Friday, 30 October 2015

How To Remove Halloween Makeup

I could actually cry if I thought about the amount of people that remove their Halloween makeup with either wipes or not at all. It sends shivers down my spine. So, I thought I'd write this post in an attempt to save at least a few faces from that. Now, I don't know what kind of makeup you used to create your scary clown, zombie, cat, alien, whatever but lets just say it consists of a shit load of face paint, eye shadow, foundation that is 5 shades too pale for you etc. If you've used liquid latex, etc you're going to have to follow the specific removal instructions provided but come back to this to remove the rest, okay?

Side note: I've tried to choose more "affordable" options here. There is no point whipping out your £40 cleansing balm to wash away 3 layers of face paint, what a waste! Save those for your skin.

The absolute must have for the job just has to be Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm/oil (which ever you have/prefer, they do the same job) This is the ultimate "melt every scrap of makeup off my face instantly" cleanser. It's job is to destroy makeup on your face. It won't strip or irritate your skin because guess what? You will 100% have to double, maybe even triple, cleanse depending on the amount of makeup you've got on so it is best to go for a gentle, fuss free cleanser. TTDO is great for removing the bulk of the makeup, so it is going to break down the layers of face paint that is on the skin. Go over your face as many times as you like with this, like I said it is super gentle so it will not cause any irritation to the skin, it also has a good "slip" to it, so you won't be pulling/tugging at the skin.

I'd go in with an oil next, something like The Body Shop Silky Camomile Cleansing Oil. This is going to be get rid of the last scraps of makeup, the really stubborn bits but it is also going to help provide the skin with a little bit of hydration and moisture, too (which I am almost certain we will all need by this point!)

You can 100% use both of those cleansers around the eye area but just in case you want something separate or something to make sure every last scrap of mascara is off, I'd recommend going in with a specific eye makeup remover. The No.7 eye makeup remover is great. This is great as it is a bi-phase liquid, so the oil helps to gently break down makeup without you having to scrub at your eyes. It makes removing eye makeup effortless. You can also go for a good old micellar water. My personal favourite is Bioderma, is is gentle and gets the job done easily and fast.

What to avoid:
Foam/gel/milk cleansers 'cause lets face it, they're going to do nothing. You need something oily to actually break down and remove the makeup. If you want to go in with one of them once you feel as if you've thoroughly removed everything, crack on.

Wipes. At all costs really but especially when removing heavy makeup. All wipes do is smear the makeup around your face, you're not actually removing as much as you think. Your skin can also become irritated if you continuously go over it with a wipe.

Use a flannel/cloth/towel whatever you can get your hands on. Splashing with water is going to get you no where, you need to wipe the product off your face.

Happy Cleansing!

Zoe x

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep REVIEW

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"Sleeping masks" seem to be all the rage in the skincare world right now and I am glad because I love them. For someone who has a fussy skin type when it comes to heavy, nourishing creams, I can find using a night time moisturiser quite difficult as they always end up breaking me out. "Sleeping" creams tend to be the opposite. As they're designed to be used at night, they always have a lovely light, gel like consistency but pack a punch of hydration. The Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep does just that.

Now, this product isn't exactly labelled as a "mask" but based on the way it applies, it's texture, consistency etc, I am saying it's a sleeping mask! I was slightly hesitant as the consistency of this product does lean more toward that of a cream, it is the thickest sleeping mask I have tried but do not let that put you off, it applies like a dream My skin practically drinks this stuff up. It melts into the skin beautifully and within 10 minutes it has settled down to a light, non-sticky layer over the skin. I apply a generous amount of this, too (which is another thing I love about this product, you can really pile it on and it still sinks in easily!) I even applied a couple layers one night and it just continues to sink in. Love! I love anything that provides hydration but has a light consistency, it suits my skin type perfectly.

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So, the Vichy Skin Sleep is great at doing what sleeping creams are meant to do best, restoring moisture/hydration as you sleep. My skin feels so hydrated in the morning after using this, more so than it has when using other sleeping masks. I also like that I can still feel it slightly on the skin, too. It shows that it is still hanging around and doing it's job. If you suffer from dehydration, I highly recommend this product. Dehydration is one of my main skin concerns and I was really impressed with how this performed. It helped plump up my skin, giving it a supple appearance. You can really feel the moisture within the skin, it will feel so plump and firm. The Vichy Skin Sleep also aims to give your skin the appearance of having a full nights sleep, even if you haven't but restoring radiance and diminishing the appearance of fatigued skin.

Vichy Skin Sleep is loaded with lots of great ingredients too. It's got hyaluronic acid, which I think is a must for any type of sleeping mask as it really help to bond water and moisture to the skin. It also has a form of salicylic acid too, which means anyone with congestion/blemishes will benefit from using this cream. Caffeine to help counteract the signs of fatigue and vitamin b3 which has anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with fatty acids.

