Thursday, 21 July 2016

My Top Base Products (NARS, Bourjois, Laura Mercier, NIOD)

Primer has to go to the Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot primer. I use to go for the more silicon based primers, now, the thought kind of makes me cringe. One Heck Of A Blot almost feels like a light lotion when you apply it, it sinks into the skin immediately and disappears. Usually, this would be a big "No-no" for me, as I usually like primers to practically blur out the features on my face when I apply them (hence why I liked silicone based ones). So it doesn't really smooth out/fill in pores or make your skin look flawless immediately but it does make your makeup stay in place all day. And really, isn't that what a primer is for? I have oily skin, so makeup sliding off my face is a main issue for me, alongside going patchy and weird looking throughout the day. The main areas of weird patchyness, would be my chin and between my eye brows, since using One Heck Of A Blot this is not a problem for me anymore. It keeps my makeup in place and smooth all day. I do still get shiny, which I don't really mind as I tend to like a glow to my skin and it is never anything over the fine line of "glow" to "greasy".

For foundation is has to be Bourjois Healthy Mix. You know when something is just good? Well, this is how I feel about Healthy Mix. I love the coverage for a start. It is so buildable and covers well, without looking heavy on the skin. I find it blends in seamlessly and is really easy to layer up for more coverage. It sits lovely on the skin and lasts really well throughout the day (thanks One Heck Of A Blot primer) It gives a natural/dewy finish but again, never anything too intense for my already oily skin. I sometimes need to blot my nose and forehead but that is pretty much it.

Recently I have whipped out the NIOD Photography Fluid again. This time though, I have been mixing it in with my Healthy Mix foundation to recreate a luminous, glowy concoction for my face. I do one pump of Healthy Mix, followed by one (large) drop of Photography Fluid, and then another pump of Healthy Mix and mix it together. I just love how this looks. If you want that natural lit from within glow, NIOD Photography Fluid is your guy. You can use it as a primer too, on it's own, or like I do, mixed in with my foundation. Using it on it's own first as a base, amps up the glow even more. It isn't glittery or sparkly at all, just naturally radiant on the skin.

I quite often find myself sitting thinking about how much I bloody love NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. And when I am applying it, I get the overwhelming urge to buy at least 20 back ups- you know, just incase. This concealer is hands down, the best concealer I have ever tried. I only wear it when I want something more full coverage i.e nights out or when I just have one of those days where I just want to slap as much makeup on my face as possible (we all get them.) It is so full coverage, it looks flawless. It blends beautifully over the skin, espeically with fingers then a damp sponge. Despite the combination of a high coverage formula and me generously slapping it all over my face, it never looks heavy or cakey on the skin. It sits beautifully, wears well and looks fantastic. I can't rave about this product enough. It is so worth the £22 price tag.

And last but not least, when you're done applying copious amounts of concealer, foundation and glow enhancing primer/base things to your face, you need a powder to set it all down. My favourite has to be the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. The hype is real. I was highly skeptical of this product- £29 for a translucent powder? Yes. But oh my, is it worth it. I honestly did not think a powder- a translucent powder at that- could make this much of a difference to my makeup. I'll start of by saying it is invisible on the skin, no matter how heavily you apply it. It sets makeup in the most flawless but natural looking way and wears beautifully throughout the day. It never looks cakey on my skin, it just meshes beautifully to give a soft, natural finish. It will set down and add a slightly more matte appearance the skin but not in a way to make your makeup appear flat or dull, it almost just "blurs", to create that soft focus look.

What are your top base products? Let me know in the comments below.

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Zoe x

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Feel Unique Pick n Mix Sample Service

I was browing on the Feel Unique website when I came across the "Pick n Mix" section and instantly got excited at the conept. 

Choose up to 5 samples per month for FREE
Pay only £3.95 shipping and handling fee
Get a £3.95 gift voucher in your follow-up email which you can redeem on a future purchase (excluding Pick 'n' Mix)

There is so many samples to choose from, from a wide variety of brands. You can choose from skincare, makeup, haircare, body care.. Anything! Some brands are high end, some are more budget friendly. I was really impressed with the variety of brands and products you get to choose from.

What I Chose:
Bare Minerals BareSkin Foundation (Bare Ivory) 
Elemis Pro-Collegan Eye Serum
NARS Skin Tint (Alaska)
NARS Orgasm Blush
Sally Hansen Air Brushed Legs (Medium)

Lets talk about the actual samples, shall we? Overall, I have to say I was pretty disappointed. Now I know these are "free" samples but some of them, are a bit like "..Really?"

I was most disappointed in the Bare Minerals Bare Skin foundation. Now maybe it was wrong of me to expect one of those tiny little bottle samples they were handing out left, right and center when the foundation first launched but I was so disappointed with the sample size of the one I received. This isn't even as much as a foil packet, it is a piece of cardboard with the product under a piece of foil that you peel back. You wouldn't even be able to get one application out of it.

The NARS Orgasm blush was also very disappointing. It comes on cardboard, the thinnest scraping of blush ever, that is so thin as soon as you put your brush in it, it crumbles to pieces.

The Elemis Eye Serum I expected to come as it was, a little sachet but that is fine. I have no problem with that. It is a very expensive, potent product that even that tiny 1ml will probably get me a good weeks worth of applications. Foil packets are a total pain to use but like I said, I was expecting it.

The Sally Hansen Airbrushed Legs was the most generous out of the lot, at 10ml but it came in a foil packet. I think it would have been far more functional to put it in a tube, which I was expecting

The NARS Skin Tint came in a tiny little tube, which I was expecting, so I am happy with that.

