Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

We’ve all got them, our ‘go-tos’, our ‘staples’, well today I’m calling them ‘Beauty products I can’t live without’ (simply because “Beauty Products That I Really Adore But Could Probably Live Without But I Would Rather Not Imagine That Existence” isn’t the catchiest of titles, so here we are.) and I’m sharing my most used and favourite products with you all!

IMG_1734Basics

Obviously a primer is a a sensible staple for everyone, because without a good base, your makeup just isn’t going to last. I consider this particular primer from Makeup Revolution a staple because it’s light, does the job for your entire face, and it’s incredibly affordable.

This Stay Matte pressed powder has also become a staple for me, because it’s perfect for matte-ifying any foundation or concealer, and it works wonders for oily areas, keeping them matte for up to 12 hours!

Collection’s Illuminating Touch Concealer is the only concealer for me, it’s so easy to use, and it has the perfect amount of coverage for me, it’s definitely a medium coverage, but it can be built up or worn very sparingly.

I also can’t imagine applying my makeup with anything but a beauty blender now. I know a lot of people rave about them, and there is this insane amount of hype around them, but they really do live up to it all. Whether you like to use it wet or dry, applying your foundation with this tool makes your base look so much more flawless and ‘airbrushed’.

If I could only use one tool and absolutely no makeup, I would choose an eyelash curler, without question. I think that if you’re having a lazy day or you just don’t want to do your makeup, just curling your lashes really adds something to your eyes, making you feel and look fluttery and gorgeous.

IMG_1737Hair & Body

For my hair my holy grail products are this Salon Professional hairspray, and Vitapointe leave-in conditioner. This hairspray is a perfect mix between being lightweight and still having an incredible hold, and it actually smells really nice, which is rare to find in hairsprays. I also really like this leave-in conditioner because it’s perfect for smoothing dry ends and adding a sleekness and shine to straightened hair.

I’ve spoken about this body butter very recently, and it definitely lives up to the hype behind it. It’s softening and light, so it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. Perfect for all over your entire body.

I also really like using any and all Babylips chapsticks, not only because they are highly moisturising and keep chapped lips at bay, but there are so many tinted options available now, that the possibilities are endless!

 

IMG_1740Lips

I thought I’d just quickly share my ‘go-to’ red and pink lip, because I feel like I’ve finally found my all time favourites. Rimmel’s Kate Moss 107 is is a perfect dark red shade, that I’ve found is suitable for all skin tones, and you know that it suits you well enough for you to wear it with confidence. I also really love this shade from Chanel, and I know it’s a lot pricier than your average drugstore lipstick, but this lipstick is definitely worth investing in because the formula is really moisturising and creamy, so it feels really nice to wear, but also, this particular shade ‘432’ is a beautiful and natural looking pink, so again it’s highly wearable.

 

IMG_1742Makeup

I’ve mentioned all three of these products before, so we all already know that I love them and find myself reaching for them constantly, so I’ll quickly run through them all. Collection’s Extreme 24 hour felt liner is my favourite liner on the market. The fact that I know its name without having to read it off of the product itself is telling of how often I not only use it, but talk about it. It’s everything anyone looks for in an eyeliner, and it’s only £2.99, foolproof. Maybelline’s Lash Sensational, I’ve been using this mascara for a long time now, and even recently I’ve been getting comments on how it looks like I’m wearing false eyelashes, only for me to emphasise to everyone that I really don’t have time/can’t be bothered with applying false eyelashes daily, and my look is entirely down to this mascara, I’d recommend it to everyone.

Finally, there’s the Estee Lauder All Over Face Compact, I use this compact in most of my makeup looks, because it contains everything that I need to put a look together, with a nicely pigmented bronzer, and three varying shades of blush, no matter what tone of look I’m going for, I can incorporate this palette.


That’s it for my beauty staples, let me know in the comments what makeup items/tools you can’t live without!

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What’s In My Travel Bag? (Featuring LYDC Bags)

what's in my travel bag (1)Hey guys, as some of you may have already seen, about a month ago, I won a bag from LYDC! The competition was comprised of 10 random bags daily, so you don’t know which one exactly you’re winning. So when it arrived, I was so surprised at how big (and pretty) it was!

So since it was this bag that prompted me to write this post, I’ll give you guys a little run down of the bag itself. It is the ‘Hoppen Quilted Shoulder Bag’ in the colour wine by LYDC. It’s also available in navy and black. For me, it’s the perfect travel bag, because it’s got tonnes of space, and can be carried or worn as a shoulder bag!

