Wednesday, 8 August 2018

La Roche Posay Suncream



Trust me to start an intense skincare regime programme, which requires the least contact with sunlight as possible when it is Britain's hottest summer in 50 years. There is no denying that the sun most days has been a pleasant surprise, but some days it has been very overwhelming.

A few weekends ago, I went to a festival in London and it was over 30 degrees and I was sweltering. Thankfully, I had packed my trusty La Roche-Posay Anthelios fresh mist sun spray. Firstly, this has an spf 50 which is what my dermatologist has told me to wear. This has a very light mist spray which is super easy and convenient to apply. I thought this would have a much thicker consistency which is what I hate about sun cream. I hate the feeling of having heavy sun cream sat on top of my skin, and that is why I love this so much. It is a simple spray which has a thin consistency due to the added ingredient of thermal spring water. It feels like it is just simply air adding coolness to the skin, which is also refreshing and adds some hydration which is great for a very hot and sweltering day.

I was initially worried that as I was needing an spf 50 on my face it was going to cause breakouts. So far with this spray it has not caused any particular problems to my skin. It is suitable for fair, sun-sensitive skin. I was happy to see that it contains a broad spectrum of skin protection and protects again both UVA and UVB. I was intrigued to read that due to its fast drying properties it can be worn on top of makeup which is great as usually sun cream would come as my first layer before any makeup application.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Child's Farm Baby Moisturiser


My skin has become the driest it has ever been whilst being on roaccutane for the past 7 months. I have never particularly struggled with dry skin before, and at the start of my treatment I was throwing any moisturiser on which I could find. For my face I have been using a combination of Kiehl's oil free ultra facial cream and La Roche Posay's effcalar H, and they have been working really well together. I found that my makeup has not been sitting on top of my skin after these product have given my skin a boost of hydration.

I first noticed changes to the skin on my body about a month into treatment, and it looked little eczema patches. I was also just having generally dry skin across my entire body and was in instant need of something to help. My dad has eczema but his creams made me really itchy and I couldn't keep them on as they really stung my skin. This was around the time I started to see the hype all about this Childs Farm baby moisturiser. As with everything, I was trying to get it everywhere but it was sold out for weeks, I finally got my hands on it and was super impressed with its £3.99 price tag. The creators of this line have made it with the target audience of babies with sensitive or eczema prone skin. 

It is a very simple white emollient cream, and I love the pump feature on the top of the bottle. The cream has a medium consistency and can be applied to any part of the body including the face. They have built this product around using natural ingredients and not using anything which could react with the skin such as parabens. It does have a mild fragrance of shea and cocoa butter which it always an added bonus, and these ingredients also add hydrating properties. 

I haven't found that this has instantly cured my skin, but I have been using it regularly and I have seen a difference. A couple of weekends ago I headed to a festival and the night before I was due to go, the inside of my knees came out in a really dry harsh looking rash which was full of little spots. It was really itchy and uncomfortable and it was also very sunny weather outside. I applied this and I felt it soothe the area of skin over the next few hours after it had soaked in. It took a good 5-6 days for it to go completely go away but I think this definitely helped to hydrate the area of skin. One of the moisturisers main features is to stop irritation and has a no sting formula. The only negative aspect I would say is after application I find my skin to be a little bit tacky. I usually apply this cream in the morning and night depending on how dry or rashy my skin is looking.   

Lucy
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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Summer Makeup Routine


With this unexpected heatwave which has swiped the UK my makeup routine has taken a turn. I did a whole blog post dedicated to Primark's new velvet foundation which I have been loving, it is a medium to full coverage foundation which is buildable but in this heat it is breathable and does not settle into the skin. I am also still loving Revolution's define and conceal concealer for £4, it is such a great full coverage concealer which does exactly what you want it to.

As you can probably see from the picture I still use this Mac blusher in the shade peachykeens on a daily basis and have been for months. It is such a lovely medium rose shade which is vibrant and I think this would suit most skin tones. My most recent addition to my collection is Becca's champagne pop highlighter. I have fallen in love with this and it has added so much shimmer and shine to my makeup look and it pulls everything together perfectly. I am unable to have my eyebrows dyed or waxed at the moment due to my skin being so fragile, therefore I have been trying to keep them tame myself. I have been using the Benefit's goof proof eyebrow pencil in a medium brown shade which matches my complexion really well. I love the waxy texture to the product which makes it easy to apply and to fill in little gaps, and the angle of the tip makes it easy to replicate brow hairs.

Overall, I have not being wearing much eye makeup at all as I find that mascara tends to make my eyes very itchy when the weather is hot as they become dry. The only thing I do ensure that I use is some sort of setting spray to help everything stay on my face and keep it looking as fresh as possible.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

La Roche Posay Shampoo


At the start of my roaccutane treatment one of the first thing I noticed was how dry and flaky my scalp was becoming. As you may know I am a lover of La Roche-Posay and their skincare and whilst I was making another order of their trusty cleansers, I ended up on their hair care page. I was instantly drawn into this shampoo, which is part of their kerium range which aims to hydrate hair and the scalp.

I have been using the kerium cream shampoo for at least 3 months now, and I have been so happy with how well it has worked on my hair and scalp. The shampoo contains an exfoliating agent which eliminates dandruff and encourages new cell growth. It also contains anti-inflammatory vitamins which aim to rehydrate hair and tackle any dryness. This shampoo is aimed at those with dry scalps, within this range their is also a shampoo to target oily scalps.

I have been using this shampoo three times a week since buying it. I saw some pretty instant results as within two weeks I already felt that my scalp was a lot less dry than it had been. Previously, when I brushed my hair I had a lot of dandruff and my scalp was very itchy and uncomfortable. I have been very happy with the results. This shampoo does not have a particular scent, and when squeezed out the bottle it is a white cream with a thin consistency. I ensure I moisturise it well into my scalp and throughout my hair, and it feels very nourishing when washing the shampoo out. My scalp has been so much better since using this, and I will definitely be trying more La Roche-Posay hair care products in the future. This costs £10 for a 200ml bottle (it is currently on offer for £6.66!).

Lucy
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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Primark Velvet Finish Foundation



Whilst on the hunt for the must have matte foundation from Primark which has been compared to Estee Lauder's double wear, I stumbled across their velvet foundation. I was instantly drawn into everything the bottle was telling me. It is described as a velvet finish foundation, which is medium-full coverage and acts like a second skin. As you may know, my skin is very dry at the moment due to my current acne medication. This means I have been staying clear of truly matte foundations as know matter how much moisturiser and primer I apply, it will settle into the dry patches on my skin. Therefore, the velvet finish foundation was instantly put into my basket in less than 30 seconds.

This comes in a glass bottle which I am not a big fan of as they heavy, bulky and inconvenient for both storage and travelling. However, it makes the bottle look more luxurious and much more high end. I am going to discuss the only thing I dislike about this foundation, and it is actually nothing to do with the product it is in fact the peppet you use to get the product out. It makes life so difficult, you have to press to suck the product up the tube and then press again to get it out. However, it drops very little product and you have to do it 5 or 6 times to get the desired amount out. I have found it inconvenient in the morning when you are in a rush. I have tried just pouring it out but you always end up with a little bit too much and it is much harder to control how much of the product you want. Primark please put a pump on this to save my sanity in the mornings!

I have been testing this for at least 6 weeks now and my verdict is I am a big fan of it. This costs just £6 and for this quality a high end brand would easily put this out on the market for £20+. If you having been reading my blog for a while you will know my fussiest product which I ever review is foundation, and I have put up a lot of disappointing foundations reviews. I think the drugstores contain so many amazing products which save us all so much money, but foundations is a place they really need to step up their game. High street brands just can't seem to compete with high end brands in terms of quality and colour range. I am disappointed to say that there was only about five shades available in this foundation. I picked up the shade porcelain. I have light toned skin but I wouldn't usually describe my tone as porcelain, however it was the only shade closest to my skin tone as the next shade up was way too dark for me. When applying it to the skin it is a little bit too light but on the whole it is a pretty decent match. I usually just mix it with one little blob of my Vichy dermablend foundation which is a little bit darker.

I have never had a foundation which has been referred to as a velvet finish so I was intrigued to find out what it had in store for me. The finish is lovely it is a demi-matte which I like as it still has a glowing element to it, but it dries down to a finish which has a slightly matte touch and is not too shiny. This is a perfect bridge between that matte and glowy finish which is perfect for the summer. I only have to apply one or sometimes two layers, using my damp beauty blender to create a medium to full coverage. If you do want a more full coverage foundation, you can easily achieve this without it looking to thick and it still looks like skin. For £6, every time I go into Primark I have been looking to get a second bottle, but it is always sold out. I have only ever seen it in a store on the first occasion which I bought it. This is always the problem with Primark, as with everything that they sell you only ever see things once and then it is gone forever. This is really dissapointing as I would definitely stock up on this as it has fast become a favourite foundation of mine. This is the first Primark foundation which I have bought and I have been very impressed. This is easily one of the best budget foundations out there which I have ever tried.

Lucy
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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Colourpop Lux Lipsticks



Top to bottom: lay over, still crazy and uno mas


I have been a huge fan of Colourpop since it's launch all of those years ago. It is one of the only American brands which I am willing to spend the shipping and delivery costs on, because everytime I order something I am always impressed. It is a budget brand which is always competing with high end brands in America due to its impressive quality of all of their products. 

I recently saw the launch of their Lux Lipsticks and the pictures and videos got me very excited. There is no denying I am a lipstick lover, but I have actually not bought any actual lipsticks in quite a while. I have been loving liquid lipsticks for a long time now, and I definitely deserted my classic lipsticks. I was very excited for these to arrive, and as always they are a great product.

There is no denying this packaging is beautiful, but they definitely resemble Charlotte Tilbury's brand as her packaging is a full rose gold tube. However, these do differ in terms of having a star design all over them and it is a bigger tube. I think the packaging is lovely, and it does give it a luxury feel. 

I picked up three shades from this line, and I am very happy with them all. It is a full coverage lipstick line which are very pigmented and you only need one swipe to achieve a full application. The lipsticks glide on to the lips very easily and instantly feel soft and smooth, which is a massive bonus for me as I have very dry lips at the moment. The formula isn't thick or chunky, and it doesn't settle into the creases of my lips. It dries down to a semi-matte finish but it still feels comfortable and creamy. 

I have been wearing lay over the most which is a massive surprise me, as I usually love more pinky toned shades. This a brown toned rosy beige but I can also see some plum tones running through it, when I first applied it it reminded me of Charlotte Tilbury's stoned rose which is one of my most used lipsticks ever. It is one of those lipsticks you can leave in your handbag and it will go with whatever you are wearing for any occasion. I have been totally loving this, and if you are making an order definitely add this to your basket.

Still crazy is a classic 'me' shade. Like I just say I naturally venture towards any lipsticks which have a pink tone to them. This is just that, it is a mid toned rosy pink but it has this beautiful mauvy tone through it which makes it a little bit more purple toned and I love that about it. I am not into bright fuchsia pinks, I like something a little more subtle with a darker undertone to it. This is going to be my new go to night time lipstick as it is so beautiful.

Uno mars is the shade I was most surprised about when it arrived. I had watched a YouTube video from Kathleen Lights where she swatched all of the shades, and from that this was the one I decided I had to have no matter what. However, when she swatched and applied it to her lips it looked much darker. It is definitely lighter than I thought it would be, but that is what I have been enjoying. There is no denying that I already have a lot of nudes shades so this is definitely going to add some variety to my collection. It is a peachy toned nude which I would instantly describe as coral. I know I will get so much wear out of this in the Summer, and I can imagine wearing it day or night to add some brightness and flare to my makeup. 

As you can probably tell I have been very happy with all three of these shades, and once again Colourpop have brought out a great line of budget lipsticks which are all excellent quality. These are all $7 each which is just over £5 when converted. I can not think off the top of my head any brands in the UK which have lipsticks which costs £5 and are as good as these. Colourpop please come to the UK as soon as possible, however that would definitely lead me to making weekly orders!

In terms of shipping and delivery costs, I always try and order from the brand when they are offering free delivery in America. If you order less than £15 worth of products when converted from dollars to pounds you do not have to pay any import costs. A few years ago, I wrote a full post about how to ship things over the cheapest way which you can read here. Import costs can add a lot on the overall price of your package, and a budget friendly order suddenly turns into not being such a bargain any more. I always do a quick conversion to see what dollars to pound is currently worth. When I ordered these $21 was just less than £15, so I got away with no import fees. The time before this, I got caught out and I had to pay £13 in import fees.

I cannot wait to make my next order and I definitely have my eyes on their new foundation.

Lucy 
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter





Buying a Becca highlighter has been at the top of my makeup must have list for a while now. However, they do not come cheap at £32, but as a beauty blogger of nearly five years I needed to finally try one. I have heard nothing but positive things about these highlighters, and boy were those bloggers right.

I am a big fan of Jaclyn Hill and I have been watching her YouTube channel way before I started my own beauty blog. I always think she is honest and when she announced her collab with Becca to create a highlighter, I was very, very excited. This launch was a while back now, and I could just never spare with the cash up until now. Cult Beauty had a Becca event on, and all products had 25% off so I thought it was time to take the splurge and champagne pop was finally mine.

I can only summarise my thoughts by saying, every time I have worn makeup since purchasing champagne pop it has been the only highlighter I have used. I just cannot get over just how beautiful it really is. For once in my life, I think this is a perfect example of how high end brands exceed with putting higher quality ingredients into their products, as this is something sensational. This is a light golden shade which has shimmering pink and peachy undertones running through it.

Whether you swatch or apply with a brush it has a light buttery texture which applies like a dream. It contains no harsh glitter and you cannot feel it on your skin. I am not a lover of heavy glitters in highlighters, but this has just the perfect amount of shimmer and shine. It has taken me a few applications to get the hang as to how much to apply, all I can say is a little bit goes a long way. I literally swipe my Real Techniques highlighter brush once into the product, and that is more than enough to highlight my cheekbones, nose and cupids bow. I feel that it has a foiled effect to it and that is what makes this so unique, as it is so finely milled together into the pan.

I think this highlighter would suit a lot of skin tones due to the golden warmer undertones. I was initially a little bit worried about the warmer tones and that they would be a little bit too dark for me, but mixed with the peachy pink tones it definitely makes it a great match. I have been telling everyone who will listen about this highlighter as I am in love. I have got a feeling all of my other highlighters are going to be collecting dust for a while. The pan contains 8g and I know that this will last me for ages. I have already got my eye on a few of the other shades especially lilac geode.

Lucy
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