, as well as receiving some lovely blogger deliveries, and today's post is a round up of some of my current favourites...

I love an everyday gradual tanner, Skinny Tan are one of my favourite fake tan brands, AND I’m naturally very pale, so I was really excited to try this product. Body Glow has Skinny Tan’s signature coconut scent, and contains skin smoothing properties and just enough natural tan active to add a hint of colour to the skin. Used every day builds a medium tan, but it can be used to help intensify an existing real or fake tan as well. The consistency is fairly thick and quite different to some of the other gradual tanners I’ve used, but this does mean it really has to be worked into the skin which in turn helps prevent any streaks. I've incorporated this into my everyday routine and apply every morning after my shower and it really just adds some much needed warmth and colour to my skin. 

Keeping with the fake tan theme, I'd heard whispers that this mini bottle by Clarins was a game changer when it comes to having a year round glow, so I picked up when I was in duty free recently. Simply add 2-3 drops to your usual moisturiser, mix in with your fingertips, then apply to the face in the morning and evening for a natural glow. What I love most about this is that unlike a lot of other facial tanners, you don't have to disrupt your usual skincare routine which is a real plus for someone like me who has complicated skin. Although this can be used twice a day, I tend to use it just in the evening and allow it to develop overnight, and I'll often add another drop if I want a deeper colour or am on holiday. A 15ml bottle retails for £20 and is designed to be used on the face and decolletage only, but Clarins also offer a 30ml bottle which is designed to be added into any body moisturiser. 

Benefit Hoola was my go to bronzer back when I was 18and a lot more tanned than I am now. I practically lived on a sunbed, and as a result my skin had an orange hue pretty much all year round. As I've got older and learnt more about the damage the sun causes, I now don't go on them at all, and instead dabble in the odd bit of fake tan/ gradual tanner (see above!) and Hoola is now far too dark for me. I always loved the tone of it and the fact it is matte and contains no glitter or shimmer, so imagine my excitement when I heard that Benefit had brought out a 'Lite' version. As expected, it is the perfect tone for fair skin, and can be used all over the face to add some warmth, and also to contour as well- I apply under the cheekbones, around the hair line and jaw and down the sides of the nose. It comes with a handy mirror in the lid and a small brush, for those on the go touch ups. 

I definitely don't need another blusher in my collection, but I couldn't resist adding this beautiful swirled compact to it. Containing a mix of pink, peach and golden shades, when used together they add a gorgeous shimmery pop of colour to the cheeks, but I've also been using the lightest shade as a highlighter, and you can create a golden smokey eye look by using the yellow toned shade all over the lid with the deep peach in the crease of the eye. Peach Party retails for £11, and I also have my eyes on Wonerbronze Shimmer Brick which, as the name suggests, is the bronze version.

I'm a Beauty Blender fan through and through, and even though they cost £16 and need to be replaced every 3 months, I can't get enough. I've previously cleaned mine with baby shampoo or the Beauty Blender blender cleanserbut after being recommended the solid cleanser, I decided to give it a go. The best way to describe it is like a little bar of soap which, when massaged into the sponge, removes traces of dirt and makeup. It comes in a handy little pot which is much more portable than the liquid version, and even though I've had it a couple of months now and use it once a week, it seems to be getting smaller very slowly which bodes well for how long it's going to last me. The soy based bar is £14 for 1oz and is free from any dye or irritants so wont irritate the skin, plus it has a slight lavender fragrance which makes it smell gorgeous. 

I was obsessed with these cleansing pads at the end of last year, then moved onto the Night Extreme ones for a while, now I'm back to these again! They contain slighter less glycolic acid (the active ingredient) than the night pads and so are slightly gentler, and I love that I can use these ones morning as well as night as they make my skin super soft before applying makeup. Kylie Jenner is a fan, apparently, and not only do they exfoliate and tone the skin, but the added blue daisy helps to soothe and calm the skin, perfect for those monthly breakouts. 
It's been a while since I've worn false lashes, mainly because I've become very lazy with my makeup routine, but also because I struggled to find any that didn't look, well, too false. Red Cherry lashes are made from 100% human hair which makes them look ultra natural, and the styles I have (wispy and Stevi) are both medium length and slightly longer at the outer corners which gives that 'wide eyed' look. As with most lashes, I have to cut them to size slightly to fit my eye perfectly, but once in place, they feel so light and not at all irritating- I don't really feel like I am wearing any which is amazing. At £3.99 they are cheaper than most lashes on the high street, and the only downside is that they don't come with glue so you have to buy this separately. It is recommended that you use duo glue with these lashes, which retails for around £10.99, but will last you pretty much for years and is the go to lash adhesive for almost every makeup artist out there.  

I fell in love with Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir scent after being given the candle last Christmas, so decided to treat myself to the 30ml bottle of cologne, which retails for £44. Like all of her fragrances, the scent is so striking an unique, and alongside pomegranate are notes of raspberry and plum, with pink pepper giving it a spicy edge. Even though the bottle is small (I couldn't afford the next size up- it's £88!) it's so powerful and strong that I have to make sure I don't put too much on- pretty much the opposite to my usual 'put as much on as possible' mantra.

I'm a huge fan of fuss free beauty, and although I love getting my nails done, I often don't have the time or the patience to go to the salon and sit there for ages. I've tried Elegant Touch nails before, and have always been impressed with not only their quirky designs and wide range, but also how simply they are to apply. The brand have recently launched a new collection with Henry Holland- House of Holland Nails- and 'In The Nude' is my favourite. A bit like an updated version of the classic french manicure, they feature a nude base, which tip and white stripe which gives them a modern feel. As with all of Elegant Touch's nails they take seconds to apply- each box contains 24 nails in 10 sizes, a nail file and glue and you simply need to prep the nail with the file, apply the glue directly onto your nail, then press on the falsie. 

Have you tried any of these products?

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