So here we go with what’s in my travel bag!IMG_0848what's in my travel bag (2)My Makeup | Obviously I’m not going to go particularly far without everything I use to paint my face fabulously on the daily. I also recently got this Ted Baker zip bag that I’m using as my new makeup bag, isn’t it just too beautiful?!what's in my travel bag (5)Tech | My phone and headphones are again, obvious go-tos. But I like to pack both my in-ear headphones and my overhead ones because I like to switch between them during long journeys, and then whenever I’m on my phone or laptop because using one particular pair for an extended amount of time can really hurt my ears.

For longer journeys/stays I also like to bring my tablet, because I like to read and play games on a bigger screen. And my camera (fun fact, I actually pack my Canon Sx610 when I’m going away, but I couldn’t picture it because I haven’t charged my Nikon, so they had to switch places, top job Corinne.)what's in my travel bag (4)Essentials | I always pack makeup remover because just because I’m not at home, doesn’t mean I can leave my makeup on overnight like a crazy person. A roll-on deodorant is my preferred choice of deodorant, I actually really like this one because it’s cucumber and green tea scented, so it smells really clean and fresh. I like to also take a hand cream with me because my hands can get dry during the colder months, and keeping them hydrated is always a good idea. Finally, I also like to keep a pack of gum on me and any kind of hair care treatment, most recently it’s V05’s ‘Smoothly Does It’ because it can be applied to wet hair as a heat protectant, or dry hair to smooth out frizz.


That’s it for what’s in my travel bag, have I missed out anything that would be the first thing you would pack? Let me know in the comments!

BLOGMAS Day 10 // Winter Pampering Essentials

Hey guys! As the weather is so harshly changing, it’s cold, dark and a little bit dreary, I think that now is the perfect time for me to share my essentials for having a luxury Winter pamper night!Winter Pamper Essentials (1)So naturally, what is a pamper night without a bath? Insane. That’s what a pamper night without a bath is. I didn’t remember to take a picture of my bath, but I used Lush’s Magic Of Christmas bubble bar, as you can see I mentioned it in my Winter & Christmas Lush Haul. (And I would highly recommend it, as it provided a huge amount of bubbles, and left me smelling of cinnamon.)

So while you’re running your bath, this is when I remove my makeup and do a quick cleanse, so that while I’m in the bath my skin can breathe and fully appreciate the, yes you guessed it, face mask. I have really been loving cucumber face masks because it’s cooling and soothing, which is great at combating the harshness that your skin encounters with the cold outdoors and the central heating indoors.

Next it’s all about relaxing, enjoying the bath (perhaps with some Family Guy on my tablet, I’m not denying it.) Then using a body scrub, so that your skin can really be softened by the bath, leaving you feeling like a brand new person.Winter Pamper Essentials (2)Once you’re out of the bath, the next thing I like to do is moisturise. Lately I’ve been really loving the original Zoella Beauty scent, so the Creamy Madly Dreamy is my one of my favourite moisturisers to use once I’m out of the bath, for my body alongside Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter, and a little bit of Babylips to moisturise my lips.

After that, I use a hand cream, because this time of year can be quite drying on the hands, one that I really enjoy is Hand Food by Soap & Glory, because it’s not too heavy, so it dries relatively quickly, and it smells amazing. Then finally moisturising my face, with Nivea Sensitive, I’ve been gravitating towards the day cream more often lately, because the night cream can be too heavy and clog my pores.

I also really like to do my nails after a bath on a pamper night, but you can read all about that in detail on my Best Pamper Night Of All Damn Time post!


That’s it for my Winter Pamper Night Essentials, let me know how you pamper yourself at this time of year in the comments!

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Highlight Your Natural Beauty

When I started out this blog, I enjoyed wearing makeup, but as I have continued on with it for many months now, I’ve fallen in love with it. Now this means that I very quickly had to learn how to take better care of my skin, so that when I was wearing makeup, I was wearing it to have fun and accentuate my features and skin, not hide them.

So today I’m sharing with you guys my go to essentials for how I take care of my skin.Highlight Your Natural Beauty

Cleansing | I’ve said it many times before, but with wearing makeup, comes the responsibility of properly removing it and cleansing your skin of impurities. I don’t have a particular strenuous and crippling cleansing routine, because one of my essentials is the Nivea 3 in 1 Micellar Water, which makes the whole process easy and quick.

I also like to use the Nivea Soft Moisturiser, which as I have also mentioned before, is very light and gentle on the skin, and not greasy and heavy like many moisturisers. 