Have you tried the Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

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Disclaimer: PR sample. Vichy kindly sent me this product. All opinions are 100% true, honest and my own. This is not a sponsored post.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

My Favourite Makeup Brushes

I, like most of you, have a lot of makeup brushes. Yet, I found it very easy to narrow it down to my favourites, the ones I reach for all the time and realistically, could easily get rid of all the others I own (minus a few extra blending brushes) and happily go on with just these select few. Am I going to do that? Of course not. But nonetheless, here are my favourite, most used makeup brushes.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer Review

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There is a lot of buzz going around right now about the new Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer (£10). Soap and Glory is a great brand that I think deserves more attention, especially for their makeup, which is great quality and affordable. One Heck Of A Blot originally started as a pressed powder that was great for using to touch up throughout the day. Soap and Glory have now expanded the range and included a new foundation and a new primer, which is what I will be reviewing in this post.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Top 3 Facial Oils

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3.Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate // £36
I have always referred to Kiehls Midnight Recovery as the oil that "fixes your face" and I stand by that. This facial oil is a bit of miracle worker. What I love most about Midnight Recovery is not only does it provide the skin with hydration and moisture but it also really works on healing and soothing any irritation on the skin, whether that is blemishes, redness ect. It contains lovely ingredients including omega 6 essential fatty acids, evening primrose and lavender, all of which are 99.8% naturally derived. My skin can be a bit funny with essential oils, usually causing breakouts and redness but I get the opposite effect when using Midnight Recovery, which is amazing! Midnight Recovery leaves the skin hydrated and soothed, it helps to heal any irritation over the skin and if you have active blemishes, you should notice a visible difference in the morning, the swelling and redness will be massively reduced with just a couple nights use. I recommend this oil to everyone who has problematic skin.

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2. Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil // £22
My skin and rosehip oil get on like a house on fire. Any product that contains rosehip oil (at a decent percentage) I can almost guarantee will work for me. So you can imagine how well I get on with the Pai Rosehip Oil. For such a simple product, this works so well. Rosehip oil is loaded with Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9, which are all essential fatty acids, which basically, help the skin to function better and restores the skins nutrients. Pai Rosehip Oil is great if you have any scarring, uneven pigmentation, marks ect on the skin (so it will work great for anyone with acne scarring for example) as it helps to even out the surface of the skin, Not only that but it is also extremely hydrating, I love how my skin feels after I use this, it is plump, supple and nourished. I find the Pai Rosehip oil very light on the skin, too. So you never feel like you've got a thick, heavy oil over the skin, which is never pleasant! This is very comfortable to wear and it sinks in easily to the skin. You can read my full review of The Pai Rosehip oil here for more details.

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1.The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil // £28
A newcomer. A newcomer that has swooped in and taken the top spot in my facial oils list. I absolutely love this stuff. Oils of Life is the newest skincare range from The Body Shop and dare I say it, probably the best. The Body Shop really have stepped up their skincare game with this one!
If you have dehydrated skin but want something so incredibly light on the skin, that you forget you've even got an oil on your face, you need this. The Oils of Life facial oil is by far the lightest yet most hydrating facial oil I have ever used. I take 3 drops and really press it into the skin, it sinks in instantly and provides the skin with an instant boost of hydration. This, like the Pai oil, also contains rosehip oil. It also contains black cumin seed oil, which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. And camellia oil which is great for holding hydration within the skin. The quality of this oil is amazing, the ingredients list is just oil, after oil, after oil. There is no "fillers" or anything to "bulk" the product out, you really are getting the finest, purest seed oils with this one.
As I work for The Body Shop, I got given this oil for free but please, do not think that is why I am mentioning it. I would happily buy this again myself and for full price, too! I honestly think it is great and highly recommend it to everyone reading this post, no matter your age or skin type. You can read my full review of the Oils of Life Facial Oil here if you'd like as it is far more detailed.

What are your favourite facial oils?

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

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Monday, 12 October 2015

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Review

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Dryness and dehydration under the eyes is a problem I have been dealing with for the whole of this year. It all started when I took an allergic reaction to an eye cream at the beginning of the year (which was actually a really great eye cream, minus the horrible reaction) which left me with sore, red, crusty eyes. Delightful. After that cleared up, I was then left with severely dehydrated, "crepey" looking under eyes. Even more delightful! I found a duo that worked really well for me at the start of the year and through into the Summer months which I wrote a post all about here. Don't get me wrong, they still work great, it is just now we are coming into Autumn and the weather is getting even colder (I say even colder as I live in Scotland so "cold" is just our weather all year round) I found I just needed up step up my game on the hydration front. So, I turned to the thickest, creamiest eye cream I could think of; Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado // £20

Friday, 9 October 2015

Autumn Nail Colours

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I mean, how many favourite Autumn nail polishes, the best Autumn nail colours, my top 5 nail colours for Autumn ect posts have you already read and it is only the start of October? Well, here's another one for you to add to that list.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

How To Combat Dehydrated Skin In Autumn/Winter

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Now that we are coming into the colder months of the year, it is important to amp up the hydration levels for your skin. Most people already have dehydration at some level or another, whether it is just slightly or your main concern. Autumn/Winter is the time where the weather really takes it out of your skin and most of us get dry, dehydrated, dull etc. This post is going to be how to help combat dehydration within the skin and keeping your skin plump and hydrated throughout Autumn/Winter.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Skincare Empties Worth Repurchasing #4 (Holy-grail edition)

I am now on my fourth instalment of my skincare worth repurchasing post, which I am quite proud of! It helps me to work my way through products and actually finish them, rather than leaving a half empty tube sitting in my collection. This seems to be the post of my holy-grail empties. You'll have seen pretty much all of these products appear in posts before as they're my go-to's.