Yeah, overall, I'd say it's a good idea they are just missing it slightly. Like I get they are technically "free" samples but you do pay £3.95 which you then can only get back through a purchase on Feel Unique anyway. If it was genuinely completely free I would not be complaining but it is the fact I have technically paid £3.95 for this. I feel like all these samples are the kind of thing you'd get thrown in as an extra on an order. I think for this to work they need to make them at least appear slightly more deluxe. People love a mini, guys! Little tubs, pots, tubes, rather than foil packets and scrimping amounts of product squished onto the back of a piece of cardboard.

Have you tried the Feel Unique Pick n Mix service before? Let me know what you thought in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

nSpa Skin Glow Mud Mask REVIEW

nSpa are such a hidden gem brand. They are so affordable (like, nothing is over £10 kind of affordable) and I can confidently say I have loved everything I have tried from them. I recently went ahead and picked up the nSpa Skin Glow Mud Mask because I love me a clay mask.

The nSpa Skin Glow Mud Mask comes in at £6. Yup, that is right. And currently, in ASDA all nSpa skincare is on 2 for £8.

Being a clay mask is is designed to really detox and purify the skin. It claims to deeply cleanse the skin through the use of charcoal and kaolin clay. It reduces pore side and improves overall skin condition by using the ingredient cimicifuga extract. And it also contained aloe vera and vitamin E, so sooth and provide the skin with antioxidant protection.  I also noticed it contains salicylic acid high up in the ingredients list, which means it is great for blemishes/blackheads etc. You leave it on the skin for 10 to 20 minutes and remove with warm water.

My first impression was I love it. It does that thing, where it sinks into pores, instantly wiping out blackheads. That is a huge thing for me, I like to see masks working and you totally do with this. Another thing I noticed straight away is it is strongly scented. This is something I have noticed it all nSpa products, they all have the same kind of musky, nutty scent to them (which I love by the way) This is just something to keep in mind if scent in a product is an issue for you. It doesn't bother me in the slightest, especially when it is such a lovely smell.

I have loved the results of this mask! Instantly, it made my skin look great. If you struggle with blackheads, congestion, blemishes etc this mask will be great for you! It wiped out blackheads and made my skin look really clear and even overall. I also found, that over the next few days, my skin was far less congested and stayed looking really smooth and clear. I struggle with congestion badly on my skin and after using the nSpa Mud Mask, my chin was smooth to touch and the congestion had reduced considerably. I also found it did not leave my skin feeling to tight or stripped, which can often happen when using something designed to draw out all the impurities in the skin. Of course, follow up with a good moisturiser though.

I always say never spend much on a mud mask, which is true, you shouldn't. But actually finding one for cheap that works as well as this is difficult. I am really impressed! I felt like the results from the mask carried on for a few days. My skin looked and felt great for a while after, it stayed clear and smooth.

Have you tried the nSpa Glow Mud Mask yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

June Favourites 2016

Drops of Sun from The Body Shop // £12

Since I was in Rome for almost a week, I came home with a tan. And since I could not be arsed going out and buying a new shade of foundation, Drops of Sun from The Body Shop has been a total life saver! Basically all you do it add a drop, or two, or three, however many you want, to either your foundation or moisturiser and it gives your skin a natural tint. It has been great, it just deepens my foundation every so slightly so it matches better. I have used it in with both my foundation and my moisturiser and it works fantastically in each. It doesn't go patchy or uneven and looks so natural on the skin. I highly recommend it (Also great for any fake tan lovers out there!)

Clarins Instant Concealer // £22

Holy crap, this is so good. I am actually kind of in shock at how good it is. For such a light, natural looking concealer that literally looks like skin, it covers remarkably. Again, I took it to Rome and after coming in from sunbathing, my face was slightly red in some areas. I just buffed this over the skin and it covered everything flawlessly! If redness is an issue for you, get this guy. It is bloody amazing! I am still using it now that I am back from holiday when I want coverage but not a full face of makeup, it works so well and is so quick.

Real Techniques Setting Brush // £6.99

This is the brush I have been using to apply the Clarins Instant Concealer. It is such a good size. Small enough to blend under the eye and around the nose but big enough to cover other areas quickly and evenly.

La Roche Posay Serozinc // £8.50

Serozinc is a favourite of mine all the time, I use it literally every day,  but in Rome when I was hot and my skin was looking way too oily by midday, this was a life saver. A quick spritz of this and I was instantly refreshed. It is great for taking away excess shine, without leaving the skin feeling tight or dry. It is also very cooling and refreshing. When I got home, I was kindly sent the 50ml travel size, which I will 100% be taking away with me on my next holiday!

Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Tinted Lotion // £6.99

I have used this tinted lotion almost every day since coming back from Rome and I can honestly say it has really made a difference to my skin. I had a natural tan anyway but this has intensified it but kept it looking smooth and even. It smells like biscuits but I can deal with that because the results it gives are so great! It is so easy to use, you cannot go wrong with it. You just apply it like a body moisturiser and it builds up a gorgeous, natural glow over a few applications.

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer Kit // £10

In particular, the peachy/pink shade. It is great for cancelling out dark bluey/purple tones. It is a thick, creamy consistency but blends out nicely with your finger tips. I have used the yellow side too but there is no way I could just use it on its own, it is yellow. I then go over it with my No.7 Instant Radiance concealer to add coverage. It's a good little combination!

What are your Jun beauty favourites?

Thank you for reading!

Zoe x