I also make sure I’m taking care of my skin from the inside out. Ensuring I drink as much water as possible. It really does have an unbelievable effect on your skin, that you wouldn’t believe until you’ve committed yourself to drinking more.Highlight Your Natural BeautySkin Treat | In and out I also like to give my skin a little treat with a face mask. I feel like this really helps my skin on a much deeper level than simple cleansing. I definitely feel like an occasional skin treat like this ensures my skin is clear and feels amazing. This leads me to feel more confident in it, and not like I need to cover it up.

I think another product that is absolutely perfectly suited for a skin treat such as this is Glossier’s Moisturising Moon mask it does every little thing that I like to do for my skin. It “dives beneath the surface to instantly plump skin up with hydration, helping to smooth fine lines and restore elasticity.” And “works quietly behind the scenes to gently brighten and even out your complexion, while honey and aloe act as soothing agents.”Highlight Your Natural BeautyFlawless Finish | Now obviously some days you can feel a little unhappy with your skin. You might be having a random breakout, or suffer with a little redness, it happens to us all. So these products are my handbag essentials for those times. I like to wear a BB Cream as opposed to a foundation because they feel much lighter on the skin, and they have so many more skin benefits, rather than just clogging up your pores. I also like a light concealer because it’s perfect for if you’ve just got a touch of darkness under your eyes, or a little pesky red spot. With a light concealer, you can cover those tiny things, but still allow the rest of your naturally skin shine.

Finally, when I do chose to wear these products, I like to apply them with a beauty blender, because the product is tapped onto the skin, not smeared into your pores, leaving you with a naturally flawless finish.


Those are my essentials for highlighting, not hiding your natural beauty. Thank you to Glossier.com for working with me on this post. Let me know in the comments below what your go to skincare products/essentials are!

And, as they say at Glossier, I leave you with a great motto:Highlight Your Natural Beauty

Beauty Staples & Essentials

Every person that likes to dabble in beauty, be it anything from wearing a little bit of makeup, to having a complete step by step skincare routine, at one point realises that there are certain staples that you always like to have. So today, I thought I’d share with you guys, my beauty staples and essentials. Just some of the things and products that I always like to have stock of.DSCN2142 (2)Cotton Wool Pads | Obviously these go hand in hand with makeup removal. They are excellent for removing a full face of makeup, but also for cleaning up and mistakes you might have made whilst applying your makeup

Cosmetic Buds | Essentially useful for the same reasons as the cotton pads, but on a much more concentrated and precise scale. Absolute perfection for cleaning up messy eyeliner!

Clarifying Foam | This is something that can be switched out for my trusty Imperial Leather Hand & Face wash, for those like me, with very sensitive and delicate skin. But sometimes if I’m confident in my skin, I’ll like to use something like this after removing my makeup, so I know that my skin is absolutely cleansed and free of impurities.

DSCN2144Micellar Water | As I’ve said before, if you’re a makeup-wearer, you should also be a micellar water-user. You may think that makeup removal wipes are fast and handy, but you won’t know fast makeup removal until you’ve tried a micellar water. This particular one is my favourite because it’s a 3 in 1, meaning you don’t need an over the top skincare routine alongside it, it does everything for you. Micellar water is also a lot gentler on the skin and doesn’t cause you to drag makeup around your face as wipes can. DSCN2145 (2)Moisturiser | Nivea’s Day & Night moisturisers have been a saviour of mine ever since I first tried them out. The day moisturiser is light and non-greasy, while still providing your skin with moisture and SPF coverage. The night moisturiser is obviously stronger, as it can leave your skin feeling a little tingly if you use it too soon after cleansing. But as it’s that little bit stronger, overnight it’s really providing your skin with the moisture it needs.DSCN2149Body Lotion | Whether you use body scrubs or not, I think everyone can really tell the difference when they’ve treated their skin to a body lotion. Plus nowadays with such cute and beautifully scented body lotions, why doesn’t everyone use these?! Wouldn’t you want to smell delicious?

Deodorant | This one is terribly obvious, but I think if you find a deodorant that does you good, while still smelling nice and clean, and not just plain or unscented altogether, you should share it. So I really love this deodorant because it smells really clean and nice, and keeps you feeling fresh for up to 48 hours.

Leave-in Conditioner | Somedays you can have done everything that you’ve been told to do, and everything that your hair demands, but your hair, once it’s been dried and styled, still looks dry and unhappy. This is where a leave-in conditioner can save you from a bad hair day. If the ends of your hair are looking a little dry and frazzled, just smooth a little bit of this into the ends, and they are instantly smoothed and look moisturised. What’s even better is that because you’re recommend to use such a small amount of this product each time you do use it, it tends to last for a long time. So it’s a hair-saving product that you don’t have to re-buy every week.


That’s it for my beauty staples and essentials, do you have a particular essential that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments!