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An Acne Update

So a few weeks ago I wrote a post about my acne journey so far (if you missed it you can read it here: https://beautyandthescribbles.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/me-my-skin-and-my-acne/). When I wrote this post I had recently started using a new skincare range, and wanted to really put it to the test before I wrote a post on it. I’m pleased to say that a month later, I am starting to see improvements with my skin (and believe me, I never say that!). So without further ado, the skincare range I have been using is from the brand Environ. It’s a very simple routine and one that you must stick to in order for it to work.  You can find out more about Environ and the science behind the products on their site here: http://www.environskincare.com/about-us/

Here is my skin since the last blog post, again completely unedited:

And it’s fair to say, I’m super impressed with the results. I’m not saying that my spots have disappeared completely by any means, but that something is finally starting to make a difference. So much so, that I went out completely make up free the other day, and for me, that was a pretty big deal.

So here is a breakdown of the products I have been using so far:

Environ Professional: Cleansing Gel

This is the face wash aspect of the routine. It’s a clear gel which lathers and foams once mixed with water. The aim is to remove any excess oil from the skins surface, allowing the rest of the products in the routine to work their magic. I like this product because after each use my skin feels clean, and plus it’s a face wash my skin actually gets along with! Bonus points for this product because it can also be used on the body.

Environ Professional Alpha Toner Forte

You know those days where make-up just doesn’t want to come off? This product is all for helping you out with that. After using the cleansing gel, I follow up with the toner, which I apply to cotton wool pads and use one for each section of my face. This ensures that any make-up residue is removed and my skin is fully prepped to heal at its best. Environ claim that this product is made to enhance the workings of the other products by supporting the skins natural PH, and shedding of dead skin cells.

Environ Intensive Antioxidant Gel

Environ describe this product as ‘a special cocktail of high antioxidant vitamins’, which just makes me want to slather it all over my face so it can give me goddess skin (a girl can dream right?).  I like to think of this as the moisturiser part of the routine, which I apply morning and night after washing my face. The Antioxidant Gel is orange, which on first appearances looks like it’s going to be sticky, but it goes on like a dream.  I feel like I’m giving my skin a treat with this product, with it having so much goodness in it, I can’t help but love it.

Environ Hydroxy Gel

This little tubes aim is skin renewal, containing fruit acids to help heal any damage to the skin, and delicate exfoliation for a clear complexion. Environ recommend this product for all skin types, as it claims to even skin texture, and works with moisturises containing Vitamin A to enhance the anti-aging effects of the vitamin. I currently use this product three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at the very end of my skin routine before bed. It is a gentle product and after using it for a little while now, I notice a difference from using it the night before. Initially when I read the words ‘hydroxy acids’, I thought, surely I cannot put such a strong product on my face?! But it is extremely gentle and aims to reach below the skins surface.

When I first started using these products my skin flared up, because the range is designed to bring any impurities to the surface before the skin can start to heal.  The products are a little pricey when totalled up, but once I add up the amount I (and others) have spent on my skin over the past twelve years, it doesn’t seem too bad. I’ve finally found something that I believe is working for me, and I can’t tell you what I relief that is!

What products do you guys use for your skin problems? Have you ever tried any Environ products, if so what did you think?

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May Favourites

Firstly, how are we half way through the year already?! This year seems to be going crazily fast, although with every new month comes new favourites! I made it my mission in May to try out products that I have never used before, so it’s a mixture of favourites/first impressions! So let’s see what made it onto my favourites list last month…

Bed Head Motor Mouth Mega Volumiser

I’ve always been a fan of the Bed Head brand, from the product quality to how fun the packaging is. It is a firm favourite of mine. I was introduced to Motor Mouth through my hair dresser; she applies it every time after my hair has been washed, and boy, does it smell good. The scent to me is very tropical and I like how the scent stays on your hair for a couple of days afterwards. I usually use 2 pumps of the product and run it through damp hair with my fingers. The hair cream is a shimmery yellow and goes through the hair seamlessly. It’s great if you want to add a little volume to your hair, or need to tame any frizziness, as it controls it without weighing down the hair or making it appear greasy.  I will be repurchasing this product, although I don’t think I’ll have to any time soon as a little goes a long way with Motor Mouth. Bonus points, it feels a lot more luxurious than its price tag!

Self Tanning Wipes Santa Monica

Now, anyone who knows me will know that I’m usually a full time ghost i.e. I don’t tan, unless I’m going out or it’s an occasion. It’s not that I dislike fake tan; I’m just very lazy when it comes down to it. So I think I have found the ideal lazy girl tanning solution…tanning wipes! I was curious when someone recommended these to me; could they really be as good as a mitt and a bottle? They are actually pretty good! They do develop quite quickly, and left me with a natural looking glow. I have to say, I was left impressed. I had read good reviews before purchasing, and also learnt the tip of wearing gloves whilst using them to avoid waking up with orange hands! I found this product easy to use and actually managed to not miss any parts. You can find these little gems at Home Bargains, they are cheap and cheerful.

Environ Intensive Antioxidant Gel

If you checked out my last post about my skin, you will know that I have had to readjust my whole skin routine. I am currently using products from the Environ brand to see if it will budge the remainder of my acne. This is my third week on the skincare regime, and I have to say it’s getting better. This is the moisturiser that features in my skincare routine. I like this product so far; it’s lightweight and non-greasy and only takes a minute to sink into the skin. It contains key ingredients such as antiseptic tea tree oil, to help eliminate bacteria on the skin, antioxidants vitamin C and E, and B5 to help nourish and calm the irritated skin. Whilst this product is good if you suffer from oily-acne prone skin, it says it can be used by all skin types. This is my third week using the product, and I have to say it is slowly but surely calming the redness caused by the acne. I have promised to post more on these products when I have been on them for a suitable length of time.

Too Faced Melted Metallic in Debutante

I have lusted after the Too Faced Melted liquid lipsticks for a while now, but always kinda forgot about them when it got to pay day. I was on a quick reckie of my local TK MAXX store, and stumbled across Debutante for just £5.99! I couldn’t quite believe it, and had that mini panic you sometimes get at the till where you think this can’t possibly be the price?  I was a little sceptical with how metallic the product was going to be, but I have found Debutante to be quite subtle in its metallic look. The formula is creamy with a good pigment, and the Debutante shade has very good staying power. I usually suffer with dry lips which I do find the formula can cling to, so I will occasionally pop a lip balm over it to avoid it sinking into cracks.

Bomb Cosmetics Bath Melt Gift Pack

I’m finally starting to make my way through my collection of bath bombs, and finally got to try one of these bath melts from Bomb Cosmetics. Firstly, how cute are the products? If you look on their website they do so many different designs, from cupcakes to bath bombs with little individual designs on (Finding Nemo, a Rocket flying off…the list is endless!). I received my box as a birthday present, and it contains Laguna Bay Mallow, Oopsy Daisy Mallow, Lemon Express Mallow, and a really cute Viennese Swirl style one which I can’t find on the website anymore L But there are similar ones. These are lovely to pop in the bath if you feel like having a little pamper. They smell yummy but subtle, and are very reasonably priced. I can’t promise you won’t want everything on the website though!

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Me, My Skin and My Acne

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Over the years I have always found the topic of skin, particularly mine, to be a really uncomfortable one. It’s been a long journey and is still very much ongoing, but I feel a lot more comfortable discussing the situation with my skin a hell of a lot more than I did when I was younger. So let’s have a little chat about my skin.

I started with spots when I was twelve, perfectly normal as it’s almost puberty stage. My face started to become oily and spots would appear on my chin, nose and forehead. It was only when they started to appear on my back and chest that I became aware that this wasn’t just a case of ‘a few spots’. It was after visiting my local GP, that I was diagnosed with Acne Vulgaris – the most common form of acne. Since then I have had various anti biotics, roll-ons and creams from my GP, taken a 6 month course of Roaccutane from my local Dermatology department, purchased a UV lamp, tried various herbal home remedies, and you find me here thirteen years later. For the purpose of the post, all pictures of my face have been left unedited.

My skin a couple of weeks ago pre products.

My acne did clear somewhat after the course of Roaccutane (it disappeared from my back and chest), don’t get me wrong I still developed hormonal spots, but it was so much better. However, after a year the acne returned. I won’t lie, I was heartbroken. I’d put all my eggs into one basket with Roaccutane, but have been told some will need two courses of the treatment. Even so, I found (and still do occasionally) it difficult to stay positive and put my faith into these treatments after seeing them work for others.  Acne has also made me feel guilty, because my family have been amazing throughout and are always looking into new things to try, spending money, only for past attempts to not work. It’s difficult but they keep me positive.

My younger self did not have a clue about skincare (I’m still learning now!), none of the normal spot brands suited my skin, wipes were a big no-no, and washing my face became a ritual. Finally I feel like I’ve got my perfect skin routine, it’s minimal, but suited to me (I will do a post and show results, but this is only my second week using the products!). I think it’s difficult to understand how people with acne view their skin on a day to day basis. There’s always the hope that the products/tablets you took last night worked their magic and the acne is gone. There’s always the anger that as well as the spots you already have, new ones have appeared on the day of the important event you have. When you’re talking to someone there’s the paranoia of ‘are they staring at my spots?’ Your make-up routine becomes more of a chore because spots are still visible and they’re all you can see. You constantly wonder why you’re skin just can’t be clear like others. It’s tough and it does have an impact on how you see yourself. So much so, that I would constantly touch up my make-up when I was younger, trying to cover any trace of spots, I would dread any sleepovers, the moment where everyone would get ready for bed, it was a massive blow to my confidence.

Today, I’m currently about to finish a course of antibiotics I’ve been taking for six months. Once I have finished those I need to return to be referred for a second course of Roaccutane. I won’t lie, I’m not looking forward to it, but eleven years on, I’ll take whatever I can get. I’ve switched up my skin routine to Environ and am purely using their products as it is a set routine. I count myself  extremely lucky that my acne is non-scarring, and seriously feel for those that have the scarring form – as if it isn’t difficult already. Like many, I have had days where I have been in tears over it and not wanted to leave the house, but you can’t let it stop you living your life. We all have flaws and imperfections, all of which are on a macro-scale only to ourselves, but they certainly don’t define you. Sure, they make us sad sometimes, but that is outweighed by just how beautiful and uniquely individual every single person is.

I think I’ll always have a love/hate relationship with my skin; it always looks like it’s not improving to me. There is still quite a way to go with it, but I’m determined to kick acne’s butt once and for all this time. I will post updates when I have them, and also on the products I am using, but as it is only the second week I didn’t want to include them just yet as they haven’t had much time to take effect. I really enjoyed writing this post and hope it helps others to know you’re not alone in how you are feeling. You are beautiful no matter what is on your skin. Acne isn’t forever, I take comfort in that and so should you. I’m 2 weeks in to using the products and currently my skin looks like this:

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I always like to hear other people’s stories, past or present! So if you have one please comment or contact me below –any tips or tricks are welcome too!

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My April Favourites 

I’m guessing everyone is thinking pretty much the same thing as me right now, which is how are we in May already? Although another month gone, means more beauty favourites. These were my go-to’s throughout April, so enjoy!

Urban Decay De-slick Make up Setting Spray

One thing I love is a good make-up day. You know those days where it stays on, there’s no smudging, and you just think that you’ve got it all together? Now these days are pretty rare for me, and come the end of a work shift you could mistake me for a very shiny faced panda. However, lo and behold someone introduced me to Urban Decay’s De-slick Make-up Setting Spray, and I’m afraid I’m not looking back. I’m a really big fan of this setting spray, mostly because unlike others I have used in the past, it doesn’t change the look of my make-up and simply just sets it in place. It’s also a very light spray so it dries quickly on the skin. The De-slick Setting Spray claims to be ‘your most powerful oil-control ally’, and aims to deflect any shininess and provide the skin with a matte finish. Being a girl with normal-oily skin, I’m a big fan of this spray. I’ve found that I don’t need to touch up my make up as much because the sprays got it covered. I must admit I was a little sceptical at first, as it seems there are about a thousand different things for your face in the beauty world right now, but this one’s a must and here to stay for me!

 Darphin Soin D’Arome Au Niaouli Oil

Okay so my skin has taken a little dip recently, and I may have completely freaked out (as in the why is this still happening when I’m 23 for godsake) kind of freak out. I have pretty much tried everything in the book for skin, so I thought what is one more product? This product was also recommended to me, and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Now the old me would have been all ‘YOU CAN’T PUT OIL ON THIS OILY FACE’, but you must definitely can and should. Skin produces more oil when the skin is feeling dehydrated and I have learnt the error of my ways. I apply this oil before bed, and use 5 drops for each section of my face. It smells luxurious and sits on the skin once applied. It makes my skin feel lovely and soft, and is helping with my little flare up slowly but surely. It’s a little pricey but worth the money if you’re getting fed up of your skin blues too.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation

Previously I’d posted about my love for Estee Lauders Double Wear Foundation, I thought it was amazing coverage and didn’t think I needed anything more from a foundation, right? Wrong. After using Double Wear for 4+ months, I noticed changes in my skin and they weren’t good. My skin started to dry out pretty badly, yet the acne was coming in thick and fast, I was completely stuck. Not only that, but when I applied my make-up, the slightest touch on my face would create a crack in the foundation. This meant I was frantically caking more on to try and cover it (it didn’t work) or having to take all of my foundation off and re-apply. As much as I love Double Wear, it’s not for me or my skin. I decided I needed a change fast and read up on some good brands and foundations online. I decided to go for Bobbi Brown, as it’s a brand I have loved in the past and is top quality. Since using the Bobbi Brown foundation I have noticed a dramatic change in my skin. There is no dryness to be seen, I can’t feel the foundation on my face, meaning my skin can breathe, and I don’t need to re-apply. I would definitely recommend this product, as I still get the coverage I need from this foundation, but my skin also gets the break it needs.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick in ‘Dynamic’

This has fast become one of my favourite shades of lipstick with its rose-tawny shade. Before this I had never tried out Estee Lauder’s lipstick range, but I’m super impressed. So far I’ve found this shade to be long wearing; I can get a good 3 hours minimum out of it before I need to reapply. Unlike other lipsticks I have used, this one feels fairly hydrating with a light glossy finish. I will definitely be buying more shades from the Pure Colour Envy Sculpting lipstick range, although a little pricey at £24 each, they are top quality.

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My Favourite All Natural Beauty Brand – Tropic

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So up until last year I had never heard of the Tropic brand. A family member of mine had decided to host an evening at their house, which would involve a Tropic ambassador coming and showing/letting us try out the products. It’s a fun filled evening with all the girls, full of games and once over the opportunity to order the products you have tried. Ever since that first evening I have made Tropic products a regular part of my routine (you may have already seen some products featured in previous posts!). I love the organic aspect of the brand, that they’re vegan and do not test on animals, and that the products work with your skin and body, not against it.

For those of you who have never heard of Tropic, here’s a little bit of background. Tropic was founded and created by Susie Ma who had grown up developing all natural beauty recipes. Susie later appeared on The Apprentice in 2011, and impressed Lord Sugar after giving his wife some of the products to try out. Lord Sugar became a 50/50 partner, and together they have started a company which allows others to start their own businesses by being ambassadors.

I’m so happy I stumbled upon this lovely brand, so I thought I would share some of my favourite/wishlist Tropic products with you all:

Tropic Radiance Clay Mask

Since I first purchased this mask the packaging and formula have changed slightly, but still provides the same results. A clay mask is good for anyone who has blemish-prone skin, as it helps to control oil levels and prevent break outs. I loved using this mask twice a week as it felt like a real treat for my skin, and it can be left on for 10-20 minutes so you can relax and enjoy! The new recipe contains:

Willow bark and ginger extracts – Designed to kill any bad bacteria on the skin that is trying to cause breakouts.

Green clay and spirulina – This combination of clay and super food is designed to regulate oil, draw out any toxins with its anti-oxidant properties, toning and tightening pores.

Charcoal and goji berries – Aims to reduce any redness caused by blemishes

I have yet to try out the new Clear Skin Blemish Fighting- Mask as I loved its predecessor, but it’s definitely going on my wish list!

Shop it here: http://www.tropicskincare.com/skincare/clear-skin-mask.html

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Tropic Sculpting Palette

For anyone who’s seen previous posts you’ll know this product has already been featured a couple of times, but I love it! It’s so ideal for popping in your makeup bag as it contains a blush, bronzer and highlighter all in one. I really like the convenience of this product, it can take you from day to night and your make up bag isn’t over crowded –win win. I’ve used both Vintage Rose and Coral Blush palettes, but found because I’m quite pale (verging on a ghost) that the Coral Blush works better for me. All three feel lovely on the skin and have great pigmentation, and it’s probably all down to ingredients like Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Carrot and Pomegranate Seed Oil and Vitamin C – to name a few! This is probably my favourite Tropic product so far, and I’ve already repurchased another.

Shop it here: http://www.tropicskincare.com/sculpting-palette.html

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Tropic Luscious Lips Collection

Over the past year I’ve really developed a thing for lip scrubs, particularly in the colder months. My mum, being a Tropic fan herself, bought me this handy little duo as a Christmas present and I couldn’t wait to try it. What made this product stand out for me is that you don’t just receive a lip scrub, but also a nourishing butter for after use. Previously I have used a scrub and then just applied my own lip balm afterwards, but this just feels that bit more indulgent. The Lip Smooth scrub and balm smell really minty and fresh, with ingredients of liquorice and mint extracts designed to smooth and plump the lips. The scrub is blended with Organic Sugar, whilst the balm contains Mango Butter, Vitamin E, and Pomegranate Sterols, targeting dry lips with intense hydration. I cannot recommend this duo more if you suffer with dry lips or just fancy a little pamper treat!

Shop it here: http://www.tropicskincare.com/blog/tropic/luscious-lips-collection

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Wish List:

So I could probably add most of the Tropic site to this post, as there is so many things I want to try and here they are:

Spotlight Cream Highlighter : http://www.tropicskincare.com/cream-highlighter.html

Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum: http://www.tropicskincare.com/super-greens-serum.html

Wild Mint, Lime, Pineapple Body Wash: http://www.tropicskincare.com/wild-mint-lime-and-pineapple-body-wash.html

Lip Glaze in Pink Champagne: http://www.tropicskincare.com/lip-glaze.html

Ocean Fizz Foot Soak: http://www.tropicskincare.com/ocean-fizz-foot-soak.html

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Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask Review

Like most of you, I love a good facemask, and they are always on the agenda if I’m having a pamper session. Up until recently I’ve been a big fan of clay masks as I have normal-oily combination skin, so found that they really helped with oil control and drawing out impurities. However, I’ve found that over the past couple of weeks my skin has seriously dried out (we’re talking being past the point of looking reptilian!), so I’ve been at a bit of a loss of what to do. In the past week, I’ve stopped using a primer when doing my make-up, incorporated facial oil into my evening routine, and continued to moisturise as normal, because this skin seriously needs it! A friend recommended Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, and after seeing my make-up crack one too many times, I raced to Boots to grab one!

I was pretty excited to try this mask out, as I’ve never used a tissue style mask before. The Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask claims to ‘Intensely rehydrate skin, reduces the look of fine lines, and revives radiance’, all in the space of 15 minutes. A really big plus about this product for me was that 1 mask = 1 week of hydrating serum, meaning that it’s super hydrating and continues to work after use. The mask also claims to act more as a ‘hydration wrap’, which gives it a slightly more luxurious feel at its £2.99 price tag.

There is no doubt this product is hydrating, as soon as you remove it from the packet it is dripping in serum. I did find the mask a little fiddly, and spent a few moments trying to a line my own features into the cut outs, but got there in the end! Once applied make sure the blue film is facing outwards, this then needs to be removed and you can sculpt the mask into the contours of your face. I loved the fuss-free aspect of this mask, there were no bits getting stuck in hair or down fingernails, and it was super quick to do. The mask felt comfortable and once I’d put on the new Pretty Little Liars episode, I’d have completely forgot I had it on, if not for the cooling sensation.

After removing the mask I massaged the rest of the serum into my face (hoping and praying it would help my reptile-like skin) and let it sink in. My skin felt lovely and soft afterwards, and dare I say it, hydrated! I was hoping this would last and that my skin wouldn’t be dried out again by the morning. I’m very pleased to say it wasn’t back to its scale-like self, and that made my make-up application ten times easier! I would definitely repurchase this product, as its super easy to use, mess free (any excess serum can be rubbed in), and fairly cheap. I will post a little update at the end of the week to see if it really has lived up to its 1 week promise! But it’s safe to say, I am a sheet mask convert.

Have you tried the Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, what did you think?

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What’s in My Makeup Bag Right Now

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This week I thought I’d share my everyday go-to products that I carry pretty much everywhere with me. I always love reading posts about what products people use, as it gives me inspiration to try them out for myself! Some are long term favourites, and others are still newbies to the bag. So without further ado, here is what is currently in my make up bag:

Estee Lauder ‘The Mattifier’ Primer

After purchasing this product last month it has not left my make up bag. It goes hand in hand with my Double Wear Foundation (not that you have to use that one!). It works to prevent shine by controlling your skins oil production throughout the day. I’ve found this product really works for me; it keeps my make up in place, keeps any shine away even in notoriously shine prone places (the t-zone). I use a small squeeze on each section of my face and massage it in. This product was also featured in my March Favourites post here: https://beautyandthescribbles.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/march-favourites/

Shop it here: http://www.feelunique.com/p/Estee-Lauder-The-Mattifier-Shine-Control-Perfecting-Primer-and-Finisher?option=73023&gclid=CKH4yJO2mNMCFYk_GwodMr0FrA&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Amazing  Cosmetics- Amazing Concealer

Just like a good foundation is important, so is the concealer that goes with it. I personally prefer a full coverage look, as my skin isn’t the best most of the time, and this concealer has got it covered (no pun intended!). It’s a creamy liquid which only requires you to use the tiniest amount on the area you wish to cover – a little goes a long way with this product. This is one of the things I love most about this concealer, I can have a tube for a couple of months which makes the price more worth it! It is perfect for erasing any imperfections and doesn’t budge once you have applied it. I usually apply mine with a brush and buff it into my skin to ensure it blends in with the rest of my makeup, as it dries pretty quickly. You can purchase this product in two sizes, 6ml for £19.50 or 15ml for £29.50. Whilst this product is a little pricey, a tube of either size will last a while and the product is ama- (oh wait) pretty bloody wonderful!

Shop it here: http://www.amazingcosmetics.co.uk/shop/concealers”

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer

Try as I might I can never find an eyeliner that tops this one, which explains why it’s had a place in my makeup bag for the past 9 years! I have tried others, but I always find that they give me a serious case of panda eye by the end of the day, which is a big no-no. I love that I can get full days wear out of this product without reapplication, because it just doesn’t move. I’ve put it through its paces, it’s been to work with me, to work out with me, cried with me, and survived till the end. It’s super easy to apply, has a lovely creamy texture and the shades are highly pigmented. It also comes with a built in smudger if you want to take your look from day to night, and promises up to 10 hours long lasting wear. So if you’re after a full proof liner that’ll take whatever you throw at it, this one is your girl.

Shop it here: http://www.superdrug.com/Rimmel/Rimmel-Exaggerate-Waterproof-Eye-Definer-Noir-261/p/536733?gclid=CNulx4O7mtMCFVcW0wodHMAE2w&gclsrc=aw.ds

Brow Creator by Mii Cosmetics

Up until last Christmas you would not catch me with a brow pot, I was convinced brow pencils were the one for me…until you know, they kept snapping and I’d have to buy another one. Well not anymore! I received a Brow Creator in Masterfully Medium from my mum for Christmas. At first I was a little reluctant, was this pot really going to a better job than my beloved pencils? Oh my goodness yes! Give me a brow pot any day of the week now. The Brow Creators are a creamy texture and highly pigmented, so you don’t have to use much to colour in gaps or add volume.  This product has become a firm favourite over the past few months (oh that’s right, it lasts ages and still looks I’ve barely touched it!), it’s long-lasting and smudge proof which is another bonus! I also received a double ended applicator brush with my brow pot. One side is used to apply the product and the other an eyebrow brush, which I always use before applying the product to tame any stray hairs (Brush sold separately) Ultimately this is probably a much cheaper option than continuously buying eyebrow pencils, as it’s £16.95 for the brow pot, but it will last a good while

Shop the brow pot here: http://www.miicosmetics.com/product/artistic-brow-creator-medium/

 

Barry M Colour Correcting Kit

Curiosity got the better of me when colour correcting became the latest trend, so I had to invest to see it for myself! In all honesty I suck at most beauty trends i.e. I can’t contour to save my life, but this is really easy to do. The palette features four creamy colours (Purple, Coral, Green, and Nude) each designed to target imbalances that occur on the skin. I apply this after my primer and use a Beauty Blender to buff it into my skin. I’ve found it really helps to even out my skin tone, and reduce any redness when my skin is misbehaving. You can also read about this handy little kit in my March Favourites – https://beautyandthescribbles.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/march-favourites/

Shop is here: http://www.boots.com/barry-m-colour-correcting-kit-10222485

 

Tropic Sculpting Palette –Vintage Rose

Up until a little while ago, I had never heard of the Tropic brand (I’m so glad I have now). I featured this product in my March Favourites post which you can find here: https://beautyandthescribbles.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/march-favourites/, and boy is it good. The palette features a bronzer, highlighter, blusher and a mirror. The 3 colours are nicely pigmented and feel so soft and light on the skin. I always carry this product with me, just in case an unexpected event crops up and I can quickly glam up! Tropic use all natural ingredients in their products, which means your skin will love them too! The Sculpting Palettes are enriched with Vitamin C, Pomegranate Seed and Carrot Oil, which I’m sure, is the reason the colours look so lovely once applied. I also like how there are three products in one palette; it means my makeup bag is not bursting with the unnecessary. The Sculpting Palette also comes in two other colours ‘Coral Blush’ and ‘Bronze’. All Tropic products are Cruelty-free and Vegan.

Shop it here: http://www.tropicskincare.com/sculpting-palette.html

 

Maybelline Matte Maker Powder

I’ve always had quite oily skin, and whilst it’s calmed down over the years, I still find that my skin can become quite shiny towards the end of the day. I’ve used countless powders over the years but found that they either clung to any dry sections, or altered the colour of my make up over the course of the day. Maybelline’s Matte Maker Powder is perfect for my skin, it holds back any shine for hours, doesn’t look cakey, and sets my makeup a treat. I went for the shade Nude Beige, which initially I thought was going to be too dark for me, but it’s still relatively pale with a little warmth.

Shop it here: http://www.superdrug.com/Maybelline/Maybelline-Matte-Maker-Mattifying-Powder-20-Nude-Beige-16g/p/907462

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Estee Lauder Sumtuous Extreme Mascara

This mascara retails at £25 which is a little more than I would usually spend on mascara, but I received a sample size in Estee Lauders latest gift promotion, so I thought I would give it a go! This product claims to create ‘outrageous volume’ and give lashes that all important ‘false lash effect’. This is all down to their formula of three high blend fibres with added Lash-Advancing Vitamin Complex. Now, I seem to really struggle with mascaras as I always seem to get a lot of fall-out from them, meaning I have to be on constant look out for panda eyes. I’ve found that I don’t get it anywhere near as much with this mascara, which is a massive bonus. I also love the brush on this product (the BrushComber Extreme) it has two sets of bristles which catch a good amount of formula, and seamlessly coat the lashes by separating them and preventing any clumps. The colour is 01 Extreme Black and helps to make lashes fuller and defined, although I wouldn’t go as far as to say it makes them look like false lashes, they did look pretty damn good! The only problem I have found with this product is that it isn’t the quickest at drying after application, so you will get some mascara under your eyes. A handy tip someone once told me is to carry a cotton bud with you, and then if any fall out occurs over the day you can lightly rub it away without disturbing your makeup.

Shop it here: http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/637/9518/product-catalog/makeup/eyes/mascara/sumptuous-extreme/lash-multiplying-volume-mascara?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-ShoppingFeed-_-Eyes-_-Mascara&gclid=CLLBkYS3mNMCFSgz0wod-QUCxQ&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CJjCmIS3mNMCFSuiUQodkdIAJw#/shade/Extreme_Black

 

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Carmex Lip Balm – Mint

I’m a long term Carmex Lip Balm fan, and usually have a tube on me wherever I go. It comes in a small squeezable tube, which makes for easy application and for popping in your bag. I love the Carmex formula; it helps to soothe dry, cracked lips, and doesn’t sink into the lips straight away so gives your lips a good moisturise. I use mine every day and before applying lipstick as it provides a perfect base, or over lipsticks that tend to dry out my lips. There are lots of flavours to choose from, I went for Mint this time, which smells so fresh!

You can get this flavour for £2 from Primark or shop the other flavours here: http://www.boots.com/search/carmex

 

MAC Lipstick in Twig

Slight confession, I’m a bit of a lipstick hoarder. I don’t know what it is about them, and MAC lipsticks are no exception. Over the years I’ve tried many different brands, but MAC was the first brand I ever bought lipstick from, and wow did fifteen year old me feel like a grown up. Fast forward eight years and here I am still collecting them. I’ve always been a massive fan of their ‘See Sheer’ shade, but a couple of months ago I decided I wanted something a little different. It was a very close call between Twig and Velvet Teddy, but I decided Twig was more for me. It’s a beautiful dusky pink-brown colour and works well as an everyday shade. It’s become my new go to! I find Twig, like all of Mac’s lipsticks to be highly pigmented and long wearing. It’s a colour I would never have seen myself wearing before, but I had read quite a few reviews and decided to test it out in my local store. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this shade, and whilst I’m there I may have to pick up a Velvet Teddy too…

Shop it here: http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13854/310/products/makeup/lips/lipstick/lipstick#/shade/Twig

 

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Foundation is the most important makeup product to me. It’s the product I like to spend more money on if it means good quality; after all it’s going to be sitting on your skin for hours. My skin is normal-oily combination, which can mean some foundations can be sliding off my t-zone come midday. As with a concealer, I like a full coverage and long lasting wear. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear promises up to 15 hours wear, which I would say it does for my skin. This foundation is quite a thick liquid, but by no means does it feel weighty on the skin, nor is its appearance cakey after application. This was recommended to me by a work friend and there’s no turning back now! The colour ‘Shell’ is perfect for my skin tone as I am pretty pale. I usually apply mine with a foundation brush and buff it into my skin. If you’re looking for a long-lasting, full coverage foundation, this could be the one!

Also if you fill in your email address on the Estee Lauder Website, you will then receive a voucher to download to take to your local counter to receive a 10 day foundation and primer sample (4ml each).

Shop it here: http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/643/3894/product-catalog/makeup/face/foundations/double-wear/stay-in-place-makeup-spf-10

 

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